Rossburg, Ohio…Christopher Bell capped Saturday night’s 34th “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway with his first-ever Silver Crown Championship Series victory, making it two of three crowns for the night at the famed half-mile. Again, Bell took the lead from the start and went wire-to-wire, this time after setting the night’s ProSource “Fast Time.” He won by 6.398 seconds in the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #99 JEI/Foxco Chevy.
“I’ve been close on these races before, and I was worried as the race went on that something would come up. I really thought Kody (Swanson) would be tough to beat, as well as he was hanging with me early. I had to go above the little bit of rough into turn-one, and then I started losing my cushion off turn-four, and when it was gone, I kept hitting the wall towards the end. I tried to keep from doing it as much as I could, but it got really difficult up there. Thankfully, we were able to hang on for all 50 (laps),” Bell said.
Bell immediately rocketed to the lead from the start and ran right against the wall all the way around, entering above the cushion into turn-one and walking away from the field. Behind him, Kody Swanson and Chris Windom battled for the second spot before Swanson spaced himself away from Windom, comfortably in second.
After an early caution, Windom was locked in a battle with Shane Cockrum and Brady Bacon. Shane Cottle was on the move from his ninth starting spot and joined the fray as well.
Just past halfway, Dave Darland spun in turn-two to bring out the final caution of the event, erasing a 4.612-second lead for Bell. It had no adverse effect on him, though, as he traced the very outside of the high-banked half-mile to close out the night’s festivities with a 50-lap win.
Behind him, Kody Swanson stretched out his advantage and came home comfortably in second, clinching his second-straight Silver Crown Series championship in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.
“When you’re racing for these guys, you have to get yourself ready to go good here, and they’ve gotten me a lot better. To be able to seal up the championship here for them is really something special. I’m so proud of these guys and so grateful to be a part of their team. Two seconds at the 4-Crown is pretty wild for a guy like me,” Swanson said.
Windom rounded out the podium as Bell’s teammate in the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Maxim/J & D Performance Mopar.
“Today was a really tough day. Just getting here from the rain-delayed ARCA race at Kentucky was a trip. I just couldn’t quite get up in the fluff like those top-two were without getting really tight. I just had to settle in for third, which is a little disappointing with as bad as I wanted to win it. It was a good night for us as a team, though,” Windom said.
Cottle’s fine run ended fourth in the Curtis Williams - QS Components #81 Maxim/Williams, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Martens Machine Shop - Womack Machine Supply #48 DRC/Kistler Chevy.
Dallas Hewitt, who substituted for Kent Wolters in the feature, earned the $750 Larry Rice High Performance Award for his run from 19th to finish 13th.
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th “4-Crown Nationals”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-17.125; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.385; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-17.705; 4. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-17.754; 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-17.942; 6. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-17.981; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R Racing-17.995; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-18.000; 9. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-18.043; 10. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-18.130; 11. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-18.173; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-18.303; 13. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-18.365; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.395; 15. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-18.636; 16. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-18.692; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-18.747; 18. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-18.885; 19. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-19.057; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT.
FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cockrum, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. A.J. Fike, 12. David Byrne, 13. Dallas Hewitt (#21), 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Aaron Pierce, 16. Austin Nemire, 17. Tanner Thorson (#17), 18. Dave Darland, 19. Chris Fetter, 20. Terry Babb. NT ——————————–
FEATURE LAP LEADERS:Laps 1-50 Bell.
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Swanson-557, 2-Coons-433, 3-Fike-386, 4-Windom-351, 5-Pierce-335, 6-Leary-303, 7-Byrne-300, 8-Cockrum-297, 9-Nemire-283, 10-Grant-262.
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: October 10 - Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds - “Super Dirt Week XLIV”
THE PIT BOARD
**Christopher Bell became the first driver to win his first career Silver Crown race at Eldora Speedway since his RPM/Fred Gormly teammate Chris Windom won in 2013. Others who have accomplished the feat include Bryan Clauson (2010), Mat Neely (2006), Kevin Huntley (1997), Ken Schrader (1983), Ron Shuman & Danny Smith (1982) & Steve Kinser (1981).
**Bell led all 50 laps en route to victory lane. He is the first driver to lead every lap in a Silver Crown race at Eldora since Bryan Clauson in 2010.
**Christopher Bell became the first driver to win both the USAC Midget & Silver Crown features in a single “4-Crown Nationals” since Kyle Larson in 2011. Others to accomplish that feat include Dave Darland (2004), J.J. Yeley (2001) & Jack Hewitt (1998).
**Kody Swanson finished 2nd in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features Saturday night and became the first driver to finish in 2nd place in multiple “4-Crown Nationals” features in the same year since Bryan Clauson in 2010.
Rossburg, Ohio…Thomas Meseraull has been beating on the door for his first-career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win, and he finally kicked it in on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway during the 34th “4-Crown Nationals.” The San Jose, California native came from row-three and dominated the second half of the 30-lapper.
Kody Swanson took the lead from the pole, but ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Chase Stockon was on the move from his sixth-starting spot, sliding past Swanson into turn-three on lap four.
After a caution on lap eight, Bryan Clauson rolled the high side to take the lead from Clauson on lap nine. He checked out on the field as he traced the outside concrete. Brady Bacon slowed on lap 13, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. flipped into turn-one under the yellow. He walked away.
On lap 16, Clauson came off turn-four with a flat right-rear tire, as Stockon flashed by to re-take the lead before the caution flew for Clauson. He changed his right-rear tire and restarted the race in 22nd.
That set the stage for Meseraull, who had just cleared Dave Darland and Swanson to earn himself the second spot on the restart. He wasted no time, as he roared by on the high side to take the lead. While he set off in pursuit of his first win, all eyes turned to Clauson, who was carving his way back through the field.
Swanson closed slightly over the late stages, but the 33-year old Meseraull finished it off to give himself an excited trip to Eldora victory lane with the Marion Underground Construction - Shane Wade Enterprises #66 DRC/Dynotech.
“I don’t even know what to say about it. It’s been a long road, and it’s just crazy how great that car was and how simple it seemed to be tonight. Shane Wade and Donnie Gentry have given me an opportunity here, and this is why guys like us are doing this stuff. Clauson was so fast, and he was gonna be tough to beat, but his misfortune let it fall right into my lap. Things cleared on the high side, and it just stuck up there. This year, with the owners I’ve had starting with Todd Keen, has just been such a great thing for me. Shane Wade wants to win, and we got a taste of that tonight at one of the most prestigious events in the country, so I hope this is a sign of what we can do as a team together,” Meseraull said.
Swanson finished off his best-ever USAC Sprint Car race on dirt, as he finished second in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.
“Luckily, Bob Hampshire and my team are good enough to carry me at a track where I still don’t consider myself to be that good. Running second in the sprint car is just a great finish for us. It was tough early, but it came around to us and I was catching him towards the end, so I really just hated to see it end. It’s good to take that momentum to the Silver Crown feature, too. I still need a little work here, but I’m gaining,” Swanson said.
Darland came on late to round out the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.
“Getting a good start was key to get from tenth. We went out really late, so timing in that well was pretty good. We were just decent in the slick, but we weren’t a threat to the guys for the win. We’re happy to get out of here with what we got, especially with our points situation. I know as well as anybody that every position and every point matters, so we’ll take every one we can get,” Darland said.
