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Brett Hearn working on three in a row at Orange County Fair Speedway
Grueling Eastern States 200 could drastically shake up point standings as Super DIRTcar Series heads into final rounds
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - October 20, 2014 - There's no question as to which Modified driver has been dominant at Orange County Fair Speedway's annual Eastern States Weekend. Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., has picked up 13 Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series victories at the Middletown, N.Y., track, ten in the Eastern States 200. This year, the two-time consecutive Eastern States 200 Champion is looking to make it three in a row.
"The last couple years have been awesome for us. It's still the track I learned how to race at first and, even though I don't go there that often now, it still seems to come back to me fairly quickly," said Hearn, who, in recent years, has made his weekly home at the Capital Region's Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway. "I'd still have to say that, in some respects, we still have some of that home court advantage, even though I don't run there on a regular basis."
For Hearn, who watched from the grandstands as racing superstars like Will Cagle and Frankie Schneider found their way to Victory Lane, winning the historic Eastern States 200 is especially meaningful.
"That race has always been the second biggest race to Syracuse," said Hearn, who has found his fair share of success at Syracuse's "Moody Mile" as well, most recently claiming two consecutive Salute the Troops 150 victories in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. "I can remember going there and sitting in the fourth turn bleachers and watching Will Cagle win the 200."
The 2014 running of the Eastern States 200 will be especially important to Hearn, who currently is hanging onto third place in Super DIRTcar Series point standings. Point leader Billy Decker holds an 85-point advantage over Hearn and three-time series champion Matt Sheppard is 62 points ahead of Hearn. With just three feature races left in the season, each on the 150-point schedule, a strong showing at Orange County could launch Hearn to the point lead. Alternatively, a mechanical error in the grueling 200-lapper on "The Hard Clay" could mean the end of championship hopes for series top runners.
As Hearn looks ahead to the race that could be the turning point in the series, he says his Madsen Motorsports No. 20 team is focusing on tire strategy in one of the few races requiring pit stops
"It's a race that has a lot of tire wear, so you have to manage your tire wear really well," said Hearn, who has the reputation both for charging to first from the back of the field and for making it through the Eastern States 200 without a tire change. "That's really the biggest thing, to either be able to go the distance or to manage the tires so you don't wear them out before the end of the race, or if you have to change them and be able to pick your spots and come back through again."
Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway kicks off Thursday, Oct. 23, with inspection for all classes running from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 9:30 a.m. and grandstand gates open at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, for qualifying rounds for Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds. Green flag for the Super DIRTcar Series Eastern States 200 is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.
AT A GLANCE
Eastern States Weekend
DATES : Thursday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, October 25
LOCATION : Orange County Fair Speedway, 239 Wisner Ave., Middletown, N.Y.
ABOUT THE TRACK: 5/8-mile hard clay oval track
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Schedule of Events:
Thursday, Oct. 23
12 p.m. Pits open for race haulers
2 p.m. Fairgrounds open for campers
2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Car Inspection
Friday, Oct. 24
9:30 a.m. Fairgrounds & Pit Gates Open
12:30 p.m. Car Inspection
2 p.m. Spectator Gate Opens
3 p.m. Driver Meeting
4 p.m. Qualifying begins, including Super DIRTcar Series Time Trials
Followed by Modified Dash for Cash
Followed by Sportsman Feature (50 laps)
Saturday, Oct. 25
8 a.m. Fairgrounds & Pit Gates Open
11 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
12 p.m. Drivers Meeting
12:30 p.m. Qualifying for Small Block Modified and 305 Sprint Car Features
Followed by Modified Hot Laps
Followed by 305 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps)
Followed by Small Block Modified Feature (100 laps)
Sunday, Oct. 26
8 a.m. Fairgrounds & Pit Gates Open
9 a.m. Spectator Gate Opens
10:45 a.m. Hot Laps
12:30 p.m. Street Stock Heats
Followed by Thunder Truck Feature (15 laps)
Followed by Street Stock Feature (25 laps)
3 p.m. 53rd Annual Easter States Modified Feature (200 laps)
Danny Johnson sweeps Brockvilles Fall Nationals, winning Saturdays Super DIRTcar Series 100-lapper
Billy Decker finishes third to cling to a narrow point lead over Matt Sheppard
BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO - October 18, 2014 - "The Doctor" Danny Johnson made history Saturday night, becoming the first Modified driver to sweep Brockville Ontario Speedway's DIRTcar Fall Nationals presented by 1000 Islands RV Centre. Johnson wheeled the Traction Grabber No. 27J to victory lane Friday night in the 100-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature race, and followed it up the next night with a win in the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series feature event.
"It's a fantastic track for us. It's really working really well for us," said Johnson, whose victory Saturday was his fourth Super DIRTcar Series win of 2014. "I just had a great hot rod. The car is two years old and it's just a great running car for us."
The Rochester, N.Y., driver started on the pole, but it was local runner Brian MacDonald, of Cornwall, Ontario, who took the lead at the green flag. Johnson stayed at his tail and reclaimed the position off a lap-29 restart. MacDonald refused to let up, staying at Johnson's rear bumper the remaining 71 laps, but wasn't able to make the pass.
"There was no way he was going to let me by him," said MacDonald, who tried every groove of Brockville's oval to try to get around the No. 27J. "We ended up on the front stretch wall, we ended up off the track, we got pushed everywhere. But that's racing I guess."
Johnson had a few close calls midrace as a series of cautions kept him from building up momentum. MacDonald seemed to have enough power to get around Johnson off double-file restarts in laps 46 and 62, putting himself wheel-to-wheel with the leader, but Johnson was always able to speed away before MacDonald could pull ahead.
"We were both trying to protect our lines and it got a little rough in there," Johnson recalled of a particularly close restart. "I thought he had me on that last restart, but I was able to get by him."
MacDonald finished second after a hard battle with one of the region's most formidable racers, and he was pleased with a strong finish.
"This was a great race," said McDonald, who finished fourth in Friday's DIRTcar 358-Modified Series race. "The car was great - real good tonight, real good last night - you couldn't ask for a better way to finish off the year."
Super DIRTcar Series point leader Billy Decker finished third, strengthening his lead over Matt Sheppard, who finished fifth. The Sidney, N.Y., pilot of the Gypsum Express/LJL Racing No. 91 started out fourth, but got the advantage over Billy Dunn at the initial green and charged to third. However, early race cautions put him in a bind. Billy VanInwegen slowed in lap 5 to bring the first yellow, and both Dunn and 2014 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Champion Erick Rudolph were strong enough off the lap-9 restart to get by Decker.
Decker fell out of the top-five for several laps, but returned after a strong restart in lap 62. Sheppard, who started fifth and lost positions early in the race, worked his way ahead midrace, battling Decker, Phelps, Rudolph and ultimately Carey Terrance for spot in the top-five.
"It was an okay run for us; tough sledding out there tonight. I was back to eighth at one point there, we just did some outside restarts to get to where we needed to be," Decker said. "We said before the race that there's 600 points left, and we just need to get all we can get."
Decker's third-place finish expanded his narrow point lead over Sheppard, but with Sheppard finishing fifth the margin is still small - just 23 points - as the series moves on to its final races of the season.
Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., rolled into Brockville as third in point standings, made fast time and started the race in eighth. However, an error in lap 1 launched the Madsen Overhead Doors No. 20 off the track in the backstretch, causing the eight-time series champion to fall to 23rd place. Hearn faced mechanical issues causing him to pit under yellow in lap 41. After he returned to the race, he charged from a spot at the tail of the field to a 14 th-place finish. While not in the top-ten, Hearn's finish kept him third in the series, 85 points behind Decker and 62 points behind Sheppard.
Rudolph finished fourth after starting fifth and keeping the Page Trucking No. 7z in the top 5 for most of the race. Rounding out the top ten are Dale Planck in sixth, Danny O'Brien in seventh, Jimmy Phelps eighth, Gary Tomkins ninth and Yan Bussiere tenth.
The Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series travels south for one of its most historic events, the Eastern States 200 at Orange County Fair Speedway. Series racers hit the track Friday, Oct. 24, for qualifying rounds and race Sunday, Oct. 26, in the fabled Eastern States 200.
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A-Main (100 laps)
Pos. - No. - Driver / Hometown [Start]
1. 27J Danny Johnson / Rochester, N.Y. 
2. 151KB Brian McDonald / Cornwall, Ontario 
3. 91 Billy Decker / Sidney, N.Y. 
4. 7z Erick Rudolph / Ransomville, N.Y. 
5. 9H Matt Sheppard / Waterloo, N.Y. 
6. 66x Dale Planck / Homer, N.Y. 
7. M96 Danny O'Brien / Kingston, Ontario 
8. 98H Jimmy Phelps / Baldwinsville, N.Y. 
9. 84 Gary Tomkins / Clifton Springs, N.Y. 
10. 21 Yan Bussiere / Drummondville, Quebec 
11. 99A Mike Adderley / Charlotte, N.C. 
12. 74M Matt Billings / Brockville, N.Y. 
13. 9J Jordan McCreadie / Watertown, N.Y. 
14. 20 Brett Hearn / Sussex, N.J. 
15. 43 Keith Flach / Ravena, N.Y. 
16. 07 Tim Kerr / Picton, Ontario 
17. 42P Pat Ward / Genoa, N.Y. 
18. 21A Peter Britten / Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 
19. 3H Justin Haers / Phelps, N.Y. 
20. 88 Chris Herbison / Brockville, Ontario 
21. 99L Larry Wight / Altmar, N.Y. 
22. 124 Pierre Dagenais / L'Ange Guardien, Quebec 
23. 22C Mario Clair / Drummondville, Quebec 
24. 115 Stephane LaFrance / St. Albert, Quebec 
25. 8 Rich Scagliotta / Hillsborough, N.J. 
26. 23 Billy Dunn / Watertown, N.Y. 
27. 9 Jason Riddell / Cardinal, Ontario 
28. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot / Renfrew, Ontario 
29. 54 Steve Bernard / Granby, Quebec 
30. 10v Billy VanInwegen / Sparrowbush, N.Y. 
Did Not Start:
55 Dexter Stacey / Kahnawake, Quebec
97 Michel Chicoine / St-Cecile-de-Milton, Quebec
75J Bernie Banks
66 Kyle Dingwall / Morrisburg, Ontario
94 J.F. Corriveau / Granby, Quebec
13 Kevin Hamel / Sorel, Quebec
24B Roger Levesque / Napanee, Ontario
16W Lance Willix II / Theresa, N.Y.
15AW April Wilson / Joycevelle, Ontario
99 Bruno Lepage / Maple Grove, Quebec
66W Wallace Stacey / Kahnawake, Quebec
2014 Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Driver Points (as of 10/20/14)
1. Billy Decker 2399
2. Matt Sheppard 2376
3. Brett Hearn 2314
4. Jimmy Phelps 2133
5. Justin Haers 2035
6. Larry Wight 1979
7. Erick Rudolph 1972
8. Peter Britten 1969
9. Gary Tomkins 1945
10. Pat Ward 1869
RICK LAUBACH COMES FROM 11TH TO WIN DELAWARE BIG BLOCK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – ROB SCHIRMER PULLS UPSET OF WEEKEND IN SUPER LATES
By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – The large crowd on hand were treated to some great racing on Saturday night as the 2014 season at the Delaware International Speedway wrapped up with the $60,000 Delaware State Dirt Track Championships. Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa. drove from his 11th starting spot to win the 50-lap Big Block Modified finale. The biggest upset of the two day championships was pulled off by Milton, Delaware’s Rob Schirmer taking the lead coming off the final turn in the 50-lap Super Late Model feature to win the biggest race of his career.
Jamie Mills had high hopes of a second Fall Championship win when he started on the pole for the 50 lapper but it was not to be as he pulled into the infield while leading off the fourth turn on the first circuit and was done for the day. Ryan Godown in the Bill Hewlitt No. 901 got by Jordan Watson on the initial start and took the lead with Brad Trice moving into third.
Rick Laubach had jumped up on the outside at the start and was on the move from his 11th starting spot. By lap three he was up to fifth and in four more circuits had dropped Trice from third while H.J. Bunting and Craig VonDohren battled for fifth.
Four cautions in the first 20 laps kept the field tightly bunched but then the field settled down to some solid racing. Laubach got by Watson and began to pressure Godown just prior to halfway. On lap 23 Lauback shot under Godown and took the lead. At the halfway sign the top five were Laubach, Godown, Watson, Bunting and VonDohren.
Bunting was working traffic well and got by Watson for third but that would turn into a three way battle for second between Godown, Bunting and Watson. Watson retook third on lap 34. Laubach’s lead was erased when Godown got into Dave Dissinger in traffic with Dissinger spinning in the third turn. Watson had just gotten by Godown but the yellow put him back into third.
Watson would take second on the restart as Godown started to slow with a rear tire going down. The final yellow came out with five to go when Bobby Watson got around and Godown headed to the pits. Watson had begun closing on Laubach before the yellow but on the final restart Laubach was able to open a three car length to the checkered for his second Fall Championship win. Watson finished a solid second with VonDohen who started in 13th taking third. Matt Jester came on strong in the closing laps to finish in fourth after starting 17th and Bunting held on to round out the top five. Heats were won by Mills and Watson with Ron Roberts taking the consolation.
“We weren’t planning on coming after running Syracuse last weekend,” said Laubach. ”I didn’t ask my car owner until Thursday if I could bring the car and he wasn’t anxious to do that because he wanted it to be ready for Charlotte. I told him that we would probably win the heat and start up front so not to worry but it didn’t turn out like that.” Laubach didn’t participate in the gamble’s bonus but still earned $5000 for the win plus $598 in lap leader money for a total $5598.
Rob Schirmer would start eighth behind a group of heavy hitters but drove the race of his career in the 50-lap championship. In qualifying on Friday night Andrew Mullins and Nick Davis captured the heat and would start in the top two spots. Mullins took off at the drop of the green with Davis on his rear bumper. By lap seven the leaders were in traffic with Mullins nearly tangling down the front straight and Austin Hubbard getting mired in the traffic while running in fourth.
Ricky Elliott was looking for his fifth consecutive Fall Championship and had just gotten by Davis for second when the first yellow flew on lap 11 for a spin and Elliott had to restart in third. Davis dropped to fourth on the restart as Hubbard got by Elliott to take the second spot. On lap 18, Hubbard pulled by Mullins for the lead.
At the halfway sign it was Hubbard on top with Mullins a close second. Elliott held the third spot and Schirmer had climbed to fourth with Ross Robinson taking fifth as Davis slowed with a flat to bring out the second caution. Back under the green Hubbard quickly opened a 2.3 second lead. That was erased on lap 35 when Brandon Dennis slowed with a flat to bring out the third caution.
Hubbard remained solidly in control on the restart but with eight laps to he had used up his rear tire and slowed going coming off turn two and the yellow was out again. Mullins was now back on top with Elliott ready to pounce in second and Schirmer up to third. A fifth straight win was not to be however as Elliott suffered the same tire woes and went to the pits with just six laps left.
Mullins was positioned to end a dream season but with three to go, Joe Warren slowed on the back straight while running in seventh and the yellow was out for a final time. Mullins controlled the restart and looked to be headed for the win but going into the final turn, he too had a tire go down and Schirmer shot by to take the checked to the cheers of the packed house. Robinson finished in second after starting in seventh and Donald Lingo, Jr. finished in third. Fourth went to Amanda Whaley and Kerry King, who started in ninth, finished fifth.
