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by Duane Hancock
When Mansfield Motor Speedway announced the Great Lakes Dirt Nationals at the beginning of the year, many people questioned why would someone run a huge event during Knoxville Nationals week? Well after day one got rained out Friday, Saturday that questioned was answered in a huge way. 63 410 winged sprints, 38 BOSS traditional sprints, and 39 winged 305 sprints packed the pits and the fans filled the grandstands. The $15,000 to win for 410s, $5000 to win for BOSS, and $3000 to win for 305s showed not everyone heads West and plenty of guys still wanted to race on this weekend. Not to mention a track not far away held a $3000 to win 410 show against it that drew 26 cars. So sprint car racing is alive and well.
After a late start and some long heat races, I am just going to highlight the 4 A Mains, yes 4. BOSS started the night with a make up A Main that was rained out from earlier in the season.
BOSS Make Up A: Andy Feil and Chad Wilson brought the field to the green in the 25 lap event. Buddy Lowther spins on the start. Restart, Dustin Smith slides from 1st to the lead. As Smith pulls way, Wilson rides along in 2nd. Tyler Gunn was putting on the early show, running right up on the fence, jumping the cushion and hoping around but still hammer down. Lap after lap Smith held a comfortable lead. Lap 21, Joe Butera spins in turn 4, Steve Little has nowhere to go and slams Joe and flips. Restart, Rick Holley and Kirk Jeffries tangle in turn 3 as Holley flips hard. Holley's helmet flies off on his first flip and he flips 2 more times. Thank God Rick was alright. Next restart, Wilson tries to make a run at Smith but the current BOSS points leader and former series champ was too stout and drove away to the win. Wilson takes home his career best BOSS finish in 2nd followed by Paul Dues who made a great late race charge, Michael Fischesser, and Tyler Gunn.
The regular BOSS A Main was first up on the night after hours of heat races and C and B Mains. The 30 lap affair set Michael Fischesser and Shane Cottle on the front row. Cottle climbed to the lead as the green flag flew. Lap 4, Cole Ketcham jumps the cushion in turn 3 and goes for a tumble. Green, Cottle stays in the lead as Fischesser stays right there side by side giving Cottle all he can handle. Fischesser battled Cottle for the win a few weeks earlier at the Route 44 Speedway and was trying to get past the 57 machine on this night for his first BOSS career win. Lap after lap they battled, but Cottle was just too tough. The Throttle cashed in on another BOSS win taking home 5 grand. Fischesser, Dustin Smith, CJ Leary, and Cody Gardner rounded out the top 5.
The 40 lap $15,000 to win 410 winged A Main got cut to 30 laps before the cars took to the track around 2 AM. Jimmy Seger and Caleb Armstrong paced the field. On the start, coming off turn 2, Seger spins, keeps going as a chain reaction starts. Craig Mintz tries to avoid spins, hits the wall and flips, then gets hit in the side on the track. Caleb Helms, Dylan Cisney, Ryan Ruhl, and DJ Foos all get collected. After a long clean up, green. Going down the middle of the back stretch there is contact and all hell break loose as Coleman Gullick and Bill Rose flip together, and Mike Wagner, Ryan Ruhl, DJ Foos, Dylan Cinsey, Chris Andrews who flips too, and Brian Lay are all collected. 15 cars of the 24 are ready to restart, some with damage. NOW all the sudden race control cuts the race to 20 laps!!! Wait@!! So a $15,000 to win, top 3 locked into the $100,000 to win show next year, 63 cars came from many states, several thousand fans from many states wait, some up to 12 hours to see the race and it is now cut to 20 laps? SERIOUSLY! Never seen Knoxville Nationals, King's Royal, or any other big show like this is suppose to turn into cut the race in half. I get it was late, so be it, shit happens, but WAY too much on the line and way too much support to run the race like a local Saturday night regular show. Anyway, it was what is was, and the green is out as Seger slips to the lead. Lap 4, Helms slows for a yellow. Restart, the call that the leader Seger jumps the start and throws the yellow, moving Seger back and putting Armstrong in the lead. Green, Armstrong leads as Foos is moving from the tail and looking good with a car that has a bent frame and is kept together buy duct tape. Lap 6, Helms spins. Green, its all Caleb Armstrong. Armstrong took the win over Adam Keckish, Seger, Mark Smith, and Brock Zearfoss. A great win and well deserved win for Armstrong but would have loved to see the full 40 laps, or even 30 but 20 to me just wasn't right to anyone.
The night cap was the 20 lap 305 A Main which ironical was the distance as the $15,000 to win main just before it. Dustin Stroup took home the biggest win for his career with a $3000 pay day. Brandon Moore, Kelsey Ivy, Jamie Miller, and Paul Weaver rounded out the top 5.
Okay this might not set well with some and I am not bitching and I love ALL tracks and ALL sprint car races and have been on both sides on the fence so I GET its not easy to put on a regular show, let alone a huge show but my dislikes to me are VERY important this week and should be to every drivers, track crew member and anyone involved with the sport. No one is perfect and I get that but some mistakes need addressed so they don't happen in the future.
Dislikes: 1) the fire crew stuck in the pit area during hot laps and NOT in the infield! Andy Feil catches on fire, a big fire under the hood for a sprint car and no fire crew near! When a woman has to jump out of a push truck, get a fire extinguisher out of the back of a Jeep and run a quarter of the pit lane and still be the first one to the car in uncalled for and unacceptable period!! 2) a drivers helmet flies off during a crash! BOSS tries to be more of an outlaw style group with not many rules, well safety BETTER play a part into it and safety gear inspected as well because once again a helmet flying off during a flip, is unacceptable period! 3) cutting the main attraction by half after 63 teams and several thousand fans, traveled. many several hundred miles, and spent $$ on motels and all the above and the main show gets cut in half due to lateness of the night.
Likes: 1) Great idea to have this race Knoxville week and the crowd and car count showed it. 2) the track was in good shape all night long and stayed nice. 3) great facility 4) the team and Mansfield try hard to put on a great race. 5) Not afraid to pay out big $$$ 6) hill side seating 7) good concession food and decent prices.
Friday: FAST Attica OH, MTS/GLSS I-96 MI, SOD Manistee County Fair MI
Saturday: MTS/SOD Merritt MI, Must See Berlin MI, OSCS Wayne CO OH
Thanks for reading Duane
Each year Waynesfield Raceway Park seems to make the Jack Hewitt Classic better and better. The 9th annual event took place last weekend under the BOSS banner this year. 43 cars were pit side on a beautiful night.
Even though the race was ran under the BOSS banner, a twist for the BOSS regulars, group qualifying was ran on this night. It was like the All Stars where you just time in with your heat race guys but then a redraw was used for the A Main line up for the top 2 in the heat and the rest by your finishing position.
Heat 1, Shane Cottle climbed to the lead and went on to win over Scotty Weir, Ty Tilton and Dustin Ingle. Heat 2, Steve Little and Paul Dues was battling hard for 3rd. Little went for a nasty ride in turn 3 bending his 53 ride pretty bad. Joe Butera and Jeremy Shambaugh was collected as well. Green, Dallas Hewitt thrilled the crowd by taking the lead on the high side and cruising to the win over Carman Perigo, Kirk Jeffries, and Paul Dues. Heat 3, Kody Swanson speed to the win over Landon Simon, Kyle Simon, and Lee Underwood who recovered for a spin lining up for the heat. Heat 4, Buddy Lowther slows the race with a spin. Drew Rader held off a fast Dustin Smith to take the win. Cody Gardner and Travis Hery raced into the A. Heat 5, Dave Darland drove away with the win over Matt Westfall, Luke Hall, and Cooper Clouse.
2 B Mains, taking the top 2 to the A. B1, Tyler Hewitt brought the Hewitt fans to their feet again as he took the win over Michael Fischesser. B2, surprise entrant Dane Lorenc in his first non wing race took the win over Gage Etgen. The New Yorker was aboard a Goodnight Racing entry.
Rader and Darlard brought the field to green in the 25 lap $3000 to win A Main. Darland drove to the lead on the start. Running the high side like it was his job, Darland was on a rail. Lap 4, Dallas Hewitt spins collecting some huge race favorites in Cottle and Swanson. Green, Darland quickly pulls to a 3 second lead. As Darland sets a torrid pace, the battle in the top 5 is a great one. As Rader and Westfall hold their own, Kyle Simon is making a charge. As Darland enters lapped traffic, he has issues getting past the traffic racing 3 wide in front of him. With his big lead, it wasn't an issue, or was it? Seeming to get more comfortable and not pushing it as hard as earlier, Rader starts to reel Darland in as the laps click off. 5 to go, Rader is getting closer. 2 to go, Rader is there. White flag, Rader draws up to Darland's tail tank off turn 2. Off 4, Rader shoots under Darland the the line, Rader pulls off the upset beating Darland by .005 of a second. Darland, Kyle Simon, up from 13th, Westfall, and Weir round out the top 5. Great finish with a local sneaking one past one of the best non wing drivers to ever buckle in.
This new likes and dislikes thing seems to gives you readers more of an insight and the feedback has been good so far. I love all feedback so would love to hear from some of you.
Likes: track was in great shape all night long, show was moved along nicely, only 2 other classes for support divisions. The walking tacos are always great. You can carry coolers in with beer or whatever you choose which is a dying breed at most tracks.
Dislikes: BOSS using a special format that their regulars are not use too. You don't qualify for any of your shows so when the bigger $$ gets put up you make guys time in that are not use to qualifying. Seems unfair to the loyal supporters to time in at the big $$ shows. If you can time in then, you can time in at all of them. Or make the guys coming in for the $$$ draw like a normal BOSS show.
Friday BOSS/FAST/OSCS Mansfield OH SOD Hartford MI, MSCS Shady Hill IN
Saturday FAST/OSCS $15,000 to win Mansfield OH, BOSS $5000 to win Mansfield OH, MSCS Lincoln Park IN, SOD Butler MI, USAC Silvercrown Salem IN
Thanks for reading Duane
Last weekend the travels took me to Route 44 Speedway in Liberty Indiana Friday night and on to the Lawrenceburg Speedway Saturday for the BOSS double header.
35 BOSS Sprints were ready to roll at Route 44 Speedway. Since my last visit, there has been several improvements to the place but still some to work on too. Like not having an EMS on sight for sprint cars and having to hold the sprint car show up, waiting on one.
Aaron Middaugh and Kyle Simon paced the 25 lap A Main. Middaugh flies to the lead on the start. Just as Dave Darland was making a move for the lead, Simon spins. Green, Darland quickly makes a move and takes the lead on lap 2. Lap 6, Darland pulls to the infield with issues, handing the lead to Shane Cottle. With the top side being the fastest lane, The Throttle was gassing it up on the cushion. With heavy lapped traffic, Cottle had to work his way around the pack. Michael Fischesser ran Cottle down with 2 to go but lapped traffic prevented him from throwing a last lap slider. Cottle took the win as Fischesser settled for 2nd. Cole Ketcham threw down a great run in 3rd, Justin Owen, and Matt Westfall rounded out the top 5.
Going off last week's more insight info. I liked how much work has been to Route 44. I liked the promoter was very excited that many cars showed up and was very thankful to the teams. Liked that track was pretty racy and had a lot less rocks than a few years ago. Things that could have been better, still 3 foot deep holes entering the place. The concession stand running out of stuff before heats were over. Not getting sprint car A Main on the track til Midnight.
Saturday, it was on to one of my top 5 favorite tracks I attend, The Burg, Lawrenceburg Speedway. 36 BOSS Sprints were pit side.
Shawn Westerfeld and Jordan Kinser brought the field to the green in the 25 lap A Main. Westerfeld whipped to the lead on the start. Lap 3, Westerfeld flipped in turn 4 while leading. Kinser now has the lead for the restart. On the restart, a great 3 car battle upfront, racing 3 wide as Carmen Perigo tries to split the pack and that the lead. Kinser held the lead as the pack settled back down. With a bit drier than usual Lawrenceburg, the bottom was the fast line. Lap after lap, Kinser held off all challengers. Kinser went on to take the win. Logan Jarrett, Perigo, Drew Able, and Landon Simon rounded out the top 5.
Likes: the facility overall, great grandstands, great bathrooms, nice walk areas, plenty of room in the pits. The pizza is awesome.
Friday: OSCS Moler OH
Saturday: BOSS Waynefield OH, FAST Fremont OH, AVSS Baer Field IN, MSCS Haubstadt IN, OSCS Atomic OH
Sunday: Bob Darland Memorial Kokomo IN
Thanks for reading Duane
I am a fan of all sprint car racing and last Friday it was time to switch up my normal a little bit. Instead of the dirt, I was off to the Toledo Speedway for the King Of The Wings visit to the paved 1/2 mile. 20 cars were ready to thunder on the Toledo pavement. Kyle Edwards set a new track record in qualifying with a time of 12.142 seconds, 148.2 MPH average. It was wicked fast and awesome to witness.
With all cars moving to the A Main, 3 heats were ran for the sprints. Bobby Santos, Johnny Giesler, and David Byrne took home the heat wins.
Bobby Santos and Mike Anderson paced the field for the 40 lap A Main. Santos slides to the lead on the start. Setting a fast pace, the leaders were in lap traffic in just a few laps. Lap 7, Anderson spins. Green, Santos speeds ahead. As Santos opens up a few second lead, a great battle for 2nd to 6th is going on. Lap 21, Troy Decaire stops. Green, its all Bobby Santos as the MA driver blast to the lead once again. Santos sails to the win over Derek Snyder, Jimmy McCune, with an amazing last lap pass, going from 6th to 3rd in turn 4, Byrne, and Edwards. A decent race and a good night of racing all in all.
Sunday, it was time to journey up North to Michigan to the I96 Speedway for the GLSS/NRA 360 winged sprints and the MTS Michigan Traditional Sprints duel card program. 27 360s and 19 non wing sprints were pit side. Jared Horstman set quick time for the 360s. The non wing sprints used a pill draw for line ups.
4 360 heats with the top 4 moving to the A. Heat 1, Jared Horstman wasted no time, charging from 4th to the lead. Horstman ran away with the win over Chase Ridenour, 13 year old Andrew Scheid, amd Kyle Poortenga. Heat 2, Dennis Orth stops. Jay Steinbach held on to win over Iowa's John Schultz, Linden Jones, and Brad Lambertson. Heat 3, Kyle Sauder shot from 4th to the lead by the exit of turn 2 and never looked back. Sauder took the win over Andy Teunessen, Devin Dobie, and Gregg Dalman. Heat 4, Kyle Locke spins. Floridan Shawn Murray took the win over Kelsey Ivy, Joe Swanson, and Locke made a great recovery to put it in the A.
3 MTS heats, all cars move to the A. Steve Irwin, Jay Steinbach, and Joe Bares took the heat wins.
The 360's ran a very unique Dash to determine to first 4 rows of the A. They took the top 2 finishers of each heat and pair them up into a one on one 2 lap match race, the winner moved on to the top 4. Some wild action in these made them a hit. Steinbach, Horstman, Ridenour, and Sauder won the match races. This put them in the 4 car Dash to determine the top 4 starting spots of the A. Chase Ridenour made a stout move and took the win and the pole for the A.
The 360 B seen the top 4 move to the A. Dustin Daggett made spectacular move on the start, charging from dead last, 11th, to the lead as the field exits turn 2. Daggett was ready for the start and put in on the high side and let it eat. Tony Bures spins. Orth stops like he did in his heat with more issues. Tank Brackenberry spins, after coming out a few laps after the A Main started. Daggett dashed to the win over Chris Pobanz, Joe Geibe, and Bures after his early spin.
Ridenour and Sauder brought the field to the green in the 25 lap GLSS/NRA A Main. Just before the green waved, fast time of the night and series point leader, Horstman pulls pit side and is done for the night. Green, Ridenour rips to the lead. Sauder starts to apply some early pressure until the 2 car pulls into the infield with engine woes. As Ridenour leads, all eyes are on Daggett as he was flying though the pack and up into the top 5. In heavy traffic, Ridenour was smooth as glass. Lap 20, Scheid runs over Locke's left front and goes for a hard tumble in turn 3. All were okay. This put the lead lap cars nose to tail and guess who's in 2nd? Yes, Daggett. Ridenour is setting the identical pace I would have, slow to the cone, as they reach the cone, Daggett hooks Ridenour's rear bumper and gets him sideways. Daggett storms past Ridenour for the lead as Chase gathers it back in after almost spinning. Daggett quickly checked out and brought the crowd to its feet as he raced to the win from 17th. Not only did he start 17th, came from dead last in the B to win too. Something you just don't see a lot. Ridenour, Schultz, Murray, and Ivy rounded out the top 5. Ridenour was not a happy camper after the A, which he had all rights to voice is concerns.
Mike Galdaja and Gregg Dalman paced the 20 lap MTS A Main. Dalman darted to the lead on the start. One of the few drivers doing double duty, Dalman was looking good out front going topless. Jay Steinbach found the cushion and was the only one running the risky line but he was fast. Lap 10, Steinbach speed to the lead on the high side. Keeping the right rear in the cushion, Steinbach was hooked up. Just after lap 10 was scored, Christy Graham spins. Green, Steinbach leads as Steve Irwin finally finds the fast line up on the cushion. A little too late as he runs out of time and watches Steinbach storm across the finish, taking the win. Irwin, Dalman, Joe Bares, and Travis Lacombe round out the top 5. A very good night of racing.
A very awesome story from the Sunday show was drivers Dennis Orth and Shawn Murray from Florida. Orth originally from North Dakota and Murray originally from Michigan just retired as from the US Navy were they were pilots. They made a deal while in the Navy once they got out to go sprint car racing for 8 weeks running many shows in each of their home states, ND and MI before they started their new jobs at Kalitta Air in Michigan. Sunday was their turn to race some in Michigan. Racing is full of awesome stories like this one...Mansfield Speedway has cancelled the 3rd round of the Triple Crown Series on August 13th.
I have been doing this column for over 15 years now and try to get pin
point results, like you was right there and can see what I am saying and
many have said they like that a lot. I love feedback and the other week I
got some feedback and I liked it and agree there is more to race nights and
things at each track each night, so I am going to expand a little and
hopefully make it more enjoyable in this part too. It will be more of my
personal take, which may or may not be to everyone's liking all the time but
so be it. So here we go. I was asked things like, hey tell us what you liked
and didn't like about the night, what may have caught your eye, what food
was good and so on. One for people that may have never been to the track and
two for people that may have been there but didn't see, try, or do some of
the things I might have. So here we go for Toledo: I really liked Kyle
Edwards spanking the track record and was loose as hell but fast. I liked
the 50/50 went to a local school. I liked not getting all dirty for once. I
liked that smell you get on pavement but don't get on dirt. Something that
caught my eye, Jimmy McCune running the high line off turn 4 on the final
lap, shooting from 6th to 3rd. Can't say I disliked anything really, well
maybe the visit to the casino after the race if that counts. The house beat
me as bad as Kyle Edwards did the track record.
Sunday: I liked they worked the track a few times and it was in excellent shape. It was the best to 2nd best I have ever seen it and it was by far the least dust ever there. I liked the Dash, yes I said it for a guy who thinks the Dash is the dumbest idea of a line up there is, I truly enjoyed the unique way the 360s did it Sunday. I liked the story of the US Navy pilots. I liked Barry Marlow the owner of the GLSS Sprints, taking time out of his busy night and personally thanking me and others for coming to his show as he made his way around the grandstand area during a break. Something that caught my eye, Kelsey Ivy making a late race move to earn a top 5 finish. The Fremont Ohio driver runs the 305 sprints at Attica and Fremont and has looked very good at I-96 the 2 times I have been there this season. Dislikes, as my friend Bruce Beard stated, if you are going to play the Canada National Anthem, at least fly their flag while you are doing it.
Friday: USAC Silvercrown Toledo OH, FAST/OSCS Attica OH, WOO Hartford MI, GLSS/NRA Lima OH, BOSS Liberty IN
Saturday: BOSS Lawrenceburg IN, FAST Fremont OH, OSCS Wayne CO OH, GLSS/NRA Montpelier IN
Sunday: Sprints and Midgets Kokomo IN, rescheduled from last Sunday
Thanks for reading, as always feedback is welcome and don't forget to tune in or live stream On The Throttle EVERY Monday after the Noon news on WQCT Bryan Ohio The Q 96.5 or 1520 AM
The 2nd full week in July is the biggest week of sprint car racing in Ohio. Some may argue and say Ohio Speedweek is when you have the Brad Doty Classic and 3 days of Eldora for the King's Royal, you have the biggest week in Ohio. Then as a bonus, this year the Triple Crown at Mansfield finished out the weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Park.
Last Tuesday, the 29th annual Brad Doty Classic hit Attica Raceway Park with a huge field of 58 World Of Outlaw cars. First and foremost, with over 3 inches of rain the night before and a 60% chance of rain that day, a HUGE shout out to the ARP track crew for getting the show in! With the track fast and heavy, the heat races didn't showcase much action til about heat 5. Heat 6 was an excellent race. Heat wins went to Dale Blaney, Shane Stewart, Rico Abreu, Daryn Pittman, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Logan Schuchart. With such a great field of cars, the D Main had some WOO regulars in it. Brad Sweet took the D Main win. The C, yes more excellent cars. Chris Andrews held off Sammy Swindell for the win as Sammy made his first 410 start of the season. Tim Shaffer and Sheldon Haudenschild won the Dash events. The B looked like an A Main anywhere else in the country. Parker Price Miller took the win.
Tim Shaffer and Sheldon Haudenschild lead the field to the green in the 40 lap A. Shaffer speed to the lead. Lap 9, Jason Johnson took a tumble for his 2nd time on the night. Restart, Kyle Larson slides on top of the turn 4 tractor tires and Jac Haudenschild spins as well. Green, a great race upfront as Shaffer and Sheldon Haudenschild battle. Sheldon pulls slider for the lead and makes contact, cutting a tire and rolling to a stop. Green, Shaffer seems to be on cruise control out front now. Lap 17. Max Stambaugh stops. Green, its all Shaffer. As the race winds down, the track is pretty heavy. Shaffer's lead is shrinking as the top 4 are close together. More often than not, whoever leads at lap 30 at Attica don't lead lap 40. Shaffer looks like he is going to put that to rest but Gravel is flying the last 5 laps. From 4th to 2nd in 3 laps, Gravel catches Shaffer. As the white flag is in the flagman's hand, Gravel makes a move into 3 and takes the lead. Shaffer has nothing as Gravel takes the win. Shaffer, Pittman, and Sweet, from 26th, round out the top 4.
A great A main. An awesome effort to get the show in as many tracks would of said screw it and cancelled.
Thursday 48 WOO Sprints were ready for the Joker's Wild aka Night 1 of the 34th annual King's Royal weekend. With rain all afternoon and into the evening, the Eldora Speedway staff made it well known, the show WILL go on. Another track that put out an excellent effort to get Thursday's race in the books. Finally, as the rain stopped about 8, the track crew went to work and around 10:40 cars where on the track. On a hammer down Eldora, the speeds were amazing. The track has seen some changes the past few years with some of the banking gone, meaning less speed. Well, with the heavy track, the fastest time was just a tenth of a second off the track record. The speed was awesome but passing wasn't. Don't get me wrong, any dirt track regular knew passing would be few and far between and I am very thankful the show got in. It's racing, so you never know what might happen. On a lock down fast track, you just hold the loud peddle on the floor and steer til the checkered waves. Tim Shaffer, Ian Madsen, David Gravel, and Brian Brown won heats. Heavy tracks eat engines as well. DJ Foos hurt his 23 ending his weekend as did Sammy Swindell in the 3 car, ending its weekend. Trevor Baker won the C. Kerry Madsen won the Dash. Cole Duncan took the B Main.
Kerry Madsen and Brad Sweet paced the field in the 30 lap A. Brady Bacon flipped on the start. Madsen motored to the lead on the start. The Mad Man looked looked angry and was pulling away quickly. Madsen is great on big fast track so this night fit perfect in his wheel house. Lap 12, Logan Schuchart tags the wall. Green, its all Kerry Madsen. The Mad Man made it look easy and took home the $10,000 pay check. Sweet, Brown, Shaffer, and Gravel rounded out the top 5.
