Updated - Monday, May 17th, 11:30am ET
Wednesday Races -
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Waterford Speedbowl dodged the early raindrops Wednesday evening to put on a fast paced and highly entertaining night of racing. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton continued his winning ways early this season in the Legends Cars race. Taylor Martin of Maine won the Bandolero race with Columbia native Dan D’addario championing the X- Car event. Ken Downing III of Branford dominated the Super X-Car feature race and Kathy Civardi of Noank won the Women on Wheels race.
Berlin Raceway (MI) - The feature winners for the night at Berlin Raceway were Weston Jewett (Pro Stocks), Andrew Nylann (Engine Pro Super Stocks), Lou Caposey (Vintage Racing Association) and Tim VanHaitsma (Coors Light Late Models).
Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - Ken O'Connor beat Travis Eddy in the 30-lap O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modified feature on Friday night.
Florence Motor Speedway (SC) - Exciting two and three wide racing was on tap Friday night at the Florence Motor Speedway. Some tight racing in the Stock 4 Cylinder and Young Guns division had the fans on there feet all night long.
Josh Dean took home the win in the Young Guns division after a scary wreck on the white lap with Kayla Dean, who was leading, and Jordan Thompson had everybody worried about the young lady in the #78. Kayla and Jordan where both okay but there cars where not. Taking home second would be Trey McDowell and third would be Joey Wilks.
Michael Grooms and Michael Tucker battled furiously for the entire thirty laps in the Stock 4 Cylinder race. Grooms night would end on a late race restart when he and Russ Turner Jr. made contact down the backstretch. Grooms would be down for the night and Turner Jr. would continue on to a fifth place finish. Randy Freeze would be the winner with Michael Tucker and Emory Herring rounding out the top three.
Ricky Locklair and Kevin Jackson put on an excellent show every both spun in turn one on lap two. Both continued on and battled the entire thirty laps. Todd Amerson would pull to the pits and was done for the night. William Hutson would spun off the track. He would not make contact with anything and continue on. Ricky Locklair Sr. would take home his third victory of the season. Kevin Jackson second and William Hutson third.
RJ West would jump out to the early lead over last weeks winner Archie Adams Jr in the thirty five lap Late Model Stock Car race. Bozie Lane would go around on lap sixteen. He would continue on without damage. Archie Adams Sr. would lose the right rear tire going into turn one on lap eighteen. He would be done for the night. Bozie Lane would pound the turn four wall on lap twentytwo. Something broke on his car sending him hard into the wall. He would be fine other then a shoulder injury. West and Adams would battle it out for the final five laps, trading the lead every lap. West got the run off turn two on the final lap and took the checkered flag.
Bubba Johnson led all fifteenth laps in the Shriners Cup division. Bobby Schwabenbauer was second and Mark Dean third.
Indianapolis Speedrome (IN) - The Home of the World Figure 8® had beautiful weather finally for fans of the Fast Friday championship. Drivers and teams were ready for action after Mother Nature interfered in last week’s main events. The agenda saw the Thirsty Turtle Tavern Hornets, Vogel Dairy Farm Junior Faskarts, Indy Faskarts, INEX zMax Legends, INEX Bandoleros, and Hornet Figure 8’s on the card. The Indianapolis Speedrome® had plenty of points up for grabs to go with the hardware earned with these checkered flags. It was a fun evening at the track.
The Thirsty Turtle Tavern Hornets had another hearty roster as we near the final few nights of the April/May championship. Heat one saw double-duty driver Junior Lemasters go to victory lane ahead of Doug Carver. The second preliminary had Chase for the Cup veteran David Coil win over Jeff Rapp. The feature turned into a unique family battle in the late stages. Revolving to the lead just past the halfway mark, Rob Mink Sr was the leader with his son Robby Mink Jr on his bumper. Several other top point contenders were also there forcing Mink Jr to complete the pass on his dad. He took that all the way to his first feature victory of the year. Robert Eversole drove to second with point leader Daniel Enlow third.
The Hornet Figure 8 was a dandy on this Friday night. One of the biggest and hardest charging groups were lined up for competition. The heat race saw plenty of crossover dicing between a whole host of top runners. Reigning series runner-up Keith Graybill blasted his way to his second straight preliminary triumph. The feature sorted out after a few circuits with Graybill back in front. All-time Hornet oval wins leader Brad Brooks carved his way to second and began cutting the lead gap as Keith encountered lapped traffic. The race was rocked with three laps to go when Kevin Pringle hit Brandon Harding at the intersection. Both cars rolled out of the way to keep the track green. Graybill reeled off the final few laps to win his second-ever feature. Brooks was second with Robby Mink Jr third.
The Vogel Dairy Farm Junior Faskarts teed up for competition with a pair of heat races. The first race had 2008 Fall Festival champion Thomas Skiles going to victory lane over Quentin White. The second affair saw Tyler Payne keeping his immaculate record going to the win over Mason Keller. The feature contest had Skiles eventually take the top spot from early frontrunners Jordan Hahn and Andrew Teepe. Skiles held a nice advantage as a pack of five drivers battle for second. Payne busted out of this group to reel in the leader. The top two had an intense fight before Payne took over to win his second straight main event. Skiles was a very nice second with Tyler Curry finishing third.
The INEX zMax Legends rolled into round five of the pursuit for the Speedrome crown with a veteran roster on the track. Heat one saw St Louis, Missouri driver Patrick Lawson power to victory over Marty Griffin. The second heat had former Speedrome Masters champion Chris Weddle best Doug Greig for the win. The feature got underway with Griffin and Doug Dugger blasting off the front row. Original Legend driver Eric Black worked towards the front eventually taking the lead. He paced the mid stages of the 25-lap affair as three-time track king Greig made his way to the runner-up spot. Doug tried his best the last few circuits, but could not eclipse Black for his first 2010 win. Ohio’s Byron Stowe was the third place finisher.