Clauson’s amazing run from the back ended in the fourth spot aboard the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63x Spike/Stanton. Scotty Weir rounded out the top-five in the Todd Keen - AAA #18x DRC/Claxton.
Chris Windom moved from 23rd to finish ninth to earn the $750 Larry Rice High Performance Award.
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th “4-Crown Nationals”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.204; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.378; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-16.541; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.555; 5. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.675; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-16.678; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.720; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.740; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17B, Bilbee-16.814; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.859; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-16.886; 12. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.890; 13. Chad Boespflug, 20N, Nolen-16.902; 14. Brandon Spithaler, 2m, Marshall-16.953; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.997; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.007; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 21s, Swanson-17.072; 18. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-17.084; 19. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.086; 20. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-17.087; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.087; 22. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.111; 23. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-17.126; 24. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-17.135; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.153; 26. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-17.303; 27. Beau Stewart, 27, Brumfiel-17.322; 28. Derek Hastings, 32m, Marshall-17.344; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.349; 30. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-17.349; 31. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-17.393; 32. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.404; 33. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.435; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-17.449; 35. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.500; 36. Jake Scott, 1, Scott-17.514; 37. Kyle Simon, 24x, Simon-17.572; 38. A.J. Hopkins, 42, Jackson-17.596; 39. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.600; 40. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-17.612; 41. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-17.662; 42. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.684; 43. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-17.696; 44. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-17.706; 45. Brandon Moore, 7M, Moore-17.722; 46. Dustin Ingle, 2, Ingle-17.725; 47. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-17.729; 48. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.832; 49. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-17.850; 50. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.029; 51. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.420; 52. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.634; 53. Aaron Pierce, 37, Felker-NT (Time of 17.208 disallowed).
FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stockon, 3. Hewitt, 4. Weir, 5. Andretti, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bilbee, 8. L.Simon, 9. DiMattia, 10. K.Simon, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore. 2:24.60
SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Meseraull, 3. Cottle, 4. Coons, 5. Spithaler, 6. Cockrum, 7. Fischesser, 8. Ingle, 9. Smith, 10. Hopkins, 11. Hery, 12. Spencer. 2:27.02
THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Clauson, 3. Swanson, 4. Thomas, 5. Westerfeld, 6. Grant, 7. Hall, 8. Courtney, 9. Clouse, 10. Stewart, 11. Wilson, 12. Leary. 2:28.33
FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Windom, 5. Gardner, 6. Whited, 7. Gaines, 8. Little, 9. Hastings, 10. Wolters, 11. Bacon, 12. Scott. NT
C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Hall, 2. Leary, 3. Clouse, 4. Gaines, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ingle, 7. Hopkins, 8. K.Simon, 9. Wilson, 10. Spencer, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore, 13. Little, 14. Hewitt, 15. Bell, 16. Scott, 17. Pierce, 18. Goodnight, 19. VanHise. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cockrum, 3. Bilbee, 4. Whited, 5. Courtney, 6. L.Simon, 7. Andretti, 8. Gaines, 9. Hall, 10. Boespflug, 11. Leary, 12. Westerfeld, 13. Gardner, 14. Fischesser, 15. Spithaler, 16. Hastings, 17. Clouse, 18. Stewart, 19. Hery, 20. Grant. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Nick Bilbee, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Dickie Gaines, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Brandon Whited, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Jarett Andretti, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT
**VanHise flipped during the C-Main. Pierce flipped during the C-Main. K.Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-8 Stockon, Laps 9-14 Clauson, Lap 15 Stockon, Laps 16-30 Meseraull.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,861, 2-Stockon-1,836, 3-Darland-1,826, 4-Bacon-1,673, 5-Stanbrough-1,567, 6-K.Thomas-1,471, 7-Windom-1,348, 8-Leary-1,247, 9-Hines-1,165, 10-Grant-1,083.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: October 3 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway -”City of Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals”
THE PIT BOARD
**Thomas Meseraull became the first driver to win his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway since Brad Sweet in 2008. Other drivers who have won their first career USAC Sprint Car feature at Eldora include Stan Bowman (1962), Allen Crowe (1963), Johnny Rutherford (1964), Larry Dickson & Arnie Knepper (1966), Rollie Beale & Mickey Shaw (1967), Tom Bigelow & Larry Cannon (1969), Jerry Poland (1972), Jackie Howerton & Clark Templeman (1976), Bubby Jones & Eddie Leavitt (1977), Larry Rice (1979), Steve Kinser & Dave Peperak (1981), Jack Hewitt (1982), Steve Butler (1984), Rick Ungar (1987), Kevin Doty, Tray House & Frankie Kerr (1994), Byron Reed (1995), Jimmy Sills (1996), Boston Reid (2003), Dickie Gaines (2004), Matt Westfall (2006), Robert Ballou (2007) & Brad Sweet (2008).
**The four lead changes that occurred during the feature were the most in a “4-Crown” Sprint Car feature since 2011 when there were five.
**Thomas Mesearaull became the third different first-time winner in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series this season (Logan Jarrett at Lawrenceburg & Aaron Farney at Terre Haute).
**Kody Swanson’s 2nd place finish was his best career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car finish. His previous best overall finish was a 3rd on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. in 2010. His previous best effort on the dirt in a USAC Sprint Car event was an 8th at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. in 2012.
**Kody Swanson finished 2nd in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features Saturday night and became the first driver to finish in 2nd place in multiple “4-Crown Nationals” features in the same year since Bryan Clauson in 2010.
Rossburg, Ohio…Christopher Bell took his first “4-Crown Nationals” victory on Saturday night as he opened the 34th annual prestigious Eldora Speedway event with a wire-to-wire Honda National Midget win. The Norman, Oklahoma native made it three wins on the season in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“It was tough out there tonight. It wasn’t really the plan to go big for the lead on the first lap, but it kinda worked out that way. I almost crashed in one, and next thing I know, I had a big old run off turn-two. I saw the hole there and took advantage of it. I had to get in below the lip getting into one. It was nice to finally get that one under my belt,” Bell said.
Bell jumped up top in the opening set of corners, as front-row starters Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tracy Hines battled for the lead, but Bell used a full head of steam down the backstretch to throw a huge slide-job for the lead in turn-three. It stuck, and Bell led off turn-four, never to be dethroned. It was the 16th National Midget win of Bell’s career, tying him for 38th all-time with George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Henry Pens, Lee Kunzman, and Bobby Olivero.
Hines stuck with Bell for a while, but he fell into the clutches of a battle with Thomas, Jr. and Bryan Clauson, who set ProSource “Fast Time” to open the program. Just after Clauson took third on lap 15, he tagged the turn-four wall and caught the front end, ripping the right-front wheel off the car. He was done for the event.
Rico Abreu was the man on the move from there, slicing past Thomas, Jr. and locking in a duel with Hines for the eventual second spot. He finally stuck the second spot in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
Hines held on for third to lengthen his National Midget point lead aboard the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.
“I picked my line through the middle and I ran it the whole day. I didn’t think it was gonna work at first, but all of a sudden it came in for me. I thought we were good enough for second, but we got beat out late for second. We kept it in one piece, though, and got the finish we needed,” Hines said.
Tanner Thorson came home fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
Spencer Bayston drove from 12th to finish seventh to earn the $750 Larry Rice High-Performance Award as the race’s hard charger.
