IRV TAYLOR TRIBUTE HIGHLIGHTS SATURDAY JULY 22 RACING PROGRAM AT FONDA
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – Saturday, July 22 will be a very busy evening at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway as West End Towing and Benjamin Moore Paints will present a regular racing program in all divisions with a 7:00 p.m. starting time. It will also be Irv Taylor Tribute Night at the Speedway, as he will be honored by both the speedway and the Fonda Speedway Museum on Saturday.
But that’s not all folks! At the museum there will also be a Meet N’ Greet with the Sanganetti Motorsports #34 and it’s drivers Jimmy Davis and Vinnie Sanganetti along with the Benjamin Moore Paints sponsored #1M and its driver, 2011 Fonda Speedway 602 Sportsman Track Champion, Mark Mortensen. The Meet N’ Greet will take place at the museum before the racing program begins
Billy Whittaker Wins All-Star Showdown at Eldora
ROSSBURG, OH - July 19, 2017 - Billy Whittaker started on the pole and drove the cushion to perfection on his way to victory in the Super DIRTcar Series All-Star Showdown at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night. While it was a non-points race, it was Whittaker's first Feature win of any kind with the Series. The Central Square, NY drive was ecstatic in Victory Lane following the race.
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Billy Whittaker; 2. Brett Hearn; 3. Billy Decker; 4. Max McLaughlin; 5. Mat Williamson; 6. Matt Sheppard; 7. Jimmy Horton; 8. Larry Wight; 9. Kyle Coffey; 10. Keith Flach; 11. Brandon Walters; 12. Chris Hile; 13. Ryan Watt; 14. Peter Britten; 15. Rich Scagliotta; 16. Mike Maresca; 17. Pat Ward; 18. Jimmy Phelps; 19. Josh Hohenforst; 20. Tim Fuller.
Billy Decker Dominates at Eldora For Tuesday Night Tailgate Win
ROSSBURG, OH - July 18, 2017 - Billy Decker started on the pole and dominated all 75 laps on a very fast track to win the Super DIRTcar Series Tuesday Night Tailgate at Eldora Speedway.
Decker had to outrun second-starting Pat Ward on a number of mid-race restarts and a final one with 12 laps remaining to earn his Series-leading third victory of the season. The win was also the 68th in Decker's Super DIRTcar Series career.
Feature (75 Laps): 1. Billy Decker; 2. Pat Ward; 3. Matt Sheppard; 4. Brett Hearn; 5. Peter Britten; 6. Stewart Friesen; 7. Jimmy Horton; 8. Keith Flach; 9. Larry Wight; 10. Ryan Watt; 11. Brandon Walters; 12. Mike Maresca; 13. Rich Scagliotta; 14. Mat Williamson; 15. Kyle Coffey; 16. Josh Hohenforst; 17. Jimmy Phelps; 18. Chris Hile; 19. Billy Whittaker; 20. Rex King Jr.; 21. Cody Bleau; 22. -Erik Martin; 23. Max McLaughlin; 24. Tim Fuller; 25. Shaun Pangman; 26. Erick Rudolph; 27. Frank Cozze; 28. Gary Tomkins; 29. CG Morey; 30. DNS Matt Janiak.
Points After Eldora
1. Billy Decker 742
2. Larry Wight 716
3. Brett Hearn 706
4. Stewart Friesen 667
5. Pat Ward 657
6. Tim Fuller 623
7. Jimmy Phelps 614
8. Max McLaughlin 610
9. Matt Sheppard 572
10. Keith Flach 520
Short Track Super Series
2017 South Region Standings (*after Big Diamond, July 16)
1. Ryan Watt 313
2. Duane Howard 306
3. Stewart Friesen 286
4. Jimmy Horton 279
5. Ryan Godown 274
6. David Van Horn 264
7. Jordan Watson 262
8. Billy Pauch Sr. 254
9. Brett Kressley 242
10. Rick Laubach 224
Short Track Super Series
2017 North Region Standings (*after Big Diamond, July 16)
1. Andy Bachetti 409
2. Stewart Friesen 402
3. Billy Decker 399
4. Anthony Perrego 386
5. Jeremy Smith 343
6. Tommy Meier 288
7. Danny Creeden 269
8. Jerry Higbie 264
9. Ryan Jordan 245
10. J.R. Hurlburt 243
Ryan Godown Scores $5,000 ‘Anthracite Assault’ STSS Modified Victory; Brian Papiez (STSS Sportsman)
MINERSVILLE, PA – A ‘rocket’ landed in Big Diamond Speedway Victory Lane Sunday night.
Ryan Godown, known to Northeast race fans as the “Ringoes Rocket” launched to the win in the ‘Anthracite Assault’ for Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds at the Coal Region facility.
Godown earned $5,000 for his first STSS-sanctioned victory of the season driving the Searock Fabrications-backed No. 26 open small-block mount.
The event pitted the stars of the STSS Halmar International North Region against the Velocita-USA South Region standouts in a 50-lap ‘Civil War’ offering points toward each region.
The win for Godown was his fifth in STSS competition and first at Big Diamond.
Godown's lead came at the expense of Rick Laubach, who dominated much of the event before calamity struck with just 15 laps remaining in the event. Laubach’s Ryan Kerr-owned No. 1K was damaged significantly after contact with the slowing car of Danny Creeden, who was exiting the track in turn one.
“I tried running with Rick a few times on restarts, but he got away from me,” Godown said. “I felt like I had a chance late in the race there with traffic, but he got collected there.”
Billy Decker used the outside pole to take the lead at the outset of the event driving the Jeremy Smith-owned big-block. The New York-based star paced the opening 11 laps before Laubach – who had been applying significant pressure – used a restart to take over the lead.
Godown, who started ninth, took over second on the 15th lap.
Hellertown, Pa.’s Laubach was strong through the race’s mid-stages, putting distance on Godown and the rest of the field.
That drive ended in the aforementioned turn of events when Laubach’s car suffered extensive front-end damage, stopping at the top of turn one to set up the race’s final restart with 15 laps remaining.
Godown outgunned rival Billy Pauch Sr. when racing resumed and was never headed.
Pauch Sr., of Frenchtown, N.J., earned a season-high runner-up finish with the STSS driving Kevin Bifulco’s K&A Excavating-backed No. 1. Pauch had originally rolled off the grid sixth.
Keystone State star Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., opted to drive his weekly spec head-powered No. 88X owned by Dave Dissinger in lieu of a big-block or open small-block. Von Dohren’s decision paid off with a drive from seventh to finish third.
Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., registered the best Big Diamond effort of his career, driving from 13th to finish fourth. Bachetti completed a last-lap pass of Sidney, N.Y.’s Decker, who completed the front five.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., the Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park regular who started fourth, faded to 17th, and carved through traffic late in the distance to place sixth; a rim-riding Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., from 15th on the grid; Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., who had run as high as second in Norm Hansell’s No. 357; David Van Horn of Harmony, N.J., in the Fred Vahlsing No. 323ov; and Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., up from 16th in the Daniel Sommeling No. 51.
Heat winners for the 40 assembled Modifieds were Jordan Watson (Milford, Del.), Matt DeLorenzo (Cropseyville, N.Y.), Godown, Pauch Sr. and Laubach. The consolations went to Pauch Jr., Jeremy Smith (Triangle, N.Y.) and Stewart Friesen (Sprakers, N.Y.).
Belle Mead, N.J.’s Brian Papiez wired the STSS Sportsman 25-lap event, leading from start-to-finish for a $1,000 payday. Papiez earned the pole starting position via a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers. Late in the distance, Craig Whitmoyer closed the gap, pulling to within a car-length on the final lap.
Papiez, however, scored the nightcap win with Whitmoyer, series point leader Corey Cormier (towing south from Otisville, N.Y.), Doug Hendricks and Mike Lisowski in tow.
Next up for the STSS is Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., for the 16th annual York County Nationals on Sunday, July 30: 50 laps paying $10,000 to win as the richest event of the season. The Susquehanna visit offers points toward the Velocita-USA South Region. Central PA Legends complete the doubleheader program.
ANTHRACITE ASSAULT RACE SUMMARY – BIG DIAMOND SPEEDWAY JULY 16, 2017
Short Track Super SeriesNorth & South Feature Finish (50 laps): RYAN GODOWN, Billy Pauch Sr., Craig Von Dohren, Andy Bachetti, Billy Decker, Brett Tonkin, Ryan Watt, Duane Howard, David Van Horn, Billy Pauch Jr., Frank Cozze, Jimmy Horton, Stewart Friesen, Jordan Watson, Jeremy Smith, Anthony Perrego, Jim Britt, Tommy Meier, Grant Hilfiger, Shawn Ward, Jeff Strunk, Bobby Trapper, Ryan Jordan, Matt DeLorenzo, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley, Danny Creeden, J.R. Hurlburt, Craig Hanson, Nick Nye.
Short Track Super Series Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): BRIAN PAPIEZ, Craig Whitmoyer, Corey Cormier, Doug Hendricks, Mike Lisowski, Cole Hentschel, Kenny Eckert Jr., Matt Stangle, Billy Moyer Jr., Phil Vigneri III, Shayne Spoonhower, Larry Mekic, Dylan Swinehart, Chuck Fayash, Leo Fotopoulos, Glenn Rowan, Roger Henion Jr., Rich Emel, Louden Reimert, Daryl Dissinger.
DONNIE ELLIOTT RACES TO FIRST EVER FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY MODIFIED VICTORY WITH $4,200 MODIFIED SUMMER SLAM WIN AFTER RUSTY SMITH LEADS FIRST 28 LAPS
KIRKWOOD, NY…Donnie Elliott waited for the perfect time to capture his first ever Five Mile Point Speedway Modified victory on Sunday as the winner of the Sunday Summer Slam 30 worth $4,200. Rusty Smith led the first 28 laps of the feature only to have a flat tire derail his hopes of his first ever Modified victory at the quarter mile oval.
Race number 2 for the popular Modified Sunday Summer Slam took center stage at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday as thirty-three teams were on hand looking for the $4,000 winner share in the 30 lap event. Nick Rochinski and Rusty Smith led the twenty-five car starting field to the green for the feature event. Smith made it known early he was the guy to beat as he jumped out to the lead. Smith utilized the high outside around the speedway as he quickly opened his margin over Rochinski.
The first caution of the event flew on lap 12 as Glenn Knapp slowed on the homestretch with motor trouble for the second straight event. A rash of cautions ensued over the next several laps as two starts were called back and minor jingles shuffled the field. After a rough stretch the final caution of the race flew on lap 15 for a slowing Ron Cartwright and the balance of the feature would be intense.
When racing resumed on lap 15 Smith continued his dominance on the outside of the speedway as Rochinski put forth a battle on the middle of the speedway and Donnie Elliott remained close with him. Richard Smith made his way up from sixth place to now contend with Elliott and Rochinski as Smith began to open up his lead once again. Out front Smith did not waiver as he used the outside line to further his lead as the laps wound down. On lap 20 Elliott worked his way past Rochinski into second but Smith had opened up a full straightaway lead at this point.
With only five laps remaining Smith began to fall off the pace as he had a right rear tire going down. Elliott closed the gap each lap but even with the tire losing air Smith had established such a big lead it looked like he might go the distance. On lap 29 Smith relinquished the lead to Elliott as he was just trying to hang on at this point. Elliott was able to lead the final lap and go on for his first ever FMP win. Steve Davis made an impressive late race charge to capture second place with Rochinski coming across in third. Richard Smith and Brian Puckett rounded out the top five. Brett Hearn, Mike Colsten, Erick Rudolph, Rusty Smith and Randy Chrysler rounded out the top ten.
For Elliott the victory was the biggest of his racing career and he had this to say in victory lane, “I just can’t believe how this all came together for us. We came out of the gate great from the beginning today as the car felt fantastic and I’m really speechless how big this is for us.” He added, “We worked really hard on this setup and I can’t believe how great this feels.” Rusty Smith had every reason to be dejected after the race and commented, “I believe I hit something on lap 22 as that’s when I had to start fighting the car on the straightaways. The car was fantastic and I had no idea how big of a lead I had as I kept waiting for someone to catch me on the final laps.” He added, “My family started racing here with my grandfather and I really want a feature win at Five Mile. I thought this was our day.”
