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Last week was the biggest week of the season for sprint car racing in Ohio. Tuesday it kicked off at Attica Raceway Park for the annual Brad Doty Classis and then moved to the Eldora Speedway Wednesday through Saturday, which ended up being through Sunday, for the 38th and 37th annual King's Royal events. I was lucky enough to hit all 5 races.
Tuesday, with mother nature trying to play games on us, the World Of Outlaws made their 2nd stop at the Attica Raceway Park of the season. This time, it was the annual Brad Doty Classic where 48 cars were pit side. After a brief rain shower around 6, the show was on. Crowd favorite Sheldon Haudenschild set the pace for the night with quick time at 12.582
The 4 heats races were pretty decent with some good battles, especially for the final transfer spot. Like most regular format WOO shows, all the winners came from the front row. Haudenschild, Tyler Courtney, Carson Macedo, and James McFadden took the heat wins. The Dash on the other hand was full of passing as Logan Schuchart took the win from the 6th starting spot.
When you come to Attica for the WOO, you know it is a stacked field. Only the top 2 moved on from the C. Rico Abreu and CJ Leary moved on from the C. If you thought the C had some good cars, the B took 4 to the A and sent a handful of WOO regulars to the trailer after it was over. Aaron Reutzel, Donny Schatz, Henry Malcuit, and Hunter Schuerenberg with a late race move transfer to the A.
Schuchart and Courtney brought the field to the green in the 40 lap A Main. Schuchart shot to the lead on the start. A good race right from the start as Courtney quickly pressured Schuchart for the lead. Lap 1, an unfamiliar sight, Kyle Larson spins on his own in turn 1. Restart, Brock Zearfoss, Cole Macedo, and Brandon Spithauler all spin after Zearfoss got bunched up on the start and looped it before the start line. Green, Schuchart and Courtney battled very close for the lead. Logan stays in the lead but Tyler is his on his tail tank. Lap 3, Cole Macedo spins in turn 4. Green, Courtney gets a great run into 1, off 2, new leader, as Tyler takes the lead. Schuchart quickly fights back as they are almost side by side at the flag stand on lap 5. Entering turn 1, Schuchart throws in in hard, makes contact with Courtney, Sunshine spins as Schuchart somehow saves it and keeps rolling, now with the lead. Lap 7, Marcus Dumesny tags the wall coming off turn 4, comes down the track and tags Cole Macedo who goes for a wild tumble. Green, 2 wide battle for the lead seen Spencer Bayston take over the points as Cory Eliason tried to take the top spot as well. Bayston pulls to a slight advantage as a great 3 wide batttle for 2nd to 4th behind him. Bayston has been good at Attica in the past and holds his line nice through traffic. Brad Sweet is closing but Bayston keeps ahead of the pack. The only thing slowing Spencer was a few quick cautions. Spencer Bayston has been great all night and at the track he earned his 1st All Star win, Bayston can now add a World Of Outlaws win as he races to the win. Sweet, Carson Macedo, Schatz, up from 22nd, and Schuchart round out your top 5. A 1st time WOO winner and what a night to do it at the Brad Doty Classic. A very good race.
Wednesday the action moved to the Eldora Speedway for the Joker's Wild. An excellent field of 57 cars were ready to attack the Big E. With so many cars, 2 non qualifiers races would be ran after qualifying. With the format, the top 40 cars from qualifying move to the heats, the rest go to 2 non qualifiers that transfer the top 4 to the heats. 2 at the back of each heat. The rest can still tag the tail of the C if they desire too. Kerry Madsen set quick time with a 12.757
The 2 non qualifier races were up first with several drivers skipping the second one. Danny Dietrich and Kyle Reinhardt took the NQ wins. The 4 heat races were next with the top 5 moving to the A Main. The heat race action was alright with some good battles mid pack. A few drivers made some moves in their heats, Zeb Wise 6th to 3rd, Tyler Courtney 7th to 5th, and Logan Schuchart 10th to 6th, where there was close action in other parts of the heats. All in all, some alright heat races with Kerry Madsen, Brian Brown, Paul McMahan and Carson Macedo taking the wins.
It is crazy to think only 2 transfer out of a 20 car C Main but, that is the case. A handful of cars just kept them at the trailer for another night in the C. Some good action as a few drivers tried to make some runs towards the front from deeper in the pack. Tim Shaffer took the win as Sye Lynch raced his way on to the B as well.
A pretty good Dash as Brown raced from 4th to the win over Paul McMahan.
A super stacked B Main, this is only night 1 of a huge week, produced some decent action. Kraig Kinser, Justin Peck, and Carson Short all made valent efforts to charge through the pack to try and make the A. They all fell short but, kept the action exciting as they passed 8 and 9 cars. Kyle Larson took the win over Gio Scelzi.
Brown and McMahan paced the field for the 25 lap A Main. When the field raced into turn 1, Carson Macedo made an excellent moving from 6th to 3rd. By the time the lead pack got into 3 and 4, Macedo threw a nice slider off 4 on Brown, taking the lead. Macedo 6th to 1st on lap 1! Brown battled back as a 3 wide dog fight between McMahan, Madsen, and Aaron Reutzel was happening behind the leaders. Macedo was smooth and fast out front, pulling to a half a straight away lead. As Macedo keep things under control at the front, many fans focused on Larson making a charge from 22nd. Not to be outdone, Brent Marks and Rico Abreu was making their own charge from 18th and 14th as well, giving the fans plenty of action to watch. The only thing slowing Macedo was a late race caution with 3 to go as Schuchart lost power. Brown gave Macedo one last shot on the restart, Macedo was just too good and cruised to the win. Brown, Gravel, with some late race moves, Madsen, and Reutzel rounded out the top 5. Larson ended up the hard charger passing 11 cars and Marks fell just short passing 10. A lot of action and some good racing for night 1 of 4 at the Big E.
Thursday, it was time for the 38th annual, yes this year's before last year's, King's Royal. 175 large on the line for the 1st of 2 times of the week. 61 cars were ready to battle for the crown and the chance to wear the King's robe when the checkered flag falls. A little twist to the standard King's Royal format, which by the way, I love the standard King's Royal format. We still have 6 heats, taking 3, with the winner of heat 1 starting 6th and so on to where the winner of heat 6 starts on the pole. The major difference, the invert is not automatically 6 now. The Wheel of Misfortune, like the late models use, is spun by the quick qualifier to see how many cars will be inverted. I have no issue with the wheel, IF the 0, 2, and 3, were taken off. I know, especially the WOO teams hate inverts and whine when there is one but, a 6 invert keeps the local teams or smaller teams a coming and gives the fans a chance to see some cars really attempting to pass in the heats and not just cruise. I love the KR format because each car passed means a lot. The wheel worked out alright with a 4 invert, giving a few smaller teams a chance at a front row spot. I'm very glad the 0 or 2, wasn't hit because then we are basically back to a regular WOO show, with the exception of no Dash and no chance for the top 2 in the heats to advance their starting spots. To me and several of others I talked too, that would take away from the uniqueness of the King's Royal if a 0 or 2 was hit. The good cars always come to the front. After Brian Brown spun a 4, one heat got in the books before mother nature made an appearance. Daryn Pittman took that heat win. After a great effort by the Eldora staff and the excellent push trucks that don't get near the credit they deserve from everyone, just as the track was ready to race again, the rains hit again. With rains forecast not to stop until Friday night, the 38th annual King's Royal will now be Saturday at 1 PM. That is right, 2 King's Royals in one day!
After waiting to see how nice mother nature was going to be on Friday, the Knight Before the King's Royal was moved to Sunday around Noon on Friday. The forecast sucked, there was already a lot of rain that fell, so the best decision was to do 2 shows Saturday and 1 Sunday. It was the right decision as the rains hit heavy again about the time engine heat would of taken place. The staff at Eldora was on it and handed it very well in my opinion.
After a day and a half of waiting, the sun popped out mid morning on Saturday and history was about to be made in several ways. First off, 2 King's Royals in 1 day, both paying $175,000 to win!. Plus, nice money through at the field that I think most people don't realize. It pays $350 at least for the C Main and $600 at least for the B, which is well above the regular WOO payouts.
Saturday afternoon King's Royal 38 resumes with the 2nd heat right in the heat of the day. For day time racing, it was some decent heat race action. Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Tyler Courtney, and Justin Peck took the heat wins. 2 of the best heat race moves was Courtney from 4th to 1st, and Kraig Kinser from 7th to 3rd. Brent Marks got in the wall hard during the heats and flipped.
The 25 car C Main took the top 6 to the B. The action started to pick up big time in the C Main. As a matter of fact, I think the C, B, and A were some of the best day time races I've ever seen. Some very good racing with all kind of action and passing. Derek Hager took the C Main win after starting 10th, over Tim Shaffer, Anthony Macri, up from 15th, James McFadden, up from 24th, Sam Haferpete jr, and Jason Sides.
Next up was the B Main that moved the final 4 cars to
the $175,000 main event. Kyle Larson goes for a tumble on the start as
cars tried to squeeze 4 wide into turn 1 and just ran out of room.
Larson was okay but the 57 machine had heavy damage and with no back up
car in the trailer, he maybe done for the day. A driver that has been
impressive more and more in the states, Lachlan McHugh ran a great race
and took the win over Spencer Bayston, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Brock
Peck and Courtney brought the field to the green in the 38th annual King's Royal. Courtney climbed to the lead when the green flag waved. Sweet quickly hounded Courtney and sped to the lead on lap 2. Sweet opened up a little gap as Courtney and Pittman would make an early run to the top 3. Tire management was going to be key for 40 laps in a day time show. Some close battling going on as the top 3 were pacing each other with Sweet getting away from them at times but traffic things would bunch up. Lap 19, McHugh slows the field as the yellow waves for his flat tire. Under the yellow, Sweet has a tire issue and pulls pit side, handing Courtney the lead. Restart, Courtney was shining bright on the high side as Gravel now moved to 2nd and was right there. Gravel tried to make a move a handful of times but Sunshine wouldn't let him past. Danny Dietrich joins the mix, making it a 3 way battle. There were times, all 3 was bunched right there and it was anyone's race the last few laps. With 2 to go, Gravel tried a big move as he pulled side by side with Courtney. White flag, any of the top 3 could take the win as Dietrich was closing quickly. Gravel and Dietrich both get decent runs into 3 and off 4 but, its a bright sunny afternoon which makes it very fitting for Sunshine Tyler Courtney to take what some may call an upset win. His 1st WOO career win in his 1st ever King's Royal start, and 175 large as a pay check with a crowd going wild. It was great to see one a new winner but, it was just as awesome to see the Clauson Marshall car take a huge win. Both families were there in victory lane with a very happy Sunshine. Gravel was lite at the scales by 4 pounds, about a half of gallon of fuel, so Dietrich moves to 2nd, Pittman, Bill Balog with a great late race run, and Sheldon Haudenschild, up from 23rd, round out the top 5. A great race, a 1st time winner, and plenty of passing for a day time show. I would say an excellent job by the entire Eldora staff of pulling off a $175,000 to win show during the day and not having it be a snoozer. Yes, it took rubber but there isn't a day time race in the world anymore that don't take rubber. It was wide enough and enough of a lip/cushion, they could race and pass and that is what happen.
If that wasn't enough 4 hours later we are ready for the 37th annual King's Royal and KR number 2 of the day. 58 cars. Before we get too far, I wanna say an excellent job by the Eldora track crew as they had the track very good after a day time show that just took rubber. An excellent turn around as quick time was Brock Zearfoss at 13.173 which was actually faster than the time Brown turned in for the 1st King's Royal Thursday night before it got rained out. I don't think the majority of the fans realize how impressive of a turn around in a few hours the track crew laid down for us. The spinning wheel of fortune came up with a 4 once again for the heat inversion.
6 heats on a very racy track surface, like the perfect heat race surface you could ask for when there is another 175 large on the line. The 6 heats were some of the best King's Royal heats I have seen in a long time. Half of the cars that transferred to the A started in the 2nd row or farther back, including 1 from the 4th row. Great battles and a lot of passing like the big races are suppose to be. Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet, James McFadden, Jac Haudenschild, in the most popular win I think in King's Royal history, and Tyler Courtney took heat wins. The crowd went wild when The Wild Child took the win and an outside front starting spot in his final King's Royal race of his career. Heat 5 seen the Madsen brothers flip hard into turn 1 as they was battling hard for the same spot on the track. It was a grinding crash that thankfully both walked away alright. Heat 6 seen some people get upset for a moment at the new King Tyler Courtney was he made a huge move to take the lead from Joey Saldana. If you look at the replay and seen it proper, Sunshine cleared him and then got in the slick in 2 and Saldana got a run and actually hit Courtney, resulting in spinning out. Yes it was a bold move but it was for the pole of the King's Royal and Sunshine didn't make contact. Oh yeah, that Larson guy, had his father in law weld the car up a little and a crew busting some ass and got back out for the night cap. He raced his way into his 1st ever King's Royal via the heats.
A very loaded C Main would take 6 cars to the B. Some drivers near made it back out after some earlier incidents or issues, or just because they was so buried on the night and decided to load up. The track was super racy so I don't understand the load up and give up option but, some drivers took that option. Anthony Macri took the win. The big mover was Kraig Kinser from 17th to 4th.
Some more great racing in the B seen Shark Racing bookend the transfer spots with Logan Schuchart winning and Jacob Allen charging from 13th to the 4th and final transfer spot. Names like, Pittman, Shaffer, Brown, Blaney, and Kinser were done for the night after the B. Brown made some excellent moves, some of the best of the weekend but hell just short of the A. There was cars racing, high, low, and the middle groove, some very good action.
King Sunshine Tyler Courtney and The Wild Child lead the pack to the green in the 40 lap 37th annual King's Royal. It doesn't matter if the sun is shinning or the moon is rising, Courtney climbs to the lead on the start. Looking to do his best Brandon Overton impression, Tyler pulls to the lead as an awesome battle emerges behind him. McFadden, Sheldon Haudenschild, Schatz, and Larson all battle closely behind Courtney. Lap after lap Sunshine is looking for the sweep but McFadden is closing. Lap 12, McFadden slides to the lead. An awesome battle the next handful of laps for the lead. McFadden leads a few laps, then Courtney, then Courtney but here comes Larson. 3 wide, Larson takes the lead on lap 20. McFadden battles back as they almost touch but Larson pulls ahead. Lap 22, Schuchart slows for a yellow. Green, Larson leads as the battle quickly goes 3 wide behind him. McFadden, Sheldon, and now Macedo chase Larson. Larson starts to open the gap as Bayston enters in the battle behind Larson. Sheldon and Macedo battle hard as Sheldon brushes the wall a handful of times and can't make the move. Sheldon finally gets past and looks like the fastest car on the track. The track is never big enough for Sheldon as he taps the wall another half a dozen times. He is quicker than Larson but each time he taps the wall, it slows his progress enough, Larson stays in the lead. 2 to go, Sheldon is down too 3 car lengths. Lil Haud taps the wall again but gives it one more shot on the last lap. Larson is too stout and takes the win by a car length over Haudenschild, Macedo, Courtney, and Sweet. Larson started in row 5, taking his time to work to the lead and then never looking back. An excellent race with action all race long and several lead changes. Larson just keeps adding to his amazing racing career.
Sunday, its was the Knight Before the King's Royal, even though it is the day after now. Bright sunny skies again for another afternoon show. 30 cars remain for the final race of King's Royal week. With the track the driest of the weekend, quick time goes to Rico Abreu at 14.229 which is a second slower than it has been all weekend.
3 heats up next taking the top 6. The 1st few heats the day light really messed with the track as it was very hard to see, especially from the grandstand side of things. The Eldora crew quickly went to work before heat 3 to lay some water down. Heat 3 was the best heat by far. Sheldon Haudenschild, Brian Brown, and charging from 6th to the win in heat 3, Carson Macedo.
Running a super quick program, the Dash and B was quickly up next. Brian Brown lead flag to flag in the Dash. The B Main would take the final 6 cars to the A. For day time racing, the racing has been pretty good since the 3rd heat. Some great battles and good racing as Brent Marks takes the win. Daryn Pittman charging from 8th to 3rd and Tim Shaffer racing from 11th to 5th was well worth watching.
Before the A, the Eldora track staff took some time to work the track and try to keep it racy and limit the dust. It was a lot dustier than the day time show on Saturday but, they were trying to keep it down. Since heat 3, that little water kept it down better and really brought the racing into the track.
Brown and Macedo paced the field for the 30 lap A Main. Macedo motors to the lead on the start. Brown stays close as the racing gets intense again behind the leaders. Some 3 wide action as Macedo still leads. Lap 12, yellow for Aaron Reutzel as he sheds a tire as well as Kraig Kinser. Sheldon Haudenschild has a flat as well. Now still under yellow, Schuchart pulls in with a flat. Green, Macedo leads but Brown gets a great run off 2. Into 3, slider, Brown to the lead on lap 13. Hold on, Macedo says not too fast and returns the favor with a slider in turn 1 and regains the lead on lap 14. As they battle, Sweet and Bayston battle for 3rd. Rubber is starting to lay down and this could change it all if traffic becomes a factor. Macedo still leads as the do enter traffic. No one is close as Carson has the JJR 41 flying through traffic. Just as Macedo enters 3 coming to the checkered flag, yellow as Courtney slows in 4 and McFadden just off 4 with shredded tires. So now we have a 31 lap race as the WOO have a great rule I like we have to do green white checkered. Green, Macedo gets a great restart and there is no looking back. Macedo takes the win over Brown, Sweet, up from 9th, Bayston, and Schatz, up from 8th. For a day time show, once they got the dust manageable, it was some good racing. Not near as good as Saturday's but a decent race. Macedo takes 2 wins, just not the big pay days. Carson was also the only WOO regular to win on the week.
What an excellent King's Royal week. Both Royals were great, especially the Saturday night one where there was more passing in one night than there will be in the next 10 combined WOO races. A huge announcement was made as well, next year's King Royal week, the HBO Historical Big One returns after almost 20 years absent. The HBO pays $100,000 to win and will take place on Thursday night. I've never missed an HBO even the one that lasted until day light. It was always the weekend before Knoxville so adding it to the middle of King's Royal week should be a great addition.
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The 4th of July weekend is always a huge weekend of racing in our region. With warm but, clear weather, it was nice to get 4 races in even if one was a pavement modified race on the 4th.
I kicked off the weekend early in Indiana at the Plymouth Speedway for the USAC Sprint car and Micro Sprint Speed Week event. 27 USAC Sprints and 52 Micro sprints were pit side.
With new dirt this season on both the big track and the small track, I was very interested to see things would go as Plymouth has had its share of dirt issues in the past. Right from the start, I could tell a nice improvement in what I have seen in the past. The track was holding some moisture and widening out the best I have seen in a long time. Some pretty decent heat race action seen Chase Stockon, Mario Clouser, and Chris Windom take the wins. The micro sprint heats on the small track in the infield were excellent races. Very impressed with the show they was putting on.
Some heavy hitters were battling in the Sprint Car B Main with Thomas Meseraull. Max Guiliford taook a nasty tumble on the exit of turn 2 in the B. A handful of races with both C and B Mains for the micro sprints. Some great action for the micro sprints once again in all of the C and B Mains.
CJ Leary and Paul Nienhiser brought the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car A Main to the green. Leary leaped into the lead as cars battled 3 wide behind him. Leary has had a pretty tough season so far but was looking very good at the front of the pack in this one. Lap after lap, Leary lead the pack as there was a few guys trying to make some charges from deeper in field. With the laps quickly clicking off, Leary was still holding strong out front. Justin Grant was closing on Leary with just a few laps to go. Grant got close enough to excite the fans a little but, not close enough to make a valid attempt to take the lead. In a green to checkered race, Leary lead flag to flag to take a much needed win. Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr, Tanner Thorson, and Brady Bacon with a nice charge up from 13th. A truly thought it was one of the better races in a while I have seen at Plymouth. There was never really a great battle for the lead, Leary was never really challenged but, it was racer than what it has been in the past.
Friday it was off the Limaland for my 1st visit in 4 years. It is hard to believe it has been 4 years since I have been to one of my most favorite tracks in the US. With them only running around 13 races a year, half of them usually getting rained out, and running the AFCS series, its just hard to find a date to actually get to the 1/4 mile bullring. 18 NRA 360 Sprints were ready to rip. The track was in absolutely excellent shape.
3 heats with everyone going to the A Main. The heat races reminded me why I like Lima so much. Tight battles, action all over the places, and close racing. Jared Horstman, Rickey Peterson, and Corbin Gurley took the heat wins. Steve Niese took a wild tumble down the front stretch in heat 3. Steve was alright but the number 1 machine was done for the night.
Harli White and Shawn Dancer paced the field for the 25 lap A Main. Dance drove to the lead as the green lights flipped on. White was quick to follow as Connor Morrell tried to join the mix. Dancer was 2 stepping his way around the track as White and Morrell slipped back a little. Lap 10, Jake Hesson spins in turn 4 bringing out the caution. Green, Dancer still leads as Horstman starts to make some moves and Hannagan wakes up after just cruising around the back of the pack the first 10 laps. White does a 360 on lap 15 and keeps going but, the yellow waves for the 360 rule and White gets sent to the tail. I truly understand the 360 and yellow rule, especially on a fast action 1/4 mile like LMP but, I truly wish everyone used the blend rule. Just my opinion. If you do a quick 360 and get rolling before the yellow is even out but then it flies because of the rule, the driver should get to blend in where they regained control. Green, Horstman looks like he is going to give a serious challenge for the lead as Hannagan has hustled from 18th to 3rd, looking for more. Dan McCarron is trying to sneak up to the front as well. Lap 17, Zane DeVault coast to a stop for a yellow. Horstman and Hannagan make a move towards the lead as Dancer is running a smooth clean race upfront. Lap 21, Todd Heuerman spins in turn 4. Horstman gives it a shot on the restart but, Dancer stays strong and pulls away. Dancer takes the win over, Horstman, up from 7th, McCarron, Hannagan, from 18th, and Devon Dobie, from 9th, rounded out the top 5. A good show with a lot of action for sure. I truly wish Limaland would try more than 1 410 sprint car race that has gotten rained out the last 4 years. The All Stars need to be there a few times a year.
Saturday it was off to Waynesfield for the Jack Hewitt and Bob Hampshire Classic featuring the BOSS Sprints, the FAST Sprints, and the D2 Midgets. A very nice car count of 33 FAST, 31 BOSS, and 24 D2 midgets were unloaded in the pits and ready to honor 2 great legends of the sport.
4 heats and each sprint car division and 3 midget heats. The heat race action was pretty good. I actually think the winged FAST heats produced more passing and much tighter battles. All in all they was all pretty good heat races, even with a not much of a cushion to hit in turn 2 which caused some issues. The midget heats were pretty good as well. A very nasty crash took place in the sprint car heats when Rob Caho Jr slipped off the middle of the back stretch and never got it gathered back in before the still terrible turn 3 exit and slammed slideways the huge tires placed there to stop cars from hitting the guardrail. Caho has some injuries to his hand and some big bumps and bangs but thank God will be alright after hand surgery. That spot has always been a danger spot at WMP and still could use some work.
The BOSS B Main seen some great action with Drew Rader driving from the tail to a transfer spot and several other drivers making nice charges. The FAST B, was alright with the deck behind the transfer shuffled a handful of times. A wild moment when Briton Marvel and Mitch Harble were battling for the final transfer spot, neither giving, and both flipping in turn 4. Marvel got out to show some displeasure when someone played Jimmy Superfly Snuka from the pits and got to Marvel and all hell broke loose. What looked like a bench clearing rolling around on the ground fest, the action quickly ended and the race was back on.
All 3 A Mains were good races. Even with the track taking rubber like it does normally at Waynesfield anymore, it wasn't just a one groove rubbered down track. It was wide enough to get some runs and slippery enough to make some moves still. It was interesting because the rubber for sure effected the race but you could pass and had to drive very smart to make a move just at the right time.
Todd Kane and Caleb Griffith battled early for the lead in the fast A Main. It was a very good race with 2 of the top 5 finishers starting 10th or worse. It was just a matter of time Lachlan McHugh got a win in the states. With 20 wins in Australia last season, he has been looking better and better here in the states. He drove a great race and made a late race move after starting 6th to take the win. It was also the 1st ever win for the newer Black Peral 101 race team from Southern Ohio.
The BOSS A Main Korbyn Haslett looked like he may take the win just about the time Lee Underwood decided no I am sneaking into to victory lane again for the Hewitt. As they battled upfront with Underwood eventually opening up a huge lead, Issac Chapple worked to 2nd and then took off. Chapple worked traffic excellent and was running Underwood down after Lee had over a straight away lead. Chapple blew past Underwood with just a handful of laps left and took his 3rd straight BOSS win.
Gunner Lucius was in total control of the D2 Midget A Main, looking like no one was even going to get remotely close to him all race long. That all changed with just 7 laps to go when a lapped car spin in front of Lucius and Gunner made heavy contact with the spun machine in between turns 1 and 2. Ian Creager inherited the lead and survived a late race restart, a Jacob Denny jump, and held on to take the win. All in all a good night of racing and some of the best racing I've seen on a rubbered down track. It sucks it takes rubber and destroys several tires for the teams especially with the tire shortage right now but, you couldn't ask for anymore of a racy track for the conditions.
Next week the biggest week in Ohio sprint car history is about to happen. Some may think I am wrong and say the Mopar Million was the biggest history in the state, it paid $200,000 to win, but I don't think so. 5 World Of Outlaws races starting the the very famous Brad Doty Classic Tuesday, then 4 nights at Eldora with 2 King's Royals paying $175,000 to win EACH ONE Thursday and Saturday! Then a $10,000 to win show the day before each one as well. To me this is going to be the biggest week in Ohio sprint car history to date.
There has been 30 Brad Doty Classics with 24 different winners. The BDC is one of those races that mean something. Yes it just pays the standard WOO purse, unless you are an Attica local and there is some bonus $$ on the line, yes its a regular format race but it is a race that started out as a benefit that now honors a hall of fame member of the sport, Brad Doty. It has a special trophy, an awesome helmet as part of the trophy, an event shirt, and a packed stands knowing it is one of those races that you aren't sure exactly who will show up and where there is 35 to 40 drivers who could take home the win with the right breaks on the night. A local could win, an outsider, or maybe a WOO regular but the Doty is one race there is never a clear cut favorite. Last year some guy named Larson took his 1st BDC and the 1st WOO visit this year we put 11 locals in the A but 10th was the best any of them could do. I think our locals will be a little more ready, I think Larson will be tough, I think Bell could be a new winner, but wait Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo has never won it either, hmmm see, it is anyone race.
Then we move to Eldora, 2 King's Royals in 3 days with a day opening up the action on Wednesday night. Will this draw the car count to over 70? Will it bring in some more outsiders or any porch sitters from PA? Will the atmosphere and crowd on Thursday be like a regular King's Royal? Will someone sweep all 4 nights like Brandon Overton did in June for the double late model Dreams? Will the traditional Eldora King's Royal format be used on both of them? There has been 36 Royal, 18 different winners, and again it is one of those races there isn't a clear cut favorite. My answers: I don't think there will be over 70 cars but with the traditional King's Royal format, the track being more racy where you can win in the high, low, or middle groove and the $$ that is being paid out not only to win but on down the line, I don't see why there shouldn't be honestly. The format plays into the smaller teams hands they do a 36 invert, or even a 32. The track can see a winner that runs the bottom now but some teams, especially locals still don't seem to take the risk to try and make the show. I think it will draw a few more outsiders and a few PA cars. I think unlike from what I heard about the Thursday Dream atmosphere, I think the Big E will be rocking with the normal King's Royal spirit Thursday and we will show the late model fans we can amp up the place on a Thursday. Will someone sweep all 4 nights, I am going to say not a chance. It could only be a few guys, Schatz, Sweet, Larson, or Schuchart. Schatz has not ran consistent enough too, Sweet could but I don't think him or even Larson could go on a 4 day streak like that because the competition is just too tough. Schuchart another long shot that could but still same as Sweet and Larson answer. Clear cut favorite, I don't think so but Sweet would be a close one. Will there be a new King? I truly believe we could see not only one but 2 new King's. I would say obviously Sweet and Schatz have the best shot at repeat King's. This year and as of late, I think Madsen could be a surprise winner and repeat or maybe even Pittman in a fast Swindell Speed Lab entry. New winners, I think we have a great shot for at least 1 new King if not 2. Obviously, Larson is at the top of the list and I suspect he will race Thursday. I would say Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Gravel, Marks, Sheldon Haudenschild, Reutzel, and Brian Brown have the best shot of being a new King. A few that could be a surprise new King kind of the dark horse chance, Tyler Courtney, Gio Scelzi, Zeb Wise, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, or Justin Peck could be a dark horse if the right chips all into place. Whoever it is that takes the 38th and 37th crowns next week, I hope its a safe race, a great race, and mother nature loves us all week. However it goes down, I have never missed a King's Royal and don't plan too miss any next week. So good luck to all the teams and I can't wait to see all my friends from all over the world there.
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As we get ready for a huge 4th of July weekend of racing, I wanted to make this edition of my column a little different. I know I've been slacking a little, a trip out of the country and some rains outs has slowed the writing down a lot the last month. I will get back on track. Anyways, its Independence weekend and several tracks have special races. It also means we are at mid season already on the 2021 racing season, or less at some tracks. It hit me all the sudden talking to Brad Doty on my radio show this week, we, especially in Ohio, are in the last few months of seeing some sprint car greats hit the track. The Wild Child Jac Haudenschild and Dean Jacobs are both hanging up the helmet at the end of the 2021 season. Both Ohio guys from the same county, both been around for the majority of the time I have been going to sprint car racing, and both fan favorites. I think many times in this sport we take for granted how lucky we are most days to have as many sprint car races as we do in our region. Also, to see the talent that has been in our region for years as well. These 2 guys have won many races, traveled all over the world, but have called Ohio home and have raced back home hundreds of times with the last handful of years, most of their races right here on Ohio soil. How lucky are we to still see these guys race? Both don't race near as much as they once did. Before the season started, both released it's their final season. It is quickly setting in, we only have a few more months, just a handful of races, to catch these 2 behind the wheel. I don't care what track you are at, when the announcer says The Wild Child, the crowd roars louder than any other driver out there and that has happened for many years. Both from the same area, both racing 40 plus years, both still can wheel a car, both in throw back paint schemes, but both quickly nearing the end of their career. As someone who is lucky enough to be able to walk up to and talk to these drivers any time I see them or that has gotten lucky enough to drink a few beers after the races with these guys, it is going to be a sad night when both of these guys pull off the track on their final race nights and hang the helmet up. To me, it is hard not to be a fan of either one of these guys. I maybe biased because I have been a fan of both for several years before I gotten to know them personally but regardless, both guys are very likable and have been for years. We all know drivers will retire some day. In Ohio, there just happens to be 2 very good ones in the next few months. So my suggestion for the rest of 2021, if you are not from Ohio, get to Ohio and catch Dean Jacobs at Wayne County, and look at Jac's schedule, he has some dates out of state of Ohio yet, and catch a race or 2 or 3 while these guys still are at the wheel. When you see these guys hit the track, cheer your ass off for them, yell, scream, cheer them on, buy their shirts, go to the pits after and meet them, shake their hand, get a picture with them, get their autographs, tell them thank you for 40 plus years of entertaining us and kicking ass on the track but most of all, cherish the moment. You will be very lucky to say hey I seen Jac Haudenschild race or hey I remember we seen Dean Jacobs race. Trust me, as you get older, drivers like that are the ones you truly miss watching a few years down the road after they retire. OLne day you flash back to ohhh remember when The Wild Child did this or that or remember that move Dean made that one race, I haven't seen a move like that in years, stuff like that is what makes these guys still get the fans on their feet when they are racing through the pack. So do yourself a favor and make sure you see these 2 race yet in 2021, even if you already have hundreds of times in life like I have, old school drivers like this are hard to replace and just don't come along anymore, so take advantage of it while you can.
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After 588 days, Eldora Speedway opened it gates to fans as the Let Race Two weekend kicked off the 2021 season at the Big E. I never thought there would be a time in life where the place I started going to when I was 18 months old, the place my mom and dad have been going to since 1968, the place I've only missed less than sanctioned 10 sprint car races since I've been going to races, the place I've took my daughter to her 1st race at 2 years old, the place I've made life time friendships at that are like family, and the place that is my happy place would ever be closed to fans. It was big for Eldora but, it was also a big day for the fans.
Friday 37 WOO Sprints and 28 USAC Sprints were unloaded and ready to rip the Eldora surface. Mother nature had different plans as rain kept falling. The Eldora track crew and push truck drivers worked their ass off to get the surface ready. Finally, just after 11 the USAC cars were on track. After USAC hot laps and qualifying, it was the WOO's turn. Many WOO teams were still not unloaded and some teams never did unload. The track crew worked about 45 minutes to iron the bottom of the track in and it just would not come in. It was cold and with all the rain, the bottom was never going to come in. It was determined the WOO would hot lap and then qualify and the rest of the program would be delayed until Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, the Friday night program kicked off at 2:30. As I had to go back home to work after Friday's program, I was lucky enough to make it back just in time for the 1st heat to take the green flag. For an afternoon show, the racing was some of the best day time racing I've seen. Yes there was dust, yes it was dry slick, yes it took rubber, but it was day time racing! If you don't expect this at a day time show, you obviously don't understand sprint car racing during the day. You hope for the rubber not to take until half way or so in the A so you can see a some what decent show. Well all of the Eldora hard work paid off because it was a great day time show. The WOO Dash alone had more passing than over half the Dashes combined this year. Heat races, passing, 2 and 3 wide racing. The A Mains, yes the USAC one Sunshine ran away and hide but there was a great battle for 2nd on back. The WOO A Main had lead changes, passing, and different leaders and come back to the end of the race before the win was sealed.
The USAC afternoon A, Tyler Courtney and Jadon Rogers brought the field to the green. Sunshine during the day goes hand in hand. Courtney cruised to the lead and was looking to make it 5 in a row at Eldora in USAC Sprint car events. Lap after lap, Sunshine was in an entire other league. As it was Courtney's race to lose, a great battle for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th was going on. It was all Courtney upfront as he lapped up to the 6th place racing his way to the $10,000 win. Robert Ballou looked like the Mad Man of old and came home 2nd. Rogers, Justin Grant, and Chris Windom rounded out the top 5.
As the Woo Sprints lined up for their afternoon show, Sheldon Haudenschild and Sunshine paced the field to the green. Haudenschild slide to the lead as the field raced into turn 1 as Sunshine, Brent Marks, and David Gravel battle for 2nd. Lap 2, Brian Brown spun to a stop. Sheldon rides the cushion on the restart and leads again, lap 4 Spencer Bayston stalls. Green, Sheldon runs the cushion, inches off the wall, brushing the wall many times. Marks runs low and high, trying to run Haudenschild down. Aaron Reutzel is up to 3rd from 16th. As Sheldon enters traffic, Marks tries to close the gap. Lap after lap Marks closes. Lap 17, Reutzel tags the back of Logan Schuchart, forcing Logan in the wall. Schuchart suffers a flat right rear as the yellow waves. Restart, Brock Zearfoss tags the wall in between turns 1 and 2, flipping hard collecting Jac Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, and Justin Peck. Haudenschild flops on his side as well. Restart, Sheldon leads, as Marks makes a move. In 1 and 2, Sheldon lead but Marks gets a run down the back stretch. Marks runs low in 3 and 4, off 4 Marks takes the lead. Schatz starts to move towards the front as well. As Marks leads, Sheldon is trying a few different lines to reel him back in. 2 to go, Sheldon is there as the leader battle through traffic. Marks holds on and takes the win. Haudenschild, Reutzel, Schatz, Gravel, and Macedo follow Marks across the line. Haudenschild was dq'ed being lite at the scales.
After the afternoon show, the Eldora track crew went right to work on the track surface for the night time portion of the Lets Race Two. 37 Woo Sprints and 28 USAC Sprints returned for the night capper. What a night capper, excellent racing. I can't say enough about the amazing job the Eldora track crew did to produce a very racy track. It was some of the best racing at Eldora in years. It was a mix between old school Eldora, and the newer Eldora with cars racing 4 wide at times! Yes 4 wide! There was passing everywhere. Good heat races, good B Mains, and excellent A Mains. Zach Hampton flipped in the WOO heat races.
Ballou and Grant paced the field for the USAC Sprint A Main. Ballou blasted to the lead, right up on the fence like we all know is right in his wheel house. They are 3 and 4 wide behind him as Ballou bounces off the wall a handful of times staying out front. Chris Windom and Paul Nienhiser chase Ballou as they enter traffic. As Ballou looks like he did 3 years ago, Sunshine starts to charge from 7th to closing on Ballou's tail tank. The next several laps was pure Eldora and pure USAC all out racing. Sliding in and out of traffic, dip and dive, slider for slider, tagging the wall vintage Eldora. Earl and Berneice was smiling down from up above because their gem was shining once again. 3 to go, Courtney and Ballou make contact splitting a lapped car, both get in the wall, both survive and don't miss a beat in their battle for the win. White flag, both tag the walling coming off 4 to receive the white, Courtney gets a run in 1 and 2, follows Ballou into 3, off 4 he tries to diamond off the turn to pull along the side of Ballou. Ballou wins by a half a car length, ending Courtney's streak at 5 and taking home $10,000 as well. Courtney, Windom, Brady Bacon, and Nienhiser round out the top 5. An excellent race!
Ian Madsen and Gio Scelzi brought the field to the green for the World of Outlaws night cap. Madsen motors to the lead on the start. A wild 3 wide battle behind him as Scelzi makes a move for the lead. Lap 2, The Wild Child all but flips in turn 2 for a yellow. A free for all on the next start, Sheldon Haudenschild slides to the lead on lap 3. Just after they get the 1st half of the field get past the line on lap 3, Parker Price Miller spins. Green, the battle is on, 4 wide at times! Cars passing right and left as once of the best battles upfront in a while emerges. Lap 8, Donny Schatz finds something on the bottom and speed to the lead. Could it be win 300 that has slipped out of his hands ohhhh so many times. Even if you are not a huge Don Don fan but, I think truly everyone was hoping to see it happen. A great battle is still going on as Donny leads. Lap 16, Scelzi gets in the wall, it grabs him, flips him and Carson Macedo had nowhere to go and slams Gio hard. Macedo flips wildly off 4. Thank God both drivers walked away with no injuries. Donny leads but Sheldon is on a mission. Donny low, Sheldon high, right on the fence, brushing the wall many times. As they race, Schuchart is charging hard from the back. Sheldon is closing as the crowd rises to its feet. Lap 28, Sheldon sling shoots around the top side of 4 and takes the lead. Donny runs the bottom, Sheldon high and her comes Schuchart. Sheldon takes the win as the crowd roars in approval. It was Sheldon's 1st Eldora win. Schuchart, from 21st, Schatz, Madsen, and Jacob Allen rounded out the top 5. An excellent race.
Eldora Speedway may have taken 588 days to host fans once again but what a welcome back for the fans. The track crew worked their asses off all weekend and it paid off big time. Excellent racing and excitement everywhere. Their was that magically Eldora feeling when you walked in the gates on Friday and magical it was for sure. One could not ask for a better return for the fans. I can tell you, if Eldora produces battles like that all year long, its a good thing the state is fully opening June 3rd because there is no excuse not to get back to Eldora this year. I have never understood some of the bad PR it gets at times, its always been the King and it showed why this past weekend. There is a certain magic it can produce and it did that and more.
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It is hard to believe last week was the 3rd week of April and it was our 6th weekend of racing in Ohio this season. Usually we get a handful of early season shows cancelled but we have been very blessed this season so far. I for one hope we keep getting blessed with good weather on race days. A lot has to do with a great move by Attica Raceway Park by moving early season shows to Saturday afternoons. I think this will be a thing that happens from now on in the early season.
Friday it was back to Attica Raceway Park for their 6th race of 2021. 25 410 Sprints and 32 305 Sprints were on hand on yet another night with a cool breeze. The ARP staff have been doing a good job to push the shows along with the cool temps.
With a fast track, the 3 410 heats produced some alright racing, not a ton passing but some alright battles. Zeb Wise, Stuart Brubaker, and Nate Dussel took the heat wins. The 4 305 heats had some close racing and tight battles for transfer spots. Heat 3 was hard on some equipment. Corey McKillips and Robert Robenalt collide after McKillips spins and they both flip over. Once action resumed, an excellent battle lap after lap between Seth Schneider and Jimmy McGrath Jr turned violent quickly. After swapping the position many times, McGrath had a run on the cushion in turn 2 but the door shut quickly and McGrath slid off the top of turn 2 and flipped violently several times. The 5 car is total junk and Jimmy is banged up a little but thankfully will return soon. Griffith, Weaver, Miller, and Stroup took heat wins.
1 410 B Main and 2 305 B Mains were up next. In the 410 B, McKenna Haase got a flat while in a transfer spot. Trey Jacobs recovered from his heat race and charged from 4th to take the win. In the 305 B Main 1, Brandon Moore took the win. B 2, Jamie Kindred flips off the top of turn 3. Larry Kingseed Jr took the win. The strong rookie class is getting better each week as Bryce Lucius and Jud Dickerson both raced their race into the A.
Brubaker and Caleb Griffith paced the field for the 30 lap 410 A Main. Brubaker blast to the lead on the start. Lap 2, Dussel and Gary Taylor collide after Dussel spins in 4. Taylor flips, ending his night. Restart, Brubaker leads but Wise gets a great run and whips to the lead on lap 3. Wise is in a different zip code and quickly opens up a huge gap. As Wise stretches his lead lap after lap, many eye are on Trey Jacobs as he charges through the pack. Wise was untouchable and takes the win over Jacobs, up from 16th, Griffith, Macedo, and Brubaker. Wise's win made him the 5th driver out of 6 races this season to get their 1st ever Attica Raceway Park A Main win. That is a pretty awesome stat and should you just actually how competitive ARP is week after week.
Luke Griffith and Jamie Miller brought the 25 lap 305 A Main to the green. Miller has been on a mission this season and once again marched to the lead on the start. Miller was doing Miller things out front, running away from the pack. Wait a minute, Stroup starts to lay down a run and is gaining on Miller. Lap 10, Stroup speed to the lead. The duo battle as Miller regains his mojo and takes the lead once again on lap 14. Lap 22, Zeth Sabo spins for the yellow. Stroup tries to make a move on the restart but can't make the move. Lap 23, Jeremy Duposki spins. Restart, Kasey Jedrzejek spins. Stroup tried to get a run on the restart but just didn't have the car he did a handful of laps ago. Miller took the win over Stroup, Griffith, Mike Keegan, and Matt Foos, up from 11th.
Saturday night was opening night at Fremont Speedway as the weather was iffy all day. With many tracks cancelling, the rain was staying away from Fremont Speedway, so what do you do? Run and it don't rain and you catch hell or open up and try and it rains and you catch hell. 21 410s and 22 305s were pit side.
With many clouds and a little misty skies off and on, the track was fast and tacky and very smooth. Once the cars got on the track, the mist would fall off and on a lot but not enough to effect the track too bad. After the heats and Truck B Main, a medical emergency delayed the action for about 20 minutes. During that time, the skies opened up the worse they have been all day. After waiting for almost an hour and sprinkles, mist, rain drops at times, still falling and the track totally gone now, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the show. It was a no win for the track for sure or the fans. Rain out policy is if the heats and B's get in, no rain checks are honored. Double A Mains for all 3 divisions spread out over the month of May.
This weekend the AFCS Sprint Series kicks off it's 3rd season. As series director, I think we are in for a great season. We have the biggest points fund and bonus money ever for the series. A very tough 410 group this season with many championships among the group. Foos, Mintz, Andrews, Dussel, Ivy, all have championships so have to be favorites but Philo and Macedo can win, and 410 rookie Capodice has been solid in the 305s so its going to be a great year. Who else could we add yet, Trey Jacobs, Byron Reed, Stuart Brubaker, Chad Wilson, or maybe a surprise entry, either way, it is shaping up to be a great season. On the 305 side, car counts are back to over 30 and the field runs deep once you get past the obvious guys to beat in Jamie Miller and Paul Weaver. The defending champ Weaver has yet to join and broke last weekend and was a no show at Fremont. Miller is on a roll so far this season. Add Matt Foos who was 3rd last season, Dustin Stroup who has never run the series, Zeth Sabo, Kyle Peters, Luke Griffith, Brandon Moore, who have been tough in the AFCS in the past, Jimmy McGrath who has been fast but took a wild tumble last week, Kasey Ziebold who is ready to win, Larry Kingseed Jr, Kody Brewer, or one of the strong rookie crop this season. We still have a few that could enter the series on Friday, making for a very strong 305 Series once again this season.
