OUTLAW SPEEDWAY CANCELS AUGUST 17 PROGRAM DUE TO PENDING HEAVY RAINS
(Dundee, NY) For the second consecutive scheduled race event, the Outlaw Speedway has cancelled their racing due to rain. The track lost the 2nd consecutive NASCAR Night on August 3 due to rain and there was a scheduled night off on Friday, August 10 and with this week’s rainout it makes three consecutive weeks in a row that the Yates County speed plant has been silenced.
“We can’t control what the weather is going to do, stated Outlaw Speedway track owner, Tyler Siri. This has been weird summer weather wise and when the forecast calls for an 80% to 100% chance of showers it is a pretty good bet you are going to get hammered. We have been pulling the plug early on our shows knowing that the late afternoon gully washers usually land right about the time we are all set to race. There is really no sense in racers and fans traveling unnecessarily”.
The Outlaw Speedway is not alone as virtually every track in the northeast has been hampered by weather related issues in 2018 going way back to late March and April when the winter seemed to drag out forever and then a wet spring and summer in sewed.
The Finger Lakes Region has been deluged in rain this past week with a lot of flooding in nearby Schuyler County and there is still a travel advisory in places not too far from the track where the roads are still hazardous and the forecast for Friday called for more heavy rain and late day thunderstorms with the threat of even more flooding.
Current high point leaders can breathe a sigh of relief as another point show has been lost and with the regular point season rapidly coming to a close every show that is cancelled means that nobody can make up ground or extend their advantage. A list of the current point standings can be found on the track web site.
Next Friday, August 24 it will be the return of the A. Verdi Storage Containers Patriot 360 Sprint Tour for a make-up show from an earlier season rainout. The sprints will be accompanied by the Friendly Chrysler Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds, the Doug Gross Construction Crate Late Models as well as the ever popular classy Street Stocks. The Decker Farmers Insurance Agency sponsored Hobby Stocks and IMCA Modifieds will join the card along with the Crate Sportsman and the mighty 4 cylinder divisions.
All gate times and admission prices can be found on the home page of the track web site or Facebook accounts.
Weedsport's Labor Day 100 to Pay $8,000 to Win, $700 to Start; B-Main Winner Could Earn $800
WEEDSPORT, NY (August 17, 2018) – With the support of Rochester based Stirling Lubricants, Weedsport Speedway's Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Labor Day 100 purse has received a shot in the arm, now paying $8,000 to the winner with $700 to take the green along with a stout B-Main payday.
Originally scheduled to pay $7,500 to win, with another guaranteed starting spot for the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on the line, Stirling Lubricants has ramped up Weedsport's third Super DIRTcar Series show to an even $8,000 to win.
Additional support guarantees that all drivers taking the green flag in the Labor Day 100-lapper will also earn a cool $700, providing a balanced pay structure top to bottom.
"Weedsport Speedway was founded on the strength of Dirt Modified racing in the northeast, and it is our goal to do our part to help preserve that strength," said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps. "We are proud to announce this purse increase with the help of Stirling Lubricants, and feel strongly that a well-balanced pay structure is the key to the success of the Super Dirt Car Series and its competitors."
With 36 or more entries, the night will include a B-Main for non-qualified cars with the top five finishers earning a pay day. The winner of the B-Main can either walk away with $800 or take the 31st starting position in the Labor Day 100.
With 35 entries or less, all non-qualified cars will earn $200 tow money.
Top Super DIRTcar Series competitors will be on hand including Matt Sheppard, Erick Rudolph, Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Brett Hearn and Peter Britten.
The night's enhanced purse should draw in even more of the best Modified drivers in the area such as Billy Decker, Gary Tomkins, Justin Haers, Billy Dunn, Chris Hile, Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Alan Johnson and Mat Williamson.
Joining the Big Blocks on the main bill will be the 360 Sprint Car Open with some of the best winged sprint racers in the area returning to Weedsport yet again.
The 'Labor Day Double Play' will be the second winged 360 Sprint Car race of the season at The Port. Top winged combatants such as Jason Barney, Coleman Gulick, Paul Kinney, Chuck Hebing, Matt Tanner, and Matt Billings are again expected yet again. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series event on September 3 will be the sixth of the season on tour.
Jocelyn Roy is the current DIRTcar Pro Stock Series point leader over Dan Older, Rob Yetman, Charles-David Beauchamp and Rock Aubin. Roy and Beauchamp each have one feature win on the season joined by Bruno Cyr, Chuck Dumblewski and Rick Duzlak.
Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. on September 3 with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. Qualifying will hit the Speedway at 5:40 p.m. with opening ceremonies set for 6 p.m.
Weedsport Speedway – Labor Day Double Play – Schedule of Events
1PM Hauler Access
3PM Pits Open/Tech/Draw Opens
4PM GA Open
5:30 SDS Drivers Meeting/ESS Engine Heat
5:45 ESS Timed Hot Laps
SDS Hot Laps
Pro Stock Timed Hot Laps
SDS Group Time Trials
6:20 Opening Ceremonies/Anthems
6:30 ESS Sprint Heats 8 laps
SDS Mod Heats 8 laps
Pro Stock Heats 8 laps
ESS Dash 4 laps
ESS B Main 10 laps
SDS Mod Consi(s) 10 laps
Intermission/ESS-SDS Draw Swap/Track Prep
Pro Stock Feature 30 laps
SDS Mod B-Main (if needed) 12 laps
ESS A-Main 25 laps
SDS Mod Feature 100 Laps
2018 TRACK CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 AT FONDA
By Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – On Saturday evening August 18, the 2018 track champions in all divisions will be crowned as Fonda Speedway celebrates the final night of points with a special racing program called the “Night of Features”. On the racing program will be single feature events in all divisions with racing set to begin at 7:00 p.m.
The feature events will be lined up with the top 12 in each division being handicapped for their feature event starting positions with the remaining cars running a B-Main event to determine their starting positions, as they will follow behind the handicapped cars according to how they finish in the B-Main events.
The point’s battle to the championship is an intense one in the modified and sportsman divisions with Bobby Varin leading the way by just two points over Josh Hohenforst and by 32 points over Jeremy Wilder in the modified division.
The current top five in points in the sportsman division is led by Chad Edwards over Tony Farone, Nick Scavia, Ray Zemken, and Cody Clark who are separated by only 24 points going into Saturday evenings “Night of Features”.
Kenny Gates is the point’s leader in the pro stock division by a 38-point margin over Josh Coonradt and a 45-point margin over Chuck Dumblewski.
Defending track champion Johnny Young leads the way in the street stock division by 56 points over Cliff Haslun and Jason Samrov who are currently tied for the second position in points going into this Saturday evening.
Derrick McGrew Jr. looks to be on his way to the limited sportsman division title with an 82-point cushion over Michael McCallion in that division.
Also on “Night of Features” Saturday, the Fonda Speedway Kid’s Club will be holding a backpack giveaway so anyone wanting to donate a backpack can contact Ashley Abeling on Facebook.
Brewerton Speedway Friday, August 17 Racing Canceled; Fulton Speedway Set To Crown Unique Modified Series Champion Saturday, August 18
BREWERTON, NY – Because of saturated grounds from recent rains coupled with overnight rain that has continued into Friday morning, plus the forecast for more of the same, the management of the Brewerton Speedway has decided to save race teams and fans travel time and money and cancel the Friday, August 17 race program.
You can still get your racing excitement in at the Brewerton Speedway sister track, the Fulton Speedway, tomorrow Saturday, August 18.
Racing at the Fulton Speedway will feature the final $2,000-to-win, 50-lap Unique 358 Modified Series race. The format is draw at the pit gate, timed hot laps and top-12 feature redraw. Coming into the final race to crown a champion, Modified Rookie Ron Davis III and Jordan McCreadie are tied atop the points, with Larry Wight just two markers behind.
Thursday, Todd Root announced that Billy Decker will be behind the wheel of the Root Racing No.15 Modified. Todd will be racing his familiar No.11 Modified.
Also, on the race card will be the DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models and the Novice Sportsman.
Genesee’s Gladiator Grounded Due to Rain
By Rich Vleck
BATAVIA, NY, (August 16, 2018)- The long-awaited return of Big Block Modifieds to the Genesee Speedway will have to wait just a little while longer.
Persistent rains on Thursday Evening ended up oversaturating the 1/3-mile oval and making it too hard to work back in with enough time to complete the race program. Rain occurred for nearly 90 minutes and despite never coming down at a torrential rate, the lingering precipitation forced the track crew to question the time frame to get the show in after 45 minutes of running the track back in. A drivers meeting was called and it was decided that, while difficult with over 80 cars in the pits including 20+ modifieds, the best option was to postpone the show for a better date.
The “better” race date is not immediately known, however there are some options to see modifieds in Batavia this year. Anyone with tickets are able to redeem them at face value ($13 General Admission/ $30 Pit Admission) for that amount towards any event the remainder of 2018.
Marc Johnson Thrills Albany-Saratoga Speedway Crowd, Takes $6,000 Short Track Super Series 'Stampede' Top Prize
MALTA, NY – Relief and joy!
Marc Johnson showed pure emotion on Wednesday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway after a victory in the 'Stampede at 'toga' Short Track Super Series big-block lock/small-block Modified headliner.
The 50-lap STSS Modified event – postponed by 24 hours due to rain on the original Tuesday date – was an instant classic on the 'Great Race Place' four-tenths-mile track.
Guilderland, N.Y.'s Johnson emerged from an intense three-car battle in the final 10 circuits of the event to take home a $6,000 top prize: $5,000 from the posted purse plus an additional $1,000 courtesy of last-minute sponsor Amsterdam Trailer Repair.
"What a race!" Johnson said after receiving an ovation from the crowd at his home track. "I could see the top was going away and the bottom was getting better. I committed to the inside and knew I had to hit my marks."
Johnson became the fourth consecutive first-time STSS winner in the series' Halmar International North Region this season.
Veteran Frank Cozze made the long haul from Wind Gap, Pa., to compete in the 'Stampede' event and started from the pole via a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers.
A past 'CVRA vs. the World' winner at Albany-Saratoga, Cozze took the David Renaldo-owned No. 401 small-block to the lead at the outset and thwarted a slew of challenges. As the race progressed, track regular Ronnie Johnson fought his way to second after rolling off the grid eighth.
Johnson relentlessly pressured Cozze, working both high and low.
It was Cozze, however, who remained in front to collect the Superior Remodeling $200 Halfway Leader bonus.
Marc Johnson, after rolling off the grid in ninth, was quietly working forward utilizing the inside lane as the track continued to slick off. He was fifth at lap 26 and moved to third on the 30th circuit.