A very talented and diverse field of Modified teams were on hand for race two of the Sunday Summer Slam. Almost half of the feature starting field was comprised of feature winners this season at different speedways. Heat wins went to Rochinski, Richard Smith, Davis and Gibbs. Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts along with Tonarlo Restaurants helped to make the winners share over $4,200 for just 30 laps of racing. Brad Szulewski, the defending co-champion of the Sunday Summer Slam received the $125 Hard Charger Award in memory of Reta and James Whitman. Szulewski started 22nd and finished 11th at the stripe.
MODIFIED SUMMER SLAM OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (30): DONNIE ELLIOTT ($4,200), Steve Davis, Nick Rochinski, Richard Smith, Brian Puckett, Brett Hearn, Mike Colsten, Erick Rudolph, Rusty Smith, Randy Chrysler, Brad Szulewski, Brian Weaver, Tyler Siri, Randy Fox, Kevin Bates, Brian Malcolm, Corey Costa, Mitch Gibbs, Ron Cartwright, Mike Butler, Joey Colsten, P.J. Goodwin, Matt Roberts, Willie Osmun, Glann Knapp. Hard Charger $125 Award In Memory of Reta and James Whitman: Brad Szulewski. Crate Sportsman $125 Bonus In Memory of Reta and James Whitman: Matt Brewer. Gamblers Bonus: Donnie Elliott/Nick Rochinski.
LAUBACH REACHES LANDMARK VICTORY WITH SATURDAY NIGHT WIN
When Rick Laubach picked up his third Big Block Modified win on Saturday night at the Bridgeport Speedway on First Responder's Night sponsored, by Spirit Auto Center, it was much more than just another win for the Hellertown, PA driver. . Laubach reached a landmark that only four other drivers share
Saturday night's win was Laubach's 50th Big Block Modified victory on the 5/8th mile speedway - a status that he now shares with Jimmy Horton, the late Doug Hoffman, Billy Pauch and Wade Hendrickson. Laubach remains fifth on the All Time Feature Winners list.
It was a three wide battle for the lead when the green flag waved that saw Tommy Beamer come out on top over David Hunt and Dave Shirk. Before a lap could be completed, the caution waved when Sam Martz made contact in turn two. The complete restart produced the same results with Beamer leading the first lap.
Hunt raced into the lead following a lap two restart and immediately began to pull away from the field.
It was all Hunt through lap twenty when Laubach made his way through lapped traffic to challenge Hunt for the lead. Laubach took the lead with a move to the outside of Hunt on lap twenty-one. Laubach led the remaining circuits, taking the win over Hunt and Richie Pratt, Jr. who had another strong outing in the No. 28. Ryan Watt made a late race pass by Neal Williams to take fourth.
Wayne Weaver has three Big Block Modified wins at Bridgeport but on Saturday night, Weaver made his first trip to Bridgeport's Victory Lane since 1989 - this time, behind the wheel of the Overhead Door Crate/Sportsman. Weaver combined his efforts with those of car owner, Sal DeBruno, earlier this season. After just a handful of races, Weaver picked up his first win in Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman action.
Weaver took the lead from Andrew Belmont on a lap two restart and never looked back as he raced to the win over Dave Damiano. Belmont finished third followed by Eric Kormann who made his tenth consecutive top five finish. Matt Stangle picked up the ride in the Gallagher No. 31 when mechanical woes sidelined his own No. 6 and drove to a fifth place finish after starting at the rear of the field.
BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 LAPS) 1. Rick Laubach, 2. David Hunt, 3. Richie Pratt, Jr. 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Neal Williams, 6. Tommy Beamer, 7. Dominick Buffalino, 8. Ron Roberts, 9. Ricky DiEva, 10. Ernie Miles, Jr., 11. Dave Shirk, 12. Anthony Moran, 13. Wade Hendrickson, 14. Jim Britt, 15. Don Hallowell, 16. Bob Sarkisian, 17. Sam Martz
CRATE/SPORTSMAN (20 LAPS) 1. Wayne Weaver, 2. Dave Damiano, 3. Andrew Belmont, 4. Eric Kormann, 5. Matt Stangle, 6. Brian Papiez, 7. Adam Cox, 8. Clyde Cox, 9. John Micek, 10. Matthew Peck, 11. Roger Manning, 12. Brett Belmont, 13. Melissa Scarpatti, 14. David Crossman
PAT WARD AND MATT SHEPPARD TAKE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY MODIFIED CHECKERS WHILE DAVE MARCUCCILLI SCORES MIKE MARTIN MEMORIAL WIN
VERNON, NY- Fans at the Utica-Rome Speedway were treated to another action-packed night of DIRTcar racing this past Sunday, July 16, with double features for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, the $1,000 to win Mike Martin Memorial for Broedel Energy Sportsman plus Pro Stocks. Pat Ward scored his first win of season in the first Modified 30-lap event while Matt Sheppard dominated the second feature. Dave Marcuccilli was the victor in the Sportsman while Mike Welch dominated the Pro Stock main on A-Verdi Storage Containers, LaLonde Electric, and VP Race Fuels night.
In the makeup Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature from June 18, Steve Way used his pole starting spot to take the lead, a spot he held for the opening two circuits when the only caution of the event slowed the pace. On the restart, sixth place starter Claude Hutchings Jr. blasted by Way to take the lead and he immediately started to pull away. After destroying a car two weeks ago, Hutchings built a brand-new car and he had it operating to perfection as he set a quick pace around the half mile. While Hutchings led, seventh place starter Alan Johnson and 11th place starter Pat Ward were charging through the field. By lap five, Johnson was third with Ward in fourth and pressing for the third position. Ward slipped by Johnson for third on the seventh circuit and then by second place running Way a lap later.
As the field completed the 15th lap of the 30-lap event, Ward was reeling in Hutchings and was on his rear bumper. Following Hutchings and Ward at halfway was Johnson, Bobby Varin, and 14th place starter Matt Sheppard. When lap 17 clicked on the scoreboard, Ward was scored the leader as he charged by Hutchings. At this point, Sheppard was continuing his charge to the front as he slipped by Varin for fourth on lap 16. Sheppard’s late race charge would fall short however, as by the time he grabbed the runner-up spot from Hutchings on lap 29, Ward was no where to be found as he was way out front. At the checkered, it was Ward over Sheppard, Hutchings, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Way, and Brandon Walters.
In the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified 30-lap nightcap, Darwin Greene and Brandon Walters brought the field to the initial green with Walters taking the lead. Walters, using the high line around the speedway, would hold on to the lead for the opening nine circuits until sixth place starter Tim Fuller took over the point. Matt Sheppard, again starting in the 14th spot, was on a mission as broke into the top five on lap seven and by lap 13, he was into the second spot. At halfway, it was Fuller over Sheppard, Walters, Greene, and Rob Bellinger.
Lap after lap, Sheppard chipped away at Fuller’s advantage until he was able to pull alongside Fuller and get by to lead lap 20. Sheppard easily pulled away from the field as he raced to his third win of the season with Fuller, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Brandon Walters, Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Darwin Greene, and Mike Maresca rounding out the top 10.
In the Mike Martin Memorial for the Broedel Energy Sportsman, Kevin Root grabbed the lead on the opening lap from his pole starting spot with fellow front row starter Kyle Inman in close pursuit. The opening laps of the 20-lap main event saw a crowd-pleasing battle between Root, Inman, Mackey, and 10th place starter Dave Marcuccilli all battling for the top spot. Inman was able to wrestle the lead away from Root on lap nine and at the halfway point it was Inman, Root, Marcuccilli, and Rocky Warner. Lap 11 saw Marcuccilli slip by Root for second and on lap 15, Marcuccilli was able to wrestle the lead away from Inman. At the point, it was all Marcuccilli as he raced to the $1,000 victory for his second win of the season at Utica-Rome. Inman, Root, Warner, AJ Filbeck, Mackey, Tyler Trump, Matt Janczuk, Dave Moyer, and Brad Alger completed the top 10. With the win, Marcuccilli is the only guaranteed starter for the $5,000 to win Ultimate Sportsman Showdown on Sunday July 23.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH FROM 6/18 (30 LAPS)-PAT WARD, Matt Sheppard, Claude Hutchings Jr., Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Steve Way, Brandon Walters, Beth Bellinger, Rob Bellinger, Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Mike Maresca, Darwin Greene, and Mike Mahaney. DNS-Jessey Mueller, Jim Nagle, and CG Morey.
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Tim Fuller, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Brandon Walters, Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Darwin Greene, Mike Maresca, Alan Johnson, Jack Miller, Claude Hutchings Jr., Kyle Coffey, Steve Way, Beth Bellinger, Jack Lehner, Randy Shantel, Mike Mahaney, and Joel Thomas.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Kyle Inman, Kevin Root, Rocky Warner, AJ Filbeck, Chris Mackey, Tyler Trump, Matt Janczuk, Dave Moyer, Brad Alger, Andrew Buff, Jason Rood, AJ Miller, Nathan Peckham, Brian Pessolano, Daryl Nutting, Charlie Tibbitts, Kyle DeMetro, Scott Duell, Tommy Collins Jr., Kyle Kiehn, Jeff Taylor, Tim Falter, Aaron Jacobs, Jeremy Nestved, Stephen Denton, George Dyer, Mark Effner, and Carl Inman. DNS-Brent Joy and CJ Castelletti.
Jimmy Phelps Returns To Fulton Speedway Big Block Modified Victory Lane
FULTON, NY – July 15, 2017 – Coming into Saturday night racing at the Fulton Speedway, Jimmy Phelps sat third in points with seven top-five finishes with only one position evading him in the 2017 season, a trip to victory lane.
In the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature Phelps started in the tenth spot and quickly made his way forward taking the lead on lap 8 with a power move on the topside of the speedway. Once out-front, Phelps was the class of the field parking his J&B Installations/HBR/Mohawk Northeast/No.98H in victory lane.
Other winners on Tom Juno’s Power Seal Driveway Sealing night were, Tyler Trump & Chris Mackey (Sportsman) Sean Beardsley (Late Models) Jimmy Moyer & Tom Juno (Novice Sportsman) Quinn Wallis (4-Cylinders).
Modified rookie Kody Graham and Tim Murphy would bring the field down to the green to start the Modified feature, but it was fourth place starting Andrew Ferguson who would lead the opening lap before a yellow on lap 2 and restart giving the lead to Graham.
Graham would hold a slim one car advantage on lap 5 while behind him you could have thrown a blanket over Adam Roberts, Ferguson, Jimmy Phelps and Billy Whittaker racing for second through fifth.
Jimmy Phelps had a fast car no matter where he put it on the speedway. On lap 8 Phelps carried his momentum on the top groove of the track to blast into the lead.
With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Phelps was using the low side in turns one and two and the high side in three and four to open a 2.5 second lead. Roberts, Tim Sears Jr., Larry Wight and Whittaker were in a tight battle for second through fifth.
The yellow flag would wave on lap 22 when Wight, who had moved into second, suddenly had something mechanically happen sending him pit side. Wight would make repairs and return.
With 10 to go, Phelps once again stretched out a big lead as the final laps started to click off the lap counter. Sears, Roberts, Pat Ward and Max McLaughlin were using every inch of the speedway looking for a top-five finish.
With 5 laps to go, Ward, who started 15th moved into second and looked for a way to run down Phelps. In the end Phelps was on rails as he cruised to the win over Ward. Tim Sears Jr., Max McLaughlin and Adam Roberts finished third through fifth.
The SUNY Canton Sportsman once again came out in big numbers with 48 cars signing into the pits. Close heat races would setup two full point, full purse 25 lap features.
In the first feature Dorian Wahdan would lead the opening 3 laps before Tyler Trump would grab the lead. Wahdan would clip the implement while running in third on the fifth lap.
With 10 laps complete, Jeremy Pitcher would hold a slim lead over Trump as they ran side by side keeping the lead in doubt with Corey Barker less than a car length behind the top-two.
Pitcher and Trump were putting on a show swapping the lead back and forth every lap with Barker still in contention when the yellow flag waved on lap 15 slowing the quick race pace.
On lap 17 Trump was able to wrestle the lead back as Barker moved into second. Pitcher started slowing with a mechanical issue and started losing positions.
