With the winter chills and racing blahs set in by
year's end, the Rumble at The Expo in Fort Wayne Indiana always
cures the racing bug as the year ends. For the 16th time, Tony
Barhorst and his Classic Motorsports crew presented the Fort Wayne
Rumble in The Expo. Always more than just a race, a true event takes
place at the Rumble. A jam packed card of racing, from early
afternoon on, displays from different racing businesses, Tim's
Simulators, to catching up with your racing family in the off
season, it's all going down at the Rumble. Not to mention, a chance
to see up and coming stars run either in a go kart, quarter midget,
mini sprint, or full size midget.
Making Saturday's show, 39 midgets, 18 winged mini
sprints, and 29 non wing mini sprints were on hand, plus several
quarter midgets and go karts.
5 midget heats with just the top 2 moving to the A,
seen some tight racing action. The drivers were not afraid to use
some contact to hold their spot of gain a position making for some
good ole indoor racing. Patrick Wilda took the win over the 3rd
generation of the Nemire family racers, Austin Nemire. Making a name
for himself in the Rumble series last year, Justin Peck takes heat 2
over Dave Darland in a under powered Kenyon midget. Darland truly
had a great run in a car that was under powered for a regular midget
show. In a very tight nose to tail finish amongst the top 4, Grant
Galloway took the win in heat 3 over Lynsey Liguori. Rex Norris III
made his return to the Rumble and took the win in heat 4 over local
fan favorite Mike Fedorcak. Russ Gamester took his 1977 King midget
to the win in heat 5 over Billy Hulbert. Some good heat race action
with no clear run aways.
In the fast winged mini sprints, all cars in the 3
heat races made the A. Howard McCormack held off a fast Erick
Rudolph in heat 1. One of the winning est drivers in Rumble history,
John Ivy took the win in heat 2 over AJ Lesiecki. Coming the past 5
years from the East coast, Matt Janisch took the win in heat 3 over
Chase Ridenour. Chase is moving to the 360 sprint car ranks in 2014
following the SOD series.
New to the Rumble this season, splitting the mini
sprints up, was the non wing division consisting of dirt only cars.
More and more specialty indoor only cars for the concrete tracks has
shown up year after year, giving them a huge advantage over the
normal outdoor dirt cars ran by many Indiana hobbyist racers. This
new division helps give everyone a fair shack at running with alike
cars. The non wings guys had many incidents getting used to the
surface and their heats were pretty spread out. Daniel Robison took
heat 1 over Tim Nye. In a good heat, Richard Smith took the win in
heat 2 over Clay Sanders. Austin Creamer took the win over Mike
Fedorcak in heat 3. In kinda a scrambled up heat, Darek Snyder took
the win in heat 4 over Joe Barker.
3 midget B Mains with the top 2 moving to the A.
Some loaded B Mains with many past Rumble winners in the B's. Fast
qualifier Brandon Knupp made his way to the front of B1 and cruised
to the win. Past winner Derek Bischak transferred to the A with a
running up finish. In a close one, B2 seen Cooper Clouse take the
win over Joe Liguori. With Joe's wife Lynsey making the A main via
her heat, the Luguori's became the first husband and wife combo to
make the A main together. With the B Mains loaded, past winner Bobby
Santos took the win in B3 to transfer to the A. Another guy living
on Fort Wayne home cooking, Cory Setser took the final A main spot
with a runner up finishing the B. Past winner and Rumble vet, Billy
Wease missed the A for the first time in 5 years Saturday.
Another up and coming star in the midget ranks,
Spencer Bayston raced to the win in the non wing mini sprint B Main.
The winged mini sprints didn't have a B.
As the 50 lap midget A Main pushed off, Nemire had
issues and had to scratch from the A. Issac Chapple was added to the
tale of the A. This moved Lynsey Liguori to the pole position and
Justin Peck to the outside of the front row, pacing the field to the
green. Peck pounced into the lead as the field raced past the flag
stand, taking the green. Peck started to open a nice little gap all
alone upfront. Some good battles in the pack of Knupp was flying
past cars along with Santos. The Liguori family battled ended badly
as Joe and Lynsey got caught up in a accident off turn 2, ending
both of their nights. Peck takes charge as the top 5 cars are racing
pretty closely together. After working his way to 3rd and looking
like the car to beat, Knupp breaks. Santos is the other car racing
from the back to the top 5. Just as Santos worked up to 4th, his car
breaks as well. Peck holds a slight advantage with 10 to go as
Gamester makes his move to sweep the weekend. Nose to tail, Gamester
puts the pressure on the young Peck. Peck misses his mark in turn 2,
slipping wide, opening the gap Gamester was looking as Russ shot to
the inside and took the lead on lap 43. Peck didn't go away and was
in Gamester's tire tracks. Actually closing the gap, right on Russ's
bumper with 3 to go, Justin was looking for more. 2 to go, Peck is
there. Peck takes the lead on lap 49 as the top 5 are bunched
together. As Peck leads, Gamester starts to sputter and bottles the
pack up. Peck races into turn 4, Gamester blows an engine, pulling
inside the track as the field scrambles behind him. Peck wins.
Fedorchak, Galloway, Hulbert, and Bischak round out the top 5. A
great finish and a good show all night long.
In the winged mini sprint A, John Ivy took command
of the A just a handful of laps into the main. Ivy was putting a
whipping on the field as Rudolph and Janisch battle behind him.
Janisch is in 2nd, looking for a break to catch Ivy. With 6 to go,
Ivy breaks pulling off the track. Janisch inherits the lead as a
fast Rudolph in on his bumper the last 6 laps. A great nose to tail
battle with no contact, just tight racing. Janisch holds his own and
after 5 years of trying, takes home his first A Main win. Rudolph,
McCormack, Lesiecke, and Bill Dunham round out the top 5.
After several incidents in the non wing mini sprint
A, Blaine Culp took the win over Spencer Bayston.
Another Rumble in the books and another good race.
Next year's Rumble event expands to 3 days, December 26th-28th. If
you've never been to a Rumble event or haven't been for a while, you
need to get there next year. Its a great way to spend a day or 3
during the off season.
Some other off season news: Wayne County OH Speedway
is switching to Saturday nights for 2014. I-96 Speedway in Michigan
in switching to Friday nights, racing sprint cars as a weekly
division. Ohio's Bryan Nuckles is moving into the 410 sprint car
ranks for 2014. Chad Kemenah is returning to the All Star Sprints
for the 2014 season. Christopher Bell has taken over the
Call/Holbrook 83 entry in 2014. Danny Holtgraver has teamed with Rob
Hunter for the season. Gene Frankfort takes over as competition
director of Limaland Speedway. Look for some changes in the racing
program at LMP. The best bargain in ages hits Eldora Speedway May
17th when the BOSS traditional sprints hit the high banks once again
with a full program of mods and stocks, plus family fun night for
$8!!! YESSSS $8!!!! I would like to see us die hard fans that talk
to all of our friends, neighbors, co-workers, whoever about the
sport we chase and bring along some people who have never witnessed
the sport we live for that night for a mere $8 admission. That's
cheaper than a movie and a great chance to showcase our sport.
Stay warm, be safe, and hope 2014 is excellent to
When there is a sprint car race in Ohio the last
weekend of October, I plan to walk through the gate and support
those who take that risk of racing late in the season, especially on
a all but desirable day weather wise. Making my first visit to
Atomic Speedway of the season, and first in 6 years, I was very
impressed with the fact the track looked in great shape and the
staff was determined to get the show in. Moving the start time up to
3PM was a great idea as chilly as the 20 MPH winds made it out. A
decent crowd of hardcore fans made their way out to the track before
the action began.
22 sprint cars were on hand for the closer to the
sprint car season in Ohio. Nate Reeser scratched for the night
before taking to the track in hot laps. With times in the high 11
second bracket during hot laps, the track was staying in good shape.
Ryan Broughton took a nasty tumble in turn 4 during qualifying after
he got in the loose stuff above the cushion. Ryan walked away with a
junk race car. Danny Smith set fast time of the time of the night
with a 11.83 lap.
3 heats with all cars moving into the A main. In
heat 1, Cole Duncan ducked to the inside and dashed into the lead.
Duncan quickly ran up on the cushion, which was thin and tricky in 3
and 4, and pulled away from the pack. Duncan took the win by almost
a straight away over Smith, and Trey Gustin. Tate Martz slowed heat
2 with a spin in turn 1 as he pinched it off too tight in the slick
stuff on the bottom on the track. Jac Haudenschild lead flag to flag
in this one holding off Jimmy Stinson and Jim Nier for the win. Rob
Blair moved from 4th to 1st in heat 3, blasting away from the field.
Blair took the win by over a straight away. Sam Ashworth and Ryan
Meyers rounded out the top 3.
Moving the program quickly along, it was just about
7:15 when the 25 lap sprint car A main took to the speedway. As the
field took shape, the guys starting in row 2 on back had their work
cut out for them with Danny Smith and Jac Haudenschild leading the
field to the green. The Wild Child Jac Haudenschild hustled from
outside row 1 and quickly set sail. Duncan closed in by lap 3 and
was trying to give Jac a challenge as they quickly entered traffic.
By the half way point, Duncan faded as Haudenschild used in years of
experience to get through the much slower traffic as Duncan
struggled a bit. As Haudenschild opened up an untouchable lead,
Smith pressured Duncan for 2nd. Leading wire to wire, The Wild Child
dominated the race by taking the win by over a half track, lapping
up to 5th. Duncan, Smith, Stinson, and Blair rounded out the top 5.
The track stayed decent all night as the Atomic
staff kept the show a rolling, getting the fans in and out as quick
as possible on chilly night. Things are looking up for Atomic
Speedway as the new ownership is proving they will do what it takes
to get the races in the books, put on good a show for the fans, and
be fan friendly. With a price tag of just $12 for general admission,
I think Atomic Speedway will quickly become a must visit track for
race fans. They have already booked the Wednesday All Star Sprint
Speedweek show in late June and the night the Stars come out with
the All Star Sprints and a TBA late model group for $5000 to win
main events on July 3rd.
The annual Turn 2 party takes place just outside
turn 2 of Attica Speedway November 9th. With a starting time of 5,
there will be a bonfire, music, corn hole, hillbilly golf, 50/50
drawing, and a silent auction. All $$$ raised goes into the injured
drivers fund. Campers, tents, and over night stays are welcome. It's
a byob party and just a great time for a great cause.
As the off season is just a week into it, things
have been changing already in the Ohio sprint car scene. Stay tune
for more details as they are officially announced.
Thanks for reading Duane
For 7 years now Kokomo Speedway has took the 3rd
weekend of October and created another big event to their schedule.
Friday night has became open wheel night of the Klash. Just as luck
would have it, mother nature has always messed with this event
either with rain or cool temps. Last Friday, with it just 58 degrees
outside for the high, 32 traditional non wing sprints and 14 midgets
passed through the gates of Kokomo Speedway. TQ midgets and mini
sprints complete the open wheel portion of the Klash. Group
qualifying was used for the sprint and midget lines.
Sprint cars were 1st on the agenda with 4 heats,
transferring the top 4 to the A Main on the fairly heavy tacky
track. CJ Leary leaped to the lead in heat 1 and left the field in
his dust. Leary ran away to take the win by a straight away over
Gary Taylor, Chris Windom, and Braylon Fitzpatrick. Chris Gurley
slowed heat 2 when he got up in the thick cushion and spun, battling
for a transfer spot. A good battle in this super stacked heat lived
up to the standard Kokomo racing. In a good tight race, Wes McIntyre
lead flag to flag over Jerry Coons Jr, Dave Darland, and Shane
Cottle from the tail. A battle for 3rd in heat 3 seen Jamie
Fredrickson run into Justin Grant causing Grant to shoot down the
track off turn 4 with a broken front end. Aaron Farney had no place
to go and got clipped by Grant, ending Farney's heat race as well.