With 10 laps to go, Cozze, the Johnsons, 27th-starter Matt Sheppard and Anthony Perrego formed up a five-car tussle for the top spot.
At lap 44, the race for the lead fanned out three-wide. Ronnie Johnson went to the top, while Marc Johnson went to the bottom, both sweeping by Cozze to take the top-two positions.
An epic side-by-side battle raged as Sheppard – like Johnson, running the bottom – broke into third. At lap 48, Sheppard attempted to split the middle of inside-running Marc Johnson and rim-riding Ronnie Johnson.
The move didn't stick and Marc Johnson surged off the bottom to take the lead and the victory.
Duanesburg, N.Y.'s Ronnie Johnson narrowly edged Sheppard at the line for a runner-up finish worth $3,000.
Sheppard, aboard the Sweeteners Plus No. 92s, ended his stirring drive from 27th to complete the podium and receiving the Hard Charger Award worth $200 cash from Land Hoe Maintenance and product certificates from Beyea Custom Headers and QA1. Sheppard had won the evening's first heat race but was light on the scales and disqualified. He earned his feature starting position through the B-Main.
Montgomery, N.Y.'s Perrego, driving the Brian Smith-owned Superior Remodeling No. 44, ended his 50 laps in fourth-place. Cozze's outstanding effort ended with a top-five finish.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Mat Williamson of St. Catharine's, Ont., after running as high as third in the Behrent's Performance Warehouse No. 3; Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., aboard the Olum's No. 33 after battling inside the top-10 for the entire distance; series point leader Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., aboard the Jeremy Smith Racing No. 91 from 19th; Kenny Tremont Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y.; and Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., who started 25th in his Albany-Saratoga debut.
Despite the postponement, a robust field of 47 STSS Modifieds signed into the pit area.
The accompanying Albany-Saratoga Sportsman main event was won Tim Hartman Jr. in a down-to-the-wire finish over Robert Bublak Jr.
Feature (50 laps): MARC JOHNSON, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Anthony Perrego, Frank Cozze, Mat Williamson, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Kenny Tremont Jr., Mike Gular, Ryan Godown, Brett Hearn, Danny Varin, Jerry Higbie, Andy Bachetti, Nick Nye, Brett Tonkin, Danny Creeden, Rick Laubach, Jeremy Smith, Duane Howard, Matt DeLorenzo, Jimmy Horton, Jack Lehner, Rusty Smith, Tyler Boniface, Matt Stangle, Brandon Grosso.
High Speed Racing Thrills Returns This Friday, August 17 At The Brewerton Speedway
BREWERTON, NY- This Friday, August 17 Ehrlich Pest Control will present a night of fast, affordable, family fun out at the races.
On the high speed, side by side racing schedule will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman, STARS Mod Lites and JB Logging & Firewood 4-Cylinders.
Adult grandstand admission is $12, with everyone 18 years old and under free. Pit is $27 Member, $30 Non-Member. Grandstands open at 5:30 pm with racing at 7:30 pm.
With only two-point races left in the 4-Cylinders and three in the Modifieds, Sportsman and Mod Lites to crown 2018 Track Champions, here is the top-five divisional point standings coming into Friday.
DIRTcar Modifieds) – 98H-Jimmy Phelps (500) 99L-Larry Wight (482) 6H-Max McLaughlin (444) 84-Gary Tomkins (412) 5H-Chris Hile (410).
DIRTcar Sportsman) – 34R-Kevin Root (584) 82-Will Shields (562) 8-Alan Fink (531) 3-Chris Mackey (526) 24K-Nick Krause.
2018 POKER SERIES RETURNS TO BRIDGEPORT WITH RUMBLE ON THE RIVER
The Rumble on the River will see the return of the 811 Dig Safe Poker Series to the 5/8th mile of the Bridgeport Speedway on Tuesday, August 21st. This event was scheduled as the third hand of the 2018 Poker Series before Mother Nature forced the cancellation of the All American 40 on July 1st.
The Poker Series events are scheduled on non-regular race days to allow competitors from throughout the Northeast to compete. The Poker Series was brought to the Bridgeport Speedway during the 2012 season when Doug Hoffman became the race promoter at a track that was his Saturday night home for many seasons during his racing career.
Colonial Pipeline returns as the sponsor of the Poker Series for the third season. Colonial Pipeline asks that you call 8-1-1 before you dig. It's important to always call 8-1-1 before you begin any digging project, no matter how large or small. Just dial 8-1-1 a few days before beginning to notify your local one-call center of your intent to dig. A representative from your local one-call center will ask for your location and description of your digging project. They will then notify all of the affected utility companies who will send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your underground lines. It's simple. It's free and it's the law.
The Big Block Modifieds will see action in the Rumble on the River in a forty lap feature event. Ryan Watt was the winner of the first Poker Series hand this season - The 60 Over Special, Doug Hoffman Memorial Race back in March. Watt holds an Ace going into the next hand with Stewart Friesen (King), Anthony Perrego, Ryan Godown, Tommy Beamer, Andy Bachetti, Duane Howard, Jim Britt, Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren, Billy Pauch, Jr., Jimmy Horton and Wade Hendrickson (deuce) each receiving a card for their Poker Series hand. As the Pre-season Champion on the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central 3/8th mile track, Jeff Strunk is also holding an Ace going into the second Poker Series Hand.
Thes 602 Crate Sportsman will also be competing in this event, running a twenty LAP feature. Invader, Adam McAuliffe was the winner in the first hand with Eric Kormann (King), Chris Jenkins, Frank Dorry, Scott Kohler, Ryan Simmons, John Criscion, David Crossman, Pete Serra, Tom Creed, Kevin Borden, Mark Clauss and Paul Hartwig (deuce) each receiving a card for the first Poker Series Event. Tommy Scheetz Sr. is also holding an Ace by virtue of this pre-season title in this division.
Pit gates open at 4:30 with grandstand gates opening at 5:30pm. Racing gets underway at 7:15.
ALBANY-SARATOGA STAMPEDE POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY (8-14-18)
For Immediate Release/August 14, 2018
MALTA, NY – Albany-Saratoga Speedway promoter Lyle DeVore woke up to raindrops on Tuesday morning.
With thunderstorms predicted throughout the day and evening, DeVore has opted to postpone the Recovery Sports Grill 'Stampede at 'toga' for the Short Track Super Series to Wednesday, August 15. The program will move in its entirety by 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday night.
"It's raining here already and it's not showing on the radar," DeVore said. "There is a lot of rain out west (of the track) and it's cycling around to get here. Wednesday looks more favorable, so we've opted to use our rain date."
Headlining the program will be the STSS Modifieds in a 50-lap main paying $5,000 to win, $1,000 to win and $400 to take the green flag. Should 56 or more Modifieds sign in, the payout will be boosted to $7,500 to win and $500 to start via the American Racer 'Bigger Show' Challenge.
Also, ALL STSS Modifieds will leave with money thanks to a fully-paid B-Main courtesy of New Country Toyota of Clifton Park, Elmo's Speed & Supply, Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming and DIG Race Products.
Bonuses, contingency awards and more further sweeten the pot for this event, Round No. 6 of the STSS Halmar International North Region. Billy Decker leads the point standings entering this event.
Albany-Saratoga Sportsman complete the open-wheel doubleheader.
On August 15, pit gates will be unlocked at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. The drivers' meeting and draw for heat positions begins at 5:40 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
Big Block Modifieds Geared Up for Gladiator at Genesee Thursday
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (August 13, 2018)- Despite being in the center of modified country, the Genesee Speedway has always had a different heartbeat when it comes to dirt track racing. This Thursday, however, the ground-pounding behemoths will invade Batavia for a highly-anticipated appearance.
This Thursday, August 16, Big Block and Small Block Modifieds will collide at the Genesee Speedway in the 40-lap, $2,000-to-win Gladiator, presented by Wraptile Graphics and Professional Drainage Systems. Utilizing Woodhull Raceway and Super Series rules, along with an open draw/redraw format, this event has shown great appeal to drivers from every direction and all levels of success in the modified world. Race teams will be able to use Hoosier or American Racer Tires that meet specifications on the website, along with sail panels to keep the speed up around the 1/3-mile oval. Point leaders more a multitude of racetracks are expected, but who will take home the unique gladiator trophy remains to be seen.
Not only will the modifieds be in competition, but so too will the Sportsman. This division was added a month ago and thus will not be running for points in this special show. Matt Steffenhagen was the breakthrough winner on Saturday Night and became the 7th different sportsman competitor to reach Victory Lane in 2018. Will an eighth win on Thursday?
The Street Stocks will run their third race of the mid-week mini-series. After two races, a log jam has occurred at the top of the standings, with Josh Pangrazio and Glenn Whritenour tied for first, with Byron Dewitt and Kurt Stebbins both just one point back of the duo. Pangrazio has won three of the last four races at Genesee, including the last Thursday event.
The Mini Stocks have a tight point race coming down the stretch. Defending champion Dante Mancuso is just five points up on Cole Susice. Things are just a little bit more spaced out in the bandit division, who will also be in competition. Point Leader Bailey Logsdon now has six wins this season and has a 29 point advantage over Jessica Traxler.
The Thursday event will see heat races start at 7:00 P.M. Adult tickets are just $13. Keep in mind that with a race this Thursday, there will be no racing at Genesee on Saturday Night. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
The Gladiator MMXVIII
Presented by Professional Drainage Systems & Wraptile Graphics
Big Blocks vs Small Blocks
Thursday August 16th Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY)
Ticket Prices- Adult ($13) Seniors ($10) 13-16 year old ($10) 8-12 year old ($7) Under 7 (FREE)
7:00 PM Racing Starts
T-Shirt toss at intermission
40 Lap Feature $2,000 to win $200 To Start
Following Woodhull Raceway Rules with the following notes:
All cars 2400 lbs. minimum Hoosier & American Racer tires allowed Minimum
48 compound Right Rear for Heat, Consi & Feature if running American Racers
No block tread or Late Model tires Sail Panels Allowed, but not mandatory
Open draw for heat starting spots
Re-Draw for Feature (Number of re-draw cars TBD)
Sunoco Fuel Available at the Track
Win No. 123 And Counting As Alan Johnson Extends Career Mark In Canandaigua
Canandaigua, NY – August 11, 2018 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR
Starting it all off as a teenager with his first-ever feature win at Land Of Legends Raceway in 1975, Alan Johnson continued to add to his all-time track-best total, tallying Pepsi Big-Block Modified victory #123 in the 'Saturday Spectacular' presented by L&L Transmissions and the Ontario County Fairboard.
