51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, July 6th, 9:30am ET

Sunday Races:

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) -
Shawn Martin didn't go away by any stretch of the imagination, but he endured two winless Oxford Networks Late Model seasons in 2007 and '08 while Travis Adams and Ricky Rolfe dominated the division.

Martin applied the exclamation point to Sunday's Maine State Lottery Fireworks Night, passing both of those tormentors - including Adams on the outside as the leaders charged to the white flag -- for his first checkered flag since September 2006.

Skip Tripp had a shadow named Mike Short for most of Sunday's 50-lap opener in the Agren Appliance Summer Slam.

But it was Tripp beating Short to the finish line and in the race to become the first Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock three-time feature winner of the season.

Justin Karkos didn't need the help, so drawing the word "pole" when everyone else plucked a number from the bucket as part of Sunday night's Summer Slam lucky draw pretty much sealed his fourth Allen's Mini Stock win of the summer.

Chris Burgess has been chasing that elusive checkered flag in his right hand for five-plus years of OPS competition. Everything finally fell his way in Sunday's Chimney Tech Outlaw 'A' feature.  Josh Childs is 3-for-5 in his new division after winning the 'B' main.

Want to beat Dottie Patria in an Allen's Ladies feature? Better get here on Wednesday. Patria pulled off her third Agren Appliance Saturday Showdown victory of the summer in a special Sunday edition.

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Reno Gervais “The King of the Kingdom” of Island Pond, VT took home his first career Late Model  win in the 50 lap main event during Thunder Road’s 50th Holiday Celebration on Sunday, July 5th. Gervais is a former two –time NAPA Tiger Sportsman champion has returned full-time to Thunder Road for the 50th Anniversary Season.

Gervais held off another former NAPA Tiger Sportsman champion Craig Bushey on the final restart of the race and didn’t look back. Bushey would hold on for second followed by Jamie Fisher, Matt White and Rich Lowrey to round out the top five. Nick Sweet, Cris Michaud, Trampas Demers, Joey Becker, and Dave Pembroke filled out the sixth through tenth positions respectively.

Washington’s Ricky Roberts scored the victory in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman feature from his tenth starting division. Roberts received no pressure from second place finisher Brian Delphia as he won going away. Delphia took over second late in the race and held off third place finisher Jeff Bousquet. Bousquet was chased to the line by Brendan Moodie and Pete Ainsworth rounding out the top 5. Tom Therrien finished sixth followed by his brother Bobby Therrien, Joey Laquerre, rookie Erik Steel, and Tim Potter rounding out the top ten.

The Allen Lumber Street Stock/Power Shift Junkyard Warriors Main Event lacked in the Warrior department as no Warriors qualified for the first time this season. Tim Campbell of West Topsham took home the win followed by David Allen and Ron Gabarre with podium finishes. Bruce Melendy and David Greenslit completed the top five while Vern Woodard, Mike Martin, Lloyd Blakely, David Whitcomb and Greg Adams rounded out the top ten.

The top three in the Reserve Feature were Lloyd Blakely, Josh Lacourse and current Allen Lumber Street Stock point leader Jason Corliss. All three took advantage of their opportunity to transfer to the Main Event.

No Power Shift Junkyard Warriors managed to qualify for the Main Event so Kevin Streeter of Waitsfield was crowned the highest finishing Warrior with his 7th place finish in the Reserve Feature. He was followed by Donnie Yates and Josh Erwin who finished 8th and 9th respectively in the Reserve.

Saturday Races:

Airborne Speedway (NY) - Patrick Dupree gained 15 positions on two restarts during the first six laps, then passed Leon Gonyo for the lead on lap 16 and sped off to a convincing win in the Ernie’s Tools Modified 30-lap Mayor’s Cup event at Airborne Speedway. The win was Dupree’s second of the season and it brought him within four points of point leader Martin Roy, who started 17th and finished 7th. “You have to try and get it done early,” Dupree said. “I could put the car anywhere tonight and I was able to take advantage of a couple of openings on the outside. That was fantastic.”

Gonyo was able to hold off a charge from third-place George Foley. Chris Cayea of Mooers got around Maxime Viens in lapped traffic on the white flag lap for fourth – his best finish of the year. Viens of St Cesaire, Quebec, landed his first top-5 of the year. Positions 6-10 went to Matt Woodruff, Roy, Aaron Bartemy, Don Scarborough and Greg Atkins. Thirty-one Modifieds started the race.

