Updated - Monday, April 12th, 11:00am ET
Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) - Dustin Ash won tonight's crash-filled 40-lap NASCAR Super Late Model feature at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ash's first victory of the 2010 Whelen All-American Series was no walk in the park as the main event was riddled with mishaps.
The first stoppage came on the opening lap when Fabian Bray, Cheyanne Schindler and Jeff Bargerhuff crash on the front straightaway. Following a complete restart, David Anderson led the field until lap 4 when Scott Gafforini motored past. Ash moved into second place on lap 23 and set his sights on Gafforini.
Ash drove under Gafforini in Turn 1 on lap 28 to take the lead, only to see the caution flag fly again for a multiple-car spin in Turn 4. On the restart, Glen Burke and opening-night winner Robert Ewing crashed in Turn 4. On the next restart, Burke - an innocent victim for the third time in one race - crashed in Turn 2 with Bear Rzesnowiecky, Steve Anderson, Casey Kingsland and NickHalen. At this point, one-half of the 20-car starting field was eliminated. Ash held off Gafforini and 2009 champion Jeff Connors for the victory.
Austin Farley won the 30-lap USAC Midget feature over Bobby Runyan and Eli Schrock. Eight-lap USAC Midget qualifying heats were won by Sean Buckley and Jessica Clark.
Mario Opipari passed race leader and opening-night winner Vinny Raucci on lap 22 of the 25-lap NASCAR Charger feature and went on to record his first win of the 2010 campaign. Raucci made one final attempt to retake the lead in Turn 4 with the checkered flag in sight, but Opipari held him off. James Wingard finished third.
Chris "Spanky" Bosley collected his first Thunder Roadster checkered flag, edging opening-night winner Bob Dresser and Hohman for the victory.
The long tow from Kalispell, Mont., paid off for Wrango West as he won the 17-lap, 32-car Legend Cars feature. The race was shortened to 17 laps due to the time limit. Robert D'Ambra was scored in second place and Justin Irwin was third. Australia's Bronson Butcher braved a tough night and finished 27th.
Christian Glass won the Bandolero Bandit feature over Chris Trickle and Vincent Raucci Jr. The 12-lap Bandolero Young Guns feature was won by Jacob Tilton ahead of Christian Warren and Michael Morris.
Cameron Hayley won the Baby Grand National feature, which was shortened from 30 to 23 laps due to the imposed time limit.
Dylan Cruz won the Legend Cars Developmental feature ahead of Nikky Saxon and Andrew Muscanell.
Caraway Speedway (NC) - Kernersville’s Mack “Spudman” Little continues to dominate victory lane capturing his second consecutive Nascar Whelen All American Series Sportsman Feature at Caraway Speedway. He also captured the Bud Pole Award. Josh Lowder of Randleman, Tommy Neal of Walkertown, Dan Discepoli of Greensboro, Jay Dalton of Liberty, Wayne Hill of Winston Salem, Jeff Garrison of Clemmons, Steven Truell of Lexington, Gary Ledbetter of Thomasville and Ronnie Clifton of Winston Salem rounded out the top ten finishers.
In the Twin 25 Lap Late Model Super Truck events Randleman’s Buddy Allred took home both feature wins. Jimmy Wallace of Reedy Creek (Pole Winner) finished second in both, followed by Jeff Garrison of Clemmons and Rookie Brandon Burr of Asheboro, Randy Dunn of Carthage rounded out the top five finishers.
In the 20 Lap Mini Stock event AJ Sanders of Mocksville captured his second win of the season. Michael Tucker of Thomasville, John Davis of Lexington, Andrew Sanders of Mocksville and Stephen Sanders of Lexington rounded out the top five finishers.
In the 25 Lap Street Stock event Bobby Grimes of High Point took home the win. Michael Worthington of High Point, John Chatman III of Sophia, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington and Wade Beavers of Asheboro rounded out the top five finishers.
