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MAY 24, 2015
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES OPENS 26TH SEASON . . . . . . .
102 CARS TAKE PART IN GRANDVIEW THUNDER 5-25’S, VICTORIES FALL TO STRUNK, BROWN, GILMORE, BUCKWALTER & STOUGH SUNDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
Sunday night at the Grandview Speedway the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series opened their twenty-sixth season with the Grandview Thunder features only program. The five twenty-five lap feature events saw Robert Stough take the win in the twenty-five lap Legends feature as Tim Buckwalter took the win in the ARDC midget feature as Kenny Gilmore won the Sportsman feature. David Brown was the winner of the TSRS Sprint feature as Jeff Strunk made the winning pass off the final turn on the last lap to win the twenty-five lap Modified feature over Doug Manmiller. A total of one hundred and two race cars took part in the five division racing program.
The twenty-five lap Legends feature opened the racing program at the one-third mile oval with Robert Stough setting the early pace. By lap eleven, Stough had his hands full with Chad Earnst and Jason Rochelle now challenging for the lead On lap thirteen, Earnst took the lead and set the pace for two laps. Stough worked his way back to the top spot on lap twenty-one with Jason Fuhrman and Bill Diehl in the hunt. The top five ran under a blanket with Stough taking the win over Bill Diehl, Jason Fuhman, Donnie Leiby and Nate Renfro,
The ARDC Midgets were called to the track for the second feature of the night. Tommy Kunsman Jr set the pace for the first two laps with PJ Gargiulo taking the lead on lap three. Tim Buckwalter entered the picture and took the lead on lap five. Once on top, Buckwalter appeared to be on his way to victory but Nick Wean had other thoughts which included taking that win for himself. At the halfway point, Buckwalter, Wean PJ Gargiulo, Danny Stratton and Steve Drevicki made up the top five.
By lap sixteen, there was a three car battle for the lead between Buckwalter, Wean and Gargiulo. Wean continued to apply pressure in the final laps and as the field passed the line on lap twenty-one, Wean was challenging for the lead. As the laps ticked by, Wean again reeled in the leader and with the white flag waiving, he was looking to make one more challenge for the win. Coming off turn four with the checker flag waiving, race leader Tim Buckwalter and Nick Wean tangled with both cars spinning, third place runner PJ Gargiulo now made a move for the lead. Buckwalter managed to get his midget going in the right and was heading to the wire as Gargiulo was in the hunt. As the checker flag fell, Buckwatler pulled out the win with Gargiulo second, Nick Wean third and Danny Stratton third.
The Sportsman took over the speedway for their twenty-five laps feature with Mike Lisowski the front runner for the first two laps. By lap three, Jim Houseworth was the race leader with Brad Arnold quickly moving into contention. Kenny Gilmore was making a run to the front of the pack and on lap nine, he became the new race leader. Gilmore continued to set a torrid pace with Jim Houseworth now racing second with Craig Whitmoyer challenging in third. Whitmoyer moved into second on lap twenty and with just five laps remaining, he was chasing down Gilmore. Gilmore rallied home the winner over Whitmoyer, Brett Gilmore, Jim Housework and Paul Kline for the win.
The TSRS Sprints made their first appearance at a Thunder on the Hill event and young Ryan Stillwaggon led the first two laps with Tim Tanner taking the lead on lap three. David Brown was racing in second by lap five. By lap nine, Brown caught the leader and for the next three laps, they would race side-by-side for lead, but suddenly, Stillwaggon was back in the chase and challenging for the lead. On lap thirteen, Stillwaggon went to the front of the line to again take the lead. Stillwaggon had solid command of the top spot over David Brown and Tim Tanner. A late race red flag was now going to change the outcome of the race.
When green flag racing resumed, Stillwaggon was setting the pace but when exiting turn four, the leader spun displaying the yellow flag. Brown now sat on the pole with just two laps remaining. The race went green and David Brown ran to hide from the rest of the field taking the victory over Tim Tanner, Jeff Geiges, Karl Fryer and Scott Frack.
The night cap was the 25 lap Modified feature and this was also going to be a thriller. Mike Gular led the first lap with Jeff Strunk taking the lead on lap two. Once on top, it appeared that Strunk may have an easy ride. One thing all drivers learn, nothing comes easy at Grandview and this race was far from over. At the halfway mark, Strunk was cruising in the lead followed by Gular with Doug Manmiller inching in on the leader. Manmiller was on a mission and by lap nineteen, he not only caught Strunk, he offered his first challenge for the lead.
As the leaders passed the line on lap twenty, Manmiller was the new race leader with Strunk now doing the chasing. Strunk stayed close looking for a chase to regain the lead, then a yellow flag on lap twenty-four would determine the outcome of this race. The green flag fell and Manmiller took the high lane as Strunk dove to the bottom. The two leaders race side-by-side for the final lap. Exiting turn four, Strunk used the bottom and took the lead and the win off the final turn for a thrilling crowd pleasing finish. Strunk took the win over Manmiller, Jaren Umbenhauer, Danny Erb and Glenn Strunk.
LEGENDS FEATURE 25 LAPS ROBERT STOUGH, BILL DIEHL, JASON FUHRMAN, DONNIE LEIBY, NATE RENFRO, CHAD EARNST, CHRIS SPIDLE, KEITH HARING, JASON ROCHELLE, RICK HARTWIG, DEAN FICARRO, CHRIS WARD, ANDY WHALING, MASON CHANEY, CHRIS TRANSEAU, TRAVIS PERRY, JACOB FETZH, SCOTT HOUDESHELL, SCOTT DEANER SR.
