JUNE 27, 2016
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RAIN STOPS THUNDER SERIES ON LAP FIFTEEN OF SPRINT FEATURE TUESDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (June 28, 2016) – Rain has not been a friend to Thunder on the Hill and Tuesday night was no different as the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series invaded the Grandview Speedway for event one-hundred and twenty of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. Feature race leader Ryan Smith made contact with another car sending him spinning into the first turn infield on lap fifteen. At the same time, the light mist of rain opened to a down pour. The sprint cars returned to the pits to wait out the shower. The amount of rain that fell over the twenty-five minute delay, was just too much for even the Grandview Speedway track crew to correct. As a result, the event was postponed with the completion of this show to take place on the Tuesday night, July 26.
The remainder of the event – a 410 Sprint car feature starting at lap 16 and a 30-lap Modified feature will be run, along with a complete show for both divisions. The complete show, includes the 410 Sprint Cars in the 2nd Annual Thunder Cup, a 35-Lap, $5,000 to win feature plus a 30-lap, $3,000 to win NASCAR 358 Modified main event.
At the start of the 35 lap Speed Week feature, Brent Marks, of Myerstown, PA, jumped to the early lead with Ryan Smith and Freddie Rahmer following quickly. Darting around the quick 1/3-mile high-banks, Marks set a rapid pace but Smith challenged back sliding into the lead on the fourth circuit.
The yellow flag flew for the first time on the sixth lap for Sean Zemunik and Jevon Ahner who tangled in turn four.
On the restart, Smith charged forward, while eight-time Thunder on the Hill winner Greg Hodnett raced into the runner-up spot from the sixth place starting position. Smith, “The Kunkletown Kid” to his fans, powered forward before tangling with a lapped car on the fifteenth lap.
TJ Stutts set fast time with a lap of 11.763. For Stutts, this was his first visit to Grandview in a 410 sprint car. Sprint heat races were won by Bryan Clauson, Brent Marks and Ryan Smith. In the Modifieds, heat race events were won by Duane Howard and Ryan Grim
The next NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event takes place on Thursday, July 14 when the Super DIRTCar Series Big-Block Modifieds compete at the 19th Annual Traffic Jam presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. The Modifieds will compete in a 60-lap event paying $7,000 to win that pays $1,000 for 10th and $500 to Start a 30-car field. Also on the card is the Sportsman division participating in a 25-lap event.
General Admission tickets for Thursday, July 14 are $25 for Adults, $10 for Children 6-11 and Free for Children Under 6. Pit Admission is $35, no license is required.
Pit Gates open at 2:30 PM, Driver’s Meeting is at 6:15 PM, Hot Laps at 6:45 PM and Racing Starts at 7:30 PM.
Advance tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 4:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to the sale of General Admission tickets.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.
For full rules, format, purse and information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
410 SPRINT CAR TIME TRIALS: 1. TJ Stutts – 11.763 2. Doug Esh – 11.767 3. Greg Hodnett – 11.809 4. Lucas Wolfe – 11.843 5. Stevie Smith — 11.843 6. Ryan Taylor – 11.899 7. Bryan Clauson – 11.901 8. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. – 11.935 9. Ryan Smith – 11. 952 10. Alan Krimes – 11.956 11. Brent Marks – 11.994 12. Tim Shaffer – 12.042 13. Aaron Ott – 12.049 14. Danny Dietrich – 12.088 15. Tyler Ross – 12.099 16. Davey Sammons – 12.119 17. Billy Dietrich – 12.122 18. Brandon Rahmer – 12.131 19. Brock Zearfoss – 12.176 20. Robbie Stillwaggon – 12.225 21. Joe Kata III – 12.242 22. Jevon Ahner – 12.392 23. Sean Zemunik – 12.477 24. Dave Carlberg – 13.374
Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Bryan Clauson 2. Alan Krimes 3. TJ Stutts 4. Lucas Wolfe 5. Davey Sammons 6. Aaron Ott
Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Brent Marks 2. Freddie Rahmer 3. Stevie Smith 4. Danny Dietrich 5. Doug Esh 6. Billy Dietrich
Heat 3 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Smith 2. Greg Hodnett 3. Ryan Taylor 4. Tyler Ross 5. Brandon Rahmer 6. Joe Kata III
Modified Heat 1 (10 Laps) – 1. Duane Howard 2. Brian Hirthler 3. Rick Laubach 4. Brett Kressley 5. Colt Harris
Modified Heat 2 (10 Laps) – 1. Ryan Grim 2. Craig VonDohren 3. Glenn Strunk 4. Steve Swinehart 5. Ray Swinehart
JUNE 27, 2016
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IS A FIRST-TIME GRANDVIEW WINNER LIKELY TUESDAY, JUNE 28 DURING THUNDER ON THE HILL SPEEDWEEK EVENT ?
