51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, September 14th, 11:30am ET

Sunday Races:

Slinger Super Speedway (WI) - Steve Apel held off Dave Feiler on a green-white-checkered finish set up when the leaders were involved in an incident in the final laps to capture his first career super late model feature victory Sunday afternoon in a thrilling Behling Racing Equipment Season Championship 75 at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Scott Schoeni was the winner of the 30-lap super late model semi-feature, scoring the victory ahead of Josh Wallace and Brad Keith. Nathan Matz and Michael Gunderson were fourth and fifth respectively. Jamie Wallace won the super late model fast dash and Lowell Bennett was the fastest qualifier after turning a lap of 11.502 seconds. Bennett also was crowned the 2009 super late model track champion, his sixth career title.

Jake Vanoskey drove to the victory in the 35-lap late model main event over Chris Blawat and Ryan DeStefano.

Gregg Pawelski took home top honors in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Justin Okruhlica was the winner of the 15-lap Sport Mod feature.

Ryan Farrell held off a late charge from Eric Lingford to win the 18-lap Thunderstock feature.

Joe Lang was the winner of the 16-lap Slinger Bee feature over Carl Benn and Brandon Tackes. Mark Johler and Alex Prunty rounded out the top five. Prunty was also the fastest qualifier at 15.644 seconds. Jay Oelke won the Speedway Guest car event and the Spectator Eliminator race was won by Robert Coffee in his Camaro. Mark Ritger drove to his first Figure 8 feature win of the season to close out the afternoon.

Twin State Speedway (NH) - Bear Ridge Speedway offered up some great racing excitement for its fans Saturday night with "Monza" events for the A Notch Above Limited Late Models and Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes. Plus regular features for the remaining three 99 ROCK weekly racing divisions. Plus SCoNE, Sprint Cars of New England were on site for yet another wild performance. While it was Championship Night sponsored by Upper Valley Stove Co., all of the 99 ROCK weekly racing divisions will be returning for a final points make up race which will determine the overall points standings. For most cases showing up, taking the green, and finishing well will see the points standings remain as they stand, but if a driver doesn't make the final event, anything is up for grabs.

When SCoNE hit the track for their warm up session, rookie driver Dylan Cambel would go for the wildest ride of his short racing carrier. Coming of the back stretch Cambel would ride the back wall jersey barriers and fly from the track taking down half of the billboards, flipping thru the air, landing in a grove of Poplars. Cambel climbed from his car and was pronounced A Okay. When feature time came they would be short one car, but still put on a great show for the fans. They too would run a "Monza" event with two segments. Shawn Lawler claimed the checkers of the first segment with Matt Tanner winning the second. The overall top three were Matt Tanner, Clay Dow in second, and Shawn Lawler in third.

The KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets will see Tom Placey #22 Bradford VT crowned the king for the 2009 season after last night's performance, once again dominating the field. Placey came from deep in the pack and after several laps was able to overtake the point from Michael Pittman, who was having the best race of his career.  At the checkers Placey claimed the checkers for the tenth time. Following him in second was  Bobby Bell #24 St Johnsbury VT and holding on for third, for his first victory lane appearance was Michael Pittman #99 Corinth VT.

The Journal Opinion Fast Fours saw double digits for the car count, and double the excitement for the fans. Steve Bell #10 St Johnsbury VT started on the outside of the front row, quickly took the lead and drove away from the field. Late in the race Andy Johnson #12 Wilder VT was finally able to close the gap, but was unable to make the move for the win. Bell drove home to claim the checkers first this night with Chris McKinstry in the 11 second and Johnson third. Johnson will be on hand the final night as his points lead over Bell is only 32 points.

It was Monza night for the A Notch Above Limited Late Models with three segments being afforded them. Time trials were held for all Monza divisions, and TC Forward #14 Lyme NH earned fast time with his run, putting him on the pole for segment one. Danny Eastman started on the outside of Forward and quickly took control to cruise on for the will in segment. In segment two Eastman would start in the rear, due to field inversion work his way to the front and claim the win. For segment three Will Hull would come home first. the overall top three for the night were Danny Eastman #8 Thetford Ctr VT, Shane Race #22 Strafford VT, and Jason Giguere #23. Eastman has officially locked up this championship, but the battle for runner up thru sixth will go down to the wire.

In the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes Melvin Pierson and Josh Harrington set fast time with a tie, and had to redo their laps. Harrington would come out faster the second time around gaining the pole position. The two would start on the front row and finish that way for the end of segment one. Segment two checkers were claimed by Jeremy Stygles, and segment three by Billy Simmons. The overall top three were Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT, Josh Harrington #71 Topsham VT, Bryan King #X Corinth VT.