ARDC FEATURE 25 LAPS TIM BUCKWALTER, PJ GARGIULO, NICK WEAN, DANNY STRATTON, STEVEN DREVICKI, BRENDEN BRIGHT, TONY DIMATTIA, BRUCE BUCKWALTER JR, TREVOR KOBYLARZ, SHAWN JACKSON, RYAN GRETH, TROY BETTS, BRIAN GILMORE, PJ PAVLICK, AUSTIN BURKE, THOMAS KUNSMAN, BRETT WANNER, JIM JACKSON, BRETT ARNDT, JIM RADNEY
SPORTSMAN FEATURE 25 LAPS KENNY GILMORE, CRAIG WHITMOYER, BRETT GILMORE, JIM HOUSWORTH, PAUL KLINE, KEN ECKERT, BRIAN HIRTHLER, RYAN LILICK, BRAD ARNOLD, DEAN BACHMAN, JASON NEIDLINGER, KYLE LILICK, BRANDON WHITMOYER, MIKE WAHL, PAUL HOUSEKNECHT, MIKE LISOWSKI, DAVE DISSINGER, CORY SECHRIST
TSRS SPRINT FEATURE 25 LAPS DAVID BROWN, TIM TANNER, JEFF GEIGES, KARL FREYER, SCOTT FRACK, JON HAEGELE, RYAN STILLWAGGON, BRAD FRANKS, ZACK BURD, TOMMY CARBERRY, EDDIE WAGNER, BRYANT DAVIS, MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM, KEITH ANDERSON, SAMANTHA LEIBERMAN, TONY SMOLENYAK, PAT U’SELIS, ADAM CARBERRY, JOE KAY
MODIFIED FEATURE 25 LAPS JEFF STRUNK, DOUG MANMILLER, JARED UMBENHAUER, DANNY ERB, GLENN STRUNK, FRANK COZZE, BILLY PAUCH JR, TIM BUCKWALTER, DON NORRIS JR, KYLE WEISS, RAY SWINEHART, KEVIN HIRTHLER, KYLE BORROR, MIKE LAISE, COLT HARRIS, BRIAN HOUSEKNECHT, BOBBY GUNTHER WALSH, MIKE GULAR, MIKE KELLNER, ERIC BIEHN, MEME DESANTIS, RON SELTMAN, RYAN GRIN, MIKE BAILEY, JOHN WILLMAN.
The Next two Thunder Events:
Tuesday, June 2 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES- -Jesse Hockett Classic 7:30 PM
USAC NATIONAL WINGLESS SPRINT TOUR & ARDC
Tuesday, June 16 THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES 7:30 PM
SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES MODIFIEDS 18th Annual TRAFFIC JAM
ALL MODIFIEDS. . . . . ALL NIGHT
Modifieds DOUBLE DOWN $1,000 PPB bonus to win both features
Big Block Modifieds 60 laps, 358 Modifieds 30 laps *NASCAR Point Race
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TIM BUCKWALTER IS FIRST ARDC REPEAT WINNER IN 2015
Buckwalter Overcomes Wild Finish for Second Win of the Season
Soon after Tim Buckwalter captured the 2012 American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) Championship, he announced his plans to compete on the Pennsylavania Small Block Modified Circuit. The Grandview Speedway has become the second generation racer’s Saturday night home and just maybe, all those laps logged on Grandview’s third mile paid off in dividends for Buckwalter as he captured his second ARDC Midget win of the season in one of the wildest finishes in recent memory.
Tommy Kunsman and Ryan Greth led the starting field to the wave of the green flag with Kunsman jumping out in front for the first two laps. PJ Gargiulo quickly moved up to take second after starting in seventh with just one lap scored. Gargiulo took over the lead on lap three. Tim Buckwalter closed in on Gargiulo as the two drivers crossed the start/finish line side by side to complete lap five. Buckwalter moved ahead in turn one to take the lead on lap six.
Nick Wean also made his way by Gargiulo on lap six as Buckwalter led Wean and Gargiulo. Two laps later, Gargiulo had plenty of company as Danny Stratton and 2014 ARDC Champion, Steven Drevicki closed in to challenge for the third spot. Brett Wanner, the feature winner in ARDC’s last event, brought the yellow out as he came to a stop on the homestretch with mechanical issues.
Buckwalter was able to pull away from the field on the subsequent restart as Stratton closed in on Gargiulo around the half way mark. Wean began to show some muscle as he moved in on Buckwalter but a slip on lap sixteen allowed Gargiulo to take over second. Wean came back one lap later to regain the spot.
With just five laps remaining, everyone got serious as Wean closed in on Buckwalter and Stratton pressured Gargiulo for position.
The leaders took the two to go sign with Wean right on Buckwalter’s tail. As the leaders ran through turns one and two, they closed in on the back of the field as Brian Gilmore loomed on their radar. It was the final lap and both Buckwalter and Wean needed to decide what route to take around the slower car. Everyone held their positions as they raced down the backstretch. Gilmore opened up the bottom of the track, allowing Buckwalter to go to the inside to make his pass. Buckwalter pulled even with Gilmore but just the slightest of hesitations allowed Wean the opportunity to stake his claim. Buckwalter and Wean raced into turn four with Wean moving to the bottom of the track to make his move. Contact was made between the two leaders. Buckwalter spun counter clockwise and up the track while Wean got out of shape on the bottom by the gurardrail. Buckwalter spun the car around and continued as Gargiulo shot through the opening ahead of Wean. Buckwalter got to the checkered flag first but the margin was narrowing as Gargiulo was quick to react. Wean made it to the line to take third with Stratton finishing fourth and Drevicki rounding out the top five.
After a long battle, Brenden Bright won the race for sixth followed by Tony DiMattia, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Trevor Kobylarz and Shawn Jackson.
Wean set fast time during timed warm-ups. He was the only ARDC competitor to break the fifteen second mark. Wean was also the Bob Hilbert Hard Charger recipient after he advanced from his eleventh place start to finish second.
Next event on the ARDC schedule is the Eastern Storm at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday, June 2nd.
FEATURE (25 LAPS)
1. Tim Buckwalter 2. PJ Gargiulo 3. Nick Wean 4. Danny Stratton 5. Steven Drevicki 6. Brenden Bright 7. Tony DiMattia 8. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. 9. Trevor Kobylarz 10. Shawn Jackson 11. Ryan Greth 12. Troy Betts 13. Brian Gilmore 14. PJ Pavlick 15. Austin Burke 16. Tommy Kunsman 17. Brett Wanner 18. Jim Jackson 19. Brett Arndt 20. Jim Radney DNS - Billy Courtwright
Shaffer wins thriller for $10,000 at Fremont All Star event
Clark sweeps 305 sprint weekend; Matt Foos finds victory lane in trucks
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Sunday, May 24, 2015
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FREMONT, Ohio – In any sport when you struggle you start to question yourself…you lose confidence. Sprint Car racing can amplify that feeling. Just ask Tim Shaffer.
The former four time University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions titlist won only one series event last year and this year has struggled. But, Shaffer and his Bryan Grove Racing team rolled up their sleeves and went to work, and it paid off Sunday at Fremont Speedway.
