Archive for Modifieds
JANUARY 8, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
28TH NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES RETURNS TO GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY IN 2017
Bechtelsville, PA (January 8, 2017) -- Five events highlight a series of specials that would make even the most loyal race fans salivate for the 28th year of action for the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series events at the Grandview Speedway. One hundred and twenty-four events have been presented in this co-promotion between Bruce Rogers, owner of Grandview Speedway, and Bob Miller, special events promoter -- with nearly 4.3 million dollars distributed to competitors. The Thunder Series started as a 410 stand-alone event in August of 1990 and expanded to presenting multiple divisions from WoO Late Models and Sprints to USAC and SCRA non-wing sprints to include DIRTcar Modifieds and All Star Sprints plus a long list of support divisions.
NAPA Auto Parts, the sponsor of the Thunder Series has been part of these wildly popular event since that first race in 1990. NAPA and their local stores will again be the lead sponsor of the Thunder Series.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend (May 28) will kick off the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series with a 358-Small-Block/Big-Block Modified spectacular that includes the Sportsman and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. The modifieds will compete for $5,000 to win the 40 lap feature with an attractive $500 to take the green flag. With the Grandview Speedway racing on both Saturday and Sunday night, this Holiday weekend is filled with exciting action on the Grandview 1/3-mile dirt track.
The first mid-week event takes place on Tuesday, June 13 for the annual invasion of the USAC National Sprint Car Series, EASTERN STORM. These wingless warriors will take part in the Jesse Hockett Classic and will be joined by Grandview’s headline division – the 358 Modifieds. This marks the eleventh annual swing of the USAC Eastern Storm and as tradition stands, Grandview Speedway will host the opening night.
Nothing says ‘This is America’ quite like 410 Sprint Cars and we celebrate our Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4 with the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speed Week – a gathering of the region’s top Sprint Car competitors in a lucrative event that includes the very best of the 358 Modifieds.
Thursday, August 17 the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents a Sprint Car showdown like no other when the nationally touring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series returns to the Grandview Speedway competing for the 3rd Annual Thunder Cup. Joining the All-Stars is the ultra-competitive Sportsman division. In the 2016 event, Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell were surprise 410 sprint entries and a surprise or two are planned for 2017. Prior Thunder Cup winners were Danny Dietrich 2015 and Stevie Smith in 2016.
The Thunder series rounds out 2017 on Saturday, October 14 with the MODS at the MADHOUSE Triple Thunder Thriller Halloween Party featuring a 40 Lap Big-Block/Small-Block Modified challenge that includes the Sportsman and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. This event will continue the tradition of the popular Halloween Party getting underway at 6 PM
The 2017 racing season will include the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series mainstay activities and promotions, providing fun for the fans with elements 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.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor, joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak and Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.
2017 Racing Schedule:
Memorial Day Sunday Triple Thunder Thriller --Sunday, May 28 7:30 PM – Grandview Speedway -- Big Block/358 Modifieds* 40 laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints
11th Annual Jesse Hockett Classic – Tuesday, June 13 7:30 PM -- USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm and 358 Modifieds*
Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week – Tuesday, July 4 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & 358 Modifieds*
3rd Annual Thunder Cup Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions – Thursday, August 17 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & Sportsman*
Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds* 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints
*NASCAR Points event
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: 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 27 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 124 events over $4.3 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, All-Star Circuit of Champions, 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 55th Anniversary season in 2017. 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.
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Throughout the 2016 season Matt Hirschman lived up to his nickname “Big Money Matt” by winning many of the high paying races he entered. The Northampton, Pa. resident did it again on Saturday at Wall Stadium Speedway by winning both the Tour Type Modified and Wall Modified feature races during Turkey Derby XLIII. These two wins are added to the “Woody’s 105” race victory that he enjoyed in the summer here.
Hirschman collected a combined $9,000 by sweeping the 150-lap Tour Type feature and the 100-lap SK Modified feature.
“It’s a career day! That’s the only way to put it. I’ve been doing it for probably five or six years,” Hirschman said. “I’ve won each race on different years, but never in the same day. It’s incredible! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I know Jimmy (Blewett) has done it before; I don’t know if anybody else has.
“I’m not the first to do it but it’s something I’ve wanted.”
Things seemed to be going Hirschman’s way early in the Tour Type Modified race when he was promoted to the inside of row one as a result of pole sitter Steven Reed failing to make the grid with a broken transmission. Hirschman dominated the majority of the event but nearly got tripped up late when former Turkey Derby winner Eric Mauriello of Howell jumped to the lead. Hirschman returned the favor on the following restarting jumping to the front and never again being headed.
Mauriello, Blewett, Brick’s Ron Frees, who had converted his Wall Modified to a Tour Type car, and Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa. completed the top five in the 26 car field.
Things were not as easy for Hirschman during the Wall Modified feature. After losing a lap in time trials for being light at the scales in tech, Hirschman started in 13th. With a pack of cars around him, Hirschman made what would turn into a race-winning move near lap 25.
“We didn’t start up where I would’ve liked to and we were in a position that I didn’t like,” he explained after the race. “I thought something was going to happen. I thought it might not be the winning strategy, but let’s bail out of here, put our tires on, and hope it cycles through.
“The very next restart is when they all wrecked in three and four, so I went from last to eighth. It worked out, definitely the right thing to do, I don’t know why I felt like doing it, but it was a good feeling. From there I ran the car hard and it stayed with me.”
With Hirschman closing on the leader Jimmy Blewett, Blewett made what could’ve been a race-winning move when he went down pit road with just over 11 laps to go for new tires. Restarting around tenth Blewett charged through the pack to second before running out of time to challenge for the win.
Blewett, Matawan’s Anthony Sesely, Danny Bohn, and Holmdel’s Andrew Krause were second through fifth.
Blewett did enjoy a Modified win on Saturday taking top honors in the Dirt Modified 50-lap feature race. Krause came on to challenge later in the test before finishing second. Jim Brit, Mickey Kessler and Joey Payne wrapped up the top five.
Joe Ryan Osborn was a happy winner in Saturday’s 30-lapper for the Legend Cars over Mike Alcaro. Richie Davidowitz, Kyle Ellwood and Joe Graf completed the top five. In Sunday’s Legend Cars 40-lapper Alcaro took the win as Davidowitz, Noah Korner, Brandon Martinez and Kevin Nowak completed the top five.
Matt Roselli won Saturday’s TQ Midget 30-lapper.
