No Experience No Problem for Pitts
Jeremy Pitts win in his First Visit to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
Elbridge, NY - Before Thursday’s Page Trucking Armed Forces Appreciation Night, youngster Jeremy Pitts had never turned a lap at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Inexperience was no problem as the Clifton Park, NY native would turn fast time in group qualifying, win his heat race, and lead every lap in the GRIT Racing Series TugEdge 20 to gain the $1,000 top prize in his Ed Grennon owned Grennon Project Services, Next Generation Roofing, Hico Fabrication sponsored number 27.
Twenty-eight cars would take the track for the TugEdge 20 with Sprakers, NY Rocky Warner and Pitts leading the field to the green. Pitts would quickly jump out to the lead by the first corner from his outside starting position with the 32r of Ronnie Davis III moving into the second spot ahead of pole sitter Warner by the completion of lap 1. Lap 2 would see caution lights, as the 17t of Todd Town would slow on the backstretch with a flat left front tire. On the ensuing restart the 85 of Steve Abt would find the frontstretch wall inflicting heavy damage to the front end of his Bicknell machine.
On the lap 4 restart Cayuga, NY native Dave Marcuccilli would drive past second running Davis and set his sights on race leader Pitts. The Page Trucking M1 car of Marcuccilli would get to the back bumper of leader Pitts several times, but couldn’t get around the 27.
Lap 14 would see a yellow flag then a red flag as the track would become blocked with several cars involved including the 24 of Brandon Sweet, 3A of Adam Hilton, 22 of Matt Smith, and the 0 of Matt Guererri. The Lap 14 caution would bunch the field and give Marcuccilli and now 3rd place running Rocky Warner another chance of getting around the 27 of Pitts. However Pitts could not be caught and would pull away in the end winning by 7/10ths of a second at the finish over Marcuccilli. Warner, Davis, Mike Maresca, Bobby Hackel, Nick Guererri, Nick Krause, Eric Giguere, and Earl Rudy would round out the top ten. The 27W of Nick Webb would gain the hard charger bonus by advancing from the 25th starting position to 12th.
GRIT Racing Series Feature (20 Laps) 1.Jeremy Pitts; 2. Dave Marcuccilli; 3. Rocky Warner; 4. Ronnie Davis; 5. Mark Maresca; 6. Bobby Hackel; 7. Nick Guererri; 8. Nick Krause; 9. Eric Giguere; 10. Earl Rudy; 11. Rob Humphrey; 12. Nick Webb; 13. Amy Holland; 14. Glenn Forward; 15. Tommy Paige; 16. Brandon Sweet; 17. Adam Hilton; 18. Matt Guererri; 19. Matt Smith; 20. James Spano; 21. Austin Fugel; 22. Greg Doust; 23. Frank Guererri; 24. Brian Hudson; 25. Jeff Davoli; 26. Mike Ward; 27. Todd Town; 28. Steve Abt.
NORTHEAST CRATE NATIONALS IS COMING IN SEPTEMBER
Dean’s Electrical Service Once Again To Offer Big Support To The Nationals At Malta
July 14, 2015 By Rob Hazer (Fonda, NY) – When the Northeast Crate Nationals roars to life on September 11, 2015 it will be one of the biggest Sportsman races of 2015 without question. The history, prestige, and talent that tackle the Nationals each year makes it highly touted by drivers, fans, and officials. Once again this season Dean’s Electrical Service will be part of the Nationals.
Dodson Construction returns once again as the title sponsor of the Northeast Crate Nationals. Dodson Construction is also the primary sponsor with Rich Dodson being the owner of RDR (Rich Dodson Racing). RDR is the home of two talented drivers, which are Chad Edwards and John Scarborough.
Not only will this be the 4th year with Dodson Construction as title sponsor of the Nationals, but also his driver Chad Edwards currently leads the all-time Nationals point standings. Both RDR drivers currently sit top five in King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series points.
