POMPEY TAKES MODIFIED WIN AT PENN CAN SPEEDWAY
SUSQUEHANNA, PA…Sometimes luck is on your side and sometimes it’s not. For Dan Pompey it was definitely on his side Friday night as he took the Modified feature win at Penn Can Speedway. Brian Krummel claimed the CRSA Sprint Car win with Mike Schane, Shane Wolf, Jr., Bud Phillips, Jeremy Williams and Frank Kennedy also victorious on the first Friday race of the season.
Pompey had his share of good and bad luck in 2015. He had motor issues and mechanical failures that caused several dnf’s but when he did finish it was usually in victory lane or close to it. He started off 2016 with motor problems in the opener which ended in a dnf . On Friday night he didn’t have the strongest car but Nick Petrilak and Joey Grammes’ misfortune worked in his favor.
Petrilak would jump out to the lead at the outset of the 30 lap Modified feature with Brad Szulewski hot on his heels. While those two drivers were setting a torrid pace trouble set in on lap five. There was a scuffle up front resulting in Szulewski sideways in three and four, collecting several cars in the process. That wreck ended Szulewski’s strong run as well as opening night winner Kevin Hartnett’s night.
When racing resumed it was Petrilak up front with Pompey second and a hard charging Grammes in third. Grammes hounded Pompey before racing past him on lap 21 and quickly pulling up to the back bumper of Petrilak. Disaster struck for the leader’s just one lap later. As they charged down the backstretch, Petrilak’s rear end locked up as Grammes was making a bid for the lead. With a full head of steam, Grammes couldn’t avoid the slowing Petrilak and the two drivers came to a stop in turn three.
Pompey inherited the lead and held off Alan Rudalavage for the win. Brian Malcolm and Nick Rochinski, who were caught up in the lap five wreck, made strong recoveries to finish third and fourth ahead of rookie Ryan Olsommer. Sixth through tenth went to Mike Dougherty, Grammes, who was flying back to the front, Joey Colsten, tom McGurrin and Ryan Grim.
In victory lane Pompey acknowledged his good fortune, “I don’t like winning this way but I will take it. We had a good car and tonight things went our way”.
The CRSA Sprint Cars made their first of three appearances on the season and put on a great show. Kyle Smith and Dana Wagner led the way with Smith holding the advantage early. While Smith and Wagner staged a hard fought battle for the lead, Brian Krummel and Eddie Strada were working through the pack in a battle of their own.
Late in the race Wagner got a great run off of turn two and pulled alongside Smith for the lead. The two leaders made contact resulting in Wagner spinning in turn three, collecting several cars including Thomas Radivoy who flopped his car on its side. That brought out a red flag and moved Strada, Krummel and Scott Goodrich into the mix.
Just before the race went green Smith dropped into the pits, relinquishing the lead. Krummel was able to outdual Strada for the win with Goodrich coming home third ahead of Josh Flint and Brett Jaycox. Sixth through tenth went to Johnny Smith, Emily VanInwegen, Mike Kiser, Dalton Herrick and Wagner.
After a year off, former Modified driver Mike Schane returned to the racing wars behind the wheel of a 602 Crate Sportsman. Opening night winner Marty Bunker raced out to the early lead. Schane hounded Bunker for the first half of the race before making the pass for the lead at the halfway point.
Once out in front Schane cruised to his first Penn Can feature win. Bunker was second ahead of Eric Bonham, Dusty Barton and Devon Zona. Positions six through ten went to Paul Rooney, Ryan Stone, Adam MacGeorge, Randy Fox and Nick Branning.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: DAN POMPEY, Alan Rudalavage, Brian Malcolm, Nick Rochinski, Ryan Olsommer, Mike Dougherty, Joey Grammes, Joey Colsten, Tom McGurrin, Ryan Grim, Frank Porreca, Bobby Yeager, David Doig, Jr., Nick Petrilak, PJ Goodwin, Brad Szulewski, Dan Soloman, Kevin Hartnett, Brad Knapp.
CRSA SPRINT CAR FEATURE FINISH: BRIAN KRUMMEL, Eddie Strada, Scott Goodrich, Josh Flint, Brett Jaycox, Johnny Smith, Emily VanInwegen, Mike Kiser, Dalton Herrick, Dana Wagner, Kelly Hebing, Dan Hennessy, Sydney Prince, Craig Pelligrini, Kyle Smith, Dustin Purdy, Thomas Radivoy, Mike Walsh, Danielle Dickinson, Art Kiser, Pete Dance.
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH: MIKE SCHANE, Marty Bunker, Eric Bonham, Dusty Barton, Devon Zona, Paul Rooney, Ryan Stone, Adam MacGeorge, Randy Fox, Nick Branning, Rich Powell, Moose Gulley, Del Howell, Leo McGurrin.
JOHNSON TAKES THIRD WIN AT FONDA IN 2016
By Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – During the career of a race car driver they are sometimes fortunate to hit on a magical combination of driver, race car, and car owner that just seems to clique. Ronnie Johnson seems to have hit on that this year with a combination of a 2016 Teo Pro car owned by legendary car owner Jake Spraker and his wife Nancy as Saturday evening at Fonda he won his third victory in a row for the 2016 season which was the 28th of his career at the “Track of Champions”.
Other winners at Fonda on VP Small Engine Fuels Night were Brian Pessolano (sportsman), Brian Calabrese (rookie sportsman), Kenny Gates who also won his third in a row in the pro stock division, and Josh Coonradt who won his fourth in a row in the street stock division.
Vinnie Sanganetti and Justin Boehler started the 35-lap modified feature event on the front row and at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag it was Sanganetti who took the early lead. While Sanganetti led the event Boehler dropped back to third as Jessey Mueller took over the second position behind Sanganetti. An early caution was out on lap three followed by a red flag situation on the restart when Brian Gleason’s car ended up on top of Boehler’s car in turn three.
The accident started when Darwin Greene got out of shape on the backstretch and while Greene was able to straighten his car and continue it scattered the field which contributed to the two car wreck involving Gleason and Boehler in turn three. Fortunately both drivers were okay after the wreck but both were done for the night.
Mueller and Greene were side by side for two laps trying to gain the second position but when Greene made contact with the leading car of Sanganetti on lap seven in turn four, Mueller ducked under both of them to take the lead followed in the top five by Greene, Bodie Bellinger, Jeremy Wilder, and 11th place starter Ronnie Johnson.
Mueller held a straightaway advantage on lap 12 as Johnson started to make his move to the front getting by Wilder for the fourth position on lap 13 with Sanganetti driving to the pit area with damage to his car from the incident with Greene ending Sanganetti’s great run. On lap 17 Johnson moved past Bellinger for the third position with the top five at the halfway point consisting of Mueller, Greene, Johnson, Bellinger, and Wilder.
On lap 20 the yellow flag was out again for Bobby Varin who came to a stop just before the tire wall in turn three after possible contact with the car of Danny Johnson as the two were battling for the seventh position. Varin was able to go to the hot pit to check for damage and continue on at the rear of the field. On the restart Ronnie Johnson took the second position away from Greene and on lap 21 he got a great run on the outside of turn three to get the lead away from Mueller.
While Ronnie Johnson pulled away to a straightaway advantage by the lap 28 point in the event positions in the top five continued to change as both Wilder and ninth place starter Danny Johnson moved into the third and fourth spots after both got by Greene for position. Despite lap traffic in front of the leader in the words of legendary Fonda Speedway announcer Jim King “RJ was on the way” to his third consecutive win of the season followed in the top five by Mueller, Wilder, Danny Johnson, and Greene.
“I didn’t know that the #19 (Mueller) was leading I actually thought that Darwin was leading,” Johnson told Paul Szmal in victory lane. “I had never won two features in a row here at Fonda let alone three in a row. I am in a daze right now.”
In victory lane Johnson also thanked long time sponsors Gary Mickle and Frank Witz for all of their help through the years and currently.
With Saturday evening being the first night of handicapping it was proof of the drivers who have not had such a great start to the 2016 season as they were fortunate enough to start up front as long as they did well in their respective heat race qualifying events. Two such drivers were 2011 602 Sportsman Track Champion Mark Mortensen and Billy Gray who started the 25-lap sportsman feature on the front row after both drivers won their heat race events.
At the drop of the green flag Mortensen took the lead and from that point on it was “yellow fever” as nine caution flags slowed the event. The first of those cautions was on lap two for a three car wreck in between turns one and two and while Mortensen held on to the lead through the early restarts Gray and sixth place starter Brian Pessolano were swapping the second position on each of the restarts once Pessolano moved up front quickly after the green flag flew.
An unnecessary caution flew on lap 12 when the car of Josh DeMagistris was smoking coming down the front straightaway but instead of driving to infield and out of harm’s way to allow the race to continue he continued on slowly around the track until the caution was thrown before driving in to the pit area.
When Rocky Warner brought out the caution by coming to a stop in turn three and then drove away to the pit area on lap 13, track management had seen enough and ordered a single file restart with the top five at the hallway point consisting of leader Mortensen, Pessolano, eighth place starter Chris Schaffer, Gray, and Ray Zemken.
The final restart of the event came on lap 17 when Zemken spun on track and JaMike Sowle made hard contact with Zemken but fortunately both drivers were not injured. Mortensen maintained the lead on the restart but his lap times started to slow as Pessolano started running faster laps than the race leader by lap 19.
On lap 21 when a mechanical issue caused Mortensen to slow in turn three, Pessolano ducked under the leader to take over the lead on the inside of turn three. As it turns out something mechanical in the #1M of Mortensen caused the motor to spit and sputter going down the straightaways which is what happened down the backstretch on lap 21 when Pessolano was able to get by for the lead.
While Pessolano pulled away to the easy win Mortensen nursed his car home to a second place finish and was followed in the top five by 12th place starter Dave Constantino, ninth place starter Chad Edwards, and Gray, The win for Pessolano came in the West End Towing and Repair #24P and was his fourth career win in the division.
When asked by Paul Szmal in victory lane whether he was just laying back or if opportunity presented itself when he took the lead Pessolano said: “Opportunity presented itself”. “The cautions actually helped me out as the car freed up as the fuel burned off.”
Josh Neal led the first six laps of the rookie sportsman feature event while fifth place starter Brian Calabrese moved to the front of the field. Calabrese was second at the completion of lap one and on lap seven on the inside of turn one made his move to get by Neal for the lead.
One yellow flag slowed the field on lap 10 and on the restart Rob Lanfear was the new second place car but had nothing for Calabrese who went on to his first career win at Fonda followed by Lanfear, Neal, David Manchester, and Anthony Alger.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – RONNIE JOHNSON, Jessey Mueller, Jeremy Wilder, Danny Johnson, Darwin Greene, Bodie Bellinger, Dominick Buffalino, Craig Hanson, Jeff Trombley, Mark Kislowski, Bobby Varin, Jeff Rockefeller, Shaun Pangman, Josh Hohenforst, Brandon Walters, Scott Huber, Korey Wilder, Ed Harris, Brian Nelson, Alton Palmer, Vinnie Sanganetti, Justin Boehler, Brian Gleason, Shea Montgomery, Pep Corradi (DNS)
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – BRIAN PESSOLANO, Mark Mortensen, Dave Constantino, Chad Edwards, Billy Gray, Adam McAuliffe, John McAuliffe, Rocky Warner, Ricky Quick, Connor Cleveland, Tony Farone, Jason Greco, Brian Calabrese, Chris Schaffer, Chris Curtis, Tim Hartman Jr., Ray Zemken, JaMike Sowle, Harry Shaffer, Floyd Billington, Josh DeMagistris, Jack Lehner, Nick Scavia, Cody Clark, Doug Hancock, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Ivan Joslin, Aaron Burton
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – BRIAN CALABRESE, Rob Lanfear, Josh Neal, David Manchester, Anthony Alger, Mike Block, Travis Billington, Tom Princiotta, Bobby gage, Mike Peek, Kyle Gray (DNS)
Short Track Super Series Velocita South Region Heads To Delmar
DELMAR, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP returns to the First State next Thursday, May 26.
Charlie Cathell’s Delaware International Speedway, located on U.S. 13 in Delmar, Del., plays host to the ‘Diamond State 50’ with more than $25,000 on the line for the STSS Velocita South Region big-block/small-block Modifieds. The 50-lap event at the tacky half-mile offers $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag plus bonuses, lap money and contingency awards.
Also on the card: Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win, $100 to start) and Delaware Super Trucks ($200 to win, $40 to start).
Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply of Hurlock, Md., serves as the presenting ‘Diamond State 50’ sponsor.
After three events on the STSS South Region schedule, Sprakers, N.Y., driver Stewart Friesen sits atop the standings with the Halmar International No. 44. Friesen has not won an event this season on the STSS circuit, but leads the point battle with consistent finishes. He placed eighth at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway in March, third at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway in April and most recently second at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., May 17.
Friesen has set plans to attend the ‘Diamond State 50’ and in doing so will make his first start at the track since the fall of 2009, when he finished second to Jimmy Horton in the year-end Delaware State Dirt Track Championship race.
Friesen has accrued 253 points thus far in the battle for the $8,500 championship share.
The remainder of the top-10 in the standings includes Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., the March Georgetown winner, with 224 points; Big Diamond victor Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., with 216 points; Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., with 205 points; Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., with 202 points; Jordan Watson of Milford, Del., with 201 points; David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J., with 181 points; Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., with 180 points; Billy Pauch Sr. of Frenchtown, N.J., with 179 points and Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa, with 176 points in a tie with Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.
Winners on the STSS South Region this season have included Perrego (Georgetown), Wade Hendrickson (Bridgeport) and Watt (Big Diamond).
For the ‘Diamond State 50’ event, gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 6:30 p.m. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m.
