Erick Rudolph (Modified) & Shane Jablonka (Sportsman) Lead Short Track Super Series Point Standings Into Accord Speedway On Tuesday, July 5 For New York Truck Parts ‘Battle of the Bullring 4’
ACCORD, NY – Accord Speedway is set to lead the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP into the summer stretch.
On Tuesday, July 5 (rain date: July 6), New York Truck Parts Inc. presents the ‘Battle of the Bullring 4’ at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval. The Gary and Donna Palmer/BD Motorsports Media LLC co-promotion is headlined by the STSS Modifieds racing for $5,400 to the winner (54 laps) plus the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman battling for $1,000 to win and $100 to start and the Slingshots in a $300-to-win 20-lap event.
Associate sponsorship for the event comes from Halmar International, Zubi’s Racing, Lobas Productions, Copper Works Mechanical and Crystal Works Inc.
Both the STSS Modified and Open Sportsman circuits are featured at the Accord event.
Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., leads the STSS Modified standings into Accord in search of the $12,000 Halmar International North Region title. Rudolph expects to make his debut at Accord in the ‘Battle of the Bullring 4’ spectacular.
It has been an ultra-consistent season for Rudolph on the STSS, as he holds a lead of 46 points over defending North region champion Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., sits third in points, 66 behind the leader. Bachetti won the series title in 2014. Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., (82 points back) is fourth and Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., who won the opener at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., is fifth, 84 points behind the leader.
Completing the top-10 in points are Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y.; Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y.; Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y.; Billy Van Inwegen of Sparrowbush, N.Y.; and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y.
All of the top-10 drivers are expected to attend the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ event.
The STSS North Region has contested four events this season with a quartet of different winners: Meier at Orange County Fair Speedway in April; Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., at Big Diamond Speedway (Minersville, Pa.) May 17 (a combo event); Chad Cook of Deposit, N.Y., at N.Y.’s Thunder Mountain Speedway May 29; and Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., June 7.
Could Accord produce the series’ fifth different winner in five races?
In STSS Sportsman racing, Shane Jablonka of Poughquag, N.Y., leads the point standings after two events have been completed: the opener at Big Diamond on May 17 and most recently the second event at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., June 21. The May 29 stop at Thunder Mountain was postponed to September due to rain during heat races.
Jablonka holds a scant four-point edge over Owego, N.Y., driver Brian White, a four-time winner already this season at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
New Jersey’s Brandon Grosso won the STSS Sportsman opener at Big Diamond and Jimmy Wells, an Accord regular, topped the I-88 event.
DANNY VARIN DOMINATES GATES-COLE INSURANCE MODIFIED EVENT AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO SCORE FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
TODD ROOT TAKES WIN IN GRIT SPORTSMAN MEMORIAL RACE
VERNON, NY- The GRIT 602 Sportsman series visited Utica-Rome Speedway this past Sunday to join a Gates-Cole Insurance and Wilbur Duck Chevrolet sponsored night of racing action. The win for the GRIT race was awarded to Todd Root after a penalty to Rocky Warner took him back a spot. Danny Varin took home the win after a dominant performance in the Gates-Cole Insurance Modified feature. The other two visitors to Victory Lane were Jeremy Vunk, after he passed Mark Effner late in the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman feature, and Pete Stefanski for his win G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stock event.
Danny Varin and Billy Whittaker brought the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds to starter Matt Burdick’s green flag. Varin, using his pole starting spot, was able to take the lead on lap one. Using the top groove, Varin began to pull away from Whittaker and Rob Bellinger, who were battling for the runner up spot, but slowed when the caution came out on lap 6. On the restart, Varin began to build his lead once more. Bellinger won the battle for second, but Marc Johnson was on the move, pulling alongside the runner up. The two battled back and forth until another yellow on lap 11. The return of the green saw Johnson win his duel with Bellinger and set his sights on the leading Varin, who had put some distance between himself and the pack.
It was erased once more when caution returned to the track on lap 20. Johnson tried to take advantage of the restart, diving to the bottom on Varin, but the leader was too fast on the top side. Varin began to drive away from the field. A pair of cautions came out at the end of the race, but Varin was too strong and took the win. Johnson took second, with Alan Johnson coming in third. Bellinger and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top five. Matt Hulsizer, Vic Coffey, Mike Bowman, Billy Whittaker, and Alan Barker finished in the top ten.
The GRIT Sportsman feature came to the green with Brad Alger and David Schilling at the head of the field, with Alger taking the early lead by finding the cushion on the top side. Schilling stuck with him until a caution on lap 6 slowed the field. On the restart, Todd Root was able to secure the second place spot after diving below Schilling. With a third of the race completed, Root began to track down the leading Alger. On the 14th circuit, Root took his machine by Alger for the lead at the line, but Alger fought back by to retake the lead, holding on to it until another yellow came out on lap 17.
After a series of cautions, the race finally picked up the pace again with 10 laps remaining. Alger retained the lead, but he was starting to feel the heat from Rocky Warner, who had charged all the way from his starting spot in 17 to the front. Alger held onto the top groove, so Warner took his machine to the bottom to try and reel in the leader. On lap 26, Warner made his move on the west end of the speedway. Diving to the bottom, Warner tried to pull the slider on the leading Alger, but didn’t get enough room and forced Alger over the banking in turn 4. Warner was the first to cross the finish line 4 laps later, but was penalized one spot for his contact with Alger. The win instead went to Todd Root, who crossed the line second. Warner was given second, Alger took third, and Matt Janczuk took fourth after starting in 14th. Kyle Inman filled out the top five.
Jim Rothwell and Lucas Heintz were at the head of the field when the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman took the green flag to start their feature event. Rothwell led the first lap, taking off on Heintz. Mark Effner, who started in third, took second from Heintz and began the task of tracking down Rothwell. Using the space in the middle of the racing surface, Effner caught up to Rothwell and slipped by for the top spot on the eighth circuit, with Jeremy Vunk in tow. A series of yellows held up the racing action after the halfway point, with a green stretch not returning until the start of the 14th lap. Effner tried to pull away with the lead, but Vunk, using the bottom, starting to tighten the gap. The two battled side by side for a pair of laps, with Vunk getting the advantage and pulling away with laps remaining. Jack Miller followed Vunk’s lead and took second, with Effner in third. Steve Way and Randy Shantel trailed.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- DANNY VARIN, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Ryan Phelps, Matt Hulsizer, Vic Coffey, Mike Bowman, Billy Whittaker, Alan Barker, Jim Nagle, Andrew Ferguson, Tim Mayne, Cory Pike, Pete Taylor, Scott Huber, Tim Murphy, Jim Walsh, and Kyle Coffey.
GRIT SPORSMAN SERIES FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- TODD ROOT, Rocky Warner, Brad Alger, Matt Janczuk, Kyle Inman, Corey Barker, Chris Mackey, Dave Marcuccilli, Tyler Meeks, Daryl Nutting, Brent Joy, David Schilling, Will Shields, Jason Rood, Tye-Scott Rood, Nick Krause, Rocco Leone, Charlie Tibbitts, Beth Bellinger, Casey Williams, Glenn Forward, Nick Guererri, Kyle Kiehn, A.J. Filbeck, Stephon Denton, and Dave Moyer.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- JEREMY VUNK, Jack Miller, Mark Effner, Steve Way, Randy Shantel, Claude Hutchings Jr., Jim Rothwell, Tom Tophoven, Craig Pope, Todd Fey, Lucas Heintz, and Raymond Carey. DNS- Heath Carney.
THE DOCTOR MAKES A HOUSE CALL AT FONDA FOR HIS FIRST WIN OF 2016
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – The Dr. Danny Johnson went were nobody else wanted to race, the outside groove at the "Track of Champions" on Saturday evening and drove around the outside of both Ronnie Johnson and Jimmy Davis to get the lead on his way to his 11th career win at Fonda and his first win at the track since 9/23/2012!
Other winners at Fonda on Saturday were John McAuliffe (sportsman), Brian Calabrese (rookie sportsman), Luke Horning (pro stock), Josh Coonradt (street stock), Rob Sanford (vintage modified), and John Constantino (vintage sportsman).
The 35-lap modified feature began with substitute driver Jimmy Davis subbing for Vinnie Sanganetti in the Thermo Control #34 and Scott Huber making up the front row with Davis taking the race lead at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag with Huber in tow. Ronnie Johnson started the event in the seventh position but didn’t stay there long as he immediately began his move to the front.
At the completion of lap one Johnson was fourth after getting by Darwin Greene for the spot and one lap later he was second after getting by Jessey Mueller. It took a few more laps for Johnson to get by Huber which he did for the second position on lap 11 with Davis still maintaining the lead. On lap 13 Johnson caught Davis and began his challenge for the lead which would last for the remainder of the race.
