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Albany-Saratoga Has Some Talent Ready To Give The Tour Drivers A Thrilling Race
June 26, 2015 By Rob Hazer (Vernon, NJ) – Few tracks can boast their weekly competitors are among some of the very best dirt track racing wheelmen in the business today. Modified drivers who cannot only defend home turf, but travel well while being competitive at various speedways in the Northeast. The great race place Albany-Saratoga Speedway can claim just such a thing and the regulars are ready to make the high profile tour regulars work hard during Big Show VII.
Brett Hearn is the all-time winningest driver at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and hands down the toughest challenge presented to touring drivers come July 7th. Hearn along with Peter Britten, Keith Flach, and Rich Scagliotta all call Malta home during the season on Friday nights along with also following the Super DIRTcar Series.
While they each present a challenge to invaders trying to take home a Big Show championship, there are some un-scouted drivers who represent the non-traveling, hard-nosed, stubborn element making the Malta, NY speed plant difficult to walk in and win. It starts with a proven talent like Kenny Tremont Jr.
Kenny Tremont earned the nickname ‘king of the valley’ after climbing to the top of the all-time win list on the high banks. Tremont puts his talent on display at Albany-Saratoga each Friday night, which has been his home for many years. Tremont leads the charge each week to out run the highflying ‘Jersey Jet’ Brett Hearn to the checkered flag. Tremont has a hall of fame career himself, which includes many wins, championships, and a Big Block Super Dirt Week triumph back in 1999.
Tremont is just part of what fans will be treated to during Big Show VII. Dubbed the ‘ultimate underdog’ Marc Johnson is as tough as they come at the great race place. Each week Marc Johnson puts his familiar 3J in the top 10 with a mildly funded team in comparison. The kid has talent that challenges the hall of fame drivers each week, which is why Johnson has learned to race hard. MJ has feature wins to his credit, solid runs at the Moody Mile, and is mild mannered to complete the package.
Johnson is a name synonymous with success. Ronnie Johnson had a legendary father to guide him to the champion he has become today. RJ stormed through the Sportsman ranks into the Modifieds to begin his chase for a title, which he finally accomplished in 2011 at Fonda. He continues the family tradition of winning at his Friday night home track Albany-Saratoga. Johnson is a fan favorite whom will defend home turf contending for a Big Show championship July 7th.
Mark Kislowski once a Modified newcomer has elevated to Big Block veteran. Kislowski is on a hot streak of top finishes including a feature win at Fonda Speedway. The sheer determination to not only compete with the best drivers on the planet, but to beat them is what makes Kislowski a dark horse long shot to win Big Show VII. He’s currently 6th in points just ahead of another driver turned promoter, Matt DeLorenzo.
Matt DeLorenzo has won his fair share of feature events at Albany-Saratoga and claimed the 2007 Modified track title at Fonda Speedway. DeLorenzo spends much of his time these days as the track of champions revered promoter, but at any moment he’s ready to rock-n-ride to victory lane. As an outside fan favorite to claim victory, Matty ‘D’ will clash with some heavy hitters at Big Show VII.
Jimmy Cottrell, Elmo Reckner, and the racing Ronca Family will join the rest of Albany-Saratoga’s best in a wheel-to-wheel showdown with arguably the best traveling group of Big Block Modified talent in an epic Big Show VII, which will include the ‘Herminator’ himself, Kenny Wallace.
Big Show VII is scheduled for July 7, 2015 as part of the 50th anniversary of the great race place. NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace will be on hand going toe-to-toe with icons of the Super DIRTcar Series in what promoter Brett Hearn promises to be the best Big Show yet. Mark down the date, take a vacation day from work, and come prepared to get your race on. Be part of a Big Show worthy of celebrating 50 years at the historic Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
Come out early to enjoy the off clay attractions including souvenirs, apparel, autograph session, and refreshments. Gates open at 4PM, autograph session between 5-6PM, and racing to begin at 7PM. Autograph session is scheduled to include the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series, top Albany-Saratoga track regulars, and NASCAR’s very own Kenny Wallace.
Also among the racing activities will be a pair of 20-Lap features for the ever-popular Crate Sportsman division. Time hot laps will put drivers into evenly split up features, with the top 12 in each redrawing for starting spots. Separate purses for each of the 20-Lap Crate Sportsman events will reward drivers, along with a Sportsman Big Show win.
For all the latest news on Brett Hearn’s Big Show at Albany-Saratoga Speedway please visit online www.bretthearn.com or www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com. Info can also be found on Facebook pages for both Brett Hearn and Albany-Saratoga Speedway. For all the news on the Super DIRTcar Series visit www.superdirtcarseries.com. More information on Brett Hearn’s Big Show VII coming soon, stay tuned race fans.
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BIG SHOW ALL-TIME WINNERS
06/17/09 – Big Show I (Billy Decker)
06/16/10 – Big Show II (Jimmy Phelps)
06/21/11 – Big Show III (Billy Decker)
07/10/12 – Big Show IV (Bobby Varin)
07/09/13 – Big Show V (Brett Hearn)
07/30/14 – Big Show VI (Danny Johnson)
Sheppard leads Super DIRTcar Series to Utica-Rome
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. June 22, 2015 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series point leader Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY will go after his second straight series win Wednesday, June 24 at Utica-Rome Speedway in the SUNY Canton presents SDS 100.
The event marks the return of the Super DIRTcar Series to Utica-Rome for the first time since 2003. Sheppard is coming off a hard-fought win at Grandview Speedway his second 2015 series win.
Sheppard will be right at home at Utica-Rome where he unofficially took over the regular season point lead from Pat Ward with a third-place finish on Fathers Day behind Stewart Friesen and Vic Coffey.
Defending SDS Champion Billy Decker of Unadilla, NY, who stalked Sheppard through lapped traffic at Grandview before settling for second and is currently second in the series point standings, looms as an obstacle between Sheppard and the $6,000 winners check Wednesday.
Big-Block competitors entered for the Suny Canton presents SDS 100 include Brett Hearn, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Tim Fuller and Billy Dunn as well as Friesen, Ward and Coffey.
Utica-Rome welcomes a special guest appearance Wednesday by four-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., post time - 7 p.m. Admission is Adults-$25, Students/Senior/Military-$20, Kids $10.
KISLOWSKI TAKES CONVINCING WIN AT FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
FONDA, NY – Not only is Mark Kislowski a big sponsor at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway through his family business Morris Auto Group and Terry’s Route 50 Super Lot which are both located in Burnt Hills, NY he is also a competitor at Fonda in the modified division. Saturday evening he scored a convincing win at the track for his second career win at the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds facility with his first win coming back on 5/4/2013.
“It feels good to get here to victory lane again,” Kislowski said after beating Bobby Varin to the checkered flag. “It is tough to get here especially when you have to beat Bobby (Varin) in order to do it.”
Other winners on New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Safety Awards Night were Dave Constantino (602 sportsman), Pete Broderson (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder). Broderson’s victory is unofficial until after his motor is inspected this week as he was protested after the feature event was completed.
There were a couple of scary accidents at Fonda on Saturday evening in both the modified and 602 sportsman feature events. In the modified feature Jessey Mueller hit the wall hard in turn one and flipped over multiple times before coming to rest on the track. An update on his condition on Sunday was that he was sore but was otherwise okay. In the 602 sportsman feature John McAuliffe hit the backstretch wall and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. An update on his condition on Sunday was that he suffered a concussion and was held in the hospital overnight for observation.
Alton Palmer took the lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag to start the 30-lap modified feature event from his outside pole starting position. Mark Kislowski started the event in the sixth position and by lap two he was already up to the second spot. On the backstretch on lap four Kislowski got by Palmer on the backstretch and was the new race leader and he immediately stretched out his advantage over Palmer who maintained the second spot.
By lap seven Kislowski was out to a straightaway advantage with 15th place starter and defending track champion Stewart Friesen in the top five by lap eight as the leaders ahead of him were now in lap traffic. Friesen had his left front tire on the infield in turn one when he got past Jeremy Wilder for the fourth position only to have Wilder get the spot back on the next lap as the two swapped the position many times. Also at that point Palmer and his teammate Ronnie Johnson were side by side for the second position on laps 15 and 16 with Palmer able to hang on to the spot.
The yellow flag was out on lap 17 for Johnson who had spun in turn two but he had help doing it as management sent Friesen to the rear for rough riding after he again tried to use the infield in turn one with his left front wheel to try and pass another competitor. Only this time he made contact with the rear bumper of Johnson causing Johnson to spin around as both drivers now restarted at the rear of the field.
The top five on the restart consisted of Kislowski, Palmer, Wilder, Jeff Trombley, and Pep Corradi with 13th place starter Bobby Varin lurking in the sixth spot. On lap 18 Trombley brought out another caution flag after he slowed and tried to enter the pit area at the pit exit in turn four but the car never cleared the track forcing the caution to come out. One lap later the red flag was out for Mueller’s wreck in turn one with an update on his condition found at the beginning of this press release.
On lap 22 Wilder got by Palmer for the second position with Varin also getting by for the third spot as Kislowski was again out to a straightaway advantage. Entering the top five in the fourth position on lap 25 was eighth place starter Bodie Bellinger with the final caution flag in the event coming out with only three laps to go when Brian Gleason came to a stop in turn one.
While Wilder and Varin were waging a great battle for the second position over the final laps it allowed Kislowski to pull away to his second career win in the Morris Auto Group #3 Teo Pro car over Varin, Wilder, 11th place starter Josh Hohenforst, and Bellinger.
“My car was good wherever I went tonight,” Kislowski said after the win. “I just tried to hit my restarts and kept up my momentum and I have to thank my crew who turned this car around after racing it last night at Albany Saratoga.”
Mike Peek and Aaron Burton started the 20-lap 602 sportsman feature on the front row with Burton the early race leader as the green flag was thrown to start the event. The red flag was out on lap two for John McAuliffe who wrecked hard into the backstretch wall with an update on his condition found at the beginning of this press release.
On the restart Burton and Peek maintained the top two spots with the third and fourth positions now occupied by 13th place starter Connor Cleveland and 10th place starter Dave Constantino. The yellow flag was out again on lap four for five cars that were scattered all over turn four and on this restart Constantino was the new second place car after getting by both Cleveland and Peek.
On lap seven Constantino used the inside groove in turn four to get by Burton for the lead with Cleveland now second after he also got by Burton for the spot. At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Constantino, Cleveland, ninth place starter Chris Schaffer, 12th place starter Rocky Warner, and Burton.
With five laps to go Cleveland was right on Constantino’s rear bumper in lap traffic but while Constantino was able to clear a lap car in turn two on lap 17 Cleveland was not able to and was caught behind the lap car allowing Constantino to get away to his second win of the season and the 12th of his career in the division in the “Cyclone Chassis”, DKM Motorsports #7.