A record number of BOND Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds were on hand with nineteen machines on hand for their thirty five lap event. Bryan King #X Corinth VT set the pace with Jack Cook #1nh Moultonboro NH on the outside. King survived three cautions and looked headed to his first win in the division, but a late race babble in turn three left the door open for Cook who drove under King for the lead. While the two battled it out, Chris Donnelly #17 Orford NH was working his way to the front, and late in the race he would be able to make the outside work as he got by the duo for the lead. Donnelly claimed the checkers with Cook holding on for his first victory lane appearance of the season and King in third.

Saturday Races:

Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - Bear Ridge Speedway offered up some great racing excitement for its fans Saturday night with "Monza" events for the A Notch Above Limited Late Models and Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes. Plus regular features for the remaining three 99 ROCK weekly racing divisions. Plus SCoNE, Sprint Cars of New England were on site for yet another wild performance. While it was Championship Night sponsored by Upper Valley Stove Co., all of the 99 ROCK weekly racing divisions will be returning for a final points make up race which will determine the overall points standings. For most cases showing up, taking the green, and finishing well will see the points standings remain as they stand, but if a driver doesn't make the final event, anything is up for grabs.

When SCoNE hit the track for their warm up session, rookie driver Dylan Cambel would go for the wildest ride of his short racing carrier. Coming of the back stretch Cambel would ride the back wall jersey barriers and fly from the track taking down half of the billboards, flipping thru the air, landing in a grove of Poplars. Cambel climbed from his car and was pronounced A Okay. When feature time came they would be short one car, but still put on a great show for the fans. They too would run a "Monza" event with two segments. Shawn Lawler claimed the checkers of the first segment with Matt Tanner winning the second. The overall top three were Matt Tanner, Clay Dow in second, and Shawn Lawler in third.

The KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets will see Tom Placey #22 Bradford VT crowned the king for the 2009 season after last night's performance, once again dominating the field. Placey came from deep in the pack and after several laps was able to overtake the point from Michael Pittman, who was having the best race of his career.  At the checkers Placey claimed the checkers for the tenth time. Following him in second was  Bobby Bell #24 St Johnsbury VT and holding on for third, for his first victory lane appearance was Michael Pittman #99 Corinth VT.

The Journal Opinion Fast Fours saw double digits for the car count, and double the excitement for the fans. Steve Bell #10 St Johnsbury VT started on the outside of the front row, quickly took the lead and drove away from the field. Late in the race Andy Johnson #12 Wilder VT was finally able to close the gap, but was unable to make the move for the win. Bell drove home to claim the checkers first this night with Chris McKinstry in the 11 second and Johnson third. Johnson will be on hand the final night as his points lead over Bell is only 32 points.

It was Monza night for the A Notch Above Limited Late Models with three segments being afforded them. Time trials were held for all Monza divisions, and TC Forward #14 Lyme NH earned fast time with his run, putting him on the pole for segment one. Danny Eastman started on the outside of Forward and quickly took control to cruise on for the will in segment. In segment two Eastman would start in the rear, due to field inversion work his way to the front and claim the win. For segment three Will Hull would come home first. the overall top three for the night were Danny Eastman #8 Thetford Ctr VT, Shane Race #22 Strafford VT, and Jason Giguere #23. Eastman has officially locked up this championship, but the battle for runner up thru sixth will go down to the wire.

In the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes Melvin Pierson and Josh Harrington set fast time with a tie, and had to redo their laps. Harrington would come out faster the second time around gaining the pole position. The two would start on the front row and finish that way for the end of segment one. Segment two checkers were claimed by Jeremy Stygles, and segment three by Billy Simmons. The overall top three were Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT, Josh Harrington #71 Topsham VT, Bryan King #X Corinth VT.

A record number of BOND Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds were on hand with nineteen machines on hand for their thirty five lap event. Bryan King #X Corinth VT set the pace with Jack Cook #1nh Moultonboro NH on the outside. King survived three cautions and looked headed to his first win in the division, but a late race babble in turn three left the door open for Cook who drove under King for the lead. While the two battled it out, Chris Donnelly #17 Orford NH was working his way to the front, and late in the race he would be able to make the outside work as he got by the duo for the lead. Donnelly claimed the checkers with Cook holding on for his first victory lane appearance of the season and King in third.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - As has been the case numerous times this season, Mother Nature took her toll on racing in the Northeast this past weekend. Bethel Motor Speedway again fell victim to rain which caused promoters Dave and Joanne Rocket to make the call to cancel the night's racing program.

The gates at Bethel will swing open for a jam-packed night of racing excitement next Saturday, September 19th. On the schedule are the Sportsman, BMS Modified, ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder classes. They will be joined by the INEX-sanctioned Legends and Bandoleros. Also slated to run are holdover features from August for both the BMS Modified and Street Stock classes. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing slated to begin at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is just $5. For more details and a complete schedule, visit www.bethelmotorspeedway.com.

