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Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / richie@usacracing.com

Chris Windom picked up his second Port Royal Speedway 'Eastern Storm' victory in as many years Saturday night. (Chad Warner Photo)



WINDOM REPEATS PORT ROYAL RULERSHIP AT EASTERN STORM NIGHT 3

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Port Royal, Pennsylvania.....June 16, 2018 - It takes a complete effort from top-to-bottom to win an Eastern Storm title. You must run up front each and every night with no aberrations. You must be prepared to go to battle night-after-night and shield yourself from the mental, physical and mechanical exhaustion.

Chris Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team did just that one year ago. In fact, they also did it one night earlier at Williams Grove Speedway. One year later - and one night later - the pairing has begun to write additional verses to their ever-growing book of feats, nearly similar to the first one he penned, repeating his 2017 Port Royal Speedway victory by winning again Saturday night in the third race of "Eastern Storm."

Points, and history, are on the Canton, Illinois driver's side as he and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car head into the second half stretch of the six-race tour with races at BAPS, Bridgeport and Weedsport looming.

For example, every driver who's won back-to-back races in the 12-year history of "Eastern Storm" has gone on to win that year's title: Cole Whitt (2009), Levi Jones (2010), Bryan Clauson (2012 & 2016) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Over the past four years, every driver who's won at Port Royal has gone on to win the Eastern Storm title.

Eight of the 11 Eastern Storm champs have gone on to win that year's USAC National Sprint Car title.

It's an omen, or a correlation, that has Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team grinning and appreciative of the roll they are on. For it was this month last year that turned the tide for the team on its way to the USAC title.

"This boosts our confidence a bunch," Windom exclaimed. "When you get rolling like this, everything seems to go a lot easier. You cherish these moments because, when you get on rolls like this, they don't always stay. When you're on top, you want to keep the momentum rolling as long as you can. We want to win this Eastern storm title again and, obviously, we want to win the USAC championship again. We're racing for the big picture, but we're also racing to win races. Right now, we're doing that, and things are really clicking."

Each of the two winners from the first two nights of "Eastern Storm" were staged side-by-side on the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature. Windom began the race from the pole position, yet it was Brady Bacon who used the ledge to power around Windom to nab the early lead.

The first stoppage arrived early as Pennsylvanian Trevor Kobylarz rode out a wild series of flips along the outside, front straightaway wall exiting turn four. He would walk away unscathed, but the same couldn't be said of his racecar.

With Saturday night's victory at Port Royal, Windom equaled two of his fellow USAC stars - Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Bacon - within the top-25 of the all-time USAC National Sprint Car list with his 21st career victory.

On the ensuing restart, Windom took a shot at Bacon, nudging ahead for a moment until Bacon's momentum up top catapulted him back by and allowed him to gain a little leg room between he and Windom down the back straightaway.

Bacon opened as much as a three-quarter of a second advantage on the field, then on the 11th lap, bumbled over the turn two cushion ever so slightly, allowing Windom to chop the gap substantially and close on the tail of the No. 99. On both laps 12 and 13, Windom was able to slide past Bacon for the lead, but each time, Bacon answered with a killer crossover off turn two to burst back into the lead.

On lap 14, Bacon took a defensive line, sliding himself through the middle on his entry into turn one, denying Windom a third consecutive shot at the top spot.

"You can throw a slide job from pretty far back here into turn one," Windom explained. "I remembered that from last year. So, if anything, I'd say I used what I learned last year to help me tonight. I wanted to see how far I could clear Brady there and if it was going to stick. He crossed me over a few times, so I knew if I threw another one, I needed to clear him by a bunch or he was just going to keep crossing me over."

Windom wouldn't have to stress about the situation at hand for too long, however, as Bacon began to slow between turns one and two with a broken left rear shock and torsion arm. He would restart from the tail of the field, but would only manage to reach 12th at race's end, a serious blow to the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver's bid for a second "Eastern Storm" title.

An oft-used tactic at Port Royal is the second-place driver utilizing a massive slider on the leader in turn one. Windom was fully aware of this as he used one of his own on Ballou in the final laps of last year's race to snare the win. With Thomas behind him, Windom needed to be fully on his game. In turn three, Thomas took his chance, sliding wheel-to-wheel with Windom through the corner, yet Windom prevailed with the lead off turn four on the high side.

"I think once the top really came in, I felt like I got better even at the end of the race," Windom recalls. "I saw the 69 car sliding across the middle there, trying to clear slide jobs on me and I knew that wasn't going to work. If he cleared me, he cleared me, but if he didn't, I knew it wasn't going to last for long, so I just tried to keep ripping the same line up top. These big tracks are huge momentum places. Even if you're not the fastest car, if you can keep your momentum rolling up top, you're going to be in good shape."

With five to go, Windom had laid down a one-plus second lead as he rocketed away to certain victory. One big fear of a late-race caution at Port Royal is setting up the second-place driver for a one last ditch effort slider into turn one. However, Windom's fear at this moment in time was catching lapped traffic too early, which he did down to the final gun, getting hung up enough to have Thomas pose a threat on the final lap after Windom had to split between the cars of Carmen Perigo and Kyle Moody to find some clearance.

Thomas was unable to reel Windom in as Windom released the stranglehold of the gridlocked traffic on the last lap, breaking through for his third series victory of the year over Thomas, Tyler Courtney, Robert Ballou and Dave Darland.

"I was hoping I wasn't going to catch those lapped cars before the checkered," Windom admitted. "I knew I was going to when we came to the white (flag). They didn't necessarily do me any favors, but they were racing their own race too. I'll be honest, I got nervous. I thought (Thomas) was going to try and throw a big one on me in the last corner. He didn't and I'm lucky for that."