Adirondack Basement Systems came aboard as associate primary sponsor of the Northeast Crate Nationals in 2015. Owner and proprietor Kevin Koval saw the work put into one of the largest Crate Sportsman spectacles in New York State and valued being part of the show. Koval threw his support into the mix along with backing the King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series.
Kevin Koval is an accomplished entrepreneur and has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. He takes great pride and responsibility for every customer that the staff of Adirondack Basement Systems assists on a daily basis. Their business philosophy of respect, integrity, and responsibility has been a mainstay for years. There are similar qualities in the Northeast Crate Nationals, which led to the eventual support from Basement Systems for the Nationals.
With that information fresh in mind, Dean’s Electrical Service has come on board for their 2nd year to support the Northeast Crate Nationals. Owner Dean Seelow was an intricate part of the Nationals success last season. His support in 2015 means just as much to the drivers as it does to the King Of Dirt Series and the Northeast Crate Nationals.
Dean’s has been doing Residential and Industrial electrical services for well over 20 years. His dream of getting involved in racing started with the creation of C2 Motorsports. Since Kevin Cleveland got the ball rolling it’s given Dean Seelow an opportunity to fulfill some life long dreams in dirt track racing.
“I’ve been involved in racing since Kevin Cleveland put the team together for Connor to go racing. I’m living my racing dream through Connor and I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said Dean Seelow, owner of Dean’s Electrical Services.
Through his friendship and support of C2 Motorsports Dean Seelow has also been able to fulfill other dreams such as getting to know 2nd generation Modified champion Ronnie Johnson and meeting his legendary father; Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.
“I was able to meet and get to know Ronnie Johnson, which was awesome. Then I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with a hero of mine, Jack Johnson for about an hour. Getting to talk with a legend like him was truly a dream come true,” said Seelow.
Seelow loves being part of the C2 Motorsports team and watching young gun Connor Cleveland grow. Cleveland is currently top five in King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series points coming off a big win in the Friday Night Lights 30 Lap event at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. His support of the Northeast Crate Nationals is just part of his dedication to dirt track racing in the Capital Region, which is very much appreciated.
“Dean is a super guy. He appreciates what we offer with both KOD and the Nationals, which is why he’s always willing to go out of his way to support us. We’re happy to have him on board for his 2nd year with the Nationals at Albany-Saratoga. He joins a potent lineup of title sponsors and presenting sponsors for Crate Sportsman extravaganza in September,” said Rob Hazer, KOD promoter.
Dean’s Electrical Services offered even more on the King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman tour, as Seelow and friend Kevin Cleveland have agreed to put in $1,000 to the purse at Fonda Speedway for the River Rage Crusade during Mohawk Valley Weekend September 25th.
“Dean wanted to become more involved supporting the King Of Dirt Series. The Nationals being a huge part of our tour, we were excited to have him part of our championship night at Fonda. Because of Dean and Kevin the final race at Fonda will be $1500 to win now and $100 to take the green, along with additional monies put through the purse from 2nd to 6th. That is awesome and we appreciate that,” concluded Rob Hazer.
The Dodson Construction Northeast Crate Nationals Presented By Adirondack Basement Systems and Dean’s Electrical Services will be a race no fan will want to miss. The Super Dirt Week feel of a short track Nationals event with a crop of top talent from across the Northeast will again gather September 11th at Albany-Saratoga Speedway as part of the Basement Systems King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series.
Anyone looking to get involved in King Of Dirt to compete, sponsor, or become marketing partners can contact series promoter Rob Hazer online, via E-Mail, or over the phone. Visit KOD online at www.speedzoneonline.org, Twitter @KOD_KingOfDirt, Instagram @kingofdirtracing, or Facebook www.facebook.com/kingofdirtracing.
To keep up to date on the track of champions Fonda Speedway visit them online atwww.fondaspeedway.com, @FondaSpeedwayNY on Twitter, or Facebook atwww.facebook.com/fondaspeedway.
