Leading agribusiness carrier will fuel Sportsman Division in 2016
Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations
THOROLD, Ontario (January 22, 2016) – Since 1998, Doug and Allen Yager have fueled tremendous growth in their company that has become a preferred carrier in the Niagara Region and beyond – striving to set the standard of excellence in the agricultural trucking industry.
In 2016, Yager Bros Trucking will fuel Merrittville Speedway’s DIRTcar Sportsman Division as the new Divisional Sponsor.
“Many of our fans may have cheered for a Yager Bros Truck in our annual Show and Shine Event,” said (Merrittville Speedway GM) Erica Bicknell-Jones, “away from serving the needs of the agribusiness community they are huge race fans and are excited about joining our 65th consecutive season.”
With more than 30 years’ experience in the commodity transport and agriculture business, Doug and Allen were joined by Brad Yager in 2000 with Yager Bros Trucking continuing to specialize in hauling agricultural commodities to customers across Canada and the Untired States.
“Yager Bros is just as passionate about the sport as Rick Bellante,” added Bicknell-Jones, “on behalf of our Sportsman Drivers – thanks to Rick and his company Rick’s Delivery for all he has done for the sport and best wishes for continued success!”
The Yager Bros Trucking Sportsman Division will be part of Saturday April 23rd’s Annual Spring Sizzler that will also feature the Pinty’s Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds and the Patriot Sprint Tour.
Presented by Rev’s Full Throttle Powersports, the first event of 2016 also includes the conclusion of the TUSA Canadian Modified Lite Championship Weekend rain-delayed since September 12th.
The 65th Championship Chase will kick off Saturday April 30th presented by Pinty’s Delicious Foods with the Hoosier Stocks and Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinders joining the Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Event.
Fulton and Brewerton Sportsman again under DIRTcar banner in 2016
Tracks to host four DIRTcar Championship Series Events
By Dave Medler
January 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(BALDWINSVILLE, NY) – The Sportsman class at Fulton and Brewerton Speedway continues under the DIRTcar banner in 2016, and will play a pivotal role in the strengthened DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series. Four of the sixteen scheduled Sportsman series events will take place at either Brewerton or Fulton in conjunction with marquee Modified events.
Fulton Speedway will kick off the DIRTcar Championship Tour on Friday, April 29th as part of the Highbank Holdup Weekend. The series will return to Fulton on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1 for the prestigious Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50 at the 31st Outlaw 200 Weekend. It’s the first time since 2010 the $2,500-to-win classic has been a DIRTcar Championship event.
Over fifty DIRTcar sportsman teams lined the Brewerton Speedway pit area at the 2015 Hurricane 100 during Super DIRT Week for a 30 lap feature won by Rocky Warner. The series has a return engagement on Thursday, October 6 but not before a $1000-to-win feature on Friday, September 16 in conjunction with the 2nd annual Duel at the Demon Super DIRTcar Series 100.
Fulton and Brewerton Sportsman teams will also be competing for the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman championship, which rewards DIRTcar licensed drivers for their best 16 finishes in weekly sanctioned events.
DIRTcar rules will apply for the 2016 season at each track, with some Fulton and Brewerton amendments in place for weekly events. Rules are posted at http://fultonspeedway.com/pdfs/2016/Sportsman-Rules-bulletin-2016.pdf.
Check out the 2016 DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series schedule at
The unofficial kickoff to the 2016 Fulton and Brewerton season will be the 2nd annual Winter Blast on Saturday, February 20 at RFH’s Hideaway just south of Fulton Speedway. Point money and awards for the top-10 in 2015 Sportsman points at each track will be presented in conjunction with viewing of the final night of the DIRTcar Nationals from Volusia Speedway Park. Door prizes, DIRTcar license applications, season’s passes, rules and other forms will be available.
2016 is Wright time to take on challenge of Sportsman Division
For Immediate Release from Jim Irvine Merrittville Speedway Public Relations
THOROLD, Ontario (January 14, 2016) – Although small in stature, Trevor Wright has big goals set for his racing that one day he might like to have as his career.
Turning 14 in February, the Beamsville Teen is looking forward to taking his racing up a level after purchasing the former Austin Wood #38 to join the Sportsman Division in 2016.
“I really love a challenge,” said Trevor of his ambitious plans, “I believe to really grow as a person and as a driver … I need to leave my comfort zone.”
“It’s been in the works for a few years,” informed Trevor’s dad Rob Wright, “we thought about using a Modified Lite as a stepping stone to Sportsman but when this deal came around we went with it. I always want to move forward … it’s always good to be with better racers.”
Wright who is part owner of Central Fabricating is a former racer himself, having competed in the former Mod Stock Division as well as in Street Stocks. His former number 90 has been with Trevor since his start in Kart Racing in 2011 although reversed as the second generation driver will campaign his #09 BRP Chassis in a limited schedule this season – focused on a full rookie season in 2017.
“We’re waiting to see how the proposed Novice Sportsman Division plans unfold,” added Wright, “if it comes about we’ll make as many nights as we can … if not we’ll only run 6 races.”
Wright also has plans of continuing on with his Kart Racing although somewhat of a lesser schedule than 2015 which saw him competing weekly Tuesday Nights at Merrittville, Thursday Nights at Ransomville while following the New York Dirt Kart Series. His season finished up with a second in his second start at Little E – the Kart Track on the grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Trevor’s 2015 Kart Season saw third place finishes in the Junior Restricted Points at Merrittville as well as in the NYDKS Blue Plate Division also being named most improved NYDKS Junior Driver – taking home a Bicknell Racing Products Slack Karts Fast Time Award from the Can Am Series Stop.
At Ransomville, some disappointing finishes led to a 6th place finish in the points.
One of the challenges the Wrights are facing even before taking to the track is fitting Trevor into the new car.
“We’ve looked at 3 different seat manufacturers,” said Trevor’s dad, “we are also working on installing the pedals and the dash panel so he can reach everything.”
The Wrights are looking forward to learning about their Sportsman at the upcoming Bicknell Racing Products Open House and are registered for the Pete Bicknell Driving School in April.
For all their helping with his Karting, the Wrights would like to thank Josh Philpott and Select Cut Tires and Eric Vause.
Many of Trevor’s sponsors are following the move from his Kart to the Sportsman including Central Fabricating, Designed Wright, Harmony Jewellers, Bickles Hardware, R.A.G. Rentals, Ericway Tire, Jerry's Auto Body, Fulton Steel, All-Source Heat Treating, Steeles Landscaping
Joining the team this season are Walter’s Excavating, Laurcoat Powdercoating, Wade Combustion, Action Automotive, Wentworth Metals, RH Electric and Alexander Awnings. The car will be fitted with a new body just after the BRP Open House with the Team hoping to welcome other new sponsors before the start of the season.
