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Jason Covert Captures AMS Win at Path Valley June 6, 2016

Jason Covert Captures AMS Win at Path Valley

By Kevin Kovac
DirtonDirt.com senior writer

SPRING RUN, Pa. (June 6) — Welcome home, Jason Covert.
 
Returning to the track where he started his racing career in 1987 for the first time in nearly 15 years, the 45-year-old driver from York Haven, Pa., registered an emotional $4,000 triumph in Monday night’s 40-lap Appalachian Mountain Speedweek presented by Century Link feature at Path Valley Speedway Park.
 
Covert called on all his old knowledge of the high-banked, quarter-mile oval to outduel Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., for the lead just after the race’s midway point and then pull away from the pack after Satterlee’s hopes were dashed by a right-rear flat tire on lap 31.
 
“To win a big race here …” Covert said in victory lane, his voice trailing off and cracking with heartfelt emotion. “I’m never speechless, but I’m almost speechless.”
 
Covert, who grew up just 10 minutes away from Path Valley, controlled the action after Satterlee’s demise and steered his Cameron-Mann Motorsports Rocket XR1 car across the finish line with a half-straightaway edge over defending AMS champion Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa. Rine started 11th in his Longhorn Race Car and inherited the runner-up spot on lap 31 when Satterlee pitted for a tire change.
 
Joe Martin of Punxsutawney, Pa., finished third driving veteran western Pennsylvania car owner Rick Peterman’s MasterSbilt by Huey machine. It was the 30-year-old’s first-ever AMS start and just his eighth Super Late Model run since moving up from the Crate Late Model division earlier this season.
 
Justin Kann of Huntingdon, Pa., moved up from the eighth starting spot to finish fourth and Danny Snyder of Green Lane, Pa., survived several body-damaging scrapes during the evening to earn hard-charger honors with an advance from the 22nd starting spot to a fifth-place finish.
 
Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa., finished sixth and Satterlee rallied from his late pit stop to place seventh.
 
Satterlee’s misfortune ended the titanic battle for the lead he waged with Covert, who moved forward from the sixth starting spot to run second by lap four and then assumed command for the first time on lap 13 when Satterlee had problems on the cushion in turn two. The two good friends then raced side-by-side for multiple circuits, with Satterlee slipping ahead to lead laps 23-24 before Covert regained the top spot on lap 25.
 
After the first 13 laps were slowed by nine of the rough-and-tumble event’s 10 caution flags, Covert and Satterlee went at it hard during the longest green-flag stretch of the feature. It appeared that their struggle was destined to go down to the wire until Satterlee ran into trouble.
 
Covert had one word to describe his race with Satterlee: “Intense.”
 
“I was (chasing) after him, and then he gets over the cushion a little bit (on lap 13) to give me the lead and then he gets after me,” Covert said. “I overheated my tire racing him so I went to the lip … then I was like, Where’s he at? I saw he blew a tire and I’m like, ‘Ah.’
 
Satterlee, 31, was similarly thrilled by the close race with Covert.
 
“I don’t think it could get a whole lot better,” Satterlee said. “I don’t know how many laps it lasted … eight or 10?
 

“It’s always fun when you can race like that. He was kind of in the middle, I was almost in the infield. We used almost all of the racetrack.”

 
It was a mistake that cost Satterlee the lead that he could never quite get fully back in his grasp.
 
“I just hit the cushion with my right-rear (on lap 13),” said Satterlee, who started from the outside pole and surged into the lead at the initial green flag. “That thing was just getting bigger and bigger every lap. I thought I was faster when I could use it, and I just got into it a little too hard. I just kind of slid up to it and I got away from it for a second, and then smashed back into it. It just lifted the whole car up on top of it. I pretty much had to stop and Covert went flying by.
 
“I caught back up to him and I think I was ahead of him a few times (at the start-finish line), but I never really got all the way by him. I was just trying to be patient … I thought when we cleared the lapped cars I could get back to him and go for it at the end, but my right-rear tire cut down and that was the end of it. I think it got a hole in it, ran a little low on air and then it blew up.”
 
Satterlee wasn’t dejected afterward, however. He enjoyed his first-ever visit to the Path Valley bullring.
 
“It’s a fun little place,” Satterlee said. “I’d come back for sure.”
 
Covert certainly wouldn’t have to be enticed to return. He had been anxiously awaiting the chance to compete at Path Valley for the first time since he won a 358 Late Model feature in September 2001.
 
