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SPORTSMAN'S SPEEDWAY TO GIVE SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MODS A SUNDAY NIGHT HOME IN 2015; JOINS WITH SHARON FOR A 2-NIGHT WEEKLY CIRCUIT AS BOTH SIGN 3-YR CONTRACTS

November 18, 2014

By Mike Leone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...Thanks to a half-dozen speedways, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds had a schedule of events scattered throughout western Pa. and eastern Ohio for the inaugural 2014 season. In October, Sharon Speedway made a huge announcement that the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have a weekly Saturday night home at the Hartford, Ohio oval in 2015.  And now today, RUSH Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are thrilled to announce that Sportsman's Speedway in Knox, Pa. has come aboard to run the RUSH Sportsman Mods on a weekly basis on Sunday nights!  Both Speedways have signed three-year contracts to have the cars part of their weekly program beginning in 2015 through at least 2017!

The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds feature Northeast-style center steer Modified cars utilizing GM 602 crate engines ($3,250) with the popular spec "sealed" Bilstein Shocks ($135) on steel wheels and spec Hoosier Tires.

"We have to thank Jim and Louise Colwell for believing in our program and signing a three-year contract to insure the racers that the division isn't going anywhere," stated Emig. "This is not only a boost to our Series and racers, but to the Modified division as a whole in western Pa. and eastern Ohio.  It's no secret that Modified racing in our region has dwindled in recent years, but the creation of the RUSH Sportsman Mod division in 2014 rekindled an interest in this type of racing and saw a good handful of both new and former Modified racers participate in the inaugural season of the class.  The commitment of  Sharon and Sportsman's coming on board as weekly speedways is the key piece that we were waiting for and is sure to spur the growth even more and secure a strong foundation for this affordable Modified option for years to come!"

Sportsman's events will be part of the $10,000+ Weekly Series point fund for member racers as well as the "Futures Cup" program that will debut in 2015 for eligible teenage racers. RUSH is also planning a small Touring Series, much like the popular Sweeney RUSH Late Models, at speedways throughout the region.  Sportsman's will also be the site of the 2015 "Manufacturers Night".  This event has been popular with the Late Model division and has grown to over $30,000 in prizes, while a similar night debuted for the Modifieds in 2014 and offered over $5,000 in prizes with random drawings to the racers.  This event, like the Late Model one, is expected to grown each year.

Drivers do not have to join RUSH to compete; however, RUSH member racers will be eligible for point funds, the $100,000 excess participant accident insurance (over and above one's health insurance and track's insurance limits), discounted pit passes at all Lernerville Speedway events, as well as other perks.

Sportsman's Speedway opened in 1973 and over the years featured most all of the regional divisions including the "410" Sprint Cars, Super Late Models, and Big-Block Modifieds. Sportsman's has long established itself as a Sunday night entertainment venue and has been a favorite for families to enjoy its relaxing environment with its noted grassy hillside and unobstructed viewing. Racers have always enjoyed the smooth and racey surface with no fencing or walls in turns one and two or the backstretch.

Sportsman's, like other facilities throughout the region has seen its Modified divisions tail off. The Big-Block Modified, Six-Cylinder, and the former Sportsman Modified division were all dropped years ago before being replaced by the "358" small-block division; however, unfortunately that division too has experienced dwindling car counts of less than 10 on most nights throughout the past few seasons.

"The Modified division has been very sentimental for me," expressed Jim Colwell. "The Modifieds have had a long history at the speedway and have been popular with the both the fans as well as my family. My brother Sam, who built and operated the speedway until his passing, was a Modified Coupe racer himself so the division holds a soft spot for me. However, I've come to realize that it's time to become proactive and bring the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds to Sportsman's weekly in 2015 and into the foreseeable future. It'll be great to team up with Sharon so the racers have two tracks to run at weekly and hopefully offer a stable class for many years to come."

In 2015, Sportsman's will feature the "305" Sprint Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, a Stock Car division, and front-wheel-drive four-cylinder Mini Stocks at "the fast third-mile". Sportsman's will also alternate a fifth division including Vintage Modifieds, Micro Sprints, Mod Lites, Econo Mods, and other classes to be determined. Sportsman's typically has an open practice the first Sunday of May with racing beginning the following Sunday at 5 p.m.

Sportsman's "358" Modified drivers will be eligible to compete in 2015 in the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds provided they are not competing full-time (10 or more races) with the Big-Block Modifieds or "358" Modifieds elsewhere.

Sportsman's is located at 54 Colwell Drive, Knox, PA 16232 (Huckleberry Ridge/Curllsville Road just off of Route 208 in Elk City between Knox and Shippenville, Pa.) For more information, check out their website at www.sportsmansspeedwayknox.com or call 814-797-1621.

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NICK NYE WINS EXCITING ROC SPORTSMAN FEATURE AT PENN CAN

Susquehanna, PA…The second day of the big King of the Can Weekend at Penn Can Speedway saw over one hundred forty cars signing into an overflow pit area. The non-stop racing action concluded the racing season at the speedway and saw great racing in all divisions with many first time Penn Can winners. The Race of Champions Sportsman Series thirty five lap feature event was one of the most competitive events held at the speedway all season. Nick Nye, Kevin Jordan, Claude Hutchings, and Ryan Olsommer put on a four car battle racing sometimes three wide over the last fifteen laps. Nye would win by less than a car length for his first ever Penn Can win.

ROC Sportman: Nick Nye ,Kevin Jordan, Claude Hutchings, Ryan Olsommer, Brandon Walters, Cory Costa, Travis Smith, Randy Brokaw, Stve Davis, Charilie Hendrickson, Ryan Higgs, Randy Shantel, Randy Gates, Mike Barrett, Brad Szulewski, Tom Eiklor, Josh Towner, Alex Stanton, Butch Green, Mike Loney, Brian White, Tyler Singleton, Jerry Tonti, Randy Green, Todd Titus, DNQ Skip Pickwick, Nick Branning

CRSA Sprints: Jeremy Quick ,Dalton Herrick , Joe Kata ,Jordan Thomas, Mike Esposito ,Mike Kiser, John Matrafailo ,Josh Pieniazek ,Emily VanInwegen  ,Bob Gray ,Thomas Radivoy , John Cunningham ,- Kory Gurney ,Dustin Purdy, Warren Alexson ,Casey Williams, Scott Goodrich, Brett Jaycox,  Dan Hennessy,  Jeff Van Steenburg  

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Shane Pecore claims Falls Nationals DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series title

Strong run for Mathieu Desjardins makes him DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Champion

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO - Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent - With the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series title within reach, Shane Pecore and his race team gave Saturday's series finale at Brockville Ontario Speedway every ounce of effort they could muster. It paid off with a trip to victory lane in the 1000 Islands RV Centre Fall Nationals feature race, but the win wasn't enough to clinch the title. Mathieu Desjardins finished fourth and gained enough points to keep the lead and become the 2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Champion.

Mike Maresca and Pecore were on the top row of the 50-lap event, Maresca taking the initial lead before point Brad Rouse broke his mount to bring the race's first caution. Thus ended point runner-up Rouse's run for the series championship. On the following green, Pecore led the way over Maresca with Corey Wheeler in third.

The caution was thrown on the field for Thomas Cook on lap 3, again slowing the field down. Pecore was back to the lead with Dany Gagne passing Wheeler for third when the green was back on the speedway. Wheeler and John Mills completed the top 5.

A few cars got together in turn 4 and the yellow lights got lit with 12 laps in the books. Maresca surprised Pecore with a charge on the restart as Mathieu Desjardins started to make some noise in sixth. Gilles Godard hit the wall hard and caution was out on lap 18. On the restart, big accident occurred involving several cars, bringing the field to a stop.

Pecore powered to the lead with Desjardins making some great moves to go up to third spot on that restart as Maresca held onto second.

Just before midrace, No. 0 car of Pecore was alone in the lead with Maresca, Desjardins, Wheeler and Gagné, the top 5 at the halfway point. Mathieu Laramee spun in turn 2 and yellow was out with 23 laps to go.

Another accident occurred on the restart with John Mills rolling over, sending the field to a stop for a second time during this event.

The restart took Pecore to the lead with Maresca and Desjardins behind him as Dany Gagne, running fourth, lost his great spot as he went off the speedway with 33 laps in.

The event got some momentum at the end as Pecore led the final portion to capture his second DIRTcar Sportsman feature in front of Maresca and Wheeler. Finishing in fourth, Mathieu Desjardins was able to get the DIRTcar championship by one point over Pecore.

"We had a great car, we ran hard. Winning here at the Fall Nationals is quite something," said winner Shane Pecore.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Champion Mathieu Desjardins was really happy: "We worked so hard for this championship, a great way to finish our season, as we are probably moving to Modified in 2015."

DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #12-Brockville Speedway, October 18, 2014 Event Summary

Feature Results: Shane Pecore, Mike Maresca, Corey Wheeler, Matheiu Desjardins, Jessica Power, Joey Ladouceur, Martin Pelletier, Justin Lalancette, Jeremy Lasalle, Mathieu Laramée, Adam Leslie, Louie JacksonJr, Cody McPherson, Mike Stacey, Dany Gagné, Thomas Cook, Brad Rouse, Dillon Sallows, Jon Mills, Dylan Evoy, Jason Shipclark, Jonathan Ferguson, Ryan Scott, Bruce Makinson, Aaron Pugh, Ryan Stabler, Gilles Godard, Ricky Thompson, Wyatt Mullin, Greg Ezard

LAP LEADERS:  Pecore (1-12); Maresca (13- 18); Pecore (19-50)

Heat Races (8 laps, top 2 went to redraw, 4 to feature)
#1: C.Wheeler, J.Mills, J.Lalancette, W.Mullin, R.Stabler, B.Comeau, G.Ezard, S.Billings, B.Johnson
#2: S.Pecore, J.Ladouceur, B.Makinson, M.Laramee, C.Winters, B.Rouse, R.Delormier, J.Cummings, S.Desrochers
#3: D.Evoy, C.McPherson, A.Leslie, A.Pugh, T.Cook, J.Shipclark, S.Stearns, D.Andre, S.McGill,
#4:R.Thompson, M.Maresca, J.Lasalle, M.Stacey, L.Jacksonjr, B.Ladouceur, J.Power, C.Dawdy, T.Draper
#5:M.Desjardins, D.Gagne, M.Pelletier, D.Sallows, J.Ferguson, R.Scott, Z.Arquiett, G.Godard, B.Cook

B-Mains:
#1: R.Stabler, B.Rouse, G.Ezard, T.Cook, J.Ferguson, B.Ladouceur, S.Stearns, J.Cummings, Z.Arquiett, C.Dawdy, B.Cook, S.McGill, B.Johnson
#2: L.Jackson, R.Scott, J.Shipclark, J.Power, G.Godard, C.Winters, S.Desrochers, S.Billings, R.Delormier, D.Andre, B.Comeau

Brockville Speedway DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #12 Roster (45)
0 Shane Pecore/St-Andrews, ONT
1 Robert Delormier/Akwesasne, NY
1M Mathieu Desjardins/Sorel, QUE
1r Ricky Thompson/Snye, QUE
B3 Steve Billings/Brockville, ONT
4 Samuel Desrochers/Granby, QC
4 Scott McGill/Cornwall, ONT
5 Wyatt Mullin/Finch, ONT
B7 Brian Comeau/Smith Falls, ONT
7 Mike Maresca/Hawanna Falls, NY
7 Cody McPherson/St-Catherines, ONT
11K Dillon Sallows/Kingston, ONT
L12 Jeremy Lasalle/Brockville, ONT
14 Zach Arquiett/Brasher Falls, NY
15B Brianna Ladouceur/Cornwall, ONT
17 Tristan Draper/Sydenham, ONT
18jr Louie Jackson jr/Akwesasne, NY
20 Jason Shipclark/Brockville, ONT
22s Shane Stearns/Brockville, ONT
23 Mike Stacey/Kahnawake, QC
27a Gilles Godard/Alexandria, ONT
29x Ryan Scott/Kingston, ONT
30 Brad Rouse/St.Catharines, ONT
30L Adam Leslie/St.Catharines, ONT
32j Jason Cummings/Brockville, ONT
35 Thomas Cook/Hogansburg, NY
44 Jonathan Ferguson/Brockville, ONT
47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall, ONT
52 Jessica Power/Kingston, ONT
63 Cory Winters/Finch, ONT
M70 Billy Cook/Hogansburg, NY
77E Ryan Stabler/Cornwall, ONT
81 Bruce Makinson/Ottawa, ONT
81j Bucky Johnson/Brockville, ONT
83 Dylan Evoy/Brockville, ONT
84 John Mills/Gananoque, ONT
87 Greg Ezard/St-Andrews, ONT
88c Connor Dawdy/Kingston, ONT
90 Dany Gagne/Granby, QUE
91 Mathieu Laramee/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
92p Martin Pelletier/Sorel, QUE
92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria, ONT
98 David Andre/Cornwall, ONT
98h Justin Lalancette/St-Andrews, ONT
180 Aaron Pugh/Kingston, ONT

2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
Date Track Location
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 J.Friesen
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario C.McPherson
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario M.Desjardins
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, New York D.Evoy
Fri., Sept. 19 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ontario G.Lindberg
Sat., Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway St. Marcel de Richelieu, QC M.Desjardins
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway Weedsport,NY D.Marcucilli
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY J.Spellmon
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Speedway Brockville, Ontario S.Pecore

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GLEN RIDGE PRESENTS 602 ADIRONDAC NATIONALS
 
The Mohawk Valley is full of colors at this time of year, as the Fall season presents the signs that Winter is approaching and the racing season is coming to a close. Today Saturday, October 18, 2014, The Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will present the season ending 602 Crate Adirondac Nationals, in association with Longhorn Trucking, Dodson Construction, Don’s Towing and Sowles Trailer Repair.

The 60 lap Dig Safely New York, GRIT Series feature will pay $3,000. plus lap sponsorship money to the winner, with there currently being $2,400. plus available in lap money. 2nd. place will pay $1,500. and 10th. place will pay $500., with $250. being paid to take the green.

Each heat race winner will earn $100. and each consolation winner will also earn $100.

The Prostock feature winner will receive $1,000. and the Xcel feature winner will also win $1,000.

The 50 lap Enduro will be paying $500., $300., and $200. respectively for 1st., 2nd., and 3rd. The enduro is promising to have a wide variety of drivers as sportsman driver Rocky Warner has been working on a car to compete is this exciting event.  

Gates will open at 1:00 pm. at 2:30 drivers will be able to start drawing for starting position (at the pit tower), with the band and B-B-Q kicking off at 3:00 pm. the B-B-Q will consist of 1/2 chicken, potato, side item, and roll. Cost of the meal will be $10. with all of the funds going back into the racing purse. The B-B-Q will be first come first served as about 200 dinners will be available to allow the staff to also enjoy the races.

The kids bounce houses will be up along with Bob Lansing Racing Photo’s and Bobco Racing Video’s available for purchase.  

Drawing for position will close at 4:00 pm. and a Mandatory Drivers meeting will take place at 4:30 at the pit tower.

Warm-ups will start at 4:45 with a Green-White-Checker format in the order of Sportsman, Prostocks, Xcel, and six laps for the Modifieds.

Time trials will begin at 5:15 for sportsman, pro stocks, and xcel, again with a green, white, checker format.

6:00 will be the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.

6:10 The modifieds will compete in a 25 lap non-winners race open to any modified driver from any track that did not win a feature in 2014. (Glen Ridge rules apply).

Heat races will begin at 6:30, consisting of 8 laps for sportsman, prostocks, and xcel 600. The sportsman C-main (consi), xcel 600, and prostock heat winners will redraw at the pit tower for feature event invert, followed by the prostock and xcel 600 10 lap consi.

Sportsman heat race winners will then redraw on the front straight for the 602 Adirondac National feature invert, followed by the 30 lap sportsman B-main and the prostock 35 lap A-main and the Xcel 600 A-main.

Then all qualified cars for the 602 Adirondac Nationals will line up on the front straight to begin their 60 lap feature

The evening will be capped off by a 50 lap Enduro event paying $500., $300., and $200. with a $25. car registration fee.
Grandstand admission will be the same as has for every night in 2014, $10. for adults, $2. for students 6-12, and children 5 and under are free.

Car registration fee will be $30. and pit entry is $20.

Tickets are available for the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park 2014 awards Banquet. Scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Holiday Inn located in Johnstown, N.Y. Hors d’oeuvres and live band at 7 pm. Dinner will begin at 8 pm. consisting of Roast Beef, Chicken, Pasta buffet, soda, coffee, tea included. Cash bar will be available. Please call 518-922-8566 or Pete Demitraszek at 518-848-0608. Tickets will also be available at the track.Cost per person is $25. Over $30,000. in point fund money will be awarded.

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Jimmy Spellmon claims pole position for Sunday’s DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Championship 30

Brian Krummel, Mike Butler and Mike Maresca claim victories in Triple 10s

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - October 10, 2014 - Friday's qualifying rounds for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series have spelled success for a number of drivers who have earned top starting positions for Sunday's championship race.

Jimmy Spellmon, a regular racer at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., will share the front row of Sunday's headliner with Mike Butler of Milford, N.J., after the two placed first and second in time trials. Spellmon, of Butler, N.J., turned a lap of 32.819 seconds and Butler's fastest lap was 32.957 seconds.

Other drivers locking into Sunday's finale were Michael Sabia of Easton, Conn. (33.031), Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y. (33.044), James Henry of Niagara Falls, N.Y. (33.109) and Shane Pecore of St-Andrews, Ont. (33.158).

Friday night's Triple 10s will set positions seven through 18 in Sunday's race. Krummel stayed fast in his heat, winning the first heat of the night after polesitter Spellman voluntarily started tail. Corey Wheeler closed in on Krummel midrace, but fell back into place before Dave Marcuccilli passed him for second in lap 8.

"I laid down ten good laps, no mistakes, so I'm pretty happy," said Krummel, who also came out first in the afternoon's DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Futures race for "Moody Mile" rookies. "It's awesome. I worked really to get here."

Butler, who had already locked in the outside pole in time trials, lead all ten laps in his heat to pick up the win.

"We just started up front, and ran away with it," said Butler, also a newbie to the Syracuse mile. "For the first time being here, to be as competitive as we are, it's just amazing. I have no words for it. It's unexpected."

Sabia picked up the win in the third heat race, leading flag-to-flag with Mike Maresca, of Potsdam, N.Y., picking up second. However, Sabia came in light at the scales and was penalized any winnings associated with the heat race.

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII continues Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring the USAC Silver Crown "Salt City 78" at 1:30 p.m. followed by the "Salute to the Troops 150" for the 358-Modifieds. The DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds return to the track Sunday morning for their championship race before turning the track over to the DIRTcar Pro Stocks and the premier Syracuse 200 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds takes the green flag at 2 p.m.

