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Franek Continues his Dominance over the United Racing Club

Davie "No Panic" Franek continued his dominance over the United Racing Club on Saturday night scoring his 6th URC win of the 2016 season. With 17 sprint cars signed into the pit area, two heats were held to determine the 25 lap feature line up. Heat race wins went to the Franek Auto Sales #28f of Davie Franek and the Quality Auto Body #89 currently being driven by substitute driver Ryan Stillwaggon.

After the "4" invert pill was pulled by heat race #1 winner Franek, the front row consisted of rookie Adam Carberry aboard the R&S Concrete Paving and Site Contractors #47 and the returning veteran Chris Coyle who continues to impress aboard the Fred Kennedy owned #56.

At the drop of the green flag, Coyle showed his muscle by shooting to the lead. By lap 3, the 28f of Davie Franek was already into the 2nd position and was stalking to the #56 of Coyle. A lap 4 spin by the #89 of Ryan Stillwaggon brought out the nights first caution and was the perfect opportunity for Franek to take control of the lead with a slide job on the restart going into turn 1. United Racing Club Rookie Just Whittall was already up to the 3rd position by lap 7 after starting 7th and was looking like the young rookie could be in line for his best URC finish. As the field took the 1/2 way flag, Franek was still in control followed by the 56 of Coyle, the #67w of Whittall who was now pressuring Coyle for the runner up spot, the #47 of rookie Adam Carberry and the #747 of 410 regular Davey Sammons. A lap 22 caution due to the 74jr of JR Berry stopping in turns 1-2 was the perfect opportunity for the 56 of Coyle and the 67w of Whittall to mount a challenge on the leader Franek.

On the restart Franek jumped out to the lead going into turn 1, but the action behind him was hot and heavy as the 56 of Coyle, 747 of Sammons, and 67w of Whittall ran 3 wide going into turn 1 and half way through the turn it looked like the three might make it but contact between the 67w and the 747 sent the 747 into the backstretch wall ended Sammons' great run. On the second attempt of a restart which was now single file, Franek again jumped out to the lead, but the caution again quickly came out as the 47 of Adam Carberry was sitting in turn 1. Contact between the #47 of Carberry and the #67w of Whittall while fighting for the 3rd position send both cars to the pits and both were done for the night.

At the drop of the green, Franek continued his march towards his 6th URC win of the year, but the 5g of Curt Michael was now pressuring the #56 of Chris Coyle for the runner up position. Down 1 cylinder, the 5g of Michael caught and passed Coyle at the line finishing in the 2nd position but also improving 6 positions from his 8th place starting position.

Finish: 1. 28f Davie Franek, 2. 5g Curt Michael, 3. 56 Chris Coyle, 4. 22 Troy Betts, 5. 73b Brett Michalski, 6. 28 Keith Prutzman, 7. 77 Will Eggimann, 8. 89 Ryan Stillwaggon, 9. 23j Jake Eldreth, 10. 21c Cody Jourdan, 11. 7o6 Mark Sasso, 12. 67c Jason Cherry, 13. 47 Adam Carberry, 14. 747 Davey Sammons, 15. 74jr JR Berry, 16. 67w Justin Whittall DNS 08 Jason Clauss

 

 

Weller Again! This Time at Delaware International!

Josh Weller's August hot streak continued last Saturday night August 27th at the Delaware International Speedway. Weller in the family owned Victory Auto Glass #63 won for the 3rd time in the past 3 races and it was the veteran drivers 4th win overall in the 2016 season.

A total of 19 United Racing Club 360 sprint cars signed into the pits last Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. With two heat races needed to complete the starting line up, heat race wins went to Weller and the 9D of Delaware native Andy Best. The former United Racing Club Rookie of the Year was competing in just his first URC race of the 2016 season.

After Weller drew the "0" invert pill the feature event was comprised of a heads up start from the heat races. Notibly starting in the rear of the feature event was the 2016 URC points leader Davie Franek who experience motor trouble during the heat race. Franek pulled out a back up car and promptly drove from the 19th starting position all the way up to 3rd during the 25 lap event. Meanwhile it was all Weller from the drop of the green flag earning his 3rd win in a row and 4th of the season. Weller now has a 6th, 5th, and 3 first place finishes in his last 5 races.

The Burlington NJ hotshoe Robbie Stillwaggon aboard the Quality Auto Body #89 was missing in action again due to effects from multiple wrecks during the season. His brother and 305 sprint car driver Ryan Stillwaggon filled in again for his brother bringing home a 9th place finish. Rookie Justin Whittall continues to impress with a 5th place finish and was the highest finishing rookie.

Up next for the United Racing Club will be a Labor Day weekend filled with non-points shows starting off Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway, the 1/3 mile D Shaped dirt deaman provides some of the racing action in the northeast. On Saturday night the United Racing Club will head to Thunder Mountain Speedway again where last year Cobra Chuck Hebing and 9 time URC champion Curt Michael had an epic battle of slide jobs with Michael and the Bill Gallagher owned 5G parked in victory lane at the end of the night. On Sunday night the racing will wrap up at the Utica-Rome Speedway which could be use as a test race for the following weekends Cole Cup and $10,000 to win show. The next URC points race will be a rescheduled Delaware International Speedway event on Saturday September 10th.

A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 63-Josh Weller[1]; 2. 5G-Curt Michael[9]; 3. 28F-Davie Franek[19]; 4. 22-Troy Betts[4]; 5. 67W-Justin Whittall[5]; 6. 56-Chris Coyle[13]; 7. 47-Adam Carberry[3]; 8. 74JR-J.R. Berry[8]; 9. 89-Ryan Stillwaggon[10]; 10. 73B-Brett Michalski[11]; 11. 23J-Jake Eldreth[12]; 12. 77W-William Eggimann[16]; 13. 17J-Jonathan Swanson[7]; 14. 706-Mark Sasso[17]; 15. 21C-Cody Jourdan[18]; 16. 67C-Jason Cherry[14]; 17. 9DX-Kevin Darling[15]; 18. 08-Jason Clauss[6]; 19. 9D-Andy Best[2]

 

 

Michael Cruises to First Win on the Season on Saturday Night

Curt Michael and the GEI Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc., K&N Filters 5g cruised to their first victory on 2016 on Saturday night at the Orange County Fair Speedway. The United Racing Club brought 23 cars into the pit area on Saturday night and with three heats on hand the top 5 headed to the A-Main from each heat race. Most notably missing was Robbie Stillwaggon from competition who was at home still trying to heal up from the violent feature wreck at the Williams Grove Speedway just over a week ago. Robbie’s bother Ryan piloted the Quality Auto Body #89 for the night’s action. Also in the pits was the 2016 United Racing Club Points leader Davie Franek. Franek toyed with the idea of skipping the event and heading to the Selinsgrove Speedway for their National Open. Ultimately Franek decided to race closer to home so his family and friends could be present along with continuing to support the United Racing Club. Heat winners went to Chris Coyle, who now has multiple heat race wins aboard the Fred Kennedy owned #56, Davie Franek aboard the Franek Auto Sales #28f, and “Cobra” Chuck Hebing aboard the North Coast Performance #45.

After heat race #1 winner, Chris Coyle drew the “9” invert pill the front row was made up of the 1R of Christian Rumsey and the 72 of Jeremy Quick. At the drop of the green flag, the 72 of Quick jumped out to the lead and was followed by the 1R of Rumsey, the 17j of Jonathan Swanson who was also running a 19h wing in memory of long time URC member Guy Howie, the 5g of Curt Michael, and the 47 of United Racing Club rookie Adam Carberry.

A lap 1 caution bunched the field back up and on the restart again the 72 of Quick using the outside lane to his advantage jumped out the lead, this time with the 5g of Michael following very closely behind. Just about 5 laps in Davie Franek looked like a contender jumping into the 2nd position when he passed Michael going into turn 1, but Michael quickly regained the position just before the caution came out again.

On the restart Michael aboard the Bill Gallagher owned car rocketed to the top position overtaking Quick. Just before halfway Michael continued to lead followed by Davie Franek, Chuck Hebing, Quick and now the 47 of Adam Carberry. Also on the move was the 67w of URC rookie sensation Justin Whittall who was now shown in the 6th position after starting 10th. A final caution was brought out by a spinning JR Berry in turns 1-2, on the double file restart Michael chose the inside and quickly jumped out to the lead again. Franek could get close but could never fully mount a charge for the top spot, ultimately finishing 2nd. Following Franek across the line was Cobra, Adam Carberry and Chris Coyle.

The United Racing Club which just completed a 4 race in 7 days stretch will now have the week off before returning back to action on Saturday night August 27th at the Delaware International Speedway.

Results: 1. 5G Curt Michael, 2. 28f Davie Franek, 3. 45 Chuck Hebing, 4. 47 Adam Carberry, 5. 56 Chris Coyle, 6. 67w Justin Whittall, 7. 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 8. 08 Jason Clauss, 9. 72 Jeremy Quick, 10. 30 Scott Goodrich, 11. 73b Brett Michalski, 12. 89 Ryan Stillwaggon, 13. 1Q Thomas Radivoy, 14. 7o6 Mark Sasso, 15. 74JR JR Berry, 16. 67c Jason Cherry, 17. 1R Christian Rumsey, 18. 17j Jonathan Swanson, 19. X Benny Rizzo, 20. 25X Geoff Quackenbush, 21. 1F Scott Flammer

DNQ. 56v Billy VanInwegen, 22 Troy Betts

 

 

Weller Parks It Again in Victory Lane

Josh Weller is as hot at the August heat right now with the United Racing Club. Fresh off of an 18 to 5 place and hard charger at Williams Grove to winning at Susquehanna Speedway from the 4th position on Saturday night, Weller rolled into Bridgeport Speedway for a Tuesday night special paying $2,000 to win thanks to Valley Forge Inc and GEI Enterprises kicking in an extra $500 for the win.

With a field of 17 cars in the pits for the Tuesday night show, 2 heat races were needed to complete the line up for the 25 lap A-Main. Heat race #1 was won by the Quality Auto Body #89 of Robbie Stillwaggon who was still suffering some physical effects from his crash on Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway and heat race #2 was won by the 2014 URC Champion and current points leader the Franek Auto Sales #28f of Davie "No Panic" Franek.

After Heat race #1 winner Robbie Stillwaggon drew the "6" invert pill, the front row was set with Weller and the Fall Proof Fall Protection, Bitner Automotive, K&N Filters #15 of Mr. Twister Mark Bitner.

Right from the drop of the green, Bitner out drug Weller going into turn won and was shown the leader of lap #1. Bitner carried the lead until lap 4 saw the first and only caution of the race, unfortunately it was the leader Mark Bitner who rolled to a stop in turns 1 and 2. Bitner later reported motor problems put an early end to his great run. With Weller now in command, the driver of the Victory Auto Glass #63 picked the outside of row 1 heading to the restart. Weller quickly took command of the lead and went and hid for the remaining laps.

Weller parked the #63 in victory lane and completed his traditional wing dance. Following Weller to the line was current points leader Davie Franek, the GEI Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc #5g Curt Michael, the R&S Concrete Paving and Site Contractors #47 of Adam Carberry. Carberry who expired a motor on Saturday night at Susquehanna quickly contacted former 360 driver Eddie Wagner for the purchase of his SEC Racing Engines motor. Carberry had just enough time to pull the old mount from his #47 and place the new motor in before heading to the track on Tuesday afternoon. Rounding out the top 5 was the B&G Auto Glass #22 of Troy Betts.

The Untied Racing Club will now complete a 4 races in 8 days swing when they head north to Middletown NY and the Famed Orange County Fair Speedway on Saturday night. Franek continues to lead the 2016 United Racing Club Points followed by Stillwaggon and 9 Time URC Champion Curt Michael.

Results: 1) #63 Josh Weller 2) #28F Davie Franek 3) #5G Curt Michael 4) #47 Adam Carberry 5) #22 Troy Betts 6) #67w Justin Whittall 7) #39 Nate Snyder 8) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon 9) #56 Chris Coyle 10) #73b Brett Michalski 11) #18 Tim Tanner 12) #5 Stef Palmai 13) #77w Will Eggimann 14) #67 Jason Cherry 15) #15 Mark Bitner 16) #17j Jonathan Swanson

 

 

Weller Wins It!

Josh Weller and the rest of the United Racing Club headed to Susquehanna Speedway for the first time in 2016. Fresh off of a top 5 finish the night before at the Williams Grove Speedway where Weller advanced 13 positions in the feature event from the 18th starting position, Weller posted "Now if I can just draw well." Tonight Weller drew well and started 3rd in heat #3 and brought home the heat race win. Other heat race wins went to Robbie Stillwaggon aboard the Quality Auto Body #89 and Jordan Givler aboard the WTBD #90. The B-Main was won by Eric Tomecek.

After the "6" invert pill was drawn by heat race #1 winner, Jordan Givler, the front row was comprised for 2 of the URC heavy hitters, the Franek Auto Sales #28f driven by current URC points leader Davie "No Panic" Franek and the #55 Mach 1 Chassis driven by Mark Smith. Franek who was fresh off of his win the night before at the Williams Grove Speedway took the lead from Smith on the initial start. A lap 4 red flag was shown for an engine fire aboard the #47 of Adam Carberry. A lap 5 restart saw Franek jump into position p1 again followed by Smith, and the 63 of Weller.

Smith was the next to bring out the caution which saw the 55 come to a stop in turns 1-2. With Smith now out of the picture, the top 5 was now made up of Franek, Weller, Stillwaggon, Locke and the 66h of Doug Hammaker from the 13th starting position. On the double file restart Franek took over the lead once again, but the caution was quickly thrown for Jimmy Stitzel who had blown a right rear coming down the front stretch. After the single file restart Weller went to the outside of Franek going into 1, Franek tried to squeeze Weller but Weller didn't back off and the both of them entered side by side into turn 1, coming off of turn 2, Weller jumped to the lead and was now shown the leader. Weller went on the lead the remaining laps and brought home the Victory Auto Glass, Schearer's VW & Audi Specialists #63 his 2nd win of the 2016 season.

The Untied Racing Club will now head to Bridgeport Speedway on Tuesday night for the annual 3 For All Event. Pit Gates Open at 3:30, Grandstands Open at 5pm, Hot Laps at 6:15pm and Heat Races start at 7:15pm.

The official run down was not available at the time of this publication, the official results will be posted once they become available.

 

 

Davie Franek Parks It in Victory Lane at Williams Grove Speedway

Friday night the United Racing Club visited the Williams Grove Speedway for the 5th time this season. With mother nature claiming the first visit and Greg Hodnett claiming the next 4 races, we were in for a new 2016 winner at the 1/2 mile facility with Hodnett off competing at the Knoxville Nationals.

With 25 cars in the pits, they were divided into 3 heat races with the top 6 automatically transferring into the A-Main event paying $2,000 to win thanks to nightly sponsor Quality Auto Body. Heat race wins went to Robbie Stillwaggon aboard the Quality Auto Body #89, Chuck "Cobra" Hebing aboard the Wilkins Recreational Vehicles, Northcoast Performance #45 and Chris Coyle aboard the Fred's Trailer Parts Center #56. This was Coyle's first URC Heat Race win of the year since stepping into the potent #56 seat. A B-Main was not needed when the 17j of newly married Jonathan Swanson scratched for the night.

