JUNE 27, 2015
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
NAPA AUTO PARTS
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
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410 SPRINTS & 358 MODIFIEDS IN HUGE DOUBLE HEADER TUESDAY NIGHT, JUNE 30 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, GREG HODNETT LOOKS FOR FIVE THUNDER WINS IN A ROW
It was August of 1990 when the famed Black Bandit No. 19 sat in victory lane at the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event at the Grandview Speedway, Steve Smith Sr. would claim the victory. Now, twenty-five years later the younger Smith, Stevie Smith looks to pick up his first ever Grandview Speedway win, when the 410 Sprint Cars come to town with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds on Tuesday, June 30th as part of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week.
Kicking off the 2015 edition of Speed Week in fine fashion, Smith — the hired gun of 13-time Speed Week Champion, Fred Rahmer – dominated the evening activities setting quick time and leading each of the 25 A-Main laps. In a victory lane interview, Rahmer was clear that he wanted to claim this year’s Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week title. Stevie Smith took the win on Friday night over Greg Hodnett.
But at the Grandview Speedway high banks, stopping Hodnett isn’t going to be an easy task – even for the star-filled field expected to be on the Hill Tuesday night. Hodnett, has claimed eight total Thunder victories, including the past four 410 Sprint Car feature events at the Bechtelsville, PA oval – something no driver has done in all of Thunder on the Hill Racing Series history. Hodnett’s ‘drive for five’ is on everyone’s mind, and a Tuesday Night victory for Hodnett would see him tie Rahmer on the Thunder on the Hill All-Time Win list.
While all eyes are on Smith and Hodnett, the door sits wide open for someone to come in and steal the $5,000 top prize – and their first Thunder on the Hill win. That someone could be Gettysburg, PA’s Danny Dietrich – currently sitting third in the Speed Week Points – Dietrich finished 3rd in Grandview’s event last year. Other contenders include: Lucas Wolfe, who almost beat Hodnett last year; Brent Marks, who currently sits 5th in Speed Week points and finished 4th in the 2014 Grandview race; and Alan Krimes, who has a string of top-5 finishes in Grandview sprint car events. Krimes has been so close to winning to that first Thunder on the Hill victory, they can almost taste it. Other entries include Ryan Smith, Lance Dewease, JJ Grasso, Aaron Ott, Brady Bacon, Davey Sammons, Brian Carber, Freddie and Brandon Rahmer, Tim Glatfelter and Ryan Talor.
The 35 Lap 410 Sprint Car event pays $5,000 to win, $1,400 for fifth position, $1,000 for tenth position and $400 to start the feature event.
Things continue to heat up for the 358 NASCAR Modifieds – during the Traffic Jam event Oley, PA’s Duane Howard claimed the victory in dominant fashion with Jeff Strunk, Meme Desantis, Jared Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller rounding out the top five finishers. It’s a battle for bragging rights and $3,000 when the mighty Modifieds take to the track in 30 laps of three-wide, wheel-banging, boiler plate bouncing action. The 358 Modifieds portion of this show is open to all competitors with heat race qualifying, a consolation and a 30 lap feature. T
Quaker Steak & Lube has upped the ante with a $50 bonus to sprint car heat race event winners, with the stipulation that they pre-register and $125 to all non-qualified 410 Sprint Cars.
Bonus awards for the 410 Sprint Cars include: $100 Quick Time Bonus and an additional $100 if the track record is broken. The current track record is held by Jeff Shepard who clocked a time of 11.433 in May of 2008.
For additional information or to pre-enter, please call 443-513-4456. Drivers should provide their name, car number, hometown and phone number.
Previous Grandview Speedway PA Speed Week Feature Winners include: Greg Hodnett (2014, 2012, 2003), Tyler Walker (2011, 2010), Chad Kemenah (2009), Fred Rahmer (2008, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1997), Todd Shaffer ( 2007), Billy Pauch (2001), Lance Dewease (1999, 1998)
Celebrating the 26th season of racing action NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series always includes fun for the fans with activities such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks and appearances by the Thunder Girls.
General Admission ticket pricing for Tuesday, June 30 is $25 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit Admission pricing is $35 without a license and $30 with license.
Advance tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name, the number of tickets you will need and a phone number. Tickets may be paid for and picked-up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM a full half-hour before General Admission Tickets go on sale.
Pit Gates open at 3:00 PM, Advance Ticket Holders are able to enter at 4:30 PM, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 PM and Racing starts at 7:30 PM
The June 30th event at the Grandview Speedway marks the third event of the Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week schedule – which offers nine races in ten days, with $250,000 in race payouts. With sponsorship support from Wayback Burgers and associate sponsorship from Trone Outdoor Advertising a $25,000 point fund will be offered with $10,000 going to the series champion. Celebrating its 25 season, Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week has hosted 163 races at 12 different tracks, with 36 different drivers scoring wins. More information on Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week can be found at www.paspeedweeks.com.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by: Quaker Steak & Lube, Window World, GALCO Business Communications & Pioneer Pole Buildings.
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com
About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 26 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 114 events over $3.8 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including: 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legends cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.
About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 53rd Anniversary season in 2015. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.
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Friday, June 19, 2015
Contact: Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – This time last year Dale Blaney had only recorded one University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions win. Then Ohio Sprint Speedweek rolled around and “The Low Rider” went on a tear that would propel him to an unprecedented fifth series championship.
Well, this year heading into the 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Presented by Cometic Gasket at Attica Raceway Park, Blaney already had three UNOH All Star wins. He added a fourth series win Friday on Ohio CAT/UBS Financial Services Night at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue as he tries to claim that $25,000 bonus from Cometic Gasket if he can now win four more of the remaining eight events.
The cautions fell perfectly for Blaney keeping him out of lapped traffic until the last five laps. He was only seriously challenged once, that coming on lap nine when Parker Price-Miller got by. Blaney, who won the World of Outlaws event at Attica a few weeks ago, would regain the lead a lap later and held the point the remaining 30 laps for his 119th career All Star win. He sits third on Attica’s all-time win list now with 23 wins, 15 of which have been All Star victories.
“Really, really a cool place to come race. I’ve had a lot of success here. I have to thank John Bores (promoter) and his family for having a great facility. Every time we come here it always puts on a good race. Forty lap races here are a lot of fun. Sheldon (Haudenschild) came from way in the back (20th) and got third,” said Blaney beside his GoMuddy.com/Eyecon Trail Cameras/BadAzz Box Blinds/Xecute Scent Control/Big Game Tree Stands backed #1.
“I was really good in one and two but struggled a little bit in three and four. I should have gotten way down in three and four…I just felt like I couldn’t hit it so I just kind of rolled in the middle and it worked out. Cautions came out at the right time. I saw Parker Price-Miller under me there early…I hate leading races but it worked out,” added Blaney.
“I can’t thank Big Game and Muddy enough for coming on board with us and Janet Holbrook and CH Motorsports. George (Fisher, crew chief) and Skippy…they just keep doing what they do and Donny is there and we got a couple new guys…Scuba and Bob Ream. We’re looking forward to a good week,” concluded Blaney.