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (JUNE 27, 2016) – Winning at Grandview Speedway is no easy task — especially when the 410 Sprint Cars invade the Berks County oval – but this year’s contingent of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed week competitors may be the strongest in years, and there is definitely opportunity to knock off two-time defending race winner Greg Hodnett.
The challenge takes place this Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 PM when NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series showcases the 410 Sprint Cars in a 35-lap, $5,000-to-win event as the NASCAR 358 Modifieds battlein a 30-lap, $3,000-to-win feature presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings.
Leading the charge is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Stevie Smith. A veteran of Sprint Car racing, Smith has claimed victories at almost every track he’s raced at. Of course, it was August 1990 when the Smith Family’s famed Black Bandit No. 19 sat in Thunder on the Hill victory lane. Steve Smith Sr. would pilot that machine to the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event win. Now, twenty-six years later the younger Smith – defending PA Speed Week Champion – searches for his first Thunder on the Hill win a Grandview Speedway.
Sitting second in PA Speed Week Series points is 31-year-old Lucas Wolfe, of Mechanicsburg, PA. Wolfe certainly knows the fast way around the Bechtelsville high-banks setting quick time at 2015’s Thunder Cup race. At the 2014, Speed Week event Wolfe pulled alongside eventual race winner Greg Hodnett, with two laps remaining only to be beaten by inches at the line – this wasn’t Wolfe’s first time as a bridesmaid, he finished second to Todd Shaffer at the 2007 Speed Week event.
Kunkletown, PA’s Ryan Smith claimed three victories in 2015, traveling with the All-Star Circuit of Champions and has solid finishes in just three 410 starts at Grandview Speedway with a sixth, fourth and seventh in respectively.
Ryan Taylor’s flashy No. 20 machine is a fan favorite at Grandview Speedway – probably because the 27-year-old racer credits the Bechtelsville clay for piquing his interest in racing action. Taylor is a proven winner, having claimed victories at the Port Royal Speedway.
Smith’s teammates, 20-year-old Sprint Car aces Brandon and Freddie Rahmer, out of Salfordville, PA, have both claimed home track victories this season – and Freddie has picked up a top-five finish at Grandview’s last two 410 Sprint races. The Rahmer name is no stranger to Grandview victory lane – Fred Rahmer holds 9 Thunder on the Hill Sprint Car wins and 45 Modified victories.
Other possible first-time winners include Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA; Alan Crimes of Denver, PA, JJ Grasso of Middletown, DE, and Aaron Tot of East Berlin, PA. Noblesville, IN’s Bryan Clausen has never claimed a winged Sprint Car victory at Grandview, but does hold two wingless Sprint Car wins.
A $200 bonus has been posted to the top 360 Sprint Car, with a $100 bonus to the second 360 Sprint Car.
The Grandview small-block Modified stars will be out in full force defending their home turf: Current weekly series point leader, Craig VonDohren; 10-time Track Champion, Jeff Strunk; two-time 2016 race winner, Duane Howard; and 4-time Thunder on the Hill winner, Doug Manmiller. Previous Thunder on the Hill modified winners Rick Laubach, Mike Gular, Ryan Godown, and Kevin Hirthler are all expected to be in attendance.
Advance tickets are on sale now and may be ordered by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may be picked up and paid for on race night after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM, one half hour prior to the sale of General Admission tickets.
Celebrating the 27th 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, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks and appearances by the Thunder Girls.
The Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet kicks off at 5 PM with drivers Ryan Smith and Ryan Taylor. Fans are encouraged to take photos and get autographs with these popular Sprint Car drivers.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak & Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.
For full rules, format, purse and information visit: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
GPS USERS: 43 Passamore 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
Twitter/Instagram: @TOTHRACING, #TOTHRACING
Advanced Ticket Entrance: 4:30 PM
Low Down & Dirty Meet & Greet: 5:00 PM
Grandstand Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:30 PM
General Admission Ticket Pricing: Adults: $25; Children 6-11: $10; Kids 5 & Under: FREE!
Pit Admission: $35
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Stewart Friesen Wins Wild Race at Cornwall Motor Speedway
Captures first Super DIRTcar series win of the year
By Mandee Pauch
CORNWALL, Ont. – June 27, 2016 – Stewart Friesen battled to a wild first win of the season Sunday night as the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds took on Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway.
Friesen, who took the lead on the initial start from pole-sitter Max McLaughlin, was able to capture the Mel Valade Backhoe Service 100 lapper, but not without a hard fight by fourth-place starter, Matt Sheppard.
“What a racecar,” Friesen said in victory lane. “Those cautions drive me crazy. When you pass Matt Sheppard back, that’s really something. He’s on top of his game right now.”
The initial start saw Friesen pulling away from the pack on the topside of the track while McLaughlin and Sheppard battled for second position.
It didn’t take long for Friesen to find himself in traffic as he caught the back of the pack by lap 12. He got bottled up on the top of the speedway and Sheppard went to the bottom of the exit of turn four to snatch the lead away.
