51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, May 10th, 6:15am ET

Wednesday Races -

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Waterford Speedbowl kicked off its 10th  season of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing in strong fashion with the youth movement in full swing.  Fifteen year-old Anthony Flannery won the Legends Cars race, while eleven year-old Kaz Grala was the Bandolero event winner.  Second generation driver Michael Caprio won his first race in the Super X-Car race and Devin Widger took the victory for the X-Car event.  Paul French won the X-Modified race.

Friday Races:

Motordrome Speedway (PA) - Three of the biggest winners of 2009, earned their first victories of 2010 at Motordrome Speedway on Friday night, May 7, during the track’s “First Friday Celebration” which included a giant fireworks display.  Mark Poole (NASCAR Subway Super Late Models), Bobby Shipp (Wyotech Modifieds), and Zane Ferrell (Pro Auto Supply Service Chargers) were near the top of the victories list last year in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, and joined Teddy Gibala (Napa Street Stocks) in collecting their first trophies this season.  Bill Schwartz was the only repeat winner of the night in the Coca Cola Super Compacts.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - The Late Model division took center stage on Friday, May 7th at Stafford Motor Speedway with the 16th Annual Lincoln Technical Institute Late Model 100.  Woody Pitkat scored a dominating win, leading the race from lap-17 all the way to lap-100 to pick up his first win of the 2010 season and the first win ever for his car owner Billy Snow, Sr. Frank Ruocco scored a dominating feature victory in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, David Webb won the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr. won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Jeff Jolly wired the field in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Toledo Speedway (OH) - The rains finally got to Toledo Speedway Friday evening, and the result was the cancellation of Race #2 of the Valvoline Summer Racing Series presented by Cumulus Radio.  The ARCA Sportsman, Figure 8's, Factory Stocks and 4 Cylinders were slated for action but Mother Nature had other ideas as the heavy rain set in just prior to the 7:30 p.m. start time.

All rain checks from the May 7 event will be good at their face value for any remaining 2010 event, except the Monster Truck show.  The Valvoline Summer Racing Series tickets are valid for any one of the remaining eight (8) Summer Series races.


Saturday Races

Airborne Speedway (NY) - Saturday's races at Airborne Speedway were rained out.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Saturday's practice day for NASCAR Nite & Thursday Thunder teams was rained out.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - While temperatures hovered near the freezing mark, hot racing action made up for it at Bethel Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

In the Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman division, Greg Morgan made up for his misfortune of last week by taking down the win, in spite of strong challenges by Brett Graham. The two kept fans on the edge of their seats as they wrestled for the top spot, with the battle intensifying in the closing laps of the event. Morgan grabbed his first win of the season, followed by Graham and Roy Crespo.

Bobby Policastro led from start to finish to take the win in the Sam's Towing Pro Stock feature race, while the battle of the race took place between Steve Vasey and Jim Helt. Helt grabbed the spot as the laps wound down, and he crossed the finish line behind Policastro. Vasey held on for third.

Charlie Houghtaling inherited the lead in the Street Stock race when leader Kevin Skelly drove through the pits during an early-race caution and had to restart at the rear of the field. Houghtaling was determined to get the win, which he did in spite of a late-race advance by last week's winner Gary VanOrden Jr. Houghtaling was the winner, with VanOrden Jr. second. Skelly worked his way back through the field to take third.

Defending Legends champion Mike Alcaro gained back some of the points he lost when he was forced to retire from last week's event early, as he grabbed his first win of the 2010 season. Todd McCollum, who came up literally a matter of feet short of winning last week, put on an exciting side-by-side battle for second with Joe Graf. McCollum came home second, and Mike Carroll was third.

In the JTR Enterprises Bandolero class, Massachusetts youngster Chris Lomartire made his first trip to the track pay off, as he headed home with the feature trophy. Bethel veteran and multi-time 2009 feature winner Andrew Bickford was second, and last week's feature winner Joseph Graf Jr. finished third.

Nine-time 2009 BMS Modified feature event winner John Cote also notched his first win of 2010, as he led from start to finish. Former division champ Jim Fugel came across the line second, followed by rookie Gary VanOrden Sr.

Paul Curry was the first repeat winner of the young season, as he took down the win in the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Senior class. Race leader Eddie Lindstadt and challenger Diane Hughson made contact late in the race that forced both to the rear of the field and handed the lead to Curry. Once out front, Curry never looked back. He was followed across the line by Russell Sniffen and Allen Jones.