“The Steel City Outlaw” would battle with James McFadden – the previous night’s winner – throughout the last half of the 50-lap race on Budweiser Night before grabbing the lead on lap 47 and drove to the $10,000 victory. It was Shaffer’s first All Star win at Fremont since 2012 and was his 9th career series win at “The Track That Action Built.” Shaffer now has 14 career wins at Fremont and 55 total All Star victories as he sits fifth on the series’ all-time win list, only one win away from hall-of-famer Jack Hewitt.
“Hats off to the guys…Todd and Five-O…we have everybody here helping. Thank you. It’s been so tough. You go along there for a long spell…like a year and half and you’re struggling and struggling and you just keep fighting. It seemed like the harder we fought the worst it got and you get to a point where it’s like ‘can I drive any more.’ It’s great to be standing back up here again…it’s been a long time,” said an emotional Shaffer in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
“What’s amazing is I’ve been up here and I’ve gotten to win this a couple of times. If everything is going right and the car is operating and you do your job it will come to you. It’s 50 laps…you have to be aggressive but patient. I think these new tires have really thrown a loop to every body….it really changed how we feel in the car. It doesn’t feel good…nothing like it felt before. I just needed to man up and quit whining,” added Shaffer beside his Canton Erectors, VRP Shocks, Gressman Powersports, Helms Construction backed #45.
For McFadden, who took the lead from Brady Bacon on lap 9, lost it on lap 28 to Shaffer, regained it on lap 31, lost it to Shaffer again on lap 43, regained it for a lap with four to go, only to watch Shaffer drive by for the win a lap later, it wrapped up a successful return to the United States. Since coming from Australia on Friday, McFadden has recorded a third at Plymouth, a win Saturday at Fremont and a second on Sunday against the UNOH All Stars.
“It was a pretty cool race…I bet it was a great race for the fans. I got stuck a little bit behind that lapped car and I should have zigged when I should have zagged and it was enough to give up the lead. Congratulations to those guys. We’ve all struggled at times and to get that win is awesome. I’m happy for my team but a little disappointed. I kind of thought I threw that one away a little bit. We did 48 good laps and ran second,” said McFadden beside his Gaerte Engines, XYZ Machining, Townline Variety, All Star Performance, Hills Racing #3G.
Current All Star point leader Dale Blaney rallied from near disaster on the first lap of the feature, and was closing on the top two only to run out of laps and finish third.
“I was going to be patient there for awhile and I just got into two a little too low and hit that hole…I don’t know how it stayed on the ground. We lost so much ground there it was hard to make up. But, we got back to third and had a chance. If we could have gotten back to traffic about 10 laps of traffic it would have helped and given me an opportunity. I wasn’t as good as the 45 or the 3G. We’ll take third tonight,” said Blaney beside his CH Motorsports, Go Muddy.com, Big Game Tree Stands #1.
Fremont’s Bobby Clark would dominate the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint Feature that went non-stop for 25 laps. For Clark it was back-to-back wins as he now has four on the season at Fremont and the 33rd of his career at the track as he takes over sole possession of 12th on the track’s all-time win list.
“I was good from the get-go. Hats off to my crew. They work their tails off and Dave (Foos, crew chief) loves when the track gets like this. It falls into our hands more. It was kind of easy to drive,” said Clark beside his Fremont Fence, Kear’s Speed Shop, B&L Plumbing, Nagy Equipment Sales, Miller Rigging, Kistler Engines, Willey’s Towing, Big D’s Pizza, Shellukes Bar, Fremont Auto Parts backed machine.
Matt Foos of Fremont has had a fast dirt truck all season but has been caught up in crashes or has had mechanical issues. It all came together for him Sunday as he lead all 20 laps to score his third career Fremont victory in the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks.
“We got fortunate enough to start on the front row tonight. Last week I put myself in a bad position. It feels like we’re way over due for this. I feel like we are always the truck to beat here,” said Foos beside his Fremont Fence, Automatic Fire Protection, M&L Excavating, Pit Stop Convenience Stores, D&R Transmissions backed machine.
For the 50-lap 410 sprint feature Brady Bacon and Ryan Smith would bring the field to green with Bacon gaining the slight advantage over Smith, Blaney, Parker Price Miller, Lee Jacobs and McFadden. After a lap was completed Blaney would nearly flip in turn two, droving back to eighth.
While Bacon and Smith battled for the lead McFadden quietly drove into third on lap four with Price Miller, Travis Philo, Shaffer, Jacobs and Blaney in tow. The caution would fly with six laps in the books for Nate Dussel who stopped on the speedway. When the green flew McFadden drove around Smith for second.
While Bacon led McFadden, a great battle ensued for third involving Price Miller, Smith and Shaffer. Chad Kemenah would spin on lap eight for the second caution. On the restart McFadden blasted around Bacon for the lead with Price Miller in third followed by Smith, Shaffer, Philo and Byron Reed.
By lap 10 Shaffer had climbed to fourth as the leaders prepared to enter lapped traffic. With 16 laps scored and in heavy lapped traffic, Shaffer would drive under Bacon for second and closed on McFadden. Lee Jacobs would bring out the yellow flag on lap 17.
Now with a clear track McFadden was able to put a little distance between himself and Shaffer as Bacon, Price Miller, Blaney, Philo and Reed gave chase. Shaffer slowly began to reel in McFadden and by lap 21 was racing under the leader exiting turn four lap after lap as Bacon and now a closing Blaney gave chase.
At the half-way point McFadden and Shaffer were side by side for the lead with Bacon, Blaney, Price Miller, Reed and Philo in pursuit. Shaffer would use a high move off four to take the lead on lap 28 with Price Miller bringing out the caution on lap 29.
The restart order would be Shaffer, McFadden, Blaney, Bacon and Danny Holtgraver. The big crowd was also watching several cars march from the back of the pack including Greg Wilson who had moved from 26th starting spot to ninth, and Rico Abreu who drove from 19th to seventh.
McFadden would drive under Shaffer to regain the lead on lap 31 and when Chris Andrews spun on lap 34 the red flag was displayed for a fuel stop. The restart order was McFadden, Shaffer, Blaney, Bacon, Reed, Holtgraver, Abreu and Wilson.
The caution would fly for the final time on lap 37 for Steve Kinser. When the green flew McFadden would lead Shaffer, Blaney, Reed, Abreu, Bacon, Holtgraver and Wilson. With 10 laps to go Shaffer had caught McFadden and would drive under the Australian for the lead on lap 43.