With the victory, Windom equaled two of his fellow USAC stars - Thomas and Bacon - within the top-25 of the all-time USAC National Sprint Car list with his 21st career victory.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway included Zach Daum (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tony DiMattia (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Timmy Buckwalter (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2018 - Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

SPRINTCARUNLIMITED.COM QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-18.583 (New Track Record); 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-18.797; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-18.825; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.835; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-18.892; 6. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-18.940; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-18.992; 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-19.074; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-19.087; 10. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-19.125; 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-19.168; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-19.202; 13. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-19.221; 14. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-19.315; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-19.324; 16. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-19.357; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.360; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.420; 19. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-19.460; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-19.491; 21. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-19.909; 22. Kyle Moody, 13K, Kaylor-19.989; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-20.762.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Daum, 2. Windom, 3. Thomas, 4. T. Buckwalter, 5. Darland, 6. Stockon, 7. Kobylarz, 8. Moody. 2:38.16

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. DiMattia, 2. Ballou, 3. Leary, 4. Andretti, 5. Meseraull, 6. Coons, 7. Perigo, 8. Bell. 2:37.93

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Westfall, 3. Chapple, 4. Bacon, 5. Boespflug, 6. Grant, 7. Biasi. 2:35.19 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Tyler Courtney (4), 4. Robert Ballou (5), 5. Dave Darland (10), 6. Chase Stockon (7), 7. Justin Grant (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (9), 9. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 10. C.J. Leary (17), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (11), 12. Brady Bacon (2), 13. Isaac Chapple (18), 14. Matt Westfall (15), 15. Jarett Andretti (8), 16. Tony DiMattia (14), 17. Joey Biasi (21), 18. Carmen Perigo (20), 19. Kyle Moody (22), 20. Thomas Meseraull (3), 21. Robert Bell (23), 22. Zach Daum (13), 23. Trevor Kobylarz (19). NT
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**Kobylarz flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Bacon, Laps 18-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/IN MEMORY OF MIKE GRASSMYER HARD CHARGER: Timmy Buckwalter (16th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Zach Daum

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-1011, 2-Courtney-960, 3-Windom-959, 4-Stockon-864, 5-Ballou-854, 6-Bacon-842, 7-Leary-822, 8-Darland-797, 9-Grant-770, 10-Boespflug-687.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-232, 2-Thomas-227, 3-Ballou-201, 4-Courtney-192, 5-Bacon-189, 6-Stockon-176, 7-Darland-169, 8-Grant-151, 9-Buckwalter-150, 10-Boespflug-148.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Chapple-19, 2-Darland-15, 3-Westfall-11, 4-Courtney-10, 5-Thomas-7, 6-Buckwalter-7, 7-Leary-7, 8-Boespflug-6, 9-Grant-6, 10-Windom-5.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17 - BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

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Wall Stadium

DATE OF EVENT: June 16, 2018
DATE OF RELEASE: June 16, 2018
CONTACT: Jeff Gravatt

KRAUSE TAKES EMOTIONAL FATHER'S DAY WALL VICTORY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Andrew Krause of Holmdel nailed down an emotional stock car victory at Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday night of Father's Day weekend in the All American Auto Group Racing Series. After his Pete and Elda's Bar/Carmen's Pizzeria Modified 40-lap win, Krause dedicated the victory to the memory of his father, Cliff Krause. The senior Krause, who passed away in January, promoted the speedway for several years. His family still promotes the track today.

Jackson's Steven Reed took the lead at the drop of the green flag but Krause and a host of others were charging to the front. Krause was the first to get to Reed and made an outside lane pass on lap seven. Soon Eric Mauriello and Jimmy Blewett, both of Howell, joined Krause and Reed in the top four.

As the race neared the halfway mark Reed and Blewett battled fiercely for the runner-up spot before the caution waved when Blewett stopped with a flat tire. Once action resumed Krause raced home for the emotional victory and stopped Blewett's win streak at five victories. Reed, Mauriello, Blewett and Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. completed the top five.

“This is a very emotional weekend for my family so this win really means a lot,” Krause said after the victory. “My father has done so much for me and my family. He has done so much for this great place.”

Eric Lane of Howell raced to his second victory of the year in the companion 25-lapper for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars. Lane took the lead near the halfway mark after early leaders Kevin Davison of Howell and Jarret DiGiantomasso of Jackson tangled in turn four. Lane then survived his own restart trouble before taking the win. Farmingdlae's John McCormick, Davison, Brick's Robert Sutphin and Eddie McCarthey of Pt. Pleasant wrapped up the top five.

Point race leader Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. took the win in the 25-lapper for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Defending champ Scott Riggleman of Manchester was second, with Elliot Wohl of Bayville and Bob Haberstick and Bryan O'Shea, both of Wall, completing the top five.

Sal Liguori of Hazlet won his second straight Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stock main event over defending series champ Brian OsBorn of Howell. Wall's TJ Graves, Neil Rutt and Mike Lavery were third through fifth.

Mike Alcaro of West Milford was tops in the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars 25-lapper with Nick Van Wickle of Edgewater Park and Kyle Dealaman completing the top three. Shannon Mongeau of Manchester won the 25-lap Mike's Performance Center Limited Late Model feature over Brick's Joe Mongeau and Harry Schaeffer of Carteret.

The All American Auto Group Racing Series continues this Saturday evening (June 23) with the Modifieds in a 40-lapper, the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars in twin 25-lappers, the Factory Stocks in triple 25-lappers and the 4 Cylinder Stocks in a 25-lapper during Ladies' Night activities. Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m., with qualifying set for 5:45 p.m. and feature race action set for 7:00 p.m.

Saturday night racing action continues through early October with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com.

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 and email address is ckmotorsports@aol.com.

