Updated - Monday, June 28th, 4:15pm ET
Wednesday Races -
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - The Acceleration Series took to the track under overcast skies for the second Wednesday night event of the year. One hundred thirteen cars checked in to compete in the five different divisions competing in eight feature races.
The Renegades kicked off an action packed night of racing with a 10 lap feature. Last week’s winner, Bill Grover suffered some bad luck on lap 1 as he was tagged by William Dunphy Jr and lost some ground to the leaders. The yellow flag flew a few laps later when Dunphy got loose again and spun into the path of Corey Edwards. Edwards slammed into the front of Dunphy’s #4, totaling the car and spilling water all over the track. After a long caution to clean up the water, the yellow flag flew again when Edward’s damaged #05 spun going into turn 1 and slid into the sand pile at the base of one of the light poles. Jamie Heath eventually overcame Mark Turner to take the win after a back and forth battle. Bill Grover finished third after his car dropped well off the pace while he was battling for the lead.
In the Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Division, Vanna Brackett made it 3 wins in a row, running away from Cathy Manchester, Deana Robertson, and Missy Morgan. Morgan held the early lead while Brackett moved her way up through the field. There was plenty of action behind them though. Dottie Patria tangled with Cathy Manchester coming out of turn 4, and then with Kate Brown a few laps later in the middle of turns 1 and 2 with Deanna Childs just managing to avoid her. Patria and Brown both were sent to the back of the pack as a result of the incidents. Brackett picked up the lead and went on to win while Manchester recovered well and flew by several cars on the restart to finish second. Deana Robertson got around Missy Morgan a few laps later to round out the top 3.
The Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Trucks had a repeat winner as well. Ryan Farrar took the checkered flag on Saturday night, but had to beat out several more drivers this time around to get back to victory lane. Last Wednesday’s winner, Corey Williams, lost his chance of making it two in a row when he was black flagged for passing before the start finish line. Farrar made quick work of the rest of the field, coming from the back and getting around leader John Lizotte on lap 7. Joe Farrar came home second, just edging out Jerry Stevens after a great last lap battle.
Troy Jordan, and his two teammates Matt Dufault and Jason Berry continued their dominance of the MacDonald Motors Runnin’ Rebels Series. Jordan started in dead last but used a series of daring three-wide passes to quickly make his way through the field. Dustin Salley jumped out to the point from the pole position and raced away to the kind big lead that normally means certain victory. Unfortunately for Salley, nobody told Troy Jordan that. Jordan completed a three wide pass for second around teammate Dufault and Mike Ward on lap 9, and just 4 laps later he was on Salley’s rear bumper. Dufault would get around Salley for second while Cory Beaulieu, Jason Berry, and Kyle Hewins battled it out for fourth. Jordan cruised to a comfortable win with Dufault and Salley behind him. Beaulieu and Berry were fourth and fifth respectively while Hewins, who has played second fiddle to the team of Jordan, Dufault, and Berry all season, wound up sixth.
In the second Rebel feature, made up of the drivers lower in the point standings, Ryan Hewins made a strong return after spending several weeks in a clearly inferior back-up car. Hewins crashed his primary car a few weeks back, but in his third car of the season, he found victory lane. Hewins sat on the pole and jumped out to the lead early on followed by Jamie Heath. Heath faded after a few laps leaving Hewins by himself, but he saw his commanding lead erased when Jamie Leavitt spun out of turn 4 to bring out the yellow flag. Leavitt was running second at the time. On the restart, Heath gave chase again but didn’t have enough to track down Hewins who took the checkers. Heath crossed the line second, but it was all for naught as he was disqualified after the post-race inspection.
The Oxford Outlaws took to the track for 3 feature races. In feature number 1, Guy Childs took the checkered flag and recorded his feature win of the season. Childs benefitted from a front row starting position while several of the faster drivers had to fight their way up from the back. Nic Stanley was back in his #64 after Troy Jordan drove it to a runner up finish in his place last week, and Fred Clavet was back in the #71 after Matt Dufault won an Outlaw feature in it last week as well. However, Stanley’s chance at the win disappeared when he spun on lap 6 and lost a lot of ground, and Clavet finally worked his way up to second late in the race, but didn’t have enough time to chase down Childs. Gerry Richard, Jonathan Baldwin, and Dottie Patria rounded out the top 5.
In feature 2, Scott Veinott jumped out to the lead in the #139, a back-up car loaned to him by Jerry Freeve, and held on to earn his first career win. Veinott had a great jump from the front row, and pulled away from everyone. Kevin Leighton ran far back in second while rookie Mike Childs and Josh Paradis battled for third. The only yellow of the race came on lap 8 when David Brown made contact with Ron Abbot Jr who wound up in the turn 3 dirt. After the restart it was more of the same as Veinott cruised to an emotional first win while Leighton just barely managed to edge out Childs at the line for second.
In the third and final Outlaw feature, Chris Coolidge benefitted from a little bit of luck and some smart racing to beat out Pat Maloy, Addison Bowie and the rest of the pack to capture his first victory of the season. Coolidge almost lost the chance on the very first lap when John Patria spun right in the middle of the pack and Coolidge squeaked past him on the outside. The early lead belonged to Pat Maloy who led from the pole, but Zach Bowie and Coolidge were right there to apply the pressure. On lap 12, Maloy was running side by side with Bowie before he got loose and forced both of them up the race track. Coolidge saw his chance and pounced, making his move on the inside and stretching out his lead. With just two laps left, Zach Bowie suffered even more bad luck as something broke in the rear end and he sputtered to a stop while the Coolidge took the checkered and yellow flag. Maloy held on for second while Zach’s uncle, Addison Bowie, gained a position from his nephew’s bad break and finished third.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Due to strong thunderstorms, racing action at Rockford Speedway has been cancelled for tonight, Wednesday June 23. Racing action will resume this Saturday with the USG Mid-Season Championships and Sunday afternoon will feature the first ever Illinois Vintage State Championship. The Special Needs Night originally scheduled for this date has been rescheduled for Wednesday August 4.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Anthony Flannery of East Hampton had the spotlight for Waterford Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky race program completed on Wednesday evening, making track history when he won the 20-lap Legends Cars main event. Flannery, age 15, became the first competitor to win seven races to begin a season in any division series over the track’s sixty year history. Middletown racer Joey Ternullo was the Bandolero winner, his first in the division. Michael Caprio of New Haven conquered the Super X-Car race and Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton checkered an exciting X-Car race. Bubby Brouwer of Waterford was the X-Modified race winner.
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - It took several weeks to complete the first of the Thompson International Speedway Town Fair Tire Tour-Type Modified Shootouts for the 2010 season. For Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, CT, and his TS Haulers Racing Team it was worth the wait. On Thursday night, Thompson Speedway featured the continuation of an event that was postponed back on June 3 after rains halted the program. In addition to the Tour-Type Modifieds, all six of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions were in competition.
In weekly racing action, Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, scored his fourth Sunoco Modified victory of the season. Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, continued his winning ways in the Super Late Models; also scoring his fourth feature victory of ‘10. John Falconi of N. Grafton, MA, turned his luck around this season with a commanding victory in the Late Model division. Paul Coutu of Thompson, CT, scored a convincing victory in the Limited Sportsman division. Keith McDermott of Scituate, RI was the winner in a controversial TIS Modified dash. Leo Defevers of Brooklyn, CT was tops in the Mini Stocks. The Super Late Models, Late Models and the Limited Sportsman division all treated the fans to caution-free main events.
Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - The Dixie Motor Speedway Presented by Draper Auto Group was packed with action and excitement on Friday, June 25th as it was Hoosier Daddy / Daughter Date Night at the Races Presented by Kim Christensen's Octane Beauty Studio of Clio, Michigan and Hoosier Racing Tires of Lakeville, Indiana.
Six Different Feature Winners were highlighted as Tony Hoose - Speedway Grafix Pro Late Models, Nick Clemens - O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modifieds, Don Riley - RacerChic.us Pro Stocks, Levi Rouster - Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Michigan Legends Series Presented by Z-Max Lubricants, Anthony Jurek - Birch Run / Bridgeport Herald Bombers, and Mike Wines - Mike's Auto Parts Figure 8s all scored wins.
Five Flags Speedway - Augie Grill (Blizzard Series Super Late Models), Stevie Mercer (Sportsman), Curtis Faircloth (Bombers) and Randy Thompson (Super Stocks) won at Five Flags Speedway this week.
Florence Motor Speedway (SC) - Once again rain threaten the racing action Friday night at the Florence Motor Speedway. But we where able to get it all in with some exciting racing in all the divisions. The second Stock 4 heat race came down to the line with Jarrett Smith and Kevin Jackson battling it out door to door. Jackson won by a nose but the exciting racing was not over yet.
Jarrett Smith and Kevin Jackson again would put on a show in the feature event. Jackson got the jump on the start and pulled away from the field. Behind him Bobby Tumbleston and Russ Turner Jr. would make contact almost sending Turner Jr. off the backstretch. Both continued on but Turner Jr. wasn't to pleased. After getting around Tumbleston the two would make contact in turn one sending both cars around. This now gave Smith the opportunity to get by Jackson on the restart and that's exactly what he did. Smith and Jackson would put on a whale of a show for the fans but it would be Smith taking the win by inches over Jackson.
Averitt Lucas continued his domination of the Late Model Stock Car division winning yet again. Lucas claimed the pole with a time of 18.528 seconds. Lucas led all forty laps in the feature and was never touched. Several drivers had problems on the night. RJ West tagged the wall in practice and would start from the rear of the field, Jordan Smith brought out the first caution of the night. Rudy Branham broke something on the rear end of his car and spun in turns three and four. Archie Adams Sr. and Lance West would make contact in turns four sending Adams Sr. around. All of this happened behind race leader Averitt Lucas.
Tyler Howell claimed his first Shriner Bomber win besting Michael Stokes and Bobby Schwabenbauer.
Jon Martin won the Super Stock division over William Hutson.
Lee USA Speedway (NH) - Wayne Helliwell, Jr. held off Bryan Kruczek, J.R. Baril, Steve Johnson and Tom Fuller in Friday's Late Model feature at Lee USA Speedway.
Madison International Speedway (WI) - Defending champion Jeremy Miller won for the second time in 2010 in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models by taking top honors in the Construction Labor Management 40 in front of a great crowd on a perfect night for racing at Madison International Speedway. Miller was not the only driver to return to victory lane as Bobby Wilberg (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Don Fassett (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Max McNamara (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) also picked up wins. Craig Jarvis won the Faster Pastor race.
Motordrome Speedway (PA) - Three-time track Champion Mark Cottone earned the biggest win of his Motordrome Speedway career on Friday June 25, taking the checkered flag after the "Steel City 100" for NASCAR Subway Super Late Models. In other NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, defending Champion Adam Kostelnik won his first Wyotech Modified feature of the year, and former Champ Shawn Phillips won his first Napa Street Stock event of the season. Ron Eiford, III and Andrew Dutkewycz each won for the second time in the Pro Auto Supply Service Chargers and Coca Cola Super Compacts.
Norway Speedway (MI) - Ross Kenseth rolled into Norway Speedway Friday night as an invader and stole the show. He won qualifying, the dash and the Super Late Model feature. 1) Kenseth 2) Troy Nelson 3) Mike Reichenberger
Ocala Speedway (FL) - Those who ventured to Ocala Speedway on Friday night saw a variety of racing action for five different divisions, and also everything for the best to the worst as far as the races were concerned. Racers tend to be a superstitious lot, and as the summer sun set in the west, an ominous full moon rose over turn two. From that point on it was either success of failure on the track, and while the successes were thrilling, so were some of the failures.
The Tee Pee Tire Hobby Stocks provided the first feature event of the night, and quickly set the standard to beat. Mike Eubanks had a less than wonderful starting position, but as soon as the opening green waved he was powering his way toward the front of the pack. Dean Jarvis had wasted no time in taking the lead, but later was overcome by Jody Wells, who looked like the car to beat. Bubba Christian also was strong and made his way forward to challenge Wells, but spun in turn 2 as he and Mike Eubanks battled for second place.
From that point on it was all Wells and Eubanks, as the two took a "checkers or wreckers" mentality to the finish. A last ditch move by Eubanks in the final turn was a little too aggressive, and he spun into the infield as Jody Wells blasted by the flagstand. The win was "The Outlaw" Jody Wells' second of the season, as Daniel Miller followed for second place. Dean Jarvis settled for third, as Heath Walker and Bubba Christian claimed fourth and fifth places.
Ocala Speedway's Sportsman Division saw another strong group of racers take to the clay for their feature race, but the full moon had gremlins hiding in every corner of the track. Jamie Dayhaw had the pole position for the race, but after a first lap spin forced a restart Dayhaw jumped three consecutive attempts to get underway, and officials put him to the rear of the field as a result. That left "Big Frog" Augie Burttram to jump into the lead, as Billy Costello chased him in second place.
Then the gremlins took over, as car after car left the race with mechanical issues. By the time the last five laps were run only three competitors were left to wrangle over the win, but that only cleared the way for John Bradley to make Augie Burttram work for it. Despite Bradley's intense pressure that made quite a race of it, Burttram succeeded in holding off the challenge and grabbing the win as Bradley finished in second place. Billy Costello had the best seat in the house to watch Bradley and Burttram's battle, and finished in third place.
After the gremlins had feasted on Sportsman Division racers, they had to be salivating again after four competitive heats and a B main set a field of 24 racers for the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stock feature race. But gremlins or not, the Amsoil Thunder Stocks usually do as much to each other as any gremlin could muster,
and such was the case under the full moon. The race was plagued with everything from mechanical breakdowns to frightening meetings with the outside barriers, which helped make the race go into overtime and shortened it to 15 laps.
Chris Fontaine showed up in a different car this week and promptly demonstrated that it was a leader as he rocketed to the front. Scott Mooers held the second spot until Michael Stalnaker could get into the mix up front, and Stalnaker made quick work of everyone but Fontaine. But as Stalnaker began battling with the race leader he lost a wheel in turn two, ending his night. Chris Fontaine held on for the win, followed by Scott Mooers and Luke Sadler. James Erickson substituted for his father in the 66 car and placed fourth, while Eddie Kilbury Jr. battled up to the fifth spot on the night.
After the gremlins had gotten fat and happy on Thunder Stocks, the Colortyme Rentals Modifieds managed to run a lot of laps under green flag conditions, and that had the leaders weeding their way through lapped traffic in order to win. And as fate would have it, that lapped traffic would play a significant role in how things turned out.
Kyle Bronson held the early lead but Jeff Mathews was all over him after a caution on lap four. As the two battled lap after lap, traffic began to become an issue and enables Wayne Hammond to tighten up to the frontrunners. A tangle with lapped cars on lap 18 sent Bronson into an infield excursion that allowed Mathews to put a strangle hold on the lead and for Wayne Hammond to move up to second place, and the frustration showed as Bronson attempted to recover. "The Repo Man" Jeff Mathews netted the win while Wayne Hammond claimed second place and Kyle Bronson fought aggresively to salvage third place. Kyle Owen was the fourth place finisher and Jamie Carter rounded out the top five.