Trump and Barker would also put on a show until Barker clipped the implement tire between turns three and four collapsing his front end. Trump would go on to the victory. Dave Marcuccilli making a rare Fulton start finished second followed by Mike Phelps, Todd Root and Glenn Forward.
In the second 25 lap feature Ricky Yelle led the opening 3 laps until a lap 4 restart when Chris Mackey took over the lead.
By lap 10 Mackey opened 2.2 second lead as he was setting clicking off fast laps out front. Mike Stanton Jr. and Yelle were in a close battle for second and third as Mike Button and Alan Fink showed in the top-five.
With 10 laps to go, Mackey bolted out to a full straightaway lead over Stanton who looked for a way to close the gap. Yelle, Button, Fink, Zach Sobotka and Willy Decker Jr. raced in close quarters for third through seventh.
The only thing that slowed down Chris Mackey was a couple late yellows as he cruised to his first ever Fulton SUNY Canton Sportsman victory. Sobotka, Amy Holland came from 17th to finish third with Stanton and Yelle rounding out the top-five.
In the first 15 lap Novice Sportsman feature, Kyle Rood and Jake Davis would lead early laps before Jimmy Moyer who started 8th took over the lead on lap 10. Once out-front Moyer cruised to the win. Jake Davis, Bill Sauve, Dan Dupra and Jeff Lawrence chased Moyer across the line.
In the second 15 lap feature Tom Juno would lead every lap picking up the win. Juno would have to hold off a late furious challenge from Joe Abbass to go to victory lane. Casey Cunningham, Rachel Zacharias and Kelly Smith finished third through fifth.
Big Block Modifieds 35 Laps) – JIMMY PHELPS, Pat Ward, Tim Sears Jr., Max McLaughlin, Adam Roberts, Tom Sears Jr., Billy Whittaker, Chris Hile, Chad Phelps, Mike Bowman, Larry Wight, Jim Witko Jr., Kody Graham, Tim Kerr, Andrew Ferguson, Ryan Jordan, Roy Bresnahan, Katelyn Hile, Matt Hulsizer, Tim Mayne, Tim Harris, Tim Murphy.
Sportsman # 1 – 25 Laps) – TYLER TRUMP, Dave Marcuccilli, Mike Phelps, Todd Root, Glenn Forward, Ron Davis III, Will Shields, AJ Miller, Joel Hall, Nate Higgins, Mike Mandigo, Dave Talbot, Dorian Wahdan, Rocky Grosso, Jeremy Pitcher, Joey Buonagurio, Nick Krause, Matt Janczuk, Ryan Hatherill, Tim Falter, Colby Herzog, Jim Spano, Jessica Power.
Sportsman # 2 – 25 Laps) – CHRIS MACKEY, Zach Sobotka, Amy Holland, Mike Stanton Jr., Ricky Yelle, Willy Decker Jr., Jeremy Dygert, Joel Hargrave, Chris Cunningham, Wade Chrisman, Steve Marshall, Dylan Zacharias, Mike Button, Chris Thurston, Alan Fink, Kyle Perry, Jason Amidon, Richie Riggs, Bill Clark Jr., Torrey Stoughtenger, Brett Draper, Bailey Groves, DNS- Kyle Kiehn, Aron Backus.
Novice Sportsman # 1 – 15 Laps) – JIMMY MOYER, Jake Davis, Bill Sauve, Dan Dupra, Jeff Lawrence, Pat Nolan, Kyle Rood, Kearra Backus, Remington Hamm, Jake Petit, Tom Mackey, Mikey Wight, Ryan Gustin.
Novice Sportsman # 2 – 15 Laps) – TOM JUNO, Joe Abbass, Casey Cunningham, Rachel Zacharias, Kelly Smith, Robert Gage, James Brown, Wesley Hayes, Matthew Becker, Chad Tessler, Tyler Rogers, Skylar Greenfield.
David Hebert Looks to Challenge Super DIRTcar Series Regulars at Autodrome Granby
By Martin Belanger
CONCORD, NC - July 14, 2017 - Part of the always popular trip up north for the Super DIRTcar Series, the pristine Autodrome Granby will host the second stop on Tuesday, July 25. Coming off a solid fifth-place finish last season in this event, David Hebert is confident he can repeat similar results in this year's race.
''The team has purchased a new car specifically to run Big-Block races,'' mentioned the current points leader at Granby. ''We have the same engine package as last year, but I feel ready to compete.''
Driving the Paille Chevrolet Bicknell No.ONE machine to a strong start in 2017 - accumulating five of his six wins in the 358-Modified ranks at Granby, Drummond and RPM speedways - Hebert thinks he can mirror the results of last year.
''If the car drives well, we will be competitive," he said.
In 2016, Matt Sheppard had the best finish over Stewart Friesen and Jimmy Phelps as Michael Parent was the only other local runner cracking the top 10 with Hebert. A fine field of 37 cars gathered in the 5/8-mile Granby pits.
Always one of the popular events of the season, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Tour attracts big crowds as the stars and cars of the Series draw fans from all over Quebec, Canada.
High speeds and a lot of action is expected during the promocourse.ca 100 as the Series also has a second date on the schedule on Friday, September 8, 2017.
The DIRTcar Pro-Stock and DIRTcar Sportsman will also be on the race card for that evening with regular events in both classes. Pit Gate will open at 4pm, with grandstands at 5pm, and racing action will begin at 7pm.
TWO WEEKLY FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY MODIFIED DRIVERS BRING DIFFERENT RACING RESUMES TO SUNDAY’S BATTLE FOR SUMMMER SLAM MODIFIED POINT LEAD.
KIRKWOOD, NY…The second race of the Modified Summer Slam is this Sunday, July 16th at Five Mile Point Speedway. The 30 lap Modified feature event will pay a whopping $4,000 to the race winner. Every team on hand will certainly be looking for the top pay day but currently two weekly competitors Mike Colsten and Brad Szulewski lead the way in the Summer Slam points. Racing on Sunday begins at 6 p.m.
Entering this Sunday, Mike Colsten from Binghamton, NY leads the Modified Sunday Summer Slam point standings after his victory back on April 9th at the speedway. Colsten, is a multi-time Modified Track Champion and winner of over 100 features at the popular Kirkwood oval. The driver known over the years as “Mr. Ford Power” has always been a threat to win at not only Five Mile Point Speedway but any track he has competed at throughout the northeast.
This past Saturday Colsten finished fourth in the Modified feature and hopes to continue to rally entering this Sunday. Colsten commented on his 2017 season so far, “We got off to a great start with the opening day win and have been up and down since. This past Saturday we ran good early in the feature but the car went away late in the race.” The driver that started his racing career in 1969 added, “The track conditions at Five Mile have been outstanding all year long and the competition and quality of the field seems to get better every week. We will be ready for this Sunday.”
The driver that finished one spot ahead of Colsten this past Saturday is Brad Szulewski from Shohola, PA. His third place finish was his best since opening day when he chased Colsten across the line in the first Sunday Summer Slam event of the season. Szulewski, known as the “Shohola Slingshot” is the defending “Co-Champion” of the 2016 Modified Sunday Summer Slam program. He tied with Anthony Perrego for the title last season.
What is most impressive is that Szulewski pulled off the feat last season as a Modified rookie. While Colsten started racing in 1969, Szulewski is in only his second year of Modified racing and the 24 year old is looking to improve from last year’s “Co-Championship”. He commented on last year’s title, “We are always looking to improve which leaves us with the goal of trying to be the solo champion of this year’s Modified Summer Slam. Our opening day second place finish has put us in a great place to try and accomplish that goal but there is a long way to go.”
With this Sunday’s race paying $4,000 to win this would be the perfect time for Szulewski to get his first win of the season. “We won the Heath Memorial last year which was outstanding for us and we certainly would like to win this Sunday against the likes of Brett Hearn and the great weekly guys we race against”, said Szulewski. He added, “We were pleasantly surprised with our championship in the Summer Slam last year going against Danny Johnson, Anthony Perrego and all of the great competition. Now we need to carry our momentum from last Saturday moving forward in to the remainder of 2017.”
Following Colsten and Szulewski in the current Modified Summer Slam point standings are: Joey Grammes, Kevin Bates and Nick Rochinski. Grammes has several feature wins in past seasons at Five Mile Point Speedway but he is not a weekly campaigner. He will be ready for this Sunday as Grammes has a history of winning big events. This past Saturday, Bates became the first repeat Modified feature winner of the season at Five Mile Point Speedway. Bates has had one of the fastest weekly Modifieds at the speedway this season but has had some bad luck as well. Rochinski, who is currently fifth in the standings has one feature win this season at the Point.
The Modified race pays a whopping $4,000 for only 30 laps of feature action. It is sure to be an all-out battle for the top spot as this is one of the richest pay days per mile in the entire 2017 northeast racing campaign. Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts and Tonarlo’s Restaurant in Conklin have stepped up to help make the winners share the $4,000 amount for this Sunday.
Leading the list of Modified invaders this Sunday is Brett Hearn. The New Jersey driver is one the original “All-Time 50 Greatest Drivers” in speedway history as determined back in 2000. Hearn has one start at the speedway this season back on June 11th for the Super DIRTcar 67 lap event. He finished second in that race after a great battle for the lead with FMP weekly standout Tyler Siri. Matt Sheppard went on for the victory in that race for the second straight year.
The Fight Night Street Stock Series will be joined by the FWD Four Cylinders, Xcel Modifieds and Factory Stocks.
Grandstand admission is only $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for youth (ages 13 – 17) and kids 12 and younger will be admitted FREE! Racing begins at 6 p.m. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. this Sunday with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m.
URC SPRINT CARS HIGHLIGHT THE RACING ACTION AT FONDA ON SATURDAY JULY, 15
By: Ron Szczerba
Fonda, NY – On Saturday, July 15 the Fonda Speedway will be back in action with the lightning fast United Racing Club (URC) 360-Sprints on the racing card for a $2,000 to win feature event. All other regular divisions will also be competing with a 7:00 p.m. starting time.
School House Pools will sponsor the evenings racing program with the School House Pools sponsored #35 car and driver Kenny Gates at the Fonda Speedway Museum that evening to meet and greet with the fans. The museum opens at 3:00 p.m. so please stop in and look at some of the history of the “Track of Champions” that is on display at the museum.
All total the United Racing Club (URC) 360-Winged Sprint cars have raced at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway 48 times over the years with a total of 28 different drivers winning those events led by Buck Buckley with five wins; Earl Halaquist and Ed Wylie each with four wins; Dave Kelly, Greg Coverdale, and Sean Michael each with three wins; Harry Benjamin, Charlie Svetes, Kevin Collins, and Glenn Fitzcharles each with two wins; Bert Brooks, Bobby Courtwright, Cookie Osterhout, Bill Brown, Gino Swarthout, Tom Price, Bill Wertz, Jim Winks, John Drauker, Jimmy Horton, Paul Molz, Jim Baker, Kramer Williamson, Bob Swanley, Rich Koenig, Trevor Lewis, Brian Seidel, and Ed Aikin all with one victory apiece.
The URC Club was started back in 1947 and the first race for the club at Fonda was held on 7/14/1956, which was won by Bert Brooks. Glenn Fitzcharles is currently on top of the all-time win list for the club with 81 career feature wins.
DOUBLE MODIFIED FEATURES PLUS $1,000 TO WIN MIKE MARTIN MEMORIAL FOR SPORTSMAN HIGHLIGHT ACTION AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY THIS SUNDAY
VERNON, NY- This Sunday, July 16, Lalonde Electric and VP Racing Fuels will present a huge show of DIRTcar racing that will feature two 30-lap Modified features plus the Mike Martin Memorial $1,000 to win event for the Broedel Energy Sportsman. The Pro Stocks and Novice Sportsman will also be in competition on this exciting night of racing. The best part for the fans is that they will get all this action for the weekly regular admission price of $13.
With two features (the first one is from 6/18) on the line for the, the point standings could see a big shakeup this Sunday evening. Matt Sheppard currently leads Danny Varin, Pat Ward, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Claude Hutchings Jr., and Alan Johnson in the standings. In point events, Sheppard has two wins while Larry Wight has one victory. Stewart Friesen and Erick Rudolph have also found victory lane during special events.
