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
The biggest week in Ohio sprint car racing took
place last week with the Brad Doty Classic, Knight Before the King's
Royal, and the 30th annual King's Royal. All World of Outlaw events.
With a very wet beginning of the week, track crews had to work
overtime to get the facilities ready for the big week. With heavy
rains Monday and Tuesday in the Lima area, a decision was made late
Tuesday to move the Brad Doty Classic to it's Thursday rain date for
the best all around good for the fans and race teams. An excellent
move and you gotta like all parties involved to make the decision
early enough to save many people hundreds of dollars.
On a beautiful sunny mid 80s temp day on Thursday,
the cars and crowd was pouring into Limaland Motorsports Park for
the annual Brad Doty Classic. The World Of Outlaws on a quarter mile
track instantly draws my interest. An excellent field of 49 cars
were ready add their name to the list of winners of this prestigious
event. A brief chat with LMP guru Bob Fricke on the way up to hot
laps showcased how hard they worked to get this event in properly.
Its nice to see tracks not giving up easily to get their big shows
in the books. With the parking lots still fairly wet in spots, the
track crew had the surface ready to roll. Christopher Bell set quick
time of the night.
With the track quickly drying out during time
trials, the crew went to work as the WOO set the heat lines. A 5
heat format was used with such a large field. The top 4 moved to the
A Main, with the top 2 earning Dash spots. C and B Main were both on
the agenda as well to try to determine the 24 car A Main field.
Australian James McFadden marched out front in heat
1 and looked super strong. With cars running the top and bottom,
McFadden held on for the win over Brad Sweet, Greg Wilson, and Bell.
In heat 2, Paul McMahan put in on the high side and set sail. An
excellent battle for 4th, 5th, and 6th was were the action was in
this one. McMahan takes the win over Brandon Wimmer, Steve Kinser,
and Kerry Madsen. Madsen was the first guy out of the top 4 invert
to make the A. That would kick off a lot of that in heats to follow.
Problems for Danny Holtgraver, breaking a front end and Tim Kaeding
spinning out brought yellows out in heat 3. Donny Schatz slipped
from 3rd to the lead but the battle was on in the late stages of the
race. Byron Reed and Jason Sides using the extreme low line both
were giving Schatz a battle. Schatz takes with win over Reed, Sides,
and Cody Darrah from the 4th row. Craig Dollansky ran the high side
to charge to the win in heat 4. Shane Stewart, Dale Blaney, and Rico
Abreu transfer to the A. Another wild heat in heat 5. Sammy Swindell
tries to make a move as Sheldon Haudenschild cuts down and the 2
collide. Both restart with a little damage to each machine. A few
laps late Sheldon finds just about the same spot in the wall, ending
his heat. Daryn Pittman survives a late lap move from Stuart
Williams, who charged from dead last, to take the win. Williams,
Joey Saldana, and Brady Bacon from row 4 move into the A. This is
why I love WOOs on quarter mile tracks, 4 guys starting 2 rows past
the invert raced their way into the A Main That just don't happen at
many regular WOO events.
The C Main transfers the top 2 to the B Main. Paige
Polyak pounced into the lead and was running away from the field.
Just when it looked like she was going to take the win, Danny Mumaw
collided with Randy Hannagan battling for 2nd. Mumaw spun as
Hannagan kept a rolling. Restart, Polyak gets ambushed by Hannagan,
Kody Kinser and Chad Kemenah, as she slips up the track Hannagan
takes the lead. Polyak makes it 3 wide off 2. Hannagan takes the win
as Kinser takes 2nd at the finish.
Shane Stewart shoots from 4th to first in the Dash.
Stewart holds off McFadden for the win. The B Main was hugely
stacked with the top 4 moving into the A. Dean Jacobs takes a nasty
flip after battling with Sammy Swindell for position. David Gravel
lead a stout field as drivers tried racing 3 different grooves to
battle for position. Gravel took the win over Holtgraver, Kaeding,
and Danny Smith. A stout field with names like Shaffer, Kemenah,
Haudenschild, Hannagan, and Haferpete loading up early.
Stewart and McFadden brought the field to green in
the 40 lap A Main. Stewart slides to the lead as the field races off
2. Lap 3, Abreu and Reed collide. Restart, Madsen slows, Sweet spins
as the field tries to miss Kerry. Restart, Stewart uses the high
side to open about a one second lead. Lap after lap Schatz closes
running the middle groove. Just before the halfway point, Schatz is
there putting pressure on Stewart. The battle is on. Lap 24, Schatz
takes the lead. Stewart battles back as they are nose to tail now
for 9 laps until Stewart blows a tire for a yellow on lap 29. This
set off a rash of yellows. First on lap 30,the yellow flies. Then
Dollansky finds the wall. Lap 31, Kaeding and Darrah get hooked
together collecting Stewart, Williams, and Bacon who rolls on to his
side as they mess scatters when Kaeding breaks loose off Darrah's
car. Schatz still leads as McMahan tries to make move. Lap 37,Wilson
and Abreu tangle in turn 4. Schatz is just too strong and takes the
win over McMahan, Pittman, Holtgraver, up from 13th, and Gravel, up
from 14th. All in all for all the weather issues the a good night of
King's Royal weekend is the biggest sprint car
weekend of the year at Eldora Speedway. With perfect weather
conditions the fans and cars came through the gates all weekend.
Friday night the weekend kicked offwith the annual Knight Before the
King's Royal. 45 WOO Sprints and 36 NRA 360 Sprints were on hand
Friday. With the track a moist and a little rough, it made things
just a bit different for the drivers. Kerry Madsen in the WOO and
Tim Shaffer in the 360s set fast times of the night.
With the track pretty fast, the WOO heats ran first
and was pretty much follow the leader. Brian Brown bounced into the
lead from outside row 1 in the 1st heat and never looked back. Brown
took the win over Madsen, Danny Holtgraver, Dale Blaney, and Rico
Abreu. It was Rico's first laps in a sprint car at Eldora. Daryn
Pittman pulled into the lead in heat 2 and ran away from the field.
David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Tim Kaeding, and Paul McMahan took
transfer spots. The Wild Child, Jac Haudenschild brought a huge
cheer from the crowd taking a popular win in heat 3. Tim Shaffer,
Kyle Larson, from 8th and the only driver deeper than row 3 to
transfer to theA, Brad Sweet, and Sammy Swindell move into the A.
Using a line he don't run much, Danny Lasoski leaped into the lead
on the high side and lead flag to flag for the win on heat 4. Joey
Saldana, Shane Stewart, Cody Darrah, and Craig Dollansky earn A Main
Up next was the NRA 360 heats. Usually some racing,
once again the 360s didn't disappoint. Tim Shaffer made an excellent
3 wide move for the lead late in heat 1, taking the win. Randy
Hannagan hustled from 6th to 1st to take the win in heat 2. Luke
Hall held off a charging Butch Schroeder to win heat 3. Jarad
Horstman is always fast at the Big E and he shows it again in heat
4. Horstman ran away with the win after moving up from 4th.
The WOO C Main saw some pretty stout cars take the
green. Sheldon Haudenschild took the win over Caleb Helms in a good
race. Track owner Tony Stewart fell one spot short of moving on
after a late race charge. The WOO Dash saw Saldana and Sweet battle
all race long for the win. Joey took the win and the pole for the A
Main. A very strong B Main transferred the top 4 to the A Main.
