THE SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES FOR OPEN SPORTSMAN ADDS EXCITEMENT TO THIS SUNDAY’S SHOW AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
VERNON, NY- This Sunday, July 17, Wilber-Duck Chevrolet and Joe’s Jerky present another night of fast paced family entertainment which features the inaugural visit of Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series for the Open Sportsman plus a weekly show of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing with the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, and the G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks.
The first ever visit for the Short Track Super Series for the Open Sportsman, plus the added purse, should bring a host of invading teams as they look to chase the $1,000 to win payday. The back of the field will see an increase this Sunday as well as the event will pay a minimum of $125 to qualified drivers. Currently, Shane Jablonka is the series point leader over Brian White, Kevin Jordan, Charlie Hendrickson, Chris Jordan, Jimmy Wells, Bobby Trapper Jr., Greg McCloskey, Alyssa Cody, and Utica-Rome regular Tom Tophoven. For an invader to take home the top prize, they will have to deal with the tough field of Utica-Rome Speedway Broedel Energy Open Sportsman regulars such as Steve Way, Claude Hutchings Jr., Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Jeremy Vunk, Mark Effner, Craig Pope, Lucas Heintz, Heath Carney, and Tophoven. For more information on the Short Track Super Series, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
The Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds will also be in action with Matt Sheppard showing the way in the standings over a talented field of drivers. After his win this past Sunday, Larry Wight has narrowed the gap on Sheppard to just six points while teammate Pat Ward sitting in the third spot. Danny Varin and Mike Mahaney make up the remainder of the top five while Marc Johnson, Vic Coffey, Rob Bellinger, Alan Johnson, and Tim Fuller round out the top 10. Sheppard finds himself back on top in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series New York State standings while Wight and Varin are third and fourth. Other UR regulars in the top 20 include Ward in eighth, Marc Johnson in 10th, Coffey in 14th, Bellinger in 16th, and Alan Johnson in 18th. Sheppard has netted four wins so far this season while Wight has two, and Ward, Varin, and Bellinger have one victory each.
With his win this past Sunday, Rocky Warner not only collected his division leading fourth win in the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, but he cut into point leader Matt Janczuk’s lead. Warner now sits just six points behind Janczuk with Glenn Forward, Kyle Kiehn, Rocco Leone, Chris Mackey, JaMike Sowle, Brent Joy, Beth Bellinger, and David Schilling filling out the top 10. Janczuk, Jason Rood, Todd Root, and Brad Rouse have also found Victory Lane this season at the Vernon oval.
Pete Stefanski is the current point leader in the G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks over last Sunday’s winner Mike Welch. With the win, Welch closed the gap on the leader to just 12 points with third place point man Luke Horning another 16 points behind Welch. Rounding out the top five is Jim Normoyle and Chris Carr ahead of Bill Knapp, Gus Hollner, Frank Hyatt, and Jerry Streeter. Stefanski also leads in the win category with three wins while Welch and Horning have two wins and Jim Normoyle has one win.
Gates open for this week’s exciting show at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. Kids 16 and under are FREE this Sunday while adult admission is $16.
JOEY MASTRIOANNI WINS FIRST CAREER HUMBERSTONE SPORTSMAN TRIUMPH
- Rob Pietz Scores Second RUSH Late Model Victory of 2016 -
PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO (July 3, 2016) Welland, Ontario’s Joey Mastrioanni was victorious in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature on Tidyman Maintenance and Port Colborne Laundry night at Humberstone Speedway this past Sunday night. For Mastrioanni, it was his first career Sportsman triumph at Humberstone. Rob Pietz from Gasline, Ontario won his second Pinty’s RUSH Late Model feature of the season. Rob Murray from St. Catharines, Ontario won his third JC Auto Street Stock feature of the season. Danny Wurster from Niagara Falls, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Truck feature event. Jay Moulton from St. Catharines, Ontario was victorious in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks. Mark Shadwell from Hamilton won the Vintage Car feature. Rob Goulding was victorious in the Eve of Destruction Enduro qualifier and is now qualified for the Eve of Destruction, set for September 25th.
Dylan Davidson and Joey Mastrioanni led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event and Mastrioanni used the outside to get around Davidson to take the lead at the end of the opening circuit. The first caution would appear at the end of lap one as Rob Knapp and Jay Mallory came together in turn two; with both being able to continue on racing. Mastrioanni would lead off the restart as Davidson would hold off the challenges of Tyler Puchalski and Justin Sharp for much of the feature distance. After a Sean Dominey spin in turn three to bring out the caution on lap 14, Justin Sharp would pass Davidson to take over second. Cody McPherson had a solid race as he would move into third place with eight laps remaining. Mastrioanni would go on to score the win, his first career DIRT Sportsman triumph. Sharp would settle for second, followed by McPherson, Davidson and Chad Chevalier.
Rob Pietz took the lead away from outside pole sitter Ken Winfield entering turn two to begin the feature event for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models. Jeff Dayman passed Sam Pennacchio for second on lap four; however Pennacchio would regain the position just two laps later. Pennacchio would challenge Pietz for several circuits. Tim Gillespie moved into second on lap fifteen. Pietz would not give up the lead as he would lead from flag-to-flag to score the win, his second of the season. Gillespie would finish in second and was followed to the line by Sam Pennacchio, Jeff Dayman and Dennis Lunger Jr would round out the top five.