Fans that failed to hang around for the Gladiator feature race may have missed the most heated battle of the night, as Larry Langston and Casey Feaster brawled for lap after lap while making their way through a maze of slower cars. Casey Feaster managed to hold off a last ditch effort by Langston in the final corner and grab a win, with Langston nearly side-by-side with him for second place. Devin Walker drove a more conservative race as Feaster and Langston battled in front of him, and came away with a third place night. Kyle Morse survived early race contact to place fourth, while Matt Shea recovered from an earlier spin to take fifth place. In the meantime, points leader Steven Johnson ended up on the wrong end of some contact and finished in the 10th spot, which leaves him a mere 2 points in front of Feaster in the season points battle.
Orlando Speedworld (FL) - Jared Allison (Super Late Models) Zach Harris (Pro Trucks), John Hodge (E-Modifieds), James Frisbie (Sportsman), John Bennett (Super Stocks), Donovan Ponder (Legends), Wes Railing (Strictly Stocks) and Michael Held (Bando Bandits) won at Orlando this week.
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - It was a wild night at Oxford Plains Speedway under a full moon as Motor Mayhem #2 sponsored by Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy came to the track.
The Spectator Drags were the first competition of the night. All cars must have an inspection sticker and be street legal, but they certainly performed like high-powered racing machines. The cars ranged from a VW Bus to a 1998 Pontiac Firebird, but at the end of the preliminaries, only Scott Merrill in a light blue 1994 Honda Accord and Thom Bell in a purple and black 1986 Ford Mustang remained. Bell won the coin toss and chose to start in the inside lane in the best two out of three championship round. He took the first race and then swept past Merrill on the backstretch to win round two and claim the first place trophy.
The Smokey Donut Show competition was up next. Competitors had forty-five seconds to create the biggest, loudest burnout they could muster, while turning in a circle. After the first round, four cars were brought back and given thirty seconds to impress the crowd. Doug Dixon in a blue 1988 Mustang and Jim Pineo in a red 1972 Monte Carlo clearly had the best runs and in a tightly contested decision, using the scientifically proven Applause-O-Meter, Pineo was declared the winner for the second Motor Mayhem event in a row.
That was followed by the Jack & Jill Race, where teams were made featuring a man and woman driver. The women ran 10 laps before pulling down pit road, jumping out as their male counterparts jumped in and ran the final ten laps to the finish. In the first segment, Missy Morgan had some bad luck piloting the #12 car. Morgan was black flagged and pulled her car down to the infield not realizing that there was a fire burning under the hood. The safety crew quickly extinguished the flames. Back on the track, Deana Robertson was setting the early pace. After ten laps, Robertson made a quick stop as Jimmy Childs took over and raced to the win. In Victory Lane, Childs explained that he was not sure he would run the event until he texted Robertson that morning and the two teamed up. Kyle Hewins was second with his partner Darcy Tucker who admitted this was her first time driving a race car. Calvin Rose, Jr. and Kimberley Sessions rounded out the top 3.
Next up came the Tag Team Race, where teams of two drivers, each with their own car, battled it out for the win. The first team member started the race and drove five laps before pulling down pit road, finding his teammate’s parked car, and bumping the back bumper to signal him to go. That driver went five laps before coming down pit road, and bumping his teammate. One more five lap segment and then a bump again to the drivers who then raced to the finish. Kyle Hewins was very quick in his black and green #54, and he and his teammate, Skip Douglas, had won the event in the previous Motor Mayhem. However, on the final bump-and-go segment, Douglas was too slow in reaching Hewins’ car, and Perley Garland raced to the front and the win for he and his teammate, Guy Childs. In Victory Lane Douglas was unaware that he had lost the race until his teammate Hewins told him he had gotten passed. Garland and Childs simply expressed how much fun they had driving in events like this.
Then it was time for the Obstacle Course Enduro races. Big, skidder tires were brought out and placed four wide at the start finish line, and through the turns. A fire truck went back and forth between the turns squirting water all over the track during the races. First up, the Four Cylinder Enduros took to the track. Hewins and his speedy car started on the pole and he drove away from everybody to open up a huge lead. The red flag came out on three occasions. The first two were for stalled cars, stuck in the middle of the track after making contact with the huge tires blocking the racing groove. However, the wildest ride of the night went to Rocky Cotton in the #75. Cotton skidded over the turn two banking and into the dirt before his car flipped and rolled over, landing on its roof. Cotton was unhurt and when the race returned to green it was more of the same, with Hewins cruising to an easy victory. Mike St. Germain took second, and Jimmy Childs third.
The Full Size Enduros were the next to battle the water and the tires. Right from the get-go it was clear the two fastest cars were Mike Kyllonen in the #27 and Skip Douglas in the #68. The rest of the field battled for position and did their best to dodge the roadblocks. Josh Salley had his line of sight blocked momentarily when his hood flew up over the windshield as he drove down the backstretch, but Mike St. Germain added some impromptu humor to the event. After a red flag for his stalled car, St. Germain stepped out and waved the push car away, choosing to simply shove his car down the turn three banking and out of the way. As the race wound to a close, Douglas pulled within a few car lengths of Kyllonen. On the final lap, coming out of turn four, Kyllonen got stuck behind the lap car of Gerald Parlin. Douglas quickly dove to the inside and beat Kyllonen to the stripe for the win. Charlie Hall held off Calvin Rose, Jr. to finish third.
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing action with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Friday, June 25th. Keith Rocco picked up his third consecutive and sixth overall win of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Woody Pitkat got win number four
of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Galko scored his second victory of 2010 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery won his fourth race of 2010 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Andrew Hayes picked up his first win of 2010 in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Barre’s Nick Sweet claims his second Thunder Road win of 2010 in the Carquest Governor’s Cup 100 on Friday, June 25. Sweet took the lead from the pole and battled with Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke throughout the 100 lap event. The two would swap the lead twelve times before Sweet got to the front for good on lap 94.
Pembroke would have to settle for third after Jamie Fisher got by in the closing laps. Senator Phil Scott claimed his third straight top five with a fourth followed by Mike Bailey in fifth. Eric Williams came from 19th to finish sixth while ACT Tour Rookie of the Year contender Austin Theriault climbed from 21st to finish seventh. Matt White, John Donahue and Rich Lowrey rounded out the top ten.
The Carquest Governor’s Cup was a ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway qualifier but Sweet already earned an invite for the Saturday, September 19th event with his win in the Merchants Bank 150 win earlier in the season.
The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature was won by Essex’s Mike Billado. It was his first career win. He held of rookie Jason Corliss who claimed his career best finish in second. Josh Demers, Ricky Roberts and Mike Ziter rounded out the top five. David Finck, Pete Ainsworth, Tony Rossi, Tom Therrien and Joe Steffen completed the top ten.
Topsham’s Tim Campbell earned the win in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors main event. He held off David Whitcomb, Lloyd Blakely, Dave LaFleche and Travis Hull who completed the top five. Will Hennequin, Greg Adams, Jamie Davis, Danny Doyle and Ron Gabaree completed the top ten.
Cabot’s Ken Christman earned his fourth win of the season as the top finishing Warrior in the main event. Kevin Dodge, Fred Schroeder, Kevin Wheatley and Josh Erwin completed the top five.
Will Hennequin claimed the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors Reserve Feature win.
Airborne Speedway (NY) - Saturday's race at Airborne were rained out.
Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - Once again mother nature try's to dampen the night and promoter CV Elms says give it your best shot, we're goin racin! The early shower made for some of the most Exciting racing at the fastest dirt track in Vermont, for all who ventured out for the Wells River Savings Bank night at Bear Ridge Speedway.
In addition to the full card of racing for the 99ROCK weekly racing series divisions, the Sprint Cars of New England, SCoNE were on hand to do battle with 14 machines. Danny Douville an old time contender in the modified series has moved to this division, and quickly showed the field the way around the track. Douville came home with the second win in as many visits. Nick Berry joined Douville coming Home in second with Shawn Lawler crossing the line in third.
For the 99ROCK weekly racing series the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds feature track conditions were perfect for the full field of cars who took the green. Coming from mid pack Adam Pierson #15 Fairlee VT took advantage of the fast pace and worked his way to the front to claim the win. Crossing the line in second was Gary Siemons #5 Orford NH who picked up Pierson's tail on the way by. Coming home in third for his best finish in his rookie year and only his seventh appearance in a Sportsman Modified was Derek Graham #10 Woodsville NH.
In the Journal Opinion Fast Fours the man to beat continues to be Josh Sunn #11 White River Jct VT. Sunn once again crossed the line in first claiming his seventh win of the season with Mark Harran #57 St Johnsbury VT in second and Andy Johnson #25 Wilder VT in third.
For the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes Gene Pierson #44 E Corinth VT liked victory lane so much a couple of weeks ago that he decided to make the trip again crossing the line first. Following Pierson in second was Bryan King #X Corinth VT and brother Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT in third.
In the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets it was a new face on top with Eric Lang #66 claiming the gold. Following him across the line in second coming from deep in the pack was Thomas Placey #22 Bradford VT with third going to Mike Chapin #37 Chelsea VT.
The A Notch Above Limited Late Models took to the track for their feature with a field of double digits in number. Will Hull #61 E. Montpelier VT is the man to beat of late, and once again he was the one to cross the line first to claim the checkers, following him in second in his least favorite spot was Jeremy Hodge #17 Newbury VT the third and final victory lane spot was claimed by Troy Comeau #89 Rumney NH.
The Weglarz Property Service and Excavation mind race leader award winners for Dad's 4 By Tool and Supply night were:#9 Mike Dunn in the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds and #29 David West in the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets.
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams were off this week at Beech Ridge.
Berlin Raceway (MI) - The Berlin Raceway hosted a full night of racing action on the Marne fairgrounds on Saturday night, with the traveling USAC Wolverine Regional Midget Series, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and 4-Cylinders all racing.
The Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinder division was the first feature to hit the track on the evening. Cal Phillips went to the early lead in his #26 car, racing with Paul Ritchie #63 for the first several laps. Rookie driver #77 Jared Lyzenga made a power move to the inside in turn #1, going three wide and successfully completing the pass to get into second. Jackson Walker #20 then flexed his muscle on laps 6 and 7, moving to the lead. Walker and Phillips would contend for the lead back and forth as the race continued, while #44 Nichole Randolph moved her way up behind. The first caution flew on lap 13 for debris on the backstretch. On the restart, Jared Lyzenga and Jackson Walker would immediately bolt out to a five car length lead and battle to the checkers. Lyzenga would be the first to cross the stripe on lap 20, winning the Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinder B Feature makeup race. Walker second, Jared Miller, Randolph and Ritchie rounded out the top 5.
The next feature race on the schedule was the first of two Modified features. Joe Morisette started from the pole in his first visit to the Marne fairgrounds, before giving up the lead to Brian Nester. Nester would hold the lead for the first several laps of the race in his #99, before relinquishing the top spot to Ryan Gruppen. Travis Eddy rode behind Gruppen for many laps in the second spot, before the two spun to the inside of turn four. Gruppen's mechanical failures would force him to give up the lead to Eddy. A great battle for second and third to the finish with Mike Bursley and Jordan Dahlke took place as the race closed. Eddy would go to victory lane, over Bursley, Dalhke, Nester and Brian Bergakker.
The Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinder A Feature was next out, with Ron Myers on the front row alongside Mike Speet. The hard charger from the drop of the green was the #12 of Jason DeVos. DeVos, who started in ninth, raced his way to the lead on lap 3. Caution would fly for Kyle Hamm on lap 4 who stalled on the front stretch. Cole Roelofs and Rob Shoemaker would battle hard for position in fifth for many laps. On the closing laps, Ryan Hamm would come from behind and make an excellent pass around DeVos to take the lead, and the eventually victory. DeVos would finish second with Jason Scheid, Cole Roelofs and Rob Shoemaker rounding out the top five.
The 4-Cylinder B division once again took to the track for the regularly scheduled race. On the first lap, #29m Jared Miller got tangled with several other competitors and spun to the inside, making heaving contact with the inside retaining wall. Miller would climb from the car and be ok. Jim Rhodes would take his T11 to the front on the restart, and would be under heavy pressure from Jackson Walker for much of the race. Jared Lyzenga, who won the B Feature makeup race earlier in the night found himself in second and Nichole Randolph third. Daryl Davis made contact with the concrete barrier in turn one on lap #7, but would climb from the car under his own power. Rhodes would go back to the lead and never give it up, cruising to his first career feature win in three years of trying, over Randolph, Lyzenga, Nawrocki and Jackson Walker.
The traveling USAC Wolverine Regional Midget Series was the next race up, going for 25 laps. Dalton Armstrong, who struggled during practice would start from the pole and lead for the first four laps, before giving the top spot up to Dillon Welch's #6 Ford. The field of cars would scream around Berlin going nearly caution free, until lap 23 when Welch's engine would expire. Armstrong would reassume the lead and the win, over Daniel Bedford, Ali Jackson, Chris Phillips and Phil Rutledge.
The Engine Pro Super Stock feature was the last event of the night, with 18 cars taking the green flag. Brian Wiersma jumped to an early race lead over Justin Regnerus, Justin Ryan and Dave Lake. Caution flew for #77 Andrew Nylaan first, and then again on the restart with Gabe Ensing, Bob Bliss and Nate Walton. Before a lap could be completed, caution flew again for Justin Ryan off the backstretch and then again one lap later for Ray VanAllsburg in turn 3. The restart on lap 10 saw Dave Lake go to the top spot on the bottom. Travis Nylaan and Justin Regnerus did battle for position in fourth and fifth spots. Caution was once again in the air on lap 20 for Bob Bliss, who couldn't get to the bottom of the track as he slowed. On the restart, Gabe Ensing found trouble once again in turn 4, spinning alone making no contact with the inside barrier. Dave Lake again jumped to a sizeable lead over Brian Wiersma, Denny Anderson and Travis Nylaan who moved up into fourth as a result of a caution plagued first half of the race. The second half of the 50 lap extended feature went much smoother, going completely caution free. Dave Lake would pull off the victory, over Brian Wiersma, Denny Anderson, Travis Nylaan and Chris Muyskens.
Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Even early passing showers couldn’t dampen the action at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, as all of the night’s scheduled events plus a holdover Legends race were completed after a brief track-drying.
In the Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman class, Greg Morgan continued his hot streak, taking the lead on lap one and holding it to grab his second consecutive win. It was Morgan’s third win in the 2010 season. Bryanna Hurban crossed the line second, and defending track champion Dan Conklin hung on for third. Coons and Roy Crespo rounded out the top five.
Bobby Policastro headed into the Sam’s Towing Pro Stock event with a one-point lead over Jim Helt, but he widened the gap as he brought home his second win of 2010. Policastro became the second repeat winner in the class, with Norman Barnes second and Steve Vasey third.