Steve Kinser held off a determined and fast Brandon Wimmer for the
win. Kraig Kinser and Jason Sides moved on to the A.
2NRA 360 B Mains were up next. Dustin Daggett ran
away with the win in the 1st B. Caleb Griffith got a good run a
going in the 2nd B and went on for the win.
Saldana and Sweet paced the field for the 30 lap WOO
A Main. As the field took the green, Sweet swept into the lead.
Running the high line, Sweet is fast and opens up a quick lead.
Setting a fast pace, Sweet quickly enters lapped traffic quickly.
Madsen closes in and the battle is on. Slide job for slide job, they
battle in and out of traffic. As they battle Kyle Larson is catching
the eyes of many, making charge from 24th into the top 10. Sweet and
Madsen swap the lead back and forth 7 or 8 times as Sweet gets held
up in traffic, Madsen takes the lead on lap 21. Madsen brushes the
wall a handful of times as Sweet tries to battle back. Larson now
starts to close in on the top 5. Madsen has been super strong at
Eldora the past few years and it pays off as the Mad Man takes the
win. Sweet, Saldana, Pittman, Haudenschild, Schatz, and Larson, from
24th, round out the top 7. A very good A Main with a lot of action
upfront and Larson's charge. From Madsen tagging the wall a handful
of times and him and Sweet exchanging slide jobs 7 or 8 times, a car
racing from 24th to the front, all green flag racing, this is what
you wanna see when you walk through the gates.
Shawn Dancer and Cole Duncan lead the field to green
in the 360 A Main. Dancer danced into the lead a the field took the
green. Ron Blair spins before a lap is complete. Restart, Dancer
dazzled them again and took the lead. Dancer is looking the best
I've seen him run and holding the lead. Shaffer starts to quickly
move forward from 6th. Passing car at ease, lap 10 Shaffer moves
into the lead. As Shaffer leads Schroeder, Duncan, and Hannagan
battle behind him. Duncan hits the wall hard but keeps going. It's
all Shaffer upfront since taking the lead. Lap 18, while battle for
4th, Duncan flips in turn 4. Restart, Shaffer leads as Hannagan now
tries to run him down and make a move. The Steel City Outlaw is just
too strong on this night and cruises to the win. Hannagan,
Schroeder, Horstman, and Darren Long round out the top 5.
A beautiful sunny day greeted the 30th annual King's
Royal event Saturday. Having been to all prior Royals as use
regulars call it, the excitement is back for King's Royal weekend. A
huge crowd along with 42 WOO and 35 NRA 360s were ready for the 30th
edition of this historical event. on a much smoother surface than
Friday, Paul McMahan in the WOO and Randy Hannagan in the 360
sprints set quick times of the night.
The King's Royal format, which I like very well
because it makes them race, features 6 heat races with the top 4
inverted. Which it was 6. The top 3 transfer to the A, winner of
heat 1 starts 6th in A, winner of heat 2, 5th, and so on where the
winner of heat 6 starts on the pole of the A. Your heat finish
determines your A Main starting spot 2nd in first heat starts 7th
and so on. Then after the heats, the 2 fastest drivers that didn't
transfer via the heats start 19th and 20th. The final 4 drivers come
from the top 4 of the B Main. This makes for some very interesting
Heat 1 Dale Blaney blasted into the lead as Chad
Kemenah battled him for the lead. Dale secured the lead and dashed
to the win. Kemenah and McMahan earn A Main spots. Joey Saldana
makes a great move on the high side in heat 2, speeding from 4th to
1st. Joey went on to win over Tim Shaffer and Rico Abreu making his
first Royal. Donny Schatz swung into the lead in heat 3 and never
looked back, kinda looking like the car to beat for the night. Kerry
Madsen and Steve Kinser transfer to the A. Kinser is the only driver
to make all 30 King's Royal A Mains. Tim Kaeding has been invading
the WOOs part time this season and looked good in heat 4 leading
flag to flag for the win. Jac Haudenschild and Daryn Pittman punch
their tickets to the A Main. Brad Sweet made up for a terrible
qualifying time and used the high side to charge from 6th to the win
in heat 5. Ed Lynch Jr had a flat while running in the final
transfer spot Kraig Kinser and Cody Darrah transfer. Brandon Wimmer
made his car very wide leading heat 6. Tony Stewart tried all he
could to past Wimmer but feel short as Wimmer wins. Smoke and Brian
Brown earn A Main spots. David Gravel and Craig Dollansky are the 2
fastest drivers not making the A via the heats and will take the
19th and 20th spots on the A.
NRA 360 heats are up next. Always a great addition
to the King's Royal, the 360 racing is usually action packed. Robbie
Stillwagon making a rare Eldora appearance took the win over Randy
Hannagan in heat 1. Tim Shaffer has been unbeatable since sitting
behind the wheel of the Hammond 6 and kept that a rolling by taking
the win in heat 2. Nick Roberts held off a fast Caleb Griffith to
take the win in heat 3. Jared Horstman and Dustin Stroup tangle in
heat 4 as Horstman flips hard. Max Stambaugh takes the win.
After having a terrible heat race run, Sammy
Swindell was on a mission in the B Main and dominated the event for
the win. Danny Holtgraver, Shane Stewart, and Greg Wilson in a last
lap battle move into the A. Once again 2 360 B Mains. Ron Blair took
the in the 1st B. Devin Dobie held on to win a very good 2nd B Main.
Wimmer and Sweet lead the field to green in the 40
lap King's Royal A Main. Sweet, let one slip away Friday and quickly
swarmed into the lead on the green flew. Sweet was running right up
on the wall looking to run away and hide from the field. Wimmer and
Schatz start to close in as the quickly enter lapped traffic. By lap
10, it was a 3rd car battle for the lead as Sweet still leads the
way. Lap 16, Tony Stewart flips hard after battling his teammate and
employee Steve Kinser. Stewart was very vocal about him blaming
Kinser for the incident during his on track interview. Thinking
Sweet would be under pressure on the restart, Big Cat gassed it up
and pulled away from the field. Sweet was checking out and had over
a straight away lead, evening have issues with some lapped cars. Lap
25, McMahan flips wildly in turn 1 after colliding with Kemenah.
Restart, Schatz makes a charge as Kaeding is looking very fast too.
Sweet holds on as TK and Schatz battle. Sweet seals the deal and
takes the win. Kaeding gets past Schatz for 2nd. Wimmer and
Haudenschild round out the top 5. Even tho the results show Sweet
leading all 40 laps, there was some good battles upfront, up to 3
cars a few laps.
