Beth Schneider Wins Second Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship Qualifier At The Fulton Speedway In Four Days
FULTON, NY – July 26, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – Defending Fulton Speedway SUNY Canton Sportsman champion and defending Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship Series titlist Beth Schneider has served notice that she is a threat to win every race she enters as the 2014 season is about to hit the home stretch.
On Wednesday night at the Fulton Speedway Schneider won a classic battle with Todd Root for the $1,000 to-win Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship qualifier. Saturday night Schneider started 15th and moved into second with 10-laps to go in the 35-lap feature. From almost a straightaway behind she was able to catch and pass leader Jordan Bennett with 5-laps to go. Once out front Schneider drove away for her second championship series victory of the week.
Once again the SUNY Canton Sportsman showed their strength as it took four heats and two consi’s to set the 24 car field for the 35-lap Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship Qualifier.
James Carlson would lead the opening two-laps before Jordan Bennett took over the top-spot by a couple feet over Nick Webb on lap-three.
With 5-laps complete Bennett and Webb were in a two car breakaway race for the top-spot. Behind the top-two, Chris Hulsizer, Carlson and Mike Button fought for position just as a yellow came out for Tony Finch II who broke a drive shaft.
On the restart Webb used the top of the speedway to shoot into the lead on lap-six while behind him the racing was two and three wide with battles all over the speedway.
On lap-10 Webb was still running the top as he held around a quarter of a straightaway lead over Bennett who was looking for a way to close in. Hulsizer, Carlson and Button were still duking it out for third through fifth while behind the top-five the heavy hitters of the class were working their way forward.
A caution would come out on lap-13 that involved Jason Occhino and Taylor Lamb. Lamb suffered extensive front end damage ending his night. When the green came back out Bennett blasted back into the lead he held earlier in the race.
At the halfway point Bennett and Webb ran almost bumper to bumper for the top-spot while just behind them Hulsizer, Beth Schneider and Ronnie Davis III were in a three car fight for third through fifth.
With 10-laps to go Bennett still showed the way almost a straightaway ahead of the field. After a tough battle with Hulsizer, Davis and Webb, Schneider moved into second and took off after Bennett.
Lap after lap with Bennett running the top and Schneider the bottom, Schneider keep reeling in Bennett. With 5-laps to Schneider found the bite and speed she needed to drive by Bennett and into the lead. Over the final laps nobody had anything for Schneider as she drove away for the win. Ron Davis III came on to finish second while Jordan Bennett, Chris Hulsizer and Brandon Hagan finished third through fifth.
With Beth Schneider and Ron Davis III already having automatic redraw spots for the lucrative Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship race during the Outlaw 200 Weekend October 3-4, third place finishing Jordan Bennett gets the spot.
After parking her Thompson Road Tavern/Schneider Bros./Muddy Paws Dog Grooming/Circle-S Stables/No.1s in victory lane Beth Schneider talked about her popular win.
“I worked my butt off for that one just like last weekend,” Beth Schneider said after starting fifteenth and running down Jordan Bennett and passing him for the win late in the race.
Schneider talked about how after she moved into second she ran down and passed Bennett in the closing laps.
“I didn’t think I had anything for Jordan (Bennett). The 06J was so fast on the top. I couldn’t stay in the same line as him and pass him. I tried something different and it worked on the bottom.”
In the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model Feature Brandon Ford would lead the opening 4-Laps before AJ Kingsley looked like he was shot out of a cannon running the top to take over the lead on lap-five. On lap-8 Tim Sears Jr. moved in on Kingsley’s back bumper. Two laps later Sears drove around Kingsley to be scored the new leader. Kingsley would challenge a couple times after a lap-11 restart, but as the second half of the race went on, Sears pulled away for the win. AJ Kingsley, Laslow Hollyfeld, Johnny Hill and Harry Halliday finished second through fifth.
Twenty-seven strong Pro Race Mod Lites filled the pit area with locals and invaders for the second night of the TUSA Regional Mod Lite Tour.
On night one at the Brewerton Speedway invader Derek Wagner out-dueled local driver Joe Isabell who has seven feature wins for the tour victory. On Saturday at the Fulton Speedway, local driver Doug Williams took the lead on lap 2 and never looked back for the popular win. Joe Isabell, Jim Bogett, Derek Wagner and Paul Klager finished second through fifth.
