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Archive for September, 2010

Pherman Stewart Gets First Feature Win in Smith Auto Service and Tire Center Super Streets Series

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Pherman StewartPherman Stewart of Manchester took the lead on the 20th lap and went on to win his first feature race in the Smith Auto Service & Tire Center Super Street Series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, Saturday 18.

David Walters of Corbin led the first ten laps of the 30-lap main event, before a problem in the right tire or suspension sent a shower of sparks streaming from the Tony Hoffman Entertainment Camaro No. 80 and bringing out the caution flag. The double-file restart had Paul Viars of Corbin and Eddie Stewart of Manchester on the front row. Eddie Stewart pulled ahead on the backstretch, and ten laps later Pherman Stewart got past Viars for second. Another caution came out at that point when Ronnie Romines’ Birp Recycling Dodge Ram No. 75 slowed on the track. On the first attempt at a restart, Eddie Stewart got sideways in the first turn, forcing Pherman Stewart almost into the outside rail, and the caution flag was out again.

Another attempt saw Brandon Moncrief of Corbin get into the infield and make contact with Viars, prolonging the race again. When the green flag came out for the last ten laps, Pherman Stewart and his Hibbard’s Fencing Camaro No. 1 was on the inside with Ed Murray of Williamsburg and his Reed’s Transmission Camaro No. 11 alongside. A lap after the restart, Eddie Stewart moved his Stewart Racing Silverado No. 119 to the inside and took second from Murray, and set out after his cousin Pherman.

A near accident five laps from the finish saw Murray get up on two wheels against the frontstretch concrete wall, but he recovered and held on to third place. Pherman Stewart beat Eddie Stewart to the checkered flag by two car lengths, with
Murray finishing third. Moncrief and his Powerline Engines Dodge No. 5 finished fourth, followed by Viars in the Four-Lane Auto Sales Ford No. 23. In sixth through tenth were Teddy Gregory of Corbin with the Gregory Racing Chevrolet No. 51, Romines, Walters, Marvin Helton of Williamsburg driving the Harvey’s Service Station Camaro No. 71, and Scottie Smith of Manchester in the Smith Motorsports Camaro No. X.

Moncrief set fast time in qualifying with a lap in 14.060. Walters won the trophy dash and the second heat race, and Murray was the winner of the first heat.

Huge Field Expected for 35th Red Clay Classic

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Ashland, WI — There is a strong possibility of a record car count when the ABC Raceway hosts its 35th annual Red Clay Classic season-ending stock car racing event on Friday & Saturday, October 1-2. A promising long-term weather forecast, a great
battle for a series championship, a total purse of over $70,000, and the addition of a fourth class could all add up to a huge turnout of both racers and fans for one of the most eagerly-awaited events of the season.

This year’s event will be of some historic significance in each of the divisions competing in the traditional event. The WISSOTA late models will be making their only appearance at the track for the 2010 season, marking only the second time since 1999 that WISSOTA’s premier division will only run this one scheduled event at the three-eighths-mile red-clay oval.

Because of the complete rain-out of the 2009 Classic, Harry Hanson of Eveleth, MN, is the defending champion of the late model event, having won the 2008 50-lap A-feature. It was only Hanson’s second ABC Raceway victory in an illustrious racing career spanning over 35 years.

The weekend could also mark the first Como Oil & Propane Modified Series championship for Joey Jensen of Forest Lake, MN. Heading into the Silver 1000 at the Proctor (MN) Speedway on Thursday, Jensen – who is also the defending RCC mod feature champ – was holding a stout 33-point lead on Rick Kobs of Deer Park, and he could have the title close to sewn up by the time he pulls into Ashland on Friday. Jensen is one of only a small handful of drivers to ever win the Red Clay Classic in two different divisions, having also visited Victory Lane after the 2005 late model main event. Ironically, Kobs’ lone RCC win came that same year, in the WISSOTA super stocks.

Speaking of the supers, this could be the year that a local driver breaks finally breaks through. Not since Greg Kuklinski’s win in 2002 has an ABC Raceway regular held up the biggest trophy after a RCC super stock feature. Track champ Scott Lawrence of Superior leads a strong contingent of local stars looking for the win, but defending champion Jeff Tardy of Hibbing, MN, who
collected points championships this past summer at three different race tracks, will certainly be among many visiting drivers looking to put up a good fight. The event will also mark the addition of a fourth racing division for the first time at the Red Clay Classic.

