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Marlar Grabs Win at Duck River May 14, 2017

Marlar Grabs Win at Duck River

WHEEL, T.N.— May 14— The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series wrapped up a two-day swing through Tennessee at Duck River Raceway Park on Mother’s Day. Tennessee-native Mike Marlar wheeled his way to victory lane to claim his second-ever Series win.

“I love racing with the World of Outlaws,” said Marlar. “I don’t get to do it a lot but when they come to Tennessee or sometimes I will venture out and go racing with them. They are an awesome group of guys to race with... It’s fun to go racing at a top level like this.”

Marlar drove throughout the night after a racing in Illinois to take on the Outlaws in his home state. Luckily for him, the long haul paid off; $10,000 to be exact.

Marlar scored second in his heat race which put him in the redraw for the feature event. He then drew a fourth position start which would place him on the outside of the second row surrounded by Series young guns Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran and Tyler Erb.

Brandon Sheppard was able to gain an early lead over the field stretching the distance to 1.589 seconds by lap 15. The action ensued for second between Marlar and Moran until Moran got a right rear flat sending him to the pits on lap 23. The caution for Moran allowed for the field to reset ultimately shutting the door on Sheppard’s lead. Using his knowledge of the track to his advantage, Marlar began trying different lines to outrun the Rocket1 machine and on lap 35 he made the pass for the win.

“I’m pretty happy with our finish but I know in my head that I probably gave that race up,” said Sheppard. “Mike did a really good job and he out did me there basically. I stayed in the same line and he kind of knew exactly where I was going to go and used it to his advantage. He got down in front of me on the front stretch here and I should have known it was time to start moving around a little bit.”

For additional news visit www.woolms.com

Darrel DeFrance Wins at Quad City Speedway May 14, 2017

Darrel DeFrance Wins at Quad City Speedway

EAST MOLINE, Ill. — When Darrel DeFrance drew the pole position during the redraw ceremony Sunday at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., the crowd gave a haughty cheer.

The Marshalltown driver has been at all 473 events the IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models has held. Since 1987, the yellow No. 99D has become synonymous with the Summer Series, and its Iron Man has become someone fans and competitors alike revere.

Sunday night at the bullring that is QCS, DeFrance broke a Summer Series winless streak that dated back to 2013 at Dubuque Speedway, and the cheer he got in Victory Lane made the veteran racer emotional. Holding a victory cigar, the look on his face made him look much younger than a man who’s been racing for more than 30 years.

“I don’t smoke, but special occasions, I guess,” DeFrance said through a laugh as he held the cigar. “I think the fans like the young and the old. They like to see us old guys do good. It’s a humbling sport. This makes it all worthwhile.”

DeFrance got his 14th career Summer Series win after leading all 40 of the main event’s laps, holding off multiple challengers, including Luke Goedert — who fell out after contact with Rob Toland broke his left rear wheel — Jeremiah Hurst and Jesse Sobbing.

Sobbing’s run on the high side in the final five laps resulted in a side by side finish at the checkered flag, something DeFrance laughed at in relief.

He knew someone was out there in those closing laps, and with a win at his fingertips, those age-old gremlins threatened to sneak into his head. The side-by-side finish was thrilling, but a heap of stress for DeFrance.

“I didn’t have that (the winless streak) in my mind at all,” DeFrance said. “I saw (Sobbing) once (in Turns 1 and 2) and on the white flag lap, I knew he was there. I tried to use as much of that straightaway as I could. He raced me clean and I appreciate that. Good finish for the fans — not so much for me, but for the fans.”

DeFrance won ahead of Sobbing, Hurst, Rob Toland and Ray Guss Jr. — out of retirement — and took the $2,000 winner’s check back to his old yellow hauler that’s seen at every Summer Series show, too.

Sobbing likely needed just one more lap to complete the pass of DeFrance, but falling back in the middle of the race and a bobble while running along the cushion with two to go ended up too much to overcome. The series rookie had a bit of a laugh in the tech area himself, joking he was happy to make it to tech without a run-in with another driver — something he’s had happen at several races this season.

“I needed to not mess up with two to go or be better in the middle of the race,” Sobbing said. “Old Darrel, he’s pretty smooth. He did a heck of a job to keep the lead.

“I’m glad to finish in the top three, top five. I’m glad to finish. I’ve had some DNFs. It seems like we’ve had a rough go with some of these guys, and it looks like we were able to run with them just fine tonight. I’m just glad to be here in tech.”