In the 25 Lap Legends event Chad Finchum took home the win over Keven Wood. Sean Shalvoy, Luke Demis and Drew Denham rounded out the top five finishers.
East Bay Speedway (FL) - “This one is for my dad,” were the words of Limited Late Model racer J.R. Prather Jr., who returned to Victory Lane for the first time since his father, a long time supporter of East Bay, passed away a little more than a year ago. “I tried so hard last year and this is a new year. I was thinking of dad when I crossed the line.”
Prather's win came from the outside pole of the 15-lap main. “When you're in the position, you have to seal the deal,” he said. Prather grabbed the lead from the start to back up his heat race. Alex Boerner was thrilling the crowd with his outside runs that moved him into second place by lap 9. Boerner put the pressure on, but Prather was focused on hitting his marks. Boerner kept second as Forrest Gough rallied from an earlier spin for third. William Hampton and Daniel Woody rounded out the top five. Phillip Cobb joined Prather as a heat race winner.
Matthew Haynes became a double winner in the Outlaw 4 class, backing up his win from two weeks ago. Haynes went wire-to-wire in a caution-free affair. Brian Danforth, Billy Howard, 2009 division champion Stephen Hohlbaugh and Charlie Staats completed the top five. Chris Zimmerman and Howard were heat winners.
Roger Crouse made an outside pass on race leader Buzzie Reutimann and parlayed it to his second straight Gagel's Auto Parts Open Wheel Modified victory. “He has a lot of experience here,” said Crouse of Reutimann. “I tried the outside and it was faster. I can't believe I passed Buzzie Reutimann outside.” No one else passed Reutimann as he took second, ahead of John Bradley, Bobby Dixon and Austin Sanders, who started 12th in the main. Reutimann and Dixon took preliminary wins.
Former asphalt racer Jeff Rodgers has taken a liking to dirt track racing. Despite starting in the back, Rodgers slipped past race leader Garry Sheffield on the eighth lap and held on to claim his first-ever dirt win in the Street Stock class. Clarence Pratt made a last lap pass on Buck Woodhouse to finish second. Fourth went to Sheffield and former feature winner Thomas Pratt claimed fifth.
Defending champion Jim Baker vaulted from the pole to claim a feature win in the motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers. Elliott Morgan added another top five to his resume with a steady second place. John Detamore rallied back to take third, ahead of Jimmy Williams and Patrick Tabb. Roberto Morfin Jr. saw a top five taken away when he refused an engine claim. Baker, Morfin Jr. and Detamore won the heats.
Collin Kruse topped the 10-car field in the Dirt Dauber finale, despite a spin on lap 10.
K-C Raceway (OH) - Three veteran drivers took home the top billing during Saturday night’s victory lane celebration in the season opener at Jeff and Vickie Schrader’s K-C Raceway. R. J. Conley, Wheelersburg, Ohio claimed the inaugural running of AMRA Late Models, while the AMRA Road Warrior Challenge for Advanced Services Modifieds saw former South Dakota driver and Zanesville, Oho transplant Rick Aukland take the win. Jamie Adams, Laurelville, won the Dan Reno Hobby Stock feature.
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - David Ross said Orange Show Speedway is the kind of race track where a driver can have a lot of fun.
That’s easy to say when you’re winning, of course, and Ross is two-for-two in 2010 after capturing Saturday night’s 50-lap Super Late Model main event at the ASA Member Track adjacent to the National Orange Show.
Ross, the leading qualifier with a lap at 13.063 seconds on the quarter-mile oval, started his Lucas Oil/E.R. Block Plumbing Chevrolet Impala eighth in the 17-car field, but was in the top five after 5 laps. He was third after 10 laps, second after 15 and in the lead for good on lap 21, when he got by pole-sitter Jake Engle.
Engle stayed in close proximity until lap 36, when he yielded second place to 2009 champion Mark Shackleford, but Shackleford never was able to mount a challenge for the lead and took the checkered flag 0.772 seconds behind the 20-year-old plumber from Colton, Calif.