On Friday, day one of Turkey Derby, Blewett was a winner in a wreck filled 50-lapper for the Sportsman cars holding off Mayetta’s Tyler Truex and Brick’s Dom Fattaruso. Andrew Bohn and Matt Langbein were fourth and fifth.
Shanon Mongeau of Manchester won Friday’s Limited Late Model 45-lapper over Wayne Coury. Chris Turbish, John Vullo and Marc Rogers were third through fifth.
Brick’s Joe Mongeau won Friday’s 40-lapper for the Factory Stocks over a challenging Rob McCormick. Richie Byrne, Scott Riggleman and Ron Booth were third through fifth. Sunday’s 50-lapper saw Union’s Joey Helberg take the victory with Shanon Mongeau, Tom Rajkowski, Tim O’Shea and Scott Riggleman completing the top five
Also on Friday Beachwood’s Todd Pilla won the 4 Cylinder Stock main event. Darren Burdge chased him across the line for second, while Christian LaCicero, Jason Lane and Jeff Loesch posted top five finishes. Shanon Mongeau returned to win the 75-lap main event for the 4 Cylinder Stocks on Sunday. Robert Sutphin, Dan Birdsall, Lee Allen and Jay Conrad wrapped up the top five.
On Sunday, day three of Turkey Derby, the Dirt Sportsman cars saw action with Joey Payne taking the win over Rich Coons, Dakota Kessler and Chuck Stone. The Dirt Outlaw Stocks were also on Sunday’s card with Brick’s Ron Frees taking the win with Brian Ludwig, Jon Meyer, Billy Wroble and Michael Creamer filling out the top five.
Jeff Henry won the demolition derby, final event of the season.
With the Turkey Derby now compete the 2016 season at Wall Stadium is in the record books. All attention is now turning to the 2017 season with the first pre-season testing session set for April 15.
Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, the website is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
TURKEY DERBY RESULTS
TOUR TYPE MODIFIED FEATURE – 150 Laps – 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Ron Frees, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Jimmy Zacharis, 7. Andrew Krause, 8. Anthony Sesely, 9. Shawn Solomito, 10. Less Hinckley, 11. Keith Rocco, 12. John Fortin, 13. Jamie Tomaino, 14. John Markovic, 15. Amber Fortin, 16. Justin Bonsignore, 17. Andy Jankowiak, 18. Tommy Catalano, 19. Jonathan Mandato, 20. Timmy Solomito, 21. Austin Kochenash, 22. Dave Sapienza, 23. Ken Darch, 24. Jason Treat, 25. Tyler Truex, 26. Jack Ely
DOWNS FORD MODIFIED FEATURE – 100 Laps – 1. MATT HARISCHMAN, NORTHAMPTON, PA., Jimmy Blewett, 3. Anthony Sesely, 4. Danny Bohn, 5. Andrew Krause, 6. Eric Mauriello, 7. Jason Hearne, 8. Shawna Ingraham, 9. Marc Rogers, 10. Dennis Perry, 11. Shaun Carrig, 12. Chris Lane, 13. Chris Reynolds, 14. Ken Matlach, 15. Trevor Alspach, 16. Jack Ely, 17. Vinnie Marone, 18. Steven Reed, 19. Adam LaCicero, 20. Ricky Collins, 21. Justin Gumley, 22. Derek Hopkinson, 23. Shanon Mongeau, 14. Mike Benevides, 25. Zack Alspach, 26. Kenny Van Wickle
DIRT MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Jim Britt, 4. Mickey Kessler, 5. Joey Payne, 6. Rich Coons, 7. Rob Anderton, 8. Charles Stone, 9. Aleia Geisler, 10. Brian Papiez, 11. Dakota Kessler, 12. Bucky Kell, 13. Kerry Irwin, 14. Jackie Brown, 15. Mark Levy
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 30 Laps – Saturday - 1. JOE RYAN OSBORN, 2. Mike Alcaro, 3. Richie Davidowitz, 4. Kyle Ellwood, 5. Joe Graf, 6. Artie Pederson, 7. Brandon Martinez, 8. Kevin Nowak, 9. Mitchell Dowd, 10. Matt Maring, 11. Vinny Delaney, 12. Louie Keraitis, 13. Lowbed Johnson, 14. Chris Gall, 15. Brad VanHouten, 16. Glenn Corner, 17. Bryan Kelly, 18. Tony Hanbury, 19. Joe Fresco, 20. Kyle Dealaman, 21. Tony Colandro, 22. Eugene Drew, 23. Noah Korner, 24. Gillian Korner, 25. Pat Verwys, 26. DJ Doyle
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 40 Laps – Sunday – 1. MIKE ALCARO, 2. Davidowitz, 3. Korner, 4. Martinez, 5. Nowak, 6. Dowd, 7. Graf, 8. Kelly, 9. Maring, 10. Keraitis, 11. Delaney, 12. Kyle Elwood, 13. Gall, 14. Gillion Kirkpatrick, 15. Pedersen, 16. VanHouton, 17. Dealaman, 18. Mike Marfeo, 19. Korner, 20. Colandro, 21. Hanbury, 22. Johnson, 23. Joey Lembo, 24. Joe Fresco, 25. Joe Mafeo, DQ Joe Ryan Osborn
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 45 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Wayne, Coury, 3. Chris Turbish, 4. John Vullo, 5. Marc Rogers, 6. Daryn Miller, 7. Joe Mancuso, 8. Brandon Turbish, 9. Mike Tillett, 10. Ricky Collins, 11. Jim Moorman, 12. Andy Gamble, 13. Anthony Hillard, 14. Ray Minieri, 15. Rick Kopf, 16. Brian Doyle, 17. Charles Macwhinnie
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Dom Fattaruso, 4. Andrew Bohn, 5. Matt Langbein, 6. CJ Lehman, 7. Blake Barney, 8. Michael Carr, 9. Robert Silver, 10. Joe Graf, 11 Jonathan Laureigh, 12. Kenny Van Wickle, 13. Roland DeMartino, 14. Chris Owsik, 15. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 16. Robert Sutphin, 17. Jake Nelke, 18. Jon Meyer, 19. Bill McNeil, 20. Jimmy Wolcott, 21. Kevin Davison, 22. Eric lane, 23. Dom Casola, 24. Robby Walton, 25. Donnie Ericson, 26. Kenny Green
4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. RODD PILLA, BEACHWOOD, 2. Darren Burdge, 3. Christian LaCicero, 4. Jason Lane, 5. Jeff Loesch, 6. TJ Graves, 7. Tom Lalomia, 8. Lee Allen, 9. Chuck McDonald, 10. Jimmy Avery, 11. Richard Smith, 12. Jim Sturtecky, 13. JC Duvall, 14. Dan Birdsall, 15. Ronnie Mullen, 16. Bobby Woch, 17. Brian Osborn, 18. Darianne McLaren, 19. Frank Ciancitto
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 40 Laps – Friday – 1. JOE MONGEAU, BRICK, 2. Rob McCormick, 3. Richie Byrne, 4. Scott Riggleman, 5. Ron Booth, 6. Ryan Flores, 7. Bill Stockert, 8. Tim O’Shea, 9. Gerry Koenig, 10. Tom Rajkowski, 11. Joey Helberg, 12. Scott Maher, 13. John Carpenter, 14. Tim Majik, 15. Eric Bodenschatz, 16. Steve West, 17. Mike Montano, 18. Waylon Speer, 19 Tommy Casagrande, 20 Josh Matthews, 21. Elliott Wohl, 22. Whitey Miller
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 50 Laps – Sunday – 1. Joey Helberg, Union, 2. Shanon Mongeau, 3. Rajkowski, 4. O’Shea, 5. Riggleman, 6. Stockert, 7. West, 8. Booth, 9. Maher, 10. Byrne, 11. Matthews, 12. Chris Felber, 13. Koenig, 14. Wohl, 15. Carpenter, 16. Rob Haberstick, 17. Joe Mongeau, 18. Waylon Speer, 19. Montano
DIRT OUTLAW STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – Sunday - 1. RON FREES, BRICK, 2. Brian Ludwig, 3. Jon Meyer, 4. Billy Wroble, 5. Michael Creamer, 6. Tom Wills, 7. Dan Collamer, 8. Spider Ensinger, 9. Todd, Dige, 10. Darren Cox, 11. Jack Beaumont
