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Sides Scores Home Track Victory at I-30 Speedway
Captures first victory of the season in front of hometown crowd
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – April 26, 2016 – With friends and family standing next to him in victory lane, Jason Sides exited his car after scoring the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win on Tuesday night at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.
The victory, his first since night one of the Boothill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park in July 2015, was especially memorable for Sides, who is just over a two hour drive from his hometown of Bartlett, Tenn.
“I am glad everyone made it over from the Memphis, Tenn. area,” Sides said. “I guess Pevely (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55) is the next closest to home, but this is our home track now and I just appreciate everybody coming out on a Tuesday night.”
In the closing laps of the 40-lap feature, Sides had to hold off a late race charge from the Big Game Tree Stands/Nyce Crete & Landis No. 5 of David Gravel, who had overcame a deficit of over a second to get to Sides’ back bumper. Gravel, who tried a last lap dive bomb for the lead, came up just short and settled for a second-place finish.
“I thought we had something for him,” Gravel said. “A couple more laps with those lapped cars and we maybe could’ve gotten him. But we will take a second, it was a good run for us and we will see what happens in the future.
“We were just trying to do some things different. Sometimes people get too tentative and just run around the bottom, so you just got to keep your momentum up and keep your wing speed up.”
Added third place finisher Daryn Pittman on Sides’ home track victory:
“I was probably Jason’s biggest fan there the last four laps cheering him on. I knew this would be a pretty big win for him, obviously being from close to here, and one of his home tracks. Pretty cool to see him win in front of all the people he has here – his friends and family.”
To start the night, Gravel’s CJB Motorsports teammate and World of Outlaws champion, Sammy Swindell, set quick-time at the track he has won at three times in series action: twice in 1981 and again in 1992.
Swindell continued his early-night dominance as he led every lap of his heat race and easily earned a spot in the dash.
The invert draw proved to be unlucky for Swindell, as he had to start at the rear of the six-car field following an invert of six. To make matters worse, Swindell eventually lost a motor on the opening laps of the eight-lap dash, and had to take his car to the pits where his team hastily started replacing the motor for the feature.
Oklahoma driver, Brady Bacon, won the dash, which gave him the best view of the green flag for the feature. Unfortunately for Bacon, he lost the lead to the King Racing Products/East Coast Logistics No. 7S of Sides on the opening lap, as the second-place starter easily rocketed to the top spot.
Sides dominated the feature as he led all 40 laps, the victory did not come easy for the 43-year-old driver. Multiple cautions early in the feature never allowed the leader to build up a lead, but also kept Sides from encountering heavy lapped traffic at the 1/4-mile track.
Sides held off challenges from Bacon on the early restarts, then had to fight off challenges from Pittman in the No. 9 Great Clips/Sage Fruit car, who had started third and stayed glued to the front of the field all race long.
Pittman eventually lost the runner-up position to Gravel on a late-race restart, as Gravel jumped from fifth to second in one lap.
“The caution flags hurt and helped, I hated the restarts but it kept us out of lapped traffic,” Sides said. “I didn’t know [David Gravel] was out there in the closing laps. I saw Daryn [Pittman] on the restarts but I never knew that [David] Gravel got by him on the restart.
“That’s good for him, but I am just happy we got the win here. It’s as close as we get to home, and I love this place!”
Gravel tried everything he could to rattle Sides for the lead, but Sides held firm at the front of the field, as Gravel settled for second, his first podium finish since Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on April 15.
“You can’t complain with second,” Gravel said. “We had a really good car there early, it got tight and scared me a little bit, but I got a few more laps under me and got more confident.
“We got a little free in one and two on those last three laps. We had something there but came up just a little bit short. It really would’ve been good to get a win there. My buddy Tyler back home got in a real bad car accident and he’s still in a coma, so we were trying to get a win here for him but we will get one soon.”
Pittman continued his recent podium domination, as he picked up his fourth top-three finish in the last four races.
“It was a good race, we kept making gains on our car all night,” Pittman said. “This is a track I have never had a lot of success at, so we were able to run up front and contend for the win.
“That last restart we kind of got pinched on the bottom and just didn’t get a good start and got beat, and then [David] Gravel got by us. The car just went away on us a little bit at the end, but all-in-all a great night for our Great Clips team. We will take third and go on to Friday. [Salina Highbanks Speedway] is a really cool track and one that I look forward to going to and hopefully we will be able to improve a few spots there.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series make their annual return to north eastern Oklahoma, as they travel to Salina Highbanks Speedway on Friday, April 29. For ticket purchasing options and event information visit www.WoOSprint.com/Salina-Highbanks-Speedway.
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I-30 Speedway Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Jason Sides, leading his first laps of the season, became the eighth different winner in 20 races in 2016…Daryn Pittman tied teammate Brad Sweet with most podium finishes at 11 on the season…David Gravel ties Jason Johnson with third most heat wins on the season at seven.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Brady Bacon;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): N/A; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Aaron Reutzel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Johnson.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Stockton Dirt Track on March 18, Stockton Dirt Track on March 19, Silver Dollar Speedway on April 2); Brad Sweet – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Cotton Bowl Speedway on Feb. 26, Ocean Speedway on April 1, Bakersfield Speedway on April 15); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27, Perris Auto Speedway on April 16, USA Raceway on April 18); Joey Saldana – 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 3, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 22); Shane Stewart – 2 (Arizona Speedway on March 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 23); David Gravel – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 12); Jason Johnson – 1 (Placerville Speedway on March 24); Jason Sides – 1 (I-30 Speedway on April 26).