An emotional Schirmer said in victory lane, “This has been a long time coming. I’ve run so good in this race – during the day finished second and I finally got an opportunity win it and I’m tickled to death. I knew his (Mullins) tire was going flat. I could see it going down the last couple restarts but I was just trying to keep my car straight and keep my tires because it was pretty rubbered up. I love this kind of track. I love this kind of racing. I told Charlie (Cathell) he was going to do something to the track and I said leave it alone, I love it like this. I’ve got to give a big shout out to Rick Whaley. I needed a tire. Thank you for the right rear tire and I’ll make sure I get him a new one.
Schirmer didn’t participate in the gambler’s bonus but still earned $5035 for his win with the final lap leader bonus and the $25 from Carolyn Parsons for supporting breast cancer awareness.
Chad Clark would lead wire-to-wire for his third career Fall Championship win in the 25-lap AC Delco PSC championship. 2014 point champ, Greg Humlhanz worked by Kevin Sockriter and Scott Hitchens to take second and Jordn Justice followed into third. The yellow as out on lap five when Sockriter got over the front wheel of Westley Smith after the pair had traded paint down the front straight and flipped. Sockriter was shaken but walked to the ambulance under his own power.
Humlhanz’s best opportunity to take the lead came in traffic on lap 16 but just as he was trying to set up a pass the yellow flew as Carson Wright got around. Matt Smith would roll to a stop with five to go giving Humlhanz one more shot but Clark was able to drive away on the final laps to take the win. Humlhanz would settle for second with Justice third. Fourth went to Smith and Joseph Tracy rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Clark and Hitchens. With the gambler’s bonus Clark earned $1750 for the win, $320 in lap leader money and the $25 bonus for support breast cancer awareness from Carolyn Parsons for a $2095 payday. The results are unofficial pending completion of tech.
Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Rick Laubach; 2. Jordan Watson; 3. Craig VonDorhren; 4. Matt Jester; 5. HJ Bunting; 6. Eric Korrman; 7. Wade Hendrickson; 8. Brad Trice; 9. David VanHorn Jr; 10. Shawn Ward; 11. Ronnie Roberts; 12. Ryan Anderson; 13. Bobby Watkins; 14. Ryan Godown; 15. Dale Hawkins; 16. Dave Dissinger; 17. Neil Huber; 18. Roy Weist; 19. Scott Hulmes; 20. Jessie Bonaduce; 21. Scott VanGorder; 22. Brad Brightbill; 23. Joseph Watson; 24. Matt Hawkins; 25. Doug Manmiller; 26. Michael White; 27. Richie Pratt Jr; 28. Kevin Gardner; 29. Glenn Reed; 30. Jamie Mills; DNS: Neal Williams; DNQ: Pete Serra.
Super Late Model Finish: 1. Rob Schirmer; 2. Ross Robinson; 3. Donald Lingo Jr; 4. Amanda Whaley; 5. Kerry King Sr; 6. Austin Hubbard; 7. Robbie Emory; 8. Andrew Mullins; 9. Brandon Dennis; 10. Kelly Putz; 11. Michael Wilkins; 12. Joe Warren; 13. Ricky Elliott; 14. Mark Williams; 15. Chuck Schutz; 16. Herb Tunis; 17. Nick Davis; 18. Dan Fiedler.
(Unofficial pending tech) AC Delco PSC Modified Finish: 1. Chad Clark; 2. Greg Humlhanz; 3. Jordn Justice; 4. Westley Smith; 5. Joseph Tracy; 6. Scott Hitchens; 7. Dwayne Crockett; 8. Brandon Watkins; 9. Kenneth Peek; 10. Brandon Blades; 11. Adam Weber; 12. Brandon Gallo; 13. Rodney Cordrey; 14. Matt Peck; 15. Duane Rust; 16. David Jenkins; 17. Brian Hitz; 18. Jeff Marker; 19. Garrie Bostwick; 20. Matt Smith; 21. Freddy Massey; 22. Shawn Weber; 23. Carson Wright; 24. Mark Rowe; 25. Kevin Sockriter; 26. Robert Riley Jr.
Racing Royalty: Matt Sheppard Earns First ‘King of the Can’ Triumph Friday At Penn Can Speedway In Dominant Fashion;
‘Super Matt’ Guides Norm Hansell No. 357 To $5,285 Payday, Earns Coveted “Toilet” In Victory Lane; Cory Costa (GRIT Series Sportsman) & Will Eastman (XCel 600 Modified) Also Triumph
SUSQUEHANNA, PA – The illustrious career of Matt Sheppard has included high-profile victories and championships.
On Friday night at Penn Can Speedway, Sheppard sat on the “throne” as racing royalty. Sheppard, 32, of Waterloo, N.Y., annexed his first-ever ‘King of the Can’ conquest, topping the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event in dominant fashion driving the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357.
‘Super Matt’ collected $5,285 including lap money and a $100 winner’s bonus posted by Simplicity Design, plus the unique “toilet trophy” that has become signature at Penn Can’s year-end event. The win was his first-ever on Penn Can’s tricky one-third-mile track.
The Friday program marked the final Modified race under the outgoing promotional team of Al Wilcox and Reed Miller, completing a 17-year run at the facility. The ‘King of the Can’ was a non-points-paying, affiliate event of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.
Don’s Automotive Mall and VP Racing Fuels provided sponsor support for the ‘King of the Can’ special.
Sheppard, who celebrated openly with his toilet, crown and “plunger scepter” during Victory Lane ceremonies, has proved a formidable competitor in Southern Tier starts with Hansell’s Morrison-powered Troyer this season. He won a Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event at Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway in May and nearly took the checkered at Penn Can in the September ‘Hot Summer Night’ special, driving from deep in the pack to the lead before suffering a flat tire.
“I thought we had the win here in September and we got the flat,” Sheppard said. “We came back tonight and the car was just as good. It is a pleasure to drive for Norm (Hansell), Jay (Thomas) and this team.”
Outside-pole starter Darwin Greene led the race’s opening 19 laps as Sheppard moved forward from his fifth starting position. Sheppard arrived in second spot at lap 18, breaking free from a battle with Penn Can champion Kevin Hartnett and invader Mike Mahaney.
Following a lap-19 restart, Sheppard utilized the inside lane to clear Greene for the lead.
Mahaney, driving the Charlie Davis-owned No. 21, worked past Greene for second on lap 32 following an extended battle. Hartnett followed into third two circuits later.
The race’s final two cautions flew on laps 38 and 39.
Mahaney provided a challenge following each of the restarts, but Sheppard opened up distance on the field following the longer green-flag runs.
Mahaney’s car showed signs of smoke and began to slow with engine problems during the final five circuits, allowing Hartnett, of Barto, Pa., to steal the runner-up spot at the checkered. Mahaney settled for third, followed by ninth-starter Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., in Gary Mann’s No. 55 and Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt, driving the Ron Roberts-owned No. 14W. Watt was second on lap 15 when he was forced to pit with a flat right-rear tire.
Placing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Greene of Susquehanna, Pa., after leading laps 1-18; Dan Pompey of Glenwood, Pa., who started 14th; Adam MacGeorge of Great Bend, Pa., driving the Chris Gennarelli-owned No. 86; 26th-starter Alex Stanton, a native of Jackson, Pa., who now resides in Michigan; and Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who recovered from a spin on the race’s opening lap for 10th.
Heat winners, 10 laps each, were Sheppard, Alan Rudalavage of Newton Lake, Pa., Perrego and Hartnett. Steve Babicek (West Windsor, N.Y.) and Nick Rochinski (Dickson City, Pa.) split the consolations.
Cory Costa of Corning, N.Y., continued his dominance of the area’s Crate 602 Sportsman racing. Costa, on the heels of a weekend sweep at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., one week prior, topped Friday night’s 30-lap main for the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series.
Through numerous cautions, Costa repelled Penn Can standout Ryan Olsommer of Greentown, Pa., who settled for second spot. Central New York standout Nick Guererri of Waterloo, N.Y., placed third. Marty Bunker of Vestal, N.Y., and Accord (N.Y.) Speedway regular Kenny Boniface of Pine Bush, N.Y., trailed.
Will Eastman of Oneonta, N.Y., won the 20-lap main for the Penn Can weekly XCel 600 Modifieds in convincing fashion. John Ayre chased Eastman across the line.
KING’S COURT: Top-10 drivers from the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP standings (made official Oct. 11 at I-88) returning to compete at Penn Can Friday were eligible for $200 cash bonuses. The recipients, announced during the pre-race drivers’ meeting, were Andy Bachetti, Ryan Watt and Mike Mahaney….
Gary Tomkins drove a second Coar-Clark No. 119 for the event as a teammate to Brian Malcolm, who suffered rear-end issues during qualifying. Bobby Varin drove a No. 187 for Pennsylvania’s Steve Young….Nick Rochinski powered from 22nd to challenge for a top-five position when his No. 20R lost an engine on lap 38….Ryan Watt’s impressive drive from the rear of the field took place with a Pennsylvania-legal, sealed small-block engine fueled by gasoline. Watt lost his ‘open’ engine at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway earlier this month….Track conditions provided for two- and three-wide racing throughout the night with minimal dust….Speedway co-promoters Miller and Wilcox address the crowd and thanked those who supported Penn Can for the past 17 years….
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15TH ANNUAL ‘KING OF THE CAN’ RACE SUMMARY – OCTOBER 17, 2014
Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): MATT SHEPPARD ($5,285), Kevin Hartnett, Mike Mahaney, Anthony Perrego, Ryan Watt, Darwin Greene, Dan Pompey, Adam MacGeorge, Alex Stanton, Andy Bachetti, Steve Babicek, Mike Colsten, Bobby Trapper, Bobby Varin, Joey Colsten, Nick Rochinski, Kyle Merkel, Joe Dgien, Joey Grammes, Bob Trapper, Bob Henry Jr., Gary Tomkins, Tyler Siri, Alan Rudalavage, Mike Schane, Billy Van Pelt.
Did Not Qualify: Chris Piasecki, Mike Clapperton, Sam Allen, Brian Malcolm, Chris Wood, Joel Batzel, Nick Nye, Rusty Smith, Joe Eisenhauer, Brad Shaffer.
Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (30 Laps): CORY COSTA ($1,000), Ryan Olsommer, Nick Guererri, Marty Bunker, Kenny Boniface, Randy Gates, Mike Butler, Dale Welty, Jake Dgien, Connor Cleveland, Stacy Jackson, Todd Titus, Nick Branning, Gregg Turner, Ivan Joslin, Bob Janesky, Kevin Jordan, Ted Mills III, Chris Stevens, Colton Wilson, Shea Montgomery, Shane Lewis, Rich Powell, Josh Towner.
Did Not Qualify: Tony Pangrazio.
Disqualified: Ben Wheeler.
15th Annual ‘King of the Can’ Modified 50 Set For Friday (Oct. 17) At Penn Can Speedway; $5,015 Plus “Toilet Trophy” On The Line! Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Competitors Rewarded With Bonus Money
SUSQUEHANNA, PA – For the 15th time, Penn Can Speedway plays host to the ‘King of the Can’ this weekend.
On Friday night, October 17 (rain date: Oct. 19), the big-block/small-block Modifieds race 50 laps around the Susquehanna County facility for a $5,015 winner’s share. Since its inaugural running in 1999, weekend warriors and superstars alike have graced Victory Lane in the traditional curtain-closer at Penn Can. Drivers have thousands of reasons to compete in this year’s ‘King of the Can’ event: fifth-place is worth $1,000, 10th-place pays $500, with $315 reserved to take the green flag!
Of course, the event winner will take home the “toilet trophy” that has become signature to this October classic!
Joining Friday night’s Modified program are the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman in a 30-lap event paying $1,000 to the winner ($100 to start) and the Penn Can Speedway weekly XCel 600 Modifieds racing a 20-lap feature.
The ‘King of the Can’ is an affiliate event of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. While the Short Track Super Series championship was decided a week ago at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., top point earners will receive $200 bonuses should they return to compete at Penn Can.
Gates open at 5 p.m., with the drivers’ meeting at 6:20 p.m., hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors (ages 62 and up) pay $20. Students (ages 13-17) are $10 and Kids 12 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.
Complete rules and general information can be found at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/king-of-the-can-race-information/
Brian Weaver of Windsor, N.Y., won the very first ‘King of the Can’ at Penn Can in 1999 and returned to Victory Lane six years later to take the checkered in 2005. Other winners include Kirk Horton (2000), Keith Hoffman (2001), Jeff Rudalavage (2002 & 2007), Jamie Shea (2003), the late Doug Hoffman (2004), Joey Grammes (2006), Duane Howard (2008), Kevin Bates (2010), Stewart Friesen (2011), Ryan Godown (2012) and Billy Decker (2013). The event was not run in 2009 due to weather.
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP champion Andy Bachetti, who collected his $10,014 point fund share this week, leads the contingent of invaders to Penn Can on Friday. The Sheffield, Mass., star will be making his third career start at Penn Can.
Mike Mahaney and Ryan Watt each boast perfect attendance at BD Motorsports Media LLC events this season. Both will continue their streak Friday at Penn Can: King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mahaney will be at the wheel of Charlie Davis’ No. 21 and Watt will guide Ron Roberts’ No. 14W. Boyertown, Pa., driver Watt is a former Penn Can winner. He annexed the 2013 ‘Clash at the Can’ triumph.
Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., was a victory contender in the ‘Hot Summer Night’ special run at Penn Can in September. Sheppard had driven Norm Hansell’s No. 357 to the lead in the 60-lap event only to suffer a flat tire. Sheppard will return in search of a ‘King of the Can’ payday.
New York State stars Bobby Varin and Gary Tomkins have both secured rides for this event. Tomkins, of Clifton Springs, N.Y., will pilot a second Coar-Clark Motorsports No. 119 as a teammate to track regular Brian Malcolm. Sharon Springs, N.Y., driver Varin – who won the championship this season at Glen Ridge (N.Y.) Motorsports Park – has been tabbed to drive the Collegeville, Pa.-based No. 187 owned by Steve Young.
Billy Van Pelt, off the strength of his 16th Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway championship, will drive Grant Hilfiger’s No. 78 at Penn Can. The Westfield, Pa., driver is always a contender on the short tracks.
Track champion Kevin Hartnett of Barto, Pa., leads the Penn Can contingent to the ‘King of the Can’ special. Hartnett was the co-winner of a 60-lap special contested at Penn Can in June.
Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., tops the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series point battle entering Penn Can following last weekend’s Short Track SuperNationals event at I-88 Speedway. Young Connor Cleveland sits second. Penn Can will host the 14th event of the GRIT Series schedule.
The Saturday (Oct. 18) portion of the ‘King of the Can’ includes Open Sportsman, Street Stocks, CRSA 305 Sprint Cars, IMCA-style Modifieds, XCel 600 Modifieds, Four Cylinders and Factory Stocks. To learn more about the Saturday events, visit www.penncan.com.
