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JANUARY 24, 2018
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4433
12TH ANNUAL AMSOIL EASTERN STORM

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY TO OPEN. . .
12TH USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES EASTERN STORM THURSDAY, JUNE 14

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – One of the hottest tickets of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill season, the wingless warriors of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Championship kick off their only East Coast tour at Grandview Speedway on Thursday night, June 14. The tradition continues as the Thunder Series opens this wildly popular annual tour.

In 2007, Thunder on the Hill special events promoter, Bob Miller and the Rogers Family, brought the nation’s longest touring Sprint Car group back to Pennsylvania after a nearly 30-year absence from the region.

“I vividly remember USAC being such an integral part of the Reading Fairgrounds history,” Miller recollects. “In some ways, my love of Reading made me so passionate about bringing USAC back to the east coast and specifically back to Berks County at Grandview.”

USAC came back in full force and remains one of the must-see events of the racing season.

Forty Eastern Storm events have been held since the debut of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Championship in 2007. Levi Jones and Bryan Clauson are tied with the most wins of Eastern Storm history with six victories each. Five different drivers reached victory lane in 2017 – three for the first time in Storm history -- while Chris Windom went on to win the Eastern Storm Championship.

Heading into the 12th Eastern Storm, the Bechtelsville, PA 1/3-mile dirt track opens the tour with the Jesse Hockett Classic, a 40 lap battle for the non-wing 410 sprint cars. Joining the program will be the popular 358 NASCAR Modifieds. Gates open at 5 PM wit race time set or 7:30 PM. Grandview and Thunder on the Hill are the only facility to have held a USAC event in every year of Eastern Storm history. Defending winner of this event on the hill is Brady Bacon.

The series heads to Mechanicsburg, PA’s Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, June 15, while Port Royal Speedway brings the series into night number three on Saturday, June 16.

York Haven, PA’s Susquehanna Speedway lands on the schedule for the sixth consecutive year, on Sunday, June 17. For the first time, United States Auto Club drivers head to Bridgeport Speedway on Monday, June 18 and the Storm concludes on Tuesday, June 19 at Weedsport Speedway.

Past Eastern Storm winners like Robert Ballou – who swept all three 2015 events, Brady Bacon – who holds wins at Grandview Speedway and Port Royal Speedway, Chad Boespflug, and Chase Stockon are expected for competition.

The Eastern Storm kicks off on Thursday, June 14 with the Jesse Hockett Classic – dedicated to the memory of the 2009 Grandview race winner. Joining the USAC non-wing Sprint Cars are Grandview’s popular 358 Modifieds.

Key sponsors are returning for the 29th season of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series. Joining NAPA Auto Parts is Pioneer Pole Buildings, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment, Quaker Steak & Lube, GALCO Business Communications and Eli’s Auto Parts.

Advance tickets for the Grandview Speedway USAC/358 Modified event are available by calling 443-513-4456. Callers are required to leave their name, phone number, and the number of tickets requested. Callers can then pick-up and pay for their tickets at the Grandview Speedway’s Will-Call Window after 4 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 4:30 PM – a full 30 minutes before tickets go on sale to the public.

Grandview Speedway is located at 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA just minutes off Route 100.

NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series can be found on the web at www.ThunderontheHillRacingSeries.com. You can follow along all of the Thunder on the Hill events on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram @tothracing.

2018 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 – GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 – WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, JUNE 17 – SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY
MONDAY, JUNE 18 – BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
TUESDAY, JUNE 19 – WEEDSPORT SPEEDWAY

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David Gravel, CJB Pocket $50,000 at Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open

Donny Schatz, James McFadden both lead laps but settle for 2nd and 3rd

MECHANICSBURG, PA - September 30, 2017 - David Gravel passed Donny Schatz for the lead on lap six and went on to capture his 16th win of the season aboard the CJB Motorsports entry. It was Gravel's second career Champion Racing Oil National Open win at Williams Grove worth $50,000. Schatz and James McFadden completed the podium.

David Gravel was second in National Open event points, lining him up second in the Craftsman Club Dash. Gravel went on to win the event, lining him up on the pole of the $50,000 to win, 40-lap Feature.

Donny Schatz got the jump on the initial start and led the first five laps before Gravel took the lead on the front stretch, leading lap six. Friday night's winner, James McFadden worked by Schatz on lap 18 just before the yellow came out for a slowing Brian Montieth.

On the ensuing double-file restart, Gravel opted for the top giving McFadden the bottom, a somewhat unexpected move.

"I made a mistake and gave McFadden the bottom, luckily I was able to get around him on the top in three and four," a relieved Gravel said in Victory Lane.

McFadden hit the rubber off of turn two and took the lead down the backstretch and led lap 19, before Gravel powered back around the Australian the following lap. The next circuit Shane Stewart shredded a tire running sixth bringing out another yellow.

Schatz worked by McFadden on the restart and set his eyes on the CJB Motorsports No.5. A red flag on lap 28 for Jason Johnson, Kraig Kinser and Shane Stewart brought out an open red. All drivers were okay.

With the bottom being the preferred line around, Gravel was forced to slow his pace as he closed in on the back of the field. Schatz cut the lead down and was on Gravel's bumper as they received the two to go signal. Before Schatz could make a move, the final yellow of the night flew for Brian Brown, who cut down a tire running in the top ten.

The caution gave Gravel an open track which secured the $50,000 payday for he and the CJB Motorsports No.5 team.

"It's been a special year. I'm happy to solidify my place here with 3 wins at Williams Grove this season," Gravel said. "I wish we could have raced a little more tonight, but I'll take it."

Schatz settled for second. "We hit traffic and needed to stay there if we wanted a chance to get back by for the lead. We'll try and pick up some more wins this year and get that Championship," the eight-time and defending and current Series point leader said.

McFadden wished he would have been more aggressive once taking the lead, but was nonetheless happy with his weekend. His finish was easily good enough to secure the National Open Rookie Award worth $2,250 thanks to BeerHill Gang TV.

20th-starting Logan Schuchart earned the KSE Hard Charger award coming to fourth with Daryn Pittman completing the top five. Greg Hodnett, Kerry Madsen, Sheldon Haudenschild, 16th starting Brock Zearfoss and Jason Sides completed the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action next Saturday October 7 at the Fulton Speedway in New York before returning to Central Pennsylvania the following weekend at the Port Royal Speedway.

