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West Virginia’s Zach Dohm Sweeps Weekend Summer Nationals Action At Oakshade Raceway

July 20th, 2018

Zack Dohm definitely made the six-hour trek from Cross Lanes, West Virginia, a worthwhile one, winning a combined $15,000 at Oakshade Raceway over the weekend by sweeping both DIRTcar Summer Nationals events including the $10,000 to win 20th Annual Birthday Race on Saturday night.

Last year’s Birthday Race winner, Kent Robinson, started on the pole and led the first 10 laps of the 60-lap Birthday Race main event. Zack Dohm made a charge to the front to the inside of Robinson on lap 11 and never looked back. Dohm ran numerous laps behind Jon Henry who was running at the tail of the lead lap cars trying not to get lapped. This kept Robinson and Frank Heckenast Jr. in a tight pack behind Dohm. Robinson made a bid for the lead on lap 35 by sticking his nose to the inside of Dohm, but Dohm was able to fend off the challenge. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Henry slipped up from the bottom and allowed Dohm and the rest of the front runners to get by. Shortly thereafter, Henry abruptly slowed in turn two which brought out the caution flag on lap 46. With clear track ahead, Dohm went on to add his name to the elite list of Oakshade Birthday Race winners with Robinson settling for the runner up position. Heckenast Jr. finished third and the 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, Brian Shirley from Chatham, Illinois, ended up fourth. Ryan Unzicker wound up finishing fifth.

Mike McKinney out of Plainfield, Illinois, started on the pole of the Summit Racing Modified Nationals feature event and led the entire 25-lap distance. Last year’s winner, Brian Ruhlman positioned himself into second early with Friday night’s winner, Taylor Cook, running third. A caution flag on lap 21 slowed the field a final time, but McKinney had the field covered and went on to take the checkered flag with Ruhlman and Cook finishing second and third. Bobby Stremme ended up fourth with Brad Eitniear finishing fifth. NASCAR Camping World Truck driver Matt Crafton could only muster a seventh place finish just behind Josh Scott.

Cory Gumm started in the second row of the compact feature event and immediately got to the front at the drop of the green flag. Several drivers running in the top five including Eric Carr and Ken Watts had issues that brought out cautions and sent them to the tail of the field for the restarts. Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau took advantage of a restart after an early caution to get by Gumm for the race lead and went on to pick up the feature win over Gumm. Joe Elliot finished third after starting 10th and Matt Brazeau climbed up through the field to end up fourth after starting 12th.

The final leg of the Oakshade/Attica Late Model Challenge Series takes place this weekend at Attica Raceway Park on Friday night and then wrapping up Saturday at Oakshade Raceway. Steve Kester has a slim 3 point lead over Ryan Missler and Devin Shiels is only three back from him so it will be a tight battle going into the final two nights of competition. In addition to the UMP Late Models, the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman and Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers will be back in action at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night along with compacts. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps start at 6pm and racing at 7pm

Four More New Winners in Rice Lake Speedway Action

July 20th, 2018

Rice Lake WI, – On a steamy July Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway, it was a night for new drivers to find victory lane for the first time and get their pictures taken as winners at the speedway. Only Pure Stock driver George Richards had visited victory lane earlier this year while Justin Oestreich, Tommy Richards, Shane Halopka and Dustin Doughty were all first time winners. While Oestreich and Tommy Richards were visiting victory lane for the first time ever at Rice Lake, Doughty was a previous winner in the Pure Stock class and Halopka is the all time feature win leader in the Midwest Modified class at the track.

George Richards became the second driver in the Pure Stock class to win more than one feature race at the track this year, tying him with Jason Havel in that category. Richards was the third leader in the Pure Stock feature and held off a tough challenge from Bob Thompson to take the win.

Will Fisher grabbed the lead at the start of the race but he was passed by Mike Grover to take over the top spot. Grover soon felt the pressure from Richards who had moved up from the second row to challenge with Thompson, Krysta Doughty and Havel also on the move.

Richards was able to maneuver under Grover and take over the top spot on the third try after having made the pass for the lead, only to twice see that move called back by yellow flags for minor spins that stopped the action.

Finally, on the third try, Richards was able to drive past Grover and take over the lead for good. Thompson soon moved into second and began to apply the pressure. Bob would drive hard into the corners and get up next to the leader but then each time Richards would drive away on the straightaways. Thompson kept trying but just couldn’t quite make the winning move and Richards would remain steady as he drove on for the win with Thompson a very close second.

There was a wild last last scramble for position behind the top two with Doughty coming home third, trailed by Grover and Havel.

Krysta’s husband Dustin probably provided the most excitement of the night as he won his first ever Street Stock feature in the night’s most exciting race. The Street Stocks are tuning up for the “Little Dream” race coming up soon and a big field of cars on Saturday engaged in the closest feature race of the night.

Doughty has been very impressive in the Street Stocks in this, his rookie year, as his first three outings have all resulted in top five finishes, but Saturday he topped all that as he won his first ever Street Stock main event and a most thrilling event.

Another rookie driver, Jason Havel took the early lead and in doing so, led his first laps ever in the Street Stock class. However, coming on strong was Russ Kostreba who was able to duck under Havel and take the top spot. The early going in the race saw contenders Jay Kesan and Hunter VanGilder rub together in a corner with the result that both suffered flat tires. Kesan retired from the race while VanGilder used the yellow flag to change and tire and return.

On the green, Kostreba continued to lead with Havel, Scott Clark, Doughty and Kolby Kiehl all challenging him. Kiehl was able to move to the second lane on the track and he was the driver on the move. He pulled up beside Havel to take second and then challenged Kostreba for the lead. Just as it appeared that Kiehl had the leader cleared, there was some contact in turn one and around went Kiehl, triggering a yellow with six laps completed. Unfortunately for Kiehl, he suffered a flat tire and had to pit for a change also.

Havel inherited the second spot but on the next lap, while challenging for the lead, he too would spin in the same corner and the yellow would come out again, slowing the action. Now it was Doughty’s time. He would also move to the second lane on the track and soon would pull up beside Kostreba in a battle for the lead. The race would now go to the checkered without further interruptions, and lap after lap, Doughty and Kostreba would battle for the lead, side by side. Kostreba had the inside line with Doughty outside him and Kostreba had Clark pinned to his rear bumper also as the top three continued lap after lap, side by side. Kostreba would throw his car hard into the corners, holding the inside line but Doughty would stay right with him and pull up beside him on every lap.

They came right down to the wire in the same fashion. Starter Troy Holder showed them the white flag as both were pushing as hard as they could into turn one. However, Kostreba’s car would break traction for just a second and as his car’s nose pushed up the track, Doughty would clear him and shoot into the lead. Clark then dove inside Kostreba as they raced down the back chute for the final time.

At the line, Doughty was the winner by a car length while Kostreba held on by inches to edge Clark for second. Cody Kummer finished a strong fourth and Sam Fankhauser, subbing for Don Cook, came from twentieth to round out the top five.

Halopka has had a frustrating year at Rice Lake, being involved in several accidents not of his doing and not producing the results that he normally does. However, Saturday he got untracked and won his first Midwest Modified feature of the year here, fighting off all challenges from Kevin Adams to take the win.

Josh Wahlstrom led his first laps of the year in the early going with pressure from Mark Thomas who almost made a pass for the lead on the outside. However, Halopka came on strong and was able to duck to the inside and take over the lead. Once in front, he was able to put some distance on the field while a big battle for second broke out among Wahlstrom, Thomas, Adams, Tommy Richards, Austin Ellis and Calvin Iverson. By the time they got that fight sorted out, Halopka had taken advantage of the situation to move away from the rest of the pack.

Adams was eventually able to work into second and he set off after the leader but the final nine laps of the race stayed under the green and despite trying all lines on the track, Adams was not able to cut into the margin and Halopka drove home with room to spare for the win. The win was his one hundred and ninety ninth career win, many of which he earned at Rice Lake as the all time feature win leader in the Midwest Modifieds. Ellis came shooting up at the end as the point leader finished third ahead of Richards and Wahlstrom.

While it was a good night for the Doughty family, it was also a good night for the Richards family too. Besides George’s Pure Stock win, brother Tommy won the Super Stock feature also. Incredibly, it was the first ever Super Stock win for Richards, who has had much success at area tracks but has never found victory lane at Rice Lake, until Saturday.

The early going in the race found Cody Kummer and Ryan Kostreba battling for the top spot with each taking a shot as being the leader. Two early yellows slowed the pace but then the last sixteen laps of the main went nonstop. Richards steadily worked his way to the front from the fourth row, fighting his way past Aaron Wilson and Randy Spacek to get toward the front, where he could take on the top two racers.

Richards was very fast on the bottom and he was able to drive under both Kostreba and Kummer and take over the lead. Once in front, he methodically began to pull away and by the end of the race, he had nearly a straightaway lead on the field. Kummer and Kostreba spent most of the event fighting for second place before Kummer, the Super Stock rookie, took the spot. Spacek made things interesting by running the very high side of the track and he passed several cars to take fourth, with Kosbreba just nipping him at the line while Wilson completed the top five. Richards became the ninth different winner in the Super Stocks already this year.

Speaking of different winners, Oestreich became the seventh different Modified winner and earned his first ever feature win at Rice Lake, as he took the early lead, gave it to Mike Anderson and then battled back to take the win in the closing laps.

The Modifieds had a tough time of it on Saturday with five yellows in the first ten laps as aggressive driving led to some encounters in the early going. While all this was happening, Oestreich had led from the opening green flag but was challenged by Jason Richardson and Mark Hansen in the early going.

The race saw short bursts of racing, followed by yellow flags to sort out the issues between the drivers, with serious, non stop racing finally breaking out in the last half of the event.

Anderson had worked his way up from the third row gradually and using the high and middle lanes, moved in to challenge Oestreich and blew past him on the front chute for the lead. However, Oestreich, who was committed to the low side, fought back and gradually he reeled in Anderson and with just a few laps left, was able to repass the #57 for the lead.

Anderson would not give up and dove hard into each corner, pulling up beside Oestreich but then Justin would edge away out of the corners. At the finish, it was Oestreich by the narrowest of margins and both the front runners were probably lucky the race ended when it did as Dave Cain made a late rush and was closing fast on both of the leaders. Hansen took another top five with Ashley Anderson surviving a wheel banging issue at midrace to come from fifteenth and complete the top five.

A solid field of ninety four cars signed in to race on the last Saturday night before the speedway takes its annual break for the Barron County Fair next week. But after the break, the speedway returns with two of its biggest nights, back to back to close out the month of July.

On Saturday night, July 28th , the Late Models join the regular five divisions for their second appearance of the year at the track. This time it will be a Wollak Construction WISSOTA Challenge Series race along with the regular five divisions. Late Model fans will get to see the largest field of Late Models at the track all season on that night as they race for a $2,000 top prize.

Then, on Tuesday night, July 31st, the nationally recognized twenty fourth annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race will take center stage. Last year fifty seven drivers from the Upper Midwest and Canada were on hand to race for the big money, with Minnesota’s Keith Tourville going home with $15,400 for his efforts. The hopes are that 2018 will bring even more drivers and hopefully, continue to break records for the total purse. Entries are already starting to roll in for the event from drivers all over the Upper Midwest. The rain date for that event is Wednesday night, August 1st. The speedway will then take off on Saturday, August 4th.