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; I-30 Speedway; Little Rock, Ark.; April 26, 2016.
A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [$2,500]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [$2,300]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [$2,200]; 8. 83-Joey Saldana [$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [$2,050]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [$2,000]; 11. 7-Paul McMahan [$1,500]; 12. 17W-Bryan Clauson [$1,200]; 13. 31B-Carson Macedo [$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [$1,050]; 15. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [$1,000]; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell [$900]; 17. 4-Danny Smith [$800]; 18. 84-Brandon Hanks [$800]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [$800]; 20. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [$800]; 21. 41-Jason Johnson [$800]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [$800]; 23. 51B-Joe B Miller [$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [$800]. Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 31B-Carson Macedo [+9].
Qualifying – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell, 11.835; 2. 5-David Gravel, 11.881; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.903; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.911; 5. 99-Brady Bacon, 11.918; 6. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.975; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.060; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.067; 9. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.082; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.096; 11. 7-Paul McMahan, 12.101; 12. 83-Joey Saldana, 12.121; 13. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.131; 14. 84-Brandon Hanks, 12.156; 15. 51B-Joe B Miller, 12.165; 16. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.166; 17. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.185; 18. 31B-Carson Macedo, 12.190; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.197; 20. 4-Danny Smith, 12.268; 21. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 12.274; 22. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.289; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 12.297; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.308; 25. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.406; 26. 45X-Johnny Herrera, 12.412; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.978
Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz ; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson ; 6. 2-Shane Stewart ; 7. 41-Jason Johnson ; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen 
Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 5-David Gravel ; 2. 99-Brady Bacon ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen ; 4. 7-Paul McMahan ; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 6. 4-Danny Smith ; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr ; 8. 84-Brandon Hanks ; 9. 45X-Johnny Herrera 
Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides ; 3. 83-Joey Saldana ; 4. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 5. 51B-Joe B Miller ; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson ; 7. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 8. 31B-Carson Macedo ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp 
Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 99-Brady Bacon ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 4. 5-David Gravel ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet ; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell 
Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 17W-Bryan Clauson [-]; 2. 84-Brandon Hanks [-]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [-]; 4. 31B-Carson Macedo [-]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [-]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [-]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$200]; 8. 45X-Johnny Herrera [$200]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [$200].
APRIL 25, 2016….. Officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC), POWRi and ARDC Midget Series today jointly announced a rule which will unify engine platform-specific RPM limits in all sanctioned races, effective May 29, 2016. This commitment to RPM limits constitutes a three-year commitment and any uniform limit modifications will be determined through on-going data analysis obtained through actual on-track racing.
RPM limits are used in midget racing as a “throttle” to limit the expense of further development of current midget racing engine platforms, save money for car owners with increased time between engine maintenance cycles, and as a means to enable midget racing to welcome lower cost alternatives to current engine platforms in the future.
The initial RPM limits will be adopted from a USAC sponsored study conducted by ILMOR Engineering and in use for the last four race seasons. These RPM limits can be found posted in the individual series rule books for USAC, POWRi and ARDC. Throughout 2016, additional race data will be collected to further study equivalency power curves among the varying midget engine platforms, including pushrod and overhead cam configurations. This data will be used to determine if RPM limit modifications will be required.
Additionally, all entrants using an EFI branded ignition must use the new EFI “R1” (Red) Ignition Box for all sanctioned races with USAC , POWRi and ARDC. The EFI R1 unit was designed specifically for midget racing and has a limited range of user interface which assures race officials adherence to RPM limit rules and eliminates traction control capabilities through the EFI module.
Sutton Wins Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Wall Opener
Earns First ATQMRA Feature Victory
Wall Stadium, Wall Township,NJ Saturday April 23, 2016
2014 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Geoffrey Sutton parked the Metz Driver Development BGF Engine 461 in Victory lane at the season opening race at Wall Stadium earning his first career ATQMRA victory. Heat races were won by Pat VanVarick and Flying Ryan Tidman. The Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start products were handed out to teams at Wall. The Bob Emmons MNO season long Hard Charger program will be back in place for the 2016 season. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip Mahoning Valley to blister the circular oval in winged competition on Saturday April 30th. Rookie Eligible Pat VanVarick was the highest finishing rookie giving him the Rookie Points lead.
The first heat race was won by Pat VanVarick in his Hyper Hugger Micro Sprint. He charged from his fourth starting position to the lead and fended off the Challenges of Geoffrey Sutton on several restarts. The first heat was slowed by a series of flips by 2015 ATQMRA Rookie of the Year Mike Glaser who went for a high side tumble coming out of the fourth turn. Somehow the car was unharmed in the incident and Glaser returned to finish the heat. Matt Roselli was third followed by 2015 Champion Buddy Sload, 2014 Champion Matt Janisch and 1998 club Champ Jon Gambutti rounded out the drivers eligible for the feature redraw.
The second heat was never seriously in doubt as Ryan Tidman started from the pole by the luck of the draw and outpaced Jeff Kot and Joey Bailey. Brett Conklin, Ron Mullen and Anthony Payne rounded out the qualifiers to be in the Feature redraw.