The last few seasons have been a trying time for DeFrance. He wasn’t near as competitive as he had been in the past, and struggled to make many main events at Summer Series races.

DeFrance joked Sunday night that “as long as I’ve raced, I’ve quit 100 times (in my head) and I was always back the next week.” Persevering throughout the years despite frustrations that would push anyone to consider calling it quits, DeFrance got to enjoy the fruits of sticking with it.

But like one good golf shot keeps golfers coming back to the course, a win is an unmatched restorative. He’s won a couple weekly shows already this season, and believes he isn’t done yet.

“We’ve ended this drought; it took a while, and I hope it doesn’t take as long for the next one,” DeFrance said. “I hope this is the turnaround. We changed our car program. It’s resurrected me. I haven’t quit yet. I’m going to do this as long as I’m having fun, and tonight we’re sure having fun.”

Story courtesy of Jeremiah Davis/The Gazette

Alan Fink Grabs Opener at Brewerton Speedway May 12, 2017

Alan Fink Grabs Opener at Brewerton Speedway

In the 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, defending track champion Ron Davis III would set the early pace at the front of the field.

With 5 laps complete, Davis and Alan Fink were in a two car breakaway as they battled for the lead. Brent Joy, Dave Marcuccilli and Billy Clark raced for third through fifth.

On lap 6 Fink found the bite he needed as he drove by Davis into the lead.

At the 10 lap point, Fink held a few car length advantage over Davis as he was putting cars a lap down. Clark, Marcuccilli and Joy still showed in the top five.

With 10 laps to go Fink was on cruise control as he opened a full straightaway lead over Davis and Clark.

Over the remaining laps and no cautions to tighten the field up Fink cruised to the popular win. Ron Davis III, Billy Clark Jr., Dave Marcuccilli and Tony Finch II finished second through fifth.

For more news visit www.brewertonspeedway.com

Photo courtesy of Joe Johnson

VanderBeek Wins Summit Showdown at Kennedale May 12, 2017

VanderBeek Wins Summit Showdown at Kennedale

One of the most entertaining main events of the season took place Friday night at the Kennedale Speedway Park, followed up by one of the biggest celebrations of the year after Zack VanderBeek notched his first United States Modified Touring Series victory since early last September.

A top-to-bottom smooth, slick racing surface allowed drivers to race anywhere they felt good, and the usual suspects were in their comfort zones making the most of their favorite path around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

The next-to-last feature race in the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars saw Clyde Dunn Jr. take control from the outset with Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner Cade Dillard glued to his back bumper on the high side.

As the 40-lapper reached the halfway mark, thick lapped traffic played havoc with the leaders and three-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes took advantage of the situation.

Hughes dispatched David Winslett for fourth on the seventh lap, and then picked off Tyler Wolff for third with 11 laps in the books before darting between both Dunn and Dillard to swipe the lead away on lap 21.

Seventeenth-starting Ryan Gustin followed into the second spot one lap later, and narrowly edged in front of Hughes on lap 29 when the race’s fourth yellow flag waved and sent Hughes back to the point for the restart.

With Hughes was pedaling through the middle of the corners and Gustin churning away on the top, VanderBeek quietly worked his way from his seventh-row starting slot and drove underneath six cars in nine laps to sit third for the restart.

VanderBeek passed Gustin for second after green flag racing resumed, and then bolted ahead of Hughes to lead the 31st lap.

From there it was all ‘The Z-Man’ as the 32-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, claimed his first win of the season, his first in Kennedale and snapped a 36-race winless streak dating back to Sept. 2, 2016.

Worth $3,000, it was the 37th USMTS win of VanderBeek’s career and gave him sole possession of seventh on the all-time wins list, breaking a tie with Jon Tesch. It was also the first checkered flag for chassis no. 1 by VanderBuilt Race Cars—his debut creation.

Chris Brown, who started right behind VanderBeek in 15th, got around Hughes in the late stages of the race and finished second while Gustin followed his teammate across the finish line in fourth.

R.C. Whitwell was fifth, Dillard held on for sixth, Stormy Scott was seventh, Dereck Ramirez earned an eighth-place check and Wolff fended off Joe Duvall for the ninth position.