While Blaney benefitted from the cautions, six time Attica champion Byron Reed needed longer runs to have a shot at the win. That didn’t happen and he would bring his Crown Battery/Kistler Engines backed machine home in second.
“This format the All Stars use makes it very fair. In past years with this many cars and you draw a 50 you’d be in serious trouble. It reinvigorates me a little bit. We had a great run and to stand up here in second is good. Wish I had something for Dale. I felt like we were as good as him when we got going. But definitely I didn’t restart as well…it took me five laps or so to get going. I have to thank my crew Curt and Kevin and Dick and my mom and dad,” said Reed.
Sheldon Haudenschild lived up to the family reputation of being a rim-rider. The Wooster, Ohio driver had the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats as he blasted from his 20th starting spot to a third place finish. Besides his dad, the legendary Jac Haudenschild working on the #93, Sheldon had long-time family friend and mechanic Bonzai Bruns and Zach Ames turning the wrenches on his Southern Pacific Farms/Triple X Racing backed machine.
“Starting back there you kind of just want to get through the first five laps and keep your nose clean and then make your moves quick. They watered the track right before we went out and I saw the top was really nice and I kind of committed myself there…I was going to run 40 laps up there and see what happens,” said Haudenschild.
“I got into the front stretch wall there once. I was getting kind of tight on the curb and ran under Kasey (Kahne) and thought I was going to get into him or spin out. Thankfully I was able to keep it going and there were a few mishaps there in front of me and put me there toward the front. About halfway a spark plug wire fell off so I went to the bottom for five six laps to see what was going on. And then we had that late restart and I went for it to try and get a top three,” added Haudenschild.
In a thrilling Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature, Mansfield, Ohio’s Dave Hornikel would literally battle side by side with Ryan Markham all 25 laps before taking the lead with just three laps to go to score his first Attica victory.
“We’ve been so close here over the years and stupid stuff would keep us from winning. I have to thank the Phillips and Ireys for putting me in their cars. I got to that lapped car and he was running the bottom. I tried to sneak up on him and get under him and it worked. This feels so awesome to finally get a win here,” said Hornikel beside his Mid-Ohio Auto Repair/Mid-Ohio Graphics/Sluss Reality/Imperial Truck/Swartz Race Cars backed #71.
Price-Miller and Blaney would bring the field of 26 to green for the 40-lap UNOH All Star feature with Blaney gaining the upper hand. Price-Miller, Reed, Kasey Kahne, Cap Henry, Caleb Helms, Jamie Veal and Brad Bacon would give chase. As Blaney pulled away slightly the battle for second was entertaining between Price-Miller, Reed, Henry and Kahne.
As Blaney caught up with the back of the pack, Price-Miller began to close with Henry and Reed continuously swapping the third spot. Price-Miller drove under Blaney in turns three and four to grab the lead on lap 9 but Blaney drove back by in one and two.
The caution would fly on lap 11 for Greg Wilson who came to rest off the banking in turn four. That would give Blaney and open track and he would pull away again on the restart as Price-Miller ran comfortably in second while Reed and Henry continued their battle for third while Kahne and Bacon stayed close.
By lap 15 all eyes were on Haudenschild who had moved from his 20th starting spot to 8th. Also, Kahne started to come alive and drove into fourth at the half-way point and was up to third when the caution flew on lap 26. Haudenschild had worked his way to fourth as well.
Blaney would again pull away when the green flew as Price-Miller held off Kahne with Reed regaining fourth as Haudenschild made heavy contact with the front stretch wall on lap 27. With 10 laps to go Kahne drove around Price-Miller for the runner-up spot and was closing as Blaney prepared to hit heavy lapped traffic with Reed moving into third on lap 33.
Blaney finally caught the back of the field and started to lap cars with just five laps to go. Reed had now caught Kahne and the two locked up in a great battle. Kahne would make contact with one of the infield tires and spun but was able to keep going but lost three positions. The caution would come out as the tire Kahne made contact with was pushed onto the track.
That would set up a three lap battle to the checkers with Blaney leading Reed, Price-Miller, Haudenschild, Henry, Kahne and Bacon. Blaney would pull away on the restart as Reed worked to gain his momentum back. Blaney would take the win over Reed as Haudenschild got around Price-Miller on the last lap for third with Kahne rounding out the top five.
Henry, Jamie Veal, Bacon, Wilson – who came back after his early race mishap – and Helms would round out the top 10.
Hornikel and Markham brought the field to green for the 25 lap late model feature. Hornikel would lead the first lap but Markham ran to his outside with Kyle Moore, Matt Irey and Ryan Missler in tow. Markham would take a slim lead on lap two but Hornikel continued to challenge on the bottom with Moore, Irey, Mike Bores, George Lee and Missler in pursuit.
Missler would bring out the first and only caution of the event on lap five. When the green flew Markham and Hornikel continued their side-by-side battle with Irey now in third and a closing Rusty Schlenk in fourth.
Markham would continue to lead but only by a fender over the next 11 laps as Irey and Schlenk also ran side by side for third. Hornikel would use a lapped car as a pick to drive into the lead on lap 16 but Markham returned the favor a lap later with Schlenk and Doug Drown now joining the battle for the lead.
Markham and Hornikel ran side by side without making contact the entire race. With five to go the top four of Markham, Hornikel, Schlenk and Drown ran side by side and nose to tail. Markham made a bobble on the cushion trying to drive through lapped traffic on lap 23 and Hornikel pounced to take the lead.
Hornikel would edge out Markham, Schlenk and Drown for his first Attica win. Bores would round out the top five.
Attica Raceway Park returns to action on Friday, July 3 for Fan Appreciation Night presented by the Bauman Auto Group. Just $10 general admission for the 410 and 305 sprints, late models and dirt trucks. The pit gates will be open after hot laps for fans to meet the teams and hot dogs will only be $1.