The Indy Faskarts came into tonight with the roster of drivers aimed at the super successful #11 machine of Josh McQueary. Their first opportunity to eclipse the “king of the mountain” was in the 8-lap heat race. Several tried, but Josh took another checkered flag. Then was the main event with 20-laps on the books. Ryan Cherry leaped to the lead after a few laps hoping to run and hide from McQueary. Josh made contact with Tom Toole sending him back in the field. Cherry saw trouble too when he was pinched for first by Ron Taylor. Ryan was back leading with Josh closing in. The winning streak came to an end when McQueary came up short in a bid for second place. Cherry clicked off the final circuits to win his first-ever feature. Toole was second with Kermit Deavers finishing third.
The INEX Bandoleros renewed several rivalries in this Friday night free-for-all. The youngsters took to the track first for preliminary heat action. Randy Caldwell along with Brown brothers Dalton and Dillion made things interesting early on before defending Speedrome champion Jack Dossey III and Missouri missile Clayton Weatherman fought for glory. Clayton ducked underneath Jack on the last lap to win. The main event saw Chris Hacker very strong in the first half. He was out in front for a bit before the top duo joined in on the fun. Weatherman navigated through both drivers to take the top spot. He scored the victory to keep his perfect feature record alive in 2010. Dossey was the runner-up with Hacker rounding out the podium.
Motordrome Speedway (PA) - After five events for the NASCAR Subway Super Late Models at Motordrome Speedway, Neil Brown became the first driver to win twice in 2010, when he took the checkered flag on Friday May 14. Other winners in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series were Chris Brink (Wyotech Modifieds), Andrew Kostelnik (Napa Street Stocks), Zane Ferrell (Pro Auto Supply Service Chargers), and Mark Tringes, Jr. (Coca Cola Super Compacts).
Orlando Speedworld (FL) - Dick Anderson held off Ben Kennedy, Jared Allison, Tom Root and Anthony Sergi to win Friday night's Super Late Model race at Orlando Speedworld.
Sergi won the Pro Truck feature, Ed Michalak won the Sportsman race, John Zidek won the E-Modified feature, David Russell won the Mini Stock and Super Stock races, Neil Kirby won in Strictly Stocks, Criter Saille won the Legends race, Mark Hooven won in Bandolaro Young Guns and Michael Held won in Bandolaro Bandits.
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing action with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Friday, May 14th. Woody Pitkat picked up his first win of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Dillon Moltz got win number two of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Cipriano scored his first career victory in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Durand won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Cory Casagrande was the second first time career winner of the night by taking the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Toledo Speedway (OH) - Rookie driver Kyle DeLisle notched a big win in Friday night's 7-up 35 lap ARCA Sportsman feature race at Toledo Speedway. Dennis Whisman made it 2 for 2 in the wild Figure 8 Main, while James Hazlett zipped to victory in the ARCA Factory Stock feature event. The track hosted Scout Night on a cool and dry evening.
Airborne Speedway (NY) - Martin Roy, Jr. won the 30-lap 358 Modified feature at Airborne Speedway.
Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - The 43rd opening night at the Bear Ridge Speedway sponsored by KDD NAPA of Bradford is officially in the record books, with seven features completed and two overall finishes recorded before the rains set in to claim the rest of the festivities. The second segments for the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes, and the Journal Opinion Fast Fours will be run at the beginning of the night next week when the Ridge returns to action with a full night of racing, plus the Granite State Mini Sprints sponsored by Wicked Racing and Snap-on Tools, concluded with the make feature for the Hornet Queens.
The KDD NAPA of Bradford opening for the fastest dirt track in VT while shortened by weather, did not lack for excitement with plenty of racing action afforded the fans, for their first visit to the Ridge in 2010. Double features was the theme for the night for all five of the regular 99ROCK weekly racing series divisions. The A Notch Above Limited Late Models were able to complete both of their features and make their trip to the new Sonoco Racing Fuels Victory Lane as well as the race night sponsor's division the KDD NAPA of Bradford Ridge Runner Hornets.
Up first it was the A Notch Above Limited Late Models, and with Danny Eastman making the move to the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds this division is open for the taking, and the drivers are ready for the challenge.
Taking segment one was Will Hull #61 E. Montpelier VT followed by Tyler Stygles #50 Bradford, VT in second and Jeremy Hodge #17 Newbury VT in third. TC Forward #14 and Jason Ginguere #23 completed the top five. The second segment is lined up from the inverted finish of the cars on the track from the first segment. When the checkers waved on this segment Jason Ginguere #23 Enfield NH claimed the win with Will Hull #61 E. Montpelier VT in second and Jeremy Hodge #17 Newbury VT in third. The overall finish, a combination of the two event finishes found Will Hull #61 E. Montpelier VT claiming the gold and a three way tie for second. Ties are broken by the finish of the second segment, which put Jason Ginguere #23 Enfield NH in second and Jeremy Hodge #17 Newbury VT in third. Rounding out the top five were Tyler Stygles #50 and TC Forward #14.
Second to hit the dirt were the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets with double digits to put on a show for the fans. Segment one was claimed by Michael Pittman #99 Corinth VT with Thomas Placey #22 Bradford VT, last year's champion in second and Karl Sheldon #19 St Johnsbury VT in third. Rounding out the top five were Don Reynolds and Bobby Bell. The second segment was claimed by Karl Sheldon #19 St Johnsbury VT, followed by Jesse Smith #8 Topsham VT, and Mike Chapin #37 Chelsea VT, Don Reynolds and Thomas Placey.