The Knight Before The King's Royal seen the field grow to 53 cars. Donny Schatz set fast time. With the track back to more of normal conditions, the teams were ready to roll because they know, the right set up and their driver can make some moves tonight. Jason Johnson, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Donny Schatz, Kerry Madsen, and Tim Shaffer won the heats. Chris Andrews won the D. Brent Marks took home the C Main win. Brian Brown and Brad Sweet took home Dash wins. Joey Saldana took home the B Main win.
Brown and Sweet brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A. Sweet swept into the lead. Sweet was sailing out front as Christopher Bell was quickly chasing him down. Lap 10, ring the bell, Christopher takes the lead. Bell was right up on the fence, old school Eldora style. almost rubbing the right rear on the bright white Eldora wall. Lap 21, Sheldon Haudenschild stops as the yellow waves. This puts Donny Schatz on Bell's tail and we have all seen what happens next usually. Green, Schatz makes a move, as we all knew, and takes the lead. Bell, fights back as the teammates are in a dog fight for the lead. Schatz leads lap 22, Bell 23, as Schatz and Bell exchange several slide jobs. Bell opens a slight gap with 3 to go as the crowd cheers him on. Bell takes the $12,000 win over Schatz, Sweet, Ian Madsen, and Brown.
Saturday, the 34th annual King's Royal as 54 cars are pit side. Yes, we have the King's Royal format as well even though many drivers voice their displeasure with it. I love it!! the WOO rules of not inverting heats is just plain ass stupid if you wanna put on a show. So a heat invert of 5 is set for the 6 Royal heats. It makes the drivers race, just like Knoxville! For big $$$ they should have to race hard to get in the show. Oh and no stupid ass Dash races either!! Donny Schatz, with a VERY lucky break, Tim Shaffer, Sheldon Haudenschild, Jac Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, and Cole Duncan won the heats. I like how the KR A is lined up too, winner of heat 1, starts 6th, and so on down to winner of heat 6, starts 1st. Clyde Knipp wins the C. David Gravel wins the B.
Cole Duncan and Brad Sweet lead the pack for the King's Royal crown and cape, oh and a 50g pay check. Duncan drives to the lead as the green light flashes on. Setting a fast pace, Duncan is looking good and gets into lapped traffic around lap 5. Donny Schatz is quickly making his move from 6th. Lap 14, 2/3rds of the crowd just got long faces as Schatz takes the lead. Schatz checks out and opens up a huge lead. Christopher Bell is making it exciting as he charges from 20th into the top 5. Schatz is untouchable as Bell now enters 2nd. With 95% of the crowd now hoping for a yellow, the race is ran flag to flag and Schatz puts an all out pure ass whipping on the field, winning back to back King's Royals. Bell, Sweet, and Duncan round out the top 4. It is the first time in the 34 year history a driver has won back to back Royals.
As if there wasn't enough racing already, it was off the Mansfield Motorsports Park Sunday for the make up of leg 2 of the Triple Crown. Winged sprints, non wing sprints, and late models all 5 grand to win. I thought with the Royal the night before and Lernerville on the way for Tuesday, it was a great scheduling for $5000 to win and $400 to start with some of the travelers in the area. A shocking car count of 19 winged and 17 non wing sprints were on hand.
Rico Abreu, Carson Macedo, and Spencer Bayston won winged heats. Tyler Gunn and Scotty Weir won the non wing heats.
Weir and Shane Cottle brought the 30 lap non wing sprint car A Main to the green. Weir whipped to the lead. Lap 7, Kornbau spins for a yellow. Restart, Gunn slings it up on the fence and takes he lead on lap 8. Gunn gets into the wall a little as Weir takes back over on lap 9. Gunn is making the show, running the narrow cushion Jack Hewitt style as Weir and Cottle run the bottom. Lap 15, Cottle makes his move to the lead. When Cottle comes to Ohio its like he's walking to the ATM as Cottle cruises out front. Cottle is never challenged the rest of the way and takes the win over Weir, Gunn, Carmen Perigo, and Dallas Hewitt.
Ian Madsen and Carson Macedo paced the 30 lap winged A Main. Macedo moved to the lead on the start. The winged A main was excellent! Macedo lead til Rico Abreu took over lap 21 and then things heated up. An amazing 3 car battle between Macedo, Bayston, and Abreu seen each driver lead for a split second at times. Bayston made a slider from 3rd to 1st with 3 to go, only to have Rico take the lead in turn 3. Bayston threw another last lap slider but, Rico was on it and took the narrow victory. Bayston, Macedo, and Duncan rounded out the top 4. A great race!
With the Doty and the Royal week past us now a few thing stuck out: I love the driver introductions for the King's Royal! I think the big shows should do this and get to our roots a little and create that interaction with the fans. We are NOT all in that big of rush in life that 20 minutes will hurt. Just like this, I had some news fans and first time Eldora visitors with me and they really thought it was cool how you could see the drivers like that and let them put a face with a name. This is how we grow the sport people! Sammy Swindell crawled in son Kevin's 39 ride Saturday and made his 28th KR A Main...Joey Saldana took the Indy Race Parts 71 to the KR A Main, making it 23 straight years Joey has made the A, which is the longest streak of anyone...Locals Lee Jacobs and Cole Duncan had great weekends....A handful of Ohio locals made the trip to Eldora which was great to see...No Posse this year...Kraig Kinser has seemed to pick it up lately. Tim Shaffer had a solid week but just not close enough for a win...Attica and Eldora when they say they are racing, they give it 100% and showed that this last week. Great jobs and thanks for all the effort that a lot of places lack now a days...Mansfield's winged A Main was the best of the weekend and set some serious hype for the $15,000 to win show in August...oh I still love the King's Royal and its format. I think its stupid it only counts as show up points for the WOO title but so does all the other non regular format WOO shows...A record Royal crowd!! Plus some great times like the old Royal after hours in the campgrounds!! Meet some new people as well from Iowa, Tennessee, and Ohio.
Friday: King of the Wings Toledo OH, Non Wing Doubler Lima OH, GLSS Tri-City MI
Saturday: Non Wing Doubler Waynesfield OH, SOD Butler MI, GLSS Merritt MI, OSCS Atomic OH, King of the Wings Clio MI
Sunday MTS and GLSS I96 MI, Bob Darland Memorial Kokomo Non Wing Sprints and Midgets
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It seems like the only time it rains lately is o n race day. With a few rain outs this long holiday weekend, the only sprint car race I got it the books all weekend was the BOSS show at Pittsburgh Motor Speedway.
24 BOSS Sprints were ready to hit the huge PPMS Saturday night. 3 heats, all cars going to the A, top 3 make the redraw. Mike Miller marched to the win in heat 1 over Justin Owen and Cody Gardner. Carmen Perigo got to rolling in heat 2, charging to the front. Perigo took the win over Aaron Middaugh and Matt Cooley. Dustin Smith smoked the field in heat 3, winning by over a straight away. Joe Butera and Paul Dues raced into a redraw position. With a brief rain shower before the A Main, things were getting set for the A.
Butera and Owen paced the field for the 25 lap A Main. Owen jumped to the lead on the start. Lap 1, Vince Daugherty flipped over the turn 2 wall and out of the track. Vince was transported and held over night. Vince suffered bruised lungs and lost vision for a few hours. He will make a full recover and has been released for the hospital. Green, Owen leads as Miller makes a move towards the front. Lap 9, Riley VanHise slows the action with a spin when things got bottled up in turn 1, cars running 3 wide. Green, Owen leads as Miller applies heavy pressure. As they battle up front, Dustin Smith works into the top 3. Lap 17, Cooley spins for a yellow. Green, Miller makes a move and takes the lead. The Magic Man worked his magic by getting up on the wheel on the restart. Smith runs his right rear inches off the fence, making a great 3 car battle. Smith now is in 2nd and is giving Miller all he has got. White flag, its still anyone in the top 3's race. Miller stays steady and takes the win. Smith, Owen, Perigo, and Dues round out the top 5.
A new racing podcast based in the Ohio region has hit the air waves. Be sure to check out Dirt Nerds and add it to your podcast listing list....Don't forget to tune in every Monday to a radio show I host called On The Throttle. We go live just after the Noon news on The Q 96.5 WQCT Bryan Ohio. We also love stream via the WQCT website or mobile devices via the Tune In app...Waynesfield's July 3rd show that was rained out will be made up September 3rd. If you need a refund and can't make Sept 3rd show, you can mail the track for a refund. The 2 day BOSS show at Atomic August 25th and 26th has been moved to just the 26th for BOSS. Atomic still has all the other scheduled stuff that night, just eliminated 1 night of the BOSS...Attica Raceway Park has once again stepped up and is buying the top 15 in ARP points standing their WOO membership when the Outlaws roll into town Tuesday July 11th for the Brad Doty Classic
Friday: USAC Sprints Gas City IN
Saturday: BOSS Waynesfield OH, USAC Sprints Kokomo IN, AVSS New Paris IN, All Stars Sharon OH, OSCS Wayne Co OH
Sunday: USAC Sprints Lawrenceburg IN
Tuesday July 11: WOO Attica OH
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With a whirlwind of races lately, last week, when mother nature played nice, I got to hit 2 of the All Stars Ohio Sprint Speedweek shows. I have hit the majority of the shows each year with this year being the least I've ever hit. Part of it was due to getting a chance to be a pit crew member for the week out on the Eastern Storm in PA.
After raining out Sunday, Waynesfield Raceway Park stepped up and took the Wednesday rain date for Ohio Sprint Speedweek. A huge thank you to the entire WMP staff for doing all they could get host a Speedweek show. 43 cars were on hand and ready to rock the 1/4 mile oval. Sean Zemunik got bunched up in hot laps and took a tumble in turn 2.
Waynesfield always puts on great 410 winged sprint car shows and its seems they are always a little wild. The track had a little character to it as well which makes it all the more exciting. The 4 heat races had some tight action with a little contact here and there as well. Chris Andrews, Parker Price-Miller, Cole Duncan, and Chad Kemenah took the wins. Danny Mumaw took a nasty tumble in heat 3 in turn 3. Sammy Walsh made the move of the night in the heats after charging from 4th to 2nd on a heat race restart, bringing several cheers from the crowd as the Aussie made his first ever A Main on US soil.
All Star regular TJ Michael flips in the C Main, making his Speedweek a bit rougher. Another All Star regular, Caleb Helms took the C Main win.
The 2 All Star Dash events were next. Sammy Walsh woke the crowd up once again as he beat PA Posse gun slinger Danny Dietrich for the win. Dash 1, Tim Shaffer continued his strong Speedweek and took the win.
A wild B Main ended badly for a few drivers. Zemunik flipped hard in turn 3 for his 2nd tumble of the night. Helms also took a nasty flip in almost the exact same spot as Zemunik. Helms was flying through the field, trying to go from the C to the A and was well on his way until the cushion bit him. Jared Horstman took the win over Shawn Dancer, the regular WMP fans something to cheer about as those 2 have turned several laps in 360 sprint cars at WMP.
Walsh and Shaffer paced the field for the 35 lap A Main. Walsh whipped to the lead. Lap 3, Tanner Thorson spins. Walsh gets a great restart. Sammy works lapped traffic like a pro, opening up a straight away lead on Shaffer. Lap 9, the lights in turn 4 and part of the front stretch go out causing a red. This eliminates Walsh's huge lead. Green, Walsh leads as Shaffer is glued to his tail tank. Lap 13, Thorson stops for a yellow. Green, Shaffer and Walsh battle it out. Lap 16, Shaffer shoots past for the lead. In heavy lapped traffic, Shaffer opens the gap a little. Dietrich starts to make a run and with 10 to go, Shaffer and Dietrich are battling side by side in and out of traffic. Dietrich actually moves ahead of Shaffer but just for a moment and not enough to lead a lap. Shaffer uses his years of experience the final 5 laps and plants Dietrich in lapped traffic. The Steel City Outlaw takes the win over Dietrich and Chad Kemenah.
Saturday, it on down to the Atomic Speedway for the Speedweek Final. One a gorgeous day, after a wash out Friday, 53 cars signed in the pits. Andy Rein made the tow from WI and went home early as he backed it into the wall hard.
5 heat races on a fast racy Atomic Speedway. The crew did a great job getting the track race ready. It too had some character, making for some wild moments. Some good heat race action seen Kevin Thomas JR, Sean Zemunik, Tanner Thorson, DJ Foos, and Caleb Armstrong take the wins. Jordan Harble took a hard wild in heat 3 in turn 4. Ryan Smith has heat 3 wrapped up and ran out of fuel on the last lap, missing the A. I am not sure how you run out of fuel in a heat race.
With such a huge field of cars, a D Main was ran. Ryan Linder took the win as the All Star rookie of the year contender keeps plugging away.
A wild C Main sees Mitch Harble take the win. Mitch actually collided with Jordon Mackison earlier in the race. Late race leader, Jacob Wilson spun, giving Harble the lead.
2 Dash races again seen Armstrong take Dash 1 and Cale Thomas take Dash 2.
Cale Conley took the B Main win.
Armstrong and Cale Thomas brought the field to green for the 30 lap A Main. Thomas hauls it hard into turn 1, slides up the track and spins in front of the field in turn 2. As the pack stacks up to avoid Thomas, Mitchell Wormall goes for a wild tumble, ending the Aussie's Speedweek on a very bad note. Ron Blair also gets collected as Thomas drives away with top wing and front wing damage. Restart, Zemunik spins in turn 3 after contact with Palker collecting Duane Zablocki, Craig Mintz, getting flat tires and Conley flipping. Green, Armstrong leads. Lap 5, a breath taking moment as Caleb Helms clips the turn 3 wall edge and flips terribly. Helms was okay. I don't like that wall edge out there like that as I seen a late model catch it last year and takes the passenger's door halfway into the car. Hopefully some type of safer barrier can be put there besides barrels and hay bails. Green, Spencer Bayston gets an awesome run and takes the lead on lap 6. Bayston is hooked up as he pulls away. Some great racing upfront as Cole Duncan has the crowd on its feet as he races towards the leader. Thorson is holding strong in the top 3 as well. Lap 22, the crowd lets out a huge roar as Duncan takes the lead coming off turn 2. Bayston tries to make a counter move but, Duncan pulls away. Foos is all over Thorson the final 5 laps, trying to get past Thorson as Foos is faster, Thorson is just making his car wider. Duncan goes on to take the very popular win over Bayston, as Foos threads the needle on the top side of turn 4 and the wall and nips Thorson at the line for 3rd. A very good A Main with lots of action.
A lot of news this past week too as the craziness is starting as well. Tim Shaffer wrapped up another Ohio Speedweek title Saturday night....In other news the All Star race at Merritt Michigan for this Saturday July 1st has been moved to Wayne County Ohio as a mutual agreement with the All Stars and Merritt Speedway...Joey Saldana has left the 17 Wood/Stenhouse WOO ride. Jac Haudenschild filled in this past weekend but had a crash that has sidelined the team a few races...Brian Smith and the Lane 4 team have split as Cap Henry takes over the Lane 4 this weekend...BDS Racing and Justin Henderson split early in the week as Craig Dollansky takes over the 1 ride...Cap Henry officially left the 82 ride as well...DJ Foos had an excellent Ohio Speedweek making all 6 A Mains of the 6 shows he attended, with 5 top 5 finishes. Great for an low budget Ohio local team to be having an amazing season...A HUGE holiday weekend where many tracks have big shows. Get out to one this weekend, even if its just a local show, keep your local speedways open.
Friday: All Stars Kokomo IN, FAST Attica OH, USAC Sprints Lincoln Park IN, GLSS/NRA Lima OH
Saturday: All Stars Wayne Co OH, FAST Fremont OH, GLSS/NRA Fremont OH, AVSS Baer Field IN, OVSCA Frankfort OH
Sunday: OSCS Atomic OH, MSCS Haubstadt IN
Monday: FAST 410 and 305 Waynesfield OH, GLSS/NRA $4000 to win Waynesfield OH, Sprints Kokomo IN
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With business about to pick up big time the rest of the month, I took a bit of a slow weekend this past weekend. Friday, I made the venture over to Attica Raceway Park for the FAST show. 32 410 Sprints and 23 305 Sprints were pit side.
4 410 heats with the top 4 to the A. A lot of tight action in heat 1. With a tight battle upfront and slide jobs a plenty, Stuart Brubaker stops after contact with the back of Sean Zemunik's 27 machine. Chris Andrews cruised to the win over Zemunik, Tyler Gunn, and Byron Reed. After a bad start in heat 2, Broc Martin marched to the win over Jody Keegan, Duane Zablocki, and Joe Swanson. Heat 3 was not the best run for Cale Conley. Conley flew off the top of turn 2 early in the race. A few laps later, Conley flipped in turn 4, ending his night. Carson Macedo got things a rolling and took the win over Shawn Valenti, Jordan Ryan, and Thomas Meseraull. Heat 4 seen another bad start. Once things got to going the action was excellent. DJ Foos rode the cushion and made move on the last lap in turns 3 and 4 to take the lead and the win. Andrew Paulker, Danny Smith, and Phil Gressman raced into the A.
3 305 heats with the top 5 moving to the A. Heat 1 was a wild one and hard on equipment. Brad Keckler took a hard tumble by the flag stand. Brad was okay. Then a few laps later, Chase Dunham slips off the edge of the exit of turn 4 and flips. Jason Keckler went on to win over Steve Rando, Nate Dussel, Justin Adams, and Matt Lucius. Heat 2, Paul Weaver wheeled to the win over Bobby Clark, Jamie Miller, Kyle Capodice, and John Ivy. Heat 3, Jordon Ryan rode to the win over Ricky Peterson, Landon LaLonde, Kevin Mingus, and Luke Griffith.
2 410 B Mains seen the top 2 moving to the A. B1, Stuart Brubaker blasted the field and took the win over Jess Stiger. B2, Dale Blaney got the 11N machine back on track and took the win over Jared Horstman.
No 305 B Main with the scratches.
Paulker and Keegan brought the field to green in the 30 lap 410 A Main. Paulker pounced to the lead as the field raced into turn 1. Lap 6, Zemunik slide off the top of turn 2. Green, Paulker leads as Reed is ripping through the field. Lap 11, Reed races past for the lead. Lap 15, Blaney stops for a caution. Green, its all Reed as Paulker, Foos, and Andrews battle. Lap 24, Martin goes off turn 1. Green, Reed is on a rail and never looks back, making it look easy, taking the win. Paulker, Foos, Macedo, and Andrews rounded out the top 5.
Jason Keckler and Miller paced the field for the 25 lap 305 A Main. Adams goes off the top of turn 2 on the start. Keckler climbs to the lead on the start. Jason is looking good out front. Lap 8, Chase Baker spins. Green, Keckler leads as Weaver makes a move. Lap 9, Weaver whips to the lead. After that, it was all Weaver. Weaver takes the win over Capodice, Keckler, Rando, up from 11th, and Dussel, up from 12th.
A huge month here in June with several races on the agenda.
Tuesday USAC Midgets Montpelier IN
Wednesday USAC Midgets Gas City IN
Thursday USAC Midgets Lincoln Park IN
Friday BOSS Limaland OH, FAST Attica OH, SOD Hartford MI, GLSS/NRA Tri-City MI, USAC Midgets Bloomington IN
Saturday BOSS Portsmouth OH, FAST Fremont OH, OSCS Wayne CO OH, SOD Thunderbird MI, GLSS/NRA Crystal MI, AVSS Cilo MI, MSCS Haubstadt IN, USAC Midgets Lawrenceburg IN
Sunday USAC Midgets Kokomo IN
Late Model fans, the 23rd annual Dream hits Eldora Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
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The first major holiday weekend during racing season always packs a lot of good shows into the weekend. For me, I hit 4 shows. Friday, it was off to Attica Raceway Park for The All Stars. Saturday, Mercer PA for the BOSS Sprints. Sunday, Mansfield Motor Speedway for the AllStar/BOSS combo show. Monday, after a change in plans, it was over to Kokomo Speedway for the BC Double with sprints and midgets.
Friday, it was off to Attica Raceway Park as 48 All Stars and 26 305 sprints were pit side. After being rained out the last several weeks, ARP was ready for action.
The 4 All Star heats were full of action. A wild night started as Tyler Gunn made contact with Taylor Malsam battling for a transfer spot in heat 1. Malsam went flipping off the top of turn 2. Later in the heat, Jordon Mackison tags the wall coming off turn 4, flips and collects Trevor Baker who flips as well. In heat 2, Spencer Bayston rode out an amazing wheel stand off turn 2. In heat 4, Travis Philo and Chad Kemenah make heavy contact battling for a Dash spot with a few laps to go. Kemenah took the spots as Philo faded but, still made the A. On the cool down lap, Philo went to tap Kemenah about the time Kemenah turned his car to start towards the exit off the back stretch. Philo drove over the left front of CK's car, knocking the front end out of it was he drove off to the pits. Chad exited the car and ran towards the pits, pushing an official out of the way before getting stopped by another official. Philo and Kemenah was both dq'ed for the night. Duane Zablocki who charged from 12th to 6th looked to benefit from this but, it was later decided, that no one would move up past the 5th place spot and 2 more car would be taken out of the B Main instead. Okay, a lot to comment about. First off, I don't agree with how the Philo bump turned out, but I fully believe he didn't plan to do damage like he did and wasn't expecting Chad to turn just a slight bit right then. Second, I don't blame CK for running down the track and being pissed, the official deal, okay I get it but, it wasn't like he attacked the official, nor did he swing or anything just a reaction to someone running at you in the heat of the moment. Should both has been sent home for the night, I don't think either one should have in my thoughts. I have seen A LOT worse by others that jack shit didn't happen too. Next, why didn't the cars that were 6th and 7th move up? The ruling was it happened after the heat. Okay, if any of the top 5 don't make weight after the race and are dq'ed, the other drivers move up a spot and THAT IS after the race, so how is that different? Plus, I hate they revert back to times. Perfect example of that happened. Zablocki had issues, started last, raced his ass off to get 6th, and then has to start almost tail of the C because of his time. Please consider rewarding racing in heat races, not qualifying. Just like the top 2 in the heat make the Dash no matter where they timed in, should be the same why on how the B and C is lined up, by how you raced to finish in the heat. You time in bad or have issues, the current system tells you to load it up and save your stuff for another night when there is a large field like on this night. Don't get me wrong, I am not bitching, just saying, come on man let's make this right across the board in all of sprint car racing. Parker Price Miller, Byron Reed, Broc Martin, and Stuart Brubaker took heat wins in the All Stars. The 305 Sprints had some close battles in the heats but not as action packed as the All Stars. Ricky Peterson, Brad Keckler, John Ivy, and Steve Rando took the 305 heat wins.
Some great action in the C and B Mains as Carson Macedo took the C Main win. Brandon Matus and Bryan Nuckles got bunched but during the B in turn 2 and tangled and flipped. Sean Zemunik clipped a tractor tire in turn 3 and barrel rolled once things were back under way. Heartbreak for Spencer Bayston as he was leading the B and his car broke. Max Stambaugh took the win in the B. Brubaker and Price-Miller took the Dash wins. Kyle Capodice took the 305 B Main win.
Brubaker and PPM paced the field for the 40 lap All Star A Main. Parker Price-Miller stops with engine woes during the parade lap. Green, Chris Andrews charged to the lead. Lap 2, Jody Keegan spins to a stop. Lap 3, Roger Campbell spins. Green, Andrews still leads as the battle starts to heat up. Lap 7, Caleb Armstrong flies off the top of turn 3 while running in the top 5. Green, the battle is on. Craig Mintz, in his first race all season, and Byron Reed apply pressure to Andrews, running 3 wide at times. Lap 16, Brady Bacon takes the flying route off the top of turn 3. Green, the battle is on. Mintz and Reed are side by side, lap after lap, inches off Andrew's tail tank. In and out of traffic, 4 and 5 wide at times, the leaders battle in super heavy lapped traffic. Lap 28, Reed sees his shot and squeezes into the lead. Lap 31, Hunter Mackison spins. Green, Reed leads as Mintz tries to get the 11N Neumeister machine in victory lane. Mintz gave it all he had but Reed roars on this night and takes his first All Star win in 4 years. Mintz, DJ Foos, Broc Martin, and Brubaker round out the top 5 in an amazing race.