HONDA USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th “4-Crown Nationals”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-16.886; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.960; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.110; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.254; 5. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.377; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.389; 7. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-17.488; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-17.523; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-17.523; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-17.543; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.570; 12. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-17.591; 13. Brady Bacon, 37, Felker-17.664; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-17.680; 15. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-17.680; 16. Davey Ray, 23, Light-17.705; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-18.177; 18. Todd Wills, 74, Wills-18.282; 19. Kevin Wills, 9, Wills-18.294; 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-18.705; 21. Robert Bell, 71x, Bell-NT.
FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Clauson, 3. Ray, 4. Bacon, 5. Drevicki, 6. T.Thomas, 7. K.Wills. 2:23.95
SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Hines, 3. Meseraull, 4. DiMattia, 5. Chapple, 6. Nemire, 7. Gipson. 2:24.07
THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. C.Bell, 2. Buckwalter, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Greth, 5. Bayston, 6. T.Wills, 7. R.Bell. 2:23.25
FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Steven Drevicki, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Tony DiMattia, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Ryan Greth, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Davey Ray, 16. Todd Wills, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Kevin Wills, 20. Steve Buckwalter. ——————————–
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 C.Bell.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-742, 2-Thorson-717, 3-Thomas-711, 4-Abreu-658, 5-Bayston-629, 6-T.Thomas-609, 7-Jerry Coons Jr.-607, 8-C.Bell-487, 9-Darren Hagen-385, 10-Buckwalter-345.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: October 23 - Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway - “Jason Leffler Memorial”
THE PIT BOARD
Christopher Bell became the first driver to win both the USAC Midget & Silver Crown feature in a single “4-Crown Nationals” since Kyle Larson in 2011. Others to accomplish that feat include Dave Darland (2004), J.J. Yeley (2001) & Jack Hewitt (1998).
The win marked Bell’s first USAC win at Eldora, despite winning a NASCAR Truck Series event at the track in July.
The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian stable has won five USAC Honda National Midget features in a row and 10 of the last 11 overall.
The drivers currently standing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the USAC Honda National Midget point standings finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the feature at Eldora. Tracy Hines maintains his point lead as he attempts to become just the sixth driver to win the National Midget, National Sprint & Silver Crown championships during a career.
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CRAIG VONDOHREN WINS FIFTH FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC, POCKETS MORE THAN $25,000 AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 20, 2015 . . . For the second time in his racing career at Grandview Speedway, Craig VonDohren scored a three-peat. In 2006 he won the Forrest Rogers Memorial, the Freedom 76 and was the track point champion. Saturday night the Oley speedster repeated the same accomplishment. The victory coming at the wheel of the Harring Transportation/Pioneer Pole Buildings #1c marked the first time since 2008 that the Oley, PA racer was able to grab the top spot in the rich classic and the win marked the 30th year since the veteran talent won his first Freedom 76 back in 1985.
The newly crowned champion earned $25,000 for the win, plus over $500 in lap money. The victory didn’t come easy as he out-dueled Billy Pauch, Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk throughout the race and finally close runner-up Billy Pauch Jr. along with dicing through heavy lapped traffic. He also received the Dan’s Deli ½-way leader hoagie award.
Through the luck of the draw, dirt track racing legend Billy Pauch started on the pole and set the pace for the 32-car lineup for two laps before Kevin Hirthler spun in the fourth turn for the caution. On the restart VonDohren, third-place starter, shot to the outside coming off the second turn to move into the lead.
It didn’t take VonDohren long to outdistance himself leaving father Pauch and son Billy Jr. jockey for second while Jimmy Horton and Danny Erb completed the top five. Ryan Watt, seventh-place starter, soon joined the thick of the battle.
John Willman stopped along the homestretch for the 19th lap caution. VonDohren continued his dominance, by but now second through fifth consisted of Pauch, Howard, who started 16th; Pauch Jr. and Watt.
Howard cleared Pauch on the 24th lap and took chase after VonDohren, already encountering lap traffic as they were racing for positions as well.
On the 35th lap Ryan Godown hit the guardrail which slowed his momentum. Pauch coming full steam made contact and the two tangled in the fourth turn. Godown, not happy with the turn of events, refired and drove into Pauch not once, but twice, to show his displeasure. This continued with neither one giving up and both were disqualified for their auctions. At the same time a mandatory fuel stop brought out the red.
The restart lined up with VonDohren, Howard, defending race winner Stewart Friesen, who worked his way up from 15th; Horton and Strunk, who started deep in the pack in 27th. Von Dohren moved the Nick Gatto powered car out quickly as he knew the others behind him had the same incentive in mind – win the race.
A three-way battle for the lead ensued by lap 50 between VonDohren, Howard and Friesen with Strunk closing quickly.
Andy Bachetti, John Willman and Ryan Grim spun in the first turn as the front runners bore down on them bringing out the 59th lap caution. VonDohren and Strunk, who moved into second on lap 58, got by, however Friesen wasn’t as fortunate and he made contact with the melee. Friesen was through for the night towed back to the pits out of contention. Howard, who had fallen to fourth, pitted with a flat tire, but after a quick pit stop rejoined the race. On the restart Von Dohren maintained the lead on the high line with Strunk trying to get by on the inside.
On the 66th lap VonDohren on the outside and Strunk trying a run one groove higher yet made contact along the homestretch. VonDohren said later that he saw Strunk on the outside of him, but at the time he was committed and they made contact.
The final yellow was on the 68th lap when Horton and Doug Manmiller tangled in the second turn. Manmiller was put to the rear for the incident. Before the restart Strunk had to pit with a flat tire and was able to rejoin the race.
It was still VonDohren in front on the restart trailed by Pauch Jr., Ray Swinehart, Kenny Gilmore and Howard who was coming back to the front strong.
VonDohren kept the competition behind and pulled into the winner’s circle for his fifth win of the season followed by Pauch Jr., Swinehart, Howard and Gilmore. Rounding out the top ten were Tommy Scheetz III, Erb, and Frank Cozze, who received the $581 Bobby Gunther-Walsh Hard Charger award in memory of Mike Bailey; Strunk and Rick Laubach.
The Don Schaeffer Racing Minuteman 20-lap event which was the last chance for five drivers to get into the 76er field was won by Frank Cozze. Tim Buckwalter was the leader for eight laps until Cozze charged past him.
Once Cozze was in front Buckwalter, Kyle Borror, Manmiller and Nate Christman diced for the remaining positions.
Cozze never surrendered first and secured a position in the running of the 45th annual Freedom 76 along with Borror, Buckwalter, Manmiller and Christman.
Tommy Scheetz III, Howard, Swinehart, Addison Meitzler, Kevin Hirthler and Meme DeSantis won the six 12-lap qualifying events. Consolation race winners were Kyle Weiss and Eric Biehn giving them an opportunity to participate in the Minuteman.
The 10-lap Pioneer Pole Buildings Cash Dash worth $1,000 went to Howard.
This was the last Saturday event at Grandview Speedway until October 17th when the Halloween Party Thunder on the Hill special is presented featuring a Modified/358 Modified event along with Sportsman and TSRS Sprints.
And on Sunday, October 18th, 12 noon, the Outlaw Enduro racers will be back in action along with the Blast from the Past Vintage racers.
Champions and outstanding performers from the 2015 season will be honored at the annual Awards Banquet set for the Gibertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall on Saturday, November 21.