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
Attica Raceway Park
Friday, June 19, 2015
UBS Financial/Ohio CAT Night
Starting position [*]
58 UNOH 410 Sprints
1.53-Cap Henry, 12.372; 2.5T-Travis Philo, 12.416; 3.40-Caleb Helms, 12.518; 4.99-Brady Bacon, 12.537; 5.1st-Gary Taylor, 12.540; 6.60-Jody Keegan, 12.542; 7.9x-Rob Chaney, 12.581; 8.21-DJ Foos, 12.586; 9.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.588; 10.22-Cole Duncan, 12.613; 11.89-Cody Darrah, 12.622; 12.35AU-Jamie Veal, 12.626; 13.6H-Kenny Jacobs, 12.626; 14.19-Chris Andrews, 12.630; 15.70-Roger Crockett, 12.634; 16.6M-Max Stambaugh, 12.648; 17.1-Dale Blaney, 12.659; 18.W20-Greg Wilson, 12.664; 19.33M-Caleb Griffith, 12.664; 20.59-Danny Holtgraver, 12.669; 21.45L-Brian Lay, 12.757; 22.15H-Mitch Harble, 12.804; 23.91-Cale Thomas, 12.805; 24.5AU-Danny Reidy, 12.833; 25.16-Stuart Brubaker, 12.835; 26.9P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.843; 27.5-Byron Reed, 12.862; 28.O5-Brad Loyet, 12.869; 29.49-Kasey Kahne, 12.883; 30.16X-Ryan Ruhl, 12.888; 31.81-Lee Jacobs, 12.897; 32.59N-Bryan Nuckles, 12.899; 33.40DD-Nate Dussel, 12.914; 34.11N-Randy Hannagan, 12.932; 35.57X-Andrew Palker, 12.964; 36.17-Josh Baughman, 12.970; 37.3G-James McFadden, 12.987; 38.9C-Jimmy Colvin, 12.994; 39.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.001; 40.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.091; 41.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13.098; 42.94-Ryan Smith, 13.104; 43.17W-Bryan Clauson, 13.112; 44.71H-Brad Lamberson, 13.120; 45.78-Todd Kane, 13.156; 46.8M-TJ Michael, 13.200; 47.68G-Tyler Gunn, 13.213; 48.45-Tim Shaffer, 13.224; 49.16M-Danny Mumaw, 13.273; 50.4-Danny Smith, 13.429; 51.27Z-Sean Zemunik, 13.474; 52.9-Jordan Ryan, 13.489; 53.55F-Taylor Ferns, 13.528; 54.25M-Ken Mackey, 13.547; 55.96AU-Bruce White, 13.763; 56.38-Jared Horstman, 13.885; 57.8-Kevin Shelbo, 14.086; 58.97-Dean Jacobs, 99.000;
Heat 1, Group A - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 40-Caleb Helms ; 2. 5T-Travis Philo ; 3. 53-Cap Henry ; 4. 60-Jody Keegan ; 5. 89-Cody Darrah ; 6. 22-Cole Duncan ; 7. 70-Roger Crockett ; 8. 94-Ryan Smith ; 9. 45L-Brian Lay ; 10. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 11. 71H-Brad Lamberson ; 12. 8-Kevin Shelbo
Heat 2, Group B - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 2. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 3. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 4. 17-Josh Baughman ; 5. 6M-Max Stambaugh ; 6. 5AU-Danny Reidy ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 8. 25M-Ken Mackey ; 9. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 10. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 11. 96AU-Bruce White ; 12. 21-DJ Foos
Heat 3, Group C - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 19-Chris Andrews ; 2. 49-Kasey Kahne ; 3. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 5. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 6. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 7. 8M-TJ Michael ; 8. 27Z-Sean Zemunik ; 9. 16M-Danny Mumaw ; 10. 78-Todd Kane ; 11. O5-Brad Loyet ; 12. 4-Danny Smith
Heat 4, Group D - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. W20-Greg Wilson ; 3. 1st-Gary Taylor ; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 5. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 6. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 9. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 10. 16X-Ryan Ruhl
Heat 5, Group E - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 91-Cale Thomas ; 4. 99-Brady Bacon ; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 6. 9C-Jimmy Colvin ; 7. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 8. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 9. 38-Jared Horstman ; 10. 3G-James McFadden ; 11. 6H-Kenny Jacobs
Dash 1 - (8 Laps, determines top 12 starting positions in A)
1. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney ; 3. 49-Kasey Kahne ; 4. 5-Byron Reed ; 5. 40-Caleb Helms ; 6. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 7. W20-Greg Wilson ; 8. 53-Cap Henry ; 9. 5T-Travis Philo ; 10. 99-Brady Bacon ; 11. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 12. 19-Chris Andrews
D-Main 1 - (8 Laps, top 2 to C)
1. 27Z-Sean Zemunik ; 2. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 3. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 4. 25M-Ken Mackey ; 5. 38-Jared Horstman ; 6. 8-Kevin Shelbo ; 7. 96AU-Bruce White ; 8. 4-Danny Smith ; 9. 16M-Danny Mumaw ; 10. 97-Dean Jacobs
C-Main 1 - (10 Laps, top 2 to B)
1. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 2. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 3. 9C-Jimmy Colvin ; 4. 8M-TJ Michael ; 5. 94-Ryan Smith ; 6. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 7. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 8. 27Z-Sean Zemunik ; 9. 71H-Brad Lamberson ; 10. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 11. 78-Todd Kane ; 12. 3G-James McFadden ; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 14. 45-Tim Shaffer
B-Main 1 - (12 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 6H-Kenny Jacobs ; 2. 21-DJ Foos ; 3. 89-Cody Darrah ; 4. 22-Cole Duncan ; 5. 6M-Max Stambaugh ; 6. 70-Roger Crockett ; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 8. 45L-Brian Lay ; 9. 5AU-Danny Reidy ; 10. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 11. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 12. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 13. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 14. 16X-Ryan Ruhl ; 15. O5-Brad Loyet ; 16. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 17. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 18. 9Z-Duane Zablocki
A-Main 1 - (40 Laps)
1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 4. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 5. 49-Kasey Kahne ; 6. 53-Cap Henry ; 7. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 8. 99-Brady Bacon ; 9. W20-Greg Wilson ; 10. 40-Caleb Helms ; 11. 5T-Travis Philo ; 12. 1st-Gary Taylor ; 13. 89-Cody Darrah ; 14. 6H-Kenny Jacobs ; 15. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 16. 21-DJ Foos ; 17. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 18. 94-Ryan Smith ; 19. 17-Josh Baughman ; 20. 91-Cale Thomas ; 21. 60-Jody Keegan ; 22. 22-Cole Duncan ; 23. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 25. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 26. 19-Chris Andrews
Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models (25 cars)
Nitro Black Performance by Engine Pro Heat 1 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 75-Dusty Moore ; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk ; 3. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 4. 61-George Lee ; 5. 51-Devin Shiels ; 6. 27-Ken Hahn ; 7. 92-Cody Scott ; 8. 59-Larry Bellman ; 9. 21-Larry Kingseed
Summit Racing Equipment Heat 2 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 00-Chris Keller ; 2. 50Y-Ryan Missler ; 3. 5J-Josh Haynes ; 4. 36-Matt Irey ; 5. 75H-Jason Hinton ; 6. 29-Rocky Owens ; 7. 007-Rick Bond
Ultra Shield Race Products Heat 3 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 240-Doug Drown ; 2. 15B-Mike Bores ; 3. 2*-Kyle Moore ; 4. 71-Dave Hornikel ; 5. 79-Brad Malecuit ; 6. 42*-Bob Mayer ; 7. 53-Steve Sabo ; 8. 69R-Doug Baird
Computer Man B-Main 1 (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 29-Rocky Owens ; 2. 27-Ken Hahn ; 3. 007-Rick Bond ; 4. 92-Cody Scott ; 5. 21-Larry Kingseed ; 6. 53-Steve Sabo ; 7. 69R-Doug Baird ; 8. 59-Larry Bellman ; 9. 42*-Bob Mayer
A-Main 1 - (25 Laps)
1. 71-Dave Hornikel ; 2. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 3. 91-Rusty Schlenk ; 4. 240-Doug Drown ; 5. 15B-Mike Bores ; 6. 36-Matt Irey ; 7. 61-George Lee ; 8. 29-Rocky Owens ; 9. 51-Devin Shiels ; 10. 75-Dusty Moore ; 11. 79-Brad Malecuit ; 12. 00-Chris Keller ; 13. 21-Larry Kingseed ; 14. 92-Cody Scott ; 15. 27-Ken Hahn ; 16. 5J-Josh Haynes ; 17. 53-Steve Sabo ; 18. 2*-Kyle Moore ; 19. 007-Rick Bond ; 20. 50Y-Ryan Missler
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
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“THEY DON’T CALL THIS THE TRAFFIC JAM FOR NOTHING” STATES RACE WINNER MATT SHEPPARD AFTER DIRTcar VICTORY, DUANE HOWARD TOPS 358 MODIFIED FEATURE TUESDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA . . . . . Against the odds of Mother Nature, the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presented the eighteenth running of the TRAFFIC JAM for Big Block Modifieds under the sanctioning body of DIRTcar. The NASCAR 358 Modifieds were also on the program that went on even after a few rain showers hovered over the Grandview Speedway. Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY, enjoyed a big night at Grandview winning the 60 lap Super DIRTcar Series feature event, earning $6,000 for the win. Sheppard ran a flawless race, first battling with Billy Dunn, negotiating the lapped traffic then holding off a side by side challenge for the lead from Billy Decker on lap 58. Sheppard stated in victory lane, “They don’t call this the Traffic Jam for nothing”, commenting that he raced in traffic most of the feature event. Sheppard took the win in the 60 lap feature that had one caution and was completed in just twenty-minutes. In the 30 lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature, Duane Howard of Oley, PA was the winner after a hard fought battle with MeMe DeSantis. Howard earned $3,000 for the win. Forty nine cars took part in the double header event splitting a total purse of $42,000. A strong crowd turned out despite the variable, threatening and unpredictable weather throughout the day that saw two rain showers pass through after the gates were open.