The J&S Steel Sportsman feature was in doubt until the final lap. Sixty-two year-old Bill Sawyer of Milton, VT and defending champion Bucko Branham went wheel to wheel for a dozen laps without ever separating by more than a half car-length while Chris Reeves and Skip Liberty tracked close behind. Sawyer and Branham swapped the lead twice before Branham twitched and lost ground on the white flag lap and Sawyer spun out opening the door for Reeves who shot under them both and came away with his first career win. Liberty got up for second - Branham settled for third.

Mike Terry of Grand Isle won the Renegade feature by eight car lengths over Ken St Germaine of Ausable Forks and Ken Davies of Saranac. Dave Rabtoy finished fourth at Davies’ rear wheel. Josh Allen placed fifth.

Rick Doner of Ausable Forks won the NAPA Mini Modified feature with point leader Bill Thwaits perched on his bumper. Dustin Duvall was third. Jayson Blondo of Champlain won the Bomber feature.

Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - Bear Ridge Speedway 99ROCK weekly racing series sponsored by Dennis Preston Builder looses out to Mother Nature. Persistent showers on and off all day proved to be too much for track preparation, and after giving it a valiant effort, Promoter CV “Butch” Elms conceded that it would take too long to get the track into racing conditions. All fans with their ticket stubs and competitors with their wrist bands will be able to get in this coming Saturday July 11, 2009 for the Mekkelsen RV Midseason Championship Night.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Eddie Redner's transition from dirt to asphalt came full circle this past weekend at Bethel Motor Speedway, as he led from start to finish in the 25-lap feature on his way to victory in the Sportsman class. It was no easy task for Redner, who had to contend with last week's feature winner Dom Roselli and points leader Dan Conklin in order to claim the win. Roselli and Conklin finished second and third, respectively.

Bringing home the win in the BMS Modified feature eased the pain of last week's blown motor somewhat for Jim Fugel, who ran the race with a borrowed motor under the hood. Fugel was declared the winner of the race, with Skip LaPolt second in his first time ever racing in the division.

The ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock feature was won by Mark Sylvester, his first victory this season. Like Redner in the Sportsman division, Sylvester had to fend off challenges from multi-time 2009 feature winners to grab the checkers. Joe Barnes finished second, with Jesse Hilger third.

For the second week in a row, Vinny Stanton Sr. claimed the win in the Street Stock division, followed by Gary VanOrden and Kevin Skelly. Joe DeGracia took down the win in the caution-free Legends feature event. The dirt vintage modified race was won by Raymond See Sr.

In 4 Cylinder action, Ed Lindstadt won in the Senior class. The holdover Junior feature from the previous week was won by Jonathan McGibbon, while Billy Curry won the night's regularly scheduled event. Mike Houghtaling took the checkered flag in the Expert class.

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Jeff Maran took advantage of a blocked track at lap 209 after a sensational battle with Dave Arnold Jr. for over 100 laps and sped to victory and the $1000 payday in Saturday night's 250 lap Enduro race at Flat Rock Speedway.  Eric Hoffman captured the MCR Dwarf Car feature, Brad Turner took the ARCA 4 Cylinder main and Steve Matusiewicz won the Figure 8 Boat race as the track celebrated the 4th of July holiday.

Indianapolis Speedrome (IN) - The Home of the World Figure 8® has unfortunately had to postpone tonight's 63rd Annual Casse Family Fireworks extravaganza. Mother Nature has pelted the Speedrome with heavy downpours all day with the forecast continuing to be doom and gloom the remainder of the evening. This has forced a rearrangement in the schedule for the upcoming few Saturday events. The Fireworks program will now be next Saturday July 11th. That night will also see the Jiffy Lube Late Models, Trackside Race Car Parts Stocks, Peters Auto Service Hornets, and Roadrunners competing on the oval before the evening capper Firecracker 50-lap Figure 8.

Lake Erie Speedway (PA) -  The Fourth of July spirit was in full swing at the Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday night, which was presented by Kwik Fill Night at The Races plus Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza. Over 4,650 people were in attendance for the 4th of July races.

Brandon DeBrakeleer won the Boyer RV Center Bandolero feature, Mike Neubauer won the feature race for the Jensens Target Collision Compacts, Jeff Campbell won in the Street Stocks, Steve Sunday won in the Career Concepts Legends feature, Randy Culver won in the Dodge Modifieds and Will Thomas won in the Plyler Overhead Door Late Models.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - Palmerton’s Chip Santee was in the right place at the right time as he went from sixth to first on final lap in the Modified feature at Mahoning Valley. Santee was able to sidestep a wild last lap crash of the front runners and drive to his first win of the season. Likewise with Bill Teel and Rick Reichenbach who took second and third.

Lonnie Behler took the white flag as the race leader but hot on his heels was Tom Flanagan and John Bennett. As the trio headed into turn three Flanagan tried to get a run underneath Behler but the rookie, who had led from lap seven, was holding his line when suddenly Flanagan clipped him on his left rear.

That sent Behler spinning. With nowhere to go Bennett veered hard into the outside wall. Also collected in the mayhem were Mike Quinn and Kory Rabenold. Flanagan and Behler were sent to the rear while Santee emerged as the new leader.

For Santee the win was very emotional as he stood in Victory Lane with tears of joy. Prior to the start of the season he had lost close friends Kieth Kocher, owner/driver and car owner Dale Beers.

“Hollywood” Todd Geist of Lehighton recaptured the glory of winning as he drove to his first Late Model win since April 16, 2005.

Brian Labar of Lehighton parlayed his pole starting spot into his second Street Stock win of the season. Labar went all 25-laps virtually uncontested as he raced to a nearly 2-second win over Kristy Morone Arthofer.

In the make-up Street Stock feature from June 13, Randy Ahner, Jr., of Jim Thorpe, passed TJ Gursky for the lead on lap seven and stayed in front the rest of the way for his second win of the season.

The Pro4 Late Models saw a wild last lap dash to the checkers between division top guns Jeremy Miller and Kevin Graver, Jr. with Miller of Walnutport coming out on top.

Finally! After numerous runner-ups and near misses, Randy Thomas of Palmerton finally got the chance to grace Victory Lane in the Dirt Modifieds.

Mike Carroll, Jr., of Coopersburg, scored his second INEX Legends car win of the season, passing Justin Grim on lap seven and then cruising on to the win.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Due to heavy afternoon rain and an ominous forecast until the early evening hours, Oxford Plains Speedway has rescheduled Maine State Lottery Fireworks Night for Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

The race schedule remains the same, with the pit gate opening at 3 p.m. Fireworks will begin after dark and near the end of the race program. Five divisions will be in action, highlighted by Triple 50s for the Oxford Networks Late Model, Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock and Allen's Mini Stock divisions as part of the Agren Appliance Summer Slam.

Speedway 660 (NB) - Mother nature has not been to kind to us lately as it has rained on our parade or so to speak the past couple weekends.  She did not win this weekend.  All week the forecast has been showing rain for this weekend.  Track officials made the decision to wait until later in the day to make the decision whether to race or not to race. The right decision was definitely made as the races went on and what exciting racing it was.

It was the first FANFEST 2009 presented by Sojourn Signs + Weekly Racing event at Speedway 660 and it was a huge success.  Drivers, crews and race fans of all ages were admitted into the track for FREE. This was a great opportunity to show appreciation for all the support that the drivers, crews and fans show each and every week.  I

In the Coast Tire Street Stock division, Rick Cashol came out strong winning his heat, dash and feature and taking home the Robin’s Inn Hat Trick Award.

In the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Division, John Rankin was the big winner of the evening.

In the Irving Lubricants ProStock division, Robert Tomlinson came out strong in the heat until the last lap when Brad Mann took the lead and went on to win the race. 

Wall Stadium (NJ) - The fireworks were literally on the speedway Saturday night (July 4) at Wall Stadium as Howell’s Jimmy Blewett in the Modified 40-lapper and Tinton Fall’s Carl Thomas in the “BT Memorial 50” lap Street Stock race took down emotional wins on the Independence Day weekend Able Ford Subaru Racing Series card.

In the Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modified race, Anthony Sesely of Matawan was the early leader, but Blewett wasted little time in charging to the front. A major crashed stopped the race cold on lap five when several cars piled up on the back stretch. The cars of Freehold’s Steven Reed and North Haledon’s Chris Hamilton got the worse of the exchange, but no injuries were reported.

Once back to action Blewett needed just a few laps to charge to the front on the inside lane before racing to the convincing win over Sesely, Chas Okerson of Freehold, Brick’s Robert Geibel, who was running his first Modified race, and Manchester’s Scott Riggleman wrapped up the top five.

