HEARN TAKES SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES WIN AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY
DUNDEE, NY...On a warm, breezy night, the Big Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series came to Outlaw Speedway for the 'Ultimate Outlaw 100'.
Erik Rudolph led the field down for the start of the 100-lap Super DIRTcar Modified Series event but Brett Hearn was the leader of the opening lap. Stewart Freisen moved in to third, then took second from Rudolph as the first yellow flag flew for Ryan Swartout's crash in turn one on lap 11. Danny Johnson moved into the 4th spot on the restart behind Tyler Siri as Freisen battled Hearn for the lead. Freisen ran down Hearn in traffic and took the lead on lap 30 as the yellow flew for Butch Tittle's stopped car. As Freisen and Hearn again got into traffic, Matt Sheppard battled with Danny Johnson and Rudolph for third spot.
Jimmy Phelps was forced to the pits just past halfway after contact with Rusty Smith sent him spinning, and he was unable to return for a restart on lap 59. Defending race winner Billy Decker and Alan Johnson took advantage of the restarts to move within striking distance of the top five as Freisen continued to lead the event. Decker charged into fourth and battled Danny Johnson for third. Alan Johnson slowed on lap 79 to bring out another yellow and set up another restart.
Freisen again pulled away as Sheppard slid past Johnson for third spot. Freisen had an issue while leading on lap 89, handing the lead back to Hearn, with Sheppard hot on his heels. A caution for Marcus Dinkins' spin on lap 91 set up a shootout to the finish, where Hearn was able to pull away from Sheppard to take the win. Johnson and Rudolph were third and fourth, with Tim Fuller passing Decker in the finals laps for fifth.
In the Outlaw Crate Sportsman Series 30-lap feature, Donnie Lawson grabbed the early lead as Jimmy Zacharias battled with Dave Marcuccilli for second. An early yellow for Dustin Jordan's spin on lap 3 put Marcuccilli along side Lawson, and Marcuccilli grabbed the lead on the restart as Brett Buono moved into a battle with Lawson and Kenny Hammond. Buono slid back in the field as Tom Collins Jr. moved into the top five. Brandon Butler brought out the yellow on lap 16, and when racing resumed, Tim Guild and Nick Guererri battled for fifth as the leaders pulled away. Marcuccilli was able to cut through traffic in the remaining laps to claim another win at the Dundee oval, followed by Hammond, Lawson, Collins Jr, and Guild.
RACE RESULTS-OUTLAW SPEEDWAY-JULY 10, 2018
SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES 'ULTIMATE OUTLAW 100'-BRETT HEARN, Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson, Erik Rudolph, Tim Fuller, Billy Decker, Max McLaughlin, Steve Paine, Pat Ward, Rich Scagliotta, Peter Britten, Adam Roberts, Tyler Siri, Kyle Coffey, J-F Corriveau, Derrick Podsiadlo, Brady Fultz, Butch Tittle, Dave Rauscher, Andrew Ferguson, Rusty Smith, Marcus Dinkins, Brian Swarthout, Stewart Freisen, Alan Johnson, Jimmy Phelps.
OUTLAW CRATE SPORTSMAN SERIES-DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Kenny Hammond, Donnie Lawson, Tommy Collins Jr, Tim Guild, Jimmy Zacharias, Nick Guererri, Chris Fisher, Billy Bowers, Dale Welty, Brett Buono, Will Shields, Brian Fish, Karl Comfort, Doug Kline, Bob Buono, Dustin Jordan, Brandon Butler, Todd Hayward, Dean Laughlin, Nichole Hoag, Kirk Reynolds, Stacy Jackson, Ray BhNS).
Weedsport Speedway's Hall of Fame Weekend Features World of Outlaws Sprints and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds
WEEDSPORT, NY (July 10, 2018) – The all-new Hall of Fame Weekend at Weedsport Speedway on July 28-29 is quickly making headlines as the blockbuster event of the summer in Central New York motorsports circles.
Two full nights of racing will include the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Hall of Fame 100 presented by Beam Mack Sales & Service and Page Trucking on Saturday, July 28 with the return of the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Sunday, July 29 presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England.
The July 29 return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will be the first visit for the series in well over a year, as both events at The Port last season were lost to rain.
The Hall of Fame 100 for the SDS Big Blocks will be a part of the recently announced Super DIRT Week qualifying trail, highlighted with six overall events.
Weedsport Speedway will play a key role in that qualifier series with the first, third, and sixth events on the card including the May 28 Heroes Remembered 100, won by Stewart Friesen, and the September 3 Labor Day 100.
Don't forget, Hall of Fame Weekend officially opens at Weedsport Speedway with the Northeast DIRT Modified Hall of Fame inductions taking place on Thursday, July 26. For more information visit www.dirthalloffameandmuseum.com.
Take Two: Short Track Super Series Combination Event Monday, July 16 at Big Diamond Speedway
MINERSVILLE, PA – Take two!
Since a June 5 rainstorm washed away the scheduled 'Anthracite Assault' at Big Diamond Speedway, race fans have been awaiting the new date. Finally, on Monday, July 16, their wait is over.
The only combined Short Track Super Series North Region and South Region event of 2018 takes over the Minersville, Pa., oval in a 50-lap main paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. The 'Anthracite Assault' serves as Race No. 4 of both the North and South Regions.
In North Region action, Stewart Friesen won the opening two events at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., and Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., broke into the win column at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway in the most recent event held on July 3.
The South Region has produced three different winners. Ryan Watt picked up the Georgetown (Del.) Speedway opener in March. Jeff Strunk bested the Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway April field. Matt Sheppard dominated the late stages of the Delaware International Speedway (Delmar, Del.) 50-lap event on Memorial Day.
Now, all eyes are on Pennsylvania's Coal Region.
Joining the STSS Modifieds on the program are STSS Sportsman in Race No. 2 of the five-race series ($1,000 to win) and XCel 600 Modifieds.
Complete race information can be found at the following link: https://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/big-diamond-july-16-rules-prices-general-information/
Two Headline Divisions, One Big Night: Sunoco Modifieds & Super Late Models Headline Friday, July 20 Georgetown Speedway Show
GEORGETOWN, DE – Two headline divisions, one big night.
On Friday, July 20, Georgetown Speedway returns to action with a huge event headlined by Sunoco Modifieds ($3,000 to win, 30 laps) and Super Late Models ($2,700 to win, 25 laps) all on one race night!
The night's events are sponsored by Blue Hen Dispose-All located in Millsboro, Del.
Sunoco Modifieds are back on the banked half-mile oval for the first time in six weeks, with the most recent event having been held on June 1. Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., is the season's only repeat winner. Von Dohren won on March 16 to open the season and then picked up his second triumph of the year on June 1.
Other Modified winners have been Ryan Watt (March 17), Stewart Friesen (April 19) and Ryan Godown (May 4).
Super Late Models made their first appearance of the season on June 29 with Dale Hollidge of Mechanicsville, Md., annexing the 'Clash for Cash' event worth a hefty $3,500.
The Super Late Model event on July 20 offers a valuable $1,000 guaranteed starting position for the Bedford (Pa.) Speedway's Keystone Cup on Sept. 28-29. There are only two of these spots being offered across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for this blockbuster event.
Also on the July 20 card; Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win with 15 or more cars, $600 to win with less than 15), Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers and Delaware Super Trucks.
RUSTY SMITH RECORDS FIRST EVER FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY MODIFIED WIN AND RETAKES THE CHAMPIONSHIP POINT LEAD
KIRKWOOD, NY...For the majority of the 2018 Modified season at Five Mile Point Speedway Rusty Smith has had a least a share of the point championship lead despite never winning at the historic quarter mile oval. On Saturday he entered the night tied for the point lead with Brian Malcolm. Both of those things changed with Smith winning in dominating fashion on Saturday to leave him in solo possession of the point lead entering this Sunday's Summer Slam event.
For the second consecutive week Aleia Geisler and Dan Solomon set the pace for the start of the 30 lap Modified feature event. Like the week prior it was Solomon darting out to the race lead. Things went off the rails quickly on lap one as the teams exited turn two three wide. Two cars got hooked sending several teams scattering. Nick Rochinski ultimately ended upside down along the backstretch wall entering turn 3. Remarkably, after careful handling by the track safety crew the Rochinski car was taken pit side only to return to action without losing a lap. The incident ended the nights for Brian Weaver and Glenn Knapp with P.J. Goodwin sent to the pits by track officials for the balance of the evening.
Several early race cautions slowed the pace but was not slowing the effort of Rochinski who was trying to charge from the back of the field. Up front Solomon looked strong once again as he held the point now over Travis Smith. Rusty Smith moved in to the runner-up slot on lap 7 and quickly chased down Solomon for the race lead. Once Rusty Smith caught Solomon it would be several laps of great side by side racing before Solomon eventually relinquished the race lead. Once in the lead Smith quickly opened up his advantage.
As the race hit the halfway mark the top five consisted of Smith, Solomon, Travis Smith, Shaun Walker and Mike Colsten. On lap 20 Joe Krum spun bringing out the yellow. Walker pitted at the same time with a flat tire ending his strong run. On the restart Smith opened up his lead again as Solomon and Travis Smith both battled for what was their best Modified runs to this point. The caution flew for the final time on lap 26. Smith again pulled away as the battle for second intensified. With only two laps remaining Travis Smith worked past Solomon for second as Colsten now tried to rattle the young driver for third.
At the finish Rusty Smith collected his first ever FMP Modified victory by over half a straightaway over Travis Smith. Solomon held off Colsten for third with Brian Malcolm completing the top five. Rochinski did an outstanding job to take sixth at the finish after flipping on lap 1. Brian Puckett, Alan Kellogg, Joey Colsten and Joe Krum rounded out the top ten.
Devon Zona became another first time winner in the 20 lap Crate Sportsman feature event. Zona started outside Russell Benke and immediately took the race lead at the green and led wire to wire. Eventual second place finisher Randy Fox stayed close after a lap 4 restart but Zona eventually pulled away. During the late stages twelfth place starter Alex Yankowski applied heavy pressure to Fox for second allowing Zona to open up even a greater lead. When the checkers flew it was Zona, Fox, Yankowski, Blaine Klinger and Tommy Collins completing the top five. The race was slowed by only two cautions.
MODIFIED OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (30): RUSTY SMITH, Travis Smith, Dan Solomon, Mike Colsten, Brian Malcolm, Nick Rochinski, Brian Puckett, Alan Kellogg, Joey Colsten, Joe Krum, Aleia Geisler, Dave Doig Jr., Shaun Walker, Tyler Siri, Barry White, Brian Weaver, Glenn Knapp. DNS – Donnie Elliott, DQ – P.J. Goodwin
CRATE SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20): DEVON ZONA, Randy Fox, Alex Yankowski, Blaine Klinger, Tom Collins, Tanner Harpell, Leo McGurrin, Tyler Peet, Matt Brewer, Matt Cole, Tim Howell, Nate Brinker, Joe Guastella, Tom Hampton, Todd Titus, Kyle Pierce, Troy Arnold, Brad Cicio, Brian Franko, Russell Benke, Brandon Fritsch, Mary Peck, Pat Jordan.