The Legends had a busy night at the speedway, completing both a holdover race resulting from the June 12th rainout and the night’s regular scheduled event. Defending track champion Mike Alcaro took the win in the holdover race, but he would have to be content with a runner-up finish to Bayley Currey in the regular event.
In the holdover event, Todd McCollum was second, and Carl Blandina came across the line in third. At the conlusion of the regular feature, Alcaro was second, and McCollum was third.
Jordan Lamothe is two-for-two in the JTR Enterprises Bandolero class, taking down wins in both of his 2010 visits to the speedway. Lamothe started the feature in seventh but quickly powered his way to the front. Lamothe was followed across the line by Joseph Graf Jr. and Max Evans.
In the Street Stock race, Kevin Skelly came from mid-field to capture his third 2010 victory. VanOrden Jr. over the second spot with five laps to go and crossed the line behind Skelly. Rich Wheeler was third.
The monopoly on Victory Lane that has been held by Eddie Lindstadt and Paul Curry in the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Senior division continued this past Saturday, as Lindstadt captured his fourth win of the 2010 season. Paul Curry was second, and Tim Curry was third in the final rundown.
Josh Wilbur became the sixth different winner in seven events for the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Junior division when he grabbed the checkers in the action-packed feature event. Josh Mendez was forced to settle for second, while Amber McGibbon worked her way back through the field from a mid-race incident to grab third when the checkered flag flew.
Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) - Victory Lane was a sea of black and orange on Saturday after the Myers clan pulled off a clean sweep. Brothers Jason and Burt Myers each claimed victory in the Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Series – the first time ever that two drivers from the Myers dynasty have claimed both ends of a double-header.
With starting position for the first Modified 25-lap race being decided strictly by qualifying, that one and only time trial lap would be all-important. Jason Myers of Walnut Cove turned the second fastest lap of the night, with Randy Butner of Pfafftown taking the pole.
Both drivers knew that one of the most crucial points in the race would be the drag race into turn one on the initial start. “We just had a heck of a start,” said Jason Myers, who managed to power ahead of Butner to claim the lead. “He had a lot more motor than I did, so he motored and beat me to the corner,” said Butner.
The #5 car of Butner then began to give Myers some strong shoves as Butner looked for an opportunity to steal the lead away from Myers. “Butner was strong early in the race,” said Jason Myers. “He probably could’ve turned me. He was bumping me off the corner really letting me know he had a good car.”
Once the first caution came out around the mid-point in the race, the #4 car of Jason Myers took advantage of the much-needed time to cool off. From then on, Myers pulled away in commanding fashion.
Jason Myers claimed the checkered. Butner took second, and Junior Miller of Danbury finished in third.
Meanwhile, brother Burt Myers hadn’t fared as well. Qualifying in a disappointing 10th place, he fought up to an 8th place finish. But his luck would change when little brother Jason plucked number eight for the Four Seasons Home Improvement “Madhouse Scramble” – sending Burt to the pole for the start of the second race.
Brad Robbins of Winston-Salem started right beside Burt on the outside-row, and Reigning Champion Tim Brown of Cana, VA started right on Myers’ bumper in third.
As the green flag fell, Myers claimed the lead with Brown moving up to second place. The #83 of Brown gave Myers a few good bumps to the rear, but Myers was able to hold on for the victory.
Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem finished in second, with Brian Loftin of Lexington taking third.
It was an exuberant victory ceremony for Burt as younger brother Jason and the whole family came down to celebrate the twin victories for the Myers family. “When we leave the shop, the goal is for both of us to win. And we accomplished our goal tonight,” said Burt Myers.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Derek Stoltz of Walkertown took the checkered in Saturday’s 60-lapper. The race was one of two Sportsman races that utilize the double-file restart rule - and with eight cautions, there were several chances for outside-row challengers.
Stoltz fought up from a ninth place start, taking over the lead from Kevin Neal of Walkertown on a double-file restart on lap 25. It was an endurance contest for Stoltz, who was almost in danger of being black-flagged after electrical problems caused his car to smoke at one point in the race.
Kyle Edwards of King was able to hold on and take second. Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown finished third.
Kenneth Stimpson claimed victory in the 20-lap race for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. It was the veteran racer’s first win in over a decade. Matt Cotner of Rural Hall and Allen Henkel of Trinity finished in second and third.
In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Brandon Brendle of Winston-Salem brought home the win in the first 15-lapper, with Travis Brewer of Germanton taking the checkered in the second 15-lap race.
Canandaigua Speedway (NY) - After early afternoon rains, Canandaigua Speedway pressed on and defeated Mother Nature once again as the Ontario County Fairgrounds half mile clay oval ended the month of June with a bang. Late race lead changes made things very interesting in the DIRTcar Modified, DIRTcar Sportsman and Factory Stock/Pure Stock divisions. The $20 car load was a big hit along with the on track "meet and greet" autograph session at intermission. Several race fans were prepared for the special night as many brought their cameras to take pictures of their favorite drivers. DC Rauscher employees enjoyed themselves up in the VIP booth as owner Dave Rauscher was competing on the race track in the headlining DIRTcar big block Modified division.
In the 35 lap DIRTcar big block Modified feature, Steve Paine inherited the lead on lap 32 after then leader Matt Sheppard broke a rear axle and went on to the victory. Sheppard was in control of the race until his unfortunate incident. Second was Rob Bellinger followed by Brian Swarthout followed by Chad Homan and Dave Rauscher.
Justin Henderson took the lead from Justin Wright on lap 23 in a heated battle between the two racing stars and went on to win the 25 lap DIRTcar Sportsman feature. Wright had the lead from the start of the event until Henderson, who picked up his second win of the 2010 season at Canandaigua, went by for the lead. Steve Gray also slipped by Wright with a lap to go to take over the runner-up position. Wright finished in third place. Fourth was Kane Bristol followed by Karl Comfort in fifth.
In the 20 lap DIRTcar Stock Car feature, Andy Fisk took the victory. Fisk took the lead on lap four and was never headed. It was Fisk's third win of the season at Canandaigua. Second was Mike Welch followed Chris Fisher, Mike Rasbeck and Pat Hobbs. In one of the better finishes of the 2010 racing season in the 15 lap Factory Stocks/Pure Stock feature, Marc Minutolo beat out Alex Morris at the finish line. Andrew Smith was third. Fourth was Roger Bush followed by Don Drave in fifth.
Cayuga County Fair Speedway (NY) - The Cayuga County Fair Speedway recognized new graduates Sunday night, as Currier Plastics presented New Graduate night at the Speedway. All college and high school graduates were admitted free to the DIRTcar Modified, Sportsman, Stock Cars, Battlekarz and boat race.
Fans that arrived to the track early were given the chance to meet two of their favorite drivers as Stock Car driver Mike Rasbeck and Modified driver Robby Bellinger were on hand to sign autographs. This is a newer added bonus that has grown excitement over the past two weeks.
Jimmy Phelps continues his hot streak across the DIRTcar Northeast region winning the 35 lap DIRTcar big block Modified feature. Phelps took the lead on lap 30 from Rob Bellinger and would go to the checkered flag with Danny Johnson finishing second. Dale Planck was third followed by Matt Sheppard in fourth. Rob Bellinger, who led from the drop of the green flag until Phelps made his winning move, finished fifth.
Jim Spano picked up his second consecutive CCFS feature victory in the 25 lap DIRTcar Sportsman feature. Spano started 15th and moved his way through the pack and finished three seconds better than second place finisher Ricky Newton. Third was Jeremy Pitcher. Fourth was Robert Humphreys and fifth was Steve Gray.