With just 5 cars left a pretty boring run away heat as Scotty Weir
whipped to the lead and rode off in the moonlight. Weir won by a
huge margin over Josh Spencer, Adam Byrkett, and Travis Hery. Put
Jon Stanbrough on the front row of any race and it's more often than
not,the battle will be for 2nd. Stanbrough slipped from outside row
1 into the lead. Brady Short made it a respectable heat by trailing
Stanbrough by about 3 cars lengths most of the heat. Stanbrough
takes the win over Short, Blake Fitzpatrick, and Robert Ballou. All
in all not the typical Kokomo style of heat races one has come to
expect while attending the 1/4rd mile oval. See I think Kokomo is
usually so good on a regular basis that when you don't get the
normal 3 and 4 wide battles and 3 car battles for the lead in 3 of
the 4 heats you wonder what the heck is wrong.
2 midget heats using passing points to set the A
Main line up. The driver with the most points at the end of the
heats will start on the pole of the A. The only thing slowing Parker
Price Miller in heat 1 was a Michael Koontz spin in turn 2.
Price-Miller massacred the field from the pole, winning by a huge
margin over Billy Wease who charged from the tail. Repeating the
feat of Price-Miller, Shane Cottle cruised from the pole to a huge
lead. Issac Chapple spun in turn 2, slowing the heat. Cottle ran
away and crushed the field for the win over Shane Hollingsworth who
charged from the tail. Pretty much identical heats, just with
different players and the midget heats were like a enduro. Some cars
where 2 and a half laps down in a 8 lap event.
2 traditional sprint car B Mains with the top 2
moving on to the A. Kyle Robbins ran away from the pack from outside
row 1 in B1. Garrett Miller spun in the famous spin turn of the
night, turn 2. As Robbins runs away from the pack a good 2 car
battle for the final transfer spot between Gurley, Jarrett Andretti,
and Logan Jarrett. Putting on the best battle of the night, all 3
cars are glued together, almost making contact several times.
Andretti sticks his car in 2nd with a few laps to go. On last lap in
turn 2 running the cushion, Andretti slips up and Gurley had all the
chance in the world to use him up. Instead, Gurley let Andretti
gather it in and battle him cleanly for the spot. Robbins wins as
Andretti nips Gurley and Jarrett to the line.
B2 had a lot of confusion before the green flag even
waved. Nevil Algieo wasn't on the track as the field was going to
take the green but quickly the yellow light was back on before the
green was thrown. Algieo was then pushed on the track and tried to
take his spot when one track official showed him to get off and the
flagman to the tail. Algieo then exited the track and after a few
minutes of discussions the field was shown the furrow flag to start
on the next lap. Once things got to rolling, Mike Terry Jr took the
lead from outside row 1. Justin Grant recovered from his heat race
owes and raced a few car lengths behind Terry. Terry took the win
over Grant as they both punched their ticket to the A.
After a brief awards banquet for the top 5 in points
in Kokomo's weekly competition, the track crew was done with
widening the track some, knocking the cushion down. As the temps got
cooler and cooler, the show was pushed on, trying to keep the fans
settled on a cold night.
Taylor and Coons Jr brought the field to the green
in the 25 lap sprint car A Main. As the field takes the green and
races into 1 and 2, Byrkett spins in turn 2 for a yellow. Complete
restart, Coons maneuvers to the lead as the field race past the flag
stand. Taylor trails Coons the first handful of laps until Jerry
starts to open the gap. Lap 6, Byrkett spins off turn 4, ending his
night with the 2 spin rule. Coons gets a good restart and pulls
away. McIntyre spins as a gaggle of cars make contact in turn 2.
Restart, Coons pulls ahead and quickly opens a straight away lead.
Stanbrough moves into 2nd as Darland and Windom work their way up
from the 5th row. Coons was in full command upfront as he entered
heavy lapped traffic with 10 to go. Lap after lap Darland got closer
and closer. Just as it looked like Coons was going to cake walk into
victory lane, with 3 to go Darland and Stanbrough are in his tire
tracks. Coons is stout tho and all it really resulted in was for
show because they caught Jerry but, couldn't do anything him with
once they did. Coons leads flag to flag in this one for the win.
Darland, up from 10th, Stanbrough, Windom, up from 9th, and Taylor
round out the top 5. Coons was in total command in this one and
really was never challenged for the lead. Yes he got caught in the
final few laps but no one was strong enough to make was move on him.
The Edison 10E seen yet another Komomo win.
After earning the most points via the heat races,
Wease and Hollingsworth paced the field in the 25 lap midget A Main.
Almost a repeat of the start of the sprint car A, Spencer Bayston
spins in turn 2 on the opening lap. Complete restart, Wease wraps up
the lead once the field races down the backstretch. Lap 2, Tate
Martz spins. During the yellow, Hollingsworth stops on the track
while running 2nd and just making a move for the lead as the yellow
flew. Restart, Wease leads as Shane Cottle quickly applies pressure
on the leader. Just as Cottle takes the lead, Price-Miller stops on
the track for a yellow, reverting back to lap 3, giving Wease the
lead. Wease holds his ground on the restart as Cottle is just
setting up his move with a much strong mount. Lap 5, Cottle makes
his move into the lead. After that, it was a crushing as Cottle
pulled quickly into the lead. With sow of the cars several seconds
off the pace and Cottle heads above the pack, it was a mess to keep
up with as all but a few cars were a lap down by the half way mark,
a handful of them many laps down. Cottle takes a convincing win by
over 2/3rds of a track lead to the nearest challenger. Kurt Mayhew,
Chett Gherke, Bayston, and Martz round out the top 5. I love midgets
and Kokomo but this was by far the worse midget A Main I've
witnessed as far as competition wise. It looked like a WOO car
against a few 360s and a handful of 305s there was that big of
difference in the packs of cars in the A. Not downing anyone because
I would hit midget races every night of I could, just reporting the
facts and sometimes they are ugly. That's why they run the race so
to speak and the next night the slate is wiped cleaned because as we
all know there is never 2 of the exact same nights of racing. As the
night got colder it was just about 11 when the midget A was done,
making road trip home time for me.
Atomic Speedway has the rescheduled 410 sprint car
show this Saturday. The old KC Raceway in southern Ohio is now
Atomic Speedway and kicks hot laps off at 3 PM due to the cooler
Thanks for reading, have a safe one
A fabulous weather system blessed Ohio last weekend
with some big races on the agenda for the weekend, the cars flooded
the pit gates. After rain ruined it's first attempt, Waynesfield
Raceway Park hosted the 1st annual Harvest Of The Sprints Friday
night with traditional non wing sprints and 360s. Saturday the
action shifted to the Eldora Speedway for the Sprint Spectacular
showcasing the points final for the All Star Sprint and the BOSS
traditional sprints. The NRA 360s were pit side as well.
With the weather 100% better than it's original race
date, Waynesfield Raceway Park kicked the gates open for it's season
final in a big way with the Harvest Of Sprints. 45 traditional
sprints and 27 360 sprints were ready to entertain the great crowd
on hand. The pill draw system for heat lines ups was used, then a 2
dash system in each division determined the first 12 starting spots
in the A Main.
6 traditional sprint car heats sent the top 2
finishers to the A. The remainder of the A would come from the 2 B
Mains. Chad Wilson bicycled in hot laps and slammed the surface
hard, spinning off the track. After laying in his race trailer for a
while, Chad went to the hospital to discover he had broken his back
in 2 places.
First up the 6 traditional sprint heats, with some
great drivers on hand, the heats were stacked with just 2 moving to
the A,the battle was on. Justin Grant took command of heat 1 and
never looked back. Grant had many drivers chase him but held on to
win over Scotty Weir. Cooper Clouse slowed heat 2 with a spin on the
start. Once things got to rolling, the front row of Todd Keen and AJ
Hopkins held their ground, holding off all challengers. Keen took
win as Hopkins transferred to the A. Once Kyle Simon sailed to the
lead in heat 3, he ran away from the pack, winning by a huge margin
over Chris Gurley. Heat 4 took a terrible twist when Dustin Ingle
flipped in the middle of turn 1 and 2. While Ingle was laying upside
down, Steve Little slammed into Ingle, bringing the crowd to an
instance silence. Ingle's cage broke, and Dustin suffered major
facial injuries. Life flight landed in the infield and took Dustin
to Dayton where he had 2 major facial reconstruction surgeries. Heat
5 was a good race all through out. Dustin Smith brought the only
caution out after Mike Dunlap made contact with Dustin. Chris Window
charged from 5th to take the win over Dallas Hewitt. Thomas
Meseraull ran away from the field after starting on the pole, taking
the win over Luke Hall.
4 360 heats with the top 4 moving into the A. Randy
Hannagan started outside row 1 of heat 1 and spanked the field.
Hannagan took the win by over a straight away as Tim Allison, Butch
Schroeder, and Ed Neumeister transfer to the A. A great race in heat
2 as Shawn Dancer and Caleb Griffith battled upfront. Jarod DeLong
spin for a yellow. Dancer held off a fast Griffith for the win as
Rob Blair and Luke Hall transfer. Hud Horton hopped from the pole of
heat 3 and ran away from the pack. Horton took the win by a huge
margin over Justin Henderson, Devin Dobie, and Jarad Horstman.
Sheldon Haudenschild ran away from teammate Bryan Sebetto in heat 4.
Haud took the win as Sebetto, Max Stambaugh, and Dennis Yoakum
transfer to the A.
The traditional sprint Dash events are up first.
Scotty Weir raced from 4th to 1st in Dash 1 to take the win and the
pole for the A main. Chris Windom was making the most of his
Waynesfield visit on the still very tacky surface, pulling some
major wheelies all night long. Windom lead flag to flag in Dash 2,
taking the win. The 360 Dash races are up next. Dancer and Hannagan
have a great battle in Dash 1. Dancer holds on for the win and the
pole of the A. Haudenschild is looking super tough all night long
and runs away with the win in Dash 2.
With the nice field of traditional sprints, 2 B
Mains with the top 4 moving to the A. Gary Taylor held off the
winningest Waynesfield sprint car driver, Matt Westfall for the win.
A awesome battle for the final transfer spots seen Mike Miller and
winged regular Chris Andrews earn transfer spots. Andrews and Tracy
Hines battled inches apart to the line. Steve Irwin gets on his lid
battling for a transfer position. Once the green is back out, Brady
Bacon cruises to the win over Kody Swanson, Mike Dunlap, and Tim
Next up was the 360 B Main with the top 4
transferring to the A. The biggest battle was deeper in the pack as
Ryan Ruhl raced out front. Ruhl held of Beau Stewart late in the
race to take the win.
Weir and Windom lead the field to the green in the
25 lap traditional sprint car A Main. Weir rips to the lead as the
pack raced into turn 1. A great battle right away as Windom and
Meseraull quickly follow in Weir's tire tracks. Lap 4, Keen spins.
Restart, Weir maintains his lead but T-Mez is on his rear bumper.
Still on a nice racy grippy surface, the pack races tightly
together. Lap 7, Meseraull takes the lead. T-Mez opens up a slight
gap as the laps pass by. Windom is now in 2nd and run just behind
T-Mez. The battle heats up in heavy traffic as the leaders bunch
together. Windom gets close many times but, not close enough to make
a move for the lead. Lap after lap the battle is decent. Lap 20, a
mid pack battle off 4 sees AJ Hopkins and Bacon collide causing
Hopkins to barrel roll, collecting Nick Bilbee as Bilbee flips hard
too. Bacon had a great run off the bottom of 4 as Hopkins struggled
off the top side and his left rear ran over Bacon's right rear, just
a racing deal. Bilbee who tried to sizzle Bacon the last WMP visit,
quickly charged after Bacon before WMP track officials stopped him.
Windom gets another shot at Meserauall on the restart but T-Mez was
just too strong and marched to the win. Windom, McIntyre, Hall, up
from 12th, and Taylor, up from 13th, round out the top 5. T-Mez had
alot get off his chest running down every car owner he raced for
previous in the year for getting rid of him.
Dancer and Haudenschild paced the field for the 25
lap 360 A Main. As the field raced into 1 and 2, Hall, Neumeister,
and Stewart collide, collecting Roberts. After they get pulled
apart, the field is ready for a complete restart. The next start,is
a bad start. Finally, a good start as Dancer dashes to the lead.
Dancer, Haudenschild, and Hannagan all look stout and race nose to
tail. Hannagan starts to make his move a few laps later, running
inches off Dancer's bumper. Lap 7, Hannagan takes over the lead.
Just after lap 7 is complete, Ruhl spins off the top of turn 2.
