URC Honors 10 Time Champion Curt Michael
The 2017 Capitol Renegade United Racing Club came to its
official close on Saturday night at the 2017 Banquet.
The top 10 were honored with their point fund checks and
picture plaques along with the announcing of Chris Allen as the 2017
Rookie of the Year and Phil Meisner Jr. as the 2017 Mechanic of the
President Rick Weller updated those in attendance on
some URC happenings, most notably the appointment of Ryan Stillwaggon
and Chris Allen to the URC Board along with the continued service of
Dave Betts. President Weller also reported that URC Photographer and PR
Tim Moran will be stepping away from the club as PR along with the full
time Photography duties. Although Moran will be an occasional visitor at
the track, the club is still looking for a fulltime photographer. The
daily PR will be handled by Jenna Schostkewitz, who is interning this
summer with the Club.
With the well publicized dispute over the URC Perpetual
Cup, the United Racing Club rang in a new era with a new cup. This cup
displayed the 70+ names (URC has two ties in their 70 year history) of
the past champions and leaves room for another 30 more to guarantee the
historic tradition of handing down the cup from Champion to Champion.
With 2018 not too far away, look for the Club to be a
part of the PPB Motorsports Racecar and Trade show the weekend of
January 19, 20 and 21. The Club will have a publicized schedule at the
ALT URC Engine Program introduced at Membership
Don Blackshear from the Pace Performance Circle Track
Division will be in attendance during the URC General Membership Meeting
at the Limerick Diner on Wednesday November 29 at 7pm.
Don will be talking to the URC race teams and anyone
else interested in coming and learning about the Pace Perfomance / URC
Alternative Engine and the potential 360 engine program. The engine is
based off of a GM LS3 and will come complete along with fuel pump,
headers and air cleaner. Total cost of the package is shaping up to be
under $24,000 along with free shipping. Don will answer every question
everyone might have on Wednesday the 29th, but we will answer one big
question now......yes, your engine builder can build this engine if he
or she wants to.
The engine was to be tested at the Bridgeport Speedway
during the running of the Big Track Classic, but Pace Performance was
hit with a major storm that did serious damage to the Pace building. The
storm has slowed down the progress a little as the engine was on the
dyno when the storm hit.
The Pace URC 360 program will have some similarities to
the very successful Pace Performance Knoxville Raceway 305 class CT 525
engine program that Don and Knoxville Race implemented a few years ago.
Don just returned from the Knoxville Raceway banquet as he was
celebrating the engines 2017 305 division championship.
For more information on Don Blackshear and the Pace
Performance Circle Track Division please check out their website
http://paceperformance.com/ or check them out on Facebook
Michael to be Honored at Capitol Renegade United
Racing Club Banquet
Curt Michael will be honored on Saturday December 9th at
the annual Capitol Renegade United Racing Club banquet for his 10th URC
Championship. Michael who has previously won the URC titles in 1998,
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015 and picking up his 10th
this year in 2017.
Along with the traditional annual banquet there has been
something just as special that has been passed down from driver to
driver year to year at the banquet. The perpetual trophy is a tradition
that started with its inception and over the 70+ years URC has had just
3 trophies. The original, rightfully, currently sits in the Sprint Car
Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, and is viewed by thousands of fans each
year during their visit.
Neither of the other two will be present when Curt and
his Bill Gallagher team are honored on December 9th. The second one went
missing after the 2014 season when series champion, Davie Franek,
received the trophy from the United Racing Company. Unfortunately, this
year it appears that 2016 series champion, Davie Franek, will again not
pass on the trophy to the series champion. URC President, Rick Weller
has unsuccessfully attempted to retrieve the trophy, and is now
scrambling to replace the trophy once again.
Curt Michael is one of greatest drivers in URC history.
He has rewritten the history books with 10 URC championships along with
over 60 URC wins, and this past year the green and white 5G was as
strong as ever. It would only seem fair for Curt to be able to
participate in this long-standing URC tradition. Unfortunately, it looks
like the United Racing Club will once again have to replace this
Stillwaggon Captures Final Night of Big Track Classic
Robbie Stillwaggon and the Quality Auto Body team rolled
into Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night fresh off their 4th place
finish the previous night. With 32 cars in the pit are, qualifying heat
race wins went to JJ Grasso, Curt Michael, Robbie Stillwaggon and Josh
Weller. Kevin Nagy won the consolation race.
With the top 12 locked into the redraw, Stillwaggon and
Mark Bitner drew the front row. The start of the 25-lap feature event
was quickly halted as the 1 of Tom Carberry rested on the top of the
guardrail in turns 3-4. On the restart, the 15 of Mark Bitner took the
initial lead but it was short lived as the 89 of Stillwaggon drove by on
the high side coming out of turn two. On lap 3, the caution flag was
again showed this time for the 77 of Will Eggimann. The field got just
one more lap in before the caution flew again for the 22 of Troy Betts.
After Betts refired the field went back to green with Stillwaggon again
jumping out to an early lead.
With Stillwaggon in command, the action was heating up
for positions 3-7 as JJ Grasso, Chris Coyle, Lucas Wolfe, Curt Michael,
Josh Weller and Chad Layton all were battling for position. On lap 17,
the caution flew one last time for Chris Coyle who was having a great
night running solidly within the top 10.
On the restart, Stillwaggon drove away from the field
again and cruised home to his first Big Track Classic win. By virtue of
Stillwaggon’s fourth and first place finish, the driver from Burlington
NJ edged out now 10 Time URC Champion Curt Michael for the coveted Midge
Miller Memorial Trophy.
Following Stillwaggon across the line was Josh Weller,
Chad Layton, Curt Michael and JJ Grasso rounding out the top five.
URC Tidbits: Steve Buckwalter was again in the BRB
Construction 7K normally driven by Kris Lilick. After using a
provisional, young gun Justin Whittall drove from 21st starting position
to a 12th place finish. Lucas Wolfe was in a great position for claim
the Midge Miller Memorial trophy but finished in the sixth position on
Saturday night. Chad Layton had a strong run in the Selinsgrove Ford 35
car. Derek Locke was missing from the previous night as the team
encountered motor issues after the heat race the night before.
The next event for the Capitol Renegade United Racing
Club will be their annual banquet on Saturday December 9. Tickets are
$35 and are available by contacting Club President Rick Weller or Vice
President Curt Michael.
Feature: 1) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 2) #63 Josh Weller,
3) #35 Chad Layton, 4) #5g Curt Michael, 5) #25 JJ Grasso, 6) #5w Lucas
Wolfe, 7) #15 Mark Bitner, 8) #7K Steve Buckwalter, 9) #747 Davey
Sammons, 10) #47 Adam Carberry, 11) #4 Jimmy Stitzel, 12) #67w Justin
Whittall, 13) #45 Kevin Nagy, 14) #33b Bill Unglert, 15) #83 Larry
McVay, 16) #8c Brian Carber, 17) #22 Troy Betts, 18) #56 Chris Coyle,
19) #71 Chris Allen, 20) #77w Will Eggimann, 21) #1 Tom Carberry
DNQ: #669 Brandon McGough, #71x Chris Allen Sr., #555 JR
Berry, #17j Jonathan Swanson, #7o6 Mark Sasso, #301 Chad Connor, #56m
Randy Wilber, #5z Zack Burd, #67c Jason Cherry, #3 Chris Priar, #13 Tim
Wolfe Takes Night 1 of the Big Track Classic
Lucas Wolfe about the Pabst Blue Ribbon #5w overtook
Kevin Nagy on lap 12 and cruised to night 1 of the Big Track Classic at
the Bridgeport Speedway.
With 28 cars signed into the pit area, 3 heat races and
1 consolation race were used to set the 24-car starting lineup for the
25-lap feature event. Heat race wins went to Robbie Stillwaggon, Curt
Michael and Adam Carberry. The consolation race was won by Josh Weller.
With the redraw competed, the front row of Kevin Nagy
and Curt Michael lead the 24-car field to the green flag. Nagy quickly
jumped out to an early lead and with the first caution shown on lap 5
for Mark Bitner, Nagy lead over Michael, JJ Grasso, Robbie Stillwaggon
and Lucas Wolfe.
On the restart, Nagy again jumped out to the lead at the
strong running 45 car pulled away from 2nd place Michael, but quickly
the caution flag was shown again, this time for Chris Allen whose car
came to a rest in turn 3. Allen was pushed to the infield and Nagy again
pulled away on the restart.
As Nagy was getting into heavy lapped traffic, a now 2nd
place car of Lucas Wolfe saw his opportunity and overtook Nagy on lap
11. A lap 12 caution saw a new leader with Wolfe leading the way
followed by Nagy, Michael, Grasso and Stillwaggon with Josh Weller now
shown in 7th place up from his 18th starting position.
On the restart, Wolfe continued to lead and lead the
final 14 laps en route to the $2,000 payday. Following Wolfe to the line
was Curt Michael, Kevin Nagy, Robbie Stillwaggon and Josh Weller
rounding out the top 5.
URC Tidbits: Derek Locke had a strong run in his heat
race and qualified in a redraw position only to find motor trouble in
the pits afterwards forcing the 77 car to scratch on the night. The rig
and trailer towing Josh Weller’s 63 was late arriving due to mechanical
trouble. Fellow competitor Troy Betts lent Weller a Tow Rig for the
night to get the 63 to the track. Tim Higgins returned to the cockpit
after a lengthy amount of time out of the driver’s seat. Higgins
qualified for the feature event out of the consolation race.
Feature: 1) #5w Lucas Wolfe 2) #5g Curt Michael 3) #45
Kevin Nagy 4) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon 5) #63 Josh Weller 6) #25 JJ Grasso
7) #47 Adam Carberry 8) #7K Steve Buckwalter 9) #747 Davey Sammons 10)
#22 Troy Betts 11) #4 Jimmy Stitzel 12) #56 Chris Coyle 13) #33b Bill
Unglert 14) #1 Tom Carberry 15) #13 Tim Higgins 16) #83 Larry McVay 17)
#669 Brandon McGough 18) #706 Mark Sasso 19) #555 JR Berry 20) #5z Zack
Burd 21) #67w Justin Whittall 22) #17j John Swanson 23) #71 Chris Allen
24) #15 Mark Bitner
DNQ: #77 Derek Locke, #67c Jason Cherry, #56m Randy
Wilber, #71x Chris Allen Sr
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club to Wrap Up 2017
at Bridgeport Speedway
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will wrap up its
2017 season with two big shows this weekend at Bridgeport Speedway. On
Friday night, the 360 series will invade the big 5/8 mile speedway for
the first night of the Big Track Classic.
With the 2017, United Racing Club Championship already
decided with Curt Michael picking up his 10th URC Championship, the
Fred’s Trailer Parts New York/New Jersey series points are still up for
grabs. Curt Michael holds the top spot with Davie Franek in second with
Josh Weller and Robbie Stillwaggon both in striking distance of the
runner up spot.
The weekend’s racing events are sponsored by Quality
Auto Body, B&G Garage and BRB Construction contributing to the weekend’s
Friday night the Pits open at 4pm, Grandstands at 5:30pm
and Racing starts at 7:30pm. Pits admission is $35, Grandstands $20 or
you can purchase a weekend grandstand pass for $35.
On Saturday night the pits will open at 1pm, Grandstands
at 3pm, Racing at 5pm. Pit admission is $35, Grandstands $20 or weekend
pass is just $35.
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club Returns to Action
This Saturday Night
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will return to
action this Saturday night at the Port Royal Speedway. The last time the
URC visited the Central PA track, Curt Michael and Greg Hodnett took
home the checkered flags back in May.
With Curt Michael on the verge of wrapping up his 10th
United Racing Club Championship, look for the Bill Gallagher owned 5G up
front battling with the best 360’s in the area including Hodnett, Wolfe,
Whittall, Coyle, Stillwaggon, Weller, Locke and Betts to name a few.
Gates for the big sprint car program will open at 1:30
pm with engine starts tentatively slated for 4 pm.
Port Royal Foliage Days, a two-day autumn craft, food
and flea market, encompasses the entire weekend at the track and
historic Juniata County Fairgrounds, with activities both Saturday and
Fans are invited and encouraged to come early on
Saturday in order to take part in the long-time Juniata County
celebration before taking a seat for the sprint car show.
A brief Foliage Days parade through the center of Port
Royal along Rt. 75 steps off at 1 pm from the fairgrounds and as such,
early race-goers may experience a brief delay as they enter Port Royal
on Rt. 75 if they intend to arrive around the 1:30 gate opening time
Admission to the grounds for Port Royal Foliage Days is
FREE with adult general admission to the speedway for the races set at
$20 with students ages 12 – 18 admitted to the races for $7.
Pat and Kathy Palladino to be Inducted into the URC
Hall of Fame
When the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club visits the
big 5/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway on November 3rd and 4th to wrap up
their 2017 racing season which is also the 70th year for the United
Racing Club. In addition to honoring the late Midge Miller, the Club
will be inducting two of the most successful URC owner and mechanic duo
of all time.
The United Racing Club will be welcoming Kathy and Pat
Palladino into their Hall of Fame with a special ceremony during the
weekend. Kathy was not only the first female URC Champion car owner but
is a 6-time URC Champion car owner winning championships in 1999 with
Sean Michael, 2000 with multiple drivers, 2005, 2006, 2007 with Curt
Michael and finally in 2009 with JJ Grasso. No other owner has won more
URC Championship than Kathy Palladino.
A driver cannot be successful without a top-notch
mechanic, and Pat Palladino has not only wrenched for the best of them
but was the lead mechanic for each of Kathy’s URC Championships.
The couple have been away from the URC for many years
but their contributions continue and the United Racing Club is proud to
welcome them into a very select company in November.
Pat and Kathy will join Garry Gollub who was also
inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year when the United Racing
Club visited the Delaware International Speedway.
POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE URC 360 ENGINE PROGRAM TO BE TESTED SOON
The United Racing Club will soon be testing a potential alternative
engine option to the URC engine. After testing of the engine program it
would have to be approved by the Board of Directors and URC membership.
