ABREU USES LAST CORNER PASS ON THORSON FOR “PEPSI NATIONALS” CROWN
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin…….It took a final corner slidejob for Rico Abreu to win the “Pepsi Nationals” on Sunday night at the Angell Park Speedway as the reigning Honda National Midget champion added another big midget win to his list, as he edged out teammate Tanner Thorson by just .093 seconds for the tenth win in his National Midget career.
Thorson got the jump from outside the front row and led throughout. Behind him, ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Bryan Clauson quickly moved into second, but he slowed on lap five with a right-rear wheel packed with mud. He visited the work area but was able to restart.
Thorson led Kevin Thomas, Jr. from there, as Abreu slipped to third when Darren Hagen slapped the big cushion in turn-four and darted up the track. After another yellow, Hagen went to the extreme high side in one and two and came with a full head of steam just as Abreu bobbled in the middle of the corner, with the two making contact that slowed Hagen and put him well back in the field before he regained speed.
The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team ran 1-4 as the race hit halfway, but the red flag flew on lap 18 for Tracy Hines, who flipped in turn-four while running in the fifth spot.
The race went green from there, as Thorson and Abreu pulled away from their teammate Thomas, while Clauson and Hagen fought back through the pack. With a few laps to go, Thorson hesitated with a lapped car, allowing Abreu to draw near. At the white flag, Abreu was not close enough for a pass, so he went to the extreme high side and gathered momentum as he exited turn-two.
With a full head of steam down the backstretch, he dove to the bottom and swept past Thorson for the top spot, leaving Thorson to cross back underneath him and try to beat him back to the line. It wasn’t enough, though, as Abreu finished it off by just a nose in the Toyota TRD - Curb Records #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“I don’t know how it looked from the stands, but that was just a hell of a race from my seat. The last lap was one of those laps where you have to tell yourself ‘Go Big or Go Home.’ I got above the cushion and kept my car straight on exit to get all the speed I could and was able to pull the trigger on him at the other end. You cherish moments like that, winning on the final lap in front of a great crowd. It’s special to win the Pepsi Nationals and knock another big race off my bucket list. I’m having a lot of fun right now just getting to do this,” Abreu said.
Thorson came home in the runner-up spot in the first race since his spectacular crash during “Indiana Midget Week” at Lincoln Park Speedway on June 11th. Still sporting some blood in his eyes, the Minden, Nevada driver returned to the seat with a strong finish aboard the Toyota TRD - Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“It’s good to be back in the car, and I felt great from the start. I could hear one of them back there working something, and I figured it was Rico after hearing him above me a few times. My teammates are out there trying everything imaginable to find a way by me while I’m leading, so it’s tough to be out front the entire time. This is a new car, and we got my confidence back quickly to be able to run hard with these guys after being out for a few weeks,” Thorson said.
Kevin Thomas, Jr. joined his teammates on the podium and put himself atop the series point standings with the Toyota TRD - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“You never want to come home third, but these guys are good and it’s a solid night for us to end up on the podium. In the big picture, we gave ourselves another good finish towards the season-long goal,” Thomas said.
Clauson cleared Andrew Felker in the final laps to take home fourth in the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, and Hagen also slipped into the top-five at the finish aboard the KBR Performance - Great Clips #17 Boss/Esslinger.
USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 5, 2015 - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin - Angell Park Speedway - “Pepsi Nationals” (co-sanctioned by POWRi)
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-14.316; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.333; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.372; 4. Bill Balog, 57, Ecker-14.467; 5. Austin Brown, 7, KBR-14.539; 6. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-14.600; 7. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.606; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.620; 9. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-14.647; 10. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-14.677; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.699; 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-14.724; 13. Darren Hagen, 17, KBR-14.727; 14. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-14.776; 15. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.821; 16. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-14.960; 17. David Budres, 31, Manic-15.061; 18. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.107; 19. Eric Johnson, 82, Johnson-15.345; 20. Brandon Waelti, 15, Triple H-15.552; 21. Kurt Mayhew, 21K, Mayhew-16.003; 22. Scott Zane, 77, Zane-16.790; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-NT; 24. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Hagen, 3. Clauson, 4. Thorson, 5. Hines, 6. Balog, 7. Johnson. 2:29.80
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Felker, 3. Brown, 4. Robinson, 5. Abreu, 6. Chapple, 7. Budres. 2:30.56
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Quin, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Schuett, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Leer, 6. Mayhew, 7. Ray, 8. Weisensel. 2:33.07
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Kyle Schuett, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Kurt Mayhew, 13. Austin Brown, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Katlynn Leer, 16. Eric Johnson, 17. Jimi Quin, 18. Bill Balog, 19. David Budres, 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 21. Cody Weisensel. NT
**Hines flipped on Lap 17 of the Feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Thorson, Lap 30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas-360; 2-T.Thomas-339; 3-Hines-333; 4-Abreu-326; 5-Hagen-321; 6-Bayston-300; 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-287; 8-Thorson-280; 9-Dave Darland-159; 10-Christopher Bell-152.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: July 28 - Beloit, KS - Solomon Valley Raceway - “Chad McDaniel Memorial”
New Egypt, NJ. …..“Showtime” Jimmy Blewett, of Howell NJ, brought his patriotic red white and blue number 76 to victory lane on Saturday night at New Egypt Speedway for their “Military Heroes 30” July 4th event. Blewett, who captured the lead on lap four, outsmarted Billy Pauch on numerous restarts by choosing the outside lane, proving that he was the man to beat. Sammy Piazza finished third, Neal Williams brought home a fourth place finish and Dominick Buffalino charged from his 18th starting position to round out the top five.
In his first race back after a vicious flip occurring a few weeks before, Blewett, who started in the sixth position, made a comeback that was just what he needed to build up the confidence that he was lacking due to the sour season he was experiencing.
“The flip was actually a blessing in disguise believe it or not. We had bought all new chassis this year and the comfort just wasn’t there. We did have one second place finish this year, but after that we could never just get the handle of the car the way that I wanted it. Even that night, the comfort just wasn’t there,” explains Blewett. “With that said, we had bought this car prior to flipping that other car, and it was already for us to use if we needed it. After the wreck, we took some parts off of the wrecked car and put it on this car, and we used the same set up that I used the last time I won here last year, and it actually ran better than the car I won with before!”