Watch the speedway website for updates and announcements concerning both events or check the speedway face book page.

Wiltrout Becomes Repeat Winner at Jennerstown Speedway

July 19th, 2018

(Jennerstown, PA) Former Champion, Garry Wiltrout, became the second driver to win more than once, in the Martella’s Pharmacies RUSH Late Model division of racing at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex on Saturday night, July 14, 2018. Anthony Aiello (Stoystown Auto Wreckers RUSH Modifieds) and Andrew Pluta (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders) were also repeat winners, as Mountain Ridge ATV Park and Wheeler Bros. Inc. sponsored the racing action, and the “Salute to the Armed Forces” night. Two divisions, competed in their biggest races of the year, in memory of Hall of Famer Bill Awtey: Josh Coughenour won the J&J Truck Equipment RUSH Street Stocks special event, and Adam Kostelnik won the big race for Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers.

Mike “Hollywood” Hemminger started the 30-lap Martella’s Pharmacies RUSH Late Model feature from the pole position, with recent winner Garry Wiltrout alongside. When the green flag was displayed, a “false start” forced a second attempt at completing the first lap, and Hemminger was penalized two positions, for launching early. Zane Ferrell inherited the top spot, but before the first lap was officially scored, a controversial incident damaged two cars, and forced another restart. At the back of the pack, Joe Maruca and point standings leader Barry Awtey made contact, resulting in a spin by Awtey. When the race officially began, former Champion Wiltrout grabbed the early lead, from rookie Ferrell. Ferrell, a former Modified Champion, successfully defended the runner-up spot from the repeated challenges of Hemminger during the first nine laps. Them, a caution flag was needed for Awtey, who’s car rolled to a stop on the backstretch, during a night of races dedicated to his late father. Awtey, the leading winner of 2018, returned to the track after a quick pit stop. But, just before green flag racing resumed, Awtey drove into the side of Maruca’s car, destroying much of the bodywork on both machines. Although the field was rolling toward the green flag, the incident did occur under caution flag conditions, and track officials disqualified Awtey for his retaliatory actions against Maruca, who Awtey believed was responsible for the incident on lap one. Officials kept the two quarrelling race teams separated in the pit area, and “shouting-at-a-distance” was the only repercussion. Racing resumed with Wiltrout leading Ferrell, and Jeremiah Kuntz. Kuntz, the defending Track Champion, passed Hemminger for third place and began to challenge for the second spot. On lap twelve, Kuntz became the runner-up, passing Ferrell, while Wiltrout enjoyed a sizable lead. Four laps later, Hemminger claimed third position, moving around Ferrell. In the closing laps, Wiltrout displayed impressive strength, pulling even farther away from opening night winner, Kuntz. Wiltrout’s prior 2018 win, was a memorable duel with young Maruca and a close finish. As Wiltout, of Somerset, PA, crossed the finish line for his second win of the year, he was comfortably ahead of all challengers, and cruised to victory lane with an empty rearview mirror. Only Awtey had won more than once this season, before Wiltrout steered the Stone & Company/Franjo Construction/Meegan Ford to his second triumph. Kuntz, Hemminger, Ferrell, and Bryan Shipp placed second through fifth. Wiltrout and Kuntz also won the heat races.

Stoystown Auto Wreckers RUSH Modified division rookie Anthony Aiello continued unprecedented dominance, after starting in the fourth position on the grid, for the 20-lap feature race. Pole starter Tom Golik led the first lap, but two early crashes forced a pair of restarts. With multiple cars unable to continue, due to damage, Golik held the top spot with Matt Smith in pursuit as racing resumed. Golik, a two-time winner in 2017 is seeking his first win of this year, and held the lead until lap eight. Aiello, passed Smith for second place, and then passed veteran Golik for first place on consecutive laps. Aiello, from the Pittsburgh neighborhood of White Oak, PA, distanced himself from the rest of the field, while his good friend Adam Kostelnik advanced, late in the race. Kostelink, the winner one week prior, started in tenth place, and with two laps to go, he took the runner-up position from Golik. When the checkered flag waved, Aiello had a tremendous lead, and notched his sixth victory of the year. Kostelnik, Golik, Dustin Gursky, and Jim Bodziak completed the list of top five finishers. Aiello and Kostelnik were the winners of the preliminary heat races. Although Smith crossed the finish line in fourth place, his car did not meet the minimum weight requirement, during post-race inspection.

The longest distance, and highest paying race of the year for the J&J Truck Equipment RUSH Street Stocks, had fans on their feet and screaming at the conclusion. The “Bill Awtey Tribute Race,” 25-laps in length, began with young Zac Todaro taking the lead, from the pole position. Seemingly on the cusp of his first victory, Todaro led for 14 laps, defending his position from the challenges of recent winner Mel Wilt, early in the race. Point-standings leader Josh Coughenour started in sixth place, and claimed the second spot on lap seven. After an entertaining duel with Todaro, Coughenour became the leader on lap 15, and at the same time, defending Champion Lauren Butler advanced to second place. For the final ten laps, Butler chased and challenged Coughenour, often pulling alongside the leader and whipping the fans into a frenzy. Just like several of their memorable battles from 2017, Butler and Coughenour raced clean, and without contact with one another. At the finish line, Coughenour claimed the special event win, by a narrow margin, in another thrilling conclusion with Butler in striking distance. Although four different drivers have won in the division this year, Coughenour is the only multiple winner, claiming four trophies. Butler, seeking her first win of 2018, placed second ahead of Wilt, Todaro, and previous week’s winner Jeremy Shaffer. Coughenour and Butler each won a heat race.

The lead battle erupted with just five laps to go, in the biggest race of the year for the Farmers Union Co-Op Charger division. The 20-lap affair began with defending Champion and recent winner Jason Pritts taking the lead from rookie Dan Jackson. Jackson led the first lap of his asphalt racing career, as he is in transition from dirt track competition. Adam Kostelnik, competing occasionally in the division as a teammate to point leader Dale Kimberly, started in seventh place and was challenging Pritts for the lead, as early as lap ten. On lap 15, the leaders touched, and Pritts spun from the top spot, but made a skillful “save” to avoid a caution-flag incident or contact with the wall. Kostelnik secured the lead with the aggressive move, and drove to his first Charger division win, with teammate Kimberly finishing second after starting in twelfth place. Rookie Casey Fleegle, veteran Scott Mitchell, and Pritts crossed the finish line in top five positions. Just like the race’s namesake Bill Awtey, Kostelnik is also a driver and race car builder.

Andrew Pluta is now the leading winner in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder division. Pluta started in the seventh spot, but was leading by the second lap, passing defending Champ Brent Bickerstaff. Pluta cruised to his third win of 2018, unchallenged over the 15-lap distance. Bickerstaff, Casey Fleegle, previous week’s winner Evan Nibert, and Joe Laposky crossed the finish line in positions two through five respectively. Nibert and Bickerstaff were the heat race winners.

Saturday, July 21st, Jennerstown Speedway Complex presents “Motor Mountain Mania,” with five division racing, plus an exhibit of antique and vintage race cars from the Eastern Museum of Racing. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are just ten $10, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free.

Whitling and Lunger win big at Stateline Speedway!

July 19th, 2018

Busti, PA: On a hot July night 128 cars line up and raced for the checkers with Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks and the Elite/Pro Mods Hosting Touring events with extra cash and prestige on the line. Bobby Whitling, in his first appearance at Stateline, took over the lead with five laps remaining to win the Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock feature and the $1200 winner’s purse. In the Elite series event Dennis Lunger dominated, grabbing the lead at the drop of the green and never having a serious challenge on his way to his fourth win in as many ProMod races held this season at the track.

In other classes Max Blair continued to dominate the RUSH Crate Late Model division, gaining his third victory in as many appearances and winning his first Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature of the year at Stateline. Lunger also prevailed for his third consecutive Rusted Nuts Garage E-Mod Feature win at Stateline. In total, Lunger now has seven wins at Stateline in 2018. For Chris Horton, he scored his first-ever feature victory in a time-shortened, caution-plagued feature that only ran two laps before the checkers fell at the maximum time allowed for the event.

Kyle Scott, in the car usually driven by Jeremy Williams, and last week’s winner, Dennis Lunger, were the front row for the 20-lap, 20-car Elite/ProMod feature. Lunger took the immediate lead and opened a half straight lead by five laps complete. Yellow flew at six laps when Jarrod Silvis and Nate Young got together just out of turn two as Lunger was closing on the rear of the field. For the green it was Lunger leading Scott, Adam Ashcroft, Chad Carlson, and Scott Gurdak. At eight laps Ashcroft was second as the yellow flew again for Silvis, spun in turn three. In turn two on the restart Bryon Johnson looped his mount. At the end of nine laps Stu Rickard and Silvis got together in turn four. As it was Silvis’ third caution, his night was over. Lunger again led after green and again began to distance himself from his pursuers. Ashcroft ran second with Scott third, when, at lap thirteen, Bryon Johnson and Josh Beckstrom tangled in turn two. Lunger was still the leader at lap fifteen when Nick Mohawk spun in turn two. For the five lap run to the checkers it was Lunger, Ashcroft, Kyle Scott, Scott Gurdak, and Justin Carlson. Kyle Scott got back to second on the restart but only one more lap was complete when Matt Harvey spun in turn two. Carlson was up to third with two laps left but Lunger was on his way to his third in a row and fourth on the season at Stateline. The top five at the finish were Lunger, Ashcroft, Justin Carlson, Kyle Scott, and Gurdak.

Ryan Newman and Bobby Whitling were the front row for the Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock 25-lap feature paying $1200 to win. Newman took the immediate lead but Paul Davis, Nick Kocuba, and John Volpe piled up in turn four on lap two, setting up the first restart of event. Newman again led after green with Whitling in hot pursuit. Chris McGuire came to third at five complete. At six laps Whitling was challenging for the lead but Newman was in front again at seven. On the back straight on lap ten Whitling got alongside the leader again but again fell into line at the end of the lap. Yellow flew at fourteen laps with John Boardman, Shane Applebee, and Paul Nelson involved in turn four. Past track champion Dave Shagla was third at sixteen laps with Whitling again next to the leader at seventeen when Luke Rutsky spun in turn two, again slowing the race and putting Whitling behind the leader. Shagla was next to Whitling at eighteen laps with a three way battle for the lead at nineteen. Whitling was half a length in the lead at five laps left and extending his advantage at twenty one when Bill Applebee spun in turn four. On the caution laps Jeff Broniszerso, Chris Withers, and Anthony Marotto got together while trying to get lined up, but all were able to continue. With four laps left it was Whitling, Newman, Shagla, Chris Schneider, and John Boardman. Shagla was second at three laps remaining but Boardman was back to the spot with two left to go. At the white flag Whitling had a two length lead and went on to the win by .351 second over John Boardman, Dave Shagla Jr, Chris Schneider, and Rob Shook.

