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Archive for July, 2006

Hill Wins Exciting NAPA Auto Parts 125

Monday, July 31st, 2006

With the field fully inverted for the NAPA Auto Parts 125 feature event Kevin Butler, Meridian NAPA Auto Parts Store Manager, gave the command “Gentleman Start Your Engines.” Jaramie Fuss, Boise, Id, starting from the pole, led the first few laps. Scott Durbin, also from Boise, started on the outside pole and could not get up to speed started to drop back. Heads up driving by all allowed the outside groove to move to the inside as the drivers settled in for a long race.

Meridian Idaho’s John Nesmith took the lead passing Fuss on the outside on the 4th circuit. Dave Doan, Kuna, Id, and Quint Whitman, Meridian, made contact in turn 3 on the 4th lap but the field stayed green as both drivers were able to maintain control of their rides. Doan slowed and pulled into the infield on the next lap with mechanical problems. He pulled in safely and far enough in to the center of the track to not become a hazard to others and the field stayed green.

Sixteen year old Tyler Monroe, Star Idaho resident and 2005 Meridian Speedway Street Stock Champion, moved up from his 7th starting spot to 2nd on the 6th lap. Tom Hill, Eagle, Id moved into third on the same lap. Monroe and Hill battled several laps for the 2nd spot as Nesmith was able to separate him self by a few car lengths. On the 10th lap Monroe went high and Hill snuck under for the 2nd spot. Minegar starting 16th gained the most positions at this point and was running in the 7th spot.

The drivers now settled in ran several laps with out any real battle for position. By lap 20 Hill and Monroe had reduced Nesmith’s 3-car length lead down to inches. These 3 ran nose to tail each trying to out maneuver the other over the next 30 laps. While that was going on in front about 5 car lengths back Nampa, Idaho’s, Chad Cannon the winner of the first RMCS race at Meridian this season, was holding off Meridian’s Brian Warf, Minegar, John Newhouse, Twin Falls, Id, and Kuna’s Craig Bell. These 5 drivers were in that second pack of cars running nose to tail.

On lap 52, Nesmith behind slower traffic went high with Hill right behind him. Monroe was under Hill and than Nesmith for the lead. With the group coming out of turn 2 the slower car went high and Monroe was able to pull slightly ahead of Nesmith and Hill as those two negotiated around the slower car. Hill and Nesmith battled for 2nd and Monroe was able to open up a gap between him and the 2nd and 3rd place cars. Monroe had a 1.7 second lead over Nesmith on lap 60, by lap 75 the gap was widened to 3.1 seconds. Monroe maintained that distancefor over 20 laps.

Still behind the top 3 the battle continued over 4th spot. Bell moved into the 4th spot, outside Warf, on lap 89. By this time 2nd through 8th place was nose to tail. On the next circuit Bell moved outside Hill and moved into the 3rd spot on the leader board. Continuing outside Bell moved into the 2nd position on the 93rd trip round the quarter mile oval. Bell quickly cut Monroe’s lead to 2.9 seconds on the 94th lap. Nesmith help reduce that lead to nothing when he lost the grip in turn 4 and spun bringing out the first caution period of the race.

On the restart Monroe held off a challenge by Bell and maintained the lead. The two ran nose to tail. Just 4 laps into this run Cannon lost the grip and spun bringing out the 2nd caution.

Monroe again held off Bell on the restart and the two ran cleanly around the track for the next 23 laps. On lap 122 with 3 laps remaining Bell and Monroe made contact with each other. Monroe spun bringing out the 3rd and final caution of the race. Both Monroe and Bell were placed behind the lead lap cars for the restart. Hill assumed the lead with Warf, Newhouse and Minegar running 2nd to 4th. Hill held off an early challenge from Warf. Minegar moved under Newhouse on lap 123 for 3rd. Hill opened up a car length lead over Warf and went on for the win.