"Racing's Biggest Party" runs through Sunday, Oct. 12. For more information and the latest updates on NAPA Super DIRT Week, clickwww.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, follow on Twitter@SuperDIRTWeek, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series
NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week
New York State Fairgrounds
October 10, 2014
Triple 10s

Triple #1:
1. 44K Brian Krummel / Middletown, N.Y.
2. m1 Dave Marcuccilli / Cayuga, N.Y.
3. 47s Corey Wheeler / Cornwall, Ontario
4. 17g Matt Janiak / Pine Island, N.Y.
5. 27 Jeremy Pitts / Scaghtocoke, N.Y.
6. 30 Brad Rouse / St. Catharines, Ontario
7. 27b Robert Bublak, Jr. / Ballston Spa, N.Y.
8. 1h Steve Hicks / Fountainville, Pa.
9. 1R Ricky Thompson / Akwesasne, Quebec
10. 43 Martin Hebert / Roxton Pond, Quebec
11. 67g Eric Giguere / Phelps, N.Y.
12. 271 Tiger Chapman / Cape Vincent, N.Y.
13. 22J Chris Daugherty
14. 96 Rob Maxon / Pownal, Vt.
15. 11k Dillon Sallows / Kingston, Ontario
16. 12 Jon Miller / Malta, N.Y.
17. 28s Jimmy Spellmon / Butler, N.J.
18. 21d Robert Delormier / Akwesasne, Ontario

Triple #2
1. 4 Mike Butler / Milford, N.J.
2. 7 Cody McPherson / St. Catharines, Ontario
3. 32R Ron Davis III / Memphis, N.Y.
4. 92p Martin Pelletier / Sorel-Tracey, Quebec
5. 18J Louie Jackson, Jr. / Akwesasne, N.Y.
6. 53 Whitey Slavin / Wynantskill, N.Y.
7. 1F A.J. Lloyd / Canandaigua, N.Y.
8. 28 Gary Lindberg / Ridgeway, Ontario
9. 28m Tyler Meeks / Evans Mills, N.Y.
10. 35w Jeff Watson / Sheffield, Mass.
11. e77 Ryan Stabler / Cornwall, Ontario
12. 52 Jessica Power / Kingston, Ontario
13. 17J Jamie Platt / Watertown, N.Y.
14. 85h Robert Humphreys / Elbridge, N.Y.
15. 21c Dale Caswell / West Monroe, N.Y.
16. 44w Kevin Ward / Hyde Park, N.Y.
17. 10w Winter Mead / Middletown, N.Y.
18. 21 James Henry / Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Triple #3
1. Michael Sabia / Easton, Conn.
2. 7m Mike Maresca / Potsdam, N.Y.
3. 1M Mathieu Desjardins / Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
4. 79 Rocky Warner / Gloversville, N.Y.
5. 76 Dave Constantino / Fultonville, N.Y.
6. 92 Joey Ladouceur / Alexandria, Ontario
7. T82 Taylor Lamb / Clay, N.Y.
8. 92c Billy Coleman / Ransomville, N.Y.
9. 234 Adam McAulliffe / Gloversville, N.Y.
10. 44 Dave Conant, Jr. / Lockport, N.Y.
11. 10 Brett Martin / Newfane, N.Y.
12. 1 Bob Reis / Elma, N.Y.
13. 25g Nick Guererri / Senaca Falls, N.Y.
14. 17 Tristan Draper / Harrowsmith, Ontario
15. 2T Chris Thurston / Lafargeville, N.Y.
16. 80e Doug Buzzell, Jr. / Renfrew, Ontario
17. 23s Mike Stacey / Kahnawake, Quebec

Time Trials:
1. Jimmy Spellmon  32.819
2. Mike Butler 32.957
3. Michael Sabia 33.031
4. Brian Krummel 33.044
5. James Henry 33.109
6. Shane Pecore 33.158
7. Corey Wheeler 33.196
8. Cody McPherson 33.223
9. Mathieu Dejardins 33.281
10. Matt Janiak 33.294
11. Martin Pelletier 33.418
12. Mike Maresca 33.436
13. Dave Marcuccilli 33.502
14. Ron Davis III 33.506
15. Dave Constantino 33.548
16. Robert Bublak Jr 33.574
17. Jessica Power 33.612
18. Rocky Warner 33.632
19. Jeremy Pitts 33.649
20. Whitey Slavin 33.655
21. Billy Coleman 33.673
22. Robert Delormier 33.694
23. Louie Jackson Jr. 33.701
24. Joey Ladouceur 33.72
25. Steve Hicks 33.782
26. Tyler Meeks 33.826
27. Taylor Lamb 33.869
28. Brad Rouse 33.918
29. A.J. Lloyd 34.066
30. Adam McAulliffe 34.091
31. Eric Giguere 34.111
32. Ryan Stabler 34.13
33. Dave Conant Jr. 34.145
34. Martin Hebert 34.161
35. Jeff Watson 34.182
36. Brett Martin 34.214
37. Ricky Thompson 34.223
38. Gary Lindberg  34.235
39. Chris Thurston 34.242
40. Rob Maxon 34.384
41. Robert Humphreys 34.409
42. Nick Guererri 34.424
43. Chris Daugherty 34.456
44. Dale Caswell 34.461
45. Bob Reis 34.614
46. Tiger Chapman 34.678
47.  Jamie Platt 34.822
48. Tristan Draper 34.841
49. Dillon Sallows  34.848
50. Kevin Ward 34.937
51. Mike Stacey 35.139
52. Jon Miller 35.249
53. Winter Mead 35.954
54. Doug Buzzell Jr. 36.757

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RUSH SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS TO HAVE A WEEKLY HOME IN 2015 AT SHARON SPEEDWAY

October 2, 2014

(By Mike Leone)  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...One year ago, RUSH Racing Series directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone announced the formation of the RUSH Sportsman Modified division to join the RUSH Late Models.  With one race to go in the inaugural 2014season, RUSH is thrilled to announce that the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have a weekly home in 2015 as Sharon Speedway has picked up the GM 602 crate engine division on Bilstein "sealed" shocks, and spec Hoosier Tires!

"This is a huge announcement that will really spur the growth of this division," stated Emig.  "The Sharon events were the most successful this year with 10-12 cars at every event and we're really excited Sharon has stepped up to give the division a home in 2015.  Last year at this time we announced the formation of the division, now this early announcement by Sharon should give new potential racers plenty of time to prepare to compete in 2015.  Even before this announcement we've known of at least four new drivers that are in the preparation stages of getting their cars race ready."

To date, 26 different drivers have competed in 18 different cars in the 18 completed events.  New York drivers Greg Martin and Adam Hilton each have six wins; however, it's Martin leading the $3,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series points by three that looks at driver's best 10 finishes throughout the season.  Dave Conant, Jr. and Jeremy Zufall each have a pair of victories, while Jordan Eck and Rocky Kugel have single victories.  Eck, who sold his car earlier in the year, is looking at returning to the division in 2015.

The 2015 season will mark the 86th anniversary since racing began back in 1929 at the Hartford, Ohio oval.  Racing has come a long way since then as has the Speedway itself, which is a state-of-the-art facility, and will be an honor for the division to be part of their weekly "Steel Valley Thunder" card that also features the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds.

The Crate Sportsman Modified division has gained popularity throughout the East Coast and Northeast in recent years and with the western Pa./eastern Ohio region down to just two Big-Block and two "358" Modified tracks, the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will hopefully complement these divisions into the future offering an affordable option to go Modified racing.

"We really have to thank this inaugural class of drivers, speedways, and sponsors for supporting our efforts and believing in the concept to get the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds off the ground," stated Leone.  "Our goal was to get the product showcased at various speedway and show the region that the division was here to stay and be a viable option to go Modified racing.  Though we had hoped a few more drivers would have made it out this season, many are these racers are still hopeful to be at the track in the future and the interest just continues to build with additional racers."

The following tracks scheduled events during the inaugural 2014 season: America's Motorsports Park, Eriez Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, Raceway 7, and Sharon Speedway.

"With the establishment of Sharon as the home track and an larger bed of racers in year two, we look forward to now being able to also put together a touring series of approximately eight  events in 2015 with the other speedways throughout the region that were helpful in introducing this division this season," continued Leone.  "Any tracks wishing to participate in 2015 either running the division on a weekly basis or hosting weekly and/or touring events should contact us during the fall and winter months as we work toward establishing the  schedule of events."

All Modified racers throughout the region are urged to e-mail any equipment, chassis, parts, etc. they may have for sale so that it may be listed on the RUSH Sportsman Modified Classified link on the website.  

Thanks to the following 2014 marketing partners: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends, AERO Race Wheels, Velocita-USA, Driven Racing Oil, Precise Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Rocket Racing, and B.R.A.K.E.S.

Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 3241 Custer-Orangeville Rd. NE, Burghill, OH 44404.  For more information, check out their website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481.  As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SharonSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @SharonSpdwy.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Sportsman Modified website is www.rushsportsmanmods.com.  Those on social media can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rushsportsmanmods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSportMods.

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Sportsman Primed To Share Fulton Speedway Outlaw 200 Weekend Spotlight; Overall Purse And Special Awards Amounts To Over $12,000

FULTON, NY – September 26, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – One of the most popular events of the racing season for fans and competitors is the 50-Lap, $2,500 to-win Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Championship that is part of the Sunoco Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend presented by SUNY Canton on October 3-4 at the Fulton Speedway.

Fans and drivers love coming to the Fulton Speedway for the wide racing surface that allows for two and three wide racing on the ‘High Banks’. In 2013 over sixty Sportsman signed into the pits to do battle, with only one driver having their name written in the record books as Outlaw 200 Weekend Sportsman Champion.