The engine will consist of a 364 CID Aluminum LS3 Dry Sump system built
by Pace Performance. Pace is well known in the racing industry, their
current engine program the CT525-KY Pace Evolution Engine runs along
with the 305’s at Knoxville Raceway and it was utilized by the team that
won the point Championship this year.
Pace Performance’s Don Blackshear has been working closely with the
URC on this program and along with Knoxville Raceway on the 305 version.
Don and Pace want to build an engine that will come close to horsepower
& torque of many of the current 360 engines competing now. A new
lightened steel block 360 engine with all the bells and whistles weighs
approximately 400 – 405 lbs. Don believes that this engine package with
an aluminum LS3 block that is stock and not lightened might weigh in at
385 – 395 lbs when finished.
Pace will be finishing the first version of this engine package that
will then be tested by 9 Time URC Champion Curt Michael in the Bill
Gallagher owned 5g. Plans are to put 300 plus laps on it and see that is
very close to a current 360 engine. The price of a new 360 engine have
costs in the range of $48,000 up to $55,000. This engine package will be
completely dyno tuned and race ready including all components. The motor
will use a DSR throttle body and will include a DSR fuel pump, high
speed & secondary. An R2C air filter assembly, a set of Schoenfeld
headers, a Pace rear drive flange, Pace LS sprint car front motor mounts
and a Pace throttle linkage assembly. The only things needed to go
racing after receiving the engine are a radiator with
plumbing and a power steering pump. Hopes are that this engine can
run 60 plus races with a wing before needing to be rebuilt. The total
cost for this engine package will be $23,995 with free shipping and
financing could be available.
The URC and Knoxville Raceway will be closely watching the testing of
this alternative 360 racing engine package from Pace Performance. Any
questions pertaining to this engine package, the rebuilding and teching
side of it please contact Curt Michael 302-344-1882.
Hodnett Powers to Williams Grove Win
Greg Hodnett and the Lelands.com, Trone Outdoor, C&N Mushroom,
Heffner Racing enterprises used his 5th starting position to overtake
Mark Smith on lap 4 to cruise to the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club
Van May/Kramer Williamson Tribute Race.
With 42 360 sprint cars signed into the pit area, five heat races and
two B-Mains were used to set the field for the 25-feature event. Heat
race wins went to the Jersey Jet, JJ Grasso, Robbie Stillwaggon, Lucas
Wolfe, Mark Smith and Trey Starks. With an all-star lineup heading to
the redraw, the Jersey Jet fresh off his Jersey Rush 5 victory picked
the magic #1 for the pole position for the feature event. Cody Keller
and Adam Carberry picked up B-Main victories and the 63 of Josh Weller
and the 47D of Kyle Drum used their URC and Patriot Sprint Tour
Provisionals to advance into the feature event.
At the drop of the green, the New York runner Steve Collins tagged
the turn 4 wall and the caution was quickly thrown. On the restart,
Puyallup Washington native, Trey Starks jumped out to the early lead.
Starks’ lead was short lived as the King of the 360’s former winner Mark
Smith took the cat bird seat by lap 3.
On the start, pole sitter JJ Grasso fell back to third and something
appeared to be wrong with the car. On lap 3, coming out of turn 2, the
25 of Grasso exploded the left rear time, as the 25 slowed down the back
stretch the rest of the field scrambled to avoid the slowing car. The 42
of Eddie Strada was unfortunately unable avoid the slowing Grasso,
flipping violently down the back stretch.
As the race was heading back to the restart, New Yorker Jared
Zimbardi was caught up in a front stretch flip which the driver of the
Performance Powder Coating, Bundle of Warmth Firewood and Kindling 35
car remained in the car and ultimately had to be helped from the car was
taken to the local hospital for observation. Current United Racing Club
points leader Curt Michael was also caught up in the wreck and returned
to racing action as the field attempted a single file restart.
On the restart Hodnett darted to the lead going into turn 1 and
exited turn 2 with the lead as Mark Smith and a strong running Robbie
Stillwaggon now followed. By lap 4, Starks took back 3rd place and a
hard charging Josh Weller was up to 9th from his 26th starting position
by lap 6.
The caution was back out for a spinning George Suprick on lap 7, on
the restart, Hodnett went uncontested once again jumping out to the
Except for a lap 19 yellow which saw, Hodnett and Smith go wheel to
wheel off of turn 4, Hodnett cruised to his third Capitol Renegade
Untied Racing Club victory of the 2017 season. Rounding out the top 10
was the M1 of Smith, 5W of Lucas Wolfe, 29 of Jason Schultz, 44 of Trey
Starks, 3z of Steve Buckwalter, 45N of Kevin Nagy, 5G of Curt Michael,
63 of Josh Weller and the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon.
URC Tidbits: With his third win of the 2017 season, Greg Hodnett has
now claimed $11,000 with his 3 wins. Long Haul of the night goes to #4A
Jon Agan who made the long tow from Knoxville, Iowa. Josh Weller used a
provisional starting 26th on the field and finishing 9th. Robbie
Stillwaggon made a car change after hot laps but before heat race
action. Stillwaggon’s primary mount experience motor issues. Stillwaggon
went out a won his heat race with the backup car. Curt Michael rallied
from a lap 4 incident to finish 8th. Hard luck of the night goes to
Justin Whittall who was 3rd quick in hot laps, but experienced heat race
issues that he couldn’t recover from. Making his first start of 2017 in
the URC was Trey Starks and Brian Carber. The 3Z was piloted by Steve
Buckwalter and not Coby Womer.
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will be back in action on
Saturday night at the team travel just up route 15 to the Selinsgrove
URC 360 FEATURE: 1) #27 GREG HODNETT, 2) #M1 MARK SMITH, 3) #5W LUCAS
WOLFE, 4) #29 JASON SCHULTZ, 5) #44 TREY STARKS, 6) #3Z STEVE
BUCKWALTER, 7) #45N KEVIN NAGY, 8) #5G CURT MICHAEL, 9) #63 JOSH WELLER,
10) #89 ROBBIE STILLWAGON, 11) #77 DEREK LOCKE, 12) #79 JORDAN THOMAS,
13) #98 JOE TRENCA, 14) #22B TROY BETTS, 15) #4A JON AGAN, 16) #47D KYLE
DRUM, 17) #87 GEORGE SUPRICK, 18) #45 CHUCK HEBING, 19) #22G BRYN GOHN,
20) #1W ERIC TOMECEK, 21) #47C ADAM CARBERRY, 22) #35 JARED ZIMBARDI,
23) #25 JJ GRASSO, 24) #42E EDDIE STRADA, 25) #99 KODY KELLER, 26) #67
DNQ: #56M CHRIS COYLE, #63 JOSH WELLER, #91 DAVID QUACKENBUSH, #71
CHRIS ALLEN JR, #706 MARK SASSO, #2AU WARREN FERGUSON, #8C BRIAN CARBER,
#73B BRETT MICHALSKI, #2W GLENNDON FORSYTHE, #47D KYLE DRUM, #67W JUSTIN
WHITTALL, #17Z JOSH AZZI, #81 DEREK JONATHAN, #19 TROY WAGAMAN
Jordan Thomas Picks Up First Capitol Renegade United Racing Club
For the second straight week, the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club
found a first-time winner at the end of the feature event. Jordan Thomas
lead all 25 laps en route to his first URC triumph with the 70 yr old
With a field of 21 cars on hand at the Orange County Fair Speedway,
three heat races were determined to set the lineup for the 25-lap
feature event. Heat race wins went to the 22 of Troy Betts who picked up
his first heat race win of 2017 and finally had some luck go his way.
Heat race 2 win went to the 67w of Justin Whittall who showed his rookie
season for cruising to the heat race win. Finally, heat race three win
went to the 79 of Jordan Thomas.
With this being a combined show with the Patriot Sprint Tour, the
redraw was created by the top 9 in passing points. Jordan Thomas drew
the pole and Scott Flammer drew the outside pole for the feature event.
Also in the redraw was the 33b of Bill Unglert, 22 of Troy Betts, 5G of
Curt Michael, 67w of Justin Whittall, the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon who
drove from 7th to 2nd in his heat race and the 56c of Chris Coyle.
With the 81 of Derek Jonathan not making the call, the 79 of Thomas
and the 1F of Flammer lead the 20 car field to the green flag. Multiple
tries were used and once one lap was down the field went single file.
Chris Coyle had a flat tire, the 4 of Jimmy Stitzel pulled in with motor
issues and the 30 of Scott Goodrich showed some damage on his nose wing
all before the feature we 4 laps old.
With the lap 4 restart, Thomas continued to gain control with Flammer
close behind. By the end of lap 4, the 5G of Curt Michael was up to 4th
and pressuring the 33b of Unglert. By lap 11, the 5G of Michael overtook
Unglert for the 3rd position and just 1 lap later Patriot Sprint Leader
Jared Zimbardi pulled into the pit area after running 7th from his 11th
By lap 18, the 5 of Curt Michael was into the 2nd position but was a
full 8 seconds behind the leader Thomas who by this time was navigating
traffic at a torrid pace. By lap 22, the 5G of Curt Michael was feeling
pressure from young hot shoe Justin Whittall after Whittall passed the 1
of Flammer a few laps earlier.
Thomas lead the 35-lap feature wire to wire and picked up his first
United Racing Club win, following Thomas to the line was the 5G of Curt
Michael, 67w of Justin Whittall, 1F of Scott Flammer and the 33b of Bill
Unglert who continues to show that he can run with the 360 elite.
URC Tidbits: This was Justin Whittall’s best 360 finish of his
career. Davie Franek was not in attendance, electing to attend the
Selinsgrove race instead. Selinsgrove was eventually rained out. Derek
Jonathan had a heartbreak of an evening, what looked with the engine and
possibly a rear end let loose with the 81 leading heat race 1 and just 1
lap to go. Jonathan failed to make the call for the feature event.
Michael continues to strengthen his lead towards a record 10th URC
Championship. Chris Coyle had a good night go bad with a flat right rear
tire just 2 laps into the feature event.
Up next for the United Racing Club, after a weekend off the Club will
return to the Williams Grove Speedway on Friday September 1st, followed
by Saturday night September 2nd at the Selinsgrove Speedway and rounding
out the weekend at Path Valley Speedway on Sunday September 3rd.
Sprint Feature: 1) #79 Jordan Thomas, 2) #5G Curt Michael, 3) #67W
Justin Whittall, 4) #1F Scott Flammer, 5) #33B Bill Unglert, 6) #89
Robbie Stillwaggon, 7) #47 Kyle Drum, 8) #22 Troy Betts, 9) #56 Billy
VanInwegen, 10) #67 Steve Collins, 11) #10 Joe Kata, 12) #08 Jason
Clauss, 13) #71 Chris Allen Jr, 14) #30 Scott Goodrich, 15) #1Q Thomas
Radivoy, 16) #706 Mark Sasso, 17) #17Z Josh Azzi, 18) #35 Jared
Zimbardi, 19) #4 Jimmy Stitzel, 20) #56C Chris Coyle
Hodnett Hustles to Mach 1 National Open Win
Greg Hodnett used his pole starting position to power to his first
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club win of the 2017 season and the
$6,000 payday to go along with it.
With 28 cars signed into the pits for night 2 of the Mach 1 360
National Open, three heat races were used to determine the starting
lineup of the 30-lap event.
Blaine Heimbach and Curt Michael brought heat race 1 to the green
flag as the 12 of Heimbach jumped out to the early race lead; Curt
Michael was under fire for the runner up position, which was finally
taken by the M1 of Mark Smith. Heimbach cruised to the heat race 1
victory followed to the line by the M1 of Smith, 5g of Curt Michael, 19
of Colby Womer and the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon who started in the 9th
Heat race 2 found New York invader Billy VanInwegen and URC regular
Troy Betts. Billy V gained redemption from Friday night as the 56v lead
all 8 laps heading to a heat race 2 win. Following Billy V to the line
was 49 of Mallie Shuster, 22 of Betts, 56 of Nate Snyder and 33 of
The last and final heat race, the 66 of Ryan Kissinger and 28f of
Davie Franek brought the field to the green flag with the 28f of Franek
jumping out to an early lead. Meanwhile, the 29 of Jason Shultz was on
the move reeling in the leader and finally pulling off a last lap pass
of Franek to head to the heat 3 win. Josh Weller failed to make the call
after the 63’s night was done with motor issues before the night
Larry Kelleher used the high side to take home the B-Main win.
Following Kelleher to the line was the 35 of Chad Layton, 1 of Eric
Tomecek, 42 of Eddie Strada, 99 of Cody Keller and the 73b of Brett
Michalski all transferring to the feature event.
Hodnett used the redraw to pick the pole position for the 30-lap
feature event and lead the field of 25 cars to the green flag along with
outside pole sitter and previous night winner Mark Smith. At the drop of
the green flag, Hodnett jumped out to a comfortable lead with the M1 of
Mark Smith in tow. By lap 10, the top 5 was beginning to take place,
Hodnett lead over Smith, 6th place starter Blaine Heimbach, 29 of Jason
Shultz and the 49 of Mallie Shuster who was having a great run.
A lap 14 red flag for 56 of Nate Snyder gave the crews a chance to
work with their drivers during the open red to adjust and set up their
cars for the final 16 laps. Once Snyder’s badly damaged car was removed
from the speedway, the field went back to green with once again Hodnett
cruising to the lead with Smith in tow but Smith was now under siege
from 3rd place runner Blaine Heimbach for the runner up position.
Heimbach took away the runner up position and set his sights on the
leader Hodnett. Smith continued to hold down third and Jason Shultz back
in fourth. The car on the move was the 5g of Curt Michael up from his
10th starting position Michael picked off the 28f of Davie Franek and
the 49 of Mallie Shuster and was pressuring Shultz for fourth when the
12 of Heimbach slowed on the front stretch. With Heimbach’s night done,
on the restart Hodnett continued to lead followed by Smith, Shultz,
Michael and Franek rounding out the top five. Lucas Wolfe was up to
sixth from his 13th starting position.
