51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, July 26th,  10:30am ET

Wednesday Races -

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl was forced this week's Wild 'n Wacky Wednesday race program after severe weather moved through the area.


Thursday Races:

Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA) - Week eight of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder series has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Woody Pitkat of Stafford Springs, CT, ended his winless streak at Thompson with a convincing Sunoco Modified win on Thursday night. Larry Gelinas of Buxton, ME, posted a three-peat in the Whelen All-American Series Super Late Models while Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, was tops in the Late Models. R.J. Marcotte of Millville, MA, wired the field to score his second TIS Modified win of the season. Chris “Moose” Douton streaked to his second straight victory in Limited Sportsman action. Randy Churchill, Jr., of Oakdale, MA, returned to victory lane in the Mini Stocks.

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Charlotte’s Rich Lowrey earned his first feature win of the season and 8th career Late Model feature win at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 22. Lowrey came from the sixth starting spot to take the lead from rookie Cody Blake at the halfway mark. He then held off eventual runner-up finisher Nick Sweet on the final restart of the event on lap 29.

Lowrey and Sweet were followed to the line by Matt White, Phil Scott and Blake completing the top five. Point leader Dave Pembroke finished with a solid 6th with Reno Gervais, Cris Michaud, John Donahue and Joey Becker rounding out the top ten.

Middlesex’s Pete Ainsworth also took his first checkered flag of the season in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature. It was also his 11th career Tiger Sportsman win. He started on the pole and held off Fairlee’s Troy Gray who settled for second and Brendan Moodie took third.

Tony Rossi and David Finck completed the top five. Point leader Eric Badore, Brian Delphia, Tom Therrien, Jimmy Hebert and Ricky Roberts rounded out the top ten. The Tigers ran their 35 lap feature with just one caution.

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks saw opening day winner Mike MacAskill of Williamstown return to victory lane for his fourth career Street Stock win. He just edged out Jean Leblanc who took second. Scott Weston, Thomas Placey, and Jamie Davis completed the top five. Ron Gabaree, Tim Campbell, Travis Hull, Gary Mullen and Greg Adams all earned top tens.

Barre’s Kevin Dodge earned his this Junkyard Warrior feature win of the season. He was followed by Ken Christman and Kevin Wheatley.

Friday Races:

Brewerton Speedway (NY) - This week's races were rained out.

Can-Am Motorsports Park (NY) - This week's races were cancelled due to tornado damage.

Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - Friday Night, July 23rd was Eastern Michigan Food Bank Night at the Dixie Motor Speedway Presented by Draper Auto Group as a strong field of cars in all divisions turned out for a great night of racing in Birch Run, Michigan on a hot summer night.

All Six Divisions within the Weekly Local Racing Series were in action and the big winners on this night were; Blake Childers - Speedway Grafix Pro Late Models, Mike Luberda Sr. - O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modifieds, Don Riley - RacerChic.us Pro Stocks, Jake Caverly - RacingPartSales.com Street Stocks, Kyle Maize - Birch Run / Bridgeport Herald Bombers, and Ray DerMiner - Mike's Auto Parts Figure 8s.

Florence Motor Speedway (SC) - Averitt Lucas is unstoppable right now at the Florence Motor Speedway.  After winning the last four races in a row and finishing second in the Southeast Limited Late Model Tour's first race a few weeks back Lucas came back Friday night to make it five in a row.  Setting fast time in qualifying and leading all forty laps in the main event yet again.  Only three caution flags flew on the night for Jordan Smith, Archie Adams Jr. and Raef Judd.  Coming home second was Justin Shorter followed by Rudy Branham, Strom Altman Jr. and Archie Adams Sr.

The Stock 4 Cylinder division put on yet another spectacular show with Jarrett Smith and Russ Turner Jr. battling it out for the race win.  Over half the race saw the two run side by side for the lead never touching one another.  After getting spun in the heat race, Michael Grooms fought his way back up the third position followed by Holly Jackson and Bobby Tumbleston who had to hold off Brent Bullard at the line in a photo finish.

Bobby Schwabenbauer led flag to flag in the Shriner Bomber race.  Todd Touchberry and Danny Green rounded out the field.

Indianapolis Speedrome (IN) - Ben Tunny won the World Figure 8 feature,  Larry Hatfield won the Thirsty Turtle Tavern Hornets race and Brad Brooks won in the Hornet Figure 8 division.