For additional news visit www.usmts.com

Reutzel Victorious in Lucas Oil ASCS Classic May 11, 2017

Reutzel Victorious in Lucas Oil ASCS Classic

Scoring his first victory of the season against the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Aaron Reutzel out-dueled defending series champion Sam Hafertepe Jr. in the KC Klassic presented by Racinboys.com at the Lakeside Speedway Thursday night.

Greeted in victory lane first by his son, Carson, the win is Reutzel’s 14th career Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour victory.

“You know, Sam and I have been able race each other clean so hats off to Sam for that. I felt the bottom was there and I was watching lapped cars as I was catching them and none of them were running the top. I wasn’t sure if it was because they couldn’t run up there or not, but I finally did see a nose get under me so I went all out and that’s when Sam went by me, but luckily I was able to get back by him,” commented Reutzel. “This a big win for my guys. We’ve been knocking on the door for a while to get a win.”

Battling early on with Matt Covington, the pair were wheel to wheel at both ends of the four-tenths mile oval for the first three laps before the red lights blinked on for Cody Ledger who ended up going for a ride in the first two turns.

Challenging the low line on the No. 87 on the restart, Reutzel was able to hold off Covington’s No. 95 with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. in tow. Running the top in one and two and the hub in three and four, Aaron was able to garner some breathing room as Hafertepe moved to the runner-up spot on Lap 11.

Starting to work into slower traffic as the race moved past the half-way point, the top three were all within striking distance with the trio utilizing multiple grooves in hopes of gaining the advantage. Building his momentum, Hafertepe had the run. Rolling off the second turn, Hafertepe snagged the top spot on Lap 18. Crossing down the track, Reutzel returned the move in kind as both drivers navigated the bottom side of the Speedway. Having run a diamond line to catch and pass Reutzel, the change of line by Hafertepe was due to a lack of tear-offs.

As Hafertepe explained, “I wanted to keep running the top, but it got to where I couldn’t see the wall anymore and I didn’t want to junk the car.”

Trailing the No. 87 by 0.668 seconds at the drop of the checkered flag, the win by Reutzel stopped Hafertepe’s win streak at five. That ties the Texas native with “The Texan” Gary Wright who went five in a row in 2005. Hafrertepe did, however, set a series record as the first driver to open the season with five consecutive race wins.

Covington posted his best finish of the season with a third-place showing in the T&L Foundry No. 95 with Josh Baughman crossing fourth in the FK Midwest No. 17. Dustin Morgan completed the top five in the Ark Wrecking No. 93.

Terry McCarl ran to a sixth-place finish with Tony Stewart moving from 10th to seventh. Wayne Johnson was the night’s CP-Carrillo Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish eighth. Danny Lasoski from 12th grabbed ninth with Johnny Herrera completing the top 10.

With a field of 36 on hand, four heat races went to Baughman, Hafertepe, Reutzel and Covington who was the night’s FSR Radiator High Point driver with his win from eighth in his heat race. Twin B-features were topped by Blake Hahn and Jack Dover. Provisionals were taken by Kyle Bellm and Skylar Gee based on their owner points. A regional provisional was awarded to Danny Thoman.

For more news visit www.lakesidespeedway.net

Photo courtesy of www.lakesidespeedway.net

Weekly Winners 5/2/17 - 5/8/17 May 8, 2017

Weekly Winners 5/2/17 - 5/8/17

Congratulations to:

AJ Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

Matt Dooley – Senoia Raceway

James Dennis – Atomic Speedway & Skyline Speedway

Timothy Culp – ArkLa Tex Speedway

Shane Hiatt - Eagle Raceway

Devin Smith - Hamilton County Speedway

Chris Zogg – West Liberty Raceway

Nick Meyer - Hamilton County Speedway

Kelly Shryock - Fairmont Raceway

Lucas Schott – Mississippi Thunder Speedway & Cedar Lake Speedway

Derek Green - Fairmont Raceway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Brandon Sheppard – Fayetteville Motor Speedway

Justin Zeitner - Adams County Speedway

Austin Hubbard – Hagerstown Speedway

Mark Newton – Senoia Raceway

Jack Sullivan – Diamond Park Speedway

Clint Hatlestad - Princeton Speedway & Arlington Raceway

Myles Michehl - Hamilton County Speedway & Sports Park Raceway

Darrel DeFrance – Hamilton County Speedway

Ashton Winger – Rome Speedway

Corey Madden - Shelby County Speedway