On lap 46 the leaders were into heavy lapped traffic and Shaffer and McFadden split the lapped car of Caleb Helms in turn two with McFadden leading lap 46. Shaffer would drive back by entering turn one to regain the lead.
The final three laps Shaffer, McFadden and a closing Blaney ran nose to tail through traffic. Shaffer would drive to the win over McFadden, Blaney, Abreu and Reed rounding out the top five. Holtgraver would drive from 13th to sixth with Wilson earning the hard charger award by coming home 7th while Bacon, Cap Henry (from 20th) and Philo rounding out the top 10.
In the 25-lap 305 sprint feature Trey Jacobs and Clark paced the field with Clark jumping into the lead as Jacobs fought with Jordan Ryan for second. Ryan would move into the runner-up spot on lap two with Jacobs, Josh Harrison, Seth Schneider, John Ivy and Steve Rando in tow.
Schneider would take third on lap six with Ivy moving into fourth on lap nine. No one had anything for Clark who sliced and diced his way through traffic. With nine laps to go Clark held a straight-away advantage over Ryan with Schneider, Ivy, Rando, Harrison and Alvin Roepke up from 16th.
Ivy would use traffic to get by Ryan for second with five laps to go with Schneider taking third. Rando would drive from fourth to second on lap 23.
As Clark took the checkered, Rando was entering turn three. He would cross second but failed to go to the scales following the feature and was docked two finishing spots. So behind Clark it was Ivy, Schneider, then Rando and Ryan.
In the 20 lap dirt truck feature Foos and Len Benyak would bring the field to green with Foos gaining the advantage over Brad Stuckey, Dan Roepke, Dana Fry, Curt Inks and Kent Brewer. Brewer would bring out the first caution on lap six just as Roepke took second.
When the green flew Foos and Roepke pulled away from the battle for third involving Stuckey, Dustin Keegan, Brad Mitten, Cory Ward and Eric Devanna. The final caution flew with five laps to go with the running order Foos, Roepke, Keegan, Stuckey, Mitten, Devanna, Brandon Leighton, Inks, Brewer, Ward and Cory McCaughey.
Again when the green reappeared Foos and Roepke checked out. The two would drive the final five laps nose to tail with Foos taking the win over Roepke, Keegan, Brewer and Stuckey.
There will be no racing at Fremont Speedway on May 30th but the track will get back to action on Saturday, June 6 for the Vision Quest Hall of Fame Night. Prior to the night’s racing – which includes the Second Annual Race of Legends – the Class of 2015 will be inducted into the hallowed halls of the Fremont Hall of Fame.
For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com
Fremont Speedway - 5/24/2015
Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints (49 Cars)
Qualifying - Fricker’s Restaurant/Callie’s Performance
1. 94-Ryan Smith, 12.709; 2. 83M-Broc Martin, 12.775; 3. 6H-Kenny Jacobs, 12.870; 4. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 12.940; 5. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.940; 6. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.949; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs, 12.963; 8. 9P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.969; 9. 22-Cole Duncan, 12.995; 10. 5-Byron Reed, 13.013; 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.021; 12. 2L-Logan Forler, 13.026; 13. 19-Chris Andrews, 13.059; 14. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.111; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.115; 16. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.129; 17. 3G-James McFadden, 13.149; 18. 4-Danny Smith, 13.182; 19. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.197; 20. 89-Cody Darrah, 13.201; 21. 40DD-Nate Dussel, 13.215; 22. 68G-Tyler Gunn, 13.224; 23. 1st-Gary Taylor, 13.311; 24. 22S-Brandon Spithaler, 13.317; 25. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.354; 26. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.394; 27. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.421; 28. 2+-Brian Smith, 13.477; 29. 33MX-Tanner Thorson, 13.484; 30. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.554; 31. 33M-Caleb Griffith, 13.609; 32. 9-Dean Jacobs, 13.637; 33. 9x-Rob Chaney, 13.645; 34. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.651; 35. 21-DJ Foos, 13.680; 36. 22D-Josh Davis, 13.707; 37. 53-Cap Henry, 13.734; 38. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.753; 39. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.851; 40. 4H-Tracy Hines, 13.854; 41. 8M-TJ Michael, 13.868; 42. 57X-Andrew Palker, 13.960; 43. 77-Dain Naida, 14.046; 44. 5K-Adam Kekich, 14.141; 45. 45L-Brian Lay, 14.190; 46. 16-Stuart Brubaker, 14.204; 47. 59N-Bryan Knuckles, 14.921; 48. 39M-Matt Merrill, nt; 49. 33K-Kyle Patrick, nt
Heat 1 - American Power Sports (10 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2L-Logan Forler ; 2. 5-Byron Reed ; 3. 94-Ryan Smith ; 4. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 5. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 6. 6H-Kenny Jacobs ; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 8. 91-Cale Thomas ; 9. 4-Danny Smith ; 10. 19-Chris Andrews
Heat 2 - Kistler Racing Products (10 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 3. 83M-Broc Martin ; 4. 11-Steve Kinser ; 5. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 7. 19P-Paige Polyak ; 8. 9-Dean Jacobs
Heat 3 - Hoosier Racing Tires (10 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 1st-Gary Taylor ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney ; 3. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson ; 6. 22S-Brandon Spithaler ; 7. 33MX-Tanner Thorson ; 8. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 9. 22D-Josh Davis ; 10. 8M-TJ Michael
Heat 4 - The Computer Man (10 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 3G-James McFadden ; 2. 99-Brady Bacon ; 3. 89-Cody Darrah ; 4. 24-Rico Abreu ; 5. 2+-Brian Smith ; 6. 40-Caleb Helms ; 7. 4H-Tracy Hines ; 8. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 9. 45L-Brian Lay ; 10. 22-Cole Duncan
Heat 5 - Nitro Black Performance by Engine Pro (10 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 5T-Travis Philo ; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 21-DJ Foos ; 4. 53-Cap Henry ; 5. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 6. 77-Dain Naida ; 7. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 8. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 9. 59N-Bryan Knuckles
Dash - Borer Glass & Mirror (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 12 starting positions of A-feature