Friesen was able to take back the lead but only to be halted by a yellow.
By lap 30, Brett Hearn battled McLaughlin for third place.
The track was starting to slick off by lap 40 as Friesen and Sheppard began to pull away from the field.
Once again Friesen closed in on lap traffic by lap 39. Friesen went in high in turns one and two which opened the door for Sheppard to pass Friesen on the bottom. Friesen came back through the middle, three wide in lap traffic to take back the lead
By lap 45, the scoreboard showed Friesen, Sheppard, Hearn, Johnson, and Britten as the top five. Danny Johnson was up to fourth after starting in eleventh.
All eyes were on Friesen and Sheppard as they kept swapping lines, battling for the top position.
Chris Raabe was showing a late race charge as he ran down Hearn and passed him for the fourth spot on lap 69.
The fifth caution of the night was necessary on lap 75 after Britten and Williamson, both running in the top 10, got into a tangle on the track.
The action resumed again on lap 75 as Sheppard tried to crisscross and slide to the top coming out of turn two but Friesen was able to hold him off and pull away on the backstretch with the lead. Friesen then muscled his way around the top of the track and pulled away with a five-car lead.
The sixth caution of the night was brought out. On the restart Johnson tried to pass Sheppard on the bottom but Sheppard was able to squeeze Johnson out.
As the battle behind the leader grew strong, Friesen was in his own race. He was consistent, running the top in one and two and right around the bottom in three and four.
The last caution of the night flew on lap 88. It was a single file restart as Johnson tried the inside lane to pass by Sheppard but Sheppard made sure to come back down on him to close this out.
Sheppard tried his hardest to pull Friesen on the top side and cut down across to the inside. They were running side-by-side for the lead.
On lap 97, as lapped traffic got thicker, Friesen started to pull away on the top side of the track as that same traffic held Sheppard up on the bottom. Friesen shot to the outside corner number four and drove away to win his first Super DIRTcar Series event of the year.
“We were a little tight early,” said Friesen. “Our crew was great tonight though. Halmar International team is awesome. They give me everything I need. We do a lot of racing and we’re starting to pick it up a bit.”
Matt Sheppard was in high spirits over his battle between Friesen for the lead.
“I hope the fans got their money’s worth,” said Sheppard. “I think he had the best car tonight. I could stay with him but he was able to pull away. Next thing you know I thought I was able to steal this from him. I probably should have stayed on the top and blocked but it is what it is. He had the better car and he won tonight.”
The top ten respectively were Friesen, Sheppard, Johnson, Raabe, Hearn, Cozze, Decker, Fuller, McLaughlin, Clair.
Forty-four Modifieds attempted to qualify for the Mel Valade Backhoe Service 100 lapper. Thirty cars started the field. Eight cautions were brought out during the feature. Larry Wight set fastest time in time trials with a 13.136. Chris Raabe was the only small block to finish in the top-five.
The Big-Block Modifieds return to action this Tuesday, June 28, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, the 4/10 semi-banked clay oval for Brett Hearn’s The Big Show 8 with Kenny Wallace. The eighth annual event makes its fifth appearance at Albany-Saratoga. Decker and Jimmy Phelps both have two wins at the event with Bobby Varin, Hearn, and Johnson the other drivers to have claimed wins over the years.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; June 26, 2016; Cornwall Motor Speedway; Cornwall, Ont.
A-Main (100 Laps) – 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Matt Sheppard, 3. Danny Johnson, 4. Chris Raabe, 5. Brett Hearn, 6. Frank Cozze, 7. Billy Decker, 8. Tim Fuller, 9. Max McLaughlin, 10. Mario Clair, 11. Jimmy Phelps, 12. Kyle Dingwall, 13. Brian McDonald, 14. Pat Ward, 15. Steve Bernard, 16. Peter Britten, 17. Matt Williamson, 18. Larry Wight, 19. Ryan Arbuthnot, 20. Rich Scagliotta, 21. Mike Mahaney, 22. Erick Rudolph, 23. Yan Bussiere, 24. J-F Corriveau, 25. Keith Flach, 26. Michael Maresca, 27. Jordan McCreadie, 28. Gage Morin, 29. Carey Terrance, 30. Luke Whitteker, 31. Joel Doiron
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts; in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ASI Race Wear, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust Systems, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mike’s Racing Heads, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD, Pole Position Raceway, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.
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MESERAULL ALL FIRED UP IN LAKESIDE SPRINT VICTORY
Kansas City, Kansas June 26, 2016 ……… In a battle between the two most consistent drivers throughout the 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Thomas Meseraull prevailed through the early rain and a brief fire on his car during a red flag period in the feature, sneaking underneath Brady Bacon on the bottom of turn four as the two raced to the white flag and holding on to take his second series victory of the year.
Heavy showers just prior to the original starting time delayed the proceedings for more than an hour. When the cars hit the track for the first time at a quarter after seven, it was evident the track was going to be heavy and hammer down.