RMCS – NAPA Auto Parts 125 Results:
Qualifying: Dave Minegar – 13.614
Feature Event: Tom Hill, Bryan Warf, Dave Minegar, John Newhouse, Bruce Quale

In the Idaho Six-cylinder Racing League (ISRL) Pat Quinn continued his domination of the division on the tight quarter-mile oval. Quinn qualified quickest for the 6th time out of 6 events this season. He also benefited from an overheating Sierra Jackson to win his 3rd main event of the season. Jackson qualified 4th and started on the 4th row inside for the 35 lap main event. By the 3rd lap she was running in the 2nd spot. Race leader Randy Sellars had a couple car lengths lead that quickly disappeared. Jackson patiently waited for the right time and moved under Sellars on the 12th lap for the lead. Quinn running behind Jackson before the pass moved into 2nd on the next lap. The 2 ran nose to tail over the next 12 laps before Jackson car began spilling water on the track and she was black-flagged giving the lead to Quinn. Quinn won easily over Jason Skyberg who crossed the line five and a half seconds behind Quinn.

ISRL Results:
Qualifying: Pat Quinn – 14.285
Trophy Dash: Sierra Jackson
B heat: Randy Sellars, Trevor Omundson, Bob Parks, Al Russell, Bob Bachman
A heat: Jackson, Quinn, Jim Todd, Jason Skyberg, Steve Waswick
Main Event: Quinn, Skyberg, Sellars, Johnny Geisler, Todd
Dan Lowther won his first main event of the season in the Idaho Super Stock Racing Association (ISSRA). Lowther started on the pole and lead the entire 35 laps. Less than one half of on second separated Lowther from Charlie Ham Jr. who qualified quickest. This class of cars is also close in times and it makes passing difficult. Ham was the biggest gainer of the race moving up from his 12th starting position to 7th. Skip Taylor started 7th and finished 4th to gain the 2nd most positions. Dale Bell displaying consistency this season maintains a 69-point advantage over Ham in the season championship point’s standings.

ISSRA Results
Qualifying: Charlie Ham Jr. – 15.107
Trophy Dash: Dale Bell
B heat: Dan Lowther, Bob Cecil, Gale Carter, Charlie Stout, Frank Wallace
A heat: Skip Taylor, Rick Baldwin, Bell, Darvin Ackerland, Travis Milburn
Main Event: Lowther, Stout, Carter, Taylor, Baldwin

In the Impact Wireless Hornet division Ben Ewing won his first main event this season and moved up a couple of spots in the points standings. Scott Shoecraft continues to lead in the point’s standings with consistency. With 10 events complete Shoecraft has only won 1 main event but has qualified quickest 3 times and has 3 top 3 and 6 top 5 main event finishes.

Hornet Results
Qualifying: Scott Shoecraft – 18.156
Trophy Dash: Kevin Cracolise
C heat: Kirby Vanluven, Cody House, David Winegar, Zach Quick
B heat: Jason McNeil, Michele Williams, Cody Mitchell, Max McCorkel, Veron Wright
A heat: Steve McCorkel, Ben Ewing, Cracolise, Shoecraft, Dennis Carter
Main Event, Ewing, Mitchell, David Short, Williams, S. McCorkel

Myers and Smith Split Night #2 of Heartland Nationals

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The Sunplace Tanning WISSOTA Late Models were up first for their 25 lap $750 to win feature event. A four car pileup in turn one on the start took out the winner from night one along with a couple other strong runners. Jason Gabrielson took command from the drop of the green flag on the restart with Curt Myers quickly moving into the second position. A caution with two down bunched up the field again. Gabrielson again was quick on the restart with Myers and Steve Thomas in the third spot Myers quickly moved alongside of Gabrielson on the next lap but was only able to get his nose alongside for the next four laps. With twenty to go Myers slipped up allowing Gabrielson to get back out to a three car lead. Rodney Dregney was working on getting past Thomas while Dave Mass was working on cracking the top five when another caution flew with seventeen to go. Gabrielson continued to lead with Myers working to his inside again. Two laps later Myers completed the pass with Mass starting to pressure Gabrielson. Thirten to go and Gabrielson, Thomas and Mass where three wide for position. Another strong weekly runner Chris Groth now was working on getting into the top five. Ten to go and the three wide race for second continued with Mass eventually taking the spot. Gabrielson held on for the third spot followed by Thomas and Groth. Up front Myers continued to cruise away from the field taking home the win.

