Warner Wins Grit Series Aftershock At The Rock 50 & Squirrel Hunter Bounty
For Immediate Release
June 17th, 2015
DUNDEE, NY – ‘The Flying Squirrel’ Rocky Warner has been on fire in 2015 in the Jake Spraker-owned 1J. Warner added his second straight Black Rock Speedway win on Tuesday night- also his twelfth victory of 2015 and career win #9 on the SUNY Canton Grit Racing Series presented by Teo Pro Car.
He would also take home the Squirrel Hunter bounty that consisted of a Black Rock Speedway Pit Pass, Black Rock Speedway shirt, a Thomas Racing Video, a Grit Series hat and Grit Series shirt.
Unlike Thursday at Canandaigua, where Spraker drew Warner the pole, Warner redrew the worst position possible for the 50-lap feature to start in the 8th position. Seneca Falls, NY native Frank Guererri Jr drew last out of the eight redraw drivers and was left with the pole.
Guererri and rising driver Jordan Siri made it an all Superior Crushing front row as they led the field of 25 cars to Scott Hixson’s green flag. Guererri would lead the first three laps of the event in the Best Line Superior Lubricants 113 Jr, but the caution would fall early for Josh Keesey’s 4 car that caught fire in the rear end.
Steve Gray started fifth on the original start but used an outside move on the lap 3 restart to power around Guererri and take the lead as the field clicked off lap 4. Just as soon as Gray took the lead and completed the lap, chaos ensued underneath the flagstand as Brent Ayers, Cory Costa, Brandon Martin, Lance Irwin and Chris Fisher would pile into one another. Irwin and Fisher’s nights were essentially done.
Gray continued to lead on the restart but the man on the move was Warner. Warner moved into the fourth position as lap 9 was completed. Crate Sportsman point leader at Black Rock, Casey Pavlick, was also on the move after starting fifth and picking his way into the runner up position.
After another caution flag flew, Warner took advantage on the restart and took the second spot away from Pavlick. As the field completed lap 18 it was Gray, Warner, Pavlick, Dundee, NY’s Brady Fultz and Guererri the top five.
As the top two leaders approached slower traffic, Warner used the lap car as a pick and snuck by Gray to take the lead on lap 28. The lap car then tried to slide up in front of Warner to open the door for Gray but ‘The Iceman’ could not skate by to reclaim the lead.
A few yellow flags slowed the field in the final 22 circuits but nobody had anything for Rocky Warner and the 1J Bicknell chassis. Dave Marcuccilli would mount a charge late in the race to claw his way through the top five, stopping short of the lead to finish in the third position.
Warner would keep everyone behind him at the double checkers over Gray, Marcuccilli, Pavlick and Fultz the top five.
“I want to make one thing clear, that we ran the Bicknell car tonight,” said Warner who has been successful in both a Troyer and a Bicknell in 2015.
“We have been strictly running this car at Malta (Albany-Saratoga). Troyer builds a great racecar that we have won with, but this one is fast too. I’m really happy to be able to bring this one here tonight and get the win.”
Warner was quick to thank and credit the members of his pit crew for helping him win their twelfth feature event of the season.
“They put a lot of hours in at the shop and ride out 3 hours with us out to the races tonight,” said Warner.
SUNY Canton Grit Racing Series Aftershock At The Rock 50 (50 Laps): ROCKY WARNER, Steve Gray, Dave Marcuccilli, Casey Pavlick, Brady Fultz, Frank Guererri Jr, Ray Bliss, Stacey Jackson, Brent Ayers, Brett Buono, Tommy Paige, Ben Wheeler, Jordan Siri, Cory Costa, Doug Smith, Rob Humphreys, Dale Welty, Eric Bell, Lance Irwin, Loren Lincoln, Chris Fisher, Brandon Martin, Jacob Dgien, Phil Vignieri III, Josh Keesey
FX Caprara Car Companies Sportsman Alliance Ready To Take Brewerton Speedway Center Stage With Empire Super Sprints Speedweek Wednesday, July 1
By Dave Medler – BREWERTON, NY – June 16, 2015 – The Brewerton Speedway will kick off Fourth of July holiday week on Wednesday, July 1st with a bang when the FX Caprara Car Companies Sportsman Alliance will join the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints CNY Speedweek in a must-see doubleheader.