Caraway Speedway (NC) - Winston Salem’s Brent Weaver wrapped up his second Limited Late Model Stock Track Championship Title with a fourth place finish in the final 30 lap feature of the season.  Thomasville’s Junior Kendrick captured the victory over second place finisher Tony Black Of Lexington (2nd Place in Track Points).  John Gregg of Winston Salem, Weaver and David Adams of Winston Salem rounded out the top five finishers.

The top five in official Track Points Standings for the Limited Late Model were Weaver, Black, Kendrick, Timothy Watkins of Angier and Johnny Henderson of Asheboro.

In the 150 Lap Nascar Whelen Southern Modified Event George Brunnhoelzl III of Concord took home the win.  Burt Myers of Walnut Cove, Frank Fleming of Mt. Airy, Jason Myers of Walnut Cove, John Smith of Lexington, Gene Pack of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, Thomas Stinson, Buddy Emory of VA, Josh Nichols of Conord and Jim Willis rounded out the top ten finishers.

In the 25 Lap Southern Ground Pounders event Robert Isley of Elon captured the win.

In the 15 lap Mini Stock event current points leader Paul Wark captured the win.  John Davis of Lexington, AJ Sanders of Mocksville, Archie Sanders of Mocksville and Matt Brelsford of Winston Salem rounded out the top five finishers.  The final Track points event for the Mini Stock will be next Saturday Night.  Currently Wark, Davis, Brelsford, Gene Adams of Lexington and Michael Kitchin of Archdale round out the top five.

In the 15 Lap Custom Steel Fabricators Super Mini Truck event Glenn Chriscoe Jr of Randleman took home the win.  Sammy Bullins of Asheboro, Jason Poole of Randleman, Wesley Farmer of Randleman and Bradley Gibby of Lexington rounded out the top five finishers.  The final points event will be next Saturday night.  Current top five in points standings are Bullins, Poole, Gibby, Farmer and Chriscoe Jr.

In the 15 Lap Pure Stock event Sophia’s Dave Hammond captured his 12th win of the season.  Perry Hanes, Darrin Free, Justin Smith and Jason Beck rounded out the top five finishers.

In the 10 Lap U-Car event Tracy Hogan of Troy captured his second win of the season.  Zack Bralley of Asheboro, Richard Jones of Lexingotn, Josh Hogan of Troy and Allen Vance of Randleman round out the top five finishers.

Concord Speedway (NC) - Bobby Measmer, Jr. of Concord, driving the #14 Racing Electronics/Carl Rogers & Associates/Thermal Control Products Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS claimed his fourth Hutch/BSR Pro Late model win of the 2009 season Saturday night at Concord Speedway.  Other winners in the Wilburn Auto Body Union County night at the races for the Whelen All-American Series included Steve Ackerly of Medford, New York in the Town and Country Ford Late Models, Jeff Melton in the Coca-Cola Pure Stocks, Adam Welch in the Wilburn Auto Body INEX Thunder Cars and Eric Harrington in the Tim Marburger Honda Fast and Furious Fours.

Cooper Faassen of Monroe claimed the fastest qualifying award in afternoon time trials, but, in the draw, Concord’s Bobby Gill drew the pole position and the much anticipated return of the veteran Gill showed much promise.  Mark Reedy jumped to the lead on the green flag and held on until Gill assumed the point on lap nine.  Gill continued up front until the restart after a caution for debris on the track.  Reedy took up the point again on the double file restart.  Bobby Gill and Cooper tried for the same piece of real estate in Turn One with both cars suffering damage and Gill retiring the #51 Buffalo Wild Wings of Concord entry after the contact.  Faassen continued on sans the nose of the #11.  Reedy led again through lap 53 when Measmer took the lead with an inside move to the line.  Mark reedy claimed second in the #12 MAL Entertainment Ford Fusion with third going to points leader Daniel Johnson in the #7 Checks Cashed Chevrolet.

East Bay Raceway Park - East Bay Raceway Park has been rained out.  A heavy thunderstorm’s moved through the most of the night.

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - A standing-room only crowd packed Flat Rock Speedway Saturday night for the Grillers Select BBQ Sauce School Bus Figure 8 race show.  Perfect weather greeted teams and fans and a great night of racing action, coupled with the destruction of the school buses capped off the event.  Costa Cardasis of Grillers Select greeted the race winners with a case of bbq sauce and trophies, while providing numerous prizes for the lucky number program drawing.

Race Car Bowling was up first and Factory Stock driver Cory McCaughey topped Don Cox and Ken Davis with his side-slamming style of knocking down the barrels, set up in bowling pin order.  Eric Huston cruised to the win in the backup race, while Rich Abel took the Figure 8 boat race over Trina Apperson, Bill Carberry and Amanda Bland.