The largest field for the first season of the A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints signed in the pits with a dozen cars. In the 20-Lap feature Fulton Speedway regular John Cunningham showed the way as they checked out on the field winning by almost a half-a-straightaway. Mike Stelter, Gordy Button, Ray Preston and Nick Cooper finished second through fifth.
In a competitive and entertaining 15-Lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman Feature Rylee Gill in his second ever start at the track got by Kyle Hulsizer on the last lap for the win. In a post-race weigh-in Gill and Hulsizer were light on the scales giving the win to Jon Shumway.
SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER 35 LAPS) – BETH SCHNEIDER, Ron Davis III, Jordan Bennett, Chris Hulsizer, Brandon Hagan, Mike Button, Billy Clark Jr., Nick Webb, Gregg Kimball, Brandon Ford, Corey Barker, Joe Kline, Bill Pooly, James Carlson, Jason Occhino, Geoff VanRiper, Rocco Leone, Jeff Hunter, Rick Rogala, Kyle Kiehn, Taylor Lamb, Tony Finch II, John Christian, Jeremy Pitcher.
(DNQ) – Jeremy Dygert, Rocky Grosso, Wade Chrisman, Kyle Fink, Alan Fink, Nick Krause, Austin Murphy, Mike Taylor, Bailey Groves, Brenton Joy.
HEAT WINNERS) – Jeremy Pitcher, Chris Hulsizer, Nick Webb, Jordan Bennett.
LATE MODELS) – TIM SEARS JR., AJ Kingsley, Laslow Hollyfeld, Johnny Hill, Harry Halliday, Brandon Ford, Aron Backus, Aaron Jacobs, Steve Coit, Dave Talbot, Shayne Tenace.
NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – JON SHUMWAY, Taylor Jackson, Dorian Wahdan, Trevor Lindsey, Joe Buonagurio, Brett Draper, Rylee Gill, Kyle Hulsizer, Brandon Chretien.
305 SPRINTS 20 LAPS) – JOHN CUNNINGHAM, Mike Stelter, Gordy Button, Ray Preston Jr., Nick Cooper, Joe Sanders, Tom Fletcher, John Thayer, Doug Crews, Jonathan Preston, Josh Azzi, Tim Smith.
Shane Pecore wins first DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Autodrome Drummond
Pecore wrestles the lead from Sportsman standout Brad Rouse
DRUMMOND, QUEBEC - Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 - Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent - A hot and humid Tuesday greeted DIRTcar Sportsman Series driver to Autodrome Drummond for round 4 of the Series as a fine field gathered for the 50-lap event. Shane Pecore collected his first win on the DIRTcar Sportsman tour in an eventful race.
Yves Leveille and Brad Rouse were on the front row of the 30-car field that took the initial green. Defending Series champion Rouse took first over Leveille and Shane Pecore held the third spot.
Rouse had built a small margin over Leveillee with 10 laps down as the leaders reached slower cars. Pecore was able to pass Leveillee for second as Martin Pelletier cracked the top 5 just before the first caution occurred on lap 20 for Maxime Blain.
On the restart, Mathieu Desjardins had a great start and passed 3 cars moving up to third and Shane Pecore got the lead just before Andy Brulotte stopped in the infield and the yellow lights came out on lap 22.
When the green was waved, Pecore stayed in front over Rouse, Desjardins, Leveille and Mike Maresca as this front five reached halfway point in that order. Kaven Poliquin brought the third caution on the 26th lap.
The order remained unchanged as the green lights were back. Desjardins lost a wheel in front of the grandstand and lost his valuable third place with 15 laps to go.
On the green, several leaders including current Series points leader Martin Pelletier, Mike Maresca, Joey Ladouceur and Yves Leveillee were involved in a collision that brought the red flag.
Pecore took to the lead on the restart with Etienne Cournoyer challenging Rouse for second spot and Jonathan Desilets and Corey Wheeler composing the new top 5 with 10 laps to go.
The No. 0 car got a sizeable lead over and never looked back to get his win ever victory on the DIRTcar Sportsman Series.
