Race Results From Coast to Coast
Koch Utilizes High-Side to Claim Sprint Series of Oklahoma Opener!
Ardmore, Oklahoma – March 25, 2017 - The Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products opened their 2017 race season Saturday night and when it was all said and done it was Wichita Falls, Texas driver Chad Koch leading the final five laps to claim his first-ever victory with the series at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This event was also co-sanctioned with the Sprint Series of Texas IMCA Racesaver Sprint Series.
Jake Martens and Michelle Melton started on the front row for the twenty-lap feature and it was Martens quickly jumping out front to take the lead as the green flag fell. Fourth starting Koch quickly moved into the runner-up position, utilizing the top of the three-eighths mile oval while Martens Myers powered Eagle chassis was working the bottom.
Three laps were complete before the first of two caution flags fell when SSO rookie of the year contender and third starting Josh Toho spun in turn four.
Martens paced the field on the restart with Koch, Melton, sixth starting Gary Owens and fifth starting Michael Day lined up on his rear bumper as the green flag fell. Martens would quickly open a half-stretch lead over Koch while Melton was working on Koch for the runner-up position.
The leader began approaching slower cars on lap eleven yet Martens and his Martens Machine Shop/Fortune Auto & Truck Supply sponsored sprinter worked it to perfection, still maintaining a full-stretch lead.
The final caution would wave on lap thirteen when Tristan Oakes spun off the top of turn two and into the tractor tire.
On the final restart with Martens still running low, Koch was still utilizing the top side and entering turns three and four, got a run around Martens to take the lead on lap fourteen.
>From then on there was no stopping Koch as he led the rest of the way unchallenged to claim the victory aboard his home-built KMS powered Triple X chassis; Koch Motorsports/TNT Signs and Graphics/PAposseracing.com/Newlin bars sponsored sprinter.
“Man, what a night,” said an elated Koch. “Had ignition issues and didn’t get to hot lap, got it ready just in time for the heat. We won that, entered the pits and caught on fire. Luckily Chip (Graham) was there to help me get out of the car. I was stoked just to be in the top five, was hoping the top would come in and it did.”
Owens got around Martens with three laps to go and held off a last-corner slide job from Day exiting turn four to finish second while Martens faded to a fourth-place finish. Eighth starting Daccus rounded out the top five.
Defending SSO and IMCA National sprint car champion Andy Shouse was running sixth when mechanical gremlins forced him pit side around the races midway point and finished twentieth.
The four, eight lap heat races for the thirty-one-car field were won by Oakes, Melton, Daccus and Koch while Dale Wester passed race-long leader Loyd Clevenger with two laps to go to claim the twelve lap “B” feature.
Next up for the SSO presented by Smiley’s Racing Products will be next Saturday night, April 1, at Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Oklahoma in a combined event with the Kansas based United Rebel Sprint Series.
The next event for the SST will be on Friday night, April 21, back at Southern Oklahoma Speedway when they will once again be joined by the SSO.
The Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following for their involved with the tour in 2017: Smiley’s Racing Products, Danny Halloway, Martens Machine Shop, Messmer Racing LLC, Saldana Racing Products, Hoosier Racing Tires, Pyrotech, Rod End Supply, CSI and Outlaw Wings.
Sprint Series of Oklahoma/Sprint Series of Texas
Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore, Oklahoma
March 25, 2017
1st Heat: 1) Tristian Oakes, 2) Robert Vetter, 3) Joe Wood, Jr., 4) Dillon Laden, 5) Jerry Jumper, 6) Shayla Waddell, 7) Blake Scott, DNS) Cody Whitworth
2nd Heat: 1) Michelle Melton, 2) Jake Martens, 3) Brandon Anderson, 4) Chris Kelly, 5) Justin Filfield, 6) Dale Wester, 7) Zach Blurton, 8) Tanner Conn
3rd Heat: 1) Blake Daccus, 2) Josh Toho, 3) Michael Day, 4) Chase Parsons, 5) Loyd Clevenger, 6) Blake Baccus, 7) Jeff Day, Jr.
4th Heat: 1) Chad Koch, 2) Gary Owens, 3) Brandon Long, 4) Andy Shouse, 5) Justin Fisk, 6) Michael Baccus, 7) Jesse Graham, 8) Warren Fields
B Feature: 1) Dale Wester, 2) Loyd Clevenger, 3) Zach Blurton, 4) Jesse Graham, 5) Shayla Waddell, 6) Warren Fields, 7) Jerry Jumper, 8) Tanner Conn, 9) Blake Baccus, 10) Justin Fisk, 11) Jeff Day, Jr., 12) Blake Scott, 13) Michael Baccus, 14) Chase Parsons, DNS: Cody Whitworth
A Feature: 1) Chad Koch (4), 2) Gary Owens (6), 3) Michael Day (5), 4) Jake Martens (1), 5) Blake Dacus (8), 6) Michelle Melton (2), 7) Joe Wood, Jr. (13), 8) Justin Fifield (16), 9) Dale Wester (17), 10) Brandon Long (9), 11) Zach Blurton (19), 12) Jesse Graham (20), 13) Loyd Clevenger (18), 14) Brandon Anderson (14), 15) Josh Toho (3), 16) Dillon Laden (10), 17) Robert Vetter (12), 18) Tristan Oakes (14), 19) Chris Kelly (15), 20) Andy Shouse (11)
Laps led: Martens 1-14; Koch 15-20
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget
Oklahoma City, OK - In fan-thrilling fashion, Christopher Bell stole the checkers in the opening night of the Fourth Annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway and then backed it up with a dominant victory for night two, claiming a weekend sweep with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and West Midget Leagues. Bell's 23rd career victory moved him solidly into the third position on the all-time win list with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League.
Starting outside front row to defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion Zach Daum, Bell was simply outpaced on the start by Daum. Falling in line for second and doing his best to pursue Daum, Bell's Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Spencer Bayston hounded the duo. With the top three drivers working every inch of the high-banked red clay track, the action was slowed a total of three times.
Fending off several advances by Bell, Daum charged towards lap traffic as laps wound down. It wouldn't be until less than a dozen laps were left that Bell capitalized on a moment and powered past Daum for the top position. With the 30 lap feature event coming to a close, Spencer Bayston began to challenge Daum for second. Coming to the line for all the marbles, Bayston would narrowly edge Daum for the second position by a mere three thousandths of a second.
"That was really, really tough," commented a victorious Christopher Bell. "The track got extremely physical with the ledge there. I was huffing and puffing. I need a drink of water real bad. But, that was a lot of fun. Thank you to all the fans that come out, they're the reason we're out here." "That was not an easy track," Spencer Bayston said. "It was really curby. Going single file there on the top, one, two, three behind Bell, I was really just waiting on him to make a move so we could all race a little bit. I didn't want to make a move and then fall back, but then he threw a move and I fell back. I wasn't able to race for the lead."
"We were pretty good there for a while, but then the curb got built up bigger and bigger and we just got too tight," stated Zach Daum. "That's what we normally are, we worked all winter trying to free the car up and I think we stumbled on something there. I can't thank everybody enough."
Speedway Motors Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: 1K - BRAYTON LYNCH, Heat 2: 5D - ZACH DAUM, Heat 3: 9$ - KYLE CLARK, Heat 4: 77S - DANNY STRATTON, Heat 5: 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON, Heat 6: 52 - ANDREW DEAL, Heat 7: 9 - MATT MOORE, Heat 8: 7 - AUSTIN BROWN
C Feature Winners: 28 - ACE MCCARTHY, 08 - CANNON MCINTOSH
Semi Feature Winners: 4A - LOGAN SEAVEY, 71 - RYAN ROBINSON
Great Clips Feature Winner: 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 21 - CHRISTOPHER BELL 2. 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON 3. 5D - ZACH DAUM 4. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 5. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON 6. 4A - LOGAN SEAVEY 7. 44 - WESLEY SMITH 8. 32 - TREY MARCHAM 9. 9 - MATT MOORE 10. 37 - ANDREW FELKER 11. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON 12. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN 13. 77S - DANNY STRATTON 14. 82M - STEVEN SHEBESTER 15. 1K - BRAYTON LYNCH 16. 96 - CODY BREWER 17. 7 - AUSTIN BROWN 18. 52 - ANDREW DEAL 19. 57D - DANIEL ROBINSON 20. 10 - GEO WHITE 21. 9$ - KYLE CLARK 22. 28 - ACE MCCARTHY 23. 71K - TANNER CARRICK 24. 73 - JASON MCDOUGAL
For further information, visit www.powri.com, "Like" POWRi on Facebook and follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget
Oklahoma City, OK - After a postponement of the remaining portion of Friday's show due to rain, it was hometown hero and NASCAR star Christopher Bell charging to the front from the ninth starting position to dominate night one's POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and West Midget League feature event for the Fourth Annual Turnpike Challenge. Bell's opening night win places him tied for third with Brad Kuhn on the all-time win list with 22 victories. Cutting his racing teeth at I-44 Riverside Speedway, Bell's return marks his first appearance since 2012. After cleaning house in the Inaugural Turnpike Challenge and winning night one, Bell looks poised for another clean sweep this weekend.
With three eventful starts to the feature, the field started single file for the 30 lap main event. Led by Andrew Felker in the AJ Felker Esslinger-powered FSC and Tucker Klaasmeyer's Toyota-powered BOSS, the field took to life on the high-banked, red clay-racing surface. At the start of the race, Klaasmeyer worked to maneuver past Felker, as Bell navigated his way to the front. With the track widening out, Felker moved to the top of the track as Klaasmeyer meticulously worked the bottom.
As Bell moved past Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Ryan Robinson for third, he quickly squeaked past Klaasmeyer and set his sights on Felker. Taking the lead off four, Bell moved into his own time zone approaching lap traffic. Enduring two yellows in the remaining laps, Bell went unchallenged on his way to the checkers. Ryan Robinson took home second, while Tucker Klaasmeyer finished third.
"This place is a lot of fun," stated Christopher Bell. "Obviously, I got my start here racing. It's always fun to be able to come back to where you start. They had the racetrack really good there for the day show. Hopefully they'll be able to get it back and have another good track to put on a show for the fans. I've been off to a pretty good year so far, hopefully we can add one more here tonight."
"This place is pretty fun to run," Ryan Robinson commented. "I want to thank all the fans for coming out and all those that stuck around yesterday. Keith prepared a great car for me that handled awesome, so we'll go get them here tonight."
"The car was awesome," said Tucker Klaasmeyer. "I think we were even better at the end. Single file restart at the start kind of hurt us, but hats off to Chris; he did a really good job. Austin put together some awesome cars this year. We'll see if we can't put together another good night and run up front. My buddy Chris' mom passed away, so I'd like to get a win here tonight for her."
Speedway Motors Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: 82M - STEVEN SHEBESTER, Heat 2: 4A - LOGAN SEAVEY, Heat 3: 14R - JODY ROSENBOOM, Heat 4: 21- CHRISTOPHER BELL, Heat 5: 7 - AUSTIN BROWN, Heat 6: 71K - TANNER CARRICK, Heat 7: 37 - ANDREW FELKER, Heat 8: 2s - TRAVIS SCOTT
C Feature Winners: 17W - TYLER COURTNEY, 6A - AIDAN ROOSEVANS
Semi Feature Winners: 3N - JAKE NEUMAN, 82M - STEVEN SHEBESTER
Great Clips Feature Winner: 21- CHRISTOPHER BELL
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and West Midget League Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 21- CHRISTOPHER BELL 2. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON 3. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER 4. 37 - ANDREW FELKER 5. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON 6. 4A - LOGAN SEAVEY 7. 5D - ZACH DAUM 8. 42 - CHRIS ANDREWS 9. 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON 10. 8K - JONATHAN BEASON 11. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN 12. 7 - AUSTIN BROWN 13. 71K - TANNER CARRICK 14. 1K - BRAYTON LYNCH 15. 8M - KADE MORTON 16. 82M - STEVEN SHEBESTER 17. 14R - JODY ROSENBOOM 18. 77S - DANNY STRATON 19. 00 - GRADY CHANDLER 20. 32 - TREY MARCHAM 21. 2s - TRAVIS SCOTT 22. 8 - ALEX SEWELL 23. 17W - TYLER COURTNEY
For further information, visit www.powri.com, "Like" POWRi on Facebook and follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter.
Helms passes Shaffer late for 1st career Attica sprint win
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Caleb Helms has overcome a lot of adversity and bad luck in his young sprint car driving career. On Friday, March 24, everything fell into place for the 25-year-old third generation driver as he passed veteran Tim Shaffer with just eight laps remaining to score his first career 410 sprint car feature win in front of a capacity crowd at the season opener for Attica Raceway Park.
Helms, from Findlay, Ohio, seemed content to cruise in second the first 21 laps of the 30-lap feature before executing a perfect slider on Shaffer entering turn three to take the lead. He worked his way around traffic to score his first career Hammer Pallets 410 Sprint Division win on Construction Equipment and Supply Night.
“This has been like 10 years coming. My dad always said it would be like real easy when it did come…it wasn’t that easy. My guys…Andy Potter, my dad and my grandpa…they just gave me the best car. I couldn’t do nothing but drive it up front. It was pretty awesome. It’s great to start the season out with a win. Attica has some of the best local competition there is. To see a four heat show tonight was pretty awesome. Thank you fans for coming out. I have to thank Gressman Power Sports and Ferguson Water Works and Big Jerk and Tommy Tire and Helms and Sons Excavating. I have to thank my wife and son for being here to night,” Helms said.
Ashland, Ohio’s Ryan Markham would grab the lead from Eric Spangler on lap 10 of the 25-lap Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature and survived several brushes with lapped cars to score his 11th career win at Attica. It wasn’t easy for Markham as Spangler applied pressure the entire last half of the race.
“The track was pretty fast and had to get up on the wheel the whole time. If you let up a little bit you would get caught…you had to be on the gas and go. When you’re leading you don’t want to over do it and when you’re running second you can give it everything you got. What a race. I want to thank Paul Harriger, John Lewis…they are my main pit crew. I want to thank H&T Demolition, Harriger Towing, Hoosier Tire, Innovative Graphics, Accu-force shock dyno,” Markham said.
“My wife Laura isn’t here tonight. We’re big Ashland University basketball followers…that’s what we do all winter. We have a girl we mentor. She’s down at the national championship game and they won the national championship a little bit ago. So I wore my AU beads and my elite eight shirt and took pictures and sent them down to the girls. It’s a good night…a national championship and a first night out win,” added Markham.
Defending Fremont Fence 305 Sprints track champion Paul Weaver drove through the field from his 10th place starting position and grabbed the lead from John Ivy with nine laps remaining and then survived a restart with three laps to go to score his 36th career Attica win. Weaver, from Fremont, Ohio, is the track’s all-time feature win leader for the division.
“This is the motor from last year…our other one isn’t done. It was like 250 degrees under the red flag and no oil pressure. When you’re leading and you can smell smoke…a whole lot of stuff goes through your mind. I was just waiting for it to blow up so I could get my new motor this week. It was a good run. Lapped traffic helped me where I could run it in there hard and it would hook up. I have to thank Bob Hampshire and Dave Rice and Daniel Hoffman for helping me again this summer,” said Weaver beside his Weaver Performance, Hampshire Racing Engines, M&L Excavating, Schiets Motorsports backed machine.
Shaffer and Chris Andrews brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature with Shaffer grabbing the point over third starting Helms, Andrews, Travis Philo and Stuart Brubaker. Brubaker would spin after two laps were scored. When the green flew so did Shaffer with Helms content to keep the leader in his sights. The battle for third was intense between Philo, Andrews and Byron Reed.
Shaffer raced into lapped traffic by the 11th circuit with Helms staying within striking distance with Andrews, Philo and Reed continually swapping the third spot. Just past the half-way point, Helms was reeling Shaffer in with Andrews and Reed battling for third while Philo and Max Stambaugh gave chase. With nine laps to go the top four of Shaffer, Helms, Andrews and Reed ran nose-to-tail. Helms blasted to Shaffer’s inside entering turn three the next circuit and slid up in front.
