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Cozze Victorious at Grandview Speedway April 24, 2016

Cozze Victorious at Grandview Speedway

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 24, 2016 – Nine features have been run at Grandview Speedway since the 2016 April opener and thus far it has produced nine different winners in the three regularly scheduled NASCAR divisions.

Frank Cozze, in his second season behind the wheel of the Tom Umbenhauer-owned/Harry’s U-Pull It sponsored mount now sporting the No. 4, was MIA last week attending his daughter’s wedding. He returned this week and started the evening off right by winning the second heat. He then led the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified All-American Racing Series 30-Lap feature from start to finish and one-hour prior to winning the event he learned his son and daughter-in-law made him a grandfather. The 60-year old Wind Gap veteran, who hasn’t won since July 2013, didn’t have an easy task in scoring his second Grandview victory. He dealt with lapped cars, three-wide racing with Kenny Gilmore and eventual runner-up Rick Laubach. “The track was tricky tonight because it was slippery and I didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes with the lap cars commented the elated winner and this win really helped the team.”

On the initial green of the Modified feature, Cozze shot from second and past Bobby Gunther-Walsh to become the early pacesetter.

A homestretch tangle between Brett Kressley and John Willman brought out the first yellow on lap six with Kressley going off on the hook and Willman continued only to drop out later. Cozze held the top spot on the restart while Kenny Gilmore, Rick Laubach, Gunther-Walsh and Kevin Hirthler jockeyed for positions. Anticipating a slip-up so they could advance were Ryan Grim and Jeff Strunk.

By the 16th lap the front runners approached a gaggle of lap cars and had to thread the needle carefully to get by because some didn’t heed the mover-over flag.

The final caution was on the 24th lap when Eric Biehn slowed his pace and was unable to get into the infield quickly enough. As the yellow unfurled Strunk hit the first turn uke tire knocking it onto the track, but didn’t get penalized since it was after the yellow was thrown.

The battle for the lead went three-wide on the restart between Cozze, Gilmore and Laubach with neither one lifting while Grim and Strunk waited for something to happen.

Cozze held off all the competition and went on to claim his second career Grandview win. Grabbing second at the line was Laubach trailed by Gilmore, Grim and Strunk. First through fourth all posted their season best finishes. Jared Umbenhauer, Craig Von Dohren, Hirthler, Duane Howard and Ryan Watt completed the top ten.

For additional new visit www.grandviewspeedway.com

Photo courtesy of www.grandviewspeedway.com

Satterlee Makes Spectacular Last Lap Pass; Wins at Hagerstown April 23, 2016

Satterlee Makes Spectacular Last Lap Pass; Wins at Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 23, 2016) - Gregg Satterlee passed race leader Scott Bloomquist heading into turn one on the final lap and went on to win the Stanley Schetrompf Founders Day Classic on Saturday Night at Hagerstown Speedway. It is Satterlee's first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. He becomes the ninth different winner in nine Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races at the "Capitol of Dirt Racing".

Tim McCreadie came home in third, followed by; the current LOLMDS point leader; Jonathan Davenport and Rick Eckert.

"I couldn't believe it; it is so hard to follow lapped cars here. He [Bloomquist] got a little crooked going into turn one and I just hit that corner perfectly. I was going to try going high into turn one to go around him, and at the last second I decided to go low, and it paid off. It was just one of those things, and I drove right by him."

"I have always wanted to win a Lucas Oil Series race. To beat such a stout field, and to pass Bloomquist on the last lap, I don't think I could have written it any better. I just can't thank my crew chief Robbie Allen enough; he is from right here in Hagerstown; I know this is a big win for him as well! Thanks to Mark Richards, these new XR1 cars we have are definitely fast! Hopefully it's going to be a great season."

"They have been trying to run this race for the last two years and the weather has not been good. Thanks to the fans for coming out tonight. This is the biggest crowd I have ever seen here."

Satterlee's Durham powered Rocket is sponsored by Satterlee Petroleum Distributors, Valvoline, Keyser, Classic Ink, Integra, and All About Wraps,

Jimmy Owens led the first 14 laps until Bloomquist took over the point. Bloomquist held the lead steadily for most of the race. The final caution came out with 14 laps-to-go. On the final restart, Satterlee was in third and had to pass Tim McCreadie to get to second.

Satterlee then set his sights on the high flying Bloomquist and closed the gap with each waning lap. Satterlee was a car length behind Bloomquist as the two drivers took the white flag. Moments later Satterlee dove to the inside of turn number one to take the lead on the final lap.

Bloomquist was looking for back-to-back wins in LOLMDS competition, and was disappointed that he let the win slip away. "The left rear tire was giving up. He [Satterlee] ran a good race. We just got into the corner a little hot and I should have just stayed on the bottom. I didn't know that he was that close to me."