When heat race #1 winner Robbie Stillwaggon drew the "6" pill, the front row was set with United Racing Club rookie Justin Whittall driving the family owned Pioneer Auto Body, World Wide Bearings #67w and Jason Shultz in the Weather Proofing #29 car. At the drop of the green, Whittall jumped out to a quick lead over the 29 of Shultz and the 28f of Davie Franek. Mark Smith brought out the nights first caution on lap 2 after making contact with the turn 2 inside wall. The contact ended Smith's night who would have been considered one of the favorites to win the nights feature event.

On the restart, Whittall again jumped out to the lead this time the 15 yr old rookie was challenged by the 2014 URC Champion Davie Franek entering into turn 3, Franek briefly took command of the lead before Whittall crossed over the 28f and retook the lead before a lap 3 caution was shown for a slowing Chris Coyle on the front stretch. Coyle refired and joined the back of the field for a restart.

By lap 10, Whittall was still in command with Franek running 2nd, Schultz 3rd, Chuck Hebing 4th and the top 5 rounded out by the 1w of Eric Tomecek. Franek finally took control of the top spot during lap 13. Once again Whittall went at Franek with no fear and went wheel to wheel with the current points leader. Franek finally took complete control of the lead by lap 13th. Franek lead the remaining laps earning his 5th United Racing Club win of the season and strengthening his points lead over 2nd place Robbie Stillwaggon.

The United Racing Club will be back in action on Saturday night when the head to Susquehanna Speedway for the first time in 2016. After Saturday night the Club will head to the big 5/8 mile Bridgeport Speedway on Tuesday night.

Results: 1) #28F DAVIE FRANEK, 2) #45 CHUCK HEBING, 3) #1W ERIC TOMECEK, 4) #29 JASON SCHULTZ, 5) #63 JOSH WELLER, 6) #77 DEREK LOCKE, 7) #67W JUSTIN WHITTALL, 8) #4 JIMMY STITZEL, 9) #5G CURT MICHAEL, 10) #31 GLENNDON FORSYTHE 11) #19 TIM WAGAMAN, 12) #08 JASON CLAUSS 13) #23 CHRIS ARNOLD, 14) #30 JARED ESH, 15) #56 CHRIS COYLE, 16) #22 TROY BETTS, 17) #47 ADAM CARBERRY, 18) #73B BRENT MICHALSKI, 19) #10K ROB DIETRICK, 20) #706 MARK SASSO, 21) #67C JASON CHERRY, 22) #87 GEORGE SUPRICK III, 23) #89 ROBBIE STILLWAGGON, 24) #55 MARK SMITH

DNQ: 17j JONATHAN SWANSON

 

 

Hodnett Wins Again With The United Racing Club

Greg Hodnett did it again on Friday night scoring another victory with the United Racing Club. This time, the win now makes him eligible for the $10,000 bonus if he can win all three races this Mid Atlantic Championship Weekend. The weekend now heads to Selinsgrove Speedway for the $10,000 to win Mach 1 Nationals and finishing up on Sunday night at the Utica-Rome Speedway and the $10,000 to win Cole Cup.

A total of 38 United Racing Club and Empire Super Sprint Cars signed into the pit area on Friday night all looking for the $4,000 to win top prize along with having a chance for the Lelands.com $10,000 bonus if any driver can sweep the weekend. Four heat races were needed with heat race wins going to Greg Hodnett aboard the Lealands.com, Heffner Racing Enterprises #27, Davie Franek aboard the Franek Auto Sales #28f, URC Rookie Adam Carberry aboard the R&S Concrete, Paving and Site Contractors #47 and Aaron Ott aboard the Bruner's Auto Center , Don Ott Engines #25. The B-Main win went to the #79 of Jordan Thomas. Provisionals went to the 10C Jeff Cook (ESS), 4 Jimmy Stitzel (URC) and the 706 of Mark Sasso (Selinsgrove)

With Hodnett pulling the "0" invert pill, it was a heads up start for the 25 lap feature event. >From the green flag Hodnett put the Heffner #27 out front, but before the 3rd lap could be completed the caution flag was show for a slowing Mark Smith in turn 3. Mark Smith's Mach 1 Chassis M1 appeared to have a motor expire ending his night. On the restarted Hodnett chose the inside line and again put the #27 out front followed by the 25 of Ott and the 89 Quality Auto Body of Robbie Stillwaggon already up from the 6th position.

By lap 7 Hodnett was in control followed by the 25 of Ott, 89 of Stillwaggon, in 4th was the Cobra Chuck Hebing up from his 9th starting position. Hebing continued to march towards to front and put the 45 into the 3rd position on lap 9. A lap 12 spin by the 706 of Mark Sasso could have been disastrous for the 45 of Hebing as his right rear of the car made contract with the 706 of Sasso. Hebing stayed out on the track as the tire didn't appear to be going down.

Also on the move by lap 12 was the 63 of Josh Weller. Weller who started 19th was already shown just outside the top 10 in the 11th running position. Weller climbed into the top 10 by lap 13 when he was shown in the 7th position and finished in the 6th position.

Meanwhile Hodnett continued to show the way, with Cobra now in 2nd place followed by Ott, Stillwaggon, Sammons, Franek, Weller, Wolfe, Michael and the 21 of 24th starter Kyle Reinhardt.

In the end Hodnett cruised to his 4th URC win of the season and earning a chance at the $10,000 bonus if he can sweep the weekend. The top 5 was rounded out by the 45 of Chuck Hebing, the 25 of Aaron Ott, 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon, and the 28f of Davie Franek. A last lap motor explosion aboard the Pioneer Pole Buildings, Area Auto Racing News #747 of Davey Sammons put an end to a top 5 run for the New Jersey driver.

Results: 1. 27 Greg Hodnett, 2. 45 Chuck Hebing, 3. 25 Aaron Ott, 4. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 5. 28f Davie Franek, 6. 63 Josh Weller, 7. 5w Lucas Wolfe, 8. 5g Curt Michael, 9. 21 Kyle Reinhardt 10. 29 Jason Shultz, 11. 1w Eric Tomacek, 12. 47 Adam Carberry, 13. 747 Davey Sammons, 14. 28fm Steve Porier, 15. 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 16. 10 Paulie Colagiovanni, 17. 76 Larry Kelleher, 18. 23 Chris Arnold, 19. 22 Troy Betts, 20. 28 Keith Prutzman, 21. 19 Troy Wagaman, 22. 79 Jordan Thomas, 23. 10k Rob Dietrich, 24. 08 Jason Clauss, 25. 10c Jeff Cook, 26. 7o6 Mark Sasso, 27. M1 Mark Smith.

DNQ 2w Glenndon Forsythe, 1j Derrick Juliano, 18 Nyle Berkes, 77 Derek Locke, 67c Jason Cherry, 97 Brie Hershey, 87 George Suprick

 

 

No Panic in Franek at Georgetown on Friday Night

Davie "No Panic" Franek used a last lap pass of Delaware native Kevin Darling to take win #7 on the year and win #4 on the year with the United Racing Club. With the win Franek increases his points lead to 71 over 2nd place Robbie Stillwaggon.

With 15 United Racing Club sprint cars signed into the pits on Friday night, two heat races were needed to set the 25 lap feature event starting line up. Heat race wins went to the Victory Auto Glass #63 of Josh Weller and the R&S Concrete, Paving and Site Contractors #47 of United Racing Club Rookie Adam Carberry.

With the "4" invert pill drawn by heat race #1 winner Josh Weller, the front row was comprised of the Ken Darling & Sons Sewer, Aquaflow Pumps and Design #9D of Kevin Darling and the Dave Franek Auto Sales and current URC Points Leader #28f Davie Franek. After the initial start was called back, Darling who was only making his 3rd appearance of the 2016 season quickly jumped to the outside of Franek taking command of the lead. Darling lead Franek, followed by Josh Weller and former URC Champion and defending 305 sprint car champion Mike Haggenbottom.

With Darling in command and now lapping cars around lap 7, a lap 9 caution for URC Rookie Adam Carberry brought the 28f of Franek to Darlings back bumper. Darling, a URC veteran, was not intimidated by one of the hottest 360 drivers in the nation, and at the drop of the green for the restart, both Darling and Franek were side by side entering turn 1. Franek slid up the track a bit, but Darling stayed in it and pulled Franek coming off of turn 2 and into the lead going into turn 3.

With Darling in command, also on the move was the GEI Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc, Bill Gallagher owned #5g of 9 time URC Champion Curt Michael. Michael who started in the 10th position was shown in 7th position at the halfway point and up to 5th with 5 to go eventually finishing in the 4th position.

With the two laps to go flags showing at the flagger stand, it appeared that Darling was on his way to his first victory of 2016, but when Darling came to the white flag, going into turn one, his left front touched a lapped car of Brett Michalski. Darling tried to go around Michalski on the high side, and the two were wheel to wheel coming off of turn 2.

With another lapped car of Jason Cherry to the inside of the racetrack, Franek who had now closed the gap on Darling, didn't hesitate and split the lapped cars going down the backstretch. All Darling could do was watch the 28f shoot by to his left and follow him into turn 3. With Darling not being able to mount a charge, the 28f of Franek crossed under the checkered flags first and brought home win #7 on the year.

The United Racing Club has had many on the edge of your seat races in 2016 (Weller going wheel to wheel with Mark Smith at Big Diamond, Stillwaggon and Smith battling it out just a few short weeks ago at Bedford) and now tonight's last lap pass of Davie Franek on Kevin Darling.

Former URC regular Chris Coyle made his return to sprint car racing (close to 5 years since last URC start) on Friday night. Coyle who started 4th in heat #2, finished, 3rd and started 6th in the 25 lap main event, finished in the 7th position in the Fred Kennedy owned #56.

Results: 1. Davie Franek, 2. Kevin Darling, 3. Josh Weller, 4. Curt Michael, 5. Davey Sammons, 6. Robbie Stillwaggon, 7. Chris Coyle, 8. Justin Whittall, 9. Troy Betts, 10. Brett Michalski, 11. Will Eggimann, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. Michael Haggenbottom, 14. Adam Carberry, 15. Jason Clauss.

 

 

Smith Battles with Stillwaggon for URC Win at Bedford Speedway

The United Racing Club returned to the Fabulous Bedford Speedway on Friday night July 8th for the first time since 2014. A total of 14 URC Sprint cars were in the pit area with all the top notch teams in attendance. With two heat races on tap, heat race wins were won by the Franek Auto Sales #28f of Davie Franek and the B&G Auto Glass #22 of Troy Betts.

After the invert pill of "4" was drawn by Franek, the front row for the nightly feature event belonged to the Quality Auto Body #89 out of Burlington NJ Robbie Stillwaggon and the Mach 1 Chassis #M1 of Mark Smith. At the drop of the green flag, Stillwaggon jumped out to the lead over the M1 of Mark Smith. By lap 7, Stillwaggon and the leaders were into lapped traffic and with Stillwaggon increasing his lead before a lap 11 caution flag was shown for the Victory Auto Glass #63 of Josh Weller for a collapsed front end. Also heading pitside was the Erb and Henry Equipment #08 of Jason Clauss.

On the restart Stillwaggon used the inside lane to his advantage to regain the lead, but this time Mark Smith stayed with Stillwaggon constantly pressuring him for the top spot. Also on the restart the Valley Forge Inc, GEI Enterprises #5g of 9 time URC Champion Curt Michael moved around the #22 of Troy Betts and into the 4th position.

On lap 17, as Stillwaggon and Smith touched coming down the front stretch, the M1 of Smith was finally able to get by the 89 of Stillwaggon for the lead position. Smith would go on the lead the remaining laps, finishing 2nd was the 89 of Stillwaggon, 3rd was the 28f of Davie Franek 4th the 5g of Curt Michael and in 5th the 22 of Troy Betts.

The Untied Racing Club will now head south for their next 2 races as they have a date next Saturday July 16th at the Delaware International Speedway and the following Friday July 23rd back to the Georgetown Speedway were Davie Franek picked up the victory in URC's first visit in 2016.

Results: 1. M1 Mark Smith, 2. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 3. 28f Davie Franek, 4. 5g Curt Michael, 5. 22 Troy Betts, 6. 47 Adam Carberry, 7. 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 8. 67w Justin Whittall, 9. 28 Keith Prutzman, 10. 73b Brett Michalski, 11. 77w Will Eggiman, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. 08 Jason Clauss, 14. 63 Josh Weller

 

 

Hodnett Cruises to Williams Gove Victory

Greg Hodnett and the Leland's.com. Trone Outdoor #27 cruised to his 3rd United Racing Club victory of 2016. A total of 24 cars were pit side for the midweek show on Wednesday night. Heat races were won by 2014 URC Champion, driver of the Franek Auto Sales #28, Davie "No Panic" Franek, The "Cobra" Chuck Hebing, and Greg Hodnett. When the "9" invert pill was drawn by Franek, the Quality Auto Body #89 of Robbie Stillwaggon was slated to start on the pole position for the 25 lap feature event paying $2,000 to win.

Robbie Stillwaggon and the #29s of Jason Shultz lead the field of 23 cars to the green flag. Stillwaggon quickly jumped out to the lead but the caution was thrown before a lap could be completed when the 29s of Shultz made contact with the wall in turns 1 and 2, also involved where the Brink Construction #47K of Kody Lehman, the Transfleet Concrete #77 of Will Eggimann and the R&S Concrete, Paving and Site Contractors #47 of URC Rookie Adam Carberry. Schultz was the only one that was able to continue, all three other cars went pit side with heavy damage.

On the double file restart Stillwaggon again jumped to the lead before the caution was thrown for the Wilkins Recreation Vehicles #45 of Chuck Hebing turned around in turns 1 - 2. The restart again saw Stillwaggon jump out to the lead, followed by the Weather Proof Roofing #29s of Jason Shultz, the Mach 1 Chassis 1M of Mark Smith and the #27 of Greg Hodnett who moved up from his 7th place starting position in just 1 lap. Stillwaggon lead until lap 10 when Hodnett overtook the #89 car coming out of turn 4.

A lap 12 caution bunched up the field of 360 sprinters again, this time the double file restart saw the 27 of Hodnett take command of the lead position followed by the 1M of Mark Smith, 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon, the 29s of Jason Shultz, and now the Franek Auto Sales #28f of Davie Franek who had worked his way up from the 9th starting position. By lap 15, the top 2 didn't change, but Franek was on the move working his way up to 3rd place. The remaining laps belonged to Hodnett who cruised home to his 3rd URC feature win of the year. Following Hodnett was the 1M of Mark Smith, 28f of Davie Franek who continued to strengthen his URC points lead, 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon, and the 29s of Jason Shultz who had a great run.

The United Racing Club will now be off until Friday July 8th when the Club visits the Fabulous Bedford Speedway located in Western PA. The United Racing Club did not visit Bedford Speedway in 2015 so this will be the first visit since going back to the "Club" status.