In the 25 lap 360 A Main, Kyle Sauder slide into the
lead as the field took the green. Sauder had been slide lined since
a late May crash at Eldora was made his return Friday night. Looking
to add to his already big win total at Eldora, Sauder was opening
the lead. Darren Long was running Sauder down. A yellow as the first
third of the race is complete, Sauder and Long battle as Long takes
the point on lap 10. Looking on the edge of control, Long is
speeding away from the field. After being fast just about every time
he hits the track at Eldora but always have an issue, Long has it
all come together on this night. Long takes the win over Sauder,
Hannagan, Daggett, and Stillwagon.
Another good King's Royal week. The A Mains were all
Thanks for reading Duane
Last Wednesday Waynesfield Motorsports Park hosted
the NRA 360 sprints for the 2nd annual Bob Reynolds Memorial with a
hefty $7000 to win paycheck. With rain all over the area earlier in
the day and part of the night, the WMP crew pushed on and was going
to make this show happen. 37 sprint cars pulled into the pits, ready
to entertain the overflow crowd.
Using a special format, this is quickly becoming a
huge event in just it's 2nd attempt. A pill draw system lines up the
heats. The top 4 from the heats move into the 40 lap A Main. The
first 6 rows of the A Main were lined up by the 2 Dashes, the 1st
Dash finish makes up the inside row, the 2nd Dash finish makes up
the outside row. The final 4 A Main spot are earned by finishing in
the top 2 of one of the 2 B Mains.
In heat 1, Joe Gibe hit the wall coming off turn 4
for a yellow. Tim Shaffer snuck from outside row 1 into the lead and
never looked back in this one. Up front it was pretty much follow
the leader, the real battle was for 4th and the final transfer spot.
Shaffer wins, Tim Allison, Dallas Hewitt, and Cole Duncan take the
transfer spots. Duncan started in the last row. The Hurricane Randy
Hannagan hustled to the lead on the start as it was another follow
the leader race upfront. Another good battle for 4th in this one.
Hannagan took the win over Luke Hall, Beau Stewart, and Dustin
Stroup with a great last lap move take the transfer spots. Heat 3,
Brandon Wimmer whipped from 4th to 1st cruising to the win. Steve
Irwin, Butch Schroeder, and John Ivy, with a turn 3 pass on the last
lap, earn A Main bids. Danny Holtgraver took command in heat 4 and
race to the win. Todd Heuerman, Dustin Daggett, and Nate Dussel with
a last lap move, up from 9th, take home transfer spots. The best
race in all the heats were for the final transfer spot, upfront it
was pretty much follow the leader.
The 2 Dash events that made up the first 12 spots in
the A Main were up next. Cole Duncan set himself up great in Dash 1,
taking the win and the pole position in the A Main. Nate Dussel
looked strong in his heat race and backed it up by taking the win in
2 B Mains with the top 2 moving on to the A. The 1st
B was a wild one. While Max Stambaugh lead this one the action was
wild behind him. Ron Blair, Dennis Yoacum, and Shawn Dancer collide
in turn 3. A few laps later, Dancer and Jarad DeLong tangle on the
front stretch. Dancer showed his displeasure going over to DeLong's
car. Dancer got more than he bargained for as a few minutes later
Jarad finished the deal as the duo was separated after rolling
around on the ground for a minute. One of the better post incident
scuffles I've seen for a while. 2nd place JR Stewart has to pull pit
side with a flat during the yellow. Late race action seen Caleb
Griffith take the lead. Jack Miller took a hard flip in turn 2 just
as the field was race was all but over. Griffith wins over
Stambaugh. In B Main number 2, Sheldon Haudenschild charged from 4th
to 1st to take the win in B Main number 2. Jarad Horstman held on to
take the final transfer spot.
Duncan and Dussel drove the field to the green in
the 40 lap A Main. Dussel looks super strong and quickly takes the
lead and opens a gap on the field. Entering traffic quickly, the
field tightened up. Lap 9, Dussel gets into the back of Ivy, trying
to lap him 3 wide and slides into the guardrail off the top of the
back stretch. Daggett is handed the lead. Daggett races away from
the pack as they go green. Lap 14, Horstman spins. Restart, it's all
Daggett. Getting some laps in, Shaffer closes in. Just past half
way, Shaffer and Daggett work traffic a Shaffer looks to make a
move. A great battle upfront as the laps wind down. Lap 30, Shaffer
makes his move and takes the lead. Just after the lap is complete,
Hewitt stops. Restart, Hannagan now pressures Daggett for 2nd. Lap
31, Duncan flies off the top of turn 2 with no brakes for a yellow.
Shaffer leads on the restart as Hannagan works Daggett. Hannagan
finally gets past Daggett and works towards Shaffer. 5 to go,
Shaffer looks strong. Lap 38, Griffith spins as his night ends on
the hook. This gives Hannagan one shot, restart Shaffer speeds away.
For the second year in a row, Tim Shaffer takes the win in the Bob
Reynolds Memorial. This year is the Hammon's 6 car after starting
9th. Hannagan, up from 10th, Schroeder, up from 11th, Wimmer, and
Daggett round out the top 5. A pretty good A Main. With 1st-3rd
starting 9th, 10th, and 11th it had some action. Plans are to keep
the show growing for the next year's event.
Kings Royal week this week, still one of my favorite
weeks of the year. 30 years now for this history making event. If
been lucky enough to catch all the prior ones and plan to hit all
the future ones. The annual Brad Doty Classic at Limaland
Motorsports Park kicks it off. With all the rains the Doty is now
Thursday!! Then we turn our attention to the Big E Friday and
Saturday for Kings Royal weekend. The World of Outlaws and NRA 360
sprints will be ready to thrill the thousands of fans on hand. With
the recent move to a 40 lap event for the Royal, the last 3 Royals
have been very good, bringing the magic back into this awesome
event. Hear Ye Hear Ye all hail the king. This year it's wide open
once again for at least 25 different drivers or more that have a
legit shot to wear the crown with the right breaks and a bit of
luck. See you at the Doty and all weekend at Eldora! Let's pack the
places and show the world sprint car racing is alive and well in
Father's Day weekend always seems to offer a wide
range of racing to pick from in the tri-state region and the past
weekend was no different. Enjoying some racing with my dad, we hit
Toledo Speedway Friday for the AVSS Super Sprints and MSA super
modified show. Sunday seen a trip to Kokomo Indiana for the USAC
Midget final that featured Kokomo's regular traditional sprints on
the card as well.
Billed as the fastest short track show in the world, 24 sprints and
18 supers were ready to fly around the half-mile oval. Cody Gallogly
set a blistering pace in qualifying with an average speed of just
under 143 MPH in the sprint cars. Mike Lichty set quick time in the
supers. Hank Lower broke an engine in sprint hot laps and Jason Cox
broke a rear end. Zac Gibson slammed the wall in the Supers hot
The 2 Super heats were up first. With all cars
moving to the A Main, the heats were used to help set-up the A Main
line up. Heat 1, Jimmy McCune shot from outside row 1 and ran away
from the pack taking home the win. Charlie Schultz was in command of
heat 2 until coming to a stop. Mike Lichty made a daring last lap
moving, squeezing his car just inches off the inside wall going into
turn 1, taking the lead and charging to the win. Lichty's move
excited the huge crowd on hand.