McCreadie continues to make strides in his Longhorn Chassis. He piloted his Sweeteners Plus entry to a solid third-place finish.   "He [Satterlee] got by me on that last restart. I was so 'caught-up' looking at the leaders on that last lap, that I just about missed the corner when I saw Satterlee get underneath Scott! We had a good car all night! Without that last caution, I think that I probably would have finished second. We made all kinds of changes to the car this week and it paid off. Heading into Illinois next week, tonight's run is a major confidence booster!"

Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal and Darrell Lanigan.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Photo courtesy of Heath Lawson

Weekly Winners 4/12/16 - 4/18/16 April 18, 2016

Weekly Winners 4/12/16 - 4/18/16

Congratulations to:

Joey Jensen - Cedar Lake Speedway

Russ King - Lernerville Speedway 

Shane Clanton - Senoia Raceway

Rex King Jr. - Lernerville Speedway

Eric Stanton - Marshalltown Speedway & Boone Speedway

Michael Kloos - I-55 Raceway

Todd Shute - Lakeside Speedway

Chris Zogg - Farley Speedway

Jimmy Mars - Davenport Speedway (pictured above, Mike Ruefer Photo)

Ricky Thornton Jr. - Southern Iowa Speedway & Hamilton County Speedway

Matt Sheppard - Canandaigua Motorsports Park & Utica-Rome Speedway

Dale Hollidge - Winchester Speedway

Lucas Schott - Cedar Lake Speedway

Doug Horton - Bubba Raceway Park

Richard Frost - Clarksville Speedway

Nate Whitehurst - Hancock County Speedway

Austin Hubbard - Delaware Int'l. Speedway

Wade Hendrickson - Bridgeport Speedway

Robbie Scott - Tyler County Speedway

Mike Marlar - Volunteer Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Atchison County Raceway

Myles Michehl - Hamilton County Speedway

Logan Martin - Legit Speedway

Wade Hendrickson Pockets $5,280 at Bridgeport Speedway April 17, 2016

Wade Hendrickson Pockets $5,280 at Bridgeport Speedway

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Wade Hendrickson used a front-row starting spot to conquer the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ at Bridgeport Speedway and lead all 40 laps in the second race of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled by VP Velocita South Region. The dominating effort was Hendrickson’s first career STSS victory in a limited amount of starts, and it was worth $5,280 including lap money and bonuses.

“I guess these old guys aren’t washed up after all,” Hendrickson said in Victory Lane with his car parked bumper-to-bumper with runner-up finisher Billy Pauch Sr.

Hendrickson, of Lawrenceville, N.J., advanced in the final heat race from third to second qualifying him for the redraw.

“We weren’t that good in the heat race,” said Hendrickson. “We probably wouldn’t have qualified if we started deeper.”

 As the final driver to redraw, Hendrickson was left with the only number unpicked: one.

 “Usually I’m not lucky drawing,” he said. “Then it was perfect that I didn’t have to draw. It worked out well.”

“The Flying Farmer” in the Craig Pondish Racing No. 6 took the early lead at the drop of the green flag ahead of Jimmy Horton, David Hunt, Pauch and John McClelland.

As the top-five began to settle in, it was Ryan Godown and Stewart Friesen wreaking havoc on the rest of the field from the eighth and ninth-place starting positions, respectively.

By lap three Friesen had already broken into the top-five after getting around McClelland, and Godown was sixth a lap later. Pauch, the next victim, quickly fell prey to the hard-charging duo as they both went around by lap eight. Meanwhile, Hendrickson built a significant lead over Horton and Hunt. 

Hendrickson neared lapped traffic on lap 13 just as Hunt made his move on the bottom past Horton with Friesen and Godown lurking just behind. The group of four then rapidly drew closer to Hendrickson.

With Hunt and Horton using the bottom lane, Friesen and Godown worked the outside. Friesen finally raced around Horton on lap 15 after a pair of laps running side by side. Godown followed one lap later, and the trio of Hunt, Friesen and Godown were almost on Hendrickson’s bumper.

“My tire was too soft,” Hendrickson said, standing next to his flat right-rear. “I had to go easy in the middle of the race to save it.”

As the field reached the halfway point, Pauch began to get in on the action, creating a five-car battle for the top spot using all lanes on the track. Pauch passed Godown for fourth on lap 22, but a caution for a slowing Jordan Watson would give Godown the spot on the restart.

“I ran the bottom the whole way,” Pauch said. “I got by Godown when the yellow came out, but I wanted the bottom, so it worked out.”

On the ensuing restart, Hendrickson led Friesen, Pauch, Hunt, Godown and Anthony Perrego, the winner of the Velocita South Region opener at Georgetown Speedway.