The closest finish of the night came in the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Junior feature, where Mike Travis beat Steven Schmitz across the line by a matter of inches for the victory. Amber McGibbon finished third.

Dells Raceway Park (WI) - Dells Raceway Park announced that due to the extreme cold and wet conditions, the Mothers Day 40 has been canceled.

East Bay Speedway (FL) - It was a perfect Florida evening for racing as around 100 cars signed in ready to battle the fast track at the Clay by the Bay.  There were 5 classes in action including the down and dirty Top Gun Sprints and the wet and wild Dirt Daubers.

The Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds hit the track first with their 15-lap feature event.  Austin Sanders had the car to beat right from the drop of the green flag.  Sanders led every lap and captured his 2nd win of the season.  The win was Sanders second feature win in a row.  Points leader John Bradley started 9th and finished 2nd.  Kyle Bronson finished 3rd.  Garret Stewart and Roger Crouse rounded out the top-5.  Crouse and Stewart won the heats earlier in the evening.

In the Precision Kia Street Stocks Thomas Pratt won his 4th feature win of the year and 3rd in a row after leading a majority of the laps.  Pratt started 4th and quickly made his way to the front of the field.  Eric Moon started back in the field in the 8th position and finished 2nd.  Jarod Gay ran near the front of the field all night long and charted a 3rd place finish.    Donnie Reed started 5th and finished 4th.  Buck Woodhouse finished 5th.  Moon and Buck Woodhouse were victorious in the heats.

The Top Gun Sprints made their return to the Clay by the Bay but before the racing action got under way in the drivers pulled their sprint cars onto the front stretch to sign autographs for the fans.  Even Jeanette Burnett who went for a wild ride in the heat event was on the track signing for the fans.  Once the autographs were signed and fans got to meet their favorite sprint car drivers the 25-lap feature event got underway.   Gene Lasker dominated 24 of 25 laps until it appeared that he suffered a mechanical failure in turn 2 on the final lap.  Danny Martin, Jr. running in second place at the time took the lead and led the final two turns to take the win which was his second in a row in the Top Gun Sprints.  Shawn Murray started on the pole and finished 2nd.  Tim George ran near the front all night.  Ryan Partin and Clint Reynolds rounded out the top-5.   Sport Allen was disqualified in post race inspection after it appeared  that he finished 2nd.  Partin and Lasker and were victorious in the heat races.

Motorstats.com 4 cylinder bombers were in action again as there were 38 vehicles entered in the event.  In the A-Main feature event Richie Acres scored his first ever win on dirt as he held off the challenge of Troy Dittebrand.  It was Acres first race ever at East Bay Raceway Park.  Dittebrand finished 2nd.  Kever Raulerson ran in the top-5 all night and finished 3rd.  Johnnie Alexander finished 4th.   The mover and shaker of the night was Robert Kissam who started 24th in the 24 car field and finished 5th.

In the B-Main 14 cars started the event as Don Quinn took the win.  Roberto Morfin, Jr., Johnnie Alexander and Greg Reeves took the checkered flag in the heat events.

Randy Tyler won the wet and wild Dirt Dauber feature event.

Evergreen Speedway (WA) -  It was Ladies Night at the Races on Saturday May 8th with Ladies admitted for a reduced rate and each receiving a carnation courtesy of ‘Flowers By Karen’ of Monroe, WA. John Zaretzke a former Super Late Model Champion was able to make it to victory stage after a few years off from racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Main. The Street Stock division winner was defending champion Lane Sundholm after getting his old car rebuilt and to the track just after practice. John Roberts won the Foster Press Mini-Stock main. The two figure eight divisions were in action with Jake Repin winning his second in a row in the Supers and defending champion Mike Middleton the Stinger main. The popular Hornet division had two mains to accommodate the large number of cars. The B-main was won by Nicole Pollard and the A-Main by Jaime Corbett.

Zaretzke made his return a memorable one by winning the 40-lap main. His day started off on the wrong path but ended successfully. Zaretzke received a black flag in the heat race for Super Late Models and had to go to the back after a stop and go penalty for contact with another car. Starting at the back of the start of the main Zaretzke grabbed the lead on lap 25 from Andy Sole. The last lap of the main was interesting as the two point leaders Tom Moriarity and Jeff Knight got tangled as they raced for second place with both spinning and a black flag issued to Moriarity. Second in the main went to Sole and Daniel Moore third.

