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Dave Zagaiski Victorious at Berlin Raceway May 21, 2016

Dave Zagaiski Victorious at Berlin Raceway

MARNE – Dave Zagaiski was asked how bad he wanted to win Saturday night's Outlaw Late Model feature race after he parked his car in Victory Lane.

"Did you watch the last couple of laps?" Zagaiski said. "That's how bad I wanted it. That's how bad."

Saturday's win was the first for Zagaiski, who has been racing at the Berlin half-mile since 2007. He resides in Armada, so it takes him about three hours to get to Marne on race day.

Zagaiski was not to be deterred Saturday, though. He started seventh in the feature and was able to avoid a multicar wreck on lap four. Flash forward to the waning laps. Zagaiski was running second to Ross Meeuwsen with six laps to go in the 50-lap feature when caution bunched the field back up.

Zagaiski restarted on the outside of Meeuwsen and was able to power by him once the green flag dropped. Zagaiski then held off Meeuwsen the rest of the way.

"We have been strong for awhile, but we have had a lot of bad luck, a lot of things go sideways for us," Zagaiski said. "The car has been good. I said it earlier, but Nick Fisher and Brad Yonker prepare this car, and I'm just the lucky guy who gets to drive it.

"It's a Benson car, and they deserve a lot of credit. Johnny Benson is one of my very good friends, and he is a big reason why I'm still racing here. They took me to the next level."

For more news visit www.berlinraceway.com

Photo courtesy of Tom DeVette Photo

Bicknell Takes Merrittville Checkers May 21, 2016

Bicknell Takes Merrittville Checkers

THOROLD, ONT – Pen Centre and Premier Equipment opened the first Holiday Doubleheader of 2016 with 5 first time winners visit Victory Lane.

“We made a few changes just before feature time,” said Bicknell the 23 time Merrittville Champion, “thanks to the fans for coming out each week … thanks to my crew and our track prep crew – there was lots of bite … I could flat foot it anywhere on the track. I didn’t want to make any mistakes or clip a guardrail … I could see Erick (Rudolph) coming.”

Todd Gordon was first to lead the 35 lap Feature with Scott Wood in control the first time down the backstretch. Almost as quickly as Ryan Susice took over the runner-up spot – Bicknell took control of third. The three leaders would drive away from the field.

Susice would soon challenge Wood for top spot but by lap 10, Wood was still in control. Susice would lose second to Bicknell and by the front stretch of lap 12 was the new leader.

By lap 15, Bicknell had opened up a lead of almost a ¼ lap ahead of quite a race between the 38’s of Susice and Wood with Erick Rudolph soon joining the battle.

By lap 20, Rudolph had raced all the way to the runner up spot with quite a distance to make up to catch the leader Bicknell. Would lap traffic by lap 25 play a factor?

Everyone surely had to watching the drive of rookie Gary Lindberg who was in the borrowed and newly lettered Niagara IceDogs OHL Eastern Conference Champs #96 of Fred Carleton.

Lindberg broke into the top 5 after getting by Gordon and before the checkered flag would take 4th from Wood. Using lap traffic to his advantage, Rudolph was able to close to within a couple car lengths.

Bicknell and Rudolph were followed by Susice with Lindberg and Wood as the top 5.

For more news visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com

Photo courtesy of BMD Photography

 

Diemel Dashes To Home State Win At Oshkosh May 20, 2016

Diemel Dashes To Home State Win At Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, WI (May 20, 2016) Home-state driver A.J. Diemel scored his first-ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory tonight at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. In front of a packed grandstand, Diemel led all 50 laps and took the biggest win of his career.

Chris Simpson drove his Cheap Cars/Longhorn Chassis to a second place finish, followed by Jared Landers in the Crop Production Services/Sweet-Bloomquist. Tim McCreadie wheeled the Sweeteners Plus/Longhorn into fourth, and last year’s LOLMDS Rookie of the Year; Brandon Sheppard; in the Best Performance Motorsports/Rocket was fifth.

“I don’t know if we will make it to LaSalle tomorrow night. We may party too hard,” said the 34-year-old Wisconsin native. “We did what we had to do tonight. We qualified well, won our heat, and started up front in the feature. It was great to see this crowd again for the second year in a row. Everyone needs to write in and keep this place open!”

Diemel started alongside pole-sitter Tim McCreadie as he jumped to the lead at the onset of the race. Diemel’s early race dominance was evident when he lapped the hottest driver on the LOLMDS tour, Scott Bloomquist, 18 laps into the race.

Diemel’s winning MB Customs Chassis is powered by a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsored by Beltline Body Shop, Prestige Custom Cabinetry, Joe Provo RaceWear, and BobCat.