Adult admission is $22 for the grandstands. Students (ages 7-13) pay $5. Kids 6 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Weedsport Speedway "Lights It Up" this Sunday with Huge Season Opener
Craftsman World of Outlaws Invade to Kick Off 2016
The Craftsman World of Outlaws are set to invade "The Port" on Sunday, May 22nd. This marks the return of the Empire State Challenge, New York State's only regular season appearance for the "Greatest Show on Dirt" where the Outlaws hope to take the money and run. The Northeast's best Sportsman Modified competitors will begin their quest for glory, as Sunday kicks off the 2016 Napa Sportsman Shootout Series. While taking in the action, fans on hand will be a part of history as the sun sets on the 2016 season opener. Weedsport Speedway will "Light it Up" for he first time under the all new LED lighting system. The state of the art LED system is the first of its kind in the motorsports industry, and the entertainent capabilities are a "must see!" Along with the new lighting, a huge 27 foot Jumbotron now commands the infield area for fans to get an up close view of all the action. Live coverage, instant replays, and behind the scenes pit reports are just the beginning!
Fans of the Craftsman World of Outlaw Sprintcar Series have been all smiles in the early running of the 2016 season. "The racing to date has been second to none", stated Speedway General Manager Jimmy Phelps, "and its been a long time since we have seen so many teams running at a championship level. We couldn't ask for a better way to kick off our 2016 season, and we can't wait to open the doors!" The Empire State challenge will truly be a must see, and combined with the opener for the Napa Sportsman Shootout Series, it doesn't get any better.
While the Grandstands officially open at 2 PM, fans are encouraged to come out early and make a day of it. The midway will be open at noon with exhibits, souvenir trailers, and more. The pit area will be open to the public from noon until 1:45 PM for those wanting to get an up close look and to interact with the cars and stars of the "Greatest Show on Dirt". Come early to help Weedport Speedway "Light it Up" for this groundbreaking event!
Rescheduled Outlaw Spring Nationals & Military Veterans Night This Friday At Outlaw Speedway
Media Contact: Steven Ovens
For Immediate Release – May 16th, 2016
(DUNDEE, N.Y.) – After the huge success that was last week’s running of Thursday Night Thunder, weekly racing on Friday nights returns for Friday May 20th’s program. But this is no ordinary night of racing- it is the rescheduled running of the Outlaw Spring Nationals.
This night will include special races for the Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, IMCA Modifieds and also ushers in the first stop of the Empire Super Sprints for 2016. This show will be a ‘cannot miss show’ as all weekly divisions will see action on this night as well. It is also Military Veterans Night, which will offer $10 admission for Veterans of any age with proper identification.
The Empire Super Sprints are well under way for their 2016 tour and will bring the traveling speed and thrill show to the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ on Friday night. The 360 Sprints will race for a $2,000 top prize and will be rewarded $250 just to take the green flag.
The Big Block/Small Block Modifieds will compete in the Outlaw Spring Nationals- a thirty-lap feature paying $3,000 to the winner. It also serves as the first leg in the Outlaw Challenge, where one driver has the opportunity to win $25,000 from our friends at Sunoco Race Fuels. That driver would also have to win the Outlaw Fall Nationals and Dutch Hoag National Open in order to take the $25,000 prize. If that driver wins two-out-of-three, they would win a $12,500 bonus.
The Super Gen Products/Champion Power Equipment Grit Racing Series will also be in town for the Spring Nationals with their series racing in a thirty-lap special. This race will fall under the American Racer Series banner and will come fresh off the ‘Clash of the Crates’ just three nights previous at the Penn Can Speedway.
At A Glance: Gassing-up for the Grove
The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action at Williams Grove Speedway on Wednesday, June 22
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - May 16, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series travels to Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway for the Big-Block Modified Mayhem at the Grove on Wednesday, June 22. The series 17 Platinum drivers will test their 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds on the Mechanicsburg, Pa. course for the first time since 2006.
Setting the bar high
The new combination of Billy Decker and car owner Mike Payne found their way to victory lane April 30 in the Super DIRTcar Series opener at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway. The duo joined forces over the winter and battled through the 45-car field at the Highbank Holdup. Decker has now won at Fulton Speedway in back-to-back seasons.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series also had an extensive entry list, drawing a field of 54 drivers to the 3/8-mile oval. Current points leader Brad Rouse rose to the occasion, winning the first night of the weekend-long event.
Men of Steele
Since Wegner Motorsports introduced its W-16 Engine to the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series in December, drivers have finished in the Top 5. At Merrittville (Ont.) Speedway where the engine was first tested in 2015 Tim Jones and Chris Steele finished third and fifth respectively. In a Friday night showdown at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway, Erick Rudolph finished runner-up in the feature.
The motor is approved for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and its sanctioned tracks. The goal is that the $10,000 engine power-plants are usually double the expense will increase accessibility into the series and grow 358 car counts throughout the Northeast.
We wanted an alternative for the Sportsman guys moving up and an option for teams looking for a more affordable way to enter the sport," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar director, series and sanctioning. "It will keep more people racing.
The 2016 DIRTcar 358-Modified season kicks-off Sunday, September 4 at Cornwall Speedway in Ontario, Canada.
Sportsman driver Jeremy Pitcher is penalized for chemically altering the benchmarks provided by Hoosier Tire Company. Pitcher, who failed inspection during the Highbank Holdup weekend, will not only forfeit the points he was awarded at the event, but also will be fined and suspended from all DIRTcar sanctioned activity until June 10.
For more race information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.
ABOUT THE TRACK
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY is a 1/2-mile, smooth banked clay oval. In 2006, Jimmy Phelps passed race leader Alan Johnson on lap 24 of the Central Penn 100, eventually winning the feature. Phelps credited the win to saving his tires early in the race to later make a push for the lead.
Previous A-Feature winners:
2006: Jimmy Phelps
For more driver information, visit: superdirtcarseries.com
SEASON WINNERS: Billy Decker - 1 (Fulton Speedway on April 30)
Super DIRTcar Series Championship Standings
1. Billy Decker 104
2. Tim Fuller 100
3. Jimmy Phelps 95
4. Billy Dunn 87
5. Stewart Friesen 83
6. Danny Johnson 80
7. Larry Wight 77
8. Vic Coffey 72
9. Brett Hearn 67
10. Mat Williamson 66
RACE OF CHAMPIONS DIRT MODIFIED SERIES KICKS OFF WITH PRESITGIOUS VICTORIA EVENT AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
-Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour to Kick Off with $5,500-to-Win Event
Vernon, N.Y. – (May 15, 2016) – The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Series fueled by Sunoco is ready to kick off the dirt portion of the series with the “Victoria 200” on tap at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night May 22. The 2016 edition of the historic race is scheduled to be a 55-lap feature with a $5,500 payday going to the winner.
The first “Victoria 200” took place at the Utica-Rome Speedway in 2008 after then track owner Gene Cole purchased the naming rights to the race. Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., pulled off the win driving for JIR Motorsports in the 200-lap affair. Gary Tomkins topped a stellar field in year two as he also won a 200-lap race. The final 200-lap feature distance event was run in 2010 with Tim McCreadie putting Vinnie Salerno’s No. 4* ride in Victory Lane.
Bobby Varin, a multi-time Fonda Speedway champion, won the first 100-lap Victoria event in 2011 and then backed it up with another victory the following year. Varin figured out the sail panel setup making him nearly unbeatable in longer distance events at Utica-Rome for those two seasons.
The 2013 edition was highly contested with invader Jimmy Phelps scoring his only win of the race at Utica-Rome. One year later multi-time track champion and the all-time winner in the Modified ranks at Utica-Rome Speedway Stewart Friesen parked his ride on the frontstretch as the winner for the first time.
Last season Matt Sheppard was the victor while on his way to his second career track title at Utica-Rome. So far in 2016 Sheppard has been the driver to beat earning two wins in the three events run with the last three weeks of action falling to Mother Nature. Long range forecast call for temperatures in the 70’s with sunshine.
Pit gates open at Utica-Rome Speedway open on Sunday at 3:00 pm with the grandstand gates opening at 3:30pm. Racing begins at 6:00pm. The full competition format is available by visiting either www.rocmodifiedseries.com or www.uticaromespeedway.com.
Past Victoria 200 Winners
5/11/2008 – Danny Johnson (200 laps)
5/10/2009 – Gary Tomkins (200 laps)
5/31/2010 – Tim McCreadie (200 laps)
5/30/2011 – Bobby Varin (100 laps)
5/28/2012 – Bobby Varin (100 laps)
5/27/2013 – Jimmy Phelps (100 laps)
5/26/2014 – Stewart Friesen (100 laps)
5/25/2015 – Matt Sheppard (100 laps)
\TWIN-20S FEATURES FOR THE MODIFIEDS RESCHEDULED TO MAY 21 AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 9)......Due to inclement weather, the racing program originally scheduled for May 14, featuring Twin 20-lap features for the headline Big-Block Modifieds is now set for this coming Saturday evening, May 21 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.
Led by defending point champion Jerry Higbie, the earth-shaking, 800 horse power Modifieds will have two chances to win on the lightning fast five-eighths-mile Middletown “Hard Clay” oval. Also on the evening’s program are the Small-Block Modifieds, the Sportsman division, and the always unpredictable Street Stocks. The night’s activities are sponsored by Halmar International and Superior Building Supply of Neversink.
The winner of each 20-lap Modified feature race will earn $2,500. Should a driver capture both features, he’ll take home an extra $2,500 bonus. The purse enhancements have been made possible by the continued generosity of Chris Larsen and Halmar International.
With two features on tap, there’s bound to be a shakeup in the Modified point standings. In three feature races to date, three drivers have tasted victory champagne, the latest former track point champion Jeff Heotzler who registered his 50th Orange County career Modified win this past Saturday. The season’s other two Modified features were won by Bob McGannon and Tommy Meier. With Higbie, along with nearly two-dozen other Modified drivers, still looking for their first 2016 victory, the Twin-20s race night is bound to be action-packed from first lap through to the evening’s final checkered flag!
Admission prices for the May 21 race meet remain at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
FIRST TIME THUNDER MODIFIED WINNER POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY, MAY 29 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
With $5,000 on the line to win, $1,000 for tenth and $500 to start the 40 lap Big Block VS 358 Modified feature event, it’s very possible that a first time winner could emerge on Sunday night, May 29 when the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series opens the 2016 season at the Grandview Speedway. Gates will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM for the Triple Thunder Thriller program that will showcase the Big Block VS 358 Modified Challenge, the sportsman and TSRS Sprints. This big night of race is presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings.
So who could add their name as a first time Thunder on the Hill winner? Kyle Weiss, Ryan Watt, Jared Umbenhauer, Danny Erb, Ryan Grim, John Willman, Mike Kellner and Brett Kressley quickly come to mind as they have established themselves as strong contenders in previous Thunder events. Of course, their opposition will come from Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Billy Pauch Jr, Ryan Godown and Rick Laubach just to name a few.
This big racing event will also find the Sportsman and the TSRS Sprints on the card competing in a series of heat race qualifying all leading up to the Triple Thunder Thriller “big 3” feature events.
Advance tickets will be on sale this Saturday night, May 21st at Grandview Speedway. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstand at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to general admission tickets going on sale on race night. If you would like us to hold your tickets, please call 443 513 4456 and be sure to leave your name, phone number and number of tickets you will need. Pick up and pay for your tickets on race night at the Will Call window. Tickets may be picked up after 3 PM on race night.
FONDA SUFFERS THE FIRST RAINOUT OF THE SEASON
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – The Demitraszek Enterprises management team held on until the last minute on Saturday evening May 14 before cancelling the racing program due to a heavy rain that had just hit the track. Cars were in the pit area and word had come out that the plan was to get the racing program in but that one last heavy rain shower forced the cancellation of the event.
That said the tribute to Ken Shoemaker will be held on Saturday, May 21 along with a tribute to Lou Lazzaro. A regular racing program in all divisions will be on the racing card that evening sponsored by VP Small Engine Fuels with double points for the street stocks up for grabs. Starting time will be 7:30 p.m. Please refer to the press release on www.fondaspeedway.com for information regarding the tribute to Shoemaker.
For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com. Also don’t forget to visit the Fonda Speedway Museum which is open every race night from 3:00 p.m. until race time.
This week there will be many displays of items documenting Shoemaker’s and Lazzaro’s racing careers so stop in and check it out and talk to all of the other visitors about the history of the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway.
Bachetti Wins at I-88
Andy Bachetti, of Sheffield MA, won the Greg Page Construction Modified feature on Wagner Nineveh Night at I-88 Speedway. Bachetti started last in the 23 car field after opting to go to his back-up car after qualifying in the heat race.
Darwin Greene, of Susquehanna PA was the early leader in the 30 lap event, a race which was halted for two red flag incidents. The first coming on lap one when a four car bottle neck in turn two resulted in Otego’s J.R. Hurlburt doing a slow roll. Hurlburt was uninjured but was done for the night. The next red flag came on lap four when Masonville’s Mike Clapperton came to a stop on the backstretch with flames coming from the engine compartment. He escaped uninjured, but was also unable to continue.
When the race resumed Greene led second running Alan Barker, of Norwich, with Edmeston’s Paul Jensen third and Bachetti already up to fourth. On lap seven Bachetti go a run on Jensen using the outside line and moved into third place. Switching to the bottom of the speedway, Bachetti drove under Barker on lap nine to take over second place.
Just past the halfway point Greene encountered lapped traffic Bachetti began to reel in the leader, with Bachetti taking over the lead on lap 17. When the caution came out for a slowing Alex Stanton of Lake Orion MI on lap 23, Greene was forced to pit putting Honesdale’s Brett Tonkin in second for the restart. Bachetti was able to hold on for the win with King Ferry’s Mike Mahaney crossing the line second, Tonkin third, Norwich’s Mitch Gibbs fourth and Barker fifth.
In a post-race interview Bachetti said he felt his chances were better starting 23rd with the backup car than they would have been starting 12th with the qualified car.
Walton’s Butch Klinger passed Tyler Hart coming off turn two on the 18th lap and went on to win the Chambers and O’Hara Open Sportsmen feature. Hart, of Bainbridge, took the lead at the start of the race with Nineveh’s Lisa Williams running a close second. A caution on lap two bunched the field for a restart with Hart leading, Williams running second, Harpursville’s Travis Smith third, Jeremy Vunk, of Edmeston fourth and Klinger fifth. On the restart Smith slipped under Williams to take over second, but Smith’s night would end on lap five when he came to a stop in turn two.
