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Weekly Winners 8/15/17 -  8/21/17 August 21, 2017

Weekly Winners 8/15/17 - 8/21/17

Congratulations to:

Devin Willis – Fonda Speedway

Nelson Vollbrecht – Off Road Speedway

Rich Neiser – Thunderbird Raceway

Tim Fuller – Cornwall Motor Speedway, Mohawk International Raceway & Fonda Speedway Track Championship

Michael Norris – Lernerville Speedway

Corey Madden – Shelby County Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Utica-Rome Speedway & Outlaw Speedway

Logan Roberson – Winchester Speedway

Mason Massey – Senoia Raceway

Jason Jameson – Moler Raceway Park

Mike Marlar – North Georgia Speedway & Rome Speedway

Ashton Winger – Talladega Short Track

Brandon Beckendorf – Arlington Raceway

Brandon Thirlby – Merritt Speedway

Randy Hannagan – I-96 Speedway

Alex Stanford – Merced Speedway

Devin Moran – Georgetown Speedway

Terry VanHaitsma – Berlin Raceway (pictured)

Mike Maresca – Fonda Speedway

Ricky Thornton Jr. – Scotland County Speedway

Chris Dillbeck – Crisp Motorsports Park

Tanner English – Brownstown Speedway

Brandon Sheppard – Eriez Speedway & Port Royal Speedway

Justin Zeitner – I-80 Speedway

Kyle Berck – Adams County Speedway

Rodney Sanders – Lakeside Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Coleby Frye – Bedford Speedway

A.J. Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

 

Tanner English Takes Hall of Fame Classic August 19, 2017

Tanner English Takes Hall of Fame Classic

Aug. 19, 2017 - The 13th Annual Hall of Fame Classic was held Saturday night and Tanner English would charge his way to the feature win for the MARS DIRTcar Series super late models. English and Cody Mahoney would swap the lead several times before English would take over the top spot for good to pocket the $3000 top prize. English has won the last two Super Late Model events at the Speedway, making it three wins on the year at Brownstown.

 

For additional news visit www.brownstownspeedway.com

 

 

 
Maresca and Fuller Achieve Career Firsts at Fonda August 19, 2017

Maresca and Fuller Achieve Career Firsts at Fonda

By: Ron Szczerba

Fonda, NY – Taylor Made sponsorship night was a truly special one at the “Track of Champions” Fonda Speedway on Saturday evening and it was an evening of “career firsts” for four drivers at Fonda.

Number one was Tim Fuller taking home his first ever track championship at Fonda. Number two was his teammate Mike Maresca winning his career first modified feature at Fonda or anywhere for that matter. Number three was Devin Willis winning his first career limited sportsman feature in one of Maresca’s former St. Lawrence Radiology sponsored race cars. And last but certainly not least was Nick Scavia taking home his first career win in the 602 sportsman division.

Other winners at Fonda on the “Night of Features” were Stewart Friesen (Twin 20 modified event #2), Rocky Warner (delayed sportsman feature from 8/12), Luke Horning (pro stock), Johnny Young (street stock), and PJ Bleau (4-cylinder/cruisers).

2017 Track Champions that were crowned at Fonda on Saturday evening were Tim Fuller (modified), Rocky Warner (sportsman), Cory White (limited sportsman), Kenny Gates (pro stock), Johnny Young (street stock), and Ken Hollenback (4-cylinder/cruisers).

“I’ve never seen more diehard fans then I have here at Fonda and I’ve been to a lot of race tracks,” modified champion Fuller said during the championship celebration. “We’ve had a bad tour run (Super DIRT Series Tour) in 2017 but here at Fonda we haven’t been out of the top five all year and consistency got us the title. We are also very thankful to have gotten hooked up with the Maresca Family and St. Lawrence Radiology. They are great people and were also a big part of us being able to get this title at Fonda and we look forward to a return here to the Fonda Speedway for the 2018 season.”

“2017 has been a good season for us, my win here tonight was our 20th of the season,” sportsman champion Rocky Warner said. “Overall it’s been a great year really thanks to Jake & Nancy Spraker who give us all of this awesome equipment to work with.”

“We had a real good year, a few bad nights but my crew really stepped it up so I really have to thank them and all of my sponsors,” pro stock champion Kenny Gates said. “I guess you could say that we lost the battle but won the war.”