Steve Francis led the first lap of the 50 lap $10,000 to win Heartland Nationals night #2. Darrell Lanigan and Billy Moyer were racing hard for fifth early on. Brian Birkhofer and Brady Smith were in third and fourth early on as Clint Smith had quickly moved into the second spot behind Francis. Francis, Smith and Birkhofer went three wide into one on lap nine with Smith coming out of two with the lead. Birkhofer quickly slowed on the next lap bringing out the caution. On the restart Smith led while Shane Clanton, Brady Smith and Francis were three wide for second. Ninth starting Chub Frank was the car to watch for the next few laps as he had dropped back slightly and now found a high side groove and quickly flew around and into the top 5. Frank started to pressure Lanigan for fourth with thirteen down. Nineteen down and Clint Smith continued to pull away from the field while Jimmy Mars got into a good rhythm and started to slowly make his way to the front around the bottom of the speedway. Lots of good battles for position through the field kept most of the fans attention as Clint Smith continued to slowly pull away from the field up front. Mars kept rolling around the bottom picking off Lanigan for the fourth spot with ten to go. Clint Smith built up a full straight away lead before the checkers flew on night number two with Francis solidly in second, Brady Smith came home third while Mars kept his advantage over Lanigan for fourth.

Harris Powers to LM Win at PRP

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Harris started fifth and methodically moved up. On lap 15, he passed Aaron Bapst for the lead, while Jackie Boggs, a five-time PRP feature winner this season and current point leader, passed Josh McGuire for fourth.

Harris had a nice lead until the caution flag flew with five laps to go. On the restart, Harris pulled away and went on to the win with Bapst, the defending class champion, hanging on to second with Boggs taking third and Nick Bocook moving into fourth place.

Andy French led every lap in picking up his second PRP modified feature win of the season. The South Shore, Ky., driver was under pressure almost the entire way. For most of the race, Eddie Harmon of Ironton, Ohio, was right behind him. With two laps left, Doug Adkins of West Portsmouth, Ohio, a five-time PRP winner this season and the current points leader, moved around Harmon, but did not have enough time to catch French.

French was coming out of the fourth turn looking for the checkered flag, but instead he saw the red flag. Greg Thompson and Greg Anderson collided on the back stretch with Thompson¹s car barrel-rolling down the back stretch in front of half the pack. That set up a one-lap shootout with Adkins right on French¹s bumper. French was strong enough to hold off Adkins¹ last-lap charge.

Evyian Terry of Boyd County grabbed his first PRP limited late model feature, but it was a costly one. Terry¹s engine gave way just after he crossed the finish line. Terry led the entire way. Audie Swartz challenged early in the race before being forced out of the race.

Defending series champion, Jeff Stevens actually passed Swartz on lap seven before Swartz retired. Todd Galloway finished third.

Points leader John Melvin overcame a starting at the back of the pack, jumping a restart and being sent to the back and spinning out and going to the tail a second time finished fourth.

Darren Pendleton won his first bomber feature of the season and threw the driver¹s championship into a war with just 10 points separating first from third.

Pendleton and Brett Carey battled for the lead throughout most of the 12-lap feature.

While Pendleton led most of the way, he and Brett Carey leaned on each other in turns one and two with Carey coming out on top. Moments later, Pendleton moved back in front.