Restart, it's all Hannagan. Hannagan pulls away in the mid stages of
the race to a nice lead. With 8 laps to go, Haudenschild is on the
hammer, closing in quickly. Lap after lap, Hannagan's lead is
shrinking. Lap 22, Henderson stops. With 3 to go, Haudenschild will
get a chance as Hannagan. Restart, Hannagan leads as Haudenschild
drives hard to try and make a move. Hannagan is just too stout and
holds on for the win. Haudenschild, Griffith, Dancer, and Dobie
round out the top 5.
Some great racing all night long as the Harvest Of
Sprints was an instant hit. The night started rough with 2 drivers
getting injured which always puts a downer on a good show.
Thankfully, Wilson and Ingle will both make fully recoveries after a
few months of healing.
Saturday night Eldora Speedway hosted the Sprint
Spectacular with the All Star Sprints, BOSS traditional sprints, and
NRA 360 sprints. Finally, the weather is excellent for the event
which has fell victim to rainthe last few years. With the addition
of the BOSS group this race is properly named because it was some of
the best racing at Eldora all season. 38 All Stars, 53 BOSS sprints,
and 29 NRA 360 sprints filled the pit area of the Big E.
On a smooth fast nice Eldora surface the cars hit
the track for hot laps. BOSS points leader, Tony Beaber breaks in
turn 2, junking his ride. Tony has a slim lead and instantly needs
to scramble to get back on track. Having a 2 car team, after hot
laps, Tony's dad Johnny surrendered his ride to Tony to chase the
BOSS championship. Just the All Stars and 360s timed in, as the
traditional sprints used the pill draw system to line up heats. Jac
Haudenschild, All Stars, and Randy Hannagan, 360s, set quick time of
All Stars start the night off as they still have a
points battle raging as well. 4 heats, the top 5 move into the A
Main. A very good 1st heat as Lee Jacobs and Haudenschild battled
upfront. Haudenschild took over the lead late and went on to win
over Jacobs, Ian Madsen, Randy Hannagan, and Trey Starks. Sheldon
Haudenschild got called for a jump start in heat 2. Tim Shaffer, now
on the pole, shot to the lead and ran away from the pack. Shaffer
took the win over Shane Stewart, Jim Nier, Rob Chaney, and Sheldon
Haudenschild. Caleb Helms hurried to the lead in heat 3 and left the
field in his dust. Helms took the win over Brady Bacon, Lucas Wolfe,
Brandon Wimmer, in the Hammer 24h, and Dale Blaney. Mitch Harble
used the high side on the start of heat 4 and opened up a huge lead.
Harble went on to open up a huge lead and took the win over Andrew
Palker, Mark Dobmeier, Kevin Swindell, and Justin Henderson.
Next up was the 4 360 heats with the top 4 moving to
the A Main. Chris McInturff spins in heat 1 slowing the action. Ryan
Ruhl lays down an excellent run, moving from 4th to the lead. Ruhl
held off a fast BeauStewart for the win. Hannagan, and Shawn Dancer
transfer into the A. Tim Allison looked like he never missed a bet
at Eldora and charged from 4th to 1st on the high side. Allison went
on to win over Jared Horstman, Brady Bacon, in the other Yoakum 22,
and Max Stambaugh. PA invader, Mark Smith stops in heat 3. Kevin
Swindell swarmed into the lead and raced to the win over Butch
Schroeder, Nick Roberts, and Bryan Sebetto. Aaron Shaffer slowed
heat 4 as he stopped on the track. Devin Dobie made the move from
3rd too the lead and raced off with the win. Shane Stewart, Dustin
Daggett, and Chuck Hebing transfer into the A.
5 BOSS heat races with the top 4 heading to the A
Main. With some of these drivers with little or no Eldora experience
mixed with some hot shoes, the racing was very good. A great heat in
heat 1 as Drew Abel held on in a 4 car battle to take the win. Joe
Banes, up from 7th, Tony Main, and Branden Whited transfer to the A.
Subbing for the injured Chad Wilson, Dallas Hewitt spanked the field
in heat 2, winning by a straight away. Justin Grant, Chris Windom,
and Kirk Jefferies transfer. Heat 3 was slowed when Jeremy Duposki
spun. Then Mike Moore stops on the track, slowing the pack once
again. Things get wild when early leader Huston Hewitt slams the
turn 3 wall, riding it into turn 4, then shooting down into the
inside wall. Legendary Eldora history in this one as Jarrett
Andretti takes the win over Steve Irwin, Adam Cruea, and Brett
Burdette. In heat 4, Thomas Meseraull drives right into the back of
leader Kent Wolters on lap 1 entering turn 3, with a major lack of
patience, Meseraull sends Wolters into a nasty series of flips,
collecting Mark Silva as well. Once the mess in cleared, Matt
Westfall runs away from the pack and takes the win over Kody
Swanson, Gary Taylor, and Mike Miller. An exciting finish to heat 5
seen Brady Bacon make a last lap pass in turn 2 on Luke Hall. Bacon
raced on to the win over Hall, Chuck Wilson, and Brandon Spithaler
who started last in the heat.
Jac Haudenschild looked very stout in the All Star
Dash, charging from 4th to 1st on the start on the high side, just
spanking the field for the win.
All Star B Main was up next with the top 4 moving
into the A. Cole Duncan held off Sam Haferpete Jr for the win as
Danny Holtgraver, and Mark Smith raced into the transfer position.
Same thing for the 360 B Main, top 4 to the A. Aaron Shaffer slowed
the B as he coasted to a stop. Mark Smith got his heat race owes
fixed and made the trip from central PA pay off, securing his 360
ride into the A main as well by taking the win. Hud Horton, Ron
Blair, and Tim Shaffer. 2 BOSS B Mains taking just the top 2 into
the A. David Applegate slows B1 with a spin. Once things got to
rolling, Dustin Smith dominated the race by pulling to a half track
lead and taking the win over Adam Miller. Bill Griffith takes a
tumble in turn 1 just after B2 is under way. Bill is okay after a
little bit of checking him out. As trying to win on the 1st lap of
his heat Meseraull calms down for the B and cruised to a run away
win over Beaber who needed that last transfer spot bad to stay in
the title hunt as he was the odd man out to that point.
30 laps for the opening A Main which is the All
Stars up first. Haudenschild and Swindell brought the field to the
green. In what was no surprise from how he's looked dominate all
night, Haudenschild hurried into the lead. As the Wild Child runs
high on the fence, Swindell is showing he didn't fly in from
Charlotte for nothing, closing on Haud. 5 laps into the A, we got a
battle, Kevin is in Jac's tire tracks. Battling nose to tail,
Swindell is setting up a move. Just as the cross the flag stand on
lap 8, Haudenschild dives low in traffic as Swindell stays high,
inching ahead of Haud. Just as the enter turn 1 splitting lapped
traffic, Helms flips in between them. Haud spins and goes as he just
barely gets nipped, Swindell gets hit hard and does 4 360s to not
kill the engine and pulls away from the scene with major side panel
damage on the right side of the top wing. Restart, Jac leads as
Kevin's top wing has a huge effect on his handling and he starts to
fall back. Haudenschild leads and pulls to a big lead by the half
way point but don't look now, some guys are a moving into the gap
between Haud and the rest of the field. As Haud dips and dives old
style Eldora racing, Stewart is running the cushion inches off the
wall quickly closing as Hannagan has the low to middle groove a
bringing him to the front. Perfect track conditions for a winged
race at Eldora, many racing grooves and the cushion on the fence.
The Eldora track crew has done excellent this season at providing a
racy multi groove surface. With 6 to go, the top 3 are glued
together, Hannagan low, Haud and Stewart high. 3 to go, Stewart
leads at the line. He quickly gets held up as Haud regains the lead
and Hannagan is inches away. Stewart is now under battle with Blaney
as it's a Haudenschild Hannagan shoot out. Hannagan bobbled in turn
2 with a lap and half to go, looking like that did him in. Wait,
white flag, Hannagan gets a huge run. Into 3, Hannagan is there,
Haud high, Hannagan low off 4. Haud slides down a bit as Hannagan
gets a bite and closes. Haud wins by less than a quarter of a car
for the win. Hannagan, Blaney, Stewart, and Shaffer, up from 14th,
round out the top 5. A great race. Blaney's run seals the National
All Star title and the Ohio Region All Star title for Blaney.
Horstman and Dancer lead the field in the 20 lap 360
A Main. As the pack races into 1 and 2, Bacon spins and gets slammed
by Beau Stewart who had no place to go. Complete restart, Horstman
hunts the lead and takes it as they race off 2. Lap 1, Dancer loses
a tire running 2nd in turn 4, causing a huge mess as Ruhl gets
collected and flips and Hannagan gets beat around receiving heavy
damage. All 3 are done for the night. Restart, Schroeder and
Horstman battle inches apart, making slight contact at one point.
Lap 3, Schroeder takes the lead. As Butch looks to return to
Eldora's victory lane, Swindell is running hard right up against the
fence, looking for his 1st Eldora victory lane visit. Swindell
looked to be a factor in the All Star A before bad luck struck,
Kevin is looking to change that in this one. Lap 13, just by the
flag stand in heavy traffic, Swindell slips past Schroeder then cuts
down to get past traffic and slam the door on Butch. A close call as
Butch climbs Kevin's left rear, pulling a wheelie but landing
quickly and still on the go peddle. Swindell quickly opens the lead
by several car lengths. Just as it looks like Swindell is racing off
to the moon light, lap 17, Shane Stewart gets in the wall as his
right rear now has damage and he slows. Swindell gets a great
restart but lap 18 Dobie flips hard in turn 4. Restart again, Kevin
doesn't get a great one but Blair spins for a yellow. Restart,
Swindell nails it and pulls away. Swindell races away to victory
lane, adding to the history of Eldora Speedway. Schroeder, Hebing,
with a super Eldora run, Horstman, and Sebetto, up from 12th, round
out the top 5.
Bacon works into the top 3, looking to run down
Hall, Hewitt and Taylor are moving up as well. Bacon made all 3 A
mains and hadn't had the results he wanted but is looking good. Lap
10, Bacon blast past Hall for the lead. Bacon opens the gap as a
herd of guys are racing from deeper in the pack to the front. Windom
now takes over 2nd and is closing as the leaders work traffic.
Catching Bacon he did, passing Bacon he didn't. Racing close
together the final laps in this one, Bacon holds on for the win
after starting 8th. Windom, up from 12th, Westfall, Hewitt, up from
10th, and Taylor, up from 14th, round out the top 5. Beaber who
looked like his night was trashed from the start overcame the odds
and took the BOSS title.
Excellent night of racing at the Big E. The track
was perfect for good sprint car racing and the battles in all the
mains were great. Each A seen at least one car starting 12th or
deeper race into the top 5, actually out of the 15 top 5 finishers 7
of them started 7th or deeper. I hope this 3 division show stays on
the schedule because it will just continue to grow.
Thanks for reading Duane
Ending the month of September with a 3 race week
can't be all bad. Tuesday I took the journey up north to Michigan's
Berlin Raceway for their first sprint car race on their temporary
dirt track. For the 2nd year in a row, they added dirt on top of
their pavement surface for a huge WOO late model race. This year an
idea to run a SOD sprint car show a few days after was put on the
schedule. Saturday it was over to Fremont Speedway for the WOO
sprints invasion of Fremont. Sunday, Waynesfield Raceway Park hosted
the 1st annual harvest of sprints.
Making my first trip to Marne Michigan to the Berlin
Fairgrounds and the Berlin Raceway, the facility was much bigger
than I imagined. Very nice outlay and plenty of grandstands, all
cement walk ways and very nice restroom facilities. Being a Tuesday
night $5000 to win SOD show, a few heavy hitters made the trip up
north. 27 cars were in the infield and ready to attack the hard
slick track. I expected a hard track, since it cant be torn up like
a typical race track after a night of racing but, I didn't think it
would start out so hard slick, like a day time slick track to start
the night. A pill draw was used for heat line ups and a points
system with passing points awarded will transfer the top 16 in
points after the heats into the A Main transfers after the heats.
3 heats, points sets the A Main transfers after the
heats. Brett Mann spun on the start of heat 1.Greg Wilson ran down
early leader, Gregg Dalman, and cruised to a 5 second lead before
heat 1 was over. Wilson took the win over Dalman and Ryan Ruhl.