To keep up to date on the great race place Albany-Saratoga visit them online atwww.albany-saratogaspeedway.com, @Albany_Saratoga on Twitter, or Facebook atwww.facebook.com/albany-saratoga-speedway.
To keep up to date on the valley of speed Lebanon Valley Speedway visit them online at www.lebanonvalley.com, @LV_Speedway on Twitter, or Facebook atwww.facebook.com/lebanonvalleyspeedway.
ALL-TIME NATIONALS CHAMPIONS
2014 – Tim Hartman Jr.
2013 – Tim Sears Jr.
2011 – Ray Zemken
2010 – Chad Edwards
2008 – Jack Swinton
ALL-TIME NATIONALS POINT STANDINGS (TOP 10): Chad Edwards (204), Mike Tholin (199), Jack Gentile (182), Brian Pessolano (182), Jeremiah Munson (174), Scott Duell (164), Tim Hartman Jr. (158), Derrick McGrew (150), Dave Constantino (134), Jeremy Pitts (117).
King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Schedule
04/18 - Fonda Speedway ‘Ice Melt’ – Rocky Warner
06/26 - Albany-Saratoga ‘Friday Night Lights’ – Connor Cleveland
08/25 - Lebanon Valley ‘Mr. Crate Track USA’
09/05 - Lebanon Valley ‘Battle On The Banks’
09/11 - Albany-Saratoga ‘Northeast Crate Nationals’
09/25 - Fonda Speedway ‘River Rage Crusade
Marcuccilli benefits from Friesen’s trouble to win Sportsman Classic
Weedsport, N.Y. – July 5, 2015 – For much of the event, Sunday’s Sportsman Classic at Weedsport Speedway appeared as if it would end much like last year’s inaugural race.
After jumping out to the lead at the one-third mark of the 75-lap feature, James Michael Friesen looked headed to a repeat his victory last year with another win on the way at the two-thirds mark.
But, the leader slapped the wall in turn 3 on lap 50 and allowed Dave Marcuccilli to close in from a near-straightaway advantage. Marcuccilli grabbed the top spot on lap 53 as Friesen found himself in the wall again and out of contention.
From there, Marcuccilli survived a pair of restarts after a couple of wrecks and held off the rest of the field to etch his name in history as the second winner of Weedsport’s Sportsman Classic.
“It’s a big race, one we felt like we should have one last year,” Marcuccilli, who finished third in last year’s inaugural event, said from victory hill. “The car was phenomenal. We didn’t hardly touch anything on it all night long.”
After setting fast time and winning his heat race, Marcuccilli picked the third starting spot in the redraw behind the front row of Adam Hilton and Connor Cleveland. He moved into second behind Cleveland before a lap 3 caution and then drove away with the lead on the lap 6 restart.
While Friesen moved into second just before a lap 9 caution, Marcuccilli continued leading. On the third restart of the night on lap 19, Friesen caught the leader and passed him on lap 22. Marcuccilli briefly took the lead back on lap 23, but Friesen regained it on lap 24 and pulled away.
Friesen opened up a nearly full straightaway lead as he battled lapped traffic when he ended up in the wall and headed to the pits. Marcuccilli found Rocky Warner beside him for the lap 57 restart, but Warner spun around and collected a few cars in a crash when the green flag waved.
That meant Marcuccilli dealt with Steve Gray, but Gray lost the second spot to Ronnie Davis III. He took it back when Davis stopped to avoid a turned-around car and lost ground as a result. With the final restart on lap 67, Marcuccilli had Gray next to him again but easily cruised to the win.
Gray finished 2.863 seconds behind Marcuccilli, while Hilton settled for third.
For Marcuccilli, the victory is his second at Weedsport this season after he won the 25-lap sportsman feature as part of the Northeast Shootout May 3.
