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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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