The feature saw a front row of Anthony Payne and Matt Roselli bring the field down to the green with Roselli using the outside lane to gain the lead through one and two. Geoffrey Sutton followed Roselli into second and turned under Roselli coming out of turn four to lead the first lap and was scored in the lead the remainder of the race.
It wasn’t quite that easy however. A lap three caution bunched the field but Sutton was able to maintain the lead and open a gap on second running Roselli. As Sutton started negotiating lap traffic Roselli and a hard charging Ryan Tidman closed to within striking distance of. The three would dice their way though traffic until lap 22 when Roselli would end up turned around coming out of the fourth turn. Sutton would have a pair of tigers on his tail on the ensuing restart with perennial ATQMRA Championship contenders Tidman and Janisch hot on his heels. Sutton was able to fend off Tidman’s Challenges and win by a tight .163 seconds. Janisch was third followed by Jeff Kot and VanVarick. Joey Bailey rolled across the line sixth with rookie Mark Yoder seventh. Matt Roselli would recover from his spin to finish eighth Followed by Wall Stadium’s Fan Voted Most popular driver and rookie of the year eligible Ronnie the Rocket Mullen with Mike Glaser posting a top ten.
Special thanks goes out to Bill Brice of Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts of nearby Freehold, NJ. They are back supporting the ATQMRA with their Clean Start program once again in 2016. They provided each team in attendance with a NAPA 5 gallon bucket containing carb and brake cleaner a roll of shop rags hand cleaner and Mother’s Spray wax to help keep the competition clean and looking good.
Bob Emmons has also returned to help support the ATQMRA with the MNO $500.00 Hard Charger award that was presented in 2015 to ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload. Racers earn passing points by advancing from their feature starting position.
ATQMRA News and Notes:The ATQMRA was eighteen strong for the season opener. Tim Proctor had his beautifully prepared 98T on hand but had his day end early with an uncharacteristic engine failure. 2008 ATQMRA Rookie of the Year and multi race winner as well as past Borger’s Speedway Champion Austin Fehr returned to competition with the ATQMRA. Fehr worked though the day adjusting to Wall’s challenging flat track. The day saw a Payne owned 67 return to competition for the first time in many years with Joey Payne III at the controls. Payne won 11 out of 17 open Kart races on Wall’s inner oval in 2015 and is trying his hand in a Drinan TQ Midget. Payne finished a respectable thirteenth in the main. Payne’s Little brother Anthony picked up a ride in the potent Sload Racing 53 but was out early in the feature. Joey Jr. hopes to have Anthony Payne’s Laffler TQ ready for next week’s show at Mahoning Valley. Absent on the day was Steve Craig who has designs returning to competition with the organization starting with Mahoning Valley. Following his win Sutton was thankful to Jim Fleishman and Chad Haywood of BGF Engine and Chassis for providing the difference making horsepower to earn the win.
Heat 1: 1. 17 Pat VanVarick 2. Geoffrey Sutton 3. 43/98 Matt Roselli 4. 16 Buddy Sload 5. 48 Matt Janisch 6. 51 Jon Gambutti 7. 73 Austin Fehr 8. f8 Mike Glaser 9. 75 Mark Yoder
Heat 2: 1. 1B Ryan Tidman 2. 95 Jeff Kot 3. 02 Joey Bailey 4. 64 Brett Conklin 5. 39 Ronnie Mullen 6. 53 Anthony Payne 7. 46 Kerry Irwin 8. DNS 98T Tim Proctor
Feature (25 Laps)1. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 2. 1B Ryan Tidman 3. 48 Matt Janisch 4. 95 Jeff Kot 5. 17 Pat VanVarick 6. 02 Joey Bailey 7. 75 Mark Yoder 8. 43/98 Matt Roselli 9. Ronnie Mullen 10. f8 Mike Glaser 11. 46 Kerry Irwin 12. 64 Brett Conklin 13. 67 Joey Payne III 14. 16 Buddy Sload 15. 53 Anthony Payne 16. 51 Jon Gambutti 17. 73 Austin Fehr
MILLS, ROBERTS, FREES & SAYRE PICK UP WINS IN FINAL BRIDGEPORT PRE-SEASON EVENTS
Godown, Grosso & Frees Win Pre-Season Titles
Swedesboro, NJ Sunday April 24 ….2015 Bridgeport Champion, Jamie Mills raced to his first win of the new season with a pass by Duane Howard just four laps before the checkered flag to become the fourth different winner in Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified action this season. Brad Roberts earned his first win since 2013 in the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman twenty lap main event – also the fourth different winner in this division. Ron Frees won his third race of the pre-season as he was chased to the checkered flag by TJ Henry in PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock action and Chuck Sayres earned his first win in the DA’s Auto Body Rookie competition.
It was the final race of the four event pre-season that saw three drivers in each division earn a share of $1,000 in the special point fund offered by Oliver Construction Enterprises and Oliver Communication Group, Inc. With four top five finishes, the Ringos Rocket, Ryan Godown picked up the $500 check in the Big Block Modifieds for earning the most points during the four race pre-season. Mills finished second for $300 – the only driver in the top three to pick up a win during the pre-season. Rick Laubach earned $200 for his third place finish.
With one pre-season win to his credit at Bridgeport, Brandon Grosso picked up the $500 check in the Crate/Sportsman. Roberts earned $300 for his runner-up finish while Steve Davis finished third and collected $200. All three drivers had one pre-season win.