HEY! HEY! LET’S GO TO THE ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
Two Stock Car race meets scheduled during the 178th annual fair
MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 2)......During the 178th Annual Orange County Fair in Middletown, New York, the historic five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway will host two stock car racing meets. First, on Saturday, July 14, as part of the season-long weekly racing schedule, a four division program of Big-Block Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock races is set to thrill fair attendees.
Then on Thursday, July 19, following an absence of several years, the Super DIRTcar Modified Series returns with a 100-lap, $10,000-to-win feature race. An open competition (providing the entrants meet Orange County rules) Small-Block Modified $3,000-to-win race is the undercard.
Should one driver win both feature races, there’s a special $3,000 bonus award.
Time trials, heat and consolation races will set the fields for both feature races.
Special admission prices will be in effect for both fair race meets:
For the Saturday, July 14 event, adult admission to the fair is $8.00. There is no extra charge to enter the stands to watch the races. For fans wishing to watch the races from the unique drive-in section, which does not include fair admission, the standard admission remains: $15 adult, $13 seniors, and $1.00 children 10 and under. There is a $1.00 car charge for the drive-in section. Parking is free. Falanga Trucking is the July 14 sponsor.
For the Thursday, July 19 Super DIRTcar Modified Series race, the adult general admission is $30, children 10 and under $10. Admission to the fairgrounds is $1.00. Tickets purchased in advance, either at the speedway office or from the internet site, will include fair admission at no additional cost. Parking is free.
For Orange County Fair information, www.orangecountyfair.com.
Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.
Max McLaughlin Leads New Land Of Legends Modified Generation
Canandaigua, NY – July 7, 2018 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR
The torch was lit when Max McLaughlin made his regular-season debut at Land of Legends Raceway back in May. It came to pass two months later as the 2nd-generation transplant from Mooresville, N.C. matched his father Mike 'Magic Shoes' McLaughlin, dominating the 35-lap Big-Block Modified main to register his first career victory at the hallowed Ontario County Fairgrounds half-miler.
"This place is so historic, I've wanted to win here more than any other place in the world because my dad got his first win here," beamed the choked up winner after becoming the 101st Big-Block driver to score a feature win at Canandaigua. His father is forever etched in the LOLR recordbook, taking nine checkered flags in his patented CraZ8 car from 1979-81. "Its an emotional night, really means a lot."
Open-wheel wins by Alysha Bay (Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint) and Tyler Vinson (New Legends Sportsman), along with a full-fender bender first from Marc Minutolo (Big Dog Country Street Stock) in the 'Saturday Spectacular" presented by Pampered Parents and Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, continued to close the generation gap as all four fathers were stationed pitside during the memorable night.
McLaughlin has had a comfortable grip on the steering wheel for most of his life, piling up wins and point titles since entering the karting ranks at age 11. It didn't hurt that he he grew up in a hotbed of NASCAR racing in North Carolina.
A Waterloo, N.Y. native, his father Mike, the 1988 NASCAR Modified National Champion in the #12 Sherwood Racing-Sherri Cup Chevrolet, brought him back up north to CNY in 2016 to race full-time chasing the Super DIRTcar Series while gaining valuable seat time on the local circuit. Canandaigua became his new Saturday night hangout when first-year promoter Paul Cole took control to start 2018.
"I've been telling people the biggest thing that has helped me the most this year is running Canandaigua," noted McLaughlin, now 18, who at age 15 became the youngest driver ever to set fast time when he made his Heinke-Baldwin Racing (HBR) qualifying debut at the World Finals in Charlotte in Nov. 2015. In 2016 he signed on full-time with HBR ---with teammates Jimmy Phelps, Peter Britten and Dave Blaney--- and by season's end was honored as DIRTcar Northeast's Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year.
"Its been a real slick race track, have to carry a lot of momentum and these (Big-Blocks) cars are so much about carrying momentum. The best in all of Modified racing has grown up here ... Matt Sheppard has created a lot of his success here and my former teammate Peter (Britten) first broke out as a star while racing here. Its a place where you learn a lot, 'Land of Legends' fits it," McLaughlin added.
Ironically, seasoned HBR chauffeur Phelps missed his first show of the season at LOLR on Saturday even as he trailed leader Sheppard by only four points in the standings. Also serving as Weedsport Speedway general manager for track owner Al Heinke since 2013, Phelps was forced to remain at The Port promoting a special American Flat Track Bike Series event on tap the same night.
'Mad Max' filed into eighth on the 22-car starting grid, improving two positions when the lone yellow flag flew on lap four for the #16K Bicknell car of Kaitlin Pashina parked on the frontstretch infield. McLaughlin charged into third on the ensuing restart then moved ahead of small-block powered leader Brian Sage on lap 11.
The final 32 laps clicked off caution-free with Max cruising home for a convincing 13-second victory worth $2,000. Sage finished a solid second chased by Lance Dusett, veteran Alan Johnson, Erick Rudolph and Billy Dunn, while Sheppard salvaged a surpising 7th-place after starting 17th in a borrowed ride. Saturday's run was arguably his best of the season at LOLR considering it came aboard Frenchman Jean-Francois Corriveau's as 'Super Matt's' own ride suffered a broken oil pump (dry sump) belt during warm-ups and was scratched for the night.
From not even racing, to winning. From walking out of the woods on Thursday to stepping into victory lane on Saturday. That was just as big a story-line in the aftermath of Bay's story-book 20-lap 305 sprint car triumph at the Land of Legends.
Settling for runner-up laurels a straightaway behind the 'hotter than pink' winged machine, Darryl Ruggles may have summed up his daughter's resiliency best. "Its hard to keep her away from racing."
"She walked into the garage this morning and said 'I'm not racing' so I said 'alright.' 10 minutes later she's sitting in the car sizing up her hand on the steering wheel. She asks 'Is there a small steering wheel in the garage somewhere?' and I say 'ya, there's one in my car' and now she asks 'can you get it for me?' Then she starts trying to fit her hand around it and I said 'That's it, we're done, she's racing,'"
Come Saturday night's A-Main, Bay sized up early leaders, defending points champion Jason Whipple (laps 1-3) and pole-sitter Dan Craun (4-5), then dug down deep and ducked under Craun rounding turns three and four to forge the final lead change. The caution-free affair lasted only seven minutes, long enough to appease her growing fan club and short enough to provide needed rest for her ailing wrist.
Finishing behind Bay and Ruggles were Tyler Cartier, Whipple and early season winner Brandyn Griffin.
One of the most successful racers so far this season has been three-time reigning Sportsman points king Marcuccilli. The Montezuma motorman scored a rare trifecta in Saturday's Spectacular, copping his qualifying heat and nosing out Loren Lincoln in the special Pampered Parents dash-for-cash before adding career feature win no. 25 at the fairgrounds.
"What a race car we had tonight," declared Marcuccilli, 41, after scoring his second consecutive win, this one by nearly a straightaway over points runner-up Matt Guererri. "The (officials) kinda challenged me tonight, putting me back four spots on that one restart. Luckily, we had a good enough car to work our way back up through. The car was really good in the black but I was still nervous after that dash, didn't think we were all that good. We ended up not changing a thing, came back out and was still good."
Contact in turn two between Anthony Kimble and Jeff Lawrence resulted in Lawrence looping his mount and the first of two caution periods slowing the action on lap seven. Lincoln paced the 20-car field from the opening lap before Marcuccilli put his #M1 Page Trucking-All Star Contractors/Bicknell car into high gear.
Scored 11th on the lap seven restart, Marcuccilli bolted into the top-five by lap 10 then disposed of third-place runner Kane Bristol two circuits later. Marcuccilli moved past Guererri for second on lap 13 and just as he swept around leader Lincoln exiting turn two the next time around, the second yellow flag waved for the slowing car of Steve Gray.
Marcuccilli mirrored his move on the lap 14 restart to regain the top spot, using the high line to his advantage and showing no signs of coasting to the checkers. Guererri followed Marcuccilli through the same hole to overtake Lincoln on lap 15 but was unable to threaten for the lead as the laps dwindled. At the line it was Marcuccilli ahead of Matt Guererri with brother Nick Guererri stealing third from Ricky Newton on the final lap. Paul Guererri completed the final front-five.
Following in the tire tracks of his father Rich, as well as his grandfather Ralph, Tyler Vinson increased his New Legends Sportsman division points lead after recording his first-ever win in Canandaigua's entry-level open-wheel class. Vinson slid under Sam Hoxie on lap two and stayed out front the remaining distance to secure victory.
Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – July 7, 2018
Big Block Modified Feature (35 laps): 1. Max McLaughlin, 2. Brian Sage, 3. Lance Dusett, 4. Alan Johnson, 5. Erick Rudolph, 6. Billy Dunn, 7. Matt Sheppard, 8. Gil Tegg Jr., 9. Justin Wright, 10. Kyle Coffey, 11. James Sweeting, 12. Justin Haers, 13. Tim Kerr, 14. Dave Allen, 15. Jeff Daugherty, 16. Eldon Payne Jr., 17. Tom Keyes, 18. Andrew Ferguson, 19. Jimmy Maier, 20. Steve Paine, 21. Derrick Podsiadlo, 22. Kaitlin Pashina, Brian Boudreau (DNS), Jean-Francois Corriveau (DNS).
Sportsman Modified Feature (25 laps): 1. Dave Marcuccilli, 2. Matt Guererri, 3. Nick Guererri, 4. Ricky Newton, 5. Paul Guererri, 6. Kane Bristol, 7. Loren Lincoln, 8. Tim Baker, 9. Anthony Kimble, 10. Joe Cook, 11. Steve Gray, 12. Jeff Davoli, 13. Eric Williams, 14. Billy Paine, 15. Jeff Lawrence, 16. Trevor Years, 17. Tim Downs, 18. Benny Karlsen, 19. A.J. Lloyd, 20. Kyle Kiehn.
Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Feature (20 laps): 1. Alysha Bay, 2. Darryl Ruggles, 3. Tyler Cartier, 4. Jason Whipple , 5. Brandyn Griffin, 6. Dan Craun, 7. Dan Bennett, 8. Tom Fletcher, 9. Tim Smith, 10. Bobby Gardner,11. Andy Jacobus, 12. Aaron Jacobus.
New Legends Sportsman Feature (10 laps): 1. Tyler Vinson, 2. Chris Daugherty, 3. Nick Cooper, 4. Dwight Nichols, 5. Sam Hoxie, Josh Amodio(DNS).
JOSEPH WATSON IS FIRST REPEAT MOD WINNER IN DELAWARE
By Alison Watson
Delmar, Delaware- Joseph Watson captured the 30-lap Dirt Track Championship Qualifier, earning his second win of the season, and a guaranteed starting position in the Fall event. “We had the car just about perfect tonight,” said Watson in victory lane.
Kyle Fuller would lead the field from the pole position with Matt Hawkins and Joseph Watson quickly securing the second and third positions. A lap four caution would wave for a slowing Bobby Watkins.
On the next restart, Wesley Smith and Kevin Sockriter would hook, with Sockriter spinning. Smith would never stop and return to his position.
On the fifth circuit, Joseph Watson went to the top of turns one and two to pass Fuller for the lead. Hawkins and Jordan Watson followed in suit, shoveling Fuller to the fourth position.