Thomas Meseraull drove home the point in ProSource Qualifying, breaking Chase Stockon’s one-day old USAC Sprint Car track record at the 4/10-mile dirt oval by more than three-tenths of a second. That would position the San Jose, California driver outside of the third row for the start of the 30-lap feature.
On the start, Dave Darland darted out front from the pole position to lead the opening lap with Brady Bacon in tow.
By the fifth lap, Bacon was challenging for the top spot as he worked the bottom and Darland held court up top. The next five circuits all appeared as mirror images of each other with Bacon edging ahead entering turn four and Darland using the momentum off the top to race past Bacon to reach the flagstand first each time.
On lap 10, Darland and Bacon encountered the lapped car of Terry Richards as the two entered turn three. With the line up on the cushion occupied by Richards, Darland switched lanes to the middle of the track between three and four. Bacon seized the opportunity, slipping by Darland on the bottom to take the point with 21 to go.
On the ensuing restart after a caution for the stopped car of Riley Kreisel, Bacon stretched his lead over Darland by a half-straight margin. But, by lap 20, Bacon had gained new company.
With 11 to go, Meseraull motored by Darland for second off the fourth turn and now had his radar locked on the distant Bacon.
In the midst of Bacon putting Clinton Boyles a lap down on the 22nd lap, Boyles vaulted over Bacon’s right rear tire with his own left rear, sending Boyles hard into the turn two outside wall with the right rear wheel first before helicoptering around 360 degrees in mid-air, landing and flopping over to the right side, and then coming to a rest on all fours. Boyles was uninjured.
Under the red flag period that brought a stoppage to the action, flames began to shoot out of the left side of second-running Meseraull’s machine. The safety crew was able to extinguish the fire, but not before the flames singed the left side body work of the Amati Racing number 66.
Though it appeared as a somewhat serious situation at first, Meseraull was able to restart without an issue from the second position, right on Bacon’s tail for the lap 22 restart.
Bacon got a nice jump on the field on the restart, putting a little breathing room between himself and Meseraull up front.
Two laps later, Meseraull was able to close in a flash, amazingly laying down some of his fastest laps of the race during the late stretch of laps.
Like one of the ghosts in a game of Pac-Man, Meseraull tracked Bacon down, rapidly erasing the distance between himself and Bacon as the final handful of laps ticked away.
On lap 26, Meseraull was two car lengths back; on lap 27, one length back. On lap 28, Meseraull had Bacon in his crosshairs and was ready to fire.
Meseraull was able to pull even with Bacon midway down the back straightaway with two to go and, with the white flag in the air, Meseeraull pounced to the front to pull ahead of Bacon exiting turn four.
Meseraull finished out the night in the same manner he started it in qualifying: with his number 66 listed at the top of the scoreboard after taking the checkered flag in front of Bacon, Chris Windom, Chase Stockon and Chad Boespflug.
The familiar refrain “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain” is a tune that played out to reality in Sunday night’s event at Lakeside Speedway with competitors and fans able to withstand the rain early on as well as witness Meseraull’s resilience, coming back from a burning car near the midway point of the feature to standing in victory lane at night’s end after picking up his fourth career series win in his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction – Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.
“I was chasing Brady (Bacon) and I finally decided I was maybe good enough to do something with him,” Meseraull said. “I saw (Dave) Darland moving around people pretty good on the outside earlier, so I just got it in a little higher and got myself diamonded off of (turn) two. On that lap, Brady moved up just enough and I got underneath him. I love racing Brady. He gave me room and he raced me clean.”
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Bacon grabbed second in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar. Despite the disappointment of seeing the win slip through his fingers in the final laps, Bacon lost minimal ground – two points to be exact – in the championship race to Meseraull, his nearest challenger, after earning his seventh consecutive top-4 finish. He now holds a 59-point advantage heading into the 2nd annual “Bill Gardner Sprintacular” at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway on July 1.
“I had an extremely successful Midwest swing,” Bacon noted. “I’m disappointed to come up short at the end here at Lakeside, but I can’t complain too much about second-place. My tires went away a little after that red and I lost just enough grip that enabled (Meseraull) to get by.”
Windom, of Canton, Illinois, drove his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving – AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar to a third-place finish Sunday night.
“Track position was a big key tonight,” Windom acknowledged. “We qualified well and it put us up front. We anticipated to stay on the top, so we tightened the car up a little too much. We did a few things that hurt us when (the groove) moved to the bottom, but (the car) was actually really good around the bottom. We held on. We weren’t a winning car tonight, but we’ll take a top-three to finish off this weekend.”
Fifth-place finisher Boespflug pocketed the Weld Racing $1000 bonus.