On the lap 25 restart, Hodnett continued to lead followed by the M1
of Smith but now Michael was looking to take the third position from
Shultz. As Michael overtook Shultz for third, the green and white 5g was
clearly one of the fastest cars on the track. Michael set sail for the
runner up position but ran out of laps as, Hodnett lead the field to the
checkered flags, followed by Smith, Michael, Shultz and Franek.
URC Tidbits: Missing from the previous night’s roster was the 77 of
Derek Locke and 67w of Justin Whittall who were both home with motor
issues. The 7K of Kris Lilick did not return for the 2nd night due to
work commitments. Also missing was the 47 of Adam Carberry who was happy
to roll the 47 car into the trailer the night before and did not want to
push his luck. After drawing for the pole the previous night, Brett
Michalski drew 74 out of a possible 75 on Sunday night starting in the
final position of heat race 1. Joining the field for night two was the
27 of Greg Hodnett, 12 of Blaine Heimbach, 5w of Lucas Wolfe, 74 of JR
Berry and the 11 of TJ Stutts.
Finish: 1. 27 Greg Hodnett, 2. M1 Mark Smith, 3. 5G Curt Michael, 4.
29 Jason Shultz, 5. 28f Davie Franek, 6. 5w Lucas Wolfe, 7. 11 TJ
Stutts, 8. 67 Steve Collins, 9. 35 Chad Layton, 10. 89 Robbie
Stillwaggon, 11. 49 Mallie Shuster, 12. 33 Michael Walter, 13. 56v Billy
VanInwegen, 14. 66 Ryan Kissinger, 15. 19 Colby Womer, 16. 76 Larry
Kelleher, 17. 42e Eddie Strada, 18. 22 Troy Betts, 19, 73b Brett
Michalski 20. 12 Blaine Heimbach, 21. 56c Chris Coyle, 22. 56 Nate
Snyder, 23. 1w Eric Tomecek, 24. C4 Jim Shuster, 25. 99 Cody Keller.
Smith Dominates Night One of the 360 National Open Presented by
Mark Smith and the Mach 1 Chassis M1 took control of the lead on lap
3 from Steve Collins and never looked back as Smith lead the final 22
laps to pick up night 1 win of the Mach 1 360 National Open Preliminary
event. Smith is now locked into Sunday nights feature event.
Thirty-one Capitol Renegade United Racing Club 360 sprint cars signed
into the pit area on Saturday night. With 4 heat races to determine the
feature line up, heat race wins went to Brett Michalski, Eric Tomecek,
Davie Franek and Mark Smith. The B-Main was won by Delaware native Chris
Heat race 1 winner Brett Michalski and New York traveler Steve
Collins brought the field of 25 URC sprint cars to the green flag.
Collins quickly jumped out to the lead by lap 1 with Mark Smith already
in the runner up position. Smith made his move on lap 3 on Collins to
overtake the lead. Collins continued to follow Smith but Franek took the
runner up position on lap 10.
Meanwhile Smith continued to increase his lead on Franek. With the
top two spots settled, multiple drivers continued to fight over
positions 3 through 10. Collins continued to run strong and battled with
Cody Keller for multiple laps before Keller took position 3 advancing
from his 6th starting position. Nate Snyder continued to be impressive
this year bringing home position 4 from the 7th starting position. Also
impressive was the run of Curt Michael who brought home position 6 after
starting 9 along with Robbie Stillwaggon who brought home a solid 7th
from starting 12th. Jason Shultz was probably the most impressive in
watching him march though the field as Shultz advanced up to 9th from
the 22nd starting position.
Smith was so dominate that he lapped up to the 9th place car during
the 25 lap green flag feature event and lead 2nd place Davie Franek to
the line by 5.8 seconds.
URC tidbits: Drivers and crews enjoyed a pig roast after the races at
the Brett Michalski trailer. Motor troubles put an early end to Justin
Whittall, Eddie Strada and Michael Walters’ nights. Mark Sasso improved
each time he hit the track. Adam Carberry’s nightmare season continued
with the 47 car pulling in after only 1 lap in the feature. URC Rookie
Kris Lilick was happy to make the feature event, Selinsgrove has not
been kind to the Rookie this year.
360 Sprints A - Main: 1) #1 Mark Smith, 2) #28F Davie Franek, 3) #99K
Cody Keller, 4) #56 Nate Snyder, 5) #67 Steve Collins, 6) #5G Curt
Michael, 7) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 8) #63 Josh Weller, 9) #29 Jason
Shultz, 10) #66 Ryan Kissinger, 11) #73b Brett Michalski, 12) #35L Chad
Layton, 13) #76 Larry Kelleher, 14) #C4 Jim Shuster, 15) #49s Mallie
Shuster, 16) #22 Troy Betts, 17) #56c Chris Coyle, 18) #13 Ryan Higgins,
19) #22g Bryn Gohn, 20) #19 Colby Womer, 21) #7k Kris Lilick, 22) #1W
Eric Tomecek, 23) #706 Mark Sasso, 24) #77 Derek Locke, 25) #47c Adam
Franek Continues to Rule Delaware
Davie “No Panic” Franek continued his dominance over the state of
Delaware picking up his 6th win of the season and his 3rd win of the
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club 2017 season.
Franek also picked up valuable points on leader Curt Michael for the
2017 URC Championship.
At the drop of the green flag, Chris Coyle looked strong aboard the
Fred Kennedy owned 56 car, Franek who started in the 5th position was a
man on a mission. Franek picked off 2nd place from Davey Sammons on lap
six and set sail for the leader Chris Coyle.
By the lap 6 pass, Franek was over a straightaway behind Coyle. A lap
14 yellow put the driver of the 28f car on the back bumper of Coyle.
On the double-file restart Franek outgunned Coyle from the high lane
overtaking the home state driver and never looked back. Starting in the
7th position, the Jersey Jet J.J. Grasso rode the extreme outside of the
speedway to second in the waning laps, with Coyle, Sammons and
Delaware’s Curt Michael filling out the front five.
It was a Delaware sweep in the heat races as heat wins went to the 5G
of Curt Michael and the 56 of Coyle.
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will be back in action next
weekend with a triple header. The Keystone 360 Sprint Car Weekend kicks
off on Friday night for the Lelands.com 360 Sprint Car National Friday,
July 28, at Williams Grove Speedway paying $3,000 to win. More than
$50,000 in prize money has been posted for the weekend’s three 360
sprint car races.
Lelands.com posted a $10,000 bonus for any one driver who can sweep
the weekend series with victories in all three main events.
The winners of Friday’s race at Williams Grove and Saturday’s race at
Selinsgrove will be guaranteed starters in Sunday’s finale for the 360’s
Saturday’s race will feature the 360 sprint cars in a 25-lap
preliminary event paying $3,000 to win and $300 to start.
Sunday’s July 30 finale will be a 30-lap feature paying $6,000 to win
and $400 to start for the 360 sprint cars.
Friday night track gates open at 5pm with hot laps at 7:30 and racing
at 8pm. Selinsgrove track gates will open at 5 p.m. with practice laps
at 7 p.m. and qualifying slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
2017 KEYSTONE 360 SPRINT CAR NATIONALS WEEKEND JULY 28-29-30:
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Friday, July 28, 25-Lap Lelands.com Nationals: 1) $3,000 2) 1,500 3)
1,200 4) $1,100 5) $1,000 6) $700 7) $575 8) $525 9) $515 10) $500 11)
$420 12) $410 13) $360 14) $330 15) $300 16) $300 17) $300 18-24) $250
Saturday, July 29, 25-Lap Mach 1 Chassis Preliminary: 1) $3,000 2)
$1,500 3) $1,200 4) $1,100 5) $1,000 6) $700 7) $575 8) $550 9) $525 10)
$500 11) $420 12) $410 13) $375 14) $350 15) $325 16-24) $300
Sunday, July 30, 30-Lap Mach 1 Chassis National Open: 1) $6,000 2)
$2,000 3) $1,400 4) $1,200 5) $1,100 6) $900 7) $800 8) $700 9) $650 10)
$600 11) $500 12) $475 13) $450 14) $425 15-24) $400
Feature Finish (20 laps): 1. 28f DAVIE FRANEK, 2. 25 J.J. Grasso, 3.
56 Chris Coyle, 4. 747 Davey Sammons, 5. 5G Curt Michael, 6. 91 David
Quackenbush, 7. 71a Christopher Allen Jr., 8. 22 Troy Betts, 9. 7L Kris
Lilick, 10. 63 Josh Weller, 11. 33b Bill Unglert, 12. 12 Brent Shearer.
Weller Gets First Win of 2017
Josh Weller and the and the Schearers VW & Audi Specialists #63 team
shook the monkey off of their back on Tuesday night picking up their
first win of 2017 and their first win on the Capitol Renegade United
Racing Club 2017 tour.
With 20 cars signed into the pit area, two heat races were used to
determine the feature line up. Heat race 1 saw the initial start slowed
by the caution flag as the 24 of Mike Haggenbottom was left sitting just
past the start finish line with a broken front axle. Once racing
resumed, the 747 of Davey Sammons took control of the lead with the 15
of Mark Bitner close behind. Bitner finally made his move with time
running out on the 8-lap heat race and the two traded positions with
Bitner taking the checkered flag and the heat race win. Bitner was
followed to the line by the 747 of Sammons, the 63 of Josh Weller, 5w of
410 regular Lucas Wolfe and 56 of Chris Coyle rounding out the top 5.
Heat race 2 saw the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon hunt down the 67w of
Justin Whittall in what resulted in a wheel to wheel battle for first
place. Stillwaggon overtook Whittall using the highline and headed to
the heat race 2 victory. Stillwaggon was followed to the line by
Whittall, 5g of Curt Michael, 28f of current URC Points Leader and
defending champion Davie Franek and Adam Carberry in the 47 rounding out
the top 5.
Heat race 1 winner Mark Bitner drew the pole and the 747 of Davey
Sammons drew the outside pole for the 25-lap feature event. On the
start, the 15 of Bitner rocketed to the lead followed by the 747 of
Sammons and Josh Weller in the 63. The first caution was displayed on
lap 6 as the 21c of Cody Jourdan spun going into turn 1 and had to be
pushed back to the pits. Jourdan would not return. On the restart, it
was Bitner once again, but this time Weller over took 2nd place from
Sammons and Davie Franek was now into the mix from his 7th starting
Weller needed to just 5 laps before blasting by Bitner for the lead,
and Davie Franek followed suit passing the 15 of Bitner just 1 lap
later. With just over halfway, it was all Weller and Franek. By lap 13
nine out of the top ten were running the high side of the racetrack
except for the 5w of Lucas Wolfe.
By lap 17, the bottom was starting to come back in and the drivers
were searching for the best line to race. Franek continued to pressure
Weller for the lead and when Weller had to go to the high side to pass a
lapped car, Franek tried the bottom. The two were even coming off turn
2, but Franek had to let off to avoid the lapped car. Franek was back in
hot pursuit and by lap 22, was back to striking distance of Weller. As
the two entered the backstretch on lap 23, Franek appeared to slow and
Weller gapped the 28f machine.
A lap 23 caution for the 67w of Justin Whittall brought the field
back to Weller’s bumper. During the caution, the 5w of Lucas Wolfe
headed pit side with a flat left rear. On the single file restart, it
was all Weller as he cruised to his first win of 2017. Josh Weller now
becomes the first repeat winner of the Bridgeport Speedway annual 3 for
All event. Followed to the line was Franek, the 747 of Davey Sammons who
made a great outside move on the lap 23 restart and overtook Bitner who
finished in the 4th position and rounding out the top 5 was Chris Coyle
with a fantastic run in the Fred Kennedy owned machine.
URC Tidbits: Justin Whittall debuted a new red white and blue machine
sponsored by Atlantic Utility Trailers Inc. Adam Carberry is beginning
to show signs of his 2016 self with another good run. Chris Coyle came
from 9th to finish 5th in the 25 lap feature. Coyle was running as high
as 4th late in the race. Franek continued to strengthen his 2017 points
lead with a 2nd place finish.
Feature: 1) #63 Josh Weller, 2) #28F Davie Franek, 3) #747 Davey
Sammons, 4) #15 Mark Bitner, 5) #56 Chris Coyle, 6) #5G Curt Michael, 7)
#47 Adam Carberry, 8) #89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 9) #22 Troy Betts, 10)
#33b Bill Unglert, 12) #73b Brett Michalski, 12) #24x Mike Haggenbottom,
12) #5w Lucas Wolfe, 13) #7k Kris Lilick, 14) #23 Samantha Lieberman,
15) #23j Jake Eldreth, 16) #71 Chris Allen, 18) #67w Justin Whittall,
19) #5z Zack Burd, 20) #21c Cody Jourdan
Franek From 7th to Claim Delaware Victory
With the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club returning to action for
the first time in over a month, a strong field of 22 360 sprint cars
signed into the pits at Delaware International Speedway on Saturday
night brought to you by Betts Garage.
With three heat races to decide the feature line up, the first heat
race saw the #91 of David Quackenbush not make the call as the team was
experiencing motor issues. Once the green flag dropped, the 22 of Troy
Betts jumped out to the early lead with the Franek Auto Sales 28f of
Davie Franek close in tow. With 1 lap down and heading into turn 3,
Franek threw it in low below Betts for the lead. Betts hit a slick part
on the track going into a complete 360 and being split by the 9D of
Kevin Darling and the 747 of Davey Sammons. Just as Franek was
completing lap 2 the caution came out for the 56 of Chris Coyle who was
slowed in turn 2. On the restart Franek jumped out to the lead and took
heat race 1 with Betts, Kevin Darling, Davey Sammons and Robbie
Stillwaggon rounding out the top 5.