The ALL MODIFIED, ALL NIGHT of racing started off with Craig VonDohren of Oley, PA setting fast time and in the process, he established a new one lap track record of 14.298 earning a one-hundred dollar bonus. The well prepared racing surface was described by several drivers as being scary fast.
Quaker Steak & Lube offered a $50 bonus to each of the heat race winners. In the Super DIRTcar Series qualifying events, victories went to Craig VonDohren, Ryan Watt and Ryan Godown. The NASCAR 358 Modified qualifying events were won by Brett Kressley, MeMe DeSantis and Jared Umbenhauer.
At the start of the 18th Annual Traffic Jam Ryan Watt was the early race leader with challenges from Billy Dunn from the drop of the green flag. The one and only caution of the feature came on lap two when Larry Wight lost a wheel going down the backstretch. Wright was towed to the pits and unable to restart the race. When green flag racing resumed, Watt retained control of the top spot and opened a slight advantage over runner-up Billy Dunn. Matt Sheppard was racing in third and well within striking distance of the leaders.
On lap ten, Dunn made a bid for the lead but Watt was able to hold the top spot. As Dunn and Watt battled for the lead, Sheppard was inching closer to the top two. Billy Dunn took the lead on lap thirteen followed by Watt, Sheppard who was now being challenged by Decker with Stewart Friesen making up the top five. The action was fast and on lap fourteen, Matt Sheppard motored passed Ryan Watt for second. One lap later, Billy Decker moved into third and the hunt for Billy Dunn was underway.
The battle for the lead was shaping up on lap sixteen as Sheppard was pressuring Dunn for the lead. After a few side-by- side laps, Sheppard powered to the lead on lap nineteen. Decker was on his charge and on lap twenty-two, Sheppard, Dunn and Decker were in a three car race for the lead. Sheppard prevailed as the race leader as Dunn and Decker continued the chase.
At the halfway sign, Sheppard was on top as Dunn and Decker raced side-by-side for second followed by Friesen and Watt.
Billy Decker moved into second on lap thirty-three and now had to chase down the race leader.
Lapped cars were now in the picture for race leader Matt Sheppard. Decker took advantage and began to close in on the leader who had at least a ten car length lead. Stewart Friesen moved to third on lap thirty-eight and now he was chasing down the front runners. Decker moved closer to Sheppard with each lap and with just five laps to go, the crowd was well aware that Decker was within striking distance of the leader. On lap fifty-seven Decker was on the rear bumper of Sheppard with slower traffic weaving ahead.
Off turn four with just two laps remaining, Sheppard crossed the line side-by-side. In turn one, Sheppard drifted high, Decker squared off the corner and took another run at Sheppard using the inside line. Going into turn three, Sheppard was able to put a lapped car between himself and Decker. With just one lap remaining Sheppard needed to drive just one perfect lap. The leader drifted slightly high entering turn three, Decker dove to the bottom lane and with the run off of turn four, Sheppard darted under the checker flag, earning his first career victory in Thunder on the Hill competition at the Grandview Speedway. Decker, a previous Traffic Jam winner finished a well-deserved second followed by Stewart Friesen, Billy Dunn and Ryan Watt.
The NASCAR 358 Modified feature came onto the track and at the drop of the green flag MeMe DeSantis was the early race leader. Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk followed DeSantis but were well within striking distance. On lap seven Howard nosed ahead of DeSantis as they crossed the line, then in turns one and two, DeSantis regained the lead. Howard came back as race leader as they completed lap eight. Side-by-side the Howard and DeSantis show continued to play out as Howard finally settled in as race leader on lap ten. Two laps later, Strunk passed DeSantis for second and now set his sights on race leader Duane Howard.
At the halfway point, Howard held a comfortable lead over Strunk as DeSantis, Jared Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller rounded out the top five. Also on a charge was Craig VonDohren.
Stealing the show at this point was Doug Manmiller who advanced to fourth on lap twenty-two. One lap later, Manmiller and DeSanits were door-to-door with Manmiller now racing in third. Howard maintained his solid lead over Strunk as Manmiller was closing in quickly on Strunk With just five laps remaining, VonDohren moved into the top five.
With the checker flag waiving, Duane Howard took the win and the $3,000 first place prize over Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, MeMe DeSantis and Craig VonDohren.
The racing program that started with the National Anthem at 7:35 was completed at 10:02 PM.
SUPER DIRTcar SERIES 60 LAP FEATURE - - - $6,000 To Win! MATT SHEPPARD, BLLY DECKER, STEWART FRIESSEN, BILLY DUNN, RYAN WATT, BRETT HEARN, DANNY JOHNSON, DUANE HOWARD, PAT WARD, TIM FULLER, CRAIG VONDOHREN, ANTYONY PERREGO, PETER BRITTEN, DANNY CREEDEN, JIMMY PHELPS, JIMMY HORTON, KEITH FLACH, RICH SCAGLIOTTA, ADAM ROBERTS, RYAN GODOWN, RICH LAUBACH, MARK FORTE JR, RYAN FORTE, LARRY WIGHT.