Contingency award winners at Lakeside included Thomas Meseraull (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Race Winner), Robert Ballou (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Race Winner), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Rob Caho, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 26, 2016 – Kansas City, Kansas – Lakeside Speedway
PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.712 (New Track Record); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.871; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.908; 4. Chris Windom 5, Baldwin-17.117; 5. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-17.139; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-17.148; 7. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.212; 8. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.231; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-17.291; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-17.293; 11. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.297; 12. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-17.348; 13. Chris Parkinson, 65, Parkinson-17.507; 14. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-17.549; 15. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-17.592; 16. Riley Kreisel, 90, Smith-17.605; 17. Danny Thoman, 27, Thoman-17.787; 18. Clinton Boyles, 77, Hockett-17.844; 19. Wyatt Burks, 11R, Rumsey/Clausen-18.285; 20. Kenny Potter, 55, Potter-18.449; 21. Terry Richards, 18, TR’s Tool Service-18.469; 22. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-NT, 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT; 24. Cody Baker, 9, Hall-NT.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Farney, 4. Parkinson, 5. Meseraull, 6. Kreisel, 7. Burks, 8. Johnson. 2:22.40
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Simon, 3. Mellenberndt, 4. McGhee, 5. Chapple, 6. Potter, 7. Thoman, 8. Bares. NT
BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Caho, 4. Darland, 5. Leary, 6. Boyles, 7. Richards. 2:20.21 (New Track Record)
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Landon Simon, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 13. Rob Caho, Jr., 14. Max McGhee, 15. Chris Parkinson, 16. Wyatt Burks, 17. Terry Richards, 18. Clinton Boyles, 19. Riley Kreisel, 20. Danny Thoman, 21. Kenny Potter, 22. Warren Johnson. NT
**Bares flipped during the second heat.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Darland, Laps 10-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Meseraull.
KSE HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (22nd to 7th)
WELD RACING “MOVE OF THE NIGHT: Chad Boespflug
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-1,417, 2-Meseraull-1,358. 3-Stockon-1,277, 4-Ballou-1,252, 5-Darland-1,224, 6-Leary-1,174, 7-Boespflug-1,116, 8-McGhee-1,014, 9-Windom-978, 10-Farney-845.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 1 – Putnamville, Indiana – Lincoln Park Speedway – 2nd Annual “Bill Gardner Sprintacular”
Janisch Wins at Wall on GardenState Classic Night ATQMRA Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Cops Fourth Win in a Row
Wall Stadium, NJ. June 25, 2016 ..Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa has won his fair share of ATQMRA races across the years and earned himself a championship in 2014. Since the second race of the season nobody else has visited victory lane. Janisch earned four ATQMRA feature race wins in a row. Janisch earned the win over second running Buddy Sload with Geoffrey Sutton rounding out the podium. Heat Races were won by Matt Roselli in his New Laffler Chassis mount with Rookie of the year Candidate Mark Yoder picking up the win in the other qualifier. Popular Wall racer Ronnie the Rocket Mullen took a wild ride in the feature but is ok after being checked out at the Jersey Shore Medical Center. The ATQRMA sees action next back at Wall on July 16.
The feature saw a front row of Tim Proctor and Ronnie Mullen take the green flag but before a lap could be completed contact between Buddy Sload and Jeff Kot sent Kot Spinning into the infield slowing the field.
On the second attempt it was Tim Proctor charging into the lead with Joey Bailey in tow with Matt Roselli in third. Proctor would surrender the lead to Bailey entering the first turn on lap three. Bailey looked strong but his time in front of the pack was short lived when an electrical gremlin reared its ugly head relegating him to a DNF in the final tally. Bailey who won the ATQMRA’s last race on the high banks showed the prowess to contend on Wall’s flat inner oval as well.
While side by side racing was happening throughout the pack Janisch was methodically picking his was to the front. Janisch was sharp as usual after having run four races in the last week Winning Bethel last Saturday with the wing on and running third and fourth in Speedstr competition in between. Proctor resumed command when Bailey fell out only to be overtaken by Janisch on lap eight.
Janisch in his Yuhas Chassis Mark Janisch powered combination would run off the fastest lap of the day and cruised to the win by 2.5 seconds over a battle between Buddy Sload and Geoffrey Sutton for second and third. When Sutton charged from his 12th starting position into third behind Sload the two had spirited battle swapping cross over moves with inside and outside passes for the second position. Sload came out on top in the battle for second with Sutton third. Tim Proctor rolled across the line fourth with Rookie of the year hopeful Mark Yoder crossing the line fifth.
The feature race was stopped on the thirteenth lap when Popular Wall Racer Ronnie the Rocket Mullen of nearby Brick Township went flipping down the back straight away. Following a precautionary trip to the hospital Mullen was bruised and sore but uninjured otherwise. His Classic Competition Dart Chassis did its job and kept the driver safe.
The first heat race was won by Matt Roselli who charged from his fourth starting position to earn the qualifier win over Jeff Kot, Matt Janisch, Anthony Payne and Ronnie Mullen with Mark Rogers picking up the last qualifying spot.