Cleveland, Schaffer, Warner, and 22nd place starter Jeremy Pitts completed the top five in the event with Burton getting his best finish of the season in sixth.
“We have been trying to get faster this year and tonight the car was better,” Constantino said in victory lane. “That last caution gave me one more shot at the win and I was able to take advantage of it.”
MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – MARK KISLOWSKI, Bobby Varin, Jeremy Wilder, Josh Hohenforst, Bodie Bellinger, Ronnie Johnson, Alton Palmer, Craig Hanson, Pep Corradi, Justin Boehler, C.G. Morey, Ed Harris, Scott Huber, Eric Stumpf, Brian Gleason, Jessey Mueller, Darwin Greene, Stewart Friesen, Korey Wilder, Jeff Trombley, Jeff Rockefeller, DNS Vinnie Sanganetti
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – DAVE CONSTANTINO, Connor Cleveland, Chris Schaffer, Rocky Warner, Jeremy Pitts, Aaron Burton, Adam McAuliffe, Ivan Joslin, Greg Havlichek, Chad Edwards, Tony Farone, John Scarborough, Brian Pessolano, Harry Shaffer, Mike Peek, Mark Mortensen, Cody Bleau, Chris Curtis, Dan Santabarbara, Nick Scavia, David Schilling, Rob VanAernam, Aaron Jacobs, Doug Hancock, Stephen Denton, Tom Princicotta, Anthony Cardamone, Ricky Quick, Cody Clark, John McAuliffe, Travis Billington, DNS Jason Greco
Major Chance To Cash In For Modified Racers This Sunday, June 28 At Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Event
$25,000-Plus Payout Posted For Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek North Region Event
CENTER LISLE, NY – Short-track dirt Modified racers have a major chance to cash in this Sunday (June 28) at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
The Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by VP Racing Fuels and Town Mechanical is set for the three-eighths-mile with a purse of more than $25,000 posted for big-block/small-block Modified competitors in a 50-lap main event. Valuable points for travelers of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek are also on the line. The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ serves as event No. 4 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region.
The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ has a non-top-heavy pay structure that should appeal to competitors throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The winner’s share is $5,000, with the remainder of the field paid as follows: 2nd) $3,000; 3rd) $2,000; 4th) $1,500; 5th) $1,400; 6th) $1,150; 7th) $1,125; 8th) $1,100; 9th: $1,050; 10th) $1,000; 11th) $750; 12th) $650; 13th) $550; 14th) $450; 15th) $425; 16th): $415; 17th) $405; 18th-24th) $400; series provisionals: $200.
In addition to the posted purse, there is lap money, bonus cash, contingency awards, product and more available to STSS Modified competitors.
Complete rules and general information have been posted: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/lightning-general-info-rules-and-pricing/
The Speedway Entertainment SpeedSTRs will make their first-ever visit to Thunder Mountain in a 30-lap, $3,000-to-win, $250 to start event. A driver able to win both the STSS Modified and SpeedSTR mains will leave with no less than $10,000 thanks to the Olum’s ‘Double Down’ bonus program.
Also on the program: Doug Borger’s traveling XCel 600 Modifieds in a tour race competing for $1,000 to win; Street Stocks battling for a $700 minimum payday thanks to the support of Zimmer Logging; and FWD Four Cylinders.
For Thunder Mountain Speedway regulars, 50 show-up points will be offered for the Modifieds, Street Stocks and FWD Four Cylinders. Track and tour points will be distributed to the XCel 600 Modified competitors.
Larry Wight Continues Fulton Speedway Hot Streak With Third Straight Modified Win
By Dave Medler - FULTON, NY - June 20, 2015 - Larry Wight continued to be as hot as the weather Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway in the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds winning his third straight 35-Lap feature.
Due to handicapping Wight started 18th and quickly made his way to the front of the field moving into second spot by Lap-9. Once in second, Wight battled leader Chuck Bower making the winning pass on Lap-14. Once out front Wight bolted away from the pack winning by almost four seconds at the finish.
Other winners on Syracuse Haulers & RFH's Hideaway night were, Steve Abt (SUNY Canton Sportsman) AJ Kingsley (NAPA Late Models) Andrew Wren (E&V Energy Novice Sportsman) Colby Herzog (Hilton's Automotive Four-Cylinders) Joe Isabell (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites).
Jim Witko Jr. would lead the opening lap of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment feature before a quick yellow would tighten the field up. On the restart Matt Hulsizer took advantage of the quick topside and bolted into the lead to set the early pace.
With 5-Laps in the books Hulsizer was running quick laps on the cushion with Witko right in his tire tracks. Behind the top-two the racing was tight between Chuck Bower, Adam Roberts, and Tim Sears Jr. from tenth, Roy Bresnahan and Chad Phelps.
After another quick caution on Lap-8 Bower would drive into the lead on the restart. Behind Bower, Larry Wight would go from 8th and into second place on Lap-9.
Wight would chase down Bower and on Lap-14 Wight switched to the bottom lane of the speedway to fly by Bower and into the lead.
With 15-Laps complete Wight set a quick pace out front as Bower ran alone in second. Hulsizer, Tom Sears Jr., Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr. and Danny Johnson raced for position.
Suddenly on Lap-16 Danny Johnson slowed and headed pit side. Johnson would return to the back of the field.
With 10-Laps to go Wight was a rocket on the top of the speedway holding a straightaway lead over Bower. Tom Sears, Hulsizer and now Jim Phelps from 11th chased the top-two.
Over the remaining laps, Wight appeared to get quicker even with lapped traffic, winning by 3.976 seconds at the checkers over Bower. Tom Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer and Jimmy Phelps finished third through fifth. Pat Ward, Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker and Billy Whittaker completed the top-ten.
Thirty SUNY Canton Sportsman signed in the pit area that took three heats and a consi to set the 24 car starting field.
When the field took the green for the 25-Lap feature Mike Phelps took the early lead while the mad scramble was on behind Phelps.
With 5-Laps complete Phelps opened a ten-car advantage as you could have thrown a blanket over Brett Draper, Steve Abt, Chris Cunningham, Jeremy Dygert and Jordan Bennett as they were locked in a race for second through fifth.
At the 10-Lap mark Phelps still set the pace out front as Abt, Draper, Cunningham and Billy Clark Jr. ran bumper to bumper and side by side for position.
At the halfway point, Lap-13, Phelps went over the cushion in turn four as Abt drove by and into the lead. Draper, Clark and Cunningham still showed in the top-five.
On Lap-15 Phelps and Clark, running second and third, made contact that sent Phelps spinning. On the restart Clark took advantage of the quick top as he drove by Abt to be scored the new leader.
A yellow on Lap-20 erased the lead Clark built up. Also under caution the call was made to put Clark back two spots when it was determined Clark jumped a previous restart handing the lead back to Abt.
Over the remaining laps Abt drove anything but like a dirt rookie, out-running Clark and Cunningham to the checkers for his first ever Sportsman victory. Riley Gill and Jeremy Dygert finished fourth and fifth.
AJ Kingsley who is one of the top talents in the NAPA Late Models has had a season coming into Saturday that hasn’t been up to his standards. AJ and his dad Eric have thrown everything they know into that car weekly trying to change their fortunes. Saturday night all that work paid off with a 20-Lap feature win.
Kingsley would grab the lead from early leader Johnny Hill on Lap-3 and was fast rim riding around the “High Banks.” Kingsley would have to hold off pressure from two-time feature winner Kevan Cook for his first win of the year. Sean Beardsley, Johnny Hill and Jason Occhino finished third through fifth.
In the 15-Lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature Mike Stanton Jr. and Andrew Wren put on a great battle for the win. Wren, a pure rookie in any racing, and Stanton who had won the last two features would swap the lead back and forth until Wren made the winning pass on Lap-9 for his first ever win. Brady Gill, Zach Sobotka and Amy Holland finished third through fifth.
After knocking on the door recently for a win, Colby Herzog kicked open the door for his first ever 15-Lap Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinder victory. Until the closing couple of laps it looked like Herzog would have a runaway win. Ray Bechler chased down Herzog but ran out of laps to challenge Herzog. Skip DeGroff, Tim Dunn and Justin Buske chased the top two across the line.
SWARTZLANDER STOPS THE KINGS IN BIG-BLOCK MODS AT SHARON
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH June 20, 2015 After losing four of the first eight scheduled events to open the 2015 season, Sharon Speedway was bound and determined to beat Mother Nature on Saturday night. Despite once again just about every regional speedway cancelling their programs, Sharon stuck with it and outlasted late afternoon and early evening showers to complete the fifth program of the 86th anniversary season. Exactly 100 race cars were in the pit area.
Celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane were Brian Swartzlander-Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Joel Watson-Summit Racing Equipment (E) Modifieds, Nick Ritchey-Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Mike Clark-Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, Casey Bowers-HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and Andy Proper-Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Brian Hardman picked up the victory in the UTV Side-by-Sides.
It took an appearance by Lernerville Speedway's all-time Big-Block Modified feature winner, Brian Swartzlander, to end the reign by the Kings this season. Swartzlander led all 30 laps of the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply feature holding off both Rex King and his son Rex, Jr. for the victory. Ironically, Swartzlander won on the very same weekend last year ending the run by the King and Weller families!
"I didn't want any more cautions," acknowledged the 55-year-old Leechburg, Pa. veteran. "Rex is just so good. We got to the outside- that's where we needed to be. If I didn't get to the top I don't know if we could have won it. The car was really good and the track was beautiful. I commend the track crew and the people at Sharon for getting this race in. We towed for two hours through rain and had our doubts so we're really glad we made it here, and I have to thank all of the fans for coming out. I owe it to my crew. They made a good call before the feature, and worked real hard after Lernerville last night. They worked all day washing the car and getting it ready."
Three cautions slowed action in the first two laps including a hard hit by Tiffany Williams, who was awarded the hard charger and she'll receive a pair of pit passes from Hovis Auto & Truck Supply for next weekend. The final 28 laps went green-to-checkered with hard racing up front by three of the region's best. King, Jr. started sixth and took over third from Jim Weller, Jr. on lap three.
Swartzlander had a half-straightaway lead on lap 14 when he caught lapped traffic. King began to close in on lap 16 as Swartzlander was stuck behind Rob Kristyak and Carl Murdick, who were battling side-by-side for position. With King all over the leader, Swartzlander knew he had to go as he went to the extreme outside of the speedway in turns three and four, while King went to the bottom. It was four-wide racing off turn four with Swartzlander making the move stick that maintained his lead.
Swartzlander opened up his lead after that, but the two Kings closed in late. Swartzlander had just enough to hold on and win by just 0.607 of a second for his 14th career win in his McCutcheon Enterprises/Precise Tool & Die/Fox Shocks/Peace Contracting-sponsored #83. King held off "Cooter" for second. Ricky Richner and Jim Rasey moved to fourth and fifth at the finish after Jim Weller, Jr. exited the event on lap 22. Sixth through 10th were Kevin Hoffman, Tom Glenn, Kristyak, Murdick, and Dave Reges. Rex King, Jr. set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.070.