With three wins to his credit, Ron Frees earned the $500 check for the Outlaw Stocks. TJ Henry – with one win, two seconds and a third – finished second while 2014 Outlaw Champion, Jim Avery finished third.
In the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified action, Brett Kressley and Jeff Strunk started side by side to lead the field to the green flag with Kressley jumping out to an early lead. The early laps were interrupted by several caution flags but each time, Kressley maintained control and led the talented field of competition. By lap five, Kressley was starting to feel some pressure from Duane Howard. Howard raced the outside line to first take over second and then to challenge the leader. Kressley led through the crossed flags, pulling away from Howard by several car lengths while Jamie Mills, Ryan Watt and Dominick Buffalino trailed the leaders.
Howard got the jump on Kressley on a lap fifteen double file restart that saw Mills take over second. Howard elected the outside line on a lap eighteen restart, leaving Mills his preferred line on the inside. Howard and Mills raced side by side before Howard was able to edge ahead as the completed the next lap. But on lap twenty-one, Mills put his Blue Hen No. 30 on the inside and drove by Howard to take the lead.
Mills led the way to the checkered flag followed by Howard, Godown, Buffalino and Rick Laubach.
Justin Lilick made his first start of the 2016 season and led the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman Feature for fifteen laps before Brad Roberts took the lead on lap sixteen and headed to the checkered flag at the end of twenty laps for his first win of the season. Lilick finished second while Steve Davis drove across the line in third. Brandon Grosso and opening night winner, Jeremy Harrington rounded out the top five at the finish line.
Billy Wroble led the first five laps of the PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock main event with Ron Frees racing by on the inside to complete lap number six. Frees had it all his way for the rest of the race until TJ Henry came to life late in the race. Henry raced Frees hard on the final lap with the two drivers crossing the line together. Frees took the win by about a half of car length. Wroble finished third with Spider Ensinger and Brian Ludwig picking up top five finishes.
Bob Hartman took the lead from Shannon Marshall at the start of the eight lap DA’s Auto Body Rookie Feature and led the first circuit before Chuck Sayre got by on lap two to take the lead. It was all Sayre to the checkered with Tom Terry taking second from Hartman just before the checkered.
The Bridgeport Speedway switches to Saturday night racing this Saturday with the start of the 2016 Championship season. The Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and Rookies will be joined by the TSRS Sprint Cars for a four division show that gets underway at 6pm.
SPIRIT AUTO CENTER MODIFIEDS (25 laps) – 1. Jamie Mills, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Ryan Godown, 4. Dominick Buffalino, 5. Rick Laubach, 6. Brett Kressley, 7. Jimmy Horton, 8. David Hunt, 9. Jeff Strunk, 10. Ryan Watt, 11. Wade Hendrickson, 12. Kyle Borror, 13. Jack Swain, 14. Travis Hill, 15. Ron Roberts, 16. Richie Pratt, Jr., 17. Ryan Kratchun, 18. Dave Shirk, 19. C.J. Jones, 20. Mike Franz, 21. Billy VanInwegen, 22. Jim Britt, 23. Bob Sarkisian, 24. Scott Ambruster, 25. Rusty Smith, DNQ – Anthony Moran, Ricky DiEva, Tommy Beamer, Jesse Hill, Jordan Watson, Sam Martz.
STEWART STAINLESS SUPPLY CRATE/SPORTSMAN (20 laps) – 1. Brad Roberts, 2. Justin Lilick, 3. Steve Davis, 4. Brandon Grosso, 5. Jeremy Harrington, 6. Eric Kormann, 7. Ernie Miles, III, 8. Matthew Peck, 9. Scott Hitchens, 10. Dean Conk, Jr., 11. Dave Damiano, 12. Scott Hulmes, 13. Jeramy Doerr, 14. Clyde Cox, 15. Pete Serra, 16. Tom Holding, 17. Chuck Sayres, 18. Steve Kemery, 19. Kevin Belmont, 20. David Crossman, 21. Freddy Massey, 22. Matt Stangle, 23. Tyler Hulmes, DNS – Billy Briggs, Brett Ballard, Kris Lilick, DNQ – Melissa Scarpati, Pete Visconti, Shannon Marshall
PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS (15 laps) – 1. Ron Frees, 2. T.J. Henry, 3. Billy Wroble, 4. Spider Ensinger, 5. Brian Ludwig, 6. Jimmy Avery, 7. Terry Griffin, 8. Fred Tomarchio, 9. Tom Wills, Sr., 10. Scott Dugan, 11. Art Avery, 12. Joe Meron, 13. Everett Taylor, DNS – Tom Wills, Jr., Jeramy Doerr, David Kramer, Jeff Dirkes
D.A.’S AUTO BODY & REPAIR ROOKIES (8 laps) – 1. Chuck Sayres, 2. Tom Terry, 3. Bob Hartman, 4. Shannon Marshall
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – start of 2016 Points – Spirit Auto Center Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, TSRS Sprints & DA’s Auto Body Rookies. Racing at 6pm.