In the 2013 50-Lap feature that still has people talking a year later, it was the battle between racing veteran Matt Janczuk and Rookie Mike Walton who was in the Fulton Speedway E&V Energy Novice Sportsman earlier in the 2013 season. Janczuk used his experience late in the race to narrowly take $2,500 payday over Matt Pappa, Mike Walton, Beth Schneider and Tyler Meeks.

After a highly successful new format in 2013 for the Sportsman, the same format will continue of qualifying on Friday that includes Industrial Tire Of CNY Heat Race Bonuses (1st -$150, 2nd - $100, 3rd - $50) plus consolations. On Saturday there will be last chance qualifiers and 50-Lap feature sharing the center stage with the Outlaw 200 for Modifieds. Overall purse and special awards amounts to over $12,000.

Sportsman Competitor Note – This is a Hoosier Tire Only Event - Hoosier: D300/D400/M45/D50/D60.

For an entry form to be part of one of the crown jewels in Sportsman racing please follow this link  http://fultonspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/outlawsportsman2014.pdf  also on that page is rules and purse breakdown.

Any questions you might have about one of the most exciting and prestigious racing events in the Northeast please contact Cory Reed at cory@fultonspeedway.com (315) 593-6531. Please visit the speedway website for all the latest Outlaw 200 Weekend news www.fultonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway .

29th Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend by SUNY Canton
Schedule of events

Wednesday, October 1
Camping Lot Opens          5pm

Thursday, October 2
Ticket Sales and Will Call Open     5pm-7pm

Friday, October 3
15-lap Modified Qualifiers (winners earn 17-20th place starting spots in the Outlaw 200)
Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout Heats and Consolations
Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified Empire Series
Pitstop Convenience Stores Go Nuclear Late Model Series
Pro Race Cars Mod Lite Championship
Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder Open
E&V Energy Novice Sportsman

Ticket Sales Open            12noon
Pit Gates Open                3pm
Grandstands Open        5pm
Hot Laps                      6pm
Heat Races Begin         7pm

Saturday, October 4th
SUNY Canton presents the 29th Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 for Modifieds
Last Chance Qualifiers and 50-lap Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout
Pit Gates Open                    11am
Grandstands Open               Noon
Modified Hot Laps              3pm
Heat Races Begin                 4:30pm
29th Outlaw 200                Approx. 8:00pm

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Mathieu Desjardins claims inaugural DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series race at Le RPM Speedway

Desjardins celebrates his birthday with speed, winning at Quebec’s Le RPM Speedway

ST-MARCEL-DE-RICHELIEU, QUE - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent - Mathieu Desjardins gave himself the best birthday present he could get by leading all 50 laps to win the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series feature event Saturday, Sept. 20, at Le RPM Speedway.

Local runners Martin Hebert and Mathieu Desjardins were on the front row of a stout field of 29 cars ready to take the initial green. Desjardins was the early leader over Hebert as a good battle occurred for third between Mathieu Laramee and Etienne Cournoyer.

Kevin Chagnon stopped in turn 4 and caution came out on lap 5, slowing the field down. Desjardins stayed first with Louie Jackson, Jr. having a great start taking second spot and Corey Wheeler cracking the top 5.

Wheeler took the fourth spot over Cournoyer while DIRTcar Sportsman Series point leader Brad Rouse also ran in the top 5 with a dozen laps completed.

Desjardins reached slower cars by lap 17, taking some distance over Jackson as Chagnon stopped again in turn 4 and caution was out on lap 19.

On the restart Desjardins stayed in front as Jackson spun out in turn 1, losing his strong second spot.

On the following green, Desjardins kept the top as Corey Wheeler made his move to take second while Hebert and Rouse were battled for third.

At the halfway point, Desjardins was the leader over Wheeler, Rouse, Cournoyer and Martin Pelletier.

Desjardins saw his good lead fade away as Mathieu Laramee slowed in turn 3 with 19 laps to go. However, he had a strong restart, as, behind him, a battle raged for second just. A four-car accident in turn 4 with 33 laps in the record books brought yellow conditions back to the racetrack.

Desjardins sped to the lead on the restart with Pelletier finding a great line on top, passing both Rouse and Wheeler and grabbing second just as the yellow was with 14 laps to go.

Third in series points Shane Pecore started to make some noise with 40 laps completed joining the front five while Desjardins build a good lead over the field.

Desjardins led the final laps to capture his second DIRTcar Series race of 2014 over Pelletier and Wheeler.

Birthday boy Mathieu Desjardins was real happy winning in front of his home crowd: "The car was perfect, starting second also helped." Desjardins is aiming for the DIRTcar title: "Last year we were first in points going in to the last events but bad luck hit us but we are ready again for this year!"

"The car ran great on the outside row," mentioned second place finisher Martin Pelletier. "The track is narrow and we rubbed a bit with some competitors," stated the Series regular about the short track.

Finishing in third, Corey Wheeler had good comments about his event: "This track his fun to race and finishing in third his great, we will try and run the final events of the series and see where it will lead us."

The DIRTcar Sportsman series is taking a well deserved break before Super DIRT Week XLIII has the series visiting the Weedsport Speedway on Thursday, Oct. 9, before starting activities at the NY State Fairgrounds on Friday, Oct. 10, with triple-10 qualifiers and the 30-lap event over the weekend.

DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #9-Le RPM Speedway, September 20, 2014 Event Summary

Feature Results: M.Desjardins, M.Pelletier, C.Wheeler, S.Pecore, D.Gagne, E.Cournoyer, B.Rouse, J.Ladouceur, M.Maresca, Y.Leveillee, S.Desrochers, A.Salvas, M.Laramee, M.Giguere, L.Jackson, J.Power, M.Lessard, M.Richard, P.Dumouchel, M.Stacey, A.Lajoie, J.Nadeau, K.Chagnon, B.Ladouceur, M.Hebert, F.Murray, A.Quesnel, J.Plante

LAP LEADERS: Desjardins (1-50)

Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 went to redraw, 5 to feature)
#1: Desjardins, Chagnon, Rouse, Gagne, Maresca, Lessard, Desrochers, Power, Murray
#2: Wheeler, Laramee, Pecore, B.Ladouceur, J.Ladouceur, Y.Leveillee, Quesnel, Dumouchel, Plante
#3: Jackson, Pelletier, Cournoyer, Hebert, Stacey, Richard, Nadeau, Lajoie

RPM Speedway DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #9 Roster (29)
0 Shane Pecore/St-Andrews, ONT
1m Mathieu Desjardins/Sorel, QUE
2x Martin Lessard/Drummondville, QUE
3d Patrice Dumouchel/Beauharnois, QUE
4 Samuel Desrochers/Granby, QUE
6 Mikael Richard/Drummondville, QUE
7 Mike Maresca/Hawanna Falls, NY
8 Alexandre Salvas/Granby, QUE
9 Jonathan Nadeau/Granby, QUE
11j Martin Giguere/Sherbrooke, QUE
14 Kevin Chagnon/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
15B Brianna Ladouceur/Cornwall, ONT
16 Martin Hebert/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
18 Etienne Cournoyer/Sorel, QUE
18jr Louie Jackson jr/Akwesasne, NY
20 Jean-Francois Arpin/St-Guillaume, QUE
23 Mike Stacey/Kahnawake, QC
30 Brad Rouse/St.Catharines, ONT
47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall, ONT
52 Jessica Power/Kingston, ONT
60 Josianne Plante/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
72 Alex Lajoie/Acton Vale, QUE
77 Francis Quesnel/St-Hyacinthe, 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
139 Yves Leveillee/Granby, QUE

2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
Date Track Location
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 J.Friesen
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario C.McPherson
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario M.Desjardins
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, New York D.Evoy
Fri., Sept. 19 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ontario G.Lindberg
Sat., Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway St. Marcel de Richelieu, QC Mathieu Desjardins
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

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Gary Lindberg charges to DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series win at Brighton Speedway

Benson Auto Parts Applefest Shootout Weekend spells victory for Lindberg

BRIGHTON, ONTARIO - September 20, 2014 - Gary Lindberg charged to victory Friday night, Sept. 19, at Brighton Speedway to pick up his first DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series victory of the season.

Dylan Evoy and Mike Maresca lead the field at the green flag with Evoy charging to claim the initial lead. Lindberg started sixth in the starting grid, but worked his way forward quickly, claiming third place by the second lap. Maresca usurped the lead from Evoy in lap 3, but only held on for a couple laps before Lindberg claimed the top spot in lap 5. Cautions in laps 3 and 5 slowed the pace as the No. 29x spun out, but the yellow flag laps did not slow Lindberg's advance.

Lindberg kept the lead for the remaining 30 laps, fending off challenges from Cody McPherson, who reached second place in lap 8, and outlasting caution conditions in lap 21 and lap 30. He claimed the win in the 35-lap feature race over Cody McPherson in second and Shane Pecore in third. Rounding out the top five were Corey Wheeler in fourth and B.J. WIllard in fifth.