"I think that first race at Canandaigua was the third time I even went to a dirt track," recalled Johnson, now 60, after launching his speedway career in 1974 at the same half-mile oval that would become a weekend hangout for the next four decades. "Before that I went to Waterloo in the early 60s to watch my dad race and then to Rolling Wheels after it first opened around 1970. Probably saw more asphalt races at Lancaster where my father ran a lot back in those days."
On this day, joining Johnson in victory lane were point leaders Darryl Ruggles after his sixth Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car win and Adam DePuy following his eighth Big Dog Country Street Stock triumph. Both Steve Gray (Donath Motor Worx Sportsman) and Sam Hoxie (New Legends Sportsman) took their third checkered flags in the final full month of racing at the fairgrounds.
Venturing trackside at just 3-1/2 yrs. old, Nicholas Kolosek "out popped" four other youngsters to claim first-place in the unique Power Wheel Demo Derby staged on the homestretch during intermission. Younger brother of current LOLR 305 sprint driver Johnny Kolosek from Marion, Kolosek outlasted Lucas Newton (6 yrs.), Emily Hearns (4), Jonah Campfield (4) and Hunter Smith (3-1/2) as he was the last one remaining with at least one air-filled balloon attached to his vehicle at the end.
Johnson, whose first Canandaigua win came at age 16, filed in eighth on the 20-car Big-Block starting grid and watched as 16 year-old Jeff Daugherty led at the drop of the green. Speedway veteran Steve Paine chased down Daugherty on lap five before 'A.J. Slideways' took command underneath as the lead duo exited turn two on lap 14.
Ninth-place starter Matt Sheppard motored into second on the 15th circuit of the headline 35-lapper, and at the halfway point Erick Rudolph, Paine and Justin Haers filled out the front-five. Johnson's first win of the year came in mid-May when rain shortened the Modified main to 25 laps ---just after he had just passed last week's winner Justin Wright--- yet this time around A.J. would have to hold off current point leaders Sheppard and Rudolph with still 20 to go and and skies overhead clearer than the traffic ahead.
"There was a lot of brown down low but the outside got a little slick," noted Johnson, a five-time LOLR Big-Block points champion with two more wins scored at Canandaigua in 358-Modified Series events. (Outside) wasn't bad in (turns) three and four but one and two went away pretty good. I was comfortable down low so that's where I stayed."
Lap after lap the leaders navigated high and low through traffic, Johnson hugging the inside lane in the Jimmy D's-powered no. 14J Friendly Ford-Cargill-Conley Farms/Bicknell ride for owner Mark Spoor while Sheppard constantly tested the outside line as Rudolph searched for any way past. Lapped cars heightened the drama before Johnson managed to hold on for a two-car length victory in the caution-free finale.
Currently ranking one-two in points, Sheppard (804) and Rudolph (794) settled for second and third, with teammates Jimmy Phelps and Max McLaughlin sandwiching fifth-place finisher Paine at the stripe. Johnson sits fifth on the chart with only two point shows remaining before the 2018 Big-Block champion is crowned on Aug. 25.
Taking advantage of the tacky surface en route to his 30th career Sportsman triumph at the Land of Legends, Gray also commended the track crew for the track conditions that played into his favor come feature time.
While the Big-Block feature ran green to checkers in less than 12 minutes, an opening lap skirmish that sent Nate Peckham sliding into the front infield was all that prevented the 25-lap Sportsman finale from running non-stop. New Legends graduate Billy Paine led his first lap in his seventh start before Tim Baker grabbed the top slot the second time around.
Beginning fifth in the 23-car feature field, Gray ducked under Paine for second on lap three and needed seven more circuits to power around Baker and force the final lead change. Starting in the row behind Gray, Ricky Newton was a man on the move midway through, using the high side to steal second from Baker on lap 15.
The lead trio pulled away from the pack over the next five laps as Paul Guererri joined the fray in traffic followed by division points leader Dave Marcuccilli as Baker faded out of contention. Guererri secured the runner-up position with two laps to go yet could only close to within five car-lengths of Gray in the winning entry.
Ruggles retained his status as the hottest driver at the track, wrapping up win number five in the past seven 305 Sprint outings, including a pair of CRSA tour victories on home soil.
Brandyn Griffin charged from third to first to lead off the 20-lap 305 A-Main with eighth starting Ruggles quickly advancing into the top-five. Ruggles dueled for third with defending points champion Jason Whipple before Mike Jackson smacked the turn four outside wall to incur a yellow flag on lap six.
Griffin and Ruggles pulled away from the pack on the ensuing restart with Johnny Kolosek and Dan Bennett both getting past Whipple before the halfway mark. And that's when Ruggles made the winning move, throwing his no. 48jr. Danny Willmes Enterprses-VanBortel Trucking/Eagle past Griffin on lap 10 and never looking back.
Third-place running Kolosek drifted high over the bank between turns one and two on the last lap to bring out a second yellow flag, yet nothing changed up front as the Hopewell pilot cruised home for a comfortable six car-length victory. Griffin, Alysha Bay, Jesse Pruchnik and Whipple completed the final top-five.
Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – August 11, 2018
Big-Block Modified Feature (35 laps): 1. Alan Johnson, 2. Matt Sheppard, 3. Erick Rudolph, 4. Jimmy Phelps, 5. Steve Paine, 6. Max McLaughlin, 7. Justin Haers, 8. Billy Dunn, 9. Kyle Coffey, 10. Lance Dusett, 11. Jeff Daugherty, 12. Gil Tegg Jr., 13. Justin Wright, 14. Eldon Payne Jr., 15. Jimmy Maier, 16. Derrick Podsiadlo, 17. Kaitlin Pashina, 18. James Sweeting, 19. Bryan Faulkner, 20. Brian Sage.
Sportsman Modified Feature (25 laps): 1. Steve Gray, 2. Paul Guererri, 3. Ricky Newton, 4. Dave Marcuccilli, 5. Tim Baker, 6. Kane Bristol, 7. Matt Guererri, 8. Anthony Kimble, 9. Kevin Ridley, 10. Nick Guererri, 11. Tommy Collins Jr., 12. Billy Paine, 13. A.J. Lloyd, 14. Eric Williams, 15. Loren Lincoln, 16. Kyle Kiehn, 17. Doug Smith, 18. Tim Downs, 19. Trevor Years, 20. Nathan Peckham, 21. Alan Bratek, 22. Joe Cook, 23. Nick Cooper.
305 Sprint Feature (20 laps): 1. Darryl Ruggles, 2. Brandyn Griffin, 3. Alysha Bay, 4. Jesse Pruchnik, 5. Jason Whipple, 6. Johnny Kolosek, 7. Tyler Cartier, 8. Erik Karlsen, 9. Dan Bennett, 10. Dan Craun, 11. Emily VanInwegen, 12. Levi Arthur, 13. Eric Kurtz, 14. Tim Smith, 15. Mike Jackson.
New Legends SportsmanFeature (10 laps): 1. Sam Hoxie, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Tyler Vinson, 4. Timmy Borden Jr., 5. Dwight Nichols, 6. Eric Years, 7. Kevin Gray.
FRIESEN TIES SHOEMAKER ON THE ALL TIME WIN LIST AT FONDA AFTER WIN
By Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – After his car was lifted off of another car in a lap one wreck at Fonda on Saturday evening, Stewart Friesen pitted to replace a flat left front tire and bent radius rods and continued on in the 30-lap modified main event with a bent front axle that the crew had no time to replace.
Taking the lead on lap nine after restarting just outside the top 10, Friesen went on to his seventh win of the 2018 season and more importantly the 54th win of his career at the “Track of Champions” tying him for fifth on the Fonda Speedway modified all time win list with the legendary Kenny Shoemaker.
“The track was awesome tonight,” Friesen said in victory lane. “That wreck was crazy (the wreck in turn one on lap one resulting in the red flag being thrown), this place is so fast and you carry so much speed going into turn one that it’s hard to slow down. After the wreck we pitted to change the left front tire and soldiered on.”
Other winners on Satch Sales & Service Night at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday were Chad Edwards (sportsman), Bill Port (career first win at Fonda in the limited sportsman), Kenny Gates (pro stock), and defending track champion Johnny Young (street stock).
The modified feature started in a scary way with the red flag out after a multi car wreck in turn one involving around 10 cars. The wreck started on the front stretch after contact between Troy Palmer and Pep Corradi with Corradi getting airborne on his two left side tires for a brief time. Corradi continued on in the event while Palmer was done for the night at that point.
The rest of the field tried to slow down to avoid the spinning car of Palmer but piled in resulting in all but three cars able to restart the event after a ten minute period where drivers involved in the wreck were able to go to the pit area and try to repair their cars and continue on in the event. Thankfully there were no injuries in the jarring crash.
Sixteen of the original starting field of 20 restarted the event, some with damage apparent to their cars after the wreck, with Cody Bleau the early race leader followed by his teammate Shaun Pangman. After another caution for Chuck Allen who came to a stop on the front stretch, Bleau maintained his lead with Scott Huber now second and followed in the top five by Pangman, Jessica Friesen, Darwin Greene, and Stewart Friesen.
One by one Stewart Friesen disposed on his competitors as he was the new second place car on lap eight after getting by Huber for the spot. On the inside of turn one on lap nine, Stewart Friesen was the new race leader and with him pulling away from the field from that point on the race was for the second position to the checkered flag.
At the halfway point in the event the top five consisted of Stewart Friesen, Huber, Bleau, Pangman, and Josh Hohenforst who was in the Hoyenga owned #3 for the feature event after issues in the heat race sidelined his own #6H car.
A close call on lap 17 for Bobby Varin and Rocky Warner who made contact with each other on the front stretch, and were both sideways, before correcting their cars and continuing on in the event. Bleau and Pangman swapped the third position twice on laps 24 and 25 with Hohenforst eventually able to get by for the third position but it was Stewart Friesen taking the win in his DKM “Cyclone” car by over a 10 second advantage over Huber, Hohenforst, Bleau, and Pangman.
The 25-lap sportsman feature was a good one with Charlie Tibbitts the early race leader from his pole position start. After a caution on lap four slowed the field, Tibbitts maintained his lead with 10th place starter Chad Edwards now in the second position and fifth place starter Nick Scavia third. On the outside of turn three on lap eight, Edwards was the new race leader and he immediately stretched out his advantage to a straightaway by lap 16.