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Penn Can Speedway is located seven miles off Interstate 81 Exit 230 in on Route 171 Susquehanna, PA. The GPS address, within a block of the speedway, is 98 State Street Susquehanna, PA 18847. The speedway office phone number is 570.853.3434. On race day, call 570.585.9928. For more information, visit www.penncan.com or like “Penn Can Speedway” on Facebook.
Past Penn Can Speedway ‘King of the Can’ Winners
2013 – Billy Decker
2012 – Ryan Godown
2011 – Stewart Friesen
2010 – Kevin Bates
2009 – Weather
2008 – Duane Howard
2007 – Jeff Rudalavage
2006 – Joey Grammes
2005 – Brian Weaver
2004 – Doug Hoffman
2003 – Jamie Shea
2002 – Jeff Rudalavage
2001 – Keith Hoffman
2000 – Kirk Horton
1999 – Brian Weaver
Steel City Stampede: The last weekend to play is just a week away
Sarver, PA (October 16, 2014) While some teams have already parked their cars for the season and others will continue on to the World Finals in Charlotte, for all intents and purposes, the 6th Annual DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede is the final race of the season in Western Pennsylvania. And if the first five Stampedes are any indication, this is an event that you will not want to miss. Yes, you will need to bring a hoodie and maybe even full winter garb, but it will be six long months until we meet again at the Action Track!
With nine divisions in action during the three-day weekend, we fully expect to have over 200 cars in competition and pit cars in the infield again this year. As always, our Fab Four Racing divisions will anchor the event and the Peoples TWP DIRTcar Sprints, Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models and Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds will all be racing for a $3,000 bookend to the 2014 season. The ultra-competitive Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman/Stocks will be racing for a $1,000 payday in an Open Rules format.
In addition to our Fab Four Racing Divisions, five other divisions will be in action for the season ending event. The RUSH Late Models and Sportsman Modifieds, (both crate engine divisions), will return to the Action Track as will the Renegade/UMP Modifieds. 4-Cylinders will also be in action all three nights and some of those cars will actually move on to the Enduro 100 that will be the final race of the season after all other features are completed on Saturday Night. The RUSH Dirt Late Models will be racing for $2,000-to-win, the Renegade/UMP Modifieds and Enduro 100 are $1,000-to-win races, while the RUSH Sportsman Mods and 4-Cylinders will race for $500-to-win.
Before the features are contested on Saturday Night, October 25, all divisions will take part in rotating hot laps of Thursday, October 23 and qualify via heat races on Friday, October 24. This three-day race weekend is the perfect venue to set up camp for one last weekend at the race track and camping opens at noon on Thursday on a first come, first serve basis. Pit gates, registration and Early Bird tech inspection all open/start at 3:00 on Thursday. Hot laps on Thursday and heat races on Friday both begin at 7:00, with B-Mains starting at 6:00 Saturday followed by all nine feature races. A complete schedule of events can be downloaded by clicking here: Steel City Stampede Schedule of Events.
You can save some time on race day by downloading and completing your registration form in advance by clicking here: Steel City Stampede Forms.
Fab Four Racing/DIRTcar rules will be in effect for the 410 Sprints, Super Late Models and Big Block Modifieds, (358s can weigh 2,500 lbs. for this event), RUSH rules will be in effect for the Crate Late Models and Sportsman Modifieds and Renegade rules will be in effect for the UMP-style Modifieds. Open/Home Track rules will be in effect for the Sportsman/Stocks and 4-Cylinders. For a break down on tire rules and other procedures for the weekend, download the rules here: Steel City Stampede Rules.
With three days of racing going on, there are a variety of ticket and pit pass options. Thursday Nights rotating hot lap sessions are FREE to attend in the grand stands and kids 10 & under are admitted FREE all weekend long! And while single day tickets and pit passes are available, the best offers are the Two Day Adult General Admission passes for $40 or $30 for students (11-17 years old) and the Three Day pit passes for $55 for DIRTcar members or $65 for non-members. To see all the different ticket and pit pass options, click here: Steel City Stampede Ticket Prices.
For all the information you need about the 6th Annual DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede, you can download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by clicking here: Steel City Stampede FAQs.
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WILL CLOSE 2014 SEASON OUT WITH ANNUAL BANQUET ON NOVEMBER 29
VERNON, NY- On Saturday November 29, the 2014 season will officially be put to rest as the Annual Awards Banquet will be the final event on the Utica-Rome Speedway calendar. Track point money and tire refund will be handed out at the annual gala at the beautiful Turning Stone Casino and Resort with the top 10 in points being honored for their efforts.
Stewart Friesen fought tooth and nail with Matt Sheppard all season long to become the 2014 Modified Track Champion, earning the $10,000 top prize that goes to the top point getter. Add in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title money plus the New York State NASCAR title, Friesen will net over $27,000 for his track title. Sheppard, who had to settle for second, will still earn just over $10,000 for his efforts. Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, and Pat Ward rounded out the top five spots while Ryan Phelps, Willy Decker, Danny Varin, Jason Rood, and Tim Mayne filled out the top 10 positions.
Jeremy Vunk was the 2014 Sportsman titlist over Claude Hutchings Jr., Steve Way, Jack Miller, Mike Walton, Randy Shantel, Mike Stiles, Heath Carney, Craig Pope, and Kyle Kiehn.
A familiar face was once again the champion in the Pro Stock ranks as Tom Denton was again the champion, out racing Glenn Forward, Mark Effner, Chris Carr, AJ Digsby, Bret Belden, Chris Cunningham, Ed Ostrander, Dana Camenga, and Ryan Lund to the championship.
Russ Marsden returned to weekly competition in the Pure Stocks and was rewarded by taking home the 2014 Pure Stock title. Marsden held off Bill Mason, Ricky Breed, Ron Hawker, Chuck Cushman, Rob Thieme, Frank Hyatt, Jim Thomas, Ernie Staelens, and Bryan Owens to secure the championship.
Tickets for the Annual Awards Banquet are $45 per person which will include the delicious Appalachian Buffet. To order tickets, please call Barb Clark at (315)725-5709 or Brenda Belden at (315)855-7608 and please give the number of attendees in your party as seats are assigned. Please RSVP by November 22.
Drivers must be present to receive their point and tire money that is due and with this being a formal event, all attendees are asked to dress accordingly.
For anyone interested in staying overnight, accommodations are available at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort by calling (315)361-7711 or at the nearby LaQuinta Inn and Suites by calling (315)231-5080. You must mention Utica-Rome Speedway when making reservations at both locations to receive any available room discounts.
For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Sunday April 19, 2015 as it will be the start of the 2015 season at the “The Action Track of the East”.
Excitement Builds for the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
One of the year’s most anticipated motorsports experiences is just days away. The 2014 running of the DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals, newly re-branded as the 1000 Islands RV Fall Nationals – a Craig Revelle Tribute – presented by St. Lawrence Radiology and Rez X Racing, takes the green flag Friday night at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
Now in its 6th action-packed edition, this is the event that draws the biggest names in DIRTcar Racing to tackle the tight confines of the 3/8th mile layout on Temperance Lake Road, off highway 29 just north of Brockville. Track owner/promoter Paul Kirkland says he and the entire team at The BOS are looking forward to getting back to action after a layoff of more than a month.
“We ran an endurance event September 14th, but our last show with the Modified, Sportsman and street stock teams was Saturday, August 30th,” explained Kirkland. “Some of our regulars follow the season-ending Mr. DIRTcar Championship Trail dates, but most are strictly weekend warriors. No matter how often or where they race, everyone who has passed through our pit gates even once wants to add a Fall Nationals’ trophy to their collection of racing hardware.”
Paul Kirkland says that Brockville Speedway is a driver’s track, where handling takes precedence over horsepower. That opens-up the playing field and gives just about anyone a chance to upset the touring stars. The Saturday night favourites will get the same chance of finding victory lane as the full-time professional drivers like Billy Decker, Danny Johnson and Brett Hearn.
“Look at the success a guy like Chris Herbison has had here over the years,” offered Kirkland. “He won the Sportsman Modified track championship in 2011 and 2012 and also claimed a Nationals win in 2011 and 2013. Kyle Dingwall won the Sportsman crown in 2004 and was our 2012 Modified champion in 2012. Matt Billings was the top Sportsman driver in 2009 and is now a Big Block Modified Series regular. All of these guys have a legitimate chance of getting to the winner’s circle this weekend.”
For 2014, the show has been reformatted to be run over 2 nights. Friday, will see the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Championship race, along with the Go Nuclear Late Models and a Street Stocks Invitational with a 7:00 green flag. Saturday has the Big Block and Sportsman Modified Championship Trail dates, as well as the popular Vintage Mods. Racing starts at 4:00. Sunday, October 19th will be used as a rain date, as needed.
Fans should make their calendars for Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th to make sure they don’t miss the 6th running of the 1000 Islands RV Fall Nationals – a Craig Revelle Tribute – presented by St. Lawrence Radiology and Rez X Racing at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Check out live music by Texas Tuxedos at the MYFM Small Block Party in the Turn 4 camping area after the Friday night action, a free concert with Ambush starting at 1:00 Saturday afternoon and the Bon Fire Bash with Rudy & the Saddle Ups following Saturday night’s final checkered flag. DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals events are also brought to you in part by
WINNING MODIFIED RACING’S “DOUBLE” IS A TOUGH ASSIGNMENT! Five Drivers Have Won Syracuse and Eastern States in the Same Year
MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 15)……..The annual Syracuse 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds and Eastern States 200 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York are dirt Track Modified racing’s biggest, most lucrative, and tradition-laden championship races. Since 1972, a dozen drivers have won both classic events, but only five accomplished the feat in the same year.
Floridian Emil “Buzzie” Reutimann won the inaugural Syracuse championship in 1972 as well as the Eastern States 200 that year. Gary Balough, also from Florida, won the double in 1977, while New Yorkers Danny Johnson (1997) and Billy Decker (1998) as well as New Jersey champion racer Brett Hearn (2012) have won both title races in the same year.
Additional drivers who have won both races but not in the same year include New Jersey native Jimmy Horton; Pennsylvania residents Frank Cozze, Ken Brightbill, and the late Doug Hoffman, as well as New Yorkers Jack Johnson, Bob McCreadie, and Alan Johnson.
In total wins, Hearn heads the list with six Syracuse 200 victories and ten Eastern States 200 triumphs. Danny Johnson, two Syracuse wins and six Eastern States trophies, is the runner up in this category.
Led by Sprakers, New York’s Stewart Friesen, who just won this year’s Syracuse 200 for the third time, Hearn, Danny Johnson, Decker, Horton, and Alan Johnson are expected entrants for the October 26 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 Presented by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC. They’ll be joined by at least 50 additional drivers seeking the top prize in the country’s oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modified stock cars.
Advance tickets for Sunday’s race, or the entire three-day, October 24-26 Eastern States Weekend, plus camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours or through credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573.
Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
NON-STOP RACING ON SATURDAY OF EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
Small-Block Modifieds and 305 Sprint Cars Star on Saturday
MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 15)……..The Small-Block Modifieds, powered by 358-cubic inch engines, will be the Saturday, October 25 headline attraction during the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend (October 24-26) at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s 38th Annual Eastern States Small-Block Modified Championship Presented by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC race will be 100 laps in distance.
A star-studded lineup of top Small-Block Modified drivers from the entire Northeast dirt track Modified circuit will battle Orange County’s weekly competitors for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious event.
Since its inception in 1977, the Small-Block Modified race has had several different formats, having been run at 50-, 75-, 100-, and 150-laps distances. The field for this year’s 100-lap race will be set through time trials and heat races, with the final starters coming from consolation races all run prior to Saturday’s main event.
Two drivers, Brett Hearn, Orange County’s all-time race winner and eight time Small-Block Modified point champion, and twice Small-Block Modified titlist Danny Johnson have won more than one-half of the previous 37 races in this annual fall classic which dates from 1977. Hearn has 14 Eastern States Small-Block Modified victories to his credit, while arch-rival Johnson has won this race five times. Other multi-time winners include the late Doug Hoffman (four victories), Kenny Tremont (three), and Jeff Heotzler (two wins).
Single Eastern States Small-Block Modified champions include 2013 winner Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Jerry Higbie, Alan Johnson, Dickie Keiper, Mike Petruska Sr., Harry Behrent, and Anthony Ferraiuolo IV.
Saturday’s card is one of the busiest in all auto racing. In addition to the Small-Block Modified Championship 100 race, they will be joined by the 305 Sprint Cars, with timed hot laps and qualifying races leading up to their 25-lap Eastern States Championship feature race. To cap off the day’s activities, the big-block Modifieds will get a last practice session during a break in the racing action.
Advance tickets for Saturday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
SPORTSMAN RACE CARS HEADLINE FRIDAY OF ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY’S EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
Big-Block Modifieds Time Trials and Heat Races Also on Friday
MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 15)……..The Sportsman division, powered by restricted engines, will be the Friday, October 24 headline attraction during the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend (October 24-26) at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. This year’s racing weekend is sponsored by Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe PC.
A talented lineup of top Sportsman drivers from Orange County and other Northeast dirt tracks will battle for the trophy and top prize money in this prestigious 50-lap championship event.
The field for the feature race will be set by time trials, heat and consolation races. The driver turning in the fastest time will earn a cash bonus from Middletown Carting. In addition, the fastest six drivers will compete in a special Cash for Dash race, sponsored by Halmar International.
The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds will also take to the Middletown Hard Clay on Friday, with time trials locking in the fastest six and heat races to determine additional starters in Sunday’s 200-lap race. The Modifieds will have a final chance to qualify during consolation races prior to the main event on Sunday.
Fast time in the Modified ranks will earn a cash prize from WLR Construction, and the top-six time trialers will race in a Dash for Cash also sponsored by Halmar International.
Friday track activities begin at 4:00 pm, with the spectator gate opening at 2:00 pm. Consult the Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, for a complete Eastern States Weekend schedule.
Advance tickets for Friday or the entire Eastern States Weekend as well as camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours, or through credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional ticket and event information is posted on the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
Andy Bachetti Collects $10,014 As 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Championship; Sheffield, Mass., Star Named Inaugural Point Title Winner
First Short Track Super Series A Huge Success With Average Car Count Of 57!
AFTON, NY – Andy Bachetti has etched his name in the history books as the inaugural Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP champion.
Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., finished sixth in last Saturday night’s Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s at I-88 Speedway, the final event on the six-race 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP schedule. Bachetti entered the championship event tied for the point lead with Danny Johnson.
Bachetti struggled with tire choice, placing sixth in the 50-lap feature, while Johnson - battling illness - finished 14th. The final tally was 475-442 points, with Bachetti’s winning margin just 33 markers.
“This is unbelievable, to win the Short Track Super Series championship in the first year,” Bachetti offered. “I enjoyed getting out to different tracks I hadn’t been with before and racing with a whole new group of racers who I have earned respect for and I think they respect me.
“This series was as good as it gets for a racer. I’m looking forward to being back in 2015.”
The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP enjoyed a highly successful first season. A total of 153 drivers attempted to qualify for at least one series race during the year. The average car count over six events was 57! Twelve drivers had perfect attendance on the series.
The 38-year-old Bachetti earns $10,014 for his efforts on the series, having perfect attendance on the series this year. Bachetti opened the season at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway in April, winning the ‘Hard Clay Open’ special at the historic five-eighths-mile facility.