NASCAR 358 MODIFIEDS 30 LAP FEATURE - - - $3,000 To Win! DUANE HOWARD, JEFF STRUNK, DOUG MANMILLER, MEME DESANTIS, CRAIG VON DOHREN, RYAN WATT, JARED UMBENHAUER, BRETT KRESSLEY, DANNY JOHNSON, FRANK COZZE, JOHN WILLMAN, RICK LAUBACH, KYLE WEISS, TIM BUCKWALTER, KEVIN HIRTHLER, JARED MILLER, BRIAN HOUSEKNECHT, MIKE GULAR, KYLE BORROR, MIKE BAILEY, RUSTY SMITH, RYAN GRIM, DANNY ERB, JOE MODNEY, GLENN STRUNK
New One lap Track Record Big Block Modifieds: 14.298 Craig VonDohren
358 Modified Quaker Steak & Lube Heats: Brett Kressley, MeMe DeSantis, Jared Umbenhauer
Big Block Modified Quaker Steak & Lube Heats: Craig VonDohren, Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown
Tuesday, June 30 HUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM
Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds *NASCAR Point Race
Port Royal, Pa…. Weikert’s Livestock of Fairfield has taken ownership of title sponsorship of the 410 sprint car division at Port Royal Speedway as was announced Saturday night at the track.
Synonymous with sprint car racing in the annals of history, the famous family business now in its third generation of ownership has proudly partnered with the track to fly the Port Royal sprint car flag.
“We’re awful proud of what we do and what we’ve accomplished,” says Weikert’s Livestock owner and president Todd Weikert of the day-to-day operations at the multi-million dollar firm.
“And we’re just as proud of Port Royal for what it’s become over the last five years and a stronger relationship with Port Royal just makes good sense for us,” Weikert says.
In late April, Todd Weikert announced in conjunction with Port Royal officials that the annual, prestigious Bob Weikert Memorial will expand to a two-day format at the historic oval in 2016, spanning the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The Weikert name rose to prominence on the back of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 sprint car during the decades of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s.
With the car campaigning from coast to coast including at Port Royal, experiencing unprecedented success, Bob Weikert’s forays in the sport laid groundwork for the current prosperity being experienced at Weikert’s Livestock.
Weikert’s Livestock buys and sells cattle from coast to coast with more than 50-percent of its clientele placed west of the Mississippi.
“A big part of our clients are race enthusiasts,” says Todd Weikert, “It’s a network.”
In addition to the commerce they conduct in the livestock trade, the firm also owns and operates some 600 acres of farmland in south central Pennsylvania.
Keep up to date on all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the tracks official website at www.portroyalspeedway.com or by following the oval on Facebook and Twitter.
BECHTELSVILLE, PA ….Second generation driver Adam Carberry won his second Tri State Racesaver Series feature of the year on Saturday, June 13th at Grandview Speedway. Carberry’s first win of the season came a few week back at New Egypt when he won the May 9th make-up feature event. The Bensalem PA resident began the race in the sixth starting spot, and quickly took the lead over from Eddie Wagner on lap six, never looking back from that point on. Rounding out the top five was Mike Haggenbottom, Eddie Wagner, Rick Stief and Ryan Stillwaggon.
“We got a win here last year, it seems that we either wreck or win here, but tonight we chose to win,” said Carberry about his usual fortune at Grandview.
There were 26 sprinters on the card for the 25 lap feature event. Three qualifying heat races went to Ryan Stillwaggon, Mike Haggenbottom and rookie racer Joe Kay. This was the second of four appearances made so far that the TSRS sprints are slated to make this season at Grandview, with this being their first ever time being added to the regular Saturday night program.
Eddie Wagner and Tim Tanner Jr. started on the front row with Tanner taking the lead after blasting into turn one and two on the high side. The Bethmann Auto Body number 18 continued to lead Wagner, Carberry, Stief, and Geiges for the first four laps, pulling away by a straight away margin until he came into contact with Samantha Lieberman who spun in turn three and four. Tanner flipped after making contact with Lieberman’s left front tire, bringing the red flag out. Both drivers were okay, but they were unable to continue.
“She just spun, and she didn’t really hold her line. When you spin, you lock you brakes up so you don’t coast down. I don’t know if her engine was still running or what, but she came down about a lane in half, two lanes and I just had now where to go,” described a frustrated Tanner on the situation. “When I realized that she was spinning, I was entering three and I just braced myself because I knew I had nowhere to go”. Tim, who made the transition from Big Block Modifieds to Sprint Cars two years ago, has been a competitive asset to the TSRS series, but this season has been a struggle for him. “I haven’t been able to put it together yet. When my car is good, I can’t seem to get into the redraw to get that good starting spot. And when my car is bad, I end up getting a good starting spot and struggle. What are you going to do though, that’s racing!”.
A single file restart was applied, with Wagner back on the pole leading Adam Carberry, Stief and Brown into turn one. Wagner went to the bottom and Carberry who was making his moves on the top, attempted to pass Wagner coming out of turn two but was unsuccessful due to the number 70 unintentionally shutting the door on Carberry.
“You don’t know anyone’s there until you feel them, I wasn’t far enough next to him (Wagner) anyway so I got out of it and tried it again the next lap and it worked that time,” commented Carberry on the contact with Wagner.
The halfway point was approaching, as was lapped traffic, and Adam Carberry continued to expand his lead by over a straight away over the rest of the field. Two more cautions would challenge Carberry, who perfected his restarts time and time again and after running much of the race on the top of the high banked oval, the bright green number 47 began to work the bottom, continuing to dominate the race.
“To get up to the front I used the top and then I figured at about half way the track would take rubber, and once the track takes rubber that’s pretty much where you got to be to be fast,” he explained.
With the top four cars maintaining their positions, “Mr. Excitement” Mike Haggenbottom made his way to the front, breaking into the top five by lap 15. The fourth and final caution of the night came out for Jeff Geiges, who made contact with the number 70 of Eddie Wagner, jumping his left rear tire after getting a good run going into the first turn, resulting in the Stellitano Heating and Air Conditioning number 77J to spin and hit the turn one wall. Geiges, who made hard contact with the steel outside wall, remained uninjured, but his car could not say the same.
“Two people were going for the same real-estate, that’s all I’m going to say.” Geiges commented shortly.
On the fourth and final restart, Adam Carberry took the green flag and ran away once again, driving in his own time zone for the remaining ten laps of the race. Haggenbottom advanced two spots on the restart after powering hard into turns one and two, now placing him into second over Wagner, Stief and tenth place starting Ryan Stillwaggon. The Belmont’s Garage number 24 was on a mission to catch the leader who was now approaching and dicing in and out of lapped traffic, but was unable to hook on to him for the win.
“This second place is a win for me at Grandview. I probably have about 15 second or third place finishes here. I have never won here, so it would have been nice, but we’ll take the second,” said Haggenbottom. “I liked the top, it was there for the most part of the race, but it went away with about six or seven laps to go. Turn one was not bad, and that helped me on the restart when everyone went to the bottom, but I had to go to the bottom in turns three and four because the top just went away over there”.
