The Ultimate Wingless Shootout this Sunday at the Weedsport Speedway
WEEDSPORT, NY – It’s been a long time in the making and this Sunday it comes to life! The first ever Ultimate Wingless Shootout at Weedsport and it pays the winner a whopping $5,000 from the $20,000 posted purse.
The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and Capital Renegade United Racing Club (URC) Series agreed to leave the schedules open and take part in what promises to be a history making event for 360 sprint cars.
“We have been trying to do a big wingless show for some time now and been talking to ESS to see if we can get a date that works for all,” noted Weedsport Promoter Jimmy Phelps. “ESS then reached out to URC and they too were glad to put it on their schedule. It’s something I think can work once a year in Central NY and the response has been tremendous”
Many top names have indicated that they will be in the field which includes former World of Outlaw regular Lucas Wolfe, Central Pa. standout Mark Smith, ESS runner-up in points and former USAC rookie of the year Coleman Gulick heads the list. But the names doesn’t stop there, two-time ESS champ and local favorite Chuck Hebing and many-time URC champion Curt Michael have intentions to try for the $5,000 top prize.
Others that are looking to be in the pits on Sunday include Kelly Hebing, Joey Biasi, Larry Wight, Brett Wright, Carmen Perigo, Billy VanInwegen, Lee Ladouceur, Robbie Shuttleworth, Thomas Radivoy, Steve Drevicki, Jimmy Stitzel, Chad Miller, Jonathan Preston, Erik Karlsen, Chandler Leiby, Dave Axton, Dan Douville, Darryl Ruggles, TJ Karlsen and others will make for a star studded field.
A few USAC chauffeurs have indicated interest and will see how they make out after their show on Friday in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Not only does the event pay $5,000 to win, but $2,500 for second, $2,000 for third, $1,000 for fifth, $500 for 10th and $300 to start. Timed hot laps, qualifying heats and a B-Main will set the 24 car starting field for the first ever event.
Weedsport Speedway is a state of the art dirt track facility and is ready to showcase it’s look to many new fans. Pit Gates open at 4, grandstands at 5 with racing starting at 7PM.
The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Head to Merrittville This Saturday.
SYRACUSE, NY – After a weekend off the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) embark in one of their favorite annual trips to the Niagara Frontier and the Merrittville Speedway. The event which is also part of the 1000 Islands RV Centre Canada Tour will pay a cool $2,000to win.
The Gary Cunningham Memorial is a unique event where the stars and cars from the Lucas Oil ESS Series battle against the local teams from the Ohsweken Speedway and Southern Ontario Sprints circuit.
Leading the ESS contingent will be point leader and runner-up in points Jason Barney and Coleman Gulick respectively who have been putting on a fan pleasing duel all season. Also expected in the field is current Canada Tour point leader and defending ESS champion Steve Poirier.
Looking to keep up in the ESS standings at Merrittville will be Paul Kinney, Matt Tanner, Paulie Colagiovanni, Matt Billings, Jeff Cook, Brett Wright, Chad Miller, Shawn Donath, Alex Vigneault, Brandon Kidd, Dave Axton, Dan Douville and others.
Heading up the band of locals will be Dylan Westbrok, Mitch Brown, Glenn Styres, Cory Turner, Jake Brown, Ryan Turner, Ryan Susice, Jamie Turner, Jim Huppunen, Mikey Kruchka, Tyler Hendricks, Lee Winger and the return to ESS competition after many years, Ryan Coniam.
Jonathan Allard makes victorious return with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour at Antioch Speedway Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Antioch, CA – June 17, 2017…Making his first California start of the season Chico’s Jonathan Allard made a mid-race move to get under point leader Kyle Hirst for the lead in traffic and went on to take the checkered flag, becoming the sixth different winner in as many races with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards.
Allard was part of a great three-way dog fight for the top spot, before checking out late in a curfew shorted feature that went 25-laps.
“This is pretty special to come out here and win at Antioch tonight in my first start of the year,” said an extremely happy Allard on the front stretch. “Kyle Hirst got bottled up in traffic there and luckily I was able to take advantage. Big thanks to Rod Tiner for allowing me to drive this race car. He’s been a mentor of sorts to me over the years with all of his knowledge and gave me an awesome car tonight. It’s an honor to drive for him and to get a victory in the 83sa is pretty cool to say the least.”
The scheduled 40-lap main event started out with dash winner Hirst getting the jump at the waving of the green flag. Allard carved his way into the second spot with Hollister’s Ryan Bernal in tow. A caution and red flag plagued contest slowed the flow of things, but in-between the stoppages the action remained entertaining. After about 10-laps were complete Hirst, Allard and Bernal began to wage an epic battle for the lead through super heavy lapped traffic.
Allard executed a pinpoint move to slide his way under Hirst and grab the top spot, just prior to another caution coming out on lap 19. On the restart all heck broke loose when Bernal and Croft came together racing for the third spot, which ultimately saw the 56 slow to a stop and the 29 get sideways, falling back and relegating him to the rear of the field.
After that the race never got back into a groove, with a fuel stop needed on lap 20 during a scary red flag incident that saw Herman Klein get upside down. He luckily emerged okay however. Another red flag period on lap 23 shortened the race to 30-laps, but another yellow shortly after brought out the checkered on lap 25 as curfew came. Allard’s victory gave car owner Rod Tiner a sweep of the Antioch events for 2017 with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards.
Hirst came home in second to remain the point leader, while Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto completed the podium with fellow Roseville racer Colby Copeland rounding out the top-five.
The remainder of the top-10 was comprised of Bradley Terrell, Tony Gualda, Croft, Steven Tiner and Scott Hall.
Justin Sanders captured the B-main and as noted Hirst claimed the dash. Kyle Hirst started the night by earning the fast time award with a lap of 12.398. A total of 29 cars signed into the pits for round six.
Scott Kreutter returns to victory lane for the first time since 2013 at Outlaw Speedway
Contact: Paul Harkenrider
(Dundee, NY) Scott Kreutter put on a clinic at the Outlaw Speedway Friday night leading all 25 laps and picking up his first Patriot Sprint Tour A main victory since 2013 over Coleman Gullick and Steve Collins.
Kreutter would start on the outside pole with Gullick, who was piloting the Parker Evans No. 61 as the two ignited the 20-car field.
They would head into the opening set of corners at even pace with a slight advantage belonging to Kreutter as Steve Collins would be battling Joe Trenca for the third spot. Robbie Stillwaggon started seventh and would contest for a top five with Paulie Colagiovanni.
The first five laps were done at a minute forty, when the first caution flew as Derrick Juliano lost power at the top of turn four on lap five. The next restart would still find Kreutter grabbing the early lead as Paulie Colagiovanni would contest for third with Collins and Trenca, but as he entered turns three and four, he hit an implement tire and as he attempted to get to pull into the infield, he would collect eighth place running, Jordan Thomas.