Hawkins would continue to show his muscle, keeping the pressure on the leader and protecting his second position from the Watson duo.
By lap 17, Joseph Watson continued to set the pace, with Hawkins rim-riding the top of the racetrack. Hawkins would hang his right rear off the top just enough that Jordan Watson could make the pass for the second position. Hawkins would charge back in turns three and four but could not regain the position.
On lap 22, the caution flag waved with Scott VanGorder coming to a stop with a flat left rear tire.
The caution would erase Joseph Watson’s 2.5 second lead and set up for a single-file restart. On the restart, a chain reaction would happen throughout the field with ultimately the middle of the field slowing on the front stretch, bringing out a caution for no-start.
For the final five laps, Jordan Watson would try multiple lines to keep pace with leader Joseph Watson but could not make any real challenges. Joseph Watson would capture his second consecutive win, followed by Jordan Watson, Matt Hawkins, HJ Bunting, and Howard O’Neal.
Greg Humlhanz continued his winning ways, capturing his fourth 602 Crate Modified feature event. John Stevenson would start in the pole position and prove to be tough competition, as Humlhanz did not complete the pass for the lead until four laps remaining in the event. Stevenson maintained his strong momentum on the top of the racetrack, as Humlhanz remained patient on the bottom. Stevenson would come home second with Trent Willey driving through the field for third, Jason Rush and Adam White would round out the top five.
Big Block Modified Feature Finish: JOSEPH WATSON, Jordan Watson, Matt Hawkins, HJ Bunting, Howard O’Neal, Brad Trice, Westley Smith, Clay Tatman, Shawn Ward, Scott VanGorder, Kyle Fuller, Mike White, Kevin Sockriter, Kenneth Peek, Kevin Gardner, Bobby Watkins, Dale Hawkins, Jeremy Harrington, Brian Hitz, Brandon Watkins, DNS: Robert Dutton
602 Crate Modified Feature Finish: GREG HUMLHANZ, John Stevenson, Trent Willey, Jason Rush, Adam White, Rodney Cordrey, Ryan Riddle, Danny Smack, Trent VanVorst, Jordan Long, Nick Alberti, Sean Metz, Tommy Wilkins, Jeff Marker, David Jenkins, Dwayne Crockett
PRATT RACES TO WIN IN EXCITING MODIFIED ACTION
The temperatures may have cooled for the weekend but the racing action was still red hot when the Big Block Modifieds took to the 5/8th mile Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night.
Take one driver in search of his first ever Big Block Modiifed victory, add three more drivers looking for their first Bridgeport wins of the season and add a reigning track champion to the mix and you get one fantastic feature event that came right down to the final lap and the race to the checkered flag.
Polesitter, Ricky Dieva took the lead at the wave of the green flag and led the way for twenty-one laps of the main event, racing ahead of Neal Williams for the distance.
Without the benefit of a rear view mirror, DiEva had no idea what was going on behind him as Richie Pratt, Jr. wheeled to the high line and began to pick off positions in the top five. On lap sixteen, Pratt took advantage of the situation when Jim Britt made contact with the inside wall to race into third. With five to go, Williams was closing the gap on DiEva but it was Pratt who raced to the outside of Williams to take over second one lap later. Pratt raced to the outside of DiEva on lap twenty-two to take the lead.
Even a yellow flag with three laps to go would not deter Pratt who raced to his first Bridgeport win of the 2018 season as a hard charging Ryan Watt raced from fourth to second in the final laps. Williams finished third followed by Britt and Tommy Beamer. DiEva, Billy Pauch, Ronnie Roberts, Wade Hendrickson and Jimmy Horton rounded out the top ten.
Parker Guldin raced to the win in the Stewart Stainless 602 Crate Sportsman, becoming the first graduate of this year's Rookies to go to Victory Lane since graduation. As a matter of fact, this season's Rookies were the show, taking advantage of being handicapped with the rest of the field. Trailing Guldin at the checkered was Sammy Martz, Jr., Danny Buccafusca - making it a 1-2-3 Rookie finish. Tom Moore finished fourth with David Crossman rounding out the top five.
Ryan Stillwaggon raced to his first Mid Atlantic Sprint Series win of the season. Stillwaggon led from the green to the checkered, taking the win over Tim Tanner. After a two year absence, Kyle Purks returned to action with a third place finish. Rick Stief finished fourth with Tom Carberry, Sr. rounding out the top five after a back and forth battle with Eddie Wagner for the position.
BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 LAPS): 1 - Richie Pratt Jr, 2 - Ryan Watt, 3 - Neal Williams, 4 - Jim Britt, 5 - Tommy Beamer, 6 - Ricky DiEva, 7 - Billy Pauch, 8 - Ron Roberts, 9 - Wade Hendrickson, 10 - Jimmy Horton, 11 - Bucky Kell, 12 - Roger Manning, 13 - David Hunt, 14 - Mike Franz, 15 - Sammy Martz, 16 - Ernie Miles Jr, 17 - Dave Shirk, 18 - Carson Wright, 19 - JR Burritt, 20 - Stan Frankenfield, 21 - Jack Swain, 22 - Brett Ballard DNS - Tom Macherrone
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN (20 LAPS)
1 - Parker Guldin, 2 - Sammy Martz Jr, 3 - Danny Buccafusca, 4 - Tom Moore, 5 - David Crossman, 6 - Frank Dorry, 7 - Tom Sherby, 8 - Tommy Errico Jr, 9 - Wayne Weaver, 10 - Eric Kormann, 11 - Howard Huepfel, 12 - Bobby Bracall, 13 - Matt Peck, 14 - Mark Clauss, 15 - Matthew Luzi, 16 - Brad Roberts, 17 - Rich Wegner Sr, 18 - Ray Cost, 19 - Andrew Joslin, 20 - Pete Serra, 21 - David Hartman, 22 - Ernie Miles Jr, 23 - Tom Holding, 24 - Roger Gaskill DQ, DNS - Jim Gallagher Jr
MID ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES (20 LAPS): 1 - Ryan Stillwaggon, 2 - Tim Tanner Jr, 3 - Kyle Purks, 4 - Rick Stief, 5 - Tommy Carberry, 6 - Eddie Wagner, 7 - Jon Haegele, 8 - Scott Frack, 9 - Jason Dunn, 10 - Jeff Geiges, 11 - Tyler Reinhardt, 12 - CJ Faison, 13 - Zack Burd, 14 - Randy Wilbert, 15 - Larry McVay, 16 - Chad Connor, 17 - Josh Fox, 18 - Stephen Vorhees, 19 - Josh Bricker, 20 - Bryant Davis, 21 - Samantha Lieberman, 22 - Dom Melair, 23 - TJ Greve, 24 - Dan Leaper
Jimmy Phelps Makes Statement With Brewerton Speedway win
BREWERTON, NY – Coming into Friday night Jimmy Phelps was the Brewerton Speedway Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Big Block Modified points leader with his consistent finishes. One thing evaded him, a trip to victory lane in 2018.
Phelps, from Baldwinsville, NY, started the 35-lap feature in 11th position and worked to the front of the field with his car working anywhere on the speedway. Phelps took over second with 10-laps to go and then set his sights on race-long leader Tim Kerr. On lap 27 Phelps caught Kerr and then made the winning pass on lap 29 for the popular win with fans.
Other winners were, Tony Finch II & Brent Joy (SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman) Steve Poirier (Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Speedweek).
Willy Decker and Tim Kerr led the Big Block Modified feature to the green with Kerr leading the opening lap by a half-a-car over Decker.
With 5 laps showing on the scoring tower Kerr led by a few cars lengths while behind him, Decker and Pat Ward were in a close fight for second and third with Max McLaughlin showing in fourth and Jim Witko, fifth.
On lap 10 Kerr was still showing the way out front as Ward started closing in on him. Decker, McLaughlin and Jim Witko were in a battle of their own for third through fifth.
With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Kerr drove out to a ten-car length lead. Ward, Decker, Jimmy Phelps and McLaughlin were slugging it out for second through fifth.
At the halfway point Kerr and Ward still occupied the top-two positions with Jimmy Phelps closing quickly on the top-two.
With 10 laps to go Kerr maintained the lead by a few car lengths with Phelps and Ward running side-by-side for second and third. Impressive rookie Ron Davis III and Decker raced for fourth and fifth.
On lap 27 Phelps reeled in Kerr as he looked for a way by. Just 2 laps later Phelps drove by Kerr into the lead. Kerr would fight back, but Phelps was too quick as he cruised first under the checkers by 1.136 second over Kerr. Ron Davis III, Pat Ward and Tom Sears Jr. finished third through fifth.
In the first 25-lap Sportsman feature Tony Finch II took advantage of his starting spot as he bolted out to the early lead setting a quick pace.
With 5 laps complete Finch opened a ten-car length lead with Will Shields moving into second. Rick Rogala, Chris Hulsizer and Zach Sobotka raced for third through fifth.
By lap 10, Shields cut Finch’s lead down to a couple cars with Rogala, Sobotka and Hulsizer still in the top-five.
With 10 laps to go all attention was on Finch and Shields as they were in a tight fight for the lead as the final laps started clicking off. Rogala, Alan Fink who started 13th and Sobotka raced for top-finishing spots.
On lap 19 a quick caution would tighten the field up for a dash to the checkers.
Over the final laps Will Shields would throw everything he had at Tony Finch II but Finch hit his marks winning by 0.512 of a second at the finish. Alan Fink, Rick Rogala and Chris Mackey finished third through fifth.
In the second 25-lap Sportsman feature Jim Spano would lead the opening lap until, what could be considered the move of the night, one lap later when Brent Joy went three-wide down the back straight to take the top-spot just before a quick yellow.
With 5 laps complete, Joy held a slim advantage as division points leader Kevin Root moved into second while Joe Sobotka, Mike Fowler and Willy Decker Jr. were in a tight fight for third through fifth.
On lap 10 Joy started to see his lead shrink with Root starting to close the gap. Fowler, Decker and Stephen Denton were using every inch of the speedway in the top-five.
With 10 laps to go, Joy and Root had separated themselves from the rest of the field as the final laps started clicking off the lap counter. Fowler, Denton and Decker still showed in the top-five with strong runs.
Over the final laps Kevin Root threw everything he had at Brent Joy, but there was no stopping Joy as he was the first under the checkers for his first ever Brewerton Speedway win. Mike Fowler, Scott Prentice and Willy Decker Jr. finished second through fifth.
Forty cars signed into the Brewerton Speedway pits for night three of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Speedweek.
In the 25-lap A-Main Jason Barney would lead the opening lap with Steve Poirier using a power move off the top-groove of the speedway to show the way one lap later.
Poirier and Barney were in a two-car breakaway, racing for the lead by lap 5 with Chuck Hebing, Shawn Donath and Scott Kreutter waging their own battle for third through fifth.
With 10 laps complete Poirier, Hebing and Barney were almost three-wide thrilling the fans in the race for the lead with Danny Varin and Donath waiting for any mistakes by the top three.
After a yellow on lap 11, Hebing would take the lead with Poirier retaking the lead with a high-speed slide job on lap 15.
