51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Sunday, April 25th, 3:15pm ET

Saturday Races:

Berlin Raceway (MI) - Rain washed out Saturday's racing activities at Berlin Raceway.

Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) - Dustin Ash won tonight's 40-lap NASCAR Super Late Model feature at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ash, the Bullring's 2007 Super Late Model champion, was followed across the finish line by teammate Robert Ewing and Nick Parmelee. The win was Ash's second of the 2010 season. Robert Ewing won the NASCAR Super Late Model Fast Dash.
The marathon Charger feature was slowed by a number of caution flags for spins and crashes. When the pace settled down, Phil Goodwin led the field, followed closely by Mario Opipari and Vinny Raucci.  Defending Charger champion Goodwin led the slightly-battered field across the finish line to score his first win of 2010. Opipari finished a close second and Raucci was third. Eight-lap Charger heat races were won by Raucci and Goodwin.
Wade Pearson won tonight's 20-lap Bomber feature by a wide margin over Pete Meyer and Ben Sherard. Meyer and Barbara West won Bomber qualifying heat races.
Robert D'Ambra won the Legend Cars feature after the race leaders spun in Turn 2 with just a few laps remaining. D'Ambra, in third place at the time, inherited the lead and went on to win, followed by Brecken Snow and J. Avila Jr.
Giles Thorton won the 15-lap Legend Cars Developmental feature.
Henderson's Jacksen Smith won his second 20-lap Thunder Roadster feature of the 2010 season. Bob Dresser was second and Travis Boyle finished third.
Chris Trickle won the 12-lap Bandolero Bandit feature ahead of Christian Glass and Vincent Raucci Jr.
Michael Morris won his very first Bandolero Outlaws feature tonight ahead of Christian Warren and Brooke O'Hanley.

Concord Speedway (NC) - Tim Marburger Stanly County Night presented by The Stanly News and Press and USG Sheetrock has been postponed until July 10, 2010.  The forecast is for severe weather, dangerous thunderstorms, high winds and possible hail, making the completion of the events of April 24th unlikely.  All events scheduled for April 24th have been moved to the new date.

All tickets that have been distributed by Tim Marburger Honda and The Stanly News and Press will be honored on the new date.

Dells Raceway Park (MN) - This weekend's races at Dells Raceway Park were rained out.

East Bay Speedway (FL) - It was another awesome night for racing at the Clay by the Bay as over 100 cars hit the track for the six classes of racing with a twist.  Last week two feature events were rained out when the skies opened up for a second time after a rain delay and rendered the track lost for the evening.  Fans always know that they will get their money’s worth at East Bay Raceway Park, so when the bad weather cancelled the The Racecar Engineering Late Models and Outlaw 4’s feature events last week the solution was simple for the management at East Bay, they decided to run double features for those classes this week.

The Race Car Engineering Late Models and Outlaw 4 make up feature events were sandwiched into the pre intermission portion of the race program.  In the Late Models Jack Nosbisch, Jr. dominated the early laps until a muffler fell of his car disqualifying him from the event.  The beneficiary of that was Josh Peacock as he took the lead and held on for the win.  The feature win was his 3rd of the season.  Philip Cobb started 5th and finished 2nd.  David Schmauss had a strong run and came home third.  David Pollen and Frankie Erskine, Jr. rounded out the top-5.

Then in the completion of the Outlaw 4’s feature event Billy Howard took the win, which was his second in a row.  Matthew Haynes started 2nd and finished 2nd.  Keith Heard came home 3rd.  Stephen Holhbaugh and Chris Zimmerman rounded out the top-5.

The regular feature program began with the Limited Late Models hitting the track for their 15 lap feature event.  Tim Gay started in the 5th position and had the car to beat.  Early on in the event Philip Cobb appeared to be in control but his car was taken to the garage with a mechanical problem.  Gay was the beneficiary of Cobb’s trouble and wound up in victory lane for his first win of the season.  JR Prather Jr. finished 2nd.  Alex Boerner started 6th and finished 3rd.  John Bradley and Forrest Gough rounded out the top-5.  Dan Darnell and Boerner won the heats.