“I love coming here,” he said. “I’ve got to thank Al Heinke and the whole crew for what they did to this place. I’d love racing here every week if I could.”
Gray won the crate sportsman portion of the Finger Lakes 40 June 23 and said he was still pleased with his performance in the Sportsman Classic.
“Not as pleased as I would be if I won the race, of course,” he said on victory hill. “Dave had a good car. We didn’t have anything for him. It was a good race.”
After a win and a runner-up finish at Weedsport this year, Gray said he has plenty of information about how to get around the three-eighths mile clay oval.
“My notebook’s probably 4-inches thick,” he said. “I’ve got some things in my mind, but I can’t tell you.”
Tyler Walker took the lead of the 20-lap NY6A 600cc Micro Sprint feature on lap 12 when the leader drove to the pits and never looked back from there. He held off challengers from two other drivers to pick up the win.
The Weedsport win capped a three-race weekend of the series’ NY Speedweeks. Walker said he “definitely had the car to finish first or second” Friday at Brewerton Speedway but wound up 11th and then drove from 22nd to third Saturday at Paradise Speedway in Geneva before finally scoring a victory.
“It feels good to be here at Weedsport. We’ve come here so many times,” Walker said after winning from the 11th starting spot. “This place is phenomenal. … I’m glad to be in victory lane.”
McPherson takes Sportsman Humberstone win
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… Cody McPherson from St. Catharines, Ontario was victorious in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman main event on PC Works Night at the New Humberstone Speedway on a sun-sational Sunday evening. Dennis Lunger Jr from Albion, Pennsylvania won his sixth Pinty’s RUSH Late Models feature of the season. Bill Bleich Jr from Port Robinson, Ontario earned his second JC Auto Street Stock feature win of the season. Brandon Iudiciani from Welland, Ontario would pick up his second Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature of the season. Mike Toovey from St. Catharines, Ontario earned his sixth Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature of the season. Rick St. Pierre from Welland, Ontario picked up the win in the Vintage Cars. Charles Hardy was declared the winner in the Eve of Destruction Small Track Enduro qualifier.
Gord Moreau and Cody McPherson led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event with McPherson out front early on. Adam Leslie raced his way into second with Andrew Smith running in third with Gary Lindberg and Brad Rouse in mid-pack. McPherson and Leslie would pull away from the field as Rouse and Lindberg would battle for the fifth spot for much of the main event. The first caution would come out for a broken axel on the Jason Farraway racer to bring out the caution on lap 20. McPherson would lead the field off the restart as Lindberg would race into second on lap 22. McPherson would hold off Lindberg to pick up his first win of the season.
DIRTcar Sportsman: CODY MCPHERSON, Gary Lindberg, Austin Wood, Adam Leslie, Brad Rouse, Joey Mastrioanni, Andy Smith, Darrell Farraway, Jordan Cosco, Matt Sharpe, Matt Farnham, Jeff Armstrong, Tyler Puchalski, Gord McIntosh, Chris Storm, John McIntire, Jason Farraway, Gord Moreau, Robert Baker
Chapman’s Can-Am Motorsports Park
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By Adam Cornell
Twenty-four cars entered the Empire Super Sprints feature race. 87 Jason Barney and 7c Dylan Swiernik started one and two after the redraw. A full moon rose over turn two just as the sprints aligned for the start, making for a picturesque drop of the green flag. Swiernik sling-shot around the leader in turn two of the first lap, to take command of the lead, while 1z Stewart Friesen slid into second. Coming off turn one on the second lap, 28F David Franek spun and then ended up on the infield standing the car on its tail, with front wheels pointing toward the sky. Franek was uninjured, but the car was done for the night, riding the tow truck to the pits. The restart saw Friesen burst out into the lead. There was a scary accident on lap seven as 10 Jeff Cook of Antwerp, NY went off the back of the track in turn three, reentered the track and was clipped heading into turn four by 28FM Steve Poirier. Cook’s car slid off the track, narrowly avoiding a head on collision with the concrete barrier. Instead the number 10 entered the pit area at speed and struck a pace truck broadside, ripping the front driver’s wheel off the pace vehicle. Cook’s car actually launched up and over the pace truck before coming to a stop. Both Cook and the operator of the pace vehicle were responsive and talking after the wreck, though Cook took a few minutes to catch his breath. Cook was taken by ambulance to the hospital as a precaution. After an extended red-flag stop, racing resumed. Another accident brought out a caution almost immediately. 