Over the frantic final laps, the front of the field would battle in and out of lapped traffic with Steve Poirier picking the narrow 0.855 of a second win over Chuck Hebing. Larry Wight had a strong run coming from mid-pack to finish third. Jason Barney and Danny Varin finished fourth and fifth.
DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds 35 Laps) – JIMMY PHELPS, Tim Kerr, Ron Davis III, Pat Ward, Tom Sears Jr., Chad Phelps, Max McLaughlin, Larry Wight, Willy Decker, Tyler Trump, Gary Tomkins, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Rob Bellinger, Jim Witko, Katelyn Hile, Roy Bresnahan, Andrew Ferguson, Tim Harris.
DIRTcar Sportsman No. 1 – 25 Laps) – TONY FINCH II, Will Shields, Alan Fink, Rick Rogala, Chris Mackey, Rich Townsend, Dylan Zacharias, Zach Sobotka, Chris Hulsizer, Billy Clark Jr., Amy Holland, Mark Yorker, Tyler Thompson, Tyler Murray, Jake Petit, Joey Buonagurio, Tom Mackey, John Strickler, Joe Kline.
DIRTcar Sportsman No. 2 – 25 Laps) – BRENT JOY, Kevin Root, Mike Fowler, Scott Prentice, Willy Decker Jr., Stephen Denton, Chris Cunningham, Corey Barker, Joe Sobotka, Jeff Taylor, Mike Stanton Jr., Earl Rudy, Nick Krause, Darren Smith, Tye-Scott Rood, Colby Herzog, Jim Spano, Chris Bonoffski, Brian Evenden.
Empire Super Sprints 25 Laps) – STEVE POIRIER, Chuck Hebing, Larry Wight, Jason Barney, Danny Varin, Shawn Donath, Jeff Cook, Coleman Gulick, Mike Mahaney, Scott Kreutter, Billy VanInwegen, Mark Smith, Matt Billings, Paulie Colagiovanni, Dave Axton, Jordan Poirier, Matt Tanner, Tommy Wickham, Jeff Trombley, Jonathan Preston, Chad Miller, Denny Peebles, Scott Holcomb, Brett Wright, Dan Douville, Kelly Hebing.
GREENE GETS THE MONKEY OFF HIS BACK TO CLAIM AFTON MODIFIED WIN
BY JR KENNERUP
Afton, NY... The 129th Afton Fair was kicked off in fine fashion on Friday night at the Afton Motorsports Park with a jammed packed facility to start the three day fair along with good racing on a ever widening track surface.
In the Modifieds. Darwin R. Greene got the monkey off his back by leading the entire distance to capture the win and did his celebratory victory laps running around the car in victory lane with his son. Mitch Gibbs, Steve Babicek, Brett Tonkin, and Rusty Smith rounded out the top five.
The Open Sportsman feature saw it's first repeat feature winner of the year. As Bill Deckleman outgunned Don Hart, Jr. on a restart midway through the feature to go on to the win. Hart, Jr., Claude Hutchings, Jr., Dennis Clapperton, and Tyler Hart completed the top five.
Crate Sportsman point leader Corey Cormier got back to victory lane for the fourth time this year with his victory. Cormier passed Kinser Hill on a lap 13 restart and then held off the high flying Gary Smith for the win; Ryan Macartney, Hill, and Aaron Shelton rounded out the top five.
The 30 lap Modified feature was led to green by the front row of Steve Babicek and Darwin R. Greene. Greene using the quick outside groove bolted into the lead over Babicek, JR Hurlburt, Mitch Gibbs, and Craig Hanson.
Greene who has had some rotten luck this year to date was running on all cylinders on this night and opened up a full straightaway lead within the first five laps of the feature. Behind him the racing action was intense to say the least with a multitude of side by side racing taking place.
Rusty Smith moved from sixth to fourth on lap three with ninth place starter Brett Tonkin moving into fifth on lap six. Last weeks feature winner Nick Nye who started 11th was coming through the field and took sixth on lap seven.
Greene was setting a blistering pace while the battle for second place was heating up. Gibbs jumped to the outside groove and immediately found success as he got past Babicek for second on lap eight.
Once in second Gibbs found the outside groove to his liking and was slicing into the huge lead of Greene. Meanwhile the race for third intensified as Tonkin, Smith, and Nye were all racing for Babicek for the show position.
At the halfway point Greene's once huge lead was now down to ten car lengths as Gibbs was a half second quicker than anyone else in the field according to AMB Transponder lap times.
Greene entered heavy lap traffic on lap 17 and not only did he have to try and get through the lap cars quickly, he had Gibbs now right on his back bumper racing him for the lead.
The only yellow of the event came out on lap 19 as Randy Green rolled to a stop in turn one with a broken right rear axle.
On the single file restart Greene once again bolted out to a big lead as it appeared that the heat went out of the tires on the Gibbs machine.
Greene easily led the remaining distance to capture the win over Gibbs, Babicek, Tonkin, and Smith.
Qualifying heat races were won by Nye, Greene, and Hurlburt.
Don Hart, Jr. and Bill Deckleman led the 20 lap Open Sportsman feature to green with Hart jumping out to the lead over Deckleman, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Tyler Hart, and Dan Burman.
The complexion of the race would change greatly on a lap three restart as Deckleman was able to race alongside of Hart to grab the lead exiting turn two. Once in front Deckleman wasn't going to be caught as he opened up a big lead over Hart, Jr., Hutchings, Jr., Dennis Clapperton, and Tyler Hart.
With Deckleman out in front all alone Hutchings raced with Hart, Jr. for second while Clapperton was holding off Tyler Hart for fifth.
At the checkers Deckleman in for the dominate win, the first repeat winner in the division this year. Hart, Jr., Hutchings, Jr. Clapperton, and Tyler Hart rounded out the top five. Qualifying races were captured by Hart, Jr. and Deckleman earlier in the racing program.
Michael Grover and Rob Loucks brought the 20 lap Crate Sportsman feature to post with Loucks grabbing the lead over Grover, Kinser Hill, Blaine Klinger, and Aaron Shelton.
Shelton got past his neighbor Klinger for fourth on lap three while seventh place starting Ryan Macartney moved into fifth at this time. On a lap four restart Hill was able to wrestle second away from Grover and set his sights on leader Loucks. Meanwhile Corey Cormier who started ninth moved from seventh to fifth on the restart.
Loucks and Hill were running away from the field and setting up their own personal race for the lead by lap eight. A great three wide race for third was taking place behind them between Grover, Shelton, and Cormier. Macartney and Gary Smith were now also getting involved in this race for third as five cars were all racing for third by lap nine.
At the halfway point Loucks was leading Hill, Cormier, Grover, Macartney, Smith, and Shelton in a very heated contest. On a lap 12 restart Loucks pushed up wide in turns three and four and that was all Hill needed as he darted underneath to grab the lead. Grover's great drive ended on the next lap as he spun out to bring out the yellow.
On the restart Cormier dove under Hill and Loucks in turn one to grab the lead. When Loucks pushed up the track in turn three Macartney moved into third and Smith into fourth and Shelton into fifth.
Smith jumped to the outside groove and found immediate success as he went from fourth to second on lap 15. One final restart on lap 18 gave Smith one final shot at passing Cormier for the lead. But Cormier held his ground and Smith ran out of time as he came up a car length short at the checkers. Macartney got past Hill for third on the final turn and Shelton settled for fifth. Qualifying races were won by Hill, Shelton, and Klinger.
Modifieds Finish; Darwin R. Greene, Mitch Gibbs, Steve Babicek, Brett Tonkin, Rusty Smith, Nick Nye, Jeremy Smith, Danny Creeden, JR Hurlburt, Craig Hanson, Kenny Titus, Steve Walsh, Scott Ferrier, Jim Introne, Jr., Jeff Sheely, Lee Dewitt, Randy Green, Tim Mayne, Paul Jensen.
Open Sportsman Finish; Bill Deckleman, Don Hart, Jr., Claude Hutchings, Jr., Dennis Clapperton, Tyler Hart, Dan Burman, Dave Rosa, Steve Andersen, Craig Pope, Brandon Kuhn, Skip Pickwick.
Crate Sportsman Finish; Corey Cormier, Gary Smith, Ryan Macartney, Kinser Hill, Aaron Shelton, Butch Klinger, Hunter Lapp, Duane Knapp, Travis Green, Bobby Flood, Fred Smith, Rob Loucks, Ed Utter, Craig Monroe, Alex Van Pelt, Michael Grover, Matt Roberts. DNS; AJ Miller, Fred Christ.
Shingledecker Tops Modified Field At Lernerville
Sarver, PA (July 6, 2018) In the DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, Shingledecker was a man on a mission and moved forward with authority until he caught up leader Garrett Krummert who looked at one point to be solidly in command. Krummert became stuck with the task of trying to find a way around the lapped car of Colton Walters late in the race and Shingledecker found the opportune moment to make his way round him as he took the lead and survived several late race restarts to secure his first victory at Lernerville since August of 2017.
Cale Conley made his third appearance in 2018 and came away with his second victory of the season as he won the battle at the front of the field with Jared Zimbardi while managing to stay ahead of a hard charging Dan Shetler in Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprint action on Friday night. AJ Flick rounded out the podium while increasing his points lead when all was said and done.
In the DIRTcar Late Models, Michael Norris once again put on a clinic, driving a flawless 25 laps and coming from 10th on the grid to cruise to another feature victory.
DIRTcar Big Block Modified Main Event (25 Laps)
1. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker
2. (29) Garrett Krummert
3. (165) Rex King Jr.
4. (61) Dave Murdick
5. (65) Rex King Sr.
6. (4J) John Mollick
7. (83) Brian Swartzlander
8. (7MM) Michael Maresca
9. (123) A.J. Flick
10. (13) Ralph McBride
11. (T3) Tommy Marshall III
12. (18) Colton Walters
13. (25) Chris Rudolph
14. (75) Jeff Miller
15. (88) Shawn Fleeger
16. (29E) Erik Martin- Did Not Start
17. (31) Jim Weller Jr- Did Not Start
DIRTcar 410 Sprint Main Event (25 Laps)
1. (7K) Cale Conley
2. (7K) Dan Shetler
3. (2) AJ Flick
4. (35) Jared Zimbardi
5. (33) John Garvin
6. (23J) Jack Sodeman Jr.
7. (40) George Hobaugh
8. (98) Carl Bowser
9. (13) Brandon Matus
10. (2L) Sye Lynch
11. (08) Dan Kuriger
12. (98T) Joe Trenca
13. (56) Ralph Spithaler
14. (51) Brent Matus
15. (46) Michael Bauer
16. (21N) Frankie Nervo
17. (34M) Mike Marano II
18. (97A) Mitchell Wormall
19. (08F) Andy Feil
20. (55) Gary Kriess Jr.