Lee USA Speedway (NH) - Friday night racing at Lee USA Speedway (NH) was rained out.

Ocala Speedway (FL) - J.O. Nobles (Late Models), Keith Briggs (Mini Stocks), Michael Stalnaker (Thunder Stocks) and Casey Feaster (Gladiator) won on Friday night at Ocala.

Orlando Speedworld (FL) - Poor weather associated with Tropical Storm Bonnie cancelled this week's racing activities at Orlando Speedworld.

Scotia Speedworld (NS) - Russell Smith Jr. (Tirecraft Lightning Division), Ross Harvie (Tirecraft Thunder Division), Bruce Johnson (Legends), Russell Smith, Jr. (Sportsman) and Cole Butcher (Bandos) won this week's feature races.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Motor Speedway has postponed its July 23rd CARQUEST SK 150 racing program due to inclement weather.  The 7th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 race program will take the green flag next Friday night, July 30th.

Unity Raceway (ME) - Jeff Burgess of Fairfield won his second straight Late Model feature race Friday night, topping the card at Unity Raceway. Other feature winners on the program included Brad Bellows of China, Andy Turbovsky of Winslow, Cary Davis of Solon, Gregg Cummings of Augusta, Justin Moore of Madison, Mika Wilson of Chelsea, Jayson Bosworth of Cornville and Alex Fernald of Benton.'''

Volunteer Speedway (TN) - The Ray Cook-promoted Southern Nationals Series features 10 events in the span of 13 days around the Southeast, with races held in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

The series made its fifth stop at Volunteer Speedway on Friday night for a $5,300-to-win Super Late Model show presented by Tri-Am RV Center, located just off I-81 at Exit 23 across the interstate from the track. The previous series event winners at the East Tennessee speedplant were Jimmy Owens in 2006 and ’07, and Tommy Kerr in both 2008 and ’09.

Now you can write another name in the history books at “The Gap,” as Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., won in impressive fashion by leading flag-to-flag to record his first-ever victory on the famed high banks.


Saturday Races:

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Steve Carrier (Pro Series), Corey Bubar (Sports Series), Matt Gain (Wildcats) and Shawn Brackett (Roadrunners) won on Saturday night at Beech Ridge.

Berlin Raceway (MI) - The 155th Berlin Fair was in town once again, and Berlin Raceway held grandstand events every night during the week. The big finale took place on Saturday night, with all five divisions competing in extended feature events. With the heat races being run during Enterprise Iron & Metal Night on Friday, the Budweiser features were started right away on the night.

The first feature race of the evening was the Kerkstra Services Pro Stock division, who raced for a very exciting 30-lap race. Allen and Tony Davis led the field to the green flag with Allen bolting to the early race lead. Ken Smith Jr. was hot on Davis' heals during the first stages of the race and eventually would pass for the race lead on lap 6. Multi-time winner on the season, Brian Tillema worked his way up through the field to third as he climbed to the top. Brandon Hermiller would bring out the first caution of the night on lap 15, spinning in turn 1.  On the restart, Brian Tillema would make his pass for the lead. While Weston Jewett was also moving through the field quickly Tillema would hold on to the lead and get his fourth win of the year. Second was Ken Smith Jr.; Lauren Bush, Weston Jewett and Tony Davis rounded out the top five.

The next race to hit the track was the Model Coverall Modified feature, with fan-favorite Billy Eppink starting from the pole. Eppink would hold the lead for first 4 laps of the race until the first caution flag flew, for Ben Raber's spin in turn 2. On the restart Brian Bergakker would make a power move to the front, racing hard side by side with Eppink. Trouble again on lap 11 of the 35 lap feature with Billy Eppink bringing out the next caution. When the green flag came back out, Jordan Dahlke would take advantage of the tight field, moving himself into the second spot right behind his teammate, Bergakker. Billy Shotko who started deeper in the field, worked his way all the way up to second and would battle Dahlke for position and eventually take over the spot. Another multi-time winner, Mike Bursley, who earned the fast time on the day prior, had worked his way into the fourth position. Nobody had anything for Bergakker though, as he would pilot his way into Mountain Dew Victory Lane for the second time in as many races. Second was Billy Shotko, with Jordan Dahlke, Mike Bursley and Travis Eddy rounding out the top five spots.