Kreutter would meet lap traffic on lap ten but it did not trouble him as he sailed by multiple cars left and right. The battle for second would continue as Steve Collins would get a great bottom run on Gullick at the half way point but would hit the one bump on the race track and would lose a lot of ground.
No more cautions occurred the last 20 laps going green to checkered and it was the 2012 series champion picking up the win over Gulick, Collins, Stillwaggon and Jonathan Preston.
Three heat races took place and were won by Kreutter, Trenca, and Stillwaggon. The Evingham Site Excavation dash was scored by Jordan Thomas, his second of 2017.
Jared Zimbardi would start on the pole in his heat but would get involved in an early caution and would settle for fifth. He would then go into the Evingham Site Excavation Dash finish fourth starting 13th in the A Main. Zimbardi would make an early push to the front in the event but would not get any higher than eighth. Joe Trenca was fast in his heat and start fourth in the A but would fall back to seventh. Kyle Drum would finish fourth in his heat also qualifying for the ESE Dash, he would come home ninth in the A Main after tenth. Darryl Ruggles would also find himself in the dash and he would not pass any cars during the A finishing 11th earning him the Shuttleworth’s Seal Coating 11th place finish. David Just would have a rough go of things during his heat starting tail for the A Main. He would make his way up to 12th taking the Casey’s Truck Salvage ‘Salvage of the Night.’ Tyler Graves would earn the Prestige Pool & Spa Final Finisher award.
The series now heads south to Pennsylvania for the 14th Annual Joe Whitcomb Memorial at the Selinsgrove Speedway. It is $2,271 to win with time trials setting the qualifying format. Fans are always encouraged to visit www.patriotsprinttour.com along with liking Patriot Sprint Tour on facebook, as well as following @PatriotSprints on Twitter and Instagram.
A Main: 1) 49- SCOTT KREUTTER (1) 2) 61- Coleman Gulick 3) 67- Steve Collins 4) 89- Robbie Stillwaggon 5) 22- Jonathan Preston 6) 11- Chuck Hebing 7) 98- Joe Trenca 8) 35- Jared Zimbardi 9) 47- Kyle Drum 10) 10- Kelly Hebing 11) 48jr- Darryl Ruggles 12) 54j- Dave Just 13) 22r- Mike Koehler 14) 81- Derek Jonathan 15) 17z- Josh Azzi 16) X- Dan Bennett 17) 25g- Tyler Graves 18) 10- Paulie Colagiovanni 19) 79- Jordan Thomas 20) 1J- Derrick Juliano
Father’s Day NCRA Sprints at 81 Speedway
Park City, Kansas – June 13, 2017 - The National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division will be back in action this coming Sunday night as the tour will celebrate Father’s Day with the annual running of the “Bill Hall Memorial” at 81 Speedway in Park City.
Defending tour champion Don Droud, Jr. sits atop the current point standings after two events and holds a twenty-point lead over former two-time and defending champion Jeremy Campbell. Jon Freeman sits just thirty points out of the point lead in third while Norman, Oklahoma driver Danny Jennings is just forty points out of the lead and fourth in the standings. Jennings has announced his intentions on competing full-time with the series sprint car division in 2017 and looking to become the first Oklahoma based sprint car champion with NCRA since 1995.
Nebraska’s Ryan Roberts, Forrest Southerland, Jeff Stasa, Jason Martin, Joe Wood, Jr. and Wayne Johnson round out the top ten. Wood picked up the season-opening victory back on May 20th while Martin found victory lane this past Saturday night (June 10) at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska.
Gates will open at 5:00 PM with race time slate for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand general admission tickets are just $20 for adults, free for children ages eleven and under when accompanied by an adult. All pit passes are just $30.
Current NCRA Sprint Car Point Standings (June 10):1) Don Droud, Jr., 550, 2) Jeremy Campbell 530, 3) Jon Freeman 520, 4) Danny Jennings 510, 5) Ryan Roberts 480, 6) Forrest Southerland 460, 7) Jeff Stasa 370, 8) Jason Martin 300, 9) Joe Wood, Jr. and Wayne Johnson 295
NCRA Sprint Stop at Salina PPD
Park City, Kansas – June 12, 2017 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products announced on Monday the scheduled Saturday night, June 24, event at Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas for the series 360-ci sprint car division has been postponed until a later date.
This originally scheduled event would have been in conjunction with the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Malvern Bank.
Don’t forget the NCRA sprint car division will be back in action this coming Father’s Day - Sunday night at 81 Speedway in Park City for the annual running of the Bill Hall Memorial.
Rick Wilson wins first Patriot Sprint Tour race in 11 years
Contact: Paul Harkenrider
By Curtis Berleue
(Brockville, ONT) | For the first time since July 28, 2006, Joyceville, Ontario’s Rick Wilson landed in Patriot Sprint Tour victory lane at the Brockville-Ontario Speedway Saturday night over Dylan Westbrook and Jared Zimbardi.
2015 PST champion Sammy Reakes IV and Wilson would lead the field to the initial green flag, however before a lap could be completed the red flag was thrown for the 123 of Yan Bilodeau and 10b of Mitch Brown. The two made contact down the backstretch, resulting in both cars flipping. All drivers were OK.
After a complete restart as no laps were complete, the next 16 laps were run without incident. At the half-way point, Rick Wilson led Westbrook, and sixth starting Jared Zimbardi.
The caution flew once again on lap 16 for the number 17 of Sammy Reakes IV, who slowed on the top of turn 4 and did not return to the racing surface. On the ensuing restart, Wilson once again grabbed the lead. While Zimbardi and Westbrook battled for second, fourth place runner Alain Bergeron fell off the backstretch, and had lost multiple spots by the time he returned to the racing surface.
Wilson never looked back, and ended up parking his car on the front stretch for the $2,000 win. Westbrook was second, followed by Zimbardi, Alain Bergeron and Jake Brown to round out the top 5.
“Westbrook was underneath me, but down here in the corner (turn 1), you could drive in on the bottom and catch that cushion coming out,” Wilson explained in victory lane. “There was no way anyone was going to drive under or around me doing that.”
The Patriot Sprint Tour will return to action this Friday night, June 16, at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY, and then travel south to the Selinsgrove Speedway the following night, Saturday June 17th for the $2,571 to win Joe Whitcomb Memorial. The Canadian Series resumes on July 16 when they return to Brockville and then on Sunday, July 17 at the Cornwall Speedway.
A-Main Results: 1. Rick Wilson, 2. Dylan Westbrook, 3. Jared Zimbardi, 4. Lee Ladouceur, 5. Alain Bergeron, 6. Jake Brown, 7. Chris Jones, 8. Chris Steele, 9. Cory Turner, 10. Steven Hutchinson Jr., 11. April Wilson, 12. Sammy Reakes IV, DNF, 13. Yan Bilodeau, DNF, 14. Mitch Brown, DNF, 15. Kyle Fraser, DNS.
