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Richards Wins Keyser's Great Lakes Shootout August 28, 2016

Richards Wins Keyser's Great Lakes Shootout

LAKE CITY, Mich. – August 28, 2016 – Josh Richards won the Keyser Manufacturing Great Lakes Shootout decisively Sunday night at Merritt Speedway. With his 17th trip to victory lane, Richards tied the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series record for most wins in a season.

“We got to win six or seven, and we’ve had a phenomenal year,” Richards said. “It’s just crazy to think we’ve had ten wins since then. The track moved around quite a bit, more than I thought. I thought the bottom was going to be better than the top. The top had just enough brown where I was a little too tight early. But once the tires got to speed it was a lot better. I was just trying to get through lapped traffic the best I could, catch the brown, and it was a lot of fun racing. I can’t thank Merritt enough for holding us out another day.”

Though Richards led the 24-car field into the green flag for 50 laps, it only took Fruitport, Mich. native Rich Neiser the following lap to undertake him in turn two for the lead.  In a caution-free Craftsman Club® feature, the top five thereon spaced itself out into one-second splits. When the top of the field hit lapped traffic on lap 12, which is when windows of opportunity opened for those drivers.

The top three grouped together while positions four through six followed suit. Richards  gained ground on Neiser's No. 87 Bowman's Body Shop/ Daugherty Motorsports Rocket car, cutting the margin down to less than one second. On lap 21, Richards wedged his No. 1 Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car under Neiser in turn one, reclaiming the lead.

“Rich did a great job setting the pace,” Richards said. “He kind of showed me how much brown was left up there. I got to give him a lot of credit. He was one of the reasons why this car was as fast as it is. He helped us a lot – him and his brother. We had a great battle out there. It’s crazy.”

With 20 laps remaining, Richards kept three lapped cars in-between Neiser. Within the next few laps, Brandon Overton wheeled his No. 76 Budwiser/ C-H Paving Moyer/ Victory racecar into on the top of the cushion in turn three. His target: 2011 Series Champion Rick Eckert. Though he did not reel him in on lap 32, he succeeded the next lap.

With 10 laps remaining, Richards opened up a 3.876- second lead on the field. Meanwhile, Overton used his momentum to catapult his car into the second spot. Richards went on to win by a 7.467-second margin, earning the $10,000 purse. Overton recorded his 13th top five performance, finishing in the runner-up spot. Neiser rounded-out the podium.

“We just started a little too far back.” Overton said. “I didn’t really get going until the last 15 laps. I hope I’m gaining some points. I’d love to go to Charlotte just to race. I’d like to go there without any pressure. We’ve been working on it, and we’re definitely getting better. I’m excited. We did some stuff to the car last night and some stuff today. It was good.”

Neiser was the only Michigan-native to place in the top five. Earlier in the night, he recorded his first series heat win in two starts this season. As for Richards, he recorded his 10th consecutive top five finish of 2016.

“I have to thank Mark and Josh for helping me with that car first of all,” Neiser said. “If it wasn’t for them, it wouldn’t be what it is. I got to thank my brother and all my sponsors. I represented Michigan the best I could and as far as I’m concerned, I won the thing. Thanks for all the fans who came out. I really appreciate it. Right at the end, I got into lapped traffic and was a little too snug. I knew I was in trouble. I was hoping for a yellow.”

For additional news visit www.woolms.com

Jimmy Mars Goes Back-to-Back at Scheffler Memorial August 28, 2016

Jimmy Mars Goes Back-to-Back at Scheffler Memorial

The slick smooth surface of Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway suited Jimmy Mars as he lived up to being the “Ice Man” in front of the home town Wisconsin fans. While early leaders Dave Eckrich and Chris Simpson battled up front to take the prize back to Iowa, Mars who started 7th was working his way to the front of the field of Corn Belt Clash Hot Rods. Before long he passed Chris Simpson who looked to have another victory in sight. Jimmy Mars worked the heavy traffic that the caution less feature produced and won his second straight George Scheffler Memorial.

The racing was exciting throughout the field with all competitors battling for every position. Chris Simpson held on for 2nd with Mitch McGrath on his tail to grab 3rd place. Chad Simpson started 11th and worked his way around the maze of traffic to take 4th and Nick Anvelink rounded out the top 5.

 
For more news visit www.cornbeltclash.com
Justin Haers Returns To Victory At The Land of Legends August 27, 2016

Justin Haers Returns To Victory At The Land of Legends

CANANDAIGUA, NY – ”After we had problems at Rolling Wheels with my regular car, my crew kept pestering me to ‘get the red car out’. I was saving that car for the year end shows. But here we are now,” commented an elated Justin Haers in victory lane at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Haers piloted the retro looking Billy Taylor-Doug Hoffman number 1, the same car he drove at last year’s SDW in Syracuse.

The 35-lap DIRTcar Modified feature was full of surprises. Tommy Keyes took the lead from his outside pole position. The feature was only two laps old when track points leader Matt Sheppard’s car dug its nose into the track going into the third turn and began flipping wildly. He emerged uninjured, but his number 9s was badly damaged. During this yellow Danny Johnson pitted and did not return to the race.

Keyes would lose the lead to Tim Fuller on lap seven. Fuller then began to pull away and looked to have the race under control. The yellow flew on lap 12, when Dave Rauscher had a drive shaft break and slam his leg. Crews were on the scene quickly, but Rauscher was able to walk to the ambulance.

