SCHEDULE FOR 56TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF AUTO RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCED
BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 6, 2018 . . . An ambitious schedule of more than three dozen events has been announced for the 2018 auto racing season at Grandview Speedway.
The one-third-mile, banked clay track located in Bechtelsville, PA will be offering its 56th consecutive season of auto racing and there will be a variety of events.
The 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models will pretty much be the regular Saturday night attraction with Blast From the Past Vintage cars and Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series racers being added for special Saturday night programs.
Enduro and Vintage racers will kick off the season with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 24th at 1 p.m. Five of these doubleheaders are currently on the schedule.
The traditional practice day, open to all divisions of racing, is set for Saturday, March 31st with a 12 noon starting time. Fans are welcome to see what is new for 2018 and free grandstand seating is offered.
Sure to attract a huge amount of attention is the First Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker run in memory of the late track promoter. The race, a 50-lapper, will include big and small block Modifieds with $7500 for the winner.
The first of five Thunder on the Hill promotions will take place on Sunday, May 27 with the running of the 21st Annual Traffic Jam Big Block/Small Block Classic along with racing for Sportsman and Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) Sprints.
For the 48th year the Freedom 76 will be on the schedule offering a huge purse for the Modified Classic taking place on Saturday, September 15th. A September 22nd rain date is in place. And on July 7th the Late Models will be in the spotlight with the Firecracker 40. The Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial is presented on August 11th.
2018 GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
As of 1/6/2018
This schedule is subject to change without notice. For information on events, weather, etc. Call 610-754-7688 or check out the website at WWW.GRANDVIEWSPEEDWAY.COM. A NASCAR license is required for all those entering the pit area for Saturday night auto racing events.
All events start at 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted on the schedule.
Saturday, March 24 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars 1 PM
Sunday, March 25 Rain Date for March 24- - -12 Noon
Saturday, March 31 Free to the Public Open Practice-All Divisions--12 Noon
Saturday, April 7 1st Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker, 50 laps for Big and Small Block Modifieds $7,500 --7 PM
Saturday, April 14 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models 7 PM
Saturday, April 21 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars 7 PM
Saturday, April 28 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7 PM
Saturday, May 5 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Sunday, May 6 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Saturday, May 12 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, May 19 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Saturday, May 26 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Sunday, May 27 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--7:30 PM 21st Annual Traffic Jam Big Block/358 Modifieds*, Sportsman, MASS Sprints
Saturday, June 2 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Sunday, June 3 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Saturday, June 9 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Thursday, June 14 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 7:30 PM USAC Non-Wing Sprints Jesse Hockett Classic Plus 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, June 16 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, June 23 Modifieds, Sportsman 40 laps, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, June 30 Bechtelsville Car Wash Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 3 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--7:30 PM 410 Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series Plus 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, July 7 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Model Firecracker 40--7:30 PM
Saturday, July 14 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, July 21 Hatfield Quality Meats Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars – 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 28 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 4 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 11 Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial 50 laps, Sportsman, Late Models--7:30 PM
Saturday, August 18 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models (Forrest Rogers Rain Date)--7:30 PM
Thursday, August 23 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--7:30 PM All Star 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*
Saturday, August 25 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 1 Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 8 WNPV Radio Night - Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models- Champions Night--7:30 PM
Friday, Sept 14 Sportsman 38 laps, Mass Sprints & Modified Practice--7 PM
Saturday, Sept 15 48th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic--7 PM
Saturday, Sept 22 Freedom 76 Rain Date--7 PM
Saturday, Sept29 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Saturday, October 13 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series--6 PM
Mods at the MADHOUSE Halloween Party; Big Block/358 Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints
Saturday, October 20 Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars--12 Noon
Sunday, November 11 Flea Market--7 AM
Ryan Susice Celebrates Third Consecutive Title; Sets 2018 plans
RANSOMVILLE, NY... (December 13, 2017) When the Ransomville Speedway celebrated their 2017 season at the banquet last month, Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY was celebrating his third straight track championship in the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds.
"Winning the third straight title was awesome" stated Susice. "It's almost surreal to think about the other drivers that have won three straight and know that my name will be listed right with them". "We need a few more to put us close to what Pete (Bicknell) has" Susice added.
Susice never finished outside of the top six in capturing his third consecutive Ransomville Modified title in 2017, becoming only the fourth driver in Ransomville's 60 year history to pull off the Modified "three-peat." Ryan was also named the Friends of Auto Racing Club (FOAR SCORE) Driver of the Year on Dirt at their celebration this past weekend.