The Street Stocks were up next and did not disappoint as Thomas Pratt started on the pole and led the caution filled main event from start to finish.  The win was Pratt’s second of the year.  Jeff Rodgers started 8th and had a strong run finished 2nd.  Buck Woodhouse ran in the top-5 all night long and finished 3rd.  Jarod Gay and Eric Moon rounded out the top-5.  Reed, James Hook, and Buck Woodhouse were victorious in the heat events.

Another great field of Old Time Mods was on hand for their 12 lap feature event that saw an exciting battle between Lars Amundsen and Tommy Zwally as the laps wound down.  Lars Amundsen took the slim victory over Zwally.  Zwally finished 2nd.  Bobby Bush finished 3rd.  George Hall and Jamie Frankland rounded out the top-5.

The Race Car Engineering Late Models were back on the track for the second time of the evening with their 25 lap main event as twenty five cars took the green flag.  David Schmauss started on the pole and lead every lap until a late restart.  On the restart Bryan Bernhardt was able to gain position on Schmauss as he made the pass on the outside lane in turn 4.  Berhhardt appeared to have his first feature win of the season but was declared to be too heavy in post race technical inspection.  Schmauss was credited with the win.  Travis Varnadore ran in the top-3 all night and finished 2nd.  Roger Crouse started 6th and finished 3rd.  Ted Erskine picked up his first top-5 of the season with a 4th place finish. Philip Cobb rounded out the top-5. Schmauss, T. Varnadore and David Pollen won the heats.

The regularly scheduled Outlaw 4 feature event saw a great race between first and second in the points standings.  Billy Howard and Haynes battled for the early laps before Howard slipped to the middle of the pack.  Haynes was able to take the win which was his third of the season.  Chris Zimmerman finished 2nd.  Amanda Rogers started 5th and finished 3rd.  Charlies Staats had a good run and wound up with a 4th place finish.  Travis Staats started shot gun on the field and was able to finish 5th.

DB Hogwaller won the wet and wild Dirt Dauber event in exciting fashion.

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Saturday's races at Flat Rock Speedway (MI) were cancelled due to rain.

Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) -  Officials with Lucas Oil Speedway have been forced to cancel tonight's racing action due to persistent rains and ongoing threats for periods of more rain throughout the day. Action will resume next Saturday, May 1st with the Lucas Oil ASCS Midwest Region Sprint Cars along with the Winged Outlaw Warriors. The TNT Quick Shop Late Models and Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks will also be in action.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - The mountain man came to the winner’s circle Saturday night.
Jim Conklin, a two-time JAM Sportswear Late Model champion from Big Bear City (Ca.), held off a posse of pursuers and won the 50-lap main event at Orange Show Speedway, an ASA Member Track.
Conklin, who started third, took the lead from Big Bear City neighbor Jeff Lawson on lap 10 and never was headed again. But holding on for those 40 laps tested all his skills and the preparation of his Chevrolet-powered Pontiac Grand Prix because Logan Mainella, of Palmdale (Ca.), made several attempts to pass.
Mainella twice got Conklin sideways, but each time demonstrated good sportsmanship and let his rival recover. That may have cost him at the finish, though, because Brandon Loverock roared by on the outside to steal second at the finish, with Mainella third, Ron Daniel fourth and Bakersfield (Ca.)’s Tim Smith fifth in his first race on the quarter-mile oval.
Rod Proctor, of Riverside, won the 25-lap season debut of the Pick-A-Part Outlaw Figure 8 cars, beating “Barefoot Billy” Ziemann, of Bloomington, and Steve Stewart, of Long Beach. Bryan Glidewell, the 2008 class champion, won the 25-lap race for the Pro 4 class, taking the lead when brother David Glidewell spun exiting Turn 4 with 4 laps to go.
Johnny Russo, the six-time and reigning Pick-A-Part Street Stock champion, got win No. 54 in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a wire-to-wire victory in that 35-lap main event, Darren Amidon made it four wins in five tries in the 35-lap Budweiser Legends Cars feature, and Ryan Cansdale won his second in a row in the 20-lap M.C. Erectors Bandoleros main event.