Friday: AFCS Attica OH, USAC Midgets Kokomo IN, Non Wing I-96 MI
Saturday: AFCS Fremont OH, All Stars Sharon OH, USAC Midgets Kokomo IN, SOD Butler MI
Obviously I will be at Attica and Fremont this weekend and I plan to head to Franklin PA Sunday for my 1st time ever visiting the track.
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Last weekend I got to travel to Indiana Friday night for my 1st trip in to the Hoosier state in 2021. Kokomo Speedway is known for great racing and when you add the World of Outlaws to the 1/4 mile bullring, it is a must see event. Now add the traditional sprint cars as a support class, if you don't get excited about that, you need a new sport. After last year's addition to Kokomo, the return of the WOO show packed the house Friday. I for one am clueless to why Kokomo isn't a permanent stop for the tour and only gets a show when the WOO are in need of a date and a track. If they listen to the fans, I think they spoke loudly last weekend as it was a record crowd. 36 WOO and 26 traditional sprint cars were ready to rip.
I'm always excited for the heats when they are on tracks like this and you know there is going to be some battles for positions and drivers starting deeper in the pack have an actual shot to race into the A. Heat 1 seen James McFadden hold off some Kokomo heroes as Parker Price Miller and Tyler Courtney chased him across the finish line. Heat 2 seen Sheldon Haudenschild spins himself out of a transfer position. Sheldon made a great charge back to battle for the 5th and final transfer spot but fell a little short. Jason Sides speed to the win over another Kokomo vet Hunter Schuerenberg. In heat 3, another decent heat as Ian Madsen held off Carson Macedo for the win. Ayrton Gennetten put on a show in this one after starting in the last row and racing to a transfer spot. No surprise in heat 4 as David Gravel grabbed the lead from the pole and drove to the win over Donny Schatz.
3 traditional sprint heats with the top 5 moving to the A. In heat 1, Jack James tagged an infield tire causing a yellow. Robert Ballou blasted to the win over Mario Clouser. Heat 2 was full of wild action and Cole Ketchum was the center around most of it. Battling with Scotty Weir into turn 3, Ketchum rans totally over Weir, breaking Stomp and Steer's front end as he slides to the infield. On the restart, Ketchum has a much bigger incident in turn 3 on the next lap as he climbs Brandon Long's right rear going for one of the worse flips I've seen in a while at Kokomo. Ketchum's 41 car was junk but thankfully Cole walked away unharmed. He did have a few parting words for Long but I truly think it was much more of a racing accident. Davey Ray roared to the win over Korbyn Hayslett. Heat 3, Brent Beauchamp was very impressive taking a dominating win over Dave Darland.
With the World Of Outlaws Dash next, the crowd went wild as Donny Schatz made a rare mistake and spun out. Gravel continued his good night and took the win.
The World Of Outlaws B Main produced some good action for the transfer spot as Sheldon Haudenschild was on a mission out front. Sheldon showed out for the win over Kraig Kinser, Rico Abreu, up from 8th, and Sam Hafertepe Jr, up from 6th.
In the non wing B, Weir's night still wasn't going well as he found the tires in the infield. Brian Van Meveren spins. A great battle for the lead and Parker Fredrickson and Dallas Hewitt fight for the top spot. Fredrickson takes the lead and barely holds off a charging Paul Dues who raced his way from the tail of the pack to a few feet short on the win.
Gravel and McFadden paced the 40 lap WOO A Main. Gravel grasp the lead as the green lights flashed on. Lap 2, Schatz slows to a stop with a huge puddle of oil under the car ending his night. Gravel leads as a hell of a battle rages behind him. In typical Kokomo fashion, there was mega passing and 2 and 3 wide battles all over the place. J Mac was closing on Gravel as they battle for the lead soon after. Lap 11, McFadden takes the lead. Lap 21, Logan Schuchart slows to a stop. Green, more battles but the yellow waves again on lap 26 as Tim Kaeding stops. Lap 30, Carson Short breaks going into turn 1 and flips hard. A Sides spin on lap 37 slows the action once again. Gravel tried to make a move on the restart and get too hot into 4 the next lap as he spins on lap 38. Green, Brad Sweet closes on his teammate McFadden after starting 10th. Lap after lap as they wind down, Sweet tries to get to J Mac and Justin Peck starts to make some noise. McFadden won't be denied and takes the win. Sweet, from 10th, Peck, from 11th, Madsen, from 8th, and Haudenschild, from 21st, round out the top 5. You can't ask for much more passing from seeing those results.
Ballou and Hayslett brought the field to the green in the 25 lap traditional sprint car A Main. Beauchamp spins on the start after looking so good in his heat. Ballou races to the lead on the start. As the track moves down to the bottom of the speedway, the guys were having a few issues. Lap 3, Ben Knight spins. Restart, Davey Ray spins. Lap 5, Hayslett spins. Finally, we get some laps in as Ballou leads the pack. As Ballou looks comfortable in the lead, Matt Westfall loves a bottom feeder track and is making some moves. Westfall whips from 13th to battle Ballou. After a few lap battle, Westfall squeezes past Ballou off turn 4 and takes the lead. Once Westfall got the lead, write the check, Matty was checking out on the field. Westfall takes the win over Ballou and Cole Bodine.
In breaking news yesterday, Eldora Speedway announced a 24 race schedule WITH fans in 2021. What a schedule too boot! Not only 2 King's Royals, both paying $175,000 2 days apart, 2 Dreams $127,000 and $126,000 to win 2 days apart, 2 World 100's $54,000 to win and $53,000 to win 2 days apart, 2 USAC Silvercrown shows, an SRX show, 2 full USAC Midget shows, Let's Race Two, and back to a normal Eldora schedule with some family fun nights and some $5000 to win late model shows as well. You can say what you want but, Eldora is still the big dog. Yes, there are many big shows now days and great races at other great tracks but no one has a payouts like Eldora this season. It is very awesome to see this kind of $$$ on the line for dirt short track racing.
Pub 400 in Fremont Ohio is having a Fremont Speedway kick off party this Sunday from 12 to 6. A very nice gathering of items for a silent auction for benefit the HoserVille Ohio injured drivers fund. Look for some special bartenders, some cars on display, and much more is on tap for Sunday.
UPCOMING special shows:
Friday GLSS I-96. USAC Sprints Bloomington IN
Saturday FAST Waynesfield, KOC Wayne Co, USAC Sprints Haubstadt IN
Sunday USAC Sprints Paragon IN
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Attica Raceway Park kicked off the 2021 sprint car season in the tri-state region last weekend. Originally slated for Friday night, the ARP staff tried something new when the weather was less than desirable on Friday. They used their Saturday rain date but moved it to a mid afternoon show, like our neighbors in PA do this time a year for their regular shows. An excellent idea with a very nice opening day crowd. 24 410 sprint cars and 32 305 sprint cars were ready to rip on opening day. Chris Andrews, who basically took a season off last year, came right out of the box and set quick time in the JKR 23 ride.
The action heated up right away as the 3 410 heats rolled out first. On a track that was very wide and racy for a mid day show, the action was intense. In heat 1, Ryan Ruhl held off a fast Chad Wilson and a closing Cody Bova for the win. Heat 2, all hell broke loose. A great battle for the lead turned into a red flag as leader Stuart Brubaker and Chris Andrews made contact entering turn 1. Brubaker flipped, Andrews somehow kept his car upright and a rolling, never coming to a stop. He was off the ground and got the top right half ripped off and the front wing broken but now was the leader. Brubaker was not happy at all and made the walk in the infield, all the way down the front stretch, to the Andrews machine parked in turn 4. After brushing off a few officials, Brubaker was finally held back from getting to Andrews. This to me has set the precedent for the rest of the season at Attica. NO WAY Brubaker wasn't seen leaving his car, brushing off 2 officials, or approaching Andrews, so to keep it constant, you can't DQ anyone the rest of the season for a similar action without a shit storm now ensuing if you would. Andrews tried to stay in the lead and did for a hot minute but, Gary Taylor got by in his new gig for 2021 in the Seeling 97. Taylor held off Andrews for the win. Hunter Schuerenberg held off Cole Macedo to take the w in heat 3.
An excellent field of 32 305 sprints were up next for their 4 heat races. 6 new 305 teams were on hand. I am not sure about all of them but, it sounds like at least 4 of them plan to run the entire season. This is great for the growth of sprint car racing. Heat 1, Kyle Peters held off a charging Luke Griffith, from 8th, to take the win. In heat 2, Jimmy McGrath Jr held off Matt Foos for the win in a close one. Steve Rando took the win in another good heat over Justin Lusk. In heat 4, Paul Weaver did Paul Weaver things and raced from 5th to 1st to take the win.
In an excellent move by track promotor John Bores, all 24 410s were put in the A Main. So, 2 305 B Mains were up next on the sprint car portion of the program. The top 2 of each 305 B Main transferred to the A. With the track still very racy, the 305 B's had some good racing. B1, Zeth Sabo lead from the pole but the story of the B was young Kasey Ziebold. As Sabo was taking the win, Ziebold made a late race move around the outside of Mike Keegan to take the final transfer spot, charging from 6th. B2, Seth Schneider had to defend off the Riehl brothers as they battled behind Seth. Seth took the win as Logan Riehl bested older brother Brandon for the final transfer spot.
Chad Wilson and Cole Macedo paced the 30 lap 410 A Main. Before a lap was complete, Zane DeVault, Clinton Boyles, and Dylan Kingan collected together in between turn 3 and 4 after DeVault spun. Next restart, things get bunched up at the back of the pack in turn 1 and Caleb Griffith gets spun around. Try 3, Gary Taylor goes around in the middle of turn 3 before we get a lap in the books. 4th time, green flag as Cole Macedo climbs to the lead as Trey Jacobs quickly moves into 2nd. Macedo in the 1st race ever for the brand new Ray Brooks Racing entry, is looking good on the top side. Macedo got too high on lap 2 in the middle of turn 3 and slipped over the backing, just stopping before the guardrail outside turn 4. Jacobs now was the leader. Trey is quickly enters lapped traffic on lap 7 as Schuerenberg applies pressure several times to the leader. Lap 8, Josh Turner brings the caution out with a spin in turn 3. Green, Jacobs lead but Hunter % is applying pressure almost immediately. By lap 10, the leaders enter traffic and Schuerenberg throws slider after slider on Jacobs. Just as Hunter passes Trey for the lead in the middle of 3 and 4, the yellow flies once again. Green, Jacobs leads once again. Another quick caution as another lap gets complete. Green, Jacobs leads and opens up a gap. Lap 13, the leaders get in traffic again and the battle rages once again as Ricky Peterson, Chris Andrews, and Zach Hampton enter the mix as well. Lap 15, Jacobs slips off the top side of turn 3 and spins to a stop. This hands Schuerenberg the lead as the green flag waves once again. Lap 16, Griffith spins for another yellow. This quickly turns to a red as the marathon first half of the A has surpassed the limit to finish on fuel. After the refuel, the green is out once again. Hunter % leads as things start to smooth out finally during the A. Even with the laps clicking off smoothly, the battles are intense all over the race track. Passing, slide jobs, 3 wide racing all over the place. Hampton closes in with 5 to go. As they battle in heavy traffic, Hampton is looking faster than Schuerenberg but can't make a move. Nose to tail, 2 to go, the leaders battle. White flag, entering 1, Hampton pulls side by side with Schuerenberg as Schuerenberg rips off turn 2 into the lead. Hunter Schuerenberg, up from 8th, speeds to victory lane for the 1st time in his career. Hampton, Peterson, Andrews, up from 10th, and Nate Dussel, up from 13th, rounded out the top 5. A great race with battles all over the joint. The track never became a rubbed up no passing freight train like most day light shows.
Kyle Peters and Steve Rando brought the field to the green in the 25 lap 305 A Main. Peters pounces to the lead but a yellow waves as the pack gets back to the flag stand for a false start. Restart, Peters and Rando race side by side almost the entire lap until Rando takes the advantage off turn 4 to complete lap 1. After a quick caution a lap later, Rando leads on the next restart as Paul Weaver attempts to take the lead away a few times. By lap 5, Rando opens up a 2 car length lead. Peters and Jamie Miller battle for 3rd. Lap after lap after lap, Rando holds off several charges from Weaver, up from 6th, for the lead and they battle in heavy traffic. With the track still being racy and the leader being able to move in and out of traffic, the lead duo never really get over 4 car lengths apart. A couple of 360 spins off turn 4 by two different drivers, never draws a yellow as they kept a rolling. 5 to go, Weaver is on Rando's tail tank. Rando high, Weaver low, Rando barely holds the lead in heavy heavy lapped traffic. 2 to go, Rando has to switch lines entering 3 to go low around lapped traffic. As Rando slides back to the high side at the flag stand, Weaver does a cross over move and has a run entering turn 1. Weaver throws the slider and completes the pass off 2 and takes the lead. Rando crosses him over and pulls side by side entering turn 3. Rando completes the slider in turn 4 and lead off 4 to the white flag. Side by side at the flag stand with the white flag in Andrew Morfier's hand, Weaver leads by a few feet. Weaver slams the door with a slider in turn 2, taking the lead. Rando pulls even going into turn 3, off 4 Rando is 5 feet ahead coming to the checkered. Weaver now on the top, gets the advantage off 4 and beats Rando to the line by less than a car length to take his 57th Attica 305 victory. Rando, Miller, up from 7th, Sabo, up from 17th, and Brandon Moore, up from 8th, rounded out the top 5. An excellent A Main all 25 laps. I will say it time and time again, the Attica Fremont 305s are the best support class in the country. Great car counts and majority of the time great racing.
A few things come to mind as we have officially kicked off the season in Ohio: 1) the Saturday afternoon time seemed to be a major hit like many have suggested for years for this time of the year. 2) I truly think the 305s need to qualify at Attica and Fremont just like the 410s. Group qualify/ hot laps at the same time, 3 cars at a time, especially with several news teams learning the sport. 3) I think the Attica Fremont 305s deserve a few dates at a few neighbor tracks this season when Fremont has them off a few open Saturday's this season. 4) something we can all help with, support the sponsors you see at the tracks and on the race cars this season if at all possible. In these trying times, its amazing all the support we still have in this sport. Do those who could easily keep their $$ back and show them some love. E-mail, shout out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or whatever social media platform you use, purchase from, or just a simple phone call, but thank these supporters somehow, someway even if it's just a shout out.
Friday: Attica OH 410/305s (rain date Saturday) Brownstown IN Night 1 of the No Way Out 40
Saturday: FAST and BOSS Waynesfield OH, No Way Out 40 Brownstown IN
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After a crazy season last year, we are getting very close to kicking off the outdoor season here in the East. Of course after a mild early winter, mother nature slammed us with the biggest snow storm in years last week. Lincoln Speedway in PA had to delay the Ice Breaker to at least this weekend, or maybe next if the forecast plays out with rain this weekend in PA.
As we approach the 2021 season, many things are shaping up for a great season. Well if the gas and diesel prices don't get too much higher. If Lincoln opens this weekend in PA. Port Royal Speedway is PA opens March 7th with Williams Grove opening the following weekend. In Ohio and Indiana we have Attica Raceway Park opening March 19th with a regular show. Attica is in the process of adding 1100 new seats for 2021. Atomic opens the same night with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. Brownstown kicks off the Indiana season the next night, March 20th with the Lucas Oil Late Models. Waynesfield Motorsports Park opens in Ohio March 27th with the FAST and BOSS season opener.
There is a few major stories I think headlining 2021 in our Tri-State region. First, a brand new race track on the South East side of Indianapolis. Circle City Raceway a 1/4 mile oval with a HUGE schedule for their inaugural season. May 20th the gates will kick open on the new raceway as the All Star sprints kick off a huge Indiana swing with a double header at Circle City. A USAC Midget week shows, a Thursday Night Thunder 410 winged sprint car mini series that closes the season with a $21,000 to win show, a Monday and Tuesday in June non wing show paying $5000 and $7000 to win, The ASCS National Sprint Car tour, and several more races kick off a big year for Circle City.
Number 2 on my list, 2 King's Royals paying $175,000 each 2 days apart, July 15th and July 17th. Plus, a WOO race on Wednesday and Friday at Eldora as well for an amazing 4 days at Eldora Speedway. A very huge week for sprint car racing in Ohio.
Number 3, the All Star Circuit of Champions for 2021. A very deeply talented full time cast of drivers are set to tackle the series in 21. With 25 visits between Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, we are in for a treat I believe when the All Stars unload in the pits in 2021. Cory Eliason, Zeb Wise, Skylar Gee, Justin Peck, Ian Madsen, Brent Marks, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Bill Balog, TJ Michael, Kyle Reinhardt, Lucas Wolfe, and Zach Hampton hit the All Star trail in 2021. Plus, the All Star have several races paying $6000 or more including the $26,000 to win Rayce Rudeen Foundation event moving to the Kokomo Speedway on May 23rd.
Number 4, I am pulling a homer on this one but, the AFCS Sprint Series. Yes, I am the series director but truly not trying to toot my own horn. The reason I am saying this one, I truly think our series is awesome for a local series but 2, things are shaping up to be the biggest season to date. We have some VERY awesome and loyal supporters for the series marketing partner wise, team wise, and driver wise. As I write this, 11 of our 17 410 races have at least $500 or more in bonus money already set, plus I am working on making that grow more yet before we kick our season April 30th. Add some $1000 to win for our AFCS 305 Series, plus a few I know with other bonuses already, this season is looking very good! This will be our 3rd season and the 3rd straight year with OVER a $30,000 points fund to pass out. The 2021 points fund will be back to pre covid style and maybe bigger depending on how the final few proposals come back. Plus, there is still time to be added to our series if you are interested. Contact me at 419-553-6746. Not to mention, if history repeats itself, we get many add-ons during the season. I have had a few commitments for that already as well. That is why I said the AFCS Series, not because I am in charge, it's because truly some great support is back for 2021. Plus, each of our points championships have came down to the final night of racing. Add Dirt Vision back at Attica for 2021, that puts over half of our AFCS shows live streaming.
There are many more great things happening at many tracks and series for 2021. We will get into some of those as the season gets closer. I haven't wrote anything for a while and wanted to get something out there as we get closer to race day. I hope everyone has been doing great and is ready to go racing this season. Every track should kick the gates open in 2021. To me if they don't, they need to just do it. If NFL can have 12 to 18 thousand in some stadiums, baseball can have almost 13,000 in Cincinnati and 11,000 in Cleveland, we sure the hell can have 2 to 5,000 at a race track!
In no set order, I am listing some of the top races I am looking forward too in 2021. I am VERY bummed I have to miss Indiana Midget Week this year and part of Ohio Speedweek due to work commitments.
1) King's Royal at Eldora Speedway (2 in 3 days) paying $175,000
2) 2 World of Outlaw shows at Attica Raceway Park
3) Rayce Rudeen Foundation race at Kokomo paying $26,000 to win
4) World Of Outlaws return to Kokomo Speedway
5) $21,000 to win show at Circle City Raceway and the Thursday Night Thunder series there
6) All Stars return to Gas City I-69 Speedway
7) Ohio Speedweek returns to Waynesfield Raceway Park
8) 410's returning to Millstream Speedway, yes there is 6 of them but excited for that.
9) USAC Midgets at Eldora for 2 days of the 4 Crown
10) World of Outlaws at Lawrenceburg Speedway
11) All Stars at Limaland if it actually don't get rained out. Truly wish they had a few 410 shows there
12) All Stars at Portsmouth for $17,000 to win and a huge purse
These are just a handful that jump out at me for 2021. I plan to hit 80 plus races again this season as long as work, mother nature, and God willing it all falls right to allow it to happen.
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In a crazy year of racing, its hard to believe the last full week of September with some luck, you could pull off 5 races in the week.
Tuesday and Wednesday Eldora hosted a pay per view only event for the All Star Circuit Of Champion Sprints. With no fans at the Big E this season and 2 late model events via PPV already, it was time to showcase the sprint cars. 45 of the top sprint car teams in the US was invited to the special event, with the final 3 determined by a fan vote. Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, and Travis Philo earned the fan votes. With a super limited list of people allowed in for the event, I was VERY grateful to get invited to be part of the Chad Kemenah crew for the event.
All 48 cars were present Tuesday on what was a very odd surrounding at Eldora. No fans, padlocks on the gates to the grandstands, Covid screenings, mask, and very quiet with little background noise. With a track that was very wet and tacky, David Gravel broke the 18 year old track record with a time of 12.599. With a fast heavy track, passing was very tricky in the heats, with some guys making a few moves but it was pretty hammer down. As the night went on, the track got wider and wider. By A Main time, the track was pretty racy. A great battle upfront seen Brent Marks and James McFadden throwing slider for slider the 1st third of the race. Marks settled into the lead, up from 4th, on lap 10. As Marks was holding on to the lead, a handful of drivers were charging through the pack. Shark Racing was putting on a show themselves coming from the last 2 rows. Kerry Madsen and Gravel were closing on Mark, when contact between the duo put Gravel on his side. Sheldon Haudenschild found the wall on the restart. Marks held on for a huge win and $10,000 pay day. Madsen, Shane Stewart, from 12th, Logan Schuchart, up from 22nd, and Carson Macedo, up from 10th rounded out the top 5.
46 of the 48 cars returned for night 2 of the
Governor's Reign and its $52,000 winner's check. Dave Blaney and
Cole Duncan had major engine woes on Tuesday and didn't return for
night 2. Gravel felt cheated the night before and was in full
business mode Wednesday with quick time again. The heats featured a
little more passing than Tuesday as the track was a bit wider. Sammy
Swindell took a hard tumble in heat 5, ending his night. With Gravel
winning the Dash and starting on the pole for the 35 lap event, he
was in position to back up his talk of coming back Wednesday and
taking home the $$. With Marks on the outside front row, could he
sweep the event. Gravel grabbed the lead and let it rip right away,
showing if you wanted the $$ you was going to take it from him.
Looking excellent all race long, Gravel was in command. Kyle Larson
caught Gravel late in the race as you knew it wasn't over just yet.
Larson gave Gravel a huge challenge on the last lap but fell .09 of
a second short as Gravel made good on his word and collected the
large paycheck. An excited Gravel showed some excitement with some
donuts after the race. Larson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Marks, and
Macedo rounded out the top 5.
It was strange to be at Eldora with no fans, no steak on a stick, no toilet waters, no fireworks, and no loud roars from the crowd but it was a million percent awesome to be at Eldora. I don't care if it was September and my 58th and 59th races of the year, on Tuesday when the cars hit the track for the 1st hot lap session, the goose bumps still appeared just like they have the 1st Eldora race every year. I am very lucky and thankful I got to be there. I have been going to Eldora Speedway since I was 2 years old, I turn 50 in 9 days. To think I wasn't going to get there this season had me more down than I thought because both nights on the way home, that fire was in there, the one that flickered a few times off and on all season, was back and burning bright, all I needed was my place, my place since I've been 2, the Big E.
Thursday it was off to the Plymouth Speedway for the return of the World Of Outlaws after their rain out. A great field of cars were on hand. The track was a tricky surface with a cushion, some rough, some slick, but a few grooves. The track crew worked hard all night and got the track very wide before the night was over. The heats were about average WOO heats with some action here and there. The A Main was a pretty good race. Some good racing all through out the field. A great battle just behind the leader was seeing Tyler Courtney mature more and more as a winged sprint car driver. Sheldon Haudenschild was looking to run away after he took the lead and was on his way to it until he brushed the all once and had an incident when a lapped car checked up. Sheldon had to pull in as Donny Schatz took the lead. Schatz sealed the deal and took the win. Hard to believe it was just his 4th of the years and first since late July.
Friday it was back to Indiana for the opening
night of the USAC Double Double weekend at Gas City I-69 Speedway.
The USAC Midget and Sprints on the same card. An excellent field of
cards and a fast heavy track with some excellent action. Great heat
race action with side by side racing, wheel stands, bicycling, and
just an excellent track for hardcore traditional sprint car and
midget racing. In the midget A, Daison Pursley darted from the pole
to the lead but was quickly under attack from Cannon McIntosh.
McIntosh took the lead on lap 3 and fought off all challengers in
and out of traffic. McIntosh took the win over Courtney, Cummins, up
from 11th, Thorson, up from 17th, and Axsom. The sprint car A was
another great race. The people's champ, Dave Darland took the early
lead much to the packed house's delight. Some excellent racing
upfront all race long as Justin Grant charged from 8th to the lead
on lap 8. With racing all over the place, Grant was under attack but
was leading the pack. A late race move by CJ Leary as he took the
lead with 2 to go. Leary went on to take the win in a great race.
Grant, Bacon, Stockon, and Windom, up from 22nd, rounded out the top
Saturday, after a change of plans, it was off to the Fremont Speedway for the FAST, BOSS, 305 open wheel shootout. A great field of cars and the Fremont Speedway was in excellent shape once again. The FAST 410 A Main was a great race. As Zeb Wise was holding off charges from Travis Philo and Craig Mintz, a torrid battle from 3rd to 6th seen John Ivy, DJ Foos, Cole Macedo, and Stuart Brubaker ragged behind the leaders. Wise lead flag to flag to take the win in his rookie 410 season. The BOSS A Main was another great race. A great battle and many late race lead changes, seen Dustin Ingle get passed Isaac Chapple to take his 1st ever win. It was very awesome to see Ingle finally break into victory lane. Ingle has long paid his dues, even at one time maybe having a career ending crash at Waynesfield when he was life flighted out of the place. Very awesome win for Dustin. The 305 A Main it was the same ole story in 2020, Paul Weaver was in victory lane. It was Paul's 14th win of the year, 7 at Attica and 7 at Fremont but this time it wasn't easy. Weaver started 15th and after leader Jamie Miller brushed the wall, flatting his tire, Weaver took the lead and the win.
It has been a crazy year in racing as we all know but the racing has been very very good this year. Car counts have been good and most nights, the racing has been very close and very full of action. Some amazing points battles as well.
This weekend the USAC Sprints end their season for the 1st time in several years in Indiana. Lawrenceburg Speedway will host the $10,000 to win show Saturday as Brady Bacon leads by Chris Windom by 30, and Chase Stockon by 40....Fremont Speedway Saturday has season championship night as their 410 track championship is TIED going into the final night. Nate Dussel and DJ Foos are tied, with Dussel having 2 wins on the season, holding that as the tie breaker advantage right now...Gas City has a great weekend on tap with the Fall Festival of Speed Friday and Saturday. Friday is open wheel night, sprints, midgets, 305 winged sprints, 600 sprints, and vintage sprints. Saturday is stock car day with late models, street stocks, mods, super streets, and hornets....Toledo Speedway host the USAC Silvercrown cars Sunday...Anderson Speedway has the 5th annual Tony Elliott Classic Saturday...FAST is at Atomic, USAC Regional midgets Circus City Saturday.
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Last week the 9th annual Smackdown took place at the Kokomo Speedway. The annual Wednesday GYATK BC Challenge night got nixed off the schedule due to covid but, the 3 day Smackdown was on, kicking off Thursday night. The Smackdown has been trying to be a marquee event on the USAC Sprint car calendar. An event that I think many was hoping that would turn into like a Knoxville Nationals type of event for traditional sprint cars. Each year there are many added extras, for many years most going unrealized, some have changed but some are still there like rookie of the Smackdown. A nice rookie class was on hand. The racing has always been great, the car count has jumped around year to year, this year being what I think everyone envisioned this event to be like from its start.
Thursday as the gate swung open at the Kokomo Speedway, a stellar field of 49 USAC Sprints were pit side from all over the US. A nice group of cars from the West coast made the trip East for this year's event. With the track in excellent condition, the Kokomo Speedway lived up to what we have heard about, seen and have witnessed at Kokomo time and time again, excellent racing.
With 49 cars and 4 heats, the heats were very loaded with the top 4 moving to the A. I love USAC's 6 car inversion, I hate 12 and 13 cars in a heat, no matter what series. A multi groove Kokomo track surface, a loaded field of cars, and nice $ on the line all week, equals good hard racing. 3 wide and at times, 4 wide racing in the heats. Some drivers were making some excellent moves to work their way to the front. Robert Bell took a nasty ride in heat 3 as he hit and infield tire marker that sent him a flipping. Charles Davis Jr, Robert Ballou, Thomas Meseraull, and Jake Swanson took the heat wins. I can't go without saying, Buddy Kofoid in his 1st ever non wing start made an amazing move to move into a transfer spot with a 2 for 1 pass in turn 1 about half way through the heat.
As always with excellent field of cars, the C and B Mains were loaded with talent. Max Adams took the C Main win while CJ Leary took the B Main win. David Hair who flipped during qualifying, made repairs in time for the C and completed the C. Good to see even the little teams busting butt to get back out after a mishap. Shows you how important the Smackdown is and the points system to try and earn a better spot for Saturday.
Teammates Logan Seavey and Kofoid brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A. Tyler Courtney climbed from 3rd to lead lap 1. Sunshine was shinny bright at the start. Kyle Cummins quickly was working up from 6th. With action all over the place with several 2 and 3 car battles, you didn't know where to watch. Lap 13, Cummins made a move and took the lead. Kyle has always been tough at Kokomo but has only been the bride's maid at the 1/4 mile oval. Cummins leads as Kofoid, Bacon, and Ballou all battle at the front of the pack. Bacon gets a good run at Cummins as the laps wind down. Last lap, Bacon is side by side on the low side, off 2, Bacon is there! Into 3, off 4, Bacon has a run. Cummins nips Bacon at the line for the win. Wait, 15 feet before the flag stand, USAC calls for a yellow as a car spun in turn 2. I get cars spinning and yellows but, when the leaders are 15 feet from the flag stand and the car is in turn 2, I'm not sure I would have called a yellow. So we get a green white checkered finish. Bacon gets another run but not as close of 1st finish, Cummins claims the win. Bacon, Ballou, Kofoid, and T Mez rounded out the top 5. An excellent night of racing.
Friday after it rained out most all other tracks in the region, the Kokomo staff said not here tonight, we are racing! With just a little later start time, 50 cars now are on hand for night 2. It wouldn't be the Smackdown at Kokomo is there wasn't rain, mud, and water all around the area. Another stacked field and hammer down track but some excellent battles once again in the heats. You truly have to go a long ways to beat how good heat races usually are at Kokomo. Chris Windom, Chase Stockon, Tyler Courtney, and the most popular heat win, Dave Darland took heat wins.
The C and B Main were once again stacked
with talent. Eddie Tafoya Jr and CJ Leary took the C Main
and B Main wins. Brian VanMeveren flipped in the B after
trying to hit everything but the water truck off turn 4 mid
race. He slammed Austin Williams into the wall, hit another
car and then kept the throttle hammered and flipped as he
was spinning from all of the mess. It was a weird ass deal
but he was the cause of it all. Can't blame anyone else on
that one. Williams got the very short end of that stick.
Carson Short and Kyle Cummins brought the field to the green for the 30 lap A. Cummins took right back off where he left off Thursday night and climbed to the lead. A very nasty incident on lap 7 off turn 4 brought the race to a grinding halt. Justin Grant got punched and slammed backwards into the wall just off 4 onto the front stretch. Robert Ballou had no where to go as he slammed Grant as he flipped, sending Ballou all but flipping. Both drivers were rattled but walked away alright thank God. With the track having several racing grooves once again, the action was all over the place on the restart. Several drivers making charges from the back towards the front. Meanwhile, not without pressure most of the race, Cummins was clicking off the laps out front. Just when it looked as Cummins had it sewed up. Windom gets a great run the last few laps. White flag, Cummins leads but Windom is moving. Into 3, Windom diamond off the corner, shoots low, Cummins says not today boys and makes it 2 for 2. Another great finish. Windom, up from 9th, Courtney, Kofoid, up from 11th, and Bacon, up from 13th, rounded out the top 5. Looking at the stats is shows Cummins leading all 30 laps but no let that fool you, it was another great night of racing with plenty of passing and great battles.
Saturday, the Smackdown changes a little. The top 8 in points from the priors nights are locked into the A with 9th on back being in 3 heat races. The BOSS Sprints also join the program for a complete. So a driver MUST announce at the pill draw if they are racing USAC that night and taking their points for a heat race starting spot or, if they are starting over and going for the $1500 to win, $250 to start BOSS purse. Oh the A for USAC that night, now pays $11,000 to win with $1000 to start. To my surprise, more drivers jumped to the BOSS program than I thought would. 11 cars jumped to the BOSS program. Another key, to run the BOSS program, you can not have made a Smackdown A Main before as well. All in all, there was 35 USAC cars and 39 BOSS cars for the Saturday night final.
With the track a little different than the prior night, not as near heavy, the drivers had more of a Kokomo regular tone to it. The 3 USAC heats now transferred 3 to the A but had less cars in them. Robert Ballou, Logan Seavey, and Dave Darland took heat wins.
The King of the Hill battle seeds the top 8 drivers against each other, 1 seed vs 8 seed, 2 seed vs 7 seed, and so on, in a 3 lap match race, winner moves on, loser gets that starting spot in the A. CJ Leary shocked the crowd as he took the number 1 seed Cummins out in the 1st match race. Leary races all the way to the final against 2 seed Bacon. Bacon took the win, earning the pole and just over $400 in cash. The match races were a lot better than I planned them to be and brought HUGE excitement to the crowd. The crowd had an energy to it for the match races that made them very well worth running.
Just a USAC B Main tonight with the top 5 moving to the A. Once again, the B would make a good A at most weekly tracks. A nasty crash in turn 4 seen Chase Jones take a wild ride. Chase was alright. Tyler Thomas held off Carson Short for the win.
The 40 lap Smackdown A was next. One awesome thing I truly like love about the Smackdown, driver intros with a song they pick to walk out to. As 2020 luck would have it, the driver intros went on but, the songs didn't get played due to a last minute technical issue.
Bacon and Leary paced the field for the A.
Bacon sizzled to the lead on the start. Looking tough all
week but just a bit off of Cummins domination, Bacon was
holding tough out front. Lap 9, Carson
Matt Westfall dominated the BOSS A Main.
Buddy Kofoid had an amazing USAC Sprint car debut with 3 top 5's and rookie of the Smackdown.
It looks like Michigan's Chad Blonde has retired from the drivers seat. The 5R ride had Ryan Ruhl on board at the Plymouth WOO event and is taking Ruhl to WI this weekend for 3 IRA races. I spoke with Blonde as he still has a vital role with the team. Blonde is testing to see if he can handle not being the driver but seems pretty focused on getting Ruhl comfortable and alright with being a retired driver.
A huge Labor Day of racing this weekend! Looks like amazing weather so get to a track!! Some on my radar, Attica Friday with the All Stars, Attica Saturday for $10,000 to win with the All Stars, and Sunday Wayne Co, non sanctioned $13,000 to win!! Yes $13,000! Looks like some All Stars might not be there but it will be a great field of cars. Other races include the Little 500 Saturday at Anderson, OVSCA at Route 35 Speedway Sunday, MSCS at Bloomington Friday, Lincoln Park Saturday, and Haubstadt Sunday. GLMTS Crystal Saturday, FAST Butler Saturday, plus many local shows.
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It is hard to believe last weekend was the 1st of August. By now, I am usually at mid 50 to low 60s in race counts for the year and getting ready to head to Knoxville and then into the slow down of the season after Knoxville. This crazy year, it seems like the season hasn't even fully started, some places I know it hasn't at all, and yet its still Knoxville week next week. I just hit the mid 30s mark for the season and that was putting some big road miles in during May when Missouri was the only place racing.
Last weekend started out to be a 3 race weekend. Friday, it was off to Attica Raceway Park for my AFCS Sprint Series duties. 28 410s and 30 305s graced the pit area. A beautiful night were pit pass only sales were allowed thanks to the health department. I personally thank Attica for stepping up and still racing, still paying full points fund, and lower pit pass prices to try and save people $$ that wanna still come but have to get a pit pass.
DJ Foos started the night with quick time in the 410s. DJ hasn't had the year he was looking for so far but has had speed many nights. Some good heat race action seen Chad Kemenah, Cole Macedo, Shawn Dancer, and TJ Michael take heat wins. In a great battle for a redraw spot, Nate Dussel got crossed up in heat 4 and took a small tumble. After some terrible luck the week before, it was not at all what anyone wanted to see happen to Dussel.
Up next was the 305 heats. To me, the Attica/Fremont 305s are the most under rated support class and 305 group in the country. These guys and girl, put on some great racing week in and week out, with little carnage and usually very clean friendly racing. Yes you have your few power houses that are tough to beat but you can see these drivers getting closer and closer each week and on any given night, 85% of the field could win the A. Zeth Sabo, Jamie Miller, Kyle Capodice, and Luke Griffith took the heat wins. Tyler Shullick got upside down in heat 1.
3 series regulars were in the 410 B, looking to make the A. With the top 4 transferring to the A, the race was on. Stuart Brubaker rebounded from a bad heat and dominated the B. An excellent battle for the transfer spot, seen cars racing 3 wide and handful of times. As Brubaker blasted to the win, Mitch Harble. Chad Wilson, and by a few car lengths, Frankie Nervo punched their ticket to the A. Dussel fell a few feet short at the line after charging up from dead last and what was an already rough night. Landon LaLonde charged from the last row as well to 6th, making for some great B main action mid pack.
The 305 B had some great cars and the series point leader in it. Matt Foos was making sure he wasn't missing the A on a series points night and lead flag to flag in the B over Jimmy McGrath Jr, Brandon Moore, Jerry Dahms, Larry Kingseed Jr, and Tyler Shullick
Henry and Macedo brought the field to the green in the lap AFCS 410 A Main. Henry hopped to the lead on the start. Macedo was right there on his tail tank as they raced the opening laps. As Henry opened a slight advantage, Buddy Kofoid was quickly working from 13th to a top 6 and Parker Price Miller was up to 3rd after starting 6th. Macedo quickly closed on Henry, looking like he was faster than the leader. Coming to lap 11, Macedo throws a huge slider entering 3, and off 4 has the lead. Henry shoots to the inside as the race side by side across the line on lap 11. Macedo bobbles on the cushion in the middle of 1 and 2 and Henry takes the lead by a slight advantage. Macedo is now under attack from PPM as they both start to reel Henry back in. Lap 14, Dancer flips just past the flag stand. Restart, Henry gets the advantage but Macedo is quick and ready to pounce. Another slider in 3, off 4 Macedo has the lead for a hot second and Henry crossed over and leads at the line by 10 feet. Macedo gets into 1 and 2 super hot again, drops off the edge of 2, loses 2 spots but quickly regains control and throws a huge slider entering 3 to move up to 3rd. PPM is now in 2nd, looking for more. A great 3 wide battle with Michael, Travis Philo, and Macedo for 3rd. Just as they exit 4, Macedo's car shuts off as the engine breaks on the 23. With 12 to go, Henry gets a good start as PPM is now fighting Philo for 2nd. Philo looks like the fastest car on the track and takes over 2nd as now Kofoid battles PPM for 3rd. Kofoid falls back a little as Michael and Kemenah now battle him for 4th in an excellent 3 car battle. Philo is running Henry down as we are down to 5 laps to go. Everyone that has seen these guys battle, knows this could get ugly as they have a history. 3 laps to go, Philo cleanly tries all he can to pass Henry as Henry blocks him high and then low. Philo throws a slider in turn 4, takes the lead off 4 on lap 28 as Henry crosses over to the low side to race side by side into 1. Henry gets the advantage off 2, as Philo races to his outside, Henry moves up the track 2 lanes as Philo slips over the banking. Philo still on the gas get back on the high side of Henry entering turn 3 as this time the right rear of the 4 and the left front of the 5t make contact. Philo is completely sideways, some how saves it and doesn't stall the engine, as Henry races away and cars fly past Philo. Henry takes the white and seals the deal on the last lap and takes the win. Kofoid, up from 13th, Price Miller, Philo, and Michael round out the top 5. Henry said the incident was his fault in victory lane, stating the wing was so far back he couldn't steer the car off 2 or into 3. I could get very interesting again if you see the 4 and 5t side by side as things have been quit so far this year and looks to be heating up.
Brandon Riehl and Mike Moore paced the 25 lap 305 A Main. Riehl ripped to the lead on the start. Lap 2, Miller threw the right rear on the cushion and raced to the lead. Just after Miller took the lead, Shullick got upside down for his 2nd time of the night. As Miller rode off into the moon light, an awesome battle for 3rd between Logan Riehl, Seth Schneider, and Kyle Peters had the attention of everyone as they diced back and forth 3 wide. A Dahms spin slowed the action but it quickly picked back up when the green light flashed back on. Miller would open up a straight away lead over the next several laps as an excellent battle for 3rd was still raging on. Logan Riehl and Peters get caught up in an accident late in the race in turn 1. This gives Schneider a shot on the restart but its all Miller. Miller was untouched and raced to his 26th career Attica win. Schneider, Weaver, up from 11th, Sabo, and Capodice rounded out the top 5. Another great night of action.
After Fremont raining out Saturday, I decided to shift gears and hit Kokomo's World Of Outlaw Late Model race. With the forecast looking alright at Kokomo after they moved the start time, I thought we will sneak one in here. Well we got hot laps and the start of the 1st race and the rains came.
Sunday it was off to Plymouth on a beautiful afternoon with once again no rain, well 15% chance, in the forecast. 25 World Of Outlaw Sprint Cars were on hand. Well we got to the end of the 2nd heat before the rains came and ruined yet another night.
So after Attica, I got the traveling skills for 473 total miles and $70 in rain checks. This year is just crazy trying to see a damn race normally anymore I swear!!.
With the crazy time and different agendas from health departments and states all over the US, PLEASE be sure to keep yourself updated on social media and websites because things change day to day at many tracks this season. I hope everyone stays safe and thanks for reading. Be sure to catch Dirt Nerds podcast weekly and On The Throttle radio every Monday just after the Noon news EST time on The Q 96.5 WQCT Bryan Ohio or via our live stream on the WQCT website or Tune In app.
This week is the start of the week a lot of us from Ohio get pumped up about for months. It's King's Royal week, well was for the last 36 years. In what has been a very messed up year for everyone, the racing industry is still hit and miss in many places. The 37th annual King's Royal has been postponed this year. This is a week I still got pumped up for still 37 years later, yes I've hit them all. Nights of little sleep, filled with good racing and memories made forever with old friends, new friends, and complete strangers. The Royal week is going to be different for sure this season. The Brad Doty Classic will still take place Tuesday at Attica Raceway Park for what could be the ONLY World Of Outlaws appearance in Ohio this season. I can not believe, with 20,000 people use to heading to Ohio this week, several still having vacation time they can't cancel, that no one picked up an WOO show or 2 in this region this week. To me personally, a lot of tracks missed out on a huge opportunity. Looks like the shows in PA the All Stars added last week will gain big time from a very smart move on their part.
I was lucky enough to hit the 1st 4 Ohio Sprint Speedweek shows this week. I planned a few more but sometimes having your own business, things chance your plans last minute as it did this week. I seen a lot of people bitching about dust. First off, Ohio tracks have been dusty for 30 years, if you don't know that by now you haven't paid too much attention. Second, it has been 90 plus degrees for over a week straight. Third, to me the best one, people that aren't there and think its super dusty because the camera angles and lighting make it look worse yet. Was there dust, yes, was it absolutely terrible, no I've seen a lot worse. I am surprised a little that it took til last night's show to get in the mid 40s in car count.
Friday, with my original plans getting ruined, all turned out well as it gave me a chance to get over to a place I love to get too when I have a Friday off, the Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City Indiana. I can actually get quicker than many Ohio tracks I go too. An added bonus to their weekly program was the USAC D2 Midgets. A nice field of 29 traditional sprint cars and 19 midgets were on hand.
The 4 heat races for the sprint cars seen some very good racing. Some very close side by side racing. A surprise visitor to Gas City in my eyes, Kyle Cummins took the win in heat 1. Thomas Meseraull in a very good battle took heat 2. JJ Hughes took the win in heat 3. In another real good heat race, Dallas Hewitt took the win in heat 4.
Scott Hampton got things a rolling in the B Main and took the win. Issac Chappel and Cole Ketchum both tried to charge from the back row of the B but, fell 2 and 3 spots short respectively in their efforts.
The 25 lap A Main was a good one. T Mez jumped to the early lead as Cummins was reeling him in very quickly. A great battle as Cummins fights for the lead. Side by side, these gassers race for the lead. LP 6, Cummins takes the lead. An excellent battle as Meseraull stays right there. T Mez switches up his line, diamonds off turn 4, and is side by side for the lead once again. Lap 11, Meseraull slips past for the lead. The next several laps, the duo races right there together. As the laps wind down, Meseraull starts to open up the gap, looking for the win. T Mez seals the deal, taking the win. Cummins, Scotty Weir, Shane Cockrum, and Max Adams round out the top 5. After good Gas City race.