At the halfway point the top five was Davis, Johnson, sixth place starter Josh Hohenforst, Mueller, and Greene with Johnson trying to stick his nose under Davis in every turn on every lap. Davis was running a unique line on the track where he would come out of turn four and go right to the front stretch wall then diamond the straightaway and come back down low by the time he got to turn one. So Johnson saw an opportunity coming down the straightaway on the inside on each lap but just couldn’t make a move to get by.
After a yellow flag gave the drivers a little break on lap 23 when Greene spun in turn two while running in the top 10, Mueller tried the outside groove and was the only driver to do so for most of the event to that point. Danny Johnson started the event in the ninth position, got three wide alongside both Mueller and Huber to take over the third position on lap 26, and immediately closed in on Ronnie Johnson and started their battle for the second spot.
While the Johnson’s were racing hard for the second position Davis put some distance between them but that all closed back up when the final caution of the event came out on lap 31 for Mark Kislowski who was sideways in turn four with Brandon Walters also making contact with the stopped car of Kislowski.
This caution turned out to be the turning point in the event as on the “Delaware” restart the Johnson’s were side by side in the second row with Davis all by himself up in the front row. Davis maintained the lead going into turn one but Danny Johnson used the outside groove to get by both Ronnie Johnson and Davis for the lead by the time they reached turn three on lap 32.
Danny Johnson pulled away for the win in the Shakelton Auto & Truck Parts #27J followed by Davis who proved that although he hasn’t raced in a while he deserves a full time ride in a race car, Ronnie Johnson, 12th place starter Bobby Varin who made a great move from seventh to fourth on that final restart, and 11th place starter Jeremy Wilder.
In victory lane it was also revealed that the win for Danny Johnson was the 582nd of his racing career.
“Everything came together and came our way tonight and it was a pleasure to come to victory lane with Dave tonight,” Johnson said in victory lane. “Our car was really good today, the track brushed off and the outside had some bite to it towards the end of the feature.”
John McAuliffe started the 25-lap sportsman feature on the pole position and took the lead at the drop of the green flag and that was pretty much the story of the race as he led every lap for his second win of the season and the seventh of his career in the division. An early yellow was out in the event with no laps complete after Chris Schaffer ended up in the backstretch wall and on the original restart Harry Shaffer was the new second place car.
By lap seven McAuliffe held a straightaway advantage over Shaffer and on lap 13 the leaders were in lap traffic. The final yellow flag in the event was out on lap 17 for Chris Curtis and Jack Lehner who came together in turn two and on the restart Billy Gray was the new second place car with 10th place starter Rocky Warner now in the third spot.
While McAuliffe held a straightaway advantage with three laps to go the best race on track was for the second position between Gray and Warner. At the drop of the checkered flag McAuliffe was the race winner followed by Gray, Warner, Dave Constantino, and 12th place starter Ray Zemken.
“It sure helped starting out front tonight,” McAuliffe said in victory lane. “There wasn’t a lot out there on the top tonight so I was worried about getting around the lap cars.”
Brian Calabrese started on the pole position in the 12-lap rookie sportsman feature and led every lap for his second win of the season and was followed in the top five by Travis Billington, David Manchester, Mike Peek, and Jake Granacker.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – DANNY JOHNSON, Jimmy Davis, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Jeremy Wilder, Josh Hohenforst, Jessey Mueller, Bodie Bellinger, Justin Boehler, Jeff Rockefeller, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber, Troy Palmer, Korey Wilder, Pep Corradi, Darwin Greene, Ed Harris, Mark Kislowski, Kenny Sparks, Brandon Walters
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – JOHN MCAULIFFE, Billy Gray, Rocky Warner, Dave Constantino, Ray Zemken, Connor Cleveland, Cody Clark, Tim Hartman Jr., Adam McAuliffe, Dan Santabarbara, Brian Pessolano, Chad Edwards, Ricky Quick, Tony Farone, JaMike Sowle, Nick Scavia, Doug Flynn, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Doug Hancock, Chris Curtis, Jack Lehner, Josh DeMagistris, Aaron Burton, Harry Shaffer, Mark Mortensen, Chris Schaffer
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 12-LAPS – BRIAN CALABRESE, Travis Billington, David Manchester, Mike Peek, Jake Granacker, Josh Neal
Neighbors Pat Ward And Will Shields Win Brewerton Speedway Modified And Sportsman Features
Empire Super Sprints Speedweek Coming Wednesday, June 29
By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY - June 24, 2016 - It was a night of celebration at the Brewerton Speedway Friday for two King Ferry, NY neighbors Pat Ward and Will Shields who live literally feet from each other .
In the wild and unpredictable Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified 35 lap feature Pat Ward didn’t take the lead until lap 34 in a race as Ward related that nobody seemed to want to win. With less than a handful of laps to go race leaders Max McLaughlin and then Tim Kerr ran into problems ending their bids for the win. Ward who was right up front battling for the win took full advantage, going to victory lane.
In the 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature Will Shields took the lead on lap 6 and would have to hold off late race challenges from Corey Barker and Tony Finch II for his first career win.
Other winners on NAPA Auto Parts night were, Joe Isabell (Mod Lites) Chuck Powelczyk (4-CYL) Kevan Cook (Late Models).
Tim Kerr would bolt away from Max McLaughlin and the rest of the field to lead the early going of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature.
With two and three wide racing throughout the field there was a wild scramble on lap 6 that saw Tim Sears Jr. and Jimmy Phelps get together exiting turns three and four at a high rate of speed. Phelps would head to the pits to remove leaves and tree branches from his off track excursion and returned to the back of the field. Sears wasn’t as fortunate as his car went back to the pits on a flatbed.
On the restart McLaughlin would go to the the top of the speedway to be scored the new leader of the race. McLaughlin’s lead would be short lived as Kerr battled back on lap 9 narrowly taking the lead back with Matt Hulsizer and Pat Ward right there waiting to pounce on any mistake by the top two.
At the halfway point, lap 18, Kerr held the biggest lead of the race and that was by only a couple car lengths over McLaughlin. Ward, Chad Phelps and Ryan Phelps were putting on a show of their own racing hard for third through fifth.
On lap 21 with a battle royal still going on at the front, McLaughlin running the bottom found enough speed to be be scored the leader at the line just before a yellow for Matt Hulsizer who had front end problems.
With 10 laps to you could have thrown a blanket over McLaughlin, Chad Phelps and Tim Kerr. Just a car length back of the lead trio was Ward and Chris Hile.
The yellow would wave on lap 27 when Tom Sears Jr. and Matt Sheppard made contact going into turn one that saw Sheppard spin to a stop. Sheppard would continue.
The whole complexion of the race would change in a big way in the closing laps at the front of the field. On lap 31 McLaughlin, who was still right there in contention for the win, would clip the implement tire exiting turn four as he flew into in the infield down the front straight spinning in turns one and two.
The problems at the front of the field didn’t end there when Sheppard had a flat on lap 33 bringing out the caution. On the white flag lap to go back to green leader Kerr suddenly stopped on the back straight with a transmission problem.
Ward, a fan favorite who ran with the leaders most of the race, took advantage and lead the final two laps parking his No.42P in a high energy victory lane to the cheers of the crowd.
Jimmy Phelps was a man on a mission as he drove from the back of the field to finish second. What made Phelps run even more impressive was he did it with a bent frame from his off-track incident early in the feature.
Chad Phelps, Chris Hile and Ward’s teammate Larry Wight finished third through fifth.
In the 20 lap SUNY Canton feature the entire race would have no lead safe as the leader was always under constant pressure.
Alan Fink and Zach Sobotka would lead early laps before Will Shields would take over the top spot on lap 6.
When the scoring tower showed the 10 lap mark the action was hot and heavy at the front of the field as Shields, Sobotka, Stephen Denton and Corey Barker were in a four car tussle at the front with Fink just a few car lengths back in fifth.
With 10 laps to go Shields still led but he had Barker and Sobotka breathing on his back bumper looking for a way by. Tony Finch II and Denton had the top-three in their sights as the final laps started clicking off.
On the final lap Shields still ran the bottom leaving Barker only one place to go for a shot at the win. In turns three and four Barker went all out on the top of the speedway bringing the finish to a drag race down the front straight to the checkers. Shields didn’t flinch, winning by a mere 0.072 of a second for his first career win. Finch was only 0.992 back in third. Tyler Trump and Stephen Denton finished fourth and fifth.
This coming Wednesday, June 29 there is a huge show at the Brewerton Speedway as it is night one of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Speedweek that brings some of the best 360 Sprint Cars drivers in the Northeast together. To make the night even more exciting the SUNY Canton Sportsman will be racing for the $1,000 to win and a spot in the lucrative Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout during the Fulton Speedway 31st Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend on Friday, September 30 & Saturday October 1.