With heat race 2 on the track, second year driver Adam Carberry
jumped out to an early lead but on lap 4 the caution was shown for the
5G of Curt Michael and 7L of Kris Lillick both spun in turn #1. As the
green was shown again, the caution immediately came back out as the 5G
of Michael was again turned the wrong way in turn 1. Michael also made
contact with second year driver Justin Whittall who showed extensive
damage to his wing. With both Lilick and Whittall in the pits, the green
was dropped once again and Carberry headed to his first heat race win of
the year followed by the 71 of Chris Allen, 5G Curt Michael 73b of Brett
Michalski and the 17j of Jonathan Swanson rounding out the top 5.
The 3rd and final heat race, the 45 of Kevin Nagy jumped out to an
early lead, but the caution was shown on lap 2 as the 24 of Mike
Haggenbottom was upside down in turn 3. As the field returned to action
the 33b of Bill Unglert wrestled the lead from Nagy and went on to win
heat race 3. Unglert was followed to the line by 45 of Nagy, 77 of Derek
Locke, 63 of Josh Weller and the 21 of Cody Jourdan.
With the feature up next, the 5G of Curt Michael drew the pole with
the 45 of Nagy on the outside. As the field came to the green flag,
entering turn 1 the 56 of Chris Coyle went around quickly bringing out
the caution flag. Coyle refired and tagged on to the back of the field.
On the restart once again, Michael jumped to the early lead, but the
caution was shown once more, this time for the 08 of Jason Clauss who
was sitting idle on the front stretch.
Once again, Michael jumped to the early lead of Nagy on the restart
and by lap 5, Michael had a considerable lead over Nagy and the rest of
the field. The caution was shown on lap 6 as the 63 of Josh Weller made
hard contact with the inside wall coming out of turn 4. Weller was taken
to the pits and did not return.
Michael jumped out to the lead once more this time with the 33b of
Bill Unglert in tow along with the 71 of Chris Allen and 28f of Davie
Franek who was now up from his 7th starting position. With the long
stretch of green flag laps and Michael getting into lapped traffic, the
28f of Franek who was now running 2nd slowly began to reel the 5G of
Michael in. As Franek stalked Michael the driver out of Wantage NJ saw
his chance on lap 20 as Michael headed into turn 1, Michael went high to
go around the lapped car of Adam Carberry, Franek quickly jumped to the
inside and rocketed to the lead coming off of turn 2. Franek pulled away
the remaining 5 laps headed to his 2nd URC win and his 5th overall win
URC Tidbits: Garry Gollub was inducted into the United Racing Club
Hall of Fame. Garry was introduced on the front stretch after the
feature event. Come feature time the 67w of Justin Whittall had a
different look as the team borrowed fellow driver Chris Coyle’s back up
wing. Whittall who announced a sponsor this past week currently has the
teams primary mount and wings being letter in time for Tuesday’s race at
Bridgeport Speedway. Derek Locke visited the Delaware International
Speedway for the first time. Locke ran well all-night finishing in the
8th position. The 9D of Kevin Darling ran the highside almost the entire
feature going off and back onto the track in turn 1-2. Franek won from
his 7th starting position passing 6 cars, this followed up his 12th to
2nd run the night before at Albany Saratoga Speedway. Franek advanced 16
positions in 2 feature races. Bill Unglert continues to run well in his
return to the Untied Racing Club.
Finish: 1. 28f Davie Franek, 2. 5G Curt Michael, 3. 33b Bill Unglert,
4. 22 Troy Betts, 5. 747 Davey Sammons, 6. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 7. 71
Chris Allen, 8. 77 Derek Locke, 9. 73b Brett Michalski, 10. 67w Justin
Whittall, 11. 56 Chris Coyle, 12. 24 Mike Haggenbottom, 13. 9D Kevin
Darling, 14. 47 Adam Carberry, 15. 21c Cody Jourdan, 16. 7L Kris Lilick,
17. 669 Brandon McGough, 18. 45N Kevin Nagy, 19. 17j Jonathan Swanson,
20. 63 Josh Weller, 21. 08 Jason Clauss.
Did Not Qualify: 91 David Quackenbush
United Racing Club Set to Honor Garry Gollub
Saturday night July 8th at the Delaware International Speedway, the
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will honor retired racer Garry
Gollub by welcoming him into the Hall of Fame.
The 1974 and 1975 URC Champion will be honored on the front stretch
and the United Racing Club community is inviting all past owners and
crew members to come down and be part of this special event. Garry will
join the other 25 members in the Hall of Fame and is the first to be
inducted since 2014.
After a month of being idle, the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club
will return to action on Saturday night July 8th brought to you by Betts
Garage. Saturday night will also be kid’s night and everyone will have a
chance to meet Curt Michael, Robbie Stillwaggon, Josh Weller, Davey
Sammons, Cody Jourdan, Justin Whittall, Brett Michalski along with Miss
URCs Tiffany Tyers and Kayla Stoltzfus.
You will also be able to get an up-close look with the powerful 360
sprint cars of Curt Michael, Josh Weller, Davey Sammons, Brett
Michalski, Justin Whittall and Cody Jourdan will all be on display.
Gates open at 5 and warm ups are at 7pm. Spectator admission is $20.
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club Returns to Action
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will return to action this
weekend when the series heads to the Big Diamond Speedway. Last year the
#63 of Josh Weller parked it in victory lane at the end of the night
after a great battle with Mark Smith that had the crowd on their feet
The last time the Club visited the speedway in late April the wings
were off for the first time in over 20 years. Mr. Twister put one a show
that night and the #15 car ended up in victory lane after putting on a
clinic for 25 laps.
This weekend look for all the stars in cars to be in attendance. Can
Weller get back into victory lane, can Bitner park it with a wing on
this time, will you see multi time URC champions Davie Franek or Curt
Michael pick up the win or will a there be a first-time winner with
Justin Whittall, Brett Michalski or Adam Carberry. Only one way to find
out be there Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway
Gates open at 5:30pm
Kids 12 and under and active military with ID are free.
General admission is $22.
United Racing Club Offers Clarification of Long Time Club Policy
On Friday night as the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club was racing
at the Williams Grove Speedway, car owner and driver Josh Weller
experience a broken U-Joint in his #63 URC Sprint Car during hot laps.
The unique set up at Williams Grove (2 URC heats, 3 410 Heats, 2 URC
heats) allowed Josh Weller a chance to swap heat races and allow more
time to get the U-Joint fixed. Weller who was slated to start position
#6 in heat race #2, approached driver JJ Grasso about swapping heat
races. Grasso was slated to go off in position #6 in heat race #3. The
swap would allow Weller to fix the car in time to line up in his new
heat race. Heat race #3 which was after the 410 heats.
After this was brought to the attention of the URC Board, the URC
Board Members held an emergency URC Board Meeting on Saturday around 4pm
held in the trailer of Tom Whittall. Present was URC President Rick
Weller, URC Vice President Curt Michael, URC Treasure Tom Whittall and
board members Tim Moran, Dave Betts, Mark Sasso and Joe Michalski.
Missing was URC Board Member Howard Swanson. (Please note both the
President and Vice President are non-voting members)
The long-standing policy of being allowed to swap heat races was
discussed and addressed. Since there have been previous occurrences of
heat race swapping and there was no direct rule in the rule book, the
board members brought to a vote a rule addressing this issue. The rule
was put into effect beginning on Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The new rule addressing this issue reads:
If a URC Member driver cannot start in their heat race due to a
mechanical issue the driver will have the option to start at the rear of
the last heat race or can go directly to the B-Main where they would
also start last.
The URC Member who cannot make their heat race and wishes to take
either option the driver will need to notify a URC Official and make
them aware of the change before their heat race is set to push off.
This rule will be in effect for the rest of 2017 and URC members may
propose a new rule pertaining to this situation so the membership can
vote on it for the 2018 season.
Smith on a Roll with the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club
Mark Smith and his Mach 1 chassis #M1 found its way back in victory
lane for the second time this weekend. Smith who also won on Friday
night at the Williams Grove Speedway backed up that performance with his
second win of the weekend and third of the 2017 Capitol Renegade United
Racing Club season.
With 30 cars signed into the pit area, three heat races and a B-Main
were used to determine the A-Feature line up. Heat race wins went to the
Franek Auto Sales #28f of Davie Franek, Nate Snyder who was looking to
back up his win last Saturday night with another for the Kramer Cup and
the Shearer’s Sales and Service #63 of Josh Weller. The B-Main was won
by the #29 of Jason Shultz.
The M1 of Mark Smith and the driver of the Dellinger’s Auto Body #77
of Derek Lock brought the 26-car field to the green flag. The oriental
start was called back due to Greg Hodnett jumping to the outside and
jumping the start from his 4th starting position. Hodnett was sent back
a row and started the feature in the 6th position. As a result, the #63
of Josh Weller moved up a row and started the feature in the 4th
position. On the restart, the M1 of Smith jumped out to the lead and was
into lapped traffic by lap 4. A lap 4 red flag was show due to an
incident in turn 4 involving the #73b of Brett Michalski and the #56 of
Nate Snyder. Snyder got the worst end of the wreck ending up going over
multiple times. Michalski was running in the top 10 when the incident
happened and headed to the pits for repairs. Michalski returned to
action before the field went back to green.
The caution flag was again shown on lap 6 due to a flat left rear of
the #76 of Larry Kelleher, also during the same time Michael Walter was
stopped on the front stretch and the #73b of Michalski was stopped at
the pit out with a broken front end. Michalski and Walter were done for
the night. Kelleher’s tire was changed and sent back out before the
green waved gain.
On the restart, Smith again jumped out to the early lead and was into
lapped traffic by lap 13. On lap 15, the caution was again shown this
time for the 1w of Eric Tomacek who’s right rear exploded coming out of
turn 4. The field was brought to a stop for a red flag so the crews
could tend to their cars with fuel and air pressure. On the restart
Smith again jumped out to the lead, followed by Davie Franek, Greg
Hodnett and Derek Locke. Smith would lead the remaining laps en route to
his 3rd URC win of the 2017 season. Smith was followed to the line by
Davie Franek, Greg Hodnett, Derek Locke and Jason Shultz who came from
18th for a top 5 finish.
URC Tidbits: Derek Locke continues to impress with a 4th place finish
tonight. Jason Shultz advanced 13 positions in the feature event
advancing from 18th to 5th. Kris Lilick and Jim Shuster both took
provisionals. Good to see Ryan Higgins back after motor issues at Port
Royal sent him home of Sunday night. JJ Grasso’s return to URC didn’t go
as planned as Grasso experience motor issues during the night. Good run
by Troy Betts who advanced from 22nd to 13th during the 30-lap feature
event. The weekend double event had 31 and 30 cars in the pits each
Kramer Cup 360 Sprint A - Main: 1) #1 Mark Smith, 2) #28F Davie
Franek, 3) #27 Greg Hodnett, 4) #77 Derek Locke, 5) #29 Jason Shultz, 6)
#89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 7) #63 Josh Weller, 8) #35 Chad Layton, 9) #56c
Chris Coyle, 10) #49s Mallie Shuster, 11) #5G Curt Michael, 12) #67w
Justin Whittall, 13) #22 Troy Betts, 14) #76 Larry Kelleher, 15) #66
Ryan Kissinger, 16) #3z Colby Womer, 17) #7a Ed Aikin, 18) #13 Ryan
Higgins, 19) #C4 Jim Shuster, 20) #7k Kris Lilick, 21) #99K Cody Keller,
22) #1W Eric Tomecek, 23) #45 Kevin Nagy, 24) #33 Michael Walter II, 25)
#73b Brett Michalski, 26) #56 Nate Snyder
DNQ: #C4 Jim Shuster, #7k Kris Lilick, #706 Mark Sasso, #71 Jessica
Anderson, #29S Derek Steward, 12) #25 J.J Grasso
Smith Dominates Williams Grove
Mark Smith used lapped traffic during his lap 11 pass for the lead of
Davie Franek and he never looked back. This was Smith’s second Capitol
Renegade United Racing Club’s win of 2017 with his last win coming just
a few weeks ago at Bedford Speedway.
With 31 cars signed into the pit area on Friday night, four heats
were used to determine the starting lineup for the nights 25 lap feature
event paying $2,000 to win. Heat race wins went to Eric Tomacek aboard
the Central Builders Supply #1w, Ed Aikin aboard the Tan Racing
Collectibles, Chip’s Auto Center #7, Curt Michael aboard the GEI
Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc 5G and the Trone Outdoor, Leland’s.com #27
pioloted by Greg Hodnett. The consolation was won by the Kevin Nagy.
The front row of Davie Franek aboard the Dave Franek Auto Sales,
Escape RV #28f and 9 Time URC Champion Curt Michael leading the field of
24 cars to the green flag. It was the #28f of Franek who jumped out to
the early lead followed by Michael, and Smith. Just under 10 laps in,
and the 28f of Franek already into lapped traffic. Smith was pressuring
Michael for 2nd and mid pack starter Greg Hodnett who started 12 was
already up 6th place, Smith saw his opening and took it passing Michael
for second and then Franek for the lead just 1 lap later.
Once Smith was in the lead, he would easily pull away from 2nd place
Franek and the rest of the field. A lap 20 caution for the stopped car
of Keith Prutzman saw Franek pull up to the back bumper of Smith. The
double file restart saw Smith once again take the lead but the red was
out just 1 lap later with the 747 of Davey Sammons going over on turns
1-2. On the restart, it was Smith again, but the caution was displayed
once more with contact between Robbie Stillwaggon and Mike Walter saw
Walter into the turn 4 guardrail and Stillwaggon stopped on the front
stretch. Under the caution the 8th place runner of the #67w of Justin
Whittall also stopped on the front stretch. Whittall thought he saw the
red lights displayed and with Stillwaggon out of his car on the front
stretch, Whittall put the brakes on and turned the car off. Whittall was
having a great run up until that point running in the 8th position.
On the restart, it was Smith once again, followed by Franek and now
Greg Hodnett had raced his way into the picture and was pressuring
Franek for 2nd. Smith lead the final 13 laps en route to his 2nd URC win
of 2017. Smith has been dominating lately in the 360 ranks as he also
picked up a win at the Selinsgrove Speedway a week ago.