DIRTcar Late Model Main Event (25 Laps)
1. (72) Michael Norris
2. (84) Andrew Wylie
3. (4T8) Colton Flinner
4. (44P) Joe Petyak
5. (10L) Gary Lyle
6. (17G) Doug Glessner
7. (29) Kenny Schaltenbrand
8. (14R) Clay Ruffo
9. (4F) Ed Ferree
10. (05) Tom Bateman
11. (15) Kelvin Kohan- Did Not Start
12. (81) Mike Miller- Did Not Start
JOHNSON SHINES ON AUTOGRAPH NIGHT AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY
DUNDEE, NY.....In the Outlaw Modified feature, Cory Costa jumped into the lead early and after a few restarts was able to pull away to almost a straightaway lead over a battle between Tyler Siri and Alan Johnson. As the second half of the race ran caution free, Johnson broke away from Siri, who lost third to Matt Sheppard. Costa ran up on traffic in the final laps, which allowed Johnson to close in. Johnson snuck inside Costa on turn two of the last lap to take the win by a car length at the line. Sheppard, Siri, and Steve Paine rounded out the top five.
A wild multi-car crash involved over half the field at the start of the Crate Sportsman feature, with Brent Ayers and Jimmy Zacharias Jr. both flipping. Several cars were heavily damaged in the crash and unable to continue. When racing resumed after the cleanup, Frank Guererri Jr and Todd Hayward distanced themselves from the pack and battled till a lap 18 yellow closed up the field. Chris Fisher used the outside lane to take the lead on lap 21 and held on for the win over Guererri, Hayward, Brian Fish, and Loren Lincoln.
OUTLAW MODIFIEDS Feature ALAN JOHNSON, Cory Costa, Matt Sheppard, Tyler Siri, Steve Paine, Eldon Payne, Donnie Lawson, Joe Dgien, Greg Birosh, Brady Fultz, Kyle Coffey, Eric
Fisher, Justin Wright, Jim LaRock, Steve Gray, Derrick Podsiadlo, Ron Cartwright Jr, Danny Johnson, Marcus Dinkins.
CRATE SPORTSMAN-CHRIS FISHER, Frank Guererri Jr, Todd Hayward, Brian Fish, Loren Lincoln, Karl Comfort, Brandon Butler, Tim Guild, Bob Buono, Dean Laughlin, Billy Paine, Doug Smith, Billy Bowers, Nichole Joag, Dale Welty,Kirk Reynolds, Chris Hall, Mike Buchanan, Brent Ayers, Tommy Collins Jr, Jimmy Zacharias, Stacy Jackson, Chris Silvers(DNS).
Flag-To-Flag Firsts For Fairgrounds Favorites Danny Johnson & Chuck Hebing
'Doctor' dominates SDS showdown, 'Cobra' cruises uncontested in LOLR 360 Series shootout
Canandaigua, NY – July 5, 2018 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR
Another hot day. Another red hot performance staged by open-wheel all-stars Danny Johnson and Chuck Hebing as the veteran chauffeurs posted convincing victories in their homecoming to wine country on Thursday.
The Independence Day holiday special marked the return of both the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds and 360 Sprint Classic Series for Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints to Land Of Legends Raceway on July 5.
The 'Super Spectacular' twin-bill also resulted in a return to victory lane for former hometrack hotshot Johnson and sprint car standout Hebing, with the 'Doctor' scoring his 81st career win at the Ontario County Fairgrounds oval while the 'Cobra' registered his 8th sprint car triumph in Canandaigua.
"The car was good all night and good at Cornwall last (series) race, hopefully we get on a roll and keep going," remarked Johnson, 58, after collecting $6,000 for his first series win in five tour starts this season. The two-time SDS champion set fast time in his group qualifying, copped his heat race and then drew the pole-position before leading all 100 laps in the headline 'Liberty 100' presented by Honeoye Auto Parts.
"I'm just ecstatic for George and his wife Tammy and everybody that's helped out, just a fantastic night for all of us," said Johnson, after logging his 87th series (2nd all-time) victory ---5th at LOLR--- aboard the familiar orange no. 27J Shakelton Auto & Truck Parts-Deckelman Trucking/Bicknell entry with a Kevin Enders-prepared powerplant under the hood. It was also the first SDS win for Johnson's first-year car owner George Shakelton in his first-ever trip to the hallowed half-miler now under the promotion of Paul Cole.
Pole-sitter Hebing was just as convincing in the 25-lap ESS A-Main, leading from start-to-finish and winning by a dozen car-lengths to pocket $2,500 and hoist his third ESS trophy at the fairgrounds.
"Our crew does a heckuva job here, our fans are good here and the new promoter is taking care of this race track, which was great tonight," beamed Hebing, 54, who also captured five checkered flags in Big-Block Modified competition at Canandaigua from 1995-2002. "Its an awesome track for me, good to be back home."
Following a one-year layoff from the series, the Modified main amounted to a customary clash between Super DIRTcar Series stars and hometrack heroes, with LOLR regulars holding down five of the top-six spots in series points entering the event. Johnson paid little attention to the pre-race hype, leaving fairgrounds faithful Matt Sheppard, Peter Britten, Billy Dunn, Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps and Erick Rudolph in the dust from the drop of chief starter Dave Farney's initial green flag.
A left-rear flat tire on Kyle Coffey's mount incurred an early caution period on lap four yet when series follower Billy Whittaker stopped on the homestretch infield to force out a second yellow flag 40 laps later, older sibling Alan Johnson (15th) was the last driver scored on the lead lap as the 'Doctor' continued to operate on all cylinders.
Young Canadian challenger Mat Williamson worked his way around Pat Ward for second on lap 17 while NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contender Stewart Friesen and Sheppard diced for third and fourth-place slots from lap 35 on. Sheppard finally secured the show position on the lap 56 restart following the caution for Whittaker and set his sights on the front-runners for the second half.
Johnson maintained his advantage throughout despite heavy traffic forcing the Rochester native to change his line as the laps dwindled. Williamson closed to within five car-lengths on a couple occasions yet held on for a 10-car deficit as the lead duo crossed the finish line. Sheppard was unable to defend his sacred home soil when the final checkered flag fell, settling for third ahead of weekly foe Britten. Friesen, Brett Hearn, Tim Fuller, Dunn, McLaughlin and Phelps completed the final top-10.
"We've come here for many years, what a place to do it," added Johnson, alluding to his landmark 600th career victory that his crew informed public address announcer Shane Andrews of in victory lane. "Its nice to have a great car like this, and it was definitely the car. Can't be any more happier with what we had tonight."
"The driver can only drive what he can drive, if the car ain't good it ain't good and I had an excellent car tonight. The middle (lane) was really good for me although a couple spots low in turns three and four were tough to get through. 100 laps was a long race, just glad to finally see it get over," added Johnson, a four-time points champion at LOLR, who won his first-ever Big-Block feature at Canandaigua in 1979 with the 80th added in July of 2013. His latest winning BRP car utilized a unique 'four-coil, short rear-end radius rods, left-side panhard bar' set-up that took advantage of Canandaigua's uncharacteristic black slick track conditions from top to bottom to get the job done.
Hauling east from across the border in St. Catharines, Ont., Williamson was content with a runner-up tally after participation in the show was an uncertainty earlier in the week.
"Picked up this motor on Tuesday, put it in yesterday (Wed.) but still weren't even going to come here, just didn't have it in the car the right way, the way we wanted, and it had some oil leaks," divulged Williamson, 28, with a pair of series wins to his credit at Merrittville (Ont.) Speedway (2015) and last year at the Charlotte (NC) Dirt Track in November. "We worked things out, finally got the motor in last night and the hard work paid off. Can't thank Doug (Holmes, engine builder at Finger Lakes Auto Machine, Auburn) enough for providing such a powerful piece."
"This place is just awesome, there are so many grooves to race on. Its smooth and slippery, not dusty ... makes you wanna come back often."
"Danny's one hell of a race car driver, tough to beat a guy like that, he's got a lot of laps at this place and the guy (Sheppard) in third isn't too bad either. I'm pretty happy to be with both these guys here (podium) and happy we had a good car tonight. I know we're good enough to run with these (series) guys now, we have a good car with a good shock package. Still, I'll take a second to (Danny) any day," added Williamson, with 10 wins circuit-wide in 2018.
Himself currently the winningest driver in the Northeast with 19, Sheppard's third-place finish increased his SDS points lead while keeping the Waterloo driver atop Canandaigua's standings ahead of Phelps, Rudolph, Dunn and Justin Haers. He also garnered the overall Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Fast Time award worth $100.
"Was a good night for us but Danny and Mat were really good, they were the class of the field by far," stated Sheppard, who turns 36 next week in quest of a fourth straight Super DIRTcar Series Championship. The second-generation standout has also claimed the past seven track titles at LOLR. "We were pretty darn good too, just ddin't have anything to run with them so its no big deal. We'll work on our car and program, and hopefully get a little better."
"Its a good start to a long week and a long weekend. The track was slick tonight and Utica is probably going to be the same on Sunday. Hopefully we can learn something from tonight that we can apply to Utica. We have a big weekend here so we'll just keep on rolling," added Sheppard, who has two SDS wins in 2018 at Cornwall (Ont.) Motors Speedway and Brewerton Speedway along with a non-point series victory at Volusia Speedway durig the Florida DIRTcar Nationals in February.
Super DIRTcar Series '18 journies east to Vernon, N.Y. for round six on Sunday, July 8 when Utica-Rome Speedway stages the Freedom Fighter 100. The tour continues Tuesday at Outlaw Speedway in nearby Dundee.
A two-time Empire Super Sprints points champion annually ranked among the area's top sprint car pilots, Hebing ran flawlessly from start to finsih as he bested a stellar field of 39 winged machines to garner his 35th career ESS victory.
Hebing placed third in the second of four heats, then followed up by selecting #1 in the traditional pre-race redraw among the top-12 preliminary race qualifiers. At the drop of the initial green, Hebing stormed ahead of his 25 trailers and never looked back despite a rare red flag producing the only slowdown.
"I've been going down to Pennsylvania playing on some heavy tracks, so this is my kind of surface," noted Hebing, while posing in the LOLR winner's circle beside his black no. 45 Wilkins RV-Cobra Motorcoaches & Homes/X-1 sprinter powered by a potent Roush-Yates Ford engine.
"I enjoy racing different places but not busting my butt so much. Saw Jason Barney (reigning ESS champ) got going on the bottom (May race) and when I see his #87 on the board I better make sure I test out the bottom. I tried out all the lanes tonight. Lapped cars are tough, they're just as fast as we are once you get rolling so it was a tough deal out there the whole race," added Hebing, who also has five Patriot Sprint Tour wins at Canandaigua and finished behind winner Barney and runner-up Bryan Howland in the May 5 event.
Hebing flew out to three-quarters of a straightaway lead after only five laps yet that margin suddenly vanished the next time around when Parker Evans and Steve Glover tangled in turn four to require the red flag. Glover got airborn and briefly tipped on his side atop Evans' car to force the early race stoppage with Hebing scored out front of Matt Tanner, Mark Smith, Chad Miller, Barney and seven-time ESS points king Steve Poirier.
The remaining 20 laps ran off caution-free with Hebing pulling away at will. The 'Cobra' built up a two-thirds straightaway advantage 10 laps in and hit traffic three circuits later. Eventual second-place finisher Tanner and Smith attracted just as much attention in their battle for runner-up laurels while Poirier ultimately slipped past Barney for fourth on lap 23.