Helms would pick his way through traffic and drove to the win with Shaffer edging Reed for second while Andrews and Stambaugh rounding out the top five.
In the 25-lap late model feature Spangler and Nate Potts brought the field to green but just as the field was set to complete a lap a multi-car incident sent Ken Hahn tumbling. He was unhurt. On the ensuing restart Spangler grabbed the lead over Devin Shiels, while Markham battled with Hillard Miller and Mike Bores for third. Markham grabbed second on the third lap and closed on Spangler as they raced into lapped traffic by the eighth circuit.
Markham used traffic to his advantage to grab the lead on lap 10 just before the caution would fly for the lapped machine of Jeff Warnick who got caught up in the battle between Markham and Spangler for the lead. Now with a clear track, Markham was able to pull away slightly from Spangler with Shiels, Bores and a closing Rusty Schlenk in tow. With five laps to go Markham narrowly avoided a lapped car which allowed Spangler to take a look to his inside. Markham was able to slam the door but Spangler continued to apply pressure.
Markham held off Spangler’s advances the remaining five laps for the win with Schlenk taking third just ahead of Shiels with Bores rounding out the top five.
Ricky Peterson and Jordan Ryan battled for the lead at the drop of the green for the 25-lap 305 sprint feature with Peterson gaining the advantage as Ryan was forced off the track on the back stretch. He would cost to a stop after two laps were scored just after John Ivy had taken the lead. On the ensuing restart Ivy would lead Peterson, Jamie Miller, Cody Bova and Steve Rando. Ivy, Peterson and Miller pulled away slightly while the crowd was entertained by a great battle for fourth involving Bova, Rando and Weaver.
With 10 laps scored Ivy continued to lead with Peterson now being challenged by Miller and Weaver. Miller grabbed second on lap 13 but Weaver drove into the runner-up slot a lap later. Weaver quickly closed on Ivy and took the lead on lap 17 with an inside move in turn two. Miller would follow into second. The caution flew on lap 18 for a Seth Schneider spin with the running order Weaver, Miller, Ivy, Rando, Peterson and Bova.
Weaver got a tremendous restart and pulled away from Miller while Ivy and Peterson battled for third. Jeremy Duposki and Landon LaLonde tangled with three laps remaining to bring out the red. Neither driver was injured. Again Weaver got a fantastic restart and drove to the win over Miller, Ivy, Peterson and Bova.
Attica Raceway Park will be back in action Friday, March 31 on Merrill Lynch Night with the 410 and 305 sprints and the UMP late models. There is a rain date of Saturday, April 1. For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com or follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark and Instagram at attica_raceway_park.
Attica Raceway Park
Construction Equipment & Supply
Friday, March 24, 2017
Starting position [*]
410 Sprints – 36 cars
1.5T-Travis Philo, 12.320; 2.17-Caleb Helms, 12.458; 3.16-Chris Andrews, 12.462; 4.35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.508; 5.23-DJ Foos, 12.514; 6.7CX-Phil Gressman, 12.579; 7.4K-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.584; 8.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 12.587; 9.91-Cale Thomas, 12.592; 10.5R-Byron Reed, 12.603; 11.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.626; 12.49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.645; 13.8M-TJ Michael, 12.685; 14.33M-Max Stambaugh, 12.696; 15.81-Lee Jacobs, 12.698; 16.60-Jody Keegan, 12.796; 17.9-Jordan Ryan, 12.813; 18.49-Shawn Dancer, 12.814; 19.16X-Ryan Ruhl, 12.866; 20.15H-Mitch Harble, 12.894; 21.7-Shawn Valenti, 12.918; 22.4-Danny Smith, 12.927; 23.7J-Joe Swanson, 12.985; 24.13-Brandon Matus, 13.051; 25.11R-Chase Ridenour, 13.061; 26.5-Jordan Harble, 13.090; 27.8J-Jess Stiger, 13.091; 28.51-John Garvin, 13.111; 29.11N-Cole Duncan, 13.135; 30.22M-Dan McCarron, 13.256; 31.83-Adam Cruea, 13.378; 32.33-Brent Matus, 13.646; 33.40-Mark Imler, 13.709; 34.14-Daryl Daugherty, 15.174; 35.45L-Brian Lay, 99.110; 36.7X-Dylan Kingan, 99.180; 37.22-Brandon Spithaler, 99.350;
Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 5R-Byron Reed ; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 17-Caleb Helms ; 4. 11N-Cole Duncan ; 5. 49-Shawn Dancer ; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 7. 91-Cale Thomas ; 8. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 9. 15H-Mitch Harble
Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 16-Chris Andrews ; 2. 13-Brandon Matus ; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 4. 51-John Garvin ; 5. 83-Adam Cruea ; 6. 40-Mark Imler ; 7. 5-Jordan Harble ; 8. 9-Jordan Ryan
Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 2. 5T-Travis Philo ; 3. 4K-Lynton Jeffrey ; 4. 23-DJ Foos ; 5. 16X-Ryan Ruhl ; 6. 4-Danny Smith ; 7. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 8. 33-Brent Matus
Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 8M-TJ Michael ; 2. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 3. 7CX-Phil Gressman ; 4. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 5. 60-Jody Keegan ; 6. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 7. 8J-Jess Stiger ; 8. 11R-Chase Ridenour ; 9. 14-Daryl Daugherty
B-Main 1 - (10 Laps, top 2 to A)
1. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 2. 16X-Ryan Ruhl ; 3. 4-Danny Smith ; 4. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 5. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 6. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 7. 7X-Dylan Kingan ; 8. 49-Shawn Dancer ; 9. 91-Cale Thomas ; 10. 33-Brent Matus
B-Main 2 - (10 Laps, top 2 to A)
1. 83-Adam Cruea ; 2. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 3. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 4. 11R-Chase Ridenour ; 5. 5-Jordan Harble ; 6. 14-Daryl Daugherty ; 7. 60-Jody Keegan ; 8. 40-Mark Imler ; 9. 8J-Jess Stiger
A-Main 1 - (30 Laps)
1. 17-Caleb Helms ; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 5R-Byron Reed ; 4. 16-Chris Andrews ; 5. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 6. 5T-Travis Philo ; 7. 7CX-Phil Gressman ; 8. 4K-Lynton Jeffrey ; 9. 8M-TJ Michael ; 10. 11N-Cole Duncan ; 11. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 12. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 13. 23-DJ Foos ; 14. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 15. 16X-Ryan Ruhl ; 16. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 17. 13-Brandon Matus ; 18. 51-John Garvin ; 19. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 20. 83-Adam Cruea
Hard Charger: 7CX-Phil Gressman +5
305 Sprints – 23 cars
Heat 1 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 66-Jamie Miller ; 2. 41-Thomas Schinderle ; 3. 66D-Chase Dunham ; 4. 97-Kyle Peters ; 5. 25-Jason Keckler ; 6. 3X-Brad Keckler ; 7. 49H-Jerry Hill ; 8. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau
Heat 2 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 11X-Jordan Ryan ; 2. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 4. 94K-Kevin Mingus ; 5. 36-Seth Schneider ; 6. 13-Jeremy Duposki ; 7. 1X-Tyler Street ; 8. 09-Justin Adams
Heat 3 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 2. 77I-John Ivy ; 3. 20B-Cody Bova ; 4. 19R-Steve Rando ; 5. 8-Bobby Clark ; 6. 47-Matt Lucius ; 7. 2L-Landon LaLonde
B-Main 1 - (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 13-Jeremy Duposki ; 2. 2L-Landon LaLonde ; 3. 1X-Tyler Street ; 4. 47-Matt Lucius ; 5. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau ; 6. 09-Justin Adams ; 7. 49H-Jerry Hill ; 8. 3X-Brad Keckler
A-Main 1 - (25 Laps)
1. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 2. 66-Jamie Miller ; 3. 77I-John Ivy ; 4. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 5. 20B-Cody Bova ; 6. 19R-Steve Rando ; 7. 25-Jason Keckler ; 8. 97-Kyle Peters ; 9. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 10. 66D-Chase Dunham ; 11. 94K-Kevin Mingus ; 12. 47-Matt Lucius ; 13. 1X-Tyler Street ; 14. 2L-Landon LaLonde ; 15. 13-Jeremy Duposki ; 16. 41-Thomas Schinderle ; 17. 36-Seth Schneider ; 18. 8-Bobby Clark ; 19. 27K-Jeremy Kornbau ; 20. 11X-Jordan Ryan
Hard Charger: 1W-Paul Weaver +9
Late Models – 19 cars
Heat 1 - (8 Laps)
1. 15B-Mike Bores ; 2. 51-Devin Shiels ; 3. 1N-Casey Noonan ; 4. 30-Nate Potts ; 5. 72-Josh Robertson ; 6. 97-Brett Miller
Heat 2 - (8 Laps)
1. 19-Cody Scott ; 2. 27-Ken Hahn ; 3. 50-Scott Phillips ; 4. 4-Andrew Terrill ; 5. 69-Jeff Warnick ; 6. 69R-Doug Baird
Heat 3 - (8 Laps)
1. 27S-Eric Spangler ; 2. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk ; 3. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 4. 53M-Hillard Miller ; 5. 03-Jim Gingery ; 6. 34-Ky Harper
A-Main 1 - (25 Laps)
1. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 2. 27S-Eric Spangler ; 3. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk ; 4. 51-Devin Shiels ; 5. 15B-Mike Bores ; 6. 1N-Casey Noonan ; 7. 34-Ky Harper ; 8. 50-Scott Phillips ; 9. 03-Jim Gingery ; 10. 69R-Doug Baird ; 11. 53M-Hillard Miller ; 12. 69-Jeff Warnick ; 13. 4-Andrew Terrill ; 14. 72-Josh Robertson ; 15. 30-Nate Potts ; 16. 27-Ken Hahn ; 17. 92-Cody Scott
Hard Charger: 34-Ky Harper +11
Tyler Russell was the $1,000 feature winner when the Elite Non-Wing Sprint Car Series opened at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Gordon Woolley Classic.
In right place at right time, Russell tops Gordon Woolley Classic at HO’T
ELM MOTT, Texas (March 10) – Tyler Russell didn’t lead the most laps, just the most important one.
Russell was in the right place at the right time when leader Paul White lost the handle in Friday’s opening night event for the Elite Non-Wing Sprint Car Series at Heart O’ Texas Speedway.
Quick to capitalize on White’s last-lap misfortune, Russell motored by to win HOT’s Gordon Woolley Classic feature for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and $1,000.
“It was nice to have a little luck,” said Russell, who battled back and forth with Marcus Thomas while chasing White much of the first 19 circuits. “He threw some real haymakers at me. I was running low, Marcus was running high and we were going to have a good three-way race with Paul on that last lap.”
A late yellow added to the drama by setting up a green, white, checkered finish. Thomas, Justin Zimmerman, Johnny Miller and Blake Edwards rounded out the top five. White recovered to finish sixth.
The classic was the first race of the season for Russell, who drew the third starting spot after finishing second to three-time IMCA national champion Miller in their heat race.
“I don’t run a lot of non-wing stuff but Heart O’ Texas is only about 15 minutes from my house,” said Russell, who plans to be a Saturday regular at Kennedale Speedway Park during his third season in the division. “It was really a good race and a good way to start the season.”
Woolley, a Waco native, won the IMCA national championship in 1963. He died last month at the age of 94.
Feature results – 1. Tyler Russell; 2. Marcus Thomas; 3. Justin Zimmerman; 4. Johnny Miller; 5. Blake Edwards; 6. Paul White; 7. Bryan Debrick; 8. Robert Vetter; 9. Richard Miller; 10. Jason Gunnels; 11. Randy Henderson; 12. Blake Moore; 13. Dustin Welch; 14. Dale Wester; 15. Chris Clark; 16. Jake Bland; 17. Sam Stockton; 18. Nathan Moore; 19. Junior Jenkins.
Austin Liggett perseveres to claim Silver Cup victory with the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour in Chico
By Gary Thomas
Chico, CA – March 11, 2017…Fighting back from issues early on Tracy, California’s Austin Liggett was able to make an impressive recovery en route to a dominating victory on Saturday night with the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour at Silver Dollar Speedway.
Liggett’s night got off to a rocky start when reported magneto issues caused him to receive no qualifying time. After that however, it was nothing but positive as he made a wild move on the start of his heat race to go from last to the lead before one-lap was even completed. The heat race victory then made him eligible for the dash, which he would also go on to win.
He then grabbed the lead after a couple laps in the feature and never looked back on way to taking the checkered flag with a 4.518 second margin of victory over second place.
“With how the night started out it feels great to be standing up here and I couldn’t be happier to win at Silver Dollar Speedway again,” Liggett commented. “After we didn’t get a qualifying time my team really got this 51 car dialed in so I can’t thank my owner Brian Sperry and my parents enough. I also want to thank all of our sponsors and supporters including C&H Veteran Enterprise, Excel Environmental Services, Walker Performance Filtration, Jarrett Soares Racing and Santa Mauro Race Products. Hopefully we can do this again at Petaluma on April 1.”
Liggett started on the pole of the feature alongside defending C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour champion Klint Simpson of Santa Rosa. At the waving of the green flag it was Simpson who put the Dave Johnson owned No. 32 into the lead of the race. Shortly after a lap-two restart though Liggett showed his muscle and carved his way by to scoop up the top-spot.
The most serious incident in the main event also occurred early on when Barry Pries Jr. got upside down on the back stretch. He emerged okay, but his No. 14 machine sustained heavy damage during the tumble. Pries went home with the Air One Hvac Systems first rollover Award.
The final stoppage of the race then took place on lap-seven and after that it was all green flag racing to the end. Liggett had his way out front in the Sperry Racing No. 51, but the action behind him proved interesting, as Simpson had to fend off the fast closing Kalib Henry of Citrus Heights and Buddy Kofoid of Penngrove.
At one point through heavy traffic late in the race you could throw a blanket over the drivers running second through fourth, until Simpson was able to work traffic well to solidify the runner up spot at the finish. It was a great rebound for Simpson after a tough end to the opening round in Marysville on February 25.
Henry narrowly held off Kofoid to grab the third spot, in what was just his second ever wingless sprint car start. The 17-year-old also began the night by earning the West Coast Race Parts Fast Time Award with a clocking of 13.795 around the Silver Dollar bullring. Kofoid’s fourth place finish from the 16th starting spot was exciting to watch and good enough to give the 15-year-old the Davis Motorsports of Reno Hard Charger Award.
Reigning Silver Dollar Speedway wingless champion Angelique Bell of Rio Linda rounded out the top-five in the feature. The remainder of the top-10 in the 25-lap contest was comprised of Sparky Howard, Adam Christian, R.C. Smith, Zachary Kavert and Tim Sherman Jr.
The C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour will return to action on Saturday April 1 at the Petaluma Speedway.
Contingency winners round two Silver Dollar Speedway: West Coast Race Parts Fast Time Kalib Henry, LRB Inc. Heat one Brent Steck, SpeedMart Heat two Zachary Kavert, Benic Enterprises Heat three Austin Liggett Santamauro Racing Products Dash Austin Liggett, Davis Motorsports of Reno Hard Charger Buddy Kofoid, TW Racefotos Hard Luck Terry Schank, Air One Hvac Systems first rollover Barry Pries
Information on the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour can be found by visiting http://www.petaluma-speedway.com/ and clicking on the Hunt Series tab. You can also like the tour on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joehuntwingless/?pnref=lhc
C&H Veteran Ent. presents the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour is proudly brought to you by C&H Veteran Ent., Hunt Magnetos, Pit Stop USA, West Coast Race Parts, LRB Inc., SpeedMart, Benic Enterprises, Santamauro Racing Products, Davis Motorsports of Reno, Air One Hvac Systems and TW Racefotos.