Lap Leaders: 1-2 Wilson, 3 Westbrook, 4-25 Wilson
PST Canada Point Standings
1. Dylan Westbrook 421
2. Jared Zimbardi 414
3. Chris Steele 403
4. Jake Brown 388
5. Cory Turner 387
6. Mitch Brown 368
7. Jim Huppunen 255
8. Glenn Styres 235
9. Mikey Kruchka 231
10. Ryan Turner 220
Steve Poirier beats Jordan Poirier in Empire Super Sprint Feature at Mohawk International Raceway
By MIKE MALLETT
AKWESASNE, NY - Steve Poirier was still chasing his first series win coming into Friday night’s Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint event at the Mohawk International Raceway. That was all the 2016 and seven-time series champion needed.
The St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que., driver had won seven of the last 11 events at the fast half-mile. After Friday night, you can make that eight out of the last 12. Poirier was dominant in the 25-lap A-Main passing Chris Jones for the lead early after starting in the second row. There was no catching him from that point forward as he won the NAPA Auto Parts Tour of the U.S., 1000 Island RV Centre Canadian Series, SUNY Canton Series feature.
“I like that track,” said Poirier after the triumph. “My style is good here and it’s always a pleasure. I think we won the last three here. When things went wrong it was because we were kind of struggling with the car or a car accident, something like that. The track was awesome tonight as it was fun to drive.”
Chris Jones jumped out to the lead from his pole position while Poirier rocketed into the second position. At that point the chase was on. Poirier stalked Jones. Jones was able to keep Poirier at bay for the next handful of laps.
Things got more difficult for Jones as he hit traffic on the seventh lap. Jones was able to make a couple of quick moves to keep Poirier behind him. Then, on lap nine, Jones got boxed in on the bottom of the speedway allowing Poirier to dispatch of him on the outside.
“I thought at first I would get him (Jones) on the inside because he was too much in the middle to get him on the outside,” stated Poirier about the pass for the lead. “He got bottled up a little bit and I tried the outside of one and two. I felt good there so I did it the next six, tens laps there it was pretty good. Eventually it looked the bottom was coming back so I figured it was safer to go back to there.”
Poirier pulled away after taking control leaving Jones to fend off another Poirier as Jordan began to apply pressure for the second position. Jordan was able to wrangle the runner-up spot in the running order on lap 12. Meanwhile, Steve was nearly a straightaway out in front.
The Poirier’s held the top two spots when the only caution came on lap 15 when Yan Bilodeau caught a marker tire on the bottom of the track and spiraled through the air. His night was done while the Steve had to contend with Jordan on a double-file restart.
Like he almost always is, Steve was flawless at the green flag jumping quickly back out to an extended advantage over Jordan. With the Poirier’s settling into the top two positions, Matt Billings moved into third with Coleman Gulick making a huge move on the restart go from eighth into the top fourth.
Steve went on to score career win 63. It ends a four race winless streak to start the season for the Empire Super Sprint career wins leader.
“The last couple of races I wasn’t that happy and not as concentrated on my race program,” commented Poirier. “At some point you wonder was it luck, why are we not winning this year? Kevin (Loveys) made some good adjustments and I drove it decent. It feels good to back in Victory Lane.”
Jordan searched in the final few laps before settling for the second position. It was the second time in less than a week that the duo earned the top two spots as Jordan held off Steve to score his first win last Sunday at the Cornwall Motor Speedway.
“Finishing second is bad for morale, but we finished second to Steve,” cited Jordan. “We knew he was good on the slick stuff. We drove a good race. I think we moved the wing back too far for the restart. As the laps were coming down we were catching him a bit. We can be really happy with our second place.”
Billings, driving Mike Stelter’s No. 36, picked up his best finish of the 2017 season. Billings was on his way to an even better finish last weekend at Cornwall before the rear-end went south while running second. Friday he raced to third after the team thrashed to get it repaired for this weekend.
“I have to say thanks to Mike (Stelter) and Tom (Rightmyer) and all the guys that worked at the shop in Rochester (NY),” stated Billings. “Last week at Cornwall we went from 16th up to second before the rear-end blew out of it. They worked their butts off all week to get this thing back. I’m glad we were fast tonight. I’m glad we got a third.”
Gulick picked up hard-charger honors after coming from 14th to finish in fourth. Jones held on to take the final spot in the top five.
Lucas Oil ESS A-Main – Steve Poirier, Jordan Poirier, Matt Billings, Coleman Gulick, Chris Jones, Paulie Colagiovanni, Matt Tanner, Alain Bergeron, Paul Kinney, Brandon Kidd, Jason Barney, Dan Douville, Chad Miller, Keith Granholm, Brett Wright, Guillaume Neiderer, Scott Holcomb, Anthony Cain, Lee Ladouceur, Jeff Cook, Yan Bilodeau, Dave Axton, Dale Gosselin.
Lap Leader – Jones 1-8, Poirier 9-25.
Dylan Westbrook Notches First Patriot Sprint Tour Win at Ohsweken
Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider
By Curtis Berleue
(Ohsweken, ONT) | Hometown favorite Dylan Westbrook picked up his first-ever A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour win on Friday night at the Ohsweken Speedway over Bryan Howland and Jared Zimbardi. Local Mitch Brown came home in fourth, and Scott Kreutter rounded out the top five.
Mitch Brown and Dylan Westbrook led the field to the green flag, with Westbrook jumping out to the early lead and never looking back. By lap two, fourth place starting Bryan Howland had moved up to second, where he would remain for the balance of the event.
The only caution of the night for the 360 sprints came on lap six for the 27z of Stan Zanchin who spun on the bottom of turn 2. On the ensuing restart, Jared Zimbardi was able to drive masterfully to the inside of Mitch Brown and take the third position coming off of turn 2.
By lap 12, Westbrook had begun to catch lap traffic. Bryan Howland was able to gain ground on Westbrook in traffic but was never able to get within striking distance, allowing Westbrook to lead all 25 laps en-route to Patriot Sprint Tour victory lane.
“I saw half his (Howland’s) car and I just tried to stay on top and gas it up,” stated an elated Westbrook in victory lane.
With 20 sprint cars signed into the pits, three 8-lap heat races were run. Local Mitch Brown picked up the win in heat race number one over defending PST Canada champion Jared Zimbardi and Tyler Hendricks. Heat race two went to Bryan Howland over Cory Turner and Scott Kreutter, and Glenn Styres was victorious in heat race number 3 over teammate Dylan Westbrook and Lee Winger.
The Evingham Site Excavation 9-14 Dash victory went to Jake Brown. The Prestige Pool & Spa ‘Final Finisher’ was Stan Zanchin. The Casey’s Salvage award was given to Jim Huppunen. The Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing bonus was awarded to 11th place finisher Jake Brown.
The Patriot Sprint Tour Canada series will be right back in action on Saturday, June 10th for the first of two visits to the Brockville Ontario Speedway. Next weekend, the PST America series returns to action with visits to the Outlaw Speedway on Friday night June 16th, and then Selinsgrove Speedway the following night, Saturday June 17th for the Joe Whitcomb memorial.