JUNE 24 RESULTS
DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) - PAT WARD, Jimmy Phelps, Chad Phelps, Chris Hile, Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Tom Sears Jr., Vic Coffey, Rich Scagliotta, Jim Witko Jr., Mike Bowman, Andrew Ferguson, Chuck Bower, Jeff Blackburn, Tim Kerr, Matt Sheppard, Max McLaughlin, Matt Hulsizer, Vinnie Vitale, Ryan Bartlett, Tim Sears Jr. DNS Roy Shields.
SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) - WILL SHIELDS, Corey Barker, Tony Finch II, Tyler Trump, Stephen Denton, Zach Sobotka, Brent Joy, Chris Cunningham, Glenn Forward, Billy Clark Jr., Ron Davis III, Jack Meeks, Alan Fink, Nick Krause, Dylan Zacharias, Earl Rudy, Beth Bellinger, Gregg Kimball, Rich Townsend, Ricky Yelle, Todd Root, Jeff Stevenson, Joe Sobotka, Jim Spano.
The Week Ahead: Super DIRTcar Series Tackles 3 in 5
The series heads to Cornwall Motor Speedway on June 26, Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 28 and Canandaigua Motorsports Park on June 30
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - June 24, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds have a busy week ahead, as the series gears up for the heat of the summer and runs three races in five days.
On Sunday, the big blocks roll into Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway then head back south to take on Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Tuesday for Brett Hearn's The Big Show 8 with Kenny Wallace and Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Thursday for the Jan Corcoran Memorial.
As the 2016 series season heats up, the battles are starting to heat up and the storylines are starting to form.
Sheppard, Decker and Picking Back Up
The off-season proved to be a time of flux for Matt Sheppard and Billy Decker but if the last six months are any indication, both drivers, who happened to finish last season one, two in the points, are in old form.
Sheppard scored one non-points win at DIRTcar Nationals back in February and took home the coveted 'Big Gator' trophy for winning the Big-Block Modified Week Championship. At Fulton, he ran top-15 but returned to victory lane on Wednesday as the series made its return to Williams Grove Speedway.
Decker did not make the trip to Florida, but showed at Fulton, while the team may be new, the driver is still just as tough. He picked up his first win of the season. At Williams Grove, he finished fifth.
Fuller on Top
Though Sheppard and Decker have the wins, it's Tim Fuller with the points lead - albeit a slim seven over Decker.
Fuller, who did claim one of the non-points wins down at DIRTcar Nationals, has been the picture of consistency through the first two points-paying features. He is the only driver to score podium finishes on the first two nights - a second at Fulton and third at Williams Grove - and thus far, the only driver to start on the pole in a points race.
Cornwall, Albany-Saratoga and Canandaigua
As the rest of the series regulars look for wins to start the season, the Super DIRTcar Series takes on three tracks in the next five days.
Cornwall is the first to welcome the series in their first Canadian appearance of the season. Brett Hearn picked up the win at the track in 2015 - at that point, his third win of the season. Hearn currently sits seventh in the championship standings and has one non-points win on the year.
Speaking of Hearn, after Cornwall, the series returns to Albany-Saratoga Speedway for Brett Hearn's The Big Show 8 with Kenny Wallace on Tuesday. The eighth annual event makes its fifth appearance at Albany-Saratoga. Decker and Jimmy Phelps both have two wins at the event with Bobby Varin, Hearn and Danny Johnson the other drivers to have claimed wins over the years.
Then, on Thursday, Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park plays host to the Big-Blocks. It was eventual series champion Sheppard who took the checkered flag first there in 2015.
The Heat Is On
The season is now set to get fully underway with a busy July coming up. After a two week stretch through New York, the series joins the NASCAR truck series and makes its much anticipated return to Eldora Speedway on July 19 and 20. It then heads to Sharon Speedway for the first time ever.
For more race information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.
ABOUT THE TRACK
CORNWALL MOTOR SPEEDWAY is a 1/4 mile, high-banked clay oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit CornwallSpeedway.com.
ALBANY-SARATOGA SPEEDWAY is a 4/10 mile, semi-banked clay oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit BigShow8.com .
CANANDAIGUA MOTORSPORTS PARK is a 1/2-mile, slightly-banked dirt oval. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit CanandaiguaMotorsportsPark.com
SEASON WINNERS: Billy Decker - 1 (Fulton Speedway on April 30); Matt Sheppard - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on June 22)
COMING UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds return to action on Sunday, July 3 at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y.
2016 Super DIRTcar Series Championship Standings
1. Tim Fuller 194
2. Billy Decker 187
3. Larry Wight 166
4. Stewart Friesen 164
5. Matt Sheppard 161
6. Jimmy Phelps 141
7. Brett Hearn 137
8. Vic Coffey 130
9. Frank Cozze 123
10. Danny Johnson 122
Modifieds Make Long-Awaited Return To Susquehanna Speedway Park Sunday, July 31
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – For the first time since 2009, the rumble of Modifieds returns to Susquehanna Speedway Park on Sunday, July 31.
The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP visits the Newberrytown, Pa., oval, bringing smiles to the faces of Northeast race fans who have long awaited Modifieds at the facility. The absence will end July 31 (rain date: Aug. 7) when the STSS Velocita South Region invades for a 50-lap event offering $5,000 to winner, the sixth of seven events on the STSS South Region schedule.
The Short Track Super Series event is the second day of the York County Nationals to close out the month of July at Susquehanna.
The last small-block Modified special at Susquehanna took place on June 14, 2009, an event won by veteran Meme DeSantis. The powerful big-block Modifieds raced last at Susquehanna under a Super DIRTcar Series sanction on June 15, 2006 with Jimmy Horton the victor.
Big- and small-block engine combinations will be welcomed at Susquehanna via the STSS rule structure.
Last fall, Scott Gobrecht purchased Susquehanna Speedway Park, hired Kolten Gouse as general manager and began a series of facility and surface upgrades that have continued through today. A complete overhaul of the facility has included fresh clay, new lighting, new grandstands, pit area and infield improvements, reworked kitchens and bathrooms and much more.
The STSS Velocita South Region has visited five facilities already in 2016, with five different winners: Anthony Perrego (Georgetown, Del.); Wade Hendrickson (Bridgeport, N.J.), Ryan Watt (Big Diamond, Pa.); Stewart Friesen (Delmar, Del.) and Billy Pauch Jr. (New Egypt, N.J.).
Friesen currently leads the standings with just Susquehanna and the finale Aug. 30 at Georgetown Speedway left to run.
Aside from the STSS Modifieds, Sportsman will now have their chance to shine at Susquehanna.
The Sportsman division will now be featured as the second class on the program in the ‘Susky Sportsman Showdown’ with $1,000 guaranteed to the winner and $100 to take the green flag.
The Sportsman division has been strong in 2016 at neighboring Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., and Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. Short Track Super Series Open Sportsman rules will be utilized to allow maximum participation from cars in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Crate 602 Sportsman will be permitted to race in this event.
Accord Speedway In Spotlight Tuesday, July 5
ACCORD, NY – The ‘Ulster County Bullring’ nestled in the Catskill Mountains takes the dirt-track Modified spotlight on Tuesday, July 5.
For the fourth consecutive year, BD Motorsports Media LLC teams with Accord Speedway owners Gary and Donna Palmer to present the New York Truck Parts Inc. ‘Battle of the Bullring 4’ featuring the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP. Also on the card: STSS Sportsman and Slingshots.
STSS Modifieds race 54 laps around the fast quarter-mile oval for a winner’s share of $5,400-plus as the series’ championship battle intensifies.
The inaugural ‘Battle of the Bullring’ was contested in August 2013 with Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., earning the win. Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was the 2014 victor, with Hurley, N.Y., driver Jackie Brown Jr. topping the ’15 edition.
Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., leads the STSS Modified standings into Accord in search of the $12,000 Halmar International North Region title. Rudolph expects to make his debut at Accord in the ‘Battle of the Bullring 4’ spectacular.
The STSS North Region has contested four events this season with a quartet of different winners: Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway in April; Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., at Big Diamond Speedway (Minersville, Pa.) May 17 (a combo event); Chad Cook of Deposit, N.Y., at N.Y.’s Thunder Mountain Speedway May 29; and Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., June 7.
Could Accord produce the series’ fifth different winner in five races?
Open Sportsman have their third event of 2016 under the STSS banner with a 25-lap main offering $1,000 to the winner and Slingshots battle for 20 laps and a $300 winner’s share.