Bachetti finished every Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP feature lap run this season: all 310!
At Thunder Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway in May, Bachetti drove from deep in the starting field – 22nd – and finished a respectable eighth in his first visit to the Center Lisle three-eighths-mile facility. He maintained the point lead with his effort in the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ 50-lap feature.
Perhaps Bachetti’s most impressive performance on the series took place at I-88 Speedway in the July ‘Crazy 8s Special’ 48-lap event. Bachetti started the main 21st, became entangled in a turn-two skirmish that sent him to the rear of the field on lap eight, and charged through the field to earn a runner-up finish to Danny Creeden.
At Accord (N.Y.) Speedway in August, Bachetti led the race’s opening 22 laps, but lost brakes and faded back. He was able to salvage a 10th-place finish in the 52-lap ‘Battle of the Bullring 2’ special.
The worst finish of Bachetti’s season took place at Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway in the rain-postponed ‘Hot Summer Night’ special run on Sept. 9. He ended the 60-lap event in 12th-place. The Penn Can was ultimately Bachetti’s “drop race” on the series, as competitors were permitted to drop their worst finish in the first five.
Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., placed second in the standings for car owner Chris Gennarelli. ‘The Doctor’ won the Penn Can event in September and earned top-five finishes at Orange County, Thunder Mountain and I-88. He will receive $3,722.22 in point-fund money.
Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., drove Mel Schrufer’s No. 2A to a third-place finish in the standings. ‘The Jeffer’ was a top-five finisher at Orange County to open the season and drove from 27th to finish seventh in the SuperNationals finale to maintain the podium position with 415 points.
Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., the July ‘Crazy 8s Special’ winner, placed fourth, accruing 375 points. Creeden rallied late in the season for the top-five point position. Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., driving for Ron Roberts, finished the season in fifth. He earned 362 points.
Placing sixth through 12th, respectively, were Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y., (361 points); Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., (359 points); teenager Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, N.Y., (353 points); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., (345 points); Matt Jester of Milford, Del., (304 points); Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., (288 points) and Short Track SuperNationals winner Shaun Walker of Masonville, N.Y., (284 points).
Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y., was declared the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Rookie of the Year. He earned $350 courtesy of Sleepy Hollow Golf Carts and Turf Equipment Sales, Service & Leasing.
Point fund checks were mailed out to race teams on Oct. 14.
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2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Point Summary
Pos. Car No. Driver Points Point Fund
1. 34 Andy Bachetti 475 $10,014
2. 86 Danny Johnson 442 $3,722.22
3. 2A Jeff Heotzler 415 $3,000
4. 16X Danny Creeden 375 $2,000
5. 14W Ryan Watt 362 $1,500
6. 17/97T Danny Tyler 361 $1,450
7. 33/21/77X Mike Mahaney 359 $1,350
8. 1D Tyler Dippel 353 $1,300
9. 3 Tommy Meier 345 $1,250
10. 62 Matt Jester 304 $1,200
11. 19V/11 Bobby Varin 288 $500
12. 21 Shaun Walker 284 $500
Perfect Attendance Drivers Outside Top-12 ($250): Rich Eurich (17th) & Craig Hanson (20th)
$60,000 DELAWARE STATE DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT, OCT. 17 & OCT. 18
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – For the fifth consecutive year, the Delaware State Dirt Track Championships at the Delaware International Speedway will be held under the lights on Friday night, October 17th and Saturday night October 18th. The evening format may give the Saturday night regulars at the track the “home court” advantage against an always talented group of invaders.
More than $60,000 will be on the line in the two night event. The Big Block Modified 50 lap championship will pay $5000 to win which jumps to $6000 with a $50 gambler’s fee and $7000 with a $100 gambler’s fee plus lap leader money. Similarly in the Super Late Model 50 lapper it will be $5000 to win, $6000 with a $50 gambler’s fee and $7000 with a $100 gamblers fee plus lap leader money. The Small Block Modifieds will make their only appearance of the season with $3000 to win the 50 lap main plus an additional $1000 with a $50 gambler’s fee and a total of $5000 with a $100 gambler’s fee plus lap money.
The support divisions will also have their chance at big paydays. In both the AC Delco TSS Modifieds and the Crate Models the 25 lap winner will receive $1250 to win plus lap money. A $50 gambler’s fee will increase the winner’s share to $1750. The Mod Lite 20 lap main will pay $750 to win plus lap money and $1250 to win with the $50 gambler’s fee. There will also be championship events for the Little Lincoln Cars, Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers, Super Trucks and the Slide for 5.
Fourteen year cancer survivor, Carolyn “Blondie” Parsons is once again contributing to the purse. October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and at the two day Delaware on State Dirt Track Championships she will be offering bonus money to racers in all divisions.
“I will pay an extra $25.00 to the person crossing the finish line first, win or lose, if they have a Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon displayed on their race car. The ribbon must be large enough for the score keepers to see to qualify”, said Parsons. Parsons also recommends that the Slide for 5 cars put the ribbon on the roof of their cars. It must be the pink cancer awareness ribbon and pink numbers will not qualify for the bonus.
Last year’s winners included: Billy Pauch in both the Big Block and Small Block Modifieds; Ricky Elliott in the Super Late Models; Mike Wharton in the Crate Models; Jordan Watson in the AC Delco PSC Modifieds; Mike Stratton in the Mod Lites; Jamie Wagner in the Little Lincolns; Kyle Tubbs in the Delmarva Chargers; Dwayne Heck in the Vintage Stock Cars; Matt Long in the Super Trucks and Robert Reed in the Slide for 5.
Gates open Friday Oct. 17th at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. Qualifying heats (in order of qualifying) will be held for the AC Delco Modifieds, Crate Models, Mod Lites; Small Blocks, Super Late Models, and Big Block Modifieds. Feature events for the evening will include the 12-lap Little Lincoln championship, 12 lap Delmarva Chargers, 12 lap Super Truck championship, and the 50 lap Small Block Modified championship.
On Saturday Oct. 18th gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps for non-qualified cars beginning at 5:30 p.m. Feature events for the evening in order will be the 25 Lap AC Delco Modified, 50 Lap Big Block Modified, 50 Lap Super Late Model, 25 Lap Crate Model, 20 Lap Mod Lite, 12 lap Vintage Cars and ending with the Slide for 5. Two day general admission is just $40 and $60 pits. One day admission each night is $25 general admission $35 pits and as always, children 13 and under are free on the spectator side when accompanied by a parent. For more information contact the speedway office at (302) 846-3911.
Friesen Blasts Around Syracuse Mile To Score Third Career Syracuse 200 Triumph
Canadian Overtakes Sheppard With 10 Laps Remaining For Dramatic $50,000 Win To Cap NAPA Super DIRT Week
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Oct. 12, 2014) - Stewart Friesen used a feathery throttle foot to win his first two Syracuse 200 Big-Block Modified classics during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds.
But to secure his third career victory in the division's most prestigious race on Sunday, Friesen just put his foot to the floor and tossed his car around the historic one-mile oval like he was blasting around a quarter-mile bullring.
Rallying from multiple mid-race pit stops to repair a broken shock mount, Friesen authored a dramatic charge over the final 50 circuits that will go down in Moody Mile lore. He completed his comeback by sailing around the outside of Matt Sheppard in through turns three and four to grab the lead in breathtaking fashion.
A 31-year-old native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., who now resides in Sprakers, N.Y., Friesen pulled away from Sheppard following a lap-194 restart to secure his third $50,000 Syracuse 200 victory in the last five years by 2.154 seconds over his 32-year-old rival from Waterloo, N.Y.
J.R. Heffner, 42, of Averill Park, N.Y., finished third, logging a career-best Syracuse 200 finish in his 10th start. He ended the race nearly five seconds behind Friesen.
Fifty-one-year-old Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., quietly contended throughout the 200-mile distance to place fourth - his second consecutive top-five finish in the event - and two-time Syracuse 200 champion Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., survived bodywork damage sustained in a restart tangle on lap 74 to complete the top five.
The star of the day was unquestionably Friesen, who went from thinking his chances at another checkered flag were done when problems with his left-rear shock and fuel vent developed during the event's first half to putting together one of the most memorable drives in the 43-year history of NAPA Super DIRT Week.
"I was in the dumps for about a hundred laps of that deal," said Friesen, who hustled Jeff Daley's Teo-Pro car from the 21st starting spot to second place before discovering the left-rear suspension problem during his lap-72 pit stop. "The shock was something that we could kind of deal with, but then when we came in for our (planned) last stop (on lap 101) we had a problem with the fuel vent. (Crew chief) Matty (Hearn) said (on the radio), 'You gotta come back in because we didn't get any fuel in the car whatsoever,' and I got real bummed out."
But Friesen's crew didn't give up. After a final stop on lap 119, not only was his No. 44 machine's suspension patched up and his fuel situation handled enough to get some gas in the car, it also became faster.
"When we came in and swapped (the shock mount) we made some turns and adjustments to keep up with the changing track and we went with the 400-compound (softer Hoosier) tires on that last stop just trying something," said Friesen. "I think that's what ultimately allowed us to win this race. Everything just came together and clicked perfectly (after that)."
When Friesen found himself back in the top 15 after a flurry of three caution flags between laps 147 and 158, he decided to let it all hang out. Aware that the leader at the lap-158 restart, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and second-place driver, Australian Peter Britten, were in fuel-conservation mode after pitting on lap 74, he forced the issue in hopes of getting up to them.
Casting aside the normal conservative Syracuse approach, Friesen put on a high-side assault through turns one and two that carried him to fifth place by lap 168. But his charge awakened Sheppard, who moved to the top through the corners as well and vaulted past Heffner and Britten to reach second on lap 172.
When McCreadie's bid for a first-ever Syracuse victory ended on lap 179 due to a broken left-rear wheel, Sheppard inherited the lead for a restart that came on that same circuit because under event rules only green-flag laps counted from the 175th lap to the finish. Friesen proceeded to dispose of Britten when the green flag returned and the battle between DIRTcar Big-Block Modified racings two young superstars was on.
Friesen's moment of truth came while working the 189th circuit. He drove around the outside of Sheppard's HBR Troyer car so fast through turns three and four to surge ahead as lap 190 was scored that he couldn't help but be amazed.
"(Kevin) Bates (a Pennsylvania Modified driver) was in turn three spotting for me and I was asking him, 'Is anybody making it on the top?'" said Friesen. "He was like, 'No, no, no.' You don't get too much out of Bates, so when he says no, it's a definite no.
"Well, we got a run on Matt just before that, and I knew I had like 10 cars (lengths) behind me, so I was like, 'Well, if we try (the outside in three and four) and slip out (of the groove), I can get back to him in one and two.'
"It ended up that (Sheppard) just backed it down to really protect bottom that lap and we were able to sweep around him, get on the brakes and get it back down before we really lost it. I kind of surprised myself with how fast we went by him."
Sheppard admitted that he was effectively a sitting duck for the freight train that Friesen had become.
"We pretty much did everything right today but just didn't turn it into a win," said Sheppard, who captured the race in 2009. "It wasn't as much of a track position game as normal. The track really widened out, but we just had a little bit older tires and we kind of detuned the motor a little bit for fuel mileage and that just wasn't quite the right strategy for us to hold (Friesen) off."
Friesen simply was unbeatable once he got his Cici-powered car honking around the sun-banked mile. He enjoyed every minute of his ride.
"It' so much fun (to race like that)," said Friesen, who has now won the Syracuse 200 three times in just eight career starts. "The fuel mileage game was so stressful … you're just trying to roll out (of the throttle) early and save and conserve and not beat up the tires and the car. It's so much fun to take a car with almost 900 horsepower and a lot of grip and just go on a mile track and run the balls off it.
"It's awesome. It's what the cars are made to do - and the track crew gives us a track now where you can do it, where you don't have to just rely on strategy and fuel mileage. You can get out there and race, and I think that's awesome that this event is going that way.
"I've said this before, but this place drives almost like four short tracks," he continued. "There's turn one and turn two, and there's turn three and turn four, and if you kind of treat it like that and go as fast as you can in those sections, you start making up ground."
After pulling off an almost unthinkable victory, Friesen, who has been attending NAPA Super DIRT Week activities since he was kid, put himself in the rarified air of Big-Block Modified racing's alltime greats. He equaled Alan Johnson's three career Syracuse 200 wins and trails only Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J. (six wins), Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y. (four) and Floridian Gary Balough (four) on the alltime victory list.
"To be amongst that group is something very special and something I'm very, very proud of," said Friesen, who late grandfather, Stan, and late uncle, Alex, were also past Syracuse 200 starters. "It's something I don't take for granted whatsoever."
Finishing in positions 6-10 were Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., who lost a lap when he slowed to bring out a caution flag on lap 99 and pitted but soon regained it thanks to the 'Lucky Dog' rule; Kenny Tremont of West Sand Lake, N.Y., who briefly led laps 117-118 before making a necessary pit stop; Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., who was knocked from serious contention by unscheduled pit stops; Justin Haers of Phelps, N.Y.; and Eddie Marshall of Ridgefield, Conn., who recovered from an early tire problem that briefly pit him down a lap.
Seven different drivers led the race. Hearn led laps 1-59; McCreadie paced laps 60-74 and 149-178; race rookie Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., was ahead for laps 75-81 until running out of fuel; Sheppard led laps 82-100 and 179-189; Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., spent laps 101-116 in front; Tremont went on top for laps 117-118; and Billy VanInwegen of Sparrowburg, N.Y., led laps 119-148 before pitting.
Hearn, who won Saturday's 'Salute to the Troops' 358-Modified 150, had an up-and-down day. After controlling the race's first quarter he had to make a series of five pit stop to repair a broken right-rear shock mount - and then, just as he broke back into the top five following a lap-194 restart, his car's fuel tank ran dry three laps from the finish.
Another contender who fell by the wayside was Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who appeared to be in position to win the 200 after being the first car out of the pits on lap 101. He was cruising in third place on lap 155 when a broken left-rear hub forced him to retire.
The race was slowed by 14 caution flags for 44 laps as well as three red flags, stretching its duration to over three hours.
The first red flag incident occurred on lap 39 when Ryan Susice of Ransomville, N.Y., slammed the turn-one wall. He climbed out of his car and walked to a waiting ambulance for a ride back to the pit area.
Shortly thereafter, on a lap-44 restart, two-time Syracuse 200 winner Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., hit the turn-one wall hard, forcing officials to stop the race one circuit later. He walked to the ambulance with assistance and later visited a local hospital for tests on a possible concussion.
The final red flag came on a lap-74 restart when a turn-two scramble sent Vinnie Vitale of Cato, N.Y., onto his roof. He wasn't injured.
Sunday's Syracuse 200 was taped for broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. An expected December broadcast date will be announced in the near future.