The always competitive Engine Pro Super Stocks were lined up next on the track for their extended 40 lap event. Travis Nylaan who would start from the top spot, would quickly go to the race lead down the backstretch. Ray VanAllsburg would hold down the second spot for the first pair of laps until Denny Anderson would pass him on the high side for the position. Caution would fly for the driver who turned 16 on raceday, Gabe Ensing who went off the backstretch harmlessly into the grass. Denny Anderson would take advantage of the early caution to gain position on the high side of Nylaan, and officially take the lead on lap 11 for the first time. Shortly after the restart another caution would come out for the spun car of Justin Ryan on the front stretch, with Dennis Mann piling in to the front end with a hard hit. With both drivers out and ok, the leaders would again take the green flag this time for good, with a great battle all throughout the field. Andrew Nylaan would be the second half hard charger, passing all cars but the leader Anderson. Coming to the white flag, Nylaan would show Denny his nose down the backstretch, and edge him out at the finishline by only .061 seconds. Chris Koslek would collect a solid third place finish with Travis Nylaan and Dave Lake rounding out the top five.

The big race of the night was next up, featuring the Coors Light Late Models for 75 laps. Caleb Bisacky would take his beautiful 222 car to the top spot quickly, starting from the outside front row. A big wreck in turn two involving Terry Senneker, Chris Anthony, and Monte Tolan would result in early headache for many drivers. On the start Joe Bush would make his pass for the race lead, getting around Bisacky who led the first laps. Bush would go on to the lead the next 51 laps of the race with great battles throughout the pack. Terry VanHaitsma and Nick Szotko would steadily make progress to the front as well, racing hard through the green flag run. Caution would fly for Ross Meeuwsen who would spin around in turn 2 slowing the race for the final time.  Tim DeVos would go to the lead on lap 56 and never turn back, taking the victory over Joe Bush, Ross Meeuwsen, Terry VanHaitsma and Caleb Bisacky.

The Burnips Equipment 4-Cylinder A feature was the second to final event of the night with Brad Hastings and Dave Duyst rolling off from the pole. The two would do battle for the first several laps before a fast moving Rob Schumacher would pass for the lead on lap 4. Schumacher would hold the lead until lap 11 when Ryan Hamm would take over. Several three wide battles throughout the pack would entertain the crowd and having a clean event with no cautions. Hamm would return to victory lane yet again, over Rob Schumacher, Kyle Hamm, Chris McKinley and Jason DeVos.

The 4-Cylinder B feature was last out with Paul Ritchie and Nicole Randolph starting from the front row, with Tyler Nawrocki and Charlie DeJong in tow. Ritchie would lead the side by side pack for the first ten laps of the race, before being overtaken by Tyler Nawrocki with a pass low. Also on lap ten was a power move to the bottom with Jared Lyzenga making a clean four wide pass, moving himself all the way up to sixth in just one lap. Mike Speet who started from the tail of the field was the car to beat, driving all the way to the front and the first to cross under the checkered flag. Speet topped Clayton Brown, Jared Lyzenga, Dan Dells, and Tyler Nawrocki.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - For the second time in the last three weeks, Mother Nature stepped in and halted the plans for racing at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday. The gates will swing open at Bethel for action next Saturday, July 31st, with an exciting lineup of races. On the schedule are the Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman, Sam's Towing Pro Stock, Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers Street Stock, and Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder divisions; as well as the JTR Enterprises Bandoleros. After a three-week hiatus, the Legends will also return to action.

For the Legends and Bandoleros, it is the final chance to get seat time at the speedway prior to the August 7th LegendStock 2010 event. LegendStock has drawn in significant talent in the past, and the list of entries for this year's event has grown to include some of the top talent from across the country. Last year's winner, Daniel Hemric, went on to grab the 2009 INEX Apshalt Pro division national championship, and was the winner of the Legends Million held on July 17, 2010 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Entries for LegendStock 2010 have come in from around the Northeast and as far away as Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas. The event will be a 50-lap INEX Asphalt Nationals qualifier, with the overall winner guaranteed to pocket $1,500. Winners in each of the divisions receive three-foot tall guitar-shaped trophies which have become a trademark of the event. The Bandoleros race for a two-foot tall version of the same trophies presented to the Legends winners. More information about LegendStock 2010 can be obtained at www.legendstockshootout.com.

Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) - Burt Myers and Chris Fleming split double Modified features while Jef Garrison and Taylor Branch split the Sportsman features on Saturday night.  Stadium Stock victories went to Rob Young and Travis Brewer.  Billy Gregg won the Street Stock main event.

Canandaigua Speedway (NY) - Saturday's racing program at Canandaigua Speedway was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Dells Raceway Park (WI) - The pits were filled to capacity Saturday night at Dells Raceway Park, an ASA Sanctioned Track, with a season high of 32 cars qualifying in the Bandit division.  The Mid-American Stock Car Series also had a record setting 29 cars for the Dells Duel Part Two.  Late Models, Sportsman, Pure Stocks, and American Super Cups rounded out the field.

The Late Model Division battled it out in qualifying for a chance at the next Assembly Products Dash Challenge.  Bobby Kendall knew his car was fast when he qualified with a time of 14.361 seconds.  With a full field invert in the Fast Dash, Steve Lichtfeld gained the pole position with Cardell Potter right behind him. With just 10 laps to make a move, Potter attempted to catch up to Lichtfeld, but was just a few seconds behind.  Steve Lichtfeld won the dash and a potential spot in the next Assembly Products Shoot Out being held on September 4, 2010.

When the invert was calculated, Bobby Kendall found himself in the middle of the pack, while Mike Ehde led the field from the pole. Ehde set to work on gaining ground, as the group behind him battled for positions.  Steve Lichtfeld, coming off his dash win earlier in the night, worked his way past brother Mike to take over second place.  At the mid-point of the race, contact between Steve Lichtfeld and Andrew Kulka, brought out the caution, and a double file restart.  Bobby Kendall was the first to elect the outside lane, and when the green flag dropped again, Kendall used that outside groove to challenge Ehde for first.  They were side by side racing for 8 laps with Kendall just a nose ahead of Ehde when the caution flag flew again. With only 10 laps to go in the race, the field was realigned single file and Bobby Kendall in the lead.  Kendall took off on the restart and flew into Victory Lane for his first feature win of the 2010 season.  Heat race winners were Ed Jackson, Kyle Wolosek, and Corey Jankowski.

Brian Warner was the fastest qualifier in the Sportsman Division with a time of 15.614 seconds.  In the feature event, Ron Grabarski jumped into an early lead with Tuffy Myer right behind him.  Grabarski was running a great race and looked to be headed to Victory Lane but a mechanical failure forced him to leave the track.  Tuffy Myer took over the lead and won his second feature for the season. Ron Grabarski was the heat race winner.

In the Pure Stock division, Trute kept his qualifying streak alive, scoring his 8th fast qualifier for the season with a time of 15.902 seconds.  "Bic" Arendsee led the field to green followed by Mark Ailes.  Just three laps into the feature Ailes sailed past Arendsee to take over first.  Despite pressure from the pack Ailes hung on to the top spot and won his first feature of the season.  Heat race winners were Doug Paul and Dave Trute.

For the second week in a row, Brandon Junget, was fastest on track during qualifying with a time of 17.571 seconds.  Kory Childs is having a fantastic rookie season, ranked third in points.  Childs would start the feature in fourth place but by the time the field completed the first lap he was in the lead.  Josh Bisbee, in second position, raced hard but couldn't get past Childs.  When the checkered flag flew, Kory Childs won his first feature.  Jeremy Simmons, Todd Kolpien, Jim Lorang, and Kory Childs won the heat races.

In American Super Cup racing, Erik Gehrke won the 20-lap feature and a heat race.  David Cerer had fast qualifying time and won a heat race as well.

East Bay Speedway (FL) - Saturday's races were rained out.

Evergreen Speedway (WA) - The annual Fuzion Mobile Washington 500 at Evergreen Speedway was graced by great weather and super driving from all who participated in the four racing divisions. 500-laps of main event racing had John Zaretzke winning the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model 150. Lane Sundholm kept his strangle hold on the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Street Stock division with another win of the 75-lap feature. Part time racer Steve Cox won the 100-lap Super Figure Eight main. Northwest racing veteran Pete Harding won leg one of the Evergreen Speedway Triple Crown Series 175.

