51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, November 2nd, 12:45pm ET

Sunday Races:

Indianapolis Speedrome (IN) - The sun shined bright on the World's Home of the Figure 8® Sunday afternoon. The Speedrome kicked-off November with round three competition in the 13th Annual Fall Festival series. The five classes in action were the Peters Auto Service Hornets, Stocks, Roadrunners, Faskarts, and Junior Faskarts. We saw drivers and teams jockey for position in the coveted championship with just two rounds remaining after this event. This day could put a racer in title contention or leave their hopes home.

The Peters Auto Service Hornets had their largest Fall Festival field on hand this Sunday. Heat race one saw former Modified ace Rob McCalister Sr victorious over Mike Poynter Jr. The second affair had Jess Holliday win ahead of Robert Eversole. The final tester had Casey Davis take gold over Junior Lemasters. The feature began with pole sitter Devin Barry heading the way as the race started in the clockwise direction. Eversole soon blasted to the lead and set sail. The race came down to red for a stalled car and a change in direction. Robert reestablished the lead and cruised to victory. Lemasters was the runner-up with Thomas Mullins a strong third.

The Stocks continued their reign as the elder statesman of the Fall Festival series this day. Heat race one saw veteran “black” Jack Smith victorious over oval specialist Dean Mehaffey. The second stanza had Buddy Tabor power to the win ahead of Scott “scooter” Keen. The 25-lap main event launched with the double-deuce of Keen resuming his lucky streak taking the lead. Tabor settled into second as a war was raging close behind. Mehaffey and Chad Sizemore were the combatants in this quest for the final podium spot. The two made contact sending them for a spin near halfway. Keen clicked off some strong laps rolling to his third win of the year. Tabor was the runner-up with Nigel Peters primer powering his way to third.

The Junior Faskart division continued the changing of the guard during this year's Fall Festival campaign. The young drivers were first on the track in a preliminary heat race. Brian Vogel Jr snagged the checkered flag over pure rookie Anthony Mathis out of the Foster Racing stable. The agenda showed a 20-lap main event next up for the drivers. Josh Vogel grabbed the lead on the first orbit. He soon saw his brother up to battle for position. Brian took over leaving Josh to race with point leader Quentin White for second. That pair put on a show as Brian Vogel Jr drove to his first career feature victory. White slipped to second place late with Josh Vogel third.

The Roadrunners drove into round three with the closest title battle on the property. There were just a couple of points separating the top few in the standings. The afternoon began with preliminary heat action. Second-generation driver Henry McDougalle Jr was first to cross the finish line over two-time Stock champion Speedy Teepe. The feature saw “wild thing” David Lee Byrd pacing the talented field of racers around the famous fifth-mile. He had heat from teammate Herbie Conrad over the 20-lap distance, but was able to hold on for the victory. Kevin Smith drove his machine to third place at the checkered flag.

The Indy Faskarts came into Sunday looking to de-throne the “king of the mountain” Josh McQueary. Recently crowned regular season champion Jon Farina made the initial attempt in the heat race, but it was to no avail as Josh took the win. Next, it was time for the 20-lap main event. Two drivers heeded the challenge in this contest. First to try was Ryne Friederick before Farina made his final try. But, it was the #11 machine of McQueary rolling to his third straight victory. Farina was second with Friederick third.

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Enduro drivers took to the speedway Sunday for the Mountain Madness Enduro Series’ “Halloween Screamer” Sunday at Sundance Vacations Speedway. The final event of the season showcased enduro talents through out the tri-state area. With double-points on the line, Joe Jentile of Bedminster, PA reined following post race tech to the 6/8-cylinder victory and Sam Ryan of White Haven barely held off his competition to earn the 4-cylinder verdict. Greg Harris of Long Island scored his first career Trophy Truck victory.

Rich Paciotti led the 6/8-cylinder field to the drop of the green flag in the 150-lap Halloween themed event and was quickly overtaken by Dominic Ranieri.

With Ranieri being score as the leader, Ed Brown, Jr. worked into the second spot, followed by Joe Jentile, Kevin Nowak and Keith Frankenfield.