The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series continues with another full night of racing Saturday, Sept. 20, at Le RPM Speedway in St. Marcel de Richelieu, Quebec. Meanwhile, Brighton Speedway continues Benson Auto Parts Applefest Shootout Weekend with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Saturday, Sept. 20. For more information about the DIRTcar Racing Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Statistical Report

Friday, September 19, 2014

Brighton Speedway A-Main (35 Laps): 1. 28 Gary Lindberg, 2. 7am Cody McPherson, 3. 0 Shane Pecore, 4. 47s Corey Wheeler, 5. 77J B.J. Willard, 6. 30 Brad Rouse, 7. 77e Ryan Stabler, 8. 83 Dylan Evoy, 9. 1M Mathieu Desjardins, 10. 92p Martin Pelletier, 11. 20 Jason Shipclark, 12. 92 Joey Ladouceur, 13. 7 Mike Maresca, 14. 52 Jessica Power, 15. 16 Brent Begelo, 16. 44F Jonathan Ferguson, 17. 180 Aaron Pugh, 18. 17 Tristan Draper, 19. 63 Cory Winters, 20. 23 Mike Stacey, 21. 2K Rob Knapp, 22. 18J Louie Jackson, Jr., 23. L12 Jeremy LaSalle, 24. 81 Bruce Makinson, 25. 72 Gord MacIntosh, 26. 15B Brianna Ladouceur, 27. 88c Connor Dawdy, 28. 29x Jamie Young, 29. 81J Bucky Johnson

Qualifying Heats
Heat 1: Lindberg, Wheeler, J. Ladouceur, Winters, Makinson, Shipclark, LaSalle, Draper
Heat 2: Desjardins, Pelletier, Power, Pugh, Rouse, Jackson, Dawdy, Johnson
Heat 3: Evoy, Begelo, Stabler, Knapp, Willard, Stacey, Young
Heat 4: McPherson, Maresca, Pecore, Ferguson, B. Ladouceur, MacIntosh

2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Schedule of Events
Date-Track-Location-Winner
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 J. Friesen
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario C. McPherson
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario M. Desjardins
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, New York D. Evoy
Fri., Sept. 19 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ontario G. Lindberg
Sat., Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway St. Marcel de Richelieu, QC
Wed., Oct. 8 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport, NY
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Speedway Brockville, Ontario

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Wood, Lunger Collect Humberstone Checkers

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO….. Austin Wood from Thorold, Ontario earned his first victory of the season in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman at the New Humberstone Speedway Sunday evening. Dennis Lunger Jr from Albion, Pennsylvania won his third Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Model feature of the season.

Gord McIntosh and Brad Rouse brought the field of PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event with Rouse taking the lead with Austin Wood moving quickly into second. Wood and Rouse would battle for the lead with Cody McPherson, AJ Lewis and Gary Lindberg moving into the top five. Lindberg passed Lewis to move into fourth. Ray Hockridge took a wild ride down the front stretch and hit the catch-fence. Hockridge was alert and talking with track officials. On the restart, Rouse would lead the field but Wood went to the outside and took over the lead on lap 10. Wood would pull away from Rouse, McPherson and Lindberg throughout the second half of the feature. Wood would hold off Rouse, Lindberg, McPherson and AJ Lewis to pick up the win.

Dennis Lunger and Rob Pietz led the field of Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Models to the green flag for their feature event with Pietz jumping out front early with Paul Grigsby running in third. Lunger would take over the lead from Pietz on lap four. With Lunger and Pietz continuing their battle for the lead, Jorden Peters would battle current points leader Paul Grigsby for third place. Peters would complete the pass on Grigsby for third on lap 11. Lunger would continue to pull away from Pietz and the balance of the field in the second half of the 20 lap feature. Lunger would go on to score the victory, his third of the season. Pietz would finish in second and was followed to the line by Jorden Peters, Jeff Dayman and Paul Grigsby.

PORT NOTES: Car Count Report for September 14th: 16 DIRTcar Sportsman, 9 RUSH Late Models, 12 Street Stocks, 17 Mini Stocks,  11 Pro 4 Trucks and 11 Vintage Cars for a total of 76 racers pitside.

The road to the Humberstone Speedway track championships comes to an end next Sunday September 21st as Mike Knapp Ford presents the Safecracker 100 for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. The Safecracker 100 is also the championship event for the Sportsman Tri-Track Series. As part of Safecracker night, one lucky fan or driver can possibly leave the speedway $100,000 richer. It is also Autograph Night and fans will have the opportunity to get their favorite drivers autographs. Season Championships will also be decided for the RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks. Gary Lindberg was crowned the 2014 DIRTcar Sportsman track titlist. Gates will swing open at 5:00pm for both the grandstands and the pits with racing to get underway at 7:00pm sharp.

DIRTcar Sportsman: AUSTIN WOOD, Brad Rouse, Gary Lindberg, Cody McPherson, AJ Lewis, Rob Knapp, Jordan Cosco, Joey Mastrioanni, Gord McIntosh, Derek Hodge, Chad Brown, Matt Sharpe, Chris Bellamy, Ray Hockridge, Jason Fontaine, Rich Farraway

Qualifying Winners: Austin Wood, AJ Lewis

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GEORGE CAPTURES KING OF THE HILL WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Saturday, September 13th – Scott George of Wilson, NY picked up his second King of the Hill 100 win in as many years as he topped the Investors Services Sportsman field last Saturday night.  George took the lead away from James Henry on lap fifty and proceeded to lead the remaining fifty circuits.  George would contend with a hard charging Jesse Cotriss with thirty to go but it would go all for naught as George was able to extend his lead by a half a straight away in the closing laps.  Piloting his Shawnee Services sponsored #26, George collected his first win of the 2014 season.  “I want to thank my crew, sponsors, and family for all they do,” commented a very happy George.  “The car was great tonight.”

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – SCOTT GEORGE, Jesse Cotriss, James Henry, Matt Farnham, Kevin Wills, Andy Smith, AJ Lloyd, Derrick Borkenhagen, Mike Williams, Dave Conant, Chris Burek, Karl Comfort, Jim Zimmerman, James Sweeting, Allan Wills, Jim Harbison, Steve Lewis Jr., Justin Sharp, Brett Martin, Mike Martin, and Dan Heschke.  Heat Winners – Matt Farnham and James Henry.

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Hartman Powers To Northeast Crate Nationals Victory

For Immediate Release
September 12th, 2014

Malta, NY – After Friday night’s season finale at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Tim Hartman, Jr. proved one thing – he is a chip off the old block. The teenage college student who has taken his studies to Florida started the day off in the Sunshine State and finished it in victory lane at the Great Race Place.

Hartman picked up the win in the 100 lap Dodson Construction Northeast Crate Nationals event. The event was a joint venture between the Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Duell-Mayhem Promotions. The win was Hartman’s fourth of the season at Lyle DeVore’s four tenths of a mile oval and netted the second generation driver more than $2300.

A total of 63 drivers entered the fifth version of the Northeast Crate Nationals, which returned to its birthplace this season. The ever popular group time trial with an invert procedure was used to line up the six, ten lap heat races. Heat race wins went to Ricky Quick, Jeremy Pitts, Connor Cleveland, Chris Johnson, Joe Orlando and David Constantino. Constantino was the only group fast timer to win his heat race. The 2013 Fonda Speedway Track Champion also was the overall fast timer with a lap of 16.474 seconds. Three consolation events were also held with wins going to Cody Bleau, Matt Pappa and Colin Bokus. The 10 lap B-Main was won by Robert Bublak, Jr.

Rookie Ken Conroy and Adam McAuliffe brought the field down to the start of the B-Main with McAuliffe taking the early lead. By the halfway point Bublak had settled into the second position and began to close on McAuliffe. Adam Gage spun on lap five to bring out the caution period which bunched the field up for the final time. Bublak took the lead on the restart and pulled away to win the event. McAuliffe, driving his uncle John’s number 23 finished second with Conroy third, Jason Gray fourth, Jack Speshock fifth and Chad Edwards sixth. A total of six cars transferred to the feature event.

Other winners during the evening were Kenny Martin, Jr. in the Pro Stock 35 lap event and Randy Miller in the 50 lap Street Stock event.

Hartman and Scott Duell paced the field down to the green with the caution flag waving for a spun Andy Durie before a lap could be completed. Joe Orlando was also caught up in the wreck. The start to the Northeast Crate Nationals was full of cautions. With caution laps counting for the first 75 laps, the first 32 laps consisted of 22 laps run under caution.

After the wrecking stopped, Hartman emerged as the race leader with Duell, Constantino, Cleveland and Chris Johnson following. 2014 track champion Jeremy Pitts started to show his championship strength and by lap 30 was inside the top five. By lap 37 Hartman had opened up a straightaway advantage over the field.

Meanwhile the driver on the move was Pitts. Pitts had closed in fourth place Cleveland by lap 45 and the dup battled for the fourth position over the next handful of laps. On lap 51 Cleveland left the low lane open for Pitts as the pair raced through turns one and two. Pitts ceased the opportunity and took over the fourth position. Pitts quickly closed on Constantino and was able to take the third position on lap 56.

As the race moved into its second half, Hartman now had to deal with heavy lapped traffic. That same slower traffic allowed Pitts to close on Duell for the second position. After a side by side battle that lasted nearly five laps, Pitts moved into second. On lap 71 Constantino passed Duell for third.

The sixth caution flag of the event slowed the field on lap 75 when Kevin Chaffee came to a stop in turn four. On the restart former CRSA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series campaigner John Virgilio spun in turn two forcing the events final caution flag.

Hartman controlled the restart with Pitts, Duell, Constantino and Cleveland following. Hartman led lap 77 which was worth $100 in the memory of long time racing supporter Gene Peckham. As the laps clicked off Hartman and Pitts pulled away from the field. Constantino regained third on lap 89 from Duell just as the leaders entered traffic.

Slower traffic played a big part in the final ten laps of the race. Hartman was held up behind a pair of slower cars on lap 93 which allowed Pitts to get along side. Pitts was all over Hartman with five laps to go however once the duo cleared traffic, Hartman pulled away slightly. In the end Pitts could not catch Hartman.

Hartman picked up the win in the Lussiers Auto Body/Bemiss Trucking/Racing2Learn/B-Dry Systems number 22 over Pitts, Constantino, event co-promoter Duell and Cleveland. The first non Capital District driver to cross the finish line was Orange County Fair Speedway (NY) regular L.J. Lombardo. Lombardo finished in the tenth position.