"I wish we could have visited victory lane a few more times at the Big R but it was a really good year otherwise. We had a string of top three finishes that really sealed the deal for us. It also helped to have luck on our side and not get into any wrecks or have any part failures. The only major problem we had was an ignition coil going bad on the final points night and luckily it made it all 50 laps."
Susice was also busy on the other side of the border on Saturday nights as he drove for the Slack family at Merrittville in the famed 3rs. "We were finally able to get to victory lane at Merrittville this year and that took a huge weight off my shoulders" Susice added. He was in the hunt for the points title at Merrittville and missed one night for his best friend's wedding. "I was happy with our season in the Slack 3rs. We won two races and had a bunch of other real strong runs . Hopefully we can build on that for next season and battle for a championship at Merrittville in the 3rs."
"The Ransomville Renegade" also competed in the Jerrid Morphy owned Young Drivers #18 Sprint Car. "Qualifying for my first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series A-Main at Ohsweken and eventually finishing 7th was probably the highlight of the entire season" Susice commented. "Just to be able to compete with those guys was a dream come true, let alone run in the top 10." Susice also earned a win with the Southern Ontario Sprints at Merrittville and had a fourth-place finish in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken. "I wish we could have got the original WoO show in at Ransomville in July. The track would have been a little more in my favor with a 360 motor against the 410's."
The plans for 2018 are looking to be very similar for Susice. Just like in 2017, Ryan will race the family-owned #38 on Friday nights at Ransomville, Saturday in the Slack Racing #3rs at Merrittville and anytime with an open date to race the sprint car for Jerrid Morphy.
At the moment, it looks like Ryan might kick off the 2018 campaign in Florida in February at East Bay Raceway with the Young Drivers #18 sprint car.
Ryan would also like to thank all his fans for their support as well as his family and crew. "I cannot thank my parents, wife Rebecca, Crew Chief Ricky plus Scott, Chris, John and Mike for all their help and time in the garage every night".
Champions Crowned At Woodhull Raceway Awards Banquet
For Immediate Release – December 3rd, 2017
(WOODHULL, NY) – With over two hundred guests in attendance at the Watson Homestead Retreat & Conference Center in Painted Post, NY, Woodhull Raceway crowned the track champions of all of their divisions.
There were awards for the top point finishers in each division, along with point fund earnings as well as other bonuses earned from Woodhull's great partners at Lias Tire/American Racer as well as Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels.
Billy Van Pelt was crowned for the nineteenth time in his career as a Modified track champion. This was Van Pelt's fourth championship in a row and first championship since re-uniting with the team owned by Kevin and Karen Chilson. Van Pelt drove for Chilson prior to taking a ride with Grant Hilfiger from 2014-2016.
Russell Morseman was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for Modifieds. Morseman scored one victory, his first in a Modified at Woodhull, and was painfully close to have two on the year. Rookie of the Year honors went to Jeffery Daugherty, who scored three wins in only half a season of competition in the division.
The Dust to Glory Award was presented by Tony Van Pelt to Modified driver Brian Doolittle, who had a very respectable season with several top five finishes. Doolittle races under the tutelage of his father Larry who has great history at Woodhull and many other area tracks. Their team makes the most of what they have and are a great story of family in motorsports.
Dale Welty was crowned as the Crate Sportsman division champion, on the heels of a thrilling battle that came down to a single point over Stevie Hartman III. Welty also earned the Sportsmanship Award for the division. Kirk Reynolds traded in his track spatula and tongs for a steering wheel and a helmet, winning Rookie of the Year honors after just missing the top ten in points.
VONDOHREN CAPTURES FRIDAY NIGHT BRIDGEPORT WIN
After a pair of second place finishes, Craig VonDohren made a strong statement as he raced to the win in the 358 Small Block Modified feature event at the Bridgeport Speedway on the first night of the Wildcard Racing weekend. Tom Wills, Jr. raced to his sixth win of the season in Pennco Tech Outlaw Stock competition.
Polesitter, Brett Kressley led the first fifteen laps of the feature event, looking for his second Bridgeport Small Block Modified victory of the season. Kressley had early pressure from both 2017 Track Champion, Ryan Watt and Jeff Strunk. Kressley led Watt and Strunk through lap five as VonDohren and Frank Cozze battled for fifth.