1. 99-Brady Bacon ; 2. 94-Ryan Smith ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney ; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 5. 9P-Parker Price-Miller ; 6. 3G-James McFadden ; 7. 5T-Travis Philo ; 8. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 9. 5-Byron Reed ; 10. 2L-Logan Forler ; 11. 83M-Broc Martin ; 12. 1st-Gary Taylor
C-Main - Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature)
1. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 2. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 3. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 4. 4H-Tracy Hines ; 5. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 6. 77-Dain Naida ; 7. 5K-Adam Kekich ; 8. 59N-Bryan Knuckles
B-Main - Computer Man Inc. (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 19-Chris Andrews ; 2. 22-Cole Duncan ; 3. 6H-Kenny Jacobs ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. 4-Danny Smith ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 7. 2+-Brian Smith ; 8. 22S-Brandon Spithaler ; 9. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak ; 11. 16-Stuart Brubaker[-] ; 12. 33M-Caleb Griffith[-] ; 13. 33MX-Tanner Thorson ; 14. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 15. 40-Caleb Helms ; 16. 91-Cale Thomas
A-Main - (30 Laps)
1. 45-Tim Shaffer; 2. 3G-James McFadden; 3. 1-Dale Blaney; 4. 24-Rico Abreu; 5. 5-Byron Reed; 6. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 7. W20-Greg Wilson; 8. 99-Brady Bacon; 9. 53-Cap Henry; 10. 5T-Travis Philo; 11. 21-DJ Foos; 12. 89-Cody Darrah; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 14. 81-Lee Jacobs; 15. 22-Cole Duncan; 16. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 17. 2L-Logan Forler; 18. 19-Chris Andrews; 19. 94-Ryan Smith; 20. 6H-Kenny Jacobs; 21. 83M-Broc Martin; 22. 1st-Gary Taylor; 23. 40-Caleb Helms; 24. 11-Steve Kinser; 25. 9P-Parker Price-Miller; 26. 40DD-Nate Dussel
Hard Charger: W20-Greg Wilson[+17]
Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints (27 Cars)
Heat 1 - American Power Sports (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 1-Mike Dussel ; 2. 8-Bobby Clark ; 3. 77I-John Ivy ; 4. 36-Seth Schneider ; 5. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 6. 37-Austin Ream ; 7. 18N-Frank Neill ; 8. 32H-Dan Hennig ; 9. 12-Kyle Capodice
Heat 2 - Kistler Racing Products (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 19R-Steve Rando ; 2. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 3. 25-Jason Keckler ; 4. 97-Kyle Peters ; 5. 44-Kyle Farmer ; 6. 11G-Luke Griffith ; 7. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 8. 87-Brian Gibbs ; 9. 99-Alvin Roepke
Heat 3 - Hoosier Racing Tires (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 18-TJ Michael ; 2. 5R-Jordan Ryan ; 3. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 4. 10-Josh Harrison ; 5. 39-Jamie Miller ; 6. 77X-Alex Hill ; 7. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 8. 24-Alex Paden ; 9. 75-Jerry Dahms
B-Main - Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 2. 37-Austin Ream ; 3. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 4. 11G-Luke Griffith ; 5. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 6. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 7. 32H-Dan Hennig ; 8. 18N-Frank Neill ; 9. 87-Brian Gibbs ; 10. 24-Alex Paden ; 11. 75-Jerry Dahms ; 12. 77X-Alex Hill
A-Main - (25 Laps)
1. 8-Bobby Clark; 2. 77I-John Ivy; 3. 36-Seth Schneider; 4. 19R-Steve Rando; 5. 5R-Jordan Ryan; 6. 99-Alvin Roepke; 7. 10-Josh Harrison; 8. 18-TJ Michael; 9. 1W-Paul Weaver; 10. 39-Jamie Miller; 11. 3J-Trey Jacobs; 12. 25-Jason Keckler; 13. 97-Kyle Peters; 14. 7M-Brandon Moore; 15. 12-Kyle Capodice; 16. 11G-Luke Griffith; 17. 44-Kyle Farmer; 18. 37-Austin Ream; 19. 1-Mike Dussel; 20. 22M-Dan McCarron
Hard Charger: 99-Alvin Roepke[+10]
AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks (18 trucks)
Heat 1 - American Power Sports (8 Laps - Top 9 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 8kb-Kent Brewer; 2. 2-Matt Foos ; 3. 17x-Dustin Keegan ; 4. 9-Curt Inks ; 5. 18W-Cory Ward ; 6. 85-Bradley Stuckey ; 7. 22-Brandon Leighton ; 8. 99-Gene Potridge ; 9. 3-Andy Earnhart 
Heat 2 - Kistler Racing Products (8 Laps - Top 9 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 88-Dan Roepke ; 2. 7F-Dana Frey ; 3. 16-Brad Mitten ; 4. 13-Len Benyak ; 5. 37-Eric Devanna ; 6. 36m-Cory McCaughey ; 7. 25-Randy Ryan ; 8. 33-Jeff Ward ; 9. 4s-Keith Sorg 
A-Main - (25 Laps)
1. 2-Matt Foos ; 2. 88-Dan Roepke ; 3. 17x-Dustin Keegan ; 4. 8KB-Kent Brewer ; 5. 85S-Bradley Stuckey ; 6. 18W-Cory Ward ; 7. 16-Brad Mitten ; 8. 9-Curt Inks ; 9. 4S-Keith Sorg ; 10. 7F-Dana Fry ; 11. 37-Eric Devanna ; 12. 13-Len Benyak ; 13. 3-Andy Earnhart ; 14. 22-Brandon Leighton ; 15. 36M-Cory McCaughey ; 16. 99x-Gene Potridge 
WAGNER BECOMES FIRST TSRS REPEAT WINNER OF 2015 AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
Bridgeport, NJ …….Eddie Wagner became the first repeat winner of the Tri State Racesaver Series 2015 season doubling victories at Bridgeport Speedway Friday Night. Wagner’s first win of the season was on May 9th, when TSRS last visited the South Jersey ⅝ mile, and it was also the first feature completed since that night, making Eddie a back-to-back victor. Wagner once again fought three time TSRS champion Mike Haggenbottom off for the victory, with Stefanie Palmai, Dave Brown and Jeff Geiges completing the top five.
There were twenty-four TSRS sprints on the roster for Friday’s race, with three heat race victories going to Dave Brown, Tommy Carberry and Mike Haggenbottom.
With the magic invert number being eleven, Stefanie Palmai of Allentown, NJ and Eddie Wagner would hold the pole positions. Palmai jumped to the commanding spot when the green flag waved and she held a strong lead on Wagner going down the backstretch on lap one. Chris Allen would advance two positions by lap two, having started fifth and was now up to third followed by Tim Tanner and Brad Franks. By lap five, the top five cars were now spread apart with Palmai holding a half a straightaway lead on Wagner. Mike Haggenbottom, known to always make the race interesting, was advancing quickly from his ninth starting spot and was now sitting in fourth place. As the halfway point approached on lap ten, lapped traffic was now in the sights of the leader Palmai, who was maintaining her strong lead over Wagner, Allen, Haggenbottom and Dave Brown, who also advanced five positions from his tenth place starting spot.
