CRSA Sprint Cars Heading To I-88 Speedway Friday, October 7 As Part Of Short Track SuperNationals 9
First-Ever Full-Sized Sprint Car Appearance During “Working Man’s Race” Weekend
AFTON, NY – For the first time ever, full-sized Sprint Cars will be part of the Short Track SuperNationals.
CRSA 305 Sprint Cars will be featured during the Friday night (October 7) portion of the two-day “Working Man’s Race” Short Track SuperNationals 9 at I-88 Speedway.
The “I-88 40” is set for the Afton Fairgrounds, an added bonus to a busy first night of the SuperNationals at the three-tenths-mile. CRSA Sprints will battle for an increased pay structure - $165 to take the green – in addition to lap money which will rotate through the top-five in the running order.
The “I-88 40” will also serve as the final round of the Algonkin Motel-sponsored mini-series.
To learn more about the CRSA organization and its cars and stars, visit: http://crsa.myracepass.com/
CRSA has visited I-88 on two occasions this season. Former big-block Modified racer Scott Goodrich was the victor on both visits.
Joining the CRSA Sprints on the Friday program are the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Open Sportsman paying $1,500 to win (*with Gambler’s Fee) for 35 laps (the series title will be decided) plus XCel 600 Modifieds, Street Stocks, Empire Lightning Sprints and Modified open practice rounds.
Friday admission prices are as follows: $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $10 for Students (ages 9-14) with children eight and under FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.
Saturday (Oct. 8) will again be a “split” program with racing in the afternoon and evening. Divisions to be featured on Saturday are STSS Modifieds in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main that will decide the Halmar International North Region championship, GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman, XCel 600 Modifieds, Empire Lightning Sprints, Empire Sport Trucks and Vintage Cars.
Saturday admission prices are $22 for Adults, $20 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $12 for Students (ages 9-14) and children eight and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Pit gates open at noon on Saturday. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 1 p.m. Hot laps begin for GRIT Sportsman, XCel 600 Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Sport Trucks and Vintage Cars at 3 p.m., with heat races to follow immediately.
STSS Modified hot laps are scheduled for 6 p.m. with heat races to follow.
Prestigious Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup fast approaching at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
October 8 KRC Safety Fall Shootout also coming next week
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – September 27, 2016…The biggest event of the season at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is less than a month away, with the much anticipated 23rd annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup ready to commence on October 20, 21 & 22.
The Trophy Cup has catapulted itself into being one of the premier Winged Sprint Car showcases in the country and the 2016 version is sure to be another can’t miss weekend of racing & fun. The event originally started out at San Jose Speedway in 1994 and was held at the track until its closing in ‘99. It then moved to Ocean Speedway for one year, before heading to the Kings Speedway in Hanford from 2001-2004. In ‘05 the Trophy Cup was moved to Thunderbowl Raceway, where it has been held ever since.
With its unique format the Trophy Cup regularly produces some of the best Winged Sprint Car racing that fans will witness all season. Each time a driver hits the raceway for competitive racing there are points on the line. It’s all a lead-up to the 50-lap feature on Saturday night, which features the top-20 in overall points inverted, plus the four transfers out of the B-main making up the final four spots.
This year’s event will also be held on a new & improved surface that is 15-feet wider in each set of corners. The hope is that the action will be as good as ever with the added racing room. All cars that start the Saturday A-main are guaranteed at least $2,050 and the overall champion is guaranteed a stout $20,000 in winnings.
The Trophy Cup is always a type of “All Star” showcase in California, with champions & winners from all over the state on hand. Last season Campbell’s Bud Kaeding scored the overall trophy & money for the first time in his long running career. He was able to narrowly beat out Lemoore’s Carson Macedo to join his father Brent & brother Tim as a Trophy Cup champion. Other past winners entered this year include San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, Clovis, CA’s Jason Meyers, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Chico’s Jonathan Allard and Fresno’s Craig Stidham.
Tickets continue to be on sale for the Trophy Cup with all seating in the house reserved during the weekend. Grandstand tickets cost $40 on Thursday & Friday and $45 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $35 on Thursday & Friday and $40 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are half price and 5 & under are free. A seating chart is available at www.thunderbowlraceway.com and tickets can be acquired by calling 559-688-0909. The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 20, with the drivers meeting at 3:30pm sharp.
All of the special events are returning once again, including the Thursday Chili Dog Night sponsored by Taco Bravo, the Taco Bravo Fiesta Night on Friday and the Saturday afternoon spaghetti feed sponsored by La Villa Delicatessen. The post race parties run from 11pm to 1am, while the spaghetti feed goes from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Live music will be featured with drinks available for purchase inside. A Friday morning breakfast sponsored by the Tulare County Fairgrounds is also going to occur from approx. 8am to 10:30am.
A new twist is being added to the Friday Fiesta Night, as a dancing with the stars competition will be held. Current & past racers such as Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Andy Forsberg, Ryan Bernal, Howard Kaeding, Craig Smith & others will test out their dancing skills.
A donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all the special events is appreciated. Two seasons ago Dave Pusateri & the Trophy Cup team went over the $1,000,000 mark for donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fans & teams are all encouraged to attend the special events. More info on the Trophy Cup, as well as an entry list can be found at http://www.trophycup.org/
Prior to the Trophy Cup, Thunderbowl Raceway hosts the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on Saturday October 8, which features the final appearance of the season by the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, the USAC Western Midgets & Western Race Saver Sprints. It’s the final chance for drivers to hit the track before the Trophy Cup and their only opportunity to test out the new wider surface.
Tickets are also on sale for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout at 559-688-0909. Adult reserved tickets are $20, with general admission bleachers $18. Kids 6-12 are half price and 5 & under are free.
A new event also added to the Thunderbowl schedule is the annual Dirt Nationals on Friday & Saturday October 28 & 29. Divisions racing during the weekend will include the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks. The Dirt Nationals will be the final event of the season at the track, before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns in the spring. Seating in both the grandstands & the bleachers will be general admission at the Dirt Nationals and costs just $12 each night.
The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds.
Justin Sanders narrowly beats out Ryan Bernal to win a thrilling Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo finale on Friday/ Brad Furr wraps up 2nd title
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – September 23, 2016…Watsonville’s Justin Sanders & Hollister’s Ryan Bernal waged an epic duel on Friday night to help finish off the 2016 Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo season. In the end it was Sanders just sneaking by off the final corner to claim his fifth victory of the year and fourth in a row to conclude the campaign.
After winning the championship in 2015 Sanders came back this year and admittedly fought the car early on, but worked on it and certainly showed the speed late in the season from his title run. Friday’s event could definitely be billed as an instant classic, with he & Bernal going back & forth for the lead on numerous occasions.
“That sure was a fun race tonight with Ryan (Bernal) and I couldn’t be happier to end the season in victory lane,” said the driver of the North County Plastering/ Rodgers Diner No. 17 Sprinter. “We weren’t quite as good tonight and Ryan was really good so he definitely made me work for it. Off that final corner he left just enough room for me to get under him and luckily we were able to get by. I can’t thank my whole team enough for their support. We got into a nice roll late in the season and don’t want to see it end. I’ll be back here October 7 with KWS so we’re looking forward to that.”
Early on in the feature things got off to a slow start with yellows and an extended red flag period, but once the race got into a flow fans were treated to best A-main of the season. Sanders jumped into the lead, but had Bernal keeping pace with him every step of the way. The track had slicked off & widened out very nicely for the feature and made for a slide fest throughout the field. Sanders & Bernal proceeded to play a high-speed chess match, with the lead changing hand on multiple occasions, as they crossed each other over with regularity.
When the race wound down Bernal found himself in the lead looking for his first ever Ocean Speedway Winged Sprint Car win. On July 29 he had come close, only to have Sanders squeak by in traffic late in the race. With the white flag in the air this time around Bernal accepted it as the leader, but going into turn one a lap car slowed him up just enough, allowing Sanders the chance to power underneath to scoop up the top spot. Bernal was able to diamond the exit off turn two however, and drive back underneath to re-take the lead.
As the pair rounded the fourth corner coming to the checkered flag Bernal slid up and Sanders got to his inside, with slight contact taking place, and was able to nip him at the line for the stunning win. The official margin of victory was just 0.086 seconds. Sanders ended up claiming five of the 12 races held this season with the Ocean Sprints, after coming off a season in which he scored nine wins.
Bernal’s runner up effort matched his best career Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo finish aboard the Mike Phulps owned Metal Works No. 56 machine. The versatile driver was the youngest Wingless Sprint Car champion at Ocean Speedway when he claimed the title at just 14 years of age. “That was a great race tonight, although I wish we could have come out on top of course. Justin (Sanders) is always tough here so to race like that with him is a testament to my guys. We’re getting better & better with the wing and that gives me a lot of confidence. We’ll get a win here one of these days. We’ve been knocking on the door and getting closer.”
Campbell’s Brent Kaeding had a solid run in the feature to come third at the helm of the Al’s Roofing Supply/ High Five Pizza No. 69 Sprinter. The two-time Ocean Sprints champ made some nice moves to slide underneath cars and earn a podium finish. “It was a good run for us tonight so I’m happy to be standing on the front stretch. The guys gave me a really good car all night and I had a great seat to watch Sanders & Bernal in the feature. That was an outstanding race between those two so hopefully the fans enjoyed it, because I know I did. We’ll be back here October 7 with KWS and hope everyone will bring a friend as well.”
Rounding out the top-five was 12th starter Bud Kaeding of Campbell and this year’s Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo champion Brad Furr. It marked the second track title for the Stockton driver, who earned one win this year and used solid consistency to bring home the championship. “We’re really happy to wrap up our second title tonight. I want to give a big thanks to each & every person that helps out on this team and supports us. We love coming over here to Ocean Speedway. It’s one of the best tracks in California and we hope to keep doing this for as long as we can. We’ll head up to Chico next week to try and have some fun at the Fall Nationals.”
The top-10 was completed by Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Corralitos’ Jerry Bonnema, Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson and Hanford’s DJ Netto. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com
Ryan Bernal won the night’s dash, with Brent Kaeding, Colby Copeland and Justin Sanders claiming the heat races. Brad Furr started off the night by setting his fourth Ray Scheidts Electric Fast Time of the year by clocking a blazing fast 11.511 around the quarter-mile.
The Sprint Car season at Ocean Speedway comes to a close on Friday October 7 with the third & final appearance this year by the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.
Chuck Hebing wins a thriller Outlaw Fall Nationals
Contact: Paul Harkenrider
(Dundee, NY) Local driver and sprint car great, Chuck Hebing showed he still has it as the Ontario, New York driver passes Josh Weller on the final lap to win the inaugural Outlaw Fall Nationals to score his first 360 Sprint car win at Outlaw Speedway since 2012.
Central Pennsylvania driver, Mark Smith brought the 25 car field to the green flag lining up alongside URC competitor Josh Weller. Smith would take the early lead but the lap would not count because of a right rear flat on the No. 10c of Jeff Cook. The field would reset and Weller would grab the lead on the outside and lead the way in the opening laps.
Smith would be running in second before overcooking turn four on lap six and falling back several positions outside the top ten. This put Chuck Hebing into the runner up spot followed by Dylan Westbrook, Kyle Drum, and Shawn Donath.
The next caution flew on lap four when Tommy Wickham and Mike Koehler would get together on the front stretch slowing the field down.
A double file restart would put Hebing on the outside of Weller allowing him to the lead which put Weller back to the runner up spot racing with Westbrook and Donath in the top five at the time. Also making their way through the pack was Paulie Colagiovanni, Davie Franek and Jared Zimbardi as they would be battling for a top five run in the second half of the race.
However, on lap 15, lap traffic would slowly play a factor in this one where Weller would take that to his advantage by passing Hebing again on lap 16 to reclaim the top spot.
Hebing would fall back as far as fourth while Dylan Westbrook and Jared Zimbardi would begin to show their noses in the final ten laps.
Then on lap 27, Westbrook would pull alongside Weller for the race lead as the two exited corners one and two with lap traffic also in the mix. This allowed ‘The Cobra’ to go back on the outside two laps later, taking back the race lead, and sealing the victory over Weller and Westbrook who completed the podium, respectively.
Jared Zimbardi would come home in a close fourth followed by Davie Franek shortly after. Mark Smith fell back as far as 11th but would come back and settle for a solid sixth place finish. Shawn Donath who had started 11th would remain in the top ten all night and finish seventh for the No. 53. Joe Trenca would win his heat, start eighth and finish eighth, as Justin Barger would start 19th and pass nine cars to crack himself in the top 10. Kyle Drum got to as high as fourth but fell back in the second half of the night and finish 9th.
The Patriot Sprint Tour returns to the Fonda Speedway today (September 24), paying $3,073 in honor of Kramer Williamson. Racing is set to start 7:00 p.m. For more information, please be too sure to Like ‘Patriot Sprint Tour’ on facebook as well as following @PatriotSprints on twitter and Instagram. You can also log onto patriotsprinttour.com.
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Outlaw Fall Nationals Quick Results
A Main: CHUCK HEBING, Josh Weller, Dylan Westbrook, Jared Zimbardi, Davie Franek, Mark Smith, Shawn Donath, Joe Trenca, Justin Barger, Jonathan Preston, Steve Collins, Glenn Styres, Steve Glover, Parker Evans, Jason Barney, Darryl Ruggles, Matt Tanner, Chad Miller, Pete Richardson, Dave Just, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jeff Cook, Kyle Drum, Tommy Wickham, Mike Kohler
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Hosting Vermont’s Biggest Sprint Car Event on Sunday
Changes made to “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” event
Andrew Cassidy/Devil's Bowl Speedway photo
For Immediate Release
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The final Sprint Car event of the Vermont racing season is at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. The second annual Fabian Earthmoving “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” is ready to hit the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl with the stars of the wild, winged, and wicked-fast Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) tour.