Owosso Speedway (MI) - Persistent rain showers and a forecast for more rain as well as unseasonably cold temperatures in and around the area surrounding Owosso Speedway have forced Fast Track Promotion Inc., to cancel the final Saturday Pre-Season Test and Tune as well as Carnage Night at the Big "O"

Their will be just one more Pre-Season Wednesday Night Test and Tune on April 28th as the Pit Gates open at 2:00p.m., with Practice going from 3:00p.m .- 9:00p.m. The Pits must be cleared by 10:00p.m.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Another season opener, another win for Ricky Bilderback. The seven-time Rockford Speedway Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models track champion began his quest for a record eighth title tonight with his second consecutive win in a season opening event, racing to victory in the 63rd season opener at the legendary facility. Bilderback tamed the high banks and rocketed through a venerable 18 car field that didn’t include two-time defending champion Jerry Gille, who saw his day come to a premature end when a part in his motor broke during a heat race. After holding off a charging Mikie Breiner, Bilderback claimed the early points lead. He was joined by Budweiser American Short Trackers defending champion George Sparkman atop the standings, as Sparkman dueled with Kyle Lapier before prevailing for the win. The rains came soon after, suspending the Mtn Dew RoadRunners feature until next weekend.

Alex Papini piloted the strong 18 car field of Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models to the green flag in the opening feature of the year for the high-powered machines. Ricky Bilderback wasted no time in moving through the field from his fourth place starting spot, inheriting second with five laps scored in the 30-lap headliner.

‘Driver X’, Jon Reynolds Jr, worked over Kyle Shear for fourth only to witness Shear’s motor go south exiting turn four with 19 laps remaining. As the caution flew, fast qualifier Tim Sargent brought his wounded machine to the pits ending his night early.

On the restart, Reynolds Jr. blew past Matt Berger for third as Bilderback dove to the inside of Papini looking for the lead. Bilderback and the leader both got loose, making contact with each other in the middle of turn three and forcing Papini to the rear of the field. Reynolds Jr, Tom Gille, and Mike Lloyd were all in the wrong place at the wrong time, getting caught up in the mayhem.

Bilderback took advantage on the ensuing restart, grabbing the lead and jumping out to a four car length lead as Berger eased into second. Papini was in the midst of a charge back through the field, moving up to sixth when debris on the backstretch brought out the third caution of the evening.

2009 rookie of the year Mikie Breiner stole second on the restart while Bilderback once again built up a cushion. Breiner was closing on Bilderback but ran out of time as the seven-time champion rocketed to his second consecutive season opening victory, turning his sights toward a record eighth championship.

“There’s no better way to start the season off obviously,” an exasperated Bilderback said after the race. “I would like to get another championship and this is the way to get it going.”

Young Tanner Whitten held off a hungry Berger for third as Reynolds Jr. fought back to finish fifth rounding out the top five.

Two-time defending champion Jerry Gille was running second in an earlier heat race when a distributor piece in the engine broke on the final lap, disabling his machine and prematurely ending his night.

George Sparkman jumped out to the early lead in the 25-lap Budweiser American Short Trackers main event. Kyle Lapier quickly snatched up second and worked on Sparkman’s cushion as the leader paced the 13 car field around the high banks.

The first six cars began to break away from the rest of the field with five laps in the books. The six car pack soon became a five car contingent when fast qualifier B.J. Sparkman fell off the pace with 15 laps remaining, handing 2009 rookie of the year Scott Hoeft the fourth position.

The battle for the lead heated up as Lapier peeked on the inside of the defending champion for the lead. With ten circuits remaining, the young driver made a diving attempt on the inside of Sparkman for the top spot and lost momentum exiting turn two. Lapier fell into the clutches of Cina Jr. as the two dueled for the bridesmaid’s position.