When Blewett took the lead over from Chuck Steuer on lap four, Billy Pauch, who started in 11th, was on the move advancing to second on lap six. Blewett held a five car lead over Pauch until lap ten when the caution came out for Andrew Krause who spun his number 27 in turns one and two.
“On the restart, I looked over and seen Billy alongside of me, and I was going to choose the bottom to restart in, but then I said to myself ‘Nah, I aint taking the bottom with him, he’s gonna go to the top!’ So I took the top, and we were able to get him on the restart, and then I realized where I can be better for the next one, and the next one after that. I feel like after every restart, I was able to get better and better jumps on him,” comments Blewett on the skill he acquired that ultimately won him the race.
When the green flag waved, Pauch and Blewett were side by side heading into turn one, and as they were exiting turn two, the number 76 had a better run off the top, pulling ahead of Pauch going down the backstretch.
Ryan Godown, who made moves early in the race moving forward from 16th, took third from PJ Oliver who appeared to have gotten out of shape coming down the front stretch on lap 11. By half way, it was Blewett, Pauch, Godown, Piazza and Williams running in the top five nose to tail, with Jimmy Horton also moving up from way back in the field, was looking to crack into the top five as well.
With five laps to go, Ryan Godown, who seemed as a threat to the leaders throughout the race, brought the final caution out due to a mechanical failure on his E&G Tire & Auto Center number 747 after running majority of the feature in third place. It was later found out that the failure was caused by a broken drive shaft.
The final restart of the night was executed in single file fashion, with Jimmy Blewett hitting his marks right pulling away just enough from Billy Pauch to claim his first victory of 2015.
“This win was good for me. You get to a point where sometimes you doubt yourself, you start to doubt what you’re doing, and right now I have a very small team compared to what I used to have. When the morale gets down with just a little bit of people around, you feel lost,” Jimmy indicated. “I really want to thank my crew, and everybody who came out tonight to support what we’re doing, Brent Tittle who plays a big role in helping me get the cars ready during the week, my buddy Ryan who came out to help me tonight, my nephew John, Kyle Reinhardt for running up north to pick up a car for me when we needed it, and especially my Grandpop. Without him paying the bills, I wouldn’t be able to drive nice cars like these.”
Eric Palmer won the shortened Crate Modified feature over Ryan Simmons, Adam Cox, Tom Princiotta, and Billy Osmun. The feature was cut short due to the class surpassing their time limit because of the numerous cautions that were displayed throughout the race. Palmer claimed his second feature win of the season, and was pressured all during the course of the race by fourth place starting Ryan Simmons.
“We were getting better as the race went on, Eric seemed to be pushing near the end and I drove under him on lap eight in an attempt to go for the lead. We drag raced down the straight away but he seemed to have more gear coming out the corner and he just got me,” commented Simmons, who is looking for his first win of the season.
Dave Brown Jr. brought his DCR’s Racing Racesaver number 44 305 sprint car to victory lane for the third time this season, winning two races at New Egypt and one at Grandview Speedway back in May. Brown started on the pole, took command of the lead over second place starting Jeff Geiges, and never looked back, leading Mark Bitner, Rick Stief, Adam Carberry and Mike Haggenbottom across the finish line of the twenty lap feature.
MODIFIED FEATURE (30 Laps): Jimmy Blewett, Billy Pauch, Sammy Piazza, Neal Williams, Dominick Buffalino, Jimmy Horton, David Van Horn, Billy Pauch Jr., Willie Osmun, Chris Grbac, PJ Oliver, Chris Esposito, Chuck Steuer, Chad Barney, Danny Bouc, Doug Oswald, Ryan Godown, Tad Cox, Andrew Krause, Tommy Farrell, John Stangle, John McClelland, Bryan Kuhl, Andrew Bohn
CRATE MODIFIED FEATURE (10 laps): Eric Palmer, Ryan Simmons, Adam Cox, Tom Princiotta, Billy Osmun, Joe Reid, Jordan Cox, Frank Dorry, Matt Carmen, Jeremy Martino, Jarett Rozycki, Brandon Grosso, Mike Carmen, Connor King, Heidi Heddin, Dan Fleming, Dakota Kessler, Scott Hyland, Aaron Weaver, Matt Stangle, George Gareis Jr., Brian Papiez
NERS SPRINT FEATURE (20 laps): Dave Brown Jr., Mark Bitner, Rick Stief, Adam Carberry, Mike Haggenbottom, Jeff Geiges, John Barnett, Ryan Stillwaggon, Jamie Kostic, Joe Lord, Gabe Fox, Karl Fryer, Ryan Cox, Harris Kohen, Erika Palmai Wagner, Zack Burd
Putnamville, Indiana…….Jerry Coons, Jr. returned to right where he spent Independence Day last year, parked in victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway, this time as the winner of the finale of the inaugural “Bill Gardner Sprintacular.” The former series champion’s 17th career victory came in wire-to-wire fashion as he was flawless in the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy.
“It’s always a lot of fun to win with this group of guys. They’re as laid-back as they come and were still happy with me last night even after I went backwards and was frustrated. We’ve struggled a little bit with the slick stuff especially, and a lot of things fell in line for us tonight, but we were really good tonight. You’d think as long as we’ve been doing this that we wouldn’t still be learning, but I’m real happy with what we picked up tonight,” Coons said.
Coons took the early lead with Chad Boespflug in pursuit on the high side, as series point-leader Robert Ballou made his early move from row-three to throttle around the high side for the third spot. Those three broke away from the field, but on lap nine, Ballou had problems on the left-rear and spun in turn-three to bring out the yellow. He went to the work area, but was unable to rejoin the field in time for the green.
After another caution a lap later, the race went green the rest of the way with Coons opening up a comfortable lead while Boespflug still tried to run the high side, but to no avail. Kyle Cummins came on to take the second spot from him, but behind them were cars dicing for the balance of the top-ten spots with Chase Stockon and Jon Stanbrough the big movers, along with Dave Darland.
Coons’ lead shrunk with less than ten laps to go, but he pulled away to a 1.057-second win over Cummins, who matched his best career finish in the Rock Steady Racing - Greenwell Auto Body #3R Mach-1/Chevy.
“We’ve got ourselves a race car now that we can work with and try to race with these guys. We’ve struggled and been frustrated for the most part this year, to the point I even pulled off during the feature last night, and the major changes we made to bring this thing to life a little had some instant success tonight. I was reeling him in a bit at one point for the lead, but he was stuck on the bottom and just didn’t ever mess up,” Cummins said.