Although Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials this week were forced to make modifications to the event for 2016, the race remains the highest-paying Sprint Car race in Vermont in 2016. An unfortunate scheduling conflict with a recently-added event in New York State led to the changes. With the indication that many of the outside Sprint Car teams that were expected to be at Devil’s Bowl will be elsewhere, both the prize purse and the general admission ticket price for the ‘Nationals’ race have been reduced.
“I was beyond disappointed to find out that many of the teams from the Empire Super Sprints series and the Patriot Sprint Tour that participated in the first ‘Nationals’ event last year may be racing somewhere else this weekend,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “We received a lot of help from Dean Reynolds from ESS in trying to pull everything together but neither one of us can control race teams or other track promoters, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to announce these changes now rather than surprise everyone on race day. We will get together over the winter and look at our options for hopefully bringing ESS back to Devil’s Bowl in 2017.”
Without the support of the extra teams that had been expected, Bruno said, Devil’s Bowl Speedway is not able to absorb the total posted purse of more than $12,500 that was previously advertised. The revised payout will still distribute nearly double that of a regular SCoNE purse, with $1,000 to the winner of the 30-lap race and a minimum of $200 to all drivers.
Bruno also noted that while some outside teams may still travel to Devil’s Bowl for the ‘Nationals’ event, the general admission ticket price has been reduced to $18 for adults.
“We’re definitely looking forward to the race this Sunday, but we have to do what’s right for our local fans,” Bruno said. “I’m disappointed that a new promoter added an event for the same cars on the same day as our race, but Devil’s Bowl will still have a fun event with great action. The SCoNE races this year have been outstanding, and we still encourage any outside teams with a 360 or 305 Sprint Car to come try Devil’s Bowl. The straightaways are long and the corners are tight, but there are two good grooves and the driver plays a bigger role than the engine. If you’re brave enough, there’s money to be made on the outside lane here.”
All of SCoNE’s top racers will be at Devil’s Bowl on Sunday evening. “Professor” Chris Donnelly, Bobby Hackel, Will Hull, and Jake Williams have each visited victory lane at Devil’s Bowl this year, while Danny “The Show” Douville, Kevin Chaffee, and local favorite Lacey Hanson each seek their first wins of 2016 at the track. Donnelly clinched his fifth SCoNE tour championship last week at Bear Ridge Speedway, but the Devil’s Bowl track title is up for grabs; Donnelly has just a 10-point lead on Hackel, a Sprint Car rookie, and Williams is only 13 back.
Devil’s Bowl’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions are also in action on Sunday as the track championship point battles approach the end of the season. The Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modifieds will run a 35-lap feature race, while the Rosen & Berger Renegades and the Portland Glass Mini Stocks will each run 20-lap features. All divisions will also have qualifying heat races.
General admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for teens (age 13-17), and free for kids age 12 and under. Pit passes will be $30 for SCoNE and NASCAR members, and $35 for non-members. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 5:00 p.m.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of Exit 2 off of U.S. Route 4 and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.
Purse Structure Announced for Outlaw Fall Nationals
Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider
Dundee, NY -- The highest paying show so far on the 2016 Patriot Sprint Tour schedule is up next this Friday, September 23.
Drivers representing states and provinces from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Quebec will be making the trip to the newly named Outlaw Speedway (formerly Black Rock Speedway) battling for $5,000, with $400 to start!
The Patriot Sprint Tour most recent event at Outlaw Speedway went down to the wire between 2016 Patriot Sprint Tour Series champion, Jared Zimbardi, and Selinsgrove Speedway track champion, Mark Smith where Zimbardi edged Smith by .04 seconds.
Other dark horses to keep an eye heading into Friday will be Jonathan Preston, of Romulus, New York who finished third behind Smith and Zimbardi. Also include Parker Evans from Owego, NY and Steve Glover from Rochester who have also tabbed podium finishes at Outlaw Speedway this year when the Patriot Sprint Tour was in town.
Add in drivers such as Jason Barney, Chuck Hebing, Davie Franek, Joe Trenca, Paulie Colagiovanni, Larry Kelleher, Coleman Gulick, Tommy Wickham, Dylan Westbrook, Darryl Ruggles, and you will have a very stout field all contending for the $5,000 check!
The show will be run by Patriot Sprint Tour officials, where they will race eight lap heats, which will be lined up by an open draw at the beginning of the night. As per usual, passing points will be awarded for the drivers who have the best finish from where they started. In place of a redraw for the top eight drivers in passing points, there will be a 6 lap dash that will set the grid for the first four rows. There will then be another dash for the drivers who finished in spots in 9th through 14th in passing points brought to you by Evingham Site Excavation. The drivers who finished in positions 15th- 20th, will automatically be locked in for the A Main. The remaining drivers will have to qualify through a B Main. The A-Main will be 30 laps in distance.
Racing is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. with pit gates opening up at 3:00 p.m. and grand stand gates set to open at 5:00 p.m. It is $35.00 to be admitted into the pits and $20.00 to get into the grandstands. Senior Citizens grandstand price is $18.00 while kids 12 and under are free!
Also on the racing card this Friday are Crate Sportsman, IMCA Modified’s, Street Stocks, and 4 Cylinders!
Purse Structure for this Friday’s Outlaw Fall Nationals: 1) $5,000 2) $2,500 3) $1,5004) $1,200 5) $1,1006) $1,000 7) $900 8) $900 9) $700 10) $600 11) $500 12) $475 13) $450 14) $440 15) $430 16) $420 17) $410 18-24) $400. DNQ) $100
Championship night on tap for the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo this Friday at the Ocean Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – September 19, 2016…What started back in April will officially come to a close this Friday night September 23, with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo set for their 2016 season finale at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway.
The event on Friday will ultimately mark the 12th race of the year, in what has been the 10th anniversary season for the Ocean Sprints.
During those races there have been six different winners, including the hottest driver at the speedway as of late, Justin Sanders. The reigning Taco Bravo champion won’t take home the title this year, but has captured a track-high four victories this season, including the last three. The Watsonville based competitor looks to finish off the campaign with win number five on Friday.
Going into the finale Stockton’s Brad Furr is searching to lock-up his second career Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo championship.
The veteran driver has used one win and solid consistency to maintain the point lead for much of the season. He last claimed the title in 2013 and goes into Friday with a 44-point cushion over young upstart Buddy Kofoid of Penngrove. Furr has spent time in his career traveling with the World of Outlaws and throughout California at times, but has found a home at the Ocean Speedway in recent seasons.
Kofoid has also raced to a single victory this season and looks to wrap up Rookie of the Year honors on Friday, something he’s already done at the Placerville Speedway. The talented 14-year-old rising star capped the Placerville campaign with a third place finish in the standings. Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson, Fremont’s Dustin Golobic and another rookie this season, Lucas Ashe of Cottonwood, round out the top-five in points going into Friday.
Other drivers that have picked off wins this season include past Ocean Sprints champs Shane Golobic of Fremont & Tommy Tarlton of Easton, along with two-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Kyle Hirst. Both Golobic & Tarlton have scooped up two victories apiece and have been in the thick of things all season long.
More drivers expected Friday will include Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Salinas’ Jason Chisum, Fresno’s Koen & Kyler Shaw, Corralitos’ Jerry Bonnema, Oakdale’s Shawn Conde, Templeton’s Kaleb Montgomery, San Jose’s Darrell Taylor and others.
The front gate at Ocean Speedway will open at 4:30pm this Friday night with hot laps at 5:30pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. The pit gate will open at 2pm. Friday’s event also features the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sports Mods, American Stocks and 4-Bangers.
All seating will be general admission with adult tickets $17, seniors 65 & older $16, children 6-12 $13 and kids five and under free. A family pack featuring two adults and two kids is available for $55. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California with the physical address being 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.
A-main winners this year: Justin Sanders (4), Shane Golobic & Tommy Tarlton (2), Buddy Kofoid, Brad Furr, Kyle Hirst (1)
Following this Friday the Sprint Car season will then come to a close at the Ocean Speedway on Friday October 7 when the King of the West 410 Sprints invade the quarter-mile.
The Ocean Sprints & Ocean Speedway is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos & the All Star Modified Tour.
Remaining Winged Sprint Car events at Ocean Speedway in 2016
Friday September 23: Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo (Championship Night)
Friday October 7: King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series
Cranston Takes Win in Exciting SSO/URSS Challenge
Longdale, Oklahoma – September 17, 2016 - Current Myers Racing Engines United Rebel Sprint Series point leader Luke Cranston worked lapped traffic to his advantage, taking the lead with two laps to go to win an exciting Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car/URSS co-sanctioned event at Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Oklahoma on Saturday night.
SSO regulars Chris Kelly and Cody Whitworth started on the front row for the twenty-five lap feature with Kelly getting the jump and taking the lead as the green flag fell on the twenty-six car field. Whitworth, Brandon Long and Cranston were the top four running order after the first lap with Kelly holding on to a two car length lead.
Whitworth wasted no time making his move, driving underneath Kelly coming out of turn two to take the lead down the backstretch on lap three. He would open a half stretch lead before reaching the slower cars on lap seven while, behind him, Long would pass Kelly for the runner up position.
Lap ten saw fifth starting Cranston get around Kelly for third as he set his sights on Long and the runner-up position.
At the races midway point it was Whitworth, followed by Long, Cranston, sixth starting Andy Shouse and Kelly as Whitworth’s lead dwindled to six car lengths as the leaders continued to enter slower traffic.
Lap sixteen saw Cranston make his move, passing Long for the runner-up position and looking to cut into the leaders ten car length lead. Meanwhile Shouse, who came into the night current SSO and IMCA Racesaver Sprint national point leader, passed long for the third position with five laps to go.
Heavy traffic slowed Whitworth’s pace up front allowing Cranston to move to within striking distance with three laps to go. Lap twenty-four saw Cranston drive down low coming out of turn two and would take the lead heading down the backstretch.
That would be all the Ness City, Kansas driver would need as he went on to claim the ten car length victory, his third on the Myers Racing Engines URSS national tour and first with SSO.
Whitworth settled for a series best second while Shouse came home third. Long crossed the finish line fourth while
Ty Williams rounded out the top five. The Keizer Aluminum wheels Hard charger of the feature was veteran Mike Peters. “MP” started seventeenth and came home with a ninth place finish.
The full twenty-five laps went caution free with a time of six minutes and forty-seven seconds.
The three, eight lap heat races for the twenty-six car field were won by Cranston, Jeb Werner and Chad Koch.
Longdale Speedway/Longdale, Oklahoma
A Feature: 1) (5) Luke Cranston, 2) (2) Cody Whitworth, 3) (6) Andy Shouse, 4) (3) Brandon Long, 5) (4) Ty Williams, 6) (8) Chad Koch, 7) (1) Chris Kelly, 8) (15) Jake Martens, 9) (17) Mike Peters, 10) (11) Taylor Velasquez, 11) (7) Jeb Werner, 12) (9) Steven Richardson, 13) (19) Joe Wood, Jr., 14) (14) Brian Herbert, 15) (13) Shayla Waddell, 16) (16) Tracy Hill, 17) (21) Blake Dacus, 18) (10) Kip Hughes, 19) (23) Loyd Clevenger, 20) (18) Keefe Hemel, 21) (20) Alison Slaton, 22) (26) Blake Scott, 23) (25) Justin Fisk, 24) (22) Mike Scott, 25) (12) Tanner Conn, 26) (24) Jerry Jumper
Lap Leaders: Kelly 1-2; Whitworth 3-23; Cranston 24-25
Sean Becker Soars To Third Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Win Of Season
Marysville, CA)- For the third time in 2016 Roseville, CA driver, Sean Becker stood in Civil War Series presented by Flowmaser victory lane. Getting by Shane Golobic on the race’s opening lap, Becker would fend off both Golobic and Andy Fosberg to score the win on a very rough and tumble Marysville Raceway on Saturday night.
“It is awesome to get our third Civil War Series feat event win, and to do it at three different tracks makes it that much more special,” Becker said in victory lane in regards to his previous two wins at the Placerville Speedway and Petaluma Speedway. “Dan Monhoff gave me a great car, and the pill draw worked out in our favor for the Dash, and here we are.”
Lining up on the front row alongside fellow former series champion, Shane Golobic, it would be Golobic getting the jump, but Becker would ride the rim around turns one and two and take the lead as the field headed down the back stretch.
The first 10-laps would be hampered by stoppages, but a lap 10 restart would set up a 19-lap green flag run that featured action all over the speedway. With Becker getting the jump on the aforementioned restart, Andy Forsberg would work his way into the second spot as Shane Golobic and DJ Freitas raced for position behind the lead duo.
With bikes and wheelies thrilling the crowd, Becker would be tough up front as he would slice through lapped traffic, though it would allow Forsberg to close in on Becker at times. With Becker looking to be well on his way to the win, the caution flag would fly on the 29th lap setting up a green-white-checkered finish.
Since the race had less than five laps remaining in it, the restart would be single file which allowed Becker to mash his throttle and race away to score his third victory of the season.
Behind him, Andy Forsberg would finish in the second spot, and extend his series point lead with just two races to go, while Shane Golobic took the final spot on the podium. DJ Freitas would turn in very strong showing as he held down the fourth spot at the finish line while Justyn Cox completed the top-five.
Mason Moore would finish in the sixth spot, Chase Madjic seventh, Justin Sanders would charge from 14th to finish eighth, while Bradley Terrell would overcome issues on the opening lap to charge form the back to finish ninth, and Koen Shaw would round out the Top-10.
Cody Lamar would continue to dominate time trials at the Marysville Raceway as the newly crowned track champion earned his 11th fast time award of the season at the speedway.
