IT IS PAST MIDSEASON, VONDOHREN AND HOWARD ARE STILL WINLESS; $10,000 PAYDAY COMING FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS ON AUGUST 5 AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 20, 2017 . . . Nine time track Modified champion Craig VonDohren and multi-time champion Duane Howard are still without a feature win and it is past midseason at Grandview Speedway. If someone had forecast that at the beginning of the season very few would have taken them serious.
When racing continues this Saturday VonDohren and Howard will be looking to change their luck. Perhaps one of them will. But then again it could be point leader Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, Rudy Gular, Brett Kressley or one of the other top talents seen in action each Saturday night on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
All of the Modified racers will be using this Saturday and the following Saturday as tune-ups for the $10,000 to win Forrest Rogers Memorial, a 50-lapper, set for Saturday, August 5th. This is one of the most prestigious and most sought after wins in the sport. The race is run annually in memory of the late founder of speedway.
On Saturday the spectator gates will be open 5:30 p.m. and racing will start at 7:30 p.m.
‘King Donnie’ Lawson Crowned Fifth Different Winner In Five ‘Jake Davis Memorial King of the Ring’ Events
For Immediate Release – July 17th, 2017
(WOODHULL, NY) – Donnie Lawson has won heat races, feature races and a championship in the Modified division at Woodhull Raceway. But even with a racer sharing the success he has- even Donnie Lawson still had one race that had eluded him since it had been held in 2013. The Jake Davis Memorial King of the Ring.
In a bit of bittersweet irony, Lawson who is a teacher at the Jasper-Troupsburg Schools, taught Davis in sixth grade and had vivid memories of the up and coming racer on and off the track. After Lawson beat out Art Goodier for the 5th Annual Jake Davis Memorial, Lawson reflected on the memory of the young man the event is named after.
“Jake was a great kid and it’s sad that he can’t be here with us to celebrate this great event,” said Lawson.
“I taught Jake in school and he was just a great young man. I want to thank the Davis and Peoples family, Dgien Trucking, Ted and Brandi White and everyone involved in putting on this race.”
The King of the Ring involves a two-lap, head-to-head match race, single elimination with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser exiting the speedway to the pit area. Once the race had funneled down to the final two cars, the fans were guaranteed to see a new winner of the event and the fifth different winner in five King of the Ring races.
The battle in the championship round was a battle of the Teo’s, fitting of Davis’ memory. Lawson, and the car he has won the last two Modified races in, took the initial lead from Goodier but Goodier pulled off a crossover/slide job into turn three that saw the fans jump up out of their seats to fist-pump the show being put on by Lawson and Goodier.
But just as Goodier had a crossover for Lawson, Lawson had one to come back at Goodier to take the lead for the final lap. Lawson would hold off Goodier to take the win and the $1,000 top prize, while Goodier finished second and picked up a cool $550 for his efforts.
“He slid up a little, so I turned down and gave him a good run down the back,” said Goodier post-race.
“I hope the fans enjoyed that, thank you for those that put the show on and thanks to my car owner and crew for giving me the opportunity.”
358 MODIFIEDS AS OF JULY 15, 2017
1. Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126 2998*
2. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 2963
3. Mike Gular, Harleysville, PA #2 2768*
4. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #357H 2705
5. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M 2678*
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 2653*
7. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 2337*
8. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 2276
9. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 2225
10. Brian Krummel, Middletown, NY #17Z 2031*
11. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 1899
12. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4 1670*
13. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #M7 1641
14. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 1405*
15. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #81 1331
16. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #61 1311
17. Addison Meitzler, Kutztown, PA #21 1242
18. Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31 1234
19. Ryan Watt, Boyertown, PA #14W 1126
20. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ, #704 1090
21. Chris Gambler, Whitehall, PA#77 1077
22. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #198/19K 1070*
23. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA #323 976
24. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 810*
25. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA #22 802
26. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #57 779
27. Clay Butler, Milford, NJ #4B 745
28. Dan Waisenpacher, Riegelsville, PA #01 720
29. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #49 702
30. Bobby Gunther Walsh, #1 639
SPORTSMAN AS OF JULY 15, 2017
1. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 2203*
2. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #23 2006*
3. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 1947**
4. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #58 1840
5. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 1829
6. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1819**
7. Jim Housworth, Riegelsville, PA #72 1759
8. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10 170
9. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1634*
10. Brad Arnold, Sinking Springs, PA #830 1594
11. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 1583*
12. Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #38/54 1410**
13. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, PA #5 1285
14. Kurt Bettler, Hellertown, PA #54/38 1277
15. Mike Mammana, Allentown, PA #44E/31 1200
16. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14 1194
17. Ryan Higgs, Nazareth, PA #16 1191*
18. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1155
19. Nathan Mohr, E. Greenville, PA #17M 1019
20. Paul Houseknecht, East Greenville #25 919
GODOWN RECORDS WINS IN THE EXCITING 358 MODIFIED FEATURE AND NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CAR MAIN EVENT AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ (July 16, 2017) - When the 30-lap 358 Modified feature got underway, Kevin Vaclavicek was the leader with Rich Rutski, Rocco Infante, Steve Davis and John Pakenham next
in line. With five tours in the books and the caution flag waving for a slowing PJ Oliver, the leader board showed Vaclavicek still on top with Rutski in second and Ryan Krachun in third. When racing resumed, Vaclavicek held on to first place with Krachun motoring into second. Krachun quickly moved closer to Vaclavicek and gained the lead on the ninth circuit. Behind the top two of Krachun and Vaclavicek, twelfth place starting Ryan Godown was continuing his march towards the top and reached third on lap eleven. On the twelfth circuit, the yellow lights illuminated for a slowing DJ Ruppert.
Krachun maintained his advantage on the restart with Vaclavicek and Godown in his tracks. Godown surged to the runner-up position with fourteen tours completed. At the halfway point, the cars of Bryan Kuhl and Lou Cicconi locked bumpers and the caution flag was displayed. On the ensuing restart, Krachun and Godown engaged in a spirited side-by-side duel for the lead with Godown ascending to the front of the field. After two more caution periods and nine laps remaining in the contest, Godown was still on top with Krachun in second, nineteenth starting Danny Bouc in third and David Van Horn riding
On lap twenty-five, Krachun was in close proximity of Godown when the yellow lights illuminated for the final time for John McClelland. As the green flag waved, Godown maintained his advantage with Krachun feeling the pressure from Bouc for second place. With three laps to go, Bouc blasted by Krachun to take over the runner-up spot. Quickly, Bouc began to chase down Godown and was in striking distance as the white flag waved. On the final circuit, Bouc blasted down the backstretch and dove to the inside of Godown in the third corner to take the lead. Bouc's momentum took him to the high side in turn 4 and Godown shifted to the lower lane of the final corner.
Exiting the fourth turn, Godown drifted back to the upper groove as he regained the lead. As the top two sped to the finish line, Godown held off Bouc to become the sixth different winner over the past six 358 Modified features at New Egypt Speedway. After finishing second last week, Krachun came home in third. Van Horn was fourth and Vaclavicek's strong run earned him fifth place. Rich Rutski, Ryan Krachun and DJ Ruppert were victors in the 358 Modified heat races.
In the 20-lap Hammer Sportsman feature, Cale Ross, the 2016 New Egypt Speedway Rookie Champion, scored his first career win. Jimmy Amato led the opening three tours before Ross took command for the rest of the event. Will Dupree finished in second. Billy Osmun, III, the current point leader, completed the race in third after starting the race in twelfth. Pat Wall was fourth and fifth was captured by JR Fulper. Qualifying races for the Hammer Sportsman went to Cale Ross and Will Dupree.