If you’re interested in joining the 12-race tour as a marketing partner please contact Scott Hall at email@example.com
Upcoming C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour events-
Saturday April 1: Petaluma Speedway Saturday April 15: Placerville Speedway Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track Saturday June 10: Petaluma Speedway
Shane Golobic Captures Action Packed Silver Cup During the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Season Opener
(PETERSEN MEDIA- Chico, CA)- Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA, Shane Golobic survived thick lapped traffic and challenges from Mitchell Faccinto and Justin Sanders to capture the 2017 Silver Cup win, and move into sole possession of eighth all time in series wins with his eighth career triumph.
Lining up on the front row of the feature event alongside Faccinto, Freemont, CA pilot, Shane Golobic, would get the jump over Faccinto before cautions plagued the early goings of the event.
With stoppages coming on laps one, five, and eight, the race would get into it’s first extended green flag run finally, and single file restarts would see the leaders in lapped traffic extremely quick on an old school, rough and tumble, Silver Dollar Speedway racing surface.
In traffic, Golobic was extremely strong, but so was Faccinto, as the duo sliced and diced through traffic. Just past the halfway point, Faccinto would make a bid for the race lead in turns one and two as Golobic checked up behind a slower car, but the former series champion remained composed and answered the call to reclaim the top spot.
An exciting battle behind the race leaders would also heat up during this run as Kyle Hirst, Justin Sanders, Andy Forsberg, and Sean Becker all jockeyed for position in traffic with wheelies and bikes the norm on this Saturday night.
The action would be slowed on the 19th lap as Michael Kofoid coasted to a stop off of turn two, and the ensuing restart would breed the race’s final caution as Kyle Hirst came to a stop with a flat left rear tire after catching a rut wrong and doing everything but tipping his machine over.
Back underway, the final restart of the night would see Watsonville, CA driver, Justin Sanders, make quick work of Faccinto for the second spot and set his sights on Golobic, who had gotten away as the two battled for the second spot.
Able to catch Golobic, the crowd would come alive as the two renewed their rivalry and battled side-by-side for the race lead. Battling for prime real-estate, tight knit action would result in Sanders getting into the front stretch wall and letting Golobic get away.
With traffic now a factor, Sanders would make contact with a slower car as he tried to get back to Golobic and it would result in damage to his nosewing and he would have more problems in turns one and two and lose several positions.
A pair of former series champions, Sean Becker, and Andy Forsberg, were there to capitalize as they moved into the second and third spots. This night, however, belonged to Shane Golobic and the Keith Day Racing team, as they raced to the popular victory.
“I can’t say enough about this team,” Golobic said. “They always give me a great racecar, and its fun to race with them. The track was pretty tricky tonight, but it feels good to be standing in victory lane.”
Behind Golobic, Sean Becker would finish second, Forsberg, third, Faccinto fourth, and Mason Moore would round out the top-five and earn a $100 certificate to Smith Precision Products for his efforts.
Sander would rebound to finish seventh, Jason Statler eight, Kyle Hirst would come back from his late caution to finish ninth, and Michael Kofoid would do the same to round out the Top-10.
31 cars checked into the pit area to open the 27th season of action with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster, and it was Shane Golobic earning quick time honors, and earning $100 certificate to DMI.
Four heat races were ran with wins going to Michael Ing, Sean Becker, Andy Forsberg, and Oregon driver, JJ Hickle. Each of those drivers were awarded $100 Certificates to Keizer Wheels.
Kenny Allen led all 12-laps to claim the B Main and earned $100 to Keizer Wheels. Tanner Carrick, Lucas Ashe, Koen Shaw, Dustin Freitas, and Tony Gualda joined him in the feature after claiming the six transfer spots.
2017 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Schedule
3/31 Silver Dollar Speedway
5/27 Marysville Raceway- Mel Hall Memorial $3000 to win!
5/28 Silver Dollar Speedway- Fair Race
7/1 Marysville Raceway
7/14 Ocean Speedway- HK Classic
7/22 Thunderbowl Raceway
8/19 Ocean Speedway- Johnny Key Classic $5000 to win!
9/6 Silver Dollar Speedway- Gold Cup
ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will return to Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday, March 31st for the second round of action.
2017 WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 11th Silver Dollar Speedway)
STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.
CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2017, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 9 events at 4 different tracks around California.
Silver Dollar Speedway
Becker Earns Opening Night Win at Chico
Chico, CA (March 10, 2017) …. Roseville’s Sean Becker held off a hard
charging Andy Forsberg to win opening night at the Silver Cup Race of Champions
in Chico. It was Becker’s 58th career win at Silver Dollar Speedway. The crowd
was treated to an epic battle between Becker and Forsberg. During the 25-lap
race, the two drivers exchanged the lead six different times. The intensity of
the race escalated during the midpoint of the event when Becker and Forsberg
began to navigate between slower cars. It was hold your breath time as both
drivers where hammer down on the hooked up fast race track. Becker would regain
the lead before a yellow was needed late in the race.
With a clear track ahead of him Becker was able to hold off Forsberg and get the popular win. “Lapped traffic helped and hindered both of us,” said Becker. “Andy got by me and then I was able to find the right line and pass him back. It was a great race and just so happy to get the win.” Jason Statler drove a great race and brought the familiar #00 home in the third spot. Shane Golobic charged towards the front and wound up finishing fourth. Justyn Cox scored a fifth-place finish and was a tough competitor all night.
Tanner Carrick won the 12-lap B main event. The youngster showed a lot of speed during his win. Cam Smith came home second. Tyler Seavey finished third. The fourth and final transfer went to Dustin Freitas.
Forsberg almost broke his existing track record in qualifying when he turned a 11.438. His mark of 11.408 was set last year.
Austin Liggett scored his third career win at Silver Dollar Speedway by winning the 20-lap wingless main event. Liggett was driving the Sperry Motorsports #51. R.C. Smith led the early part of the race and should be commended for a solid run. Smith picked up the win in an earlier heat race. Right around the half way point is when Liggett passed Smith. Terry Schank Jr. started eighth but as always quickly charged his way towards the front. Schank moved into the second spot with four to go but was never able to challenge Liggett for the win. Michael Kofoid held his own and finished in the third spot. Barry Pries Jr. won the first heat race and finished fifth in the main event.
Corey Hall earned an early season win during the Street Stock main event. Kevin Lesch led for most the main event. However, going down the back stretch Lesch didn’t clear a slower car and contact ensued. Lesch lost the lead to Hall. From this point on Hall was unbeatable. Lesch tried to keep it close but was never able to get close enough for a pass. Phillip Shelby was consistent as always and finished third. Steve Hammett won an earlier heat race tonight and finished fourth in the main event. Brent Lawrence came back from an early race spin to finish fifth. Eddie Hammett won the first heat race of the night.
For full results please visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com
SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY – CHICO, CA
Hirst Leads The Way; Wins Night One of Mini Gold Cup
By: Elijah Jones
(March 4th, 2017).................The first 410 sprint car race in the state
of California in 2017 hit the track at the Silver Dollar Speedway for Night One
of the Annual Mini Gold Cup last night. 20 drivers signed into the pit area for
the $2500 to win kick off race.
The night started off with Time Trials and the track was in prime condition for some fast lap times. Roseville, CA driver Willie Croft has always been a favorite for Fast Time at the speedway and that was no different last night as he clicked off his 22nd career fast time at Silver Dollar Speedway behind the wheel of the Holey Smokes BBQ, Amerikote #29 sprinter. Croft's time of 11.467 was just over a half second off of the track record held by Joey Saldana at 10.918. Three cars had problems in Time Trials. The #31C of Justyn Cox blew a motor coming off of turn two on his first lap of qualifying. It was a tough way to end the night for Cox who had such high expectations coming into the evening. Brian Boswell in the #5 car also had motor problems all night and would never hit the track for a competitive lap. The Chuck Wolf Sand and Gravel #19 of Chase Majdic broke a rocker in hot laps, so they were unable to make it out for time trials. They were able to get it fixed though in time to make it out for their heat race.
Three Heat Races were lined up based on qualifying results. With just 20 cars signed into the pits all drivers would make the feature event. Heat Race #1 was claimed by Paradise, CA driver Kyle Hirst driving the Roth Motorsports #83. Hirst started the race in the third position and was able to take over the lead early on in the race. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Atwater, CA resident Sean Watts in the Rolfe Construction #98 machine. It was a great way to kick off the season by Watts who won just one Heat Race all of last season. The third and final Heat Race was claimed by 15 year old hot shoe Michael “Buddy” Kofoid. Kofoid making his first start at the Silver Dollar Speedway was impressive as always as he held off the #75 of Sean Becker for the Heat Race Victory.
After the redraw it was the #83 of Kyle Hirst who would land on the Pole for the 25 lap Main Event. Sean Watts would line up alongside Hirst on the front row. At the drop of the green flag it was all Kyle Hirst. Hirst quickly jumped out front and pulled away to a comfortable advantage. That would not last long though as DJ Netto was tearing around the outside of the race track and gaining ground in the Tri-C Macine #3C. With Netto working the top side of the racetrack, Hirst continued to roll the bottom. The top of the track though was the place to be in turns one and two and it looked as though Netto was set to drive around the #83 of Hirst. Just as Netto got close enough to race for the lead, Hirst had to move up to go around a slower car and when he did he found that groove on the outside and never moved back down. At that point he was able to pull away from Netto again and regain control. Netto had his hands full with the Menne Motorsports #75 of Sean Becker who pressured him for much of the race. As the laps wound down Hirst began to encounter lapped traffic once again, allowing Netto the opportunity to close the gap. By the time the White flag flew Netto was right there and looked to be in position to make a move on Hirst for the lead. Hirst was just to strong though on the outside of the racetrack and drove to his first victory of the 2017 season. DJ Netto had to settle for a second place finish. Not a bad way to start the season, a win last week and now second last night. Sean Becker would cross the line in the third position. While Willie Croft and Buddy Kofoid rounded out the top five in the finishing order.
We are set to hit the track again tonight for night two of the Mini Gold Cup with the King of the West/NARC Sprint Car Series rolling into town. Gates are scheduled to open at 5:00pm with Qualifying at 6:00pm. Stay tuned on our facebook page for any updates throughout the day. For ticket information and directions to the racetrack please visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com.
Cody Spencer kicks-off the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour season in victory lane at Marysville Raceway
By Gary Thomas
Marysville, Ca – February 25, 2017…A wild C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour opening night at the Marysville Raceway saw Orangevale, Ca driver Cody Spencer come out on top during a chaotic late-race scramble, scoring his first career victory with the tour in the process.
Spencer was also making his first ever start in the Mark Dolner owned No. 7EJ Sprinter on Saturday night and made it pay off during a back and forth 25-lap Sherm & Loree Toller Memorial feature.
“What a great way to kick off the year with a new team,” Spencer commented. “I can’t thank these guys enough for allowing me to drive this car. I'm really excited about the new C&H Hunt Wingless series. There are a lot of great people involved in the new series that are really trying to give back to the racers and the fans. I'm just thankful to be a part of it. Hopefully we can do this a lot in 2017.”
The A-main started out with reigning C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour champion Klint Simpson of Santa Rosa and Citrus Heights’ Kalib Henry on the front row. At the waving of the green flag it was Henry who jumped to the lead, in what was his first career wingless sprint car start. The 17-year-old Silver Dollar Speedway Winged 410 Rookie of the Year from last season looked strong out front in the early stages.
As often the case in opening season events there were a number of cautions during the feature that slowed down the contest. Henry was able to hold strong out front, until reported power steering issues had developed that forced him to fight his car for the remainder on the heavy and rough surface. With the race winding down Simpson then stepped up his challenges and was able to charge under Henry to grab the lead. A red flag just before the finish then made for a green-white-checkered restart and what resulted was pure chaos up front.
As Simpson led the field back to green last year’s final round winner DJ Johnson of Stockton attempted to get by and steal the opening night win away. Contact ensued however, and ultimately saw both drivers get upside down to end their shot at victory. Spencer was able to avoid the melee and go on to score the improbable win. Santa Rosa’s Terry Schank Jr. came home in second, with Sacramento’s Troy Degaton, Tracy’s Austin Ligett and Sebastopol’s Geoff Ensign rounding out the top-five. Chris Kerr, Josh Vierra, Simpson, Johnson and Ryan Souza completed the top-10.
A-main finish: 1. 7EJ Cody Spencer, 2. 1 Terry Schank Jr., 3. 39t Troy Degaton, 4. 51 Austin Liggett, 5. 3f Geoff Ensign, 6. 27 Chris Kerr, 7. 3v Josh Vierra, 8. 32 Klint Simpson, 9. 33g DJ Johnson, 10. 15 Ryan Souza, 11. 38 Casey McClain, 12. 51L Thomas Leiby, 13. 33 Kalib Henry, 14. 56K Scott Hall, 15. 84 Brent Steck, 16. 87jr Tim Sherman Jr., 17. 14 Barry Pries Jr., 18. 13f Dan Hayes, 19. 6w Billy Wallace, 20. 5b Angelique Bell
The LRB Inc. opening heat race was picked off by Cody Spencer, while Austin Liggett won the second heat race presented by SpeedMart and Terry Schank Jr. claimed Benic Enterprises heat race number three. The B-main was captured by Thomas Leiby, with the Santauro Racing Products Dash going to Klint Simpson. DJ Johnson opened the evening by setting the West Coast Race Parts Fast Time by turning a 13.681 to beat out the 26-car field.
The C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour will return to action on Saturday March 11 as part of the annual Silver Cup at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. It will mark the first of two season appearances at the famed quarter-mile located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. More information on the event can be found at www.silverdollarspeedway.com
Information on the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour can be found by visiting http://www.petaluma-speedway.com/ and clicking on the Hunt Series tab. You can also like the tour on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joehuntwingless/?pnref=lhc
C&H Veteran Ent. presents the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour is proudly brought to you by C&H Veteran Ent., Hunt Magnetos, Pit Stop USA, West Coast Race Parts, LRB Inc., SpeedMart, Benic Enterprises, Santamauro Racing Products, Davis Motorsports of Reno, Air One Hvac Systems and TW Racefotos.
If you’re interested in joining the 12-race tour as a marketing partner please contact Scott Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour events-
Saturday March 11: Silver Dollar Speedway (Silver Cup)
Saturday April 1: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday April 15: Placerville Speedway
Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track
Chris Solomon Takes All Stars Series Victory
Gisborne’s Chris Solomon has taken out a thrilling 2016/2017 Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers All Stars Series after a thrilling conclusion last night at Mildura’s Timmis Speedway. Solomon also created history by emulating his brother Paul’s 2008/2009 Championship and become the first brothers to win the Series. Chris gained 5011 points. It is also car owner Tony Bartlett’s third Championship as a car owner.
Defending Champion Brenten Farrer did everything he could to protect his series lead before a late race incident ended his night. Farrer finished on 5010 points just a solitary point behind Solomon. Daniel Evans capped off a good season by taking a well-deserved third place finish over all. In what was a consistent season which saw him pick up a maiden SA 360 Title Win, Multiple All Stars Podiums and a Round Victory at Waikerie. Evans gathered enough points to sneak into the Top 3 finishing on 4951.Phil Lock capped off another solid year which saw him finish in 4th place overall. The V4 finished on 4950, just one point behind Evans in third. Paul Solomon who was leading the series early on and also won the John Sidney Racing King of the River rounded out the top 5 on 4886. Cody Atkins was next in line in 6th with 4755 points. He was followed by Kane Newcombe on 4646 points in 7th, Jarman Dalitz on 4643 points in 8th, Jack Gartner on 4585 points in 9th with Daniel Ellis on 4325 points rounding out the top 10.
Drivers and Crews, Officials and Sponsors will now enjoy the Series Presentation tonight at Fossey’s Gin Emporium in Mildura were many awards will be handed out as well as more inductions into the All Stars Hall of Fame.
2016-2017 Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers All Stars Series Top 10
1st. SA75 Chris Solomon 5011 2nd. V34 Brenten Farrer 5010 3rd. SA44 Daniel Evans 4951 4th. V4 Phil Lock 4950 5th. V7 Paul Solomon 4886 6th. SA69 Cody Atkins 4755 7th. V65 Kane Newcombe 4646 8th. SA56 Jarman Dalitz 4643 9th. SA16 Jack Gartner 4585 10th. V24 Daniel Ellis 4325
Lovegrove takes a thrilling Final All Stars Round Win
Last night Former Australian Number Two Michael Lovegrove took the win in the final round of the Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers All Stars Series at Timmis Speedway, Mildura. He led home Daniel Evans who backed up his last round victory at Waikerie. Jarman Dalitz who won the B-Main moved up 12 spots to end his series in fine style finishing 3rd.