RACE REPORT: 7-3-16 Tidyman Maintenance and Port Colborne Laundry Night
Sportsman: JOEY MASTRIOANNI, Justin Sharp, Cody McPherson, Dylan Davidson, Chad Chevalier, Jay Mallory, Jeff Armstrong, Darrell Farraway, Rob Knapp, Tyler Puchalski, Matt Sharpe, Brian Page, John Babion, Sean Dominey
RUSH Late Models: ROB PIETZ, Tim Gillespie, Sam Pennacchio, Jeff Dayman, Dennis Lunger Jr, Mike Greene, Ken Winfield, Travis Martineau, Wyatt VanWart
NAPA Sportsman Shootout Series action and huge fireworks display for $20 per car load
Weedsport Speedway will celebrate the 4th of July in style this Monday, with a full card of racing activity headlined by the Sportsman Classic 75, presented by Industrial Tire of CNY. The third edition of the crown-jewel Sportsman event will draw a large and strong field of competitors for a chance to stand on top of Victory Hill in one of the biggest races of the year for the division.
The Sportsman competitors will have a chance to score a solid payday before even taking to the track for the $2,500-to-win, 75 lap feature event. The holdover 40 lap "Last Call At The Port" feature event from October, 2015 will also take place on Monday. Once the remaining consolation event and feature are completed, the slate will be wiped clean and a whole new set of heats, consolations, and a $500-to-win B-Main will set the field for the Sportsman Classic 75. The Around Town Plumbing and Heating will present the B-Main with a significant pay out to the top 3 finishers - $500 to win, $300 for second, and $200 for third. As always, the winner of the 12 lap B-Main will have the option to trade his pay for a starting spot in the 75 lap main event.
Rocky Warner claimed the checkered flag after the most recent Sportsman event at the track on June 21st, and he feels he can ride his recent momentum at The Port to one, maybe even two wins on Monday. "Weedsport is a fun but tough little track. We start 13th in the first feature so it will be tough, but if the track slicks off like our most recent visit, I think we have a shot," stated Warner. "There is a ton of competition up there as well, which makes the wins all that more special."
However, for Warner to take the win on the 4th of July, he will have to hold off a star-studded field of Sportsman drivers, featuring names such as Dave Marcuccilli, the defending Sportsman Classic Champion, and Ricky Newton, who picked up the first of two Sportsman events held at the track in 2016, along with many more of the region's top competitors. Along with the Sportsman, the NY6A 600cc Micro Sprints will also be on the card Monday.
The nights action will also include a huge fireworks display and LED light show to celebrate our nations independence. With great racing, great food and entertainment, and all for only twenty dollars a car load, this event is the perfect way for the whole family to cap of the holiday weekend.
Pit gates swing open on Monday, July 4th at 3:00 pm, with grandstand gates opening at 4:00 pm, and racing action beginning at 5:30 pm. General admission is $20 per car, or $15 for adults (18+), $5 for students (ages 11-17), with children 10 and under free. Pit admission is $25.
Short Track Super Series Open Sportsman Venture To I-88 Speedway Tuesday, June 21; $25 Per Car-Load Grandstand General Admission Granted By Jamie & Denise Page!
AFTON, NY – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Open Sportsman take the headlines next Tuesday, June 21.
The series visits Jamie and Denise Page’s pristine Afton Fairgrounds three-tenths-mile oval for a 30-lap main offering a minimum of $1,000 to the winner and $100 to take the green. STSS Open Sportsman top a tripleheader Tuesday program that will also include the GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman and Fight Night Street Stocks.
The STSS Open Sportsman got underway at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on Tuesday, May 17 with Montgomery, N.J., youngster Brandon Grosso taking the checkered ahead of Chuck Fayash, Brian White, Mike Lisowski and Shane Jablonka. A field of 32 STSS Open Sportsman signed in.
Memorial Day Weekend, May 29, brought the series to Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. However, rain after qualifying postponed the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ feature to Sunday, Sept. 4 in a doubleheader with the second scheduled STSS Open Sportsman visit to the Mountain. A field of 31 cars registered at Thunder Mountain.
Attention now turns to I-88 on June 21. With a base $1,000 to win posted, I-88 management is also offering a “Gambler’s” program – any driver posting a $20 “Gambler’s Fee” prior to qualifying will receive an increased $1,500 should they win the feature.
2016 Short Track Super Series Open Sportsman Schedule
Tuesday, May 10 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault – WINNER: Brandon Grosso
Sunday, May 29 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Lightning on the Mountain – FEATURE POSTPONED TO SEPT. 4
Tuesday, June 21 (Rain Date: June 22) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY
Tuesday, July 5 (Rain Date: July 6) – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY – Battle of the Bullring 4
Sunday, July 17 (Rain Date: TBA) – Utica-Rome Speedway/Vernon, NY
Sunday, September 4 (Rain Date: September 5) – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY – Sportsman Sunday
Friday, October 7 (Rain Date: October 9) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY – Short Track SuperNationals 9 – Championship Points
Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Open Sportsman Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $1,250 (plus drum of VP Racing Fuel); 2. $750; 3. $500; 4. $350; 5. $250; 6. $225; 7. $200; 8. $175; 9. $150; 10. $125.
*Should a Thunder Mountain Speedway regular win the championship, speedway promoter Karl Spoonhower will pay a $1,000 cash bonus
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