358 MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE 1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Danny Bouc 3. Ryan Krachun 4. David Van Horn 5. Kevin Vaclavicek 6. Tad Cox 7. Rich Rutski 8. John McClelland 9. Brandon Grosso 10. Chad Barney 11. Billy Pauch, Jr. 12. Billy Lasko 13. Frank Venezia 14. PJ Oliver 15. Lou Cicconi 16. Rocco Infante 17. John Pakenham 18. Bryan Kuhl 19. DJ Ruppert 20. Steve Davis 21. Jim Bobbitt 22. Doug Ostwald
SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. CALE ROSS 2. Will Dupree 3. Billy Osmun, III 4. Pat Wall 5. JR Fulper 6. JT Trstensky 7. TJ Lilly 8. Bob Lineman, Jr. 9. Mike Lyons 10. Jimmy Amato
11. Steve Desmelyk 12. Marty Resnick 13. Jason Kosch 14. Rick Wegner, Sr. 15. Joe Dill.
UMBENHAUER FIRST TIME MODIFIED WINNER THIS SEASON, MANMILLER FIRST TO WIN TWO THIS SEASON IN MODIFIEDS, SCHUTZ AND SWINEHART WIN IN LATE MODELS AND SPORTSMAN AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. JULY 16, 2017 – Jared Umbenhauer, Doug Manmiller, Chuck Schutz and Dylan Swinehart were in the limelight in their respective divisions in Saturday night’s stock car racing action at Grandview Speedway.
Umbenhauer, shut out of the winner’s circle since his rookie win September 5, 2015, has been close on various occasions to claim a victory; but was always hampered with some kind of problem. Things turned around for the Richland Rocket when he overtook Kenny Gilmore on the 24th lap of the 358 Modified 30-lap feature that was postponed by rain on June 24 to claim his first win of the season to become the tenth different winner.
Manmiller became the first repeat Modified feature winner after a hard-fought battle with Brett Kressley and Mike Gular that went down to the wire.
The Late Model 20-lap feature wasn’t decided until the wave of the checkered. Bryon Sipe led from the start until the 18th lap when Chuck Schutz got by him, Sipe regained it the next lap, but in a drag-out down-to-the line dual off the final corner, it was Schutz chalking up his third win of the season. Sipe displayed sportsmanship by congratulating Schutz.
In Sportsman action the 25-lap feature was up for grabs between Swinehart, Brad Arnold and Joe Funk III. Swinehart, who was sidelined the previous week due to engine problems, was back in top form and prevailed the victor for his second triumph of the current campaign.
On the restart of the rained-out Modified feature Gilmore grabbed the early lead trailed by Steve Swinehart, Kyle Weiss, John Willman and Duane Howard, before Howard dropped out with mechanical problems.
Weiss took over second on lap six to put his bids in for the lead.
A second turn spin by Kyle Borror brought out the 12th lap caution. The restart was void after Clay Butler and Mark Kratz tangled in turns one and two. Gilmore maintained the pace, but now Umbenhauer was second trying to outmaneuver Gilmore.
Gilmore stuck to the inside trek while Umbenhauer ran the high line as the laps wound down.
The lead changed for the final time on the 24th lap when Umbenhauer switched lanes as he experienced trouble with the right front when he ran the outside and made the move stick.
Umbenhauer never surrendered first to capture the win. Chasing him across was Gilmore, who never gave Umbenhauer a chance to slip-up; Manmiller, Weiss and Jeff Strunk.
Once that portion was completed qualifying events were run with Howard, Harris and Gilmore winning the events. The consi went to Brian Krummel.
Brian Houseknecht was the early leader in the second feature that was red-flagged when Kevin Hirthler somehow was on top of the third turn boilerplate. He injured his elbow and the car was done for the night. Houseknecht was still first when action resumed while Esposito, Brett Kressley, John Willman and Frank Cozze tussled for positions.
The yellow was out on lap nine after Willman and Howard made contact off turn four and until things cleared Colt Harris hit the second turn wall and was out of contention. Behind Houseknecht on this restart was Kressley and he was trying feverishly to pass him.
While running third and fourth in the thick of the battle, Cozze and Gular made contact and Cozze spun in the third turn for the 13th lap caution. This restart saw the front three get together and kept going, but veteran campaigner “The Handler” Manmiller took advantage of this incident to put the Jason Miller-owned No. 44M at the front of the pack.
Manmiller ran the bottom while Kressley gained ground on the outside to pressure him.
Behind Manmiller and Kressley, the battle brewed between Gular, Howard and Strunk.
Manmiller never looked back and was in victory lane for his 26th career win followed by Kressley, Gular, Howard and Strunk.
Sipe charged into the early led of the Late Model feature pressured by Danny Snyder, Blaine Emery, Steve Todorow and Wayne Pfeil.
Sipe on the outside and Snyder down low were side-by-side for the lead and numerous times Snyder pulled even with Sipe, but each time Sipe emerged the leader.
Snyder’s bad luck continued when he slowed with a right flat rear tire for the final yellow on the 15th lap. Sipe was able to keep Schutz behind when action went green again, but he had his work cut out.
Schutz passed Sipe with two to go, but Sipe was back in front the next lap.
Coming off the final turn and the checkered in sight, Schutz gave it one last try and was successful in his efforts as he picked up the win with Sipe a very close second followed by Emery, Todorow and Pfeil.
The Sportsman feature was Joe Funk III taking the early lead at the onset.
John McGovern, while running second, spun between the third and fourth turn for the second lap yellow. On the restart Swinehart charged to the outside to become the new leader with Funk III giving him no margin to error.
It didn’t take long for a three-way battle to develop between Swinehart, Funk III and Brad Arnold. Right behind were Mike Lisowski and Craig Whitmoyer waiting for an opportunity for advancement’
Ryan and Kyle Lilick spun in turn four on the 13th lap. Jim Housworth was sent to the rear for starting the mishap along with the involved Lilick’s. The single-file restart was brought back to the line after Kyle Lilick spun Housworth. As a result of his actions, Lilick was sent pit side out of competition. Swinehart was still number one on the restart while Funk III and Arnold dueled for second.
Arnold took over the runner-up spot on the 21st lap and if he intended to pass Swinehart, he was going to have to take the long way around because Swinehart switched to the inside.
Swinehart hung on for his third career win which he thanked his skeleton crew since some were missing and also Bob Sheidy for his long hours in the machine shop. Capturing his season best finish was Arnold followed by Funk III, Lisowski and Ryan Beltz.
Swinehart, McGovern and Arnold won the heats. The consi was won by Ryan Lilick.
358 NASCAR June 24 Modified Feature (30-Laps): 1. Jared Umbenhauer, 2. Kenny Gilmore, 3. Doug Manmiller, 4. Kyle Weiss, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Craig Von Dohren, 7. Mike Gular, 8. Kevin Hirthler, 9. Ryan Grim, 10. John Willman, 11. Kyle Borror, 12. Brian Krummel, 13. Chris Esposito, 14. Kory Fleming. DNF: 15. Ray Swinehart, 16. Chris Gambler, 176. Clay Butler, 18. Mark Kratz, 19. Justin Grim, 20. Steve Swinehart, 21. Brett Kressley, 22. Duane Howard, 23. Brian Houseknecht, 24. Anthony Perrego, 25. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, DNS: 26. Billy Pauch Jr., 27. Mike Laise, 28. Addison Meitzler, 29. Briggs Danner.
358 NASCAR A.D. Moyer Lumber Modified Feature (30-Laps): 1. Doug Manmiller, 2. Brett Kressley, 3. Mike Gular, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Ray Swinehart, 7. Craig Von Dohren, 8. Tim Buckwalter, 9. Kenny Gilmore, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Kyle Weiss, 12. Ryan Grim, 13. Brian Houseknecht, 14. Chris Esposito, 15. Brian Krummel, 16. Addison Meitzler, 17. Justin Grim, 18. Chris Gambler, 19. Kory Fleming, 20. Joe Fanelli, 21. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 22. Kevin Kuser. DNF: 23. Frank Cozze, 24. Clay Butler, 25. John Willman, 26. Colt Harris, 27. Kevin Hirthler, 28. Steve Swinehart. DNQ: Mark Kratz, Kyle Borror, Anthony Perrego.
