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Williamson Wins Applefest Shootout September 23, 2017

Williamson Wins Applefest Shootout

BRIGHTON, Ont. – Orange Motorsports presented the second and final night of Applefest Shootout Weekend at Brighton Speedway. The DIRTcar 358 Modifieds headlined the event in the 75 lap Applefest Shootout along with Go Nuclear! Late Model Series with the running of the Great Crate Race. The event also included the DIRTcar Sportsman Western Region Series with their second race of the weekend plus the Quad Track Duel on the Dirt Finale for Pro Stocks and an invitation for Canadian Modifieds.

The 13th Annual Applefest Shootout was led to the green flag by Gary Lindberg (No. 28z) and Mike Bowman (No. 71). The two drivers swapped the top spot five times over the first 30 laps of the 75 lap main event.

Bobby Herrington (No. 25h) began to make his presence known by the one third mark and worked his way to the point on lap 32. The next 18 circuits were led by the Kingston driver as he controlled the pace until Chad Brachmann (No. 3) took his turn in the lead.

A restart with two laps left set up a true shootout between Brachmann and second place Mat Williamson (No. 6). Going into the second corner though mechanical issues slowed the leader handing Williamson the top spot. He held on for the final lap and a half to win his first career Applefest Shootout. Erick Rudolph (No. 25) fell just one spot short of winning his fourth straight in the event, while Herrington crossed the finish line third. Pole sitter Lindberg was fourth and Brachmann nursed his car to a top five finish.

For additional news visit www.brightonspeedway.ca

Weekly Winners 9/12/17 - 9/18/17 September 18, 2017

Weekly Winners 9/12/17 - 9/18/17

Congratulations to:

Mike Marlar – Knoxville Raceway

AJ Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

Tim Fuller – Mohawk International Raceway (pictured)

Max Blair – Freedom Motorsports Park

John VanDoorn – Toledo Speedway

Russ King – Thunder Mountain Speedway

Jack Sullivan – I-30 Speedway

Ashton Winger – Senoia Raceway

Mat Williamson – Freedom Motorsports Park

Matt Sheppard – Brewerton Speedway & Cornwall Motor Speedway

Logan Martin – Springfield Raceway

Billy Dunn – Mohawk International Raceway

Corey Madden – Shelby County Speedway

Josh Richards – Knoxville Raceway

Jake Bubak – West Texas Raceway

Mark Norris – Batesville Motor Speedway

Jason Jameson – Florence Speedway

Terry Phillips – Marshalltown Speedway

Corey Zeitner – Shelby County Speedway

James Dennis – Skyline Speedway

Brent Kelsey – Mohawk International Raceway

Kevin Smith – Skagit Speedway Track Champion

Jeff Strunk – Grandview Speedway

Jared Miley – Hummingbird Speedway

Bryce Clark – I-30 Speedway

Jason Trammell – Volunteer Speedway

 

Marlar Makes History With Back-To-Back Knoxville Nationals Championships September 16, 2017

Marlar Makes History With Back-To-Back Knoxville Nationals Championships

KNOXVILLE, IA (September 16, 2017) – Mike Marlar became the first driver in the 14-year history of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals to win in back-to-back years – taking the $40,000 top prize on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. Marlar took the lead from race-leader Josh Richards on lap 92 and then sped away for the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Jonathan Davenport made a valiant charge in the last five laps to finish second after pitting for a right-front, flat tire on lap 50. Jared Landers, the 2015 winner of the race came home third, with Jimmy Mars and Jimmy Owens completing the top five drivers.

Davenport led the first 19 laps of the race until Richards took over the point. Richards then held the top spot until Marlar got by him late in the race. Richards had a right-front tire go down, putting him into the turn three wall. Richards changed the tire and ran just a few more laps before calling it a night. He was credited with an 18th place finish as his points lead over Tim McCreadie shrunk to just 90 points.

Marlar returned in his Ronnie Delk-owned, Rocket Chassis to defend his crown-jewel victory. “Tonight makes me feel really good about being a racecar driver. That wasn’t a race, that was a battle right there. With 25 to go, I thought man I need to start going and give it all I had. I let Jared Landers get by me and then I got back by him when he got high in turn one. I thought now I am good. I could run this thing to death. I think I could do it.”

“There was a caution as soon as I got passed by Landers. Luckily, I got back by him on the restart. I don’t think Josh was at his best when I caught him and passed him for the lead. I think he was having an issue. This is awesome. I want to thank Josh and Jerry for their help. Without them I couldn’t do this. They are back at the shop everyday working on the car. My car owner Ronnie Delk and my wife Stacy, thanks for all they do.”

Davenport came up just short of his first win in the event. “I had a plan on that last restart and it just worked out. I wondered where everyone was going. Everybody took off and went to the bottom of the track. They just left the door open for me and I took advantage of it. Our car wasn’t any good in traffic for whatever reason. The best car won the race. Josh must have been pretty good too. He passed me early on. I just to thank my guys for getting me back out there after we pitted.”