Jarad Horstman battled Ken Mackey at the start of heat 2. Horstman
pulled away to a huge lead and never looked back in this one.
Horstman took the win, Randy Hannagan raced from 6th to 2nd and
Shawn Dancer dashed from 8th to finish 3rd. After a bad start, Beau
Stewart lead all but the last 3/4rds of a lap when Shane Stewart
made a last lap pass after moving from 7th. Shane takes the win over
Beau, with Dustin Daggett coming from 6th to 3rd. The racing was
racing where you needed to use major finesse to move forward on the
slick blackened glazed surface.
The top 8 drivers in points have kids redraw their
starting spot in the 1st 4 rows of the A Main. A Dash is ran with
the drivers 9th - 12th in points with the finishing order
determining their starting spots in the A Main. Max Stambaugh held
off Ryan Ruhl to take the win in the dash.
Moving the program quickly along, the B Main was
next with the top 8 moving on to the A. Hannagan had some sort of
post heat race foul and had to tag the tail of the B. Parker
Price-Miller pulled to the lead in the B main and set sail. Parker
had things in hand as most the crowd was watching Hannagan hustle
through the pack. Chase Ridenour was providing some excitement after
moving into a full size sprint car. Price-Miller takes the win over
Hannagan, Aaron Shaffer, Robert Huisken, Jay Steinbach, Ridenour,
Mike Astrauskas, and Joe Geibe.
Shawn Dancer and Greg Wilson brought the field to
the green in the 30 lap A Main. Dancer dices into the lead as the
pack skates into turn 1. Lap 1, Ken Mackey tags an infield tire and
breaks his front suspension for a yellow. Restart, Dancer skates out
front as Shane Stewart starts to close in on the leader. Lap 8,
Stewart slips by and quickly pulls to a huge lead. Opening up a 6
second lead, Stewart looks to be continuing his 360 winning ways. As
Stewart runs the middle to low line like most huggy pole tracks,
Daggett is inches off the wall, and driving like a mad man. Hannagan
is running right in the middle, blazing through the field. Lap after
lap Daggett is running on a rail, right on the wall in 1 and 2, high
into 3, and into the top side of rubber in turn 4, gaining quickly
on Stewart. Stewart has some contact with a lapped car, bending his
steering arm just a bit. Lap 21, Daggett darts past Stewart on the
high side. Stewart tries to switch into Daggett's line but can't
make it work, either can Stambaugh as he tries it as well. All the
cars are in the slick stuff from the very bottom to about 2 car
lengths off the bottom except for Daggett. Lap 26, Ruhl tags the
wall trying the high side in 3, while running 6th. This will put the
leaders nose to tail with no traffic for a 4 lap dash. Daggett gets
an awesome restart and pulls to a straight away lead with 1 to go.
Daggett takes the win over Stewart, Wilson, Lucas Wolfe, Dancer, and
Hannagan, up from 18th.
All in all an alright race. A lot more dry slick
than I expected to start which made for spread out run away heats as
many drivers struggled to get a grip on the surface. Daggett drove
the best race I've ever seen him drive, pulling off somewhat of an
upset win even tho he dominates SOD, there was some heavy hitters in
this one. A great facility and quick program as I hit the parking
lot at 9:35 after the sprint A and that was with a support division
A ran first. I hope this becomes a yearly event because a Tuesday
night show in late September just seems like a great idea.
Saturday the WOO Sprints made a late season Ohio
appearance at the Fremont Speedway. Fremont Speedway stepped up and
paid for those who have supported the track all year and didnt have
a WOO membership to race by buying their membership. This helped
boosted the car count as 46 cars were on hand to attack the tacky
oval. The track looked very good and was fast and just what I was
hoping for during this event.
Kerry Madsen started the night off cartwheeling into
the turn 2 soft wall hard during time trials. David Gravel returned
to the WOO's just recently after some time off and set quick time of
The 305 Sprints ran a special A Main only before the
WOO heats for those who supported the track all season. 14 cars
started the 25 lap 305 A. Tyler Gunn and TJ Michael paced the field
in this one. Michael marched into the lead as the field took the
green. Nate Dussel quickly makes a move with 1 lap in the books as
shoots to the lead just as the red flies for a Steve Rando flip.
Michael remains the leader for the restart. Restart, Jeremy Duposki
stalls. Michael gets a good restart and the battle is on. Never
really shacking Dussel, the 2 battle all race long, many times just
a few feet apart. On the fast track with a heavy cushion, Michael
runs the bottom as Dussel runs about a car length above that trying
to work around TJ. Lap 21, John Ivy loses a front tire that slams
hard into the front stretch fence. Thank god Fremont has one of the
better catch fences I see yearly. With 4 to go to, the restart will
be key. Michael gets a good one but Dussel is there. Nate tries all
he can but TJ is just too strong. Taking his first sprint car win,
the 15 year old Texan races across the line ahead of Dussel, Jordan
Ryan, Gunn, and Paul Weaver.
5 WOO heats with the top 4 moving into the A. With
just a 4 invert, this usually means for boring heats, not on this
night. Aka why I like WOO on the smaller tracks, especially with a
cushion and some character in it. Byron Reed slows in heat 1 for a
yellow. Meanwhile, Daryn Pittman parades the field in this one.
Pittman lead flag to flag taking the win over Shane Stewart, Caleb
Griffith, and Rob Chaney who had a great battle with Gravel. In heat
2, Christopher Bell blasted out of nowhere, charging from 6th to 1st
in this one. The only thing slowing Bell was a Stuart Brubaker spin.
Bell ran the cushion to a huge lead, winning by a straight away.
Paul McMahan, Bryan Sebetto, and Sammy Swindell transfer. Much to
the delight of the huge crowd, the Wild Child Jac Haudenschild
spanked the field in heat 3, running away with the win. Jody Keegan,
Cap Henry, and Steve Kinser take home A main spots. Kraig Kinser
beat Donny Schatz on the start and held Schatz at bay the entire
distance. In a close one, Kinser wins over Schatz, Dean Jacobs, and
Cody Darrah. Heat 5 started with a huge mess as the field raced into
turn 1, the 2nd row of Joey Saldana and Craig Mintx make contact
sending them both a flipping up the track. Craig Dollansky and Brad
Bowman get collected up with damage too. Paige Polyak was in the
pile but got stopped before making any contact into any of the
carnage. Polyak and Dollansky restart. Greg Wilson gets the lead as
Polyak makes a huge move from 5th to 2nd, but gets ran up the track
by Tim Shaffer and pushed back to 4th. As Wilson leads Sheldon
Haudenschild, Shaffer, and Polyak, Dollansky is out to lunch. A lap
later Dollansky pulls the car out of gear and comes to a stop so he
can get 2 minutes in the work area to adjust his car. After the crew
makes some changes, Dollansky moves quickly into a transfer spot on
the restart. Wilson takes the win over Haudenschild, Shaffer, and
Dollansky. The top 5 fastest qualifiers didn't transfer via the
heats, and each heat seen at least 1, one heat 3 drivers, that
started deeper than the invert transfer to the.
Some pretty good cars are set for the C Main as 3
WOO regulars and some other heavy hitters are slated for the C. With
the top 2 moving on, the action started from the start as Bill Rose
did every spin and twist through the air in turn 1, all but
flipping. Kerry Madsen got to moving and ran down early leader Kevin
Swindell to take the lead. Madsen went on to win as Swindell held
off Polyak for the final transfer spot.
Next up was the WOO Dash. What a dash it was, one of
the best I've seen all season. Pittman got the lead as locals
Griffith and Sebetto applied heavy pressure, at times all 3 cars
were glued together. Battling tooth and nail every lap, Griffith
made a late race pass to take a very popular hometown win. Pittman,
Sebetto, McMahan, and Bell rounded out the top 5.
The loaded B Main took the top 4 into the A. Kevin
Swindell quickly brought the yellow out stopping in the B. After
that, it was all David Gravel out front in this one. Gravel lead
flag to flag taking the win. Jason Sides, Dale Blaney, and Cole
Duncan earn transfer positions.
Next up the 40 lap A Main. Saldana and Madsen took
WOO provisional and Reed and Foos too Fremont Speedway provisional
making it a 28 car A Main. Griffith and Pittman lead the field to
the green. Griffith grabbed the lead as the field raced into turn 1.
As they battled down the back stretch, Duncan spins for a yellow.
Complete restart, Griffith once again show the locals are strong and
gallops into the lead on the start. This time Steve Kinser spins in
turn 2 before a lap is in the books. Complete restart, for the 3rd
time, Griffth out gassed Pittman and leads the A. Finally, a lap in
the books. Lap 4 Sammy Swindell does this now famous bullcrap WOO
move and pulls it out of gear and stops to go to the work area.
Restart, Kinser spins again. Green, Griffith leads as Pittman and
Bell are right there for a 3 car battle upfront. Lap 6, Bell jumps
the cushion in turn 3 and slides off the top of the track. Under
yellow, Darrah now stops and needs a push to the work area. Yes that
stunt is sucking by now. Restart, Griffith leads as Schatz starts to
pressure Caleb. Caleb holds his own until lap 9, Donny takes the
lead. Lap 10, Reed after passing 10 cars, slams the wall hard off 4
and stops. During the caution, the red is displayed for a fuel stop
since there already was a bazillion caution laps. Schatz takes
command on the restart and pulls away a bit as Griffith, Pittman,
and Sebetto battle for 2nd. Lap 14. Henry spins. Restart, the pack
crowds into 1, Pittman makes a move as Sebetto makes contact with
him and Pittman spins for a yellow. Restart, Schatz leads as he
opens the gap. It looks like if they ever get in lapped traffic,
Schatz is a sitting duck because Griffith and Sebetto both look
excellent in traffic and just gain on Schatz but this is one of
those A mains they can't get a handful of laps in until something
else causes a yellow. Lap 22, Kraig Kinser's turn to spin. Once
again, Schatz leads and just as they get into traffic Griffith and
Sebetto close in only to have a red on lap 28 for a Henry flip and
once again Steve Kinser spins. Single file restarts now due to the
850 caution laps that seem to be have run, okay maybe 150 but seems
like 850 when over an hour later, the race is still going. Green,
lap 29, Sides and Sheldon Haudenschild spins collecting Jacobs. The
track is in great shape for Fremont, so that isn't the issue, just
drivers having major issues. Schatz again leads with another yellow
on lap 31 for Bell and Sides spinning. Restart, Schatz leads and
Griffith and Sebetto chase him. 5 to go, they start to close. 3 to
go, traffic, Griffith gains more ground. Too little too late, Schatz
takes the win in a marathon over Griffith, Sebetto, Blaney, and Jac
The heats races, dash and C main were all great
racing. The B was okay, the A just plain sucked. It was one of those
once one caution flew 10 did. 11 cautions and 2 reds and 100 laps or
more at idol under yellow. It by no means had anything to due with
the track, it was just one of those A's that things were a mess.
Another thing that sucked with the WOO now is allowing drivers to
just pull out of gear and stop and go the the work area for 2
minutes. I dont care who's car or who's driving it, this is the
biggest crock of crap rule in racing, it isn't NASCAR so quit making
pit stops! With all the talk of spin outs altering the race in
NASCAR recently, these little stunts alter the race outcomes just as
much if not more, dumbest rule in racing right now.
Sunday on a misty miserable day, Waynesfield Raceway
Park is hosting the 1st annual Harvest of The Sprints. A show
featuring traditional sprints, winged 360 sprints, and mini sprints
late season on a Sunday is a great idea. Mother nature is doing no
favors for the attempt. With light rain all over the area, I mean at
least 100 miles North and to the East and West for several miles, a
slim crowd walks up to the ticket window but the WRP crew says the
show is on. With no rain until after the gates open at the track,
the crew works and works to get the wet surface ready. 41 nonwing,
29 360, and 20 mini sprints are ready for action and some heavy
hitters are present.