Late Model A.D. Moyer Lumber Feature (20-Laps): 1. Chuck Schutz, 2. Bryon Sipe, 3. Blaine Emery, 4. Steve Todorow, 5. Wayne Pfeil, 6. Kyle Merkel, 7. Brian Shuey, 8. Jordan Knepp, 9. Shawn Horning, 10. Dirk Rimrott, 11. Todd Ravel, 12. Andy Cassel, 13. George Irvin, DNF: 14. Danny Snyder, 15. Dan Hoffman, 16. Drew Weisser, 17. Ron Kline, 18. Steve Wilson.
Sportsman A.D. Moyer Lumber Feature (25-Laps): 1. Dylan Swinehart, 2. Brad Arnold, 3. Joe Funk III, 4. Mike Lisowski, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Mark Kemmerer, 7. Craig Whitmoyer, 8. Brad Grim, 9. Kurt Bettler, 10. Louden Reimert, 11. Brian Hirthler, 12. Jesse Landis, 13. Andrew Kreis, 14. Jim Housworth, 15. John McGovern, DNF: 16. Kyle Lilick, 17. Ryan Lilick, 18. Jack Butler, 19. Kenny Bock, 20. Sean Weiss, 21. Paul Houseknecht, 22. Mike Koffel, 23. Derrick Smith, 24. Dean Bachman. DNQ: Rich Jones, B.J. Joly, Andy Clemmer.
358 Modified Feature (35 laps) Gary Lindberg, Chad Brachmann, Pete Bicknell, Mat Williamson, Mike Bowman, Larry Lampman, Tommy Flannigan, Ryan Susice, Greg Panunte, Tood Gordon, Jim Zimmerman, Tyler Willard, Scott Wood, Tim Jones, Boyd MacTavish, Fred Carleton..
Sportsman Feature (25 laps) Brent Begolo, Dave Flannigan Jr., Brad Rouse, Cody McPherson, Luke Carleton, Jay Mallory, Chris Storm, Trevor Wright, Justin Sharp, Chris Bellamy, Chris Watters, James Friesen, Tom Richau, Gord McIntosh, Dave DiPietro, Brian Bellinger, Rob Knapp, Brandon Gruhl, Chad Brown, Sean Dominey, Rob Goulding, Robbie Johnston, Charlie Lynch.
CICCONI BECOMES FIFTH DIFFERENT WINNER IN THE PAST FIVE 358 MODIFIED FEATURES AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ (July 9, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway, Lou Cicconi won the 358 Modified feature and became the fifth different winner over the past five races. The Mr. Street Stock Classic went to Bill Liedtka. Connor King was the victor in the Crate Modified feature.
As the 30-lap 358 Modified feature began, Rocco Infante drove to the front with Lou Cicconi and Ryan Krachun in his tracks. With five revolutions completed, the top three cars of Infante, Cicconi and Krachun were pulling away from the field with John Pakenham in fourth and Steve Davis in fifth. By lap ten, a great multi-car battle for fifth place was underway as Davis was holding off Godown with Doug Ostwald and Kevin Vaclavicek in the mix.
On the eleventh circuit just as Godown wrestled fifth away from Davis, Vaclavicek hit the outside wall in turn one and rolled over causing the red flag to be waved. During the stoppage, a brief delay took place due to a light rain shower. Once the rain ceased and action resumed, Cicconi outgunned Infante to take command with Godown advancing into third and Krachun dropping into fourth.
Over the next few laps, tight racing action between Krachun, Godown and Infante caused the runner-up position to be exchanged a few times. At the halfway point with Cicconi and Krachun holding the top two positions, the last stoppage of the event occurred as a flat developed on Danny Bouc's ride. On the restart, Cicconi maintained his edge with Krachun, Infante, Godown and Billy Pauch, Jr. next in line.
With ten laps remaining, Cicconi was pulling away slightly from Krachun with Infante and Godown continuing to battle. Five circuits later, Krachun had cut into Cicconi's advantage and began to approach the leader's bumper. On lap twenty-seven with the top two runners in traffic, Krachun hopped the cushion and lost ground to Cicconi. Quickly, Krachun regrouped and began to chase down Cicconi.
On the final tour, Cicconi had Krachun on his tail once again but held on to win his first 358 Modified feature of the season. The victory was Cicconi's second career win in the division and his first since July 2015. Krachun's strong run netted him a second place finish. Godown came home in third. Pauch, Jr. finished in fourth and Infante was fifth. The 358 Modified heat winners were Rocco Infante and Lou Cicconi.
358 MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE 1. LOU CICCONI 2. Ryan Krachun 3. Ryan Godown 4. Billy Pauch, Jr. 5. Rocco Infante 6. Steve Davis 7. Tad Cox 8. Chad Barney 9. John McClelland 10. Danny Bouc 11. Bryan Kuhl 12. David Van Horn 13. Doug Ostwald 14. Rich Rutski 15. John Pakenham 16. Kevin Vaclavicek 17. Tim Apgar
CRATE MODIFIEDS - 20 LAPS FEATURE 1. CONNOR KING 2. Tommy Tanner 3. Johnny Bangs 4. Steve Hicks 5. Eric Palmer 6. Kyle Kania 7. Frank Dorry, Jr. 8. David Burns 9. Dan Fleming 10. Alonzo Morales 11. Jason Dunn 12. Joseph Brown 13. Aaron Weaver 14. Jeremy Martino 15. Rick Wegner, Sr. 16. Rob Mancini 17. Tom Princiotta 18. Jason Bittner 19. John Criscione 20. Steve Kemery 21. Ryan Simmons 22. George Gareis, Jr. 23. John Aumick 24. JD Cranstoun 25. Walt McIntyre
KING OF DIRT 358-MODIFIED SERIES MAKES FIRST VISIT TO UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY THIS SUNDAY WITH VICTORIA 40 LAP $3,000 TO WIN MAIN EVENT
VERNON, NY- After an action packed show this past Sunday, Utica-Rome Speedway gets right back at it this Sunday, July 9, with another exciting show. Wilber-Duck Chevrolet and Marble Hill Inn present the King of Dirt 358-Modified Series which will compete in the Victoria 40 for a $3,000 payday. The Broedel Energy Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Novice Sportsman will also be in competition.
With many of the top weekly runners off chasing the Super DIRTcar Series this Sunday, an influx of invaders is expected to come in and take their place when the Elmo’s Speed Supply King of Dirt 358-Modifieds comes to the Vernon oval. Weekly runner Marc Johnson will be on hand to keep the money home as well as Jack Miller and Randy Shantel. Just some of the drivers expected Sunday are Erick Rudolph, Chad Phelps, Matt DeLorenzo, Ronnie Johnson, Jeremy Wilder, Elmo Reckoners, Mike Ricci, Allison Ricci, Nick Webb, Neil Stratton, Jason Herrington, Jossey Mueller, Bobby Herrington, and many more. The Victoria 40 lap affair will pay $3,000 to the winner with second getting $2,000, third getting $1,000 and $200 to start.
The Broedel Energy Sportsman never disappoint when they hit the track as they use every inch of the spacious half-mile. Matt Janczuk leads the strong field in the point standings with Chris Mackey, AJ Miller, AJ Filbeck, Mark Effner, Kyle Inman, Jason Rood, Stephen Denton, Kyle Kiehn, and Brent Joy giving chase.
Probably the most competitive class week in and week out are the Pro Stocks as they are often two or three-wide lap after lap. Mike Welch is the current point leader over Luke Horning, Nick Stone, Todd Hoffman, Shane Henderson, Jim Normoyle, Ernie Staelens, Gus Hollner, Bill Knapp, and Jerry Streeter.