A Main: 1) 47x- DYLAN WESTBROOK (1) 2) 51- Bryan Howland 3) 35- Jared Zimbardi 4) 10b- Mitch Brown 5) 49- Scott Kreutter 6) 80- Chris Steele 7) 01- Mikey Kruchka 8) 14h- Jim Huppunen 9) 97- Cory Turner 10) 38- Tyler Hendricks 11) 1-10- Jake Brown 12) 91- Ryan Turner 13) 9- Steve Lyons 14) 0- Glenn Styres 15) 11- Jamie Turner 16) 6- Curtis Gartly 17) 2w- Lee Winger 18) 21- John Burbridge 19) 27z- Stan Zanchin
PST Canada Points: 1) 80 – Chris Steele (277), 2) 47x – Dylan Westbrook (276), 3) 35 – Jared Zimbardi (273), 4) 97 – Cory Turner (264), 5) 1-10 – Jake Brown (256), 6) 10 – Mitch Brown (256), 7) 14h – Jim Huppunen (255), 8) 0 – Glenn Styres, 9) 01k – Mikey Kruchka, 10) 91 – Ryan Turner (220)
Patriot Sprint Tour Invades Ohsweken
By Clayton Johns
OHSWEKEN, Ont. – June 7, 2017 – Ohsweken Speedway’s 22nd season of Friday Night Excitement resumes this week when the Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) invades for it’s only visit of the season on Rochester Knighthawks and McDonald’s of Brantford and Paris Night on Friday, June 9. The stars of the Patriot Sprint Tour, a New York-based Sprint Car series, take on Ohsweken’s best Kool Kids-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car drivers. Also in action are the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers.
Pit gates will open at 5:30pm and spectator grandstands at 6:00pm for the scheduled green flag at 7:30pm. Admission for adults is just $14, $10 for seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17) while kids age 7-12 are only $3. Children 6 and under are free.
Kids 12 and under can sign-up for the Ohsweken Speedway Kids Club, which includes FREE grandstand admission, a souvenir t-shirt, membership card, VIP treatment and other cool perks throughout the season, such as pre-race activities, pit tours and driver meet & greets. Kids Club memberships are just $20.
PST vs. Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
The first of three challenge races on the 2017 schedule for the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars features the Patriot Sprint Tour. The series brings with it several heavy hitters from the Empire State and beyond for the $2,000-to-win Canadian tour event, including reigning series champion, Jared Zimbardi of Bradford, Pa.
Zimbardi is the current PST American series point leader through six races and has three wins to his credit this season. He has also won the PST vs. Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 challenge event in each of the last three seasons.
Also scheduled to attend his 2015 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals winner Bryan Howland, who has claimed a pair of victories with the Patriots south of the border this season. Jordan Thomas of Harding, PA, Pete Richardson of Verona, NY and Dane Lorenc of Lancaster, NY are also expected to be among the Patriot regulars in attendance.
They’ll battle Ohsweken’s best, including last week’s feature winner and current point leader Jim Huppunen of Fenwick, Ont. Sophomore Dylan Westbrook of Scotland, Ont. currently sits second in the standings ahead of brother Cory and Ryan Turner. Glenn Styres completes the current top-five in Ohsweken points.
Crate Sprint Cars
Through two races, Ryan Hunsinger is perfect in Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car competition with two wins. Now in it’s fourth season, the Crate Sprint Car division has drawn fields of 24 or more cars in the first two weeks of action this season. Caledonia’s Jesse McDonald trails Hunsinger by just 11 points in the championship standings while Mack DeMan sits third ahead of Shone Evans and Holly Porter, who are tied for fourth. In total, 28 different drivers have raced with the Crate Sprint Cars in 2017.
Thompson’s Auto Group Fan Appreciation Day highlights sixth Red Hawk Casino point race this Saturday at Placerville Speedway
Pit party from noon-4pm and discount tickets offered
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – June 6, 2017…After opening the month of June last week Placerville Speedway returns to action this Saturday for the annual Thompson’s Auto Group Fan Appreciation Day, which also doubles as Red Hawk Casino championship point race number six.
Prior to the races this Saturday June 10 a special pit party will be held at the track from noon to 4pm, where there will be music, cars on display and drivers available for autographs. It’s always a perfect opportunity to bring out the kids to meet their favorite drivers and get an up close look at the cars that will be competing later in the night.
Divisions set to tackle the speedway at the sixth Red Hawk Casino point race will include the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, Mini Trucks and the NCDCA Dwarf Cars.
All grandstand admission tickets this Saturday will also be just $10 each for Adults, Seniors, Military & Juniors. Kids (6-11) will be $6 each and 5 & Under are FREE! The front gate will open at 3pm. Drivers meeting will be held at 4:30pm, with cars on track for wheel packing at 5, qualifying scheduled to begin around 5:30 and heat races to follow.
A happy hour will be offered from 4pm-6pm in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer stand. If there was ever a week to bring a friend and introduce them to the races this would surely be the one.
“The whole team at Thompson’s Auto Group are great partners with us here at Placerville Speedway and have been for a long time,” said Russell Motorsports Inc. President Scott Russell. “Fan appreciation day is always a fun time for all the spectators and the racers as well. We invite everyone to come and enjoy a great day at the pit party, before attending the races that night. This is also your last chance to catch racing here until Fourth of July weekend, so we hope everyone can make it out.”
Elk Grove’s Greg Decaires continues to lead the way in the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car standings, but last week it was reigning champion Mason Moore who picked up his first victory of the season. The driver of the Friends & Family Racing X1 started from the pole and led all 25-laps en route to the win. Decaires finished the race in third and will look to get back in victory lane this Saturday aboard the Dale Miller Plumbing No. 4sa. The four-time titlist already has two triumphs to his credit in 2017.
More drivers expected on Saturday will include current runner up in the standings Jimmy Trulli, five-time Placerville Speedway track champ Andy Forsberg, last week’s runner up Matt Petersen, round one winner Justyn Cox, along with Sean Becker, Steven Tiner, Jake Morgan, DJ and Dustin Freitas, Mike Benson, Cody Fendley, Justin Johnson, Chris Masters, Mike Cook, Kirt Organ and others.
Live Oak’s Matt Micheli ran second last week to continue his consistent start to the season and remains atop the Ltd. Late Model points going into the weekend. Ryan McDaniel has been the dominant force in the division so far this season and is fresh off his third win in five races last Saturday. Additional drivers looking to punch their ticket to victory this week will include Ray Trimble, Mike and Tyler Lightfoot, Tom Tilford, Ken Micheli and others.
Jason Palmer is coming off his first Pure Stock triumph of the season last week and will look to go back-to-back on Saturday. Dan Jinkersen has captured three of the five races and got within striking distance last week at one point, until a late spin relegated him to sixth. Nick Baldwin, Rick and Scott Grunert, Orville Owens, Chris Van Roekel, Travis Emery and Ryan Peter are some of the names that will look for their initial victory of 2017 this weekend.
