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Howard Breaks Ice and Wins at Granview June 13, 2017

Howard Breaks Ice and Wins at Granview

Oley, PA’s Duane Howard claimed his 10th Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win leading the Norm’s Save Station No. 357 to the checkered flag in the non-stop 30-lap 358 Modified feature event.

Mike Gular quickly took the lead from his front row starting position and battled back-and-forth with John Willman. Howard moved into the second-position on lap nine with Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk quickly on his tail.

The leaders hit lapped traffic on the 14th circuit, and Howard closed quickly on Gular as VonDohren hammerd the cushion around the top side. Howard’s No. 357 slipped inside Gular with 10-laps remaining and VonDohren followed closely winding up the top side of the 1/3-mile oval.

Howard held on for the win, VonDohren came home second, Gular third, Jeff Strunk in the fourth position and Ryan Godown rounded out the top five finishers.

For additional news visit www.tothracing.com

Weekly Winners 6/6/17 - 6/12/17 June 12, 2017

Weekly Winners 6/6/17 - 6/12/17

Congratulationst to:

Zach Sabotka – Brewerton Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf – Redwood Speedway, Fairmont Raceway & Jackson Motorplex

Dustin Smith – Hamilton County Speedway

Robert Cossell – Dog Hollow Speedway

Howard Moore – Riverside International Raceway

Jared Miley – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway

Frank Cozze – Grandview Speedway

Todd Shute – Marshalltown Speedway

Cody Nielsen – Hancock County Speedway

Matt Dooley – Senoia Raceway

A.J. Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Jeff Deal – Sports Park Raceway

Corey Madden – Crawford County Speedway

Tad Pospisil – Adams County Speedway

Kelly Shryock – Hamilton County Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Five Mile Point Speedway & Outlaw Speedway

Brandon Thirlby – I-96 Speedway

Jon Mitchell – 81 Speedway (pictured)

Johnny VanDoorn – Baer Field Motorsports Park

Andy Bryant – Lakeside Speedway & Lucas Oil Speedway

Alan Fink – Fulton Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Myles Michehl – Sports Park Raceway

RC Whitwell – Caney Valley Speedway

Delmas Conley – Portsmouth Raceway Park

Mat Williamson – Lernerville Speedway

Chase McCormick – Friendship Speedway

Derek Doll – Tyler County Speedway

Max Blair – Little Valley Speedway

Tripp Gerald – Ponderosa Speedway

Devin Smith – Buena Vista Raceway

Rex King Sr. – Sharon Speedway

Jake Masters – Clay County Fair Speedway

Billy Decker – Brewerton Speedway

Daniel Smith – Buena Vista Raceway

Eric Stanton – Marshalltown Speedway

Jason Trammell – Tazewell Speedway

Michael Norris – Lernerville Speedway

Sheppard Outduels Hearn For Five Mile Point Victory June 11, 2017

Sheppard Outduels Hearn For Five Mile Point Victory

KIRKWOOD, NY – June 11, 2017 – Matt Sheppard took the lead from Tyler Siri on lap 16 and then held off polesitter Brett Hearn throughout a flurry of late-race restarts to win the Modified 67 at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday night. The Waterloo, NY native had to be strong in all aspects of the race as he raced from the sixth starting position to overtake Siri and never looked back despite Hearn’s numerous attempts to take over the top spot.

“This thing was spot on right from the drop of the green,” Sheppard said in Victory Lane. “I could just drive it straight around the racetrack like I was on the highway. It was just great from lap one. I didn’t really like seeing all those caution, but just tried to kept it straight and luckily kept enough tire and brought it back to Victory Lane.”

Sheppard’s first win this season was also the 48th of his career with the Super DIRTcar Series and it was one he had to earn. Jimmy Phelps completed the podium behind Hearn.

“It feels great,” Sheppard said. “We had that record-breaking season last year where it seemed like we were winning everywhere. We had a couple of good runs (to start the year), but it’s definitely nice to get the first series win of the season. Hopefully we can keep rolling from here.”

Hearn and Siri started on the front row for the 67-lap main event. Siri used the outside lane to lead the opening circuit by a bumper before clearing Hearn for the top spot.

The top four cars - Siri, Hearn, Sheppard and Stewart Friesen - raced nose-to-tail and side-by-side throughout the first 15 laps without any driver able to distance themselves. It led to a three-wide battle for the lead off corner two on lap 14 before Sheppard took the inside lane from Siri and wrestled the point position away on lap 16.

Sheppard caught lapped traffic on lap 21 with Hearn lurking closely behind, but was saved from dealing with the slower cars by the second caution of the race on the same lap. Friesen used the ensuing restart to dart past Hearn and Siri for second, which allowed Sheppard to open a five car-length advantage while the battled raged on behind him.

Just as Sheppard caught traffic again on lap 31, a caution flag waved for a stopped Mike Mahaney in turn four. Sheppard made the most of that restart and opened a 1.6-second advantage over Friesen at the halfway mark.