RACE RESULTS

MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL, 2. Steven Reed, 3. Eric Mauriello, 4. Jimmy Blewett, 5. Ricky Collins, 6. Jason Treat, 7. Blake Barney, 8. Kenny Van Wickle, 9. Tyler Truex, 10. Chas Okerson

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ERIC LANE, HOWELL, 2. John McCormick, 3. Kevin Davison, 4. Robert Sutphin, 5. Eddie McCarthy, 6. Michael Rising, 7. Larry Thompson, 8. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 9. Kyle Scisco, 10. Jonathan Laureigh, 11. Joe Cooley, 12. Jake Nelke, 13. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 14. Andy Wolko, 15. Louie Keraitis, 16. Robert Vassilatos, 17. Roland DeMartino, 18. Chris Oswik

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE MONTANO, FREEPORT, N.Y., . Scott Riggleman, 3. Elliot Wohl, 4. Bob Haberstick, 5. Bryan O'Shea, 6. John Bowers, 7. Ron Booth, 8. Gerry Koenig, 9. Tom Rajkowski, 10. Tony Bartone, 11. Theresa Collins, 12. Richie Byrne, 13. Robert DePonte, 14. Tim Majek, 15. Robert Ptaszynski, 16. Matt Badessa, 17. Waylon Speer, 18. Nancy Riggleman, 19. Kenny Green.

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SAL LIGUORI, UNION BEACH, 2. Brian Osborn, 3. TJ Graves, 4. Neil Rutt, 5. Mike Lavery, 6. Chris Silvestri, 7. Nicole Razzano, 8. Jennifer Schultz, 9. Darren Burdge, 10. Darianne McLaren, 11. Jeff Loesch, 12. Willie Davis, 13. Bill Schwartz, 14. Richard Smith

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MIKE ALCARO, WEST MILFORD, 2. Nick Van Wickle, 3. Kyle Dealaman, 4. Peter Bruno, 5. Joe Fresco, 6. James Van Wickle, 7. Roger Nickerson, 8. Joe Przyblinski, 9. Bill Petrolino, 10. Chris Hammett

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1.SHANON MONGEAU, MANCHESTER, 2. Joe Mongeau, 3. Harry Schaeffer, 4. Rick Kopf, 5. Greg Gastelu, 6. Mike Tillett, 7. Rob Moorman, 8. James Moorman

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NEWS FROM THE ROGERS FAMILY OPERATED GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY, BECHTELSVILLE, PA
TRACK PHONE: 610.754.7688 or visit www.grandviewspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Ernie Saxton @ esaxton144@aol.com, 215.752.7797 or 267.934.7286
Race results story created by Vicki Gehris

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VON DOHREN SCORES SEASON FIRST WIN AT GRANDVIEW, PFEIL AND LILICK ARE REPEAT WINNERS ON T.P.TRAILERS AND TRUCK EQUIPMENT NIGHT

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JUNE 17, 2018 – Craig Von Dohren recorded his first 30-lap T.P Trailers NASCAR 30-lap Modified feature win of the season at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Wayne Pfeil and Kyle Lilick were season repeat winners in the Late Model and Sportsman features in the activities sponsored by T.P. Trailers and Truck Equipment.

All feature winners received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and merchandise awards from VP Fuels providing they met the necessary requirements.

Von Dohren’s 103rd career win didn’t come easily for the defending and ten-time point champion. The Oley lead foot had to hold off the continuous challenges of Jared Umbenhauer, who returned with a back-up car after his primary one was destroyed by last week’s fire. Von Dohren had to weave in and out of lap traffic once he merged ahead on the 20th lap.

Von Dohren credited crew chief Jason Bashore and all the pit crew members plus sponsors for their continuous support and was thankful that the breaks were in his favor for a change.

Bobby Gunther-Walsh set the pace for five laps before the yellow was out for debris along the homestretch. When action resumed Danny Erb, who returned after missing a few weeks, charged to the front of the pack leaving Gunther-Walsh, Mark Kratz, Umbenhauer and Doug Manmiller dice for positions.

Manmiller overtook second on the seventh lap to pressure Erb, who stuck to the high groove while Manmiller tried to duck underneath him.

While Erb and Manmiller battled for the lead this allowed Umbenhauer to reel the pair in to make it a three-way battle for first.

The lead changed for the third time on the 18th lap when Umbenhauer, who overtook the runner up spot on lap 16, proceeded to charge into the lead, but Erb stayed with him trying to regain control.

The running order behind Umbenhauer by this time now consisted of Erb, Von Dohren, Manmiller and Duane Howard.

Umbenhauer went high coming off of turn four on the 20th lap and Von Dohren took advance of the situation and went through the middle to put the Nick Gatto powered No. 1C at the head of the class.

Lapped traffic came into the picture as the front runners had to use heads up driving to maneuver past them. This allowed last week’s feature winner Jeff Strunk to close the distance and made it a three-way race for the top spot.

Von Dohren hit all the right marks to proceed into victory lane for the win. Following closely across the line were Umbenhauer, Strunk, Manmiller and Howard.

Walsh, Umbenhauer and Kyle Weiss were the heat winners. Brett Kressley had trouble in the first heat, but was able to pull off the consi win.

In the 25-lap ASCAR Late Model feature Wayne Pfeil, out of action last week due to engine problems, started on the pole and led every lap of the event.

The red was thrown on the sixth lap after Chuck Schutz, last week’s winner, clipped the inside fourth turn guard rail and shot up into the fourth turn wall with hard impact. He was uninjured, but the car sustained heavy damage. Pfeil maintained his lead on the restart and within no time had a healthy lead built up.

Positions behind Pfeil were constantly changing, but he never faltered to go on to claim his lucky 13th career win. Finishing second was Danny Snyder followed by Kyle Merkel, Drew Weisser and Steve Todorow, already a feature winners this year.

Mike Mammana, returning to Sportsman action after sitting out much of last year due to an early injury, was the early pacesetter in the Sportsman main event with Andrew Kreis, Mark Kemmerer, Lilick and Kurt Bettler in pursuit.

Lilick moved into second on the 10th circuit in an effort to overtake the lead.