A three-heat program was in affect on this night and wins would go to Mason Moore, Justyn Cox, and Shane Golobic, while Sean Becker won the Dash.
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: HORSTMAN, SMITH, KINNEY, TAKE WINS AT BURGER BARN NIGHT BEFORE THE NATIONALS
By Clayton Johns & Tommy Goudge (Friday, September 16, 2016) – 119 drivers signed in to race in the Night Before The Nationals presented by Burger Barn on Friday. Jared Horstman, Mark Smith, Paul Kinney, Steve Poirier, Yan Bilodeau, Rob Hoskins, and Paul Longboat visited Mobil 1 Victory Lane.
NIGHT BEFORE THE NATIONALS 360 SPRINT CARS (60 entries)
— The first race on the schedule for the evening was a makeup A-Feature for the Empire Super Sprints tour which was postponed by weather on August 5. Jordan Poirier and Paul Kinney brought the 24 car field to the green flag after Steve Poirier dropped off the front row with brake issues. Jordan Poirier and Kinney exchanged slide jobs twice over the opening three laps before Kinney emerged with the lead.
Kinney was in traffic 10 laps in, and holding off Ohsweken regular Dylan Westbrook at the same time. The race was slowed on lap 12 when Dave Dykstra coasted to a stop with a flat tire. Following the restart, Shawn Donath got by Westbrook for second, while Kinney stayed up front.
Donath took the lead from Kinney in turn three on lap 19, and the two drivers continued to battle in traffic. Kinney retook the lead coming to the white flag, and held off Donath to secure his first career win at Ohsweken. While he didn’t start the race, Steve Poirier had already locked up his seventh career Empire Super Sprints championship.
— Jared Horstman led the first of the Twin 15 lap Night Before The Nationals A-Features to the green flag. Dylan Westbrook quickly jumped up to second, while Bryan Howland and Steve Poirier battled for third.
The race was slowed twice, on laps 7 and 10. Westbrook took the lead from Horstman after each restart, but the latter driver consistently maintained his pace and retook the lead. Horstman went back to the outside lane on lap 11, and took the lead from Westbrook for good one lap later after a side-by-side race for the top spot.
Westbrook and Poirier swapped the runner-up spot several times over the final two laps before Poirier came away with that position ahead of Westbrook. Horstman earned a guaranteed starting spot in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Feature with the Night Before The Nationals victory.
— Mark Smith lined up third for the second Twin 15, but wasted no time darting to the lead past pole-sitter Brandon Wimmer in turn one. Yan Bilodeau quickly drove to second, while Jordan Thomas raced into third.
Smith dominated the race, leading by a full straightaway before Bilodeau reeled him in while they raced through traffic. Smith wouldn’t be stopped though, as he navigated through the traffic without incident to claim his guaranteed starting spot in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Feature.
— Empire Super Sprints champion Steve Poirier led all 12 laps of the Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout for his second win of the weekend, following a heat race win earlier in the night. Poirier stayed ahead of NRA Sprint Invaders champion Jared Horstman and Ohsweken Speedway champion Mitch Brown to claim the victory.
— Yan Bilodeau started at the front of the 13 lap Kevin Ward Jr. Young Stars Challenge, and held off Southern Ontario Sprints champion Dylan Westbrook for the victory. The youngest starter in the race was 15-year-old Paulie Colagiovanni, while the oldest was 21-year-old Devin Caron.
AUGUST 5 ESS MAKEUP A-FEATURE (25 laps – NT)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 19k Paul Kinney (4)
2. 53 Shawn Donath (10)
3. 47x Dylan Westbrook (8)
4. 87 Jason Barney (18)
5. 67p Jordan Poirier (1)
6. 88c Chad Miller (11)
7. 10 Jeff Cook (23)
8. 0 Glenn Styres (3)
9. 10b Mitch Brown (17)
10. 69k Scott Kreutter (6)
11. 80 Chris Steele (13)
12. 91 Ryan Turner (9)
13. 10c Paulie Colagiovanni (19)
14. 33 Brandon Kidd (20)
15. 90 Matt Tanner (14)
16. 31 John Burbridge Jr. (7)
17. 99 Tim Axton (16)
18. 2 Dave Axton (21)
19. DNF 14h Jim Huppunen (12)
20. DNF 5d Dave Dykstra (5)
21. DNF 61 Parker Evans (22)
22. DNF 17x Dain Naida (24)
23. DNF 38 Tyler Hendricks (15)
DNS. 28fm Steve Poirier (2)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Paul Kinney (1, 3-18, 24-25), Jordan Poirier (2), Shawn Donath (19-23)
Hard Charger – Jason Barney (+14)
TWIN 15 #1 (15 laps – NT)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 17 Jared Horstman (1)
2. 28fm Steve Poirier (6)
3. 47x Dylan Westbrook (4)
4. 51 Bryan Howland (3)
5. 67p Jordan Poirier (10)
6. 10b Mitch Brown (13)
7. 2m Dustin Daggett (7)
8. 97 Cory Turner (15)
9. 53 Shawn Donath (8)
10. 6 Curtis Gartly (12)
11. 9 Steve Lyons (2)
12. 10p Paulie Colagiovanni (9)
13. 61 Parker Evans (5)
14. 28 Phil Gressman (14)
15. 27z Stan Zanchin (11)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Jared Horstman (1-7, 12-15), Dylan Westbrook (8-11)
Hard Charger – Mitch Brown (+7)
TWIN 15 #2 (15 laps – 4:00.669)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 55 Mark Smith (3)
2. 123 Yan Bilodeau (6)
3. 79 Jordan Thomas (5)
4. 18 Ryan Susice (10)
5. 1z Jessica Friesen (14)
6. 87 Jason Barney (2)
7. f55 Alex Vigneault (4)
8. 2 Kyle Sauder (7)
9. 14 Coleman Gulick (11)
10. 88c Chad Miller (8)
11. 77x Alex Hill (12)
12. 3g Brandon Wimmer (1)
13. 0 Glenn Styres (9)
14. 2w Lee Winger (13)
15. 11j Chris Jones (15)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Mark Smith (1-15)
Hard Charger – Jessica Friesen (+9)
STRICKLAND’S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS (17 entries)
Holly Porter set a new time trial track record and lined up on the pole for the final full length Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car race of the season. Second starter Mack DeMan challenged Porter for the lead at the halfway mark as he cut into a significant lead which Porter had built.
A pair of cautions slowed the race in the latter half of the 20 lap affair, and Porter proved strong enough to hold off Mack DeMan for the win. Jesse McDonald drove to a strong 3rd place finish, followed by Shone Evans and Ryan Hunsinger.
Mike Thorne was the only one of the four eligible drivers to accept the “602 Challenge”, and charged from the back of the field to finish 6th.
"602 CHALLENGE" A-FEATURE (20 laps – NT)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 1 Holly Porter (1)
2. 4 Mack DeMan (2)
3. 88 Jesse McDonald (5)
4. 87x Shone Evans (3)
5. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (4)
6. 55 Mike Thorne (15)
7. 49h Jerry Hill (6)
8. 12 Brad Herron (9)
9. 99 Jordan Hill (10)
10. 10g Ed Green (8)
11. 68 Aaron Turkey (7)
12. 18x Davey Boughton (12)
13. 6m Eric McGlone (13)
14. 9 Paul Ballantyne (11)
15. 51 Brent Wheller (17)
16. 51x Trevor Young (16)
17. DNF 5 Alex Schuts (14)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Holly Porter (1-20)
Hard Charger – Mike Thorne (+9)
CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
(September 17, 2017) - Racing at Ohsweken Speedway scheduled for Saturday, September 17th has been postponed to Sunday, September 18th due to inclement weather.
All race times from Saturday’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals schedule will carry over to Sunday, with hot laps scheduled for 6:00pm, followed by time trials at 6:30pm, and racing at 7:30pm. Tech inspection will begin at 11am on Sunday for cars that were not already inspected today.
Please visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.
Weekend of Money Rapidly Approaching for the Best 360 Sprint Car Teams of the Northeast
Contact: Paul T, Harkenrider
Sodus, NY-- Three straight days, three excellent paying shows for the best 360 Sprint Car drivers in the Northeast as competitors from the Patriot Sprint Tour, Empire Super Sprints, and the United Racing Club collide once again for a three-day weekend visiting facilities in central New York on September 23-25.
The weekend will begin at the newly named Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, New York on Friday, September 23 for the inauguration of the Outlaw Fall Nationals presented by M&W Aluminum Products. The show will pay $5,000 to the winner with $400 just to start the “A” main.
There have been three 360 Sprint Car events so far at Outlaw Speedway, two of them have been won by 2016 Patriot Sprint Tour Series Champion, Jared Zimbardi of Bradford, PA The other winner was Central PA driver, Mark Smith who finished second to Zimbardi back on August 5 by just .04 seconds.
The next stop will be Saturday, September 24 at the Fonda Speedway for the Kramer Williamson Memorial that will pay $3,073 to win. The Patriot Sprint Tour made its first ever visit to the historic facilities back on May 28 and it was Spraker’s, NY driver Stewart Friesen scoring the win over Danny Varin and Cory Sparks. The show will also be in conjunction with the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series.
The weekend concludes at the ‘Fast Track,’ Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, NY for the tour’s first and only visit of the 2016 season. The event will also pay $5,000 to win, and an incredible $500 to start! It will also pay $100 for each who fails to qualify.
All three shows will be sanctioned and operated by Patriot Sprint Tour Officials. The format will be PST where drivers will draw for heats, and passing points will set qualifying order. The top eight heat point earners will redraw for the first 4 rows of the “A” main with the 9 to 14 going into the Evingham Site Excavation Scramble Dash for Cash. The remainder of the 24 car field will come through the “B” main finishes.
Short Track Nationals – The Ideal Weekend
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 14, 2016) – An ideal weekend and an unrivaled purse for the 360-ci Sprint Car ranks sets up a tremendous 29th edition of I-30 Speedway’s COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.
After last year’s edition fell victim to Mother Nature, the STN will be back in strong fashion with a $15,000 winner’s share up for grabs at the prestigious event set for November 2-5 in Little Rock, AR, with a minimum of $2,000 just to start the November 5 STN championship finale.
And, in a leap year with schedules jumbled all about, the shift to the first weekend of November should prove advantageous for the storied Short Track Nationals.
All Stars are done two weeks previous at Atomic and World of Outlaws wrap up with World Finals one week earlier at Charlotte. And with an idle week on the ASCS schedule, all winged Sprint Car roads should ultimately lead to Little Rock for Short Track Nationals festivities.
An open weekend this time could easily push the count back to the triple digit range last enjoyed in 2013 when 105 cars flocked to the high-banked ¼-mile for a shot at some serious loot.
The 2013 edition was just one of five times since 2007 that the count has topped 100 cars with a high water mark of 125 in 2010. Only once since 2003 has the count been less than 90.
More than $73,000 will be doled out in the November 5 Short Track Nationals 40-lap championship feature alone with in excess of $100,000 to be distributed over the course of the weekend.
Now a top contender with the Camping World NASCAR Truck series, Christopher Bell still reigns as the defending STN champion after beating Aaron Reutzel and Brian Brown to the stripe in 2014 to become the youngest winner in event history at just 19 years of age.
Bell joined a prestigious list of STN winners that includes names such as Swindell, Kinser, Sweet, Meyers, McMahan, Wright, Crawley, Bruce, Jr., a couple of Johnsons and more.
Aside from 2001 STN champion Jason Sides topping the World of Outlaws at I-30 Speedway in April, veteran STN contender and 1998 champion Tim Crawley has been hard to stop atop the ¼-mile clay oval this season.
The only one to put the brakes on Crawley this year in 360-ci competition at I-30 has been Andy McElhannon, who topped the initial event of the season in March and then put a halt to Crawley’s four-race win streak the last time out on September 3.
Another STN tuneup is on the slate for this Saturday night with a $4,646 winner’s share up for grabs at the Ralph Henson Memorial.
STN entries have already started rolling in, with entry forms for the event available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/2016%20STN%20Flyer.pdf. Entries received by October 26 just $150, with entries after that at $250.
The Pertinent Info:
The What: 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.
The Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road).
The When: November 2-5, 2016.
The Past Winners:
2009-Tony Bruce, Jr.
2008-Tony Bruce, Jr.
For more information regarding I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, check at www.i-30speedway.com or call the track at 501-455-4567.
MORE THAN 70 DRIVERS READY FOR 12TH ANNUAL CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND!
by Tommy Goudge (September 14, 2016) – Ohsweken, Ontario – The 12th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend at Ohsweken Speedway is almost here. With over 70 cars pre-entered, anticipation is high for the track’s signature event.
The 2016 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will kick off with a Test & Tune session on Thursday, September 15, while racing will commence Friday, September 16 with the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals, and finish with the 12th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 17. Several records could fall this weekend, including the high of 77 entrants set in 2009.
The 2015 edition of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals produced one of the best races in Ohsweken Speedway history, as Bryan Howland (Union Springs NY) drove from 20th to 1st, edging out 3-time CSCN winner Steve Poirier (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC), Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo IN), and Mark Smith (Sunbury PA) for the $12,000 prize. All four of those drivers will be back this weekend, along with dozens more.
Among those set to challenge Howland, Poirier, Price-Miller, and Smith are; 2014 CSCN winner Jessica Friesen (née Zemken) (Sprakers NY), 2011 CSCN winner Sam Hafertepe Jr. (Sunnyvale TX), and Brandon Wimmer (Fairmount IN). While Wimmer is a CSCN rookie, his Gaerte/Norman #3g team has been to victory lane three times at CSCN with current World of Outlaws standout Shane Stewart.