Cary Cecil, of Corona (Ca.), set a track record in qualifying and drove away from the field in the 35-lap main event for the Interstate Batteries Factory Fours, winning by 4.12 seconds over San Bernardino High School teacher Kim Marzullo.
Cale Kanke, of Frazier Park, went from the front to the rear to the front again to win a sparsely-populated but entertaining 25-lap race for the Budweiser Legends Cars. Leading qualifier Ryan Cansdale, of Laguna Beach (Ca.), dominated the 20-lap M.C. Erectors Bandoleros main event and Mike Brinegar, of Garden Grove, who pressured apparent winner John Gudmestad throughout the 20-lap feature for the Stock OHV Karts, was awarded the win when Gudmestad was disqualified during the post-race inspection.
In the first of the main events, 78-year-old Shelby York, of Placentia (Ca.), drove his Offenhauser to a win in the 12-lap race for the WRA vintage Midgets, and the 12-lap Sprint Car contest went Richard Mastroleo, 73, of Azusa, in his Chevrolet V8-powered entry.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Before the start of the season’s opening event at the Rockford Speedway, Chris Czaszwicz noted the warm weather; the sunny skies proved to be a good omen as Czaszwicz burned up the rubber on Saturday afternoon, kicking off the historical 63rd season at the high-banked quarter mile with a convincing victory in the Stone & Double T 200-lap enduro.
The opening event of 2010 featured an impressive field of drivers hailing from four states as 70 cars took the green flag from starter Dave Sankey. Nobody eased into the brand new season as the early action was fast and furious.
Beauty contest winner Samantha Brannam, whose car was adorned with a birthday cake on the roof, faced early troubles and retired along with a host of other cars. The early attrition included the race’s celebrity guest, Jim Stone, who came home 45th after being forced to retire due to a faulty transmission on lap 32.
“My goal was to finish the enduro,” a disappointed but smiling Stone said after the race. “We gave it our best shot and even beat up on some cars out there but the transmission failed me.”
Also retiring early was Stone’s partner-in-crime, Captain Jack, who came home in 55th place after his transmission let go on lap 16. Captain Jack met his pre-race goal of surpassing his previous best of 12 laps completed, managing to top that total by a mere four circuits.
Stone’s radio co-host, Double T, was unable to compete due to injury.
“When you’re out there, you’re just having so much fun and you’re giggling like a schoolgirl,” quipped Double T. “I look forward to returning next year and kicking everyone’s tail.”
The early lead was claimed by Jarrod Sutherland who paced the field over the opening 41 laps. Former race winner Mike Jucius inherited the top spot after Sutherland was forced to make a rendezvous with his crew. Jucius fended off Jay Orr’s challenges over the next ten laps before mechanical failures relegated both drivers to the pit area.
At that point, Chris Czaszwicz seized his opportunity, jumping to the top of the scrap heap and holding off a hungry Jim Klingel as the attrition-laced field maneuvered to the halfway point.
After a short break, 30 cars returned to the track for the final 100 laps and met a new challenge: the Monza course featuring a chicane on the backstretch.
Czaszwicz eased his margin further over the next 50 laps as Klingel felt the heat for second from 2009 Goblin 250 winner Scott Dixon. Klingel’s day came to a crashing halt on lap 160 when his tire came unglued on the chicane, pushing Dixon into the bridesmaid’s position.
Czaszwicz needed his cushion to hold off the hard-charging Dixon, collecting the first trophy of the 2010 season at the Rockford Speedway.
“I have to thank my crew, my family, and my friends,” an exhausted Czaszwicz stated in victory lane. “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and it feels great to get this one in the bag.”
Becky Roth rallied to finish third, while Ralph Markham and the highest finishing automatic, Dale Markham, rounded out the top five.