Ryan French and Jamie Miller brought the field to green in the 25 lap 305 A Main. French got the jump and went into turn 1 very hot, losing control and spinning in front of the entire field, collecting Baker. Restart, Miller motored to the lead. Lap 3, Jordan Ryan slowed for a yellow and Kevin Mingus spins. Miller gets a good restart as Paul Weaver is on the move. Lap 7, Landon LaLonde spins. Miller stays out front once the green lights flip back on. Lap 12, John Ivy slows. Green, Miller leads as Weaver keeps moving forward. Weaver moves from 9th to 2nd with his eyes set on Miller. The duo battle nose to tail the last several laps, as Weaver tries several times to make a move. Miller is too tough and takes the win. Weaver, Steve Rando, Bobby Clark, and Ricky Peterson round out the top 5.
After a trip home to load a U-Haul at 6:30 AM, it was off to Mercer Raceway Park Saturday afternoon for the BOSS Sprints. 28 BOSS Sprints were pitted at the Western PA oval. With a rough heavy surface, cars were hopping all over the place in the heats. Heat wins went to Justin Owen, Carmen Perigo, and Trevor Kobylarz. Running back home in his region, BOSS regular Andy Feil made a last lap pass to win the B Main.
Kobylarz and Owen paced the field for the 25 lap A Main. Owen raced to the lead. Lap 4, BOSS points leader, Dustin Smith made a rare miscue and spun running 3rd. Green, Owen and Kobylarz have a great battle, side by side, swapping the lead back and forth as Kobylarz takes over the point on lap 5. Owen stays glued right there and tries to regain the lead as the duo stay within 2 car lengths of each other the next several laps. Lap 15, Dustin Stroup spins in turn 4 and gets drilled by Cody Gardner who had no place to go. Both cars were hooked to a wrecker. Green, just for a lap as Matt Cooley spins on lap 16. Green, Owen tries to make a move but has to ride along in 2nd. Lap 21, Chad Wilson spins in turn 4. Green, Kirk Jefferies hooks the huge rut in turn 2 on lap 22 and slams the outside guardrail hard as the red flag is displayed. Kirk was okay but the 59j chassis was junk. Green, Owen takes a few more shots but to no avail. Trevor Kobylarz holds on to take his first ever career sprint car win. Owen, Michael Fischesser, Steve Little, and Joey Biasi, up from 12th, rounded out the top 5.
Sunday, it was off to Mansfield Motor Speedway for the All Star/BOSS double header. With rain all over the region, it looked like MMS may actually get a break this time around from the storms as they was all missing the track. 31 All Stars and 22 BOSS Sprints were on hand. With the track much smoother and improved from the early season woes, the track crew was ready to roll. With many storms coming close to the track but, just missing, the staff was trying all they could to get the show in the books. All the heats and B Mains were ran as the horn blow to stage the 1st A Main, the All Stars. Just as the horn went off, a massive wall cloud rolled in and the tornado sirens went off as a funnel cloud as spotted. Needless to say, the remainder of the show was cancelled. Make up dates plan to be announced soon. The MMS crew just can't seem to catch a break. I liked the improvements of the track and just a few more in turn 3 and the place will be a gem. Very glad for all the hard work going on the make Mansfield a premiere facility for dirt track racing.
Monday, after a game plan change, originally planning on Lawrenceburg, Kokomo Speedway got rained out Sunday and rescheduled the Bryan Clauson Indiana Double for Monday night. So off to Kokomo Speedway it was for sprints and midgets. 27 sprints and 10 midgets were pit side for the double purse and double points event.
3 sprint heats top 5 to the A. The action was excellent in the heats. With the track a bit slicker than the usual Kokomo, the action was 2nd to none. Heat 1, Tony DiMattia spins. Steve Sussex was trying to make the powdery cushion work, tagging the wall off turn 4, flipping while in a transfer spot. In a tight battle, Chad Boespflug took the win over Jarrett Andretti, Max McGhee, Jon Stanbrough, and DiMattia with an excellent run after his early spin. Heat 2, Parker Fredrickson flips. Dave Darland got back in the Hery 40 and was on a rail, taking the win over Justin Grant, Shane Cottle, Kevin Thomas JR, and Issac Chappel. Heat 3, CJ Leary won in a close one over Tyler Courtney, Robert Ballou, Travis Hery, and Tyler Hewitt.
The 2 midget heats were loaded with several spin outs. When the dust settled, Justin Peck took heat 1 and Davey Ray took heat 2.
The top 5 from the sprint B would move to the A. Logan Jarrett just finished his 29 machine, didn't even have any numbers or graphics on it yet, stops with issues. Green, Parker Fredrickson flips again. Green, Jarrett and Billy Cribbs collide. Green, Corey Smith tags the wall in turn 4, trying to make a move in the marbles. Chris Windom put on a show taking the win over Sussex, Colten Cottle, Josh Spencer, and Tim Creech.
Darland and Courtney paced the 30 laps sprint car A Main. Darland drove to the lead. With an excellent battle going on, The People's Champ had the local fans fired up as he was riding the cushion out front. With battles all over the place, the action was typical Kokomo fashion. Lap 17, Courtney throws a slider on Darland and takes the lead. Darland gets back up on the wheel and returns the favor on lap 19 with a massive slider in turn 2 as the crowd is going wild. Darland and Courtney are joined by Grant now for a 3 car showdown. Lap 28, Leary flips while battling Ballou for 5th. A 2 lap shootout, Darland drives right up on the cushion, inches off the fence and shows them its time for some home town cooking. Double D brings the crowd to their feet as Darland takes the win. Courtney, Grant, Andretti, and Ballou round out the top 5.
Peck and Corey Bedwell brought the 20 lap midget A Main to the green. Peck pounces to the lead. Chris Baue spins on lap 3. Green, Peck stays up front as Ray makes a move towards the lead. Lap 7, Baue spins again. Green, its pretty much a 3 car race as Zeb Wise enters the mix. Everything stays pretty much the same lap after lap. Lap 19, Thomas Bigelow spins. Green, its all Peck as Justin takes his first Kokomo win. Ray, Wise, Aussie Jimmi Quinn, and Logan Arnold round out the top 5.
FRIDAY: FAST vs OSCS Attica OH, USSA Midgets Lima OH, AVSS Kalamazoo MI
Saturday: FAST Fremont OH, AVSS South Bend IN, OSCS Atomic OH
Sunday: Sprints Kokomo IN
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Absolute gorgeous weather last weekend finally greeted all
the race tracks in the Tri-State region. Friday, it was off to the Eldora
Speedway for the #LETSRACETWO World Of Oulaws/USAC Sprints double header.
One of the best features on the Eldora schedule as you get to see both
premier series on one card. Saturday, I switched directions a bit and headed
to Fremont Speedway for the BOSS
Friday, it was off to Eldora Speedway for my first visit of the season to the house Earl built. A great field of 35 World Of Outlaws and 31 USAC Sprints were pit side. The USAC Sprints were first up all night. Brady Bacon set fast time of the night. Jason Sides threw down the quick lap for the WOO.
4 USAC heats with the top 4 racing their way into the A Main. Heat 1, Dave Darland danced to the lead and never looked back. Darland took the win over Corey Smith, Issac Chapple, and Brady Bacon. Heat 2, A good battle as Stomp and Steer, Scotty Weir steered his way to victory lane over Nick Bilbee, Chad Boespflug, and Kevin Thomas JR. Heat 3, another good battle as Tyler Courtney crossed the finish ahead of Josh Hodges, Justin Grant, and Chris Windom, taking the win. Heat 4, Chase Stockon sailed to the win over Robert Ballou, making his return from injury after 8 months off, Jarrett Andretti, and Dustin Smith.
4 WOO heats taking the top 5 to the A Main. Heat 1, Shane Stewart and Jason Sides battled it out. Stewart speed to the win over Sides, Brad Sweet, Joey Saldana, and Brandon Wimmer. Who says you need fancy haulers, Wimmer's team used an old mini van and open trailer to get to the track and he puts it in the show. Heat 2, Donny Schatz slid to the win over David Gravel, Trey Starks, Rico Abreu, and Caleb Helms. Heat 3, Kraig Kinser slowed and pulled pit side with issues, causing a yellow. A few lap shootout seen, Logan Schuchart held off a charging Travis Philo for the win. Philo charged from 6th to 2nd. Daryn Pittman, Danny Dietrich, and Dale Blaney raced into the A. Heat 4, a great battle for the win seen Tim Shaffer hold off Jason Johnson for the w. Jacob Allen, Jac Haudenschild, and Greg Wilson rounded out the top 5.
The top 6 from the USAC B Main would move to the A. With some heavy hitters in the B, a good battle up front as the top 6 car broke away from the pack. CJ Leary lead the pack. Leary raced to the win over Shane Cottle, Dallas Hewitt, Thomas Meseraull, Aaron Farney, and Chad Wilson. It was Wilson's first ever USAC National Sprint Car A Main that he has raced his way into. He had the A Main made a few weeks earlier at Plymouth but lost the spot on the last lap. Guess its true, you have to lose one but you get one.
WOO Dash. Jason Johnson held off Jason Sides for the win as the Jason's raced their way on to the front row for the A Main.
WOO B took the top 4 to the A. Recovering from his heat race owes, Kraig Kinser climbed to the win over Sheldon Haudenschild, Paul McMahan, who raced up from 8th, and Brent Marks who raced up from 9th.
Kevin Thomas JR, KTJ, and Andretti paced the field in the 30 lap USAC A Main. KTJ got a good start and raced to the lead as the field entered turn 1. Lap 2, Corey Smith and Bilbee collide in turn 2. Green, Thomas leads and Grant starts to close in. A great battle upfront. Lap 9, Grant gains the lead. Grant is the hottest non wing driver this spring and is out front once again but this race was excellent. The top 7 cars were glues together, racing 3 wide, side by side, nose to tail. The lead pack did this lap after lap. Then there was a 2nd pack from 10th to 16th glued together as well, battling just as hard and as close. A great race! Cottle pulls beside Grant as The Throttle in on the low side and Grant up high. Cottle actually passes Grant a handful of times but, Grant always regained the lead back before the line. As they battled, Hewitt made it an excellent 3 car battle. As Cottle faded, Hewitt gave it all he had. Coming up a bit short, Grant nipped Hewitt for the win. Hewitt moved up from 10th to make a last turn attempt for the win. KTJ, Stockon, up from 21st, and Meseraull rounded out the top 5. A great race.
Johnson and Sides lead the field to the green in the 30 lap WOO A Main. Johnson jumped to the lead. Stewart quickly caught Johnson and battled for the lead. Johnson and Stewart raced inches apart as Schuchart made it a 3 car battle. All 3 cars were inches apart, cutting each other off and battling so hard, the all but touched a few times. Lap 7, Stewart took the lead. Schuchart slid around the bottom and took the lead on lap 9. As Schuchart entered the back stretch on lap 9, a major accident in turn 1. Philo brushed the wall in turn 4 and as he raced his way into turn 1, his car broke, slamming the wall. As Philo flipped down the track, Jac Haudenschild had nowhere to go as Philo's car slammed The Wild Child, in a grinding accident. Jac's car flipped hard, then the throttle was hung wide open his destroyed 6 machine laid on the track free revving until the engine seized up and let out a ball of fire. Helms got collected as well as he ran over Pittman's right rear slowing for the accident. Once of the nastiest crashes I have seen in a while and thank god all drivers came out pretty luck with minor injuries. Green, the battle still rages for the lead. Stewart made a move on the restart and took the lead on lap 10. Schuchart says wait a minute and slides past for the lead on lap 11 and then slams the door shut down the back stretch, as the 2 slightly touch. That is all it took as Schuchart keep steady and smooth and raced his way to his first ever win at the Eldora Speedway. Stewart, Sweet, up from 9th, Schatz, and Johnson rounded out the top 5. An excellent race up to the halfway mark and then a decent race after that. A very racy track all night long with at least 3 racing grooves made for great racing. I personally don't care if the car that wins does it on the top, bottom, or middle as long as its a good race and these 2 A Mains were that for sure.
Saturday, it was up to the Northern part of Ohio as the BOSS Sprints made their first stop at Fremont Speedway for the season. A large field of 41 cars were pit side. 26 305 Sprints were on hand as well.
5 BOSS Heats with the top 4 moving to the A. Heat 1, former PA midget standout Trevor Kobylarz made the long tow to Fremont. Kobylarz spins for a yellow. Brandon Spithauler returned to BOSS and speed to the win over Dustin Ingle, Derek Hastings, and Michael Fischesser, up from 9th. Heat 2, another driver returning to BOSS action for the night, Kody Swanson sailed to the win over Rick Holley, Brad Wyatt, and Joe Butera. Butera made a great high side pass in the closing laps for the final transfer spot. Mike Moore stopped in heat 3, slowing the action. Dustin Stroup stopped on the next start. Once things got to rolling, Carmen Perigo held off Shane Cottle for the win. Cody Gardner and Brian Smith raced their way into the A. Heat 4, Chad Wilson took the lead a few laps into the heat and whipped to the win over Drew Radar, Paul Dues, and Stuart Brubaker. Heat 5, Curtis Mulenkamp spins for a caution. Luke Hall hustled to the win over Dustin Smith, Matt Foos, in the 20i 305 entry, and Aaron Middaugh race into the A.
3 305 heats, top 5 to the A. Heat 1, Seth Schneider slid to the win over Bobby Clark, Dustin Rall, Tony Beaber, and Ricky Peterson who raced up from row 4. Heat 2, John Ivy inked the win over Paul Weaver, Kyle Capodice, Nate Dussel, and Chade Dunham. Heat 3, Alvin Roepke rode to the win over Jamie Miller, Brandon Moore, Chase Baker, and Jimmy McGrath Jr.
2 BOSS B's with just the top 2 moving to the A. B1, The Juice, Justin Owen, flowed his way to the win over Zach Morrow. B2, with a last lap pass, Steve Little took the win over Bobby Distel.
305 B, top 5 to the A. Steve Rando, ran the cushion to the win over Tyler Street, Kevin Mingus, Kelsey Ivy, up from 8th, and Jason Keckler. Ivy's team deserved a metal as Kelsey was racing the 305 winged part of the program and her boyfriend Matt Foos was racing the BOSS non wing part of the program in the SAME CAR! The crew switched the car back and forth several times, never missed a beat, getting both drivers into the A Main.
25 lap BOSS A Main. Perigo and Ingle paced the field. Perigo pounced to the lead as the field took the green. Lap 1, Spithauler spins. Green, Perigo lead as Dustin Smith starts to apply pressure. Lap 4, Perigo slipped off the lip of the track in turn 1 and 2 as Smith shoots past to take the lead. Perigo keeps the hammer down and comes back on the track in 3rd. A tight battle behind Smith turns bad for 2 tough drivers on lap 10 as Hall and Cottle tangle, ending their nights. Green, Smith lead as Swanson starts to work towards the front. Lap 15, Morrow and Spithauler have an incident in turn 2. Green, Swanson starts to pressure Smith. The last 10 laps. Swanson shadows Smith, waiting to make a move. 1 to go, Smith hits a rut, bikes it, but shuts the door on Swanson. Smith holds on to take his first ever Fremont Speedway win. Swanson, Perigo, Radar, and with a wild pass at the line, Brian Smith, up from 18th, round out the top 5. A pretty decent race.
Rall and Capodice brought the field to the green in the 25 lap 305 A. Capodice cruised to the lead on the start. Lap 7, Schneider spins. Green, Ivy battles for the lead. Lap 9, John Ivy takes the lead. Baker flips, collecting Rando, moments later. Green, Ivy is looking good. Lap after lap, its all Ivy. Taking his 53rd career Fremont win, John Ivy parks it in victory lane. Capodice, Weaver, up from 10th, Roepke, and Clark round out the top 5.
Friday: FAST Attica OH, NRA Lima OH, All Stars Kokomo IN, SOD Hartford MI
Saturday: FAST Fremont OH, BOSS Lawrenceburg IN, SOD Baer
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With all the wet weather in the state of Ohio and Indiana the last few weekends, it was time to head North. Friday, it was off to Lake Odessa Michigan for the GLSS 360 show at I-96 Speedway. Saturday, I headed up to the Butler Motor Speedway for their weekly show. Then, with a lot of hard work, Sunday it was time to head South to Indiana as Kokomo Speedway hosted the King Of Kokomo.
Friday, I a true last minute decision, I made the 125 mile trip up to I-96 Speedway for the GLSS 360 sprints show. All of last year I wanted to catch one of Barry's show and now was the time. 23 GLSS Sprints were pit side. The I-96 crew had the track in excellent shape, probably the best I have ever seen it at I-96.
It was determined that all cars would make the A from the 3 heats, the top 2 in the heats were put in the redraw. Heat 1, Dustin Daggett drove from 4th to 1st and took the win over Max Stambaugh, Trevor Berry, and Devin Dobie. Heat 2, Jarad Horstman hustled to the lead and pulled away from the pack. Horstman went on to win over Linden Jones, Chase Ridenour, and Joe Geibe. Heat 3, the best battle of the heats as Ryan Ruhl and Kyle Sauder battled inches apart upfront for most of the race. Ruhl nipped Sauder for the win. Gregg Dalman and Sean Hosey rounded out the top 4.
Sauder and Horstman redrew the front row for the 25 lap A Main. As the green flag flew, Sauder slide to the lead as the pack entered turn 1. Kyle had the KSR 2 car a flying as with in 4 laps, he was in heavy lapped traffic. Horstman was within 2 car lengths of Sauder as they entered the traffic. Lap 5, Sauder gets jammed up big time behind a lapped car. This is all Horstman needed to hurry past on the inside of Sauder. Once Sauder cleared the slow car, Kyle was 6 car lengths behind. Sauder started to close the gap just a little as traffic was all over the place in front of the leaders. Daggett was now on Sauder's tail tank, looking to make a move as well. Lap 12, Berry gets tangled with a lapped car and breaks his front end, sliding off the top of turn 3, then flipping. Green, Horstman leads as Sauder tries to make a move but clean air was much needed on this night and Horstman had a clear track a head of him. Lap 14, Ruhl stops while running 4th as a piece of debris came through the car and hit him in the leg. Ruhl was taken for X-Rays which were negative. Green, Daggett makes a as the top 3 are nose to tail. Just a few laps later and the lead pack is back in traffic. Ralph Brackenberry becomes a moving road block for Sauder once again as Kyle flies off the track trying to pass him this time. Sauder shot back on in 3rd. Just about then Daggett has issues with Brackenberry and spins after just taking 2nd. 6 to go, green and its all Horstman. Jarad pulls away and takes the win over Sauder, Stambaugh, Ridenour, and Craig Karazim, up from 13th.
All in all a very good show. Close racing upfront for the majority of the A. I wanna thank GLSS series owner Barry Marlow and the gentleman from Roush Performance as I got to ride along in the pace truck for the A Main.
Saturday, it was off to a place I don't get too much, even though its just an hour away, the Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy Michigan. Butler runs 410 winged sprints weekly as this was a regular show. 14 sprint cars were on hand.
2 sprint heats were on tap. With the track having much more moisture than I am use to seeing at Butler, it was pretty tacky but very rough. The track crew laid new dirt down earlier in the spring, so the track was tricky. Heat 1, Tom Davies and Brian Slusarski are battling hard for 5th and collide in turn 1. Both cars flip hard, ending their nights. Ken Mackey motored away for the win over Doug Zimmerman, Mike Baker, and Shelby Bilton. Heat 2, Fred Worden IV and Brent Stapp collide in turn 2. Joe Swanson sailed to the win over Adam Curea, Ryan Kirkendall, and Boston Mead.
Curea and Zimmerman brought the field to green in the 25 lap A Main. Zimmerman zipped to the lead through the rough stuff on the high side of turn 1. Zimmerman was using his years of Butler experience to pace the field but was still on the edge of control through the ruts. Swanson started to reel Zimmerman and shot past off turn 2 on lap 9. His lead lasted until turn 3 when Swanson clipped a lapped car and flipped. Kirkendall, Worden IV, and Bilton got collected in the wreck. This put Zimmerman back in the lead. Green, Zimmerman is fast as Curea runs 2nd. Lap 11, Zimmerman gets loose, spins off turn 4, does a 360 and zooms back on the track in 3rd as Curea takes the lead. Curea is running the bottom, out of most of the ruts. 5 to go, Baker jams up Curea big time as Zimmerman closes within 2 car lengths. Curea forced his way past Baker, like he should have, as Zimmerman now was planted behind Baker. Curea survived one last charge from Zimmerman to take his first ever career 410 sprint car win. Zimmerman, Bilton, Stapp, and Baker rounded out the top 5.
A wild sprint car A Main on a tacky but rough track. A pretty good race for only 5 cars running at the end.
Sunday, on a cool but beautiful sunny day, it was off to Kokomo Speedway for the King Of Kokomo. 35 sprints and 31 midgets were on hand for the open comp show.
4 sprint heats with the top 4 moving to the A. Some great heat race action. Thomas Meseruall took heat 1 over Issac Chappell, Kyle Robbins, and Billy Cribbs. Heat 2, Tyler Thomas won a close one over Kevin Thomas Jr, Jarrett Andretti, and Chris Windom. Heat 3, Tyler Courtney was on a mission and ran away with the win over Max McGhee, Steve Sussex, and CJ Leary. Heat 4, The Throttle Shane Cottle held off Justin Grant, Brent Beauchamp, and Brady Short for the win.
4 Midget heats top 4 to the A. Tate Williamson takes a wild flip coming off turn 4 while running 3rd. Once things returned to green, Davey Ray ripped to the win over Nick Hamilton, Alex Watson, and Chris Baue. Colten Cottle cruised to the win in heat 2 over Gage Walker, Justin Dickerson, and Logan Arnold. Heat 3, Chris Windom raced off into the wind and took the win over Tyler Nelson, Bear Wood, and Nick Corea. Heat 4, the best heat of the night for the midgets as the top 4 raced 4 wide at times. Jerry Coons Jr held on for the win over Dave Darland, Zeb Wise, and Chase Jones.
2 Sprint B Mains with top 2 moving to the A. B1, Colten Cottle took the win, putting both his rides into A Mains, as local Corey Smith raced into the A Main as well. B2, Tony DiMattia ran away with the win over Aaron Farney. Farney made a late race pass on Tyler Hewitt to take the final transfer spot.
2 Midget B Mains, top 2 to the A. B1, Aaron Leffell lead to the pack to the checkered flag as Tom Hessel raced his way into the A. B2, Cole Fehr flew to the win over Gunner Lucius.
Tyler Thomas and Meseruall paced the field in the 30 lap Sprint Car A Main. Thomas takes the lead as the field races into turn 1. A great battle all over the place as the young Thomas is staying out front. As Thomas leads, Grant, Meseruall, and Courtney all battle towards the front. Lap 17, T-Mez spins while running 4th. Restart, Grant closes on Thomas as Kevin Thomas Jr enters the mix as well. Holding off the hottest non wing sprint car driver as the season so far, Tyler Thomas takes his first ever sprint car A Main win. Grant, KTJ, Courtney, and Leary, from 19th around out the top 5. A fan collected some $$ before the A Main as $250 was raised for the hard charger award which went to Leary.