When the race restarted Klinger passed Vunk to move into third while Delhi’s Dave Rosa had raced into the top five. The next caution waved on lap 12 with Hart leading, Williams second, Klinger third, Vunk fourth and Rosa fifth. When the green came out Klinger slipped under Williams while Rosa passed both Vunk and Williams to move into third.
On lap 15 Hart continued to lead but he had Klinger on his back bumper trying to find a way under the leader. On lap 18 Hart pushed high in turn four allowing Klinger to get a run low on the raceway and was able to secure the lead coming off turn two. Klinger went on to take thw win with Rosa second, Bethel’s Charlie Hendrickson Jr. third, Hart fourth and Lisa Williams fifth.
“That was a good race. I gotta tell you, the Hart boy drove a really good race. I really thought he was gonna win it. I didn’t want to take it from him, but I haven’t won so long, I really wanted to win” said Klinger after the race.
Harold Humphrey took the win in the Williams Tire and Auto Crate Sportsmen feature. Humphrey, of Norwich passed Addison’s Mike Jackson on a lap 4 restart and held on to take the win. Fultonville’s A.J. Miller finished second with two tine winner Matt Roberts, of Nineveh third, Jackson fourth and Richford’s Pat Jordan fifth.
I-88 Speedway Results from Wagner Nineveh Night, May 13, 2016
Modifieds (30 Laps) Andy Bachetti, Mike Mahaney, Brett Tonkin, Mitch Gibbs, Alan Barker, Kenny Sparks, Paul Jensen, Nick Nye, Darwin Greene, Steve Babicek, Rusty Smith, Ken Titus, Dan Creeden, Mike Decker, Jim Becker, Chris Bushnell, Jeff Sheeley, Joey Colsten, Alex Stanton, Kurt Decker, Mike Clapperton, Don Hart Jr., J.R. Hurlburt
Sportsmen (20 Laps) Butch Klinger, Dave Rosa, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Tyler Hart, Lisa Williams, Jeremy Vunk, Claude Hutchings Jr., Aaron Shelton, Dwayne Jackson. Jim Gould, Tom Tophoven, Dan Allen, Rudy Roth, Tim French Jr., Travis Smith, Ricky Ross, Pat O'Hanlon, Gary Card Jr. DNS Steve Andersen, Skip Pickwick
Williams Tire and Auto Crate Sportsmen (20 Laps) Harold Humphrey, A.J. Miller, Matt Roberts, Mike Jackson, Pat Jordan, Dustin Jordan, Allan Hodge, Gary Card Jr., Josh Mudge, A.J. Digsby, Craig Monroe, Matt Brewer, Matt Priscott, Art Priscott, Tim Guild, Rosalyn Trautschold
Fulton Speedway Saturday, May 14 Racing Cancelled
By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – May 14, 2016 – Today’s May 14th racing program has been cancelled due to unfavorable conditions besides rain as the day goes on.
The Fulton Speedway will return to high speed racing thrills on Saturday, May 21st. On the family, affordable, fun race schedule will be the 800 horsepower Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders. As an added bonus the wild and crazy Big Boy Buses will hit the speedway.
Adult admission on May 21st will be $12 with everyone 18 and under free. Pit admission is $27. Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00.
Orange County Fair Speeday Cancelled
We have been monitoring the forecasts and radar and have decided to cancel the events scheduled for May 14 with the probability of rain after 3pm and a strong possibility of severe thunderstorms with gusty winds throughout the evening, in the interest and safety of our drivers, fans and staff all events have been canceled.
The twin 20’s scheduled for tonight are rescheduled for next Saturday May 21 with same format $2500 to win each and $2500 Sweep Bonus, also it will the Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stock Divisions.
The Rookie Division WILL NOT be racing on May 21. Have a safe Day and see everyone next Saturday.
All season passes and memberships will be honored at Lebanon Valley, it looks like they have a better chance of getting things in.
SHARON SUFFERS 3RD RAIN OUT OF 2016 SATURDAY
DOUBLERHEADER NEXT WEEKEND WITH "SUMMER JAM & BBQ SERIES" FRIDAY & FREE "FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT" SATURDAY
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH May 14, 2016 After defying Mother Nature last Saturday night and getting the "Steel Valley Thunder" opener completed, Sharon Speedway wasn't as lucky on Saturday night. Heavy morning rains coupled with showers forecasted throughout the afternoon and evening in addition to unseasonably cold temperatures forced Sharon to cancel racing action scheduled for Saturday night for the third time in the past four weeks.
Sharon will host the first "Summer Jam & BBQ Series" event this coming Friday (May 20) featuring "E5C4P3"- a "Journey" tribute band along with "Ronnie V & Friends", who will open. Gates open at 6 p.m. with entertainment from 7-11 p.m. Admission is $7.
Brewerton Speedway May 13 Quick Results
DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps - JIMMY PHELPS, Chris Hile, Matt Sheppard, Rob Bellinger, Max McLaughlin, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Matt Hulsizer, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps, Tim Sears Jr.,Chuck Bower, Joe August Jr., Ryan Bartlett, Vinnie Vitale, Rich Scagliotta, Jeff Blackburn, Chad Phelps, Sean Beardsley, Tim Kerr, Larry Wight, Andrew Ferguson, Jim Witko Jr., Mike Bowman.
Sportsman 25 Laps - NICK KRAUSE, Todd Root, Jordan Bennett, Zach Sobotka, Ricky Yelle, Chris Cunningham, Ron Davis III, Tyler Trump,Rich Townsend, Alan Fink, Stephen Denton, Gregg Kimball, Jack Meeks, Mike Button, Tye-Scott Rood, Glenn Forward, Kyle Fink, Dylan Zacharias, Joe Sobotka, Tony Komuda, Kelly Smith, Torrey Stoughtenger, Corey Barker, Billy Clark Jr., Beth Bellinger, DNS Tony Finch II, Brent Joy.
Siri Dedicates Outlaw Grand Opening Victory To Dutch Hoag
Media Contact: Steven Ovens -
For Immediate Release – May 13th, 2016
(Dundee, NY) – In a phone conversation Wednesday night, Tyler Siri said that he wanted to dedicate Thursday night’s season opener at Outlaw Speedway to Dutch Hoag. A Northeast legend and hero to so many, who we lost earlier this week.
Siri couldn’t have imagined celebrating his birthday while standing in victory lane to be able to make that dedication during Outlaw Speedway’s Grand Opening event- an event dubbed ‘Thursday Night Thunder.’
“The guy was just a legend,” said Siri while standing in the brand new victory lane between the catch fence and the grandstands. “For me to buy the place and win on his night, it’s just special. Just awesome!”
Siri started from the fourth position while ‘The Doctor’ Danny Johnson and Billy Van Pelt led the field to Steve Kellogg’s green flag for the Friendly Dodge & Ford Big Block/Small Block Modified thirty lap feature.
Johnson pulled out to the early advantage after re-drawing the pole for the event. The caution would fall for the first time on lap one as Marcus Dinkins and Eldon Payne Jr. made contact in turn three.
Dinkins would get crossed up in front of the field and collect Gary Tomkins, Donnie Lawson and Matt Sheppard who spun to avoid contact. Tomkins would suffer front end damage and not return, Lawson suffered cosmetic damage and a broken shock but would return.
Siri had muscled his way to the second position before the restart that put Johnson and Siri on the front row- rekindling the flame that has still burned with the Horseheads, NY driver since The Gobbler at Accord back in December. Johnson would pull ahead on the restart, but started showing a big plume of smoke out of the back of the Shakelton NAPA Auto Parts No. 27J.
Jim Larock would bring the caution out on lap four with an apparent problem under the hood. Under that caution, the smoke got worse for Johnson and he retired to the pit area for the night.
With the lead and control of the restart, Siri jumped out to a five to six car length advantage on Van Pelt. But as Siri closed in on lap traffic and Van Pelt’s tires came in, the Westfield, PA driver reeled in Siri to challenge for the lead. Van Pelt’s charge would end with a flat tire that brought out a caution on lap twenty-four.
This moved Alan Johnson to second, who made a classic ‘AJ Slideways’ type of charge late in the event to close in on Siri. Johnson’s great charge would come to and end with three laps to go as the float stuck on the carburetor of the Friendly Ford No. 14J.
A late caution set up a two-lap dash for the win with Erick Rudolph on the back bumper of Siri for the restart. Siri was absolutely flawless on the restart, driving two perfect laps to close out the opening night victory in front of a packed house.
“I saw the scoreboard up there, I knew they were coming,” said Siri. “My car was getting a little loose so I dialed some more brake into it to tighten it up and that was the difference.”
Siri reflected on the huge crowd in attendance for a mid-week grand opening.
“I really want to thank the fans that all came out to support us. I’ve been here two and a half months 24/7 and without the fans, we couldn’t do any of this tonight.”
Rudolph finished second, Steve Paine charged to third with Ron Cartwright Jr. fourth from the consi and Derrick Podsiadlo the top five.
Montour Falls, NY driver Dale Welty picked up a very popular win in the Crate Sportsman division, garnering a loud ovation from the crown in victory lane.
Doug Smith and Stacey Jackson led the field to the drop of the green for the twenty-five-lap affair with Smith taking the early lead. The Canandaigua regular would lead the opening three laps before giving way to fourth place starting Welty.
Welty’s No. 123 was a rocket ship on Thursday night and pulled out to a half straightaway advantage over Addison, NY driver Mike Jackson. Jackson would certainly make things interesting, closing in on Welty to challenge for the lead in lap traffic.
In the end Welty would be too strong and would pick up win number one on the season. Jackson was second, Smith third, part-time runner Rob Humphreys fourth and last week’s Woodhull winner Josh Keesey filling out the top five.
“I have not had a car handle better than this car handled here tonight,” said Welty in Victory Lane. “It was a lot of fun and it’s great to see this big crowd out here tonight. My brother Darrell owns the car, I don’t know what he did to it in the winter, but it just handled perfect.”
Outlaw Speedway ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ Quick Results 5/12/2016:
MODIFIEDS, (30 Laps): TYLER SIRI (1), Erick Rudolph, Steve Paine, Ron Cartwright Jr., Derrick Podsiadlo, Brady
Fultz, Joe Dgien, Donnie Lawson, Mike Bills, Matt Sheppard, Billy Van Pelt, Justin Wright, Cory Costa, Chris Ostrowsky, Jordan Siri, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Scott Boudinot, Eldon Payne Jr., Marcus Dinkins, Jordan Reed, Danny Johnson, Jim Larock, Gary Tomkins DNQ: Kyle Fink, Steve Gray, Lee Bills, Don Slover
CRATE SPORTSMAN, 29 cars (25 Laps): DALE WELTY (1), Mike Jackson, Doug Smith, Rob Humphreys, Josh Keesey, Brett Buono, Eric Williams, Casey Pavlick, Josh Sawyer, Jake Dgien, Tom Collins Jr., Nick Guererri, Ben Wheeler, Brent Ayers, Will Shields, Chris Fisher, AJ Lloyd, Shane Spoonhower, Loren Lincoln, Chris Silvers, Ray Bliss, Mickey Wilbur, Ross Vleck (buy in), Garett Rushlow (buy in), Zach Ziegenhagen (buy in), Mike Buchanan, Stacey Jackson, Tim Guild (buy in) DNQ: Todd Hayward
Weedsport Speedway Test and Tune Scheduled for this Sunday
Weedsport Speedway will open on Sunday, May 15th for open practice for all divisions. For some the afternoon will provide an opportunity for drivers to shake off the cobwebs and get some laps on their equipment. While for others it could be used to fine tune their setups for an upcoming Weedsport event. A mild winter and an early start has helped the track crew fine tune the surface. Speedway management hopes some minor tweaks in the configuration makes for better racing. "The track has come around great. We got an early start and it has really helped get the surface in great condition" stated Jimmy Phelps. "We made a minor adjustment to the entry of turn one, and after taking a few laps at speed, I think it is going to really help the racing."
Pit gates will open at noon, and the first hot lap session will go on track at 2:00 pm. Pit admission will be $20 for all ages. Grandstands will be open and free to the public. Bring your appetite! The concessions under the pavilion will be open to purchase a bite to eat with an all new line up.
Thursday Night Thunder At Outlaw Speedway THIS Thursday Night
Media Contact: Steven Ovens
For Immediate Release – May 9th, 2016
(DUNDEE, N.Y.) - Outlaw Speedway first-year owner and promoter Tyler Siri has pulled the six shooters out and is ready to fight back at Mother Nature this week.
After losing the last three Friday nights to rain, the weather forecast already shows an 80% chance of rain for this Friday which prompted the staff at Outlaw to change things up in an effort to finally get the 2016 season started. The 2016 season will get under way on Thursday night at 7:00PM at the Dundee, NY oval.
"We want to go racing, the racers want to go racing, the fans want to see some racing and Mother Nature has made us think outside the box a little bit here," said Siri when contacted Monday morning. "We're not afraid to go outside of the norm to accomplish our goals and we have seen other tracks in the area that are doing the same to try and shake this weather spell we've been under. With an 80% chance of rain Friday, we just don't want to see four rain outs in a row."
That will set the stage for a regular show on Thursday night consisting of Friendly Dodge and Ford Big Block/Small Block Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Creekside Entertainment Street Stocks, Four Cylinders and Winners Circle Bandits. Outlaw Speedway will work with the Patriot Sprint Tour officials to reschedule the American Series event that was scheduled for Friday night.
Thursday Night Thunder will be the opening points race for all divisions with the Modifieds having their first crack at their $2,000-to-win and $200-to-start purse. With rain being abundant with this week's forecast, Thursday night could spell a great opportunity for the regular contingent and some outsiders to come in and challenge for the title of first Modified winner at Outlaw Speedway. History will be made on Thursday night and you will not want to miss it!
General admission for this 'Thursday Thunder' opening night event is just $12 for ages 13 and up. Seniors will pay the discounted price of $10, while children 12 and under are always free at Outlaw Speedway. Pit passes will be set at the regular price of $30 per person. Pit gates will open at 4:30PM while general admission gates will open at 5PM. Steve Kellogg's first green flag of the night is slated to wave at 7:00PM.