With the track as good as it can get, hot laps are
called to the track. After hot laps, the heats are ready and called
to the staging area as a light mist falls. the nonwing heats are up
first. 4 heats top 4 to the A main. On a narrow wet track with a
mist, the cars are ready to race. Mike Miller moves to the lead in
heat 1. A few laps in a battle for 3rd see Thomas McCane destroy his
car in the turn 3 guardrail after being ran high in the turn. At the
same time, Travis Hery gets in the wet cushion in turn 1 and flips
hard into turn 2. Still misty and the race restarts. Miller leads
and races to the win over Chad Wilson, Mike Dunlap, and Kody
Swanson. Heat 2 seen contact between Brady Bacon and Nick Bilbee
broke Bilbee's front tire off. Under yellow Nick tossed his steering
wheel twice at Bacon. Chris Gurley and Kevin Thomas JR raced just
inches apart in this one, almost touching a few times. A very close
race with Gurley taking the win over Thomas, Kyle Cummins, and
Thomas Messeruall. As the field slowed down on a false start in heat
3, Chad Boespflug climbed Gary Taylor's right rear and flipped down
the pit pull off lane after taking the stop light a pole out of the
near by fence. Todd Keen took the win charging up from 6th over Jim
Dues, Lee Underwood, and Taylor. With the mist still a rolling the
track was getting slicker and slicker. Tim Hunter starts on the pole
of heat 4 and spins going into turn 1 most of the field collides.
Meyers flips, Mike Brecht, Dallas Hewitt, and Cooper Clouse get
gathered in the mess. Dustin Ingle takes the win over Hunter, Derek
Hastings, and Hewitt.
3 360 heats were up next as the mist got worse.
Lucas Wolfe lead the slick parade around in heat 1 and the bottom of
the track was so slick the tires were wet and just getting no grip.
Sheldon Haudenschild got bumped and spun out while running 2nd with
a lap to go. The mist turned to rain and with the track already lost
past the point of racing, the race was checkered. Wolfe won over
Dennis Yoacum, and Jarad Horstman.
The rains came and the WRP crew did all they could
all day long to get this event is and pushed the limits all day long
and just couldn't do anything more to get the race in. A full
program has been rescheduled for Friday October 11th. This is should
be a great event as this one had all the makings to be, just mother
nature spoiled the party.
Fremont Speedway has added the earlier rained out
360/305 Challenge to this Saturday's season ending program. Over 40
cars were on hand the night it got canceled. Look for another big
car count this weekend as the BOSS sprints are on the card too. I
hope word gets out the 360 deal has been added.
Atomic Speedway in OH sees the OVSCA hit the track
Saturday, Plymouth IN Speedway has an open 410 show Saturday, and
the USSA sprints invade Anderson Speedway in Indiana Saturday.
Thanks for reading,
For the last 31 years USAC has showcased their
Silver Crown, Midget, and Sprint Car divisions all on one card in
late September at Eldora Speedway during the 4 Crown Nationals. With
beautiful skies and cooler temps after a wash out on Friday night,
the 32nd annual 4 Crown Nationals was on schedule Saturday at the
Big E. 20 Silver Crown, 19 Midget, and 36 Sprint cars were pit side
and ready to attack the high banks. The action got wild early as
Robert Ballou flipped in Silver Crown hot laps, as the Hampshire
crew went to work to get back on the track. Brad Kuhn destroyed his
Midget in time trials, ending his night. Bobby East, Silver Crown,
Rico Abreu Midgets, and Tracy Hines, Sprints set quick times on the
night during qualifying on a track with a nice cushion for the start
of the night.
With all Silver Crown and Midgets making the A, only
the Sprints would have a B Main. The Midgets would run 3 heats and
the Sprints 4 heats with the top 4 moving into the A Main for the
The Midgets would kick off with their 3 heats, all
cars moving to the A. Tanner Thorson throttled into the lead in heat
1. Thorson looked like an Eldora pro holding off a fast Abreu for
the win. Justin Grosz slowed heat 2 while stopping with problems.
Christopher Bell blasted to the lead and held Bryan Clauson at bay
to take the win. Chris Windom whipped from inside row 2 into the
lead in heat 3. Windom held on to take the win over Brady Bacon.
4 sprint car heats with the top 4 moving into the A.
Jerry Coons Jr had a strong run in heat 1 a going when he broke
while running 3rd. Scotty Weir was another driver with car issues in
heat 1. Meanwhile, Tracy Hines hustled from 6th to take the win over
Mike Brecht, Matt Westfall and Jac Haudenschild. CJ Leary slowed
heat 2 when he stopped on the track. Mike Galajda did a 360 spin and
kept going but the yellow had already been thrown for his when he
started to spin out. Daron Clayton rode the cushion that got more
narrow each race that past by. Clayton looked very strong and took
the win over Windom, Brady Bacon, and Kevin Thomas Jr. Gary Taylor
grabbed the lead in heat 3. As Taylor lead, Chase Stockon was
putting on a show, making it 3 wide for 2nd. Chase gave it his all
but fell just short at the finish. Taylor took the win over Stockon,
Jon Stanbrough, and Kyle Cummins. Heat 4 they was dropping out like
flies as Dave Darland, Logan Jarrett, and Mitch Wissmiller all
pulled put side. Dallas Hewitt also has some issues. Robert Ballou
bounced up on the high side and raced away with the win. Bill Rose,
Bryan Clauson, and Nick Drake all earn transfer spots. Rose made a
world tour after the WOO got rained out about 12 at Lernerville PA,
Bill jumped in a rental car to drive to his Plainfield IN shop to
get his USAC car. Meanwhile, his hauler headed to Eldora to get
ready as the car on it's way had no motor in it and hadn't been
touched since coming home from a July race. A rush job by several
people pitching it got Bill on track just about 25 minutes after he
arrived and 5 minutes before hot laps.
The sprint car B Main would transfer the top 8 to
the A Main. After pulling put a back up car, Dave Darland would
start dead last in 19th, trying to still have hopes of a points
title. Dallas Hewitt recovered quickly from his heat race incident
and raced from 4th to the lead. As Dallas paced the field, Darland
was thrilling the huge crowd. Darland quickly in 3 laps was in the
top 10, looking for more. Contact between Darland and Tyler Courtney
sent Courtney spinning after he cut Darland off several times as
Dave tried to pass. It could have been real dangerous as Courtney
sat completely sideways head on into the rest of the pack. After a
few close calls, everyone passed. Not the place for a child's play
move like that on one of the most dangerous spots on the track.
Restart, Darland secures a transfer position as Hewitt races away
upfront. Darland makes a great charge up to 2nd but Hewitt is too
far gone for Darland to catch him. Hewitt wins over, Darland, Luke
Hall, Justin Grant, Jarett Andretti, Wes McIntyre, and Mike Miller.
25 laps for the Midget A Main to kick things off.
Bobby East and Bryan Clauson brought the field to the green in this
one. Clauson climbed the high banks into the lead as the field
rushed into turn 1. With cushion now just 6 inches from the wall,
old style Eldora was present and proved for a great midget A. As
Clauson lead, Rico Abreu was running the wall, getting so close at
times in turn 3, he would brush the dirt right off the spot in front
of the wall. Rico quickly worked into 2nd, chasing Clauson. Lap 7,
Rico races into the lead. Rico's teammate Christopher Bell quickly
moves into 2nd as great battle is in the making. Bell starts to
battle Abreu as they race just inches apart and less than a foot off
the wall. Lap 15, Hagan stops for a caution. Restart, Abreu and Bell
have a classic Eldora slide job for slide job, turn after turn
battle. Bell seems to have the faster car but, Abreu is running
smoother and not using as much track up when he does his cross over
return slide job. Lap after lap, these guys are putting on a duel.
Battles like this are why the 4 Crown has been a stable on the
Eldora schedule for over 30 years. The track was in excellent shape
for a classic Eldora duel as they 2 younger drivers showcase a
instant classic. The last 10 laps was as long time Eldora announcer
Terry Baltes would call a barn burner. With 2 to go, Bell tries a
slide job in turn 2 that falls short, giving Abreu just the
advantage he needed to seal the deal. Abreu takes a popular win over
Bell, Tracy Hines, Bobby East, and Dave Darland.
Next up was the 30 lap sprint car A Main. Clauson
and Clayton paced the field on the start of this one. Clayton climbs
into the lead on the top side as the pack raced into turn 1. Clayton
looks good running the rail, right up on the wall. Lap 6, Leary
spins for a yellow. Clayton is in full command on the restart and
opens the lead one again. As Clayton holds strong upfront, the focus
of many switch to Darland who is making another great charge through
the pack. Just about half way Stockon is closing in on Clayton and
looks to be pacing himself to be there from mid race on. Lap 14,
Hewitt finds the wall hard off turn 4. Restart, the lead pack gets
about 4 wide as Bacon makes a bid towards the lead when he slides up
the cushion in turn 2, the pack runs out of room and Bacon flips
wildly. Just is almost same identical spot the Hoffman got totaled
in last year's event. During the red, 2nd place Stockon pulls in
with engine woes. Restart, Clayton leads as Hines tries to close in
with 10 to go, looking to get close enough to make a move. Windom is
battling Haudenschild for 3rd, but several car lengths behind the
leader. As they battle in traffic, you gotta slide up to the narrow
cushion is a old school Eldora style track. Everyone that has
expressed complaints in the past need to give thanks and credit
where it's due because the track has been very racy and great all
year. Lap 24, Clayton sliding through lapped traffic in turn 2 and
slips up, jumping the narrow cushion and destroying the 35 ride.
This puts Hines in the lead for the restart. Hines gets a clean
restart and all Windom can do is watch. Hines looks to have it
wrapped up as Windom and Haudenschild can't get close enough to make
a move. Darland is now in the top 5, looking for more. White flag,
it's all Hines. Coming off 4, just working past a lapped car with
the checkered flag in the flagman's hand, Hines gets into the turn 4
wall and flips violently. The red comes out as Windom crosses the
line so race is not complete even tho Windom crossed the line.
Windom now handed the lead gets the green and white together on the
restart. Haudenschild tries to make a move but to no avail. Windom
takes the win as Haudenschild, Darland, up from 24th, Clauson, and
Ballou, up from 10th, round out the top 5. No real battles upfront,
just leaders crashing out.
The finale of the night was the 50 lap Silvercrown A
Main. East and Hines lead the field to the green flag. East inched
into the lead on the start as Windom is looking strong moving up
from 5th. Lap 3, Mitch Wissmiller spins. As he sits crossed up in
turn 1, Chris Urish slams into him, ending both their nights. East
leads on the restart East leads but Windom makes his move and takes
the lead on lap 4. In that jinxed region over in between turns 1 and
2, just as lap 4 is in the books, Kellen Conover spins collect Jerry
Nemire as Jerry makes heavy contact with Conover. Conover is done,
Nemire would return a handful of laps down after repairs. Windom now
is in command but is under fire as Bell closes and starts to
challenge for the lead. Ballou is making a huge run from 20th to the
top 10 already. The next 10 laps they battle hard, less than a half
car length apart at times, until lap 16 when Bell blows a tire.
Restart, it's Windom but Ballou is on a mission, now up to 3rd. Just
as Ballou was gaining on the leaders, lap 24 Robert quickly pulls in
as heavy smoke and a liquid trail comes out of the 63 entry. Windom
sets a smooth but fast pace just after the half way point. With 15
laps to go, Hines closes in, making a late move to battle for the
win. In and out of traffic, they battle. Windom gets a huge break in
lapped traffic with 4 to go, looking to seal the deal. Lap 48, in
almost the same spot, all alone time, just after sliding a lapped
car, Hines tags the turn 4 wall and flips violently once again.
Hines thankfully was alright but has had better nights. Windom gets
a good restart and takes his 2nd win of the night. Matt Westfall,
Shane Cockrum, Taylor Ferns, up from 12th, and Dave Darland rounded
out the top 5.
The midget A was a great classic Eldora battle. The
other 2 didn't have much of a battle for the lead but had some good
battles through out the pack and many changes upfront with some bad
luck for some drivers and wild action.
Thanks for reading Duane
On a picture perfect Friday night, it was too
gorgeous to sit around the house so it was off to the Gas City I-69
Speedway for some traditional sprint car racing. A nice field of 32
sprints and 6 600cc mini sprints were on hand as I walked into the
pit gate. A $1000 bonus was on the line for the sprint A Main win.