Ron Schilling took home the honors for top wagon while Rich Blakely collected the prize for the highest finishing minivan. Tyler Andrus had a stellar day, taking home the top spot amongst the five drivers competing under the age of 18.
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - In conjunction with pole day qualifying, a handful of 6/8-cylinder cars and trucks took to the asphalt at Sundance Vacations Speedway Saturday for round no. 3 of the Mountain Madness Enduro Series. When it was all said and done, Rob McCormick found himself a lap ahead of the competition, as he took the checkered flag for his first enduro win of the season.
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, running for a new team at Thompson for the 2010 season and the defending track champion, was back to his old and winning ways; scoring a victory in the first race of a weekend twin bill for the Sunoco Modifieds. Rocco jumped from his pole starting position to lead the opening laps.
After the events first and only caution on lap one, leader Rocco had plenty of company from Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink and Ronnie Silk. Danny Cates quickly joined the mix. The top-five ran nose-to-tail as the edged away from the rest of the field.
With ten laps down, Christopher began to pressure Rocco for the top spot. Silk ran in third followed by Cates and Pennink, who was beginning to fall back. At halfway, Christopher continued to dog Rocco as the duo entered lap traffic. Silk and Cates ran in close proximity. Christopher looked low on Rocco lap-after-lap in turns one and four but could not muster up a pass.
On lap 18, Christopher got up along side of Rocco. The two went wheel-to-wheel with Christopher leading lap 19 by inches. The two continued to run side-by-side for the distance of lap 20 before Rocco was able to take the regain the top spot. Silk, too, was able to get by Christopher. Over the final two laps, Rocco edged away from the fierce battle for second. Christopher was able to motor by Silk for the second spot as they exited turn four while Rocco ran unchallenged to the checkers.
Breaking from tradition, the Super Late Models were the second of the twin bill on Saturday. (The Late Model division has traditionally run on Saturday.) Defending divisional champion, Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, bested the strong field of Super Late Models in convincing fashion.
Pole sitter Larry Gelinas suffered mechanical failure on a lap two restart handing the lead over to Ramstrom. Dennis Maxfield took up pursuit in the second spot with heavy pressure from Mike O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan was able to make the pass on Maxfield on lap seven and immediately began to cut into Ramstrom’s lead. The battle for the fourth position began to heat up between Steve Desmarais and Norm Wrenn.
At halfway Ramstrom’s lead had diminished to five car lengths while Maxfield ran a distance back. Desmarais still had his hands full with Wrenn. The distance between the lead Ramstrom and second-place O’Sullivan had stabilized.
With only a handful of laps remaining, Wrenn was able to get by Desmarais. He was immediately able to run down Maxfield; but ran out of time. Ramstrom headed to the victory followed by O’Sullivan, Maxfield and Wrenn and Desmarais.
Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Race fans had to know up front that they would get plenty of excitement and entertainment when they saw the Daytona Dodge-Chrysler Late Models and Budweiser Modifieds were running on the same Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park. But they quickly discovered that the Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks, Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants Thunder Stocks, and the 4 Cylinder Challengers, all create their own special brand of excitement as well, as Monster Energy Drink Night cranked up the action at the south's fastest half mile.
The Budweiser Modifieds saw "Big Mac" Charlie MacNichol fall by the wayside early during heat racing, while Jeff Mathews firmly planted himself in the front row for the feature event, just outside of pole sitter Traver Boettcher. And as soon as the green waved the "Repo Man" shot the 33 car into the lead and remained there despite a valiant effort by Jimmie and Jamie Carter to get past him. Jamie Carter had started in the 7th position and worked his way to second when some late race cautions bunched up the field and gave him a few good shots at Mathews. Carter could get his car alongside of the 33, but Mathews proved a tad too tough to tame. Jeff Mathews scored the win while Jamie Carter was a close second and Jimmie Carter rounded out the top three. Rob Underwood managed to finish in the fourth spot while James Smith got a top 5 finish as well.