The 25 lap USAC D2 Midget A main was a wild one. Some
full contact racing at times. Gary Loney took the early lead. Corey
Guinhrich took a very nasty looking tumble early in the event as he
exited turn 2 and clipped an infield tire. Thank God Corey walked away
without a scratch. Green, Loney is under attack from the Briggs team.
Some contact here and there, with some good hard racing. Lap 10,
Stratton Briggs blast to the lead. Briggs didn't lead long as Adam
Taylor seen a small hole and forced a dump truck trough it, taking the
lead on lap 13. Taylor was the class of the field, pulling to a huge
lead. Taylor throttled down all the way to the checkered, taking the
win. Loney, Jacob Denney, Briggs, and Alex Watson rounded out the top 5.
A very good race, wild but good.
With all of the changes it seems weekly anymore, be sure to check track websites and social media pages often as they try to get races in the books this season. It has been on many tracks, teams, and fans but hopefully it will all be gone soon.
Montpelier Indiana Speedway is under new management as far as running races in 2020 and looks to open July 25th. No word yet on if the midgets will be back on the card in 2020 or any sprint car shows.
Rumblings are coming out of Millstream Speedway again in Findlay Ohio. Scott Warner has leased the track with talk of opening in August. Scott will be the 5th person to try this under the Roe ownership. Hopefully, Scott can make it happen but history repeats itself, look for another flash in the pan effort due to the current ownership handcuffs put on whoever leases it.
The SOD Sprint car series announced Friday, Denny
Donaldson would take over the series in 2021. Denny a long time driver
and well known figure in Michigan sprint car racing I am sure has a few
things in the works. With the series all but dead and shut down in 2020
way before the virus, it will be interesting to see what happens next
year in Michigan. Hopefully, they will work well with Barry Marlow and
the GLSS group as Barry has kept Michigan alive for the sprint car scene
the past few years.
Thanks for reading
To say the 2020 racing has been a crazy mess is an understatement. In our region, we are starting the middle of June and still have a large majority of tracks not racing or racing with no fans in the stands. With that said, a few do have fans at the track and it looks like very soon several more will allow fans. Indiana starts with 50% attendance THIS weekend so several tracks will open in Indiana within the next 10 days.
Last weekend, Attica Raceway Park kicked off their 2020 season with no fans but a huge field of cars. 54 410s and 28 305s were pit side. New to Attica this year, the track surface has new dirt and all the shows, except the All Star shows, are on Dirt Vision. Of course mother nature had to try and rain on the parade. A rain shower just before hot laps delayed the action by over 2 hours. The ARP crew worked hard to get the new dirt in racing shape. The team did a great job and the track was full of grip and fast all night long. It was a long night, final checkered at 2:40 AM, with the delay and a handful of accidents but a fun night with some good racing.
The 6 410 heat races were stacked with the top 3 moving to the A. Being the first night many of these drivers have turned laps since September of last season, the action got a little wild. No major incidents and some great battles for not only the win but transfer positions. Corbin Gurley, Jordan Ryan, Travis Philo, Stuart Brubaker, Cole Duncan, and Dustin Daggett took the heat race wins.
3 410 B Mains seen the top 2 from each moving to the A, making a 24 car starting field. With a fast track and drivers battling hard, the B Mains tore up some equipment. B1 Jamie Meyers and RJ Jacobs both flip at once in turn 2. B2, Dean Jacobs took a nasty tumble down the front stretch after making contact with Tyler Street battling for the final transfer spot. Very happy to see Dean walk away on his own after that one. B3, Brian Lay flopped his brand new red 45 on to its side. Cap Henry, Tim Shaffer, and Chris Andrews took the B Main wins.
Dylan Kingan and Stuart Brubaker brought the field to the green for the 30 lap A Main. Brubaker blasted to the lead. Just a few laps into the A, Caleb Griffith caught the leader and an excellent battle was on. Racing side by side, hammer down, the lead duo was putting on a show. Lap 9, Griffith lead, lap 10, Brubaker took back over. Lap 11, the yellow flag was displayed as Cale Conley spun. Restart, Paige Polyak coast to a stop. Green, Brubaker opens up the lead as Griffith follows. Trey Jacobs starts to battle Griffith for 2nd. A decent battle upfront for the top 3 spots with Brubaker staying out front. Lap 26, Zane DeVault spins. Brubaker gets a good restart and Stuart sails off and races to the win. Jacobs, Griffith, Buddy Kofoid, and Brandon Spithauler round out the top 5. A pretty decent race.
3 305 heats with the top 5 moving to the A. As always, the 305 sprints once again had some decent heat race action. The biggest incident was Justin Adams somehow not flipping after contract with rookie Garrett Craine. Adams was airborne but never did tumble. Paul Weaver, Mike Moore, and Luke Griffith took the heat wins.
The 305 B took the final 5 to the A. A little rough for a minute but it got to rolling good once everyone settled down. Brandon Moore flipped his new Mingus Motorsports 10z ride. Larry Kingseed Jr took the win over Shane Call who hasn't been on the track since 2018.
Seth Schneider and Jamie Miller paced the 25 lap A Main. Call flips on his side on the start. It was a weird looking flip for sure. Restart, Schneider slips to the lead. Schneider is looking good in his new Mach 1 chassis out front. Lap after lap, Schneider is looking good. Lap 13, a infield tire rolls on to the track. Justin Lusk stalls on the restart. Next restart, Seth Sabo flips as Brandon Riehl and Justin Adams all get collected in the incident. Lap 15, Miller flips as he was closing in on the leader. Green, Schneider leads as Jimmy McGrath Jr is running him down. McGrath gets a good run but can't catch Seth. Schneider holds on and take his 1st win over McGrath Jr, Steve Rando, Kyle Peters, and Luke Griffith. Another very good 305 A Main with a decent battle upfront most of the race.
With the very few races I have seen this year, there is some young guns that jumped to 410s looking very good so far. 1st off, Corbin Gurley. The Indiana resident, the son of Chris, nephew of Van Jr, and grandson of Van Sr, the 3rd generation driver jumped right from mini sprints to 410s. Well kinda, he had a 360 that broke on its first night out so all that was left of the 410 in the shop. Corbin has Ohio's Dave Jessup turning the wrenches and so far has been pretty impressive. Look for the 12 car to be in the Ohio region a lot this season. 305 graduate Tyler Street is another one having a great debut in the 410s. So far in 2 410 shows, Street has raced his way into the A Main in both of the events. There is a few rookies in the 305 this season too. So it is looking good for the future of our sport.
With some tracks still not open, some open, some no fans and some with fans, the 2020 season has been a complete and utter mess. So many races have been switched and changes so PLEASE check the series websites and the track websites OFTEN for changing in the 2020 schedules. Indiana Midget was pushed back to this coming week, Ohio Sprint Week is right now slated to start July 3rd, subject to change, the BC 39 is cancelled, and much much more.
I highly recommend attending Indiana Midget Week starting Tuesday. There is a limit of 50%, 48 USAC Midget and 45 regular sprints. The majority of the shows, the midget fields are filled and the sprint car fields as well. Almost a 100 non wing cars for the price of 1!! If you can't make it to the track, tune into Flo Racing because with just 50% attendance, the tracks will need some revenue from PPV. Midget Week kicks off Tuesday at Paragon Speedway, Wednesday Gas City I-69 Speedway, Thursday and Friday BOTH NOW at Lincoln Park Speedway, Saturday over to The Burg at Lawrenceburg Speedway, and it all caps off at the Kokomo Speedway on Father's Day. I know my daughter and I are spending Father's Day at Kokomo, I highly advise you too as well.
Friday: Attica OH, pit pass sales only but no limit on sales. GLSS I-96 Speedway MI
Saturday: Wayne County Speedway $3000 to win for 410s WITH FANS in the stands!!
Sunday: USAC Sprints Haubstadt IN with 50% fans
Hopefully this silliness will be over soon so we can ALL be at the track soon!!
Thanks for reading,
It has been way too long since I have written a column. With the dirt track racing world in a dilemma that we have never experienced, it is hard to write on just speculations. There are still many many questions in our region. With that said, some racing has been taking place the last few weeks with a few states allowing fans. We are all in a wait and see pattern in our Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan region on exact opening dates as other states kick the gates open.
Last weekend, I traveled to one of those states that is opening up race tracks and allowing fans in the stands. It was off to St Francois County Speedway in Farmington MO for their opening night. Making the 1000 mile around trip for 1 night of racing was kinda nuts but, sitting at home and doing normal life crap just wasn't cutting it anymore. It was my 1st ever visit to the D-shaped bullring that is under new promotion as local modified racer Danny Resinger has taken over the speedway. This was Danny's first night as a promoter and what a night for his 1st ever show. A over flowing pit area of almost 250 cars for the 5 divisions and a stellar crowd in the stands.
47 winged sprint cars were on hand with some heavy hitters on the grounds. With very little racing, this was the only open 410 sprint car show in the US so if you wanted to race, SFCR was the place to be. The standard $1500 to win, $200 start show got some local sponsor help, boosting the winners share to $2500 as well as some extra pay in some other positions.
Knowing that a huge field of cars were on their way, Danny made a great move a few days before the show and moved the super streets and mini sprints to an afternoon time slot with the sprint cars and mods running the night time program. Travis Litttleton brought home the mini sprint A Main during the daytime show.
With the track dry, slick, dusty, and blackening up from the daytime show, Danny's crew went to work, reworking the surface. He said it would take a few hours, which the track workers needed to get the large filed of cars signed in and set for pill draw and transponder swaps. With a track make over, it was ready for action. As the sprint cars pushed off for engine heat, a heavy wet surface was now present. I have never seen someone be able to change a track from the normal daytime surface to a wet heavy tacky, so wet ruts developed like a major rain hit, surface in a few hours. I knew it was cut very deep and it looked like they was drowning it but man, I truly wasn't expecting it to last all night long. Yes, it was rough but for opening night and the guy's first night, I personally think he did a hell of a job. Seeing mud fly and wheelies down the front and back stretch instantly made life feel right again.
5 heats with the top 3 moving to the A. Carson Short is a beast when the track is elbows up and he made it clear right away he was going to be a driver to watch all night. Short used the high side to charge to the lead by mid race and sail off to the win over Brayton Lynch and Jeff Asher. A stacked heat 2 seen a great battle upfront as Tyler Courtney was shinning bright besting Zeb Wise and Rico Abreu for the win. In heat 3, a young lady I have never seen race but have been wanting did not disappoint the crowd as they cheered her on. Morgan Turpin worked her way past the field and throttled to the win over Hunter Scherenberg and Brian Bell. Heat 4, Shane Golobic has won at SFCR in the past and took right back off with his winning ways. Golobic took the win over dead last started Tommy Worley Jr, and Toledo Ohio's Chad Wilson. The first yellow flew in heat 5 as Thomas Meseraull clicked an infield tire and spun with a broken front end. Joe B Miller was looking good and took the win over a quickly approaching Kamerson Key, who started dead last and Adam Miller. There was some excellent battles, close calls with the ruts, and plenty of passing in the heats. Some great heat race action. I love a track with character, even if this one was boarding too much character, it was exciting racing for sure.
With the large field, 2 B Mains would take the top 3 from each B to the A. I know its not much but, that means 1 car was added to the A for a 21 car field instead of 20. B1, Jeffery Mason becomes the 1st car upside down of the night on the start in turn 1. Jeffery was okay. A great battle all over the track as cars battled 2 and 3 wide. The battle for the final transfer spot took a huge turn after the halfway mark as Clinton Boyles and Jimmy Bridgman collide entering turn 1, both flipping very hard. All drivers walked away but both were done for the night. Parker Price Miller marched to the win over a fast T Mez who charged from last to 2nd, and Jacob Patton. Meseraull made an excellent recovery from his heat race incident. B2, not near as exciting as B1 but still a decent race, actually the top 3 were glued together at the finish. Andy Bishop bounced to the win over Dustin Banks and Steve Short. The field was set for the A.
Carson Short and Tyler Courtney brought the field to the green in the 25 lap A Main. Short slid to the lead. Short was on a mission and was quickly in traffic. With the track being very tricky and traffic bouncing around as well, Short got caught up several times behind the lappers. A great battle upfront as the lead pack was nose to tail and side by side many times. Lap 17, Worley Jr flips hard off the exit of turn 4, destroying his brand new entry for the 2020 season. Green, Courtney makes a move and squeezes inside Short to take the lead. Lynch and Asher collide for a yellow soon after. Sunshine leads as Short and Golobic are on his rear bumper. Lap 21, Scherenberg spins for a yellow. It was not the homecoming Hunter% wanted. 4 to go, green and Short and Golobic throw all they have at Courtney. Sunshine is a smart racer. He raced hard but smooth through the ruts as the others had to try whatever they could to get around. Golobic grabbed 2nd with 2 to go, trying to pressure Courtney. Shane looks to have a run off 4 coming to the white but, hits a ruts just hard enough to bounce him off his mark. Sunshine turns up the brightness and races to the win. Golobic, Short, Wise, and Joe B Miller round out the top 5. It was some very exciting racing I thought. Some great battles, a lot of passing and some major character to work around especially with the lappers running 2 and 3 wide at times.
It was SUPER nice to get away from the Ohio doom and gloom and get to the track, see some racing friends, meet some new ones, and have life back to normal for once. Not this new normal bullshit either! I hate that saying!! It truly was a breath of fresh air. It is hard imagine the good ole days would be 2019 but it was a flashback to 2019 when we were free to do as we wished. We ate inside a restaurant, there wasn't covid 19 radio or tv ads every 3 minutes, there was people smiling, people shacking hands, and totally the entire state seemed like a different world that we all use to live in.
I am going to give a huge shout out to Danny Resinger and crew. Yes, it was very late, yes it was dusty in the day and rough at night but I personally think he did one hell of a job! He had the perfect storm against him, 1st night as a promoter, 1st night working as a team, the largest car count the track has seen, over flowing pits, over flowing parking lot, and 1st time preparing a track for 230 plus cars. It wasn't the ideal outcome but he managed to make it and do good some good things. I met Danny for a minute as well and seems to truly want great things for the track. I also met some new people that have instantly become friends. As far as the track and Danny, he did what he said, they didn't dilly around or just have dead air for no reason, he added 1 car to the A, he seen the hand writing on the wall and moved 2 classes to earlier in the day to try and get the show done early, he added grandstands in turn 4 Friday night, he treated everyone fair, and he knows it wasn't perfect and made it well known that they work to get it better next time. For a guy's very 1st night running the show with no prior experience besides driving a race car, I think there are some very good things to come if he keeps on the path he paved last Saturday. He knows how to treat the racers and that is a huge plus. I know I will return and hopefully many others will too. The almost closed race track seems to have an instant stout heartbeat once again.
4 Ohio drivers were present with Chad Wilson being the only Ohio driver to make the A. Josh Turner was the loan Michigan driver and had some good runs working toward transfer spots a few laps but just couldn't get to the A. 3 Indiana drivers was the class of the field from our region with 1 winning, another 4th, and the 3rd one passing the entire field expect 1 car in the B to earn an A main spot.
Thanks for reading. I will keep you updated as more regional news gets closer but for now, I am going to hit the road some more and will write again with some results from who knows what state yet but from one that is racing.
Last Thursday, the 2nd annual James Dean Classic featuring the USAC Sprint cars at the Gas City I69 Speedway. 28 sprints and 25 mini sprints were pit side. The track was wet and heavy, with some fast action.
4 sprint heats with the top 4 moving to the A. There was some hammer down, crank the wheel off, side by side mud slinging action. Kevin Thomas Jr took heat 1 over CJ Leary, Issac Chapple, and Cody White. In heat 2, Cole Ketcham held off a charging Thomas Meseraull for the win. Jason McDougal and Chris Windom punched their tickets to the A. Heat 3, Scotty Weir nipped Brady Bacon, Ty Mihocko, and Tyler Courtney. Justin Grant was in total control in heat 4, winning over Dustin Ingle, Chase Stockon, and Dave Darland.
Some good cars were ready to roll in the B which had some heavy hitters in the line up. The track was still super tacky and fast. Chad Boespflug blasted to the win over Max Adams, Harley Burns, Matt Westfall, Matt Goodnight, and Shane Cottle.
Windom and KTJ brought the 30 lap A Main to the green. With the mud flying high into the Gas City track lights still, you had to be hard on the loud pedal. Windom whips to the lead. Lap 7, Darland comes to a stop for a caution. Green, Windom is wheeling it up front, pulling to a slight lead. Some intense side by side action, wheel stands, and just typical heavy track racing. The laps click off fast in this one. An excellent 3 wide battle with 7 to go in heavy lapped traffic. Windom, Courtney, and Grant are inches apart 3 wide, settling up an amazing finish. Well we thought so. Lap 25, Weir spins in turn 4 for a yellow, ruining the intense battle and set up for an amazing finish. Windom gets a great restart and leads. Lap 27, the orange cone strikes and ends up on the track for a yellow. Green, Windom is hits his marks perfect and leads wire to wire for the win. Courtney, Grant, Thomas Jr, and Stockon round out the top 5.
Corbin Gurley took the win and an excellent mini sprint A Main.
Friday it was off to Eldora Speedway for their final weekend of the season, opening night of the 4 Crown Nationals. Hard to believe there won't be a race at all in October at Eldora. The World Of Outlaws sprint have an awesome field of 44 cars pit side, along with 27 USAC Silvercrown cars that are there to qualify. Just after the WOO are finishing hot laps, a storm hit the speedway, putting down some decent rain. An excellent decision and job by the Eldora staff as they worked to get the program in. After about a 3 hour delay, it was back to action. The track was super fast and heavy with a thick cushion.
4 heat races for the WOO with some fast action. The only incidents in the heats was Zach Hampton finding the wall in heat 3. Logan Schuchart, Kerry Madsen, Cory Eliason, and Carson Macedo took the heat wins. Not a ton of passing which is typical for WOO heats but some good action with cars side by side and flying.
With such stout field of cars, the C main had some hitters in it. With the top 2 moving to the B. Ian Madsen took the win as Trevor Baker nipped Dominic Scelzi for the final transfer spot.
The Dash was next as Schuchart kept a rolling taking the win over Macedo.
You thought the C was loaded, well the B could have been the A Main at most WOO races. Some good racing the B as a heck of battle was raging for the final transfer spot. Gio Scelzi took the win over Rico Abreu, Dave Blaney, and Donny Schatz. Schatz didn't secure the final spot until 2 to go.
Schuchart and Macedo brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A. Wayne Johnson tags the wall hard in turn 3 before lap 1 is complete and flips. Wayne was okay but the 2c needed to be rebuilt. Green, Schuchart shot to the lead. Lap 2, Brady Bacon flips. Green, Schuchart slams to the lead once again. Feeling the track may owe him one after the King's Royal, Schuchart was on a mission. Logan had the Shark Racing 1s on full attack, killing the field until about the half way mark. Reutzel has many wins on the season and is always fast as he runs Schuchart down. A great battle for a handful of laps as Reutzel applies heavy pressure to Schuchart in traffic. A-Ron draws side by side a handful of time but can't make a pass stick for the lead. Schuchart made some great moves in traffic, opening the lead back up as Sheldon Haudenschild closes in on Reutzel. Schuchart sails away to the win over Reutzel, Haudenschild, Kerry Madsen, and Macedo rounded out the top 5.
A decent a race and not nearly as boring as the box score might read when you see Schuchart lead all 30 laps.
Saturday, a bright sunny day for one of the best shows of the year, the USAC 4 Crown Nationals along with the All Star Sprints. An excellent field of 35 USAC Sprints, 20 USAC Midget, 42 All Star Sprints, and the 27 USAC Silvercrown cars were set for action.
They ran 2 cars at a time for time trials, trying to move the program along with the excellent field of cars. As the heats were ready to roll, the track was dry slick up to a thin cushion, right on the Eldora wall. I was kinda shocked they didn't throw some water down before the heats with such a large field of cars and many heat races set to roll. With that said, the Eldora track crew has been spot on all season, with some great conditions as I have seen many races with passing all over so I didn't question the move too much.
The 5 All Star heats were up first. Some good heat race action with the All Stars as they was many battles on the track and many passes. The action came the abrupt halt in heat 1 as Justin Peck took a nasty ride in turn 1. Peck got in the fence and went from about 120 to 0 in less than a second. Peck was alright but very sore. Skyar Gee flips in almost the same spot as Peck in heat 2. Greg Wilson, Cale Conley, James McFadden, Buddy Kofoid, and Brock Zeafoss take the heat wins,
4 USAC Sprint heats are next. Some excellent heat race action with tons of passing, 3 of the 4 winners started in row 3. Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr, Justin Grant, and Jason McDougal took the heat wins.
3 USAC Midgets heats next with everyone moving the A. Again some excellent heat races with plenty of passing. 2 of the 3 winners started in row 3.Tyler Courtney, Rico Abreu, and Dave Darland take the heat wins,
Up next the All Star Dashes. It was the Cale and Cale show in the dashes as Cale Conley took dash 1 and Cale Thomas took dash 2.
Another stellar field of winged cars seen a pretty stacked B Main for the All Stars. Lee Jacobs leaped to the win over Skylar Gee.
USAC Sprint car B main was next up. Max Adams has looked good a lot this season when I've caught a race he was at and this was no different. The young California driver took the win over a fast Kory Crabtree.
The 25 lap USAC Midget A main was up first and what a race! If you didn't like this one then there is no hope for you and racing races. Jerry Coons Jr and Tanner Carrick brought the field to the green. Carrick climbs to the lead on the start. The battle was on right from the start, cars 3 wide sliding each other. Lap 5, McDougal flipped. Green, its a battle royal up front, Carrick, Logan Seavey, and Rico battling for the lead. Slide jobs, 3 wide action, from the top of the track to the bottom, it was awesome. These guys were sliding inches apart, tagging the wall at times and never letting off or missing a beat. Lap 16, Seavey takes the lead. Now Courtney is throwing massive sliders in the mix as well. A few times, 2 guys were throwing a slider at once on the same guy, splitting each other like dancers. Corner for corner, lap after lap, these guys were using all the track. Lap 19, Carrick crawls back to lead. Courtney is throwing huge sliders, diving all the way to the bottom and sliding back up the high banked Big E. Lap 24, Sunshine takes the lead. Carrick battles back. Courtney is too strong and steals the win. Carrick, Seavey, Rico, and Kevin Thomas Jr round out the top 5. Midget racing is awesome and they just killed it at Eldora. For all of the nay sayers about Eldora and no passing and blah blah, you need to see this video, it was excellent. I would love to see a big midget show at Eldora during the season not tied to the 4 Crown. I've said it for years, like a Spring or May USAC Midget and 100 lap Silvercrown race for some decent $$ would be awesome!
The USAC Sprints were next up for a 30 lap A. KTJ and CJ Leary paced the field. KTJ drove to the lead on the start. Another good battle as they race hard upfront. Courtney was again on the hammer. His sprint car slide jobs were text book. He would dive off the back stretch at the cross over gate, all but clip the inside wall, seriously a few inches off of it, and slide up to a few inches off the outside wall, making a move. Looking for 2 in a row, Sunshine took the lead on lap 19. Lap 21, Leary drives into Windom battling for 3rd, spinning himself out as Windom drives away. Green, Courtney lead as Justin Grant and Windom try to make a move. Its a bright night as Sunshine seals the deals goes 2 for 2 on the night, taking the win. This is also the 4 USAC Sprint car win in a row for Tyler at Eldora. Windom, Grant, KTJ, and Brady Bacon rounded out the top 5. Not as exciting as the midgets but, a pretty good race.
Next up, the 30 lap All Star Sprint season championship A Main. Aaron Reutzel claimed the title for the 2nd year in a row earlier in the night as he pushed off for hot laps. Conley and Thomas lead the field to the green. Baker spins on the start. Restart, Thomas puts the Gorby G1 car into the lead. Thomas is quickly under fire as a good race is happening upfront. Lap 7, Cory Eliason takes the lead. Eliason has had some great runs at Eldora and is looking good in the lead. Lap 9, Reutzel punts Thomas battling for position, as Thomas does a 360 and keeps going but the yellow waves and Thomas goes to the tail. Tough break for the awesome young driver. Green, Eliason leads as Reutzel starts to close in. Lap 14, Baker stops about 10 feet after the pit entrance, evidently not seeing how to pull off the track when he was all but stopped 10 feet ago. Green, Eliason leads but Reutzel is on him like cheese on a pretzel. Lap 16, A-Ron rips to the lead. Reutzel rides off into the moon light and races to his 16th win on the season. Eliason, Gio Scelzi, Kofoid, and Dale Blaney round of the top 5. A decent race with some great battles upfront and 3 different leaders. Not bad at all.
The night capper was the 50 lap USAC Silvercrown race. Kevin Thomas Jr and Jason McDougal paced the field. KTJ flies tg the lead, still a bit upset from brushing the wall while leading the sprint car A and handing the lead to Sunshine. KTJ has the Dyson 9 car hooked up. Lap 8, Steve Buckwalter and Johnny Heydenreich collide in turn 1. KTJ leads on the restart but a collision on lap 11 between McDougal and Courtney ends Sunshine's night and chance at going 3 for 3. McDougal looked as if he may have had some issues from his midget crash and probably should have been sidelines for the night but instead when out and crashed in the other 2 A Mains. Green, KTJ looks good out front leading lap after lap. As KTJ lead, Matt Westfall and Shane Cottle were putting on a show, charging from deep in the field. Westfall actually from dead last after breaking a power steering shaft off the pump and getting it stuck in the steering box the night before. Brady Bacon is making a late charge towards KTJ. Bacon shows his nose a few times as KTJ gets elbows up. In almost the same identical spot off turn 4, KTJ brushes the wall giving Bacon the shot he needed as Bacon blast past on lap 41 for the lead. KTJ gathers it back in and tries to make a run at Bacon, The Macho Man has other ideas and races to the $8000 win. KTJ, Justin Grant, Kody Swanson, who wrapped up another Silvercrown title on this night, and Cottle from 24th, rounded out the top 5. Westfall went from 27th to 7th. Another good race on the night. All 4 races were great and why the 4 Crown is a great weekend. A record crowd for the event witnessed some great racing.
October 12 Waynesfield host the BOSS and FAST championship nights with a huge show to salute Bob Hampshire. The FAST winged sprints will pay $5630 to win and $630 to start! The hard charger gets $63 for each position they advance, The winning crew chief gets $630 as well. The BOSS winning crew chief gets $630 as well. The BOSS traditional sprints is just their standard purse as always.
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I have had a goal for years of hitting a 100 races in a year. This year I am very close and it could happen if the weather stays decent. Of course, work and stuff has to fall right too. With that said, sometimes we need a prospective in life, something I personally think most of us can probably say we have slipped on at times, me included, and I got reminded of that Friday. We had a very special family event that I stayed home for Friday and it was one of the best family nights in years. So how important is hitting my goal, I really don't know anymore, it may happen or it may not, but one thing I know is if more things come along like this, more races will get put on hold because I wouldn't change last Friday night for anything.
Saturday, it was off to Fremont Speedway for their biggest event of the season, the Jim and Joanne Ford Classic. This year, it closes the 2019 Fremont season. 35 FAST 410s and 23 305 sprints were pit side. With weather looming for a few hours, the track crew waiting to water for a while. When all looked like it was clear, the water was applied and out of nowhere came a rain shower, surprising everyone. So the program got delayed a few hours.
Some wild action in the 410 heats with some action that carried on into the pits. Cody Bova, Buddy Kofoid, Nate Dussel, and Cole Duncan took heat wins. In heat 1, Cale Conley had a solid transfer spot secured and had some heavy contact in turn 2 with Travis Philo, resulting in Conley in the wall fairly hard. After the heat, Conley was inviting Philo over to Thanksgiving and it ended up with the EMS at Philo's trailer and Conley loading up for the night. Another heat race seen Cap Henry punt DJ Foos over the cushion, DJ recovered but wasn't too happy either.
Some good heat race action in the 305, with everyone moving into the A. Seth Schneider won a tight one over Jamie Miller. Jimmy McGrath Jr and Tyler Street took heat wins as well.
2 B Mains were ran with such a nice field of cars. Lee Jacobs and Chad Kemenah took B Main wins.
The 305 A Main hit the track first for their 25 lap A Main. Brandon Moore and John Ivy brought the field to the green. Ivy inched into the lead on the start. Ivy started to pull away as a few laps clicked off. Traffic was interesting as Ivy entered with Jamie Miller closing in on Ivy. Ivy and Miller battle in and out of traffic for a few laps. Lap 10, Miller takes the lead. Lap 14, a yellow for debris. Green, its all Miller. Miller motored to the win over Ivy, Matt Foos, Steve Rando, and Paul Weaver.
Buddy Kofoid and Cody Bova paced the field in the 40 lap $10,000 to win 410 A Main. Paige Polyak and Duane Zablocki collided on the start. Green, Kofoid is on the hammer and takes the lead. The track conditions has slicked up a little but are still right in Buddy's wheel house. Buddy is looking good with a huge lead as he enters traffic. Traffic is plain crazy, in and out of traffic, as they are all racing hard. Lap 14, Parker Price Miller stops. Green, Kofoid leads but things slow again on lap 16, Brandon Long gets in the wall. Green, Christopher Bell has charged up from 13th and is fighting for the lead. With a bit of a crowd job in turn 2 on Kofoid, Bell takes the lead on lap 18. Bell was in a different zip code. Driving his own car in its first night out, Bell opened up a 7 second lead. Lapping up to 6th, Bell took home the 10 g's. Philo, Dussel, Kofoid, and Duncan rounded out the top 5. A good night of racing with plenty of action.
This weekend if one of my favorite weekend at Eldora Speedway, the 4 Crown Nationals. Friday, the World of Outlaws hit Eldora for the last time in 2019 along with USAC Silvercrown qualifying. Saturday, you get all 3 USAC national divisions Midgets, Sprints, and Silvercrown plus the All Star Sprints. You can't ask for any more of a mixed card of open wheel racing. A huge autograph session is part of the weekend as well.
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Sunshine and 80 degree temps in mid September is a great sight for racing fans. With the season winding down each weekend as more and more tracks close its gates for the season, there is still plenty of races in this region. Last weekend, I made another journey to the Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday and down to Southern Ohio to the Atomic Speedway Saturday.
Friday, the last Friday night show on the Gas City schedule for 2019 (the 3 remaining shows are on a Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday) a great field of cars were pit side. 30 traditional sprint cars and 23 D2 midgets.
4 sprint car heats with some pretty decent action. The top of the speedway didn't much action but the cars were still battling hard with some decent battles for transfer positions. Scott Hampton, Shane Cottle, Matt Westfall, and Scotty Weir took heat wins.
3 midget heats with a lot of passing. A good group of D2 midgets were battling it out. Stratton Briggs, Aaron Leffel, and Zane Briggs took heat wins.
The sprint B main was up next with the top 4 moving to the A, After struggling bad in his heat, Thomas Meseraull started in the 5th row of the B. T Mez was on a missio while a great battle was happening for the final transfer spot. T Mez charged to the lead, pulling to a decent lead. With a bit of squeeze play and bumping going on for 4th. T Mez took the win over Dustin Ingle, JJ Hughes, and Jacob Gordon.
Cottle and Weir paced the field for the 25 lap sprint car A Main. Weir whips to the lead on the start. With the bottom still being real fast, a few guys were getting up on the cushion, making for a lot 3 wide action. The Gas City oval was racy for the A. Weir lead as Cottle and Hampton hounded him lap after lap. Lap 16, Ingle and Tyler Kendall collide for a yellow. The battle was on once the green light flashed on. Weir and Cottle were side by side. Lap 18, Cottle takes the lead. Hampton made it a 3 wide battle for the lead. As the top 3 race 3 wide down the back stretch, Westfall finds a huge bit on the bottom and whistles past all of them on before they hit turn 3. From 4th to 1st, Westfall now leads. Lap 21, Gordon spins. Green, Cottle is knocking on Westfall's rear bumper. Westfall is smooth as glass hitting his marks on the bottom, staying out front. Lap 24, Sterling Cling flips in turn 4 collecting Adam Burkett and D'Alessio. A 1 lap shootout, yes green and white together, Westfall gets a decent start as Cottle tries to squeeze under him going into turn 1. Westfall hits the bottom perfect and pulls away. Nose to tail they enter turn 3. Westfall don't bobble a bit and speeds off turn 4 across the line to take the win. Cottle, Hampton, Weir, and Dallas Hewitt round out the top 5.
The 20 lap midget A main started off a bit rough. A handful of cautions the first few laps. Once things finally got settled down, the racing was pretty decent. Stratton Briggs took control and never looked back. Briggs took the win over Lefflel, Nate Foster, Gunnar Lucius, and Chett Gehrke.
All in all a good night of racing. An awesome intermission race seen 4 local pastors race school buses in a 4 lap showdown, exciting the huge crowd the pastor's brought with them. Even us regular race fans got a thrill out of it. Good job Gas City on bringing some new fans to the track and having some fun doing it.
Saturday it was time for the 4 hour trip down to the Atomic Speedway for the huge Dean Knittel Memorial race for the All Star Sprints. A nice field of 39 All Stars and 14 305 sprints were ready for some big money.
Atomic was pretty fast and the racing there this season just seems better to me as you have to be elbows up non stop. Some exciting heat race action, with some close calls and decent battles. Cory Ellison, Brinton Marvel, Dale Blaney, and Chad Kemenah took the heat wins. Ronnie Blair flipped in heat 4.
$3000 on the line for the 305 so some driver towed from Northern Ohio for the big $$. 2 heats, all make the A. Paul Weaver and Dustin Rail took the wins. In heat 2, Jake Hesson take a nasty flip that looked very scary but thank God Jake was alright and walked away with no injury.
Next up the All Star Dashes. Aaron Reutzel dominated Dash 1 from the pole. Cole Duncan took a very popular win in Dash 2.
The B main moved the top 4 to the big $754 to start, $12,554 to win A Main. Greg Wilson got things a rolling taking the lead. Wilson raced to the win over Josh Davis, Cale Thomas, and Cody Gallogly on a last lap move.
After the B, a non qualifiers main was ran paying, $1254 to win and $154 to start. The winner does have the option to start tail of the A and forgo the $1254. After missing the A Main by inches, Gerard McIntyre lead wire to wire without a remotely close challenge upfront. G Mac too the win over Nathan Skaggs and a fast Dean Jacobs.
Reutzel and Duncan brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A Main. Reutzel ripped to the lead on the start. Lap 1, Paul McMahan spins. Reutzel lets it rip on the restart. The track quickly took rubber but, it was all over so there was still some passing deeper in the pack. Lapped traffic was interesting as Duncan closed in on the beautiful looking 87 machine. Lap 13, Marvel and Ellison collide. Reutzel has an open track and pulls away. In traffic a handful of laps later, Duncan gets under Aaron a few times. A-Ron gassed it up a bit more and worked his magic in traffic. Taking another big payday, Reutzel raced to another win. Duncan, with an excellent run Jimmy Stinson, Kemenah, and Blaney rounded out the top 5. For a rubber down track, it was an okay race.
Weaver and Rail paced the 20 lap $3000 to win 305 A Main. Weaver wheeled to the lead on the start. Weaver left no doubt he was there for business. Weaver opened up a large lead, by over a half track. Almost giving it away 2/3rds of the way through the A, Weaver slipped up in 2, almost blew it over the bank but gathered it back in with no issue. A red on lap 16 for a car hard into the wall gave false hope to a few guys, thinking they may have something for Paul. Weaver took the green once again and instantly pulled away. Weaver took home the big win over Kory Crabtree, Rail, Tyler Street, and Justin Clark.
A decent weekend of racing with very good car counts. I plan to hit a race every weekend til November, so hopefully the weather stays nice for a while yet.
Anderson Speedway got just under half of the Glen Niebel Classic last Thursday when weather hit. The race is being restarted this Thursday where it left off.
Friday: FAST Fremont OH
Saturday: FAST Fremont OH 10 grand to win SOD Plymouth IN $6000 to win
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Last week was a huge week of racing starting on Tuesday and ending Sunday afternoon. The season is winding down so I have to take advantage of it went I can. Even if there was a few nights with little sleep.
Tuesday it was all set to kick off at the Fremont Speedway for the annual Sandusky Co Fair race. A special event for the track's 305 division. Just after all the teams got unloaded and I got half way there, mother nature struck the fair race once again. The rain was too much, cancelling the show for the 2nd year in a row.
Wednesday it was off to the Kokomo Speedway for the #GYATK BC Challenge, the unofficial kick off to the Smackdown. Always a great night, free admission, free pit pass for the drivers, and the USAC Sprints in the house. Plus, extra $$ put up for drivers making their 1st ever run in a non wing car at Kokomo. An excellent field of 50 cars were pit side. The track was heavy and fast and there was some great side by side, wheel to wheel, hammer down action. The heats provided some good racing, not a ton of passing but some decent 2 and 3 wide side by side racing upfront almost the entire distance of all 6 heats. 3 cars got upside down in the heats, all drivers were okay. Most of the newbies were in the C but some were up in the loaded B Main with several big USAC drivers in the B fighting for a A Main spot. Guys like Windom and Kevin Thomas Jr had to race through the B to the A. Then you had Anton Hernandez who won the $1539 extra dollars for his 1st non wing start at Kokomo. Anton missed the final A Main transfer spot by less than a half a car length, making for some great racing.
Thomas Meseraull and Brady Bacon paced the 27 lap A Main. Bacon took the early lead as things quickly came to a halt when Carson Short flipped on lap 2. Short made it back out in time to restart the A main though. Bacon and T Mez fight upfront on the restart. Meseraull takes the lead on lap 4. Just as lap 4 is complete, Max Adams flips. Great racing upfront as T Mez, Bacon, Justin Grant, and CJ Leary are battling hard. A few spins slowed the pace up to lap 12. After than it was all green flag action. Bacon regains the lead on lap 17. Grant takes over on lap 20. A great battle but once Grant takes the point, he don't give an inch. Grant takes the win over Bacon, TMez and Leary.
Thursday, a return trip to Kokomo for the opening night of the Smackdown. 36 USAC Sprints car ready for battle. The track is in great shape, still pretty moist but a bit less heavy, making for a lot of passing in the heats. The 4 heats featured some excellent action. 2 flips as both drivers were okay thankfully as Brad Greenup's flip was very hard. Another loaded B main with some good action.
Brady Bacon and Thomas Meseraull brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A Main. Bacon blasted to the lead. Brady was looking solid upfront. Lap 7, Josh Hodges flips. Restart, T Mez gives Bacon a run. Lap 9, Meseraull moves to the lead. CJ Leary slows the action as he stops. A great battle up front the next several laps. Lap 17, Logan Seavey stops. Tyler Courtney joints the battle upfront with Bacon and Grant. T Mez thrills the crowd as he seals the deal, taking the win over Courtney, Grant, Bacon, and Chase Stockon.
Friday, it was off to Attica Raceway Park for the Mark Keegan Classic and season championship night for the Attica 410 and 305 Sprints. 23 410s and 29 305s were pit side. The track was fast and narrow for the heats but there was some alright action and drivers battled side by side for the most part.
Going into the 410 A Main, Chris Andrews had a 10 point lead over DJ Foos and if he finished ahead of DJ he won the title outright. On a fast track, the heat race action was pretty much hammer down and hold your position, making for shootout in the A Main.
Philo and Foos brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A. Philo flew to the lead. A great battle for the top spot instantly as Foos was wanting to win for a shot at the title and Philo wanted to win to silence the haters. Lap 5, Cap Henry flips hard after battling hard with Trey Jacobs. Restart, RJ Jacobs spins. Green, a great battle as Andrews is moving towards the front as well. We now have Foos and Andrews neck and neck as Philo leads. Lap 12, Bradley Ashford stops. Restart, Buddy Kofoid stops. Green, Andrews makes a move and screams to the lead. the battle is on as Philo slides back to the point on lap 14. Lap 17, Jacobs stops again. Green, a great battle as Philo and Andrews battle and Foos is right there as well. As the laps wind down, Craig Mintz enters the picture. 5 to go, the title is coming down to the last few laps as Foos and Andrews run a spot a part. Lap 27, Andrews slows and coast to a stop!! A failed drive line. Foos now has the title in hand and has to complete the final 3 laps to win the title. Foos wanted more and battle Philo hard on the restart. Philo was not having any of that and held on for the win. Foos took home 2nd and the track championship, Mintz raced to 3rd.
In the 305 A Main, Jamie Miller continued to be the man to beat. Miller raced to his 5th Attica win in a row but, had to earn this one. Mike Keegan was all over his most of the A. Miller took the win and the track title.
Sunday it was time for a switch of pace and hit some pavement racing. The Must See Winged Sprint Car was set for a Sunday afternoon show at Sandusky Speedway. 24 cars were on hand. The heat race action was very good for them all moving into the A.
Anthony McCune and Ryan Litt brought the field to the green. Litt leaped to the lead. With a super fast pace set, and some crate sprints in the field, 4 laps and they were in traffic. Some crazy moves in traffic. A great battle up front though as the top 3 cars were all together dipping and diving their way through traffic. Sometimes 3 wide. Lap 20, a yellow as Komisarski has issues. Green, Jimmy McCune is coming for Litt after starting 6th. Lap 23, McCune speeds past Litt for the lead. McCune pulls away and takes the win. Litt and Brian Gerster finish on the podium.
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Friday night Waynesfield Raceway Park opened up for its 3rd show of the season. A tribute one of the best sprint car drivers ever, The Rick Ferkel Classic was on tap for the FAST 410 sprint cars, 305 sprints, and mini sprints. The Helms family have done a lot of work and upgrades to the 1/4 mile oval. A good field of 32 410s, 22 305s, and 22 mini sprints were pit side.
On a fast track with a nice cushion, the 4 410 heats would transfer the top 4 to the A. Buddy Kofoid clips an infield tire in tiunr 4 during the 1st heat and flips hard. Buddy was okay but done for the night. Ricky Peterson raced to the win in a very close finish over Cap Henry. Lee Jacobs, and Kelsey Ivy. Heat 2, Cole Duncan cruised to the win over Justin Grant, Danny Mumaw, and Caleb Griffith. Heat 3, Mitch Harble caught the cushion and flipped hard off the top of turn 1. Mitch was okay. Another decide battle in this one seen Travis Philo hold off Nate Dussel for the win. DJ Foos and Brian Lay raced their way into the A. In heat 4, Cale Stinson climbed a right rear trying to ride the cushion in turn 1 and flipped hard off the track. Cale was a little banged up but walked away okay. TJ Michael raced to the win over Cale Conley, Tyler Gunn, and Cody Bova.
3 305 heats, all moving the the A. Mike Keegan gets into the cushion in turn 3 and digs in and flips. As Keegan was upside down on the track, Jacob Stickle slams into Keegan and flips. Both drivers thankfully was alright. Doing double duty, Ricky Peterson pulled off another win. This time over Mike Moore, Jamie Miller, and Larry Kingseed Jr. Heat 2, Shawn Valenti raced to the victory over Tyler Street, Chris Verda, and Seth Schneider. Heat 5, Jake Hesson flips. A good battle in this one was John Ivy raced to the win over Jimmy McGrath Jr, Dustin Rall, and Matt Lucius.
Jac Nickles, Austin Powell, and Chris Bounds took the Mini Sprint heat wins.
6 more 410s transfer to the A via the B Main. Stuart Brubaker held off a last race charge from Danny Smith to take the win. Adam Cruea, Kory Crabtree, up from 10th, Jordan Harble, and from the tail with a last lap turn 4 pass on Chad Wilson, Dan McCarron.
Dussel and Michael paced the field in the 30 lap $5000 to win Rick Ferkel Classic A Main. Dussel drives to the lead but Peterson spins for a yellow. Complete restart, Dussel drove to the lead once again but this time Jordan Harble flips in turn 1 as he made contact with McCarron. Restart 3, Dussel drives to the lead and finally no yellow or red. Dussel was looking good out front as things heated up quickly. Conley closed in as they started battling in traffic by lap 5. An excellent race upfront. Lap 11, Conley climbs to the lead. With the track just how you need it for a great race, a torrid battle upfront soon switched from a 2 csr battle to a 4 car battle as Michael and Duncan join Conley and Dussel upfront. 5 to go and its a barn burner. Dussel seems faster then Conley as he tries a slider the next 2 laps for the lead as Michael and Duncan are on his tail tank. With all 4 running the cushion, sliders were going to have to be the move to win.. Lap 27, Brubaker gets into the turn 3 cushion too hard and spins a few feet in front of the leaders. Conley, Dussel, and Duncan all get collected as somehow Michael squeezes between the fence and the pile to make it through the pile up. With 3 of the 4 cars that were in the lead pack battle, this puts Foos and a fast Henry on Michael's tail for the restart. TJ makes an excellent restart, going from the bottom to the top to block any slide job attempt on the start. Michael keeps the loud peddle pushed and races to the biggest win of his career. Foos, Henry, Jacobs, and Gunn.