Saturday marks the third appearance of the season for the always exciting Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association. The first two events have been picked off by Ryan Winter and Shawn Jones. The new Mini Truck division also returns this weekend for the second time. Ted Ahart was victorious during the inaugural event on May 6.
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT
Jim Huppunen and Ryan Turner started on the front row of the A-Main. Two-time champion Huppunen took the lead at the drop of the green flag and was the class of the field leading all 20 laps. Turner had a comfortable ride finishing a very solid second. The best battle on the track throughout the contest was from third to sixth as Cory Turner, Mitch Brown, Dylan Westbrook and Glenn Styres fought back and forth lap after lap. At the line Turner held off Westbrook for the final podium position while Brown completed the top five.
Dylan Westbrook and Mitch Brown picked up heat race wins earlier in the evening while Jake Brown won the Ackland Insurance Top Gun Award.
A-FEATURE (20 laps – NT)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 14h Jim Huppunen (1)
2. 91 Ryan Turner (2)
3. 97 Cory Turner (6)
4. 47x Dylan Westbrook (7)
5. 10 Mitch Brown (5)
6. 0 Glenn Styres (8)
7. 01 Mikey Kruchka (9)
8. 3r Shane Ross (10)
9. 38 Tyler Hendricks (4)
10. 1-10 Jake Brown (3)
11. 6 Curtis Gartly (11)
12. 11 Jamie Turner (14)
13. DNF 21j John Burbridge Jr. (12)
14. DNF 2 Lee Winger (13)
15. DNF 90 Travis Cunningham (15)
16. DNS 9 Steve Lyons (16)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Jim Huppunen (1-20)
There’s another Poirier in Victory Lane, Jordan Poirier Gets Lucas Oil ESS Career #1 at Cornwall
By Dean Reynolds
CORNWALL, ON – Ever since 2005, the name Poirier has graced victory lane with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS). Steve Poirier has 62 of them. On Sunday night at the Cornwall Motor Speedway it was Jordan Poirier’s turn as he lad all 25 laps to collect ESS career win #1.
Jordan is the nephew of Steve and to make the victory even more sweeter Steve finished second making for a special family gathering on the podium.
It was ESS’ return to the fast quarter mile in Cornwall, Ontario for the first time since 2008. The 1000 Islands RV Centre Canada Tour event was well received by the fans and competitors as a part of a three race weekend North of the Border.
Jordan took the lead right at the drop of Austin Swamp’s green flag and you knew he had a quick car. “The guys worked so hard last night and this morning after our trouble at Drummond,” said Poirier. “We as a team just didn’t give up, went to work and I had such a good car tonight.”
Poirier survived a couple of cautions and red early on, then the last 19 laps went non-stop and on the tight confines of Cornwall that’s not an easy task. “I was real good on the top but when you got to the lap cars you had to make sure you make the right decisions,” Poirier went on. “I just didn’t want to make a mistake and lose the lead. Luckily it all worked out an I got the win.”
Poirier has many wins in the Quebec Mini-Sprint Series but his first in ESS competition will be special. “I am so happy, to win with ESS you just don’t know how much this means to me,” the happy winner went on, “Then to have Steve finish behind me makes this a night to remember. I just want to thank everyone.”
For Steve Poirier it was an unusual night that saw him actually running in the dash which gave him the 14th place starting position. “With the track being a little tricky an having lots of bite, I was thinking where I was starting I was just going to take it easy,” said the seven-time champion, “But, when I started the race this was the first time this year I had a car that I thought was fast, so I raced hard.”
Poirier picked off cars at a rapid rate and was in the top five on that lap six restart which was the last of the race. He made quick moves and all of a sudden he was in second chasing is team car.
“When I got to second I could see Jordan and thought maybe with the traffic I could close in. But, he was fast, real fast,” Poirier continued on the races’ closing stages. “I normally don’t like to finish second but on this night to see Jordan win makes it a cool night for all of us. He tries hard and tonight it he finally got the win, I’m very happy for him.”
For the defending champ, it’s been a different season. “We were trying for another championship but with our troubles at Outlaw and then our hauler breaking down for Fulton we just decided that not this year,” Poirier went on, “We started some big projects at work so we have to focus on that also. We are getting everything closer now so you will definitely see me more. It’s just a different year for sure for all of us.”
Alain Bergeron made it an all Quebec podium with a solid third place finish over Mitch Brown and Brett Wright for his second top five on the weekend. Rounding out the top ten were point leader Jason Barney, Paul Kinney, Yan Bilodeau, Lee Ladouceur and Dan Douville.
Empire Super Sprints (25-lap A-Main): Jordan Poirier, Steve Poirier, Alain Bergeron, Mitch Brown, Brett Wright ($840), Jason Barney ($645), Paul Kinney ($530), Yan Bilodeau ($520), Lee Ladouceur ($560), Dan Douville ($500), Jeff Cook ($435), Coleman Gulick ($395), Chad Miller ($375), Devin Caron ($365), Guillaume Neiderer ($360), Dave Axton ($355), Matt Billings ($375), Matt Tanner ($345), Jake Brown ($365), Chris Jones ($335), Alex Vigneault ($355), Paulie Colagiovanni ($425), Shawn Donath ($325).
Lap Leader – J. Poirier (1-25)
Mason Moore, take home Placerville Speedway victories on Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – June 3, 2017…Reigning Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car champion Mason Moore of Princeton took full advantage of starting on the pole in the feature and led all 25-laps to claim his first Placerville Speedway victory of the season on Saturday night.
Also sharing victory lane at the fifth Red Hawk Casino championship point race of the season were Ryan McDaniel in the Ltd. Late Models, Jason Palmer in the Pure Stocks and Scott Kinney with the BCRA Midget Lites.
Moore shot to the lead at the waving of the green flag in the Thompson’s Auto Group Sprint Car main event, while current point leader Greg Decaires carved his way to second, getting under outside front row starter Andy Forsberg. Track work prior to the feature had made the bottom line the preferred groove during the early stages, but once it wore out fans were treated to some fantastic racing over the final 10-circuits.
Forsberg then dropped to fourth on lap 16, as Wilton’s Matt Peterson was able to sneak under just prior to the caution flag waving. When going back green however, Forsberg had enough of following along down low and charged to the high-side of the quarter-mile bullring. Giving fans a glimpse of why he is called “Mr. Excitement” the five-time track champion blasted into second on lap 18 and quickly came after the leader.
With 19-laps complete Forsberg looked as if he would get by for the lead while running the cushion through turns three and four, but at the same time Moore had slipped up the track. Things got fairly tight and ultimately saw Forsberg get over the edge, spinning to a stop and ending his thrilling charge towards the front. After that it was all Moore as he took the checkered flag for season win number one aboard the Friends & Family Racing X1 machine.