Combined with his third-place finish in May, Hebing leads Barney, 120-116, in the LOLR 360 Sprint Classic Series point standings followed by Poirier (110), Joe Trenca (91) and Matt Billings (84). Hebing will be back for round #3 of the 360 Sprint Classic Series when ESS returns on Aug. 4, while the Patriot Sprint Tour show on Aug. 29 closes out the inaugural 4-race mini-series offering a $4,000 prize fund.
Thursday's sprint show was also the second event in the 5-race Donath Motor Worx CNY Speedweek. Danny Varin won the Tuesday opener at Can-Am Speedway while Brewerton Speedway(Fri), Fulton Speeday(Sat) and Utica-Rome Speedway(Sun) were scheduled to close out the 6th Annual speedfest.
The scariest accident of the night at LOLR unfolded when the no. 48A sprinter of Alysha Bay lost the left-front wheel heading down the frontstretch to begin the second B-Main. The 'safety yellow' Bay mount shot straight off the track between turns one and two, vaulting unhindered over the embankment and directly into the surrounding trees. No injuries were reported yet her father Darryl Ruggles' borrowed ride suffered severe front-end damage and the car needed to be loaded onto a flatbed to enable removal from the fairgrounds property.
Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – July 5, 2018
Super DIRTcar Series Race 5
Big-Block Modified "Liberty 100" Feature (100 laps): 1. 27j-Danny Johnson($6,000), 2. 6-Mat Williamson, 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 4. 21a-Peter Britten, 5. 44-Stewart Friesen, 6. 20-Brett Hearn, 7. 19-Tim Fuller, 8. 3rs-Billy Dunn, 9. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 10. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 11. 42p-Pat Ward, 12. 11j-James Sweeting, 13. 3-Justin Haers, 14. 91-Billy Decker, 15. 14j-Alan Johnson, 16. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 17. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 18. 23-Kyle Coffey, 19. 77-Lance Dusett, 20. 22g-Gil Tegg Jr., 21. 21p-Derrick Podsiadlo, 22. 63-Adam Roberts, 23. 25-Erick Rudolph, 24. 5h-Chris Hile, 25. 109-Billy Whittaker, 26. 48too-Dave Rauscher, 27. 7x-Steve Paine, 28. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 29. 12-Brian Sage, 30. r2-Rusty Smith.
360 Sprint Classic Series Race 2
Empire Super Sprints A-Main (25 laps): 1. 45-Chuck Hebing ($2,500), 2. 90-Matt Tanner, 3. 55-Mark Smith, 4. 28fm-Steve Poirier, 5. 87-Jason Barney, 6. 988-Joe Trenca, 7. 88c-Chad Miller, 8. 00-Danny Varin, 9. 33m-Mike Mahaney, 10. 9-Josh Pieniazek, 11. 36-Matt Billings, 12. 56-Billy VanInwegen, 13. 10c-Paulie Colagiovanni, 14. 22-Jonathan Preston, 15. 14-Coleman Gulick, 16. 10-Jeff Cook, 17. 53-Shawn Donath, 18. 91-Scott Holcomb, 19. 197-Ryan Harrison, 20. 82-Jared Zimbardi, 21. 123-Yan Bilodeau, 22. 14b-Brett Wright, 23. 2-Dave Axton, 24. 121-Steve Glover, 25. 7x-Dan Douville, 26. 61-Parker Evans.
The Super DIRTcar Modified Series and Central New York Empire Super Sprint Speedweek finale highlight huge show this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway
VERNON, NY- The most anticipated show so far of the 2018 Utica-Rome Speedway season is upon us this Sunday, July 8, the Central New York Speedweek finale for the Empire Super Sprints, the "Freedom Fighter 100" for the Super DIRTcar Modified Series, plus the Sportsman. This event is always a fan favorite and was one of the most talked about events of the season in 2017.
Last season, Stewart Friesen took home the $6,000 payday in this event to add to his total as the all-time feature winner at Utica-Rome Speedway, but the everyone left talking about the "incident" that happened in the later stages of the 100-lap main between Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight. When the dust settled, Sheppard served out a suspension, and vented his frustration on the competition for the remainder of the season as he won nearly everything in sight for the remainder of the season. Sheppard overcame the point deficit from the suspension to claim another Super DIRTcar Series title in 2017 and he comes into this weekend with 19 wins in 2018 and holds a slim lead in the 2018 series standings. Max McLaughlin currently holds the second spot ahead of teammate Jimmy Phelps, Erick Rudolph, Tim Fuller, Peter Britten, Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, and Friesen. Weekly competitors Pat Ward and Billy Dunn hold the 11th and 15th spot in the standings respectively. Out of four events completed in to 2018, Sheppard has won two while Friesen has taken the wins in the other two. Will these two goliaths of the Modified division continue their series dominance, or will someone rise to the occasion and find victory in the Freedom Fighter 100?
Now in its sixth running, the Central New York Speedweek for the Empire Super Sprints has become one of the most anticipated weeks in the region among fans. All roads lead to Utica-Rome Speedway when it comes to deciding the CNY Speedweek champion which always adds to the already thrilling atmosphere of this event. Last season, Danny Varin came into the night in tight three way point battle, and when the other two contenders had issues, Varin took advantage of the situation to claim the 2017 title. Who will claim the title this Sunday? That is a question that will be answered in just a few days, but with drivers such as Varin, Jason Barney, Coleman Gulick, Matt Tanner, Billy VanInwegen, Matt Billings, Paulie Colagiovanni, Paul Kinney, Steve Poirier, Mike Mahaney, Shawn Donath, Mark Smith, Davie Franek, and more all in the mix, it will be a battle right until the end. Michael Parent (2013), Barney (2014), Poirier (2015 and 2016), and Varin (2017) are past champions of CNY Speedweek. Donath was the latest winner for ESS at Utica-Rome back on June 17.
The Sportsman will round out the action packed night with Dave Marcuccilli coming into this Sunday as the point leader. Multi-time and defending champion Matt Janczuk currently sits in second over Alan Fink, Kyle Kiehn, AJ Filbeck, Kyle Inman, Stephen Denton, Andrew Buff, Chris Cunningham, and Dave Moyer. Marcuccilli, Filbeck, and Kevin Root have scored wins in the three events completed thus far.
Home-Track Advantage Plays Into Jerry Higbie's Hands Tuesday At Accord Speedway, Scores $5,200 'Battle of the Bullring' Payday
ACCORD, NY – Home-track advantage played into the hands of Jerry Higbie on Tuesday night at Accord Speedway.
Higbie, of Newburgh, N.Y., earned his first-career Short Track Super Series Modified victory at 'Battle of the Bullring 6' against an all-star field.
"I've always wanted to win one of these (Short Track Super Series) races," Higbie said. "I felt this race would be our best shot at it. I have the most laps here. We got a couple of good draws tonight, we had a fast car and I couldn't believe it when Stew spun. Stuff happens fast here."
Higbie's aforementioned 'Stew' referred to Stewart Friesen, the Modified superstar turned NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver who picked the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers prior to the start of the feature.
Friesen's Halmar International No. 44 launched off the front row and set a blistering pace during the race's opening laps while Higbie, who started second, ran in the runner-up position.
However, the race took a dramatic turn on lap 10 when Friesen, who was encountering the back of the 28-car starting field, spun in turn three to draw the yellow.
Higbie now had control of the field driving a Hig Fab Chassis he built in his own shop.
While Higbie led the race's remaining 40 laps, it was far from an easy drive.
Current Accord Speedway point leader Anthony Perrego, who started eighth in Brian Smith's Superior Remodeling No. 44, emerged as a contender. Perrego, during longer green-flag runs, pulled up to Higbie's back bumper, diving to the inside of the leader.
"These kids are young and fast," Higbie said of his challenger in Perrego.
Higbie became the 24th different winner in 55 STSS events contested since the series was formed in 2014.
Perrego, of Montgomery, N.Y., settled for a $3,000 runner-up finish.
"Jerry had a good car tonight," Perrego said. "I thought I had a chance on the longer runs, but I couldn't get there."
Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., turned his 2018 STSS misfortune around with a strong third-place finish. Smith exchanged the final podium position in the race's late stages with Wurtsboro, N.Y.'s Danny Creeden, who drove to a fourth-place result after starting 10th.
After rolling off the grid in 16th, track regular Jimmy Wells of Rosendale, N.Y., completed the front five.
St. Catharines, Ont., driver Mat Williamson was the race's Land Hoe Maintenance LLC Hard Charger, receiving $200 cash and a number of product certificates after driving the Behrent's Performance Warehouse No. 3 from 22nd to finish sixth in his debut at the speedway. Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., authored another steady drive to finish seventh in the Terry Fasnacht-owned No. 2A, followed by Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., who started 21st after a heat-race melee; Sprakers, N.Y.'s Friesen, recovering from his spin; and Tyler Siri of Horseheads, N.Y., who ran inside the top-five for much of the event.
Beyea Custom Headers heat winners were Higbie, Craig Hanson, Duane Howard and Tyler Boniface. Brett Tonkin and Tyler Dippel split the consolations.
Montour Falls, N.Y., driver Dale Welty invaded Accord Speedway for the first time in his long career and walked off with a $1,000 STSS Sportsman payout in the division's wild 25-lap feature.
After a rough-and-tumble first half of the main, green-flag racing prevailed in the race's second half. Welty, Corey Cormier and Kyle Rohner battled three-wide lap after lap for the top spot.
In the end, Welty's high-side momentum carried him to the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag.
"This track reminds me of my home track Skyline Raceway Park (in Blodgett Mills, N.Y.)," Welty said. "I never ran here before today, but I'll be back. You can run all over this place."
Cormier settled for second after working the inside of Welty, with Rohner, Travis Green and Daniel Morgiewicz completing the front five.
BATTLE OF THE BULLRING 6 RESULTS SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY JULY 3, 2018
STSS North Region Race No. 3 Feature Finish (50 laps): JERRY HIGBIE, Anthony Perrego, Jeremy Smith, Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Mat Williamson, Mike Gular, Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen, Tyler Siri, Duane Howard, Brett Tonkin, Nick Nye, Rich Ricci Jr., Matt Sheppard, Brian Krummel, Richard Smith, Andy Bachetti, Rick Laubach, Tyler Dippel, Craig Hanson, Ryan Godown, Frank Cozze, Mike Mahaney, Danny Tyler, Tyler Boniface, J.R. Hurlburt, Brian Malcolm.
Open Sportsman Race No. 1 Feature Finish (25 laps): DALE WELTY, Corey Cormier, Kyle Rohner, Travis Green, Daniel Morgiewicz, Joe Conklin, Craig Whitmoyer, Joey Coppola, Darren Smith, Jared Miller, Leo Fotopoulos, Alex Van Pelt, Cole Hentschel, Kevin Ward, Nick Plumstead, Dominic Roselli, Cole Stangle, Charles Loiodice, Michael Talmadge, Kevin Borden, Tyler Johnston, Nick Mady, Chris Jordan, Brandon Kuhn, Matt Shultz.