The second heat saw Mark Yoder work from his fourth starting position to take the lead in the waning laps. Yoder had a strong day at Wall earning his first ATQMRA Heat Race win and ran a strong fifth in the feature. Yoder Bested Jeff Kot followed by Janisch Anthony Payne, and a pair of Wall Regulars in Ron Mullen and Mark Rogers.
Next up for the ATQMRA is back at the Speedway by the Shore Wall Stadium for some more exciting short track racing on Wall’s inner flat oval. Racing on the inner track and speedway management has helped to create resurgence in participation in the outdoor TQ ranks with the club drawing an eighteen car per race average. As teams have adapted to the flat track racing without wings the racing has improved and many drivers have demonstrated the ability to make passes on the outside and race side by side.
Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic ATQMRA Feature (25 Laps): 1. 48 Matt Janisch 2. 16 Buddy Sload 3. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 4. 98t Tim Proctor 5. 75Y Mark Yoder 6. 98 Matt Roselli 7. 27 Mark Rogers 8. 1B Ryan Tidman 9. 95 Jeff Kot 10. 11 Steve Whitt 11. 75Z Don Zrinski 12. 45 Anthony Payne 13. 46 Kerry Irwin 14. F8 Mike Glaser 15. 67 Joey Payne III 16. 39 Ronnie Mullen 17. 02 Joey Bailey
Heat Race 1: 1. 98 Matt Roselli 2. 02 Joey Bailey 3. 1B Ryan Tidman 4. 461 Geoffrey Sutton 5. 98t Tim Proctor 6. 16 Buddy Sload 7. 75z Don Zrinski 8. F8 Mike Glaser 9. 11 Steve Whitt
Heat Race 2: 1. 75y Mark Yoder 2. 95 Jeff Kot 3. 48 Matt Janisch 4. 45 Anthony Payne 5. 39 Ron Mullen 6. 27 Mark Rogers 7. 67 Joey Payne III 8. 46 Kerry Irwin
ATQMRA News and Notes: Matt Janisch, the 2005 ATQMRA Rookie of the year as well as 2014 Champion had a busy week racing a SpeedSTR to a third and fourth place finish on dirt demonstrating his throwback ability to adapt to both pavement and dirt. Blu Metz of the Metz Racing Driver Development Team took his 46 TQ to the Weatherly Hill climb on June 12th and Blasted up the paved mountain road making both rights and lefts timing 48th overall against 92 competitors. The ATQMRA has seen an uptick in the payouts teams receive from each event. Mark Ludwig was on hand as race Director for his first event in that position with the ATQMRA taking over for Bill Brice moving forward. Teams are reminded that they have an opportunity to put their cars on display in front of the crowd at Pocono for the IndyCar weekend on August 20 and 21st. The Application for putting a race car in the show can be found at http://www.theclassicracingtimes.com by clicking on Applications and filling out the Pocono Sun and Show Application.
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. June 25, 2016.. Defending driving champion Steven Reed of Jackson raced to victory in the 55th running of the Garden State Classic for Downs Ford Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was his second career win in the Classic race and it earned him $5,000 for finishing the 125 lap distance first.
Reed was in contention for the win for the entire distance as he launched into the top five at the start, advanced to the top three by the ten lap mark and raced into second behind Freehold’s Chas Okerson with 20 laps in the books.
Reed then chased Okerson until a lap 58 caution when he ducked into the pit area to change two tires. Upon returning to the track Reed was easily able to race from the rear of the field back into contention. Then, when many of the top runners pitted for tires on a lap 79 yellow, Reed was able to take over the lead.
The final laps of the race did offer suspense as Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. rode in second and shadowed Reed to the finish. Justin Gumley and Eric Mauriello, both of Howell, were third and fourth while Kenny Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y. was fifth.
“We pitted for tires as early as we did because in last year’s Turkey Derby we waited and that really hurt us,” Reed said. “The car was real good and we were just able to ride. I guess reading all those stories about the outside guys coming in for this race also inspired me. It is nice to be the local guy who defends his turf when outsiders come in to race.”
Third generation driver Richie Byrne of Howell led from start to finish to win the non-stop 25 lap main event for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock cars. It was his career first win. Wall’s Rob Haberstick was the runner-up, while Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg, Brick’s Joe Mongeau and Scott Maher of Brick wrapped up the top five.
Beachwood’s Todd Pilla won the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks over Howell’s Brian Osborn, Wall’s T.J. Graves, Christian LaCicero of Lavallette and Jackson’s Blake Barney.
Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa. won the 25-lap main event for the touring ATQMRA TQ Midgets.
Stock car racing continues this Saturday night (July 2) as the speedway presents a celebration for the Independence Day holiday weekend. On the track the Modifieds will return in a 40-lap main event, the 4 Cylinder Stocks will compete in twin 25-lap features and the Snap On Sportsman cars, Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will all battle in 25-lappers. Grandstand seating opens at 5:00 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and feature racing begins at 7:00 p.m.