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Finish of 43rd annual Syracuse 200
1. Stewart Friesen
2. Matt Sheppard
3. J.R Heffner
4. Duane Howard
5. Vic Coffey
6. Ryan Godown
7. Kenny Tremont Jr.
8. Billy Decker
9. Justin Haers
10. Eddie Marshall
11. Carey Terrance
12. Dominick Buffalino
13. Jeff Heotzler
14. Keith Flach
15. Tim Hindley
16. Larry Wight
17. Pat Ward
18. Billy VanInwegen
19. Tim Fuller
20. Jim Davis
21. Brian Swarthout
22. Donnie Corellis
23. Brett Hearn
24. Peter Britten
25. Rex King Jr.
26. Matt Billings
27. Rick Laubach
28. Tim McCreadie
29. Bob McGannon
30. Dave Rauscher
31. Jimmy Phelps
32. Erick Rudolph
33. Rich Scagliotta
34. Mike Perrotte
35. Rob Bellinger
36. Ronnie Johnson
37. Vince Vitale
38. Danny Johnson
39. Jimmy Horton
40. Billy Dunn
41. Ryan Susice
42. Dave Allen
43. Ryan Phelps
44. Gary Tomkins
Margin of Victory: 2.154 seconds
Time of Race: 3 hours, 8 minutes, 43.567 seconds
Lap Leaders: Hearn (1-59); McCreadie (60-74); Rudolph (75-81); Sheppard (82-100); Fuller (101-116); Tremont (117-118); VanInwegen (119-148); McCreadie (149-178); Sheppard (179-189); Friesen (190-200)
Caution Flags: 14 for 44 laps
Red Flags: 3 (laps 39, 45, 74)
Susice clinches final Syracuse 200 starting spot with win at Rolling Wheels
Dramatic victory in 25-lap Big Block Modified Win and Youre In race changes Susices NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week course
ELBRIDGE, N.Y. - October 11, 2014 - Ryan Susice's Saturday had a disappointing start. The young racer, 24, out of Ransomville, N.Y., stumbled into a Big Block Modified ride for Sunday's Syracuse 200, but fell two positions short of qualifying for the main event from Saturday's Dig Safely 811 Last Chance Qualifier.
Fortunately, the day ended on a high note, as Susice charged from the rear of a 24-car field to score a dramatic win at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Saturday's Big Block Modified Win and You're In victory put Susice back on track, giving him a starting spot for the biggest race of his career.
"This whole weekend has been a whirlwind for us," commented Susice, who was ecstatic to have joined the Syracuse 200 field. "I don't even know how to begin to express it. I never thought in a million years I'd be here. We couldn't do it financially for our small block cars, and I've only run a Big Block a few times."
Susice, a "Moody Mile" rookie piloted the Jeremy Corcoran owned No. 3c to victory lane in the 35-lap Win and You're In event. Corcoran time trialed in the No. 3c Thursday before calling on Susice to get behind the wheel. For Susice, the offer was unexpected but not unwelcome. Susice took the car to third in Friday's DIRTcar Futures races, but lost momentum in the night's heat race and finished 19th. When he fell short in the Last Chance Qualifier, Susice thought it was all over.
"I wasn't supposed to drive this car at the Mile, it just fell into my hands," Susice said. "We weren't supposed to come here today, it was a last minute deal. Jeremy told me at the last minute, 'Why don't you take the car so you can run over here?'"
So they did. The team, a combination of Susice's Ransomville Speedway crew and Corcoran's crew, packed up the hauler at the Fairgrounds and drove it straight to Rolling Wheels. They rolled out the No. 3c, set up for the unique conditions at the Mile, and got to work preparing for the five-eighths mile oval at the Wheels.
"We just started changing stuff - after warm-ups, after the heat," Susice said.
Susice started seventh on the starting grid with Chris Hile and Jeff Brownell, Jr., on the front row. A first lap caution led to an early restart, and Hile and Brownell battled for the lead. The two got tangled up, causing Hile's No. 5H spin - a complete 360 - but Hile brought it back under control quickly to avoid another yellow. After his early-race stunt, Hile chased down Brownell in the lead, and was able to pass him off a lap-6 restart.
In lap 7, a collision in turn 2 caused runner-up Brownell to barrel roll and brought the yellow flag. Susice pit under yellow with a flat and went tail at the restart. He worked his way forward, picking off cars until his was second in lap 20. Susice cruised to the topside to pass Hile for the lead in lap 21, racing wheel-to-wheel and entire lap before finally taking the position with just three laps to go.
As for tomorrow's big race at the Mile, Susice said he is ready to be a little daring, especially since he's going into a race most teams plan for all year without a strategy.
"Unfortunately, we haven't had a lot of time to prepare with fuel mileage or a pit strategy yet, so I guess our deal is just going to be wing it," Susice said. "Probably just have arandom guess at what we're going to do, just try something crazy and see what happens."
"Winging it" might not work for everyone, but it's worked for Susice's team so far.
The final day of NAPA Super DIRT Week action kicks off when gates open at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds hit the track for practice. The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Championship 30 precedes the BACC-OFF DIRTcar Pros Stock Series Championship 25. The Big Block Modified driver autograph session begins sharply at 11:45 p.m. before the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds hit the track for the week's grand finale, the Syracuse 100.
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A-Main (25 laps):
1. 3c Ryan Susice / Ransomville, N.Y.
2. 5h Chris Hile / Syracuse, N.Y.
3. 63 Adam Roberts / Watertown, N.Y.
4. 98s Kolby Schroeder - Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
5. 77w Dan Weisner / Geneva, N.Y.
6. 7s Mike Sabia, Jr. / Easton, Conn.
7. 21K Kyle Weiss / Hamburg, Pa.
8. 5R Rob Hile / Syracuse, N.Y.
9. 12 Brian Sage / Brockport, N.Y.
10. 26 Rick Richner / Niagara Falls, N.Y.
11. 88 Joe August / Bridgeport, N.Y.
12. 13 Rick Regalski / Slippery Rock, Pa.
13. 19J John McKenney, Jr.
14. 02 Ray Bresnahan / Palermo, N.Y.
15. 55 Matt Hulsizer / Stony Point, N.Y.
16. 38 Justin Wright / Piffard, N.Y.
17. 29b Jeff Brownell, Jr. / Waterloo, N.Y.
18. 91 Chad Homan / Macedon, N.Y.
19. 99b Chuck Bower / Lansing, N.Y.
20. 14K Todd Ryan
21. 7x Steve Paine / Waterloo, N.Y.
22. 3d Matt DeLorenzo / Cropseyville, N.Y.
Did Not Start:
87 Sean Donath / South Onondaga, N.Y
3K Katelyn Kane / Syracuse, N.Y.
Heat 1: C. Hile, Paine, Susice, Homan, DeLorenzo, August, Regalski, Donath
Heat 2: Brownell, Wright, Sage, Roberts, Sabia, McKenney, Wiesner. DNS: Kane
Heat 3: Bower, Weiss, Richner, Schroeder, R. Hile, Hulsizer, Bresnahan, Ryan
Sheppard, Hearn & Phelps Flex Muscle In Camping World Friday Night Lights Big-Block Modified Triple 20s
Top Three Starters In Syracuse 200 Score $4,000 Triumphs At Syracuse Mile
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2014) - Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., and Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., rolled to victories in the Big-Block Modified Triple 20s that headlined Camping World 'Friday Night Lights' at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Hearn joined Heinke-Baldwin Racing teammates Sheppard and Phelps in scoring wire-to-wire $4,000 wins from the pole position. The trio will occupy the top three starting spots in Sunday's Syracuse 200 with Hearn sandwiched by the polesitting Sheppard and Phelps in the grand finale of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII.
Sheppard, 32, soundly backed up his fast-time run in Thursday afternoon's qualifying session with his second career Big-Block heat-race victory at the historic Syracuse Mile. His only issue was an original-start joust with outside-polesitter Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., that was called back by officials.
"He just took off in the middle of (turns) three and four," Sheppard said of Decker. "I thought I was leading, so I didn't go.
"Then it was fine," he continued. "The car was unbelievable, it really was. It's been awesome since I got here. I haven't touched a thing on it and I probably won't.
"I really was just cruising. The car was unbelievable. The thing pretty much drives itself around here."
Sheppard ran alone out front in a race that was slowed only by a lap-six caution flag for a flat right-front tire on the car driven by Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., a former Syracuse 200 winner who was relegated to a last-chance race on Saturday. The 2009 Syracuse 200 champion beat Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., who overtook Decker for second at the start, to the finish line by roughly a half-straightaway margin.
"I'm confident," said Sheppard, who will make his 13th career Syracuse 200 start. "We have a really fast race car. We just need a good pit strategy and a little bit of luck."
Decker, who locked into the fourth starting spot for the Syracuse 200 in Thursday's time trials, settled for a third-place finish. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., finished a steady fourth and J.R. Heffner of Valatie, N.Y., was fifth.
Bob McGannon of Garnerville, N.Y., finished 12th to earn the final transfer spot to the Syracuse 200.
Hearn, 56, was typically flawless in NAPA Super DIRT Week heat action, dominating the second 20-lapper. He defeated Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., by a half-straightaway to register his record 16th career Big-Block heat win.
"That's crazy," Hearn said when asked about his heat prowess. "That's just because we've been able to time-trial good here. That's the whole key to winning these heat races."
A strong-running car is also necessary, of course, and Hearn's Madsen Motorsports Teo-Pro machine was impeccable.
"The car is really good, especially in clean air," said Hearn, who owns a record six Syracuse 200 victories, the most recent coming in 2012. "That's all I ran in the whole race. I think when I was coming up on the lapped cars the first time the yellow (flag) came out (on lap nine, and then I was just catching the tail end of the field again at the finish."
Defending Syracuse 200 champion Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y., placed third in the second 20-lapper, followed by Australian Peter Britton and Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J., who finished third in last year's Syracuse 200.
Dave Allen of Palmyra, N.Y., who finished 12th, was the final transfer to the feature.
Three cautions slowed the second heat. Al Blanchard of Fenwick, Ont., and Brian Murphy of Cicero, N.Y., were left sitting on the track after an opening-lap tangle; John McClelland of Martinsville, N.J., stopped on lap nine; and two-time Syracuse champion Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., slowed with a flat tire on the lap-nine restart (he would fall one spot short of transferring to the 200).
Phelps, 39, gave HBR a two-for-two night with his second career heat win the nightcap. He was victorious by about 10 car lengths over Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., who looked strong in his Mike Petruska-owned machine.
Howard was able close up to Phelps's rear bumper on the fifth lap, but Phelps turned back the threat by pulling off a daring move around the outside of three lapped cars entering turn one after lap six was scored.
"We had to go by a pack of them there, but luckily we caught 'em just right to where I could clear 'em into one," Phelps said of his surge past the lapped machines. "They left me enough room or it could have gotten real interesting. I had clear sailing after that."
Phelps raced unchallenged after a caution flag flew on lap nine for Aaron Jacobs, who stopped in turn four.
"It's been a good week so far," said Phelps, whose best finish in 11 previous Syracuse starts is second, in 2010. "We had a good qualifying day and both of us won a heat. It's really a testament to all the hard work by the HBR team up there at Weedsport.
"We got two brand-new race cars (both Sheppard and Phelps), and honestly, this is probably the most comfortable I've ever been up here.
"I think we got a lot of good things going right now in regards to attacking some of our past weaknesses," he added. "We've had cars that are really fast up here. We've led races. We've put ourselves in position to win. But the one thing that we've really struggled with over the last couple years is fuel mileage, and we got a little bit different engine combination this year that I think is gonna let us do some things differently with the fuel game. I've also got a real comfortable car that I haven't had to make one adjustment to all week, so I'm really optimistic."
Donnie Corellis of Averill Park, N.Y., finished third, putting him in the Syracuse 200 for the 17th time in his career. Erick Rudolph, 22, of Ransomville, N.Y., was fourth to crack the 200's starting lineup in his first attempt and Larry Wight of Phoenix, N.Y. - last year's 200 runner-up - placed fifth.
Two-time Syracuse 200 winner Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., finished seventh after his involvement in an opening-lap tangle forced him to restart at the rear of the field.
Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., finished 12th to grab the last transfer spot to the 200. The Syracuse 200 runner-up in '97 will make his 17 th career start in the event but first since 2006.
The Syracuse 200 starting field will be filled out by two last-chance races scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.
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First Big-Block Modified Triple 20 Finish (top 10 non-qualified drivers transfer to Syracuse 200): 1. Matt Sheppard, 2. Rick Laubach, 3. Billy Decker, 4. Tim McCreadie, 5. J.R. Heffner, 6. Tim Hindley, 7. Kenny Tremont, 8. Justin Haers, 9. Ronnie Johnson, 10. Matt Billings, 11. Gary Tomkins, 12. Bob McGannon, 13. Mario Clair, 14. Dan Vauter, 15. Billy VanInwegen, 16. Tim Fuller, 17. Jeff Rockefeller, 18. Greg Atkins, 19. Mike Turner, 20. Kevin Albert.
Second Big-Block Modified Triple 20 Finish (top 10 non-qualified drivers transfer to Syracuse 200): 1. Brett Hearn, 2. Vic Coffey, 3. Billy Dunn, 4. Peter Britton, 5. Ryan Godown, 6. Dominick Buffalino, 7. Eddie Marshall, 8. Jim Davis, 9. Brian Swarthout, 10. Rob Bellinger, 11. Keith Flach, 12. Dave Allen, 13. Jimmy Horton, 14. Bob Sarkisian, 15. Jamie Maier, 16. Mark Forte Jr., 17. Roy Bresnahan, 18. Marcus Dinkins, 19. John McClelland, 20. Brian Murphy, 21. Al Blanchard.
Third Big-Block Modified Triple 20 Finish (top 10 non-qualified drivers transfer to Syracuse 200): 1. Jimmy Phelps, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Donnie Corellis, 4. Erick Rudolph, 5. Larry Wight, 6. Pat Ward, 7. Stewart Friesen, 8. Dave Rauscher, 9. Danny Johnson, 10. Vince Vitale, 11. Ryan Phelps, 12. Jeff Heotzler, 13. Tom Sears Jr., 14. Rich Scagliotta, 15. Mike Perrotte, 16. Dan Wiesner, 17. Willy Decker, 18. Rex King Jr., 19. Ryan Susice, 20. Bobby Hamm Jr., 21. Carey Terrance, 22. Aaron Jacobs, 23. Brian Kressley, 24. Pierre Hebert.
Harkins, Slavin, Krummel, Jeseo and King pick up DIRTcar Futures wins at Syracuse Mile
Rising DIRTcar stars show what their made of in DIRTcar Futures races
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - October 10, 2014 - A cluster of rising stars strutted their stuff Friday afternoon, competing in the annual DIRTcar Futures races for "Moody Mile" rookies. Racers in the DIRTcar Big Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions who have never qualified for a NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week feature race in their division or higher took advantage of a little extra track time and a chance of glory at one of motorsport's biggest events.
Rex King, Jr., Chad Jeseo, Whitey Slavin, Brian Krummel and Tom Harkins picked up victories in their division's respective DIRTcar Futures races, each earning prize money and extra experience for the weekend's races.
King, of Bristolville, Ohio showed the way in the 12-lap DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Futures feature, beating Jim Davis of Ballston Spa, N.Y., to the finish line by 1.127 seconds.
King started second on the grid, but charged to the lead over polesitter Davis at the green flag. Davis narrowed the leader's margin to 0.257 seconds in lap 7, but King charged ahead. A last-lap caution resulted in a yellow checkered finish and King taking the $750 prize check.
"We started in the front row, got a good jump on the start, took off and we started leading," said King, exhilarated to make it to NAPA Super DIRT Week Victory Lane. "It's hard to believe you get to stand up there where some of the greats have stood. Even though it's not the big race, it's still pretty huge for us, being a local team and coming."