DIRT SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 12 Laps – 1. Joey Payne, 2. Rich Coons, 3. Dakota Kessler, 4. Chuck Stone
DATE OF EVENTS: November 25, 26 and 27, 2016
DATE OF RELEASE: November 21, 2015
CONTACT: Jeff Gravatt
LARGE FIELDS EXPECTED FOR WALL STADIUM TURKEY DERBY
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ If the overflowing number of cars that were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for the two pre-race practice sessions are any indication, the 43rd running of the Turkey Derby stock car classic at Wall Stadium Speedway could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity. The event is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.
Among the Tour Type Modified standouts expressing interest in the annual classic are Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., Jackson’s Steven Reed, Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa., Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., Howell speedster Eric Mauriello, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Les Hinkley of Windsor Locks, Ct., Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Earl Paules of Palmertown, Pa. and Long Island racers Amber Fortin and Kenny Darch. Also planning to compete in Tour Type Modified action are Matawan’s Anthony Sesely, Jamie Tomaino of Howell, Brick’s Ron Frees, Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., Howell’s Jimmy Blewett, John Markovic of Bethlehem, Pa., Jonathan Mandato of Toms River and Freehold’s Chas Okerson. More entries are expected during the final two days leading up to the race.
The speedway’s own Downs Ford Modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Brick’s Marc Rogers, Dennis Perry of Pawcatwak, Ct., Derek Stachecki of South Harbor, N.Y., Buffalo, N.Y.’s Andy Jankowiak, Mike Benevides of Westerly, R.I., Howell’s Chris Lane, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Wall’s Jack Ely, Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. and Keith Rocco of Norwalk, Ct. are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall Modified 100-lap feature. Howell’s Chris Reynolds, brothers Zack and Trevor Alspach, both of Willingboro, Shawna Ingraham of Brick, Adam LaCicero of Lavallette, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle also plan to be in the field.
Reed, Okerson, Sesely, Krause, Hirschman, Blewett, Mauriello, Carrig and Mandato are among those contemplating competition in both pavement type Modified races. In fact, both Blewett and Krause plan extra duty as they are also planning to compete in the Dirt Modified feature race. A healthy field of Dirt Modifieds has practiced during the two tune-up sessions.
In fact, each division that will compete in Turkey Derby action was well represented at both practice sessions indicating that large fields will be on hand for every class.
On Friday, November 25, day one of Turkey Derby, pit area gates will open at 6:30 a.m., practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for 12:15 p.m. with feature racing scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. The Snap-on Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models will battle in a 50-lapper, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.
On Saturday, November 26, the pit area will again open at 6:30 a.m. with practice at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands opening at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will start at 11:00 a.m. with main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Tour Type Modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $5,000 to win feature race while the speedway’s Down Ford Modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that offers $4,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legends cars will compete in a 30-lapper. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval in a 30-lap race.
The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, November 27, with pit gates opening at 10:00 a.m., practice starting at 11:00 a.m., qualifying at noon and main events set for 1:00 p.m. The Legend Cars will be competing in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks will race in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 75-lapper on Sunday while the Dirt Outlaw Stocks and the Dirt Sportsman cars have been added this season in 25-lap main events. A Demolition Derby will cap off Sunday’s action.
Among special awards offered for the weekend will be the Larsen Brothers Memorial Fast Time Award for both the Tour and Wall Modified divisions. The fast qualifier in each division will pocket $200.
A special commemorative Turkey Derby 43 sweatshirt will be available during the weekend and fans are reminded to bring small headset type radios to listen to the live call of the race events over the track’s 90.1 FM frequency. Campers are welcome but they are urged to call the speedway office prior to the event to make mandatory reservations.
Turkey Derby rules, registration forms, ticket purchase forms and more detailed information are all available on the speedway website at wallspeedwayracing.com.
Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
Accord, NY- Great Racing And Lots Of Fun Highlight Halloween Havoc At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
The bright colors of the fall foliage were displayed throughout the area as the sun rays were shining early on at the Accord Speedway grounds on Saturday. The later afternoon weather turned chilly as the day wore on but it did not deter from the excitement or the enthusiasm of the combatants or the great crowd on hand as the Accord Speedway closed the curtain on their regular season with the running of the second annual Halloween Havoc event. The Palmer Family completed their sixteenth successful season of ownership and promotion of their pristine quarter mile facility nestled in the foothills of Ulster County in New York State. The multi-faceted show brought out 120 race car entries of all makes and sizes with both male and female driving stars seeking to close out the season in a fender banging blaze of glory. The event was sponsored by the John J Liggan Insurance Agency located in Rosendale, New York. Special assistance came from Marty and his Upstate Auto Group, located in Germantown, New York. Many special activities for the children in the Halloween themed event throughout the day took away the sting in the air and the exciting action on the track provided the fans with a day they can remember for some time to come.