Trevor’s 16 year old sister Emily has had to watch her brother’s 2015 Season from quite a distance as she has been in Sweden on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program – returning midsummer.
Rob may have some Sportsman experience to fall back on as back in the day, he helped James Michael Friesen for a stretch. It was then that JMF gave Trevor a nickname ‘Destroyer’ after watching the youngster go at some beer cans with a hammer.
Away from racing, Trevor and his Dad like to squeeze in a little fishing, ATVing and with the recent arrival of winter, may get out on the snowmobile. Many of the family’s holidays surround their love of racing – whether it be attending NASCAR Sprint Cup and DIRTcar Events not to mention Karting.
Trevor also enjoys his Xbox and Wii games however a New Year’s Day mishap that flooded their basement has him waiting for replacements.
After a trip to Homestead for the NASCAR Season Finale, their camper was left at a storage facility to be picked up during March Break. Little did Trevor know that during this trip – he would be racing his kart in the Carolinas. The only pieces of the puzzle yet to be solved – how to get the Kart Trailer down south and which race to enter.
“I’ve got to thank my Dad for all the long hours he puts in and for always doing what needs to be done,” said Trevor after finding out about his first Kart Race of 2016, “that was a nice surprise for sure … and thanks to my Mom Heather for all the Kart Tires she’s washed and all of her support!”
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Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Announces Formation Of 2016 Open Sportsman Series
Point Fund & Schedule Announced; $1,000 Thunder Mountain Speedway Incentive
BOYERTOWN, PA – Open Sportsman racers, welcome to the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.
On Saturday during the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Convention at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, Pa., STSS organizer Brett Deyo officially unveiled plans for a six-race Open Sportsman companion series to the existing Short Track Super Series Modified schedule.
The STSS Open Sportsman mini-series will compete at four facilities starting on Tuesday, May 10 at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa. Other tracks on the agenda include Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. (May 29 and September 4), Accord (N.Y.) Speedway (July 5) and I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y. (June 21 and the championship event October 7).
The inaugural STSS Open Sportsman champion will pocket $1,250 cash plus a 54-gallon drum of VP Racing Fuel.
The top-10 drivers in the final series standings will be paid as follows: 1. $1,250; 2. $750; 3. $500; 4. $350; 5. $250; 6. $225; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $125.
All series events will offer a minimum of $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green flag. The opener in May at Big Diamond pays $125 to start.
In an added twist, Thunder Mountain Speedway owner Karl Spoonhower has contributed a $1,000 cash bonus if a Saturday night regular at the track is able to win the STSS Open Sportsman touring championship.
“Our sport is constantly evolving and right now was the perfect time to step up for the Open Sportsman competitors,” Deyo said. “The division remains strong in the Southern Tier and beyond. The STSS Open Sportsman series offers these teams the opportunity to travel with a reasonable schedule.”
American Racer will be the tire brand of choice for the STSS Open Sportsman division. General Open Sportsman rules, in line with participating venues, will be enforced. VP Racing Fuel is the preferred gasoline of choice for the STSS. Specific race information will be released prior to each event.
The first five events of the series will operate on a 100-point distribution. The year-end Short Track SuperNationals 9 at I-88 Speedway in October will offer the “championship points” 150-point distribution.
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP 2016 Open Sportsman Schedule
Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA
Sunday, May 29 (Rain Date: May 30) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY
Tuesday, June 21 (Rain Date: June 22) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY
Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY
Sunday, September 4 (Rain Date: September 5) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY
Friday, October 7 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Championship Points
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Open Sportsman Point Fund (*based on 6 events): 1. $1,250; 2. $750; 3. $500; 4. $350; 5. $250; 6. $225; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $125.
OPEN SPORTSMAN TO RETURN TO WEEKLY COMPETITION AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY IN 2016 WITH SOME MINOR RULE CHANGES
VERNON, NY- As the 2015 Utica-Rome Speedway season came to a close, many competitors in the Open Sportsman started to think ahead to the 2016 season and wondered if they would be part of the speedway’s weekly program. After a rules forum with drivers on November 1, speedway has given the division a vote of confidence for the 2016 season as they will again be part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule.
Track owners Bill and Kim Shea, along with several of the track officials, were on hand to listen to the drivers concerns. The decision has been made to align the rules to those being used at the Southern Tier tracks where car counts are stronger. The Spec motor that has been allowed for the past several seasons will now not be legal for use next season. Also, the 180cc or 200cc heads will be allowed with both having to weigh a minimum of 2,450 lbs. Also, the only carburetor allowed will be the 2 barrel Holley #4412 with no alterations. The Ultra or HP is not currently allowed. For any technical questions, please call Bernie Lukas at (315)271-3068. Full rules will be posted in the coming weeks.
“We really wanted to give the Open Sportsman guys a chance,” stated Bill Shea. “The meeting was really positive and it showed they wanted to see the division succeed as much as we do. Hopefully by getting back in line with the other tracks that run Open Sportsman, we can give more drivers an opportunity to race with us.”
The Utica-Rome Speedway will kick off their 2016 campaign on Sunday April 17. To keep up to date on any off season news, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
Pass The Gravy! Turkey Bowl At Black Rock Speedway 1 Week Away
UNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – November 21st, 2015
The weather in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier has been unseasonably warm and has given first-year promoter Mike Jackson the perfect opportunity to try a late November special at the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’.
Saturday November 28th will bring the first ever running of the ‘Turkey Bowl’ at Black Rock Speedway. Five stout divisions will be on tap including the Open/Crate Sportsman, 305 Sprint Cars, Street Stocks, IMCA/EModifieds and Rear Wheel Drive/Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinders.
Drivers are encouraged to bring their home track rulebook with them, however each division is allowed to run sail panels and sprint car wings as well as an open tire rule for each class.
The Sportsman division will see Open Sportsman face off against the Crate Sportsman in a challenge race that will go 50 laps in distance. The winner will walk away with $1,200, with the first Crate legal car taking home a $200 bonus. Crate Sportsman drivers should be fully prepared to go through normal tech procedures. This 50-lapper will also pay $100 to take the green flag.
Additional rules for the Sportsman division include any engine under 360c.i., both car classifications must run on a 2 barrel, no roller cams, no aluminum heads, no gear rule and no rev chip rule. Open Sportsman will have to weigh 2,450lbs while the Crate Sportsman will be required to weigh 2,400lbs. Any tire and any wheel may be used, sail panels and sprint car wings are legal for body panels.