Stockon finished off his spirited run to take third from 14th in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, re-taking the point lead over Ballou in the process.
“If this thing was a 40-lap race, I think we had a chance to win it. We got a tough draw and didn’t qualify all that well, so that put us in a spot from behind where we had to pass cars. We were able to roll up through the middle and make up most of our ground there, but even on the bottom I think we were a tick quicker than the top-two. Matt Hummel of FK Indy has gotten our shocks tuned and running really well in the slick, and (crew chief) D.J. (Ott) gave me a great car tonight that could move around to pass cars,” Stockon said.
Boespflug wound up fourth in the Amati Racing - Marion Underground Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and Jon Stanbrough earned the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” for his drive from 17th to finish fifth in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.
Carson Short started the night by taking the ProSource “Fast Time Award.”
AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 4, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - “Bill Gardner Sprintacular”
QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.282; 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.485; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.491; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-13.626; 5. Casey Shuman, 21K, Krockenberger-13.684; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.703; 7. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.704; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.742; 9. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-13.749; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.773; 11. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.773; 12. Cole Smith, 29x, Smith-13.778 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.780; 14. Lukas Smith, 26, Smith-13.821; 15. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.844; 16. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.847; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.885; 18. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.939; 19. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-13.980; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.984; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.021; 22. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.024; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.039; 24. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-14.116; 25. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-14.153; 26. Scott Hampton, 4J, Ottinger-14.278; 27. Jeff Bland Jr., 04, Burton-14.319; 28. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-14.413; 29. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-14.418; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.462; 31. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.462; 32. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.465; 33. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-14.526; 34. Matthew McDonald, 5M, McDonald-14.568; 35. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-14.704; 36. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-14.776; 37. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.859; 38. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-19.551; 39. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-NT; 40. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Coons, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Farney, 5. Short, 6. Shuman, 7. Babcock, 8. Gass, 9. Bell, 10. Studley. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Simon, 3. Cummins, 4. Bacon, 5. Hines, 6. Leary, 7. Andretti, 8. Hampton, 9. L.Smith, 10. McDonald. NT
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Cottle, 4. Mattox, 5. Thomas, 6. Jarrett, 7. Light, 8. Bland, 9. Wissmiller, 10. VanHise. 2:23.29
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Hodges, 4. C.Smith, 5. Courtney, 6. Phillips, 7. Gurley, 8. VanGilder, 9. Schuerenberg, 10. Gross, NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Short, 2. Thomas, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Shuman, 5. Babcock, 6. Courtney, 7. Hines, 8. Light, 9. Jarrett, 10. L.Smith, 11. Leary, 12. Bland, 13. Andretti, 14. Gurley, 15. Hampton, 16. Gass, 17. Phillips, 18. Studley, 19. VanGilder, 20. Wissmiller, 21. Bell, 22. VanHise. 2:44.81
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Cole Smith, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Carson Short, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Chris Babcock, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Brent Beauchamp, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Aaron Farney. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Coons.
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-988, 2-Ballou-976, 3-Darland-951, 4-Stanbrough-887, 5-Bacon-852, 6-Hines-795, 7-Thomas-791, 8-Leary-715, 9-Chris Windom-575, 10-Justin Grant-571.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 10 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - “Indiana Sprint Week”
Terre Haute, Indiana…….Shane Cockrum survived a late-race challenge and used a little luck to hold on for Thursday night’s “Sumar Classic” win at the Terre Haute Action Track. After capturing his first Silver Crown Series win last fall at Du Quoin, Illinois, Cockrum led most of the night’s 100-lap feature only to see his lead taken away in the late stages by C.J. Leary, but a timely caution and strong finish propelled the Benton, Illinois driver to a .424-second victory in the Hardy Boys Motorsports - Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.
“This is championship dirt car racing, and it’s exciting right now with a ton of talented drivers out there, and it’s awesome to be able to come out on top of them. It’s a thinking man’s game in these races, so you have to be methodical and move around to find where you need to be. I knew being out front put us in a tough spot, and the bottom usually comes in here, so I wasn’t surprised to see someone coming. Leary is a talented kid and is gonna win a lot of races; it’s a tough deal to lose the lead like that late, but we’ll definitely take it. We’ve worked hard with our team to stay up front after last year, and it’s satisfying to get another big win in this series,” Cockrum said.
Cockrum got the jump on the start over polesitter Kody Swanson, who helped his series point lead by taking the ProSource “Fast Time Award” to begin the night. Cockrum led Jerry Coons, Jr. and Swanson early, as the top-three opened up on the rest of the field. A few laps later, Brady Bacon reeled in Swanson and took third. Coons got a run on Cockrum for the lead on lap 21 as he came roaring off turn-two, but Cockrum held him off. By lap 28, Coons was back again, this time riding the cushion off turn-two to the lead.
Cockrum didn’t let Coons get away, however, as he stuck with him for a lap before scooting underneath to re-take the lead as they completed lap 29. A caution a few laps later put the race past lap 40, with Cockrum leading Coons, Bacon, Swanson, and Shane Cottle. Just before halfway, Cottle too went by Swanson to take over fourth.
After a restart with 35 laps to go, the track was changing rapidly, and C.J. Leary was on the move into the top-five as the leaders searched all over the track to find the fast way around. Another quick caution with 25 laps to go produced a restart that saw Leary surge forward on the very bottom, getting all the way to third on lap 81.
With 13 to go, a restart after Aaron Pierce stopped on the fronstretch saw a chain reaction in turn-four, with tenth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. spinning and collecting Joey Moughan, who flipped over. He had been running 12th. He was unhurt but done for the event.
Leary reeled in Cockrum on the restart and was all over him for the lead as the race hit ten laps to go. Leary hit the bottom on lap 92 to wrestle the lead away from Cockrum, but before the lap could be completed, Tyler Courtney spun in turn-four to bring out the final caution of the night. That put Leary back behind Cockrum on the ensuing restart.
Cockrum pulled away from Leary in the final six-lap run to the checkers, leaving the young Greenfield, Indiana driver just short of his first USAC National win as Leary came home second in the Leary Construction Company - Jet Star #30 DRC/Claxton Toyota.