K-C Raceway (OH) - A wild night of high-speed, high-quality racing highlighted the action at Jeff and Vickie Schrader's K-C Raceway Saturday night where a huge crowd convened for "Fan Appreciation Night".   Capturing the second annual "Tecumseh" was Vandalia, Ohio driver Jimmy Stinson, while Kenny Johnson won the AMRA Modified "Tomahawk 20" and Jamie Adams swept the Dan Reno "Broken Arrow 18".  In the second of two AMRA Modified features Jeremy Rayburn, Lucasville, Ohio picked up the popular win.

Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) - Andy Bachetti (Big Block Modifieds and 358 Modifieds) and Jon Routhier (Pro Stocks) won on Saturday night.

Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - With oppressive heat blanketing the region and heavy storms moving through the area, California Native and current Hermitage Missouri resident Chris Tonoli beat the rain and a stout field of Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks to score his first win of 2010 just before the skies opened up dumping heavy rain on Lucas Oil Speedway. The Pitt's Homes A-Modified and TNT Quick Shop Late Model Features were not able to be completed and have been postponed until Saturday July 31st and will be run prior to the regular program. Gates will open at their normal time of 5:00 with racing set to get underway at 7:30.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - Earl Paules won the 100-lap Modified Poker Series feature on Saturday night.  Austin Kochenash and Barry Christman, Jr. split the Late Model feature races, Randy Ahner, Jr. won the Street Stock feature and Randy Thomas won the Dirt Modified feature

New Smyrna Speedway (FL) - David Rogers (Super Late Models), John Emerson (Sportsman),
Cody Blair (E-Modifieds and Mini Stocks) and Wes Railing (Strictly Stocks) won on Saturday night.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Jeff Peterson and Sean Woodside took turns dominating the JAM Sportswear Late Model field Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.

Peterson, the precocious 19-year-old rookie, got his second win in a row and third of the season in the first 50-lap main event and Woodside capped his first night of the season at the historic quarter-mile oval by winning the second 50-lap feature.

Woodside, the No. 3 qualifier, started on the pole in the opening race and set the pace until Peterson overtook him at the start-finish line on lap 21. Peterson, who hasn’t been worse than fourth in the past six races in his Pepsi-sponsored Toyota Camry Chevrolet, was challenged only briefly after that before leading top qualifier Brandon Loverock and Woodside across the finish line.

In the second 50-lap contest, Loverock and Woodside started side-by-side in row 2 with Peterson just behind them in the 15-car field. When the green flag waved they set off in pursuit of front-row starters Tim Smith and Ryan Daniel. Loverock’s race was spoiled when he and Daniel got together in Turn 4 on lap 8. That left Smith leading Woodside and Peterson – until lap 11 when both got by him.

Once in front, Woodside easily established a comfort zone in his Apache Rental Group/Harvick Motorsports Chevrolet Impala. He was 1.2 seconds ahead of Peterson on lap 25 and 2.988 seconds to the good at the finish, with Peterson, Smith and Loverock following.

Cliff Conklin of Big Bear Lake (Ca.) shook off the bad luck that had been plaguing him and won the 35-lap Pick-A-Part Street Stock main, taking the lead from Kyle Meyer on lap 15, then pulling away from Meyer on a caution restart with 6 laps to go to win by 1.2 seconds.

Riverside (Ca.) driver Kevin Cook got the night started by winning the Stock Cars USA oval race, a 35-lap contest in which the top five in the point standings going into the race finished in exactly those positions. The 25-lap Dwarf Cars feature almost emulated that, with Kyle Cline of Apple Valley (Ca.) winning but fifth-place Ron Prather finishing ahead of fourth-place Chris Sullivan.

Owosso Speedway (MI) - The Historic Owosso Speedway in Ovid, Michigan was to host the first ever Racer's Reunion Night on Saturday, July 24th but Unfortunately, Mother Nature reared her ugly head once again and for the fifth time this season, Fast Track Promotion Inc., was forced to cancel the nights festivities.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Oxford Plains Speedway took a week off this past Saturday night fromt heir regular racing card to give teams a break after TD Bank Oxford 250 weekend.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Saturday night's races at Seekonk were rained out.

Spartan Speedway (MI) - Logan Beckwith won this week's Super Late Modle feature. 

