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Whitney takes home “Border War” bonus along with 2 wins at I-35 Speedway

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

i-35.jpgJohn Fugett took home his first career win in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods tonight. Fugett had a good battle with Shay Woods. Woods slid up the track out of four in front of Fugett to take the lead, as Woods went into turn one he lost his 20w machine and spun out. Thats the break Fugett needed to motor away and take home the win. Fugett had a tough task holding of JJ Baumli and Blake Peeler as they came home second and third. Clay Hale took home the hard charger award after gaining nine spots.

In the IMCA Hobby Stocks Brad Whitney had been working out the bugs in Greg Kuehns new car as Kuehn drove the old car to get his points. Tonight Whitney wanted to drive the old car labeled “the tank” and Whitney drove it to the point and took home his first win of 2010. Whitney had a great battle with five time winner Eric Stanton but held off the challenge. Stanton would hold on to second with Kevin Fee taking home third in his first trip to I-35 Speedway. Stanton did garner enough spots to take home the hard charger.

Gene Claxton took home the win in the Grand National division but it didn’t come easy. Claxton battled Travis Walker lap after lap before finally pulled away on lap nine and he motored to his fourth win of the seasn. Mike Jones would finish second with Tim Shields right in tow in third. Shields and Dean Wray both gained six spots but Shields with the higher finishing position took home the hard charger.

Coming off his Friday night win at Lakeside Speedway in the “Border War” Stock Cars Brad Whitney followed it up by capturing the win and the bonus. Whitney won his second race of the night in two different classes holding off Gene Stigall and Jeff Dixon who were second and third. Whitney also took home the hard charger award. It’s been a season of mechanical struggles for Bud Wilson in the IMCA Modified division. Numerous times Wilson had the win only to have something break on the car he has been driving for Steven Glenn. Tonight Wilson would hold off all bad luck and Jim Peeler to take home the win. Peeler held on for second with PJ Conger finishing third. Doug Keller gained nine spots to win the hard charger.

Next week is another exciting Saturday night of IMCA and “Border War” action along with Kids Bike Races, weather depending at I-35 Speedway!!!

Check out full results and points standings at www.speednetdirect.com

Phillip Wilson
I-35 Speedway Announcer/PR

Corbin Speedway Weekend Results

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

MIKE BARGO SCORES SECOND BEE CREEK RECYCLING LATE MODEL FEATURE WIN–Taking the lead just after the halfway point, defending champion Mike Bargo of Corbin posted his second feature win of 2010 in the Bee Creek Recycling Late Model Series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, July 24.

Bargo actually swept the program, setting fast time with a quick lap of 13.814 in qualifications and also winning the four-lap AR Bodies trophy dash. Brian Voiles of Knoxville in his Sonny’s Auto Parts Chevrolet No. 3 took the lead at the start of the 50-lap main event, but was overhauled by Jason Jones of London and the Clayton Homes Chevroelt No. 8 on the third lap. Jones led for the next 24 trips around the quarter-mile paved oval, hanging on to the front spot through three double-file restarts following caution periods. After another caution on the 26th lap, Bargo was on the outside of the front row, and the pair stayed side-by-side for more than a lap, with Jones having a slight advantage as they went across the start-finish line to complete the 27th. Coming out of the second turn on the following lap, Bargo managed to find some traction on the outside and took his Leah’s Catering Chevrolet No. 22 out in front, then led the rest of the way. He went under the checkered flag about six car lengths ahead of Jones.

“It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been here in the winner’s circle,” commented Bargo, whose other feature win this year came on April 10, the season’s opening night. “I have to thank the Lord, of course, and all my guys, all the guys who’ve helped me. We’ve had a few mechanical problems for the past few weeks, but we’re about to get it back together.” Tim Hollis of Pioneer, Tenn., finished third in his WhiplashGear.com Ford No. 22x, followed in order by Marty Taylor of Keavy, driving the Brock Excavating Chevrolet No. 17, and Jim Foley of Williamsburg with the Quality Care Auto Service and Towing Chevrolet No. 04. Making up sixth through tenth in the final finish were Brian Royalty of Cynthiana in the A&J Service Center Chevrolet No. 24, Jared Smith of Stanford driving the Danville Office Equipment Chevrolet No. 94, Kenny Andrews of Crossville, Tenn. with the Andrews Racing Chevrolet No. 27, Eugene Smith of Corbin and his Thunder Sam’s Fireworks Chevrolet No. 5, and Voiles. Eric Centers of Corbin finished 11th in the Long Point Asset Management Chevrolet NO. 98, and Donnie Stamper of Lexington was 12th with his Stamper Racing Chevrolet No. 7.