McCaughey came right back and took the win in the 25 lap ARCA Factory Stock main event, which saw a great finish.  Ken Davis led the first 7 laps, with Jesse Carillo taking charge on lap 8.  The pack battled back and forth for position behind Jesse, with McCaughey breaking loose on lap 11 and getting to the front to take the lead.  Eric Huston was on the charge and reeled in the leader with 10 laps to go, setting up a crowd-pleasing run to the checkered flag.  On the final lap, the lead duo sandwiched the lapped car of Dusty Brunt, with McCaughey going low and Huston to the high lane.  Cory had just enough to take the win, his first at Flat Rock.  Huston was second, Josh Bunting third, Danny Bennett fourth and Archie Padgett fifth, followed by Tim Shine, Matt Ringger, Brian Moore, Mark Davis and Brunt.  Rick Bennett battled with Randy Padgett to the wire to take the 15 lap B Main contest for the class.  Kent Jones, Brad Turner, Andy Holly, Nick Grzesik and Dan Gregg were next in line.  Dave Arnold Jr. set fast time for the 30 car field at 13:811, but had to drop out of the main event with overheating problems.

The Michigan Legends Cars 30 lap main event saw 4 different leaders.  Tony Monge took control on the green flag, which stayed out for the first 19 laps.  Tyler Rycenga dipped under Monge on lap 4 for the lead, only to have Brandon Mahoney grab the top spot on lap 8.  That lead, however, was short-lived as Rycenga came right back to take over the top spot on the next lap.  The red came out at the lap 19 mark when Monge had an engine let go, sending his car into a ball of flames.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  Rycenga had company as his lead was erased, and on the re-start Chance Rice used the stoppage to take a shot for the lead.  Chance grabbed the top spot on lap 21 but Rycenga continued to apply pressure all the way to the finish.  Rice held on to take the victory over Rycenga, Matt Todd, Mahoney, Levi Rouster, Cody Mahoney, Sean McPherson, Roy Nicholson, Tom Lovern and Christopher Porco.  Cody Mahoney and Rice took the heat race wins. 

A combination class of the Street Stocks/Figure 8's were also a part of the race card Saturday night.  The 25 lap main event was a dandy, as a pack of 10-12 cars stayed in tight formation, wheel to wheel for 21 laps straight of green flag racing.  Dave Tanner and David Kind stayed glued together side by side, with heavy competition lurking right behind.  For several laps, 4 rows of 2 by 2 were lined up, battling for position.  Kind nosed out front on lap 21, staying on the outside groove, with Tanner tucked low.  The yellow came out on lap 21 when Dan Ford Jr. and Dennis Whisman got together.  On the restart, Kind again went to the high side and Tanner dove low again, digging hard to challenge David for the win.  The duo raced side by side coming to the checkered flag as Kind held on for his first Flat Rock win.  A great effort by Tanner in the final 2 laps saw Dave make up a least 2 car lengths, but spun coming down to the stripe.  Jeff Kurzyniec took second, Ford Jr. was third, Billy Earley fourth and Regan Ford fifth, followed by Jerry Lee, Greg Studt, Rich Frantz, Jeremy Vanderhoof and Kevin Stepinski.  James Rae took the 15 lap B Main win over Brian Bauman, James Pankow, Jimmy Little, Marvin Krause Jr., Jim Stocker, Chris Diovardi, Stephanie Bradley, Dee Powell and Nick Bradley.  Vanderhoof set fast time for the 30 car field at 13:386.

It was wild, filled with fireworks from atop the Gaddis buses and plenty of demolished school buses.  In a cloud of smoke and haze, Ray Gaddis steered to the win in the School Bus Figure 8 feature.  Although none of the 8 buses got over on their side, the hits were hard enough to wipe out the front ends on pretty much the entire field.  Kevin Rapley coaxed his bus to keep running, the only other one able to move, albeit very little, at the finish.  Kevin Stepinski, Dan Apperson, Danny Gaddis, Dennis Whisman, Jeff Kurzyniec and Jack Franzil completed the field.  The father/son duo of Ray and Danny Gaddis won the heat races.  Bus sponsors included Grillers Select BBQ Sauce, George's Used Cars, the employees of Chrysler SRT, A & M Transmission, Suburban Oil, Sportway Go-Karts/Batting Cages/Miniature Golf/ and the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club.

Indianapolis Speedrome (IN) - A standing room only crowd of Motorsports fanatics saw an incredible display of speed, pageantry, drama, and excitement Saturday night September 12th at the World's Home of the Figure 8®. The night capped off the biggest crossover racing event of the year with the 33rd Annual World Figure 8® Championship. In the end, it was third-generation Fairland, Indiana driver Ben Tunny winning his first World title. The Indianapolis Speedrome® saw drivers and teams from five states on hand for this ultimate 3-hour long Figure 8 test for glory and the first place prize of $20,000. It was full of smashes and thrashes along with an amazing 29 lead changes between seven drivers before one man stood tall.