"The car was great," Pecore said. "I have to thank my whole team on giving me a great machine and winning in Drummond is good as we are aiming for the DIRTcar Series."
Brad Rouse was pleased with a second-place finish.
"It is always fun coming up here," Rouse said. "I enjoy the tracks and the fans, even though it's a long haul to get here."
Local runner Jonathan Desilets finished third.
"Finishing this high with the kind of competition tonight is really special," Desilets said. "We are trying hard to get better each week."
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series will take a 5-week break and will be back in action for a 3-race western swing in early September at Ramsomville, Merrittville and Humberstone Speedways.
DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #4-Autodrome Drummond, July 20th, 2014 Event Summary
50 laps Feature Results: Shane Pecore, Brad Rouse, Jonathan Desilets, Corey Wheeler, Adam Hilton, Dany Gagne, Kevin Chagnon, Adam Leslie, Jessica Power, Dominic Doyon, Mike Stacey, Yves Leveillee, Samuel Lajoie, Martin Giguere, Pat Dumouchel, JF Arpin, Etienne Cournoyer, Ryan Stabler, Sebastien Bourque, Martin Pelletier, Mathieu Desjardins, Justin Lalancette, Mike Maresca, Joey Ladouceur, Mathieu Laramee, Louie Jackson, Kaven Poliquin, Maxime Blain, Andy Brulotte, Felix Murray
LAP LEADERS: Rouse (1-21); Pecore (22-50)
Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 went to redraw, 5 to feature)
#1: S.Pecore, J.Ladouceur, M.Blain, J.Lalancette, M.Laramee, K.Chagnon, M.Giguere, G.Godard, M.Lessard, S.Lajoie
#2: D.Gagne, J,Desilets, C.Wheeler, M.Desjardins, D.Doyon, A.Brulotte, S.Lajoie, B.Ladouceur, R.Stabler, B.Ladouceur, R.Croteau
#3: M.Pelletier, B.Rouse, Y.Leveillee, A.Leslie, A.Hilton, M.Stacey, L.Jacksonjr, S.Leclerc, M.Genest, R.Delormier
#4: M.Maresca, K.Poliquin, E.Cournoyer, JF Arpin, P.Dumouchel, J.Power, S.Bourque, F.Murray, A.Leclerc, D.Paryzo
Autodrome Drummond DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #4 Roster (40)
0 Shane Pecore/St-Andrews, ONT
1 Sylvain Leclerc/Victoriaville, QUE
2x Martin Lessard/Drummondville, QUE
3a Adam Hilton/Buffalo, NY
3d Patrice Dumouchel/Beauharnois, QUE
3jc Mario Genest/Mont-Carmel, QUE
3m Mathieu Desjardins/Sorel, QUE
3x Andy Brulotte/Granby, QUE
6 Mikael Richard/Drummondville, QUE
7 Mike Maresca/Hawanna Falls, NY
11 Alexandre Leclerc/Victoriaville, QUE
11j Martin Giguere/Sherbrooke, QUE
14 Kevin Chagnon/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
15B Brianna Ladouceur/Cornwall, ONT
15L Adam Leslie/St.Catharines, ONT
18 Brad Rouse/St.Catharines, ONT
18 Etienne Cournoyer/Sorel, QUE
18jr Louie Jackson jr/Akwesasne, NY
20 Jean-Francois Arpin/St-Guillaume, QUE
21 Jonathan Desilets/St-Julie, QUE
21d Robert Delormier/Akwesasne, NY
23 Mike Stacey/Kahnawake, QC
24 Maxime Blain/Montarville, QUE
27a Gilles Godard/Alexandria, ONT
47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall, ONT
48B Sebastien Bourque/Drummondville, QUE
49 Kaven Poliquin/Warwick, QUE
52 Jessica Power/Kingston, ONT
60 Dave Paryzo/Drummondville, QUE
72 Samuel Lajoie/Acton Vale, QUE
77E Ryan Stabler/Cornwall, ONT
82 Renaud Croteau/Drummondville, QUE
88 Dominic Doyon/St-Guillaume, QUE
90 Dany Gagne/ Granby, QUE
91 Mathieu Laramee/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
92p Martin Pelletier/Sorel, QUE
92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria, ONT
94 Felix Murray/Granby, QUE
98h Justin Lalancette/St-Andrews, ONT
139 Yves Leveillee/Granby, QUE
2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
Sun., June 1 Cornwall Speedway Cornwall, Ontario M.Pelletier
Wed., July 2 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, New York J.Sharp
Mon., July 21 Autodrome Granby Granby, Quebec M.Pelletier
Tues., July 22 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, Quebec S.Pecore
Fri., Sept. 5 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, NY
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, New York
Fri., Sept. 19 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ontario