Darrell Bossard and Matt Sipes were at the front of the RUSH Crate Late Model feature, running for twenty laps. Bossard grabbed the lead at green with third starting Max Blair second at the end of the lap. Paul Norman drew the first caution with a spin in turn four at the end of the first lap. Blair came by Bossard on lap two for the lead, looking for his third win of the season in as many weeks. Scott Gurdak was challenging Bossard using the high line at seven laps and nosed into second at eight. Blair had a quarter lap lead at halfway over Gurdak, Bossard, Bob Craig, and Jason Genco. On lap eleven Chad Schauers and Darrin Waldron spun in turn four. Will Pinckney was sent to the rear for his part in the caution. Genco was fourth at lap thirteen when yellow flew again, for Nick Snayczak, stopped in turn four. Blair extended his lead over the rest of the event, winning over Gurdak, Bossard, Genco, and Matthew Sipes.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature had Greg Oakes and Max Blair at the head of the field for the green, both looking for their first Super Late Model win at Stateline in 2018. Blair showed the way right from the start with Oakes, Chris Hackett, Ryan Scott, and Wyatt Scott filling out the top five. Ryan Scott and Hackett were side by side at four laps for third with Scott holding the spot at five laps. At seven laps Blair had a half straight lead. At ten laps Hackett was again third and at eleven it was a three-way fight for second. Hackett got the position at twelve laps. At halfway it was Blair, Hackett, Oakes, Ryan Scott and Bossard. With one to go Blair was in lapped traffic and still lengthening his lead. At the end of the all-green feature. Blair had nearly a half lap lead, winning by 8.7 seconds over Hackett, Ryan Scott, Oakes, and Bossard.

Tim Peterson and Justin Carlson led the Outlaw E-Mods to green with Peterson leading third starting Greg Johnson at the end of one. At five laps it was still Peterson over Johnson, Dennis Lunger, Carlson, and Butch Southwell. The battle for third was side by side at halfway while the fight for the lead was heating up as Johnson was putting serious pressure on Peterson. At lap thirteen Lunger joined the lead battle and had the front to himself at fourteen. Peterson and Johnson tussled over second with Johnson getting alongside at laps sixteen through nineteen when Peterson again had the spot but Johnson was there on the final lap, edging out Peterson the runner up spot. Justin Carlson was fourth with Butch Southwell fifth.

Chris Horton and Rory Houser were the front row for the Challenger feature. With Horton leading lap one just as caution flew for debris in turn three. At green Holden Heineman went by for the lead but Steve Markham spun in turn one, restoring Horton to the front for the restart and Houser back to second with Heineman third, Joe Karash fourth, and Joey Karash fifth. Horton again led until caution flew at two laps when Jaycob Courtney came to a halt on the back stretch. On this green it was a three way battle with Horton, Heineman, and Mitchell Rex but caution awaited at the end of the lap for Jasmine Markham, Tommy LaBarbara, and Charles Sullivan, tangled in turn two. Karash had moved into third at the time of caution. At this point the time limit for the event passed so it was declared complete. The top five were Horton, Heineman, Karash, Rex, and Dillon Speer.

ABC ‘Pure Excitement’ Win to Hanson. Simpson repeats; Lavasseur, Graham earn checkers

July 19th, 2018

Ashland, WI, — Andrew Hanson of Iron River took the lead after a late-race restart, then held on for the final five laps to become the 13th different winner of the “Pure Excitement” WISSOTA Pure Stock feature at the ABC Raceway on Saturday. Sixteen Pure Stocks came to compete for an enhanced purse during the 15th annual running of the special event for the entry-level division, presented by the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsmen’s Club. They were joined by 52 WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds and ABC Six-Cylinders for a full night of racing action in hot, humid conditions on a fast, racy track.

Hanson, the Raceway’s 2017 Pure Stock points champ, came into the night as the division’s points leader and started the 20-lap headline event on the inside of row 3, but the battle early on was between pole starter Randy Graham and 2013 “Pure Excitement” winner Al Rapp. The front-row pair pulled away early and entertained the crowd with almost two full laps of door-to-door racing before Rapp worked his way by for the lead. The race was stopped five laps in for debris on the track, and Hanson, who had worked his way into third, moved by Graham to claim second on the restart. A lap later, Graham looped his ride coming off of turn 2, and all but Aaron Bernick managed to avoid the stopped car. James Vendela took advantage of his outside-second-row restart position and swept around Hanson for second, then repeated the move to grab the lead from Rapp. Vendela built a nice margin as Hanson and Brandon Hakala worked by Rapp as well, but the cushion disappeared with Austin Gibson’s stalled ride on the front straight with eight laps remaining.

Hanson stayed with Vendela for two laps after the restart and completed an inside move for what would be the winning pass, just before Graham’s car spun again to stop the action on lap 15. Over the final laps Hanson pulled to a 1.374-second margin of victory, while Hakala went around Vendela for second, only to see Vendela go by again with two laps remaining. Kyle Copp cruised in the top-five for most of the race and came home a distant fourth. Visiting CJ Wagner, who lost a heat win earlier in the night due to a minor technical infraction and had to start last on the 16-car grid, was tagged for a different penalty during the post-feature inspection and lost his fifth-place finish, which was awarded to Cory Jorgensen.

Steve Lavasseur, who travels from River Falls each week to race at Ashland, dominated the 20-lap WISSOTA Modified feature to claim his first A-main win here since August 2015. Lavasseur started on the outside of row 1 and won the race with polesitter Cody Carlson out of turn 2 to claim a lead which he never surrendered. As Lavasseur flew away from the field, Carlson slipped back behind Paul Niznik to third, while Darrell Nelson sped around Neil Balduc to fourth. The first 11 laps clicked off without delay, during which Lavasseur had opened up a lead of over 3.99 seconds, or roughly the length of a straightaway, on Niznik.

Jacob Hiatt’s spun car slowed the fast pace, and on the ensuing restart contact from Nelson set off a wild series of spins on the front straight for several cars, including Nelson’s. The final nine laps ran off without any further delay, allowing Lavasseur to extend his lead to a final winning margin of 2.2 seconds. Behind him, Carlson used an inside pass of Niznik to take over second for the balance of the run, and on the final lap Pat Cook slipped past Niznik for third. Tenth-starting Todd Gehl completed the top five.

David Simpson of Thunder Bay, ON, took advantage of several restarts during the first half of the 20-lap run to climb through the 26-car WISSOTA Midwest Mod feature field. He then grabbed the lead with ten laps to go and held on for his second-straight win at ABC. Despite a lap 1 spin by Brady Jokinen, youngster Jared Stricker drove like a seasoned veteran for the first ten laps, beating polestarter Clay Passuello out of the first turn and setting the initial pace. Stricker ran a smooth middle-groove line as he held off repeated attacks, first from former track champ George Dalbeck, and then from another impressive Canadian, Colin Chaschuk, who took the runner-up spot from Dalbeck on lap 6.

Just after Chaschuk’s pass, Justin Weinberger’s car slowed on the back chute, collecting visitor Dave DeVente. On the ensuing restart a large portion of the field gathered in a melee in turn 1 to immediately stop the show again. Dalbeck retook second on the next green flag, and Simpson – who had started 11th – climbed into the top five with a pass of Brandon Copp, but another four-car collection a lap later brought about another yellow flag. During this caution stop, Chaschuk pulled his ride into the pit area for some minor repairs, leaving Stricker with Dalbeck and Simpson behind him for the restart. The first try was waived off due to debris on the track, but on the next attempt Simpson drove strong below Dalbeck and Stricker, and as the crossed flags indicating mid-race were shown to the field, Simpson was leading the way.

A Passuello spin on lap 12 stopped the race for the final time, and from there Simpson drew away to a second-and-a-half advantage at the checkers. Tanner Hicks had captured second just before the last yellow flag, but he lost it on the restart to Paul Suzik, who, like Simpson, had started deep in the field but used the restarts to claw his way forward. The 18th-starting Suzik held on for second, and Copp fought back to take third from Hicks with five laps left. Dan Kingsley never fell far from the top five and wound up fifth.

Graham used a late restart to get by Jake Nevala and took honors in the ABC Six-Cylinder main event. Nevala sped around the front-row starting pair of Devin Dalbec and rookie Jordan Pearce to take the initial lead, bringing Adam Traaholt along to second. Nevala was impressive in running a smooth, fast middle-groove line to put some distance on Traaholt, who had his hands full with a large pack of cars trying to get by him. With Traaholt taking to the high side, Steve Stuart slipped down a lane and pulled into second, but that also opened the bottom groove for the seventh-starting Graham, who followed into third. Then Traaholt got bumped and spun on lap 5, collecting DeJay Jarecki and bringing out the caution flag.

On the next lap Graham worked past Stuart, and then Pearce got loose and collected several of his racing mates to bring the race to a stop again. From there the final nine laps ran clean, and after Graham worked his way around Nevala for the lead on the restart he was gone, building a 1.4-second lead within a lap, while Nevala contended with divisional points leader Tiffany Hudack. Graham eventually ran off to a 2.55-second buffer at the checkers, while Nevala did a fine job fending off Hudack for second. Stuart faded back to a distant fourth, and Pearce fought back for fifth-place money.

Three of the four fast-lap bonuses went to feature winners – Lavasseur in the Mods (16.570 seconds / 81.472 mph); Graham in the Sixes (18.412 / 73.322); and Hanson in the Pure Stocks (19.320 / 69.876). Only Kingsley in the Mid-Mods (17.435 / 77.430) did not tack on his fast-lap bonus to a feature winner’s paycheck. The WISSOTA Super Stocks were off on this night. The fourth race of the five-night, five-track FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series will hit the ABC Raceway on Saturday, July 21. The program is expected to draw upwards of 50 Super Stocks from across the region, racing for a shot at a $700 first-place check as well as the $1,300 Series championship payoff and other points fund and contingency awards.

As an added bonus, fans will be admitted to the grandstand free of charge, complements of Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland, provided they make a contribution to at least one of the two fundraisers as part of the night’s activities – either a cash donation to the Ashland and Bayfield County chapters of the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” program, or a donation of non-perishable food items to be presented to The Brick Ministries of Ashland. WISSOTA Midwest Mods and Pure Stocks, plus the ABC Six-Cylinders, will also be on hand; “big Mods” will have the night off.

Hot laps will begin at 6:15 pm, with racing set to start at 7. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates; fans can also listen by downloading the free HCG Radio app onto their smart phone, tablet or other mobile device. The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information log onto the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com. or on race days call (715) 682-4990.

Central Missouri Speedway Extreme Action Race Report – Logan Contractors Race Night Wins go to Schultz, Schutt, Raffurty, Foster, and Ryun!

July 19th, 2018

Warrensburg, MO) Racing resumed at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) after a weekend off for the staff and drivers last Saturday for Logan Contractors Race Night. A late afternoon thunder shower moved in over Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) but the race program went on as planned with 91 drivers checked in for action. The field of drivers included 14 Pure Stocks, 20 B-Mods, 19 Mod-Lites, 25 Street Stocks, and 12 Modifieds. The Street Stock drivers were on hand for their annual $1,500-to-win track special event.

Preliminary Action Recap: Josh Helm became the first winner of the night as he took command of the opening Pure Stock heat race ahead of Jonathan Evans. Darrin ‘The Bear’ Christy had to get up on the wheel as we say as he collected a hard-fought victory in the second Pure Stock heat over Jason Ryun. Cody Brill dominated the opening B-Mod heat as he outpaced Bobby Russell for the win. Dakota Foster shot to the front in heat two as he picked up the win ahead of Chad Staus. The final heat race went to Chris Brockway in a fierce battle with Steven Clancy. Mod-Lites were next in the action with David Raffurty establishing his own zip code to win the opening heat over brother Jeff Raffurty. Donnie Dannar collected the heat two win over Nathan Wolfe while Dillon Raffurty sailed away in heat three for the win over Travis Alexander.