In the 25-lap street stock main, winner Sundholm was able to get the lead by lap 6. There were a few moments during restarts that Sundholm may have lost the lead but was excellent on all the starts. Darrell Lutovsky was second while Brian Cottrell survived for a third place finish.

The Foster Press Mini-Stock main had four cars battling the entire 25-lap event for the lead with Roberts hanging on for the win. Defending division champion Kris Harris finished second ahead of Scott LaCross.

Repin made a pass for the lead in the Super Figure 8 main by passing Steve Peters on the final lap. Ryan Gunderson finished third.

Stinger 8 defending champion Middleton has had problems with a new car this season but sorted things out for his first win in the 2010 season. Rob Dykstra was second while point leader Steve Peters finished third.

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Due to the unseasonable cold temperatures, the strong and gusty winds and inclement weather, Flat Rock Speedway's Saturday night Glass Unlimited Night racing show has been canceled.

Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) - It was the perfect night for racing as the Kid Scoop News presented Kid’s Night at the races featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  The night not only included appearances by the Bojangles Late Models, the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Everything Attachment Super Trucks, the Hickory Street Stocks and the Hickory 4-Cylinders, but mascots from local business also came out to entertain kids of all ages.  Woodward from the Kid Scoop News, Ticker from Hickory Dickory Dock, Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse and McGruff the Crime Dog all headed out to the track for some fun with the kids and drivers during the weekly On Track Autograph Session.  It was a great night on the track for the No. 88 of Kyle Mansch, as he fought a tough battle to come home with the checkers during the Bojangles Late Model feature.

The action was intense as the Bojangles Late Models took on America’s Most Famous Short Track for their 50 lap feature.  The first caution of the feature waved early after the No. 66 of Steven Wallace got into the back of the No. 2 of Jason Romero as the field headed down the back-stretch on lap six.  After the incident, Wallace was sent to the back of the pack, but he was determined not to stay there for long.  Wallace picked off cars one by one as he worked his way to the front.  The No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers and the No. 92 of Candace Muzny had a tight battle for third, until Muzny slid under LeFevers on lap 21 taking over the position.  By the mid-point of the feature the No. 88 of 2009 Limited Late Model Champion Kyle Mansch had began to put pressure on the No. 10 of pole sitter Andy Mercer for the lead.  Mansch was able to maneuver around Mercer and take over the top spot by lap 30.

Unfortunately for Muzny, her ride up front didn’t last long as LeFevers got into the back of her as the field headed into turn two.  The impact sent Muzny for a spin and brought out the second caution of the feature on lap 33.  It took two attempts to restart the race, after Mercer jumped the first restart.  The third and final caution would soon fall as the field bunched up on the back-stretch during the restart.  The No. 36 of Neil Meredith got under the No. 19 of Kyle Moon, causing Moon to make contact with outside wall.  Wallace continued his mission to the front at the restart as he slid under Mercer for second, bringing with the No. 7 of Ashley Huffman to take over third leaving Mercer to ride around in fourth.  Huffman slightly fell off the pace allowing Mercer to regain the third place position.  With only ten laps remaining Mercer began to reel Wallace in, as he attempted to settle back into second.  Time ran short for Mercer causing him to settle for a top three finishing position.  Mansch, Wallace, Mercer, the No. 2 of Ty Dillon and the No. 5 of Katie Hagar made up the top five.

The Advance Auto Parts Limiteds ran a smooth show during their 35 lap event.  It was a tight battle for the lead during the beginning laps as the No. 35 of Chris Lewis pulled ahead of the No. 5 of pole sitter Dexter Canipe Jr. Canipe Jr. was able to regain his lead, but the two ran door to door until lap nine when the Lewis spun out heading into turn four.  Lewis’ misfortune brought out the first caution of event.  As the field went back to green flag racing the No. 07 of Tyler Church stayed glued to Canipe Jr. until lap 14 when the No. 60 of Evan Cupples went for a spin heading out of turn four bringing out the second and final caution.  Canipe Jr. and Church continued to run side by side, until lap 16 when Church fell into line behind Canipe Jr., allowing Canipe Jr. to slowly pull away from the field.