Virginia Motor Speedway - It was a case of being at the right place at the right time for Scott Adams of Chester, VA. The current Victory Lap Late Model point leader battled for the lead for much of the first 31 laps of the 35 lap feature. On lap 32 Adams fortuned turned for the better as leader Davis Lipcombe’s car slowed in turn 3 handing the lead over to Adams. On the races final restart Adams pulled away to pick up his first win of 2010.

Rounding out the top five were Matt Marshall, Tom Cohick, Matt Morgan and Ben Bowie.

Davis Lipscombe and Tom Cohick led the field to green with Lipscombe leading the first circuit. Stevie Long would get by Lipscombe on lap 2 for the lead and would set a blistering pace. On lap 8 Long’s night would come to an early end with mechanical issues handing the lead over to Lipscombe.

On the restart Lipscombe pulled away and looked almost untouchable. With ten to go Lipscombe had a 10 car length advantage over Adams, but on lap 31 Lipscombe’s night would come to an end as the car came to a stop in turn 3 bringing out the races final caution and handing the lead over to Adams.

On the restart Adams pulled away from Marshall and the rest of the field and cruised to his first win of the season.

In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Josh Harris and Brandon Galloway led the field to green with Galloway taking control and grabbing the lead out of turn 2. On lap 5 Dan Arnold began looking inside Galloway out of turn 2 taking the lead by inches at the line. Over the next two laps Galloway would try to retake the lead but to no avail.

Once out front Arnold worked the track to perfection pulling away to a 5 car length advantage over Galloway and the rest of the field. On lap 18 the battle for fourth heated up between Brian Maxey and Page Harrison. The two traded the spot back and forth over the next four laps before Maxey would take control.

But no one had anything for Arnold in the end as he finally broke his streak of four second place finishes by taking his first victory of 2010 over Bret Hamilton, Brian Maxey, Page Harrison and Tony Quade.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Michael Hayes and Tony Wood led the field to green with Wood taking the lead from the outside. On lap four Michael Roop began applying pressure for the lead. On lap 6 Wood would bring out the races first caution with a spin in turn 3 handing the lead over to Roop.

On the restart Roger Jamerson got inside John Kirby for second and set out to real in the leader. On lap 10 Jamerson began working to the inside of Roop for the lead but Roop was up to the challenge and each time held on to the lead. With laps winding down Roop would pull to a two car length advantage and go on to record his career first victory. Rounding out the top five were Roger Jamerson, John Kirby, Shawn Otey and J.R. Guy.

In the Limited Stock Car 20 lap feature Kevin Fletcher and Danny Martin led the field to green with Fletcher leading the first circuit. It didn’t take long for Fletcher to see a challenge for the lead as on the next lap Ryan Toole looked to his inside out of turn 2 but couldn’t make the pass.

On lap 3 Wesley Givens took over second with Brett Adkins following close behind. On lap 11 Adkins began pressuring Fletcher for the lead. Adkins would work the low groove with Fletcher working the highs side. On lap 16 Adkins would take the lead from Fletcher at the line by inches as the two raced side by side back into turn 1. Fletcher would get back by Adkins and retake the lead back at the line by the slimmest of margins. Adkins made one more attempt to get the lad away from Fletcher and at the white flag the two were door to door. With the crowd on its feet the two raced side by side back to the finish line with Fletcher taking the win by a mere three feet. Rounding out the top five were Brett Adkins, Wesley Givens, Ryan Toole and James Givens.

Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Were it not for the excellent work of the Volusia Speedway Park track crew, a Saturday afternoon downpour could have washed away five divisions of racing scheduled for Saturday Night.  But thanks to their efforts, fans enjoyed a night of fast paced action from the Daytona Sportswear Street Stock Sensation, plus the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Late Models, the Budweiser Modifieds, the Taylor Racing Products Sportsman Division, plus the 4 Cylinder Challengers.

The Street Stock Sensation awards $1000 to the winner of the Daytona Sportswear Street Stock Division in a 25 lap dash for the cash, and a full field of determined racers took aim at the track and each other in order to get it.  Grady Christian and Mike Tovet exchanged the early lead as they tussled over the top spot and Kevin Durden followed, but just short of the halfway point Tovet developed problems and slowed, and Durden happily stepped up and applied the heat to "Shady" Grady in his place.