2016 RACING SEASON GETS THE GREEN FLAG TONIGHT WITH THE RUNNING OF THE CAN OPENER
SUSQUEHANNA, PA…It’s the night we have all been waiting for as Penn Can Speedway drops the green flag on the 2016 racing season with the running of the Can Opener. The Modifieds will run 40 laps, paying $1,500 to win. The 602 Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks, Crate Late Models, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders will all be in competition beginning at 7:00 p.m.
After raining out two weeks in a row, the 2016 opener is now set to go tonight highlighted by the extra distance event for the Modifieds. Last year Dan Pompey kicked off the season by racing to the victory in the Can Opener. He was chased to the stripe by Mike Dougherty and eventual Track Champion Kevin Hartnett.
Nick Rochinski had dominated the event until he was sidelined by motor troubles late in the race. They would continue to plague him all season long and yet he was still able to come home in a three way tie for second in the final point standings with Pompey and Alan Rudalavage. Look for all of those drivers to be around the front again tonight in the 2016 lid lifter.
Tonight marks the return of Late Model racing to Penn Can Speedway for the first time in several years. The track announced during the off season that a new Crate Late Model division would debut in 2016. That time has come and they will be in action tonight for the first time. While we don’t anticipate a big car count to start the season, we anticipate the class to grow throughout the season. “We are 100% committed to building up the new Crate Late Model division”, said Promoter Dan Harpell. “The first step was aligning ourselves with the CARS program that American Racer Tire offers. It’s an outstanding program that will give our drivers a great opportunity to take home some good money along with the tire giveaway program that is offered”, he added.
Tonight’s show starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be run off efficiently to get our fans and drivers home at a decent hour. Our normal weekly show runs just over three hours on average and we anticipate tonight to be no different.
Pit and grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps will take place at 6:15 p.m. and the first heat will take the green flag at 7:00 p.m. The complete information sheet can be found here on our Facebook page.
DOUBLE THE EXCITEMENT; DOUBLE THE INTENSITY!
TWIN-20S FEATURES FOR THE MODIFIEDS MAY 14 AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 9)......The headline Big-Block Modifieds will compete in a pair of 20-lap feature races this coming Saturday evening, May 14 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.
Led by defending point champion Jerry Higbie, the earth-shaking, 800 horse power Modifieds will have two chances to win on the lightning fast five-eighths-mile Middletown “Hard Clay” oval. Also on the evening’s program are the Sportsman division, the Rookie Sportsman, and the always unpredictable Street Stocks. The night’s activities are sponsored by Sparta Trucking and Holiday Inn of Middletown.
With two features on tap, there’s bound to be a shakeup in the Modified point standings. In three feature races to date, three drivers have tasted victory champagne, the latest former track point champion Jeff Heotzler who registered his 50th Orange County career Modified win this past Saturday. The season’s other two Modified features were won by Bob McGannon and Tommy Meier. With Higbie, along with nearly two-dozen other Modified drivers, still looking for their first 2016 victory, the Twin-20s race night is bound to be action-packed from first lap through to the evening’s final checkered flag!
This Saturday’s racing program is also designated Boys and Girls Club Night. In addition, the Orange County Kids Club has activities planned for youngsters in attendance.
Admission prices for the May 14 race meet remain at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
Jimmy Phelps Kicks Off May With Fulton Speedway Modified Win
By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – May 7, 2016 – Jimmy Phelps out of Baldwinsville, NY served noticed that he will be a serious contender for the 2016 Fulton Speedway, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified track championship. In the 35 lap feature Phelps used a lap 22 restart to take the lead from race-long leader Larry Wight. Once out front Phelps held off challenges from Wight for the first points paying race victory of the season for the division.
Other winners on the night were Todd Root (Sportsman) Chris Fleming (Late Models) Richie Riggs (Novice Sportsman) Dakota Bechler (Four-Cylinders).
Billy Whittaker and Larry Wight brought the hungry Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified field down to the green with Wight grabbing the early advantage in the 35 lap feature.
With 10 laps complete Wight held a six-car length advantage over Jimmy Phelps. Behind the top two Tom Sears, Whittaker and Tim Kerr battled for third through fifth.
At the halfway point, lap 18 and no yellows since lap 2, Wight was still setting a fast pace out front as Phelps stayed within striking distance. Sears, Whittaker, Kerr and Pat Ward were putting on a show behind the top two.
The yellow would wave on lap 22 when Andrew Ferguson had engine problems ending his night. When the race restarted Jimmy Phelps got a run on the bottom of the speedway to be scored the new leader.
With 10 laps to go Phelps still showed the way with Wight right in his tire tracks. Sears, Kerr and Ward showed on the scoring tower running in the top five.
Over the remaining laps Wight threw everything he had at Phelps but to no avail as Phelps was the first under the checkers over Wight, Sears, Kerr and Ward.
In the 25 lap Sportsman feature the winner was in doubt until the final lap with great racing throughout the field.
Dylan Zacharias would lead the opening six laps before a quick yellow would tighten up the field. On the restart Mike Phelps would blast into the top spot.
With 10 laps complete Phelps held a few car advantage while behind him you could have thrown a blanket over Corey Barker, Zacharias, Nick Krause and Todd Root as they used every groove on the speedway battling for position.
A quick caution on lap 12 gave the great racing throughout the field a breather. On the restart Barker, using the low groove, drove into the lead with Krause and Root moving into second and third.
With 10 laps go Krause found speed on the high side and shot by Barker and into the lead.
Over the remaining laps Krause led but was feeling pressure from Root. The difference in the race came on the final lap when Krause got hung up behind a slower car allowing Root to shoot under Krause and go onto the popular win.
After some post-race weight infractions, Corey Barker, Mike Phelps, Ron Davis III and Chris Mackey finished second through fifth.
The 15 lap Novice feature saw a great race where they drove anything but like Novice. Dorian Wahdan would lead the opening early laps before Tyler Thompson took over the lead on lap 4.
On lap 8 Richie Riggs took advantage of slower cars in front of Thompson to drive into the lead exiting turn four. Thompson fought back and retook the lead on lap 11 just before the caution flag waved. Over the remaining laps Thompson was the first under the checkers.
A post-race trip over the scales found Thompson light giving the win to Richie Riggs. Willy Decker Jr., Ryan Hatherill, Taylor Jackson and Kelly Smith finished second through fifth.
DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) - JIMMY PHELPS , Larry Wight, Tom Sears Jr., Tim Kerr, Pat Ward, Billy Whittaker, Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Matt Hulsizer, Mike Bowman, Max McLaughlin, Adam Roberts, Katelyn Hile, Jim Witko Jr., Rich Riggs, Andrew Ferguson, Chad Phelps, DNS Joe August Jr., Tim Murphy.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - TODD ROOT, Corey Barker, Mike Phelps, Ron Davis III, Chris Mackey, Billy Clark Jr., Dylan Zacharias, Earl Rudy, Chris Cunningham, Randy Gates, Ricky Yelle, Mike Button, Steve Barber, Tony Finch II, Jessica Power, Kyle Kiehn, Jeremy Dygert, Joe Kline, Gregg Kimball, Jim Spano, Brett Draper, Wade Chrisman, Rocky Grosso, Jordan Bennett, Kyle Fink, Mike Stanton Jr., Nick Krause, Jeremy Pitcher.
Late Models 20 Laps) - CHRIS FLEMING, AJ Kingsley, Brandon Ford, Jason Occhino, Billy Eisele, Jason Parkhurst, Kevan Cook, Bret Belden,Johnny Hill, Aron Backus, Matt Parkhurst, Alan Fink, Dave Talbot, Brandon Carvey, Tony Finch II.
Novice Sportsman 15 Laps) - RICHIE RIGGS, Willy Decker Jr., Ryan Hatherill, Taylor Jackson, Kelly Smith, Dorian Wahdan, Kyle Perry, Rachel Zacharias, Dwight Nichols, Patrick LaPage, Billy Sauve, Kearra Backus, Torrey Stoughtenger, Mikey Wight, Tyler Thompson.
JOHNSON GOES BACK TO BACK AT FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – On Mother’s Day and Ray Dalmata tribute night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway Ronnie Johnson went back to back with modified feature victories in the last two weeks in the Jake & Nancy Spraker owned #1RJ Teo car.
Other winners on Johnstown NAPA Night were John McAuliffe (sportsman), Rob Lanfear (rookie sportsman), Kenny Gates who also scored a back to back win in the pro stock division, and Josh Coonradt who made it three straight wins on the season in the street stock class.
Alton Palmer who won qualifying heat race number one to gain a pole position start for the 35-lap event went to the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with outside pole sitter Craig Hanson in tow. While Palmer was in lap traffic by lap seven of the event, sixth place starter Ronnie Johnson was on the move as he was already up to the fourth position at that point in the event.
Jeremy Wilder, who started the event in the 13th position, did a 360 degree spin in turn two on lap eight but kept the car moving and continued on despite losing some positions in the process. Johnson gained the third position on lap nine after getting by Mark Kislowski for the spot just before the first caution of the event came out for a car that was stopped in turn four.
On the Delaware restart, Johnson took the second position away from Hanson with ninth place starter Jeff Trombley also getting by Hanson for the third spot. On the outside of turn two coming down the backstretch Johnson got to the outside of Palmer and by the time the two reached turn three Johnson was the new race leader.
Shortly after Bobby Varin got by Hanson for the fourth position on lap 12, the caution flag was out again for Vinnie Sanganetti who came to a stop in between turns three and four after another car drove over Sanganetti’s front end. Sanganetti was not injured but retired from the event at that point in the event.
On the restart, Pep Corradi came to a stop against the front stretch wall to bring out another caution before any laps were completed. On the second attempt at the restart, Trombley moved around Palmer to take the second position away with another caution on lap 15 for Darwin Greene who broke going down the backstretch and came to a stop before the pit road entrance.
After his 360 degree spin in turn two earlier in the event, Wilder made his way into the top five on the restart with the top five at the hallway point consisting of Johnson, Trombley, Varin, Palmer, and Wilder. Wilder took the fourth position away from Palmer on lap 20 with Johnson in lap traffic three laps later while 12th place starter Josh Hohenforst got by Palmer for a position in the top five.
Just after Johnson split the two lap cars of Greene and Kenny Sparks on the front stretch going inside of Greene and then changing lanes to get by Sparks on the outside, the final caution was out with only one lap to go for Sparks who came to a stop on track. Johnson was not to be denied however as he went on to his second win of the season and the 27th of his career at Fonda moving him up to the 15th spot on the all-time win list at Fonda ahead of Brett Hearn and behind Steve Danish who has 32 total wins at Fonda.
Trombley, Varin, Hohenforst, and Wilder completed the top five in the event with Hohenforst taking the fourth position away from Wilder at the line.
“This Jake & Nancy Spraker owned Teo car is fast,” Johnson said in victory lane. “They have given me everything that I’ve asked for and have brought me back to life. I don’t think that I have ever won two in a row here at Fonda and as my confidence builds we are getting better and better.”
Chris Curtis and Adam McAuliffe started the 25-lap sportsman feature on the front row with Curtis taking the early lead. Fourth place starter John McAuliffe was the new second place car on lap two with the yellow out on lap eight for Ray Zemken who spun in turn three after contact by Billy Gray going into the turn. Zemken continued on at the rear of the field.
On the outside of turns three and four on lap five John McAuliffe took the lead away from Curtis and at the hallway point in the event the top five consisted of John McAuliffe, Adam McAuliffe, Curtis, Tony Farone, and ninth place starter Tim Hartman Jr. Hartman Jr. was the new third place car after getting by both Farone and Curtis while 13th place starter Rocky Warner moved into the top five after also getting by Curtis.
John McAuliffe was in lap traffic with five laps to go, as Warner continued to move to the front, getting by Adam McAuliffe for the second position with only two laps to go. Shortly after taking over the second position something in Warner’s car broke as he came to a stop just before the entrance to the pit area I turn three bringing out the final caution of the event and setting up a two lap dash to the checkered flag.
John McAuliffe led on the restart and the rest of the way as well as he took the checkered flag first over Adam McAuliffe, Hartman Jr., Farone, and 19th place starter Connor Cleveland. For John McAuliffe in the McAuliffe Trucking #23 Teo car it was his sixth career win in the 602 sportsman division after winning a total of 34 times in the “open” sportsman division at Fonda along with three track titles in that class back in 2001, 2004, & 2005.
“I have to thank my crew who has been putting in a lot of extra time on this car as I have been working a lot,” McAuliffe said in victory lane. “I have to also thank Tom Conroy, who is the crew chief for Mark Kislowski, as he has been helping us lately. I have never had a car like this.”
Rob Lanfear led every lap of the 12-lap rookie sportsman feature with only one caution slowing the event. It was Lanfear’s second career win at Fonda after winning last year in what was then called the limited sportsman division. Josh Neal, David Manchester, Mike Block, and Anthony Alger completed the top five in the event.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – RONNIE JOHNSON, Jeff Trombley, Bobby Varin, Josh Hohenforst, Jeremy Wilder, Mark Kislowski, Alton Palmer, Danny Johnson, Craig Hanson, Bodie Bellinger, Jessey Mueller, Brian Gleason, Brandon Walters, Justin Boehler, Darwin Greene, Ed Harris, Shea Montgomery, Chuck Allen, Kenny Sparks, Brian Nelson, Pep Corradi, Vinnie Sanganetti, Scott Huber, Justin Barber, Jeff Rockefeller
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – JOHN MCAULIFFE, Adam McAuliffe, Tim Hartman Jr., Tony Farone, Connor Cleveland, Chris Curtis, Brian Pessolano, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Dave Constantino, Chad Edwards, JaMike Sowle, Chris Schaffer, Ricky Quick, Nick Scavia, Ray Zemken, Ivan Joslin, Jack Lehner, Floyd Billington, Mark Mortensen, Josh DeMagistris, Justin Smith, Stephen Denton, Rocky Warner, Aaron Burton, Billy Gray, Cody Clark, Harry Shaffer, Aaron Jacobs
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 12-LAPS – ROB LANFEAR, Josh Neal, David Manchester, Mike Block, Anthony Alger, A.J. Miller, Bobby Gage, Kyle Gray
Chad Cook Wins First Modified Event Of 2016
CENTER LISLE, NY – After a disappointing performance in the Season Opener, Chad Cook rebounded on Saturday.