B.J. Joly stopped between the third and fourth turn for the 11th lap caution. Before action resumed, Jim Housworth, running a strong fifth dropped out of contention. Mammana continued to show the pace with Lilick making valiant efforts to pass him. Lilick made several attempts to get underneath Mammana, but was unsuccessful.

Lilick’s bid for first stuck on the 17th lap as when he was able to move. At the same time Louden Reimert followed through for second.

Lilick kept everyone behind him to go on to capture another win for his third career victory. Second went to Reimert followed by Kemmerer, Whitmoyer and Funk III.

Heats were won by Mammana, Kemmerer and Gary Wagner.

Next Saturday these same Sportsman drivers plus a host of others will compete in the Summer Splash 40-lap event along with the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models with action set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. The night will also include the Safety Net Sanctuary of Fleetwood Raffle Fundraiser. Fans are invited to support this animal charity by bringing dog and cat food to be deposited in special containers and purchase raffle tickets with many great prizes to be awarded.

Then on Sunday at 1 p.m. the Outlaw Enduros and Blast From the Past Vintage racers will be in action.

RACE RESULTS

T.P. Trailers and Truck Equipment Modified Feature (30 Laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Jared Umbenhauer, 3. Jeff Strunk, 4. Doug Manmiller, 5. Duane Howard, 6. Mike Gular, 7. Frank Cozze, 8. Danny Erb, 9. Brett Kressley, 10. John Willman, 11. Kyle Weiss, 12. Ryan Lilick, 13. Ryan Grim, 14. Justin Grim, 15. Clay Butler, 16. Dan Waisempacher, 17. Mike Mahaney, 18. Bobby Gunther-Walsh, 19. Joe Fanelli, 20. Briggs Danner, 21. Ron Myers, 22. Ray Swinehart, 23. Chris Gambler, 24. Bobby Trapper, 25. Brett Gilmore, 26. Kenny Gilmore, 27. Mark Kratz, 28. Eric Biehn. DNQ: Ron Seltmann Jr., Bobby Trapper Jr., Ron Kline and Kevin Hirthler.

T.P. Trailers and Truck Equipment Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. Wayne Pfeil, 2. Danny Snyder, 3. Kyle Merkel, 4. Drew Weisser, 5. Steve Todorow, 6. Lo Egrie, 7. Shawn Horning, 8. Jordan Knepp, 9. Tod Ravel, 10. Bryon Sipe, 11. Steve Wilson, 12. Dave Ogin, 13. Chuck Schutz, 14. Patrick Robinson, 15. Dallas Breidenbach.

T.P. Trailers and Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kyle Lilick, 2. Louden Reimert, 3. Mark Kemmerer, 4. Craig Whitmoyer, 5. Joe Funk III, 6. Mike Mammana, 7. Brad Arnold, 8. Brad Brightbill, 9. Gary Wagner, 10. Brad Grim, 11. Jack Butler, 12. Dylan Swinehart, 13. Kurt Bettler, 14. Jesse Landis, 15. Nico Flammer, 16. Andrew Kreis, 17. Jim Housworth, 18. Brian Hirthler, 19. Derrick Smith, 20. Kenny Bock, 21. B.J. Joly, 22. Sean Weiss, 23. Lex Shive, 24. Mike Lisowski.

COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, June 23 SAFETY NET SANCTUARY RAFFLE FUNDRAISER featuring Summer Splash 40-Lapper for Sportsman plus racing for 358 Modifieds and Late Models –Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 thru 11 pay $5, kids under 6 are admitted free.

Saturday, June 30 Bechtelsville Car Wash Night –Modifieds, Sportsman, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series and Vintage Racers – no Late Model racing

Tuesday, July 3 410 Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series plus 358 Modifieds (NASCAR points) part of Thunder on the Hill Series – Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 7 Firecracker 40 for Late Models plus T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman

Saturday, July 14 Whelen Engineering Night featuring T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman

Friday, July 20 Outlaw Enduros and Blast From the Past Vintage Racers – 6 p.m.

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New Egypt Speedway
Route 539, New Egypt, NJ
Track Phone: 609-758-1900
Website: www.newegyptspeedway.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nesspeedway
Contact: Mike Wisniewski - Wiz Motorsports Communications, 856-982-5137

COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Monster Truck Racing League Presents the School's
Out Monster Truck Summer Smash

5:30 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Pit Party
7:30 p.m. - Show starts

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Monster Truck Racing League Presents the School's
Out Monster Truck Summer Smash

1:00 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Pit Party
3:00 p.m. - Show starts

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Garden State Gunfight 2 - Modifieds (60L-$6,000
to win and $400 to start) and Crate vs. Open Sportsman (30L - $1,000 to win
and $100 to start)

4:00 p.m. - Pit gates open
5:00 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6:00 p.m. - Hot laps start
7:00 p.m. - Racing starts

PAUCH IS THE HEAD OF THE CLASS AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY'S GRADUATION NIGHT

New Egypt, NJ (June 17, 2018) - At New Egypt Speedway's Graduation Night,
Billy Pauch, Jr. headed the field to win the Modified feature. The Hammer
Sportsman feature was won by David Burns. Eric Palmer picked up the victory
in the Crate Modified class. Karl Freyer topped his rivals in the Larry's
Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Car main event. In the Lyons
Construction/Metal Fab Rookie division, Ryan Heim scored the win and took
home the 2018 Championship.