Same scenario as the Supers, the 3 Sprint heats
transferred all cars to the A Main. The heats were used to set up
the A Main line-up. In heat 1, Troy DeCaire made a spectacular move
on the start, shooting around the outside of the pack moving from
6th to 1st by turn 2. Troy Underwood made some daring moves in heat
2 taking the lead late in the heat, going on to the win. Darrin
Roberts lead flag to flag in heat 3, running away from the field to
take the win. All heats were ran and complete at 8:14.
The 40 lap Supers A Main was first up after about 40
minutes of down time. The Toledo staff introduced the drivers before
the A which is a part of the show I like when there is plenty of
time like on this night. Hometown favorite, Jimmy McCune moved from
outside row 1 into the as the field took the green. With everyone
running a smooth race, the pace was fast and McCune was opening a
huge gap on the pack. Starting 8, Lichty is making some outstanding
moves, working to the front of the pack. Just past half way, Lichty
moves into 2nd but is over a half track behind leader McCune. Lap
after lap, Lichty gained closed in on McCune as Jimmy worked
traffic. McCune was still fast and had way too big of a lead and
raced to the very popular hometown win. Lichty, Jim Paller, Trent
Stephens, and DJ Shullick round out the top 5. With no yellows and
McCune leading flag to flag at warp speed, the 40 lap event clicked
off in just over 9 minutes.
After the sprint car drivers were introduced, the 30
lap A Main was pushed off for their turn to attack the fast oval.
Aaron Pierce and Troy DeCaire lead the pack to the green. DeCaire
drove to the lead as the field raced through turns 1 and 2. A great
battle upfront as the top 5 cars are nose to tail the first part of
this one. Lap 8, Kyle Feeney spins in turn 4. Restart, DeCaire leads
as Jason Blonde charges past 3 cars moving into the top 4. Another
fast paced main as DeCaire starts to open the lead more and more.
With 10 to go, it's all DeCaire. Troy has a commanding lead as Kody
Swanson, Blonde, and Pierce battle hard for 2nd. Fast qualifier,
Gallogly stats to pick cars off one by one in the late stages of
this one. DeCaire destroyed the field cruising to the win. Blonde,
Swanson, Gallogly, and Pierce round out the top 5. All in all a
pretty good night of racing. With the huge crowd on hand, maybe the
promoters of this event will see maybe one sprint/ super event a
year isn't enough at the speed plant. A late season repeat of this
style of event I think would see even a bigger turn out as people
talk about this one.
Sunday it was off to Kokomo Speedway for the final
leg of USAC Midget week. Always a great week as the traditional
sprint cars are the support class. 38 Midgets and 26 Sprints were
ready to sling some Kokomo dirt. Rico Abreu set a new track record
with quick time of the night in the Midget division.
4 Midget heats the top 4 moved on to the A Main. In
heat 1, Andrew Felker had things under control upfront as the battle
was for the transfer spots with some 3 wide racing mid pack. Felker
wins over Tanner Thorson, Dillion Welsh, and by a few feet Jaimie
McKinnay. Heat 2, the show was the battle between teammates
Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson for the final transfer spot. The
last 3 laps the bumped banged and all but took each other out in the
battle. Darren Hagen wins over Tyler Thomas, Bryan Clauson, and with
a last lap move where he just put in on the high side and just plain
out drove Bell, Larson takes 4th. Brad Kuhn and Dave Darland make
contact in heat 3 resulting in a Kuhn spin. It was just one those
deals Darland lost momentum and Kuhn made contact to avoid him but
spun. A good battle once again in this one sees Brady Bacon take the
win over Bobby East, Darland, and Davy Ray, who actually started the
deepest in the pack, outside of the 6 car inversion, of all heat
race transfers. Ryan Criswell had a great run in heat 4 just holding
off Brad Mosen, Zac Daum, and Jerry Coons Jr. for the win. Some
great Midget heat action.
3 Sprint heats with the top 5 moving into the A
Main. Bryan Clauson went from 3rd to the lead and never looked back
in this one. Clauson wins over Jerry Coons Jr., CJ Leary, Scotty
Weir, and Max McGhee. Robert Ballou started on the pole of heat 2
and the rest was history. Ballou lead flag to flag for the win over
Chad Boespflug, Josh Spencer, Logan Jarrett, and Dustin Smith. Shane
Cottle held off Wes McIntyre to win heat 3. A good battle on back as
Kyle Larson, Tyler Courtney, and Dave Darland, by a nose, transfer.
A stacked Midget B took the top 6 to the A. When the
green drooped it looked like a major highway rat race as car
instantly ran 3, 4, and attempting 5 wide. Taylor Ferns flipped in
turn 4. Restart, another free for all as cars raced from the top of
the track to the bottom. With action all over the place all race
long, Rico Abreu takes the win over Christopher Bell, Caleb
Armstrong, Brad Kuhn, Tracy Hines, and charging up from 12th to take
the last transfer spot was Kevin Thomas Jr.
Jarrett Andretti and Joe Bares battle have a great
battle upfront in the Sprint B Main, Bares was leading most of the
race until Andretti slipped past late in the event to take his first
Kokomo event win. Bares, Tyler Hewitt, Levi Jones, and Brian
Karraker transfer to the A.
Felker and Mosen paced the Midget to green in the 30
lap A Main. Mosen motors to the lead on the start. Very close tight
3 and 4 wide racing all over the place makes it hard to stay focused
on one spot. Mosen looks strong early opening a little lead. Lap 9,
Austin Brown, after taking a provisional, and Welsh get together and
spin. As Mosen leads as Hines spins on lap 12 with front end damage.
Restart, Mosen leads as the battle is on. Clauson falls back as
Larson and Bell come to the front. Lap 22, Larson takes the lead but
that is just the beginning as Bell is on his tail tank. Staging
another battle like in the heat, these 2 are glue together as
Armstrong lurks just behind them. Lap 26, Thorson stops. Restart,
Larson and Bell swap the lead turn after turn and the battle rages.
Lap 28, Bell leads as Larson slips a bit, Bell opens the gap. Bell
takes the win over Larson, Armstrong, Mosen, and Daum. Abreu takes a
wild tumble in turn 3 as the leaders take the checkered flag. Rico
and Clauson was beating and banging pretty hard the lap before as
Rico walks away okay from this one.
Clauson and Ballou set the front for the 25 lap
Sprint car A Main. Ballou blast to the lead on the start. Lap 2,
Spencer bicycles going into turn 1, running 4th, and starts a hard
flip. Josh's car the takes a huge cage hit as he lands on other cars
trying to stop. Spencer is taken away in the EMS for a concussion.