“When this come on the (AMS) schedule (in 2015), you don’t know how much it meant,” said Covert, whose anticipation level for Path Valley’s biggest Super Late Model event ever rose even higher after last year’s AMS stop was rained out. “To have this happen, and to race Gregg like that … that’s one of my best buddies.
 
“I thought the track was absolutely fantastic. I think they did a fantastic job … you could race, it was fun. The fans should’ve loved it … I loved it. Gregg and I had an awesome race.
 
“I’m just overwhelmed,” he added. “I’m gonna savor this one for a long time. I’ve said it a lot, I’m way closer to the end of what I started than I am the beginning, and you gotta really treasure the ones you win because you don’t know if it’s gonna be your last.”
 
Rine, 38, briefly nosed underneath Covert following the lap-31 restart but couldn’t maintain contact with the leader. He settled for a satisfying runner-up finish.
 
“I’m used to racing on a big half-mile and this is pretty neat,” Rine said. “I raced a micro-sprint here in about 1993 or ’94 and this is whole different deal here. This was a fun little place.”
 
For more news visit www.lmspeedweek.com
Thornton Scores First Marshalltown Win June 3, 2016

Thornton Scores First Marshalltown Win

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 3)– Two drivers, Ricky Thornton Jr. in the Xtreme Motor Sports Modified division and Jeff Wollam in IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, scored first wins of the 2016 sea­son at the Marshalltown Speedway on Friday night.

Thornton, the Chandler, Ariz., driver who is calling Iowa home for the summer, made his pres­ence known in the 20-lap Modified feature. He started 13th and grabbed the lead away from last week’s winner Eric Elliott on lap nine.

From there on, Thornton took his ride to the top side and never looked back on his way to the check­ers. Jake Murray finished second from starting ninth, and third went to 11th starting Jimmy Gustin with a late race charge. Kyle Brown finished fourth and Ronn Lauritzen came from 10th to round out the top five.

For more news visit www.imca.com

Photo courtesy of BuckMonsonPhoto.com

Carey Terrance Picks Up First Win of Season at Mohawk June 3, 2016

Carey Terrance Picks Up First Win of Season at Mohawk

By TIM BALTZ

A great crowd was on hand along with 97.3 CKON FM and they definitely got their money’s worth as great finishes and great racing made for a great night in all 5 classes.

The 358 Modifieds were ready to roll for 30 laps of racing and Larry Welling Jr. had the best seat in the house as he took the lead from the pole position over David Papineau, Pat O’Brien, Carey Terrance and Gage Morin. Welling has gone winless in his 358 Modified career at MIR and was on a mission as he held a strong lead in the opening 8 laps while behind him Terrance, Morin, O’Brien and Brian McDonald were battling hard in the top 5. At the halfway point Welling continued his strong run on a track that saw the fast lane be right around the bottom side, while Terrance was doing everything he could to reel in the leader. As the laps clicked off Welling got closer to his first Mohawk win and in the process got closer to lapped traffic. This allowed Terrance to close in and found himself on the back bumper of Larry Welling Jr. with 10 laps to go. With everyone fighting for the bottom Welling was not going to the top side anytime soon so the only hope for Terrance was a mistake in traffic. That wish came true, coming to the white flag Well tangled with a lapped car sending the car spinning on the front stretch, Welling was able to get away but Terrance found an open lane and charged through to take the lead with Welling and Morin completing the top 3. Carey Terrance played the patience game perfect as he went on to score his first win of the season in the caution free 30 lap contest with Welling coming home 2nd. Gage Morin Pat O’Brien and Brian McDonald filled out the top 5.

For more news visit www.dirttrackdigest.com

Weekly Winners 5/24/16 - 5/30/16 May 30, 2016

Weekly Winners 5/24/16 - 5/30/16

Congratulations to:

Corey Probst – Redwood Speedway

Cody Nielsen - Clay County Fair Speedway

Shane Clanton – Moler Raceway Park

David Scott – Stateline Speedway

Rodney Sanders – Mason City Motor Speedway

Chad Cook – Thunder Mountain Speedway

Donovan Smith – Marshalltown Speedway

Dustin Smith - Clay County Fair Speedway

Dave Zagaiski – Berlin Raceway

David Smith – Clay County Fair Speedway

Jordan Grabouski – I-80 Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Doug Smith - Clay County Fair Speedway

Jon Mitchell – Boothill Speedway (pictured above)

Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Josh Richards – Tyler County Speedway