Steve Davis grabbed the lead as the 30-lap Modified feature began. Following
two caution periods and five tours completed, Davis was still in control
with Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch, Jr. next in line and battling for second
place. By lap seven, Pauch, Jr. slipped by Godown to take over second.
Following another break in the action for debris on the track on the eighth
circuit, Pauch, Jr. blasted by Davis and into first place. Twelfth place
starting David VanHorn was continuing his advancement towards the front as
he motored by Godown and into third with ten revolutions completed. After an
additional appearance of the yellow flag on lap eleven, VanHorn slipped by
Davis and began to pursue Pauch, Jr. As the contest reached the halfway
point, the top two remained intact with Brandon Grosso in third, Danny Bouc
in fourth and Godown dropping down to fifth. On lap sixteen, a tight battle
for the lead led to slight contact between the top two of Pauch, Jr. and
VanHorn. With ten laps remaining, Pauch, Jr. had pulled slightly away from
his rivals with VanHorn holding off Grosso for second, Bouc in fourth and
John McClelland climbing into fifth after an earlier visit to the pits.
Throughout the final third of the race, Pauch, Jr. hit his marks and crossed
the finish line to gain his third victory of the year. VanHorn held off the
strong advancements of Grosso to finish in second. With Grosso in third,
Bouc was fourth and McClelland was fifth. By placing ahead of Bouc,
McClelland and Dominick Buffalino in the May Modified Madness Series finale,
Grosso won the 2018 May Modified Madness title. Ryan Godown and David
VanHorn won the Modified heat races.

David Burns, the 2017 Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie champion,
inherited the lead on the eleventh circuit and paced the field for the
remaining distance to win the 20-lap Hammer Sportsman feature. Joseph Brown
led the opening ten tours of the race. A restart following a caution on the
tenth lap saw the top two of Brown and Shaun Ratchford collide and set off a
chain reaction accident in front of the field. The incident elevated Burns
into first place. Defending champion Billy Osmun completed the race in
second. After missing his heat race due to mechanical issues, fourteenth
place starting Art Liedl finished the contest in third. Marty Resnick was
fourth and Bob Lineman, Jr came home in fifth. Hammer Sportsman qualifying
events went to Billy Osmun and David Burns.

With the time limit reached in the scheduled 20-lap Crate Modified feature,
Eric Palmer was declared the victor when the checkered flag waved after
sixteen circuits were completed. The triumph was Palmer's eighth career win.
The runner-up spot was taken by Steve Hicks. Third place went to John
Aumick. Kyle Kania wound up in fourth with fifth going to Ryan Simmons. Rob
Mancini and Eric Palmer were victorious in the heat races for the Crate
Modifieds.

Karl Freyer led every step of the way to win the 20-lap main event for the
Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. Freyer survived
two late race restarts to collect his first win at New Egypt Speedway. Rich
Mellor came home in second place. Third place was claimed by Bobby Tersillo.
Brian Spencer was fourth and Lee Nardelli finished in fifth. The qualifying
events in the Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars
division were taken by Bobby Tersillo and Eric Jennings.

In the final Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie feature of the season, Ryan
Heim won the 12-lap race and the season championship. Heim finished first in
seven of the eight Rookie events in 2018. Bobby Holzwarth was next in line.
Kevin Borden, Jr., Matt Miller and Paige Brown rounded out the top five.

Several big events are set to roll into New Egypt Speedway. First up, the
Monster Truck Racing League Presents the School's Out Monster Truck Summer
Smash on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The legendary Bigfoot, Snake
Bite, Equalizer, Hot Tamale and several more Monster Trucks along with a
Freestyle Motocross are set to entertain fans of all ages. Monster Truck
rides will be available for $10. On Saturday, June 23, gates open at 5:30
p.m. with a pit party getting underway at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30
p.m. On Sunday, June 24, the grandstand turnstiles unlock at 1:00 p.m. and
the pit party kicks off at 1:30 p.m. The show begins at 3:00 p.m. Adult
tickets can be purchased online for $20 or at the gate for $25. Tickets for
Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 are $10. All children 3 and under are
admitted for free. A family 4-pack (2 Adults & 2 Kids) is available only
online for $50. Tickets can be purchased online at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-egypt-speedway-schools-out-monster-truck-su
mmer-smash-featuring-bigfoot-tickets-42046084972.

The Garden State Gunfight 2 will be held on Wednesday, June 27th at New
Egypt Speedway. The top Modified drivers from all across the region will
take part in a 60-lap feature with $6,000 going to the winner and $400 to
start the main event. A 30-lap event for the Crate Modifieds vs. Open
Sportsman will be on the card as well. Pit gates unlock at 4:00 p.m. with
the grandstand ticket windows opening at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps start at 6:00
p.m. and the first green flag waves at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand
is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors 65 and older, $15 for teens 12-15, $15
for military personal and their spouses with ID, and Kids 11 & under are
FREE. Pit admission is $35 with any track license and $40 with no license.

New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great
Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval,
New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best
competition in the country. New Egypt's state-of-the-art facilities feature
daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the
house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear,
and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from
Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.

For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, "Like" us on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on
Twitter @nesspeedway.

NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY RESULTS - SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

Modifieds

Heat 1 - 1. Ryan Godown 2. Rich Rutski 3. Brandon Grosso 4. Steve Davis 5.
Davey Sammons 6. John McClelland 7. JR Fulper 8. Dominick Buffalino 9. Tim
Apgar

Heat 2 - 1. David VanHorn 2. Billy Pauch, Jr. 3. Danny Bouc 4. Ryan Krachun
5. Matt Stangle 6. PJ Oliver 7. Brian Papiez 8. Kevin Vaclavicek 9. Blaine
Bracelin

MODIFIEDS - 30 LAPS FEATURE

1. BILLY PAUCH, JR. 2. David VanHorn 3. Brandon Grosso 4. Danny Bouc 5. John
McClelland 6. Ryan Godown 7. Davey Sammons 8. Bryan Kuhl 9. Kevin Vaclavicek
10. JR Fulper 11. PJ Oliver 12. Jim Bobbitt 13. Brian Roemer 14. Blaine
Bracelin 15. Ryan Krachun 16. Steve Davis 17. Tim Apgar 18. Brian Papiez 19.
Matt Stangle 20. Rich Rutski 21. Dominick Buffalino 22. Roger Manning