Jim Davis was second to King at the checkered flag with Ryan Susice falling third. Kevin Albert finished fourth and John McClelland fifth in the DIRTcar Big Block Modified Futures race.
Chad Jeseo of Averill Park, N.Y., captured the 10-lap DIRTcar Futures feature for 358-Modifieds. The 28-year-old Pro Stock graduate from New York's Capital District crossed the finish line 2.071 seconds ahead of Orefield, Pa.'s Brian Kressley, a veteran Keystone State small-blocker who is making his first-ever start at Syracuse.
"We sat on the pole, the best place to start for a race like that," said Jeseo, who earned $600 for his Futures win. "I just hit my marks, and the car was great."
Rounding out the top five in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Futures race were Brian Kressley in second, Ryan Darcey in third, Brett Wright fourth and Jamie Maier fifth,
Tom Harkins of Hudson, N.Y. bested fellow Capital District racer Randy Casselman of Johnstown, N.Y., to win the 8-lap Pro Stock Futures feature by 0.259 of a second to claim $400 in winnings.
"The race was really good. The last two laps the car got a little squirrelly, but it was a good, solid race, a lot of fun," Harkins said, adding that Friday's win will likely bode well for the rest of NAPA Super DIRT Week. "It's a good start," he said.
Casselman finished second, Chad Arsenault third, Richard Bertrand fourth and Stephane Lemire fifth in the DIRTcar Pro Stock Futures race.
Whitey Slavin of Wyantskill, N.Y., and Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., were victorious in the pair of DIRTcar Sportsman Futures features, each claiming the $400 winner's share.
Slavin pulled off a dramatic victory in the first event, which ended one lap short of its scheduled 12-lap distance due to meeting the 15-minute time limit. Slavin started out third with Matt Juniak taking the initial lead over Dave Constantino.
The yellow flag waved for Bob Reis before the completion of the first lap and Slavin claimed the lead off the restart. Janiak raced ahead, and soon started to close in on the new leader around lap 4. By lap 11, Janiak was within a couple car lengths of the leader, but it wasn't enough to catch up with Slave before the checkered flag waved.
"It's pretty cool," Slavin commented on his first NAPA Super DIRT Week win. "It's a boy's dream come true to sit in victory lane."
Janiak wound up second and Ryan Stabler finished third with Taylor Lam and Dave Constantino rounding out the top five.
Krummel controlled the second 12-lapper, cruising to victory by 3.018 seconds over Tyler Meeks of Evans Mills, N.Y. Krummel started third, but lost positions off a restart midrace while Jeff Watson worked his way from his fifth starting position to the lead. By lap 6, Krummel made his way back up to the top 3, and in lap 7 he passed for the lead.
"I just did my best to avoid making mistakes," Krummel reflected after the race. "I made a couple in the earlier laps and I realized how much distance I had lost and I thought it was important not to take as many risks through each turn and calm down and just let off the gas a little bit.
"It's really nice that they do the Futures deal for those of us who haven't had any track time, especially side-by-side," Krummel added.
Tyler Meeks finished second with Christ Thurston, Jeff Watson and Ron Davis III rounding out the top five in the second DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Futures race.
NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII continues Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring the USAC Silver Crown "Salt City 78" at 1:30 p.m. followed by the "Salute to the Troops 150" for the 358-Modifieds. The DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds return to the track Sunday morning for their championship race before turning the track over to the DIRTcar Pro Stocks and the premier Syracuse 200 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds takes the green flag at 2 p.m.
"Racing's Biggest Party" runs through Sunday, Oct. 12. For more information and the latest updates on NAPA Super DIRT Week, clickwww.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, follow on Twitter@SuperDIRTWeek, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek.
NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII
DIRTcar Futures Races
October 10, 2014
DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Futures Finish (12 laps ): Rex King Jr., Jim Davis, Ryan Susice, Kevin Albert, John McClelland, Dave Allen, Bobby Hamm Jr., Pierre Hebert, Marcus Dinkins, Mike Turner, Olden Dwyer, Willy Decker, Al Blanchard, Chad Pierce, Ralph McBride, Dan Wiesner, Aaron Jacobs, Mark Forte Jr.
DIRTcar 358-Modified Futures Feature Finish (10 laps): Chad Jeseo, Brian Kressley, Ryan Darcey, Brett Wright, Jamie Maier, Jessey Mueller, Olden Dwyer, Mike Maresca, Dave Allen, Henry Maier, Chad Pierce, Ryan Forte.
First DIRTcar Sportsman Futures Feature Finish (11 laps): Whitey Slavin, Matt Janiak, Ryan Stabler, Taylor Lamb, Dave Constantino, Tiger Chapman, Steve Hicks, Kevin Ward, Chris Daugherty, Tristan Draper, Mike Stacey, Winter Mead, Harry Murphy, Bob Reis.
Second DIRTcar Sportsman Futures Feature Finish (12 laps): Brian Krummel, Tyler Meeks, Chris Thurston, Jeff Watson, Ron Davis III, A.J. Lloyd, Jon Miller, Martin Hebert, Mike Butler, Nick Guererri, Jamie Platt, Rob Maxon, Doug Buzzell Jr., Billy Coleman.
Pro Stock Futures Feature Finish (8 laps): Tom Harkins, Randy Casselman, Chad Arsenault, Richard Bertrand, Stephane Lemire, Russ Marsden, Chris Cunningham, Terry Ladouceur, Ray Sitterly, Mike White.
Sheppard Nips Hearn In Qualifying To Earn First-Ever Syracuse 200 Pole
Former Winners Separated By Just Two-Thousandths Of A Second On Clock
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Matt Sheppard earned his first-ever pole position start in the prestigious Syracuse 200 during Thursday afternoon's Big-Block Modified qualifying at the New York State Fairgrounds — but just barely.
The 32-year-old star from Waterloo, N.Y., topped time trials for Sunday's prestigious $50,000-to-win event by the slimmest of margins, besting Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., by a mere two-thousandths of a second on the first day of competition at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII.
Sheppard steered his Heinke-Baldwin Racing Troyer car around the historic one-mile oval in a blistering 29.410 seconds, just better than the 29.412-second circuit that the 56-year-old Hearn turned with his Teo-Pro machine. Sheppard earned $1,000 for capturing the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Award while Hearn collected $750 for grabbing the BACC-OFF Outside Pole Award.
"I cut a good lap," said Sheppard, the 2009 winner of the Syracuse 200. "I didn't know if it was gonna be good enough to stay there, though. I kind of figured that with basically all the heavy hitters behind me –— all the guys who were faster than me all afternoon — I didn't think it would hold up.
"But it did, so I guess it showed how good a lap it was."
Sheppard sat behind the wheel of a fresh machine that helped him continue the momentum he carried into Super DIRT Week. He scored a $20,000 victory in last Saturday night's Outlaw 200 at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway and was triumphant in Wednesday night's 358-Modified Series event at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway.
"It's a brand new car, but it's no different than this race car sitting right here that I'm gonna run at Brewerton tonight," said Sheppard, who is making his first Super DIRT Week appearance with the HRB team. "It's something we've been running all year. Just a little bit different tin — very little. We just went with something we know.
"So far, so good," he added with a smile. "I've been coming here for a while and never been on the pole, so I'm excited. The polesitter doesn't always win this race, but hopefully we can change that this week."
Sheppard did face a Moody Mile track surface that turned up much faster than it has in recent years. His sub-30-second qualifying effort marked just the second time in the last seven years that the Syracuse 200 fast-timer was in the 29-second bracket.
"It's kind of a cross between the last couple years and the old Syracuse," Sheppard said of the Fairgrounds' clay. "It'll be interesting to see what happens the rest of the week. I think it'll either get faster or it'll get slower — and I like it slower. It's better race day like that. It's fun to go fast on qualifying day, but I'd rather see it slow on race day."
Hearn would also prefer the lap times to come back to earth before Sunday 200-mile test of man and machine.
"I hope something changes because it would be a better race if it slow downs," said Hearn, who will be on the outside pole when he takes the Syracuse 200 green flag for the 37th time in search of his seventh career win. "That track today was a little more of a classic of what it used to be. It's gotten away from that the last few years.
"I think it has a lot more to do with either the clay they did or didn't add and other factors, like if they dug it, the cinders in it ... but it's smooth, and it's definitely got a fast lane on the bottom."
It was an almost imperceptible bobble on the track that left Hearn trailing Sheppard in the final qualifying numbers.
"I thought that I lost some time into (turn) one," said Hearn, who fell short of tying Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., with a record seventh Syracuse 200 fast-time honor. "There's a little bit of a patch of what looks like new clay there that was a little more slippery than the rest of the track. I got through it OK, but it kept me from getting back in the throttle as quick as I needed to.
"If I lost any time at all — I mean, two one-thouasandths, you can't even imagine that — that's where it would be."
Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who is Sheppard's teammate under the HRB banner, was a close third on the final speed chart with a lap of 29.435 seconds. He will start from inside the second row in Sunday's 200.
Decker will start fourth after turning a lap of 29.466 seconds, while defending Syracuse 200 champion Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y. (29.493 seconds) and Duane Howard of Oley, Pa. (29.545 seconds) will share the third row after timing fifth and sixth, respectively, to complete the group of drivers locked into Sunday's finale.
The balance of the Syracuse 200 field will be determined with the results of Triple 20-lap heat races that are part of Friday evening's Camping World Friday Night Lights program. The card of heat races, which also includes Twin 20s for the 358-Modifieds and Triple 10s for the Sportsman-Modifieds, is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.
Syracuse 200 Qualifying Results
Pos No. Name Best Tm
1 9H Matt Sheppard 29.410
2 20 Brett Hearn 29.412
3 98h Jimmy Phelps 29.435
4 91 Billy Decker 29.466
5 49 Billy Dunn 29.493
6 66 Duane Howard 29.545
7 7 Rick Laubach 29.723
8 32c Vic Coffey 29.787
9 7z Erick Rudolph 29.813
10 74 J.R Heffner 29.816
11 43 Keith Flach 29.835
12 99L Larry Wight 29.847
13 39 Tim McCreadie 29.856
14 21a Peter Britten 29.861
15 48T Dave Rauscher 29.960
16 1H Tim Hindley 30.011
17 747 Ryan Godown 30.045
18 57 Donnie Corellis 30.105
19 2RJ Ronnie Johnson 30.124
20 5 Jimmy Horton 30.184
21 66x Carey Terrance 30.235
22 3 Justin Haers 30.236
23 51m Dominic Buffalino 30.293
24 42p Pat Ward 30.309
25 74F Tim Fuller 30.520
26 98 Eddie Marshall 30.554
27 27J Danny Johnson 30.559
28 115 Kenny Tremont Jr. 30.571
29 816J Bobby Varin 30.587
30 99 Ryan Phelps 30.594
31 84 Gary Tomkins 30.649
32 11 Rob Bellinger 30.650
33 44F Stewart Friesen 30.753
34 21m Bob McGannon 30.759
35 2 Roy Bresnahan 30.842
36 56 Vince Vitale 30.850
37 22c Mario Clair 30.890
38 M40 Mark Forte Jr 30.973
39 62 Tom Sears Jr. 31.004
40 816 Jeff Rockefeller 31.021
41 14s Brian Swartout 31.157
42 165 Rex King Jr. 31.228
43 3a Kevin Albert 31.238
44 41 Jim Davis 31.240
45 14h Jeff Heotzler 31.292
46 1 David Hebert 31.318
47 28p Eldon Payne 31.378
48 8 Rich Scagliotta 31.447
49 85 Dan Vauter 31.516
50 47 Bob Sarkisian 31.637
51 77w Dan Wiesner 31.706
52 151 Brian McDonald 31.803
53 88 Dave Allen 31.994
54 1x Willy Decker 32.129
55 10 Billy VanIngewen 32.174
56 14 Brett Wright 32.190
57 71 Pierre Hebert 32.217
58 1ny Greg Atkins 32.255
59 44 John McClelland 32.312
60 19b Brian Kressley 32.329
61 R40 Ryan Forte 32.595
62 31m Jamie Maier 32.664
63 35 Mike Perrotte 32.880
64 3M Henry Maier 33.591
65 17 Marcus Dinkins 33.943
66 77H Bobby Hamm Jr. 33.982
67 96 Mike Turner 34.340
68 7a Al Blanchard 34.363
69 3c Jeremie Corcoran 35.775
70 74M Matt Billings 41.618
Inclement weather forces cancelation of Modified practice at New York State Fairgrounds
NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII events at the Fairgrounds resume Thursday with time trials
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Today's scheduled Big-Block Modified open practice at the New York State Fairgrounds has been canceled due to inclement weather.
NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII will kick off tonight at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series. Racing at the New York State Fairgrounds begins Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. with Modified practice. Thursday's action continues at "The Mile" with time trials for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series and DIRTcar 358-Modified Series before heading to Brewerton Speedway for the 22nd Annual "Hurricane 100."
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Stewart Friesen Attempting to Pull Off NAPA Super DIRT Week Trifecta by Winning Syracuse 200, Salute to the Troops 150 and Silver Crown Salt City 78
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Oct. 6, 2014 - Stewart Friesen is one of the most versatile racers in the Northeast, and he'll showcase his skills during this year's NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Oct. 8-12, at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Friesen is a two-time winner of NAPA Super DIRT Week's premier Syracuse 200 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, and he is the only Canadian champion of the event. In addition to racing Jeff Daley's #44 for another Syracuse 200 Big-Block Modified victory as well as for a Salute to the Troops 150 358-Modified win, Friesen will also be racing in a USAC Silver Crown car for the first time in his career when he tackles the Salt City 78.
Brett Hearn in 1990 and Danny Johnson in 2006 are the only drivers to pull off the double at the Moody Mile by sweeping the Big-Block Modified and 358-Modified main events in the same year. Could Friesen pull off the trifecta and become the first driver to win the Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified and Silver Crown feature events during a single NAPA Super DIRT Week?
The all-New York Silver Crown team is owned by Rochester's Fred and Gloria Gormly with Albany-native Rob Hart as crew chief and former ESS racer and Central New York native Tom Bliss as team manager. Friesen, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, now calls the Empire State home after marrying sprint car racer Jessica Zemken in September.
While Friesen, 31, has had plenty of racing success in dirt Modifieds and has been gaining experience in winged sprint cars, in fact he recently won a 360-sprint car feature, he has never driven a Silver Crown car. He'll get his first seat time during Friday afternoon practice on the Moody Mile, a daunting proposition for anybody's first laps in a different type of car, but one Friesen is looking forward to taking.
So how did a dirt Modified racer from the Northeast hook up with a Silver Crown ride? A connection made a few years ago at the World of Outlaws World Finals in Charlotte finally led to the opportunity this week.