Landers sat out last year’s event due to an injury and returned this weekend to score two podium finishes. “I hurt my tires by lap 50. I was worried about it. I got up there with Josh and I had some good momentum going and I jumped the cushion and it hurt me. I cost us that spot. I will take a top-three. That was a lot of laps there. I hadn’t raced that hard for a while.”

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O’Neal, Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, and Tim McCreadie.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Jeff Strunk Wins Freedom 76 For Second Straight Year September 16, 2017

Jeff Strunk Wins Freedom 76 For Second Straight Year

By: Randy Kane

Jeff Strunk struggled compared to his own high standards throughout the 2017 racing season at Grandview Speedway.

Wheeling that familiar Glenn Hyneman-owned No. 126 358 modified, the 49-year-old racer from Boyertown had, at one point, 14 consecutive weeks with top-10 finishes but had only one win, finishing a disappointing third in the final points standings.

"Glenn gives us the best equipment available all season long, but this season we didn't show it," said Strunk. "We need to do whatever it might take to be better, but it always makes things better whenever you cash in on the big ones."

Strunk did just that Saturday night at the Bechtelsville track, in the 47th annual Freedom 76, earning in excess of $30,000.

For the final 50 laps on the high-banked third-mile dirt track, Strunk withstood challenge after challenge from Craig Von Dohren, the 54-year-old driver from Oley.

Strunk became the only seven-time winner of the event and the only driver to win the race in consecutive seasons three times. It was his 67th career win at the track promoted by the Rogers family.

"Craig is tough as nails," Strunk said of Von Dohren. "He raced me clean throughout. He is tough. There's nobody better that races here. To race that hard for that long against a guy like that and eventually beat him, that's just awesome. Craig pushes you to your limits, and I never honestly was sure where to race. I raced down on the bottom and tried running up on the top, but Craig is a good racer. I just cannot say enough good things about that racing team.

"I raced the car as hard as I could all the way tonight. From beginning to end, there was no saving it on any laps. It sure means a lot to win one like this tonight."

"It was a real nail-biter," said longtime team owner Hyneman. "I really did enjoy it, but you had to be chewing off your nails all night long. I've got to thank Craig Von Dohren. He raced us clean all night, throughout the entire event. Craig and his team did an outstanding job."

Strunk and Von Dohren both got into the event as guaranteed starters, with Strunk picking sixth to start in a blind draw and Von Dohren No. 11 in the 35-car field.

Billy Pauch Sr., 60, of Frenchtown, N.J., a six-time Freedom 76 winner, set the early pace early on. Exiting Turn 4 on Lap 12, running on the high outside, Strunk swept past Pauch to become the leader.

Von Dohren moved into fourth at 20 laps, third on a Lap 26 restart and second on Lap 31.

"Winning these races makes things so much sweeter and better," said Strunk. "I was trying to figure out where to go every lap, and things really got close a few times, but in the end it was a great race. Winning it means so much."

Kevin Hirthler finished third, followed by Kenny Gilmore and Mike Gular.

Terry Phllips Takes 11th Annual World Nationals Title September 16, 2017

Terry Phllips Takes 11th Annual World Nationals Title

Night #2 of the World National's at the Marshalltown Speedway had rain threats on Saturday night, but Mother Nature did not win this time. The racing went on as planned and with the bit of natural moisture that fell from the sky earlier, it was to the tracks benefit.

 
The cream does rise to the top, and the 50 lap IMCA Modified feature showed just that as the fans were treated to some spectacular racing through the entire field. Veteran racer Terry Phillips from Springfield, Missouri showed his expertise on the track, and went home $10,000 richer with the win. Richie Gustin gave him a run for the money when he took the lead at lap twenty-one....only to have Phillips come right back and regain it the next lap. From then on, Phillips put distance between himself and Gustin, and took the comfortable win. Gustin had to be content with the runner up spot this night. Cayden Carter started ninth and finished third, fourth was Chris Abelson, and Joel Rust rounded out the top five.
 
Weekly Winners 9/5/17 - 9/11/17 September 11, 2017

Weekly Winners 9/5/17 - 9/11/17

Congratulations to:

Jonathan Davenport – Eldora Speedway

Tyler Bare – FASTRAK East Coast Rumble Champion

Rodney Sanders – Mississippi Thunder Speedway

Dale Hollidge – Winchester Speedway Track Champion

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway Track Champion

Matt Sheppard – LeRPM Speedway & American Racer Cup Champion

Dennis Lykins – Senoia Raceway

Zach Sabotka – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Dave Constantino – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park

Clay Butler – Grandview Speedway (pictured)

Brett Kressley – Grandview Speedway

Max Blair – Stateline Speedway

Dan Powers – 81 Speedway

Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Craig VonDohren – Grandview Speedway Track Champion

Matt Dooley – Senoia Raceway Track Champion

James Dennis – AMRA Champion, Skyline Speedway & I-77 Speedway Track Champion

Logan Roberson – Winchester Speedway

Jamie Mills – Delaware International Speedway