The Street Stocks continued the heat race action for the special event with four races to determine the main event lineup later in the night. Bobby Ruff drove a stellar race to collect the opening heat race ahead of Eric Hammons. Brian Inlow prevailed in a hard-fought heat race number two and collected the victory over a strong run by Danny McKenzie. Brian Schutt ran strong on the high side to collect the victory ahead of James Flood. In the final heat for the Street Stocks, Jay Lamoms was victorious over Larry Ferris. A pair of Modified heats finished up the night with Dean Wille running a strong race with Dalton Kirk finishing second.

Main Events Recap: With another round of weather on the way, the staff were instructed to move the program along briskly under a rain schedule. Pure Stocks were first to hit the track for their 15-lap main event. The opening laps were action packed as Josh Helm had the lead until lap six with Jason Ryun took command. Ryun ultimately went on to collect his 18th career CMS win over Darrin Christy and Josh Helm. B-Mods took to the track next with Steve Clancy running strong to pace the field up front but Dakota Foster took command late in the event to collect his fourth CMS victory over Clancy and Jacob Ebert. Mod-Lites then returned for the 20-lap main event with Donnie Dannar and David Raffurty up front. Raffurty took command at the start in a fierce battle with Dannar and Dillon Raffurty, who was going for his 11th Mod-Lite win in a row. Dillon Raffurty took the lead in lapped traffic on lap 16 and went on to collect his 15th CMS win over Father David Raffurty and Danner.

Street Stocks then hit the track for their 25-lap main event, which unfortunately opened with a red-flag incident as Jay Lamoms contacted the outside wall in turn four and hung up along the wall and eventually stalled in turn one leaving several cars nowhere to go as they were racing hard for the $1,500-to-win special. Fortunately, Lamons walked away from the incident after the contact sent his car over on its hood. After the restart, it was smooth sailing for the next 24 laps as Brian Schutt fought hard for the lead with early leader Bobby Ruff. As the fast pace continued, Schutt took command of the event and went on to collect the big payday over seventh-starting James Flood and Clayton Campbell inside the top three. Modifieds were the last evet of the night for their 25-lap main event as Danny Scrogham looked very strong pacing the early laps through the first third of the race. A pair of mid-race cautions slowed the field and unfortunately on the restart both Scrogham and Blackburn retired from the event after contact. When the race resumed, Dean Wille took command for the next laps but Terry Schultz found a way around Wille and went on to collect his 65th career CMS victory with Wille placing a strong second place with Kyle Covert recording a CMS-best finish of third at the checkers.

For complete information head to the CMS website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Next week, Saturday, July 21 marks Heartland Waste Race Night with action among ‘Mighty’ Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod-Lites, B-Mods, and Pure Stocks. Pit Gates will open at 4:30 followed by Spectator Grandstands at 5. Driver pill-draw ends at 6:15, the pit meeting takes place at 6:30, practice ‘hot laps’ begin at 7, and racing begins at 7:30.

Regular admission prices return next Saturday. Adult general admission is $12, Active Military and Senior Citizens ages 65 to 74 $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 are $6. Seniors 75 and over and patrons permanently confined to a wheelchair are free in the grandstands. All pit passes regardless of age are $30. Information subject to change for special events.

Stay tuned to the track website for continuing news and information and for the recently updated race schedule by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Stay current with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green!

Complete results may be found on the track’s website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

History made as Bloomquist wins No. 600, at Lucas Oil Speedway CMH Diamond Nationals

July 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of dirt racing’s all-time greats scored a milestone victory Saturday night and, in the process, completed a sweep of the season’s two biggest Late Model races at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Scott Bloomquist overtook Jimmy Owens to complete lap 32 and went on to capture the 50-lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series CMH Diamond Nationals for career victory No. 600. “We earned that one. It feels really good,” the 54-year-old from Mooresburg, Tennessee, said after emerging from his car to a cascade of noise from the big crowd. “It takes everybody. When you look at all the names on this car, they mean so much to us.

“You go though ups and downs and a lot of things through a full career. You learn from a lot of things. We’re surely closer to our winter years in life than our spring.” It’s been a long, winding and winning road for Bloomquist. The native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, took home $12,000 and a diamond ring for the latest triumph in a career spanning nearing four decades.

Rookie Mason Zeigler finished second with Earl Pearson Jr. third and Will Vaught fourth. Owens, after leading the first 31 laps, faded to fifth. For Bloomquist, who won the Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway on May 26, it was his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season and 92nd of his a racing career that began in 1980 in Corona, California.

Zeigler gave futile chase over the final 18 laps and could only chuckle and pay tribute to Bloomquist in a post-race interview. “I had the car to win tonight,” Zeigler said. “I just got out-drove by a 60-year-old with arthritis.”

Zeigler was kiddingly referring to Bloomquist and a shoulder injury that briefly sidelined a few weeks after the Show-Me 100. One diagnosis seemed to have Bloomquist headed for season-ending shoulder surgery. Another offered a differing opinion and he returned to racing. “I think we can take what we learned with this arm and go forward with that,” Bloomquist said. “Sometimes you’ve got to get a second opinion and we’re happy to be out here.”

Owens got the jump from his outside front-row starting position and set a blistering pace at the front, catching heavy lapped traffic by lap 15. Bloomquist took advantage and closed to within a couple of car lengths of Owens when the race’s second caution flag waved on lap 27 as Payton Looney came to a stop in turn four.

Zeigler slipped past Bloomquist on the restart with Will Vaught in fourth and Earl Pearson Jr. in fifth. Meanwhile, 22nd-starting Davenport worked his way to seventh, just behind Bobby Pierce. A lap-30 caution for debris again bunched the field and that’s when Bloomquist made his move. He passed Zeigler and pulled alongside Owens after the green flew, but was not quite able to make the pass for the lead stick.

Bloomquist did make it stick on the next lap, passing Owens as the two came to the start-finish line to complete lap 32. He dominated from there, pulling away to win by about a straightaway’s margin. “We had to work a little bit for it,” Bloomquist said. “Jimmy was pretty good. We racd pretty hard out there. He wasn’t going to give nothing. We earned that one.”

Bloomquist praised crew chief Cody Mallory saying the two “put in ridiculous hours” on the car. “There’s been a whole lot of races where it’s just him and I that go to the races,” Bloomquist said. “We’re gonna keep working hard and we’ll hopefully keep knocking them down. We have a lot of racing to come.”

Fuqua earns Modified win in a thriller: Darron Fuqua beat Jon Sheets in a classic battle to capture the $1,000-to-win, 30-lap Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature. It was Fuqua’s seventh victory of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway and Sheets’ third runner-up finish. “That was a hell of a race,” Fuqua said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get him or not. I have to thank Jon Sheets for driving me so good. Last week we raced hard. I just look forward to next week.”

It was also Fuqua’s 14th feature victory overall this season as he continues to lead the USRA Modified national points. While not quite as dramatic as last week’s last-lap pass of Sheets, this one was another thriller for the Mayetta, Kansas driver. Fuqua took over the lead coming out of turn four to complete lap 20, but had to hold off repeated battles the rest of the way. But again, as the duo weaved through lapped traffic, it was Sheets taking the checkers and Sheets settling for second for the third time in four weeks.

“We’re close. He’s No. 1 in the nation for a reason,” Sheets said. Lance Town finished third with Joe Duvall fourth.

Corey Almond Grabs First Pro Late Model Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway; Hamilton, Causey and Givens also visit WhosYourDriver.org Victory Lane

July 19th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – A win at Virginia Motor Speedway has been eluding Corey Almond of Appomattox, VA for several years now, but that is not the case anymore as he pulled away late to take home the victory. Several cautions on the start of the feature moved Almond up to the front row. On the drop of the green flag Almond took the lead from Ryan Adams of Madison Heights, VA and began to pull away from the field. Almond held off several challenges by Matt Quade and Mark Parks to take home the victory.

“We have been working really hard to get a victory here at Virginia Motor Speedway, I hate that I slid up on that first start and got into Davis (Lipscombe) but it doesn’t take away from what I am feeling right now,” commented and emotional Almond in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Mark Parks, Ryan Adams, Matt Quade and Bobby Thompson.

In other action Steve Causey of Smithfield, VA scored his career first Truckin Thunder Sportsman victory at VMS and became the fourth winner in as many races; in the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature Bret Hamilton of Powhatan, VA became the fourth winner in as many races by holding off a charging Tim Schulte of Troy, VA for the win and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature James Givens of Sandston, VA held off Cory Bradley of Hopewell, VA at the line to score his third win of the season.

Matt Glanden and Ryan Adams led the Victory Lap Pro Late Model 19 car field to green with the caution coming out for a wreck in turn one. It took another two tries to get the race started before Corey Almond would take control of the race. For the first 14 laps Almond had to hold off the challenges of Matt Quade. Quade would have to come to pit road on lap 15 to fix a flat right rear tire.

On the restart Mark Parks tried to sweep the outside of Almond but could not pull off the pass. Almond would pull away and use the traffic to his advantage. With all the battling behind him Almond was able to dominate the remainder of the race and take home his first VMS victory. Rounding out the top five were Mark Parks, Ryan Adams, Matt Quade and Bobby Thompson.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature Tyler Shipp and Steve Causey led the field to green with Causey grabbing the lead out of turn 2. Behind him the battle went three wide with fast Qualifier Brett Adkins going to the outside to move to third from his sixth place starting position. On lap 5 Adkins took second from Shipp and set out to run down the leader Causey. On the final 25 laps Adkins would take several shots at Causey for the lead only to be turned away each time. Causey would hold on to grab his first Virginia Motor Speedway victory. Rounding out the top five were Adkins, Mark Gonzales, Hunter Shelton and Michael Hayes.

The box score may show that Bret Hamilton led all 30 laps of the Budweiser Modified feature but what it doesn’t show is how hard that victory was for Hamilton. Tim Schulte and Hamilton led the 17 car field to green with Hamilton taking control of the top spot out of turn 2. By lap 10 the leaders were working their way through traffic with Hamilton using the top and Schulte down on the bottom.

With eight laps to go Schulte began getting a run on Hamilton each time out of both turn 2 and turn 4. Each time Hamilton was able to hold him off at the line. A caution with two to go set up a green, white, checkered finish. On the restart Hamilton was able to get a couple of car lengths over Schulte only to have Schulte close that gap back up. With one to go Schulte got a run on Hamilton in turn three but Hamilton took away his line and hold him off for the win. Rounding out the top five were Schulte, Francis Jarrelle, Ryan Toole and Mike Reynolds.

In the Collision One Limited Stock feature Chad Champion and Trent Clemans led the field to green. Clemans would jump to the lead out of turn 2 with Champion and James Givens in close pursuit. Givens would get by Champion for second on lap 2 and the two would beat and bang a bit before Givens settled into the spot. On the next lap Givens began applying pressure to the bumper of Clemans for the lead and on lap 6 Givens got to the outside to take the top spot. Once out front Givens looked to be in control of the race. That is until final five laps when Cory Bradley entered the picture. Bradley tried several times to get inside Givens for the lead but couldn’t pull off the pass. On the final lap Bradley made one last ditch effort to take the lead, this time getting side by sode as they raced to the checkers. Givens would hold off Bradley by a bumper at the line for the win. Rounding out the top five were Bradley, Trent Clemans, Randy Hutchens and Marty Coltrain.

