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Vanderbeek Nails Down Second Gopher 50 Title July 7, 2018

Vanderbeek Nails Down Second Gopher 50 Title

By: Todd Narveson

It was an absolute picture perfect day at Deer Creek Speedway for the 39th Annual Bigelow Homes Gopher 50. The beautiful weather brought a huge crowd to witness the show.

The USRA Modifieds were on the program for the Gopher 50 along with the World Of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models. This was the 21st consecutive year that the Modifieds joined the Late Models in the annual summer classic.

The show was sponsored by Bigelow Homes, Miner’s Outdoor & Rec, Tralo Companies, Carroll’s Corn & the Rochester Eagles Club. Carroll’s Corn added money to the Modified purse and also offered a $500 hard charger award for the feature. The also awarded the top two in passing points with a $300 and $200 bonus.

Tralo Companies presented the top eight in passing points with a challenge. Starting with the top passing point driver, they had the opportunity to start eleventh or twelfth for a $5000 bonus on top of the $5000 winners share if they won the A-Main. If they were not successful they would receive $250.

During the program Josh Ihlenfeld owner of Tralo Companies informed race officials that the bonus had been increased to $10,000. So if the driver accomplished the feature and won, that would be a $15,000 payday.

Forty-eight Modifieds signed in and ran five heat races with the top 12 in passing points transferring to the feature. Three B-mains would transfer four cars each to fill out the 24-car starting field for the 35-lap feature.

At intermission the top eight drivers in passing points were in front of the crowd for the redraw. Brad Waits was first up and immediately accepted the Tralo Challenge and would start 11th. Rodney Sanders declined the offer, but Jason Krohn who drew third took the challenge to start 12th. Zack Vandebeek got the pole with Nate Wasmund on the outside.

Vanderbeek took the early lead and quickly opened up a lead. Wasmund ran second and sixth starter Rodney Sanders quickly shot to third. Jake Timm who started 10th slipped past his father Bob shortly before a lap five caution slowed the race. Another caution on the start kept things tight.

Sanders then challenged Wasmund for second when the green flag flew. Sanders got there and Jake Timm also snaked past Wasmund for third. The driver on a mission was Stormy Scott who started 15th and cracked the top five on lap seven.

Vanderbeek opened up the lead once again while Scott continued to drive towards the front. Scott was fourth on lap eight and Jason Krohn also made progress and was just outside the top five. A yellow on lap nine erased Vanderbeek’s huge advantage.

The race resumed and Vanderbeek again took off. Wasmund got by Scott for fourth but that was short lived when Scott returned the favor. Jake Timm was on the move and slipped past Sanders for second on lap 13. Scott was now on Sanders for third and pulled off the pass on the sixteenth circuit.

Vanderbeek was still comfortable out front at this point while the race for second heated up. Scott caught Timm and took second on lap 20 and Krohn entered the top five.

Vanderbeek had a straightaway lead when Scott moved to second. But Scott would shave two tenths of a second off the lead just about each lap. Scott closed in but Vanderbeek got away just a bit in lapped traffic.

With a couple of laps left Scott gained four tenths and was on Vanderbeek once again. Things got interesting in the final couple of laps when Scott made a last ditch run for the lead.

Vanderbeek held him off for the win in the debut of his brand new race car. Vanderbeek became only the third driver to win more than one Gopher 50 title. The champion also took home the unique wood carved gopher trophy and Husqvarna leaf blower from Miner’s Outdoor & Rec.

Scott came home second with Timm third. Sanders ended up in fourth and Krohn was fifth.

For additional news visit www.deercreekspeedway.com

Satterlee Sensational at Muskingum County July 3, 2018

Satterlee Sensational at Muskingum County

ZANESVILLE, OHIO (July 3, 2018) - Gregg Satterlee was in complete control from the start of the 50-lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event on Tuesday night at Muskingum County Speedway. With the dominating victory, Satterlee becomes the 13th different winner this year on the LOLMDS tour and the 12th different winner in 13 appearances at the Donnie Moran-promoted facility.

