BRAD TRICE ENDS DROUGHT IN NAPA BIG BLOCKS SATURDAY NIGHT AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL
By CHARLIE BROWN, DELMAR, DE – It was a great night of racing with near perfect track conditions on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. “Bad” Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md. had gone winless all last season but on Saturday night he ended that streak by capturing the 25-lap NAPA Big Block main.
Heats were won by Beau Wilkins and Jordan Watson. In the feature Matt Hawkins got off to a great start with Bobby Watkins riding in second and Scott VanGorder in third. Trice had started in sixth but wasted no time climbing to third by lap three.
Beau Wilkins looked like a contender as he powered from eighth to fourth by lap eight and Shawn Ward held down fifth. Back to back cautions at the mid-point of the race found Trice up to second and on the back bumper of Hawkins. Hawkins was able to hold off Trice’s challenges until his engine started to go sour on lap 16. He would roll to a stop at the top of the fourth turn to bring out the yellow with eight to go.
Trice was now on top as Watkins got back by Wilkins for second. The caution would be out for a final time with four to go as defending point champion, Jordan Watson rolled to a stop. On the restart Trice pulled away as Watkins and Wilkins battled for second. Trice would take the win with Watkins holding off Wilkins for second. Fourth went to H.J. Bunting and VanGorder rounded out the top five.
“We struggled a lot last year but I think we have got our stuff together this year,” said Trice before thanking his crew and family.
In the 15-lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature, 15 year old Carson Wright would start on the pole and set the early pace over Kevin Sockriter. The yellow was out on the second lap for a tangle in the first turn between Tyler Reed, Brian Hitz, Robbie Riley and Dwayne Crockett. That would turn out to be the only caution of the race.
Wright would control the restart with Joe Tracy getting by Jordn Justice for third. By lap seven Wright was comfortably out front and opening night winner Scott Hitchens was up to fifth. Wright was able to open a one and a half second advantage over Sockriter and drive to his first win of his young career in the division. Sockriter finished in second with Tracy, Justice and Hitchens rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Wright and Sockriter.
The 20-lap Super Late Model Feature was a good one. Joe Warren would lead the first lap as the field went three wide in the battle for second with Andrew Mullins taking the spot followed by Herb Tunis and Staci Warrington. On lap five Warren began to slow and Mullins shot by into the lead. Ricky Elliott was on the move from ninth and already up to the fourth spot that had been occupied by Amanda Whaley.
Elliott got by Tunis for third at the halfway sign and began to reel in the leader Mullins. Elliott was the only car using the high groove and coming off the second turn on lap 12 he went around the outside of Mullins to take the lead. His advantage would be erased with just two laps to go as Donald Lingo, Jr. came to a stop in the third turn.
Elliott had no problem pulling away on the restart and he drove to his second consecutive win of the season. “The car was pretty good last week but I just couldn’t charge the corner,” said Elliott. “We made a couple of adjustments over the last two weeks with the rainout and I’m telling you, we made all the right adjustments.” Mullins stayed close to finish in the second spot with Tunis third. Rookie Dylan Evans scored another top five in fourth and Whaley rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Mullins and Warren.
In the five lap Shoot-Out between the winner of the NAPA Big Block Modified feature and the S.R. Pete and Son Super Late Model feature Brad Trice proved to be no match on that night for Elliott who led the entire distance for the win.
NAPA Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Brad Trice; 2. Bobby Watkins ; 3. Beau Wilkins; 4. HJ Bunting; 5. Scott VanGorder; 6. Shawn Ward; 7. Dale Hawkins; 8. Dana Walker; 9. Kyle Fuller; 10. Kevin Gardner; 11. Jordan Watson; 12. Michael White; 13. Matt Hawkins; 14. Matt Jester; 15. Norman Short.
AC Delco Modified Finish: 1. Carson Wright; 2. Kevin Sockriter; 3. Joseph Tracy; 4. Jordn Justice; 5. Scott Hitchens; 6. Greg Humlhanz; 7. Brandon Gallo; 8. Devin Dodson; 9. Brandon Watkins; 10. Kenneth Peek; 11. Brad Roberts; 12. Matt Smith; 13. Ryan Tarr; 14. Brian Nailor; 15. Dwayne Crockett; 16. Brian Hitz; 17. Robert Riley III; 18. Garrie Bostwick; 19. Nick Alberti; 20. Tyler Reed; 21. Dylan Betts; DNS: David Scarano; Danny Smack.
Super Late Model Finish: 1. Ricky Elliott; 2. Andrew Mullins; 3. Herb Tunis; 4. Dylan Evans; 5. Amanda Whaley; 6. Nick Davis; 7. Austin Hubbard; 8. Staci Warrington; 9. Brandon Dennis; 10. Kerry King Jr; 11. Kellie Lewis; 12. Donald Lingo Jr; 13. Bob Geiger; 14. Joe Warren.
Race Fans Set to Attend Upcoming Hearing, Rally for The Moody Mile
MILFORD, NEW YORK, MAY 2, 2015 - A few weeks ago, the New York State budget for 2015-16 was passed in Albany. The legislature included $50 million in the state budget to upgrade the New York State Fairgrounds, and the next step in the state’s plan is to have a public hearing to receive public feedback on how the project should be executed.
In March 2015, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney mentioned this funding in her State of the County Address. She said that she requested the funding to build a hockey facility, equestrian center, and RV park. To do this, the main grandstands and race track would need to be removed to ensure sufficient space for the new structures and attractions. This would inevitably eliminate auto racing at the fairgrounds on the mile dirt track known as “The Moody Mile”.
Race fans have been working in unison, sending messages to Albany, Onondaga County, and NYS Fair Officials. The message is clear: race fans feel that tradition matters, and they want the tradition of dirt racing to continue at the fairgrounds.
“Generations of race fans have been coming to the fairgrounds for decades.” says Brian Pokorny, owner of SaveTheMoodyMile.com and Facebook page “Save Super Dirt Week at the NYS Fairgrounds”. “For the past 43 years, Super Dirt Week at the fairgrounds has been the crown jewel of dirt modified racing. It has brought race fans from New York, Canada, and the East Coast together. Moving this event to another facility just wouldn’t be the same. In addition, there is no other facility in New York State that could host this event. The closest facilities that could accommodate the over 60,000 attendees would be over 500 miles away.”
Super Dirt Week has a huge impact on the Central New York economy. Thousands of race fans make the greater Syracuse area their home for the week, spending money in stores, hotels, pubs, and restaurants. Several satellite racing events held during the week allow racers to explore the area and other tracks.
Since the budget has been officially announced, race fans are asking that the funds be allocated to renovate the grandstands and to preserve the one-mile dirt track so that Super Dirt Week and other race events can be held for years to come.
On May 6, 2015, the public hearing will be held in the Martha Eddy room in the Art & Home Center Building at the NYS Fairgrounds at 6pm. Pokorny urges race fans to attend the event to send a unified message to save the Moody Mile and the grandstands. Pokorny also asks that attendees remain calm and respectful to ensure that the cause’s voice is truly heard. At the hearing, Pokorny will present signatures of 1,200+ race fans that support saving the fairgrounds and race track.
NYS Fair officials have setup an e-mail account so that absent supporters can voice their opinions and thoughts, email@example.com .
About the involvement of lawmakers in the decision-making process of the fate of The Moody Mile, Pokorny said, “Dirt racing in NYS is a hidden economical force that I don’t think most lawmakers are aware of. I invite lawmakers to visit their local dirt track to see what all the excitement is about.”
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS AND VINTAGE RACE CARS SPICE UP THE MAY 9 PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
MIDDLETOWN, NY (May 6)......The popular Small-Block Modifieds will make their third 2015 appearance on Saturday, May 9 at the historic five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. In addition, folks will get a look back to an earlier era as the Vintage Modified race cars will also be in action.
Bob McGannon won the season inaugural race for the Small-Block Modifieds, while Tim Hindley captured the feature on week two of the point season. McGannon and Hindley and two-dozen other competitors will be after the trophy, cash prize money, and the glory that comes from winning at one of the country’s oldest speedways.
The evening’s schedule includes a full racing program featuring Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Small-Block Modifieds, Street Stocks, Four-Cylinder race cars, and the Vintage machines in qualifying heats and feature races. The evening’s activities are sponsored by Sparta Trucking and New York Truck Parts.
In the headline Modified division, defending champion Tim Hindley has yet to win, but he tops the point race with solid finishes. Young Anthony Perrego was victorious in the season opener, while former track champions Chuck McKee and Jeff Heotzler Sr. have also won Modified division features in early season racing.
Admission prices for the May 9 race meet remain at $14 adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 7:00 pm.
Looking ahead, a program of Modified, Small-Block Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, and Thunder Trucks is set for Saturday, May 16. No racing is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, but action returns to the Hard Clay track on Saturday, May 30, with a dynamite lineup that includes Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Thunder Trucks, Four-Cylinder Cars, and a return engagement of the CRSA Sprint Cars.
ROCKEFELLER AND EDWARDS CAPTURE FIRST 2015 VICTORY
By Tom Coughlin
Fultonville, N. Y.- On the first warm spring night of 2015 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park threw open its’ doors to welcome in a new racing season. With fans gathering in the stands, able to take in the beautiful view of the Mohawk Valley, the race teams were preparing their cars in anticipation of taking the opening night feature.