The big lead for Edwards went away on lap 20 when the caution came out and on the restart Tibbitts took away the lead from Edwards with Tony Farone the new third place car after starting eighth. Once Edwards got a couple laps under his belt his car came to life and he retook the lead position on lap 22 on the outside of turn four. Just after the white flag flew for one lap to go in the event, the caution was out one final time giving Tibbitts and Farone one more shot at the win.
Edwards chose the outside line for the restart, took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and went on to his second win of the season in the Spencer racing #37 over Farone, 11th place starter Brian Calabrese, Scavia, and Tibbitts.
“My car was slow on the restarts but came to life after a couple of laps,” Edwards said in victory lane. “After he (Tibbitts) got me on the one restart I chose the outside for the final restart, saw Tony (Farone) on the inside of me, and said man I know he is always good on the inside here. So when the green came back out I held it wide open with everything I had to get the win.”
Just as it has been in the past few weeks at Fonda the pro stocks had trouble getting their event underway with cautions slowing the field in the early laps but once they were able to run consecutive laps it was Jim Normoyle the early race leader. Seventh place starter and defending track champion Kenny Gates was the new second place car after a lap two restart and on lap three was the new race leader after taking the position away from Normoyle on the inside of turn four.
At the halfway point with Gates now out to a big lead the top five consisted of Gates, Chuck Dumblewski, Luke Horning, Nick Stone, and 15th place starter Josh Coonradt. Coonradt was the new second place car on lap 13 after getting by Horning for the spot but with Gates out to a big lead and no more cautions to close up the field Gates went on to his sixth win of the season and the 78th of his career in the division in the over Coonradt, Stone, Horning, and Dumblewski.
Cliff Haslun led the first five laps in the 12-lap street stock feature before Michael Arnold took over the lead after starting second. Defending track champion Johnny Young took the lead on a lap 10 restart and went on to his fourth win of the season and the 12th of his career in the division over Jeff Meltz, Dave Horning Sr., Haslun, Steven Young, Arnold, Rob VanAernam, Kenny Hollenback, Mark Dwyer, and Jason Samrov.
Outside pole position starter Bill Port took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap limited sportsman feature and held off a strong challenge from Derrick McGrew Jr. over the final couple of laps to take his first career win in the division with Thomas VanVorst finishing third followed by Dylan Eldred, defending track champion Cory White, Troy Scott, Michael McCallion, Kadon Hohensheldt (DNS), Jerad LeClair (DNS), and Rob Lanfear (DNS).
Next Saturday, August 11 School House Pools will present a regular racing program in all divisions along with the Classics on Dirt Vintage cars with racing starting at 7:00 p.m.
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE – 30-LAPS – STEWART FRIESEN, Scott Huber, Josh Hohenforst, Cody Bleau, Shaun Pangman, Jeremy Wilder, Jessica Friesen, Pep Corradi, Darwin Greene, Willy Decker, Elmo Reckner, Bobby Varin, Rocky Warner, Anthony Cardamone, Josh DeMagistris, Chuck Allen, Troy Palmer, Demetrious Drellos, Tim Fuller, Craig Hanson
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – CHAD EDWARDS, Tony Farone, Brian Calabrese, Nick Scavia, Charlie Tibbitts, David Schilling, Brian Borst, Brian Pessolano, Andrew Buff, David Manchester, Ray Zemken, Ricky Quick, Josh DeMagistris, Aaron Burton, Griffen Mansmith, Kathy Bellen, Cody Clark, Jason Greco, Mark Mortensen, Jeremiah Munson, Nick Stone, Mike Jackson, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Jack Speshock
PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – KENNY GATES, Josh Coonradt, Nick Stone, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Randy Cosselman, Jeff McPhail, Cassidy Wilson, Buck Gasner, Andy Graves, Tucker Yacobucci, Jim Normoyle, Ashley Celebucki, Ivan Joslin, Jason Morrison, Dean Charbonneau (DNS).
JOSEPH WATSON NOTCHES FOURTH WIN
By Alison Watson
Delmar, Delaware- Joseph Watson rebounds from qualifying woes to win his fourth Big Block Modified feature of the year.
“I was praying we had everything on the front end tight. It looked like a war wagon out here,” said Watson in victory lane.
Carson Wright started on the pole position, taking a commanding lead on the field utilizing the topside of the racing surface. A lap 11 restart put the season’s winningest driver, Joseph Watson on Wright’s heels, after starting in the 17th position.
Watson patiently peeked to the bottom of Wright for five laps, with Wright maintaining the faster line off the top. On lap 17, Watson finally completed the pass out of turn four for the lead. Watson would go unchallenged with Wright, Bunting, Matt Hawkins, and Brad Trice rounding out the top five.
Noteworthy was Jordn Justice who suffered mechanical failures on lap 22 while running a competitive third position.
Ryan Riddle changed his luck after a mediocre July, taking the lead on lap eight to capture the AC Delco Crate Modified feature event. Danny Smack continued his consistency in second, with Greg Humlhanz, Nick Alberti, and Adam White rounding out the top five.
James Hill jumped to an early lead and continued his winning streak in the Modified Lite feature event. Aaron VanVorst, Jerry Barker, Jake Nelson, and Curt Miles, Jr., completed the top five.
Donald Lingo, Jr. proved to be a top-contender in the S.R. Pete & Son Super Late Models, as he collected his third victory of the season, in similar fashion to last week. “Everybody has the best of the best! We have not been this good in a long while. It feels like the old days,” said an excited Lingo in victory lane.
It was déjà vu as Kerry King led the field to the green flag of the 25-lap Super Late Model qualifier, with Amanda Whaley and Ross Robinson fighting to get to the front first. The two swapped positioned and the anticipated slide job, as they cleared King by lap two. It was Whaley and Robinson who swapped the top position for the next three laps. On lap six, similarly to last week, Lingo, Jr., dove to the bottom of Whaley and Robinson, powering to the top position discreetly.
A lap eight restart would regroup the field, with Lingo remaining unpressured. Whaley maintained the second position, with Ricky Elliott passing Robinson for third. A single-file restart on lap 15 would allow for Elliott to crank it up on the outside of Whaley to take over the second position. A lap later, Whaley slowed with mechanical issues. Lingo would stretch out a nearly half straightway lead with their family-built motor over Elliott, Mark Pettyjohn, Robinson, and Nick Davis.
Big Block Modified Feature: JOSEPH WATSON, Carson Wright, HJ Bunting, Matt Hawkins, Brad Trice, Howard O’Neal, Dave Dissinger, Kevin Sockriter, Scott VanGorder, Brandon Watkins, Bobby Watkins, Robert Dutton, Kevin Gardner, Brian Hitz, Jeremy Harrington, Jordan Watson, Jordn Justice, Westley Smith, Mike White, TJ Williams, DNS: Dale Hawkins
AC Delco Crate Modified Feature Finish: RYAN RIDDLE, Danny Smack, Greg Humlhanz, Nick Alberti, Adam White, David Jenkins, Trent VanVorst, Matt Smith, Jordan Long, Teddy Taylor, Freddy Massey, Jason Rush, Jeff Marker, Gary Langenstein, Tommy Wilkins, Sean Metz
Super Late Model Feature Finish: DONALD LINGO, JR., Ricky Elliott, Mark Pettyjohn, Ross Robinson, Nick Davis, Dylan Evans, Tyler Horst, Kerry King, Rob Schirmer, Herb Tunis, Andrew Mullins, Bob Geiger, Amanda Whaley, David Dill, DNS: Geoff Carey
RUSH Late Model Feature Finish: CHARLES SHAWVER, Sparky White, Matt Hill, Derek Magee, Billy Thompson, Joe Pete, Matt Glanden, Trevor Collins, Mike Wharton, Brandon Sturgis, Kevin Scott, Jr., Chace Biron, Mike Wilson, Kelly Putz, Wes Clifton, Zac Weller, DNS: Kerry King, Jr.
Thunder Mountain Speedway (NY)
August 4, 2018
Modified – Jeremy Smith, Shaun Walker, Chance Spoonhower, Colton Wilson, Nick Nye, Byron Worthing, P.J. Goodwin, Bob Stahl, Alan Barker, Brent Wilcox, Jeff Sheely, Mike Bowman, Mike Colsten, Damon Decker, Alissa Cody, Lee DeWitt, Kevin Jordan, Kevin Smith, Ryan Jordan, Steven Deinhardt, Ken Titus, Pat Parker, Chad Cook, T.J. Frost, Steve Cummings, Joe Krum, Brian White, Larry Mekic, Kailee DiMorier, James Cummings
Open Sportsman – Chris Jordan, Jimmy Zacharias, Landon Cummings, Greg Morgan, Craig Pope, Tom Eiklor, Chris Hunsinger, Duane Knapp, Craig Cuneo, T.J. Frost, Brian Mady, Jesse Velez, Lisa Williams, Jim Rothwell
Crate Sportsman – Kenny Hammond, Jimmy Zacharias, Tyler Ward, Tom Collins, Mike Austin, Shayne Spoonhower, Isaiah Forward, Garrett Rushlow, Daryl Krebs, Brenton Miller, Hunter Lapp, Rich Talada, Jason Feinberg, Dan Burman, Hilary Ward, Kimberlee Morgan, Chance Spoonhower, Matt Brewer, Damon Decker, Marc Goodwin, Kyle Pierce, Tyler Keener, Will Eastman, Devon Zona, Joe Guastella, DNS Craig Cuneo, Erica Bowman, Jake Mason
Rookie Sportsman – Joe McCabe, Matt Addona, Leah Decker, Michael Corbin, Erica Bowman, Cody Jackson, Zach Murray, Mike Grover, Danielle Smith, Meckenzie Marsh, Zachery Diedrickson, Mike Lawrence, Jake Mason
Weather Cancels Brewerton Speedway August 3 Racing; Fulton Speedway Racing Saturday, August 4
BREWERTON, NY – Just after hot laps rain hit the speedway and have unfortunately canceled the Friday, August 3 race night at the Brewerton Speedway.
Ticket stubs and pit wrist bands will be honored for the next three weeks with general admission tickets adjusted.
You can still get your need for speed at the sister track Fulton Speedway on Saturday, August 4 presented by Willmes Law located in North Syracuse.
On the Fulton race card will be the DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Novice Sportsman plus the One-On-One Spectator Truck/SUV Races.
To participate in the One-On-One Spectator Truck/SUV Races you a valid driver’s License, road legal and insured Truck/SUV and a helmet. After buying a general admission ticket go to the track office in the midway to sign up.
Grandstands open at 5:00 pm with r5acing at 7:00 pm.
The Brewerton Speedway will be back in action on Friday, August 10 featuring the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, STARS Mod Lites, 4-Cylinders plus the One-On-One Spectator Truck/SUV Races.