Jentile disposed of Brown and overtook the race leader on lap 34. At that point in the race, a hard charging Elliott Wohl sat in the third spot and Shawn Gallucci cracked the top five.

Jentile looked untouchable in the early going, but Wohl began to reel in the leader. With only 13 laps remaining, Wohl overtook Jentile and began to drive away from him.

Wohl crossed the stripe for what appeared to be his first enduro victory. However, the winner failed post race inspection and Jentile was awarded the victory over Brown, Frankenfield and Mike Parisi.

Untouchable this season, Jentile was victorious in six of seven events. His worst finish was second, which helped him earn his second straight title in the division.

After starting on the pole, Brandon Brown led the opening lap of the 150-lap four-cylinder event. Sam Ryan took command before the second lap clicked off with Mark Foreman, Charles Barbeisch, Jr. Brown and Denise Siegel in tow.

Foreman hounded the leader and kept him in sight as green flag racing continued and with only 24 laps complete, Tony Rispin had worked into third.

Foreman overtook Ryan for the lead near lap 30, but Ryan regained the spot several circuits later. Meanwhile, Siegel began to make her presence known and moved by third by lap 55. Bill Price, Jr. cracked the top five and ran in the fourth position.

Siegel’s day came to an end when her engine expired on lap 88. Meanwhile, Dave Bentley, Jr. began his run toward the front-runners.

Glued to the leaders back bumper over the closing laps, Foreman attempted several ‘bump and run’ maneuvers on Ryan, but the leader held his position.

Ryan cruised on to take the checkered flag over Foreman, Bentley, Price and Rispin.

With six top fives and seven top tens this season, John Saccomandi of North Whales, PA took his first career division title.

Kevin Nowak led the largest Trophy Truck field of the season to the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap event. Greg Harris held second, followed by Bryan Kelly, Hank Hallock and Shawn Wanat.

Harris hung with Nowak in the early going and then a lapped truck came into play. Nowak had to slow and Harris grabbed the lead on lap 10. Kelly snuck by to take the second spot.

Problems struck both Kelly and Wanat, and they were forced to pit before the conclusion of the event.

Meanwhile, Harris began to put some distance on hi competition and took his first career Trophy Truck victory over Nowak, Hallock, Frank Katona and Jeff Gregor.

Saturday Races:

East Bay Speedway (FL) - The Limited Late Models had a chance to strut their stuff as the division faced a long distance race, going 25 laps as opposed to their usual 15. John Bradley and Tom Evonosky got their night started right with heat race wins. At the start of the feature, attrition started to show early as single cars were dropping from the field. As the race entered the late stages, Phillip Cobb appeared on the way to an easy win. The best battles were taking shape inside the top five with positions changed every other lap. The checkered came down with Cobb in Victory Lane. While Cobb was driving in the Late Model feature, the tech man took a look at the car and found aluminum trailing arms and that tossed out the win. The victory was credited to Forrest Gough, giving him his second win of the year. Alex Boerner, Jason Pope, Ricky Land and Bradley scored the top five.

The afore-mentioned Late Model race was a 25-lapper with a field of 20 taking the green. Jeff Mathews grabbed the race lead and looked to be on his way to another win. Jack Nosbisch Jr. had other ideas, going to the high side on a lap 22 restart to sweep past Mathews for a popular win.  Mathews scored second, ahead of Philip Cobb, Jimmy Waldrop and Travis Varnadore. Heats were taken by Cobb, Al Larson, and Paul Gibbs

Jeff Mathews had competed in three divisions and scored the feature in the Gagel's Open Wheel Modified to keep from being shut out of Victory Lane. Mathews was able to grab the victory ahead of John Bradley, Roger Crouse, early race leader Kyle Bronson and Jamie Burrows. Heats went to Shane Burrows and Scotty Williams. 

Thomas Pratt notched his second win for Street Stocks with a convincing late race pass. Buck Skinner charged from deep in the field to finish second ahead of point leader Donnie Reed. Steve O'Lone came from a start in the back to get fourth with Buck Woodhouse claiming fifth. Reed, Skinner and Andy Lee triumphed in heats.