Due to weather, this weekend will the first time that the Novice Sportsman hits the track as a separate division. The class is set up to let less experienced drivers race among their peers to gain track time and experience. The payoff is very limited to keep more seasoned drivers from competing, and Utica-Rome Speedway management has final say on who can compete in the Novice class.
Fans are reminded to that this is the first week of the later starting time of 7 p.m. The goal is to have cars on the track with less sunlight on the track to prevent mid event track prep. The goal is to run the event in a quick manner to get fans on the road at a decent time. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. General admission for this Sunday, July 9, is $13 for adults with kids 16 and under free,
PJ OLIVER ROCKETS TO HIS FIRST CAREER 358 MODIFIED FEATURE VICTORY AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
New Egypt, NJ (July 2, 2017) – At New Egypt Speedway’s Firecracker 40 sponsored by 48 Barriers, PJ Oliver rocketed to his first career 358 Modified feature victory. Pat Wall took the checkered flag in the Hammer Sportsman main event. Ryan Godown scored the win in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car feature. Due to rain that delayed the start of the program, the racing schedule was adjusted and only feature events took place.
As the Firecracker 40 got underway for the 358 Modifieds, Rocco Infante grabbed the lead with Doug Ostwald and PJ Oliver next in line. On lap five, Oliver moved past Ostwald to take over second. The top two of Infante and Oliver remained intact and in close quarters as they began to encounter traffic with fifteen circuits recorded. At the halfway point, Infante and Oliver were still in tight formation with Ostwald chasing them from third. On lap twenty-one, Infante bobbled in the fourth corner and Oliver jumped to the lead. Three tours later, Oliver hopped the cushion in turn one and Infante regained the lead. Quickly, Oliver regrouped and began to track down Infante. With ten laps left in the extra distance contest, Oliver used an inside move to return to the top running spot with Infante, Ostwald and Billy Pauch, Jr. in tow. On lap thirty four, Infante’s strong run ended as he slowed and pulled off the speedway. With Infante retired from the race, Ostwald was now in second but Pauch, Jr. was on his tail. On the thirty-seventh tour, the first yellow flag of the race appeared as Bryan Kuhl slowed in turn four and stopped on the frontstretch. When green flag racing resumed, Oliver kept his lead with Pauch, Jr. motoring past Ostwald for second. A slowing DJ Ruppert created the second and final caution period of the contest on lap thirty-eight. Following the restart, Oliver held off Pauch, Jr. in the last two revolutions to secure the win. Pauch, Jr. claimed the runner-up spot. A strong and late run gave Tad Cox a third place finish. Dominick Buffalino was fourth and John McClelland came home in fifth. Ostwald, Chad Barney, David Van Horn, Danny Bouc and Kevin Vaclavicek rounded out the top ten.
After taking the lead from Steve Desmelyk on the tenth circuit, Pat Wall repelled the challenge of Mike Lyons to take the checkered flag in the 25-lap Sportsman race. The win was Wall’s fourth career victory in the Sportsman division. With Lyons finishing second, TJ Lilly completed the contest in third. Billy Osmun was fourth and Matt Stangle claimed fifth.
In the non-stop 20-lap Northeast Wingless Sprint Car feature, Ryan Godown tallied his fifth win of the year in six events. Godown took the lead from Duane Nixon on lap five and sailed away from his rivals. Larry McVay recorded a career best second place finish in only his fourth race in the division. Lee Nardell was third with Lou Cicconi in fourth and Rich Mellor coming home in fifth.
MODIFIEDS - 40 LAPS FEATURE : 1. PJ OLIVER 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Tad Cox. 4. Dominick Buffalino 5. John McClelland 6. Doug Ostwald 7. Chad Barney 8. David Van Horn 9. Danny Bouc 10. Kevin Vaclavicek 11. Brandon Grosso 12. Steve Davis 13. Ryan Godown 14. DJ Ruppert 15. Bryan Kuhl 16. Ryan Krachun 17. Rocco Infante 18. Andrew Bohn 19. Rich Rutski 20. Tim Apgar
SPORTSMAN - 25 LAPS FEATURE : 1. PAT WALL 2. Mike Lyons 3. TJ Lilly 4. Billy Osmun, III 5. Matt Stangle 6. JR Fulper 7. Cale Ross 8. Steve Desmelyk 9. Will Dupree 10. Jimmy Amato 11. Marty Resnick 12. Jason Kosch 13. Bob Rambone 14. Bob Lineman, Jr. 15. Jesse Dill 16. Bill Liedtka 17. Joe Dill
NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS - 20 LAPS FEATURE : 1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Larry McVay 3. Lee Nardelli 4. Lou Cicconi 5. Rich Mellor 6. Duane Nixon 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Larry Drake
MA NATURE FORCES GRANDVIEW TO POSTPONE SATURDAY RACING AND MAKE SCHEDULE CHANGE
BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 1, 2017 . . . Ma Nature struck again at Grandview Speedway. Rain forced track management to postpone the Saturday schedule of racing to next Saturday, July 8th with one change.
The Sportsman stock cars will now run in two features on Saturday. One feature has been left from the June 24th rainout. The TP Trailers 358 Modifieds will now run two features on Saturday, July 15th as part of AD Moyer Lumber Night.
This Saturday fans will see, in addition to the two 25-lap Sportsman features, the Firecracker 40 for Late Models, the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds and Blast from the Past Vintage Cars. In addition Modified racer Kory Fleming will be doing his annual kid’s bicycle giveaway with two bikes for girls and two for boys.
Gates for spectators will open at 5:30 p.m. with racing set for a 7:30 p.m. start. Adult admission will be $20 while youngsters 6 thru 11 will pay $5. Children 5 and under will be admitted FREE.
Tuesday, July 4th the Thunder on the Hill Series will offer the Penna. 410 Sprint Speedweek action featuring the 410 sprints and 358 Modifieds. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
And on Saturday July 15will feature the two 30-lap 358 Modified features along with the Sportsman and Late Models. Racing will start at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. Thunder on the Hill Racing Series featuring Penna. 410 Sprint Speed Week Series and 358 Modifieds (NASCAR points)
Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. 358 Modifieds, Late Models Firecracker 40, Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers plus Sportsman feature rained out on June 24. Modified racer Kory Fleming and his Sleepy Hollow race team will be giving away bicycles, two to girls and two to boys.
Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman plus Modified feature rained out on June 24.
Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. 358 Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman along with Blast from the Past Vintage racing.
TWO MODIFIED FEATURES, FIRECRACKER 40 FOR LATE MODELS AND SPORTSMAN ACTION MAKE FOR BIG NIGHT OF RACING AT GRANDVIEW ON SATURDAY, JULY 1
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 28, 2017 . . . Stock car racing, lots of NASCAR stock car racing, will be kicking off the holiday weekend at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 1st.
Heading up the great night of racing action will be the annual Firecracker 40 for BRC Late Models. A win in this event offers prestige and additional money. The winner walks off with $2,000 plus awards from TP Trailers and Truck Equipment along with VP Racing Fuels provided all requirements are met. This is the annual event that has the best Late Model racers performing at their best.
Fans will see point leader Chuck Schutz in action along with four feature winner Ron Kline, past champion Brian Shuey, Kyle Merkel, Bryon Sipe, Wayne Pfeil, Steve Todorow and who knows who else will show up. If a Late Model racer only wins one during the season this is the one to win.
Also making up the huge night of excitement will be two 358 Modified features, each 30 laps. One of the features is the regularly scheduled event and one was rained out from last week. And of course there will be a full slate of qualifying events.
And the Sportsman stock cars will perform in a full series of qualifying events leading up to the 25-lap finale.
Fans of Saturday night stock car racing will be anxious to see how many new names are added to the list of feature winners so far this season. There have been 20 winners out of 24 features run. A very competitive season.