Freedom 76 Feature Finish (76 Laps): 1. Craig VonDohren, 2. Billy Pauch Jr., 3. Ray Swinehart, 4. Duane Howard, 5. Kenny Gilmore, 6. Tommy Scheetz III, 7. Danny Erb, 8. Frank Cozze, 9. Jeff Strunk, 10. Rick Laubach, 11. Kevin Hirthler, 12. Ryan Grim, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Jared Umbenhauer, 15. Jimmy Horton, 16. Don Norris Jr., 17. Nate Christman, 18. Mike Gular, 19. John Willman, 20. Andy Bachetti, 21. Ryan Kunkle, 22. Tad Cox, 23. Tim Buckwalter, 24. Stewart Friesen, 25. Ryan Watt, 26. Meme DeSantis, 27. Danny Bouc, 28. Addison Meitzler, 29. Billy Pauch, 30. Ryan Godown, 31. Lou Cicconi, 32. Kyle Borror. DNQ: Wade Hendrickson, Kyle Weiss, Jarrad Miller, Glenn Strunk, Willie Osmun, Justin Grim, Jordan Umbenhauer, Mike Butler, Chris Gambler, Brad Brightbill, Brian Hirthler, John McClelland III, Eric Biehn, Colt Harris, Chris Esposito, Bobby Trapper Jr., Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Brian Houseknecht, Glenn Owens, Mike Kellner, Ron Seltmann Jr., Brett Gilmore, Bobby Varin, Dom Buffalino, Ryan Anderson, Craig Whitmoyer, Eric Biehn, Dale Hartz and Mark Kratz.
Schaeffer Racing Minuteman 20 Finish (20 Laps). 1. Frank Cozze, 2. Kyle Borror, 3. Tim Buckwalter, 4. Doug Manmiller, 5. Nate Christman.
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).
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FREMONT, Ohio –Ryan Smith decided to hit the road this season with the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars. Having started his career on the big tracks in Central Pennsylvania, he knew 2015 would be a challenge considering a majority of the All Star events are held on the smaller bullring tracks in Ohio. The Kunkletown, Pennsylvania driver – known as the Kunkletown Kid – has adapted well and it paid off in a huge way Saturday as he held off Christopher Bell and Cody Darrah to earn his first career victory at the tough Fremont Speedway.
Smith’s third All Star win of 2015 was worth $10,000 as he claims his first Jim Ford Classic Presented by JLH General Contractor. And while the race recap will show he led 48 of the 50 laps – Bell led laps 31 and 32 – it was far from easy.
“I love racing out in Ohio. There’s great fans and great people to race with. The race tracks you guys give us are awesome. They’re slippery and racy. It was a perfect race track tonight. These guys had the car good. We started from the pole and it was my race to lose. I had some pressure there pretty much the whole race. I couldn’t get off two if I just missed the bottom. Lap after lap I missed it….kicked myself in the butt….I was like man I have to hit this and when I needed to I hit it,” said Smith beside his Warko Group, Quality Roofing Supply, GLT Electrical, C&B Chubby, HP Engines backed #94.
“The guys were telling me I had a big cap on that last green flag there so I decided to try the outside on the restart and that didn’t work. I’m just glad to get the lead back. The car was good…I could go any where but I had to be on the bottom,” added Smith.
Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bill would cap off a good weekend in the #09 normally driven by Craig Mintz, with a close runner-up finish.
“That car is nice. It took me some time to get used to it…we struggled a little bit yesterday. But the more laps I got the more comfortable I got. It’s just frustrating for my guys…they worked so hard. I got the lead and the plan was under the red that I might be able to drive around him (Smith) and as soon as I did go right back to the bottom. It felt so good right through the middle there I decided I’d try it…it just didn’t work out and he was able to get going on the bottom. If I had it to redo I definitely know what I would do different. I’m thrilled to be here and this is my best All Star finish. I had a blast…I can’t thank Craig and Les Mintz enough for the opportunity. It’s really cool to be able to come out here and race with such a good group of people,” said Bell beside his Real Geese Decoys, Kistler Engines, Ti 22 Performance, GF1 Chassis, Design Graphics Group, KS Sales and Service backed machine
On Friday, Red Lion, Pennsylvania’s Cody Darrah struggled mightily at Fremont Speedway. It all turned around for him Saturday as he battled both Smith and Bell before bringing his J&K Salvage, Eckert Trucking, Eichelbergers U Pull It, J&W Leasing backed #87 home in third.
“It was really the same car and the same set-up from last night. I just starved myself from sleeping last night and a couple of nights before that so pretty much all we did to regroup was drink two big Yuengling Beers and go to bed and get some sleep. I had a great race car and it was a heck of a race. I needed to be a little bit tighter but I had a car good enough to win. It’s frustrating to run third when you’re so close to a win. I have to thank all these fans for coming out and supporting this race track. This is a place I’ve struggled at in the past and I really enjoyed it tonight,” said Darrah.
In a very thrilling Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature, it looked like Luke Griffith would earn his first career sprint car win. However, as he raced through turns three and four on the final lap, he and second place runner John Ivy would make contact while battling in lapped traffic, and fourth running Steve Rando would pounce for a last lap, last corner pass of three cars for his third win of the season. Rando’s eighth career Fremont victory would be by only 0.14 seconds.
“The car was coming good before that caution came out (on lap 14). The car fell off a little after that and I started missing my marks trying to run too hard and I slowly started to pick it back up. And Ivy jumped Luke on that last run. I was under there at the right time. It’s been a great year. I want to thank my parents, my girlfriend and everyone for their support,” said Rando beside his Davis Fabricators, Westway Farms, North Coast Sealing, North Coast Asphalt, Gressman Powersports, Loadmaster Trailers, Attitudes Hair Salon, Thornbahn Woodworking backed machine.
Delta, Ohio’s Ky Harper would actually barrel roll his late model across the checkers to claim his fifth win of the season in the McCullough Industries 602 Late Model Division. Race long leader Tim Sabo and Harper made contact coming to the checkers with Harper’s car taking a violent series of flips. While the car was totaled, Harper was still upbeat in the Engine Pro Victory Lane as he has won the last four straight features in the division.
“Didn’t really want to win it that way. All I saw was sky and dirt. We’re here to win and have fun and put on a good show. The fans make it possible for us. We’ll find another car…we’ll be back. Definitely a good class….a fun class. All these guys are good racers. Things happen…but hey, I got the win,” said Harper, thanking his sponsors of Tiffin Paint and Body, Tiffin Auto Mart and Childress Collision.
Bowling Green, Ohio’s Dustin Sautter would finish 7th, good enough to wrap up his first ever Fremont Speedway track championship in the 602 late model division.
“This last month has just been really hard on us. Three races ago we broke our steering rack in hot laps so we scabbed it together just to get points. And the week after that we had a tied up birdcage and then the beginning of the last feature we stripped out the spool in the rear end. I can’t thank all the guys at RSR (Rusty Schlenk Racing) enough…we spent a lot of time on the car, put a brand new Bulldog rear end in there and it was just amazing tonight. I screwed up the last couple of laps. I was trying to get up there…I think I had something for them there at the end. I just pushed too hard and went off the track and dance through the infield,” said Sautter.
“I can’t thank all my sponsors enough. Matt Shipley from Shipley Auto and Towing, and Sautter Farms and my wife and family and all the fans who came out tonight. It feels so good to be the first champion in this division,” added Sautter.