At lap 40, Friesen’s momentum withered as Hearn retook the second position and both Billy Decker and Phelps were able to push the No.44 to the back-end of the top-five.

With 20 laps to go, a number of drivers began to experience problems with tire wear and a series of cautions slowed the race as drivers fell off the pace with flat tires, including both Decker and Siri who were destined for top-five finishes. Sheppard, however, had no issues outrunning Hearn, even on the final restart with three laps to go. Hearn kept pace and stayed within a car length of Sheppard, but couldn’t gather enough momentum to make a serious challenge for the lead.

“I started getting a vibration in the right-rear,” Hearn said of the closing laps. “I thought we were getting a flat tire and something was going bad. It must have just been the tire wearing out. I settled into second and running just partial throttle I was able to run with him. When the track rubbered up a little bit on the bottom at the end, he was in the catbird seat.”

For Phelps, the third-place finish was his best this season and his second top-five of 2017. It was a much needed strong run for the Baldwinsville, NY pilot, who struggled in the series last race at Bridgeport Speedway.

“We could have been a little better in qualifying to give ourselves a better starting position, but other than that I thought the car was really good,” Phelps said. “By the time we got to third we were out of tire and trying to stay off of it the best we could and try to save it for the end. The car just came to life in the Feature.”

Sheppard’s win extends his point lead atop the Super DIRTcar Series standings to 41 markers over Hearn and 53 ahead of Decker. The series will be back in action for its fourth race of the season at Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday, June 20.

The night’s Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier was Max McLaughlin who also won the night’s first heat and finished fourth in the Feature. Keith Flach rounded out the top-five with his best finish this season.

Tim Fuller, Billy Decker and Larry Wight also picked up heat race victories while Billy Dunn claimed the win in the 10-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

Mahaney and Rich Scagliotta were the drivers eligible for the 811 Dig Safely New York redraw bonus if either could win from the 8th or 11th starting positions. Scagliotta finished 12th while Mahaney was 13th.

For additional news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Photo courtesy of Alex & Helen Bruce

VanDoorn Breaks Baer Field Curse with Win in the Summit City 100 June 10, 2017

VanDoorn Breaks Baer Field Curse with Win in the Summit City 100

Salem, IN (June 11, 2017) – Three time ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Champion Johnny VanDoorn freely admitted prior to Saturday nights series event at Baer Field Motorsports Park, that race track was one of his least favorites, those thoughts may have changed after VanDoorn came out on top in a tough battle with Dalton Armstrong to get the win in the Summit City 100.

“Wow I can’t believe I won a race here at Baer Field,” remarked a visibly elated VanDoorn in victory lane. “We have never really run very well here and never had any good luck, but everything came together tonight and we parked it in victory lane. I want to thank all the fans that came out for tonight’s race, what a great crowd. We need a lot more of this in short track asphalt racing, I hope fans will come out and support these type of events more!”

The stands were packed on Saturday night as promoters Dave and Jody Muzzillo had one of the biggest events ever held in the recent history of Baer Field Motorsports Park on Saturday as the ARCA/CRA Super Series Summit City 100 was teamed up with the ICAR Outlaw Super Late Models who contested the final Stan Perry Memorial 110 lap event, which was appropriately won by his son Bud Perry and a special 10 car, $10,000 to win Challenge event that was won by Terry Senneker. It was also Baer Field Hall of Fame Induction Night, were former ARCA/CRA Super Series competitor Terry Fisher was inducted into the track’s Hall of Fame. Fisher is the father of current CRA competitor Terry Fisher Jr.

Florida native Steve Dorer took advantage of his pole starting position to grab the lead at the drop of the green flag after EDCO Welding Fast Qualifier Kyle Crump drew a seven for the events invert. Dorer led through lap four, but VanDoorn was quickly on the move coming from his sixth place starting position to grab the lead from Dorer on lap five.

VanDoorn continued to lead while a tough battle for every other position on the track was going on behind him. Dalton Armstrong worked his way to second from his fourth place starting position but VanDoorn had built a significant lead. That all went away when the yellow flag came out for a spin, bunching the field back together, setting up a series of restarts between VanDoorn and Armstrong.

Both VanDoorn and Armstrong battled back and forth on each restart with Armstrong grapping the lead on lap lap 54 after VanDoorn slipped up the track on one of the restarts. Another yellow came out bunching up the field again, on that restart VanDoorn got the lead back on lap 61. VanDoorn had to fight off Armstrong on one more restart with 16 laps to go, but cruised from there to get his second series win of the 2017 and was the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award winner for his pass to get the lead and the eventual win.

VanDoorn and Toledo Speedway event winner Brian Campbell are the only drivers locked into the new Chase Championship format to date, if they compete in at least 75% of the races leading up to the final four Chase events, to crown the 2017 series Champion.