Grandstands open at 5:30 pm with racing at 7:30 pm.
$3,064 to win Jan Corcoran Memorial Big Block/Small Block Challenge set for this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway, FREE admission for all drivers courtesy of Northeast Racing Products and Power Seal
VERNON, NY- The final full month of weekly racing action is upon us at the Utica-Rome Speedway and the first event for the month of August is a special one. This Sunday, August 5, Northeast Racing Products and Power Seal present the Annual Night of Legends featuring the 8th Annual Jan Corcoran Memorial Big Block/Small Block 50-lap Challenge paying $3.064 to the winner with the top finishing small block getting a $640 bonus. The Broedel Energy Sportsman will be competing for a $640 payday and paying $64 to start.
Also in action will be the Pro Stocks, Rookie Sportsman, and the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour Vintage Series.
Like his trade show this past fall, Northeast Racing Products promoter Jeremie Corcoran has partnered with Power Seal to give all competing drivers free admission this Sunday. "I want to thank Bill and Kim Shea for doing the Free driver's admission, I always wanted to do promotions like this and we started it at the first NRP show," noted Corcoran, "The Shea's have kept the memorial for my mom alive and I wanted to help give back to the racers that support."
The Jan Corcoran Memorial started at the Canandaigua Speedway when Jeremie Corcoran was the promoter until this season in honor of his late mother. It was always one of the biggest events of the season at the popular Ontario County oval and when Jeremie moved his services to the Utica-Rome Speedway this season, he brought the event with him to keep the event going in her honor.
The Modifieds will be competing in a Big Block/Small Block Challenge with $3,064 going to the victor of the 50-lap main event. A hefty $640 bonus will go to the top finishing small block powered Modified. The small blocks will run under the King of Dirt/Albany-Saratoga Speedway rule package with no dry sump small blocks allowed. Competition has been intense this season at the Vernon oval with Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Billy Dunn, Bobby Varin, Erick Rudolph, and Jimmy Phelps all scoring wins so far this season. Ward is the current point leader in the DirtTrackDigest.com 358-Modified point standings.
Matt Janczuk is the current point leader in the Sportsman with two wins on the season. Trailing Janczuk in the standings is Kyle Inman, Charlie Tibbitts, AJ Filbeck, Dave Moyer, Chris Cunningham, Rocco Leone, AJ Miller, Dave Marcuccilli, Stephen Denton, and Mark Effner. Joining Janczuk in the win column are Marcuccilli with two wins and Filbeck and Kevin Root with one win each.
The Rookie Sportsman and DIRT Modified Nostalgia Tour Vintage Series will also be in competition.
Adult admission for this event will be $18 with kids under 16 free. Students, Seniors, and Military will be admitted for $15. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m., and racing starting at 7 p.m.
Time To "Hustle the High Banks" Of Woodhull Raceway: Short Track Super Series Invades August 8
WOODHULL, NY – The high-banked, one-third-mile Woodhull Raceway is known as 'New York's Toughest Bullring.'
On Wednesday, August 8, the Ted and Brandi White-owned facility will be the focal point of Northeast Modified racing when the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco invades for its annual summer visit.
The STSS Modifieds compete for a $5,400 top prize in the 'Hustlin' the High Banks 54' presented by NAPA Auto Parts of Addison and Corning, Two Rivers Timber and Maple City Dodge. The non-top-heavy pay structure offers $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green for 54 laps around the unique Woodhull oval.
The event serves as Race No. 5 of the STSS Halmar International North Region, with a cool $12,500 awaiting the champion at year-end.
The 'Hustlin' the High Banks 54' marks the fourth STSS appearance at Woodhull. Each year, the race has provided fans with their share of excitement.
In 2016, Stewart Friesen made his first Woodhull appearance a winning one, edging local Dylan Dewert for the top prize. Two years ago, New Jersey's Ryan Godown etched his name on the track's win list after a dramatic three-wide battle for the lead that saw Andy Bachetti slide off the top of turn three.
Bachetti got his retribution in 2017, narrowly edging Anthony Perrego and Matt Sheppard in a race to the line.
Who will it be this year? A fast 54 laps will decide it.
Also on the program are the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman in a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event. This is the second of five events in the North Region. Dale Welty won the opener at Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on July 26.
Street Stocks complete the tripleheader in their first 25-lap Challenge event.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. The drivers' meeting is set for 5:45 p.m. with hot laps to follow. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
Adult general admission is $20. Seniors (ages 62 and up) and Students (ages 7-11) pay $10. Kids 6 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
A Thursday night (August 9) rain date is in effect for this event.
Short Track Super Series North Region
Tuesday, May 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Wednesday, June 20 – Outlaw Speedway/Dundee, N.Y. – Outlaw Showdown – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – Battle of the Bullring 6 – WINNER: JERRY HIGBIE
Monday, July 16 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – Anthracite Assault – CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Thursday, July 26 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – Afton Action 50 – WINNER: JEREMY SMITH
Wednesday, August 8 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – Hustlin' the High Banks 54
Tuesday, August 14 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede at 'toga
Sunday, September 23 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – Lightning on the Mountain
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11
Thursday, October 18 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Finale
Battle of Plattsburgh 100 at Airborne Park Speedway Won by Danny Johnson on Lap 98 Restart
PLATTSBURGH, NY - July 31, 2018 - Current Super DIRTCar Series points leader and defending series champion Matt Sheppard led the first 98 laps of the Battle of Plattsburgh 100.
On the lap 98 restart, Danny Johnson passed him the backstretch to go on and score the Super DIRTcar Series win. Johnson was in the Ray Graham big block after destroying his familiar No. 27J at Orange County Fair Speedway the other week.
Sheppard held on for second while Max LcLaughlin rounded out the top three.
Feature (100 laps): 1. Danny Johnson; 2. Matt Sheppard; 3. Max McLaughlin; 4. Erick Rudolph; 5. Jimmy Phelps; 6. Peter Britten; 7. Carey Terrence; 8. Steve Bernier; 9. Jack Lehner; 10. Rich Scagliotta; 11. Dany Gagne; 12. Louie Jackson; 13. Demetrois Drellos; 14. Adam Roberts; 15. Brett Hearn; 16. Greg Atkins; 17. Dave Rauscher; 18. Jackie Brown; 19. Tim Fuller; 20. Jeesey Mueller]; 21. Matt Woodruff; 22. Marc Johnson; 23. Yan Bussiere; 24. Mikael Labreche; 25. Stewart Friesen.
DONNIE ELLIOTT WINS CAUTION FREE MODIFIED FEATURE EVENT AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY
KIRKWOOD, NY...Donnie Elliott recorded his first Modified victory of the season on Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. The 30 lap feature event went caution free. James Cornell was the winner of the annual "Little Mike's Race to Win" race worth $1,000 and honoring the memory of former Track Champion Mike Stolarcyk, III. Over 130 race teams once again jammed the Five Mile Point Speedway pit area on Saturday.
Elliott and Glenn Knapp led the Modified starting field to the green flag for the start of the 30 lap feature event. The start proved to be important as Elliott got the advantage immediately. Elliott ultimately led all 30 laps wire to wire in the caution free event but a late race challenge from Shuan Walker and tricky lapped traffic certainly made the final laps exciting.
During the early stages of the Modified main Elliott opened up his lead quickly. Walker wasted no time as he advanced from fourth to second in the first two laps. Brian Weaver also followed his lead as he moved from fifth to third on the first two laps. A number of terrific battles took place throughout the field as the racy and wide quarter mile surface provided for excellent racing action.
With the race going caution free Elliott first approached lapped traffic on lap 16 as he worked past David Doig, Jr. Both Elliott and Walker were glued to the bottom of the speedway as it was another five laps before the leaders caught Brad Shaffer. Once Elliott worked to the inside of Shaffer and moved past he again opened his advantage. Shaffer was fast on the top as Walker struggled to clear him in the pursuit of Elliott. It took Walker until lap 28 to make his way past Shaffer and he immediately locked in on the race leader Elliott. On the final two laps Walker pulled within striking distance but ran out of time as Elliott collected win number one on the season. For Walker, the second place finish was his best of the season with Weaver taking third at the stripe. Two-time winner Joey Colsten finished fourth with Nick Rochinski advancing from eighth to fifth at the finish. The point lead battle between Rusty Smith and Brian Malcolm was won by Malcolm on this night. Malcolm finished seventh with Smith settling for eleventh at the finish.
Tim Howell raced to his first Crate Sportsman victory of the season on Saturday. He held off Kyle Pierce over the final laps to record the win. Pierce finished second after starting sixth. Current point leader Alex Yankowski finished third after starting ninth. Matt Cole was doing "double duty" also racing in the "Little Mike's Race to Win". Cole collected fourth in this one. Rookie Tyler Peet had another strong drive for fifth place at the finish.
Five Mile Point Speedway is silent this Saturday, August 4th but roars back to action with double Modified features and a full racing program on Saturday, August 11th.
MODIFIED OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (30): DONNIE ELLIOTT, Shaun Walker, Brian Weaver, Joey Colsten, Nick Rochinski, Mike Colsten, Brian Malcolm, Glenn Knapp, Brian Puckett, Travis Smith, Rusty Smith, P.J. Goodwin, Byron Worthing, Aleia Geisler, Brad Rothaupt, Brad Shaffer, Dave Doig Jr., Larry Beers, Thomas Furguson, Randy Brokaw. DNS – Dan Solomon, Barry White.
CRATE SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20): TIM HOWELL, Kyle Pierce, Alex Yankowski, Matt Cole, Tyler Peet, Devon Zona, Tom Hampton, Leo McGurrin, Blaine Klinger, Randy Fox, Joe Guastella, Tanner Harpell, Nate Brinker, Mark Goodwin, Dan Burman, Todd Titus, Russell Benke, Brad Cicio, Matthew Addona, Jeremy Williams, John Redner, Kinser Hill, Arthur Bray, Meckenzie Marsh.
'Super Matt' Sheppard Takes York County Nationals $10,000 At BAPS Motor Speedway After Pitting On Lap 17
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA – "I thought it was over."
Those were the words of Matt Sheppard as he reflected on Sunday night's Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance York County Nationals at BAPS Motor Speedway.
'Super Matt' was leading the 50-lap Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified event when he packed the right-rear wheel with mud and relinquished the lead to head to the pits.
Restarting at the rear of the field, Sheppard worked through traffic with the Hurlock Auto & Speed No. 9s to complete a "last-to-first" drive to a $10,000 payday in the series' richest event.