4 sprint car heats with the top 4 moving into the A
Main. The track was very heavy, just like the Gas City you hear fans
rave about that has seen it in this condition. AJ Hopkins hoped into
the lead on the start of heat 1 and ran away from the pack. Hopkins
wasn't touched in this one, as a great from 2nd to 5th was ensuing.
Hopkins wins over Jerry Coons Jr who came from last, Adam Byrkett,
and Travis Welpott. In heat 2, Luke Hall was aboard the 9N and it
looked like the set up was not near Luke's liking as he was bouncing
all over the place, spinning out twice, ending his heat. Logan
Jarrett jumped out front on the start of this one and never looked
back. Jarrett took the win over a fast Parker Price-Miller, Ted
Hines, and Travis Hery just holding on to 4th. The only thing
slowing Chris Gurley in heat 3 was Todd Keen brushing that wall just
past the flag stand, bringing out the yellow. Gurley gassed it up on
the restart on held on for the win over Jarret Andretti, Kyle
Robbins, and Matt Goodnight. It always catches my eye when I walk
through the Gas City pits and see Aldo and John Andretti working on
a sprint, a lot of tradition there in that pit stall. Heat 4 was the
best heat of the night as Matt Westfall held off last row starter,
Scotty Weir for the win. Joe Liguori and Garrett Abrams earn
With the track crew knocking down the cushion before
the B Main, the track never really changed much from the heats and
as still real tacky. With some heavy hitters still looking to race
into the A, the top 4 from the B move forward into the A. As Chad
Boespflug blast from the front row and pulling to a big lead, a
tight battle for 3rd to 6th is taking place. The battle heats up
just past the half way point when Tony Main, Jamie Fredrickson and
Chad Wilson enter turn 1 and 2 all glued together battling for 4th.
Main runs over Fredrickson entering 2, flipping as Jamie spins,
Wilson has nowhere to go but into the mess as well. After the pack
is stopped Mike Weber running in the back of the pack slams into
Wilson. Restart, it's still all Boespflug. Chad races away with the
win over Max McGhee, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Dallas Hewitt.
Weir and Gurley brought the field to green in the 30
lap A Main. Weir wrestled to the lead as field slide into turn 1
after taking the green. Setting a fast pace on the track that still
was tacky, Weir opened up a 6 car length lead. As Weir leads, Coons
is quickly working up from 7th towards the leader. As 10 laps pass
by, Coons is closing quickly. Lap 13, Welpott spins. Restart, Weir
leads as Coons put the pressure on. Lap 15, Coons takes cruises to
the lead. Coons quickly pulls to a 8 car length lead. Lap 17 coming
off turn 3, Hery stalls right in front of Coons. Coons slams the
back of Hery, ending his night. This hands Weir the lead once again.
Restart, Westfall gets a great run on the bottom and takes the lead
on lap 18. Westfall is looking for his first Gas City win after
several visits. Lap 20, Hewitt stops. Restart, Westfall is on the
hammer and pulls away. Matt opens up a huge lead and looks to have
things in hand with 5 to go as Robbins races into the top 3 from
deep in the pack. Lap 27, Gurley spins on the top of turn 1.
Westfall hits his marks on the restart and seals the deal and takes
home his 1st Gas City win along with a $1000 bonus. Robbins, up from
13th, Weir, Hopkins, and Jarrett round out the top 5. A fair A Main
that would have been very interesting I think if Coons stayed in the
With only 6 mini sprints Trent Wilson dominated the
show. Trent took the heat race win as well as running away with the
A Main win. I wish more would have showed up since Gas City put the
effort forward to add them to the card.
Friday Allstars Fremont OH, OVSCA Brushcreek OH
SaturdayAllstars Fremont OH, OVSCA Atomic OH, USAC
Have a safe one Duane
With several races to pick from on the long holiday
weekend, I decided to do it in true Tri-State Outlook style and hit
3 tracks in the 3 different states of the tri-state area. Great
weather blessed all 3 stops I made.
35 All Star Sprints were pit side Friday night at
Attica Raceway Park as ARP kicked off their last weekend of racing
for the season. With a super huge cushion during hot laps, Travis
Philo started the night off upside down in hot laps. Cole Duncan set
quick time of the night during qualifying. Cole would suffer engine
damage though and scratch for the evening before the 1st heat race
was even staged.
After the ARP track crew knocked the thick tall
cushion down, the heat races was ready to hit the track. 4 heats
with the top 5 moving into the A Main. Philo's crew worked hard as
he made the call for heat 1. Byron Reed ripped into the lead in heat
1 and ran away from the pack. The only thing slowing Reed was a
Philo spin. Reed lead flag to flag for the win over Danny Holtgraver,
Caleb Griffith, Dale Blaney, and Jimmy Light. Jody Keegan out raced
Trey Gustin on the start of heat 2 and pulled to a huge lead. Keegan
was never close to being challenged as he ran off with the win.
Gustin, Tim Shaffer, Dean Jacobs, and Brian Lay transfer into the A
Main. Heat 3 was a good heat as they battle upfront was good after a
false start on the heat. Kody Kinser was running in a transfer spot
and got pushed around and spun with a few laps to go. Chris Andrews
raced to the win over Christopher Bell, Rob Chaney, Stuart Brubaker,
and Bryan Sebetto. Sebetto moved into the A after starting out of
the invert. Before heat 4 was lined up, Duane Zablocki came to a
stop with issues that sidelined him for the night. John Ivy used the
low line on the start to race into the lead. Looking good in a rare
410 start aboard the Farmer 29 ride, Ivy showed he can hustle a 410
still and took the win. Stuart Brubaker, Cap Henry, from the last
row, Greg Wilson, and Wayne Johnson, on his first Attica appearance,
earn transfer positions.
Wayne Johnson was quickly liking the Attica oval in
his first visit from Knoxville Iowa as he raced to the Dash win,
earning the pole position for the A Main.
As Andrew Palker and Randy Hannagan raced upfront
for the lead in the B Main, Kody Kinser was hitting everything but
the pace truck. Kinser got into Mike Linder hard battling for 4th,
punting Linder who all but flipped, ending his night. Kinser wasn't
done there as he raced DJ Foos for 3rd, he totally drove over Foos,
but this time causing his self to tumble hard. Probably a good thing
he was done for the night because he looked to be on a destructive
mission. Somehow Foos escaped without major damage. Once Kinser was
on the hook, the race went nonstop with Palker taking the win over
Hannagan, Foos, and Brad Bowman taking the last transfer spot on the
Johnson and Williams lead the field to the green in
the 30 lap A Main. Johnson jumps into the lead on the start.
Williams has been looking very strong lately and takes the lead on
lap 2. Just as lap 2 is complete, Foos spins for a yellow. Williams
sets a quick pace on the restart and opens a huge lead. Williams is
looking very good, hitting his marks and holding the lead. At the
halfway point, Blaney has reeled Williams as Andrews is right there
too. The top 3 are just a few car lengths apart as Williams holds
the lead. Williams holds on to the lead under the pressure. Lap 20,
Blaney blast into the lead. As Blaney leads Shaffer is the car on
the move. Lap 23, Keegan flips hard in turn 1. Restart, Blaney leads
as Shaffer tries to get to the lead. Lap 24, Lay pulls into the
infield with a broken front end. Restart, Shaffer gets an excellent
run and shoots around Blaney for the lead with 5 to go. Looking like
he shot out of a cannon, Shaffer quickly opens a huge lead. Lap 27,
Johnson spins collecting Jacobs. Restart, it's all Shaffer. Shaffer
races away and comes home with his 1st All Star win of the season.
Blaney, Andrews, Wilson, and Holtgraver rounds out the top 5. A
decent race with 4 different leaders in the 30 laps and a battle for
the lead with 5 to go. Attica kicks off its 2014 season on March
28th and will host the Spring Nationals the following weekend, the
1st weekend in April like the 4th and 5th of 2014.
Saturday, after getting an invite to Houghton Lake
MI, I decided to hit another track I've never been to before Merritt
Speedway in Lake City Mi, just down the road, as they were hosting
an open 410 winged sprint car show. Not running winged 410s hardly
ever in that area, I wasn't expecting a large field of cars. 11 cars
made the trip up north on the tight 3/8th mile oval.
My first thought was there wasnt many grandstands
and it should be tight racing as the track is short and narrow. It
reminded me a little of old Lawrenceburg with a lip over the edge of
the top groove all away around the track to the guardrail in spots.
Turn 3 and 4 the back stop was a close by corn field. With the top
groove pretty slick in hot laps, Mike Baker ended his night early,
sliding off the top of turn 4, slamming the guardrail hard causing
major rear end damage.
2 heat races were ran for the sprints. Heat 1, Tom
Davies slowed the action as he came to a stop. Mike Astrauskas
slowed the action with a spin. Brett Lane lead wire to wire to take
the heat race win. Heat 2, a great battle between teammates John
Gall and Paige Polyak upfront. Polyak made a last lap move in turn 2
to take the lead and the win.
After a redraw from the heats, Paige Polyak and Phil
Rutledge lead the field to green in the 20 lap A Main. Polyak
pounced into the lead as the field raced into turn 1. Quickly
pulling away from the field, Polyak was on a mission. Paige started
lapping cars in just a handful of laps. John Gall held a studying
2nd as Brett Lane tired to close in. Taking her time in traffic,
Paige ran a smart smooth race, making all the right moves lapping,
Paige lapped up to 4th place on her romp on the field. Going green
to checkered, Paige lead flag to flag taking a convincing win. Gall,
Lane, Joey Irwin, and Chris Pobanz rounded out the top 5. Polyak
earned her 1st career 410 A Main win in her rookie season and now
has became the first female to win a sprint car A Main at Merritt
now as well. A fun night of racing with my friend Mike from Michigan
and his family, showing me their home track. Mike see told you and
your wife I would get you in here lol.
Rounding the weekend out, it was time to hit an
Indiana track so off to Angola Motorsport Speedway for the HOSS
Sprints show. 25 sprints pulled through the pit gate at the 3/8th
mile paved oval. The track was lightening fast as Aaron Pierce set a
new track record turning the 1st 11 second lap at Angola with a time
of 11.899, over a 120 MPH average. That's cooking around Angola.
Before the heats, Pierce took a challenge to start tail of the A
Main, assuming he transferred, for $500 if the coin flip was heads
and a $1000 if it was tails. It turned into a $500 challenge.
In heat 1, Pierce spins trying to rush through the
field just a few laps into the heat. Jimmy McCune marched from 4th
to 1st in this one to take the lead. McCune took the win over Tim
Cox, Tyler Roarig, Hank Lower, and Pierce as he raced into 5th with
1 to go. Heat 2, was one of those heats that just took a while. A
bad start slowed the field on the initial start. Chris
Neuenschwander took the early lead as Jim Payne spins for a yellow.
Geoff Kaiser took the lead as a Kyle Feeney spins slows the action
again. A great late race battle seen Jason Blonde make a last lap
pass on Kasier to take the win. Kasier, Neuenschwander, Joe Swanson,
and Mike Astrauskas round out the top 5. Actually a great race with
3 different leaders in one heat. Bill Tyler took the early lead in
heat 3 as Phil Rutledge spins for a yellow. Jacob Wilson whipped
from 6th to the front in this one. Wilson held off a late race
charge from JoJo Helberg to take the win in this one. Tyler, Cody
Gallogy, and Garrett Green followed them across the line, earning
John Trunbill throttled into the lead on the start
of the B as Jerry Caryer chased him. Tom Geren slowed the action as
he spun in turn 3. Trunbill held the lead on the restart and never
left the point the entire distance. Trunbill takes the win over
Caryer, Kevin Feeney, Kyle Feeney, and Ted Alberts by a car length
over Jim Payne for the final transfer spot.
Blonde and McCune brought the field to green in the
30 lap A Main. McCune mashed the throttle from outside row 1 and
raced into the lead as the pack exited turn 2 on lap 1. Setting a
super fast pace, McCune was on a mission back in his family ride.
Quickly entering traffic, McCune worked his way through the back
markers. Helberg was inches off McCune's tail tank at the halfway
point. Looking faster at times, JoJo would drive super hard into the
turns, all but touching Jimmy's rear bumper as Jimmy had the power
off the turns to stay in front. Wilson enters the mix with 5 to go.