305 Sprint Cars will also be on hand to race in a 20-lap feature paying $500 to win and $100 to take the green flag. This division will follow normal 305 Sprint rules from Canandaigua Motorsports Park, however there is an open tire rule for this special event. Drivers are open to run any sprint car tire available or even a dirt modified tire if it fits their fancy!
IMCA/EMods will also be on hand for the Turkey Bowl, racing in a $600 to win event paying $50 to take the green flag. The tire rules are opened up to any tire and the body rules have been opened up to sail panels and sprint car wings.
Fans can plan to see some pretty ‘out of the box’ ideas across several divisions for this ‘Run What Ya Brung’ style event with open tire and body panel rules. There is no weight rule for the IMCA division.
The growing Street Stock division will be racing in a 30-lap $600 to win event paying $50 to take the green flag. The tire and body rules are opened up for this special event, but drivers are reminded that all other rules are per their home track rulebook. Drivers are encouraged to bring their home track rules to this event.
Other rule specifications for the Street Stocks include any engine under 415c.i., any tubed chassis, quick change rear ends are ok however the trailing arm MUST be in stock location (no rear steer cars). Sprint Car wings and sail panels are allowed, there is no tire rule and there is no weight limit.
The 4 Cylinders will also be in competition, racing in a 30-lap affair paying $250 to win and $35 to start. Rear Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive cars will race together and may run on any tire/wheel combination. There is no weight limit and wings/sail panels are allowed along with any body style.
Engine, rear end and chassis requirements will go by the competitors home track rules, which the competitors are encouraged to bring with them to the speedway.
As has become recent tradition, K&B Catering will have the pit area hopping with their famous Pit Rib Dinner, which is a can’t miss!
General admission gates open at 11AM for the Turkey Bowl with tickets being just $10 for ages 12 and up while children under 12 are always free at Black Rock Speedway. Pit gates swing open at 10AM with pit admission being set at $35. Hot laps will kick off at 12PM with Scott Hixson’s first green flag waving at 1PM Sharp!
Humberstone Celebrates 2015 Season with Awards Banquet
ST.CATHARINES, ONTARIO… (November 14, 2015) The Humberstone Speedway celebrated the 2015 season with the Night of Champions Awards Banquet, held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkside Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.
For the third consecutive year, Ridgeway, Ontario’s Gary Lindberg was crowned the track champion in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Lindberg picked up six victories on his drive for three in a row. Chad Chevalier, James Michael Friesen, Cody McPherson and Brad Rouse also picked up checkered flags throughout the season. Brad Rouse had the Best Appearing Car while “young gun” Tyler Puchalski was named Most Improved. The Hard Luck Award went to Joey Mastrioanni and 2015 titlist Gary Lindberg was named Hard Charger. Veteran Gord McIntosh received the Sportsmanship Award.
Dennis Lunger Jr made the long tow from Albion, Pennsylvania to compete weekly at Humberstone and was awarded the divisional title for the Pinty’s RUSH Late Models. Lunger picked up 11 victories this season. Rob Pietz, John Waters, Colton Ledingham, Jason Knowles and past divisional champion Paul Grigsby also went to victory lane. Divisional titlist Dennis Lunger was named the Hard Charger. Rob Pietz had the Best Appearing Car and Sam Pennacchio was named Most Improved. Jeff Dayman was the recipient of the Hard Luck Award and Ken Winfield picked up the Sportsmanship award.
Port Colborne, Ontario’s Jason Fontaine earned his fourth JC Auto Street Stock championship in the last six seasons. Fontaine scored seven wins in 2015 in route to the title. Chris Crawford, Jim Lampman, Bill Bleich Jr, Dave Bailey, and Justin Ramsay also visited victory lane. Kyle Pelrine picked up both the Sportsmanship award as well as the Best Appearing Car. Chris Crawford was named Most Improved while Jim Lampman was named the Hard Charger. Mike Greene was the recipient of the Hard Luck award.
Rob Goulding from Port Colborne, Ontario was on top of the heep at season’s end for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks. It was Goulding’s third track title and first since going back-to-back in 2005-2006. Goulding’s three wins and consistent finishes propelled him to the track title. Kyle Rothwell, Jason Coutu, Brandon Iudiciani, Tyler Lafantaisie, Evan Curtis and Garnet Wilson all scored victories this season. Brandon Iudiciani had the Best Appearing Car while Jason Coutu was named Most Improved. Kyle Rothwell received the Hard Luck Award while TMR teammate Tyler Lafantaisie received the Sportsmanship award. Divisional Champion Rob Goulding was named Hard Charger.
Mike Toovey from St. Catharines, Ontario was crowned track champion for the third time in the last four seasons in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks. Toovey dominated the season, winning a track high 12 feature races. Frank Perry and Dylan Llord each scored their first career feature wins and veteran Danny Wurster also graced victory lane. Dylan Llord had the Best Appearing truck throughout the season. Jamie Ayers was named Most Improved. Titlist Mike Toovey was the Hard Charger while Craig Vlasic was the recipient of the Hard Luck award. Danny Wurster received the Sportsmanship award.
The Rookie of the Year Award was handed out to John McIntire in the Sportsman, Colton Ledingham in the Late Models, Teeple in the Mini Stocks and Dylan Llord in the Pro 4 Trucks. Bill Toovey received the Jim Simpson Crew Chief of the Year Award. Bill helped his son Mike win his third Pro 4 Truck championship in the last four seasons.
The Pete Cosco Dedication to Auto Racing Award was presented to Sam and Mattaya Hamer while was Mike Toovey named the Trevor Wilkens Driver of the Year. Chris Dama was the overall champion at the 2015 edition of the Eve of Destruction.
The region’s biggest tours came to Humberstone and competed on the historic oval throughout the 2015 campaign. Erick Rudolph picked up the victory in the inaugural Pete Cosco Memorial featuring the 358 Modifieds in late August. Cody McPherson won the annual Safecracker 100 for the Sportsman while the Trevor Wilkens Memorial fell to Mother Nature. Parker Price-Miller won the John Puhl Memorial for the Southern Ontario Sprints. In the SOS’s second visit of the season, “The Ohsweken Flyer” Glenn Styres scored his 50th career A-Main victory as he scored the win. Southern Tier NY racing standouts John Waters and Jason Knowles scored wins in the RUSH Late Model Tour Canadian Nationals and the Go Nuclear! Late Model Challenge Series respectively. Jamie Gilbert won the lone visit of the season by the TUSA Mod Lites. The Vintage Cars had their biggest race of the season as part of the All-Canadian Championships, running in memory of Pete Cosco and Harvey Hainer Sr. Over 40 Vintage racers came out for this event that saw Rob Casti, Kevin Mahoney and Paul Billings grace victory lane. Mark Shadwell and Rick St. Pierre picked up Vintage wins throughout the season as well.
