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Weekly Winners 5/29/18 - 6/4/18 June 4, 2018

Weekly Winners 5/29/18 - 6/4/18

Congratulations to:

Kelly Shryock - Hancock County Speedway & Sports Park Raceway

Dale Thurman – Dixie Speedway

Rick Thornton Jr. - Benton County Speedway & Mason City Motor Speedway

Brad Smith - Lakeside Speedway

Bumper Jones – Southern New Mexico Speedway (pictured)

Paul Kot – Hummingbird Speedway

Kevin Smith - Skagit Speedway

Jason Trammell – Tazewell Speedway

Darron Fuqua - Lakeside Speedway

Ronnie Johnson – Senoia Raceway

Ed Noll - I-35 Speedway

Jon Lee – Dog Hollow Speedway

Eric Stanton - Southern Iowa Speedway, Hamilton County Speedway & Mason City Motor Speedway

Randy Hannagan – Limaland Motorsports Park

Jack Sullivan – I-30 Speedway & Crowley’s Ridge Raceway

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway

Paul Banghart – Tucson Speedway

Derek Green - Nobles County Speedway & Mason City Motor Speedway

Brian Shirley – Fayette County Speedway & Tri-City Speedway

Jared Boumeester - Mason City Motor Speedway

Travis Hagen - Williston Basin Speedway

Devin Smith - Buena Vista Speedway

Mark Elliott - Hamilton County Speedway

Max Blair – Stateline Speedway

Jimmy Owens – Volunteer Speedwway

Craig Von Dohren – Georgetown Speedway

Mat Sheppard – Land of Legends Raceway

Jason Minnehan - Hamilton County Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Fairmont Raceway

Austin Horton – Dixie Speedway

Aaron Reutzel – Lernerville Speedway

Mat Williamson – Merrittville Speedway

Mike Spatola - Fairbury Speedway & Farmer City Speedway

Jason Bass - Sports Park Raceway

Jeff Waterman - Lee County Speedway

Jimmy Parker Jr. – The Bullring at LVMS

Rich Neiser – Thunderbird Raceway

Jared Miley – Stateline Speedway

James Dennis – Ohio Valley Speedway

Stewart Friesen – Orange County Fair Speedway

Adam Johnson - Independence Motor Speedway

Brandon Givens - 81 Speedway

Brian Shirley Sweeps MARS Weekend With Fayette County Win June 2, 2018

Brian Shirley Sweeps MARS Weekend With Fayette County Win

BROWNSTOWN, ILLINOIS – June 2, 2018 – The MARS Super Late Model Racing Series would make its second and final visit of the 2018 season to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, IL and just like the first visit, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. would take the lead in the early stages of the contest and would never be seriously challenged throughout the event to claim his second win of the weekend and another $3,000 payday.

 

The win for Shirley would be his fourth of the season with the MARS tour, his second at Fayette County Speedway with the series, and his 12th career series victory and would come behind the wheel of the familiar Bob Cullen owned Thomason Express, Kid’s Castle Learning Center, Jayco Construction, Cheap Cars, Vallejo Inc., KBC Graphics sponsored #3s Rocket Chassis, Andy Durham Race Engines powered entry.

 

Tanner English and Brian Shirley would duel side-by-side for the first two laps of the contest, with English nipping Shirley at the line each lap for the lead, however, Shirley would gain the advantage and take the first position on lap three.  Meanwhile, Shannon Babb would be third and receive pressure from fourth place running Jason Feger, while Dennis Erb, Jr. gave chase to this pair from fifth.  The first caution of the event waved on lap six when Mason Oberkramer would slow on the racing surface and erase Shirley’s early advantage.  The restart would see Shirley maintain the lead, while Babb pressured English would second and would take the position on lap seven.  With Shirley again stretching his lead, Tim Manville would challenge Erb, Jr. for the fifth position and take the spot on lap nine.  The pair would continue to contest the fifth position, while Shirley starting the process of lapping slower traffic on lap twelve, with Erb, Jr. reclaiming the fifth position on the same circuit. The final caution of the race flew on lap eighteen when Joe Godsey would slow with mechanical issues and be done for the event. 