Restart, Ballou leads as Clauson starts to apply the pressure. Lap
8, Clauson takes the lead. Opening up a quick slight advantage,
Clauson is looking strong. Lap 13, Courtney spins. Restart it's all
Clauson as Cottle and Larson makes moves towards the leader. Lap
after lap Larson closes and finally with 8 to go the battle is on.
Larson runs as low as possible, just working the bottom to
perfection. Nose to tail side by side they battle for the lead. For
the next few laps they are glued together until 5 to go, Larson
bobbles as Clauson gets a slight advantage. Larson starts to mount
another charge closing quickly. He is hitting his marks perfect on
the bottom. 2 to go, Larson is there, white flag in air, Larson
lunges into the lead as the crowd approves. Pulling off another run
that makes hit the household name he's quickly becoming, Kyle Larson
takes the win. Clauson, Cottle, Ballou, and McIntyre round out the
The 31st annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek opens this
Friday the 21st at Attica Raceway Park. Attica is always a great
Speedweek show. Saturday the tour moves to Eldora Speedway after a
handful of years off the week. Eldora just seems to always showcase
a great All Star show and I personally can't wait for this one. If
you pick one race to hit at Eldora a year I recommend this one, just
seems the All Stars always produce great races at the Big E. Sunday
it's off to Waynesfield Motorsports Park for their annual event
which usually produces some action. Monday, Wayne County Speedway
host the week. Always a great crowd and car count at Wayne County
for their event. Tuesday the tour returns to Sharon Speedway after a
layoff from Sharon. One a weekly sprint car track, this is one of
Sharon's few sprint car races of the year. Wednesday is a night off,
well unless mother nature takes a night and they opt for this night
for a make up. Thursday, Fremont Speedway host leg 6 of the week.
Friday, it's off to another must see usually on the Speedweek tour,
Limaland Motorsports Park. Finally, the 8 race in 9 day journey ends
with the $10,000 final right back at Fremont Speedway. Always a
great week of racing with good car counts and you never know who
will show up to race in these events. I wish there was a points fund
like there use to be for the week to commit drivers to the week and
reward the ones making the huge effort to hit them all.
UPCOMING besides Speedweek shows
Friday OVSCA Skyline OH, NRA Lima OH
Saturday HOSS Baer Field IN, OVSCA Bruschcreek OH,
USAC Sprints I-96 MI
Thanks for reading, see you at Speedweek,
With the first major holiday weekend of racing this
past weekend, there was several racing options. I loaded the motor
home up and headed to Fremont Speedway Saturday and Sunday for the 2
day All Star event. With a beautiful cool weekend, it was perfect
timing to enjoy a campfire and some bench racing along with the
Saturday 32 All Star sprints and 22 305 sprints were
ready for night 1 of the annual 2 day event. On a fast track, Tim
Shaffer set quick time of the night. 4 All Star heats with the top 5
moving on to the A Main. Cap Henry hustled to the lead in heat 1 and
never looked back. Cap took the win over Adam Kekich, Shaffer, Caleb
Helms, and Duane Zablocki. In heat 2, Justin Henderson held off a
fast Byron Reed to take the win. Dan Kuriger, Dale Blaney, and Paige
Polyak. In heat 3, Stuart Brubaker and Chris Andrews battled for the
win. Brubaker took the w over Andrews, Brady Bacon, Broc Martin, and
Danny Holtgraver. Heat 4, Dean Jacobs held off a late charge from
Jody Keegan for the win. Bryan Sebetto, Rob Chaney, and Brian Lay
transfer to the A.
3 305 heats with all cars moving on to the A Main.
After a Nate Reeser spin in heat 1 slowing the action, John Ivy
whipping the field, winning by over a straight away. Heat 2, Paul
Weaver made it look like heat 1 as Weaver took the win by over a
straight away. Jordan Ryan looked strong in heat 3, taking the win.
With the finish of the All Star Dash determining the
first 6 starting spots in the A Main. Sebetto charged from 3rd to
1st to take the win over Bacon. 3 of the top 6 qualifiers were
scheduled for the B Main with the top 4 moving on to the A. Craig
Mintz, Andrew Palker, Shane Stewart, and Caleb Griffith battle
upfront as the field sorts out under green. About the mid-way point,
Palker comes off turn 4 in a transfer spot and flips hard all of his
own. Shane Stewart and looks to have things in hand when with 2 to
go, Shane coast to a stop. Mintz takes over the lead and hangs on
the final 2 laps to take the win. Griffith, DJ Foos, and Stuart
Williams move on to the A.
Sebetto and Bacon pace the field for the 30 lap All
Star A Main. Bacon sizzles to the lead as the field races to the
green. Bacon has a nice rhythm a going as Blaney closes the gap. Lap
7, Bacon drops his right rear over the edge of turn 3, slipping back
to 2nd as Blaney passes him for the lead. Just as the lap is
complete, debris is found on the track for a caution. It's like that
caution flipped the craziness switch. Lap 10, Kuriger stopped with a
broken front end. Restart, Chaney stops off the top of turn 4. Next
restart, Helms spins. Green, Blaney leads as Foos flips hard on lap
11 in turn 2. This turned into an open red due to 30 laps under
caution already with just 11 laps in the books. Green for another
until Henry spins. Restart, Keegan flips hard off 4. Restart, Polyak
and Brubaker battling into turn 3 when heavy contact sends Polyak
spinning to the top of turn 3. Henderson had nowhere to go and slams
into Polyak. Green again, another lap in the books as Andrews spins.
Shaffer pulls pit side with a flat under this yellow. With 16 to go,
green flag and it seems the crash and spin bug fly away finally.
Blaney leads as Sebetto makes a charge. 5 to go, Sebetto is ready to
strike. Blaney goes high to steal Sebetto's line as Bryan swings low
and takes the lead on lap 27. Blaney stays tight on Sebetto's tail
tank. Trying to return the pass, Blaney tries to make a move.
Sebetto takes the popular home town win. Blaney, Holtgraver, Mintz,
up from 11th, and Griffith, up from 13th, round out the top 5.
Seth Schneider and TJ Michael pace the field to the
green in the 25 lap 305 A Main. Michael marches into the lead. The
young 15 year old Texan is looking good out front, hoping to put the
Clark 8M in victory lane. Lap 8, kinda ironic, Michael spins handing
the lead to Schneider. Lap 10, Nate Reeser and Eric Duposki spin.
Lap 12, Duposki spins again. Schneider leads as Dustin Dinan and
Jordan Ryan run him down. Lap 15, Dinan darts to the lead. The
battle is on as Ryan rips to the lead on lap 17. Lap 22, Reeser
spins again. 3 lap shootout, Ryan leads as Dinan and Nate Dussel
lurk behind him. Ryan holds off all challenges and takes the win.