Smith and D.J. Foos would bring the field to green for the 50-lap Jim Ford Classic. But, Brian Smith and Cap Henry would tangle on the start, and when the second green flew so did Smith, as he pulled away from Foos, Bell, Darrah and Sheldon Haudenschild. Darrah would flex his muscles early, drive from fourth to second on lap two. Haudenschild would take the third position on lap four.
Smith would hold a commanding lead as he raced into lapped traffic by the 10th circuit with Darrah, Haudenschild, Bell, Dean Jacobs, Foos and Chad Kemenah in tow. Dale Blaney would stop with a flat right rear on lap 16 to wipe out Smith’s lead. On the restart Darrah would challenge with Bell and Haudenschild battling for third. Darrah continued to hound Smith over the next hand full of laps as the leaders again closed in on heavy lapped traffic. By lap 23, you could cover the top three of Smith, Darrah and Bell with a blanket with Bell taking the runner-up spot on lap 24.
Meanwhile, behind the lead trio, Haudenschild and Jacobs waged a tremendous battle for fourth. However, when Cap Henry stopped on the track with 29 laps scored, All Star officials called for a fuel stop with the running order Smith, Bell, Darrah, Jacobs and Kemenah.
During the stoppage, it was found that Jacobs had a hole in his right rear tire. His crew tried valiantly to patch it, but when the green flew it was evident the patch didn’t hold as he began losing positions. He would later go pit side for a tire change.
When the green flew the battle up front continued with Bell driving around Smith for the lead. Smith didn’t give up though, and drove back under Bell two laps later to regain the lead. The caution would fly for Chris Andrews who stopped on the track with 34 laps scored. Smith, Bell and Darrah resumed their great battle when the green reappeared as Kemenah and Cole Duncan gave chase.
Darrah would retake second on lap 40 as Smith pulled away slightly. But, heavy lapped traffic with seven laps to go Smith’s lead was in peril as Bell drove back by Darrah into second. The driver on the move was the previous night’s winner Tim Shaffer who had charged from his 24th starting spot to 7th.
As the five to go signal went up Smith and Bell were racing side by side with Darrah only a car length back while Kemenah, Haudenschild, Duncan and Shaffer gave chase. Smith would hit his marks perfectly the rest of the way to take the win over Bell, Darrah, Kemenah and Haudenschild.
Shaffer would advance 18 spots to finish sixth with Duncan, Byron Reed, Greg Wilson (up from 25th) and Foos rounding out the top 10.
In the 25 lap 305 sprint feature, Alex Paden and Griffith brought the field to green with Griffith gaining the advantage. With two laps scored, Alvin Roepke and Cody Bova would tangle to bring out the caution. On the restart Griffith would pull away from Paden with George Englert, John Ivy, Kyle Capodice, Kyle Peters and Seth Schneider in pursuit. Ivy would move into third on lap five as the leaders prepared to race into heavy lapped traffic.
Griffith’s big lead would evaporate by lap 12 as he sliced his way through the lapped cars with Paden, Ivy, Englert, Schneider, Capodice and Rando in tow. With 14 laps scored Paden would try a move on Griffith in traffic in turn one and would slide up the track, collecting Englert and bringing out the caution.
On the restart Griffith had to contend with Ivy as Rando drove into third with Schneider, Capodice, A.J. Sleek, Peters and Dan Mc Carron giving chase. Griffith would soon begin to inch away from Ivy as Rando and Schneider waged a great battle for third. Schneider would take the spot with five laps to go. With just two laps remaining the leaders raced into heavy lapped traffic and Ivy quickly closed on Griffith. After taking the white flag, Griffith raced into turns three and four on the bottom but there were lapped cars there. He tried to move up but Ivy was already committed and the two touched and slid up the track, opening the bottom for Rando ad he dove under Schneider and the lead pair, driving to the victory.
Griffith, Ivy, Schneider and Capodice would round out the top five.
Tim Sabo and Dale Cole brought the field to green for the 15 lap late model feature but Steve Sabo would bring out the caution and necessitate another start. When the green flew Sabo and Harper would pull away from Cole, Matt Shipley, Brandon Perkins, Jamie Miller, Sautter and Chester Fitch. Shipley would take third on lap 3 and closed on Sabo and Harper. The lead trio would battle hard for the lead until the caution flew for Louis Allan on lap 9. Two laps later Fitch would bring out the caution. A lap later and debris would tighten the pack back up.
The final three laps would see Sabo, Harper and Shipley continue their terrific battle for the lead. As they exited turn four and headed to the checkers Harper would try to squeeze past Sabo and the two would make contact, sending Harper flipping across the start-finish line. Sabo would finish second followed by Shipley, Steve Sabo and Dustin Keegan.
The Eighth Annual Jim Ford Classic was the 121st appearance of the UNOH All Stars at “The Track That Action Built.” Prior to the night’s racing, race drivers, crew members and fans participated in a kick ball tournament to help raise funds for the Jeff Gordon Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. The events of the day put the total raised to well over $20,000 by the Fremont Speedway family and Jeff Gordon has vowed to match the monies dollar for dollar. Also, nine-year-old Kayla Willette, who is battling a cancerous tumor on her spine, was the guest of honor for the day’s events.
Also, the Fremont Speedway Queens Contest to determine who represents the track in 2016 was held and Brooke Schiets would be the pick of the judges. Also, Jonnie Laird would be tabbed the Little Miss Fremont Speedway for 2016.
Fremont Speedway will put a wrap to the 2015 season on Saturday, Oct. 3 with the Mo Vaughn Transportation BOSS non-wing sprints in action with the 305 sprints, dirt trucks and 602 late models. There will also be a ladies powder puff race in the trucks.