Chuck Dumblewski and Robbie Speed led the Pro Stock feature down to the green flag with Dumblewski taking the early lead over Speed and Pete Broderson. Dumblewski and the remainder of the top three checked out on the field by lap five however a spin by Jeff Washburn on lap eight bunched the field back up. Dumblewski held the lead through a rash of caution flags which dotted the middle portion of the event. Martin meanwhile was on the move. After moving to second on a lap 24 restart, Martin was all over Dumblewski as the race neared the five laps to go plateau. Martin beat Dumblewski across the line by a nose to complete lap 30 which ended up being significant as the caution flag waved for a Walt Brownell spin on that lap.

Martin controlled the restart with Dumblewski and Broderson following. In the end Martin would bring home the big win over Broderson, Nick Stone, Kim Duell and Jon Routhier. Dumblewski crossed the line second however was disqualified during post-race technical inspection. A total of 20 drivers entered the event with heat races being won by Dumblewski and Byron Wescott.

The 2014 racing season is now complete at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. For more information on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway please log on to our website at www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com.   

Official Results

Northeast Crate Nationals Sportsman Results (100 Laps) - 1) Tim Hartman Jr, 2) Jeremy Pitts, 3) Dave Constantino, 4) Scott Duell, 5) Connor Cleveland, 6) Derek McGrew, 7) Chris Johnson, 8) Robert Bublak, 9) Mike Tholin, 10) LJ Lombardo, 11) Ronnie Davis,  12) Jack Speshock, 13) Adam McAuliffe, 14) Dan Santabarbara, 15) John Virgillio, 16) Ron Dwyer,  17) Ken Conroy, 18) Jason Gray,  19) Kevin Chaffee, 20) Colin Bokus, 21) Matt Pappa, 22) Chad Edwards, 23) Brian Postine,  24) Ricky Davis, 25) Ricky Quick, 26) Don Scarborough,  27) Cody Bleau, 28) Corey Barker, 29) Andy Durie, 30) Joe Orlando

Pro Stock Reaults Results (35 Laps) - 1) Ken Martin, 2) Pete Broderson, 3) Nick Stone, 4) Kim Duell, 5) Jon Routhier,  6) Byron Wescott, 7) Jay Corbin, 8) Walt Brownell, 9) Robbie Speed, 10) Jeff Washburn, 11) Brandon Emigh, 12) Bernie Companion, 13) Hugh Page,  14) Dan Older, 15) Ed Thompson, 16) Rob Langevin,  17) Norm Loubier, 18) Danny Wood, 19) Kevin Loomis, DQ) Chuck Dumblewski

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JARED UMBENHAUER AND BRENDEN BRIGHT BIG WINNERS ON PRELUDE TO THE FREEDOM 76 NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 13, 2014 . . . Three-time Grandview Speedway Sportsman champion Jared Umbenhauer and ARDC Midget driver Brenden Bright, both, took full advantage of the race leader having misfortune, as both took over the number one position at that point and went on to capture victories at Grandview Speedway Friday night in the first annual Prelude to the 76’er doubleheader.

The win by the 22-year-old Umbenhauer was his twelfth of the season at the high-banked third-mile clay oval in, paying $1,500 to the Richland, PA driver.

The ARDC Midget 25-lap triumph for Bright was his first win of the season.

Racing action returns to Grandview Speedway tonight (Saturday, September 13) with the running of the rich $25,000 to win 44th annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic that will feature many of the top name drivers in dirt track Modified racing. Advance ticket holder gates open at 3 p.m., ticket windows will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing action getting the green at 7 p.m. Adult admission is $35, youngsters 6 through 12 pay $10 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit passes, no track or organization license required, are $45.

The 38-lap Southern Region Race of Champions Sportsman main event saw 29-cars take the green flag, with second-place starter Brett Kressley immediately moving out on top over Paul Kline, who started on the pole by luck of the draw. Umbenhauer was the fourth-place starter, running in third on lap 1.

By lap 5 Kressley had pulled out to a full straightaway advantage over Kline just prior to J.T. Trstensky spinning out in turn 3, as lap 6 was completed.

The new green showed Kressley, again, out in front, as Umbenhauer moved into second-place and dropped Kline to third in the running order after 7-laps. A move to the outside of Clay Butler by Kressley, as the leader tried to drive his way in-and-out of heavy lapped traffic racing into turn 1 on lap 15, saw Kressley and Butler tangle, as both cars crashed hard into the outside boiler plate wall, bringing out another caution. Both Kressley and Butler continued.

The restart saw Umbenhauer move out in front for lap 16 over Kline and Brian Hirthler, who drew sixth-place to start. On lap 20 racing through turns 1 and 2, Kevin Beach spun out all by himself to bring out another caution period.

A single file restart had Umbenhauer in front again, over Kline and Hirthler, completing 21 circuits. A lap later, Claude Hutchings Jr. advanced to third, with Hirthler falling back to fourth-place.

Lap 28 saw Jim Housworth spin out all alone in turn 2 to bring out a caution, just as Umbenhauer started lapping cars.

With the green, Umbenhauer regained the number one position over Kline, while lap 29 was completed. Hutchings Jr. now was third, with Hirthler in fourth. A nice move by Kenny Gilmore on lap 31 saw the Kutztown, PA chauffeur claim the fourth position, as Hirthler settled into fifth. With 3 circuits remaining it was another caution, after Ryan Beltz spun his ride exiting turn 4 with Craig Whitmoyer slamming hard into the Beltz racer.

It was green, white, checkered with Umbenhauer taking over the top spot again in front of Kline and Gilmore. Steve Davis moved into fourth-place on the new green, as Hutchings Jr. fell back into fifth with 36 in the books. Finishing under the checkers first it was Umbenhauer easily taking the triumph in front of Kline, Gilmore, Davis and Hutchings Jr. completed the top five.

“This win feels awesome tonight because we’ve been struggling the past couple of weeks. Tonight it felt like I was back home, again,” Umbenhauer mentioned. “I just let Brett race off and get away, as I took my time. I left Brett make a mistake, which he did. We still had a lot of racing left to go and you must be patient. Once we got out in front I knew what I had to do and it was a win that was made for us, tonight.”

The Dan’s Deli halfway hoagie went out to Umbenhauer, with the $50 bonus from Cargo Trailer Sales being awarded to Erik Renninger.

The triumph for Umbenhauer was career win number 18 at the Berks County oval.

Billy Pauch Jr. started outside of the front row in the ARDC Midget 25-lapper wheeling the Mike Heffner owned Midget ride. With the initial green Pauch Jr. vaulted out in front over Brenden Bright, who started from third in the field of 21 starters. Jim Radney, who started from sixth-place, powered into third. On lap 3 Radney slipped into the runner-up spot, as Bright settled into third at that point.

Radney mounted a serious challenge battling for the number one position, with Radney all over the Pauch Jr. entry from lap 6 through lap 9. Radney used the outside lane exiting turn 2 to drive it past Pauch Jr. to become the new race leader on lap 13. Alex Bright spun out in turns 1 and 2 to bring out a yellow on lap 10, with Justin Grosz stopping in turn 4 to bring out another caution, with 15 complete.

Under the yellow on lap 15, Radney saw all hopes for his first career feature triumph end, as his car suddenly stopped on the front stretch, giving the top spot back to Pauch Jr.

On the restart, exiting turn 2, Brenden Bright powered by Pauch Jr. racing on the outside lane, as Pauch Jr. hugged the bottom on lap 16. Bright pulled out to a respectable advantage as the laps clicked off, with Pauch Jr. closing in over the final few circuits to make it interesting, but settling for a runner up finish. Ryan Watt finished up a solid third, with Tim Buckwalter finishing up in fourth. Trevor Kobylarz rounded out the top 5.

“I struggled a lot, this season,” Bright was saying after his win. “All year, I had a top 5 car, but I just couldn’t get it done. My crew chief decided he was going to change the car around before the race, tonight.

“Under the caution I adjusted all of my shocks and, suddenly, the car simply came to life. I almost was pulling wheelies coming off the turns and I saw a nose there trying to get under me near the end, but I was not going to try a lot of changes because I’d just dial myself out of it, again. I hung on with enough to get the win and I have to thank my brother, Alex, and his crew for getting me into Victory Lane, tonight,” Bright commented.

With 52 Sportsman in action the heat winners were Paul Kline, Brett Kressley, Brett Gilmore, Stephen Searock IV, Ray Woodall Jr. and Ryan Lilick. Winners in the consolations were Kevin Beach, Sean Weiss and Brad Brightbill, running a back-up Kevin Beach car.

With 21 ARDC Midgets on hand, heat wins went out to Nick Wean, Tim Buckwalter and Alex Bright. No consolation was needed.

Some 22 358 Modified teams were in action, as well, taking numerous practice laps to prepare for the upcoming Freedom 76 on Saturday night paying $25,000 to win.