JEREMY SEARS GETS SECOND STRAIGHT SUPER STREET MAIN EVENT WIN- Jeremy Sears of Corbin recovered from an early incident to post his second consecutive feature win in the Smith Auto Service & Tire Center Super Street Series on Saturday, July 24 at Corbin Speedway. David Walters of Corbin took the lead at the drop of the green flag in his Tony Hoffman Entertainment Camaro No. 80, with Paul Viars second in the Four-Lane Auto Sales Ford No. 23 in second and holding off Sears and the Bee Creek Recycling Camaro No. 88. On the third lap, there was contact between Sears and Viars in the third turn, with
Viars spinning. Under track policy, both cars went to the rear of the four-car field for the double-wide restart. A lap after the green flag came out again, Sears went to the inside in the first and second turns to pass Keith Lovett and the Mountain Men Beef Jerky Silverado No. 15 to take over second spot.

Lovett then spun in the second turn, bringing out the second caution flag, and putting Sears alongside Walters for the restart. Sears took the lead on the backstretch of the fifth lap, then steadily pulled away to win by 2.6 seconds. “We had a lot of trouble today,” Sears said in the post-race interview. “We had problems with the water pump, so I’m glad to be here.” He also commented on the incident with Viars, saying, “I didn’t mean to get into Paul down there. He was racing me clean, and I don’t like to race that way.” Walters was second, followed by Lovett and then Viars. Sears was the fastest qualifier, timing in at 14.268 seconds, and Viars won the AR Bodies Trophy Dash.

ANTHONY WAGERS POSTS WIN IN WHIPLASHGEAR.COM PURE STREET SERIES; DEWAYNE SMITH GETS FIRST MEADORS SLAMMER VICTORYTHE BATTLE B- Anthony Wagers of London emerged from a furious four-car battle for the top spot to take the lead and go on to his second feature win of the year in the WhiplashGear.com Pure Street Series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, July 24, while Dewayne Smith of Gray took his first win in the Randy Meadors Logging & Excavating Slammer Series. The two events were run as one combined feature. Glenn Martin of Corbin and his Martin’s Garage Camaro No. 59 had the early lead in that four-car Pure Street chase. Wagers and the Wagers Auto Parts Camaro No. 17, Jason West of Williamsburg in the Quality Care Auto Service & Towing Camaro No. 34, and Jerrod Foley, also of Williamsburg, with the Quality Care Camaro No. 35, made up the rest of the foursome. Wagers took the lead with an outside pass on the ninth lap of the 25-lap main event, and appeared to be pulling away when West spun into the infield coming off the fourth turn on the 11th trip around. After the restart, Wagers steadily pulled away, and went under the checkered flag 4.53 seconds ahead of Martin.

“We’ve got it running well,” he said. “It’s running pretty warm, but I guess everybody’s running warm in this weather.” Behind Martin, West took third and Foley fourth, with James Jones fifth driving the Martin’s Garage Firebird No. 58, and Luke Carnes of Barbourville sixth in the Carnes Racing Camaro No. 16. Chris Smith of Williamsburg and his SawZall Camaro No. 7 were unable to start the feature because of mechanical problems. Wagers was the fast qualifier, clocking in at 15.405 in time trials, and Foley was the winner of the four-lap AR Bodies Trophy Dash. Dewayne Smith and the Denton’s Hardwood Floors Ventura No. 58 took the lead among the Slammers on the 23rd lap when Ronnie Romines of Knoxville slowed with mechanical problems in the McKeehan Auto Body El Camino No. 67. “I have to thank Ronnie for helping me and letting me drive this car,” he said in the post-race interview. Ron Troxtell of Williamsburg finished second in the Troy’s Roofing Caprice No. 95, with Shawnda Lovett, also of Williamsburg, third driving the Mountain Men Beef Jerky Impala No. 15. Romines placed fourth. Troxtell set fast time among the Slammers at 15.964, with Romines taking the AR Bodies Trophy Dash for the series.