 

The final restart of the race would see Shirley again get a great start, with Babb maintaining the second position, while Feger would work past English to claim the third position on lap nineteen.  Erb, Jr. would be the next driver to challenge English for position and would take the fourth spot away from English on lap twenty-two, and would sneak past Feger for the third position one lap later.  With Shirley motoring away from the field at this point, Erb, Jr. would continue his charge around the bottom of the track and score the second position from Babb on lap twenty-seven.  A three-wide battle for fifth would break out at this point and eleventh-place starting Michael Kloos would make his way into the top five and would snatch the fourth position away from Feger on lap thirty-one, as Shirley would again have to contend with lapped traffic at this point in the event.  Kloos would continue his late race charge and take the third position from Babb on lap thirty-four, while thirteenth-place starting Tony Jackson, Jr. would make his way into the top five around Feger on lap thirty-six and would work past Babb for the fourth position two trips later.  However, Shirley would work traffic masterfully over the final few circuits and score his second victory of the weekend, with Erb, Jr. claiming his second consecutive second place finish of the weekend, with Kloos settling for third.  Jackson, Jr. would come fourth, with Babb rounding out the top five.  The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Feger, Gordy Gundaker, seventeenth-place starter Caleb Ashby, English, and eighteenth-place starter Dean Carpenter. 

 

For additional news visit www.marsracingseries.com

Von Dohren Scores Victory at Georgetown Speedway June 1, 2018

Von Dohren Scores Victory at Georgetown Speedway

GEORGETOWN, DE – Craig Von Dohren put on a show under the ‘Friday Night Lights’ at Georgetown Speedway.

Von Dohren, after starting ninth in the 30-lap Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified feature, roared to Victory Lane, pocketing $3,000 for his efforts. A heavy track surface from recent rainfall didn’t deter the Oley, Pa., driver, who rode the rim of the half-mile oval in Dick Biever’s No. 14s.

“With all the rain, it (the track) was fast and choppy in spots tonight,” noted Von Dohren, who was nearly a straightaway behind the leaders at one point during the main. “When I got to fourth, I couldn’t see anyone. Then little by little, I could see Watty (Ryan Watt). I knew I was catching them, but it’s a tenth at a time.”

Von Dohren thanked his crew and team for their support after his second Georgetown victory of 2018. His first came on March 16 in a small-block-only event.

“This is a three-and-a-half-hour ride on a work night for us,” he said. “I’ve got to thank all my guys for coming down tonight. We’ve got a great team here.”

Duane Howard launched off the outside pole to take the lead at the start of the main with Norm Hansell’s No. 357. Howard, a past feature winner at Georgetown, led the opening 11 laps before turning over the top spot to David Van Horn in Fred Vahlsing’s Vahlco Wheels No. 323ov.

Van Horn appeared to have the race in hand, pulling away with ease until a yellow flew on lap 20. That changed the race’s complexion. Not only did it erase Van Horn’s advantage; it also brought Von Dohren into contention with the leaders.

Howard reclaimed the lead off a restart on lap 22 and Van Horn’s ride slowed in turn four with rear-end issues.

It was now Von Dohren – who had been picking off cars throughout the race’s first two-thirds – on Howard’s tail.

The two Berks County, Pennsylvania drivers put on a show, swapping lanes and the lead, sparking rubrails at times.

Howard led lap 23, but it was Von Dohren out front on laps 24 and 25.

A yellow with five laps remaining led to a single-file restart with Von Dohren out front. Despite a bobble in turn three on the 28th lap, he held on for the win.

“The yellow on lap 20 made the race for me,” he said. “I found the top groove and knew we had a fast car, but I didn’t know if I had time to get there under green.”

Howard, like Von Dohren from Oley, Pa., earned a $2,000 runner-up finish. Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., placed third in the Daniel Sommeling No. 51, with Brett Kressley of Orefield, Pa., who started 12th, and Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., completing the front five.

Sunoco Modified heat winners were Pauch Jr., Ryan Watt and H.J. Bunting.