URC FEATURE: 1) #27 GREG HODNETT 2) #M1 MARK SMITH 3) #28F DAVIE FRANEK 4) #89 ROBBIE STILLWAGGON 5) #29 JASON SHULTZ 6) #5G CURT MICHAEL 7) #5W LUCUS WOLFE 8) #63 JOSH WELLER 9) #2W GLENDON FORSYTHE 10) #23 CHRIS ARNOLD 11) #4 JIMMY STITZEL 12) #67W JUSTIN WHITALL 13) #1W ERIC TOMECEK 14) #22 TROY BETTS 15) #10 PAULIE COLAGIOVANNI 16) #33W MIKE WALTER 17) #73B BRENT MICHALSKI 18) #08 JASON CLAUSS 19) #28 KEITH PRUTZMAN 20) #45 CHUCK HEBING 21) #47K KODY LEHMAN 22) #47 ADAM CARBERRY 23) #77W WILL EGGIMANN
DNS: DEREK LOCKE

 

 

Weller Wins Wheel to Wheel Battle With Smith at Big Diamond

Josh Weller won his first United Racing Club sprint car feature or 2016 and his first as an official car owner Friday night at the Big Diamond Speedway. With 20 cars in the pits, and 2 heat races on tap, the heat races were won by Valley Forge Inc., GEI Enterprises #5g of Curt Michael and the Franek Auto Sales #28f of Davie Franek. After Michael pulled the "0" invert pill, the heads up start was used.

With Michael and Franek bringing the 20 car starting field to the green flag, Davie Franek jumped out to the lead with the Mach 1 Chassis M1 of Mark Smith putting on the pressure for the lead. The field was slowed due to a lap 6 caution due to the Buck Rubs #28 of Keith Prutzman spinning out in turn 2. Prutzman's night was done as he was removed from the speedway on the dreaded hook. On the restart Franek again jumped out to the lead but was quickly overtaken by the M1 of Mark Smith. Smith who has 3 wins already on the year with URC was looking for win #4 and was looking impressive in the early stages of the feature event.

A lap 7 caution due to a wreck in turns 4 involving the #4 of Jimmy Stitzel, 17j of Jonathan Swanson, the 7o6 of Mark Sasso and the 33w of Michael Walter again bunched up the field with this time Smith now leading the Schearer's VW and Audi Specialists, Victory Auto Glass #63 of Josh Weller, Franek, Michael and rookie Adam Carberry rounded out the top 5.

On the restart Weller flexed the Don Ott muscle overtaking Smith for the lead. A lap 9 caution for the 21 of Ed Aikin turned ugly when after Aikin was refired he drove over the front of 15 year old URC rookie Justin Whittall causing race ending damage to the front of the Pioneer Auto Body #67w. On the restart again, Weller jumped out to the lead with Smith close in tow behind the #63. Lap 15 saw Smith briefly overtake Weller for the top spot, but Weller retook the top spot from Smith exiting turn 4 with a text book slide job.

A lap 21 caution saw the B&G Auto Body #22 of Troy Betts sitting on the front stretch and being pushed to the pits. Weller who was just overtaken by Smith for the lead had a bit of lady luck on his side as the field reverted back to the previous lap and Weller was again the leader. A lap 21 restart saw Weller again jump out to the lead but this time Smith pressured Weller running wheel to wheel through turns 1 and 2, down the backstretch and going into turn 3. Weller finally took command of the top position coming off of turn 4 and never looked back as Weller went on to win the 25 lap feature event.

Next on tap for the United Racing Club, the United Racing Club will complete a 3 races in 8 days swing when they head to the famed 1/2 mile speedway of Williams Grove on Wednesday night June 22nd. URC will be sharing the card with the Super DIRT Modified Racing Series. Wednesday June 22nd, Hot Laps are at 7:30 and racing at 8:00.

Results: 1. 63 Josh Weller, 2. M1 Mark Smith, 3. 5g Curt Michael, 4. 28f Davie Franek, 5. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 6. 747 Davey Sammons, 7. 47 Adam Carberry, 8. 08 Jason Clauss, 9. 2 Art Liedl, 10. 33 Michael Walter, 11. 73b Brett Michalski, 12. 1w Eric Tomecek, 13. 17j Jonathan Swanson, 14. 67c Jason Cherry, 15. 22 Troy Betts, 16. 7o6 Mark Sasso, 17. 67w Justin Whittall, 18. 28 Keith Prutzman, 19. 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 21. Ed Aikin.

 

 

Hodnett Uses Late Race Pass for the Win at New Egypt Speedway

Greg Hodnett used a late race bobble of Adam Carberry to take home the Turnpike 25 win Tuesday night at New Egypt Speedway. With 19 cars in attendance for the 4th annual Turnpike 25 presented by Brett Deyo, the two heat races went to the Heffner owned 27 of Greg Hodnett and the Carberry Racing, R&S Concrete and Paving #47 of URC Rookie Adam Carberry. When the #0 pill was drawn by Hodnett the feature was a heads up start.

At the drop of the green flag it was the 47 of Carberry jumping out to the lead. A lap 1 red flag found the Quality Auto Body #89 of Robbie Stillwaggon on its lid after contact with a spinning Ed Aikin coming off of turn 2. Once the 89 was cleared to the infield, Carberry used the inside lane on the double file restart to once again take command of the lead for the 25 lap feature. By lap 5, the 47 of Carberry was dealing with lapped traffic until a lap 9 caution came out for the 21k of Kyle Reinhardt who had been running inside the top 10. Reinhardt was taken to the pits and did not return. With just under 10 laps complete the running order was Adam Carberry, Greg Hodnett, the Pioneer Pole Buildings #747 of Davey Sammons, the Victory Auto Glass #63 of Josh Weller and the 28f Franek Auto Sales of Davie Franek rounding out the top 5.

A lap 10 restart saw Carberry take command of the lead once again, however on lap 15, Carberry and the 47 jumped the cushion letting the 27 of Greg Hodnett to take control of the lead. That was all that Hodnett needed as he lead the remaining laps to take home the 25 lap feature win along with the $2,000 winners prize money.

Heat races were won by Hodnett and Carberry. Heat 1 pole sitter Troy Betts experience a scary moment when he briefly had to deal with a cockpit fire, Betts quickly exited the B&G Auto #22 while still engulfed in flames. Thankfully a quick thinking corner worker threw dirt on Troy as he was laying down rolling around trying the extinguish the fire himself. Other URC Rookie Justin Whittall had a strong 8th place run in the Pioneer Auto Body #67. Unfortunately due to the lateness of the races, race winner Greg Hodnett needed to head out before victory lane could be completed at the end of the night.

The United Racing Club will be back in action on Friday night in coal country as they visit the Big Diamond Speedway. Pit gates open at 5:30, hot laps at 7:45 and racing begins at 8:15. Last years winner Josh Weller will be looking to repeat in his family owned #63.

Feature: 1) #27 Greg Hodnett 2) #47 Adam Carberry 3) #5G Curt Michael 4) #747 Davey Sammons 5) #63 Josh Weller 6) #28F Davie Franek 7) #8C Brian Carber 8) #67W Justin Whitall 9) #18 Tim Tanner 10) #24 Mike Haggenbottom 11) #21 Ed Aiken 12) #77W Will Eggiman 13) #2 Art Liedl 14) #15 Mark Bitner 15) #21K Kyle Reinhart 16) #39 Nate Snyder 17) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon 18) #117J David Swanson

 

 

URC Returns to Action Tuesday June 14th at New Egypt Speedway

Tuesday night June 14th, the United Racing Club will invade the New Egypt Speedway for the annual Turnpike 25 event promoted by Brett Deyo. Coming off of an off weekend the United Racing Club teams will be chomping at the bit to get back on the track.

Points leader Davie Franek spent his off weekend racing with the Empire Super Sprints at the Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday night. Franek who has lead the points from the start of the season will be looking to continue his success at the New Jersey facility. Second place points Robbie Stillwaggon spent the off weekend helping out his crew chief and brother Ryan with his 305 sprint car with the TSRS series' visit to New Egypt Speedway. Stillwaggon and Franek are the only 2 URC regulars to compete at New Egypt Speedway earlier this year when the World of Outlaws 410 series was in town. The will find out if that experience can translate to a feature win tomorrow night.

The mid week show is expected to draw a large crowd of 360 sprint cars. Expected to be in attendance along with Franek and Stillwaggon will be Curt Michael, Josh Weller, Mark Bitner, Ed Aikin, Mike Haggenbottom, Mark Smith, and Greg Hodentt. The who's who of the 360 crowd will all be gunning for the $2,000 to win prize money.

The 2016 URC rookie crop is the strongest its been in years with Brett Michalski, Adam Carberry, Justin Whittall and Mark Sasso all doing very well with Carberry and Sasso in the top 10 in URC points.

The United Racing Club will then be back in action on Friday night June 17th at the Big Diamond Speedway. Last year's race saw local driver Josh Weller in victory lane followed by a couple of New York invaders of Justin Barger and Joe Trenca.

Tuesday nights event, pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 4 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 6 p.m. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.

Adult admission is $30. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Military with ID pay $24. Students ages 12-15 are $12 and Kids 11 and under are FREE.

 

 

Well Deserved Weekend Off for the United Racing Club

This weekend the United Racing Club will have a week deserved weekend off after back to back 2 race weekends. Through 8 points races this season the United Racing Club win leaders are Davie Franek and Mark Smith with 3, followed by Ryan Kissinger and Greg Hodnett each with 1 and Cody Keller with the rain shortened URC/ESS race in April.

This Tuesday night June 14th, the United Racing Club will return to action as part of Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series Turnpike 25 at the New Egypt Speedway. The 2015 Turnpike 25 saw 9 time URC points champion Curt Michael in the Bill Gallagher owned, Valley Forge Inc, GEI Enterprises 5g bring home the win followed by 2014 URC Champion Davie “No Panic” Franek in the Franek Auto Sales #28f and Josh Weller in the Eldreth Construction #25.

The 2016 version should be just as exciting with top runners Curt Michael, Mark Smith, Josh Weller, Robbie Stillwaggon and Davie Franek to all be in attendance.

After Tuesday night’s action the Untied Racing Club will be making their annual visit to coal country and the Big Diamond Speedway. In 2015, the #25 of Josh Weller brought home the win. Look for the new #63 Victory Auto Glass of Josh Weller to be at the front of the pack again.

Check out Unitedracingclub.net to keep up with all the United Racing Club’s news and results.

 

 

Hodnett Puts Stop to Smith's URC Win Streak

Greg Hodnett and the Mike Heffner owned #27 360 sprint car found the winning combination on Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway and put a stop to Mark Smith's recent dominance of the United Racing Club.

Friday night's visit to the Williams Grove Speedway brought 23 United Racing Club sprint cars into the pit area. The 3 URC heat races were won by Greg Hodnett, Burlington NJ's Robbie Stillwaggon in the Quality Auto Body #89 and Ocean View DE's Curt Michael in the Bill Gallagher owned Valley Forge Inc, GEI Enterprises, K&N Filters #5g.

After heat #1 winner Greg Hodnett pulled the #6 invert pill, the stage was set with the front row comprised of the two drivers with the most 2016 URC wins, Mark Smith and Davie Franek who both have 3 URC wins on the year.

At the drop of the green flag the Mach 1 Chassis 1m of Mark Smith jumped out to the early lead until a lap 2 caution for the 22 B&G Auto Body of Troy Betts bunched up the field again. Smith again jumped out to the lead with the 27 of Hodnett now running in the 2nd position. A lap 3 caution for a slowing #67 of 15 yr old URC rookie Justin Whittall due to a broken drive shaft again brought the field together for another double file restart. This time Hodnett's #27 took command of the race until a lap 7 caution due to two separate incidents of 08 Jason Clauss slowed on the front stretch and the 706 of Rookie Mark Sasso spinning in turns 1-2.

Again Hodnett jumped out to the lead and on lap 10, the 5g of Curt Michael (starting 4th), the 63 of Josh Weller (starting 11th) and the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon (starting 5th) were all on the move. The rest of the race went caution free with Hodnett picking up a 5.9 second victory. Rounding out the top 5 were Mark Smith, Curt Michael, Robbie Stillwaggon, and Josh Weller. Current URC points leader Davie Franek finished in the 6th position just outside the top 5, but Michael and Stillwaggon gained valuable points in search of the 2016 URC Championship.

The United Racing Club will again head north to the Selinsgrove Speedway for Saturday Night June 4th's event. Last week Mark Smith's luck landed him in victory lane when leader Eric Tomecek crashed into the turn 4 wall during the 25 lap feature event. Can Tomecek and the 1W finish what they started just 1 week ago and park the 1W in victory lane? Track gates open at 5 and racing at 7pm.

URC FEATURE: 1) #27 GREG HODNETT 2) #M1 MARK SMITH 3) #5G CURT MICHAEL 4) #89 ROBBIE STILLWAGGON 5) #63 JOSH WELLER 6) #28F DAVIE FRANEK 7) #77 DEREK LOCKE 8) #8C BRIAN CARBER 9) #1W ERIC TOMECEK 10) #29 JASON SHULTZ 11) #2W GLENDON FORSYTHE 12) #4 JIMMY STITZEL 13) #23 CHRIS ARNOLD 14) #19 TROY WAGAMAN 15) #10K ROB DIETRICK 16) #47 ADAM CARBERRY 17) #706 MARK SASSO 18) #08 JASON CLAUSS 19) #67W JUSTIN WHITTALL 20) #22 TROY BETTS 21) #21 ED AIKIN

DNS: #21C CODY JOURDAN, #56 RANDY WEST

 

 

The United Racing Club Swings Back into Action This Weekend

The United Racing Club swings back into action this weekend Friday Night June 3rd at Williams Grove Speedway and Saturday Night June 4th at the Selinsgrove Speedway. This will be URC’s first visit to Williams Grove in 2016, their previous date was rained out on April 29th. This will be URC’s 4th visit to Selinsgrove this year, and 3rd point’s race visit. Previous winners in 2016 are Cody Keller, Mark Smith and aga...in Mark Smith this past weekend won the Kramer Cup Memorial Race. Smith continues to be on a tear in the 360 ranks, doubling up last weekend at Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedways.

Wantage New Jersey’s Davie “No Panic” Franek continues to lead the 2016 season long points stretching his lead to 35 points over 2nd place Robbie Stillwaggon. Ocean View Delaware’s Curt Michael continues to sit in 3rd 96 points out and still in striking distance of his 10th URC title. Franek continues to lead the United Racing Club in 2016 wins with 3, while Mark Smith has 2 and Cody Keller and Curt Michael both have 1.

This weekend at Williams Grove Speedway Pit Gate and Grandstand gates open at 6pm. Grandstand Admission is $16 and Pit Admission is $30. Hot laps are at 7:30 and racing begins at 8pm.

Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night regular admission prices: Adults $12; Students (12-17) ONLY $7; Kids 11 & Under FREE; Pits $25 Gates open at 5pm!

The United Racing Club will then have a weekend off before returning to action on Friday night June 17th at Big Diamond Speedway. Josh Weller picked up the victory in 2015 and will be looking to put his family owned 63 into victory lane again Friday June 17th.