JEFF CHUMLEY WINS FOR THIRD TIME IN WKFC-FM MODIFIED MINI SERIES- Keavy’s Jeff Chumley took the lead from the defending series champion on the sixth lap of the 25-lap main event and went on to win his third WKFC-FM Modified Mini Series feature of the 2010 season on Saturday evening, July 24 at Corbin Speedway. Clifford Wagers of Barbourville, the 2009 champ, took his Wagers Auto Parts Ford Escort No. 37 into the lead at the start of the race, and held on until being challenged by Chumley and the Reelz Video & Tanning Nissan Sentra No. 4. Chumley got by on the inside in the firs turn on the sixth lap, and had built up a lead of more than half a lap when the caution flag came on after 17 trips around. That was for a spin by Stacy Harrison and her Reelz Video & Tanning Ford Escort No. 3 in the second turn. With the huge lead obliterated, Chumley was on the inside of the double-file restart, and Steve Decker of Williamsburg in the DMS Racing Ford Escort No. 25 was on the outside of the front row. Chumley again pulled away, and had a lead of 2.59 seconds over Decker at the finish. “Well, we pulled it off,” Chumley reflected, adding, “I have to thank Karl Jones. I wouldn’t be able to do this if it wasn’t for him.” With just two laps left, Mark Lester of London got his Paul Harvey Race Engines Chevette No. 79 past Wagers for third place.

Adam Gregory of Gray drove his Friends of Coal Hyundai Tiburon No. 22 to a fifth place finish behind Wagers. Making up the rest of the finish, in order, were Mike Lester of Corbin in the Johnny’s Muffler Shop Chevette No. 77, Harrison, Joseph Dugger and the Reelz Video & Tanning Ford Escort No. 5, and Scottie Smith of Manchester with his Smith Motorsports Chevette No. 2. Johnny Hurst of Corbin and his Wagers Auto Parts Chevette No. 17 were unable to start the feature because of mechanical problems. Chumley had the fastest qualifying time at 15.739 seconds, and Decker won the AP Bodies Trophy Dash.

DEFENDING CHAMP WINS SHORTENED MITCHELL FOODS MINI-SLAMMER FEATURE-Joseph Knuckles of Keavy, the 2009 champion of the 16-and-under Mitchell Foods Mini-Slammer Series, led from the start of the accident-shortened feature Saturday evening, July 24 at Corbin Speedway to post his first main event win of the season. Knuckles had a lead of 1.56 seconds after ten laps, with Jessica Norman of Rockholds running second and Nathaniel Harrison of Lily in third place. After a spin by Dakota Curry of Corbin in the Curry Motorsports Plymouth Breeze No. 44, the caution flag came out a lap later. The restart saw Knuckles’ T&H Towing Ford Escort No. 20 on the inside of the front row, and Norman’s C&P Quality Meats Honda Civic No. 63 on the outside. As they raced into the first turn, Norman spun, and Abby Lambert of Williamsburg, in the Lambert Racing Dodge Neon No. 8, was unable to avoid hitting the stalled car in the left side. The event was stopped, and Norman was eventually transported to Baptist Regional Medical Center for treatment of a foot injury. On Sunday, she reported that she was “…OK, but pretty sore.”

With the lap count past halfway, the race was declared official and Knuckles was the winner. “I though I was gonna lose it there,” he commented. “We had a problem with the car but we got it fixed. I don’t know what was wrong…it runs like brand new now.” Brandon Tussey of Lily was second in the Taylor Logging Honda Prelude No. T22, and Jordan Martin of Corbin placed third driving the Felts Music Place Toyota Celica No. 77. Harrison was fourth in the Bandit Speed Shop Dodge Neon No. 9, followed by Tyler McCoy of Corbin and the Petrey Motorsports Cavalier No. 7.