McGrath Jr and Moore brought the 25 lap 305 A to the green. McGrath makes a good move entering turn 1 and takes the lead. McGrath is looking good upfront as he pulls away from the pack. Lap 8, Kyle Kruger spins. Restart, McGrath stumbles a bit entering turn 1 as Moore gets a run and throws a slider. McGrath taps the brake peddle to let Moore in so they don't make contact and Moore takes the lead. Another excellent race. Moore was holding off Ivy as Ivy tried high, then low, then high as Moore would keep the lead shutting the door on Ivy. Peterson was closing in fast with a few to go. The top 3 are now inches apart with 2 to go. Moore leads, Ivy tries to make a move and Peterson is on a mission. White flag, Moore leads into 1, Peterson squeezes Ivy and sets up for Moore entering 3. Ivy recovers and is on his tail. Peterson rides the cushion, gets into the Moore entering 4, Moore fights back as they bump, Moore gets pushed into Ivy, all 3 bumping off 4, Peterson squeezes past Moore by a few feet at the line for the win. Ivy, McGrath, and Street round out the top 5.
A wild night but some very awesome racing. The track was perfect for some hardcore bullring action with a heavy cushion and slick in the middle to the cushion. WMP: lived up to the excitement Friday for the Ferkel Classic. The Bob Hampshire Classic is next up Sept 7th at The Field. Look for an added date in October too. I hope they bring back the Oct show the used to have non wings, 410s, and 360s but I am not sure whats on the agenda yet. Heck a 2 day show would be awesome too!! Hey I can dream, my birthday is in Oct so I gotta wish for something.
As Knoxville week approaches, I am making my 1st return since 2016. That was such an awesome Nationals and with what happen months later, I haven't really wanted to rush back but decided its time. Hopefully another great Nationals is in store and we can get another 1st time winner, or a 2nd time winner for my 23rd trip to K-Ville. As I see people do for the Nationals, try to predict contenders and field makers,for fun I came up with my own 24, even though its very hard to do as I think this year several drivers are super competitive and could be wide open. So here we go, I think 1 of these 5 for the win: Sweet, Schuchart, Larson, Brown, and Schatz. The next 5: Gravel, Pittman, Shane Stewart, Terry McCarl, Eliason. Field markers: K Madsen, Reutzel, Kaeding. McFadden, Schuerenberg, I Madsen, Marks, Macedo, Rico, Zearfoss, Austin McCarl, Sheldon, Gio, and Sammy. Wild Cards: Shaffer, PPM, DeWease, McMahan, Dietrich, Thorson, Juhl, Starks, Allen, and Kinser. Not sure but hell we gotta have a little fun. As I look at the list there is 66 drivers I will be cheering for, an other 30 some I would be alright with if they won and really 3 i would rather not see win. As long as it is a safe nationals and good weather and good racing, it really don't matter.
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Last week, one of my most favorite weeks of the year, King's Royal week took place. The 36th annual event would be the biggest not only in its history but the history in winged sprint car racing with a whopping $175,000 pay day.
Tuesday, the action kicked off at Attica Raceway Park for the 31st annual Brad Doty Classic. 49 WOO sprints were pit side. As engine heat was going on, mother nature raised her ugly face and some huge rain storms hit the track. After waiting for a while, the event was cancelled. The WOO wouldn't agree to a rain date. If you bought the tickets from the track, you can send you tickets in to the track for a refund or use it for any event yet in 2019 and get a refund for the difference. If you bought from the WOO, you have to call the number on the back of your ticket. GOOD NEWS alert, the Brad Doty Classic still lives for 2019! It will now take place as an All Star Sprint car show August 31st for $10,000 to win.
Wednesday, Eldora Speedway kicked off King Royal 36 a night early with the make up date for the Lets Race Two event that got rained out in May. The USAC Sprints and WOO Sprints on the same card, now both paying 10 g's to win. 28 USAC and 42 WOO sprints were pit side. Nick Bilbee flipped in hot laps for the USAC Sprints. Justin Grant USAC and Shane Stewart WOO set fast time of the night and a smooth fast Eldora Speedway.
3 exciting USAC Sprint heats seen plenty of action. With passing all over the place, 2 of the 3 winners came from the 6th stsrting position in the heat. Brady Bacon, Scotty Weir, and Tyler Courtney took the heat race wins. Issac Chapple, Justin Grant, Kody Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr, CJ Leary, Dustin Christie, Chase Stockon, Zane Hendricks, Dave Darland, Chris Windom, Tom Harris, and Brody Roa all transferred to the A via the heats.
4 WOO heats with the top 5 going to the A. Some typical WOO heat action with the biggest charger being Kyle Larson charging from 6th to 3rd. Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, and Logan Schuchart all took heat wins. Brian Brown, Greg Wilson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Paul McMahan, Carson Macedo, Brent Marks, Kerry Madsen, Brock Zearfoss, David Gravel, Kraig Kinser, Rico Abreu, Daryn Pittman, Tim Kaeding, Larson, Jacob Allen, and Joey Saldana all raced their way into the A via the heats.
7 drivers would race their way into the A via the USAC B Main. Matt Westfall would race to the win over Carson Short, Dallas Hewitt, Jason McDougal, Matt Goodnight, Corey Smith, and Michael Fischesser took transfer spots.
A pretty stout WOO C Main would move 2 cars to the B. Lee Jacobs took the win over Aaron Reutzel.
Macedo and Sweet would race to wins in the WOO Dashes.
The Woo B Main would set the final 4 spots in the opening night's A Main. Cory Eliason would race to the win over Ian Madsen, Gio Scelzi, and Cale Thomas raced into the A. Some excellent last couple lap moves for transfer spots in the B.
Kevin Thomas Jr and Chase Stockon brought the 30 lap USAC A main to the green. Courtney made an amazing move from 4th to the lead by the time he exited turn 2 on the opening lap. Courtney quickly opened up a huge lead. Just like in May, Courtney was in an entire different zip code! Sunshine has something special going on at Eldora because he don't even make it a contest. For the 2nd time this season, Tyler just all out kicked the field's ass. Leading flag to flag and winning by half a track, Courtney took the win. Leary, Bacon, Stockon, Windom rounded out the top 5. A solid battle for the top 5 spots was happening most of the A.
Macedo and Sweet paced the field in the 30 lap WOO A Main. Sweet swept to the lead as the field raced into turn 1. Sweet has been fast all year long and was looking to extend his series points lead. Schatz didn't waste anytime and moved past Sweet for the lead on lap 5. As usual this time of the season, Schatz heats up and he is looking good in this one. Lap 15, Kerry Madsen stops. Green, Schatz leads as another Madsen slows the field on lap 19 as Ian stops this time. Restart, Eliason and Sides collide for a yellow. Green, Schatz holds strong and holds the lead. The month of money start and Don Don don't look like he has missed a beat as he has this one handled. Schatz takes the win over Gravel, Schuchart, Sweet, and Wilson. All in all a decent opening night.
Thursday the Joker's Wild night at Eldora as the 36th annual King's Royal weekend officially kicks off. 54 WOO cars are ready for action. With high temps and heat index in the lows 100s, the Eldora track crew did an amazing job as it is racy and quick again. Shane Stewart sets quick time with a 13.02.
6 heats with the top 3 moving to the A. I won't preach about the regular WOO format because if you follow me, you know I hate it and this night shows why. The track is in excellent shape, track crew did a kick ass job, and the heats because of the format produce little passing. Of the 18 cars moving to the A, 3 from each heat, only 3 of the 18 drivers started outside of the top 3 of their heat but WOO thinks that is great and said it is only 2% difference when they invert. Stayed tuned later for the Saturday results and we will see.
Heat wins went to Shane Stewart, Brad Sweet, Joey Saldana, David Gravel, Donny Schatz, and Jac Haudenschild. Carson Macedo, Daryn Pittman, Sammy Swindell, Ian Madsen, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Dale Blaney, Sheldon Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, and Brent Marks raced into the A via the heats.
The D Main would take 2 to the C. Tom Harris flipped in the D. Justin Peck went on to win over Cale Conley.
The names got bigger and bigger as it went on. The C would transfer 2 to the B. Chad Kemenah took the win over Kerry Madsen. Justin Peck was the show, charging from 13th to just falling short of the final transfer spot in 3rd. Madsen raced up from 8th place as well to a transfer spot. Told you it was racy and perfect for passing.
Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz took the Dash wins.
The Last Chance Showdown as we have to call it for the WOO, its not the B, lol, would take the top 6 to the A. RJ Jacobs found the all in the B. Tim Kaeding cruised to the win over Rico Abreu, James McFadden, Paul McMahan, Gio Scelzi, and Aaron Reutzel,
Sweet and Schatz paced the 30 lap A Main. A great battle instantly when the green flag dropped. Sweet speed to the lead. Lap 2, Schatz slide to the lead. Lap 3, Sweet speed back past for the lead as the duo battled hard the first part of the A, neither one giving an inch. Lap 11, Saldana slows. Green, Sweet gets a good restart and maintains the lead. Gravel and Schuchart start to make some noise as they close in on Schatz. Sweet has been stout all year and leads the WOO's in A Main wins. This night was all Sweet as Brad extended his win total and raced to the Big E victory lane. Schatz, Gravel, up from 10th, Schuchart, and Macedo round out the top 5. A good night of racing as the Eldora track surface has been spot on!
Friday we move to the $12,000 to win Knight Before The King's Royal. 60 cars are now pit side. Once again, the Eldora track crew has been on it as the track is just like the prior nights. David Gravel sets quick time at 13.005.
Same deal, 6 heats, top 3 to the A. The heat race action was pretty darn good with the most passing and jockeying for position so far on the weekend. David Gravel, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, and Cory Eliason took heat wins. The only incident was a Jim Perricone spin in heat 2. Dale Blaney, Gio Scelzi, Brad Sweet, Kraig Kinser, Brock Zearfoss, Sheldon Haudenschild, Daryn Pittman, Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu, Shane Stewart, Bill Balog, and Jacob Allen raced into the A via the heats.
Adam Cruea flips on the start of the D. Adam was up most of the night before finishing the car for the weekend as bad luck struck on his first night out for the King's Royal. Each night some bigger names or very good drivers are in these mains with such a loaded field and this night is no different. Hunter Schuerenberg took the win over Travis Philo.
The C Main once again took 2 to the B. James McFadden took the win over Brandon Wimmer. Wimmer held off a charging Sammy Swindell for the final transfer spot.
Schatz and Pittman took the Dash wins.
The final 6 drivers would race their way into the A Main via the Last Chance Showdown. It looked like a Madsen shootout for a while. Kerry Madsen went on to win over Parker Price Miller who was in a Madsen sandwich as Ian Madsen, Sye Lynch, Dave Blaney, and Tim Kaeding earned their way to the A.
Schatz and Pittman brought the field to the green in the 30 lap contest. Schatz to no surprise shot to the lead. Don Don was out front cruising, crushing all the fans hopes that his some what off year for wins was going to stay that way. As Donny lead lap after lap, the crowd ignited as Schuchart speed his way to the front after starting 10th. Logan looked to be very fast and was ready to battle Donny. Gravel was holding strong too as a great battle was emerging as the top 3 were almost 3 wide. Gravel and Schuchart was applying heavy pressure in lapped traffic. Just as is looked like Gravel was making a move for the lead, the yellow flies on lap 27 as Eliason spins, ruining a great battle for the lead. With Donny looking like he maybe a bit slower than the other 2, the restart was key. Schatz got a great run as the crowd dropped their heads, knowing it was over. Schatz took the win over Gravel, Schuchart, Rico, and Pittman.
Hear ye, hear ye it's Saturday already as the 36th annual King's Royal was about to make history with the largest paid to win winged 410 race in the sports history at $175,000. I've been blessed enough to witness all the King's Royal races in its history so I could fell the excitement level of the drivers and fans. Speaking of fans, a mega crowd as a record number of fans flocked the Big E even in 100 degree temps and heat index weather. It was hot! A great pre race meet and greet with several sprint car podcast and website groups was an excellent time.
62 cars were ready to become the richest King's Royal champion. The track, let me tell you, it was fantastic! Anyone that bitches about this weekend, go play golf because you sure the hell arent a race fan because they hit it out of the park. Another amazing job as Sye Lynch shocked the 35,000 plus fans setting quick time with a 13,019 So that;s 3 nights in a row quick time was in the 13,0 range with the first night 13,10, hmmm can you say consistent. The traditional King's Royal format was used with a slight twist this year. The standard King's Royal format, yes WOO tried to change it a few times in the event history but the Eldora staff quickly changed it back to how it has been for years. Which btw, I love! Make them pass and they will! The format is 6 heats, top 6 inverted. The winners of heat 1 starts 6th in the A, winner of heat 2 starts 5th in the A, and so on. So the winner of heat 6 starts on the pole of the A. Same way with 2nd and 3rd in the heat. Well of course everyone wants to be in heat 5 or 6 to try and get the front row of the A. So the twist was the Joust. The 6 fastest qualifiers were brought to the stage for a revenge draw, meaning you drew a pill for a starting spot in the Joust, aka Dash, but you had to give it to one of the other starters and can't keep it. So that set the line up and was very entertaining and fun. Now the Joust race. 8 laps, how you finish the Joust is how you now get to pick what heat you wanna race in. It is the same heat and line up, but the twist is heat 1 may now be heat 6, or heat 6 now be heat 1, or how ever it goes by who wins and then they get to pick their heat on the front stretch after the Joust. Pittman took the win and shocked the crowd when he picked heat 1, meaning he could only start no better than 6th in the A and picked the worse starting spots if you got 2nd or 3rd. Anyways, I like the draw but the race wasn't too good. I say do the draw with the heat winner after the heat and determine the top 6 starting spots that way in a revenge draw and forget the race. Of course a lot of hurt feelings and egos could happen doing it that way.
6 heats, top 3 make the A and then the 2 fastest cars that don't transfer via the heats start 19th and 20th in the A. With some surprises in the top few spots would those guys push it hard in the heats. Some excellent heat race action, fantastic battles and passing all over the place. Slide jobs, and side by side excellent racing. Brad Sweet, Cory Eliason, Aaron Reutzel, Kerry Madsen, Donny Schatz, and Sammy Swindell won heats. Sye Lynch and Tom Harris didn't push the issues, Lynch actually pulled in with 2 laps in his heat, and they took their automatic A Main spots. Harris had to wait for Schuchart to make it 1st which was no issue. So back to my invert rant, well 10 of the 18 transfers via the heats started 4th or farther back! Not counting if Lynch or Harris may have pushed it, it may have been more. The prior 2 nights, of the 36 transfer spots only 8 started 4th or farther back but oh there is only 2% difference according to WOO math. All I can say is excellent job to the Eldora track prep crew because it was perfect for racing all weekend long. Cale Thomas, Daryn Pittman, Tim Shaffer, Dale Blaney, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Jac Haudenschild, Brent Marks, David Gravel, Rico Abreu, Logan Schuchart, and Brock Zearfoss made the A via the heats.
6 from the C to the B. RJ Jacobs flips on the start collecting Travis Philo, Jim Perricone, and Andrew Scheuerle. Gary Taylor slows the action once it gets going. Tim Kaeding takes the win over Greg Wilson, Cale Conley, Carson Mecedo, Kraig Kinser, and Hunter Schuerenberg.
Only 4 go from the B to the A. Parker Price Miller has issues on the start and is falls off the pace in front of the pack off 2 and coast down the track. As the pack races into 3, the yellow just flips on as they reach PPM. Skylar Gee gets crossed up and flips hard. After Gee climbs from his car PPM and Gee has some words and soon a half ass wrestling match breaks out. Lee Jacobs got some damage as well. Ian Madsen raced to the win over Justin Peck, Brock Zearfoss and with a last lap move Shane Stewart. This put 6 drivers into the A that has never started a King's Royal main event.
Something I love driver introduction! Even though they will never ever be as good as Terry Baltes did them, this year there was some great ones topped off by Sammy Swindell showing his fun side. Sammy set a record for the older driver to have to pole for the King's Royal A at 63 and had one of the best heat race interviews in Royal history. Yes, folks, the same Sammy Swindell we all know. I knew he has humor and stuff like that for years that he never shown much but he did on this night and it was a huge hit.
Swindell and Schatz brought the 40 lap A to the green. Swindell slide to the lead as Schatz battled him hard. They ran side by side for a lap and a half before Swindell opened the gap. Lap 3, Harris spins. Restart, Pittman finds the wall. Green, Swindell gets a good start and opens the gaps instantly. Schuchart is on the move and clicking off spots right and left. Lap 11, Schuchart takes the lead after charging from 10th. The crowd is going nuts as Schuchart leads and Schatz starts to fall back as Gravel and Sweet race towards the front and the battle is on. Lap 25, Reutzel blows a tire and slows. During the yellow, the red comes out for a medical emergency in the pits. It becomes an open red as Richard Marshall from the Marshall Stenhouse Racing team fell off the trailer and needed to be transported. Richard will make a full recovery thanks to the quick action by the Eldora safety crew. Green, Schuchart stumbles, Sweet is on it and takes the lead. Schuchart gets to rolling again and the battle is on once again. As they keep people on the edge of their seat, Marks is drawing attention as he enters the top 3 after starting 19th. They all try but its all Sweet. Brad Sweet takes the win over Schuchart, up from 10th, Marks, up from 19th, Sheldon Haudenschild, up from 9th, and Gravel, up from 11th. Sweet started 6th. Not 1 driver in the top 5 started in the top 5 but hey who the hell likes inverts.
An excellent King's Royal! This ranks right up there for one of the best ones. An amazing job well done by all the Eldora crew. From the track prep, to the concession workers that were slammed in the heat, to the place looking super clean each day all in 100 plus temps and while many other tracks cancelled. I tell you, it dont get much better than it was last weekend and it truly lived up to all the hype. Next year July 16th, 17th, 18th is Royal Time. Will it be 175k again, who knows but we do know if its anything like this year, you wont wanna miss it.
The week of Ohio Sprint Speedweek is usually really hot, or its rainy, well this year it was just crazy! All the rain messed the week up but a new standard my have been set for upcoming years as well. With some shows switching venues day of or night before the races with only social media and word of mouth to spread the news. It seemed to work excellent and hopefully it carries over to next year and beyond. I truly wondered why this have never been attempted before now.
With Thursday, after rain outs in Ohio, it was time to head southwest to Anderson Indiana for their 1st Thursday night show of the year for the AVSS Sprints and USSA Midgets. 18 sprint cars and 7 midgets were on hand.
15 cars lined up for the 125 lap sprint car A Main. On these shows, all they do is time in and draw and invert and run a 125 lap main event. Travis Welpott and Justin Grant brought the field to the green. Welpott whipped to the lead. Welpott was fast enough to lead but seemed like the next handful of drivers behind him were faster as the lead pack consisted of 8 cars, nose to tail and side by side for the 1st several laps. Good clean tight racing as the laps clicked off and kept the fan excited as Grant was glued to Welpott's bumper. Lap 46, Welpott got into 2 a bit different and Grant tried to make a quick move, contact as Welpott's left rear goes over Grant's right front. Welpott goes for a ride and flips, slamming the wall hard. Travis was alright as Grant inherits the lead with a wounded front end. Grant leads as the pack is still nose to tail but, they 6 cars behind Grant seem to be getting a little antsy. Bobby Santos, Kody Swanson, and Aaron Pierce are trying to make some moves. Grant seems to be holding up the pack a bit but, has a great drive off the turns and maintains the lead. As the pack comes to complete lap 71, Grant pulls to the infield as Pierce pounces to the lead. Pierce opens the gap up a little as he is on a rail. Just when it looked like Pierce was running away, Santos started a huge charge towards the lead. Lap after lap, Santos was reeling Pierce in. 4 to go, Santos is there. 3 to go, Santos clips a lapped car going into 1, all but slams the wall but gathers it in. This gave Pierce all he needed to race to the win. Santos, Swanson, Nick Hamilton, and Kyle O'Gara rounded out the top 5.
Tommy Kouns took the lead about the quarter way point in the USSA Midget A Main and cruised to the win.
Friday, after Limaland was rained out the night before, the Ohio Sprint Speedweek show was moved to the Atomic Speedway, who lost their show Wednesday. A beautiful day with a large crowd and a great field of 46 cars on hand. This was the first race with the newly configured Atomic track, that has a wall up around the majority of the track now, plus the track is shorter. The turn 1 and 2 wall is in about 20 feet give or take from the old wall. The new track is fast and now has a cushion all the way around and I think its very racy and exciting track for sure now. John Garvin slammed the wall in hot laps. Steve Butler got put on the hook after a push truck ended his night.
5 heats with the top 4 going to the A. Heat 1, DJ Foos climbs the turn 1 wall and flips hard. Brock Zearfoss zipped to the win over Aaron Reutzel, Paul McMahan and Cale Conley. Heat 2, Ricky Peterson jumped in one of the ruts and flipped hard on top of the wall. Brandon Wimmer took the win over Gerard McIntrye, Cory Eliason, and Lee Jacobs. Heat 3, coming to the checkered flag, entering turn 3, leader Brinton Marvel got in 3 a little too hard, climbed the wall and hit the fence hard, going through the fence and bouncing off the turn 3 grandstands. Thank God, all that happened was 1 fan received a broken back. Tony Stewart determined it was time to pull the All Star out for the night, without warning to the track as the car sat on the track during the red. The stands was cleared and the track raced on or wanted too with the entire program. They did with the late models and mods. After a lot of confusion in the pits and stands since the track was surprised and no real talks took place, the sprint car teams were leaving. A handful wanted to race and handful not. Everyone was really left in the dark and no announcements were made besides the All Stars left. I see both sides for sure and not saying by any means a bad decision was made, I do think it was 100% handled wrong by both parties. 5 minutes of talking and planning a course of action would have went a long ways and probably would have made for some more understanding from fans, teams, drivers, and keep a lot of the social media bashing down but real life times and happenings who knows, I might have handled it the same way. All I do know is, thank God everyone in going to be alright and everyone can walk back into Atomic Speedway on another day and try again and that is for sure the best case scenario. Hopefully after claimer heads came about, everything will be fine and sprint cars will be back soon as I for one REALLY like the track now! I did before but man it is exciting now. I stayed and seen a good late model race and one hell of mod race.
Saturday, it was back up to the Wayne County Speedway for the $10,000 Ohio Speedweek Finale. An excellent field of 50 cars were pit side. DJ Foos was quick time of the night with a bent race car. 5 heats, top 4 to the A. Some wild heat race action!
Heat 1, Aaron Reutzel tries to squeeze Brandon Wimmer off 4, Wimmer don't back down and Reutzel spins into the wall. Cory Eliason spins. Jac Haudenschild brings a loud roar from the capacity crowd as he takes the win over DJ Foos, Parker Price Miller, and Wimmer. Reutzel shows some displeasure towards Wimmer after the race. Which I am not sure why. All Wimmer did was not bow down to the famous Reutzel squeeze play that you see him do a lot and it bite him this time. Wimmer did zero wrong. Heat 2, Gerard McIntyre raced to the win over Cale Conley, Greg Wilson, Jordan Harble. Heat 3, Buddy Kofoid held on for the win over Rico Abreu Trevor Baker, and Dean Jacobs. Heat 4, Trey Jacobs goes for the spins cycle twice before going pit side. The Low Rider is back as Dale Blaney blew to the win over Justin Peck, Gio Scelzi, and Chad Kemenah. Heat 5, Hunter Schuerenberg slows while running in a transfer spot. Skylar Gee and Cap Henry make contact and both spin battling for the final transfer spot. Broc Martin brought the cheers from the hometown crowd again as he raced to the win over Tim Shaffer, Ryan Broughton, and from the tail Paul McMahan.
A loaded C Main seen Cap Henry take the win over Stuart Brubaker.
Dash 1, PPM took the win over Foos. Dash 2, Martin took the win over Kofoid.
As wild as the heats were, what would the B Main bring? On the start, Hunter Lynch and Cole Duncan crash on the start. Tony Stewart spins into the turn 1 wall. Smoke isn't happy with Mitch Harble and gets out of his car as the field idles around and shows Harble what he thinks. 2 bad starts later and we are green, Chad Riney spins. Reutzel stops while in a transfer spot. Butler and Riney crash. After a wild race, Harble takes the win even if he isnt into birds like Smoke tried to give him. Jess Stiger, Andrew Palker and after Brock Zearfoss and Cap Henry slammed each other the last 3 laps, Zearfoss and Henry punted themselves right out of a spot as TJ Michael snuck around the bottom and raced to the final transfer spot.
PPM and Martin brought the field to the green in the 35 lap A Main. Price Miller pounced to the lead on the start. PPM was looking good as the packed raced hard behind him. Lap 8, Mitch Harble goes off the top of 2 as the red comes out. Restart, its all PPM upfront lap after lap, looking like he is on cruise control the first 2/3rds of the race. Blaney and Kofoid start to close in. Kofoid starts to battle for the lead with 10 to go. 8 to go, Kofoid jumps the rail coming off 2 and drops back as Blaney blast past him. Blaney is now on PPM's tail. 2 laps later, Kofoid makes it a 3 car battle. PPM gets a break in traffic and Kofoid gets past Blaney with 3 to go. White flag, PPM leads into 1 as Kofoid gets a break bite and shoots off 2 with a cross over moves and zips past PPM at the end of the back stretch. Into 3, off 4, Kofoid brings the large crowd to their feet as he takes the win. It is not only 10 grand, its his first All Star win of his career. PPM, Blaney, Martin, and Abreu round out the top 5.
After lots a drinks the last few days and little sleep, the weekend wasn't over yet. Sunday, it was a date of the calendar I have been looking forward too all year. Non Wing sprint cars return to the super fast wicked Winchester high banks!! The trip down Indiana's Route 27 brought back several childhood memorials of Sunday afternoon family trips to Winchester. The sun was bright as so was the smiles on many fans as a great crowd was on hand. Only 16 cars but its Winchester so you know its going to be good. It totally sucks that Winchester Speedway staff worked their ass off to give pavement sprint car racing exactly what they have been wanting, another huge payday besides the Little 500 and only 16 cars supported it. 22 bonus awards, $2000 in lap $$ and an $8000 to win, $1100 to start purse. I know Jimmy and Kirk want to make this a yearly deal and grow it so hopefully the support comes too. With that said, it was a great show no matter what the car count was.
Caleb Armstrong took $250 for fast time of the day. 2 heats with all cars moving to the A. Some good heat action seen Kyle O'Gara and Aaron Pierce take wins.
O'Gara and Tyler Roahrig paced the 40 lap A Main. O'Gara grabs the lead on the start. The first half of the race was amazing as a 7 car battle, dip and dive, slip and slide, old school Winchester style upfront. Those guys were putting on a show as their brass balls seems to be shining because that is what it takes to race like that upfront at Winchester in a non wing sprints. Lap 11, Bobby Santos slides to the lead. Still a good battle as Armstrong is quickly making a move. Lap 19, Armstrong takes the lead. Caleb starts to pull away. Still a great battle within the top 5 but Armstrong is checked out. In a race that went green to checkered, it didn't take long til Armstrong seen the checkered flag wave, taking the huge win. Jacob Wilson, Santos, Pierce, and Shane Cottle rounded out the top 5. A huge shout out to the Winchester staff as well of switching the program up some to make sure the incoming rains didn't ruin the day. I will for sure be back and you should be too if sprint cars return again. I don't care if you like pavement or not, Winchester is well worth a visit and is very exciting.
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Friday: AFCS Attica OH, SOD Hartford MI, NRA Lima OH, GLSS I-96 MI
Saturday: AFCS & NRA Fremont OH, GLSS & MTS Mt Pleasant MI, AVSS Non Wing Baer Field IN, MSCS Brownstown IN
It is starting to get old that I have to start each week by saying how much of a pain in the ass mother nature has been this season. With the 37th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek kicking off Friday, everyone has been thinking will this rain stop. Well, so far no. So after Saturday's rain out, I jumped in the car and went to the only sprint car race that wasn't 7 plus hours away, it was just 4 hours away. I got my track total up to 156 now as I pulled into Silver Bullet Speedway for the MTS Sprints show just outside of Owendale Michigan.
Friday, the 37th annual All Star Sprints Ohio Sprint Speedweek kicked off at Attica Raceway Park. An awesome field of 53 cars were pit side. With drivers from all across the land as there usually is for Speedweek, Aaron Reutzel held up his All Star crown from last season still and set quick time of the night.
The heat races on opening night of Speedweek just once again proved to me why the All Stars have the best format there is for a series. 5 heats, top 4 to the A and some of the best heat action I've seen all year. Heat 1, Cale Thomas and Aaron Reutzel was having an excellent battle upfront til contact and Thomas went for a ride. Thomas, rightfully upset walked away to get ready to make repairs. Kyle Larson raced to the win over Reutzel, Dale Blaney, and Craig Mintz. Heat 2, Steve Butler flew off the top of turn 1 on the start. Green again, they made it to turn 3 this time when Lee Jacobs made a huge move for position but got in too hot and ran into Hunter Schuerenberg, causing Jacobs to flip high into the air, ending his night. Justin Peck held off a charging DJ Foos for the win. Bill Balog and in a late race battle, Greg Wilson raced into the A. In heat 3, Aussie invader Darren Mollenoyux spins. Broc Martin spun once things got back under way. During the caution, Jac Haudenschild, who was in a transfer spot, got dq'ed for not having a proper working Raceceiver. Buddy Kofoid cruised to the win over Tony Stewart, Gary Taylor, and Chris Andrews. At the start of heat 4, pole sitter Travis Philo got tagged entering turn 1 and spins. Philo would enter the spin cycle again during the heat and Josh Baughman would take his turn in it as well. Parker Price-Miller took the win over Spencer Bayston in a good battle. Trey Jacobs and Brock Zearfoss raced their way into the A. Heat 5, Travis Esh spins. Cory Eliason was next up to spin. One more, Ayrton Olsen spins next. TJ Michael pulled off the win over Tim Shaffer, Stuart Brubaker, and Byron Reed.
A stacked C Main, seen Philo, Haudenschild, and Rico Abreu scratch from the event. George Harbaugh and Olsen make contact for an incident. Another Aussie invader, Allen Woods spins. Paul McMahan took the win over Cale Conley.
Dash 1 seen a former NASCAR standout and a current NASCAR standout battle as Larson took the win over Stewart. Dash 2, Reutzel beat the youngster Kofoid.
As per usually at a lot of the Speedweek shows, the B Main looked as talented as most A Mains at any other show. Schuerenberg lead flag to flag for the win over Eliason, Caleb Helms, and with an awesome run Nate Dussel.
Larson and Reutzel paced the field for the 40 lap A Main. Reutzel ripped to the lead as the green light flashed on. A good battle already as 3 cars fight up front. Lap 4, Stewart slide off the top of turn 4. Green, Reutzel leads as Larson and Kofoid are right there just behind the 87 car. Lap 9, Andrews slows. Restart, Jacobs spins. Green, Reutzel leads as Larson starts to close. A great battle as they enter lapped traffic. Lap 15, Balog gets spun right in front of the leaders, Reutzel tags Balog and flips. Larson somehow all but spun and missed Balog and kept rolling as Kofoid who was right there slide past as well. Larson is your new leader. Green, Larson leads as Kofoid gives him a battle. Just past the half way point, Kofoid starts to fade as Larson keeps pulling away. Larson is up to a 7 second lead as Blaney and Kofoid battle. Larson whips the field and takes the win. Blaney, Kofoid, Foos, and Shaffer round out the top 5.
A great opening night of Speedweek. Larson stunk up the A main but a great battle in the early stages and a hell of a battle for 2nd to 4th made it a decent A Main. I think all sprint car A Mains on tracks smaller than a half mile should be 40 laps, just seems to make it very interesting, I also believe there should NEVER be only a 25 lap A Main or less! While we are on it, all major sprint car races that pay $50,000 or more should be 50 laps no matter how big the track.
Saturday, after all races within 3 hours rained out, I took the adventure to a track I have been wanting to get to the last few years, the Silver Bullet Speedway. The MTS Michigan Tradition Sprints were on hand with 19 cars in the pits. I must say, the track owners and pit gate people were very welcoming and made me think right away, the trip was already worth it. A nice 2o minute talk with them and just seeing how thankful they were for some outsiders to show up was very \warming and made me think these people get it. The track, a decent little track that they have been sinking many improvements into. If you get a chance, I would for sure recommend making a trip up there. Its too bad more people didn't as a terrible crowd of less than 300 people made him loss his ass on this night. He could of easy said, we are done when it sprinkled once like I have seen many other places do. Nope, he held true to their word, we are racing and we will run the program. Showed me right there once again, these guys get every night isnt a great one as a track owner but they are setting a standard of keeping his word which to me should go a long way with fans, teams, and drivers.
3 sprint car heats with all cars moving to the A. Heat 1, Chad Wilson whipped to the lead and never looked back. Wilson won by a straightaway over Jay Steinebach and Cody Howard. Heat 2, Joey Irwin sealed the deal and took the win over Travis LaCombe and Chris Wilson. Wilson is the crew chief for his brother Chad but was behind the wheel of a 2nd Wilson Racing entry. Heat 3, Max Frank took an impressive win over Mike Galadja and Mike Moore.
LaCombe and Irwin brought the 20 lap, yes 20 laps Emoji A Main to the green. MTS seems stuck on 20 lap A's. LaCombe leaps to the lead on the start. Steinebach was quick to make a move and slide to the lead on lap 2. Steinebach had the right idea and there wasn't too much passing happening after his move to the lead. As Steibebach pulled away, a tight battle raged for 2nd to 5th, sometimes almost too tight of a battle as they almost hit several times. It was all Steinebach in this one. The flag to flag 20 lapper seen Steinebach go unchallenged as he raced to the win. Galadja, Irwin, Wilson, and Gregg Dalman rounded out the top 5.
PLEASE keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook if you are following Ohio Sprint Speedweek. There is some back up plans for a few shows if there is a rain out at 1 track, it may move to another track that night. Or there might be 2 shows Saturday, so PAY ATTENTION. I absolutely love they are trying this and trying what they can to get a race in! I hope if they change tracks on a night, the track don't lose their butts. Let's show them if this does happen, social media can be a great tool as well to get the word out and get fans to the proper track that night.
Wednesday All Stars Atomic OH
Thursday All Stars Mansfield, Non Wing Anderson IN
Friday All Stars Lima OH, GLSS Tri City MI, BOSS Twin City IN
Saturday All Stars Wayne Co OH, SOD Butler MI, GLSS Crystal MI, USAC Sprints Putnamville IN
Sunday AVSS Sprints Non Wing Winchester IN Sprints Kokomo IN
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Well to say the least I've been super busy, even with all of the rain. With running the newly formed AFCS Series, On The Throttle Radio, Dirt Nerds, and HoserVille Ohio, and oh yeah doing my regular job of running a business, its slowed me a little on getting a new Tri-State Outlook out but here I am.
Last week, I started off Tuesday with the opener of USAC Indiana Midget Week. This is one of the best weeks of the year I believe. Sprints each night with midgets and most time other class added in. 38 midgets and 18 sprints made their way to the Montpelier Speedway. With all of the rain, this was actually their 1st race of the 2019 season! Kyle Simon found the wall in sprint car hot laps and Sterling Cling flips in midgets time trials.
The Montpelier track was a bit drier than usual but with all the rain in the region the night before and that morning, I had no issue with them playing it safe and not flooding the place. It still produced some good racing. In the midget heats, there was plenty of passing, some last lap passes for transfer spots, and some banging for final transfer spot. Idk what else you could ask for. Tanner Carrack, Logan Seavey, Zach Daum, and Cannon McIntosh took heat wins. The sprint car heats, only 6 scheduled for each heat. The one heat ended up with 5 cars but was the best 5 car heat race I have ever seen. Some more good racing. Lee Underwood, Kevin Thomas Jr, and Thomas Meseraull took the wins. Meseraull took the Midget B Main win as well.
Seavey and Zeb Wise lead the midget field to the green. Wise whipped to the lead. With a big lip up on the cushion, that was the fast way around and tricky to pass. It was slick on the bottom to the curb up top, making for some huge sliders. Just as Seavey gets past Wise, T Mez slows on lap 5. Green, Wise leads but Seavey is all over him. Lap 7, Seavey slips to the lead. Seavey pulls away as a torrid battle is raging for 2nd to 6th. Tanner Thorson makes a late race charge but can't get to Seavey. Seavey takes the win over Thorson and Wise.
Meseraull and Brady Bacon paced the 25 lap sprint car A Main. A great battle from the drop of the green as Clinton Boyles leads lap 1. An instant battle as T Mez takes over on lap 2. T Mez pulls away as Boyles slip back. Lap 6, Cling stopped off the back stretch. With the track taking rubber on the lip, its takes a huge sack and some give and take to make a pass. Lap 8, Boyles tried a huge slider on Issac Chapple and punts Chapple hard as Issac flips. Green, T Mez pulls away as everyone plays nice the next several laps. As the laps wind down, heavy traffic is blocking the lead pack. Lap 23, Boyles tangles with the lapped car of Brian Ruhlman as Ruhlman was playing a major road block for the leaders. Restart, KTJ gets a run, throws the slider, and takes the lead as the white flag is out. Thomas Jr pulls away as crowd is stunted. KTJ takes the win over T Mez, Underwood, and Bacon. All in all some pretty good racing and why I love midget week.
Wednesday, it was off to the Gas City I69 Speedway for night 2 of Indiana Midget week. 40 midgets, 25 sprints and 16 mini sprints are pit side. The track is smooth, fast, and extremely tacky. Everyone at Gas City did and excellent job of getting ready for the mid week show.
With a track that had heavy grip, it was hammer down in the midget heats. With cars 4 wide at times, the midget heats had some exciting moments. Tyler Courtney, Holley Holland, Logan Seavey, and Kevin Thomas Jr won the heats. The sprint car heats had cars pulling the wheels off the ground and bicycling and some action. Brady Bacon, Kevin Thomas Jr, and Tim Creech took the wins.
A loaded midget field seen Brady Bacon in the C and take the win. Tanner Thorson took the B. Young Korbyn Hayslett took the sprint car B Main win.
CJ Leary and Justin Grant brought the midget A Main to the green. Grant grabbed the lead as the field raced into turn 1. The track still had a lot of grip and was hammer down. Lap 2 Jesse Colwell slows. Grant pulls way on the restart. As Grant is in his own zip code, a good battle behind him is taking place. Lap 15, Shane Golobic spins. Lap 16, Colwell spins. Green, its still all Grant out front. No one can even remotely think about running Grant down, he is on a rail. Lap 28, Tucker Klaasmeyer spins. This bunches the pack as one of the front pack cars don't take off, the line at cone stacked up collecting Karsyn Elledge and Jerry Coons Jr. Green again, Grant once again pulls away. Grant takes the win over McIntosh, Kyle Larson, and Jason McDougal.
Bacon and KTJ paced the 25 lap sprint car A Main. Bacon blast to the lead on the start. Lap 2, Thomas Jr slides to the lead. A tight battle up front as KTJ can't break free from the pack. Lap 11, Hayslett spins. KTJ leads as Bacon tries to come at him for the lead as the race side by side. Lap 16, Brad Greenup spins. Green, KTJ and Bacon battle as we go yellow on lap 18. Kyle Robbins, battling for 4th, got over the cushion and Clinton Boyles can't get slowed down and slams into him. Boyles pushed back off. KTJ and Bacon battle again as lap 21, Boyles and Billy Cribbs tangle. Bacon gets one more shot at Thomas Jr. KTJ lays down some good laps and takes the win for 2 in a row. Bacon, Max Adams, and Corey Smith round out the top 4. Another good night of racing, Grant was untouchable in the midget A but the battle behind him was very good.
One of the busiest weeks of the year in Ohio, the 37th annual All Star Sprints Ohio Sprint Speedweek kicks off Friday. 9 races, 9 straight nights...Max Stambaugh and the JKR 23 have split ways...Caleb Helms and the Seeling 97 have split ways too.
Friday: All Stars Attica OH, GLSS I-96 MI, NRA Lima OH, SOD Gas City IN, AVSS Non Wing Kalamazoo MI
Saturday: All Stars Eldora OH, BOSS Fremont OH, SOD Butler MI, SOD Silver Bullet MI
Sunday: All Stars Muskingum Co OH
Monday: All Stars Wayne CO OH
Tuesday: Sharon OH
Wednesday: Atomic OH
Thursday: Mansfield OH
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It took 1505.4 miles of driving, with little sleep a few days but, I hit 6 races in 5 days last week. Weather played a little factor but was very blessed that it didn't spoil any of the weekend.
Thursday. I made the trip to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 64th Hoosier 100 and last car race at the Indy mile. I have been there for a few Hoosier 100 races and the WOO shows. It is a true shame a track with history of auto racing dating back to 1903 in shutting down due to gambling on horses. There is a nice horse track there already but I guess they want a mile track. I can safely say I will not be back to support the Indy Fairgrounds in any way or shape for taking away the race track. On a very beautiful picture perfect night, 39 USAC Silvercrown cars were ready to roll. Kevin Thomas Jr set quick time of the night.
With the top 24 cars in qualifying making the A, the rest of the 30 car field came from the last chance race. Jason McDougal made his 2nd ever Silvercrown start and found the cushion in the B and road it to the win.
KTJ and Chris Windom brought the big cars to the green for the final 100 laps at the mile. Windom whipped into the lead at the start. A great battle and KTJ pulled side by side with Windom, battling for the lead. Lap 6, the race came to a grinding halt as Windom shreds a right rear tire in the middle of the front stretch, shooting hard into the wall. A nasty series of flips with cars flying past at 140 mph. Windom's car was junk but Chris walked away thank god. Truly one of the worse crown wrecks I've seen. KTJ is the new leader as the field takes the green once again. Thomas Jr was on a rail, pulling to a huge lead. As he looked untouchable, many eyes shifted to McDougal as he was running the cushion and passing several cars. Just when it looked to be over, lap 92, Chris Dyson took a nasty flip in turn 2. Dyson was okay. This put Tyler Courtney on the tail tank of Windom. Green, Courtney gets a huge run and throws it up on the high line and takes the lead entering turn 1. Courtney is the new leader and pulling away. Sunshine pulled off a bright move on the restart and it paid off as he lead the final 7 laps to take the win. Windom, Kody Swanson, Justin Grant, up from 13th, and Brady Bacon rounded out the top 5. An awesome with a huge crowd and many many former drivers walking through out the fairgrounds.
Friday, after a day at work, it was off to Attica Raceway Park for the All Star Sprints. 40 All Stars and 25 305s were on hand. Aaron Reutzel was quick right out of the box setting fast time of the night with a 12.307 lap.
The 4 All Star heats produced some good racing and seen some great battles for the final transfer spots. Cap Henry, Broc Martin Max Stambaugh, and Buddy Kofoid took the heat wins. Kelsey Ivy got on her side in heat 4.
The 3 305 heats showcased the best support class I think Ohio has to offer. Some more good racing as Tyler Street, Jamie Miller, and Paul Weaver took heat wins. Chris Verda flips in heat 1. Kevin Mingus flips in heat 2, collecting Kasey Ziebold.
2 All Star Dash events are up next to set up the first 5 rows of the A. Brock Zearfoss took Dash 1. Buddy Kofoid raced from 3rd to take the Dash 2 win.
The All Star B will take 4 to the A. Some great close racing as they are racing hard to make the A. Too hard for the final transfer spot. Coming to the white, Gerard McIntyre flat ran over the left rear of 4th place Brandon Spithauler, taking them both out of contention for the final transfer spot. Andrew Palker took the win as Greg Wilson secured the final transfer spot.
Bobby Clark used a last lap pass on rookie Larry Kingseed Jr to win the 305 B. Verda made a great late race run to make the A after his heat race flip. It was Verda's 2nd ever A Main he made in just his 6th ever race.