Rockefeller of Scotia in his 816, would start on the pole for the start of the 30 lap, Cousins Construction LLC. modified feature, while veteran Bobby Vedder of Schoharie in the Vedder Excavating 53 sat on the outside pole. When starter Joe Kriss waved the green flag Rockefeller jumped to the early lead with 2012 track champion Jeremy Wilder of Fort Plain in his 22J in hot pursuit, as Vedder sat in third. Rockefeller held the lead on lap three, but fifth place starter and reigning track champion Bobby Varin was on the move and now sat in the third position after passing Vedder and 2007 track champion Craig Hanson of Tribes Hill. Lapped traffic would become an issue for Rockefeller just before the lap 10 mark, with Wilder, Varin, Hanson, and now Willy Decker making up the top five. Just as the field approached the halfway point of the event, the Yellow Transportation 20c of Hanson would suffer a right rear flat and go pit side, for the night. Even though the restart would bring the leaders back together Rockefeller and his D.R. & Son Lawncare Bicknell chassis was able to grab back the lead, followed by Wilder, Varin, Decker, and Vedder. Again lapped traffic would play a factor as the leaders tried to weave through back markers. The 34-Rhoades Excavating of Shaun Pangman would drop out after suffering a right rear flat, with Rockefeller still holding the point followed by Wilder, Varin, Decker, and Vedder. Wilder was closing the gap between himself and the leader, only to have the motor let go on lap 25 ending his night and bringing out the caution flag. Lapped cars were put to the rear for the ensuing restart, allowing Varin and the top runners another shot to grab the lead. Varin did get inside of the leader in front of the grandstand, but Rockefeller held on to take his second career Glen Ridge win and his first since 2013.
When the sportsman lined up, it would be Aaron Burton in the Eckler Racing 26A and Chad Edwards in his Adirondac Leather 14, on the front row. after Shea Montgomery took a spin into the turn three wall on the original start things, settled down as the drivers, restarted the 20 lap feature. Edwards quickly took the point, with Burton, Ivan Joslin, and Brian Pessolano giving chase. Joslin was pressuring Burton with plenty of side by side racing, Lap six would see the the yellow out with the 79- West End Towing of reigning champion Rocky Warner being pushed to the pits. Restarts tend to bring some added excitement and sure enough, this one would see Brian Nelson in his 47N slide up in turn one and touch the wall, but fortunately the race continued, with Edwards opening almost a 1/2 track lead. Lapped traffic factored in as Burton and Joslin tried to reel in the high flying Edwards. Justin Comes would bring out the yellow on lap 18, thus setting up a dash to the finish. Edwards was able to hold on for the win in his Dodson Construction, Riley Mortuary sponsored ride.
MOFIDIFED FEATURE 30 LAPS-JEFF ROCKEFELLER, Bobby Varin, Willy Decker, Bobby Vedder, Rich Price, Al McCoy, Jeremy Wilder, Shaun Pangman, Craig Hanson.
602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE 25 LAPS-CHAD EDWARDS, Ivan Joslin, Brian Pessolano, Shea Montgomery, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Harry Shaffer II, Jim Introne Jr., Brian Nelson, Steve Wagoner, Justin Comes, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, DQ Aaron Burton.
MIKE MAHANEY WINS HIS FIRST MODIFIED FEATURE EVENT OF THE SEASON AFTER AN EXCITING RACE AT UTICA-ROME
VERNON, NY- Whelen Engineering sponsored an exciting night of racing as Mike Mahaney takes home his first victory of the season after holding off a handful of drivers in the closing laps, including defending track champion Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard, the winner of last week’s feature. More winners include Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Open Sportsman, Rocky Warner in the 602 Sportsman, Glenn Forward in the Pro Street Stocks, and Joe Isabell in the Mod Lites.
The modifieds came to the green with Dave Moyer and Brett Wright at the head of the field. Wright took the early lead, but a caution on the second lap slowed the race down. On the restart, Mike Mahaney took to the high side and took the top spot, looking to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. Another yellow on lap six paused the race, erasing Mahaney’s lead and putting Larry Wight, who charged up from his 10th starting position, on his bumper. Wight took second and instantly began to put pressure on the leader. Diving to the low side on lap 10, Wright was able to slide up in front of Mahaney and take the top spot. Behind them, Matt Sheppard was looking to take home his third victory of season as he broke into the top five after coming from 12th, with Pat Ward following him.
Sheppard and Mahaney were fighting for second when the third caution of the race brought the entire field together. Mahaney took advantage of his restart on the top side and took the lead back from Wight. Sheppard wasn’t going away, however. With Mahaney on top and Wight down low, Sheppard took to the middle of the racing surface opened up a three way battle for the lead. Another pair of yellow flags slowed the race, but the battle continued up front, with Stewart Friesen joining the fray. On lap 28, Friesen tried to pass Wight on the top side, but contact between the two cars ended with Friesen spinning over the top of turns three and four. Both cars ended up in the pits, with Wight returning to the race. With the race back underway, Mahaney was starting to feel the pressure from Sheppard. Sheppard tried to slide up in front of Mahaney, but Mahaney was able to hold him off and take home his first win of the season. Sheppard took home second, followed by Danny Varin, Ward, and Vic Coffey. The top ten was rounded out by Ryan Bartlett, Erick Rudolph, Mike Bowman, Wright, and Chris Mackey.
John Christian and Aaron Jacobs brought the 602 Sportsman to the green for their feature. Both were passed on the first lap by Stephen Denton, who opened a bit sizable lead on the rest of the field. After a caution on lap five, Rocky Warner fought his way into the top five, navigating the pack from his 13th starting position. He battled his way to second on lap 8, and took the lead away from Denton on the 10th circuit. Warner was able to pull away and take the win, followed by Alan Fink, Matt Janczuk, Denton, and Jacobs.
The Open Sportsman started with Craig Pope and Mike Richmond in the top two spots, with Pope taking off the with advantage. A yellow on the fourth lap slowed the field, and gave Claude Hutchings Jr. a chance to catch up to top duo. With a strong restart, Hutchings took the lead and checked out on the rest of the field, leaving Pope and Richmond to battle for the runner up spot. With Hutchings winning, Richmond finished second, with Pope, Jack Miller, and Jeremy Vunk trailing.
MODIFIED FINISH (30 LAPS)- MIKE MAHANEY, Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, Pat Ward, Vic Coffey, Ryan Bartlett, Erick Rudolph, Mike Bowman, Brett Wright, Chris Mackey, Larry Wight, Dave Rauscher, Dave Moyer, Darwin Greene, Tim Mayne, Stewart Friesen, Dave Bartlett, Pete Taylor, and Tim Fuller. DNS- Mat Williamson.
OPEN SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)- CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Mike Richmond, Craig Pope, Jack Miller, Jeremy Vunk, Randy Shantel, Heath Carney, Steve Way, Mike Stiles, Tom Tophoven, and Lucas Heintz.
602 SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)- ROCKY WARNER, Alan Fink, Mat Janczuk, Stephen Denton, Aaron Jacobs, Cody Clark, John Christian, Connor Cleveland, Glenn Forward, Dave Rogers, Chris Cunningham, Daryl Nutting, Corey Barker, Brent Joy, Joe Orlando, Rocco Leone, Haiden Burdick, Nick Krause, Jim Thomas, Geoff VanRiper, Kyle Kiehn, and A.J. Filbeck.
Tremont Outduels Hearn for Back-to-Back Wins
by Phil Allaway
West Lebanon, NY: Saturday night saw the first all-out Modified race of the year. Brett Hearn, Keith Flach and Tyler Dippel were in the house and ready to give their all to take on all comers. The result was a very good race.
The top-6 finishers from Opening Night claimed the top-6 starting spots in reverse order of the finish. As a result, Andy Bachetti claimed the pole and opened a small, but comfortable lead. That didn’t last as the first yellow flew when Ken Maguire spun in turn 2 and collected Jeff Rockefeller.
Shortly after the restart, Dippel slipped a little entering turn 1. Flach just so happened to be on Dippel’s outside at the time. Contact was made, sending Flach head-on into the outside wall to bring out another yellow. Flach was ok, but claimed afterwards that it was “…one of the top-3 hits I’ve taken.”
Opening night winner Kenny Tremont, Jr. had moved up to third from sixth in the first three laps and took second from Eddie Marshall on the restart. From there, Tremont went to work on Bachetti, but Bachetti did not make it easy. Bachetti used the outside line to keep himself ahead, but Tremont kept trying the inside.
The continuing battle between Tremont and Bachetti allowed Hearn to insert himself into the conversation from the 12th starting spot. Eventually Tremont was able to make the pass on lap 17 to take the lead. Hearn followed past and began a new battle for the lead.
The two champions ran side-by-side for multiple laps, even making contact on lap 21. A couple of laps later, Tremont was able to use the car of Elmo Reckner as a pick to open up a small gap. That was all he needed to be able to claim his second consecutive win to start the year.
Afterwards, Tremont felt his car needed to be a little better, but was a little lost as to how to do it given his recent success.