“That was a heartbreaker. I was biding my time for a while, and I knew we had something towards the end. I made my move after the restart there as we hit ten to go, and I got up next to Cockrum and cleared him, but the yellow came out just as we were completing the lap. He saw what I was doing and knew where to be on the restart, so we had to get the finish and come home second. This is Joe Devin’s baby, and he’s been working on this thing for a long time, so it’s fun to go out and race such a strong DRC car,” Leary said.
Coons made a bid on the final restart by running the extreme high side, but he could only threaten the top-two over the first set of corners before fading to a comfortable third aboard the Nolen Racing - Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy.
“I was pretty good still in one and two up high, but I had to hit it just right, and it was easier on the restarts with coming to it just a little slower pace. I got a real good restart on that end, but once the top went away in three and four, I couldn’t get through there at all. We’ve gotta get a little bit better, but a pretty good night. This is a new car to the Nolen team and to me, so we’re still figuring it out some but we’ve got great race cars and hopefully take what we learn to the busy stretch coming,” Coons said.
Cottle’s run ended in the fourth spot aboard the Williams Precision Engines - QS Components #81 Maxim/Chevy, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Martens Machine Shop - Womack Machine Supply #48 DRC/Chevy.
Chase Stockon earned the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” for his drive from 18th to finish 11th.
USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - “Sumar Classic”
QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.712; 2. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-21.162; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-21.212; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.227; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-21.351; 6. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.466; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.495; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.650; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW-21.765; 10. Chris Windom, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.074; 11. Tracy Hines, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.075; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-22.208; 13. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.216; 14. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-22.224; 15. Tyler Courtney, 153, Capie-22.265; 16. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-22.347; 17. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-22.380; 18. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-22.498; 19. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-23.441;0 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.672; 21. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-23.679; 22. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-NT (time of 21.091 disallowed), 23. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-NT (Time of 22.904 disallowed), 24. Austin Nemire, 91, Hamelgarn-NT.
FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Shane Cockrum, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. A.J. Fike, 14. Jacob Wilson, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Terry James, 17. Rex Norris III, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Joey Moughan, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Russ Gamester, 22. Kent Wolters, 23. Austin Nemire, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT
**Nemire flipped during practice. Moughan flipped on lap 88 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Cockrum, Lap 28 Coons, Laps 29-100 Cockrum.
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-263, 2-Fike-225, 3-Pierce-217, 4-Coons-214, 5-Wilson-184, 6-David Byrne-162, 7-Leary-153, 8-Norris-146, 9-Nemire-144, 10-Bobby Santos-138.
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 23 - Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - “Rich Vogler Classic”
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It was August of 1990 when the famed Black Bandit No. 19 sat in victory lane at the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event at the Grandview Speedway, Steve Smith Sr. would claim the victory. Now, twenty-five years later the younger Smith, Stevie Smith looks to pick up his first ever Grandview Speedway win, when the 410 Sprint Cars come to town with the NASCAR 358 Modifieds on Tuesday, June 30th as part of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week.
Kicking off the 2015 edition of Speed Week in fine fashion, Smith — the hired gun of 13-time Speed Week Champion, Fred Rahmer – dominated the evening activities setting quick time and leading each of the 25 A-Main laps. In a victory lane interview, Rahmer was clear that he wanted to claim this year’s Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week title. Stevie Smith took the win on Friday night over Greg Hodnett.
But at the Grandview Speedway high banks, stopping Hodnett isn’t going to be an easy task – even for the star-filled field expected to be on the Hill Tuesday night. Hodnett, has claimed eight total Thunder victories, including the past four 410 Sprint Car feature events at the Bechtelsville, PA oval – something no driver has done in all of Thunder on the Hill Racing Series history. Hodnett’s ‘drive for five’ is on everyone’s mind, and a Tuesday Night victory for Hodnett would see him tie Rahmer on the Thunder on the Hill All-Time Win list.
While all eyes are on Smith and Hodnett, the door sits wide open for someone to come in and steal the $5,000 top prize – and their first Thunder on the Hill win. That someone could be Gettysburg, PA’s Danny Dietrich – currently sitting third in the Speed Week Points – Dietrich finished 3rd in Grandview’s event last year. Other contenders include: Lucas Wolfe, who almost beat Hodnett last year; Brent Marks, who currently sits 5th in Speed Week points and finished 4th in the 2014 Grandview race; and Alan Krimes, who has a string of top-5 finishes in Grandview sprint car events. Krimes has been so close to winning to that first Thunder on the Hill victory, they can almost taste it. Other entries include Ryan Smith, Lance Dewease, JJ Grasso, Aaron Ott, Brady Bacon, Davey Sammons, Brian Carber, Freddie and Brandon Rahmer, Tim Glatfelter and Ryan Talor.
The 35 Lap 410 Sprint Car event pays $5,000 to win, $1,400 for fifth position, $1,000 for tenth position and $400 to start the feature event.
Things continue to heat up for the 358 NASCAR Modifieds – during the Traffic Jam event Oley, PA’s Duane Howard claimed the victory in dominant fashion with Jeff Strunk, Meme Desantis, Jared Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller rounding out the top five finishers. It’s a battle for bragging rights and $3,000 when the mighty Modifieds take to the track in 30 laps of three-wide, wheel-banging, boiler plate bouncing action. The 358 Modifieds portion of this show is open to all competitors with heat race qualifying, a consolation and a 30 lap feature. T
Quaker Steak & Lube has upped the ante with a $50 bonus to sprint car heat race event winners, with the stipulation that they pre-register and $125 to all non-qualified 410 Sprint Cars.
Bonus awards for the 410 Sprint Cars include: $100 Quick Time Bonus and an additional $100 if the track record is broken. The current track record is held by Jeff Shepard who clocked a time of 11.433 in May of 2008.
For additional information or to pre-enter, please call 443-513-4456. Drivers should provide their name, car number, hometown and phone number.
Previous Grandview Speedway PA Speed Week Feature Winners include: Greg Hodnett (2014, 2012, 2003), Tyler Walker (2011, 2010), Chad Kemenah (2009), Fred Rahmer (2008, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1997), Todd Shaffer ( 2007), Billy Pauch (2001), Lance Dewease (1999, 1998)
Celebrating the 26th season of racing action NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series always includes fun for the fans with activities such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks and appearances by the Thunder Girls.
General Admission ticket pricing for Tuesday, June 30 is $25 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit Admission pricing is $35 without a license and $30 with license.