Some of the most exciting and competitive racing you will see happens at speedways every weekend during the season in the Sportsman division at your home track. The Sportsman Alliance was formed to bring those talents together in a 10-race series at Central New York tracks.
When the stars and cars come to the Brewerton Speedway on July 1 not only will the $1,000 winner’s share be up for grabs but so will an automatic redraw spot for the lucrative Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50 as part of the 30th Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend October 2-3 at the Fulton Speedway.
To learn more about the FX Caprara Upstate Sportsman Alliance from series dates and point standings please visit the following link www.upstatesportsmanalliance.com .
Also on the race card with the Upstate Sportsman Alliance will be night one of high speed, clay slinging, grandstand shaking, winged warriors of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints CNY Speedweek. You will see the best 360 Sprint Car drivers in the Northeast not only challenge each other but also one of the toughest tracks in the Northeast, “The D-Shaped Dirt Demon.”
Grit Series Invades Tuesday June 16th; 305 Sprints Scheduled For Friday July 24th
DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – June 10th, 2015
The second June mid-week must-see event at Black Rock Speedway is coming up on Tuesday June 16th as the SUNY Canton Grit Racing Series presented by Teo Pro Car is set to invade. This event falls on the Grit American Racer calendar and comes just 5 days after a Grit Series event at neighboring Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Promoter Mike Jackson will be on hand at Canandaigua to award a guaranteed starting spot to the Grit Hoosier winner on June 11th for the show at Black Rock. The SUNY Canton Grit Series will be the feature division on Tuesday that kicks off at 7PM sharp.
The last time the Grit Series was in town, Rocky Warner pulled off an impressive comeback from the back to the front in the Crate Classic 100 held back in October of 2014. Warner is now with a new team in the Jake Spraker-owned 1J and has been a force to reckon with in 2015.
Grit point leader Dave Marcuccilli looks to be tough as well, but don’t forget about defending Black Rock Speedway Crate Sportsman champion Casey Pavlick. Pavlick leads the points at ‘The Rock’ so far in 2015 and also picked up his first Grit win of 2015 at Skyline just a few weeks back.
Support divisions that will also be on hand for the June 16th show will be the M&M Auto Sales & Service IMCA Modifieds, Morseman Racing Chassis Street Stocks and NAPA Know How 4 Cylinders. The Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders will race for 15 show up points and will use the draw/redraw format for this show only. Speedway officials are still working to confirm with the IMCA sanctioning body for permission to run race under the same format for the IMCA division.
Admission on Tuesday will be just $12, with seniors and ages 12-17 being just $10. Children under 12 are always free at Black Rock Speedway. Pit admission is set at $27 for members and $35 for non-members. Pit gates open at 4PM, Grandstands at 5PM and racing getting underway at 7.
305 Sprints Added To July 24th Racing Card
With Canandaigua Motorsports Park not racing on July 25th due to the Ontario County Fair, promoter Mike Jackson has worked alongside the Ruggles family to promote a 305 Sprint Car special on Friday July 24th.
The show is open to any 305 sprint car with the show following Canandaigua Motorsports Park rules for this division. This 20-lap, draw/re-draw format race will pay $500-to-win, $150 for 10th place and will pay $100 to start.
In addition to the posted purse, the Ruggles team of Darryl, Wendy and Alysha have already started to collect lap money for this 305 special. The lap money will be awarded throughout the top 9 running positions during the 20-lap feature in an effort to spread the lap money to as many drivers as possible.