After winning his first career feature at the last RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series event at Sportsman's Speedway, Nick Ritchey made it back-to-back wins with his first career Sharon win in the 20-lap Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing feature. Ritchey had to hold off the division's only winners to date in Rocky Kugel and point leader Greg Martin.
"This is my Father's Day present to my dad," expressed the 32-year-old Oil City, Pa. driver. "When that caution came out I thought 'oh come on'. The track was nice and tacky tonight, but got a little loose at the end- I liked it. I have to thank my mom and dad, my crew, and all of my sponsors. I just had my first win two weeks ago and now this one comes. I love this class and it's very affordable."
Ritchey took over from pole-sitter Kole Holden on the start while Kugel and sixth starting Martin followed in second and third on lap two. The top three pulled away by lap five. Martin was all over Kugel in the battle for second on lap nine before the event's only caution was displayed when Kyle Martell slowed in fourth. The final 11 laps went non-stop with Ritchey holding on by 1.244 seconds in his E&R Motorsports/DRK/Jeff Aiken/Kings Landscaping-sponsored #77N. Kugel edged out Martin for second. Martin's third place finish was his worst in his 13 career starts at Sharon. Holden dropped to fourth over Chelsie Kriegisch. Martin set fast time for the fourth time in five races with a lap of 17.435.
DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (30 laps): 1. BRIAN SWARTZLANDER (83) 2. Rex King (65) 3. Rex King, Jr. (165) 4. Ricky Richner (26) 5. Jim Rasey (32) 6. Kevin Hoffman (00) 7. Tom Glenn (83T) 8. Rob Kristyak (00) 9. Carl Murdick (6) 10. Dave Reges (27R) 11. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 12. Steve Barr (25B) 13. Garrett Krummert (29) 14. Tiffany Williams (58) 15. Bob Warren (96B).
RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (20 laps): 1. NICK RITCHEY (77N) 2. Rocky Kugel (1) 3. Greg Martin (4) 4. Kole Holden (2) 5. Chelsie Kriegisch (Schaffer 10) 6. Steve Burns, Jr. (70B) 7. Larry Kugel (0) 8. Justin Shea (14s) 9. Josh Deems (9D) 10. Brandon Ritchey (17) 11. Michael Kristyak (404) 12. Will Schaffer (4) 13. Greg Hughes (22) 14. Kyle Martell (8).
Mike Mahaney Wins Second Modified Event Of 2015 at Thunder Mountain
CENTER LISLE, NY – Thunder Mountain Speedway beat the weather on Saturday night and no one was happier about it than Mike Mahaney.
Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y., drove to his second big-block/small-block Modified score of the 2015 season, piloting Jim Shear’s No. 77X to the $1,200 payday in convincing fashion. The 30-lap Modified main – and all other events – were completed by 10:30 p.m. despite persistent on-and-off rain showers throughout the night and a dire forecast.
“I’ve got to thank the track and everyone involved for pushing to get this one in tonight,” Mahaney said. “And especially all the fans for being here with this weather. I’m definitely glad we got this one in.”
Despite the weather, the track’s pit area was filled with 122 race cars ready for action on the banked, three-eighths-mile.
Mahaney, the current Modified point leader, rolled off the grid sixth in the main. At the outset, divisional rookie Butch Green fired off the outside pole into the lead with third-starter Billy Spoonhower in tow.
The lead pair battled hard while Mahaney worked forward. On lap six, he arrived in third spot.
Spoonhower had been pressuring Green for the lead when he spun entering turn one on lap 14 to draw the race’s first caution. Spoonhower’s misfortune moved Mahaney into the runner-up spot.
“I felt like I was gaining on them (Green and Spoonhower), but it would have taken a while,” Mahaney said. “When the 34 (Spoonhower) spun, that was the break I needed to get up there and run with Butch.”
Racing wheel-to-wheel for four laps without the slightest contact, Mahaney was able to edge in front of Green on the 18th lap for a lead he would never relinquish.
Green, the freshman from Newark Valley, N.Y., placed a career-best second in his Trackside Products-backed mount, fending off Lake Ariel, Pa., driver Brian Malcolm, who started eighth. Chad Cook of Deposit, N.Y., throttled from 14th to finish fourth and Nick Rochinski of Dickson City, Pa., completed the front five with a charge from 16th on the starting grid.
Larry Hillis of Vestal, N.Y., drove to his first $700 Open Sportsman victory of the season in a hotly contested 20-lap main. Hillis, who jumped into the lead on the second circuit, used the outside lane to fight off the inside advances of Eric Leet, running the final five laps side-by-side. Hillis, working the outside, beat Leet to the line by less than a car-length.
Point leader Leet settled for second, followed by Kenny Hammond, who closed quickly on the lead pair late in the main. Nick Mady and Kevin Jordan, recovering from an early spin, completed the front five.
Speedsville, N.Y.’s Pat Jordan continued his dominance of the Crate 602 Sportsman division with a triumph in the 20-lap feature. Jordan drove from sixth to take the lead from Shayne Spoonhower in traffic with five laps remaining. Buffalo, N.Y., driver Adam Hilton chased Jordan to the line, with Brian Mady, Spoonhower and Four Cylinder graduate Isaiah Forward in tow.
For the first time since Opening Night, Rudy Roth reached Rookie Sportsman Victory Lane. Roth topped the 15-lap feature for his second checkered of the season. Kailee DiMorier recovered from heavy contact early in the main to finish second. Kinser Hill, Dayton Coney and Shawn Davis finished third through fifth, respectively.
JUNE 20, 2015 RACE SUMMARY
Modified Feature Finish (30 Laps): MIKE MAHANEY, Butch Green, Brian Malcolm, Chad Cook, Nick Rochinski, Mike Nagel Jr., Brent Wilcox, Billy Spoonhower, Chris Stull, Dale Welty, Matt Latwinski, Mike Wilbur, Ken Titus, Chance Spoonhower, Ryan Jordan, Colton Wilson, Tom Collins Jr., Byron Worthing.
Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps): LARRY HILLIS, Eric Leet, Kenny Hammond, Nick Mady, Kevin Jordan, A.J. Lord, Dan Burman, Ricky Ross Jr., Chris Jordan, Geordie Decker, Tommy Eiklor, T.J. Frost, Jake Fowlston, Nick Nye, Marc Goodwin, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Alan Barker.
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps): PAT JORDAN, Adam Hilton, Brian Mady, Shayne Spoonhower, Isaiah Forward, Tyler Ward, Daryl Krebs, Dan Pease, Randy Gates, Josh Underwood, Todd Titus, Lanson Albanese, Nick Nye, Tony Komuda, Dustin Jordan, Hilary Ward, Jerry Voorhis.
Rookie Sportsman Feature Finish (15 Laps): RUDY ROTH, Kailee DiMorier, Kinser Hill, Dayton Coney, Shawn Davis, Zach Balzer, Coty Bishop, Kerri Cook, Thomas Ferguson, Tyler Keener, Cole Price.
Hearn & Hartman Big Winners At Albany-Saratoga
For Immediate Release
June 20th, 2015
Malta, NY – As the 50th Anniversary season progresses at the Great Race Place, one driver continues to set records at a pace that only Mother Nature can stop. Brett Hearn won Friday evening’s 35 lap Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified feature event. The win moves the Garden State driver’s all-time feature wins record to 122 at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
In other action Tim Hartman, Jr won the held over 26 lap Mark Hughes Memorial Sportsman event while Chris Johnson claimed the regularly scheduled 25 lap feature event. Josh Flint won the CRSA RaceSaver 305 Sprint Car Series A-Main while Kenny Martin was victorious in the DIRTcar Pro Stock event. Andrew Buff won the 15 lap Limited Sportsman feature event while Damon Anderson was the Street Stock winner.
During a break in the action 39 bicycles were given away to 38 lucky children and one adult. The bicycles were donated by race teams, officials and other patrons of the Great Race Place. An autograph session was also held before the start of racing featuring drivers that call or have called the fast four tenths of a mile home, some of the drivers included Kim Duell, Mike Ballestero, Nick Ronca and Jimmy Davis.
Ray Hoard and Elmo Reckner led the field to the green with Reckner taking the early advantage over Hoard. The first of nine caution flags slowed the event on lap one when Keith Flach came to a stop in turn two. Reckner held the lead on the restart with Hoard, Brett Wright, Brian Gleason and Kris Vernold following. The second caution flag waved on lap two when Bobby Hackel, IV spun in turn two.
When racing resumed Reckner was the leader with Hoard, Wright, Gleason and Vernold following. On lap three Hoard slipped high as the field approached turn three which allowed Wright to get past for second. Hearn meanwhile was on the move. The defending track champion moved into sixth on lap five with Kenny Tremont, Jr. and Ronnie Johnson following into sixth and seventh. A lap later both Hearn and Tremont would make their way past fourth place runner Gleason, who had just lost third to Vernold.
Justin Barber spun off turn two on lap eight to bunch the field back up and cause caution number three. On the restart Wright took the lead with Reckner, Hoard, Vernold and Hearn following. Gleason would bring out the caution on lap nine when he stopped in turn four. On the restart Wright continued to lead with Reckner second, Hearn now third, Hoard fourth and Vernold fifth.
On lap ten, exiting turn four Hearn made an incredible move to go from third to alongside Wright for the race lead. The caution flag waved as the lead duo made their way through turns one and two for Neil Stratton who spun in turn four. While Hearn was past Reckner for second at the line he was not past Wright, so Wright remained the race leader.
When Racing resumed Hearn took the lead with Wright, Reckner, Vernold and Tremont following. On lap 12 Vernold had fallen out of the top five and Johnson moved into it as he passed both Tremont and Reckner to take third. Two laps later Johnson moved around Wright for second only to have Wright take the spot back on lap 15. Tremont moved past Johnson for third on lap 15 and then past Wright for second on lap 18.
Johnson took third from Wright on a lap 21 restart forcing Wright to fourth. Marc Johnson took fifth from Hoard on lap 25 and then fourth from Wright on lap 32. In the end no one had anything for Hearn who pulled away for his sixth win of the season at the track. Tremont finished second with Ronnie Johnson third, Marc Johnson fourth and Peter Britten fifth. Heat races for the 29 car field were won by Hoard, Gleason and Hearn.
Tim Hartman, Jr. picked up the held over Mark Hughes Memorial for the Sportsman division. The event picked up on lap11 after Mother Nature washed out the remainder of the evening one week earlier.
Robert Bublak, Jr. and John Proctor led the field back to the green with Proctor taking the lead over Bublak and Chris Johnson. Hartman moved past Johnson for third on lap 14. Chris Murray spun just past half way to bunch up the field. On the restart Proctor held the lead over Bublak and Hartman. The leaders would run that way until lap 25 when Bublak, who had been hounding Proctor for the lead hit the inside implement tire in turn one forcing himself to spin and bringing out a last lap restart.