Adult admission for Saturday night is $20 while youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.
Then on Tuesday, July 4th, the holiday action continues with a Thunder on the Hill Series doubleheader featuring PA SpeedWeek 410 Sprint racing that will include many of the top names in the sport along with, perhaps, some surprise visitors. In addition the 358 Modifieds will be in action making for a very exciting doubleheader show. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
BUFFALINO AND STANGLE OUTDUEL COMPETITION TO GAIN VICTORIES AT NEW EGYPT
SPEEDWAY'S GARDEN STATE GUNFIGHT
New Egypt, NJ (June 28, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway's Garden State Gunfight, Dominick Buffalino fought off his rivals to win the 60-lap Modified feature while Matt Stangle bested the field in the 25-lap Sportsman event.
As the Modified feature got underway, Wade Hendrickson grabbed the lead with Steve Davis and Ryan Godown next in line. Godown would advance into the runner-up spot with six circuits completed. With ten laps recorded, Godown was cutting into Hendrickson's margin with Davis in third and Anthony Perrego in fourth. Godown pulled even with Hendrickson on the twelfth lap and took over the lead one tour later.
As the green flag circuits clicked away, Godown began to approach the tail end of the field on the eighteenth lap with Perrego in second. With the top two runners in the midst of lapping cars, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Dominick Buffalino were making moves to gain third and fourth place respectively by the twenty-first revolution. As Perrego was closing in on Godown, the first caution of the event took place as Rick Laubach collided hard with the outside wall in turn one and collected Brett Kressley in the incident.
On the ensuing restart, Godown maintained his edge with Buffalino jumping into second, Pauch, Jr. staying in third and Perrego dropping back into fourth. The high line running Buffalino began to challenge Godown for the top spot when PJ Oliver's ride slowed on lap twenty-eight. When green flag racing resumed, Godown and Buffalino dueled for two tours with Buffalino switching to the inside lane to take command of the contest just before the caution flag waved for the mid-race fuel stop.
At the halfway point, the top five runners were Buffalino, Godown, Perrego, Pauch, Jr. and Davis. After the brief break, action returned with Buffalino still on top but Pauch, Jr. taking over second. Pauch, Jr., who started the event in fourteenth, catapulted to the front on the thirty-third lap following a caution period for Ryan Krachun. Once on top, Pauch, Jr. began to distance himself from his foes with Buffalino and Godown dicing for second with twenty laps remaining in the contest. Five tours later, Buffalino was slowly carving into the comfortable margin that Pauch, Jr. had established. By the forty-sixth lap, the top two began to enter lap traffic.
Over the next several revolutions, Buffalino began to slice into the leader's advantage. With only four tours left, Buffalino had reeled in Pauch, Jr. and was ready to contend for the lead. On lap fifty-seven, Buffalino motored by Pauch, Jr. to assume the front running spot. Buffalino paced the field for the final circuits to claim the $6,000 first place prize. Pauch, Jr. came home in second with Godown claiming third.
Duane Howard drove up from his twelfth place start to finish in fourth. Perrego's strong run netted him fifth. The Modified heat winners were Danny Bouc, Rick Laubach, Ryan Godown and Dominick Buffalino. Frank Cozze and Jeff Strunk were victorious in the consolation races.
In the 25-lap Sportsman event, Matt Stangle gained the lead on the sixteenth lap and remained on top to collect the victory.
Steve Davis led the opening fifteen tours before Stangle assumed the advantage following a restart. Second place was taken by Mike Lyons. Involved in a caution on the eighth circuit, JR Fulper came from the back of the pack to finish in third place.
Jim Housworth, who started the race in eighteenth, was fourth with Jason Dunn taking fifth. Mike Lyons, Steve Davis, Jason Bittner and Jason Dunn won the Sportsman qualifying races. The consolation contests were taken by Tommy Tanner and Jim Housworth.
MODIFIEDS - 60 LAPS FEATURE 1. DOMINICK BUFFALINO 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Ryan Godown 4. Duane Howard 5. Anthony Perrego 6. David Van Horn 7. John McClelland 8. Frank Cozze 9. Danny Bouc 10. Lou Cicconi 11. Jimmy Blewett 12. Brett Kressley 13. Andrew Bohn 14. Steve Davis 15. Wade Hendrickson 16. PJ Oliver 17. Jeff Strunk 18. Jimmy Horton 19. Ryan Krachun 20. Keith Hoffman 21. Tim Buckwalter 22. Rick Laubach 23. Kevin Vaclavicek 24. Ryan Watt
SPORTSMAN - 25 LAPS FEATURE 1. MATT STANGLE 2. Mike Lyons 3. JR Fulper 4. Jim Housworth 5. Jason Dunn 6. Frank Dorry, Jr. 7. Jason Bittner 8. John Criscione 9. Kyle Kania 10. John Aumick 11. David Burns 12. Tommy Tanner 13. Jeremy Martino 14. Cale Ross 15. Dakota Kessler 16. Tom Princiotta 17. Mickey Kessler 18. Dan Fleming 19. Steve Davis 20. Will Dupree 21. Pat Wall 22. Ryan Simmons 23. Aaron Weaver 24. Eric Palmer
Donnie Lawson & AJ Costley Rebound For Needed Woodhull Victories
Media Contact: Steven Ovens
For Immediate Release – June 26th, 2017
(WOODHULL, NY) – Saturday night was a banner night for Woodhull Raceway. A picture perfect forecast, along with a standing room only crowd was treated to racing that saw 122 cars fill the pit area for Instant Heat Wood Pellets Inc./Two Rivers Timber Night.
Along with the racing- Woodhull put on the best fireworks show in New York State with the assistance of Farrzarelli’s Fireworks. A massive, twenty-one-minute Fireworks display wowed the crowd with the display mirroring a grand finale display during the entire show, and a gas bomb felt through the glass of the officials tower. It truly had something for everybody.
To say that Donnie Lawson had an awful weekend last weekend, and AJ Costley an awful start to 2017 would definitely be the understatements of 2017. But both pushed their collective ways through diversity to break into the win column for the first time on Saturday night- just when both needed it the most.
Lawson spent last weekend enduring what he described as his worst weekend in racing, after losing an engine on Friday night in Dundee and then having his Woodhull motor seize up before even the green flag last Saturday night. That left the family-owned team with their third engine, strapped into a 2017 chassis that they’ve used very little on the High Banks of Woodhull Raceway. In fact, the team’s normal Woodhull chassis is a 2007 that Lawson admitted wouldn’t last forever in victory lane.
But a pole position starting spot due to the handicap was the perfect time to see what the new chassis had to offer. Lawson started on the hammer and held off the advances of Brian Doolittle, Russell Morseman and eighteen-time track champion Billy Van Pelt.
Once Van Pelt got to the second spot from starting seventh, he simply had nothing for Lawson. Even on a mid-race restart, Lawson kept Van Pelt at bay running his preferred groove on the bottom lane. Late in the going though, Lawson motored away from the rest of the field to leave no doubt on Saturday that this team may have been down but were far from out of it.
“It’s part of racing, you have troubles like that (last weekend),” said Lawson in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.
“You race against a tough group of guys here (at Woodhull) and I’ll be honest- I had to make the car as wide as I could from about halfway on.”
Lawson didn’t gloss over how badly the team needed a win and who had been integral parts of their success.
“We needed this win bad. I don’t think I was home more than ten minutes all week.”
Van Pelt was able to hold on to second, but his nephew Dillon Groover was charging hard from the back twice to finish third. Kenny Peoples Jr. won a heat race and brought home yet another top five finish in the Peoples Bakery No. 5k. Frank Dunning spent most of his night racing in the top five and would round out Saturday night’s Top 5 finishers.