A full weekly racing program sponsored by the Knapp & Schlappi Lumber Company is also on tap for Friday July 24th at ‘The Rock’.
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park-Ridge Redemption
FULTONVILLE, N.Y. – The weatherman or woman, was not much help in getting fans and cars to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for their SUNY CANTON 60 lap GRIT Series feature event on Tuesday, June 2, but for those that made the trip to the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York, the weather could not have been nicer, as the GRIT Series chasers and The Ridge regulars were set to do battle under a full moon on The Fastest 1/4 Mile on Dirt.
There was a strong field of 21, 602 sportsman on hand to try their best to win the $1,000. winners share, or at least come away with many of the other cash and contingency awards being offered to the competitors in the evening program.
The top three finishers in each heat race would redraw for starting position in the 60 lap feature. that would set up a front row of Brian Pessolano and Aaron Burton, with Harry Shaffer and Dave Constantino right behind them. With Pessolano being the current points leader at Glen Ridge, he naturally shot out to the early lead over Burton, Shaffer, and Rocky Warner the defending GRIT and Glen Ridge champion, who started sixth and was showing the field how he could go three wide around the high banks. Pessolano wasted no time in opening his lead as he was beginning to pull away from Burton by lap 8 and could see Aaron Jacobs at the tail of the field by lap 9. Nick Guererri would bring out the yellow, when he coasted to stop on the back stretch, but the ensuing restart would see starter Joe Kriss display the red flag as Warner and Burton got together entering turn 3 and Shea Montgomery and Tony Farone would end up tangled together in turn 4.Burton and Farone (The Flying Onion), would be done for the night and A.J. Filbeck of Perth, who was making his debut in the West End Towing-79 formally driven by Warner, would also retire to the pits at this time with mechanical issues. The running order behind Pessolano would now consist of Chad Edwards, Shaffer, Dave Marcuccilli, and Constantino. Racing resumed with Pessolano maintaining his lead, Montgomery would bring out the yellow again for a solo spin and then on lap 15 the drive train in Don Bellen’s 66 would break and cause a melee as everyone tried to avoid him on the back stretch. From lap 10 thru lap 50 caution laps would count, so it was a restart on lap 19, when Edwards would try again to over take his Dodson Construction teammate (Pessolano), followed by Marcuccilli who had passed Shaffer and Ivan Joslin (Glen Ridge’s most recent winner) who passed Constantino. Pessolano was opening his lead, by lap 25, just as the rest of the top five was also separated from each other, but lapped traffic would soon play into the picture as Pessolano would dive to the inside of Aaron Jacobs in front of the grandstand leaving Edwards and Marcuccilli to fend for themselves. Lap 30 would see Montgomery bring out the yellow, finally putting an end to his night in the Eckler Racing 12s and Eric Giguere being sent to the rear of the field by race director Joe Achzet. The top five remained the same, but there was plenty of side by side action in the field as Constantino and Warner were going at it for the sixth and seventh spot on lap 40 and kept it going through lap 45. lapped traffic again on lap 48, would see Edwards close in on the only leader all race long (Pessolano), as Edwards became a little more aggressive and pushed his way under Pessolano exiting turn four and made the pass complete as they entered turn one, as the field completed lap 52. The two leaders would race bumper to bumper, but Edwards held on to take the victory over Pessolano, Marcuccilli, Shaffer, and Joslin.
RIDGE REDEMPTION 60 LAP GRIT SERIES FEATURE-CHAD EDWARDS, Brian Pessolano, Dave Marcuccilli, Harry Shaffer, Ivan Joslin, Dave Constantino, Ray Zemken, Daryl Nutting, Eric Giguere, Nick Webb, Aaron Jacobs, Rocky Warner, Don Bellen, Shea Montgomery, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Derrick McGrew, Brian Nelson, A.J. Filbeck, Tony Farone, Aaron Burton, Nick Guererri.