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – PACK THE HOUSE NIGHT – Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Rookies on 5/8th mile track with 270cc & 600cc Micros, 4 & 8 Cylinder Enduros on the 1/4 mile – FREE ADMISSION – Racing at 6pm
Saturday, May14, 2016 – BIKE Night – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks & Rookies
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Appreciation of race fans will be the main goal this Saturday Night (April 30) at Wall Stadium Speedway as enthusiasts will be rewarded with a 40-lap race for the Downs Ford Modifieds, plus action for the Snap-on Sportsman racers, Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models, O’Shea Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder division. Also on tap for the Saturday night schedule is an on-tack party where fans can meet the drivers and check out the racecars while waking the famous third mile high-banked paved oval.
Grandstand seating will open this Saturday (April 30) at 4:00 p.m. with early arrivals enjoying $2 discount on admission until 5:30 p.m. The on track party will start at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for 6:00 p.m. and main event racing will follow.
The Fan Appreciation Night on track party is popular with the fans and the race teams alike. Fans will have the opportunity to walk down onto the famous track and meet all the drivers. Many race teams will have giveaways for the fans and fans will be welcome to talk to the drivers, collect autographs, take pictures and sit in many of the racecars.
The Downs Ford Modified 40-lap main event on the night is important in the race for the 2016 driving crown. Opening night winner Andrew Krause of Holmdel looked strong in competition, as did defending champ Steven Reed of Jackson who finished a tight second. Freehold’s Chas Okerson, Shawna Ingraham of Brick, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Ron Frees, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls and Adam LaCicero of Lavallette are just a few of the other Modified drivers to watch.
Also on the card will be a Sportsman 30-lapper as well as 25-lappers for the Factory Stocks, Limited Late Models, Legend Cars and the 4 Cylinder Stocks.
Pit gates will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday; with practice running from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. and the “On Track Party” festivities are slated for 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is then set for 6:00 p.m. with main events for all divisions to follow.
Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through September with special post-season races in October and November. The speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Andrew Krause of Holmdel had an opening night to remember Saturday at Wall Stadium Speedway as he won his first ever Downs Ford Modified stock car race at the third mile high banked paved oval. Krause, the 2015 Sportsman driving champion here, battled Jackson’s Steven Reed on numerous restarts before taking the win.
At the drop of the green flag Krause and Reed, the defending Modified champion, battled side by side around the oval for a couple of laps before Krause was finally able to slip to the front. This same scenario played out on each of the event’s four restarts with Krause able to slip back into the lead. Reed, who finished second, was never far behind. Freehold’s Chas Okerson was third while Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Howell’s Eric Mauriello wrestled their way into fourth and fifth.
“This is just awesome,” Krause said of his initial Modified triumph. “There is nobody better on restarts than Steven (Reed) so it was tough on every one of them. He always runs hard but he runs real clean. I thank him for that.”
Shannon Mongeau of Manchester kept a win streak alive that dates back to November by winning the companion 30-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars. In a new car Mongeau led all the way while Dominic Fattaruso of Brick finished second. Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa., Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle and Tyler Truex of Mayetta wrapped up the top five.
Kevin Nowak of Medford, NY won the 25 lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars while Rich Davidowitz of Center Moriches, NY came from the rear of the pack to finish second. Mitchell Dowd, Nick Van Wickle and defending champion Robert French completed the top five.
Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg grabbed his first ever O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock 25-lap win over Union’s Joey Helberg, Wall’s Rob Haberstick, defending champ Joe Mongeau of Brick and Manchester’s Scott Riggleman.
Mike Lavery was also a first time winner in the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stock main event over Todd Pilla and Jason Lane. Ray Minieri took the win in the Elite Maintenance Limited late Model event over Brian Doyle and Mike Tillett. Geoffrey Sutton won the 25-lapper for the visiting TQ Midgets.
Racing returns this Saturday evening (April 30) with “Fan Appreciation Night” action, which is kicked off with a party on the track where drivers will meet the fans and display their racecars. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. with a discounted admission for all early arrivals until 5:30 p.m. The party on the track will run from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. with qualifying to follow. Main event action, which will start around 7:00 p.m., will see the Modifieds race in a 40-lapper, the Sportsman cars compete in a 30-lapper and the Limited Late Models, Legend Cars, Factory Stock and the 4 Cylinder Stocks compete in 25-lap main events.
The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through the end of September, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.
Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Steven Reed, 3. Chas Okerson, 4. Shawna Ingraham, 5. Eric Mauriello, 6. Ron Frees, 7. Jason Hearne, 8. Shaun Carrig, 9. Adam LaCicero, 10. Trevor Alspach, 11. Jonathon Mandato, 12. Zack Alspach, 13. Ken Woolley, Jr., 14. Justin Gumley, 15. Robby Walton, 16. Derek Hopkinson, 17. Ken Matlach, 18. Chris Lane, 19. Ed DeLage, 20. Jason Treat
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Dominic Fattaruso, 3. Ricky Collins, 4. Kenny Van Wickle, 5. Tyler Truex, 6. Kevin Davison, 7. Eric Lane, 8. Blake Barney, 9. Jason Caruso, 10. Brian Doyle, 11. Joe Cocca, 12. Dave Bailey, 13. Jarrett DeGiantomasso, 14. Matt Langbein, 15. Dan Roslin, 16. Larry Thompson, 17. Scott Brannick, 18. Robert Sutphin, 19. Tim Stephan, 20. Jimmy Wolcott, 21. Roland DeMartino
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KEVIN NOWAK, MEDFORD, NY, 2. Rich Davidowitz, 3. Mitchell Dowd, 4. Nick Van Wickle, 5. Robert French, 6. Louie Keraitis, 7. Casey Robicheau, 8. Malcolm Campbell, 9. Chris Gall, 10. Ron Merlino, 11. James Van Wickle, 12. Peter Bruno, 13. Roger Nickerson, 14. Brian Russell, 15. Vinnie Troia
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JERRY STANZIONE, KEANSBURG, 2. Joey Helberg, 3. Rob Haberstick, 4. Joe Mongeau, 5. Scott Riggleman, 6. Mike Montano, 7. Ron Booth, 8. John Bowers, 9. Steve West, 10. Scott Maher, 11. Tim O’Shea, 12. Tom Rajkowski, 13. Jerry Koenig, 14. Tony Bartone, 15. Danny Bruer, 16. Kenny Green, 17. Rick Siddons, DQ. Marty Van Druten and Ronnie Mullen
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE LAVERY, 2. Todd Pilla, 3. Jason Lane, 4. Fred Cannock, 5. Brian Osborn, 6. Darren Burdge, 7. Darianne McLaren, 8. Mike Mee, 9. Rich Smith, 10. Allen Camp, 11. Jim Sturteckey
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RAY MINIERI, 2. Brian Doyle, 3. Mike Tillett, 4. Bill Vanderveen, 5. Howie Conk, 6. Cole Ormsbee, 7. Glen Conk, 8. Greg Gastelu
Hamlin, PA – Hamlin, PA – Hamlin Speedway Opens With Spectacular Eight Feature Event Card
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
The 2016 racing season at the Hamlin Speedway got underway on Saturday and the green and stand on the gas sign were all that was needed as a great collection of veteran and first time performers wasted no time in displaying their style and guile on the 1/5th mile clay oval speedway. Successful promoters Randy and Denise Smith ushered in their eleventh season at the Hamlin facility with an opening night filled with spectacular racing action. The Smith Family and Staff welcomed in a convoy of 125 talented racers from a surrounding five-state area to their premier short track facility located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The opening day event was chillier than expected as the night time chill in the air (40 degrees) had the standing room only crowd on hand seeking jackets, blankets, and plenty of hot beverages to keep warm. The opening night crowd was treated to an old-fashioned donnybrook of high-flying action on the freshly clayed and banked 1/5 mile racing facility and the lightening fast action allowed for the talented daredevil racing roster to use all of the available speed lanes to present a great evening of racing entertainment. The eight feature event racing card and time trials went off as scheduled and the non-stop racing action was completed at 10:46 and when was all said and done eight elated winners found there way into Hamlin Speedway victory circle for the traditional pomp and circumstance.
The Smith Family enters the 2016 racing season for their eleventh year in control of the Hamlin facility they painstakingly resurrected in 2006 after the speedway abruptly closed in the middle of the 2005 racing season. The unparalleled great racing action and the tremendous support from the entire racing community has earmarked just how popular the small car racing has become in recent years and lends credence to the fact the Hamlin Speedway has become the premier racing stop on Saturday nights to witness side by side racing the way it is meant to be. With the great opening night event, the 2016 racing season has all indications for being another superlative journey in racing for the Smith Family and the driving stars and car owners and sponsors who support the facility.
The extended hot-lap sessions opened the day’s events as the drivers were given ample opportunity to dial in their cars for the evening of racing. The track proved to be quick as the drivers promptly began flirting with the existing one lap track records. The hot lap sessions lasted an hour and allowed the new and veteran drivers an opportunity to test the new racing surface and the great field of cars on hand never skipped a beat as they dug their right rear wheels into the rich Pocono clay that was in real good condition despite the always frigid weather the Poconos receives during the winter months. The time trails determined the starting format for the evening of racing that was to follow.
The seven headline divisions found the 28 entries for the Rookie 600 Sprints broken into two feature events based on time to allow the rookie drivers equal seat time and to become acquainted with the speedway. Justin Hartz and AJ Hobbs were victorious in the two events. Defending track champions were able to strut their stuff as Pat Bealer captured the 270 Sprint main and Tyler Peet, a two time Junior Slingshot champion, stepped into his first All Star Slingshot main event and came away with his first win in his major step up the racing ladder. Brandon Azzalina base-lined his way to a super win in the 600 Sprint finale. Jared Silfee captured the Junior Slingshot main event while Wes Hearn was triumphant in the Super Slingers. Series sponsor Bill Dianella withstood a strong challenge from many time champion Joel Smith to record his first Hamlin win in the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified headliner.
The starting field of sixteen Junior Slingshots took off in their scheduled 20-lap feature jaunt. New York talent Hunter Lapp, who already has three wins under his belt for 2016, out-dragged Jared Silfee into turn one and led the first 11 laps of the event. The pair raced into lapped traffic and Lapp took the low road and Silfee the high road. The high road proved to be the one less traveled and Silfee came out of turn two as the leader. Silfee would go on to win with Lapp in second place. Reese Nowotarski was third followed by JJ Rice and Cole Stangle. Shelby McLaughlin, Jake Mason, Adam Buchel, Emily Fleming and Ty Kelly completed the top ten.