Norman earned a sixth-place finish on the basis of laps completed, with Lambert seventh and Curry placing eighth. Norman was the fast qualifier with a time of 17.053 seconds. Lambert won the AR Bodies Trophy Dash.

Rain Delays Worth the wait for Bicknell, Panunte, MacKay, Sliter and Wilson

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Thorold, Ontario- “We’ve really got to thank our fans … it was a tough night,” expressed Merrittville Speedway co-owner and winner of the 50 lap Jerry Winger Memorial L. St. Amand Enterprises 358 Modified Feature Pete Bicknell, “we got through the first shower and thought we were clear … and then it came back – our race teams and our officials did an awesome job helping out too – without them we wouldn’t have been able to get the night in – thanks so much to everyone.”

The Hingston Metal Fabricators Night at the races that underwent some refabricating even before it started with the rain delay of the Lucas Oil Nostalgia Night hosted by Merrittville Speedway’s Reunion Committee faced two rain delays resulting in a more than 2 hour wait for each Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series division’s feature event.

When it was all said and done – Hingston Metal Fabricators showered feature winners with Cash Bonuses. Joining Bicknell in a 5 driver Victory Lane Celebration were Greg Panunte, Graham MacKay, Josh Sliter and Garnet Wilson in the L. St. Amand Enterprises 358 Modified, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, Hoosier Stock, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lites and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively.

After the first hit of rain the 2010 L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductees were announced in front of the grandstands rather than the customary CAA Niagara Stage while the track was being run in. 20 years ago the tribute to Merrittville Speedway’s Alumni all began with local racing pioneer Bill Willard Senior as the first inductee. Joining his father and daughter (former Sportsman Champion) Tammy Willard is Allan Willard. Opening the inductions was former driver Bob Hatt.

For biographies on Hatt and Willard and other Alumni by Reunion Committee Chairman Rick Kavanagh visit http://www.merrittvillespeedway.com/anniversary.htm.

Following the pre-race ceremony, 2009 Inductee and Pastor Howard Disher paid tribute to Alumni who have recently passed including Don Ledingham. “Gramps” and his #31 Vintage Race Car were loyal supporters of Reunion Nights and his nephew Rob Ledingham paced the start of the Jerry Winger Memorial with the car in his honour.

Joining in the main event’s parade laps were Bill Willard Senior’s grandchildren BJ Willard in his own 77Jr Sportsman and Tammy Willard in her cousin Cody’s #7.

Second generation driver Todd Gordon was first to lead the 50 lap Jerry Winger Memorial with two early cautions slowing the pace. The most notable -lap 5 when Rob Pietz made heavy contact with the front stretch wall. Just prior to the yellow flag Mat Williamson had taken over top spot with Gordon back in control on the restart. While under caution Gordon stopped on the track to point out to officials some debris before racing resumed and when it did Williamson quickly overtook Gordon once again.

Pete Bicknell joined in the battle for top spot with the front runners going three in the battle for P1. Bicknell and Williamson would take off in their own cat and mouse chase before Bicknell pulled away to a comfortable margin – all by lap 10.

Lap 11 saw another caution and on the restart it was Mike Bowman joining the Bicknell and Williamson war. Racing to the lap 20 mark Williamson again mounted another challenge but Bicknell was able to hold his own. Just prior to halfway caution once again eased the pace with rookie Chad Chevalier now sitting in third spot. Chevalier and Williamson were into quite a race for the runner up spot allowing Bicknell to pull away from the younger drivers. Chevalier eventually took the spot and with 15 laps to go was some 5 car lengths behind the leader.

With 10 laps to go the leaders were coming into lap traffic allowing Chevalier several chances to close in on the leader. At the finish however it was Bicknell in front by a car length. Bicknell, Chevalier and Williamson were followed by Mike Bowman and Scott
Wood.