RESULTS FROM THE CHAMPION RACING OIL NATIONAL OPEN AT THE WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY - September 30, 2017:

Feature: (40 Laps) 1. 5-David Gravel [1][$50,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$12,000]; 3. 3-James McFadden [6][$7,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$4,000]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3][$3,500]; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett [9][$3,000]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,700]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$2,500]; 9. 58-Brock Zearfoss [16][$2,200]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [8][$2,100]; 11. 24-Lucas Wolfe [10][$2,000]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,650]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [12][$1,550]; 14. 51-Freddie Rahmer [25][$300]; 15. 39-Cory Haas [22][$1,100]; 16. 1-Dale Blaney [24][$1,050]; 17. 41-Jason Johnson [15][$1,000]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [18][$950]; 19. 49-Brad Sweet [21][$950]; 20. 17-Jac Haudenschild [19][$950]; 21. 21-Brian Brown [13][$900]; 22. 2-Shane Stewart [7][$900]; 23. 69K-Lance Dewease [4][$900]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$900]; 25. 11-T.J. Stutts [26][$]; 26. 21P-Brian Montieth [23][$900];
Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-5; David Gravel 6-18, 20-40; James McFadden 19;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart [+16]

Qualifying: 1. 15-Donny Schatz , 1048; 2. 5-David Gravel , 1029; 3. 3-James McFadden , 1025; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman , 1024; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease , 1021; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen , 1018; 7. 49-Brad Sweet , 1007; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett , 1002; 9. 2-Shane Stewart , 999; 10. 7S-Jason Sides , 988; 11. 24-Lucas Wolfe , 977; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild , 972; 13. 18-Ian Madsen , 968; 14. 21-Brian Brown , 956; 15. 19-Brent Marks , 944; 16. 41-Jason Johnson , 920; 17. 58-Brock Zearfoss , 896; 18. 39-Cory Haas , 893; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser , 892; 20. 1-Dale Blaney , 877; 21. 51-Freddie Rahmer , 867; 22. 21P-Brian Montieth , 864; 23. 94-Ryan Smith , 857; 24. 4-Parker Price-Miller , 840; 25. 11-T.J. Stutts , 838; 26. 48-Danny Dietrich , 835; 27. 87-Alan Krimes , 832; 28. 44-Trey Starks , 830; 29. 16-Matt Campbell , 815; 30. 39M-Anthony Macri , 776; 31. 17-Jac Haudenschild , 775; 32. 1S-Logan Schuchart , 750; 33. 1A-Jacob Allen , 722; 34. W20-Greg Wilson , 695; 35. 1X-Chad Trout , 686; 36. 44W-Rodney Westhafer , 639; 37. 13K-Jordan Givler , 631; 38. 45-Kyle Pruitt , 605; 39. 13-Clyde Knipp , 602; 40. 12W-Troy Fraker , 601; 41. 75-Nicole Bower , 601; 42. 17G-George Streaker , 294

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 3. 58-Brock Zearfoss [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [5]; 6. 16-Matt Campbell [7]; 7. 11-T.J. Stutts [6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 9. 13K-Jordan Givler [9]; 10. 75-Nicole Bower [10]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 5. 39-Cory Haas [4]; 6. 21P-Brian Montieth [5]; 7. 39M-Anthony Macri [7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 9. 45-Kyle Pruitt [9]; 10. 17G-George Streaker [10]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 4. 17-Jac Haudenschild [7]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [5]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]; 7. 1X-Chad Trout [8]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 9. 87-Alan Krimes [6]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [1]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 5. 4-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 6. 12W-Troy Fraker [9]; 7. 1-Dale Blaney [4]; 8. 44-Trey Starks [6]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [5]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 6. 3-James McFadden [3]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [9]; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett [7]; 10. 24-Lucas Wolfe [10]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [2][-]; 3. 1X-Chad Trout [3][$150]; 4. 13K-Jordan Givler [4][$150]; 5. 12W-Troy Fraker [6][$150]; 6. 45-Kyle Pruitt [7][$125]; 7. 17G-George Streaker [9][$125]; 8. 75-Nicole Bower [8][$125]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [5][$125]; 10. 44W-Rodney Westhafer [10][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][-]; 2. 39-Cory Haas [2][-]; 3. 21P-Brian Montieth [5][-]; 4. 1-Dale Blaney [3][-]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [6][$300]; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4][$250]; 7. 11-T.J. Stutts [8][$225]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [12][$200]; 9. 87-Alan Krimes [9][$200]; 10. 16-Matt Campbell [11][$200]; 11. 44-Trey Starks [10][$200]; 12. 4-Parker Price-Miller [7][$200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$200]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignition ($25 cash): Kraig Kinser; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Super Flow ($50 cash): Freddie Rahmer; Craftsman Club ($100 cash): David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, Shane Stewart, Jason Sides; Sears ($100): Lance Dewease; KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate: David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart

SEASON WINNERS:

Donny Schatz - 18 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 18, Knoxville Raceway on August 12 (NP), River Cities Speedway on August 18, Calistoga Speedway on September 16)
David Gravel - 16 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11, Hartford Speedway on July 28, Wilmot Raceway on July 29, August 20 at Nodak Speedway, Lernerville Speedway on September 23, Williams Grove Speedway on September 28, Williams Grove Speedway on September 30)
Shane Stewart - 8 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24, Black Hills Speedway on August 25, Skagit Speedway on September 1, Grays Harbor on September 4, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9)
Brad Sweet - 5 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9, Calistoga Speedway on September 15)
Kerry Madsen - 4 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13)
Logan Schuchart - 4 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25)
Jason Johnson - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14, Red River Valley Speedway on August 19, Willamette Speedway on September 6)
Daryn Pittman – 3 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4, Billings Motorsports Park on August 26, Skagit Speedway on September 2nd)
Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
Brock Zearfoss - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21)
Kyle Hirst - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 8)
Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 28 – makeup from 7/22)
James McFadden – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 29, 2017)

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James McFadden Scores First Career World of Outlaws Win on Night 2 of Williams Grove National Open

Donny Schatz, David Gravel, James McFadden and Daryn Pittman locked in to Saturday's Craftsman Club Dash

MECHANICSBURG, PA - September 29, 2017 - Australian James McFadden scored his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win in exciting fashion holding off Greg Hodnett and Donny Schatz to win the second night of the Williams Grove Champion Racing Oil National Open. Heading into tomorrow's finale, Donny Schatz leads the National Open points and will be locked in to tomorrow's Craftsman Club Dash. David Gravel, McFadden and Daryn Pittman are also locked in to tomorrow's Dash.

