Updated - Monday, May 3rd, 10am ET
Motordrome Speedway (PA) - On Friday, April 30, Motordrome Speedway completed round number two of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with defending track Champion Mark Cottone the victor in the NASCAR Subway Super Late Models. Gary Scott earned his first win since 2008 in the Wyotech Modifieds, and Aaron Minjock won a career first Napa Street Stock feature event. Kristen Etling became the only driver to repeat in 2010, winning her second consecutive Pro Auto Supply Service Charger feature. Steve Settle made his first Coca Cola Super Compact start, and won the main event.
Three-time Motordrome Champ Rick Miller started on the pole for the 50-lap NASCAR Subway Super Late Model feature event, in his new Hemphill Racing ride. Young Chris Bailey, Jr. started outside and took the early lead. Tommy Beck, returning to the seat of the Bentz Motorsports #60, advanced from fourth starting position into the lead on lap three. On lap seven, sixth starting Mark Cottone made a bold pass of Beck for the point position. Cottone, also a three-time track Champion, remained at the head of the pack, but not far out of Beck’s reach. Seventh starting Bobby Henry advanced to fourth on lap seven and waged a lengthy war with Barry Awtey for third spot. On lap 29, Henry spun from the Awtey battle and on the restart Mark Poole, who started eighth, passed Awtey for third. Poole challenged Beck for second, but after a clean battle and ony three brief cautions, the race was checkered with Cottone grabbing a popular win in the Auto Express Transportation/Mamma Popino’s Pizza/Baker Performance Chevy. Beck placed second in his first start of the year on an asphalt track, with Poole third, Awtey fourth, and Neil Brown fifth. Brown and Poole were the heat race winners.
Although the official scoring shows that veteran Gary Scott led all 25 laps of the Wyotech Modified feature, the race included an exciting multi-car battle for the top positions. Scott started on the pole, alongside rookie Pat Hanley. Hanley led the first ten laps of his Modified career the previous week, and maintained a close second to Scott for most his second pavement racing start. Scott, early on, opened up a comfortable lead but later in the event Bobby Shipp, Chris Brink, and Hanley were all within striking distance. On a late race restart, after several laps of side-by-side action, Shipp finally completed the pass of Hanley for second, but was never able reel in Scott. Scott was shockingly winless in 2009, and jokingly threatened retirement during his victory lane interview, at the end of his longest career drought. Shipp held on to second over fifth starting Brink, with Hanley placing fourth, and seventh starting Lonnie Hoffman completing the top five.
Aaron Minjock continued the early season trend of “first time winners” at Motordrome, by earning his first trophy in the Napa Auto Parts Street Stock division. Once a dominant winner in the Charger class, Minjock’s Street Stock career was validated after he took the lead on lap seven of 25, having starting fourth. Tom Knight, Sr. and Dustin Blank were early race leaders who experienced problems later in the event, after Minjock advanced to the front. Fifth starting Andrew Kostelnik made strong moves forward in the middle stages of the event, and was close behind Minjock to place second at the finish. Teddy Gibala finished third, defending Champion Dink Colarusso was fourth, and heat race winner Jason Holder was fifth. Kostelnik was also a heat winner.
The first repeat winner of 2010 is a driver that had never been to victory lane before the start of the season. Kristen Etling, soon to be a college graduate, has won both of her heat races and both features for the Pro Auto Supply Service Chargers so far this year. After starting eighth in the field, Etling roared into the lead on lap seven and pulled away to a commanding lead, and was unchallenged to the checkered flag. Fifth starting Denny Keller led laps early and placed second, with cousin and heat race winner Tracy Keller third after starting seventh. Zane Ferrell, who left his Senior Prom to compete in the feature only, placed fourth after starting eleventh, to the delight of his formally-dressed date in the grandstands. Jimmy Christofel, who admirably wrestled a very loose handling race car, completed the top five.
Dirt track veteran Steve Settle brought a new race car to Motordrome, leaving his Charger car at the shop. After winning in 2009 as a pavement racing rookie in the Chargers, Settle became a two division winner by running away from the 4-cylinder field and leading all 15 laps of the Coca Cola Super Compact feature. He started third after winning his heat, and cruised away from the rest of the pack. Eleventh starting Bill Schwartz advanced to second place by lap six, but could not mount a challenge for the win. Eugene “The Hillbilly” Zerfoss climbed from ninth starting spot to finish third behind Schwartz with Paul Koffler, III fourth after starting 13th, and Andrew Dutkavich was fifth. Eddie Livingston and Stephen Shelpman won career first heat races earlier in the night.
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its Friday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with a special CARQUEST Extra Distance Night consisting of extra distance feature events for Stafford’s SK Light Modified, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. Frank Cardile took
the checkered flag in the 30-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery won the 25-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande won the 20-lap DARE Stock feature.
Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Bethel Motor Speedway opened the gates on the 2010 50th anniversary season this weekend with some exciting racing action on Cowboy Bill Halstead Memorial Night. Sixteen-year-old Anthony Perrego, who started on the pole by virtue of his heat race win, dominated the Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman feature. As the laps wound down, veteran drivers Dan Conklin and Jerry Curry waged an intense battle for the second spot, swapping the position and keeping fans on the edge of their seats. In the end, it was Conklin who was runner-up to Perrego. Curry came across the line third. Joseph Graf Jr. started on the pole and led every lap en route to victory in the JTR Enterprises Bandolero feature.
In the Sam's Towing Pro Stock event, defending division champion Joe Barnes took home the win after holding off a strong late-race charge from Bobby Policastro. Rookie Street Stock driver Gary VanOrden Jr. made an impressive debut, grabbing the checkers ahead of Charlie Houghtaling.
The BMS Modified feature was won by sophomore competitor Skip LaPolt, who was followed across the line by Jim Fugel. In the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Senior feature, Paul Curry got the win. Vinny Stanton Jr. took home the opening day win in the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Junior class.
Dells Raceway Park (WI) - With bright and sunny skies Saturday, Dells Raceway Park kicked off their 2010 season with the Cabin Fever 75.
In the Budweiser Late Model Division, 16 year old Davey Pennel of Sparta, qualified first with a 14.259. Mike Lichtfeld lead the Cabin Fever 75 from the pole and held it for the early part of the race. However, defending champion Corey Jankowski quickly took the lead from Lichtfeld and hung on toclaim his first feature win of 2010. Mike Ehde, Ed Jackson, Andy Niles, and Ed Szelagowski raced their way into the main event by placing in the top spots of the B-Feature. Scott Ollerman won the fast dash, and Mike Lichtfeld and Ed Jackson won their heat races.
With a full invert Rick Coppernoll claimed the pole for the NEW Sportsman division feature. Ron Grabarski worked his way through the field but couldn't manage to get past Coppernoll before the laps ran out, sending Coppernoll to Victory Lane. Ron Grabarski won the heat race.
Defending champion Brad Luck started his season out by shattering the previous track record of 15.947 by turning a 15.722 in qualifying. With an invert of 10, Luck was placed in the middle of the pack for the feature and he battled his way into second position with only a few laps to go. Not enough time for him to work his way past the leader throughout the race Kevin Gilding, so it was Gilding that picked up the first win. Heat race winners were Mark Hohl and Kevin Gilding.
The racing was fierce and competitive in the Bandit division with over 20 cars in the field. Brandon Junget set fast time with a 17.696. In the B-Feature Hunter Johnson, Ren Revels, Jo Rupp, and Nick Rittemann received the transfer positions to the main event. In the feature Brandon Junget proved that his car really was the fastest on track by racing through the field and into victory lane. Ren Revels, Gene Bialozor, and James Junget won the heat races.
Evergreen Speedway (WA) - Evergreen Speedway held their annual ‘Cinco de Mayo Night at the Races’ this past Saturday May 1. The night’s feature was the first ever ‘Flaming Piñata Car Jump’ and stunt driver Josh Beckel made it spectacular as the car went through the flames landing on a row of cars then flipping upside down. Beckel crawled from the overturned car to a standing ovation from the fans. The winner of the 4-cylinder demo derby was, former figure eight driver, Wendy Boyd. Beckel’s night was not done, after his stunt he went out and won the Boat Race. Scott Geibel won the Renegade V-8 main. A new crowd favorite is the Mini-Van Soccer game. The Sponge Bob bus won the School Bus race. Tim Schubert rolled over a total of 8-times in his two rounds of the roll-over contest.
The night also featured an ethnic dancing exhibition. A kid’s Piñata with everyone getting a bunch of candy. A good time was had by all.
Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - 7 Up and Corrigan Oil Opening Night at Flat Rock Speedway brought the ¼ mile paved oval back to life for the new season Saturday. Eric Lee, Billy Earley, Rob Moore, Paul Duffin and David Price claimed the main event wins on an unusually warm evening for the first week of May. The track also paid tribute to our military personnel with Armed Forces Appreciation Night, hosting both active and retired members as guests of the speedway.
The 50 lap ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Model feature overcame 1 re-start and then went the distance all green flag. The field, which included several new drivers, did a great job the entire distance. Brad Birr, at the wheel of Bob Ward's #6, took the lead on the green and led for 9 laps. Dennis Strickland, after repairing his car from a practice incident, darted into the lead on lap 10 and then battled with defending champ Eric Lee. Lee, starting 9th, reeled in the leader and on lap 26, took the high side and sailed to the point. Eric mastered traffic the rest of the distance to claim the win. Paul Pelletier, who overcame some sheet metal damage on the initial start, was the man on the move as he got back to second spot at the finish. Third was Strickland, fourth was Royce Cornett and Ron Allen was fifth, followed by Kevin Butzin, Stan Yee Jr., Birr, Dan Trosen Jr. and rookie Jimmy Alvis. Pelletier set quick time for the 19 car field at 11:792. Chuck Lindenmuth, in his first Late Model race, captured the first heat, while Steve Peters took the fast heat.
A wild 20 lap ARCA Figure 8 feature saw Billy Earley take the win after a lap 13 red flag when Dennis Whisman went to challenge Earley for the top spot. Dennis got crossed up and crashed with Jimmy Rae, Anthony Terris and Greg Studt. Terris, who led the first 9 laps, gave way to Earley on lap 10 and after the red, Billy took off to take the flag over Jerry Lee, Gary Cronenwett, Chuck Pankow, Jeremy Vanderhoof, Sam Hall, Stephanie Bradley, Terris, Nick Bradley and Whisman. Vanderhoof set fast time at 20:596, with heat wins to Whisman and Stephanie Bradley.
It took 4 shots to get a lap in for the ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock A Main, but when it happened, the race went green all the way for the 25 lap distance. A great battle between brothers Rob and Tim Moore went on up front. With 5 laps to go, the lead duo was joined by fast-closing Chad Guinn and 2009 king Dan Ford Jr. The quartet battled tooth and nail to the wire as Rob held back Tim for the big win. Guinn was impressive with his third place run, Ford Jr. was fourth and Jeff Kurzyniec fifth, followed by Dave Tanner, Tadek Stadniczuk, Clyde McKee, Mike Jaynes and Darrell Krause. Paul Duffin staged a great battle with defending champ Anthony Camilli on his way to the win in the 15 lap B Main contest. Jimmy Little led for 5 laps, Camilli took charge on lap 6 and Duffin finally nosed by Anthony on the final lap in the back chute for his win. Jimmy Rae came on strong in the final laps to nip Camilli for second at the stripe. Nick Bradley, Chris Diovardi, Kyle Metdepenningen, Michael Phillips, Little and Don Roberts finished in that order. Heat race winners were Kurzyniec, Harold Davis Jr., Lonnie York, Duffin and Phillips. Ford Jr. set quick time for the 37 cars at 13:362 and Chris Diovardi led the B Main at 14:440.
A first-time winner emerged in the ARCA 4 Cylinder feature as David Price just nosed out Brad Turner to grab his initial victory. The duo battled for much of the 20 lap contest as David stayed in the low groove to stay in command. Thomas Elmore and Taylor Baumann were next in line. Turner's fast time was 15:102
Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - Officials with Lucas Oil Speedway have been forced to cancel tonight's racing action scheduled for May 1st due to persistent rain showers and ongoing threats for periods of more rain throughout the evening. Action will resume next Saturday, May 8th as Lucas Oil Speedway Celebrates their 5th Anniversary along with the Inaugural Business Expo.
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Reigning champion Mark Shackleford inherited the lead during the sixth yellow caution flag of the race and held it through three more caution periods and 10 laps to win the 50-lap ASA Super Late Models main event in Orange Show Speedway’s 64th anniversary program Saturday night .
Shackleford, of Riverside (Ca.), started sixth in the 20-car field and was running third when leaders Brett Edwards and Jake Engle got together in Turn 4 with 11 laps to go. In short-track racing, those involved in incidents are sent to the rear of the field. That double demotion gave Shackleford’s yellow No. 10 Chevrolet the lead, with Barry Karr second and David Ross, of Colton (Ca.), third in pursuit of his third straight win at the ASA Member Track.
Shackleford had to hold off Karr on four restarts, however, each time using a better drive off Turn 2 to build an advantage and finally took the checkered flag 1.7 seconds ahead of Karr, with Edwards third.
Ross, who had won the first two Super Late Model races, spun on the next-to-last lap this time and finished eighth.
Robby Hornsby Jr., of Yucaipa (Ca.), ran his winning streak to three races in the 35-lap Team Too Pony Stock main event by charging from ninth and beating past champion Jim Mardis by 2.7 seconds. Cary Cecil, of Corona (Ca.), won his second straight Interstate Batteries Factory Four feature over a late-charging Kim Marzullo, and Nevada Chovan, an 11-year-old from Ontario (Ca.), won the 20-lap Stock OHV Kart main event.
Randy Bylsma, of San Bernardino (Ca.), closed the anniversary program by winning the 20-lap Trailer race over six rivals.
Owosso Speedway (MI) - It was Opening Night 2010 Part I / Scout Night at the Owosso Speedway on Saturday, May 1st as a solid field of cars were on hand and a good crowd converged onto the Big "O" in anticipation of the official start of the 2010 racing season.
Unfortunately, two laps into the Affordable Tire and Service Center Pro Late Models Feature, Mother Nature paid a visit with showers. Once the rain quit, drivers, officials, and more tried in vain to dry the track off, but with another storm system coming in compounded with the humidity that wouldn't cooperate with the track drying process, Fast Track Promotion Inc., was forced to cancel the remainder of the program.
Before the rains came, Kyle Murphy and Troy Whyte led the Affordable Tire and Service Center Pro Late Models field to Chief Starter, Jeremy Sladen's green flag to start the 30-lap feature. Murphy and Whyte remained side by side while the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Whyte just edge Murphy at the line each lap to lead those first two laps.
Coming down the front stretch working on lap three, veteran John Forsythe Jr., lost a motor and slowed resulting in Ryan Etchison and Two-Time Defending Track Champion, Ed Young Jr., who both had nowhere to go, slammed into Forsythe Jr., and the front stretch wall bringing out the caution flag.
While clean up was going on, Mother Nature paid her visit to the speedway forcing the eventual cancellation of the evenings' program. Prior to the rains, Young Jr., set fast time around the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked paved oval with a 16.242 while Murphy and Leo Smith picked up Heat Race Wins.
In the other three divisions who were in action, the Shiawassee Shores Pro Stocks saw 2005 Track Champion, Tom Stone set fast time with a 17.265 while Rookie Duane Call and 2006 Track Champion, Mark Ragsdale scored Heat Race triumphs.
In the Shattuck Specialty Advertising Pure Stocks, Steve Workman, the 1991 Pro Stocks Track Champion back when the division was known as the Street Stocks, collected the Fast Qualifier Award with a lap measured at 19.439 as Rookie Steve Pelky II and Ricky Moore won Heat Races.
Finally in the Okemos Auto Service Sport Stocks, 15-year-old Matt Vainner was on the verge of a career night as he set fast time with a 19.839, just 0.102 seconds off the track record which is a 19.737 held my Marq Eaton. Vainner also scored a Heat Race Win and was looking for the "Hat Trick" before the rains came. Patrick McNamara won the other Heat Race.
Pierces Vermilion County Speedway (IL) - The rain finally came and cooled off the hot racing Saturday evening at Pierces Vermilion County Speedway.
The UMP American Modified Series by Allsource and Dixie Chopper Lawnmowers brought 46 of the best in the country to battle on the well-prepared quarter-mile dirt oval.
Most of the preliminary races were completed when rain washed out the rest of the program. It will be completed on July 18. The UMP Street Stocks, UMP Pro (Crate) Late Models, Sportsman and Hornets also were competing. Those shows also will be finished July 18.
Bedford, Ind.'s Greg Johnson set the AMS stage with a fast qualifying time of 14.546 seconds. Covington, Ind.'s Josh Ferguson was fastest of the second group and second overall at 14.711.
Heats were won by Illinois drivers Denny Schwartz and Chad Kinder and Indiana pilots Devin Gilpin and Clint DeMoss.
Oakwood's Bobby Pierce won the Pro Late Model heat. Sportsman heats were taken by Rossville's Ed Lahey and Marshall, Ind.'s Mike Staggs. Hoosiers Jerrad Krick and Charlie Catt won Street Stock Heats. Hornet heats were rained out.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Mike Lloyd had waited a long time for this one, “too long” as he put it, but the veteran driver broke through on a special night landing in victory lane tonight at the Rockford Speedway after a wild Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models feature that saw two cautions in the final four laps. Lloyd survived numerous restarts and a late race charge from a fiery Matt Berger to collect his first feature win since the 2008 National Short Track Championships on the same night the quarter-mile oval played host to his organization, Mike Lloyd’s Racing for a Reason. Last weekend’s victor, Ricky Bilderback, was involved in a rough accident with three laps remaining to set up the exhilarating shootout. Kyle Lapier fended off BJ Sparkman to win the Budweiser American Short Trackers main event while Gene Marocco and Howie Ware collected feature victories in the Mtn Dew RoadRunners’ doubleheader. Erle Hoth held off Erik Gehrke for the win in the debut of the American Super Cups at the legendary facility.
Brandon Eash made a move to the top spot in the early stages of the 30-lap Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models headliner. Eash wasn’t long for the lead though as Mike Lloyd charged out front on the inside. The action in the middle of the field was intense as Kyle Shear and two-time defending champion Jerry Gille battled for fourth with nine laps in the books.
Eash swiftly fell back into their clutches as Gille jumped two spots in one lap, moving up to third as Shear held on to fourth. Seven-time track champion Ricky Bilderback began mounting an effort for consecutive wins to open the season, pushing up to fourth with ten laps remaining. Lloyd continued to pace the field, maintaining a steady cushion over second place Matt Berger.
A Jon Reynolds Jr. spin on the frontstretch brought out a late caution with four laps to go. The mayhem wasn’t over as Ricky Bilderback and Mike Beyer made contact on the frontstretch one lap later, setting off a chain reaction pileup in turn one that caught up both drivers as well as Shear and Reynolds Jr. ‘Driver X’ and Shear both managed to drive away from the accident as a three-lap shootout was born.
Lloyd stuck his car out front by a nose on the restart and held off a hungry Berger for his first feature win since taking down the 2008 National Short Track Championships Feature Winners Invite.
“The car was fast and it felt good rolling through the turns,” a smiling Lloyd stated in victory lane while receiving congratulations from friends, family, and track owner Jody Deery. “It feels really good to get another win out here at Rockford, especially tonight with (Mike Lloyd’s) Racing for a Reason here. This is a special night and that was a great battle.”
On a night filled with action and excitement, the always steady Jerry Gille rallied from a difficult opening weekend to finish third. Tim Sargent held on for fourth and Alex Papini came from the back of the pack, surviving his penalty from last week’s adventure to finish fifth.
The Budweiser American Short Trackers main event got off to a fast paced start as Kyle Lapier took advantage of his front row starting position to snag the early lead. Nick Cina Jr. snuck past Jason Bragg on the outside for second bringing George Sparkman with him up to third. Sparkman wasted no time in mounting a challenge for second, glimpsing to the inside of Cina Jr. with 15 laps remaining.
George Sparkman lost momentum exiting turn four and watched his brother BJ Sparkman propel past him on the outside, grabbing third in the process. With the laps winding down, a debris caution halted BJ Sparkman’s inside attempt for second, setting up a three-lap dash to the checkers.
BJ Sparkman made a final push on the ensuing restart, making quick work of Cina Jr. for second before setting his sights on Lapier and the win. The three-time champion ran out of time though as Kyle Lapier collected his first feature win of the young 2010 season.
Cina Jr. held on to third while George Sparkman grabbed fourth. Scott Hoeft came home in fifth to round out the top five.
Howie Ware led the field to the first green flag of the night in a resumption of last week’s rain-suspended Mtn Dew RoadRunners headliner. The race restarted with 15 laps remaining and by turn four, Robert Roush was peeking on the inside of Ware and eyeing the top spot. Roush was rushing the inside line when the caution flew with six laps left as Pat Smith’s car dumped fluid in the middle of turns one and two.
On the restart, Roush reapplied pressure to the inside of Ware before slipping up as the white flag waved, costing him a chance at the win. Roush’s loss was Ware’s gain as the driver finally collected a feature win, leading the 19 car field to the checkered flag.
Jeff Allendorf managed a strong third-place finish a week after starting out front.
Lloyd Hawkins headed up the second half of the 20-lap Mtn Dew RoadRunners doubleheader, pacing the 24 car field for the opening four laps before exiting the track during a caution. Ricky Nielsen inherited the top spot on the restart as the elder statesmen of the high banks, Gene Marocco, maneuvered into the bridesmaid’s position.
Marocco wasn’t done, biding his time as the laps winded down before making the winning move, mashing past Nielsen with two circuits remaining to notch his first feature win of the year.
Brett McCoy snatched second after Nielsen was disqualified during post-race inspection. Dennis Smith Jr. snuck up to third while Jason Van Hise edged out Howie Ware for fourth.
Erle Hoth rocketed to the lead in the 25-lap feature debut of the American Super Cups at the Rockford Speedway. Erik Gehrke, a venerable veteran who’s always strong at the high-banked oval, picked up where he left off in the heat race challenging the leader with the bottom groove his lane of choice.
After a brief caution, Hoth and Gehrke resumed their side-by-side battle for the top spot. As the white flag waved, Hoth drove past Gehrke on the outside and maintained a two car length lead through the final two turns to collect the victory.
Mick Ellis, Cody Lipstreuer, and David Cerer rounded out the top five.
Jason Van Hise and Robert Roush tag-teamed to win the Sam’s Drive-In RoadRunner Challenge Grocery Cart Race, dashing around the infield over the course of two laps to claim the opening challenge event of 2010.
Shangri-La II Motor Speedway (NY) - On a hot day of hot competition, Shangri-La II Motor Speedway opened its second year of operation under the ASA Member Track banner Saturday afternoon with Brian Defebo scoring a dramatic victory in the 50-lap Modified feature and Tony Hanbury taking down his second major Sportsman Modified victory in 24 hours. Rick "Cricket" Clonch celebrated his return to full-time racing by sweeping the Street Stock field, while Scott Nurmi was credited with the ASA Late Model honors after apparent winner Tommy Cloce was disqualified at post-race inspection for violating the track gear ratio rule.
Defebo started fifth in the Modified field which saw 2009 track champion John Markovic take the lead from the pole. A slower car in the outside lane allowed third starting Dean Rypkema and Defebo to move into the top three. Several early cautions slowed the action, eliminating rookies John Ramsey and Scott Conover.
The restart from Conover's accident at lap 14 proved to be the last slowdown of the contest. Defebo rushed past Rypkema at the green flag and began to hound leader Markovic, mostly using the outside groove. Just when it seemed all his rim riding was a bluff to set up an inside pass, Defebo mounted his final attack at the five-to-go sign. On lap 47 he thrust to the high side of Markovic in turn 2, rode side-by-side down the back straight, and cleared Markovic with an outside power move as they swung off turn 4. In the remaining four laps Defebo stretched his, lead to nearly a full second,
Markovic barely held off a charging Rick Zacharias for second, while Daren Scherer and Rusty Smith were a distant fourth and fifth. Jimmy Zacharias, Jim Storace, Andy Walko, Larry Fisher, and Rypkema completed the top ten. Defebo, Storace, and Smith were heat race winners.
Part of the "Concrete Duals" portion of the program saw the Sportsman Modifieds contest twin 20-lap features, with the overall winner decided by combining the finishes of the two segments. Jimmy Zacharias and Tony Hanbury swapped the lead in the opener, with Zacharias emerging on top and Dan Kurzejewski third. In the nightcap Hanbury was overpowering and Zacharias was never able to challenge, winding up fourth behind Tom Shiner and Markovic. In the final rundown, Hanbury's Dean Rypkema-owned mount was victorious over J. Zacharias, Marokovic, Shiner, and Kurzejewski. J. Zacharias and R. Zacharias won the heats.
The previous evening, Hanbury had won a race named in memory of his late father, Bob Hanbury, at Chemung Speedrome. Saturday's triumph marked his first victory at the track nearest his Owego home, giving him a satisfying as well as profitable weekend.
No calculation was necessary to figure out that Clonch had won the overall Street Stock honors in their twin 15's. Cricket, who won the entry-level division title at the original Shangri-La Speedway in 1995 and later raced on the Busch North circuit, went to the front in both segments and took the combined honors over Tom Cundy and Jim Potrzebowski. Cundy and Clonch took their heat races.
A crash entering turn 3 on lap 1 ended the day for contender Travis Fisher in the ASA Late Model race, giving defending ASA Weekly Racing national champion Tommy Cloce a clear run to lead every lap, despite determined pressure from Nurmi in the closing laps. Cloce's perfect day ended in the tech building as he was found to be running a 5.11 rear end gear, outside the 5.00 limit set in the Shangri-La II rulebook. Nurmi, last year's recipient of the hard luck award, was elevated to the win over Ben Reynolds, Jerry Dineen, Joe Brown, and Dan Bellinger. Reynolds and Cloce topped their heats.
Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Fans arriving at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night may have thought that they has stumbled into a fiesta as Uno De Mayo Night at VSP brought back five divisions of racing action to the fastest half mile in the south. The Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Taylor Racing Products Sportsman, Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks, and the 4 Cylinder Challengers, all took to the festive atmosphere and cranked up the excitement level to maximum. And the night brought some different faces to Victory Lane celebrations as some of the divisional front runners struggled on the hottest night so far in 2010.
The Budweiser Modifieds were the only regular division to race at Volusia Speedway Park last week, and while Jamie Carter had used that opportunity to solidify his place at the top of the points standings, Jeff Mathews fell short as he had to leave the race early. This Saturday it was Carter who had some difficulties while Larry Burkins took control and dominated the race, but Burkins still had a hard charging Jeff Mathews right on his tail in the final three laps. And despite Burkins racing with an intensity that had the crowd cheering wildly, Jeff Mathews managed to get the nose of the 33 car under him in turn 3 on the final lap, then snatch the win away coming out of turn 4.
As exciting as the finish was, Larry Burkins was not pleased. As Jeff Mathews stood on the Victory Lane stage, Burkins charged up and accosted the race winner in the middle of his winner's interview. That incident was very quickly defused by Volusia Speedway Park officials, and the resulting disqualification for bad conduct sent Burkins from a second place finish to the dog house. Kent Corbin moved into the second spot, followed by Rob Underwood in third place. Jamie Carter struggled but salvaged a fourth place finish, while Don Rollison Jr. capped off the top five.
As is often the case with Jeff Mathews, he raced again later on, this time challenging the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Model Division. And as had been the case with the Budweiser Modifieds, Mathews found himself starting in the 7th spot on the grid and having to deal with some traffic to get to the front. But the early part of the race was no picnic as repeated mishaps took some cars out of contention and required three restarts before lap 2. Mathews avoided the mayhem and used the opportunity to make his way forward, as Jason Kimball led the early laps.
Kimball managed to outrun Mathews for a bit, but the Tampa "Repo Man" was coming fast and was all over Kimball's car by lap 6. Joe Kump and David Clegg were also making moves behind Mathews and Kimball, and had a race of their own developing for the third spot. The earlier confrontation in Victory Lane must have lit a raging fire inside of Jeff Mathews, because he blew past Kimball on lap 7 and opened up an insurmountable lead on his way to his second double divisional win night of 2010 at VSP. David Clegg managed to get past Kimball as well, grabbing second place and forcing Kimball to third, while Joe Kump and Bobby Richardson rounded out the top five.
The Taylor Racing Products Sportsman Division came into Saturday night with Shaun Daugharty and Aaron Barsness tied at the top of the points standings, and fans knew that the tie would somehow be broken before the race was over. Complicating matters for both drivers were their starting positions, as Daugharty wound up in the 5th spot on the grid, while Barsness was 7th, and the fact that no one had accounted for the unsponsored car of Chris Day, which shot out to the early lead and became the one to beat.
Both Daugharty and Barsness would be the beneficiaries of six cautions that were fairly evenly dispersed through the race, which kept things close among the leaders and never allowed anyone to run away from the others. And it was just after one of those cautions when Shaun Daugherty discovered the high line and began using it to his advantage, making four passes in one lap to move to the second spot. And on lucky lap 13 Daugharty again went high to pass Chris Day and take the lead.
Daugharty may have grabbed the lead, but Day was in no mood to let the front spot go without a fight. Chris Day kept the 8 car either beside Daugharty, or right under his spoiler, for the final few laps of the race, creating a spectacular battle that had the fans on their feet. And on the final lap Day positioned himself under Daugharty in turn 3, forcing a drag race to the checkers that Daugharty won by a nose. Day would be second, with Stanton Mills coming on late in the race to grab third place. Matt McGillivray finished fourth, while Aaron Barsness came home fifth.
The Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks saw a new face in Victory Lane on Saturday night after a hard fought and exciting race. Phillip Brown was the early leader, but Mike Tovet was not about to allow a 7th starting position to ruin his night and was rapidly moving forward during the first half of the race. Tovet would grab the lead after a restart halfway through, but only held it briefly before Tim Hughes cranked up the heat on him and snatched the lead away on lap 12.
While Tim Hughes was finding his grip on success, Trevor Gamble was losing his. Gamble managed to create a caution as a flat tire sent him to the pits, but he failed to get back out in time to take the green, and thus ended up a lap down to the field and out of contention. Hughes, on the other hand, was out in front and looking to stay there, as he grabbed his first win. Mike Tovet was the second place finisher with Phillip Brown following for third. Steve Oldaker drove his 51 car to fourth place, and D.J. Nobles also notched a top five finish.
Another top racer was having difficulties as the Challenger Division hit the track on Saturday. This time it was Casey Feaster, who has been virtually unbeatable, as his primary racecar developed mechanical issues that forced him into his backup ride. That looked like a golden opportunity for Shawn Kosier to reclaim his winning ways, but no one accounted for Allen Espy, who climbed into the race car he had prepared for his daughter and showed that he still had a trick or two at his disposal.
At the restart from a late race caution, R.J. Glaser pounced on Espy at the green to steal the lead away, but a spinout in turn 2 forced yet another restart, and Glaser had shown his hand to the veteran racer. So the second time that the field approached the green, Espy slowed to an absolute crawl, then fired off suddenly which totally snookered Glaser and gave the veteran a lead too big to erase. Allen Espy got the win as James Sullivan moved ahead of Glaser for second place. R.J. Glaser finished in the third spot followed by Casey Feaster and Shawn Kosier.