The first 20-lap modified feature saw Troy Palmer and Mike Maresca on the front row with Maresca leading at the drop of Joe Kriss’ green flag. Ninth place starter Josh Hohenforst was coming to the front early in the event and just before the halfway point took the second position away from Palmer. At that point Maresca held a half track lead and not even lap cars were going to stop this young man who led all 20-laps on his way to his first ever modified feature win of his career at any track!

Tim Fuller started the event in the 10th position and with five laps to go took the third position away from Palmer but that’s as far ahead as he would get as Maresca took the win in the St. Lawrence Radiology sponsored Teo car followed by Hohenforst, Fuller, fourth place starter Shaun Pangman, and 13th place starter Jeremy Wilder.

“This is our first win in a modified so it is pretty special,” Maresca told victory lane announcer Daniel Haslun after the win. “Fonda is a great track to race at, they treat us like family here, and we have had a lot of fun here this year. Fonda is a hallowed ground in racing so it is really special to be able to win here.”

For more news visit www.newfondaspeedway.com

Sanders Wins Grant Junghans Memorial August 18, 2017

Sanders Wins Grant Junghans Memorial

Rodney Sanders bested a talent-riddled gathering of 76 drivers Friday night to capture the checkered flag in the 2nd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City.

Starting seventh on the 30-car grid, Sanders caught Jason Hughes on the 16th lap, secured the lead two laps later and then pulled away after several side-by-side laps with his fellow multi-time United States Modified Touring Series national champion.

Sanders garnered the most passing points during qualifying heat races but drew the third row start while Cade Dillard, who was eighth in passing points, was left with the pole position after seven others had drawn their numbers.

Dillard took advantage by leaping out to a sizable lead in the early stages of the main event which began with an empty spot for the pole during the parade lap and went 42 laps with the final two circuits in honor of the car number used by event’s namesake.

Chase Junghans carries the No. 2 flag for his brother, Grant.

Maintaining about a six-car-length lead over Hughes by the tenth lap, Dillard’s engine seized up as he entered the first corner, sending him into the concrete wall and ending his night.

Hughes assumed the lead for the restart and had his hands full with Sanders to his inside and Travis Saurer rim-riding the 4/10-mile dirt oval to his right.

Six laps later, Sanders pulled even with Hughes and the pair gave the overflow audience and thrilling side-by-side battle for the next five laps before Sanders gained a bit of breathing room in lapped traffic.

While Sanders put some more cushion between himself and his pursuers as Hughes began a torrid back-and-forth with defending Grant Junghans Memorial winner Lucas Schott, who had started next to Sanders in the eighth position.

With Saurer still lurking in fourth, Stormy Scott zipped by on the inside to take the spot and moved in on the rear bumpers of Hughes and Schott.

Schott eventually got clear of Hughes with five laps to go but Sanders was long gone and sailed to his second USMTS win of the year and 77th of his career.

The win was worth $10,002 to the 27-year-old from Happy, Texas.

Schott backed up his win here with a runner-up finish worth $6,002 while Hughes—last year’s second-place finisher—placed third ahead of Scott and Saurer.

Thirteenth-starting Austin Siebert claimed the sixth spot, Johnny Scott was seventh, Nic Bidinger came from 18th to eighth, Zack VanderBeek nabbed ninth and Ryan Gustin, who bested Sanders in last month’s Silver Dollar Nationals and $50,000-to-win Masters in June, came from the 30th starting spot to take tenth.

As a provisional starter, Gustin was not eligible for the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger. That honor went to R.C. Whitwell for the second straight night. He finished behind Gustin in 11th after starting 26th.

For more news visit www.usmts.com

Weekly Winners 8/8/17 - 8/14/17 August 14, 2017

Weekly Winners 8/8/17 - 8/14/17

Congratulations to:

Logan Roberson – Winchester Speedway & Potomac Speedway

Cody Robinson – Kil-kare Raceway

Matt Guererri – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park & Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Andy Bryant - Nobles County Speedway & Lakeside Speedway

Josh Frye – Berlin Raceway (pictured)

Derek Doll – Tyler County Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Fairmont Raceway

Lance Borgman - Beatrice Speedway

Tripp Gerrald – Lake Cumberland Speedway

Derek Green - Hancock County Speedway, Clay County Fair Speedway & Mason City Motor Speedway