American Racing Drivers Club 25-lap Midget finish: 1)  Brenden Bright 2) Billy Pauch Jr. 3) Ryan Watt 4) Tim Buckwalter 5) Trevor Kobylarz 6) Brett Arndt 7) Ryan Greth 8) Steven Drevicki 9) Kyle Lick 10) Tyler Brehm 11) Tony DiMattia 12) Tommy Kunsman 13) Austin Burke 14) Billy Courtwright 15) Jim Radney 16) Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 17) Alex Bright 18) Justin Grosz 19) Brett Wanner 20) Nick Wean 21) PJ Gargulio

Race of Champions Southern Region Freedom 38’er Sportsman finish: 1) Jared Umbenhauer 2) Paul Kline 3) Kenny Gilmore 4) Steve Davis 5) Claude Hutchings Jr. 6) Brett Gilmore 7) Brian Hirthler 8) Brett Kressley 9) Ray Woodall Jr. 10) Erik Renninger 11) Ryan Lilick 12) Sean Weiss 13) Brandon Walters 14) Mike Butler 15) Brad Brightbill 16) Stephen Searock IV 17) Ken Eckert Jr. 18) Brad Szulewski 19) Brandon Whitmoyer 20) Dean Bachman 21) Kevin Beach 22) Jordan Henn 23) Charlie Hendrickson 24) Butch Green 25) Clay Butler 26) Ryan Beltz 27) Craig Whitmoyer 28) Jim Housworth 29) TJ Trstensky

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FRIESEN CLAIMS WINS AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, Sept. 12th – James Michael Friesen captured win number seven last Friday night at the Big R as he topped the field in the twenty-five lap Investor’s Services Sportsman main event. Friesen used a move to the inside of 2013 track champion Jesse Cotriss to claim the top spot and maintained it through the final stages.  Friesen piloted the Manchester Cable sponsored #52 Bicknell chassis. Cotriss came home in second followed by Scott George, Justin Sharp, and Allan Wills.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Jesse Cotriss, Scott George, Justin Sharp, Allan Wills, Boyd MacTavish, Derrick Borkenhagen, Matt Farnham, Kevin Wills, Chris Burek, AJ Lloyd, Mike Williams, Rob Clark, Brett Martin, Jim Zimmerman, Mike Martin, Dan Heschke, Karl Comfort, James Sweeting, Jim Harbison, Steve Lewis Jr., Andy Smith and Nate Reynolds. Heat Winners – Allan Wills, Jesse Cotriss, and Derrick Borkenhagen.

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Mathieu Desjardins Wins DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series at Humberstone Speedway

Brad Rouse holds onto DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series point lead

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO - Monday, September 8, 2014 - Mathieu Desjardins from Sorel, Quebec won Sunday's 21st running of the Trevor Wilkens Memorial for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series on Cosco Haulage Night at the New Humberstone Speedway.

Jessica Power and 2014 PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Champion Gary Lindberg led the stout field of DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for the 50-lap main event with Lindberg taking over the lead from Power and Mike Maresca, James Michael Friesen and Louie Jackson Jr running in the top five early on. Friesen would go underneath Maresca on lap four to take over second. The field slowed down for the first time on lap six as Mike Stacey spun in turn two. The restart saw Lindberg take off with Friesen taking over second from Power. 2012 Series kingpin Cody McPherson raced his way into fifth.

Current point's leader and defending DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Champion Brad Rouse went underneath McPherson to take over fifth on lap 12. Then, just two laps later, Rouse would do the slide job on Maresca to take over fourth place with McPherson going by Maresca to return to the top five. Lindberg would hit lap traffic on lap 17 as he opened up his 2.3 second lead over Friesen. McPherson took over fourth from Rouse on lap 19. Lindberg would continue to show the way on lap 25 over Friesen with Power, McPherson, Rouse in the top five while Mathieu Desjardins, Maresca, Jordan Cosco, Jackson Jr and Scott Wood racing in the top ten.

McPherson used a lapped car to take over third from Power as Mathieu Desjardins passed Rouse to take over fifth. The leaders would hit heavier lapped traffic on lap 31 as Lindberg was leading Friesen by a full straightaway. Chad Brown would spin in turn one on lap 34 to bring out the caution, erasing the lead that Lindberg had over the field. The lap 34 restart saw Lindberg and Friesen battle for the lead as Friesen crossed over Lindberg to take over the top spot. Scott Wood, Shane Pecore and Corey Wheeler spun in the apex of turns three and four to bring out the caution on lap 35. During the lap 35 caution, Cody McPherson went to the pits while running in the top five. The restart saw JMF pull away as Mathieu Desjardins went underneath Friesen and led the field back to the start-finish line. Pat Sonnenberg, Cody McPherson and Gord McIntosh got caught together on the front straightaway on lap 36 to immediately bring back out the yellow flag. McPherson was able to drive away to the pits to the attention of his crew as did McIntosh. Jessica Power, Jordan Cosco, Darrell Farraway and several others got tangled up in turn two on the lap 36 restart.

Desjardins, Friesen, Rouse, Lindberg and Maresca pulled away from the field on the restart as McPherson drove back through the field and was racing Maresca for fifth place. Lindberg and Rouse went side by side for third and Lindberg was able to take over the third spot in the final ten laps. Mathieu Desjardins pulled away from James Michael Friesen to pick up the victory in the Trevor Wilkens Memorial. Lindberg, Rouse and Maresca completed the top five.

The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series races again next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 13, at Mohawk International Raceway. For more information about the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Statistical Report

Humberstone Speedway
Sunday, September 7, 2014
A-Main (50 laps): 1. MATHIEU DESJARDINS, 2. James Michael Friesen, 3. Gary Lindberg, 4. Brad Rouse, 5. Mike Maresca, 6. Cody McPherson, 7. Corey Wheeler, 8. Shane Pecore, 9. Austin Wood, 10. Louie Jackson Jr, 11. Darrell Farraway, 12. Jordan Cosco, 13. Jessica Power, 14. Brianna Ladouceur, 15. Joey Mastrioanni, 16. Mike Stacey, 17. Adam Leslie, 18. Chad Brown, 19. Matt Sharpe, 20. Martin Pelletier, 21. Justin Sharp, 22. Gord McIntosh, 23. Pat Sonnenberg, 24. A.J. Lewis.

Qualifying Winners: Mathieu Desjardins, Jessica Power, Austin Wood, Brad Rouse

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Driver Points as of 9/8/14
1. Brad Rouse 1,680
2. Mathieu Dejardins 1,659
3. Shane Pecore 1,625
4. James Michael Friesen 1,500
5. Cory Wheeler 1,486
6. Cody McPherson 1,485
7. Gary Lindberg 1,475
8. Mike Maresca 1,467
9. Martin Pelletier 1,447
10. Louie Jackson Jr. 1,421
 
2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Schedule of Events
Date-Track-Location-Winner
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 J. Friesen
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario C. McPherson
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario M. Desjardins
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 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport, NY
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Speedway Brockville, Ontario

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STEVE GRAY ICES THE COMPETITION IN THE GRIT SPORTSMAN SERIES AT CANANDAIGUA MOTORSPORTS PARK

Saturday, September 6th - The Iceman Steve Gray put the icing on the cake as he topped off his 2014 championship season with a win in the fifty lap Dig Safely NY Grit series.  Gray immediately established himself as the man to beat as he took control at the drop of the green and maintained it through the entire fifty circuits.  Gray secured his first championship of his career the week prior and was certainly in championship form as he iced the competition last Saturday night. Piloting his Proctor Enterprises/Ayers Painting sponsored #29g, Gray was all smiles in victory lane as he topped off a great season in victory lane.   Rocky Warner made a rare appearance at Canandaigua Motorsports Park but certainly had no trouble adapting to the Land of Legends as he came home in second.  Nick Guererri finished in third followed by Dave Conant and Matt Guererri.

Mike Welch of Lyons, NY won his fourth of the season aboard the Parts Plus Pro Street division.  The thirty lap special was presented by Community Car Care and featured a thirty lap $750 to win main event.  Welch, 2014 Points Champion Pete Stefanski, Mark Efner, and Steve Pesarak put on a great show for the fans as they battled side by side, two by two for the top spot through much of the main. When the checkered flew it was Welch taking the win aboard his Investors Services/Marks Garage/Gevos Rears and Gears/Champion Power Equipment sponsored #00.  Charles Harvey finished in the runner up position followed by Blane Smith, Mike White, and Marc Minutolo.  Stefanski and Efner both led in the early going but suffered mechanical woes in the final laps.

David Ferguson captured the win in the Dig Safely NY 305 Race Saver Sprint twenty lap main event.  Ferguson held on by just a half a car length at the checkered over a hard charging Steve Doell.  It was a finish that brought the fans to the edge of their seats.  Jonathon Preston came home in the third position followed by Dan Kuhn and Lee Sanders.

GRIT SERIES SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – STEVE GRAY, Rocky Warner, Nick Guererri, Dave Conant, Matt Guererri, Kane Bristol, Karl Comfort, Connor Cleveland, Dave Rogers, Ron Davis III, Dave Marcucelli, Darryl Nutting, Nick Webb, John Wilber, James Sweeting, Brandon Sweet, James Henry, Matt Smith, Tim Baker, Todd Root, AJ Lloyd, Don Spatorico, Kevin Ridley, Robert Humphreys, and Rob Bussey. Heat Winners – Nick Guererri, Dave Marcucelli, and Connor Cleveland.  Consolation Winner – Darryl Nutting.

305 RACE SAVER SPRINT FEATURE FINISH – DAVID FERGUSON, Steve Doell, Jonathon Preston, Dan Kuhn, Lee Sanders, Chris Preston, Bob Dresti, Dan Bennett, Edward Kelley, Tim Smith, and Lance Dussett. Heat Winner – Steve Doell.

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Cody McPherson charges to DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series win at Merrittville Speedway

Point leader Brad Rouse finishes a strong fourth

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY - Sunday, September 7, 2014 - Cody McPherson, of St. Catharines, Ontario, claimed victory in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series 50-lap race Saturday night at Merrittville Speedway.

Brad Rouse was first to lead before Cody McPherson took control along the backstretch of lap 1. By lap 11 the leaders were into lap traffic. James Michael Friesen took second from Rouse down the backstretch of lap 13 with Rouse back in the runner up spot two laps later.