1z Stewart Friesen retained the lead, but 45 Chuck “Cobra” Hebring was battling for second place with 28FM Steve Poirier. Hebring took second for lap fourteen, but conceded it back to Poirier a lap later. 1HD Cory Sparks spun into the infield on lap fifteen to bring out another caution. With the accident, Sparks’ night was over. On the restart 10c Paulie Colagiovanni was got together with 123 Yan Bilodeau. Colagiovanni clipped an infield tire going into turn one and cartwheeled, landing on the vehicle’s side. He was taken to the pits, slightly shaken-up by the wreck. After another restart-caution-restart, 28FM Steve Poirier was able to challenge the leader, 1z Stewart Friesen for the first position. Poirier took the high-line through turns three and four and sprung out to the lead with just three laps left. Friesen took the low track, while Poirier went high. With one lap to go Friesen regained the lead, only to lose it again on turn four, with 28FM Steve Poirier taking the checkered flag and heading to the SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek/Einstein Construction Group Victory Lane. 1z Stewart Friesen was second, with 45 Chuck “Cobra” Hebring coming in third. It was an arduous race, clocking in at one hour and twenty-seven minutes from green to checkered.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified cars rolled onto the track next for a thirty-lap feature race, with 52 Jessica Power and Fox28 Jeff Stevenson starting in the one and two position. 44 Taylor Caprara was in a borrowed car and starting the race in seventeenth position. Caprara lost his number 21 car to a garage fire just two weeks prior. Power held onto the lead for two laps, but Fox28 Jeff Stevenson slid by and put a three-car-length lead by lap four. It became a heated battle for second place between Power, 24 Brandon Sweet and 10 Josh VanBrocklin. By lap nine, Sweet edged Power, with VanBrocklin copying the move just a lap later. By lap twelve it was Fox28 Jeff Stevenson, 24 Brandon Sweet, 10 Josh VanBrocklin and 52 Jessica Power in the top four positions. VanBrocklin managed to get past Sweet for second place, and wasted no time pursuing Stevenson, who was well into lapped traffic by lap sixteen. VanBrocklin seemed to have less difficulty navigating lapped vehicles, closing the distance between Stevenson substantially with just ten laps to go. With a lap to go, 2 Chris Thurston spun and slid down turn two, and was t-boned by 17j Jamie Platt, who had nowhere to go but into the side of the number 2. The caution set the stage for a one lap shootout finish. Fox28 Jeff Stevenson took the high line , while VanBrocklin tried to gain advantage low. But Stevenson held on and rolled to victory lane.
DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Feature Results: Fox28 Jeff Stevenson, 10 Josh VanBrocklin, 52 Jessica Power, 27w Nick Webb, 30 David Rogers, 97 Rick McCready, 28 Tyler Meeks, 57 Anthony Stockman, 57x Rylee Gill, 54 Brian Hudson, 44 Taylor Caprara, 17J Jamie Platt, 271 Tiger Chapman, 38 Zach Sobotka, 2 Chris Thurston, 5 Amy Holland, 8 Zach McBride, 29 Pascal Daigle, 16 Aaron Jacobs, 9 Greg Could, 85 Haiden Burdick, 24 Brandon Sweet
Empire Super Sprints Feature Partial Results: Steve Poirier, Stewart Friesen, Chuck Hebing, Mark Smith, Bryan Howland, Swiernik, Kinney, Sparks, Trenca
Triple Shot! Dgien Boys Sweep Modified/Sportsman Divisions At Black Rock Speedway
DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – July 4th, 2015
Joe Dgien and Jake Dgien have both been dangerously close to snagging victories on the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ in 2015. On Friday night though, the dirt modified racing cousins decided to grace Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
Joe Dgien started the night’s Modified action off with a victory in the make up feature, held over from the June 5th program that was rained out. On this night, Dgien would find the outside lane and use it to perfection to hold off 7-time Black Rock Speedway Modified track champion ‘The Hurricane’ Steve Paine and dirt modified legend Alan Johnson.