Chris Solomon put the SA75 Cool on pole position for the 30 Lap final. He was joined by the NSW36 of Eddie Lumbar who was 6th on points after the heats but was able to work his way through the Pole Shootout to start out of two.
Defending Series Champion Brenten Farrer started the V34 from position 3 and only needed to finish 7th of better to wrap up his second All Stars Series victory. He was joined by Quick Time man Jesse Nicholas in 4th. Lovegrove and Phil Lock shared the 3rd row with former series champion Brad Foster sharing the fourth row with Jack Gartner whilst Brayden Cooley and Evans occupied the 5th Row.
Chris Solomon sped to the early lead with every position counting towards the overall series championship. Solomon was good early on when lapped traffic started to play its part. Lumbar was having a battle with Farrer and Lovegrove for the minor placings before Farrer was able to make his move and get into second setting his sights on Solomon.
Solomon and Farrer then proceeded to battle for the led for 2 laps swapping positions every turn before Farrer was able to pull away. But tragedy struck as the lead duo entered into Turn 3 behind a lapped car with contact being made between them causing damage and a fire to the V34 of Farrer and ending his championship hopes. Solomon was able to restart but was banished to the rear. Lumbar and McLeod were also innocent victims in the accident with Lumbar heading to the back whilst McLeod ended her strong run on the infield.
After the mess in turn 3 was cleaned up Lovegrove led the field away with 9 laps to run and was never headed taking the win. Following Evans and Dalitz across the line was Gartner, Tancredi, Cooley, Thompson, Galliford, Chris Solomon, Paul Solomon, Newcombe, Lock, Wren, Lumbar, Nicholas and Daniel Ellis rounding out the finishers. Atkins blew a Left Rear Tyre in sight of the white flag. He was joined on the infield by Farrer, McLeod and Foster.
After 11 gruelling rounds the 2016/2017 Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers All Stars Series has come to an end. Teams and Officials will now enjoy the Series Presentations at the Setts Hotel tonight where the final Top 10 are released and other end of Series awards are handed out.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time winner was the V66 of Jesse Nicholas with a 12.555 second lap and in doing so picked up a 12 month subscription of Oval Express Magazine.
A Main results: 1st SA90 Michael Lovegrove, 2nd SA44 Daniel Evans, 3rd SA56 Jarmin Dalitz, 4th SA16 Jack Gartner, 5th V29 Michael Tancredi, 6th SA76 Brayden Cooley, 7th V53 Andy Thompson, 8th N46 Stacey Galliford, 9th SA75 Chris Solomon, 10th V7 Paul Solomon, 11th V65 Kane Newcombe, 12th V4 Phil Lock, 13th V16 James Wren, 14th N36 Eddie Lumbar, 15th V66 Jesse Nicholas, 16th V24 Daniel Ellis, 17th SA69 Cody Atkins (DNF), 18th V34 Brenten Farrer (DNF), 19th A55 Georgia McLeod (DNF), 20th V11 Brad Foster (DNF
Heat winners: SA75 Chris Solomon x2, V4 Phil Lock and SA56 Jarman Dalitz
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – V4 Phil Lock - $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – V53 Andy Thompson- drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- SA56 Jarman Dalitz - Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award – SA32 Ben Gartner- Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – V66 Jesse Nicholas- a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main – SA90 Michael Lovegrove - WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – N46 Stacey Galliford Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award – V24 Daniel Ellis - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickman’s Tree Maintenance Random Draw – V65 Kane Newcombe - $400 cash
Home Town Hero thrills huge crowd at Sunline Speedway
After celebrating his 21st birthday only days prior Daniel Evans crossed the line well ahead in RD 10 of the Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers All Stars Series at Sunline Speedway, Waikerie. In an exciting feature which saw Evans easily weave through lapped traffic, the war was being waged for the minors with Paul Solomon eventually holding off a fast finishing Chris Solomon and Cody Atkins in 4th. Young Jack Gartner produced the drive of the night charging from 14th starting position to finish 5th.
The night was a milestone for Sunline Speedway & the All Stars and the town showed their appreciation by packing the venue. Hard work by many of the Sunline Committee and helpers made this night happen. Track preparation was carried out by a band of volunteers including Chris Evans (Daniels Dad & retired sprintcar pilot) making his sons victory even sweeter. The crowd were treated to the “Waikerie Wave” at the start of the A and joined in enthusiastically with their headlights and phones. This was the largest field of Sprintcars to ever roll around the little track.
Mid markers were holding their own battle with each other and lap traffic with Darryl Guerin 6th followed by Kane Newcombe, Phil Lock, Andy Thompson and James Wren rounding out the top 10.
After winning on Friday night at AMP Mark Caruso didn’t have the night he wanted after flipping in his second heat and with some serious damage decided to sit the remainder of the night out. Jamie Hendry was another whose night didn’t pan out as hoped for and brought on the Reds after hitting the wall in Turn 1 sustaining damage also ending his night.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time winner was Cody Atkins with a 15.163. For his efforts he picked up a 12 month subscription of Oval Express Magazine.
A Main results: 1st SA44 Daniel Evans, 2nd V7 Paul Solomon, 3rd SA75 Chris Solomon, 4th SA69 Cody Atkins, 5th SA16 Jack Gartner, 6th SA96 Darryl Guerin, 7th V65 Kane Newcombe, 8th V4 Phil Lock, 9th V53 Andy Thompson, 10th V16 James Wren, 11th SA76 Brayden Cooley, 12th V34 Brenten Farrer, 13th NT4 Jamie McInnes, 14th V24 Daniel Ellis, 15th SA56 Jarman Dalitz, 16th NSW46 Stacey Galliford, 17th A55 of Georgia McLeod 18th SA26 Tyson Chambers DNF. Heat winners: SA33 Mark Caruso, V7 Paul Solomon, V4 Phil Lock & V16 James Wren Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – SA56 Jarman Dalitz - $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – V65 Kane Newcombe - drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- SA16 Jack Gartner- Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award – V24 Daniel Ellis- Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – SA69 Cody Atkins - a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main - Dan Evans- WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8 –V4 Phil Lock Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award – ACT55 Georgia McLeod - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Jackpotted to next round - $400 cash
Caruso creates History at Adelaide Motorsports Park
History was created last night when Mark Caruso took the very first Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers Feature Race win at Adelaide Motorsports Park. In the 10th Anniversary of the series this was the first time that the series had been to Adelaide and drivers, crews and fans where not disappointed.
Caruso’s SA33 was sublime in the early going of a time shortened A-Main
before Lisa Walker driving the SA4 started to close the gap with Caruso being
held up by lapped traffic. Heavy lapped traffic was starting to play its part
before the caution came out giving him a clear track. Defending series
champion Brenten Farrer’s V34 survived a late race scare after contact with a lapped car to finish 3rd.
SA75 Championship contender Chris Solomon finished 4th with SA 90 Michael Lovegrove rounding out the top 5 after being the only car to use the highline.
Cody Atkins finished in 6th. He was followed by Daniel Evans, Phil Lock, Paul
Solomon and Jarman Dalitz in 10th. Lucas Oils Hard Charger Michael Burford made
up 5 spots to finish in 11th. Jamie Hendry was next followed by Andy Thompson,
Jamie McInnes, Daryl Guerin, Jack Gartner, Stacey
Galliford and Daniel Ellis and Tyson Chambers rounding out the finishers. Brayden Cooley finished on the infield after blowing a Right Rear Tyre.
The Pole shootout proved to be a scintillating affair with Mark Caruso producing the drive of the night in a wheel to wheel battle with Walker to earn the right to start on Pole position for the Main. Farrer started from 3rd with Atkins in 4. The 3rd row saw Chris Solomon line up beside Lock.
Paul Solomon and Lovegrove shared the 4th row with Chambers and Evans occupying the 5th row. Cooley and McInnes shared the 6th row whilst Thompson and Dalitz started on the 7th row. B-Main winner Hendry, Burford, Guerin, Galliford, Jack Gartner and Ellis rounded out the 20 starters.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time winner was SA33 Mark Caruso with a blistering 12.664 second lap. Phil Lock was 2nd quick. He was followed by Lisa Walker, Paul Solomon and Brenton Farrer rounding out the top 5. Caruso picked up a 12 month subscription of Oval Express Magazine for his efforts and kick started his night.
A Main results: 1st SA33, 2nd SA4, 3rd V34, 4th SA75, 5th SA90, 6th SA69, 7th
SA44, 8th V4, 9th V7, 10th SA56,
11th SA9, 12th SA42, 13th V53, 14th NT4, 15th SA96, 16th SA16, 17th NSW46, 18th V24 19th SA26, 20th SA76
Caruso backed up his quick time with the win in heat 1. He led home Walker
and Farrer. Lock took the win in heat 2 beating home Paul Solomon and Burford.
Chris Solomon led home Atkins and
Farrer in heat 3 with Tyson Chambers taking the win in heat 4 leading home Thompson and McInnes.
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – V4 Phil Lock- $100 cash
Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – SA44 Daniel Evans - drum of methanol
Lucas Oil Hard Charger- SA9 Michael Burford - Show bag of Lucas Oil products
All Star Hot Arse Award – V34 Brenten Farrer- Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – SA33 Mark Caruso- a year’s
subscription to Oval Express
Hoosier Hero A Main – SA33 Mark Caruso - WAV right rear tire
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 –V4 Phil Lock -
Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award – SA26 Tyson Chambers- stainless steel front Nerf bar
Hickman’s Tree Maintenance Random Draw – SA90 Michael Lovegrove - $400 cash
Chris Solomon takes Blue Ribbon Thriller
Chris Solomon used a late race restart to pass leader Daniel Evans with just 3 laps remaining in an exciting A-Main in Round 7 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynameters All Stars Series at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway.
In an eventful race which saw the lead change on multiple occasions Solomon was sublime in the final stages which saw lap traffic play its part. Paul Solomon was home in 3rd, Phil Lock 4th and Jack Gartner having his best result for the season in 5th.
Daniel Evans took the win in the Essendon Ford Pole Shootout and in doing so won the right to start from pole in the 30 lap decider. Chris Solomon lined up alongside him with Paul Solomon and Michael Tancredi occupying the second row. Brayden Cooley backed up his earlier Quick Time starting 5th and Jesse Nicholas 6th. With rain looming the 4 wide was dropped and the race was on. Front markers got away quickly while mid markers were dicing for the own positions lap traffic quickly came into play. Farrer was working his way thru the field but bought the yellows on going into turn 2. Starting rear with only 3 laps to go managed to drive his way back up to 9th. Cooley, Nicholas, Atkins & Thompson were the mid markers having their own fight for positions mid pack.
In scorching conditions and on a track that threw up plenty of challenges, heat racing was frantic with wins going to Chris Solomon, Paul Solomon, Birthday Boy Jesse Nicholas and Andy Thompson. Earlier in the night the SA76 of Brayden Cooley set Quick Time in the Oval Express Magazine Time Trial session. In doing so Cooley also picked up his maiden Quick Time and for his efforts picked up a 12 Month Subscription to Oval express Magazine. Cooley’s time of 16.002 was better than the 16.029 set by V7 Paul Solomon in second. He was followed by SA75 Chris Solomon with a 16.111, the SA44 of Daniel Evans with a 16.210 and the SA56 of Jarmin Dalitz with a 16.217 lap.
A Main results: 1st SA75 Chris Solomon , 2nd SA44, 3rd V7, 4th V4, 5th SA16, 6th SA76, 7th V66, 8th SA69, 9th V34, 10th V24, 11th Act55 , 12th V31, 13th V53, 14th V29 DNF, 15th SA56DNF, 16th V16DNF, 17th V18DNF, 18th V65DNF
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – V29 Michael Tancredi - $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – V66 Jesse Nicholas - drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- Cody Atkins- Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award – Andy Thompson - Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – SA76 Brayden Cooley- a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main – SA75 Chris Solomon - WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8- Cody Atkins Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award –Jason Gibbons - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Driver Not present, Jackpots to $400 next round - $200 cash
Herrera, Fife, And Johnson Get Wildcat Wins
By Ben Deatherage
Tucson, Arizona- Sprint Car racing made its return to Wildcat Raceway for the first round of the 2017 Wildcat Winter Series. Three classes would fill the pit area featuring Winged 360 Sprints, Micro Sprints, and the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprints-Wildcat Region. Thirty-nine cars would make the journey from the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Indiana.
In the Winged 360 feature, Alex Pettas would beat Rick Ziehl at the line on the opening lap to get the race underway. The lead would be shortly lived for the Tempe pilot, of Pettas, as Ziehl would beat him into the corner. Ziehl, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, would pace the field for some time before being challenged by Johnny Herrera.
Herrera, in the J.T. Imperial owned entry, got by Ziehl at the line on lap five to become the third different leader. The only thing to slow down the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver would be two cautions periods on lap five and lap nine. Each ensuing restart he would manage to maintain the position and would go on to pick up the victory.
Rick Ziehl finished second over Alamogordo, New Mexico’s Lorne Wofford in third. The rest of the top five consisted of fourth finishing Josh Shipley, from Youngtown in the Alan and Kaylene Verville owned machine, as well as Alex Pettas in fifth. Rick Ziehl and Lorne Wofford were the heat race winners.
While the 3/8-mile dirt oval would be home to the Sprint Cars the Micro Sprints would inhabit the smaller infield race track. Jared Warhurst, from El Paso, Texas and driving for Randy Johnson, blazed the trail early but unfortunately would get tangled up in an incident on lap twelve.
When action resumed Marana chauffeur Chad Fife would inherit the position. Fife would be challenged on several occasions but each and every time he would put all contenders in check. He managed to cross the line first to obtain the win.
Mark Morin, of Prescott Valley, was the runner-up while Farmington, New Mexico’s Bradley Huish was third. Fourth place went to Phoenix native Colton Hardy and rounding up the top five would be Josh Huish, who is also from Farmington, New Mexico. Jared Warhurst and Bradley Huish were the two heat winners.
Last but not least were the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprints-Wildcat Region. Yuma hot shoe Mike Martin took full advantage of his pole starting position and grabbed the initial lead only to crash down the back straightaway and get upside down. This would hand over the lead to Brady Short of Bedford, Indiana in the Reinbold-Underwood Racing entry.
Short would continue to hold onto the coveted position before getting passed by Tempe’s Stevie Sussex on lap eleven. Unfortunately for Sussex, he would get collected with a lapped car on lap fifteen. This would give the lead back to Brady Short.
On lap eighteen Short and R.J. Johnson would find themselves battling hard for the win. Johnson would throw a slider on Short only for the two to make contact in turn two and nearly collecting one another. Both drivers would keep going, with Johnson as the new leader, but a caution would come out before another lap was completed resulting in Short retaining the lead yet again.
On the final green-white-checkered restart R.J. Johnson took to the top shelf and motored his way around Brady Short to reclaim the lead. Johnson managed to create a fair amount of distance and cruised on to the win. It would be a huge win for Johnson as well as for car owner Matt Lundy.
Brady Short was a respectable second while Stevie Sussex worked his way back up to third. The balance of the top five would feature Gilbert’s Andrew Reinbold in fourth and Charles Davis Jr., of Buckeye, in fifth. Stevie Sussex and R.J. Johnson were both victorious in heat race action.
Wildcat Raceway will return for the second and third rounds of the 2017 Wildcat Winter Series on Friday, February 17th and Saturday the 18th. Both races will be night shows and are expected to get underway around 6:00 PM. For more information be sure and log on to www.wildcatracewayaz.com or follow them on Facebook.