The overall top three were Karl Sheldon #19 St Johnsbury VT, Thomas Placey #22 Bradford VT and Michael Pittman #99 Corinth VT.
The Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes were able to complete their first segment and were lined up for their second when the rains set in and claimed the night. The top five finish for this segment were Chris Carbee #5 So Rygate VT, Jason Horniak #3 Bradford VT, Brian King #X Corinth VT, Mike McGinley #7, and Josh Harrington #71. The second segment will be run this Saturday night before the regular full card of racing begins.
In the Journal Opinion Fast Fours Josh Sunn #11 White River Jct VT returns and set the stage early with his dominate performance claiming the win followed by Danny Doyle #51 Danbury VT, and Andy Johnson #25 Wilder VT. Rounding out the top five were Robert Tilden #14 and Kevin Harran #57. The second segment will be run this Saturday night before the regular full card of racing begins.
The BOND Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds picked up right where they left off with a full field of cars to take the first green of the season. The winner of segment one Ryan Avery #01 Thornton NH was chased to the checkers by Chris Donnelly #17 Orford NH and Blake Shepard #181 Newton NH. Brian King #X and Jason Gray #00 completed the top five. The second segment will be run this Saturday night before the regular full card of racing begins.
The Hornet Queens will run their feature next week.
Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Defending Sportsman champion Dan Conklin collected his first win of the 2010 season in the Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman division at Bethel Motor Speedway this past weekend. By virtue of his heat race win, Conklin started the race from the pole. Last week’s winner, Greg Morgan, was looking to make it two in a row but had to be content with a runner-up finish as Conklin’s flawless performance left Morgan without an opportunity to get out front. Mike Senecal finished third, and Phil Goetschius and John Cook rounded out the top five.
After waiting seven years between wins before taking down the checkers in the last regular season race at Bethel in 2009, Sam’s Towing Pro Stock driver Jim Helt decided that he was not going to wait as long between wins again. Helt won his heat race, and started the feature from the outside pole. After a side-by-side battle for the lead with pole sitter Kip Lowitz, Helt assumed the lead and made it apparent that he was not going to surrender it. Bobby Policastro finished second, with Charlie Howe Jr. third.
Mike Alcaro became the first repeat winner in the Legends division, but it was not an easy task as he was involved in a caution just before the halfway point of the race and managed to work his way back through the entire field to grab the lead from Thomas Hartensveld Jr. with four laps remaining. Hartensveld Jr. crossed the line second, followed by Mark Tischler.
For the second time in as many weeks, Massachusetts youngster Chris Lomartire sat in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the JTR Enterprises Bandolero event. Lomartire led the event from start to finish. He was followed across the line by Joseph Graf Jr. and Mikey Policastro.
In the Street Stock division, Kevin Skelly started an early celebration of his 21st birthday this week by grabbing the win. Skelly got out front at the drop of the green and never looked back as Charlie Houghtaling and Gary VanOrden Jr. battled it out behind him for second and third.
John Cote made his second 2010 trip to Victory Lane in the BMS modified class. Skip LaPolt challenged Cote for the entire length of the race as the two distanced themselves from the rest of the field. LaPolt had to settle for second, and Jim Fugel crossed the line third.
In the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Senior division, Eddie Lindstadt took a borrowed car to Victory Lane when he captured the win that has eluded him the last two weeks. Lindstadt had to hold off advances from Paul Curry, who headed into the event undefeated so far this season. Curry followed Lindstadt to the checkers, with Allen Jones third.
Both Mike Travis and Steven Schmitz took turns at the front of the field in the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Junior feature, but Schmitz walked away with his first trophy of the 2010 season when the dust settled on the event. Travis, who was the winner of last week’s event, retired from the race just past the halfway mark. Vinny Stanton Jr. finished second, with Patrick Oefelein third.
Concord Speedway (NC) - Roger Lee Newton Claimed the trophy in the HutchBSR Pro Late Models 100 lap feature Saturday night at Concord Speedway while Jay Payne picked up another win in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division. Other winners included Brian Love in the Coca- Cola Pure Stocks; Tracy Mullis in the Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours; Rusty Drye in the Town & Country Ford Thunderstox race one and Kirby Allen in Thunderstox 2.
All the racing action was fit into Scott Clark’s Toyota City’s Night at the Races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series plus race 2 of the Pro5 Series for Pro Late Models.
The Pro Late Model event took the green took the green at 10:52 PM, very late due to rain delay earlier. Mark Reedy in his #12 Ford took the point from the outside front row.on the start. Reedy held the lead only for the first two tours until Newton muscled by and kept the point for all remaining laps except on lap 83 led by Colt James. Not that the race was without excitement. Fastest qualifier Preston Peltier a seven, moving him halfway back in filed for the start, but, Peltier had worked his way to third in the waning laps. Colt James challenged Newton throughout the last 30 laps but couldn't quite close the deal. At the finish Newton was first, James a close second, Peltier an even closer third, Bobby Measmer, Jr. fourth and newcomer Grant Davidson of Asheboro in fifth..
Jay Payne’s trip to the Country Inns and Suites of Concord & Kannapolis was his fourth of the season. Interestingly, Payne arrived at the speedway just before time trails started and had no practice! No worries. Payne claimed fastest lap anyway, starting fifth after the draw. Jerry “Doc” Miracle led lap one, Bobby Measmer Jr took the point on lap two and held on until lap 17 when Payne worked his way to the front and held on through the finish of the forty-lap contest.
