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Weekly Winners 4/10/18 - 4/16/18 April 16, 2018

Weekly Winners 4/10/18 - 4/16/18

Congratulations to:

Ben Watkins – Cherokee Speedway

Kelly Shryock – Lee County Speedway (pictured)

Matt Sheppard – Delaware International Speedway

Donald McIntosh – Tri-County Racetrack

James Dennis – I-77 Raceway Park & Ohio Valley Speedway

Stewart Friesen – Grandview Speedway

Austin Horton – Senoia Raceway

Eric Stanton – Benton County Speedway

Dennis Hale – Senoia Raceway

Lance Borgman – I-80 Speedway

Tyler Clem – Bubba Raceway Park

Ronnie Johnson – Boyd’s Speedway & Dixie Speedway

Dakotah Knuckles – Tazewell Speedway

Ashton Winger – East Bay Raceway Park

Jordan Grabouski – I-80 Speedway

Russell Erwin – County Line Raceway

Darren Alvey - Potomac Speedway

Friesen Wins Bruce Rogers Memorial at Grandview April 14, 2018

Friesen Wins Bruce Rogers Memorial at Grandview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 15, 2018 . . . Mother Nature finally cooperated with the racing community on Saturday night and produced beautiful weather and the 56th racing season at Grandview Speedway got underway in front of a very large turnout of fans. Close to 50 small and big block Modifieds lined the pits to participate in the events leading up to the first annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker 50-lap race sponsored by VP Racing Fuels. The race was run in honor of the late Bruce Rogers, who passed away last March. Bruce, along with his father Forrest, built the track close to 60 years ago.

Three laps shy of a victory in the prestigious memorial event, Stewart Friesen wrestled the lead away from Mike Gular as the front runners had to deal with lapped traffic. Friesen held on and went on to collect the $7,500 top prize money along with beautiful hardware signifying the victory. In 2014 Friesen, now a regular in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, won the season opener along with the rich Freedom 76 Classic.

Kevin Hirthler, doing double duty in the Modified and Sportsman divisions, took the lead when leader Ryan Lilick dropped out of action and chalked up the victory in the 25-lap Sportsman feature.

Through a heads-up draw, Don Norris Jr., returning to action after a year hiatus, started on the pole in the 50-lap Memorial feature, but it was second-place starter Tim Buckwalter that took the early lead and Gular followed through for second.

Buckwalter and Gular were bumper to bumper for several laps while back further Norris Jr., Friesen and Jordan Henn diced for positions.

Gular dove underneath Buckwalter for the lead along the homestretch on the 12th lap and heading down the backstretch Buckwalter pulled into the infield out of contention.

With 15 laps in the books Gular, Norris Jr., Friesen, Craig Von Dohren and Matt Sheppard, the third, first, fourth, 12th and sixth-place starters continued to hold down one through five as they encountered slower moving traffic that were also racing for positions.

Kevin Hirthler, who had just broken into the top ten, spun in the fourth turn on the 22nd lap and went pit side. Gular held his line on the restart, but Friesen was right there leaving him no room to slip-up and Friesen knew Von Dohren was pressuring him too.

Sheppard’s solid fourth place run ended on the 24th lap with a right rear flat tire. After a pit stop he rejoined the pack, but was only able to get back to 11th until the end.

At the half-way marker Gular, Friesen and Von Dohren, who all ran the top lane; Watt and Frank Cozze completed the top five.

In the final stages of the event, lap cars hampered the front runners and Friesen had a full head of steam built up even though he abused his tires and was coming on strong as it appeared Gular was having problems getting through turns one and two.

On the 47th lap, three short of a victory for Gular, Friesen passed him. Gular didn’t surrender easily and tried to regain the top spot.

Friesen continued his pace and pulled into the winner’s circle for his third win at the oval followed by Gular, Von Dohren, Watt and Cozze. Rounding out the top ten were Duane Howard, Meme DeSantis, Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Sr. and Mike Mahaney.

Heats were won by Jordan Henn, Brett Kressley, Sheppard and Von Dohren. Jared Umbenhauer and Laubach won the consolation events.

For additional news visit www.grandviewspeedway.net

Photo courtesy of www.grandviewspeedway.net

Dakotah Knuckles Wins Spring Nationals Series Visit to Tazewell April 13, 2018

Dakotah Knuckles Wins Spring Nationals Series Visit to Tazewell

Dakotah Knuckles of Ewing, Va. scored the biggest payday and first-career Super Late Model victory during the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series event Friday Night at Tazewell Speedway.