URC Tidbits: JJ Grasso was making his first URC appearance in a few
years racing for Kenny Eldreth aboard the Eldreth Construction #25.
Grasso plans to compete on Saturday night when the United Racing Club
visits the Selinsgrove Speedway. Derek Locke put in another good
performance racing his way from 14th to 8th in the feature event. David
Quackenbush raced at Williams Grove for the first time advancing to the
feature event through his heat race. Chuck Hebing was with the URC again
electing to skip multiple race closer to his update NY home. Ed Aikin
picked up his first heat race win of 2017 and just when he thought his
luck was turning, Aikin picked the 9th pill at the pill draw.
Stillwaggon returned for racing down south (Mississippi) and had out a
brand new GF1 chassis.
URC 360 FEATURE: 1) #M1 MARK SMITH, 2) #28F DAVIE FRANEK, 3) #27 GREG
HODNETT, 4) #35 CHAD LAYTON, 5) #5G CURT MICHAEL, 6) #5W LUCAS WOLFE, 7)
#45 CHUCK HEBING, 8) #77 DEREK LOCKE, 9) #29 JASON SCHULTZ, 10) #63 JOSH
WELLER, 11) #1W ERIC TOMECEK, 12) #25 JJ GRASSO, 13) #67 JUSTIN
WHITTALL, 14) #7 ED AIKIN,15) #19 STEVEN DREVICKI, 16) #22 BRYN GOHN,
17) #91 DAVID QUACKENBUSH, 18) #33 MIKE WALTER II, 19) #89 ROBBIE
STILLWAGON, 20) #45N KEVIN NAGY, 21) #747 DAVEY SAMMONS, 22) #28 KEITH
PRUTZMAN, 23) #49 MALLIE SCHUSTER, 24) #71 CHRISTOPHER ALLEN
DNQ: #56 CHRIS COYLE, #66 DOUG DODSON, #22M NYLE BERKES, #7L KRIS
LILIK, #21C CODY JOURDAN, #706 DAVID SASSO, #23 CHRIS ARNOLD
Hodnett Takes Weikert Memorial URC Portion, Michael Takes Dash for
Greg Hodnett and his Trone Outdoor, Heffner Racing Enterprises, Eagle
Steel, C&B Mushroom #27 used a late race pass of Aaron Ott to take home
the $2,000 Capitol Renegade United Racing Club’s portion of the Port
Royal Speedways Weikert Memorial Race.
With 36 cars signed into the pits on Sunday night, the 4th and final
heat race was just firing off when mother nature decided to open the
skies and let loose postponing the nights action until Monday night.
With three heat races already in the books, the decision was made to
pick up on Monday where the program had left off. The Capitol Renegade
United Racing Club had heat race #4 along with the B-Main and the 25 lap
A-Main paying $2,000 to win still remaining on the schedule.
When the drivers meeting was called on Monday afternoon, only 26 360
sprint cars had returned to the pit area. The most notable missing was
the #7 of Ed Aikin who finished 2nd in his heat race and was qualified
for the redraw. Aikin reported that a lack of pit help kept him home for
the evening. With 26 cars returning to the pits, the Port Royal Speedway
management made the announcement that there would be 26 starting cars
for the feature event. The management team lead by Steve O’Neil reported
that if the drivers are going to come back and support the track on a
Monday afternoon he was going to reward them as well. And reward him
they did. Not only did he kick in the extra $400 for the two additional
starters but also made the announcement that after the 360 feature, the
top 12 finishers would be qualified for a Dash for Cash paying $1,000 to
the winner. Port Royal Speedway kicked in an astonishing $5,400 in extra
money on Monday afternoon for the 360 drivers.
With the first three heat races going to the driver of the A1 Auto
Sales and Service #33 of Michael Walter, the driver of the Franek Auto
Sales, Escape RV #28f of Davie Franek and the Don Ott Engines #25 of
Aaron Ott. The fourth and final heat race which was run on Monday
afternoon was won by Greg Hodnett. With 6 cars starting the B-Main, the
8 lap event was used mostly as a test session since all the drivers
qualified. The B-Main was won by the driver of the Dellingers Auto Body,
Bartell Chiropractic #77 of Derek Locke. Derek has been experiencing
much success on the 2017 URC tour claiming a 2nd place on Saturday night
at the Selinsgrove Speedway.
With all 26 cars now qualified for the feature event, the driver of
the Shearer’s Audi and VW #63 of Josh Weller and regular 410 driver Doug
Esh brought the field to the green flag. At the drop of the green the 25
of Aaron capitalized on his 4th place starting position and settled in
behind the #49 of Doug Esh. Ott made his move just 3 laps later throwing
a side job on Esh entering turn 1 and overtaking the lead. While Ott and
Esh were out front, the Cobra Chuck Hebing was very much the car on the
move, advancing from his 10th starting position and into the top 5 by
lap 4 and then up into the top 3.
The lone caution flag flew on lap 19 for a slowing Jared Esh in turns
1-2. This brought the field to the rear bumper on front runner Aaron
Ott. During the double file restart, Greg Hodnett coming from his 7th
place starting position saw his opportunity and took it, taking the lead
for Ott. Hodnett would go on and cruise to his first Capitol Renegade
United Racing Club victory of the year. Following Hodnett to the line
was Hebing, Ott, Esh and defending United Racing Club Champion Davie
With the #8 pill pulled in victory lane but race winner Greg Hodnett,
the front row of the $1,000 to win Dash for Cash was made up of 9 Time
URC Champion Curt Michael and top 358 talent Doug Hammaker.
At the drop of the green, it was all green as Michael jumped out to
the early lead followed by Hammaker who was in close pursuit. Michael
held off all challengers in route to the 15 lap win and the $1,000 top
prize. Michael was followed to the line by Hammaker, Hebing, Hodnett and
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will now head to Williams
Grove Speedway on Friday night June 2nd and then will return to the
Selinsgrove Speedway just one night later on Saturday June 3rd.
URC A-Main: 1) #27 Greg Hodnett, 2) #45 Chuck Hebing, 3) #25 Aaron
Ott, 4) #49E Doug Esh, 5) #28F Davie Franek, 6) #5W Lucas Wolfe, 7) #5G
Curt Michael, 8) #66H Doug Hammaker, 9) #56 Nate Snyder, 10) #77L Derek
Locke, 11) #63 Josh Weller, 12) #11 TJ Stutts, 13) #67W Justin Whittall,
14) #33 Mike Walter, 15) #35 Chad Layton, 16) #22M Nyle Berkes, 17) #119
Chandler Leiby, 18) #33B Bill Unglert, 19) #39 Eric Parker, 20) #22B
Troy Betts, 21) #4 Jeff Halligan, 22) #19 Todd Gracey, 23) #12 Brent
Shearer, 24) #73F Brett Michalski, 25) #30 Jared Esh, 26) #7 Ed Aikin
URC Dash for Cash: 1) #5G Curt Michael, 2) #66H Doug Hammaker, 3) #45
Chuck Hebing, 4) #27 Greg Hodnett, 5) #25 Aaron Ott, 6) #5W Lucas Wolfe,
7) #11 TJ Stutts, 8) #28F Davie Franek, 9) #63 Josh Weller, 10) #77L
Derek Locke, 11) #67W Justin Whittall, 12) #56 Nate Snyder
DNQ: #56C Chris Coyle, #22 Bryn Gohn, #42E Ed Stada, #C4 Jim Shuster,
#59T Tim Stallings, #29 Jason Shultz, #76 Larry Kelleher, #8 Kyle Lick,
#15 Ryan Higgins, #7o6 Mark Sasso, #49 Mallie Shuster
Snyder Slides to 1st Win of 2017 at Selinsgrove Speedway
Nate Snyder won for the first time since 2011 and he earned every bit
of the $2,000 winner’s share as he fended off multiple late race charges
from 2nd place finisher Derek Locke.
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club kicked off their Memorial Day
weekend with 30 cars signed into the pit area for the first night of the
weekend double header. With three heat races needed to decide the
feature time up, heat race wins went to the Erb & Henry Equipment Inc.,
#08 of Jason Clauss, the Central Builders Supply #1w of Eric Tomacek and
the JR Michalski Heating and Air Conditioning #73b of Brett Michalski.
The B-Main was won by #29 of Jason Schultz and the Pioneer Auto Body,
World Wide Bearings #67w of Justin Whittall and the C4 of Jim Shuster
used Provisionals to transfer their way into the evenings feature event.
With 26 cars lining up for the 25-lap feature event, the field saw a
rookie pace the field as first time 360 driver Eddie Strada in the
Sharkey’s Fuels, A-1 Engines #42 lead the field to the green flag. The
caution flag flew before a lap could be completed with Josh Weller
needed assistance back to the pit area after making contact. As Strada
brought the field to the green flag again, the caution would wave again,
this time after 2 laps were completed due to a stopped Davie Franek on
the front stretch. Franek picked off 8 positions in two laps before a
broken throttle linkage ended his evening. Under the caution the #87 of
George Suprick and the #47 of reigning URC Rookie of the Year Adam
Carberry both headed to the pits as well.
On the lap 2 restart, again Strada took the field to the green flag
before the caution waived on lap 3. This time for the 67w of Justin
Whittall who had stopped on the front stretch. Whittall slowed coming
out of turn 4 but was unable to make the turn into the pit area due to
his steering being broken. The lap 4 restart, saw Strada jump out to the
lead, but it wouldn’t last at the #56 of Nate Snyder was now flexing his
muscle and putting the Selinsgrove Motel #56 into position P1. A lap 7
caution which saw the 3z of Colby Womer heading to the pits along with
the #42 of second place Eddie Strada who was stopped on the back
stretch, bunched the field back up.
On the restart, the #56 of Snyder chose the highline and quickly
jumped out to the lead, followed by a new pressing Derek Locke. Locke
continued to keep the #56 in his sights before a lap 11 caution was
waived for #1w of Eric Tomacek who headed to the pits. The remaining
teams then pulled to the front stretch for a fuel stop. On the lap 11
restart, again it was all Snyder with Locke following closely behind the
red #56. Locke mounted multiple charges and even appeared to be in good
position to overtake Snyder heading into turn 1 later in the race, but
Snyder repelled the #77 car each time cruising to his first victory
The United Racing Club will now head to the Port Royal Speedway for
the back half of the weekend double header. The event will pay $2,000 to
win, $200 to start and an extra $500 bonus to the highest finishing 358
curtesy of Races Used Parts Warehouse.
URC A - Main: 1) #56 Nate Snyder, 2) #77 Derek Locke, 3) #49s Mallie
Shuster, 4) #29 Jason Shultz, 5) #99K Cody Keller, 6) #76 Larry
Kelleher, 7) #35 Chad Layton, 8) #5G Curt Michael, 9) #22 Troy Betts,
10) #33 Michael Walter II, 11) #73b Brett Michalski, 12) #22m Nyle
Berkes, 13) #C4 Jim Shuster ,14) #13 Ryan Higgins, 15) #29S Derek
Steward, 16) #56c Chris Coyle, 17) #66 Ryan Kissinger, 18) #1W Eric
Tomecek, 19) #42E Eddie Strada, 20) #3z Colby Womer, 21) #08 Jason
Clauss, 22) #67 Justin Whittall, 23) #28F Davie Franek, 24) #87 George
Suprick, 25) #47 Adam Carberry, 26) #63 Josh Weller
DNQ: #45 Kevin Nagy, #15 Mark Bitner, #7o6 Mark Sasso, #7 Kris
Drevicki Pick’s Up First 360 Win of His Career
Steven Drevicki picked up his first Capitol Renegade United Racing
Club win and his first win in a 360-sprint car. The multi time ARDC
champion made the jump to a full-sized sprint car last year stepping
into the 358 division but recently the team acquired a 360 motor so the
team could run with the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club in both the
winged and wingless division.
While Drevicki has taken some time to adjust to the wing on the car,
Drevicki looked at home in the wingless car on Sunday night at the Path
Valley Speedway. Drevicki has logged many laps around the small bull
ring in a midget and used that knowledge to anticipate how the track out
change for the feature event. With 25 wingless cars signed into the pit
area for the nights racing action, 3 heat races were used to determine
the feature line up. Heat races were won by Bill Unglert, Eric Jennings
and Chandler Leiby.
The duo of Curt Michael aboard the Bill Gallagher owned GEI
Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc 5G and Eric Jennings aboard the NPS
Northeast Paving & Sealcoat, Superior Remodeling #14 lead the field of
24 strong to the green flag. Michael jumped out to the lead and by lap 4
lead over Chandler Leiby, Eric Jennings, Steven Drevicki and Chris
Allen. It only took Drevicki 11 laps before the 19 was shown in P1 but
Drevicki was being pressured by the 119 of Chandler Leiby, while Michael
slipped to 3rd and Jennings was running 4th. By lap 25 Drevicki
continued to strengthen his lead while Leiby, Michael, Jennings and
Thomas Radivoy were all involved in an intense battle for positions 2
through 5. A lap 25 caution involving the 78 of Dale Schweikart, 131
Bobby Sandt, Jr. and the 7 of Trey Hivner brought the 119 of Leiby to
the rear bumper of the 19 of Drevicki. Under caution you could see the
right rear of Leiby’s going down and on lap 27 while the caution was
being waived for a spin in turns 3-4, the 119 headed to the pits with a
flat right rear.
On the restart the 19 of Drevicki drove away from the field again and
by lap 30 Drevicki was clearly in command while the 5G of Michael, 9D of
Kevin Darling, 8 of Kyle Lick and 14 of Jennings were all battling hard
for position behind the 19 car. Drevicki lead the final 24 laps earning
his first URC win along with the $2,000 top prize. Following Drevicki to
the stripe were the 5G of Curt Michael, 9D of Kevin Darling, 14 of Eric
Jennings and the 8 of Kyle Lick.