Measmer crossed in second, Miracle third, Clinton baker fourth and Jeff Graves fifth.
Barry Reed, Brian Love, Jamille Flaquer and Jeff Melton put on a close dice throughout the Coca-Cola Pure Stock Contest. At the checkers Brian Love in the #44 Dodge claimed the trophy. Reed claimed second, Melton third, Flaquer fourth and Charles Faassen fifth.
The Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours started seventeen cars. At the finish Tracy Mullis claimed the win with Barry Canter just a few inches off Mullis’s bumper in second. Chad Miller, Justin Potter and Dean Lancaster were third through fifth.
The Town and Country Ford Thunderstox opened and closed the evening of racing. Rusty Drye won the first tilt while Kirby Allen claimed the second event after the first two finishers failed inspection.
Dells Raceway Park (WI) - The Wisconsin Dells Cub Scout Pack 66 started off an exciting evening of racing by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour joined the Late Models, Pure Stocks, and Bandits.
Rich Schumann Jr took the top qualifying spot in the Late Model division with a 14.297. The invert would be kind to Mike Lichtfeld as he would lead the field to green for the feature event ahead of James Swan and Mike Ehde. Lichtfeld took the lead and reminded his fellow competitors and fans that he was last years champion in the Super Stock division. Mike Ehde quickly moved into second place and despite two yellow flags that brought the field together could not manage to get past Lichtfeld. Mike Lichtfeld visited Victory Lane for the first time in the Late Model division. Dan Lensing won the Fast Dash, and Derek Childs and Rocky "the flying squirrel" Breezer won their heat races.
In the Pure Stock Division Dave Trute set fast time with a 15.810. Starting mid-pack during the feature, Trute moved steadily through the field to second behind Adam Johnson. Johnson worked hard to keep Trute from gaining the lead but with just 9 laps to go Trute moved in and claimed the checkered flag. Heat race winners were Doug Paul and Brad Luck.
With 26 Bandits qualifying, competition was fierce. James Junget set fast time with a 17.493. Fighting to get into the Feature, Andy Portzen, Todd Kolpien, Denny Schott, and Trent Uselman received the four transfer positions in the semi-feature. During the feature event, Brandon Junget started deep in the field but made his way quickly through the traffic. With 10 laps to go Brandon took the lead and picked up his second feature win. Kory Childs, Jeremy Simmons, and Andy Portzen won their heat races.
Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) - Dunn Tire Raceway Park opened up its doors for its 52nd season of stock car racing with a full racing card. The night was a sentimental one, as DTRP paid its respects to those that passed away over the off season including Bobcat of Buffalo owner John Freundschuh, DTRP official Rick Cuedek, and DTRP Street Stock competitor Tommy “Golden Wheels” Agen. The night was full of racing action as Matt Alix captured the win in the headline John Freundschuh Memorial Late Model feature, Billy Burd continued his winning streak in the Sportsman division, Kevin Mendel captured the Street Stock feature win, Dan Roesch took the checkers in the 4 Cylinder class, and Jamie Collard beat out a strong field of TQ Midgets for a win.
East Bay Speedway (FL) - The annual Scott Thompson Memorial presented by Airgas brought 32 Racecar Engineering Late Models to the East Bay Raceway Park pit area for the Saturday night racing action. Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, jumped behind the wheel of the Ken & Diane Nosbisch Late Model and went wire-to-wire to pick up the prestigious win.
Horton started from outside the front row, grabbing the lead from Mark Whitener. Horton led a torrid pace, catching lapped traffic by lap 12, but a caution spared him the traffic hassle. Behind Horton, Shan Smith and Devin Dixon were locked up in a battle for second place, trying to outgun each other on restarts. Horton got back into lapped traffic by lap 23, but the caution came out again when 2009 track champion Jeff Mathews blew an engine. On lap 30, Dixon and Smith tangled on a restart, jamming the whole field and eliminating six cars from competition. Ivedent Lloyd, who had qualified through the consy after failing post-race tech after a heat win, charged into the top five from the 23rd starting spot. Lloyd’s run ended when the car stopped in turn one. On the restart, Smith slowed with a flat right rear, jamming Dixon and Philip Cobb, who kept their spots for the lap 40 restart. David Schmauss moved into the top five and Whitener slowed on the next lap for a caution. On the restart, Horton disappeared, stretching out the lead to 1/3 of the track at the checkered. Dixon crossed in second, but was too light at the scale. That gave the runner-up to Schmauss with Josh Peacock, Bryan Bernhardt and Doug Watson rounding out the top five. Whitener, Horton, Cobb and Bernhardt won heats while Alex Boerner crossed first in the consolation.
Matthew Haynes notched his fourth feature win in the Outlaw 4 class. His badly-beaten car weathered the competition, keeping Haynes in the point lead. Billy Howard, Cecil Martin, Keith Heard and Stephen Hohlbaugh rounded out the top five. Martin and Chris Zimmerman claimed preliminaries.
The Precision Kia Street Stocks saw point leader Donnie Reed claim his fourth feature win and enhance his point advantage. His nearest competitor in the points, Thomas Pratt, claimed second in the feature, ahead of Eric Moon, Garry Sheffield, and Clarence Pratt. Heat wins went to Jeff Rodgers, Reed and Thomas Pratt.
The motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers had a field of 30 cars presented for their 15-lap main. Johnnie Alexander made a last lap pass on Roberto Morfin Sr. to claim his first win. In fact, it was Alexander’s first-ever win. Morfin Sr. lost second in tech, giving up the runner-up spot to Raymond Vann, who started deep in the field. Third went to Mathew Odell, ahead of Robert Purcell and George Handy. Morfin Sr., Odell and Alexander were heat winners.
Evergreen Speedway (WA) - Evergreen Speedway raised a lot of money for the cure of breast cancer this past Saturday night May 15th. Racing for the Cure Night at the races was successful for many including Tom Moriarity who won his third NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model Main. Lane Sundholm won his second in a row by virtue of winning the Street Stock main. The Foster Press Mini-Stock winner is Kris Harris. The traveling Northwest Pro 4 Truck series winner is Pete Brady.
Moriarity took the lead early in the 75-lap main on the 5/8-mile oval. He was challenged by Jeff Knight for many laps and at the end by Naima Lang. Moriarity stood up to all those that tried to deny his thirds win this season. Lang finished second and Knight was third in the green to checker feature for the Super Late Model Division.
The Street Stock division made their first appearance on the big track. Sundholm got out front and withstood the pressure applied by Jill Lang for the 15-laps of the 40-lap main. Lang was second followed by frank Cowgill.
Defending division champion Harriss won his first main event this season. Early leader Scott LaCross lost a wheel ending his bid for the win. Jon Roberts posted a second place finish ahead of Brent Rhorer.
Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Allen Chevrolet-Cadillac Night at Flat Rock Speedway provided race fans with a great night of action. Kevin Shirey took top honors in the Buckeye 305 Sprint Car event, while Chad Guinn and Rich Abel were victorious in the DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock features. Gary Cronenwett won his first-ever ARCA Figure 8 feature, and the duo of Dan Apperson and Dennis Whisman were the winners in the wild Figure 8 Train race. John Allen and John Ogren from Allen Chevrolet greeted the winners in victory lane.
Gresham Motorsports Park (GA)- History was the theme of the evening and David Odell, Tina Stephens and Brittany Finley authored their own new chapters in the sport scoring big wins at Gresham Motorsports Park Saturday.
Odell notched his first major Late Model Stock car win capturing the CARQUEST Auto Parts Pro Late Model 100-lap main event while Stephens and Finley became the first women to win at the new track on a night when members of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame made the track’s history come alive
Odell (left) ran a strong race, benefitting from a late tangle by leaders Bubba Pollard and Johnny Henderson. He then made his own luck grabbing the top spot from Shawn Simpson on the restart with 14 laps remaining and then held off a late-race challenge from Beau Slocumb to win his first major event since capturing a Truck race at Opp (AL) Speedway several years ago.
“We were aiming for a top-six or top-seven finish,” said Odell in Victory Lane. “If we could have done that, we would have been just fine. We’re a low budget team. Slocumb has his stuff figured out and to beat him is so exciting.”
It looked like no one would challenge Pollard after he slipped by Hunter Robbins for the lead on a Lap 24 restart. The veteran Senoia, GA driver pulled out to a sizeable lead as Robbins, Henderson, Simpson, Kyle Sirzotti, Odell and Slocumb battled nose-to-tail for second through seventh.
Pollard still held the lead as Henderson slipped into second on Lap 42. The two then ran off from the rest of the pack and appeared to be in a position to settle the win between them only to make contact and crash out of the race with 19 laps remaining.
That left the door open for Odell and he stepped through with flying colors taking the checkered flag in front of Slocumb, Sirizzotti, Simpson and Robbins. Jimmy Garmon, Jeremy Mullinax, Rodney Benefield, James Nealis and Frederick Moore completed the Top-10 finishers.
Meanwhile, more than 25 members of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame were on hand for GMP’s first event at the Official Track of the Georgia Hall and fittingly, Stephens and Finley made history by becoming the first women drivers to win on the new Gresham Motorsports Park half-mile oval.
Stephens (right) was never headed in the Outlaw Late Model main event holding off David Murphy by less than a car length. Moments later, Finley made it two-for-two for the ladies as she backed up her fast time in the division by winning the Truck Series main event over Brian Huff, Bill Hoose, Michael Foy and Joel Townsend.
Spanky Hicks captured the Mini Stock main event outdueling Steve Hill, Darrell Carlson, Avery Burgess and Bryan Muse while Doug Sexton won his second Renegade Street Stock main event of the season to round out the list of victors on the evening.
Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) - Matt Quinn won the 30-lap Big Block Modified feature while Chad Jeseo won the 20-lap Pro Stock feature on Saturday night.
Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - With heavy rains continuing to blanket the region and additional rain forecasted throughout the day and evening on Saturday, Officials with Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri have been forced to cancel the racing action scheduled for Saturday, May 15th.
Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - John Bennett of Lehighton picked up his second straight Modified win Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway but no doubt of the 22 triumphs he has with the class this may have been one of the most pressure packed.
Bennett started eighth and grabbed the lead on a lap eight restart. Although he would remain in front the rest of the way, Tyler Haydt made sure he earned this trip to Victory Lane. Haydt was making his first Modified start since 2005 and gave Bennett a run for his money in a great crowd pleasing event.
Racing in substitution for Bill Teel who is on the mend, Haydt put on a drive to the front on two occasions only to fall short each time.
Starting 12th, he was able to storm in on the leaders within a few laps. When Lonnie Behler took the top spot from early pace setter Andy Szapacs on lap eight, Haydt was hanging right with him. As the pair headed into turn two they touched and collided.
Haydt had to be towed to the pits and it seemed his night was through. However, thanks to two addition cautions on the same lap, he was able to make it back out without a loss of laps.