In the Crate Sportsman, it was another story of a driver getting a win when he needed it the most. AJ Costley has had everything go wrong this season it seems like. From mechanical woes, to getting caught up in messes not of his own doing. Hell, even the roof oddly ripped apart down the middle and tore off the car last week enroute to a sixth place finish. If it could happen, it has happened to the No. 40 machine.
But Costley sent the bad luck bug packing on Saturday night, advancing from his fourth starting spot to take the lead on an early caution in the twenty-five-lap affair. Costley had lady luck on his side for the first time in 2017, and he rode that train all the way to victory lane.
Bobby Peoples did not make it easy for Costley though. Peoples looked low, lap after lap, after lap but could not get by the Ridge Runner Café ride. Costley ran a half-lane off the bottom of the track that opened the door for Peoples, but helped Costley keep his momentum up enough to win the drag race on the straights.
However during the final laps of the race, Costley let the rough side drag and ran all the way on the outside of the raceway and was heavy on the gas trying to break through for his first win of the year. Dayton Brewer advanced from the eleventh starting spot and kept his nose clean all night to finish third- a feat not many others could claim when all was said and done. Tim Guild, now up to third in Sportsman American Racer Cup standings, won a spirited battle for fourth over special guest pilot of the Lawson team’s No. 11 car Josh Sawyer.
“It’s been bad- real bad,” said a much-relieved Costley, whose face said it all.
“I’ve got to thank my dad and my stepmother for staying behind me on this thing. The memories of previous wins help keep you going (when things are going bad). Somehow we always seem to pull one out (when we need it) and we did tonight.”
Not only did Costley have lady luck on his side- he drew the winning 50/50 ticket from Saturday that made one lucky race fan $3,100+ richer! One other note from this race was that point leader Stevie Hartman III was involved in a mid-race jingle that will hand the point lead back to Dale Welty who now also leads the points in the Sportsman American Racer Cup standings courtesy of Lias Tire/American Racer.
Kurt Stebbins had some of the best in the RUSH Crate Late Model touring game to compete with on Saturday night, and he beat them all to nail down his first points win in the SWL Awards & Photos Crate Late Models of 2017. The Wellsville, NY pilot won a thriller earlier in the season, but this one was without doubt in the end.
Jason Knowles had speed in his No. 4, but fell just a little short of passing Stebbins. Last week’s winner and King of the Ring winner John Waters was third, ahead of ‘Porkchop’ Brian Knowles and Steve LeBarron in the Troups Creek Auto Parts No. 29.
“I couldn’t ask for a better car, I was happy to see a dry-slick track tonight,” said Stebbins in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.
Woodhull Raceway Official Results June 24
370 MODIFIEDS, 15 cars (25 laps): DONNIE LAWSON (1), Billy Van Pelt, Dillon Groover, Kenny Peoples Jr., Frank Dunning, Brandon Martin, Russell Morseman, Brady Fultz, Art Goodier, Brian Doolittle, Stacy Jackson, Ryan Tracy, Kevin Chilson, Jeffery Daugherty, Sheldon Gardner
CRATE SPORTSMAN, 21 cars (25 laps): AJ COSTLEY (1), Bobby Peoples, Dayton Brewer, Tim Guild, Josh Sawyer, Jerry Aldrich, Kurt Stebbins, Josh Keesey, Connor Brown, Dale Welty, Brian Fish, Ajay Potrzebowski Sr., Chris Hall, Kirk Reynolds, Adam Taft, Dave Richmond, Blake Lawson, Stevie Hartman III, Jake Dgien, Brandon Butler, Mike Jackson
SCOTT LUTZ WINS MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT FEATURE ON BECHTELSVILLE CAR WASH NIGHT, RAIN FORCES RESCHEDULING OF MODIFIED FEATURE TO JULY 1 AND SPORTSMAN TO JULY 8
LATE MODELS IN THE LIMELIGHT WITH FIRECRACKER 40 JULY 1ST
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 25, 2017 . . .It was a down to the checkered flag battle for the top spot with Scott Lutz getting the edge over Tommy Carberry, Jr. on the final lap as Carberry bounced off the wall bringing out the caution flag. Lutz was able to earn the victory in the 25-lap Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series feature race at Grandview Speedway Saturday night. The race, starting 24 Sprint cars, marked the first appearance for the MASS Sprinters at the Bechtelsville oval. Unfortunately rain forced postponement of the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds and Sportsman feature races that were scheduled to be part of Bechtelsville Car Wash Night.
The Modified feature will be added to the Saturday, July 1st Firecracker Night while the Sportsman feature will be added to the July 8th four division show.
Veteran Mark Bitner was able to grab a close second to Lutz in the Sprint feature. Tim Tanner finished third followed by Austin Bishop and Dave Brown.
Sprint qualifying heat races were won by Austin Bishop, Tim Tanner and Steph Carberry while Keith Anderson won a shortened B-Main.
Sportsman qualifying victories were earned by Brad Grim, Ryan Higgs and Jack Butler with point leader Brian Hirthler getting the consolation race victory.
Steve Swinehart won the first Modified qualifier with Jared Umbenhauer and Duane Howard each getting a win. The consolation went to Kevin Hirthler. Duane Howard was able to take the win in a special Modified Cash Dash.
The BRC Late Models will be in the spotlight on Saturday, July 1st as they race in the annual Firecracker 40, the most prestigious event of the season for the Late Models. There will be extra cash for the winner along with the TP Trailers and Truck Equipment bonus. Fans will get to see two NASCAR 358 Modified features with the rained out feature from Saturday June 24th added to the big night that already included a NASCAR Modified feature. In addition the Sportsman stock cars will be racing. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $20 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $5 and children under 6 are admitted free.
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES FEATURE – 25 laps- Scott Lutz, Mark Bitner, Tim Tanner, Austin Bishop, Dave Brown, Jon Haegele, Scott Frack, Eddie Wagner, Brandon Poff, Joe Kay, Bobby Butler, Jeff Geiges, Keith Anderson, Tommy Carberry, Jr., Dave Bonner, Tom Carberry,Sr., Craig Pellegrini, Jr. REST DID NOT FINISH, Rick Stief, Sam Lieberman, Steph Carberry, Zack Burd, Tyler Reinhardt, Tim Smolenyak, Bobby Sheriff
KANIA CAPTURES NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S MR. CRATE CLASSIC
New Egypt, NJ (June 25, 2017) – On a spectacular summer night in Ocean County, NJ, Kyle Kania captured New Egypt Speedway’s Mr. Crate Classic for the Crate Modifieds. The Hammer Sportsman feature was won by Will Dupree. Lou Cicconi scored the victory in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car main event. Along with taking top honors in the final event for the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman, David Burns was crowned the champion. Bill Liedtka was victorious in the Street Stock feature.
As the 30-lap Mr. Crate Classic got underway, JD Cranstoun bolted to the top with Johnny Bangs and John Aumick next in line. After a couple of caution periods and restarts, Aumick became the new leader with five tours completed and dropping Cranstoun to second. On lap six, Dakota Kessler briefly moved into the runner-up position before Cranstoun returned to second place one lap later. After the waving of two more yellow flags, Aumick was still in command on lap eleven with Cranstoun, Kessler, Kyle Kania and Jason Bittner in tow. Kania, who started sixth, motored by Kessler to take third on the twelfth revolution. On the next circuit, Bittner passed Kessler to advance into fourth place. Just one lap following the halfway point of the extra distance event, Cranstoun scooted past Aumick to regain the lead. With thirteen laps remaining, Kania sent Aumick back another position as he moved into second place. On the next circuit, Aumick dropped two additional spots as Bittner and Ryan Simmons moved into third and fourth place respectively. As the race entered the final third, it appeared the strong running Cranstoun would take the checkered flag. However with eight laps to go, Cranstoun slowed on the race track and Kania sped to the front with Bittner, Simmons, and Aumick following him. Bittner was in hot pursuit and tracking down Kania when the final caution of the race took place with four laps remaining. Following the restart, Kania held off Bittner and Simmons in the last tours to collect his second career win. Bittner’s strong run earned him a second place finish. Simmons, who started the race in seventeenth and is the current point leader, came home in third. Eric Palmer was fourth and Aumick held on for fifth. John Aumick, Dakota Kessler and Kyle Kania won the Crate Modified heats.