Dinan, Dussel, Ivy, and Jimmy Colvin, up from 15th, rounds out top
With another beautiful sunny day, the gates to
Fremont Speedway open once again. The track staff was hand all day
with the big Kick-It kickball benefit going on. 34 All Star sprints
and 23 305 sprints pull through the gates for night 2 of the action.
With a much slower drying track, over 8 tenths of a second, Shane
Stewart sets quick time of the night.
4 heats with the top 5 moving to the big $10,000 to
win A Main. Greg Wilson makes heat 1 exciting with a last lap past
on Justin Henderson to take the win. Stewart, Jack Sodeman, and Adam
Kekich transfer to the A. With the track getting slicker each race,
Byron Reed leads flag to flag in heat 2. Brady Bacon, Duane
Zablocki, Sebetto, and Chris Andrews move on to the A. It's the
battle of the 45s in heat 3. Danny Holtgraver takes the win over
Brian Lay, Craig Mintz, Tim Shaffer, and Rob Chaney. Heat 4 was
another close one. After Mike Burns spins on 2 separate occasions
for yellows, Caleb Helms leads Paige Polyak as Jody Keegan closes on
them. With 2 to go, Helms spins handing Polyak the lead. Under heavy
pressure on the restart from Keegan, Paige hits her marks and holds
on for the win. Keegan, DJ Foos, Dale Blaney, and Stuart Brubaker.
3 305 heats again with all the cars moving on to the
A Main. In pretty much follow the leader heats, Nate Dussel took the
win in heat 1. Heat 2, TJ Michael takes the w. Heat 3, Jason Keckler
holds off the only guy really moving in the heats, John Ivy, for the
win. The 305 heats all around this season have been very uneventful.
Blaney used the low line on the Dash to race from
3rd to 1st to take the win and the pole for the $10,000 payday. The
top 4 in the 11 car B Main earn the final transfer spots into the A.
Caleb Griffith and Cap Henry run 1-2 in the B. Sam Haferpete Jr
coming in town to run the Seeling 97 car on this night is making a
move from deeper in the pack. Miranda Throckmorton spins for a
caution. Griffith holds on for the win. Henry, Haferpete, up from
7th, and Travis Philo earn A Main transfers.
The dominators of the All Stars the past several
years, Blaney and Shaffer pace the field for the 50 lap A Main. With
these 2 on the front row, fat chance one of them won't take the win.
Blaney crawls to the lead on the start. With the track super slick
and tricky, this plays right into Dale's wheelhouse. With the laps
clicking off lap after lap, and the back of the pack all bunch up,
Blaney opens the gap and quickly enters traffic. Working the
throttle and hoping your car had grip was 2 huge needs in this one.
Unlike the night before, few cautions fly in this one. Lap 21,
Keckich stops on the top of 4. Blaney leads restart as Andrews slips
off the top of turn 2 on lap 25. Lap 26, Brubaker stops. Green,
Blaney maintains his lead as the track starts to take rubber. Lap
after lap the track gets faster and faster in the rubber. Mintz and
Stewart start to close quickly in traffic. 10 to go, lead gap
shrinks. Mintz and Stewart are there with 5 to go. Mintz slightly
bobbled as Stewart is trying to set Blaney up for a pass. Mintz is
fast and 3 to go, the top 3 are nose to tail. White flag, Stewart
tries a last ditch attempt at a pass but about throws it all away as
Mintz slips past for 2nd. Blaney leads all 50 laps taking home the
10 grand. Mintz, up from 9th, Stewart, Shaffer, and Griffith, up
from 11th, round out the top 5.
Jason Keckler and Jimmy Colvin pace the field in the
25 lap 305 A Main. As the green waves, Colvin spins in front of the
pack. Keckler kicks it to the lead on the restart. Dinan quickly
pressures Keckler for the lead. Lap 7, Dinan takes over the top
spot. Dinan opens the gap as Paul Weaver, Nate Dussel, and John Ivy
run him down. Lap 16, TJ Michael spins. Weaver uses the restart to
make a move and leads lap 17. Lap 18, Dinan spins. Ivy tries to make
it interesting at the end as Weaver stays strong and takes the win.
Ivy, Dussel, Keckler, and Roger Shammo, up from 10th, round out the
With the World Of Outlaws hitting Attica Raceway
Park this Friday, the ARP staff have stepped it up for the local
racers. ARP will pay the WOO membership for the top 25 drivers in
the Attica points standings that don't have one presently. Plus,
there are several thousands of dollars in bonus money on the line
for the locals.
FRIDAY WOO Attica OH, OVSCA Skyline OH
SATURDAY WOO I-96 MI, AVSS Kalamazoo MI
See you at Attica as this will be my solo race of
the weekend. Many of you know my daughter Shelby and it's graduation
weekend so that takes center stage Saturday and Sunday.
Thanks for reading
A trip to Attica Raceway Park Friday for the Eric
Phillips Classic with twin 410 A Mains started the weekend. Then a
jaunt down south to the I-77 Raceway in Ripley West Virginia closed
out my weekend of racing. The trip to I-77 made that my 112th
different track and the 17th different state in the 2 countries I've
witnessed a race in. Good racing action all weekend. Attica Raceway
Park hosted the FAST Sprints for a unique event that featured 2 A
Main events during the Eric Phillips Classic. Phillips was
instrumental in getting ARP open and this special event during
Attica's 25th anniversary season saluted Phillips with this event.
The format was 4 heats taking top 4 to the mains, 2 B Mains taking
top 3 to the A Mains, with the winner of the 1st 25 lap A Main
drawing a 6,8,10, or 12 for the inversion by the finish of the 1st
A. Each A paid $2500 to win $250 to start. 37 410 Sprints and 21 305
Sprints were on hand. 410 heat 1 seen a great battle with the top 6
cars until Matt Merrill spins off 4 collecting Brian Lay and Paige
Polyak in the incident. A very good race upfront between Dean Jacobs
and Dale Blaney seen Jacobs take the win. Blaney, Brandon Martin in
a special salute to Mark Keegan painted 11x, and Tony Beaber
transfer to the A. Shane Stewart slipped into the lead in heat 2 and
took the win over Cap Henry, Tim Shaffer, and Greg Wilson. Travis
Philo took command of heat 3 and took the win over Craig Mintz, Brad
Bowman, and Duane Zablocki . Bryan Sebetto slid into the lead from
outside row 1 in heat 4 and took the win over Danny Holtgraver,
Brandon Wimmer, and Caleb Griffith. The 3 305 heats transferred all
the starters to their 25 lap A Main. John Ivy, Dustin Dinan, and
Seth Schneider took the heat wins. All started outside row 1 of
their heats. 2 410 B Mains taking the top 3 from each one to the A
Mains. B1, Chris Andrews and Rob Chaney use their front row starting
spots to stay safe upfront in this one. The battle was for the final
transfer spot. Stuart Brubaker and Cole Duncan battle hard for the
spot. Andrews takes the win over Chaney and a late last lap pass
secures Duncan the final transfer spot. B2, Todd Heller is upfront
as DJ Foos and Brian Lay race from the 2nd row into transfer spots.