The leaders were in lapped traffic by lap eight but a caution was needed for Chris Grbac one lap later. Kressley gained a clear track on the restart but had Watt, Strunk, VonDohren and Cozze on his tail for the green flag. VonDohren raced into third as Watt challenged for the lead.
Watt and VonDohren raced side by side on lap eleven with VonDohren taking the spot off of turn two. VonDohren looked to the inside of Kressley on several occasions but it was a move to the outside that paid dividends as VonDohren put Dick Biever's No. 14s out in front on lap sixteen.
Dominick Buffalino had just raced his way up to third before the lead change and it wasn't long before he had dropped Kressley to third while Watt and Strunk battled for position.
VonDohren raced away from the field but Buffalino was able to close some of the gap as they raced through lapped traffic in the closing laps. VonDohren raced to the win - his first at Bridgeport since he doubled during the 2008 Atlantic Coast weekend. Buffalino finished second followed by Kressley, Watt and Strunk. Cozze, Billy Pauch, Jr., Duane Howard, Brandon Grosso and Dylan Steuer rounded out the top ten.
"The bottom really felt good," VonDohren explained after the win. "Kressley kept moving down, which is what you do. That left the top open and I had to go for it. I didn't know what it was going to do but I went to the outside and it stuck."
Polesitter, Rich Stinson, Jr. took the wheel of his dad's Outlaw Stock and led the first five laps of the Colonial Pipeline Dig Safely 2017 Poker Series Hand # 5. Stinson outgunned seven time winner, Jeramy Doerr who was driving the Andrew Joslin No. 6 in this race. Rich Brosshard took over second and chased Stinson as Tom Wills, Jr. raced through the top five.
Wills raced into the lead on lap six as Stinson, Doerr, Broschard and TJ Henry all battled for position. Both Doerr and Henry exited with mechanical problems by halfway as Wills raced ahead for the win and his third Ace in Poker Series competition.
Willis captured the fifteen lap main event in record time, setting a new fifteen lap record for the Outlaw Stocks with a time of 6:24.513. Wills took the win over Stinson, Broschard, Jeff Dirkes and 2017 8 Cylinder Enduro Champion, Lee Allen who was making his first Outlaw Stock start.
Dominick Buffalino set the fastest time of the night in Spirit Auto Center Big Block first timed hot lap session with a time of 19.526. Rick Laubach was the fastest car in the second round with a time of 19.936. Both drivers earned starting positions in Saturday night's Gone But Not Forgotten season finale. Roger Manning set a new one lap record during timed hot laps for the Sportsman with a time of 21.002, earning him a starting spot in Saturday night action.
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 laps): 1. Craig VonDohren, 2. Dominick Buffalino, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Frank Cozze, 7. Billy Pauch, Jr., 8. Duane Howard, 9. Brandon Grosso, 10. Dillon Steuer, 11. Ryan Krachun, 12. Ron Roberts, 13. Kevin Vacavicek, 14. Jack Swain, 15. Ryan Lilick, 16. Tom Sherby, 17. Scott Hulmes, 18. Jordan Cox, 19. Bob Sarkisian, 20. Jimmy Horton, 21. Dakota Kessler, 22. Chris Grbac.
Ransomville Speedway Crowns Champions at Awards Banquet
RANSOMVILLE, NY... (November 11, 2017) The Ransomville Speedway closed out the 2017 season with the annual Awards Banquet at the Lewiston #2 Fire Hall. Track announcer Rick Mooney served as the Master of Ceremonies.
For the third consecutive season, "The Ransomville Renegade" Ryan Susice from Ransomville, NY was once again sitting at the head table for winning the Krown Undercoating 358 Modified track championship. Erick Rudolph, Pete Bicknell, Jeff McGinnis and Scott Kerwin rounded out the top five in points. Rudolph visited victory lane three times in 2017, with Bicknell and Jesse Cotriss with two wins each. Alan Wills, Tommy Flannigan, Jeff McGinnis and Susice all visited victory lane on one occasion.
For the second straight season, Tonawanda, NY's Matt Farnham once again took home the championship trophy for the Investors Service Sportsman. James Henry finished 43 points behind Farnham for the title. Derek Wagner, Greg Martin, and Brett Senek completed the top five in points. Farnham, Wagner, Martin, Senek, Chris Burek, Kevin Wills, Dave DiPietro, Derrick Borkenhagen, Jim Harbison, Jonathan Reid and Justin McKay all visited KiPo Chevrolet victory lane.