It was announced that the 2016 season will officially begin on Sunday April 24th with the running of the Dawn of Destruction. “Most of the events scheduled for the Dawn of Destruction are designed to take place in the infield” stated Director of Race Night Operations Clinton Geoffrey. The 2016 racing season opener will take place on Sunday May 1st.
The New Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: PC Works (DIRTcar Sportsman), Pinty’s Delicious Foods (RUSH Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), and the Cosco Haulage (Mini Stocks).
The New Humberstone Speedway is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the Peace Bridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like us on Facebook. Don’t forget to bring your portable FM radios and listen to all the action on 90.3FM. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886
Dave Marcuccilli Crowned Inaugural FX Caprara Car Companies Upstate Sportsman Alliance Champion
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – November 4, 2015 – Last winter, Central New York track promoters Jimmy Phelps (Weedsport), Jeremie Corcoran (Canandaigua) and Bill and Kim Shea (Utica-Rome), in conjunction with Fulton and Brewerton track Marketing Director Cory Reed, with support from FX Caprara Car Companies, formed the FX Caprara Car Companies Upstate Sportsman Alliance (USA), a cooperative initiative designed to organize sportsman racing events within the region.
After nearly 100 point paying races that saw 202 different competitors register at least a single point, it was Canandaigua Motorsports Park Sportsman Champion, Dave Marcucilli that came out on top of the heap. Marcucilli’s season performance was impressive. He tallied 846 of a possible 900 weekly points with 7 feature wins, 16 top-5 and 24 top-10 finishes in just 25 weekly racing starts. He then scored three Championship point event wins in eight starts pushing his season point total to 1535 to claim the crown ahead of runner-up Ron Davis III.
Here is look at the remainder of top-ten in the point standings:
2) 32R – Ron Davis III – Memphis, NY – 1424 points - 5 top 5’s and 7 top 10’s in 8 series starts plus 4 weekly wins in 35 starts. Brewerton Speedway point runner-up.
3) 15 – Todd Root – Warners, NY – 1249 points - Brewerton & Fulton Speedway regular – 2 top 5’s and 6 top 10’s in 8 series starts plus 1 win in 21 weekly starts.
4) 1J – Rocky Warner – Gloversville, NY – 1238 points - Utica-Rome Track Champion - 2 Series wins – 3 top 5’s 4 top 10’s in 5 series starts plus 8 weekly wins in just 19 starts.
5) 80x – Mike Button – Chittenango, NY – 1158 points – 3 top ten finishes in eight starts and 3 weekly wins in 22 weekly starts. Fulton Speedway points runner-up.
6) 31 – Corey Barker – Fulton, NY – 1121 points - 1 top 5 and 1 top 10 in 8 series starts plus 4 weekly wins. Made an Upstate Sportsman Alliance high 46 weekly starts.
7) 0 – Tony Finch II – Pennellville, NY – 1091 points - Fulton Speedway Track Champion – 1 top 5 and 2 top 10’s in 5 series starts plus 5 weekly wins in 30 weekly starts.
8) 29K – Chris Cunningham – Kirkville, NY – 1079 points - 1 top 10 in 8 series starts – made 43 weekly event starts as a sportsman rookie.
9) 33x – Matt Janczuk – Oneida, NY – 1061 points - Utica-Rome Speedway - 3 top 5’s and 3 top 10s in 3 series starts plus 3 wins in 19 weekly starts.
10) 8 – Alan Fink – Central Square, NY – 1023 points - 1 top 10 in 8 series starts plus 1 weekly win in 32 weekly starts.
Each driver in the final top-ten in points will receive $1,000 that will be presented at the 2nd annual Radisson Ale House “Winter Bash” and DIRTcar Nationals viewing party on Saturday, February 27th.
The Upstate Sportsman Alliance would like to thank FX Caprara Car Companies for their strong support as the title sponsor. Family owned and operated, the FX Caprara Car Companies has been a leader in the new and used auto industry for decades. Through that time, they have extended their support of auto racing in many capacities. From car sponsorships and ownerships, track sponsorships, track ownership and racing themselves, the Caprara family has done it.
With locations in Watertown, Pulaski and Alexandria Bay, FX Caprara Car Companies features an extensive selection of New Car brands including Kia, Volkswagen, Fiat, Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, Chevy, Ford and Buick vehicles. Their used vehicle inventory consists of cars, vans, trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles all in clean and reliable condition.
The FX Caprara brand crosses over to Harley Davidson and Honda Motorcycles in their Adams Center location in addition to their Caprara Brothers Outdoor Toy Store in Pulaski. Whether it’s a car, truck, motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV or trailer, FX Caprara has you covered. To see everything they have to offer please visit http://www.fxcaprara.com/ and always remember to support those who support racing.
Monitor www.upstatesportsmanalliance.com and the Upstate Sportsman Alliance Twitter (@USAsportsman) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/upstatesportsmanalliance) accounts during the off-season for announcements regarding the 2016 racing season for the Upstate Sportsman Alliance and happenings at any of the five participating tracks.
Humberstone Set for Night of Champions Awards Banquet
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… The New Humberstone Speedway will be celebrating the 2015 racing season with the Night of Champions Awards Banquet, to be held on Saturday November 14th at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Coctail hour will begin at 5:30pm with dinner being served at 7pm and the awards ceremony will take place immediately after dinner. Tickets for the banquet are available for just $40 and can be ordered by calling the Speedway offices at (905) 834-4002. Drink packages are also available with six (6) drinks costing $30.
The Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre is located at 327 Ontario Street in St Catharines. The hotel is offering discounts on rooms. When calling to make reservations, use the block code HSS. Single and Double occupancy will cost $179.00, Triple $194.00 and Quad $209.00. The Holiday Inn & Suites is conveniently located near the Queens Elizabeth Way and is minutes away from the Meridian Centre and some of the regions top destinations.