Race Summary: Saturday, February 4th, 2017 Wildcat Winter Series Race #1 Wildcat Raceway Tucson, Arizona
360 Sprints A-Main: 1. 75X-Johnny Herrera; 2. 20Z-Rick Ziehl; 3. 18-Lorne Wofford; 4. 01-Josh Shipley; 5. 2-Alex Pettas; 6. 12-James Mosher; 7. 74-Colton Hardy; 8. 99-Rachael Aragon; 9. 22-Jesse Barber; 10. 19-Wes Wofford; 11. 33-Steve Cushman; 12. 57-Steve Stone; 13. 33T-Rick Eckert; 14. 55-T.K. Lindell
Micro Sprints A-Main: 1. 8-Chad Fife; 2. 28-Mark Morin; 3. 5-Bradley Huish; 4. 41-Colton Hardy; 5. 51-Josh Huish; 6. 7KK-Kevin Keefer; 7. 7-Mason Keefer; 8. 12-David Tardiff; 9. 25J-Jared Warhurst; 10. 52-A.J. Miller; DNS 20AZ-Jarrett Martin; DNS 21X-George Zills
Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Series-Wildcat Region A-Main: 1. 98-R.J. Johnson; 2. 19S-Brady Short; 3. 21AZ-Stevie Sussex; 4. 19-Andy Reinbold; 5. 50-Charles Davis Jr.; 6. 20-Shon Deskins; 7. 20Z-Rick Ziehl; 8. 5M-Matt Lundy; 9. 25AZ-Rick Shuman; 10. 7K-Bruce St. James; 11. 14-Cody Sickles; 12. 16-Mike Martin; DNS 75X-Johnny Herrera
AJ Maddox Dominates Night One With The Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprints At East Bay Raceway Park
Tampa, FL…… 2/3/16….Twenty two cars registered for Friday nights 25-lap A-Main feature.
For the 25-lap Feature it was Tim George and Hayden Campbell. Campbell took the early lead but it was the AJ Maddox show as he dominated the field by almost lapping the entire field.
When AJ reached Victory Lane he was quick to thank his car owner Ray Bolin for giving him the opportunity to wheel the car. He also thanked Robert Delgado Engines and Crawford Tires. Maddox also picked up the Jeff Barfield Memorial Sweep Award with an extra $200.
Winning their heats were Maddox, Mark Ruel, Jr. and Matt Kurtz
Rounding out the top five were Matt Kurtz, Mark Ruel, Jr., Andy Kelley and Johnny Gilbertson and rounding out the top ten were Tim George, Bryan Eckley, Justin Webster, Anthony D Allesio and Dennis Misuraca.
Thanks, East Bay Raceway Park
Top Gun Sprints 2/3/2017 A-Main: 1. AJ Maddox (Tampa, FL), 2. Matt Kurtz (Jacksonville, FL), 3. Mark Ruel Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 4. Andy Kelley (Plant City, FL), 5. Johnny Gilbertson (Dover, FL), 6. Tim George (Venice, FL), 7. Bryan Eckley (Tampa, FL), 8. Justin Webster (Sarasota, FL), 9. Anthony D Alessio (Apollo Beach, FL), 10. Dennis Misuraca (Sanford, FL), 11. Freddie McCall (Brewton, AL), 12. Nikole Vosiey (Wesley Chapel, FL), 13. Sean Clark (North Port, FL), 14. Hayden Campbell (Montverde, FL), 15. Frank Carlsson (Oxford, FL), 16. Clint Reynolds (San Antonio, TX), 17. Troy Knowles (Gibsonton, FL), 18. Brandon Grubraugh (Ocala, FL), 19. Johnny Petrozelle III (Denton, NC), 20. Billy Bridges (Venice, FL), 21. Keith Butler (Riverview, FL), 22. Joe Zuczek (Venice, FL),
Heat Race 1: 1. AJ Maddox (Tampa, FL), 2. Andy Kelley (Plant City, FL), 3. Tim George (Venice, FL), 4. Dennis Misuraca (Sanford, FL), 5. Frank Carlsson (Oxford, FL), 6. Clint Reynolds (San Antonio, TX), 7. Joe Zuczek (Venice, FL),
Heat Race 2: 1. Matt Kurtz (Jacksonville, FL), 2. Johnny Gilbertson (Dover, FL), 3. Bryan Eckley (Tampa, FL), 4. Freddie McCall (Brewton, AL), 5. Troy Knowles (Gibsonton, FL), 6. Sean Clark (North Port, FL), 7. Keith Butler (Riverview, FL),
Heat Race 3: 1. Mark Ruel Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 2. Hayden Campbell (Montverde, FL), 3. Johnny Petrozelle III (Denton, NC), 4. Justin Webster (Sarasota, FL), 5. Anthony D Alessio (Apollo Beach, FL), 6. Brandon Grubraugh (Ocala, FL), 7. Nikole Vosiey (Wesley Chapel, FL), 8. Billy Bridges (Venice, FL),
ERICK RUDOLPH WINS THIRD GAMBLER’S CLASSIC THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET
IN ATLANTIC CITY’S BOARDWALK HALL, RYAN FLORES IS INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES
CHAMPION; CALE ROSS WINS RACE AND TITLE IN CHAMP KARTS, SLINGSHOT WIN TO GARY
HIEBER AND TITLE TO DANNY BUCCAFUSCA
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 29, 2017 . . . Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., staved off a furious last lap challenge off the final turn by Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and won the NAPA Know How Racing Weekend Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Gambler's Classic 40-lap feature by a razor thin margin inside historic Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night.
“I wasn't sure about it, to be honest,” said Rudolph of the outcome. “I knew it was very close.
The actual margin of victory, .012 seconds, was the closest margin for a race winner in the history of the Indoor Auto Racing Series.
“He (Rudolph) made one little mistake there at the end and I was right there,” Zeiner said. “Someday soon, I am going to win one of these things.”
Matt Janisch was a close third, Jimmy Blewett fourth and Mike Lichty, who was making his first Indoor Auto Racing Series start of the season, completed the top spots.
Scott Kreutter, Jon Reid, Andrew Nye, Brandon Azzalina and Ryan Flores completed the top ten.
The tenth place result was enough for Flores to win his first Indoor Auto Racing Series points championship.
“The point title is what we worked hard for all year,” Flores said. “I would like to have done better in this race but winning the title was the goal and we achieved it.”
Gary Hieber started up front and finished there to win the 25-lap Slingshot feature. Hieber outran Danny Buccafusca for the race win but in finishing second, Buccafusca won the Slingshot Indoor Auto Racing Series points championship. Seth Spayd, Cody Kline and Kyle Herve completed the top five. Kurt Bettler entered the weekend as a contender for the Slingshot title but spun out late in the race and finished 19th.
Cale Ross backed up his Indoor Auto Racing Series Champ Kart race win at Trenton in December with a win in Saturday's Champ Kart feature. Ross held off Eric Zeh and Todd Crenchaw to secure the race win and by crossing the line first, also won the Indoor Auto Racing Series Champ Kart points championship. Ryan Swartz and Ryan Kendall ere the remainder of the top five. Perennial favorite Chris Daley was involved in two separate crashes during the race and finished twenty-first.
In preliminary TQ Midget racing action Saturday night, Flores, Blewett, Andy Jankowiak, Lichty, Reid and Azzalina each won heat races. B-Main TQ Qualifiers were won by Andrew Krause, Andrew Nye and Timmy Catalano. The five lap TQ Midget Dash which set starting positions for the first nine was won by Rudolph.
In Saturday afternoon preliminary action, Scott Kreutter won the Last Chance Qualifier for TQ Midgets, Dylan Hoch and Joe Toth the pair of Slingshot qualifiers, and Todd Crenchaw and Joey Bruning the pair of B Mains for Champ Karts.
Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and the Indoor Auto Racing Series announced dates for the 2018 Gambler's Classic. The 16th running of the race is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 26-27, 2018.
Gambler's Classic TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Zane Zeiner, 3. Matt Janisch, 4. Jimmy Blewett, 5. Mike Lichty, 6. Scott Kreutter, 7. Jon Reid, 8. Andrew Nye, 9. Brandon Azzalina, 10. Ryan Flores, 11. Ryan Preece, 12. Rob Neely, 13. Mike Maresca, 14. Justin Bonsignore, 15. Mike Iles, 16. Tim Buckwalter, 17. Mike Tidaback, 18. Andy Jankowiak, 19. Anthony Sesely, 20. Ted Christopher, 21. Ronnie Mullen, 22. Brett Michalski, 23. Timmy Catalano, 24. Earl Paules, 25. Ryan Tidman, 26. Andrew Krause.
Slingshot Feature (25 Laps): 1. Gary Hieber, 2. Danny Buccafusca, 3. Seth Spayd, 4. Cody Kline, 5. Kyle Herve, 6. Billy Vaninwegen, 7. Joe Toth, 8. Dan Spellmon, 9. Damon Paul, 10. Steve Svanda, 11. Mike Toth, 12. Nick Del Campo, 13. Brett Bieber, 14. Mike Lapicki, 15. Chris Gall., 16. Nick Shaw, 17. Matt Langbein, 18. Anthony Raisner, 19. Kurt Bettler, 20. Vern McLaughlin III, 21. Matt Massone, 22. Dylan Hoch, 23. Cole Hentschel, 24. Eddie Strada.
Champ Kart Feature (25 Laps): 1. Cale Ross, 2. Eric Zeh, 3. Todd Crenchaw, 4. Ryan Swartz, 5. Ryan Kendall, 6. Jonathan Laureigh, 7. Mike Perry, 8. TJ Reed, 9. Doughas Goetz Jr., 10. Tim Gregory, 11. Stephen Beattie, 12. Pat Yountz, 13. Jeremiah Wagner, 14. Jon Pepe, 15. Tyler Thompson, 16. Dalton Rivira, 17. Richie Spaide, 18. Cole Neibert, 19. Ron Midford, 20. JJ Pacovich, 21. Chris Daley, 22. Zach Myers, 23. Joey Bruning, 24. Jon Cash.
Eliason takes $10K Challenge
In front of a huge crowd at Simpson Speedway Cory Eliason driving for Adam Curry in the USA00 Awesome Landscape/Maxwill Racing Engines KPC picked up his first major win in Australia and collected a cool $10,000 for his efforts. The low budget young South Australian team arrived in a small van and enclosed trailer with just enough spares to keep them on track if needed but the talented young driver did not require any of them. The team were pumped at their win which was a huge reward for all their effort. Eliasons track speed was thrilling to watch.
V29 Terry McCarl settled quickly into the Hutchins/Tancredi Motorsport Team and after a few issues early in the night quickly sorted out the gremlins to finish 2nd behind Eliason. McCarl, Tim Van Ginnekin & Greg Hodnett were having a nail biting race in the dying stages of the main between themselves which ended up with Van Ginnekin steeling back 3rd and Hodnett 4th. Following closely in 5th was young Jordyn Charge in the V60 machine. Charge started back in the main and drove a brilliant race.
Last year’s Challenge winner John Vogels unfortunately ended his night on the infield with a flat right front tire after tagging a spinning Foster. Vogels has been running 2nd for the majority of the race.
Mid markers were having their own race and with the track allowing for some awesome passing. Solomon’s, Milburn, Hunter, Farrer and Parr were swapping positions regularly and treated the crowd some exciting racing. Parr was another to get a flat tire and ended up infield whilst running 4th with only a few laps remaining in the 35 lap event.
With the track in brilliant condition SA75 Chris Solomon shone in the Pole Shoot Out. Starting in Position 6 and working his way through to finish 2nd and allow him to start on the front row of the A. Solomon’s last 2 laps were against Eliason and he got the start as he had in each one. Ellison pulled him in and the pair were wheel to wheel coming out of turn 2. Eliason finally got the edge and won by a small margin.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time winner was SA5 Trigga Gates with a 13.308 and in so doing picked up a 12 month subscription of Oval Express Magazine.
A Main results: 1st USA00 Cory Eliason, 2nd V29 Terry McCarl, 3rd V37 Tim Van Ginnekin, 4th V88 Greg Hodnett, 5th V60 Jordyn Charge, 6th SA75 Chris Solomon, 7th V7 Paul Solomon, 8th ACT68 Brett Milburn, 9th V73 Charles Hunter, 10th V34 Brenten Farrer, 11th SA56 Jarman Dalitz, 12th V78 Chris Campbell, 13th V4 Phil Lock, 14th SA5 Trigga Gates, 15th V18 Anthony Foster, 16th V53 Andy Thompson, 17th V77 Brayden Parr-DNF, 18th NSW36 Eddie Lumbar-DNF 19th V70 John Vogels DNF, 20th WA18 Scott Reilly –DNF
Heat winners: John Vogels, Scott Reilly, USA00 Cory Eliason, Tim Van Ginnekin, V88 Greg Hodnett, ACT68 Brett Milburn
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –Paul Solomon- $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – Paul Solomon – drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- Greg Hodnett- Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award –Charles Hunter- Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Trigga Gates – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main – Cory Eliason - WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Brett Milburn Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award – Andy Thompson - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Greg Hodnett - $200 cash
FLORES SWEEPS THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET INDOOR AUTO RACING WEEKEND IN ALLENTOWN,PA PPL CENTER; CATALANO, BLEWETT, OVERCOME ADVERSITY TO REACH PODIUM; DALEY DECIMATES CHAMP KART FIELD
ALLENTOWN, PA December 31, 2016 . . . Ryan Flores of Cornelius, N.C., swept the (Three Quarter) TQ Midget Indoor Racing Weekend features inside the Allentown (PA) PPL Center by outrunning upstart Tommy Catalano and hard charging Jimmy Blewett to win the main event Saturday night for the second straight night.
“I got together with Erick (Rudolph) in the middle of the race on a restart and all of the sudden he (Tommy Catalano) is there making it three wide and taking the lead,” Flores said.
“He was good, but I could see he was running at his limit. Next thing, he spun and I was able to pass him.”
That was just the beginning of a series of improbable events that Flores was able to conquer to win for the second straight night. At various times over the final ten laps of a caution-plagued race, Rudolph, Jonathan Reid, Anthony Sesely, Justin Bonsignore, and Catalano, for a second time, lined up alongside or behind Flores.
Catalano impressed by finishing second after spinning while leading.
“Couldn't be happier,” smiled Catalano. “I went to the rear of the field, what, three, four times? I didn't even qualify for the Friday feature. We changed everything on the car for tonight, swinging for the fences, and almost won it.”
Blewett, third at race's end, was the emotional opposite of Catalano. “It was a frustrating weekend all the way around,” Blewett said. “This was a rough night.”
Blewett actually failed to qualify for the TQ feature but was added to back of the 25-car field as the high point driver who had not qualified. He also drove a backup car, one that had been on display in the PPL Center's Mezzanine, starting last, finishing third, and earning the Schneider Scrap Metal Hard Charger Award.
Andy Jankowiak and Tim Buckwalter were fourth and fifth. Chad Jones, Justin Bonsignore, Jonathan Reid, Brett Michalski and Matt Roselli rounded out the top ten.
Flores had come into the PPL Center weekend having never won a LSMP Indoor feature. He now has two straight victories to add to his prior five second place efforts.
Chris Daley mastered the Champ Kart feature field in the Saturday night co-feature by lap two and went on to dominate the 20-lap headliner. JJ Pacovich, Trenton LSMP Indoor winner Cale Ross, DJ Doyle and TJ Reed completed the top five.
The win was Daley's eighth career win in LSMP-promoted events and was the first Champ Kart race inside PPL Center.
Six TQ Midget ten lap heat races and three 12-lap B mains preceded the feature action to winnow the 52-car field down to the 24 feature starters.
Ryan Flores, Erick Rudolph, Tim Buckwalter, Nick Ladyga, Ted Christopher and Earl Paules won the heats with Scott Kreutter, Zane Zeiner and Ryan Krachun capturing B Main wins.
Ryan Swartz, TJ Reed and JJ Pacovich won the three eight lap Champ Kart heat races run for the 22-kart field and Gene Gregoric III won the eight lap B Main.
The Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series closes out at Atlantic City, NJ’s Boardwalk Hall January 27-28, 2017 with the 15th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Classic.
Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Feature Finish (40 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Tommy Catalano, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Andy Jankowiak, 5. Tim Buckwalter, 6. Chad Jones, 7. Justin Bonsignore, 8. Jonathan Reid, 9. Brett Michalski, 10. Matt Roselli, 11. Tim Proctor, 12. Anthony Sesely, 13. Earl Paules, 14. Erick Rudolph, 15. Ryan Tidman, 16. Zane Zeiner, 17. Andrew Krause, 18. Scott Kreutter, 19. Ryan Krachun, 20. Ted Chistopher, 21. Nick Ladyda, 22. Brandon Azzalina, 23. Rob Neely, 24. Dakota Kessler, 25. Kyle Lick.
Champ Kart Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Chris Daley, 2. JJ Pacovich, 3. Cale Ross, 4. DJ Doyle, 5. TJ Reed, 6. Ryan Swartz, 7. Tim Gregory, 8. Jeremy Tuttle, 9. Adam Giovanetti, 10. Craig Pellegrini, 11. Jessica Little, 12. Dalton Rovira, 13. Tyler Tank, 14. Alex Achey, 15. Gene Gregoric III, 16. Phil Sabatine, 17. Jon Pepe, 18. Austin Brengel, 19. John Berger, 20. Richie Spaide.
RYAN FLORES WINS THREE QUARTER (TQ) MIDGET FEATURE IN ALLENTOWN, PA PPL CENTER ON FRIDAY NIGHT; DANNY BUCCCAFUSCA WINS SLINGSHOT FEATURE; RACING ACTION RETURNS (TONIGHT) SATURDAY NIGHT
ALLENTOWN, PA December 31, 2016 . . . Ryan Flores ended a long quest for victory in a Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature Friday night inside the Allentown (PA) PPL Center by passing Jimmy Blewett for the lead on lap three, then besting Erick Rudolph in a spectacular fight for supremacy that lasted the first half of the 40-lap race and ended with Rudolph slamming the first turn fence.
The race was the first of the two day Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series presented by VP Racing Fuels. Racing action will continue tonight (Saturday).
“I always come to these races with the intentions of winning,” Flores, who had chalked up five second place finishes in his indoor driving career prior to this night.
“To win, you have to beat Erick (Rudolph) but I would like to have done it without him crashing.”
The Flores-Rudolph battle had an early race twist when on lap four Rudolph got under Flores for the lead. But caution flag for a spin by Shawn Nye negated the pass. Flores adjusted his car's setup under caution from the cockpit and amended own driving technique on the following restart. Rudolph fell in behind Flores this time.
The defining moment came on lap 20 when Ronnie Flaim, running at the back of the field, bounced off the inside wall and came across the track in front of the leaders.
“I saw him, swerved and slowed down but Erick ran over my right rear wheel and got airborne,” Flores said.
Zane Zeiner, Justin Bonsignore and Rob Neely assumed second, third and fourth spots after Rudolph's departure and held their spots for the second half of the race to finish in order.
“I'm happy with second tonight but there is room for improvement for tomorrow's race,” Zeiner said.
“I had a third or fourth place car tonight and finished third with it,” Bonsignore said. “There's more in the car, I just have to find it.”
Fourth place finisher Neely, a Canadian TQ ace, was satisfied with his efforts.
“This is the first one of these races I think I have ever completed the distance in,” Neely said. “I wasn't really pushing the issue, just wanted to get a finish.”
Ryan Tidman ended a spectacular day with an improbable fifth place finish. Tidman flipped in practice, posted second fastest time in time trials moments later, got spun out of his heat race while in a qualifying spot, made the feature through his consolation race, started 19th in the main event and finished a solid fifth, earning the race's Hard Charger Award.
Rudolph's crew managed to assess his damaged car's condition well enough to allow him to return track where he moved from the rear of the field to finish sixth.
Noble effort notwithstanding, Rudolph's misfortune ended his bid to win the $10,000 Hilbert Sportswear Bonus for which he was eligible after winning the LSMP Trenton Indoor Series race opener on December 10.
Tim Buckwalter, Scott Kreutter, Matt Janisch and Brett Michalski rounded out the top ten.
Rudolph bested the 52-car TQ Midget field in time trials with a 7.611 lap over Tidman at 7.665, Flores at 7.670, Andrew Krause at 7.692 and Nye at 7.747.
Rudolph, Jimmy Blewett, Flores, Matt Roselli, Andrew Nye, and Ted Christopher won the six TQ heat races, Nye winning his after apparent winner Scott Kreutter was disqualified for a width violation. Tidman, Buckwalter and Kreutter won the three B-Mains.
Danny Buccafusca won the 20-lap Slingshot feature after moving into the lead on lap fourteen following a mixup in with lapped traffic that took out victory-bound Cody Kline.
Kline had led the race from the outset but crashed while lapping Jason Eidson and Myron Moyer, allowing then runner-up Buccafusca to inherit the lead. Dan Morgiewicz, a dirt track specialist running just his second race indoors, moved up to finish second in the shuffle with Kurt Bettler, Seth Spayd and Kyle Herve filling out the top five spots.
Herve, Matt Massone and Buccafusca won the three Slingshot heats and Dylan Hoch claimed the B Main. Twenty-seven Slingshot drivers competed.
TQ Midget Feature Finish (40 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Zane Zeiner, 3. Justin Bonsignore, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Ryan Tidman, 6. Erick Rudolph, 7. Tim Buckwalter, 8. Scott Kreutter, 9. Matt Janisch, 10. Brett Michalski, 11. Anthony Sesely, 12. Andy Jankowiak, 13. Jimmy Blewett, 14. Aaron Bartelemy, 15. Ronnie Flaim, 16. Steve Kemery, 17. Matt Roselli, 18. Andrew Nye, 19. Ryan Krachun, 20. Ted Christopher, 21. Andrew Krause, 22. Brandon Azzalina, 23. Shawn Nye, 24. Earl Paules, 25. Chris deRitis
Slingshot Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Danny Buccafusca, 2. Dan Morgiewicz, 3. Kurt Bettler, 4. Seth Spayd, 5. Kyle Herve, 6. Joe Toth, 7. Nick Del Campo, 8. Chris Kurtz, 9. Matt Dealaman, 10. Mike McLaughlin, 11. Paul Hartwig Jr., 12. Chris Gall, 13. Myron Moyer, 14. Brett Bieber, 15. Cody Kline, 16. Nick Shaw, 17. Anthony Raisner, 18. Jason Eidson, 19. Dylan Hoch, 20. Matt Massone.
RUDOLPH WINS BATTLE OF TRENTON INDOOR THREE QUARTER MIDGET FEATURE; CO-FEATURE FOR SLINGSHOT RACERS IS CLAIMED BY ANTHONY RAISNER
TRENTON, NJ December 10,2016 . . . Erick Rudolph passed Jimmy Blewett for the lead on the sixth lap of the 40-lap feature and raced on to victory Saturday night in the Battle of Trenton Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) TQ Midget feature at Sun National Bank Center.
“We come to these races with the best car Mark Lafler car build and set it up the best way he knows how to,” Rudolph said. “And once I got the lead, lapped traffic was the only thing I had to worry about.”
The win was the sixth LSMP Indoor TQ victory in Rudolph’s career, second only to Ted Christopher’s standard of seven.
Ryan Flores passed Blewett on lap 19 to gain second spot and stayed there with Blewett finishing third, Zane Zeiner was fourth and Scott Kreutter ran fifth.
“He (Rudolph) was a little better than us so I have to work on it harder and get better,” Flores said. “We’re gaining on it. This is the second fifth place finish I have had in one of these races.”
Blewett said simply of third place, “the car got tight”.
The race was an attrition-plagued affair with only half of the twenty four starters taking the checkered flag at the end of forty laps.
Two red flags, bringing a stop to the action, were flown during the race.
The first red came after Joey Payne, who had started last in the race but had been moving forward, slammed into the first turn concrete Jersey barrier at top speed and flipped several times. After anxious moments, Payne was assisted from his car and walked across the infield to the plaudits of the fans.
The second red flag, on lap thirteen, occurred after Ted Christopher’s car flared up in spectacular fashion after an oil line broke and spilled fluid on the hot engine. Christopher was not hurt.
The win for Rudolph came in the first of three Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing events staged by LMSP. The second is slated for the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on December 30-31 and the third and concluding Series event is inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 27-28, 2017.
Finishing sixth through tenth in the 40-lap feature were Andy Jankowiak, who went to the rear on lap ten after spinning, Chris de Ritis, Tim Buckwalter, Brandon Azzalina and Mike Iles.
In the 20-lap Slingshot co-feature, Anthony Raisner, driving a car usually driven by Dylan Hoch, led all the way to win the race, hounded from start to finish by Kurt Bettler. Seth Spayd was third, Gary Hieber fourth and Kyle Herve fifth.
Danny Buccafusca, Nick Shaw, Hoch (owner of the winning car driven by Raisner), Dillon Steuer and Cole Hentschel wrapped up the top ten finishers from the twenty starters.
The top eight starting spots in the TQ Battle Of Trenton were determined by the finishes of the top eight time trialers in Friday time trials in a five lap Dash. Jimmy Blewett led from start to finish with Zane Zeiner, Erick Rudolph, Scott Kreutter, Ted Christopher, Tim Buckwalter, Tommy Catalano and Ryan Flores following.
TQ Midget qualifying heat races on Saturday night were won by Andy Jankowiak, Chris de Ritis, Anthony Sesely and teammates Mike Iles and Richie Pratt, Jr.
The second heat win by de Ritis was a thriller in that it came down to a three wide battle involving de Ritis, Rob Neely and Shawn Nye to determine the final outcome.
Jonathan Reid claimed the TQ B-Main and Geoffrey Sutton the TQ C-Main.
Slingshot heat races were won by Danny Buccafusca, Kyle Herve and Dylan Hoch.
Battle Of Trenton TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Ryan Flores, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Zane Zeiner, 5. Scott Kreutter, 6. Andy Jankowiak, 7. Chris de Ritis, 8. Tim Buckwalter, 9. Brandon Azzalina, 10. Mike Iles, 11. Richie Pratt, Jr., 12. Josh Dalrymple, 13. Ted Christopher, 14. Anthony Sesely, 15. Matt Janisch, 16. Shawn Nye, 17. Joey Payne, 18. Jason Rochelle, 19. Matt Roselli, 20. Jonathan Reid, 21. Tommy Catalano, 22. Ryan Tidman, 23. Rob Neely, 24. Aaron Bartelemy.
Slingshot Feature (20 Laps): 1. Anthony Raisner, 2. Kurt Bettler, 3. Seth Spayd, 4. Gary Hieber, 5. Kyle Herve, 6. Danny Buccafusca, 7. Nick Shaw, 8. Dylan Hoch, 9. Dillon Steuer, 10. Cole Hentschel, 11. Kevin VanValkenburg, 12. Dan Morgiewicz, 13. Nick DelCampo 14. Matt Miller. 15. Chris Kurtz, 16. Matt Langbein, 17. Matt Lapicki, 18. Steve Svanda, 19. Joe Toth, 20. Ed Stangle.
ERICK RUDOLPH, TED CHRISTOPHER AND RYAN FLORES TAKE NIGHT ONE BATTLE OF TRENTON TRIPLE TWENTIES INDOORS FOR THREE QUARTER MIDGETS; CALE ROSS WINS CHAMP KART MAIN EVENT; TQ MIDGET MAIN EVENT AND SLINGSHOT RACES SET FOR TONIGHT
TRENTON, NJ DECEMBER 10, 2016 . . . Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., and New Jersey native Ryan Flores, who lives in Cornelius, N.C., shared the glory on Night One of the fourth annual Battle of Trenton Indoor Auto Racing program. Each of the trio won a 20-lap Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature in the first events of the 2016-2017 Indoor Auto Racing Championship Fueled By VP Racing Fuels.
The events served as a lead-in to tonight's full slate of qualifying events leading up to the 40-lap TQ Midget feature, 'The Battle Of Trenton'. Slingshots will be the support class.
Rudolph took the lead midway through the first race with a daring outside pass of race leader Earl Paules on a restart. Rudolph, a five time career Series feature winner, then led the rest of the way to outrun Zane Zeiner, Tommy Catalano and Paules.
“This is the same car we ran last year and it's just as good as it was,” Rudolph said. “Making an outside pass is something that can be done with a car as good as this one.”
Jonathan Reid led the first half of the race before his car's engine flamed out directly in front of Paules, who leapfrogged over Reid's flaming car but continued on.
In the second lapper, Christopher, the most prolific winner in the history of Len Sammons Motorsports Promotions (LSMP) with seven checkered flags, drove to the win in a car owned by Trey Hoddick. All of Christopher's prior wins came in cars of his own design.
“This was a rough race,” Christopher said, surveying a winning car that has a left front wheel lug nut severed, the left side bodywork in front of the 750cc Suzuki engine bent inward and a rear bumper that was misshapen. “A bunch of people ran into me, but that's indoor racing.”
Jimmy Blewett came from the rear of the field after involvement in an early race accident to f9inish second followed by top performing 600cc Micro Sprint driver Kyle Lick, who led the race with seven laps to go. Mike Iles recovered from an early race spin to run fourth and Steve Kemery was fifth, and second 600cc Micro finisher.
Flores made a successful inside pass stick against race leader Joey Payne in the third TQ twenty lapper, keeping control even after contact caused anxious moments for both while racing for the lead in front of the pack. Andy Jankowiak, who had previously driven the car Ted Christopher is running in this year's Indoor Series, finished second in a car owned by Bobby Holmes. Tim Buckwalter was third, three time career Indoor feature winner Anthony Sesely fourth and Scott Kreutter was fifth.
In the afternoon time trial session, Kreutter set fastest time among the fifty-two entrants.
Cale Ross, a youthful driver whose recent credits include winning the 2016 New Egypt Speedway Rookie Sportsman championship on dirt, proved his versatility by winning the 20-lap Champ Kart feature on the Sun Bank Center concrete. Ross, of Lambertville, N.J., edged John Berger, Dalton Rovira, Tim Gregory and DJ Doyle to take the top prize.
Action continues tonight for the Three Quarter Midgets and Slingshot racers. Check in for more information at www.indoorautoracing.com.
First TQ Midget Feature (20 Laps): 1. Erick Rudolph, 2. Zane Zeiner, 3. Matt Janisch, 4. Tommy Catalano, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Ryan Tidman, 7. Chris DeRitis, 8. Tim Nye, 9. Ryan Krachun, 10. Jesse Maurer, 11. Bruce Leote, 12. Anthony Payne, 13. Kyle Hieber, 14. Dakota Kessler, 15. Geoffrey Sutton, 16. Jonathan Reid, 17. Zach Bealer, 18. Ronnie Mullen.
Second TQ Midget Feature (20 Laps): 1. Ted Christopher, 2. Jimmy Blewett, 3. Kyle Lick, 4. Mike Iles, 5. Steve Kemery, 6. Rob Neely, 7. Richie Pratt, Jr., 8. Ryan Bartlett, 9. Jeff Kot, 10. Ronnie Flaim, 11. Josh Dalrymple, 12. Glenn Heverin, 13. Tim Proctor, 14. Brett Michalski, 15. Jason Rochelle, 16. Jason Ormsby, 17. Steve Craig.
Third TQ Midget Feature (20 Laps): 1. Ryan Flores, 2. Andy Jankowiak, 3. Tim Buckwalter, 4. Anthony Sesely, 5. Scott Kreutter, 6. Joey Payne, 7. Shawn Nye, 8. Matt Roselli, 9. Brandon Azzallina, 10. Aaron Bartelemy, 11. Marc Rogers, 12. Mark Yoder, 13. Matt Remick, 14. Chad Parks, 15. AJ Hessler, 16. Brent Shearer, 17. Pat Bealer.
Champ Kart Feature (20 Laps): 1. Cale Ross, 2. John Berger, 3. Dalton Rovira, 4. Tim Gregory, 5. DJ Doyle, 6. Stephen Beattie, 7. Gene Gregoric III, 8. Adan Giovanetti, 9. Tom Kelly, 10. Jessica Little, 11. Bryan Sharp, 12. Tyler Tank, 13. Phillip Sabatine, 14. Michael Kormann, 15. Richie Spaide, 16. Chris Kraemer. DNS: Carsten Digiantamasso.