McFadden, who has spent the majority of the past two Summer's running in Central Pennsylvania for Matt Highlands, won his heat race and the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the pole of the 25-lap Feature.

Racing was delayed twice due to rain throughout the evening, once during the C Main and again after the initial start of the Feature.

After the final rain delay, McFadden got the jump on the complete restart over fellow front row starter, Greg Hodnett. A lap three red flag for Jac Haudenschild, who went for a wild ride after Danny Dietrich and Trey Starks got together, halted the action. Haudenschild walked away from the incident. On the ensuing double-file restart, Dale Blaney received contact and ended up on the hook setting up a single-file start.

McFadden once again was strong extending his lead as he approached traffic. McFadden had no problems with the first few lapped cars but was slowed significantly as he approached Alan Krimes, on the bottom, and Brian Brown, on the cushion.

"The track was equal. The bottom and the top were nearly the same speed. Krimes kept hitting the bottom perfectly and Brown was flirting with that cushion. I nearly destroyed myself and ended up in the trees trying to get by them," McFadden said.

McFadden followed Krimes and Brown for the better part of the last ten laps, waiting to make a move. McFadden eventually got around Krimes but then was pinched hard by Brown, forcing him across the track allowing Krimes to get back by down low and more importantly allow Greg Hodnett and Donny Schatz to be on the leader's back bumper.

Luckily for McFadden, he was able to work through lapped traffic and fend off a late race effort from both Hodnett and Schatz to score both his first career World of Outlaws and Williams Grove win.

"This is pretty amazing. I have never won on a half-mile before and to do so in Pennsylvania is pretty crazy," an elated McFadden said in Victory Lane. The result was good enough for McFadden to lock into tomorrow's Craftsman Club Dash as he sits third in event points.

Hodnett, who finished just .244 behind McFadden, and Schatz completed the podium. Brad Sweet and Shane Stewart completed the top five.

The Champion Racing Oil National Open comes down to Saturday night where the winner will take home a hefty $50,000 check.

RESULTS FROM NIGHT 2 OF THE CHAMPION RACING OIL NATIONAL OPEN - September 29, 2017:

Feature: (25 Laps) 1. 3-James McFadden [1][$10,000]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [2][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,700]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,200]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$2,000]; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe [7][$1,800]; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen [10][$1,600]; 10. 5-David Gravel [12][$1,450]; 11. 69K-Lance Dewease [21][$1,300]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [20][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$1,000]; 15. 11-T.J. Stutts [15][$950]; 16. 58-Brock Zearfoss [16][$900]; 17. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [23][$850]; 18. 94-Ryan Smith [17][$750]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [18][$725]; 20. 87-Alan Krimes [24][$700]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$700]; 22. 44-Trey Starks [14][$700]; 23. 21P-Brian Montieth [27][$]; 24. 48-Danny Dietrich [13][$700]; 25. 1-Dale Blaney [22][$700]; 26. 17-Jac Haudenschild [25][$]; 27. 51-Freddie Rahmer [26][$]; Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 69K-Lance Dewease[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.976; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.03; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 17.038; 4. 3-James McFadden, 17.064; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.178; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 17.204; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.212; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.237; 9. 94-Ryan Smith, 17.264; 10. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.329; 11. 87-Alan Krimes, 17.352; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.357; 13. 16-Matt Campbell, 17.368; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.391; 15. 21P-Brian Montieth, 17.432; 16. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 17.463; 17. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 17.493; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 17.525; 19. 1X-Chad Trout, 17.611; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp, 17.76; 21. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.785; 22. 17M-Max McGhee, 17.853; 23. 45-Kyle Pruitt, 18.533

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.048; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett, 17.062; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 17.068; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 17.155; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.226; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 17.25; 7. 44-Trey Starks, 17.283; 8. 5-David Gravel, 17.313; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 17.324; 10. 1-Dale Blaney, 17.356; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.473; 12. 58-Brock Zearfoss, 17.481; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 17.49; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 17.516; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.529; 16. 44W-Rodney Westhafer, 17.58; 17. 14-Tony Stewart, 17.63; 18. 39-Cory Haas, 17.651; 19. 1XX-Tim Wagaman, 17.814; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.831; 21. 13K-Jordan Givler, 18.015; 22. 5B-Justin Barger, 18.025; 23. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.682

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [5]; 6. 21P-Brian Montieth [8]; 7. 87-Alan Krimes [6]; 8. 16-Matt Campbell [7]; 9. 1X-Chad Trout [10]; 10. 45-Kyle Pruitt [12]; 11. 17-Jac Haudenschild [9]; 12. 75-Nicole Bower [11]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 3-James McFadden [2]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [9]; 4. 11-T.J. Stutts [5]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 7. 39M-Anthony Macri [7]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [10]; 9. 4-Parker Price-Miller [8]; 10. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 11. 17M-Max McGhee [11]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 4. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer [8]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7]; 9. 14-Tony Stewart [9]; 10. 1XX-Tim Wagaman [10]; 11. 12W-Troy Fraker [12]; 12. 13K-Jordan Givler [11]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [1]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [4]; 4. 58-Brock Zearfoss [6]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 6. 1-Dale Blaney [5]; 7. 39-Cory Haas [9]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 9. 44W-Rodney Westhafer [8]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]; 11. 5B-Justin Barger [11]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 3-James McFadden [2]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [1]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [7]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 39-Cory Haas [2][-]; 2. 1X-Chad Trout [3][-]; 3. 17-Jac Haudenschild [1][$150]; 4. 1XX-Tim Wagaman [4][$150]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$150]; 6. 75-Nicole Bower [7][$125]; 7. 13K-Jordan Givler [8][$125]; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [12][$125]; 9. 45-Kyle Pruitt [11][$125]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [5][$125]; 11. 17M-Max McGhee [9][$125]; 12. 5B-Justin Barger [10][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1][-]; 2. 1-Dale Blaney [2][-]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][-]; 4. 87-Alan Krimes [3][-]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6][$300]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$250]; 7. 39M-Anthony Macri [9][$225]; 8. 21P-Brian Montieth [11][$200]; 9. 51-Freddie Rahmer [10][$200]; 10. 16-Matt Campbell [7][$200]; 11. 39-Cory Haas [15][$200]; 12. 1X-Chad Trout [16][$200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$200]; 14. 44W-Rodney Westhafer [12][$200]; 15. 4-Parker Price-Miller [13][$200]; 16. 14-Tony Stewart [14][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignition ($25 cash): Jac Haudenschild; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): James McFadden; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 cash): David Gravel; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Super Flow ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Craftsman Club ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart, Brad Sweett; Sears ($100): James McFadden; KSE Hard Charger: Lance Dewease; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate: James McFadden; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Sheldon Haudenschild and Jac Haudenschild