2018 MAY MODIFIED MADNESS CHAMPION - BRANDON GROSSO

Hammer Sportsman

Heat 1 - 1. Billy Osmun 2. Shaun Ratchford 3. Pat Wall 4. Will Dupree 5.
Jimmy Amato 6. Jason Kosch

Heat 2 - 1. David Burns 2. Joseph Brown 3. Bob Lineman, Jr. 4. Joe Nappi 5.
Marty Resnick 6. Bob Rambone

HAMMER SPORTSMAN - 20 LAPS FEATURE

1. DAVID BURNS 2. Billy Osmun 3. Art Liedl 4. Marty Resnick 5. Bob Lineman,
Jr. 6. Joe Nappi 7. Cale Ross 8. Jimmy Amato 9. Joseph Brown 10. Shaun
Ratchford 11. Jason Kosch 12. Ryan Heim 13. Gary Grim 14. Will Dupree 15.
Pat Wall 16. Bob Rambone

DNS: Erich Conk

Crate Modifieds

Heat 1 - 1. Rob Mancini 2. George Gareis, Jr. 3. Dan Fleming 4. Kyle Kania
5. John Criscione 6. Steve Hicks 7. Aaron Weaver

Heat 2 - 1. Eric Palmer 2. Ryan Simmons 3. Connor King 4. Jeremy Martino 5.
Johnny Bangs 6. John Aumick 7. Steve Desmelyk

CRATE MODIFIEDS - 16 LAPS FEATURE - TIME LIMIT

1. ERIC PALMER 2. Steve Hicks 3. John Aumick 4. Kyle Kania 5. Ryan Simmons
6. Connor King 7. Johnny Bangs 8. John Criscione 9. Joe Toth 10. George
Gareis, Jr. 11. Dan Fleming 12. Aaron Weaver 13. Tom Princiotta 14. Glenn
McIntyre 15. Kevin Borden, Jr. 16. Bobby Holzwarth 17. Jeremy Martino 18.
Steve Desmelyk 19. Rob Mancini 20. Alonzo Morales 21. Paige Brown

DNS: Matt Miller

Larry's Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars

Heat 1 - 1. Bobby Tersillo 2. Brian Spencer 3. Rich Mellor 4. Jordan
Lawrence

Heat 2 - 1. Eric Jennings 2. Karl Freyer 3. Lee Nardelli 4. Corey Wood

LARRY'S HOT RODS & HARLEY'S NORTHEAST WINGLESS SPRINT CARS - 20 LAPS FEATURE

1. KARL FREYER 2. Rich Mellor 3. Bobby Tersillo 4. Brian Spencer 5. Lee
Nardelli 6. Heidi Hedin 7. Corey Wood 8. Eric Jennings 9. Jermain Godshall
10. Duane Nixon 11. Larry Drake 12. Jordan Lawrence 13. Dan Malley 14. Al
Cheney 15. Paul Comstock

LYONS CONSTRUCTION/METAL FAB ROOKIE SPORTSMAN - 12 LAPS FEATURE

1. RYAN HEIM 2. Bobby Holzwarth 3. Kevin Borden, Jr. 4. Matt Miller 5. Paige
Brown 6. Erich Conk

2018 LYONS CONSTRUCTION/METAL FAB ROOKIE SPORTSMAN CHAMPION - RYAN HEIM

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Donny Schatz Continues Dominance at River Cities

GRAND FORKS, ND – June 15, 2018 – North Dakota’s own Donny Schatz continued his dominance at River Cities Speedway, passing race-long leader Kerry Madsen on Lap 25 to win his 11th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018. It was Schatz’s sixth win in his last seven starts at the bullring. Brad Sweet came forward to finish second with Madsen settling for third.

The “Mad Man” Kerry Madsen won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature alongside Schatz. Local driver Austin Pierce brought out the first of many cautions in the lengthy event, flipping off the banking on the opening lap. Pierce, the 2017 NOSA Sprints Champion, was uninjured in the accident.

Madsen got the jump on the start once again, utilizing the bottom of the speedway as Schatz pounded the cushion. Lap 6 saw third-starting Austin McCarl go for a light tumble in turn four, bringing out the Red Flag once again. McCarl completed the race with a damaged top wing.

Four laps later, Cory Eliason and Jade Hastings bounced off the racing surface, bringing out another caution and keeping the leaders out of lapped traffic. On each restart, Schatz, on the top, was able to stay with Madsen for a lap or two before the Australian would distance himself on the bottom.

Sheldon Haudenschild’s Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing No.17 lost power while running sixth on Lap 17, bringing out the caution. A caution on the ensuing double-file restart brought the field back to Green under single-file conditions.

Following that caution, for the first time, the leaders reached traffic on the bullring. Lapped cars were littered all over the racing surface. Madsen was able to clear the first few cars getting underneath them while remaining committed to the bottom. Schatz would follow suit on the bottom by some of the lappers, but the entire capacity crowd at River Cities Speedway knew the Tony Stewart Racing No.15 would be able to maintain speed on the cushion as well.

Schatz capitalized on Madsen’s inability to clear a slower car on the backstretch, powering around the No.2M off of turn four to lead Lap 25. Schatz used the same line to clear the lapped car before getting back to the bottom to protect the lead.

Brad Sweet followed Schatz on the cushion around Madsen as well and would line up next to Schatz with eight laps remaining after the caution flew for Jason Johnson. Schatz motored away on the restart and did the same thing on the final restart with four laps to go to win his 11th Feature of the 2018 campaign and extend his lead atop the Point Standings.

Sweet would finish 2.369 seconds behind the Fargo, ND native with Madsen settling for third.

“I kept trying that top and I knew if we got into traffic I might be able to make it work,” Schatz said in Victory Lane. When asked about the multitude of cautions, Schatz simply cited that they are part of racing, but the early cautions had him wondering how the track would change as the race would go on. The North Dakota native savored the emotion of the hometown victory saying, “You never know when your last win is going to be.”