Billy Medders had moved into the third spot and was giving Durden as much grief as Durden could dish out to Christian, when on lap 17 things got a bit dicey at the front of the pack as they entered turn one.  A move to clear lapped traffic, coupled Durden's determined move to get around Christian, resulted in contact, and Grady Christian ended up with the short end of the deal against the inside wall with steam pouring from the 36 machine.  But "Shady" Grady was not finished as he managed to refire the car, drove to the pits, then rejoined the field at the back of the pack.

Durden wasted zero time in declaring his superiority on the restart, immediately expanding his lead until yet another multi car fracas in turn 3 all but claimed Grady Christian yet again.  And try as he might, Billy Medders had nothing for Kevin Durden, as Durden collected the winner's check, plus a $100 bill courtesy of Astor Recycling.  Billy Medders claimed the second spot, while Philip Brown was a very respectable third place finisher.  Cory Hupp hung tough for the fourth place spot, and Trevor Gamble returned to Volusia Speedway Park after a lengthy absence to finish fifth.

Joe Kump held the front position as the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Late Models began their feature race,
but Donnie Chappell made quick work of him on lap 1 and took early control of the race by setting a blistering pace.  But by the mid point of the race Ivedent Lloyd had given himself the green light and was all over Chappell as Darrell Padgett followed in the third spot, as both quickly erased any gap that Chappell had created between himself and the rest of the front runners. Also on the hunt for the front pack was Lawton Minchew, and "Chewy" began to gnaw at the rear spoiler of Joe Kump's machine as Kump had slipped to third place.

As Ivedent Lloyd threw everything he had at Donnie Chappell in an effort to get around him, Chappell's car began spewing fluid from the overflow as the engine over heated.  Lloyd kept the heat on as Chappell pegged the throttle and prayed that the car would last to the finish, but by lap 12 the spewing had stopped, and on lap 13 so did the engine.  Chappell ended up against the inside wall in turn 4 with no water left in the 25 machine to boil out after the impact.  Ivedent Lloyd was in complete control from there, easily outpacing Darrell Padgett for the win as Joe Kump held off Lawton Minchew to take the third spot.  Barry Sheffield followed Minchew to the checkers to round out the top five.

Jeff Mathews had been furiously chasing Jamie Carter for the Budweiser Modified points lead, and so Carter was nothing but pleased to see that Mathews was MIA for Saturday's events at VSP.  In fact, that was Carter's signal to go for broke, as he claimed the pole, then outpaced everyone else to the checkers with ease.  Behind him Larry Burkins had to work hard to get the better of Dale Murray, but Burkins was up to the task as he claimed second place and bumped Murray to third.  Kent Corbin had to overcome some earlier woes to place fourth, and Josh Sanford kept it together for a fifth place night.

Saturday was a very bad night for some heavy hitters in the Taylor Racing Products Sportsman Division, and probably the most upset was Shaun Daugharty, whose new car wound up trashed in a heat race incident that also claimed David Clegg's P4 entry, and removed all competitive edge from Steve Shead's machine.  And while Daugharty and Clegg never got to start the feature race, Danny Vogel shot himself in the foot by being tardy to staging, and joining the field after they were on the track.  That mistake got Vogel relegated to the rear from what would have been a spot on the outside of the second row, and the back side of slower cars were all that Vogel saw once the green flag dropped.

Meanwhile Aaron Barsness had an excellent night to offset the woes of the others, jumping into the lead early, dominating the event to the finish, and leaving the rest for everyone else to fight over.  Barsness' only competition came from Matt McGillivray, who had an excellent night but had to settle for second place in the end.  Collin Wright was also in line for a good showing, as he claimed the third spot while Dan Lane Sr.raced his way into the top five with a fourth place run at the checkers.  And Chris Day held off David Showers and Danny Vogel to close out the top five.

Being the points leader at two of Florida's top dirt tracks might lead fans to think that Casey Feaster is the dominant force in 4 Cylinder Challenger racing, but Feaster has taken quite a few lumps along the way, and Saturday was no exception.  Feaster had mechanical issues and never got going from his second row starting position, as the Challenger Division saw Larry Langston rocket to the front after Denica Hetznecker failed to hold the top spot, and Tony Laporta and James Sullivan followed in later laps.  Langston was over and above the rest on the night, outrunning Tony Laporta to the checkers while Sullivan finished behind them.  But Sullivan's car ran into problems in post race tech, leading to a disqualification and moving Casey Feaster up to the third place spot.  Jordan Myers was fourth, while Nathan Rhoades wound up in the fifth spot.