 

 

Smith Doesn't Need Luck in Sunday Nights Port Royal Victory

Mark Smith and the Mach 1 Chassis #M1 completed the weekend URC sweep with his victory at Port Royal Speedway on Sunday Night May 29th. Fresh off his Kramer Cup victory less that 24 hours ago, Mark Smith drove away from the field enroute to his 2nd URC win of the year.

Smith who started in the 9th position in heat race #1 due to a poor pill draw. Smith wasted no time and putting the M1 to a qualified position and eventually finishing in the 3rd position.

With the 8 invert pill draw, Smith started in the 9th position for the main event. Smith wasted no time in the feature, and he put the M1 into position P1 by the 4th lap of the main event. A lap 11 caution due to a flat left rear tired on 410 feature's winner Greg Hodnett sending the Heffner owned #27 pit side. Hodnett would not return and on the lap 11 restart it was again Smith, followed by Josh Weller, Eric Tomecek, Matt Campbell and the 47 of Rookie Adam Carberry.

At the drop of the green, Smith again pulled out to a comfortable lead. A lap 20 caution again bunched up the field and putting the 1W of Eric Tomeck right on Smith's tail tank. The restarts did both Smith again as he used a lap 20 double file restarted to take a commanding lead and cruising on his way to the $3,000 winners prize.

With 38 cars on hand, the United Racing Club featured 4 heat races won by Robbie Stillwaggon, Eric Tomecek, Davie Franek and Greg Hodentt who was doing double duty. There were several double duty drivers on hand for the night racing action. Also running a 410 and a 360 were Greg Hodnett, Steve Buckwalter, Aaron Ott, TJ Stutts, Mark Smith, and the 5w of Lucas Wolfe. The 18 car B-Main was won by Aaron Ott running the high side and around the 5 of Justin Barger.

The United Racing Club will now prepare for another 2 race weekend kicking off Friday Night at the Williams Grove Speedway and then onto to the ultra fast 1/2 mile of Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night. Aaron Ott blew up his 360 just as he was getting pushed off and URC regular Mark Sasso used his provisional to partake in the nightly A-Main event.

Results of the URC A-Main: 1) #M1 Mark Smith, 2) #1W Eric Tomecek, 3) #16 Matt Campbell, 4) #47 Adam Carberry, 5) #79N Steve Buckwalter, 6) #28F Davie Franek, 7) #5G Curt Michael,8) #23 TJ Stutts, 9) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 10) #5W Lucas Wolfe, 11) #29 Jason Shultz, 12) #66H Doug Hammaker, 13) #66 Ryan Kissinger, 14) #C4 Jim Shuster, 15) #21 Ed Aiken, 16) #22 Troy Betts, 17) #77L Derek Locke, 18) #5B Justin Barger, 19) #3 Jared Esh, 20) #706 Mark Sasso, 21) #56W Randy West, 22) #5 Phil Walter, 23) #63 Josh Weller, 24) #27 Greg Hodnett, 25) #99 Cody Keller


DNQ: 26) #28 Keith Prutzman, #76 Larry Kelleher, #67W Justin Whittall, #12 Brent Shearer, #77 Will Eggimann, #4 Jimmy Stitzel, #10 Rob Deitrick, #67 Steven Collins, #79 Jordan Thomas, #49 Mallie Shuster, #74 JR Berry, #39 Nate Snyder, #25 Aaron Ott.speedwerx.com

 

 

Smith's Luck Leads Him to Kramer Cup Victory at Selinsgrove Speedway

Sometimes you have to just be lucky to win a race. Saturday night Mark Smith's luck helped him to victory lane at the Annual Kramer Cup race at Selinsgrove Speedway. Eric Tomecek had the field covered but an unlucky incident with the turn 4 wall with 2 laps to go handed Smith the coveted Kramer Cup Victory.

A field of 33 360 sprint cars were in the pits at the Annual Kramer Cup event held in honor of the late Kramer Williamson. With 4 heat races on tap, winners of the heat and $73 dollars went to Josh Weller, Robbie Stillwaggon, TJ Stutts and Mark Smith. The B-Main was won by Nate Synder and when heat #1 winner Josh Weller pulled the 8 pill, that put Tomecek and the B&G Auto Body #22 of Troy Betts on the front row. The invert also buried the top 3 in URC points, Davie Franek 14th starting position, Robbie Stillwaggon 7th starting position and Curt Michael 12th starting position.

From the drop of the green flag Tomecek was fast, hitting lapped traffic by lap 5 and building a 3.9 second advantage over 2nd place runner TJ Stutts. A lap 16 caution for the 21 of Ed Aikin erased Tomecek's lead and bunched up the field. A lap 17 restarted saw the 33w of Michael Walter II flipping down the front stretch. After a quick red flag fuel stop, the top 5 was Tomecek, TJ Stutts, Mark Smith, Troy Betts and Jason Schultz. Since no lap was scored a single file restart with Tomecek once again taking a commanding lead. The field raced just 2 laps before the most of the field had to take evasive action down the front stretch to avoid a slowed 39 of Eric Parker.

On the restart, Mark Smith jumped all over Tomecek and took the lead heading down the backstretch, unfortunately they yellow was thrown before a lap could be completed, putting Tomecek back to P1 and creating another single file restart. On the restart Tomecek again checked out on the field, unfortunately the next caution flag was thrown for the 1 of Tomecek who had stopped in turn 4 after hitting the wall and ending his night. Tomecek who had built a 2 second lead at the time of his wreck could only watch the remaining 2 laps from the pits.

On the restart Smith jumped out to the lead with the Victory Auto Glass, Schearer's VW and Audi Specialists #63 of Josh Weller had a great start rocketing himself from his 3rd place starting position to the now runners up spot. Unfortunately the flagman didn't like the start and it was called back with the field now starting single file again. Smith would go on to lead the final 2 laps taking home the coveted pink Kramer Cup along with a heafty $2,573 top prize money.

The teams of the United Racing Club will now only have a few hours to wash and maintenence the cars before heading to night #2 of the Memorial Day Weekend at Port Royal Speedway. Saturday nights race is sponsored by Quality Auto Body of Burlington NJ and an increased purse thanks to Greencastle Livestock Market, LLC.

Kramer Cup A-Main 30 Lap Results: 1) #1 Mark Smith, 2) #23 TJ Stutts, 3) #29 Jason Shultz, 4) #63 Josh Weller, 5) #5G Curt Michael, 6) #28F Davie Franek, 7) #22 Troy Betts, 8) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 9) #21 Ed Aikin, 10) #47 Adam Carberry, 11) #67 Steve Collins, 12) #79 Jordan Thomas, 13) #66 Ryan Kissinger, 14) #39 Eric Parker, 15) #10k Rob Dietrick, 16) #1W Eric Tomecek, 17) #23a Chris Arnold, 19) #C4 Jim Shuster, 20) #5w Phil Walter, 21) #33 Michael Walter II, 22) #49s Mallie Shuster, 23) #77 Derek Locke, 24) #8C Brian Carber, 25) #56 Randy West, 26) #706 Mark Sasso

DNQ: #67 Justin Whittall, #74 JR Berry, #73B Brett Michalski, #44 John Braim, #28 Keith Prutzman, #3z Colby Wormer, #67c Jason Cherry, #99 Cody Keller, #706 Mark Sasso, #77 Derek Locke.

 

 

Franek Continues Hot Streak at Georgetown Speedway

To say Davie Franek is on a roll is an understatement right now. Franek who started on the outside pole of the Sunday night B&G Auto Body sponsored United Racing Club event at Georgetown Speedway lead all 25 laps and continued his dominance in the early 2016 racing season.

Franek now has won 3 out of the 4 races in the 2016 racing season for the United Racing Club. Franek widened his points lead on 2nd place finisher Robbie Stillwaggon. Front row starters Stillwaggon and Franek lead the field of 19 cars to the green flag with Franek jumping out to the lead. The red flag was displayed shortly after half way for a flipping Brad Franks car in turn 3. On the restart Franek jumped to the lead again with Stillwaggon close in tow being. Rounding out the top 5 were Josh Weller, frequent PA runner Jason Shultz and the 5g of Curt Michael.

Just as Franek was battling lapped traffic the caution was displayed for a spinning 21c of rookie Cody Jourdan who was making his 2016 URC debut. On the double file restart Franek and Stillwaggon where wheel to wheel as they exited turn 2 and headed down to back stretch. The two cars appeared to touch just before the caution was again displayed for the spinning car of 47 Adam Carberry. Since no lap was scored on the single file restart Franek jumped out to the lead once more and widened his lead by almost a full straight away before the checkered flags few for the 28f. Following Franek was the 89 Burlington Auto Body of Robbie Stillwaggon, 29 Horstcraft Millworks Jason Shultz, 63 of Schearers VW and Audi Specialist of Josh Weller and the 22 B&G Auto Body Troy Betts.

In victory lane, Franek dedicated the win to long time URC driver and owner Guy Howie who recently lost his courageous fight with cancer this past week. Howie was a crew member on Franek's car after a long history of owning the famous 19H driven by Randy West, Brian Siedel, Michael Carber, and Ryan Bohlke to name a few.

The 3 heat races were won by Michael Haggenbottom, Josh Weller and Brad Franks. With 21 cars showing up there was no consi as Brian Carber and David Swanson both loaded up after heat race incidents. Swanson's was the worst of the two brining out the red flag after a hard hit in turn 4.

Results: 1. 28 Davie Franek, 2. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 3. 29 Jason Shultz, 4. 63 Josh Weller, 5. 22 Troy Betts, 6. 5g Curt Michael, 7. 21 Ed Aikin, 8. 9D Kevin Darling, 9. 24 Michael Haggenbottom, 10. 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 11. 73B Brett Michalski, 12. 47 Adam Carberry, 13. 12 Brent Schearer, 14. 74JR JR Berry, 15. 21c Cody Jourdan, 16. 67 Jason Cherry, 17. 56 Randy West, 18. 11 Ryan Stillwaggon, 19. 12B Brad Franks, 20. 9DX Jonathan Baker. DNQ 8c Brian Carber, 117 David Swanson.

 

 

B&G Glass Presents the URC Sprints at Georgetown Speedway

This Friday May 13th the United Racing Club travels to Georgetown Speedway for the first time this year. In 2015, the United Racing Club returned to Georgetown Speedway and what a show the 360 sprints put on as Davie Franek, Curt Michael and Josh Weller all battled for the win. Franek will be looking to duplicate his 2015 win and with the passing of crew member and longtime driver and owner Guy Howie, the win would ...be a special way to pay tribute to his longtime friend.

With the May 7th Delaware International Speedway race now being rescheduling for May 21st the once anticipated off weekend now has a points race on Saturday night. After the Delaware race the United Racing Club will have a full Memorial Day weekend planned as they will travel to Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday May 28th for the annual running of the Kramer Cup and then Sunday May 29th as part of a three day weekend at the Port Royal Speedway.

Friday night May 13th, pit gates will open at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will unlock at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7:15 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is just $15. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $12. Kids 9-12 pay $8 and children under eight years old are admitted free. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.

 

 

Delaware International Speedway Next Up for the United Racing Club

This Saturday night the stars and cars of the United Racing Club will head south for the first trip to the Delaware International Speedway. For local talents, Troy Betts (Newark DE), Kevin Darling (Wyoming DE) and Curt Michael (Ocean View DE) nothing would be sweeter than parking their 360 sprinter in the victory circle in front of a hometown crowd.

Other top runners, Davie Franek (2 Wins), Robbie Stillwaggon, Mark Bitner, Josh Weller and rookies Brett Michalski, Justin Whittall and Adam Carberry will also all be on hand looking for the winners share of the nights purse.

Look for the United Racing Club to head south again on Friday the 13th when they head to the newly promoted Georgetown Speedway. Brett Deyo has done a fantastic job on improving the 1/2 mile oval.

In other news, the Selinsgrove Speedway re-released their official finish of the Jack Gunn Memorial Race on Wednesday afternoon. Below is now the official order of finish. The URC points will be updated shortly.

OFFICIAL FINISH of the April 30 JACK GUNN MEMORIAL: 1) 1M Mark Smith 2) 63 Josh Weller 3) 23 T.J. Stutts 4) 66 Ryan Kissinger 5) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 6) 29 Jason Shultz 7) 99 Cody Keller 8) 21 Ed Aikin 9) 39 Nate Snyder 10) 44 John Braim 11) 1W Eric Tomecek 12) 33 Mike Walter 13) 22 Troy Betts 14) 28F Davie Franek 15) 77 Derek Locke 16) 39 Eric Parker 17) 67 Steve Collins 18) 47 Adam Carberry 19) 5G Curt Michael 20) C4 Jim Shuster 21) 98 Joe Trenca 22) 10 Paul Colagiovanni 23) 74 J.R. Berry 24) 3Z Colby Womer 25) 5 Justin Barger 26) 56 Randy West

 

 

Mark Smith Wins Rain Shorted Jack Gunn Memorial

Mark Smith couldn't out run mother nature on Saturday night, but he did out run the other 27 URC competitors at the Selinsgrove Speedway. Smith who's win was worth a cool $2,200 timed 4th, finished 2nd in his heat race and started on the pole for the feature picked up his first United Racing Club win of 2016.

A field of 28 360 United Racing Club sprint cars packed the infield for the annual running of the Jack Gunn Memorial race. Heat race wins went to Clay New York's Joe Trenca, Josh Weller, and TJ Stutts. The consi was won by Colby Womer. Paulie Colagiovanni used his URC provisional and Derek Locke used a track provisional to be added to the tail end of the field.

With 26 cars starting the Gunn Memorial, Josh Weller jumped out to an early lead with the Franek Auto Sales 28f closely following. Soon a battle for 2nd place ensued with Mark Smith taking over the runner ups position. A lap 6 caution for 10 Paulie Colagiovanni and Davie Franek bunched the field back up. Weller was P1 followed by Mark Smith, Robbie Stillwaggon, TJ Stutts and Cody Keller rounding out the top 5.

On the double file restart Weller jumped out to the lead again, followed by the 1M of Mark Smith. On lap 8 Smith made his move on Weller and took command of the lead. By Lap 11, Davie Franek who had been involved in the lap 6 caution had made his way back up to the 11th position. While running in the top 10 Curt Michael blew a right rear coming off of turn 4 on lap 17. Smith continued to lead followed by Weller, Stutts, Stillwaggon and Jason Shultz now in the top 5 position. On the double file restart Smith jumped out to the lead again only to have the caution fly for the final time due to moisture on the racetrack. The storm Selinsgrove was trying to out run finally arrived just after the 1/2 way point of the race. The Jack Gunn Memorial was called on lap 18, with Mark Smith declared the winner.

Results: 1. Mark Smith, 2. Josh Weller, 3. TJ Stutts, 4. Ryan Kissinger, 5. Robbie Stillwaggon, 6. Jason Shultz, 7. Cody Keller, 8. Nate Snyder, 9. Ed Aikin, 10. Joe Trenca, 11. John Braim, 12. Eric Tomecek, 13. Davie Franek, 14. Derek Locke, 15. Michael Walter II, 16. Troy Betts, 17. Steve Collins, 18. Eric Parker, 19. Adam Carberry, 20. Jim Shuster, 21. Curt Michael, 22. Paulie Colagiovanni, 23. Colby Womer, 24. JR Berry, 25. Justin Barger, 26. Randy West. DNQ Mark Sasso, Derek Steward

 

 

First Double Weekend of 2016 on Tap for the United Racing Club

This will be the first weekend of back to back to nights for the United Racing Club and the 2016 season. On Friday night April 29th, the United Racing Club will travel to the famed ½ mile facility of Williams Grove Speedway. This will be the first of 5 visits to the historic track in 2016. In three visits last year, the fans were treated to some of the best 360 racing action around along with two different winners in Curt Michael and Greg Hodnett.

On Saturday night the United Racing Club will head north to the ultra-fast Selinsgrove Speedway. This will be the 2nd time that the United Racing Club will visit Selinsgrove Speedway but the first time for points. The trip a few weeks ago was a non-points race, raced in conjunction with the Empire Super Sprints as well.

The Jack Gunn Memorial race has become a fixture on the URC schedule every year. Last year this race saw over 30 cars in the pit area with the win going to Mark Smith. Followed by Mark Smith was Robbie Stillwaggon and 410 regular Aaron Ott.

This points standings after two races are lead by 2014 URC Champion Davie Franek. Followed by Franek are 9 time and Defending URC Champion Curt Michael and 2012 URC Champion Robbie Stillwaggon.

The United Racing Club will then travel to the First State the first weekend in May. On Saturday night May 7th, the United Racing Club will head to Delaware International Speedway for the first time this year.

 

 

Franek Now Perfect on 2016 URC Points Tour

Davie "No Panic" Franek returned to his old stomping grounds and picked up his 2nd win of the 2016 URC Season. Franek who also won at the opening night of the 2016 URC Racing season at Bridgeport Speedway has now surpassed his 2015 win total and increased his points lead.

With 18 United Racing Club Sprint cars in the pits, the fans saw 2 exciting heat races with Jason Clauss and Ed Aikin picking up the heat wins. Clauss drew the "0" pill for the invert and was rewarded with the P1 starting position for the night. A lap 1 caution for a spinning Scott Flammer sent the colorful 37 to the rear of the field. At the restart Ed Aikin in the Scott McClelland owned 21 bolted to the lead with Jason Clauss now following. A scary crash on lap 5 ended the night of Jason Clauss while sending the 747 of Davey Sammons to the pits for a new right rear. The 5g of Curt Michael and 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon barely missed the crash while Stillwaggon completed a 360 while avoiding the crash. Sammons and the 747 returned before the green waived again.

At the restart Robbie Stillwaggon picked off the 5G of Curt Michael and set his sights on the 28f of Davie Franek and leader Ed Aikin. With Aikin in heavy lapped traffic and a blanket covering the top 4, it was only a matter of time before something gave. Going into turn 1, Aikin and the 21 car battled lapped traffic, while Aikin went high, Franek and the 28f went low and come out with the lead. Franek lead the final laps with Aikin crossing the finish line in 2nd. Rounding out the top 5 was the 5G of Curt Michael, 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon and the 56 of Randy West.

The United Racing Club will now head to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night April 29th. Race time is 8pm at the Grove. On Saturday the teams will have just enough time to get the cars washed before they are off to Selinsgrove Speedway and the Jack Gunn Memorial Race.

Results: 1. 28f Franek, 2. 21 Aikin, 3. 5G Michael, 4. 89 Stillwaggon, 5. 56 West, 6. 5 Barger, 7. 39 Snyder, 8. 22 Betts, 9. 74JR Berry, 10. 10 Colagiovanni, 11. 4 Stitzel, 12. 37 Flammer, 13. 17j Swanson, 14. 7o6 Sasso, 15. 747 Sammons, 16. 08 Clauss, 17. X Rizzo, 18. 73B Michalski.

 

 

 

United Racing Club Returns to Orange County Fair Speedway

The United Racing Club will return to Orange County Fair Speedway this Saturday night for the first of 2 visits this 2016 racing season. Last year Justin Barger took home the victory in the Cortland Auto Body, JE Pistons #5, followed by 2015 URC Champion Curt Michael and the 39 of Ed Aikin. This year Barger looks to continue his success at the “Hard Clay” ½ mile facility.

So far this year 2012 URC Champion Robbie Stillwaggon is off to a great start with a pair of 3rd place finishes (Bridgeport Opening Night Points, and Selinsgrove Non-Points) and you can never count out the 9 time and defending URC Champion Curt Michael. The United Racing Club comes with 2 rookie talents of 73B Brett Michalski and 67 Just Whittall. Look for also 28f Davie Franek (Opening Night’s Winner), 22 Troy Betts, 56 Randy West, 10 Paulie Colagiovanni, 17j Jonathan Swanson and 21 Ed Aikin to all be in attendance.

This Saturday Night, Race Pit gates open at 3:30 warm ups at 5:30 at the Orange County Fair Speedway. After OCFS, the United Racing Club will have its first double weekend of the 2016 racing season. Friday April 29th URC will be at the famed ½ mile Williams Grove Speedway, before heading up the road to the ultrafast ½ mile Selinsgrove Speedway.

 

 

Franek is "No Panic" at the 69th United Racing Club Opener

A field of 22 United Racing Club sprint cars were in the pits on a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon at Bridgeport Speedway. Three heat races were won by the 28f of Davie Franek, 5G of Curt Michael, and the 15 of Mark Bitner. With an invert pill drawn of 3, Mark Bitner brought the 21 car field to the green flag.

Defending and 9 time URC Champion Curt Michael grabbed the lead in the GEI Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc 5g from the drop of the green flag and held the lead until a lap 11 caution flag caused by the spinning Ed Aikin who was making his return to URC in the Scott McClaren owned 21 car. Michael brought the field to the green flag but the lead was quickly wrestled away by the 28f of Franek on lap 12. A lap 23 debris caution in turn 3 bunched up the field again and had all the makings for a dramatic finish. On the restart a 4th place running Josh Weller stopped in turn 2 with front end damage. A 2nd chance at a lap 23 restart gave 2nd place running Curt Michael another chance at the 2014 URC Champion Franek. Entering turn 1 Michael dove low and took the lead from Franek, but Franek wasn't to be denied taking the lead from Michael going down the back stretch once again. Rounding out the top 5 was the 5g of Michael, 89 Quality Auto Body Robbie Stillwaggon, B&G Glass Troy Betts, and the Hook & Ladder Home Improvements of Nate Snyder making his return to URC in the Tim Hogue owned 39.

Amber Allmond has been named the 2016 Miss URC. Look for Amber to be in victory lane at all the races. Rookies, Justin Whittall, Brett Michalski, Ryan Stillwaggon, and Mark Sasso all made the starting field. Stillwaggon faired the best with a 14th place finish. The United Racing Club in conjunction with Bridgeport Speedway made a classy move, forgoing the B-Main and starting all 21 remaining cars.

The United Racing Club will now have a non-points race at Selinsgrove next Saturday night the 16th, and then will head to the "Hard Clay" of Orange County Fair Speedway for the 2nd points night of the 2016 racing season. Photos from tonight's event can be found at www.wrtspeedwerx.com

 

 

The 69th Season of URC is Set to Kick Off on Sunday April 10th at Bridgeport Speedway

In a little over a week the United Racing Club is set to kick off their 69th season of racing. This will be the 2nd season since the return of the United Racing Club and the 2nd season that the United Racing Club will be opening up at Bridgeport Speedway. The Sunday April 10th opener again is being sponsored by Bob Lilick and BRB Contractors, where the drivers will compete for the $2,000.00 to win top prize. Last year saw Curt Michael take the win on opening night with Josh Weller, and Troy Betts following closely. That was Curt’s first of 6 wins on the 2015 year, leading all URC drivers.

For the 2016 racing season, the United Racing Club has been hard at work during the off season. Curt Michael has booked 24 points shows along with non-points shows at Selinsgrove, Brewerton, Fonda, Outlaw Speedway, Utica Rome, and Thunder Mountain Speedways. The non-point shows will be run in conjunction with the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) who field some of the best 360 sprint talent in the Northeast. Look for the continuation of the Kramer Cup, Jack Gunn Memorial, 360 National Open and the Turnpike 25 with Brett Deyo.

This year will also feature what is being called the weekend of Money. It all begins on Friday July 29th at Williams Grove Speedway and the 360 National Open, on Saturday July 30th the venue then shifts to Selinsgrove for the 360 Mach 1 Nationals paying $10,000 to win, and it all concludes in New York at the Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday July 31st for the $10,000 to win Cole Cup.

Many of the top contenders of the United Racing Club will be returning along with the return of a few veterans and of course a new rookie crop. Curt Michael will be looking for his 10th URC title in the Bill Gallagher owned 5G. The Burlington NJ native Robbie Stillwaggon will be looking to improve 1 position in the points for his 2nd URC Championship. Stillwaggon returns to the familiar family owned Quality Auto Body 89 car. Also look for the F5 Mark Bitner, 22B Troy Betts, 17j Jonathan Swanson, 16 Justin Hoffman, 56 Randy West to all follow the URC trail. Josh Weller reports he will run URC on a limited basis in his own 63 sprint car. The retirement of Ken Eldreth left Weller ride less for the 2016 season, so Weller has opted to bring out his own 63 car. Also look for some old faces returning to URC for the 2016 season. Davey Sammons will be running some select 360 races including the season opener at Bridgeport Speedway, Ed Aikin will be driving the 21 Scott McClaren backed car, Nate Snyder returns to URC, this time in the 39 owned by Tim Hogue and Brian Carber will be returning to the URC fold in 2016 as well.

The United Racing Club will have a few rookie contenders for the 2016 season. Ryan Stillwaggon, the younger brother and crew chief of Robbie Stillwaggon will be competing in a limited number of events during the 2016 season. Justin Whittall will be making the jump up from 600 micro sprints for 2016; the family has already purchased multiple XXX’s chassis and will be ready for Sunday’s opener. Brett Michalski will be retuning with the family owned 73B. Brett is still eligible for the Rookie of the Year honors because he only a handful of races last year. Both Brett’s and Justin’s cars were present in the URC booth during the PPB Motorsports Show in January.

Being a member of the URC also entitles you to some great incentives. Some benefits are URC drivers will be eligible for points Provisionals, discounted admission to some tracks, and eligible for certificates and product giveaways. Additionally, if a URC member elects to sign up for the Stida insurance they will receive 10% off any package.

Finally, the 2016 board was elected just before the banquet last year. Bill Gallagher will continue as president, Robbie Stillwaggon will continue as Vice President, Curt Michael Chairman of Board, and Mark Bitner, Rick Weller, Howard Swanson, Tim Moran, Dave Betts, and Billy Gallagher were all voted in as board members. WRT Speedwerx will continue to be the official photographers of the United Racing Club. Their photos can be viewed at www.wrtspeedwerx.com. 2016 is gearing up the be an exciting year and it all starts Sunday April 10th at Bridgeport Speedway.

 

 

The Youth Movement Comes to URC in 2016

Justin Whittall from Vincentown NJ will be competing for the 2016 United Racing Club Rookie of the Year Honors. Whittall who is just 15 years old will be competing in his first year of full size sprints after spending the past few years in the Micro Sprint Division.

Whittall first started racing at the age of 7 at local quarter midget near his Vincentown NJ home. At the age of 11, Justin moved from the dirt to the asphalt where he continued his success both in the quarter midget class but also the Beast Midget class, and finished 10th in points at the age of 11 years old. In 2013, wanting to continue to race after the midget season was over the Whittall family bought a Hyper 600 micro sprint and raced it at Hamlin Speedway. That next season saw Justin win 4 times in the 600cc class. Justin won at Path Valley, Shippensburg, and twice at Trailways all while finishing 2nd in championship points.

Towards the end of the 2013 racing season URC lost a great friend and competitor when Midge Miller passed. Miller and Whittall where friends, and Whittall bought Millers old equipment. The Whittall's bought a 305 motor and Justin practiced at Susquehanna Speedway a few times, but later was not allowed due to his young age of 13yrs old at the time.

In 2015, the Whittalls once again concentrated on 600cc micros running Linda's and Lanco Speedways and when they could run Path Valley on Sunday nights. The team purchased a 358 motor with the intention of running it a couple of times in PA. They were able to run it twice, once at Lincoln Speedway, and another at Susquehanna Speedway with the United Racing Club. In that race, no only did Justin make the feature, he finished 12th in his first full size sprint car race.

During the winter of 2015-2016, the team sold their micro equipment with the intention of going full size sprint car racing in 2016. Justin who will turn 16 in October, will have 2 XXX chassis on hand, and a 360 motor from the Heffner sable. The team also has kept the Maxim purchased from Pat Miller and will bolt in a 358 motor to run at some 358 shows.

As you get to know Justin, you can tell this kid just loves racing. Justin's most memorable moment ,as I am sure most of you can relate to, was him and his dad racing in the 600 micro class, and Justin passing him on the high side. Justin is very realistic with his goals for the 2016 season, make laps, be consistent, finish races, and take a run at the 2016 URC Rookie of the Year honors. Justin likes the URC schedule "because it gives everyone a chance to try and win and experience different tracks. Traveling is great because it gives everyone a chance instead of one guy having a really good set up for that one track, it levels out the playing field."

What the future holds for Justin, you could see him take the same route as former URC competitor David Gravel. Justin reports wanting to eventually move up to 410 Sprints, run with the PA Posse, and possibly venture out onto the World of Outlaws Schedule. For 2016, look for the sharply lettered 67 URC Sprint Car to be turning laps at a track near you.

 

 

2016 United Racing Club Schedule
Date Event
4/10/2016
Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, NJ
69th URC Season Opener
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

4/23/2016
Orange County Fair Speedway - Middletown, NY
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

4/29/2016
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

4/30/2016
Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA
Jack Gunn Memorial

5/7/2016
Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

5/13/2016
Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

5/28/2016
Selinsgrove Raceway Park - Sellinsgrove, PA
$2,000 to Win $300 to start
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

5/29/2016
Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

6/3/2016
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

6/4/2016
Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA
$2,000 to Win
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

6/14/2016
New Egypt Speedway - New Egypt, NJ
Turnpike 25
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

6/17/2016
Big Diamond Speedway - Minersville, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

6/22/2016
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
With Super DIRTcar Series
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

6/28/2016
Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, NJ
Three For All
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

7/8/2016
Bedford Speedway - Bedford, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

7/22/2016
Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

7/29/2016
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
360 National Open
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

7/30/2016
Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA
Kramer Cup
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

8/12/2016
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
Insinger Fuel Night
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

8/13/2016
Susquehanna Speedway Park - Newberrytown, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

8/20/2016
Orange County Fair Speedway - Middletown, NY
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

8/27/2016
Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

9/2/2016
Brewerton Speedway - Brewerton, NY
NO Points. One URC Provisional
360 Sprints: Empire Super Sprints with United Racing Club

9/3/2016
Thunder Mountain Speedway - Center Lisle, NY
NO Points. One URC Provisional
360 Sprints: Empire Super Sprints with United Racing Club

9/4/2016
Utica-Rome Speedway - Vernon, NY
NO Points. One URC Provisional
360 Sprints: Empire Super Sprints with United Racing Club

10/22/2016
Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

11/4/2016
Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, NJ
URC 1st Annual Big Track Classic Weekend
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

11/5/2016
Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, NJ
URC 1st Annual Big Track Classic Weekend
360 Sprints: United Racing Club

 

 

URC Season Finale at Port Royal Rains/Sleets out Handing Michael his 9th URC Championship

The United Racing Club’s last race of the year at Port Royal Speedway this past weekend was rained out due to persistent rain and sleet falling at the racetrack. Point’s leader Curt Michael in his Bill Gallagher owned 5g were ready to do battle with the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon for the 2015 URC Championship. Unfortunately not one car hit the track and the even was cancelled, giving Cu...rt Michael his 9th URC Championship. This is the duos 4th URC Championship; Michael previously earned 3 URC Championships with car owner Pat Palladino, 1 with Frank Davis and 1 with Mike Bostic.