Miss VSP 2010 Emily Chaney did the honors of waving the green for the Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks and the second feature race of the night. Billy Medders led the field to the green flag but Mike Tovet seized early control of the race and fought to hold off a three wide challenge on the backstretch. That challenge failed to sort itself out in turns 3 and 4, and the resulting contact brought a caution and sent Pat Buckley to the pits on a hook. Tovet would later develop problems and eventually leave the race as well a few laps later. As Tovet faltered, Trevor Gamble took advantage and grabbed the lead, refusing to relinquish it until he saw the checkers waving. Phillip Brown gave chase, then late in the race had to fend off a hard charging Bubba Christian who suddenly barreled into the top three.
While Trevor Gamble finished first and Bubba Christian crossed the line in third place, drama in the pit area after the race scrambled the top five standings as disqualifications were ordered for conduct issues. Phillip Brown, who had begun the race in the 10th position, was declared the winner, which amounted to a 9 position gain on the night. Tim Hughes moved up two positions to second place as Gamble and Christian were ousted. Billy Medders claimed the third spot followed by David Higgs and Mike Tovet.
Race fans know that when the 21 car of Ivedent Lloyd drives onto the race track that "The Professor" will likely entertain them while he educates everyone else, and as one might expect, the rest of the Daytona Dodge-Chrysler Late Model field was in no mood to sit through class. Lloyd rocketed his car into the lead and began a lesson in domination that lasted for 25 laps, while his teammate, Darrell Padgett schooled the field in passing by gaining 15 positions to finish second behind Ivedent Lloyd.
David Clegg had a respectable night despite Lloyd and Padgett's attention getting performances. Clegg ignored all of the hoopla, drove his own race, and finished third on the night, followed by Dillon Wood who was racing "incognito" Saturday night behind the wheel of the 7 car. Richard Ferry also got a top five finish after starting on the pole, crossing the line behind Wood.
Shawn "Beavis" Kosier had won three 4 Cylinder Challenger races in a row coming into Saturday night, and once again he would find his way to some hardware and an interview with Joe Dirt, but not for winning the race. Steven Cox managed to get around Kosier on lap 4 and remain there, breaking the win streak for the 97 car at three. And while Cox celebrated in Victory Lane, Kosier was happy as well, satisfied with second place if the win was out of reach. Cox's 88 machine looked untouchable after it passed Kosier cleanly, then held off every challenge with ease.
RJ Glaser grabbed the third spot after harassing Kosier for the second spot for most of the race, while Gilbert Espy finished in the fourth spot. And the big mover and shaker of the night was Casey Feaster, who earned a DQ for his heat race when he was busted for speeding in the pit area, and had to start the feature race on the tail. Feaster worked his way forward 14 positions for the fifth place finish, while Robert Graham gained 12 spots in an 8th place effort.
The Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants Thunder Stocks have created their own brand of drama the last few outings both on and off of the race track, and Saturday night was no different. The result of it all was a highly competitive race where the top positions were almost always in dispute, plus enough beating and banging action that the competition clock expired before the scheduled 20 laps were completed.
Jumpin' Jim Shaw battled for the early lead with Jim Goempel and Chad Scranton until a tangle in turn 3 sent Goempel to the pits. Meanwhile Matt Schell and David Whitt were on the move, muscling their way through traffic to enter the fray up front and contend with Shaw for the win. Whitt assumed the lead and held it despite the best efforts of Matt Schell, and Jim Shaw overcame a lap 6 tangle to return to the top three. Other racers were making moves further back in the pack as well, as AJ McKay climbed from the last starting position to 13th, and John Thorpe gained 7 spots to 9th.
David Whitt proved to be a little too much for Matt Schell, grabbing a victory while Schell settled for second place. Jumpin' Jim Shaw was the third place finisher, while Scott Mooers claimed the fourth spot and Chad Scranton placed fifth.