Adam Carberry took the checkered flags for the second time at Grandview in his short, but successful racing career. Carberry comes from a large and well known racing family, with his Grandfather Tom being a mechanic on many modified teams back in the 60’s and 70’s, his father Kenny and uncles Tom and Chuck Carberry all former Modified and Sprint car drivers, as well as his cousin Tommy Carberry who also races with Adam in the 305 ranks. He began his career in the 305 sprints four years ago when he was 18 and has won at nearly every track that the TSRS series has raced at.
“I want to thank my crew, my dad, Phil Meisner, Kyle Koellner and my girlfriend Jill for helping me out every week and getting me into victory lane,” thanked Carberry.
Thayer Performance once again provided an added incentive to the customary Bruce’s Auto Body Hard Charger award. The Mercerville, NJ based parts trailer, which is stocked and loaded with Hoosier racing tires, TiLube products, and everything else in-between presented Jamie Kostic with the “Rubber Burning Bonus” right rear Hoosier Racing tire for advancing the most positions in the feature. Kostic advanced eight spots after starting 17th, and finishing ninth.
Adam Carberry set fast time of the feature with a 14.592 lap time, occurring on lap 21.
FEATURE (25 laps): Adam Carberry, Mike Haggenbottom, Eddie Wagner, Rick Stief, Ryan Stillwaggon, Tommy Carberry, Scott Frack, Joe Kay, Jamie Kostic Jon Haegele, Stephanie Stevens-Dodson, John Barnett, Bryant Davis, Brad Franks, Jason Rochelle, Dave Graber, Pat U’Selis, Zack Burd, Jeff Geiges, Dave Brown Jr., David Bonner, Tim Tanner, Tony Smolenyak, Samantha Lieberman
DNQ: Joe Lord
Bruce’s Auto Body & Thayer Performance Hard Charger Award: Jamie Kostic (+8)
Fast Time: Adam Carberry, 14.592
Track promoter: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton@215.752.7797
Race result story by Vicki Gehris with additions from Ernie Saxton
RAY SWINEHART, BRETT GILMORE AND ADAM CARBERRY WIN A.D.MOYER LUMBER NIGHT FEATURE RACES AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY NIGHT
BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 14, 2015 . . . – Last week at Grandview Speedway Ray Swinehart was a runner-up by a wheel over eventual winner Ron Seltmann Jr. This Saturday night the two-time point champion, sporting a brand new car, stepped it up a notch and was victorious by a bigger distance over second place finisher Tim Buckwalter in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature sponsored by A.D. Moyer Lumber. Swinehart, who lives for racing commented that “he may be old, but he still keeps digging and sometimes you get lucky.” He admitted he squeezed Buckwalter at one point and hoped he wasn’t mad. Swinehart became the eighth different Modified feature winner of the season.
In Sportsman action the third generation of a Gilmore won the 25-lap NASCAR feature in the name of Brett Gilmore. His father Kenny, who dropped out of the event, won earlier this year and his grandfather Charley Gilmore won several years ago. It wasn’t an easy win for the younger Gilmore since he got by rookie Ryan Shupp coming in for the checkered to score his first career victory.
The 25-lap TSRS Sprint feature was won by Adam Carberry by a sizeable margin over point leader Mike Haggenbottom.
The Modified and Sportsman feature winners earned bonuses from T.P. Trailers and VP Racing Fuels product awards went to the top finishing driver in each stock car feature provided they met the promotional requirements.
Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. the Thunder on the Hill Series Super DirtCar Series Modifieds 18th Annual Traffic Jam Big Block Modifieds event takes place and will have the Big Blocks featured in 60-lap main event while the 358 Modifieds will go 30 Laps (NASCAR points will be awarded). Adult admission is $25.
Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. fans can celebrate Father’s Day. Pocono Raceway will have their mascot there, pace car and be giving fans a chance to win race tickets. All feature winners receive $600 prize package from Ingersoll Rand, First 200 DADS through the front gate receive a free Grandview Speedway Can Koozie. Racing includes T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted free. Fans taking part in the IR Tools texting contest will win the IR merchandise package plus two tickets to a regular Saturday show. Text IRToolsGRV to 313131 to have a chance to win between Saturday 11 a.m. to Sunday 11 p.m.
Race teams will have the opportunity to test IR cordless drills and at the main entrance fans will have a chance to get an up-close look at a variety of IR power tools (cordless and air tools).
The weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet, taking place at the main gate at 5:30 p.m., will feature the Gilmore family along with Sportsman racer Erik Renninger.
Swinehart overtook Todd Smith for the lead on the second lap of the Modified feature and immediately opened daylight over the other 27 competitors.
Mike Gular regrouped the pack on the ninth lap when he stopped on the backstretch. Swinehart held his ground on the restart, but by this time Buckwalter was second making his presence known.
Behind Swinehart and Buckwalter, Duane Howard, Danny Erb and current point leader Craig Von Dohren diced for third through fifth.
Mike Laise spun between the third and fourth turn for the 16th lap caution. On this restart Buckwalter ran Swinehart out of real estate and emerged as the new leader.
It didn’t take Buckwalter long to outdistance himself while Howard, Von Dohren and Danny Erb trailed. Attempting to get into the top five was Meme DeSantis.
The final caution was for DeSantis when he was spun in the second turn and went pit side. This time when action went green, Swinehart made a move on Buckwalter and was back on top. Von Dohren and Howard swapped paint many times while battling for third with Doug Manmiller just waiting for a chance to advance.
The veteran campaigner never relinquished the lead and pulled into victory lane for his first win of the season being shout-out of the winner’s circle since 2012. Buckwalter hung on for second followed by Von Dohren, Howard and Manmiller. Rounding out the top ten were Erb, Glenn Strunk, Don Norris Jr., John Willman and Jarrad Miller, recipient of the Cargo Trailers certificate.
DeSantis, G. Strunk and Kyle Borror were the heat winners. The consi was won by Mike Kellner.
Shupp quickly pulled away at the onset of the sportsman feature and by the sixth lap had a sizeable lead built up. Jockeying for positions behind him were B. Gilmore, Jeff Sechrist, Jason Neidlinger and Brad Arnold.
Sechrist, already a feature winner this year, overtook second with Gilmore trying aimlessly to pass him again.
At the completion of 16 laps Sechrist and Gilmore caught Shupp and a three-wide race for the lead began.
Gilmore was back in second on the 18th lap and began to put heavy pressure on Shupp, who ran the high line while Gilmore stayed low. Lapped cars came into play the closing stages and a few times Gilmore had to back off.
With the checkered flag in sight Gilmore gave it his all coming off the fourth turn and succeeded to pass Shupp for the win. Finishing a very close second was Shupp, for his best outing, followed by Sechrist, Arnold and Brian Hirthler. Ken Eckert Jr., Brett Kressley, Jordan Henn, Craig Whitmoyer, Cargo Trailer recipient and Mike Lisowski, last week’s feature winner, were sixth through tenth.
Heat winners were Lisowski, Sechrist and B. Gilmore.
Tim Tanner led the Sprint feature for four laps before he made contact with the spun car of Samantha Leiberman, who was right in the middle of the fourth turn, and tipped over to bring out the red. Both drivers were uninjured. This incident put Eddie Wagner in first, but he only held the lead for one lap before Carberry took over first.