The Speedway will take next Saturday July 21st off and return to racing on Saturday June 28th and host week 8 of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly action featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2018 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

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Matt Dohm & Taylor Cook Friday Night Winners At Oakshade

July 19th, 2018

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals rolled into town for the first of two great nights of racing at Oakshade Raceway Friday evening which saw Zack Dohms capture the 40-lap late model feature win and Taylor Cook repeated his performance from one year ago with the modified win.

It was Rusty Schlenk and Matt Miller duking it out early in the $5,000 to win late model feature with Miller taking command by lap three. Australian Paul Stubber spun just after going a lap down on lap 14 causing the second and third place cars to take evasive action. Once back under green, Schlenk closed back up on Miller and recaptured the lead on lap 25 with Zack Dohm following him into second. Dohm got to the inside of Schlenk and took the lead on lap 29. the Cross Lanes, West Virginia driver went on to lead the final 11 laps and pick up the victory in his first ever visit to Oakshade Raceway. Schlenk held off Summer Nationals point leader Brian Shirley to finish second. Frank Heckenast Jr. and Billy Moyer were the rest of the top five finishers.

Bobby Stremme started off the 25-lap modified feature strong and opened up a big lead. A couple of cautions on lap nine tightened up the field with Stanley, North Carolina’s Taylor Cook restarting in second. It didn’t take long for the third generation driver to get by Stremme for the lead. Cook went on to take the checkered flag just as he did a year ago in the Friday Summit Racing Modified Nationals feature event at Oakshade Raceway. Stremme held on to finish second followed by Jamie Lomax, Zachary Schroeder and Collin Thirlby.

Racing action heats up even more Saturday with the $10,000 to win 20th Annual Birthday Race/DIRTcar Summer Nationals finale and the Summit Modified Nationals plus Compacts. Gates open at 10am and the pits will be open for everyone until 4pm. After 4pm a pit pass will be required to remain pit side. Hot laps and qualifying will begin at 6pm with racing starting at 7:30pm.

Look like a winner with Deatherage Opticians at Silver Dollar Nationals

July 19th, 2018

GREENWOOD, Neb. (July 12)–Fans and drivers attending the 8th Annual Imperial Tire Silver Dollar Nationals will be made in the shade with special discounts and dozens of styles of sunglasses from Deatherage Opticians.

Set for Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., USMTS competitors will be shooting for an $8,000 top prize but every competitor can take advantage of the Oakley souvenir trailer for any driver wanting to redeem certificates or get a discount on quality shades.

The Official Sunglasses of the United States Modified Touring Series, Deatherage Opticians is based in Wichita Falls, Texas, and was founded by dirt track racing legend Terry Deatherage in the late 1980s. The company is now owned and operated by his son, Greg Deatherage.

Deatherage Opticians carries a massive amount of different sunglass companies, which include Oakley, Maui Jim, Ray Ban, Costa Del Mar and many other top-end shades. Not only do they carry shades, they also carry Oakley Racing Equipment, along with apparel, watches and many more products.

For additional, check out Deatherage Opticians online at www.deatherageopticians.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deatherageoptical. Deatherage Opticians is located at 2916 Garnett in Wichita Falls, Texas.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Look What’s Happening at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!!!

July 19th, 2018

Race Fans, let’s list what’s happening at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track in the coming weeks:

Friday 7/20/2018 Summer Nationals Special Featuring ASCS and RaceSaver Winged Sprint Cars presented by St Joe Harley Davidson!

Friday 7/27/2018 Second annual Joe Crist Memorial Stock Car Shootout presented by the Crist Family as it keeps getting bigger and better as only they can do!!!! All regular classes will be in action as well!

Friday 8/3/2018 Shocker Chassis 6-Pack Shootout for IMCA Sport Mod with you the fans deciding who competes! All classes will be in action on this night as well along with Powder Puff!

Then we take a break with no racing on 8/10/2018 but back at it the next week Friday 8/17/2018 with Back to School Night and a Dash for Cash and Candy for the kids!

Friday 8/24/2019 Second Annual Wayne Hicks IMCA Sport Mod Shootout sponsored by the Wright, Hicks and Dunn Family!

Friday 8/31/2018 Championship Night!!!!

Make those plans now!!!!

After Lucas Oil MLRA sweep, Vaught looks to keep rolling at 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals

July 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri– Will Vaught has settled into a racing sweet spot in 2018.

No longer consumed by full-time racing as he was a decade ago or rarely climbing behind the wheel the past two years, the 31-year-old from Crane, Missouri, seems to have found a perfect middle ground.

“I had a lot of fun when I was racing for a living,” Vaught said. “But now, it’s fun but it’s a different kind of fun I guess you could say.”

Such as last weekend when Vaught swept both ends of a Lucas Oil MLRA Series doubleheader at Lake Ozark Speedway, giving him three for the season. Vaught’s family including wife Ashtin, son Maddox (8), daughter Mallory (7) and six-month old son Myles joined him in victory lane.

“We got to celebrate together,” Vaught said. “That was more fun than anything. The kids were excited, maybe more than I was. They’re getting to the age where they understand things and how racing is and how hard it is to win.

“So it’s still a lot of fun. We’ve just made it into a different kind of fun, an all-around different feeling than it used to be.”

Vaught would enjoy nothing more than another family celebration on Saturday night at the 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA come together for a single-night program awarding $12,000 plus a diamond ring to the feature winner.

“We’re kind of getting settled with this new car,” Vaught said of the Rocket XR1 chassis. “It’s taken us a little longer than I expected to get a good balance with it. They asked me after we won (at Lake Ozark) Friday night, ‘well, I know you want to duplicate this win.’ I didn’t really expect us to win again (Saturday) against some really good cars. Racing has so many circumstances.

“But everything just kind of fell our way and we were blessed to win Saturday as well. Going into Wheatland, we’re confident with the race car. Lake Ozark, it’s not just like Wheatland, but I think it races similar. Hopefully it will fall into place for us again.”

Vaught said he’s raced about 15 times this year, which is about his total amount of outings in 2016 and 2017 combined. He took a step back those years as Maddox and Mallory were growing up and he was getting a business in his hometown up and running.

“Just a lot of things that were a priority at that time,” Vaught said. “This year, I have some good guys at the shop (Johnson’s Service Center) where I can leave a little early on Fridays to go race.”

Maddox and Mallory both are involved in quarter-midget racing and Maddox is playing summer baseball. Watching their endeavors has provided further balance to Vaught’s racing and business ventures.

His most-recent success also can be attributed to a different mindset on the race track. He laughed about a late June three-race MLRA swing in which he compiled two fourth-place finishes and a sixth.

“It was almost pleasing,” Vaught said of the competitive, but non-winning outings. “We’ve never been like that. We’ve always been guys that raced to win. I told Eric (crew chief Eric Barnes) ‘I don’t know what our deal was, but we were pretty pleased with fourth.’ And I was like, ‘I’m done with this. I’m ready to win.’

“I guess you could say that was a little motivating last weekend. We worked hard and the car was good.”

So don’t expect Vaught, even though he plans to follow the MLRA circuit throughout, to worry a lot about the points chase. He enters the Diamond Nationals event 76 behind Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa and 14 in back of second-place Tony Jackson Jr.

“We’ll just go race and have fun and try to win,” said Vaught, whose sponsors include Johnson’s Service Center, Wright Asphalt Products, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Racing Shocks and GW Performance.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia, leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt championship standings. Defending Diamond Nationals winner and reigning series champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, West Virginia, enters this weekend 120 points behind.

Also on tap Saturday is a full Pitts Homes USRA Modified program, paying $1,000 to win. Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kansas has won six USRA Modified features at Lucas Oil Speedway this season.

Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Admission prices:
Adults (16 and over) $30
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $27
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $60
Pit pass $40

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) is location in Bolivar, Missouri and serves eight counties in southwest Missouri. A 2014 and 2010 Missouri Quality Award recipient, CMH is a Level III Trauma Center and has implemented a STEMI Program. CMH also has 32 primary and specialty physician clinics, seven long-term care facilities, and other ancillary services. Go to CitzensMemorial.com for more information.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The CMH Diamond Nationals, featuring the stars of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series, returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Shocker Chassis 6-Pack Shootout for Sport Mods!!!

July 19th, 2018

Shocker Chassis has stepped up big at US 36 Raceway with something fun for drivers and fans. Introducing Shocker Chassis 6-Pack Shootout on the High Banks of US 36 Raceway for IMCA Sport Mods with $300 up for grabs!

The way it will work;

Date of the Shootout 8/3/2018

Sponsored by Shocker Chassis for IMCA Sport Mods

For the next two weeks fans will vote as they enter US 36 Raceway Dirt Track for their favorite IMCA Sport Mod Driver.

Fans will receive a ticket to write the name of their favorite driver on one half and keep the other half (Please Do NOT lose your ticket)

Drivers with top 6 highest votes will be asked to participate in the Shootout, if they would rather not, we will move to the next highest vote getter.

On the night of the Shootout a fans ticket number will be drawn, and they will come to the booth before any racing activity and choose whom they think will win the Shootout. If they are correct, the driver will receive $150 and the Fan will receive $150. If they are incorrect the driver will receive $250 and the fan will receive $50 for participating.

Night of the Shootout, 8/3/2018 we will fill our brackets, pair the cars and they will race one on one in a double elimination shootout. Starting positions for round one will be determined by highest vote getter choosing high or low to start the race and they will run a green, white to checker for the win. When a competitor has lost twice they are eliminated. Any Driver jumping the start, bringing out the yellow or having any infraction will be considered a forfeit and a loss.

Drivers involved in the Shootout need to know it is important to be ready to go when in line as we will keep cars on the track. As you come on track to race the green will be displayed at the cone in turn #4 with the two competitor’s cars side by side. When you take the checkers, you will exit the Speedway and get back in line to compete again as our lineup personnel will be there to assist.

Fans it is very important to vote each week for your favorite IMCA Sport Mod Driver and get them in this Shocker Chassis 6-Pack Shootout!

Let’s have some fun US 36 Raceway Style!!!!

Williams Scores ‘Extra Special’ Win at Lebanon I-44 Speedway

July 19th, 2018

Sellersburg, IN — For the second time in 2018, Cole Williams found himself celebrating in victory lane with his Cole Williams Racing crew. Williams went back to Missouri’s Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday night and took the victory in the “Salute to 75″ Pro Late Model 75-lap feature in honor of Larry Phillips. For Williams, a former champion at Missouri’s last remaining asphalt track, winning this race in honor of Phillips was very special.

“This has become a big race in the area with a huge crowd every year,” Williams said. “Winning this race in front of that big of a crowd and in honor of Larry Phillips who did a lot of winning in that area makes this extra special.” The Sellersburg, Indiana native started at the rear of the field due to the way Lebanon I-44 Speedway lines up their weekly races. When the green flag waved, Williams tried to pace himself as much as possible in the early stages.