JORDAN WATSON & DALE HOLLIDGE GET BIG PAYDAYS AT 44TH ANNUAL CAMP BANES BENEFIT
By Charlie Brown, DELMAR, DE – A 24-hour weather delay didn’t keep the 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit from being a huge success Wednesday night at the Delaware International Speedway. A strong turnout of 118 racers and a great crowd were on hand to watch invaders take home the lion’s share of the healthy purse.
Heat races were all important as the feature fields started heads up from the heat finishes. In the 30-lap Modified feature Bridgeport regular and former track champion, Jordan Watson, driving the Will Brown No. 1w started on the pole with last year’s winner and former track champ, Matt Jester, who was once again running a small block, starting in second.
From the drop of the green, Watson went to the top groove and set the pace. The big crowd got a great introduction to big block regular and division rookie, Carson Wright who followed Watson to the top and kept him in striking distance.
The first of three cautions came out on lap five and on the restart the outside groove continued to be the quickest as Jester took over the second spot behind Watson. By halfway, Watson was working traffic followed by Jester, Wright, Scott VanGorder and Howard O’Neal in the top five.
Two laps later, Clay Tatman rolled to a stop and on the restart Wright was able to regain the second spot. Beau Wilkins climbed into the top five and with five to go the final yellow flew. On the restart the top four remained unchanged while Wilkins and Joseph Watson battled for the fifth spot. Jordan Watson would drive to the $3000 win with Wright ending an impressive run in second. Jester finished in the third spot with VanGorder and Wilkins rounding out the top five. The feature was sponsored by Brett Deyo and the Georgetown Speedway.
A strong contingent of Super Late Models was on hand with heats going to Dale Hollidge of Mechanicsville, Md. in the Greg Gunter/Gunter’s Honey/XR1 Rocket and defending track champion Donald Lingo, Jr. in his Lingo Marine/Ford.
Hollidge, making his first appearance at the track, was the quickest right from hot laps and jumped out to the lead in the 25-lap main. Lingo went to the bottom groove and by lap three was challenging Hollidge for the lead.
“I saw that the modified guys were faster on the top,” said Hollidge after the race. “I went up top at the start but could see Lingo coming on the bottom so I moved down.” That move would prove to be the winning one as the race went flag to flag without a caution.
Lingo would remain mistake free holding on to second. Mark Pettyjohn would maintain the third spot until late in the race when Ricky Elliott, who started in seventh, got by. Pettyjohn would finish in fourth and Ross Robinson drove a consistent race throughout to keep in the top five and finish in fifth spot.
It was Hollidge’s first win at the speedway and it was worth $3000. The win made Hollidge two-for-two in Delaware this season winning the big late model event at the Georgetown Speedway earlier in the year. Hollidge assured the fans that he would be back for the Fulton 50 for the World of Outlaw Late Models on Thursday night August 11th. The Super Late Model main was sponsored by Ray Huffman and R&J Poultry.
The AC Delco 602 Sportman heats were won by Tim Trimble in the Coulbourne racing No. 55 and fromer division champion, Greg Humlhanz driving the Westley Smith No. 98. The early laps of the 15-lap race were caution filled with Trimble maintaining the point while Humlhanz and Jordn Justice swapped the second spot.
From halfway on it was all green. Trimble opened a comfortable lead over Justice and Humlhanz while defending track champion, Scott Hitchens worked from 21st spot into the top five behind Brandon Watkins in the Trey Hicks No. 86 with four to go. Trimble would remain smooth and flawless taking his first career Camp Barnes win. Justice finished a solid second with Humlhanz third. Hitchens got by Watkins with one to go to finish in fourth. The feature was sponsored by Magee Farms.
Three-time Crate Model champion, Matt Hill was back and in top form on Wednesday night winning is heat and starting on the pole in the 15-lap main. Robbie Walls, Jr. captured the second qualifier and started in second.
A pileup on the second lap brought out the yellow and involved the cars of Kevin White, Jamie Eichholz, Steven Baker, Geoff Carey and Mike Wharton. At the halfway point the top five were Hill, Walls, Jr., Sparky White, Tyler Reed and Charles Shawver. The final yellow was out at this point when Richard Harden came to a stop.
The final half of the race was all green. Walls, Jr. pulled to the back bumper of Hill with two to go but could not mount a challenge as Hill went on to the win. White, Reed and Shawver (who started in 15th) rounded out the top five. The race was sponsored by Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions.
In the 15-lap Mod Lite feature it looked as if James Hill’s win streak was in jeopardy. The first half was caution free with heat winners Tim White and James Hill running one-two. Two cautions on laps nine and 11 kept the field bunched and when the final yellow flew with just two laps to go Hill was primed for the challenge.
On the restart, Hill shot to the outside and made the winning pass for his sixth straight win of the season. White had to settle for second with Brandon Dennis third. Nick Sapp got by Aaron VanVorst late in the race to finish in the fourth spot with VanVorst fifth. The race was sponsored by J.D. Willey and Edge Chassis.
Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Jordan Watson; 2. Carson Wright; 3. Matt Jester; 4. Scott VanGorder; 5. Beau Wilkins; 6. Joseph Watson; 7. H.J. Bunting; 8. Howard O’Neal; 9. Bobby Watkins; 10. Brad Trice; 11. Dale Hawkins; 12. Michael White; 13. Trent Willey; 14. Kyle Fuller; 15. Norman Short; 16. Kevin Sockriter; 17. Clay Tatman.
Super Late Model Finish: 1. Dale Hollidge; 2. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 3. Ricky Elliott; 4. Mark Pettyjohn; 5. Ross Robinson; 6. Dylan Evans; 7. Amanda Whaley; 8. Andrew Mullins; 9. Herb Tunis; 10. Kenny Pettyjohn; 11. Joe Warren; 12. Nick Davis; 13. Kellie Lewis; 14. Michael Wilkins; 15. Rob Schirmer.
AC Delco 602 Sportsman Finish: 1. Tim Trimble; 2. Jordn Justice; 3. Greg Humlhanz; 4. Scott Hitchens; 5. Brandon Watkins; 6. Dwayne Crockett; 7. Devin Dodson; 8. Herman Powell; 9. Brian Hitz; 10. Adam White; 11. Jason Rush; 12. Duane Rust; 13. Trevor Collins; 14. Dylan Betts; 15. Ryan Riddle; 16. Trent VanVorst; 17. Jeff Marker; 18. Matt Smith; 19. Freddy Massey; 20. Ryan Mortimer; 21. Andy Hammond.
Crate Model Finish: 1. Matt Hill; 2. Robbie Walls, Jr.; 3. Sparky White; 4. Tyler Reed; 5. Charles Shawver; 6. Derek Magee; 7. Kevin White; 8. Mike Wilson; 9. Billy Thompson; 10. Richard Harden; 11. Wayne Smedley; 12. Steven Baker; 13. Mike Wharton; 14. Geoff Carey; 15. Jamie Eichholz.
DAVE LAPE TRIBUTE NIGHT ON TAP THIS SATURDAY AT FONDA
By Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – This Saturday, June 25 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway a tribute to legendary modified pilot Dave Lape is on the racing program with all divisions in action along with the Vintage race cars with a start time of 7:30 p.m. Police K-9’s will also be a part of the racing program on Saturday as well.
Lape’s record at Fonda speaks for itself, 99-career feature wins placing him third on the all-time win list along with a total of seven track championships coming in 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2003, and 2004. On Saturday evening, Lape’s racing career will be celebrated with friends and family in the Fonda Speedway museum where one of the cars that he drove, the legendary #44B which has been fully restored, will also be on display. The museum is open from 3:00 p.m. up until race time.
JESSICA LAPE’S FAN PLAN
According to Dave’s wife Jackie, their daughter Jessica has a “Fan Plan” in place for Saturday evening’s tribute to her father. It includes prizes for the fan wearing the oldest Dave Lape shirt, a prize for the oldest Dave Lape hat, a prize for a fan who brings a photo of themselves with Dave, and a prize for a fan who brings a racing picture of Dave with hair! There will be also be a coloring contest for the kids!
So please visit the Fonda Speedway Museum when it opens at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday to celebrate Dave Lape’s legendary racing career at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway! For more information about the track you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com
Matt Sheppard Scores in Return to Williams Grove
Scores first full-points Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season
By Mandee Pauch
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - June 22, 2016 -Tim Fuller led early at Williams Grove Speedway on Wednesday night, but it was Matt Sheppard who battled to the lead and was dominant through much of the 100-lap Modified Mayhem at the Grove Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds feature.
In the series' first return to the track in a decade, Sheppard became the sixth different winner in six Super DIRTcar features run at the track since 1989. The defending series champion was able to lead the last 47 circuits to score the Modified Mayhem $5,000 top prize.