"It started with Rob Hart, who is the crew chief on the car," Friesen said. "I worked with him a few years ago when he was crew chief for Jessica at the World Finals. I got to know him a little bit. He's from the Albany area and has ties to Syracuse. Obviously we had some similar interests being from this area and going sprint car racing. We just kept in touch over the past couple of years and once we heard the Silver Crown race was going to happen at Syracuse I tried to beat down every door I could to see if there was an opportunity to get in one of the cars. Actually Rob reached out to me a couple of months ago and asked if I was interested in doing it. I told him yes and he said he might have a couple of leads on rides that might be available. Over the past couple of weeks it came together to do the race with Fred Gormly, who is from the Rochester area but has a USAC team based out of Indy. Rob got the whole deal going for us and put Fred and I in touch. I had met Fred before at the Parts Peddler show and being from the Northeast I knew who he was. Everything came together pretty good, I'm pretty excited to drive it. It's the car Christopher Bell drove at the 4-Crown Nationals in September at Eldora. It seems like it's pretty good equipment and I'm looking forward to working with Rob again. He's definitely a topnotch sprint car crew chief."
Since he has yet to race a Silver Crown car, which looks a bit like an oversized non-wing sprint car, Friesen is trying to find some common ground in his racing experience.
"I think it's going to be more along the sprint car, but I think having some sprint car experience it will be a good mix between the two cars," Friesen said. "It's a longer wheel-base car. I'm glad we have some extra practice on Friday to get some seat time in it. It won't be like a normal race weekend where you get three laps of practice and you have to qualify. Hopefully in a couple of laps we'll get comfortable. I think it'll be more like a sprint car but without the grip."
Friesen has been compared to the legendary Billy Pauch because of his versatility. Pauch has had tremendous success in both modifieds and sprint cars.
"I think that's probably one of the ultimate compliments," Friesen said. "With what he's done in the sprint car and the modified, his success is unparalleled between the crossover of the two. Hopefully we can run some more 410 stuff and have some success like he did. He's a really cool guy."
The biggest race of the week, of course, is the $50,000-to-win Super DIRTcar Series Syracuse 200, a race Friesen won in 2010 and 2011.
"Both wins were special," Friesen said. "Winning it the second year was pretty awesome just to back up the feat that we knew we could do it, which was cool. The first year was obviously very, very special, just being the first Canadian with all the Canadians like Joe Plazek, Pete Bicknell, all the guys who have tried over the years and weren't able to get it done, and to be that guy who got in there, there's so many Canadian dirt Modified fans and to be able to represent all those fans and give them some bragging rights for a couple of years was pretty darn cool. To be the first guy to get it done from north of the border was very, very special."
Last year, Billy Dunn earned the first Super DIRTcar Series victory of his career by winning the Syracuse 200. A rule that eliminates caution laps from counting during the final 25 circuits of the 200-mile race definitely shook up the event. As the leaders, including Friesen, gambled on fuel thinking the race would run green to the finish, Dunn pitted late. When the leaders' fuel tanks emptied while running under caution laps that didn't count toward the 200 total, Dunn picked off one after the other until finally taking the lead with two to go. Still, Friesen believes he had a chance to win without the late cautions so there's no need to alter the strategy that nearly earned him a third Syracuse win.
"It's something we've talked about over the past year, it's just weird the way it worked out," Friesen said. "The cars that were fastest all week, ultimately we all ran out of gas. It's one of those deals where an out-of-the-box pit strategy won the race. That's something we're not banking on right now to go out-of-the-box like that and try to get off sequence. We're going to try to do the same thing we tried to do last year, get up front and be in clean air the last 25 laps of the race. When the cautions fly that kind of dictates how much of a gamble it really is. We'll see how the race gets going and see how it unfolds half way. It's something we're thinking about, but it seemed like a weird circumstance to have that many cautions in the last 25 laps."
If Friesen's strategy works out this year, he very well could be in victory lane three times during NAPA Super DIRT Week.
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EASTERN STATES 200 FAVORS “HOME TRACK” DRIVERS
MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 7)……..Last October, when Brett Hearn took the checkered flag in the 52nd Annual Eastern States 200 for dirt track Modified stock cars at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, it marked his tenth win in the fall classic race.
And although Hearn holds most of the racing records on the Middletown Hard Clay, he has not raced weekly at Orange County for several years. Thus, there is a debate whether “The Corporate Jet” should be considered an invader or an Orange County regular competitor.
Hearn and six-time Eastern States 200 winner Danny Johnson, who also has not raced here weekly for a number of years, lead all others in dominating this oldest of championship Modified races. Both will return for this years’ 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 The Eastern States 200 is the headline race of Eastern States Weekend, this year Friday-Sunday, October 24-26.
In the 52 previous running of this classic endurance race for Modifieds, 17 of the winners have been drivers who have raced weekly at Orange County at least one full season and 13 who can be considered “outside” invaders. But in terms of total wins, the Orange County contingent wins hands down, 38 to 14. And only one invading driver, Gerald Chamberlain in 1973 and 1976, has more than one Eastern States victory to his credit.
In addition to Johnson and Hearn, among active Orange County weekly competitors, Jerry Higbie in 2009, Jeff Heotzler, the 2007 victor, Chuck McKee, the 2000 winner, and Rich Eurich, who won back in 1988, would surely like to take home another Eastern States trophy.
Of the 13 invaders who have won the Eastern States gold, Tim McCreadie (2010), Bobby Varin (2003), Alan Johnson (1999), and Billy Decker (1998) are likely entrants in this year’s race.
The top-6 drivers in time trials will lead the field in Sunday’s race. The balance of the starting field will be made up of guaranteed starters and qualified drivers from heat and consolation races.
In recent years, both Heotzler and Hearn have won the 200-lap grind from the back of the field, proving that this race can be won from any position. That’s why a banner field is expected for this year’s edition of the oldest continuously-run championship race for dirt track Modifieds---the 53rd Annual Eastern States 200.
Advance tickets for Sunday’s race, or the entire Eastern States Weekend, plus camping and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office Wednesday through Saturday during regular business hours or through credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
EASTERN STATES 200 WINNERS
*Brett Hearn (10)
*Danny Johnson (6)
*Will Cagle (4)
*Frankie Schneider (3)
Gerald Chamberlain (2)
*Frank Cozze (2)
*Jimmy Horton (2)
*Alan “Rags” Carter
*Raced at Orange County Fair Speedway at least one full season
KING OF THE CAN WEEKEND SET AT PENN CAN SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 17th AND 18TH
Susquehanna, PA… Anticipation is running high for the fifteenth annual Don’s Automotive Mall King of the Can Weekend presented by VP Fuels at Penn Can Speedway. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday October 17th and 18th. Co- promoters Al Wilcox and Reed Miller are excited to host this weekend of speed as it will mark their last promotion at the three eighths mile oval. They have previously announced that 2014 would be their seventeenth and last season at the helm of the Susquehanna County oval. The weekend is shaping up to be a must see event with many of the top area race teams indicating they will be in the field for the event. Special races have been schedule for all division in competition on both days of the weekend. The Friday program will be co-promoted by Brett Deyo Motorsports.
The featured event of the weekend will be the modified “King of the Can” feature event scheduled for Friday October 17th. The modifieds will compete in a fifty lap feature event with $5015 going to the winner. The top ten finishing drivers in the VP Fuels sponsored Super Series will be receiving their $200 bonus as an added reward for their series participation. Danny Johnson and Andy Bachetti are currentlt tied for the top spot. Another interesting piece of trivia is that Danny Johnson, Penn Can champion Kevin Hartnett, and Ryan Watt have finished in the top three positions in the last two mid week specials at Penn Can in 2014. They will continue their battle on Friday October 17th.
Joining the modifieds on the Friday night card will be the 602 Grit Crate Sportsman. They will compete in a thirty lap event paying $1000 to win. The top three cars will be guaranteed starting spots in the following night’s Race of Champions Open Sportsman event. The first three Friday finishers will get the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth starting spot if they do not qualify in a better spot in their heat races. Penn Can Speedway has added a special Xcel 600 modified race to the Friday night King of the Can Weekend portion of the program on October 17th. This race will be for the Penn Can Speedway Xcel regulars. Any other Xcel modified is welcome to compete. It will be a draw for position event with any driver winning on both Friday and Saturday in the Xcel division will pick up a $150 bonus.
The Race of Champions Sportsman series will be the headline division Saturday October 18th with a big forty lap feature event. The race will pay the winner a handsome $1250 with $100 to take the green. This forty lap feature should draw a large field of sportsman with many of the Penn Can 602 sportsman expected to join the ROC regulars to contest for the top price.
“We are excited about this ROC Sportsman event,” states Miller. “ROC rules are such that many sportsman teams can come to Penn Can to compete. We look for a great field of cars coming for the race. Last year Penn Can 602 regular won both the 602 event as well as the RoC Open sportsman feature event.”
Joining the ROC Sportsman will be the RoC Street Stock Tour. They will be in competition during the Saturday night event competing in a twenty five lap feature event. The point standings in the RoC Street Stocks are close and this should bring out all the top teams. The CRSA Sprints will be making another appearance at Penn Can. They have been an annual attraction on King of the Can Weekend. This race is part of a three race series between PCS, I-88, and Orange County. A large group of sprint cars is expected. The four cylinders will be running a twenty lap feature paying the winner $400 if eighteen cars enter. Added to the program will be the only appearance of the IMCA modifieds. They will also compete in heats and a twenty lap feature. Completing the Saturday night program will be the annual running of the “Big Dawg Nationals” at Penn Can for the factory stocks.
Gates for the Friday program will open at 5:00 with racing a 7:15. The Saturday event will see the gates opening at 3:00 with the first heat scheduled to take the green at 5:30. The speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania just a short drive from the Binghamton and Scranton areas. For more information call the speedway office at 570-585-9928 or check us out on the web at www.penncan.com.
DALE HAWKINS SCORES FIRST CAREER BIG BLOCK WIN ON WILD NIGHT AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL
By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – The final point night of racing at the Delaware International Speedway that lasted into the early morning hours produced some wild and scary action and some new winners on Saturday night. Scoring his first career NAPA Big Block Modified win after many seasons of trying was Dale Hawkins. Joe Warren would avoid a vicious early race crash in the Super Late Models to post his first career win in the division three tight point battles were settled.
In the 25-lap Big Block main, three cars had a mathematical chance at the championship at the start. High winds throughout the day had created a hard but smooth and slick track surface for the features which played more to handling than to horsepower. Hawkins started on the pole and quickly settled into a rhythm with Mike White giving chase in second and Scott VanGorder in third. H.J. Bunting was one of the drivers with a chance at the crown and was quickly up into the fourth spot. His chance would end just before halfway when the rear suspension broke on the car and he pulled to the infield.
Matt Jester was now up to fourth and Beau Wilkins in fifth. The race would play into the hands of Hawkins by staying green from lap two on. Jamie Mills, who started the race second in points was working his way towards the top five with point leader, Jordan Watson in tow. Hawkins would make now mistakes and take the win with White finishing a season’s best in second. VanGorder held off the challenges of Matt Jester to finish in third and Mills got by Wilkins to finish in fifth but it was not enough to catch Watson for the championship.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Hawkins in victory lane. “This is a good way to go out. Next year I want to focus my attention on my son Matt who came close to picking up this year.”
Jordn Justice took advantage of his pole starting spot to set the early pace in the 15-lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature. A pair of cautions in the early going would keep the field tightly bunched. Kevin Sockriter ran in the second spot while Greg Humlhanz got by Chad Clark for third.
Just before the halfway sign Humlhanz squeezed under Sockriter for second. Joe Tracy was able to climb to fourth with four to go but Justice would make no mistakes as he collected his third win of the season. Humlhanz finished in second earning the division championship and Sockriter ended in third. Fourth went to Scott Hitchens and Clark rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Justice, Brandon Watkins and Dwayne Crockett.
NAPA Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Dale Hawkins; 2. Michael White; 3. Scott VanGorder; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Jamie Mills; 6. Jordan Watson; 7. Beau Wilkins; 8. Bobby Watkins; 9. Brad Trice; 10. Shawn Ward; 11. Kevin Gardner; 12. Matt Hawkins; 13. HJ Bunting; DNS: Drew Simmons.
AC Delco PSC Modified Finish: 1. Jordn Justice; 2. Greg Humlhanz; 3. Kevin Sockriter; 4. Scott Hitchens; 5. Chad Clark; 6. Joseph Tracy; 7. Dwayne Crockett; 8. Tim Trimble; 9. Brandon Watkins; 10. Carson Wright; 11. Westley Smith; 12. Connor King; 13. Adam Weber; 14. Rodney Cordrey; 15. David Jenkins; 16. Brandon Gallo; 17. Matt Smith; 18. Ryan Tarr; 19. Brian Hitz; 20. Shawn Weber; 21. Kyle Fuller; 22. Mark Rowe; 23. Herbie Hempel; 24. Garrie Bostwick; DNS: Jeff Coffey.
OUTLAW 200 – MATT SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph, Danny Varin, Roy Bresnahan, Chris Hile, Gary Tomkins, Craig VonDorhen, Pat Ward, Tyler Dipple, Tyler Siri, Vic Coffey, Tom Kinsella, Tim Currier, Justin Wright, Jim Walsh, Mike Bowman, Bob Henry Jr., Dave Rauscher, Ryan Phelps, Stewart Friesen, Danny Johnson, Vinnie Vitale, Billy Decker, Doug Manmiller, Anthony Perrego, Tim McCreadie, Tim Sears Jr., Chad Brachmann, Brett Hearn, Tim Kerr, Katelyn Kane, Randy Chrysler, Chad Phelps, Robbie Bellinger, Bobby Varin, Dale Planck, Darwin Greene, Roy Shields, Mike Mahaney, Matt Hulsizer, Adam Roberts, Chuck Bower, Yan Bussiere.
SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT 50 LAPS– ROCKY WARNER, Ron Davis III, Mike Button, Jack Meeks, Matt Pappa, Corey Barker, Dave Marcuccilli, Earl Rudy, Todd Root, Kane Bristol, Jordan Bennett, Thomas Paige, James-Michael Friesen, Beth Schneider, Jeremy Pitcher, Alan Fink, Connor Cleveland, Joe Kline, Anthony Stockman, Jeremy Vunk, Bill Clark Jr., Kaven Poliquin, Jeff Stevenson, Brandon Ford, Danny Peebles, Tony Finch II, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Brian Pessolano, Chris Hulsizer, Mike Walton.
EASTERN STATES WEEKEND---IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER!
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 29)……..On October 28, 1962, legendary stock car driver Frankie Schneider won the first Eastern States race at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. Now on October 24-26, 2014, Arkel Motors and Dupee & Monroe, PC present Eastern States Weekend---this year the 53rd Annual festival of speed---the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. It’s three action-packed days of high speed racing excitement that culminates with the Eastern States 200, the “granddaddy” of all fall championship races.
On track action begins on Friday, October 24 with DIRTcar Modified time trials, heat races, and a Dash for Cash among the top-six qualifiers. Headlining the Friday program are the Sportsman cars and drivers. They’ll also set the field for their 50-lap feature race with time trials, heat and consolation races. And the top qualifiers will compete in a Dash for Cash prior to the Sportsman feature.
On Saturday, October 25, the Small-Block Modifieds and 305 CRSA Sprint Cars take to the five-eighths-mile Orange County “Hard Clay” with their respective qualifying events leading up to a 25-lap feature race for the Sprint Cars and the headline 100-lap Small-Block Modified feature race.