Illiana Speedway (IN) - Brett Sontag says he built most of his No. 5 Pathfinder chassis at home. Or at least at his shop.

Wherever it races, apparently, it feels at home as well.

For the second year in a row, Sontag, the 2009 Grundy County Speedway champion, beat a field of Illiana Speedway regulars pretty soundly Saturday night in the Tony Bettenhausen Memorial at the ASA-sanctioned half-mile Schererville oval.

Sontag took the lead from Jeff Cannon on lap 26, and held off a late charge from Boris Jurkovic in the 48th running of the 100-lap event, presented by Schepel GMC Trucks.

"It's an honor to win this race," Sontag said afterward. “I was worried about big Boris. He ran me pretty hard.  I’d get out (ahead) on him and I'd start saving my tires.  He’d start catching me and I’d take off again. 

"The car got a little tight at the end there.  I’m glad we didn’t have a yellow (caution period at the end).  It would have been exciting between me and Boris.”

Track officials rescinded a planned lap-75 caution period due to three yellow flags that had already stopped the race before lap 50. The decision denied Jurkovic a final chance to restart on Sontag's bumper.

“I thought we were going to get that 25 lap to go caution," Jurkovic said. "I kind of saved up (my tires) a little bit and let him get away.  When it didn’t happen (the caution), I tried to catch back up to him.

"We could get there a little bit.  We leveled off and he had a heck of a race car.  We were really good and he was just that much better.  He’s a heck of a race car driver.  Brett Sontag can drive a race car.”

Track champion Cannon took the lead from Mike White on lap 21, but only stayed in front for a short while. He finished third behind the winner and Jurkovic.

“We’ll take third tonight with Sontag and Boris (out there)," Cannon said. "I knew five laps into the race the car was going to be tight.  We kind of struggled just to stay in the front. 

"We ran the wheels off of it and gave it our best shot.  (Brett) Sontag is one of the best in the business.  With the crate motor, I think he can save his tires a little bit more maybe.  It was a good run.  We’re happy with third."

Dave Gentile was fourth, followed by Matt Kocourek and John Nutley.

Jack Kalwasinski won his way into the event by capturing the last-chance race over Marc Hankosky. Anthony Danta and Josh Nelms won heats.

Track titlist Bill Serviss took the top spot from Tony Meier on lap 15, and went on to beat Chris Woodall by 0.650 seconds in the turbo stox main.

First and second in the final points standings, Alex Arelano and Chris King finished the same way in the Legends main, while pure stocks champ Tim Cronin prevailed in that division's special feature.

Irwindale Speedway (CA) - Nick Joanides clinched his second consecutive NASCAR ACDelco Super Late Model division championship, TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale’s premiere division. Joanides of Woodland Hills also clinched the NASCAR California State Championship and finished third in the NASCAR Whelen All-American National Championship standings.

Lanier National Speedway (GA) - While the memory of a dear friend was on the hearts and minds of every racer who competed Saturday evening at Lanier National Speedway, the racing action was intense and exciting, just the way that James Garrison would have enjoyed seeing. The air was electric and excitement was at an all time high as 128 teams packed the 3/8th’s mile asphalt oval as the NSCAR Whelen All-American Series ran for the final time during the 2009 racing season for the James Garrison Memorial 100.  As the Pro Late Model division had the $5,000 prize to drive for, the 11 local divisions were having the race to the championship.  On hand to enjoy the evening’s events was Ninth District Congressman and Governor hopeful, Nathan Deal.       

As twenty four cars took the green flag for the James Garrison Memorial 100, in the Pro Late Model division, Shane Sawyer was on the pole, with Casey Roderick starting on the outside front roll.  Fastest qualifier, Chase Elliott stated 4th, as he earlier in the day had to roll the die to determine where he would start his #9 Aaron’s Dream Machine, Bill Elliott Racing Ford machine.  He circled the track with a time of 13.936.  Paul Kelly started in the third position.  Roderick rocketed from the outside front row to take the early advantage from the field, as he took the early lead, with Sawyer, Elliott, Kelley, and Whorton the top five at the completion of lap one.  The caution flag would make it’s first out of five appearances of the evening, when on lap 8 Shane Nalley’s Nicholson Tire and Auto Chevrolet spun exiting turn two.  Roderick lead the field back to the green, as his #19 Cork and Keg, Fredrick’s Jewelers, Bill Elliott Racing Ford was strong on the straightaway’s, but Sawyer’s #38 Quality Concrete Toyota had the advantage in the turns.  Sawyer would use that to his advantage, as on lap 16, Sawyer was able to get to the inside of Roderick and make the clean pass entering turn one, and claiming the lead.  