SEASON WINNERS:

Donny Schatz - 18 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 18, Knoxville Raceway on August 12 (NP), River Cities Speedway on August 18, Calistoga Speedway on September 16)
David Gravel - 15 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11, Hartford Speedway on July 28, Wilmot Raceway on July 29, August 20 at Nodak Speedway, Lernerville Speedway on September 23, Williams Grove Speedway on September 28)
Shane Stewart - 8 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24, Black Hills Speedway on August 25, Skagit Speedway on September 1, Grays Harbor on September 4, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9)
Brad Sweet - 5 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9, Calistoga Speedway on September 15)
Kerry Madsen - 4 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13)
Logan Schuchart - 4 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25)
Jason Johnson - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14, Red River Valley Speedway on August 19, Willamette Speedway on September 6)
Daryn Pittman – 3 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4, Billings Motorsports Park on August 26, Skagit Speedway on September 2nd)
Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
Brock Zearfoss - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21)
Kyle Hirst - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 8)
Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 28 – makeup from 7/22)
James McFadden – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 29, 2017)

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SCOTT ELLERMAN TOPS THE CHARTS IN CO-SANTIONED MASS/PASS RACESAVER SPRINT FEATURE AT WILLIAMS GROVE MECHANICSBURG, PA

By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER

Scott Ellerman took home quite a bit of hardware Friday night after winning the co-sanctioned Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series/PA Sprint Series Racesaver/IMCA twenty lap feature event at Williams Grove Speedway, as well as the Beer Hill Cup Summer Series championship which was sponsored by the famous Beer Hill Gang. Austin Bishop, Bobby Butler, Jaremi Hanson and Zach Newlin completed the top five.

An astounding forty-five cars came together at the historic Central PA half mile oval, with heat race victories going to Stephanie Dodson, Bobby Butler, Dave Brown and Jaremi Hanson, and two consolation wins going to Colby Dice and Jon Haegele.

The third place starting PA Sprint Series regular took the lead from Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series young gun Bobby Butler on lap five after an exciting battle for the top spot ensued between Ellerman and the two pole sitters Dave Brown and Butler. After taking over command of the top spot, the fight for the lead continued throughout the entire duration of the race with Butler staying within a car length away from Ellerman for the remaining fifteen laps.

“I knew we were going to have to be good on the top in order to be fast tonight, so we worked on the car in the pits after the heat race, and we kind of just threw something at it, and I’ll tell you what, if my front nose didn’t break, I think we could have had that race,” Butler said post-race.

“I heard him behind me, but I just kept on hitting my marks, and holding on to make sure he wouldn’t get by,” Ellerman explained. “We’ve won here before last year, and then one earlier this year at Susquehanna, so it’s a great feeling to be able to win tonight, and on top of that, the Beer Hill Cup! I just want to thank Matt Miller and the Beerhill Gang for sponsoring PASS and for allowing us to have the opportunity to be able to earn a little extra on top of what we already do. It’s great to have the support they give us.”

In the final circuits, fifth place starter Austin Bishop, who was steady running in third, began to catch ground on the top two running cars, looking more and more like another possible contender for the win as the laps counted down. Bishop, who has been a “bridesmaid” more times than one in his rookie season has been persistently eyeing his first career Racesaver/IMCA Sprint Car win, with just recently finishing in second the week before.

“Those first few laps, we had a hard time getting heat in the tire with those cautions, so once we were finally able to run some green flag laps, I started to figure out the line on the top,” Bishop stated. “I saw Bobby and Ellerman fighting up ahead, so I kind of took advantage of that, ran them down, and I took second from Bobby on the bottom, and by the time I looked up, the race was over. I’m defiantly looking for a win here real soon, so we are going to take this finish and what we learned tonight, and bring it to Bridgeport next weekend!”

With a three-race weekend on tap for the PA Sprint Series, many MASS drivers and teams like Dave Brown, Eddie Wagner, Tom Carberry, David Bonner, Scott Frack and Austin Bishop will continue onto Selinsgrove Speedway tonight, and then ending the extended race weekend tomorrow night at Susquehanna Speedway. Next Saturday, the Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will return back to New Jersey, at Bridgeport Speedway, for the Mach 1 sponsored event. Teams will have the opportunity to compete for the advertised purse, as well as a bare front axle and nerf bar kit provided to the series by Mach 1 chassis.

For more information on upcoming events, race day LIVE coverage, and exclusive interviews with drivers, visit our Facebook page and our website at www.masprintseries.com.