Wall Township Stadium (NJ) - Charlie Kremer III of Toms River, Ray Minieri of Bay Shore, N.Y., Mike Alcaro of Newton and Rob Longo of Wall were all winners Saturday night at Wall Stadium as the third mile paved oval presented four 35-lap main events, Modified stock cars, which race at the speedway on a regular basis but were not scheduled, will return to action this coming Saturday night (April 17).
The 35-lapper for the Sportsman cars featured a three-car battle for the lead for almost the entire distance. Defending champ Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck led early, but Jason Treat of Jackson and Charlie Kremer III of Toms River were able to race into first and second by the time ten laps were complete.
From that point on Treat and Kremer tussled for the lead until Treat crossed the finish line first with 35-laps completed. Although Treat was able to drive to the front, he was not able to pass a post-race technical inspection and that handed the victory to Kremer. Eyres was advanced to second, while opening night winner Robert Sutphin of Brick earned third place. Christian LaCicero of Lavallette and Andrew Krause of East Brunswick were fourth and fifth.
“This is the best car I’ve ever driven,” the second generation winner said. “My dad had this car built 18 years ago and it sat. Over the winter we had Rob Ormsbee put it together for us and it is fast. I’m really excited about this season because of this car.”
Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg was the early leader of the Street Stock 35-lapper, but Minieri’s No. 1 was on the move early and took the lead well before five laps were completed. Several tangles shuffled the remainder of the top five during the balance of the race, but Minieri was able to stay out front to the checker flag.
Howie Conk of Jackson applied some pressure in the closing laps, while opening night winner Gregg Miranda of Hazlet overcame an early race scuffle to finish third. Jon Meyer of Toms River and Mike Tillett of Bayville were fourth and fifth.
Friends Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y. and Alcaro wrestled for the lead most of the way in the INEX Legend Cars 35-lapper before Alcaro finally took command and raced to his first win of the year. Zach Alspach of Willingboro and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River raced into second and third late in the contest, while Nowak finally settled in for fourth. Defending division champ Mark Tischler of Martinsville was fifth.
After Todd Pilla of Beachwood and Richard Petey of Hackettstown both took turns leader the Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stock 35-lapper, Longo raced through the pack to take the lead near the halfway point. From then on it was the speedway’s first ever Factory Stock champ taking the win over Petey and opening night winner Ricky Williams of Red Bank. Joe Constandi and Tom Fratesi, both of Flemington, were fourth and fifth.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - A five division race program was completed at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night, the third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event of the 2010 season. Bruce Thomas Jr. edged the competition by the slimmest of margins in an exciting Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, Josh Galvin trumped a competitive Street Stock field and Dan Field continued his hot streak in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks to become the division's all-time winningest driver. Ron Yuhas Jr. ended up the victor in an SK Modified® race marred by numerous cautions.
Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) - Eric Gunderson won the 50-lap Legend Cars National Qualifier Sunday afternoon at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle Weatherman was the leader with four laps remaining but his car ran out of fuel while the field was under caution. Gunderson beat J. Avila Jr. of Los Angeles to the finish line by less than one car length.
Jacksen Smith won his very first Thunder Roadster feature. Ed Hohman finished second and Travis Boyle was third.
Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - Who said the days of racing the same modified on dirt one night and on asphalt the next is a thing of the past, not for Keith Hoffman anyway as the Whitehall racer drove the Dennis "Moose" Eisenhard #77 to a convincing victory Sunday afternoon at Mahoning Valley Speedway less than 24 hours after racing the same car on the high banks of Grandview Speedway.
The 50-lap season opening race was worth $1200 for Hoffman who earned his career first win on pavement in only his second time on asphalt.
Starting second, Hoffman outran pole sitter Bill Briggs for the opening lap lead. He gave up the top spot for one lap when Brett Ballard overtook him on a lap-15 restart but two laps later Hoffman was able to retake the lead in the same manner.