Zearfoss and Kofoid paced the 40 lap All Star A Main. Zearfoss zipped to the lead. Lap 3, Wilson stops. Green, Zearfoss stay upfront as some good battles are going on behind him. Lap 11, Travis Philo stops and Cory Eliason spins. Lap 12, Broc Martin spins and as TJ Michael gets collected as well. Green, an excellent battle for the lead as 3 cars battle. Zearfoss is fighting off Reutzel on the high side and Kofoid on the bottom. Lap after lap the top 3 battle. Lap 21, Zearfoss gets crossed up in turn 1 and spins, almost collecting the top 3. This hands Reutzel the lead. Reutzel pulls way when the green light flashes on but Kofoid is keeping him honest. A wild battle between Jac Haudenschild and Cap Henry just behind the leaders. Reutzel was too strong and raced to his 1st ever Attica win. Kofoid, Henry, Shawn Dancer, and Haudenschild rounded out the top 5.
Luke Griffith and Jimmy McGrath, both looking for the first
win, paced the 25 lap 305 A Main. Green, Kyle Capodice breaks on the start
as he can't turn entering turn 1 and slips off the track. Restart, Griffith
grabs the lead. Lap 3, McGrath takes over.
Saturday, it was a trip to the longest sprint car race of the year, the Little 500 at Anderson Speedway. That is right, 500 laps! 33 cars, 3 wide, traditional sprint cars on a 1/4 mile pavement oval. Pit stops, push trucks, non stop action. The 71st annual event seen Kody Swanson win the pole for the $25,000 to win event.
The start along is awesome as 33 cars roar 3 wide into turn 1. Swanson speed to the lead and quickly pulled away. Some great battling upfront as the top 3 are racing through traffic together. Swanson looks stout but Bobby Santos and Chris Windom seem to have something for Swanson. Leading the 1st 186 laps, Swanson is pit side, handing his teammate Shane Hollingsworth the lead. Swanson was battling Santos now for 2nd as Hollingsworth clicks off the laps. Lap 326, Swanson slips to the lead. Working traffic like a master,. Swanson is magical to watch in this 500 lap race. Swanson still looked like he may have a battle on his hands. Well, until about 80 laps to go when he just totally took charge. He pulled to over a half a track lead and never looked back. As the crowd stood to its feet as the white flag waved, cheers roared as he took the win for the 2nd year in a row. Santos, Jacob Wilson, Hollingsworth, and Windom rounded out the top 5.
Day 4, it was off to the Indy 500. A great time for my 1st 500 in 10 years. A very good race with a late race shoot out.
As soon as the checkered flag fell, the only race still on close enough to get too was a jaunt to Southern Indiana to the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt for the MSCS sprints. 28 cars were on hand. An amazing job by the track staff with all the rains to make this race happen.
A super tacky fast track, seen some side by side hammer down action. Some great racing with some good battles. Heat race wins went Kent Schmidt, Chase Stockon, and Kyle Cummins.
A wild B main with battles everywhere seen Colin Ambrose take the win.
Stephen Schnapf took the 61 machine to the lead. Robert Ballou coasted to a stop before a lap was scored according to MSCS officials. Stockon was to the work area as well as Ballou. Another bad start and Ballou is back. Schnapf leads again and is having a great battle with Cummins. Lap after lap they battle. Lap 13, Cummins claimed the lead and started to put on an ass whipping. Cummins was in a different zip code, running away as a great battle on back, with several cars charging from deep in the pack. Cummins wins over CJ Leary and Kevin Thomas Jr.
Monday it was time to head East to the very opposite end of Indiana to the Lawrenceburg Speedway for the annual World Of Outlaws event. 31 WOO cars were ready to attack the 1/3 mile high banked oval. Shane Stewart blistered the track with a 12.163 lap for quick time.
The 3 heats were typical WOO heat races even at The Burg which has produced some great heats in the past years. Not this time, follow the leader WOO heats. Shane Stewart, Aaron Reutzel, and Kyle Larson took the heat race wins.
The WOO Dash Christopher Bell took the win over Larson.
The top 6 from the B would move to the A. Shawn Dancer spins fighting for a transfer spot. Rico Abreu takes the win over Brandon Wimmer.
Bell and Larson bring the 35 lap A Main to the green. Bell blast to the lead. Just as the battle heats up in traffic, Spencer Bayston slows on lap 8. Green, its Bell in the lead as some awesome slider are being thrown all over the place with the huge cushion and slick to the cushion track, making for some great excitement. Once again the lead battle heats up and the yellow flag waves for Sheldon Haudenschild spins on lap 16. Haud kept going but the yellow was out. Green, its Bell as it looks like a great 4 car battle about to rage as yet another yellow on lap 22 as Reutzel stops. Restart, Larson makes some moves and tries to take the lead. A great battle as the classic Larson/Bell slug fest starts again. Lap 27, Larson gets a run off 4, takes the lead at the flag stand. As they race into 1, they are in traffic, Larson enters just off the cushion and starts to slide up to it as Bell tries to squeeze on the outside of him. Bell's right rear digs in and he starts to flip. Larson did move up but, Bell tries to squeeze in a spot too, just a racing deal. Green, Schatz tries to make a move on Larson but Yung Money is too stout and races to the win. Gio Scelzi, David Gravel, and Brad Sweet in a close battle with Buddy Kofoid round out the top 5. Another excellently ran program by The Burg staff as the A Main was over by 9:30
All in all a very blessed weekend with some great racing. The best part was hanging with many great friends at each visit along the way...Eldora Speedway announced a HUGE boost into the King's Royal as the winner will now pay $175,000 to win!!
The Sprint Car World Championship starts Thursday at Mansfield Speedway. $100,000 to win Saturday's A Main. Twin $5000 to win A Mains Thursday and Friday. Over 60 cars and if the Saturday A Main is anywhere near as good as last year's, it is going to be a barn burner.
Friday: NRA Lima OH, MSCS Paragon IN
Saturday: BOSS Oakshade OH, Must See Berlin MI,
Sunday: Sprints Kokomo IN
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One of my favorite weekends of the year, Let's Race Two was set for Eldora Speedway last weekend. The best bargain of the year in the United States, the World Of Outlaws Sprints and the USAC National Sprint Cars on the same card for the price that is under ANY WOO show in the world. Once again, mother nature wanting to play spoiler on the racing community.
Friday, with gloomy clouds and temps still in the 50s, an excellent field of 49 WOO and 37 USAC sprints were pit side and ready to attack the Big E. Zane Hendricks got collect by the Eldora wall in USAC qualifying right off turn 2 and took a wild ride. That spot is an Eldora trademark, or should be, because many drivers that don't have a lot of laps at Eldora seem to get swallowed up by the Big E right there. Shane Stewart and CJ Leary set quick times of the night.
4 USAC heats kicked off the night with the top 4 moving to the A. Heat 1 was a good heat with Chad Boespflug won a tight one over Timmy Buckwalter, Kevin Thomas Jr, and CJ Leary, Heat 2, Tyler Courtney quickly made his way from row 3 to the lead. Sunshine sailed to the win over Chase Stockon, Dave Darland, and Josh Hodges. An excellent heat 3. Brady Bacon took a narrow win over Chris Windom, Matt Westfall, and Justin Grant. Carson Short was living tall in heat 4, taking the win over Robert Ballou, Jason McDougal, and Dustin Ingle. Some great USAC heat as not 1 winner started on the front row. Actually, 3 of the 4 winners came from row 3 with the 6 car invert.
With so many WOO cars, the 2 flight format was used making for 6 WOO heats. The top 3 from each heat punched their ticket to the A Main. Heat 1, Shane Stewart shot from the pole never looked back, taking the win over Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet. Schatz and Sweet has a decent battle for the Dash spot. As heat 2 lined up, Sammy Swindell got docked his front row starting spot for being late to the staging area. Logan Schuchart speed from the pole to the lead in heat 2. A great battle upfront as David Gravel is applying heavy pressure on the leader. Schuchart held on for the win over Gravel and Swindell. Tim Shaffer lead flag to flag in heat 3 taking the win over Jacob Allen and Brock Zearfoss. The Law Firm, Parker Price Miller over ruled the field in heat 4 taking the w over Ian Madsen and teammate Gio Scelzi. The 1st caution of the night flew in heat 5 when Cale Thomas spins in turn 4 with issues. Another decent heat race as Carson Macedo held off Christopher Bell and Daryn Pittman for the win. Heat 6, in his first appearance at Eldora in 5 years, Tim Kaeding made a late race pass for the lead, racing to the win over over Aaron Reutzel, and Hunter Scherenberg. Unlike the USAC heats, 4 of the 6 WOO heats were won from the pole, the other 2 from outside row 1 with 1 pass for the lead during the 6 heats. It was won or lost at the start. My point, nothing to do with the track, it was in excellent shape, it is the WOO format, it sucks for heat races with no invert.
The USAC B Main was up next with a huge 19 car B, taking the top 6 to the A. A very good race with battles all over the place. Nick Bilbee bested the field, taking the win over Ty Tilton, Carmen Perigo, Issac Chapple, Brian VanMeveren, and Dustin Smith.
The WOO were up next with a handful of races yet before the mains. First up, the C Main with the top 2 moving to the B. What a loaded C Main! Brent Marks murdered the field, winning by a half a track over Caleb Helms. Names like Haudenschild, Kemenah, McMahan, Blaney, Wimmer, and many others had to put them back in the box after this one.
Next up the 2 WOO Dash events. Dash 1, Schatz showed he wasn't messing around and quickly speed to the victory over Gravel. Dash 2, Macedo rode the rim on the high side at the start to get the advantage and race to the win over PPM.
Call it the B Main, hooligan, or like the WOO call it, the last chance showdown its time to go hard or go home. The top 6 move to the A. The Mad Man, Kerry Madsen motored to the lead on the start. Madsen held off a late charge to take the win over Spencer Bayston, Cale Thomas, Rico Abreu, Jason Sides, and by just less than 2 car lengths, Kraig Kinser.
Grant and Thomas Jr paced the 30 lap USAC A Main. KTJ raced to the lead as the field raced into turn 1. Lap 2, Darland's rear axle breaks entering turn 4, causing the People's Champ to take a nasty ride. DD was shaken up and other wise okay. Green, a great battle upfront as the top 4 cars are battling it out. Quickly moving up from his 7th place starting spot, Courtney cruises to the lead. Sunshine is looking bright as he pulls away from the field. Lap 10, Ballou stops after he tags the turn 2 wall. Green, Courtney instantly raced away from the pack. An amazing battle for 2nd seen 3 drivers sliding in and out of traffic, putting on an excellent show. Sunshine was in a different zip code, opening up a half a track lead. Bacon, Leary, and Windom, up from 10th, was putting on the show. Courtney raced to the win by over 8 seconds. Leary, Bacon, Windom, and Short rounded out the top 5. A good race even though once Sunshine took the lead, he just plain ole put an ass whipping on them.
Schatz and Macedo brought the 30 lap WOO A Main to the green. Schatz slide to the lead on the start. An instant battle for the lead as Macedo quickly pressure Schatz as they raced within a few car lengths the next few laps. Not fooling anyone, Schatz starting find his groove and pulled away from the field the next several laps. Looking to finally get off the struggle bus, Donny is looking like the Donny we all knew was about to show up. Wait, just when we thought it was over, Schuchart was quickly closing in on Schatz. 7 to go, the crowd gets anxious as Schuchart is faster than Schatz and is within striking distance. 5 to go, he is on Donny's tail tank, They battle in lapped traffic, changing their lines. Schatz finds some grip that Schuchart can't find and opens up a 4 car length gap off the bottom of turn 2. That was just what Donny needed, racing away to his 2nd win of the 2019 season. Schuchart, Macedo, Gravel, and Allen, up from 9th, round out the top 5. A decent race even though Don Don did lead flag to flag in the caution free event.
In an effort to get the show in as mother nature was moving in faster than expected, the WOO staff and Eldora crew moved the start time up an hour to try and beat the rains. Even with the heavy forecast of rain and crappy weather, another great car count made its way into the Eldora pits. 43 WOO and 33 USAC sprints returned for Day 2 of the Let's Race Two weekend. The cars actually hit the track 15 minutes before stated to make every effort they could to beat mother nature.
With the track in excellent shape, fast and smooth, for the 2nd day in a row it is actually faster than the first night. David Gravel threw down a lap just off the 13 year old Eldora track record, setting fast time for the WOO. CJ Leary was quick time in USAC qualifying.
The 4 USAC heats kicked off the show once again. Some very awesome racing in the 4 USAC heat races. Some of the best heat race action at Eldora in USAC I have seen in a while. Heat 1, Tyler Courtney crushed the wall between turns 1 and 2, ending his heat race. After a great all race long, CJ Leary raced from 6th to 1st for the win. Matt Westfall, Timmy Buckwalter, and Zane Hendricks in a 2nd Goodnight entry transferred to the A. Not to be outdone by heat 1, heat 2 was another great race. Kevin Thomas Jr took the win over Chris Windom, Carmen Perigo, and Issac Chapple. The 1st caution of the night in heat 3 as Brandon Moore spins in turn 1. A decent heat seen Chase Stockon battle to the win over Jason McDougal, Chad Boespflug, and Brian VanMeveren. Running his right rear a mere inches off the wall, looking like an old school USAC driver did back in the day, Robert Ballou raced to the win over Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, and Dallas Hewitt.
Moving the show, serious as fast as they could, the 5 WOO heats were up next. A good heat race in heat 1. Gravel and Schatz battle it out with Gravel taking the win. Schatz, Reutzel, and Pittman move to the A. Heat 2, another good battle was going on until the yellow lights flashed on for mother nature arriving a few hours earlier than the so called weather professionals on all the weather stations predicted. Within seconds the yellow light changed to red lights as the sky let loose. After waiting for about 35 minutes, everyone knew it was not leaving the area any time soon. Mother nature took another win on the season. The event has been rescheduled for Wednesday July 17th, making the King's Royal week now 4 days at Eldora and 5 days in a row in Ohio with the Brad Doty Classic on Tuesday. Now we have a WOO Ohio Speedweek as well this year. Hopefully, with the rumored bigger King's Royal payday and having 5 nights in a row with some excellent $$ on the line, a few outsiders who may not have came, or hasn't been in the region for a while for the Royal, will decide to make the trip to Ohio.
One thing I see a lot this season, tracks moving start times up to try and get the shows in the books before the rains hit. I love this and can not figure out why its took so damn long for people to catch on doing it. I understand some people don't live online like many people so there is that but, it seems to be working well for tracks that do it. So please, if you are planning to attend a race and the weather looks iffy, make sure to get online, Facebook or Twitter mainly, and make sure they are not starting early and you don't miss anything. Weather has hurt many teams, drivers, series, and tracks so far this season. Maybe since the last 2 Spring seasons has sucked for racing and has hurt so many in the industry is why we see to me the best effort ever to get a show in the books. Plus, a handful of shows are getting rescheduled during the week, another idea I love. Be more savvy online this season if you plan to head towards the track because the race you are driving too may be moved up a few hours or moved a day or 2 away....The newly formed AFCS Sprint Series now has its website up at www.afcssprints.com
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Friday: AFCS $4000 to win 410s $1000 to win 305s Attica OH, ASCS I96 MI, Non Wing Sprints Lima OH, Open Wheel Shootout Gas City IN, MOWA Bloomington IN
Saturday: AFCS Sprints $4000 to win 410s $1000 to win 305s Fremont OH, NRA Eldora OH, BOSS Lawrenceburg IN, ASCS I96 MI, MSCS & MOWA Haubstadt IN
Unless you have been living under a rock, we all know by now mother nature has been a royal pain in the butt to race tracks all over the country this racing season so far. Well, it took some changing of plans and 580 miles of driving over the weekend but, I made it a 3 race weekend. Friday, it was off to the Gas City I-69 Speedway for Gas City's opener. Saturday, it was time for a trip up North to the Butler Motor Speedway for their opening night. Sunday, it was back over to Indiana for the King Of Kokomo at the Kokomo Speedway.
Friday, with every track rained out in a 3 state region, Jerry Gappens and staff said, we are racing and mother nature won't ruin Gas City this weekend. A nice field of 34 traditional sprint cars were pit side on a dark misty afternoon. Even with a light mist, the show was still on. Shane O'Banion got upside down in group qualifying after he slide up on the edge of the track.
4 heats were up next on a track with much character. With rains for the last 10 days straight, the track surface was very rough and was rolled up, making for a pretty rough surface. It was no fault of the tracks, with all the rains, they worked it the best the was able to. They determined they was racing. So anyone who didn't expect a rough surface was fooling themselves because anyone that has been around knew there was no way it wasn't going to get rough. Fans, drivers, and teams have to take some accountability knowing what we was going to get into and still heading there. People that bitch and complain and act like they can't believe it wasn't smooth as glass drive me crazy. Issac Chapple, Justin Grant, Clinton Boyles, and Anthony Dalessio took the heat race wins with no major incidents and some decent racing.
With such a nice field of cars, 2 B Mains were up next for the sprint cars. Thomas Meseraull and Garrett Abrams took the wins in the B Mains.
Dave Darland and Issac Chapple brought the field to the green in the 25 lap A main. Darland darted to the lead as the field bounced into turn 1. With cars hopping, bouncing, and jumping all around, it was a very entertaining and crazy wild A Main. A great 3 car battle upfront as Chad Boespflug takes the lead on lap 2. Lap 3, Clinton Boyles bolts to the lead. Boyles was on a mission. Not letting off one bit, Boyles was hitting the ruts, bouncing around but never losing control. It was hard to believe that was much as the cars would just up or sideways or all over that no one got upside down. The entire did an amazing job! As Boyles checked out, an excellent 3 car battle for 2nd was were most of the fans was watching. The defending track champ made it look easy and cruised to the win. Grant, Kevin Thomas Jr, Brady Bacon, and Tyler Hewitt rounded out the top 5.
I have never been to a race that there was a misty drizzle all night long and they still raced. An excellent effort by the entire staff. The track was far from perfect but the effort and willingness to get a show in the books was spectacular. It made for a very different and entertaining night.
Saturday, a trip to Michigan's Butler Motor Speedway for their season opener. A lot of off season chatter about new dirt added to the 3/8 mile oval was 100% spot on as you could see when you walked in the place. Again, day after day after day of rains and new dirt, equals soft spongy track. It was super dry up top but from the middle down, it was very soft. The track got rough right away and the track crew went right to work. I personally thought they tried very hard and did all they could to make it the best it could be. The staff gathered the sprint car teams at the top of turn 1 as they worked on the track, keeping all the sprint car teams in the know as to what their plan was for the night. It was determined all the sprint car events would be ran first, then the support class program. Which made perfect sense with how the narrow tires on the stock classes cut the soft track up. The only issue is they didn't tell any of the support classes. With only 13 sprint cars, a quick 2 heat program with a 15 minute break and then the A Main.
Heat 1, Stuart Brubaker blasted from 6th to 1st to take the lead. Brubaker cruised to the win over Dan McCarron, Chad Wilson, and Tylar Rankin. Heat 2, Ricky Peterson made it an Ohio sweep as he raced to the win over Quinton Blonde, Boston Mead, and Porting.
Mead and Wilson paced the field for the 25 lap A Main. With the track rough and tricky, it was going to be another interesting A Main. Wilson whips to the lead as the field took the green. Before a lap was complete, Rankin went for a wild ride in turn 4 after he caught a rut. Mead was the master on the complete restart and motored to the lead. Mead has some laps at Butler and was hitting the track as smooth as he could. Brubaker was charging up to the front but got in the heavy fluff at the top of turn 3 and 4 and all but flipped. Stewie was up on the right front at one time but landed in safely and restarted at the rear of the lead lap. McCarron got an excellent restart and took the lead in turn 1. As McCarron lead, Mead and Wilson found for 2nd. Brubaker was back on the move and soon there was a great 3 car battle for 2nd. Lap 22, Blonde spins. McCarron has no worries and leads again as the green light flashes on. Brubaker takes 3rd from Wilson. As the white flag waves, Keith Sheffer flips hard. Green, its still all McCarron. Danny Mac races to the win over Mead, Brubaker, Wilson, and Peterson.
Finally, a gorgeous sunny day as Kokomo Speedway host the King Of Kokomo. 33 sprint cars was pit side and ready to attack the 1/4 mile oval.
4 heat races with the top 4 moving to the A. Heat 1, an amazing heat race as they are 3 wide for the win. There was such an intense battle off 4 for the win, no one noticed Michael Clark flipping in turn 3. Dave Darland took the win by inches over Clinton Boyles, Thomas Meseruall, and Zane Hendicks. TMez was unhappy at Boyles, flipping him off down the back stretch as the cars stopped for the red. I truly have no clue why TMez was so pissed besides Boyles didn't back down an inch just like him and they raced hard to the line. Nothing dirty, maybe slight contact but good hard racing with 2 drivers not giving an inch, that happens. Heat 2, Chris Windom whipped to the win over Jarrett Andretti, Scotty Weir, and Tyler Courtney. Heat 3, Nate McMillian makes hard contact with Brian Karracker, sending Karracker spinning. Chad Boespflug takes the win over Kevin Thomas Jr, Travis Hery, and McMillian. Heat 4, Justin Grant held off Shane Cottle for the win. Joe Stornetta Jr, and Koby Barksdale race into the A.
The 15 car B Main took the top 4 to the A. Ben Knight goes for a tumble in the B. Dustin Christie makes his first visit to Kokomo a memorial one as he takes home the win. Dustin Smith, Issac Chapple, and Karracker races into the A.
Grant and Boespflug brought the 30 lap A Main to the green. Grant grabs the lead. Stornetta spins collecting Henricks, Christie, and T Mez. Complete Restart, Grant grabs the lead again. Lap 3, Barksdale spins. Green, Grant leads once again. Lap 6, Hendicks spins. Green, Grant leads and starts to check out. As Grant pulls away, a great battle for 2nd to 5th. Just past the half way mark, Windom and Courtney start to run down Grant. 8 to go, there is going to be a battle. A 3 car battle for the lead. Lap 26, Windom takes the lead. Lap 27, Andretti loses a tire and spins. A 3 lap shootout, Windom takes the win. Grant, Courtney, Weir, and Darland round out the top 5. Another great Kokomo show. The track was in excellent shape for a typical Kokomo barn burner.
Friday: WOO & USAC Eldora OH, GLSS I96 MI
Saturday: WOO & USAC Eldora OH, SOD Butler MI, FAST Sharon OH
I will be heading to the best bargain of the year and one of my favorite weekends, #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora. Both WOO and USAC sprints on the same card for the price of one as well. The best of both worlds and love this race keeps happening.
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Mother Nature is just not a friend of racing in our region in March or April anymore. With a total wash out last weekend, this weekend all sprint car races in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan were cancelled Friday and Saturday. After being pushed back a day, the Toledo Speedway hosted the USAC Silvercrown series along with the debut of the AVSS Non Wing series Sunday.
Finally, a bright sunny day welcomed race fans Sunday for the Rollie Beale Classic USAC Silvercrown race at the Toledo Speedway. The Auto Value Super Sprints series announced over the winter they was bringing a traveling traditional (non wing) sprint series back to pavement this season. Sunday was it's 1st race of the season with a $3000 to win payday. 24 Silvercrown and 15 traditional sprints hit the fast half mile oval.
Qualifying set the field for both series, no heats or qualifying races. Before qualifying, PA's Dave Berkheimer lost control and slammed the inside wall in his Silvercrown debut. Kody Swanson set quick time in the USAC Silvercrown time trials, earning the pole for the 100 lap main event. Aaron Pierce set quick time in the sprint cars. An invert of 8 was posted for the sprint cars.
Kody Swanson and Kyle Hamilton brought the 100 lap Silvercown Main to the green. Swanson swept to the lead as the pack roared into turns 1 and 2. A great battle upfront as Hamilton is glued to Swanson's tail tank. Lap 5, Matt Goodnight spins in turn 3. Green, Swanson leads the top 6 cars are glued together in the lead pack, just behind Swanson. Hamilton, Pierce, CJ Leary all battle for 3rd as Kevin Thomas Jr and Chris Windom are not far behind. Hamilton is all over Swanson upfront. Lap 20, Hamilton slows in the middle of 3 and 4 as the yellow flag waves once again. Hamilton took back off and blended in where he was when the yellow lights flipped on. Yes, yellow lights, that will be key later on, stay tuned. Green, Swanson leads but can't break away from the pack as an intense battle for 2nd through 5th is raging on. Lap 33, Leary gets loose in turn 2 and spins toward Kevin Thomas Jr, KTJ climbs Leary's tire and all but flips, collecting Hamilton in the mess as well. Hamilton restarts. What was suppose to be a Kody Swanson domination as been one hell of a race up to this point. Green, Swanson leads as Bobby Santos is starting to draw much attention from the crowd as he charges around many cars, mostly on the high side. Lap 58, Chris Dyson goes for a spin in turn 3. Green, Swanson turns the wick up and we start to see why Kody has the most series wins in the history of USAC Silvercrown cars. A great battle for 2nd to 5th. Pierce, Santos, Windom, and Justin Grant are all right there in the battle. Swanson is checked out as a great battle for 2nd see Pierce making his 26 car super wide, running Santos all over the track as Bobby is trying to make a move in a much faster car. Lap after lap, they battle as Swanson has ran away and has almost a half a track lead. Santos finally gets past Pierce as he quickly opens up a 10 car length advantage over Pierce. Santos is hustling but he runs out of time after being held up several valuable laps by Pierce. Swanson cruises to his 4th Rollie Beale Classic win. Santos, Pierce, with a last lap move at the line, Grant, and Windom round out the top 5. Some heated words after the race as Pierce approaches Santos car. Santos gave his best Jack Hewitt interview and gained some fans for sure after that one. A very good race and what can you say, Kody Swanson is a beast in the Slivercrown series and hopefully race sponsor Ron Hemelgarn sees Kody deserves a shot at and Indy 500 ride and opens some doors for a VERY well deserving Mr Swanson.
Russ Gamester and Tony Main brought the 50 lap sprint car main event to the green. With a traffic jam in the bottom low side lane on the start, Aaron Pierce flies around the outside charging from 8th to 1st, take the lead off turn 2. Lap 3, Dameron Taylor slams the wall off turn 4 and is sitting cross ways in the track, just before the flag stand. This happen as the leaders was in turn 1 and 2. The flagman quickly waved the yellow flag but by several accounts from the drivers, didn't flip the yellow lights, nor did any driver claim to hear a call over the race ceiver of an accident. The lead pack, now still full speed off turn 4 and all hell breaks loose. Taylor got slammed by Eric Gordon as Gordon flies in the air, Santos flips, Main all but flips, Taylor Ferns is collected as well as Joey Schmidt. A nasty accident that torn up many cars and thank God only minor injuries to Taylor. If Eric Gordon wasn't an excellent sprint car vet and serve at the last second, taking Taylor in the fuel cell instead of right in the cock pit, things could have been very worse. Yes, shit happens and no one is perfect and mistakes happens but I am getting on my soap box a second, this mistake could have been life altering for more than 1 person. When you have sprint cars on a wicked fast half mile turning 15 second laps, so that is less than 4 seconds per 4th of the track, you HAVE to make sure there is PLENTY of safety!! Either 2 flagman, someone paying attention and yelling over race ceiver, or an infield flagman or 2, or spotters like ALL the other pavement sprint car races!! Thank God no one lost their life today or received serious injury, just a minor injury and a lot of wasted $$ in repairs which is still shitty for those drivers under how it happened. Plus, I am not basing my words off rumor, many drivers, some that race 70 races a year and was on the track, are the ones reporting there was no yellow lights or calls over the radios, possibly due to them having the wrong frequency. I LOVE that the AVSS has established a traveling non wing pavement sprint car series and I plan to hit a handful of the shows, but hopefully today a quick instant valuable lesson was learned and it gets corrected ASAP. Not trying to be negative or run them down because shit happens and no one is perfect, I am just asking please have more than 1 way for drivers to know there is a crash before its too late like today. That said, I will return and I hope this series really takes off, especially if they have some Sunday afternoon shows like today. Pavement racing and Sunday afternoons is an excellent thing in my book. After a long delay for EMS transport and some clean up, 8 cars were left and the main was smartly cut to 25 laps. Pierce took off on the restart and it was over as many knew when a majority of the front runners were in the accident. Justin Grant and Joey Schmidt had an excellent battle for 2nd. With contact more than once, Schmidt and Grant tried to split 2 lapped cars with 1 to go. Schmidt got airborne but landed it and raced to the finish. Pierce took the win by almost a half track, Grant, Schmidt, Gamester, and Brian Vaughn rounded out the top 5. Ohhh thePierce/Santos battle, Pierce helped flipped Santos car back over under red and said he really wish they could have battled for the win in the sprints as they are good friends that had a disagreement in the prior race, All in all a great day of racing. It maybe because at a very young age I spent Sunday afternoons watching USAC Sprints at Winchester and other places but, Sunday afternoon non wing sprint car races are just something I would love to see more of and I hope the AVSS can make that happen.
Toledo Speedway did a great job today and the safety crew was right on top of those accidents, which is very good.
Friday: AFCS $4000 to win Attica OH, NRA Lima OH, GLSS I-96 MI
Saturday: AFCS $4000 to win Fremont OH with BOSS and NRA vs 305 Challenge, All Stars Sharon OH, WOO Haubstadt IN, OVSCA Atomic OH, Must See Anderson IN
Sunday: Non wing Kokomo IN
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After 3 months of myself making hundreds of phone calls, countless hours of work, and little sleep, it was time for the Attica Fremont Championship Series (AFCS) Sprints to host their first ever events last weekend. It was my first ever stint as a series director. In 3 short months, everything seemed to come together pretty decently so it was time to test that theory.
Early morning rains gave way to a clear sky as Attica Raceway Park said we are racing. ARP kicked the gates open as a nice field of 33 410s and 30 305s were pit side for the 1st ever AFCS event in sprint car history. With 17 paid 410 AFCS members and 23 paid 305 AFCS members, it looks like a great season.
4 410 sprint heats kicked off the night. Not too many drivers tried the top side and the ones that did not last long up there. Chris Andrews in a dominating fashion took heat 1. Shawn Dancer flipped on to his side in heat 2. Broc Martin held on for the win in a close one over Brian Lay. Ryan Ruhl took home a win for team Michigan in heat 3. Byron Reed didn't miss a beat in his first race of the season, cruising to the win.
4 305 heats were next to push out. John Ivy wins heat win that was stacked full of 305 veterans. Heat 2, Seth Schneider slipped past Justin Adams to take the win. Tyler street got past early leader Mike Burkin to take home the win in heat 3. Jimmy McGrath Jr has looked fast all year long as far and took home the heat 4 win.
With such a nice field of cars, 2 B Mains in both 410 and 305 divisions. 1st up was the 410 B Mains. After a few spins to start the thing and somehow Kelsey Ivy not flipped after being caught up in one of the incidents and being up on 2 wheels, things finally got to rolling. With the top 2 moving to the A, the action was heating up. Nate Dussel took the win in B 1 as Trey Jacobs held off a fast Cole Duncan to take the final transfer spot. B2, Stuart Brubaker got his night moving in the right direction, taking the B2 win. Ricky Peterson held off Lee Jacobs for the final transfer spot in a good battle for the last transfer to the A.
The 305 B Mains would transfer the top 3 to the A. In the 1st B, Kyle Capodice cruised to the win over Jason Keckler and Bobby Clark. B2 started off a bit rough. Tad Peck spun. Then a huge flip by Chuck May stopped the action. May was okay but the 61 car suffered heavy damage. Steve Rando rode to the win over Kevin Mingus and Mike Grigsby.
Byron Reed and Ryan Ruhl brought the field to the green in the 1st ever AFCS 410 30 lap A Main. A bad start as Reed got a little jump and received his 1 warning from the flag stand, Peterson spun as the field slowed down. Reed gets the advantage on the next start but, Trevor Baker gets caught up in the pack and spins to the infield with a broken front end. 3rd start is a charm as Reed rips to the lead once again. Lap 5, Martin spins while running in 4th. Restart, Philo slips off the top side while he is in 4th. Green, Ruhl don't fade far away from Reed as Reed leads the pack. Ruhl is hanging tough and actually closes in on the leader a handful of times. Lap 17, a huge mess as another incident battling for 4th. Cale Thomas. Buddy Kofoid , and DJ Foos are all involved with only Kofoid surviving the mess and keeps rolling. Ruhl tries to keep up with Reed on the restart as Kofoid now is in the mix. Buddy takes over 2nd and tried to run Reed down. In his 30th year of racing, Reed can not be denied and made history winning the 1st ever AFCS A Main. Kofoid, Ruhl, Parker Price Miller, up from 12th, and Lay round out the top 5.
Jerry Dahms and Luke Griffith paced the 1st ever AFCS 305 A Main. Larry Kingseed Jr spins as Kevin Mingus and Mike Grigsby is collected as well. Restart, Kingseed spins again. Green, Griffith grabs the lead. Lap 4, Zeth Sabo spins. After a great start, Ivy is battling for the lead after starting 8th. Lap 7, Ivy takes the lead. Lap 8 Capodice spins. Lap 10, Dahms spins. As Ivy is looking good out front to the win, Miller and Weaver are charging from mid pack. Lap after lap, its all Ivy. Making history as the 1st AFCS 305 A Main winner, Ivy takes his 16th Attica win. Weaver, up from 11th, Miller, up from 13th, Griffith, and Burkin round out the top 5.
Saturday, its off to Fremont Speedway for not only their season opener but, a new era for the track as in under entire new management for the 1st time in 11 years. Night number 2 for the AFCS season seen 26 410 and 25 305 sprints ready for action. Starting off on a dry slick surface, it turned pretty racy and looked like a turn back in time to old school Fremont.
3 410 heats with the top 5 to the A. Keeping his streak a rolling, Justin Peck took heat 1. Looking fast every time he has hit the track in the Mackey 25m so far, Chris Andrews races to the win in heat 2. Lee Jacobs rebounded from a bad night on Friday and took home the win in heat 3.
3 305 heats with the top 5 moving to the A. Jimmy McGrath Jr. makes it 2 for 2 on the weekend, taking the heat 1 win. Another driver looking very stout in 2019, Mike Burkin races to the win in heat 2. Heat 3 was a wild heat. Steve Rando spins. Next, Matt Lucius hits the an infield tire and breaks the steering off turn 4 and slides back across the track, collecting Kyle Capodice as Capodice flips. Seth Schneider slides to the win.
Top 5 in 410 B to the A. TJ Michael gets bounced around on the front stretch in a battle for position, clips the wall and shoots down into Adam Cruea, Cruea flips. Chad Wilson runs away with the win in his 1st season back in winged racing in 6 years.
Same as the 410, the top 5 in the 305 B move to the A. Shawn Valenti vaulted to the win in this one.
Justin Peck and Nate Dussel paced the field in the 30 lap 410 A Main. Peck pounced to the lead. Looking for 3 wins in 3 races, Peck quickly pulled away from the pack. Lap 8, DJ Foos spins. Peck stays upfront on the restart. Lap 11, Broc Martin spins. Green, Cap Henry is right there and battles Peck. Peck on the bottom, Cap tip toeing around the outside, lap 14 Henry takes the lead. Lap 15, Max Stambaugh slips off the top of turn 3 and stops. Henry keeps stout upfront. Lap 21, Brandon Wimmer spins. Green, Henry is not to be denied and takes the Lane Racing machine to victory lane. Jacobs, Peck, Parker Price Miller, and Dussel round out the top 5.
Tyler Street and Brandon Moore brought the 305 25 lap A main to the green. Moore takes the lead as the field races into turn 1. Clean and green, Moore keeps the lead as Street starts to make a run at the leader. Lap 9, Street slips to the lead. Lap 13, Larry Kingseed Jr spins for a caution. Green, Street keeps it in front of the pack. Tyler pulls away for a few laps. As the laps wind down, Jamie Miller makes a run towards the front. Street is too stout and takes home his 1st ever Fremont win. Miller, Moore, John Ivy, and Bobby Clark, up from 14th, round out the top 5.
The first weekend of AFCS Sprints went off very well and was very pleasing to not only myself but many others involved including the teams racing the series. A huge thanks to everyone that has helped make the series successful in its first outing. The AFCS Series events will be May 3rd and May 4th with $4000 to win events at both Attica and Fremont.
Other news, Paragon Speedway has some new management and moves to Friday nights for most of the season starting this weekend. The same promotion crew as Lincoln Park as the 2 tracks will be working together hand and hand.
Friday: All Stars Attica OH
Saturday: All Stars Attica OH, USAC Lawrenceburg IN
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If you are a race fan, I don't need to tell you how much the weather has been messing with tracks starting their season. Thankfully, Saturday in Southern Indiana, mother nature gave Brownstown Speedway a chance. A chance they took for the running of the 11th annual No Way Out 40. My 3rd trip to the No Way Out 40 resulted in 60 degree temps, sunshine, and a great lunch on the way with Joe and Melissa Cragun from World Wide Sprint Car Fans.
36 traditional sprint cars were on hand for the No Way Out 40 that paid an excellent purse of $7500 to win and $400 to start. A late model style format was ran all night, including Delaware Double File Restarts, Group qualifying with the line up straight up. The top 4 from the heats went to the A,
Heat 1, Michael Koontz and Brady Ottinger collide in turn 2. With the track in excellent shape, a bit rough up in turn 1, there was 3 grooves and mud flying in all of them. a decent race seen Carson Short take the win over Issac Chapple, Braxton Cummins, and Dustin Christie. Heat 2, Stephen Schnapf started on the pole and spanked the field. In a run away, Schnapf took the win over Matt Westfall, Dave Darland, and Brandon Mattox. Heat 3, Brady Short took a nasty tumble in turn 1, flipping in a barrel roll at least 8 or 9 times. Brady was checked out and I have no current update. In a loaded heat, a great close tight battle. Kyle Cummins took the win over Robert Ballou, Tyler Courtney, and Jason McDougal. Another good battle in heat 4 seen AJ Hopkins beat Chad Boespflug to the line for the win. Dakota Jackson and Logan Hupp punched their ticket to the A.
Moving the show right along, even with 3 support classes, the 2 Sprint Car B Mains were ready to roll just after 8 PM. The top 2 from each B moved to the A. B1, Jordan Kinser was comfortable out front but a hell of a battle for the final transfer spot was going on. Joe Stornetta Jr looked to have it in the bag until Collton Cottle slung it around the high side off 4 and nipped Stornetta at the line by inches for the transfer spot. B2, Shane Cottle started dead last but The Throttle did not stay there long. Charging to the lead, Cottle made it look easy in this one. Andrew Prather took the final transfer spot.
After driver introductions, which I like by the way for special events if done decent, the A Main was pushing off about 9:50. Carson Short and Schnapf paced the field for the A Main. Green, the battle was excellent right away. Short takes the lead. Lap 3, Hopkins leads, lap 4, Short leads again. Lap 9, Chapple bicycles as he was gaining on the lead pack, comes back down with a broken bar in the left front, ending his night. The late model style restarts made it different as the battle was hot and heavy upfront again. Lap 12, Hopkins gets sideways in turn 4, gathers it back in but Kyle Cummins gets run into the field and spins trying to avoid Hopkins. Cummins to the tail. Short and Hopkins are never a few car lengths apart when the green light is on. Lap 15, Braxton Cummins spins. Green, Short, Hopkins battle as Westfall, Ballou, and Courtney start to enter the battle. Just as they get to lapped traffic again, Braxton Cummins spins again. Every single time they get a few feet from traffic, the yellow light flashes on. Green, car 2, 3, and trying 4 wide battle for spots. Lap 24, that battle gets too tight in turn 1 as Boespflug gets pinched and flips ending his night. Green, the battle is on, contact upfront but both cars survive and don't look now, Kyle Cummins is on a mission, charging to towards the front in a hurry. Courtney and Ballou are right there now too. Lap 34, entering 3, Cummins slides it in hard, makes contact with Hopkins, Hopkins gets sideways, tries to save it for a 3rd time, hit the go peddle and spins into a flip, ending his night with heavy damage. Green, Short leads as Courtney is there but has a right rear going low. Ballou makes a move as Cummins is on the top letting it eat. Coming off turn 4, Cummins sling shots around Short and takes the lead on lap 37. Short tries to make a move but Cummins is not going to let anyone close enough to him to try and ruin his night like early. Thrilling the crowd with his charge, Cummins takes the win over Short, Ballou, Courtney, and McDougal. A very good night of racing. A great job by the track staff with excellent track conditions and the A was over at 10:23 on a chilly night. Plus, it was great for us that drove 240 miles 1 way to get there.
Besides waiting for racing season to arrive, I haven't disappeared on you guys, I've been super busy getting the (AFCS Series) Attica Fremont Championship Series a rolling as it is a complete start up series being its inaugural season. With some VERY amazing sponsors, 37 as we speak, we will take more if we can, we are VERY blessed to announce over $65,000 in cash and awards! Right now the 18 race 410 schedule will pay out a $29,000 points fund, $10,800 in cash bonus $$ during season, and over $7000 in gift awards. The 305 14 race schedule with payout $9500 in points fund, $2200 in cash bonus during the season, and almost $7000 in gift awards. Plus, still could be growing! The season kicks off April 12th at Attica Raceway Park.
Don't worry, not like you were, I am going to cover several other shows still even being the series director for the AFCS. The AFCS is 18 race series. Counting those 18, I have between 80 to 92 races on my calendar for 2019 God and mother nature willing. Plus, don't forget On The Throttle radio show every Monday just after the Noon news on Q 96.5 WQCT Bryan Ohio. We live stream the show via the WQCT website or the Tune In app. Then, there is the Dirt Nerds podcast you can download every Monday night after we record that on Monday nights. Be sure to go back and listen to our past episodes as we have some GREAT interviews from this winter. It is available on every podcast down load media you can dream of I think. Not to forget, we have new HoserVille Ohio t-shirt as well too as the non profit group for the injured drivers fund is alive and well too. Yeah, I may have a little on my racing plate now days. I would have NEVER ever thought 17 years ago now when I started writing for Allan Holland and when he said, hey you never know what doors it could open, that no way in hell I would be this deeply involved behind the scenes and on national media platforms weekly. Basically, in the past 17 years the only thing I haven't done with sprint car racing, is water a track or be a in the flag stand a night. Thanks for giving me a shot Allan and it all snowballed from there.
Friday: Attica OH 410s 305
Saturday: USAC Lawrenceburg IN, 410s Atomic OH
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For the last 21 seasons, The Rumble in Fort has closed out the season in the Tri-State area. More than just a race, The Rumble is a true event with vendors set up, area race tracks set up, a room off to the side with drivers signing autographs at times, simulator races, a party at the bar after hours, and just good ole bench racing with friends in the off season. Oh yeah, there is midget, mini sprint, quarter midget, and kart races too, Under the direction of Larry Boos, The Rumble is a great way to spend a weekend in the winter. With the motorcycle races on the same track the weekend before, I think it made for one of the most competitive Rumble's in history.
Friday, a great field of cars with 2 and 3 wide racing through out the night, with many drivers working the outside line and making it work. The 50 lap midget A Main seen Geoff Kaiser and Travis Welpott pace the field. Kaiser kicked his way to the lead on the start. Lap 2, Tony Stewart spins collecting Russ Gamester, Billy Hulbert, and Kyle Hamilton. Kaiser leads on the restart. With a very tight battle upfront, the local Fort Wayne driver has always been a factor but, has never took home a win at The Rumble. Jim Anderson is right on Kaiser's rear bumper, as they are nose to tail. Lap 18, Cooper Clouse spins. Bumping and bangin on the restart, Kaiser uses his indoor experience to keep ahead of the pack. Lap 23, Bryan Nuckles and Billy Wease collided. Anderson is applying heavy pressure now as the laps wind down. Justin Peck is making the top groove work, making his way towards the leaders. Almost around Kaiser a few times, the former winning is looking to make a move. Lap 37, Anderson spins on his own, giving up 2nd. Restart, Anderson spins again. Peck makes a move on the restart and battles hard for the lead. Lap 38, Peck and Kaiser make heavy contact, Peck spins, flying through the air, right over Kaiser's car. Kaiser gets a good restart and the home town crowd starts to feel it and Geoff is unstoppable out front. As Kaiser cruises to his first Rumble win, all hell breaks loose in turn 3 as Joe Liguori makes a huge move for 2nd, that even Stevie Wonder could see was going to do nothing but junk some cars. Cars everywhere as Cap Henry drives through the carnage and races from 5th to take 2nd at the line over Wease who recovered from an earlier incident to a nice 3rd place run.