With ten laps remaining the No. 97 of Brandon Lynn pulled up along-side Church and began to battle for second.  Lynn quickly cleared Church for the position and began to sail away.  Canipe Jr. would take home the checkers with Lynn, Church, the No. 8 of Mark McIntosh and Lewis in tow to round out the top five.

The Everything Attachment Super Trucks kept the excitement flowing as they hit the track for their 35 lap event.  The No. 99 of Coy Beard had a hot ride as he quickly began to pressure the No. 16 of pole sitter and current division point leader Clint Fields, as he looked to move into the lead.  The first caution fell on lap ten after the No. 15 of James Kirkham spun around in turn three.  Beard used the restart to his advantage as he continued to look for an opportunity to move out front.  Beard went to the high side of Fields and grabbed the top spot on lap 11.  Fields looked for a chance to move back out front, but Beard continued to inch away leaving Fields to ride around in second.

The No. 69 of Trevor Hignutt pulled up on Fields looking to move into second.  Hignutt gained momentum as shot passed Fields, settling into second on lap 25.  The second caution fell on lap 32 after the No. 33 of Jeremy Birch spun out in turn four.  With two laps to go Beard and Hignutt were neck to neck coming out of turn four, beating and banging as they headed out of the turn.  As they led the field to the front-stretch Hignutt got loose causing the No. 11 of Thomas Beane to get into the back of him.  After the two made contact Hignutt found himself heading towards the outside wall in turn one, bringing out the third and final caution.  It was a green-white-checkered finish with Beard in the lead.  The final laps were clean racing as Beard led the field to the checkers leaving Fields, Thomas Beane, the No. 7 of Justin Crider and Birch to complete the top five.

The drivers of the Hickory Street Stocks kept it clean and exciting as they made their way onto the historic asphalt for their 30 lap race.  The racing had gone three wide by lap two, when the No. 03 of Kevin Eby, the No. 21 of Roger Pitts and the No. 64 of Marshall Sutton went side, by side, by side heading into turn three as they all battled for the second place position.  The No. 1 of pole sitter Taylor Stricklin pulled away from the field in the beginning laps, but Eby quickly found his way to the bumper of Stricklin as he hunted for a shot to move into the top spot, taking over the position on lap 14.  Sticklin wasn’t about to give up easily, as he got a nose under Eby on the final lap.  Time ran short and Eby powered on grabbing the win leaving Stricklin to settle for second.  Pitts, Sutton and the No. 25 of Jeremy Pelfrey rounded out the top five respectively.

The excitement didn’t stop when the Hickory 4-Cylinders hit the track.  The 25 lap race was caution filled with the first of five cautions coming out on lap eight after the No. 59 of Donn Wardo spun out in turn two.  On lap nine the No. 21 of Todd Harrington pulled under the No. 4 of pole sitter Adam Beaver looking to take over the lead.  Beaver held on strong as the two continued to ride around side by side, until lap 12 when the second caution came out after the No. 6 of Caleb Sisk went spinning in turn four.  Caution number three soon followed on lap 14 when Wardo and the No. 51 of Nathan Kanupp connected heading into turn four spending both for a spin.  It took two attempts to go back to green flag racing, after Harrington jumped the initial restart.

Just as the field went green, the fourth caution came out after Wardo and Kanupp connected for a second time in turn four on lap 15.  The fifth and final caution came out on lap 16 after the Kanupp and Sisk hooked up heading into turn four.  In the final laps Harrington was back along-side Beaver looking for a chance to get back out front.  Harrington kept the action intense as he slid ahead of Beaver grabbing the top spot on the final lap.  Beaver, the No. 09 of Randy Canipe, the No. 28 of Kyle Pierce and the No. 18 of Devon Haun completed the top five.

Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) - Saturday's races at Lebanon Valley Speedway were rained out.

Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) -  Nate Monteith won Saturday night's Late Model feature at Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) over Blake Jones, Wayne Hale, Caleb Holman and Dalton Hopkins.

Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - As Lucas Oil Speedway celebrated their fifth season of racing action and hosted the extremely popular Inaugural Business Expo on the Midway, it was Tommy Cordray, Jesse Stovall, and Sundance Keeper celebrating at the end of the night as all three scored feature wins. A large crowd jammed the grandstands in addition to the more than 30 vendors that were on hand to promote their products and services. Coyote 107.9 and morning DJ "Rounder" entertained the crowd with a live radio remote and on air fun throughout the evening.