Chris Fisher won his third DIRTcar Stock Car feature of the 2010 season at CCFS, but it wasn't easy as Mike Welch was inside of Fisher as the two drivers went down for the checkered flag in what was easily one of the more exciting races of the 2010 season. Welch had lead from the drop of the green until lap 13 when Fisher took over the lead. Finishing third was Mike Rasbeck followed by Frank Guererri and Don Searles.
Chris Bonoffski picked up the victory in the 15 lap BattleKarz feature. For Bonoffski, it was his second win of the season. Second was Nick Werner finished while Skip DeGroff was third. Rounding out the top five was Matt Dawson and Lanson Albanese.
Concord Speedway (NC) - It was another great night of hot action for the Independent Tribune Cabarrus County Night for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Concord Speedway. Kenny Brooks claimed dual victories in the double header running of the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Cars. Brian Love added one more trophy to his collection and celebrated his fifth victory in a row in the Coca-Cola Pure Stocks. It was also a great time to salute “Soldier Boy” Brian Irby on his first victory in the Fast and Furious Fours and Matt Drye found himself in the Country Inn & Suites Victory Lane celebrating twice tonight in the Town & Country Ford Thunderstox division.
Dells Raceway Park (WI) - Mike Litchfield won the Mid Season Championship Late Model feature Saturday at Dells Raceway Park (WI). 1) Litchfield 2) Corey Jankowski 3) Jesse Bernhagen
East Bay Speedway (FL) - Gagel's Auto Parts Open Wheel Modified point leader Austin Sanders prevailed in an exciting feature to cap off a six-division program as East Bay Raceway Park slammed the door on the month of June.
The night's action began with the Limited Late Models as John Bradley prevailed for his second feature win. Forrest Gough came from the rear of the field to score a second place, ahead of heat race winner Bob Peterson, Scotty Williams and Dan Darnell. Shane Koperda also scored a heat win.
The Precision Kia of Wesley Chapel Street Stocks saw Donnie Reed go wire-to-wire to pick up his fifth win of the year. He was hounded by Eric Moon and point leader Thomas Pratt, who finished second and third. Jeff Rodgers ran a steady fourth while Buck Woodhouse came up to fifth, despite being sent to the tail after four laps for a turn four incident. Moon, Ron Abney and Collin Kruse claimed preliminaries.
The program was halted for 30 minutes after the Street Stock main due to rain and lightning. When the show resumed, the 4 Cylinder Bombers stepped up to the plate and brought 30 cars out for the start of their 15-lap main. Point leader Kever Raulerson appeared to be on the way to a win when the car suffered issues two laps from the finish. For Elliott Morgan, it was vindication. Morgan was transported from the track two weeks ago after a backstretch wreck, but tonight his race ended in Victory Lane. Michael Eaton picked up second with Troy Dittebrand charging from deep in the field for a third place run. Fourth went Kelli Hill with Gene Gross rounding out the top five. Raulerson, Johnnie Alexander and Roberto Morfin Sr. started their nights with heat wins.
The Florida Old Time Modified race saw a return winner in Tommy Zwally, who scooted to the lead in a battle of '37 Fords, besting Roger Herbach. Gary Riccio took top honors in the eight-car heat.
The East Bay Sprints rolled out to a track perfectly suited for exciting action. Travis Bliemeister used the pole start to his advantage, sweeping out to the lead. Billy Boyd was his first pursuer, but Boyd was hunted down by Danny Martin Jr. As the field hit lapped traffic, Martin negotiated the situation better, coming out on top at the halfway mark. No one could catch Martin, who powered to a popular win. Bliemeister, Boyd, Tim George, and Rich Pratt (a former Late Model racer making his first East Bay start in a Sprint) rounded out the top five. George and Martin took heat wins.
And then, there were the Modifieds. Buzzie Reutimann moved from the outside of the front row for the early lead with Jeff Mathews in hot pursuit. Austin Sanders jumped to the top of the track and zipped past to grab the lead. Mathews became the aggressor in the chase for the lead with contact between the top two leading to body damage on both cars. Sanders continued to use the top of the track to his advantage, but had to work the magic on several restarts. Reutimann slipped past Mathews in time for the last restart, which saw Mathews advance before passing. Even though Mathews crossed second, he was scored fourth in the final tally, gaining second after spinning Reutimann on the race to the finish. Sanders scored his fourth feature win, a hard fought and popular victory. Reutimann was credited with second, ahead of Roger Crouse, Mathews and Bobby Dixon. Mathews and Sanders were winners of the heat events.
Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Mike Root won the Stan Yee Memorial 150.
Fonda Speedway (NY) - This week's races were rained out.
Illiana Speedway (IN) - Jeff Cannon beat points leader John Nutley in the Limited Late Model feature event Saturday night at Illiana Speedway (IN) by slightly more than one second. He also beat Bobby Gash in the Super Late Model main by nearly three seconds. SLM Finish: 1) Cannon 2) Gash 3) Dave Gentile
Indianapolis Speedrome (IN) - “Kid Rocket” Chad Sizemore won in Late Models and then Corey Turner won the Figure 8 Late Model feature at Indianapolis Speedrome this week.
KC Speedway (OH) - An awesome night and an awesome field produced some of the best racing of the year in the Twin 25's for the AMRA Late Models at Jeff and Vicki Schrader's K-C Raceway, where Salt Rock, WV driver Eddie Carrier claimed the first main and Jackson, Ohio's Greggie Oliver claimed the second. The night earned special interest with the Autism Speaks Will Kinzer Foundation folks on hand promoting Autism awareness and promoting the local initiative to cure Autism. Points' leader Jason Montgomery, Jackson, OH won the Advanced Services Modified A-main and Jamie Adams of Laurelville claimed his 8th feature in nine tries in the Dan Reno Hobby Stocks.
Lebanon Valley Speedway (PA) - Ray Hoard won Saturday night's 30-lap Big-Block Modified feature while Jason Casey won in the the Pro Stocks at Lebanon Valley.
Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - The only thing hotter than the weather was the action on the race track at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri as a mix of new winners and repeat winners were the story of the night as Casey's General Stores presented the Rockstar Energy Drink Weekly Championship Series. Vance Wilson made the long drive from Frankford, Missouri to capture the win in the TNT Quick Shop Late Models in his first appearance ever at the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Despite changing nearly the complete drivetrain over night Galena, Missouri's Jesse Stovall scored his seventh consecutive Pitt's Homes A-Modified win while Neosho, Missouri's Chris Hawkins become the night's second first time winner this season as he brought his black #133 into Victory Lane in the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks.
New Paris Speedway (IN) - Cory Pressler captured the checkers in the Super Late Model race Saturday at New Paris Speedway (IN). 1) Pressler 2) Bobby Stremme 3) Shawn Amor
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) - Patrick Starapoli (Limited Late Models), Jamie Dixson (Mini Stocks), Butch Herdegen (Super Stocks) and Gino Tumminello (Strictly Stocks) won this week at New Smyrna.
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Toni McCray finally got it right on Ladies Night at Orange Show Speedway.
McCray, who serves as the marketing director for Best in the West Racing while driving in the two premier classes, had struggled throughout the early season to make her JAM Sportswear Late Model competitive at the ASA Member Track.
Saturday night, however, McCray made everyone else struggle futilely to keep up while she raced to wins in both of the 50-lap Late Model races after San Bernardino High teacher and coach Kim Marzullo had put her Toyota pickup in victory circle in the 35-lap Interstate Batteries Factory Fours feature.