Satterlee jumped to the lead at the start of the main event and never looked back. There was only one caution that slowed the field and that was with 11 laps remaining. On the restart, Satterlee pulled away again from Darrell Lanigan and went on for the convincing win - his second career on the LOLMDS tour.

Lanigan finished in second with current LOLMDS points leader Jonathan Davenport taking third. Josh Richards and Hudson O’Neal completed the top five drivers.

“It’s been a long-time coming. It’s so tough to win a race against these guys. You have to take them when they are there. We have struggled this year, but recently we have been running better. My crew chief Robbie Allen and the rest of the crew have worked hard to turn this thing around. It’s great to win in front of my family here tonight. My dad, wife, and new daughter are here. This is my daughter’s first visit to victory lane. There was a great crowd here tonight and I hope the fans enjoyed the show.”

Richards ran in second-place for the first two laps until Lanigan went by him. Lanigan then ran in the runner-up slot the remainder of the race. On the final restart of the race Lanigan was lined up beside his Clint Bowyer teammate Don O’Neal. On the restart O’Neal slipped over the edge of the race track forcing him to lose several positions after climbing to as high as third in the running order.

“It was a good weekend for the Clint Bowyer Team,” said Lanigan who completed his second straight top-five in the LOLMDS. “Don [O’Neal] had two wins and we have two top fives. Hopefully we have turned the corner and can finish the season strong.”

Davenport, who started 10th made a late-race charge to finish third and maintain the series points lead. “We aren’t really worried about the points right now. We just wanted a good finish. We had a good car last night at Sharon and tonight things sort of fell our way tonight and we were able to get a podium finish. I think we can get back on track to where we were earlier in the season. We have a good car. Now we get to head down south to tracks I have run quite a bit, so we will see what happens.”

The winner’s Gary Satterlee-owned Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Satterlee Petroleum Distributors, Keyser Manufacturing, Valvoline, Classic Ink, AFCO, and Integra.

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Mason Zeigler, Bobby Pierce, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Tim McCreadie.

For additional news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Weekly Winners 6/26/18 - 7/2/18 July 2, 2018

Weekly Winners 6/26/18 - 7/2/18

Congratulations to:

Stewart Friesen – Fonda Speedway & Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Logan Roberson – Hagerstown Speedway

Dustin Gulbrandson - Nobles County Speedway

Jordan McCreadie – Fonda Speedway & Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Bumper Jones – Southern New Mexico Speedway

Mike Bowman – Merrittville Speedway

Landon Bagby – Dixie Speedway

Danny O’Brien – Brockville Ontario Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Cornwall Motor Speedway & Outlaw Speedway

Brandon Sheppard – I-55 Raceway

Jason Fusselman - Crawford County Speedway

Tim Sears Jr. – Brewerton Speedway

Devin Moran – Terre Haute Action Track

Aaron Reutzel – Plymouth Speedway & Dirt Oval at Route 66

Lance Borgman - Beatrice Speedway

Alan Rudalavedge – Penn-Can Speedway

Brett Kressley – Grandview Speedway

Jeff Deal - Sports Park Raceway

Donovan Smith - Buena Vista Raceway & Clay County Fair Speedway

Johnny Scott - Devils Lake Speedway & Nobles County Speedway

Ryan Godown – Big Diamond Speedway

Jeff Waterman - Lee County Speedway

Tyler Bare – Virginia Motor Speedway

Tanner English – Duck River Raceway Park & Farmer City Raceway

Max Blair – Eriez Speedway & Tyler County Speedway

Coleby Frye – Selinsgrove Speedway

Cruz Skinner – Boyd’s Speedway

Kelly Shryock - Hancock County Speedway & Sports Park Raceway

Rex King – Stateline Speedway

Billy Dunn – Utica-Rome Speedway

Mike Spatola – I-96 Speedway

Darron Fuqua - Lakeside Speedway

Dale Hollidge – Georgetown Speedway

Skylar Marlar – Lake Cumberland Speedway

Ben Watkins – Carolina Speedway

Brad Smith - Lakeside Speedway

Travis Hagen - Nodak SpeedwayZack VanderBeek - Brown County Speedway

Jared Miley – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway

Tim Fuller – Mohawk International Raceway

Greg Oakes – McKean County Raceway & Thunder Mountain Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway (A Mod & Stock Car)