In 17 feature events, Curt Michael placed in the top 10 15 times, top 5, 13 times, and had 6 wins (Bridgeport 2, Williams Grove, New Egypt, Delaware International, and Thunder Mountain) on the year as well. Curt was followed by 2nd place finisher Robbie Stillwaggon 14 top 10 finishes, 11 top 5 finishes, and 1 win (Selinsgrove Kramer Cup) on the season, 3rd place Josh Weller 12 top 10 finishes, 7 top 5 finishes and 1 win (Big Diamond), 4th place and defending URC champion Davie Franek 13 top 10 finishes, 10 top 5 finishes and 1 win (Georgetown), and 5th place Brad Franks 4 top 10 finishes.

Michael and the Gallagher team will now refresh and rebuild over the winter months in preparation to once again defend their title for the 2016 season.

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Justin Barger Triumphant in United Racing Club's Return to OCFS

Justin Barger used the outside pole starting position to cruise to Saturday nights 25 lap feature in what was the United Racing Club's first visit to the Hard Clay since 2008. A field of 22 360 Sprint Cars were in the pit area for the nights events. The United Racing Club decided to forgo a consi and instead added the 2 additional cars to the feature event. This guaranteed that everyone would go home with at least starting feature money.

The three heat races were won by Brad Franks, Robbie Stillwaggon and Davie Franek. The 6 invert pill was drawn for the feature event placing 8 time URC Champion Curt Michael on the pole. At the drop of the green it was a race to turn 1 that the 5 of Justin Barger won. Barger lead all 25 laps of the feature event. A lap 23 caution for a spinning Jimmy Stitzel in turns 3-4 bunched up the field for one last time. Barger continued have control of the feature event for the remaining 2 laps. Rounding out the top 5 was, 5g Curt Michael, 39 Ed Aikin, 28f Davie Franek and the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon.

URC will be back in action on Saturday August 29th at Delaware International Speedway located in Delmar, DE. Pit gates open at 5pm and racing is set to begin at 7pm.

Feature Finish, 1. Barger, 2. Michael, 3. Aikin, 4. Franek, 5. Stillwaggon, 6. Weller, 7. Franks, 8. Flammer, 9. Tanner, 10. West, 11. Clauss, 12. Kata, 13. Michalski, 14. Eggimann, 15. Betts, 16. Stitzel, 17. D. Swanson, 18. J. Swanson, 19. Quackenbush, 20. Unglert, 21. Sasso, 22. Dolan.

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Michael Runs Out of Time, Settles for 2nd

Curt Michael's night just ran out of time. Michael was one of 36 360 Sprints who signed in to the 360 Summer Nationals presented by Lelands.com at Williams Grove Speedway. Michael in the Valley Forge Inc., GEI Enterprises 5g started on the pole for heat race number 2 on the night and easily won over Art Liedl, Derek Locke, and Justin Hoffman.

With the 4 pill pulled for the feature invert, Michael and the potent Bill Gallagher owned 5g was relegated to the 7th starting position just inside of New York Invader Chuck "Cobra" Hebing. At the drop of the green flag Michael quickly advanced positions and was running 3rd at the lap 10 mark. With Greg Hodnett and Robbie Stillwaggon just in front of him. A lap 10 caution bunched the field back up but Michael was the victim of being separated by 2 lapped cars between him and the 27 of Greg Hodnett. With the restart Michael tried to pass both lapped cars as quickly as possible, but by the time that he could get the 5g in position to take a run at the leaders, Hodnett had already passed Stillwaggon and was pulling away. Michael got Stillwaggon a few laps later and set hit sights on the 27 of Hodnett.

Time just ran out as the caution flag was not show again. Michael finished 2nd behind Greg Hodnett. Michael continued his hot streak with his 3rd top 3 in his last 4 URC races.

Today Michael and the 5g crew will have just enough time to maintenance the car before heading to Selinsgrove Speedway. >From 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a race car display on the Selinsgrove Ford lot located at 10 North Susquehanna Trail in Selinsgrove that will be open to the public. In addition, there will be several prize raffles throughout the afternoon courtesy of Selinsgrove Ford.

Max Media radio stations Y106.5, ESPN 92.3, and B98.3 will be hosting live remotes throughout the day. In addition, a number of local businesses will have stands set up offering concessions and giveaways. Reality TV stars Bobby Brantley and Krazy Dave formerly of TruTV's Hit Series “Lizard Lick Towing” will be holding meet and greets at both Selinsgrove Ford and Selinsgrove Speedway.

At 4 p.m., more than 70 race cars are registered to participate in the Second Annual Selinsgrove Ford Market Street Race Car Parade that will start at the dealership, proceed through downtown Selinsgrove, and conclude at the speedway.

Track gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

Michael Lands Back in Victory Lane at Bridgeport’s Three for All Event

Curt Michael earned his 4th win of the season on Tuesday night July 21st at the Bridgeport Speedway’s Three for all event. A field of 28 Sprint Cars entered the pit area for the midweek event.

The three heat races were won by Brad Franks, Mike Haggenbottom and Ryan Stillwaggon who was making his first 360 start of the year. The B Main was won by Kevin Darling who was also making his first start of the year with the United Racing Club. The #9 invert pill was drawn for the feature event.

On the initial start of the 25 lap feature the red flag was displayed for a flipping 88b of Andy Best in turn 1. Best was not hurt in the single car incident. On the 2nd try pole sitter Art Liedl shot his Downs Ford #2 to the lead followed closely by Mark Bitner aboard the Bitner Automotive sponsored #F5. Bitner took a look at Liedl in turns 3 and 4 but could not complete the pass. Michael who started in the 3rd position looked like he was shot out of a cannon going from 3rd to 1st in the matter of a lap passing both Bitner and Liedl.

A lap 13 caution for Art Liedl who was running in the 2nd position at the time bunched up the field. Curt Michael was followed by Bitner, Davie Franek, Mike Haggenbottom from 8th and Randy West rounding out the top 5. On the restart Michael resumed control of the lead once again, while the 89 Quality Auto Body of Robbie Stillwaggon was shuffled back a few spots but only needed 5 laps to take 3rd from Davie Franek and 2 more to take 2nd place from Mark Bitner. With Stillwaggon on the move, Josh Weller was starting to make some noise charging from his 10th place starting position. Weller took over 4th from Franek on lap 20 and 3rd from Bitner in the closing moments of the 25 lap race.

The United Racing Club will be off this weekend but will be back in action with a 2 race weekend next weekend. The action all starts on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway for the 358/360 Sprint Car Nationals. Last time the United Racing Club was there Steve Buckwalter, Mark Smith, and Curt Michael battled with 2 laps to go in what was a finish that will be talked about for years.

Saturday will be a special day at Selinsgrove as the speedway hosts their annual Kramer Cup event. The Selinsgrove Market Street Kick off parade at 4pm kicks off the day’s action before heading to the speedway for the nights events beginning at 7:30pm.

Feature Finish: 1 – Curt Michael, 2 – Robbie Stillwaggon, 3 – Josh Weller, 4 – Mark Bitner, 5 – Davie Franek, 6 – Mike Haggenbottom, 7 – Troy Betts, 8 – Randy West, 9 – Brad Franks, 10 – Ryan Stillwaggon, 11 – Jason Clauss, 12 – Larry Kelleher, 13 – Jason Barney, 14 – Kevin Darling, 15 – Tim Tanner, 16 – Dave Brown, 17 – Eddie Wagner, 18 – Rick Stief, 19 – Art Liedl, 20 – Andy Best

DNQ: David Swanson, Jonathan Swanson, Shane Smith, John Haggenbottom, Zack Burd, Jason Cherry, Will Eggimann, Keith Anderson

 

 

Weller Returns to Victory Lane as the United Racing Club Returns to Big Diamond

Friday night's $1,500 victory couldn't have come at a better time for Josh Weller and the 25 Eldreth Trucking team. Weller gained valuable points on 2014 URC Champion Davie Franek and 8 Time URC Champion Curt Michael. Not to mention Saturday nights National Open for 360 Sprints at Selinsgrove Speedway is one of biggest paydays of the year.

A field of 24 cars entered the pits of Big Diamond for their Friday night show. Two New York invaders came down as Joe Trenca from Clay New York, and Justin Barger from Westchester New York both won their respective head races. The third and final heat race was won by Josh Weller. The consolation event was won by Larry Kelleher. The "0" pill was drawn for the 3rd race in a row creating a heads up start from the heat races.

The New York duo of Joe Trenca and Justin Barger lead the 21 United Racing Club sprint cars to the green flag. Trenca quickly jumped out to the lead but entering the 3rd turn on the 2nd lap Josh Weller made the move of the race sliding under Trenca and taking the lead. A lap 3 caution would bunch the field back up this time with Weller in front, Trenca 2nd, Barger 3rd, Davie Franek 4th and Curt Michael in the 5th position.

At the drop of the green, Weller took off with the field in line and continued to lead until a lap 18 spin by Tyler Ross bunched the field back up. Weller had entered heavy lapped traffic and at the time 2nd place Justin Barger was closing the gap. As the field took off Weller taking advantage of the "clean air" jumped out to the lead until a scary lap 22 crash brought out the red flag stopping all sprint cars on the track. Tyler Ross hit the wall 1/2 way between turns 3 and 4 and exited the racing facility. The red flag was displayed for a number of minutes as Ross exited the car and a pair of tow trucks retrieved the 25 car from outside the facility. Ross was reported as ok and was seen attending to the car after the races but the 25e appeared to be a total loss.

With the green ready to be dropped again Weller continued to lead followed by Barger, Trenca, Michael and Robbie Stillwaggon from the 9th starting position. Around lap 10 defending URC champion Davie Franek dropped off the pace a bit appearing to have some trouble with the 28f machine. Franek continued to battle and would finish in the 9th position.

With a three lap shootout ready to be played out the minds of the fans reverted back to a few weeks ago when a similar three lap shootout involving Steve Buckwalter, Mark Smith, and Curt Michael brought the crowd to their feet at Williams Grove Speedway and ultimately landing Curt Michael in victory lane. At the drop of the green Weller shot out to the lead again and gained valuable real estate down the back stretch. Weller continued to hold the lead and crossed the checkered flags first winning his first feature of the 2015 racing season. New Yorker's Joe Trenca and Justin Barger were 2nd and 3rd on the night, followed by Curt Michael and Robbie Stillwaggon.

Feature Finish -- 1. Josh Weller, 2. Joe Trenca, 3. Justin Barger, 4. Curt Michael, 5. Robbie Stillwaggon 6. Jason Clauss, 7. Randy West, 8. Troy Betts, 9. Davie Franek, 10. Jimmy Stitzel, 11. Brad Franks, 12. Scott Lutz, 13, Keith Prutzman, 14. Kevin Albert, 15. Mark Bitner, 16. Art Liedl, 17. Jason Cherry, 18. Tyler Ross, 19. Larry Kelleher, 20. JR Berry, 21. Andy Best.

DNQ -- Jonathan Swanson, Brett Michalski, Jamie Bodo, Jason Cherry -- Provisional

 

 

Curt Michael Parks It at the Dirty Jersey 3

Curt Michael parked the 5g of Bill Gallagher in victory lane at the Dirty Jersey 3 presented by Brett Deyo. With 21 cars on hand, the cars were divided into 3 heat races with 7 cars in each. Heat race winners went to Curt Michael, Mark Smith and Justin Hoffman. With the invert possibility being 0,3,6, or 9, Michael pulled the 0 pill which meant a heads up start for the feature.

Michael and Smith lead the field of 21 URC Sprint Cars to the green flag with Michael quickly jumping out to the lead. A lap 4 spin by top 5 running Stewart Friesen bunched up the field again. Michael jumped to the lead, but 2nd place running Mark Smith slowed in turns 1-2 bringing out the caution once again. Smith headed to the work area and returned before the green flag was displayed again.

Just over halfway into the feature, the 33 of Stewart Friesen headed to the pits, and on lap 20, the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon spun in turns 3-4. Stillwaggon refired and joined the rear of the field. A lap 21 incident involving Justin Hoffman’s left rear coming off in turns 3-4 bunched up the field again, and brought the 28f of Davie Franek right to Michael’s rear bumper.

Michael led the field to the green flag once more this time for a 2 lap shootout. Franek could get close to Michael, but couldn’t mount a challenge for the lead. Michael crossed the checkers first for his 3rd win of the year and increased his points lead in the process. The top 5 were Michael, Franek, Weller, Smith (from the tail of the field) and Tyler Ross.

URC will next be back in action on Friday night, June 19th, at Big Diamond Speedway. The next night at Selinsgrove will be the $10,000 to win National 360 Open.

Finishing order: 1. Curt Michael, 2. Davie Franek, 3. Josh Weller, 4. Mark Smith, 5. Tyler Ross, 6. Robbie Stillwaggon, 7. Neal Williams, 8. Troy Betts, 9. Randy West, 10. Andy Best, 11. Mike Haggenbottom, 12. Art Liedl, 13. Brad Franks, 14. Brett Michalski, 15. Mark Bitner, 16. Justin Hoffman, 17. Jimmy Stitzel, 18. Keith Prutzman, 19. Stewart Friesen, 20. Jonathan Swanson, 21. David Swanson.

 

 

Mark Smith Simply Unstoppable at Selinsgrove

Mark Smith visited Victory Lane for the 4th time at Selinsgrove and the 3rd time this year with the United Racing Club. Smith who started in the 5th spot needed just 13 laps to take control of the race and go onto the win.

A field of 28 URC Sprints assembled for the 2nd night of the 2 night weekend. Heat races were won by Robbie Stillwaggon, Jason Schultz, and Ryan Kissinger and the Consolation race was won by Curt Michael just one day after winning an exciting feature at Williams Grove Speedway.

After Stillwaggon drew the 0 invert number the feature line up was determined by the heads up start from the heat races. Jason Schultz and Robbie Stillwaggon lead the field to the green flag. Schultz quickly jumped out into the lead with 23 URC sprinters closely following the 29 car. Mark Smith was on a mission marching from his 5th starting spot to take the lead on lap 13 only to have the red flag displayed for an incident involving Mallie Shuster who went out over the turn 1-2 way. Although the 49 car was completely destroyed Shuster walked away unharmed.

Before the field could get back in order a freak incident involving the 5g of Curt Michael hitting the starters cone on the front stretch ripped the brake line from the 5g. Michael was retired for the night. On the restart nothing was going to prevent the 1M of Mark Smith to take the lead from Jason Schultz. Smith would go on to lead the last 1/2 of the race. Following Smith across the checkers was TJ Stutts from the 9th starting position, Jason Schultz, Robbie Stillwaggon and Ryan Kissinger rounding out the top 5.