Troy Shields – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

Rich Neiser – Winston Speedway

Ron Davis III – Brewerton Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Tanner English – Clarksville Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Utica-Rome Speedway, Outlaw Speedway, Merrittville Speedway & Ransomville Speedway

Jenae Gustin - Marshalltown Speedway

James Dennis – Ohio Valley Speedway

Corey Madden - Crawford County Speedway

Devin Smith - Boone Speedway & Buena Vista Raceway

Jason Covert – Potomac Speedway

Terry Phillips – Junction Motor Speedway

Joey Jensen – Amsoil Speedway

Dona Marcoullier – Oakshade Raceway & I-96 Speedway

Dale Hollidge – Delaware International Speedway

Ralph Morgan Jr. – Hagerstown Speedway

Jimmy Mars – Red Cedar Speedway

Cody Nielson - Hancock County Speedway (X2) & Clay County Fair Speedway

Chris Zogg – West Liberty Raceway

Ryan Susice – Merrittville Speedway

Kelly Shryock - Hawkeye Dirt Tour Champion

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway

Darrel DeFrance – Marshalltown Speedway

Dan Angelicchio – Dog Hollow Speedway

Donavon Smith - Marshalltown Speedway

Matt Cosner – Bedford Speedway

Keith Flach – Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Carey Terrance – Mohawk International Raceway

Mike Pegher - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway

Jonathan Taylor - Eldora Speedway

 

 

Phillips Wins Junction Finale August 12, 2017

Phillips Wins Junction Finale

Media Contact: Trenton Berry 

trenton@racindirt.com

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McCool Junction, Nebraska (August 12, 2017) - It was all smiles for the 75 camp at the end of the King of the Hill Late Late Model Shootout, Saturday night at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska. However, the lead up to parking in Andy's Frozen Custard Victory Lane was anything but typical.
 
Late in the feature, with Phillips leading, his preferred line was blocked with lapped cars. This allowed Rodney Sanders to close the gap and briefly take the lead. Contact ensued between both Phillips and Sanders, breaking the left front of Sanders' car.
 
Sanders hustled his way around a little longer and spun in turn two on the final lap. The spin also collected Tad Pospisil, who was in third and lead earlier in the race. Pospisil went across the nose of Sanders' car and ended on his lid. He was uninjured.
 
The race was deemed official by race control with the leader plus three additional cars taking the white flag. Per Lucas Oil MLRA rules once the white flag is thrown the next flag, regardless of color, ends the race.
 
"The track's so fast, you get behind someone you can't turn, you get an air push" commented Phillips about his exchange with Sanders late in the feature. "I got behind that lapped car and couldn't turn down on the bottom, so he got under me, but when I came down I had such a run on him and got beside him. We went in the corner, he was turning left and I was sliding up, we got hung up there. Then I hit some tacky stuff on the bottom of the back straightaway. That launched me ahead of him."
 
One night after suffering a blown engine, Lake Elmo, Minnesota's Brent Larson ended the night in the runner up position. It was a blessing to his team that the race was deemed official. He had a hole in his radiator and lost coolant, making a restart and finish likely impossible.
 
Austin Siebert quietly finished in third from his 10th place starting position. He was also the Casey's General Stores Hard Charger of the night.
 
Rodney Sanders and Tad Pospisil were both scored at the end of the lead lap for bringing out the yellow and red on the final lap. Four yellows slowed the pace of the feature. Early on, Tad Pospisil and Jeremy Grady won heat races. Grady was also the night's top qualifier in LucasOilRacing.TV Time Trials.
 
Next for the Lucas Oil MLRA is a trio of events in three states. It all gets started Thursday, August 31, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. The following evening action moves onto Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri wraps up the weekend on Saturday, September 2.
 
Prior to the races, points leader Jesse Stovall opted to miss the final night of racing from Junction Motor Speedway. This was due to lingering effects from a likely concussion suffered during Silver Dollar Nationals practice in July. The Lucas Oil MLRA wishes him the best in his continued recovery. The series regulars also voted to offer Stovall hardship points for the time missed.
 
With the win Saturday, Terry Phillips has taken over the points lead. He will be carrying the Midwest Sheet Metal Points Leader fluorescent yellow spoiler at the next event.
 
For additional news visit www.mlraracing.com