RIDGE REDEMPTION-PROSTOCK-25 LAP FEATURE-NICK STONE, Jim Normoyle, Justin Knight, Luke Horning, Chuck Dumblewski, Dennis Joslin, Gus Hollner, Dave Demorst, Shane Playford, Jerry Streeter, Mark Sullivan, Rocky Warner, Walt Brownell.
Warner Outduels Desjardins for DIRTcar Sportsman Series Victory at Can-Am Motorsports Park
LaFARGEVILLE, N.Y. - June 3, 2015 - Rocky Warner and Mathieu Desjardins waged a 35-lap green-to-checkers, wheel-to-wheel duel on Wednesday night at Chapman's Can-Am Motorsports Park in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified main event with Warner eventually grabbing the checkered flag.
Desjardins actually pulled out front in the early going before Warner was able to retake the point as the leaders were in heavy lapped traffic. Warner eventually drove to the win. Jessica Power charged forward to finished third with Dave Marcuccilli and Brad Rouse rounding out the top five.
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Statistical Report; Chapman's Can-Am Motorsports Park; June 3, 2015
A-MAIN (35 laps): 1. Rocky Warner; 2. Mathieu Desjardins; 3. Jessica Power; 4. Dave Marcuccilli; 5. Brad Rouse; 6. Josh VanBrocklin; 7. Louie Jackson Jr.; 8. Dave Rogers; 9. Shane Pecore; 10. Martin Pelletier; 11. Tristan Draper; 12. Jack Meeks; 13. Aaron Pugh; 14. Briana Ladouceur; 15. Todd Root; 16. Glenn Forward; 17. Joey Ladouceur; 18. Taylor Caprara; 19. Tyler Meeks; 20. Anthony Stockman; 21. Rick McCready; 22. Adam Rozon; 23. Gilled Godard; 24. Nick Webb; 25. Rylee Gill; 26. Mike Stacey; 27. Dan Kapuscinski; 28. Sid Harmer Jr.; 29. Brandon Sweet; 30. Kevin Root.
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Championship Point Standings
1. Mathieu Desjardins 275
2. Dave Marcuccilli 260
3. Shane Pecore 224
4. Dave Rogers 216
5. Jessica Power 211
6. Todd Root 210
7. Martin Pelletier 208
8. Brad Rouse 200
9. Louie Jackson Jr. 187
10. Jack Meeks 164
DIRTcar Sportsman Series rolls into Can-Am Motorsports Park
35-lap main event pays $1,000-to-win on Wednesday, June 3
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - June 2, 2015 - DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers from New York, Ontario and Quebec will strap in Wednesday, June 3, at Can-Am Motorsports Park in LaFargeville, N.Y., in pursuit of the $1,000 top prize on Bear World Discount Beverage/Blinky's Liquors Night.
The 35-lap main event is the second series race of the season. The DIRTcar Sportsman Series moves to Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec, Monday, July 20.
St. Catherines, Ontario rivals Brad Rouse and James Michael Friesen were 1-2 in a photo finish in the series opener at Fulton Speedway.
The Merrittville Speedway stars will go up against 2014 DIRTcar Sportsman champion Mathieu Desjardins of Sorel, Quebec, 2014 Brockville Ontario Speedway champion Shane Pecore and top Can-Am runners such as Josh VanBrocklin and Taylor Caprara of Watertown, NY, Anthony Stockman and Jessica Powers of Kingston, ONT.
Wednesday's race card includes a Pro Street $500-to-win, $100-to-start event and a $500-to-win Rush DIRT Late Model event.
Post time is 7:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is Adults/$12, ages 13-15/$10, ages 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
Can-Am Motorsports Park is located on NYS Route 411 in LaFargeville, NY. For additional information on the DIRTcar Sportsman Series or the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.dirtcar.com, www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, www.facebook.com/DIRTcar www.canammotorsportspark.com or follow on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar.