Updated - Monday, June 21st, 12:10pm ET
Wednesday Races -
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - The first Wednesday night Oxford Acceleration Series event of the year started off in great fashion, with 116 cars registering for competition. While most of the five competing series had raced at least once on Saturday nights, this was the first time they would all compete on the same night.
The Renegades took to the track first. Bill Grover jumped to the lead early on from his pole position, and held off Mark Turner late in the race, after Turner climbed to second from his last place starting position. Jamie Heath was a late entry in the event, piloting the #9. Heath moved up to third position before engine problems forced him off the track. Charlie Hall finished third and William Dunphy, Jr and Corey Edwards rounded out the top five. Grover also picked up the Best-in-Show award for the Renegades series.
Next up came the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Division, featuring 16 cars. This race was highlighted by the amount of spins. Over 10 individual spin-outs had some of the drivers looking like they were on a merry-go-round rather than a race track. Shannon Wheeler, Sue Veinott, and Lisa Brooks all spun in the turns at least twice, but when the dust finally settled, Vanna Brackett emerged as the driver to beat, piloting her #23 to the front and opening up a straight-away lead on Cathy Manchester that she would not relinquish. Manchester was second while Debbie Marston finished a respectable third.
The Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Trucks followed the ladies feature. Russ Spurling grabbed the early lead, but saw his small lead negated following the first yellow of the night for a single truck spin. On the restart, Opie Allard put on a great display jumping to the front and running away with the race, but the real battle was for second. Corey Williams put his truck in front and did everything in his power to keep Ryan Farrar in his rear view mirror. Farrar twice got a fender under Williams but could not complete the pass. Williams beat him to the line for what would ultimately be the race win following the post-race disqualification of Opie Allard. Farrar officially finished second with Russ Spurling in third.
The first of two MacDonald Motors Runnin’ Rebels saw Troy Jordan put on a masterful performance. Coming down for the start, Jordan jumped to the outside to get around slower traffic and passed nearly half the field going into turn 1. A few laps later, a daring three-wide move on the outside took Jordan’s #6 to the front, and the checkered flag may as well have dropped then. Jordan rocketed away from the rest of the pack and after the 20 laps were up, he had a half-track lead on second place and had lapped three-fourths of the field. The fight for second featured three drivers jockeying for position. Scott Farrington kept his car glued to the inside lane, even going as far as to dive under slower traffic rather than move to the outside to pass. Kyle Hewins and Corey Beaulieu pounded away on each other behind Farrington, while looking for a way past. When the checkers flew it was Farrington, Hewins, then Beaulieu with Bill Sprague completing the top 5.
In Runnin’ Rebels feature number 2, Troy Jordan’s teammates, Matt Dufault and Jason Berry, put on a dominating display of their own. Berry held the early lead, but after a few laps of Dufault closing up quickly, the #46 moved up high to let his clearly faster teammate by. Matt Dufault went on to win by a few car lengths over Jason Berry while Jeff Hebert worked his way around both Mike Ward and Brady Romano late in the race to finish third. Romano and Ward finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The Oxford Outlaws Series finished off the night with 49 cars divided up into three separate features. In round 1, several drivers took the point position before Chris Burgess took over the spot just past the halfway point. Burgess raced to victory ahead of Dan Brown and Addison Bowie. Chris Coolidge finished fourth while Ryan Robbins held on to finish fifth after slipping back several spots. Honorable mention goes to Pat Maloy who patiently picked his way through the field to finish seventh after starting towards the back.
Oxford Outlaws feature 2 was a race between two men. Troy Jordan started on the outside of row 4, driving the #64 in place of Nic Stanley, while Josh Childs started on the inside of row 5. At the drop of the green flag, both men began picking their way through the field at a furious pace. Childs rode his luck on the inside, twice flirting with disaster when slower cars made contact and spun out. Childs made it through unscathed and reached the front of the field before the halfway point, pulling away to a substantial lead over Troy Jordan who finished second. Mike Blue held the early race lead and hung on for third with Nick Hoyt and Thom Bell rounding out the top 5 behind him.
The final feature of the night also had an earlier winner in it. Matt Dufault, who won the second Runnin’ Rebels feature, stepped in to drive the #71 car in place of Fred Clavet. Dufault ran no practice laps in the car but started on the pole and held the lead the entire way to pick up his second feature win of the night. Steve Moon and Jim Drake finished second and third respectively after a good battle. The scariest moment of the night happened when Jonathan Baldwin got together with David Brown coming out of turn 4, and made hard contact with the front-stretch wall on the driver’s side door. The yellow flag flew immediately, but Baldwin was okay and squirmed his way out of the passenger’s side window much to the crowd’s relief. John Patria and Kyle Curtis completed the top 5 as a memorable Acceleration Series opening night came to a close.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - ‘Bullet’ Bobby Frisch made a successful return to the high banks of the Rockford Speedway tonight, taking home the opening win to kick off Wild Wednesdays and collect the early points lead in the 2010 Mtn Dew RoadRunner Super Summer Series. Frisch held off a hard-charging Gene Marocco for the victory, his first since claiming the 2009 championship for the Mtn Dew RoadRunners, and pulled off the double, winning the National Figure 8 League feature to close out the evening. Vinny Mangiaracina, Josh Kreyer, Tracy Wallin, Dwight Dunlap, and Cory Cootware also collected victories tonight.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - ‘Taylor-mania’ took over at Waterford Speedbowl for Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, as Taylor Martin of New Hampshire and Taylor Marie-Moran of Preston bested the boys to take the checkered flags in the 20-lap Bandolero and Super X-Car races respectively. Anthony Flannery won his ninth straight Legends Cars race, Brad Voglesong won his first X-Car race of the year and Bubby Brouwer won the X-Modified feature event. Voglesong also won the Exhibition Flag Pole race.
New Paris Speedway (IN) - Ron Maynard won the Spring Sizzler Thursday night at New Paris Speedway (IN). 1) Maynard 2) Jason Schlabach 3) Bobby Stremme
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT, was victorious on Thursday Night as the Modified Racing Series made their first official appearance of the 2010 season at the 5/8-th mile oval at Thompson International Speedway. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors provided some incredible racing on Thursday Night as well with thrilling finishes. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, won his third feature victory of the 2010 season at Thompson in exciting fashion. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, won a thriller in the Super Late Models. Brother Tommy O’Sullivan, also of Springfield, MA took a commanding victory in the Late Models. Larry Barnett of Moosup, CT, scored his first win of the season in Limited Sportsman action. Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, returned to the TIS Modified division and returned to his winning ways while Steve Michalski of Brooklyn, CT, wired the field to score the victory in the Mini Stocks.
Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - Ed Doutre Jr., (Pro Late Models) and Ken O'Connor (Modifieds) won before it started raining on Friday during Dixie's Relay for Life Celebration at the Races benefitting the American Cancer Society.
Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) - The Lane 75 Outlaw Super Late Model race has been cancelled Friday night at Kalamazoo Speedwzy (MI). Former NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series champ Johny Benson was scheduled to compete.
Lee USA Speedway (NH) - Brian Kruczek won the Late Model race Friday night at Lee USA Speedway (NH). 1) Kruczek 2) JR Baril 3) Jeremy Harclerode
Motordrome Speedway (PA) - Steve Black, of Greensburg, took the lead from a three-time track Champion to earn his first career victory in the NASCAR Subway Super Late Models on June 18, 2010, at Motordrome Speedway. Teddy Gibala won the biggest race of the year for the Napa Street Stocks on the same night, marking his third victory of the season. Lonnie Hoffman won the Wyotech Modified feature event, Ed McConnell scored his first career win in the Pro Auto Supply Service Chargers and Eugene “Hillbilly” Zerfoss won his first race of 2010 in the Coca Cola Super Compacts.
Ocala Speedway (FL) - Nature has been very unkind to Ocala Speedway this week, dumping rain on the track each of the last four days, including a 3 inch deluge that soaked the track on Wednesday. Thursday's rain only made matters far worse, and so Mike Peters has made the decision to rain out this Friday's scheduled events. Even if no more rain were to fall onto the track between Thursday night and Friday evening, the surface is too saturated to be worked into shape by Friday night, and the Friday forecast calls for another 60% chance of heavy thunderstorms, with the heaviest concentration in the Ocala area.
No decision has been made on making up any of the events scheduled for Friday night, including the "Father Mows Best" lawnmower race event. An announcement will be made once officials at Ocala Speedway have met with event sponsors and participating media.
Scotia Speedworld (NS) - Friday night winners at Scotia Speedworld (NS) were Jorden (Smith Tirecraft Lightning Division), Dave Matthews (Tirecraft Thunder Division), JP Arsenault (Trucks), Steve Pye (Legends) and Emily Meehan (Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Division).
Spartan Speedway (MI) - Larry Wallace won the 50-lap Modified race Friday night at Sparan Speedway (MI). 1) Wallace 2) Ron Parish 3) Chris Ozanich
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing action with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Summer Blast-Off Fireworks program on Friday, June 18th. Keith Rocco picked up his second conseutive and fifth overall win of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett got his first win of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. scored his second victory of 2010 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dave Yardley, III scored his first career victory in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Don Wood took his second win of 2010 in 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - It was a wild night at Vermont's Fastest dirt track in New England for the 99Rock weekly racing divisions sponsored by Bradford Jiffy Mart & P&H Truck Stop at Bear Ridge Speedway with some new faces making their way to victory lane.
For the 99ROCK weekly racing series Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds, two sets of points were on the line for the full field of machines who set to the dirt. Regular track points plus points for the second segment of the GRAVCO JANITORIAL – JASPER ENGINES Sportsman Modified Twin State Series. Jason Gray #00 E Thetford VT thru the luck of a redraw from qualifying was able to survive several cautions, due to dust, rain, and driving incidents and come home in victory lane in the coveted first place position. Gray never looked back at the goings on behind him, only focusing on the win, which he gladly claimed after forty laps. Making it to victory lane along with Gray were Travis Shinn #11 Rumney NH in second and Gary Siemons #5 Orford NH who came from the back more than once in third. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Avery and Mike Dunn. While everyone made it thru post race inspection several fines and penalties are being issued for after race altercations.
For the 99 Rock weekly racing series Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes last year's track champion has struggled to make it back to the top which is where he got used to being in 2009. Josh Harrington #71 Topsham VT was able to take advantage of his mid race starting position working his way to the front to claim his second win of the season. Bryan King #X Corinth VT is truly the driver on a role in this division coming back from his win last week to cross the line in second. The third and final victory lane spot was claimed by your current points leader Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT.
For the 99 Rock weekly racing series A Notch Above Limited Late Models #61 Will Hull E. Montpelier VT took the lead early and cruised to his third win of the season. Chasing him down, but running out of time to challenge for the win was Tyler Stygles #50 Bradford VT who came home in second. The third place victory lane spot was claimed by Jason Greene #23 Lebanon NH with his best finish of the season,
In the 99 Rock weekly racing series Journal Opinion Fast Fours #11 Josh Sunn White River Jct VT continues to dominate the field, and was able to make it even easier this week when Mark Harran lost his second place spot due to a spin and found himself out of the victory lane trio positions. Beating him to the marks were #25 Andy Johnson Wilder VT coming home in second, and Josh Connors #16 White River Jct VT with his best finish in third.
In the 99 Rock weekly racing series KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets Thomas Placey #22 Bradford VT is back on top as he came from deep in the pack to make his way to the front of the field for his third win of the season. Bobby Lee Bell #24 St Johnsbury VT came home with another victory lane finish in second with Eric Lang #66 crossing the line in third.
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Steve Carrier won the Pro Series (SLM) race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) over Dan McKeage, Keith McKinnon, Trevor Sanborn and David Oliver. In the Sports Series, Ben Tinker won over Chris Smith and Don Colpritt. Alby Ovitt won the Wildcat feature and Ray Letellier won the Roadrunner feature.
Berlin Raceway (MI) - The Berlin Raceway hosted the Great Lakes Outlaw Late Models for the first time in track history as part of the Kerkstra Services Pro Stock Night. The much anticipated 100 lap feature was the main event of the night, also tacking the track were the Kerkstra Services Pro Stocks, Engine Pro Super Stocks, and the Burnips 4-Clyinders. Winners for the night included #77 Andrew Nylaan (Super Stocks) , #21 Terry VanHiatsma (Late Models) ,#76 Brian Tillema (Pro Stocks), and #024 Cole Roelofs (4-Cylinders A).
Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Even the temperature was no contest for the on-track action at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, as the cars and drivers hit the asphalt for the first time following two consecutive rainouts.
Greg Morgan was on a tear in the Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman division, capturing wins in both his heat race and the 20-lap feature. Morgan started the feature on the outside pole, and led every lap of the event on his way to his second win of the season.
When the dust settled on the Sam’s Towing Pro Stock feature, Ken Atkins sat in Victory Lane as the division’s first repeat winner of the season. Atkins took full advantage of his outside pole starting spot and led from green to checker to accomplish the feat.
In the Legends feature, Todd McCollum made his way to Victory Lane for the first time since 2005. McCollum did not have an easy task, as he started in the eighth position.
Joseph Graf Jr. scored his second win of the season in the JTR Enterprises Bandolero class in spite of having to start at the rear of the field after mechanical issues prevented him from completing his heat race.
Charlie Houghtaling started eighth in the Street Stock feature, but powered his way through the field to take down his third win of the season.
Opening day winner Skip LaPolt made his second trip to Victory Lane in the BMS Modified class.
In the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Senior division, Paul Curry went two-for-two, as he claimed wins in both the regular feature and the holdover race resulting from the previous week’s rainout.
The finish of the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Junior feature was a story come full circle in some respects, as the track’s former trophy girl Amber McGibbon made her first career visit to Victory Lane to be the recipient of the trophy. McGibbon led every lap of the race on her way to the win.
Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) - Jason Myers won the Renegade 100 Modified race on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium over Tim Brown.
Chris Fleming of Mount Airy finished behind Brown in third. John Smith of Mount Airy took fourth, with Lee Jeffreys claiming fifth.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Tommy Neal of Walkertown claimed victory in the first 20-lapper of the evening. Ryan Robertson of Winston-Salem and Ryan Nelson of Winston-Salem finished second and third.
David Sumner of Trinity slipped ahead of Jody Fritts of Winston-Salem to take the win in the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series race on Saturday. Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem took second, with Reggie Doub of Germanton finishing in third.
In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Adam Baker of Winston-Salem claimed the victory in the first 15-lapper, with Kyle Southern of King winning the second race. The checkered fell just in time for Southern: His car was severely overheating during the last few laps and was spewing out steam as he celebrated in Victory Lane.
Concord Speedway (NC) - The night and the on-track action was hot Saturday night for Town & Country Ford Night at the Races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Concord Speedway. Colt James claimed victory the HUTCHBSR 100-lap Pro Late Model feature driving the Hess Tire & Auto - Hamke Race Cars 2010 Ford Fusion. Jerry “Doc” Miracle celebrated his first victory in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Cars. Brian Love picked up his fourth-straight trophy in the Coca-Cola Pure Stocks driving the Front End Specialties - Sean Bonawit Motorsports Dodge, Chad Miller placed the Auto-Tech - Beaver's Honda "ROCKETMAN" Honda in the Country Inns and Suites Victory Lane for the first time this season while Bob Wallace to both competitions in the Town and Country Ford Thunderstox division in the Barry Grant Fuel Systems - Heintz Performance "OFF DUTY" Chevrolet.
Colt James battled through the field after serving a stop and go penalty for jumping a restart early in the race. Roger Lee Newton also served a penalty for avoidable contact following an incident that sent first-timer Brandon Maloy spinning on the front straight. Both James and Newton had worked their way into second and third respectively before the half-way point in the race. Kevin Love led from lap 27 to 64 until Colt James took the spot. By lap 90, James had earned a two second lead over second place finisher Newton. Kevin Love finished third.
Jerry Miracle held off Bobby Measmer, Jr. to claim his first win at Concord Speedway in the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Division. Miracle had to navigate a myriad of lapped traffic as he dominated the 40 lap, caution-free race. At the end of the race, only the top three finishers remained on the lead lap, and Miracle and Measmer had a half-lap lead over the rest of the field. Miracle took first, followed by Measmer in second and points-leader Jay Payne in third.
Brian Love won his fourth race in a row in the Coca-Cola Pure Stock division. The race started with a battle for the lead between Jeff Melton and Barry Reed, with Reed taking the position on lap two. Jamile Flaquer took the point from Reed on lap five. Love took the top spot on lap ten and never looked back. Love claimed first, followed by Melton in second and Flaquer in third.
Chad Miller won his first race of the 2010 season in the Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours race. Wayne Harrington dominated the first 15 laps, leaving the other 15 cars to fight for position behind his three second lead. That all changed when Harrington’s vehicle lost a tire coming out of Turn Three. Barry Canter restarted in the lead, but Chad Miller was at his door. The two raced side-by-side, swapping the first spot for several laps. Miller secured the lead on lap 23, leaving Canter to battle with Irby for second. Irby claimed the second spot, barely edging out Canter, the third place finisher, maybe the best finish of the evening
Bob Wallace won the first Thunderstox race after surviving 15 laps of racing to take home his third winner’s trophy of the 2010 season. Kirby Allen and Bob Wallace battled side-by-side for the lead from the line until Turn Three when the two cars collided, sending Allen spinning. David Knight and Matt Drye tangled in Turn Three, but saved it were able to continue. The first caution waived on lap 12 when Dalton Tompkins put down oil on the track. The second caution waived on lap 13 when David Knight and Rusty Drye crashed in Turn One, causing the race to end under Green, White, Checker conditions. Bob Wallace took the checkers, followed by Matt Drye in second and Rusty Drye in third. Wallace also claimed the win in the second event in a race whittled down to two contestants by contact and mechanical woes.
Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) - The “Mighty Modifieds” returned home to Dunn Tire Raceway Park on Saturday as the Race of Champions Modified Tour rolled into town for a 75 lap feature event. Mother Nature had backed off her earlier threats of rain as the night turned out to be perfect racing weather. Chuck Hossfeld continued his impressive win streak on the ROC tour, capturing his fourth win in four races on the tour. Daren Schere won the first Legends race of the season at DTRP while Charles Buchanan captured his second 4 Cylinder feature win. Kris Hamman took home his first Street Stock checkered flag of the season while Sege Fidanza took home his second consecutive Sportsman feature win.
East Bay Speedway (FL) - It was Golden Gate Speedway Alumni night at the Clay by the Bay as we honored the tradition of the once grand Tampa track which is gone but not forgotten. Fans were treated to the running of the Orange Blossom Sprints and Vintage cars at the intermission. Four classes of racing were on the card for the evening but Mother Nature ended the program short with only the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified’s and Street Stocks completing their program.
In the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified 15 lap feature event Austin Sanders passed Bobby Dixon on the 14th lap to take the win. The win was the 3rd of the season for Sanders. Bobby Dixon finished 2nd. Roger Crouse had a strong run and finished 3rd. Buzzie Reutimann and John Bradley rounded out the top-5. Bradley and Reutimann won the heats.
The Precision Kia of Wesley Chapel Street Stocks were up next as Thomas Pratt won the rain shortened feature event. Donnie Reed finished 2nd. Buck Woodhouse finished 3rd. Justan Rodgers and Roy Woodhouse rounded out the top-5. Eric Moon, Ronnie Whitley and Pratt won the heat races.
Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Picture-perfect weather greeted a good crowd for Lakeshore Utility Trailer Sales/Big Red Crème Soda Night Saturday at Flat Rock Speedway. A great night of competition entertained the fans as Dennis Whisman, Clyde McKee, Rich Abel and the duo of Howard Kelley Jr./Tom O'Leary III captured feature event wins.
Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) - Jimmy Garmon couldn’t remember the last time he won a race. It’s a sure bet he won’t ever forget Saturday’s Chapman Pools 100 Presented By Papa John’s Pizza at Gresham Motorsports Park.
“I want to say it was 2003, maybe 2004 the last time I won a race,” said a jubilant Garmon after holding off Bubba Pollard to win the 100-lap Super Late Model event. “It was here at Gresham when the track was still Peach State Speedway. They had two 40-lap features one night and I won one of them. This is pretty special.”
Garmon and Pollard proved to be the story over the final 50 laps as they swapped the lead twice before Garmon settled into the top spot with 41 circuits remaining. The Hoschton, GA driver built up as much as a five-car length lead and appeared to be headed to an easy victory only to have Pollard mounted a late charge that saw the two drivers dead even heading into the first turn on the final lap.
Garmon was able to find the power to surge ahead on the back straight and held off the hard-charging Pollard at the finish line. Greg Simpson was third with Johnny Henderson and Johanna Long completing the Top-5 finishers.
After the win, the popular veteran was mobbed by fans in Victory Lane, a testament to how special the win was for both the driver and those who follow short-track racing in Georgia.
Garmon’s win had an extra bonus in that it earned him a guaranteed spot in the 27th-Annual World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park later this year on November 14.
Garmon wasn’t the only driver to send the largest crowd of the year at GMP home smiling. For the second event in a row, Alabama driver Brittany Finley captured the 35-lap Truck Series main event. Finley, who won on the Gresham half-mile oval on May 15, had to come from behind this time around slipping by Bill Hoose for the lead with a handful of laps remaining. Hoose managed to hang on for second followed by Joel Townsend, Kevin Vassar and Brandon Franklin.
The Mini-Stock main event also featured a repeat winner – and the most spectacular wreck of the evening. Spanky Hicks may have won the race, but the fans will best remember Brian Powell’s wicked barrel roll down the main straight early in the event. The wreck, which also involved Michael Buckner, red-flagged the event as track crews removed the two battered racers.
Back under green, Hicks outdueled Avery Burgess, William Earnest, Tim Greer and Bill George to become the first three-time winner at GMP this season.
That distinction didn’t last long as Jason Bates – and his dog Roscoe – made their third appearance in Victory Lane at Gresham Motorsports Park this season when he won the Outlaw Late Model feature.
That event was also spiced by a hard wreck as Hoyt Stephens and Chad Atha took out the hydro barrier at the entrance of Turn 3. Both drivers were uninjured in the incident.
Back up front, Bates first held off Tina Stephens, the winner of the last Outlaw Late Model event, and then David Murphy to capture the 35-lap test. Stephens held on to take third while Mike Davidson and Terry Martin completed the Top-5 finishers.
Jody Trivett gave the Father’s Day special crowd a thrill with a trio of tire-smoking burnouts after winning the Renegade Street Stock main event. Shawn Campbell was second with Doug Sexton third.
Finally, Mason Elzey led wire-to-wire to win the first Mini Cup race of the season on the GMP quarter-mile oval beating Brody Bullard, Emilee Riley, Will Fagen, Eric Brookshire and Brad Stiffler to the checkered flag.
In the second Mini Cup feature, Casey Willingham drove away from the field to win the Outlaw division headliner.
Grundy County Speedway (IL) - Following two weeks of rain outs, the United States Speed Association/United Midget Auto Racing Association finally got the open wheel racing season under way at Grundy County Speedway on Saturday June 19. Mario Marietta, Nick Hamilton and James Edsall III posted wins in the USSA Midget, Kenyon Midget and Thunder Roadster Divisions.
The USSA Midget 30 lap feature event saw 14 year old rookie Taylor Ferns hold the point through 17 laps while Terre Haute’s (IN) Marietta worked around 2008 UMARA Champion Jim Anderson and rookie Jimmy Simpson. Marietta passed Ferns for the lead only to have it called back for a caution; but, he quickly reasserted himself to seize the 1st position by diving under Ferns in turn three. Simpson made several attempts to pass Marietta, however he had to settle for 2nd place.
Taylor Ferns, Jim Anderson and Dalton Armstrong rounded out the top five in Saturday’s Grundy County USSA/UMARA Midget Feature.
In a race within a race for USSA Kenyon Midgets and UMARA Sportsman Midgets, Danville Indiana native Kyle Hamilton became USSA’s first two time Kenyon Midget winner by leading the Kenyon Midgets to the checkers in the Kenyon Midget/UMARA Sportsman feature. Joe Ligouri took the overall win in his Ford Zetec Beast.
Hamilton led Max McGhee, Isaac Chapple, James Edsall III and Cordy Horn to the finish. The winner of Wednesday night’s race at Plymouth Speedway Halen Shafer was eliminated in a first lap crash.
The USSA Thunder Roadster race saw James Edsall join Hamilton in USSA’s two time winner club. Edsall passed Chris Weddie on lap 5 of the 25 lap feature to take the lead for good. Marty Griffin, Al Renner, Tony Holden and Aaron Holden filled out the remaining places in the USSA Thunder Roadster main event.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) - Glen Burke and Robert Ewing won MetroPCS Super Late Model features tonight at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Chris Trickle Father's Day Weekend Doubleheader Night.
Robert Ewing was leading the first 35-lap MetroPCS Late Model feature with 18 laps remaining when the race was red-flagged for a five-car crash on the front straightaway at the exit of Turn 4. Involved were Chris Bray, John Spilotro, Jim Petrie, Charlie Wahl and Dennis Rock Jr. No one was injured. Ewing went on to win the first feature of the doubleheader evening, followed by polesitter Dustin Ash and Scott Gafforini. Nick Halen and Glen Burke completed the top five.
Chris Bray led the first nine laps of the second MetroPCS Super Late Model feature. Casey Kingsland trapped Bray behind a lapped car and took command on lap 10. Kingsland had the race in hand until the caution flag flew with three laps to go for a spinning car in Turn 2. The caution period placed Dustin Ash on Kingsland's rear bumper. The pair made contact in Turn 3 on the restart. Kingsland spun and Ash was sent to the rear of the field due to his involvement. Glen Burke -- who was spun out by other drivers twice during the feature -- was the new leader. Burke held on to score the popular victory. Nick Halen finished second and Fabian Bray was third. Dennis Rock Jr. and Bear Rzesnowiecky completed the top five.
Jeremiah Wagner won the Legend Cars feature, followed by J. Avila Jr. and Brecken Snow. Nikky Saxon won the Legend Cars Developmental feature, scoring her first victory in the class.
Pete Meyer won the 20-lap Bomber feature, followed by Bret Empey and Barbara West. Bomber heats were won by Steve Borkowski and Meyer.
Phil Goodwin won the 30-lap Charger feature. Mario Opipari recovered from a late-race spin to work his way back up to second place. Dylan Kwasniewski -- in a borrowed Charger -- finished third. Mario Opipari and Goodwin won Charger heat races.
Brecken Snow won the 20-lap Thunder Roadster feature over Bob Dresser and Jacksen Smith.
Lebanon Valley Speedway (PA) - Kenny Tremont won Saturday night's 30-lap Big-Block Modified feature while Robbie Speedway won the Bubba Tanner Memorial for the Pro Stocks at Lebanon Valley.
Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - With Mother Nature once again threatening on a warm muggy night in Wheatland, Missouri, it was Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou scoring the Lucas Oil Sprint Bandits Tour N' Topless win on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway after waging a torrid battle throughout the Main Event with Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon. Bacon would come up just short at the stripe settling for the runner up finish. Browning, Missouri's Tommy Cordray worked traffic to perfection to take the win in the TNT Quick Shop Late Model Feature while Republic, Missouri's Burl Woods won for the second straight week in the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks.
Montana Raceway Park - With threatening skies moving into the area racing heated up as four main event winners came home with hardware from Montana Raceway Park during Holiday Inn Express and Coca-Cola Night at the races.
Leading the charge was 'Wild' Bill Mitchell's strong performance in the Flathead Beacon Crusin' Compact 50. With several of his competitors suffering woes throughout the event at times Mitchell appeared to have little challenge. Marvin Stone rallied from the tail end of the field to run down the race leader at the white flag and made things interesting as the pair crossed the start-finish line at the checkered flag nose-to-tail.
Ernie Cahala, Tim Davis and Danella White rounded out the top-5 running order.
Dave Berglund bounced back from a sub-par start to his 2010 season with a win in the Flathead Beacon Bombers division over 'Smilin' Matt Gollehon, Jimmy Worsham. "Two Barrel' Bill McCallum and Cory Reum as the top-5 ran close together most of the night but were unable to clear Berglund in the end.
Hornet racing saw a first-time winner in 2010 claim the top prize as 'Action' Jackson Spooner bested points leader Kyle Basler for the 25-lap victory.
Ryan Krause, Jared White and Jessica Berglund closed out the top-5 finishing order.
Defending Super Stock champion Jason Robinson picked up his first main event victory of 2010 over current points leader Dan Morris with rookie Lance Gemmrig rounding out the top-3
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - David Ross is playing Monopoly at Orange Show Speedway.
The 21-year-old Super Late Model driver from nearby Colton (Ca.) is monopolizing the winner’s circle of the paved quarter-mile oval in his first full season of competition at the ASA Member Track.
Saturday night (June 19) Ross won his third main event in a row and his fifth in six starts overall, putting his Lucas Oil-E.R. Block Plumbing Chevrolet into the lead on lap 43 and pulling away to win the 50-lap contest by 1.413 seconds over Barry Karr, of Redlands (Ca.).
Mark Shackleford, Brett Edwards and Jeremy Edwards followed, in order. Those five occupied the first five spots in the 16-car starting field and stayed at the front throughout the event.
Brett Edwards, who started on the pole, held off early challenges from Karr and Shackleford and kept Ross in his rearview mirror for 29 laps until Ross got underneath him and took the lead in Turn 1 with seven laps to go.
Shaun Estes, of Riverside (Ca.), won the 35-lap Stock Cars USA feature over Wicked Racing teammate Kevin Cook, of Riverside, who took the class points lead with his runner-up finish.
Kyle Cline, of Apple Valley (Ca.), made it 4-for-4 in the Dwarf Cars by dominating that 27-lap main event; Kendall Scheidecker, of Hesperia (Ca.), won the 25-lap Pro 4 race; 11-year-old Nevada Chovan, of Rialto (Ca.), won the 20-lap main for the Stock OHV Karts; 11-year-old Ryan Cansdale, of Laguna Beach (Ca.), took the 20-lapper for the M.C. Erectors Bandoleros; and 12-year-old Riley Sawyers, of Gilbert, Ariz., won the Budweiser Legends Cars’ 10-lap contest.
Riverhead Raceway (NY) - Tom Rogers Jr. started on the pole and led the entire distance in the double-point 50-lap NASCAR Modified race Saturday at Riverhead Raceway (NY). 1) Rogers Jr. 2) Justin Bonsignore 3) Chuck Steuer
Seekonk Speedway (MA) - It took Radical Rick Martin 19 laps to thread his way from his 7th place starting position into the lead at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night, but once into the free air, none of his competitors were able to catch him. This, after battling to second in the Seekonk, Sport Trucks division earlier in the evening. Martin had been close in that event to setting up for a dual win, but was held off by winner Dylan Estrella on the final go-'round.
West Bridgewater's John Dabrowski leapt off the starting line from his pole position and seemed headed all the way to victory lane with a very fast line. Steve O'Brien, who had been at the outside pole position, suddenly found Somerset's Kevin Casper underneath him as they entered the backstretch on lap one. The duo began scrapping for second until lap 3, when O'Brien spun coming into the frontstretch, leaving a thick cloud of smoke and initiating a mad scramble to avoid him. He came to rest in front of the starter's stand with a sudden, short burst of flame under his hood. He re-fired his motor, confirming the fire was un-burnt fuel expending itself. However, it did initiate the evening's only red flag, which continued while crews cleared debris from the straightaway and spread speedy-dry to mop up spilled fluids. Officials penalized Ray Parent with a trip to the back of the field for initiating Dabrowski's spin. Casper was able to thread his way around Dabrowski's outside on lap 9. But the latter dived back underneath to reclaim his lead 2 laps later. Contact in the pack sent Taunton's Ken Spencer to the sidelines for the evening. Tom Ellis, visiting from North Carolina also took the Ellis Racing 41 to the pits with damage to the driver's side front. Rob Murphy was in and out of the pits. Fred Astle also left the track, only to return with most of the front bodywork and his driver's side door missing. His car spent the rest of the evening looking like a modified racer.
On the restart, Dabrowski and Casper came out side-by-side and began a duel for supremacy until lap 9, when Casper finally forged into the lead. Not to be denied, Dabrowski went back under to reclaim the position on the twelfth circuit. By lap 15, Casper was again at the front with Dave Darling putting Dabrowski under attack. By lap 18 he was moving easily with a two-lap lead over Dabrowski. Martin had threaded his way through the pack and ran by into second on the 19th pass and began to chase down Casper.
By lap 25, Martin had hunted down his quarry and went to the outside for the lead, but Casper held him off. Dave Darling had moved into third past Dabrowski. Ryan Vanasse and Mike Brightman were in pursuit.
Casper's brother, Kyle and Tom Scully Jr. looped their cars, bringing out the caution on lap 25.
Kevin led the restart, chased by Martin, Darling, Dabrowski, Vanasse and Brightman. Two laps later, O'Brien went around on the frontstretch again, brushing the wall with his nose but committing minor damage. Ellis and Jake Vanada narrowly avoided O'Brien but the nose of the 41 was hammered down and Vanada had to be helped to the pits. O'Brien also headed for the pits. All three were back for the restart.
Casper was back into the lead on the restart by a nose over Martin, but Martin was edging up. On lap 29, he edged past into the front. Darling began to harry Casper's rear bumper chased by Vanasse, Brightman, Dabrowski and Dave Hutchins.
The final ten circuits were almost a breakneck parade to the finish for the strung-out field. On lap 38, however, Darling made an attempt under Casper, but the latter was able to close the door. Martin ran in for the win, followed by Kevin Casper, Darling, Vanasse and Brightman. Filling out the top ten were Dabrowski, Hutchins, Parent, Rob Murphy and Scully.
Speedway 660 (NB) - Saturday night was military appreciation at Speedway 660 with all military personnel receiving free entry into the speedway.
All divisions were active on this night with the Bandeleros starting things off with some great action. D.J. Casey out of Nova Scotia took home his 2nd straight victory while Dawson McIntee held Casey off until only a few laps remained, finishing a strong 2nd place. Rounding out the top three was Cole Boudreau in his #96 ride.
In the 4 cylinder division which turned out to be a very entertaining race it was Mike Weagle of Petitcodiac winning for the second straight night but not without some difficulty. Just 5 laps into the feature the 60 of Weagle made contact with the 7 of T.J. Madore. Madore stayed the course but Weagle lost valuable track position. With just 10 laps remaining Weagle went from dead last to 1st place to take the win. He even took the time to let the 7 of Madore know he didn’t forget what had happened on lap 5. Weagle did get the 7 loose with just 4 laps to go as he approached but Weagle made the right decision and let Madore straighten things out. Weagle eventually made the pass and finished first while Madore finished 2nd and Kevin Dunster rounded out the top three with a third place finish.
In the Leisure FamilyRV.com Street Stock division Jason Shannon took home the checkers with an impressive win which moved him to within 2 points of points leader Peter Gaddess. Shannon who seemed to struggle in the heat and the dash made up for it in the 20 lap feature with a pass on the last restart to take home the checkers. Shannon Brake in his #18 got his first podium of the year while fan favorite Smokin’ Joe Albert delighted fans with a third place finish.
In the Martin’s Home Sportsman division Glyn Nott in his #12 ride did his fellow military comrades proud with a victory in the 30 lap feature. Nott made his way to the front starting deep in the field. Off one of the final restarts Nott took the high line to get by Ken Mackenzie of Moncton. Mackenzie said after the race he “could see that black car coming again!”, he went on to say “I won’t give up, and I am going to get by him eventually”. Mackenzie did take home a respectable 2nd place finish while John Rankin, the 2009 Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman points champion took home his first podium of 2010 with a 3rd place finish.
In the Coastal Packaging and Blending Main event, the 40 lap affair turned out to be a great race with the 18 of Brian McNaughton and Greg Fahey going head to head for the better part of the race only to see them both go to the back after an on-track incident. That paved the way for an already strong Kevin Moore in his #88 Chevrolet. Moore who had blown an engine in last week’s event was thrilled with the win marking his first victory of the season. Brent Wiggins and Chris Duncan both had strong nights capped off by finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. The finish kept points leader Greg Fahey off the podium resulting in a tight race for the championship early into the 2010 season.
Unity Raceway (ME) - Veteran racer Ed ‘Fubby’ Drake of Vasalboro outran his Late Model division rivals and Sidney’s Kevin Douglass prevailed in an extended, 40-lap main event for the Monster Energy Drink Monsta Mini class, topping the stock car racing card Saturday night at Unity Raceway. Victory lane at Maine’s Toughest Racing oval also played host to Nate Weston of Madison, Bryan Robbins of Montville, Ben Clark of Clinton, Justin Moore of Madison, Chelsea Young of Winterport, Cole Robinson of Clinton and George Fernald III of Benton in front of the season’s largest crowd, to date.
‘Fubby’ Drake turned back several challengers during the event before the Late Model feature’s final restart, when he built a comfortable margin and outran reigning track champion Frank Moulton of Burnham to the checkered flag. Will Collins of Appleton finished third, in front of Jeff Burgess of Fairfield and Palmyra’s Louis Picard. Both Burgess and the previous week’s winner, David Folsom I of Skowhegan, looked strong enough to mount a serious challenge to Drake. Burgess was hampered by some contact on a restart that cost him several positions, while Folsom ended up spinning from second position during a tough battle with Waldo’s Seth Raven. Drake and Folsom won the heat races.
Kevin Douglass drove from near the back of the starting lineup in dominating fashion to win the special Monsta Mini division 40-lapper. Skowhegan’s Dylan Lancaster led several laps early in the event, the won a back-and-forth duel with Benton’s Lance Chapman for runner-up honors. Reigning division champion Mike Wilson of Chelsea crossed the line in fourth position, followed by Tim Collins of Farmingdale. Lancaster took the checkered flag in the heat race.
Nate Weston turned back several challenges from Winslow’s Brad Bellows to earn his fourth victory of the season in the Racin’ Paper Super Street main event. Allen Moellar of Dresden bounced back from a couple of spins to post a third-place finish in his first Unity Raceway appearance of the season. Nick Huff of Orrington and Norridgwock’s RJ Austin rounded out the top five. Weston also prevailed in the heat race.
Bryan Robbins made another trip to victory lane following the Keystone Automotive Industries Wildcat feature, where the battle for second position produced some of the best racing of the night. Andy Turbovsky won that battle for second-place hardware after a long duel with Burnham’s Carl McAlpine. Chris King of Burnham and Ed Sleeper of Vassalboro also kept things interesting before crossing the line under the checkered flag in fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Robbins also scored in heat race competition.
Ben Clark was on his game once again in Uncle Henry’s Late Model Pro Four division competition. Clark worked his way from the back of the pack flawlessly, then drove away from all rivals to earn another trip to victory lane. Steve Rackliff of Starks was the best of the rest, with third-place hardware going to the previous week’s winner, Corey Walker of Augusta. Early race leader Bryan Lancaster of Skowhegan finished fourth, followed by Cary Davis of Solon. Clark won the heat race.
The Aable Auto Parts Flyin’ 4 feature event saw Justin Moore prevail in a race-long duel for supremacy with New Sharon’s Zach Audet. Rookie Brad Bosworth of Cornville, the previous week’s winner, stayed close to the leaders and claimed the third-place trophy in front of Augusta’s Cody Sleeper and Washington’s Steven Turner.
Chelsea Young was the overall winner in the combined main event for the Waterville Oaks Ladies and Geo & Sons Teen Thunder classes. Cole Robinson of Clinton was second across the line and the winner of the Teen portion of the 20-lap race. Mika Wilson of Chelsea and Brooke Getchell of Pittsfield earned second and third place trophies for the Ladies, while podium positions for the Teen class went to Ricky Pease of Detroit and Kayla Chesley of Skowhegan. Burnham’s Emily McAlpine and Young were credited with heat race victories.