It was that same circuit restart in which Bennett surpassed Szapacs for the lead. It looked like textbook Bennett at that point as he was putting distance between himself and second running Brian DeFebo.
With a run of green flag laps Haydt was coming through the pack in fast fashion. With ten laps to go he motored into second and began reeling in Bennett.
With time running out Haydt was in need of some help in the form of a caution and he got it thanks to a spin on the part of Szapacs with three to go.
The crowd was frenzied over the drive of Haydt and the anticipation of a two lap shootout. When the action resumed Haydt making his move on Bennett but misfortune struck again when his right front tire went flat and he came to a halt. Bennett then held off DeFebo and James Pritchard, Jr.
In the Late Model main Lorin Arthofer II of Bath passed Rick Wallace on a lap five restart and then went on to win for the first time since 2007.
Arthofer gave Wallace plenty of pressure right from the get go. When he did take the lead he had point leader Paul Koehler and Shawn Sitarchyk bearing down him but he never flinched.
As the trio was heading to the checkered flag, Koehler and Sitarchyk collided with each other ala TV’s Madhouse and wound up on the tail end of the running order. That allowed Jason Zatsko to pick up second with Wallace third.
Arthofer’s win was his seventh in a Late Model and 29th overall. Mahoning Valley is steeped in family racers. In the case of the Arthofer clan, between Lorin II, his wife Kristy Morone Arthofer, father Lorin, Sr., and brothers Jason and Darin, the family of racers has 89 combined Mahoning wins.
“You never get tired of winning and it seems that each one is more special than the last. It felt extra special to win tonight especially having my dad here and the whole family. It was awesome.” said Arthofer. “Rick (Wallace) was tough to get around. We worked hard for this.”
A field of 23 started the Street Stock feature but none could match the strong run by Jason Frey of Lehighton who won for the first time with the division.
Jillian Long led the first three laps before all-time Street Stock winner Todd Ahner took over.
Frey, who started eighth, was on the move. He was up to second by lap nine and then worked the inside of Ahner until lap 12 when he slipped past for the lead. He was unstoppable the rest of the way en route to the popular verdict. Brian Labar finished second over his teammate Ahner.
Lehighton’s Kevin Graver, Jr., raced into the history books with his 26th career Pro4 Late Model win which came in the make-up feature from the previous week.
Graver started sixth in the 20-lapper and by lap eight was battling with leader Barry Christman, Jr., and point leader Kris Graver.
On lap 14 Christman bobbled in turn two and Graver, Jr., was able to power his way into the lead from the high groove. He then cruised his way into the record books followed by his nephew at the finish.
In the nightcap Graver Jr., had just taken the lead from Christman but with six laps to go he suddenly lost power and yielded the top spot to Kris Graver who went on to notch his third win in five 2010 starts.
Randy Thomas of Palmerton aced the evening in Dirt Modifieds as he won his heat and feature.
Thomas started second and grabbed the lead at the initial green and once underway he was able to run away from the pack en route to his second win of the season. His brother and point leader Dave Thomas was second.
Third place finisher Bill Briggs set a new fast time mark at 10.591-seconds.
Montana Raceway Park - David Garber and Alex Lessor battled literally to the end of the Mike's Hard Lemonade 100 at Montana Raceway Park, making contact as the checkered flag flew sending both drivers spinning to the infield which allowed Mark Owens, Bodie Morton and Wrango West to clear with Owens taking an unexpected victory in the 2010 season opener at the Flathead Valley's high-banked oval.
Garber led the field to the green flag and held the point through the race's first 37 circuits before the first yellow of the evening flew for Chad Clampitt's spin in turn No. 2. Using the cone rule for double-file restarts, Garber took the low line as did most of the top-5 with Calgary's Brian Levant choosing the high side on the restart.
Morton pressured Garber through the race's midway point as a second yellow came out on lap 54 for Cory Wolfe's contact with Chris Skelton in turn No. 3.
Making a bold move around Garber, Morton briefly held the lead with Garber in hot pursuit. Lessor and Owens kept the front pair in sight then moved closer for a four-way battle for the lead at lap 69. Owens found Lessor to his right on the backstretch and gave chase as the duo moved by Garber and Morton for the front two positions.
Lessor went by Owens at lap 71 and stayed in front for seven laps until Garber reappeared for the top position on lap 78. Lessor retook the lead at lap 83 moving Garber to second with Owens and Morton locked in a battle for third with the final laps winding down.
With ten laps to go all four of the front running drivers were side-by-side and nose to tail for the victory. Lessor cleared Garber and stretched a lead to three car lengths with two laps to go. Garber reeled up Lessor in turn No.3 on lap 100 but contact between the leaders ended both drivers' chances at victory.
West, who had a pair of top-3 finishes on the night after running second in the Westward Bound Construction/Keller Williams Realty Legends main, was hopeful that his third place late model run is a sign of things to come.
Tyler Corpron held off West by .16-seconds for that Legends series victory. Tim Corbett, Don Sanderson and Spike Schultze rounded out the top-5 finishing order.
Tim Davis picked up a win in the Crusin' Compact division over Bill Mitchell, Marvin Stone, Fran Rehn and Danella White.
Jared White picked up the win in the Hornets 20-lap main event with Kyle Basler and Jackson Spooner rounding out the top-3.
Scott Lee, the 2009 Thunder Roadster drivers' points runner-up, started his new season off on a high note with a victory over Zach Havens and Larry Gerek in the group's 25-lap finale.
Nevada Speedway (MO) - With heavy rain blanketing the region throughout the week and additional rain forecasted throughout the weekend, Officials with the Lucas Oil MLRA and Nevada Speedway have been left with no choice but to postpone the event scheduled for Saturday, May 15th.