On the restart Proctor led however Hartman was alongside. Hartman took the lead as they powered off turn two and brought home the big win. Proctor settled for second with Rocky Warner third, Dave Baranowski fourth and Jon Miller fifth.
Johnson meanwhile picked up the regularly scheduled 25 lap Sportsman event. The win was Johnson’s third career win at the Great Race Place. Johnson and Bublak led the field to the green with Johnson taking the early lead. The race went 21 laps before seeing the first caution flag, which was caused by a Jake Scarborough spin in turn four.
Johnson continued to lead on the restart however Rocky Warner moved into second with Bublak third. Nick Anatriello spun soon after to set up one final restart. On the restart Johnson led but Warner was all over him. On the last lap Warner drove the Jake Spraker owned machine deep into turn three and then cut back down low exiting turn four. The dup drag raced to the line with Johnson winning by about half a car length. Johnson picked up the win over Warner, Bublak, Jeremy Pitts and Hartman. A total of 29 drivers entered the night’s regularly scheduled program.
Josh Flint won the CRSA RaceSaver 305 Sprint Car feature event. The win was the divisional rookie’s first of his career. Flint and Emily VanInwegen led the field to Kenny Marshall’s green flag with Flint taking the lead. Flint led the entire event and holding off Josh Pieniazek for the win. Pieniazek finished second with Chad King third, John Matrafailo fourth and Dalton Herrick fifth. Heat races for the 22 car field were won by King, Herrick and Mike Kiser.
Modified Results (35 Laps) - 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Ken Tremont Jr, 3) Ronnie Johnson, 4) Marc Johnson, 5) Peter Britten, 6) Brett Wright, 7) Mark Kislowski, 8) Mike Perrotte 9) Elmo Reckner, 10) Neil Stratton, 11) Hector Stratton, 12) Jimmy Cottrell, 13) Jessey Mueller, 14) Brian Whittemore, 15) Ray Hoard, 16) Alex Bell, 17) Kris Vernold, 18) Frank Hoard III, 19) Matt Delorenzo, 20) Don Ronca, 21) Dylan Scribner, 22) Brian Gleason, 23) Justin Barber, 24) Bobby Hackel IV, 25) Rich Scagliotta, 26) Keith Flach, DNS) Cass Bennett, DNS) Matt Depew, DNS) Rich Ronca
Mark Hughes Memorial Sportsman Results from 06/12 (26 Laps) - 1) Tim Hartman Jr, 2) John Proctor, 3) Rocky Warner, 4) Dave Baranowski Jr, 5) Jon Miller,6) Connor Cleveland, 7) Jack Speshock, 8) Nick Anatriello, 9) Joey Scarborough, 10) Derek McGrew, 11) Adam Gage, 12) Jack Swinton, 13) Hunter Bates, 14) Jake Scarborough, 15) Elliott Lussier, 16) Mike Burdo, 17) Dave Constantino, 18) Robert Bublak, 19) Jack Gentile, 20) Chris Johnson, 21) Jeremy Pitts, 22) Chris Murray, 23) Nick Lussier, 24) Colin Bokus, 25) Rob Maxon, 26) Jush Sunn, DNS) Jack Bublak
06/19 Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Chris Johnson, 2) Rocky Warner, 3) Robert Bublak, 4) Jeremy Pitts, 5) Tim Hartman Jr 6) Derek McGrew, 7) Jack Speshock, 8) Connor Cleveland, 9) Jon Miller, 10) Scott Duell, 11) Hunter Bates, 12) Joey Scarborough, 13) Dave Baranowski Jr, 14) Jack Swinton, 15) Adam Gage, 16) Elliott Lussier, 17) Mike Burdo, 18) Pete Jeske, 19) Jack Bublak, 20) Chris Murray, 21) Nick Anatriello, 22) Dave Constantino, 23) Jack Gentile, 24) Brian Krummel, 25) Jake Scarborough, 26) Ricky Quick, 27) John Proctor, 28) Nick Lussier, 29) Joe Orlando
CRSA Sprint A-Main Results (25 Laps) - 1) Josh Flint, 2) Josh Pieniazek, 3) Chad King, 4) John Matrafailo, 5) Dalton Herrick, 6) Chad Miller, 7) Brett Jaycox, 8) Billy VanInwegen, 9) Warren Alexson, 10) Chuck Alessi, 11) Kelly Hebing, 12) Brian Krummel, 13) Thomas Radivoy, 14) Dana Wagner, 15) Tyler Jashembowski, 16) David French, 17) Jeremy Quick, 18) Emily VanInwegen, 19) Mike Kiser, 20) Kyle Smith, 21) Christian Rumsey, 22) Jami Russell
Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) - 1) Ken Martin, 2) Chuck Dumblewski, 3) Norm Loubier, 4) Kim Duell, 5) Byron Wescott, 6) Dave Depaulo, 7) Jeff Washburn, 8) Dan Madigan, 9) Bernie Companion, 10) Cale Kneer, 11) Steve Burch, 12) Bill Smith, 13) Scott Lawrence, 14) Mike Bradley, 15) Kevin Loomis, 16) Pete Porter,17) Dan Older, 18) Daniel Sanchez, 19) Brandon Emigh, 20) Ed Thompson, 21) Russell Farr, DNS) Robbie Speed
Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) Andrew Buff, 2) Anthony Alger, 3) Travis Billington, 4) Scott Flanders, 5) Rob Lanfear, 6) David Schilling, 7) Christopher Ronca, 8) Anthony Savoca, 9) Pat Jones, 10) Nick Fretto, 11) Diana Huyck, 12) Ken Conroy, 13) Scott Bennett Jr, 14) Bill Duprey, 15) Mike Coffey, 16) Mark Rabideau, 17) Emily Quinn, 18) Bob Schmidt, 19) Reggie Bonner, 20) Johnny Chesnut, 21) Matt Westcott, 22) Gary Derocher, 23) Ben Brownell, 24) John Stowell, 25) George Dorvee, DQ) Chris Curtis
Rex King Jr. wins Mid-Season Championship
Bowser, Ferree and Kelley also crowned Mid-Season Champions
Sarver, PA (June 19, 2015) On a perfect race track in front of a huge crowd, four Mid-Season Champions were crowned and locked into marquee events for their respective divisions. Rex King Jr. passed early leaders Garrett Krummert and Mat Williamson to score his second win of the season in the Diehl Mods and, in doing so, locked into the year ending DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede. Carl Bowser, Alex Ferree and Joe Kelley dominated their respective features. Bowser’s third Peoples TWP Sprint win of the season guaranteed him a starting spot in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30s. Ferree notched his second Precise Late Model win of the season to score the track provisional for next Saturday’s 9th Annual Firecracker 100 presented GottaRace.com. And Kelley closed the program with his 49th career feature win in the Pic-A-Part Sportsman to secure a starting spot into the Autumn-Motive Fest Sportsman/Stock Spectacular.
DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Rex King Jr., Bristolville, OH
2. Mat Williamson, St Catharines ONT
3. Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY
4. Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
5. Garrett Krummert, Butler
6. Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
7. Rex King Sr., Bristolville, OH
8. Steve Feder, Butler
9. Tom Winkle, Mars
10. Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
11. Rodney Beltz, Ellwood City
12. Shawn Fleeger, Butler
13. Rick Regalski, Slippery Rock
14. Jeff Miller, Sarver
15. Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg
16. Carl Murdick, Butler
17. Dave Reges, Butler
18. Shawn Kozar, Renfrew
19. Dave Murdick, Meridian
410 Sprints Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Carl Bowser, Sarver
2. Ed Lynch Jr, Apollo
3. AJ Flick, Apollo
4. Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
5. Brandon Matus, Wampum
6. Brent Matus, Wampum
7. Eric Williams, Kinsmen, OH
8. Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
9. Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
10. Scott Priester, Rimersburg
11. Dan Shetler, Johnstown
12. Adam Kekich, Hermitage
13. Rod George, Kittanning
14. Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
15. Ryan Frederick, Hillsville
16. Zach Morrow, Mars
17. Davey Jones, Baden
18. Bill Kiley, Cabot
19. Sye Lynch, Apollo
DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)
1. Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
2. Russell King, Bristolville, OH
3. Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
4. Mike Pegher Jr, Wexford
5. Bump Headman, Sugar Grove
6. Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
7. Jim Rasey, Warren OH
8. Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
9. Dan Swartzlander, Freeport
10. John Mollick, Toronto, OH
11. Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
12. Clayton Kennedy, Mars
13. Michael Lake, Uniontown
14. Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
15. Michael Norris, Sarver
16. Herman Bertolini, Creighton
17. Trevor Herr, Creighton
18. Clay Ruffo, Mercer
19. Colton Flinner, Pittsburgh
20. John Garvin Jr., Sarver
CHAD BRACHMANN WINS FIRST OF THE SEASON AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY
Ransomville, NY – Friday, June 19, 2015 – Chad Brachmann of Sanborn, NY was victorious last Friday night in the FinditQuick.com Modified ranks. As Chad said in victory lane, “if it wasn’t for bad luck, we would have no luck at all.”
The 2011 track champion had been suffering a dismal season up until last Friday night when things seemed to finally turn around for him. Brachmann would take the lead away from Brian Sage on lap twelve and then held off persistent challenges by Tommy Flannigan in the final laps enroute to the win aboard his FinditQuick.com sponsored #3. A very happy Brachmann emerged from his racer and was joined pitside by family, crew, and sponsors as they celebrated the win. Flannigan came home in second aboard the Andrew Sitler owned #37s followed by Pete Bicknell, Brian Sage, and Ryan Susice.
Brett Martin of Burt, NY won his first of the season in the Investors Services Sportsman ranks. Martin took the lead away from Dan Heschke on lap six of the twenty-five lap main event and maintained it the remaining distance. A few caution periods would slow the main but it would be Martin hanging on up front for the win. Greg Martin advanced to second but lost the handle at the mid-way point resulting in a spin. Heschke and points leader Jesse Cotriss were collected in the process sending them pitside. Unfortunately the trio would suffer dismal finishes as a result. Cody McPherson, Justin Sharp, Kevin Wills, and James Michael Friesen rounded out the top five. A total of twenty-three cars took the initial green.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH – CHAD BRACHMANN, Tommy Flannigan, Pete Bicknell, Brian Sage, Ryan Susice, Scott Kerwin, Scott George, Rick Richner, Tyler McPherson, Phil Vigneri Jr., Nick Joy, Dave Flannigan, Danny Johnson, Jeff McGinnis, Robbie Krull, Bill Bleich, Steve Schumacher, Kenny Wills, Brett Clarke, John Smith, and Russ Zimmerman. Heat Winners – Chad Brachmann, Scott George, and John Smith.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – BRETT MARTIN, Cody McPherson, Justin Sharp, Kevin Wills, James Michael Friesen, James Henry, Matt Farnham, Billy Coleman, Andy Smith, Jim Harbison, Allan Wills, Greg Martin, James Sweeting, Mike Williams, Derrick Borkenhagen, Jesse Cotriss, Chris Burek, Jim Zimmerman, Brett Senek, Dan Heschke, Zack Sam, Don Spatorico, and Steve Lewis Jr. Heat Winners – Allan Wills, Dan Heschke, and Brett Senek.