URC's is next in action at the Brett Deyo promoted Dirty Jersey 3 on Thursday night June 11th at the New Egypt Speedway.

Feature Finish, 1. Mark Smith, 2. TJ Stutts, 3. Jason Schultz, 4 Robbie Stillwaggon, 5. Ryan Kissinger, 6. Cody Keller, 7. Josh Weller, 8. Davie Franek, 9. Derek Locke, 10. Tyler Ross, 11. Eric Parker, 12. Troy Betts, 13. Jason Clauss, 14. Coby Womer, 15. Jordan Thomas, 16. Justin Hoffman, 17. Brad Franks, 18. Jim Shuster, 19. Derek Steward, 20. Mike Walter, 21. Art Liedl, 22. Curt Michael, 23. Mallie Shuster, 24. Erin Tomecek.

DNQ. Kevin Albert, Michael Thomas, Charlie Anderson and PJ Williams

 

 

Curt Michael and the United Racing Club Make a Statement at Williams Grove.

Eight time URC Champion, Curt Michael, driving the Bill Gallagher 5g made a statement that he is a force to be reckoned with for the 2015 URC Championship in winning the feature event after battling with Steve Buckwalter and Mark Smith.

The United Racing Club made the statement that the Club is Back! With 42 sprint cars filling the Williams Grove pits, a handful of 410 drivers doing double duty, along with the New York Invaders, Jason Barney and Chuck Hebing, the United Racing Club Feature was the best of the year at the fast 1/2 mile speedway.

Four heat races were on tap with 5 to qualify out of a starting grid of 10-11 cars in each, making just qualifying a task. After the pill draw, many of the top 360 drivers had their work cut out for them.

Heat race wins went to Aaron Ott, Greg Hodnett, Chuck Hebing and Mark Smith. Heat race 2 was red flagged by a multi car accident involving David Swanson, PJ Williams, Robbie Stillwaggon, Mike Walter, and Danny Dietrich. David Swanson's badly damaged race car was the only car able to refire, but Swanson returned the 117 to the pits 1 lap later. The Consolation event was more of a feature event with 23 cars scheduled to start. With the likes of Stillwaggon, Josh Weller, Danny Dietrich, and Jason Schultz, racing into the top 5 was going to be a challenge. The consi was won by Josh Weller in the Eldreth Construction #25.

The feature event was by far the best in recent memory of the United Racing Club. Leading the 25 starters to the green flag were Jason Barney and Larry Kelleher. Barney and Kelleher battled for the lead, with Kelleher leading for around 10 laps before the strong field finally caught up to him. Steve Buckwalter and Mark Smith charged from their 6th and 9th starting positions with Buckwalter taking the lead. Multi-time URC Champion Curt Michael also worked his way into the mix with the 5g advancing from his 5th starting position. Aaron Ott and Greg Hodnett, both doing double duty, advanced their way into the top 5 as well. Just as the top 3 of Buckwalter, Smith and Michael were ready to duke it out, the caution came out providing a 2 lap shootout for the fans’ enjoyment.

With Buckwalter leading Michael and Smith to the green flag, the excitement was building as the 3 drivers entered turn 1. Exiting turn 2 the line up stayed the same with Michael making a move down the backstretch, and Smith wanting a part of the lead as well. With the 3 entering turn 3, almost 3 wide, Michael was able to make the slide job stick and lead the field to the white flag lap. Michael entered turn 1 with Buckwalter and Smith stalking him. Michael was able to keep the lead off of exit 2 but Smith was now in control of 2nd place and trying to run down Michael for the lead. Michael triumphantly lead the field to the checkers closely followed by Mark Smith, Steve Buckwalter, Aaron Ott, and Larry Kelleher.

This was Michael's 2nd win on the year, now tying him with Mark Smith who also has 2 with URC as well. This was also Michael's 3rd win in a 360 at Williams Grove, and now his 51st win all time with URC.

URC sprints, 25 laps: 1. Curt Michael, 2. Mark Smith, 3. Steve Buckwalter, 4. Aaron Ott, 5. Larry Kelleher, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Jason Barney, 8. Tyler Ross, 9. Glenndon Forsythe, 10. Robbie Stillwaggon, 11. Ryan Kissinger, 12. Chuck Hebing, 13. Tim Wagaman, 14. Cody Lehman, 15. Davie Franek, 16. Eric Tomecek, 17. Josh Weller, 18. Troy Betts, 19. Derek Locke, 20. Mark Bitner, 21. Bryn Gohn, 22. Justin Hoffman, 23. Keith Prutzman, 24. Mallie Shuster, 25. David Swanson

DNQ: Jonathan Swanson, Eric Riggins, Art Leidl, PJ Williams, Chris Arnold, Danny Dietrich, Mike Walter, Scott Lutz, Jason Cherry, JR Berry, Jason Schultz, Adam Lyman, Brad Franks, Leah Starner, Kevin Albert, Jason Clauss, Jimmy Stitzel

 

 

A Two Race Weekend on Tap for URC

After a few weeks off The United Racing Club will return to action Friday night June 5th at the famed Williams Grove Speedway. This is the first visit to Williams Grove this year and the 358/360 Sprint Car Challenge will be sure to draw some of the best in the business. On Saturday night the United Racing Club will return to Selinsgrove for their 2nd visit of the year. The last visit to Selinsgrove Speedway Robbie Stillwaggon and the 89 Quality Auto Body sprint car lead most of the race only to be passed late by a charging Mark Smith. Stillwaggon will be looking to finish what he started at the Jack Gunn Memorial Event.

In addition to next weekend the United Racing Club has added another race at Bridgeport Speedway. After a 4 year absence from the facility the United Racing Club opened its season at Bridgeport Speedway in late April. With the success of the first Bridgeport event, the Speedway has decided to offer a 2nd date on July 15th. This midweek show will produce plenty of excitement on the ultra fast 5/8 mile facility. On tap will be the United Racing Club and the 358 Modifieds.

With only 4 races in the books the 2015 United Racing Club campaign has been a very successful one consistently drawing numbers in the mid to upper 20’s along with some of the best racing around. United Racing Club has visited Bridgeport, Selinsgrove, Susquehanna and Georgetown Speedway. Event winners have been former URC Champions Curt Michael and Davie Franek. Mark Smith swept an early May double header weekend.

 

 

With The Pressure on "No Panic" Proves up to the Challenge

Whoever said quantity is better than quality was obviously not at Georgetown Speedway on Friday Night for the United Racing Club's visit to the fast 1/2 mile speedway. Seventeen of the best 360 sprint car drivers the area has to offer assembled into the pit area for the $2,000 to win event.

Even though a full field was not in the pit area there was still plenty of talent with 8 time URC champion Curt Michael on hand with the 5G owned by Bill Gallagher. Previous URC champions Davie "No Panic" Franek and Robbie Stillwaggon were also on hand. Young Hot Show Tyler Ross was on hand with the 25e Eldreth Construction sprint car, and his teammate Josh Weller also made their way to the first state. Local Delaware favorites PJ Williams and Troy Betts were also signed into the pit area.

With two exciting heat races won by Josh Weller and Davie Franek the 0 invert pill was pulled for a heads up feature line up. The front row of Franek and Weller lead the field to the drop of the green flag. Franek got an early jump on Weller into the first turn. The 8w of Rookie PJ Williams got a little high almost going over the banking, while Williams lost a few positions from his 8th place starting spot he gathered it up and headed down the backstretch. The field quickly slowed for the spinning of the Brad Franks 12 car in turn 2 along with trouble for the 23j of Jake Eldreth (making his first URC Start) on the front stretch. While Franks refired and joined the back of the field Jake Eldreth was towed off and done for the night. URC utilized a single file restart with the top 5 of Franek, Weller, Ross, Stillwaggon and Andy Best. On the start Franek again jumped out the lead with Stillwaggon immediately pressuring Ross for the 3rd spot. By the 3rd lap Curt Michael moved into 5th from his 7th place starting position. A lap 6 caution for the spinning PJ Williams in turns 3-4 would again bunch up the field. Franek again would jump out to a sizeable lead over Weller, Ross, Stillwaggon, and Michael. Ross pressured Weller for the runner up spot but was unable to make the move stick. Michael passed Stillwaggon and was now in the top 4 when the caution would again come out, this time for debris in turn 2.

The restart again proved to be no different than before as Franek would jump out to the lead, Curt again pressured from the start and passed Ross for 3rd and immediately charged towards Weller for the 2nd spot. A nasty flip down the front stretch involving Will Eggimann brought out the nights only red flag. Eggimann emerged from the car unhurt but the 77w is a total loss. The top 5 on the restart was Franek, Weller, Michael, Ross and Stillwaggon. While Franek jumped out to the lead on the restart Michael immediately pressured and passed Weller for the runner up spot until the caution came out again. With Michael now in 2nd place the heat was on "No Panic" Franek to live up to his name and drive his own race. The restart again saw Franek jump out to the lead with Michael close in tow. Michael would mount a charge on Franek multiple times but the 28F would continuously shut the door on the 5g of Michael. Franek would take his first URC sprint car win of the year with the top 5 completed by Michael, Weller, Stillwaggon and Jason Clauss.

Finishing Order Franek, Michael, Weller, Stillwaggon, Clauss, Ross, Best, Betts, D. Swanson, Williams, J. Swanson, Cherry, Franks, Eggimann, C. Darling, Eldreth. DNS West.

 

 

Smith Sweeps the Weekend with a Win at Susquehanna Speedway

On Sunday night May 3rd, Mark Smith and his Mach 1 Chassis sponsored 360 sprint car took the win in the 2nd night of the 358/360 challenge races. Smith, who has been on fire this year, has already won in Florida and the Selinsgrove’s Jack Gunn Memorial the night before. With the top 8 being inverted from the heat races, 2014 URC Champion Davie Franek, and the 25 of Josh Weller lead the field of 24 starters to the green flag. Unfortunately, the caution was immediately displayed due to the 12 of Brad Franks spinning in turns 1-2. A second restart was called back due to the 44 John Braim stopping in turns 1-2. The 98 of New York invader Joe Trenca also received some attention during this yellow flag. They say the 3rd time is a charm, and this time Davie Franek took the early lead with Josh Weller close in tow. Josh Weller took a run at Franek in turn 3 on the 4th lap and looped it. Surprisingly enough, no other contact was made and the Eldreth Construction #25 was able to re-fire and start at the back of the pack. A single file restart was in order, and again Franek jumped out to the lead. Mark Smith passed Curt Michael and set his sights on the 28 of Davie Franek. Smith quickly pressured Franek for the lead, overtaking Franek on lap 4. Lap 5 saw the #4 Jimmy Stitzel facing the wrong way in turn 1. With 5 laps down, Smith was leading, followed by Franek, Michael, Ott, and New York Invader Jason Barney completing the top 5. Multi-time URC Champion Curt Michael just wasn’t going to give up. Michael, who won a 360 race at Susquehanna in the Fall, again had his sights set on the red #28 of Franek. Michael continuously pressured Franek for the runner up spot, with a slide jobon lap 14 finally making it stick. A lap 16 spin by the #4 of Jimmy Stitzel would bunch up the field and give Michael the valuable real estate he needed to be right on Smith’s bumper for the restart. Michael set his sights on Smith next, pressuring him in turns 1-2 multiple times. A lap 20 caution again put the GEI Valley Force Inc. #5g right on the back bumper of Smith. Smithkept the lead and pulled away at the end. The top 5 were Mark Smith, Curt Michael, Aaron Ott, Davie Franek and Jason Barney. A stout field of 39 360 Sprint Cars were on hand for the night’s events. Notable entries were New York invaders, Jason Barney, Justin Barger, and Joe Trenca. Some 410 regulars also were on hand with Mark Smith, Glenndon Forsythe and Aaron Ott. Heat wins went to Justin Barger, Aaron Ott, Robbie Stillwaggon, and Mark Smith. The B main was won by Tyler Ross. No Provisionals were used. URC has Mother’s day weekend off but will be back in action in the First State with a race at Georgetown Speedway on Friday, May 15th. Pits open at 4pm, General Admission at 5:30 and racing begins at 7pm.

 

Mark Smith Takes Jack Gunn Memorial

A strong field of 32 sprints were on hand for the 35th Annual Mark Smith Memorial race paying a cool $3,500 to the winner.

Pole sitter Mark Smith and Robbie Stillwaggon lead the field of 26 to the green flag. Stillwaggon quickly jumped out to the lead followed by Josh Weller in the Eldreth Sprinter. Lap 4 brought a caution with the 29 Jason Schultz the victim of a flat left rear. Once the rear was changed the field went back green. Mark Smith shot under Josh Weller in turns 3-4 to take over second on lap 5. Already a winner at Selinsgrove Davie Franek was on the move on lap 7 over taking invader Jessica Zemkin. A lap 8 red flag was brought out for a wreck involving 29 Jason Schultz who eventually went over. Others involved were 25e Tyler Ross, 66 Ryan Kissinger, and 99 Cody Keller. All 4 drivers were retired for the evening.

On the lap 8 restart Stillwaggon again jumped back out to the lead with Smith again trying taking a run at Stillwaggon on lap 9. Stillwaggon would retain the lead. The front runners started catching lapped traffic on lap 16 with allowed Smith to once again catch Stillwaggon. At the halfway point the top 5 were Stillwaggon, Smith, Weller, Franek and Ott.

Lap 21 Smith would again take a run at Stillwaggon in turns 3-4. Smith got up into the loose stuff but was able to recover without loosing any positions. Lap 28 Smith's run finally stuck as he lead at the start finish line. Smith would pull away for a comfortable 1.4 second lead at the end of the 30 lap feature. Heat wins went to defending URC Champion Davie Franek, Derek Locke, Jason Schultz, and multiple time URC Champion Curt Michael winning the fourth and final heat race by .050 of a second.

The teams will have just enough time to wash the cars and preform some general maintenance before heading off to Susquehanna Speedway Park for tonight's challenge race again with the 358 division.

United Racing Club will then be off until the 15th when they return to the first state and the Georgetown Speedway.