Champions from all over the region are sure to make noise this weekend as well, including Great Lakes Super Sprints champ Chase Ridenour (Perry MI), National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders champ Jared Horstman (Cloverdale OH), Ohsweken Speedway Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car champ Mitch Brown (Brantford ON), Patriot Sprint Tour champ Jared Zimbardi (Bradford PA), and Southern Ontario Sprints champ Dylan Westbrook (Scotland ON). Meanwhile, Steve Poirier is likely to lock up his 7th career Empire Super Sprints title this Friday at Ohsweken when the ESS tour makes up their A-Feature which was rained out on August 5.
At least a dozen entrants will be going after the Fine Touch Collision Rookie of the Nationals Award this weekend, including; Amber Balcaen (Winnipeg MB), Cole MacDonald (Waterdown ON), Brandon Wimmer, Steve Lyons (Carlisle ON), Zach Weigand (Syracuse NY), Coleman Gulick (Binghamton NY), Josh Shantz (St. Agatha ON), Matt Billings (Brockville ON), Alex Vigneault (Trois-Rivieres QC), Jordan Poirier (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC), Pete Richardson (Vernon NY), Chad Miller (Amsterdam NY), and Jake Brown (Brantford ON).
All those names barely scratch the surface of the star-studded lineup ready to take on Canada's largest Sprint Car event this weekend. Don't miss it!
Make sure to get your tickets and campsite reservations for the 2016 CSCN weekend! Call 519 717-0023 or visit www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information.
CSCN ENTRY INFO
Entries continue to be accepted for the 2016 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Teams are asked to submit their basic entry information online at the following link: http://ohswekenspeedway.ca/?page_id=5093
The 2016 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will kick off with a Test & Tune session on Thursday, September 15, while racing will commence Friday, September 16 with the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals, and finish with the 12th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 17.
The 12th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals will include group time trials for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus 6 Heat Races, 3 B-Features, a Dash, 15 lap “Little Feature”, and the 35 lap A-Feature which will pay the winner $12,000 from the lucrative purse. The Ohsweken Speedway Thunder Stocks will be the support division for the 360 Sprint Cars on Saturday, September 17, along with special Dash For Cash races for the top drivers from the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks.
This year’s Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals again includes a pair of 15 lap A-Features for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus the Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout, Kevin Ward, Jr. Young Stars Challenge, the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car "602 Challenge", HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bombers. The Empire Super Sprints will also make up their rained-out A-Feature from Friday, August 5 at the Night Before the Nationals.
Both of the Twin 15 A-Feature winners on Friday will be guaranteed a starting spot in the Saturday night Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Feature.
The Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout features the top drivers from the Empire Super Sprints, Great Lakes Super Sprints, National Racing Alliance, Ohsweken Speedway Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak Sprint Cars, Patriot Sprint Tour, and Southern Ontario Sprints, plus two “Wild Card” entries.
The youngest drivers signed in for competition on the Night Before the Nationals will make up the 13 car starting field for the 13 lap Kevin Ward, Jr. “Young Stars Challenge”.
Teams traveling to Ohsweken from outside Canada are encouraged to click on the Competitors Info link on www.OhswekenSpeedway.com – direct link: http://ohswekenspeedway.ca/?page_id=1493 – to view and print documents which will help you in the international border crossing process.
The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals has been the annual season-closing event at Ohsweken Speedway since 2005, and brings together drivers and teams from several affiliated sanctioning organizations in the area, plus teams and drivers from all over North America. The event has drawn an average of 70 entries for the 11 previous editions, with a total of 238 different drivers from 16 American states, 5 Canadian provinces, Australia, and New Zealand taking part.
PAST CSCN WINNERS:
2005 – Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville OH
2006 – Steve Poirier, Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC
2007 – Steve Poirier, Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC
2008 – Wayne Johnson, Mustang OK
2009 – Shane Stewart, Bixby OK
2010 – Shane Stewart, Bixby OK
2011 – Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale TX
2012 – Steve Poirier, Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil QC
2013 – Shane Stewart, Bixby OK
2014 – Jessica Zemken, Sprakers NY
2015 – Bryan Howland, Auburn NY
Andy Forsberg Extends Civil War Series Point Lead With 5th Place Finish In Chico, CA
Having a little fun over the last week and running a pair of USAC/CRA non-wing races, Andy Forsberg and his C&M Motorsports team also took part in an important Civil War Series race where a fifth place finish slightly extended their series point lead with just three races left.
“It was an interesting week for the C&M Motorsports team,” Andy Forsberg said. “We ran some non wing stuff, and a Civil War show, and extended our point lead. Monday night the track was a little too aggressive for me, and Thursday night we had some bad luck, but all in all it was a decent weekend.”
During Wednesday night’s Civil War Series event, Forsberg came out strong as he timed the PT Shocks/Autism Awareness/PitStopUSA backed No. 7c machine in third fastest in his time trial group before finishing third in his heat race.
With the split qualifying Forsberg would find himself outside of the dash, but with a car scratching he would end up starting in the eighth spot. With the track having rubber down very early in the race, Forsberg’s start would prove to be important as he was in the fifth spot by the second lap.
Hanging in the fifth spot for the next 28-laps, Forsberg would pick up a couple more points as he seeks out his ninth career series crown.
Monday night saw Andy and company check in at the Petaluma Speedway for some USAC/CRA action. On a track that was heavy and rough, Forsberg was admittedly out of his comfort zone in the feature event.
Timing in 13th quickest, he would finish fifth in his heat race before finishing fifth in the B Main. Lining up 12th in the feature, Forsberg would work his way up to the seventh spot where he would ‘hang on’ to finish.
Thursday night saw Forsberg make his second and final non wing start of the season, and he would time in 14th fastest and finish fourth in his heat race and again find himself in the 12th starting spot.
Working his way forward on the heavy surface, Forsberg would work his way up into the eighth spot before an axle would get go on the 11th lap and end his night.
“I have to thank everyone who helped us out all week,” Forsberg said. “Heavy D an Cody did their best to get me comfortable in the non wing stuff, and luckily we were able to survive Wednesday’s show and still have the point lead.”
Cody Lamar Claims First Career Marysville Track Title
Heading into the Marysville Raceway season finale with a slim five-point lead, Cody Lamar took car of business and claimed his first ever track championship.
“It feels great to finally get a championship,” Cody Lamar said “I owe it all to my family for making it possible for me to race.”
With a ton still on the line during the final point race of the season, Lamar did what he has done a majority of the time at the Marysville Raceway and that was set quick time during qualifications.
Finishing fourth in his heat race, Lamar would draw the three pill and line up in the second row for the 25-lap season finale feature event. With Jeremy Burt up front, it was extremely important for Lamar to keep pace and stay out of trouble.
Deciding to not push the issue at times, Lamar would work into the second spot and take what was given to him. Keeping pace with the race leader, Lamar saw the big picture and opted to run second and claim the track championship.
After claiming the title, Lamar and company wasted no time getting back to action as they traveled to the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA to take on the Civil War Series on Wednesday night.
Timing in sixth fastest in his qualifying group, Lamar would struggle a bit on the slick Silver Dollar Speedway surface and he would be forced into the B Main, where he would then transfer into the feature event.
With rubber on the speedway for the feature, Lamar’s starting position made things tough on him. Pleased with his speed, Lamar would ultimately get caught up in a tangle and his night would come to a close.
“Wednesday night we just went the wrong way in our heat race, and it put us in the back of the pack for the feature,” Lamar said. “We had some okay speed in the A, but with the rubber down, we really couldn’t go anywhere.”
Civil War Series presented by Flowmaser Takes To Marysville Raceway Saturday Night
Aptos, CA- Just three races separate Andy Forsberg or Mason Moore from being crowned the 2016 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Champion, and after taking part in the Gold Cup Race of Champions last Wednesday night, the series heads back to the north state this Saturday to take part in the second and final event at the Marysville Raceway.
With the championship battle still in single digits with the season coming to a close, both Forsberg and Moore will be gunning to earn the maximum points and earn some breathing room as the championship battle as come down to a two horse race.
In 2016, Forsberg’s lone series win came at the Marysville Raceway during the Mel Hall Memorial back in May, and should be complete the season sweep it would give him the breathing room he is looking for.
While Moore comes into the event looking for his first win of the season, he too would be considered a threat at the Marysville Raceway as he ran up front back in May and captured a fourth place finish.
During the series’ most recent event, it was Mitchell Faccinto taking it to a stout field of 52 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster cars. Faccinto clean swept the night and established a new all time 360ci track record in doing so at the Silver Dollar Speedway.
As the season comes to a close, another stout field is expected to be on hand aside from the two championship contenders. Other drivers that are likely be at the Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday night include freshly minted Marysville Raceway track champion, Cody Lamar, Michael Ing, Koen and Kyler Shaw, Justin Sanders, Sean Becker, Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, Chase Majdic, Justyn Cox and many more.
Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway, the front gates are scheduled to open at 5pm with cars expected to be on the track for hot laps by 530pm. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate with adult tickets going for $18, juniors and seniors for $13, children for $6, and kids 5 and under are free.
September 17th- Marysville Raceway
September 24th- Petaluma Speedway
November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)
URSS Rebels ready for Longdale Speedway and Byers Saturday Night
After a weekend off for the IMCA RaceSaver Nationals the United Rebel Sprint Series is back in action this weekend as the National Points chase visits Longdale Speedway and the Colorado region sees action at Colorado Motor Sports Park. With the season winding down gaining points for those closing in on titles are imperative.
The Sprint Series of Oklahoma and the URSS will be co-sanctioning a Myers Engine Service event in Longdale Oklahoma at the 3/8’s mile Longdale Speedway. With only two races left in the chase for the title Luke Cranston holds a 46 point lead over second place Zach Blurton. Both have claimed two wins each in National Events this season. The battle for spots three through five is the one to watch with a total of eight points separate those positions. Plainville Kansas’s Jed Werner holds a slim two point lead over McCook Nebraska’s Darren Berry with Dodge City Kansas’s Brian Herbert eight points back. The next two races will be critical to the driver’s finishing positions in 2016.
Drivers running the IMCA Racesaver 305-ci motors have a chance to obtain national as well as regional points with the series and the growth of that class has exploded over the past two years. Sprint Series of Texas, SSO, Sprint Series of Nebraska have all burst on to the scene while the URSS has been in existence for several years. Current Sprint Series of Oklahoma Point Standings: 1) Andy Shouse 2) Joe Wood, Jr., 3) Brandon Long 4) Shayla Waddell , 5) Chris Kelly
The combined SSO/URSS event at Longdale Speedway will pay $1000 to win with $250 to start and will be the last sprint event slated for the track in 2016. Gates open at 5:00 PM with race time slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand admission tickets are just $15 for adults, $12 for all seniors and military while ages 12 and under will be admitted free.
Longdale Speedway is located a quarter mile south of town on Hwy 58. More information on the big three-eighths mile track and facility can be found on the tracks official website: www.longdalespeedway.net or by accessing their official facebook page: Longdale Speedway. More race information call (580) 886-5375.
The URSS Colorado region will be in action once again at Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers Colorado as well Saturday night. With only two more races to be held the points picked up over the next events will determine who will grace the stage at the 2016 URSS Banquet. The 3/8’s mile oval has been racy this season and the points standings reflect that. Austin Mclean holds down the number one spot over Zac Blurton in the runner up spot. Third belongs to Justin Medlock who is twenty two points back, with Scott Cochran, Scott Rhoades, Coby Pearce, Brian Hardman, Luke Lucero, Clint Shubert and Nic Sutton all within ninety four points of each from positions three through ten. Look for Saturdays race to tighten up the points standings.
It's Carson McCarl Topping the UMSS Portion of the Richert Memorial
New Richmond, WI
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (9-10-16)
The final event on the schedule for the UMSS winged sprint car division is also one of more prestigious events held in the Upper Midwest each season. This year was the 16th Annual Jerry Richert Sr. Memorial featuring the IRA Outlaw Sprints, the UMSS Winged Sprints and the UMSS Traditional Sprints. Winning this race is always special, and young Carson McCarl of Altoona, IA etched his name in the record books as he led the final 21 laps in the UMSS winged sprint car feature race to claim his first-ever series victory. From the famous McCarl racing family out of Iowa, Carson had run several times in the past with the UMSS. Coming north for the double header memorial races at Princeton and Cedar Lake, McCarl more than made the trip worthwhile with his $2,000 victory on Saturday night. McCarl celebrated his win along with his team in Rock Auto Victory Lane. Commenting after the races, McCarl indicated how much fun he had during the weekend and said, "See you next year at this event."
The other significant battle going on during the UMSS feature race was of course the battle for the UMSS GRP Motorsports High Five Championship Bonus and series point title. Ryan Bowers of Ham Lake had seen his 48 point lead erased the night before at Princeton, as both he and three-time series champion Jerry Richert, Jr. of Forest Lake came into the night TIED for the top spot in the standings. Simply put, the driver who finished the feature race in front of the other would end up winning the championship. To add another interesting twist to the chase for the championship, Bowers would find himself behind the wheel of the potent 34DD Donnohue car while Richert drove his own car with the number 62 on it in an attempt to win the race that he so dearly would like to win. The night before at Princeton, Richert was in the 34DD car. Bowers own 199 car had too much damage from the night before, so Pat Donnohue stepped up and put him in the 34DD car with the Mastell Racing Brothers motor in the car. That set the stage for the evening.
Following heat race wins by John Schulz, Derrik Lusk and Bowers, the Challenge Races were won by Jamie Ball and Rager Phillips. The all-important double round of points earned would see Bowers, McCarl, Schulz and Lee Grosz earn the chance to draw for the top four starting spots. For the second night in a row, Schulz drew the pole position with Bowers sitting outside. Bowers blasted into the early lead with McCarl trailing. Matching his car number, McCarl took control on lap 6 and would not relinquish the lead. The race was slowed on three occasions, the first with four laps in when Phillips spun in turn 4. After McCarl got the lead, Lee Grosz eventually worked his way into second on lap 11. The laps clicked off under green until Grosz appeared to make contact with the outside concrete wall just before turn 3 and flipped over once to bring out the red. Grosz was towed to the pits with front end damage. Phillips had some problems again in turn 4 on the restart and spun to bring out the final caution and end his night.