“[My car] wasn’t bad,” Tremont said. “If you ran second, you’d say that you could change this or that. There’s always room to make it better, but overall, it’s good.”
Behind Tremont and Hearn was Marshall, who got by Bachetti on the final lap to finish third. Heffner rounded out the top-5.
The Small Block Modified feature saw Chad Pierce start from pole and lead early. After a spin by Kenny Aanonsen, Jr. bunched up the field, a chain reaction saw Wayne Jelley spin on the backstretch to bring out another yellow. Less than a lap after that restart, heck broke loose. Contact was made between Frank Harper, Brian Sandstedt and Dippel exiting turn 4, resulting in a pile-up involving one-third of the field. Peter Carlotto ended up on his side, but continued and finished tenth.
Shortly after the restart, Frank Hoard, III made a dive to the inside entering turn 3, slid up in front of Pierce and managed to make the pass stick for the lead. From there, Hoard opened up a decent lead over the pack.
A late caution due to serious mechanical problems for Kim LaVoy led to a four-lap shootout, but no one could do anything with Hoard, who easily took the win to honor his late great-grandmother, Gladys.
Pierce held on for third with Brett Haas third. Tremont claimed fourth, while Olden Dwyer was fifth.
Danny Johnson Wins Incredible Instant Modified Classic At Fulton Speedway
FULTON, NY – May 2, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – Everyone in attendance Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway walked away seeing one of the best and most wild Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified features they had ever seen. Not that often when the announcer says “How did you like that one?” does the crowd give a standing ovation like the fans did.
Danny Johnson, Tim Sears Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker and Larry Wight throughout the 35-Lap distance put on a bumper-to-bumper, rub rail banging, two and three wide battle royal that saw Johnson grab the victory by a mere .389 of a second over Decker when the checkers waved.
Other winners on the night were, Tyler Meeks, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Alan Fink, NAPA Late Models, Shannon Pitcher, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Tim Dunn, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Danny Johnson out-raced Tim Sears Jr. by a narrow margin to start the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.
With 5-Laps complete Johnson opened a ten-car advantage running the top of the speedway. Behind Johnson, Sears and Jimmy Phelps ran side by side for the runner-up spot with Chuck Bower, Jim Witko and Larry Wight in a three car tussle for fourth through sixth.
With battles all over the speedway, attention turned to the front of the pack on Lap-15 when Phelps, who hounded Johnson for many laps, worked his way by Johnson by a nose at the flag stand. One lap later Johnson went back by Phelps.
At the halfway point Johnson and Phelps were still going at it at the front of the field. Sears and Wight were still running hard bumper to bumper and side by side as they tried to close in on the top-two with Chuck Bower showing fifth.
The yellow would wave on Lap-23 when Sears would spin in turn four after contact with Wight.
On the restart Billy Decker looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he went from fifth to second in one move.
With 10-laps to go Johnson, Decker and Wight had everyone in attendance on the edge of their seats as they were using every inch of the speedway running within inches of each other. On Lap-31 Wight made an incredible three wide move coming out of four and banging side rub rails with Johnson at the start-finish line to lead Lap-31. Johnson would later say he did not expect Wight to get the run he did and be on his outside when they banged. One lap later Johnson regained the lead as Decker moved to second.
On Lap-33 Wight saw his strong run and shot at the win end with a rear flat. This would set up a wild dash to the finish.
Over the final two-laps Decker would throw everything he had Johnson, pulling even a couple of times in the dash to the checkers. Johnson had just enough to beat Decker to the finish by 00.389. Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward and Tom Sears Jr. rounded out the top-five. Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Tim Sears Jr. and Joe August Jr. completed the top-ten.
In the 25-Lap Sportsman feature Tony Finch II would shoot from his third starting spot and into the lead to lead the early going of the main. After a couple caution periods Tyler Meeks and Billy Clark Jr. would drive by Finch to take over the top-two spots on a Lap-4 restart.
With 10-Laps showing on the scoring tower Meeks held onto a few car length lead over Clark. Behind the top-two Finch, Earl Rudy and Corey Barker were in a close battle as they kept the leaders in sight.
At the halfway point Meeks and Clark took off and were in a race of their own in first and second. Finch, Rudy and Barker still ran a distant third, fourth and fifth.
Over the last ten-laps Meeks was able to put lapped cars between himself Clark to go onto his first ever Fulton Speedway Sportsman win. Finch, Rudy and Mike Button rounded out the top-five. Wade Chrisman, Joe Kline, Mike Phelps, Brandon Ford and JJ Courcy completed the top-ten.
Alan Fink was the class of the field in the 20-Lap Late Model feature leading every lap. A caution with three laps to go erased the big lead Fink built up. When the race went back green nobody had anything for Fink as he was the first under the checkers. Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Johnny Hill and Jason Occhino finished second through fifth.
Shannon Pitcher looked like he was going to dominate the 15-Lap Novice Sportsman feature. In the late going Amy Holland was able to reel in Pitcher for a last lap dash. Exiting turn two Holland was able to pull even with Pitcher using the outside as the pair raced even down the back straight and into turns three and four setting up a drag race to the finish. Pitcher found just enough speed to win by 00.159 of a second. Kelly Smith, Taylor Jackson and Zach Sobotka finished third through fifth.
DIRTcar MODIFIED 35-LAPS – DANNY JOHNSON, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Tom Sears Jr., Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Tim Sears Jr., Joe August Jr., Jim Witko Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Adam Roberts, Billy Whittaker, Roy Bresnahan, Larry Wight, Roy Shields, Chad Phelps, Tim Schneider Jr., Rob Bellinger, Matt Fink, Tim Harris.
SPORTSMAN 25-LAPS – TYLER MEEKS, Billy Clark Jr., Tony Finch II, Earl Rudy, Mike Button, Wade Chrisman, Joe Kline, Mike Phelps, Brandon Ford, JJ Courcy, Gregg Kimball, Ryan Amell, Josh Blackwell, Dylan Zacharias, Jordan Bennett, Steve Abt, Jeremy Pitcher, Jeremy Dygert, Rocky Grosso, Ron Davis III, Nick Webb, Kris VanNorstrand, Corey Barker.
LATE MODELS 20-LAPS – ALAN FINK, Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Johnny Hill, Jason Occhino, Bret Belden, Kevan Cook, Brandon Ford, Chris Fleming, Aron Backus, Alan Chapman.
NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15-LAPS – SHANNON PITCHER, Amy Holland, Kelly Smith, Taylor Jackson, Zach Sobotka, Mike FeFreitas, John West, Tyler Trump, Jason Amidon, Dorian Wahdan, Mike Stanton Jr., Ryan Hatherill.
Cartwright Jr Outduels Fisher For Modified Victory At Black Rock Speedway
DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – May 2nd, 2015
The second points night at the Black Rock Speedway saw a great crowd on hand to go along with 87 cars that filled the pit area across the six divisions at the speedway. The Modified feature saw 3 lead changes within the last 10 laps and it was Ron Cartwright Jr that would outduel Bluff Point, NY’s Eric Fisher for the lead and the win.
Fran Hilton and Stacy Jackson led the field to Scott Hixson’s green flag but there would be trouble on the speedway before the field could even complete one lap. Hilton and third place starter Marcus Dinkins made contact on the backstretch, sending Hilton air born in turn 3.
Hilton would keep the car on all four tires but slid back into the racing groove leaving Dundee, NY’s Brady Fultz no place to go- the two made heavy contact drawing the red flag. Hilton gingerly got himself out of the car with a minor injury to his shoulder while Fultz’ night was done in the 70 car.
As the field took the green, young guns Dinkins and Addison, NY’s Joe Dgien pulled out and hid as the field completed 22 laps out of 30 without a caution to slow the field down. Dinkins was fast in the Leaf Racewear 17 car but he would surrender the lead on Lap 21 to Joe Dgien as the right rear tire on the Dinkins ride went flat. Dinkins would nurse the car around one more lap but drew the caution on lap 22, setting up a wild 8 lap dash to the finish.
Eighth place starter Ron Cartwright and ninth place starter Eric Fisher had quietly moved their way into the top five prior to the yellow. On the restart Dgien stayed glued to the bottom side of the speedway but Fisher blasted around the outside in turns 3 and 4 to take the lead with seven laps remaining.
With five laps remaining Dgien made a run to the low side that didn’t work, meanwhile Cartwright overtook third position from Corning’s Cory Costa. Cartwright set out to get by Dgien for second and would do just that with only 3 laps to go.
“We played a little tire game and it come into our favor with the long green flag run to start the race,” said Cartwright in SuperGen Products, Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane.
Cartwright took the lead into turn 1 as he and Fisher got the signal for two laps to go. Fisher battled tough on the outside but it was the driver from Fillmore, NY driving the DJ Beardsley Electric, Ferris and Sons Concrete #2b that would take his first checkered flag of 2015.
Fisher would have to settle for second, Dgien finished third, Costa fourth and Tyler Siri recovered from early problems to bring home a top five finish.
After a tough season in 2014, Cartwright was elated to get their first checkered flag this early in the season.
“It feels good as we had one get away from us at Woodhull last week on the last lap so I didn’t want that to happen again.”