URC Feature Finish: 1. 19 Steven Drevicki, 2. 5G Curt Michael, 3. 9D
Kevin Darling, 4. 14 Eric Jennings, 5. 8 Kyle Lick, 6. B1 Joey Biasi, 7.
1Q Thomas Radivoy, 8. 83 Larry McVey, 9. 21 Carmen Perigo, 10. 86 Rick
Holley, 11. 33B Bill Unglert, 12. 15 Mark Bitner, 13. 59 Steve Wilber,
14. 71X Chris Allen Sr., 15. 78 Dale Schweikart, 16. 7. Trey Hivner, 17.
119 Chandler Leiby, 18. 4B Bobby Butler, 19. 131 Bobby Sandt Jr., 20. 71
Chris Allen, 21. 78s Dakota Schweikart, 22. 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 23. 17J
Jonathan Swanson, 24. 11s Terry Schaeffer
DNQ: Michael Hammer
Smith Again at Bedford Speedway
Anytime Mark Smith pulls into the track he is a contender and on
Friday night Smith parked the Mach 1 Chassis M1 back in victory lane at
the Bedford Speedway. With 27 Capitol Renegade United Racing Club Sprint
Cars signed into the pit area, three heat races were needed to determine
the starting lineup for the 25 lap feature event.
Heat race winners went to Bill Unglert aboard the Paw It Forward
Foundation, Gorman Property Maintenance #33b, The Cobra Chuck Hebing
aboard the Wilkins Recreational Vehicles, Northcoast Performance #45 and
the 2016 URC Defending Champion Davie Franek aboard the Franek Auto
Sales, Escape RV #28f. There was a B-Main scheduled but when track
promotor Joe Padula decided to start 24 cars instead of 20 cars the B
was no longer needed. Joe Padula and Bedford Speedway put up the extra
money to start the 4 more cars. Padula reported that if the drivers and
car owners were going to support him and Bedford Speedway, then he was
going to support the drivers and car owners by starting 24 cars.
The 24-car starting field was brought to the green flag by the #56 of
Chris Coyle and the 5G of Curt Michael. At the drop of the green, Coyle
jumped out to the lead with 4th place starter Davie Franek trailing
close behind. By lap 5, Coyle was still in the lead, but Mark Smith was
now in 2nd place and stalking the #56 waiting for his move. On lap 7,
with Coyle now heavily involved with lapped traffic, Smith saw his
chance using a lapped car as a pick and taking over the top spot. Coyle
was also passed by Franek as he tried desperately to maneuver through
lapped traffic. A lap 8 caution brought the 28f of Franek to the back
bumper of Smith, but on the restart Smith just pulled away going
uncontested for the remaining 17 laps.
URC Tidbits: Son of Series Sponsor Wayne Quackenbush, David
Quackenbush made his first Capitol Renegade United Racing Club start of
2017. David finished in the 18th position. A heat race tangle resulted
in URC front runner Josh Weller loading up early. After contact with
Colby Womer, Weller hit the wall hard exiting turn 2 resulting in a bent
chassis. Jimmy Stitzel put the #4 on the trailer after hot laps due to
little to no oil pressure. With the 358’s not running anywhere, multiple
358 teams made the tow west to Bedford, #00 Chris Franks, #90 Jordan
Givler, and #13 Ryan Higgins were all on hand. The Capitol Renegade
United Racing Club will now take off their wings and head to Path Valley
Speedway on Sunday night May 21st. The next winged race will be next
Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
1.Mark Smith, 2. Davie Franek, 3. Derek Locke, 4. Chris Coyle, 5.
Curt Michael, 6. Chuck Hebing, 7. Robbie Stillwaggon, 8. Adam Carberry,
9. Glenndon Forsythe, 10. Eric Tomecek, 11. Chris Allen, 12. Bill
Unglert, 13. Bryn Gohn, 14. Ed Aikin, 15. Brett Michalski, 16. Jordan
Givler, 17. Chris Franks, 18. David Quackenbush, 19. Ryan Higgins, 20.
Dalton Dietrich, 21. Jason Clauss, 22. Keith Prutzman, 23. Scott
Goodrich, 24. Steven Drevicki
Bedford Next Up for the Capitol Renegade URC Series
The Fabulous Bedford Speedway is next up on the schedule
for the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club Sprint Car Series. In just
over 1 week the 360 club will invade the 5/8 mile facility on Friday
night May 19th. This will be the one and only visit to the historic
facility in 2017.
Last year the club returned to the track after a year
off the schedule. Mark Smith took home the top prize over Robbie
Stillwaggon and Davie Franek rounding out the top three. With 9 Time URC
Champion Curt Michael and Defending URC Champion Davie Franek tied in
points look for the 5G and the 28f to be up front all night long and you
can never count out drivers such as Robbie Stillwaggon, Adam Carberry,
Josh Weller and Troy Betts.
Gates open at 5pm. Warm-Ups are at 7pm and Racing begins
at 7:30pm. General Admission is $16, Kids 12 and under are free and pit
admission is $28.
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club Back in Action
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club returns to
action this weekend as the 360 Winged Sprint Car Series heads south to
the Delaware International Speedway.
The last time the winged series raced, 2016 URC Champion
Davie “No Panic” Franek parked the #28f Franek Auto Sales, Escape RV in
victory lane at the Selinsgrove Speedway. Franek who also visited
victory lane the last time the series was in town will be looking to
bring home win #3 on the 2017 season.
Also on Saturday night, the United Racing Club is
posting a $200 bonus for the highest finishing 305-sprint car. With the
Mid Atlantic Sprint Car Series on an off week fans should see some 305’s
make the trip south to the fast ½-mile facility.
This will be the first chance the URC Delaware natives
of Troy Betts, Curt Michael, Kevin Darling and Chris Coyle will have to
defend their home turf. Will one of the home state drivers park it in
victory lane at the end of the night or will drivers like Davie Franek,
Mark Bitner, Josh Weller, Robbie Stillwaggon, Adam Carberry take home
the $1,500 top prize money?
Come out Saturday night to the Delaware International
Speedway, Gates open at 5pm, Warm-ups at 7pm. Grandstand Admission is
$20 and Pits are $25.
Twister Lands in Victory Lane at Big Diamond Speedway
Mr. Twister Mark Bitner used a lap 2 slide job to propel his Bitner
Automotive #15 to the $2,000 victory on Friday night’s Capitol Renegade
Wingless United Racing Club event. This was the first wingless event for
the United Racing Club since 1996 when the 360 club ran at Grandview
A field of 15 cars entered the pits on Friday night for the 25-lap
event paying $2,000 to win and two heat races were needed to set the
stage for the nightly feature. Heat race wins went to Jimmy Stitzel
Third Rail Bar and Restaurant #4 and the #21 of New York native Carmen
Front row starters Perigo and Kevin Darling aboard the Ken Darling &
Sons Sewer Contractors, Garrison Homes, Anderson Performance #9D lead
the field of 15 cars to the green flag. The features only caution was
thrown before the completion of lap #1 as a spinning Scott Flammer came
to a stop in turn 1.
On the restart the crowd saw Kevin Darling jump out front with Bitner
closely in tow. It didn’t take Bitner long before he made his move going
into turn 3 on the 2nd lap. Bitner throw the #15 car sideways and low as
he executed a perfect slide job past the 9D of Darling.
By lap 8, Bitner was navigating some lapped traffic with now the 1B
of Joey Biasi running closely behind. Biasi continued to reel Bitner in
and by lap 11, the 1B was just off the bumper of the leader. Just 3 laps
later, saw the 21 of Carmen Perigo enter the picture and Carmen began
pressing the 1B for the runner up position. With 7 laps to go, Perigo
tried an outside move coming off turn 2, but Biasi shut the door going
down the backstretch. With 5 to go, the 15 of Bitner was long gone
benefitting of heavy lapped traffic that the 21 of Perigo and 1B of
Biasi were having to deal with. With Bitner on cruise control, the 21 of
Perigo finally got by the 1B of Biasi but Bitner was too far gone and
cruised to his first URC win of 2017.
Nightly Tidbits: Kevin Darling was making his debut in a wingless
sprint car. Curt Michael made his first appearance in a wingless car
since 1996 (His Rookie Year in URC). Lealands.com could be seen on the
#74 of JR Berry, in addition Mike Heffner was in Berry’s pit area all
night long. Former ARDC Champion Steven Drevicki was on hand, Steven
experience a flat tire in a 1st lap contact during his heat race and
started shotgun on the field. Drevicki finished in the 6th position.
Feature Finish: 1. Mark Bitner #15, 2. Carmen Perigo #21, 3. Joey
Biasi #1B 4. Bill Unglert #33B, 5. Kevin Darling #9D, 6. Steven Drevicki
#19, 7. Chandler Leiby #119, 8. Jimmy Stitzel #4 9. Curt Michael #5G 10.
JR Berry #74JR 11. Scott Flammer #1, 12. Mike Hamer #47, 13. Rick Holley
#86, 14. Jonathan Swanson 17j, 15. David Swanson #117.
Franek Gunns Them Down at Selinsgrove
Davie “No Panic” Franek used a lap 8 pass of race leader Chris Coyle
to put the 28f in the lead position and went on his way to his first
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club sprint car win of 2017 at the annual
Jack Gunn Memorial race paying $2,500 to win.
A field of 32 360 sprint cars singed into the Selinsgrove Speedway
pit area on Saturday night all in search of the coveted Jack Gunn
Memorial trophy and the $2,500 to win that goes with it. With 4 heat
races on the docket for the night, heat race wins went to Adam Carberry
aboard the family owned #47, Delaware native Chris Coyle aboard the Fred
Kennedy, Fred’s Trailers #56, Robbie Stillwaggon aboard the Quality Auto
Body #89 and the #28f Franek Auto Sales, Escape RV of Davie Franek. The
B-Main was won by the #22 B&G Auto of Troy Betts.
Adam Carberry aboard the R&S Concrete, Paving and Site #47 and #56 of
Chris Coyle lead the 26-car starting field to the drop green flag. Coyle
quickly jumped out to the lead but a caution for a slowing #08 of Jason
Clauss, again doubled up the field. On the restart, Coyle again jumped
out to the lead in the Fred Kennedy owned #56 sprint car. By lap 7, the
28f of Franek was pressuring Coyle for the lead and just as Franek took
the lead from Coyle, the caution came out for a stopped Justin Whittall
in turns 3-4. The back bumper of the Pioneer Auto Body #67w of Whittall
was missing and some damage to the tail tank of the 67w could be see as
he was pushed back pit side.
On the restart, Coyle grabbed the lead heading into turns 1-2 but the
lead was short lived as the 28f of Franek coming roaring back down the
back stretch and into the lead as the field entered turn 4. Caution was
again displayed on lap 13, this time for the 35 of Chad Layton and the
M1 of Mark Smith who tangled in turns 1-2 while battling for the 5th
position. With a considerable amount of time to clean u the mess in
turns 1-2, the field came to a rest of turn 4 as the track was then
opened for a fuel stop.
On the lap 13 restart, the Heffner Owned #27 of Greg Hodnett was
right on the back bumper of Franek stalking the 28f and looking for the
right opportunity to take command of the lead. At the drop of the green,
both drivers battled for the lead but eventually the 28f of Franek held
onto the lead. Lap #17 saw the #89 of Stillwaggon pass Curt Michael and
Adam Carberry and head into the 4th running position.
With 5 laps to go Franek continued to pace the field followed by the
#27 of Hodnett, with the 89 of Robbie Stillwaggon, the 56 of Chris Coyle
and the #5g of Curt Michael rounding out the top 5. Just two laps later,
Curt Michael over took Stillwaggon for 3rd but the leaders of Franek and
Hodnett were just over a straight away ahead of Michael leaving him no
time to track down the two leaders.
Franek cruised to his 2nd victory of 2017, his 2nd at Selinsgrove in
2017 and his 1st in the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club’s win for
the 2017 racing season.
Some tidbits for the night. Newly wed Adam Carberry was back from his
two-week honeymoon just in time for the race at Selinsgrove. Carberry
was just married the Saturday before the URC opener at Bridgeport
Speedway. Justin Whittall’s crew had to scramble to replace a tire prior
to the start of the feature event as a tow truck ran over the
youngster’s left rear tire. The #33 of Mike Walter, and #73b of Brett
Michalski both took Provisionals on the night for Selinsgrove and the
United Racing Club respectably. The night saw multiple green flips
during the night at URC rookie Kris Lillick went for a ride on the
backstretch, the 5c of Cory Thornton flipped in turns 3-4. Thornton was
taken to the infield care area and was later released.
The next race for the United Racing Club will be Friday April 28th as
the United Racing Club’s wingless addition will be taking on the high
banks of Big Diamond Speedway.
Finish: 360 Sprints A - Main:
1) #28F Davie Franek, 2) #27 Greg Hodnett 3) #5G Curt Michael 4) #89
Robbie Stillwaggon 5) #47 Adam Carberry 6) #45 Kevin Nagy 7) #56c Chris
Coyle 8) #63 Josh Weller 9) #77 Derek Locke 10) #76 Larry Kelleher 11)
#56 Nate Snyder 12) #29 Jason Shultz 13) #99K Cody Keller 14) #3z Colby
Womer 15) #66 Ryan Kissinger 16) #22 Troy Betts 17) #49s Mallie Shuster
18) #7a Ed Aikin 19) #73b Brett Michaski 20) #1 Mark Smith 21) #35 Chad
Layton 22) #10 Joe Kata 23) #67w Justin Whittall 24) #33 Michael Walter
II 25) #08 Jason Clauss 26) #706 Mark Sasso
Late Race Charge Propels Michael to Opening Night
Curt Michael used a sputtering Davie Franek and a late
race charge to pick up his 1st Capitol Renegade United Racing Club
victory of 2017. With 26 cars in the pit area for opening day, after hot
laps brought on a lot of changes in the pit area. Defending race winner
and URC champion Davie Franek pulled out his back up Franek Auto Sales
#28f after his primary mount threw a rod in hot laps. New York traveler
Paulie Colagiovanni changed tail tanks after hot laps and new 360 driver
Chris Allen cracked a block as well.