McCarl led the remainder of the race, as the feature actually ran 26 laps instead of 25 (an extra bonus lap for the fans). Those following the UMSS point battle were focused on Bowers and Richert. Bowers had slid back a few positions in the field and in the waning laps, Richert closed in but came up one spot short at the checkers. Brooke Tatnell crossed the finish line in second behind McCarl, but Tatnell failed to cross the scales after the race and was disqualified. This moved Derrik Lusk up to the $1,000 second spot, and he also earned the $150 GRP Motorsports Hard Charger Award. Finishing third was John Schulz ahead of Bowers and Richert. Rounding out the top ten finishers was Graf, Ball, Mark Toews, Leigh Thomas and Dean Brown.
Chris Graf handily won his second consecutive Midwest Power Series title and the top prize of $1,000. Following the races, the Midwest Power Series Dice Roll Gamble took place at UMSS pit headquarters. The top ten drivers in the Midwest Powers Series points earned the chance to throw four dice in order to see if they might win $100,000. The top two finishers in the UMSS Traditional sprint car feature were also given an opportunity to roll the dice. For the ten Midwest Power Series drivers, a $500 bonus from GRP Motorsports was on the line for the driver who rolled the highest point total on their dice. In order to win the $100,000 top prize, a driver would have to roll and have all four dice come up with the UMSS logo on the top. Nobody won the $100,000 prize, but Dean Brown rolled a total of 23 points on his dice (the UMSS logo counted as a six for this purpose) and won the $500 GRP Bonus. That means Brown only missed the big prize by one die. That is close for sure, and a smiling Dean Brown gladly accepted the $500 prize.
Congrats to Ryan Bowers on winning his second UMSS winged sprint car championship by a mere three points over Richert. Lee Grosz ended up winning the most feature races (3) during the weather abbreviated 13 race season. Bowers and Graf won twice. Single wins went to Richert, Lusk, Tony Norem and McCarl. Jackson wins for the show point only co-sanctioned races went to Scott Winters and Chris Martin. The UMSS wishes to thank all drivers, crews, teams, fans and sponsors for a successful winged sprint car racing season. Check out the news, results and other information on the UMSS website at www.umsprints.com or visit us on our Facebook page.
UMSS Race Results - Cedar Lake Speedway September 10, 2016 (Race #13 of 13 on the season)
16th Annual Jerry Richert Sr Memorial Feature (26 Laps): 1. 6-Carson McCarl; 2. 2L-Derrik Lusk; 3. 99-John Schulz; 4. 34D-Ryan Bowers; 5. 62-Jerry Richert Jr; 6. 20G-Chris Graf; 7. 5J-Jamie Ball; 8. 5T-Mark Toews; 9. 29-Leigh Thomas; 10. 1D-Dean Brown; 11. 91A-Reed Allex; 12. 52-Jake Lempelius; 13. 85T-Adam Tough; 14. (DNF) 22P-Rager Phillips; 15. (DNF) 4J-Lee Grosz; 16. (DNF) 85-Jason Tostenson; 17. (DNF) 7M-Bob McVitty; 18. (DNF) 74-Roger McVitty; 19. (DNF) 03-Jamey Ogston; 20. (DNF) 13MJ-Brandon Halverson; (DNS) 5-Devin Kline; (DNS) 22-Rick Kobs; (DNS) F16-Tony Rustad; (DQ) 14-Brooke Tatnell
Lap Leader: McCarl 1-26 (Race ran one extra lap.) Cautions: (3) 22P spin turn 4 with 4 laps in. 4J front end damage turn 3 with 19 laps in while running second. 22P spin turn 4 on restart. Note: 14 Tatnell finished second but was DQed after the race for not going to the scale.
Chris Graf Repeats Earlier Princeton Performance to Win Tabor Memorial
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (9-9-16)
The Davey Tabor Memorial found a new home in 2016, as the fifth annual edition moved to the Princeton Speedway for the first time and also moved off of its familiar Memorial Day weekend date to the night before another big memorial race. A strong field of (21) UMSS winged sprints were on hand at the Princeton Speedway on September 8, and when the final checkered flag flew in their feature, Chris Graf of Glencoe had once again passed Brooke Tatnell in another exciting 25 lap UMSS feature to become the winner of the 5th Annual Davey Tabor Memorial. Graf celebrated with his crew in Rock Auto Victory Lane for his second consecutive Princeton win, having won the Billy Anderson Memorial back on August 19 in similar fashion. Graf won $2,334 for his effort and increased his lead in the Midwest Power Series standings coming into the final night at Cedar Lake Speedway.
The UMSS ran their usual double round of qualifiers with heat race wins going to Tatnell, Rager Phillips from Pleasantville, IA and Lee Grosz. Each driver earned $34 for their heat race victory from GRP Motorsports in honor of Dave & Margaret Tabor's car number 34TW. The Challenge races were won by John Schulz from West Burlington, IA and Graf. Margaret Tabor paid $34 to each winner. Grosz, Tatnell, Schulz and Jerry Richert, Jr. were the top four drivers in passing and finishing points. Schulz drew the pole position with Richert to his outside. Richert, a three-time UMSS champion, came into the night 48 points behind Ryan Bowers in his quest for a fourth championship. Bowers was looking for his second consecutive title. Bowers had a very rough heat race and Challenge race, as he rolled his sprint car over in each event after launching off of the top of turn three. Repairs were made and his familiar 199 Mastell Brothers Racing sprint car was able to start the feature.
The 25 lap Davey Tabor Memorial feature would see 20 of the 21 cars on hand take the green flag. Only Reed Allex, who blew his motor in hot laps, was unable to start. The feature would also see another exciting and very entertaining race play out for the fans. Richert led the opening lap by inches over his brother-in-law Tatnell. Tatnell quickly got by Richert in turns 1 & 2 and took the lead, a lead many fans figured he would not relinquish. Tatnell led six laps before Graf, who had come from his fifth starting spot, snuck by to lead lap 8. Tatnell immediately grabbed the top spot back and again led six more laps before Graf regained the lead on lap 15. The next lap saw the lone caution flag wave when Jamey Ogston came to a stop on the front stretch with front end damage on his car. Under this caution, Bowers pulled into the infield.
On the restart, Tatnell tried to take the top spot back but Graf was strong. During the final ten lap green flag run to the checkers, Graf would open up a bit of a lead only to see Tatnell close back in. Tatnell pulled alongside Graf on one occasion but could not regain the lead. At the checkers, Chris Graf had turned in another great run at Princeton for his second UMSS victory of the season as well. Tatnell had to settle for second. Lee Grosz finished third ahead of Richert and Brandon, SD racer Tommy Barber. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Schulz, Carson McCarl from 14th, Derrik Lusk, Knoxville, IA driver Jamie Ball and Dean Brown. Tatnell earned $1,234 for his runner-up finish. Every finishing position in the feature race ended with $34 thanks to Margaret Tabor and GRP. Margaret even added $34 on to Reed Allex's tow money, so his pay number would also end in 34. Midwest Power Equipment also added a nice chunk of money into the top two spots in the feature.
With Ryan Bowers' misfortune during the evening, the UMSS season championship point standings got as tight as they ever could be heading into the final event of the season, the 16th Annual Jerry Richert Sr. Memorial at the Cedar Lake Speedway the following night. Bowers and Richert will come to CLS tied for the top spot, meaning who ever finishes the highest between those two drivers will win the title. A person really cannot write a better script than that race fans! Chris Graf passed Bowers in the Midwest Power Series point standings and will carry a fairly comfortable 47 point margin into the final race in that five race series. Graf won the Midwest Power Series title last year, and he put himself into a really good position to claim the $1,000 top prize once again in 2016. Check out the news, results and other information on the UMSS website at www.umsprints.com or visit us on our Facebook page.
UMSS Race Results - Princeton Speedway September 9, 2016 (Race #12)
5th Annual Davey Tabor Memorial
5th Annual Davey Tabor Memorial Feature (25 Laps): 1. 20G-Chris Graf; 2. 14-Brooke Tatnell; 3. 4J-Lee Grosz; 4. 34D-Jerry Richert Jr; 5. 75-Tommy Barber; 6. 99-John Schulz; 7. 6-Carson McCarl; 8. 2L-Derrik Lusk; 9. 5J-Jamie Ball; 10. 1D-Dean Brown; 11. 5-Devin Kline; 12. 85-Jason Tostenson; 13. 29-Leigh Thomas; 14. F16-Tony Rustad; 15. 52-Jake Lempelius; 16. 85T-Adam Tough; 17. (DNF) 22P-Rager Phillips; 18. (DNF) 22-Jeff Pellersels; 19. (DNF) 03-Jamey Ogston; 20. (DNF) 199-Ryan Bowers; (DNS) 91A-Reed Allex
Lap Leaders: Richert 1, Tatnell 2-7, Graf 8, Tatnell 9-14, Graf 15-25.
Mark Smith Beats Danny Varin and Chuck Hebing for $10,000 Cole Cup Win at Utica-Rome
By MIKE MALLETT/JOHN TIFF
VERNON, NY-It was a battle right down to the end, but Mark Smith made the Pennsylvania Posse proud by capturing Sunday night’s Gates-Cole Insurance/A-Verdi Storage Containers Cole Cup at the Utica-Rome Speedway. It was Smith’s first ever win at the half-mile facility and one of the biggest of his career as he took home a $10,000 payday. Matt Sheppard took the companion Race of Champions New Yorker 40 for the Modifieds while Rocky Warner took the $1,000 Race of Champion Sportsman Series win.
For Smith, of Sunbury, Pa., it was his third Empire State victory of the season. He’s taken a knack to running the slicker tracks in New York, including the tricky surface at Utica-Rome
“Everyone talks about how slick these tracks are,” said Smith. “I like it like this. I think the guys did a hell of a job with this racetrack. It is really fun. Our tracks down home are really big and fast. You get strung out. I like these tracks. They are wide, slick and racey.”
Smith was joined by Danny Varin on the front row of the 30-lap nightcap. He quickly jumped to the lead using the bottom groove. Varin chased him, also working down along the bottom of the speedway. The two paced the field while Chuck Hebing sat third during the opening stages.
It was only lap eight when Smith found the back of the field. The traffic eased the pace for Smith while Varin and Hebing exchanged the second spot multiple times. Hebing eventually got the better of him on lap 15. He then focused on Smith who was hung up in traffic.
With Smith boxed in, Hebing was given an opening on lap 17. Hebing went to the extreme outside. Smith slid through the middle of the corners while Hebing rocketed around the top of the race track to take the lead away.
“I was kind of on cruise control there and following the lappers on the bottom,” commented Smith. “I wasn’t sure where to run. That’s the problem with starting up front. You never know where everyone is going. Then I saw Chuck (Hebing) go by so I knew there was a top there. I didn’t get excited. I started moving around a little bit and was able to get my speed back up.”
The duo couldn’t shake one another as they duked it out for the top spot. Hebing worked high while Smith continued to work through the middle. They continued the fight in traffic with Hebing able to keep Smith at bay.
Smith regained the upper hand once they emerged from traffic. Smith took full advantage of the clean air to immediately pull back alongside Hebing. He then worked him over before regaining the top spot in turns one and two as he slid up tight to him before exiting to the backstretch with the lead.
“I don’t think I ever got an official slide job in,” joked Smith. “I got up to the side of him and had to leave him a lane there on the outside a couple times. I could drive off the center pretty good so I didn’t think I needed to go up there and wreck the pair of us.”
Once Smith found his preferred line, Hebing was forced to search the track for a better line. He searched every inch of the track while trying to regain an edge on Smith. Smith continued to pull away as Hebing had to deal with Varin once more.
Smith went on to take the checkers first with Varin, of Fonda, N.Y., making the pass of Hebing in the closing laps to earn the runner-up position. It was an impressive week for Varin, one in which he picked up his first and second career 360 Sprint Car wins with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, including a week prior at Utica-Rome.
“We ran really well tonight,” commented Varin. “I just was a little too loose. I was dogging him the first couple laps, but I just couldn’t get the job done. Then Chuck got by us. We were able to stick it out. His (Smith) car was a little better tonight. I don’t know what we could have done to our car to make it better.”
Hebing, of Ontario, N.Y., faded back to finish in third. He was glad to see the checkered flag drop as he was hanging on at the end of the feature. Hebing was also the Mid-Atlantic Series Champion based on his second place finish at Williams Grove Speedway back in July and his run on Sunday. He took home the DirtTrackDigest.com Mid-Atlantic Crown champions belt.
“I had a good run,” stated Hebing. “I thought I was actually going to win the race. My tires went away. I must have sealed the right rear running the top. Mark came right back by me, then Danny. I was lucky the race was only 30 laps. We had a great car all night. I think we just made the wrong choice on the tire.”
Matt Tanner finished the event fourth after starting in the eighth position. Mike Mahaney was able to advance from the 9th position to complete the top five in the caution free event.
Davie Franek was quick time in qualifying with a lap of 19.494 earning $100 from DirtTrackDigest.com. Mike Mahaney, Steve Poirier, Varin and Smith earned heat race wins. Paulie Colagiovanni and Cory Sparks won the pair of B-Mains.