Brewerton Speedway quick results
Friday, June 19
Modifieds 35 Laps) - MATT SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Ryan Bartlett, Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Matt Fink, Pat Ward, Tim Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Tom Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Chad Phelps, Mike Bowman, Tim Kerr, Chuck Bower, Chris Mackey, Vinnie Vitale, Jim Witko Jr., Jeff Blackburn, Andrew Ferguson, Vic Coffey.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - RON DAVIS III, Rich Townsend, Ricky Yelle, Jordan Bennett, Mike Prentice, Kevin Root, Brent Joy, Tony Finch II, Chris Cunningham, Earl Rudy, Nick Krause, James Carlson, Dylan Zacharias, John Cunningham, Jack Meeks, Steve Abt, Kelly Smith, Stephen Denton, Rocco Leone, Gregg Kimball, Corey Barker, Todd Root, Tyler Trump.
Billy Pauch Jr. Ready To Return To Thunder Mountain Speedway After 10 Years
Set For Modified & SpeedSTR Competition During Sunday, June 28 ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ Special; A Mod/SpeedSTR Sweep Could Generate $10,000 Payday!
CENTER LISLE, NY – It has been more than 10 years since Billy Pauch Jr. climbed the hillside driveway to Thunder Mountain Speedway.
But he will do it again on Sunday, June 28.
Pauch Jr., of Frenchtown, N.J., will participate in the Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by VP Racing Fuels and Town Mechanical at the three-eighths-mile oval. The huge night of racing is headlined by the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek big-block/small-block Modifieds in a 50-lap event offering $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start and the Speedway Entertainment SpeedSTRs, typically featured at Pa.’s Action Track USA, in a 30-lap, $3,000-to-win main.
The 28-year-old Pauch Jr. will participate in both Modified and SpeedSTR competition. He will drive Rick Holsten’s No. 96, the 358-Modified he pilots at N.J.’s New Egypt Speedway on Saturday nights, for the STSS Modified portion and the Bob Lesko-owned Wayne Subaru No. 1 for the SpeedSTR portion. Pauch Jr. has won in both cars already in 2015.
Thanks to event backer Olum’s, a driver sweeping the Modified and SpeedSTR features will win no less than $10,000 per the “Double Down” Challenge!
Pauch Jr. raced at Thunder Mountain only once, very early in his career, when he earned a top-five finish in the track’s 2004 ‘King of the Mountain’ year-end special. He’s anxious to get back!
“I’m looking forward to running there again, it’s been a while,” exclaimed Pauch Jr., a versatile and successful third-generation driver. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about the place. The combination of the Modifieds and SpeedSTRs together will bring another level of excitement.”
Pauch Jr. believes the SpeedSTR field will be strong at the first-time event.
“There is a lot of buzz right now,” he said. “A lot of people are talking about it.”
Also on the program: Doug Borger’s traveling XCel 600 Modifieds in a tour race competing for $1,000 to win; Street Stocks battling for a $700 minimum payday thanks to the support of Zimmer Logging; and FWD Four Cylinders.
For Thunder Mountain Speedway regulars, 50 show-up points will be offered for the Modifieds, Street Stocks and FWD Four Cylinders. Track and tour points will be distributed to the XCel 600 Modified competitors.
A complete program is planned for Thunder Mountain on Saturday night (June 27). Camping, free of charge, is permitted on the speedway grounds.
The Modified portion serves as Race No. 4 of the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region. The North Region championship battle is heating up as it reaches the midway point. Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., leads the standings by just a single point with his Jeff Behrent-fielded race team. The top-four competitors are separated by only seven markers.
STSS North Region races have been contested thus far in 2015 at Orange County Fair Speedway and Accord Speedway in New York and Big Diamond Speedway in Pennsylvania.
For the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special, pit and gates will open at 3 p.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 5:40 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing promptly at 7 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $18. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Short Track Super Series 2015 Schedule
Saturday, April 11 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY: Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, May 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault – WINNER: RICK LAUBACH
Tuesday, May 19 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY: Battle of the Bullring 3 – WINNER: JACKIE BROWN JR.
Sunday, June 28 (Rain Date: June 29) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Lightning on the Mountain
Wednesday, July 22 (Rain Date: July 23) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Crazy 8s Special
Tuesday, August 11 (Rain Date: Aug. 12) – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY: Hustlin’ the High Banks 51
Sunday, September 13 (Rain Date: Sept. 20) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Wade Decker Memorial
Friday-Saturday October 9-10 (Rain Date: Oct. 11) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Short Track SuperNationals 8 - Championship Points
Sheppard Holds Off Decker at Grandview Speedway
Super DIRTcar points leader earns second victory of the season
BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. - June 16, 2015 - Matt Sheppard stayed a step ahead of Billy Decker in lapped traffic over the final 20 laps of the 18th annual "Traffic Jam 60" to earn his second Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series win of the season and his first ever at Grandview Speedway Tuesday.
Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., started fourth after the Dig Safely NY 811 redraw and was soon dicing with pole sitter Billy Dunn in a battle for the lead that lasted until lap 19 when Sheppard took charge in the FX Caprara HBR #9h.
After a lone caution on lap three, the race stayed green. Decker started fifth on the field and slipped under Dunn for second on lap 24. He closed in on Sheppard several times, but the Series point leader escaped in traffic each time. Decker was a car-length away when time ran out.
Stewart Friesen rallied late to finish third, followed by Dunn and Ryan Watt. Positions 6-10 went to Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Grandview regular Duane Howard, Pat Ward and Tim Fuller.
"I saw the checkered flag and was relieved," said Sheppard, the series point leader and first driver with more than one win this season. "This felt like the longest 60 laps ever. I know they call it the Traffic Jam."
Craig VonDohren, Grandview's leading all-time winner, set a new track record (14.298) during Pole Position Raceway Fast Time qualifying, but had to settle for 11th after starting ninth.
"Matt had to deal with a lot of lapped cars," Decker said. "He'd clear them and then I'd have to wrestle with them. Win, lose or draw, it was a great race. This is a great place for us to race at in the Series."
Friesen earned his podium finish after spirited duels with Watt and Dunn, but he never managed to get close enough to threaten Decker or Friesen.
Howard was the KSE Hard Charger of the race with his 8th-place finish after starting 22nd.
The heats were won by VonDohren, Watt and Ryan Godown.
The next Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series event is at Utica-Rome Speedway, Wednesday, June 24.
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report; Grandview Speedway 'Traffic Jam 60'; Bechtelsville, Pa.; June 16, 2015
A-Main (60 laps)
1. 9h Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y. (4)
2. 91 Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y. (5)
3. 7z Stewart Friesen, Sprakers, N.Y. (7)
4. 49 Billy Dunn, Watertown, N.Y. (1)
5. 14w Ryan Watt Boyertown, PA (2)
6. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J. (8)
7. 27J Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y. (10)
8. 66 Duane Howard, Oley, PA (22)
9. 42p Pat Ward, Genoa, N.Y. (6)
10. 19 Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y. (19)
11. 14s Craig VonDohren Oley, PA (9)
12. 65 Anthony Perrego, Montgomery, N.Y. (13)
13. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (3)
14. 16x Danny Creeden, Wurtsboro, N.Y. (17)
15. 98h Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y. (11)
16. 2 Jimmy Horton, Neshantic Station, N.J. (21)
17. 43 Keith Flach, Ravena, N.Y. (16)
18. Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N.J. (18)
19. Adam Roberts, Watertown, N.Y. (20)
20. 747 Ryan Godown, Ringoes, N.J. (12)
21. 7 Rick Laubach, Quakertown, PA (14)
22. M40 Mark Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J, (23)
23. R40 Ryan Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J. (24)
24. 99L Larry Wight, Phoenix, N.Y. (15)
Did Not Start: 74m Matt Billings, Brockville, Ontario (20)
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 4 redraw)
Heat 1: VonDohren, Hearn, Sheppard, Decker, Perrego, Flach, Fuller, Howard
Heat 2: Watt, Dunn, Britten, Johnson, Laubach, Creeden, Roberts, M Forte Jr.
Heat 3: Godown, Ward, Friesen, Phelps, Wight, Scagliotta, Horton, R Forte
Mid-Season Championships up Next at Mercer Raceway Park
Mercer, PA (June 16, 2015): Despite threatening forecasts for the next several days, the staff and management of Mercer Raceway Park will be ready to host the Mid-Season Championships this Saturday, June 20. In addition, it will be Meet Your Heroes Night, courtesy of Herr's, the official snack food of Mercer Raceway Park.
Double points will be on the line in all six divisions that make up the Saturday Night Live! racing program. So, the competition will be fierce, as the drivers race hard for every position in the heats and feature events.
The closest championship contest is in the 410 Sprint Car ranks. You can throw a blanket over Brandon Matus, Eric Williams, Jack Sodeman, Jr., and Adam Kekich. Matus has 234 markers, while Kekich has 231! Rod George sits fifth, at 203 points, and if the luck comes his way, he could make a big move in the standings for the 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels crown.
The Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors has a new points leader. Cody Bova now tops the chart. George Hobaugh, Jr. is second. Quite a way back are C.J. Jones, Evan Kornbau and Darin Gallagher.
Tommy Kristyak has led the way in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds from the first night of the season. He has a 25 point margin over Jimmy Holden. J.R. McGinley and Kyle Fink are locked in a battle for third. Lonny Riggs is within striking distance, and a good finish Saturday could get him closer to the front.
The Precise Racing Products Stock Cars has become a two-horse race between Curtis J. Bish and Ryan Moyer. Gary Miller, Jr., Tim Burns, and Pat Fielding are other top runners in this competitive class.
Mark Marcucci enters the Mid-Season Championships with the biggest advantage over his rivals in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites. Jacob Bova, Shane Webb, Bill Stivason, and Mike Flockerzi will do their best to close the gap.
Tyler Fulton is on a mission to get his first point championship in the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks. He leads Caleb Hickok by 20 counters, and Steve Longwell, Sr. by 22. Steve Longwell, Jr. and Shane Shook could make advances with strong runs.
But, before these drivers and many more strap in for their respective features, you will be able to wish them well. That's right, there will be a big meet and greet session. All drivers on the grounds will bring their race cars out to the front stretch, and the fans will be allowed to mingle with them. It will be a great time to get photos and autographs with your favorite drivers!
The gates will open at 4 p.m., practice will begin at 6:30, and racing will start at 7.