McCray, of Highland (Ca.), started the first race third in the 16-car field and stalked leaders Tim Smith and Brandon Loverock for the first 38 laps around the quarter-mile oval. Then as the field got the green flag on lap 39 after a caution period, McCray took the lead from Smith and kept her Team Too Chevrolet Monte Carlo in front to the finish, taking the checkered flag 0.394 seconds ahead of Smith, of Bakersfield (Ca.).
The second race was easy by comparison. McCray started on the pole and stayed there while Tim Smith, Jeff Peterson and Kenny Smith took turns being second. Tim Smith was there most of the time and eventually reached the finish line 2.129 seconds after McCray.
Peterson, Loverock and Logan Mainella rounded out the top five in the opening race and Ron Daniel, Peterson and Kenny Smith finished 3-4-5, respectively, in the second 50-lapper.
Marzullo, who also shared the winner’s circle with McCray once last season, built a big early lead and was able to withstand the late charge of Danny French, who finished 0.384 seconds behind.
Riley Sawyers got is second straight Budweiser Legends Cars win on the eve of his 13th birthday and the two 20-lap M.C. Erectors Bandoleros races were won by Parker Malone and Ryan Cansdale.
The Western Racing Association members brought their vintage Sprint Cars and Midgets to the track for the second time this season and ran a pair of 10-lap exhibitions won by Greg Dierks of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. (Sprint Cars) and Steve Enright of Tustin, Ca. (Midgets).
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Ricky Rolfe won Saturday's Late Model feature at Oxford.
Owosso Speedway (MI) - It was Classic Car Cruise Night and Food Bank Night at the Owosso Speedway on Saturday, June 26th as the racing excitement on the track was only matched by the very vocal and enthusiastic crowd that was on hand at the Big "O" to watch a great night of racing action.
The fans in the grandstands were treated to four thrilling features as all Four Feature Winners won their second of the season. Bill Luckhurst - Modifieds, Don Riley - Pro Stocks, Bob Robinson - Pure Stocks, and Matt Vainner - Sport Stocks were the winners on this night.
Riverhead Raceway (NY) - Dave Brigati led from green-to-checker to win the NASCAR Modified feature Saturday at Riverhead Raceway (NY). 1) Brigati 2) Chris Young 3) Eddie Brunnhoelzl III
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Jon Reynolds Jr. isn’t used to waiting until the end of June for his first victory in the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, but his patience paid off tonight as ‘Driver X’ staved off a late-race challenge from points leader Tim Sargent to take home a hard-earned win at the Rockford Speedway. On a night with extended features and the crowning of the USG Midseason Champions, Reynolds Jr. sliced and diced through a venerable field of veterans, exhibiting patience as he picked off car after car before inheriting the lead in the middle of the race after a strong restart. Reynolds Jr. outgunned the man everyone has their sights on this season and the victory sends a message that he is a force to be reckoned with as the second half of the season approaches. In an extended Budweiser American Short Trackers main event, Jason Bragg saw his luck turn around, fending off young gun Kyle Lapier for the trophy. The Mtn Dew RoadRunners headliner was taken down by a dominant Charlie Frisch, who charged into the top spot in the early stages and never looked back.
Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Seekonk Speedway was rained out on Saturday night.
Shangri-La 2 Speedway (NY) - A pair of drivers scored their first career victories in commanding style Saturday at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway during Crazy George's Concrete Craziness Night at the ASA Member Track. Second generation driver Bryan Sherwood won the Sportsman Modified event, while Jerry Dineen, who has been knocking on the door all year, finally broke the lock to ASA Late Model victory lane.
Speedway 660 (NB) - Saturday night was Fanfest 2010 sponsored by Sojourn Signs at Speedway 660 with free grandstand admission to anyone who attended the event. The event in its second year of existence was again a huge success with a near capacity crowd make its way to the Geary woods. Fans would have to wait though, as an hour long rain delay struck just as the first set of heats were getting started.
After the rain cleared, four divisions were active on this night with the Bandeleros starting things off with some great action. D.J. Casey couldn’t make it three wins in a row, instead it was the 00 of Cole Boudreau at the young age of 13 taking the checkered flag. DJ Casey did finish a strong 2nd with Dana Hamm rounding out the top three. The race turned out to be very entertaining with several great battles throughout the field
In the Leisure FamilyRV.com Street Stock division, rivalry’s seemed to be heating up with the 54# of Rick Cashol taking the victory but not before some exciting side by side racing with his nemesis, Matt Matheson of Geary. With just 5 laps to go, off a restart, it was Matheson on the outside of Cashol. Matheson edged by the 54 on lap 18 but couldn’t hold it. Cashol eventually took the win with Matheson winding up 2nd. Third place went to the 23 of Mike Francis in another solid run.
In the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division it was Dan McNeil in his #80 ride taking home the checkered flag with his first victory since his dramatic win last year on Speedweekend. McNeil powered by the 11 of Cal Hatfield off a restart and never let up from there. Hatfield who led the first part of the race turned in his best finish of the year with a second place finish. Long time racer Billy Sommerville showed the young guys he’s still got what it takes, taking home a third place finish.
In the Coastal Packaging and Blending Main event, the 40 lap affair had its share of excitement. The biggest of which saw Robert Tomlinson #29 take a hard lick into the fence only to end up on his roof. Matt Harris and the 29 made contact on the backstretch and from there Tomlinson could only hold on. Tomlinson who’s been steady all year was ok but he would have to retire from the race. Greg Fahey continued his run for a third consecutive championship with a first place finish while the veteran Chris Duncan had an impressive day with a heat and dash win to go along with his second place finish in the feature. Brent Wiggins of Fredericton rounded out the top three.
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Due to being postponed from two weeks earlier, the Sport Modified and Late Model drivers ran double features on a hot and muggy Saturday evening at Sundance Vacations Speedway. In dominating fashion, Earl Paules of Palmerton stormed to the Sport Modified make up win and he followed it up later that night with another feature victory. Mike Coll of Long Island and Mike Sweeney of Nesquehoning split the Late Model main events and Brandon Oltra of Alden notched his first career Factory Stock victory. After a last lap pass, Bob Wink of Palm found victory in the Father’s Day Factory Stock race and Scott Hubler of Coplay scored his fifth straight PA Asphalt Legends feature win of the season.
Unity Raceway (ME) - Unity’s Tim Ferreira survived a couple of early scrapes, bouncing back from a mid-race pit stop to roar past his competition and drive to victory lane for the first time this season in the Late Model division feature event at Unity Raceway Saturday night.
Clinton’s Cole Robinson dominated in round one for the Geo & Sons Teen Thunder division, while other feature event victories were posted by Nick Huff (Orrington), Ryan Robinson (Waterville), Steve Rackliff (Starks), Lance Chapman (Benton), Justin Moore (Madison), Chelsea Young (Winterport) and Henry Boudreau (Winterport).
Ferreira was one of many Late Model racers forced to the pit area after most of the field got caught up in a wreck triggered by race long leader Jeff Burgess and David Folsom I, who appeared to get clipped as he was almost completely past the early leader. Skowhegan’s Folsom got turned around and the balance of the field piled into the lead duo in turn one.
After a quick trip to the pit area for hasty repairs, Ferreira restarted from fifth position and quickly worked his way past reigning track champion Frank Moulton of Burnham into a lead he would not relinquish. Moulton hung on to finish second, while Folsom rebounded to claim third-place hardware. Will Collins of Appleton and Waldo’s Seth Raven rounded out the top five. Burgess and Ferreira won heat races. Several other minor caution periods slowed the event.