PASS/MASS RACESAVER/IMCA SPRINT FEATURE (20 LAPS): Scott Ellerman, Austin Bishop, Bobby Butler, Jaremi Hanson, Zachary Newlin, Dave Brown, Tyler Reeser, Eddie Wagner, Colby Dice, Darren Miller, Cale Reigle, Tommy Carberry, Rick Stief, Jeff Geiges, Jon Haegele, Scott R Frack, Jay Krout, Tom Carberry, Kyle Ganoe, Ian Cumens, Stephanie Dodson, Dave Grube, Tim Tanner Jr., Ken Duke Jr., George Gege Riden, Fred Arnold
DNQ: David Bonner, Teddy Thomas, Mike Allman, Brendon Poff, Erin Stattler, Kyle Smith, Kassidy Kreitz, John Walp, Kristen Hess, Keith C Andersen, Josh Fox, Andrew Hake, Kurt Krepper, John Scarborough, Rod Ort, Sydney Prince, John C Webster, Vance Berry, Jared Zionkowski

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Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
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Danny Dietrich beats the All Stars at Williams Grove Speedway for Jack Gunn Memorial title

MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 18, 2017) - Taking advantage of Rico Abreu’s misfortune, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich earned his way back to Williams Grove Speedway victory lane against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, this time claiming the 35th Annual Jack Gunn Memorial worth $5,000. After starting third on the feature grid, the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, native led the final 12 laps of the 30-lap program to claim his second Arctic Cat All Star victory of the 2017 season; his ninth career appearance in victory lane with “America’s Series.”

Sammy Swindell, aboard the Mark Coldren-owned No. 07, finished second on Friday night at “The Grove,” followed by Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease and Lucas Wolfe.

“I can’t say enough about these guys who are standing behind me,” Danny Dietrich said. “They work hard and it really shows. We’re starting to get this season really turned around. We have two more races this weekend with Lincoln tomorrow and Susquehanna on Sunday. Those are tracks we are really comfortable with. Our goal is to get one or two more wins this weekend. That is the plan, anyhow.”

Lucas Wolfe and Rico Abreu led the 25 starters to green on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Abreu earned the early jump and raced to the front of the running order ahead of Lucas Wolfe and Danny Dietrich. Those three battled in the same order for the first nine circuits, reaching the tail end of the field for the first time with just seven laps in the books.

Despite Abreu’s advantage stretching to nearly two seconds in clean air, heavy traffic eventually negated all of his earned momentum allowing Wolfe and Dietrich to close the gap in a hurry. By lap ten, Dietrich, who mastered the bottom groove of the speedway to navigate through traffic, was able to make a bid for second over Wolfe and succeeded, ultimately moving his focus ahead to the Abreu Vineyards/Priority Aviation/No. 24.

Fortunately for Dietrich, his hunt for the front flourished easier than predicted, as Abreu became victim of a flat left rear tire, turning the St. Helena, California, native completely around near the exit of turn two. Dietrich was able to avoid Abreu’s spin and inherit the lead with 18 circuits in the books.

After a failed attempt to resume action on the lap 19 restart, and open red conditions taking over the speedway as the result of a spectator injury in the infield, Dietrich led the field back to green now with Sammy Swindell and Greg Hodnett in tow. The trio raced in clean air until traffic reappeared on lap 27, allowing Swindell to close in on Dietrich for one final lunge. “Double-D” proved to be too strong in traffic, eventually separating himself from Swindell with two lapped cars just before the final checkers. The final margin of victory was nearly two seconds.

“We love when guys like Rico [Abreu] and Tony [Stewart] come to race with us in Central PA. It is good for the sport and it is good for the tracks in this area,” Dietrich explained, pilot of the Gary Kauffman Racing/Weikert’s Livestock/Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Pace Performance/Gsell’s Whitetails/Hickory Run Orchards/Carlisle Auto Salvage/CATS Used Truck Parts/Drop Of Ink Tattoo/Bowman Block & Head Repair/Sweeney Cars/Self Made/No. 48. “I knew Rico was going to be good, but we were really good around the bottom. Lucky for me, I have a lot of experience at this place and know what I have to do to get around it. This isn’t my kind of track surface tonight, but we were pretty fast all night. We’ll take this and move forward.”

Arctic Cat All Star action will move to the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown on Saturday, August 19. Much like Grandview, Lincoln Speedway will host the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions on one occasion in 2017. The last time the Tony Stewart-owned organization invaded the Pigeon Hills, it was “Double-D” Danny Dietrich scoring the victory, beating Alan Krimes and Lucas Wolfe to the final checkers.

Lincoln Speedway will allow pit access beginning at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 19. A drivers meeting will be conducted at 6:15pm, with hot laps to follow at 7:00pm. Please visit www.lincolnspeedway.com for more information pertaining to ticket sales and reserved seat information.

Contingency Awards/Results: Williams Grove Speedway- Friday, August 18, 2017:
35th Annual Jack Gunn Memorial
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 37 entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Trey Starks - 16.602 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Chad Kemenah - 16.662 (3rd quick)
Ford Performance Heat #1: Rico Abreu
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Sammy Swindell
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Anthony Macri
Daido Engine Bearings Heat #4: Mark Smith
JE Pistons Dash #1: Lucas Wolf
Kistler Racing Products Dash #2: Rico Abreu
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Tyler Esh
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Danny Dietrich
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Caleb Helms (+7)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Chad Kemenah (6th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Ryan Smith (11th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Tony Stewart (16th)
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 58-Brock Zearfoss, 16.722; 2. 1z-Dale Blaney, 16.735; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.756; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 16.826; 5. 49x-Tim Shaffer, 16.925; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 17.18; 7. 8M-TJ Michael, 17.223; 8. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 17.441; 9. 51-John Garvin, 17.499; 10. 33-Brent Matus, 18.145

Group (B)
1. 44-Trey Starks, 16.515; 2. 16-Matt Campbell, 16.572; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 16.662; 4. o7-Sammy Swindell, 16.938; 5. 35-Tyler Esh, 16.962; 6. 21-Brian Montieth, 16.994; 7. 39-Cory Haas, 17.041; 8. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 17.092; 9. 95-Hunter Mackison, 41.147

Group ( C )
1. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.6649; 2. 51R-Freddie Rahmer, 16.704; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.872; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.98; 5. 33M-Max Stambaugh, 16.996; 6. 87-Alan Krimes, 17.046; 7. 17-Caleb Helms, 17.214; 8. 13-Brandon Matus, 17.319; 9. 12w-Troy Fraker, 17.814

Group (D)
1. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 16.6647; 2. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.78; 3. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.864; 4. M1-Mark Smith, 16.903; 5. 75-Nicole Bower, 16.956; 6. 11-TJ Stutts, 17.009; 7. 1X-Chad Trout, 17.1; 8. 5-Justin Barger, 17.462; 9. 44W-Rodney Westhafer, 17.635