Peterson came out on top of an entertaining duel for second with Decaires to earn a very solid runner up finish. Following some tough luck over the early course of the season it was nice to see him have a solid night. Decaires was then able to narrowly beat out a fast moving Jimmy Trulli of Placerville at the stripe to claim the final spot on the podium. Trulli’s impressive run from the fifth row netted him fourth at the conclusion, with Visalia’s Steven Tiner rounding out the top-five.
Sean Becker set the ADCO Driveline and Custom the Exhaust fast time to begin the night with a lap of 11.331 around the quarter-mile. The B-main was captured by DJ Freitas, while heat races went to Matt Peterson, Steven Tiner, Mason Moore and Greg Decaires. A strong field of 28 Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars were in action at round four on Saturday.
Jason Barney wins a Lucas Oil ESS Thriller at Autodrome Drummond
By Dean Reynolds
DRUMMONDVILLE, PQ – When Jason Barney drew outside pole for the 25 lap A-Main at Autodrome Drummond on Saturday night he knew that he had to take full advantage. From green to checkered he did just that but it wasn’t without a crowd pleasing challenge from both Paulie Colagiovanni and Coleman Gulick.
The win for the Brewerton, NY star was his second on the 2017 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint campaign and also marked his 15th career trip to the winner’s circle. The total take home was $2,050 and also points for the overall championship, the 1000 Islands RV Centre Canada Tour and the Fondations 4 Saisons Quebec Series.
“When we drew the outside pole I knew we had to make this work. With these teams in ESS when you get a break like that you feel very fortunate,” Barney said in victory lane with the Schneider Packing #87 behind him. “The track was real fast on top, it’s not normally what we do but it was the fastest way around.”
Barney did indeed jump out to lead the first circuit with Colagiovanni giving chase right from the start as well. The sprinters were at blistering speeds up on the top side of the Drummond oval.
“Lapped cars came up quick and you try to get as close as you can to them to prevent someone from trying to make a pass on the inside,” he continued. “I just had a feeling they were on me, I wanted to try to go low a few times but I knew that I didn’t want to leave the top cause it was so fast.”
Even though Barney knew Gulick started in sixth, so far this year it’s been his biggest challenger for the 2017 title “I know Coleman had to be coming and to tell you the truth I was waiting for him to pull a slider on me but it never came,” Barney went on. “I’m so blessed to have this team, Brandon works so hard and we have good equipment, I just hope the driver will be ready as well”
Gulick was coming at the end. From his sixth starting spot he did have to pass some of ESS’ best to get to the leading duo which also included Steve Poirier.
“The track was just so fast up top which made everyone fast,” Gulick said, “It took me a while to get by Steve and then to catch those two.”
Once Gulick got up to third it was a wild three car battle through slower traffic that had the huge crowd buzzing. Coming down for the white flag, Gulick made one last move to slip by Colagiovanni to secure second at the finish.
“I had a good run on him going into three, I had to make the move and it worked,” said Coleman, “I was hoping I could also get close enough to try a move on Jason but just not quite enough.”
For Gulick it was a good weekend in Quebec with this runner-up finish backing up his win the night before at Granby. “It’s been a good weekend for us so far, can’t wait to come back to Quebec,” and he went on to the ultimate goal, “The goal is the ESS championship, we just need to keep good finishes.”
While Colagiovanni was looking for the right time to make a move on Barney and then losing second on the last lap, he was all smile afterwards. Just 24 hours earlier his #10 was parked on the wall and under a billboard at Granby. He used the same car to take third.
“Yea, last night was a tough one, not what we wanted for sure,” said the teenage former rookie of the year. “We put the same car back together and it was fast. I was hoping to see if I could make a move on Jason and I tried on the last lap but most the momentum and Coleman got me. Still, I am happy though.”
Poirier came home in fourth followed by Matt Billings. Rounding out the top ten were Shawn Donath, Dale Gosselin, Alain Bergeron, Paul Kinney and hard charger of the night, New Hampshire’s Dan Douville.
Empire Super Sprints (25-lap A-Main) Jason Barney, Coleman Gulick, Paulie Colagiovanni, Steve Poirier, Matt Billings, Shawn Donath, Dale Gosselin, Alain Bergeron, Paul Kinney, Dan Douville, Matt Tanner, Chad Miller, Lee Ladouceur, Alex Vigneault, Jeff Cook, Brett Wright, Anthony Cain, Guillaume Neiderer, Yan Bilodeau, Jordan Poirier, Dave Axton, Chris Jones.
Lap Leader – Barney (1-25)
Steve Collins finally puts it in victory lane at Ransomville
Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider
(Ransomville, NY) Consistently finishing on the podium typically leads to wins, and that is the case for Belfast, NY driver Steve Collins who has had two runners-up finishes at Woodhull, and Raceway 7 to start the season prior to his win at Ransomville last night (June 2, 2017).
Collins started third behind Kelly Hebing and Derek Jonathan bringing the 21-car field to green, and it was Kelly Hebing taking the top spot in the opening laps as Derek Jonathan, and Collins would follow closely behind. Kyle Drum, and Jordan Givler would also be running in the top five at that point of the race.
Contact between the X of Dan Bennett and the 80 of Chris Steele would bring out the first yellow on lap four. On the next restart, Hebing would perform another great start and take almost a second advantage over Jonathan and Collins as laps would tick by.
Once Collins was able to get by Jonathan on lap seven, he began to quickly reel in the ‘Lil Cobra’ and caught her on lap ten. It was lap 11 where he was able to pull even terms with her heading into turn one and had the lead coming out two before the yellow flew because of Jordan Thomas stopping on the back stretch because of no power steering.
Hebing was able to re-compose herself and take the lead again but on lap 14, Joe Trenca and Pete Richardson made contact in turns three and four causing Trenca to hit the wall and land on his side. Derek Jonathan was also involved which would bring out the lone red flag of the event, his night would also be complete.
After about a ten-minute red flag, Collins wasted no time taking getting by Hebing and took the lead officially on lap 15. Kyle Drum inherited third due to the Derek Jonathan break down and would begin to contest the runner up position against Hebing.
For a majority of the race, Jared Zimbardi, who started tenth would battle for a top five position with Pennsylvania driver, Jordan Givler, who was making his first start at Ransomville. Zimbardi would finally get by Givler for fourth and then Hebing for third on lap 21.
Collins would cruise the last ten laps and pick up his second career PST win over Kyle Drum, Jared Zimbardi, Kelly Hebing, and Jordan Givler would complete the top five.
Heats were won by Dave Just, Kyle Drum and Derek Jonathan. The Evingham Site Excavation Dash was won Jonathan Preston. The Prestige Pool & Spa Final finisher award handed to Dan Bennett. Denny Peebles slow start in his qualifying was salvaged by a top ten finish which earned him the Casey’s Truck Salvage ‘Salvage of the Night’ award. Shuttleworth’s Asphalt Sealing 11th place finish award was given to Steven Hutchinson Jr.
The Series heads to Fulton Speedway tonight, June 3 for its lone appearance of the season. Gates will be opening up 5 with racing set to start at 6:30. Be sure to follow @PatriotSprints on Instagram and Twitter. You can like ‘Patriot Sprint Tour’ on facebook as well as www.patriotsprinttour.com for up to date information.