As the white flag flew, Lapier rallied for a last ditch effort at the win but fell two car lengths short as George Sparkman picked up right where he left off in 2009, collecting the first Budweiser American Short Trackers feature victory of the season.

Cina Jr. came home third while Hoeft edged out Bragg for fourth to round out the top five.

The Mtn Dew RoadRunners were unable to get the entire 20-lap duration of their feature event into the record books, completing five laps before Mother Nature decided to end the night early as a driving rain began to fall around the speedway.

Howie Ware was leading when the caution flew for precipitation and will pace the 19 car field back to green for the final 15 laps when the race is resumed next Saturday night. Heat race winners Robert Roush and Jeff Allendorf were holding down second and third respectively at the time of the caution.

Virginia Motor Speedway - Rain and the forecast for more thunderstorms has forced officials at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway to cancel WRAR/WNNT Night activities for Saturday, April 24th.

Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Fans got twice the action for their admission price on Saturday night as "Rasslin and Racin" tag teamed everyone at Volusia Speedway Park.  While the wrestling got an early start and excited the crowd until heat races began, the Top Gun Sprint Car Series, Florida Mini Sprint Association, and Volusia's own Budweiser Modifieds, picked up where the wrestlers left off and kept the energy level high. And in addition to exciting racing and wild wrestling events, the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association turned out in full force with a museum load of racing history that can still go fast and turn left.

The Florida Wrestling Association got things going early as things got a little out of control.  The American Freedom Fighter defeated The Russian Assassin in a "mask for mask" bout, but managed to allow the hated Russian to escape without removing his mask.  J.C. Clark had two bouts, as he first defeated Barney Rumble in a scheduled bout, then lost to The Genius Lanny Poffo in a challenge match.  And two sworn enemies, Wildman Brody and Rick the Reaper, teamed up in a "Bunkhouse Rules" tag team match against The Mulkey Brothers.  The ensuing free-for-all resulted in everything that a wrestling fan could ask for with continuous action both in and out of the ring.  In the end The Mulkey Brothers won the match, but escaped without compensating the host facility for multiple chairs that were broken over their opponents' heads.
The only regular racing division on the card for Saturday's action were the Budweiser Modifieds, which saw Garrett Stewart put his 67 machine on the pole after much toil and trouble, and control the early part of the race.  But Jamie Carter had no concern over how much time, money, or effort, went into Stewart's racing team, and he was all over the 67 from the opening laps, using the high side to stay all but side by side with Stewart for lap after lap.  Directly behind Stewart and Carter another side by side battle erupted between Jeff Mathews and Larry Burkins over the second spot, which lasted until problems sidelined Mathews' car on lap 7.
As Mathews made his exit, Jason Davis and Jimmy Carter both stepped up their games, moving into the top five and putting pressure on the leaders.  Garrett Stewart began to fade under the strain as Jamie Carter assumed the lead and Larry Burkins climbed into second place, and as the laps wound down Burkins put all sorts of pressure on Jamie Carter but never managed to get the upper hand.  Jamie Carter grabbed the win followed by Burkins in second place, and Jason Davis got past Stewart to claim the third spot.  And while the 67 machine may have slipped a little late in the race, Garrett Stewart earned a very respectable fourth place finish and was followed by Jimmy Carter for fifth place.

Fans were excited to see if young Amanda Ferguson was a fluke or a find as the Top Gun Sprint Car Series hit the Barberville clay, but Ferguson ran into early mechanical issues during her heat race and was forced to retire for the night.  That opened the door for the always exciting Gene Lasker to take control, and he put his 02 machine on the pole for the 25 lap feature race.  Lasker never slows down, and failure to do so under caution early on proved costly as Lasker had to swerve to avoid a wrecked car in turn four, lost control, and backed hard into the turn four exit barrier.  Lasker drove away from that incident but was penalized to the rear for failure to heed the caution flag and lights, then made huge progress toward rejoining the frontrunners, but was disqualified by top Gun Series officials after the race ended.
Lasker's misfortune was Tommy Denton's gain, as Denton assumed the lead.  However, Danny Martin had his car hooked up for the track conditions, and he rocketed past Denton before lap 12 and began setting a pace that made the scorers sweat.  Martin outclassed everything on the track, lapping cars all the way up to third place before the checkered flags put a stop to his progress.  Ryan Partin also had a fast car and claimed the second spot, while Shane Kreidler followed in third place.  Tony Agin and Mike Schroeder rounded out the top five finishers.