Robert Kissam was one of five drivers who had three feature wins in the motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bomber action for 2009. Now, he leads the pack with a fourth victory, gained Saturday night. The closest pursuer was 16-year-old Dalton Epps, who brought his ride home second. Wayne Kissam started 14th and finished third. Roland Price grabbed fourth, ahead of Darrell Taylor. Raymond Vann, Kelli Hill and Epps had heat wins.

ASA sanctioned racing resumes at East Bay Raceway Park Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at 6:30pm.  On tap will be the South Shore Auto Sales Late Models, Q Auto & Injury Attorney Limited Late Models, East Bay Sprints, Outlaw 4s, Street Stocks and motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers. For more information call the track office at 813-677-7223 or visit us on the web at www.eastbayracewaypark.com.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - The final race weekend of the year at Mahoning Valley Speedway fell victim to the weather as persistent rain was all around the Lehighton area throughout the morning and with heavy precipitation expected by the early afternoon, track promoters Doug and Gena Hoffman had no other choice but to cancel.

There will be no more racing as the season is now concluded.

Hand 5 of the Mahoning Modified 100 Poker Series was to be held as well as the postponed final point Street Stock feature from July 25, a Street Stock 100 lapper plus a Dirt Modified show.

While the Poker Series, which carries a jackpot of $5000 that will be shared by the top three drivers who gather the best poker hand, is still to be decided, the decision has been made for that event to be run as the first race of the 2010 season opener on a date to be named later.

Meanwhile Randy Ahner, Jr., has been crowned the 2009 Street Stock champion. Although he and Shawn Sitarchyk were tied in points heading into Saturday’s make-up race, Ahner was rewarded the title by virtue of his heat race finish from July 25. Those heat points were figured in after today’s races were called.

On July 25 Ahner won his heat and gained six points on Sitarchyk who did not tally any markers that day.   

The next event will be the annual Awards Banquet set for Saturday evening, December 5 at the Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton. Cocktails start at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $55 a person and include a sit down meal, open bar, dancing and lots of fun! There are a limited number of tickets this year so it is advised to reserve as soon as possible.

To order banquet tickets please call 610-398-4923 or email glhoffman@rcn.com

Friday Races:

Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - In spite of only eleven cars entered for the 100 lap EERY Enduro at Volusia Speedway Park, General Manager Tonya Moschell did not cut the purse of $2,000.

"We really expected more of a turnout lik6e last year, but somehow there was a miscommunication of the cars that could race keeping some of the best drivers at home.  But in spite of all that, Dalton Strehle ran home and got his 4 Cylidner Challenger and ended up $2,000 richer at the end of the night."

"Hopefully by not cutting the purse, drivers will see that no matter what happens and how few cars do show up, Volusia Speedway Park stands by it's word always and this will bring more cars next time."

The eleven cars started from a dead standstill on the green as James Strehle took the lead on the green followed by Randy Strehle, Tom Parker, Davey Wolf and Dalton Strehle.  Garrett Stewart, normally drives a Sportsman, had a problem before the green ever waved with a leaking fuel tank.  Stewart was taken off the track and started at the very rear off pit road on the green but still had problems and was unable to race.

With any enduro, the dead cars are left on the track unless they are in a position deemed harmful to the driver.  This left the #L9 of Stewart and #77 of James Strehle stuck on the track.  Dalton Strehle took little time before he had the point over Randy Strehle, Wolf, Charles Creech and Jason Tovet.

Davey Wolf does a quick 360 in turn 4 but continues on as Tom Hughes has a flat on his ride.  Hughes takes the #11 into the pit for a quick tire change as Strehle continues his lead over Randy Strehle, Tovet, Tom Parker, and Wolf.  By lap 11, Dalton has lapped the entire field putting everyone a lap down.

By lap 14, it is Dalton, Wolf, Randy Strehle, Tovet and Parker leading the way.  Lap 18 sees Tom Hughes rejoin the field after his pit stop for a flat tire.  By lap 23, Dalton has lapped all cars but the second place car of Wolf putting everyone two laps down to the leader.  Lap 26 sees Parker put the heat on Tovet and takes over fourth as Tovet goes to fifth.  It is now Dalton, Wolf, Randy Strehle, Parker and Tovet.