Windom and Ray brought the 20 lap Midget A Main to the green. Windom whips to the lead as the green light flashes on. A great battle upfront as Coons pressures Windom. Lap 5, Windom hooks the cushion in turn 4 spins and collects Coons. 1st and 2nd place both collected. Ray inherits the lead. Green, Ray runs away from the pack. Lap after lap, Ray leads as Colten Cottle starts to close the gap. Lap 14, Hamilton flips in turn 4. Green, Ray leads as Cottle keeps pressure on him. Young, Zeb Wise is making some noise too with an impressive run, as the top 3 are glued together. Ray holds on and takes the win. Cottle, Wise, Walker, and Darland round out the top 5.
A good night of racing. The sprint heats and A main was very good. The midget A was pretty decent too.
Friday: WOO/USAC #LETSRACETWO at Eldora OH, GLSS/NRA Attica OH, OVSCA Moler OH
Saturday: WOO/USAC #LETSRACETWO at Eldora OH, BOSS Fremont OH, OSCS/FAST Atomic OH, MSCS Haubstadt IN
Sunday: WOO Haubstadt IN
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So far the April showers have been falling but still allowing some racing to get in the books. Lat weekend, the April showers hit some places and missed others, go it was a 2 race weekend for me. Friday, I made the trip to Plymouth Indiana as Plymouth Speedway hosted their first ever USAC Sprint car event. Saturday, it was down to Southern Ohio to the Atomic Speedway for the BOSS Sprints season opener.
Friday, the USAC Sprints made their first visit to the Plymouth Speedway. 27 cars and stars were ready to do battle. Chase Stockon set fast time of the night and the track record for USAC.
3 heats with the top 5 moving to the A. Heat 1, Stockon wasted no time shooting from 6th to 1st, and going on to win heat 1 over Brady Short, Justin Grant, Jarrett Andretti, and Chris Windom. Heat 2, Kyle Robbins spins as Tyler Hewitt has nowhere to go and clips Robbins. Chad Boespflug had the bottom groove a working and catfish to the win over Dave Darland, CJ Leary, Thomas Meseruall, and Josh Spencer who nipped Robbins to the line. Robbins was full contact racing off turn 4 and drove into Spencer a few times as Spencer crossed the line with a blown tire and bent front tire but survived to make the A. Robbins has had a few heats now end in contact this season. Heat 3, Kevin Thomas JR, held off a fast Tyler Courtney for the win. Shane Cottle, Issac Chapple, and Landon Simon moved to the A.
7 cars from the B transfer to the A. Stevie Sussex had things under control upfront as a torrid battle for the final transfer place was going on. 4 cars were fighting for the final 2 spots the last 5 laps. Coming to the white flag, Chad Wilson moved into the final transfer spot, then missed his mark in turn 2 a bit as Aaron Farney got back under him. Going into 3, Wilson hooked the cushion as Farney drove away in the final transfer spot. Sussex took the win over, Hewitt, Jon Stanbrough, up from 10th, Robbins, Colten Cottle, Aaron Pierce, and Farney.
Meseruall and Grant paced the field for the 30 lap A Main. It was T-Mez's first outing in his own 00 machine. Grant grabbed the lead as the green light flipped on. Opening up the lead quickly, Grant pulled to a straight away lead. Boespflug and Meseruall were battling in the top 3. Lap after lap, Grant was in command. By the halfway point, Boespflug started to run Grant down in traffic and was closing the gap. Meanwhile, the fans were cheering hard for home team driver Tyler Courtney as he was coming to the front after starting 18th. Just as Boespflug closes the gap within 2 car lengths, Grant slides through traffic perfect as Boespflug gets hung up. Courtney gets past Boespflug and tries to make a run at Grant. It was too late as Grant lead flag to flag. Courtney, up from 18th, Boespflug, T-Mez, and Sussex rounded out the top 5.
A good night of racing. Grant kinda stunk up the A Main but there was
plenty of action with Courtney charging from the back.
Saturday, after morning rains plagued the area, the moisture moved out of the region and Atomic Speedway was ready for the BOSS season opener. On a much cooler and still very overcast day, 24 BOSS Sprints were ready to hit the 3/8 mile banked oval.
It was determined that all cars would be put in the A. So 3 heats were ran with the top 3 earning redraw positions. Well, in BOSS the do run for $$$ and points in the heats too. BOSS pays the top 4 spots in the heat which is unusual now days but I like it and think ALL heats should pay a little bit. Heat 1, JJ Hughes is battling on the outside groove, fighting for 2nd when the pack gets together underneath JJ and makes contact. JJ hops a tire and takes a nasty tumble in turn 3, then skids on top of the wall a little. JJ was okay but the 76 ride was done for the night. It looked like the heat that would produce the winner of the night, the heat was stacked thanks to the pill draw line up format. Matt Westfall went on to win over Justin Owen, and Carman Perigo. Heat 2, Kirk Jeffries made his return to the BOSS series and jetted to the win over Cody Gardner, and Matt Cooley. Heat 3, BOSS rookie of the year contender, Paul Dues drove the high side of the track to a heat win over Aaron Middaugh, and Andy Feil.
Jeffries and Owen brought the field to the green in the 25 lap A Main. Owen out gassed the field as the green flag waved and took the lead. The Juice was running right up on the skinny cushion. As Owen lead, Jeffries, Dustin Smith, and Matt Westfall battled in the lead pack. By lap 10, eyes started turning to Michael Fichesser as he was flying through the pack. Lap 13, Ryan Meyers stops after tagging the wall in turn 3. Green, The Juice is upfront but teammate Fichesser now is there to battle. From 16th to 2nd, Fichesser is running wheel to wheel with Owen. Lap after the teammates thrill the crowd, racing just inches apart, almost making contact a handful of times. The last half of the A Main they battled tooth and nail. As they drew the much deserved attention, Dustin Smith was closing in to try and make it a 3 car battle. As those 3 battled and great battle for the top 5 was going on as well. Chad Wilson moved from 13th to the 5th, looking for more. Owen was just a tick better as he held on to take his 2nd career BOSS win. Fischesser, from 16th, Smith, from 10th, by inches at the line, Jeffries, and Wilson, from 13th, rounded out the top 5.
A great A Main. The battle between Owen and Fichesser was excellent and to know they were team cars and not giving each other an inch made it all the more interesting. Then, having 3 of the top 5 moving from 10th or farther back, Fichesser, Dustin Smith, and Chad Wilson, it made for a great A Main. Atomic Speedway seems to be an excellent fit for BOSS as each season it seems like Atomic is always the best battle all year, well the season kicked off that way at Atomic and there is still 2 more visits there this season.
Friday: WOO Plymouth IN, FAST Attica OH, OSCS Moler OH, Non Wing Doubler Lima OH
Saturday: WOO Haubstadt IN, FAST/OSCS Atomic OH, Non Wing Doubler Waynesfield OH
Sunday: MSCS Terre Haute IN, Non Wing Kokomo IN
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The Attica Spring Nationals has had a rich history over the past 27 years it has taken place. Actually, some of that is even right here as I write this Tri-State Outlook column as it was during the Spring Nationals 15 years ago I met Allan Holland. Allan asked if I could write, I told him well not my strong suit, which you all can tell weekly, lol. So, I tried it and I guess it went well as now 15 years strong and I am still here. The HD Supply 28th annual Attica Spring Nationals was no exception on history making, matter of fact, it was just that, an historical event.
Friday, The 410 FAST Sprints kicked off there 2017 tour with 37 cars pit side. 26 305s were on hand as well. Cale Thomas started the weekend off in a bad way, flipping hard in hot laps. Thomas was okay but his Attica weekend was over.
On a smooth, fast track, the 410 heats were up next. Tim Shaffer shot from 3rd to the lead taking the win in heat 1 over Travis Philo. Dale Blaney slowed in heat 2 causing Chris Andrews to hop the right rear of the 11N and rolling onto his side off the top of turn 3. Dean Jacobs went on to win over Adam Kekich. Stuart Brubaker brought home the win in heat 3 over Byron Reed. Trevor Baker took a nasty ride off the top of turn 2 in heat 4. Baker was okay. Carson Macedo motored to the win over DJ Foos.
3 305 heats were on the agenda. Kyle Capodice crawled to the win over Ricky Peterson in heat 1. John Ivy took a wild ride off turn 4 in heat 2 and hung the 77 machine in the catch fence off the exit of turn 4. Ivy was alright. George Englert surprised the crowd by taking the win over 305 ace Nate Dussel. Bobby Clark climbed to the win in heat 3.
2 410 B Mains would take the top 2 to the A. Shawn Valenti took the win in B1 over Sam Ashworth. B2, Chris Andrews charged from last to 1st in a few laps and never looked back, taking the win. Chad Blonde held off a closing Dale Blaney to take home the final transfer spot, making for a rare occurrence of Blaney missing an Attica A Main.
In the 305 B, not to be out done but Andrews, John Ivy iced the field after charging from 11th, last, to take the win after his crew thrashed to get the 77i machine back together.
Duncan and Brubaker brought the field to green in the 30 lap 410 A Main. Duncan dipped into the lead on the start. Quickly, a battle upfront as Brubaker takes the lead on lap 2. Great racing through out the pack in the beginning laps. Lap 5, Jordan Ryan flips in turn 2. Restart, Thomas Meseraull blows off the top of turn 1. Green, things stay calm a few laps til Cody Gallogy spins. Green, the battle starts to heat up at the front as 8 time track champ Byron Reed closes in on Brubaker. Lap 14, Reed takes the lead. Brubaker says I don't think so and regains the lead on lap 15. They battle hard side by side the next few laps as Reed takes the lead again on lap 17. Reed starts to pull away as DJ Foos is making some noise towards the front now, up to 3rd. Lap 21, Dean Jacobs spins. Restart, Reed breaks away from the pack as Foos continues to run right on the cushion in 1 and 2 and huggy pole in 3 and 4. Lap after lap, Foos is doing what is very rare, reeling in Reed in the closing laps. Spencer Bayston has entered the top 3 as well, looking for more. Lap 26, Foos flings past Reed as the crowd lets out a roar. DJ Foos was the fastest car at the end and pulled away to take his first 410 win at Attica Raceway Park. It was also the first win for car owners Jay Kiser and Nicole Henry, making it all the more special for as they are great friends of mine. Plus, I jumped on board as a sponsor of the 23 team this season, so a great opener with some history made as well. Reed, Bayston, Duncan, and Macedo round out the top 5.
Peterson and Paul Weaver paced the 25 lap 305 A Main. Peterson pounced to the lead as the green light flashed on. Weaver quickly took over on lap 3. Peterson wasn't done yet as the next handful of laps was a battle royal. Peterson led lap 4, as Weaver took over again on lap 5. Peterson settled into 2nd, just off Weaver's tail tank. Lap 6, Dustin Rall flips. Green, Weaver opens up the gap. Lap 13, Landon LaLonde stops on the top of turn 4. Green, its all Weaver upfront. Lap 20, Jason Keckler gets off the top of 4 and into the wall. Green, its the Paul Weaver show as Paul whips to the win over Dussel, Jamie Miller, Peterson and Steve Rando who charged up from 15th.
Saturday, the Tony Stewart All Star Circuit Of Champion Sprints were in town to close out the HD Supply Spring Nationals. 47 All Stars and 26 305s were ready to roll and a gorgeous day. All Star Rookie Of The Year contender, Tyler Esh set fast time of the night in qualifying.
4 loaded All Star heats were up next. I believe with that many cars, 5 heats should have been ran but, i don't make the rules. With an invert of 4, you are pretty much screwed if you time in bad and the invert. I do like that you are just up against your own heat race guys in time trails but still 12 car heats is pretty deep. Shawn Dancer tangoed to the win in heat 1 over Brian Lay. Spencer Bayston beat Chad Kemenah for the win in heat 2. After Jordan Harble flew off the track twice, Jordan Ryan took his 1st career All Star heat win over Tim Shaffer in heat 3. Chris Andrews looked super fast in heat 4 using the high side to shot from 4th to the lead by turn 3. Andrews took the win over All Star ROY contender Brandon Spithauler.
Once again 3, 305 heats. Nate Dussel dusted them in heat 1 taking the win over Jamie Miller. John Ivy keep all 4s down in the heat on this night and took the win over Kevin Mingus in heat 2. Paul Weaver kept a rolling in heat 3 taking the win over Landon LaLonde.
Kory Crabtree took the All Star C Main win over Dan McCarron.
The All Stars run 2 Dashes now, the first one determines the inside 5 rows of the A. Dash 2, the outside 5 rows of the A. I have ever told you I think all Dash events are dumb. Cole Duncan took Dash 1. Carson Macedo took Dash 2.
After starting the season off on a hot streak, Caleb Helms got things a rolling in the B Main, taking the win.
Thomas Schinderle took the 305 B Main win over Jimmy McGrath.
Duncan and Macedo paced the 40 lap All Star A Main. Duncan dances to the lead on the start. Lap 1, Jac Haudenschild spins in the middle of turn 4, Lee Jacobs can't squeeze through the hole and tags the Wild Child's car, damaging both rides. Green, Duncan looks good upfront. Last night's winner Foos pulls to the infield with a broken u-joint. Lap 3, Reed clips Spithauler's front end coming off turn 2 as they battle around 7th, breaking Brandon's front end causing him to spin to the infield. Spithauler has no racing luck at all. I've seen him the last few years have great runs and gremlins always seems to bite him. Green, Duncan leads as Macedo closes in. Lap 8, Macedo takes the lead. Lap 11, Dancer spins while having a great run in 5th. Green, Macedo leads as Bayston moves into 2nd. Lap 14, Macedo breaks, rolling to a stop. Bayston now has the lead. Green, Bayston has the Kevin and Jordan Swindell 39 ride a rolling. In only his 15th ever sprint car start, Bayston is looking like a seasoned veteran. Lap after lap, Bayston is smooth and keeps pulling away. As they enter traffic, Bayston don't hesitate a bit, breezing through traffic. Lap 32, Jordan Ryan goes off the track in 5th. Green, its all Spencer Bayston. After moving from 7th to dominating upfront, Bayston takes his first ever career and gives car owner Kevin Swindell his first win as an owner. Duncan, Shaffer, Blaney, up from 14th, and Kemenah round out the top 5. A great celebration as one of the sports rising stars can't believe he just won. Plus, what a sight to see Kevin Swindell standing in victory lane.
Nate Dussel took over the lead on lap 10 of the 305 A Main and never looked back. Dussel took a convincing win over Bobby Clark, Steve Rando, Ricky Peterson, and Jamie Miller.
A great weekend with a lot of history made. Foos getting a career 410 win, JKR getting its first car owner win, Bayston getting a career 410 win, Swindell getting a car owner win, Ryan getting first All Star heat win, and a history making 3 first time winners in the first 3 ARP 410 A Mains of the season. You can asked for much better racing and weekend. The Attica Spring Nationals as always never disappoints.
Friday: USAC Sprint Plymouth IN, GLSS/NRA Lima OH
Saturday: FAST Fremont OH, All Stars Wayne CO OH, USAC Sprints Montpelier IN, BOSS Atomic OH, Waynesfield OH opens
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An event that always seems to have weather issues, the Kokomo Grand Prix, got delayed a day last weekend but the action was well worth the wait. Showcasing the USAC Midgets, the 2 day event has the non wing sprints as the support class. Always one of my favorite events on the calendar. Originally slated for Friday and Saturday, mid week rains moved the event back to Saturday and Sunday. I give huge props to the Kokomo staff for keeping at it and moving the program back a day so both days got in the books.
Saturday 35 Midgets and 19 Sprints kicked off Day 1 of the Kokomo Grand Prix. With all cars making the Sprint car A Main, 2 heats was first up. Even thought they was just ran for starting position, the sprint heats had some good racing. Matt Westfall and Dave Darland took the wins.
The 4 midgets heats showed exactly why this event is always one of my favorites. 3, 4, and 5 wide racing in the heats, with multi racing grooves, the heat race action were excellent. Spencer Bayston, Tyler Thomas, Justin Grant, and Tyler Courtney took the wins.
With such a talented field of entries, some good drivers were set for the Midget B. With the top 6 moving to the A, another great battle was on in the B Main. When the dust cleared, Holly Shelton took the win over Alex Bright, Gage Walker, Tanner Carrick, Tyler Nelson, and Ryan Greth.
Westfall and Darland brought the 25 lap Sprint car A main to the green. Darland dips into the lead. Lap 1, Josh Spencer stops after spinning. Green, its Darland as the battle gets 3 wide for top 5 positions. Lap 5, Cole Ketchum blows up the 41 machine and slows to a stop. Green, Darland leads as some tight racing erupts behind him. As the leaders start to bunch up and battle into lapped traffic, Travis Hery spins on lap 15, slowing the action. Green, a great battle Justin Grant and Brady Bacon pressure Darland. As the laps wind down, the top 3 are right there sliding in and out of traffic. Grant closes and Darland and takes the lead on lap 22. Bacon follows suit and gives a shot at Grant for the win. Justin Grant can't be denied and takes the win over Bacon, Chris Windom, Darland, and Kevin Thomas JR.
Chad Boat and Ryan Robinson paced the 30 USAC Midget A Main. Bacon blast to the lead from his 2nd row starting spot with an excellent move. Top, bottom, middle, the action is all over the place as Bacon holds a narrow lead. Courtney is on the move, towards the leader. Lap 9, Nelson spins in turn 4. Under yellow, Darland gets a flat right rear, giving up his 6th place spot. Restart, Courtney dives low into 1, hooks a rut and flips hard, landing on top of his teammate Grant. Grant returns as Courtney's 7 ride is junk. Green, Bacon leads as Bayston applies heavy pressure. Lap 13, Bayston bounces past for the lead. Bacon is right in his tires tracks the first few laps before Spencer pulls away. Lap 18, Davy Ray slows to a stop. Restart, Bayston leads as Bacon mounts another charge. Tanner Thorson starts to make some noise as well. At they battle up front, Grant is gliding through the field. Lap 24, Bacon retakes the lead. Bayston makes a counter move but, Bacon is sizzling out front. Bacon seals the deal and takes home the win over Bayston, Thorson, Kevin Thomas Jr, and Jerry Coons Jr.
Sunday with temps in the high 70s, it was perfect for day 2 of the Kokomo Grand Prix. 30 Midgets and 22 Sprints were sitting in the pits for Sunday's action. The action got wild soon after the cars took to the track. In the Sprint car hot laps/ group qualifying, Travis Hery biked the car in turn 3 and went for a nasty tumble. After winning the World Of Outlaws Sprint Car race in Arizona Saturday night, Rico Abreu landed in Kokomo for Sunday. Rico took a tumble on lap 1 of his qualifying effort.
Not getting a Sprint car upside down on Saturday, something was in the air Sunday. 3 Sprint heats, once again all car moved to the A Main. Heat 1, Kyle Robbins has something break on the 17R ride as they checkered flag flies. Robbins shoots off into turn 1, slamming Matt Goodnight as Robbins tumbles hard. Max McGhee flips hard in heat 2, landing on Landon Simon, ending both of their nights. CJ Leary, Brady Bacon, and Aaron Farney take the wild heat race wins.
With 4 Midget heats up next, the action once again was excellent. Midgets at Kokomo is like hot fudge on ice cream, it leaves an awesome taste. Rico was the class of the heats, charging from last to just missing the heat race win by a few feet at the finish line. Alex Bright, Jake Neuman, Tanner Carrick, and Tyler Thomas take the wins.
If you thought Saturday's B was stacked, Sunday's was fully loaded. Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped on the start of the B. Anton Julian took a tumble in the B as well. Kevin Thomas Jr took the win over Dave Darland, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons Jr, Chase Jones, and Tyler Nelson.
Thomas Meseraull and Farney brought the 25 lap Sprint car A Main to the start. Tyler Hewitt spins and Josh Spencer gets collected as well. Complete restart, T Mez gassed it up to the lead. Once again, wide 3 racing grooves, the action was great. Justin Grant quickly battled to the front and took the lead on lap 9. Grant, T Mez, Bacon, Thomas Jr, and Shane Cottle all battle upfront. 10 to go, Bacon is on the move and closing quickly. Bacon gets inches off Grant's rear bumper, lap after lap they battle. Bacon trying to set a move up right when on lap 21, Meseraull slows in 3rd. 4 lap shootout, Grant gets a great restart and rides off under the moonlight. Sweeping the weekend, Grant takes the win over Bacon, Cottle, Thomas Jr, and Farney.
Boat and Courtney set the pace in the 30 lap Midget finale. Boat floated to the lead on the start. A great battle for the lead right away as Thorson tries to take the lead. Side by side they battle. Lap 7, Thorson nips Boat for the lead at the line. Boat makes a move 3/4 of a lap latter for the lead just as the yellow waves for Grant's spin. Green, Thorson leads as the action slows on lap 10 for a Bayston spin. Green, lap 12 Windom and Jones collide. Restart, Carrick and Neuman collide at the restart cone. Rico is halfway though the pack as the crowd cheers him on. Green, Bacon gets fired up and makes a move to the lead on lap 13. Bacon goes low now, holding a slight lead. Lap 17, Boat slows. Green, Bacon and Thorson battle as Rico races to the top 5 and has the fans in the stands waving their arms, cheering him towards the front. Thorson tries all he can but Bacon shuts the Kunz Racing mega team down and sweeps the weekend. Bacon wins over, Thorson, Courtney, Rico, up from 22nd, and Kevin Thomas Jr.
Weekend sweeps by Bacon in the Midgets and Grant in the Sprints but both drove their butts off to the wins.... KTJ had an impressive weekend with top 5s in all 4 A Mains....Rico put on a show Sunday but I personally think the cars not transferring via the heats to the A, starting before the guys that did transfer via the heats sucks. Just like Rico, has no time from his qualifying flip, races from last to 2nd in the heat and still has to start last due to all drivers getting their times back. To me, if a driver races their ass off in the heat, especially after bad luck, he earns a right to start before the B Main cars...,.3 USAC Nationals points races so far and no wins for the Kunz mega team so far. Everyone talks about all the $$$ and advantage Kunz has had for years but looks like some other teams have brought their A game this season as well.
Friday; FAST Attica OH, NRA Lima OH, USAC Sprints Bloomington IN
Saturday: All Stars Attica OH, USAC Sprints Haubstadt IN
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It was no April Fools, the USAC Sprints and Lawrenceburg Speedway beat the odds last Saturday night and kicked off The Burg's season. 35 USAC Sprints along with a stellar crowd was ready for action. With a fast track, action was abundant. Cooper Clouse biked on the cushion during qualifying and took a hard tumble, ending his night. So far, Clouse's season has started off with 2 big flips in 2 shows. Justin Grant set quick time of the night.
4 heats with the top 4 moving to the A Main. Heat 1, Travis Hery stopped slowing the action. With the track still real tacky, a few guys were cowboy up, fighting the cushion, which was fast, if you could stay on it. Nick Bilbee held off Jarett Andretti, Chad Boespflug, and Shawn Westerfeld for the win. A tight heat 2 seen Chase Stockon take the lead late in the race and go on to win over Max McGhee, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Kody Swanson. Heat 3, Jeff Bland Jr took control and the win over Jon Stanbrough, Josh Hodges, and with a last lap cowboy up on the cushion pass, Dallas Hewitt. Heat 4, using the low line, Shane Cottle was on the throttle and took the win over Carson Short, Chris Windom, and Dave Darland.
The USAC Sprints B Main takes the top 6 to the A. A wild start in the B seen a huge pile up in turn 2. Matt Goodnight and Riley VanHise got upside down, collecting Hery as well. CJ Leary and Michael Fischesser had contact and Fish all but flipped. Once things finally settled down, a great mid pack battle for the final transfer spot was unfolding as car raced 3 wide. Just as the white flag was waving, Josh Moffatt slowed as his engine went up in smoke. Tyler Courtney held on the final restart and took the win over Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr, Corey Smith, Tyler Thomas, and Landon Simon.