The top 3 was pretty much nose to tail, as McCune works traffic like
a master. Going green to checkered, the field set a record pace in
the A Main. McCune holds on to win after several attempts from
Helberg to make a move. Wilson, Swanson, and Roarig round out the
top 5. The 30 lap event clicked off in just over 6 minutes. Yes they
were flying and put on a good show all race long McCune and Helberg
were glued together upfront.
All in all a great weekend of racing. A 30 lap A
with 4 different leaders Friday at Attica. A new track for me and a
new 410 career winner Saturday at Merritt. A showcase of speed and
close racing Sunday at Angola. Not to mention safe travels, and good
times spent with family and friends at each night.
Mark your calendars for Sunday September 29th as
Waynesfield Raceway Park has added a $2000 to win traditional sprint
car show with $2000 to win for winged 360s and $1000 to win for mini
Saturday: FAST Fremont OH, OVSCA Ohio Valley
Thanks for reading,
As school is back in session and the calendar points
towards fall, you start seeing each week from now on race tracks
running their last race of the season. I'm not sure where this
summer went, I guess between the many early season rain outs and
temps staying moderate most of the summer, it seems it should be
just hitting it's stride instead slowing down. There is still plenty
of racing to be seen and if you are willing to travel, there still
is a good 2 months to go. Speaking of traveling, I've been known to
travel all over and I think the rest of the season you just never
know where I will show up. I want to hit a few more tracks I've
never been to yet and think I just may hit some shows that maybe off
the radar somewhat.
Speaking of hitting tracks I've never been to, last
Saturday I made the journey just over the Ohio line to Mercer
Raceway Park for the All Star show. The 305 Outlaw sprints were on
the card as well. I've been wanting to hit MRP for a few years and
made finally, making it my 113 different track I've witnessed a race
at. 28 All Stars and 19 305 sprints were on hand.
With a unique design, pretty much 2 totally
different ends of turns, I knew I would like the racing. I really
liked how there was grandstands, viewing area from your automobile
if you bought a spot, or could take a lawn chair to sit in in front
of the stands. A very different place but reminded me of more of an
old school race track not all this oh I want to be like or think we
should be like NASCAR facility places think they need to strive for
more and more.
Andrew Palker set the pace with fast time of the
night in qualifying. 3 All Star heats with the top 6 transferring
into the A Main. The night started off wild in heat 1. Coming to the
white chalk line on the start, a heavy dose of pinching and
squeezing was going on and as the pack hit the line and the throttle
all hell broke loose. With cars climbing over each other, Caleb
Helms and Dan Kuriger both flip as Trey Gustin and Adam Kekich get
collected in the mess too. Gustin is the only car rejoining the
pack. All 6 starters now will transfer to the A but, they must
finish the heat under All Star rules. Jack Sodeman Jr slide into the
lead once the heat got to rolling. A very quick 8 laps, Sodeman
receives heavy pressure in the closing laps from Palker. Racing to
the finish line, Sodeman takes the win by a nose wing over Palker,
Eric Williams, Andy McKisson, Gustin, and Bob Howard. In heat 2, Cap
Henry held the lead from the start as Dale Blaney and Danny
Holtgraver ran him down in the closing laps. Henry held on for the w
over Blaney, Holtgraver, Scott Priester, Carl Bowser, and Cole
Duncan. Dennis Wagner whipped from the pole in heat 3 and used his
Mercer experience to lead the way. Leading flag to flag, Wagner took
the win over Russ Sansosti, Lee Jacobs, Tim Shaffer, Ralph
Spithhauler, and Paige Polyak.
2 heats for the 305 sprints seen all the cars move
into the A Main. Not knowing a one of these drivers or seeing them
race, it was interesting to me to see an entire new group of racers
to me. Joe McEwen and Chris Matthews took home heat wins. Cody
Braden slowed heat 2 twice with spins.
Next up the All Star Dash, Holtgraver out drag races
Shaffer on the start taking the lead into turns one and two.
Holtgraver holds on as the 6 lap Dash click off quickly. Palker
slips past Shaffer late in the race to earn a front row starting
spot in the A with winner Holtgraver. The All Star B Main transfers
the final 6 cars into the A main. With the top 6 moving into the A,
only 3 cars are going to miss the show. Making up for bad heat
races. Helms and Kekich chase each other upfront in the B. Helms
lays down a consistent run and leads wire to wire taking the win.
Kekich, Brandon Matus, Brett Matus, Chris Best, and Jim Shuster race
into A Main transfer positions.
Moving the program along very nicely the All Star 30
lap A Main was up next after about 15 minutes of track prep,
allowing the B Main cars time to refuel and adjust their rides.
Holtgraver and Palker bring the 24 car field to the green.
Holtgraver hammered into the lead as the field raced off turn 2 on
lap 1. Palker looked fast all night and pounced into the lead on lap
2. Palker pulls away quickly looking like the car to beat. Entering
lapped traffic quickly, getting through traffic on this tight oval
looked key to stay upfront. Trying to get past traffic, Palker's
lead quickly disappeared as Holtgraver, Shaffer, Duncan, Jacobs, and
Polyak all close in, the top 6 were just about nose to tail as the
caution flew on lap 10 for Priester spinning off the top of turn 3
and over the edge into the guardrail. Palker leads on the restart as
the yellow quickly flies on lap 12 for Henry and Williams spinning
in turn 1. Restart, it's all Palker. Palker is looking very well as
he leads the way. With 10 to go the traffic gets heavy as Holtgraver
closes in to pressure on Palker. As they lead the way, Blaney is
quietly using the low line to work within striking distance of the
leaders. With 5 to go, Palker and Holtgraver as battling hard for
the lead. With the crowd cheering on track favorite Holtgraver on to
try and go 5 for 5 this season at MRP. Danny bobbled a little with 4
to go, looking like he would settle for 2nd. Not giving up,
Holtgraver quickly worked a great move in traffic to pull to the
tail tank of Palker. With the white flag a waving the crowd came to
it's feet as Palker slipped in traffic in turn 1. Off 2, Holtgraver
made his move and raced into the lead. Palker goes hot into turn 3,
blowing off the edge of the track but regaining his control to race
in front of Blaney. As the checkered flag waves, Holtgraver crosses
the line with the win, much to the approval of the local crowd.
Palker, Blaney, Shaffer, Duncan, Jacobs, and Polyak round out the
Jimmy Morris and Rob Felix paced the field to green
in the 20 lap 305 A Main. Morris motors into the lead as the pack is
pretty even until the race off turn 2. Lap 1, Matthews spins in turn
4. Restart, it's all Morris. Morris opens the gap as Felix holds a
solid 2nd over Greg Dobrosky. Lap 8, Braden spins right in front of
the lead pack just as they were trying to lap him off turn 4.
Restart, it's still all Morris. Jimmy is on a rail and quickly opens
a huge gap over the pack. As the laps pass by, Morris is on cruise
control upfront. As Morris has his way upfront, eyes shift to Andy
Feil who is making a charge from 11th into the top 3. Making it look
easy Morris leads flag to flag in this one, taking the win. Felix,
Feil, Dobrosky, and CJ Jones round of the top 5.
My first trip to Mercer I thought has good racing,
the people were very friendly, they moved the program, I was on road
by 10:20 watching both sprint car A Mains, I would for sure make a
return visit. I would love to witness a midget race there and may
put that on the agenda next season.
Atomic Speedway, the old KC Raceway will be back in
operation yet this season after a few years down time. A handful of
Saturday night shows kick off September 14th with OVSCA
Sprints...Berlin Speedway in Michigan just added a Tuesday night SOD
show on September 24th. You maybe thinking wait Berlin is pavement,
you it is but not in the month of September. They are once again
bringing dirt in to cover the paved oval for a huge WOO late model
race. Well they decided since the dirt is there why not add a sprint
car show. I love this idea for a Tuesday night...This Friday Attica
Raceway Park host a 1st, the All Star Sprints and the Lucas Oil Late
Models for the first time ever together. Ive been looking forward to
this one all season and have been recruiting people for the past few
months to attend this one.
The last major holiday racing weekend of the season.
Many many many races to choose from all weekend. Make sure to hit as
many as possible of this long weekend.
Thursday OVSCA West Virginia Motor Speedway
Friday All Star Sprints Attica OH, SOD Winston MI,
OVSCA West Virginia Motor Speedway
Saturday All Star Sprints Attica OH, USAC Terre
Haute IN, SOD Crystal MI, 410 Sprints Special Merritt MI, BOSS
Sunday All Star Sprints Wayne County OH, HOSS Angola
IN, MSCS Haubstadt IN
Many other bigger shows non sprint car related or
big local sprint car shows as well. Be safe and have a great holiday
Making their only Michigan appearance of the season
last Saturday night, the All Star Sprints pulled through the gates
of the Butler Speedway in Quincy Michigan. A stout field of 31 cars
was on hand and ready for action. With the track looking the best
I've seen it in years, it was shaping up to be a much better show
than I was expecting. Several cars were flirting with the track
record in hot laps. Stuart Brubaker aboard the Ferkel 0, had major
engine issues during the 2nd lap of hot laps and was done for the
night. As the 30 remaining cars qualified, Danny Holtgraver set
quick time on the night with a new track record of 11.897
4 heats with the top 5 moving into the A Main. With some Butler
locals timing well, the heats had some good mixtures in the line
ups. Jared Horstman rode the high side to the lead in heat 1.
Horstman was under heavy pressure from Doug Zimmerman all 8 laps.
Horstman held on for the win over Zimmerman, Kody Kinser, Dave
Blaney, and Danny Holtgraver. Heat 2 took a while to get a going.
Scott Euler spun off the top of turn 2 on start. Restart, Mark
Aldrich spun to the inside of turn 2. Finally, the third time was a
charm as Ryan Ruhl ripped to the lead on the start. Ruhl lead flag
to flag for the win over Brady Bacon, Shane Stewart, Tim Shaffer,
and Josh Turner. Roger Campbell cruised to the lead in heat 3. Spins
from Bryan Sebetto, Caleb Helms, and Sebetto again slowed the
action. Paige Polyak was closing quickly in the closing laps of this
one. Campbell held his narrow lead and took the win. Polyak, Ken
Mackey, Brad Lamberson, and Logan Jarrett, from the tail, take
transfer spots. Matt Merrill marched to the lead from outside row 1
in heat 3 and never looked back. Merrill held off a last lap
challenge from Cap Henry to take the win. Tim Evilsizer , Dale
Blaney, and Trey Gustin earn transfer positions.
With the track staying in good shape and the staff actually moving
the show along very nicely, the Dash and B Main was up next on the
agenda. Dave Blaney blasted to the high side on the start of the
Dash and took the lead over Stewart on the start. Blaney was looking
like the Buckeye Bullet of old and raced to the win. Trying to make
up for a heat race spin, Helms hustled to the lead of the B Main.
Leading some guys not figuring on running the B, Helms had his
rythem a rolling in this one. Aldrich and Robert Bulloch slowed the
action with a spin from each of them. Helms held off Cole Duncan,
Sebetto, and Scott Euler for the win.
Dave Blaney and Stewart paced the field for the 30 lap A Main.
Stewart slips to the lead as the field takes the green. Before Shane
can get into turn 3, Bacon and Kinser bump and both spin off the top
of turn 2. Bacon's night ends on the back of the wrecker. Complete
restart, Stewart gets another great start and slides into the lead
once again. Lap 1, Henry pulls a slide job going into turn 2 on
Polyak. Henry spins as Polyak clears him, she runs down the back
stretch and spins off the top of it into turn 3. Restart, Stewart
holds his lead as the field slows on lap 5 for a Turner spin.
Several laps have already clicked off during the caution laps.
Green, Blaney tries to make a move as Stewart races away once again.
Lap 7, Holtgraver spins collecting Helms who spins to avoid Danny.
Restart, Zimmerman spins. During this yellow a red is called for a
fuel stop. It was determined with all the caution laps ran and still
23 laps in the A remaining, no way the cars will finish. A good call
really because it starting off very rough and why not just solve the
issue now and maybe settle the action down some so it can roll
smoothly once things fire back up. During the red, Stewart pulls pit
side with a flat and don't return. Dave Blaney is handed the lead
for the restart. The Buckeye Bullet leads as has looked strong all
night. Lap 10, Kinser, Jarrett, and Zimmerman collied in turn 4.