The popular WISSOTA Midwest modifieds, which were added as a regular weekly division at the track three summers ago, were slated to be included in last year’s edition of the Classic, but weather forced the event’s complete cancellation. As a result, with some help from Mother Nature and some skill and luck on the track, one driver will make history as the Raceway’s first-ever RCC Mid-mod champ.

There will be plenty on the line for all the drivers in attendance. This weekend is the next-to-last for WISSOTA points-paying races, and it is expected that many of the top drivers in the national standings will be looking for another opportunity to gain valuable points toward their respective national championship dreams. Then there’s the purse. The late model feature winner will take home a check worth $4,000, while just starting the event will pay $350. In the modifieds, first place pays $3,000, thanks to a $500 bonus from Como Oil & Propane, while the minimum payday for making the show is $275.

In addition, the top 20 in the final Como Mod Series standings will split up a total points fund of $54,000, with the Series champ taking home the biggest share, worth $10,000. And Ashland driver Steve Stuart could wrap up the Series’ first-ever Rookie of the Year award this weekend. The super stock A-main pays $1,500 to win and $200 to start, and the Mid-mod feature winner will get $600 to win and the final finisher gets $100, with Outlaw Sign & Graphics of Ashland enhancing the purse for this event.
Also, Northern Clearing of Ashland will pay a $150 bonus to the driver posting the fastest lap in each of the four features, using the AMB scoring and timing system implemented at the track. In the event of inclement weather, racers will run for a percentage of the gate receipts.

The grandstand parking area will be available for early-arriving campers during the late afternoon to evening hours on Thursday, September 30. On Friday the pit gates open at 1 pm for racers, while the grandstands will open for the fans at 3:30 pm. Hot laps will get underway at 5:30 that night, and the first heat race of the weekend is scheduled to start at 7 pm. Heat races for all four divisions will be run on Friday.

On Saturday, the annual Red Clay Classic golf scramble will begin at the Chequamegon Bay Golf Club at 9:30 am. At the track, the pit area will open at noon, while the grandstand gates will swing open at 2:30 pm. The rounds of last-chance qualifying for each division will kick off right away at 5 pm, and the weekend will be capped off by the four big features, running 25 laps for the Mid-mods, 30 laps for the supers, 35 laps for the modifieds, and finally 50 laps for the late models. Admission tickets for adults (ages 13 & older) are only $20 each day, or $35 for a two-day pass, Fans ages 6-12 will pay only $8 each day, or $15 for a two-day pass.Reserved seats will be available right up until raceday for the price of a two-day pass plus just $10 more. A very limited number of reserved seats are still available by calling (715) 682-2672 Monday-Thursday from 6-8 pm. Pit passes are available for just $30 each day, or for just $55 for a two-day pass. Entry fees for one race car-and-driver combination are $45 for late models, $30 for mods, $25 for super stocks, and $20 for Mid-mods. Prior to each night’s race program, “Race Night” will air live with up-to-date track news and weather information on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, as well as stream online at www.wbzsfm.com, starting at 3 pm.

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

Luttrell, Missler, Scout, Finch and Van Ness All Earn Oakshade Wins

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Fans were treated to a great night of racing Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway, highlighted with wins by Brice Luttrell, Ryan Missler, Jim Scout, Ben Finch III and Norm Van Ness.

Gracious race fans gave over $1,400 in donations for the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fight breast cancer for the Fourth Annual Celebrity Charity Race. Defending race winner and Oakshade Raceway announcer Scott Hammer started on the pole and led the first couple laps until loosing control and spinning down the front stretch which brought out the yellow flag. Oakshade Raceway’s Dan “Links” Rice then inherited the race lead, but NBC 24′s Norm Van Ness eventually took
the lead away. Van Ness went on to become the first and only repeat winner of the race with track photographer Chad Johnson finishing second. Hammer recovered to finish third and WTOL Channel 11′s Ryan Vetter was fourth after a last lap spin. Dan Rice finished fifth after suffering a flat tire earlier in the race.

Next up was the previously rained out Season Championship feature event for the UMP Sportsmen with the unofficial 2010 Champion Mike Jessen starting on the pole. Outside pole-sitter Brice Luttrell took became the early leader as Jessen slipped back a few positions. Steve Mills put some pressure on Luttrell for the lead the first part of the race, but eventually fell back. Next to take a stab at Luttrell was B.J. Gregory. The two drivers battled side by side lap after lap. Gregory had the lead by a nose for one lap, but Luttrell fought back on the outside. Gregory used up his tires and began to fall back as Luttrell went on to pick up
his fourth feature win of the year. Gregory held on to finish second with Joe Smith taking third. Steve Mills fell back to finish fourth with Mike Jessen ending up fifth.