Simpson was gaining on Diemel as the leader was running in heavy traffic. The only caution of the race appeared on lap 34 for Brian Shirley, who had a flat tire. On the restart, Diemel again stayed ahead of Simpson and Landers as he went on to the win.

“I would like to thank Jimmy and Chris Mars and everyone for this MB Customs. My biggest win before tonight was $9,200 for winning the John Seitz Memorial in Grand Forks, North Dakota. We will try to go back-to-back tomorrow night at LaSalle.”

Simpson commented, “I sure didn’t need that yellow. On the restart he [Diemel] took off and Jared was all over me. He tried several times to get by me. It’s all good. We have had a really good car lately, so this is something to build on. We are really pleased with this Longhorn Chassis. To finish second against these guys is awesome.”

Landers recorded another podium finish this year by taking third. “We have had some bad luck in the last few races. We broke two J-bars last weekend. Jason [Durham] and the crew have worked their tails off this week and it paid off tonight.”

Completing the top ten were current LOLMDS points leader Jonathan Davenport, Don O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Billy Moyer, and Chad Simpson.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Phillips Finds USMTS Winner’s Circle At Outlaw Motor Speedway May 20, 2016

Phillips Finds USMTS Winner’s Circle At Outlaw Motor Speedway

Terry Phillips survived a late-race charge from Ryan Gustin to take the feature win Friday when the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental invaded the Outlaw Motor Speedway.

A little more than a week after he was inducted into his hometown Springfield (Mo.) Area Sports Hall of Fame, Phillips turned in an effort worthy of a Hall-of-Famer in securing the $3,000 top prize at the High-banked dirt oval outside of Muskogee, Okla.

Phillips took off from the pole position and led the 28 laps of the 37-lap main event before Ryan Gustin snuck by to take command on lap 29.

But Phillips returned the favor four laps later, darted back to the front and never looked back en route to his 23rd career USMTS triumph.

Gustin held off Rodney Sanders for second with Jesse Sobbing finishing fourth and Dereck Ramirez taking the fifth spot.

Coming off of back-to-back wins last weekend, current points leader Jason Hughes had to use a provisional to get a spot in the feature race. After starting 27th on the grid, Hughes found his way around 21 competitors to nab an impressive sixth-place finish ahead of Chad Wheeler, Cade Dillard, Thomas Tillison Jr. and Mike Jergens.

For more news visit www.usmts.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com

Weekly Winners 5/10/16 - 5/16/16 May 16, 2016

Weekly Winners 5/10/16 - 5/16/16

Congratulations to:

Kelly Shryock - Frontier Sports Park

Jason Covert - Winchester Speedway

Ricky Thornton Jr. - Hamilton County & Stuart Speedways

Scott Kerwin - Ransomville Speedway

Justin Zeitner - Raceway Park

Terry Phillips - Longdale Speedway

Shane Clanton - Senoia Raceway

Jordan Grabouski - Thunder Hill Speedway

Carey Terrance - Cornwall Motor Speedway

Gene Knaub - Trail-Way Speedway

Kenny Tremont - Lebanon Valley Speedway

Ralph Morgan Jr. - Path Valley Speedway

Jason Croft - Dixie Speedway

Cody Nielsen - Hancock County Speedway

Doug Smith - Hamilton County Speedway

Dale Hollidge - Potomac Speedway

Ryan Gustin - Longdale Speedway

Mike Mataragas - Sycamore Speedway

Montana Dudley - East Alabama Motor Speedway

Kent Arment - Miller Central Speedway

Dana Brandt - Estevan Motor Speedway (pictured)

Devin Dixon - East Bay Raceway Park

Josh Ruby - Hancock County Speedway

Jason Trammell - Tazewell Speedway

Ross McCartney - Longdale Speedway

Jason Minnehan - Frontier Sports Park

Travis Hagen - Nodak Speedway

Andrew Bertsch - Nodak Speedway

Jerrad Krick - Fairbury American Legion Speedway

Carey Terrance Take Win at Cornwall Motor Speedway May 15, 2016

Carey Terrance Take Win at Cornwall Motor Speedway

CORNWALL, ONT – The Cornwall Motor Speedway presented its first program of the season as Bank of Montreal presented the first race of the Race for the Cure Sportsman Series along with a full program in our other divisions.

 
Carey Terrance takes the early lead in the 30-lap feature in the Bandit Motorsports Modified with Mario Clair and Brian McDonald. The first 9 laps were run really fast with Marc Therrien stepping out the track and the yellow flag is out. Terrance doesn’t waste time and the feature is ran really quickly with Terrance winning with a good lead over Clair and McDonald. Terrance won his first feature of the season running for his 4th title.
 
For more news visit www.dirttrackdigest.com
Photo courtesy of www.dirttrackdigest.com/ Rick at the Races