Second-generation driver Jake Stefanski from North Tonawanda, NY won his first career KiPo Chevrolet Street Stock Championship. Jake edged out his Uncle Pete Stefanski by a slim eight points to win the title. Brandon Sherwood, Ken Camidge, and divisional rookie Mike Kramarz rounded out the top five in points. Jake Stefanski, Pete Stefanski, Brandon Sherwood, Ken Camidge, Jaren Israel, Billy Bleich Jr and Ryan Hoolihan visited victory lane.
For the third time in the last four seasons, Niagara Falls, NY driver Chris Leone was crowned the 2017 Gippsters Collision 4 Banger Champion. Cole Susice, Chad Desso, Ashley Harbison-Blech and Brendan O'Keefe finished second through fifth in points respectively. Leone, Susice, Desso, Blech, Matt Hornquist, Ryan Plante and Anthony Guthrie visited victory lane.
Second-generation driver Cameron Tuttle from Wilson, NY claimed the Stevenson's Hardware Novice Sportsman title. Tuttle edged out Kyle Wendt by six points to clinch the title. Robbie Johnston, Bubby Pawlak, and David Fingerlow completed the top five in points. Tuttle, Wendt, Johnston, Pawlak, and Fingerlow all went to victory lane.
The Most Popular Drivers for 2017 as voted by the fans in the souvenir program were Ryan Susice, Dave DiPietro, Pat Dell and Ken Camidge, Ashley Harbison-Blech and Cameron Tuttle. The Best Appearing Car Award went to Erick Rudolph, Chris Burek, Chris Dziomba, Cole Susice and Bubby Pawlak in the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman respectively.
The Rookie of the Year Award went to Jesse Cotriss in the 358 Modifieds. After a successful rookie season, Derek Wagner was the Rookie of the Year in the Sportsman. "That Guy" Mike Kramarz and Brandon Potter were named Rookies of the Year in the Street Stocks and 4 Bangers respectively. The Hard luck award went to John Smith, Brett Martin, Brian Monahan, and Howard Guthrie. The Most Improved Driver Award went to Allan Wills, Brett Senek, Chris Dziomba and Chad Desso.
The Trevor Wilkens Hard Charger Award went to Sportsman Driver Matt Farnham. The Pat Spina Mechanic of the Year award went to Charlie Farnham, father of Sportsman champion Matt Farnham. The Owner of the Year went to John Susice. The Performance Award went to Jake Stefanski. Chris Leone was the recipient of the Ray MacIver Sportsmanship Award. Ransomville Modified Champion Ryan Susice was named Driver of the Year.
In Special events at Ransomville, Tim Schaffer won the return visit by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. "Super Matt" Matt Sheppard was victorious in the Summer Nationals for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. Steve Collins and Chuck Hebing won the visits by the Patriot Sprint Tour.
More than 300 truckloads of new clay will be added to the racing surface last week and will be worked in and ready to go for the 2018 Test, Tune and Time. Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin addressed the crowd on hand discussing the plans for the 2018 season at the Big R. The Modifieds and Sportsman will once again be under the DIRTcar Northeast banner. Rules meetings for the 4 Bangers and Street Stocks will be announced in the near future to discuss any possible rule changes. Stay tuned to the website and the track's social media pages for dates and times.
GROSSO GAINS HIS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED FEATURE VICTORY AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY'S ALL STAR CUP SHOOTOUT
New Egypt, NJ (October 22, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway's All Star Cup Shootout Brandon Grosso gained his first Modified feature victory. Kyle Lilick topped the field in the main event for the Sportsman. The Crate Modified feature was won by Matt Stangle while Ryan Godown scored the checkered flag in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car contest.
When the 60-lap Modified feature got underway, Dominick Buffalino grabbed the lead with Jimmy Horton and Brandon Grosso next in line. On lap three, Grosso moved past Horton to take over second with Duane Howard advancing into fourth. The top four of Buffalino, Grosso, Horton and Howard were intact when the first appearance of the yellow flag took place for John Pakenham on the eighth tour. When action resumed, Grosso zipped by Buffalino to take the top running position with Howard motoring into third. After two more caution periods, Grosso was still in command on lap thirteen with Howard, Buffalino, Horton, and Mike Gular in tow. Setting a torrid pace, Grosso began to enter lap traffic on the nineteenth circuit. On lap twenty-six as the top runners were slicing their way by slower competitors, the third place running Buffalino spun to bring out the yellow flag.