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 4. 1Z-Dale Blaney [3]; 5. 22-Brandon Spithaler [8]; 6. 8M-TJ Michael [7]; 7. 33-Brent Matus [10]; 8. 51-John Garvin [9]; 9. 58-Brock Zearfoss [4]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. O7-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2]; 3. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 4. 16-Matt Campbell [3]; 5. 39-Cory Haas [7]; 6. 21-Brian Montieth [6]; 7. 35-Tyler Esh [5]; 8. 1080-Jordan Mackison [8]

Heat #3 - Group ( C ) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 39M-Anthony Macri [1]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [2]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [4]; 4. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [3]; 5. 87-Alan Krimes [6]; 6. 33M-Max Stambaugh [5]; 7. 17-Caleb Helms [7]; 8. 13-Brandon Matus [8]; 9. 12W-Troy Fraker [9]

Heat #4 - Group (D) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. M1-Mark Smith [1]; 2. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [4]; 3. 94-Ryan Smith [2]; 4. 11-TJ Stutts [6]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [3]; 6. 5-Justin Barger [8]; 7. 1X-Chad Trout [7]; 8. 75-Nicole Bower [5]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [5]; 4. M1-Mark Smith [3]; 5. 16-Matt Campbell [4]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [1]; 3. O7-Sammy Swindell [3]; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah [4]; 5. 44-Trey Starks [5]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 35-Tyler Esh [2]; 2. 21-Brian Montieth [3]; 3. 33M-Max Stambaugh [4]; 4. 1X-Chad Trout [6]; 5. 17-Caleb Helms [8]; 6. 75-Nicole Bower [1]; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [7]; 8. 5-Justin Barger [11]; 9. 13-Brandon Matus [10]; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker [13]; 11. 1080-Jordan Mackison [5]; 12. 33-Brent Matus [14]; 13. 51-John Garvin [12]; 14. 8M-TJ Michael [9]; 15. 58-Brock Zearfoss [15]; 16. 44W-Rodney Westhafer [16]; 17. 95-Hunter Mackison [17]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 2. O7-Sammy Swindell [6]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [5]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [11]; 5. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah [8]; 7. 21-Brian Montieth [22]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13]; 9. M1-Mark Smith [7]; 10. 44-Trey Starks [10]; 11. 94-Ryan Smith [12]; 12. 1Z-Dale Blaney [15]; 13. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [14]; 14. 11-TJ Stutts [16]; 15. 39-Cory Haas [18]; 16. 14-Tony Stewart [17]; 17. 35-Tyler Esh [21]; 18. 17-Caleb Helms [25]; 19. 16-Matt Campbell [9]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 22. 1X-Chad Trout [24]; 23. 22-Brandon Spithaler [20]; 24. 87-Alan Krimes [19]; 25. 33M-Max Stambaugh [23] Lap Leaders: Rico Abreu [1-18], Danny Dietrich [19-30]

Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (August 18, 2017):
1. Chad Kemenah - 4518
2. Ryan Smith - 4228
3. Caleb Armstrong - 4116
4. Max Stambaugh - 3790
5. Caleb Helms - 3658
6. T.J. Michael - 3561
7. Brandon Spithaler - 3557
8. Tyler Esh - 3453
9. Brandon Matus - 3342
10. John Garvin - 3262

Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit its official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.

About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.

About Arctic Cat:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.

Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
(724) 954-4915
altmeyer119@gmail.com
tyler@tonystewart.com

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Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
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altmeyer119@gmail.com
tyler@tonystewart.com

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Back to Posse Country; All Stars set for four events in four days across Pennsylvania (Rick Rarer Photo)



Back to Posse Country; All Stars set for four events in four days across Pennsylvania

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 16, 2017) - After a two-week intermission to allow teams the opportunity to enter the 57th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will return to competition with a four-race stretch through The Keystone State, rejoining the notorious Pennsylvania Posse for four consecutive events from Thursday, August 17, to Sunday, August 20.

The Central Pennsylvania invasion will kick off officially on Thursday evening, August 17, with the third annual Thunder Cup at the Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania. The $5,000-to-win, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series program will feature the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions for the first and only time in 2017; the first visit since Dale Blaney tamed the 1/3-mile, high banked oval on August 18, 2016. In addition, Tony Stewart and Rico Abreu will each be on hand Thursday evening and entered for competition.

Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, will host the traveling Arctic Cat All Stars on Friday, August 18. The 35th annual Jack Gunn Memorial will highlight competition at the world-famous half-mile; the 32nd appearance by “America’s Series” since first making tracks in 1970. Williams Grove Speedway last hosted the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions on April 28 with Lance Dewease earning the big payday, bettering all 45 cars in attendance.

Action will move to the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown on Saturday, August 19. Much like Grandview, Lincoln Speedway will only host the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions on one occasion in 2017. The last time the Tony Stewart-owned organization invaded the Pigeon Hills, it was “Double-D” Danny Dietrich scoring the victory, beating Alan Krimes and Lucas Wolfe to the final checkers. Dietrich is the most recent winner during Arctic Cat All Star action, scoring $7,000 at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York, just before the Knoxville Nationals break.

A visit to Susquehanna Speedway near York Haven on Sunday, August 20, will conclude the Arctic Cat All Star swing through The Keystone State. Unlike the three events prior, Susquehanna Speedway has not hosted an Arctic Cat All Star event since 1991.

Honoring the late Justin Snyder, Tony Stewart’s All Stars will take part in the Salute to the Troops program during their visit to Susquehanna, awarding a $5,000 top prize, as well as $500 to the evening’s fastest qualifier on behalf of Emory Transmissions, and $200 to the evening’s main event hard charger on behalf of Brown & Miller Racing Solutions.

Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah will lead the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions charge into Central Pennsylvania as the current Series point leader. The five-time and defending Series champion sits on top of the title chase with a 290-point advantage, also leading all full-time competitors with three victories on the season, as well as 25 top-ten finishes in 30 main event starts.

The “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith, a former regular in Central Pennsylvania before joining the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions full-time in 2015, and again in 2017, will enter the weekend second in the championship chase. Smith recently captured his first Arctic Cat All Star victory of the season at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, New York, on Friday, July 28.