On lap 20 Dalton Grindle’s machine spun on the back straightaway, as the caution appeared for the second time.  Grindle was unable to continue the race, due to a broken rear end gear, shorting the evening for the Jim Waters Motor Company, Gainesville Motor Sports Chevrolet team.  Coming back to the green, with the field taking the green double file, Roderick took the advantage on the outside line over Sawyer on the inside, as he would lead the next sixteen laps.  Lap 36 saw Shane Nalley spin his Chevrolet machine in turn two, bunching up the field, and giving Sawyer and Roderick another chance to see who the strongest car.  As the green flag waved, the Toyota of Sawyer out powered Roderick’s Ford, and lead the remaining 64 laps, claiming the checkered flag, trophy, and the $5,000 top prize.  Roderick, Elliott, Kelley, and Jeff Choquette rounded out the top five.

In the Super Truck division, points leader Paul Antley, has had a season that most racers could only dream of having.  Entering his 14th race of the 2009 season, he has recorded 11 wins and 13 top 10’s.  Antley started the event on the pole position after he circled the 3/8th’s mile asphalt oval with a qualifying lap of 15.245 seconds.  Team owner and friend Curt Britt strapped in for his third event of the year and started on the outside front row.  When the green flagged waved, Antley took the advantage over the nine field of trucks and didn’t look back to claim the checkered flag and the 2009 Super Truck Championship. 

Jason Bates entered the Open Wheeled Modified Division with his championship already wrapped up, and was racing for his 13th win of the year.  Jimmy Motes and Brian Cantrell started on the front row for the 20 lap feature race, with the car of Motes taking the early lead.  Entering turn three on lap six, Motes’ machine broke loose, and spun, while the machines of Alex Roberts, and Bates spun to avoid him.  Motes would fight back to finish second while Randy Haney would capture the win, his third of the season.

Mike Davidson made a return to Lanier after a four week absence to capture his 10th win of the year in the Iceman feature.  Davidson captured the championship as well, as holding off Hoyt Stephens, David Murphy, Chris Holbrook, and Sammy Short to round out the top five for the 20 lap feature.  Mark Caudell started on the pole position in the Sportsman feature, and never looked back to take the checkered, as he won the caution free 20 lap event.  2009 Sportsman driver Jeff Chadwick finished second, with Pro Late Model driver Russell Fleeman strapping in the #20, finishing in third position, with Bryan Jones, and Jackie Daniels rounding out the top five.

James Nash lead flag to flag to capture his third win of the season winning the Mini-Stock feature.  Rounding out the top five for the event was Spanky Hicks, Allen Cantrell, Aaron Calvert, and Trace Embry.  Steve Hill came home with a sixth place finish, and the 2009 champion for the Mini-stock division.

In the Pro Challenge division, Kyle Benjamin led the nine car field to the green, while Jacob Wallace started on the outside front row for the 25 lap feature.  Benjamin, from Easley, SC, dominated the event and collected his eighth victory of the year, while Brady Boswell came home in second place, but left with the big trophy as he claimed the Southern Division Pro Challenge Championship. 

As the month of October approaches, the field for the INEX Legends keeps expanding, as teams from across the nation make the voyage to Braselton, GA, in preparation for the 18th Annual Raceiver Legends Nationals on October 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The format for the Nationals is broken down into four divisions, Young Lions, Semi-Pro, Masters and Pro divisions.  With the format in mind, and an excess of legends competitors Lanier National Speedway officials decided to branch out and run the Young Lions division as a separate division, instead of mixed in with the semi-pro division.  The Young Lions division is made up of racers aged 12 to 14 years of age.

When the field of 17 young lion’s legends took to the track for their 20 lap feature took to the track, it wasn’t long before a familiar fan favorite would take the spotlight.  Tyler Lester and Harrison Rhodes lead the field to the green, with Rhodes making the outside line stick and leading the field to the completion of lap one.  On lap four, a familiar blue and white #9 made it’s appearance on the bumper of Rhodes, as Chase Elliott behind the wheel of the #9, made the clean pass around Rhodes and captured the top spot.  On lap 13, the Tyler Lester machine appeared to get loose in turn three and turned sideways.  When he slowed to regain control of his car, the swarm of vehicles around him attempted to  clear his machine.  In the mayley, seven machines were involved in the incident, which blocked the track, and the red flag appeared.  Thankfully everyone climbed from their cars, without any injuries.  When the cleanup crews left the track, the green flew, and it was Chase Elliott taking the win in the Young Lions division, his second appearance at Lanier in a Legends machine.

Another competitor doing the double, running in the Pro Late Model race, and getting ready for the Legends Nationals is Casey Roderick.  Roderick took the lead on lap two in the Legends Pro and Master combined division race to record his second legends win of the season.  Currie Pierce finished ninth overall to capture the Pro championship title, while Jeff Haynie won the Masters division race, and Phillip Young finished 10th overall to capture the Masters Championship.