On the ensuing restart, Grosso fended off Howard to maintain his edge with Horton, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Gular in his tracks. At the halfway point, a fuel stop took place and Grosso was still on top with Howard, Horton, Pauch, Jr. and Gular rounding out the top five. Following the brief break, Grosso outgunned Howard again to keep his lead with Pauch, Jr. taking over third. With twenty laps remaining, Grosso was beginning to encounter lap traffic as Howard was trying to hold off Pauch, Jr. for second place. With ten to go, Grosso was knifing his way through competitors as Howard and Pauch, Jr. were in a battle for second while Horton was trying to hold off Brett Kressley for fourth. On lap fifty-four, the yellow lights illuminated for the final time for JR Fulper. As the green flag waved, Grosso repelled another challenge by Howard to hold onto his lead. Over the final tours, Grosso continued to pull away from the field and led them to the finish line for his first career Modified win. Howard edged Pauch, Jr. by less than a car length to come home in second. A late run by David VanHorn earned him fourth place and fifth was taken by Horton. Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk and Mike Gular scored wins in the Modified heat races.
The 25-lap Hammer Sportsman feature went down to the wire as a last circuit pass gave Kyle Lilick the victory. Polesitter Jeff Bubori took control of the race at the start and he drove to a straightaway advantage with ten revolutions recorded. Kyle Lilick, who started the event in thirteenth, climbed into second place just before the halfway mark. With five to go, Bubori's lead had been cut in half as Lilick was quickly tracking him down. As the white flag waved, Lilick was nearing the bumper of Bubori. Coming out of turn four on the last circuit, Lilick used the inside land to slip past Bubori to claim his first New Egypt Speedway checkered flag. With Bubori in second, Pat Wall was third. Brian Papiez finished in fourth and fifth went to Jim Housworth. The Sportsman qualifying events were taken by Pat Wall and Art Liedl.
After grabbing the lead from Frank Dorry, Jr. on the sixth circuit, Matt Stangle headed the field to the finish line to take the 25-lap feature for the Crate Modifieds. Dorry, Jr. followed Stangle to claim second place. Ryan Simmons completed the race in third. Kyle Kania was fourth and Jeremy Martino was fifth. Matt Stangle and Alonzo Morales were the Crate Modified heat race victors.
Ryan Godown took the lead on the fifth tour and paced the field for the remaining distance to collect his eleventh win of the year in the 20-lap feature for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. Lee Nardelli was the runner-up. Third place was taken by Eric Jennings. Bobby Tersillo and Brody Adamsky completed the top five. Rich Mellor won the qualifying contest for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.
Modifieds- 60 LAPS FEATURE
1. BRANDON GROSSO 2. Duane Howard 3. Billy Pauch, Jr. 4. David VanHorn 5. Jimmy Horton 6. Dominick Buffalino 7. Brett Kressley 8. Mike Gular 9. Jeff Strunk 10. Rich Rutski 11. PJ Oliver 12. Chad Barney 13. Kevin Vaclavicek 14. Rusty Smith 15. Jim Bobbitt 16. JR Fulper 17. Danny Bouc 18. Eric Engstrom 19. Ryan Krachun 20. John McClelland 21. John Pakenham 22. Tad Cox 23. Cory Holsten.
DNS: Ryan Godown, Mark Kratz
Sportsman - 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. KYLE LILICK 2. Jeff Bubori 3. Pat Wall 4. Brian Papiez 5. Jim Housworth 6. Ryan Lilick 7. Art Liedl 8. Roger Manning 9. Will Dupree 10. Dakota Kessler 11. Jimmy Amato 12. Mickey Kessler 13. Cale Ross 14. Bob Rambone 15. Shaun Ratchford 16. Marty Resnick
25 LAPS FEATURE 1. MATT STANGLE 2. Frank Dorry, Jr. 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Kyle Kania 5. Jeremy Martino 6. Kevin Graver, Jr. 7. Adam Cox 8. Tom Princiotta 9. Joey Toth 10.