All you have to say about the Winged and Non Winged Mini Sprints, is John Ivy. John has the most wins in Rumble history and is an absolute beast in a mini sprint on the Fort Wayne concrete. The winged A Main was wild, with an amazing 3 wide battle for the lead. Ivy came home the winner in both the winged and non winged A Mains, sweeping the night. Ivy swept the last day of the 20th Rumble in 2017 so that makes 4 in a row.
Day 2 of the 21st Rumble was business as usual as the kart heats kicked off around 11 AM. I was still looking for my car from the night before yet so, I missed the start so I missed the start of the kart heats. No worries, I was there by 1 and the time the midgets hit the concrete. Another competitive day of heat races, with many good finishes.
Justin Peck and Derek Bischak brought the field to the green in the 50 lap midget A Main. Peck pounces to the lead as the green flag is in the air. Lap 4, Bryan Nuckles spins. Peck is out front and looking good. Most feel he gave one away the night before and is looking to make sure he don't on night 2. Lap 13, Bischak and Kyle Hamilton collide. Peck stays in the lead as he seems to be in total control. Lap 23, Nick Hamilton spins. Lap 28, Travis Welpott spins. Jim Anderson feels he may have gave one away too last night and is starting to make is way towards Peck. Both the former winners are setting up for what looks to be a shootout. Lap 38, Nuckles spins again. Restart, things stack up as Peck still leads. After super heavy contact, Cap Henry spins on lap 41. Lap 44, Kyle Hamilton spins again. Just when it looked like Peck has the win locked up, Bischak spins on lap 48. A 2 lap showdown, Peck is in total control and races to another Rumble win. Anderson takes 2nd and with no Days Of Thunder moves on the last lap on this night, Liguori comes home on the podium.
There is a saying, the more things change, the more they stay the same. John Ivy is in a super fast Winged and Non Winged mini sprint once again and is on a major roll. Winning the last 4 Rumble mini sprint event, Ivy is looking good on night 2. Starting a little deeper in the non wing A Main, can he do it again? Well, that's a silly ass question. Putting both cars where ever he wants on the track, Ivy sweeps the night once again! Yes, that is 2 more wins and 6 in a row now at the Rumble. If they ever make a Rumble Series hall of fame, John Ivy would be a shoe in on the first ballot.
The off season has been super busy with more ride changes and switching going on than I have seen in many years. Some drivers are still searching for rides as well. I think the opening of the 2019 season will be very interesting, Some other big off season news in this region, Sprint Cars return to Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon Ohio for the first time in over 15 years. The BOSS series have a June !st visit at Oakshade. Good thing its a non wing show as that is the same date of the $100,000 Sprint Car World Championship winged sprint car race at Mansfield. Most tracks are off that weekend in honor as Mansfield so it will be interesting to see who may show up at Oakshade and how the fan turn it is with a major sprint car race in the state that night.
With not much down time for my off season, next weekend I will head to Tulsa for the start if my 2019 season on Monday the 14th for the Chili Bowl. Be sure to like the new AFCS Sprints Facebook page and follow the Twitter page @AFCS_Sprints you can also follow me on Twitter @OHduanehancock I hope you all have an amazing New Year.
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It's hard to believe there is just one week remaining in 2018. In a minute I will reflect on the 2018. First, I wanna preview an excellent way to finish the 2018 season, the annual Rumble In The Expo. The Fort Wayne Indiana Expo Center host 2 days of racing on Friday December 28th and Saturday the 29th. With Midgets, winged and non winged mini sprints, go-karts, and quarter midgets on the card. One thing about the Rumble, there is alot of other things happening along with the racing. Another great line up of drivers are pre entered like Rico Abreu, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, Kody Swanson, Cap Henry, and many more. John Ivy leads the mini sprint entries with drivers like Tyler Gunn, Cap Henry, Larry Joe Scroufe and many more.
As the 2018 season comes to an end, it was another big season hitting races for me. I've seen 74 races so far, with another 17 I was planning to hit getting rained out. The rain was a pain in the ass alot this past season. There was a much bigger loss this season though. We lost 2 amazing people that was very popular sprint car drivers with the passing of Jason Johnson and Greg Hodnett from accidents.
Some of my top races I seen, or shows that stick out in my head in my opinion. Or had some great last race battles I seen were: The Sprint Car World Championship at Mansfield. The ending of the A main for 100 grand was great. The non wing show in early May at Limaland. The track was the best I've seen it in years at Lima. The A main was excellent with 4 cars fighting tooth and nail for the win. The open wheel shootout at Fremont in early May was an excellent show all night long. Good heats and 3 great A Mains. Cale Thomas winning the May All Star show at Attica. Brad Sweet's WOO win at Lawrenceburg. The Burg always produces one of the best WOO shows of the season. David Gravel's last race charge at I-96 for a WOO win. The Saturday night Dream at Eldora. Some of the best late model races I've seen and a great first half battle in the 100 lapper that seen Jonathon Davenport and Scott Bloomquist swap the lead several times. The Ohio Speedweek show at Attica was great. Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne put on a show as Paul McMahan brought home a popular win. Cole Duncan's Ohio Speedway finale win at Atomic was very exciting. A pavement AVSS show at Owosso Michigan was one of the wildest pavement sprint shows I've seen in years. The King's Royal finish as Brad Sweet fell a few feet short. Lee Underwood taking the win during the Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield was a good one. The midgets at Indy even with all the rain, muddy mess, delay, and crashing my car on the way home it was a great event. Cole Duncan and Lee Jacobs battle at a late season BOSS winged sprints show in Montpelier Indiana. Kody Swanson at Anderson in September was a show. Of course Kody at Anderson anytime is for sure worth the trip and price of admission. Tim McCreadie winning the World 100 was another good night. The Trophy Cup was a great event. I recommend it to everyone to at least go see at least once. To me, the racing wasn't lights out like everyone makes it out to be. Don't get me wrong it was good but I've seen just as good or better in some of the races I mentioned above but overall event wise, its at the top. That's some of the races from 2018 that stick out in my head as we close out another year.
As some of you may have seen last week, I am getting a little deeper in the sport once again in the 2019 season. With the formation of the Attica Fremont Championship Series (AFCS) I will be the series director. The AFCS will be ONLY an Attica and Fremont deal, like the old FAST was when it originally started off. FAST is now a full traveling series, leaving a void in that has been there for 10 years with extra bonus money for the local Attica and Fremont drivers. Especially the 305s as the FAST 305 series don't exist anymore. It will feature 18 410 points races and 14 305 points races in 2019. The situation is right and won't effect my other media stuff. I still plan to hit 50 to 70 other races besides the AFCS races.
For the last weekend in September, it was a huge racing weekend thanks to some rescheduled rained out shows. With excellent weather, I headed to Kokomo Speedway Thursday for the Smackdown final, Gas City Friday for the James Dean Classic for the USAC Sprints, and finished the weekend out at the Montpelier Speedway for a make up BOSS Winged Sprints show.
Thursday night USAC made up the $10,000 to win Kokomo Smackdown. The support class was the BOSS traditional sprints with their 1st ever visit to the 1/4 mile speed plant. 23 USAC Sprints and 31 BOSS Sprints were pit side. Haribson flips in hot laps.
The BOSS Sprints had 4 heats that were some good close races. Josh Cunningham, Mike Miller, Jake Scott, and Dallas Hewitt took the heat wins. Justin Peck found the wall in heat 2 and ended his night.
With the top 8 already locked into the USAC show from the previous nights of the Smackdown, there was just 2 heats. Some great heat races. Logan Seavey and CJ Leary take the wins. Carson Short spins at the end of heat 1.
Justin Grant won the King challenge to earn the pole of the A main.
The BOSS B main took 6 to the A. David Hair stopped once and then spun, ending his night. Jack James went for a wild tumble in turn 4. Cole Ketchum in a Cole Trickle throw back scheme took the win.
The 25 laps BOSS A Main was up first. Michael Fischesser and Mike Miller brought the field to the green. Dustin Smith shot from 3rd to 1st on the opening lap. Lap 2, Fischesser flew to the lead. Fish and Smith are glued together the next several laps, running just inches apart. Lap 15, Travis Hery spins. The battle heats up for the lead as Miller enters the mix. Just as it looks like Fischesser looks like he about to score his first BOSS win, JJ Hughes stops on lap 22. Tyler Gunn makes a charge towards the leaders on the restart. Lap 23, Paul Dues flips. Restart, Fish looks good and leads. Coming to the checkered into 4, Fish slides a bit high, leaving the bottom open. Miller slams it into the low groove off 4 and gets a great bite, beating Fischesser to the line to steal the win. Smith, Gunn, up from 12th, and Scott round out the top 5. A great race and job well done by the BOSS group.
The 40 lap USAC A Main was the night cap as Grant and Darland paced the field. Darland electrified the crowd leading lap 1. Grant quickly made his move and grabbed the lead on lap 2. Grant opened up the lead gap as a wild battle was going on behind him. Lap after lap, Grant was in control. Lap 29, Chris Windom slows with a flat tire. Grant keeps upfront on the restart. Tyler Courtney and CJ Leary make a charge at Grant. Grant has been super stout at Kokomo since the first time he ever hit the oval a few years back. Grant takes the win. Courtney, Leary Jason McDougal, and Brady Bacon round out the top 5. A great show to kick off the weekend.
Friday, it was back to Indiana as the Gas City I-69 Speedway hosted the USAC Sprints. Another nice night as 33 cars were ready for USAC's return to Gas City.
Per the norm at Gas City some good heat race action. Tyler Courtney, Isaac Chappel, Kyle Cummins, and Dustin Ingle took heat wins.
The loaded B Main took the top 6 to the A. Justin Grant took the B main win over Josh Hodges, Tyler Thomas, Matt Westfall, Thomas Meseraull, and Tyler Hewitt.
Jason McDougal and Chappel brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A. Chappel charged to the lead. Chappel has been getting closer and closer to a USAC win and is running an excellent race outfront. Kevin Thomas Jr is all over Chappel but Isaac isn't rattled and hits his marks lap after lap. Lap 18, Dallas Hewitt spins. Lap 20, Tony DiMattia spins. Chappel leads as KTJ is searching all over for a way around Chappel. Lap 26, KTJ takes the lead. Chappel stays tough and tries to get back past but KTJ is too tough. CJ Leary is making a late race charge and gets past Chappel. Leary tries to catch KTJ. KTJ beats him to the line and takes the win. After they cross the finish line all hell breaks loose. McDougal, DiMattia, and Chappel tangle in turn 4, Dallas Hewitt flips in turn 4. Since the leaders were crossed the finish line, the field was frozen and reverted back to the last lap. KTJ wins, Leary and Chappel bring home podium finishes.
Saturday, another trip to Indiana as the BOSS winged sprints made their first appearance at the Montpelier Speedway. The regular Montpelier midgets were on the card too. 29 sprints and a stellar field of 34 midgets were on hand. Lee Jacobs shattered the track record.
The 4 midget heats started the night off and things got wild from the start. Heat 1, B Watson flipped. Heat 2, Critter Malone flips. After a handful of other spins, things settle down. Chase Jones, Nick Speidel, Zeb Wise, and Stratton Briggs take the heat wins.
The 3 BOSS winged sprint heats were very good. Cale Thomas flips in heat 2. Lee Jacobs, Cody Gardner, and Ronnie Blair took the heat wins.
The midget B featured some crazy racing and some tight battles. Dunham and Kraigbauch flip hard together. Tom Hunt went on to the win.
In the sprint car B Main, a wild start as Travis Philo sent Parker Fredrickson spinning with a broken front end after contact. Next start, Philo gets into Adam Burkett. Once things final get settled down, Kody Swanson lays down a great run taking the win over Philo, Thomas who recovered from the heat race flip, Tyler Rankin, and Cale Stinton.
Davy Ray ripped to the lead of the 20 lap midget A. Lap 2, John Rawson spins. Restart, Ray coast to a stop handing Chase Jones the lead. Lap 4, Rawson spins again. Jones leads as Wise makes a charge into 2nd after starting 9th. Lap 6, Briggs stops. Restart, Jones and Wise battle. Lap 8, Wise whips to the lead. Wise quickly pulls to a large lead as the Clauson Marshall entry is on a rail. Wise takes the win over Jones, Chett Gehrke, Speidel, and Tyler Nelson.
Jacobs and Cole Duncan bring the field to green in the 25 lap BOSS A. Jacobs jumps to the lead. An instant battle as Duncan and Jacobs race wheel to wheel. Lap 4, Duncan takes the lead. Tights battles all through out the pack. Lap 7, Meseraull and Swanson spin after some tight racing. Duncan leads on the restart but Jacobs never really leaves his sights. A lot of drivers have runs at the 2 front runners. Tracy Hines has a good run towards the front in his last ever sprint car race. Robert Ballou, yes with a wing, Danny Smith, and a few others make moves. Thomas is charging from the tail as well. Lap 18, Rankin spins. More close racing as lap 23, Josh Davis gets his front end clipped and all but flips on just past the flag stand. A 2 lap shoot out. Duncan holds them off, taking the win. Jacobs, Kody Kinser, Thomas, from 19th, and Clinton Boyles up from 13th. Another good race.
Boss announced their non wing sprints have been added to Montpelier OCT 13th
As I stated in the write up, Tracy Hines ran his last ever sprint car race Saturday night. I think he will still race the Chili Bowl and IMS midget race but his career is winding down. I truly think he was getting better and better each time in a winged car and was on the verge of a win soon. The non wing standout is a USAC triple crown winner will be missed behind the wheel. I would have loved to see T Hines in victory lane Saturday night.
Saturday: All Stars and WAR Sprints Kokomo IN, NRA Sprints and Non Wing Sprints Waynesfield IN, Tony Elliott classic Anderson IN
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With tropical storm Gordon messing with races all over the Eastern region, it was a struggle to get many races in last weekend. Thursday I headed to the dirt track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the BC39 USAC midget race. Saturday, I headed to the only sprint car race not cancelled in the Ohio, Indiana, Michigan region. It was off to Quincy Michigan to the Butler Motor Speedway.
Thursday just over 100 midgets was ready for the huge $15,000 to win BC39 at the newly constructed dirt track inside turn 3 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What looked like a great day weather wise suddenly turned very wet. With heavy rains, water was laying all over IMS. They said the show will go on. I thought no damn way when I seen the track. Reese O'Connor and crew went to work and worked their ass off to get the track ready. Just after 8, cars hit the very muddy 1/4 oval. It took almost 2 hours to push the cars off and run the track into shape and run hotlaps. Amazingly, the track was race ready just after 10 for the 8 qualifier races. It was determined before the qualifiers the E and D mains were eliminated due to curfew restraints. Making it all the more important to pass cars. With it still being a very heavy wet track, the 8 qualifier races was excellent. Plenty of side by side racing and passing. The track I believe is configured absolutely perfect for midget racing. Some great hard fought elbows up racing. When the 7th qualifier was pushed off, it was announced the C and B mains were now eliminated as well. Yes, it was late but this screwed several teams that hauled in from 21 states. I get it but per Speedway Indiana noise ordinances its a $100 fine. Hopefully, something was done for the teams do they come back next year. Don't get me wrong, I got home 2 hours before I had to leave for work the way it was but in my eyes, dumping on several teams isn't good either. All in all, we were just damn lucky to see any races!! They worked super hard very quickly to pull the show off. It could have been super easy to say sorry its cancelled and 99% of the tracks in the world would have but not on this night.
Kevin Thomas Jr and Tyler Courtney paced the 39 lap A Main. KTJ slide to the lead. With the battle heating up right away, there was never a huge break away upfront. 3 and 4 wide racing, the fans were on the edge of their seats. Lap 13, all hell broke loose in turn 4. Tucker Klassmeyer flipped as Bradon Lynch, Tyler Thomas, Shane Cottle, Terry Babb, and Jake Neumann were all collected in the mess. Lap 14 Dillon Welsh stops. Lap 16, Brian Karreker stops. Green, its KTJ but soon the battle is 3 wide lap after lap after lap as Brady Bacon and Chad Boat challenge KTJ. In and out of traffic, the lead pack races tightly inches apart. Lap 30, Bacon sizzles to the lead. Boat is right there as KTJ stays close by as well. 3 wide again, Bacon is under attack. With a great move in traffic coming to the white flag, Bacon opened up a slight lead. Boat tried to make one last move but Bacon wasn't having it. Brady Bacon wins a thriller over Boat, and KTJ. Next year sounds like the race is back. If you like midget racing, you will wanna be there, trust me it was amazing racing.
Saturday, a trip 60 miles North for me to the Butler Motor Speedway. I have been to Butler all year and have heard they have been working on the track. 20 sprints were on hand. I was pleasantly surprised, as the track was in the best shape I've ever seen it. Smooth with little dust for Butler. 3 heats, all cars to the A. Heat 1, Zane DeVault spins. Jay Steinbeck breaks and flies off turn 3, all but flipping. Ryan Ruhl ripped the field, winning by a half a track over Tyler Rankin and Mike Baker. Heat 2, Josh Turner sung his way to the win over Quinton Blonde and Ricky Ferkel. Heat 3, Max Stambaugh mangled the field and cruised to the win over Boston Mead, and Adam Cruea.
A special $300 to win Dash was next. With $300 more split with 2nd and 3rd the Dash was a good race. Bringing the crowd to its feet, Tyler Rankin took the win.
The 20 lap A Main seen Rankin and Stambaugh bring the field to the green. Stambaugh slams to the lead but before a lap was in, Rankin spins. A 3 car spin on the restart slows the action again. Stambaugh steams to the lead once again. Lap 2, Mark Aldrich spins. Restart, Blonde spins. Lap 3, Dakota Busche, Daryl Shaffer, and Tyler Breaden spin together. Green, its all Stambaugh out front. Lap 11, Rocky LaPresto stops. Green, Ruhl tries to make a move on Stambaugh but can't make a pass. Ruhl stays within striking distance but can't make a move. Lap 17, Aldrich spins again. This gives Ruhl one more shot. Stambaugh gets a great start and races to the win. Ruhl, Blonde, Joe Swanson, and Steinbeck round out the top 5. All in all some good racing with the best the track has been.
Thursday: Non wing sprints Anderson IN
Friday: FAST/BOSS Winged Fremont OH. USAC Terre Haute IN
Saturday: FAST/BOSS Winged Fremont OH, USAC Haubstadt IN
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With several inches of rain falling the few days prior, the Kokomo Speedway crew worked their butts off to be ready for the #GYTAK Challenge last Wednesday night. An excellent race that not only kicks off Smackdown weekend, its free admission for the fans. Then, All Star Performance steps up and pays for every drivers pit pass. If thats not enough, some of the Kokomo staff members raise $$ and prizes for the #GYATK Challenge, awarding the top 3 drivers of the night that have never wheeled a non wing sprint car at Kokomo. This year 14 drivers were in the mix for the bonus money. Plus, the race aired live for free on Speed Shift Tv for fans all over the world to see.
54 cars packed the pits at Kokomo. With such a large field, 6 heats with the top 3 moving to the A. Heat 1 Jamie Fredrickson spins. Brady Bacon sizzled to the win over Scotty Weir, and Issac Chappel in a great battle for 3rd. Heat 2, Justin Grant took the win over Tyler Thomas, and with a last lap pass Thomas Meseraull. Heat 3, Carson Short got into the wall in turn 1 but rolled back to the pits. Chris Windom held off a charging Robert Ballou for the win. Ballou started last after issues in hotlaps/qualifying. Tim Buckwalter raced into the A as well. Heat 4, Tyler Courtney took a close one over Dave Darland and Chase Stockon. Heat 5, Shane Cottle was on a mission and raced to the win over Jarrett Andretti and Clinton Boyles. Heat 6, Matt Westfall flips hard in turn 2, battling for the final transfer spot when a lapped car bunched things up. Kevin Thomas Jr beat CJ Leary and Chad Boespflug to the line in this one.
The top 4 from the C transfer to the B. After a few yellows for spins, Carson Short put on a show. Short raced from 15th to the win. Travis Hery, Cap Henry, with a good run from 9th, and Josh Cummins raced their way into the B.
The top 6 from the B moved to the A. An excellent race with 3 and 4 wide battles everywhere. Matt Cooley spins. Carmen Perigo was leading the #GYATK Challenge and was in a transfer until a late spin. When the mud stop flying, Steve Sussex III took the win holding off Carson Short. Yes, Short thrilled the large crowd again as he charged from 19th to 2nd, just short of the win. Dakota Jackson, Chet Williams, Tony DiMattia, and Jason McDougal move to the A. The #GYATK Challenge was a race in its own with a tight finish. All 3 cars were right there 3 and 4 wide the last few laps as they ended up 13th, 15th, and 16th. Braxton Cummins earned the top prize nipping Cap Henry and Webber. Henry was the driver on the move, moving up 7 spots compared the others 2 and 3 spots.
Windom and Courtney brought the 27 lap A Main to the green. Windom whipped to the lead. With most the lead pack running about a 1/4 of the way up the track, there was plenty of nose to tail and side by side action. Never opening up more than a 2 car length lead, Windom was hammering the load pedal but so was everyone else. It wasn't a slide job city barn burner but, it was tight close side by side action. Windom lead flag to flag in a non stop A. Courtney, Grant, Darland, and Bacon rounded out the top 5. All in all a good night of racing with plenty of action. The #GYATK Challenge did not disappoint.
A HUGE racing weekend Friday: All Stars Attica OH, GLSS Auburn MI, BOSS winged Gas City IN, SOD Hartford MI Saturday: All Stars Attica OH, GLSS and MTS Auburn MI, BOSS winged RT 44 IN, SOD Crystal MI Sunday: All Stars Wayne CO OH, OVSCA Rt 35 OH, non wing Kokomo IN
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The 2nd annual Great Lake Nationals got moved to a 1 day show as weather once again effected a show at Mansfield Motor Speedway. The event has been scheduled against the Knoxville Nationals to give smaller teams a chance to race for some bigger money.
30 FAST 410, 31 BOSS traditional sprints, and 26 FAST 305 sprints were pit side. Scott Hardman took a wild flip in BOSS hotlaps/qualifying
4 FAST 410 heats, taking the top 4 to the huge $20,000 to win A. Heat 1, Trevor Baker held off Rob Chaney to take the win. Craig Mintz and Cole Duncan raced into the A. Heat 2, Byron Reed road to the win over Broc Martin, Ryan Broughton, and Travis Philo. Heat 3, Cap Henry held off Cale Conley, Caleb Helms, and Chris Andrews for the win. Heat 4 had the worse start I've seen in ages. A few drivers got screwed harder than Stormy Danials. Danny Dietrich spanked the field after getting be flew past the mess on the start. Kory Crabtree, Brandon Wimmer, and Tyler Gunn took transfer spots.
The BOSS sprints was up next with 4 heats, transferring the top 4 to their $3000 to win A Main. Which is double of what the regular BOSS win pays. Heat 1, Matt Cooley spins and slows the action. Dustin Ingle took the win over Matt Westfall, Dallas Hewitt, and Tyler Gunn. Gunn put it in the winged and non wing A mains via the heats. Heat 2, Bill Rose looked very tough and took the win over Michael Fischesser, Joe Liguori, and Aaron Middaugh. Heat 3, Carmen Perigo broke and slammed in inside wall, ending his night. Ty Tilton took the win over Cody Gardner, Kory Crabtree, and Lee Underwood. Crabtree repeated the same feat as Gunn. Heat 4, Luke Hall hustled to the win over Clinton Boyles, Steve Little, and Mike Burkin.
3 305 heats took the top 5 to the A. Heat 1, Duffy Rubel spins for a yellow. Luke Griffith grabbed the win over Jimmy McGrath, Kyle Capodice, Jamie Miller, and Matt Lucius. Heat 2, Luke Daughtery and Jeremy Duposki collide in turn 2 and the cars are mended together. After about 15 minutes of messing around, the cars get drugged to the infield, still hooked on to each other. Tyler Street sped to the win over Dustin Stroup, Kyle Peters, Paul Weaver, and Joe Armbruster. Heat 3, Jordan Ryan took the win over Seth Schneider, Bobby Clark, Brandon Moore, and Kevin Mingus. Matt Russell flips hard at the checkered. I think
410 B would take the top 5 from the B and then the fastest qualifier that didn't transfer to the A. Tyler Dunn and Dylan Kingan spin. Next go around, Chase Baker and Kingan spin. In a decent race, andDJ Netto takes the win over Stuart Brubaker, Jordan Ryan, DJ Foos, and Mitch Harble. Harble had engine woes in qualifying. The team loaded up, went back to the Prosser Racing shop which is less than 2 way. They got the car back in time to tag the B main and start last and race into the A. Chase Baker was the fastest qualifier that didn't transfer to the A that got the final spot for the A.
The BOSS B took the top 6 to the A. Matt Cooley and Buddy Lowther collide, slowing the action. Mike Miller held off Chad Wilson, Eric Jennings, up from 14th, Bob McMillan, Paul Dues, and Bobby Distel.
The 305 B was scratched after a few cars were done for the night.
Reed and Trevor Baker brought the $20,000 to win 40 lap A Main to the green. Reed rips to the lead. Lap 7, Martin comes to a stop. Green, Baker pressures Reed. Lap 10, Baker blast to the lead. Chaney slows to a stop. Baker is looking the best Ive seen him, running away from Reed. Henry starts to get hooked up and moving to the front. Lap 20, Henry takes the lead. Henry is looking for 3 wins in a row as he pulls to a few second lead. Gunn is the fastest car on the track and is quickly moving to the front after starting 16th. Lap 30, Gunn was up to 3rd as he cuts a tire, hitting the wall. A fuel stop is now under way. Green, Henry leads as Conley tries to make a move. Henry and the Lane 4 team has found something and pulls away taking not only their 3rd win in a row but the $20,000 paycheck. Conley, Dietsch, Duncan, up from 13th, and Netto, up from 17th rounded out the top 5.
Westfall and Hall paced the 25 lap BOSS A Main. Westfall whipped to the lead on the start. Hall battles Westfall the first 6 laps but Matt starts to pull away. In a pretty uneventful race, Westfall is all alone upfront. Lap 21, Dues tags the wall. Tilton tries to make a late race charge but can't make a move on Westfall. Westfall takes the win over Tilton, Rose, Hewitt, and Fischesser.
Griffith and Street brought the 25 lap 305 A Main to the green. Street slides to the lead. Lap 1, Thomas Ridivoy stops. Green, Street leads and the battle heats up. Griffith spins and Ryan has no where to go and slams into him. Green for another lap when Griffith slows. Street is looking great out front. Ivy is making a huge charge from the rear. Lap 16, Ken Rossey spins. Green, Street stays in the lead. Looking for his first win, Street is in total control. Street takes the win over Capodice, Weaver, up from 11th, Ivy, up from 18th, and Stroup.
I love the idea of this race and that Cody and crew at Mansfield isn't afraid to take a risk on huge money shows. Mansfield can not catch a break ever with the weather. I think it was good racing and the track was racing and pretty decent for all the that fell Friday.
Friday: FAST Attica OH, GLSS I96 MI
Saturday: FAST Sharon OH, GLSS Thunderbird MI, Must See Berlin MI
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Jack Hewitt has been a household name in racing for years. Each year, the first Saturday in August, Waynefield Motorsports Park host the annual Jack Hewitt Classic. A race that means more than just a win to the drivers, its a win on honor of one of the greats in racing. 33 BOSS Sprints were pit side.
In bigger events, BOSS does group qualifying in hotlaps with your heat race group. 4 heats took the top 4 to the A. Heat 1, Scotty Weir took the Miller 6 car to the win over Dallas Hewitt, Zane Hendricks, and Kyle Simon. Heat 2, Drew Radar raced to the win over Kody Swanson, Matt Goodnight, and Matt Westfall. Heat 3, Lee Underwood rode to the win over Luke Hall, Steve Little, and Mike Miller. As the 4th heat hit the track, the sky opened up and put too much water on the track to continue. After a brief rain, the track crew went right to work. With just a short delay, heat 4 was pushed backed off. With the track already in great shape before the rains, it was super fast now. The loaded heat 4 seen Dave Darland drive to the win over Bill Rose, Cole Ketchum, and Cody Gardner who held off Thomas Meseraull.
Instead of a 17 car B Main, the field was spilt into 2 B Mains taking the top 3 out of each. B1, Buddy Lowther slows the pace with a spin. Dustin Ingle inched to the win over Joltin Joe Liguori, and Ty Tilton. B 2, Stratton Briggs slowed the pace with a spin. Toby Alfrey slows the action as he flys off the top off turn 1 and keeps rolling through the field and back on to the track. T Mez recovers from a bad heat race run and takes the win over Carmen Pergio after a great battle for the lead. Travis Welpott took the final transfer spot.
Darland and Swanson brought the 25 lap A Main to the green. Gradner has mag box issues on the push off and pulls in. TMez pulls to the work area with pre race problems. Darland drove to the lead on the start. Darland runs up front as Hall closes in. Hall and Darland have a great battle, just inches a part. Hall wasn't more than 3 inches off Darland's rear bumper a handful of laps. Lap 11, Ingle, Tilton, and Hrndricks collide. Restart, Darland leads as Rose enters the mix. Out of nowhere, Underwood finds something in the middle and is hooked up, coming quickly to the front. Lap 16, Underwood zips past Darland for the lead. Hewitt battles Darland for 2nd as Underwood shocks the field and pulls off into the moonlight. Underwood brings home his 1st ever career win which happen to honor the most popular driver from his home town of Troy. A huge win for Underwood. Hewitt, Darland, Weir, and Rose round out the top 5.
A great field off 33 D2 midgets / non wing mini sprints seen Chet Gerke take the win. A great night of racing once again for the Hewitt Classic.
Friday: BOSS and FAST Mansfield OH, SOD Hartford MI, OVSCA Skyline OH
Saturday: BOSS and FAST Mansfield OH, MUST SEE Anderson IN, Usac Silvercrown Salem IN, MSCS Haubstadt IN
Sunday: MSCS Terre Haute IN
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After being out of the country and missing a weekend of racing, I got back to the tracks last weekend. Friday, it was off to Attica Raceway Park for the FAST 410 sprints and regular 305s. Saturday, I kept it local again heading to Fremont Speedway for the 410 sprints and the FAST 305 sprints.
Friday, 30 FAST 410s and 26 305 sprints were on hand at Attica Raceway Park. The track was wet and heavy as the heats were ready to roll.
4 FAST 410 heats with the top 4 moving to the A. Heat 1, a great battle with some young guns. Local Jess Stiger held on for the win over Ayrton Olsen, Tyler Gunn and Jordan Harble. Heat 2, Travis Philo took the win in another close one over Craig Mintz, Nate Dussel, and with a last lap last turn pass, Stuart Brubaker. Lee Jacobs slid off the top of turn 2 in heat 3. Chris Andrews was hooked up and dominated heat 3 taking the win over Mitch Harble, Broc Martin, and DJ Foos. Heat 4 came to a grinding halt when Chase Baker took a wild ride off the top of turn 3 and then flipped hard into the fence and guardrail. Chase was okay. Once things got cleaned up, Jordan Ryan took a popular win over Trey Jacobs, Byron Reed, and Boston Mead. The Michigan driver Mead is getting better and better each outing.
3 305 heats with the top 5 moving to the A. Heat 1, Jimmy McGrath Jr takes a hard flip off the exit of turn 4. Tyler Street held off a charging Jamie Miller for the win. John Ivy, Brandon Moore, and Shane Call. Heat 2, Kyle Capodice takes the win over Frank Neill, Steve Rando, Seth Schneider, and James Taddeo. Heat 3, seen veteran Paul Weaver hold off another seasoned vet, Bobby Clark for the win. Dustin Stroup, Jason Keckler, and Dustin Rail.
The 410 B is up next, taking the final 4 drivers to the A. Dan McCarron takes the win in a close one over Ricky Peterson, TJ Michael, and Lee Jacobs.
The top 5 from the 305 B moved to the A. Kyle Peters pulled to the win over Kevin Mingus, Luke Griffith, Matt Lucius, and George Englert.
Philo and Stiger brought the 30 lap 410 A Main to the green. As the pack raced into turn 1, Peterson did a 360 and a few other cars got sideways. Foos spun to a stop to avoid the cluster as they are drove away. Restart, Philo flew to the lead. Lap 2, Peterson spins again but this time he stops as the yellow lights flash on. Philo looks good upfront as Andrews and Mintz try to run him down. Lap 18, Michael spins. Philo leads on the restart as Andrews tried to make a move. Andrews catches Philo in the closing laps as they battle hard. Gunn is super fast the last 7 laps and tries to run down the lead pack. No contact, just hard racing. Philo is too tough and nips Andrews for the win. Mintz, Gunn and Reed round out the top 5.
The $1000 Griffith Engines 305 A Main seen Weaver and Keckler pace the field. Weaver whips to the lead. Lap 1, Rail flips as the deep pack tried to enter turn 3 full throttle 3 wide. Weaver leads and the action slows on lap 5 for a Call spin. Weaver is a smooth sailing out front as several battle behind him. Lap 13, Stroup slows with a flat left rear. Miller starts to close in on Weaver as the laps wind down. Lap 19, Griffith slips off the top of 2. Restart, Miller tries to make a move. Weaver runs the right rear right on the cushion and drives away. Miller plays follow the leader hoping Weaver bobbles. Weaver leads flag to flag, taking the win over Miller, Schneider, Ivy, and Capodice.
Another beautiful day for racing as I head East once again to the Fremont Speedway. 21 410 and 18 FAST 305s are in the house.
3 410 heats, all cars to the A but have to be in the top 3 to make the invert. Heat 1, Nate Dussel slows running in 2nd. Stuart Brubaker blast to the win over Rob Chaney and Byron Reed. Heat 2, Tyler Gunn bicycles going for the lead and flips hard in turn 3. Ayrton Olsen lays down a great run and holds off Broc Martin and Craig Mintz for the win. Heat 3, Dan McCarron slows the action as he slips off turn 4. DJ Foos flies to the win over Cap Henry and TJ Michael.
2 305 heats with all cars moving to the A. Jamie Miller and Kyle Peters took the wins.
Michael and Chaney pace the 30 lap 410 A Main. Chaney charges to the lead. Chaney quickly opens the gap and pulls away from the pack. With the track staying pretty fast all night, Chaney is clicking the laps off quickly. Rob has almost a 4 second lead. Lap 16, Andrews flips in turn 3. Henry has moved up to 2nd but can't make a move for the lead on the restart as Chaney drives away. Chaney once again pulls away. After a few laps, Henry gets to rolling and starts to gain on Chaney after moving up from 7th. Fighting in and out of traffic the final 5 laps, Henry is shrinking the gap each lap. Henry catches and makes a power move on the outside and takes the lead with 2 to go. Henry leaves Chaney in his dust and cruises to his 2nd win of the season and first at Fremont on the season. Chaney, Reed up from 8th, Mintz up from 9th, and Michael round out the top 5. A good race with 3 of the top 4 starting in row 4 or 5. Wait, thought wing racing don't have passing :)
Street and Ivy bring the 305 A to the green. Ivy inches to the lead. Johnny I is looking good out front. Lap 5, Lucius spins. Restart, a rare mistake from Ivy as he spins off turn 1 in front of the entire pack. Everyone does a great job of misisng the 77i machine. This hands the lead to Street. Street is having a great night and stays out front on the restart. Lap 7, Justin Adams slows to a stop. Green, Street slams to go peddle and is looking very tough. Lap after lap, Street stays on the point. Miller closes in as the laps wind down and they start to battle. Lap 18, Miller moves to the lead. Once Miller hit the lead, write the check, as he pulls away. Miller raced away from the pack and cruised to another win. Street, Peters, Alvin Roepke, and Stroup rounded out the top 5.
Friday BOSS Atomic OH, SOD Butler MI, GLSS Hartford MI, MTS I96 MI
Saturday BOSS Waynefield OH, SOD Butler MI, GLSS Plymouth IN, MTS Thunderbird MI
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The month of money kicks off as the World Of Outlaws invade Ohio for some of the most popular races of the season. The 30th annual Brad Doty Classic kicked the week off at Attica Raceway Park. The action then moved to Eldora Speedway for 3 days of the 35th annual King's Royal weekend.
Tuesday, 50 WOO Sprints towed to Attica where they were shooting for a very special win, the Brad Doty Classic. To date, its the largest one day show car count of the season.
Cale Conley took a wild flip in time trials on a fast track. With such a large field, 6 heats were ready to roll.
With the track fairly wet, the heat races where hammer down. Cory Ellison took heat 1 over Joey Saldana and Logan Schuchart. Heat 2, pole sitter Kyle Larson got called for a jump start and send back a row. To me, unless is super out of hand, I have never figured out the car that sets the pace can jump a start. Rico Abreu took the win over Jacob Allen and Larson missed the Dash transfer spot. Daryn Pittman took heat 3 over Carson Macedo and Cap Henry who energized the local crowd with a great drive up in the fluff. Shane Stewart wins heat 4 over Tim Shaffer and David Gravel. Heat 5, Sheldon gets a great run off 2 but gets into the back of Brad Sweet and spins. Aaron Reutzel is fast as always and takes the win over Sweet and Chad Kemenah. Heat 6, Dale Blaney slips off the top of turn 1. As he slips down the hill, Paige Polyak spins off in almost the same spot. Donny Schatz takes the win over Brent Marks and with a bit of luck, Greg Wilson. 3rd place Andrew Paulker spun in the middle of turn 4 coming to the checkered flag.
The D Main was up next. Iowa invader Josh Schneiderman took the win over Ryan Ruhl.
2 more move on out of the C. A great race seen Kraig Kinser take the win over a fast Chris Andrews that started in the back
Dash 1 seen Macedo take the win over Saldana. Dash 2 crowd cheers from the huge crowd as Marks held off Schatz for the win.
6 come out of the loaded B Main. Lee Jacobs jolted to the win over Blaney, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Ian Madsen, and TJ Michael race into the A. Andrews charged from the back as the local crowd cheered him on but he fell 1 spot short. However, Andrews did earn a $500 bonus from Hoseheads.com for the 1st non transfer.
40 laps as the BDC A Main rolls off. Macedo and Marks pace the pack. Marks marches to the lead. Lap 2, Wilson stops. Rsstart, Blaney spins. Green, Marks leads as lap 6 things slow again as Lee Jacobs stops. Marks keeps things a rolling in the front of the pack as another yellow on lap 13 for Reutzel. Green, Marks is having the crowd cheer him on as he looks like he is holding his own upfront. Lap 21, Sweet spins. Under the yellow, Marks has a right rear tire go flat. Saldana inherits the lead after running a stout 2nd. Lap 22, Schatz slips past for the lead. Schatz is looking for his 4th BDC win. As Schatz leads, the crowd grows anxious as Larson is closing the gap. With a handful of laps left, Larson catches Schatz. Larson changes his line and draws to the inside of Schatz now. Larson keeps low as Schatz runs high. Schatz is too stout and takes the win over Larson Saldana, Abreu, and Macedo.
Thursday the action shifts to Eldora Speedway for the Joker's Wild. 46 cars are ready for action.
4 heats and the regular WOO format for this night. Tim Shaffer, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, and Aaron Reutzel took the heat wins.
A loaded C Main seen Josh Schneiderman break. Caleb Helms slows in this one too. Cole Duncan takes the win over Cory Ellison.
David Gravel grabbed the win over Shane Stewart in the Dash.
If you thought the C was loaded, the B was stacked. Rico Abreu took the win over Ian Madsen, Sammy Swindell, and Parker Price Miller.
Gravel and Stewart brought the field to green in the 30 lap A. Gravel gets the lead on the start. The action quickly heats up as Jacob Allen is on Gravel's tail tank. Lap 9, Allen takes the lead. A super tight battle gets a little too tight on lap 10 as Stewart makes contact with Gravel. David brushes the wall and spins. Lap 11Stewart slides to the lead. Always good at Eldora, Shane opens the gap. Shaffer tries to run him down at the end but the 2 car is just too stout. Shane Stewart takes the win over Shaffer, Schatz, and Kerry Madsen who charged up from 16th.
Friday 53 WOO cars pull pit side for the Knight Before the King's Royal. With such a great car count a 6 heat race format was used. Chad Kemenah took heat 1 over Sheldon Haudenschild and Jacob Allen. Heat 2 got a bit choppy. Trey Starks found the turn 4 wall as Joey Saldana and him made contact. Then after things got rolling again, Saldana got squeezed into the back stretch wall battling with Brad Sweet. Donny Schatz took the win over Sweet and Gio Scelzi. Blackjack Brian Brown has made the annual trip to the Big E the last few years. Brown took the win over Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart. Tim Shaffer took heat 4 over Carson Macedo and Greg Wilson. Heat 5, Hunter Schuerenberg had the best start I've seen in years at the big E. Hunter shot right up the gut of the pack and went from row 4 to the lead in the middle of turn 1. Schuerenberg took the win over Aaron Reutzel. Rico Abreu took a popular win in heat 6 over Paul McMahan and David Gravel.
After having major issues earlier in the night, Ryan Smith got the 94 machine a moving and took the D Main win over Dominic Scezli.
Large car counts equal some great drivers in the D and C. Brent Marks took the C Main win over Cory Ellison.
Dash 1, Brown kept the fans happy as be took the win over Schatz.
Dash 2, Schuerenberg showed his heat race wasn't a fluke and took the win over Shaffer
The final 4 spots were determined in the B Main. Starks rebounded from his heat race incident and took the win. Cole Duncan, Logan Schuchart, and Dave Blaney with a late race pass.
Brown and Schuerenberg paced the 30 lap A. Could we see a first time Eldora WOO winner? Brown blasted to the lead as the field raced into turn 1. Brown was looking good as Schuerenberg dropped back. Schatz got things a rolling after a few laps clicked off. Lap 10, Don Don took the lead. Wilson was making the Ohio fans wave their arms, pump their fist, and cheer as he was coming on the low side from deep in the pack. Donny stretched to a big lead but Wilson was moving to the front. 5 to go, Wilson now has Schatz in his sights. Schatz had too big of a lead as he took yet another win. Wilson and Sheldon Haudenschild took podium spots.
Saturday, 51 cars shoot for the 35th annual King's Royal crown. The standard King's Royal format is used. Which I truly like btw.
6 heats that mean everything to pass cars if you can. Heat 1, Jess Stiger slows as his 8 car burst into flames for a moment with a blown engine. Jess was okay and the Eldora Speedway safety crew was instantly on the scene. Cory Ellison had been in the C the night before, takes heat 1 over Christopher Bell and Kraig Kinser. An excellent side by side, nose to tail battle in heat 2. Brad Sweet finally cleared Ryan Smith to take the win. David Gravel took the final transfer spot. Donny Schatz showed he was still the man to beat, taking heat 3 over Shane Stewart and Kerry Madsen. Heat 4 seen a few driver punch their card to their first KR a main start. Parker Price Miller took the win over Bill Balog and Lee Jacobs. A man having a good year and its great to see back upfront again, Paul McMahan took heat 5. Tim Shaffer and Daryn Pittman earned a main spots. Trey Starks took heat 6 over Jacob Allen and and Brock Zearfoss
The C Main took 6 to the B. Ryan Ruhl slows for a yellow. Not being where he wants but, trying to make a charge, Brian Brown took the C Main win over Brandon Wimmer, Randy Hannagan, Josh Schneiderman, Ruhl with a great charge, and Dan McCarran.
The final 4 spots for the $50,000 a main were determined via the B Main. Aaron Reutzel has been fast all season and was looking for an A main start, leading the B. 2 to go, Reutzel breaks. Greg Wilson took the win over Hunter Schuerenberg, Ian Madsen, and with a last lap turn 4 pass, Rico Abreu ignited the crowd to make the A.
Starks and McMahan bring the 40 lap event to the
green. Schuerenberg spins in 3 and collects Sheldon Haudenschild and
Zearfoss. Complete restart, Starks storms to the lead. Starks is looking to
pull the major upset as he is hooked up and is still out front as the first
quarter of the race is in the books. Schatz is starting to work his way in
on Starks. Lap 15, Schatz slides to the lead. Schatz quickly pulls to a 3
second lead by the half way point. Schatz stays up front with 10 to go but
Sweet is on the move. 7 and 8 laps to go and Sweet is exchanging sliders
with Pittman who is a lapped car. Sweet finally clears Pittman and is
quickly closing as the record crowd is frantically cheering Sweet on. White
flag, its going to be close as Sweet is near. Coming to the line, Sweet
falls less than a car length from the win. Schatz takes 3 Royals in a row.
If Sweet would have cleared Pittman a lap, sooner, he by far would have
blown right past Schatz. Ellison took 3rd, Jacobs jolted home 4th, up from
16th, and Kinser rounded out the top 5. All in all a great KR weekend.