"The track started locking down a little bit there early. I just tried to ride it out and drive it nice and straight," explained Sheppard in victory lane. "The guys in front started to get slower in the long runs and we maintained. I think that's what won us the race tonight. Once we got up front I just wanted to hit my marks and take it easy."
Wednesday night marked the first full-points series win in the books for Sheppard and his new team. "It's definitely big for us. It's a special win. To put a place like Williams Grove on our resume, it really means a lot."
Once the green flag dropped for the feature, Fuller rocketed out to an early lead as third place starter, Matt Sheppard, put early pressure on second place runner, Ryan Watt.
As Fuller pulled away, it was Danny Johnson who was making moves through the back of the pack. Johnson advanced from his 17th starting spot and was up to seventh place by lap 26. Bad luck plagued Johnson on lap 37 though as he pulled to the pits due to brake line problems.
Sheppard was able to advance to second place by lap 33 and was able to show speed as he was closing the gap fast on Fuller.
At the halfway mark the top grid showed Fuller, Sheppard, Watt, Dave Blaney, and Billy Decker as the top five. Sheppard battled to the lead after diving underneath Fuller coming out of turn four.
By lap 76, Blaney, who started eighth, moved into the second position. Blaney was slowly closing in on Sheppard but Sheppard was able to pull away as the track was getting faster.
"These guys have a great team. The whole team is strong and gave me a good car to run tonight," said Blaney about his podium finish. "My car was good and I got fortunate to finish second."
Sheppard once again drove off; taking his first full-points series win of the season. Second went to Blaney, followed by Fuller, Wight, and Decker. Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Stewart Friesen, Frank Cozze, Mike Mahaney, Brett Hearn, and Keith Flach.
Friesen was able to come from the rear of the field after an early pit stop on lap seven to finish in fourth with Mike Mahaney advancing late as well to finish eighth from 18th.
Thirty-three Big-Block Modifieds attempted to qualify for the Modified Mayhem race. Thirty cars started the field. Nine cautions were brought out during the feature. Watt, outside pole-sitter, slowed down with a left front flat while running in the top five. Sheppard scored his 36th-career win and first ever win at Williams Grove.
The Big-Block Modifieds return to action this Sunday, June 26, at Cornwall Motor Speedway, the 1/4 mile high-banked oval.
Follow the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; June 22, 2016; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.
A-Main (100 Laps) 1. Matt Sheppard; 2. Dave Blaney; 3. Tim Fuller; 4. Larry Wight; 5. Billy Decker; 6. Stewart Friesen; 7. Frank Cozze; 8. Mike Mahaney; 9. Brett Hearn; 10. Keith Flach; 11. Chad Phelps; 12. Vic Coffey; 13. Peter Britten; 14. Max McLaughlin; 15. Ryan Arbithnot; 16. Duane Howard; 17. Pat Ward; 18. Ryan Watt; 19. Yan Bussiere; 20. Erick Rudolph; 21. Jimmy Phelps; 22. Rick Regalski Jr.; 23. Danny Johnson; 24. Tyler Dippel; 25. Rich Scagliotta; 26. Eldon Payne; 27. Tom Sheetz; 28. Dominick Buffalino; 29. Jimmy Horton; 30. Mat Williamson.
Super DIRTcar Series Returns to Williams Grove Speedway
The series returns for the first time since 2006; just the sixth time ever
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - June 21, 2016 - In just 24 hours the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will return to the historic half-mile Williams Grove Speedway for the first time in a decade.
Big-Block Modified Mayhem at the Grove on Wednesday, June 22 brings the series back for just the sixth time in series history. Jimmy Phelps last stood in victory lane with the series on Oct. 15, 2006. Among previous winners at the track are Brett Hearn (1992), Danny Johnson (1991), Bob McCreadie (1990) and Billy Pauch (1989).
The earth-shaking, ground-pounding power of the big-block modifieds have historic significance at Williams Grove. The predecessor classes date back to 1954 at the track and previous winners include some of the greats of modified racing.
With a 100 lap feature and $6,000-to-win payday, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds' Big-Block Modified Mayhem at the Grove is a can't miss! Tickets are just $25 for adults, $10 for youth, ages 13 to 20 with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets will be available at the track box office on the day of the event.
For those who can't make it to Williams Grove, DIRTVision.com will feature live pay-per-view for just $21.95 of Big-Block Modified Mayhem at the Grove.
For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, visit SuperDIRTcarSeries.com. Follow the Super DIRTcar Series on Twitter at Twitter.com/SuperDIRTcar.
PAT WARD TAKES FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON THIS PAST SUNDAY AT UTICA-ROME
VERNON, NY- Quality Manufacturing and Parks Paving & Sealing presented the racing action on Sunday, June 19, which contained an exciting night of action that showed off the CRSA Sprint Cars alongside a normal show and a make-up feature for the Pro Stocks. For the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, Pat Ward won his first of the season. He shared victory lane with Rocky Warner in the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and twice with Pete Stefanski, as he took home both victories for the G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks. In the CRSA Sprints, Eddie Strada III won over Cory Sparks. For further details, look for the CRSA rundown.
Tim Mayne and Pat Ward took starter Matt Burdick’s green flag to begin the Gates-Cole Insurance Modified feature. Using his position on the outside, Ward dug his right rear tire into the top side of the speedway and took the lead from the get-go. Mayne yielded his spot to Mike Mahaney, who started a row back. Ward began to pull away from the field behind him, leaving Mahaney to battle with the third place Alan Johnson. Meanwhile, Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Sheppard began their climb through the ranks, with Wight leading the charge, fighting into the top five by the seventh circuit. Sheppard followed, in fifth by lap 10.
The first caution on the race came at the halfway mark, reeling in Ward to the rest of the field. On the restart, Wight began a good run that allowed him to get past both Johnson and Danny Varin, to get up to third. Another yellow flag waved on lap 21, bringing Sheppard and Friesen together. The two battled back and forth for the final spot in the top five until the final caution on lap 24. On the restart, Sheppard was able to make his machine stick on the bottom to complete the pass for the fifth. At the front, Ward once again drove off using the top, taking his first win of the season. Second went to Mahaney, followed by Wight, Sheppard, and Varin. The top ten was filled out by Friesen, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, Tim Fuller, and Vic Coffey.
The SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman came to the green with Brent Joy and Rocco Leone at the head of the field. Joy used his pole position to run away with the lead on lap 1, followed closely by Leone. The only caution of the race collected four cars five laps into the race. When green returned to the track, Leone was able to slip past Joy to take the top spot. Behind them, Kyle Kiehn had worked his way into a podium spot and was beginning to contend for the lead. Using the bottom, Kiehn fought by to lead the field after a dozen laps were completed, but he couldn’t hold it for long. Rocky Warner, coming from 11th, was charging through to the front, putting the pressure on Kiehn. With five to go, Warner took the top spot and never looked back. Kiehn settled for second, followed by Leone, David Schilling, and Glenn Forward.
Jim Rothwell and Tom Tophoven led the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman starting field to the green flag with Tophoven leading the opening circuit. Rothwell powered by to lead lap two and would hold the advantage for the next handful of laps, until fourth place starter Jeremy Vunk slid underneath Rothwell to be score the leader on lap eight. Rothwell refused to go away easily, as he powered by Vunk for the top spot a circuit later, only to lose it back to Vunk on lap 10. At this point, it became a four car battle for the lead with Vunk, Rothwell, Steve Way, and Claude Hutchings Jr. using every lane of the multi-lane track. Hutchings would use the extreme outside to get by everyone and take the point lap 13 with Way following. From that point on, Hutchings left little doubt on the outcome as he ran away to his second win of the season over Way, Vunk, Randy Shantel, and Jack Miller.
Jerry Streeter and Frank Hyatt brought the Pro Stocks to their feature event, but neither led the first lap. The leader, Luke Horning, went from fourth to first in one lap to lead the beginning of the race after racing four wide in turns one and two. As he began to build a lead, Pete Stefanski was starting to gain momentum. After chasing down Bill Knapp for second on 11, Stefanski set his sights on the leading Horning. Using the bottom, Stefanski made up ground on Horning. With three to go, Stefanski passed Horning to become the leader before running away and taking the win. Horning, Knapp, Mike Welch, and Jim Normoyle trailed.
The first G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stock feature, held over from May 22, got off to a fast start with front row starter Travis Welch gaining the early advantage. He would hold on to the lead until lap five, when sixth place starter Mike Welch (no relation) would slide by using the bottom line of the speedway. Mike Welch would begin to pull away and looked ready to cruise to his second win of the season, but disaster hit him on lap 13. As Welch tried putting a lap on rookie Aaron Page, Page would spin and make contact with the right rear of Welch, giving him a flat. That would bring out the only caution, with Travis Welch being shown the leader again. The last five laps became a dogfight for the lead between Travis Welch, Jim Normoyle, Pete Stefanski, Chris Carr, and Luke Horning. It would be Stefanski that would prevail, scoring his first win of the season, as he fended off Normoyle, Travis Welch, Horning, and Nick Stone at the checkered.