Rich Farraway was first to lead the 25 lap Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature before Jamie Gilbert took control the first time down the backstretch. An early caution slowed the pace after Ryan Susice fell victim to a flat tire. With Gilbert out front on the restart quite a battle erupted behind. Rob Knapp, Brad Rouse, Farraway and Greg Panunte were 3 and 4 wide. Approaching the half way point Panunte found himself in second although almost half a lap behind Gilbert. With 10 laps to go Panunte had made up a lot of ground and with lap traffic playing a factor – Gilbert now had Panunte right on his rear bumper. After clearing the slower cars Panunte was now out front by a half a car length at the white flag. At the checkers it was a whole car length for Panunte with Gilbert having to settle for second. Rob Knapp. Brandon Easey and Brad Rouse closed out the top 5.

The family of Don Ledingham presented Panunte with the Don Ledingham Memorial Award after his win.

“I prefer a drier track,” said a relieved Panunte post race, “it plays more into a driver’s hands then but a wins a win … we haven’t really done much since the start of the season – I didn’t think we were ever going to get back to Victory Lane.”

Ron MacAulay set the pace at the start of the Hoosier Stock Feature before Graham MacKay took control out of Turn 4 to complete lap 3. With the leader pulling away from the field – the battle for second was the one to watch between Vince Fargnoli and Al Sleight. MacKay had ran away to almost a half lap lead before caution on lap 11 slowed the event after Ed McNamara lost a wheel off his car in Turn 4.

While under caution – the event almost went under red flag conditions after a major fire developed under the hood of Charlie Lynch’s car. Lynch was able to pull off the racing surface to the aid of officials. With MacKay out front once again on the restart – Fargnoli and Sleight resumed the race for second. Quickly Ken Sargent joined in however a little too quickly as he was penalized two spots for being out of line in the return to racing.

Sleight would eventually shake Fargnoli but could not catch MacKay by the finish. “I really didn’t know I had that good of a lead,” admitted MacKay in Victory Lane, “it’s nice not to have to come from the back of the pack – it’s all about having fun this year.”
MacKay, Sleight and Fargnoli were followed by Paul Wichert and Kevin Knapp.

After a false start in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Feature Derek Bredin was in control before Blair Young took control on lap 3. Young would soon face a challenge from Randy Hollingshead, Josh Sliter and Paul Klager with Ryan Grady too. Along the backstretch of lap 9 Josh Sliter took over top spot and right away he was off to about a ¼ lap lead. With 5 to go the gap had stretched for Sliter who ran away to his 5th straight victory. “My Uncle (Shawn Sliter) and Jamie (Gilbert) have been helping me with this car for like 3 weeks,” thanked Josh Sliter who remains undefeated since June 27th, “and wow … is it ever coming together!” Sliter was followed by Klager, Hollingshead, Young and Grady. “We just got a good start and just rode it,” relayed Garnet Wilson in Turn 4 Collision Victory Lane, “we have had so many problems this year … I can’t describe how great it is to be here … you name it … it’s happened to us!”

There was no stopping the elder Wilson on this night though. Right away he was off to a comfortable lead. In fact the race to watch was for second between Tony Kelly and third generation driver Austin Wood. Kyle Pelrine and Damian Gore rounded out the top 5 in the early going and the 5 drivers had opened quite a lead on the rest of the pack. Late in the race however contact between Pelrine and Gore had Gore sent to the pits early but Pelrine was able to rejoin the event despite losing several positions with no yellow slowing the field.

In the closing laps it was still the race for the runner up spot that allowed Wilson to pull away from Kelly and Wood. Wood – grandson of Wall of Famer Lyndon Wood had just won his first ever feature win this past Sunday at Humberstone could not get by Kelly but nonetheless a fine third place finish.

The late race incident shuffled the finishing order with Rob Overholt and Aaron Wiley avoiding the incident to take 4th and 5th spots. For complete results from Boltworks Night at the Races visit http://www.speednetdirect.com/results.php?track_id=8430http://www.speednetdirect.com/results.php http://www.speednetdirect.com/results.php

Inside Track Motorsport News Pit Notes

Wamuran Australia’s Darren Latimer – a V8 Modified regular at the Archerfield Speedway in Queensland and other tracks won his qualifying heat just days after arriving with his family. Latimer’s new BRP Chassis will be shipped to him in time for the start of his racing season which starts in the fall.