New Castle, Indiana’s Caleb Armstrong, a recent $15,000 winner during the inaugural Great Lakes Dirt Nationals at Mansfield (OH) Motor Speedway, will enter Pennsylvania third in the Arctic Cat All Star standings, followed by leading rookie contender, “Mad Max” Stambaugh, and Caleb Helms.

Grandview Speedway will open pit gates at 2:30pm on Thursday, August 17. The Arctic Cat All Star drivers meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00pm, followed by hot laps at 6:45pm. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Thunder on the Hill Racing Series live on the Web at www.tothracing.com.

Williams Grove Speedway will swing open pit gates at 5:30pm on Friday, August 18. A mandatory drivers meeting will be held at 6:30pm, soon followed by hot laps at 7, sharp. Additional news and information can be found online at the official home of Williams Grove Speedway: www.williamsgrove.com.

Lincoln Speedway will allow pit access beginning at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 19. A drivers meeting will be conducted at 6:15pm, with hot laps to follow at 7:00pm. Please visit www.lincolnspeedway.com for more information pertaining to ticket sales and reserved seat information.

Susquehanna Speedway will open pit gates at 4:30pm on Sunday, August 20. A drivers meeting will be held at 5:45pm, followed by hot laps at 6:15pm, sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit the speedway live on the Web at www.susquehannaspeedway.net.

Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit its official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.

About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.

About Arctic Cat:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.

Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
(724) 954-4915
altmeyer119@gmail.com
tyler@tonystewart.com

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SWANSON SOARS TO 2ND ON SILVER CROWN WIN LIST; WINS HORN-SCHINDLER AT THE GROVE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania...June 16, 2017 - Kody Swanson has been the master of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS throughout the last three-and-a-half seasons.

No driver owns more victories (14) or championships (2) than the Kingsburg, California driver in that span.

However, the master still attests that he remains a student of the sport. That has seeded him with the motivation to continually adjust and seek to find deficiencies in all areas of his racing craft that he feels he has to improve to make him a better driver.

In Friday night’s “Horn-Schindler Memorial” at Williams Grove Speedway, the humble, soft-spoken Swanson transformed into a stone-cold assassin when it comes to Silver Crown racing by running down the dominant Damion Gardner with 17 laps remaining to record his 17th career series victory, moving him up to second on the all-time list alongside Brian Tyler with now just one past legend of the series standing in front of him, the one who made the white No. 63 wrenched by Bob Hampshire the car to beat in its era, just like it is today.

“I don’t know if there’s ever been a more storied racer than Jack Hewitt,” Swanson said. “Also, I was a teammate to Brian Tyler for a little while at the beginning of my Silver Crown career. I feel pretty well connected to those two guys. It’s a pretty special territory to be in. I don’t know if I feel like we belong, but I’m thankful to be a part of it. Brian and Jack had so many huge Silver Crown wins. I guess we’re racking up our own little list here.”

In Friday’s race, however, Damion Gardner held a commanding lead from his pole starting position. The five-time USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champ was making just his fourth-career Silver Crown start in only his second visit to the Grove of any kind after a Non-Wing World Championship triumph in 2002.

For much of the 100-lapper, Concord, California’s Gardner led by at least a half-straightaway and sometimes as much as a full-straightway. Yet, to many long-time observers, with Swanson still lurking in the field, the outcome had yet to be decided.

On lap 62, seventh-starting Swanson worked his way past Justin Grant for the second position. Though, just behind Gardner in the pecking order, Swanson remained a country-mile behind the leader until a yellow shortly thereafter bunched up the field for a restart with 31 laps to go.

As opposed to one year ago, the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 of Gardner was the chasee instead of the chaser such as it was in the 2016 “Horn-Schindler” when Bryan Clauson, in the 6, nearly ran down Chris Windom in the final laps for the win.

Gardner was initially able to gap Swanson on the lap 69 restart, but Swanson surely, and steadily, knocked off tenths of a second per lap as the two frontrunners occupied the middle groove on both ends of the racetrack.

Yet, with 17 to go, Swanson hit the topside of turns one and two, cut off the second corner and ducked underneath Gardner for the race lead, but wasn’t quite able to out-drag race Gardner into turn three before he wisely tucked back into line. If at first you don’t succeed, try again is the creed that Swanson would adhere to a lap later, following Gardner and repeating the same exact maneuver on the same piece of real estate. This time, Swanson had enough pull to push himself into the lead.

“I knew Damion was running a similar line as me,” Swanson explains. “I knew from tracking Justin (Grant) down that, once they move to the same spot, it’s so hard to get a run and get beside him without jeopardizing our race and wrecking us both. When tracking him down, I knew there was less than 20 to go and it was time to get creative. I tried the same line I used to get to the lead three times. Once, earlier, I botched it so badly, but I didn’t lose much ground. I thought ‘hey, if I actually do that right, that could be it.’ The second time, I got close, but I really chocked it up hard because I didn’t have enough room to do it without getting into him. But I didn’t want to show him anything either, so I followed him in line and tried to do it right and had a really good head of steam on the next one.”

From there on, Swanson would remain in control for the balance of the race, even surviving a restart with nine to go, to win his second Silver Crown event in a row and become the first driver since himself in early 2015 to win back-to-back series races on the dirt and the pavement in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital – Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy over Gardner, Jerry Coons Jr., Chris Windom and Brady Bacon.

At first glance, it might appear to be another in a long line of patented late-race success stories for Swanson in which he bides his team before he inflicts his competitors with a venomous strike in the final quarter of the race on his way to victory. Instead, Swanson feels this was one of those classic ‘get-up-on-the-wheel’ type of deals for all 100 laps.

“On the miles, we know we’ve been strong late,” Swanson pinpoints. “Tonight, I didn’t qualify well. I told the guys I felt like I blew the second lap and that put us deep. I felt like I drove all 100 laps as hard as I could. There were certain times where I had to take care of it, but it wasn’t a traditional ‘take-care-of-your-equipment’ type night for me. I was hustling really hard to try to get by guys. I had to get by Jerry (Coons, Jr.) and he doesn’t make mistakes. And Justin doesn’t either. You just have to find a way around. Maybe I got by him because I know he had some brake problems and I thought we could pressure him into it a little bit. I know we were forcing everyone to pick It up a little bit. Damion was so good, it was going to take everything I had to run him down.”