Restart, Blaney opens the gap as brother Dale tries to run him down
and is hoping for some lapped traffic. Lap 16, Lamberson spins. The
leaders just get to traffic and it's one of those races that just
can't get more than a handful of laps in before another incident. As
Dave leads over Dale on the restart, Henry, Holtgraver, and Polyak
are making charges from the back of the pack after early spins. All
3 making moves through the pack. Just as they enter traffic again,
you guessed it, a yellow for a Merrill spin this time. It's just one
of those races. The track is in decent shape, it's just the drivers
seem be having issues getting more than a few laps pieced together.
Blaney leads again and opens up the lead over his brother and
Shaffer as Henry works into the top 5 and Holtgraver and Polyak into
the top 10. Finally looking like this one was going to be done, lap
27 while running 4th, Sebetto spins in turn 4. Restart, its all Dave
Blaney. Finally getting this one in the books, Dave takes the win
over Dale, Shaffer, Duncan, up from 12th, Henry, Gustin, Holtgraver,
Ruhl, Polyak, and Euler round out the top 10. Dave ran good all
night but great runs from Duncan, Henry, Gustin, Holtgraver, Ruhl,
and Polyak made the show very interesting and a decent race. If the
pack ever got in traffic for many laps I think there could have
easily been a 3 to 5 car battle for the lead. All in all a lot
better show than I went into expecting. I wouldn't mind a few more
All Star races at Butler if they could run like this one.
Something I haven't done for a while is list some
sponsors I spotted on cars. All sponsors are important so if you
ever get a chance to support any or let them know you seen they help
support the sport you like, let them know. In today's economy every
little bit helps. Some I spotted at Butler were Hull Automotive,
Wilco Tooling, Custom Metal Works, Zeal, DWK Transport, The Pool
Company, Moen Farms, C & C Contractors.
Friday USAC Kokomo IN, OVSCA Skyline OH
Saturday USAC Kokomo IN, OVSCA Ohio Valley, All
Stars Mercer PA, BOSS Wayne County OH, SOD Owendale MI, Must See
Thanks for reading,
With the summer weather feeling like fall, Attica
Raceway Park kicked the gates open last Friday night as the FAST
Sprints were ready to continue their season long battle. 25 410
Sprints and 25 305 Sprints were pit side. 3 heats in each division
with the top 5 in each heat moving to the A Main.
The 410 sprints lead the program all night starting
off with their 3 heats. Phil Gressman grabbed the lead in heat 1.
The only thing slowing Gressman in the one was a Bruce White spin
after contact with Brian Lay. Gressman took the win over Duane
Zablocki, Chris Andrews, Rodney Duncan, and Lay. Bryan Sebetto shot
from the pole into the lead in heat 2. Sebetto lead flag to flag for
the win over Travis Philo, DJ Foos, Caleb Griffith, and Byron Reed.
Paige Polyak pounced to the lead in heat 3. A mid race spin from
Rodney Hurst slowed the action. Polyak was on a rail and cruised to
the win over Craig Mintz, Brian Smith, Stuart Brubaker, and Ryan
Up next was the 305 heats. Texan TJ Michael tip
towed into lead on the start of heat 1. Scott Riley slowed the
action with a spin. Michael continued where he left off on the
restart and took the win over Dan Hammond, Jimmy Colvin, Nate Reeser,
and Alvin Roepke. Nate Dussel dashed from 4th to 1st in heat 2,
racing to the win. Paul Weaver, Jason Keckler, John Ivy, and Jordan
Ryan transfer to the A. Not to be outdone by Dussel, Dustin Dinan
darted from 4th to 1st in heat 3. Jeremy Shambaugh's spin slowed the
action. Dinan went on to take the win over Bobby Clark, Seth
Schneider, Ricky Peterson, and Jamie Miller.
Christopher Bell, making a rare winged sprint
appearance, blasted into the lead of the 410 B Main. As Bell lead,
Stuart Williams was charging from 8th towards the front of the pack.
A Hurst spins slowed the action. Bell was under pressure in the
closing laps from Williams. Bell held on for the win over Williams,
Jody Keegan, Mike Linder, and Scott Euler move into the A.
Steve Rando took command of the 305 B Main and never
looked back in this one. Rando takes the win over Tyler Gunn, Jess
Stiger, Jim Taddeo, and Jeremy Duposki.
Polyak and Griffith brought the field to green in
the 30 lap 410 A Main. Polyak pulled into lead as the field took the
green. Before Paige raced into turn 3, the yellow flew for a Euler
spin. Complete restart, Polyak made another excellent move as she
raced into the lead. Looking super strong, Paige opened up a 3 car
length lead running the top side. Lap 3, Keegan spins. Keeping her
car on the cushion Paige was closing quickly on lapped traffic.
Griffith starts to close in just a bit. On lap 11, Polyak slips off
the edge of turn 2, as Griffith takes the lead, as Polyak gets back
on track in 8th. As Griffith leads, Philo is in his tire tracks. Lap
14, Linder slows the pace with a spin. Restart, Griffith leads but
Philo is running a very smooth race. Lap 16, Philo makes a move into
the lead. Philo looks strong as Mintz starts to march towards the
leader. Each lap, Mintz closes the gap. With 7 to go the battle is
on for the lead and heavy battles for 4th through 7th. Racing side
by side almost dead even at the line for 2 laps, Mintz takes the
lead on lap 25. Philo battles back and regains the lead on lap 27.
Lap 28, Griffith spins. Restart, Philo stays smooth and races to his
2nd career Attica win. Mintz, Foos, Brubaker, and Polyak round out
the top 5. A good race all through out the A and through the pack at
the end. One of the better A Mains I've seen at Attica this season.
Teammates Clark and Michael was to pace the 305 A
Main. Clark's ride lost powering coming to the green, before
reaching the start line. Restart, Hammond and Michael paced the
field to green in the 25 lap event. Michael muscled to the lead as
the field raced into the turns 1 and 2. Michael's other teammate,
John Ivy quickly pressured TJ, taking the lead on lap 3. Ivy held
the lead for the next several laps as Dinan closed in just past the
halfway point. Dinan battles Ivy nose to tail, side by side. Lap 16,
Dinan edges Ivy by inches as they cross the line. Just moments
after, Duposki spins for a caution. Restart, Ivy tries to makes a
move on Dinan as Dinan leads. Just as Ivy makes a move around Dinan,
Hammond spins for a yellow, sending Ivy back to 2nd. Ivy was right
there pressuring Dinan hard for the lead. Trying several times, Ivy
just couldn't get back past Dinan. White flag, Gunn spins, giving
Ivy one more shot. Restart, Dinan holds strong and takes the win
over Ivy, Michael, Ryan, up from 14th, and Weaver. Another good A
After many rain-outs and rain in the early morning,
the Fremont Speedway staff was determined to get this show in, even
though it was going to take some work. The crew worked several hours
on the heavy sloppy track, trying to get it race ready. Light rains
after the gates opened, delayed the track coming into shape longer
yet. Not giving in and waiting out the rains, grading the track, and
running it in for hours, about 6:45 the track had cars a rolling on
it. 26 410 and 23 305 sprints were ready to attack the heavy track.
Qualifying was canceled do to the lateness and conditions.
3 410 heats taking the top 5 to the A Main. Jody
Keegan kicked into the lead in heat 1, on the narrow fast track.
Keegan lead flag to flag taking the win over Mike Linder, Craig
Mintz, Chris Andrews, and Dean Jacobs, who charged from 8th. Broc
Martin mashed the throttle and went from 4th to the lead in heat 2.
Devon Dobie followed as Paige Polyak and Bryan Sebetto battled for
3rd. Polyak would pull pit side with engine woes that would end her
night. Martin went on to win over Dobie, Sebetto, Stuart Brubaker,
and Caleb Griffith. Travis Philo was fast again, backing up the
prior night's performance by running away with the win in heat 3.
Todd Heller, Byron Reed, Stuart Wiliams, and Phil Gressman.
3 heats for the 305 sprints with the top 5 moving
into the A Main. Pretty much follow the leader in the 305 heats with
every pole sitter taking the win. Jordan Ryan, TJ Michael, and John
Ivy took the heat wins.
The track crew did a little track grooming as the
track was getting wider before the B Mains pushed out. Brian Lay
leaped into the lead in the 410 B. The best battle was for the 5th
and final transfer spot. Lay takes an easy win over Duane Zablocki,
Max Stambough, Scott Euler, and Brian Smith secures the final
transfer spot late in the race. The big news was Fremont Speedway
points leader DJ Foos missing the show, well until he laced Euler's
hand with some cash to scratch for the A. FAST has an excellent rule
for this so drivers can't buy championships but the speedway doesn't
have such a rule. The second part I don't get about this is why
bring your car to the track put all the effort forward it takes to
race each night, only to sell out your spot after you make the show?
I'm sure some will not like my comments on this subject but to me
trying to buy your way to a championship on a night you are not good
enough to make the show is a cheap shot even at the word champion!
If that night would happen to determine the outcome of the title, it
would tarnish the entire concept of a real championship.
Same deal with the 305's B Main the top 5 move into
the A. Trying to get things a rolling after his rough weekend so
far, Bobby Clark took command of the 305 B and never looked back.
Clark took the win over Jess Stiger, Jason Keckler, Josh Harrison,
and Brandon Moore.
Dobie and Keegan brought the field to the green in
the 30 lap 410 A Main. As the field takes the green, the yellow
quickly returns for Dobie jumping the start. With 1 warning, the
same front row paced the field to to restart. Keegan and Dobie run
side by side into 1 and 2 as Dobie spins off 2 into the infield
making contact with the tires in the infield. Restart, Keegan creeps
into the lead as the race finally gets to rolling. Williams has
looked very fast as of late and starts to pressure Keegan quickly.
Putting on a good show up front the duo battle closely. Lap 7,
Williams takes the lead. Williams opens the lead just little but,
Keegan battles back. They battle nose to tail very tightly upfront
the next several laps as Andrews joins the mix. A great 3 car battle
for the lead. Lap 23, Andrews takes the lead. Just after completing
the lap, 4th place Brubaker brushes an inside tire marker, kicking
the tire on to the track for a yellow. As they announced a handful
of times of the incident and why there was a caution, Brubaker, who
kept going maintained his spot. Restart, Andrews leads as Williams
tries another time to make a move. Andrews stays strong and brings
home the win. Williams, Keegan, Brubaker, and Mintz round of the top
5 but, wait hold the phone. It is determined after the race, the
officials should have put Brubaker to the tail as stated in the
rules but never was so he now gets penalized to being scored the
last car on the lead lap, 16th. The call was blown plain and simple
but how can you after the fact make a new rule to reverse the blown
call? It was reported all parties involved reached a mutual
agreement that was satisfying to the track and Brubaker team. Just a
weird crazy deal that drew more attention afterwords by how it was
handled. All in all a very good A Main, great racing all race long
Roger Shammo and Dustin Dinan paced the 305 A Main
to the green. Dinan dipped into the lead as the field raced off. Lap
1, Dan Hammond tags a tire on the inside of turn 2. Lap 5, Dean
Jacobs spins. Lap 6, Harrison hooks the cushion in turn 3 and takes
a nasty tumble. As things settle, Dinan leads as Nate Dussel closes
in quickly. Trying to out do the 410 battle, Dussel in on Dinan's
tail tank. Lap 17, just as it heated up, debris was on the track for
a yellow. Restart the battle is on, neither one giving an inch, they
race side by side making contact. Lap 20, Dussel in heavy traffic
takes the lead. Dinan struggles a second in traffic but quickly
regains his mojo. As Dussel gets tied up in traffic off 4, coming to
the white, Dinan squeezes past, brushing Dussel just a tad, to take
the lead. Dussel tries to get another shot but, Dinan is too strong,
taking the win and sweeping the weekend. Dussel, Weaver, Roepke, and
Ryan round out the top 5. Another great A Main battle upfront. Both
A's were great races.
FAST returns to Attica and Fremont Saturday for
their last double header weekend of the season. Other action sees
the Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield Saturday, BOSS sprints at
Lawrenceburg IN Saturday and the SOD sprints at I 96 Speedway in
Keep it safe, thanks for reading, Duane