The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through the end of September, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.
Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, the website is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE 125 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2. Matt Hirschman, 3. Justin Gumley, 4. Eric Mauriello, 5. Ken Matlach, 6. Derek Hopkinson, 7. Shaun Carrig, 8. Chris lane, 9. Anthony Sesely, 10. Jonathan Mandato, 11. Andrew Krause, 12. Chas Okerson, 13. Robby Walton, 14. Danny Bohn, 15. Chris Reynolds, 16. Shawna Ingraham, 17. Ken Woolley, 18. Ron Frees, 19. Jason Hearne, 20. Adam LaCicero
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. RICHIE BYRNE, HOWELL, 2. Rob Haberstick, 3. Jerry Stanzione, 4. Joe Mongeau, 5. Scott Maher, 6. Kenny Green, 7. Neil Rutt, 8. Tom Rajkowski, 9. Scott Riggleman, 10. Ron Booth, 11. Dave Green, 12. Matt Badessa, 13. Gerry Koenig, 14. Marty Van Druten
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TODD PILLA, BEACHWOOD, 2. Brian Osborn, 3. TJ Graves, 4. Christian LaCicero, 5. Blake Barney, 6. Darren Burdge, 7. Fred Cannock, 8. Jason Lane, 9. Darianne McLaren, 10. Jeff Loesch, 11. Frank Ciancitti, 12. Richard Smith, 13. Randy Hart
NEWS FROM NASCAR SANCTIONED GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA
Track promoter: Bruce Rogers @ 610.754.7688
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton@215.752.7797-Cell:267.934.7286
Race results written by Vicki Gehris with additions from Ernie Saxton
VONDOHREN CAPTURES 3RD MODIFIED WIN OF THE SEASON USING A BACK-UP CAR AND INCREASES POINT LEAD; BRAD ARNOLD BECOMES NINTH SPORTSMAN FEATURE WINNER OF THE SEASON AND DAVE BROWN JR WINS CLOSE TSRS SPRINT FEATURE RACE
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. June 26, 2016 . . . Defending Grandview Speedway Modified point champion and current point leader Craig VonDohren damaged his primary car in his qualifying event forcing him to go to a back-up car in the consolation race. The multi-time track champion was able to win the consolation and then started 22nd in the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified All-American Racing Series 30-Lap feature sponsored by Bechtelsville Car Wash on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. By the 14th lap he was in a three-way battle for first with Kenny Gilmore and Kyle Weiss. VonDohren overtook second on the 22nd lap to pressure Gilmore as the pair approached lap traffic. The lead changed with two laps left with VonDohren now in front and he went on to capture his third win of the season and Grandview career win number 98. He also received $250 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick and $150 worth of products from V.P. Racing Fuels for running their gas and carrying the proper decals.
Brad Arnold put a crate engine in the WEEU 830 AM Radio sponsored mount and won his first 25-lap Sportsman feature of the season and his second career win – the last one being July 11, 2015. He was also awarded an extra $100 from T.P. Trailers.
The 25-Lap TSRS Sprint feature winner was Dave Brown by a narrow margin over runner-up Tim Tanner Jr.
Tuesday, June 28th, 7:30 p.m. will see the Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week 410 Sprints in action along with the 358 Modifieds.
The TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds will head up the tripleheader show set for Saturday, July2nd at 7:30 p.m. Whelen Engineering will sponsor the night of racing that will also include the BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. And again on Saturday there will be a Low Down and Dirty Radio Meet & Greet featuring racers and their race cars. It all takes place near the main gate at 5 p.m. and gives fans a chance to meet drivers, collect autographs and take photos.
Brian Houseknecht put the Bechtelsville Car Wash No. 323 ahead of the 28-car starting grid and set the pace for six laps before Ryan Grim charged past both Gilmore and Houseknecht to become the new pacesetter.
Grim immediately checked out, but his lead only lasted three laps as he came to a stop in the first turn bringing out the yellow and relinquishing the top spot to Gilmore,.
Weiss, Houseknecht, Tim Buckwalter, Jared Umbenhauer and VonDohren diced for positions behind Gilmore.
Gilmore ran the high groove in the Breitenstein No. 14 while Weiss made several runs trying to dive underneath him to try to take away first, but each attempt was futile.
VonDohren soon made it a three-way tryst for first with neither one giving in. Anticipating a false move by either one in hopes to advance were Mike Gular and Umbenhauer.
The front runners had to use heads up driving tactics when they approached the slower moving cars racing for positions also.
After battling with Weiss for eight laps, Von Dohren was finally able to get around him and set his sights on Gilmore.
VonDohren missed the five lap to go sign since he said it was “dusty” since the week-long head didn’t help matters and also the two to go, but it was on lap 28 that he passed Gilmore.