Matt Sheppard and Rob Bellinger brought the Race of Champions New Yorker 40 starting field to the green flag with Sheppard assuming the lead. Bellinger and third place starter Danny Varin put on show as they battled for second while Sheppard pulled away. A quick yellow flag on lap four brought the field back together and on the restart, Sheppard again flexed his muscle and ran from the rest the field while Bellinger, Varin, Marc Johnson, and Vic Coffey fought for the rest of the top five spots. The car that was on the move early was 10th place starter Alan Johnson as he moved his way towards the front. With 10 complete, Alan Johnson was just outside the top five and as the field took the halfway signal, he had moved in the third spot behind Sheppard and Bellinger.
On lap 22, Sheppard began to hit heavy lapped traffic which slowed his pace while Varin was beginning to reassert himself as retook the second spot. As the laps wound down, Varin closed the gap on the front running Sheppard but ran out of time as Sheppard took the $3,000 win over Varin, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, and Tim Fuller. Coffey, Bellinger, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, and Ronnie Johnson.
After winning the King of Dirt event the previous night, Rocky Warner had high hopes to the same the next night and things started to look good for him when he drew the pole for the Race of Champions 602 Sportsman 30 lap main event. When the green flag flew, it was outside pole sitter AJ Filbeck that would launch to the lead where he would remain for the first two circuits. Warner was able to slip by to lead the third lap and he would begin to pull away. Third place starter Kevin Root was able to get by Filbeck on lap six and would begin to run down Warner. As the field reached the halfway point it was Warner, Root, Corey Barker, Filbeck, and Stephen Denton filling out the top five spots.
With ten circuits left, Root was challenging Warner for the lead and as the field was coming to lap 21, he was underneath Warner poised to take over the top spot but the first caution of the night stalled his challenge. When racing resumed, eighth place starter Matt Janczuk was mounting challenge as he moved into the runner-up and looked to chase down Warner. However, Warner was too fast, leaving Janczuk to battle Barker for second. Warner would race to his second $1,000 win of the weekend with Barker grabbing second from Janczuk at the line. Brad Alger and Tyler Trump took fourth and fifth.
The final event of the 2016 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway is scheduled for Tuesday October 4, which will feature the completion of the Victoria 55 lap feature for the Race of Champions Modifieds plus the 360 Sprints and Mod Lites. For more news on the “The Action Track of the East”, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINER AND GATES-COLE INSURANCE RACE SUMMARY
COLE CUP 360 SPRINT A-MAIN FINISH (30 LAPS)-MARK SMITH, Danny Varin, Chuck Hebing, Matt Tanner, Mike Mahaney, Davie Franek, Steve Poirier, Bryan Howland, Jason Barney, Tim Schaffer, Aaron Ott, Lucas Wolfe, Larry Wight, Cory Sparks, Bobby Varin, Paulie Colagiovanni, Billy VanInwegan, Matt Billings, Jordan Thomas, Dylan Westbrook, Jason Schultz, Sammy Reakes IV, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Dan Douville, Kelly Hebing, and Paul Kinney.
NEW YORKER 40 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (40 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, Tim Fuller, Vic Coffey, Rob Bellinger, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Hile, Bobby Varin, Jack Miller, Jimmy Davis, Tim Mayne, Steve Way, Andrew Ferguson, Alan Barker, Scott Huber, Brandon Walters, Shaun Pangburn, Tim Murphy, and Jim Nagle.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS 602 SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-ROCKY WARNER, Corey Barker, Matt Janczuk, Brad Alger, Tyler Trump, Kevin Root, Stephen Denton, Kyle Inman, David Schilling, Daryl Nutting, AJ Filbeck, Rocco Leone, Earl Rudy, Alan Fink, Tony Kamuda, AJ Miller, Aaron Jacobs, Jimmy Zacharias, Jack Lehner, John Baker, Charlie Tibbitts, Carl Inman, Dave Moyer, and Bobby Gage.
Franek Continues his Dominance over the United Racing Club
Davie "No Panic" Franek continued his dominance over the United Racing Club on Saturday night scoring his 6th URC win of the 2016 season. With 17 sprint cars signed into the pit area, two heats were held to determine the 25 lap feature line up. Heat race wins went to the Franek Auto Sales #28f of Davie Franek and the Quality Auto Body #89 currently being driven by substitute driver Ryan Stillwaggon.
After the "4" invert pill was pulled by heat race #1 winner Franek, the front row consisted of rookie Adam Carberry aboard the R&S Concrete Paving and Site Contractors #47 and the returning veteran Chris Coyle who continues to impress aboard the Fred Kennedy owned #56.
At the drop of the green flag, Coyle showed his muscle by shooting to the lead. By lap 3, the 28f of Davie Franek was already into the 2nd position and was stalking to the #56 of Coyle. A lap 4 spin by the #89 of Ryan Stillwaggon brought out the nights first caution and was the perfect opportunity for Franek to take control of the lead with a slide job on the restart going into turn 1. United Racing Club Rookie Just Whittall was already up to the 3rd position by lap 7 after starting 7th and was looking like the young rookie could be in line for his best URC finish. As the field took the 1/2 way flag, Franek was still in control followed by the 56 of Coyle, the #67w of Whittall who was now pressuring Coyle for the runner up spot, the #47 of rookie Adam Carberry and the #747 of 410 regular Davey Sammons. A lap 22 caution due to the 74jr of JR Berry stopping in turns 1-2 was the perfect opportunity for the 56 of Coyle and the 67w of Whittall to mount a challenge on the leader Franek.
On the restart Franek jumped out to the lead going into turn 1, but the action behind him was hot and heavy as the 56 of Coyle, 747 of Sammons, and 67w of Whittall ran 3 wide going into turn 1 and half way through the turn it looked like the three might make it but contact between the 67w and the 747 sent the 747 into the backstretch wall ended Sammons' great run. On the second attempt of a restart which was now single file, Franek again jumped out to the lead, but the caution again quickly came out as the 47 of Adam Carberry was sitting in turn 1. Contact between the #47 of Carberry and the #67w of Whittall while fighting for the 3rd position send both cars to the pits and both were done for the night.
At the drop of the green, Franek continued his march towards his 6th URC win of the year, but the 5g of Curt Michael was now pressuring the #56 of Chris Coyle for the runner up position. Down 1 cylinder, the 5g of Michael caught and passed Coyle at the line finishing in the 2nd position but also improving 6 positions from his 8th place starting position.
Finish: 1. Davie Franek, 2. Curt Michael, 3. Chris Coyle, 4. Troy Betts, 5. Brett Michalski, 6. Keith Prutzman, 7. Will Eggimann, 8. Ryan Stillwaggon, 9. Jake Eldreth, 10. Cody Jourdan, 11. Mark Sasso, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. Adam Carberry, 14. Davey Sammons, 15. JR Berry, 16. Justin Whittall. DNS Jason Clauss.
Dylan Westbrook Caps Dream Season With Southern Ontario Sprints Championship and Win At Merrittville
Rod Henderson photo
OAKLAND, Ont. – September 12, 2016 – Dylan Westbrook finished off a dream rookie season with the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) with a win at Merrittville Speedway and officially claimed the 2016 series championship. The win was the 11th of the season for the 17-year-old from Oakland, Ont. and his seventh with the SOS – all in his first full season of 360 Sprint Car racing.
“All of the support I got for everyone is just awesome. To get seven wins out of 11 races with the SOS, I never dreamt that would happen,” Westbrook said.
Westbrook also won four races at his home track, Ohsweken Speedway, for a total of 11 this year. The teenager is talented, both on the track and off. He graduated from Assumption College School in Brantford as an honour roll student in June and is now working as an apprentice to pursue his mechanic’s license. On the track, he knows he’s alone behind the wheel, but it takes a team to put him at the front.
“With everyone helping out, my crew chief Steve Moulton and my dad (Dan Westbrook), they’ve been around a lot and know how to setup the car,” Westbrook explained. “ I have to thank Glenn Styres for supplying the car too. I’ve learned a lot and everyone has come together to get the car setup well.”
This summer was Westbrook’s coming out party. He started a couple of races in 2015, but focused primarily on the lesser-powered Crate Sprint Car on Friday nights at Ohsweken. It paid off, as he won the track championship, but Westbrook believes getting his feet wet in 360 racing last year went a long way towards his 2016 success.
“I think it helped me get used to the speed and how the 360 cars handle differently from the Crate cars,” Westbrook explained. “Coming in to this season I had a little bit of experience, but still had to learn about the different tracks.”
The Crate Sprint Car class was created three seasons ago at Ohsweken to help drivers like Westbrook advance through the Sprint Car ranks without wrestling the wheel of a 700 horsepower vehicle right away.
“Running the Crate Sprint Cars beforehand helped. They handle pretty close (to the same), so it was a really good training ground before I moved up to the 360s,” Westbrook said.
This season, Westbrook has faced his nay-sayers head-on. Critics have been quick to point out Westbrook drives for the well-funded Glenn Styres team with top equipment as the reason for his success.
“You can have the best equipment ever, but if you can’t drive it you’re not going to win,” Westbrook says in response. “The equipment definitely helps, but you have to learn how to drive it and set it up.”
No doubt Westbrook has blown away pre-season expectations set by his team and outside observers.
“Coming in to the year we thought for our rookie year we would go out, have fun and try not to wreck any equipment,” he said. “We wanted to get a base setup for next year and learn. Nobody on the crew expected this to happen.”
Perhaps most impressive is that the first of Westbrook’s 11 wins didn’t come until July 2 with the SOS at South Buxton Raceway near Chatham. Since his first win, Westbrook has won 10 of 15 starts. Most rookie drivers battle through the growing pains, but Westbrook skipped right to the fun and glory.
“I think everyone had fun. Winning is definitely a lot of fun, but just the opportunity to run the car was a blast. I couldn’t have asked for more from this season,” he said.
Westbrook is now set to make his second career start in Canada’s biggest annual Sprint Car race. The $12,000 US-to-win Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway take place this weekend on September 16 and 17.
Westbrook competed in the event last year where he qualified for the 35-lap main event and finished 22nd against a field of 65 cars in just his third 360 Sprint Car start. He hopes that experience will put him in contention for a win this year.
“Last year I was real nervous because it was one of my first races in a 360. This year I won’t be as nervous. I’ll be able to focus a lot more on hitting my marks and my lines while I’m racing,” Westbrook said, adding a top-10 finish would make him happy.
“I think we have a pretty good shot at a decent finish with the experience I’ve gained.”
At the very least, he’s one to keep an eye on come Saturday night. His dream season might just hit another high.
Lasoski Uses Late-Race Pass in Traffic to Steal Opening Night of the NSA Shootout's Dan Laber Memorial at Billings Motorsports Park
BILLINGS, Mont. (Sept. 9, 2016) - Danny Lasoski understands the value of patience.
The former World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion was patient during the 14-hour trek to Montana this week and he relied on patience Friday at Billings Motorsports Park, where Lasoski charged from ninth and used a late-race pass in traffic to win the opening night of the Dan Laber Memorial.
Lasoski, who hadn't competed at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in more than a decade, was also the hard charger for passing the most cars in the 25-lap main event. He became the fourth different winner during four NSA Shootout races this season.
"It was worth it," he said of the long haul to Montana. "Thanks to (Billings Motorsports Park Owner) Mike Quigley for inviting us. We can't wait for tomorrow now."
While polesitter Jake Bubak took the lead on the opening lap, Lasoski was running 10th after the first circuit. However, he quickly maneuvered into third place on Lap 11 as fellow veteran sprint car driver Sammy Swindell, who had advanced from sixth to second place in the opening laps of the main event, brought out the only caution of the race for a blown right rear tire.
Lasoski passed Trey Starks for the runner-up position a lap after the restart, but he didn't begin to close on Bubak until they hit traffic in the closing laps.
Lasoski was on Bubak's rear bumper exiting turn two with three laps remaining. A lap later Lasoski went to the top groove in turns one and two as Bubak was slowed while trying to lap Bill Boyce.
While Lasoski narrowly grabbed the lead down the backstretch Boyce slid up to the outside line. Lasoski darted to the middle between Boyce and Bubak in turn four and found the lead as the white flag was waved.
Lasoski was able to get to the bottom groove in turn one first on the final lap as he powered to his first victory of the season driving for Mark Burch Motorsports.
"I didn't know which way was best," he said. "I was just basically going where they weren't. We found a spot from the center of turns three and four off (the corner) where guys were slipping and we were getting pretty good. Once we started railing the top it was really working good for us."
Bubak, who officially led the first 23 laps of the feature, finished second.
"I hesitated and when you're racing with guys like Seth Bergman and Aaron Reutzel and Danny Lasoski they're going to jump on you when you do that," he said. "I had a good time and I enjoyed coming here."
Aaron Reutzel, who claimed the NSA Shootout race at Billings Motorsports Park in July, rounded out the podium.
"Luckily the bottom slowed down just enough about halfway through the race in (turns) three and four where you had a top and a bottom," he said. "I found the line there and got up there and tried to make the top work for a couple of laps. It allowed Danny to get back by me. I got Danny on that restart and almost got to second and then I missed the bottom and allowed Danny to get back by me and then he drove right to the lead and I almost followed him through."
Seth Bergman recorded a fourth-place result and Starks placed fifth.
Swindell kicked off the night by setting quick time during qualifying before Bubak and Dennis MacEachern each won a heat race.
Kelly Miller, who finished eighth, has a 33-point lead over Starks in the event standings heading into the finale on Saturday.
The midwest modifieds class was won by Jake Dimond, who maneuvered from his eighth starting position to take the lead from polesitter Bill Carey on a restart on Lap 7 en route to the trip to Victory Lane.
A caution with two laps remaining set up a green-white-checkered finish and an opportunity for Dennis Hurd to steal the win. Hurd took the lead entering turn three on the restart, but Dimond's momentum propelled him back into the top spot exiting turn four as the white flag waved.