“I knew I had to take my time because we had a great race car all weekend,” Williams stated. “By about Lap 30 or so I took the lead. After getting the lead I planned to conserve my tires so we would have enough at the end. That paid off and we got the win.” The victory isn’t just the second of the year for the 22-year-old, but is actually the second win in a row for Williams. Williams scored the win at his home race track of Indiana’s Salem Speedway in early June.

Now that momentum is on his side, Williams is looking forward to going for three in a row when he gets back to the race track in August. Williams is heading back to Music City to race at the legendary Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee on August 4and he’s searching for another win at the track where he’s a two-time Pro Late Model champion.

For more information on Cole Williams, please visit colewilliamsracing.com. Also be sure to follow Cole Williams on Twitter, @ColeWilliams46.

Virginia Motor Speedway to Return to Action This Saturday July 14th

July 10th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – This Saturday July 14th Virginia Motor Speedway returns to racing and will host week 8 of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Cars in some exciting side by side racing!

The action on the track has been as hot as the temperatures with three of the four Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship divisions having three different winners in as many events. Will that trend continue this Saturday night in the Pro Late Model, Sportsman and Modified divisions? With the caliber of competition that races weekly at VMS the chances are high that it just may happen.

Heading into this weekend’s action point leader Corey Almond of Appomattox, VA holds a 8 point advantage over Matt Quade of Mechanicsville, MD in the Victory Lap Pro Late Model division; in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Joe Weiss of Elizabeth City, NC holds a slim 3 point lead over both defending Champion Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA and Steve Causey of Smithfield, VA; in the Budweiser Modified division Hunter McClendon of Williamsburg, VA holds a 7 point advantage over rookie Chase Butler of Mechanicsville, VA and in the Collision One Limited Stock Cars defending Champion James Givens of Sandston, VA unofficially holds a 6 point advantage over Chad Champion of Bumpass, VA pending a protest that will be decided this week.

Competitor gates for Saturday July 14th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm for hot laps.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

For more information about Virginia Motor Speedway or the 2018 events visit www.vamotorspeedway.com or call (804) 758-1867. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

Richards Times Three at Eagle Valley Speedway

July 10th, 2018

Jim Falls, Wisconsin — The Eagle Valley Speedway presented the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modified, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets on a beautiful Sunday evening. Feature winners included Mike Anderson, Tommy Richards, Tony Bahr, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Jake Halterman.

The WISSOTA Modified heats were won by Mike Anderson and Grant Southworth as the two battled for the win at feature time too. An initial start was not accepted and a second attempt saw Sam Fankhauser grab the early lead. However, sixth starting Anderson soon was in second position. Anderson used the high line to take over the lead and Michael Truscott raced into second position when the first caution flag flew for a spinning Kent Baxter.

The restart saw Anderson setting the pace as seventh starting Grant Southworth raced his way into the runner up position. Southworth was quick through turns three and four and was able to pull up to Anderson’s bumper at the start finish line. As Southworth continued to attack down low, Anderson maintained his line and they moved away from the field. A caution flew for a Jake Hanson spin putting both Truscott and Southworth directly behind the leader. Anderson again set the pace and the remaining seven laps clicked off as he slowly moved out to a three to four car length lead on his way to the checkered flag. Southworth remained in striking distance but settled for a strong second over Truscott, Steve Hallquist, and Jake Miller.

The WISSOTA Super Stock heats were topped by Curt Myers and Terran Spacek as Tommy Richards was on the top of the podium at feature time. It was Troy Fransway early as he looked very fast throughout the feature as Dan Nissalke moved to second. Nissalke used the high line to pass into the lead as Myers and Richards moved into the top four. As the race moved on, Richards used the low line to move into second as Myers gained third.

Nissalke jumped the cushion in turn two and Richards pounced, taking the lead. Richards stretched his advantage significantly as Spacek began to break into the top five. Spacek methodically moved to the runner up position but Richards had amassed nearly a half lap lead. A spinning Jason Quarders reset the field and dissolved Richards’ huge advantage. There was one more caution on the restart but once under green, they raced to the checkered flag. It was Richards covering the field over Spacek as his fine season continues. Myers finished third over Nissalke and Fransway, who battled for position with the top runners all race long beat Lukas Koski home to finish fifth.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds saw Tony Bahr and Jake Smith wins their heats as Bahr stole the feature win late. A caution on the first lap forced a complete restart. On the start, Josh Smith raced from third to the point as seventh starting Tommy Richards moved into second. However, Steve Dehler broke down and drew the caution flag and once again, there was a complete restart. The seas didn’t immediately part this time for Richards as he was left mired in the pack.

Again, the start saw Josh Smith leading over Derrek Haas but Richards was on the move as he took third position. Hass used the high side to move into the lead as Richards drove low into second. Eighth staring Tony Bahr moved into fourth and looked to be a force to be reckoned with. Another caution slowed the pace and on the restart it was still Richards as Bahr moved into third. Josh Smith and Bahr battled side by side for the runner up position in Richards’ shadow as he set the pace.

Nate Erickson was hard into the turn one and two wall drawing the final yellow of the event. The green, white, checkered restart is what Bahr needed as he took the lead at the white flag and drove home to the victory. Richards was forced to settle for second over Josh and then Jake Smith as Calvin Iverson rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks saw Karl Knopps win the heat as Danny Richards won again in the feature. Richards quickly moved from third to the lead at the drop of the green and led every lap on his way to the checkered flag. Bob Seidler held the early second position over Dan Svee as Richards moved away. Travis Hazelton joined the fray and raced Seidler side by side until the white flag lap when Seidler bobbled and Hazelton secured the position. Svee also took advantage along with Parker Anderson to finish third and fourth as Seidler came home in fifth.

The WISSOTA Pure Stocks equals George Richards at EVS with little argument as he remained perfect on 2018. Patrick Smith and Andrew Hanson each won their heat, but Richards moved from eighth to the lead and win in his normal methodical fashion. It was Cole Hill leading the feature early as Dean Pronschinske ran in second. The pace was slowed twice early for cautions but Hill remained in control. Eventually, Richards reached him and took the position. Shortly thereafter Hill’s night came to an end with a mechanical failure.

It was Richards leading, even through one more caution flag and restart as Hanson raced into second position and claimed the runner up at the checkered flag. Dean Pronschinske made a nice charge to third over Lucas Kallenbach and Kent Deutsch rounded out the top five.

The EVS Hornets saw Jake Halterman and Dan Prissel win heats as Jake Halterman won the feature. Halterman lead from the beginning as Dean Butler moved into second. However, the Prissels moved through the pack to join the battle up front. There was fine side by side racing as action was scattered all over the track. Eventually, Chad Prissel overtook Halterman with one lap remaining. Halterman stuck with the leader though and as Chad Prissel got way out of shape in turn three on the final circuit, Halterman snuck back to the point and drove on to the victory. Dan Prissel also took advantage and gained the second position as Chad Prissel recovered for third over Jason Helegson and Butler in fifth.

The Eagle Valley Speedway is off next week and returns to action the following Saturday night, July 21, 2018, for the Advantage RV’s Modified Tour – Attack Shocks 40 and Iverson Trucking 40. It will pay out $1500 to win the WISSOTA Modifieds and $2000 to win WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with $200 just to start the feature. The main gate opens at 5:00 pm with the pits opening at 4:30 pm. The draw cut off is 6:30 pm with hot laps at the same time. Racing will begin at 7:00 pm. The WISSOTA Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will all take the track.

Hess Jr win “Run what ya Brung” at Stateline Speedway!

July 10th, 2018

Busti, PA: At the end of a beautiful Saturday in Chautauqua County, NY 123 race cars roared to life, racing in six divisions over a total of 22 events. At the end of the night Dave Hess Jr had his “side-board” creation in Victory Lane in the “Run what ya Brung” 30- lapper for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, Dennis Lunger Jr had scored two wins (Rusted Nutz Garage E-Mods and the RUSH ProMods), Max Blair again in the RUSH Crate Late Models while former champion Dave Shagla Jr prevailed in the Street Stock feature. The Challenger night-capper was a thriller as Dylan Greene took his mount to his first-ever Stateline feature victory, withstanding constant challenges.

The first two laps of the Pro Mod feature were led by Adam Ashcroft, then Dennis Lunger took over at the front. At six laps Chad Carlson came to third with Jason Covey fourth and Scott Gurdak fifth. That was the order at lap nine when Jarrod Silvis spun in turn two. Under caution a problem was spotted on Ashcroft’s car and when told of the issue he decided to pull off. At green Carlson quickly came to second but at eleven laps Justin Carlson spun in turn three. For the restart it was Lunger, Carlson, Matt Harvey, Covey, and Gurdak. Lunger continued to lead after green over Carlson, Covey, Gurdak, and Brian Mohawk. The next caution was at lap thirteen when Silvis got crossed up in turn two. With five laps left Vaughn Nystrom spun in turn three, again slowing the race with Justin Carlson up to fifth. Covey came to second on the green but Lunger was speeding off to the win, his third in as many events this season.

Andy Boozel and Max Blair were the front row for the RUSH Crate Late Model feature but the field only made it to turn one when Chad Schauers, Andy Proper, and Chad Clement got together. After the 24-car field was realigned green again flew with Blair assuming the lead in turn two. On lap two Damian Bidwell took over the runner up spot. In turn two on lap three Chad Schauers spun. With heavy damage to the right rear, Schauers retired pitside. Blair again led after green with Bidwell second, Boozel third, Darrell Bossard fourth, and Gurdak fifth. Yellow flew yet again at six laps complete when Clement again spun, this time in turn four. Andy Proper spun in turn four at lap eight for another yellow. At nine laps cars were four-wide coming out of turn four with Ward Schell winding up in the wall. For the restart it was Blair, Bossard, Bidwell, Boozel, and Genco. In turn one Bidwell got turned around with Matt Sipes and Joe Watson getting into the melee and coming to a stop. Gurdak also was involved and pulled to the pit under caution. Bidwell, Sipes, and Watson all went to the pit. Kyle Murray was up to fourth at twelve laps. Blair went on to the win, over Bossard, Boozel, Kyle Murray, and Jeremy “Mr Excitement” Wonderling.

The E-Mod feature was paced by Mark Thrasher and Steve Rex with Rex taking the lead but caution flew when Thrasher and Ryan Scott got together with Scott facing the wall and the start negated. With Thrasher not stopped for the yellow, he was restored to the pole position for the restart with Rex again on the outside front row. Lunger, fresh off an Economod won and Al Brewer were on row two. Lunger was the leader at the end of the lap with Thrasher second. On lap two Rex wound up stopped in turn one. This time it was Lunger, then Thrasher, Justin Carlson, Michael McGee, and Randy Hall. Again the field only got to turn one when Thrasher spun eventually involving seven other machines. For failing to sop under the red flag, McGee was sent to the tail of the field for the restart. Justin Carlson got next to Lunger at the end of two laps but Lunger again scooted back to the lead on lap three when caution flew for debris on the front straight. Lunger, Carlson, Hall, Cale Crocker, and Brewer were the front five for this green with Lunger opening his lead to over four seconds at halfway when Carlson had mechanical issues coming out of turn four, elevating Hall to second. Crocker was third with Tim Rockwell fourth, and Brewer fifth. That was the order at the finish as Lunger got his second win of the night.