Knuckles drove the Hickory Star Marina, Marcum Oil, Estes Brothers Construction, Schaeffer’s Oil, Timberline Barns and Hill’s Truck Repair-sponsored Cornett Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis to the $5,000 payday. Knuckles also became the 24th different winner in 46 races on the Spring Nationals Series.

From the drop of the green flag it was all Knuckles at the point. He would lead until lap 27 then Eric Wells would take command of the race. Wells would lead from lap 28 until lap 34 then Knuckles would make a power move to the outside to grab the lead back and go on for his first big payday in the 40-lapper.

Six caution flags slowed the event. The first yellow came on the opening lap as a four car pileup in turn two sent the field back for a re-aligned start. The second yellow came on lap two as Jason Jameson spun his mount in turn four. Jameson would rally back from the tail to fourth at one point before a flat tire knocked him out of contention for a possible victory. The third yellow came on lap five as a five car pileup in turn four slowed the field yet again. On lap eight, an eight car maylay slowed the field for the fourth time. On lap 25, Carder Miller slowed with a flat tire to bring out the caution and the final yellow flag would fly on lap 28 as Forrest Trent slowed in turn four.

For more news visit www.southernnationalsseries.com

Photo courtesy of McLeod Media Services

Matt Sheppard Soars To Victory in the Full Throttle Series April 11, 2018

Matt Sheppard Soars To Victory in the Full Throttle Series

Delmar, DE…The FULL THROTTLE SERIES Race # 1 officially got underway tonight at the Delaware International Speedway. The Taylor & Messick, 40 lap big block modified feature, had 34 Modifieds hitting the track for a spot in the lineup with $4000 on the line for the winner and $400 to take the green.  In addition, there were lap bonuses included tonight.

Matt Sheppard 9S, of Waterloo, NY, stated, “the track was one of the best I’ve raced on there was a racing groove from the top to the bottom I could run anywhere I needed.”

Sheppard blazed the track flawlessly from the drop of the green to take the lead from Anthony Perrego 44, from the start.  The first yellow came out with Scotty VanGorder stopping in turn 4.  On the restart Sheppard, Perrego, Jamie Mills 30, Jimmy Horton 43H and Ryan Godown 66 were the top 5.  Mills and Horton battled for third on the take off until lap 7, when local Jordan Watson 1J slows in turn 4 and he’s done for the night. Watson was plagued with mishap in hot laps with water pump woes but qualified in the consi to take the green in the feature. 

By Lap 10, Godown charged Sheppard for the lead with some good old-fashioned side by side racing for a number of laps until lap 12 when Ryan Watt 14W slowed in turn 4 with a flat.  On the restart, Godown, Sheppard, Perrego, Mills, and Craig VonDohren 14S were the leaders, with Sheppard retaking the lead by laps 14-15 in turn 2 setting up a 4 to 5 car length lead.  The caution was back out on lap 20 when Horton slowed and Jeff Brown 9 went in the pits with a flat. 

At the half way restart it was Sheppard, Godown, Perrego, Mills, VonDohren in the top 5; 6th to 10th went to Billy Pauch Jr. 51, Rick Laubach 1K, Duane Howard 357, H. J. Bunting 85 and Shawn Ward 7W.  Brown was able to return in time for restart.

Sheppard remained the leader with a battle for third between Mills and Perrego in turns 1 and 2. Mills looked to drive down and the car just kicked out from under him bringing out the yellow on lap 25, when he hit the retainer wall just outside of turn 2.   This ended the good run he had going.  Sheppard leads Godown, Perrego, Pauch Jr. and Howard in the top 5 on the restart. Howard and Pauch Jr. made little contact, but the green remained out with 18 cars on the track.

Watt made his way through the pack to claim 11th after having a flat on lap 12. On Lap 28, Perrego and Howard battle for third until Perrego ends up taking second. Lap 32 Howard gets around in turn 4 by himself bringing out the caution. Lap 33 Sheppard leads, Godown, Perrego, Pauch, Jr., VonDohren, Laubach, Jim Britt 118, Watt and Mike Gular 2A rounded out the top 10. The final two laps had a showdown for third between Bunting and VonDohren and VonDohren pushed forward claiming third.  The final top five was Sheppard, Godown, VonDohren, Bunting and Perrego.  The full field rundown was Matt Sheppard 9S, Ryan Godown 66, Craig VonDohren 14S, H. J. Bunting III 85, Anthony Perrego 44, Rick Laubach 1K, Billy Pauch Jr. 51, Ryan Watt 14W, Jim Britt 118, Mike Gular 2A, Jo Jo Watson 30M, Shawn Ward 7W, Brad Trice 33, Scott VanGorder 17, Kevin Sockriter 55K, Ron Roberts Z14, DNF: Brandon Watkins 4W, Duane Howard 357, Jeff Brown 9, Jamie Mills 30, Kevin Gardner 71, Michael White 43, Jordan Watson 1J, and Jimmy Horton 43H.