Boespflug and Windom paced the field for the 30 lap A Main. As the green waved, the field raced hard into turns 1 and 2. When the pack entered the middle of 1 and 2, the 3rd row starters, Darland and Stockon bumped, both flipping wildly. Both drivers were okay. Restart, Windom whipped into the lead. Running just a groove off the bottom, The Bear was looking to take the $5000 honey pot. Windom is in control out front as Schuerenberg is the man on the move. Lap 8, Short stops. Restart, Schuerenberg takes over 2nd, up from 10th. Running right up on the cushion, lap 9, the cushion bites Hunter as he flips hard in turn 1 and 2. Schuerenberg walked away okay. Green, Boespflug can get beside Windom but, once they get a lap in, Windom opens the gap. Its all Windom, opening up a half a straight away lead. Lap after lap, Windom is in total control. Lap 25, Cottle spins as the yellow flag comes out. This will tighten up the pack for a 5 lap shootout. Green, Boespflug gives it a shot but falls way short as Windom whistles off turn 2. Taking home his first ever Lawrenceburg win, Windom gets the win. Boespflug, Grant, Stanbrough, and Simon round out the top 5.
The heat races were great with Windom kinda stinking up the A just a bit. It was a great night was racing and as usual, The Burg don't disappoint. Glad to see all the drivers walk away from some big time crashes.
With the Mansfield Motor Speedway getting delayed til Sunday, it was off to mid central Ohio Sunday morning. With rains early in the week and not much sun to dry, the track was still super moist when everyone got there Sunday. After 3 hours of trying after the gates open, it was decided the track would not come around into a safe racing condition without hours more of prep. The show maybe made up at a later date. Hopefully it will be as a great field of cars was pit side.
The All Star show for Atomic Speedway originally scheduled for this Saturday has been pushed back to Sunday the 9th due to wet grounds and temps.
Friday USAC Midgets Kokomo IN
Saturday: USAC Midgets Kokomo IN, MSCS Lincoln Park IN, Triple Crown Mansfield OH
Sunday: All Stars Atomic OH
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As the month of March closes out, the traditional Ohio sprint car season opener took place at Attica Raceway Park. Friday, temps in the low 70s greeted fans as they was ready for some racing. Saturday, the newly configured Mansfield Motor Speedway kicked off its 3 race Triple Crown Series returning to a dirt speedway.
Gorgeous weather blessed Attica Raceway Park Friday as ARP kicked off it weekly program. A great field of 37 410 sprints and 23 305 sprints were ready for action. Dylan Kingan started his season off bad, flipping in the 410 sprints group qualifying.
The massive crowd was ready as 4 410 heats with the top 4 moving to the A were in the staging area. Heat 1, Cale Thomas slowed the action with issues in his 91 machine. Once things restarted, Byron Reed took home the win in a close one over Tim Shaffer, Caleb Helms, and Cole Duncan who charged from the tail to a transfer spot. Heat 2, Stuart Brubaker spins to slow the race. Jordan Harble spins and tips over on his side as he slipped off the top of turn 2. Chris Andrews looked like a rocket ship and fly to the win over Brandon Matus, Brubaker, who made an awesome charge from the tail after the early spin, and John Garvin. Heat 3, Max Stambaugh stood on the go pedal and took home the win over Travis Philo, Iowa invader Lynton Jefferey, and DJ Foos. Heat 4, TJ Michael mashed the throttle and took home the win over Duane Zablocki, Phil Gressman, and Caleb Armstrong.
3 305 heats with the top 5 moving on to the A. Brad Keckler spins, slowing the heat. Green, its all Jamie Miller. Miller took an easy win over Thomas Schinderle, Chase Dunham, Kyle Peters, and Jason Keckler. Heat 2, Jordan Ryan roared to the win over Ricky Peterson, Paul Weaver, Kevin Mingus, and Seth Schneider. Heat 3, Kyle Capodice too the win over John Ivy, Cody Bova, Steve Rando, and Bobby Clark
2 410 B Mains were set with the top 2 moving to the A. B1, a great battle upfront as Ryan Ruhl and Lee Jacobs swap the lead a handful of times. Jacobs finally takes over the lead and goes on to win over Ruhl. B2, a great battle upfront instantly turns into a grinding crash. Jody Keegan got a bit sideways off turn 2 as the pile stacked up, Jess Stiger had no place to go and flips hard. Keegan flopped on to his side. All were okay. Adam Cruea had a great run, taking the win over Joe Swanson. It was great to see these 2nd year winged 410 drivers both put it in the show.
The top 5 from the 305 B moved to the A. Jeremy Duposki took the win over Landon LaLonde, Tyler Street, Matt Lucius, and Jeremy Kornbau
The 30 410 sprint A main kicked it off as Shaffer and Andrews paced the field. As the pack takes the green, Shaffer and Andrews battle side by side into turns 1 and 2. Shaffer pushes high off 2 and slides Andrews off the edge of the banking. Andrews never lifts and shoot back on the track in 5th. Lap 2, Brubaker spins in turn 3. Green, Shaffer leads as there is a great battle behind him. Lap after lap, Shaffer lead as the pack was slowly catching him. Helms breaks free and is right on Shaffer's tail tank. Keeping a smooth calm line, Helms electrified the crowd as he took the lead on lap 22. Shaffer stayed right there as Reed and Andrews joined the mix. A tight 4 car battle upfront in the closing laps. Helms made some great moves in traffic the final few laps and took home a very popular first career sprint car A Main win. Shaffer, Reed, Andrews, and Stambaugh round out the top 5. It was very awesome to see Caleb finally get his first career win. He has paid his dues and has really came into his own lately. The team switched the number to 17 this year to change things up, looks like they did right out of the box.
Peterson and Ryan brought the 25 lap A Main to the green. Peterson pounced into the lead. Lap 2, John Ivy took over the top spot. Ryan brings the yellow after the leader crossed the line to complete lap 2. Bobby Clark spins on the restart. Ivy leads as the race resumes as Miller and Peterson follow. Weaver starts to make a move to the front. Lap 17, Weaver takes the lead. Lap 18, Schneider off the top of 2 but kept going. At the same time, Lalonde spins off 4 and Duposki gets collected and flips. Its all Weaver on the restart, racing to the win after starting 10th. Miller, Ivy, Peterson, and Bova round out the top 5.
A great night of racing on Attica's opener. This week, if Attica rains out Friday, their rain date is posted for Saturday.
Saturday it was time to make a trip to Mansfield Motor Speedway for their reopening. I've been to the place with the old dirt, the pavement, and now the reworked track that is once again dirt. One of the nicest facilities in the region, the crew kicked off leg 1 of their 3 week Triple Crown Series. $5000 to win in each division. A huge crowd flooded the gates as the fans made a statement, they wanna see the track be a hit.
28 winged 410 sprints and 25 traditional non wing sprint cars were pit side and ready to roll out on the new dirt surface. During hot laps, bad dust was flowing. The track crew scrambled and instantly got to working on the track. After a few hours of work, the track was ready for cars once again. Qualifying was eliminated and the pill draw was used for heat line ups.
3 winged heats. With the track a lot better dust wise, some ruts started to develop. A good battle in heat 1 seen Danny Mumaw take the win over Brian Lay and DJ Foos. Heat 2, Cole Duncan was fast but spun, sending him to the tail. An excellent battle upfront seen Travis Philo hold off Jac Haudenschild and Ryan Meyers for the win. Heat 3, Shawn Valenti rode to the win over Ryan Grubaugh and Lee Jacobs.
3 non wing heats. Jac Haudenschild was doing double duty and showed he still lives up to the Wild Child nickname and he runs the right rear inches off the fence in the non wing car. Haud goes on to win over Chris Windom. Heat 2, Shane Cottle gets on the throttle and makes an amazing move a handful of laps into the heat, sliding from 3rd to 1st entering turn 3. Cottle went on to win over Dallas Hewitt. Landon Simon dominated heat 3.
No B Mains were ran as it was determined all cars would go to the A due to the time it took to get the track in shape and to reward all that came to support the show. There was some hiccups but I don't know of 1 person who was going that didn't expect there not to be any.
Lay and Haudenschild brought the 30 winged A Main to the green. A bad start sent Lay back a row. Green, the Wild Child crawled to the lead. Jac was on the top side, in and out of the holes, putting on a show. Haudenschild opened up a straight away lead as a 4 car battle was going on from 2nd to 5th. Lap after lap, its all Haudenschild as the battle for 2nd is super tight. Foos gets a huge run as the laps wind down, looking like the fastest car on the track. Foos takes, 4th, now 3rd, battling for 2nd just as the leader Haudenschild blows a tire. The Wild Child stops and now the lead is handed to Helms with 3 to go. Foos was just making a move on Helms, which would have now been a lead pass as the yellow light flipped on. Green, Helms gets a great start. After waiting several years to score his first career win the night before, Caleb Helms sweeps the weekend, taking home the $5000 win. Foos, Mumaw, Tim Shaffer, and Lay rounded out the top 5.
Just like the a non wing A Main would look like in the days past, Haudenschild and Hewitt pace the field for the 30 lap A. Just this time its Dallas Hewitt and not Jack. Green, Haudenschild hustles to the lead. This time he can't break free from the pack. Cottle didn't drive from Kokomo Indiana for nothing as The Throttle wheels to the lead on lap 2. Lap 4, Dustin Stroup spins off 4. Green, Aaron Middaugh hits the cones and is sent to the tail. Green, Cottle leads as Haud and Windom battle behind him. Lap 6, Cottle coast to a stop, handing Haud the lead. Green, an epic battle is about to unfold. The Wild Child and The Bear are having an all out war for the lead. Through the holes, high, low, in and out of traffic, wheel to wheel, Haud and Windom exchange the lead, turn for turn the next handful of laps. The goes on the next 24 laps. Haudenschild had the first A slip away is doing all he can to not let this one slip past him. Many times almost making contact, neither driver is giving an inch as the large crowd is going nuts. Lap 25 Windom leads, lap 28 Haud retakes the lead. White flag in hand, Windom leads. Haud makes one last ditch effort to make another pass, Windom says no way and races to a hard fought win. Haudenschild and Simon round out the podium. An absolute epic non wing A Main.
All in all it was very good opening night for Mansfield. There was many growing pains but if you didn't except that, then you are not race savvy at all. They worked to get a good track and make the racers happy and the fans. An overflow crowd was great but put a bigger glitch in the opening night learning curve as well for the new track staff. Once things get ironed out, Mansfield is going to be a premiere stop on any racing tour's schedule.
Great crowds and great racing kicked off the Ohio racing season. It was awesome to see Caleb Helms finally shake the monkey off his back and take home his first career win. Then back it up with another the next night. With Andy Potter on the wrenches and Caleb knowing he can win now, this just added some greatness to the All Star tour this season.
Dave Steele passed away Saturday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash in Florida. Dave was an icon in pavement and a 2 time USAC Silvercrown champ. Another huge lost in our racing family. RIP Dave
Friday: Attica OH
Saturday: USAC Lawrenceburg IN, OSCS Atomic OH, Triple Crown Mansfield OH
Sunday: USAC Silvercrown Terre Haute IN
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With the calendar flipping to March, that means one thing, racing season is upon us. With Winter never really hitting this year in the Ohio region, I am hoping mother nature plays nice here in a few weeks when the gates start kicking open at some of the tracks. Many changes as always with drivers and teams over the off season. Plus, don't forget the Mall Shows as they allow fans to get a sneak peak at some of the new combinations and paint schemes for the season, and allow fans and kid to interact with the drivers at the shows.
There is a ton of news heading into the 2017 season so let's get to it:
The All Star Circuit Of Champions kick off their Northern season April 8th at Atomic. A record number of 18 full time regulars are schedule to hit the 2017 tour, with 11 guys going for the rookie of year hardware. 2016 champ Chad Kemenah returns with series regulars Kraig Kinser, Caleb Armstrong, TJ Michael, Caleb Helms, and Bradley Howard. 2015 regular Ryan Smith rejoins the tour along with the 11 drivers: Max Stambaugh, Roger Campbell, Brandon Matus, Brent Matus, John Garvin, Ryan Linder, Brandon Spithauler, Tyler Esh, John Hunter Mackison, Jordan Mackison, and Dane Lorenc, vying for ROY honors. It will be VERY interesting to see if all the teams can stay on the tour and which series rookie rises to the top. From what I have seen last season, I would say look for young Dane Lorenc out of New York to surprise some people this season.
The World Of Outlaws left Florida with Donny Schatz on a hot streak. The series kicks back off this weekend in Texas. A excellent field of 15 full time drivers are slated to complete the 2017 tour with the addition of a stout ROY battle as Ohio's own Sheldon Haudenschild and PA's Brent Marks join the series. Both drivers have been strong the last few seasons.
USAC Sprints kick off their Northern schedule April 1st at the Lawrenceburg Speedway. 9 drivers are slated to run the entire series for points, while a handful of others will hit a good part of the tour. With the Brady Bacon, 2 titles in the last 3 years 2014 and 2016, running more winged races, and Robert Ballou, 2015 champ, still sidelined with injures from last September, the battle for the championship is wide open. Chad Boespflug is probably the favorite with the switch to Hoffman Racing backing but don't count out Chase Stockon, Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Chris Windom, CJ Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Tyler Courtney, and Isaac Chapple. 8 of those 9 could easily be title contenders.
Just as big as the huge list of drivers running series, some top tier drivers still seem to be looking for a ride in 2017. Sammy Swindell, Craig Dollansky, Randy Hannagan, and Danny Lasoski all have no concrete plans for 2017. Lasoski is said to have cars and a trailer but no engines. It will be interesting to see how quick one of these guys land in a seat that pops open.
Mansfield Motor Speedway is going back to dirt!!! What was once a dirt track, then converted to a pavement oval that hosted big events such as the NASCAR Truck series, to sitting idle the last several seasons, now has new life. The pavement has been removed from the track and clay hauled in the last few weeks. Running just a limited Big Show schedule, its great to have not just another track open but, a great racing facility open to showcase the sport. Mansfield has the potential to bring the region another special events track that can host huge crowds and huge pay days for the teams. With its NASCAR style of layout, paved walkways, roof over the stands, premier bathroom and concession areas, and amazing suite areas, this could be huge for racing in Ohio. I hope they get the track prep down with quickly as they are putting the bucks out on the line from day 1. The gates kick open March 25th with a huge 3 week Triple Crown Spring Series for the local teams. March 25th, April 1st, and April 8th will see $5000 to win A Mains each week for Traditional Non Wing Sprints, 410 Winged Sprints, and Late Models. Plus, a $10,000 Triple Crown Bonus at the end of the 3 week series. All non sanctioned shows. I can't wait to see how this unfolds.
The HoserVille Ohio 14th annual benefit auction has moved locations after 10 years. With the previous location changing ownership and not knowing how loyal race fans are and not wanting a show, the Woodland Mall in Bowling Green Ohio is the new venue. March 11th from 3 PM to 5 PM the annual auction will take place. The mall will host a car show all that weekend, March 10th to the 12th. Be sure to support this great event and support a mall that see the benefit of racing and its fans and drivers.
Limaland Motorsports Park had added some traditional non wing sprint car races to their 2017 slate. April 28th and July 21st will showcase open non wing sprints shows. The BOSS series hits the 1/4 mile June 9th along with the USSA Midgets June 2nd. I love seeing more traditional sprint car racing at Limaland. Hopefully, the fans will show the support.
Kokomo Speedway in Indiana keeps raising the bar when it comes to traditional sprint car racing. How can Kokomo get better, you ask? 5 of their sprint car shows will now have midgets as a support class as well. One of the nights is during the Smackdown. Add the Grand Prix, Midget Week, and the Kokomo Klash, that is 9 midget and sprint car show combinations! That is music to my ears!
Other News: Piqua Mall will once again host their racing mall show the weekend of March 17th to the 19th. A full slate of events each days makes this mall show a great one as well...Tim's Pit Party, a spin off of Tim's Racing Expo, will host their event this year March 25th at the Howard Johnson's Motel in Lima Ohio. The event will host simulator races, a DJ, 50/50 raffle, benefit auction, Knoxville 101 with Larry Boos as guest speaker, door prizes, discounted motel rooms, and much much more...
Track News: Attica Raceway Park opens March 24th with their regular weekly program...Atomic Speedway opens March 17th with the Lucas Oil Late Models...Brownstown Speedway in Indiana opens March 11th with their regular program...Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana opens April 1st...Limaland opens April 14th for their 2017 season...Eldora Speedway opens April 15th with ALMS Late Models...Fremont Speedway opens April 22nd...Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan opens April 29th.
Driver News: Stevie Smith hung up his helmet a few weeks ago and retired from the sport...NASCAR Xfinity regular the past few seasons, Cale Conley returns to sprint cars full time in the Jessup 7k...Rico Abreu also returns to sprints and midgets full time after running 1 season in the NASCAR Truck series. I wish Rico would run for the WOO title...Tony Stewart and Hoffman Racing announced Smoke would race the 69 machine in this year's Little 500 at Anderson Speedway Memorial Day weekend...Dale Blaney has took the Zemco ride in PA for the season. Dale will race around 20 races in Ohio as well for Ed Neumeister...Danny Smith will turn 60 this year and would love to find a Chili Bowl ride for the 32nd annual event next January and run for rookie of the nationals at 60 years old. Lets make this happen!!! Anyone wanting to help Danny get to the Chili Bowl, please contact Danny or send me a message and I can get it in the proper hands.
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Millstream Speedway in Findlay Ohio ended the season with a bang last Saturday during the Trick Or Treat 30's. A $5000 to win show for winged 410 sprints, $5000 to win for the non wing traditional sprints, and $1000 to win for the 305s. Not only did it pay good $$ upfront, it was almost a $40,000 purse.
On a perfect day weather wise, the track was in superb shape. 31 winged, 34 non wing, and 24 305 sprints were ready to roll.
With almost 40 stock pit side as well, the track stayed in amazing shape all night long for the 100 plus cars pit side. This show reminded me of the old school days at Millstream as the track was fast and the cushion close to the fence. Plenty of passing and just great racing. The heats and B Mains were great.
The 305 A was first up as John Ivy and Nate Dussel paced the field for the 20 lap A. Contact as the cars race into turn 1 and 2 with Matt Lucius and Ricky Peterson making contact, Peterson spins. A load of cars get collected including Bobby Clark, Brad Keckler, Chad Dunham, Luke Daughtery, and Gary Benjamin who flipped. Green, Dussel dove to the lead. Lap 2, Landon LaLonde spins as Kyle Capodice stops as well. Green,Its Dussel upfront as Ivy chases. Lap 4, Tony Beaber stops for a yellow. Still the same upfront as Jeremy Duposki spins. Green, the race is on as Ivy closes in and Paul Weaver charges towards the front. Lap 16, Jim Taddeo stops. Restart, Weaver gets a run on the high side and takes the lead. Dussel tries the low side but Weaver powers off 2. Weaver seals the deal after starting 10th and takes the win. Dussel, Ivy, Matt Foos, up from 21st in a Clark 8 ride, and Cody Bova round out the top 5.
Kody Swanson and Michael Fischesser brought the 30 lap non wing sprint A to the green. Fischesser flew to the lead on the start. The BOSS regular was looking good after he finished the BOSS very strong. Fischesser started to feel the pressure from Shane Cottle. The duo battled side by side a few laps before Cottle took control on lap 9. Lap 11, Travis Berryhill stops with a broken front end after charging through the pack. Green, Cottle leads as the race comes to a grinding halt on lap 12. Matt Goodnight, Todd Keen, and Kyle Simon collide off turn as Keen and Goodnight flip down the back stretch on top of each other. Goodnight was taken by the EMS to the hospital and thankfully was released with just bumps and bruises. Green again for a lap as Dean Jacobs flips the Baumgardner 38 ride hard in turn 2. Green, Sheldon Haudenschild started to move and looked like a boss running the non wing car right above the cushion, 4 in the fluff in 1 and 2 with the left rear lifting a bit as he entered the turn. That people is how you drive a non wing car bad ass fast! Lap 16, the crowd roars as Sheldon takes the lead. Haudenschild instantly pulls to a 10 car length lead as he reminds me of some of the old school USAC guys like Pancho Carter and Rich Vogler, balls deep in the cushion and not letting off. Totally was worth the drive and price of admission just to watch Sheldon in the non wing car. As Haudenschild enters lapped traffic he starts to have a few issues. Lap 26, Haudenschild gets in the cushion entering 3 too hard and gets up on the right front wheel only, saves it but shoots up in the wall, ending his night. Cottle regained the lead. Cottle held off a late race charge to take the win over Mat Westfall, Dustin Smith, up from 16th, Brady Short, and Fischesser. Great runs from Smith and Fischesser. A great race.
Stuart Brubaker and Chad Kemenah lead the pack for the 30 lap winged A Main. Kemenah grabbed the lead on the start. With the track still in fantastic shape, the wing cars were flying about the track and they were battling. Lap 6, Danny Mumaw stops with a flat. Green, an amazing battle upfront as Brubaker makes a move at the lead. As they battle for the lead, the crowd is going nuts as Jac Haudenschild is charging from 18th to the battle in the top 5 in 9 laps!! Its so crowded on the back stretch as they battle, Travis Philo and Sheldon Haudenschild touched and gathered it back in as 4 cars were glued together. This one is a barn burner and for those who are non wing fans that say wings suck, I hope you stayed for this one! It was better than the non wing A, which was something itself. Lap 11, Brubaker takes the lead. As Kemenah and Brubaker battle, here comes Kraig Kinser on the low side. Lap 13, Kinser takes the lead. 3 cars glued together for the lead, with another 3 cars not far behind. The Wild Child starts to close on the lead pack as the crowd loves this one. Lap 24, a huge disappointment strikes the crowd as The Wild Child slows with a flat as he was ready to take on the lead pack. Green, Sheldon Haudenschild quickly brings the crowd back alive as he charges on the high side to battle Kinser for the lead. Sheldon reels him in and takes a shot but Kraig Kinser holds on for a much needed win after a dismal season. Sheldon, Kemenah, Cole Duncan, and Brubaker round out the top 5. An excellent race.
Friday and Saturday Atomic Speedway OHIO Host the $20,000 to win season final for the All Stars. See you there!
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Eldora Speedway closed their 2016 season last weekend with has quickly become another must see Eldora race. The Sprint Spectacular seen 40 All Star Sprints, 30 NRA 360 Sprints, and 49 BOSS traditional sprints invade The House Earl Built on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
The All Stars kicked the evening off with 4 heats, taking the top 5 to the A. Heat 1, Shawn Dancer held off a charging Sheldon Haudenschild for the win. Bill Balog, Dustin Daggett, and TJ Michael raced their way into the A. Heat 2, Ian Madsen marched from 4th to 1st and went on to take the win over Travis Philo, Lee Jacobs, Caleb Armstrong, and Brock Zearfoss with a late race pass. Heat 3, Rico Abreu rim rode from 4th to 1st and never looked back taking the win over Dale Blaney, Sammy Swindell, Cole Duncan, and Cap Henry. Heat 4, Chad Kemenah used the low line to climb from 3rd to 1st and went on to win over Brandon Matus, Kraig Kinser, Danny Smith, and Dallas Hewitt.
3 NRA 360 heats were next up with the top 5 moving on to the A. Heat 1, Coleman Gullick made the trip from New York after he just recently returned to sprint car racing. Coleman came to a stop in heat 1. Randy Hannagan hustled his way to the win over Butch Schroeder, Jared Horstman, Devin Dobie, and Brad Lamerson. Heat 2, Dustin Daggett drove from outside row 1 to the lead and never looked back. Daggett held off Kyle Sauder, Aaron Reutzel, Jim Huppunen, and Tim Allison for the win. Heat 3, Max Stambaugh lead flag to flag for the win over Mitch Brown, Ron Blair, Ed Neumeister, and Cory Turner.