Advance tickets are available by calling 443-513-4456. Please provide your name, the number of tickets you will need and a phone number. Tickets may be paid for and picked-up at the WILL CALL Window on race night after 3:30 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM a full half-hour before General Admission Tickets go on sale.
Pit Gates open at 3:00 PM, Advance Ticket Holders are able to enter at 4:30 PM, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 PM and Racing starts at 7:30 PM
The June 30th event at the Grandview Speedway marks the third event of the Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week schedule – which offers nine races in ten days, with $250,000 in race payouts. With sponsorship support from Wayback Burgers and associate sponsorship from Trone Outdoor Advertising a $25,000 point fund will be offered with $10,000 going to the series champion. Celebrating its 25 season, Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week has hosted 163 races at 12 different tracks, with 36 different drivers scoring wins. More information on Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week can be found at www.paspeedweeks.com.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor joined by: Quaker Steak & Lube, Window World, GALCO Business Communications & Pioneer Pole Buildings.
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com
About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 26 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 114 events over $3.8 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including: 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legends cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.
About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 53rd Anniversary season in 2015. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.
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Friday, June 19, 2015
Contact: Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – This time last year Dale Blaney had only recorded one University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions win. Then Ohio Sprint Speedweek rolled around and “The Low Rider” went on a tear that would propel him to an unprecedented fifth series championship.
Well, this year heading into the 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Presented by Cometic Gasket at Attica Raceway Park, Blaney already had three UNOH All Star wins. He added a fourth series win Friday on Ohio CAT/UBS Financial Services Night at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue as he tries to claim that $25,000 bonus from Cometic Gasket if he can now win four more of the remaining eight events.
The cautions fell perfectly for Blaney keeping him out of lapped traffic until the last five laps. He was only seriously challenged once, that coming on lap nine when Parker Price-Miller got by. Blaney, who won the World of Outlaws event at Attica a few weeks ago, would regain the lead a lap later and held the point the remaining 30 laps for his 119th career All Star win. He sits third on Attica’s all-time win list now with 23 wins, 15 of which have been All Star victories.
“Really, really a cool place to come race. I’ve had a lot of success here. I have to thank John Bores (promoter) and his family for having a great facility. Every time we come here it always puts on a good race. Forty lap races here are a lot of fun. Sheldon (Haudenschild) came from way in the back (20th) and got third,” said Blaney beside his GoMuddy.com/Eyecon Trail Cameras/BadAzz Box Blinds/Xecute Scent Control/Big Game Tree Stands backed #1.
“I was really good in one and two but struggled a little bit in three and four. I should have gotten way down in three and four…I just felt like I couldn’t hit it so I just kind of rolled in the middle and it worked out. Cautions came out at the right time. I saw Parker Price-Miller under me there early…I hate leading races but it worked out,” added Blaney.
“I can’t thank Big Game and Muddy enough for coming on board with us and Janet Holbrook and CH Motorsports. George (Fisher, crew chief) and Skippy…they just keep doing what they do and Donny is there and we got a couple new guys…Scuba and Bob Ream. We’re looking forward to a good week,” concluded Blaney.
While Blaney benefitted from the cautions, six time Attica champion Byron Reed needed longer runs to have a shot at the win. That didn’t happen and he would bring his Crown Battery/Kistler Engines backed machine home in second.
“This format the All Stars use makes it very fair. In past years with this many cars and you draw a 50 you’d be in serious trouble. It reinvigorates me a little bit. We had a great run and to stand up here in second is good. Wish I had something for Dale. I felt like we were as good as him when we got going. But definitely I didn’t restart as well…it took me five laps or so to get going. I have to thank my crew Curt and Kevin and Dick and my mom and dad,” said Reed.
Sheldon Haudenschild lived up to the family reputation of being a rim-rider. The Wooster, Ohio driver had the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats as he blasted from his 20th starting spot to a third place finish. Besides his dad, the legendary Jac Haudenschild working on the #93, Sheldon had long-time family friend and mechanic Bonzai Bruns and Zach Ames turning the wrenches on his Southern Pacific Farms/Triple X Racing backed machine.
“Starting back there you kind of just want to get through the first five laps and keep your nose clean and then make your moves quick. They watered the track right before we went out and I saw the top was really nice and I kind of committed myself there…I was going to run 40 laps up there and see what happens,” said Haudenschild.
“I got into the front stretch wall there once. I was getting kind of tight on the curb and ran under Kasey (Kahne) and thought I was going to get into him or spin out. Thankfully I was able to keep it going and there were a few mishaps there in front of me and put me there toward the front. About halfway a spark plug wire fell off so I went to the bottom for five six laps to see what was going on. And then we had that late restart and I went for it to try and get a top three,” added Haudenschild.
In a thrilling Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature, Mansfield, Ohio’s Dave Hornikel would literally battle side by side with Ryan Markham all 25 laps before taking the lead with just three laps to go to score his first Attica victory.
“We’ve been so close here over the years and stupid stuff would keep us from winning. I have to thank the Phillips and Ireys for putting me in their cars. I got to that lapped car and he was running the bottom. I tried to sneak up on him and get under him and it worked. This feels so awesome to finally get a win here,” said Hornikel beside his Mid-Ohio Auto Repair/Mid-Ohio Graphics/Sluss Reality/Imperial Truck/Swartz Race Cars backed #71.
Price-Miller and Blaney would bring the field of 26 to green for the 40-lap UNOH All Star feature with Blaney gaining the upper hand. Price-Miller, Reed, Kasey Kahne, Cap Henry, Caleb Helms, Jamie Veal and Brad Bacon would give chase. As Blaney pulled away slightly the battle for second was entertaining between Price-Miller, Reed, Henry and Kahne.
As Blaney caught up with the back of the pack, Price-Miller began to close with Henry and Reed continuously swapping the third spot. Price-Miller drove under Blaney in turns three and four to grab the lead on lap 9 but Blaney drove back by in one and two.
The caution would fly on lap 11 for Greg Wilson who came to rest off the banking in turn four. That would give Blaney and open track and he would pull away again on the restart as Price-Miller ran comfortably in second while Reed and Henry continued their battle for third while Kahne and Bacon stayed close.
By lap 15 all eyes were on Haudenschild who had moved from his 20th starting spot to 8th. Also, Kahne started to come alive and drove into fourth at the half-way point and was up to third when the caution flew on lap 26. Haudenschild had worked his way to fourth as well.