Peter Britten – Land of Legends Raceway

Rob Hughes - Kossuth County Speedway

Tyler Siri – Five Mile Point Speedway

Jared Boumeester - Kossuth County Speedway

Brian Shirley – LaSalle Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Arlington Raceway & Clay County Fair Speedway

Jimmy Phelps – Land of Legends Raceway

Alan Fink – Fulton Speedway

Weekly Winners 6/19/8 - 6/25/18 June 25, 2018

Weekly Winners 6/19/8 - 6/25/18

Congratulations to:

Jessie Mueller – Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Derek Green - Hancock County Speedway

Brad Roberts – Bridgeport Speedway

Mark Elliott - Hamilton County Speedway

Amanda Whaley – Delaware International Speedway

Jason Vejtruba - Princeton Speedway

Eric Stanton - Hamilton County Speedway & Mason City Speedway

Darron Fuqua - US 36 Speedway & Lucas Oil Speedway

Brad Smith - Central Missouri Speedway

Lance Borgman - Beatrice Speedway

Logan Martin – Legit Speedway Park (pictured)

Billy Dunn – Can Am Speedway

Corey Jones - KRA Speedway

Ricky Thornton Jr. – 141 Speedway & I-35 Speedway

Shannon Babb – Tri-State Speedway & Spoon River Speedway

Michael Norris – Lernerville Speedway

Rich Neiser – Thunderbird Speedway

Stewart Friesen – Outlaw Speedway

Jeff Strunk – Grandview Speedway

Tad Davis - Humboldt Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway

Brandon Walsh - Legit Speedway Park

Duane Howard – Big Diamond Speedway

Brian Rickman – Tri-County Speedway

Kelly Shryock - Sports Park Speedway

Mike Spatola – I-96 Speedway

Camaron Marlar – Lake Cumberland Speedway


Michael Norris Gets First WoO Win During Firecracker Weekend June 22, 2018

Michael Norris Gets First WoO Win During Firecracker Weekend

SARVER, PA – JUNE 22, 2018 – Michael Norris defeated the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series regulars while defending his home turf at Lernerville Speedway during the second night of the 12th Annual Firecracker 100.

Norris had a perfect Friday night. He set the fastest qualifying time in Group B, collected his heat win by fending off a hard-charging Chris Madden, drew the pole position and led flag-to-flag in the 30-lap Sears Craftsman Feature event.

After climbing up on the rooftop of his No.72 Rocket Chassis powered by Gary Henry Racing Engines, Series Announcer Rick Eshelman approached Norris in Victory Lane to see what he had to say about his biggest career victory.

Norris then sighed in relief and said, “I need a second” as he tried to take in the moment of his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series triumph.

“This pretty much makes my year,” said Norris. “I got to thank my crew guy Dakota. I’ve never had a signal guy here and we talked about doing it forever and he was standing on the front stretch and man, that was nice. I knew when there was one-to-go and I knew when I could ride.”

The Crusher Kid is no stranger to the Sarver, PA dirt track. The reigning track champion already has five wins and two second-place finishes of seven total Super Late Model events at Lernerville Speedway in 2018.

“This one is for my dad and my grandparents,” continued Norris as his victory began to sink in and he became overwhelmed with emotion. “I grew up coming here and used to sit right there (grandstands outside of turn four) with my grandma… I can’t say no more. Thanks to all of the fans, sponsors, family, and Dan Bauman for giving me that cushion down there. We’re alright.”