All the Friday and Saturday preliminaries lead up to the Sunday, October 26 finale, the 53rd Annual Eastern States 200 Modified Championship race. But before the 800-horsepower DIRTcar Modifieds take center stage, there are “last chance” consolation races and a pair of preliminary feature races for the Street Stocks (25 laps) and the Thunder Trucks (15 laps).
Brett Hearn is the defending Eastern States 200 titlist and also the all-time Eastern States 200 winner with ten victories in this fall classic race.
Tickets, camping permits, and parking permits for the 53rd Annual Eastern States Weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 24-26, are on sale. Be sure to check the official Orange County website, www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or call the Track Office at 845-342-2573 Wednesday through Friday during business hours.
KING RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE IN BIG-BLOCK MOD SEASON FINALE AT SHARON
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH September 27, 2014 --After winning two of the first six features of the season, Rex King went winless for nearly four months. King put an end to that winless skein as he captured his season's third DIRTcar Big-Block Modified feature win in the 20-lap Hovis Auto & Truck Supply feature. The victory gave the King Family 10 wins during the 2014 season at Sharon as Rex, Jr. won six features and Russell was victorious in the RUSH Late Models in his one and only start.
The veteran Bristolville, Ohio driver chased pole-sitter Jim Rasey for the first seven laps before taking over on lap eight. King then would hold off Dave Murdick, who passed Rasey for second on lap 16, over the final five circuits. King's 49th career Sharon win came by 1.002 over Murdick in the KMB Inc.-owned, Midway Garage Door/University Hospital/RD Banks Chevrolet/Campbell Gardening Supply/Hunyady Auction/Cintas Uniforms-sponsored #65.
Murdick was making just his third start of the season and matched his best finish from his runner-up at the "Lou Blaney Memorial" on July 30. Rasey dropped to third over Ricky Richner, and champion Rex King, Jr. Completing the top 10 were Rick Regalski, Jr., Tom Glenn, Mark Frankhouser, Dave Reges, and Carl Murdick. Heat winners were King, Jr. and Rasey.
Defending champion Dennis Lunger, Jr. started the 2014 season on fire winning four of the season's first seven RUSH Late Model features, but like King suffered through a winless drought throughout the summer months. Lunger was also able to get back in victory lane on Saturday night in the 20-lap Barris Supply feature for his first win since June 21.
Lunger used the outside on the start to pass pole-sitter Russ Byler and held him off throughout the duration of the non-stop event timed in 6:07.790. The season's fifth victory for the 46-year-old Albion, Pa. racer broke the tie with Will Thomas III and Alan Dellinger for the most in the division. Lunger's 11th career win came in the Reuben Schwartz-owned, Schwartz Construction/English Tire/Carter Lumber/State Farm/Edward Jones Financial Advisor/Beacon Lubricants/Kabanatime.com/Ron and Don North-sponsored #71L.
Byler was 1.267 seconds back in second. It was a good first full Late Model season for Byler behind the wheel of the Terry Hoover-owned #00H as he finished third place in points with four runner-up finishes. Bryan Salisbury was third. Thomas, the two-time champion, passed Jamie Wrightsman on lap five to finish fourth. Wrightsman ended the season with his fifth top five finish. Heat winner Wendell Pinckney dropped from third to sixth at the finish over Dellinger, Bobby Pifer III, and Lon Emerick.
The new Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds featuring GM 602 crate engines, Bilstein "sealed" spec shocks, and Hoosier spec tires made their eighth appearance of the season on Saturday night and it was Adam Hilton holding off Greg Martin for his second win in the past three events.
Hilton started in sixth, but moved into second after one lap. Jeremy Zufall, who was the lucky winner of the GM 602 engine from Sweeney Chevrolet/Pace Performance last month, led the first five circuits. Zufall, who has wins this season on the circuit at America's Motorsports Park and Lernerville Speedway, was looking for his first career Sharon win, but Hilton had other ideas taking the lead on lap six.
Martin meanwhile started fifth and took over runner-up from Zufall on lap seven. Martin hounded Hilton down to the finish of the 15-lap main, but the Series point leader would come up just 0.122 of a second shy in runner-up. Hilton, 31 of Buffalo, New York, drives his own Roar Logistics/MVP Network Consulting-sponsored #3A. Zufall was third over Andy Paden and Josh Deems, who made just his second career start in a full-size car. Paden and Ken Moy, Jr. copped the heat race victories.
DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds (20 laps): 1. REX KING (65) 2. Dave Murdick (61) 3. Jim Rasey (32) 4. Ricky Richner (26) 5. Rex King, Jr. (165) 6. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 7. Tom Glenn (83T) 8. Mark Frankhouser (03) 9. Dave Reges (27R) 10. Carl Murdick (6) 11. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 12. Bob Warren (96B).
RUSH Late Models (20 laps): 1. DENNIS LUNGER, JR. (Schwartz 71L) 2. Russ Byler (Hoover 00H) 3. Bryan Salisbury (126) 4. Will Thomas III (9) 5. Jamie Wrightsman (21J) 6. Wendell Pinckney (11) 7. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 8. Bobby Pifer III (6P) 9. Lon Emerick (3).
GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds (15 laps): 1. ADAM HILTON (3A) 2. Greg Martin (4M) 3. Jeremy Zufall (20Z) 4. Andy Paden (24) 5. Josh Deems (9D) 6. Larry Kugel (0) 7. Ken Moy, Jr. (34) 8. Michael Kristyak (404) 9. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 10. Will Schaffer (4) 11. Chelsie Kriegisch (Schaffer 4c)-DNS.
WATSON INCREASES POINT LEAD WITH 5TH BIG BLOCK WIN IN DELAWARE
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Jordan Watson help his own cause tremendously by avoiding several early race tangles and driving to his fifth win of the season in the NAPA Big Block Modified feature on Delmar Little League Night, Saturday at the Delaware International Speedway.
It took four attempts to get the first lap of the 25-lap Big Block feature in the books and when it finally was, three of the top five drivers in points were at the rear of the field after being involved in spins. Matt Hawkins would lead the first lap but the yellow was out for a fourth time when H.J. Bunting made contact with point leader Jordan Watson and spun making him the fourth of the top five in points to go to the rear.
Hawkins would continue to set the pace with Scott VanGorder, Bobby Watkins and Shawn Ward in the top four. Watson had somehow avoided all the mishaps and was running in the first spot. On lap three he got by Ward and two laps later split Watkins and VanGorder to pull into second. Howard O’Neal would get around to bring out the fifth caution on lap seven pulling Watson on the bumper of Hawkins on the restart.
Watson continued his charge on the restart taking the lead. At this point Jamie Mills marched back into the top five after starting in the rear in one of the first lap tangles. Watson managed to open a little breathing room over Hawkins as the pair opened a substantial lead over the rest of the field. Mills dropped Watkins to fifth with three to go and got by VanGorder on the final lap.
At the checkered it was Watson taking the win with Hawkins ending a solid run in second. Mills finished in the third spot with VanGorder fourth and Watkins rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Watson and VanGorder.
“I was pretty crazy out there in the beginning,” said Watson. “I would like to thank my grandfather (Eugene Mills) for lending me a motor and keeping me up in points. We finally got our motor back this week.”
Chad Clark wasted no time as he shot to the outside and drove from third to first on the first circuit of the 15-lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature. Dwayne Crockett followed in second with Westley Smith in third. Point leader, Greg Humlhanz was on a mission driving from seventh to second in just four laps.
Clark would hold off Humlhanz until five to go. Once out front Humlhanz was able to open a comfortable lead. Brandon Watkins got by Clark for second with two to go and Kyle Fuller followed into third. At the checkered it was Humlhanz posting his second win of the season and increasing his point lead. Watkins finished in second with Fuller third. Fourth went to Clark and Smith rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Clark and Watkins.
NAPA Big Block Modified Finish: 1.Jordan Watson; 2. Matt Hawkins; 3. Jamie Mills; 4. Scott VanGorder; 5. Bobby Watkins; 6. Beau Wilkins; 7. Brad Trice; 8. Shawn Ward; 9. HJ Bunting; 10. Dale Hawkins; 11. Michael White; 12. Eric Korrman; 13. Drew Simmons; 14. Jason Neidlinger; 15. Dave Dissinger; 16. Howard O’Neal; 17. Kevin Gardner; 18. Charlie Moore; 19. Matt Jester.
AC Delco Modified Finish: 1. Greg Humlhanz;2. Brandon Watkins; 3. Kyle Fuller; 4. Chad Clark; 5. Westley Smith; 6. Scott Hitchens; 7. Dwayne Crockett; 8. Jordn Justice; 9. Adam Weber; 10. Joseph Tracy; 11. Jeremy Harrington; 12. Rodney Cordrey; 13. Kevin Sockriter; 14. Tim Trimble; 15. David Jenkins; 16. Ryan Tarr; 17. Brandon Gallo; 18. Kenneth Peek; 19. Garrie Bostwick; 20. Brian Hitz; 21. Matt Smith; 22. Robert Riley Jr.
Anticipation Runs High For Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 At I-88 Speedway Oct. 10-11
Online Information Center Established For ‘Working Man’s Race’ Spectacular; Andy Bachetti & Danny Johnson Tied For Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Point Lead
AFTON, NY – The highly anticipated Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum’s at the Afton Fairgrounds is quickly approaching.
On Friday-Saturday Oct. 10-11, the ‘Working Man’s Race’ promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and I-88 Speedway managers Jamie Page and Ron Ford will command the attention of the Northeast dirt Modified racing community at the Afton, N.Y., oval.
The busy weekend of racing is headlined by the finale of the six-race Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP with a record payout posted for the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified event. Some $33,202 will be paid out to Modified racers and this number does not include lap money, contingency awards, bonuses and other incentives.
Currently, more than $1,200 in lap money has been collected and bonuses are adding up, making the SuperNationals more lucrative for competitors each day!
For year-long followers of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, the Short Track SuperNationals is the championship event. The $23,000-plus series point fund and other contingencies will be distributed once the checkered flies at I-88. To be eligible for the point fund or other awards, a driver must attend the I-88 finale.
Entering the finale, Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., and Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., are tied for the championship lead with 350 points each.
Friday’s (Oct. 10) lineup includes the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman 35-lap event paying $1,500 to win and $125 to start (top-six Crate 602 bonuses of $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and a free pass for Saturday), Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Cars and Empire Sport Trucks plus open practice for Saturday’s divisions and the Manmiller Electric Modified Dash.
The recently added Manmiller Electric Modified Dash pits the five fastest cars from Modified practice in a 10-lap Dash: the winner earns a redraw position in Saturday’s 50-lap event. All other participants receive $50 cash.
On Saturday (Oct. 11), Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds race 50-laps paying $5,000-plus to win, $1,000 for 10th and $600 to start from the richest Short Track SuperNationals payout in history. Non-qualifiers in the Modified division will compete in a 17-lap B-Main paying $777 to the winner, $175 for 10th and $100 to take the green flag. Also on the Saturday docket are Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win, $100 to start), IMCA-Modifieds and Empire Lightning Sprints.
Post-race parties are planned for both nights following the completion of racing. DJ All-Day Entertainment will be on hand to play music both night and Dietz and Watson has donated food for attendees. The ‘party zone’ will be set up beneath the track’s covered grandstands.
A complete information center has been set up on the BD Motorsports Media LLC website:
Weekend Lineup: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/short-track-supernationals-weekend-schedule/
Time Schedule: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/short-track-supernationals-7-time-schedule/
Rules & General Information (All Divisions): http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/short-track-supernationals-7-rules-general-information/
Pricing Information: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/short-track-supernationals-7-pricing-information/
Modified A-Main Payout: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/short-track-supernationals-modified-a-main-payout/
Modified B-Main Payout: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/short-track-supernationals-b-main-modified-payout/
Hotel Information: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/short-track-supernationals-7-hotel-information/
To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, e-mail Brett Deyo at email@example.com or call 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on Facebook and on Twitter: @BrettDeyo.
I-88 Speedway is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about I-88 Speedway, visit www.i-88speedway.com.
Short Track SuperNationals Six-Year Event History
October 11, 2014 (I-88): ?
October 12, 2013 (Five Mile Point): CRAIG HANSON – Anthony Perrego – Jackie Brown Jr. – Pat Ward – Chad Phelps
October 6, 2012 (Five Mile Point): DANNY TYLER – Bobby Varin – Brian Weaver – Billy Pauch Sr. – Mitch Gibbs
October 7, 2011 (Five Mile Point): DUANE HOWARD – Danny Tyler – Billy Pauch Sr. – Jeff Strunk – Jeff Heotzler
October 9, 2010 (Five Mile Point): JUSTIN HOLLAND – Billy Pauch Jr. – Kevin Bates – Brian Weaver – Danny Tyler
October 10, 2009 (Five Mile Point): KEVIN HIRTHLER – Mike Ricci – Mike Gular – Sean Merkel – Joey Grammes
October 7, 2006 (Afton, Now I-88): MIKE RICCI – J.R. Hurlburt – Brian Weaver – Joey Grammes – Davie Franek
Second Annual ‘Gobbler’ Set For Accord Speedway Saturday, November 29
Sowle Trailer Repair Signs On To Reward Modified 50-lap Winner With $7,117.11; Sportsman ($1,500 To Win) And Ron Wright Memorial Street/Pure Stock Event Complete 2014 Northeast Dirt-Track Finale
ACCORD, NY – For the second consecutive year, Gary and Donna Palmer’s pristine Accord Speedway serves as the setting for the Northeast dirt-track finale.
Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC teams with the Palmers to promote the ‘Gobbler’ post-Thanksgiving event at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval. The ‘Gobbler’ is set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 29 featuring big-block/small-block Modifieds, Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman & Pure/Street Stocks.
Sowle Trailer Repair located in Fultonville, N.Y., has signed as the event’s presenting sponsor. The winner of the 50-lap Modified main event will earn a minimum of $7,117.11 plus lap money and bonuses courtesy of Sowle Trailer Repair’s Mike Sowle, who also serves as a member of the promotional team at Glen Ridge (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
Sportsman, Open vs. Crate 602, will compete in a 25-lap feature paying $1,500 to the winner and $100 to take the green flag. Full-fender Pure/Street Stocks are featured in the 20-lap Ron Wright Memorial. A longtime attendee of Accord, Orange County (N.Y.) and Bethel (N.Y.) speedways, Wright had a passion for full-fender racing. His son, Kyle, was a former Pure Stock winner at Accord and he was a crew member for his longtime friend Mike Deyo.
“Last year’s ‘Gobbler’ event exceeded all expectations,” said event co-promoter Brett Deyo. “The racing was excellent, we had a huge crowd and the support of the racers was phenomenal. It was definitely the start of a new Thanksgiving weekend tradition of dirt-track racing in New York State.
“We’re looking at making the second edition of the ‘Gobbler’ even bigger and better.”
An early afternoon starting time will again be in place. Camping will be permitted on-site, free of charge, on both Friday and Saturday nights (Nov. 28 and 29). Further information will be released as the event nears.
Last November, young Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., fended off the late challenges of Stewart Friesen to win the 'Gobbler' Modified 50-lap event. For Sportsman graduate Perrego, the win was his first in the Modified ranks. Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., drove his crate-powered Sportsman to victory over a stout field and Charlie Houghtaling of Parksville, N.Y., registered the Ron Wright Memorial Pure/Street Stock score.
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