When all was said and done, Craig "Hollywood" Mitchell was tricked up and rocking with his Freedom Plains sponsored hot rod as he captured the United Pump and Tank "Run What Ya Brung" division headliner. Connecticut ace Chris Lynch was spot on and richer for the experience as he worked his way through the field the field in the fifty lap Healey Brothers Group Sportsman event that paid $1,000.00 to win. The Arkel Motors Pure Stock division feature found Bob Sleight in championship form as the 2016 track champion wired the field as he drove to victory in the biggest payday of the season for the affordable racing division. Doug Norrie took no prisoners as he drove to daylight early in the combination POWRi Outlaw Midget/Lightning Sprint event at the speedway and came away with an impressive win. First time Garden State invader Rich Mellor captured the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car event with a wire to wire win. Dave Donovan started deep in the 38-car field and came storming through the filed to take over the point before the halfway marks and cruised to victory to capture the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder 50-lap Enduro finale.
The carnival-like atmosphere brought out a great crowd with plenty of children adorned in their Halloween attire. In a great gesture from the Palmer Family, the costume clad kids were all treated to a participation trophy and were further treated to some excellent candy treats administered from the drivers, fans and Accord staff during their Halloween parade through the grandstand area. Miss Accord Speedway, Michelle Campbell led the costume parade. Xavier McNeal, Kayla Ronk, Connor Maylan and Haylee Henneberry were the lucky recipients of bicycles donated by Upstate Auto. The Rich Roosa Family entertained the crowd with hayrides that traversed through the speedway grounds including the pit area so they could see the teams readying their racers for the day's events. "Uncle" Mike Hansen from WRWD 107.3 Radio joined in for the day's fun activities. Michael Hatzistergos provided the balloon sculpturing and pumpkin painting were some of the fun things to do at the speedway.
The "Run What Ya Brung" event proved to be interesting and entertaining as a nice field of unorthodox hot rods filled the pit area. Craig Mitchell scorched the track upon his arrival at Accord and it carried throughout the day as took the lead at the start of the event and was uncontested in his excellent drive to victory. Behind him was where the action was as up to six drivers all raced for runner-up honors. Mark Pullen ran an excellent race and held off all comers as he secured second place in his best run of the season. Danny Tyler was third in a hard fought battle with Randy Green finishing fourth and Kenny Ferrier racing to fifth in his conventional race car. Jimmy Becker was sixth with Richard Smith, Kevin Krom, Dillon Steuer, Brian Nelson and Dave Demorest following.
The Arkel Motors Pure Stock affair put the full fendered drivers to the ultimate test with a long distance event. Bob Sleight wasted no time in establishing the point and only the restarts brought the field in behind him as he owned the speedway from start to finish. Ryan Brockner ran an excellent race and came on strong to finish second. Former track champion Chris Streeter returned to action and finished up in third place with Livy Johnson fourth and steady Chris Kanuk completing the top five. Tom Southard, Curt Ayers, newcomer Zach Seyerlein, the returning Bob palmer and Harry Bachman completed the top ten.
Joey Bonetti took the lead at the start of the Sportsman fifty lapper after a first lap melee took some prisoners. Bonetti was pressured from the start by Stan Vishinski, Tighe Sherlock and Milton Mann. Making tracks of their own found Chris Lynch (13th), Brandon McGill (14th) and Danny Tyler (12th) moving quickly through the field. Chris Lynch was smooth as silk as his J&M Auto Repair sponsored hot rod was good whatever channel on the raceway he drove too. Lynch made his winning pass of Bonetti on lap-17 and led the rest of the way in claiming a great win at the speedway. McGill's solid second place finish went down the drain as he was found light at the scales and disqualified moving Danny Tyler into second in a great ride in the Mike DuBois owned racer. Joey Bonetti was third in a great run while Ryan Avery made the long tow down from New Hampshire and made the trip worthwhile as he drove from 22nd starting spot to finish fourth. Steady Leo Fotopolous completed the top five. Stan Vishinski, Milton Mann, Dave Demorest, the returning "Tommy Gun" Tommy Johnson and Nick Plumstead completed the to ten.
Jeff Champagne grabbed the lead at the start of the POWRi Outlaw Midget event that would be halted in turn three as Doug Norrie pulled a slider to grab the lead only to have Champagne run over his right rear wheel and send him into a series of flips. Champagne was unhurt in the incident. On the restart it was all Doug Norrie as he distanced himself from the field to go and capture the win. Keystone State ace Rohan Beasley made his first trip to the speedway a good one as he was a solid runner-up with Justin Phillips pushing him right to the checkered flag. Shilo Boyce, former track champion Peter Dance, Ricky Stone and Shea Montgomery completing the field.
Rich Mellor enjoyed his first ever trip to the Accord Speedway as the Wrightstown, New Jersey wheelman jumped out front at the start of the event and led all the way to capture the Northeast Wingless Sprint battle. Eric Jennings was second with Bobby Butler, Heidi Hedin, "Big" Al Cheney and 2016 track champion Jesse James Bartleson following.
The Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro bombers began their event with a wild pile-up on the backstretch. While it didn't stop the event, negotiating the area made for some fancy maneuvering from all competitors. Early leader George Zeininger was slowed by a faulty sneaker and fell of the pace allowing Jeff DeGroat the lead. Dave Donovan began in 34th position but was hell bent for leather as he raced through the competition. Donovan finally caught DeGroat and the two traded off the lead for a few laps but DeGroat fell out of the event and Donovan was on a rail as he raced away through and around the field for the popular win. Joe Morris ran steady throughout and came away with runner-up honors while Johnny Bankich was a late addition to the field and came from scratch position to finish third in another great drive.
The fun-filled day at the Accord Speedway brought out a great crowd, a great group of competitors and despite the chilly challenges from Mother Nature proved to be a great day for all racing fans and drivers concerned. The crazy and outlandishly painted enduro cars provided a nice diversion from the grounding pounding full size race cars and the bumping and grinding of the on track competition provided for a delightful fall day in the Catskill Mountains. The fun and the entertainment value of the low-cost divisions has proven to be a tremendous opportunity for the budget minded competitors to enjoy their love of racing without having to dip so deeply into their pockets. Jim Bleau with his "Halloween adorned" and bright colored lights-on hot rod earned the best appearing theme based racer and earned a pie from the good folks at Grandma Anne's pies. All winners also received a pie in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane.