Tommy Cordray, the 2009 Lucas Oil Speedway Late Model Track Champion, towing all the way from Browning, Missouri scored an extremely popular win in the TNT Quick Shop Late Models. Cordray utilized the top side of the racetrack to work his way to the front from his 5th starting spot, eventually overtaking Chris Morelock at the midway point of the main event. It was only the second night out for Cordray in his brand new MastersBilt Chassis. Morelock held on in his white #25 to take the second spot with his Show-Me/IMCA Spec Engine powered car. Late Model Rookie Ben Solberg held on to third at the finish after leading the field to the green flag from the pole position. Veteran Joe Walkenhorst from Lee's Summit, Missouri charged all the way from his 12th starting spot to finish 4th in the final rundown. Local Favorite Harlen Kennedy from Wheatland, Missouri was right on his heels maneuvering from 11th to fifth at the finish.

Jesse Stovall out of Galena, Missouri continued his absolute domination of Southwest Missouri A-Modified racing by scoring his third win in a row in the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds. Shawn Nations put up a valiant fight but came up just short crossing the AAA Finish line in second at the finish. Laquey, Missouri's David Hendrix also was in hot pursuit of Stovall and Nations but had to settle for third at the finish. Lebanon, Missouri's Kris Jackson continues to serve notice that he is ready to contend for wins with another strong fourth place finish, while Fair Grove's Mickey Burrell raced from his 10th starting spot to take the final Top-5 spot.

Sundance Keeper drove his uniquely numbered 6-7/8 to the win in the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks but it didn't come easy as Keeper had to hold off two of the best in the Factory Stock business, Kenny Carroll and Burl Woods. Carroll out of Camdenton, the defending Lucas Oil Speedway Track Champion finished 2nd with Woods taking 3rd at the finish. Springfield, Missouri's Chris Darnell started outside the front row and held on for 4th at finish while Chris Tonoli out of Hermitage had a very strong run to hold down the fifth spot in the final rundown.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - With five laps remaining in the Street Stock feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway, rain moved over the Lehighton area and put a halt the night’s program.

Up until that point, however, the race was a whale of a barnburner as Joe Mooney and Jamie Smith ran nearly every lap side-by-side as did third and fourth place runners Jason Frey and Jon Moser.

Smith, the pole starter, jumped out to the opening lap lead and fended off Jillian Long and third starting Mooney. By lap four Long fell back and Mooney went to the topside of Smith.

An amazing lead swapping duel then ensued as each driver flip-flopped the top spot with a total of five changes in all.

On lap 19 Mooney had just inched ahead of Smith and then on the following circuit the caution waved for two cars spinning on the back straight. Under the slow down the rains came and the race was called.

Mooney, who hails from Lehighton, got the win, his first of the season and fourth with a Street Stock.

As Mooney and Smith battled right down to the wire so too did Frey and Moser and did so while on the bumpers of the front pair. TJ Gursky rounded out the top five.

Frey, Randy Ahner, Jr., and Bernie Uphold won heats with Eric Danyluk annexing the consolation.

For the second time in three starts Austin Kochenash of Danielsville won in the Late Models.

Starting sixth, Kochenash used a lap 10 restart to motor past Lorin Arthofer II and once in front he cruised to the win.

Arthofer, who led from the start, held on for a season best second while Shawn Sitarchyk was third.

In a battle of track titans, four-time and defending champ Todd Stehle and two-time champion and current point leader Paul Kohler, Jr., where battling for fourth on the final lap but made contact with both spinning just a turn from the finish.

Jason Zatsko was the heat winner.

Jeff Parker of Havertown picked up his second Dirt Modified win of the season. Parker passed early leader DJ Wagner on lap four and once in front it was smooth sailing. Last week’s winner Dave Thomas was runner-up with Bill Briggs third.
         
The heat win was scored by Wagner.   

The Micro Stocks made their first appearance of the season and in it was a  very competitive event. Pete Bayles led early but on lap six DJ Wagner reeled him and two laps later made the pass for the lead.

However, Wagner would only enjoy one lap out front as he and Bayles  got their bumpers locked and had to stop in order to undo the issue.

Bob Wagner of Rockaway, NJ, then assumed the point and held off Roger Snyder en route to his third Mahoning win.

Wayne Krenn and Bob Wagner earned heat verdicts.
           
Modified heat wins went to Bill Teel and Andy Szapacs. In the Pro4 Late Model prelim it was point leader Kris Graver.