By lap 20 McPherson had stretched his lead and by ½ way had increased his margin. By lap 30, Gary Lindberg was on the move pressuring Rouse for 2 nd. Just as caution slowed the field on lap 36 Lindberg had taken second.

McPherson set the pace on the restart and in the final laps came up on slower cars.

McPherson would be followed at the finish by Gary Lindberg, James Friesen, Brad Rouse and Brent Begolo.

The three-race weekend for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series concludes Sunday, Sept. 7, with a 50-lap feature event at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Statistical Report
Merrittville Spedway
Saturday, September 6, 2014
A-Main (50 laps):
1. 7 Cody McPherson
2. 28 Gary Lindberg
3. 52F James Michael Friesen
4. 30 Brad Rouse
5. 16 Brent Begelo
6. 0 Shane Pecore
7. 38 Austin Wood
8. 8s Justin Sharp
9. 1m Mathieu Desjardins
10. 2k Rob Knapp
11. 92p Martin Pelletier
12. 47s Corey Wheeler
13. 18Jr Louie Jackson, Jr.
14. 1 Andy Smith
15. 7m Mike Maresca
16. 40 Robert Baker
17. 11 Joey Mastroianni
18. 24a A.J. Lewis
19. 17c Jordan Cosco
20. 52p Jessica Power
21. 72 Gord McIntosh
22. 25b Derick Hodge
23. 15b Brianna Ladouceur
24. 29b Gord Morow
25. 23 Mike Stacey
26. 15L Adam Leslie

DNS:
5H Ray Hockridge

2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Schedule of Events
Date-Track-Location-Winner
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 J. Friesen
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario C. McPherson
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

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Bleau & Varin Take Albany-Saratoga Center Stage

For Immediate Release
September 6th, 2014

Malta, NY – The 2014 points season came to an end Friday night at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. With the Upstate GMC Dealers DIRTcar Modified division completing their season a week earlier, the Sportsman and CRSA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series co-headlined the night’s actioned packed activities.

Cody Bleau put the Davis Family number 173 Sportsman in victory lane for the first time in 2014. Davis would finish second in points as Jeremy Pitts was crowned track champion for the second straight season. Danny Varin picked up the CRSA A-Main event while Andrew Buff (Limited Sportsman), Randy Miller (Don Don’s Delights Street Stock) and Steve Ryan (Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinders) also reached victory lane. Ron Case won the 40 lap Enduro event.

Other track champions crowned during the evening were Bill Dupree in the Don Don’s Delights Street Stock division and Dave LaBarge (Single Cam) and Steve Ryan (Dual Cam) in the Greg’s Towing and Repair Four Cylinder’s. One week ago Brett Hearn and Rob Yetman were crowned DIRTcar Modified and DIRTcar Pro Stock division champions respectfully.

Rob Maxon and John Proctor led the Sportsman division field down to starter Rich Peterson’s green flag with Maxon taking the initial lead over Proctor and Jack Swinton. Bleau started to show his strength on lap three as he moved from sixth to fourth in one sweeping move. Proctor never lost sight of Maxon and on lap four was alongside of the recent Limited Sportsman division graduate for the lead. Bleau meanwhile moved past Swinton for third on lap five.

The first of what would be way to many caution periods to count slowed the field on lap five when Colin Bokus spun in turn two. On the restart Maxon and Bleau battled for the lead as Proctor and Olden Dwyer followed. A large pile up on lap six involving Jake Scarborough, Orlando and others brought the caution flag out again.

The restart saw Bleau take the lead only to have his pass negated by another caution flag. This scenario played out many times over the next ten laps and numerous restarts. Bleau ultimately emerged as the race leader. Once racing was able to stay green Bleau checked out on the field, bringing home the win over Jeremy Pitts, Maxon, Dwyer and Nick Lussier. A total of 25 drivers entered the regular Sportsman division with heat races being won by Dwyer, Orlando and Proctor.

Danny Varin picked up the CRSA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series A-Main event win. Chuck Alessi and Scott Goodrich led the field down to the green with Goodrich taking the early lead over Mike Kiser and Alessi. On lap two Thomas Radivoy would spin in turn two. Tyler Jashembowski just clipped the spun Radivoy which sent his car over on its side. Everyone was ok. Goodrich remained the leader on the restart with Kiser, Alessi, John Matrafailo and Josh Pieniazek following. Pieniazek took over the fourth position on lap four and then third from Alessi one lap later. At the same time Varin moved to fifth.

While Pieniazek and Varin were moving through the top five, Kiser was taking the lead. The second generation driver from New York’s Southern Tier held the lead until Jeff Van Steenburg came to a stop in turn one. Kiser led on the restart with Goodrich, Varin, Alessi and Pieniazek following. Varin was now on the moved as he put the Cuomo machine into second on lap eight and then on lap 14 he moved into the lead.

Once our front no one had anything for the proud new father from Rotterdam. Varin picked up his second straight win at the Great Race Place and third overall in the Capital District with the CRSA. Kiser had to settle for second with Alessi third, Goodrich fourth and Pieniazek fifth. Heat races for the 21 CRSA entries were won by Kiser, Varin and Joe Kata.

Ricky Davis won his second Limited Sportsman feature event during the division’s season finale. Rookie Andrew Buff jumped out to the early lead over the large field. Buff held the top spot through restarts that marred the 15 lap event. Davis was able to keep close to Buff and on lap 13 make the pass of the lead. Davis led the remainder of the distance to pick up the win over Buff, Ken Conroy, Anthony Alger and Ben Brownell. Heat races for the 27 entries were won by Zach Daurio, Jack Bublak and Buff.

Sportsman Results (25 Laps) - 1) Cody Bleau, 2) Jeremy Pitts, 3) Rob Maxon, 4) Olden Dwyer, 5) Nick Lussier, 6) Adam Gage, 7) Jon Miller, 8) Jack Swinton, 9) Mike Ostrander, 10) Dave Baranowski Jr, 11) Jush Sunn, 12) Tim Hodge, 13) Mike Burdo, 14) Colin Bokus, 15) Jack Speshock, 16) John Proctor, 17) Derek McGrew, 18) Chris Murray, 19) Scott Duell, 20) Alex Bell, 21) Joe Orlando, 22) Hunter Bates, 23) Mike Tholin, 24) Jake Scarborough, 25) Bert Film

Limited Sportsman Results (15 Laps) - 1) Ricky Davis, 2) Andrew Buff, 3) Ken Conroy, 4) Anthony Alger, 5) Ben Brownell, 6) Ron Casey, 7) Anthony Savoca, 8) Bruce Schwab, 9) Alissa Cody, 10) Walter Cook, 11) Christopher Ronca, 12) Pat Jones,  13) Tim Heady, 14) Diana Huyck, 15) Butch Schwarting, 16) Steve Wagoner, 17) Nick Fretto, 18) Scott Flanders, 19) Jesse Edwards, 20) Bob Schmidt, 21) Emily Quinn, 22) Matt Atwood, 23) Jack Bublak, 24) Zach Daurio, 25) Josh Morgan,  26) Shannon Donnelly, DNS) Travis Billington

CRSA Sprints Results (25 Laps) - 1) Danny Varin,  2) Mike Kiser,  3) Chuck Alessi, 4) Scott Goodrich,  5) Josh Pieniazek,  6) John Matrafailo,  7) Dustin Purdy, 8) Chad King, 9) Robert Gray 10) Mark Taylor,  11) Jeremy Quick,  12) Kyle Smith, 13) Cory Gurney,  14) Dalton Herrick,  15) Thomas Radivoy, 16) Joe Kata, 17) Brett Jaycox,  18) Emily VanInwegen,  19) Jeff Van Steenburg,  20) Warren Alexson,  21) Tyler Jashembowski

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JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN NOTCHES DIRTCAR SPORTSMAN SERIES AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ransomville, NY – Friday, September 5th
– With weather looming off to the West, the officials at Ransomville Speedway pushed the show along last Friday in an attempt to complete the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Show. James Michael Friesen, Billy Bleich, and  Pat OKeefe took wins on Van Raine Construction and WGR 550 night which was rain shortened at 9:15 pm.

James Michael Friesen took top honors in the DIRTcar Sportsman fifty lap series event last Friday night.  Friesen was in a torrid side by side battle with Cody McPherson when a caution slowed the main on lap eighteen.  The AMB scoring system had Friesen ahead of McPherson by less than a second.  Friesen set the pace on the restart and maintained the top spot through the remaining laps. Piloting his Manchester Cable sponsored #52, Friesen enjoyed his seventh victory of the season.  Friesen also enjoyed two second place points finishes as he was the runner up at both Ransomville and Merrittville Speedways by 2014.

McPherson held on for the runner up position followed by Matthew Desjardins, Brad Roush, and James Henry.  A total of thirty starters took the green with twenty on the track at the checkered.  Gary Lindberg, Justin Sharp, Rob Clark, Boyd MacTavish, and Derrick Borkenhagen rounded out the top ten.

DIRTCAR SERIES PORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH –
JAMES MICHAEL FRIESEN, Cody McPherson, Matthew Desjardins, Brad Rouse, James Henry, Gary Lindberg, Justin Sharp, Rob Clark, Boyd MacTavish, Derrick Borkenhagen, Greg Martin, Austin Wood, Matt Farnham, Kevin Wills, Jessica Powers, Adam Leslie, Louis Jackson Jr., Kenny Wills, Mike Stacey, Allan Wills, Adam Hilton, Scott George, Sean Letts, Jim Zimmerman, Jesse Cotriss, Shane Pecore, Andy Smith, Cory Wheeler, and Billy Coleman.  

Heat Winners – James Michael Friesen, Jesse Cotriss, Shane Pecore, and Greg Martin.
Consolation Winner – Mike Maresca.

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