Sat., Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway St. Marcel de Richelieu, QC
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway Weedsport, NY
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Speedway Brockville, Ontario
GRIT SERIES HEADED FOR FONDA SPEEDWAY
Track Of Champions Ready To ‘GRIT’ Racy
June 5, 2014 By Rob Hazer (Fonda, NY) - Fonda Speedway needs no introduction; after all it is the track of champions. Its history speaks volumes about the tracks success. The new sheriff in town Matt DeLorenzo has the Mohawk Valley buzzing with talk of all things Fonda Speedway. With the WoO Late Models canceling their event in NY State, it left the promoter needing to fill a void. First he whipped up the Empire State Championships Modified event paying $5,00 to win. He then followed that up by adding the Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels to the race card.
Originally the GRIT Racing Series was scheduled for one event, which is titled ‘Rumble On The River’ on September 20th. Now the GRIT Racing Series will be in town much sooner on June 19th for the ‘Midweek Meltdown’ 30 Lap Crate Sportsman special, as part of the Empire State Championships.
“We’ve kept in communication with Matt about the anticipation building for the Mohawk Valley Weekend ‘Rumble On The River’ show in September,” said Rob Hazer, Competition/PR director for GRIT Racing.
“We surely don’t want to stretch our traveling teams out too much even though they get some throw away races should they be unable to attend, but an opportunity to have a GRIT Racing Series show sooner at Fonda Speedway was a win-win,” Hazer continued.
He concluded by saying “Matt is a super personable guy, easy to work with, and we appreciate what he’s doing and for having in for 2 shows in 2014.”
Series founder Dick Stark said, “I’m just tickled pink really. We have two races now to showcase the GRIT Series and that means a lot to all of us.
“It’s signed, sealed, and we’ll deliver for the fans in the capital region on June 19th. We’ll bring our series rules, format, and style into a well known track and that’s exciting for us,” said Nick Stark, GRIT Racing Series VP.
First thing to note is all Fonda Speedway regulars will get 20 show up points for the evening towards their Fonda Speedway points. It is however a full-blown Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels event. All GRIT Racing Series rules will be in effect for ALL drivers on June 19th.
The format will be a draw-redraw with the heat winners drawing for starting spots in the top six, with everyone else drawing for a spots 7-15. This rewards the 8 Lap heat winners, while balancing out a fair redraw system for the remaining qualified cars. Consi’s will also be 8 laps in distance and fill in the rest of the 24 car-starting field. From there any provisional starters will be added.
WARNER HOLDS OFF GUERERRI AT UTICA ROME
Double File Restarts Provide Another Thrilling Finish
May 26, 2014 By Rob Hazer (Vernon, NY) – For the second strait race Rocky Warner has had to hold off one of the best Sportsman drivers in the business to win a Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels event. This time the fans at Utica Rome Speedway were treated to a spectacular finish in the first of three VP Racing Fuels Triple Crown races, as part of the GRIT Racing Series tour.
Timed hot laps were the first challenge for drivers of the Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels. Through the back gate drivers drew for heat groups, which Rocky Warner (21.528), Robert Bublak (22.409), Matt Guererri (22.104), and Nick Guererri (21.972) all set fastest times in their respective groups. All drivers were awarded one bonus point for their fast times and the top 4 times in each group were inverted for the heat races.
Once the Tired Iron Auto Repair heat races were won by Rocky Warner, Connor Cleveland, Dave Marcuccilli, and Rocco Leone, with Dig Safely New York consolation wins going to Cody Clark and Mike Button, it was time to salute the troops with the Memorial Day Stars and Stripes 30 presented by Flag2Flag.com Racing Classifieds.