Briggs then got back into the mix and was mounting an intense battle with Hoffman as several times he was able pull alongside. His strong running effort was thwarted on lap 31 when he and Hoffman came up on the lapped car of Joe Stangle. Hoffman took the low line to get by while Briggs went high. With limited room Stangle and Briggs made contact which sent the quick paced x15 sliding into the turn two wall.
Ballard then assumed second but was unable to mount a run at Hoffman as he did earlier. Hoffman gradually pulled away and in the waning laps division champion Randy Thomas moved to second but had nothing for the winner.
“That was fun today. Doug (Hoffman, track promoter) has this deal up here with these dirt cars and it worked out great for us. It was a lot of work for us I can tell you that. We ran Grandview the night before. To get the car ready I had a bunch of guys that don’t normally help me and they did a good job,” said Hoffman.
“Those guys (Briggs, Ballard) have been here a couple other times and they had a little more time in setting their cars up. It was tough running against them but I felt we were good enough to win and that’s all the counts. It’s neat to win on asphalt.”
Of interest is the fact that the only other 50-lap dirt modified race was held at the end of 2005 and the Eisenhard car won that night too and with a Hoffman driving. That victory went to Keith’s brother Doug.
“That’s pretty cool. I have to thank Moose (Eisenhard) for the ride and letting us come up here with the Blue Monkey Sports Restaurant car. It’s great to be able to get this win for him. Two starts and two wins on pavement at the same track, that’s real special.”
Ryan Beltz, Dave Thomas and Don Wagner completed the top five. Heat wins went to Briggs and Hoffman.
The Street Stocks also opened up their 2010 season with a 25-lap feature and in a wild race that saw six lead changes among four drivers and in the end it was Zach “Scooter” Graver of Lehighton whp emerged as a first time class winner.
Devin Gibson led from the pole and had past champ Jon Moser keeping chase. Moser grabbed the lead after a lap two restart but Gibson returned the favor on the ensuing tour.
While looking good out front, a blanketed gaggle of cars jostled for second including Moser, defending champ Randy Ahner, Jr., TJ Gursky, Kristy Arthofer, Graver and Jason Frey.
On lap 11 Ahner and Gursky got together to bring out the yellow and then on the restart leader Gibson and Arthofer had the same situation.
When the action finally resumed Moser was back in front with Arthofer and Graver side-by-side on his rear bumper.
With five laps to go another yellow waved and on the restart Graver zoomed past Moser for the lead. Moser was not so quick to give up, however, as he bolted back out front the following lap. Looking to score his second straight Opening Day win, Moser lost the lead with two to go when he spun coming off turn four.
Graver went back to the head of the pack and held on for his first division win and seventh overall.
After a few years’ hiatus, Steven Steigerwalt made a great return with a runner up tally while Arthofer, Todd Ahner and Eric Danyluk rounded out the front five.
Gibson, Graver and Moser notched heat wins.
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - As the old saying goes, ‘the fastest car doesn’t always win the race’. That was definitely the case Sunday at Sundance Vacations Speedway when Earl Paules of Palmerton walked away as the winner in the Modified feature event after the fastest car, Kyle Ebersole crashed out of the event. Always a nail biter to the finish, Joe Barbush of Drums edged out Richie DiMarco to take the Street Stock verdict and Bill Verwys, Jr. of Stroudsburg overtook his brother Pete to notch the 4-cyl. FWD victory. Matt Janisch took no mercy on the Wingless Micro Sprint field and drove away in a dominating performance.
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, had to use his prowess on restarts to score a victory in the Sunoco Modified feature event on Sunday. Defending champion, Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, swept the twin bill for the Super Late Models while Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, scored Late Model honors.
Shawn Monahan of Waterford, CT, bested a strong field of Limited Sportsman competitors to score the victory. Another champion, TIS Modified ace Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, made a statement with an opening day victory. Leo Defevers of Brooklyn, CT, opened Day Two of the Icebreaker with a victory in the Mini Stock Division.
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