Friday night I kicked the weekend off by heading to Attica Raceway Park for their Fan Night. $10 admission, $1 hot dogs, 50 cent popcorn, and the pits open after hot laps. A excellent bargain especially since several of the teams have handouts for the fans when the pit gates open.
32 410 and 23 305 sprint cars were pit side and ready to rock on this very hot night.
4 410 heats with top 4 to A. Dylan Kingan flipped in heat 1. Tim Shaffer sailed to the win over Ricky Peterson, Jess Stiger, and Shawn Valenti. The action heated up early in heat 2 as Travis Philo and Chris Andrews about touch. Andrews spins with some broken parts. Craig Mintz motored to the win over DJ Foos, Broc Martin, and Boston Mead. Stuart Brubaker held off Byron Reed, Adam Kekich, and Paige Polyak for the win in heat 3. Duane Zablocki flips at the beginning of heat 4. Cap Henry had a break battle with TJ Michael, holding TJ off for the win. Jordan Ryan and Caleb Helms raced into the A.
3 305 heats with all drivers moving to the A. Rookie Shane Call ran an awesome race in heat 1, taking the win after just racing in his 3 or 4 show. John Ivy, Brandon Moore, and Bobby Clark followed Call. Kyle Peters looked impressive taking the win in heat 2 over Jamie Miller, Dustin Stroup, and Jason Keckler. A great race in heat 3 seen Tyler Street take the win with a last lap off turn 4 pass on Kyle Capodice.
Top 4 from the 410 B Main. Thomas Shinderle and Kelsey Ivy are battling for 5th, when Shinderle spins totally sideways, all but running over Ivy, as Ivy spins to avoid and big crash. Travis Philo got things a rolling and took the win over a closing Tyler Gunn, Dan McCarron, and Chris Andrews with a huge charge up from 14th.
The 25 lap 305 A Main was out first. Miller and Ivy brought the field to the green. Justin Adams stops on the start. Restart, Jerry Dahms flips. Restart, Matt Russell spins. Finally, green as Ivy inched to the lead. Lap 6, Steve Rando flies off the top of turn 2. Green, Ivy and Miller battle for the lead. Ivy leads as Miller follows. Ivy slips off the exit of turn 2, as Miller and other pass him. Miller leads now on lap 9. Miller stretches the lead the next 10 laps. Peters is making a late race charge, closing in on Miller. Miller is just too stout and cruises to the win. Peters, Paul Weaver, up from 10th, Capodice, and Stroup round out the top 5.
Kekich and Michael pace the 30 410 A Main. Kekich charges to the lead. Lap 2, Valenti flips as McCarron and Stiger get collected as well. Green, Kekich leads as we quickly are under yellow as Polyak spins on lap 3. Green, Kekich takes off and is looking good. The Western PA driver leads lap after lap. At the half way point, Martin is making a move towards the lead. Lap 18, Martin takes the lead. Martin leads as Michael is looking for to battle Martin for the lead. Martin is flawless and takes the win. Michael, Mintz, Shaffer, and Henry round out the top 5.
Good racing all night long. Mintz was treated and released after the race for dehydration.
Saturday, it was time to change thing up a little bit and head up north to a track I have visited yet. I headed straight North of my house to the Owosso Speedway in Owosso Michigan. The Must See Sprints were invading the 3/8th mile paved banked oval. I got invited by my friend Randy Cronk to ride along in his outlaw Bug push buggy. The VW Bug converted push buggy was a lot of fun to ride in. Much respect to the push truck drivers at ALL race tracks as its a thankless job that is not as simple and as easy as people think. Good times as always with Randy and I got to meet some new people.
A great field of 23 cars were ready to rip up the tar on another hot muggy day. Aaron Pierce set fast time of the night.
3 heats, all cars to the A. Teddy Alberts blows a tire in heat 1 and somehow keeps it out of the fence going into turn 1 while running in 2nd. Adam Biltz blasted to the win over Tom Geren and Joe Speakman. The spin cycle hits again in heat 2 as Tom Jewell spins in turn 2 but keeps a rolling, doing a 360 and putting on a great smoke show. Ike Beasley wins in a close one over Mississippi's Joey Schmidt, and Chargin Charlie Schultz. 3 for 3 for spins in heat as this time its Ryan Gillenwater's turn to spin. In a stacked heat, Jason Blonde held on by less than a car length to take the win over Aaron Pierce and Brian Gerster.
An invert of 10 seen Schultz and Anthony McCune bring the 3rd annual 50 lap Firecracker 50 to the green. Anthony McCune races to the lead. A super fast pace, as they click off 4 laps in a minute. Lap 8, Jerry Caryer spins after some tight racing in the middle of the backstretch. This is when all hell breaks loose it seems. Restart, Schmidt spins, Alberts clips him. Alberts gets some air but lands it but not without damaged to end his night. Green, quickly a yellow on lap 9 as Schultz spins. Restart, Tommy Nichols spins. Green, quick yellow again on lap 10 as Schmidt and Geren collide in turn 3. Since its pavement and its seems it takes them 5 to 8 laps each yellow to get in their head where they belong, a red is thrown for a fuel stop on this caution. Pierce has a flat and several others go to the work area as well. After all said and done, Pierce is back to his starting spot of 10th with 40 laps to go. Green, another quick yellow on lap 12 as Schmidt spins again. This time he is sent pit side. Green, you guessed it, another yellow as Geren stops on lap 13. Green, holy crap, its still green!! McCune leads as his uncle Jimmy McCune starts to reel him in. The McCune teammates have an awesome battle near the half way mark. Uncle Jimmy throws a slider off 4 to take the lead at the half way mark. Yes, it was truly a pavement slider. McCune quickly pulls away. An amazing battle for 3rd to 5th. Pierce works past them and is now in 2nd with about 11 to go. Lap after lap, you could see Pierce closing in. McCune looked as if his tires were really giving up with about 7 to go as Pierce closed up a straightway gap in 6 laps. 4 to go, Pierce and McCune battle nose to tail in traffic, almost touching a few times. Pierce gets a shot, squeezes in the hole and takes the lead at the flag stand on lap 48. McCune tries to make a move but just can't make one. Pierce pulls to the win over McCune and Blonde.
One of the craziest pavement races I have seen but actually some very excellent close racing. Even after a marathon of a race, it was worth the trip, getting my track mark up to 149 now.
Please keep mini sprint driver Tyler Herschberger in your thoughts. The Wauseon Ohio racer is still in the Fort Wayne Indiana Burn Unit and has a LONG road to recovery! Doctors are talking at least December until Tyler can even think about starting rehab. So several months of no work, surgeries, and high medical bills. PLEASE help Tyler in his recovery, even if its just a card or a letter of cheer or encouragement, he needs all the help us racing family can lift him up with. If anyone would like to send Tyler donations or cards or what not, even a gas card for the family to get back and forth to Fort Wayne, anything please send to:
Tuesday July 3rd FAST 410, FAST 305, NRA Waynesfield OH, non wing Kokomo IN
Thursday: Non Wing Anderson IN
Friday: BOSS Route 44 IN, SOD Hartford MI, USAC Sprints Lincoln Park IN, OVSCA Jackson OH
Saturday: FAST Fremont OH, BOSS Waynesfield OH, All Stars Sharon OH, MSCS Lincoln Park IN, AVSS New Paris IN
Sunday: Kokomo IN non wing.
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After getting rained out 2 and a half days, Ohio Sprint Speedweek finished at Atomic Speedway Saturday. With the Wednesday A Main getting rained out, the make up A Main was ran on Saturday as well. 47 All Star Sprints were on for the Inaugural Rick Ferkel Classic. Hot laps and qualifying for the final night was ran first. Parker Price Miller flipped qualifying.
The Wednesday night 30 lap A Main kicked things off as Justin Peck and Chad Kemenah brought the field to the green. Kemenah kicked to the lead on the start. Lap 4, Cale Conley spins. Kemenah looks good out front on the restart. Lap 9, Tyler Esh slows for as yellow as Cole Duncan spins coming to the yellow. A great battle behind Kemenah for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Hunter Schuerenberg is making a huge charger from 23rd into the top 10. Lap 13, the battle between Aaron Reutzel and Carson Macedo got a little too close and Ruetzel clips Macedo, sending him spinning. Lap 15, Macedo spins off turn 2. Green, Kemenah leads as the action comes to a grinding hault on lap 17 when Price Miller slams the turn 3 end wall. PPM had the wind knocked out of him but thankfully was alright otherwise. A decent battle up front on the restart as Ryan Smith and Paul McMahan battle Kemenah. Lap 21, Mitch Harble flips in turn 4. Green, Smith tries to make a move as Schuerenberg and Cap Henry charger from deeper in the pack, battling for a top 5 spot. Kemenah holds on to take his first win since February. Smith, McMahan, Jac Haudenschild, and Henry rounded out the top 5.
Some really good heat race action in the 5 All Star heats for the Speedweek final. Dave Blaney, teammates Reutzel and Josh Baughman, Trevor Baker, and Cole Duncan took the heat wins.
A strange beginning to the C Main and Chase Baker and Nate Reeser crash lining up. Baker spun gassing it up to line up and Reeser had no place to go except into Baker, knocking the front end out of the 83x machine. After a Steve Butler spin, Brandon Spithauler took the win over DJ Foos.
Duncan and Blaney took popular wins in the Dashes.
Foos breaks just a few laps into the B causing a yellow. Price Miller rebounds from a very rough start of the night taking the win. Danny Smith, Gerald McIntyre, and Ryan Smith take transfer spots.
Duncan and Blaney pace the 35 lap $10,000 to win Rick Ferkel Classic. Duncan drove to the lead as the green flag waved. Duncan was on a rail leading lap after lap. Blaney had a few shots to make a move but just couldn't get close enough. With rubber down in spots, it was tricky to keep your line. Lap 29, Henry blows a right rear. Blaney has one last shot but Duncan drives away. Taking a very popular win, Cole Duncan leads flag to flag. Blaney, Macedo, Tim Shaffer, and Ruetzel around out the top 5.
Paul McMahan was crowded Speedweek champ. Next year's event will pay $11,000 to win with the goal of adding 1g each year for the rick RickFerkel Classic. It was the largest crowd of the new era at Atomic.
Sunday, it was off to Kokomo Speedway for the Bob Darland Memorial. 30 traditional sprint cars were pit side.
As usual at Kokomo, some tight close heat race action. Dave Darland, Shane Cottle, and Kevin Thomas Jr took heat wins.
Moving the program quickly along, the B main was on the track before 8 PM. Some excellent battles in the B especially for the final transfer spot as 3 cars was fighting for it. Josh Hodges took the win over Critter Malone, Ted Hines, Tyler Hewitt, and Tony DiMattia.
Cottle and KTJ brought the 30 lap A Main to the green. A tight battle up
front from the drop of the green. Cottle climbed to the lead. KTJ has been
on a terror and quickly took the top spot on lap 4. KTJ never broke free
from the pack as Chris Windom and Robert Ballou are on the heels of KTJ. Lap
16, Windom whips to the lead. The top 3 cars never got over 3 car lengths
apart the entire A Main really. With 3 cars nose to tail the final 14 laps
Windom raced to the win. KTJ, Ballou, and Darland rounded out the top 4. The
A Main was over by 8:45. A good and quick show. I experienced the back
stretch grandstands for the first
It was a terrible weekends for accidents! We lost not only an awesome racer but a great man as Jason Johnson passed away from a crash Saturday night. Jason was a friend of mine as well. Its hard to think right when I walk into a WOO from now on I can't go look for him right away like I use to do alot to at least stop by and say hi.
Tyler Herschberger is a local Ohio mini sprint driver that suffered major burns on 30% of his body in a accident Sunday in Indiana. The Wauseon Ohio driver has a long recovery ahead of him and huge expenses as well. Anyone wanting to send Tyler get wells or make a donation can via HoserVille Ohio, Steve King Foundation, or a Go Fund me account that's set up.
Tyler was very lucky to have great fire safety gear. PLEASE racers don't skimp on safety!! Tyler is living proof why!!
Don't forget to tune into On The Throttle on The Q96.5 WQCT Bryan Ohio Monday's around 12:10 or live stream the show. Also download the weekly Dirt Nerds podcast that in an unedited version of racing recaps from all over the USA and the local scene. Follow me on twitter as well at OHduanehancock
Friday: FAST Attica OH, All Stars Plymouth IN, NRA Lima OH, GLSS I96 MI
Saturday: FAST&NRA Fremont OH, $10,000 to win open show Atomic OH, Must See Owosso MI, GLSS Merritt MI
Sunday: Must See Birch Run MI
Tuesday: FAST & NRA Waynefield OH
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The 36th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek kicked off in huge fashion last weekend. With the Artic Cat All Star Sprints as strong as they were in the glory years with Bert and Bridgette, it not stronger, everyone knew Speedweek was going to be special this year.
Attica Raceway Park hosted night 1 as 56 All Star Sprints were pit side for opening night. Nights like this is exactly why I love the 2018 All Star rule change that awards drivers for passing in the heats. Some decent heat race action seen Kyle Larson, Byron Reed, Gio Scelzi, Jac Haudenschild, and Cole Duncan take heat race wins. Cap Henry put on a show, racing up from 8th to passing Tim Shaffer on the high side with 2 to go, for the final transfer spot. The most exciting action was in heat 5 when Danny Dietrich slid off the track in turn 1 on lap 1. DD got up on the wheel and raced back into the 4th and final transfer spot.
Jordan Ryan took the D Main win. Justin Peck won the C Main. In some good Dash battles, Aaron Reutzel and Kyle Larson tool the wins.
In a super stacked B Main, Caleb Helms flipped. After a Shawn Dancer spin, the action heated up for the 4 transfer spots. Dave Blaney took the win over Broc Martin, Cale Conley, and Tim Shaffer.
Reutzel and Larson brought the 40 lap A Main to the green. Carson Macedo and Broc Martin collide on the start. Larson leaps to the lead as the field races into turn 1. Lap 5, Chad Kemenah spins. Larson stays out front as the first quart of the race is in the books. Lap 12, Dietrich has issues. Lap 14, Parker Price Miller tags the wall, keeps going as things get bunched up, Carl Bowsher spins as Cap Henry gets bottled up but fights through the cluster and keeps rolling. Restart, Gio Scelzi spins. With a tricky cushion off 4 a few drivers are having issues. Lap 18, Larson gets into the wall off 4 hard but keep rolling. Paul McMahan makes an awesome move from 3rd to 1st, making it lap 19. Larson starts slowing off 2 and coast to a stop. Restart, Reutzel battles McMahan as a great battle ensues. Lap 20, Reutzel leads. A great battle as McMahan fights back. Lap 25, McMahan takes the lead. Reutzel holds close until breaking on lap 29. McMahan holds the lead as Kasey Kahne now battles for the lead. Kahne is all over McMahan. 5 to go, Kahne makes a move and he climbs the wall almost exactly where Larson hit it. Kahne has both front tires over the guardrail, stick the landing, loses a handful of spots but keeps racing. Reed makes a late race charge. McMahan holds on for the win. Reed, Haudenschild, Cale Thomas, and Kahne round out the top 5. A crazy but very good A Main.
Night 2 Ohio Sprint Speedweek moved down to the Eldora Speedway. A great field of 46 All Stars were ready for action.
A lot of cars having issues in the heats with break downs. DJ Foos, Chad Kemenah, and Paul Nienhiser all break in heats. Gary Taylor finds the wall in heat 4. Dave Blaney, Josh Baughmann, Tim Shaffer, Spencer Bayston, and Kasey Kahne takes the heat race wins.
Ayrton Olson and Tyler Esh make huge contact in the C somehow neither driver flipping. Carl Bowsher takes the win. Reutzel and Bayston take Dash wins. The B main had some action as Chad Kemenah brushes the wall and the punts Shawn Dancer battling for a transfer spot. Dancer spins as Kemenah slows with a right rear flat. Tony Stewart takes the B Main win over Cap Henry, Travis Philo, and with a great charge Lee Jacobs.
Reutzel and Bayston brought the field to the green in the 30 lap A Main. Reutzel ripped to the lead on the start. Reutzel has been super fast all year long at every track he pulls into and now is leading at the Big E. A great battle as Larson closes in on the leader. Lap 10, Larson leads. Now a 3 car battle was Blaney enters the mix. Slide jobs and side by side racing as Dave Blaney slide Larson to lead lap 13. 3 different leaders in 4 laps as the battle is excellent. Blaney pulls away just a bit. Lap 16, Bayston gets bunched behind a lapped car and loses his focus and spins while in 4th. Blaney uses an awesome restart to ruin any attempt at a Larson slider. Lap 18, Kemenah spins. Green, this time Larson gets a better start but Blaney still leads as they are inches apart in turn 1. The Buckeye Bullet hasn't won an All Star show at Eldora since the mid 80s and is fighting off the most talented driver we have witnessed in years. As the laps wind down the lead pack gets tighter and tighter together as they battle in heavy lapped traffic. Lap 24, Larson slips past for the lead. Blaney settles in for a few laps and makes one last run at the lead. Closing in with 2 to go, Blaney is a threat. 1 to go, Blaney is there but here comes Macedo. Into 3, its a 3 car battle. Larson takes the win. Macedo nips Blaney to the line for 2nd. Shaffer and Reutzel round of the top 5. An excellent A Main and one of the best in many years at Eldora.
Sunday, leg 3 of Ohio Speedweek moved to the Waynesfield Motorsport Park. 49 All Stars and 19 NRA 360 sprints were ready to battle. After taking part in the first ever live Dirt Nerds Podcast before the race for fan entertainment, it was time to go racing. With temps reaching near 100, it was a hot one.
It what has seemed weird to me the last 2 duo shows like this at WMP 1 NRA heat was ran, then the 5 All Star heats before the next 2 NRA heats. My only thought is, since I get asked alot about why they do that, is maybe to blow the track off a little before the All Star heats since they watered it a bit. Anyway, the 5 All Star heats were decent. Chris Andrews, Paul McMahan, Danny Dietrich, Chad Kemenah, and Tim Shaffer take the heat wins. Jake Heston found the wall in heat 3. Pinball, as I call him since he seems to bounce off alot of cars this season, Carson Macedo punts Josh Baughman battling for position and Baughman flips. Josh wasn't too pleased at the 3G.
Jarad Horstman, Butch Schroeder, and Randy Hannagan took home the NRA 360 heat wins.
The C mains so far have had many good cars and this night was no different. Travis Philo took the win. The Dashes were next as Aaron Reutzel and Kyle Larson took the Dash wins. Ricky Peterson finds the fence in the B. A loaded B seen Byron Reed take the win over Cap Henry, Shawn Dancer, and Cale Conley.
Reutzel and Larson paced the field to the green in the 35 lap A Main. Larson lunged into the lead as the field raced into 1. Within 4 laps, the lead pack was in lapped traffic. Lap 7, Kasey Kahne slows with issues. Green, Larson leads as they get in traffic quickly. On a tricky surface, Larson was searching for a spot to run in traffic as now the top 5 are nose to tail. Reutzel tries to make a move at the lead many times but, Larson stays at the point. Lap 19, Reutzel roars past for the lead. The track starts to lay rubber about a lap and a half after Aaron takes the lead. Trying to maneuver lapped traffic, the lead pack is bunched together again. Larson tries to make a move for the lead many times but, this night belongs to Reutzel. Reutzel takes the win over Larson, Cole Duncan, Dave Blaney, and Paul McMahan.
Hud Horton and Horstman brought the 25 lap NRA 360 A Main to the green. Horton hustled to the lead. On a total rubber down track, making passes was tricky. Horstman is lurking behind Horton, waiting for a bobble. Lap 12, Horton gets wide as Horstman shoots the gap and takes the lead. After that, it was follow the leader. Horstman took the win over Hannagan, Horton, Devin Dobie, and Dancer.
Friday All Stars Lima OH, SOD Tri City MI
Saturday All Stars Atomic OH double All Star A Mains, GLSS Crystal MI
Sunday Darland Memorial Kokomo IN
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Everyone that knows me is very certain I am a huge sprint car fan. In reality, I am a huge racing fan and last weekend I showed that by heading to Eldora Speedway to attend my first ever Dirt Late Model Dream. I went to the Thursday show last year but that's it for anything on Dream weekend. It's hard to believe it was Dream 24 last weekend.
Thursday night started off my dream weekend as I heading to the Big E. With what looked like great weather, we seen hotlaps and qualifying, well all but 7 cars, before the rains hit. Eldora tried for hours but finally called it a night around 11:15 Having to work Friday, I missed out on that show.
Friday, it was back to Eldora after work. This time the rains hit before any action on the track. Finally, the skies cleared and the track crew went to work. 74 cars took times for Friday night's show. The track was fast. The big drama of the night, Scott Bloomquist was MIA. Scott slipped and fell during the rain delay and was in Greenville at the ER.
Some good heat race action with the top 5 moving to the A. Don O'Neal, Ricky Weiss, Jon Henry, Shane Clanton, Jason Feger, Bobby Pierce, Frank Heckenast Jr, and Gregg Satterlee take the wins.
2 B Mains held the final transfer spots to the A Main. Shannon Babb blasted from 4th to take the win in B Main 1. Jimmy Owens fought a tough battle to take the B main 2 win.
With all the rains, the track holding up very well and still was fast but very racey! The track crew did an amazing job with the track. The twin 25 lap A Mains were next.
A1, Don O'Neal took the lead on the start. The Real Deal was quickly under fire from Jonathan Davenport. Lap 6, the battle was amazing as the duo stating throwing slide job for slide job, turn after turn. The battle was so close and intense, they almost hit off turn 2 which allowed Earl Pearson Jr to get a run. EPJ took the lead on lap 13 as him and JD throw a few sliders back and forth now. EPJ finally got a slight advantage as the crowd was going wild in what was the best late model battle ive ever witnessed. As things settle up front for a minute, Dale McDowell is making a run from deep in the pack. As Pearson and Davenport stay close together upfront, McDowell now pressures O'Neal. Pearson holds on the win as Davenport, McDowell, up from 17th, O'Neal, and Tim McCreadie, up from 14th, round out the top 5. That A Main was the best late model race I've seen. Slide job for slide job, right up on the cushion.
A2, Chris Smokey Madden marched to the lead from the pole. Madden was on a mission after issues earlier in the day. Smokey opened up the lead and put a major whipping on the field. In a green to checkered race, Madden never looked back and lead all 25 laps. Clanton, Pierce, Hudson O'Neal, up from 10th, and Weiss rounded out the top 5. A long night as the racing wrapped up about 2:15 AM but they got the show in and it was great racing. That is why everyone was there so I for one didnt mind the lateness at all!
Saturday the 24th annual Dream. With 67 cars ready for action, mother nature decided there still wasn't enough rain at Eldora and let it down pour mid afternoon. On what was suppose to be 90% chance of rain til 11, the skies cleared about 5:30 and the track crew went to work. Starting just about an hour and a half late, another job well done on a weekend that was a true pain in the ass weather wise. With the Saturday line ups based on points from Thursday and Friday, all we do is race on this day.
6 heats with the top 3 to the A and and invert of 6 was spun on the wheel. Some excellent heat race action!! Of course when you invert that does promote racing and that's what we love.
The action is already in heat 1 as Matt Miller and Heckenast Jr make heavy contact. Miller spins. Josh Richards goes on for the win over Pearson Jr and Weiss. Mike Marler held off Jonathan Davenport and Brett Larson for the win in heat 2. The entire grandstands was going nuts in heat 3. Scott Bloomquist was back but had to start 13th. Bloomer was on a mission when the green flagged dropped. Quickly, Bloomer was up to 9th, then 8th, then 6th, as the crowd watched on. Clanton was upfront but all eyes was on the 0 car. Up to 4th, the battle got tougher as the laps was winding down with Bloomer battling Jimmy Owens and Dennis Erb Jr. Just a few to go, Bloomquist gets 3rd from Erb but wait, he loses it. Madden is in 2nd as now its a 4 car battle for 2nd to 5th. Bloomquist secures 3rd as the crowd cheers. 1 to go, he battles Madden for 2nd. Clanton wins, Madden nips Bloomquist for 2nd by a few feet as Bloomquist takes the final transfer spot. The crowd was in an uproar, a lot of cheers, and little boos as everyone was in awe and even the haters knew it was a balls to the wall run with no cautions to help. In not nearly as exciting heat 4 but a good heat, Jimmy Mars took the win over Don O'Neal and McDowell. A wild heat 5. Jeep Van Wormer and Devin Moran collide in turn 3. Jackie Boggs stops. Timmy Culp finds the wall a few laps later as Jon Henry leads. Henry has been surviving all the restarts but each one the it gets more and more crowded upfront as a lot of guys squeeze on the restarts. Van Wormer is back to 4th and slams the turn 1 wall hard, collecting Feger and Kyle Bronson. All 3 cars are done for the weekend with heavy damage. Jason Jameson gets under Henry on the start and slides him high. Henry gets over the cushion and brushes the wall, dropping quickly. Jameson cruises on to the win over McCreadie, and Shannon Buckingham. Heat 6 seen Booby Pierce and Gregg Satterlee make heavy contact battling upfront. Satterlee slowed as Pierce was good to go. Just a racing deal, nothing on purpose. Darrell Lanigan raced on to the win over Pierce and Jared Landers.
The top 4 from the 2 B mains were to the A. Erb Jr leads. Ryan King gets into the wall. Erb Jr broke in B1 while leading. Colton Flinner tags the wall. Chris Simpson lays down a nice run and takes the win after a good battle with Rod Conley. Conley takes 2nd, Hudson O'Neal and with a hell of a battle, Michael Page takes the final transfer spot over Brandon Sheppard. B Shep went on to win the 5 lap B scramble.
B2 Jon Henry spins. Billy Moyer Jr finds the wall on the restart, running 2nd. Mason Zeigler zips to the win over Kent Robinson, Michael Chilton, and Nick Hoffman. Devin Gilpin takes the other B scramble.
The 100 lap A Main seen Lanigan and Jameson pace the field. Jameson jumped to the lead on the start. Lap 8, Landers gets into the wall. A good battle on the restart as Davenport drove to the lead. Bloomquist is now on the move from 15th. Lap 14, debris on the track causes a yellow. Green, Davenport leads as Bloomer is moving to the front. As Bloomquist enters the top 6, lap 33 Madden finds the wall running 3rd. Restart, an awesome battle as Bloomquist shoots for the lead. Side by side, slide job to slide job, Superman and Black Sunshine go at it. Lap 36, Bloomer leads, 39, Superman, 40 Bloomer regains it. Davenport don't go away but Bloomquist is now in control. as Hudson O'Neil slows. Lap 49, Robinson spins. Lap 57, Jameson slows. Restart, Marler spins. Bloomer survives all the restart as Davenport still lurks him. Lap 60, Hoffman spins. Clean and green and its time for Bloomquist to shine. The last 40 laps, he just purely kicked their ass, running up a 9 second lead at the finish. Just when the haters had him packed and going home, just when they said it the most winning driver of the Dream would have issues to even make the show, Bloomquist takes his 8th Dream after starting 15th. McDowell, in a Bloomquist chassis, makes a great charge at the end and takes 2nd after starting 16th, so 1 and 2 started in the 8th row of the A. Davenport, Pierce, and Madden round out the top 5. Great race!
Upcoming: Ohio Sprint Speedweek starts Friday. With the best touring field in years, if not ever, Speedweek is going to be awesome. Add Kyle Larson the 1st 6 shows, Kasey Kahne the 1st 4 shows, Danny Dietrich the 1st 6 at least shows, Christopher Bell the last 6 shows, and several others, plus a $10,000 points fund for the week, the 36th annual week will be awesome. It all kicks off at Attica the 15th then ,moves to Eldora, Waynesfield, Wayne Co, Sharon, Atomic, Muskingum Co, Lima, and Atomic again.
Don't forget the Dirt Nerds live podcast Sunday at Waynesfield at 3:30.
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Mother nature finally shut the water faucet off for a few days at the perfect time. Last weekend was the first major holiday of the season as many tracks hosted races. My week kicked off Friday night at Attica Raceway Park for the All Stars. Saturday, I took the night off of sprint cars at supported a local pavement track, Angola Motor Speedway. Sunday, it was back to The All Stars at Waynesfield Motorsports Park. Monday, it was World Of Outlaws time at The Burg, Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Friday kicked off the Memorial Day weekend at Attica Raceway Park for the All Stars. It just seems Attica and the All Stars fit so well together and showcases great racing. The heat races were some of the best I've seen so far this season. Excellent battles throughout the field, which I also thank the All Stars for making each heat race position count. The battle with Brady Bacon and Travis Philo is heat 4 was awesome. Rico Abreu had a transfer spot locked up until spinning off the track in turn 3 on the last lap. Heat winners were Craig Mintz, Stuart Brubaker, Joey Saldana, Brady Bacon, and Paul McMahan. Jordan Ryan took the C Main over Brian Lay. Some wild dash action seen Saldana and Cale Thomas take the wins. In Dash 2, McMahan had the lead when Philo drove into turn 3 way too hard and got into McMahan, spinning both drivers. A good B Main seen Jac Haudenschild take the win. Michigan driver Ryan Ruhl was flying and was in a transfer spot and slide off the top of 4 with a few laps to go. I think Ryan is was underrated and may show some things in this 71H ride if they can get things a rolling like Friday.
Saldana and Thomas paced the All Star A for the 40 lap event. Saldana slide to the lead on the start. Lap 4, Chad Kemenah stops and Dave Blaney slows. Green, Saldana stays out front as thing slow again on lap 7 for Tyler Esh spinning as Parker Price Miller slides the top of 3 at the same time. Saldana leads as Thomas follows. Lap 11, Tim Shaffer's right rear runs over the left front of DJ Foos on the front stretch sending Foos spinning to the infield with a broken steering and other front axle parts. Saldana seems to be in control as there is a great battle going on behind him. Lap 23, Caleb Helms bounces off the front stretch wall and nips Dave Blaney as Blaney then flips hard. Green, its Saldana out front as Lee Jacobs is rolling hard on the low side. Lap 28, Bacon spins after getting ran into by Carson Macedo. Green, Thomas makes a move on Saldana, they race very tightly together. With slight contact going into 1, both drivers gather in it. Thomas gets a great bit on the bottom and takes the lead on lap 30. Jacobs now is moving in on the leaders. Saldana tries all he can to get the lead back but, this night belongs to Cale Thomas. Thomas takes his 1st All Star career win. Saldana, Jacobs from 23rd, Macedo, and Gio Scelzi, up from 15th. A great race with many hard chargers. Plus, what about this Cale Thomas. Here is a kid who got in a hard accident a few years back and while in the hospital for the accident, the doctors found he has cancer. Cale beat the cancer and now is beating the All Stars. How can you not cheer for this guy as he in winning in life.
Bobby Clark was in full command of the 305 sprint car A Main and added another win to his long history of wins.
Sunday, an added event to the calendar at Waynesfield Motorsports Park, the Bob Hampshire Classic with the All Star Sprints and NRA 360. Anytime you get 410 winged sprints at WMP, you know you are in for a treat. A great field of 37 All Stars and 28 NRA 360s were in the house. All Star point leader Aaron Reutzel started off flipping in hot laps.
After some great heat race battles and a wild B Main, which seen Ray Miller, Tyler Esh, and Caleb Helms flip, that A Mains were ready to roll.
Joey Saldana and Christopher Bell lead the field to the green in the 35 lap All Star A Main. Saldana slipped into the lead on the start. On the tight 1/4 mile oval, the action quickly heated up as Bell pressured Saldana. Lap 6, Bell takes the lead. Saldana slide back to the lead on lap 7 as they battle side by side. Joey stays up front as Bell is just lurking closely behind the 26 machine. Lap 16, Parker Price Miller slows with a flat after running in the 5th spot. Green, the battle is on as Saldana still lead. Bell is looking to make a move and on lap 21, C Bell blast to the lead. Lap after lap, Bell is strong out front. Paul McMahan starts to make a late race charge. No one has anything for Bell though as he cruises to the win. McMahan, Saldana, Chad Kemenah, and Gio Scelzi round out the top 5.
Brady Bacon and Jarad Horstman brought the 25 lap NRA A Main to the green. Alex Hill flips on the start. Restart, Bacon charges to the lead. Lap 3, Kody Allison spins. Green, Bacon leads as Christopher Bell tries to make it a sweep and closes on Bacon. A good battle for the top spot as Bell is right in Bacon's tire tracks. Lap 11, debris for a piece of Jeff Williams front wing in on the track. Lap 15, the other half of the Williams wing flies on to the track for another caution. Bell gives Bacon a run on the restart but Bacon pulls away a few laps later. Brady Bacon won't be denied and takes the win. Bell, Shawn Dancer, Horstman, and Randy Hannagan round out the top 5.
Monday the perfect day to spend Memorial Day, head to Lawrenceburg Speedway for the World Of Outlaws annual visit. 34 WOO cars and stars were pit side. On a hot day, The Burg track crew brought their A game as 6 or 7 cars qualified in the 11 second bracket.
With the WOO fastest guy on the pole of the heats format, the heat races were pretty dull as David Gravel, Kyle Larson, Paul McMahan, and Donny Schatz took the wins. A wild Dash seen Schatz have issues but a very well timed caution saved him from dropping all the way back to 5th. McMahan took the Dash win. Joey Saldana got things a rolling in the B Main and took the win.
McMahan and Jason Johnson lead the field to the green in the 35 lap A Main. An infield tire marker got knocked into the racing surface on the start. Complete restart, McMahan takes the lead. With a huge cushion, the fast guys were right on the edge. Lap 1, Brady Bacon slows with a flat right rear. Bacon and Dominic Scelzi made heavy contact on the first start. Green, Sheldon Haudenschild flips after jumping the turn 4 cushion. Green, McMahan leads as a great battle rages between Larson, Schatz, and Shane Stewart, and Brad Sweet. Lap 10, Schatz takes the lead. As Schatz leads, an awesome battle between Larson, McMahan, and now Sweet. Slide job for slide job, The Burg is putting on another excellent WOO show. Sweet gets a huge run and shoots to the lead on lap 26. Larson and McMahan are almost touching battling for 2nd. Lap 28, Larson jumps the turn 4 cushion, pitches it sideways as McMahan has no place to go accept into the side of Larson. Sweet survives the restart and stays up front. Lap 32, Ian Madsen gets a flat for a caution. Sweet and Gravel battle on the restart. Sweet has what it takes to get it done on this night and takes the win. Gravel, Schatz, Stewart, and Parker Price Miller round out the top 5.
Friday WOO I96 MI, FAST Attica OH, AVSS Kalamazoo MI, NRA Lima OH, USAC Midgets Bloomington IN
Saturday USAC Midget Lawrenceburg IN, FAST Fremont OH, Non Wing Dearfield OH
Sunday USAC Midgets Kokomo IN
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Last Friday, mother nature tried to rain on Attica Raceway Park's parade as 30 FAST 410 Sprints and 25 FAST 305s were pit side. The Eric Phillips Classic was stronger than mother nature as the cars hit the track.
4 410 heats with the top 4 moving to the A. After a breif shower right as the cars hit the track, Cap Henry slows after almost spinning on the start. Once things got to rolling, Adam Kekish cruised to a close win over Spencer Bayston, Travis Philo, and Henry with a charger from the tail. Heat 2, TJ Michael spins. Another decent race as Byron Reed takes the win over DJ Foos, Cole Duncan, and Lee Jacobs. Heat 3, Stuart Brubaker blasted to the win over Gary Taylor, Broc Martin, and Craig Mintz. Heat 4 was on the edge of being wild with 2 rookies battling it out upfront. As rookie Chase Baker was on the all but out of control, Jordan Ryan got to the lead and settled in. Ryan roared to the win over 410 rookie Ricky Peterson, Jess Stiger, and Dan McCarron.
3 305 heats with top 5 to the A. Heat 1, Tommy Nickels spins. John Ivy inched to the win over Dustin Stroup, Stuart Williams, Kyle Capodice, and Steve Rando. Heat 2, Luke Griffith gassed it to the win over Matt Foos, Tyler Street, Paul Weaver, and by an few inches Jimmy McGrath. The battle with Bobby Clark, Weaver, and McGrath for the final transfer spot was awesome the last few laps. Heat 3, Kyle Peters pulled to the win over a charging Jamie Miller, Frank Neill, Brandon Moore, and Dustin Rail.
410 B main would take the top 4 to the A Chase Baker was running in the final transfer spot before slowing, ending his hopes for an A main start. Caleb Helms, hustled to the win over Brian Lay, Tyler Gunn, and Duane Zablocki.
The 305 B would take the top 5 to the A. Tommy Nickels hits the double spin cycle 2 starts in a row, ending his night. Making his sprint car debut, Shane Call got into turn 3 too hard and hit Kevin Mingus, as they both spin. Bobby Clark blow the field away taking the win over Matt Lucius, Brad Keckler, Jeremy Duposki, and Seth Schneider.
Young guns Peterson and Ryan brought the 30 lap 410 A main to the green. Ryan raced to the lead on the start. Ryan is holding tough out front, leading the first handful of laps. Bayston starts to close in on Ryan as they battle for the lead as Martin joins the battle. Bayston gets the lead on lap 9 with a huge slider going into 2, but Gunn is spun on the top of 4 and Bayston slides off the top of 4 and flips over. This hands the lead to Martin who With a little top wing damage, Bayston rejoins the field. Green, Martin leads. Lap 10, Helms, spins as Philo slams Mintz trying to avoid Helms. Philo flips as Mintz keeps rolling as the red light flashes on. Mintz has a mangled bumper but is good to go. Green, Martin leads as Brubaker closes in. A great battle as Foos is right there too. Lap 18, Brubaker takes the lead. Lap 20 Martin takes the lead but as Brubaker gets back underneath him on the backstretch, major contact results in Martin taking a hard tumble. Thankfully Martin was alright as he wasn't happy with Brubaker, rightfully so. Green, Foos is now all over Brubaker as they battle upfront. Foos tries to make a move a few times but can't get past Brubaker. Just as Foos gets another run on Brubaker's tail tank, Gunn and Bayston tangle again on lap 26. Both cars flip hard in turn 4. Thankfully both of these young drivers are alright as their night wasn't great at all. Foos tries to get a run on the restart but, Brubaker pulls away. Brubaker takes his 2nd win of the year over Foos, Ryan, with a great run, Mintz, and Reed. A very good race once again. Great battles upfront with tons of passing.
Neill and Ivy paced the 25 lap 305 A main. A wild starts as Foos flew off the top of 2. Restart, Clark flew off the top of 3, slide to the pit entrance and drove to the push off area. Ivy leads as we get lap 1 in the books. Stroup is right on Ivy til lap 9 wheb when Stroup slams the turn 4 wall. Green, Ivy leads as Weaver now charges at Ivy. Weaver slides Ivy up the backstretch, making a move to the lead on 11. Weaver stays out front as the field slows on lap 18 as Foos tags the turn 4 wall. Weaver wheels to the win over Ivy, Miller, Moore, and Rando.
A great night of racing! The ARP staff and track crew did excellent pushing the show and not letting a few showers here and there ruin the program.
A HUGE holiday weekend of racing and a HUGE week next week as USAC Indiana Midget week kicks off Tuesday.
Friday: All Stars Attica OH, NRA Lima OH, GLSS Tri City MI, USAC Silvercrown Indy Lucas Oil Speedway IN
Saturday: FAST&NRA Fremont OH, All Stars Wayne Co OH, Little 500 Anderson IN, MTS Crystal MI
Sunday: All Star&NRA Waynefield OH, GLSS Crystal MI, ALMS Lates Eldora OH, Sprints Kokomo IN
Monday: WOO Lawrenceburg IN
Tuesday: USAC Midgets Montpelier IN
Wednesday: USAC Midgets Gas City IN
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One of my favorite events of the season at Eldora Speedway took place last weekend, Let's Race Two. The Friday and Saturday double header featured both the USAC Sprints and the World Of Outlaw Sprints. For a true sprint car fan, its a dream come true. Plus, one hell of a bargain. Eldora is the cheapest place in the United States to see the World Of Outlaws and then you add USAC and still just a $28 ticket!
Friday, the Northern part of the state was cold and rainy but, the closer to Eldora you got, the nicer the weather. 24 USAC and 37 World Of Outlaw Sprints. On a smooth fast surface, 6 WOO teams timed in the 12 second bracket. 11 USAC teams were in the 15 second bracket.
With Michael Fischesser and Landon Simon breaking in hot laps, all the drivers in the USAC pits will make the A Main. 3 USAC heats were on tap. Heat 1, a decent battle in this one as Dave Darland takes the win over Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas Jr. Heat 2, seen Justin Grant get the win over Robert Ballou and Chase Stockon. Heat 3, Tony DiMattia took a nasty tumble in turn 1. Thankfully, DiMattia was alright but the 50 car was junk. That was Tony's 2nd major crash in 5 days as he junked one in very similar style the Sunday before at Kokomo. Brady Bacon blasted to the win over CJ Leary and Nick Bilbee.
4 WOO heats took the top 5 to the A Main. With no invert in the heats, the WOO don't like their regulars having to race too hard in the heats. Heat 1, Greg Wilson goes for a tumble in turn 1. Cole Duncan drove to the win over Kerry Madsen, Ian Madsen, Spencer Bayston, and Tim Shaffer. Heat 2, Donny Schatz lead flag to flag over Gary Taylor, Chad Kemenah, Jason Johnson, and Carson Macedo. Heat 3, the crowd let out a huge roar as the Wild Child Jac Haudenschild took the win over Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Parker Price Miller, and Cory Eliason. Heat 4, Brent Marks rolls to a stop. Aaron Reutzel rips to the win over Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Paul McMahan.
Cole Duncan's night is going very well as he takes the Dash win over The Wild Child.
The top 4 from the B move the WOO A. Brady Bacon puts in into his 2nd A Main of the night by taking the win. Rico Abreu, Joey Saldana, and Jacob Allen with a great move at the end of the B to earn the last transfer spot.
Ballou and Windom brought the 30 lap USAC A Main to the green. The Mad Man motored to the lead on the high side. Ballou cocked his right rear right up on the cushion. Lap after lap Ballou lead as Bacon was slowing working the low side of the track, closing in on Ballou. As the A main goes caution free, the laps click off quickly. Off turn 4 coming to lap 19, Bacon takes the lead. A good battle for 3rd rages as Bacon works traffic very well to open the lead. Bacon has been a fan favor for years and as he blast off turn 4 to take the win, many fans cheer. Ballou, Windom, Grant, and KTJ rounded out the top 5.
The WOO 30 lap A main closed the night out. Duncan and Jac Haudenschild
paced the field. The Wild Child energized the crowd as he hustled to the
lead. Just as the battle heats up, Schuerenberg spins on lap 6. Green, Haud
leads as one of the most competitive WOO A mains in years at Eldora ensued.
Reutzel has been turning many heads this year in a 410 and he has the fans
on the edge of their seat as he is the fastest car on the track. Lap 12,
Reutzel takes the lead. Lap 13, Reutzel stuffs it in the turn 1 fence,
flipping hard. This hands Schatz the lead as he got passed Haudenschild as
Saturday after dodging a few rain showers, 21 USAC Sprints and 36 World Of Outlaws are ready for night 2. With storms moving towards the Big E, the Eldora staff announced to all the teams to be ready, they will get the show in and move it along quickly. An announcement was made to the crowd as well to be ready as the show may start a bit early than advertised. The track was once again in great shape. For the second night in a row, a few WOO drivers timed in the 12 second bracket. Only 1 USAC team in the 15 second bracket. In reality though, being the 2nd night of a 2 day show with almost 70 sprint cars on it, the track crew did a great job. About 7:15 the first heat was ready to roll.
4 WOO heats were up first with the top 5 going to the A. Heat 1, Schuchart and Gravel had a great battle. Schuchart sailed to the win over Gravel, McMahan, Abreu, and Sweet. Heat 2, Kerry Madsen marched to the win over Jason Sides, Johnson, Saldana, and Allen. Heat 3, Donny Schatz kept his mojo a rolling and took the win over Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Kraig Kinser, and Shane Stewart. Heat 4, Reutzel roared to the win over Shaffer, Duncan, Bayston, and Kemenah.
Once again all the USAC drivers advance to the A. The 3 USAC heats seen Chase Stockon, Chris Windom, and Kevin Thomas Jr takes the wins.
With all the heat complete in less than an hour, the show was moving right along. Schatz took the WOO Dash win. The top 4 from the WOO B went to the A. Recovering from a bad Friday night, Brent Marks took the win over Ian Madsen, Bacon, and with a last lap move Daryn Pittman.