Miss Accord Speedway Michelle Campbell braved the cold weather as she greeted the winners in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane with her big smile and a few shivers as the temperatures dipped quickly as the sun disappeared.
Heat race winners included Jared LaBagh, Stan Vishinski, Tighe Sherlock and Joey Bonetti in the Sportsman. Run What Ya Brung heat winners included Craig Mitchell and Mark Pullen. Pure Stock heats were captured by Steve Williams and Bob Sleight. Eric Jennings captured the lone NEWS Sprint heat. Peter Dance and Jeff Champagne were the heat race winners for the POWRi Midgets.
The Chefs in the Accord kitchen were not to be outdone as a variety of hand-crafted sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, fried ravioli and churros proved to be big hits and the food lines were kept busy all day with the fans really digging into the great cuisine offered by the speedway chefs. By the end of the racing activity most of the cuisine filled many hungry bellies at the speedway.
A big thanks to John J Liggan and his Insurance Agency for their annual sponsorship of the event. For more information regarding Liggan Insurance, check them out at their website: email@example.com.
Also a big thanks to Marty at Upstate Auto for his sponsorship of the bike raffle. For additional information regarding Upstate Auto, go to their website at: www.upstateautoinc.com Also a big thank you to the Kerhonsken Diner for some sponsorship help for the event.
To all of the fans wishing to purchase a DVD of the Halloween Havoc events, contact Tom Czaban at: 518-250-0001. Those wishing to purchase pictures can contact Bobby Armbruster at: 201-323-2913 or through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: "Run What Ya Brung" Craig Mitchell, Mark Pullen, Danny Tyler, Randy Green, Kenny Ferrier, Jimmy Becker, Richard Smith, Kevin Krom, Dillon Steuer, Brian Nelson, Dave Demorest, Brandon McGill
Healey Brother Sportsman: (50 Laps) Chris Lynch, Danny Tyler, Joe Bonetti, Ryan Avery, Leo Fotopolous, Stan Vishinski IV, Milton Mann, Dave Demorest, Tommy Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Tyler Johnston, Jared LaBagh, Walt Hammond, Jim Kraus, Lenny Helmich, Mike Bull, Aaron Weaver, Frank Dorry Jr, John Aumick, Kyle Van Duser, Brad Horton, Jamie Yannone, Tighe Sherlock, Bobby DeLeon, Ralph Ronk, Jim Introne, Connor Otten, Brandon McGill (DQ)
Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Ryan Brockner, Chris Streeter, Livy Kohnson, Chris Kanuk, Tim Southard, Curt Ayers, Zach Severlien, Bob Palmer, Harry Bachman, Steve Williams, Gary Ronk, Johnny Miracle, John Cole Jr, Jim Smith, Mike DuBois Jr, Eric Austin
Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars: Rich Mellor, Eric Jennings, Bobby Butler, Heidi Hedin, Al Cheney, Jesse James Bartleson
POWRi Outlaw Midgets/Lightning Sprints: Doug Norrie, Rohan Beasley, Justin Phillips, Shilo Boyce, Peter Dance, Ricky Stone, Shea Montgomery, DJ Moniz, Frank Malec, Duby Woodruff, Jeff Champagne, Nate Furman, Jimmy Jo (DNS), Adam Pierson (DNS)
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders: (50 Laps) Dave Donovan, Joe Morris, Johnny Bankich (Best Theme Appearing Car) Jim Bleau
Racing fans are encouraged to begin making plans for the Annual "Gobbler" spectacular coming to the speedway on November 26th. Modifieds, Sportsman and Pure Stocks will be in action for the Saturday event. More details regarding the event will follow shortly.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
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A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR
KRAUSE SWEEPS SPOOKY MOD 50’S AT WALL SATURDAY
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. Andrew Krause fought off both heavy competition and mechanical trouble Saturday and won both 50 lap main events for the Downs Ford Modified stock cars during the annual “Spooky Spectacular” at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Holmdel resident, who finished third in regular season points that concluded on October 15, now has five wins this season.
In the first 50-lapper Krause fought off Howell’s Jimmy Blewett most of the way. When Blewett had late race trouble that forced him to drop from the race, Justin Gumley of Howell, New Egypt’s Jason Hearne, Timmy Solomito of Long Island and Howell’s Eric Mauriello all frantically swapped second through fifth spots before setting into the top five finishing spots in that order.
In addition to battling the competition in that first race Krause also battled a sour engine that ran on just six cylinders late in the event. Two broken rocker arms were repaired before the second race.
In that second Modified 50-lapper Solomito was Krause’s early challenger before the top runners started to swap positions in the second half of the race. Mauriello charged into second just past halfway while Zack Alspach of Willingboro raced home for third. Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Gumley completed the top five.
“The car ran pretty good in the first race for only running on six cylinders near the end,” Krause said. “It was sounding like a diesel! Tom Martino and my crew fixed two broken rocker arms between races and it ran great in the second race! My family and my crew make this all possible.
“Right now Halloween is my favorite holiday!”
The O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks ran a pair of 30-lap feature races with newly crowned champion Joe Mongeau of Brick winning the first over Bayville’s Elliott Wohl. Ron Booth of Eatontown, Manchester’s Scott Riggleman and Whitey Miller of Jamesburg completed the top five.
Booth came back to win the second Factory Stock 30-lapper after taking the lead on lap five. Riggleman, Mongeau, Howell’s Richie Byrne and Wohl were second through fifth.
Tyler Truex of Mayetta won the 40-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars. Blake Barney of Jackson was the runner-up while Manasquan’s Kenny Van Wickle, Howell’s Kevin Davison and Ray Fattaruso of Brick wrapped up the top five.
West Milford’s Mike Alcaro won the 30-lapper for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars while Long Island’s Richie Davidowitz was second. Newly crowned champ Louie Keraitis of Toms River, Allan Pedersen and Peter Bruno were third through fifth.
The annual “Turkey Derby” will wrap up the 2016 season during the daylight hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. In preparation for the “Turkey Derby,” practice sessions are planned for November 12 and November 19. Once the “Turkey Derby” is contested all attention will be focused on the 2017 season, which will begin with practice sessions starting on April 15.
Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, the website is wallspeedwayracing.com and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
1ST MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOWELL, 2. Justin Gumley, 3. Jason Hearne, 4. Timmy Solomito, 5. Eric Mauriello, 6. Kevin Davison, 7. Rob Hyer, 8. Kenny Van Wickle, 9. Ryan Cottrell, 10. Trevor Alspach, 11. Chad Churilla, 12. Jimmy Blewett, 13. Chris Reynolds, 14. Shawna Ingraham, 15. Ken Matlach, 16. Zack Alspach, 17. Jack Ely, 18. Derek Hopkinson, 19. Chas Okerson, 20. Jon Meyer
2ND MODIFIED FEATURE – 50 Laps – ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Mauriello, 3. Zack Alspach, 4. Ingraham, 5. Gumley, 6. Solomito, 7. Ely, 8. Davison, 9. Okerson, 10. Van Wickle, 11. Reynolds, 12. Cottrell, 13. Trevor Alspach, 14. Blewett, 15. Hearne, 16. Hyer, 17. Churilla, 18. Matlach
1ST FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. JOE MONGEAU, BRICK, 2. Elliott Wohl, 3. Ron Booth, 4. Scott Riggleman, 5. Whitey Miller, 6. Richie Byrne, 7. Rick Siddons, 8. John Carpenter, 9. Tony Bartone, 10. Matt Badessa, 11. Bob Haberstick, 12. Tim Majek, 13. Alex Fox, 14. Vince Isabella, 15. Mike Montano, 16. Chris Felber
2ND FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. RON BOOTH, EATONTOWN, 2. Riggleman, 3. Mongeau, 4. Byrne, 5. Wohl, 6. Miller, 7. Montano, 8. Siddons, 9. Carpenter, 10. John Bowers, 11. Majek, 12. Fox, 13. Isabella
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. TYLER TRUEX, MAYETTA, 2. Blake Barney, 3. Kenny Van Wickle, 4. Kevin Davison, 5. Ray Fattarusso, 6. Rob Silver, 7. Jon Laureigh, 8. Robert Sutphin, 9. Roland DeMartino, 10. Dave Bailey, 11. Matt Langbein, 12. Todd Dige, 13. Chris Owsik
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Richie Davidowitz, 3. Louie Keraitis, 4. Allan Pedersen, 5. Peter Bruno, 6. Nick Van Wickle, 7. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 8. Jerry Curran, 9. Chris Gall, 10. Tom Stavola, 11. Jon Parson, 12. Wally Davidowitz, 13. Roger Nickerson, 14. Art Marrero, 15. Lowbed Johnson, 16. Steve Woytysiak
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Sheppard Breaks Out The Broom
Nothing says champion like sweeping the weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. - October 29, 2016 - Matt Sheppard, the driver of the FX Caprara No. 9s Big Block Modified, made a mark in history this weekend as he broke a record and won his fifth Super DIRTcar Series Championship. Sheppard proved once again that he was the man to beat Saturday night during the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
"This place was so racy tonight," said Sheppard in victory lane. "These big blocks put on a heck of a show tonight. We were racing two, three, four wide there. Last time we started on the pole and led the whole race. I was happy to get that win and tonight was even more satisfying. Starting in the back a little bit further and driving through the field. I just can't say enough about this racecar. It was just fantastic."
Pat Ward and Justin Haers led the 29-car field to the initial green flag. On the drop of the green, a four-car battle for the lead emerged as Ward, Hears, Brett Hearn and Billy Decker all ran wire-to-wire - until Haers took the lead and pulled away from the field on lap two.
Decker, who started fifth, slid his way into third as he began to chase down Ward.
It didn't take long for eighth place starter, Sheppard, to make his way into the picture as he slipped his way under Tim Fuller and advanced into fifth on lap ten.
The first caution of the night was brought out due to a slow moving Mike Mahaney.
Racing once again resumed but not for long as Ryan Watt made hard contact with the turn one wall on lap 12.
Keith Flach, Erick Rudolph and Mike Maresca made contact going into turn three, sending Flach flipping on lap 14.
The third restart of the night saw Hearn running the outside line as Sheppard tried to sneak up underneath him. Hearn didn't give up that easily as he managed to close the door on Sheppard.
Justin Haers held a steady lead at the halfway mark over Ward, Decker, Hearn and Sheppard.
The battle for third began to heat up as Hearn and Sheppard started closing in on Decker on lap 24.
Wight soon made his way into the picture as four cars began to battle side-by-side for the third position.
As the battle for third continued, Haers caught the back end of the pack with just eight laps remaining.
Sheppard was a man on the move as he moved his way into third on lap 32 then soon began to close in on Ward.
Sheppard charged hard into one and slid up out of two to pass Ward for second on lap 35.
Haers got out of shape coming out of turn four and Sheppard was there to take advantage. Sheppard blew by Hears on the front stretch and went on to take the lead on lap 36.
Another yellow was thrown with two laps to go due to a slowing Tyler Dippel.
Ward took advantage of the lap 38 restart as he drove by Haers for second, setting his sights on Sheppard.
Ward ran out of time and fell one spot short as Sheppard crossed the line first over Ward, Haers, Hearn and Wight to sweep the weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and to capture his fifth Super DIRTcar Series Championship.
"It's like we flipped a light switch there about halfway and that thing just took off like a missile," Sheppard said. "When I could see Justin and Pat there I wanted to win this race again. I didn't want to settle for third. Thankfully this car was good enough that we could do it."
Ward had a competitive car as it showed this weekend during World Finals by placing his No. 42p Big Block Modified in the top five in both features.
"Sheppard has had a very dominant car. You can't say enough about the way he's been running," Ward said. "Justin bobbled one time and it just happened to be when Matt was up under me and I was just kind of hoping Justin did that sooner so I could get by. It was a heck of a race between the three of us."
Friday nights second place finisher was looking to get the job done and move one spot forward but ended up closing out the season with a third place finish.
"We'll take it. We were on a little bit different tire than Pat and Matt," Haers said. "I wanted to move down because the top was getting so far out there, my right front was harder than both of these guys. I just couldn't turn anymore, then I'd get lose up off.
A true podium finish in Charlotte, we can't complain."
"I honestly didn't know how many laps were left," laughed Sheppard. "I knew there couldn't be a ton. I was running just as hard as I could and luckily we were able to get to the lead. When we got the lead it was kind of a sigh of relief. Again, I didn't want to see that yellow at the end but just like last night this car is so good. It felt good to win the race last night but to do it the way we did it tonight felt even better."