Montana Raceway Park - Officials with Montana Raceway Park have been forced to cancel all racing for May 8 due to inclement weather.

Owosso Speedway (MI) - It was to be Opening Night Part II / Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night and Ladies Night at the Owosso Speedway on Saturday, May 8th and after losing the Features on Opening Night Part I, Mother Nature decided to hang around awhile and for the second week in a row, was uncooperative.

Rain Showers that plagued the Ovid, Michigan speed plant the previous evening in addition to unseasonably cold temperatures and high winds already present and forecasted for the rest of the morning / afternoon and into the evening forced Fast Track Promotion Inc., to cancel the evenings activities scheduled for the tracks' part of the Mother's Day Holiday Weekend celebration.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Due to unseasonably frigid temperatures and incoming showers expected , the May 8 event at Rockford Speedway has been cancelled.

Shangri-La II Motor Speedway (NY) - Overnight rains and the forecast of more precipitation during the day have led officials of Shangri-La II Motor Speedway to cancel the "Mothers Day Delight" racing program scheduled for Saturday, May 8. The event will not be rescheduled.

Virginia Motor Speedway - With a new baby in his household there was added incentive to bring home a Victory Lap Late Model victory for Stevie Long of Mechanicsville, MD. With a very strong tenth place starting ride Long worked his way to the lead by lap 7 as he out dueled rookie Matt Marshall to the line to take the top spot.

Once out front Long was on cruise control in his #44 Advance Metal Concepts. Dean Guy Masonry, Quality Auto Body, Clarke’s Landing, Triple K Fence sponsored Rocket, leading by as much as a full straightaway. With three to go the races fifth and final caution closed the field on longs bumper. On the final restart Marshall took a peak to his inside in turn 1 but that was all he would get as he worked to fend off Davis Lipscombe for second with Long motoring on to the victory.

“I’ve just never qualified here, but once the green flag flew I knew we had a hot rod. The car would go anywhere I wanted it to go. I have to thank my wife she is at home with our two sons and I’m out here racing,” commented a very elated Long in victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Matt Marshall, Davis Lipscombe. Scott Adams and Tyler Bailey. Adams may have been the show as he went to the rear of the field after being involved in an opening lap caution. he then methodically worked his way back to a fourth place finish.

In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Brian Maxey of King George, VA inherited the lead on lap 7 when then leader John Ferguson of Gloucester, VA spun in turn 4 to being out the races second caution of the night. Maxey would battle with defending Champion Dan Arnold of Petersburg, VA the remainder of the 18 laps to pick up the win. Rounding out the top five were Dan Arnold, James Marshall, Page Harrison and Brandon Cohick.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Todd Traylor of King William, VA took home the hardware in a hard fought battle with Tony Wood of New Kent, VA. Traylor led the first 21 laps before spinning in turn 2 handing the lead over to Wood. Two laps later Traylor was inside Wood in turn 2 for the lead, this time for good. Traylor spent most of the event watching the battle for second between Wood and defending Champion Roger Jamerson before making the mistake on lap 21 that almost cost him the victory. Following Traylor to the line were Michael Roop, Tony Wood, Shawn Otey and Tommy Upshaw.

In the Collision One Limited Stock Car 20 lap feature Joe Ender of Glen Allen, VA and Ryan Toole of Richmond, VA put on a show for the fans in attendance as they battled for the victory. With lots of three wide racing all over the track all eyes were on the top two wrestled over the top spot. On lap 14 Enders made a small slip in turn 2 and that’s all Toole needed as he took over the top spot and drove on for the victory. rounding out the top five were Joe Ender, Wesley Givens, James Givens and Kevin Fletcher.

Volunteer Speedway (TN) - No matter how young or old we are, there is no love like that from a mother to her children. We all know the special importance mothers are in all our lives, and Volunteer Speedway recognized mothers both young and old and presented them with special gifts Saturday night in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Super Late Model driver Mark Vineyard of Powell also celebrated – with his first trip to victory lane.

Vineyard has run many laps over the years at Volunteer Speedway and in the process recorded many top-five runs, including an astounding 22 second-place finishes. With victory seemingly in his grasp only to be snagged away on many occasions, Vineyard reversed the trend by grabbing the lead from race-long leader Kerry Jones on the white flag lap to capture that ever-elusive first Super Late Model feature win at “The Gap.”