6 BOSS traditional sprint heats were up next with the top 3 moving to the A. Heat 1, Bill Rose took the lead from the pole as 7th place starter Chad Wilson charged into 2nd by lap 2. Rose held off Wilson and Justin Grant for the win. Heat 2, CJ Leary leaped from 5th to 1st taking the win in a close one over Shane Cottle and Matt Cooley. Heat 3, Cooper Clouse slowed the action with a spin. Matt Westfall wheeled it from 8th to the front, taking the win over Luke Hall and Michael Fichesser with a last lap pass for the final transfer spot. Heat 4, Chris Windom whipped to the lead on the start and held off 8th place starter Shawn Westerfeld and Kyle Simon for the win. Heat 5, Thomas Meseraull made a last lap pass going into turn 3 to take the win over Dallas Hewitt and Nick Bilbee. Heat 6, Dustin Smith steam rolled to the win over Logan Hupp and Zach Morrow.
All Star B took the top 4 to the A. Aaron Reutzel got some laps under his belt doing double duty and laid down a great run in the B. The National 360 racer drove from 5th to the win in the Seeling 97 ride. Tyler Courtney, Danny Holtgraver, and Jac Haudenschild raced into the A.
All Star Dash Chad Kemenah was looking to close his great Eldora season off with a A Main win and set himself up for the pole of the A by taking the Dash win.
360 B, top 5 to the A. First time Eldora visitor, Jack Dover made the trip from Nebraska and got the handle of the Big E during the B. Dover drove to the win over Jordan Thomas The Tuna Andy Tuenessen, Jeff Williams, and Alex Hill. Joe Swanson tagged the Eldora wall as the 360 B came to an end.
With the large field of non wing sprints, there was 2 BOSS B Mains with the top 3 moving to the A. B1, A big pile up as Justin Owen spun as things got backed up and chain reaction. As he spun, he got slammed and Rick Holley went flipping. All were okay. Brandon Whited went on to win over Chris Phillips and Cooper Clouse. B2, the battle of the Drew's seen Drew Able get past Drew Rader for the win. Derek Hastings raced into the A.
Kemenah and Sheldon Haudenschild brought the 30 lap All Star A Main to the green. Abreu roared from 3rd to 1st on the start and took the lead. Running right up on the fence, Rico was putting on a show as always at the Big E. As the leader entered heavy traffic the battle was on. Blaney drove side by side with Abreu a handful of times as Rico would get an awesome run off 2 and stay upfront. Kemenah made it a 3 car battle at times as the top 3 were within a car length of each other. No one had any for Abreu as Rico raced to the popular win. Blaney, Kemenah, Henry, up from 19th, and Duncan rounded out the top 5.
Daggett and Schroeder paced the 25 lap NRA 360 A Main. Daggett dove to the lead as the field raced off into turn 1. Lap 2, Hannagan gets pinched in turn 3 and goes for a nasty tumble. After having to remove some of the pieces off the car to free Hannagan, The Hurricane climbed from the mangled 22 machine. Restart, Reutzel looked like an Eldora vet as he threw a huge slider on Daggett to take the lead on lap 3. Lap 5, the yellow flew as debris was in turn 3. Reutzel rode the Eldora wall like a champ and showed off some of his nature talent, calming the Big E on his first visit to the speed plant. Reutzel took the win over Schroeder who nipped Daggett at the line. Allison and and Dobie rounded out the top 5.
Closing the night was the 25 lap BOSS A Main. Smith and Hewitt lead the pack to the green. Hewitt lived up to the legendary name at Eldora and took the lead. Smith quickly battled as the track was slide job city up from. As they battled it out, Windom made it a 3 car battle. Sliding top to bottom, back and forth, the fans were on the edge of their seats. The lead pack grew to 4 cars as T-Mez worked to the front as well. Hewitt was looking to hold off the higher financed USAC drivers and take one home for the locals. The last 10 laps was anyone's race as the top 4 were glued together. 5 to go, you knew Windom and T-Mez wasn't going to be happy just riding there. 2 to go, Windom slides past Hewitt as Meseraull follows. T-Mez has one shot to slide Windom. The Bear is too big on this night and takes the win. Meseraull, Hewitt, Smith, and Westfall rounded out the top 5.
All in all an awesome night of racing at Eldora. 119 cars starting hot laps at 4:30 made for a dry slick track all night long. The didn't keep the drivers from putting on a great show. The track crew didn't touch the track much until the 360 A, redoing the top a little. It is a no win deal as just a few weeks before the Eldora had a similar track condition due to an early start time and elected to rework the entire track before the heats. Which I really liked but a lot of people bitched. So on this night, no rework and people still bitched. Guess what, its dirt track racing! The track changes minute to minute. Either way, the racing was good both ways and its hard to believe it will be 6 months before we get back to seeing cars at Eldora.
Friday: Kokomo Klash, non wing sprints, midgets, and 600 mini sprints at Kokomo IN
Saturday: Millstream Speedway Findlay OH Trick Or Treat 30's 410 winged sprints $5000 to $400 to start, non wing sprints $5000 to win $300 to start, winged 305 sprints $1000 to win. Live music from 3 to 6, kids trick or treating at 4:30.
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Each September now around the 15th, means one thing in Northern Ohio sprint car racing, the Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway. Each year its an event, not just a race. From the racing, to the bands after the races, to the kick ball fund raiser, an auction fund raiser, the Queen's contest, to the partying with friends in the campgrounds, it is a true happening. Once again the weekend featured big $$ but was spread out through the field and on down to the 305s as well. With the All Star Sprints rule where they can't race shows like this, it put $$ on the line for the locals and a few outsiders. By the way, I think that rule sucks ass! I get they have to protect their brand but, those guys race for a living and when there is shows in the heart of their region and they have to sit out, is just ruining the sport and hurting the car owners and drivers. WOO have a similar rule for years which I think sucks ass too, just for the record.
Friday kicked off the Jim Ford Classic, plus the final championship night for the FAST series. 32 410 sprints and 29 305s were ready for action.
4 FAST heats with the top 4 to the A. Heat 1, Dylan Kingan spins to slow the heat. Jess Stiger finds the wall to slow the action. Kody Kinser takes the win over Shawn Valenti, DJ Foos, and Travis Philo. Heat 2, Jody Keegan slowed the action with a spin. Bryan Sebetto sped to the win over Brandon Matus, Byron Reed, and Broc Martin. Heat 3, Cale Thomas spins. Stuart Brubaker blasted to the win over Cole Duncan, Bryan Nuckles, and Todd Heller. Heat 4, Tyler Gunn shot to the win over Dean Jacobs, Carson Macedo, and Danny Smith.
4 305 heats, same dance, top 4 to the A. Heat 1, Nate Dussel drove to the win over Alvin Roepke, Chris Andrews, and Jamie Miller. Heat 2, Jordan Ryan stops with issues. Ryan French takes a nasty ride in turn 2 once things got back under way. French was okay after the wild tumble. Cody Bova joined the spin club. Finally, Kyle Peters took the win over Dan McCarron, Bova, who made an excellent charge after his spin, and Thomas Shinderle. Heat 3, Kevin Mingus spins. Yet again he spins. Dustin Dinan takes a nasty ride off turn 2 and down the back stretch bringing out the red. Dinan was transported to the hospital and later released. John Ivy out race daughter Kelsey Ivy for the win as the father daughter combo swept the top 2 spots. Dustin Rail and Matt Foos, which happens to be Kelsey's bf, rounded out the top 4. A lot Ivy connection in this one. Heat 4, Steve Rando roared to the win over Jason Keckler, Paul Weaver, and Ricky Peterson.
410 B seen the top 4 move to the A. Mad Max Stambaugh held off a fast Chris Andrews for the win. Craig Mintz and Duane Zablocki took home the final A Main starting spots.
305 B seen the top 4 as well move to the A. Brandon Moore lead flag to flag, taking the win over Dan Hennig, Seth Schneider, and Landon LaLonde.
Moving the program along very nicely, the A Main was ready to roll at 9PM. The crate late model A ran first and was very wild and took almost an hour to run. Up next the 410 A.
Reed and Heller brought the field to green in the 30 lap 410 A. Reed ripped to the lead. Lap 1, Zablocki climbs the right of Andrews, who got out of shape and corrected it right about the time Zablocki entered that space, sending Zablocki for a tumble. Duane was transported to the hospital and later released. Restart, Nuckles spins. Green, Reed opens up the lead. Lap 9, Brubaker spins. Restart, Matus make contact with a car and stops and he breaks his front end. Green, its Reed in total control. Lap 12, Sebetto makes heavy contact with Mintz entering turn 1. A chain reaction sends Andrews on a wild tumble and he tried to avoid the mess. Green, some laps finally get in and Martin and Philo close in a bit on Reed. Reed is still in control as Martin and Philo gain a little more ground. Lap 22, Philo spins in turn 1, hammers it, drives around the infield tire, back on the track, almost hitting 3 cars in the process. Luckly, no one slammed him and caused a mess or got injured. After that, its all Reed. Byron sealed up the FAST title as well as the $5000 A Main win. Martin, Macedo, Foos, and Duncan rounded out the top 5. Almost another hour to get this one in.
Keckler and Rail paced the field in the 305 25 lap A Main. Keckler takes the lead on the start. Lap 1, Moore stops for a yellow. Green, its Keckler as the caution flew again on lap 4 as Bova spins. Lap 5, Hennig spins. Green, Keckler leads as John Ivy makes a move for the lead. Lap 8, Ivy hears a huge roar from the crowd as he takes the lead. Lap 8, Kelsey Ivy spins. Restart, Roepke spins as does Andrews. Lap 9, K Ivy spins again. Restart, Peters spins in turn 2, LaLonde slams him and they both go for a flip. Restart, the rope on the yellow restart cone breaks, so another yellow comes out. Yes, another hour long race and just frustrating night. It was the track, it had a cushion but was good, just a lot of full contact driving all night all night long. The track didn't cause 1 crash. Green, another terrible looking flip as Schneider tried to enter a hole in turn 1 that wasn't there and flipped hard collecting Bova, and Roepke. Green, John Ivy made the wait worth it was he took home the popular win over Weaver, Dussel, up from 12th, Foos, up from 15th, and Keckler.
A long long night that happens off and on. Full moon, extra $$, and the end of the season I think made a lot drive a little over their heads.
Breaking 4 Crown News. Saturday there is a $100,000 bonus for 1 driver to win all 4 A Mains. $25,000 bonus if they win 3 of the 4. Who will race all 4, I know Brady Bacon is, who else will take on the 100G challenge?
WED WOO Hartford MI
FRI WOO Eldora OH
SAT Allstars, USAC Sprints, Midgets, Silvercrown Eldora OH, BOSS Atomic OH
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The weather was absolutely perfect for a huge weekend of racing last weekend. I kept it all within the home state and got out to Attica Raceway Park Friday for the $5000 to win FAST Sprints show, Saturday back to Attica Raceway Park for the $10,000 to win All Star Sprints Kasey Kahne Foundation show, and Sunday to Wayne County Speedway for the All Star Sprints Pete Jacobs Memorial and its $10,000 to win paycheck.
Friday, Attica Raceway Park kicked off a huge paying weekend for the 410 sprints as they hosted the FAST Sprints for a $5000 to win show. 26 410 sprints were ready for action. All the All Star teams were grounded for the night as a series wants to protect its brand by not automatically letting its drivers race on non race nights. I get the protect the brand but it screws the teams that want to race and need to make $$$ for a living, the fans, and the tracks. With the track in excellent shape, the times were fast. The Lucas Oil Late Models lowered the late model track record by over 2 tenths of a second, it was a nice one.
Cole Duncan flipped the 9x ride in heat 1. With some good heat race action, Dean Jacobs, Broc Martin, and Stuart Brubaker took heat wins. With the track staying moist and having a nice cushion, the B Main was a good race as well. Jody Keegan took home the win.
A pair of Wooster Ohio natives, Jacobs and Martin brought the field to the green in the 35 lap A Main. Yes, unique for Attica a 35 lap event. Brandon Spithauler spins on the start collecting Duane Zablocki, Dan McCarron, in his 410 debut at Attica, Brubaker, and Shawn Valenti who took a tumble off the top of turn 2 after jumping Zablocki's right rear. Restart, Jacobs get the 38 Ferris ride a rolling and jumps to the lead. Martin quickly battled for the lead as a great race was unfolding from the start. Martin made a move and took the lead on lap 7. A good race as Craig Mintz started to move towards the leader. As this was going on, Byron Reed started to make his way into the top 5 from mid pack. Mintz seemed to get faster and faster each lap as he races to the lead on lap 16. Lap 20, the yellow waves as Tyler Gunn stops. Green, a few laps pass and another yellow. This time Jordan Ryan spins on lap 23. Green, the battle is on. A awesome 4 car battle for the lead as Reed as caught Mintz. Tim Shaffer and Travis Philo are also right there as they all 4 battle for the top spot. In and out of traffic, with 5 to go, the top 4 are nose to tail, all having a shot to win. Reed makes a move but Mintz powers right back around him as Philo goes low and Shaffer in the middle. Reed get another run off 4 to the white flag. Reed takes the lead at the flag stand, just before the red flies for Spithauler as the Prosser 19 car is on fire off the top of turn 4. The laps counts as 3 cars were past the stand, giving Reed the lead on a green/white start and a 1 lap shoot out. Green, its all Reed. With a great start, the barn burner finish that would have been, turned to a good start and Reed holding on for the win after charging up from 10th. Mintz, Philo, Shaffer, and Parker Price Miller rounded out the top 5. A great race.
Saturday, Tony Stewart's All Star Sprints were in the house to close the Attica Raceway Park season with a $10,000 to win show. It was also part of the Kasey Kahne Foundation events that could earn a driver a golden ticket to the $20,000 to win event at Lincoln Speedway Sept 24.
35 All Stars and 27 305 sprints were pit side. The All Star heats were up first. With the track a bit drier than Friday, it was still very racy and had multi grooves. The heats were not as exciting as Friday's but alright heats as Stuart Brubaker, Dale Blaney, Tim Shaffer, and Broc Martin took home the wins. The only incident was a TJ Michael spin. Caleb Armstrong was back behind the wheel as well after a few months off due to injury.
The 305 heats provided some real good action as Jordan Ryan, Matt Foos, and Dustin Dinan earned heat race wins. A Seth Schneider spin was the only incident.
Next was the All Star Dash and B Main. Blaney took the Dash win over a fast Byron Reed who was looking to sweep the ARP weekend. Caleb Helms held off Cole Duncan in a good battle for the B Main win.
Chase Dunham flew off the backstretch and hit the outside wall barrier in the 305 B. A great late race battle since Jim Taddeo hold on for the win. Nice to see Taddeo take a win as he don't get to victory lane too often.
Blaney and Reed paced the field for the 40 lap 10 grand to win A Main. A bad start seen Reed get booted back a row, which is super rare. This put Sheldon Haudenschild on the outside of row 1 now. Green, a crash in turn 1 and 2 collects Brubaker, Zablocki, Brian Lay, and Lee Jacobs. Restart, 3 time is a charm as Haudenschild hustled to the lead on the cushion. Lap 1, DJ Foos stops as he has issues. Duncan stops as well. Green, Haudenschild leads as another yellow flies on lap 3 and Chris Andrews stops. Green, Sheldon pulls away as is a rocket ship as the crowd cheers him on. Lap 9, Haudenschild get loose in turn 4, does a 360, drops to 3rd, keeps a rolling, as the green light stays on and Blaney is now the leader. As Haudenschild regathers his mojo, Reed is battling Blaney for the lead. Lap 13, Reed gets the locals loud as he takes the lead. Lap 16, yellow as Martin spins. A great 3 car race as the top 3 are the class of the field right now. Green, Reed lead as Haudenschild slams the cushion and lets it eat. Lap 20, Haudenschild ignites the crowd as he regains the lead. Lap 22, Andrews is off the top of 3 for a yellow. Restart, Cap Henry drives right over Tim Shaffer battling for 4th and flips. With all the yellows, it would be a perfect time for an open red and fuel but, that don't happen. Restart, Haudenschild breaks away and opens up a huge lead. As they enter heavy traffic, some of the lappers are tough to pass and the lead gap shrinks. Lap 31, Haudenschild pulls a bad slider trying to lap Martin and slams Martin hard into the turn 4 outer wall and Martin flips. Now they open the red for fuel which we all knew was going to happen. Green, its all Sheldon Haudenschild taking a popular win. Reed, Blaney, Brent Marks, and Mintz rounded out the top 5.
Ricky Peterson and Trevor Baker brought the field to green in the 25 lap 305 A. Baker blew to the lead as the rookie was looking very good. Lap 4, Kyle Capodice stops as Landon LaLonde spins as well. Green, Baker is still out front looking to pull the upset win. Lap after lap Matt Foos was moving closer and closer to the lead. Lap 10, Foos takes the lead. Lap 12, Dinan stops for a yellow. Green, its all Foos. After earning his first career 305 win just a few weeks ago, Foos takes another over Peterson, Steve Rando, Jamie Miller, and Jordan Ryan.
Sunday, a long tradition at Wayne County Speedway is the Jacobs family as they honor Pete Jacobs on this night with the All Stars and a $10,000 to win purse. 31 cars were ready to roll on the track surface that looked the best I have seen there in many years.
Some decent heat races seen Caleb Armstrong, Brad Haudenschild, and Cap Henry take the wins. Brad Haudenschild's win made the entire crowd roar as it was his first race back after several months off which very scary health issues. Great to see Armstrong take a win too after being laid up a few months as well.
Moving the program along at a swift pace, the Dash and B main was ready to rock. Cap Henry was running strong after a mistake the night before and nipped Blaney for the Dash win. DJ Foos got to rolling the top well in the B and opened up a straight away lead. Foos has been fast this year, just hasn't had great luck. Foos crushed the field, taking the win by almost a half track.
With it just after 9 PM, the All Star A Main is pushed off. Henry and Blaney bring the 35 lap A Main to the green. Sheldon Haudenschild brings the crowd to its feet as he moves from 3rd to 1st on the opening lap. Being a pro Haudenschild crowd as its his home track, Sheldon was putting on a show, right up on the guardrail, sometimes giving a bit of a love tap. With the dust a flying so bad, it was hard to see the turns, now we have the typical Wayne County, Haudenschild about gave it away a few times, from lack of vision and brushes with the wall. With the main going non stop, Haudenschild was putting on a clinic to the delight of the hometown crowd. The real battle was for 2nd, which got 3rd wide several times. 35 laps and 35 good ones for the 93 car as Sheldon Haudenschild brings the crowd to its feet as he crosses the finish line, sweeping the All Star weekend and taking home another much needed $10,000. Cole Duncan, Blaney, Chad Kemenah, and Henry round out the top 5. An awesome year for the All Star as Blaney, Kemenah, and Haudenschild are within 46 points with 5 events left on the 2016 tour. Sheldon is the hot guy on the tour right now with the littlest team. He is gaining ground, but only 6 or 8 points a night as the wily veterans of Blaney and Kemenah are hard to catch as they are just 8 points apart for the title. I will see the final 3 events of the season and can't wait to see how it unfolds.
SATURDAY: BOSS Montpelier I
SUNDAY: BOSS Findlay OH
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After the Knoxville Nationals are over, it seems like the season quickly comes to an end. I still have races planned until the end of October, so its a while yet before its over. Maybe, its just because it dwindles down to just 1 or 2 races a weekend in the next few weeks.
Last weekend, it was off to Attica Raceway Park Friday for the FAST Sprints. 20 410 and 31 305 sprints were on hand. The track was in beautiful shape on a perfect night for racing.
All the 410 drivers transferred via the heats. Heat 1, Jared Horstman, fresh off some 360 wins, held off Byron Reed and DJ Foos for the win in a close one. Heat 2, Jess Stiger slowed the action as he came to a stop. Craig Mintz took the win over Caleb Griffith and Trey Jacobs. Heat 3, Dean Jacobs and Stuart Brubaker run out of racing room coming off turn 4, Jacobs on the low side, Brubaker on the high side, and collide with Jacobs flipping. A good battle on the restart seen Travis Philo take the win over Broc Martin and Brian Lay.
The top 4 in the 305 heats would move to the A. Seth Schneider slowed the action as he stops on the track. Jake Peters pulled to the win over Tyler Street, Luke Griffith, and Kyle Capodice. Heat 2, Ryan French went flying off the top of turn 2. Green, it was all Matt Foos. Foos took the win over Nate Dussel, Dan McCarron, and Paul Weaver nipping Ricky Peterson for the last transfer spot. Heat 3, Dustin Dinan lead flag to flag over Jin Taddeo, Matt Lucius, and Alvin Roepke for the win. Heat 4, Cody Bova blew to the win over John Ivy, Trevor Baker, and Brandon Moore.
2 305 B Mains were ran, taking the top 3. There was only 6 cars in each B after some scratches after the heats. B1, Ricky Peterson drove away with the win over Schneider and Steve Rando. B2, Landon LaLonde held off Jason Keckler and Kelsey Ivy for the win.
Reed and Griffith paced the field in the 30 lap 410 A. Reed rips to the lead on the start. With racing grooves all over the place, cars were running 3 wide as Reed opened up a huge gap on the field. With the laps clicking off quickly, the only thing slowing Reed was a few lapped cars. Chris Andrews was running on the cushion, putting on a show charging from last. Philo was making a move from mid pack into the top 5. Lap 20, Horstman hit the wall at the top of turn 4. Green, Reed roars away from the pack once again. Lap 24, debris is a cause for a caution and Tyler Gunn falls off the top of turn 4 at the same time. Restart, no one has anything for Reed as the rest of the top 5 a great battle is on. Reed goes wire to wire for the win over Martin, Philo, up from 10th, Griffith, and Andrews, up from 20th. Andrews was by far the show in this one.
Bova and Taddeo would lead the field in the 305 25 lap A Main. Green, Bova bounced to the lead. A great battle to start off as Dinan drove to the lead on lap 2. Dinan was looking strong as the yellow flew on lap 6. Green, Dinan leads as Foos tries to make a move on the high side. Lap after lap, Foos was there. Lap 12, Foos took the lead. McCarron and Dussel were closing in as the laps started to wind down. Foos kept right up on the cushion and raced to his first career 305 win. Dussel, McCarron , up from 12th, Dinan, and Roepke, up from 15th, rounded out the top 5.
Sunday, it was off to Kalamazoo Speedway in Michigan for a rare Sunday afternoon open wheel triple header. The Must See winged sprints, MTS non wing sprint, and midgets were on the card. It was my first visit to The Zoo as the locals call it, making it my 142 tracks now on my list. 20 Winged, 13 Non wing, and 8 midgets were on hand. It brought back some memories of when I was younger and watched USAC sprints and midgets on pavement the same day.
The non wing 20 lap A started was first. Long time Michigan racer, Mike Astrauskas took the lead on the start. A great battle the first half of the race as Doug Dietsch raced side by side with the leader until he took over on lap 8. Bobby Santos was stalking Dietsch and fly past for the lead on lap 8. Once Santos got out front, he was on a Sunday night cruise, opening up a straight away lead. Santos sailed to the win over Dietsch and Nick Landon.
After a 30 minute rain delay, the Must See Sprints were next for their 30 lapper. Chris Neuenschwander and Santos paced the field for the A. Neuenschwander took the lead on the start. Lap 4, Christian Kohler found the inside wall in turn 3. Green, the cars where moving as the leaders was clicking off high 10 second laps on the 3/8 mile paved oval. Neuenschwander was on a rail and was untouchable. The New Haven Nightmare spanked the field, taking the win over Jason Blonde and Santos.
The first 4 laps was the midget A Main was awesome. 3 wide and 2 leaders as they raced side by side. Once things settled down, Patrick Bruns took the lead and destroyed the field. Bruns was in a different zip code, taking the win by almost a half track.
Wed USAC KOKOMO IN
Thur USAC Kokomo IN
Friday USAC Kokomo IN, MTS Tri City MI
Saturday USAC Kokomo IN, All Stars Brownstown IN, BOSS Atomic OH, MTS Silver Bullet MI, FAST Butler MI
Sunday All Stars Findlay OH
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The first weekend of August has seemed to become a staple for excellent non wing sprint car races in the region. Last weekend, Saturday it was the Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield Raceway Park. Sunday, it was over to Kokomo Speedway for the Bob Darland Memorial.