"We started midpack so we had our work cut out for us," he said. "The restarts didn't both me too much. I knew I had plenty of motor. I just stayed on the high side and kept it wide open. It was pretty fun knowing there were a lot of big dogs around. It was a pretty proud moment."
Hurd ended second with Cody Kuglin finishing third, 15th-startin Steven Stephenson fourth and Carey fifth.
Saturday's event, which will again feature sprint cars and midwest modifieds, will wrap up the NSA Shootout. It is the final sprint car race of the season at Billings Motorsports Park. The front gates are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. with racing beginning around 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 7 to 11. Children ages 6 and younger get in free.
NSA Shootout Race Report: Round 5 at Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., on Sept. 9, 2016
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 1M-Danny Lasoski (9); 2. 9X-Jake Bubak (1); 3. 55-Aaron Reutzel (7); 4. 23-Seth Bergman (4); 5. 8R-Trey Starks (5); 6. 3-J.J. Hickle (2); 7. 27DD-David Hoiness (11); 8. 2JR-Kelly Miller (10); 9. 19-Dennis MacEachern (3); 10. 12-Jerry Brey (13); 11. 98-Joe Ramaker (8); 12. 1-Bill Boyce (15); 13. 2-Kyle Evans (14); 14. 99SS-Sammy Swindell (6); 15. 97-Matthew Dusseault (12).
Laps Led: Jake Bubak 1-23; Danny Lasoski 24-25.
(Drivers opened the night by qualifying. The fastest qualifier earned 50 points with each subsequent position dropping by one point. Heat races were inverted by six with the heat race winner receiving 50 points and each subsequent position dropping by three points. The top six in combined qualifying and heat race points advanced to the feature redraw.)
2016 NSA SHOOTOUT
JULY 15 - Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. - (RAINED OUT)
JULY 16 - Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. - (WINNER: AARON REUTZEL)
AUG. 26 - Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - (WINNER: KELLY MILLER)
AUG. 27 - Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - (WINNER: TREY STARKS)
SEPT. 9 - Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. - (WINNER: DANNY LASOSKI)
SEPT. 10 - Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. - $7,500 to win, $500 to start
Type : 360 winged sprint car
Dylan Westbrook Completes Labour Day Classic Weekend Sweep At Brighton
By Clayton Johns
BRIGHTON, Ont. – September 4, 2016 – The Southern Ontario Sprints were in action again on Sunday night for the second half of the Ultramar Labour Day Classic Weekend. SOS and 360 Sprint Car rookie Dylan Westbrook (No.47x Bradshaw Fuels) completed the sweep of the weekend with his sixth Southern Ontario Sprints win of the season.
Chris Jones (No.11J Jones Automotive) and Shawn Sliter (No.22 Gilletta Flooring Services) started on the front row for the 25-lap main event. Jones jumped out to the early lead on a very slick racetrack as Sliter held on to second, but was quickly under pressure from the third-starting Westbrook.
The 17-year-old Westbrook took second from Sliter on lap three and began to chase Jones for the lead. Jones appeared to have the bottom lane figured out while Westbrook pounded the top to find some moisture. He seemed resigned to following Jones for the first half of the race until Jones’ night came to an abrupt end.
On lap eight, Jones appeared to catch a tractor tire in turn four and caused him to spin to the infield for the race’s first caution. Jones elected not to take his car to the work area and Westbrook assumed the lead. Westbrook opened up a sizable 1.3-second lead over Sliter at the halfway mark, but it was erased by a caution on lap 14 when Clyde, OH native Mike Burkin (No.48 Visionquest) tipped on his side.
Burkin was able to continue as Westbrook dominated the remained 11 laps to secure the victory over Sliter. Kyle Fraser (No.01 Oakridge Construction) concluded his weekend with a strong third-place run over April Wilson (No.15aw FK Rod Ends) and Paul Pekkonen (No.98 All Out Performance).
Westbrook’s sixth win of the season with the SOS clinched his first career Sprint Car champion. After winning at South Buxton Raceway on July 2, Westbrook won six straight races including this sweep of the Labour Day Classic Weekend. Westbrook can conclude his championship dream season with a seventh win next Friday, September 9 at Merrittville Speedway.
April Wilson Wins Wingless Dash
The Ultramar Labour Day Classic Weekend concluded with the Simon Petit Memorial Wingless Dash for the Southern Ontario Sprints. Drivers had the opportunity to take the wing off their cars following the scheduled points race. Nine drivers took the challenge and polesitter April Wilson led all 15 laps to secure the victory. She worked the bottom lane excellently and held off Ohioan Mike Burkin and Dylan Westbrook to claim the victory.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS RACE REPORT
2016 SEASON EVENT #11 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
BRIGHTON SPEEDWAY – BRIGHTON ON
FEATURE (25 Laps)
1. 47x Dylan Westbrook
2. 22 Shawn Sliter
3. 01 Kyle Fraser
4. 15aw April Wilson
5. 98 Paul Pekkonen
6. 25 Warren Mahoney
7. 7 Brad Lodge
8. 48 Mike Burkin
9. 42w Rick Wilson
10. 66 Frank Baranowski
11. 15 Mike Ferrell
12. 11J Chris Jones
Margin of Victory: 2.074 seconds.
Simon Petit Memorial Wingless Dash (15 Laps – 9 Entries)
1. 15aw April Wilson
2. 48 Mike Burkin
3. 47x Dylan Westbrook
4. 11J Chris Jones
5. 98 Paul Pekkonen
6. 25 Warren Mahoney
7. 25d Dick Mahoney
8. 15 Mike Ferrell
9. 66 Frank Baranowski
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Chris Jones 1-8, Dylan Westbrook 9-25
2016 SEASON FEATURE WINNERS:Dylan Westbrook – 6 (South Buxton July 2, Brighton July 9, Brighton August 6, Humberstone August 7, Brighton September 3, Brighton September 4), Mitch Brown – 2 (Brighton May 21, June 18), Ryan Susice – 1 (Humberstone June 5), Dave Dykstra – 1 (Ohsweken July 1)
Danny Varin Stays Hot; Captures Second Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint Win of Weekend at Utica-Rome
By MIKE MALLETT
VERNON, NY – Danny Varin broke through on Friday night for his first career Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint victory. It took the Fonda, N.Y., driver several times over several seasons to finally notch that first win. He wasn’t going to wait nearly as long to get his second.
On Sunday night at the Utica-Rome Speedway Varin had everything fall into place as he won the 25-lap Mach-1 Chassis A-Main over a hard charging Steve Poirier. He had some luck along the way, but everything played in his favor as he pocketed $2,075 for his hard work.
"What an amazing weekend. We have been just so close so many times but it does feel good to finally get a win with ESS and then to back it up here tonight," Varin said with a smile ear to ear. "Dave (Cruickshank) gives me great equipment and the crew just works so hard. We always seem to have a fast car but finally it all came together."
Jeff Cook led the opening laps of the NAPA Auto Parts U.S. Tour/SUNY Canton Series feature before he missed the line going through turns one and two on lap six. Varin motored around him on the outside of the speedway in turns one and two to take the lead. One lap later the field was brought under caution as Shawn Donath slowed with issues.
Action picked up again with Varin going back to the front on the restart while Matt Tanner and Poirier moved into the top three. Varin, Tanner and Poirier all work the extreme outside of the race track as they were able to keep their momentum up on the top.
Traffic became an issue for Varin just after halfway on lap 14. He had a decent advantage over the rest of the field but found traffic to be challenging as they raced each other for position. Varin moved all over the track as he tried to keep himself out in front. Tanner used the traffic to close in.
Varin made a mistake on lap 17 which caused him to go over the bank in turns three and four. That allowed Tanner to go on by for the lead. Varin regrouped quickly while now being the one doing the chasing rather than being chased.
"When I made the mistake I thought I gave the race away. I just slipped up," Varin continued. "Matt was fast, I think I was closing in some but I don't know if was going to get by him until he had a little bad luck."
Caution came on lap 21 as Cory Turner got over the bank in turns one and two. The race picked back up with Tanner at the point before another caution came a lap later as Paulie Colagiovanni spun off the top of the banking in turns three and four. Under the caution Tanner headed to the pits giving the lead back to Varin.
The race became a three lap shootout between Varin and the point-leader Poirier. Poirier worked him over the best he could in the final circuits but he couldn’t make the move around Varin as grabbed the triumph at his weekly home for Modified racing.
"When I saw Steve next to me I was like, ok, we have to be on top of our game on the restart. I mean he is one of the best," noted the Fonda, NY pilot. "I got a good start and drove as hard I could. They told me after that I pulled away some and I was surprised!"
Poirier extended his point lead over Jason Barney with his second place finish. The St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que., driver started sixth and ran near the front for most of the race while Barney faded late in the main.
"We brought a new car and motor combination here tonight and it was good. We just have to make a few adjustments, maybe change the shocks around but I was happy with how it went," Steve went on. "Lately we haven't been real good here so we wanted to see what we had, especially for next week (Cole Cup)."
Steve talked about next week's $10,000 to win show. "It's a race we want to win, we will throw everything we have at it. We had two get away from us so hopefully we come prepared and it will work out."
Chuck Hebing had struggled on Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway but he found his speed again on Sunday as he powered his way from the 11th starting position to the final spot on the podium during the final few laps.
"The car was good, the track was a little different tonight with some more bite and we seem to adapt to it," the driver known as the Cobra went on. "The heats, it was perfect, the top and bottom were equal and you could put some speed to it. We will see what happens next week."
Bryan Howland started 15th and finished in the fourth position in the finally rundown while Larry Wight came from tenth to finish fifth.
A total of 37 sprints filled the pits on what was billed as the Cole Cup Tune-Up. Next week for the Lucas Oil ESS gang will be a Saturday night stop at Can-Am which is now under new promoter Charlie Caprara and then the $10,000 to win Cole Cup back at Utica-Rome.
Mach 1 Chassis A-Main – Danny Varin ($2,075), Steve Poirier ($1,025), Chuck Hebing ($825), Bryan Howland ($655), Larry Wight ($565), Jeff Cook ($660), Dylan Swiernik ($430), Mike Mahaney ($490), Justin Barger ($485), Parker Evans ($250), Ryan Turner ($385), Jason Barney ($355), Bill VanInwegen ($350), Mark Smith ($315), Bobby Varin ($285), Brandon Kidd ($280), Jordan Thomas ($325), Chad Miller ($325), Tim Axton ($275), Matt Tanner ($300), Paulie Colagiovanni ($325), Cory Turner ($275), Shawn Donath ($350), Paul Kinney ($275), Jessica Zemken ($425)
Lap Leaders – T. Axton (1-3), Varin (4-25)
Mark Smith Rides the Cushion to Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint Victory at Thunder Mountain
By MIKE MALLETT
CENTERL LISLE, NY – The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) made their second stop of a four race weekend at Thunder Mountain Speedway on Saturday. They were greeted by a tacky track that was setup up perfectly for Pennsylvania Sprint Car ace Mark Smith. Smith, driving Patrick Vigneault’s Mach1 No. 55, rode the cushion to his second win of the season with the series.
Smith wasted no time finding the cushion in the 25-lap, $2,075 to win Mach 1 Chassis A-Main as he immediately jumped to the top of the track at the start. It was the same line he utilized to capture a heat race victory earlier in the night. Even as traffic became an issue, Smith never moved off the high-line as he went on to win the NAPA Auto Parts Tour of the U.S. feature.
“That was pretty good,” smiled Smith as he sat parked in Victory Lane. “This is my kind of race track. It curbed up and you could run above or below or run through it. I love it a little choppy on these smaller tracks. It added some character to the race.”
United Racing Club invader Jimmy Stitzel started from the pole position for the night’s festivities which allowed him the opportunity to charge to the lead on the first circuit. Stitzel and his front row counterpart Chad Miller both quickly ducked to the bottom giving Smith the outside.
Smith nearly led the first lap as he came to the line just feet behind Stitzel for the top spot. From there he completed the pass inches from the wall as he exited the second corner. At that point he continued to sail into the cushion harder and harder to put a gap on the rest of the field.
Traffic slowed him only slightly on lap six and then on the seventh circuit the caution was needed as Jared Horstman’s night ended after his throttle stuck entering turns one and two. Horstman got hard into the wall before coming to a rest on all four wheels. He was uninjured the incident but his car needed to be hooked from both ends to get back to the pits.
For the restart Jason Barney pulled alongside of Smith. Smith, using the outside for the double-file restart, again went to the top on entry to the first turn. He quickly pulled away from Barney as he tried to make the bottom groove work. Eventually Barney gave up on that lane and went to the top in his efforts to track Smith.
With the race at its mid-point, Smith held the lead over Barney, Miller, Stitzel and Joe Trenca. Barney was able to keep pace, but Smith was nearly untouchable as he kept his momentum up on the outside. With 18 laps complete it was all Smith as he entered traffic again with Barney still working hard to find a lane to track him down.
Barney’s last chance at Smith came on a lap 24 caution for Coleman Gulick as he spun going for third in turn two. He collected Paulie Colagiovanni as he attempted to drive up the track out of the racing groove. The restart offered the entire field one last opportunity at Smith. Rather than select the top for the restart, Smith chose to use the inner lane for the green. The choice paid off as he kept Barney at bay for his first career Thunder Mountain Speedway win.
“I just wanted to change it up,” commented Smith about his lane choice for the restart. “I knew I was good wherever I wanted to go. I figured I’d do something different on the last lap and mess him (Barney) up a little bit.”
Barney threw what he could at Smith on the final lap but he was forced to deal with a hard-charging Trenca. Trenca peeked around Barney which caused him to alter his plans on the final lap. The Brewerton, N.Y., driver was able to hold on for a second place finish in his X-1 Race Car.