RACING ACTION CONTINUES TO HEAT UP THIS SUNDAY FOR FATHERS DAY AT THE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- This Sunday, June 21, at the Utica-Rome Rome Speedway it will another round of fast paced NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing when Quality Manufacturing and Marble Hill Inn presents the Stampede Steakhouse Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Open Sportsman, and Pro Street Stocks. It is the perfect night to bring Dad to the races to help celebrate Father’s Day for some exciting short track racing.
Police officers, fire fighters, and correctional officers, current and retired, with proper identification will admitted to the grandstands for FREE! This is in honor of the daily sacrifices that are made by some special individuals on a daily basis.
In the weekly Stampede Steakhouse Modified point standings, Pat Ward is still shown as the leader with a five point lead over Matt Sheppard. Ward’s teammate, Larry Wight, is third in the standings over Mike Mahaney and Tim Fuller. Rounding out the top 10 in the quest for the $13,000 to win track title is Vic Coffey, Erick Rudolph, Stewart Friesen, Mike Bowman, and Matt Hulsizer. Sheppard leads the way in win column with four victories while Wight, Mahaney, Fuller, and Friesen all have one each. The race for supremacy in the New York State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings is a close one with Ward edging Sheppard by three points. John Fortin and Tom Rogers, Jr. from Riverhead Raceway and Jimmy Zacharias from Chemung and Holland Speedway round out the top five in the state rankings. Other Utica-Rome Speedway regulars in the top 20 in the state standings include Wight (7th), Mahaney (10th), Fuller (13th), Rudolph (16th), Coffey (18th), and Friesen (19th).
With four wins, Rocky Warner leads the way in the 602 Sportsman standings by a mere three points over Matt Janczuk. Cody Clark, AJ Filbeck, Alan Fink, Glenn Forward, Nick Krause, Daryl Nutting, Kyle Kiehn, and Connor Cleveland round out the top 10 in a very stout field of Sportsman. Filbeck, Cleveland, and Eric Giguere all have found victory lane once each.
The Open Sportsman have seen some parity so far this season with five different winners in the six events held. Currently, Steve Way and Claude Hutchings, Jr. are tied atop the standings while Heath Carney, Jack Miller, Jeremy Vunk, Randy Shantel, Mike Richmond, Tom Tophoven, Craig Pope, and Lucas Heintz give chase. Hutchings is the only driver with multiple wins with two victories while Way, Carney, Vunk, and Shantel all have one win each.
Glenn Forward is the current point leader in the Pro Street Stock division by just six points over Mike Welch. Mark Effner is in the third spot with AJ Digsby and Chris Carr filling out the top five spots. Rounding out the top 10 is Bill Mason, Travis Welch, Ed Ostrander, Gus Hollner, and Ernie Staelens. Forward has four wins so far this season with Welch and Effner each grabbing one win each.
For the Kids Club, several local Mixed Martial Arts competitors will be on hand to show young fans their talents making this an entertaining show for fans of all ages.
Gates for this Sunday’s show open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to begin at 6 p.m. Adult admission is just $13 with military, senior citizens, and students at $10. Kids 16 and under are free.
Don’t forget, coming up on Wednesday June 24 is the only midweek show of the year with the return of the Super DIRTcar Series after a 12 year absence. Track regular Matt Sheppard is the current point leader that will see stars such as Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Peter Britten, Keith Flach, Justin Haers, and many more come in to challenge the track regulars for the $6,000 to win main event. Four time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday will also be on hand for autographs.
Hearn Goes Back-to-Back on High Banks
By Phil Allaway
Saturday night brought somewhat stagnant temperatures and a very smooth surface to Lebanon Valley. As a result, the speeds were up. However, even with the changes, the same chap took home the big check in the end.
Denny Soltis started on the pole, but quickly lost his advantage to Chad Jeseo. The power steering issues cured, Jeseo was able to pull out to a small advantage on the rest of the field.
Kenny Tremont, Jr.’s charge from 14th starting spot was briefly derailed when Mike King spun due to a stack-up on lap 4. Tremont tried to spin to avoid King, but ended up hitting him. Luckily for Tremont, his car was undamaged, allowing him to continue from the rear. King tried to continue, but eventually pulled off.
Brett Hearn was not delayed by the lap 4 incident. By that point, he’d already charged up to fourth from 15th. On the restart, he got past Matt Pupello for third. With that, Jeseo, Kyle Armstrong and Hearn pulled away from the pack. A few laps later, Hearn had taken second from Armstrong and started working on Jeseo. While Jeseo was strong early, he and his team are still learning their new Teo chassis. After Jeseo slipped a little bit, Hearn was able to motor by and take the lead on lap 14.
Once out front, Hearn pulled away until Keith Flach lost an engine in a spectacular way on lap 18. Naturally, the caution flew and the pack closed up.
Shortly after the restart, Brian Berger was able to get past Jeseo for second, but he simply wasn’t able to do much with Hearn. Despite a late restart, Hearn pulled away to take his second in a row.
Afterwards, Hearn explained that he was actually worried at the beginning.
“I was a little worried because the track conditions were significantly different than last week,” Hearn said. “Luckily, the car felt good, so we just went with it. It ended up being tight. It felt better than it did last week.”
Behind Hearn and Berger was Kyle Armstrong with a season-best third-place finish. Andy Bachetti was fourth, while Tremont was able to charge back up to fifth.
In the Small Block Modifieds, Timothy Davis led from the pole early on with Brian Sandstedt giving chase, much like a Boo Diddly in Super Mario Brothers 3. Sandstedt tried multiple times to get his Darcy Construction No. 12 past Davis, but just could not get himself past.
Back in the pack, Tremont, Brett Haas and JR Heffner were moving up from outside of the top 10. It took a while to make in-roads with everyone being so equal, but they eventually put themselves in contention. Alan Houghtaling’s spin on lap 15 while fighting for fourth with Tremont turned out to be a game changer, though.
On the restart, Tremont easily dispatched Peter Carlotto for third, then Sandstedt for second. Another yellow due to Olden Dwyer stalling on track put Tremont right on Davis’ bumper bar. It took barely a lap for Tremont to take the advantage away from the rookie. From there, Tremont pulled away to take his first Small Block Modified win of the year, and with it, a share of the points lead. Heffner finished second from 15th on the grid, followed by Haas. Wayne Jelley was fourth, followed by Jason Herrington.
In Pro Stock, Steven LaRochelle, benefiting from the full attention of his father, Paul, started from pole and led early on. The race was interrupted by a couple of early spins that slowed the pace, but LaRochelle was able to maintain the advantage through two restarts. Veteran Chuck Towslee, who started alongside LaRochelle was right on his tail and was eventually able to snag the lead on lap 5.
Modified Feature Results: 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Brian Berger, 3) Kyle Armstrong, 4) Andy Bachetti, 5) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 6) Kyle Sheldon, 7) Eddie Marshall, 8) Steve Hough, 9) Chad Jeseo, 10) Paul Gilardi, 11) Elmo Reckner, 12) Kyle Hoffman, 13) Jeff Watson, 14) Kolby Schroder, 15) Wayne Jelley, 16) Ken McGuire, 17) Keith Flach, 18) Denny Soltis, 19) Matt Pupello, 20) Mike King, 21) Olden Dwyer. DNS: Tyler Chartrand, JR Heffner, Dave McFeeters, Rich Salisbury
358 Small Block Modified Feature Results: 1) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 2) JR Heffner, 3) Brett Haas, 4) Wayne Jelley, 5) Jason Herrington, 6) Timothy Davis, 7) Frank Hoard, III, 8) Brian Sandstedt, 9) Alan Houghtaling, 10) David Schilling, 11) Dave Hinsch, 12) Chad Pierce, 13) Brian Peterson, 14) Demetrios Drellos, 15) Jeff Kelley, 16) Ryan Charland, 17) Olden Dwyer, 18) Peter Carlotto, 19) Ryan Darcy. DNS: Tom Faxon
Pro Stock Results: 1) Rob Yetman, 2) Chuck Towslee, 3) Jon Routhier, 4) Jay Corbin, 5) Frank Twing, 6) Nick Hilt, 7) Daniel Sanchez, 8) Rick Dempsey, 9) Chad Arsenault, 10) Sparky Reilly, 11) Hugh Page, 12) John Santolin, 13) Tom O’Connor, 14) Tom Harkins, 15) Joe LaFlamme, 16) Steven LaRochelle, 17) Milo Campbell, 18) Kim Duell, 19) Brian Keough, 20) Mark Dupuis. DNS: Rick Duzlak, Victor Hopkins, Chris Lunn, Robbie Speed
FRIESEN TAKES A BACKUP CAR TO ANOTHER WIN AT FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
FONDA, NY – Unbelievable is one word to describe the drive to the front that defending track champion Stewart Friesen had yet again on Saturday evening as he drove to his sixth win of the 2015 season at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway. After finishing fifth in qualifying heat race number three the Parks Companies machine was showing heavy smoke as it drove to the scales and had to be pushed back into the pit area.
The crew of the #1F made the trip to Sprakers, NY to get another car which was sitting in the race shop on jack stands with no body on it. They got back to Fonda in time with the car and started last on the starting grid in the 26th position and the result at the end of the evening was the same as it was earlier this season when he started last in the feature event, another victory. For Friesen it was his 35th career win at Fonda tying him with Jeff Trombley for 11th on the all-time win list.
“I owe this win to all those guys standing over there,” Friesen said in victory lane as he pointed to his crew members. “This car wasn’t even together at the shop and they went back, put it all together, and got it here in time for me to start the feature. What a team effort.”
In victory lane Friesen also dedicated the win to long time Stewart Friesen fan Alfie Morey who passed away after a battle with cancer.
Other winners on Leader Herald Newspaper Night at Fonda were Connor Cleveland (rain delayed 602 sportsman feature event from 5/16), Tim Hartman Jr. (regular 602 sportsman feature), Pete Broderson (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), and Nick Scavia (limited sportsman). It was also soccer and little league night at Fonda with anyone wearing their league shirts getting into the speedway free of charge.
The 30-lap modified main event began with Floyd Billington leading at the start from his pole starting position with the yellow coming out as lap one was completed for Craig Hanson who spun into the infield on the front stretch. That unfortunately was the start of things to come. Justin Boehler led on the restart only to have the event slowed yet again on consecutive laps three and four with Jeff Rockefeller and Bobby Varin being involved in both incidents. Rockefeller continued but Varin was done for the evening with a collapsed front end.
On lap five the first of a total of three red flags was out for Jeremy Wilder who flipped over at the pit road exit in turn four and got caught up in the catch fence. The incident happened as Wilder was going around the outside of Alton Palmer and got into the loose stuff causing him to slide into the tire barrier with the front end which caught the fence and caused him to flip on his roof. A report on Sunday morning said that Wilder walked away uninjured from the incident and was okay.