Saturday, the 8th annual Jack Hewitt Classic brought 30 cars to Waynefield Raceway Park. Dallas Hewitt hit the cushion in turn 1 and flipped hard in hot laps. Corbin Loggins took a tumble as well in hot laps. Both were done for the night.
After much confusion with how the line up was going to be set, it differed from driver's meeting to after group hot laps/qualifying was over. 4 heats, top 4 to the A. Heat 1, Kevin Myers slowed the pace with a spin. Kyle Simon slipped to the lead and took the win over Mike Miller, Steve Little, and Toby Alfrey. Good to see Toby back after a nasty tumble the week before at The Burg. Heat 2, Thomas Meseraull jumped on the cushion and drifted to the win over Landon Simon, Chris Windom, and Kody Swanson. Heat 3, Matt Cooley spun slowing the heat. Scotty Weir stomped his way to the win over Matt Goodnight, Dustin Ingle, and Steve Irwin. Heat 4, Lee Underwood got into the wall hard for a yellow. Dustin Stroup shed the win and looked good without the crutch and took the win over Luke Hall, Cooper Clouse, and Drew Radar.
A dash was ran between the top 8 cars, top 2 in each heat, to determine the first 4 starting rows of the A. Meseraull once again was the class of the field.
B Main, top 4 to the A. Pole sitter, Todd Keen spins in front of the field before a lap is complete. Keen collected Chad Wilson, who keep rolling but got put on the tail as well. Keen spins again after another start and is done for the night. Cooley kept struggling and spun for another yellow. A 5 wide battle for the transfer spot almost all race long gets wild. Wilson is on a mission as well, willing the 14 car through the pack, racing into a transfer spot. A huge mess on the last lap for transfer spots, seen a boat load of contact in turn 3 resulting in Jim Dues flipping hard. Jim was later found to have a broken back and a hurt lung, so please wish Jim a speedy recovery. Paul Dues took the win after the race is called official, Wilson, from the tail, Myers, and Matt Westfall transfer.
Meseraull and Goodnight brought the field to green in the 30 lap A. Green, T-Mez found the cushion and took off. As quick as T-Mez sped away, Goodnight dropped like an anchor. Stroup slid to 2nd. Meseraull was putting on a clinic, leading by over a straight away. A good battle for position. Westfall found something as he was charging through the pack. Green to checkered, T-Mez made this one a snoozer was he won by a half a track. Stroup, Kyle Simon, Westfall, up from 20th, and Swanson, up from 14th, rounded out the top 5.
Sunday, it was off to Kokomo Speedway for another nice payout for the weekend and, the Bob Darland Memorial. On a gorgeous day, 21 cars is all that passed through the gate. Sometimes I don't get it. The best purse of the year, besides a USAC show and only 21 cars show up. Of course 21 cars at Kokomo is usually like 45 at other places, you know its going to be good. All cars make the A.
Heat 1, Logan Jarrett slows battling for the lead with issues. A great battle up to that point. Restart, it was all Robert Ballou taking the win over Matt Goodnight, Colten Cottle, Tyler Hewitt, Mike Gass, and Steve Thomas. Heat 2, Thomas Meseraull was in the 17RW car and was on a hot streak, sweeping the show at Waynesfield the night before. T-Mez was at it again, holding on to win over Jarrett Andertti, Max McGhee, Jerry Coons Jr, Tyler Thomas, Kyle Robbins, and Billy Gibbs. Very nice to see Andretti back after a very nasty crash the weekend before. Heat 3, Kevin Thomas Jr held off a fast Dave Darland for the win. Chris Windom, CJ Leary, Shane Cottle, Josh Spencer, and Joe Bares rounded out the field.
Andretti and Meseraull paced the field for the 30 lap A. Green, Meseraull mashed the go peddle and took the lead. T-Mez set a fast pace as the battle was for 2nd. Lap after lap, it was all Meseraull upfront. Andretti started to close the gap as the laps clicked off. Lap 22, Leary slows for a yellow. Green, Meseraull still holds on strong upfront. Andretti tries to make a late ditch effort but the yellow with 1 to go for a Shane Cottle spin. The Throttle was battling 3 wide for 3rd and 4th at that point. So a green, checkered finish. T-Mez gets the jump as Ballou tries a huge slider from 3rd but gets into a rut and bounces on the low side of 1. Andretti mounts a charge off 2 and into 3. T-Mez high, Andretti low, Meseraull beats Andretti to the line by 10 feet. Ballou, McGhee, and Thomas Jr rounded out the top 5. Not your typical Kokomo barn burner through out, but a decent race and a great battle to the line in the 1 lap shootout. Huge props as the A main was over about 8:15.
Last weekend, we lost a true gentleman, a true hero in the sport, an amazing driver but yet a better person than a driver. A driver, that drivers older than him or even his own age looked up too. A driver that had some of the most natural talent this generation will ever see. A driver who's smile would light up even the darkest days. A driver who could of had millions of dollars racing on a bigger front but wouldn't be happy with that because he was a racer and had a passion to race hard and fast every time he buckled into a seat. At the age of 27, Bryan Clauson was exactly what this sport of sprint car racing was about, a low keyed true life common man who loved his family, loved what he did, loved going to work daily, the work it took to do it, helping others, and the fans and kids that filled the seats in the grandstands. Bryan was at the top of the game, leading the nation in wins this season. Plus, leading 3 laps at the Indy 500 this year. BC was on the top of the mountain, living a dream season of attempting 200 races in a year and was kicking ass doing it. BC was on top again Saturday night, leading the Belleville Nationals, looking to take home the $12,500 win, more than likely would have posted "parked it" on facebook in about another 10 minutes, when the unthinkable happened. God called BC home, way too early for all of us, but in true BC style, Bryan kept giving as he was an organ donor and saved 5 lives before he said goodbye. God Speed BC, until we meet again.
Saturday BOSS Wayne CO OH, SOD Butler MI, Must See Anderson IN, MSCS Habstadt IN, USAC Silvercrown Salem IN
Sunday MSCS Terre Haute IN
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It is hard to believe it is already August and some tracks only have a few races left on their 2016 schedules. Last weekend, I attempted the BOSS double header in Southern Indiana. Friday, Twin Cities Raceway Park kicked the weekend off as 40 stout cars were pit side. After a forever event of putting heat in the motors, mother nature ruined the night.
Saturday, it was off to The Burg, Lawrenceburg Speedway for the Jason Soudrette Memorial. An excellent field of 40 cars on a gorgeous day was ready to attack The Burg.
Using the pill draw system for the line ups, 5 heat would take the top 4 to the A. Heat 1, a great battle upfront between Landon Simon and Chad Wilson. Simon lead from the start but Wilson was making a move under Simon for the lead when the red flew for a scary looking incident. Toby Alfrey and Lee Underwood tangled, both flipping. Both drivers were okay. Simon took Wilson's path on the restart and cruised to the win. Wilson, Travis Hery, and Steve Little with a nice late race move transfer to the A. Heat 2, a great race with a lot of passing. Josh Hodges hustled from 6th to the win over Dustin Smith, Logan Jarrett, up from 8th, and Logan Hupp. Heat 3, Jarrett Andretti took the lead from Kody Swanson and went on to win. Ted Hines and Mike Miller moved into the A. Heat 4, CJ Leary took over the Amati 66 ride and looked fast right away. CJ took the win over Garrett Abrams, Tyler Hewitt, and Justin Owen, from the tail. Heat 5, a little action between Joe Liguori and Cody Gardner upset Liguori. The man to beat the last 2 season in BOSS, Shawn Westerfeld whipped from 6th to the win. Josh Moffatt, Gardner, and Dallas Hewitt raced into the A.
As Dave Rudisell and crew kept the show a rolling, the BOSS sprints ran 2 B mains taking the top 2 to the A, making a 24 car starting field.
B1, Todd Keen took the win over Cooper Clouse, who about gave it away with a few laps to go.
B2, the sentimental favorite driving the Soudrette 44 entry, Dickie Gaines struggled at the start but brought a huge roar from the crowd as he charged from 8th to take the lead on the last lap for the win. Steve Thomas held on for 2nd.
Leary and Moffatt brought the field to the green in the 25 lap A Main. Leary leaps to the lead but as the pack raced into turn 2, Leary spun in front of the pack. CJ jumped from the car as fuel was leaking on him. Abrams now had to pole for the restart. Moffatt put the right rear on the fence and motored to the lead. Lap 4, Hodges made his move to the lead. An amazing battle upfront as the top 8 cars are on the fence and battling for the lead. Hodges and Moffatt start exchange slide jobs as they put on an amazing show. Lap 5, Moffatt leads, lap 9 Hodges takes back over. The Burg is not disappointing on this night as the lead pack are nose to tail, all inches from the fence in 3 and 4. 8 cars in the lead pack as Clouse is drawing major attention, blasting through the pack. Lap 15, Little slows to a stop. Restart, the battle rages on until 4th place Simon stops on lap 18. Green, Andretti is making his move to the front, looking to be the fastest car. Jarrett gets to 2nd and is closing. Lap 21, Andretti hits the opening in the wall in turn 4 and destroys his new 18 car. One of the nastiest rides at The Burg I've seen in a while. Thankfully, Andretti walked away. Moffatt tries to make a move on the restart but Hodges is too stout. Hodges seals the deal and takes the win. Moffatt holds on for 2nd over Jarrett, up from 12th, Westerfeld, and Clouse, up from 23rd. A great race with loads of passing, a great night all night long race wise. The track was in excellent shape for a awesome race. You have to give a shout out to all the drivers all they was balls deep on the cushion, inches away from the fence in 3 and 4, all 25 laps.
Friday: MTS Hartford MI, NRA Lima OH
Saturday: Hewitt Classic Waynesfield OH, MSCS Lincoln Park IN, OSCS Atomic OH, Must See Owosso MI
Sunday: Darland Memorial Kokomo IN
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King's Royal week still gets the fire a burning inside, even after all of these years and not missing a one yet. With this year's purse increase, a new race added, and the Brad Doty Classic getting a renewed interest, the hype was huge going into the week. It all kicked off Tuesday at the Attica Raceway Park for the 28th annual Brad Doty Classic before switching to Eldora Thursday through Saturday.
After switching to Limaland for 10 years, the 28th annual Brad Doty Classic moved back to its original home last Tuesday night at Attica Raceway Park. The highest car count to date for the year and thousands of fans flooded the ARP gates. 54 cars passed through the gates with 53 passing inspection to race.
The WOO at Attica is usually action packed. Caleb Helms started some action, not the way anyone wants too, flipping hard in time trials. With the huge car count, split time trails was ran, were cars in group 1 qualified for heats 1, 2, and 3. Group 2 cars qualified for heats 4,5, and 6. Giving cars and equal chance as the track slows down typically from car 1 to 53. The top 3 from each heat would move to the A, with the top 2 from heat 1-3 going to Dash 1 and top 2 from heats 4-6 going to Dash 2.
With the track crew at ARP doing a great job at keeping the oval in great shape for the night, a coat of water of thrown down before the heats. Lining up for heat 1, the track was a bit slick yet in turn 1 as Dean Jacobs flew off the track, flipping. Cap Henry flew off too after the Jacobs incident but somehow got his starting spot back. After a Gary Taylor spin, Travis Philo ran a great race holding off Cap Henry and Rob Chaney for the win. Heat 2, the locals was jacked up and ready for the WOOs as Brian Lay had a great battle with Joey Saldana. Saldana got the advantage, taking the win as Lay, and Donny Schatz moved into the A. Heat 3, Caleb Griffith made the local fans cheer as he held off James McFadden and Kerry Madsen to win the heat. Heat 4, looking super fast and impressive after some struggles this season, Jacob Allen took the win over Dale Blaney and Paul McMahan. Heat 5, the action got super intense upfront. Surprise entry, Willie Croft was looking great in the lead as Sheldon Haudenschild ran him down. With a lap and a half to go, Haudenschild dove hard into turn 1 on the low side, got into Croft, spinning Croft as Sheldon drove off. Both was in a Dash spot but Croft had to go to the tail. Sheldon held on to win over Randy Hannagan and Josh Baughman. Heat 6, Parker Price Miller has been hitting a wide variety of a schedule and landed in victory lane in heat 6 over Danny Holtgraver and Ian Madsen. Some good heat race action.
With many WOO teams getting spanked so far on the night, the D and C mains were loaded with WOO drivers. D Main, with the top 2 moving to the C, some good cars would be on the trailer early. Byron Reed took the win over Shane Stewart in the D, yep I said D.
C Main, another 2 drivers would move on to the B. A tangle between Gary Taylor, Stuart Brubaker, and Duane Zablocki slowed the race. TJ Michael held off a charging Brad Sweet for the win. After the C, 6 WOO regulars, The Wild Child, Reed, and Tim Shaffer to name a few were already done for the night, well unless they took a provisional. BTW I like the new WOO rule because provisionals sucks.
The Dash had all kind of drama. First off, only 2 WOO regulars seen Dash starting spots. Then, 4 of the 12 Dash cars had major issues, not allowing them to make the call. Hannagan and Haudenschild both wouldn't fire off. Henry had a fuel leak. Philo had a flat tire that he didn't get allowed to change. McFadden took the win in Dash 1. Dash 2, Holtgraver to win over Allen who continued to look impressive. By far the fastest WOO driver all night up to that point.
The B Main would take the top 6 to the A. A rough one for a few locals as Andrew Palker stopped for a caution as well as Chris Andrews. Kraig Kinser spun, for a 3rd yellow. After getting hosed out of a Dash spot and a possible heat win, Willie Croft made his Attica debut good, taking the win over Jason Sides, Jason Johnson, Shawn Dancer, Chad Kemenah, and after charging from 14th, Sweet.
Pittman and Reed took provisionals. McFadden and Holtgraver paced the field for the 40 lap A. As the field takes the green, Hannagan slows for a yellow. Restart, McFadden marches to the lead. Lap 2, after looking good all night and running upfront, Allen gets into turn 1 too hard and spins. Green, its McFadden as the crowd starts to cheer Haudenschild as he runs the high side. Lap 6, Sheldon gets past McFadden but Dancer spins for a yellow, saving McFadden. Green, McFadden leads and Haudenschild applies pressure and the crowd goes wild. A great battle. Lap 14, Sheldon takes the lead. Looking to add his name next to his father's in the WOO record book, Sheldon opened up the lead as the race reached the half way point. Schatz was making a charge and so was Pittman. Lap 28, McFadden spins while running 2nd. This put a very fast Schatz beside Haudenschild on the restart. Green, Schatz, as expected, sailed past Haudenschild to lead lap 29. As Schatz pulled away, Blaney was making a charge as well. In heavy traffic, Schatz struggled a bit but didn't allow anyone to close too much on him. It looked like a huge break for Blaney on lap 38 as 2 cars were spinning and doing 360s in turn 2 and another getting crossed up to avoid the spinners but, the green light somehow stayed on as the cars all gathered it in eventually and raced away. After charging looking like a WOO regular wouldn't take the win on this night, Schatz raced from 15th to the win. Blaney, up from 10th, Pittman, up from his provisional 25th spot, Haudenschild, and Holtgraver rounded out the top 5. Good racing all night long. Would of loved to seen a 2 lap shootout between the top 3 but it wasn't in the cards. Great seeing the BDC having huge success on this night.
King' Royal 33 weekend started a day early with a new event added Thursday night, The Joker's Wild. A complete WOO full paying show. 46 teams were ready to open the weekend.
Back to the regular WOO format for this night, not sure who or how they determine it since there was only 7 less cars than Tuesday but a total different format with 2 less heats and the standard WOO 4 heat format.
Heat 1, Donny Schatz shot to the lead and ran away with the win over Kerry Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Logan Schuchart, and Tim Shaffer. Heat 2, Christopher Bell jumped in the new TSR 14 car and blasted to the win over Rico Abreu, Kraig Kinser, Chad Kemenah, and Danny Lasoski. Heat 3, David Gravel grabbed the lead and gassed it to the win over Brian Brown, Jason Johnson, Bryan Clauson, in his 100th race of the year, and Brad Sweet. Heat 4, Ian Madsen showed the out West boys came to Eldora loaded as he took the win over Joey Saldana, Shane Stewart, Dale Blaney, and Brent Marks.
Moving the program nicely along once it started, the C Main was ready to roll. Dane Lorenc spun in his Eldora debut. Dominic Scelzi took a nasty tumble in turn 2 once things restarted, collecting Paul May. Tasker Phillips was leading until he got loose and spun, collecting Caleb Griffith and then flips. Tough break for the lower budget Knoxville regular that was awesome to see make the Eldora trip. Green, finally things calm down as the Wild Child takes the lead. Jac Haudenschild takes the win over Ryan Smith.
Dash, a good battle as Gravel takes the win over Brown
B Main would take the top 4 to the A. After a dismal heat race, Sammy Swindell speed to the lead and never looked back. Sammy took a convincing win over Randy Hannagan, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Greg Wilson.
Gravel and Brown paced the field to green in the 30 lap A. Gravel got the advantage on the start and pulled to the lead. Gravel set a quick pace on the racy surface that featured a few racing grooves. As Gravel, cruised out front, Schatz was making his move, closing in lap after lap. Lap 12, Schatz takes the lead but Shaffer blows up for a yellow, and saving grace for Gravel. Restart, Gravel leads as the yellow flew again on lap 15 for Sheldon stopping. A great 4 car battle upfront. Bell looked to be the fastest car, but brushed the at the back stretch gate, ending his night after he took over 2nd. Gravel, Schatz, Madsen, and Abreu battle in and out of traffic, the top 3, side by side almost at times. The last half was very close and a great battle. Schatz gave Gravel a run on the last lap but, Gravel was too stout and took the win. Schatz, Abreu, Kerry Madsen,and Schuchart, up from 13th, rounded out the top 5.
The Knight Before the King's Royal seen 49 cars pit side Friday. Now, it was back to the 2 flights, 2 Dash, and 6 heat race format. One thing the WOO's do this year is keep you confused. With 3 more cars, now its 6 heats. Caleb Helms got in the wall hard to start the night. Kerry Madsen took a nasty tumble in time trials, ending his night. DJ Foos was another time trial flip victim, ending his night as well. The track was pretty hard slick and getting harder each lap.
Heat 1, The Brownsburg Bullet, Joey Saldana has always been solid at Eldora and is once again, sailing to the win over David Gravel and Christopher Bell. Heat 2, Donny Schatz speed to the win over Rico Abreu and Ian Madsen. Heat 3, Dale Blaney blazed to the win over Bryan Clauson and Jac Haudenschild. Heat 4, Kraig Kinser cruised to the win over Shane Stewart and Danny Holtgraver. Heat 5, Brian Brown hit the wall hard entering turn 1 on the start, ending his night. Daryn Pittman powered to the win over Tim Shaffer and Chad Kemenah. Clyde Knipp got in the wall in turn 3 as Pittman took the checkered. Heat 6, James McFadden marched to the win over a very looking Trey Starks and Sheldon Haudsenschild.
D Main, Tasker Phillips was upfront again and made it work this time, taking the win over TJ Michael.
C Main, Brent Marks beat Greg Wilson for the win. Wilson held off a charge from Ryan Smith who charged up from 8th to battle for the final transfer spot.
Dash 1, Saldana was looking very strong and took a popular win over Schatz.
Dash 2, Pittman pounced to the lead and the win over Stewart.
The B would take the top 6 to the A. Logan Schuchart, fresh off his first WOO win the prior weekend, shot to the lead. Schuchart sealed the deal taking the win over Brad Sweet, Jacob Allen, Jason Sides, Sammy Swindell, and Marks, who charged from the C, 13th in the B, to taking the final transfer spot to the A.
Saldana and Pittman lead the field to the green. On a super slick surface, drivers were struggling to get good grip. Pittman pounced to the lead. Pittman opened up a huge advantage. With the main going non stop and the track tricky, the best battle on the track was for 3rd. Rico and Kinser where to guys making the most progressive through the pack. Pittman made it look easy, taking the win over Schatz, Abreu, up from 9th, Kinser, up from 10th, and Gravel.
With the purse increased largely, the 33rd annual King's Royal kicked the gates open with one of the most excellent weather in years for the Royal. With the track crew working all day long, the track looked in prime shape for a great KR. A record tying 60 cars were pit side for the annual event. Danny Holtgraver lost a tire and got in the wall in time trials.
6 heats, top 5 inverted, top 3 to the A. I still like inverted heats, why because you make them race and there was actually a lot of passing. Some of the best King's Royal heats in a handful of years. Heat 1, Brad Sweet slide to the lead and held off a fast Joey Saldana for the win. Tim Shaffer raced into the KR A as well. Heat 2, Greg Wilson got the low line to work on the start and whipped to the lead. Wilson survived a late race charges from Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell to win. Wilson had one of the best heat race win interviews in years. That right there is the passion and love for the King's Royal that still makes it special for a lot of us. Someone even made a video off his interview already of the Royal. Heat 3, Sammy Swindell looked back to form Saturday as he sailed on the high side at the start and took the lead. The Slammer never looked back, taking the win over Jason Johnson and Danny Lasoski. Heat 4, Donny Schatz shot from 5th to 1st, taking the win and putting him as the man to beat on the night. Paul McMahan and Bryan Clauson punched their ticket to the $50,000 to win A main. Heat 5, Blackjack, Brian Brown rebounded from his Friday accident and blew to the win over Ian Madsen and Chad Kemenah. It was Ian's first time making the KR main. Heat 6, Jamie Veal put the Aussie fans on their feet as he took the win over Brent Marks and Randy Hannagan. This gave Veal the pole for the KR main. Kerry Madsen and David Gravel earned A Main starting spots 19th and 20th via the 2 quickest qualifiers to not transfer via the heats.
With the increase purse, the C Main paid $350 to start, which is more than any weekly regular show A Main pays to start in the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin region. The top 6 from the C moved to the B. Shawn Dancer spun for a yellow. Bob Tucker slowed the C when he stopped his 45 machine in turn 3. The action was excellent as some heavy hitters, charging right on the fence through the pack. Logan Schuchart took the win over Bill Rose, Jac Haudenschild, up from 16th, Danny Holtgraver, up from 14th, Caleb Helms, and Dane Lorenc in his 3rd night now at The Big E and in a 410. I think Dane did an excellent job for being just 16 and improved a ton from Thursday to Saturday.
As the field gets tougher, so does the transfer spots as the top 4 from the B would be the final 4 cars earning at least $3000 to start the A. Another good race with, cars charging all over the place. The B paid a stellar $600 to start which once again is higher than any A Main starting weekly show in the region, plus more than the All Stars, SOD, BOSS, USAC, FAST, IRA, or any other divisions in the region pay, except the WOO when they come to town. The track was perfect for 3 wide racing and we seen a lot of that in the B. Plus, the top, bottom, and middle was all decent racing grooves. Some drivers put on some excellent charges, that fell just short of the A. A lot of cars got damaged as well, as they was going all out to make the show. Sheldon Haudenschild and Ryan Smith got bottled up and crashed off turn 2, both flipping at the same time after some contact. Dominic Scelzi. Shane Stewart made a last last pass off turn 4 to take the win over Dale Blaney, Daryn Pittman, and Jason Sides. Sides was part of the pack that tried to charge up from deeper in the field, he started 8th. A good bunch was right there in the battle. Cole Duncan fell short 11th to 6th, Schuchart from the C to the B, then 19th to 7th, Holtgraver, 14th in the C to the B, then 22nd to 8th. A good bunch of racing right there in that pack.