In the Legends Semi-Pro division, Cody Haskins started on the pole and never looked back as he captured the checkered in the nine car, twenty lap feature.  Kyle Plott captured the 2009 Championship.  In the INEX Bandolero division, Dalton Robertson took home the overall win, along with the Young Gun division win, also the title of 2009 Bando Young Gun division Champion.  In the Bandits division, Rusty Sutton collected the win, while Kason Plott finished 11th overall, but collected the Championship for his division.  Garrett Smithley collected the Outlaw win, and championship, by being the only Outlaw driver to compete at Lanier all year.

In the Street Stock division, the 10 car field took to the 15 lap feature with Mike Childers taking the point on lap four, passing Robert Cantrell for the lead.  Mike held on for the remaining eleven laps to hold on to capture his ninth win of the year, along with the championship.

Monroe Motor Speedway (LA) - Mother Nature moved in to take the checkered flag at Monroe Motor Speedway Saturday night. It was a slushy Saturday, so to much despair of management, the races were cancelled.

Motor Mile Speedway (VA) - Phillip Morris clinched his seventh Late Model Stock Car title at Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday night by finishing second to Wayne Ramsey in the feature race.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Reigning champion Linny White regained the top spot in the Super Late Model point standings and Don Minut won the Pro 4 championship Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.

White, of Colton, went into the 11th of the 14 races for the class trailing Riverside’s Mark Shackleford by 4 points and left the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval 4 points ahead after he won the 50-lap main event and Shackleford finished fifth.

White drove his Excel Bed Liners Chevrolet to an 0.558 of a second win over Brett Edwards of Yucaipa, with Highland’s Glenn Cummings third and Jim Conklin of Big Bear City fourth. It was White’s fifth win of the season.

Minut, of Moreno Valley, left no doubt about who had the best car in the sixth and final race of the year for the Pro 4s. He qualified his Ford Fusion on the pole and won the 35-lap main event by two laps over David Glidewell of Riverside. Minut won the title by 14 points over La Quinta’s Keith Blomgren.

Jesse James Lawson of Big Bear City got his third win in eight starts in the San Bernardino Pick-A-Part Street Stock class, beating class leader Johnny Russo of Big Bear City by 0.398 of a second.

Racing at Orange Show Speedway will resume Oct. 3.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - That first time was no fluke. Tommy Ricker returned to Oxford Networks Late Model victory lane on Championship Night.

Travis Adams wrapped up his fifth division title with an eighth-place finish.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - On a night that champions were crowned at the Rockford Speedway, it was only fitting that the man who fell just short so many times captured his second consecutive title by finishing in the bridesmaid’s position. Jerry Gille held on tight Saturday night, holding off a hungry “Driver X”, Jon Reynolds Jr., as well as the seven-time track champion Ricky Bilderback to successfully defend his Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models crown and firmly entrench himself in the Rockford Speedway history books. Gille witnessed a powerful Reynolds Jr. drive to victory in the race, as he finished second to clinch the championship by 19 points over Bilderback and 25 markers over “Driver X”. In an even tighter points battle that came down to the last lap, Doug Bennett finally broke through on the high-banked quarter mile, edging out Fred Nason by a scant two points to claim his first career championship in the Bargain Hunter Sportsman. With Bennett riding around on six cylinders and mired in fifth, Nason had to win the feature to win the title but came up just short, finishing third. George Sparkman clinched his fourth Budweiser American Short Trackers title in the last eight years as his brother, BJ Sparkman, won the feature. Another family affair stole the Mtn Dew RoadRunners show, as Bobby Frisch claimed the championship while his brother, Charlie Frisch, collected the feature victory.

Owosso Speedway (MI) - It was the 2009 Season Championships at the Owosso Speedway on Saturday, September 12th on Sponsor Appreciation Night as a whopping 111 cars swelled the pits and the very vocal and near capacity crowd on hand were treated to several highlights including the crowning of Five Track Champions and Rookies of the Year.  2009 Owosso Speedway Track Championships belong to Ed Young Jr., Bill Luckhurst, Tony Basalone, Jimmy Stratton, and Shaun Conner.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - With a steady diet of rain falling on Saturday, September 12, 2009, speedway management was forced to cancel the events scheduled. With this cancellation, that leaves one more race in the chase for the 2009 championships. . As of this writing, there has been no make up date set for the Pro4 Modifieds, or the Pro4 Powder Puff Race for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Race Against Cancer.

Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - In spite of all the efforts made by Volusia Speedway Park Officials and Staff and the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series staff, Mother Nature won tonight at Volusia Speedway Park.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl has cancelled tonight’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program due to weather.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing resumes next Saturday, September 19 for a five-division race program headlined by the open-wheel SK Modifieds.


Friday Races:

Five Flags Speedway (FL) - Johanna Long, the teenage driver from Pensacola, won Friday's Pro Late Model race.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Once again, Mother Nature forced the cancellation of a Seekonk Speedway Fast Friday event. With the cancellation of 9/11, the schedule shows one last show on Friday 9/18. On this night, the 2009 Fast Friday Champions will be crowned.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Friday night's races at Stafford were rained out.