“Man, it’s sure taken a long time to get this first win … and it’s great to finally be able to say I’ve won a Super Late Model feature here at Volunteer Speedway,” said a smiling Vineyard after climbing from his car in victory lane. “You know, I’ve lost races just the same way as I was able to win tonight … thinking you were going to win and then having something break on the car or getting tangled up with a lapped car. I guess you could say getting this win tonight was a little bit of ‘payback’ for races I’ve lost here at ‘The Gap’ over the years.”

Jones toured the high banks at 12.805-seconds to claim the pole position for the 30-lap main event, and launched into the lead at the start over Travis Greer, Rodney Kiker, Vineyard and John Tweed. Kiker got around Greer on the second lap to move into the runner-up spot, with Vineyard getting around Greer to take over third in the running order on lap 4. Greer dropped back to fifth when Jeff Maupin got around him racing off turn four on lap 8.

Vineyard got under Kiker racing off the fourth turn on lap 10 to move into second, and he quickly closed the distance between his Smithbuilt Homes/Norman Sheetmetal/Fastlane Signs & Graphics/American Race Tires/White’s Total Performance/DWB Race Cars/American Billet/Larry Wallace Race Engines/No. 4 Ford Fusion and race leader Jones, closing to within five car lengths as the raced reached halfway.

With 10 laps remaining Vineyard had narrowed the gap to three car lengths back of Jones, while behind the lead duo the battle for third place was heated as Kiker had a battle on his hands trying to hold off Maupin. Getting the five-to-go signal from the flagman, Vineyard was riding on Jones’ rear bumper.

Racing down the backstretch into the third turn on lap 28, Vineyard drove in hard on the outside of Jones. Vineyard pulled alongside Jones on the outside as they raced off the fourth turn headed to take the white flag. At the flagstand they were side-by-side, and directly in front of Jones racing into the first turn on the bottom of the track was the lapped car of Mark Sturgill.

Jones made contact with Sturgill between turns one and two, with both Jones and Sturgill spinning. With Jones’ altercation with Sturgill knocking him from the lead, it opened the door for Vineyard to record his first-ever Super Late Model feature win at the track. Finishing behind Vineyard at the checkered flag were Kiker, Maupin, Greer and Tweed.

“I was looking ahead and saw that black 4-car (Mark Sturgill) just ahead of Kerry (Jones) and I as we raced off into the third turn,” Vineyard said. “I knew Kerry was going to protect the bottom groove, so I made the quick decision to drive on off hard into the corner to his outside. The car stuck good between (turns) three and four and I got alongside of him as we raced off the fourth turn. We were side-by-side at the flagstand and at that point it was an all-out battle for the victory. With the black 4-car down low, I knew if I drove on off hard into the first turn and held my ground on the outside, Kerry was going to be trapped behind that lapped car.

“Out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse as Kerry and that car started wrecking. I just stayed hard in the gas and drove around them on the high-side and we were fortunate enough to get the win. Finally winning a race here is very special, it really means a lot to not only myself but to all my family who have supported me over the years in my racing. My father, Leon, is here tonight along with my sister and also my cousin Buster, whose dad H.E. Vineyard has won many races here over the years and also won four track championships.”

Jensen Ford of Piney Flats made his first start of the 2010 racing season in a brand-new car a memorable one. The 22-year-old chauffeur set fast-time at 13.208-seconds in qualifying over the 16 competitors present to earn the pole position for the 25-lap Fastrak Racing Series-sanctioned Pro (Crate) Late Model feature. Ford narrowly missed breaking the Pro Late Model track record of 13.205-seconds (109.054 mph), which was established by Shanon Buckingham back on April 10 at the weekly season-opener.

Grabbing the lead at the drop of the green flag, Ford set sail and never looked back … leading flag-to-flag en route to comfortably cruising to the feature win over Greg Martin, Shane Roberts, Dale Ball and Jake Teague.

Jamie Whitt of Wise, Va., led green-to-checkers in winning the first Hobby Stock feature, an event which saw the red flag wave when Josh Odom flipped between turns three and four. With emergency responders and track personnel quickly on the scene, Odom climbed from his car uninjured. Whitt held off Chuck Johnson, Dustin Shaver, Blake Kelley and Tracy Wolfe for his second-straight victory.

Curt Taylor of Mount Carmel made a charge from deep in the field to overtake Bud Kelly and record his first-ever victory in the second Hobby Stock feature. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Daniel Reece, Terry Dean and Eddie Adams.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Saturday night's races at Waterford Speedbowl (CT) were rained out.