For the first time in 2016, Deposit, N.Y.’s Cook reached big-block/small-block Modified Victory Lane at Thunder Mountain Speedway, earning a $1,200 payday for his efforts in the Mike Costello-owned No. 222.
Once again, Thunder Mountain led the way in the region with the pit area over-filled. Some 169 race cars hit the Center Lisle, N.Y., three-eighths-mile during the busy night.
“With this field of cars, you’ve got to take these wins up here on the Mountain when you can get them,” Cook said. “We didn’t have any luck at the opener but we were fortunate with the draw tonight and the car was where I needed it.”
By virtue of a redraw, Cook started the 30-lap main from the pole position. Cook paced the entire distance with shuffling for position behind him.
Ryan Jordan was Cook’s closest pursuer for much of the event. However, with just seven laps remaining, Jordan was forced to the pit area with a deflating right-rear tire on his No. R21. That handed the runner-up position over to Alan Barker, a first-year Modified regular on the Mountain.
Barker, of Norwich, N.Y., chased Cook to the finish, recovering from a tangle while inside the top-five on Opening Night. Sophomore Modified talent Colton Wilson of Dryden, N.Y., guided the Pat Lynch-fielded No. 42 to a third-place finish, ahead of a rim-riding Nick Rochinski of Dickson City, Pa., from 10th and ninth-starter Tyler Siri of Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Returning to weekly competition at Thunder Mountain in 2016, Candor, N.Y., driver Brian White drove to a $700 payday in the 20-lap Open Sportsman main. White started from fourth position and took the lead from New Jersey invader J.R. Fulper following a third-lap restart.
White’s most formidable challenge came in lapped traffic during the race’s final five laps, allowing Fulper to close him. However, White maintained the advantage and completed his homecoming to racing on the Mountain.
Fulper, in his debut at Thunder Mountain, finished a solid second, followed by Kevin Jordan (up from seventh), Eddie White in his first start of the season and two-time ’16 winner Geordie Decker.
Berkshire, N.Y., driver Shayne Spoonhower won for the first time this year in the 20-lap Crate 602 Sportsman main, taking home a $500 top prize. Spoonhower started fourth in a strong 26-car field and was able to clear Street Stock graduate Daryl Krebs on the eighth tour of the three-eighths-mile oval.
Once in front, Spoonhower – driving a former Andy Bachetti car – marched to victory, followed by Krebs, Matt Brewer, Dale Welty and Tom Collins Jr.
Dan Allen of Berkshire, N.Y., won for the first time in Rookie Sportsman action, dominating the 15-lap feature. Ryan Alsdorf chased Allen across the line.
Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): CHAD COOK, Alan Barker, Colton Wilson, Nick Rochinski, Tyler Siri, Danny Creeden, Barry White, Bob Hamm Jr., Ken Titus, Jim Britt, Byron Worthing, John Morse, Ryan Jordan, Jim LaRock, Dan Humes, Dan Loiodice, Lee DeWitt, Billy Spoonhower, Nick Nye, Brent Wilcox, Chris Ostrowsky, Jeremy Smith, Mike Clapperton, Todd Hayward, Brian Malcolm, Sam Allen.
Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BRIAN WHITE, J.R. Fulper, Kevin Jordan, Eddie White, Geordie Decker, Chance Spoonhower, Travis Smith, Larry Hillis, Bobby Trapper Jr., Dan Burman, Cole Price, Larry Mekic, Dayton Coney, Duane Knapp, Greg Morgan, Thomas Ferguson, Chris Jordan, Jason Tuttle, Daniel Burman, Aaron Shelton, Phil Goetschius, Tommy Eiklor, Tim French.
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): SHAYNE SPOONHOWER, Daryl Krebs, Matt Brewer, Dale Welty, Tom Collins, Mike Decker, Mike Nagel Jr., Russell Hendrickson, Tyler Ward, Dustin Jordan, Bob Stahl, Gregg Turner, Isaiah Forward, Brian Mady, Hilary Ward, Kinser Hill, James McIntyre, Kimberlee Morgan, Tyler Keener, Pat Jordan, Devon Zona, Rich Powell, Will Shields, Lee Foland, Todd Hayward, Kailee Dimorier.
Rookie Sportsman Feature Finish (15 laps): DAN ALLEN, Ryan Alsdorf, Colby Hendrickson, Jason Beebe, Tim French Jr., Art Priscott, Kerri Cook, Anthony Rundell, Connor Spoonhower, Justin Cobb, Nick St. John.
WELLER FLIES TO SHARON BIG-BLOCK MOD WIN
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH May 7, 2016 After two straight rain outs, Sharon Speedway was bound and determined to not let a third one happen. Off and on light showers fell throughout the late afternoon and early evening hours, but it didn't stop the action on a fast and racey track as 121 cars filled the pit area for the "Steel Valley Thunder" opener. Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Jim Weller, Jr.-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Chris Schneider-Penn-Ohio Mini Series for the Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Joel Watson-Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Brandon Ritchey-Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Butch Lambert-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Steve Walker II-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Four of the six feature winners were from Pennsylvania.
With Rex King, Jr. starting on the outside pole of the 20-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modified feature, most figured he'd be the guy to beat, but veteran Jim Weller, Jr. had something to say about that. Sixth starting Weller made an impressive move on lap eight following a restart and kept King at bay over the final 12 laps for his first win of the season on the circuit.
"I'm not real sure what happened there to be honest," deadpanned the Hubbard, Ohio racer when asked about taking the lead. "A couple times I closed my eyes! When you have the Kings chasing you you've got to go. We were pretty good, but weren't great as I couldn't turn the car in the corners. I screwed up once in turn three- it wasn't that good of a race for me. I have to thank John Corbin. He's not working with us this year. He put a lot of time and energy into our cars. Chris Shockey took over for him and is doing a great job."
Rob Kristyak would actually lead the opening lap, but his lead was short lived as King, Jr. took over following a restart on lap two. A caution for Jimmy Weller III slowed action with three laps scored. When racing resumed, it was three-wide for second with Weller and Rex King moving by Kristyak into second and third. A caution for Rick Richner slowed action for the third and final time. The New York racer pitted ending his night and was awarded the hard luck, which was worth two complimentary pit passes for next week courtesy of Hovis Auto & Truck Supply.
King, Jr. chose the inside on the restart and looked like he was going to have the advantage, but Weller used a cross over move and found bite off the bottom of turn two to power into the lead. King, Jr. remained within striking distance over the final 12 laps, but never mounted a serious challenge as Weller took the win by a margin of 1.371 seconds in his Liberty Steel Products #31. The victory for Weller was his 34th career Big-Block win and milestone 40th overall at Sharon.
King was third over eighth starting Garrett Krummert. Mike Maresca, Jr. went from 10th to fifth and earned an extra $50 from an anonymous donor. Completing the top 10 were Kevin Bolland, Kristyak, Jim Rasey, Skip Moore, and Dave Murdick. Heat winners were Kristyak and King, Jr.
Like Schneider and Watson in their respective features, Brandon Ritchey may not have had the fastest car in his division either, but he made the most of the situation as he led the final three laps of the Lyden/Red Line Oil feature holding off veteran Jerry Schaffer and his cousin Nick Ritchey for his first career RUSH Sportsman Modified victory. The win was worth $500 due to a full field of 24 racers being on hand matching the division's all-time high set on April 16.
"I knew I had Jerry a veteran alongside of me and Nick behind me," explained the 22-year-old Seneca, Pa. racer. "I had to hit my marks, I never lifted, and never looked back as I wanted the checkered flag. I love this class- it's only going to grow. The sky is the limit with all the support we have. I have to thank my dad and grandfather. If it wasn't for them none of this would be possible along with my sponsors. Boy am I shaking. I have to thank Sharon Speedway. The track had a lot of bite in it and was awesome. It was a fast track."
A pair of cautions for newcomer Jordan Ehrenberg slowed action twice in the first six laps. Brandon Ritchey started fifth and passed Schaffer for third on lap six, which would prove to be key later on. Kyle Martell and Justin Shea were putting on a great race out in front as both racers were looking for their first career wins. Martell was fresh off a career best runner-up on opening night, while Shea was hoping to end a streak of bad luck that befell him at both Sharon and Lernerville Speedways' openers.
On lap 13, Martell dropped to the bottom in turns three and four and caught an infield yuke tire sending it onto the track, which took out Shea as it was a heartbreaking end to both racers' night. The benefactor was Brandon Ritchey as he inherited the lead and kept a pack of hungry racers eager for a win behind him over the final three laps taking the checkered flag by 0.809 of a second in the Clair Ritchey-owned, Casey's Restaurant & Lounge/Eakin Concrete/The Nickle Bar/Kings Landscaping/American Auto Pride-sponsored #17.
Ritchey had won some Mini Stock races at some western Pa. tracks in the past, but Saturday's win was not only his first ever in the division, but also first career at Sharon. In just his second race in a Modified, Chas Wolbert was fourth over Larry Kugel, who received a $50 bonus from an anonymous donor. Wolbert, Shea, and Martell won the heat races.
DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. JIM WELLER, JR. (31) 2. Rex King, Jr. (165) 3. Rex King (65) 4. Garrett Krummert (29) 5. Mike Maresca, Jr. (7) 6. Kevin Bolland (777) 7. Rob Kristyak (00) 8. Jim Rasey (32) 9. Skip Moore (17M) 10. Dave Murdick (61) 11. Jimmy Weller III (23) 12. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 13. Tom Mattocks (69) 14. Bob Warren (96B) 15. Rick Richner (26) 16. Erik Martin (29E)-DNS.
RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (15 laps, $500 to-win): 1. BRANDON RITCHEY (17) 2. Jerry Schaffer (14) 3. Nick Ritchey (77N) 4. Chas Wolbert (c3) 5. Larry Kugel (0) 6. Tiffany Williams (58) 7. Kole Holden (2) 8. Rocky Kugel (6) 9. Josh Deems (9D) 10. Chelsie Kriegisch (10) 11. Will Schaffer (4) 12. Jessica Shea (24s) 13. Blaze Myers (43JR) 14. Calvin Clay (21) 15. Michael Sparks (Smith 3G) 16. Amelia Clay (12) 17. Jonathan Myers (11) 18. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 19. Kyle Martell (8) 20. Justin Shea (14s) 21. Steve Slater (35) 22. Jessica Kriegisch (63) 23. Jordan Ehrenberg (JD57) 24. Brian Schaffer (41).
SHEPPARD WINS MODIFIED FEATURE NUMBER THREE AT THE “LAND OF LEGENDS”
CANANDAIGUA, NY…. “The track was real fast tonight. I was especially quick in turns three and four”, stated Matt Sheppard after he picked up his third DIRTcar Modified feature of the year in three tries at Canandaigua. This win, number 54 for Sheppard, moves him into fifth on the Canandaigua All-Time feature win list, surpassing Hall of Famer Will Cagle, who has 53 feature wins.
Ricky Newton picked up his second feature win of the year in the Sportsman division. Chad Homan dominated the new Crate Late Model class winning their 15-lap feature by a half a track. Marc Minutolo continues to dominate the combined Pure Stock/Street Stock feature winning his third feature on the 2016 season.
Also on hand were the Patriot Sprint Cars. Steve Poirier took the 25-lap feature win. Bryan Howland, Jason Barney, Jared Zimbardi and Dane Lorenc rounded out the top five A-Main finishers. It was the Patriot’s first time back at the track since 2010. More about the Patriots appearance at Canandaigua Motorsports Park can be found at their website.
Gil Tegg Jr. was able to grab the lead from his pole starting position in the 35-lap DIRTcar Modified feature. He quickly found himself in a side-by-side duel with Brian Sage., who nosed slightly ahead to lead lap six, before Tegg, Jr. rebounded back into first.
The yellow flew on lap 10 when Justin Haers slid off the track in the fourth turn due to a faulty kill switch. He was able to make repairs and return at the back of the field.
Up front Sage used his inside restarting spot to claim first. But then five laps later he drifted to the inside of the third turn, off the track and out of the race. This allowed Gary Tomkins to inherit the lead. One lap later the yellow flew again. Vic Coffey, who was forced high between turns three and four came to a stop and was tagged in the door panel by Eldon Payne, Jr. just as the yellow flew. Both cars were able to continue.
Up front Tomkins stayed ahead of Mike O’Brien and Steve Paine. But moving through the field, was Sheppard. Sheppard took third on lap 24 and one lap later grabbed second from O’Brien. On lap 28 he caught Tomkins going into the third turn and completed his pass for the lead using the inside grove.
Steve Paine rebounded and moved into second, but was unable to draw closer to Sheppard. At the finish line it was Sheppard followed by Paine. Haers, who seemed on a mission after his kill switch seemed to fail, nosed out Tomkins at the finish line for third. Tim Fuller rounded out the top five finishers.
In Sportsman action, the original start had to be called back following a multi-car tangle going into the second turn, eliminating Paul Guererri, A.J. Lloyd, pole sitter Ray Hendershot. The restart saw one lap go into the record books when another multi-car accident occurred on the front stretch. Race fans saw Kevin Ridley roll his number 20x at the start finish line to bring out the red flag.
Up front Doug Smith had been able to lead the first two laps, before Ricky Newton took the lead on lap three. Newton would lead the remainder of the 25-lap main with Adam Ashcroft in second, some three seconds behind. Smith was able to hold third until lap 12, when he started to fall back allowing James Sweeting to move into third.
Defending track champion, Dave Marcuccilli tried to move through lapped traffic, but had to settle for fourth. Tyler Meeks came home in fifth.
“This new car just works so well,” related Newton. “My job is much easier.”
