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Archive for January, 2005

Speedfest 2005 Official Results

Monday, January 31st, 2005

OFFICIAL RESULTS
USA INTERNATIONAL – January 29

1. #13 Charlie Menard, Eau Claire, WI
2. #8n Eddie Hoffman, Wheaton, IL
3. #28 Pat Kelly, Morris, IL
4. #24 Mike Rowe, Turner, ME
5. #74 Jay Middleton, Lake City, FL
6. #12 Justin Drawdy, Fort Pierce, FL
7. #92 Ted Christopher, Plainsville, CT
8. #88 Travis Kittleson, Merritt Island, FL
9. #55 Chuck Barnes, Jr., Louisville, KY
10. #84 Wayne Anderson, Wildwood, FL
11. #23 Eddie Van Meter, Indianapolis, IN
12. #28 Billy Bigley Jr., Naples, FL
13. #0 David Hole, Cumming, GA
14. #8 Mac Johnson, Lake City
15. #21 Ryan Matthews, Lake Geneva, WI
16. #25 Mike Cope, Hudson, Flo.
17. #1 Ronnie Sanders, Fayettville, GA.
18. #71 Johnny Brazier, Hazel Green, AL
19. #70 Jeff Choquette, Loxahatchee, FL
20. #10 Eddie Messengill, Goldsboro, NC
21. #00 Robert Yoho, Pinellas Park, FL
22. #51 Jacob Warren, Orlando, FL
23. #28 Bubba Pollard, Senoia, GA.
24. #38 Josh Hamner, Chelsea, AL
25. #80 Brian Finney, Merritt Island, FL
26. #2 Johnny Allen, Lehigh Acres, FL
27. #47 Chris Fontaine, Lakeland, FL
28. #10 Ryan Foster, Lowell, AR
29. #27 Mike Fritts, Sanford, FL
30. #53 Bill Rodgers, Old Orchard Beach, ME
31. #63 DaWayne Bryan, Lake Alfred, FL
32. #6 Dwayne Dempsey, St. Petersburg, FL
33. #16 Mario Gosselin, Lake Wales, FL
34. #196 Chris Davidson, Pearland, TX
35. #10 Jack Landis, Edgerton, OH
36. #2 Ben Rowe, Turner, MA
37. #10 Chris Gabehart, West Lafayette, IN
38. #72 Ted Musgrave, Jr., Mount Ulla, NC

FASCAR Pro Trucks/Southern All Stars Super Trucks

1. #83 Cale Gayle, Mobile, AL
2. #60 Jamie Skinner, Daytona Beach, FL
3. #20 Sean Bass, Auburndale, FL
4. #6 Mike Davidson, Lula, FL
5. #38 Curt Britt, Cornelia, GA
6. #1 Scott Davis, Dawsonville, GA
7. #48 Bill Manfull, Snead Island, FL
8. #83x Shawn Icly, Sarasota, FL
9. #05 Ron Gill, Sarasota, FL
10. #3 Dewayne Barrus, Ellington, FL
11. #26 Wally Dobson, Murfresboro, TN
12. #13 Ricky D, Del Ray Beach, FL
13. #33 Kelly Caudill, New Smyrna, FL
14. #4 Brandon Johnson, Longwood, FL
15. #57 Jim Reppi, Venice, FL
16. #32 Bill Stacy, Port Orange, FL
17. #31 Willy Auchmoody, Highland, NY
18. #02 Scooter Delaune, New Orleans, LA
19. #96 Michael Gamache, Palm Harbor, FL
20. #22 Larry Jordon, Hoschton, GA
21. #19 Chris Lewellen, Winter Heaven, FL
22. #56 Wayne Morris, Mulberry, FL

Lakeville Speedway Continues Growth

Monday, January 31st, 2005

“Lakeville speedway is spending over $50,000 on upgrades on the track as we speak,” revealed Bob Schippers. “Over 3500 foot of new fencing will be installed, all the old guard down the back straightway has been taken out and new concrete wall four feet high has been installed and ready to go for 2005 season. We feel that 2005 will be bigger and better then last year.”

Indeed, the 2005 schedule for the Friday night track is healthy as it’s ever been with a strong weekly program in place and multiple special events scattered throughout the season.

“We have a ‘Triple Crown’ (series) for Focus Midgets and Outlaw Midgets, something that I have been working on for years to bring back Midgets to Ohio. We also have a Triple Crown Series for Steel Late Model paying $1000.00 to win for the three race series, plus the ‘Big 4’ series for Super Late Models. Our highest price ticket for the season is $15.00 plus 5 nights for $5.00 to $ 8.00 for families to come and watch the best local racing on Friday night anywhere for a reasonable price.”

This season the returning classes will be Late Model, Pure Stock, Cruiser, Mini Stock and Mini Trucks.