Next Sunday, June 26, Gates-Cole Insurance and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet presents the $1,500 to win Martin Memorial for the GRIT 602 Sportsman Series plus the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks. The exciting night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing starts at 6 p.m. with gates opening at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway at (315)829-4557.
SUNY CANTON & WILBER-DUCK CHEVROLET RACE SUMMARY
GATES-COLE INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-PAT WARD, Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, Stewart Friesen, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, Tim Fuller, Vic Coffey, Rob Bellinger, Vinnie Vitale, Pete Taylor, Tim Mayne, Cory Pike, Billy Dunn, and Matt Hulsizer.
SUNY CANTON 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- ROCKY WARNER, Kyle Kiehn, Rocco Leone, David Schilling, Glenn Forward, Brent Joy, Chris Mackey, Beth Bellinger, Matt Janczuk, Stephon Denton, JaMike Sowle, Brad Alger, John Christian, A.J. Filbeck, Casey Williams, Troy Fleming, Aaron Jacobs, Billy Trexler III, Jimmy Moyer, A.J. Digsby, Jason Rood, Bobby Gage, Charlie Tibbitts, and Daryl Nutting.
BROEDEL ENERGY OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-CLAUDE HUTCHINGS JR., Steve Way, Jeremy Vunk, Randy Shantel, Jack Miller, Mark Effner, Tom Tophoven, Heath Carney, Craig Pope, John DeForest, Lucas Heintz, Todd Fey, Raymond Carey, and Jim Rothwell,
RAIN DELAYED (FROM MAY 22) G&I HOMES OF VERNON PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-PETE STEFANSKI, Jim Normoyle, Travis Welch, Luke Horning, Nick Stone, Mike Welch, Gus Hollner, Frank Hyatt, Jerry Streeter, Ernie Staelens, Chris Carr, Aaron Page, Andy Lashure, Chris Welch, and Bill Knapp.
CRSA 305 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-EDDIE STRADA III, Cory Sparks, Mark Kiser, Daryl Ruggles, Brian Krummel, Kyle Smith, Jeremy Quick, Steve Glover, Kelly Hebing, JR Hurlburt, Billy VanInwegan, Dalton Kerrick, Brett Jaycox, Josh Flint, Billy Shantel Jr., Christian Rumsey, Art Kiser, Billy Jaycox, Bob Gray, Jeff Trombley, Sydney Prince, Emily VanInwegan, and Kory Gurney. DNS-Tyler Jashembowski.
Danny Creeden Overcomes 14th-Place Starting Position To Win Saturday Night’s Modified Feature At Thunder Mountain Speedway
CENTER LISLE, NY – Danny Creeden overcame a 14th-starting position to win his second big-block/small-block Modified event of the 2016 season on Saturday at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
Creeden, of Wurtsboro, N.Y., carved through traffic before making a bold outside pass of Nick Nye to earn a $1,200 payday. Creeden also won on Friday at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway for a sweep of the weekend.
“The car would go wherever I needed it to,” Creeden, the current Modified point leader, said afterward. “I have to thank the Spoonhowers for preparing a wide track. The top was there when I needed it tonight.”
A large crowd took in Saturday’s event on a beautiful evening for racing. More than 130 race cars filled the pit area.
Nye, a talented graduate of the Open Sportsman division, utilized a front-row starting berth to burst into the lead aboard the No. 6NN. Through a series of early caution flags, Nye was able to maintain his advantage in search of his first Mod score of 2016 on the Mountain.
Creeden, meanwhile, was climbing through the field.
Prior to halfway, the Smokers Choice No. 16X had cracked the top-five. A double-file restart allowed Creeden to arrive in third. Following an extended side-by-side battle with Jeremy Smith for second, he completed an inside pass.
At that point, Nye remained the leader.
Finding speed on the topside of the three-eighths-mile oval, Creeden swept past Nye on the outside.
“Nick is a good racer,” Creeden said. “I know they work hard. It was a shame to have to pass him. He started guarding the bottom. That slowed him enough I could go around him.”
Late in the race, ninth-starter Alan Barker of Norwich, N.Y., arrived in second and chased Creeden across the line for his strongest effort of the season. Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., ran inside the top-five for the entire distance and placed third, his best 2016 result. Nye was fourth and ultra-consistent Ryan Jordan of Speedsville, N.Y., completed the front five.
Brian White of Owego, N.Y., roared around the outside lane to win his second consecutive Open Sportsman event. White started sixth, powering to the top groove at the drop of the green. In four laps’ time, his No. 56 powered to the lead and was never headed. He earned $700 from the posted purse and another $100 bonus for a total of $800!
Eddie White completed a one-two sweep by the family, finishing in second. Chris Jordan climbed from seventh to finish third, with rookie Larry Mekic and Kevin Jordan filling out the front five.
Defending divisional champion Pat Jordan of Speedsville, N.Y., righted his struggles in Crate 602 Sportsman competition. Jordan took over the lead following a tangle in turn three that sent leader Gregg Turner spinning and damaged the race cars of Tom Collins and Shayne Spoonhower. Once in front, Jordan survived a number of restarts in the 20-lap main, earning $500.
Mike Nagel Jr. fended off Isaiah Forward in the battle for second, with Matt Brewer and Tyler Ward completing the front five.
Jason Beebe of Berkshire, N.Y., returned to Rookie Sportsman Victory Lane after a back-and-forth battle for the lead with Landon Cummings. The win was Beebe’s second of the season. A.J. Williams placed second, with Cummings, Dan Allen and Nick Soules rounding out the top-five finishers.
THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY RESULTS SUMMARY – JUNE 18, 2016
Modified Feature Finish (30 laps): DANNY CREEDEN, Alan Barker, Jeremy Smith, Nick Nye, Ryan Jordan, Colton Wilson, Brent Wilcox, Barry White, Chad Cook, Tyler Siri, Ken Titus, Jim Britt, Brian Malcolm, Randy Brokaw, Billy Spoonhower, Lee DeWitt, Nick Mady, Mike Decker, Byron Worthing, Bob Hamm Jr., John Morse, Sam Allen.
Open Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): BRIAN WHITE, Eddie White, Chris Jordan, Larry Mekic, Kevin Jordan, Larry Hillis, Dan Burman, Dayton Coney, Daniel Burman, Greg Morgan, Geordie Decker, Marc Goodwin, Thomas Ferguson, Jason Tuttle, Chance Spoonhower.
Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): PAT JORDAN, Mike Nagel Jr., Isaiah Forward, Matt Brewer, Tyler Ward, Dustin Jordan, Del Howell, James McIntyre, Scott Smith, Brian Mady, Daryl Krebs, Kimberlee Morgan, Bob Stahl, Pat Parker, Brenton Miller, Russell Hendrickson, Kinser Hill, Gregg Turner, Tyler Keener, Kailee DiMorier, Shayne Spoonhower, Tom Collins, Rich Powell, Michael Horton.
Rookie Sportsman Feature Finish (15 laps): JASON BEEBE, A.J. Williams, Landon Cummings, Dan Allen, Nick Soules, Connor Spoonhower, Moose Gulley, Colby Hendrickson, Justin Cobb, Ryan Alsdorf, Chris Rundell.
VARIN EARNS RECORD TYING WIN AT FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – On Amsterdam Printing & Litho Night at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway, Bobby Varin made it two wins in a row as he captured his second win of the 2016 season in the Dover Brake #00 and the 54th of his career at Fonda which ties him with Kenny Shoemaker for fourth on the all-time win list.
“What an accomplishment,” Varin told Paul Szmal in victory lane after the feature win. “I have a lot of respect for the heroes of the sport like Kenny Shoemaker and I owe this to my crew they are the best.”
Other winners on Saturday included Connor Cleveland (sportsman), Travis Billington (rookie sportsman), Kenny Gates (pro stock), Johnny Young (street stock), and Don Greco (vintage).
It was also New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) Night at Fonda with the top two finishers in each of the feature events getting awards from the organization for their efforts. The top finishing NYSSCA member received $75, a NYSSCA hat, and a NYSSCA yearbook while the second NYSSCA member across the finish line received $25, a NYSSCA hat, and a NYSSCA yearbook.
Winners of those awards were Bobby Varin and Craig Hanson in the modified division, Connor Cleveland and Rocky Warner in the sportsman division, Travis Billington and Mike Block in the rookie sportsman division, Kenny Gates and Jason Casey in the pro stock division, and Jason Samrov and Josh Coonradt in the street stock division.