George Fernald III of Benton started dead last in the 17-car Enduro field and romped to victory by a half-lap over younger brother Alex Fernald and point leader Kenneth Pelotte. Clinton’s Rob Paddock and Devon Meserve of Canaan rounded out the top five.
Keith Fuller dominated the Vintage Modified race. James Sprague and Bob Hills finished in second and third positions, respectively.
Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Threatening weather all but surrounded Volusia Speedway Park at around 6PM Saturday afternoon, yet by 6:20 the radar indicated that the worst had passed, and that the storms were breaking up. But as Florida residents well know, things can happen quickly when it comes to the weather, and as the cars moved onto the speedway to begin hot laps, the skies opened in a sudden deluge that rained out the night's events in mere seconds. So much rain fell so fast that track officials could not see the backstretch from the tower on top of the grandstands, and within a couple of minutes the pit area had begun to flood. The sudden storm washed out five divisions of scheduled action.
Wall Stadium (NJ) - Steven Reed of Freehold won his second Modified stock car main event of the year while Charlie Kremer III of Toms River tasted victory in the Sportsman division’s 50-lap championship race at Wall Stadium Saturday night. Trevor Alspach of Willingboro in the Legend Cars division, Rob Hyer of Middletown in the Street Stock division and Brick’s Shannon Mongeau in the Factory Stock division were support event winners.
In the Supreme Manufacturing Modified 40-lapper, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls was the early leader until Reed dove to the inside lane in the first turn to take the top spot on lap two. Reed then raced out into the lead as Chas Okerson of Freehold and Anthony Sesely of Matawan charged into second and third.
Sesely was able to advance to second on a lap 11 restart. He then chased Reed all the way to the checker flag while Okerson ran a tight third to the finish. Carrig settled for fourth, while Tommy Farrell of Middletown overcame a lap one flat tire to finish fifth.
In the Sportsman 50-lapper, Tim Stephan of Brick and Kremer wrestled for the lead early before Kremer took command of the event. After that, defending division champ Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck raced into second and chased Kremer to the finish. Kevin Davison of Howell was third, while Adam LaCicero of Lavallette and Spring Lake’s Mike Smith were fourth and fifth.
Alspach won his fifth Legend Cars 25-lapper by taking over the top spot on lap seven from early leader Joe Mongeau. Alspach then raced to victory over Brian Spencer of Edison, Mark Tischler of Martinsville, Zach Alspach of Willingboro and Justin Gumley of Colts Neck.
Hyer jumped to the lead at the outset of the Street Stock 25-lapper and never looked back. Ray Minieri of Bay Shore, N.Y. won a great battle for second, while Jackson’s Howie Conk, Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood and Richie Byrne of Wall were third through fifth.
After Jim Downey of Cliffwood Beach led most of the Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stock 20-lapper, Mongeau moved into second and stalked the leader. On lap 16 Mongeau swung to the outside lane and raced into the lead and on to the eventual win. Downey held on for second, with Whitey Miller of Jamesburg, third. Wall’s Rob Longo and Mike Bilello of Neptune were fourth and fifth.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl hosted Laps for Lupus on Saturday, treating fans to a five-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program benefitting Lupus Foundation of America’s Connecticut Chapter. Keith Rocco of Wallingford took command early in the race then mastered several restarts to claim his sixth SK Modified® win of the year. Walt Hover Jr. of Chaplin dominated the Street Stock race to collect his first win of the season, extending his lead in the championship points. Danny Field of Deep River won his first Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race of the year in dominating fashion, while Ledyard’s Allen Coates won the A.B. CDL Driver Training Center Truck race and etch his name further into the Speedbowl record books. Nicholas Sowa of Middletown won the Bandolero race. Over $10,000 was raised for the Lupus Foundation of America when the event had concluded.
Slinger Super Speedway (WI) - Lowell Bennett held off a charge by Steve Apel in a green-white-checkered finish to score his second feature win of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in the PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night 60.
Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Northfield’s Tony Andrews claimed his third career Thunder Road Late Model win on the final Sunday twilight special sponsored by Harvest Equipment on Sunday, June 20. Andrews led the 50 lap event flag to flag but not without pressure from Grant Folsom and Senator Phil Scott after a restart with just 6 laps remaining.
Scott would settle for second and Folsom took third followed by Dave Whitcomb and Joey Becker rounding out the top five. John Donahue, Dave Pembroke, Reno Gervais, Nick Sweet and Cris Michaud completed the top ten.
Bradford’s Derrick O’Donnell earned his first career Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature win after starting in the 15th position. O’Donnell held off Eric Badore who took second and Shawn Fleury in third. Tony Rossi and Troy Gray completed the top five while Lance Allen, Tucker Williams, Ricky Roberts, Brendan Moodie and George May rounded out the top ten.
Randolph’s Eric Johnson took the win in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors Main Event. It was 8th career Allen Lumber Street Stock win. Mike MacAskill took second followed by Scott Weston in third, Jamie Davis in fourth and point leader Travis Hull in fifth. Ron Gabaree, Tim Campbell, Greg Adams, Bunker Hodgdon and Thomas Placey completed the top ten.
Barre’s Kevin Dodge took his first Junkyard Warrior win of 2010 as he was the top finishing Warrior in the Main event. He was followed to the line by point leader Ken Christman, Brock Parrott, Kevin Wheatley, and Josh Erwin to complete the top ten.
Hardwick’s “Super” Joe Fecteau took the win in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and the Junkyard Warriors Reserve Feature.
Speed51.com’s Mike Twist of Lyman, ME won the semi-annual Thunder Road Media Madness race. Twist held off the likes of Frank FM’s TJ Michaels, Froggy’s Jim Severance, WDEV Radio’s Lee Kittell, Waterbury Record’s Nathan Burgess and Louis Porter of the Times Argus.
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