Spearheaded by Carole Martin and family plus close friends, over $1,200 will be added to the weekly purse providing the top ten with some extra money plus some other bonuses. This week’s 20 lap main event will pay $1,000, while the remainder of the top 10 will pay $550, $350, $250, $200, $175, $165, $155, $150, and $140 respectively. Also, heat race winners will get $50 for efforts (based on four heats) while the ninth-place runner on lap nine will receive an additional $50. The winner of the 20-lap main event will also be guaranteed for the $5,000 to win Ultimate Sportsman Shootout on Sunday July 23. Like last year, children in attendance can expect some additional activities or treats in addition to the weekly bike giveaway.
The race is dedicated to Mike Martin who was a lifelong racing enthusiast, engine builder, and consultant to many drivers at the Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedways. His selfless passion for supporting drivers and “joining their families” in the sport will remembered by many. Aside from his infectious laughter, he was known for his attention to detail and to “do the right thing”, a belief he learned from his family. The race bonuses and kids club sponsorship for this event was organized by Carole Martin and the Martin family.
Matt Janczuk leads a strong field of Broedel Energy Sportsman in the point standings with Chris Mackey, AJ Filbeck, AJ Miller, Kyle Inman, Mark Effner, Kyle Kiehn, Brent Joy, Stephen Denton, and Dave Moyer rounding out the top 10 positions. Rocky Warner leads all drivers with three wins for the season with Mark Effner, Dave Marcuccilli, and Alan Fink have one win each. This week it will be a draw for heats with a redraw for the feature and full points will be awarded. An influx of invaders is also expected with the extra money on the line and with drivers looking to prepare for the Ultimate Sportsman Shootout.
Mike Welch has been victorious in the last two main events for the Pro Stocks and now hold the point lead over Shane Henderson, Jim Normoyle, Ernie Staelens, and Bill Knapp. Mike Welch and Robbie Speed each have two wins apiece.
The Novice Sportsman made their debut last Sunday with Joe Abass the winner. They will also be in action this Sunday.
Once again, Utica-Rome Speedway will be using its mid-summer hours with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. and racing starting at 7 p.m. Again, all this action is just $13 at the grandstand gates.
For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315) 829-4557. Utica-Rome Speedway can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Modified feature starting lineup (from 6/18)- 1)Steve Way 2)Beth Bellinger 3)Jack Miller 4)Darwin Greene 5)Rob Bellinger 6)Claude Hutchings Jr. 7)Alan Johnson 8)Mike Mahaney 9)Marc Johnson 10)Bobby Varin 11)Pat Ward 12)Tim Fuller 13)Danny Varin 14)Matt Sheppard 15)Jessey Mueller 16)Mike Maresca 17)Brandon Walters 18)Randy Shantel 19)Jim Nagle 20)CG Morey
BRETT HEARN READY FOR SUNDAY SUMMER SLAM AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY. MODIFIED 30 LAPPER TO PAY $4,000 TO WIN THIS SUNDAY.
KIRKWOOD, NY…Brett Hearn has had an incredible dirt Modified career and along the way he certainly made his mark at Five Mile Point Speedway being named one of the original “50 Greatest Drivers of All-Time” back in 2000. This Sunday Hearn will return with his site set on the $4,000 top prize in the 30 lap Modified Summer Slam. Racing begins at 6 p.m. this Sunday.
Hearn is the latest driver to commit to this Sunday’s event at Five Mile Point Speedway. The race is the second of four Sunday Summer Slam races for the Modified division. The four race program consists of 30 lap “non-handicapped” events with its own point fund established. This Sunday’s event will pay $4,000 to win for only 30 laps of racing thanks to additional support from Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts and Tonarlo’s Restaurant. Brad Szulewski and Anthony Perrego were “co-champions” of the 2016 Sunday Summer Slam for Modifieds.
Back on Sunday, June 11th Hearn raced to a “runner-up” finish in the Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts Super DIRTcar Series Modified event. He and Five Mile Point Speedway Modified standout Tyler Siri had a great battle for the race lead throughout the first quarter of the event. Siri has led the Five Mile Point Speedway Modified division point standings for most of the season but has yet to log a win. Hearn and Siri will both be looking for the $4,000 top prize this Sunday. Hearn has won Super DIRTcar Series events at FMP as well as the Southern Tier 100 and swept the popular “Triple Crown” that was held for Modifieds in the early 90’s.
The Sunday Summer Slam program for Modifieds has its own point fund and a loyalty bonus program presented by Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts and Tonarlo’s Restaurant. If a driver wins any one of the four races and competes in every race they will earn a $500 bonus courtesy of Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts. Tonarlo’s Restaurant in Conklin, NY has also put up $250 per event for that same loyalty program. Race number 1 winner Mike Colsten just has to participate in the next three races and he will receive a $750 bonus. With the loyalty program this Sunday’s race winners earnings could swell to $4,750 for only 30 laps of racing action.
A number of other bonuses are offered up at all four Modified Sunday Summer Slam events as well. Lias Tire and American Racer will offer up a free Modified tire to a randomly drawn driver again this Sunday.
This Sunday, July 16th is race number 2 of the Sunday Summer Slam. Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts and Tonarlo’s Restaurant have added extra incentives for the Modified 30 lapper to make it a whopping $4,000 to win. The race is a draw – re/draw format and all weekly teams will receive 25 show up points along with the separate Summer Slam Points.
The Fight Night Street Stock Series will be joined by the FWD Four Cylinders, Xcel Modifieds and Factory Stocks.
Grandstand admission is only $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for youth (ages 13 – 17) and kids 12 and younger will be admitted FREE! Racing begins at 6 p.m. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. this Sunday with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m.
Friesen edges McCreadie by a Nose at Hall of Fame 100
Stewart Friesen picks up second Super DIRTcar Series win of the season at Weedsport Speedway
WEEDSPORT, NY - July 11, 2017 - On a night that honored Northeast Dirt Modifieds new hall of famers, it was potentially two-future Hall of Famers that battled it out for 100-laps in the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway.
Tim McCreadie and Stewart Friesen were the class of the field but in the end, it was Friesen who edged out McCreadie for his second Super DIRTcar Series win by a half-car length at the line and to come home $10,000-dollars richer.
The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19 at Eldora Speedway for the Tuesday Night Tailgate and all-star race at the Eldora Dirt Derby alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For additional event information and to purchase advanced reserved seating, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.
FEATURE (100-laps) - 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Tim McCreadie, 3. Larry Wight, 4. Erick Rudolph, 5. Peter Britten, 6. Tim Fuller, 7. Gary Tompkins, 8. Billy Decker, 9. Justin Haers, 10. Pat Ward, 11. Rob Bellinger, 12. Steve Paine, 13. Max McLaughlin, 14. Alan Johnson, 15. Brett Hearn, 16. Rich Scagliotta, 17. Keith Flach, 18. Chad Phelps, 19. Jimmy Phelps, 20. Mike Mahaney, 21. Mike Maresca, 22. Kyle Coffey, 23. Andrew Ferguson, 24. Billy Whittaker, 25. Justin Wright, 26. Brandon Walters, 27. Chris Hile, 28. Kody Graham, 29. C.G. Morey, 30. Ryan Barlett, 31. Mike Bowman.
Mike Bowman Modified Top Gun At The Fulton Speedway
FULTON, NY – July 8, 2017 – Race teams and fans showed up Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway in large numbers with 110 plus race cars in the pits. The majority of those cars came down trackside for McDonald’s® Restaurants Family Autograph night.
Victories on the speedway were taken by Mike Bowman (Modifieds) Todd Root & Nate Higgins (Sportsman) Jason Parkhurst (Late Models) Jake Davis & Matthew Becker (Novice Sportsman) Dakota Bechler (4-Cylinders).
In the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature Ryan Jordan and Cody Graham would pace the field down to the green with Graham leading the opening lap and Jordan the next go around.
With 10 laps complete Jordan, Mike Bowman and Matt Hulsizer were in a three-car breakaway race at the front of the field. One more circuit around Bowman would use a power move on the high side of the speedway to be scored the new leader.
At the 15-lap point Bowman, still running the top, opened a quarter of a straight away lead while starting to put cars a lap down. Track rookie Jordan, who was running a small block while looking to get his big block motor repaired, kept Bowman in sight. Hulsizer and Hile were still in contention running in the top-five.
Lap 20 and still caution free, Bowman was on cruise control a half a straightaway ahead of Jordan who ran alone in second. Hulsizer, Hile and Larry Wight who started 18th battled for third through fifth.
With 10 laps to go Bowman had his lead cut in half as Jordan was starting to close in to set up a battle for the race win. Hulsizer, Hile and Wight still showed on the scoring tower in the top-five.
With 5 laps to go the intensity got turned up as Ryan Jordan was all over the back bumper of Mike Bowman and found a way by to take the lead. One lap later Bowman was able to wrestle the lead back. Over the final laps Bowman switched lanes from where he was running and cruised first under the checkers. Ryan Jordan impressed with second followed by Chris Hile, Larry Wight and Matt Hulsizer completed the top five.
An impressive 44 SUNY Canton Sportsman signed into the pits once again having two full points, full purse 25 lap features.
In the first feature Ryan Hatherill would lead the opening two laps before Chris Mackey took over the top spot while the racing for third on back was two and three wide.
With 10 laps complete Mackey still showed the way but he had Todd Root all over his back bumper from his eighth starting spot. Mike Phelps and Corey Barker were locked in their own tight race as they closed on the top two.
On lap 14 Root used a power move off turn two to blow by Mackey and into the lead.
A yellow on lap 20 would erase Root’s lead setting up a 5-lap dash to the checkers. Over the final laps Chris Mackey threw everything he had at Todd Root, Root was too quick on the top side and was first under the checkers. Chris Mackey, Corey Barker, Mike Phelps and Billy Clark Jr. finished second through fifth.
In the second 25 lap feature Nate Higgins would jump out to the early lead, setting a quick pace opening a ten-car length advantage.
At the 10-lap point Higgins bolted out to a full straightaway lead. Jeremy Dygert, Nick Krause, Mike Stanton Jr. and Willy Decker Jr. were locked into a battle for second through fifth.
Higgins opened an almost 4 second lead with 10 laps to go. Dygert, Krause, Stanton and Decker still showed in the top-five.
Over the final laps and no yellows to tighten the field up Nate Higgins cruised to his first ever SUNY Canton Sportsman win. Jeremy Dygert, Nick Krause, Glenn Forward and Willy Decker Jr. finished second through fifth.
Big Block Modifieds 35 Laps) - MIKE BOWMAN, Ryan Jordan, Chris Hile, Larry Wight, Matt Hulsizer, Jimmy Phelps, Chad Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Whittaker, Pat Ward, Tom Sears Jr., Katelyn Hile, Max McLaughlin, Cody Graham, Adam Roberts, Jim Witko Jr., Nick Webb, Tim Harris, Tim Murphy, Andrew Ferguson, Roy Bresnahan.
Sportsman # 1 - 25 Laps) - TODD ROOT, Chris Mackey, Corey Barker, Mike Phelps, Billy Clark Jr., Alan Fink, Ron Davis III, Mike Button, Joel Hargrave, Zach Sobotka, Kyle Kiehn, Steve Marshall, Chris Cunningham, Andrew Wren, Ryan Hatherill, Torrey Stoughtenger, Pat LaPage, Dorian Wahdan, Rocky Grosso, Bailey Groves, Dylan Zacharias, Jessica Power.
Sportsman # 2 - 25 Laps) - NATE HIGGINS, Jeremy Dygert, Nick Krause, Glenn Forward, Willy Decker Jr., Jeremy Pitcher, Mike Stanton Jr., AJ Miller, Kevin Root, Will Shields, Tyler Trump, Wade Chrisman, Ricky Yelle, Rich Riggs, Amy Holland, Kyle Perry, JJ Courcy, Joel Hall, Colby Herzog, Aron Backus, Jim Spano, DNS Joey Buonagurio.
Novice Sportsman # 1 - 15 Laps) - JAKE DAVIS, Jimmy Moyer, Robert Gage, Dan Dupra, Wesley Hayes, Kelly Smith, Tyler Rogers, Ryan Gustin, Tom Mackey, Bill Megnin.
Novice Sportsman # 2 - 15 Laps) - MATTHEW BECKER, Tom Juno, Jake Petit, Kearra Backus, Rachel Zacharias, Billy Sauve, Greg Henry, Casey Cunningham, Kyle Rood.