Erik Stacey – Saluda Young Farmers Recreational Complex

Matt Miller – Eldora Speedway

Jake Masters – Kossuth County Speedway

Mike Bills – Woodhull Raceway

Eric Stanton – Marshalltown Speedway

Craig Von Dohren – Big Diamond Speedway

Danny O’Brien – Mohawk International Raceway

Gene Knaub – Selinsgrove Speedway

Stephane LaFrance - Cornwall Motor Speedway

Brianna Ladouceur - Cornwall Motor Speedway

Matt Miller Wins Johnny Appleseed Classic May 29, 2016

Matt Miller Wins Johnny Appleseed Classic

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 29, 2016) – Matt Miller, from Waterville, Ohio, came out of “retirement” and won the Sunoco American Late Model A-Feature. It was the fifth time in the last six years he has won on Memorial Day weekend at Eldora.

“The track conditions are the way we like it,” said Miller, who started 11th. “I haven’t raced in a while – I raced last week – but we had a little rust on the driver. I had a horrendous restart in a heat race there. The car was phenomenal and we put the right tires on. It was a matter of being smart and not putting ourselves in a bad positon. I love racing here and I love racing in front of the fans here.”

The strong performance by the 2005 Dirt Late Model Dream winner and Rick DeLong team puts them amongst the favorites for the 22nd running of the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend in just 10 days time.

Richmond, Indiana’s Duane Chamberlain led early, but he suffered mechanical issues while leading with 13 laps to go.

Veteran Jeff Babcock, from Wayne, Ohio, finished second after starting 10th. Joe Godsey was third, while Scott James and Rusty Schlenk rounded out the top-five.

For more news visit www.eldoraspeedway.com

Photo courtesy of Jim Denhamer

Cook Scores First Career STSS Victory at Thunder Mountain May 29, 2016

Cook Scores First Career STSS Victory at Thunder Mountain

CENTER LISLE, NY — This time, Chad Cook sealed the deal.

Cook, the Deposit, N.Y., driver who calls Thunder Mountain Speedway his Saturday night home, earned the most prolific win of his career on Sunday night, topping the Waymart Building Center/Sharkey’s Fuels ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ for Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds.

Cook earned $5,420 for his efforts in the event, which was shortened by four circuits to 46 laps from its originally scheduled distance of 50 laps by rain. The event was Round No. 3 of the Halmar International North Region.

“We’ve been close before,” noted Cook, who finished second in the 2014 ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ and last September’s Wade Decker Memorial, both high-profile events at the three-eighths-mile. “It feels good to get one.

“I knew we had a good car in the heat race. I had to stay out of trouble during the feature starting where I did (ninth).”

 Cook was patient early in the main, while pole starter Matt DeLorenzo set a torrid pace out front. DeLorenzo, in his debut at the track with the BBL Companies No. 3D, came under pressure from eighth-starting Danny Creeden at the halfway point. However, as the leaders raced into traffic in turn three, DeLorenzo was forced to spin, bringing out the yellow on the 28th lap.

 On the ensuing restart, Cook drove the Mike Costello-owned No. 222 around the outside of Creeden to take the lead. A quick caution slowed the pace and Creeden went to the pits with a flat tire.

 Once in front, Cook first fended off Tyler Siri – then an emerging Mike Mahaney in the Jim Shear-owned ‘X’ ride – to score the win. He received $5,000 from the posted purse, a $200 bonus from Sharkey’s Fuels and $220 in lap money for the effort.

 With rain falling, the event was deemed official on the 46th lap. Cook celebrated Victory Lane in the rain.

 The win was Cook’s first-ever in a Short Track Super Series-sanctioned program.

 Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y., parlayed his first start of the year in the unlettered Shear mount to a strong runner-up finish after winning a heat race early in the night. Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., was quietly consistent in the Gary Mann-owned No. 55, starting and finishing third. Jerry Higbie of Newburgh, N.Y., surged from 13th to finish fourth and track regular Colton Wilson of Dryden, N.Y., drove the Pat Lynch-owned No. 42 to a fifth-place result.

 Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., pitted with right-front issues on lap 31 and recovered to finish in sixth position. STSS North Region point leader Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., advanced from 24th to finish seventh as the event’s Trackside Products Hard Charger in the Chrysler Racing mount. Completing the top-10 were Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., and Cropseyville, N.Y.’s DeLorenzo, recovering from their earlier issues, and Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y.

For more news visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com