Thomas’ win in the Street Stock 50-lapper was emotional due to the fact that the race was a memorial to his late father, Bobby Thomas, who passed away a year ago. With his family in the grandstands to cheer him on, Carl Thomas started a sparkling red No. 11 in the fourth starting spot and roared into the lead on lap 10. From that point on Thomas had the race well in hand.

At the finish Gregg Miranda of Hazlet was the runner-up, with Elliott Wohl of Freehold, third and early race leaders Nick Gargiulo of Allenwood and Howie Conk of Jackson fourth and fifth.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Waterford Speedbowl celebrated the nation’s birthday in grand fashion, hosting the 12th annual Pepsi 300 on a beautiful summer evening.   The Speedbowl’s division points leaders in the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions each performed up to their lofty status.  Keith Rocco checkered the SK Modified race, Bruce Thomas Jr. won in the Late Models, and Danny Field was the Mini Stock winner.   Ronnie Oldham finished in second in the Street Stocks, while it was Walt Hovey taking down the event win.

Friday Races:

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Bradley Babb won his first career Pro Series event on Friday night during a special 50-lapper for the division at Beech Ridge.  Babb held off Mike Rowe, Aaron Ricker, Bill Rodgers and Miek Maietta, Jr.  PASS Notth regular DJ Shaw finished sixth, ACT Rookie Joey Doiron finished 10th and part-time PASS North driver Jay Sands finished 16th.

Lyman McKeage won the Wildcat feature while Ray Letellier won the Roadrunner feature.  It started to rain towards the end of the racing program and the Sports Series feature was washed out.

Madison International Speedway (WI) - Call it “Racing and Booms” at Madison International Speedway as a large crowd witnessed the perfect combination of excellent racing and an awesome fireworks display courtesy of ThunderCat.

Scott Broughton and Jeremy Miller each won a feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models tonight as part of the MIS Fireworks Extravaganza.  Michael Heelein (Brown Heating and Air Conditioning Area Sportsman), Bobby Selsing Jr. (Weaver Auto Parts Hobby Stocks), Gary Stark (International Four Cylinders), and Bob Heine (Grand National Vintage) also picked up feature wins.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Kyle LaPier had the right idea in mind on what to do after a late caution flew in the Budweiser American Short Trackers headliner tonight. “Hammer the gas pedal and go.” A late race crash bunched the field up putting the Sparkman brothers on LaPier’s back bumper but he managed to keep them in his rearview mirror all the way to finish, collecting his second feature win of the season at the Rockford Speedway. The “Franklin Flyer”, Bill Prietzel, held off a late race charge from Matt Pate for the first open-wheeled Modified feature victory in five years on the high-banked quarter mile. “Rambo” Rick Corso and Allen Bekielewski also picked up feature wins on the evening.

Scotia Speedworld (NS) - Kevin Robar won in the Miller Tire Lightning Division, Brian Watson won in the
Lockhart Truck Center Hobby Stock Division, Derek MacCallum won in the Miller Tire Thunder Division and the Legends race was ended 5 laps into the Main Feature due to fog at Scotia Speedworld..

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway provided fireworks on the track and in the air with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program that paid tribute to the Fourth of July Independence Day holiday.  Ted Christopher drove to his second victory of the 2009 season and his third overall win in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Jim Peterson took down his first win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Brit Andersen scored his third win of the 2009 season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Shawn Thibeault picked up his first career victory in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande  picked up his first career victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature a week after his twin brother won his first career DARE Stock feature.

Toledo Speedway (OH) - Perfect weather conditions greeted a good crowd that gathered for the return of the USAC National Sprint and Midget tours to Toledo Speedway Friday evening.   Ron Hemelgarn, the 1996 Indy 500 winning car owner and a local area businessman, spoke to the crowd in pre-race ceremonies.  The race card was sponsored by Hemelgarn Racing and Super Fitness.  Bobby Santos III and Bobby East picked up the feature wins.  Jim Young, who set fast time in the very first race at Toledo 50 years ago in 1960, sang the national anthem and received a rousing ovation from the fans.

Unity Raceway (ME) - Josh St.Clair of Liberty celebrated Independence Day Eve with a wire-to-wire, 75-lap Late Model feature race victory Friday night at Unity. The third-generation Liberty racer, and grandson of
multi-time Unity Raceway track champion Dave “Boss Hogg” St.Clair, also drove to victory lane following the 25-lap main event for the Super Street division.