Connor Cleveland and Alan Fink would lead the 27 car starting field to Matt Burdick’s green flag. The Cleveland Brothers Landscaping 09 of Connor Cleveland would take the early lead leaving the New Millennium Auto 8 of Alan Fink to contend for second with series point leader Rocky Warner in the West End Towing 79.
Early on Cleveland would set a wicked pace pulling out to a near 10 car length lead, while Warner quickly had his hands full with the Page Trucking M1 of defending GRIT Racing Series champion Dave Marcuccilli and newcomer Nick Guererri in the Gevo’s Rears & Gears 25g.
On lap seven the first of only two yellows came out when Fulton Speedway regular Tony Finch II slowed in turn two with the A to Z Contracting 0 car. This would restack the field for a double file restart that changed the shape of the race early.
When the green flag flew Warner used the outside to take the lead from Cleveland, while Guererri and Marcuccilli followed through relegating Cleveland back to fourth. Warner was able to pull away just a bit, as Guererri was battling with fellow Canandaigua regular Marcuccilli for second. With that going on Cleveland found himself in a battle with Fink and Fulton young gun Corey Barker fresh off a Saturday win with his Shapiro Motors 31.
Top five point man Brian Krummel in the Superior Remodeling 44 had his race rod moving forward and cracked the top five near the mid point of the event, but three drivers were making their presence felt and doing it quietly.
Kevin Ward had moved his Jeff Daly & Sons 44 from 15th to race for the top five, while series rookie of the year contender Cody Clark had his North Hudson Woodcraft Corporation number 4 Teo Pro Car in the top 10 from his 17th starting spot. Kyle Inman was making some quiet noise moving from the 22nd starting spot with the KC Motorsports 20k to run in the top 10 as well.
Back up front the story was Warner out front, but Guererri hunting him down and by lap 25 he began to poke his nose under the 79 Bicknell. On lap 29 the yellow flag flew for a multi-car tangle in turn 3 in which everyone drove away.
For the second strait series race a double file restart with one lap remaining would decide the GRIT Racing Series winner. Warner who all but had lost his grip on the lead to Guererri had to hold off the 25g for one more lap.
On the restart the Warner-Guererri pair ran door-to-door through turns 1 and 2 then down the backstretch. In turn 3 Guererri tightened up just a bit allowing Rocky Warner to come home victorious for his second strait tour win by less than a car length. Guererri crossed the line second; Ward all the way up to 3rd from 15th, Cleveland again in the top five in 4th, and a very impressive Corey Barker rounding out the top five.
UTICA ROME NOTES: The staff at Utica Rome Speedway was very accommodating and the GRIT Racing Series sends a special thanks to John Tiff Jr., Barb Clark, Gene Cole, Doug Zupan, Charlie Tuna, and Bernie Lukaks. With his back-to-back wins on the Dig Safely New York GRIT Racing Series Powered By VP Racing Fuels tour, Rocky Warner has yet to finish outside the top three in events he’s entered. Kevin Ward from 15th to 3rd was mighty impressive, as well was Cody Clark from 17th to 6th, and Kyle Inman from 22nd to 10th. Point standings have been shaken up just a bit after the VP Triple Crown event, which was weighted with a heavier point value. Next VP Triple Crown event is the Northeast Crate Nationals at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Fulton Speedway young gun Corey Barker was very impressive mixing it up with the big guns of a traveling series representing his home track with a solid top five finish. Once again double file restarts all the way to the end provided a nail biting finish, which brought the fans in attendance to their feet with cheer. 39 crate sportsman competitors came to the action track of the east, which is the highest count at any race thus far in 2014.
RACING SERIES (30 LAPS) - ROCKY WARNER, Nick Guererri, Kevin Ward, Connor Cleveland, Corey Barker, Cody Clark, Alan Fink, Todd Root, Dave Marcuccilli, Kyle Inman, Rocco Leone, Robert Bublak, Nick Krause, Rob Humphreys, Matt Guererri, Chris Stevens, John Illanovsky, Kyle Kiehn, Brian Pessolano, Brian Krummel, Kenny Boniface, Mike Button, Ivan Joslin, Jeff Hunter, Chris Hulsizer, Anthony Alger, Tony Finch II.
Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock Series kick off June 1 at Cornwall Motor Speedway
Dave Bissonnette and Brad Rouse ready to defend series championships
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - With the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock Series opener just around the corner, racers in both divisions are gearing up for another season of tough competition and fierce points battles. Both tours kick off the same night, Sunday, June 1, for the Jiffy Auto Service DIRTcar Double Header at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Champion Dave Bissonnette is ready to defend his title.
"I've been racing here for years, and this is the place to win. If you can win here, you can win anywhere," the Cornwall, Ontario, driver said of his home track, a fast quarter-mile clay oval. "It's like a little bullring. It's very fast, it's unforgiving."
Bissonnette claimed more than one title last year, taking both the series crown and the Cornwall track championship. He placed fifth at the BACC-OFF DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship 25 , a strong finish that gave him the boost he needed to surpass Stephane Labrun in series point standings.
"It came down to the end there down at Syracuse," Bissonnette said. "I just happened to finish a couple positions ahead of Stephane Lebrun."
For the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, Brad Rouse, of St. Catharines, Ontario, will be defending his title against a stout field of competitors. A rookie last year having just moved from the Pro Stock division, Joey Ladouceur, of Alexandria, Ontario, finished a close second.
Gates open for Cornwall's DIRTcar Double Header at 5:30 p.m. and racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for this full night of racing are just $15 for adults. Special pricing is available for children and seniors.
For more information about the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.
AT A GLANCE
Minute Auto Wash sponsor Gaetan's Chip Stand Canadian Nationals
DATE: Sunday, June 1
TIME: Racing begins at 7 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m.
DIVISIONS: DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, DIRTcar Pro Stock Series, Modifieds, Semi Pro and Mini Stock
LOCATION: Cornwall Motor Speedway, Civic #16981, Cornwall Centre Rd., Long Sault, Ontario, Canada
ABOUT THE TRACK: Quarter-mile high-banked oval
YATES COUNTY SPEEDWAY SET FOR GRAND OPENING PART TWO
DUNDEE, NY…Racing will resume at Yates County Speedway this Friday, May 30th with the “Grand Opening, Part Two”. New track Promoter Dan Harpell opened the speedway on May 2nd for the Grand Opening but weather has prevented the track from running another show up to this point.
Yates County will host a full show of all divisions. In addition we will honor Mary Hoose for her 50 years of service at the speedway and we will also hold a Racer's Reunion recognizing the great drivers from the past. Race time is 7:00 p.m.
This Friday will be four weeks since the last race so it is somewhat of a Grand Opening Part Two for the Yates County Speedway. It has rained for six consecutive Friday’s, including opening night on the 2nd.
“It has been so long since we raced, it almost seems like we are starting over”, said Harpell. “We have used the down time to get everything in order and have worked out the bugs from our opener”, he added.
Harpell took over the speedway late, just five weeks before the opener, and scrambled to get everything ready on time to open. While the track was in fantastic condition and the racing was excellent, there were a few bumps in the road on opening night. The biggest issue was with the concessions.
“We hired a temp service to work our concession stands and it didn’t work out. It seemed like a good idea at the time because I didn’t know enough people in the area. I have since gone out and hired 17 local people to step in and work our concessions and gates”, said Harpell. “I am determined to get things running smoothly and the long concession line was one of the biggest complaints I heard about when I took over the track. I have met a lot of great people in the area and they have stepped up big time to help me. I have had a lot of support and greatly appreciate it”, he added.
Friday’s show will feature all of the weekly divisions. In the May 2nd opener Fran Hilton took home top honors in the 602 Crate Sportsman feature in a hotly contested battle with Ray Bliss. In the Greg’s Auto Body Street Stock feature, Rich Sharpsteen took home the $500 top prize over a strong field of cars.
Darryl Ruggles won the CRSA Sprint Car feature. Ruggles will return for the official opener for the new 305 Sprint Car class, which will be a weekly division in 2014. Rich Karlnoski raced to the IMCA Modified feature win on opening night in a race that went caution free.