Elbridge, NY pilot Rob Humphreys led the field to the green in the Crate Sportsman feature and looked to run away with the feature in his #85 machine. Humphreys pulled out to a big lead and led the feature until a lap 21 yellow flag slowed the field. This put the defending track champion Casey Pavlick out of Addison, NY on the back bumper of the Humphreys ride.
On the restart Humphreys tried to hold off the C&S Services 18p but it was to no avail. Pavlick powered around the outside of turn 4 to take the lead and not look back, scoring his first victory of the season in his title defense. Humphreys got passed late by Jake Dgien in the 3x to make it a 1-2 sweep for the contingent from Addison. Humphreys settled for third while Ross Vleck and Chris Silvers rounded out the top five.
“It’s been quite a while since I’ve been here (in victory lane) but this feels awesome,” said Pavlick in Victory Lane.
“I was riding the brakes to get through the corners and I didn’t think I was going to get him but we were able to get by.”
May 1st, 2015 Full Results:
MODIFIEDS (30 Laps): Ron Cartwright, Eric Fisher, Joe Dgien, Cory Costa, Tyler Siri, Derrick Podsiadlo, Stacy Jackson, Scott Boudinot, Dylan Dewert, Chris Ostrowsky, Daryl Hilkert, Marcus Dinkins, Donnie Lawson, Brian Doolittle, Fran Hilton, Brady Fultz DNS: Alan Johnson (motor), Steve Paine (rear end), Ray Dann (Accident)
CRATE SPORTSMAN (25 Laps): Casey Pavlick, Jake Dgien, Rob Humphreys, Ross Vleck, Chris Silvers, Brent Ayers, Josh Keesey, Brett Buono, Dale Welty, Doug Smith, Jordan Siri, Josh Sawyer, Jimmy Morton, Lance Irwin, Eric Bell, Chris Fisher DNS: Zach Ziegenhagen, Steve Gray
Sheppard, Marcuccilli, Take Brewerton Speedway Opening Night Wins
BREWERTON, NY – May 1, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – Defending Brewerton Speedway, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Champion Matt Sheppard served notice on Friday night that he wasn’t giving up his title easily.
Taking advantage of an opening night draw spot that put him on the front row, Sheppard took the lead at the drop of the green flag that saw him lead every lap of the 35-Lap feature. Teammate Jimmy Phelps could get within a few car lengths a couple of times late in the going but never seriously challenged for the win.
Other winners on Ferris Mowers night were, Dave Marcuccilli, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Joe Isabell, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Sheppard bolted out to the lead at the drop of the green and by Lap-10 opened around a ten car length advantage. Behind Sheppard, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Larry Wight were not only chasing the leader but were locked in a tight battle for second through fifth just before a quick yellow.
With 15-Laps showing on the scoring tower Sheppard opened a straightaway lead in his FX Caprara Chevy/HBR/Mohawk Northeast/No.9H/Troyer. Sears, Phelps and Wight were still putting on a show for second, third and fourth with Decker sliding back to a distant fifth.
On Lap-18, coming down the front straight, Wight would get by Phelps for third. When Wight made the pass it was tight quarters between him and Phelps causing Wight to bang the wall causing a right rear flat. Wight made a trip to the pits and returned.
On Lap-21 Phelps moved into second and took off after Sheppard. With 10-Laps to go Phelps was slowly cutting into Sheppard’s lead. Sears, Decker, Vinnie Vitale and Ryan Phelps fought for third through sixth.
On Lap-29 the final yellow would wave setting up a six-lap dash to the checkers. Over the remaining laps Phelps threw everything he had at Sheppard, but Sheppard was too strong as he went under the checkers just over a second ahead of Phelps. Decker, Sears and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top-five. Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile and Matt Fink completed the top-ten.
Dave Marcuccilli in his Page Trucking/No. M1 will go in the record books as the first feature winner for the SUNY Canton Sportsman as a weekly class at the speedway.
In the 25-Lap feature great racing was found throughout the 24-car starting field. Todd Root would lead the opening 12-Laps before Marcuccilli took over the top spot. Once in the lead Marcuccilli would outrun Fulton Speedway Track Champion Ron Davis III to the checkers. Gregg Kimball, Earl Rudy and Alan Fink would round out the top-five. Rich Townsend, Mike Prentice, Jack Meeks, Tony Finch II and Stephen Denton would complete the top-ten.
DIRTcar Modifieds 35-Laps)- MATT SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Tim Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile, Matt Fink, Tom Sears Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Rob Bellinger, Pat O’Brien, Larry Wight, Chris Mackey, Ryan Bartlett, Matt Billings, Ryan Arbuthnot, Tim Kerr, Mike Bowman, Matt Hulsizer, Jim Witko Jr., Dan Vauter. DNQ – Chad Phelps, Dave Bartlett, Danny O’Brien, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August.
Sportsman 25-Laps– DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Ron Davis III, Greg Kimball, Earl Rudy, Alan Fink, Rich Townsend, Mike Prentice, Jack Meeks, Tony Finch II, Stephen Denton, Corey Barker, Nick Krause, JJ Courcy, John Cunningham, Chris Cunningham, Chris Hulsizer, Brent Joy, Steve Abt, Todd Root, Mike Button, Dylan Zacharias, Justin Lindsey, James Carlson, Ricky Yelle.
Hearn Jet’s To Win Number 117 At Albany-Saratoga
For Immediate Release
May 2nd, 2015
Malta, NY – After suffering the first rain out courtesy of Mother Nature one week ago, the Albany-Saratoga Speedway roared back to life on Friday evening with a full slate of weekly racing. When the night was through defending track champion Brett Hearn stood in victory lane as the DIRTcar Modified feature winner. The win for Hearn made it two years in a row that he won the second points paying event of the season.
Other winners during the evening were Adam Gage (Sportsman), Rob Yetman (DIRTcar Pro Stock), Mike Coffey (Limited Sportsman) and Bill Duprey (Street Stock).
Alex Bell and Mark Kislowski led the 28 car field to the green with Bell putting the Jeffies Mart number 23 out front first. The Cambridge driver held the top spot for the first two laps before giving way to Ballston Lake’s Kislowski.
Once out front Kislowski looked strong, just as he had in earlier heat race action. Kislowski, whose two previous feature wins at the Great Race Place came nearly a year apart in August of 2013 and 2014, looked to be on his way to his ninth overall track win. On lap 24 his plans to add to his DIRTcar Modified and Sportsman feature win totals went away as he gave way to Hearn.
As is custom, Hearn looked very strong once out front. Despite second generation driver Neil Stratton shredding a right rear tire on lap 32, Hearn was able to cruise home for his first DIRTcar Modified feature win of the season at the Great Race Place. With the win Hearn increased his track best DIRTcar Modified feature win total to 117 and took a big step in his quest for track championship number eight.
Hearn crossed the finish line first with Kenny Tremont, Jr. second, Ronnie Johnson third, Kislowski fourth and Brett Wright fifth. Don Ronca brought the newly sponsored Tony Mangino Mitsubishi number seven home sixth with Elmo Reckner, Rich Scagliotta, Jesse Mueller and Peter Britten rounding out the top ten.
A total of 29 DIRTcar Modifeds entered the night’s action with heat races being won by Bell, Tremont and Wright.
Adam Gage picked up the 25 lap Sportsman feature event. The win was the first for Gage at the Great Race Place. Defending and two time track champion Jeremy Pitts finished second with Chris Johnson third, Jon Miller fourth and Joey Scarborough fifth. Ricky Davis brought the Luke’s Luggage/White Creek Auto Sales number 43 home in the sixth position with Derrick McGrew, Chris Murray, John Scarborough and Jack Bublak rounding out the top ten. A total of 29 drivers entered the event with heat race victories going to Gage, Connor Cleveland and Davis.
Rob Yetman picked up the win in the 25 lap DIRTcar Pro Stock feature event. The win was the 20th at the track for the 2013 and 2014 track champion. Robbie Speed brought the River Station number 24 home second with Brandon Emigh third, Jeff Washburn fourth and Dan Older, Sr. fifth. Opening day feature winner Byron Wescott finished sixth in the Lazzaro’s Auto Body number 00 with Bernie Companion, Kim Duell, Daniel Sanchez and Dave DePaulo rounding out the top ten. A total of 23 drivers entered the event with heat race wins being claimed by Washburn, Emigh and Yetman.
Sportsman division rookie Mike Coffey picked up the win in the 15 lap Limited Sportsman feature event. The win was Coffey’s first of his career. Coffey was followed across the line by Andrew Buff, Chris Ronca, Pat Jones and Zach Daurio. John Lindblade finished sixth with Ken Conroy, Travis Billington, Ben Brownell and opening day winner Anthony Alger completing the top ten. A total of 26 drivers entered the event with heat races being won by Brownell, Coffey and Jones.