Adam Carberry kept everyone behind him through the restarts and went on to score the win chased across by current point leader Mike Haggenbottom, Wagner, Rick Stief, Ryan Stillwaggon, Tommy Carberry, Scott Frack, Joe Kay, Jamie Kostic and Jon Haegele.
Stillwaggon, Haggenbottom and Kay won the heats. The consi went to John Barnett.
A.D. Moyer Lumber Night T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Ray Swinehart, 2. Tim Buckwalter, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Doug Manmiller, 6. Danny Erb, 7. Glenn Strunk, 8. Don Norris Jr., 9. John Willman, 10. Jarrad Miller, 11. Jared Umbenhauer, 12. Mike Gular, 13. Jeff Strunk, 14. Mike Kellner, 15. Eric Biehn, 16. Mike Laise, 17. Todd Smith, 18. Brian Houseknecht, 19. Dale Hartz, 20. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 21. Meme DeSantis, 22. Ron Seltmann Jr., 23. Ryan Kunkle, 24. Nate Christman, 25. Kyle Weiss, 26. Kyle Borror, 27. Kevin Hirthler, 28. Ryan Grim, 29. Frank Cozze (provisional). DNQ: Ron Haring Jr., Mark Kratz, Mike Bailey, Chris Gambler, Billy Pauch Jr. and Jamie Speers.
A.D. Moyer Lumber NASCAR Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brett Gilmore, 2. Ryan Shupp, 3. Jeff Sechrist, 4. Brad Arnold, 5. Brian Hirthler, 6. Ken Eckert Jr., 7. Brett Kressley, 8. Jordan Henn, 9. Craig Whitmoyer, 10. Mike Lisowski, 11. Ryan Lilick, 12. Jason Neidlinger, 13. Jim Housworth, 14. Erik Renninger, 15. Paul Kline, 16. Dean Bachman, 17. Ray Woodall Jr., 18. Kyle Lilick, 19. Mike Koffel, 20. Mark Kemmerer, 21. Kenny Gilmore. DNS: Paul Houseknecht and Pat Conrad.
TSRS Sprint Feature (25 Laps): 1. Adam Carberry, 2. Mike Haggenbottom, 3. Eddie Wagner, 4. Rick Stief, 5. Ryan Stillwaggon, 6. Tommy Carberry, 7. Scott Frack, 8. Joe Kay, 9. Jamie Kostic, 10. Jon Haegele, 11. Stephanie Stevens, 12. John Barnett, 13. Bryant6 Davis, 14. Brad Franks, 15. Jason Rochelle, 16. Dave Graber, 17. Pat U’Selis, 18. Zack Burd, 19. Jeff Geiges, 20. Dave Brown, 21. David Bonner, 22. Tin Tanner, 23. Tony Smolenyak, 24. Samantha Leiberman
Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located on Passmore Road just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown. A full assortment of great concessions and novelty items are available. Free parking on the grounds. Fans are invited to the competition area after the events are completed to meet the racers. For information telephone 610.754.7688 or check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Twitter@GrandviewSpeedway and www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedway along with Rainedout.com(for rainout information).
COMING EVENTS: Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro Racing, 2-60 lap races for big cars and 2-60 lap races for small cars plus 20-lap Ladies race. In addition two 15-lap features for Blast from the Past Vintage Cars. Adult admission is just $10
Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. Thunder on the Hill Series Super DirtCar Series Modifieds 18th Annual Traffic Jam Big Block Modifieds 60 Laps, T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds 30 Laps (NASCAR points will be awarded).
Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. Celebrate Father’s Day. Pocono Raceway Tire Changing Contest, Free Pocono tickets, Feature winners receive $600 prize package from Ingersoll Rand, First 200 DADS through the front gate receive a free Grandview Speedway Can Koozie. Racing includes T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman.
Saturday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models, Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage Cars in action.
Each Saturday night has spectator gates opening at 5:30 p.m. with a Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet that allows fans to meet drivers and get up close look at race cars.
UNOFFICIAL GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR T.P. TRAILERS MODIFIEDS AS OF JUNE 13, 2015
* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only those that are NASCAR point events.)
1. Craig VonDohren, Oley, PA #1C 2669*
2. Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #00 2467
3. Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66 2379**
4. Jeff Strunk, Pottstown, PA #88 2129*
5. Mike Gular, Green Lane, PA #53/2 2066
6. Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #5 1979
7. Don Norris, Douglassville, PA #976 1930
8. Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44 1923
9. John Willman, Birdsboro, PA #74W 1865
10. Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #357/19 1850
11. Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #22 1816
12. Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K 1794*
13. Nate Christman, Fleetwood, PA #37 1737
14. Glenn Strunk, Bechtelsville, PA #41 1729
15. Meme DeSantis, Temple, PA #357 1728
16. Jarred Miller, Barto, PA #917 1539
17. Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA #33 1509*
18. Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117 1479**
19. Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17 1298*
20. Mike Kellner, Lansdale, PA #A1/57 1295
21. Brian Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA #323 1276
22. Eric Biehn, Bechtelsville, PA #87 1224
23. Kyle Borror, Peach Bottom, PA #B4 1038
24. Todd Smith, Hatfield, PA #39 974
25. Ron Seltmann, Lower Pottsgrove, #R19 928*
26. Ryan Wyatt, Boyertown, PA #14W 841
26. Mike Laise, Pottstown, PA #15 724
28. Bobby Gunther Walsh, Allentown, PA #1 680
29. Jamie Speers, New Holland, PA #762 524
30. Kevin Hartnett, Barto, PA #81 522
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR BRC LATE MODELS AS OF JUNE 13, 2015
1. Chuck Schutz, Pottstown, PA #1 2165**
2. Sean Merkel, Boyertown, PA #118 1891
3. Wayne Pfeil, Mohnton, PA #72 1865**
4. Dan Green, Coatesville, PA #46 1787
5. Joe Fanelli, Exton, PA #22 1756
6. Kory Fleming, Milford, NJ #704 1685**
7. Dave Ogin, Bechtelsville, PA #310/8M 1630
8. Rick Todorow, Quakertown, PA #93 1538
9. John Giesler, Aston, PA #ZT1 1374
10. Cory Merkel, Gilbertsville, PA #16 1349
11. Lou Egrie Jr., Willow Grove, PA #4E 1324
12. Steve Gross, West Chester, PA #62 1254
13. Bill Henning, Lansdale, PA #80 1129
14. Randy Stoudt, Pottstown, PA #5/10 1005**
15. Steve Wilson, Green Lane, PA #15 989
16. Lou Egrie Sr., Willow Grove, PA #X4 767*
17. Buddy Mertz, Boyertown, PA #00 747
18. Shawn Horning, Blandon, PA #8M 450
19. Kyle Merkel, Boyertown, PA #00 381
20. Tony Giglio #16X 303
UNOFFICIAL POINT STANDINGS FOR NASCAR SPORTSMAN AS OF JUNE 13, 2015
1. Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K 2374****
2. Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7 1951**
3. Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA #99 1846
4. Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H 1791
5. Jim Housworth, Reigelsville, PA #72 1783
6. Brad Arnold, Kenhorst, PA #830 1703
7. Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4* 1698
8. Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15 1623**
9. Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #00 1606*
10. Erik Renninger, Bridgewater, NJ #51 1564
11. Ken Eckert, Orwigsburg, PA #29 1520
12. Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #142 1496
13. Jeff Sechrist, Robesonia, PA #29G 1344*
14. Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221 1264
15. Jason Neidlinger, Schuylkill Haven, PA #88X 1255
16. Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65 1165
17. Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14J 1112
18. Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104 823
19. Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77 815
20. Paul Houseknecht, Bechtelsville, PA #25 651
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Lawrenceburg, Indiana…Just like last year, Rico Abreu stood in victory lane at Lawrenceburg Speedway after a spirited 30-lap “Indiana Midget Week” feature on the high banks. The reigning Honda National Midget champion used a lap 21 restart for his first win of the season, making it four feature wins for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports with four different drivers this season.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. grabbed the early lead and led a high-speed breakaway on the cushion in the early circuits, as Jerry Coons, Jr. and Abreu stayed with him while Bryan Clauson moved from seventh to fourth in the early going.