The first Rookie 600 Sprint main event found Brett Altemose leading the first two laps before yielding to a high-flying, low-riding Justin Hartz. Hartz showed tremendous poise as he led the rest of the way to capture the win and holding off hard driving Scott Slater Jr and John Vreeland who would finish second and third respectively. Geordan Marrero and Altemose completed the top five. The second Rookie 600 Sprint main found Ryan Mohr leading for two laps until he ended up facing traffic when he spun out. On the restart the sledding was tough as the field was narrowed down with a double flip in turn three that eliminated four cars. Jakson Ring led for two laps after the restart and AJ Hobbs took over and led the rest of the way. Mikey Smith rallied to claim runner-up honors with Ring in third, Dylan Martin fourth and Noah Zielinski fifth.
The Super Slinger feature found Wes Hearn and Dale Kober resume their on-going battles and it would be Kober leading the first 16 laps. Hearn began working the baseline of the speedway to inch his way around Kober. Hearn seized the moment and took over the lead and would race to victory followed closely by Kober. Ryan Lacoe was third with Steve Pirone and Tom Van Pelt following.
The 600 Sprint main was star caliber from the drop of the green flag as Pat Bealer charged to the front for the first four laps of the event with Brandon Azzalina challenging. Azzalina drove down to the baseline and took over the lead on lap five. Once in front, “The A-Team” put on a dazzling drive that found him getting under the 12-second mark as the race wore on. Azzalina would score the win with Bealer in second, Joel Smith third, Chad Sandt fourth and Danny Buccafusca nailing down fifth in his return to the speedway. Defending track champion Colin White headed up the second five with Doug Snyder, Mick D’Agostino, Sam Kravitsky and Ryan Neil following.
“Deuce” Glenn Macomber led the first five laps of the 270 Sprint main. “The Icon” Pat Bealer blasted by him and would lead the next four laps when a caution came out and it was determined Bealer had jumped the previous restart and the ruling dropped him back two positions. On the restart, Macomber would lead for four laps but began suffering some problems that found Bealer slipping by and Macomber dropping out the event. Bealer would the remaining laps to score the win with Robbie Watson, Brittany Erlsten, Kyle Ferrucci and Shawna Winters completing the top five.
The Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modifieds found Bill Dianella grab up the lead and he would lead all twenty laps but not before holding off a talented group of drivers seeking to slip past him. The defending track champion “The Nickel Man” Joel Smith put the pressure on but it would be Dianella scoring his first Hamlin win. Smith was the runner-up with Jeff Hineline, Joel Price and Steve Darling completing the top five. The second five was headed up Damon Paul with Chloe Andreas, Mike Marold Jr, Tim Howell and Cole Stangle following.
The All Star Slingshot main event saw an elite 24-car field take the green flag in the curtain closer for the evening. Tyler Peet shot out of the blocks like a cannon at the start of the event and would establish the quickest times of the evening for the Slingshot division. Peet would never be seriously challenged and would go on and record his first All Star Slingshot win at the speedway. Brett Bieber would hustle hard to runner-up status with Taylor Mills, Wes Hearn and Justin Mills completing the top five. The second five places were headed up by Dale Kober, Chris Kurtz, Austin Silfee, Mike McLaughlin (from 24th) and Russell Benke III.
The new season of racing at Hamlin kicked-off in spectacular fashion and the loyal fan base came out in full force as the stands were packed for the evening of events and the concession stands doing a brisk business all evening long.
A tip of the fedora to Randy Smith and crew for working diligently on the speedway throughout the evening to make the speedway racy throughout all of the events.
The speedway has an aggressive season of special events planned for the 2016 season and small car division racing is definitely the wave of the future and truly happening at the Hamlin facility. The increasing numbers for small car division racing continues to rise and those who have the need for speed and want to remain within their budget restraints, Hamlin Speedway offers the superb alternative with their many divisions of great and affordable competition.
The new season brought out a great new batch of new and refurbished racing equipment to the speedway. Along with many new race cars, many new faces put in their first Hamlin Speedway appearances and the car count of 125 speaks volumes as the draw of racing equipment to the Pocono facility has far reaching effects with the New England driving contingent adding great flavor to the exciting racing action. The fans had the opportunity to check out the many new paint schemes and graphics of the great field of cars on hand and the seasonally changing rookie division will act as the farm system for many full size racing divisions at other speedways for those who will make the transition into the regular divisions in the future.
New drivers on hand included Adam Buchel, Emily Fleming, Ty Kelly, Tommy Stillo, Austin Homan, Gavin McClure, James Costlow and Colton Geary in the Junior Slingshots. New rookie 600 Sprint drivers included Aaron Casterlin, Mack Brink, Geordan Marrero, Jacob Balliet, Joe Howey, Matt Brown, Mikey Smith, Jakson Ring, Dylan Martin, Noah Zielinski, Chad Connor, Ryan Mohr, JR Williams and Tim Bauer. Tom Van Pelt and Steve Pirone were new entries for the Super Slingers. Damon Paul, Michael Burns, Janell Geary and Michael Samony were new entries for the Stage One Modifieds. Josh Marcus, Samantha Muller, Amanda Buchel, Ashley Kober, Clayton Davey, Anthony Recchio, Nick Vinciguerra and the Mills Brothers were among the many new entries for the All Star Slingshots.