DIRTcar Modified Results (35 Laps) - 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Ken Tremont Jr, 3) Ronnie Johnson, 4) Mark Kislowski, 5) Brett Wright, 6) Don Ronca, 7) Elmo Reckner, 8) Rich Scagliotta, 9) Jessey Mueller, 10) Peter Britten, 11) John Lutes Jr., 12) Mike Perrotte 13) Jimmy Cottrell, 14) Brian Gleason, 15) Rob Pitcher, 16) Matt Depew, 17) Kris Vernold, 18) Marc Johnson, 19) Neil Stratton, 20) Ray Hoard, 21) Dylan Scribner, 22) Keith Flach, 24) Justin Barber, 25) Alex Bell, 26) Bobby Hackle IV, 27) Brian Whittemore, 28) Rich Ronca, DNS) Matt Delorenzo
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Adam Gage, 2) Jeremy Pitts, 3) Chris Johnson, 4) Jon Miller, 5) Joey Scarborough, 6) Ricky Davis, 7) Derek McGrew, 8) Chris Murray, 9) Johnny Scarborough, 10) Jack Bublak, 11) Hunter Bates, 12) Jack Speshock, 13) Robert Bublak, 14) Rob Maxon, 15) Mike Ostrander, 16) John Proctor, 17) Jack Swinton, 18) Nick Anatriello, 19) Pete Jeske, 20) Alissa Cody, 21) Brandon Pitcher, 22) Connor Cleveland, 23) Colin Bokus, 24) Jack Gentile, 25) Elliott Lussier, 26) Dave Baranowski Jr, 27) Jake Scarborough, 28) Tim Hartman Jr (Sr Sub), DNS) Mike Burdo
DIRTcar Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) $600 To Win - 1) Rob Yetman, 2) Robbie Speed, 3) Brandon Emigh, 4) Jeff Washburn, 5) Dan Older, 6) Byron Wescott, 7) Bernie Companion, 8) Kim Duell, 9) Daniel Sanchez, 10) Dave Depaulo, 11) Mark Burch, 12) Kevin Loomis, 13) Ken Martin, 14) Cale Kneer, 15) Bill Smith, 16) Norm Loubier, 17) Russell Farr, 18) Scott Lawrence, DNS) Walt Brownell, DNS) Chuck Dumblewski, DNS) Luke Horning, DNS) Dan Madigan, DNS) Nick Stone
Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) Mike Coffey, 2) Andrew Buff, 3) Christopher Ronca, 4) Pat Jones, 5) Zach Daurio, 6) John Linblade, 7) Ken Conroy, 8) Travis Billington, 9) Ben Brownell, 10) Anthony Alger, 11) Emily Quinn, 12) Rob Lanfear, 13) Scott Bennett Jr, 14) John Stowell, 15) Nick Fretto, 16) Gary Derocher, 17) Scott Flanders, 18) Diana Huyck, 19) Reggie Bonner, 20) Chris Curtis, 21) Mark Rabideau, 22) Anthony Savoca, 23) Matt Atwood, DNS) George Dorvee, DNS) Bob Schmidt, DNS) Matt Westcott
SHARON SET TO BEGIN 86TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SATURDAY; NEW SURFACE, FORMAT & $10 ADMISSION HIGHLIGHT 6-DIVISION RACING PROGRAM
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH April 29, 2015 After a long and cold winter, Sharon Speedway is ready to kickoff the 2015 racing season this Saturday night (May 2). The 86th anniversary season opener will include the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. Warm-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. with group qualifying at 7.
Drivers will be anxious to test the all-new racing surface that was laid down last fall that will feature 111 tri-axle loads of clay. The new format has been well received by the racers that will see group qualifying used for all divisions except the Mini Stocks, which will continue to run heat races. Extended features will be run with 30 laps for the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and the (E) Modifieds, while 20 laps will now be the distance for the Stock Cars, Econo Mods, and the new RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. Drivers will also not have to pay the annual registration fee to race in 2015.
Race fans will enjoy the lowered general admission price of $10. Saturday's promotion is youth sports and scouts night with free general admission and a free slushie for those in uniform. Adults will now be able to purchase beer with all beer and 50/50 raffle proceeds will benefit a chosen charity or organization. Saturday will be the American Cancer Society. Sharon reminds fans that coolers are not permitted in the grandstands. Saturday's kitchen special is chicken gravy over mashed potatoes.
For the fifth straight year, the Big-Block Modifieds will be the headlining division at the Speedway. With the exception of 1993-1995 when no weekly racing took place, the Big-Block Modifieds have been part of the weekly program since the track switched to back to dirt in 1981. That late Lou Blaney still sits atop the win list with 121 victories over Rex King, who is one win away from his milestone 50th career win at the track. Could it come Saturday?
One driver that will be sure to try to keep the elder King from reaching the milestone is his son and defending champion, Rex, Jr. Back on June 19, 2011, "Cooter" captured his first career win. Less than four years later, the youngest King now sits with 14 career wins, which is ninth best all-time. Both Kings already have a feature win at Lernerville Speedway this year.
Jim Weller, Jr. is a three-time champion and has raised his win total to 31 as he trails the retired and hall of famer, Bob Kraus, by eight victories. Drivers like Jim Rasey, Jimmy Weller III, Ricky Richner, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Brian Swartzlander, Dave Murdick, and others will be sure to challenge throughout the season. Sharon is the only track in the region this weekend running the Northeast-style Modifieds.
The Modified division (formerly known as E-Mods) has become the strongest division at the Speedway in recent years with full fields of quality cars and great competition. With that said, racers in the division will see a purse increase. The former 24 or more car count payoff of $700 to-win, $100 to-start will now be the 14-23 payoff, and if 24 or more cars are present the Mods will be racing for $1,000 to-win, $700 for second, and an increase in positions 3-12 as well!
In 2014, Steve Dixon became a Sharon regular for the first time in his career. That move paid off as he captured the track championship and is now tied for ninth in the division's all-time win list at seven victories. No one is near Alan Dellinger's leading total of 87; however, Joel Watson continues to add wins as he sits second with 19 over current racers Jeff Johnson (18), Scott Stiffler (17), and Russ Dunn (13).
The third Modified class in 2015 will be the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, which will be presented by Weller Hughes Contracting and Developing. In 2014, the GM 602 crate engine cars on $135 Bilstein Shocks, steel wheels, and Hoosier Tires made eight appearances with four different winners and car counts between 10-13 cars. Many new racers from all throughout western Pa. and eastern Ohio have joined the division for 2015. RUSH Members racers will be eligible for the $3,000 to-win Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series Championship that pays down 15 positions in addition to the Touring Series and Futures Cup.
In recent years, Mike Clark and Paul Davis have been the drivers to beat in the Stock Cars. The duo tied for the Gibson Insurance Championship in 2014 with the tiebreaker going to Clark giving him back-to-back championships. Davis and Clark have quickly moved up the all-time win list as they have 17 and 13 wins now respectively. With the bigger tires now permitted and the new format, several new racers are expected to frequent Sharon more in 2015. One is Rusty Moore, a driver that has had huge success in western Pennsylvania racing and will be looking for his first career Sharon win.
The Econo Mods will be beginning their sixth season at the speedway, and fourth as a weekly Saturday night division. With Jacob Eucker moving up to the Modified class in 2014 and now Jeremy Double and Brandon Blackshear this year, the division should be wide open. Those three racers have accounted for wins in 35 of the 79 races run all-time and three of the five championships! Next in line with wins are Ryan Fraley and Steve Burns, Jr., who each have five, and are expected to be the division favorites.
Travis Creech made a splash in the Mini Stock division the last two years with 16 victories, a championship, and a runner-up. Creech is moving up to the Stock Car division this year, but Mini Stock racers will still have to contend with Bill Fuchs. The Greenville, Pa. driver owns two championships and leads all drivers with 23 victories. The Deforest Used Parts Mini Stock counts were on the rise from mid-season on last year and several new racers expected in 2015.
The RUSH Late Models will not be a weekly division at the Speedway in 2015; however, will make numerous appearances when Wayne County Speedway is not running them with the first being next Saturday, May 9.
Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, drivers meeting at 6:15, warm-ups at 6:30 and group qualifying slated for 7. Admission for those 14 and over is $10. Pit passes are $30. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.
The Excitement Returns To Accord Speedway Tuesday, May 19 With New York Truck Parts Inc. ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ Special
Short Track Super Series Modifieds Battle 53 Laps For $25,000-Plus Purse; Sportsman & Slingshots Complete Busy Program
ACCORD, NY – Race fans left Accord Speedway wanting more when the checkered flew on the make-up ‘Gobbler’ April 14.
Now, they’re going to get it. On Tuesday, May 19 (rain date: May 20) New York Truck Parts Inc. presents the ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval. The Short Track Super Series (STSS) big-block/small-block Modifieds headline the program with a 53-lap main event paying $5,300 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. A total purse of more than $25,000 will be distributed to STSS Modified competitors.
Gary and Donna Palmer’s neat-and-tidy “gem in the Catskills” facility hosts event No. 3 of the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region $15,000 championship battle. The STSS North Region point fund totals more than $38,000 for the drivers placing inside the Top-12 in the standings.
Joining the Modifieds on the midweek program: Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) in a $1,000-to-win, $100-to-start 25-lap event and Slingshots, running 20 laps for a $300 winner’s share.
The ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ celebrates its third running in 2015. Last year, Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., emerged from an intense tussle with Tommy Meier to score the victory. In the inaugural ’13 running, Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., was the winner.