Pauch passed Friesen a few laps later and made his final charge for the win. “I should have pushed him a little harder,” Pauch said. “But finishing one-two with him is a pretty good night.

Hendrickson, and his right-rear tire, rode to the checkered flag without too much trouble. Pauch settled for second. Friesen rounded out the podium, crossing the line in third.

For more news visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com

 

Marlar Cashes In For $4,000 Volunteer Speedway ‘Spring Thaw’ Victory April 15, 2016

Marlar Cashes In For $4,000 Volunteer Speedway ‘Spring Thaw’ Victory

BULLS GAP, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) — The Ray Cook-promoted Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series helped Volunteer Speedway kick off its 43rd season of exciting dirt-track racing Friday night with running of the 15th annual Spring Thaw.

Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., capitalized on the misfortune of race-long leader Chris Madden when he got together with a car suddenly slowing directly in front of him and spun in turn two just past the halfway point in the race to bring the caution flag out. Taking over the lead, Marlar would go on to hold both Dale McDowell and Rick Eckert off to capture the $4,000 victory.

Marlar was the quickest from Group A qualifying with a lap of 13.415 seconds, with five-time Volunteer Speedway Super Late Model champion Vic Hill second fastest to join Marlar in being locked into the starting lineup for the feature race out of that group.

Madden recorded the best time in Group B and overall when he toured the 4/10-mile high-banked oval in 13.318 seconds. He was joined by Chad Ogle in securing a spot on the feature starting grid from that group.

David Payne earned his way into the main event by taking the win in heat one ahead of Eric Wells, Josh Putnam and Adam Bowman while Jason Covert beat out Mark Vineyard, Devin Gilpin and Zack Olger in heat two.

Dale McDowell bested Gregg Satterlee, Cody Mahoney and Mark Douglas for the win in the third heat while Donald McIntosh was the victor in the fourth heat over Rick Eckert, Shanon Buckingham and Jake O’Neil.

Madden immediately set out to establish his dominance over the field when he bolted to the lead of the 40-lap feature from his outside front row starting position at the drop of the green flag. Marlar, Ogle, Hill, McDowell and Payne attempted to keep pace with the early leader during the initial laps but Madden was able to build a lead of several car lengths as the laps clicked off.

The racing, however, was fierce behind the front-runner as McDowell, Ogle and Hill went three-wide for the fourth spot on the second circuit with McDowell taking the position, also bringing McIntosh along for the ride to settle into fifth and dropping Hill back to sixth in the running order.

The first of four caution flags waved on lap 12 when Mack McCarter slowed with a flat tire, which provided Madden and the other front runners with a reprieve from slower traffic. After that yellow period, the fast-and-furious action for positions within the top five resumed as Ogle, McDowell and McIntosh went three-wide as they skirmished behind the lead duo of Madden and Marlar.

The pivotal moment of the race occurred on lap 24 when Madden found himself entangled with the car of O’Neil between turns one and two, after O’Neil slowed with a broken rear j-bar and was attempting to drop down and enter the turn two pit opening. With nowhere to go, the contact between Madden and O’Neil sent the race leader spinning and ultimately was forced to the rear of the field.

On the ensuing restart, Eckert made a strong move to the inside in turn one and managed to grab positions as he made his way up to the third spot. It was Marlar, however, who controlled the pace of the action following Madden’s demise.

Marlar, driving the Delk Equipment Sales/RC Trading Company/Cornett Thunder Race Engines/Capital Race Cars/No. 157 Chevrolet Camaro, went on to capture his third career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series victory over McDowell, Eckert, McIntosh and Satterlee. Completing the top 10 finishers were Covert, Wells, Buckingham, Payne and Boles.

By Robert Walden (Volunteer Speedway – Media/Public Relations) & Richard Allen (InsideDirtRacing.com)

For more news visit www.volunteerspeedway.com

Photo courtesy of www.volunteerspeedway.com

Weekly Winners 4/5/16 - 4/11/16 April 11, 2016

Weekly Winners 4/5/16 - 4/11/16

Congratulations to:

Ray Cook - Cleveland Speedway

Jason Covert - Potomac Speedway 

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway (pictured above)

Dale McDowell - Duck River Raceway Park 

Kenny Collins - Tri-County Racetrack

T.J. Reaid - Dixie Speedway

Ross Bailes - Cherokee Speedway

Nathan Ballard - Benton County Speedway

Todd Boulware - Raceway Park

Nelson Volbrecht - Raceway Park

Kelly Shryock - I-80 Speedway

Donovan Smith - Marshalltown Speedway

Jesse Hoeft - Hancock County Speedway

Nick Meyer - Hancock County Speedway