For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com
Fremont Speedway - 9/19/2015
JLH Contractor Night
UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints (35 Cars)
Fremont Speedway 09-19-2015
1.22-Cole Duncan, 12.627; 2.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.699; 3.33M-Caleb Griffith, 12.702; 4.89-Cody Darrah, 12.732; 5.57X-Andrew Palker, 12.760; 6.O9-Christopher Bell, 12.770; 7.10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.805; 8.94-Ryan Smith, 12.809; 9.1st-Gary Taylor, 12.815; 10.53-Cap Henry, 12.855; 11.5-Byron Reed, 12.889; 12.19-Chris Andrews, 12.912; 13.1-Dale Blaney, 12.926; 14.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 12.991; 15.81-Lee Jacobs, 13.013; 16.5T-Travis Philo, 13.021; 17.9x-Rob Chaney, 13.027; 18.5K-Adam Kekich, 13.061; 19.8-DJ Foos, 13.090; 20.59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.104; 21.97-Dean Jacobs, 13.105; 22.8M-TJ Michael, 13.134; 23.4-Danny Smith, 13.149; 24.9-Jordan Ryan, 13.167; 25.73-Bryan Sebetto, 13.194; 26.2+-Brian Smith, 13.207; 27.49-Tanner Thorson, 13.211; 28.W20-Greg Wilson, 13.220; 29.45-Tim Shaffer, 13.226; 30.40DD-Nate Dussel, 13.284; 31.16-Stuart Brubaker, 13.292; 32.38K-Brad Haudenschild, 13.318; 33.55-Tyler Gunn, 13.326; 34.3J-Trey Jacobs, 13.486; 35.7-Joe Swanson, 13.932;
Heat 1, Group A - (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 94-Ryan Smith ; 2. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 4. 5-Byron Reed ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 6. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 7. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 8. 5T-Travis Philo ; 9. 19-Chris Andrews
Heat 2, Group B - (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 2. 22-Cole Duncan ; 3. 1st-Gary Taylor ; 4. O9-Christopher Bell ; 5. 53-Cap Henry ; 6. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 7. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 8. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 9. 7-Joe Swanson
Heat 3, Group C - (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 89-Cody Darrah ; 2. 8-DJ Foos ; 3. 4-Danny Smith ; 4. 8M-TJ Michael ; 5. 2+-Brian Smith ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson ; 7. 55-Tyler Gunn ; 8. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 9. 7C-Caleb Armstrong
Heat 4, Group D - (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 73-Bryan Sebetto ; 2. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 3. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 4. 1-Dale Blaney ; 5. 49-Tanner Thorson ; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 7. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 8. 38K-Brad Haudenschild
Dash 1 - (8 Laps, sets top 5 rows of A)
1. 94-Ryan Smith ; 2. 8-DJ Foos ; 3. 89-Cody Darrah ; 4. O9-Christopher Bell ; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 8. 22-Cole Duncan ; 9. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 10. 73-Bryan Sebetto
B-Main 1 - (12 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 19-Chris Andrews ; 2. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 3. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 5. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 6. 5T-Travis Philo ; 7. W20-Greg Wilson ; 8. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 9. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 10. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 11. 55-Tyler Gunn ; 12. 7-Joe Swanson ; 13. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 14. 38K-Brad Haudenschild ; 15. 7C-Caleb Armstrong
A-Main 1 - (50 Laps)
1. 94-Ryan Smith ; 2. O9-Christopher Bell ; 3. 89-Cody Darrah ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 7. 22-Cole Duncan ; 8. 5-Byron Reed ; 9. W20-Greg Wilson ; 10. 8-DJ Foos ; 11. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 12. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 13. 4-Danny Smith ; 14. 1-Dale Blaney ; 15. 1st-Gary Taylor ; 16. 49-Tanner Thorson ; 17. 53-Cap Henry ; 18. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 19. 19-Chris Andrews ; 20. 8M-TJ Michael ; 21. 73-Bryan Sebetto ; 22. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 23. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 24. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 25. 2+-Brian Smith
Jim Ford Family Hard Charger: Tim Shaffer +18
Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints (31 Cars)
Heat 1 - American Power Sports (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 97-Kyle Peters ; 2. 36-Seth Schneider ; 3. 24-Alex Paden ; 4. 44-Kyle Farmer ; 5. 87-Brian Gibbs ; 6. 37-Austin Ream ; 7. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 8. 9R-Dustin Rall
Heat 2 - Kistler Racing Products (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 11G-Luke Griffith ; 2. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh ; 3. 11X-George Englert ; 4. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 5. 32H-Dan Hennig ; 6. 27-Evan Kornbau ; 7. 1X-Dustin Dinan ; 8. 2L-Landon Lalonde
Heat 3 - Hoosier Racing Tires (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 77I-John Ivy ; 2. 18N-Frank Neill ; 3. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 4. 20B-Cody Bova ; 5. 7-Thomas Schinderle ; 6. 10X-Dustin Stroup ; 7. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 8. 39-Jamie Miller
Heat 4 - The Computer Man (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 2. 8J-A.J Sleek ; 3. 19R-Steve Rando ; 4. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 5. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 6. 75-Jerry Dahms ; 7. 8-Bobby Clark
B-Main - Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 87-Brian Gibbs ; 2. 7-Thomas Schinderle ; 3. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 4. 10X-Dustin Stroup ; 5. 32H-Dan Hennig ; 6. 37-Austin Ream ; 7. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 8. 8-Bobby Clark ; 9. 27-Evan Kornbau ; 10. 2L-Landon Lalonde ; 11. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 12. 1X-Dustin Dinan ; 13. 75-Jerry Dahms ; 14. 39-Jamie Miller
A-Main - (25 Laps)
1. 19R-Steve Rando; 2. 11G-Luke Griffith; 3. 77I-John Ivy; 4. 36-Seth Schneider; 5. 12-Kyle Capodice; 6. 22M-Dan McCarron; 7. 7M-Brandon Moore; 8. 8J-A.J Sleek; 9. 99-Alvin Roepke; 10. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 11. 97-Kyle Peters; 12. 18N-Frank Neill; 13. 8-Bobby Clark; 14. 20B-Cody Bova; 15. 2-Ricky Peterson; 16. 7-Thomas Schinderle; 17. 20I-Kelsey Ivy; 18. 44-Kyle Farmer; 19. 32H-Dan Hennig; 20. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh; 21. 37-Austin Ream; 22. 24-Alex Paden; 23. 11X-George Englert; 24. 87-Brian Gibbs
Jim Ford Family Hard Charger: 99-Alvin Roepke[+14]
McCullough Industries 602 Late Models (12 Cars)
Heat 1 - American Power Sports (6 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 98-Tim Sabo ; 2. 3-Dale Cole ; 3. 4M-Jamie Miller ; 4. 43K-Louis Allan ; 5. O4-Jeff Hites ; 6. 101-Chester Fitch
Heat 2 - Kistler Racing Products (6 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 44MS-Matt Shipley ; 2. 34-Ky Harper ; 3. O1-Brandon Perkins ; 4. 17X-Dustin Keegan ; 5. 23-Dustin Sautter ; 6. 116-Steve Sabo
A-Main - (15 Laps)
1. 34-Ky Harper; 2. 98-Tim Sabo; 3. 44MS-Matt Shipley; 4. 116-Steve Sabo; 5. 17X-Dustin Keegan; 6. 4M-Jamie Miller; 7. 23-Dustin Sautter; 8. O4-Jeff Hites; 9. O1-Brandon Perkins; 10. 43K-Louis Allan; 11. 101-Chester Fitch; 12. 3-Dale Cole
Jim Ford Family Hard Charger: 116-Steve Sabo[+8]
©2015 - Results Provided by: Computer Man Inc. Fremont, OH
AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2015 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - “Haubstadt Hustler” - Co-sanctioned by MSCS
BRADY SHORT WINS BIG IN “HAUBSTADT HUSTLER” AT TRI-STATE
Haubstadt, Indiana…….Brady Short backed up his Tri-State Speedway win from July as he cashed in for $10,000 in Saturday’s “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway. The Bedford, Indiana driver benefitted from a tangle with five laps to go collecting race-long leader Kyle Cummins and finished off his second AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season, which was also sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.
Two separate incidents before a lap was completed brought a third double-file start, and outside front-row starter Kyle Cummins took the lead and ran away from the field. Behind him, Dakota Jackson, C.J. Leary, and Daron Clayton weaved three-wide for second before Clayton slowed suddenly and pulled to the infield.
Jackson took control of the second spot, as Short was the man on the move early, moving from 12th up to the top-five by lap eight, taking fourth a lap later. After a tangle on lap ten, Cummins was again checking out on the field, while Short was working his way by Leary into the third spot by lap twelve. At lap 17, he finally disposed of Jackson and started to carve into Cummins’ substantial lead.
Cummins was mired deep in lapped traffic and his lead evaporated quickly, with Short rolling right up behind him with ten laps to go. The battle from sixth back to tenth was heating up, and contact on the frontstretch sent Aaron Farney spinning. With him sitting backwards, Cummins tried to avoid the crash to the inside but caught Farney with his right-rear tire. That stopped Cummins’ bid for his first USAC Sprint Car win.