As Heller slips back, Paige Polyak charges up to from 7th to make a
run for a transfer spot. A red for Sheldon Haudenschild flying off
the track into the fence way off turn 1 stops the again. Restart,
Foos races to the win over Lay and Heller as Polyak's charge falls
about 5 car lengths short of a transfer spot. The 1st 25 lap 410 A
Main seen Holtgraver and Sebetto bring the field to the green.
Holtgraver hustled to the lead as the pack raced into 1 and 2. Lap
1, Henry spins. Lap 3, Zablocki spins. Restart, Holtgraver leads as
Blaney starts to run him down and Sebetto stays in striking
distance. The battle is on as Blaney pressures Holtgraver. Lap 15,
Blaney takes the lead and opens the gap quickly. Lap 20, Philo flips
battling with Henry who spins in the incident. A 5 lap shootout on
the restart as Holtgraver is all over Blaney. Lap 23, Blaney drifts
high in 3 and 4 but Hotgraver has the high side a rolling and
squeezing between the wall and Blaney to take the lead. Danny opens
a slight lead and holds on to take the win. Blaney, Sebetto, Mintz,
up from 10th, and Foos, up from 18th round out the top 5. For the
2nd A Main, Holtgraver drew an 8 for the invert putting Greg Wilson
and Shane Stewart on the front row for the 25 lap event. Stewart
slams the outside groove on the start and races into the lead as the
green light comes on. Stewart pulls away quickly. Lap 5, Henry spins
again. Stewart gets a great restart and pulls away again. Foos races
into 2nd as Blaney and Wilson battle for 3rd. Lap 10, Duncan spins.
Restart, it's still all Stewart. With a lot of follow the leader
upfront the laps click off quickly until lap 19 when Mintz stops
with a broken front end. Foos was closing before the caution but
Stewart gets another excellent restart and opens up the lead once
again. No one could come close to making a move at the end as
Stewart leads flag to flag for the win. Foos, Blaney, Martin, and
Wilson round out the top 5. Young guns Jordan Ryan and Ricky
Peterson brought the 305 A Main to the green. Nate Reeser spins on
the start. Restart, Jeremy Duposki and Jimmy Colvin collide.
Finally, a clean start as Ryan rips into the lead. Ivy quickly makes
a move on Ryan taking the lead on lap 3. Right after that lap is
complete, Reeser and Duposki collide. The 305s are running old
school with no front wing for this night. I personally think it
should stay this way, it is suppose to be a economy class and I
think the action is closer. Ivy still lead as a lap 6 yellow for
debris. Lap 9, Jeremy Shambaugh spins. Ivy leads on restart as Dinan
starts to run him down. Dinan is there as they battle for the lead.
Lap 15, Dinan takes the lead. Dustin opens up the lead quickly and
races off into the dust cloud. Dinan never looks back and takes the
win along with a $100 bonus. Ivy, Ryan, Bobby Clark, and Schneider,
up from 10th, round out the top 5. Some good racing all night long
as the track slicked off and heavy dust flew. Saturday it was off to
the I-77 Raceway in Ripley WVA for the All Stars first visit to the
oval. The OVSCA co sanction the event. 29 sprints were pit side and
ready to attack the red clay. Tim Shaffer set quick time of the
night. 3 heat races with the top 6 cars moving into the A Main. Sam
Ashworth jumps out front in heat 1 and leads flag to flag for the
win over Danny Smith, Brandon Spithaler, Danny Holtgraver, Kory
Crabtree, and Shaffer. Justin Henderson took the lead in heat 2 that
was slowed by 2nd quick qualifier Aaron Higgins spin. Henderson goes
on to lead wire to wire for the win over Caleb Helms, Jimmy Stinson,
Josh Davis, Paige Polyak, and Bob Howard. Cap Henry didn't even make
it to chalk line on the start of heat 3 before he flipped. Cole
Duncan actually passed a car for the lead, unlike the other 2 heats,
for the lead in heat 3. Duncan lead from that point on to take the
win over Mark Imbler, Bryan Sebetto, Dale Blaney, Nathan Skaggs, and
Jason Dolick. Dale Blaney took the Dash win over Jimmy Stinson. The
B Main transferred the top 6 to the 30 lap A Main. Higgins and Henry
had a great battle upfront in this one leaving the field in the red
clay dust behind them. Higgins wins over Henry, Trey Gustin, Dave
Dickson, Chris Meyers, and Wes McGlumphy. Blaney and Stinson pace
the field to the green in the 30 lap A Main. Blaney blast into the
lead on the start. Lap 3, Helms does a 360 keeps rolling but yellow
flag flys. Lap 4, Higgins spins. Blaney leads as Holtgraver closes
into to battle for the lead. While they battle Shaffer, Stinson, and
Paige Polyak battle in the top 5. Lap 10, Holtgraver takes over the
lead. Polyak is one of the only cars using the high line about the
hole in turn 3 just a she moves around Shaffer who was running the
extreme bottom, Shaffer spins for a yellow on lap 13. Restart, Smith
stalls. Lap 15, Spithaler spins. Restart Holtgraver and Blaney
battle again upfront as Stinson and Polyak battle side by side iches
apart for 3rd. Holtgraver opens the lead as they enter traffic.
After a torrid battle with Stinson, Polyak makes her move and clears
Stinson, aiming for the leads with 7 to go. With the leaders in
heavy traffic and just 2 car lengths apart, Polyak is closing
quickly. Henry enters the top 5 and is looking for more as well. The
leaders are in traffic and get through it just as Polyak catches
them. 5 to go, things look pretty safe upfront but in heavy traffic
you never know. White flag a flying, Blaney brushes the wall off 2
and slows as they yellow flys. With several caution laps throughout
the A, the limit is up so a red flag for fuel is out. A green white
checkered restart put Polyak in 2nd behind Holtgraver. The West
Virginia crowd quickly took to Polyak cheering her on as she was
wowing the crowd running the high line. The lapped car of Spithaler
was placed between Holtgraver and Polyak on the restart. Green,
Holtgraver gets a good start as Spithaler races Polyak hard,
allowing Danny to open a nice lead. Holtgraver takes the win! Polyak
in just her 8th 410 race, up from 7th, Stinson, Duncan, up from
10th, and Henry, up from 12th, round out the top 5. A neat place
that stayed nice all night long. A nice cushion for the ones brave
enough to run it all night long. The heats were pretty much follow
the lead with little passing but the A Main had some great racing.
Hopefully the crowd was big enough for a return All Star visit. A
huge racing weekend!! The first major holiday weekend with many many
special events all weekend. Get to a track or 4 near you this
weekend and help keep this awesome sport alive.
Thanks for reading Duane
On a wet cold weekend, I managed to sneak a race in
the books, just when it looked like there wasn't much of a chance to
see one. On Friday, I knowing there was a slim chance to see a race,
still jumped in the car and headed towards Lernerville PA for the
All Star event. Thinking to my self several times on the way there
how crazy I really am to even try, I did what us racing people do,
kept driving thinking well it's still on maybe there's a shot. Mile
after mile thinking and knowing no way this will happen, but yet
still going, still hoping well if this one missed it or this one or
if they wait, like we oh so do on rainy days, I just kept driving.