Congratulations are in order to the 2015 track champions including Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario in the DIRTcar Sportsman for his third consecutive track title. Dennis Lunger Jr made the tow from Albion, Pennsylvania each race night and was awarded the Pinty’s RUSH Late Model championship. Jason Fontaine of Port Colborne, Ontario once again stands on top of the heap in the JC Auto Street Stocks. “The Fonz” earned his fourth career track title and fourth in the last six years. Rob Goulding of Port Colborne, Ontario won his third career Cosco Haulage Mini Stock track championship, his first since going back to back in 2005 and 2006. Mike Toovey from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Truck title, his third title in the last four seasons. Speedway management would like to thank all the drivers, crews, officials and spectators for making the 2015 season one to be remembered. It has been announced that there will be a Dawn of Destruction event scheduled for Sunday April 24th with Opening Day 2016 scheduled for Sunday May 1st.
Eastern States Friday Recap
Posted: October 26, 2015
By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN – Brian Krummel has become a household name when it comes to dominating the Sportsman portion of the annual Eastern States Weekend Racing Festival at the Orange County Fair Speedway.
Krummel, affectionately known as “BK Speed’’ by the OCFS audience, lived up to his nickname once again last Friday night as he captured this 50-lap event for the second year in a row during the 54th annual edition of this long-running racing weekend. The Middletown driver has four Eastern States titles to his credit – including this race three of the past four seasons.
“We look forward to this race each season,’’ said Krummel, who will seeing double-duty this afternoon behind the wheel of a Capitial Region Racing Agency (CRSA) 305 sprint car. “I just want to thank the people from Halmar International for putting so much money into racing and for all the race fans. We need all of you to keep this sport going.’’
Krummel, after starting fourth in the 27-car field, jumped into third place behind leader Chris Stevens and Randy Sweetman to get things rolling after OCFS starter Bob Ryder displayed the initial green flag. But Sweetman’s car began slowing on the next circuit and Krummel sped by for second place just before the caution flew with two laps completed.
Sweetman made his way back onto the racing surface when John Illanovsky forced another caution with an incident between the third and fourth turns.
The race was then red-flagged on the ensuing restart for a four-car crash entering the first turn. The cars of Tyler Treacy, Tyler Boniface, Sweetman and Illanovsky all received extensive damage from the wreck and none of the drivers were able to continue in the event. No one was injured.
Finally, after three straight incidents, racing got underway once again as Stevens and Krummel drove well ahead of the rest of their competitors to make it a two-car race. Stevens had the upper hand on the bottom as Krummel tried feverishly to find a passing lane.
“I usually prefer to race on the outside, but it just wasn’t out there tonight,’’ said Krummel. “I was hoping to maybe bait him on ther bottom, and then making a pass on the top. I just wasn’t able to get enough momentum out there to take the lead.’’
Krummel, after several passing attempts between the first and second turns, finally showed his nose to Stevens on the inside of the first turn on the 14th circuit. But Stevens was able to guard the bottom and remained in front.
Krummel continued to push Stevens and finally found an opening while racing into the third turn on the 20th circuit around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval. Krummel was able to dive down inside of Stevens and then was shown the leader off of the fourth turn as he passed the starter’s stand to complete 20 laps.
“He made a mistake and I was able to capitalize on it,’’ said Krummel. “There’s a little hump up there in the turn and it kind of messed him up. I was able to get inside of him and grabbed the lead.
“I tried the top a little after taking the lead, but there really wasn’t much out there to grab on to. I’m really happy the way this car performed and this was a real group effort by everyone involved. We’ve really just put this thing together and just ran a couple laps at Syracuse prior to this race with the car.’’
Krummel, who led the rest of the way, picked up more than $1,250 for his winning effort as he secured the 33rd triumph of his OCFS Sportsman career. He’s the winningest driver in the division at the track.
Stevens ran a consistent race to finish in second place with Andrew Reeves, Jesse Leiby, Brandon Grasso, Dominic Roselli Jr., Matt Pappa, Allison Ricci, Joey Bruning and Jimmy Johnson rounding out the top 10.
Ken Tremont Jr. continued to enjoy a successful racing season as he put himself in the front row for tomorrow afternoon’s Eastern States 200 by turning in the quickest time during Modified time trials.
Tremont turned in a time of 20.586 seconds for an average speed of 109.298 miles per hour to grab the pole position for the 54th edition of Eastern States.
Tommy Meier earned the right to start outside of Tremont as he turned in the second fastest clocking of 20.720 seconds – an average speed of 108.591 mph.
Middletown driver Steve Dodd, who missed most of the 2015 racing season, turned some heads as he earned third place for the 200-lap grind with a 20.806 (108.142) second lap. He was followed by Anthony Perrego (:20.900), Richie Eurich (:20.923) and Rich Laubach (:20.958).
Racing continues today with the Small Block Modified and 305 sprint cars in action. The 100-lap Small Block Modified feature, which pays $15,000 to the winner, is the highlight of the day’s racing activity.
Upstate Sportsman Alliance Champion to be crowned this Saturday at Weedsport Speedway
By Upstate Sportsman Alliance PR
October 20, 2015
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – The first ever FX Caprara Upstate Sportsman Alliance Champion will be crowned this Saturday, October 24 at Weedsport Speedway as part of “The Last Call at the Port” championship weekend. St. Lawrence Radiology will present the $2,000-to-win, 40-lap event that accompanies the Modified Super DIRTcar Series “Allways 150”.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park Sportsman Champion, Dave Marcucilli, will receive the Upstate Sportsman Alliance Championship Trophy from Weedsport Speedway General Manager Jimmy Phelps at the conclusion of the St. Lawrence Radiology 40. Marcucilli’s outstanding Central New York season included three Upstate Sportsman Tour wins in eight starts plus seven wins in 25 weekly point events. The Cayuga, New York driver had a remarkable 24 top ten finishes in those 25 weekly starts.
Fulton and Brewerton Speedway stand-out, Ron Davis III, is secure in the runner-up spot ahead of Todd Root, Utica-Rome Track Champion Rocky Warner and the always consistent Mike Button. Corey Barker, Fulton Speedway champion Tony Finch II and Sportsman rookie Chris Cunningham are locked into the top ten and sit sixth through eighth in the current standings.
With $1000 being awarded to each of the top-10 point earners after Weedsport, Utica-Rome regular Matt Janczuk (1061 points) and Alan Fink (1023 points) currently hold down the final two point paying positions with Nick Krause (990 points) and Bill Clark, Jr. (987 points) on the outside looking in.
The pit gates for Saturday’s show will open at 2pm, with hot laps to begin at 5pm.
Drivers will draw for spot ahead of 6pm heat races. Weight rules for sportsman are 2400lbs with steel wheels, 2450lbs with aluminum wheels. DIRTcar MSD boxes are optional.