THREE TOP DIRT DIVISIONS PROVIDE PACKED HOUSE AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL
By Charlie Brown, DELMAR, DE – The Delaware International Speedway presented R.C. Holloway and the Delmarva AC Delco Dealers Night on Saturday and the three premier divisions in dirt track racing: Sprints Cars, Big Block Modifieds and Super Late Models plus strong support divisions packed the house. Davie Franek didn’t panic as he caught Curt Michael late in the race to win the URC Sprint main. Jordan Watson made it two in a row in the Big Block Modifieds while Ricky Elliott returned to victory lane in the S.R. Pete and Sond Super Late Models. Ryan Riddle got his first career win in the AC Delco PSC 602 Sportsman while defending champion won the RUSH Crate Late Models and Tim White got his first win this season in the Mod Lites.
The United Racing Club was on hand for Saturday night’s R.C. Holloway sponsored show at Delaware International. When nine-time URC champion, Curt Michael started on the pole there were some who thought the outcome of the race was a done deal.
After three attempts to get the first lap in it appeared to be true as Michael quickly opened a straightaway lead over Kevin Nagy. The complexion of the race would change when Josh Weller came to a stop against the inside wall at the exit of turn four to bring out the final yellow.
On the restart, point leader Davie Franek, who started in seventh, shot by Troy Betts and Christopher Allen, Jr. for fourth and Bill Unglert got by Nagy for second. Once again Michael shot away from the field but Franek was on the move gaining third on lap nine and one lap later got by Unglert of second.
With the race staying green Michael was working traffic by halfway. The leader worked his way past the back markers but as he marched further through the field the battles in front of him gave him more concern. Franek took advantage of the situation and with four laps to go split a lapped car with Michael to take the lead.
Once out front Franek opened a comfortable lead and drove to the win. “The cars were much faster in clean air,” said Franek. “I was hoping that once Michael caught lapped traffic it would slow him down and it did.” Michael had to settle for second with Unglert, Betts and Davie Sammons rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Franek, Adam Carberry and Unglert.
In victory lane, two-time URC champion, Garry Gollub was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Rookie T.J. Williams started on the pole on R.C. Holloway Night at the speedway after winning his first heat with second heat winner, Robert Dutton lining up in fourth. Brandon Watkins went to the front at the drop of the green and by lap four was being chased by his father, Bobby, in second.
Jordan Watson made a steady march through the field after starting in seventh and was quickly up to third while Matt Jester, who started in ninth, was quickly up to fourth. Watson got by Bobby Watkins on a lap five restart after Williams got around. It only took two more circuits before Watson moved by Brandon Watkins for the lead.
By halfway, Jester had climbed into the second spot ahead of Brandon Watkins with Jim Britt and JoJo Watson filling out the top five. The final caution would fly with eight to go when Howard O’Neal rolled to a stop. On the restart, Jester went to work on Jordan Watson for the lead and got out front with five to go.
Watson regrouped and reclaimed the lead one lap later. Jester would remain a threat but it would be Watson posting his second straight victory. JoJo Watson got by Brandon Watkins with two to go for third and Jamie Mills came from the rear after a lap two tangle to finish in fifth.
Donald Lingo, Jr. shot to the point at the start of the 20-lap S.R. Pete & Son Super Late Model feature with Rob Schirmer following in second. Ricky Elliott took the second spot a lap later but locked into a battle with Nick Davis. Davis would hold the second spot for three laps until the caution flew for a tangle involving Jason Dean and Geoff Carey.
On the restart Elliott regained the second spot with Mark Pettyjohn, who was looking for his third straight win, following into third. Elliott was now focused on the leader Lingo who was solidly in control on the bottom.
Elliott continued to work the top groove and with five to go was able to get by Lingo for the lead. He would then move to the bottom and open up some breathing room allowing him to post his second win of the season. “Jake Marine bought me this new car two weeks ago,” said Elliott. “He has been great to me and instrumental in furthering my career.”
Lingo ended a great run in second with Pettyjohn third. Fourth went to Amanda Whaley with point leader Ross Robinson rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Lingo and Elliott.
Trevor Collins got around pole sitter, Scott Tessman to take command of the 15-lap RUSH Crate Late Model main on lap one. Point leader, Joe Warren got around on lap six to bring out the only caution of the race. Sparky White restarted in third but got by Chip Disharoon for second on the restart.
White mounted a challenge on Collins and with two to go got underneath for the lead. David Pettyjohn followed into second and would chase White to the checkered. White got the win with Pettyjohn second and Collins turning in his best performance finishing in third. Fourth went to Matt Glanden and Disharoon rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Tessman and White.
Danny Smack led the first lap of the 15-lap AC Delco PSC 602 Sportsman feature. Ryan Riddle started on the outside of the second row and took the point on the second circuit. Nick Alberti took advantage of a lap three restart to grab second.
Smack got around just prior to halfway bringing out the yellow. On the restart, Joe Tracy got by Alberti for second while Jason Rush and Jordn Justice swapped fourth. Tracy could get to Riddle’s rear bumper but no further and Riddle notched his first career win in the division. Justice got by Alberti with one to go to finish in third and Rush rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Alberti and Matt Smith.
URC Sprint Finish: 1. Davie Franek; 2. Curt Michael; 3. Bill Unglert; 4. Troy Betts; 5. Davie Sammons; 6. Robbie Stillwagon; 7. Christopher Allen, Jr.; 8. Derek Locke; 9. Brett Michalski; 10. Justin Whitall; 11. Chris Coyle; 12. Mike Haggenbottom; 13. Kevin Darling; 14. Adam Carberry; 15. Cody Jordan; 16. Kyle Lilick; 17. Brandon McGough; 18. Kevin Nagy; 19. Jonathan Swanson; 20. Josh Weller; 21. Jason Clauss; DNS: David Quackenbush.
Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Jordan Watson; 2. Matt Jester; 3. JoJo Watson; 4. Brandon Watkins; 5. Jamie Mills; 6. Jim Britt; 7. Dave Dissinger; 8. Bobby Watkins; 9. Scott VanGorder; 10. Matt Hawkins; 11. H.J. Bunting; 12. Kevin Sockriter; 13. Westley Smith; 14. Dale Hawkins; 15. T.J. Williams; 16. Brian Hitz; 17. Howard O’Neal; 18. Robert Dutton; 19. Shawn Ward; DNS: Jeff Brown; DQ: Danny Johnson.
Late Model Finish: 1. Ricky Elliott; 2. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 3. Mark Pettyjohn; 4. Amanda Whaley; 5. Ross Robinson; 6. Nick Davis; 7. Kerry King; 8. Rob Schirmer; 9. Kellie Lewis; 10. Geoff Carey; 11. Jason Dean; 12. Bob Geiger; 13. Max Robichaud.
RUSH Crate Late Model Finish: 1. Sparky White; 2. David Pettyjohn; 3. Trevor Collins; 4. Matt Glanden; 5. Chip Disharoon; 6. Matt Hill; 7. Charles Shawver; 8. Joe Warren; 9. Derek Magee; 10. Brandon Sturgis; 11. Scott Tessman; 12. Mike Wilson; 13. Wes Clifton; 14. Paul McGinley.
602 Sportsman Finish; 1. Ryan Riddle; 2. Joe Tracy; 3. Jordn Justice; 4. Nick Alberti; 5. Jason Rush; 6. Dwayne Crockett; 7. Scott Hitchens; 8. Matt Smith; 9. David Jenkins; 10. Robert Riley, III; 11. Danny Smack; 12. Adam White; 13. Jeff Marker; 14. George Richardson.
2017 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP DREAMS COULD COME IN TO PICTURE AS FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY HAS FIRST OF THREE RACES IN EIGHT DAYS TONIGHT – SATURDAY, JULY 8
KIRKWOOD, NY…The racing has been outstanding all season long at Five Mile Point Speedway but now the intensity is about to increase as the speedway plays host to three race events in the next eight days. Tonight is a full program of racing including Kiddie Rides. Kiddie Rides begin at 5:45 p.m. with racing set to go green at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
Tyler Siri leads the way in the Modified division entering tonight’s action at the quarter mile oval. Siri, has yet to garner a win this season but has come from deep in the field week after week. The division has seen a remarkable seven different feature winners in seven races this season. Last year there was an unbelievable thirteen different Modified feature winners out of fourteen events.
Siri leads the standings over Kevin Bates and Nick Rochinski currently. Both of those drivers have feature wins and have been extremely fast all season long. Mike Colsten currently sits in fourth place in the standings with one feature win. The ageless Colsten also leads the Sunday Summer Slam Modified points entering next Sunday’s $4,000 to win 30 lap event. Last year’s Summer Slam Co-Champion Brad Szulewski is currently fifth without a feature win this season.
The racing action continues this Wednesday night as the balance of the originally scheduled July 1st show will be completed. Modified heat races remain along with Slingshot heat races and then it will be all feature events. Rain checks from July 1st will be honored on that evening for both the pits and grandstand area.
The speedway roars back in to action next Sunday, July 16th with race number 2 of the Sunday Summer Slam. Shakelton NAPA Auto & Truck Parts and Tonarlo’s Restaurant have added extra incentives for the Modified 30 lapper to make it a whopping $4,000 to win. The race is a draw – re/draw format and all weekly teams will receive 25 show up points along with the separate Summer Slam Points.
Entering this evening Matt Cole continues to lead the Crate Sportsman point race in his rookie season in the division. Cole is a three-time IMCA Modified Track Champion. Shane Wolf, Jr. is the current Street Stock point leader. Nick Kennedy is the Lightning Cat Expert point leader entering tonight’s action with Eric Beach (Factory Stock), Randy Lane (Lightning Cat Novice) and Dalton Maynard (Slingshots) leading their respective classes.
Sixth Win of 2017 for Sheppard at Outlaw Speedway
DUNDEE, NY.....Kyle Coffey leapt into the lead of the 30-lap Outlaw Modified feature as Steve Paine and Matt Sheppard tore through the pack from their mid pack starting spots. Paine motored past Coffey for the lead on lap 8 and Sheppard grabbed the runnerup spot one lap later as Alan Johnson moved into the top five. Johnson moved past Coffey for third at lap 15 as Sheppard started to reel in leader Paine. The yellow flew for a Lee Bills spin on lap 16, which tightened the field.
Sheppard used the outside to grab the lead on the restart and pulled away from Paine for his sixth win of the year. Paine and Johnson were followed across the line by Kyle Coffey and Tyler Siri.
After a lap 1 scramble kocked out front row starter Eric Williams, the 20-lap Crate Sportsman main event saw Josh Keesey grab the top spot over Brian Fish, with Rob Bussey moving to third. Bussey grabbed second and chased after Keesey while Fish battled with Todd Heward for third. As Karl Comfort moved into the top five at lap 10, Bussey headed pitside with issues, moving Fish and Heyward into second and third. Fish used the outside to take the lead on lap 14 with Heyward in tow.
That duo broke away from the field and Fish had a half a straightawy at the finish for his first Crate Sportsman win of the season with Heyward in second. Keesey, Doug Smith, and Karl Comfort rounded out the top five.
MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Kyle Coffey, Tyler Siri, Eric Fisher, Derrick Podsiadlo, Justin Wright, Dillon Groover, Cory Costa, Donnie Lawson, Brady Fultz, Jim LaRock, Joe Dgien, Jordan Siri, Mike Ward, Scott Boudinot, Brian Swarthout, Dave Rauscher, Marcus Dinkins, Steve Perry, Lee Bills, Eldon Payne.
CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE-BRIAN FISH, Todd Heyward, Josh Keesey, Doug Smith, Karl Comfort, Brett Buono, Jake Digen, Tommy Collins Jr, Dale Welty, Mike Buchanan, Chris Fisher, Brent Ayers, Chris Silvers, Connor Brown, Dave DuBois Jr, Dean Laughlin, Fran Hilton, Rob Bussey, Zach Zigenhagen, Eric Williams.
Big Block Modifieds 35 Laps) - JIM WITKO JR., Andrew Ferguson, Pat Ward, Max McLaughlin, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Chris Hile, Mike Bowman, Larry Wight, Chad Phelps, Mike Mahaney, Rich Scagliotta, Jimmy Phelps, Jeremy Smith, Rob Bellinger, Ryan Blackburn, Matt Hulsizer, Ryan Bartlett, Adam Roberts, Joe August Jr., Gary Tomkins, John West.