Finally just by Akron, I got a phone call saying the event has been
concealed. Knowing what I thought all along but the desire, the
drive, the passion for the sport keeps you lurking towards the track
until you hear for certain the race is no longer on. With all other
tracks around canceled too, if was turn around and head back home
Saturday morning came around with the idea of heading to PA once
again on this day. Hearing the news late morning they was postponed
until July 6th, it looked like Fremont Speedway was the place to go.
With several other tracks calling off their races, Fremont was still
on as I made the journey that direction. 35 410 sprints and 22 305
sprints were ready for action on this special King Of the Hill
night. With a moist track both division of sprint cars took one lap
of qualifying on this night. Paige Polyak set fast time of the night
in the stacked All Star field of 410 sprints. Jordan Ryan set the
pace with fast time in the 305 sprints.
With the skies looking like rain and a stout wind, the heats rolled
out. 4 410 heats with the top 4 moving on to the A Main. The top 8
fastest qualifiers to transfer to the A via the heats would take
part in the race for the pole in the king of the hill match races.
Brad Bowman and Danny Holtgraver battle upfront in heat 1 as Brandon
Wimmer, Paige Polyak, and Tim Shaffer battle for the transfer spot.
Bowman has this one in control as Holtgraver holds a solid 2nd and
once Polyak slips past Wimmer she has 3rd tied up. The battle for
the final transfer spot came down to the wire as Wimmer take the
spot, squeezing Shaffer up to the wall at any attempt he made for a
pass. With a thick cushion the fast way was right on the rough edge
of the cushion. Heat 2 was a excellent race. Todd Heller and Caleb
Helms crashed early off turn 2, ending their heat. After their race
long battle, Chris Andrews made a last lap pass to take the win over
Dean Jacobs. Duane Zablocki and Rob Chaney, the 29 driver of the
week, moved on to the A. Byron Reed and Brian Sebetto put on another
great battle upfront in heat 3. Sebetto took the win with Reed,
Caleb Griffith, and Cole Duncan transferring to the A. DJ Foos fly
from 6th to 1st looking stout in heat 4. Foos held on to win over
Brian Smith, Dale Blaney, and Cap Henry.
3 305 heats with all cars making the A, the top 8 fastest qualifiers
finishing in the top 5 of the heats make the king of the hill races.
Keeping up the great night of heat race action, heat 1 was a great
one. Matt Merrill and Seth Schneider battled all race long for the
lead. Once Schneider takes the point and looks like the winner, Seth
slips over the edge enough to hand Merrill the lead and the win.
Schneider and Ryan round out the top 3. Another good battle in heat
2 seen Jimmy Colvin just hold on to win over Nate Dussel and Paul
Weaver. Dustin Dinan took the win in heat 3 over Alvin Roepke and
Tyler Gunn. A misty rain turned into intermittent showers making for
an hour rain delay before all the 305 heats were complete. One of
the awesome views of the night aft the rains came, with the cool
damp air, you could see the steam rolling off the big right rears as
they worked and heated up in the turns.
With the track widen and the thick cushion knocked down after some
track work, the track was smooth, wide, and fast for the king of the
hill events. Chris Andrews won the 410 event while Jordan Ryan took
home the win in the 305s.
2 410 B Mains transferring the top 2 on to the A Main. Tim Shaffer
and Craig Mintz had things under control in the first B. Both
drivers recovered from bad heat race runs and earned A Main
positions. Greg Dalmann spun to begin B Main 2. Jody Keegan, Helms,
and Stuart Brubaker battled it out for the 2 transfer spots in this
one. Another good race, Helms was cursed on this night as he spins
late in the B while having a transfer position. With just 2 laps to
go on the restart, Keegan and Brubaker bring home the transfer
positions across the finish line.
Moving the program along on this now very chilly and windy night,
Henry and Andrews paced the field for the 30 lap 410 A Main. Cap
Henry hurries to the lead as the field goes green. As Henry leads,
Polyak quickly races side by side with Andrews for 2nd. As they
battle upfront, Blaney and Shaffer start their charge from 9th and
12th to the front. Polyak slips back after a few laps as Andrews
starts to battle with Henry for the lead. What a battle it is. Lap
7, Andrews leads. Andrews and Henry have a battle royal. Racing
inches apart sometimes brushing other cars or each other in and out
of traffic, they are putting on one hell of a race. Lap 10, Henry
leafs again. Those are just at the line, several times they swapped
the lead not officially at the line. As the battle race continue to
battle Griffith starts to enter the mix as well. Lap 16, Andrews
lead, 17 Henry and now a 3 car side by side battle. These guys are
putting on one of those races the will be talked about for
lifetimes. Lap 21, Griffith takes his turn to lead. Lap 22, Henry
regains the lead. Bumping into lapped cars and racing just inches
apart Andrews tries to anyway he can to make a move as Griffith
catches a lapped car wrong and fades. Shaffer is now on Griffith's
tail tank. Henry and Andrews just feet apart battle the final few
laps, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats because this one
is anyone's race with 2 to go. Andrews tries high, then low with 1
to go. Side by side off 2, they battle. Henry hits 3 and 4 with a
slight advantage. Andrews tries one last move, Henry wins at the
line. Andrews, Griffith, Blaney, up from 9th, Shaffer, up from 12th,
and Foos round out the top 6. This was one of those races we live to
see, that makes the die hard fans like myself travel miles and
miles, hours and hours, hoping to see each time we walk through the
gates of the track. This new wider Fremont in turns 1 and 3 may have
been the answer. The past 2 410 A Mains I've witnessed there are
some, if not, the best ever.
Ryan and Ivy paced the field to green in the 305 A Main. Ivy inches
into the lead on the start. What has been the Dussel and Ivy show at
Fremont so far this season continues as they battle once again
upfront. Ryan seems like he can come close to running with them but
it just a bit off yet. Ivy and Dussel have been owning the A's n the
305s at Fremont. In traffic the lead battle heats up and Dussel
takes the lead on lap 12. Once Dussel takes over the lead, Nate
holds Ivy at bay. Dussel takes another win with Ivy, Ryan, Bobby
Clark, up from 11th, Colvin, and Weaver round out the top 6.
Friday FAST Attica OH, double A Mains, USAC Sprints
Bloomington IN, AVSS Dixie MI, SOD Tri-City MI
Saturday: FAST Fremont OH, SOD Plymouth IN, USAC
Silvercrown Lucas Oil Speedway IN, AVSS Berlin MI, Top Speed Angola
Sunday: Must See Sprint and Super Mods Winchester IN
Monday: Must See Super Mods Anderson IN
Wednesday 22: Must See Sprints Anderson IN, USAC
Sprints Terre Haute IN
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