A- Main 1. Steve Collins, 2. Kyle Drum, 3. Jared Zimbardi, 4. Kelly Hebing, 5. Jordan Givler, 6. Jonathan Preston, 7. Darryl Ruggles, 8. David Just, 9. Josh Azzi, 10. Denny Peebles, 11. Steven Hutchinson Jr., 12. Derrickk Juliano, 13. Dan Bennett, 14. Todd Hoddick, 15. Joe Trenca, 16. Pete Richardson, 17. Derek Jonathan, 18. Dane Lorenc, 19. Jordan Thomas, 20. Tyler Graves, 21. Chris Steele.
Lap Leaders: Hebing 1-14, Collins 15-25
Coleman Gulick Blisters the Field for his Second Lucas Oil ESS Victory of 2017 at Autodrome Granby
By Dean Reynolds
GRANBY, PQ – Binghamton, NY’s Coleman Gulick has been fast all year on the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Tour. Friday night at Autodrome Granby, near Montreal, Quebec he took advantage of a fast track and good redraw to pick up his second win of 2017 and third overall in his short ESS career.
The win not only gained valuable points towards the overall Lucas Oil Championship but was the first leg of the 1000 Islands RV Centre Canada Tour and the Fonations 4 Saisons Quebec Series.
“I have never been here but man I love this track!” exclaimed Gulick, “It’s fast which is right up my alley. We started further back the last few races and we had a fast car but just couldn’t get the win. But tonight it all worked out.”
Gulick took the lead on a lap five restart from first year runner Brett Wright and set a quick pace all throughout to remaining portions of the A-Main. With the final 20 laps going green to checkered lapped traffic was a concern. “The lapped cars were tough because they were all fast so you had to work hard to get around them,” Gulick continued, “With that happening I would figure someone might be coming up on me.”
That someone was Wright. He did stay in eyesight of Gulick all race and when the white flag was displayed coming off turn four he was only a few car lengths away.
“Yea, I was closing in on Coleman the last few laps and thought I might have had a shot,” Wright said afterwards. “But, I just had to get out of the throttle on a lapped car and that messed me all up. My car just pushed up the track and that was it.”
For Gulick and his Scorpion Security Products backed, Mach 1 Chassied #14, it enabled him to close in slightly on point leader Jason Barney who took fifth. “I just have to thank my crew, Josh and Parker, they made the trip and work real hard to get this thing fast. It means so much,” Gulick noted.
For Wright, his best ever ESS finish to date and coming off a DNQ the Sunday prior at Utica-Rome, he was all smiles afterwards. “My girlfrien came back and said I drew #1, was that good? I go heck yea that’s good!” Wright said with a laugh, “I was confident I had a good car so that draw got me excited.”
“The track was fast but I didn’t mind it at all, I just feel more comfortable,” Brett went on, “But when the rain came I though we made too many changes but the track came back to us. I’m just real happy.”
Defending champion Steve Poirier finished third with another former champion in Alain Bergeron taking fourth ahead of Barney. Rounding out the top ten were Alex Vigneault, Matt Billings, Chris Jones, hard charger bonus winner Shawn Donath and Paul Kinney.
Jeff Cook, Paulie Colagiovanni and Devin Caron found their sprints on their wings during the A-Main but all walked away unharmed.
Empire Super Sprints (25-lap A-Main) – Coleman Gulick, Brett Wright, Steve Poirier, Alain Bergeron, Jason Barney, Alex Vigneault, Matt Billings, Chris Jones, Shawn Donath, Paul Kinney, Dave Axton, Guillaume Neiderer, Matt Tanner, Chad Miller, Paulie Colagiovanni, Jeff Cook, Devin Caron, Yan Bilodeau, Dan Douville, Lee Ladouceur, Jordan Poirier.
Lap Leader – Wright (1-4), Gulick (5-25)
81 Speedway Announces Sprint Car/NCRA Maynia II
Park City, Kansas – June 21, 2017 - On the heels of an outstanding double-header weekend at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, officials with the speedway have announced a repeat of the same race schedule for 2018. Highlighted will be “Sprint Car Maynia II” in which 93 sprint car teams representing four sprint car race series filled the pit area.
This past Memorial Day weekend Saturday night saw forth-three modified teams compete in race number two on the National Championship Racing Series presented by Precise Racing Products tour along with the series mod-lite and crate late model divisions.
Then on Sunday night, the NCRA 360-ci sprint car division kicked off their 2017 race season and were joined on the race card by the Oklahoma based Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) two barrel sprints and the United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS)/Sprint Series of Oklahoma (SSO) 305-ci sprint car series.
Ninety-three sprint teams filled the pit area in front of a great crowd at the speedway.
The dates for the 2018 version will be announced and what has already been decided is a purse over $50,000 will be up for grabs that double-header weekend. Keep viewed to the tracks official website www.race81speedway.com and their facebook page: Race 81 Speedway for more information as it becomes available.
Inaugural Northwest Challenge Series Event on Tap June 16-17 at BMP Speedway
BILLINGS, Mont. (May 31, 2017) - The first event for the Northwest Challenge Series is less than three weeks away.
BMP Speedway will host the Harvey Ostermiller Memorial doubleheader on June 16-17, when the Northwest Challenge Series will make its debut.
The NSA Series, which is based in Montana and has roots in Western Canada, and the Washington-state based Summer Thunder Sprint Series joined forces for an 11-race schedule in 2017 under the Northwest Challenge Series banner.
"Steve Beitler and his team have done a great job building the Summer Thunder Sprint Series and we talked about how we could benefit all of the 360ci winged sprint car drivers in our areas of the country as well as Western Canada," NSA Series Founder and BMP Speedway Owner Mike Quigley said. "Our goal is to grow the sport by getting more of the Washington teams to head to Montana and Western Canada and vice versa when we each have events. The Northwest Challenge Series is a great bridge for both series as well as the racers in Montana, Western Canada and the Northwest."
The NSA Series has two races under its belt this season as Canadian Casey Adams won the season opener at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on May 19 before Texas native Travis Rilat picked up the win the following night at the bullring. Adams and Rilat are the only two drivers to post top fives in each of the first two NSA Series races this season.
"This is a unique way to cross promote both series," Skagit Speedway Owner and Summer Thunder Sprint Series Founder Steve Beitler said. "Having a series that includes two regional series will allow the race teams to race for more money and give the fans a chance to see the best competition in the multi-state area."
Washington native Jason Solwold has won the last two Summer Thunder Sprint Series events - April 1 at Central Washington State Fair Raceway in Yakima, Wash., and May 6 at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. - after fellow Washingtonian Austen Wheatley claimed the series' season opener on March 31 at Central Washington State Fair Raceway. Colton Heath is the only driver besides Solwold to record a top five during all three Summer Thunder Sprint Series races this season.
Additional information about the Harvey Ostermiller Memorial event will be released in the near future.
Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Race Five Opens Big Summer of Racing for Placerville Speedway Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – May 31, 2017...After being idle last weekend the El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway returns to action this Saturday night June 3 with round five of the Red Hawk Casino championship point season set to commence.
Divisions geared up to tackle the quarter-mile bullring during Saturday's June kick-off will include the Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks and the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lites.
Elk Grove's Greg Decaires has captured the last two Thompson's Auto Group Winged 360 events and hopes to make it three-in-a-row this Saturday. The four-time Placerville Speedway champion held off the relentless challenges of reigning titlist Mason Moore of Princeton last time out. Both drivers will be among the favorites this weekend during round four for the winged warriors.
Local favorite Jimmy Trulli of Placerville had another strong outing at the most recent race on May 20, bringing home a fourth place finish after an entertaining battle with Auburn's Andy Forsberg, who ended up third. Trulli ranks second in the standings and will be searching for a solid night to help chip away at Decaires' point lead. Forsberg charged from deep in the field two weeks back and hopes to add yet another victory on the red clay come Saturday.
Visalia's Steven Tiner, Fair Oak's Jake Morgan and Sacramento's DJ Freitas round out the top-five in points going into the weekend. Additional drivers expected on Saturday will include round one winner Justyn Cox of Clarksburg, Roseville's Sean Becker, Placerville's Cody Fendley and Mike Cook, Napa's Chris Masters, Calistoga's Mike Benson, Shingle Spring's Justin Johnson and more.
Live Oak's Matt Micheli currently sits atop the Ltd. Late Model standings going into Red Hawk Casino championship point race number five. Micheli has one victory to his credit this season and leads fellow race winner already this year Ray Trimble, Mike Lightfoot, Tyler Lightfoot and Tom Tilford in the top-five. Ryan McDaniel earned his second victory of the season last time out during a dominating drive in the feature.
The Pure Stocks have a great battle shaping up coming into Saturday, with three drivers locked in a dead-heat at the top of the points. Diamond Springs Dan Jinkersen has been a dominant force thus far in 2017, but consistency has helped Nick Baldwin and Scott Grunert earn a share of the lead after four rounds. Jinkersen has captured three of the four races and wants to make it four out of five this weekend. Jason Palmer and Rick Grunert complete the top-five in the standings.
The BCRA Midget Lites are set to make their third appearance of the season on Saturday. At the last event on May 6 it was Washington traveler Zach Keefe who scooped up the victory. Opening night saw current series point leader Craig Dillard bring home the checkered flag. Dillard goes into Saturday leading Dakota Albright, Kayla Green, Hunter Kinney and Emilee Lindgren in the standings.
Adult tickets this Saturday will cost $15, while seniors 62 plus and juniors 12-15 will be $13, children 6-11 are $6 and those under 6 will be free. The pit gate will open at 2pm, with the front grandstand gate opening at 3pm.
Schwartz Holds Off Wood for URSS/SSO Victory at 81 Speedway!
The United Rebel Sprint Series headed to C. Ray Hall’s 81 Speedway Sunday night for the “Sprint Car Maynia” show with 94 Sprint Cars in three classes. The first installment of the 2017 Myer’s Racing Engines URSS National Points chase show was co-sanctioned with the Sprint Series of Oklahoma with 34 teams pulling through the gate for the $1,000 to win feature payout. Todd Schwartz wasted little time getting to the lead from his third starting position and then held off pressuring Joe Wood, Jr. on the final lap to claim his first career IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series win.
Brandon Anderson and Wood started on the front row for the twenty-five-lap feature with Schwartz taking the lead as the green flag fell with Joe Wood Jr., Anderson, Brandon Long and Steven Richardson rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Lap two saw Andy Shouse and Chad Koch take over the 4th and 5th positions as Richardson fell back to sixth.
The leaders first encounter with slower cars occurred on lap eight when Chad Koch, who was running fifth, got the end result of two cars making contact on the front stretch and came to a stop in turn one. On the restart Jake Martens and J.D. Johnson were on the tail tank of Richardson looking to take the fifth spot away. Shouse made the pass for the position on lap twelve. At the races midway point it was still Schwartz the leader with Wood still five car lengths behind in second.
Lap thirteen saw a scary moment in the feature when Andy Shouse and Brandon Long, who were running third and fourth respectively, made contact coming out of turn two causing Long to execute a series of flips down the backstretch. Long’s car was destroyed and Long shaken and sore but otherwise uninjured.
On the restart it was Schwartz, Wood, Martens up front with Richardson, Ty Williams and J.D. Johnson took positions four through six. Williams who started thirteenth and Johnson in the fifteenth spot and had steadily worked their way to the front in hopes of challenging the top three.
Schwartz kept out front and despite entering slower traffic with three laps to go as well as one final attempt at a pass for the lead in turns three and four on the last lap, would hold on to claim his first career series victory and a $1000 paycheck.
Wood settled for second while tenth starting Jake Martens came home third. Seventh starting Steven Richardson represented URSS well with a fourth-place finish while thirteenth starting Ty Williams rounded out the top five.
Heat Race winners – Brandon Long, Zach Blurton, Steven Richardson, and Keefe Hemel
A-Feature - 1 Todd Schwartz, 2 Joe Wood Jr, 3 Jake Martens, 4 Steven Richardson, 5 Ty Williams, 6 JD Johnson, 7 Zach Blurton, 8 Brandon Anderson, 9 Darren Berry, 10 John Webster, 11 Jed Werner, 12 Lloyd Clevenger, 13 Chad Koch, 14 Dillon Laden, 15 Keefe Hemel, 16 Nate Berry, 17 Eric Matthews, 18 Brian Herbert DNF, 19 Brandon Long DNF, 20 Andy Shouse DNF
360 Series Points
1. Jason Barney 1131
2. Coleman Gulick 1012
3. Paul Kinney 826
4. Matt Tanner 738
5. P. Colagiovanni 724
6. Matt Billings 707
7. Jeff Cook 673
8. Steve Poirier 594
8. Brett Wright 594
10. Chad Miller 591
1. Curt Michael 150
2. Davie Franek 142
3. R. Stillwaggon 135
4. Derek Locke 130
5. Davey Sammons 125
6. Josh Weller 122
7. Kevin Nagy 119
8. Bill Unglert 116
9. Steve Buckwalter 113
10. Brett Michalski 110
1. Jared Zimbardi 858
2. Steve Collins 783
3. Joe Trenca 745
4. Kyle Drum 742
5. Darryl Ruggles 718
6. Jordan Thomas 668
7. David Just 667
8. S. Hutchinson Jr. 656
9. Derek Jonathan 620
10. Josh Azzi 599
1. Dylan Westbrook 421
2. Jared Zimbardi 414
3. Chris Steele 403
4. Jake Brown 388
5. Cory Turner 387
6. Mitch Brown 368
7. Jim Huppunen 255
8. Glenn Styres 235
9. Mikey Kruchka 231
10. Ryan Turner 220
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