Sportsman 25 Laps) - STEPHEN DENTON, Tyler Trump, Ron Davis III, Jackson Gill, Glenn Forward, Chris Cunningham, Alan Fink, Todd Root, Brent Joy, Rich Townsend, Zach Sobotka, Kyle Fink, Earl Rudy, Kevin Root, Nick Krause, Rocco Leone, Mike Stanton Jr., Jeff Taylor, Bailey Groves.
Lightning Strikes For Larry Wight at Airborne
Wight Gets First Super DIRTcar Series Win of 2017
PLATTSBURGH, NY - July 6, 2017 - Larry Wight displayed a dominating performance in the Super DIRTcar Series first-ever visit to Airborne Park Speedway on Thursday night. Wight became the race's fourth leader when he took the lead from Keith Flach on a lap 31 restart and then dominated the final 69 circuits to earn his first Super DIRTcar Series win of the season.
Wight lapped all but the top-five finishers, which included runner-up Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Fuller and Pat Ward, on the way to his third career Series win and first since September 11, 2015 at Quebec's Autodrome Granby. The victory was especially impressive for Wight given he was racing in a backup No.99L car after his primary ride was destroyed in a wreck last Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway.
"After everything we've been going through trying to get this backup car to where our primary car was, it was a big thrash by Scott to get it ready," Wight said in Victory Lane. "We struggled a little bit at the beginning of the night figuring out a couple of bugs with it, but by the end of the night we got it dialed in."
Local driver Matt Woodruff, a weekly competitor at Airborne, started on the pole with Billy Decker to his outside for the 100-lap Feature. Woodruff led the opening seven laps until Decker found his way to the point on lap eight via the bottom lane in turn one.
Decker paced the field for a short while until Ravena, NY native Keith Flach, who had lined up fourth on the starting grid, found the outside lane to his liking and grabbed the top spot from Decker on lap 14. Flach was able to pace open a half-second lead as Wight fought to take second from Decker on lap 16.
Wight made his challenge for the lead on lap 20, but Flach held the momentum in the top groove of the track and maintained the lead. The first caution of the race came on lap 26 for a slowed Brandon Walters and when the race restarted on lap 31, Wight made what proved to be the race-winning move when he drove around the outside of Flach to seize the lead while Decker followed suit to take second.
Over the final 69 laps, Wight led Decker by as much as 3.8 seconds, which equated to a full straightaway. Decker held the runner-up spot through the battles in traffic and was well ahead of a spirited third-place joust between Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps and Brett Hearn.
"This place kind of raced like Utica-Rome around the top," said Wight, who raced the outside lane in turns three and four all night long. "I've flirted with the edge there enough to know where you can get it and where you can't."
Decker's night came to an abrupt end, however, when he fell off the pace and pulled into the infield with just four laps to go while running second. As a result, Decker received the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award.
The caution waved one lap following Decker's misfortune when Brett Hearn came to a stop at the top of turn two. That yellow flag setup a restart with three laps to go and gave McLaughlin one final shot at a win. Wight got a perfect jump on the single-file restart to foil any of McLaughlin's hopes of claiming a VP Racing Fuels checkered flag.
"I was trying to slow him down, hoping he would stumble on that start and give me a little bit of a jump," Wight said of his strategy. "I was just hoping my right-rear didn't seal over on me. Max was doing everything, but saving his right-rear, so I was hoping he wouldn't roll the bottom. Everything just worked out right."
McLaughlin threw everything he had at Wight on the restart, but couldn't find enough grip at the top of turns one and two, where the bottom had become the preferred groove, to create a drag race down the backstretch into turn three. Regardless, the second-place tally marks McLaughlin's best finish of the season with the Series and is his second top-five of the year.
"I can't be upset with another second-place finish," McLaughlin said. "He was just a little better through one and two. He could keep it a little lower than I could. I was just a little loose, but all in all we had a great car again. These cars have been phenomenal all year with the new Teo (chassis)."
Decker was the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier award winner when he set quick time with a lap of 16.467 seconds. Decker was also a heat winner along with Tim Fuller and Mike Maresca. McLaughlin nearly became the first driver to claim the 811 Dig Safely New York Redraw Bonus after starting from the 11th position. Hearn was the other driver eligible for the bonus as the 8th starter.
The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Sunday, July 9 at Cornwall Motor Speedway. For additional event information, including gate time and admission prices, please visit www.cornwallspeedway.com.
Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY; July 6, 2017
Feature (100 Laps): 1. Larry Wight; 2. Max McLaughlin; 3. Jimmy Phelps; 4. Tim Fuller; 5. Pat Ward; 6. Brett Hearn; 7. Marc Johnson; 8. Steve Bernard; 9. Keith Flach; 10. Jessey Mueller; 11. Mike Maresca; 12. Chris Raabe; 13. Billy Whittaker; 14. Danny Johnson; 15. Yan Bussiere; 16. Rich Scagliotta; 17. Brandon Walters; 18. Billy Decker; 19. CG Morey; 20. Matt Woodruff; 21. JF Corriveau; 22. Frank Cozze; 23. Greg Atkins; 24. Travis Bruno; 25. George Foley; 26. Patrick Dupres, DNS; 27. Carey Terrance,DNS.
Billy Decker - 2 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20)
Ryan Watt - 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
Matt Sheppard - 1 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11)
Tim McCreadie - 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
Stewart Friesen - 1 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2)
Larry Wight - 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
Super DIRTcar Series Point Standings (July 7)
1. Brett Hearn 562
2. Billy Decker 559
3. Larry Wight 551
4. Jimmy Phelps 517
5. Max McLaughlin 507
6. Tim Fuller 499
7. Pat Ward 495
8. Stewart Friesen 482
9. Matt Sheppard 477
10. Alan Johnson 404
Ohio On Tap: Annual Trip to Buckeye State Makes For Busy July
Super DIRTcar Series Headed to Eldora, Sharon For Second Straight Season
CONCORD, N.C. - July 6, 2017 - The Super DIRTcar Series is gearing up for one of the most exciting weeks of the season later this month. The Series heads to Eldora Speedway for a pair of dates at the Rossburg, OH track with the Tuesday Night Tailgate on July 18 and All-Star Invitational on July 19 alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Series will then make a return trip to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH for the Buckeye Ground-Pounder 100 on July 20.
The Series made a triumphant return to Eldora last season after a 10-year absence. A total of 58 Big-Block Modifieds arrived for action at The World's Greatest Dirt Track® last year, but when the checkered flag waved, it was Tim Fuller who stood in Victory Lane. Fuller had the advantage last season at Eldora with his previous Dirt Late Model experiencing helping him best the rest of the field.
"It definitely didn't hurt me," Fuller said of his Eldora experience at last year's event. "We had a pretty good car going in there and, actually, after that we were running pretty well everywhere. It's a bit of a unique place and it runs a little bit differently than others."
This year's Tuesday Night Tailgate will see the Super DIRTcar Series stars battle for 75 laps at the Big Ohio half-mile. Current Series point leader Billy Decker earned a top-five finish at Eldora last year. Decker hopes to improve on that this year and doesn't feel the challenges at Eldora are different from any other race.
"There's nothing in particular (that makes it challenging)," Decker said. "I haven't won at Eldora yet. I was really close one time and a lapped car got in the way. It's quite a prestigious place. It's fun to be involved in places that put on big events. I'm looking forward to it."
The Super DIRTcar Series only makes one trip to Ohio each season, which means many of its full-time drivers only see Eldora and Sharon once per year. Often it's an enjoyable trip for the Series regulars who get to break the mold of their regular New York routine.
"I do like it," Fuller said. "It's nice to get some variety instead of being up here (in New York) where the tracks are stagnant and you run the same old ones. It's good to get out."
The rarity of a Super DIRTcar Series show at either track often means a sold-out crowd is in attendance. This year doesn't figure to be any different at Eldora or Sharon. Both Fuller and Decker are grizzled veterans of the Series. They treat each race the same regardless of attendance, but certainly enjoy celebrating in front of a capacity crowd.
"I like Super DIRTcar Series races," Decker said. "That's what gets me pumped up. I don't need any more motivation than that."
"20,000 or 1,000, It doesn't matter to me," Fuller said. "It only matters to me at the end of the night."
Following the Tuesday Night Tailgate at Eldora, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified full-time drivers and the next three highest finishing drivers from Tuesday's feature will qualify to the all-star invitational during Wednesday's Eldora Dirt Derby. The race will feature qualifying heat and an inversion draw to set the field with up to 14 cars inverted for the 25-lap main event. The next night, the Series travels to Eastern Ohio for the Buckeye Ground-Pounder 100 at Sharon.
LAUBACH AND WATT SPLIT 811 DIG SAFELY POKER SERIES WINS
Rick Laubach and Ryan Watt each picked up a win in forty lap Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified competition on the eve of Independence Day as they competed in Hands & 4 in the 2017 811 Dig Safely Poker Series events. Both drivers add an Ace and a King to the Poker Series hands with their first and second place finishes. Matt Stangle added his third Ace to his Poker Series hand with his sixth Bridgeport victory of the season in Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman competition. Tom Wills, Jr. added an Ace to his King with a win in the PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks race in just their second hand of Poker Series competition this season.
Laubach was the third leader in the first forty lap event – the rained out feature event from May 28th’s All in at the Port. Billy Pauch Sr. led the first three laps before Brett Kressley blasted by both second place, Laubach and the leader, Pauch Sr. to take the lead on lap four. Kressley led through lap sixteen as puff of smoke could be seen from his family owned No. 19B. Laubach took the lead on lap seventeen as Watt moved up to second on the next circuit. The second half of the race saw Laubach hold the lead over Watt who stayed with Laubach and the Lori & Gary Hermann owned No. 7 to the checkered flag. Following Laubach and Watt to the checkered was Jimmy Horton who was celebrating his birthday with a top five finish. Sam Martz finished fourth with Richie Pratt, Jr. rounding out the top five.
The win puts Laubach just one victory away from his 50th Bridgeport Speedway Big Block win – a quest that begin back in May of 1998 when Laubach was a first time winner.
Laubach drew the pole for the All American 40 and led lap one before the caution was needed as Dave Hunt slowed down the backstretch. Watt restarted in fourth, moving ahead of Craig VonDohren and then Billy Pauch Jr. before setting his sights on the leader. Watt raced past Laubach to lead lap two. Another caution was needed when Travis Hill came to a stop with four laps complete, putting Laubach even with Watt on the restart. After a false start, Watt took the lead and immediately began to pull away from the field. Watt set a torrid pace as the remaining laps went caution free. Watt extended his lead over Laubach and VonDohren. Dominick Buffalino closed in on VonDohren in the final laps, finishing fourth with Billy Pauch, jr. taking fifth. Watt won with nearly an eighteen second advantage.
Matt Stangle took the lead from Jeremy Harrington and lap three and then held off the persistent challenges of Eric Kormann to take the win in the 20 lap Crate/Sportsman feature event. Kormann was all over the back bumper of Stangle’s Ace Materials No. 6 as they raced to the checkered flag. Steve Kemery finished third with 2017 Rookie Champion, Jim Gallagher finishing fourth in his first effort following Rookie Graduation. Harrington rounded out the top five.
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE (40 laps): 1. Rick Laubach, 2. Ryan Watt, 3. Jimmy Horton, 4. Sam Martz, 5. Richie Pratt, Jr., 6. Dominick Buffalino, 7. Brett Kressley, 8. Tommy Beamer, 9. Travis Hill, 10. Billy Pauch, Sr., 11. Ron Roberts, 12. Rusty Smith, 13. Neal Williams, 14. Bob Sarkisian, 15. David Hunt, 16. Mike Franz, 17. Dave Shirk, 18. P.J. Oliver, 19. Jack Swain, 20. Jamie Mills, 21. Ricky DiEva, DNS – Pete Visconti, Mike Barone, H.J. Bunting, Westley Smith.
BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE (40 laps): 1. Ryan Watt, 2. Rick Laubach, 3. Craig VonDohren, 4. Dominick Buffalino, 5. Billy Pauch, Jr., 6. Duane Howard, 7. Frank Cozze, 8. Neal Williams, 9. Richie Pratt, Jr., 10. Sam Martz, 11. Jeff Strunk, 12. Tommy Beamer, 13. Rocco Infante, 14. Rusty Smith, 15. Ron Roberts, 16. Dave Shirk, 17. Jimmy Horton, 18. Mike Franz, 19. Brett Kressley, 20. Travis Hill, 21. Billy Pauch, Sr., 22. David Hunt, DNS – Jamie Mills, P.J. Oliver, Jack Swain, Ricky DiEva, DNQ – Pete Visconti, Bob Sarkisian
CRATE/SPORTSMAN FEATURE (20 laps): 1. Matt Stangle, 2. Eric Kormann, 3. Steve Kemery, 4. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 5. Jeremy Harrington, 6. Kyle Lilick, 7. Roger Manning, 8. Matthew Peck, 9. Louden Reimert, 10. John Micek, 11. Kevin Belmont, 12. Adam Cox, 13. Andrew Belmont, 14. Tommy Errico, 15. Dave Damiano, 16. David Burns, 17. Frank Dorry, 18. Marty Resnick, 19. Brian Papiez, 20. John Scarpati, 21. David Crossman, 22. Mike Cogdill, 23. Ryan Simmons, 24. Scott Kohler
Anthony Perrego Edges Jimmy Wells In Final Corner Monday At Accord Speedway For ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ Victory
ACCORD, NY – On the first lap of Monday night’s ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ at Accord Speedway, Anthony Perrego thought he gave away his chances at a victory.
On the last lap, he got those chances back.
Perrego, of Montgomery, N.Y., wheeled the Superior Remodeling No. 44 to a Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified triumph in the most spectacular fashion: with a last-lap, last-corner pass of Jimmy Wells to take home a $5,000 payday.
The win for Perrego was his second of the 2017 STSS season, having previously won on the eve of Memorial Day at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.
It was also win No. 2 of the young driver’s career in the ‘Battle of the Bullring’ event. He also won in 2014.
The fifth ‘Battle of the Bullring’ edition literally packed the Accord pit area with 40 STSS Modifieds, 60 STSS Sportsman and 15 Slingshots on hand for a total of 115 race cars.
“I thought I gave it away on the first lap,” Perrego said after climbing to the roof of his Teo-Pro car on the frontstretch before a large crowd. “I got crossed up and gave away those spots and I had to work to get them back.”
Perrego started outside front row for the 50-lap main but got momentarily sideways in turns one and two at the outset, falling to fourth.
Pole starter Rob Rowe led the opening four laps around the tight quarter-mile before the race’s only caution flew. Jimmy Wells established himself as the new leader on the restart.
Two laps later, 11-time champion Rich Ricci Jr. put the family No. 406 into second place behind wells. Perrego followed into third.
By the 14th circuit, slower traffic became a factor as the leaders caught the rear of the 27-car starting field. The veteran Ricci used the back-markers to his advantage, pulling even with the leader on several occasions.
However, Ricci’s bid for a win ended at lap 25 when the New Paltz, N.Y., driver pulled to the infield with fluid pouring from the car.
Perrego then inherited second and began a pursuit of Wells – a Modified rookie – that lasted some 24 laps.
Wells’ No. 831 led lap after lap around the Ulster County track. However, slower traffic allowed Perrego to pull to his bumper with parallel flags in the air from starter Jeff Merkel.
On the final tour, Perrego swung wide in turns one and two, getting a run on Wells who was hung behind slower cars. As Wells drifted wide in turn two, Perrego filled the gap.
The leaders raced side-by-side through turns three and four, with Perrego winning by a bumper at the line as sparks flew.
“I didn’t want to show myself too soon under him so he could protect,” Perrego said of Wells. “He spun his tires enough in (turn) two on the last lap and I had a run.”
Wells, of Rosendale, N.Y., fell just inches short of what could have been a huge upset. Still, he managed a smile afterward.
“This is my first year in a Modified,” he said. “I’m happy to finish second, but the lapped cars made it tough on me. They weren’t giving the room I needed.”
Billy Decker of Sidney, N.Y., made his first Accord start in four years and drove to a third-place result with the Jeremy Smith-owned No. 91.
“It took me about 20 laps to get my rhythm down out there,” said Decker, who has limited laps at the Big A. “Once the driver figured it out, we were fast.”
After a race-long battle with Decker, Walden, N.Y.’s Rob Rowe finished fourth, an outstanding run for the low-budget driver. Completing the front five was Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., who started 12th, drove forward in the United Pump & Tank-owned No. 48.
Placing sixth through 10th, respectively, were J.R. Hurlburt of Otego, N.Y., in his Accord debut aboard the Jamie and Denise Page-owned No. 6H; Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., who started 19th in the No. 76R and earned the New York Truck Parts $200 Hard Charger Award; speedway regular Joe Judge of New Paltz, N.Y.; Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., driving the Jeff Behrent No. 3; and Scott Ferrier of Bloomingburg, N.Y.
The Modified feature was completed in just over 13 minutes.
Heat winners for the 40 STSS Modifieds on hand were Jeremy Smith, Billy Van Pelt, Ferrier and Rich Ricci Jr. Two consolations went to Stewart Friesen and Mike Mahaney.
Kyle Rohner of Bushkill, Pa., topped the 25-lap STSS Sportsman feature in impressive fashion. Rohner, who started fourth, lost his left-front shock in a restart tangle less than one-third into the event, and manhandled the car to the $1,000 payday.
Chasing Rohner across the stripe were Cory Cormier, Joey Bonetti, Jamie Yannone and Matt Shultz.
Taylor Mills won a back-and-forth battle with Samantha Muller to annex the 20-lap Slingshot main and the accompanying $300 payday. Muller settled for second with Jake Mason, Jordan Lawrence and Ashton DeWitt in tow.
Racing resumes for the STSS on Sunday, July 16 with the ‘Anthracite Assault’ at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., featuring the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region in a combination head-to-head battle plus STSS Sportsman and Roadrunners. The Big Diamond event had been postponed by rain in June.
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BULLRING BITS: A very healthy pre Independence Day crowd congregated at the Ulster County facility, filling every inch of both the spectator parking lot and pit area. Despite the huge car count, racing was completed in its entirety by 10:45 p.m. with no downtime….
The top-two STSS Modified North Region point drivers – Stewart Friesen and Andy Bachetti – were uncharacteristically quiet in the main, placing 13th and 12th, respectively….
Perrego’s Accord conquest was the fourth of his STSS career: two at Accord, one at Thunder Mountain and another at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway….
Series regular Craig Hanson was done for the night with engine issues in hot laps….
The ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ took place one day shy of 25 years since Accord Speedway reopened on July 4, 1992. The track had been dormant for several years before it was purchased by Dave Flach….
‘BATTLE OF THE BULLRING 5’ RACE SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY JULY 5, 2017
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO, Jimmy Wells, Billy Decker, Rob Rowe, Jerry Higbie, J.R. Hurlburt, Mike Ricci, Joe Judge, Tommy Meier, Scott Ferrier, Billy Van Pelt, Andy Bachetti, Stewart Friesen, Jeremy Smith, Steve Davis, Danny Tyler, Allison Ricci, Mike Mahaney, Danny Creeden, Ryan Jordan, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Malcolm, Richard Smith, Tyler Siri, Corey Lowitt, Rich Ricci Jr., Nick Nye.
Short Track Super Series North Region Event No. 2 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): KYLE ROHNER, Cory Cormier, Joey Bonetti, Jamie Yannone, Matt Shultz, Tony Kawalchuk, Brandon McGill, Butch Klinger, Lem Atkins, Milton Mann, Rich Ricci III, Larry Mekic, Chris Stevens, Tyler Johnston, Shayne Spoonhower, Hunter Lapp, Aaron Shelton, Greg McCloskey, Joey Bruning, Dave Demorest, Tighe Sherlock, Roger Henion, Ralph Ronk, Anthony Falanga, Cole Hentschel, Daniel Morgiewicz, Johnny Bangs.
Alan Johnson to be Honored With Hall of Fame Induction
Veteran Driver To Battle Next Day in Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport
CONCORD, N.C. - July 4, 2017 - Next week, Alan Johnson will get well-deserved recognition when he is inducted into the Dirt Modified Hall of Fame in Weedsport, NY on Monday, July 10. However, it isn't the only time fans will see Johnson at Weedsport. He'll be in in action the next night on July 11, behind the wheel of his Friendly's Ford No.14J for the Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway.
The Dirt Modified Hall of Fame has a rule that allows active drivers over the age of 55 years old who have had an illustrious career to be inducted before they retire. Johnson certainly fits that bill. The Rochester, NY driver is fourth on the all-time wins list with 57 and is a five-time Series champion, winning the title most recently in 2006.
"I was kind of surprised because I always thought it was for retired drivers," Johnson said of his reaction to his induction news. "I'm really honored. It's a pretty elite group."
Johnson enters the Hall of Fame as part of a 2017 class of inductees that includes Steve Paine, who is also still active, and the late Freddy Adam. Several other special award winners will enter the Hall of Fame this year as well, including Gaston Salvas for Outstanding Service, Vicki Emig as Woman in Racing, Richie Tobias as a Mechanic, Randy Ross as Car Owner, and Lenny Sammons as the Andy Fusco Media Award winner.
"It's special," Johnson continued. "When you start out racing, it's not a goal you aim for or expect to achieve. I'm proud of the teams I've been with and the cars I've been with that enable us to get there. I hope to see a lot of smiles that day and have a lot of fun."
Perhaps the most impressive achievement in Johnson's career is his consistency as much as his longevity. The 59-year-old has won a Big-Block Modified Feature in a remarkable 43 consecutive seasons. He earned a win in weekly competition in April at Outlaw Speedway to make sure the streak would extend another year.
"I really didn't realize what was going on until the 42nd year when everybody started bringing it up," Johnson said of his record. "It's kind of cool to keep it going. I almost didn't a couple of years. It's something over the next couple of years, or however long I keep doing this, I'll try to keep it going."
Johnson doesn't place any of his laundry list of accomplishments on a pedestal above others. However, he does cherish his three wins at the Syracuse Moody Mile during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.
"It's hard to pick out any of my fondest moments," Johnson said. "I suppose winning the big races at Syracuse and any of the big race wins are so satisfying, especially to see all the smiles of the crew. With all the help I get, its good to see it pay off for everybody. It's gratifying to have those wins."
The Dirt Modified Hall of Fame is another example of racing's unique traditions and characteristics that separate it from other sports. The Hall of Fame's provision to allow active drivers to be inducted means the sport and its fans can honor drivers for their outstanding achievements and still see them race the next night in the Hall of Fame 100. Johnson has won the race twice previously, in 1996 and 2003.
"It really goes to show the longevity of these guys and how good they really are to have the careers they had and still be able to compete at the level they can all these years later," said Jimmy Phelps, the promoter of Weedsport Speedway and a fellow competitor to Johnson with the Super DIRTcar Series.
"The neat part about this class of inductees is these guys really truly were part of the era that made the Super DIRTcar Series great," Phelps continued. "Those names were synonymous with it 20-something years ago and are still synonymous with racing today. I think from a fan's standpoint, I think the vast majority can relate to this year's class."
For Johnson, Weedsport is the perfect homecoming for his induction.
"The first time I've ever raced was there," Johnson said. "I used to run the motorcycles and snowmobiles there. I've been there since probably '72 or '73, so I guess if there was ever a homecoming that would be it."
With the Super DIRTcar Series in action for the Hall of Fame 100, it's a can't-miss event that mixes the history of the sport with its current stars, Phelps said.
"You get tied up in the hustle and bustle of our season and we're getting into a really busy stretch, but I think that it's an opportunity to reflect on what it took to get here," Phelps said.
New York Number: Friesen Flies to Victory at Utica-Rome
Sprakers, NY Driver Scores First Win of 2017 in New Yorker 100
VERNON, NY - July 2, 2017 - Stewart Friesen took the lead from Pat Ward on lap 55 with a pass in the slick outside lane after a lap 45 restart and withstood a fury of action, including a pair of red flags in the final 25 laps to win the New Yorker 100 at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night. It was the first Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season for the Sprakers, NY native and the 24th of his career to give him sole possession of 11th on the Series all-time wins list.