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) - Jerry Symons (Modifieds), Ross Chastain (Late Models), Mike Pletka (Sportsman), Cody Blair (Super Stocks), Todd Haught (Mini Stocks) and David Brannon (Strictly Stocks) won at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night.
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - David Ross got a win in the most unexpected fashion Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.
Ross, of Colton (Ca.), failed to overtake race-long leader Brett Edwards in the final laps of the 50-lap Super Late Models main event on Armed Forces Night at the ASA Member Track. But he wound up with his third win in four races this season when Brett Edwards and third-place Tony Edwards were disqualified from their finishing positions and placed at the rear of the cars on the lead lap for width infractions found in the post-race technical inspection.
The disqualifications moved 20-year-old Ross into first, with Brett’s brother Jeremy Edwards second and Matt Hicks third. Brett Edwards was placed 10th and Tony Edwards 11th.
Ross had seventh in the 18-car field and moved into second with 10 laps to go, but his late charge still left him 0.617 seconds behind Brett Edwards when the checkered flag waved.
Ross had won the first two races of the season, March 20 and April 10, and had finished eighth in a crash-filled race won by Mark Shackleford two weeks ago.
Rod Proctor, of Riverside (Ca.), won the Pick-A-Part Outlaw Figure 8 feature and Brent Scheidemantle of Alta Loma took the 35-lap Budweiser Legends Cars event to make it two wins in two nights.
Ryan Cansdale, of Laguna Beach (Ca.), won the M.C. Erectors Bandoleros 20-lap main after Parker Malone and RJ Stearns collided in Turn 2 while fighting for the lead on the last lap and Steven Larson, of Fontana (Ca.), finished inches ahead of 11-year-old Nevada Chovan to win the 20-lap race for Stock OHV Karts.
Steven Clark won the show-closing Trailer race.
Owosso Speedway (MI) - Dan Leeck (Pro Late Models), Tony Basalone (Pro Stocks), Ricky Moore (Pure Stocks), and Harley Smith (Sport Stocks) took Opening Night Part III Feature Wins at Owosso Speedway.
Pierces Vermilion County Speedway (IL) - Bobby Dauderman had done it so many times before - just never at Pierces Vermilion County Speedway.
The 2009 UMP Pro Late Model National Champion bided his time, worked the high groove and caught race-long leader Bobby Pierce with five laps to go Saturday evening. He then pulled away for the win in the Linne Machine Pro Spectacular for the crate engine cars.
Pierce, Oakwood, Ill., took the lead from the pole and led the first 35 laps. Dauderman, Alhambra, Ill., was stagnant around fifth place for the opening laps after starting sixth and then began to move through the field. He then picked off Illinois state point leader Nick Bauman and Springfield teen Joseph Hughs to take third on Lap 12. When he used the high groove to get by Randy Shuman four laps later he found himself about a straightaway behind the 14-year old Pierce.
Only three cautions flew in the 40-lap event. The final set up a two-lap dash, but Pierce could not get by a lapped car and Dauderman picked up the $1,250 first prize.
Shuman, Bauman and Lebanon's Casey Montague completed the Top 5.
Nick Allen, Wheatfield, Ind., dominated the UMP Modifieds. He led all 25 laps in the feature after setting fast time and winning his heat. That was fresh off a win the night before at Kankakee, Ill.
In the Sportsman, Steve Peeden, Paragon, Ind., won the 15-lap make up feature from the May 1 rain out. Scott Hufford, Danville, won the regular feature.
Three-time UMP Street Stock National Champion Jerrad Krick, Earl Park, Ind., took that main. Jason Maier made his first trip to PVCS pay off by winning the Hornet feature over his brother Matt.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Tim Sargent was the king of the high banks but Alex Papini was the talk of the town after a wild Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models feature event tonight at the Rockford Speedway. Sargent charged from a fourth place starting position to collect his first feature victory of 2010, holding off a late race effort from the venerable Jerry Gille to do so.
Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Ryan Vanasse won the Pro Stock feature on Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway (MA) while Kyle Casper won the Late Model main event.
Virginia Motor Speedway - In the Victory Lap Late Model 35 portion of the Paul Sawyer Memorial Brandon Long and Scott Adams led the field to green with Adams taking control out of turn 2. It wouldn’t take long for the races first caution would fly as on the next circuit Vaughan Haywood and Walker Arthur would get together in turn 2 sending both to the rear for the restart.
On the restart caution would come out again for the spinning cars of Davis Lipscombe and Matt Marshall in turn 2. On the restart Stevie Long got inside Brandon Long in turn 3 talking the spot as the two came back to the line. Once in second Long set out to run down Adams who had stretched his lead out to twelve car lengths.
By lap 7 Long had caught Adams as was looking to take away the top spot. He finally got under Adams in turn 2 of lap 8 taking the lead he would never relinquish. Long would build as much as a full straight lead as the field battle for position behind him.
The races last caution of the night came out on lap 30 setting up a five lap shootout for the win. On the restart Long jumped to a two car length advantage as Ben Bowie and Walker Arthur battle side by side for second over the remaining five laps. With laps winding down Bowie and Walker waged a side by side duel for the ages with Bowie holding down the bottom and Arthur working the high side. The two swapped the position in every corner. As the two wrestled for the runner up spot it allowed Long to cruise to his second win in a row.