Korey Wilder and Craig Hanson shared the front row to start the 35-lap modified feature event. At the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag Hanson was the early race leader.
Wilder’s night came to an end five laps in to the event when he slowed on the front stretch while running second to bring out the first caution. The top five on the restart included Hanson, fourth place starter Darwin Greene, sixth place starter Justin Boehler, third place starter Brandon Walter, and 11th place starter Bobby Varin.
On the restart, Varin made it four wide going into turn two with Greene, Boehler, and Walters with Varin getting best of the four cars as he gained the second position in a great on track move.
“The 50J (Boehler) got up into the marbles in between turns one and two and slid up enough for me to go underneath him so I went for it,” Varin said. “It worked out well but it could have very easily went the other way too.”
The next yellow flag was out on lap six for Ronnie Johnson who ended up in the back stretch wall after contact with Danny Johnson. Ronnie was able to drive to the pit area and returned to the rear of the field for the restart. On the restart, Hanson and Varin pulled away from the rest of the field to make it a two car race to the checkered flag.
At the halfway point in the event Hanson, Varin, Greene, ninth place starter Jeremy Wilder, and Danny Johnson completed the top five with Varin now looking for the right line on the track to gain ground on Hanson and battle him for the lead. Using the high side of the speedway, Varin was able to catch Hanson and on lap 21 switched lanes to the inside to get the lead from Hanson in turn four.
Lap cars came in to play with a few laps to go with Varin now switching lanes on the track again to the outside in order to get by the lap traffic. Varin took the checkered flag for his second win of the season and was followed in the top five by Hanson, Wilder, Danny Johnson, and Mark Kislowski.
“I had to manage my tires and keep the car square tonight,” Varin said. “Craig (Hanson) took off at the start and I had to run him down with Justin (Boehler) also running a great race at the start keeping pace with the leader on the top so I knew that I had to clear him in order to have a chance at the win.”
Harry Shaffer led the 25-lap sportsman feature at the drop of the green flag with an early caution out at the completion of lap one for a four car wreck involving Ray Zemken, Tim Hartman Jr., Kurtis Hohensheldt, and John McAuliffe in turn four. Zemken and Hartman Jr. were the only drivers of the four to be able to continue.
Ricky Quick started the event in the sixth position and on lap two took over the second position with fifth place starter Connor Cleveland also getting by Jack Lehner for the third spot. On the outside of turns three and four on lap three, Quick took over the lead after getting by Shaffer and immediately took off to a straightaway lead by lap six.
Another yellow flag was out on lap 11 for a three car wreck in turn one involving Chris Schaffer, Jason Greco, and Hartman Jr. Schaffer’s front end collapsed after contact coming down the front stretch with Dave Constantino and then also with the wall as the car slowed collecting the other cars in the process. All three drivers were done for the evening at that point.
Cleveland took over the second position on the restart and on lap 13 used the same outside grove as Quick did in turns three and four to take over the lead. On the restart eighth place starter Chad Edwards got up to the third position and started battling with Quick for the second spot. On lap 16 Quick and Edwards made contact with Edwards getting a flat right rear tire out of it to bring out another caution flag.
On the restart 11th place starter Rocky Warner gained the second spot after a three wide move to get around both Quick and Nick Scavia who was running a great race in third. The move by Warner for the second position was taken back when the yellow came out before any laps were completed. On this restart 2011 track champion Mark Mortensen who started the event in the 10th position made a great move from the eight spot up to fifth as Warner again took the second spot away from Quick.
Warner never got close to the leader as Cleveland was on his game tonight taking his third career win in the division in the Cleveland Brothers Landscaping #09 over Warner, Scavia with his best career finish, Quick, and Tony Farone who completed the top five.
“The restart going into turn one was key,” Cleveland said in victory lane regarding the restart on lap 11 being a turning point in the event. “The outside on the edge was where I had to be tonight.”
Travis Billington started the 12-lap rookie sportsman feature event from the pole position, took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and never looked back as he led every lap of the event to take home his second win of the season in the division. Brian Calabrese pressured Billington but had to settle for a second place finish at the checkered flag with Mike Block, Dan Boni, and David Manchester completing the top five.
Next Saturday, June 25 will be Palmer’s Truck Repair Night with a regular racing program on the racing card beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Vintage race cars will also be on hand along with Police K-9’s. It will also be Dave Lape Tribute Night at the “Track of Champions”. For more information about the Fonda Speedway you can go to their website www.fondaspeedway.com
MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – BOBBY VARIN, Craig Hanson, Jeremy Wilder, Danny Johnson, Mark Kislowski, Darwin Greene, Ronnie Johnson, Jessey Mueller, Justin Boehler, Brandon Walters, Jeff Rockefeller, Bodie Bellinger, Scott Huber, Ed Harris, Troy Palmer, Korey Wilder, Pep Corradi, Chuck Allen, Mike Ketchum, Vinnie Sanganetti
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CONNOR CLEVELAND, Rocky Warner, Nick Scavia, Ricky Quick, Tony Farone, Mark Mortensen, Harry Shaffer, Cody Clark, Ray Zemken, JaMike Sowle, Dan Santabarbara, Jack Lehner, Brian Pessolano, Aaron Burton, Chad Edwards, Adam McAuliffe, Billy Gray, Dave Constantino, Chris Curtis, David Schilling, Brian Calabrese, Chris Ronca, Chris Schaffer, Jason Greco, Tim Hartman Jr., Kurtis Hohensheldt, John McAuliffe, Doug Hancock (DNS)
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 12-LAPS – TRAVIS BILLINGTON, Brian Calabrese, Mike Block, Dan Boni, David Manchester, Bobby Gage, Josh Neal, Mike Peek, Kaydon Hohensheldt
SHEPPARD MAINTAINS HIS STRANGLEHOLD ON CANANDAIGUA MOTORSPORTS PARK
CANANDAIGUA, NY….Waterloo’s Matt Sheppard continues his dominance of the DIRTcar Modified division at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, winning his fifth feature in seven outings this year. For Sheppard, who now sits fifth on the All-Time Canandaigua feature win list, it was his 56th career win at the track.
“I don’t know why I get along so good at this place,” stated Sheppard. “We started off a little tight and ended up a little lose. For sure we were running warm. But that may because the evening is so warm tonight.”
As for the other classes, Dave Marcuccilli, from Cayuga, won his third Sportsman feature of the year at Canandaigua. Lee Sanders returned to victory lane for the second straight week in the 305 sprint cars. And Mike Welch took top honors in the Street Stocks/Pure Stock feature, with Blane Smith being the highest finishing Pure Stock.
The 35-lap DIRTcar Modified feature saw Greg Birosh grab the lead at the drop of the green. The yellow flag quickly followed on lap two, when Tim Fuller pulled off the back stretch with drive line issues.
The restart saw Birosh start to motor away from the field, but Matt Sheppard, who started fourteenth, found himself in third by lap five. It didn’t take long as Sheppard ducked to the low side exiting the second turn on lap 11 to take the lead.
Justin Haers was now the car to watch as he battled his way towards the front. He was in a terrific battle for fourth with Mat Williamson and Kyle Coffey when the yellow flew for Eldon Payne’s disabled car, stopped next to the outside wall in the second turn on lap 17.
The restart Birosh drift high in the third turn, over the birm, losing a number of positions. Sheppard maintained his led followed by Williamson, Hares, Billy Decker and Ryan Arbuthnot. Gary Tomkins suddenly exited the race, as did Birosh on laps 25 and 27.
Decker worked his way up to second, passing Williamson with just five laps remaining in lapped traffic. At the wire it was Sheppard followed by Decker, Haers, Williamson and Arbuthnot to round out the top five.
The 25-lap Sportsman feature was full of action. Nathan Peckham was the early leader with Karl Comfort hot on his heels. Comfort was able to make the pass for the lead before the yellow flew on lap eight, when Nick Guererri slowed to a stop on the back stretch.
The restart proved disastrous! Rob Bussey seemed to lose control entering the fourth turn, spinning to the inside of the turn. In the process he collected a number of cars, including A.J. Lloyd, who slowly rolled upside down onto his roof. Out from this accident were Bussey, Lloyd, Ricky Newton, and Jeff Devoli. Devoli’s car suffered front end damage, while Newton’s machine suffered drive line problems.
Once underway, Comfort remained the leader until lap 13, when Dave Marcuccilli drove around him on the outside of the third and fourth turns. Comfort would remain second until lap 23, when he slowed on the backstretch and headed directly into the pits.
At the checkers it was Marcuccilli followed by Kevin Ridley, James Sweeting, Austyn Fugle and Kane Bristol.