The win for the Waterloo, N.Y., native was his second of the season in the Velocita-USA South Region, having previously won at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., on May 24.
In Victory Lane, Sheppard's car sat steaming and leaking fluids onto the BAPS red clay surface. Sheppard climbed from the mist to celebrate his 10k payday on the roof.
A field of 27 STSS Modifieds took the green before a large and enthusiastic BAPS crowd with Andy Bachetti leading the field via a redraw of top qualifiers.
Bachetti shot into the lead with Ryan Godown, driving the Lincoln Auto Body No. 5, in tow. Godown took command of the race on lap five, but Sheppard was on the move. By lap 12, Sheppard – who started sixth – swept into the lead.
Stewart Friesen, meanwhile, shot into second two laps later.
Sheppard's night, many believed, was over when he slowed at the exit of turn four on lap 17. Sheppard headed to the pits and Friesen assumed the lead for the first time.
While Friesen led, all eyes were on Sheppard's No. 9s. By halfway, he had climbed to the top-10.
By lap 30, he was third. Sheppard completed the pass of Godown on lap 33 and two laps later pulled alongside Friesen for a double-file restart.
At the green, Sheppard swept past Friesen on the outside lane and never looked back.
Sprakers, N.Y.'s Friesen pulled in on the leader several times but was scored the runner-up for the second consecutive year with his Halmar International-backed No. 44.
After being involved in a tangle on lap 21, Boyertown, Pa., driver Ryan Watt charged back through the field to earn a podium finish in the Ron Roberts-owned No. 14W. Watt originally started from 19th and earned the race's Hard Charger distinction.
Ringoes, N.J.'s Godown ended his consistent run in fourth-place with Dieter Schmidt's big-block and pole starter Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., righted his recent disastrous STSS luck with a top-five finish at the conclusion of 50 laps.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., in the Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126 after starting second; David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., who ran inside the top-five for much of the race; 12th-starter Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., in the Dick Biever No. 14s; Joseph 'Jo-Jo' Watson of Milford, Del., after several skirmishes; and Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., driving his self-owned No. 15.
A field of 35 STSS Modifieds signed in on the neutral Central PA ground.
Sheppard set Beyea Headers Fast Time in qualifying worth $100 with a lap of 18.012 seconds.
Heat winners were Bachetti, Friesen, Rick Laubach and Sheppard. Wade Hendrickson topped the consolation.
Finish (50 laps): MATT SHEPPARD ($10,000), Stewart Friesen, Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown, Andy Bachetti, Jeff Strunk, David Van Horn, Craig Von Dohren, Joseph Watson, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Bouc, Jordan Watson, Duane Howard, Jim Britt, Billy Decker, Jeremy Smith, Frank Cozze, Anthony Perrego, Rick Laubach, Jimmy Horton, Wade Hendrickson, Dan Creeden, Mike Maresca, Mike Gular, Jared Umbenhauer, Brett Kressley, Doug Manmiller.
Did Not Qualify: Kevin Beach, Richie Pratt Jr, Kevin Sockriter, Steve Davis, Brandon Grosso, Brian Hitz, Justin Grim, Ryan Anderson
South Region Standings (*after BAPS, July 29)
1. Matt Sheppard 415
2. Ryan Watt 370
3. David Van Horn Jr. 329
4. Andy Bachetti 326
5. Ryan Godown 316
6. Craig Von Dohren 306
7. Duane Howard 293
8. Jeff Strunk 291
9. Billy Pauch Jr. 288
10. Stewart Friesen 275
“THE JACK” AT FONDA TO OFFER GUARANTEED STARTING SPOT FOR THE MAIN EVENT AT NAPA AUTO PARTS SUPER DIRT WEEK 2018 AT OSWEGO
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – Guaranteed starting spots are hard to come by for any big racing events, if there are any even available. In 2018, DIRTcar announced earlier this year that six Super DIRTcar Series events held this season would award guaranteed starting positions to the winners of those events in the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 200 to be held this October at the Oswego Speedway.
Included in those six events will be a very special one which will be held on Wednesday, August 1 at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway where the winner of the fourth annual Jack Johnson Tribute event, known simply as “the Jack” will be guaranteed the number 12 starting position in the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 200 at Oswego this October, symbolic of the historic car number that Johnson used during his racing career.
Also in competition at Fonda on Wednesday, August 1 will be the 13th Annual “Hondo Classic” for the pro stocks and a street stock challenge. It was also recently announced that the Hondo Classic event would be a King of Dirt Pro Stock Series event. Racing action will begin at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1.
Earlier this year DIRTcar made the guaranteed starting spots available for Super DIRT Week official in a press release saying “In order to further honor the career of an outstanding big block modified driver, the Fourth Annual Jack Johnson Tribute race will offer a guaranteed starting position in the big event. Jumpin’ Jack Johnson, an unstoppable force at the Fonda Speedway and on the Super DIRTcar Series circuit for a quarter century, won four Super DIRTcar Series championships between 1978 and 1988, and sits fifth on the All Time Super DIRTcar Series win list with 57 victories.”
Johnson was a two time winner of the Super DIRT Week at Syracuse event back in 1979 and 1984. His victory in 1979 was the first time in the history of the race at that time that a driver from New York State had won the event! He also won three Super DIRTcar Series events at Fonda back in 1976, 1979, and 1980.
In just a few short years, the Jack Johnson Tribute race at Fonda has proven to be one of the most highly sought after victories on the big block modified calendar. With the added prize of a guaranteed starting position in the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week big block modified finale, spectators at the historic “Track of Champions” will be in for a spectacular show. Previous winners of the event were Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, and Mike Mahaney.
Earlier this year it was also announced that Fonda Speedway would be hosting two Super DIRTcar Series events in 2018, the Jack Johnson Tribute race as stated above, and the second date being Saturday, September 22 as part of the Mohawk Valley Weekend at the “Track of Champions”.
“We’re extremely excited to have another date at Fonda Speedway added to the Super DIRTcar Series schedule” stated Fonda promoter, Pete Demitraszek. “The fact that we were able to add our Jack Johnson tribute to the Super DIRTcar Series schedule makes the event more special.”
Summarizing previously held Super DIRTcar Series events held at Fonda in the past, there were 36 events held with 18 different drivers winning those events led by Brett Hearn who has a total of seven series event wins back in 1986, 1987, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2014. Following behind Hearn in series wins at Fonda is Danny Johnson who has a total of four (1983, 1988, 1992, 1993); Jack Johnson with three (1976, 1979, 1980); Dave Lape (1973, 1991), Lou Lazzaro (1977, 1978), C.D. Coville (1981, 1982), Jimmy Horton (1984, 1996), Doug Hoffman (1989, 1999), Kevin Collins (1990, 1994), and Bobby Varin (1995, 2017) all with two victories apiece followed by Ralph Holmes (1972), Will Cagle (1974), Wayne Reutimann (1975), Bob McCreadie (1985), Alan Johnson (2000), Tim McCreadie (2003), Billy Decker (2015), and Jimmy Phelps (2016) who all have one victory apiece in series events held at Fonda.
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY DRIVERS BATTLE FOR POINTS AS SEASON WINDS DOWN
MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 30)……..When the exhaust fumes settle from the Saturday, August 4 race meet at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, there will be just four more weeks of competition before the track point champions are crowned in all four racing divisions---the Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks.
For drivers in each of the speedway’s competing divisions this makes the upcoming racing program even more important as point championships---including trophies, cash bonuses, and all-important bragging rights---get closer to being determined.
All four racing divisions---Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks ---will be in action on the 4th, with a full card of qualifying and feature races. Also on the evening’s program are Kids Club activities. Sparta Trucking is the night’s sponsor.
In the headline Big-Block Modified division, defending Small-Block Modified champion Anthony Perrego holds a slim 16 lead over former titlist Tommy Meier, with another former champion, Jerry Higbie, 56 points back.
Brian Krummel has yet to win a Small-Block Modified feature, but his consistent finishes has put him atop that division’s point chase, holding a 28-point lead over challenger Shane Jablonka.
In Sportsman competition, four-time winner Jimmy Johnson is the point leader, but his margin over super consistent Greg Sleight is only ten points (737 to 727). And in the unpredictable Sportsman division, Johnson’s championship is far from assured.
HARTNETT TRIUMPHANT IN RETURN TO VICTORY LANE
By Bryan Chase
Kevin Hartnett hasn't exactly had the best season of his career thus far. Picking up only 1 win seems uncharacteristic for the man they call the Stalker. That all changed Friday evening as the former track champion saw some of that championship-caliber swagger return and he parked it in victory lane for the second time in 2018.
Mike Loney and Hartnett brought the Modifieds down to the green flag and Hartnett immediately shot out to the lead. Loney tried his best to make up the lost ground, but Hartnett decided it was best to keep his car in another zip code. And that is what Hartnett did. With a new power plant under the hood of the #88 HigFab, Hartnett blistered the field by a straight-away as lap 30 came to a close.
Dan Pompey would work his way up to 2nd after starting 5th, doing battle Loney and Joey Grammes along the way. Pompey also appeared to be much faster than weeks prior, but was unable to run down the leader. Grammes and Loney then faced off for 3rd, with Grammes eventually squeaking around Loney for the position. Butch Getz rounded out the top 5.
The modifieds have set a new Penn Can Speedway record. For the fourth week in a row, the modifieds have went caution free in their feature event. That's a total of 120 green flag laps.
Michael Schane had his hands full early with invader and Afton Motorsports Park standout, Cory Cormier, in the 602 Crate Sportsman feature. As the green flag fell for Schane and Cormier, the two talented wheelmen would race side-by-side for the first handful of laps, with neither driver giving an inch to the other. This was a battle many wanted to see all night long and the fans were definitely not let down!
As the race would continue, Schane secured the lead from Cormier, as the latter started to fade a bit. But the man on the move was last week's feature winner Mike Nagel Jr. Nagel was forced to start 8th and made his presence known around the halfway point as he picked off cars left and right. Nagel made his way up to 3rd and put Cormier in his crosshairs. A battle for 2nd was now unavoidable for Cormier as Nagel clearly was the fastest car on the track and came to make a statement. Nagel drove around Cormier and from that point on, it was all loudpedal action as the Jackson, PA driver was now on the hunt to run down the race leader.
Thanks to a long stretch of green flag laps, Schane managed to distance himself from the rest of the field. Nagel would undoubtedly close the gap, but he was running out of time. Meanwhile, Tom Creed went to work on Cormier in a good battle for 3rd, but Cormier would stay the course. As the last 2 laps ticked off, Schane kept his hotrod out front to claim victory once more. Nagel, Cormier, Creed and Moose Gulley rounded out the top 5.