The Cameron Mills, NY driver on several occasions so far this season, has been competitive in search of his first career Black Rock Speedway win. On this night however, he would break through to score that win over Paine, Johnson, Ron Cartwright Jr and Donnie Lawson returning to Black Rock for a top five.
In the nightcap for the Modifieds, Dgien would again be victorious but this time it was a much taller task to get the victory. The field would be paced early by a fast running Tyler Siri who was in need of a good run after recent struggles at ‘The Rock’ and Rolling Wheels Wednesday night.
Paine and Dgien found themselves chasing down Siri as the topside of the speedway began to come in late in the 30-lap feature. Dgien wasn’t bashful about running the cushion and would blast by Paine and Siri to take the lead with less than ten laps to go.
The driver of the Joe Dgien Trucking #3x was able to keep the car nice and straight in the corners, which allowed him to keep a fair distance back to Paine. Paine would try and pull out whatever tricks he had left in his Elmira Heat Treating HigFab #7x but was to no avail. Dgien made it a clean sweep over Paine, Siri, Cory Costa and Johnson the top five.
In the Crate Sportsman division it was the Avoca, NY pilot Jake Dgien who completed the Dgien Triple Shot Friday night. One week after a wreck that gave the 3x ride a poor finish in the make up feature and a DNS in the regularly scheduled feature, the cousin to Modified driver Joe Dgien put one on the board for his first career Black Rock Speedway feature win.
Dgien would get the win but had to hold off four of the best in the business when it comes to Crate Sportsman Modified racing. Loren Lincoln has come on strong as we have approached Friday night’s Mid-Season Championship and would come home as the runner-up to Dgien.
Russell Morseman came home third in his best finish of 2015 at ‘The Rock’. Steve Gray, coming off a sweep of his own the week before, would bring the Proctor Enterprises #29g in fourth. Point leader Casey Pavlick continues to reel in solid finishes to complete the top five.
Mid-Season Championships Friday July 3rd, 2015 Results:
Modifieds, 17 cars (30 Laps): JOE DGIEN (2), Steve Paine, Tyler Siri, Cory Costa, Alan Johnson, Donnie Lawson, Dale Welty, Chris Ostrowsky, Marcus Dinkins, Ron Cartwright Jr, Ray Bliss, Stacey Jackson, Fran Hilton, Daryl Hilkert, Lee Bills, Derrick Podsiadlo, Brady Fultz, Tim Guild
Modifieds June 5th Make Up, 14 cars (30 Laps): JOE DGIEN (1), Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Ron Cartwright Jr, Donnie Lawson, Tyler Siri, Cory Costa, Derrick Podsiadlo, Brady Fultz, Stacey Jackson, Chris Ostrowsky, Dale Welty, Daryl Hilkert, Marcus Dinkins
Crate Sportsman, 21 cars (25 Laps): JAKE DGIEN (1), Loren Lincoln,Russell Morseman, Steve Gray, Casey Pavlick, Jordan Siri, Chris Fisher, Chris Silvers, Stacey Jackson, Doug Smith, Brandon Rauscher, Zach Cary, David Mayo, Jason Scales, Mickey Wilbur, Chris Mashewske, Bill Laviolette, Eric Bell, Brent Ayers, John Rathburn, Josh Keesey, Chad Dailey