On lap 12, Tracy Hines got turned over in turn-four to bring out the red flag. Hines walked to the ambulance. Coons used that restart to his advantage, as he fired a slide-job on Thomas for the top spot, with Abreu and Clauson scrambling to come along with him. By the caution for Isaac Chapple on lap 14, Thomas had been kicked back to fourth.
Just a lap later, Alex Bright went high in the air in turn-one, landing a monster flip in the middle of turns one and two. He took his time exiting the #56, but walked away.
Abreu tried his first slider on Coons at that restart, but Coons was ready for a battle. He fought off Abreu a couple times and put some distance between them, but Abreu regrouped and came back at him, finally able to hold off Coons’ crossover on lap 21. Coons lost some distance to Abreu and slowed on lap 24 with a flat left-rear tire. He visited the work area and restarted from the tail.
By that point, 15th-starting Tyler Thomas had passed two cars in one lap to enter the top-five and lined up behind Clauson in third for the restart with seven to go. He nailed the top and took second, but it appeared Abreu was too far out front. That changed with two to go as Ryan Bernal, who had been running inside the top-ten all race, nailed the turn-four wall, bringing out the final yellow.
Abreu got a good restart, and his teammate Kevin Thomas, Jr. threw a slider on Tyler Thomas for second, allowing Rico to pull away. Tyler Thomas crossed over, and Clauson hit the bottom to go back by Thomas, Jr., but it was all Abreu out front as he scored his ninth-career series win to tie Chuck Gurney, Tony Elliott & Billy Boat for 72nd on the all-time list. He also set the ProSource “Fast Time” earlier in the night aboard the Toyota TRD - Curb Records #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“I love the big moments, and it looks like we’re headed for another one tomorrow going against Bryan at his favorite track for the Midget Week title. It’s cool to come out on top tonight and hang in there with him; I know how much it would mean to me to win it, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night. We’ve been a top-three car all week and late-race restarts have been killing me, honestly. We got racing with Jerry and Bryan, and it was hard to tell who was gonna win the thing,” Abreu said.
Tyler Thomas finished off his fine run to earn another B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” while posting his best-career USAC National Midget finish aboard the American Racing Custom Wheels - BT Machine #91T Spike/Esslinger.
“I had an absolute blast tonight. We had an awesome race track to race on, and we have all week, to allow us to race our way up through the pack. We were good up on the curb and could go down and run the bottom a little bit too. We got to racing too hard with Clauson and Thomas to be able to make a run at the lead, but that was some of the most fun racing I’ve gotten to do. We couldn’t quite get away from them on the last restart to get our momentum up to try to make a run at Rico. I’m proud of how much better we’ve made our car after switching to Spike Chassis this year, and we’ve got it rolling now and I’m comfortable. We’re looking forward to Kokomo tomorrow and couldn’t be happier with how everything is going so far, but I’m ready for that first win,” Thomas said.
Clauson rounded out the podium in the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar and trails Abreu by one point going into the Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday.
“We weren’t quite good enough to battle for the win tonight, and we had to pull out all the tricks to put ourselves up on the podium. The DNF in the heat race hurt us in the Midget Week points, but we’re going to Kokomo tomorrow with a shot at it. There’s no place I’d rather have a winner-take-all race for the Midget Week crown,” Clauson said.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. ended up fourth in the Toyota TRD - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Chase Stockon rounded out the top-five with a late charge aboard the Jerome Rodela - Trench Shoring #25 Breka/Pink Toyota.
USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 13, 2015 - Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway - “Indiana Midget Week”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.824; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-14.938; 3. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-14.956; 4. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-15.152; 5. Ryan Bernal, 2, Taylor-15.161; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, Heffner-15,206; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.227; 8. Shane Cottle, 57, Ecker-15,228; 9. Brad Mosen, 1NZ, Buckley- 15.256; 10. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-15.268; 11. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-15.274; 12. Chett Gehrke, 37, Felker-15.333; 13. Alex Bright, 56, Hmiel-15.379; 14. Chase Stockon, 25K, Rodela-15.404; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.424; 16. Tyler Courtney, 7K, Irwin-15.430; 17. Hayden Williams, 27NZ, HLR-15.526; 18. Ronnie Gardner, 37x, Felker-15.605; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-15.789; 20. Brett Thomas, 69, Thomas-16.028; 21. Nick Rowe, 5F, Daum-16.370; 22. Ted Hines, 51, Bailey-16.567; 23. David Budres, 31, Manic-16.741; 24. Darren Hagen, 17, Brown-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Bright, 2. K.Thomas Jr., 3. Courtney, 4. Abreu, 5. Felker, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chapple, 8. Budres. 2:06.65
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Stockon, 3. B.Bright, 4. Bernal, 5. Williams, 6. Hagen (#69), 7. Rowe, 8. Clauson. 2:06.31
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Mosen 3. Bayston, 4. Coons, 5. Gardner, 6. Gehrke, 7. Ted Hines. 2:08.40
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Hayden Williams, 8. Brad Mosen, 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Ronnie Gardner, 13. Chett Gehrke, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Nick Rowe, 18. David Budres, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Spencer Bayston, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Ted Hines. NT
**Tracy Hines flipped on lap 12 of the feature. A.Bright flipped on lap 15 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 K.Thomas, Laps 12-20 Coons, Laps 21-30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-304, 2-K.Thomas Jr.-295, 3-T.Thomas-295, 4-Coons-287, 5-Hagen-266, 6-Abreu-257, 7-Bayston-250, 8-Tanner Thorson-218, 9-Dave Darland-159, 10-Christopher Bell-151.
NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Abreu-2578, 2-Clauson-256, 3-T.Thomas-202, 4-K.Thomas Jr.-198, 5-Coons-197, 6-Stockon-182, 7-Hines-173, 8-Bayston-170, 9-Christpher Bell-152, 10-Mosen-137.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: June 14 - Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway - “Indiana Midget Week”