Veal and Brown paced the field for the 40 lap A. Brown used the high side to bounce into the lead on the start. Bounce he did, as the entry to turn 1 had some character to it and a bit of a bump. I love tracks with character in them. Brown was looking to pull the mild upset as he opened a little gap. Swindell had the bottom side a working excellent and looked the best he had all year at the Big E. Lap 10, Sammy set off some cheers as he took the lead. Sweet was using the high and battled Sammy instantly in traffic. Lap 13, Sweet took the lead as the battle upfront has been awesome the first third of the race. Sweet lead as Sammy held strong on the bottom. Schatz takes over on lap 20. Lap 20 Clauson had a tire blew as he came to a stop. Restart, Sammy makes a run on the bottom again as Bell gets a great run and is charging at Schatz too. The crowd is on its feet as Bell is on Schatz tail tank. Lap 26, Bell gets too hard into turn 4 and clips the cable in the fence and flips hard. A open red as the teams try to fine tune their drivers to catch Donny. Green, Schatz leads as Rico charges ad Sammy drops like a boat anchor was tied to the car. Lap after lap Rico closes as its 5 to go. In and out of traffic, Rico looks like the quicker car. 2 to go, Rico in bumper to bumper with Schatz. Coming to the white, Schatz, gets bottled up in 4 by a lapped car, the crowd rises to their feet as Rico shoots down low and is side by side at the line with Schatz. Donny gets the edge entering turn 1, as Rico slides up the bank. This is just what Schatz needed to open just enough of a gap Rico can't make a move. Schatz wins again in a tight one. Rico, Sweet, Wilson, and Brown round out the top 5. A great race.
Another awesome King's Royal week. Really great racing at Attica and for the Royal Saturday. Thursday's Joker's Wild was a good show as Friday's was a snoozer. All in all another awesome week. Great to see some flare back in the Royal as the purse increase brought some cars to town. Nice to see, Brown, Ian Madsen, Lasoski, and Tasker Phillips from the Knoxville region. Huge props to Tasker for being the local budget guy from there to make the town. Disappointing that Brent Marks and Ryan Smith were the only Posse. Marks made his mark running well most nights as Smith had a some bad luck when he was running well. Ohio guys you just never know. Nice to see a few locals out there but disappointing with the huge purse increase a lot of locals stayed away. I realize Eldora can be tough but hard to lobby for larger purses in the state when local don't support the by far biggest paying event of the season now. Hopefully, with the Doty and now 3 days at Eldora, Smoke can turn it into a mini Knoxville Nationals for Ohio over time.
Plymouth Speedway in Indiana has cancelled their Hump Day Wednesday midget shows for the rest of the season. With 2 events left and low car counts and small crowds, the track tried but lost a lot of $$, goes back to a track trying and no support ending it....Attica Raceway Park has changed their date on the Dirt Classic event. It has moved from Wednesday August 3rd to Saturday September 3rd. The event is now a $10,000 to win All Star event as well.
Thursday: USAC Silvercrown Lucas Oil Speedway IN
Friday: NRA Lima OH, FAST Attica OH, All Stars Kokomo IN
Saturday: BOSS Portsmouth OH, MSCS Montpelier IN, GLSS Butler MI, NRA Waynesfield OH, All Stars Kokomo IN
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I am not on a pace like Bryan Clauson is but, I feel like it the past few weeks. With a mid-week race not too far away, Ohio Sprint Speedweek coming to a close, and a Sunday race near by, at the end of the weekend, I finished by hitting 19 races in the last 28 days.
A race I was looking forward too all season, the Tony Elliott Tribute race took place at Plymouth Speedway last Tuesday. Non wing sprint and the crate sprints on a Tuesday night paying good $$ and a tribute to an amazing person, I thought the pits would be packed. 14 Non wing sprints and 11 Crate sprints were ready to roll. of course, I expected more cars and was sadly disappointed as much as an ambassador to the sport Tony was, not more guys showed up to support this event. Plus, it was taped for MavTV. Some teams got some great exposure.
All cars went to the A. 2 heats for each sprint car class. Tyler Courtney took the win in heat 1 in a close one over Dave Darland and Logan Jarrett. CJ Leary looked very strong in heat 2 taking the win over Shane Cottle and Kevin Thomas JR. The Pro Source winged crate engine sprints were next. A guy I used to see race a lot but haven't for years, Kevin Atkins took a convincing win over Bill Hartman and Eli Laken. Heat 2, a guy I have seen a lot lately and glad to see running as many different dirt sprints as he can, Joe Swanson took the win in heat 2 over Zane DeVault and Garrett Saunders.
Cottle and Courtney brought the field to the green in the 30 lap traditional sprint A Main. Cottle climbed to the lead on the start. With the fast way around right up on the cushion and a nice lip on the cushion, things were exciting and slide jobs was a plenty. Lap 3, Corey Smith spins. Green, Courtney nails the lip on the cushion and gets on 2 wheels but lands it and keeps a rolling. Leary is making a moving, throwing some nice sliders. Lap 6, Stuart Hanft spins. Green, Cottle tries to hold on as Leary loves the cushion. Lap 8, Leary throws a huge slider that sticks for the lead. A good battle up front as guys are throwing sliders all over the place. Courtney is jumping the cushion many times and all but flipping. Lap 17, Jarrett Andretti spins. Green, Leary leads as a few guys try to get the bottom to working. Lap 21, Hanft spins again. Green, Leary leads as Courtney has the bottom working and moving back up after falling to 8th. Leary is a beast on the top side and is just too strong, pulling to the win. Cottle, Courtney, Darland, and Thomas Jr round out the top 5. For a low car count, the race was pretty good. 9 cars was in the lead pack all race long and it was exciting watching several slide jobs all race long.
Hartman and Laken paced the field for the 20 lap crate sprint car A. DeVault drove from row 2 to the lead on lap 1. Lap 3, Laken leaped to the lead. Lap 7, red flag as Scott Hull pulled to the infield on fire as he quickly exited the car. Scott was alright and was another driver I haven't seen race in a while. Green, Atkins got to rolling and took the lead on lap 8. Trying to top Courtney's run in the non wings, Swanson slammed the cushion many times, all but flipping and it caught up with him on lap 12 as he spun. Green, it was all Atkins. Kevin cruised to the win over DeVault, Hartman, and charging from the tail, Eric Saunders.
Friday, it was time to get back on the Ohio Sprint Speedweek trail as they headed to Limaland Motorsports Park for leg 7. Another beautiful day and another great car count as 47 cars were ready to hit the quarter mile oval.
Heat 1, a great battle as Travis Philo flew to the win over Sheldon Haudenschild, DJ Foos, Cole Duncan, and Gary Taylor. Heat 2, Joe Swanson slammed the wall hard, all but flipping. Another good heat race as there was 3 racing grooves. Lee Jacobs nipped Chad Kemenah, Byron Reed, Danny Holtgraver, and Taylor Malsam. Heat 3, Shawn Dancer takes a nasty ride, flipping hard in turn 1, scraping the 49 ride for the night. Dean Jacobs ran the rim and took the win over Cap Henry, Randy Hannagan, Tim Shaffer, and James McFadden. A wild heat 4. Jess Stiger spins in turn 2. Jacob Wilson spins to slow the heat. A great battle for 3rd turns bad as Tyler Courtney makes hard contact with Parker Price Miller, sliding up into him off turn 4. Miller hit the wall hard with a side impact. PPM was taken to the hospital for a check up and was released. Jamie Veal took the win over Dale Blaney, Bryan Sebetto, TJ Michael, and Stuart Williams.
C Main with the top 2 going to the B. Jacob Wilson was up on the cushion, pulling to about a 5 car length lead. The former pavement standout was looking good until he seen the white flag. Wilson climbed the wall in turn 2 and flipped hard, ending his night. Shawn Valenti took over on the restart and held off Ron Blair for the win.
A good battle in the Dash seen Veal take the win over Philo.
A stacked B main seen Tyler Courtney rebound from the heat race and put the right rear on the cushion and let it eat. Sunshine held on to win over Cale Thomas, Kraig Kinser, and Dave Blaney.
Veal and Philo paced the 40 lap A Main. Veal volts to the lead as the green light flips on. Lap 1, Henry spins. Green, Veal looks good and opens a short gap. Lap 6, Dave Blaney's struggles on the night continue as he brushes the wall and slows. Green, Veal keeps hitting his marks as he holds the lead. Lap 11, trouble strikes another Blaney as Dale spins after contact with the front stretch wall. Green, a good battle upfront as Sheldon is right up on the fence, getting a great drive in 3 and 4, Kemenah is running the low line trying to make a move, and Philo stands strong trying to put a move on Veal. Lap 20, Thomas sees his great week suddenly turn bad as he flips hard in turn 3. Green, Veal still lead as Hannagan starts to hear some cheers as he is entering the top 5 after starting 12th. Lap 27, Kemenah blows a left rear tire as he stops. Green, Veal still stands strong as Sheldon tries to get the high side a working and Hannagan applies heavy pressure on the bottom. Lap 31, Sheldon tags the wall hard running in 3rd, coming to a stop. Green, a few quick laps as Helms does a tommy tip over on lap 33. Helms and Blaney got together and spun and Dale keep moving and it pushed Caleb's car on to its side. Green, Veal lead as Hannagan ignites the crowd as there is a 3 car battle upfront. Finally, no yellows as Hannagan's bid for the lead turns into a battle. Lap 38, Hannagan hustled past for the lead. Off 4 one last time, Hannagan gets a huge cheer from the crowd as he takes home the win. Veal, Philo, Dean Jacobs, and Duncan round out the top 5.
Saturday, it down to the house Earl built as Eldora Speedway host the $10,000 to win Speedweek Final. Another gorgeous day and great car count as 36 All Stars are ready to fight for 10 grand.
Heat 1, Jamie Veal looked stout again as he vaulted to the win over Tim Shaffer, Dale Blaney, Dallas Hewitt, and James McFadden. Heat 2, Josh Baughman surprised some people dropping off the ASCS National tour and hitting speedweek in the middle. Baughman looked good, taking the win over Sheldon Haudenschild, Cole Duncan, Dominic Scelzi, in his first Eldora start, and Kraig Kinser. Heat 3, when Eldora gets right up on the wall, you better look out as the Wild Child runs right up on the fence. Jac took the heat win over Chad Kemenah, Randy Hannagan, Cap Henry, and Cale Thomas. Heat 4, Downtown Danny Holtgraver got his week to finish well taking the win over Dean Jacobs, Travis Philo, Tyler Courtney, and TJ Michael.
A decent Dash Kemenah held off a fast looking Shaffer for the win.
B Main, top 4 to the A. A bad start slowed the field on the first attempt. Green, Dave Blaney jumped up on the narrow cushion and showed why he is still one of the fastest at Eldora when its old school Eldora style. The Buckeye Bullet was blasting through the field. Blaney was in a different zip code, just getting ready to lap 5th place when he seen the checkered flag. As Blaney seen the checkered, 3rd place Lee Jacobs was entering turn 1 and blew a tire, sending Lee in the wall and knocking him out of a transfer spot. Blaney had such a huge lead, he had already seen the checkered flag coming off 4 and the transfer cars were in turn 1. Blaney destroyed the field for the win over Danny Smith, who had a great start, Danial Harding, in his first Eldora start, and Caleb Helms, who just about was lapped right before Blaney hit the finish line.
Dale Blaney spins as the field gets on the gas to get into line for the 30 lap A. Blaney goes pit side but returns before the green. Kemenah and Shaffer brought the field to the green. Kemenah crawls to the lead on the start. With the track, what I will call just right for a great winged sprint car show at Eldora, there was a low side, a middle, and right up on the fence, as slide job city was about to open its doors. Kemenah pulled to a 8 car length lead the next few laps but was quickly in traffic and the battle was on. Lap 12, Sheldon Haudenschild stops while running 5th with a flat. Green, Kemenah, Shaffer, and Jac battle. In and out of traffic, high, low, and in the middle, a awesome 3 car battle. Lap 17, The Wild Child see CK struggling behind a lapped car, shooting down low, slides past Kemenah and throws a huge slider to enter turn 1 as Kemenah tries to get back past. Jac has the right rear planted about 4 inches all the fence and pulls away. Shaffer pressures Kemenah as they now battle side by side about 8 feet off Jac's rear bumper. Sliding in and out of heavy traffic, the top 3 car are glues together. Haud high, Kemenah middle, Shaffer high and middle. A great battle. Jac makes the move he needs coming to the white, sticking Kemenah and Shaffer behind a lapper. As he comes off turn 4, the crowd goes wild as The Wild Child takes the win. Shaffer, Kemenah, Hannagan, and Holtgraver round out the top 5. A great race.
I love Eldora when its like that and you got to fight to win and not just power to it. It was a huge dog fight. Sad to say it was Chad Schmitmeyer's last race at Eldora doing the track prep. Chad is Earl's grandson who was right by Earl's side for years and took over the duties several years ago and now is leaving. Tracks like Saturday night at Eldora is what makes Eldora special! Was there some dust, hell yeah its dirt track racing but listen to the last word, racing. A super wet non dust free Eldora means a follow the leader parade or power around instead of racing, which is what I go to see, racing! I know track prep is the most thankless job at a track especially now days when every one bitches just to bitch no matter what. All I got to say is Chad did one hell of a job and had it EXACTLY how it needed to be for a great race Saturday. I understand after talking to Chad Saturday why its time to leave but, as a life long Eldora supporter, it sucks to see him go. I know nothing last forever and I hope who ever takes over, especially since its King's Royal in a few weeks, leaves a little of Earl in the track still, just like Chad always did!!
Sunday, it was off to Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne Indiana for the King Of The Wings invasion. 14 cars was ready to hit the half mile pavement oval. After time trials were complete, a huge rain storm came in and whipped out the program.
Speedweek Observations: for the first time in many years, the weather was amazing. Hot but amazing with no rain issues.... Car counts were fabulous.... I think Tony has got the All Stars right where they should have been the last 10 years and its doing it right and its paying off... Hopefully, the Speedweek points fund will continue to grow and payback farther and make it even bigger yet...Excellent races....Packed grandstands....Serious talented fields. How amazing was Kyle Larson but look at Shaffer, Kemenah, and Sheldon. Oh don't forget Travis Philo and Cale Thomas had great weeks and what about TJ Michael quietly having a great year chasing the all stars. Oh Yeah, Jac, Hannagan, and Dale won too and what about Veal and Duncan being upfront a lot. Who wrote off Dean Jacobs, not Dean and he showed it this week running towards the front all week and tying for 3rd in the points for the week. Oh yeah, that Clauson guy stopping for a few shows and taking his first ever All Star win. Who happens to be the leading the nation in wins this season and should be a shoe in for driver of the year. I don't care if he don't win the WOO title and 20 WOO races, he leads the nation and has won in winged 410, winged 360, non wing, and midgets, which is a hell of a lot harder to do than run 1 series all year and win 20 races in it...a great week with excellent racing, bring on the 35th annual speedweek already would you!!
Saturday: All Stars, MTS, GLSS Hartford MI, MSCS Lincoln Park IN, OSCS Wayne CO OH, Must See Sprints Owosso MI
Sunday: NRA Waynesfield OH, OVSCA Raceway 35 OH, All Stars I-96 MI, MSCS Haubstadt IN
Monday: Non wing sprints Chandler IN
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The 34th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek kicked off last weekend, which means plenty of racing in the area. I took in the 1st 3 days of Speedweek, Attica Friday, Waynesfield Saturday, and Millstream Sunday.
As the past several years, Attica Raceway Park opened up the 34th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek last Friday night. With beautiful weather, a nice looking track surface, and a large crowd, 47 sprints were ready for night 1. Jordan Ryan started the week the worse possible way, flipping in time trials.
4 heat races would see the top 5 move to the A Main. Some very good heat race action. Heat race winners were Lee Jacobs, Chad Kemenah with a pass over Cale Thomas coming to the white flag, Stuart Brubaker in a barn burner that seen he top 5 all right there, and Danny Holtgraver. Tim Shaffer, Cole Duncan, Caleb Helms, Jamie Veal, Cale Thomas, Cap Henry, Kasey Kahne, Bryan Sebetto, Byron Reed, Caleb Griffith, Kyle Larson, Duane Zablocki, Dean Jacobs, Travis Philo, Dale Blaney, and Kory Crabtree all raced into the A via the heats.
With the usual stacked fields during speedweek, the C main was next with some good drivers pushing off for the C. Of course, that is usually the case at speedweek. Andrew Palker took the win over Tyler Gunn.
Caleb Helms has stepped up him game big time this season and now with Rick Ferkel turning the wrenches, he is consistently towards the front. Helms took home the Dash win.
With the top 4 moving to the A from the B, some good cars would be sitting on the trailer early. Chris Andrews held off a very fast Trey Jacobs for the win. Sheldon Haudenschild and TJ Michael transferred to the A. Trey has looked very stout on the bottom lately at Attica. He may just land a huge win there soon, you heard it here first folks.
Helms and Reed brought the field to the green in the 40 lap A Main. Helms hustled to the lead as the field raced into turn 1 and off turn 2. Reed quickly ran Helms down and took over on lap 2. Lap 4, Michael spins. Restart, Larson got a great run and took the lead on lap 5. Reed battle Larson tough for a few laps. Lap 8, Michael spins again. TJ has been having a great season, so you knew something was a mist on the 8M ride. Green, Larson leads as Reed and Kemenah try to use their Attica experience to challenge the NASCAR star. Lap 17, Holtgraver spins. Green, Larson keeps Reed and Kemenah close but soon, Yung Money gets his groove on and starts to leave them in his dust. Lap after lap, Larson can't be touched as he cruises off into the night, making it look easy, taking the win, much to the large crowds delight. Reed, Kemenah, Thomas with a great run, and Brubaker round out the top 5. A decent show but not your typical Attica 40 lapper where it comes down to the wire. Larson ran away and hid.
Saturday. it was down to Waynesfield Motorsport Park for night 2 of speedweek. Another gorgeous day, a over flow crowd, and 47 cars once again ready to battle. 22 NRA 360 were pit side as well. It was my first trip to The Field all year and it was a blast. It was awesome walking around and catching up with several people I have not seen most of the year. The most talked about show for the week, quickly lived up to all the hype.
The 3 NRA 360 heats started the night. Kyle Sauder slide to the win in heat 1. Randy Hannagan hurried to the win in heat 2. Devin Dobie dominated heat 3. Max Stambaugh, Phil Gressman, Shawn Dancer, Jared Horstman, Tim Allison, Butch Schroeder, JR Stewart, Jared DeLong, Ed Neumeister, Jeff Williams, Kevin Roberts, and Cory Turner made the A via the heat races.
4 All Star heats as the action was great. Heat winners were Kyle Larson with a last lap pass, Tim Shaffer, Dean Jacobs in a wild one that about trashed a handful of cars as it was full contact heat 3, and Byron Reed. Caleb Helms, Jac Haudenschild, DJ Foos, Hunter Scherenberg, Stuart Brubaker, Jamie Veal, Lee Jacobs, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Travis Philo, TJ Michael, Cale Thomas, Sheldon Haudenschild, Chad Kemenah, Randy Hannagan, and Cap Henry all punched their A Main card through the heats. Great heats and some drivers knocked out after heavy contact battling upfront.
C Main, a pair of Aussie drivers were battling it out as Danial Harding bested Stuart Williams for the win.
The Dash was worth the price of admission alone!! As one person told my friend that was in from California for his first speedweek visit, watching the All Stars at WMP is like watching a non wing race. At non wing shows, many times, you jump or cringe or ahhhh or what because they run so tight and close and just about crash, well that is how the All Stars are at WMP. The Dash made you do that just about every corner. Jac and Sheldon put on a slide job battle that just about took the father and son combo out. They were inches, if an inch apart lap after lap, sliding each other up the cushion. Add Larson in the mix and the record crowd seen the most amazing Dash in years. Larson took the w.
Speaking of loaded B Mains, this one had drivers who have seen victory lane several times this season, fighting to stay a racing on this night. Dale Blaney took a hard fought win over Danny Dietrich, Danny Holtgraver, and Jacob Wilson.
NRA 360 20 lap A Main was up first. Hannagan and Sauder paced the field to the green. Hannagan hurried to the lead as the green light flashed on. Lap 1, Roberts flips hard in turn 1. Green, the Hurricane blows to a huge lead. Hannagan continues his assault in the 360 ranks and can't be touched. The closing laps, the pack caught up a little but Hannagan hands down had them covered, taking the win. Schroeder, Stambaugh, Sauder, and Stewart rounded out the top 5.
40 lap A Main for the All Stars as Larson and The Wild Child brought them to the green. Jac jumps on the cushion and into the lead on the start. The laps click off so fast at WMP, and the top 5 are glued together. Lap 8, Larson leaps to the lead. With cars, right on the top edge, cars low, and cars in the middle, the racing was excellent. Thanks to Tony Stewart for making the track crew rip up the track surface and lay some water down as the track started to take rubber in the 360 A and Smoke was having none of that. The water truck driver may of gotten pissed but, several thousand people over flowed the joint and seen a race they will never forget. For some that was there chasing NASCAR racer, seen their first real race and probably went home shaking from seeing racing they never could imagine. Lap 12, Sheldon Haudenschild squeezed past Larson for the lead. Lap 21, Blaney crashes in turn 3. Lap 22, Foos spins. Green, the last part of the race, had race fans of all on the edge of their seats. Larson, Sheldon, and Shaffer were 3 wide, in and out of traffic, with the top 7 at one time in the lead pack, oh yeah bumping and making contact with each other and lapped cars to get through the jam. Larson gave Sheldon all he had. Shaffer, was fast but couldn't get past. Larson and Shaffer actually made hard contact coming to the white flag. Sheldon Haudenschild seen the crowd go wild as he nipped Larson for the win. Larson, Shaffer, Kemenah, and Kinser rounded out the top 5. For sure, the hype was real and no wonder there was not any more room for fans. Another thing I thought was super cool. I introduced my friend Sam from CA to track promoter Danny Kelly before hand and said it was Sam's first trip to Ohio Speedweek and to WMP. After, Danny made sure to run Sam down and ask if he enjoyed what WMP had to offer and wish him well on his Speedweek journey. Class act.
After several years of being the Sunday night stop on Ohio Speedweek, Millstream Speedway was at home Sunday as the 3rd leg rolled into town. Another excellent day, a great crowd, and you guessed it 47 cars pit side.
On a track a bit slicker than the first 2 nights, it was wide open in the heats with some good action as some guys ran right on the fence, flirting with disaster lap after lap. Heat race winners were Cap Henry, Stuart Brubaker, Chris Andrews, ad Dean Jacobs. Caleb Helms, Andrew Palker, Travis Philo, Kory Crabtree, Tyler Courtney, Tim Shaffer, Sheldon Haudenschild, Kraig Kinser, Chad Kemenah, Dale Blaney, Kasey Kahne, Jac Haudenschild, Kyle Larson, Lee Jacobs, Danny Holtgraver, and Cale Thomas raced into the A.
Danny Dietrich isn't having the speedweek trip he hoped for and took home the C Main win. He still wins coolest t-shirt of the week tho.
Sheldon Haudenschild looked stout again taking home the Dash win.
A good battle in the B seen Carson Macedo take the win over Randy Hannagan, Jamie Veal, and Byron Reed.
Sheldon and Kemenah brought the 30 lap A main to the green. Sheldon slide to the lead. A great battle upfront as Kemenah as closing. Lap 9, Kemenah took the lead. Henry was getting the very bottom side to hook up and was heading to the front. Lap 11, Sheldon gets a flat running in 2nd. Green, Henry gets a great run. Lap 12, Henry charged off turn 2, to the outside of Kemenah was side by side with Chad as they made contact, sending Henry into the wall after the right rear of Kemenah drove over the left front of Henry. Green, Kemenah leads but Blaney has had enough of his not so good start of the week and is charging up from 13th to the top 3. Lap 21, Blaney blast to the lead. Kemenah gives chase. Lap 27, Reed stops. Kemenah has one last shot on the restart. Blaney gets a great start and seals the deal for his 132nd All Star win. Kemenah, Larson, Philo, and Kinser round out the top 5.
A great speedweek so far as the week ends with 2 more shows, Friday at Limaland and Saturday at Eldora for the big $10,000 to win prize.
Other shows this weekend: King of the wings Toledo Friday, GLSS Tri City MI Friday, King of the Wings Winchester IN Saturday, MSCS Sprints Daughtery IN Saturday, GLSS Crystal MI Saturday, King of the Wings Baer Field IN Sunday.
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