By lap 28, Dalton is getting closer and closer to Wolf, putting him two laps down.  By lap 32, Dalton has passed Wolf putting him two laps down to the leader.  All thru this, Tovet has his windshield wipers going full blast as he cannot see anything out of his windshield.  By lap 36, Dalton has lapped the fifth place car of Tovet making him three laps down to the leader.

Lap 41 sees Parker pass Randy Strehle for third as Dalton continues to lead the way over Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle and Tovet.  One lap later, lap 42, Parker and Randy Strehle are side-by-side once again for third but Parker holds his grounds and maintains the position.  Lap 43 Dalton passes the third, fourth, and fifth place cars putting them now three laps down to the leader.  It is Dalton, Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle and Tovet.  One lap later, Dalton has a good one quarter track lead over Wolf who is still two laps down to the leader.  And all the time, Tovet has his windshield wipers going strong.

Halfway point - red flag as the cars are realigned for the next fifty laps in the reverse position.  Dalton is in need for gas but under the rules, gas cannot be added during the red flag.  Dalton did not even have his car at the track and once he found out that he could race it, flew home to get it without adding gas from the last race.  This means that the leader must stop during a green flag lap to gas his car.  Although you must remember, he has a two lap lead over the field.

It is a real challenge now since cars are not use to going in the opposite direction around the track now drivers.  Will they stand up to the challenge??

Once again on the green, Dalton jumps to the lead over Randy Strehle, Wolf, Parker and Tovet.  Lap 51 sees Parker do a 360 on the frontstretch but is able to continue on and keeping his fourth place position.  Garrett once again tries to take the #L9 on the track and once again it faulters, unable to race.  In the meantime, Wolf puts the heat on Randy Strehle and takes back second.  Lap 56, Tovet dies on the backstretch and is out of the race.

Dalton, who is very low on fuel, takes his ride into the pits for gas on lap 59 as Wolf takes back his lap and is the new leader on lap 61.  But as fast as Wolf got the point, he loses it on lap 62 as he spins as Randy Strehle takes over the point.  But it is a short lived feat as Dalton comes back and retakes the position over Wolf, Parker, Randy Strehle, and Scott Brumfield.

Wolf and Dalton do some hard racing, especially since it is for $2000, as Wolf takes back the point on lap 68.  Tom Hughes at this point has no left rear tire left and is racing basically on the hub but racing.  By lap 73, Wolf has built a thirty car lead over second place Dalton.

Lap 73 sees James Strehle retire his ride once again as it is smoking badly.  James had problems in the beginning and now again at the rear.  By lap 76, Dalton begins to reel in Wolf, trying to retake the point as Wolf has about a two car lead over Dalton.  The top four cars are almost tail to tail as they go for the gold.  It is Wolf, Dalton, Parker, Randy Strehle, and Brumfield.

Lap 79 sees Dalton pull to the tail of Wolf but Wolf holds on.  Lap 81 sees Parker spin in turn 3 and obviously cannot refire the car.  It is now Wolf, Dalton, Randy Strehle, Brumfield and Adam Cody.  By lap 84, Wolf has lapped the fifth place car of Cody.  Suddenly on lap 85, Wolf is out.  Wolf limps his car to the pits with a fire under the hood as Dalton once again takes over the point followed by Randy Strehle, Brumfield, Cody and Tom Hughes.

Dalton Strehle takes the checkered winning $2000 with a car that he got to the track at the very last minute.  Following Dalton to the checkered was Randy Strehle, Scott Brumfield, Adam Cody and Tom Hughes.

No one brought trailers for the twisted trailer race so that was cancelled however Charles Creech and Adam Cody ran a two lap reverse race with Creech winning due to Cody having problems getting his car to drive in reverse.

Volusia Speedway Park will be closed during the month of November with the Volusia Speedway Park Night of Champions on November 21.  Volusia Speedway Park will return to racing action on December 10, 11 and 12th with the Convention Holiday Classic.

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