The track will open on Friday April 22 with two high-paying specials for Mini Stocks and Cruisers and then the following week, April 29, all five classes will hold their season debut during the track’s annual FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT with admission only $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids.

One highlight for the season will be the return of the ‘Big 4 Series’ for Super Late Models. The four-event series will offer $2,000 to win and $200 to start and once again a separate point system will be in place for the ‘Big 4 Series’. Last year Charlie Duncan won the ‘Big 4 Series’ point crown. Heat results will also earn points. Primary sponsor for the ‘Big 4 Series’ is American Payroll Advance. The dates for the ‘Big 4 Series’ have been slated for Friday May 13, 2005, Friday July 1, 2005, Friday August 5, 20th and the fourth and final round will be held on Friday and Saturday September 23-24, 2005 during the 10th Annual Ohio Dirt Blowout.

Chad Kemenah Crowned King of the 360′s After Winning Ronald Laney Memorial

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

The comment from the “King” came when Kemenah was asked about his winning move under Gary Wright, who had led 36 laps of the 40-lap finale. In those closing laps, Kemenah watched from second spot as leader Wright tried to out-guess two different lapped cars that were struggling to hold their line. When Wright went high to clear Mike Brecht, Kemenah went low and took the lead on lap 37.

“I take my hat off to Al Varnadore and his track crew”, Kemenah remarked, “ because the track was great!” Brother, Brian Kemenah wrenched on the brand new Eagle chassis and confessed, “I never touched the car all night long. We put new Hoosier tires on before the feature and that was it. We’ve been fast all week long, but we didn’t have a good starting spot until tonight.”

The excited car owners, Glenn and Tina Styres posed for pictures and then credited their main sponsor, Ohsweken Speedway, and their associate sponsors Arrow Express, GRE Enterprises, Wahta Water, Village Pizza and ESSO, all from Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada.

Chad’s wife Tracy limped over to get in a picture with her husband, also. On Friday night, she had spilled boiling water on her right foot and leg and had been transported to the hospital for treatment. Her father, Bob Hampshire, had done a fresh re-build on the engine in the winning car.

With Kemenah and Wright on the front row at the start, Greg Wilson and Kenny Adams were in row two, while Danny Martin, Jr. and Greg Leonard made up row three of the 24-car field. The final two spots were the Provisionals of Sport Allen as a Past Champion and Frank Carlsson, the highest ranking East Bay regular.

On the initial lap Wright charged into the lead and going down the back stretch, Adams had a brush with the outside wall. By lap three, Wright stretched his lead over Martin by five car lengths, with an equal distance back to third place Kemenah.

Heavy lapped traffic was a factor by lap five, as Wright chose the high groove and put three cars between himself and Martin. On Lap seven, Greg Leonard spun a donut but kept going when he had to checkup to avoid another car. By lap 13, Wright’s lead was huge and he had five lapped cars as a cushion when the first yellow came out on lap 19 for Leonard who had to spin to avoid hitting Paul Sides.

Kemenah was running second but four car-lengths back of Wright on lap 25. On the next lap, Wright bounced out a groove in turn two and Kemenah closed in, but Adams was right there also and actually passed Kemenah for second only to have the pass wiped away when the car of Jesse Giannetto lost power almost in front of Wright, who actually hit the wall in turn two trying to avoid Giannetto.

When racing resumed, it was Wright leading Kemenah and Adams until they caught the back of the field and Kemenah used that traffic to surge to the front on lap 37 relegating Wright to second with Adams in third. Martin held held on for fourth followed by Terry McCarl, Jason Sides (up from 19th) , Zach Chappel, Wayne Johnson (up from 21st), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Kelly Kinser in the top ten.

With the top six in points locked into the A-Main, heats were won by Chappel, Kinser, McCarl and Paul Sides. The B-Main qualified Cody Geldart, Giannetto, Trevor Lewis and Anderson for the A-Main. Daryl Smith won the Gulf Coast Produce Strawberry Dash which paid $1,000 to win in memory of Donn Goodson.

Gary Wright Wins Make-up Show at East Bay

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

Working hard to hit his marks on this 1/3 mile clay surface that took rubber especially in the feature, the tall Texan stood beside his right rear tire that was down to the cords. Starting 3rd in a field of 24 cars, he took the lead on lap nine and became the third different winner in the 7th Annual King of 360s preliminary events.

Wright’s familiar No. 9 car sported a bright color scheme with prominent display of sponsors – Southwest Express, Richwood Construction, The Shop and Maxim chassis. Using Hoosier tires and PRO shocks, the winner’s hard-working crew of Ron “Scooby” Burkett, Richard and Karry hustled to keep up to the fast-changing track surface.