Sheppard proved early on in the season that his new team combination was a force to reckoned with. "It's kind of funny, we started off good in Florida and came out strong. Then the first series race at Fulton I think I finished seventeenth or something, it was awful. Then after that it was like we just really got rolling. I mean twelve series wins in one year, wow, that's unbelievable. I think we even had four or five seconds too. When you can finish first or second in 17 of the races that's pretty impressive. It just goes to show we built a potent team this winter. We had all the right parts, crew, car, engines, the whole deal. Everybody and everything did its job. It's just a dream season."
Matt Sheppard was no stranger to doing the confetti dance in victory lane this year as he broke the record for the most wins in a season and clinched the Super DIRTcar Series championship, for the fifth time.
A-Main (40 laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 42p-Pat Ward, 3. 3-Justin Haers, 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 5. 99l-Larry Wight, 6. 27j-Danny Johnson, 7. 19-Tim Fuller, 8. 91-Billy Decker, 9. 84-Gary Tomkins, 10. 18h-Peter Britten, 11. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 12. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 13. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 14. 01-Chris Raabe, 15. 44-Stewart Friesen, 16. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 17. 6m-Mat Williamson, 18. 1-Tyler Dippel, 19. 10h-Dave Blaney, 20. 35-Frank Cozze, 21. 66-Rick Laubach, 22. 19b-Brett Kresley, 23. 7m-Mike Maresca, 24. 43-Keith Flach, 25. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 26. 14w-Ryan Watt, 27. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 28. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 29. 88m-Mike Mahaney
Last-Chance Showdown No. 1: 1. 43- Keith Flach; 2. 35- Frank Cozze; 3. 19b - Brett Kresley; 4. 07 - Tim Kerr; 5. 13 - Rick Regalski Jr.; 6. 21 - Gary Edwards Jr.; 7. 37m - Jeremiah Shingledecker; 8. 48T - Dave Rauscher; 9. 747 - Ryan Godown; 10. 17J - Matt Janiak; 11. 19w - Justin Wright.
Last-Chance Showdown No. 2: 1. 15 - Billy Pauch Jr.; 2. 43h - Jimmy Horton; 3. 115- Kenny Tremont Jr.; 4. 8- Rich Scagliotta; 5. 96 - Jean-Francois Corriveau; 6. 6h- Max McLaughlin; 7. 88m - Mike Mahaney; 8. R13- Ralph McBride; 9. 88-Joe August Jr.
Saturday Heat 1 - 1. 42p-Pat Ward, 2. 14w-Ryan Watt, 3. 01-Chris Raabe, 4. 7m-Mike Maresca, 5. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 6. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 7. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 9. 17J-Matt Janiak
Saturday Heat 2 - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 6m-Mat Williamson, 4. 10h-Dave Blaney, 5. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 8. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker
Saturday Heat 3 - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 84-Gary Tomkins, 4. 25r-Erick Rudilph, 5. 747-Ryan Godown, 6. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 7. 07-Tim Kerr, 8. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 9. 19w-Justin Wright
Saturday Heat 4 - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 4. 27J-Danny Johnson, 5. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 6. 43-Keith Flach, 7. 5h-Chris Hile, 8. 66x-Carey Terrance, 9. 88-Joe August Jr.
Saturday Heat 5 - 1. 91-Billy Decker, 2. 1-Tyler Dippel, 3. 66-Rick Laubach, 4. 44-Stewart Friesen, 5. 19-Brett Kresley, 6. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 7. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 8. R13-Ralph McBridge
Saturday Group 1 Qualifier - 1. 01-Chris Raabe, 16.050; 2. 7m-Mike Maresaca, 16.092; 3. 14w-Ryan Watt, 16.196; 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 16.212; 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 16.251; 6. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 16.295; 7. 17j-Matt Janiak, 16.304; 8. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 16.577; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 16.740; 10. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 33.580
Saturday Group 2 Qualifier - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 15.860; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 15.962; 3. 10h-Dave Blaney, 16.027; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson, 16.108; 5. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 16.152; 6. 88m-Mike Mahaney,16.407; 7. Y21-Yan Bussiere, 16.451; 8. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.527; 9. 35-Frank Cozze, 32.704
Saturday Group 3 Qualifier - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.955; 2. 84-Gary Tomkins, 16.073; 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 16.097; 4. 19w-Justin Wright, 16.098; 5. 07-Tim Kerr, 16.155; 6. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 16.170; 7. 747-Ryan Godown, 16.292; 8. Max McLaughlin, 16.295; 9. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 16.538
Saturday Group 4 Qualifier - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 15.878; 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 15.898; 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 16.037; 4. 43-Keith Flach, 16.039; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 16.278; 6. 5h-Chris Hile, 16.280; 7. 66x-Carey Terrance, 16.345; 8. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 16.355; 9. 88-Joe August Jr., 16.780
Saturday Group 5 Qualifier - 1. 91-Billy Decker, 15.913; 2. 66-Rick Laubach, 16.006; 3. 1-Tyler Dippel, 16.216; 4. 19b-Brett Kresley, 16.216; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen, 16.339; 6. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 16.453; 7. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 16.465; 8. R13-Ralph McBride, 17.513; 9. 11R-Robbie Bellinger, NT
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Sheppard Scores Record Breaking Victory at World Finals
Cruises to eleventh Super DIRTcar Series win
By Mandee Pauch
CONCORD, N.C. - October 28, 2016 - Matt Sheppard won his eleventh Super DIRTcar Series feature in style by setting a new series record for the most wins in a season Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals.
Sheppard started off World Finals strong by winning his heat and drawing the pole for the 40-lap main event. It was smooth sailing from there on out.
"This car is awesome," said Sheppard in victory lane. "It's been awesome since we got here. We haven't had to touch a thing on it. When you have a car that good it makes my life easy.
We started our own team here this winter and to come out and have a record-breaking year like this, I never would have dreamed of it."
Sheppard and Justin Haers led the 28-car field to the initial green flag.
Mat Williamson was on the move early as he passed Dave Blaney for third-place on the third lap of the 40-lap feature event.
Sheppard drew off a sizable lead over Haers as he caught the tail end of the field by lap eight.
Sheppard worked his way through heavy traffic allowing Haers to close in by lap 15.
Haers began to put pressure on Sheppard in lapped traffic as he looked to make his move. Haers shot up high opening the door for Blaney to dive under him in turn one to take over second. Haers didn't give up though as the battle for second began to heat up.