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN 1. MIKE SCHANE 2. Mike Nagel Jr 3. Cory Cormier 4. Tom Creed 5. Moose Gulley 6. James O'Hara 7. Ray Leonard 8. Dan Burman 9. Mary Peck
MODIFIEDS 1.KEVIN HARTNETT 2. Dan Pompey 3. Joey Grammes 4. Mike Loney 5. Butch Getz 6. Nick Petrilak 7. Alan Rudalavage 8. Brett Tonkin 9. Brad Shaffer 10. Jamie Bedford 11. Stanley Wilkins DNS Brian Malcolm
WATSON CRUISES TO THIRD WIN IN BIG BLOCK MODS AT DELAWARE
By Alison Watson
Delmar, Delaware- Joseph Watson took the early lead on lap four to cruise to his third win of the season in the Hurlock Auto and Speed Big Block Modifieds. “I knew I needed to get out front first. Last week I took too much time getting through traffic,” said Watson in post-race interview.
Watson took the lead from Kevin Sockriter and developed a half straightaway lead by lap seven, with HJ Bunting, Sockriter, and Jordan Watson following in suit.
A halfway caution for a slowing Scott VanGorder regrouped the field. Jordan Watson and Matt Hawkins battled for the next 12 laps door-to-door for the top three position, as Joseph Watson and Bunting kept a comfortable pace out front.
Interestingly, Jordan Watson was combating a racecar with two flat front tires throughout the duration of the event.
Joseph Watson would go unchallenged over Bunting, Jordan Watson, Kyle Fuller, and Matt Hawkins to capture his third win of the season.
Greg Humlhanz continued his winning ways, taking the checkered flag for the sixth time this season. The lead position deemed to be unlucky, as Nick Alberti and Trent VanVorst both spun when in the number one spot. Humlhanz would jump out to a nearly straightway lead over Danny Smack, Sean Metz, Adam White, and Jason Rush.
James Hill continued his complete domination in the 20-lap Modified Lite Dirt Track Championship qualifier, taking the lead on lap one and stretching to a commanding lead.
Donald Lingo, Jr. overcame the recent successes of Amanda Whaley to capture his second victory of the season in thrilling fashion. “I am so glad to get back here twice in one season,” said an excited Lingo in victory lane.
From the drop of the green Kerry King took control of the lead with Amanda Whaley quickly jumping to the second position. By lap five, there were two-car battles throughout the field between Whaley and Ross Robinson, Nick Davis and Lingo, and Ricky Elliott and Mark Pettyjohn.
All eyes were on the dueling couple of Whaley and Robinson as the two swapped the second position, lap after lap, switching lanes between the top, middle and bottom of the fast racing surface.
By halfway, King led Whaley, Robinson, a hard-charging Lingo, and Davis. A single-file restart would allow Whaley to get under King for the lead, with a subsequent caution reverting to the previous lap, granting King the lead.
On the next restart, Whaley would successfully pass King, with Lingo and Robinson in hot pursuit.
With two laps remaining, Lingo made his grand entrance, diving to the bottom of Whaley in turns one and two and drag racing down the back stretch. The two would battle door to door with Lingo edging out Whaley at the flag stand, putting a halt to Whaley’s hot, two-week winning streak throughout the northeast.
Ricky Elliott would make a late race charge to third, followed by Robinson and Pettyjohn.
Big Block Modified Feature Finish: JOSEPH WATSON, HJ Bunting, Jordan Watson, Kyle Fuller, Matt Hawkins, Brad Trice, Kevin Sockriter, Dale Hawkins, Robert Dutton, Howard O’Neal, Jordn Justice, Jeremy Harrington, Brandon Watkins, Scott VanGorder, Carson Wright, Mike White, DNS: TJ Williams
602 Crate Modified Feature Finish: GREG HUMLHANZ, Danny Smack, Sean Metz, Adam White, Jason Rush, Ryan Riddle, Trent VanVorst, David Jenkins, Tommy Wilkins, Jeff Marker, Nick Alberti, Robert Riley III, Rodney Cordrey, Gary Langenstein, DNS: John Stevenson
Super Late Model Feature Finish: DONALD LINGO, JR., Amanda Whaley, Ricky Elliott, Ross Robinson, Mark Pettyjohn, Dylan Evans, Herb Tunis, Kerry King, Nick Davis, Rob Schirmer, Matt Murphy, Geoff Carey, Bob Geiger, Kellie Lewis, David Dill, Brad Rigdon
Short Track Super Series North Region Standings (*after Afton, July 26)
1. Billy Decker 334
2. Jerry Higbie 323
3. Anthony Perrego 314
4. Duane Howard 298
5. Jeremy Smith 295
6. Mike Gular 294
7. Stewart Friesen 290
8. Mike Mahaney 286
9. Ryan Godown 282
10. Rick Laubach 263
TANNER, HEBING, AND SHEPPARD TAKE WINS ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE OUTLAW SPEEDWAY SUMMER NATIONALS
DUNDEE, NY.....Outlaw Speedway has hosted two-day programs in the beginning and end of the season, but Friday night was the kickoff of the first two-day Scorpion Security Products Summer Nationals, with regular divisions joined by the 360 Sprint cars for the first night of racing action. 146 cars filled the pit area for Friday night's program.
The 360 Sprint cars rain a pair of 15-lap 'A' features, with the winners of each locking into the front row of Saturday night's 'A' Main. In the first of the two events, Matt Tanner outdueled Danny Varin and Jason Barney in the opening laps to score the win. Following Tanner across the line was Jeff Cook, Barney, Varin, and Billy Van Inwegen. The second race found Chuck Hebing pulling a crossover move on Steve Poirier on the first lap to pull away for the win. Jordan Thomas, Poirier, Kelly Hebing, and Darryl Ruggles rounded out the top five.
The Modified feature had a great battle for the lead between Steve Gray and Kyle Coffey for several laps, but Matt Sheppard came from the 12th starting spot to take the lead from the duo on lap 14 and once out front, Sheppard gapped out by a full straightaway to make a return to Victory Lane. Kyle Coffey got the best of Gray in the battle for second, with Eric Fisher and Jim LaRock taking fourth and fifth.
In the Crate Sportsman feature, Chris Silvers led the first half of the featue as Karl Comfort and Tommy Collins Jr closed in as the race's second half started. Comfort took the lead on a restart, but Collins made the move to get by with four laps to go to take his second win in a row. Comfort, Silvers, Brent Ayers, and Chris Fisher, who came froom 23rd starting spot, rounded out the top five.
Saturday night, July 28th, the Summer Nationals continue with the second half of the 360 Sprint car program, including the $6,000 to win 'A' Feature, plus the Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Modifieds go for a $4,000 to win payday. The Outlaw Crate Sportsman Series, Street Stocks, IMCA Modified Empire Series, 'Outlaw' style 4 Cylinders, and Hobby Stocks will also be on the card. Racing begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.outlawspeedwayllc.com.
RACE RESULTS SUMMER NATIONALS NIGHT #1-OUTLAW
SPEEDWAY-JULY 27, 2018
360 SPRINT CAR FEATURE 1-MATT TANNER, Jeff Cook, Jason Barney, Danny Varin, Billy Van Inwegen, Johnathan Preston, Steve Hutchinson Jr, Scott Holcomb, Dan Kuhn, Dalton Herrick, Pete Richardson, Coleman Gulick.
360 SPRINT CAR FEATURE 2-CHUCK HEBING, Jordan Thomas, Steve Poirier, Kelly Hebing, Darryl Ruggles, Brett Wright, Chad Miller, Steve Glover, Keith Granholm, Paul Kinney, Kyle Moffit.
MODIFIEDS-MATT SHEPPARD, Kyle Coffey, Steve Gray, Eric Fisher, Jim LaRock, Derrick Podsiadlo, Donnie Lawson, Steve Paine, Justin Wright, Eldon Payne, Joe Dgien, Greg Birosh, Marcus Dinkins, Brady Fultz, Dale Welty, Ron Cartwright Jr, Kailee Dimorier, Cory Costa, Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Tyler Siri, Josh Keesey, Stacy Jackson.
CRATE SPORTSMAN-TOMMY COLLINS JR, Karl Comfort, Chris Silvers, Brent Ayers, Chris Fisher, Billy Paine, Dale Welty, Brian Fish, Billy Bowers, Nick Guererri, Garrett Rushlow, Bob Buono, Kirk Reynolds, Nicole Hoag, Todd Hayward, Mike Buchanan, Tim Guild, Loren Lincoln, Alex Payne, Dean Laughlin Jr, Zach Sam, Chris Hall, Jimmy Zacharias, Stacy Jackson, Frank Guererri Jr, Brandon Butler.
Jeremy Smith Thrills Hometown Fans, Wins Short Track Super Series 'Afton Action 50' Event; Dale Welty STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Victor
AFTON, NY – Jeremy Smith thrilled the hometown fans on Thursday night at Afton Motorsports Park.
Smith, of Triangle, N.Y., broke into the Short Track Super Series win column in the 'Afton Action 50' at the Afton Fairgrounds track, drawing a roaring ovation upon his arrival in Victory Lane.
The win for Smith came in Round No. 4 of the series' North Region and was worth $5,300.
"I want to thank all the fans for supporting me," Smith said after climbing to the roof of his No. 46. "That's why I love racing close to home here in the Southern Tier."
The event was postponed 24 hours from its scheduled Wednesday date due to a heavy rain system that lingered over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for the early portions of the week.
Smith led from start-to-finish in the 50-lap STSS Modified main after picking the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers held in front of the crowd just before the start of the feature.
Smith has been fast in weekly competition with wins at both Afton and his Saturday night home of Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.
With a talented series field in the pit area Thursday, Smith continued his strength.
"We were struggling on American Racer tires for a while," Smith said. "We kept working on our program. Now we've been able to win the last four times we've been on the track."
Smith faced early challenges from young Damon Decker, then Pennsylvania invader Rick Laubach before eighth-starting Ryan Godown, a past STSS winner at Afton, made his presence known. Godown carved through traffic to arrive in second by the 20th lap.
Smith had to survive three cautions on lap 35. His most formidable advance from Godown came on a lap-42 double-file restart. Godown worked the top of the track and nearly pulled even, but Smith surged back in front.
The final test was a yellow on lap 46, but Smith aced the single-file restart and pulled away by several car-lengths.
The win was Smith's first in STSS competition. He becomes the series' 25th different winner in 56 events.
Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., earned a hard-fought second. Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., got shuffled back in the field early on from his sixth starting position, but rallied in the race's second half for third in the Brian Smith.