On this restart Brian Gleason took over the race lead after starting sixth and using the extreme outside groove to get his car to the front. The red flag was out again on lap six for Ronnie Johnson who flipped over multiple times in turn three. A report on Sunday said that Ronnie was sore but was otherwise okay. On the single file restart Gleason continued to lead and pulled out to a substantial lead by the time the red flag flew again this time for A.J. Romano who flipped over in turn two but was not injured.
By lap 10 Friesen had already moved into the fifth position with Gleason still leading Boehler by a straightaway at that point. Just past the halfway point in the event Friesen moved past Palmer into the third position and then on lap 18 Friesen and Boehler swapped the second position once before Friesen took the spot over for good with Gleason almost a half track ahead at that point but in lap traffic.
Friesen was turning laps almost a second quicker than Gleason and with only four laps remaining was right on Gleason’s rear bumper. On lap 27 Friesen used an outside move in turn four to take over the lead and led the remaining laps to Joe Kriss’ checkered flag in the Tadd Parks owned Teo car followed in the top five by Gleason, Boehler, Josh Hohenforst, and Jeff Trombley.
“The car was good once we got a clear track ahead of us but coming through traffic was tough and I narrowly missed a few of the wrecks,” Friesen said. “The track was very challenging and a couple of drivers made poor decisions in traffic and unfortunately were involved in wrecks.”
Harry Shaffer led the opening laps of the rain delayed 602 sportsman feature from 5/16 after starting on the outside pole with John McAuliffe up to the second position on lap two after starting fourth. On a lap seven restart Rocky Warner and Mark Mortensen moved into the top five after starting 10th and 14th respectively with Connor Cleveland the new second place car on lap eight after starting eighth.
The yellow flag was out on lap nine for Aaron Burton who spun in turn one and suffered front end damage in the incident with Shaffer continuing to lead on the restart. On the inside of turn three on lap 11 Cleveland took over the top spot from Shaffer and pulled away to his first win of the season and the second of his career in the division over Shaffer, Brian Pessolano, Warner, and Mortensen.
In the regular scheduled 602 sportsman event Tim Hartman Jr. was subbing for Cody Bleau in the Greg’s Towing #173 and took the lead at the drop of the green flag from his outside pole starting position. Cody Bleau was not cleared by a doctor to compete after suffering a concussion in an incident a week ago so Hartman Jr. was put into the ride in a substitute role.
Adam McAuliffe who was also involved in a wreck a week ago was unable to get his own car back together so he had a borrowed ride in the Ken Conroy #44 was the second place car at the start after staring on the inside of the second row in the third position. When Hartman Jr. got into lap traffic it allowed McAuliffe to close in and pressure the leader just past the halfway point in the 20-lap event.
With just less than five laps to go Hartman Jr., McAuliffe, and the lap car of Nick Scavia were three wide going into turn three but Hartman Jr. was able to hold on to the lead with the final caution of the event coming out on lap 15 closing up the field one last time. Hartman Jr. pulled away on the restart and went on to the win followed by McAuliffe, Connor Cleveland, Ricky Quick, and Chris Schaffer.
“This was unexpected,” Hartman Jr. told Toby LaGrange in victory lane. “Earlier this week I got the call to fill in for Cody (Bleau) and I have to thank the crew of this car and the owners for getting it all back together after last week’s wreck. Tonight I knew that I had to go where I didn’t have to lift on the track and as much as I want to feel bad for Cody for getting injured I want to thank him and his crew and car owner for putting me in this car tonight.”
MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Brian Gleason, Justin Boehler, Josh Hohenforst, Jeff Trombley, Pep Corradi, Craig Hanson, Darwin Greene, Bodie Bellinger, Korey Wilder, C.G. Morey, Vinny Sanganetti, Ed Harris, Floyd Billington, Alton Palmer, Chuck Allen, A.J. Romano, Ronnie Holmes, Jeremy Wilder, Ronnie Johnson, Scott Huber, Jeff Rockefeller, Bobby Varin, Jessey Mueller, DNS Mark Kislowski
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE RAIN DELAYED FROM 5/16 – 20-LAPS – CONNOR CLEVELAND, Harry Shaffer, Brian Pessolano, Rocky Warner, Mark Mortensen, John McAuliffe, Chris Schaffer, Dan Santabarbara, Dave Constantino, Cody Clark, Ricky Quick, Greg Havlichek, Ivan Joslin, Adam McAuliffe, Anthony Cardamone, Mike Peek, Brian Nelson, Aaron Burton, DNS Tony Farone, DNS Cody Bleau, DNS Chad Miller, DNS Kurtis Hohensheldt, DNS Don Folts, DNS Brad Sardelli, DNS Robbie Veronese
REGULAR SCHEDULED 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – TIM HARTMAN JR. (sub for Cody Bleau), Adam McAuliffe, Connor Cleveland, Ricky Quick, Chris Schaffer, Rocky Warner, Brian Pessolano, Anthony Cardamone, Dave Constantino, Chad Edwards, Ivan Joslin, Harry Shaffer, John McAuliffe, Jason Greco, Ray Zemken, Greg Havlichek, Brian Nelson, Don Bellen, John Scarborough, Mark Mortensen, Nick Scavia, Mike Peek, Cody Clark, Dan Santabarbara, Doug Hancock, Aaron Burton, Bert Film
PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – PETE BRODERSON, Nick Stone, Kenny Gates, Jay Casey, Jeff McPhail, Dennis Joslin, Luke Horning, Tom Denton, Bill Knapp, Shane Henderson, Shane Playford, Justin Knight, Mark Sullivan, James Normoyle Jr., Chuck Dumblewski, Cassidy Wilson, Dean Charbonneau, Jason Casey, Don Kennedy, Rob VanAernam, Gus Hollner, Jim Normoyle, Jamie Warner, Jack Hamm
STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – DAVE HORNING SR., Joey Wilson, John Young, Jerry Cohn, Jason Samrov, Harold Chadderon, Gregg Aussicker, Ellis Shaffer, Wayne Rubscha, Doug Burris, Brian Cosselman, Josh Coonradt, Cliff Haslun, DNS Cody Thew
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 15-LAPS – NICK SCAVIA, Dan Boni, Emily Quinn, Robbie Veronese, Don Folts
Brewerton Speedway June 12 Racing Canceled; Fulton Speedway Ready For Action Saturday June 13
By Dave Medler – BREWERTON, NY – June 12, 2015 – With weather set to move over the Brewerton Speedway late today, the management in an effort to save race teams and fans expense plus travel have canceled Friday, June 12 racing.
Racing will return next Friday, June 19th when Tracey Road Equipment will present a night of exciting racing. On the race card will first be the June 5 makeup Mod Lite & Four Cylinder features before a full race card of Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Adult grandstand admission on June 19th will be $12 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger Free. Pit admission $27 Participant/$30 Non-Participant. Gates will open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.
Family Autograph night has been moved to Friday, August 21.
The race weekend isn’t entirely lost as the Fulton Speedway will have a night of family, fun, affordable racing tomorrow June 13th presented by Omni Services & Oswego County Today. Com, Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders plus the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.
Sheppard leads Super DIRTcar Series to Grandview
Big-Block Modifieds headline June 16 doubleheader
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. June 12, 2015 Super DIRTcar Series point leader Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY, driver of the Heinke-Baldwin Racing/FX Caprara No. 9h, is looking to improve on past performances when the Big-Block Modifieds invade Grandview Speedway Tuesday, June 16 for the 18th annual Traffic Jam 60.
Were off to a good start this season, but Grandview is a track that I have never had any luck or success at, Sheppard said. We are going to work really hard to try and change that this year.
Sheppard will have to contend some familiar rivals such as 2014 Super DIRTcar Series champion Billy Decker, eight-time Series champion Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Phelps and Danny The Doctor Johnson of Rochester, NY. Johnson won the last Super DIRTcar Series event at Brockville Ontario Speedway to close within six points of Sheppard. He will also be up against a highly competitive group of Grandview regulars including Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk and Doug Manmiller.
The Big-Block Modifieds will be joined on the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill race card by the Grandview NASCAR 358 Modifieds. The Big-Block Modified 60-lap event offers a purse in excess of $30,000 paying $6,000-to-win.
Sheppard was second in the Series opener at Fulton Speedway and was a dominant winner at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and gained ground late for 10 th at Brockville. Hes a multi-time feature winner at Canandaigua this season and recently pocketed $10,000 in a 100-lap special event at Utica-Rome Speedway.
General Admission ticket pricing for Tuesday, June 16 is $25/Adults, Children 6-11/$10. Kids 5-and-under admitted free.
Pit Gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5 p.m. Hot Laps begin at 6:45 p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Race number five in the 2015 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified is at Utica-Rome Speedway Wednesday, June 24.
Danny Creeden Defeats Superstar Field & Collects Massive $10,120 Payday At New Egypt Speedway Lentini Auto Salvage ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ Special
Curt Michael (URC) & Brandon Grosso (Crate 602 Sportsman) Also Visit Victory Lane Before Huge Crowd
NEW EGYPT, NJ - Danny Creeden dominated an unbelievable field of cars en route to a massive $10,000-plus payday at the Lentini Auto Salvage ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ at New Egypt Speedway.
Just 12 laps ticked off before Creeden transformed his fourth starting spot into the race lead. From there on, there was no doubt that Creeden would pull off the surprise victory in the third race of the five-race Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by Hi-Tek Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region presented by Scotty’s Speed & Diesel.
Including lap money, Creeden went home with $10,120 in cash! This was his third victory in a BD Motorsports LLC promotion after previously taking the ‘Crazy 8’s Special’ at I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway in 2014, and the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway in 2013. Win number three moves him into a tie for the second-most wins in BD Motorsports LLC history.
“This is just unbelievable,” surmised Creeden after celebrating on the roof of his Hig Fab Chassis No. 16x. “We really needed this! It’s the biggest win of my career with the field of cars here tonight.”
The Wurtsboro, N.Y., driver opened his historic night with a heat race win, setting up for the redraw portion of the event. Fourth was all he needed, and when the big-block/small-block Modifieds took the opening green, Creeden dropped to fifth as Anthony Perrego jumped ahead leading Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Watt and Duane Howard.
When Billy Pauch Sr. sat in turn one to bring out the caution on lap seven, Creeden had maneuvered his way past Watt and Howard into the third spot. Lurking in the third row was New Egypt-regular and 18th starter, Ryan Godown.
Perrego led again at the drop of the green, but Creeden muscled past Craig Von Dohren for second on lap eight and began the hunt for Perrego’s Gary Mann-owned No. 55. When the caution flew yet again on lap 12, Creeden saw his opportunity.
After jumping the first restart, Creeden made no mistake on the second one and had the advantage on Perrego coming out of turn two. His lead was diminished after cautions on lap 14 and just before the halfway mark on lap 17. On both starts, Creeden calmly opened up the space between him and the field. The final caution flew on lap 21 for a slowing Rick Laubach. Laubach had previously won both STSS South Region events, and was the Series point leader heading into the ‘Dirty Jersey 3.’