At their annual Golf Tournament at the Beechwood Golf Club Friday Night, Baron Roofing and Siding’s Terry Keagan was introduced as the new main sponsor of the Thorold Baron Roofing Blackhawks Jr. B Hockey Team. Former Assistant Hawk Coach and longtime Merrittville Race Director Bob St. Amand Jr. celebrated his 50th Birthday. St. Amand served under head coach Chris Johnstone who his back behind the bench this coming season.

UPCOMING AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY

Merrittville Speedway’s Civic Holiday Doubleheader is here!

Action kicks off Saturday July 31st with Cotton Inc. presenting a Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series Program that features a 40 lap King of the Crates Sportsman Series Event powered by Niagara Motors, the rain delayed Turn 4 Collision Triple Crown Event for the 4 Cylinders and the final Grantham Lions Ironman Enduro Qualifier accelerated by Niagara College. Rounding out the event will be the L. St. Amand Enterprises 358 Modifieds and Hoosier Stocks.

Gates open at 5:30 and Show time is 7:00!

L. St. Amand Enterprises are proud to present the 1st Annual Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial – Monday August 2nd featuring the 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series plus 25 lap Hoosier Stock Duel on the Dirt Big 6 and the Modified Lite Championship Tour. When the gates open at 4 – the Club Castropignano Pasta Dinner takes place with show time at 7 PM.
For further information on the 59th Season – race fans and race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book and Twitter.
Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions featuring local heroes and up and coming new stars and special events including the inaugural Bob St. Amand Memorial proudly presented by L, St, Amand Enterprises Monday August 2nd. The 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Event will be joined by another
round of the Duel on the Dirt Big 6 Series and the Modified Lites Championship Tour.

A Kids Bike Giveaway will also take place in addition to the famous pre-race Pasta Dinner hosted by Club Castropignano.
For Pasta Dinner Ticket Information – call the Speedway Office at 905-892-8266

Crazy Offer!

Race fans – check your 2010 Ticket Stubs for a Crazy Offer from Little Caesars Pizza – located at 572 Niagara Street in Welland. With the purchase of a HOT-N-READY Pizza and Crazy Bread – receive a Free Crazy Bread!

Sounds Good!

Enjoy all the play by play from the Merrittville Announce Team of Clint Geoffrey, Mikey Kruchka and Fran Buschardt and special guests all season long on our new state of the art Yorkville NX Series Loudspeakers. Race fans and teams can also tune into 89.9 FM to listen to live feeds from our FM Transmitter.

Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!! Merrittville Speedway “The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara”

Make your plans … call your friends and maybe even get a carpool together and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at!!! Merrittville Speedway ‘The Best Family Entertainment in Niagara.”

MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY SPONSORS

The 2010 Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series for Merrittville Speedway’s 5 Divisions is brought to race fans and racers by division sponsors – L. St. Amand Enterprises, Original Pizza Logs, J&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Hoosier Tire Canada and Turn 4 Collision in addition to contingency sponsors Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Hoosier Tire, Lucas Oil Products, Inside Track Motorsport News, Intercomp, ISC Racer’s Tape, Jaz Products, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Motorsports Safety Systems, Outerwears, Port City Racing, R.J.S. Racing Equipment, Racing Optics, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Schoenfeld Headers, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wrisco Industries and XRP, Inc.

Lucas Oil Products is one the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry featuring a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives.

Through innovative product research and development along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top selling additive in the industry.

Look for Lucas Oil Products at their favorite automotive retailer or maintenance centre including Drummond Home Hardware, KC Auto Parts, RCM Racing Equipment and Tim Phillips Garage

Kris McKean celebrates his win in the Budweiser Super Stocks

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

TWIN FALLS, ID – Brennen VanderMeer was in a good position to capture his first main event win of the season Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway, but Kris McKean’s plan was to prove he didn’t necessarily need to be behind the wheel of his own car to get to Victory Lane.

The 30-lap main event race for the Budweiser Super Stocks began with an incident on lap one as Ernie Hall and Steve Edens made contact on the front stretch. While Hall made it back out for the restart, Edens spent the remainder of the race in the pits after taking the hard hit along the wall.