360 Sprint Cars – 32 Entries 30-Lap A-Main: 1) 1 Mark Smith 2) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 3) 25 Aaron Ott 4) 23 TJ Stutts 5) 28F Davie Franek 6) 1W Eric Tomecek 7) 5G Curt Michael 8) 77 Derek Locke 9) 25 Josh Weller 10) 5 Justin Barger 11) 08 Jason Claus 12) 1Z Jessica Zemken 13) 76 Larry Kelleher 14) 33W Michael Walter II 15) F5 Mark Bitner 16) 19 Colby Womer 17) 66 Ryan Kissinger 18) 22 Troy Betts 19) 39 Eric Parker 20) M16 Justin Hoffman 21) 12B Brad Franks 22) 29S Derek Steward 23) 56 Randy West 24) 25E Tyler Ross 25) 99K Cody Keller 26) 29 Jason Shultz Heat Winner: Davie Franek, Derek Locke, Jason Shultz, Curt Michael B-Main Winner: Tyler Ross

 

 

 

Broadsliding with Bev
Bridgeport –Sunday April 12th, 2015
No, you didn’t read that byline wrong. Yes, I’m still alive and well and living in Newtown, PA. And no, I’m not returning to write a column weekly about sprint cars, but I couldn’t help myself after visiting Bridgeport Speedway this past Sunday. We are now avid boaters as many of my Facebook friends know and for the past two winters have been living on our boat down in Florida. Life has been good post racing and while we sometimes enjoy watching our grandsons run quarter midgets at Atco, we don’t get to very many races anymore. Bruce does not want to be bitten by the racing bug, so he stays away. Me, I still miss the people!
This past weekend though we returned to Bridgeport Speedway in NJ as guests, which included The United Racing Club’s opener. It was an honor to be included in the celebration of the “club” returning to a membership club that only wants what’s best for the racers, fans and racetracks. Having been involved with URC for more than a dozen years as racers, media, board members and President, Bruce and I never agreed with the club turning into a company but understand why it happened. We thank Bill Gallagher and URC for including us in this historic day. Bill is the driving force behind the membership and along with a handful of folks will hopefully return URC into the strong club it once was.
Bridgeport also holds a special place in my heart as it was the first racetrack I ever drove a sprint car. We rented the track for a day with several other racers and I got to run my #10 URC sprinter there for many practice laps. The facility is much nicer than I remember and I think that Dave Adams and Keith Hoffman have done a wonderful job of promoting this track. Owner, Brian Ramey has put money into this place and it shows. They are kid friendly and run a very efficient show. We were impressed with car counts and the officials. The bathrooms were great (such a women thing). My only wish is that the track was physically smaller. It would be SO much racier and would allow fans to watch closer competition if they’d just cut it down a bit. At least that’s how the sprint car fans and racers feel. We all think cars get too spread out and it’s boring to watch.
The new dirt put on the track this year made for a smooth dusty surface. It’s often hard to tell how a surface will remain for the season for several reasons. Judging it by the first race is tough because of weather, wind, cold, recent rain and new clay. I believe dirt track prep is one of the hardest jobs there is, so I always reserved judgment until June, when we raced. Bridgeport’s track was what I would have expected early in the season.
It was in May of 1948 (and no I wasn’t born back then) that the very first URC race took place at Lockport, NY, with only 9 cars in attendance. The first Champion was Bob Cooney and people like Harry Johnson, Shorty Pritzbur, Jules Furslew and Carl Miller were all instrumental in making that first year a success and car counts grew each week. They even had a banquet that first year, imagine that! The subsequent years that followed proved even more successful and the working man’s club flourished, thanks to guys like Louis Kunz and Bill Bauer. It was April 29th, 1973 that URC first raced Bridgeport and Harry Benjamin was the winner that day with Toby Tobias running 2nd. Leroy Felty would go on to become the URC Champion that year and car counts were good. If you ask me URC’s hay-days were during the 80’s and 90’s but maybe I’m prejudice because that’s when we were involved with the club.
It’s been four years since URC has raced Bridgeport when Daryn Pittman and JJ Grasso were the winners in 2011. The 22 racers and car owners were excited to return there to race and many expressed to me how happy they were to be there and be part of the club camaraderie again. Some teams talked to me about wanting it to be fun again. They claim the last 3 years have been pretty bad.
Several retired URC racers as well as officials and friends were present to kick off Sunday’s race. A few past Champions that I talked with were (1975, 76) Gary Gollup and (1994) Greg Coverdale. Both are doing well and happy. Other former racers on hand included Stew Brown, Tm Hogue and Bruce Thompson. Past owners Rick Shive, Pat and Kathy Palladino, Larry and Jan Gilbert, and Fred Kennedy were there as well. Former URC officials, Flo Fling along with daughter Stephanie Hill as well as Bob Hafner were there supporting the opener. It was also good to see so many old friends. It was very nostalgic for me.
Many of the racing faces at Bridgeport on Sunday have been supporting URC for many years, even through the last 9 years of the Company. Eight-time Champion Curt Michael is in full support of the renewed club atmosphere and won his 50th career win in fine style. The Michael family have been long time racing folks with Brother Sean a former driver as well. Mom and Dad were on hand to support their favored driver and the new club racing. Curt still is smooth and fast and I enjoyed seeing him in the green #5G. Many others that have been supporters of URC for at least 8-10 years including Mike Haggenbottom, Mark Bitner, Randy West, Josh Weller, Dave Betts, Dave Franek, Jason Clauss, Jimmy Stitzel and Robbie Stillwaggon. Most of these URC teams are family affairs with support from local businesses in their towns as well as other family members.
Speaking of Josh Weller, he is a nice young man who drives for long time URC owner, past President and past board member, Ken Eldreth. The Eldreth family has supported URC for many years and at one time had son Jon driving. They now support two cars, including the #25e driven by 21 year old Tyler Ross who finished a solid 5th. Josh drove an excellent race and put the good looking #25 in second place, giving Curt a run for his money. The two Eldreth cars will be a force to be reckoned with this year I’m sure.
There was only one sprint car flip all day which is pretty good considering it was opening day. The unfortunate one was Jason Cherry, in turn one during the feature, driving the Cherry family #67. He bent the frame and had his bell rung, but was back in the pits assessing the damage so they could regroup.
I got a chance to visit with the Swanson Family who supports two cars. Younger brother David Swanson drives the family red #117. He finished 13th in the feature. Dave will run a limited schedule due to his work schedule as a NJ policeman. Older brother Jonathan who drives the red #17j dropped from the feature early with a flat tire. Both were running Kriner motors and both look forward to supporting the new URC.
Almost nineteen year old rookie, Brad Franks driving the 12B will be running the URC schedule this year. He finished 12th in the feature on Sunday and was giving the car a good shake down. Speaking of rookies, I know this isn’t sprint car stuff, but congrats to Tommy Tanner who won the DA’s Auto Body Rookie Feature on Sunday at Bridgeport. He will be a Sportsman to watch this year as he drives the family #93.
Getting the distance award was Chuck Hebing from Ontario, NY with his #45. Chuck led the field at the drop of the green but had some problems with his power steering and was a DNF getting paid for 19th. He was driving the car his daughter uses in the 305 division.
Some new/old URC officials include Glenn (Stretch) Fitzcharles Jr who I know will do a great job as Race Director. As a former crew chief for his dad, Stretch has already worked several years as an official and grew up around racing. Billy Gallagher has official experience and will be an asset as well. Mimi, (sorry don’t know your last name) will also be a big help. The club will use track scorers and flagman due to a restricted budget.
They have a limited amount of money to advertise and need new sponsors to support their 22 race schedule. Their payout is consistent with what it was with the company and will pay $2000 to win on a regular or special sponsored race and $1500 to win a regular non sponsored event. They will pay $200 /$250 to take the green and their total payout varies from $8500 to $10,045 depending on sponsorship. They will be returning to Central PA at tracks like Williams Grove, Selinsgrove and Port Royal and Susquehanna, which I think is exciting. I am looking forward to watching the growth they will make and maybe even catching another race here or there this season.
Please support them this year. Check out the club website and schedule at: unitedracingclub.net Then go watch some racing with the oldest continuous sprint car club in America. You can reach Bill Gallagher with questions at: 610-960-0440. Their next race will be May 2, for the Jack Gunn Memorial at Selinsgrove.




Bev Thompson is a former URC, Central PA, sprint car columnist, who wrote for Area Racing News for 15 years, as well as posting her column on Hoseheads. Her husband Bruce drove stock cars and sprint cars for many years, as did their son Len, who drove sprint cars in Central PA. Now their grandson’s Mike and Owen drive quarter-midgets.

 

 

 

It's all Michael at the URC Season Opener at Bridgeport Speedway

With the sun setting in the distance, New York Invader Chuck Hebing led the 20 URC Sprints to the green flag. Before a lap was completed, the potent, Bill Gallagher owned 5G with Curt Michael in the driver’s seat overtook Hebing coming out of turn 4. From lap 1 until 25, Curt Michael led the 2015 URC Season opener, scoring the 50th URC win of his career.

Before the 2nd lap could be completed, the 17J of Jonathan Swanson stopped in turn 1. During the caution, Robbie Stillwaggon headed to the pits only to return just prior to the green flag. On the restart, Curt Michael led with Chuck "Cobra" Hebing close in tow along with Josh Weller, Troy Betts and Jimmy Stitzel rounding out the top 5. On lap 3 Weller overtook Hebing for the runner up spot. One lap later Hebing retired to the infield with power steering problems. The Quality Auto Body 360 sprinter of Robbie Stillwaggon returned to the pits again on lap 5 with a fuel pump issue. The 17J of Swanson stopped again in turns 1-2 on lap 6. A hard charging Randy West made his way up into the top 5 only to retire on lap 8 with motor issues. Lap 11 saw Jason Cherry flip hard in turn 1. Cherry reported that the car got a little loose then hit a rut and began to flip. Cherry walked away, but the 67 was totally demolished. On the restart, Michael jumped out again to the lead with Josh Weller and the Eldreth sponsored sprinter close behind. With the top 5 of Michael, Weller, Betts, Stitzel and Franek all running the top line, Michael began to catch the end of the field on lap 17. Michael worked through lapped traffic for the remaining 8 laps and went on to score his 50th career URC win. The top 5 included runner up Josh Weller, Troy Betts, reigning URC Champion, Davie Franek, and URC rookie Tyler Ross, who gained 9 positions aboard the second Eldreth Construction ride.

With a total of 22 cars on hand, URC had 3 heat races with heat wins going to Robbie Stillwaggon, Chuck Hebing and Curt Michael. With the 76 of Jamie Bodo and the 8w of PJ Williams retiring their cars after the heats, a consi was no longer needed. Many drivers were spotted in the pits during the night. Andy Best reports recently purchasing the 360 of Kevin Darling, so the 88B will be back in action soon. Kevin Darling reports that he is still getting the 9D together, but will be back on track soon. Also, Tim Hogue is reportedly waiting on a motor before he and Kyle Reinhardt can hit the track in the 39 car.

Next up for the United Racing Club on May 2nd will be the annual running of the Jack Gunn Memorial race at Selinsgrove Speedway. The following night URC will travel to Susquehanna Speedway for a special Sunday night show.

1 Curt Michael, 2 Josh Weller, 3 Troy Betts, 4 Davie Franek, 5 Tyler Ross, 6 Jimmy Stitzel, 7 Mark Bitner, 8 Jason Clauss, 9 Scott Lutz, 10 Mike Haggenbottom, 11 Bill Unglert, 12 Brad Franks, 13 David Swanson, 14 Justin Hoffman, 15 Jason Cherry, 16 Randy West, 17 Jonathan Swanson, 18 Robbie Stillwaggon, 19 Chuck Hebing, 20 JR Berry

 

 

Getting to know Cody Jourdan

 by Tim Moran

Throughout the 2015 race season we will be highlighting the stars of the United Racing Club. The first edition is getting to know Cody Jourdan. Jourdan will be running the entire United Racing Club 2015 schedule aboard the 21c sprint car. Cody has been racing for 10 years in a career that, like most, started in quarter midget racing until the age of 16. At 16, Jourdan moved up to the 305 winged sprint car series sanctioned by the TSRS. Even though this will be Jourdan's first full year with a 360 series, he did try his hand running with the 360's during last year’s race at Grandview Speedway. Jourdan chose Grandview to try out because he enjoys a small, fast track that focuses more on the driver’s ability than the amount of money you can spend on a motor. Cody credits the experiences with, and respect he’s already been shown by the drivers in the United Racing Club as the main reasons for moving up to the ultra competitive division. Jourdan's expectations are reasonable and attainable for a driver making the step up in competition. Cody expects to learn a lot this year visiting tracks he has never been to or seen. Most importantly, Jourdan just wants to learn and gain respect from his competitors in his rookie season. Make sure to visit the 21c pits before or after the races to meet United Racing Club’s Cody Jourdan.

The first race of the season for the United Racing Club will be April 12th at the large 5/8 mile, ultra fast Bridgeport Speedway. Come out early for the URC FanFest and enjoy the stars and cars of the United Racing Club past and present. Bring the whole family for food, music by Whiskey Grin, give-a-ways, driver autographs, bounce houses and more! FanFest will be held at the pavilion behind the main grandstands.

 

 

United Racing Club Returns to Port Royal Speedway

 The United Racing Club Return to Port Royal Speedway for the “Open Wheel Madness” event on October 17 featuring the URC 360 sprints and 410 sprints. The show will highlight two popular divisions as the famous fairgrounds host Port Royal Fall Foliage Days, a local trademark craft and fall festival during the daytime, followed by the big Open Wheel Madness.

The URC sprints look forward to bringing a large car count to the Famous Speedway located in middle of the small Port Royal town. URC will run its regular show with pill draw for heats and invert for feature, starting a 20 car field. The 358 sprints will be allowed to race with URC but they must pass PA 358 tech and run an URC legal 5x5 wing.

On April 12, the United Racing Club will be at the Bridgeport Speedway for the first race of the season. Race teams are encouraged to arrive early as they must go through New Jersey State tech procedures. The pit gates swing open at 12:30pm with hot laps starting at 3pm and racing getting underway at 4pm.

It is recommended that all competitors obtain a URC license to be eligible for points, contingency sponsorships and provisional starting spots and there will be a discount for URC members entering the pits at Bridgeport. To avoid a delay the day of the event, send your membership forms to the URC office in advance. Memberships forms can be found on the URC website, www.unitedracingclub.net.

Race night sponsorship packages are still available with URC at a few of the events so act fast to get in on the excitement. For more information, please contact Curt Michael at 302-344-1882 or curtmichael@verizon.net. Be sure to keep up with everything URC related by checking our website or Facebook pages.

 

 

United Racing Club Returns to Big Diamond Speedway June 19

The United Racing Club makes its return to Big Diamond Speedway on Friday, June 19th. The always racy 3/8-mile speedway in Minersville, PA has put on some of the best URC races over the years and this year’s event should be no different.

No matter where you look on the speedway you will always find action taking place. That is what Randy West, driver of the Fred Kennedy owned sprint car finds most intriguing. “There’s usually two grooves which makes for great racing and the fans are always very happy to see us there. It is great to race in front of such a energetic crowd.”

Curt Michael, eight time URC Champion, is also looking forward to URC’s return to Big Diamond. “Big Diamond is a track that I have had success at. I like the small tracks where things happen quick and you have to get your elbows up,” stated the driver of Bill Gallagher’s potent “green machine”

The United Racing Club season kicks off Sunday April 12th at the spacious 5/8 mile Bridgeport Speedway in Bridgeport, NJ. Randy West and Curt Michael will be looking to win the season opener along with Robbie Stillwaggon, Josh Weller, Mark Bitner, Brad Franks, Kyle Reinhardt and Brian Carber just to name a few.

With races also taking place at Williams Grove, Selinsgrove, Georgetown, New Egypt, Thunder Mountain, Utica Rome, Susquehanna, Port Royal, and Orange County the schedule has a little something for everyone, drivers and fans alike.

Anyone interest in scheduling a URC race should contact booking agent Curt Michael at 302-344-1882.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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