Short Track Super Series North Region Standings (*after Accord, July 3)
1. Stewart Friesen 290
2. Jerry Higbie 255
3. Billy Decker 249
4. Mike Mahaney 226
5. Anthony Perrego 224
6. Mike Gular 222
6. Duane Howard 222
8. Mat Williamson 216
9. Rick Laubach 207
10. Jeremy Smith 195
Sprint Cars And Big Block Modifieds Headline Brewerton Speedway Friday, July 6 Racing; Camping And Race Car Haulers Information
BREWERTON, NY – The grandstand shaking and raw horsepower of two of the fastest divisions in the Northeast will converge on the Brewerton Speedway Friday, July 6 in an exciting race night.
The best 360 Sprint Car racers in the Northeast plus the provinces of Ontario & Quebec, Canada will be ready to do battle on the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon’ in the highly anticipated and fan favorite Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint Speedweek.
Past ESS Brewerton Speedweek winners.
July 4, 2013 – Stewart Friesen
July 2, 2014 – Rain Out
July 1, 2015 – Chuck Hebing
June 29, 2016 – Mike Mahaney
June 30, 2017 – Chuck Hebing
Joining ESS for the night of speed will be the 800-horsepower, clay slinging, DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds and the side-by-side racing of the DIRTcar Sportsman.
To leave space for vehicle parking, camping will be allowed only in the adjacent Central New York Raceway Park. All race haulers please enter through the same CNYRP just north of the sppedway.
There will be no early hauler parking. To accommodate race teams the pits will open at 2:00 pm. Grandstands will open at 5:30 pm with racing at 7:30 pm.
Top-Five Division Point Standings Racing On July 6.
DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds): 98H-Jimmy Phelps (286) 99L-Larry Wight (284) 83x-Tim Sears Jr. (280) 84-Gary Tomkins (238) 5H-Chris Hile (234).
DIRTcar Sportsman): 34-Kevin Root (320) 8-Alan Fink (310) 82-Will Shields (308) 3-Chris Mackey (304) 5-Amy Holland (286).
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT JULY 7 AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 2)......As part of our country’s celebration of Independence Day, military personnel in uniform and veterans with appropriate identification will be admitted at a special rate for the Saturday, July 7 night of stock car racing at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.
“We owe so much to our military people. Their sacrifices have kept us free, allowing us to enjoy a way of life that is the envy of all the other nations,” says Mike Gurda, speedway general manager. “We’re happy to recognize our active and veteran military folks at the speedway in celebration of Independence Day.
The evening’s schedule includes a four-division racing program featuring Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock race cars in qualifying heats and feature races. And as an added attraction, the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars will make their second Orange County appearance of 2018. The evening’s program is sponsored by Dana Distributors.
In last week’s racing action, Danny Creeden crossed the finish line first in the 25-lap Small-Block Modified feature, but was subsequently disqualified for a carburetor violation. That handed the victory to Tyler Boniface, followed by Gary Edwards, Anthony Perrego---who also won the Big-Block Modified feature race---and Brian Krummel.
These top drivers and more than 100 others will be ready to race this coming Saturday on the “new” Orange County racing surface. Come and enjoy the races in the refurbished chair seat main grandstand, the new totally rebuilt half-covered stands with the high-level Party Deck, or bring the whole gang in the car and watch the action from Orange County’s unique drive-in section.
TYLER SIRI NOW A TWO-TIME WINNER OF THE HEATH MEMORIAL WITH MODIFIED WIN IN 54TH EDITION OF THE EVENT AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY.
KIRKWOOD, NY...Tyler Siri became a two-time winner of the Heath Memorial on Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. The Modified victory in the 54th running of the event was worth $2,000. Joe Guastella led all 20 laps in the Crate Sportsman feature event on the way to collecting his first ever win.
Twenty-three Modified teams took the green for the start of the 30 lap Heath Memorial on Saturday. A pair of second year Five Mile Point Speedway Modified drivers led the field down for the green. Dan Solomon and Aleia Geisler set the pace for the start with Solomon taking command early. Lap 2 was eventful as three cautions occurred on the same circuit. Fortunately, the race then went caution free until lap 13. Only Brian White was sidelined from the three early race cautions.
When things settled down on lap 3 Solomon continued to set the pace as Tyler Siri began his charge from sixth starting spot and moved in to the runner-up slot. On lap 5 Siri made a bid on Solomon as the two ran side by side for the full circuit. Siri made the pass stick on lap 6. Solomon continued to run in second at this point with Glenn Knapp, Mike Colsten and Brian Puckett in tow. Colsten had started eighth and was using the high side of the quarter mile to advance. At this point Brian Malcolm had already progressed up to seventh from his twelfth starting slot and Brian Weaver was eighth after starting in fourteenth. Rusty Smith entered the evening as the point leader and started fourteenth. He too was using the extreme outside of the quarter mile in his march forward.
As the race approached the halfway mark Siri had opened up a sizeable lead with Solomon continuing his strong drive as Mike Colsten and he battled lap after lap. Knapp was running in fourth with Malcolm now up to fifth at the midway point of the race. The caution flew again on lap 24 with Colsten now up to second Malcolm, Nick Rochinski and Solomon making up the top five. On the restart Siri was able to pull away again as Colsten and Malcolm engaged in a great race for second place. On lap 26 Malcolm had secured second place and tried to chase down Siri for the race lead. A potential battle for the win never came as Siri mastered the quarter mile over the final laps.
At the finish it was Siri capturing his second Heath Memorial victory and first of the season at the speedway. Malcolm backed up his June 9th victory with his solid second place finish. Rochinski had another solid run from tenth to third place at the stripe. Weaver rallied four fourth with Colsten fading to fifth late. Knapp, Brian Puckett, Rusty Smith, Shaun Walker and Donnie Elliott rounded out the top ten.
Joe Guastella led from wire to wire in the 20 lap Crate Sportsman feature event on Saturday. For Guastella it was his first victory at the speedway. Twenty teams took the green of the 20 lap feature event and the race was slowed by only two cautions, both coming on lap 2. Multi-time winner Alex Yankowski put on a show as he sliced through the field from his 19th starting slot. Yankowski pulled this off despite the lack of yellow flag restarts to catch the field. Yankowski worked past Todd Titus on lap 17 but Guastella had opened up a straightaway lead as he ran a flawless race. The final three laps did get interesting as Guastella appeared to change his race line as he approached his first win. This did allow Yankowski do chase him down but not seriously challenge on the last lap. Guastella was an emotional winner in victory lane. Yankowski was followed by Titus, who had a solid run for third. Kyle Pierce and Tom Collins Jr. completed the top five finishers.
Racing continues this Saturday with Montrose (PA) Community Night and Youth Night. All kids 17 years old and younger will be admitted Free of charge and all Montrose residents showing photo i.d. at the ticket booth will be admitted in to the grandstand free as well. Racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with a complete program of on track action that includes the Big Block/Small Block Modifieds.
54TH HEATH MEMORIAL MODIFIED OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (30): TYLER SIRI ($2,000), Brian Malcolm, Nick Rochinski, Brian Weaver, Mike Colsten, Glenn Knapp, Brian Puckett, Rusty Smith, Shaun Walker, Donnie Elliott, Joey Colsten, Barry White, Alan Kellogg, Dan Solomon, P.J. Goodwin, Kory Fleming, Dave Doig Jr., Joe Krum, Kevin Smith, Aleia Geisler, Travis Smith, Brad Shaffer, Brian White.
CRATE SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20): JOE GUASTELLA, Alex Yankowski, Todd Titus, Kyle Pierce, Tom Collins Jr., Pat Jordan, Randy Fox, Matt Cole, Blaine Klinger, Devon Zona, Tyler Peet, Tanner Harpell, Mark Goodwin, Tom Hampton, Tim Howell, D.J. Hunt, Brandon Fritsch, Russell Benke, Mary Peck, Leo McGurrin.
Britten & Phelps Scorch Field In Land Of Legends Big-Block Doubleheader
Canandaigua, NY – June 30, 2018 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR
As temperatures broke the 90-degree barrier over the weekend, former teammates Peter Britten and Jimmy Phelps kept their cool as they split Pepsi Big-Block Modified mains at Land Of Legends Raceway in the last 'Saturday Spectacular' of the month in Canandaigua on June 30.
Britten captured the Product 9-sponsored 35-lapper that was rain-delayed from last Saturday before Phelps collected $3,000 for his first feature win of 2018 at the fast Ontario County Fairgrounds oval in the Pilat Design double-points 50-lap nightcap.
"Didn't have a good heat race (last week) and this isn't the kind race you want to start at the tail end of the field, but apparently it worked," remarked Britten, 30, who scored his initial win of '18 at LOLR in May before contemplating possible season-ending surgery to relieve a bulging disk in his back which forced him to miss two shows. "I'll tell you what, this Troyer car is fast and you always need a good car if you want to make it to the front at this track."
Phelps was just as fast after the sun set, improving from third-place in the opener to register his first win at the historic half-miler in five years.
"The track changed quite a bit from the start, the brown got stickier and the black got more slippery," noted Phelps, 43, after posting his seventh top-five feature finish in nine starts. "Then it cleaned off and got so you could move around a bit. Hats off to the track crew, they had some tough conditions to deal with but it looks like they did their homework and got it pretty close."
Three-time defending track points champion Dave Marcuccilli continued on course as he scored his third Donath Motor Worx Sportsman victory while Sam Hoxie repeated in the New Legends Sportsman finale. Darryl Ruggles motored on to log his second Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car A-Main triumph and Josh Pangrazio made it two-for-two with a dominant run in the Big Dog Country Street Stock feature.
Representing the Sodus Microd Club, Chris Darling, son of former Canandaigua sportsman and Street Stock racer Dale Darling, put on a special exhibition on the speedway home stretch during intermission to the fans delight.
Following a dismal eighth-place finish in his qualifying heat the week prior, Britten filed in 22nd on the revised 24-car starting grid. Tim McCreadie did not return for Saturday's postponement awhile Steve Gray was unable to make the line-up despite his regular sportsman entry eligible to start last in the field.
Pole-sitter Lance Dusett opened up a commanding lead at the start before a pair of yellow flags brought the Lima driver back to the pack. Top point chasers Matt Sheppard and Billy Dunn made contact to incur the second slowdown on lap eight, with 'Super Matt' returning trackside after replacing a flat left-rear tire.
Open-wheel veteran Alan Johnson moved to the point on a lap 11 restart, followed through the same hole by then points leader Erick Rudolph and hard-charging Britten. The race ended early for Rudolph as his primary #25 Opti-Coat/Bicknell mount coasted to a stop on the backstretch just two laps later with rear-end issues.
Sheppard was carving his way back to the front at a wicked pace and when Britten sped past Johnson for the lead on lap 21, the Waterloo warrior was up to third. However, the yellow lights suddenly flashed again and this time Sheppard suffered a right-rear flat with only a dozen laps remaining to negate any chance of reaching victory lane in his own company's sponsored race.
Back under green Britten pulled away from Johnson aboard the potent Ray Graham-owned no. 21A Troyer machine, building up a near-straightaway advantage under the checkers. The battle for third was the most captivating as it was left undecided until the white flag lap with Phelps finally edging Justin Haers for the show position while Justin Wright finished off the front-five.
Sheppard made it back to finish ninth and combined with Rudolph's 21st-place tally, moved back atop the point standings, 435-424, as Phelps (423) remained third ahead of Dunn (393) and Haers (379).