Both Jeremy Smith Racing cars earned top-five finishes as Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., guided the JSR No. 91 to fourth, unofficially taking over the series' North Region point lead. Track regular J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y., was impressive, rim-riding from 12th to complete the front five in the Jamie and Denise Page-owned No. 6H 'Motel Missile' sponsored by Algonkin Motel.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., in the Norm's Save Station No. 357 after starting 19th on the grid; Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., who started 20th in Terry Fasnacht's No. 2A; Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., recovering from a late skirmish in the United Pump & Tank No. 48; Hard Charger Danny Johnson of Phelps, N.Y., who finished ninth after starting 24th in the Mike Trautschold No. 28; and Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., rebounding from a flat left-rear tire.
STSS Modified heat winners were Nick Nye, Smith and Gibbs. Howard topped the consolation.
Dale Welty of Montour Falls, N.Y., put his name in the STSS history books as the winner of the first-ever series Crate 602 Sportsman North Region event. Welty earned $1,050 as he received $50 as the highest-finishing NYSSCA member on hand.
Welty, who recently won an Open Sportsman series race at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway on July 3, led wire-to-wire in a 25-lap race that was slowed by several yellows, a red flag and some intermittent rain drops.
Welty now holds the edge in the battle for the $1,000 STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region championship five-race tussle.
Divisional star Tom Collins Jr. of Lansing, N.Y., drove from sixth to finish runner-up on Welty's rear bumper at the finish. Dustin Jordan of Richford, N.Y., finished a strong third, followed by Gary Smith, who started eighth, and 15th-starter Kyle Rohner in a Superior Remodeling team car.
Crate 602 Sportsman heats went to Collins, Damon Decker, Jordan and Aaron Shelton. The consolations were split by Donnie Lawson and Hunter Lapp.
'AFTON ACTION 50' RACE SUMMARY – AFTON MOTORSPORTS PARK JULY 25, 2018
STSS North Region Modified Event No. 4 Feature Finish (50 laps): JEREMY SMITH, Ryan Godown, Anthony Perrego, Billy Decker, J.R. Hurlburt, Duane Howard, Mike Gular, Jerry Higbie, Danny Johnson, Brett Tonkin, Mike Mahaney, Darwin Greene, Rick Laubach, Nick Nye, Mitch Gibbs, Damon Decker, Craig Hanson, Matt Sheppard, Scott Ferrier, Rusty Smith, Jimmy Horton, Mat Williamson, Brian Krummel, Dan Creeden.
STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region Event No. 1 Finish (25 laps): DALE WELTY, Tommy Collins, Dustin Jordan, Gary Smith, Kyle Rohner, Pat Jordan, Ryan McCartney, Bobby Flood, Ben Bushaw, Daniel Morgiewicz, Jimmy Zacharias, Will Eastman, Corey Cormier, Aaron Shelton, Blaine Klinger, Matt Shultz, Hunter Lapp, Travis Green, Fred Christ, Charles Loiodice, Damon Decker, Jim Housworth, Kamdin Maby, A.J. Miller, Donnie Lawson, Randy Brokaw.
Tim McCreadie, Billy Pauch Jr. to Take On Weedsport's Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100 on Saturday
WEEDSPORT, NY (July 26, 2018) – Hall of Fame Weekend continues this Saturday, July 28 with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Hall of Fame 100 as dirt racing stars Tim McCreadie and Billy Pauch Jr. join the Super DIRTcar Series cars and stars in search of $10,000.
The 2018 season has seen McCreadie continue to follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in his No. 39 machine, where he currently rides seventh in the national standings. In terms of Big Block racing, McCreadie has one Super DIRTcar Series start as he finished 8th in the Big Show at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 26.
McCreadie was on his game at Weedsport in 2017 with finishes of second and seventh in Super DIRTcar Series events as he hopes to continue that momentum this weekend.
Pauch Jr. has been busy this season with 44 starts and nine wins on the year across multiple divisions. Pauch sits second in points at New Egypt Speedway in the Modified division.
Like McCreadie, Pauch has one start on the Super DIRTcar Series tour this season with a ninth-place effort in the recent Battle on the Midway at Orange County Fair Speedway.
McCreadie and Pauch will join a host of other Modified standouts this Saturday including Super DIRTcar Series chasers Matt Sheppard, Erick Rudolph, Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Brett Hearn, Peter Britten, Tim Fuller and Billy Decker.
Two full nights of racing on Hall of Fame Weekend will include the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Hall of Fame 100 presented by Beam Mack Sales & Service and Page Trucking on Saturday, July 28 with the return of the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Sunday, July 29 presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England.
The July 29 return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will be the first visit for the series in well over a year, as both events at The Port last season were lost to rain.
The Sportsman Shootout Series will contend on both nights with a $1,000 cash bonus available to the top three average finishers across both events from Beyea Custom Headers.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS FONDA SPEEDWAY RACING PROGRAM
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – This coming Saturday, July 28 a very special program will be held at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway as the class of 2018 Hall of Fame Inductions will be announced at a ceremony to be held rain or shine at the Fonda Speedway Museum starting at 4:00 p.m. A regular program of racing in all regular divisions will begin on track at 7:00 p.m.
Also on display at the museum and in competition on track will be the Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modified (MVVDMS) Series in a fitting spot on Hall of Fame Night, highlighting the cars of the past back in competition yet again.
This year’s class of Hall of Fame inductees features a number of drivers, car owners, track contributors, track personal, along with the Bill Fake “Track Pioneer” and the 3rd Annual Bruce Dostal Dedication to the Fonda Speedway Museum Awards. Below are the inductees for 2018 with a short fact on each one of them as found in the book FONDA! and in the Fonda record books.
Don Hendenberg – “He had the biggest arms I’ve ever seen”, said photographer John Grady in the book FONDA! “He was the bear that walked like a man,” Jeep Herbert also said in the book. Hendenberg was the 1956 modified track champion at Fonda and has two victories in the division back on 6/15/1957 & 6/22/1957.
Norm Moyer – was called the late model classes “First Kingpin” in the book FONDA! with 22 victories at Fonda in the late model division and three track championships, back in 1968, 1970, & 1971.
Harvey Brundage – a photo in the book FONDA! shows how Mike Romano, who was a huge Harvey Brundage fan growing up, once painted a wall in his room of the #91 Brundage modified. Brundage was the 1972 late model track champion at Fonda and had a career total of nine wins in the division.
Todd Hoffman – the first to enjoy the limelight in the new era of street stock racing in the mid-eighties when more performance products became available such as wider tires and engine modifications. According to the book FONDA! “with Todd around, most of the other drivers felt they had won if they finished up in second place to him, his dominance was so pronounced,” Phlan Hart said.
Hoffman has one win in the open sportsman division at Fonda along with a total of 51 feature wins and four track championships (1985, 1986, 1987, & 1988) in the street stock division. According to the Fonda record books the division was known as the street stock division from 1981 to 1998 before changing to the pro stock division in 1999.
Bob VanAernam – fourth on the all-time street stock win list at Fonda with 29 wins in the division and two track championships in 2003 & 2004.
Bob Vedder – retired from racing at the end of the 2017 season after 51 years of racing from late models in 1966 to modifieds at tracks all over New York State. Vedder received the Dedication to Racing Award in Memory of harry Peek at the New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) banquet this past January. Vedder has five wins in the pro stock division at Fonda along with five wins in the open sportsman division.
Bob & Karolann Grimm – car owners of the “Kar Kare Special” #22 for Dave Lape from 1978 to 1981 with nine feature victories at Fonda with Dave as their driver.
Bob Siemski – car owner for CD Coville
Tom Spencer – current car owner for Chad Edwards in the 602-sportsman division at Fonda and former car owner for AJ Romano among others at the “track of Champions”.
Peter “Junior” Bianco – lifelong sidekick of Lou Lazzaro according to the book FONDA! he has a win under his name at the Victoria Speedway because of the NASCAR restriction against running unsanctioned events, an event that was actually won by Lazzaro.
Russ Bergh – Fonda Speedway track photographer from 1953 to 1973
Terri Mohrman – honored at the 2017 Fonda Speedway awards banquet for her 35 years of service and commitment to the Fonda Speedway.
BILL FAKE “TRACK PIONEER” AWARD
Bob Whitbeck – car owner for Pete Corey who got his first career win at Fonda in Whitbeck’s car #70 on 7/25/1953, the car lightened by many holes which were drilled into the body.
3rd ANNUAL “BRUCE DOSTAL” DEDICATION TO FONDA SPEEDWAY MUSEUM AWARD
Brian Hanaburgh, Ray Rogers, Peter Schwab, Jessica Lape, Ed & Betty Biittig
Super Matt Sheppard Passes Stewart Friesen to Win Racing Stock 100 at Autodrome Drummond
July 24, 2018
DRUMMONDVILLE, QC -- Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen sawpped positions from the previous night as Sheppard scored the Racing Stock 100 at Autodrome Drummond Speedway after finishing runner-up on Monday to Sheppard at Autodrome Granby.
Erick Rudolph came home third for the second night in the a row while Max McLaughlin and Yan Busiere rounded out the top five.
The next race for the Super DIRTcar Series is July 28 at Weedsport Speedway. The Hall of Fame 100 will pay $10,000 to the winner as well as a guaranteed starting position at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII.
Super DIRTcar Series
Feature (100): 1. Matt Sheppard, 2. Stewart Friesen, 3. Erick Rudolph, 4. Max Mclaughlin, 5. Yan Bussiere, 6. Mathieu Desjardins, 7. Brett Hearn, 8. Peter Britten, 9. Dany Bilideau, 10. Tim Fuller, 11. Alex Therrien, 12. Rich Scagliotta, 13. Patrice Demurs, 14. Dave Rauscher, 15. Carey Terrence, 16. Adam Roberts, 17. Francois Bellemare, 18. David Hebert, 19. Mario Clear, 20. Jimmy Phelps, 21. Sebastian Gougeon, 22. Mathieu Boisvert, 23. Kevin Hamel, 24. Danny Johnson , 25. Louie Jackson Jr., 26. Gino Clair, 27. Pierre Hebert, 28. Steve Bernard, 29. Matthew Larremee, 30. Mikael Labrèche, 31. Paul St. Savior
1. Matt Sheppard 932
2. Erick Rudolph 811
3. Max McLaughlin 786
4. Jimmy Phelps 752
5. Danny Johnson 737
6. Brett Hearn 730
7. Pete Britten 727
8. Stewart Friesen 697
9. Tim Fuller 671
10. Billy Decker 526
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