Desjardins Repeats as DIRTcar NE Sportsman Modified Series Champion
Dylan Evoy wins Fall Nationals Finale at Brockville Ontario Speedway
BROCKVILLE, ON Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Mathieu Desjardins of Sorel-Tracy Quebec earned the 2015 DIRTcar NE Sportsman Modified Series championship with a 4th-place finish in the 50-lap Fall Nationals finale at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
Desjardins, driving the St. Martin Motorsports/Jean Preville Excavation Bicknell chassis No. 1m, was fourth to the line behind race winner Dylan Evoy of Brockville, Shane Pecore and Corey Wheeler.
It was the sixth top-5 in eight starts in the series for the 2015 Autodrome Drummond track champion. He won series events at Drummond and Cornwall.
Dylan Evoy of Brockville won the Sportsman 50 from the pole. He was passed by Kyle Wilson on lap 14 after four early cautions, but he regained the lead for keeps on lap 19.
Shane Pecore moved into the runner-up spot on a lap-27 restart and held second the rest of the way despite constant pressure from Wheeler and Desjardins. Brad Rouse completed the top five.
Final point standings (Top 10) 2015 DIRTcar NE Sportsman Modified Series
1. Mathieu Desjardins Sorel-Tracy, QC (2,059)
2. Brad Rouse St, Catharines, ON (1,958)
3. Louie Jackson Jr. Akwesasne, NY (1,770)
4. Shane Pecore Cornwall, ON (1,763)
5. Jessica Powers Kingston, ON (1,761)
6. Joey Ladouceur Cornwall, ON (1,705)
7. Corey Wheeler Cornwall, ON (1,659)
8. Brianna Ladouceur Cornwall, ON (1,606)
9. Mike Stacey Kahnawake, QC (1,513)
10. Martin Pelletier St. Robert, QC (1,440)
NAPA Super DIRT Week Sportsman Modified Winner Found in Violation of Rules During Post-Event Inspection
Victory awarded to races runner-up Rocky Warner
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Oct. 13, 2015 - The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified driven by James Michael Friesen in Sunday's DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature event at NAPA Super DIRT Week was found to be in violation of DIRTcar rules.
The car was disqualified for violating DIRTcar Rule 15.1, which prohibits alterations to the Chevrolet Performance engine, including tampering with seals.
The penalty includes the loss of points and earnings from Sunday's race, and awards Rocky Warner with the victory.
Friesen is suspended from DIRTcar competition for 12 months and may apply for reinstatement on Oct. 11, 2016. Section 12 of the DIRTcar Rulebook allows the right to appeal the decision.
James Friesen tops Sportsman Modifieds at Fairgrounds Finale
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Oct. 11, 2015 - In his second ever, and last, appearance on the Moody Mile at the New York State Fairgrounds, James Michael Friesen of St. Catharines, ON wired the field in a dominant performance after starting third in a 36-car field.
The 30-lap race had eight cautions, but no one, including runner-up Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., was able to draw alongside Friesens Manchester Cable No. 52.
Warner rose up from 10th to finish second. Shane Pecore of St. Andrews, ON completed the podium finish ahead of Ronnie Davis in 4th and Corey Wheeler in 5th.
The track was very slick in one and two, but there was rubber in three and four that worked for me, Friesen said. He (Warner) would catch me in turns one and two when I had to lift, but I could gain on the other end.
Friesen said his team shut down his weekly racing schedule two weeks ago to prepare for Syracuse.
I got a lot of help from James and Ivan Little, he said. This win feels awesome.
Warner ran the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J in the low lane and passed Pecore for second on lap 18. Friesen fired off a little better on the restarts, he said. On the longer runs, we were better.
Seventy-five Sportsman Modifieds attempted to qualify for the event.
The finale of the 2015 DIRTcar NE Sportsman Series takes place as a part of the Fall Nationals event at Brockville Ontario Speedway Saturday, October 17.
DIRTcar NE Sportsman Feature Super DIRT Week Syracuse Fairgrounds; Oct. 11, 2015
A-Main (30 Laps green flag laps)
1. James M Friesen
2. Rocky Warner
3. Shane Pecore
4. Ron Davis III
5. Corey Wheeler
6. Brad Rouse
7. Joey Ladouceur
8. Adam McAuliffe
9. Jeremy Pitts
10. Harry Murphy
11. Jesse Cotriss
12. Dave Marcuccilli
13. Dan Kapuscinski
14. Brianna Ladouceur
15. Taylor Caprara
16. Eric Giguere
18. Cody Bleau
19. Nick Krause
20. Chris Thurston
21. Sammy Reakes Jr.
22. Sandy Pembleton
23. Andrew Wren
24. Alex Lajoie
25. Aaron Jacobs
26. Louie Jackson Jr.
27. Tyler Meeks
28. Frankie Holmes
29. Mike Stacey
30. Aaron Pugh
31. Michael Sabia
32. John Sowle
33. Jim Spellmon
34. Jessica Power
35. Chris Curtis
36. Brian Papiez
Rocky Warner Wins Second Straight Fulton Speedway Outlaw 200 Weekend Sportsman Championship
By Dave Medler – FULTON, NY – October 3, 2015 - An event record 82 of the best Sportsman division drivers signed in the pits as part of the 30th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend presented by SUNY Canton at the Fulton Speedway. It would take eight heat races, four consolations and a pair of last chance races to set the 32 car starting field for the Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50.
Chris Mackey and Dave Marcuccilli would bring 32 of some of the best Sportsman drivers in the Northeast down to the green with Marcuccilli grabbing the early advantage while behind the top-two the mad scramble was on for position on the racy speedway surface.
At the 10-lap point Marcuccilli opened a half-a-straightaway lead over Matt Janczuk who ran alone in second. Behind the top-two, you could have thrown a blanket over Ron Davis III, Rocky Warner and Jeremy Dygert in a fight for third through fifth just before a quick yellow would slow the action.
When the green came back out Janczuk found the bite he needed on the top of the speedway to drive by Marcuccilli on lap-11 to be scored the new leader.
With 15-laps showing on the scoring tower, Janczuk and Marcuccillui were in a two-car breakaway at the front of the pack while Warner, Dygert, Davis and Fulton SUNY Canton Sportsman Champion Tony Finch II ran within inches of each other racing for third through sixth.
At the halfway point, lap-25, Janczuk was still setting the pace out front while Marcuccilli and Warner slowly looked to be reeling the leader in. Just a few lengths behind the top-three Davis, Dygert, Finch and James-Michael Friesen were having a battle of their own.