With just five laps to go, the lapped cars went to the tail and gave an opportunity to tenth-starting Kevin Thomas, Jr., who lined up second. He backed it in on the bottom and tried to pressure Short for the win, but the Pottorff Logging - Sipe’s Body & Glass #11P Maxim/SPEC was simply too strong. Short took the win by 1.421 seconds.
“I wasn’t sure if I could get Kyle or not, and we were running really hard coming to those last five laps. It’s unfortunate for him, but that’s part of racing and this is a really big win for us. This money is definitely gonna help us, especially after flipping out of the ballpark the last time we were here a couple weeks ago. It took a while to get myself back comfortable here tonight and feeling like myself. It’s had a little bit more up top and we’ve had to run up there to keep momentum, and I knew with the longer race, we’d have time to get up front from where we started tonight,” Short said.
Thomas, Jr.’s impressive drive ended in second aboard the Griffin’s Propane - Bakken Concrete #17RW Maxim/Fisher.
“I was excited to get a chance at him with the last restart, and I really did think we had a shot at him. We were really good on long runs, so we probably needed a few more laps to make a run at him. We were just a little tight for a five-lap run. Brady ran a great race like he always does down here, and our cars are pretty similar, so there’s a lot of times where we end up right around each other down here,” Thomas said.
Jackson finished off his best-career USAC National Sprint Car run with a podium finish in the Excavation Plus - Whiteland Tire & Fleet Service #3 Bullet/Chevy.
“This place has always been one of my favorites, and I feel comfortable here even when I’m hitting the fence. Tonight felt really good for me personally and for my dad. We haven’t been able to put together a full night down here, and tonight was so much fun. Kyle got away from us, and I was just beating the wall down trying to keep up with him. I finally got to the point of trying to maintain and had a good battle with Brady there for second. I plugged the wall pretty good there late and cost myself second, but honestly I was just running the race of my life and having so much fun running up there with those guys.
Brady Bacon came home fourth in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar, and Chase Stockon rounded out the top-five after starting ninth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher. National point leader Robert Ballou picked up the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” after driving from 20th to finish seventh.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Mike Terry, Jr. (#85 Terry), 4. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 5. Nick Johnson (#15J Johnson), 6. Robert Bell (#71 Bell), 7. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 8. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen). 2:17.83
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins (#3R Byram), 2. Chris Windom (#21x Pollock), 3. Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI), 4. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 5. Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough), 6. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 7. Jeff Bland, Jr. (#04 Burton), 8. James Lyerla (#11L JL Motorsports). 2:14.42
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 2. Daron Clayton (#92K Clayton), 3. Brady Short (#11p Pottorff), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 5. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 6. Chet Williams (#38 Williams), 7. Chad Boespflug (#21K Krockenberger). 2:14:14
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Donny Brackett (#4B Brackett), 2. Dakota Jackson (#3 Jackson), 3. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 4. Kent Schmidt (#5K Schmidt), 5. Carson Short (#21 Short), 6. Lee Dakus (#75 Dakus), 7. Hunter Schuerenberg (#11 Walker). 2:18.37
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mattox, 2. Farney, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Ballou, 5. Cottle, 6. Boespflug, 7. Williams, 8. Lyerla, 9. Dakus, 10. Bell, 11. Johnson, 12. Stanbrough, 13. Bland, 14. C. Short. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Chris Windom, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Brandon Mattox, 14. Kent Schmidt, 15. Jon Stanbrough, 16. James Lyerla, 17. Kyle Cummins, 18. Donny Brackett, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Mike Terry, Jr., 24. Daron Clayton. NT
**Ballou flipped during the first heat. C. Short flipped during the semi. Bland flipped during the semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Cummins, Laps 36-40 B. Short.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,816; 2-Stockon-1,778; 3-Darland-1,764; 4-Bacon-1,653; 5-Stanbrough-1,543; 6-Thomas-1,453; 7-Windom-1,307; 8-Leary-1,234; 9-Hines-1,142; 10-Grant-1,082.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: September 26 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - 34th “4-Crown Nationals”
THE PIT BOARD
**Brady Short’s win in Saturday night’s “Haubstadt Hustler” marked his second consecutive USAC victory at Tri-State Speedway this season. Short also won in July at Tri-State during “Indiana Sprint Week.”
**Short also became the first USAC Sprint Car driver to win at the same track twice this season.
**Newlywed Kevin Thomas, Jr. again played bridesmaid to Brady Short at Tri-State Speedway in USAC competition. The 2013 “Haubstadt Hustler” winner also finished in 2nd place behind Short in the “Indiana Sprintweek” event at the track in July.
**Dakota Jackson’s 3rd place run on Saturday night was the best USAC National Sprint Car result of his career. His previous best finish in a USAC race was a 13th in the “Haubstadt Hustler” on Sept. 15, 2012.
**Remarkably, Saturday night marked Chase Stockon’s fourth consecutive 5th place finish in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car competition at Tri-State Speedway.
**Despite leading 59 of the last 80 laps in the “Haubstadt Hustler” over the last two years, Kyle Cummins hasn’t been able to reach victory lane. The Princeton, Indiana driver was leading with just five laps to go when he collided with a stopped car that had spun on the front straightaway, ending what could have been his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win.
Accord, NY- Jeff Strunk Rockets His Way To 5 G’s In Accord Speedway King Of The Catskills Triumph
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
The Ulster County weather was perfect, the Accord Speedway was in top form and a great roster of drivers and a standing room only crowd proved to be spectacular for Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer to host their annual King of the Catskills event at the speedway. Working right up until race time, Gary Palmer had the pristine quarter mile clay speedplant in impeccable condition that enabled the stout field of Modified and Sportsman competitors to race wall to wall throughout the evening of racing. The evening of speed was headlined by sponsor Bruce Insinger and his Insinger Fuel Team.
When all was said and done, Modified short track specialist “The Bechtelsville Bullet” Jeff Strunk used patience and a big right foot to hustle his way from 21st starting position to take over the lead on lap-45 and dominate the action the remainder of the way to capture his first ever King of the Catskills victory and the $5,000.00 prize that went along with it. In the combination Open Sportsman/Spec Sportsman 30-lap shootout, 2015 Accord Speedway Spec Sportsman Champion Robbie Knipe traded the lead back and forth with Dave Werber for four laps before seizing command of the event on lap five and go on to lead the remainder of the event to capture the win and the $1,500.00 pay day that awaited him in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane. In the Nightcap for the Four Cylinder Enduro Bombers, George Zeininger continued his mastery over the rest of the Enduro field to go on and win his second consecutive Enduro event of the season and with it adding $2,000.00 to his yearly winnings.
Twenty-four of some of the finest Modifieds on the East Coast today took off in a run for the roses with “DC” Danny Creeden blasting out into the lead. Creeden wasted no time in running into daylight as he opened up a huge advantage on the field. The 2015 Accord Modified Champion Jeff Heotzler Sr was running in second with a pack of topflight racing stars behind him all vying for the valuable track real estate. Richard Smith, Anthony Perrego, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti and Mike Mahaney all showed the ability to pass and contend in the event with all of the driving stars running great races. Restarts slowed the action a bit as the attrition began to mount up.