MODIFIED FEATURE (35-laps ): MATT SHEPPARD, Steve Paine, Justin Haers, Gary Tomkins, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Mike O’Brien, Mat Williamson, Peter Britten, Ryan Arbithnot, Dan Wiesner, Derrick Podsiadlo, Vic Coffey, Justin Wright, Tommy Keyes, Kyle Coffey, Kaitlyn Pashina, Greg Birosh, Jamie Maier, Eldon Payne Jr., Gil Tegg Jr., Brian Sage, Doug Gavette, DNS: Dave Rauscher.
A-MAIN (25-laps): STEVE POIRIER, Bryan Howland, Jason Barney, Jared Zimbardi, Dane Lorenc, Paulie Colagiovanni, Paul Habeck, Steve Doell, Jeff Cook, Mitch Brown, Mike Stelter, Cory Turner, Joe Trenca, Sammy Reakes IV, Josh Azzi, Darryl Ruggles, Alex Hill, Kyle Drum, Dave Just, Scott Just, Tyler Graves, Chuck Hebing, Pete Richardson.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25-laps): RICKY NEWTON, Adam Ashcroft, James Sweeting, Dave Marcuccilli, Tyler Meeks, Karl Comfort, Kane Bristol, Darryl Nutting, Matt Guererri, Doug Smith, Nick Guererri, Kevin Root, Tim Baker, Austyne Fugle, Tommy Paige, Jeff Devoli, Nathan Peck ham, Jon Ellsworth, Rob Bussey, Anthony Kimball, Kevin Ridley, Ray Hendershot, A.J. Lloyd, Paul Guererri.
OVERNIGHT NIGHT RAIN AND SATURATED GROUNDS TOO TOUGH A COMBINATION TO OVERCOME, UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY CANCELS RACING FOR SUNDAY MAY 8
VERNON, NY- With a week filled with rain plus another round of heavy rain sweeping through overnight that saturated already wet grounds, Utica-Rome Speedway has cancelled racing action for Sunday May 8.
OCFS May 7 Results
MODIFIEDS Feature: Jeff Heotzler, Chris Shultz, Jimmy Horton, Rich Eurich, Craig Mitchell, Mike Kolka, LJ Lombardo, Tommy Meier, Jerry Higbie, Billy Vaninwegen, John Lieto, Matt Janiak, Mike Ruggiero, John Ferrier, Danny Cronk, Gary Edwards Jr., Mike Wahl, Jeremy Markle, Stewart Freisen, Jesse Kline, Bob McGannon, Brendan Finley, Chris Whitehead, Steve Dodd
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS FEATURE: Gary Edwards Jr., Bob McGannon, Tommy Meier, Tom Hindley, Brian Krummel, Frank Doty, Shane Jablonka, Joe Falanga, John Lieto, Jesse Leiby, Rob Rowe, Bobby Hentschel, John Ferrier, Jimmy Spellmon, Joe Barbagallo, Tyler Treacy, Mike McKerrell, Kirk Horton, Eddie Burgess, Zach Vavricka, Tim Hindley, Rich Eggers, Matt Janiak, Tyler McKee
SPORTSMAN FEATURE: Chris Stevens, Frank Venezia, Tyler Johnston, Joe Conklin, Tyler Boniface, Brandon Grosso, Jeff Richardson, Jeff Hulseapple, Allison Ricci, Anthony Falanga, Daniel Morgiewicz, Howie Finch, Jimmy Johnson, Pat Murphy, Corey Cormier, Joe Bonetti, Dillon Steuer, RJ Smith, Troy Arnold, Randy Sweetman, Johnny Illanovsky, Jesse Leiby, Larry Hendershot, Rafaele Carson, Joey Falanga
Mother Nature Is Not A Race Fan; Outlaw Loses Third Straight Week To Start 2016
(DUNDEE, N.Y.) - No, this isn't a joke. Mother Nature once again is brining rain to Dundee, NY on a late Friday afternoon and early evening. With the major threat of afternoon and evening-long rain, Outlaw Speedway was forced to push their opening night activities back to Friday May 13th.
"With the major threat of incoming rain and teams traveling as far away as 6 hours from Canada, we just didn't have a choice," said Outlaw Speedway owner Tyler Siri. "Believe me when I say we want to go racing as badly as everyone else does. We just can't believe our luck so far this season trying to get a show in."
The Patriot Sprint Tour was already scheduled to be off next Friday and with their tour making a Saturday stop at Woodhull, a reschedule date of next week worked out perfectly. That sets up opening night with 360 Sprint Cars again and also sets up the first two shows for Outlaw Speedway including the winged warriors.
Brewerton Speedway Cancels May 6 Racing; Fulton Speedway Racing May 7
By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – May 6, 2016 – After an updated look at the impending weather the Brewerton Speedway has canceled the May 6th racing program to save fans and competitors travel time and money.
The Fulton Speedway will be racing tomorrow, Saturday, May 7th on Ferris Mowers Night. On the race schedule will be the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Novice Sportsman and Four Cylinders.
Adult admission $12, 18 years old and under FREE, pits $27. Gates open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Flowers & Things out of Sodus, NY will have free flowers for the moms.
Third Time Is The Charm; Outlaw Speedway Ready To Open Revamped Facility With Patriot Sprint Tour
Media Contact: Steven Ovens
For Immediate Release – May 4th, 2016
(DUNDEE, N.Y.) - Winged Sprint Cars return to Outlaw Speedway on Friday night for a jam-packed night of excitement on the 'Fast Four-Tenths-Mile.'
It will be the third consecutive week where Outlaw Speedway attempts to hold their season-opening event as rain has been the story for the past two Friday nights. A tremendous amount of work and resources has gone into transforming the property located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Dundee, NY. First-year owner Tyler Siri and staff is ready to show off all of that hard work.
Mike Emhof's Patriot Sprint Tour is ready to kick off its American Series Tour for the 2016 campaign, as they too lost a race event last weekend to rain. What this sets up is a monster show where both Outlaw Speedway and the Patriot 360 Sprints will converge on the clay as perennial favorites Kyle Drum, Jared Zimbardi, Bryan Howland, Tyler Graves and George Suprick will be in town.
There are also a few teams from 'North of the Border' in Canada that have hinted at making the trip to Outlaw Speedway on Friday night. Outlaw's Grand Opening could see a great mix of both Patriot and ESS supporters as the ESS tour comes to town just two weeks later. Drivers and crews are looking to get a grip on the track surface after track crews added clay in some trouble areas in the offseason.
The Friendly Dodge and Ford Big Block/Small Block Modifieds will be ready to battle their first race of 2016 as Outlaw Speedway rolls out their weekly $2,000-to-win, $200-to-start program. Drivers like Steve Paine, Tyler Siri, Danny Johnson, Gary Tomkins, Brady Fultz, Billy Van Pelt and many many more look to claim their first piece of the pie when the gates swing open on Friday night.
The headliners will be joined by the Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Creekside Entertainment Street Stocks, Four Cylinders and Winners Circle Bandits.
Rain checks from the Outlaw Spring Nationals will now be good for either this week's Patriot Sprint Show OR the May 20th Outlaw Spring Nationals which was rescheduled from the April 22nd rainout. 50/50 tickets from April 22nd will be added to the May 20th drawing, so hold on to those tickets!
SHARON WILL TRY AGAIN TO KICKOFF REGULAR SEASON SATURDAY NIGHT WITH "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" OPENER PLUS PENN-OHIO STOCK CAR MINI SERIES & POWER WHEEL RACES FOR KIDS
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH May 4, 2016 After a successful 2016 opener with the "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up on April 16, Sharon Speedway was forced to cancel the last two weekends' events due to rain. Sharon is hoping to return to racing action this Saturday night (May 7) with the "Steel Valley Thunder" kickoff featuring the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars for the Penn-Ohio Mini Series, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Saturday's program will get underway at 7 p.m.
The Stock Cars will be highlighted on Saturday night in their first of five Penn-Ohio Mini Series of events that pay a minimum of $1,000 to-win. The remaining dates are June 18, July 23, August 20, and then the "Apple Festival Nationals" on September 16-17. These five events will have a separate point fund besides the Penn-Ohio Series' point fund for their regular schedule of events. The $2,000 to-win "Apple Festival Nationals" will award points for both.
FONDA SPEEDWAY WILL HONOR MOTHERS FOR MOTHERS DAY ALONG WITH A TRIBUTE TO RAY DALMATA THIS SATURDAY, MAY 7
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – On Saturday, May 7 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, there will be two tributes on Johnstown NAPA Night. One tribute will be to all Mother’s for Mother’s Day while the other will be a tribute to the 1979 Fonda Speedway track champion Ray Dalmata. On the racing card will be a regular show in all divisions with a starting time of 7:30 p.m.
Dalmata is probably best known as being the track champion in 1979 without winning a feature event showing what a consistent driver Dalmata was. Dalmata had a total of 17 feature wins at the Fonda Speedway in a total of seven winning seasons with all of the wins coming in the 80’s. Dalmata’s first win at Fonda was on 9/20/1980 and his last on 7/29/1989.
Another highlight in Dalmata’s racing career was in 1984 when he qualified on the front row for the 200-lap event in Syracuse during Super DIRT Week alongside fellow Fonda Speedway competitor Jack Johnson. Johnson won the event at Syracuse that year while Dalmata finished 23rd. Dalmata also competed at Super DIRT Week in Syracuse in 1983 and 1984 finishing 19th and 26th respectively.
Other accolades in the career of Dalmata include being inducted into the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame in 1994 and the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Hall of Fame in 2001.
According to the book FONDA! Dalmata openly admitted that the river was his biggest fear at the Fonda Speedway. At the time the book was written Dalmata said: “I always worried about it and I always respected the second turn. Getting in the water upside down was not the way I had in mind of going out.”
Undoubtedly contributing to Dalmata’s unease was the fact that the first car he had driven once ended up in the Mohawk River with its driver Todd King very lucky to escape.
One night, power sliding off the second turn, Dalmata’s #643 lurched as Harry Peek spiraled over the front end and appeared to be flipping into the watery depths. Dalmata freaked. He immediately spun his car sideways against the fence, unhooked his belts, and began climbing out in a rush to assist his friend Peek.
Suddenly Ray heard the unwelcome roar of an approaching big block. He knew instantly that he had reacted too quickly, as not everyone who was following had seen what had happened. He slid back into the cockpit, grabbed the roll bars, and held on for dear life. Along came an unsuspecting Jim Senzio, t-boning the #643 mightily and breaking Dalmata’s arm.
Ray chuckled about the rest of the story in the book FONDA! saying: “The next thing I knew Harry was peeking in my window, asking me if I was okay! I’ll never forget that.”
Like so many before him, Ray was carted off to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, NY for a full arm cast. The cast was short-lived, however as Ray’s hacksaw was at work and three days later he amputated just enough of the cast so that he was able to race the next week.
Ray summarized the rest of the story in the book FONDA! saying: “We got seventh or eighth,” he claimed. “It was amazing. No one touched me. They raced me clean for five or six weeks. Then, when I took the cast off completely, it was bang, bang again. I felt like going to the next drivers’ meeting wearing a new cast and saying ‘Hey, lookie here!”
Fulton Speedway Is Full Speed Ahead For The First Points Night This Saturday, May 7
By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – May 3, 2016 – Hot off the heels of a successful and exciting Highbank Holdup weekend for fans and competitors to start the 2016 racing season, the Fulton Speedway will swing back into action this Saturday, May 7th for the first drive to the championship point races in all divisions on Ferris Mowers night.
On the exciting fast, family, affordable fun race schedule will be the ground pounding Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders.
ACTION HEATS UP THIS SUNDAY AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WITH THRILLING FOUR DIVISON SHOW
VERNON, NY- The 2016 season continues this Sunday, May 8, at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Another thrilling show modieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Stocks is planned.
Matt Sheppard has won two of the three feature event completed in the Modifieds to take the early point lead over the Larry Wight, who sits in second in the standings. A quick glance at the standings shows Tim Fuller, Pat Ward, and Danny Varin filling out the top five spots followed by Matt Hulsizer, Marc Johnson, Vic Coffey, Mike Mahaney, and Ryan Phelps. Two of the three of the main events completed had late race passes for the win while the third event the winner was followed closely to the checkered.
Consistency kept Matt Janczuk in the point chase last season, and so far in 2016 the same tactic has put him into the early lead in the 602 Sportsman standings. Janczuk currently sits just four points ahead of opening night winner and defending champion Rocky Warner followed by JaMike Sowle, Glenn Forward, and Chris Mackey. Rounding out the top 10 is John Christian, recent winner Jason Rood, David Schilling, Corey Barker, Rocco Leone, Kyle Kiehn, and Daryl Nutting.
The Open Sportsman rankings show a tie in the chase for the track championship with Opening night victor Jeremy Vunk in a tie with Heath Carney. Defending champion Steve Way sits just two points back closely followed by the most recent winner Claude Hutchings Jr. Jim Rothwell completes the top five ahead of Tom Tophoven, Jack Miller, Lucas Heintz, Mark Effner, Randy Shantel, and Craig Pope.
Gates open this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with racing schedule to start promptly at 6 p.m.
Brewerton Speedway Excited For The 2016 Opening Night Friday
By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – May 2, 2016 – Since the final checkers waved last October to end the 2015 racing season fans and competitors alike have been anxiously awaiting the 2016 season. The wait is over as the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon” will come back to life this Friday, May 6 with a four-star racing program presented by Universal Metal Works.
On the fast, family, affordable, fun race card will be the 800 horsepower, ground pounding Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Firehouse Subs Mod Lites and the JB Logging & Firewood Four-Cylinders.
It has long been known that the Brewerton Speedway is as tough a track as any in the Northeast to get a feature win. To get a victory at the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon” you not only beat the demon, you beat some of the best drivers to strap in a race car anywhere.
All the action starts this Friday, May 6th when the gates open at 5:30 with the first green flag to wave on a brand new race season at 7:30. Adult grandstand admission is $12 with everyone 18 and under free. Pit admission is $27.