A quick yellow on lap-26 would slow the pace down. When the green came back out Warner moved into the second spot and set his sights on Janczuk.
From lap-26 to lap-30 Janczuk and Warner would race bumper to bumper and side by side in a battle between former Outlaw 200 Weekend Sportsman champions. On lap-31 Warner, running the extreme bottom of the speedway in turn four, would power by Janczuk and into the lead.
With the scoring tower showing 10-laps to go, Warner built up a full straightaway lead on the race behind him. Janczuk, Finch, Davis and Marcuccilli still showed on the scoring tower.
On lap-43 the yellow flag would wave erasing Warner’s huge lead and giving the field one last shot at stealing the win away from Warner. When the green came back out and over the remaining laps nobody had anything for Warner as he won his second straight Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout 50.
Sportsman Shootout 50) - ROCKY WARNER, Matt Janczuk, Tony Finch II, Ron Davis III, Dave Marcuccilli, James Michael Friesen, Ryan Scott, Todd Root, Bruno LePage, Rocco Leone, Jeremy Dygert, Corey Barker, Tyler Meeks, Mike Button, Chris Mackey, Connor Cleveland, Chris Cunningham, Bill Clark Jr., Tommy Paige, Steve Abt, Greg Doust, Ricky Yelle, Gregg Kimball, Wade Chrisman, Brandon Kuhn, Brian Murphy, Kevin Root, Mike Stanton Jr., Matt Farnham, Jim Spano, Jeremy Pitcher, Alan Fink.
Lap Leaders - Dave Marcuccilli (1-10) Matt Janczuk (11-30) Rocky Warner (30-50).
Completion of Onyx Summit Plus Dutch Hoag Weekend Next Up For Black Rock Speedway
DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – September 22nd, 2015
The Onyx Summit was setting up to be one of the most exciting 602 Sportsman features of the 2015 season, before Mother Nature intervened on Saturday September 19th. Rains overtook the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ just prior to the feature races being run- the 50-lap Onyx Summit, a 30-lap Street Stock race, the 50-lap NY6A Micro Sprint Tour championship and the 100-lap 4-6 Cylinder Enduro.
All of these events will be run coming up in October during the annual Dutch Hoag National Open Weekend Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th. The enduro event will be rolled into the Saturday portion of the two-day show, while the other three races will be made up on Friday night. Due to the 9/19 racing program being more than half completed, rain checks will not be honored for Dutch Hoag Weekend.
This leaves a huge lineup for Dutch Hoag weekend, which is run in honor of local racing hero and father of Black Rock Speedway owner, Dutch Hoag. There have also been some additions to Dutch Hoag weekend that will make drivers from several racing divisions give consideration to participate.
The weekend will include racing action from Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Crate Late Models, 360 Late Models, Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, 4 Cylinders, 600cc Micro Sprints and enduro cars. If it races on dirt, chances are you will find it at Black Rock Speedway in October!
Friday October 23rd Program Starting at 7PM:
Pit Gates 4:00PM
Hot Laps 6:15PM
TIME FOR THE UNDERDOGS TO SHINE AT FONDA
Any Driver Without A Win In 2015 And Not Top 5 In Points; This Race Is Yours
September 22, 2015 By Rob Hazer (Fonda, NY) – Back in July it was announced that King Of Dirt Series promoter Rob Hazer and Fonda Speedway track promoter Matt DeLorenzo were working on something to shine the spotlight on the weekend warriors of the Modified division. In just a few short days the first running of the Ultimate Underdog will be part of the annual Mohawk Valley Weekend at Fonda Speedway.
The race admittedly put together rather quickly and not on the original schedule for the track of champions has gained much attention through Social Media efforts and word of mouth according to Rob Hazer. It will have a simple feel during a big weekend at Fonda Speedway to help close out the 2015-racing season.
33 laps will be the distance for the Ultimate Underdog race for Big Block and Small Block Modifieds. The race will feature double file restarts all the way to the checkered flag, which is a first for Modified competitors at the track of champions. Originally a special knock out draw was being worked into the program, however the decision was made to go with a traditional redraw to keep it simple for this season.
Drivers who have not won a race and did not finish top five in season ending points at any track during the 2015-racing season are eligible to race. This will certainly change the names and faces from what race fans are used to seeing when a Modified race is held. It will also guarantee a brand new winner for the first time this season.
“There has been a lot of feedback from drivers on this already, which is awesome. It was an idea I chatted with Matty D about and he liked it, so we went right to work trying to push it as much as possible. Even with the limited advertising for it we’ve managed to attract a decent amount of interest and that’s a good thing for the future of the Ultimate Underdog,” said Rob Hazer, co-promoter of the event.
Sponsors have joined in the support for the race dedicated to the weekend warriors as well. Horn Lady Motorsports, Parks Companies Inc., Elmo’s Speed & Supply, and Wheel People Radio Show all came aboard to support the event. The purse is a little bit more than normal, but not all at the top. A special trophy and commemorative victory lane check will greet the winner in Sign Action Productions victory lane. Currently $2,000 to win is the top prize, but it’s the $250 to start turning some heads.
“The way I build onto a purse with sponsors support is not to make the top too heavy, but to balance through the field. I know next year we’ll have more time to build a better purse for this race, but this year $2,000 to win and $250 to start isn’t too bad for a 33 lap Modified race. Matt gave me the base purse to work with and it’s just a matter of moving dollars around, but I think more importantly someone winning for the first time all season will be the story,” continued Rob Hazer.
Fonda Speedway faithful Cindy Steele owns Horn Lady Motorsports, which through her organization she supports a few drivers such as Pete Broderson, Ivan Joslin, and Bobby Varin. Cindy has been at the races for more than 25 years with her signature air horn making noise in support of weekend warriors throughout the Northeast, but she calls Fonda home on Saturday nights.
Parks Companies Inc. is owned by Tadd Parks. It’s no secret Parks owns one of the most dominate Modified teams in all of dirt track racing with Stewart Friesen behind the wheel. Parks and his team have dominated the Fonda Speedway for the past few seasons winning double-digit feature events in 2015. When asked to support the Ultimate Underdog Tadd had no hesitations in saying yes absolutely.
Wheel People Radio Show has been around for years with Ed Lamberton at the helm. The personable host talks racing every Monday night during the racing season including interviews with drivers, officials, and promoters. One thing Ed has done over the years is pull for the Underdog’s to grab a moment of spotlight from the goliath’s of the sport. It seemed fitting Lamberton was all for supporting the Ultimate Underdog.