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Under bright and sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-80’s, Stafford Motor Speedway hosted the completion of “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring”, the 39th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. Taking down feature victories were Keith Rocco in the 40-lap SK
Modified® feature and Dillon Moltz in the 30-lap Late Model feature.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl hosted Scout Night on Saturday evening and completed a briskly paced five-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program. Scoring top honors were Keith Rocco making it two-straight wins in the SK Modifieds® and four on the year, Tim Jordan returning to the winner’s circle in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Al Stone III won his first of the year in the Street Stocks. Sean Caron scored a career first victory in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks and young Chris Lomartire beat out the field of Bandolero racers for the victory.
Todd Ceravolo moved out to the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature. He paced the early laps over Joe Perry and Tom Abele Jr. Abele moved to second with an inside move on Perry on lap six. The early side-by-side racing prevalent throughout the field was halted on lap seven for a two car spin in turn four.
Ceravolo resumed at the front with a strong restart. The field behind was tight battling for position as Rob Janovic Jr., Ron Yuhas Jr., Rocco and Jeff Pearl were mired in the back half of the top ten looking to move up. Rocco entered turn three high and caught Justin Gaydosh off guard, sending Gaydosh spinning into the turn three barrier on lap 10 drawing another caution flag.
Ceravolo was stout out front when the racing resumed. As the race wore on he pulled out to a comfortable margin. But for the fourth time in as many weeks, Ceravolo was a victim of heartbreak while turning some of the fastest laps of the night. He pulled his 16 machine low off turn four on lap 21 and slowed dramatically, surrendering the lead to Abele. Ceravolo retired on the back chute to mechanical failure while the race stayed green.
Abele was now out front with a comfortable margin over Paul. Yuhas had moved up to third and Rocco fourth. The pair was closing on Paul in second position when Rocco began to turn up the pressure on Yuhas. He looked outside for the position, and secured third spot with 12 laps to go. The top four stayed single file when caution waved again with nine laps remaining for a single car spin on the back chute.
Racing resumed promptly following the spin and the top four picked up their intense action over the next three laps. Abele and Paul raced hard into turn one on the green flag, with Rocco and Yuhas tight behind. Rocco eventually advanced inside Paul to move ahead and hold the second position when caution came out once again with just six laps remaining.
Abele was strong on the ensuing restart and pulled out ahead of Rocco. Rocco tucked behind Abele and stalked the leader, looking for opportunity. That opportunity came exiting turn two with three laps remaining. Rocco looked low and blasted past Abele with a successful inside maneuver as they reached turn three. That proved to be the winning move as the race stayed green to the checkered flag.
Rocco went on to his fourth overall win and second straight of the 2010 season. Abele hung on for a season best finish in second place. Yuhas looked all over Abele in the final lap but came up short to challenge for the position and finished third. Paul and Pearl rounded out the top five with strong runs of their own.
The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model field got off to a rocky start as contact in the front group saw Kyle DeSouza getting crossed up, collecting the strong runners of Bruce Thomas Jr., Vin Esposito and Jeff Paul into the turn one wall. All but Paul were eliminated from the event.
When racing action returned on the three-eighths mile Speedbowl oval, the field settled in to complete the bulk of the 30-lap race under green flag conditions. Brian Andronaco Jr. set the pace at the front with Rich Staskowski in tow. Jordan made steady headway through the field and before halfway showed in the top three runners. As Jordan was advancing, Staskowski closed in and made his move on Andronaco. He took over at the front on lap 10. As the race wore on, Jordan showed patience as he methodically worked Andronaco for second and finally made the move with just five laps remaining.
Just after Jordan secured the second position trouble broke out behind. Jason Palmer was looking to challenge Andronaco for the third position when he made contact exiting turn four, sending the Andronaco car into the concrete barrier along the front stretch to bring out the second caution of the race.
The restart got hairy up front. While Staskowski was battling Jordan, veteran racer Dennis Botticello looked to make it three wide for the lead through turns one and two. Staskowski surrendered the lead and came out on the short end, his car coming to rest against the back chute barrier to send the race back to yellow with just two laps remaining.
Jordan bested Paul on the final restart and beat back all challenges to prevail in his second win of the season. Botticello was third, Palmer fourth and Ernie Bertrand completed the top five finishers.
The Street Stocks once again put on a sizzling 25-lap race. Full fendered racing was at its best with several cars in contention for the win. Stone prevailed late in the going following a restart with nine laps remaining. He moved by early leader Ed Puleo, who had led from the beginning.
Once Stone was clear of Puleo, he checked out to a five car length lead over Walt Hovey who also moved by Puleo and into second position. Defending division Brandon Plemons snaked by Puleo in the closing laps to finish third. Puleo took home a fine fourth place finish and last week’s winner Norm Sears rounded out the top five.
Caron was a first time winner in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks after an impressive run in a green to checkered flag 25-lap race. The pack stayed tight thoughout but put on a dazzling display of clean and exciting racing for the Speedbowl crowd. Louis Bellisle III was the early leader before Caron moved by to take over at the front on lap 15. Caron would distance himself from Bellisle and the field behind as they rallied for position. At the checkered flag Caron was well ahead of Ken Cassidy Jr., Ian Brew, and Danny Field in the top four positions. Field’s brother Ed completed the top five finishers in his first start in the division in 2010.
Lomartire was the winner of the 20-lap Bandoleros feature race. At ten years old the winner was a fan favorite for the Scouts in attendance. He won over fellow youth Taylor Martin and Tyler Chalue.