Accord’s most recent special event, the postponed ‘Gobbler’ from November was a thriller from start-to-finish. With more than 100 race cars in the pit area, the Modified feature event was completed by 10 p.m.
Local driver Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y., earned the most lucrative triumph of his career, pocketing more than $7,800 for his conquest over a charging Creeden, Jerry Higbie Jr., Chuck McKee and Mike Mahaney. Other winners included Greg McCloskey (Sportsman), Kevin Skelly (Street Stock) and Demetrios Drellos (Slingshot).
For the ‘Battle of the Bullring 3’ pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at 4 p.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 5:45 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $20. Kids 11 and under pay $5. There are limited indoor seats available at $35 each. They can be reserved by contacting the speedway office at 845.626.1142. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Complete rules, general information, prices, etc. have been posted on the Short Track Super Series website at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/battle-of-the-bullring-3-general-information-rules-pricing/
Ferris Mowers Presents Brewerton Speedway Opening Night Friday May 1
BREWERTON, NY – April 28, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – The night Central New York race fans have been waiting for since the end of the 2014 racing season takes place this Friday, May 1 when Ferris Mowers presents opening night at the Brewerton Speedway.
On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/SUNY Canton Sportsman/Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Matt Sheppard will return to defend his Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Championship. That will be no easy task when you look at the level of competition that has earned ‘The D-Shaped Dirt Demon’ the reputation as one of the toughest tracks in the Northeast to win a feature, let alone a title. Drivers like Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Pat Ward, Rob Bellinger, Matt Billings, Chad Phelps, Vic Coffey and others make Friday night look like a series race.
For a long time fans and competitors have been asking for the SUNY Canton Sportsman to be part of the weekly racing. After the success of the Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Series, the decision was made during the off-season to bring the division to the regular lineup. With no Sportsman driver having a real advantage at the speedway, it should make for a great season to decide the first ever Brewerton Speedway Champion.
Week in, week out the Pro Race Car Mod Lites put on a great show. This season should be even better now that everyone is 100% under TUSA rule
In the Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders, the question will be, can anyone dethrone Chuck Powelczyk? Coming off his 2014 Championship Powelczyk shoots for his 80th win in the division at the Speedway. Coming into this Friday he is at 71 victories.
The Race To The Championship Starts This Saturday May 2 At The Fulton Speedway
FULTON, NY – April 28, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – After a highly successful Highbank Holdup all attention this Saturday, May 2 turns to the first point’s race of the 2015 season and the season long battle for a Fulton Speedway track championship.
On the exciting race card at the Rt. 57 oval will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/SUNY Canton Sportsman/NAPA Late Models/E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and the Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Larry Wight will return to defend his 2014 Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Championship. With the level of competition on a weekly basis that includes last Saturday's Highbank Holdup 100 winner Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Rob Bellinger, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Chad Phelps, Chuck Bower, Chris Hile, Jim Witko Jr. and others makes wins and titles hard earned.
Led by the 2014 Track Champion Ron Davis III, the racing future looks bright with the young and talented drivers in the strong SUNY Canton Sportsman. In 2014 eleven different drivers visited victory lane showing the level of competition on a weekly basis.
Some of the best racing you’ll see takes place in the NAPA Late Models as there is always great side-by-side racing throughout the season. The already tough field of cars will be growing this season with the addition of former IMCA Modified standouts Kevan Cook and Chris Fleming.
If last week’s E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature was any indication it should be a competitive season in the class. Close racing was found from the front of the field to the back with Kevin Root making the winning pass with just a handful of laps left.
Teams have been hard at work during the off-season in the Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders trying to find a way to dethrone 2014 Track Champion Chuck Powelczyk who had eight feature wins in 2014.
GLEN RIDGE IS READY FOR 2015
By Tom Coughlin
Fultonville,N.Y. – One more week of spring time weather, should be the charm. That is the philosophy being used by Glen Ridge Motorsports Park promoter Pete Demitraszek. “The weather, just was not in our favor to open last week” said Demitraszek. With overnight temperatures still near the freezing point and snow in the air, racing had to take a back seat for one more week at “The Fastest 1/4 Mile on Dirt”.
Drivers and their families have done their best to endure this long winter and now it looks like it is finally time to hit the little high banked D-shaped clay track as everything looks good to go for this weeks opener. All divisions of racing have fans on the edge of their seat at “The Ridge” with the high speed and side by side action. The Cousins Construction LLC. modifieds will see the return of a number of past track champions challenging for the 2015 title. Bobby Varin who held the title in 2013 and 2014 in the potent Nelson Racing- Bloomsfield Florist-85, with a Walt Markert big block, will return to defend his championship, but Varin will be in his old familiar-00, with Dover Brake sponsorship and a small block power plant under the hood. Craig Hanson who held the title in 2007 and finished second to Varin in 2014, will have his Yellow Transportation, Ken Hanson Paving-20c in the pits for Friday nights action. After finishing a solid third in last years points race, veteran driver Bobby Vedder of Schoharie is one of many, looking to add their name to the list of champions from Glen Ridge. Willy Decker of Vernon, N.Y. , who entertained fans with his driving skills last year in one of the Sowle Trailer Repair rides will be the new driver in the Bloomsfield-85 and 2012 champion Jeremy Wilder plans on returning to compete against the tough competition that is seen every race night.
The A-Verdi Storage Container 602 sportsman division will be stacked with top drivers trying to dethrone 2014 champion Rocky Warner, who also won a number of races last year, Chasing the GRIT Series traveling throughout the Northeast. Warner has already won a few times this season at various tracks, but Friday nights he will see him face plenty of stiff competition from many top notch drivers including Mark Mortensen in his, Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-in 1M, who finished a strong second to Warner in 2014, taking the championship battle to the final night. Chris Schaffer in his new TJC Motorsports, Higfab-34c, along with Jason Greco-12J and ‘Happy’ Harry Shaffer in the 1H, will definitely keep the fans cheering the entire evening.
The rookie sportsman and 4 cylinder cruisers are also part of the weekly action at Glen Ridge. Heat races and features will all be set by drawing for positions.
There is an Enduro scheduled for this week, but if you or anyone you may know is interested in competing, please contact Pete Demitraszek at (518) 848-0608.
Friday night racing action will begin at 7:30 pm. , general admission for grandstands- Adults 15 and older $10. youth 9-14 $5.00 and children under 8 are free with an adult admission. All children under 14 must be supervised by an adult.
The Family Four Pack is available for $30.00, 2 adult and 2 youth 9-14 admissions plus 4 hotdogs and 4 sodas.
MATT SHEPPARD PASSES MATT HULSIZER TO WIN MODIFIED MAIN AT UTICA-ROME
VERNON, NY- The stars aligned for Matt Sheppard at the Utica-Rome Speedway. The veteran driver from Waterloo, N.Y., captured the 30-lap Modified main-event with a late race pass of Matt Hulsizer.
It was Sheppard’s second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win of the 2015 season. Other winners included Claude Hutchings Jr., in the Open Sportsman, AJ Filbeck in the 602 Sportsman and Mike Welch in the Pro Street Stocks.
Tim Mayne and Dave Rauscher were the duo brought the Modified feature to the green flag, but the first start was stalled by a flip by Andrew Ferguson as he entered turn four. The wreck would collect six other drivers, including defending track champion Stewart Friesen. Ferguson was okay, but both his and Friesen’s night were done. When the race began again, Tim Mayne took advantage of his pole starting position and jumped out to an early lead. Matt Hulsizer, coming from his fourth starting spot, challenged that lead early, taking the lead after three lap battle. Mike Bowman followed him, taking second from Mayne a lap later.
Outside of the top five, Matt Sheppard was making moves through the field, finding his way into the top five on lap 11, coming from 14th. He followed Danny Johnson, another hard charger, but Johnson lost control of his machine and ended up over the banking in turns three and four, costing him his final podium spot. Pat Ward, who was collected in the seven car caution, was able to work his way into fifth by the 20th circuit. At the head of the field, Sheppard was closing in on Hulsizer, who was fighting through lap traffic. Hulsizer took his car to the top while Sheppard dove to the bottom as the battled side by side up until the final lap, when Sheppard was able to pass Hulsizer in turn one. He would hold on for the victory, with Hulsizer settling for second. Tim Fuller took third, followed by Ward and Bowman. Johnson, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Larry Wight, and Marc Johnson filled out the top ten.
The 602 Sportsman came to the start of their feature with Nick Krause and Glenn Forward on the front row. Forward took the top spot from Krause on the first lap, creating distance for himself. Corey Barker followed and took second, trailed by Dave Marcuccilli. The top five stayed steady for a while until A.J. Filbeck broke in on lap 10. He navigated had his way up to fourth when a caution came out on lap 13. On the restart, Filbeck was able to get grip and take second from Baker, with Forward coming next. Filbeck led the last five laps and won took home the win, trailed by Forward, Marcucilli, Matt Janczuk, Alan Fink, and Baker.
The Open Sportsman started with Craig Pope and Claude Hutchings Jr. leading the field. Pope was able to hold onto to his lead for a lap, but surrendered it to Hutchings on the second time around. A caution on the sixth and eleventh circuit slowed the pack, but Hutchings retained his lead. Pope would give up the runner up spot to Steve Way on lap 17, but he didn’t have enough to challenge Hutchings for the win. Pope ended up in third, with Randy Shantel and Mike Richmond finishing in the top five.