The “Run what ya Brung” 30-lap feature started with Bryce Davis and Wyatt Scott at the front but at the end on one it was Dave Hess Jr in front, from fourth on the grid. On lap two Bob Dorman came to a stop in turn two but was able to restart the event. Hess Jr brought Davis, Scott, Jake Finnerty and Bump Hedman back to green and proceeded to open a lead over Scott. At six laps Hess was lapping backmarkers with Scott starting to close the gap. At eleven laps Scott started to spin in turn four, but recovered losing second to Davis. At halfway the top five were Hess, Davis, Scott, Jake Finnerty, and Matt Urban. Even with damage to the side-board, Scott got back to second and was maintaining speed but unable to close the gap any further. With five to go Ryan Scott was fifth. Hess went on to the win over Scott, Davis, Finnerty, and Ryan Scott.

Dave Shagla Jr and Bill Reeves started the fifteen lap Street Stock feature from the front row of the twenty car field. Shagla took the lead at the start with Reeves, Dennis Asel, Brian Crandall, and Bill Applebee following. With five laps in the books Kyle Couchenour spun in turn three, slowing the field under yellow. Asel spun in turn two and was collected by Luke Rutsky before another lap was done. Jason Black and Douglas Eck also were involved. John Boardman got by Crandall for fifth at lap seven and then by Applebee a lap later. At nine complete Boardman was third. With five to go Shagla had a half straight lead that disappeared when Rutsky spun in turn two. For the green it was Shagla, Reeves, Boardman, Asel, and Gary Fisher. Boardman immediately appropriated second and got the lead at twelve laps but Shagla was ahead again at thirteen. Boardman tried in turn one on the outside on the final lap but came up short as Shagla went on to his first win of the season over Boardman, Reeves, Fisher, and Jordan Eck.

Dylan Green used his pole position to lead from the start of the Challenger feature, just completing the first lap when caution fell for the spun car of Tyler Walters, in turn three. Greene continued to lead when racing resumed. Brandon Huffman, Tommy LaBarbara, John Zeleznick, and Charles Sullivan were second through fifth at that point. At lap three Zeleznick got to third. At six laps caution flew again, this time for Jasmine Jackson and Pat Hanlon. At the green Zeleznick took over at the front but Greene fought back to the lead at the end of seven when caution flew for the final time for debris (a bumper cover) in turn one. Over the final two laps it was Greene leading Zeleznick and winning by one car length. Sullivan wound up third with William Vanguilder fourth and Huffman fifth.

Dan Wallace Gets First Ever Oakshade Raceway Late Model Feature Win

July 10th, 2018

An emotional Dan Wallace captured his first ever UMP Late Model feature win at Oakshade Raceway which highlighted a spectacular night of racing on Saturday. The Vintage American Race Cars (V.A.R.C.) also made an appearance with one of their biggest classic race car counts which necessitated two separate feature events for some fun old-time racing action.

Once the V.A.R.C. features were complete, it was time to get down to business with the 25-lap UMP Late Model Feature. Last week’s feature winner, Casey Noonan, pulled out to a big lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Once Noonan caught slower traffic at the tail of the field, Dan Wallace and Devin Shiels began to close in. Just in front of the leader, a couple of cars got together in turn four which brought out the caution. Shiels had to make a quick right hand turn to avoid the incident, but he and the rest of the front runners got by without getting collected. A couple laps after the restart, Wallace, from Toledo, Ohio, got by Noonan to take the lead on the high side and never looked back on his way to pick up the easy victory. Shiels was able to get by Noonan as well to finish second after Noonan slipped back to wind up third. Steve Kester maintains a small lead in the Oakshade late model point standings after posting a fourth place finish and Matt Miller finished the race fifth.

Defending AmeriGas UMP Sportsman track champion Drew Smith made his first start of the season at Oakshade Raceway and started off his night by picking up his heat race win. The Sylvania, Ohio driver found himself chasing race leader Mathew Chapman the first part of the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature event. Chapman was working for his fourth feature win of the year, but Smith played the spoiler and took the lead away on lap eight of the 20-lap race. Several cautions kept the field tight, including one with just two laps to go. Chapman made every effort he could, but could not stop Drew Smith from taking the checkered flag a second time that night. Chapman settled for a second place finish with Josh Robertson capping off a nice run in third. Jerry Signor started on the pole and slipped back to finish fourth and last week’s feature winner, Rusty Smith ended up fifth.

Next out was the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main which was marred by multiple caution flags including one red flag for a brief fire early in the race. Chris Henry has been dominant over the past few weeks and this week was no different. The Jackson, Michigan driver quickly drove to the front and was pursued much of the race by last week’s B Main winner, Donovan Paskan. Henry went on to post his fourth consecutive A Main win. Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber point leader Jeff Foks Jr. finished second followed by Rich Riffe and Adam Noonan. Paskan faded late in the race and ended up fifth.

Jeff Goodman started deep in the Compact class feature race, but was able to get to the front and pick up his first feature win of the year. Goodman, out of Wauseon, Ohio, currently sits third in the point standings. Aaron Van Pelt started on the pole and held on to finish second followed by Aaron Barrick, Todd Drewes and Joe Elliot.

The final race of the night was the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. Gabe Mueller led much of the race after starting on the pole, but a jumping the start penalty would relegate him to restart third after a late race caution. Tim Hancock from Malinta, Ohio, went on to pick up the victory with Curt Dickie finishing second. Mueller settled for third followed by Roscoe Stetten and Scott Hammer.

The biggest weekend of the race season at Oakshade Raceway is coming up this Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals rolling into town for two evenings of racing. It is the final two nights of competition for the month-long DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models, otherwise known as “The Hell Tour” and the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds will also be in action both nights. The late models will be racing for $5,000 to win on Friday and $10,000 to win in Saturday’s annual Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race. Compacts will also be in action on Saturday night only.

Gates will open at 10am on Friday morning with racing slated to start at 7:30pm. Gates will be open by 10am on Saturday as well and the pits will be open for everyone up until 4pm. After that a pit pass will be required to remain in the pits. Racing will once again start at 7:30pm. Camping will be permitted this weekend as long as posted rules are followed.

Dalbeck Fills Bucket at Rice Lake Speedway

July 10th, 2018

Rice Lake WI, – One of the stated items on George Dalbeck’s “bucket list” was to win a feature race at the Rice Lake Speedway. George, who lives up in Wakefield Michigan, is not a regular competitor at the track but always stops in a few times every year to race and this year is supplying a car for Kevin Adams to race weekly in the Midwest Modified class.

Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway George was able to check one item off that “bucket list” when he out fought Mark Thomas and then held off a late charge by Austin Ellis to win the Midwest Modified main event and his first win ever at the track.

It was a night for seasoned veterans as all five winners of the main events on Saturday have all been around the track for many years. Also adding feature wins to their ledgers were Jason Havel, Ron Hanestad, Curt Myers and Jason Gross.

Thomas sat on the pole for the Midwest Modified main event and he led the opening lap with Dalbeck quickly moving into second. The only bad wreck of the entire night occurred on lap two of the race when Cody Borgeson, who started in row of the main, got turned in heavy traffic in turn one. With no where to go, car after car piled into him and the accumulating wreck until the track was nearly blocked. The damage was severe to several of the cars with Shane Halopka, Travis Anderson, J.D. Ford and Joe Chaplin Jr all eliminated with considerable damage to each. Borgeson would attempt to restart the race but would later drop out with mechanical problems.

When racing resumed, Thomas would still be the leader with Dalbeck and Ellis next in line. Thomas would be quick in his second outing of the year here and he would hold the top spot for several laps. Dalbeck would make his move, edging up the track into the second lane and attempting a tricky outside pass on the slick race track.

Lap after lap, Dalbeck would drive his car harder into the corners and edge just a little bit closer to Thomas. Finally, he would get up beside the leader and with another drive deep into turn four, he would move past Thomas and be scored the leader with five laps to go.

Ellis was waiting for an opening and as soon as Dalbeck cleared Thomas, Ellis was right there to pressure Thomas for second. Using the same move as Dalbeck, Ellis would drive around on the high side to take over second and then attempt to flag down the leader.

However, Dalbeck had a good line around the track and the middle lane suited him nicely as he kept turning in solid laps and Ellis was unable to close in on him as the Michigan driver rode home to his first win and much congratulations from the other competitors. Behind Ellis, Calvin Iverson and Kevin Adams completed the top five.

Hanestad started on the pole and led from green to checkered to earn the feature win in the Street Stocks Saturday. Seldom does one driver lead all the way in this class but Hanestad really had his car running well and not only did he lead all the way, he was able to maintain a solid advantage the entire time. He led Ashley Wahlstrom in the early going with Kirk Bogdanovic and Kolby Kiehl next in line.

On the move were Parker Anderson, Hunter VanGilder and Dustin Doughty.

As Hanestad maintained his lead, Anderson was picking off driver after driver and with one more move, was able to pull into the second spot. With the race staying under the green, he tried to cut into Hanestad’s lead but Ron was tough on this night and Anderson wasn’t able to cut into his margin.

The race went green to checkered with no yellow flags and Hanestad maintained his lead all the way to take the impressive win. Anderson finished a strong second with VanGilder moving past Kiehl to take third while Doughty rounded out the top five.

For Hanestad it was his eighth career win at Rice Lake but first since the 2014 racing season for the veteran driver out of Glenwood City. He was also the sixth different winner in the class already this season.

Another nonstop main event was the Super Stock feature that went twenty laps without the yellow flag waving. Rich Bishop was the early leader in this race as he fought to hold off Cory Davis and Adam Soltis in the initial stages of the race. The field was four wide going into turn four on the opening lap as Myers was on the move early and from his third row starting spot he quickly moved in to challenge the leaders.

With a breathtaking move off turn two he was able to find an opening and drive between Soltis and Bishop and down the back chute he drove into the lead. Once in front, he quickly put distance on the field as he was clearly the class of the competition on this night.

With the battle for the lead decided, the focus turned to the second place war and it turned into one of the best races of the season as Bishop and Soltis battled back and forth all the way to the checkered. Bishop was down low and Soltis raced higher up the track and on nearly every lap, they would swap who was in front. First Bishop would make a surge and then Soltis would fight back as they continued to race side by side.

Eric Olson then moved in to challenge both of them and they took turns battling for the position as the three former or present residents of Ladysmith dueled for the runner up slot. With Myers well out in front and just cruising, it was left for the second place battle to decide things. On the last lap Soltis got a good run through turn two and edged out into second on the outside and he was able to maintain that small margin to take a season best second place finish. Bishop and Olson finished right behind him while Bart Steffen made a large charge to complete the top five.

For Myers, it was his second win of the year at Rice Lake and the first for him since he has taken over the #41 ride.

Another dominating performance was put on in the Modified feature where Jason Gross took his first win of the year. He started on the pole and battled early with Mark Hanson for the lead. Hanson seemed to have a challenge for Gross in the early going as he slipped to the inside of Gross and nearly edged past him.

The lone yellow waved with six laps complete when Sam Fankhauser slid into the wall in turn three. He was able to return to the contest. On the green, Gross took off and running the high side of the track, he was able to start pulling away from Hanson. Meanwhile, a great race for third saw Mark Hessler and Kevin Adams battling for position before Adams was able to slide under Hessler and take the spot.

The top three runners were evenly spaced out on the track and Adams raced to catch Hanson while Mark was trying to reel in leader Gross.