Sunday Races -
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - After being caught up in a pile up on the second lap of the Sport Modified feature, Earl Paules of Palmerton, PA stormed through the field to take the checkers Sunday at Sundance vacations Speedway. Dave Macomber of Long Island, NY scored his first Late Model victory at the speedway and following an early race skirmish, Paul Morgan, Jr. of Mountaintop, PA raced up from the back of the field to win his second straight Factory Stock feature.
Todd Baer started from the pole and led the opening circuit of the 40-lap Sport Modified feature over Jason Hearne, Ricky Ross, Jr., Nick Pecko and Will Schneider.
Paul Frantz began to mount a challenge for the fifth position and while battling on the outside of Schneider, Frantz was squeezed into the front stretch wall as the pair of drivers exited turn four. Several cars were collected in the lap two melee, including Barry Callavini and Earl Paules. Frantz needed the double hook to the pit area and many laps down, Callavini did rejoin the field in the latter stages.
Green flag racing resumed and Ross overtook Hearne for second and after restarting at the tail end of the field, Paules grabbed the fifth spot on lap five.
Hearne retook the second spot after the restart and began to apply pressure to Baer. Baer tried to block an inside pass in turn one and the top two drivers touched wheels, which sent Baer around. Both drivers were forced to the tail end of the field and Paules inherited the race lead under the lap eight caution.
Paules continued to hold the lead on lap 19 with Ross, Mike Speeney, Pecko and Anthony Sesely in tow and then another yellow waved with Hearne and Baer tangled in turn one.
Sesely spun and brought out the caution with eight laps remaining, but Paules was flawless on the restart, as he went on to take the $1,000 prize for his first Sport Modified feature win of the season over Ross, Hearne, Speeney and Pecko.
Heat race wins went to Todd Baer and Barry Callavini. Callavini picked up $50 when his finishing position was pulled in victory lane for the Sundance Vacations Contingency Program.
Kyle Harvell started from the pole position and was overtaken by Lorin Arthofer following the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap Late Model main event.
The first of four yellows waved when several cars slowed up in front of Jerry Hildebrand. Hildebrand made contact, suffered a flat tire and headed pit side.
Green flag racing resumed and Mike Sweeney held second behind Arthofer. Dave Macomber worked his way into third, followed by Harvell and Joe Burns.
Another yellow waved on lap three when Mike Coll and Craig Lutz tangled in turns three and four.
With the green flag back out, Sweeney attempted to make an outside pass for the lead, which opened the door for Macomber. Macomber got by Sweeney and then set his sights on the leader.
Macomber caught Arthofer and completed the pass on lap six. Meanwhile, Sweeney overtook second. Not many laps later, Arthofer regained the position back.
Macomber began to distance himself from the racing behind him and crossed the stripe to grab the $800 prize and notch his first ever win at the speedway. Arthofer finished second, followed by Burns, Sweeney and Austin Kochenash.
Dave Macomber and Austin Kochenash scored heat race wins and as long as he meets the program requirements, Arthofer won $50 when his finishing position was pulled in victory lane for the Sundance Vacations Contingency Program.
After suffering motor issues during his last outing, Wayne Lowe started form the pole and led the first go around in the 20-lap Factory Stock feature over Eric Wink, Brandon Oltra, Jeff Searfoss and Paul Morgan, Jr.
It didn’t take long for things to heat up and contact between Morgan and Searfoss on the third lap forced both drivers to the rear of the field for the restart. In the meantime, Lowe encountered problems and was forced to retire from the event which gave Wink the race lead over Oltra, Mall Schlenker, Keith Frankenfield and Joey Barbush.
Green flag racing resumed and Searfoss got into Morgan as the duo entered turn one. Not happy, both drivers restarted from the rear of the field again before the real show started.
Oltra overtook Wink for the lead with a lap five pass. Morgan shot by Schlenker and into the third spot two laps later. He got by Wink for the runner up spot with eight laps remaining before overtaking Oltra with six to go.
The victory was Morgan’s second-straight, as he crossed the finish line over Oltra, Wink, Searfoss and Schlenker.
Heat race wins went to Jeff Searfoss and Wayne Lowe. Oltra picked up $50 when his finishing position was pulled in victory lane for the Sundance Vacations Contingency Program.
Mark Janisch was on hand to run laps at intermission with his Wingless Micro Sprint and many fans received carrying bags, which were courtesy of Roger’s Performance.
Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman feature went flag to flag with outside pole sitter George May of Barre taking the win. Mike Ziter of Williamstown took second followed by Barre’s Cody Blake in third. Joel Hodgdon and Josh Demers rounded out the top five while Eric Badore, Pete Ainsworth, Tony Rossi, David Finck and Bobby Therrien completed the top ten.
The Allen Lumber Street Stocks and the Junkyard Warriors ran two features. Mike MacAskill of Williamstown, VT took home the first feature win. He was followed to the line by Graniteville’s Travis Hull, Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT, Jean Leblanc of Gorham, NH and William Hennequin of Morrisville rounding out the top five. The second feature saw Tim Campbell of Topsham take the checkers with Hardwick’s Greg Adams, Barre’s Ron Gabaree, Berlin’s Scott Weston and Joe Fecteau from Hardwick taking the top five.
In the Warriors Cabot’s Ken Christman earned the win in the first feature with Kevin Hebert and Tommy Elwood finishing in the top three. In the second feature Williamstown’s Kevin Wheatley took the win with Barre’s Kevin Dodge and Williamstown’s Brock Parrott rounding out the top three.
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