Creeden was still leading at the 1/3 mark of the event but all eyes were focused on the Zubi’s Racing machine of Jeff Strunk. Strunk was methodical in disposing of those in front of him and moved into the third place slot five laps later. On lap-29, the fine run from Creeden came to a stop on turn two. The restart found Heotzler and Strunk side by side and Heotzler moved into the lead with Strunk running close behind. Strunk once again began applying pressure and worked his way past Heotzler in lap-45 to take over the point. Once in front, Strunk went into cruise control and he worked his way through slower traffic the remainder of the way to drive on to his first King of the Catskills victory. Strunk, who finished fourth in last year’s event aboard a Jerry Higbie owned racer, was very thankful to his sponsors, crew, the fans and to Jerry Higbie in the victory lane celebration as his conversations with Higbie during the week helped set up the car for the win.
Jeff Heotzler Sr was second in a very stout run with “Prime Time” Scott Ferrier working his way from 18th starting spot to finish third. Mike Mahaney was solid all evening to earn fourth place while “The Doctor” Danny Johnson came back through the field after pitting at the midway point to round out the top five. The second five included Andy Bachetti, Richard Smith, Joe Judge, Craig Mitchell and Robbie Green.
Robbie Knipe and Dave Werber made up the front row for the Sportsman main event. Knipe in a Crate motored racer and Werber in an Open Sportsman machine set up the classic dual in what was about to follow. Werber led the first lap while Knipe slipped past him to lead lap two. Werber regained the lead in laps three and four and it Knipe going to the top of the raceway between turns one and two to once again seize command of the race. Just as Knipe opened up a small advantage, coming up to challenge the leaders was the “Riegelsville Rocket” Jimmy Housworth. Housworth began in seventh place and was working the channels of the speedway to perfection as he made it a three way battle for the lead.
The front three remained close past the halfway point and Knipe gained a bit of an advantage as Werber had to play a bit of defense against the hard charging Housworth. Knipe would race to victory with Werber solid in the runner-up slot and Housworth giving it all he had to gain a podium finish. “Jammin” Jimmy Wells hustled hard from 14th starting spot to finish fourth while Greg McCloskey rounded out the top five. The second five included Chris Stevens, Randy Green, Phil Johnson, Ken Boniface and Shane Jablonka.
The veteran campaigner George Zeininger wasted no time in charging to the front in the 100-lap Enduro excursion. Zeininger, who captured the first Enduro event in July, paced himself throughout the event and passed cars at will sometimes passing three and four cars at a shot in a dazzling driving exhibition. It would be Zeininger capturing the $2,000.00 prize with Chicky Bruntfield in the runner-up role and Drew Boniface rounding out the podium finish.
The showcased event of the season at Accord for the Palmer Family was another spectacular event for the successful promotional team now in their 15th season at operating their Ulster County facility. The racing was superb as every Modified and Sportsman heat resembled a mini feature event. The standing room only crowd came from far and wide with as many as twelve states representing the statewide support of the tremendous racing activity. Parking was at a premium and the grounds were abuzz with excitement for the long awaited evening of racing at the “Gem in the Catskills”. The turnstiles of fans filled the concession areas all night long as they devoured the great cuisine offered up by the the speedway concessions.
Forty Modifieds made their way to the pit area along with forty sportsman and 33 Four Cylinder Bombers. Five heats were needed for the Modifieds with Jimmy Horton, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Jeff Heotzler Sr and Anthony Perrego scoring wins. Jimmy Horton was light on the scales so he suffered a DQ giving the win to Danny Tyler. Sportsman cars also ran five heats with Robbie Knipe, Dave Werber, Jesse Marks, Brad Szulewski and Jimmy Johnson claiming the wins. Two B-Mains were needed for the Modifieds with Jeff Strunk and Shaun Walker claiming the wins. The two Sportsman B-Mains were won by Corey Pike and Shane Jablonka.
New faces were in abundance on this evening with Craig Mitchell, Brett and Alex Tonkin, Andy Bachetti, Danny Johnson, Matt Janiak, Mike Mahaney, Nick Rochinski, Dan Humes, Shaun Walker, Jimmy Horton, Bobby Hentschel, Jeff Strunk, and Tyler McKee all putting in their first appearances. Chris Lynch, Chris Stevens, Jim Housworth, Joe Conklin, Mike Travers, Ryan Stortini, Jake Grannaker, Brian White and Tyler Johnston all made their first Sportsman starts.
Tim Adams rejoined the speedway last evening after losing a few weeks due to some health issues. Great to have him back.
Former Lake Mocatek Speedway Assistant Announcer Justin Beltrame was on board last evening to help with the announcing chores. Regular announcer Steve Pados and Beltrame worked together at Mocatek for four years and still do events together, namely the Dirt Track Heroes Show with Bob Miller in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in March of 2016. Beltrame also fills in at Hamlin Speedway when Pados cannot attend.
Grandma Annies Pies were back in victory lane last evening courtesy of Liggan Insurance, Wright’s Farm Market, Rosendale Farmers Market and Cousin Pete Donohue.
A happy 59th birthday is extended to Kevin Moyer.
Many thanks go out to all of those who helped sponsor laps for the event. Included in the roster are: Northeast Racing Videos, Marty at Upstate Auto, Frank Guido’s Little Italy, Krom Racing, Mariner’s Harbor, Scott Demorest Welding, Rick Ryder, Clayton Racing, Halmar RacingTeam, Quality Seal Coat, Sanford Racing, GA Motorsports, Fotopolous Family Racing, DeLeon Racing, Houghtaling Racing, Accord Speedway, Jonathan Arturi, Babis Family, Stone Ridge Tire, Lutes Family Racing, Ginnie and Jim Douglas, CG Racing, Pearseco Properties, LaBagh Motorsports, Knoth Racing, Mirabito Energy Products, Armbruster Racing Photos and The Ricci Family
United Pump and Tank Modifieds: (60 laps $5,000.00) Jeff Strunk, Jeff Heotzler Sr, Scott Ferrier, Mike Mahaney, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti, Richard Smith, Joe Judge, Craig Mitchell, Robbie Green, Corey Lowitt, Nick Rochinski, Jimmy Wells, Dave Hinsch, Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Matt Janiak, Tommy Meier, Danny Tyler, Shaun Walker, Dan Humes, Tim Hindley, Chuck McKee, Mike Ricci
Escape RV Sportsman/Healey Brothers Spec Sportsman: (30 Laps $1,500.00) Robbie Knipe, Dave Werber, Jim Housworth, Jimmy Wells, Greg McCloskey, Chris Stevens, Randy Green, Phil Johnson, Ken Boniface, Shane Jablonka, Jeff Hulseapple, Joey Bruning, Brad Szulewski, Joe Conklin, Zach Mead, Rafael Carson, Brandon McGill, Ryan Stortini, Jesse Marks, Jimmy Johnson, Nick Johnson, Corey Pike, Mike Barrett, Rich Ricci III
Four Cylinder Enduro Bombers: George Zeininger, Chicky Bruntfield, Drew Boniface
Racing every Friday night from April through September.
Saturday, October 3rd finds the speedway swinging back into action for the Full Fendered Finale spectacular at the speedway sponsored by the Liggin’s Insurance Agency. More information regarding the event will follow.
For more information regarding the great racing action found at the Accord Speedway, call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478 or log-on to their newly designed and well documented website at: http://.accordspeedway.com We are easy to find at 299 Whitfield Road, two miles off Route 209. At the Accord Speedway…………………………….
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