As the race progressed VanderMeer was able to hold on to the lead through lap 10 until McKean drove the McKean Motorsports No. 1 car, displaying an improvised No. 7 for the night, around him. Soon VanderMeer and Dan Pehrson made contact in turn four and the pair was sent to the rear of the pack for the restart. Daniel Shirley then became McKean’s biggest rival as the laps wound down but McKean had too much for Shirley to overtake.

The win was one of several for McKean this season, but his first where he wasn’t behind the wheel of the No. 7 car.

“Casey (Pehrson) was talking about how he might want to buy the No. 7 car, so we figured we let him drive it for the night,” McKean said. “A lot of people think that the 7 car is the fastest one out here, but I just wanted to prove the 1 car is just as fast – depending on who’s in it.” VanderMeer is still experimenting with the setup on the car to where he can get out front and stay there. “We tried a lot of different stuff tonight,” said the 15-year old rookie. “We had the lead for a little while until Kris (McKean) came up and I thought, ‘Oh gosh, here we go again.’ We gave it all we had -then I spun out. It’s frustrating – I can never beat that kid. But one of these days I’m going to get it – he’s going to lose to me.”

Peck carves out win in Quale’s Electronic Hornets

For five laps Jenna Quale and Jeff Peck battled side-by-side for the lead of the main event race before Peck gained the advantage at lap 10. Quale kept her foot to the floor as she made every attempt to get back to the front of the field but had to settle for runner-up, finishing behind Peck by less than one-half second.

Woll overcomes obstacles for NAPA Street Stocks win

Although qualifying second, Kendel Woll missed the heat race with mechanical issues putting him in the sixth starting position for the main event. After a restart at lap four, Woll took over the lead and began to pull away from the rest of the field. The battle for second then began to heat up with Chase Carraway and James Hall both wanting the position. At the halfway mark Hall slowed on the track and John Newell then began to work on Carraway, getting around him in the final laps but he couldn’t catch Woll before the checkered flag waved.

Brownfield powers out Quale’s Jr. Stingers win

With Doug Brownfield in the lead through lap seven, Jason Quale took advantage of lap traffic to take over the main event race at lap eight. Four laps later, Brownfield used the same strategy to get his position back and went on to capture another win in the division.

Audet doubles up Brennan’s Carpet Pony Stocks wins

A caution at lap six erased Todd Audet’s significant lead in the main event race, pairing him up Ray Homolka for the restart. The drivers, embroiled in a battle for the lead in the points standings, battled door-to-door to lap 14 before lap traffic caused the pair to make contact, spinning them both to the infield grass in turn four. Jerry Slocum then took the lead for one lap before Audet got around him with five laps to go in the race. Homolka desperately tried to reel Audet in, but in doing so he got loose with less than two laps remaining and Audet came through with the win.

Anderson wins in close Legends Cars finish

Austin Hager held a big lead in the main event race until the caution flag flew at lap 25. Hager could not get the car fired for the
restart and the battle for the win was then taken over by Travis Anderson and Ben Matheson. Matheson crossed the finish line ahead of Anderson at lap 29, but Anderson was able to surge to the checkered at lap 30 to nip Matheson by 0.322 seconds for the win.

Miller by a Mile

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

St. Croix Falls, WI-With inclement weather resulting in a rather spotty start to the season, Kopellah Speedway managed to run of it’s fifth consecutive show last Friday night in near perfect conditions. Mostly clear skies and warm weather provided the back drop for hot on-track racing action on week number eleven of the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

In one the of the tighter points battles at the track, the Hornets ran off one of their typically fast and exciting main events. Second heat race winner Kris Kaphing and division points leader Kevin Bradwell led the field of eighteen cars to the green flag with Bradwell quickly jumping out front. Kaphing held the second spot but the man on the move was fifth starting Doug Fick. Fick had come into the evening a scant eleven points behind Bradwell, and by lap four, he had sliced his way up to Bradwell’s rear bumper. Near the race’s midpoint, Fick lost the runner-up position for a few circuits to first heat race winner Jesse Tripp. But as the leaders worked traffic, Fick worked his way back up to second and began to reel in Bradwell for the lead. Unfortunately for Fick, he didn’t have enough car or enough time to best his fellow Luck, Wisconsin racer and he settled for second place behind Bradwell. Behind Fick, Kris Kaphing crossed the line in third place, Ben Kaphing and Bonnie Jablonske rounded out the top five.