For more news visit www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com

Weekly Winners 5/22/18 - 5/28/18 May 28, 2018

Weekly Winners 5/22/18 - 5/28/18

Congratulations to:

Jon Lee – Thunder Mountain Speedway

David Smith - Boone Speedway

Josh Sunn – Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Adam McAuliffe – Delaware Int’l. Speedway

Gorden Clair – Autodrome Drummond

Gene Henrie – Sweetwater Speedway

Brett Kressley – Grandview Speedway

Ronnie Davis III – Fulton Speedway

Eric Stanton – Southern Iowa Speedway

Darron Fuqua - Lucas Oil Speedway & Central Missouri Speedway

Andy Nezworski – Maquoketa Speedwawy

Austin Theiss – Boothill Speedway

Clint Hatlestad - Princeton Speedway

Nathan Ballard - Benton County Speedway

Danny O’Brien – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Matt Sheppard – Delaware Int’l. Speedway & Land of Legends Raceway

Rick Eckert – Port Royal Speedway

Josh Foster - Sports Park Raceway

Johnny Scott - Upper Iowa Speedway

Mat Williamson – Lernerville Speedway & Eriez Speedway

Kelly Shryock - I-80 Speedway

Michael Norris – Lernerville Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - US 30 Speedway, Eagle Raceway & Beatrice Speedway

Jimmy Owens – Lucas Oil Speedway

Ricky Thornton Jr. - Stuart International Speedway & Benton County Speedway

Jared Boumeester - Fairmont Raceway

Mario Clair – Autodrome Granby (pictured)

Stewart Friesen – Fonda Speedway & Weedsport Speedway

Dave Conant Jr – Genesee Speedway

Craig Von Dohren – Big Diamond Speedway

Brad Smith - Central Missouri Speedway

Tad Reutzel - Kossuth County Speedway

JR Heffner – Lebanon Valley Speedway

Tyler Bare – Natural Bridge Speedway

Trent Elliott – Willamette Speedway

Ed Noll - I-35 Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Fairmont Raceway & Arlington Raceway

Dillon Anderson - Upper Iowa Speedway

Max Blair – Freedom Motorsports Park & Dog Hollow Speedway

Neil Baggett – Magnolia Motor Speedway

Brandon Thirlby – I-96 Speedway

Mike Spatola - Spoon River Speedway

Mike Bowman – Merrittville Speedway

Derek Doll – Tyler County Speedway

Daniel Smith - Kossuth County Speedway

Stewart Friesen Wins The Heroes Remembered 100 May 28, 2018

Stewart Friesen Wins The Heroes Remembered 100

WEEDSPORT, NY - May 28, 2018 – Can a race that is lead flag to flag be exciting? You bet it can. Folks will be talking about this one for a long time. Full-time NASCAR Craftsman Series Truck driver Stewart Friesen needed every ounce of talent, determination, and equipment he had to hold off the 18-year-old HBR driver Max McLaughlin. The pair diced and dueled through lapped traffic for the better part of the 100 lap Feature. McLaughlin closed in for the kill multiple times, but Friesen stayed slippery and managed to gap 6h again and again. All the effort was worth it as Stewart Friesen becomes the first guaranteed starter for this year’s NAPA Super DIRT Week.

When the dust settled, Stewart Friesen pulled his Halmar Racing Big-Block Modified up on Victory Hill nose to nose with the NAPA Super DIRT Week Pace Car to celebrate the victory. For Friesen, winning a NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier brought him nostalgia and piece of mind as he knows he’ll start the 200 lap finale in October no matter what happens during the week before it.

“The new qualifier series is awesome. It’s something like a blast from the past. I grew up watching the Syracuse Qualifiers when I was a kid, so to have a guaranteed spot is great. You never know what’s gonna happen with that deal. That brings a sense of relief. I’m sure it gets everyone excited about Super DIRT Week, which is our biggest event of the year.”
Friesen started on the pole and lead every lap but it was by no means an easy task. The Halmar 44 stretched a lead in the first third of the race but then Mike Mahaney in the no. 88 Buzzchew Chevy brought out the race’s only caution flag after getting crossed up in turn 2. Friesen then had to balance managing his equipment with racing through lapped traffic and holding off McLaughlin.