MODIFIED FINISH (30 LAPS)- MATT SHEPPARD, Matt Hulsizer, Tim Fuller, Pat Ward, Mike Bowman, Danny Johnson, Danny Johnson, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Larry Wight, Marc Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Vic Coffey, Brett Wright, Dave Rauscher, Chris Hile, Tim Mayne, Adam Roberts, Darwin Greene, Dave Moyer, Stewart Friesen, Andrew Ferguson, and Chris Mackey.
OPEN SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)- CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Steve Way, Craig Pope, Randy Shantel, Mike Richmond, Jack Miller, Mike Stiles, Lucas Heintz, Cory Pike, Tom Tophoven, and Heath Carney. DNS- Jeremy Vunk.
602 SPORTSMAN FINISH (20 LAPS)- A.J. FILBECK, Glenn Forward, Dave Marcuccilli, Matt Janczuk, Alan Fink, Corey Baker, Cody Clark, Nick Krause, Chris Cunningham, Josh VanBrocklin, Brandon Ford, Connor Cleveland, Geoff VanRiper, Daryl Nutting, Kyle Kiehn, Rocky Warner, Aaron Jacobs, Joe Orlando, Haiden Burdick, John Christian, Stephen Denton, Rocco Leone, and Jim Thomas.
PRO/STREET STOCK FINISH (15 LAPS)- MIKE WELCH, Bret Belden, Mark Effner, Glenn Forward, Steve Peserak, A.J. Digsby, Chris Carr, Mike White, Bill Mason, Travis Welch, Gus Hollner, Andy Lashure, Nick Stone, Kevin Winton, Marc Minutolo, Ernie Staelens, Dana Camenga, and Bill Trexler III. DNS- Shawn Frost.
VARIN TAKES CAREER WIN NUMBER 50 AT FONDA TYING HIM WITH PETE COREY FOR ALL TIME WINS
By: Ron Szczerba
FONDA, NY – It was a busy, cool evening on the banks of the Mohawk River at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening with a good crowd on hand to brave the cool spring weather for a five division racing program. When the checkered flag flew on the headlining modified division feature event one legendary driver tied another legendary driver on the all-time win list at the “Track of Champions.”
Bobby Varin crossed the finish line first in the 30-lap modified feature event for career win number 50 at Fonda tying him with Pete Corey for the fifth spot on the all-time modified win list. Varin reached victory lane in the Dover Brake sponsored/Hig-Fab chassis #00 after starting the event on the inside of the second row in the third position and leading all 30 laps in the caution filled feature event.
“It’s amazing how many great drivers have raced here at Fonda and to be in the top five on the all-time win list is great,” Varin told Toby LaGrange in victory lane. “Jumpin’ Jack is the greatest however and he is my hero.”
Other winners at Fonda on Saturday besides Varin were Chris Schaffer (sportsman), Pete Broderson (pro stock), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), and Jordan Thomas (CRSA sprint cars). Due to the Super DIRT Series race being held at Fulton on Saturday evening the modifieds ran for show up points at Fonda on Saturday.
At the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag to start the 30-lap modified feature event Danny Varin led briefly after starting on the pole position but it was his father Bobby who led as the field crossed the finish line to complete lap one with Danny Varin and Jessey Mueller in tow. Bobby Varin was in lap traffic by lap seven with the first of a total of six caution flags in the event coming out on lap nine.
It took two tries to get the race restarted again with fourth place runner Darwin Greene going from fourth to second on the restart while Josh Hohenforst also made a big move in to the third position after restarting sixth. When Danny Varin spun between turns three and four another caution flag flew and this time Bodie Bellinger was the big mover as he went from fourth to second after starting the event in the 12th position.
The final caution flag in the event came out on lap 12 for a multi-car wreck in turn two involving Alton Palmer, Hohenforst, Justin Boehler, and A.J. Romano with Hohenforst and Romano able to continue. At the halfway point in the event Varin continued to lead followed by Bellinger, Mark Kislowski who started the event in the 19th position, Greene, and Craig Hanson.
Without the benefit of any more caution flags during the final half of the event Varin was able to pull away to the win and was followed across the line by Bellinger, Hohenforst who was able to get back up to third after restarting eighth due to being involved in the lap 12 caution, Kislowski, and Danny Varin. At the completion of the event there were only eight cars left on the lead lap and a total of 10 on the track with attrition being a big factor in the event.
“The track was rough in between turns one and two so the car took a beating tonight,” Varin said. “I just hope that racing that hard through the ruts tonight won’t hurt us later in the season.”
Chris Schaffer and Colin Bokus started the 20-lap sportsman feature on the front row after a redraw for starting positions by the top three finishers in each of the four heat race events. This event was caution filled as well just as the modified feature was with Schaffer taking the race lead at the drop of the green flag.
2011 track champion Mark Mortensen started the event in the third position and was in the second spot at the completion of lap one with fourth place starter Aaron Burton in third. The first yellow flag in the event was out on lap six and on the restart Mortensen was able to take the lead away from Schaffer only to have the caution flag come out again before any laps were completed handing the lead back over to Schaffer.
It took three tries to get lap seven in the record books with Mortensen getting the lead on another one of those restarts only to have to go back to the last completed lap for the restart because no laps were completed. That was to Schaffer’s benefit but Schaffer had a fast car as well as he was out to a straightaway lead by lap 11 with the top five at the time consisting of Schaffer, Mortensen, Rocky Warner, Adam McAuliffe who started in the ninth position, and Ivan Joslin who started the event in the 14th position.
Schaffer was in lap traffic with three laps to go allowing Mortensen to cut his advantage from a 2.4 second lead on lap 18 to just 1.5 seconds at the checkered flag. At the completion of the race Shaffer took the second victory of his career in the division at Fonda in the TJC Motorsports #34C followed by Mortensen, McAuliffe, Warner, and Joslin.
“That was a great race with former track champion,” Schaffer said about the race with Mortensen. “I was saying my prayers because I really didn’t know what to do on the restarts. But I figured if I stayed low on the restarts hopefully I could get to turn one first and then move back to the outside by turn two that I would be okay and I was able to do that.”
In victory lane after the race Schaffer also got to dedicate the win to two very special people.
“I want to dedicate this win to my three year old daughter Paige who has epilepsy and has been in and out of the hospital recently and also to my sponsor Tom Colvin.”
The 20-lap pro stock feature was last on the racing program for the evening but was definitely not lacking for excitement for the fans who braved the cold evening to stay for the event. Nick Stone led early from his outside front row position start but by the time lap one was completed it was Jay Casey who had the lead after starting next to Stone in the front row on the pole position.
Stone led lap two with Luke Horning now in the second position after starting fourth with the first caution flag in the event out just after lap two was completed. On the restart Stone maintained the lead with Horning second and sixth place starter Walt Brownell now third. Brownell went from third to first on another restart with Stone bringing out the caution at the halfway point in the event after spinning in turn one while running second. Stone was able to continue at the rear of the field.
Horning took the race lead on the restart with Pete Broderson the new second place car after the restart after starting 10th in the starting lineup. Broderson and Brownell were having a see saw battle back and forth for the second position but when Horning slowed in turn four as he was coming down to the finish line to complete lap 15 Brownell was the second place car and inherited the lead.
Brownell was able to hang on to the lead until the final turn of the final lap when Broderson powered his way around Brownell on the outside to take the win at the checkered flag. Brownell, Jason Casey, Tom Denton, and Kenny Martin Jr. completed the top five in the event. For Broderson it was his 20th career win in the division at Fonda.
“Wow I didn’t realize that it was win number 20,” Broderson said in victory lane. “I wasn’t paying attention to the lap counter and didn’t even know that it was the last lap. But this was a little redemption for last week and getting by him (Brownell) in the final turn of the final lap for the win was definitely a highlight for me.”
A very good street stock feature opened up the racing program at Fonda on Saturday evening with Jerry Cohn leading at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap event. At the completion of lap one John Young was the race leader with Neil Cosselman second and defending track champion Dave Horning Sr. third after starting sixth.
At the lap five point in the event Young was out to a half straightaway advantage but Horning moved into the second position on lap six and closed in on the leader one lap later. On the inside of turn one on lap nine Horning was the new race leader with Matt Mosher the new second place car on lap 12 after starting eighth.
Mosher pressured Horning over the final two laps of the event but it was Horning who hung on for his second win of the season and the 47th of his career in the division moving him to within four wins of his son Dave Horning Jr. who leads the all-time win list in the division at Fonda with a total of 51 wins. Mosher ended up second followed by Young, Neil Cosselman, and Jason Samrov.
Chad King led the first four laps of the CRSA sprint car feature from his pole position start with outside pole position starter Casey Williams taking over the top spot just as lap five was completed. Jordan Thomas started the event in the sixth position and by lap six was already up to the second spot and pressuring Williams for the lead. On lap 11 on the inside of turn two Thomas was the new race leader with the red flag coming out for a two car wreck in between turns one and two shortly afterwards.