Fuller’s race would also come to an end, as he lost a right front wheel going into the third turn. This left the lead to Haers.

Haers would lead the remainder of the distance. Gary Tomkins tried to run down Haers but had to settle for second. Billy Decker, Alan Johnson and Peter Britten rounded out the top five. “It was a real workout tonight,” added Haers. “But all-in-all it was a great night.”

For more news visit www.dirttrackdigest.com

Photo courtesy of www.dirttrackdigest.com/Alex and Helen Bruce

Weekly Winners 8/16/16 - 8/22/16 August 22, 2016

Weekly Winners 8/16/16 - 8/22/16

Congratulations to:

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Coleby Frye – Port Royal Speedway

Tyler Clem – Bubba Raceway Park

Tim Kerr – Brewerton Speedway

Brandon Sheppard – Moler Raceway Park

Brett Kressley – Big Diamond Speedway

Daniel Grignon – Albany Saratoga Speedway

Gregg Satterlee – Hagerstown Speedway

Nick Joy – Ransomville Speedway

Matt Cosner – Bedford Speedway

Dale Hollidge – Winchester Speedway

Craig Von Dohren – Grandview Speedway

Ryan Gustin – 81 Speedway

Dave Hemrich – Western Speedway

Michael Kloos – I-55 Raceway

Aaron Wilkie – Western Speedway (pictured)

Carey Terrance – Mohawk Int’l. Raceway

Sid Harmer Jr. – Mohawk Int’l. Raceway

Stephane Lafrance – Brockville Ontario Speedway

Aaron Shearn - Raceway Park

Brad Bergren - Shelby County Speedway

Justin Zeitner - Adams County Speedway

Todd Boulware - Park Jefferson Speedway

Derek Green - Kossuth County Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Jackson Motorplex & Redwood Speedway

Jeff Coon - Arlington Raceway

Cory Probst - Arlington Raceway

Austin Arneson - Red River Valley Speedway & Norman County Speedway

Travis Hagen - Nodak Speedway

Weston Koop - Mason City Motor Speedway

Lucas Schott - Mason City Motor Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Thunder Hill Speedway

 

Gustin Goes To Victory Lane at 81 Speedway August 21, 2016

Gustin Goes To Victory Lane at 81 Speedway

PARK CITY, Kan.— Sunday night at the 81 Speedway, Ryan Gustin took the lead on the second lap of the main event and then held on through a green-white-checkered finish to capture his sixth United States Modified Touring Series victory of 2016.

It was the first win during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental for the two-time USMTS national champion, and the 77th of his career.

Cade Dillard earned his series-best seventh Sybesma Graphics Pole Award during the fourth of five heat races for the 42 entries, and then redrew the number one spot to set the pace for the 42-lap feature.

The first lap ended with Dillard edging Gustin at the line by a nose with Brock Bauman tucked in tight behind the lead duo in third.

The next time around Gustin blasted into the lead around the outside of Dillard and he never trailed again, racing to a $3,000 payday.

Dillard stayed close behind Gustin until the race’s second yellow flag came out with 27 laps complete. While under caution, Dillard’s ignition system failed and he was forced to watch the remainder of the race from the pits.

Jason Hughes, who won the first USMTS race at C. Ray Hall’s speedplant in 2008, assumed the second spot but was never able to challenge Gustin for the lead.

Even a final caution period with two laps remaining was no help to the current points leader as he used every trick in his bag to hold off Johnny Scott for the thrilling final two times around.

Jesse Sobbing and Zack VanderBeek were also in the mix with Hughes and Scott, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, while Rodney Sanders rebounded from a second-lap flat tire to claw his way back to sixth.

VanderBeek, who finished fifth after starting 24th, garnered the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

Tanner Mullens, Joe Duvall, Scott Drake and Dan Powers completed the top ten.

For more news visit www.usmts.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com

Cosner Continues To Roll At Bedford August 20, 2016

Cosner Continues To Roll At Bedford

 Matt Cosner continued his  hot 2016 season with a win in the special Friday night at Bedford.  The 30 lap victory, his fourth of the year, was worth $2500, and he remains the only Late Model driver with multiple 2016 wins at the track.  In other action, Lou Wannyn took his third Semi Late win, Jonathan Taylor took his   fifth EMod win and Wayne Brenize took his fourth 4 Cylinder event.
 
    Gene Knaub shot by pole sitter Jeff Rine at the start of the Late Model 30 lapper and ran off for the early lead.   Cosner shot by Rine later on the first lap and took off after Knaub.   Cosner had caught and was all over Knaub for the lead by the time the first caution flew for a slowing DJ Troutman on the backstretch on lap 14..
 
     Everyone was poised for the expected battle up front on the restart, but it never materialized as Knaub shot into the pits just as the field came to the restart cone.  Cosner inherited the lead without a fight and took advantage of his fate.   Over the last 11 all green laps, Cosner romped to a huge advantage over the field to score the win.
 
     Dan Angellichio secured second on lap 15 and held off the advances of Andy Haus to secure that spot at the finish, his best Bedford finish ever.   Haus was third, followed by Matt Sponaugle, Jason Schmidt and Matt Parks.  Rine, driving Troy Swindell’s #21 after experiencing motor woes in his regular ride, was seventh.
Haus and Sponaugle won the heats.
 
     In the special time trial session held to set the field, Matt Cosner broke the long standing one lap record when he blistered the track in 18.748 seconds.
 
For more news visit www.bedfordspeedway.com