"What a racecar, wow," Friesen said in Victory Lane. "This Halmar team just worked so hard to be better on these slick tracks."
The track was especially slick for the New Yorker 100, despite the excessive amount of rain over the last month in the area. After setting the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time and then winning his heat, Matt Sheppard pulled the pole for the 100-lap main event.
Sheppard came to the green flag with Max McLaughlin on the outside of the front row. The Waterloo, NY native Sheppard took the early lead while Ward, who is a weekly regular at Utica-Rome along with Sheppard, quickly jumped into third behind third-starting Billy Decker.
Decker kept pace with the Series point leader after they caught lapped traffic on lap 15 and on lap 37 drove to the outside of Sheppard for the lead in turn three. Off of turn four, Decker crossed lanes and raced inside of Sheppard in turn one and completed the pass exiting turn two to lead lap 38.
Decker, who has two wins on the tour this season, had the lead for just one lap though when the caution waved before lap 39 was complete after Sheppard slowed with a flat right-front tire, forcing him to surrender the second spot.
On the ensuing restart at lap 45, Ward rode the outside lane to the point and shuffled Decker back to second. Friesen's car hit its stride midway through the race and he sped past Decker for second on lap 52. Just two laps later, Friesen was knocking on Ward's door in search of the lead. Friesen found grip up top and soared in the high groove to clear the No.42 for the number one spot on lap 55.
A lap after Friesen led, the caution waved again for a slowed Alan Johnson who had trouble with his No.14J. The restart with 61 laps in the books was the best for Friesen as he used the next nine laps to race ahead to a more than two-second advantage over Ward. The deficit was eliminated for Ward when Claude Hutchings Jr. rolled his No.84j in turn three after contact with Beth Bellinger's No.1s to cause a red flag. The misfortune for Hutchings earned him the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck award.
Friesen was strong again on the restart and cruised away from Ward despite the latter's challenge on the bottom of the track. With 20 laps to go, the top-five were single-file while a three-car battle waged behind them for sixth between Brett Hearn, Sheppard and Wight. Hearn maintained sixth while Sheppard and Wight raced side-by-side for seventh.
Following a lap 86 restart for a spun Nick Webb, Friesen again raced away from the field until the second red flag of the race came on lap 88. The event was stopped when Sheppard and Wight collided on the backstretch, sending Wight's No.99L airborne for two end-over-end tumbles in turn three. The incident ended the night for both drivers.
Ward's final chance to reel in Friesen came on the restart with 12 laps to go, but it was not to be as the Sprakers driver drove away to his 54th career victory at Utica-Rome.
"I found something on the outside and we were able to race past Pat (Ward) and Fuller and Decker," Friesen said. "I can't believe it. This place has been tough. I think we have something now. It was pretty sporty out there."
The win was especially important for Friesen, who previously raced weekly at Utica-Rome. It was the best possible home coming for his No.44 team to shake their winless start to the season.
"This is great, especially here," Friesen said. "This is probably the toughest track on the circuit. It's pretty cool. We need to get a plus one to keep Matt at bay. He's coming on the win list, so this will keep him back for another week."
Ward was satisfied with his second-place finish behind Friesen, his best result to date in 2017 with the Series.
"My crew guys made some adjustments after the heat and it took right off," Ward said. "I thought we were pretty good and then Stewart drove around me, like he does a lot of times. He was good. I'm happy with second. We had a good car."
Tim Fuller completed the podium with a third-place finish, his best finish of the campaign and his first top-five result.
"We had a good run," Fuller said. "Thanks to Ray Graham. I had a good car. To finish in the top-three at Utica is pretty amazing."
Earlier in the night, Wight, Sheppard, Fuller and Friesen won qualifying heat races. Rob Bellinger and Keith Flach claimed wins in the Last Chance Qualifiers. The KSE Hard Charger was Gary Tomkins, who raced from 14th to the seventh finishing position. Jimmy Phelps and Wight were the Dig Safely NY redraw bonus eligible drivers after starting eight and eleventh respectively. Phelps finished 14th while Wight was scored in the 25th position after his wreck.
The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action at Airborne Park Speedway on Thursday, July 6 for its first-ever visit to the Plattsburgh, NY track. For additional event information, visit www.AirborneParkSpeedway.com.
New Yorker 100 at Utica-Rome Speedway Notebook
Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 44-Stewart Friesen ; 2. 42p-Pat Ward ; 3. 19-Tim Fuller ; 4. 93-Danny Varin ; 5. 91-Billy Decker ; 6. 20-Brett Hearn ; 7. 84-Gary Tomkins ; 8. 25-Erick Rudolph ; 9. 14j-Alan Johnson ; 10. 21a-Peter Britten ; 11. 49-Billy Dunn ; 12. 6h-Max McLaughlin ; 13. 76-Bobby Varin ; 14. 98h-Jimmy Phelps ; 15. 109-Billy Whittaker ; 16. 3-Justin Haers ; 17. 88m-Mike Mahaney ; 18. 3j-Marc Johnson ; 19. 11r-Rob Bellinger ; 20. 19w-Justin Wright ; 21. 8-Rich Scagliotta ; 22. 43-Keith Flach ; 23. 7m-Mike Maresca ; 24. 9s-Matt Sheppard ; 25. 99L-Larry Wight ; 26. 27w-Nick Webb ; 27. 84jr-Claude Hutchings Jr. ; 28. 1s-Beth Bellinger ; 29. 22-Brandon Walters ; 30.19m-Jessey Mueller .
Sears, Barney, Fulton Speedway Winners
FULTON, NY - July 1, 2017 - The Fulton Speedway kicked off July and the extended holiday weekend with a big five division show on the “Highbanks” Saturday night.
The big winners were, Tom Sears Jr. (Modifieds) Jason Barney (ESS Sprints) Alan Fink & Billy Clark Jr. (Sportsman) Chad Homan (Late Models) Jimmy Moyer (Novice Sportsman).
Matt Hulsizer would out race Tim Mayne to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature while two and three wide racing was happening behind the leader.
Hulsizer would open a half a straightaway lead by lap 5 as Tom Sears Jr. was slowly reeling in the leader. Behind the top two Mayne, Katelyn Hile and Tim Kerr were in a close tussle for third through fifth.
On lap 8 Sears was able to catch and drive by Hulsizer to go to the top of the scoring tower.
Sears and Hulsizer were in a two-car breakaway at the front of the field with 10 laps in the books. Mayne, Mike Bowman, Max McLaughlin and teammate Jimmy Phelps were in a tight battle for third through sixth.
A yellow on laps 17 and 20 was the only thing slowing down Sears just before the halfway point.
With 20 laps complete Sears was still clicking off quick laps out front as McLaughlin, Hulsizer, Pat Ward, Chris Hile and Bowman ran nose to tail and side by side for second through sixth.
Over the final laps nobody was catching Tom Sears Jr. as he cruised to his second win of the season. Max McLaughlin, Pat Ward, Matt Hulsizer and Chris Hile came home second through fifth.
Night #4 of the Empire Super Sprints - CNY Speedweek invaded the speedway.
Paul Kinney would grab a half a car length lead over Mike Mahaney to start the 25 lap A-Main
With 5 laps complete, Kinney still held the lead with Mahaney hot on his heels for the top spot. Behind the top two, Jonathan Preston, Jason Barney and Danny Varin were putting on a show of their own in the top five.
On lap 8 Mahaney dove under Kinney exiting turn two as he blasted into the lead.
A yellow on lap 11 would slow the frantic pace throughout the field just before halfway. This would put Barney right with Mahaney for the restart. It would take Barney just one lap to wrestle the lead away from Mahaney.
The rest of the distance nobody seriously challenged Jason Barney as he became the first three-time winner in 2017. Chuck Hebing was the show as he put on a wild drive finishing second followed by Danny Varin, Billy VanInwegen, Mike Mahaney to round out the top five.
Almost 40 SUNY Canton Sportsman were pit-side making the night a two 25 lap full points, full purse features.
In the first feature JJ Courcy would lead the opening lap before Nick Krause was able to drive into the top spot setting the early race pace.
With 5 laps complete, Krause was turning quick laps opening a half a straightaway lead. Courcy, Will Shields, Jessica Power and Jeremy Dygert in his new Hig Fab Chassis battled in the the top five.
At the halfway point Krause was still leading but now had Alan Fink, who started 12th, starting to close, shrinking his lead. Fink would need just three more laps to catch and pass Krause exiting turn four just before a yellow on lap 16.
ust when it looked like Fink would cruise to the win, the final caution waved with three laps to go. Fink would have to deal with invader and always fast Rocky Warner who started 14th.
When the green came back out Warner threw everything he had at Fink but Fink didn’t flinch picking up his second win of the year at Fulton and completing the weekend sweep winning at Brewerton Speedway the night before. Rocky Warner, Nick Krause, Zach Sobotka and Corey Barker finished third through fifth.
Willy Decker Jr. jumped out to the lead in the second 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature and opened a few car length advantage while behind him the racing was as hot as the weather for position.
With 5 laps complete Decker opened a ten car length lead as behind him you could've almost thrown a large blanket over Ryan Hatherill, Chris Cunningham, Tyler Trump, Mike Button and Billy Clark Jr. for second through sixth.
At the 10 lap point Decker, Hatherill, Cunningham, Clark and Ron Davis III were still racing in tight quarters in contention for the win.
The yellow flag wold wave on lap 15 for a third place-running Davis who slowed with a flat. That would take away Decker’s comfortable lead and so would another yellow on lap 20 setting up a 5 lap dash to the checkers.
On lap 21 Billy Clark Jr. would move into second and set his sights on Decker. With one lap to go Clark used the top of the speedway to drive by Willy Decker Jr. for the win. Tyler Trump, Glenn Forward and Chris Cunningham finished third through fifth.
In the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, where the racing was close throughout the field, Matthew Becker looked to be heading to a win but somebody forgot to tell Jimmy Moyer. On lap 10 Moyer made the race winning pass for his second win of 2017. Wesley Hayes, Kearra Backus, Casey Cunningham and Dan Dupra chased Moyer across the line.
Big Block Modifieds 35 Laps) - TOM SEARS JR., Max McLaughlin, Pat Ward, Matt Hulsizer, Chris Hile, Tim Sears Jr., Mike Bowman, Billy Whittaker, Jim Witko, Larry Wight, Andrew Ferguson, Chad Phelps, Katelyn Hile, Adam Roberts, Tim Mayne, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Kerr, Roy Bresnahan, Mike Maresca, Tim Harris, Andy Noto, James Walsh, Tim Murphy, DNS -Cody Graham, Ryan Jordan.
Empire Super Sprints 25 Laps) - JASON BARNEY, Chuck Hebing, Danny Varin, Billy VanInwegen, Mike Mahaney, Matt Billings, Paul Kinney, George Suprick, Jeff Cook, Joe Trenca, Matt Tanner, Mark Smith, Mike Haggenbottom, Yan Bilodeau, Jonathan Preston, Paulie Colagiovanni, Kelly Hebing, Dalton Herrick, Dave Axton, Chad Miller, Emily VanInwegen, Shawn Donath, Scott Holcomb, Coleman Gulick.
Sportsman #1- 25 Laps) - ALAN FINK, Rocky Warner, Nick Krause, Zach Sobotka, Corey Barker, Will Shields, Jessica Power, Mike Phelps, Jeremy Pitcher, Amy Holland, Nate Higgins, Wade Chrisman, Brett Draper, Pat LaPage, Bailer Groves, JJ Courcy, Jeremy Dygert, Colby Herzog, Aron Backus.
Sportsman #2 - 25 Laps) - BILLY CLARK JR, Willy Decker Jr., Tyler Trump, Glenn Forward, Chris Cunningham, Tom Collins, Ron Davis III, Mike Button, Ricky Yelle, Ryan Hatherill, Todd Root, Tyler Thompson, Joey Buonagurio, Kyle Perry, Matt Janczuk, Dorian Wahdan, Torrey Stoughtenger, Dave Rogers, Chris Mackey.
Novice Sportsman 15 Laps) - JIMMY MOYER, Wesley Hayes, Kearra Backus, Casey Cunningham, Dan Dupra, Matthew Becker, Jake Petit, Ryan Gustin, Robert Gage, Tyler Rogers, Tom Juno, Kyle Root, Jake Davis
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