Short Track Super Series Point Leaders Anthony Perrego (South) & Tommy Meier (North) Arrive At Big Diamond Speedway Tuesday, May 10 With Momentum On Their Side
MINERSVILLE, PA – The drivers atop the early season Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by VP standings have momentum on their side entering the tour’s next stop.
When the STSS rolls into Big Diamond Speedway on Tuesday, May 10, Anthony Perrego (Velocita South Region) and Tommy Meier (Halmar International North Region) lead the standings in their respective divisions.
Both Perrego and Meier carry confidence into the ‘Anthracite Assault’ presented by H.B. Steele & Co at the Coal Region track, headlined by a 50-lap main paying $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. The Big Diamond STSS stop offers points toward both the North and South Regions as the only combination event on the 2016 schedule.
Lap money, bonuses and other awards further sweeten the pot for STSS competitors at Big Diamond, with the base purse structure at more than $25,000.
Perrego, of Montgomery, N.Y., leads the STSS South Region standings after two events. He won the March lid-lifter at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway and rallied to finish sixth in a back-up car at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway during the series’ April visit.
Off the tour, Perrego guided Gary Mann’s New York Truck Parts No. 55 to Victory Lane on Saturday at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., where he earned a $1,992 payday in the Season Opener.
Meier, a native of Waldwick, N.J., leads the STSS North point battle following a win at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., on April 2. The victory was Meier’s first in STSS competition after loyally supporting the series since its 2014 inception.
Meier, on Saturday night, drove his No. 33 1/3 big-block to a $5,000 triumph in a special $5,000-to-win big-block program at Orange County. Bolstered by a pair of high-dollar scores already in ’16, Meier returns to the seat of Jeff Behrent’s No. 3 for the Big Diamond event.
Entering Big Diamond, Perrego tops the South Region standings with 176 points over Ryan Godown (165), Stewart Friesen (158), David Van Horn Jr. and Billy Pauch Sr. (139 each), Rick Laubach (134), Andy Bachetti (130), Craig Von Dohren (124), Brett Kressley (121) and Jordan Watson (120).
Meier, with 100 points, tops the North points over Danny Johnson (90), Mike Ricci (90), Andy Bachetti (85), L.J. Lombardo (80), Erick Rudolph (76), Gary Edwards Jr. (72), Mike Mahaney (68), Rich Ricci Jr. (65) and Billy Van Inwegen Jr. (62).
A diverse field of competitors is expected at the Schuylkill County facility. A year ago, Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., scored the win over a charging Stewart Friesen and local standout Jeff Strunk.
The first event of the STSS Open Sportsman circuit takes place at Big Diamond. A $1,000-to-win, $125-to-start 25-lap main is on the agenda. Big Diamond kicks off the series which also includes two events at both Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. and I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., plus single stops at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y.
XCel 600 Modifieds complete the program racing for $1,000 to win in a 20-lap main.
Pit gates unlock at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7:15 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7:45 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $25. Kids 12 and under and Active Military with ID are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.
A rain date of Tuesday, May 17 is in place for this event.
CRSA SPRINT CARS ADDED TO THE MAY 7 RACING PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 1)……..The open-wheel Capital Region Sprint Agency (CRSA) Sprint Cars will make its first 2016 appearance at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on Saturday, May 7. CRSA is a regional sprint car sanctioning body that features its cars powered by 305 cid engines and other restrictions to equalize and enhance competition.
The CRSA Sprint Cars will be an added attraction to the weekly racing program of Big-Block Modifieds, the highly-competitive Small-Block Modifieds, the ever exciting Sportsman division, and the unpredictable full-bodied Street Stocks for a thrilling night of racing on the five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway. Qualifying heat races and consolation dashes will set the fields for each division’s main event.
The CRSA Sprint Cars will appear at Orange County on five nights in 2016. Among the CSRA drivers familiar to local fans include Scott Goodrich, Tyler Jashembowski, Christian Rumsey, and Emily VanInwegen. All have competed on the Middletown Hard Clay in other racing divisions.
The Small-Block Modified feature has been designated the Dave Phillips Memorial Race, honoring the memory of the owner of the No. 1H driven by Tim Hindley to Modified championships in two of the last three seasons.
Admission prices for the May 7 race meet remain at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
Advance ticket sales and track information is available at the Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours
MOTHER NATURE WINS FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
DELMAR, DE – For the second week in the row racing action at the Delaware International Speedway was cancelled due to the weather. After two days of rain, blue sky and sunshine came too late on Saturday afternoon to allow track crews to dry out the grounds and track in time for Saturday night’s William J. & Juanita Cathell Memorial. The management will once again try to reschedule the event at a later date.
This Saturday night will be the first of two visits this season by the United Racing Club Sprint Cars. They will join the five weekly divisions and the entire program will be sponsored by S.R. Pete & Sons HVAC. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. For more information contact the speedway office at 302) 846-3911 or log on to www.delawareracing.com.
WEISENER WINS HIS FIRST MODIFIED FEATURE AT THE “LAND OF LEGENDS”
CANANDAIGUA, NY…. “I’ve been waiting twenty years for this win,” stated an elated DIRTcar Modified first time feature winner, Dan Weisner. Weisner has worked his way up through the sportsman ranks, winning the sportsman track champion twice, 2011, and 2012. Last year entered the world of DIRTcar Modified racing.
In Sportsman action, Tyler Meeks took his first feature win of the year. Blaine Smith picked up the win in the Pure Stock division, while Dan Ferguson became the first 305 feature winner to double up this year. John Cordovani took top honors in the Legend Sportsman class.
Dan Weisner won the Modified pole starting position in a redraw. He used this starting spot to quickly grab the lead. Outside pole sitter, Mike O’Brien settled into second, and then on lap six began to pressure Weisner for the lead. He was able grab the lead on lap 10. He held his lead until lap 16.
Lap 16 , saw the yellow fly when newcomer Doug Gavette hit the first turn wall. He then limped into the pits.
The restart saw Wiesner pressure O’Brien for two laps. On lap 19, Wiesner was able to pass O’Brien for the lead on the back stretch. O’Brien, trying to regain the lead went high in turn four and spun-out to bring out the second yellow of the 35-lapper.
Multi-time track champion, Steve Paine, now found himself in second. Weisner was able to pull away from Paine. On lap 27 the yellow flew again when Greg Birosh spun in turn three.
Weisner then began to pull away, claiming the checkers two full seconds ahead of Paine. Scott Kerwin, Derrick Podsiadlo and Justin Wright rounded out the top five finishers.
Tyler Meeks grabbed the lead from his outside pole starting position. Lap 10 saw the yellow fly when Troy Sperring, a lapped car, spun in-front of the leaders in the first turn. Ricky Newton, who won the first sportsman feature of the season at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, used the outside grove to move from 17th all the way towards the front. He seemed to be the fastest car in the field.
The checkers flew with Meeks holding off Paul Guererri for the win. Dave Marcuccilli, Kevin Ridley and Ricky Newton rounded out the top five. With this win Meeks took over the sportsman point lead at the track.
This Saturday, May 7, will see A-Verdi Storage Containers presents “Sprintacular One” featuring the Patriot Sprints Tour. Also on the race card will be the Big Block Modifieds, Sporstsman, Crate Late Models and the combined Open Street Stocks/Pure Stocks. Race time begins at 7 p.m.
CANANDAIGUA MOTORSPORTS PARK SUMMARY (4/30/16)
305 SPRINT CARS FEATURE (15-laps): DAVE FERGUSON, Dan Craun, Eric Karlsen
NEW LEGEND SPORTSMAN FEATURE (12-laps): JOHN CORDOVANI, Justin McKay, Ben Karlsen, Brett Baldwin, Chase Matteson.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25-laps): TYLER MEEKS, Paul Guererri, Dave Marcuccilli, Kevin Ridley, Ricky Newton, Adam Ashcroft, A.J. Lloyd, Karl Comfort, Matt Guererri, James Sweeting, Kane Bristol, Kevin Root, Austyn Fugle, Natahan Peckham, Justin McKay, Tim Baker, Doug Smith, Mike Taylor, Anthony Kimball, Jeff Devoli, J.T. Sperring, Troy, Sperring, Nick Guererri, Rob Bussey, DNS: Doug Smith, Ray Hedershot.
MODIFIED FEATURE (35-laps): DAN WEISNER, Steve Paine, Scott Kerwin, Derrick Podsiadlo, Justin Wright, James Maier, Danny O’Brien, Mike O’Brien, Rick Richner, Shayne Pierce, Kyle Coffey, Brian McDonald, Tommy Keyes, Gil Tegg Jr., Mike Maresca, Greg Birosh, Rick Regalski, Ron Cartwright, Garrett Krummert, Kaitlyn Pashina, James Sweeting, Brian Sage, Doug Gavette
Billy Decker Wins Fulton Speedway Classic Modified Super DIRTcar Series Highbank Holdup 100; Ron Davis III Also Bryce Davis Victorious
By Dave Medler
FULTON, NY – May 1, 2016 – Coming into the 2016 Modified Super DIRTcar Series one question was how would Billy Decker do in the series driving for a new team getting behind the wheel of the Mike Payne Owned Page Trucking renumbered #91 Bicknell.
That question was answered Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway Highbank Holdup 100. In a classic battle for the majority of the race with Tim Fuller, Decker was able to take the lead on lap-90. Once in the lead Decker had to hold off challenges from Fuller, Jimmy Phelps and Billy Dunn for the popular win.
In other racing Ron Davis III and Bryce Davis grab big wins in the SUNY Canton Sportsman and Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models.
When the green flag waved for the 100-lap Modified Super DIRTcar Series Tim Fuller would jump out to the early lead as the rest of the 31-car starting field would use every inch of multi-groove surface.
With 10-laps complete Fuller still lead as Larry Wight was on the move running the top of the speedway moving into second from his sixth starting spot. Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps and Danny Johnson ran just inches apart battling for third through sixth.
In heavy traffic Wight, still running the top, was able to shoot by Fuller on lap-14 to be scored the new leader.
With 20-laps showing on the scoring tower Wight was still setting a quick pace out front as Fuller stayed right with the leader. Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Danny Johnson and Billy Decker were slugging it out for third through sixth.
At lap-30 and still no cautions everywhere you looked on the speedway there were cars racing for position two and three wide. Not only were the top-five Wight, Fuller, J Phelps, R Phelps and Decker racing each other, they were trying to get by back markers giving them no time to relax and set a rhythm on a clear track.
On lap-36 Wight went too high in turns one and two allowing Fuller to take advantage and retake the lead.
Finally on lap-44 the first yellow of the race would wave giving the entire field a chance to breathe and regroup when Pole Position fast time Tom Sears, Jr. spun in turn two.
When the green come back out Wight was able to take the lead back from Fuller, his lead was short lived as Fuller retook the lead one lap later on lap-51.
At lap-60 Fuller opened a half-a-straightaway over Decker who worked his way to second on lap-53. Behind the top-two were Wight, J Phelps, Johnson, R Phelps and Billy Dunn.
With 25-laps to go Fuller still led with Decker digging on the bottom trying to cut into Fuller’s lead as they separated themselves from the rest of the top-five.
With back markers still all over the speedway keeping the top-five not only racing each other for position but trying to put cars a lap down, Decker took advantage of those cars running the bottom of the speedway and drove by Fuller on lap-90 to be scored the new leader.
The final yellow of the race would setup a five-lap dash to the checkers with a clear track ahead. Over the final laps Fuller, Jimmy Phelps and Billy Dunn would throw everything they had at Decker but to no avail. Decker stayed on the bottom of the speedway like he did most of the race to grab the win. Tim Fuller, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Dunn, Stewart Friesen, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Vic Coffey, Mat Williamson and Brett Hearn would finish second through tenth.
In the first points race of the season for the SUNY Canton Sportsman 44 cars signed in the pits. It would take five heats and two consi’s to set the 28 car starting field for the 25-lap feature.
In the feature Tony Finch II would lead the opening 10-laps before Ron Davis III would take over the top spot from his sixth starting spot. Once out front Davis was the class of the field as he cruised first under the checkers by 3.5 seconds over Finch. Greg Martin, Joe Kline and Chris Cunningham would finish third through fifth. Jessica Power, Chris Mackey, Wade Chrisman, Todd Root and Beth Bellinger would come home sixth through tenth.
In the first points race for the Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models it would be invader Bryce Davis picking up the 20-lap feature win.
In the feature Brandon Ford would lead the opening two-laps before Bryce Davis who started 8th would take over the lead. Once out front Davis would survive caution periods and the rest of the field for the victory. Brian Knowles, Brandon Ford, Chris Fleming and Bret Belden finished second through fifth.
This coming Saturday, May 7th Ferris Mowers presents the opening points night for all divisions. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders.
In honor of Mother’s Day our friends at Flowers & Things in Sodus, NY will have flowers for all the moms when they enter the speedway.
Gates will open at 5:00 with racing at 7:00. Adult admission is $12 with everyone 18 yrs. Old and younger FREE. Pits are $27.
Super DIRTcar Series -BILLY DECKER, Tim Fuller, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Dunn, Stewart Friesen, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Vic Coffey, Mat Williamson, Brett Hearn, Pat Ward, Peter Britten, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile Matt Sheppard, Chad Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Gary Tomkins, Dale Planck, Frank Cozze, Erick Rudolph, Keith Flach, Max McLaughlin, Rich Scagliotta, Eldon Payne, Steve Bernard, Mike Mahaney, Justin Haers, Tim Sears Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Mike Bowman.
(Lap Leaders) – Tim Fuller 1-13 Larry Wight 14-35 Tim Fuller 36-67 Billy Decker 68 Tim Fuller 69-89 Billy Decker 90-100
Sportsman 25-Laps- RON DAVIS III, Tony Finch II, Greg Martin, Joe Kline, Chris Cunningham, Jessica Power, Chris Mackey, Wade Chrisman, Todd Root, Beth Bellinger, Jeremy Pitcher, Jordan Bennett, Will Shields, Martin Pelletier, Brent Joy, Corey Barker, Billy Clark Jr., Tyler Trump, Zach Sobotka, Kyle Kiehn, Matt Farnham, Earl Rudy, Connor Dawdy, Gregg Carner, Gregg Kimball, Nate Higgins, Mike Phelps, Nick Krause.