With a total of 26 cars in the pits, 3 heat races were
used to determine the feature line up and there was no consi due to Joe
Michalski from JR Michalski Heating and Air Conditioning put up the
extra money for a 26-car starting field. The three heat winners were
first time heat race winner Justin Whittall aboard the Pioneer Auto
Body, Enterprise, World Wide Bearings #67w, Derek Locke aboard the
Dellingers, Long’s Mowing #77 and the final heat race winner was won by
the #63 Schearers’s VW & Audi Specialties of Josh Weller.
New this year, each driver in the invert will draw a
pill to determine their starting position for the feature event. With 3
cars from each heat race making the invert from a total of 9 drivers
drew pills and the Quality Auto Body #89 of Robbie Stillwaggon and the
#28f of Davie Franek made up the front row of the first A-Main of 2017.
Stillwaggon who won the previous 2 nights in North and South Carolina
was looking for the weekend sweep and had positioned himself perfectly
to sweep the weekend. At the drop of the green, Franek got the jump on
Stillwaggon but the race quickly went red for the #22 of Troy Betts who
went for a hard ride down the front stretch finally coming to a stop
just past the start/finish line. The #47 of Defending URC Rookie of the
Year Adam Carberry’s car failed to fire, so he also headed to the pits
along with the #67w of Justin Whittall due to a bent front axle.
On the restart, Stillwaggon looked like a force to be
reckoned with as he put the #89 solidly out into the lead followed by
the 28f of Franek who made his move going into turn 3 wrestling the lead
away from Stillwaggon. On lap 4, the #15 of Mark Bitner pulled into the
infield after running in the top 5. A lap 11 caution for the smoking
#88B of Andy Best brought Stillwaggon to the back bumper of Franek. On
the restart it was the 5g of Curt Michael who made his move going from
4th to 2nd within a lap using the high side lane, Michael then settled
into the 2nd position just behind Franek. A lap 14 caution for a
spinning Jonathan Swanson and a lap 16 caution for a smoking Paulie
Colagiovanni put Michael on the back bumper of the defending URC
Champion Davie Franek. A lap 17 restart saw the 28f of Franek jump out
to the lead while the 73b of Brett Michalski made a daring move down the
backstretch positioning him into 10th from his 18th starting position.
Meanwhile Michael took a peek under Franek on lap 22 as the two cars
entered turn 3, setting up Michael to make a high side run coming off of
turn 4 just 1 lap later. Michael then cruised to his first win of 2017
followed by Davie Franek, Robbie Stillwaggon and Derek Locke who had a
solid run and the 747 of Davey Sammons completing the top 5.
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will now be back
in action in 2 weeks on Saturday night April 22nd at the Selinsgrove
Results: 1. 5G Curt Michael, 2. 28f Davie Franek, 3. 89
Robbie Stillwaggon, 4. 77 Derek Locke, 5. 747 Davey Sammons, 6. 63 Josh
Weller, 7. 45 Kevin Nagy, 8. 33B Bill Unglert, 9. 39 Steve Buckwalter,
10. 73b Brett Michaelski, 11. 7 Ed Aikin, 12. 7K Kris Lilick, 13. 1Q
Thomas Radivoy, 14. 24 Mike Haggenbottom, 15. 10c Paulie Colagiovanni,
16. 56 Chris Coyle, 17. 90 Matt Tanner, 18. 17j Jonathan Swanson, 19.
88B Andy Best, 20. 15 Mark Bitner, 21. 71 Chris Allen, 22. 1 Bobby
Scherff ($200 305 Bonus), 23. 22 Troy Betts, 24. 67W Justin Whittall,
25. 47 Adam Carberry
Fred’s Trailer Parts Center to Sponsor the New Jersey
– New York Series
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club car owner Fred
Kennedy has stepped up the plate in 2017 to sponsor the New Jersey – New
The 2012 URC Hall of Fame inductee “Mr. Everything” Fred
Kennedy has been a driver, sponsor, board of director, and respected car
owner for over twenty years. The Team 56 entry has always been one of
the top URC cars to beat at the “Big” series events with drivers such as
Greg Coverdale, Becca Anderson, Trevor Lewis, and Chris Coyle all
winning “Big” races in the famous Kennedy #56. Fred has always been a
loyal supporter of URC and his dedication to our sport is unsurpassed
and has one again stepped up for the United Racing Club.
With Fred’s Trailers sponsoring the New Jersey – New
York series, the United Racing Club member drivers will have more
opportunity to win some additional money at the following races:
Bridgeport Speedway April 9th Bridgeport Speedway July
11th Fonda Speedway July 15th Orange County Fair Speedway August 19th
Outlaw Speedway September 22nd Fonda Speedway September 23rd Bridgeport
Speedway November 3rd Bridgeport Speedway November 4th
Also announced for Sunday’s race, Dave Betts from
Delaware who owns B&G Towing, B&G Auto Body, B&G Truck and Trailer
Repair, and B&G Glass is kicking in an extra $200 that will go to the
highest finishing 305 driver in the A-Main.
The 70th anniversary of the Capitol Renegade United
Racing Club kicks off this Sunday at the 5/8 mile Bridgeport Speedway.
Hot Laps are scheduled for 4pm and heat races are scheduled for 5pm.
Grandstand Admission is $25 for Adults and kids 10-15 are $10.
Just 1 Week Until the Capitol Renegade United Racing
In just 1 weeks’ time the Capitol Renegade United Racing
Club will open its racing season for the 70th straight year. This year
marks the 70th anniversary of the 360-sprint car club and it should be
better than ever.
Over the off season, the club announced new leadership
with Rick Weller taking over the Presidency along with long time
competitor Curt Michael taking over the VP position. Shortly after the
change in leadership, the club announced a title sponsor with Capitol
Renegade Custom Trailers and Coaches coming on board for the 2017
After a successful Motorsports 2017 show, the teams have
been busy putting the final pieces together for the 2017 season. The
youth movement that the United Racing Club saw in 2016 is back with
Justin Whittall, Brett Michalski and Adam Carberry all set to return for
a full season. Returning for 2017 are veteran racers, Robbie
Stillwaggon, Curt Michael, Ed Aikin, Troy Betts and now multi time
champion Davie “No Panic” Franek. Of course, you can’t forget about the
likes of “Mr. Twister” Mark Bitner, Josh Weller who will be looking to
improve on his 4-win season just a year ago. Throw them all together and
look for occasional racers, Greg Hodnett, Mark Smith, Paulie
Colagiovanni and Davey Sammons and you have some of the best 360 sprint
car drivers in the country all competing.
Also, new for 2017 is the addition of not 1 but 2 Miss
URCs, Tiffany Tyers and Kayla Stoltzfus will be on hand during the year
meeting fans and greeting each winner as then enter victory lane. Just
recently, the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club announced a new
website changing from the unitedracingclub.org site to a new
urcsprintcarseries.com site now complete with full history of the clubs
previous 69 years.
Don’t miss the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club’s
kick off of its 70th season next Sunday April 9th at Bridgeport
Speedway. Davie Franek will not only be looking to repeat as the
defending race winner, but also repeat as the United Racing Clubs
Champion. In order to do so, he will have to go through the likes of
Michael, Betts, Stillwaggon, Aikin, Whittall, Weller, and Michalski to
name a few.
Racing kicks off a 5pm at the ultra-fast 5/8-mile
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club Launches a New
With just two weeks until opening night at the
ultra-fast 5/8 mile Bridgeport Speedway, the Capitol Renegade United
Racing Club has announced the launching of their new website. The old
Unitedracingclub.net has been replaced with URCSprintCarSeries.com, and
that is not the only difference.
The much-improved website includes the additions of
History and Hall of Fame Tabs. When you click on the history tab, you
are taken to a page that brings the United Racing Club’s 70-year history
to life. You will find URC All Time Feature Winners, URC Past Champions,
Rookie of the Year along with Yearly Feature wins, Race Tracks and past
URC Presidents. There are also photos dating back to 1949. Click on the
new Hall of Fame tab, and you can browse through all of the past
inductees along with their photos and a short write up about each member
of the HoF.
All of the additional important information continues
with the 2017 Schedule, 2017 Points along with links taking you to
administrative paperwork like your 2017 rules and membership and
information on STIDA insurance pricing and membership.
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club kicks off its
70th year in just two weeks on Sunday April 9th at Bridgeport Speedway.
Be sure to arrive early and meet Co 2017 Miss URC’s Tiffany Tyres and
Kayla Stoltzfus on the grandstand side.
63 Days Until the Capital Renegade URC Sprint Series
Opens up at Bridgeport Speedway
Just 63 days until the Capital Renegade United Racing
Club Sprint Series invades the Bridgeport Speedway. On Sunday April 9th,
the stars and cars of the Capital Renegade URC Sprint Series will head
to the ultra-fast 5/8 mile for their first race of the season. Last
season 2014 and 2016 URC champion Davie Franek took the win and never
looked back on his way to his 2nd URC championship.
Defending URC Champion Davie "No Panic" Franek will be
looking to repeat as the opening winner but will have to contend with an
all star field such as 63 Josh Weller, 89 Robbie Stillwaggon, 747 Davey
Sammons, 47 of 2016 URC Rookie of the Year Adam Carberry along with a
number of top running cars that will be on hand.
Get a change to meet and have your photo taken with 2017
Miss URC Tiffany Tyres, and Kayla Stoltzfus.
The action begins at 5pm on Sunday April 9th. You don't
want to miss it!
United Racing Club Names Two Miss URC's for the 2017
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club has named
Tiffany Tyers and Kayla Stoltzfus as Miss URC for the 2017 racing
Stoltzfus from Cochranville PA has enjoyed being a
Grandview Speedway Thunder on the Hill Girl for the last 3 years along
with Miss Teen Racers Roundtable in 2012. The 19 year old Soltzfus has
been around the racing world since she was born and has been racing
since she was 9 years old first starting out in quartermidgets then to
the 125 and eventually 600 cc micro sprint ranks.
The 22 year old Sewell NJ native Tiffany Tyers also has
had the pleasure being a Thunder on the Hill girl. Tyers also has a
career in racing, starting when she was just 11 years old. Tyers
reported " I am honored to be one of the Miss URC's for the 2017 season!
This year is going to be an amazing experience as there are several
tracks on our schedule I have not been to! I cannot wait to see some
awesome racing and meet the great fans that come out to support our
With the Capitol Renegade URC season quickly approaching
look for both of these beautiful ladies in victory lane beginning on
Sunday April 9th at the Bridgeport Speedway.
The United Racing Club Officially Welcomes New Title
Sponsor Capital Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers at Motorsports
The United Racing Club presented by Capital Renegade
Custom Coaches and Trailers held their annual winter meeting on Saturday
1/21/17 at the 2017 Motorsports show presented by PPB. There were many
drivers, crew members, and owners on hand for the annual winter meeting
this past Saturday including Justin Whittall, Curt Michael, and Brett
Michalski to name a few.
New URC president Rick Weller welcomed everyone in
attendance before new Vice President Curt Michael went over the 2017
schedule which was recently released. New URC Board member and club
treasurer Tom Whittall announced the addition 2 new product sponsors (BR
Motorsports and King Racing Products) before making the official
announcement that the United Racing Club has entered into an agreement
with Capital Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers as the title sponsor
for 2017. Whittall turned over the microphone to Capital Renegade Custom
Coaches and Trailers owner Wayne Quackenbush. Wayne expressed his
excitement partnering with a long standing (70 Yrs) sprint car series
and mentioned he believes this to be the beginning of a long standing
partnership. Wayne also made the announcement that he purchased a new
360 for his son David to participate in multiple URC races in 2017.
Insinger Performance Inc. were also on hand for the
meeting and were able to speak about the 2017 URC partnership they
recently entered into. For 2017, URC members can purchase a drum of fuel
for $145 and receive a $20 rebate to cash in at the end of the season.
With 1 day left before the 2017 Motorsports Show
presented by PPB is over, be sure to make your way over to the URC booth
to fill out your 2017 URC memberships. The United Racing Club continues
to seek a Miss URC for the 2017 Racing Season. Be sure to see Jenn
Michael at the Motorsports Show this weekend.
The United Racing Club Announces 2017 Schedule
The United Racing Club is proud to announce its 32 race
schedule consisting of 4 wingless races, 26 points races, multiple
special events, and co sanctioned races as well.
The United Racing Club 2017 travels will include racing
in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania over an 8 month span
beginning in April and ending in November at the ultra fast Bridgeport
Speedway and heads back to places such as Lincoln Speedway, Path Valley
Speedway and Penn Can Speedway in 2017.
Some highlights of the 2017 schedule include 4 Wingless
Events with a co-sanctioned race at the Weedsport Speedway at the end of
June paying $5,000 to win. Some other highlights are the Gunn Memorial,
Kramer Cup, Weikert Memorial, Selinsgrove Nationals, Three for All and
the Big Track Classic.
All special event races will be run using URC Points,
rewarding points only to full URC members. These events will count only
those full URC members and distribute points using the A Feature URC
United Racing Club's new 2017 sponsor Capitol Renegade
Custom Coaches and Trailers owner Wayne Quackenbush will be on hand on
Saturday during the URC information meeting conducted by 2017 URC
President Rick Weller. Rick will be on hand to provide updates for the
2017 season and formally announce Capitol Renegade Custom Coaches and
Trailers as the 2017 title sponsor.
URC memberships will also be available all weekend at
the 2017 Motorsports Show presented by PPB. Stop by the URC booth this
weekend to become a 2017 member.
United Racing Club Partnering with Insinger
Performance for 2017
The United Racing Club is excited to announce a new
partnership with Insinger Performance and Sunoco Race Fuels for the 2017
Insinger Performance is a master distributor of Sunoco
Race Fuels. Insinger offers all products from Sunoco found at
www.racegas.com. Insinger also are the number 1 rated supplier of 99.9%
Methanol in the Northeast United States. Insinger services the Racing
Industries as well as the Oil & Gas Industry with the purest methanol
Insinger Performance was started in 1987 by Bruce
Insinger as the Owner and CEO of the company. Bruce has grown the
business by creating a network of dealers that extend from Maryland into
Canada. Through hard work and customer satisfaction the business has
grown steadily every year.