The idea of watching miniature sprint cars powered by motorcycle engines may send some less seasoned fans toward the exits, but those who have the knowledge to stay and watch the Florida Mini Sprints in action know that the little cars can scream around VSP's fast half mile at around 130 miles per hour, and that their races are almost always competitive and exciting.  2009 Mini Sprint Champion Tim O'Donnell held the pole and led the 21 car field to the green flag, but not far behind him lurked his son, Brett O'Donnell, who has been aggressively building on last year's Rookie of the Year honor, and who did not care if it is his dad that he had to beat in order to get it done.  Steve Crabtree held the second spot early on as Eddie Moss Jr. and Jessie Teed joined the O'Donnells in a virtual lock on the top five positions.  And right outside the top five was Rae Lynn Moss, who showed about the same amount of love for her dad, Eddie Moss Jr, as Brett O'Donnell was showing for his.

One of the casualties in a mid race mishap was Sheldon Kinser Jr, who ended up on his side in turn two but righted the car and drove away, then began sorting his way forward toward the top ten, eventually climbing to a seventh place finish.  The caution flag got quite a bit of work during the race as various spins and contact slowed things down, but the periodic restarts also kept everyone within striking distance of each other, resulting in numerous position changes all through the field during the entire feature race, and keeping the excitement level high.

But thanks to the multiple slowdowns the race had to be shortened to 15 laps, and that set up a furious two lap sprint to the finish that had cars exchanging positions more than twice per lap.  Final lap moves gave the win to Brett O'Donnell while Eddie Moss Jr. finished in second place, and Jessie Teed ratcheted up the heat on the final laps to nab third place.  Tim O'Donnell was fourth and Steve Crabtree was fifth, as he managed to keep Rae Lynn Moss just out of the top five.

History buffs had their cameras clicking when the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association (DAARA) hit the track and raced their machines.  Eric Orewiler of Hernando got a win in 1934 Hudson, and Dave Cash of Palm Coast raced his 1979 Gambler Sprint to the checkers as well.  Lonnie Roberts, who is better known for his exploits in the National Late Model Series, drove a 1932 Ford modified sportsman to a win, and a three quarter midget built in 1975 and raced by Tony Stewart in his teenaged days, secured a victory for Lake Worth's Jerry Paquin.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - An entertaining night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing took place at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night.  Keith Rocco returned to Victory Lane to score his third SK Modified®  win of the year in just four events.  Norm Sears was a first time winner in the Street Stocks and Chris Williams won for the first time in nearly a year in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks.  Howard Payne was the victor in the A.B. CDL Training Center Trucks and it was Anthony Flannery taking the win for the Legends Cars.

Sunday Races -

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Due to a threatening weather forecast, the race program scheduled for Sunday 4/25 at Sundance Vacations Speedway has been postponed until next Saturday, 5/1. The Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4 Cyl. FWDs and Wingless Micro Sprints will be in competition.

The track will utilize a regular Saturday night program schedule with the pits opening at 1 PM, Practice at 3 PM and racing at 5 PM with the following exception.

Any "B" program teams that will be competing on 5/2 are invited to practice on Saturday. The track will host a special "B" program practice from 2-3 PM (regular pit fees apply). Those teams may leave their haulers in the pit area overnight.

The speedway hopes that the practice sessions will encourage some teams to take advantage of the extra track time, and also enjoy Saturday night's race program.

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