Emily VanInwegan came to stop against the wall in turn one but just before the caution flag was about to be thrown the second place car of Williams never saw the car of VanInwegan and made just enough contact with the back of her car to send Williams into a series of flips bring out the red flag to stop the event. Williams was okay after the scary wreck.
Thomas continued to lead on the restart and by lap 14 had stretched out his advantage to a straightaway lead over the new second place car of Mike Kiser. One more caution flag closed up the field with five laps to go in the 20-lap event but Thomas was able to hang on to the win over Cory Sparks, Mike Kiser, Jeremy Quick, and King.
Next Saturday starts the month of May at the “Track of Champions” with a regular show in all divisions along with the limited sportsman and the pro stock elimination challenge. Starting time will be 6:45 p.m. For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com
MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – BOBBY VARIN, Bodie Bellinger, Josh Hohenforst, Mark Kislowski, Danny Varin, Darwin Greene, Korey Wilder, A.J. Romano, Jeff Rockefeller, Craig Hanson, Ronnie Holmes, Alton Palmer, Justin Boehler, Jeff Trombley, Jessey Mueller, Pep Corradi, Brian Gleason, Jeremy Wilder, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, Vinnie Sanganetti, Alex Bell, Jim Nagle, DNS Ed Harris
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 20-LAPS – CHRIS SCHAFFER, Mark Mortensen, Adam McAuliffe, Rocky Warner, Ivan Joslin, Jeremy Pitts, Aaron Burton, Brian Pessolano, Cody Bleau, Cody Clark, Ricky Quick, Colin Bokus, John McAuliffe, Jason Greco, Tony Farone, Chad Edwards, Chad Miller, Greg Havlicek, Dan Santabarbara, Harry Shaffer, Chris Ronca, Connor Cleveland, Anthony Cardamone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Shea Montgomery, John Scarborough, Scott Flanders, DNS Dave Constantino, DNQ Don Folts, DNQ Mike Peek, DNQ Bert Film, DNQ Floyd Billington, DNQ Nick Scavia
PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – PETE BRODERSON, Walt Brownell, Jason Casey, Tom Denton, Kenny Martin Jr, Nick Stone, Dean Charbonneau, Jim Normoyle, Mark Sullivan, Chuck Dumblewski, Dennis Joslin, Shane Henderson, Kenny Gates, Gus Hollner, Shane Playford, Cassidy Wilson, Rob VanAernam, Randy Cosselman, Adam Warner, Jeff McPhail, Luke Horning, Bill Knapp, Nate Furman, Jay Casey, Jamie Warner
STREET STOCK FEATURE – 15-LAPS – DAVE HORNING SR., Matt Mosher, John Young, Neil Cosselman, Jason Samrov, Wayne Rubscha, Jerry Cohn, Brian Cosselman, Gregg Aussicker, Ellis Shaffer, Mike Lang
CRSA FEATURE – 20-LAPS – JORDAN THOMAS, Cory Sparks, Mike Kiser, Chad King, Scott Goodrich, Kyle Smith, Christian Rumsey, Dalton Herrick, Chad Miller, Dustin Purdy, Steve Meilleur, Tyler Jashembowski, Scott Flammer, Josh Flint, Jeremiah Munson, Casey Williams, Emily VanInwegen, Brett Jaycox, Dan Hennessy, Warren Alexson, Thomas Radivoy, Josh Pieniazek, Jeremy Quick, DNS John Matrafailo
‘The Doctor’ Makes House Call As Modifieds Return To Black Rock Speedway
DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – April 26th, 2015
A long offseason saw a lot of excitement with local race fans as first-year promoters of the Black Rock Speedway Mike Jackson and Sue Foster made the decision to bring back dirt Modifieds to the weekly fold. Near perfect track conditions and a hearty group of race fans battling the 30+ degree temperatures awaited the racing action presented by Superior Crushing, LLC.
19 small block and big block Modifieds entered for the opening night event and it was Rochester, NY’s ‘The Doctor’ Danny Johnson who made a rare Black Rock appearance and picked up the 30 lap feature win.
Penn Yan, NY’s Derrick Podsiadlo and Donnie Lawson led the field to Scott Hixson’s green flag to start the first weekly modified feature event since 2008. Podsiadlo took the early lead but a lap 1 caution flag would put Podsiadlo and Johnson side by side for the restart.
On the restart the two would drag race through turns one and two, but Johnson would pull off a slide job through turns three and four and take the lead as the field completed lap 2. Podsiadlo never gave up and would put on a thrilling battle with the driver of the 27J. It appeared that Podsiadlo was strong entering the corners but ‘The Doctor’ would have the power off the corner and could fend off all of Podsiadlo’s gains on corner entry.
Sprakers, NY driver Stewart Friesen who also made a rare Black Rock Speedway appearance had an impressive showing early in the feature event. Friesen started seventh and had worked his way into the fourth position with less than ten laps to go. The Superior Crushing, Best Line Superior Lubricants 51* was quickly moving through the field until a tire went down and ended Friesen’s night with only five laps to go.
With five laps to go Podsiadlo continued to mount a charge on Johnson but the driver of the Traction Grabber, CG Racing, Bicknell Racing Products 27J was too tough to tame on Opening Night of the 2015 season.
Johnson would take the $1,200 win, Podsiadlo came home with a well-earned second place finish, Lawson finished third, Nick Nye made a rare appearance to finish fourth and local driver Eric Fisher rounded out the top five finishers.
“This car’s just been awesome since we have had it and I’m so happy to get to race for a great team like Chris Gennarelli’s,” said Johnson in Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane.
2015 has been particularly successful for the Rochester driver as a Black Rock win follows up two wins in a row for the team at Kirkwood, NY’s Five Mile Point Speedway.
“This particular car has been really good for us going on its third year on both the chassis and the motor. We keep racing it and the car keeps winning races for us. I would race this car every night if I could.”
20 of the best Crate Sportsman in the area took to the fast four-tenths-mile on a chilly night at the speedway. Appropriately enough, the driver known as “The Iceman” would take the first Sportsman feature win of 2015. Middlesex, NY’s Steve Gray took home the win in convincing fashion after 25 laps.
Veteran competitors Ross Vleck and Dale Welty led the field to the green with Welty taking the early advantage running the bottom portion of the speedway. Gray started in the 12th position and quickly worked his way into the top five before halfway.
Welty, Vleck and 2014 track champion Casey Pavlick battled hard for position with Vleck taking the lead on lap 9.
Welty, Vleck and Gray would go three-wide through turns three and four with Welty leading lap 10 but Gray was not going to be denied. Gray took the Proctor Enterprises, City Hill Construction 29G around Welty off turn 2 and would take over the lead as the field completed lap 11.
Slower traffic would makes things interesting in the battle for second and third but Gray dominated the final 14 laps taking his first victory of 2015. Defending champion Pavlick started his title defense with a second place finish, Josh Keesey recovered from early troubles for third, Welty ended of fourth and Brett Buono finished a strong and consistent run for fifth.
Gene Balmer and LaVerne Knickerbocker would lead the field to Scott Hixson’s green flag for the Street Stocks and Balmer would jump out to the early lead. Knickerbocker and Balmer would battle hard for the lead with Knickerbocker taking the lead on lap 10 when Balmer got hung up with a lapped car.
Lap 16 would see Jeremy Potrzebowski bring out the caution and simultaneously Knickerbocker spun in front of the entire field in turn 1. The yellow flag flew before the leader spun which would palce the Corning, NY driver back in the lead.
However on the restart something was amiss in the Costa’s Auto Body 187 as Knickerbocker slowed on the backstretch causing the whole field to take evasive action and bringing out another caution. This handed the lead over to Gene Balmer and set up a wild finish to the checkered flag.
Balmer led laps 16 through 18 but on a restart coming to complete lap 19, Dunn was able to get under the Balmer #38 and take the lead for the final two circuits. Dunn would score his first career win in any form of racecar over close friend Jared Hill, Balmer had to settle for third, Jake Karlnoski came home fourth and veteran Bob Buono rounded out the top five.
Opening Night 2015 Results:
MODIFIEDS (30 Laps): DANNY JOHNSON, Derrick Podsiadlo, Donnie Lawson, Nick Nye, Eric Fisher, Ray Bliss, Ron Cartwright, Brady Fultz, Tyler Siri, Alan Johnson, Scott Boudinot, Joe Dgien, Steve Paine, Cory Costa, Marcus Dinkins, Chris Ostrowsky, Stewart Friesen, Stacy Jackson, Fran Hilton
CRATE SPORTSMAN (25 Laps): STEVE GRAY, Casey Pavlick, Josh Keesey, Dale Welty, Brett Buono, Chris Silvers, Chris Fisher, Jake Dgien, Ross Vleck, Tim Guild, Doug Smith, Doug Kline, Brent Ayers, Lance Irwin, James Oldfield, Zachary Ziegenhagen, Rob Humphreys, Ray Smith, Eric Bell, Frank Guererri Jr
| 'Like' This Week in Modified Country on Facebook
Flemington Speedway Historical Society
BRP Modified Tour
Five Mile Point
I-88 (Afton) Speedway
Race of Champions
Super DIRTcar Series
Super DIRT Week
Dirt Mod Cup