Wayne Hughes grabbed second and defending champion Jeremie Bretz came from the back to claim third. Shane Pendleton settled for fourth Points leader, Robbie Lewis finished eighth.

Unofficially, Lewis still leads the points chase by five points over Shane Pendleton and 10 over Darren Pendleton.

Brighton Speedway Park Races Canceled

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The much anticipated Hotch’s Auto Parts Comp 4 Triple Crown Finale and 30 lap Pro Stock Duel in the Dirt race had to be postponed and a date for rescheduling is being considered by track management and staff.

Pedal to the metal, gear grinding and dirt flying dirt track racing action will continue on August 5th as Matthew Automotive presents the complete race program. Join the Bainer’s Radiator Canadian Modifieds, the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, The Mister Signz Pure Stocks and the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 classes as they heat up the 1/3 mile clay oval. Green Flag flies at 7pm. For more information, and a complete race schedule visit www.brightonspeedway.com or contact 613.475.1102.

Kromschroeder and Lanigan Top Night #1 of Heartland Nationals

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Brady Smith started off a promising weekend with his qualifying run of 14.27 seconds around the 3/8 mile oval setting a new track record in the process. The racetrack was in perfect condition for the heat races which led to some high speed racing action.

The first feature of the night was the $500 to win Sun Place Tanning WISSOTA Super Stock Feature. The Super Stocks were mixing it up hard right from the start with a four wide battle for first and a four wide battle in mid pack. A cation flew on lap two to slow down the field. ON the restart Kurt Kromschroeder and Dustin Nelson were side by side for the lead while the rest of the pack was all over the racetrack trying to work their way to the front. Nelson took the lead with twenty one to go with Kromschroeder in second. Chris Groth brought out the next caution as he slowed on the speedway with twenty to go. Ted Marrs battled Dave Haberman for the third spot on the restart while most of the field ran double wide. Marrs took the third spot with seventeen to go. Another caution with sixteen to go saw the leader head to the pit area with overheating problems handing the point to Kromschroeder. J.B. Storz started to pressure Marrs for the second position at this tiem as another caution flew with eleven to go. Marrs would also eventually break down ending his run as Kromschroeder had his hands full with Stortz for the last five circuits. Kromschroeder held on for his first ever feature win at the speedway.

Speed TV Crews wer eon hand to tape the inaugural World Of Outlaws Heartland Nationals on this night. A very good field of 33 Late Models were on hand. Perfect track conditions set up a green white checker race to the finish that was nothing short of incredible. Shane Clanton and Darrel Lanigan ran side by side at the drop of the green while the rest of the field ran three and four wide around the track for the first couple laps. Lanigan pulled out front while Rick Eckert moved into second and started reeling in the leader. With eight down most of the field started to migrate to the bottom of the speedway. Clanton and Dale McDowell had the best race going for third while traffic was going to become an issue real quickly. Eckert quickly started to gain ground on Lanigan as he worked traffic. Twenty down and McDowell moved into third and quicly gained on the front duo. Eckert pulled alongside as Lanigan ran into two slower cars battling for position. Twenty six down and the battle up front was still side by side but now McDowell had moved up to their bumpers. Eckert gained the top spot on the next lap but on the next lap Eckert and Lanigan got together allowing McDowell to take over the lead. Eckert started to slow slightly after the contact and no longer was a factor in the outcome of the event. With thirty down McDowell was pulling away from the field but started to smoke heavily out of the left front. Lanigan sits in second, Birkhofer in third, Clanton fourth and Josh Richard in fifth with ten to go. The smoking McDowell would continue to lead for seven more laps until he pulled into the infield handing the lead back over to Lanigan. The last seven laps saw great racing action behind the lead. Clanton, Birkhofer, Smith and Richards were in a very tight pack. At the finish it was Lanigan with the win, Clanton second, Clint Smith third from his eighteenth starting spot. Fourth was Birkhofer and Richards fifth.