“This car is still good after last week’s win,” stated Marcuccilli. “The track seemed a little different this week. I could use the top of the third and fourth turns to do my passing and then hug the low side in turns one and two.”
CANANDAIGUA MOTORSPORTS PARK SUMMARY (6/11/16)
MODIFIED FEATURE (35-laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Justin Haers, Mat Williamson, Ryan Arbuthnot, Brian Sage, Peter Britten, Dan Wiesner, Billy Dunn, Mike Mahaney, Rich Scagliotta, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Derrick Podsiadlo, Gil Tegg Jr., Dave Rauscher, Tommy Keyes, Kyle Coffey, Greg Birosh, Gary Tomkins, Eldon Payne Jr., Tim Fuller, Mike O’Brien.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25-laps): DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Kevin Ridley, James Sweeting, Austyn Fugle, Kane Bristol, Nathan Peckham, Paul Guererri, Tim Baker, Nick Guererri, Anthony Kimball, Matt Guererri, Dave Conant Jr., Kevin Root, J.P. Sperring, Troy Fleming, Karl Comfort, Rob Bussey, Ricky Newton, Jeff Devoli, A.J. Lloyd, Troy Sperring, Tyler Meeks.
305 SPRINT CARS FEATURE (15 laps): LEE SANDERS, Erick Karlsen, David Ferguson, Tim Smith, Dan Craun.
Joe Dgien Dominates For Outlaw Speedway Victory Friday
(Dundee, NY) – Joe Dgien won two races in quite exciting fashion in 2015- sweeping a double-feature event on 4th of July Fireworks weekend. Dgien wouldn’t have to wait until Independence Day 2016 to score his first victory of 2016, winning over Billy Van Pelt on Friday night in the thirty-lap Friendly Dodge & Ford Big Block/Small Block Modified feature event.
A pair of Woodhull residents, Lee Bills and Donnie Lawson, would lead the field to Steve Kellogg’s green flag. Bills would rocket off the green to lead the first four circuits, but Dgien was charging hard and using the outside lane that he loves to run very much.
Dgien blasted by Bills on the top shelf in turn four to grab the lead as the leaders put lap number five on the board. Once out front, Dgien would stretch the lead to four car lengths as Bills went under attack from Dundee, New York’s Brady Fultz and Westfield, Pennsylvania pilot Billy Van Pelt.
Fultz would get around Bills to move into the second spot on lap six and set sail for Dgien in the No. 3x. Van Pelt started in the fifth position and quickly worked up into the third spot around Bills as he trailed Dgien and Fultz.
A great battle would ensure between Fultz and Van Pelt with ‘BVP’ eventually working by the former Crate Sportsman champion to take over the second spot. From that point, Van Pelt took to the whip in his Grant Hilfiger Contracting, Mullen Carpet, Instant Heat Wood Pellets No. 78.
Dgien would only allow Van Pelt to get within one car length, before stretching the lead back out to three car lengths. Not even a lap twenty-three caution could stop Dgien on this night, as he went on to score the big win over Van Pelt, Fultz, Tyler Siri and Danny Johnson.
“It wasn’t easy that’s for sure,” said an excited and relieved Dgien. “I knew I had to hold my line and put the gas down.”
It had been a tumultuous season up until Friday night as Dgien had suffered tire troubles that had dashed so many great runs either leading or running in the top five.
“It’s been a real tough year. The first night the car was stumbling and then we had five flats in five races. Last week we didn’t run so well, so we went through the car all week and found some stuff and it really worked here tonight. It took a tough night to really make us look things over and found a couple things and got them fixed.”
Van Pelt was keeping Dgien honest throughout the closing laps. When asked how that affected him seeing Van Pelt on the leader board, Dgien smiled, “I tried not to look up at (the leaderboard) until that last caution and I saw who was up there. Just tried to put it out of my mind.”
Jared Zimbardi did what Zimbardi does at Outlaw Speedway- win 360 sprint car races. Zimbardi went on to score his fifth win in the last twelve 360 sprint car races at the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ after drawing the pole for the starting lineup.
Zimbardi dominated the twenty-five-lap feature for the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour American Series event. For more details and a complete breakdown of their feature, visit www.patriotsprinttour.com.
The Crate Sportsman division saw Stacey Jackson finally pull off a win for their recently lost father Steve. Friday night saw Steve’s other beloved son Mike put his Last Lap No. 19J in Outlaw Speedway victory lane, making it two weeks in a row for the Jackson boys.
Horseheads, NY driver Zach Ziegenhagen led the field to the green and had one of his best races of the season early, leading the first eleven laps. But charging hard from his fifth place starting spot was Jackson out of Addison.
Jackson would slip by Ziegenhagen for the lead before the field clicked of lap number twelve. He would start to walk away and stretch the lead out, but Chris Fisher worked his way into the runner-up spot with ten laps to go.
Fisher ran down Jackson for the lead and started to claw his way around the bottom trying to get by. Jackson would have the ponies down the front stretch to shut the door each time in turn one. Fisher even took a peek to the outside lane on a few occasions, but couldn’t make the outside work in one and two.
Jackson would survive two late cautions and restarts to hold on to the victory- the second week in a row a Jackson graced Victory Lane.
“With two laps to go, I was getting pretty nervous there,” said Jackson. “I knew dad was riding with me tonight and it was my turn, so thanks dad.”
The last several weeks have seen the Jackson boys win qualifying heat races, but not able to put it all together come feature time. Mike’s car has been fast all season, proving that it doesn’t take a brand new piece to get the job done.
“This is the same car my brother ran all year last year. We were going to pick up a new car over the winter, we just didn’t get everything together. Then when dad passed away, we put a body on this car so we could have it for the funeral. I like the car, so I think we are going to stick with it.”
Jackson returned to the seat of a racecar full-time after taking his turn as a promoter last season.
“I’ve got a lot of laps around this place. I learned a lot with the racetrack, I can tell what the clay is going to do. It gets a little dusty, but Tyler will get it figured out. They work hard on it every week.”
The excitement for the Jackson family wasn’t over yet though. Jackson and his girlfriend Holly were in victory lane together when Jackson pointed out a bet that the two had made together.
“I asked her to marry me a month or two ago and she said that if I won a race, she would. So Holly, will you marry me?”
As the crew celebrated, Holly gave an emphatic ‘Yes’. Congratulations to both Mike and Holly on their front stretch engagement.
The Crate Late Model feature-only event was dominated by Brian Knowles, driving the Doug Gross Construction No. 7. Knowles started on the pole for the feature event and pulled away on the start.
Bob Buono had a great race in his No. 64, battling early with Jason Knowles for the second spot, with Jason eventually getting by to move into second behind brother Brian. ‘Pork Chop’ would never surrender the lead, stretching the lead over the second half of the event.
Brian Knowles got the win over Jason Knowles, Buono, John Waters and Adam Depuy rounding out the top five finishers.
“We did a lot of homework after last Friday night because we decided we had to do something different,” said Knowles in Outlaw Victory Lane. “We needed to be faster in the corners and we were tonight. I was wide open in three and four for most of the race.”
Outlaw Speedway Quick Results 6/17/2016:
MODIFIEDS, 19 cars (30 Laps): JOE DGIEN (1), Billy Van Pelt, Brady Fultz, Tyler Siri, Danny Johnson, Steve Paine, Justin Wright, Alan Johnson, Gary Tomkins, Ron Cartwright Jr., Cory Costa, Daryl Hilkert, Derrick Podsiadlo, Jordan Siri, Jim LaRock, Dave Rauscher, Donnie Lawson, Lee Bills, Marcus Dinkins
CRATE SPORTSMAN, 20 cars (25 Laps): MIKE JACKSON (1), Chris Fisher, Tommy Collins Jr., Loren Lincoln, Bob Johnson, Ross Vleck, AJ Lloyd, Doug Smith, Garrett Rushlow, Brent Ayers, Todd Hayward, Mike Buchanan, Stacey Jackson, Tim Guild, Chris Fisher, Zach Ziegenhagen, Dale Welty, Eric Williams, Lance Irwin, Bret Buono
RUSH CRATE LATE MODELS 6 cars (20 Laps): BRIAN KNOWLES (1), Jason Knowles, Bob Buono, John Waters, Adam Depuy, Frank Guererri Jr.
PATRIOT SPRINT TOUR, 17 cars (25 Laps): JARED ZIMBARDI, Steve Glover, Parker Evans, Paul Habeck, Dane Lorenc, Steve Collins, Derrick Juliano, Dan Bennett, Darryl Ruggles, Dan Kuhn, Jonathan Preston, George Suprick, Dave Just, Scott Just, Pete Richardson, Tyler Graves, Josh Azzi
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