Blaney would again pull away when the green flew as Price-Miller held off Kahne with Reed regaining fourth as Haudenschild made heavy contact with the front stretch wall on lap 27. With 10 laps to go Kahne drove around Price-Miller for the runner-up spot and was closing as Blaney prepared to hit heavy lapped traffic with Reed moving into third on lap 33.
Blaney finally caught the back of the field and started to lap cars with just five laps to go. Reed had now caught Kahne and the two locked up in a great battle. Kahne would make contact with one of the infield tires and spun but was able to keep going but lost three positions. The caution would come out as the tire Kahne made contact with was pushed onto the track.
That would set up a three lap battle to the checkers with Blaney leading Reed, Price-Miller, Haudenschild, Henry, Kahne and Bacon. Blaney would pull away on the restart as Reed worked to gain his momentum back. Blaney would take the win over Reed as Haudenschild got around Price-Miller on the last lap for third with Kahne rounding out the top five.
Henry, Jamie Veal, Bacon, Wilson – who came back after his early race mishap – and Helms would round out the top 10.
Hornikel and Markham brought the field to green for the 25 lap late model feature. Hornikel would lead the first lap but Markham ran to his outside with Kyle Moore, Matt Irey and Ryan Missler in tow. Markham would take a slim lead on lap two but Hornikel continued to challenge on the bottom with Moore, Irey, Mike Bores, George Lee and Missler in pursuit.
Missler would bring out the first and only caution of the event on lap five. When the green flew Markham and Hornikel continued their side-by-side battle with Irey now in third and a closing Rusty Schlenk in fourth.
Markham would continue to lead but only by a fender over the next 11 laps as Irey and Schlenk also ran side by side for third. Hornikel would use a lapped car as a pick to drive into the lead on lap 16 but Markham returned the favor a lap later with Schlenk and Doug Drown now joining the battle for the lead.
Markham and Hornikel ran side by side without making contact the entire race. With five to go the top four of Markham, Hornikel, Schlenk and Drown ran side by side and nose to tail. Markham made a bobble on the cushion trying to drive through lapped traffic on lap 23 and Hornikel pounced to take the lead.
Hornikel would edge out Markham, Schlenk and Drown for his first Attica win. Bores would round out the top five.
Attica Raceway Park returns to action on Friday, July 3 for Fan Appreciation Night presented by the Bauman Auto Group. Just $10 general admission for the 410 and 305 sprints, late models and dirt trucks. The pit gates will be open after hot laps for fans to meet the teams and hot dogs will only be $1.
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
Attica Raceway Park
Friday, June 19, 2015
UBS Financial/Ohio CAT Night
Starting position [*]
58 UNOH 410 Sprints
1.53-Cap Henry, 12.372; 2.5T-Travis Philo, 12.416; 3.40-Caleb Helms, 12.518; 4.99-Brady Bacon, 12.537; 5.1st-Gary Taylor, 12.540; 6.60-Jody Keegan, 12.542; 7.9x-Rob Chaney, 12.581; 8.21-DJ Foos, 12.586; 9.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.588; 10.22-Cole Duncan, 12.613; 11.89-Cody Darrah, 12.622; 12.35AU-Jamie Veal, 12.626; 13.6H-Kenny Jacobs, 12.626; 14.19-Chris Andrews, 12.630; 15.70-Roger Crockett, 12.634; 16.6M-Max Stambaugh, 12.648; 17.1-Dale Blaney, 12.659; 18.W20-Greg Wilson, 12.664; 19.33M-Caleb Griffith, 12.664; 20.59-Danny Holtgraver, 12.669; 21.45L-Brian Lay, 12.757; 22.15H-Mitch Harble, 12.804; 23.91-Cale Thomas, 12.805; 24.5AU-Danny Reidy, 12.833; 25.16-Stuart Brubaker, 12.835; 26.9P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.843; 27.5-Byron Reed, 12.862; 28.O5-Brad Loyet, 12.869; 29.49-Kasey Kahne, 12.883; 30.16X-Ryan Ruhl, 12.888; 31.81-Lee Jacobs, 12.897; 32.59N-Bryan Nuckles, 12.899; 33.40DD-Nate Dussel, 12.914; 34.11N-Randy Hannagan, 12.932; 35.57X-Andrew Palker, 12.964; 36.17-Josh Baughman, 12.970; 37.3G-James McFadden, 12.987; 38.9C-Jimmy Colvin, 12.994; 39.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.001; 40.9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.091; 41.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13.098; 42.94-Ryan Smith, 13.104; 43.17W-Bryan Clauson, 13.112; 44.71H-Brad Lamberson, 13.120; 45.78-Todd Kane, 13.156; 46.8M-TJ Michael, 13.200; 47.68G-Tyler Gunn, 13.213; 48.45-Tim Shaffer, 13.224; 49.16M-Danny Mumaw, 13.273; 50.4-Danny Smith, 13.429; 51.27Z-Sean Zemunik, 13.474; 52.9-Jordan Ryan, 13.489; 53.55F-Taylor Ferns, 13.528; 54.25M-Ken Mackey, 13.547; 55.96AU-Bruce White, 13.763; 56.38-Jared Horstman, 13.885; 57.8-Kevin Shelbo, 14.086; 58.97-Dean Jacobs, 99.000;
Heat 1, Group A - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 40-Caleb Helms ; 2. 5T-Travis Philo ; 3. 53-Cap Henry ; 4. 60-Jody Keegan ; 5. 89-Cody Darrah ; 6. 22-Cole Duncan ; 7. 70-Roger Crockett ; 8. 94-Ryan Smith ; 9. 45L-Brian Lay ; 10. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 11. 71H-Brad Lamberson ; 12. 8-Kevin Shelbo
Heat 2, Group B - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 2. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 3. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 4. 17-Josh Baughman ; 5. 6M-Max Stambaugh ; 6. 5AU-Danny Reidy ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 8. 25M-Ken Mackey ; 9. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 10. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 11. 96AU-Bruce White ; 12. 21-DJ Foos
Heat 3, Group C - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 19-Chris Andrews ; 2. 49-Kasey Kahne ; 3. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 5. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 6. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 7. 8M-TJ Michael ; 8. 27Z-Sean Zemunik ; 9. 16M-Danny Mumaw ; 10. 78-Todd Kane ; 11. O5-Brad Loyet ; 12. 4-Danny Smith
Heat 4, Group D - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. W20-Greg Wilson ; 3. 1st-Gary Taylor ; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 5. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 6. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 9. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 10. 16X-Ryan Ruhl