Will Dupree celebrated his birthday in grand fashion by leading every step of the way to claim his first career feature win in the 20-lap Hammer Sportsman race. Steve Davis, a competitor in the 358 Modified division this season at New Egypt Speedway, drove a Pat Wall owned car to a second place finish after starting the race in thirteenth. Third place went to JR Fulper with Wall taking fourth. After developing mechanical issues with his normal ride during hot laps, Billy Osmun, III steered Marty Resnick’s car and took fifth place. The victors in the qualifying races for the Hammer Sportsman were Pat Wall and Will Dupree.
In the very entertaining 20-lap main event for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars, Lou Cicconi outbattled Ryan Godown to capture his first checkered flag of the season. Cicconi took the lead at the start with Godown grabbing second place on the fourth lap. Throughout the second half of the race, Cicconi and Godown had a spirited duel for the top spot with Godown edging to the front on lap fourteen. Two circuits later, Cicconi reverted back to the lead. During the final tours, Cicconi and Godown remained in close quarters with Cicconi barely holding off Godown following contact as the checkered flag waved. With Godown in second, Rich Mellor, Brian Spencer and Larry McVay filled out the top five. Lou Cicconi won the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car heat race.
In the 12-lap finale for the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman, David Burns clinched the 2017 championship and won his seventh feature of the year. Burns took the lead from Rob Mancini on the third circuit and paced the field for the remainder of the event. Second spot was taken by Joseph Brown. Walt McIntyre, Rick Wegner, Sr. and Mancini rounded out the field.
NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 201
CRATE MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE – MR. CRATE CLASSIC: 1. KYLE KANIA 2. Jason Bittner 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Eric Palmer 5. John Aumick 6. Tommy Tanner 7. Dakota Kessler 8. Frank Dorry, Jr. 9. David Burns 10. Jordan Cox 11. Billy Osmun, III 12. Steve Kemery 13. Aaron Weaver 14. Dan Fleming 15. Alonzo Morales 16. Tom Princiotta 17. JD Cranstoun 18. Connor King 19. Rob Mancini 20. John Criscione 21. Walt McIntyre 22. George Gareis, Jr. 23. Johnny Bangs. DNS: Jason Dunn
SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE : 1. WILL DUPREE 2. Steve Davis 3. JR Fulper 4. Pat Wall 5. Billy Osmun, III 6. Bill Liedtka 7. Mickey Kessler 8. Joe Dill 9. Cale Ross 10. Bob Lineman, Jr. 11. Steve Desmelyk 12. Andy Visinski 13. Bob Rambone 14. Jason Kosch 15. Jimmy Amato 16. Rick Wegner, Sr. 17. Joseph Brown 18. Jesse Dill 19. Mike Lyons. DNS: TJ Lilly, Marty Resnick
NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS - 20 LAPS FEATURE: 1. LOU CICCONI 2. Ryan Godown 3. Rich Mellor 4. Brian Spencer 5. Larry McVay 6. Lee Nardelli 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Jermain Godshall 9. Larry Drake. DNS: Butch Chiefo
ROOKIE SPORTSMAN - 12 LAPS FEATURE: 1. DAVID BURNS 2. Joseph Brown 3. Walt McIntyre 4. Rick Wegner, Sr. 5. Rob Mancini
2017 ROOKIE SPORTSMAN CHAMPION – DAVID BURNS
Saturated Grounds Force Cancellation at Mercer Raceway Park
(Mercer, PA June 24, 2017): The races for this week have been canceled due to the saturated grounds. "We received too much rain over the last two days and we waited as long as we could, hoping that the rain would stop," said assistant promoter Eric Williams. "But the track and grounds will not dry out sufficiently to allow for safe conditions for our racers and fans."
Attention will now turn to getting the facility ready for the big Independence Day holiday spectacular. Bonnell's Rod Shop will add the Patriot Sprint Tour to the mix for July 1, so there will be three classes of Sprint Cars to thrill the fans. And, Pizza Joe's will once again present the Fireworks!
SPRINT CARS HEADLINE SATURDAY’S BECHTELSVILLE CAR WASH NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW
MODIFIEDS AND SPORTSMAN LOOK TO ADD NEW FEATURE WINNERS TO THE LIST OF 20 WINNERS
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 22, 2017 . . . The excitement of Sprint car racing action will be part of the Bechtelsville Auto Wash tripleheader show at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. This will be a first time appearance for the popular Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series racers.
And eyes will also be on the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman stock car racers as the two divisions try to add new names to the lengthy list of NASCAR feature winners. With mid-season here there have already been 20 different drivers make it to victory lane in the regular Saturday NASCAR stock car racing action. The Late Models are being replaced by the MASS Sprinters this weekend.
The tripleheader show will have the Sprints running in a 25-lap feature, while the Modifieds go 30 laps and Sportsman run 25 laps. A full series of qualifying events will decide who gets to race in the features.
Heading up the expected strong contingent of Sprints will be Doylestown’s Tim Tanner who is coming off a big win at Delaware Int’l Speedway. Other popular Sprint racers planning to run on Saturday include Tommy Carberry, Rick Stief, Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, Dave Graber and a host of others.
Late Model racers will use the night off to get ready for their biggest event of the season, the Firecracker 40, on Saturday, July 1st. The TP Trailers Modifieds and Sportsman will also be part of that tripleheader holiday weekend show. Adult admission will be $20 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay just $5 and children 5 and under are admitted free.
STRUNK TAKES OVER AS 358 NASCAR MODIFIED POINT LEADER AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 19, 2017 . . . Ten time 358 Modified champion Jeff Strunk is working toward his eleventh at Grandview Speedway.
his past Saturday night Strunk was able to grab a fifth place finish while Craig VonDohren came home 9th giving Strunk the top spot in the Modified standings.
Strunk now sits at the top of the standings with 2226 counters while VonDohren is just 14 points behind. Duane Howard is third with 2036 points. Out of the three only Strunk has visited victory lane in a Saturday night feature race this season.
Strunk, VonDohren and Howard have shared the Modified title between them since Terry Meitzler won the title in 1999.
Brian Hirthler continues to lead the Sportsman standings with 1667 tallies. Ryan Lilick is second with 1488 and rookie talent Louden Reimert sits third having 1367 points.
The chase for the championship points continues this Saturday for the Modifieds and Sportsman while the Late Models are replaced by the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series in the Bechtelsville Car Wash three division show starting at 7:30 p.m. Added to the night is a Modified Cash Dash.