Brad Sweet was upbeat about his runner-up finish. “We were fast, I had a couple of lines working in one and two. I would have liked to give Donny a better run for his money, but he never missed a mark out front. Eventually, we’ll figure out how to beat him here,” Sweet added with a smile.

Kerry Madsen led the first 24 laps but settled for third after losing the lead in lapped traffic. “I didn’t do a good enough job. I became immobile in traffic. I tried to play a patient game and I should have been more aggressive,” Madsen said honestly before thanking his team for giving him a great car.

Shane Stewart had a strong run coming from 11th to finish fourth with Daryn Pittman completing the top five. Dominic Scelzi charged from 21st to sixth, but Mark Dobmeier grabbed KSE Hard Charger honors coming from a provisional starting 25th to finish ninth. The massive crowd at River Cities was engaged all evening, especially when track regular Thomas Kennedy set Quick Time and won his Heat Race.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season Sunday at Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND. If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Qualifying: 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, 10.367; 2. 17A-Austin McCarl, 10.434; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.444; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.482; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.502; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.509; 7. 27-Chris Ranten, 10.519; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.537; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.544; 10. 5-David Gravel, 10.567; 11. 83-Cory Eliason, 10.58; 12. 19L-R.J. Johnson, 10.639; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 10.669; 14. 8H-Jade Hastings, 10.671; 15. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.724; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.75; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.755; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.779; 19. 41-Jason Johnson, 10.799; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.799; 21. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 10.804; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.807; 23. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 10.81; 24. 2A-Austin Pierce, 10.835; 25. 10TRB-Bob Martin, 10.896; 26. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 10.897; 27. 20A-Jordan Adams, 10.976; 28. 26-Blake Egeland, 10.998; 29. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.098; 30. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 11.103; 31. 55-Nick Ranten, 11.226; 32. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.339; 33. 8-Jack Croaker, 11.429; 34. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 11.578; 35. 14-Tom Egeland, NT

Heat #1 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [6]; 7. 10TRB-Bob Martin [7]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]; 9. 8-Jack Croaker [9]

Heat #2 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 17A-Austin McCarl [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 5. 8H-Jade Hastings [4]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 7. 9N-Wade Nygaard [8]; 8. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [7]; 9. 1AJ-Trevor Mell [9]

Heat #3 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 83-Cory Eliason [3]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 5. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 6. 27-Chris Ranten [2]; 7. 20A-Jordan Adams [7]; 8. 55-Nick Ranten [8]; 9. 14-Tom Egeland [9]

Heat #4 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 2A-Austin Pierce [6]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 7. 19L-R.J. Johnson [3]; 8. 26-Blake Egeland [7]

Sears Craftsman Dash (8 Laps): 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 17A-Austin McCarl [2]; 4. 83-Cory Eliason [7]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 8. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [5]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3][-]; 2. 19L-R.J. Johnson [2][-]; 3. 27-Chris Ranten [1][-]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [4][-]; 5. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [7][$300]; 6. 10TRB-Bob Martin [6][$250]; 7. 20A-Jordan Adams [8][$225]; 8. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [5][$200]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [10][$200]; 10. 8-Jack Croaker [13][$200]; 11. 26-Blake Egeland [9][$200]; 12. 9N-Wade Nygaard [11][$200]; 13. 55-Nick Ranten [12][$200]; 14. 1AJ-Trevor Mell [14][$200]; 15. 14-Tom Egeland [15][$200];

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [11][$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$2,500]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [21][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,100]; 9. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [25][$1,250]; 10. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,000]; 11. 83-Cory Eliason [4][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [24][$1,050]; 15. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [8][$1,000]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$900]; 17. 19L-R.J. Johnson [22][$800]; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl [3][$800]; 19. 8H-Jade Hastings [18][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$800]; 21. 27-Chris Ranten [23][$800]; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [15][$800]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$800]; 24. 9N-Wade Nygaard [26][$]; 25. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [19][$800]; 26. 2A-Austin Pierce [12][$800]
Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-24, Donny Schatz 25-40;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[+16]

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Chris Windom was victorious in Friday night's 'Eastern Storm' round at Williams Grove Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)



WINDOM GROOVES AT THE GROVE FOR EASTERN STORM NIGHT 2 WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.....June 15 - Chris Windom grew up racing and winning at Williams Grove Speedway.

No, not in the physical sense. But he was a regular at the famed track in his younger days every time he sat down in front of the tube and plugged in his PlayStation 2.

Winning at The Grove in virtual reality is one thing. Winning at the half-mile dirt oval in real life is the real deal. Now, the Canton, Illinois wheelman can say he's done it twice in two different types of racecars.

Two years following his spectacular Silver Crown win there, Windom returned to Williams Grove victory lane, this time in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car, Friday night in round two of the 12th annual "Eastern Storm" tour.

Windom lined up 5th in the 23-car field for the 30-lapper as Robert Ballou spurted to the lead from his outside front row starting position. Thursday night Grandview winner Brady Bacon was electrified as well, knifing between Timmy Buckwalter and C.J. Leary to migrate from 4th to 2nd heading into turn three.

Ballou and Bacon were the class of the field early on, gapping the third-place car of Leary to the tune of a half-straightaway by the 5thcircuit. Ballou, who swept all three races of the 2015 Eastern Storm series, was aiming to put his name on the board as a winner for the first time this year with USAC. He was at the right place as nearly half his 28 career series wins have come on tracks a half-mile in length. Ballou proved his prowess on the bigger venues by negating Bacon for nearly the first two-thirds of the race.

By that point, Windom held down the third spot and was searching the Pennsylvania countryside for a way to rope the top-two in. The heavy racing surface providing lightning-quick lap times throughout the night, with newly-established track records set in qualifying and the heats, but proved to be a challenge for drivers trying to pick their way through a murderer's row of front runners that included the three most recent series' champs.