Heat 5, Group E - (10 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 91-Cale Thomas ; 4. 99-Brady Bacon ; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 6. 9C-Jimmy Colvin ; 7. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 8. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 9. 38-Jared Horstman ; 10. 3G-James McFadden ; 11. 6H-Kenny Jacobs
Dash 1 - (8 Laps, determines top 12 starting positions in A)
1. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney ; 3. 49-Kasey Kahne ; 4. 5-Byron Reed ; 5. 40-Caleb Helms ; 6. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 7. W20-Greg Wilson ; 8. 53-Cap Henry ; 9. 5T-Travis Philo ; 10. 99-Brady Bacon ; 11. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 12. 19-Chris Andrews
D-Main 1 - (8 Laps, top 2 to C)
1. 27Z-Sean Zemunik ; 2. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 3. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 4. 25M-Ken Mackey ; 5. 38-Jared Horstman ; 6. 8-Kevin Shelbo ; 7. 96AU-Bruce White ; 8. 4-Danny Smith ; 9. 16M-Danny Mumaw ; 10. 97-Dean Jacobs
C-Main 1 - (10 Laps, top 2 to B)
1. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 2. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 3. 9C-Jimmy Colvin ; 4. 8M-TJ Michael ; 5. 94-Ryan Smith ; 6. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 7. 9-Jordan Ryan ; 8. 27Z-Sean Zemunik ; 9. 71H-Brad Lamberson ; 10. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 11. 78-Todd Kane ; 12. 3G-James McFadden ; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 14. 45-Tim Shaffer
B-Main 1 - (12 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 6H-Kenny Jacobs ; 2. 21-DJ Foos ; 3. 89-Cody Darrah ; 4. 22-Cole Duncan ; 5. 6M-Max Stambaugh ; 6. 70-Roger Crockett ; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 8. 45L-Brian Lay ; 9. 5AU-Danny Reidy ; 10. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 11. 15H-Mitch Harble ; 12. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 13. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 14. 16X-Ryan Ruhl ; 15. O5-Brad Loyet ; 16. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 17. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 18. 9Z-Duane Zablocki
A-Main 1 - (40 Laps)
1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 4. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 5. 49-Kasey Kahne ; 6. 53-Cap Henry ; 7. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 8. 99-Brady Bacon ; 9. W20-Greg Wilson ; 10. 40-Caleb Helms ; 11. 5T-Travis Philo ; 12. 1st-Gary Taylor ; 13. 89-Cody Darrah ; 14. 6H-Kenny Jacobs ; 15. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 16. 21-DJ Foos ; 17. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 18. 94-Ryan Smith ; 19. 17-Josh Baughman ; 20. 91-Cale Thomas ; 21. 60-Jody Keegan ; 22. 22-Cole Duncan ; 23. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 25. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 26. 19-Chris Andrews
Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models (25 cars)
Nitro Black Performance by Engine Pro Heat 1 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 75-Dusty Moore ; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk ; 3. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 4. 61-George Lee ; 5. 51-Devin Shiels ; 6. 27-Ken Hahn ; 7. 92-Cody Scott ; 8. 59-Larry Bellman ; 9. 21-Larry Kingseed
Summit Racing Equipment Heat 2 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 00-Chris Keller ; 2. 50Y-Ryan Missler ; 3. 5J-Josh Haynes ; 4. 36-Matt Irey ; 5. 75H-Jason Hinton ; 6. 29-Rocky Owens ; 7. 007-Rick Bond
Ultra Shield Race Products Heat 3 - (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 240-Doug Drown ; 2. 15B-Mike Bores ; 3. 2*-Kyle Moore ; 4. 71-Dave Hornikel ; 5. 79-Brad Malecuit ; 6. 42*-Bob Mayer ; 7. 53-Steve Sabo ; 8. 69R-Doug Baird
Computer Man B-Main 1 (8 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 29-Rocky Owens ; 2. 27-Ken Hahn ; 3. 007-Rick Bond ; 4. 92-Cody Scott ; 5. 21-Larry Kingseed ; 6. 53-Steve Sabo ; 7. 69R-Doug Baird ; 8. 59-Larry Bellman ; 9. 42*-Bob Mayer
A-Main 1 - (25 Laps)
1. 71-Dave Hornikel ; 2. 5M-Ryan Markham ; 3. 91-Rusty Schlenk ; 4. 240-Doug Drown ; 5. 15B-Mike Bores ; 6. 36-Matt Irey ; 7. 61-George Lee ; 8. 29-Rocky Owens ; 9. 51-Devin Shiels ; 10. 75-Dusty Moore ; 11. 79-Brad Malecuit ; 12. 00-Chris Keller ; 13. 21-Larry Kingseed ; 14. 92-Cody Scott ; 15. 27-Ken Hahn ; 16. 5J-Josh Haynes ; 17. 53-Steve Sabo ; 18. 2*-Kyle Moore ; 19. 007-Rick Bond ; 20. 50Y-Ryan Missler
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
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THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
VONDOHREN SETS NEW ONE LAP TRACK RECORD. . . . . .
“THEY DON’T CALL THIS THE TRAFFIC JAM FOR NOTHING” STATES RACE WINNER MATT SHEPPARD AFTER DIRTcar VICTORY, DUANE HOWARD TOPS 358 MODIFIED FEATURE TUESDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW
BECHTELSVILLE, PA . . . . . Against the odds of Mother Nature, the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presented the eighteenth running of the TRAFFIC JAM for Big Block Modifieds under the sanctioning body of DIRTcar. The NASCAR 358 Modifieds were also on the program that went on even after a few rain showers hovered over the Grandview Speedway. Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, NY, enjoyed a big night at Grandview winning the 60 lap Super DIRTcar Series feature event, earning $6,000 for the win. Sheppard ran a flawless race, first battling with Billy Dunn, negotiating the lapped traffic then holding off a side by side challenge for the lead from Billy Decker on lap 58. Sheppard stated in victory lane, “They don’t call this the Traffic Jam for nothing”, commenting that he raced in traffic most of the feature event. Sheppard took the win in the 60 lap feature that had one caution and was completed in just twenty-minutes. In the 30 lap NASCAR 358 Modified feature, Duane Howard of Oley, PA was the winner after a hard fought battle with MeMe DeSantis. Howard earned $3,000 for the win. Forty nine cars took part in the double header event splitting a total purse of $42,000. A strong crowd turned out despite the variable, threatening and unpredictable weather throughout the day that saw two rain showers pass through after the gates were open.