However, the three found themselves to be evenly matched and with none either able to go any faster and none making a mistake, they continued to stay evenly spaced. Gross rode the high side successfully and with no challenges, he drove home for the win with Hanson and Adams next in line. A late race pass saw Mike Anderson take fourth in front of Hessler.

Gross became the sixth different winner in the Modified division so far this year and he won his first Rice Lake feature win since the 2012 racing season.

After early spins by Mike Grover and C.J. Wagner, the Pure Stock feature also was a smooth and clean event. Will Fisher took the early lead and the Shell Lake driver, gunning for his first ever win at Rice Lake, led the first half of the race. Eventually, Jason Havel moved up from the fourth row to provide a serious challenge.

Havel was able to work to the inside of Fisher and he took over the lead and then started to pull away. Zach Beaulieu was also on the move and he took the high side to pass Fisher for second. Havel had a substantial lead and Beaulieu was not able to cut into that margin and Havel drove home for the win.

After eight different winners in the first eight feature races of the year, Havel became the first repeat winner of the 2018 racing season. Behind Beaulieu, Fisher finished a strong third and led Tyler Wahlstrom home. Bob Thompson came from the back of the pack after having a flat tire in his heat to round out the top five.

Next Saturday night, July 14th, another five division program will be held at the speedway with warm ups slated for 6:30 pm. Kid’s Club activities for next Saturday include Root Beer Floats at 5 pm. The speedway will then take July 21st off for the Barron County Fair. Big events are slated for the end of the month with the Wollak Construction WISSOTA Challenge Series for Late Models scheduled for July 28th and the twenty fourth annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race slated for Tuesday night, July 31sst with August 1st as the rain date. See the speedway website or face book page for updates .

Visitors Burdick, Simpson Take ABC Raceway Kids’ Night Checkers

July 10th, 2018

Ashland, WI, — On a gorgeous early July evening in northern Wisconsin, the younger fans in attendance at the ABC Raceway got to visit with their favorite drivers, race their bikes on the red-clay oval, and watch as visiting drivers Kevin Burdick and David Simpson captured feature wins Saturday night.

The Kids’ Night festivities, presented by Chicago Iron & Supplies and Little Caesar’s Pizza, both of Ashland, included a giveaway of nearly three dozen bikes, plus plenty of other treats for the younger fans. Eighty-three racers registered for action on a smooth, fast and very racy track on a night in which temperatures started in the low 80s and never dipped much below the mid-70s after nightfall.

Burdick, who hails from Proctor, MN, does not frequent the Ashland track other than for special events, such as the annual Red Clay Classic invitational – which he won back in 2014. But he has been a stout contender during each visit, and Saturday was no exception. Starting the WISSOTA Super Stock feature from the outside of the second row, Burdick made quick work of those starting in front of him and drove off to a dominant win.

Polestarter Scott Lawrence and front-row mate Matt Deragon swapped the lead a couple times during the initial moments of the 20-lap event before Lawrence claimed the point and drew away. Burdick stole second from Deragon within three quick laps, and three laps later he was challenging Lawrence for the lead, finally taking over with an inside pass on lap 7.

As the run continued without a single yellow flag, Burdick used the track’s middle groove to pull away to an advantage of over a second-and-a-half by mid-race. Nick Oreskovich chipped through heavy traffic early on before getting by Deragon for third prior to the mid-point, bringing with him Shane Kisling to fourth and Terran Spacek to fifth.

Burdick was lapping backmarkers with eight laps remaining and still pulling away from Lawrence. Oreskovich caught and challenged the 14-time track champion with less than five circuits left, but he could not set up a pass for second spot. Burdick crossed the finish line 4.4 seconds – about a straightaway – ahead of Lawrence and Oreskovich, while Kisling came home a solid fourth, well ahead of Spacek.

Simpson, a second-generation driver from Thunder Bay, ON, has been close to a feature win several times at other tracks over the past season or so, but the ABC Raceway has not been kind to him – until Saturday. A strong showing over the first half of the 20-lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified A-main, followed by patience on restarts throughout the second half, produced the first feature win of his career here.

Simpson started on the pole but battled tooth-and-nail early with fellow front-row starter Wayne Stricker – just as they did in their heat race, which Stricker eventually won. It took six laps for Simpson to get the better of Stricker, making an inside pass stick for the lead before Tanner Hicks and Clay Passuello could join the up-front tussle.

Simpson was closing on the slower Jake Kruzan just a lap after halfway when Kruzan turned sideways directly in front of him in turn 3. Simpson spun his car to avoid contact, but Stricker’s car got caught up in the mess. Hicks missed the melee, but Passuello did not; his car caught the brunt of the impact with Kruzan and his impressive run was over.

A series of yellow-flag stoppages followed before the field could complete lap 12, during which Hicks finally got by Stricker for second. Then, on a lap 13 restart, Stricker tried to pull alongside Simpson in a challenge for the lead, with Brandon Copp in tow to take third from Hicks. But two laps later Copp, who had been shuffled back to fifth, broke loose and collected ten of the 24 cars in the field in a massive wreck.

Simpson, who managed to fend off every threat on each of the second-half restarts, sped away over the final five uninterrupted laps for the landmark win. Dan Kingsley, who started the event 13th, dodged every wreck and picked his way to fourth for the final restart, then made a daring inside pass of both Hicks and Stricker on that restart to wind up a surprising second, 1.6 seconds back. Hicks held off a charging Tyler Vernon for third, while Stricker settled for fifth.

The WISSOTA Modified feature ran off in 20 non-stop laps, with Ashland’s Steve Stuart taking to the top shelf and flying around the three-eighths-mile oval for his second win of the season here. The effort was also the 33rd checkered flag of his career at his home track, moving him to 13th on the all-time feature win list here.

Stuart, who runs one of the WISSOTA-approved “crate” motors, told the crowd in Victory Lane after the run that he ran the upper groove of the track to keep the car’s momentum up, as the motor doesn’t pull as strong coming off the low side of the turns. That strategy served him very well, as he started on the outside of row 3, drove immediately to the top lane and stayed there for every lap.

Polestarter Neil Balduc edged ahead of Paul Niznik over the first couple of laps, but Niznik fought back with a strong inside move and took over the lead on lap 3. The lead pair put some distance on Pat Cook, who held third over visiting Brandon Jensen until Stuart snuck by on the high side on lap 6.

The five-time track champ’s momentum also took him around Balduc within the same lap, and within another tour of the oval Stuart was around and by Niznik and pulling away. Kevin Eder also made some headway at this juncture of the run, slipping past Cook for fourth and bringing Jensen along to fifth.

By lap 12 Stuart had a lead of nearly two seconds, and with no caution flags to bring the field to his bumper, he extended his advantage to 3.185 seconds at the checkers. Balduc made a late charge to overtake Niznik for second, but Niznik held him off. Eder and Jensen followed to complete the top five.

The ABC Six-Cylinders set a good tone early in the feature-race portion of the program, running their 15-lap main event with but a single stoppage, and it certainly didn’t take long for Ashland’s Tiffany Hudack to charge to the front en route to her third feature win of the year.

Hudack, who started outside on the fourth row, found room enough to dive to the bottom groove of the track right at the drop of the green and drive below Josh Saunders for third place, behind polestarter Devin Dalbec and DeJay Jarecki. Within the next lap she worked the same line to drive past the lead pair, and from there she set the pace for the remainder of the run.

Bubba Anderson’s car looked to be strong enough to pose a threat early on, moving by Dalbec for second on lap 3, and a lap later Randy Graham copied Anderson’s move to take third, but by then Hudack was out front by 1.29 seconds – a tough margin to make up. However, a four-car tangle on lap 6 caused by Dalbec set Anderson and Graham directly on Hudack’s rear bumper for the race’s lone restart.

Hudack moved away quickly as Anderson and Graham duked it out for second, driving to a 1.38-second advantage with five laps left and continuing unopposed to her 15th career feature win here, tying her with her brother Tyler in that department. Graham eventually won the fight for second and finished comfortably ahead of Anderson, while Forrest Schultz held fourth ahead of Stuart.

After a frightening crash early in the WISSOTA Pure Stock A-main, Andrew Hanson of Iron River captured his third feature win of the season to conclude the evening’s program. Coming off the first turn after one lap, Cory Jorgensen got bounced around in heavy mid-pack traffic and his car broke loose; he then tagged the outside guardrail and slowed. Jeff Christman, battling with Brock Beilke for position deep in the field, had nowhere to go when he got to where Jorgensen’s car rested and slammed hard into the back of the stalled racer. Both cars sustained significant damage, but fortunately both drivers climbed from their cars under their own power.

From there the race clicked off to its conclusion, providing some of the most competitive action of the night. Graham had taken the top spot from front-row starters Darren Dudley and Don Livingston on the lap prior to the crash, and he stayed there after the restart ahead of Livingston and Hanson. When Livingston slipped trying to get around Hanson, he faded back, allowing visiting Brandon Hakala a chance to battle up front.

Graham, Hanson and Hakala raced in tight formation for the lead, while Livingston, Jeremy Cash and Kyle Copp did likewise some lengths back for fourth. With four laps remaining Hanson worked his way alongside Graham, and within two laps he cleared Graham for the lead. Off the final corner Graham used one last drive, but Hanson held on for a winning margin of just 12 one-hundredths of a second, with Hakala a few lengths back in third. Cash outran Livingston the rest of the way for fourth.

Fast-lap bonuses were awarded to Stuart in the Mods (17.360 seconds / 77.765 mph); Burdick in the Supers (17.994 / 75.025); Simpson in the Mid-Mods (17.837 / 75.685); and Graham in the Sixes (18.741 / 72.034). Graham also became the first-ever Northern Clearing Fast Lap bonus winner in the Pure Stocks, posting a lap in 19.965 seconds, good for a 67.618 mph average speed.

The 35 bicycles given away to lucky youngsters during the program were donated by All-Performance Dyno; AmericInn and Traaholt Racing; Brian Olby Logging; Dalbec Racing; Dave Anderson Jr Trucking; Don Muzzy Racing; Foot 46 Racing; GA Dalbeck Logging; Hiatt & Son Trucking; Kevin Eder Racing; Kwik-Trip; Luger Trucking; McFadden Racing; the Neighborly Bar and Green Monster Storage; Neil Balduc Racing; Nevala Racing; Oreskovich Racing; Pete Peterson; Prime Time Sign and Superior Floral & Gifts; Washburn Hardware; and the ABC Raceway. The Bay Area Car Club donated “goodie bags” that were given to many of the kids on hand.

Another long-standing ABC Raceway special event is slated for Saturday, July 14, when the Ashland-Bayfield County Sportsmen’s Club presents the 15th annual “Pure Excitement 25.” This event offers an initial enhanced purse for the WISSOTA Pure Stocks that is increased by fan and sponsor donations raised throughout the race program. Past events have produced winner’s checks of well over $1,000 and generated as much as $5,500 in total purse for the entry-level division.

WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Mods and ABC Six-Cylinders will also be on hand; Super Stocks will have that night off at Ashland.

Hot laps will begin at 6:15 pm, with racing scheduled to start at 7. Adult grandstand admission tickets are just $11, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates; fans can also listen by downloading the free HCG Radio app onto their smart phone, tablet or other mobile device.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information log onto the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com. or on race days call (715) 682-4990.