“As I reached lapped traffic, all I was thinking about was maintaining a smooth line and keeping the car as straight as possible. I was trying to read the slower cars in front of me, so that I could see which way they were going, hoping that I could get around them as fast as I could. It’s all about keeping your momentum at Bridgeport, so my main job was keeping my line smooth and fast,” said Palmai about her lead and approaching lapped traffic.
The first caution of the night was on lap ten, when Zack Burd spun his number 5Z in turn four.
On the restart, it was Palmai, Wagner, Allen, Haggenbottom and Brown occupying the top five. Eddie Wagner went for the lead going down the front stretch and into turn one, with Stefanie determined to retain her position, entering high into the first turn alongside Wagner. Exiting the corner, it was Palmai and Wagner drag racing down the backstretch with Wagner ultimately taking command of the front running spot leaving turn four on lap eleven.
On lap twelve, the second caution came out for the number 0 of Harris Kohen. Kohen’s car caught fire due to a hole being put in his oil filter. Kohen was unhurt and exited his car safely.
Wagner led the field to the green, with Haggenbottom lurking closely behind in third. Haggenbottom took second from Palmai and began working on the number 70 for the lead. Mike went to the top of turns three and four in an attempt to advance, but with Eddie holding a strong line coming off the corners low, the 24 car was unable to make the pass. With Wagner running a hard race against the three-time champion, both lanes of the speedway were being used consistently, but the low side seemed to be the quickest way around that night.
“I had a hard time coming off the fourth turn, because it started to slick off, and Eddie was running the bottom, so low to where I couldn’t get under him,” Haggenbottom explains. “With the top going away, I tried everything I could, but it didn’t work out. I’d like to thank my crew, Mach 1 and Speed Equipment Corp. for giving me a good car every week”.
On lap fourteen, Zack Burd spun again in turn four, bringing out the third and last caution of the night.
With the final laps of the feature dwindling down, Wagner restarted the race on lap fourteen. This time, the AC Racing number 70 held the lead, and began to pull some car lengths on Haggenbottom, making it clear that tonight was once again going to be Wagner’s night. With a half a straightaway lead and no sign of any challenge, Eddie Wagner took the checkered flag, followed by Mike Haggenbottom, Stefanie Palmai, Dave Brown and Jeff Geiges. Rounding out the top ten was Chris Allen, Tommy Carberry, Ryan Stillwaggon, Joe Lord, and Brad Franks.
“It’s a lot less nerve racking trying to pass on the last lap, then trying to hold your lead,” says Wagner, who won his last feature after a final lap exchange for the lead over Dave Brown. “I heard Mike, I knew he was close, and after I took the lead from Stef, I heard him for like three laps, and I knew he was there. After that last caution, I just told myself that I was going to drive the car as hard as I could, and if I slipped up and he got by me, it was going to be the end. I made the track as wide as I could, and I just hit my marks. I moved up the straight away, to take his wing speed away, and just did all I could to make it into victory lane.”
Wagner, who has had multiple heart breaking finishes in past years at Bridgeport Speedway explained that the track has grown to be one of his favorites to race. “This place has a little spot in my heart because my family helped build it back in the day. We were actually really bad here when we first started running on the big track, but over the years, we found something. Now Bridgeport is by far my favorite place to run”.
The Tri-State Racesaver Series continues their double header weekend this Sunday at Grandview Speedway for the first time in affiliation with Bob Miller’s “Thunder on the Hill” Series. The TSRS 305 Sprint Cars will run a feature only format, with the top twenty five cars in points attending the invitation only event. Also on the card are 358 Modifieds, ARDC midgets, Sportsman and Legend cars. The main grandstand gates open at 5:00pm, and racing begins at 7:30. Adult admission is $20, ages 6-11 get in for $10, and children under the age of 10 get in for FREE!
For more information, visit our website www.tsrs1.com or our facebook page to get the lastest details on upcoming events.
FEATURE: Eddie Wagner, Mike Haggenbottom, Stef Palmai, Dave Brown, Jeff Geiges, Chris Allen, Tommy Carberry, Ryan Stillwaggon, Joe Lord, Brad Franks, Bryant Davis, Tim Tanner, Keith Anderson, Randy Wilbert, Pat U’Selis, Zack Burd, Harris Kohen, Karl Fryer, Samantha Lieberman, John Barnett, Adam Carberry
DNS - David Bonner, Brendon Poff
HARD CHARGER - Mike Haggenbottom (+7)
FAST TIME - Stefanie Palmai - 20.368
KODY SWANSON GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH HOOSIER HUNDRED WIN
Indianapolis, Indiana…Kody Swanson etched his name in the record books as a two-time “Hoosier Hundred” winner on Thursday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as he distanced himself from the field over the final laps to earn his tenth career Silver Crown Series victory, tying him for ninth on the all-time list with Mike Bliss and Gary Bettenhausen.
Swanson started from the pole after taking the ProSource “Fast Time Award,” but a first-corner tangle slowed the initial start of the race, and A.J. Fike claimed the lead as the race finally hit a green-flag run. C.J. Leary went with him early as Swanson held down the third spot. He was looking for second on lap eleven when fourth-running Tracy Hines slowed to a stop on the backstretch, bringing out a yellow.
After the restart, Swanson went after Leary, taking the second spot on lap 22 and chopping into Fike’s lead. Shane Cockrum was also quick early, as he battled for third with Leary. Meanwhile, Brian Tyler was on the move from the tail of the field after taking over Randy Bateman’s ride for the feature when his original mount experienced engine issues. Tyler ran from 27th up to the top-ten by lap 40.
Just after that, the third caution of the night appeared. The race hit halfway with Fike and Swanson building a lead over Cockrum and Jerry Coons, Jr., who had disposed of Leary for the fourth spot. Steve Buckwalter was also on the move, as he had driven up to sixth after starting 16th. Tyler found himself in seventh on the yellow.
A few laps later, Buckwalter’s night ended as he broke and met the turn-two concrete, flipping over and necessitating a red-flag period. Under red, both Leary and Dave Darland changed right-rear tires, costing them a one-lap penalty.