The track was super-fast all night leading Sheppard to having the fastest lap in the feature with 18.577 sec and 96.577 mph. During the heats, Sheppard still had the fastest lap of 18.161 sec and 99.113 mph.  Heats were won by Mills with 18.303 sec and a 98.345 mph, Watt at 18.326 sec and 98.221 mph lap, Sheppard, Godown with 18.627 sec and fast lap of 96.634 mph.  The two consi heats were won by Kevin Sockriter 55K, and Watson.  DNQ: J. Justice, B. Watkins, M. Hawkins, K. Peek, D. Hawkins, C. Tatman, DNS: M. Byram, C. Wright, R. Dutton, and B. Hitz.

The track would like to thank Taylor & Messick of Harrington, De. for their continued support of the Full Throttle Series. In addition, L & J Sheet Metal of Laurel, De. for their sponsorship of every lap during the Modified feature. 

For additional news visit www.delawareracing.com

Photo courtesy of www.delawareracing.com

Weekly Winners 3/27/18 - 4/2/18 April 2, 2018

Weekly Winners 3/27/18 - 4/2/18

Congratulations to:

Chad Thrash - Magnolia Motor Speedway
Shannon Babb - LaSalle Speedway
Wil Herrington - Cochran Motor Speedway
Jason Trammell - Tazewell Speedway
Logan Roberson - Potomac Speedway & Winchester Speedway (pictured)
Andy Bryant - I-35 Speedway
Howard Moore - I-30 Speedway
Austin Horton - Senoia Raceway
Adam McAuliffe - Bridgeport Speedway
Thrash Rallies To Challenge Series Win March 31, 2018

Thrash Rallies To Challenge Series Win

By DAVID MILLER 

 

Special to The Dispatch 

 

Chad Thrash could have driven his 1C Super Late Model car even faster Saturday. 

 

But he didn't need to, even as Spencer Hughes battled him from the top-side for the final 10 laps of the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series race at Magnolia Motor Speedway. 

 

Thrash started eighth and first passed Hughes for the lead on lap 18, holding him off through lap-traffic for his first State Series win of the year. Thrash, who finished second in the State Series race last week at Whynot, has three podium finishes through four series races this year. 

 

"The car was phenomenal after we made a couple of changes after the heat race," Thrash said. "I was actually driving it slower than it needed to go - it could have gone a lot faster." 

 

Thrash stayed on the bottom of the track and quickly moved through the field, passing national racers Billy Moyer, Jr. and Tyler Erb - who has won two of four State Series races this year - before picking off Hughes. 

 

"Right there about lap 10, I felt [the bottom] latching up, so I knew that would be the place for me," Thrash said. "Luckily, [other drivers] didn't do it. I just stayed down there and was able to pick them off." 

 

Hughes finished second after starting on the pole. He has another runner-up and an eighth-place finish to his credit in his first season with Henderson Motorsports. Hughes said that, though he ran the top for much of the race, it wasn't as consistent of a line as he needed it to be. 

 

"It kept going away a little bit," Hughes said. "I never really ran the cushion ... I was just up there scraping. There toward the end of the race, I was better than Chad through (turns) 3 and 4, but he could get me pretty good on Turn 2. 

 

"It's nothing to complain about - it's our third race as a team, so we're definitely getting a lot better." 

 

Hughes looked to have made the move of the race on lap 30 when lap traffic bogged down the race leaders. Hughes shot through the middle in turns 1 and 2, splitting Thrash and lap-car Shelby Sheedy to take the lead. 

 

Hughes said he didn't second-guess the move at the moment, in part because he knew he could, "make it clean." 

 

Thrash said he knew Hughes would pull it off by "the way he drove in there so hard." 

 

"It was streaking rubber on the bottom, so I wasn't going to move," Thrash said. "[Sheedy] finally slipped up and let me get up beside him, and I knew, once I cleared him, if Spencer didn't come to the bottom, it was pretty much over with." 

 

Rick Rickman finished third and briefly held down second place. Rickman, who started seventh, said he feels good about his race program but hopes to improve qualifying numbers to turn a recent string of top 5s into wins.  

 

"I'm having to race my way up too much," said Rickman, who won the first Super Late Model race of the season at Magnolia. "We can be a lot better." 

 

Moyer finished fourth, while Neil Baggett took fifth. 

 

For additional news please visit www.cdispatch.com