Bradwell drew the front row again for the Pure Stock feature, the pole this time, inside of Grantsberg’s Steve Baker. While Bradwell and Baker led the opening laps, heat race winner Dusty Brown worked past Baker on lap three, and slid under Bradwell on the very next lap for the lead. A pair a cautions would re-bunch the field, and Bradwell appeared to make progress a few times, but in the end, Brown claimed an impressive, track best seventh trophy of the season. Bradwell ran a solid second in front of Baker, Krysta Swearingen, and Keith Duffee.

In the Street Stock main event, Rice Lake, Wisconsin hot shoe Sam Fankhauser left little doubt after starting on the pole. At the drop of the green flag, Fankhauser quickly squirted in front of first row starting mate Chad Ogilvie, and eventually worked out to a comfortable lead. The lead would be erased for a few caustion flags, but upon each restart, Fankhauser went right back to work on regaining lost ground. Behind Fankhauser, fifth starting Marcus Simonson took three laps to clear all but the leader, further tightening his grip on the season championship points chase. While Fankhauser cruised to his third Kopellah victory of the season, and second in a row, Simonson, Behn Mensen, Ogilvie and Kurt Becken made up the rest of the top five.

Independence Day has long since passed, but there were still plenty of left over fireworks in the premier division Midwest Modifieds. In heat racing action, second place runner Mike Mueller had a right side tire dig into the track in turn three, flipping his mount onto it’s lid on the final lap. Medical personnel and safety crew assisted while Mueller was momentarily unable to free himself from his overturned car. After working the driver free, and deeming him no worse for the wear, Mueller’s severely wrinkled ride was hauled pit side. “This is the second time this year!” Mueller later proclaimed in the pits, “I rolled my street car after hitting a patch of black ice last February.” Once in the pits, the #87 crew worked feverishly on the body work – as all the main structural components of Mueller’s car still appeared to be straight and true. Sure enough, several minutes later, with the roof straightened and re-installed, Mueller started near the rear of the feature. And even more impressive than the reconstruction project that had taken place on his car, Mueller was still incredibly fast with his car shiny-side-up. A resurgent Doug Merrill and second heat race winner Vince Corbin led the Midwest Modifieds to the green flag in the night’s final race. Corbin spent the first four laps fending off division points leader Jason Miller, but on lap five, Miller claimed his familiar top spot. As has been the case in recent weeks, no one was able to wrest the spot away from Miller who went on to win fourth consecutive, and sixth overall. However, with the win all but decided, the fireworks were far from over. After sliding back to as far as fifth place, Merrill began cracking the whip and willed his horse all the way back up to second place by lap eight. And even more impressively, Mueller was picking off cars high and low as he cracked the top five by lap six when he got around Tim Swanson. When Josh Bazey retired from the event, that moved Mueller up to fourth, and on lap twelve, Mueller got by Corbin and into third. Literal fireworks, or at least fire, was on display as well before the checkers would wave. With just three laps remaining, a large fireball spit out from under the hood of Dan Larson’s #15 machine just as he passed the flag stand. The race was red flagged to allow fire and safety crew to get to Larson, who had exited the track under green in turn one. The flames appeared to self-extinguish and there were no reports of any injuries to Larson – only to his power plant. Back under green, Miller cruised the last three laps and extended his points lead to a whopping 47 points over Mueller, who finished third behind Merrill. Corbin crossed the line fourth and the last top five spot went to Swanson.

Kopellah Speedway is back in action with another full night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday night, July 30, featuring a return of the mighty winged sprints. The UMSS will be on hand for the fourth time this season along with all four regular divisions – Hornets, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and the premier division Midwest Modifieds. For more information about Kopellah Speedway and other up coming events, please visit the track’s website at www.kopellahspeedway.net.