Following Long to the checkers were Ben Bowie, Walker Arthur, Brandon Long and Scott Adams. Tim Shelton was the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race with his eighth place finish.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - A five division program of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing was completed Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl with national Series points leader Keith Rocco of Wallingford picking up another win in the SK Modifieds®, his fifth in six events held at the track this season. Eighteen year old Chris Meyer of North Franklin was a first time winner dominating the Street Stock race. Fifteen year old racer Anthony Flannery of East Hampton continued a hot start to the Legends Cars season and Allen Coates of Ledyard showed his Speedbowl prowess in checkering another A.B. CDL Training Center Truck race.
Sunday Races -
Concord Speedway (NC) - INEX Legends and Bandoleros races for Sunday May 15th have been postponed by rain and the threat of severe thunderstorms. A rain date will be announced later.
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Perfect racing conditions from Mother Nature set the stage for close door to door racing Sunday at Sundance Vacations Speedway. After taking the race lead from Paul Frantz early in the Sport Modified feature, Ricky Ross, Jr. of Mountaintop held off Nick Pecko to score his first feature win of the season. Jerry Hildebrand of Wapwallopen held off Lorin Arthofer to notch his first Late Model victory of year and Mountaintop’s Wayne Lowe visited victory lane for the fist time the season in Factory Stock competition. Ian Cumens of Lyndell took top honors in the ATQRMA main event and Scott Hubler of Coplay found victory lane in the P.A.L. Legend main.
Unity Raceway (ME) - Reigning Unity Raceway track champion Frank Moulton of Burnham kicked off his title defense in winning fashion Sunday afternoon in the top-tier Late Model division at the track’s 2010 season opening event. Moulton was joined in victory lane by Shawn Austin, Jim Shorey, Corey Walker, Reggie Bickford, Shadow Folsom, Mika Wilson, Jayson Bosworth and George Fernald III.
Moulton got an early break in the 40-lap Late Model race when several of the frontrunners were involved in a first-lap incident, which set up a battle for the top position with rookie Mike Landry of Oakland, involving several lead changes. In the closing laps Moulton was able to maintain a slight advantage at the head of the pack, while Tim Ferriera of Unity made a spectacular charge from dead last on the starting grid in a borrowed car to take runner-up honors away from Landry in the closing laps. Ed ‘Fubby’ Drake of Vassalboro bounced back from a couple of altercations to cross the line in opfurth position, with Will Collins of Appleton rounding out the top five. Ajay Picard of Palmyra and Collins won Late Model heat races.
Shawn Austin, of Norridgwock, bounced back from problems in practice that prevented him from starting the heat race to win the 25-lap Racin’ Paper Super Street feature from dead last on the starting grid. Orrington’s Nick Huff was the best of the rest. Third-place finisher Nate Weston of Madison led most of the race and looked like a sure winner before losing a right rear tire with just a few laps remaining in the race. Afetr replacing the rubber, Weston got back to third position before the checkered flag waved. Steve Rackliff of Starks finished in fourth position, followed by Kevin Oliver of New Vineyard. Weston won the heat race.
Jim Shorey of Kingston, New Hampshire prevailed in a wild 55-lap main event for the Keystone Automotive Industries Wildcat division. Shorey was battling for second behind race leader Hal Stratton of Belgrade when mechanical failure on the leader’s machine found Shorey and Ed Sleeper with nowhere to go. Stratton’s race was over, but both Shorey and Sleeper returned to competition following visits to the pit area. Kris King of Burnham, who had inherited the race lead after Stratton’s misfortune, valiantly tried to fight off Shorey’s late bid but was forced to settle for runner-up honors. Andy Turbovsky of Winslow ended up in third position, with the top five filled out by Sleeper and Brian Whitmey of Burnham. Sleeper won the heat race.
Corey Walker, of New Vineyard, was declared the winner of the Uncle Henry’s Late Model Pro Four race after apparent winner Cary Davis of Solon came up a few hundred pounds light at the scales in post-race inspection. Jimmy Dennis of Benton claimed runner-up honors, with Steve Rackliff of Starks inherting the final podium finishing position. Bryan Lancaster and Mike Mason, both from Skowhegan, rounded out the top five. Walker also won the heat race.
Reggie Bickford, of Oakland, cruised to victory in wire-to-wire fashion in the Monster Energy Monsta Mini feature race. Defending division champion Mike Wilson mounted a brief challenge for the eventual winner, but eventually finished a distant second to Bickford. Lance Chapman of Benton crossed the line in third position, followed by Dylan Lancaster of Skowhegan and Tim Collins of Farmingdale. Bickford also won the heat race.
Shadow Folsom, of Skowhegan, prevailed in Aable Auto Parts Flyin’ 4 division feature action. Justin Moore of Madison made every effort to get by Folsom during the main event, even leaving the track’s asphalt surface on a couple of occasions, but as the checkered flag waved he had to settle for runner-up honors. Brad Bosworth of Cornville, who won several Teen Thunder division races a year ago, claimed third position in his first run as a regular in the Flyin’ 4 class. Zach Audet of New Vineyard and Cody Sleeper of Augusta rounded out the top five. Folsom also won the heat race.
Mika Wilson was the overall winner in the combined 20-lap main event for the Waterville Oaks Ladies and Geo & Sons Teen Thunder divisions. Wilson’s run at the front of the pack went uncontested. Jayson Bosworth of Cornville outdueled Matt Kimball of Cornville for top honors amongst the Teen Thunder entries. Shelby Kimball, fourth overall, was the outstanding performer of the race, bouncing back from a couple of incidents to finish fourth overall, and second amongst the Ladies, after winning the heat race in convincing fashion.
Benton’s George Fernald III dominated the Enduro 20-lapper to close out the racing program.
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