“I was hoping for some lapped traffic to stall Mark a little bit,” mentioned Barney. “He’s a great race car driver. I’m happy for them. When the track is like this and you really have to attack the outside, Mark is one of the best in the business. We just tried to maintain, move around a little bit. We had a great race car but the only thing that was going to do it for me is if he got held up and got put in a bad spot.”
Trenca, of Clay, N.Y., drove to his best career Empire Super Sprint finish crossing the line third. Trenca was also good the last time ESS visited the Southern Tier of New York as he earned a top five at the I-88 Speedway in early August as well.
“The crew and I learned a few things there (I-88 Speedway) that we just stumbled upon,” said Trenca. “We figured this is kind of the same track surface, shape, everything so we tried it tonight and it worked again. We are happy. It was racey track. It was fun.”
Current point leader and defending champion Steve Poirier won a fierce battle with Parker Evans on the final lap to finish fourth. Evans, who had started 17th, was able to complete the top five. A field of 28 sprints filled the pit area.
A-Main – Mark Smith ($2,075), Jason Barney ($1,000), Joe Trenca ($800), Steve Poirier ($655), Parker Evans ($640), Jimmy Stitzel ($660), Chad Miller ($455), Pete Richardson ($420), Justin Barger ($535), Tim Axton ($425), Thomas Radivoy ($460), Brandon Kidd ($95), Jeff Cook ($350), Paul Kinney ($340), Coleman Gulick ($285), Paulie Colagiovanni ($305), Matt Tanner ($75), Matt Billings ($275), Dan Bennett ($300), Jonathan Preston ($325), Dave Axton ($275), Steve Collins ($275), Chuck Hebing ($275), Jared Hortsman ($275)
Lap Leaders – Stitzel (1), Smith (2-25)
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: WESTBROOK, MCDONALD, DINNING, HOSKINS, & LONGBOAT WIN ON EPIC RACEWEAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT
by Tommy Goudge (September 2, 2016) - 125 drivers signed in to race in Season Championship Night presented by EPIC Racewear on Friday at Ohsweken Speedway. Dylan Westbrook, Jesse McDonald, Ryan Dinning, Rob Hoskins, and Paul Longboat visited Mobil 1 Victory Lane, while Mitch Brown, Jesse McDonald, Dave Bailey, Brandon Janssens, and Dustin Longboat locked up division championships.
KOOL KIDZ-CORR/PAK 360 SPRINT CARS (21 entries)
Dylan Westbrook put on one of the most dominating performances in recent memory to score his 4th Ohsweken win of the season. Westbrook moved up quickly from his second row starting position to lead all 25 laps of the Season Championship A-Feature, and lap all but the top five finishers.
Cory Turner took a shot at wrestling the lead away from Westbrook on several restarts, but ended up settling for a distant runner-up finish. Jim Huppunen sliced through the field to move from 16th to finish 3rd, followed by Jake Brown, and 14th starter Todd Hoddick.
Mitch Brown needed only to show up on Season Championship night to claim his first 360 Sprint Car title at Ohsweken. Brown finished 8th in the A-Feature and added the 2016 360 Sprint Car division championship to his 2009 Mini Stock title, and 2015 Southern Ontario Sprints tour championship. Dylan Westbrook finished 2nd in the season championship standings, and locked up the Rookie of the Year title.
A-FEATURE (25 laps - NT)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 47x Dylan Westbrook (4)
2. 97 Cory Turner (1)
3. 14h Jim Huppunen (16)
4. 1-10 Jake Brown (6)
5. 49 Todd Hoddick (14)
6. 17x Dain Naida (9)
7. 11 Jamie Turner (12)
8. 10 Mitch Brown (10)
9. 77x Alex Hill (5)
10. 91 Ryan Turner (18)
11. 2 Lee Winger (2)
12. 27z Stan Zanchin (11)
13. 10k Rob Dietrick (8)
14. 31 John Burbridge Jr. (13)
15. 6 Curtis Gartly (20)
16. 0c Cole MacDonald (19)
17. DNF 9 Steve Lyons (15)
18. DNF 38 Tyler Hendricks (7)
19. DNF 5d Dave Dykstra (3)
20. DNF 67 Chris Durand (17)
DNS. 0 Glenn Styres (21)
A-Feature Lap Leaders - Dylan Westbrook (1-25)
STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS (17 entries)
Several drivers had a chance to win the Crate Sprint Car championship as the 25 lap A-Feature unfolded. Holly Porter started 4 points ahead of Jesse McDonald, but the night belonged to McDonald, who claimed the race win, division championship, and Rookie of the Year title.
McDonald's win did not come easy, as he initially dropped back from his front row starting spot while Brad Herron and Josh Shantz traded the lead several times. McDonald powered back around those two drivers to lead the last three laps of the A-Feature. Herron settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Shantz, Mike Thorne, and Mack DeMan.
A-FEATURE (25 laps - NT)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 88 Jesse McDonald (1)
2. 12 Brad Herron (4)
3. 18 Josh Shantz (2)
4. 55 Mike Thorne (3)
5. 4 Mack DeMan (7)
6. 87x Shone Evans (9)
7. 68 Aaron Turkey (10)
8. 1 Holly Porter (6)
9. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (5)
10. 6m Eric McGlone (8)
11. 5 Alex Schuts (14)
12. 8 Hannah Ferrell (13)
13. 18x Davey Boughton (15)
14. 51x Trevor Young (17)
15. DNF 99 Jordan Hill (11)
16. DNF 5d Zach Zumpe (12)
17. DNF 49h Jerry Hill (16)
A-Feature Lap Leaders - Josh Shantz (1-3, 8), Brad Herron (4-7, 9-22), Jesse McDonald (23-25)
Stillwaggon Out for Remainder of Season
Robbie Stillwaggon's Quality Auto Body #89 will continue to run with the United Racing Club for the remaining 2016 racing season, but younger brother and 305 driver Ryan Stillwaggon will be behind the wheel of the family owned 360 car.
After speaking with Stillwaggon this afternoon, Robbie has informed the racing community and sponsors that he will be on the sidelines for the remainder of the 2016 racing season.
Stillwaggon's season started of great with back to back podium finishes, but a wreck at the New Egypt Speedway on a Tuesday night in June followed by another wreck just a few short weeks later left Stillwaggon feeling dizzy and just not his usual self. After the United Racing Club visited the Bridgeport Speedway in mid August Stillwaggon knew that something wasn't right and he needed to get it checked out.
After a doctor's visit a few weeks ago, the #89 team headed to the Orange County Fair Speedway but Robbie was not in the drivers seat instead his younger brother Ryan wheeled the car. Robbie who has been sidelined with concussion like symptoms was hoping to get back in the seat by Port Royal Speedway in late October but after going to therapy multiple times per week for the past few weeks still is not a place where he feels he can race and unfortunately there still isn't a timeline for his return.
Instead now, Stillwaggon can shift his focus on rehabbing himself with a goal of being in the pit area in February at Volusia Speedway and the 360 Winter Nationals. Stillwaggon will also take a step back from his day to day involvement with the United Racing Club and his Vice Presidency role, while he will continue to be the vice president he will not be as heavily involved as he usually is.
Stillwaggon wants to thank all of his fans and sponsors who have reached out to him wishing in a speedy recovery. Stillwaggon would like to thank J&J Chassis, Quality Auto Body, C&B Mushroom, Fred's Trailer Parts Center, ISC Salesmaster Corp and MiniCrete Concrete LLC for their continued support of the #89 car.
Danny Varin Finally Notches Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint Win at Brewerton Speedway
By MIKE MALLETT
BREWERTON, NY – Danny Varin has been close on numerous occasions to parking his Dover Brake No. 00 in Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and on more than one occasion at the Brewerton Speedway. In the last two years the Fonda, N.Y., driver has finished second twice at Brewerton after watching the lid slip away late in the race.
Friday night’s race had all the makings of Varin’s heart being broken again. This time though his determination paid off as he outlasted Pennsylvania invader Mark Smith for his first career series win as he now joins his father, Bobby, as an ESS winner. Varin collected $2,100 for his hard work in the Mach-1 Chassis 25-lap A-Main. The event earned points for series regulars in the NAPA Auto Parts US Tour, SUNY Canton Racing Series as well as points toward the overall title.
“It feels great,” stated an elated Varin in Victory Lane. “We’ve been very good here. We made a few mistakes with the car tonight that I thought it was going to cost us. We just held out the best we could. Dover Brake (Dave Cruickshank) gave me a hell of a car. I couldn’t ask for a better car owner. The money he spends for me to be here, if anyone deserves it he does.”
Varin started the night setting fast-time for his group in Beard-Sewer and Drain timed warm-ups. From there he went out and dominated his Car Mate Custom Built Trailers heat race to pick up the win after starting sixth. That placed him in the redraw where he picked the second starting position for the feature.
Tim Axton jumped to the early lead holding the top spot for the first three circuits before Varin worked to the outside of turns one and two in order to secure the top position on lap four. As he was taking the lead from Axton, Chuck Hebing and Smith were all over one another trying to put themselves into third.
Varin’s first taste of traffic came just as the race was about to reach the midway point. He moved through a few cars before Hebing, who was second, got tangled with Chad Miller. The two got together and they were locked together causing both cars to spin.
Varin was now joined by Smith on the outside for a crucial restart. Varin went to the bottom of turn one then slid up in front of Smith at the exit of the second corner to stay out in front at the green. Varin kept the advantage over Smith, but Smith never let him get more than a few car lengths away as the laps ticked higher. Varin patiently worked the inside rail while Smith blasted his car in around the top of the speedway on the cushion.
“To come out here and run against the best, one spot better is great,” said Varin. “He’s (Smith) a great competitor. I was nervous there. I knew he was going to be on the top. That wasn’t the best place to give him. We just had to make the right moves and hold out for 25-laps.”
The two were separated by feet at the line when one last yellow flag was necessary for a spinning Jeff Cook on lap 19. This put Smith on the outside of him one final time. Varin was masterful on the restart hitting his marks perfectly on the inside. At this point he started to move away from the field.
“I just started to pulled my wing back,” he mentioned about the final laps. “I lost a race here last year on the last lap coming to the checkers because I missed my mark. That wasn’t going to happen tonight.”
As Varin led, Smith was forced to battle with Sammy Reakes for second. Reakes worked the bottom while Smith was unable to get off the top lane on the speedway. As Varin took the checkered flag, Reakes used a slide job at the exit of turn four to beat Smit to the line for second.
“I knew if I got a good run off the bottom and slid across the track I had a shot at getting him,” commented Reakes. “I couldn’t woe up. I lost my brakes around lap five. We’ve been struggling with that since Jason (Barney) gave us this car to use. I can’t thank him enough it’s been awesome. I’m a little bummed about breaking the front wing and not having any brakes. I think we might have had something for Danny, hats off to those guys. He seemed like he was in a league of his own there at the end.”
Smith brought Patrick Vigneault’s No. 55 home in the third position. Afterwards he admitted that he used up his tires running the top. Even though he tried moving around late he didn’t have much left.
“I just used my right rear up after starting seventh,” stated Smith. “When you got them starting up front where they don’t have to punish their tires it takes its toll on your stuff. It just gave up there the last five laps. I struggled the last five laps. It just seemed like my right rear went. I was searching.”
Jason Barney crossed the line in fourth but was scored in the final position for not crossing the scales after the event. That moved current point leader Steve Poirier up to fourth with Shawn Donath becoming the final car in the top five.
ESS/Brewerton Notes – A big field of 36 sprints filled the pits…Ohio’s Jared Hortsman made his first start of 2016, after a wall encounter during timed hot laps he came back to win the B-Main…Jake Muench also made his first start…Darryl Ruggles, Keith Granholm and Muench were flip victims during qualifying…
A-Main – Danny Varin, Sam Reakes IV, Mark Smith, Steve Poirier, Shawn Donath, Tim Axton, Paul Kinney, Bryan Howland, Tommy Wickham , Pete Richardson, Jared Hortsman, Jeff Cook, Jordan Thomas, Joe Trenca, Parker Evans, George Suprick, Brandon Kidd, Dave Axton, Matt Tanner, Chuck Hebing, Chad Miller, Paulie Colagiovanni, Larry Wight, Jason Barney.
360 Series Points
1. Steve Poirier 2340
2. Jason Barney 2204
3. Paul Kinney 1727
4. Matt Tanner 1618
5. Parker Evans 1438
6. Chuck Hebing 1408
7. Jeff Cook 1362
8. Shawn Donath 1256
9. Danny Varin 1133
10. Chad Miller 1114
1. Davie Franek 2698
2. Curt Michael 2537
3. R. Stillwaggon 2109
4. Josh Weller 2043
5. Troy Betts 2037
6. Adam Carberry 1999
7. Justin Whittall 1566
8. Brett Michalski 1436
9. Jason Clauss 1364
10. Mark Sasso 1298
1. Jared Zimbardi 2213
2. Paul Habeck 1855
3. Dave Just 1776
4. Steve Glover 1762
5. Darryl Ruggles 1530
6. Tyler Graves 1524
7. Dane Lorenc 1477
8. Steve Collins 1407
9. Dan Bennett 1253
10. P Colagiovanni 1201
1. Jared Zimbardi 740
2. Mitch Brown 651
3. Dylan Westbrook 590
4. Jason Barney 583
5. Lee Ladouceur 578
6. Ryan Turner 558
7. Steve Poirier 495
8. Kyle Fraser 470
9. Chris Jones 443
10. Devin Caron 408
1. Andy Forsberg 1877
2. Mason Moore 1861
3. Michael Ing 1513
4. Sean Becker 1442
5. Justin Sanders 1438
6. DJ Freitas 1395
7. Bradley Terrell 1310
8. Koen Shaw 1262
9. Steven Tiner 1241
10. Shane Golobic 1146