The BRP/Crate Late Model winner was Jason Knowles who raced to a commanding victory. Trevor Dudley won the 4 Cylinder Feature while Allison Teed was victorious in the Bandit Division.
The eight division show was run very efficiently in just three hours and twenty minutes. Expect to see things run off rapidly all season long. The new staff of track officials worked really well together and will continue to fine tune the show as the season progresses.
RUGGLES, HILTON, SHARPSTEEN, KNOWLES ALL VICTORIUS ON OPENING NIGHT AT THE ALL NEW YATES COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Dundee, New York…. Canandaigua, New York driver Daryl Ruggles was the first to find victory lane at the new Yates County Speedway in the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature. Fran Hilton, Rich Sharpsteen, Rich Karlnoski, Jason Knowles, Trevor Dudley and Allison Teed were all victorious on Abtex Corporation Night.
Ruggles started in the fourth position in his number 48jr. Sprint Car, and by the midway point was putting on a serious challenge for the race lead. Bill Jaycox led the charge for the opening 8 laps, before a turn two pass found Ruggles the new race leader. As Jaycox fell back to second, Ruggles would open an impressive margin enroute to the victory. Coming across the stripe in third was Jeremy Quick followed by Jordan Thomas and John Preston. Ruggles was outspoken in his praise of the racing surface. “ I have raced here in a lot of different classes over the years and this is the best I have ever seen this track”.
Racing veteran Fran Hilton was victorious in the Crate Sportsman division on Abtex Corporation night. In the early stages of the race, Hilton had faded back to second after initially starting on the pole. Josh Keesey would grab the lead on the first circuit and lead the opening 11 laps, until Hilton came back up to battle for the spot. On lap 12 Hilton would make the pass to claim the race lead.
Hilton began to pull away from the field until lap traffic became heavy towards the midway point of the event. By lap 18, veteran driver Ray Bliss was up to second and putting on a great battle with Hilton for the lead as the two raced through heavy lapped traffic. The caution would come out on lap 20 leaving a clear track in front of the leaders for the remaining 5 laps. In the closing laps Hilton would prove to be the faster car as he pulled away to claim the opening night win. Hilton would win over Bliss, Keesey, Brady Fultz and Chris Daugherty. Six through ten would go to Chris Silvers, Loren Lincoln, Casey Pavlick, Phil Yaw, and Chris Fisher.
Jason Knowles would lead 19 out of 20 laps to claim the BRP/Crate Late Model feature win. Jason’s brother Brian Knowles would come up to finish second, while Bill Mesler was third, Adam DePuy fourth, and Brad Mesler would round out the top five.
RACE NOTES: This was the first event under new Promoter Dan Harpell…Drivers were raving about the track surface. The track was in awesome condition, table top smooth from top to bottom…Dale Welty won the drawing for the American Racer Cup tire gift certificate…The next event on the schedule is the Northeast Showdown on Tuesday, May 13th for the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series. They will be joined by the Crate Sportsman on the card.
CRSA SPRINT CAR 20 LAP FEATURE: DARYL RUGGLES, Bill Jaycox, Jeremy Quick, Jordan Thomas, John Preston, Dalton Herrick, Scott Goodrich, John Matrafailo, Brett Jaycox
CRATE SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE: FRAN HILTON, Ray Bliss, Josh Keesey, Brady Fultz, Chris Daugherty, Chris Silvers, Loren Lincoln, Casey Pavlick, Phil Yaw, Chris Fisher, Brent Ayers, Dale Welty, Steven Swarthout, Joe Cook, Lance Irwin, Ross Vleck, Phil Vigneri III, Bob Buono, Rick Newton
STREET STOCK 20 LAP FEATURE: RICH SHARPSTEEN, Chuck Winslow, Kurt Stebbins, Jeremy Potrzebowski, Cory Costa, Daryl Krebs, Jared Hill, 4, Jeremy Trank, Nate Daggett, Brad Rathburn, Rich Sharpsteen, Harold Fenton, Gene Balmer, James Kreidler III, Jake Karlnoski, Tracy Dunn
LATE MODEL 20 LAP FEATURE: JASON KNOWLES, Brian Knowles, Bill Mesler, Adam DePuy, Brad Mesler, Jared Hill, Sparky Hills