“We’re grateful for the support the race has gotten in such a short time. I’m confident it’ll grow for 2016, but for this year it will be interesting to see the mix of drivers from all over that haven’t won a race and didn’t finish top 5 in points at their local tracks that might come to Fonda Speedway Friday and vie for their first win of the season. We owe a debt of gratitude to Matt DeLorenzo for opening up to this idea and making it happen,” concluded Rob Hazer.
Of course the Ultimate Underdog 33 lap Big Block/Small Block Modified event on September 25th is just part of a huge weekend of racing at the track of champions to close out the 2015 season. Also during the weekend will be the ESS Sprint season finale, the King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman championship finale, the Hondo Carpenter Pro Stock Classic, and the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series.
ROCKY KUGEL WINS A WILD SWEENEY RUSH SPORTSMAN MOD FEATURE AT TRI-CITY FOR HIS 1ST CAREER BICKNELL TOUR VICTORY
September 20, 2015
(By Mike Leone)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Franklin, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modified Series competed Sunday in the postponed "Apple Fest" at Tri-City Raceway Park for the first time ever. Sunday's event was race #3 of the inaugural season for the Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series.
Rocky Kugel won three Bicknell Weekly Series events this season at Sharon Speedway including the last two. On Sunday night, Kugel battled with Nick Ritchey until Ritchey crashed out in lapped traffic then held off a last lap charge by New York racer Adam Hilton for his first career Bicknell Touring Series victory. Kugel's win was worth $600 and was also awarded the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance" Award.
"I think we changed everything in it except the kitchen sink from the heat race to the feature," explained the 39-year-old East Liverpool, Ohio winner. "I actually bought Adam Hilton's right rear tire that he beat me with in the heat race so I'll have to go down there and pay him for it. The car was pretty good. I lost my brakes about halfway through the feature and pushed up and Nick (Ritchey) got me. We got into lapped traffic and it was tough racing. I hate to see that happen for Nick, but we got to victory lane and that's where everyone wants to be."
Kugel powered around pole-sitter Jerry Schaffer for the early lead. Ritchey started third and got under Schaffer in turn two for second on lap three. Ritchey closed in on Kugel on lap five, while Jerry Schaffer was trying to hold off his brother Jeff and Hilton along with Larry Kugel in the race for third. Kugel and Ritchey began to pull away from the pack then raced side-by-side for the lead on laps 7, 11, and 12 with Kugel holding on.
Hilton, who started sixth, was quiet during the early part of the race, but finally worked his way past Jeff Schaffer for fourth on lap 14. Ritchey continued to pressure the brakeless Kugel and finally got past him racing off the bottom of turn four to lead lap 16. Kugel wasn't about to go away and stuck with Ritchey. On lap 17, the two were side-by-side off turn four down the frontstretch for the lead amidst lapped traffic. Ritchey was on the bottom and ran out of real estate in traffic spinning in turn one along with Michael Kristyak. Kugel was able to avoid the spinning cars and regained the lead.
Once racing resumed, it was back to caution again when Jeremy Weaver, Kole Holden, and Will Schaffer all tangled in turn one. With Ritchey out, Hilton now restarted third and was able to pass Jerry Schaffer for second when racing resumed on lap 18. Hilton quickly ran down Kugel and was right on him on the final lap. Hilton dove low in turn three trying to get under Kugel, but spun himself out as Kugel took the checkered flag. Kugel's fourth RUSH-sanctioned victory of 2015 came in the Paper Services/Jones Racing Products-sponsored #6R.
"I heard Adam (Hilton) at the end, but didn't see him," revealed Kugel. "After I lost my brakes I was taking it easy getting into the corners so I could get the car to turn on the right rear and I could come off of it, but I was just holding on. Those guys from New York are tough. Greg (Martin) comes down here and is always fast, but wasn't here tonight. Adam thought he'd sneak down here and get a win, but that didn't happen. Adam and Greg are fast, but we're getting faster."
Jerry Schaffer crossed the finish line in second for his best Bicknell Tour finish and matched his overall best finish of 2015 as he finished runner-up on June 6 in a Bicknell Weekly Series race at Sharon. Jeff Schaffer trailed his brother Jerry in third in his first ever RUSH Sportsman Modified start. Seventh starting Larry Kugel was fourth and was able to maintain the Bicknell Tour point lead. Kyle Martell came from 10th to fifth for his best career Bicknell Tour finish and earned the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger certificate.
Chelsie Kriegisch was the final car on the lead lap in sixth and received a $25 gift certificate from CrateInsider.com. Hilton was credited with seventh. Will Schaffer came back from a late race accident to finish eighth and was awarded the Sherwood Racing Wheels "Man of Steel". Ritchey and Holden were ninth and 10th after their late race tangles.
Hilton and Jeff Schaffer won the heat races. Larry Kugel captured his first K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash and received a $100 K&N certificate. Holden was second and received a $50 K&N certificate. Kristyak and Martell were third and fourth and received an additional $25 cash.
A scary heat race accident took place that ended the night for Brandon Ritchey and Tiffany Williams. Martell was attempting to pass Williams down the backstretch when contact was made that sent Williams into the fence. After Williams' car bounced off the fence, Ritchey slammed hard into Williams flipping upside down in turn three. Both drivers were okay. Ritchey was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night".
The next Bicknell Tour event will be at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on Saturday, October 3 for the $800 to-win September 12 make-up feature. Any cars that did not compete on September 11 will have the ability to run the feature. New cars will draw pills and start in the order from low pill to high pill behind the locked in cars.
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sportsman Modifieds Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series Race #3 (20 laps, $600 to-win): 1. ROCKY KUGEL (6R) 2. Jerry Schaffer (14) 3. Jeff Schaffer (10S) 4. Larry Kugel (0) 5. Kyle Martell (8) 6. Chelsie Kriegisch (Schaffer 10) 7. Adam Hilton 8. Will Schaffer (4) 9. Nick Ritchey (77N) 10. Kole Holden (2) 11. Jeremy Weaver (35W) 12. Michael Kristyak (404) 13. Tiffany Williams (Smith 3G)-DNS 14. Brandon Ritchey (17)-DNS.
1. M. Desjardins 2059
2. Brad Rouse 1958
3. Louie Jackson Jr. 1770
4. Shane Pecore 1763
5. Jessica Powers 1761
6. Joey Ladouceur 1705
7. Corey Wheeler 1659
8. B. Ladouceur 1606
9. Mike Stacey 1513
10. Martin Pelletier 1440