Anthony Perrego Takes $1,992 Modified Win At Thunder Mountain
CENTER LISLE, NY – Anthony Perrego added his name to the Thunder Mountain Speedway win list in convincing fashion.
Perrego, the Montgomery, N.Y., invader, drove to a $1,992 payday in Saturday night’s official Season Opener at the three-eighths-mile clay oval. Perrego bested a stout field in the 30-lap big-block/small-block Modified event driving Gary Mann’s New York Truck Parts No. 55.
The recently expanded Thunder Mountain pit area was jammed to capacity with 142 race cars signing in for competition.
A banner roster of 30 Modifieds entered Saturday’s program. Management opted to start all cars and 29 took the green for the main.
Tyler Siri, the new promoter of Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., started from the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers and burst into the lead at the outset. As Siri led, fifth-starter Perrego began to advance. On lap five, he arrived in second.
The leaders reached slower traffic in short order. Perrego was able to slip by Siri to take command on the 11th lap.
The final yellow of the main flew on lap 14. During the caution period, Siri was alerted of a shock tower issue but elected to stay on the speedway. Perrego regained control with Siri in pursuit.
The focus of attention, however, was Danny Creeden.
Wurtsboro, N.Y.’s Creeden was collected in a multi-car tangle on the first lap and restarted 27th. By the 14th-lap yellow, he was ninth. During the final green stretch, Creeden sliced through traffic, taking third on lap 23.
Perrego rolled to victory, the first of his career on the Mountain. He had been a top-five finisher in both Short Track Super Series specials at the speedway last year but felt he found extra speed Saturday.
“We struggled in the heat race,” Perrego said. “If we weren’t as bad in the heat, we probably wouldn’t have made that many changes. I think we found something we can use for the big race (STSS ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ May 29) coming up.”
Siri, the Watkins Glen, N.Y., driver nursed his No. 5* home in second. Creeden, who will race regularly at Thunder Mountain in 2016, impressed with a third-place finish followed by eighth-starter Nick Rochinski of Dickson City, Pa., and Ryan Jordan of Speedsville, N.Y., who rallied from 15th on the grid.
After earning his first-career win on April 23, Geordie Decker of Berkshire, N.Y., went back-to-back, taking home the 20-lap Open Sportsman main worth $700. Decker started fifth and raced into second by lap three behind pole starter Kenny Hammond.
Decker stalked Hammond, working the extreme inside line, before taking the lead on the 14th lap. Once in front, he powered to the win over Hammond, Chris Jordan, seventh-starter Brian White and Kevin Jordan.
Defending divisional champion Pat Jordan of Speedsville, N.Y., drove to victory in the 20-lap Crate 602 Sportsman main. He earned $500. Jordan, running a Hig Fab chassis this season, started from the pole and fended off the persistent late challenges from Tom Collins Jr., who had started in the third row and moved forward.
Collins settled for second, followed by Matt Brewer, Mike Decker and Mike Nagel Jr., up from 13th.
Street Stock graduate Jason Beebe of Berkshire, N.Y., ascended to open-wheel racing for 2016 and earned Saturday night’s 15-lap Rookie Sportsman nightcap. Beebe outdistanced Slingshot graduate Joe Krum in the final laps.
APRIL 30, 2016 RACE SUMMARY – OFFICIAL SEASON OPENER
Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO, Tyler Siri, Dan Creeden, Nick Rochinski, Ryan Jordan, Mike Clapperton, Brett Tonkin, Ken Titus, Colton Wilson, Chad Cook, Randy Brokaw, Brent Wilcox, Jeff Sheeley, Arnie Slade, Mike Decker, Dan Humes, John Morse, Lee DeWitt, Jeremy Smith, Sam Allen, Nick Nye, Bob Hamm, Randall Paxton, Chance Spoonhower, Billy Spoonhower, Brian Malcolm, Byron Worthing, Alan Barker, Barry White.
Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): GEORDIE DECKER, Kenny Hammond, Chris Jordan, Brian White, Kevin Jordan, Dan Burman, Larry Hillis, Aaron Shelton, Travis Smith, Jason Tuttle, Charlie Hendrickson, Phil Goetchius, Dayton Coney, Tom Eiklor, Larry Mekic, Cole Price, Duane Knapp, Chance Spoonhower.
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): PAT JORDAN, Tom Collins, Matt Brewer, Mike Decker, Mike Nagel Jr., Dustin Jordan, Brian Mady, Isaiah Forward, James McIntyre, Rob Humphreys, Tyler Ward, Russell Hendrickson, Kailee DiMorier, Hilary Ward, Kyle Pierce, Gregg Turner, Brenton Miller, Pat Parker, Kinser Hill, Shayne Spoonhower, Bob Stahl, Lee Foland, Tyler Keener, Daryl Krebs.
Rookie Sportsman Feature Finish (15 laps): JASON BEEBE, Joe Krum, Jason Feinberg, Dan Allen, Connor Spoonhower, Bill Reidenbach, Cody Hendrickson, Justin Cobb, Ryan Alsdorf, Shawn Davis.
JAKE SPRAKER RACING SWEEPS VICTORY LANE AT FONDA ON LEE MILLINGTON TRIBUTE NIGHT
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – Jake Spraker has always had an eye for talent as he has had some of the best drivers in his race cars over the years. He proved that again last year when he put Rocky Warner in his sportsman car where he is again this year. Then last winter Spraker added yet another talented driver to his stable when he signed Ronnie Johnson to drive for him in the modified division in 2016.
On Saturday evening at the “Track of Champions” both Johnson and Warner were in victory lane again at Fonda, both of the wins coming in Spraker owned equipment. Other winners on Lee Millington Tribute Night were Travis Billington (rookie sportsman), Kenny Gates (pro stock), and Josh Coonradt (street stock).
Sometime during the racing program announcers Jim King and Paul Szmal were talking about how unique of a race track the Fonda Speedway was with King saying “you can expect almost anything to happen here at the “Track of Champions” on any given race night and it usually does”. That was the case again on Saturday when it seemed as though nobody wanted to win the modified feature event as three different leaders had trouble while up front during the 35-lap event.
Jeff Rockefeller started the event on the pole and took the lead at the drop of the green flag with third place starter Darwin Greene in tow. Bobby Varin started the event in the fifth position and was third when the first of many yellow flags in the event came out on lap two for Shea Montgomery who slowed in turn one.
Rockefeller maintained the lead on the restart with Varin the new second place car but on lap four Varin took the lead in turn four while Rockefeller slowed bringing out the second caution of the event. Rockefeller was done for the night at that point as was Danny Varin who went to the hot pit under caution and then behind the wall ending his night early.
On the next restart going into turn one and two there was contact between Korey Wilder and Pep Corradi the result being Wilder in the backstretch wall with heavy damage to his car. He was cradled off the track by the tow truck but was uninjured in the wreck. On this restart as Varin continued to lead, seventh place starter Jeremy Wilder took over the second position with Ronnie Johnson making a three wide move in turn four to get by Justin Boehler and Jessey Mueller for the sixth position after starting 10th.
Another restart on lap seven saw Greene take over the second position and by lap 10 Varin held a straightaway advantage over Greene who was running a great race in second. On lap 14 Varin suffered a flat left rear tire while coming down the front stretch, drove to the hot pit to change the tire, and restarted at the rear of the field.
Greene inherited the lead under caution at that point with Wilder, Johnson, Craig Hanson, and Mueller driving the best race of his young career in the fifth position. On the “Delaware” restart, Greene held on to the lead with Johnson getting the second position over Wilder as the top three were a straightaway ahead of the fourth place car of Bodie Bellinger and in lap traffic on lap 23.
Greene’s car started showing signs of smoke on lap 24 and one lap later he brought out the caution and retired from the event after a great run. Johnson inherited the lead at this point and despite one more caution on lap 26 for Mueller who suffered a left rear flat tire while running fourth went on to the win in the Jake Spraker #1RJ, Kevlar powered Teo car.
Wilder, Varin who got all the way back through the pack after his flat tire on lap 14, Bellinger, and 16th place starter Mark Kislowski completed the top five. The win for Johnson was his first since 7/12/2014.
“I don’t know if I had the fastest car tonight or not,” Johnson said in victory lane. “But with everyone dropping out like they were it definitely helped. This is the fastest car that I have had in years here at Fonda, we have to get it to the ground a little better but this is a great opportunity I have here with the Jake & Nancy Spraker car.”
The 25-lap sportsman feature began with John McAuliffe and Rocky Warner on the pole with McAuliffe the early race leader. At the completion of lap one there was a three car wreck in turn one involving Billy Gray, Ricky Quick, and Cody Clark. All were uninjured but were done for the night. McAuliffe was pressured heavily by Warner over the first few laps of the event and on lap five Warner went around the outside of McAuliffe for the lead on the outside of turns three and four.
Warner held a straightaway advantage on lap 10 and one lap later he was in lap traffic, actually pushing the lap car of Josh DeMagistris down the backstretch before being able to get by him in turns three and four. Dave Constantino took over the second position from McAuliffe on lap 14 with one final caution on lap 21 for a wreck in turn three involving Mark Mortensen and Chris Curtis. Mortensen was done for the night with Curtis able to continue and finish the race.
Warner led again on the restart with Constantino and McAuliffe swapping the second spot on consecutive laps 23 & 24 with Constantino gaining the spot for good with one lap to go. Warner went on to his second consecutive win in the Jake Spraker #1J Troyer car followed in the top five by Constantino, McAuliffe, sixth place starter Chris Schaffer, and eighth place starter Tim Hartman Jr.
Jack Lehner actually finished the event in the fifth position but was disqualified for not making weight at the scales allowing Hartman Jr. to gain a top five finish.
The win for Warner tied him for the lead on the 602 sportsman all time win list with Mortensen, both having 15 wins in the class.
“I actually like running in lap traffic like we were,” Warner told Paul Szmal in victory lane after being asked about the lap cars during the race. “We were tight in the heat race but a call to Mike Walton from Fox Shocks corrected that with a shock change before the feature. The outside was good and we were fortunate to be able to run out there.”
Willy Decker Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green flag for the 15-lap rookie sportsman feature event but suffered damage to the right rear of the car which retired him from the event at the completion of lap one with A.J. Miller inheriting the lead at that point. Miller held the lead until lap 11 when something broke on the car and he was drifting high coming out of the turns.
After almost getting into the front stretch wall on lap 10 he did get into the backstretch wall on lap 11 where he suffered enough damage to retire him from the event. Travis Billington inherited the lead at that point with Kyle Gray now second with one final caution coming out with one lap to go for Gray who spun on the backstretch while running second. Billington led on the restart and went on to his first career win over Josh Neal, Gray, David Manchester, and last week’s winner Mike Peek.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – RONNIE JOHNSON, Jeremy Wilder, Bobby Varin, Bodie Bellinger, Mark Kislowski, Alton Palmer, Pep Corradi, Ed Harris, Brandon Walters, Vinnie Sanganetti, Jessey Mueller, Kenny Sparks, Darwin Greene, Justin Boehler, Scott Huber, Craig Hanson, Brian Nelson, Jeff Rockefeller, Danny Varin, Korey Wilder, Shea Montgomery, DNS Josh Hohenforst, DNS Jeff Trombley
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Dave Constantino, John McAuliffe, Chris Schaffer, Tim Hartman Jr., Connor Cleveland, Tony Farone, Aaron Burton, Ray Zemken, JaMike Sowle, Brian Pessolano, Chad Edwards, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Glenn Forward, Nick Scavia, Chris Curtis, Doug Hancock, Josh DeMagistris, Mike Jackson, Mark Mortensen, David Schilling, Ivan Joslin, Dan Santabarbara, Cody Clark, Billy Gray, Floyd Billington, Ricky Quick, DNS Adam McAuliffe, DQ Jack Lehner
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – TRAVIS BILLINGTON, Josh Neal, Kyle Gray, David Manchester, Mike Peek, A.J. Miller, Josh Auspelmyer, Willy Decker Jr., Brian Calabrese
MOTHER NATURE HALTS RACING ACTION ON SUNDAY, MAY 1, AT THE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- The racing action scheduled for May 1 at the Utica-Rome Speedway has been cancelled due to rain and cold temperatures. A full slate of Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Stocks plus the Pro Race Car Mod Lites was scheduled.
SHARON FORCED TO CANCEL FOR 2ND STRAIGHT WEEK; "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" OPENER PUSHED TO MAY 7
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH April 30, 2016 For the second straight week, Sharon Speedway has been forced to cancel their racing program. With a shield of rain already pushing into Ohio during the morning hours and steady rain expected throughout the evening, Sharon made the decision to postpone the "Steel Valley Thunder" opener until Saturday, May 7.
After a successful 2015 "Apple Festival Nationals" make-up to start the 87th anniversary season on April 16, rain washed out the inaugural appearance of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on April 22 and now pushes the "Steel Valley Thunder" opener back one week.
Mother Nature 2, Outlaw Speedway 0; Grand Opening Pushed Back One More Week
For Immediate Release – April 29th, 2016
(DUNDEE, N.Y.) - Mother Nature just won't cut Outlaw Speedway a break in 2016.
For the second weekend in a row, wet weather is the story and the reason why the speedway's Grand Opening will have to wait one more week. The major threat of rain slated to start mid-afternoon and not stop until well after race time forced new Outlaw Speedway owner Tyler Siri to cancel the night's schedule of events.
With the Grand Opening moved back to Friday May 6th, another double-dip headlining show will take center stage as Mike Emhof's Patriot Sprint Tour returns on Mother's Day Night at the Dundee, NY speedway.
It will once again be a headline of Dirt Modifieds and 360 Sprint Cars with the Friendly Dodge & Ford Big Block/Small Block Modifieds racing for $2,000-to-win and $200-to-start.
Rain checks from the Outlaw Spring Nationals will now be good for either next week's Patriot Sprint Show OR the May 20th Outlaw Spring Nationals which was rescheduled from the April 22nd rainout. 50/50 tickets from April 22nd will be added to the May 20th drawing, so hold on to those tickets!
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