Unity Raceway (ME) -  Scott Modery of Hermon prevailed in a wild Late Model feature race topping the card at Unity Raceway Friday night. Modery took the lead away from Winterport’s Joey Doyon, then survived several restarts, mostly up against eventual runner-up Ajay Picard of Palmyra.. Dylan Turner of Freedom bounced back from early troubles to claim the third-place trophy. Point leader Frank Moulton of Burnham was fourth under the checkered flag, followed by Chris Doucette of Casco.

Donnie York of Thorndike had been oh so close to winning a Super Street division main event all season long, especially on the previous week’s racing card when he lost the lead to Holden’s Steve Moulton just a few feet from the checkered flag. Friday night York held off a fast-closing Moulton to earn that trip to victory lane. Moulton was the runner-up in the 25-lapper, held over from a partially rained our racing program earlier in the season. Point leader Kris Watson of Hermon was third across the line, followed by John Kalel II of Orrington and Steve Rackliff of Starks.

Watson romped to an easy victory in the regularly-scheduled Super Street feature.  Moulton was again the runner-up, with York following his victory up with a third-place run. Ed ‘Fubby’ Drake of Vassalboro and Brian Fortin  of China rounded out the top five.

Andy Turbovsky of Winslow outgunned point leader Carl McAlpine of Burnham on a 32nd-lap restart and held on to the top spot for the rest of the special, 50-lap Wildcat division feature race. McAlpine helped his championship quest with a runner-up finish, with third-place hardware earned by reigning division champion Dustin Hubbard of Unity. Luke Rickards of Anson and Brent Chase of Burnham were fourth and fifth in the finishing order.

Steve Rackliff of Starks powered past early race leader Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan and drove to victory lane following the Late Model Pro Four feature race. Corey Walker of Augusta chased Rackliff in the closing laps but had to settle for runner-up honors. Greg Cummings of China finished third, with Lancaster hanging on for a fourth-place finish in front of Oakland’s Reggie Bickford.

Bob Grady of Pittston led wire-to-wire to score his second win of the season in the Monsta Mini class. Behind him, top-five positions were changing on every lap and as the checkered flag flew Dylan Lancaster of Skowhegan was the best of the rest, with Kyle Gallant of Veazie finishing in third position.Rick Grant of LaGrange and Zach Audet of New Sharon rounded out the top five.

Mike Mason of Skowhegan held on to win the Flyin’ 4 division feature over a fast-closing Pete McCollett of Readfield. Chris Williams of Oakland, in his most impressive run of the season, claimed the third-place trophy. Thomas True of Wiscasset finished fourth in his first Unity Raceway appearance of the season, with the top-five filled out by Winterport’s Chelsea Young.

Molly Feeney of Hope added to her division-leading total of victories in the Ladies division main event. Winterport’s Chelsea Young was closing in on Feeney, but ran out of time and had to settle for second at the finish line. Point leader Shelby Kimball of Cornville was third under the checkered flag, with the top-five rundown completed by Becky Elston of Carmel and Kayla Allen of Bucksport.

Bradley Bosworth of Cornville led from flag-to-flag to earn top honors in the Teen Thunder division. Daymon Dodge of Troy claimed runner-up honors, with third-place laurels earned by 2009 division champion Brooke Getchell of Pittsfield. Jayson Bosworth of Cornville finished in fourth position, followed by Kayla Chesley of Skowhegan.

Nicholas Landry of Anson outran Chris Burbelo of Frankfort and Jason Dow to win the Enduro race. Alex Fernald led several laps in that race before mechanical difficulties sideline his ride.


Thursday Races:

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - A full-slate of NASCAR All-American Series racing was on tap at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday night. Six different drivers graced victory lane during Thursday Night Thompson Thunder. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, made it look easy as he earned his fifth Sunoco Modified feature win of the season. Rick Fuller of Auburn, MA, scored a much-anticipated victory in the Super Late Model division. Tommy O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, made it two-in-a-row in Late Model action.


Wednesday Races:

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Dan Brown, Todd Hall and Jim Davis, Jr. all won Outlaw races on Wednesday night at Oxford.  Tim Hart and Troy Jordan won in the Runnin' Rebel division.  Spencer Morse won the Renegade feature, Corey Williams won in the Sport Truck division and Dottie Patria won the Ladies race.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl concluded its Wild ‘n Wacky race season with Jason Palmer in victory lane again in the Legends Cars, capping his championship season.  The other four champions were crowned.   Tyler Chalue was the Bandolero track champion, Patrick Williams won the X Car title, John Yagmin was the Super X Car champ, and Dean Christensen rounded out the championship teams in the X Modified division.



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