"We got stock there behind a couple lapped cars and I got to his back bumper, I was going to try and take a couple laps and just try to roll him on the outside," Haers said. "As soon as I did it Blaney went by me so I had to try and get back by him. I was just trying to protect the bottom."
Sheppard led the field to the halfway mark over Blaney, Haers, Williamson and Pat Ward.
Ward made a flawless move as he slid under Williamson but Williamson didn't give up as he passed him back for fourth. It wasn't for long until Ward once again took fourth place.
The first caution of the night was brought out with eight laps remaining.
Ward took advantage of the first restart of the night as he advanced himself into third.
The second caution of the night was due to a tangle up between Mike Mahaney and Jimmy Horton in turns three and four on lap 35.
Racing once again resumed with five laps remaining as Sheppard led the way over Haers, Ward, Wight and Decker.
The caution flag flew once again as Max McLaughlin came to a complete stop on the backstretch with four laps remaining.
There was one more caution of the night and it was due to Keith Flach who spun in turns three and four with one lap to go.
On the ensuing restart Decker shot to the outside of Haers as he tried to make the move of the night but it didn't happen as Haers immediately closed the door for second-place.
At the checkered it was all Sheppard taking the win and breaking the all-time Super DIRTcar Series record which was set back in 2008 by Decker. Brett Hearn previously held the record before Decker which was set back in 2002.
"You feel like you're getting a good rhythm and you're rolling along there pretty good and you see the yellow come out," Sheppard said. "I really didn't want to see that yellow there on lap 39. The car was so good we were able to hold on. I'm just really excited to get this win down here in Charlotte. What a dream season."
Tickets and pit passes for the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals are still available by visiting the ticket booths at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Oct. 28, 2016; The Dirt Track at Charolotte, Concord, N.C.
A-Main (40 laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 3-Justin Haers, 3. 91-Billy Decker, 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 6. 99l-Larry Wight, 7. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 8. 84-Gary Tomkins, 9. 44-Stewart Friesen, 10. 20-Brett Hearn, 11. 6m-Mat Williamson, 12. 19-Tim Fuller, 13. 1-Tyle Dippel, 14. 18h-Peter Britten, 15. 01-Chris Raabe, 16. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 17. 43-Keith Flach, 18. 19b-Brett Kressley, 19. 5h-Chris Hile, 20. 35-Frank Cozze, 21. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 22. 747-Ryan Godown, 23. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 24. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 25. 6h-Max McLaughln, 26. 10h-Dave Blaney, 27. 14w-Ryan Watt, 28. 8-Rich Scagliotta
Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 laps)- 1. 5H- Chris Hile, 2. 6H - Max McLaughlin, 3. 19b - Brett Kresley, 4. 07 - Tim Kerr, 5. 15- Billy Pauch Jr., 6. 19w - Justin Wright, 7. 48T- Dave Rauscher, 8. 115- Kenny Tremont Jr., 9. 66- Rick Laubach, 10. 17J - Matt Janiak, 11. 88- Joe August Jr., 12. 01- Chris Raabe.
Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 laps)- 1. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 2. 84-Gary Tomkins, 3. 8- Rich Scagliotta, 4. 7m- Mike Maresca, 5. 96- Jean-Francois Corriveau, 6. 13- Rick Regalski Jr., 7. 66x- Carey Terrence, 8. 37m - Jeremiah Shingledecker, 9. 21 - Gary Edwards Jr., 10. R13- Ralph McBride, 11. 19- Tim Fuller, 12. 35- Frank Cozze.
Group 1 Qualifier - 1. 42p-Pat Ward, 15.971; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson, 15.980; 3. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 16.073; 4. 37m -Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.099; 5. 747-Ryan Godown, 16.205; 6. 88-Joe August Jr., 16.355; 7. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 16.370; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 16.777; 9. R13-Ralph McBride, 17.911; DQ: 19b-Brett Kresley
Group 2 Qualifier - 1. 10h-Dave Blaney, 15.686; 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 15.789; 3.
25R-Erick Rudolph, 15.817; 4. 5H-Chris Hile, 15.967; 5. O7-Tim Kerr, 16.047; 6. 17J-Matt Janiak, 16.134; 7. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 16.150; 8. 14w-Ryan Watt, 16.318; 9. 35-Frank Cozze, NT
Group 3 Qualifier - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 15.867; 2. Y21-Yan Bussiere, 15.902; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 15.954; 4. 18h-Peter Britten, 15.973; 5. 19w-Justin Wright, 16.040; 6. 84-Gary Tomkins, 16.147; 7. 7m-Mike Maresca, 16.229; 8. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 16.464; DQ: 66-Rick Laubach
Group 4 Qualifier - 1. 99L-Larry Wight, 15.582; 2. 91-Billy Decker, 15.680; 3.
88m-Mike Mahaney, 15.710; 4. O1-Chris Raabe, 15.875; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 16.137 DQ: 19-Tim Fuller, 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 6h-Max McLaughlin, 13-Rick Regalski
Group 5 Qualifier - 1. 43-Keith Flach, 15.756; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 15.809; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.888; 4.15-Billy Pauch Jr., 15.902; 5. 1-Tyler Dippel, 15.999; 6. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 16.152; 7. 66x-Carey Terrance, 16.157; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 16.212; 9. 11r-Robbie Bellinger, NT
Heat 1 - 1. 6m-Mat Williamson, 2. 42p-Pat Ward, 3. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 4. 747-Ryan Godown, 5. 66m- J.R. McGinley, 6. 19b-Brett Kresley, 7. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 8. 88-Joe August Jr., 9. R13-Ralph McBride, 10. 17-Marcus Dinkins
Heat 2 - 1. 10h-Dave Blaney, 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 4. 14w-Ryan Watt, 5. 5h-Chris Hile, 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 07-Tim Kerr, 8. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 9. 17J-Matt Janiak
Heat 3 - 1. 3-Justin Hears, 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 3. Y21-Yan Bussiere, 4. 18h-Peter Britten, 5. 84-Gary Tomkins, 6. 66-Rick Laubach, 7. 7m-Mike Maresca, 8. 19w-Justin Wright, 9. 21-Gary Edwards Jr.
Heat 4 - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 91-Billy Decker, 3. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 4. 27j-Danny Johnson, 5. 01-Chris Raabe, 6. 19-Tim Fuller, 7. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 8. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 9. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr.
Heat 5 - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 3. 1-Tyler Dippel, 4. 43-Keith Flach, 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 6. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 7. 66x-Carey Terrance, 8. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 9. 11r-Robbie Bellinger