Former track champion “The Conductor” Bobby Butler was on hand and had a great run going until his car abruptly shut off on him while racing in the top five. It was good to see Don Colaluce return to racing action. “The G-Man” Grady Johnston suffered problems early on and withdrew from competition and headed home. Brett Bieber was a surprise entrant in the Donny Hockman equipment and did his usual great job of getting to the front. Veteran racer Will Casazza (68 years old) was another who encountered problems early on. Jacob Hendershot had the misfortune of engine problems while battling upfront in the 270 Sprints. It was great to see “The Aviator” Robbie Watson enjoy a solid outing in his Applied Resources sponsored hot rod. Chad Connor, a rookie in the 600 Sprints uses the number 301 as he is related to the McGaughey Family, a name synonymous with racing in the Tri-State area. “The Young Outlaw” Jesse James Bartelson scored a win at Accord Speedway last week in the NEWS Sprint Cars and will be in competition at both Accord and Hamlin throughout the 2016 racing season.
Special thanks are in order to all of the Quarter Midget and Go Kart Clubs in the local areas for assisting in preparing the future driving stars for battle as they transition into the next phase of their racing careers.
Bridgeport Speedway director Danny Serrano took in the racing action last evening and was impressed with the close side by side action the Hamlin Speedway offers. Bridgeport races today.
Get well wishes are in order for speedway videographer Barry Boyd. Barry is slated for surgery in the near future. Hall of Fame racing legend “The Flying Farmer” Bill Wimble is having serious health issues and is need of our prayers at this time. Bill made an appearance at the speedway in August of 2014 promoting his autobiography “I’ll Never Be Last Again” and was well received by the fans at Hamlin and sold all of the copies of his book at the speedway on that evening. Cards and well wishes can reach Bill at: Life Path Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, Florida 33573.
All Star Slingshots: Tyler Peet, Brett Bieber, Taylor Mills, Wes Hearn, Justin Mills, Dale Kober, Chris Kurtz, Austin Silfee, Mike McLaughlin, Russell Benke III, Josh Marcus, Alan Selemba, Tyler Pirone, Samantha Muller, Tess Horvath, Hunter Metzger, Amanda Buchel, Ashley Kober, Steve Pirone, Clayton Davey, Jeff Cosgrove, Matt Henneforth, Anthony Recchio, Nick Vinciguerra
270cc Sprints: Pat Bealer, Robbie Watson, Brittany Erlsten, Kyle Ferrucci, Shawna Winters, Glenn Macomber, Paul Richards Jr, Jacob Hendershot, Tyler Galatro
600cc Wingless Sprints: Brandon Azzalina, Pat Bealer, Joel Smith, Chad Sandt, Danny Buccafusca, Colin White, Doug ASnyder, Mick D’Agostino, Sam Kravitsky, Ryan Neil, JD Casazza, Bobby Butler, Paul Richards Sr, Johnny Smith, Joseph Smith, Jacob Severn, Ryan Quackenbush, Steven Gully, Dylan Martin, Scott Rupp, Rick Calvert, Zac Azzalina, Russ Thornton, Will Butler, Ryan Mohr, Chris Kurtz, Don Colaluce, Grady Johnston
Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Bill Dianella, Joel Smith, Jeff Hineline, Joel Price, Steve Darling, Damon Paul, Chloe Andreas, Mike Marold Jr, Tim Howell, Cole Stangle, Michael Burns, Janell Geary, Michael Samony, Will Casazza
Junior Slingshots: Jared Silfee, Hunter Lapp, Reese Nowotarski, JJ Rice, Cole Stangle, Shelby McLaughlin, Jake Mason, Adam Buchel, Emily Fleming, Ty Kelly, Tommy Stillo, Austin Homan, Nathen Marold, Gavin McClure, James Costlow, Colton Geary
Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Ryan Lacoe, Steve Pirone, Tom Van Pelt, John Mirabelli (DNS)
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: (1) Justin Hartz, Scott Slater Jr, John Vreeland, Geordan Marrero, Brett Altemose, Jesse James Bartelson, Aaron Casterlin, Mack Brink, Jacob Balliet, Joe Howey, Ron Bosga, Kyle Exley, Tyler Galatro, Matt Brown
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: (2) AJ Hobbs, Mikey Smith, Jakson Ring, Dylan Martin, Noah Zielinski, Chad Connor, Carmen Leggio Sr, Ryan Mohr, Ryan Quackenbush, Mike Kalman, Scott Slater Sr, JR Williams, Tony Parlanti, Tim Bauer
Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for April 30th when all Divisions will be in action on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval highlighted by the first special event of the season when the Wingless Warriors of the 600 Sprints take to the speedway for a thirty lap feature. A grand prize of $1,000.00 awaits the winner based on a 24 entry car count. Make sure to check the Hamlin Speedway website or Facebook page for any additional information. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 3 PM; Drivers Meeting at 5:45; Hot Laps are at 6:00 and the racing begins at 7 PM sharp. Admission Prices for regular shows are: Adults $10.00; Senior Citizens $5.00 Children under 6 are Free
Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. Tilcon, Yankowski Enterprises, Triple Cities Mack, Dickie Keiper Speed Supplies, Ron Brown Hauling, Classic Cycles, Kim’s Kreations, RockAuto.com, Howe’s Comfort Inn and Santarelli And Sons Oil Company are all part of the advertising family at the speedway and we graciously thank them for their support.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Hamlin Speedway, logon to their well documented website at: http://hamlinspeed.com or call the speedway hotline at: 570 420 5500. Visit us often for a great night of racing action as……………………………………..
The Hamlin Speedway Is The “Pearl” In The Poconos