"It was just so locked down and heavy, and with a full fuel load, we couldn't really get on the throttle early on," Windom explained. "It finally started cleaning off a little bit on entry at both corners. I kind of started to haul it in there a little harder and try to get into a groove instead of just sliding wherever your car was going to go. (The track) started moving up and the bottom came in a little better, which worked out in our favor."

'A million things go through your head when you get a late-race caution. It's the worst thing possible in racing. I was searching around under caution looking at the top to see if it looked like it could be coming in. I didn't think it was, so I figured if I just hit my marks and stayed right on the bottom, no one was going to be able to drive around the outside of us. It was easy to miss it there at the end, though, to slide up a groove and let a guy duck under you. I knew if I just hit that, I figured I'd be okay.' - Chris Windom (Rich Forman Photo)

On the 20th lap, Bacon remained in attack mode, ready to swat the lead out of Ballou's hands at a moment's notice. In turn two, it finally came to fruition as Bacon powered off the bottom to rip by Ballou for the race lead. One lap later, Windom parroted the act, jetting past Ballou for 2nd.

Windom was now on the charge and Bacon was his intended target. Windom took a chance on laps 24 and 25, nearly nipping the inside guardrail with his left front rubber on corner entry in his pursuit of Bacon. Bacon's car began to shower sparks out of the rear as Windom zeroed in on the 26th go-around. Windom stuck a nose underneath Bacon between turns one and two, completing the process by the time the two hit the back straightaway to secure the top spot.

"The track finally started blowing off some with about 12 laps to go," Windom recalls. "(Bacon) was leading and I don't think he knew that he was missing the bottom or there was even more moisture. This place is so tough to get by a guy down the straightaways. I wanted to make sure that, when I made my move, I cleared him. I know he's a smart racecar driver. If I would've showed him a nose, he probably would've moved down, and I would've never been able to get by him."

Windom began to stretch his lead and the red-carpet, yellow brick road entrance to victory lane was a near certainty as the white flag loomed on the horizon. That is, until the yellow flag intercepted the proceedings for a turn 4 spin by Trevor Kobylarz, thus setting up a green-white-checkered finish and a chance for the two champs to duke it out one more time.

"A million things go through your head when you get a late-race caution," Windom admits. "It's the worst thing possible in racing. I was searching around under caution looking at the top to see if it looked like it could be coming in. I didn't think it was, so I figured if I just hit my marks and stayed right on the bottom, no one was going to be able to drive around the outside of us. It was easy to miss it there at the end, though, to slide up a groove and let a guy duck under you. I knew if I just hit that, I figured I'd be okay."

One night earlier, after losing the lead to Kevin Thomas, Jr. late in the going, Bacon's bid for a win seemed futile until the final two laps when he figuratively rose from the grave to reclaim the lead on his way to victory in the Eastern Storm opener.

Windom wasn't about to let this one slip through his hands as he hustled his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar on the restart, gapping Bacon by five car-lengths as he led the field into turn one.

Windom was never fazed and never threatened following the final restart, finishing out his night with a 0.558 margin of victory over Bacon, Ballou, Thomas and series Rookie Timmy Buckwalter, who scored a career-best fifth-place result.

The win was the 20th of Windom's career, making him the 27th USAC National Sprint Car driver to reach the 20-win mark.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway included Zach Daum (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tony DiMattia (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kyle Moody (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2018 - Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 69, Dynamics-19.509 (New Track Record); 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-19.723; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-19.751; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.861; 5. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-19.943; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-19.991; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.011; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.027; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-20.122; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.168; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-20.187; 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-20.220; 13. Kyle Moody, 13K, Kaylor-20.237; 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-20.290; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.330; 16. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-20.384; 17. Joey Biasi, B1, Shaup-20.406; 18. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-20.462; 19. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.468; 20. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-20.473; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.586; 22. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-20.678; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-22.196.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Daum, 2. Ballou, 3. Grant, 4. Moody, 5. Thomas, 6. Stockon, 7. Westfall, 8. Perigo. 2:42.99

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Coons, 2. Leary, 3. Windom, 4. Darland, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Biasi, 7. Boespflug, 8. Bell. 2:42.81 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. DiMattia, 2. Andretti, 3. Courtney, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Bacon, 6. Meseraull, 7. Chapple. 2:44.08

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (5); 2. Brady Bacon (4); 3. Robert Ballou; (2); 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6); 5. Timmy Buckwalter (3); 6. Dave Darland (11); 7. Chase Stockon (7); 8. Tyler Courtney (9); 9. Justin Grant (10); 10. C.J. Leary (1); 11. Thomas Meseraull (8); 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14); 13. Isaac Chapple (21); 14. Chad Boespflug (20); 15. Kyle Moody (13); 16. Joey Biasi (17); 17. Matt Westfall (22); 18. Jarett Andretti (15); 19. Trevor Kobylarz (12); 20. Carmen Perigo (19); 21. Zach Daum (16); 22. Tony DiMattia (18); 23. Robert Bell (23). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Ballou, Laps 20-25 Bacon, Laps 26-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Isaac Chapple (21st to 13th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Moody

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-932, 2-Courtney-884, 3-Windom-882, 4-Stockon-803, 5-Bacon-797, 6-Ballou-781, 7-Leary-773, 8-Darland-735, 9-Grant-715, 10-Boespflug-634.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-155, 2-Bacon-149, 3-Thomas-148, 4-Ballou-128, 5-Courtney-124, 6-Stockon-115, 7-Darland-107, 8-Andretti-103, 9-Buckwalter-99, 10-Boespflug-99.

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES EASTERN STORM PASS MASTER POINTS: 1-Chapple-15, 2-Westfall-11, 3-Darland-10, 4-Courtney-9, 5-Boespflug-6, 6-Windom-5, 7-Thomas-3, 8-Bacon-2, 9-Ballou-2, 10-Coons-2.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 16 - Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - 12th Annual "Eastern Storm"

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