“I’d like to say I was saving and it worked according to plan, but I was scrambling,” Swanson admits. “I typically don’t blister tires or wear out brakes, but I did both tonight. These guys I’m racing against, they’re so good at the half-miles and also in a dirt sprint car, I feel like you have to go hard for 100 laps when you come to a place like this. It’s something I’ve struggled to do. Maybe I was just doing my best impersonation of a real dirt guy tonight.”

Of Swanson’s 17 career victories, eight have come on one-mile dirt ovals. Though he hasn’t been uncompetitive by any means on the half-mile dirt tracks, he hadn’t recorded a victory on one since the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks in 2014, Swanson admits the halves have been a bit of a struggle for him at times.

“They’re just different,” Swanson feels. “I feel like I’m as in as good of shape as anybody in these longer races. But you kind of race them different. The miles have certain factors that aren’t as critical on the half-miles, like tire management. There’s a lot of things on the half-miles that other drivers have been better than me at. I’ve tried to identify those and I’ve been working on them to do what I can to up my game like those other guys have on the half-miles to do a good job for my team. They just race differently. The miles have such a uniqueness to them and, on the half-miles, many people say these cars look like bigger sprint cars and they kind of act like it. Guys that have been so dominant in USAC Sprint Cars have been really good in USAC Silver Crown cars on the half-miles lately. That was an area I struggled with and have gone to work trying to get better. I know I’ve still got more to go, but tonight we were good enough.”

In addition to his move up the ranks of all-time Silver Crown winners, Swanson has now recorded victories on many of the country’s most legendary dirt tracks: the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, the defunct New York State Fairgrounds, the Terre Haute Action Track and now Williams Grove Speedway. It’s something that, at one point, seemed impossible not only to fans of the sport, but also to himself. Not too bad for a guy once considered a pavement specialist.

“There was a time in my career, a lot of folks said I’d never be good enough on the dirt,” Swanson recalls. “I still don’t feel like I am. I’m still learning and working really hard. These guys (DePalma Motorsports) give me a really good car. They work really hard, so I’m going to work hard for them and try to get better. To be second all-time is incredible. For me being a guy who’s not supposed to be winning at Williams Grove, it’s pretty cool to be able to figure it out and beat some of the best dirt guys in the nation and to get it done at such a historic track.”

Like last year, the Klatt Enterprises/Beast – Klatt Enterprises/Beast/Ford experienced a similar, yet opposite fate on its Williams Grove run. Last year, the car was the “chaser” with driver Bryan Clauson at the wheel as the No. 6 came on strong toward the end to nearly pull off the victory. On Friday, the same car, driven by Damion Gardner, was the “chasee,” leading the first 83 laps before being overtaken by Swanson. Nonetheless, it was a solid second-place run for the team in just Gardner’s fourth-career Silver Crown start.

“I ran as hard as I could early,” Gardner said. “I just wanted to get to the lappers and put them all down, then ride the middle. I knew Swanson would be coming at the end, the track would get slower and there’d be yellows. I had two choices: if I slowed down, I wouldn’t be as good and he would catch me. Then, if I ran hard, it was going to hurt my tires. We went fast. Yeah, I hurt my tire, but there were other scenarios that played in there. On that track there, you should be able do 100 laps wide open. They told me to lay off for a while and I did, but maybe not enough.”

Fifteen years after his first and only visit to Williams Grove, Gardner is still in awe of the place and holds a true appreciation of one of the capstone dirt tracks on the American racing scene.

“Bad dudes come from PA and the Grove and fast joints like this,” Gardner praised. “This place is historical. It’s legendary. Every time you come here, you want to win. You pay attention to places like this. The fans love us when we come out here; they show us a lot of respect and appreciation. I like to put on a show and these fans really appreciate it.”

Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons, Jr. took a steady, solid third-place finish in his Gene Nolen Racing/KECO – Indy Race Parts/Maxim/Tranter Chevy, but it didn’t come without its trials and tribulations.

“I started to feel the steering wheel getting slippery with about 40 to go,” Coons remembers. “It was pretty early on. It was mainly on my left hand. I kept wiping my hand on my suit down the straightaway. With about 15 to go, the car started to get stiff. Then, we had a yellow come out. Without being on the throttle, it was getting pretty hard to steer, so I knew it was getting pretty low on fluid. With about 10 to go, it was getting to where it didn’t like to turn left very well.”

“Here, you kind of roll into the corner and get the car sideways to where it’s turning to the right,” Coons continued. “I could get it into a set and hold it there. I got myself into a rhythm. A couple times down in turns three and four, if I bobbled at all, lost the front end and had to turn it to the left, it took me a lot to get it back down. Overall, the car was good. We had an ignition box not running right in the first hot lap session. Then, we went through the fuel system and changed the ignition box. After those problems, a third-place is looking pretty good!”

Contingency award winners Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway include Damion Gardner (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Bryan Clauson Bad Fast Award Winner), Steve Buckwalter (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Austin Nemire (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2017 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-20.430; 2. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-20.527; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-20.552; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-20.641; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.652; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-20.662; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.666; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-20.717; 9. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-20.823; 10. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-20.831; 11. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-20.984; 12. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-21.037; 13. Dave Darland, 27, Phillips-21.104; 14. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-21.206; 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-21.429; 16. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.503; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.657; 18. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-21.923; 19. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.207; 20. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-NT; 21. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams/Wright-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Joe Liguori, 7. Patrick Bruns, 8. Austin Nemire, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Shane Cockrum, 11. Mark Smith, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Steve Buckwalter, 14. Dave Daralnd, 15. Dakota Jackson, 16. David Byrne, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Dave Berkheimer, 19. Johnny Petrozelle. NT

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**Moffatt flipped over the guardrail in turn 1 during practice. Petrozelle flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-83 Gardner, Laps 84-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Austin Nemire (15th-7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steve Buckwalter

KRS GRAPHICS BRYAN CLAUSON BAD FAST AWARD: Damion Gardner

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-Swanson-280, 2-Windom-232, 3-Coons-226, 4-Byrne-188, 5-Gardner-161, 6-Bobby Santos-140, 7-Grant-137, 8-Aaron Pierce-133, 9-Liguori-123, 10-Bacon-113.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): July 20 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "USAC Hall of Fame / Rich Vogler Classic"

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