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS
358 MODIFIEDS AS OF JUNE 17, 2017
1. Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126 2226*
2. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 2212
3. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #357H 2036
4. Mike Gular, Harleysville, PA #2 1926
5. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M 1908*
6. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 1887*
7. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19 1878
8. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 1745
9. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 1645
10. Brian Krummel, Middletown, NY #17Z 1471*
11. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 1319
12. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4 1295*
13. Ryan Watt, Boyertown, PA #14W 1126
14. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #81 997
15. Justin Grim, Orefield, PA #61 931
16. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 855*
17. Addison Meitzler, Kutztown, PA #21 825
18. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #M7 817
19. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 810*
20. Dan Waisenpacher, Riegelsville, PA #01 720
21. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #57 719
22. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA #323 694
23. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ, #704 693
24. Chris Gambler, Whitehall, PA#77 678
25. Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31 674
26 Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 652*
27. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA #22 587
28. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 573
29. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #49 508
30. Blaine Bracelin, Gilbertsville, PA #79 505
SPORTSMAN AS OF JUNE 17, 2017
1. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 1667*
2. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 1488**
3. Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #58 1367
4. Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #23 1314
5. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 1263
6. Mike Mammana, Allentown, PA #44E/31 1200
7. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 1176
8. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1171*
9. Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA , PA #F10 1149
10.. Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #38 1124*
11. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1119*
12. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1117
13. Brad Arnold, Sinking Springs, PA #830 1106
14. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 1102*
15. Ryan Higgs, Nazareth, PA #16 1051*
16. Kurt Bettler Hellertown, PA #54 931
17. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14 899
18. Nathan Mohr, E. Greenville, PA #17M 794
19. Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, PA #5 739
20. Jeromy Guistwite, Orwigsburg, PA #29G 723
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
Woodhull Raceway Official Results June 17th, 2017
370 MODIFIEDS, 14 cars (25 laps): STACY JACKSON (2), Russell Morseman, Kenny Peoples Jr., Billy Van Pelt, Dillon Groover, Brian Doolittle, Brady Fultz, Frank Dunning, Jeffery Daugherty, Art Goodier, Kevin Chilson, Ryan Tracy, Brandon Martin DNS: Donnie Lawson
NAPA CRATE SPORTSMAN, 20 cars (25 laps): STEVIE HARTMAN III (2), Tim Guild, Jake Dgien, Dale Welty, Dayton Brewer, AJ Costley, Connor Brown, Josh Keesey, Eric Williams, Curt Van Pelt, Bobby Peoples, Kirk Reynolds, Mickey Wilbur, Dave Richmond, Adam Taft, Blake Lawson, Dave DuBois, Brandon Butler, Brandon Clark, Mike Jackson
KRESSLEY, KLINE AND LISOWSKI SCORE NASCAR FEATURE WINS AT GRANDVIEW SATURDAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. June 18, 2017 . . .Ma Nature was defeated at Grandview Speedway on Saturday as afternoon showers looked as if they would force another show to be cancelled. However management held off and the track crew did a great job to make racing possible.
Brett Kressley, the 2016 Grandview Modified rookie, struggled early in the season with numerous mechanical and engine issues. Making a rare Grandview appearance on Saturday night, the Orefield leadfoot took the lead on the fourth lap of the 358 Modified 30-lap feature on Saturday night at the 1/3-mile oval. He then went on to capture his first win of the year to be the eighth different winner in the class. Runner-up Duane Howard was closing fast in the later stages, but ran out of time. Brett gave a shout out to his dad Brian as the victory was an early Father’s Day present.
The Late Model 20-lap feature saw Ron Kline lead from green to checkered and win his fourth feature behind the wheel of the Wanda Brown-owned No. 3.
Mike Lisowski, who has been having his share of bad luck, finally had things go his way for a change. The Minersville speedster pulled into the winner’s circle to chalk up his first triumph of the season in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature.
Bobby Gunther-Walsh led three laps of the Modified feature before Kressley made a bold outside move going into the third turn and emerged as the new leader when the pair came out of the fourth turn.
While Kressley began to pull away from the pack, Gunther-Walsh, Kenny Gilmore, Ryan Grim and Mike Gular diced for second through fifth.
Gilmore overtook second on the eighth lap and set said after Kressley to try to reel him in.
The pack regrouped on the tenth lap when last week’s feature winner Frank Cozze was spun in the second turn by Kyle Borror who was placed to the rear for the incident. Kressley held his own on the restart, but now Gular was the one pressuring him for first while Howard, Gilmore and Jeff Strunk were right behind waiting for a false move.
The front runners led by Kressley encountered lap traffic at the conclusion of 20 laps and had to use heads-up driving tactics.
After the tenth lap caution period, no more restart were needed and even though the pack closed in on Kressley through the slower traffic he never faltered and was able to record his second career with a rapidly closing Howard followed by Gular, Gilmore, for his season best finish and Strunk. Strunk’s fifth-place finish put him at the head of the point leader board since Craig Von Dohren, the point leader going into the show finished back in ninth.
Gunther-Walsh, Joe Fanelli and Kressley won the heats. The consi went to Borror.
Polesitter Kline ran off and hid at the start of the Late Model feature while Wayne Pfeil, Danny Snyder, Kyle Merkel and Steve Todorow diced for positions.
Todorow’s night ended when he slowed along the homestretch for the seventh lap caution putting him out of contention. It was still Kline in front when action resumed.
Snyder, who made his return for his first start of the season after missing several years, brought out the yellow on the ninth lap. Pfeil made a run on Kline on the restart, but within no time Kline was long gone being chased down by Merkel, Brian Shuey and Chuck Schutz.
More restarts were needed, but that didn’t deter Kline as he parked it in victory lane for his 40th career win. Finishing second was Pfeil followed by Merkel, Shuey and Schutz.
The late models will be out of action until Saturday, July 1 when they will compete in the Firecracker 40-lap Late Model feature.
Sportsman feature action had Steve Young set the pace for six laps until Lisowski got by him for the top spot on the seventh circuit.
With Lisowski now in command jockeying for positions behind him were Young, Craig Whitmoyer, Paul Houseknecht and Brian Hirthler, the current point leader.
Whitmoyer finally got by Young on the 13th lap to take chase after Lisowski who opened up a huge advantage over his fellow competitors.
The red was thrown with five laps to go setting up a single file restart when Mike Mammana hit the third turn wall with heavy impact. He was uninjured, but the car sustained considerable damage. Lisowski managed to hold the lead while Whitmoyer, Hirthler, Ryan Lilick and Houseknecht tried to change the status.
Lisowski’s and his crews continuous long hours prepping the car paid off as he was able to score his eighth career win chased across the line by Whitmoyer, Hirthler, R. Lilick and Houseknecht, for his best finish ever.
Modified Feature (30-Laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Mike Gular, 4. Kenny Gilmore, 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Doug Manmiller, 7. Jared Umbenhauer, 8. Kevin Hirthler, 9. Craig Von Dohren, 10. Ryan Grim, 11. Frank Cozze, 12. Clay Butler, 13. Brian Krummel, 14. Ray Swinehart, 15. Kyle Borror. DNF: 16. Brian Houseknecht, 17. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 18. Joe Fanelli, 19. Chris Gambler, 20. John Willman, 21. Blaine Bracelin, 22. Kory Fleming, 23. Mike Kellner, 24. Addison Meitzler, 25. Tim Buckwalter, 26. Dan Waisempacher. DNS: 27. Danny Erb, 28. Mike Mahaney. DNQ: Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Kratz, Briggs Danner and Chris Esposito.
Late Model Feature (20-Laps): 1. Ron Kline, 2. Wayne Pfeil, 3. Kyle Merkel, 4. Brian Shuey, 5. Chuck Schutz, 6. Bryon Sipe, 7. Lou Egrie Sr., 8. Shawn Horning, 9. Steve Wilson, 10. Andy Cassel, DNF: 11. Jordan Knepp, 12. Dan Hoffman, 13. Todd Ravel, 14. Danny Snyder, 15. Steve Todorow, 16. Matt Carter, 17. Damon Neff.
Sportsman Feature (25-Laps): 1. Mike Lisowski, 2. Craig Whitmoyer, 3. Brian Hirthler, 4. Ryan Lilick, 5. Paul Houseknecht, 6. Kurt Bettler, 7. Dean Bachman, 8. Derrick Smith, 9. Steve Young, 10. Brad Grim, 11. Kyle Lilick, 12. Louden Reimert, 13. John McGovern, 14. Dylan Swinehart, 15. Nathan Mohr, DNF: 16. Brad Arnold, 17. Mike Mammana, 18. Mark Kemmerer, 19. Ryan Higgs, 20. Jim Housworth, 21. Kenny Bock, 22. Joe Funk III, 23. Jeremony Guistwite, 24. Jack Butler. DNQ: Andy Clemmer, Andy Kreis and B.J. Joly.