The final round of the JSR King of the River turned out to be a nail biter with Paul Solomon winning the crown by one point. Solomon had a night he would prefer to forget. Going into the final round as point’s leader he just needed a smooth night. Winning the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award it was looking good for him but this wasn’t to be after hurting his engine in his first heat. The team quickly set about trying to find the issue and repair it but not being able to do this they then were offered another motor from Ron Donaldson’s V33. Donaldson was out for the night after damage sustained in Heat 1. The extended Team Solomon then took about pulling the engine out of the V33, pulling the engine out of his own V7 and installing the V33 power plant into his own car. Without engine lifters in transporters the Heartland Raceway Backhoe was put into use and assisted in lifting all engines around. Lining up for the A Main from position 20 Solomon had the drive of the night with the little steel block engine finishing in fourth place.
It was a tense few minutes while points were calculated and then double checked before it was announced after RD5 Presentations were awarded. With the effort made by so many to help get Pauly back on track everyone was pleased with the result.
38 drivers contested the five round three state mini-series just proving the popularity of this miniseries.
Farrer wins the Knight but Cyclone is the King
In a tightly contested 30 lap feature SA5 Trigga Gates looked like he would take out his first A Main win in the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series. Gates lead for 25 laps but was unable to hold off Brenten Farrer in the Frijtek V34 ART. With lap traffic playing a part Farrer got the opportunity and made the pass on Gates relegating him to second. SA44 Dan Evans was coming on strong towards the end of the race and rounded out the top three. Brayden Parr’s V77 had been fast all night taking out the Pole Shoot Out and starting in P1 for the A. Running second for three quarters of the main Parr incurred mechanical issues and chose to pull to the infield not wanting to damage his car. A disappointing result for the youngster after a strong night.
Paul Solomon had a night he would prefer to forget. Going into the final round of the JSR King of the River as point’s leader he just needed a smooth night. Winning the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award it was looking good for him but this wasn’t to be after hurting his engine in his first heat. The team tried to repair it but not being able to do this they then were offered another motor from Ron Donaldson’s V33. Donaldson was out for the night after damage sustained in Heat 1. The extended Team Solomon then took about pulling the engine out of the V33, pulling the engine out of his own V7 and installing the V33 power plant into his own car. Without engine lifters in transporters Heartland Raceway Backhoe assisted in lifting all engines around. Lining up for the A Main from position 20 Solomon had the drive of the night finishing in fourth place. With King of the River points being so close everyone knew it was going to be a tight finish and with all the cars also finishing at the pointy end of the A it was a few nail bighting minutes until points were tallied and announced. Solomon won by one point from Dan Evans and crowned the 2016 JSR King of the River. With 38 drivers contesting the 5 rounds the popularity of this miniseries is proven again.
In front of a large crowd at the Duel Presentation’s both Farrer and Solomon got to express their thanks and excitement at winning on the night.
The start of the night appeared to be getting under way for Hot Laps until Phil Lock’s V4 pulled to the infield to tell officials there was a ‘Kitten’ on the race track. With Lock refiring and pulling the car to a stop on the track officials were successful in safely removing the kitten and allowing the night to continue. .
A Main results: 1st V34 Brenten Farrer, 2nd SA5 Trigga Gates, 3rd SA44 Dan Evans, 4th V7 Paul Solomon, 5th V4 Phil Lock, 6th SA69 Cody Atkins, 7th SA56 Jarman Dalitz, 8th SA75 Chris Solomon, 9th V66 Jesse Nicholas, 10th ACT26 Tony Moule, 11th SA16 Jack Gartner, 12th V18 Anthony Foster, 13th V16 James Wren, 14th V50 Darren Clarke, 15th NSW71 Courtney Ohehir-DNF, 16th V77 Brayden Parr- DNF, 17th ACT55 Georgia McLeod-DNF, 18th V65 Kane Newcombe-DNF 19th SA76 Brayden Cooley- DNF, 20th V24 Daniel Ellis –DNF, 21st ACT47 Ben Morrison-DNF
Heat winners: Trigga Gates, Chris Solomon, Jarman Dalitz, Jessie Nicholas
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –Daniel Evans- $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – Jarman Dalitz – drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- Paul Solomon- Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award –Jessie Nicholas- Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Paul Solomon – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main – Brenten Farrer - WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Chris Solomon Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award – Darren Clarke - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Paul Solomon - $200 cash
Locks for the taking
Popular All Star Legend Phil Lock crossed the finish line first to take out RD4 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway Saturday night. In what can only be described as ‘action packed’ the 30 lap A main had it all - thrills, spills and drama. Lock started from P10 and probably thought odds were against him winning with heavy hitters at the front but as the laps unfolded he was there at the end closely followed by Brenten Farrer’s Frijtek V34 and Trigga Gates Crane Worx SA5.
Racing was hard and fast all night and the racy track allowed passing and slide jobs lap after lap through the heats, Pole Shoot Out and the A. Ely made a return to the All Stars and was fast all night taking out the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time award with an 11.681. He also locked in high points for the Shoot Out. Australian 360 Champion Luke Dillon leased a Maxwill Engines power plant for the night and Ryan Jones also made a return with his own 360 engine. With 3 Australian Champions lined up in the Shoot Out the bar was lifted pretty high on the night. SA33 Mark Caruso, SA75 Chris Solomon and SA26 Tyson Chambers completed the line up for the Shoot Out. Solomon showed speed after installing another engine in the Bartlett’s Racing Teams’ car during the week.
Top 6 for the A was locked in. Ely got the start but was chased down by Jones with Dillon manoeuvring past both of them a few laps later. Reds were brought on by young gun Rusty Hickman’s V40 after hitting the wall hard in turn one and allowing the field to close up and keeping the top 6 bunched together. Mid race Ely unfortunately tagged the wall and put an end to his night sitting on the infield with his damaged car. Jones had incurred front wing damage and had his hands full. With only three laps remaining Dillion made a move on the inside of Jones and the two cars made contact. As a result Dillon spun leaving Caruso, Solomon and Chambers with nowhere to go resulting in the 4 sitting on the infield. Jones escaped this but was eventually black flagged after ignoring a mechanical defect flag at the restart. Lock had been watching all this unfold in front of him and was suddenly in the lead. Farrer tried but with only 3 laps didn’t have time to make a move on Lock.
This win secures farmer Phil another A Main victory in the Hall of Fame A Main overall winners with a total of seven mains sitting second to Tony Moule’s 8.
A Main results: 1st V4 Phil Lock, 2nd V34 Brenten Farrer, 3rd SA5 Trigga Gates, 4th SA44 Daniel Evans, 5th V7 Paul Solomon, 6th SA90 Michael Lovegrove, 7th SA56 Jarman Dalitz, 8th V65 Kane Newcombe 9th SA16 Jack Gartner, 10th NT4 Jamie McInnes 11th A1 Luke Dillon-DNF, 12th SA33 Mark Caruso-DNF, 13th SA75 Chris Solomon-DNF, 14th SA26 Tyson Chambers-DNF, 15th SA56 Cody Atkins-DNF, 16th SA57 Rory Button, 17th SA22 Chad Ely-DNF, 18th V40 Rusty Hickman-DNF, 19th SA96 Brendan Guerin-DNF, Heat winners: SA22 Chad Ely, A1 Luke Dillon, S26 Tyson Chambers, NT4 Jamie McInnes Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Jack Gartner - $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – Jarman Dalitz – drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- Daniel Evans- Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award –Trigga Gates- Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Chad Ely – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main – Phil Lock - WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Kane Newcombe Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award – Jamie McInnes - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Paul Solomon - $200 cash
Cyclone breaks the drought
Paul ’Cyclone’ Solomon picked up a well-deserved win Saturday night for RD3 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Heartland Raceway. He locked in the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award with a 15.392 and took out a Heat win rounding out the night for him. “It’s been several years since Pauly has taken out an All Star feature so to see him on the podium again was pretty cool.” Promoter Searle tells us.
Solomon lined up on the front row alongside V65 Kane Newcombe, V78 Chris Campbell, ACT68 Jessica Moulden, ACT26 Tony Moule and SA76 Cris Solomon were on the next couple of rows and made a race of it for him but couldn’t make a pass on Solomon. Leading the A flag to flag an expression session of donuts completed his night.
SA69 Cody Atkins had a huge drive after dropping his Time Trial with mechanical issues and relegating him to rear of the heats for the night. As a result of this Atkins was forced to start at the back of B Main. Locking into the A and starting out of P18 he was elbows up for the 30 laps and worked his way through to 5th. V34 Brenten Farrer started from mid pack in the A and was on the move throughout the race finishing second which the Frijtek team were happy with. ACT26 Tony Moule’s 3rd place was also rewarding for the team after straightening the chassis during the week as a result of damage at Swan Hill. V40 Rusty Hickman struggled spinning in T3 in the A bringing on the yellows and starting from the rear. The youngster was disappointed with his night but gained more valuable experience. Track conditions played a part in the A for many teams with the slick track bringing some undone. Tire wear was significant at the end of the race.
A Main results: 1st V7 Paul Solomon, 2nd V34 Brenten Farrer, 3rd ACT26 Tony Moule, 4th V65 Kane Newcombe, 5th SA69 Cody Atkins, 6th S44 Daniel Evans, 7th V78 Chris Campbell, 8th V4 Phil Lock, 9th SA75 Cris Solomon, 10th SA5 Trigga Gates, 11th SA56 Jarman Dalitz, 12th V18 Anthony Foster, 13th SA16 Jack Gartner, 14th V24 Daniel Ellis, 15th V50 Darren Clarke, 16th ACT38 Shaun Forrell, 17th V33 Ron Donaldson, 18th V40 Rusty Hickman 19th ACT47 Ben Morrison, 20th ACT68 Jessica Moulden -DNF
Heat winners: V7 Paul Solomon, V65 Kane Newcombe, V78 Chris Campbell, ACT26 Tony Moule, SA44 Daniel Evans, V34 Brenten Farrer,
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Kane Newcombe - $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – Chris Campbell – drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- Cody Atkins - Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award –Shaun Forrell - Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Paul Solomon – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main – Paul Solomon - WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Phil Lock Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award – Ben Morrison - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Rusty Hickman - $200 cash
Rusty creates history with the All Stars
16 year old Rusty Hickman in the Hickmans Tree Service V40 broke through for his maiden A main win in the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series. The young gun has shown maturity beyond his years with the guidance of the former series champion Darren Hickman. The proud father was elated with his son’s efforts as was evident as the pair did a victory wing dance after clearing the scales. Closely home in 2nd was SA44 Dan Evans and topping out the top 3 with an excellent drive was V7 of Paul Solomon.
At the start of the feature SA75 Chris Solomon lined up alongside Hickman and took the early lead. Solomon showed speed until getting tangled with a lap car and ending his night in the T1 wall. Series champ Brenten Farrer in the Frijtek V34 was disappointed after hitting a rut in T4 banging the wall and ended up coming to a stop at the start finish line. With right rear damage Farrer sat the remainder of the race on the infield.
While the front markers were having their own race SA69 Cody Atkins, V4 Phil Lock, SA56 Jarman Dalitz, S76 Brayden Cooley, V65 Kane Newcombe, SA5 Trigga Gates were all dicing for position throughout the 30 laps. Yellows were bought on a couple of times enabling them to keep together and put on a hell of a race.
Taking out the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award was Chris Solomon with a 15.257.
A Main results: 1st V40 Rusty Hickman, 2nd SA44 Dan Evans, 3rd V7 Chris Solomon, 4th SA69 Cody Atkins, 5th V4 Phil Lock, 6th SA56 Jarman Dalitz, 7th SA76 Brayden Cooley, 8th V64 Kane Newcombe, 9th SA16 Jack Gartner, 10th SA5 Trigga Gates, 11th V18 Anthony Foster, 12th V50 Darren Clarke, 13th ACT47 Ben Morrison, 14th V24 Daniel Ellis, 15th V31 Jason Gibbons, 16th V33 Ron Donaldson-DNF, 17th SA75 Chris Solomon - DNF, 18th V34 Brenten Farrer-DNF, 19th ACT38 Shaun Forrell-DNF, 20th ACT26 Tony Moule – DNF
Heat winners: ACT26 Tony Moule, SA5 Trigga Gates, V34 Brenten Farrer, SA75 Chris Solomon
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Shaun Forrell - $100 cash Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – Brayden Cooley – drum of methanol Lucas Oil Hard Charger- Jarman Dalitz- Show bag of Lucas Oil products All Star Hot Arse Award –Ben Morrison - Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Chris Solomon – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Hoosier Hero A Main – Rusty Hickman - WAV right rear tire Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Kane Newcombe - set seat belts Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award - Jason Gibbons - stainless steel front Nerf bar Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Daniel Ellis - $200 cash
Lines Leads When It Matters Most
After James McFadden led the first 27 circulations of Sungold Stadium in Saturday night’s 30 lap feature event, it was to be Steven Lines who would walk away with the $8,000.00 pay day!
Having earlier in the program set quick time it was McFadden who appeared set for a strong start to USC Victoria competition, with his chances improving having progressed from the Bronze Shoot-Out all the way to pole position.
He would be joined on the front row of the A-Main by Lines, with local drivers John Vogels and the Red-Hot Jamie Veal sharing the second row ahead of a pair of USC NSW regulars in James Thompson and Ben Atkinson.
At the drop of the green flag it didn’t take long for the first red light stoppage of the evening to interrupt proceedings. Jye O’Keeffe had a moment on the exit of turn two that saw the N7 of Toby Bell-Bowen involved in the resulting wreck along with Tim Rankin (ACT66), Peter Doukas (V98) and most significantly David Murcott (V88).
At the se-start McFadden went about his business as he checked out on the field aboard the Milwaukee Tools W17. He was however being pursued by Lines, Veal and John Vogels while Albury’s Grant Anderson was effortlessly picking of cars as he began to advance from 9th on the grid.
On lap nine, Matthew Reed, as a direct result of some steering damage, struggled to negotiate the exit of turn two as the race leaders swept by. Lines who was running second narrowly avoided a catastrophe as he snuck by, with Jamie Veal – third at the time – unable to do anything other than bring the SWI V35 to a halt. This would result in Veal going to the rear and his hopes of a top three finish now under serious question.
At the re-start, as the green flag flew, it was McFadden who tried to run and hide, with Lines trying to keep him honest while Brooke Tatnell, who started from position 7, was now also well and truly in the mix, along with John Vogels and Grant Anderson.
As the laps wound down, it was McFadden in traffic, trying to hold the hard charging pack at bay, with Jamie Veal steadily making advances from the rear of the field. When John Vogels spectacularly exited the event in turn 3 and Brett Milburn also inverting the V68 entry, Veal had made his way back inside the top five as Glen Sutherland (Gambier Earth Movers SA20) limped to the infield.
At two thirds race distance and with the inclement weather threatening, the race again went back to green flag conditions with McFadden still in charge, Lines in second, followed by Anderson and Veal with five laps to run!
Then exiting turn two, which for no apparent reason had proven treacherous, race leader McFadden spun the W17 machine allowing Lines to inherit the race lead as both Anderson and Veal, who was now back to third also snuck by as McFadden regained control and re-entered the field of play in fourth.
From there Lines wouldn’t be denied as he stormed to victory as Veal and Anderson exited turn four side-by-side, it would be Veal who snatched second with Anderson settling for third in what was an impressive performance.
McFadden recovered from his misadventure to claim fourth while Tatnell recorded a solid 5th in what proved to be a good shakedown for the Krikke Motorsport Team.
Ben Atkinson was again impressive in 6th, while Ian Loudoun in the David Dickson back V3 claimed 7th ahead of James Thompson, Sammy Walsh and Corey McCullagh who rounded out the top ten.
Earlier in the night Heat Race wins fell the way of John Vogels, Lines, Veal and Ben Atkinson while B Main 1 was won by Darren Mollenoyux, with B Main 2 being won by Matthew Reed.