 

“I was trying at the beginning to save my stuff but pushing hard enough when I needed to. That top line that I was living on in 3 and 4 started going away. I just couldn’t hit a really good rhythm into 3 but once I found that launch pad on the bottom of 2 I was able to get into 3 and the lapped cars just kept coming back to me. The lapped cars hurt until I caught them. Then once I got into lapped traffic I kind of liked it because I could fill some holes and at least try to stay side by side a break a run if someone was coming. It’s tough without knowing where he was coming. He’s (Max McLaughlin) is a great kid and an even better driver. The improvement he’s made driving these cars over the last three years has been crazy.”

Friesen’s next race with the Super DIRTcar Series will be at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for Brett Hearn’s 10th Big Show as he’ll be racing the NASCAR Truck at Texas Motor Speedway at the same time the Series goes to Brewerton Speedway on Friday June 15.

Second-place finisher and crowd pleaser Mad Max McLaughlin showed great pace all day. He was second quickest in his qualifying group during Time Trials, which placed him on the outside pole for Heat Race 4. When the green dropped on the Heat, pole sitter Larry Wight shot into the lead using the sparse moisture on the low line as the track had begun to dry out and get slick. McLaughlin however had other ideas. He went straight up to the wall and was able to carry a lot of momentum around the top of the track. After overtaking Wight, McLaughlin used both top and bottom lines to old off the Gypsum Express 99L until the checkered flag. In the Dig Safely NY redraw, McLaughlin drew 6th with some heavy hitters starting in front of him. He couldn’t hide his excitement in Victory Lane despite falling one position short of winning:

“We had a great car. The track was a blast. I’ve been here a few years, and this was the best race I’ve seen at Weedsport. This is was best track condition I’ve ever seen. They made a lot of changes over the winter and it really showed tonight. It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a race car but coming in second really sucks. 18 years old. 2 years on the series. To be in second place and racing for the win is pretty damn cool.”

After a disappointing DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, the HBR team had been left with some big questions but on Memorial Day, both HBR cars finished on the podium. McLaughlin had this to say about the race:

“We were really good on the long run. On the top side Stew got the jump on the start. It took me a lap to get my grove back. There is a ton of grip off two and I could get a good run into three. This TEO chassis is awesome, you know this is the best we’ve been in a long time. It’s a great way to start off the Series points racing.”

McLaughlin is looking forward to the next Super DIRTcar Series race, which is scheduled for Friday, June 15 at Brewerton Speedway. “I got a win there (at Brewerton) late last year. We were really good at the end of the year. We’ve been trying everything this year before the Series starts. We’ve been throwing everything at the car to get it work when it’s slick like it was tonight.”

Earlier in the day there was no slowing down defending Series Champion Super Matt Sheppard. He took the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast -Time Award and a Heat Race win. After starting 7th, Sheppard pressured the top runners but never mounted a serious challenge to the top 2 and would settle for a 5th place finish.

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Johnny Scott Wins 11th Annual Nordic Nationals May 27, 2018

Johnny Scott Wins 11th Annual Nordic Nationals

Johnny Scott vaulted to victory in a war of the VanderBuilts Sunday night at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, leading the final 21 of 40 laps to score his second trophy in the USMTS Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC.

Zack VanderBeek—the purveyor of the one-year-old VanderBuilt Race Cars chassis company—took off from the pole and set the pace for the first ten laps before Stormy Scott showed his fellow front-row-starting teammate a faster way around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Johnny Scott, who started third, steered his VanderBuilt around VanderBeek two laps later and began to pressure his elder twin brother, eventually powering by on the high side of turn two to take the lead for good just past the halfway mark.

The $2,850 triumph marked the 34th career USMTS feature win for Johnny Scott, breaking a tie with 2007 USMTS national champ Jason Krohn and leaving him two wins shy of tying Jon Tesch’s 36-win mark.

VanderBeek, who collected his first of 45 career wins here during his rookie campaign in 2005, wound up second Sunday night while Lucas Schott got by Stormy Scott for fourth.

Dereck Ramirez raced from 16th on the grid to finish fifth, earning both the Eibach Spring Forward Award and FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award. Two-time USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders was sixth, Saturday’s winner Dustin Sorensen wound up seventh, points leader Jake O'Neil earned an eighth-place paycheck, Jacob Bleess advanced ten positions to claim ninth and and Josh Angst rounded out the top ten.

For additional news visit www.usmts.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com