Wall Stadium (NJ) - Veteran Modified stock car drivers Steven Reed of Freehold and Kevin Flockhart of Jackson were winners Saturday night in “Twin 20” lap main events at Wall Stadium. In a new format, once the first 20-lap main event was completed a young fan determined, by a blind draw, that the top eight finishers would be inverted and the second 20-lapper was contested immediately.

Shaun Carrig of Little Falls jumped to the lead at the outset of the first 20-lapper, but Reed was on his bumper at once. Reed needed just two laps to drive into the lead and then held off defending track champ Chas Okerson of Freehold to the finish. Farmingdale’s Billy Cole, Carrig and Flockhart completed the top five.

“The car was just about perfect thanks to my crew,” Reed said after the win. “I want to dedicate this win to Alice Geibel who passed away this week. She was a very good friend to our family and to everyone here at Wall Stadium.”

Young David Reinhardt of Neptune City charged to the front in the second Supreme Manufacturing Modified 20-lapper and looked like he may be racing to his first ever stock car win. That all changed on the 16th lap as he spun in turn four. Flockhart, who was replacing Neptune’s Tommy Farrell in the No. 08 for the night, then raced home to the win over Roger Coss of Lafayette, Cole, Okerson and James Pritchard.

“It feels great to win here again,” Flockhart said. “I just found out that I was driving this car last night. Tommy Farrell hurt his ribs and couldn’t race it tonight. I’m sure glad they asked me!”

Eric Mauriello of Howell took command of the 25-lap Sportsman feature race with just six laps remaining and raced home to his first ever Wall Stadium win. Andrew Krause of Holmdel finished second to the Howell High School student, while Mike Smith of Spring Lake Heights and David Calabreese and Charlie Kremer III, both of Toms River, completed the top five.

Elliott Wohl of Freehold crossed the finish line first in the 20-lapper for the Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stocks, but when his car failed a post race inspection Rick Siddons of Beachwood was awarded his second win of the season. Point leader Rob Longo and Roy Farfel, both of Wall, were second and third, while Union’s Joey Helberg and Brick’s Shannon Mongeau were fourth and fifth.

The 25-lapper for the Legend Cars was a family battle with Zach Alspach of Willingboro beating his brother Trevor to the finish line in a thriller. Brian Spencer of Edison, Kenny Van Wickle of Spring Lake and Malcolm Campbell of Eatontown were third through fifth.

Mike Kennedy of Point Pleasant raced into the lead early and stayed out front all the way to win the 25-lap Street Stock main event. Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood, Keansburg’s Jerry Stanzione, Gregg Miranda of Hazlet and Jackson’s Howie Conk completed the top five.

Jon Gambuti won the 25-lapper for the visiting ATQMRA Three Quarter Midgets over Austin Fehr and Mike Tidaback.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl beat the evening’s heavy downpours from Mother Nature to complete Nostalgia Night featuring exhibition racing from vintage racing groups, the Shane Hammond Memorial event for the NEMA Midgets plus four-divisions of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing.  Salem’s Jeff Pearl returned to the winner’s circle to claim his 33rd  career SK Modified® win.  Tim Jordan of Plainfield and Dan Field of Deep River used wins in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock feature races to stay out front in their respective division point battles.  Andover’s Norm Sears won his second Street Stock race in dominant fashion, while Massachusetts drivers Russ Stoehr and Randy Cabral split the NEMA Midget and NEMA Lite Shane Hammond Memorial races.

White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) - Saturday night's races were rained out.


Sunday Races:

Slinger Superspeedway (WI) - Dennis Prunty won Sunday's Harley Davidson 60 event at Slinger.

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Following a major downpour, round number five of the Mountain Madness Enduro Series at Sundance Vacations Speedway kicked off on Sunday. The wet and sloppy conditions didn’t seem to damper the competition however, as TJ Kapish barely edged Bill Schwenk to the stripe to earn his first career 6/8-cylinder enduro victory. Patient, smooth and fast, Ken Harper started last on the grid and worked his way to the front before lapping the entire field and taking the win in the 4-cylinder enduro.


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