Joe Stornetta and Windom paced the field in the 30 lap USAC A. Kevin Thomas Jr made a excellent move from the 2nd row to take the lead on the opening lap. For the USAC guys, it was right rears inches away from the fence to be fast, looking a lot like the old school days at the Big E. Lap 2, Justin Grant flips in turn 2. Restart, Stornetta throws a huge slider in turn 3, slides up the track, tags the wall and goes for a wild tumble. Carmen Perigo suffers a flat tire as Dallas Hewitt and him made slight contact as Stornetta was flipping down the track at them. Green, KTJ lead but Windom is running the thin cushion. Lap 4, Windom takes the lead. Windom opens up a 10 car length gap but a hell of a battle for 2nd to 6th is going on. Tyler Courtney tags the turn 4 wall hard one lap but keep it a rolling. Courtney breaks free of the 2nd place battle with a few laps to go, trying to run Windom down. The Bear was too strong and scored the win. Courtney, Stockon, Bacon, and Ballou rounded out the top 5.
Schatz and Price- Miller brought the WOO A Main to the green. PPM through the gavel down and took the lead. Giving Schatz a run for his money the first few laps, The Law Firm was looking good in the 4 machine. Lap5, Schatz slides to the lead. Lap 7, Sheldon Haudenschild hits the wall. Green, Schatz leads and opens up a few second lead. As the leaders racing through heavy lapped traffic, Schuchart starts to make a move. 10 to go, Schuchart is closing radiply. As the crowd tries to will Schuchart to the front, Schatz has a few issues with lapped traffic. Schuchart is a few feet away running the low line. Going down the backstretch, Schatz and Schuchart are nose to tail in lapped traffic. Schuchart slightly clips the front of Bayston as they pass him. Bayston does a wiggle but, keeps moving. Off 4, Schuchart makes a pass for the lead BUT before he reaches the start finish line, a yellow is waving as it was determined Bayston slowed too quickly. To me its a 50/50 call. If the flagman or WOO officials truly thought it was going to turn worse, then I am for an judgment that prolongs a better chance of safety. I personally didn't see much danger but then again I am not in the shoes of the officials. Restart, Schatz gets a good run and pulls away. Sweeping the weekend, Schatz takes the win. Schuchart, Reutzel, Kinser, with a great late race run, and Shaffer round out the top 5.
A very good weekend of racing. Friday's night racing was great and Saturday was decent. The Eldora staff did an awesome job of getting both shows in the books. Some fun times after the races too as a wonder though the campground resulting in making some new friends from Illinois after a few rounds of flip cup.
Friday: FAST Attica OH, SOD Hartford MI
Saturday: SOD Butler MI, rescheduled from last week's rainout
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With the weather finally playing nice, last weekend I pulled my first triple header weekend. Friday it was off to Limaland Motorsports Park for their first traditional sprint car race of the season. Saturday, Fremont Speedway hosted the Open Wheel Shootout with the FAST 410 Sprints, the BOSS traditional sprints, and the NRA 360 vs 305 Sprints. Wrapping the weekend up, a trip West to Indiana for Kokomo Speedway's King Of Kokomo event.
Friday, Limaland hosted the first of 3 visits for the traditional sprint cars. 21 cars were ready for action. With rain Thursday night and into Friday morning, the 1/4 mile oval was in excellent shape. Perfect for some non wing racing. Some good heat race battles seen Dustin Ingle, Dustin Smith, and Dallas Hewitt take the wins. Steve Little flipped at the finish of heat 1, ending his night.
After a little track work, the 25 lap A Main was up. Matt Westfall and Dallas Hewitt brought the field to the green. Westfall whipped to the lead. Westfall stays out front as the track is super fast and a great battle is brewing. Lap 10, Paul Dues spins for a yellow. Restart, friends off the track but warriors on the track an awesome 5 car battle upfront from the close nit Troy area drivers. Westfall, Luke Hall, Hewitt, Landon Simon, and outsider Dustin Smith all battle inches apart. Simon gets a grip and is now wheel to wheel with Westfall. Lap 19, Simon takes the lead. Still fighting it out, the top 5 was battling it out in and out of traffic on the best Limaland surface I've ever seen. After moving up from 6th, Simon wasn't going to be let off. Simon takes the win over Westfall, Hall, Hewitt, and Smith.
An excellent show and very quickly moved along. A great job by the LMP staff. Hopefully more traditional sprint car shows will appear on the 1/4 mile oval.
Saturday, after watching my daughter graduate from Tiffin University with her Master's Degree, it was a trip to Fremont Speedway for the Open Wheel Shootout. With seats in the box in front of the grandstand, we had a perfect view of the action. 26 410s, 28 BOSS, and 35 NRA vs 305 Sprints were on hand.
The track was in excellent shape. DJ Foos turns the 1st lap in the 11 second bracket in qualifying in years.
In some great heat race action, Cap Henry, Shawn Valenti, and Stuart Brubaker took the 410 wins. Steve Rando, Bobby Clark, Max Stambaugh, and Brandon Moore took the 360 vs 305 heats. Ryan Coniam flipped big time in heat 2. Tyler Gunn, Thomas Meseraull, Dustin Smith, and Chase Briscoe took the BOSS heats. Kyle May was the star of the heats. May pulled a wheelie down the backstretch fighting for 4th, came off 4, slide sideways across the finish line, took 4th and then flipped. A crazy finish that he went all out for and made it, well sort of.
Rob Chaney took the 410 B win. Cody Gardner took the BOSS B main win. Kirk Jefferies took a bad tumble coming to a yellow in the B. Kyle Sauder took the 360 vs 305 B main over John Ivy. Tommy Nickels flipped in the B after a terrible night. Nickels got in the wall in hotlaps, spun twice in the heat, then flipped in the B.
Cap Henry and Byron Reed lead the pack to green in the 30 lap 410 A. Reed rode to the lead. Before lap 2 was complete, Reed spun on his own in turn 1, handing Henry the lead. Lap 3 Meseraull spins. Restart, Gunn takes a nasty ride in turn 3. Green, a great battle upfront as Foos and Mintz battle Henry. Mintz pressures Henry and takes the lead on lap 9. Lap 10, Broc Martin gets sideways and keeps going but not before a yellow flies. The battle rages, lap 13 Henry takes the lead again. Lap 14, Foos tags the wall exiting turn 4, busting the right rear wheel. Henry leads on the restart as Mintz keeps applying pressure and Brubaker enters the mix. As the battle, Chaney and Briscoe are into the top 10 after starting at the back of the pack. Lap 22, Adam Kekich spins. Green, the battle rages as Mintz makes a move on lap 24, taking the lead Brubaker follows a lap later and works towards Mintz. Mintz wins over Brubaker, Henry, DJ Netto, and Chaney.
Dustin Smith and Steve Little paced the 25 lap BOSS A Main. Smith slide to the lead on the start. Lap 2, Carmen Perigo slows with a flat right rear tire. Nice to see Perigo back after a late season injury in 2017. Green, its Smith up front but an awesome battle is ragging on a still very racing track. Meseraull and Briscoe make it a tight 3 car battle from the halfway mark. In and out of traffic, they are inches apart. Lap 20, off 2, Smith get pinched into a inside tire, gets airborne, all but flips but lands it as Briscoe shoots low and TMez high, splitting Smith. Briscoe had been putting on a show now leads. Lap 21, Paul Dues spins. Restart, Meseraull gets a run, Briscoe low, Tmez high. Into 3 and 4 Meseraull takes the lead just as the yellow waves for Gardner slowing on the track. Green, Briscoe gets an awesome start and seals the deal, taking the win over Meseraull and Smith.
Dustin Rail and Matt Foos lead the field in the 25 lap NRA 360 vs 305 A. Rail raced to the lead on the start. Jamie Miller took the lead on lap 2 Miller was hooked up in the French 26 ride opening up a huge lead. Miller opens up a 2 and a half second lead until lap 8 when he finds an infield tractor tire trying to get past a back marker. This hands Rail the lead. A great battle on the restart as Bobby Clark blast to the lead. Foos puts the right rear on the cushion and is side by side with Clark. Lap 15, Justin Adams hits and infield tire. Green, a torrid battle between Clark and Foos and they are just feet apart the next several laps. Clark barely holds on for a popular hometown win over Foos and Rando. Clark's shop is seriously about 500 feet from the pit gate entrance.
An AWESOME night of racing with all 3 A Mains excellent and coming down to the last lap. Great job by all and a packed house.
Sunday, after much thought, it was time to head West to Kokomo Speedway for the King Of Kokomo. 30 sprints and 18 D2 midgets on hand.
With high winds the Kokomo surface was a bit drier than usual for the heat races which was still great as the heats were good battles. Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr, and Justin Grant took the wins. After heat 1, Logan Seavey slams Darland as Darland tried to enter the pits a lap after the checkered. A case of hia for sure. Lucky, no one was hurt and just minor damage. Steve Sussex flipped in heat 3 after some contact exiting turn 2 with Grant.
Chett Gherke and Kreigbaum took the midget heat wins. Heat 1 was a nightmare with 5 spins before that one was in the books.
Clinton Boyles took the win in the sprint B. Parker Frederickson was still racing a lap after the checkered and monster trucked Stratton Briggs as he attempted to exit the track. Both cars had alot of damage and not sure why this was such an issue on this night.
Kevin Thomas Jr and Justin Grant brought the field to green. KTJ kicked to the lead. Lap 7, Tony DiMattia bikes the car and it hooks the cushion in turn 3 and takes a violent roll. Thank God Tony was okay after that nasty ride. Green, KTJ and Dave Darland have a barn burner upfront. Darland tried several laps to make a move but just when he would look like he had a shot, KTJ would power it up and stay in command. Leading flag to flag, but well away from a snoozer, KTJ took the win over Darland, Grant, and Chris Windom. A good race for a guy leading wire to wire.
The D2 midget A Main was a thriller. With the entire field playing huggy pole all A Main, Chase McDermand threw it up on the high side with a 2 to go restart. McDermand let er eat and nipped Adam Baue by inches at the finish line. Very great finish and an awesome victory lane as his family was very happy for his win.
All in all an excellent weekend of racing!! 3 nights, 5 great sprint or midget A mains. The racing was spectacular and track conditions were great at all 3.
FRIDAY USAC/WOO Eldora OH
SATURDAY USAC/WOO Eldora OH, FAST Sharon OH, Must See Berlin MI, SOD Butler MI
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Last weekend Attica Raceway Park hosted the All Star Sprints for their first visit of the 2018 season. A stellar field of 48 All Stars was on hand along with 17 305 Sprints. With the cool temps, the ARP crew and All Star staff was trying to push the program along.
5 All Star heats took the top 4 to the A. Some very good action in the heats with such a stout field. Caleb Helms, Jac Haudenschild, Brian Lay, Chad Kemenah, and Duane Zablocki took the heat race win. Unfortunately for Lay, he was puffing smoke the last lap which cost him an engine, scratching for the night.
2 305 heats seen Luke Griffith and John Ivy take the wins.
A wild All Star C main seen Jordon Mackinson get driven into my Aryton Olsen battling for 2nd. Max McGhee hit the guardrail trying to avoid the accident in turn 4. After a handful of cautions for spins, TJ Michael held off Justin Peck for the win.
2 All Star Dash races was next. Haudenschild and Max Stambaugh took the wins. This put the duel on the front row of the A main.
With the scratch by Lay, the top 5 will now transfer from the B. Travis Philo took the win over Byron Reed.
The 40 laps All Star A Main was up first and it was a barn burner. The Wild Child, Jac Haudenschild took the lead. Lap 4, Ryan Broughton flipped in turn 4. Haud still leads but what is unusual, he isn't way up on the cushion like we are common in seeing. Jac is running the low side to the middle. Stambaugh is running a great race and right there applying pressure upfront. Lap 12, Stuart Brubaker spins. Lap 14, Zablocki spins. Restart, the battle is on. Carson Macedo is running the top side and take the lead on lap 17. The next several laps are spectacular. Stambaugh hasn't faded either, making it a 3 car battle. Lap 19, Haud lead, 23 Macedo gets back past for the lead. Those were just lead changes at the line. They swapped the lead 5 or 6 times in those laps. Macedo opens the gap now and looks like he is going to run off into the moonlight. As the enter heavy lapped traffic, the gap shrinks. Lap 31, using the low line, Haudenschild takes the lead. Macedo quickly fades. Lap 34, Macedo slows with a flat left rear. Restart, Lee Jacobs makes a run and it isn't over yet. Lee is right there at the white makes. Coming to the checkered, Jacobs gives it a shot but falls just a few feet short. Much to the crowd's delight, the Wild Child is in victory lane. Jacobs, Craig Mintz, Stambaugh, and Chad Kemenah rounded out the top 5.
Paul Weaver and Luke Griffith paced the 25 lap 305 A Main. Griffith grabbed the lead on the start. Lap 2, Weaver whipped into the lead. Clean and green in this one as Weaver stretched the lead. Matt Foos makes a run towards the front as him and John Ivy have a great battle for 2nd. Lap 21, Ricky Peterson spins, bunching the field up. No worries for Weaver as he whistles off to the lead. It was all Weaver in this one. Weaver wins over Foos, Ivy, Kyle Capodice, and Bobby Clark.
A great night of racing at Attica. Excellent car count and a fairly efficient show for the chilly temps.
Friday and Saturday the Sprint Car World Championship at Mansfield OH Speedway
Friday NRA Lima OH, USAC Bloomington IN
Saturday USAC Haubstadt IN, SOD Crystal MI
Sunday USAC Silvercrown Terre Haute IN
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After having its first 4 shows cancelled, Friday the 13th proved lucky for Attica Raceway Park as they opened their 2018 season. An overflow crowd and excellent field of cars showed everyone was ready for some racing. 45 410 Sprints and 27 305 Sprints were on hand.
With a fast heavy track to start the night, 5 410 heats were up first. The top 3 moved to the A. Heat wins when to Dale Blaney in his first night aboard the Comer 21, Gary Taylor in a new ride sporting the number 57, Stuart Brubaker, Cap Henry, and Cale Thomas. Craig Mintz and Brandon Wimmer got upside in the middle of turn 1 and 2 on the start of heat 3. That was the only incident of the heats. Nate Dussel did brush the wall lining up for heat 5, ending his night.
3 305 heats took the top 5 to the A. With the track starting to widen out a litte, some good action with some close finishes in the heats. Jason Keckler, Frank Neill, and Matt Lucius took the wins.
Due to the awesome field of 410 Sprints, 2 B Mains were ran, taking the top 4 to the A B1, Phil Gressman makes heavy contact with DJ Foos at the caulk line. The contact broke the left rear shock off of Foos car. Jarad Horstman went flying off of turn 1 on the start. Restart, Foos raced hard with a damaged car. Tyler Gunn was in control and held on for the win over Foos, Gressman, and Mintz with a last lap pass for the final transfer spot after charging from the tail. B2, multi time track champ Byron Reed roared to the win over Shawn Valenti, Jordan Ryan, and Jess Stiger.
The 305 B took the top 5 to the A. Making his return to sprint cars after a few years off, Bryan Sebetto held on for the win in a tough battle over Matt Foos, Paul Weaver, Mitch Harble, and Justin Adams. Adams celebrated his 15th birthday this week.
Trey Jacobs and Broc Martin brought the field to the green in the 30 lap 410 A main. Martin run the high line for the lead. Jacobs battles Martin hard and stays closely behind him in 2nd. Lap 10, Taylor slows as the yellow flag is displayed. Restart, Brubaker throws a huge slider in turn 2 and sticks it for the lead. A great battle 2nd to 5th as Brubaker is checking out upfront. Brubaker is in a different zip code, working traffic very well. Some great racing from the back of the pack as many guys are charging towards the front from deeper in the pack. Brubaker blast to the win over Martin, Henry, up from 12th, Jacobs, and Reed, up from 17th.
The 25 lap 305 A main seen Cody Bova charge to the lead on the start. Lap 1, Foos slips off the top of 2 for a yellow. Restart, Sebetto flips in turn 2. Dustin Stroup gets caught up in the incident. Restart, Bova looks good upfront, maintaining the lead. Lap after lap, Bova leads as Bobby Clark starts to close the gap. Lap 13, Clark takes the lead. Celebrating his 54th birthday while in the lead, John Ivy is making a late race charge, trying to crash the Clark birthday party. Clark can not be denied and takes the win. Ivy, up from 11th, Kyle Capodice, Tyler Street, and Steve Rando, up from 14th, round out the top 5.
A great night of racing for the season opener.
FRIDAY: All Stars Attica OH
SATURDAY: USAC Sprints Montpelier IN, All Stars Wayne Co OH, NRA Eldora OH
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With mother nature being a royal pain in the butt so far, I haven't gotten to an outdoor race yet. 6 rain/cold/snow outs have kicked off the season. Hopefully, things will soon change around as the 2018 season is shaping up to be an excellent one in the Tri-State Outlook region.
I will start with Mansfield and the Sprint Car Championship $100,000 to win race just 2 weeks away on April 27th and 28th. This 2 day event is the 2nd largest payday in the United States for the winner. A mice format and great purse has 79 cars entered as we speak. I love its not sanctioned by anyone and is a 50 lap A Main. Also, the Mansfield staff is doing an excellent job announcing so many of the entered drivers daily. Another thing, the World Of Outlaws scheduled against the event so its wide open on who is going to go home with 100 g's. A stellar field so far as you have the veterans Jac Haudenschild, Dave Blaney, Dale Blaney, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Tim Shaffer, and Chad Kemenah. The PA Posse Lance DeWease, Danny Dietrich, and Brock Zearfoss. The Mid-West guys like Brian Brown, Kerry Madsen, Terry McCarl, and Justin Henderson. The true outlaw style racers Trey Starks, Bill Balog, Danny Smith, and Rico Abreu. The young guns Giovanni Scelzi, Parker Price Miller, DJ Netto, Cory Eliason, Spencer Bayston, Carson Macedo, and Aaron Reutzel. Then the locals DJ Foos, Cole Duncan, Caleb Helms, Travis Philo, Lee Jacobs, Stuart Brubaker, Tyler Gunn, and several others. It will be the most stacked field outside of Knoxville. All eyes will be forced on Mansfield at the end of April.
Gas City I-69 Speedway is kicking the gates back open on a regular basis
in 2018 starting April 20th. A great purse for the traditional sprint cars
will make Gas City a strong player in Indiana. Along with several nightly
activities to go along with races and many different styles of cars through
out the season, Gas City is looking to be back on the map for 2018.
Speaking of nice traditional sprint car purses, Waynesfield Motorsports Park has increased their weekly payout very nicely in 2018. Plus, there is 2 All Star races at WMP on 2018 and 1 FAST 410 show. Its going to be a great season at WMP.
Attica Raceway Park has fell victim to the weather for 4 shows now but posted a great points payout still for the 2018 season. With 5 All Star and the World Of Outlaws Brad Doty Classic at ARP once again this season, Attica keeps stepping up for local sprint car racing. April 13th will hopefully bring good Friday the 13th luck to Attica as they once again try to get their first show in the books for 2018.
Fremont Speedway once again has some type of special each week of their 2018 season that kicks off April 14th. Good payouts and speicals like the BOSS Sprints, Jim Ford Classic, and an Open Wheel Shootout May 5th featuring the BOSS traditional sprints, FAST winged sprints, and the NRA 360 sprints makes another great season at the track action built.
Eldora Speedway has their marquee events once again this season. A changed up with the Sprintacular now sees 2 days of racing in October with several classes and the All Star Sprints, traditional sprints and closing day with the World Of Outlaw sprints. I love the changes in this event. Add the NRA 360s back to Eldora a handful of times this season like they were 5 or 6 years ago and Eldora keeps rolling as the showcase it has always been.
An old track with several improvements over the fall and winter that has recently hit my radar is Deerfield Speedway in Eastern Ohio. Deerfield has always ran smaller class type cars but is stepping up their agenda big time in 2018. A new TopLess traditional sprint car series has been formed with 12 events at Deerfield. Add in 2 midget events that pay $2000 to win, Deerfield should quickly draw attention to the traditional sprint car fans. I know I plan to make my first visit to the track this season.
The All Star Circuit Of Champions is set for an amazing 2018. There hasnt been this much excitement for the All Stars since Bert and Bridgette sold the series. 20 full time regulars. Of the 20 full time drivers, I believe at least 8 have a legit shot at the title. Joey Saldana, Jac Haudenschild, Paul McMahan, Dave Blaney, Carson Macedo, Parker Price Miller, and Chad Kemenah all look to be the big gun. Add Caleb Helms, Cale Conley, Aaron Reutzel, Tyler Esh, Max Stambaugh, that could sneak up there and several of the drivers from last season, the All Stars is going to be make some serious noise this season.
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Saturday: Fremont OH opener, BOSS Sprints Atomic OH, WOO Haubstadt IN, USAC Midgets Kokomo IN
See you at the track and good to be back for my 16th year on Hoseheads
When the schedules came out earlier in the year, I had last weekend marked to make my first ever visit to The Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury IL. I have heard nothing but good things from my late model and modified racing friends about FALS. After Friday got rained out and Saturday looking very dismal to race, I still headed West. The track kept saying when the rain stops, we are racing. I would have never guessed they truly would after being in rain the last hour of the drive. Once the storm passed, the track crew went to work instantly and by God they was ready to race.
31 WAR traditional Sprints and 25 MOWA/IRA winged sprints were in the soggy pits ready to throw some mud. The 1/4 mile surface was fast and heavy. The track crew did an amazing job not only in getting the track ready but, it was fairly smooth for as wet as much rain that had fell.
The 4 WAR heats were up first. Some very tight heat race action. Heat 1, Nic Harris went for a tumble. Many cars were pulling wheelies, bicycling, and plenty of 3 wide action. Heat wins went to Landon Simon, Tyler Courtney, Mario Clouser, and Korey Weyant.
3 MOWA/IRA heats were next. Heat 1, George Crawford flipped. Heat 2, Jacob Patton flipped in turn 4. Again some great heat race action. Heat 3 was one of the best heats I've seen all year. Mike Terry JR, Travis Philo, Bill Balog, and Joey Saldana was putting on a show. 3 wide at times,almost an attempt at 4 wide. Philo tried all he could to win. Saldana used an amazing move to take the lead and the win on the last lap. Other heat winners were AJ Bruns and Carson Macedo.
War B took 6 to the A. Kevin Thomas Jr and Josh Hodges was late arrivals and tagged the tail of the B, starting 14th and 15th. Steve Clott tangled got bunched at the beginning of the B and was done for the night. All eyes were on KTJ and Hodges. Thomas made it look easy and was quickly to the front. Hodges struggled most of the race but got to moving when it counted. KTJ took the win and Hodges moved to 3rd to both make the A.
35 lap MOWA/IRA A Main was out first. Saldana and Schuerenberg paced the field to the green. Bruns and Brad Loyet tangle on the start as Loyet flips hard and Bruns get flipped over. Restart, Saldana slide to the lead. The first handful of laps was amazing. A 5 car battle between Saldana, Schuerenberg, Macedo, Philo, and Balog. You could not ask for a tighter battle at the front. All but touching several laps, these guys where putting on a show on the tacky 1/4 mile oval. No dry slick crap here, it was hammer down, elbows up, get your big boy balls out and lets race. Lap 8, Jeremy Schultz flips. The battle rages on the restart as Jake Blackhurst slows on lap 12. Amazing race all race long upfront with Saldana showing the way as Schuerenberg and Macedo try all they can to make a clean pass. You could throw a blanket over them most of the race. White flag Macedo gets a run! Carson goes from 3rd to 1st, nipping Saldana off turn 4 to take the win. Saldana, Schuerenberg, Balog, and Philo rounded out the top 5. What a race!!!
The 35 lap WAR A Main was next. Clouser and Joe B Miller brought the field to the green. Miller mashed the loud button and took the lead. Miller had a slight lead as a torrid battle raged from 2nd to 7th. Lap 7, Mitch Wissmiller and KTJ collide after Wissmiller spins. Restart, a great battle upfront with Miller, Courtney, and Robert Ballou. Lap 14, Terry Babb flips. Green, Courtney makes a move on Miller and takes the lead on lap 15. Lap 16, Katlynn Leer stops after tagging the wall right by the flag stand. Green, another awesome battle at the front as Courtney and Ballou battle in and out of traffic. Tight racing, almost contact each lap. Lap 31, Courtney throws a slider in lapped traffic and plows into KTJ and goes for a nasty tumble. Ballou inherits the lead. Ballou was up on 2 wheels a few times the final 4 laps but held on for the win. Dave Darland, Miller, Simon, and Weyant rounded out the top 5.
Excellent racing, excellent effort, very friendly track staff and fans, great food, and a nice town. Will I make a return to Fairbury, 100% yes!
Friday: All Star Sprints Mansfield OH, Non wings Brownstown IN Fun Fest
Saturday: All Stars/NRA/Open Comp Non Wings Eldora OH, USAC Sprints Terre Haute IN
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An event that has been part of Eldora's history closing on 4 decades now has really had a huge rebirth the last few years. The 4 Crown Nationals has the strongest fan base its had in its history with great car counts as well.
Friday the 4 Crown kicked off with the World of Outlaw Sprints. 42 WOO cars were ready to roll on the hammer down Eldora oval. With the track fairly wet and the WOO stupid idea of lining the heats straight up, there wasn't a lot of passing in the heats.
In the 30 lap WOO, Tim Shaffer slid to the lead on the start. Shaffer has been strong lately and was putting it to the best in the business. Donny Schatz caught Shaffer with 6 laps to go and looked like he was going to blow past The Steel City Outlaw. Shaffer got up on the wheel and held on to earn another WOO win. Schatz, Joey Saldana, Jason Johnson, and David Gravel rounded out the top. 5.
Saturday the 4 Crown showcases the 3 major USAC open wheel divisions with the addition of the All Star Sprints. 36 USAC Sprints, 18 Midgets, 23 Silvercrown, and 43 All Star Sprints were pit side for the annual event.
The USAC Sprints had some issues in hot laps and time trials as Dustin Smith, Nick Bilbee, and Austin Nemire all got in the wall. In Silvercrown action, Joss Moffatt, Austin Nemire, and Patrick Bruns all had issues with the wall early. Bruns actually had a driveline break and flipped. Bruns had to have foot surgery Monday due to the accident. In All Star hot laps, Tyler Esh tumbled in turn 2. After Esh was stopped for a bit, Dane Lorenc got into the Esh car. Esh had a brain bleed, broken back, and a lung injury. Esh will have months of recovery but seems to be on his way to recovery as we speak. Rico Abreu took a nasty tumble in the midget heats, ending his night. Rico has a concussion and is out a few weeks.
Bayston and Boat paced the 25 lap Midget A Main to kick off the 4 big A Mains. Bayston blasted to the lead on the start. Lap 1, Tyler Courtney slows with issues. 3 wide racing the first few laps after the restart had the crowds full attention. Justin Grant was making a run at Bayston until lap 12 when the 2nd place driver slowed as his car went up in flames. It was all Bayston after that. Spencer was pretty much untouchable as he cruised to the $5000 victory. Shane Goblic in his first Eldora visit, Brady Bacon, Dave Darland , and Tanner Thorson rounded out the top 5.
Robert Ballou and Chase Stockon brought the 30 lap USAC Sprint car A Main to the green. Justin Grant gassed it from 4th to the lead on the start. Lap 2, CJ Leary leaped into the lead. Leary was up on the top side as there was an old school Eldora groove right on the fence and one way on the bottom up against the inside wall. Brady Bacon was trying both grooves to challenge Leary. Bacon was side by side a few times but couldn't make the pass. Leary took the win over Bacon, Ballou, Kevin Thomas Jr, and Grant.
The All Star Sprints were up next with their 25 lap A Main. Running all 4 divisions, Brady Bacon was now in his winged car. Bacon sizzled to the lead. Brandon Wimmer slowed the action stopping on lap 10. Bacon was good as Bryan Nuckles was applying heavy pressure, looking for the upset win. Lap 17, DJ Foos was flying and running the lead pack down til flipping in turn 1. Bacon held on after the restart and took the win over Nuckles, Max Stambaugh , Lee Jacobs, and Hunter Schuerenberg. The top 3 drivers all had their best ever All Star finishes.
50 laps for the Silvercrown night capper. Kody Swanson and Tyler Courtney paced the field Courtney climbed to the lead. Courtney was on a rail, quickly opening the gap. The lead pack bunches up in lapped traffic as Leary pressures Courtney. The lap traffic is racing the leaders hard. Lap 22, Aaron Pierce finds the wall after contact with Leary. Pierce was racing both lead pack drivers hard and Leary tried to shot the gap and got into Pierce a little. Courtney was lead once again. Lap 31, Swanson flips hard in turn 1 in a nasty looking crash. Thankfully he was okay. Lap 34, Leary finds the wall. Courtney survived a late race charge from Chris Windom to hold on to for the win. Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, and Brady Bacon rounded out the top 5.
All in all another great 4 Crown. I know there has been others who have swept 3 and 4 A Mains in one night at the 4 Crown but you have to give a shout out to Brady Bacon. Bacon took the All Star win, 2nd in USAC Sprints, 3rd in the Midgets, and 5th in the Silvercrown. Not bad for a days worth of work.
With all this great weather, October could be the best October in years for late season racing. I hope the weather holds out as I plan to hit the road some and see some new ventures. Starting next weekend at Faribury Speedway for the MOWA Sprints and WAR traditional sprints Sprint Mania race. Then looking at a trip to New York to the October WOO shows. Plus, I am hoping to finally get to the Jason Leffler Memorial Race the end of October.
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It is hard to believe its been 10 years but, the Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway last weekend was the 10th annual. Ford was instrumental is getting Fremont Speedway back under action after it closed for a while. Rich Farmer took over after the Ford and has kept the action rolling every since. The 2 day event, it is a true event with bands after the races, queen's contest, benefit games, auctions, and much more happening the entire weekend. I could only make the Saturday $10,000 to win show as I ran in my local county fair demo derby on Friday night.
Saturday 40 FAST/OSCS 410 sprints and 31 305 sprints were pit side for night 2 of the Jim Ford Classic. The track was building a big cushion for JLH Contractors night.
5 410 heats with the top 3 moving to the A . Heat 1, Jeff Swindell gets punted into the front stretch fence on the start and Kory Crabtree flips in turn 2. Restart, Chris Andrews finished 2nd in the FAST points on the season and was on a rail in heat 1. Andrews held on to lead flag to flag over Cole Duncan and Cale Conley. Heat 2, Gary Taylor throttle to the win over Brian Lay and Broc Martin. Heat 3, Lee Jacobs jumped to the lead and never looked back. The Snowman took the win over Jody Keegan and Craig Mintz. Heat 4, Cale Thomas tromped to the lead and ran away to the win over Dan McCarron and Travis Philo. Heat 5, Tyler Gunn rode the gnarly cushion to the win over Ayrton Olsen and Byron Reed. Not a lot of passing in the heats.
305 sprints would run 4 heats with the top 4 moving to the A. Heat 1, Paul Weaver has been on a mission all season, winning the FAST title and double digits A Main on the season. Jerry Dahms got tangles with Matt Foos, as Foos got pitched off the cushion and shot down into Dahms. Dahms spins and Mike Bukin has no where to go but into Dahms. Just a racing deal, no ones fault. Weaver whipped to the win over Kelsey Ivy, Kyle Peters, and Joe Armbruster. Heat 2, PA invader George Englert edged out the win over Tyler Street, Steve Rando, and Jimmy McGrath. Heat 3, Jamie Miller powered to the win over Nate Dussel, Justin Adams, and Kyle Capodice. Heat 4, Brandon Moore took the Ryan French 26 car to victory lane over John Ivy, Chase Dunham, and Matt Ferrell.
8 cars of the scheduled 10 came out for the 410 C Main. The top 5 moved to the B. Brian Smith blasted from 5th to the lead in this one. Smith took the win over Kody Kinser, Bryan Nuckles, Cody Gallogly, and Jeff Swindell.
Next up the Dash. Cole Duncan and Byron Reed had a battle all 6 laps and Duncan took the win.
The 410 B was out next with the top 5 moving to the A. Stuart Brubaker stood tall in this one after starting on the pole. Brubaker went on to win over Cap Henry, FAST Champion DJ Foos, Jordan Ryan, and a struggling Tim Shaffer. Shaffer won a hard fought battle with Hunter Schuerenberg for the final transfer spot. Again not a lot of passing in these events except for Brian Smith moving up 4 spots in the C.
The 305 B Main would take the top 4 to the A. Ricky Peterson plowed to the win over Bobby Clark, Mike Burkin, and Jason Keckler.
The 305 25 lap A Main kicked off the A Mains for the night. Miller and Rando paced the field to the green. On the start going off turn 2, Miller spins then flips collecting Englert who flips as well and Dunham. Green, Rando rips to the lead. Lap 3, Adams spins for a caution. Green, Rando looks good upfront as Weaver is right in his tire tracks. Lap 10, Adams spins again and is out for the night. Green, Rando and Weaver battle. Lap 12, Weaver takes the lead. Lap 17, Armbruster slows the pace with a spin. Green, its all Weaver. Weaver sweeps the weekend, taking both 305 wins. Rando, Street in a great run, Dussel, up from 12th, and Peters rounded out the top 5.
The $10,000 40 lap A Main seen Duncan and Reed on the front row. Just as the cars were lined up, Duncan stops with a steering arm issue. This moved Martin to the front row with Reed. Reed roared to the lead when the green light flashed on. Lap 1 Olsen stops. Green, its all Reed upfront as Byron is on a rail. As Reed leads, Shaffer, Foos, Andrews, and Ryan start charging from deeper in the field. Lap 19, Henry gets into the tractor tires in turn 3, clips Keegan and then spins with a broken front end. Restart, Thomas takes a bad tumble. Green, its all Byron Reed. The now 7 time Fremont track champ was stout. Martin tried to make a late race charge and got close a few times but no one was stopping Reed. Reed cruised to the win over Martin, Mintz, Andrews, up from 11th, and Shaffer, up from dead last. Some great mid pack racing in this one.
The Silly Season has already started, plus other news: Parker Price Miller has taken over the Destiny Motorsports WOO #4 car starting at Eldora this Friday. Paul McMahan is staying on board as a team manager and is looking for a 40 to 50 race ride for next season...Jody Keegan claims Saturday was his last night in a sprint car. The Fremont driver has piloted the 60 car for many years in the Ohio region....Kelsey Ivy is moving up to the 410s in 2018 from the 305 ranks.
Friday: WOO Eldora OH
Saturday: All Stars, USAC Midgets, USAC Sprints, and USAC Silvercrown Eldora OH, OVSCA Wayne CO OH
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Labor Day weekend starts the end of many racing seasons in the region. You can still go til late October but, your choices of where to go get limited more and more each week. Attica Raceway Park always ends its season with a big 2 day Labor Day weekend show.
Friday, 32 FAST Sprints were on hand for the $5000 to win event. The track was fast and racy all night long. Jody Keegan, Travis Philo, Brian Lay, and Rob Chaney took heat wins. Current FAST points leader, DJ Foos recovered from a bad heat race to dominate the B Main and take the win.
Lay and Craig Mintz paced the field for the 30 lap A Main. Mintz marched to the lead on the start. Lap 1, Justin Peck stops with rear end issues. Lap 2, Cap Henry stops. Green, Lay gets a run and takes the lead. Then right after Lay gets the lead, Mintz slows to a stop. Green, Lay leads as Joey Saldana starts a march through the pack. Lap 9, Carson"Pinball" Macedo tags guardrail at the top of turn 4. That is my new nickname for him. Green, Lay leads as battle is raging behind him. Lap 14, Philo spins as Dean Jacobs gets collected as well. Tim Shaffer is looking stronger and stronger as the race goes on. Lap 22, Tyler Gunn spins. Lap 25, Chaney slides off the top of 2. Green, Shaffer makes a move and takes the lead on lap 26 as Lay starts to drop suddenly. Shaffer leads the final 4 laps to take the win over Broc Martin, Byron Reed, Saldana, up from 17th, and Andrew Palker. Lay ran out of fuel.
The Dirt Classic Ohio is on tap Saturday at Attica with the All Star Sprints for 10 grand to win. Plus, the 305s and some goofy format for the All Stars. 49 All Stars and 29 305s were pit side. The All Stars were doing a points system deal with points for qualifying, and heats, then inverting 8 for a 2nd set of heats with more points to line up the mains, so 10 heat races for the All Stars in all. DJ Foos had a perfect score going on the night after the first round of heat races. That soon ended as DJ got tangled up on the start of the 2nd set of heat races, flipping as the 23 car was badly battered. Rob Chaney lost a car in the 2nd set of heats as well with a hard flip. For a just a $10,000 to win show, not sure its the best format for a 1 day show like that, cost a lot of extra money and wear and tear on teams for no extra reward except the top few. PLUS, 24 teams had to run an EXTRA A Main from the rain out of the Ohio Speedweek show. Loved all the racing, just not that format was the best for this night.
Make up A Main. Travis Philo and Cale Conley brought the field to the green for the 35 lap event. On a hammer down track, Philo pulled to the lead. Philo was looking very stout out front, leading lap after lap with the throttle to the floor. As the laps wound down, the top 3 were right there as Shaffer had a $3000 bonus on the line. Lap 31, Shaffer takes the lead. Chad Kemenah enters the mix as well. Shaffer seals the deal, taking the win over Kemenah, Conley, Chaney, and Cole Duncan. A few cars lost tires on the last lap, one being Cale Thomas who stopped a few hundred yards from the finish line. In his best Ricky Bobby impression, Cale get out and ran down the track across the finish line after the race was over. It was great to see a driver add a little fun to the race.
Duncan and Saldana paced the 40 lap $10,000 to win A Main. Duncan drove to the lead on the start. Lap 8, Caleb Armstrong goes off the top of turn 2. Green, Duncan looks good and has been stout all year. Lap 14, Macedo fips and DJ Foos spins. Green, its still Duncan. Lap 20, Peck flips. Green olds them off as Saldana puts up a good fight. Lap 33, Armstrong off 2 again. Green, Saldana tries to make a move but Duncan runs hard and don't give up the spot. Lap 33, Armstrong off 2 again. Restart, another attempt by Saldana who almost makes it stick but Duncan drives away with the lead. Lap 36 Brady Bacon spins while running 4th. Green, give the former WOO regular too many shots and he will make a move, just as Joey did on this one, taking the lead on lap 37. Duncan tried to get back around as Saldana held strong. Saldana takes the win over Duncan, Cap Henry, Philo, and Chris Andrews.
The 305 A Main was amazing. The top 3 were so close the last few laps, you just thought they was going to hook tires and all tumble. A great race and young Chase Dunham had the race under control til it looked like the reality of winning set in the final 2 laps and he missed his marks and all but crashed, allowing Kyle Capodice to make a late race pass to take the win. Steve Rando came home 2nd as Dunham, John Ivy, and Ricky Peterson rounded out the top 5.
Sunday capped off the weekend with the make up show at Waynesfield Raceway Park. 22 FAST 410s, 34 NRA 360, and 23 FAST 305s were pit side. I got the pleasure of taking 2 newbies to the show as my radio show director Jim Funderberg and board engineer BB Murray came along. BB was born legally blind and developed an ability to see now in life thanks to his E Sight glasses that are special and can allow him to zoom in 24 times 20/20 vision and be able to see things in life he never has, such as sprint car races. BB will be on 24 Toledo News soon and the Ellen show later in the year and it was very awesome to hear his take on the races. Thanks to Tyler Gunn and Kyle Sauder for allowing us to show BB and Jim some things on the cars and how they operate to make their trip as best as can be.
As far as the racing, it was off the chain. The 410 A Main seen a great battle all race long and Foos charge for a title sealing run. Cap Henry made a last lap pass coming off 4 to the white flag to steal the win over Cale Thomas and DJ Foos. Foos and crew thrashed all night and it wasn't pretty looking but the 23 or Z3 maybe with the tape was good enough to give Foos enough of a FAST point lead to where all he has to do is be pit side at the Fremont final and he takes home the title.
The 360 A Main was crazy! Randy Hannagan lead all race long but with 5 to go, Dustin Daggett and Jared Horstman was breathing hard down his neck. The 3 was almost 3 wide off 4 with 3 to go when, lapped Jon Agan spins right in front of the leaders. Hannagan gets into Agan, stales but Horstman slams Hannagan so hard, it refires Randy's car as Horstman flips and Daggett somehow drives through it all. Hannagan kept the lead since he never stopped and was still moving forward when he got a bump start.
John Ivy took home the 305 A Main after a great battle with
MTS Baer Field IN, YES Friday is that show. Earlier in the season it was listed on Saturday but moved a month ago
BOSS Montpelier IN
For the late model fans, the granddaddy of them all is the weekend at Eldora Speedway, the World 100. Things kick off Thursday and run through Saturday night.
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As you start to see Season Championships and last race of the season at some tracks, I took full advantage last week to hit 5 straight days of racing. With working each day, it made it rough by the end of the week but, before long when it cold and dark by 5 PM, I can sleep then.
There was some very good races. It was my first visit to the Sandusky County Fair Race at the Fremont Speedway. Being a 305 event, it was very cool seeing an event just for them and all the rides and lights in the back ground. With a rain delay, the track was very fast. John Ivy had his hands full in heavy lapped traffic but a yellow with 5 to go, helped Ivy seal the win. As part of the fair race, Ivy got a bonus for kissing the a cow and drinking some milk in victory lane. A very fun night!
The next 2 nights it was off to Kokomo Speedway for the start of Smackdown week. Wednesday kicked the 4 days off with a FREE grandstand admission on the Get Your Ass To Kokomo night. Huge $$$ is raised on this night to carry on the tradition of Bryan Clauson promoting the #GYATK hashtag and getting new racers to Kokomo. 4 drivers attempted their first non wing start on Wednesday. Chet Williams took home $750 from the $$$ PLUS a $630 bonus from the Clauson family for being an organ donor. The 2nd and 3rd best finishing newbees to Kokomo also got bonuses. Talk about fast and heavy, Kokomo was heavy all night and the action was great. Cars racing 3 and 4 wide, full throttle, wheels off the ground, side by side, for 27 laps, was something. Kevin Thomas JR took home the win Wednesday. KTJ also got a $630 from the Clauson family for being an organ donor.
Thursday, a nasty flip from Thomas Meseraull ended his week. Another fast and heavy track with the same type of racing, hammer down, crank the wheel, and turn it side by side inches apart. CJ Leary was on a rail and took home the win on Thursday.
Friday, it was off to Attica Raceway Park for Season Championship night. The 410 title was the closest as Chris Andrews lead by 5 points over DJ Foos going into the night. ARP was in great shape and stayed fast all night long. DJ Foos was fast but couldn't buy an ounce of luck if he had too on this night. Foos got caught with twice by Broc Martin as misfortune stuck Martin twice right in front of Foos. Andrews took home the title was Dale Blaney ran away from the pack and took home the win in the 410s. Paul Weaver's title hopes turned South right away in the 305s as his 1w engine expired in hot laps. Not to fear, Jim Taddeo let Weaver borrow his 4T machine to try and capture the title. Weaver not only won the title but raced away to the win in a car he had never sat in until a few hours earlier.
Saturday, I ended my 5 day tour at the Atomic Speedway for the Open Wheel Championship final. $10,000 to win for the All Stars and $3000 for BOSS and $600 for 305s. A huge field of cars and a 5 division show made for a long night. A great All Star A Main as Dave Blaney made a last lap, turn 4 pass on Chad Kemenah to take home the big win on the rubber down surface. For a rubber down track, it was a good race.
In the BOSS traditional sprints, PA's Carmen Perigo has been a BOSS supporter about 80% of the time the last few seasons. Pergio has won over 50 sportsman A Mains and got the 21 car a rolling out front on this night. Perigo scored the win and his first ever A Main win in a sprint car. I became friends with the Pergio family this summer and it was neat to witness Carmen's win.
in the 305's Brinton Marvel made it 2 wins in a row, sweeping the weekend getting his first sprint car wins. Brinton's racign roots run deep as the Marvel family tradition continues. I have been friends with his father Justin for several years and it was great seeing his excitement as Brinton sweep the weekend.
The last huge holiday weekend during racing season. Get out to any track this weekend before they close for the season!!
Friday: FAST Attica $5000 to win, SOD Hartford MI, GLSS Tri-City MI
Saturday: All Stars Attica OH $10,000 to win plus make up A Main from Ohio Speedweek, SOD Crystal MI
Sunday; FAST/OSCS NRA/GLSS Waynesfield OH, All Stars Wayne CO OH, MSCS Haubstadt IN
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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
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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
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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
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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
Thanks for reading Duane
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
Thanks for reading Duane
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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