When the green unfurled for the final time, Creeden hopped out ahead yet again with Ryan Godown bouncing into second around the outside of Perrego. Billy Pauch Jr., the 22nd starter, fought his way to fifth on lap 22.
Many battles were underway throughout the field, but Creeden drove away to his first career New Egypt Speedway win.
Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., was forced to settle for second in a new ERD-powered big-block No. 747.
“Congrats to Danny, he was really good,” Godown said. “He deserved the $10,000 tonight.”
Perrego finished in third, adding yet another quality finish to his STSS season thus far. The Montgomery, N.Y. driver entered the event in sixth in the South Region point standings and has finished inside the top-10 in every event contested thus far in 2015.
Ryan Watt battled in the top five the whole night, and crossed the line in the fourth spot. Watt, of Boyertown, Pa., scored a solid points night after entering in second thanks to his electrifying run at Bridgeport Speedway and another top-10 at Big Diamond (Pa.).
New Egypt regular Billy Pauch Jr. rounded out the top five fighting off Danny Bouc in a nice battle for fifth. This marked the third top 10 in three South Region races for Pauch Jr., of Frenchtown, N.J., driving John Pakenham Motorsports.
Finishing sixth through tenth, respectively, were Danny Bouc of Pipersville, Pa., wheeling from back in the 19th starting spot; David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., finished seventh despite having to use a provisional because of mechanical issues in the consolation and starting 25th; Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., who started 21st in the Zubi’s Racing; Oley, Pa.’s Duane Howard in the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126; and Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., who started 27th in Chris Gennarelli’s CG Racing No. 27J small-block.
An unbelievably competitive field of 46 Modifieds checked in at New Egypt Speedway coming from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Massachusetts.
Johnny Guarino, Dominick Buffalino, Danny Creeden, Craig Von Dohren and Anthony Perrego captured the five heat events and Matt Jester, John Stangle and Ryan Godown won the three consolations.
In the return of the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars to NES, Curt Michael of Ocean View, Del., drove to a $3,000 victory in Bill Gallagher’s No. 5G. Via an invert of ‘0’ Michael started the ‘Turnpike 25’ from the pole and led the entire distance. Davie Franek, the event victor from 2014, drove from sixth to second, closing on Michael in late-race lapped traffic.
However, a late caution provided Michael with the clear track he needed. Franek, of Wantage, N.J., settled for second spot. Josh Weller, Mark Smith (recovering from an early race flat tire) and Tyler Ross completed the front five.
Teenager Brandon Grosso scored his third consecutive Crate 602 Sportsman victory at NES in a time-shortened event. The Montgomery, N.J., driver started from the pole via his quick time in hot laps. Ryan Simmons, Matt Carman, Ebby Ridge and Frank Dorry finished second through fifth, respectively, in the caution-marred affair.
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek returns to action Sunday, June 28 at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. The Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by VP Racing Fuels serves as event No. 4 of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region with big-block/small-block Modifieds racing 50 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 take the green. Tobias SpeedSTRs are in action with a $3,000-to-win 30-lap event. Should a driver sweep the Modified & SpeedSTR events, they will leave with no less than $10,000.
To learn more about the Short Track Super Series or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shortttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. “Like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.
JERSEY JOTTINGS: A huge crowd, the largest in the three-year history of the ‘Dirty Jersey’ event, filled the New Egypt Speedway grandstands on a sweltering day. The pit area was also packed with 91 race cars (46 Modifieds, 21 360 Sprint Cars and 24 Crate 602 Sportsman)….
A pump failure midday led to a late start when track crews needed to bring in water from track owner Fred Vahlsing’s nearby excavating business to work the track. The water was put on the speedway much later than had been scheduled and needed to be run in….
Provisional starters included David Van Horn Jr. and Jamie Mills (South Region) and Danny Johnson and Mike Mahaney (North Region), bringing the starting field to 28….
Unofficially, Rick Laubach and Ryan Watt enter the next South Region event at Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 4 in a tie for the $7,500 championship lead….
Brett Hearn’s much publicized ride in the Atlas Paving No. 66 was short-lived. Hearn was unable to qualify for the main event….
Two drivers – Neal Williams and Stewart Friesen – competed in both the STSS Modified and 360 Sprint Car events….
LENTINI AUTO SALVAGE ‘DIRTY JERSEY 3’ RACE SUMMARY – JUNE 11, 2015
Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek South Region Event No. 3 Feature Finish (40 Laps): DANNY CREEDEN ($10,120), Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Ryan Watt, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Bouc, David Van Horn Jr., Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Danny Johnson, Tim McCreadie, Sammy Piazza, Craig Von Dohren, John Stangle, Mike Mahaney, Brad Trice, Johnny Guarino, Brad Trice, Brian Kressley, Jamie Mills, Tommy Meier, Rick Laubach, Dominick Buffalino, Chris Grbac, Stewart Friesen, Billy Pauch, Andy Bachetti, Scott Van Gorder.
United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Car ‘Turnpike 25’ Feature Finish: CURT MICHAEL ($3,000), Davie Franek, Josh Weller, Mark Smith, Tyler Ross, Robbie Stillwaggon, Neal Williams, Troy Betts, Randy West, Andy Best, Mike Haggenbottom, Art Liedl, Brad Franks, Brett Michalski, Mark Bitner, Justin Hoffman, Jimmy Stitzel, Keith Prutzman, Stewart Friesen, Jonathan Swanson, David Swanson.
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps): BRANDON GROSSO ($830), Ryan Simmons, Matt Carman, Ebby Ridge, Frank Dorry, Justin Dunn, Adam Cox, Matt Stangle, Bobby Butler, Scott Hitchens, Brett Ballard, Tom Tanner, Mike Carman, Nick Vasquez, Dakota Kessler, Michael Wahl, Brian Papiez, Billy Osmun, Joe Nappi, Brandon Watkins, Chuckles Stone, Jordn Justice, Scott Hyland, Jordan Cox.
PENN CAN SPEEDWAY RESCHEDULES CLASH AT THE CAN FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
SUSQUEHANNA, PA…The much anticipated “Clash at the Can” at Penn Can Speedway for the Race of Champions Modifieds and Sportsman, along with the Four Cylinders, was rained out last Tuesday, June 9th. The event has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 20th and will make up what will be a huge event on the 2015 schedule.
Finding a new date was no easy task as there is a real log jam on the schedule during the middle of the week for the rest of the summer. “We researched many options and determined that rescheduling this event for Sunday, September 20th was the best route to take”, said Promoter Dan Harpell. “There are so many midweek shows scheduled in the coming months that there just wasn’t anything available without running against another show. We had a race scheduled on the September date already so we have made changes to that event. It’s going to be a blockbuster show”, he added.
The previously scheduled Battle Of Bluestone on that day will now be replaced by the “Clash at the Can”. The Race of Champions Modifieds and Sportsman will be joined on the schedule by the Race of Champions Street Stocks, the Grit Series Sportsman and a big event for the Four Cylinders. The Late Models, Micro Sprints and Slingshots have been removed from that show. We will look to reschedule those classes at another time if possible.
We will be making some huge announcements in the coming months about this event. This will be a can’t miss show once all of the details have been revealed.
Mark down Sunday, September 20th on your calendars for the rescheduled “Clash at the Can” at Penn Can Speedway. It will be a Race of Champions Triple Header featuring the Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks and will be joined by big events for the Grit Series Sportsman and the Four Cylinders. For further information on the track log onto our website at penncan.com or look us up on Facebook under Penn Can Speedway.
FREE GENERAL ADMISSION & AUTOGRAPHS PART OF SATURDAY'S "FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT" AT SHARON; FULL "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" SHOW PLUS RUSH LATE MODELS
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH June 10, 2015 Sharon Speedway will look to make it four straight completed events this Saturday night, June 13. Saturday is FREE "Fan Appreciation Night" and is week number five of the 86th anniversary season featuring a full "Steel Valley Thunder" program including the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Weller Hughes Contracting & Developing RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks along with an appearance by the RUSH Late Models. Group qualifying begins at 7 p.m.
There aren't many FREE things in life, but Saturday night at Sharon is one of those as all fans will be admitted at no charge into the grandstands to witness this exciting night of racing along with the annual on-track autograph night, which will be held on the frontstretch from 6:30-7 p.m. before the racing due to the extra division on the card. This will be the third straight FREE "Fan Appreciation" Night.
Also, Morgan McGowan, a 17-year-old from Hubbard, Ohio will return to sing in the pavilion behind the grandstands shortly after the gates open at 5 p.m. until race time. Lynda Couch will sign the national anthem. St. Jude is the charity of choice for Saturday's 50-/50 benefit raffle and beer proceeds.
And the beat continues, who will be the first driver other than a King to win a DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature at Sharon in 2015!? Defending champion, Rex King, Jr., is flying out of the gates in 2015 winning three of the first four features to lead the points over his father Rex, Sr., who has one victory and trails by just five points. The big blocks are coming off a season high 23-car field and have yet to have less than 19 cars this season. Third through fifth in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply points are Jim Rasey, Ricky Richner, and Jim Weller, Jr., who are all hungry for a victory.
After being rained out on May 9, the RUSH Late Models will try again to make their first of several appearances scheduled throughout the 2015 season. Saturday's race is part of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series. Sharon's payoff from past seasons will be used; however, if 24 or more cars are present the feature will pay $1,000 to-win! With the new surface, Sharon has eliminated the mandatory Hoosier Crate Racin' 55 right rear rule tire. Will Thomas III has been the champion two of the last three years and has scored 13 career wins; Josh Double was the inaugural champion in 2011, while Dennis Lunger, Jr. captured the championship in 2013. All three racers are expected to be on hand.
Oddly enough after three Modified events, it's two drivers that weren't even in the class last year winning all three events. Will Thomas III won the first two shows and finished fourth last Saturday after coming from the tail after pitting with a flat tire to lead the Summit Racing Equipment points by 13. Last week it was Matt Lux taking his fifth career win as he's worked his way up to fourth in points behind Dwayne Clay and Mike Kinney. Currently Carl McKinney is fifth in points.
After coming up short in week three to Rocky Kugel after starting 12th, Greg Martin returned to victory lane for the third time in four tries in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Once again 15 cars were on hand matching the record of the new weekly division that also accumulates points for member racers in the Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series points.
Martin, who travels down three and half hours from Wilson, NY, has opened up a 28-point lead in the Weller Hughes Developing & Contracting standings over Nick Ritchey, who won his first career race Sunday at Sportsman's Speedway. Third through fifth in points are Kyle Martell, Kugel, and Bicknell RUSH Weekly Series point leader Kole Holden.
Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, and group qualifying slated for 7. Pit passes are $30. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.
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