Normally, the night-time surface at East Bay is not hard on tires, but, the race distance for this afternoon’s feature was shortened from 25 to 20 laps when it was determined that there would not be enough of the harder Hoosier 55 tires for the starting field and Hoosier F-35’s were then required for the right rear.

The starting line-up showed Greg Wilson and Kenny Adams in the front row with Wright starting inside Zach Chappel in row two, while young Trevor Lewis and Chad Kemenah were in row three. On the initial green from flagman Julian Mullis, there was a three car incident involving a flip by Kyle Patrick and Cody Geldart, collecting Ricky Stenhouse. All drivers were OK and only Stenhouse returned on the first caution, one lap down.

With Wilson leading, one lap was recorded when Jesse Gianneto lost power on the back stretch and the field went single file for the restart. Wilson led Wright, Adams, Lewis, Jason Sides and Chappel for the next six laps before catching the back of the field on lap eight.

Wright explained his winning pass on lap nine like this, “I noticed that Wilson started to push just a little and that’s how I got by him inside in turn four.” Then after the last yellow on lap 11 for debris on the front-stretch, Wright’s Wesmar engine had enough stuff to give him a six-car-length lead by lap 13.

Carefully working around lapped cars, Wright then finished four seconds ahead of Wilson. Adams, Sides and Lewis pulled off top five finishes with Chappel, Kemenah, Darren Stewart, Paul Sides and Wayne Johnson rounding out the top ten. Kemenah enjoyed fast time over the 41-car field, collecting $100 from Chub and C&B Mushrooms.

Heats went to Johnson, Geldart, Adams and Kelly Kinser. The 15-lap B-Main sent J. Sides, Stewart, Stenhouse, Paul Sides, Greg Leonard, Bronson Maeschen, Giannetto and Sport Allen to the A-Main. The Gulf Coast Produce Strawberry Dash was scratched from this afternoon’s program, because of time constraints.

Going into Saturday night’s 40-lap, 4th Annual Ronald Laney Memorial, top six in points – Wright, Adams, Kemenah, Wilson, Danny Martin, Jr. and Leonard – are locked in and will draw for starting positions.

Leonard Wins on Second Night of 360 Sprint Winternationals

Friday, January 28th, 2005

After an early yellow on lap two, the feature required Leonard to “sit up in the seat” for the next 21 laps and dice through traffic as he was chased by Danny Martin, Terry McCarl and Gary Wright who were poised to take advantage of any mistake the leader might make. Leonard made the right choices and pulled off the win.

After timing 12th, Leonard was able to start on pole after two faster cars, Jason Sides and Darren Stewart were unable to make it past the C-Main and four other cars who timed faster, had to run the B-Main.

Leonard showed the way the entire distance, despite a late yellow flag with two laps to go. The drama there was to see if second place runner, Martin, suffering with a bent front wing, could catch him. On the last lap in turns one and two, Martin pulled a wheelie because of no down-force on his front end and lost second spot when McCarl and Wright zipped by. Zach Chappell, Kenny Adams, Mike Chadd, Chad Kemenah, Wayne Johnson and Kelly Kinser rounded out the top ten.

It was the second “big-time” win for Leonard within the last three months here driving for the car-owner and driver Tom Winegardner, Sr. Leonard won the USCS Fall Brawl at East Bay in November and tonight, once again, substituting for Winegardner, Leonard powered his way to a $l,500 win.

When Winegardner had open-heart surgery this past summer, he picked the 22-year old Leonard who had an impressive record of 30 career sprint car wins, to get behind the wheel of his J&J car. The team got the job done tonight against a field of 46 of the country’s best 360 drivers.

Tom, Jr., the younger Winegardner, who also drives, was in victory lane with the happy crew and explained, “This is Dad’s car. It’s two years older than mine and I guess it’s bent just right.” Their business, WRP in Pierson, Florida is a J&J dealership that also handles Fuel Safe, Red Devil Brakes, Fast Wings, Race Bolts, Sander Engineering supplies, Winter Performance products, Racing Optics, Earls fittings and Schoenfeld headers.

Greg’s Dad was turning the wrenches on the car all night long. His job was to keep tightening the car by playing with the set up and changing the front shocks. Proof that he had the car nearly perfect was told by looking at the Hoosier tires on the rear of the car. “We ran that right rear two nights in a row and the left rear still looks like it did when we put it on,” he said.

Heats went to Tony Bruce, Jr., Chad Layton, Paul Sides and Leonard. The C-Main advanced Tighe Schloss, Chadd, Cody Geldart, Terry Pletch, Lincoln Gatwood and Danny Jones. Then Geldart, Kemenah, Chadd, Greg Wilson, Jesse Giannetto, Sport Allen, Mike Senecal and Ryan Myers moved up from the B. The winner of the Gulf Coast Produce Strawberry Dash went to Mike Schroeder. The 20-lap Florida Mini-Sprint winner was Duane Harbaugh.