"My back is still a bit of a bother but we'll try to make it the rest of the year," down-played Britten, as the native of Brisbane, Queensland in Australia climbed gingerly out of his modified, understandably saving a roof-top dance for another day. "We're undergoing some therapy now, just being careful not to overdo it."
"Right now our team's priority is with the (Super DIRTcar Series), I know that's what Ray is investing in. I might have to miss a few regular weekend races if anything needs to be cut back to keep things comfortable. Hopefully we can keep on going and see how far it takes us," added Britten, who picked up another win in front of his mother who made her annual summer trip to the U.S. from the land downunder.
A bit of irony came in round two as Phelps was one of the first drivers to show Britten the ropes. When "Batman" made his maiden voyage to the states for racing as a 21 year-old in 2009, he accompanied Troyer Race Cars owner Billy Colton and H&H Motorsports first-string driver Phelps to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. for a Super DIRTcar Series event. Soonafter he joined H&H team co-owner Al Heinke, and Phelps working on their cars in the Troyer shop outside of Rochester
The reformation of HBR racing on the DIRTcar circuit coincided with Heinke's purchase of Weedsport Speedway in 2014 and all the equipment was subsequently moved there from Troyer's work place. Along with the addition of second-generation standout Max McLaughlin, Britten and Phelps became short-term Troyer teammates in 2016 before Heinke switched to a Teo Pro chassis mid-way through the same season.
"We just come here and try to do our job and do it well," said Phelps, who also serves as track general manager at the revamped Weedsport facility that follows a specials-only race format throughout the season. "Have a great support group, great team and a great car owner. We've been close here, been digging every week ... you see that #9 car (Sheppard) coming and it gets you up on the wheel. (Win) has been a long time coming, been frustrating, but fortunately we got it done before things got too hairy tonight."
Dusett mirrored his early success once again and paced the field after head flagman Scott Hixson's initial green flag flew to kick off the headline Pilat Graphic Designs 50-lap feature. Phelps' teammate for a third season, McLaughlin, stormed out front after starting sixth and opened up a comfortable lead. Yet just as Hixson's crossed flags waved to signal the halfway point, "Mad Max" pulled to the front infield with terminal rear-end damage to end any bid to join father, "Magic Shoes" Mike McLaughlin, on Canandaigua's career win list.
Phelps was the beneficiary of McLaughlin's mechanical misfortune, bolting past Dusett on the ensuing lap 25 restart and quickly putting distance between his no. 98H J&B Installations-Mohawk Northeast Modified and the closest pursuers; at the midway point those included Rudolph (3rd), Britten (6th), Sheppard (7th) and Haers (10th).
As the laps dwindled so did Phelps margin ahead of Sheppard with the eight-time track champion picking off the competition one by one, lap after lap. On a lap 27 restart Sheppard darted from sixth to fourth, grabbed third from Britten on lap 33 and ducked under runner-up Rudolph with a dozen circuits still remaining. A 10 car-length lead suddenly vanished for Phelps with five to go, yet a daring three-wide maneuver entering turn three that split Jimmy Maier and rookie Brian Boudreau proved to be the difference. Sheppard settled for second followed by Rudolph aboard his back-up car, Britten and Haers.
"My biggest concern was getting through lapped traffic, hopefully it would provide some breathing room and not give Matt a clean shot at me if there was a yellow near the end," noted Phelps, after chalking up career win #6 in wine country, his first since August, 2013. "Making some space is what was on my mind 100% at the end."
"Thanks to Bobby and Matt (Hearns, Teo Pro car builders), they gave us a really good car, a damn good one tonight. They provide us enough to be in the hunt, now its our job to get it done and take it the rest of the way. This (win) builds some momentum for next week when we come back," added Phelps, alluding to July 5 when LOLR hosts the Super DIRTcar Series 'Liberty 100' presented by Honeoye Auto Parts. Phelps also moved to within four markers (547-543) of Sheppard in the track points battle with Independence Day traditionally signifying the season's halfway point.
Marcuccilli needed only 8-1/2 minutes to determine the final outcome of the 25-lap Sportsman feature as the Montezuma racer disposed of race leader Kyle Kiehn on lap 11 and cruised home to victory by nearly a half-track in the caution-free affair.
"The night didn't start out this good," divulged Marcuccilli, after tying Dan Wiesner for fourth all-time with his 24th career Sportsman win at LOLR. "Felt pretty sick earlier, was laying down in the trailer. Just didn't feel good, probably a little bit due to the weather too."
Buckled into his familiar blue #M1 Page Trucking-All Star Contractors-Mohawk Northeast/Bicknell car, Marcuccilli showed little ill after-effects following pre-race warm-ups. He won his qualifying heat then went out and upset everyone else in another dominating performance despite the heated conditions and a 14th starting assignment.
Nick Guererri scored a season-best second-place ahead of Matt Guererri, who now trails Marcuccilli by seven points (480-473), while Kevin Ridley and Kiehn rounded out the top-five.
"The track was definitely tricky tonight but we didn't change much from the heat to feature. This car was just phenomenal. You never know when yellows are going to fall so I just ran hard the whole time, tried to be smart in traffic. Continue to run the best we can and hope nothing breaks or have a flat tire, so that's luck on our side too," added Marcuccilli, who now owns eight first-place trophies circuit-wide in 2018.
Looking to match the non-stop Sportsman finale, the 305 Sprinters rattled off 17 straight high-speed circuits before taking a breath in their own 20-lap A-Main. Land of Legends reigning points king Jason Whipple set the early pace until eighth-starting Ruggles chased him down for the lone lead-change on lap 15.
The only caution period came on lap 18 when fourth-running Alysha Bay and Johnny Kolosek made contact exiting turn four to provide the only break in the action. Low-running Bay and high-riding Kolosek had battled for the last half-dozen laps before the late-race crash ended Bay's night while Kolosek remained under power long enough to finish seventh on the final scoresheet.
"When the yellow lights came on I tried to figure out what happened with Alysha, she's been so solid this year, it was a surprise," said Ruggles, 52, after the three-time 305 track champion and current points leader increased his all-time track-best sprint car win total to 29 in winged competition. "I heard the #26J (Kolosek) was involved so I can just imagine what happened. There's been a conflict between those two so I imagine it played out on the track."
Ruggles took family matters into his own hands behind the steering wheel. The Hopewell wheelman advanced from eighth starting spot to third after five laps then put his 'safety yellow' colored Mike Mastin-powered no. 48jr. Willmes Enterprises-VanBortel Trucking-backed wing machine past second-place Tyler Cartier on lap 13 before forging the final change under Whipple in turn four.
"This car is actually three years old, been sitting in the garage and we finally dug it out and dusted off the cob webs," stated Ruggles, after increasing his lead to nearly 30 points over daughter Alysha, who posted her first feature win of the season last weekend prior the only DNF on Saturday. "The X1 (chassis) car we've had all year just seemed to be missing something."
"We all talked as a team and said we have to bring out old faithful that got us here a couple years ago. Brought out our notes, even though its a little different than the other car, and went to work. Spent all day with it knowing we could only get so far making it the best it can be. Finally got done today at 4 o'clock and here we are. This team just has great communication, that's pretty cool," beamed Ruggles, not only enjoying but still winning in his fourth decade of competition at the fairgrounds.
Cartier finished a season-high second ahead of veteran Dan Bennet, Brandyn Griffin and Whipple in the final rundown.
Hoxie topped the field of three entries in the 10-lap New Legends feature, out-distancing first-timer Bill Tice, steering Loren Lincoln's yellow no. 2 Honeoye Auto Parts/Teo Pro car, and third-generation pilot Tyler Vinson in the caution-free four-minute ride.
"Maybe we'll move up with the regular Sportsman by the end of the year. Right now we're getting more comfortable with different set-ups and learning how to run when the track turns black," said Hoxie, who was awarded $100 in the winner's circle by event sponsor Dan Pilat.
Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – June 30, 2018
Big-Block Modified Feature (35 laps / *rain-delayed from 6/23): 1. 21a-Peter Britten($2,000), 2. 14j-Alan Johnson, 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 4. 3-Justin Haers, 5. 19w-Justin Wright, 6. 28p-Eldon Payne Jr., 7. 3rs-Billy Dunn, 8. 23-Kyle Coffey, 9. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 10. 21p-Derrick Podsiadlo, 11. 11j-James Sweeting, 12. 77-Lance Dusett, 13. 7x-Steve Paine, 14. 22-Jeff Daugherty, 15. 48too-Dave Rauscher, 16. 12-Brian Sage, 17. 31m-Jimmy Maier, 18. 5-Tom Keyes, 19. 174-Brian Boudreau, 20. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 21. 25-Erick Rudolph, 22. 16k-Kaitlin Pashina, 23. 88-Dave Allen, 24. 22g-Gil Tegg Jr., 29g-Steve Gray(DNS), 39-Tim McCreadie(DNS).
Big-Block Modified Feature (50 laps / double points): 1. 98h-Jimmy Phelps($3,000), 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 25-Erick Rudolph, 4. 21a-Peter Britten, 5. 3-Justin Haers, 6. 3rs-Billy Dunn, 7. 23-Kyle Coffey, 8. 7x-Steve Paine, 9. 14j-Alan Johnson, 10. 12-Brian Sage, 11. 31m-Jimmy Maier, 12. 28p-Eldon Payne,Jr., 13. 88-Dave Allen, 14. 22-Jeff Daugherty, 15. 48too-Dave Rauscher, 16. 16k-Kaitlin Pashina, 17. 174-Brian Boudreau, 18. 77-Lance Dusett, 19. 11j-James Sweeting, 20. 19w-Justin Wright, 21. 21p-Derrick Podsiadlo, 22. 22g-Gil Tegg Jr., 23. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 24. 5-Tom Keyes, 25. 34-Andrew Ferguson.
Sportsman Modified Feature (25 laps): 1. m1-Dave Marcuccilli, 2. 25g-Nick Guererri, 3. 12g-Matt Guererri, 4. 20x-Kevin Ridley, 5. 2kx-Kyle Kiehn, 6. 7-Paul Guererri, 7. 1f-A.J. Lloyd, 8. 29g-Steve Gray, 9. 90-Nathan Peckham, 10. 11n-Ricky Newton, 11. 2-Loren Lincoln, 12. 31-Kane Bristol, 13. 21x-Eric Williams, 14. 8-Joe Cook, 15. 13t-Trevor Years, 16. 9-Tim Baker, 17. 77-Benny Karlsen, 18. 1-Billy Paine, 19. 50-Tim Downs.
Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Feature (20 laps): 1. 48jr.-Darryl Ruggles, 2. 23-Tyler Cartier, 3. X-Dan Bennett, 4. 75-Brandyn Griffin, 5. 38-Jason Whipple, 6. 18c-Dan Craun, 7. 26j-Johnny Kolosek, 8. 99-Andy Jacobus, 9. 53-Tom Fletcher, 10. 48a-Alysha Bay,11. 99j-Aaron Jacobus.
New Legends Sportsman Feature (10 laps): 1. 00-Sam Hoxie, 2. 2-Bill Tice, 3. 93-Tyler Vinson.
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