JD Cranstoun 11. Steve Searock 12. Alonzo Morales 13. Joseph Brown 14. Rick Wegner, Sr. 15. Rob Mancini 16. Roger Gaskill 17. Jim Housworth 18. Matt Miller 19. Walt McIntyre
Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Lee Nardelli 3. Eric Jennings 4. Bobby Tersillo 5. Brody Adamsky 6. Larry Drake 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Art Liedl 9. Rich Mellor 10. Duane Nixon
Eastern States 100 Small Block Feature Finish: 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Brett Hearn, 3. Tommy Meier, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Gary Edwards Jr., 6. Craig Mkitchell, 7. J.R. Heffnerf, 8. Jesse Leiby, 9. Allison Ricci, 10. Matt Janiak, 11. Brian Krummel, 12. Michael Maresca, 13. Dillon Steuer, 14. Chris Stevens, 15. Anthony Perrego, 16. Patrick Reiser, 17. Yanick Mathieu, 18. Ken Tremont Jr., 19. Scott Flammer, 20. Andy Bachetti, 21. Danny Creeden, 22. Brendan Finley, 23. Joe Conklin, 24. Tyler Boniface, 25. Frank Venezia, 26. Brad Horton, 27. Tyler Dippel, 28. C.G. Morey, 29. Chris Shultz, 30. Mike Mahaney, 31. Zack Vavricka, 32. Danny Cronk, 33. Sean Mandel, 34. Tom Hindley, 35. Jerry Higbie, 36. Frank Cozze.
RYAN WATT SCORES DELAWARE DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN SMALL BLOCKS
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Ryan Watt of Boyertown, N.J. has taken a real liking to the Delaware International Speedway in 2017. On Friday night he topped a strong field of Small Block Modifieds to post his first win in the Fall Championship event. When added to his two previous wins this season his $5110 victory took his race winning to over $13,000 this year!
Three cautions before the first lap of the 50 lap race was in the books got the race off to a rocky start. The first was brought out when Jamie Mills got around in turn three. Neal Williams, Kevin Sockriter and Scott Hulmes tangled on the next attempt and perennial favorite, Craig VonDohren slowed on the back straight with a flat tire to bring out the third before one lap was in the books.
When the first lap did get in it was Richland, Pa.'s Jared Umbenhauer, who was making his first start at DIS, in the lead. Ryan Watt bolted from his fifth starting spot into second and immediately began applying the pressure to the leader.
Watt proved to be too much for Umbenhauer taking the lead on lap six. Behind the lead duo a good battle was being waged by H.J. Bunting in third and Richie Pratt, Jr. in fourth, both of which are former Fall Championship winners in the Small Blocks.
Pratt got by Bunting on lap ten and Jordan Watson followed into third. Watt was showing a lot of confidence in his mount as he threaded the needle going three wide in lapped traffic.
VonDorhen was making his way back towards the front but there was some confusion as to whether or not he had gotten a lap down when he pitted with the flat. A post race evaluation found that he had indeed missed the first lap but his charge towards the front would prove to be profitable at the end.
A yellow on lap sixteen would tighten the field and lead to a long stretch of green that lasted until three laps to go. By that point, VonDohren had worked his way up to the leader but sparks started showering from his front brakes indicating a problem.
Watt remained smooth and quick and seemed intent on lapping the field. He may have come close to achieving that had Chuck Sayres not gotten around to bring out the final yellow with three to go. Watt had no problem handling the final circuits as he outdistanced Umbenhauer to the checkered.
"Man was that thing fast," said a smiling Watt in Victory Lane. "Right from the beginning I knew we had a good car but every start there in the beginning kept getting called back. When Neal (Williams) went around in front of me – I don't know how I missed that deal."
Umbenhauer made his first Delaware start a good one finishing in second with Watson third. Mills and Pratt, Jr. got together in the final turn with Pratt getting around and Mills finishing fourth. VonDohren's charge back through the field placed him as the first car that was one lap down, finishing fifth.
50-Lap Small Block Finish: 1. Ryan Watt; 2. Jared Umbenhauer; 3. Jordan Watson; 4. Jamie Mills; 5. Craig VonDohren; 6. H.J. Bunting; 7. Jeff Brown; 8. Brad Trice; 9. Scott VanGorder; 10. Trent Willey; 11. Chuck Sayres; 12. Matthew Peck; 13. Richie Pratt, Jr.; 14. Neal Williams; 15. Duane Rust; 16. Ryan Mortimer; 17. Jack Swain; 18. Kevin Sockriter; 19. Pete Serra; 20. Scott Hitchens