The ALL MODIFIED, ALL NIGHT of racing started off with Craig VonDohren of Oley, PA setting fast time and in the process, he established a new one lap track record of 14.298 earning a one-hundred dollar bonus. The well prepared racing surface was described by several drivers as being scary fast.
Quaker Steak & Lube offered a $50 bonus to each of the heat race winners. In the Super DIRTcar Series qualifying events, victories went to Craig VonDohren, Ryan Watt and Ryan Godown. The NASCAR 358 Modified qualifying events were won by Brett Kressley, MeMe DeSantis and Jared Umbenhauer.
At the start of the 18th Annual Traffic Jam Ryan Watt was the early race leader with challenges from Billy Dunn from the drop of the green flag. The one and only caution of the feature came on lap two when Larry Wight lost a wheel going down the backstretch. Wright was towed to the pits and unable to restart the race. When green flag racing resumed, Watt retained control of the top spot and opened a slight advantage over runner-up Billy Dunn. Matt Sheppard was racing in third and well within striking distance of the leaders.
On lap ten, Dunn made a bid for the lead but Watt was able to hold the top spot. As Dunn and Watt battled for the lead, Sheppard was inching closer to the top two. Billy Dunn took the lead on lap thirteen followed by Watt, Sheppard who was now being challenged by Decker with Stewart Friesen making up the top five. The action was fast and on lap fourteen, Matt Sheppard motored passed Ryan Watt for second. One lap later, Billy Decker moved into third and the hunt for Billy Dunn was underway.
The battle for the lead was shaping up on lap sixteen as Sheppard was pressuring Dunn for the lead. After a few side-by- side laps, Sheppard powered to the lead on lap nineteen. Decker was on his charge and on lap twenty-two, Sheppard, Dunn and Decker were in a three car race for the lead. Sheppard prevailed as the race leader as Dunn and Decker continued the chase.
At the halfway sign, Sheppard was on top as Dunn and Decker raced side-by-side for second followed by Friesen and Watt.
Billy Decker moved into second on lap thirty-three and now had to chase down the race leader.
Lapped cars were now in the picture for race leader Matt Sheppard. Decker took advantage and began to close in on the leader who had at least a ten car length lead. Stewart Friesen moved to third on lap thirty-eight and now he was chasing down the front runners. Decker moved closer to Sheppard with each lap and with just five laps to go, the crowd was well aware that Decker was within striking distance of the leader. On lap fifty-seven Decker was on the rear bumper of Sheppard with slower traffic weaving ahead.
Off turn four with just two laps remaining, Sheppard crossed the line side-by-side. In turn one, Sheppard drifted high, Decker squared off the corner and took another run at Sheppard using the inside line. Going into turn three, Sheppard was able to put a lapped car between himself and Decker. With just one lap remaining Sheppard needed to drive just one perfect lap. The leader drifted slightly high entering turn three, Decker dove to the bottom lane and with the run off of turn four, Sheppard darted under the checker flag, earning his first career victory in Thunder on the Hill competition at the Grandview Speedway. Decker, a previous Traffic Jam winner finished a well-deserved second followed by Stewart Friesen, Billy Dunn and Ryan Watt.
The NASCAR 358 Modified feature came onto the track and at the drop of the green flag MeMe DeSantis was the early race leader. Duane Howard and Jeff Strunk followed DeSantis but were well within striking distance. On lap seven Howard nosed ahead of DeSantis as they crossed the line, then in turns one and two, DeSantis regained the lead. Howard came back as race leader as they completed lap eight. Side-by-side the Howard and DeSantis show continued to play out as Howard finally settled in as race leader on lap ten. Two laps later, Strunk passed DeSantis for second and now set his sights on race leader Duane Howard.
At the halfway point, Howard held a comfortable lead over Strunk as DeSantis, Jared Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller rounded out the top five. Also on a charge was Craig VonDohren.
Stealing the show at this point was Doug Manmiller who advanced to fourth on lap twenty-two. One lap later, Manmiller and DeSanits were door-to-door with Manmiller now racing in third. Howard maintained his solid lead over Strunk as Manmiller was closing in quickly on Strunk With just five laps remaining, VonDohren moved into the top five.
With the checker flag waiving, Duane Howard took the win and the $3,000 first place prize over Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller, MeMe DeSantis and Craig VonDohren.
The racing program that started with the National Anthem at 7:35 was completed at 10:02 PM.
SUPER DIRTcar SERIES 60 LAP FEATURE - - - $6,000 To Win! MATT SHEPPARD, BLLY DECKER, STEWART FRIESSEN, BILLY DUNN, RYAN WATT, BRETT HEARN, DANNY JOHNSON, DUANE HOWARD, PAT WARD, TIM FULLER, CRAIG VONDOHREN, ANTYONY PERREGO, PETER BRITTEN, DANNY CREEDEN, JIMMY PHELPS, JIMMY HORTON, KEITH FLACH, RICH SCAGLIOTTA, ADAM ROBERTS, RYAN GODOWN, RICH LAUBACH, MARK FORTE JR, RYAN FORTE, LARRY WIGHT.
NASCAR 358 MODIFIEDS 30 LAP FEATURE - - - $3,000 To Win! DUANE HOWARD, JEFF STRUNK, DOUG MANMILLER, MEME DESANTIS, CRAIG VON DOHREN, RYAN WATT, JARED UMBENHAUER, BRETT KRESSLEY, DANNY JOHNSON, FRANK COZZE, JOHN WILLMAN, RICK LAUBACH, KYLE WEISS, TIM BUCKWALTER, KEVIN HIRTHLER, JARED MILLER, BRIAN HOUSEKNECHT, MIKE GULAR, KYLE BORROR, MIKE BAILEY, RUSTY SMITH, RYAN GRIM, DANNY ERB, JOE MODNEY, GLENN STRUNK
New One lap Track Record Big Block Modifieds: 14.298 Craig VonDohren
358 Modified Quaker Steak & Lube Heats: Brett Kressley, MeMe DeSantis, Jared Umbenhauer
Big Block Modified Quaker Steak & Lube Heats: Craig VonDohren, Ryan Watt, Ryan Godown
Tuesday, June 30 HUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM
Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds *NASCAR Point Race