Swanson pressured Fike hard on the restart, but Fike was able to hold him off on lap 55. Behind them, Tyler was inside the top-five and passed Coons for the fourth spot.
Just as they completed lap 67, Swanson had a big run to the outside of Fike down the front-stretch, outracing him into the corner for the lead on lap 68. Tyler moved to third and began to run down Fike as the race hit the lap-75 mark. A caution on lap 84 set up an 11-lap race to the finish, and Swanson drew away from the field. Tyler jumped to the inside of Fike on lap 96 and made a daring move to take second. But Aaron Pierce was coming with him, and he wrestled the runner-up spot away from Tyler on the next lap.
With two laps to go, tenth-running race rookie Tyler Courtney lost a right-rear tire down the backstretch and brought out a final caution, setting up a two-lap race to the checkers. Swanson would not be threatened, however, and he motored to a 2.044-second victory over the final two laps in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.
“I’m not a ’statement’ kinda guy, but we answered some questions from others and from ourselves tonight. After last year, it was hard to know what this year would be like, especially with the tire change. Nobody had a year like last year since Hewitt in 1986, and I’m no Jack Hewitt. To find out that we can get it done again this year, it’s exciting to me, and to win it a second time is just hard to believe. Every time we show up, I feel like we’ve got a shot to win, and it makes it a lot of fun. They worked really hard from last night when they were still assembling the engine - Bob Hampshire and Clark Lamme pulled an all-nighter and prepared a car capable of winning the Hoosier Hundred, which just sums up how incredible this DePalma family and team is,” Swanson said.
Pierce completed his best ever “Hoosier Hundred” run, coming home second in the Sam Pierce Chevrolet - G&G Oil #26 Beast/Chevy.
“It’s the best I’ve ever done here and the best I’ve ever done on the dirt, and it was a lot of fun. We are usually on the loose side of things in these dirt races, and we either burn the tire off or get into trouble. We kept it tight enough tonight and knew we’d be solid if we could keep the right-front tire on it. I probably used it up once I got to second and tried to catch Kody. I thought we were in pretty good shape catching the last caution, but there just wasn’t enough left. I’m glad to see such a good field, and it’s great that some guys are coming back,” Pierce said.
Tyler’s magical run ended on the podium as he picked up the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” in the Randy & Patty Bateman - Chance’s Chassis Repair #55 Beast/Chevy.
“I’ve known Randy and them for a long time, and I knew they had a good car that wouldn’t fall apart. It takes a couple laps to get a feel for the brakes, steering, and all that. I had to learn what I had, and I figured we could make our way up through there pretty decent. We get up through there, and get to second, and I think, ‘Ya know, we might get this done.’ I gotta say, it was a lot of fun to run up through there. There were a bunch of good racers here tonight, and it ended up being a good race, too,” Tyler said.
Fike came home in the fourth spot aboard the RFMS Racing - Liberty Village #3 Beast/Foxco, while Justin Grant rounded out the top-five after starting 19th in his first outing with the Chris Carli Motorsports - Finish Line Racing Equipment #8 Beast/Chevy.
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 21, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana State Fairgrounds - “Hoosier Hundred”
QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-33.223; 2. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-33.597; 3. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-33.816; 4. Tracy Hines, 98, RPM/Gormly-33.857; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-33.944; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-34.260; 7. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-34.399; 8. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-34.488; 9. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-34.503; 10. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-34.504; 11. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-34.537; 12. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-34.558; 13. Steven Russell, 14, McQuinn-34.630; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.721; 15. Rickey Hood, 56, Foxco-34.847; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-34.853; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-34.860; 18. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-34.876; 19. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-35.039; 20. Tyler Courtney, 153, Courtney-35.097; 21. Levi Jones, 57, Rogers-35.230; 22. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-35.583; 23. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-35.923; 24. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-36.109; 25. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-36.138; 26. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-36.738; 27. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-39.503; 28. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-NT; 29. Brian Tyler, 7, Classy Chassy-NT.
FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Aaron Pierce, 3. Brian Tyler (#55), 4. A.J. FIke, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Rickey Hood, 8. Patrick Lawson, 9. Jacob Wilson, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Dave Darland, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Rex Norris III, 16. David Byrne, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Steven Russell, 19. Terry James, 20. Russ Gamester, 21. Levi Jones, 22. Austin Nemire, 23. Shane Cottle, 24. Davey Ray, 25. Tracy Hines, 26. Chris Fetter, 27. Tad Roach. NT
**Buckwalter flipped on lap 55.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-67 Fike, Laps 68-100 Swanson.
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-129, 2-Fike-108, 3-Pierce-105, 4-Wilson-93, 5-Coons-76, 6-Byrne-66, 7-Leary-60, 8-Lawson-56, 9-Norris-56, 10-Tyler-54.
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 23 - Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - “Day Before the 500″
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LEN SAMMONS MOTORSPORTS PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES NEW INDOOR AUTO RACING EVENT; SATURDAY, JAN. 2, 2016 IS DATE OF FIRST ALLENTOWN, PA RACE
TRENTON, NJ May 18, 2015 . . . The roar of engines will take over the new PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 2, 2016 when the first annual Allentown Indoor Auto Race will be held.
The event, promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP), will be part of a three race indoor series that includes the wildly popular annual event in Atlantic City, NJ on January 29 & 30 at Boardwalk Hall and in Trenton, NJ on February 27 & 28 at the Sun National Bank Center.
“The Lehigh Valley has a rich racing tradition with the Allentown Fairgrounds, Dorney Park Speedway and the Nazareth half mile and mile tracks,” said LSMP’s Len Sammons. “Those events drew thousands of people. We want our event to capitalize on the rich Lehigh Valley racing heritage, and begin to write our own chapter in the region’s racing history.”
Tentative plans call for two divisions of racing for the inaugural event with a maximum of 70 TQ Midget entries to be accepted in the headline division. A field of 30 Slingshot registrants will also compete in the one-day event, with racing action beginning at 7:00 PM.
Auto Racing history in the area spans a century. The first race at the half mile dirt Allentown Fairgrounds was in 1915, the last Sprint car race was held in 1968 and the last race, an SMRC Midget event, in 1976. Six Indianapolis 500 winners won at the Allentown Fair: Ray Keech, Fred Frame, Floyd Davis, Bill Holland, Johnny Parsons and Parnelli Jones.