Sunday Races -

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - After crashing out of the opening day feature last month at Sundance Vacations Speedway, Kyle Ebersole of Hummelstown, PA rebounded with a feature win. He doubled that feat again on Mother’s Day when he beat Earl Paules to the checkers to score his second straight Modified feature win. Joe Barbush of Drums, PA started ninth in the Street Stock main and drove off to score his first victory of the season and 14-year old Mike Kline of Lancaster, PA picked up his first career victory in the 4 Cyl. FWD feature.

Allen Creveling started from the pole position and was overtaken for the race lead by Bobby Jones following the initial start of the 40-lap Modified main event. Barry Callavini held third, followed by Earl Paules and Kyle Ebersole.

Callavini overtook Creveling for second and both Paules and Ebersole followed. Paules shot by Callavini and into the second spot on lap four. Ebersole grabbed the third spot from Callavini two laps later. Meanwhile, after started back in the eighth spot, Zane Zeiner cracked the top five.

Zeiner overtook Callavini for fourth on lap eight. Meanwhile, Paules tried to find a line around Jones. While working the outside in turn four, Paules push up the speedway, which allowed Ebersole, Zeiner and Callavini to get by. The caution flag flew a lap later when Dave Schneider spun in turn three and Paules headed to the pits for adjustments.

Green flag racing resumed and Ebersole hung on the outside of Jones. The pair battled for a couple of laps before Ebersole took command of the event.  Meanwhile, Zeiner attempted to overtake Jones and contact between the two on lap 18 brought out a yellow flag and both drivers had to restart at the tail end of the field.

With Ebersole in the lead, Callavini held third, followed by Nick Pecko, Harry Buchman and Todd Baer.

Peck got by Callavini to grab the second spot following the restart and Baer slipped into third. While racing hard for the runner up spot on lap 26, the pair touched wheels and Pecko went around. The turn one incident brought out another yellow flag. Paules, who had pitted earlier found himself in second for the restart, with Jones, Zeiner and Buchman in tow.

It appeared that Paules didn’t have anything to challenge Ebersole for the $1500 win over the closing laps. The win is Ebersole’s second straight of the season. Paules settled for second, followed by Zeiner, Jones and Baer.

Heat race wins went to Zane Zeiner and Todd Baer. As long as he meets the program requirements, Bobby Jones will pick up $50 because his finishing position was pulled in victory lane for the Sundance Vacations Contingency Program.

Brian Brown started from the pole and was overtaken by Harry Sager before a single lap was scored in the 25-lap Street Stock feature. Mitch Hawk held third with Mike Garris, Sr. and Josh Oswald closely following.

Hawk moved into the second spot and then lost the position to Oswald on lap four. Joe Barbush, Jr. held the third spot on lap seven, with Chip Wanamaker and Hawk as the top five.

A yellow flag was thrown on lap seven when Robert Fink got into Garris in turns one and two. Green flag racing resumed and Barbush overtook Oswald for second. Others got by Oswald as well, including Wanamaker and then Scott Meckes.

Sager held off several pass attempts from Barbush and finally surrendered the lead on lap 10.

The closing laps were caution-free and Barbush took his second $500 win of the season in dominating fashion over Sager, Wanamaker, Meckes and Hawk.

Heat race wins went to Steve Shultz and Mike Garris, Sr. As long as he meets the program requirements, Robert Haueisen will pick up $50 because his finishing position was pulled in victory lane for the Sundance Vacations Contingency Program.

The caution flag waved before a single lap was scored in the 20-lap 4 Cylinder FWD feature when Robert Fink spun and collected Justin Hughes in turn four.

Dave Freundt started on the pole position and was overtaken by outside pole sitter Mike Kline when the green flag waved again. Eric Banashefski held third, followed by Pete Verwys and Brian Kunkel.

Banashefski worked into the second spot on lap one and then lost the position when Freundt and Verwys overtook him.

In dominating fashion and at only 14 years old, Kline took the checkered flag to notch his first career victory over Freundt, P. Verwys, Robert Fink and Bill Verwys, Jr. with three laps remaining.

Heat race wins went to Mike Kline and Bill Verwys, Jr. Eric Banashefski picked up $50 because his finishing position was pulled in victory lane for the Sundance Vacations Contingency Program.






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