For the 2017 racing season United Racing Club Members
will be able to purchase a drum of racing fuel for $145.00 and the URC
member will receive a rebate for $20 for each drum purchased.
Drums of racing fuel can be purchased by contacting
Fred's Trailer Parts Center located at 450 Creek Rd, Delanco NJ or at
Insinger Performance located at 49 Albe, Dr, Newark DE.
An Insinger rep will be at this weekends Motorsports
Show 2017 presented by PPB to talk about this great partnership and it's
benefits. Be sure to stop by the United Racing Club this weekend to
learn more about this great deal!
United Racing Club Prepares for Motorsports 2017
Presented by PPB.
The United Racing Club is putting the finishing touches
on their 2017 schedule which is one of many things that will be released
during next weekends 3 day Motorsports Show. The United Racing Club
which will showcase 2014 and 2016 URC Champion Davie "No Panic" Franek
and URC rookie Kris Lilick in their booth will also be releasing their
Series Title Sponsor as well.
For those who are looking to complete their 2017
membership, members of the United Racing Club board will be on hand
accepting memberships which you can find on the URC website.
Simply click the link, fill out the membership form and
bring it to Motorsports. If you will not be attending Motorsports, you
can mail the form to Tom Whittall. In 2017, all racers who compete in a
United Racing Club event will be required to either have a 2017
membership or a temporary membership that they can purchase for $50 per
event. URC memberships will not be mandatory for races at Selinsgrove
All drivers are encouraged to fill out a drivers
information sheet. This will help the Club in press releases and is a
great way to make sure all of your sponsors get noticed. The 2017 Driver
Media Sheet can be found on the URC website .
URC President Rick Weller will be having an informal
meeting on Saturday from 12 to 1 to introduce the Series Sponsor and
talk about the upcoming URC season .The 2017 United Racing Club racing
season will be one that you don't want to miss. Be sure to mark your
Two Big Announcements from URC this Past Weekend
The first announcement came on Saturday night that the
wingless portion of the United Racing Club will be racing at Weedsport
Speedway in a joint effort with the Empire Super Sprints. The Ultimate
Wingless Shootout at Weedsport Comes in 2017! $5,000 to win event on
Sunday, June 25th and it will sure to be a packed show both in the pits
and the grandstands.
Today it was announced that the Winged portion of the
United Racing Club has added on to their 2017 racing schedule booking a
race at the Path Valley Speedway over Labor Day Weekend. This Sunday
night race will conclude a 3 races in 3 days swing for the winged
warriors of the United Racing Club. The weekend will start off at the
Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night September 1st before heading to
the ultra fast 1/2 mile Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday night September
2nd. The action will now continue to the tight Bullring of Path Valley
Speedway on Sunday night September 3rd.
Be sure to look for the United Racing Club booth at the
2017 Motorsports Show sponsored to Pioneer Pole Buildings. Plenty of the
360 sprint cars will be on hand in multiple booths the weekend of
January 20,21,22 with Mark Bitner, Davie Franek and Jonathan Swanson
already to committed to multiple vender booths.
United Racing Club Celebrates in 2016 Racing Season
The United Racing Club concluded its 2016 racing season
with their annual banquet this past Saturday night December 3rd. The
United Racing Club was able to provide a points payout to the top 13 in
This well attended event which saw 10 out of the top 13
in points on hand to accept plaques and point fund money was an used as
a transition of leadership for the 2017 racing season. As reported
before Rick Weller will be the new URC president beginning in 2017. The
crowd thanked Bill Gallagher (previous president 2014-2016) for his
service and dedication in revitalizing the United Racing Club.
Along with the top 10 receiving plaques, also receiving
awards was the 2016 United Racing Club Rookie of the Year which was
awarded to Adam Carberry. Carberry is currently in the midst of building
multiple cars for next year in preparation of the 2017 racing season.
The mechanic of the year was awarded to Bryan Zyck of the 28f Davie
Franek race team.
The 2016 United Racing Club champion and team of Davie
Franek received a points fund money of $2,000 to go along with Hoosier
Racing Jackets, the illustrious championship trophy and 2017
Championship Calendars provided by Tim Moran of WRT Speedwerx.
The United Racing Club will now prepare for the 2017
Motorsports Show held the weekend of January 20-22. Davie Franek has
confirmed that the Franek Auto Sales #28f will be in the booth along
with a 2nd car. The 2017 season is scheduled to open on Sunday April 9th
at the Bridgeport Speedway.
Wolfe Makes Most of URC Appearance with Big Track Classic Win
Lucas Wolfe made the most of a rare United Racing Club appearance on
Saturday night of the 1st Annual Big Track Classic presented by
Michalski Heating and Air Conditioning. With 25 cars in the pit area,
Wolfe started 6th in heat race #3 and took home the win.
When Heat race #1 winner Curt Michael drew the "6" invert pill, the
front row was set with 410 regular Davey Sammons and the Sean Michael
who was making his return to sprint car racing after a lengthily layoff.
At the drop of the green flag, Sammons in the 747 and 4th place
starter Lucas Wolfe battled wheel to wheel for the lead, with Sammons
taking control in one corner and Wolfe coming back in the next to regain
the lead. By lap 5 Wolfe was in command, with the 747 of Sammons on the
rear bumper and rounding out the top 5 was the 67m of Michael, 63 of
Josh Weller and the 28f of now 2016 URC Champion Davie Franek.
A long stretch of green flag laps were interrupted on lap 17 when the
747 of Sammons came to a stop with apparent motor issues. Sammons was
pushed to the pits with the top 5 now consisting of Wolfe, Weller,
Franek, Curt Michael and the 67m of Sean Michael. On the restart Wolfe
chose the inside line with Weller to the outside. The two ran wheel to
wheel for 3 laps before Wolfe finally overtook the lead and while
entering turn 3 the 63 of Weller went up in smoke ending his night and
the 2016 racing season.
With 5 laps to go, Lucas Wolfe lead the 28f of Franek, followed by
the 5g of Curt Michael and the 67m of Sean Michael. At the drop of the
green Wolfe jumped to the lead once again with Franek close in tow,
meanwhile the Michael brothers were left to battle for 3rd and 4th with
Sean overtaking Curt for the 3rd position. With three laps to go Curt
regained the 3rd position and was running down Franek with two to go. As
Wolfe crossed under the checkered flags and securing his first URC win
of the season, Curt Michael used the high side off of turn 4 to overtake
Franek at the line for the runner up position and the first Annual Midge
Miller Memorial Trophy.
Feature: 1) #5w Lucas Wolfe 2) #5g Curt Michael 3) #28f Davie Franek
4) #67m Sean Michael 5) #77 Derek Locke 6) #22 Troy Betts 7) #89 Ryan
Stillwaggon 8) #90 Matt Tanner 9) #24 Mike Haggenbottom 10) #1q Travis
Radivoy 11) #39 Justin Barger 12) #73b Brett Michalski 13) #23 Samantha
Lieberman 14) #77w Will Eggimann 15) #21c Cody Jourdan 16) #71 Chris
Allen 17) #31 Kris Lilick 18) #63 Josh Weller 19) #56 Chris Coyle 20)
#67c Jason Cherry 21) #747 Davey Sammons 22) #67w Justin Whittall 23)
#706 Mark Sasso 24) #4 Jimmy Stitzel
DNQ - 5z Zack Burd.
Michael Wins the Battle at Bridgeport, Franek Inches Closer to
Winning the War!
Curt Michael picked up his 2nd win of the season at the Friday night
portion of the 1st Annual Big Track Classic sponsored by JR Michalski
Heating and Air Conditioning. With 30 360 sprint cars in the pits, a
total of 3 heat races and 1 B-Main was needed to decide the 24 car
starting field. Heat race winners went to the Fred's Trailers #56 driven
by Chris Coyle, the second heat race was won by Davie Franek in the
Franek Auto Sales #28f, heat race #3 was won by the GEI Enterprises,
Valley Forge Inc., #5g of Curt Michael. The B-Main was won by former URC
regular and making his return to 360 racing the 64K of Kyle Purks.
After Chris Coyle pulled the "0" invert pill, the feature was
determined by a heads up start from the heat races creating a front row
of Coyle and current 2016 URC Points leader Davie Franek. After the
original start was called back, the second time around saw the 28f of
Davie Franek jump out to an early lead, but followed closely by the
Betts Garage #22 of Troy Betts, and following closely was the #4 of
Chris Coyle's run came to an early end when he brought out the first
caution of the night on lap #3. Coyle headed to the pits and with 3 laps
down, the top 5 was comprised of Davie Franek, Tory Betts, Curt Michael,
Jimmy Stitzel and the 747 of Davey Sammons. On the restart it was Franek
again, but Betts quickly challenged the 28f for the top spot, briefly
overtaking Franek heading into turn 3 before Franek again fought back to
regain the top spot. The races 2nd caution came for a spinning Jimmy
Stitzel in turns 3-4. Stitzel was able to refire and headed to the tail
end of the field.
By lap 10, Franek was clearly in the lead, but the pressure was
starting was being put on the rest of the top 4 as Betts, Michael and
Sammons all were in hot pursuit of the 28f. After the races 3rd caution,
Betts again mounted a charge for the lead and again battled hard with
the 28f of Franek. Franek again would hold off Betts, but by lap 15, the
5G of 9 Time URC Champion Curt Michael was into the picture running in
the runner up position. On lap 18, Michael made his move and over took
Franek for the lead. Franek couldn't mount another challenge as Michael
cruised to his 2nd win of the season. Franek finished in the 2nd
position and lost very few points to Michael in the 2016 URC
Championship points chase. Rounding out the top 5 was the 5W of 15th
place starter Lucas Wolfe, the 22 of Betts, and the 747 of Davey
Notable mention, Friday night saw the return of Sean Michael, who ran
a Justin Whittall backup car with Mike Heffner's 360 bolted into the XXX
mount. New York competitor #90 Matt Tanner made his first start at the
large 5/8 mile facility along with fellow New York competitor 1Q Thomas
Radivoy. Ryan Stillwaggon continued to run the Quality Auto Body #89 for
brother Robbie who continues to recover from multiple concussions
sustained at New Egypt and Williams Grove Speedways. New York runner and
often 410 driver Justin Barger was in the #39 of Tim Hogue. Barger and
Hogue first linked up late in the season for a few New York state races.
Feature Finish: 1. 5G Curt Michael, 2. 28f Davie Franek, 3. 5w Lucas
Wolfe, 4. 22 Troy Betts, 5. 747 Davey Sammons, 6. 29 Jason Shultz, 7. 63
Josh Weller, 8. 67m Sean Michael, 9. 67w Justin Whittall, 10. 24 Mike
Haggenbottom, 11. 89 Ryan Stillwaggon, 12. 21 Ed Aikin, 13. 90 Matt
Tanner, 14. 44 Dave Brown, 15. 77w Will Eggimann, 16. 1Q Thomas Radivoy,
17. 73b Brett Michalski, 18. 7o6 Mark Sasso, 19. 67c Jason Cherry, 20.
21c Cody Jourdan, 21. 71 Chris Allen Jr., 22. 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 23. 39
Justin Barger, 24. 64k Kyle Purks, 25. 56 Chris Coyle.
DNQ: 23 Samantha Lieberman, 52 Zack Burd, 17c Keith Anderson, 31 Kris
Lilick, 45 Chuck Hebing who had motor issues, and 67c Jason Cherry who
took the URC provisional.
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
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
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
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 63-Josh Weller; 2. 5G-Curt Michael;
3. 28F-Davie Franek; 4. 22-Troy Betts; 5. 67W-Justin Whittall;
6. 56-Chris Coyle; 7. 47-Adam Carberry; 8. 74JR-J.R. Berry; 9.
89-Ryan Stillwaggon; 10. 73B-Brett Michalski; 11. 23J-Jake
Eldreth; 12. 77W-William Eggimann; 13. 17J-Jonathan Swanson;
14. 706-Mark Sasso; 15. 21C-Cody Jourdan; 16. 67C-Jason
Cherry; 17. 9DX-Kevin Darling; 18. 08-Jason Clauss; 19.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The official run down was not available at the time of this
publication, the official results will be posted once they become
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
2016 United Racing Club Schedule
Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, NJ
69th URC Season Opener
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Orange County Fair Speedway - Middletown, NY
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA
Jack Gunn Memorial
Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Selinsgrove Raceway Park - Sellinsgrove, PA
$2,000 to Win $300 to start
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA
$2,000 to Win
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
New Egypt Speedway - New Egypt, NJ
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Big Diamond Speedway - Minersville, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
With Super DIRTcar Series
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, NJ
Three For All
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Bedford Speedway - Bedford, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
360 National Open
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA
Insinger Fuel Night
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Susquehanna Speedway Park - Newberrytown, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Orange County Fair Speedway - Middletown, NY
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, DE
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Brewerton Speedway - Brewerton, NY
NO Points. One URC Provisional
360 Sprints: Empire Super Sprints with United Racing Club
Thunder Mountain Speedway - Center Lisle, NY
NO Points. One URC Provisional
360 Sprints: Empire Super Sprints with United Racing Club
Utica-Rome Speedway - Vernon, NY
NO Points. One URC Provisional
360 Sprints: Empire Super Sprints with United Racing Club
Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
Bridgeport Speedway - Bridgeport, NJ
URC 1st Annual Big Track Classic Weekend
360 Sprints: United Racing Club
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 --
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
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
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
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.
DNQ. Kevin Albert, Michael Thomas, Charlie Anderson and PJ Williams
Curt Michael and the United Racing Club Make a Statement at
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
email@example.com. Be sure to keep up with everything URC related by
checking our website or Facebook pages.
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
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.