Once VonDohren took control he held the spot and was “thankful to be in victory lane because of the way the night started.” Having his season best finish in second was Gilmore followed by Gular, Jeff Strunk, last week’s feature winner and Weiss.
Heats were won by Gilmore, Tim Buckwalter and Gular. The 3-lap Bechtelsville Car Wash Cash Dash worth $300 was won by Gilmore.
After three tries to complete a lap in the Sportsman feature, rookie Jesse Landis led the way and held onto first for seven laps when Arnold emerged as the new pacesetter.
Within no time Arnold out-distanced himself from the rest of the competition leaving Landis, Ken Eckert Jr., Kyle Lilick and Joe Funk III dice for the remaining top five spots.
Arnold’s comfortable lead was erased on the 22nd lap when Craig Whitmoyer, who was working his way to the front after being involved in the opening lap mishap, slowed along the backstretch with Mark Kemmerer also involved. It was still Arnold first on the restart.
Arnold never relinquished the lead and went on to the winner’s circle being chased by Landis, Eckert Jr., Lilick and Funk III.
Dean Bachman, Rich Jones and Kyle Lilick won the heats. The consi was won by Ryan Lilick.
In the third heat, rookie Andrew Kreis did a barrel roll several times along the backstretch. He got out of the car and into the ambulance under his own power, but was taken to Reading Hospital as a precautionary measure to be checked out.
Kody Kinser was the early leader in the TSRS feature until Jon Haegele assumed the lead on the fourth circuit.
The red had to be thrown for a multi-car homestretch incident in which all drivers were uninjured. Haegele held the lead on the restart with Kinser trying to regain the top spot.
Scott Frack brought out the yellow on the 14th lap when he slowed his pace. On this restart Brown in third, charged into the lead with Tim Tanner Jr. following for second.
Brown held onto first the remaining laps to take home the win with Tanner Jr., Mike Haggenbottom, Jeff Geiges and Austin Burke behind.
Brown, Haggenbottom and Jason Rochelle won the heats.
Bechtelsville Car Wash T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Kenny Gilmore, 3. Mike Gular, 4. Jeff Strunk, 5. Kyle Weiss, 6. Jared Umbenhauer, 7. Brian Houseknecht, 8. Tim Buckwalter, 9. Kyle Borror, 10. Doug Manmiller, 11. Kevin Hirthler, 12. Brett Kressley, 13. Don Norris Jr., 14. Chris Esposito, 15. Kory Fleming, 16. Eric Biehn, 17. Justin Grim, 18. Brett Gilmore, 19. Chris Gambler, 20. Shawn Fitzpatrick, 21. Blaine Bracelin Jr., 22. Glenn Owens, 23. Frank Cozze, 24. Ryan Gri9m, 25. Ron Seltmann Jr., 26. John Willman, 276. Danny Erb, 28. Steve Swinehart. DNQ: Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Ray Swinehart, Mike Kellner, and Ron Haring Jr.
Bechtelsville Car Wash Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Brad Arnold, 2. Jesse Landis, 3. Ken Eckert Jr., 4. Ryan Lilick, 5. Joe Funk III, 6. Brian Hirthler, 7. Jim Housworth, 8. Steve Searock, 9. Kyle Lilick, 10. Rich Jones, 11. Derrick Smith, 12. Mike Lisowski, 13. Dean Bachman, 14. Ryan Shupp, 15. Nathan Mohr, 16. Mark Kemmerer, 17. Craig Whitmoyer, 18. John McGovern, 19. Paul Kline, 20. Dylan Swinehart, 21. Ryan Higgs, 22. Mike Stringer (alternate), 23. Jordan Henn, 24. Steve Warner, 25. Ryan Beltz, 26. Mike Koffel. DNS: Josh Adams. DNQ: Brad Brightbill, Steve Young, Lex Shive, Andy Kreis, Pat Conrad, B.J. Joly.
TSRS Sprint Feature (25 Laps): 1. Dave Brown, 2. Tim Tanner Jr., 3. Mike Haggenbottom, 4. Jeff Geiges, 5. Austin Burke, 6. Jon Haegele, 7. John Barnett, 8. Rick Stief, 9. Samantha Lieberman, 10. Logan Diehl, 11. Ryan Stillwagon, 12. Dave Bonner, 13. Tim Smolenyek, 14. Bryant Davis, 15. Kody Kinser, 16. Scott Frack, 17. Dave Graber, 18. Brandon Poff, 19. Kyle Purks, 20. Jason Rochelle.
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).
Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. Thunder on the Hill Series featuring PA Sprint Speed Week 410 Sprint cars and 358 Modifieds.
Saturday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. Whelen Engineering Night featuring T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars.
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. Chapman Ford Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Horsham, PA Night featuring the BRC Late Models in Firecracker 40, T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds and Sportsman along with GREAT FIREWORKS SHOW
Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. Super DIRTCAR Series Modifieds 19th Annual Traffic Jam Big Block 60-lap feature along with racing for the Sportsman stock cars.
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman
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