Dorney Park, a fifth mile asphalt oval, ran its first races in 1938, its last Modified race in 1959 and its last race in 1986. NASCAR great Joe Weatherly was among the track’s big winners in the fifties. Dorney Park Alumni from the seventies and eighties include NASCAR Modified Touring Series multi-time champion Tony Hirschman and multi-time NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar winner John Andretti.
Indoor racing took place inside the Agricultural Hall building on the Allentown Fairgrounds in 1962 with Micros and in 1966 with TQ Midgets. Bobby Albert, Len Duncan and Larry Michaels were the winners of the three TQ races run on consecutive Saturday nights in March, 1966.
Nazareth, Pa. was a hotbed of auto racing for well over ninety years at two different adjacent sites, a half-mile dirt oval and a larger track that had three different configurations: a mile-and-an-eighth dirt track, a mile dirt course and a mile paved speedway. The last race at Nazareth – and in the Lehigh Valley – took place in 2004.
Professional race car driver from ten states and Canada are expected to compete in the TQ Midget division. Many of the drivers have ties to the greater Lehigh Valley region including Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pat Van Varick of Bangor, Zane Zeiner of Bath, Brandon Azzalina of Saylorsburg, Pat Bealer of Slatington, and Matt Janisch of Nazareth.
The addition of a third Indoor race is expected to energize the now three-race series point fund. Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., won the 2015 LSMP championship on a feature win tiebreaker with Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C.
Tickets for the 1st Annual Allentown Indoor Race, will be available in advance, online at www.PPLCenter.com and at the PPL Center located at 701 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101. An on sale date for tickets will be announced in the near future.
Len Sammons Motorsports is currently seeking marketing partners for this exciting first time event, including title sponsorship of the event.
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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 15, 2015 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - “May Meltdown”
Gas City, Indiana…Brady Bacon held on in a frenetic 30-lapper Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway, edging past a last-lap Thomas Meseraull slidejob through the final set of corners to take his third AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season.
Meseraull cut under fellow front-row starter Jon Stanbrough off turn-two to take the opening lead, as most of the field stuck to the bottom half of the quarter-mile. Dave Darland was on the move early, as he ducked past Stanbrough for the second spot on lap four.
A large lead for Meseraull was erased on lap eight with a caution for Kyle Robbins, and put Darland right on his tailtank. Darland finally cut the bottom underneath Meseraull for the lead on lap 13, but by that time Bacon had jumped to the top while C.J. Leary was running the high side from 16th into the top-ten.
Just as Bacon took the third spot, the caution flew just short of halfway. Darland decided to head to the high side on the restart, but Bacon was strong and looked underneath off turn-two for the lead on lap 17. He completed the pass on the other end and tried to separate himself from the pack.
Traffic was thick in front of Bacon, and Darland reeled him back in with less than ten laps to go. As Darland tried to scoot low, Meseraull stuck to the high side and squeezed past Darland off turn-two on lap 26 to retake the second spot. He ran down Bacon in the closing laps and drew to his back bumper as the duo took the white flag.
Bacon bobbled a bit into turn-three on the final set of corners as Meseraull tried the bottom, but it was Bacon with the momentum to win the race to the line by .403-seconds for his 11th career victory in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“I saw Thomas (Meseraull) at the end, and that got me a little nervous knowing he could get a decent run off the bottom, but we got a good enough run and got some good momentum back after a tough weekend at Eldora. We’ve had good cars, and tonight it was time to make something happen and take a chance up top. I couldn’t get clear of that traffic for like four laps, and I had to try to putt around the bottom to clear them, which almost cost me the lead. I got back to the top and tried to keep my momentum up over the last few laps,” said Bacon, who also set his fourth ProSource “Fast Time” of the year earlier in the night.
Meseraull completed an impressive performance for his best career finish in the second-spot aboard the Keen’s Body Shop - Spirit Transport #18x DRC/Claxton.
“I just kept thinking ‘I’ve got a shot at this. I probably should have tried to slide him into one, but I thought I’d wait for three. Brady is one of the best and moved down just enough to slide across three and hold me off. That’s as close as I’ve ever gotten to winning a USAC show, and that’s the goal for us. It was an awesome race, and I’m so happy to see Gas City this way. Racing up front with those guys, it’s eat or be eaten and so much fun,” Meseraull said.
Darland rounded out the top-three in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.
“I knew the top was looking good as the race went on, and I went up there after the mid-race restart, but I wasn’t quite aggressive enough. We tried to get him back in traffic, but we just weren’t in the right spot at the right time and ended up giving a spot back. We still got out of here with a third-place run, and the track was great and allowed us to race hard for the win tonight, so thanks to the O’Connors,” Darland said.
Stanbrough held on for the fourth spot in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D, and Leary finished his drive from 16th by taking the fifth spot in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.
QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.855; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-11.900; 3. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.987; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.018; 5. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.037; 6. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-12.093; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-12.132; 8. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.147; 9. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.162; 10. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.173; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.312; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-12.312; 13. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-12.318; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10E, Edison-12.333; 15. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-12.348; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.426; 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-12.444; 18. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-12.465; 19. Conner Donelson, 42, Donelson-12.530; 20. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-12.595; 21. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-12.603; 22. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-12.604; 23. Frank Flud, 41, SST-12.618; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-12.688; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.734; 26. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.140; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-13.270; 28. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-14.349.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Cottle, 3. Bacon, 4. Stanbrough, 5. McGhee, 6. Gass, 7. Goodnight. 2:04.78
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Robbins, 3. Jarrett, 4. Coons, 5. Shuman, 6. Hines, 7. Ketcham. 2:06.17
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Meseraull, 5. Donelson, 6. Flud, 7. Bell. 2:03.84
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Ballou, 3. Spencer, 4. Leary, 5. Grant, 6. Gurley, 7. Hanft. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Hines, 3. Shuman, 4. McGhee, 5. Goodnight, 6. Donelson, 7. Flud, 8. Gass, 9. Gurley, 10. Ketcham, 11. Bell, 12. Hanft. 2:29.95
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Justin Grant, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Landon Simon, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Matt Goodnight, 21. Josh Spencer, 22. Conner Donelson. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Meseraull, Laps 13-16 Darland, Laps 17-30 Bacon.
NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-743, 2-Stockon-741, 3-Darland-728, 4-Bacon-698, 5-Stanbrough-646, 6-Thomas-619, 7-Hines-611, 8-Leary-610, 9-Windom-446, 10-Grant-440
NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: May 20 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - 45th “Tony Hulman Classic”