Norris held off multiple charges from 2017 rookie of the year Devin Moran throughout the 30-lap shootout.

“First of all, congrats to them guys. That is a freaking awesome win. Home track in front of a home crowd for a race like this. That’s awesome.”

A humble Moran congratulated Norris on his victory despite the fact that he and his Tye Twarog/ Donnie Moran Racing team are still in search of their first win of the 2018 season.

“I actually felt like we had the car to beat we just got stuck behind them two lap cars and he put a straight-away on me,” explained Moran. “We ran him back down and I knew we had something. Wylie [Moran] showed me with the sticks I was pulling away from Madden a little bit. It’s just one of those deals where this is [Norris’s] night and we just have to take notes and hopefully in the race tomorrow we get to put our notes toward that.”

Moran’s runner-up finish on Friday evening at Lernerville is now his best finish of the 2018 World of Outlaws season thus far.

“We’ve been scratching our heads, we just haven’t had any luck,” continued Moran. “Tye Twarog has been doing everything he can for our team. We have a new car out here. We’ve been changing motors and everything else. The Tye Twarog / Donnie Moran Racing team is finally starting to make some strides. We’ve had four top-five finishes in the last five Outlaws races so it’s been a good stride we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and eventually we’ll get some wins.”

Madden, the current Series point leader and winner of Thursday night’s feature at Lernerville Speedway, rounded out the podium.

For more news visit www.woolms.com

Thornton Dominates $10,000 Clash at the Creek June 21, 2018

Thornton Dominates $10,000 Clash at the Creek

By Mike Spieker

FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 21) – Ricky Thornton Jr. dominated Thursday’s IMCA Modified Clash at the Creek at 141 Speedway to earn the $10,000 payday.

Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Thornton led all 50 trips around the smooth and slick 1/3-mile dirt oval.

The Clash did double duty as an Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour event, the first such held outside Iowa. Eighty-two Modifieds were entered and seven states were represented in the main event.

Thornton grabbed the lead from the pole on the opening lap as Mike Mullen filed into second. A gaggle of cars, including Hunter Marriott, Joel Rust, Kyle Stickler and Benji LaCrosse, raced for the final positions inside the top five.

Thornton immediately checked out from the field, establishing a one second lead over Mullen in the first five laps. Like Thornton, the rest of the drivers inside the top five ran the low side of the speedway until Strickler countered that trend.

Strickler went to the top side and quickly began picking off cars, going from sixth to second in five laps. Each driver he passed followed suit and began running the high side as well.

Stickler began to reel in the leader as Thornton encountered lapped traffic, but Stickler could only put a dent in Thornton’s comfortable advantage. Marriott caught Strickler at the halfway point and placed a bid for the runner-up spot. The two traded second for the next three laps with Mullen staying within striking distance.

With 21 circuits remaining, Marriott snuck around the outside of Stickler for second. Meanwhile, Thornton Jr. enjoyed a lead of well over a straightaway.

With 14 laps to go, Thornton’s lead was negated as the lone caution flew after a lapped car made contact with Marriott and spun in turn one. The caution was called on the lapped car and Marriott rejoined the field in second for the restart.

Just as he did on the initial start, Thornton checked out from the field immediately and easily cruised to the win as Marriott came home second.

“I wasn’t sure how big of a lead I had,” said Thornton from victory lane. “I kept looking at the scoreboard. I saw Kyle [Strickler] was second and then I saw Hunter [Marriott] got by him so I thought for sure he was going to be coming. When we got that yellow, I was just hoping my tires would fire on the restart. I had to make sure I hit my line in turn one or else Hunter would have drove right on by.”

Following the post-race interview, Thornton took the traditional leap into the infield pond. He’d also won the Dirt Knights opener at Benton County Speedway.

Terry Phillips, who started 16th, finish third. LaCrosse and Dylan Smith rounded out the top five.

For additional news visit www.imca.com