Armstrong would settle for second, his best finish so far this season. Armstrong was the FLUIDYNE High Performance Cool Under Pressure Award winner for his tough battle with VanDoorn. Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year competitor Hunter Jack finished in third, a series best finish for him, earning his first Senneker Performance Rookie of the Race Award for the season. Former series regular Jason Dietsch came out of retirement to race in Saturday night’s race and put on a show, coming from his 12th place starting position to finish in fourth, even after having to go to the tail after being involved in one of the yellows. Dietsch earned a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Hamner Racing Engines Hardcharger Award. Fellow rookie Logan Runyon would battle back from the tail to get a series best fifth place finish and earned the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move of the Race Award.

Series veteran Wes Griffith Jr. and his crew had a long, but successful day at Baer Field. Griffith Jr.’s car was hit in the pits prior to qualifying by another divisions car accidently while parked on pit road. His crew worked hard and got it back race ready and able to qualify. Then Griffith Jr. was forced to pit prior to the opening green flag when something was dragging on his car, the crew fixed the problem and were able to get Griffith Jr. back out to start the race. The crew made several more pit stops during the race to get Griffith Jr.’s car handling better, resulting in a sixth place finish and his crew earning the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award. Griffith Jr. picked up a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award.

For more news visit www.cra-racing.com

 

Weekly Winners 5/30/17 - 6/5/17 June 5, 2017

Weekly Winners 5/30/17 - 6/5/17

Congratulations to:

Rich Neiser – Winston Speedway

Jimmy Mars – Cedar Lake Speedway

Eddie King – Warburg Speedway

Nick Meyers - Clay County Fair Speedway

Jacob Gregoire - Redwood Speedway

J.R. Toner – Clinton County Speedway

Myles Michehl - Sports Park Raceway

Jessica Power – Fulton Speedway

Tanner Mullens – Central Missouri Speedway (pictured)

Jackie Dalton - Springfield Raceway

Billy Decker – Brewerton Speedway

Ray Cox Jr. – Jackson County Speedway

Kelly Shryock - Hancock County Speedway & Kossuth County Speedway

Cody Nielsen - Clay County Fair Speedway

Daniel Smith - Buena Vista Raceway

Jack Meeks – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Ben Watkins – Lavonia Speedway

David Rieks - Hamilton County Speedway

David Smith - Buena Vista Raceway

James Dennis – I-77 Speedway

Kyle Berck – I-80 Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Mark Elliott - Hamilton County Speedway

Dustin Gulbrandson - Rapid Speedway

Bumper Jones – Southern New Mexico Speedway

Brandon Sheppard – Senoia Raceway

Mat Williamson – Merrittville Speedway

Dave Zagaiski – Berlin Raceway

Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Jason Jameson – Florence Speedway

Alex Ferree – Marion Center Speedway & Dog Hollow Speedway

E.J. McAuliffe – Fonda Speedway

Dona Marcoullier – Tri-City Motor Speedway

Terry Phillips – Randolph County Raceway

David Scott – Stateline Speedway

Clate Copeman – Dog Hollow Speedway

Andy Bryant - Rapid Speedway

Eric Stanton - Boone Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

David Payne – Blue Ridge Motorsports Park

Jeff Strunk – Grandview Speedway

Andrew Scheid – Merritt Speedway

Brandon Thirlby – I-96 Speedway

Mike Perrotte – Airborne Park Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Lexington Raceway

Phillips Tops Field at Randolph County Raceway June 3, 2017

Phillips Tops Field at Randolph County Raceway

Moberly, Missouri (June 3, 2017) - Saturday's Lucas Oil MLRA stop at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri wrapped up three straight days of action at three separate facilities.

When the final checkers fell it was Terry Phillips sitting in Andy's Frozen Custard Victory Lane. Phillips wrestled the lead away from Jesse Stovall in turns three and four at the halfway point and set the pace for the race's duration.

The win for Phillips is his 112th in series history and first Late Model win of the year. His Black Diamond Chassis is brought to life by an Andy Durham Chevrolet Engine. His primary partners include; Andy's Frozen Custard, Don Babb Motorsports, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Midwest Sheet Metal, New Vision Graphics and Bass Livestock.

Chasing Phillips to the line was Chad Simpson. It was the second straight runner up for Simpson who has shown good speed early in the season, driving his new Brinkman Motorsports Black Diamond.

With three laps to go, Brent Larson was able to move from fifth to third and grab the final podium position.Randy Timms had another good night, finishing fourth. Brantlee Gotschall was the Casey's General Stores Hard Charger, powering forward to fifth.

Tony Jackson set the overall LucasOilRacing.tv Fast Time early in the evening, with a quick lap at 17.188 seconds. He broke a power steering pump, causing the fuel pump to fail as well, on lap 13. It forced him to retire early from the race.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Points leader, Rodney Sanders, also had his share of struggles throughout the night. After going to a backup car he sustained damage in the feature and was scored 17th.

Jesse Stovall and Chad Simpson won the evening's qualifying heats. Stovall faded late to a 6th place finish, but took over the points lead. He will be running the Midwest Sheet Metal fluorescent yellow spoiler at the next stop. It is the first time he has been at the top of the standings thus far in 2017.

For additional news visit www.mlraracing.com