In the 2016 Yeoman Williams Memorial for Junior Sedans current Australian Champion Todd Atkins proved he is a worthy bearer of the A1 tag when he bested a great line up of cars to take out the A-Feature event.
In what was a titanic struggle, Ricky Cornwall (AX15), Brad Gartner (SA19), Angus Hollis (P16) and prior to retiring to the in-field Caleb Lincoln (AX8) all had designs on taking home the spoils of victory.
Having led the opening three laps, it appeared as if the race was going to be Atkins’ to lose until Cornwell struck back and proceeded to hold sway from lap 4 to lap 14 of the 15 lap journey, while back a little further Hollis and Gartner traded places on numerous occasions in the battle for the minor placings.
After 15 entertaining laps of racing it would be Atkins who would claim the win with a last lap pass ahead of Cornwell and Gartner, with Hollis settling for fourth and Jackson Lunt rounding out the top five.
They were followed across the line by Tyler Barton, Jesse Ryan, Ben Micallef, Darcy Giblin, Jeremy Gorski, Jackson Van Ginneken, Zoe Young, Blake Walsh, Nick Catley and Katelyn Worthy.
The Junior B Grade final was won by Darcy Wilson in the B5 entry ahead of Ricky Clarke and Ingrid Bellman.
The next event at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool will be held on Saturday November 26, 2016 and will feature a the Eureka Sprintcar Series which also doubles as the Victorian Sprintcar Title. The Formula 500 Jack Willsher Cup will also be held on the night.
The night will also feature a special offer with all ladies being admitted Free of Charge, so bring your grandmother, mum, wife or girlfriend and enjoy a great night out at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.
With public gates set to open at 4.00pm and racing getting underway from 5.00pm this will be another exciting night of Speedway action.
Admission is Adults $25.00; Ladies FREE; Children 10-15 $10.00 and Children 9 and Under are Free if accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are available via www.premierspeedway.com.au or can be purchased at the gate from 4.00pm.
Web: www.premierspeedway.com.au Twitter: @sungoldstadium Facebook: Premier Speedway Instagram: @premierspeedway
Brayden on Parr with All Stars
After an 8 month wait the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series teams got to display their new war paint at Timmis Speedway Saturday night with Brayden Parr in the VIC 77 winning his first feature. Brenten Farrer’s V34 2nd and Rusty Hickman’s V40 taking out 3rd.
Young Parr celebrates his 18th birthday the weekend before and dedicated his first victory to his younger brother Liam who hasn’t been well for the past couple of months. Current 26 year old series champ Brenten Farrer summed it up well when he said at the presentation “I am the old fella here amongst these 2 young kids”. Rusty Hickman also taking out his first podium has not yet turned 17.
Chris Solomon driving the Bartlett’s Racing SA75 and Brendan Guerin SA96
lined up on the front row. Guerin upending in the early stages on the main
unfortunately putting an end to his night. Solomon led for a majority of the
race before tangling with a lap car and spinning. Restarting on the rear he
worked his way back through the pack only to end up bringing on the reds in T4
and ending the teams’ night in the dying stages of the race. Parr showed
maturity beyond his years as he and Farrer battled for the lead putting on a
great show for the crowd. Hickman was just there waiting for either of them to
falter. Team Hutchins V29 new driver Michael Tancredi was skilful working his
8th into 4th but was another that suffered in the latter stages of the A and sat out the dying laps on
the infield. Paul Solomon’s V7, Daniel Evans SA44, Trigga Gates SA5, Jack Gartner’s SA16, rookies SA56 Jarmin Dalitz and Brayden Cooley’s SA76 were all running hard against each other swapping mid pack positions throughout the 30 laps.
‘Farmer Phil’ Lock has a high and low relationship with Mildura which was yet
again highlighted after winning a Heat then to ‘have a moment’ in his second
heat causing major damage to his Cool
chassis. In All Star style teams got together to help repair and rebuild Locks car for the A. Lock was cautious with the ill handling car but managed to finish and secure points for the Championship.
Taking out the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award was Rusty Hickman with a 12.665. Hickman was elated with his first QT Award.
A Main results: 1st V77 Brayden Parr, 2nd V34 Brenten Farrer, 3rd V40 Rusty Hickman, 4th SA44 Daniel Evans, 5th SA5 Trigga Gates, 6th V7 Paul Solomon, 7th SA16 Jack Gartner, 8th SA76 Brayden Cooley, 9th SA56 Jarmin Dalitz, 10th SA69 Cody Atkins, 11th V4 Phil Lock, 12th V24 Daniel Ellis, 13th SA75 Chris Solomon-DNF, 14th V31 Jason Gibbons, 15th V29 Michael Tancredi – DNF, 16th V65 Kane Newcombe – DNF, 17th Anthony Foster-DNF, 18th ACT38 Shaun Forrell-DNF, 219th SA96 Brendan Guerin-DNF,20th V33 Ron Donaldson-DNF 21st NSW46 Stacey Galliford-DNF
Heat winners: V4 Phil Lock, SA75 Chris Solomon, SA69 Cody Atkins
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw - Jarmin Dalitz - $100 cash
Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s - Jack Gartner – drum of methanol
Lucas Oil Hard Charger - Daniel Evans – Show bag of Lucas Oil products
All Star Hot Arse Award - Ron Donaldson - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award - Rusty Hickman – a year’s
subscription to Oval Express
Hoosier Hero A Main - Brayden Parr - WAV right rear tire
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 - Brayden Cooley - set seat belts
Melbourne Stainless Nice Guy Award - Jason Gibbons - stainless steel front Nerf bar
Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw - Anthony Foster - $200 cash
Sammy is Still Winning – Gets His Fourth STN Title
Lonnie Wheatley, LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 5, 2016) – Sammy Swindell just keeps on winning. And he did it to the tune of more than $15,000 by topping Saturday night’s 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires 40-lap finale in front of a packed house at I-30 Speedway.
With the triumph aboard the Rains Motorsports No. 3s, the Germantown, TN, racer became just the second driver in event history to park it in victory lane on four occasions, matching Gary Wright in the win column.
This time around, Swindell slipped by early leader Tim Shaffer on the 14th circuit and then eased away in the closing circuits to secure his third STN victory of this decade (2011 and 2013) atop the ¼-mile clay oval after earning his first one in the infancy of the event in 1990.
“It feels great to win here again,” Swindell said in victory lane. “I can’t thank these guys enough, they work their butts off on this car.”
Gridding the feature field third, Swindell worked past Pack’s Pole Dash winner Tim Crawley in the opening handful of laps as the initial six circuits were interrupted by three minor cautions.
Getting an extended green flag run in progress with a lap seven restart, Swindell began moving in to pressure Shaffer for the point on the 12th round and then slipped underneath to take command two laps later.
Shaffer tried to battle back while Jason Johnson entered the lead mix on the high side. Just as the duo of Shaffer and Johnson appeared poised to challenge at the midway point, Swindell picked his way through traffic to reestablish some breathing room.
One final caution flew with a dozen laps remaining after Terry McCarl slid to a stop at the bottom of turn one with race-ending front end woes. Improving as the race progressed, Swindell gradually raced away to pick up the win. With lap money, Dash money and preliminary winnings factored in, Swindell banked $16,325 over the course of the weekend.
Pennsylvania’s Shaffer chased all the way, settling for runner-up honors in the DR Racing/Rudzik Excavating No. 49x with Louisiana native Johnson rounding out the podium in the Priority Aviation No. 41.
The third past STN champion among the top four along with Swindell and Johnson, Tim Crawley’s fourth-place showing was his best STN since a runner-up outing in 2000.
Making his first STN championship feature start in comparison to Crawley’s event-best 19 starts, Memphis’ Brian Bell rounded out the top five.
One of five event rookies to make Saturday night’s feature cut, Pennsylvania’s Mark Smith was the top-finishing first-timer in sixth while newly-crowned All Star champ Chad Kemenah was seventh.
Derek Hagar posted his first STN top-ten in eighth with event rookies Trey Starks and Spencer Bayston completing the top ten. Washington’s Starks rallied from 16th to ninth while Bayston’s charge from 18th in the Kevin Swindell-owned No. 39 was good enough for Hard Charger honors.
Other event rookies to race into the feature included Coleman Gulick and Sheldon Haudenschild.
The evening kicked off with Canadian Dylan Westbrook, New York’s Gulick, Smith, Aaron Reutzel, Jason Sides and Shane Stewart winning the STN Showdowns.
Johnny Gardner and Kevin Ramey won “C” Mains while Gulick and Starks topped “B” Mains.
Crawley earned an extra $500 by topping the Pack’s Dash for Cash while, Godley, TX, racer Claud Estes picked up $500 as well by winning the Inaugural “Red Shirt Dash” in Honor Lanny Edwards portion of the night.
Sixty-four different drivers from 16 different states as well as Canada competed in the 29th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires as more than $110,000 was doled out over the course of the weekend.
29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Saturday Night Results:
Locked in from Preliminary Night Feature Events:
3s-Sammy Swindell, 49x-Tim Shaffer, 88c-Tim Crawley, 23b-Brian Bell, 41-Jason Johnson, 24-Terry McCarl.
STN Saturday Night Showdowns (Top 8 in combined points from Preliminary Night and Showdowns to positions 7-14 of “A” Main; Next 24 to two “B” Mains, balance to two “C” Mains):
STN Showdown #1 (10 Laps): 1. 47x-Dylan Westbrook, 2. 2-Parker Price-Miller, 3. 14m-Jordon Mallett, 4. 79-Jordan Thomas, 5. 31b-Sheldon Haudenschild, 6. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 7. X-Charlie Louden, 8. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth, 9. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 10. 44-Ronny Howard.
STN Showdown #2 (10 Laps): 1. 14-Coleman Gulick, 2. 8m-T.J. Michael, 3. 9jr-Derek Hagar, 4. 40-Howard Moore, 5. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr., 6. 74e-Claud Estes, 7. 38-Rick Pringle, 8. 8z-Zach Pringle, 9. 77c-C.J. Hulsey, 10. 17*-Robbie Standridge.
STN Showdown #3 (10 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith, 2. 10h-Chad Kemenah, 3. 3-A.G. Rains, 4. 9x-Jake Bubak, 5. 42-Andy McElhannon, 6. 77x-Alex Hill, 7. D6-Dakota Gaines, 8. 5J-Jamie Ball, 9. 30-Joseph Miler, 10. 10c-Jason Keith.
STN Showdown #4 (10 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 3. 5m-Max Stambaugh, 4. 21b-Brandon Hinkle, 5. 31g-Johnny Gardner, 6. 21-Kevin Hinkle, 7. 69-Jamey Mooney, 8. 88r-Cody Gardner, 9. 4-Tommy Snellgrove.
STN Showdown #5 (10 Laps): 1. 7s-Jason Sides, 2. 26-Marshall Skinner, 3. 23s-Trey Starks, 4. 51b-Joe B. Miller, 5. 91s-Kevin Ramey, 6. 27-Andy Shouse, 7. 1s-Joey Schmidt, 8. 15*-Jeff Masson, 9. 29-Brandon Stevenson.
STN Showdown #6 (10 Laps): 1. 88s-Shane Stewart, 2. 2k-Brandon Long, 3. 10-Dustin Homan, 4. 59-Brad Bowden, 5. 17w-Harli White, 6. 49-Shawn Dancer, 7. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 8. 12w-Dale Wester, 9. 10k-Dewayne White.
“C” Features – Top 4 from Each Advance to Corresponding “B” Feature; 5th through 7th to “Red Shirt Dash”
First “C” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 31g-Johnny Gardner, 2. 42-Andy McElhannon, 3. 49-Shawn Dancer, 4. 59-Brad Bowden, 5. 74e-Claud Estes, 6. 21b-Brandon Hinkle, 7. 10-Dustin Homan, 8. 12w-Dale Wester, 9. 29-Brandon Stevenson, 10. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 11. 44-Ronny Howard, 12. 21-Kevin Hinkle, 13. 4-Tommy Snellgrove.
Second “C” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 91s-Kevin Ramey, 2. 79-Jordan Thomas, 3. 10c-Jason Keith, 4. D6-Dakota Gaines, 5. 1s-Joey Schmidt, 6. 10k-Dewayne White, 7. 30-Joseph Miller, 8. 15*-Jeff Masson, 9. 69-Jamey Mooney. DNS: 17*-Robbie Standridge, 88r-Cody Gardner, 77c-C.J. Hulsey.
Pack’s Dash for Cash – Finishing Order Set First Three Rows of Feature Lineup
Dash (6 Laps): 1. 88c-Tim Crawley ($500), 2. 49x-Tim Shaffer ($250), 3. 3s-Sammy Swindell ($175), 4. 41-Jason Johnson ($150), 5. 24-Terry McCarl ($125), 6. 23b-Brian Bell ($100).
Red Shirt Dash in Honor of Lanny Edwards
Red Shirt Dash (8 Laps): 1. 74e-Claud Estes ($500), 2. 10-Dustin Homan ($100), 3. 1s-Joey Schmidt ($100), 4. 10k-Dewayne White ($100), 5. 30-Joseph Miller ($100), 6. 21b-Brandon Hinkle ($100).
“B” Features – Top 3 from Each Advance to “A” Feature
First “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 14-Coleman Gulick, 2. 7s-Jason Sides, 3. 31b-Sheldon Haudenschild, 4. 17w-Harli White, 5. 40-Howard Moore, 6. 8z-Zach Pringle, 7. 5m-Max Stambaugh, 8. 27-Andy Shouse, 9. 42-Andy McElhannon, 10. 51b-Joe B. Miller, 11. 9x-Jake Bubak, 12. X-Charlie Louden, 13. 49-Shawn Dancer, 14. 59-Brad Bowden, 15. 5J-Jamie Ball, 16. 31g-Johnny Gardner.
Second “B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 23s-Trey Starks, 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 3. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth, 4. 47x-Dylan Westbrook, 5. 3-A.G. Rains, 6. 28-Jonathan Cornell, 7. 14m-Jordon Mallett, 8. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 9. 10c-Jason Keith, 10. 8m-T.J. Michael, 11. 91s-Kevin Ramey, 12. 2k-Brandon Long, 13. 38-Rick Pringle, 14. 77x-Alex Hill, 15. 79-Jordan Thomas, 16. D6-Dakota Gaines.
STN Championship “A” Feature
A Feature (40 Laps – Starting position in parentheses): 1. 3s-Sammy Swindell (3) [$15,500], 2. 49x-Tim Shaffer (2) [$8,700], 3. 41-Jason Johnson (4) [$5,000], 4. 88c-Tim Crawley (1) [$4,000], 5. 23b-Brian Bell (6) [$3,750], 6. M1-Mark Smith (8) [$3,500], 7. 10h-Chad Kemenah (7) [$3,400], 8. 9jr-Derek Hagar (9) [$3,200], 9. 23s-Trey Starks (16) [$3,100], 10. 39-Spencer Bayston (18) [$3,000], 11. 88s-Shane Stewart (10) [$2,600], 12. 86-Tony Bruce, Jr. (13) [$2,400], 13. 14-Coleman Gulick (15) [$2,300], 14. 2-Parker Price-Miller (14) [$2,200], 15. 31b-Sheldon Haudenschild (19) [$2,100], 16. 87-Aaron Reutzel (11) [$2,000], 17. 24-Terry McCarl (5) [$2,000], 18. 7s-Jason Sides (17) [$2,000], 19. 26-Marshall Skinner (12) [$2,000], 20. 91a-Ernie Ainsworth (20) [$2,000], 21. 3-A.G. Rains (21) [$2,000]
Note: Rains started the feature by virtue of I-30 Speedway track champion provisional.
Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-14, Sammy Swindell 15-30.
Back to Hoseheads
A Hosehead Production
Copyright © 2017 by "Hosehead's Sprint Car Photos & News." Do not reproduce anything from these pages without the permission of the photographers, writers or webmaster. Hosehead's Sprint Car Photos & News, PO Box 42, Drums PA 18222-0042 phone---570-233-5438