Nick Huff prevailed in Racin’ Paper Super Street competition, with rock-’em, sock-’em competition aplenty visible in his rear view mirror throughout the 25-lap distance. Mark Dodge of Anson, filling in for Brad Bellows, drove to a second-place finish in his first appearance of the season, with the final podium position filled by Skip Conner, also making his first appearance of the year at Unity Raceway. John Kalel II of Orrington finished in fourth position, followed by Allen Moeller of Dresden. Conner scored the heat race victory in his first on-track run of 2010.
Ryan Robinson survived several restarts and led all the way to score his first win of the season in the Keystone Automotive Wildcat class. Behind him there were several altercations, usually involving the second and third-place cars on the racetrack in a race featuring an inordinate amount of over-aggressive driving by several frontrunners. Robinson battled side-by-side with Wilslow’s Andy Turbovsky in the closing laps to secure the victory, with the division’s hottest driver, Bryan Robbins of Montville, right on their rear bumpers as the checkered flag waved. Burnham racers Chris King and Brent ‘Poochie’ Chase completed the top five rundown. Burnham’s Carl McAlpine won the heat race.
Lance Chapman made a dramatic, last-lap move to get by reigning division champion Mike Wilson of Chelsea and beat the king to the line by inches to claim the checkered flag following the Monster Energy Drink Monsta Mini feature. Chapman and Wilson diced with each other throughout the 20-lap race, building a healthy advantage over third-place finisher Gregg Cumming of Augusta, who had his best run of the season, to date. Dyaln Lancaster of Skowhegan raced to a fourth-place finish in a borrowed car after a heat race crash. Vassalboro’s John Fortin rebounded from a wild heat race ride to finish fifth in the main event. Wilson won the heat race.
Justin Moore dominated the competition in the Aable Auto Parts Flyin’ 4 feature, extending his slim point lead slightly. New Sharon’s Zach Audet claimed the second-place trophy, with Shadow Folsom of Skowhegan third under the checkered flag. Augusta’s Cody Sleeper and Bruce Nickerson of Norridgewock filled out the top five. Audet carried the checkered following the heat race.
Cole Robinson dominated the early laps in the 35-lap Geo & Sons Teen Thunder Triple Crown series race. Track promoter George Fernald offered both Robinson and his brother Kyle a $50 bonus to go to the back of the pack on a mid-race restart and they took him up on the offer. Cole was able to reclaim the lead and romp to victory lane, while Kyle had to settle for a third-place finish behind Cornville racer Jayson Bosworth. Emily McAlpine of Burnham led several laps before crossing the line in fourth position. Montville’s Westley Turner was the fifth-place finisher. Cole Robinson also claimed victory in the heat race.
In the Ladies class Chelsea Young drove away from her rivals in the closing laps after a long, fierce battle with eventual runner-up Mika Wilson of Chelsea and the runner-up’s mother, Carol Wilson, who finished third. Amanda Batchelder of Fairfield and Alica Goodwin of Clinton completed the top five. Mika Wilson won the heat race.
Reigning Enduro champion Henry Boudreau claimed his first victory of the year in a 25-lap event. Daymon Dodge of Troy was the best of the rest, with Rob Paddack of Clinton picking up the third-place trophy. Ken Pelotte ended up in fourth position, with first-time starter Chuck Robbins of Skowhegan claiming fifth position.
Virginia Motorsports Park - The string of bad luck finally came to an end for “The Faster Pastor” Tom Cohick of Gloucester, VA as he pick up his first win of the 2010 season in the Victory Lap Late Model division at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway.
Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Ivedent Lloyd Jr. won Saturday's Scott Thompson Memorial at VSP.
Wall Stadium (NJ) - On Saturday night at Wall Stadium defending Supreme Manufacturing Modified stock car driving champion Chas Okerson proved that “never give up” is a great motto to live by. For nearly every one of the 40-laps in the main event Okerson tried and failed to get past leader Billy Cole of Farmingdale.
But that all changed on the final circuit!
Cole jumped to the lead early in this one and it wasn’t long before Howell’s Okerson was in second place. Soon the battle for the win became a three-car fight as Freehold’s Steve Reed broke from the pack and into third spot. Reed’s great run ended near the half way point, however, as mechanical problems knocked him from the race.
From that point on Okerson taunted Cole until the final lap when Cole’s No. 30 drifted just slightly high in the first turn and Okerson dove through the opening and onto the win. Chris Hamilton of North Haledon was third, with Lafeyette’s Roger Coss and Tim Arre of Toms River fourth and fifth.
“Billy (Cole) ran a great race. I could have pushed him a couple of times, but I don’t want to win that way,” Okerson said. “It looked like his car was getting loose later in the race so I was waiting for something to happen. Lucky for me, it did.”
The open cockpit TQ Midgets of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association invaded the third mile paved oval for the second running of the 35-lap “Tony Romit Memorial” Saturday night. Veteran Robin Johnston grabbed the prestigious victory over Matt Roselli and Paul Lotier.
Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck raced to his third win of the season in the Sportsman division 25-lapper and took over the point lead in the process. Howell’s Eric Mauriello chased the defending champ across the finish line, with Adam Gordon of Brick, Neptune City’s Kyle Reinhardt and Holmdel’s Andrew Krause finishing third through fifth.
Trevor Alspach of Willingboro crossed the finish line first in the 25-lap main for the Legend Cars, but when his No. 86 failed a post-race inspection Mark Tischler of Martinsville was awarded the win. Zach Alspach of Willingboro, Edison’s Brian Spencer, Malcolm Campbell of Eatontown, and Kevin Nowak of Medford, N.Y. were second through fifth.
Carl Thomas of Tinton Falls notched his fourth win of the year in the 25-lapper for the Street Stocks over Howie Conk of Jackson and Keansburg’s Jerry Stanzione. Ray Minieri of Bay Shore, N.Y. was fourth and Mike Kennedy of Pt. Pleasant was fifth.
Ricky Siddons, Jr. of Beachwood grabbed his first ever victory in the 20-lap nightcap for the Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stocks. Bill Connelly challenged him to the end, while Ronnie Mullen of Brick, Whitey Miller of Jamesburg and Neptune’s Mike Bilello were third through fifth.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl was in action with a five division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Saturday evening that saw veteran Jeff Pearl of Salem return to victory lane, his first win of the year in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Jeff Smith of Old Lyme won his first career feature taking the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Defending Street Stock champion Brandon Plemons of Uncasville found the checkered flag for the first time of the year while Griswold’s Louis Bellisle was the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock winner. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton continued to tear up Legends Cars competition, taking his record 11th straight win in the division, a new Speedbowl record.
Hudson International Speedway (NH) - This week's winners at Hudson were:
Thunder Lights - Erica Paige (01nk) and Dylan Beecher (57)
Road Runners - Loren Smith (42) and Mike Walsh (5)
Rookies - Billy Clement (33) and Andy Nichols (14)
V-6 Mods - Dick Dubois (75)
Spec drags and Spec Race - Charlie Baldwin
Flagpole Race - Rick Woodside Jr
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) - Clay Alexander, son of Mike Alexander, won his first career Pro Late Model event at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) on Sunday afternoon. Johnny Brazier, Mark Day, Dakota Stroup, and Mike Pruitt rounded out the top five. This was the first race at the Fairgrounds this year due to the floods in Tennessee.
Slinger Super Speedway (WI) - Lowell Bennett led the final 33 laps en route to his second consecutive super late model feature victory Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, holding off Conrad Morgan to win the Yellowpages .com 60.
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