Jimmy Dennis of Benton scored a wire-to-wire victory in the 20-lap Late Model Pro Four main event.  The Wildcat division main event featured a three-car contest for supremacy with Burnham’s Carl McAlpine coming out on top.  Mike Wilson of Chelsea continued to dominate Monsta Mini division competition with heat and feature race victories.

Shadow Folsom of Skowhegan drove from deep in the starting lineup to victory lane in the Flyin’ 4 division’s 20-lap feature event. Mika Wilson of Chelsea joined her dad on the list of winners for the night, claiming victory in the 15-lap Ladies race.  Bradley Bosworth drove from the back of the starting lineup to the
front of the field, winning his third consecutive Teen Thunder division main event.

Due to an unfavorable forecast for thundershowers and soggy infield conditions, the fireworks display scheduled for the July 3 racing program was postponed until Friday, July 10  It will also be Unity
Residents Night at the Raceway, with hometown residents admitted to the grandstand area at half-price Friday night.

Thursday Races:

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - The Thursday Thunder race card was rained out on July 2nd.  Next Thursday's event, July 9th, hosts an autograph session with drivers immediately following the night's racing.

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - The rains that have dominated the New England weather picture for the past six weeks struck again in Thompson, CT causing the  cancellation of the July 2nd race program.

Due to the number of events that have become the victim of Mother Nature’s wrath, Thompson officials have added a complete race program to what had been an open date on the track’s original schedule.

Thursday, July 9th, is a brand new date on the Thompson schedule. That event will include all six of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions and will be the night that the Sunoco Modifieds run the 50-lap race scheduled for Thursday, July 2nd.

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - The Pepsi Holiday stock car racing program set for Thursday, July 2 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl is postponed due to rain. The fireworks planned will be moved to the last Thursday Night of the 50th Anniversary Season, August 27. The next event at Thunder Road will be the 50th Anniversary Celebration with WDEV’s $5,000 worth of fireworks in 50 seconds this Sunday, July 5.

The “Nation’s Site of Excitement” will continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Season with a special event this Sunday, July 5. The four-division card will be capped off with $5,000 worth of fireworks in 50 seconds sponsored by WDEV. The gates will open at 4:00pm with ticket prices set at $9.50 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12 and $20 for a family of any two adults and two kids. Post time Sunday will be at 6:00pm.

Wednesday Races:

Caraway Speedway (NC) - The 3rd Annual Rusty Harpe Memorial presented by Lewis & Daggett Attorneys At Law was a huge success, despite a small rain storm.  “The Reidsville Rocket” Two-Time Champion Jason York captured the $300 Bud Pole Award.  Winston Salem’s Jerame Donley earned the $200 Outside Bud Pole Award.  After  a mandatory re-draw of the top six qualifiers Troy’s Tommy Lemons Jr sat on the front row along side of Charlotte’s Forrest Reynolds.

On the start of the 200 Lap event in memory of former competitor Rusty Harpe, Lemons took the lead  and brought the 27 car field around the track.  On lap 23 Reynolds took the lead from Lemons.  On lap 105 Two-Time Champion Travis Swaim of High Point put his Chevy in front of the pack.

Swaim would be challenged by Walnut Cove’s Alex Yontz, whom had worked his way up the field from the rear, the two would battle side by side for several laps.  On lap 193 Yontz would earn the top spot and continue leading as Swaim and Donley battled for second.  When the checkered flag flew Yontz was the first to reach it, earning himself and car owner William Barber $10,000.  Swaim, Donley, Chuck Crump of Star, Dan Moore of Bear Creek, Jimmy Wallace of Lexington, Randy Benson of Rockingham, Lemons Jr, Kris Bowen of Mooresville and BJ Mackey of Rock Hill, SC rounded out the top ten finishers.

In the 50 Lap Late Model Super Truck event Jeff Garrison of Clemmons took home the win.  Joe Heigl of Raleigh, Destry Gardner of Asheboro, Gene Kepley of Lexington and Nick Freeman of Archdale rounded out the top five finishers.
In the 30 Lap Limited Late Model event Brent Weaver of Winston Salem captured the win.  Junior Kendrick of Thomasville, Tony Black of Lexington, Christian Pahud of Charlotte and Taylor Doggett of Hickory rounded out the top five finishers.

In the 20 Lap U-Car event Asheboro’s Zack Bralley took home the win.  Josh Hogan of Troy, Allen Vance of Randleman, Derrick Thomas of Asheboro and Zack Moore of Troy rounded out the top five finishers.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) -   This week's Wednesday night Oxford Acceleration Series event was rained out.

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