The final UMP Late Model feature of the year at Oakshade Raceway was a topless event with no roofs on any of the cars. Casey Noonan started on the pole and led the first six laps. Last week’s feature winner Dona Marcoullier shot out to the lead on a restart after a caution and proceeded to open up a huge lead. Ryan Missler started coming on strong near the end of the race moving into second with five laps remaining.

Kyle Perry who was a lap down got turned around by Missler as he was charging toward the front with just three laps to go. That spin brought out the yellow flag and eliminated Marcoullier’s big lead. Missler darted out to the lead on the restart and went on to pick up his first Oakshade Raceway feature win. Following Marcoullier was Ronnie Perrine Jr. who finished third. Devin Shiels was fourth with Casey Noonan rounding out the top five finishers.

Unofficial 2010 Oakshade Bomber Track Champion Jim Scout led the entire distance of the UMP Bomber A Main on his way to his sixth feature win of the year. Craig Dippman started ninth and fought his way up to second, but ran out of laps before he could catch Scout. Billy Brown worked his way as high as second, but lost that spot to Dippman to finish third followed by Tony Tolles and Garry Domoe.

William Cundick started off strong in the Hornet feature event and led early with Drew Smith challenging. The two drivers were side by side going by Breanna Franks to put her a lap down when she slid up into the side of Cundick pushing him up into Smith which cut down a tire. Smith ended up going to the pits after losing control and smacking the front stretch wall with that flat tire. Cundick maintained the lead until sixteen-year-old Ben Finch III got by and went on to post his second consecutive feature win. Cundick held on to finish second just ahead of Logan Hough. Troy Schalitz finished fourth with Taylor Dippman recovering after an earlier spin to wind up fifth.

Twenty-seven cars started the final race of the night, the UMP Bomber B Main in which Allen Tolles led the majority of the caution-filled race. The first caution was for Dave Gumby’s spin on the first lap. Another yellow flag came out on lap two after a hard crash in the middle of the front stretch involving Greg Lane, Ted Hill and Josh Curtis. After a few more cautions, a string of green flag laps were finally able to be completed with Tolles leading Jim Remley and Donovan Paskan. Both Remley and Paskan got by Tolles shortly after Tolles got held up behind a lapped car. Remley and Paskan went on to finish first and second
followed by Tom Baumgartner, Matt Rose and Fred Birch.

The final weekend of racing of the season at Oakshade Raceway takes place October 2^nd and 3^rd . The 11^th Annual Bomber Spectacular paying $1,000 to the winner of the A Main happens Saturday night along with UMP Sportsmen and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm. Then it is a 200 Lap/2 Hour Enduro Race on Sunday afternoon paying $1,000 to the winner of that race as well. General admission tickets are just $3 for the Enduro with gates opening at 11am and the race at 3pm.

Nottestad and Hicks Win Rockweiler Insulation Late Model Features Jeremy Miller Wins Second Straight Track Championship

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Oregon, WI- It may have taken three weeks to finish a race, but Dale Nottestad picked up where he left off and won the first thirty lap feature while Jason Hicks earned the checkered flag in the second feature. As a result of the two features, Jeremy Miller won his second straight track championship edging Bobby Wilberg.

Nottestad was the leader when the rains came after eleven laps on September 3rd. Ty Majeski and Kevin Knuese led the field to the green flag with Majeski getting the early lead. By the second lap Nottestad was up to third followed closely by Bobby Wilberg. Both Nottestad and Wilberg would go right to the front as they slid by Majeski for the lead on lap 5. A caution for a spin on lap 6 would result in a double file restart with Nottestad in the inside and Wilberg on the outside. Nottestad would keep the upper hand when the green flag waved again and would continue his leading ways until lap 11 when the rains came and put an end to the night. Track officials determined that the race would be completed at the Fall Classic along with the second thirty lap feature meaning this event would take three weeks to complete.

When the race resumed, all of the entrants would answer the call except for Tanner Whitten. When the green flag waved Nottestad would get the jump and lead followed by Wilberg, Chad Stevens, and Jeremy Miller. The race would stay green until lap 26 when the caution came out for a spin right after Wilberg had drifted up the track to drop back to sixth after battling Nottestad
side by side for the lead. Another caution would come out on lap 28 and would find Nottestad starting on the inside and Miller on the outside. Nottestad would get out front again taking advantage of his inside starting position, but the night would not end the way Miller would like to have seen as both he and Wilberg would tangle and wind up being sent to the back.

Nottestad would hang on for the win followed by Scott Broughton, Riddle, John Baumeister Jr., and Ryan Goldade. Miller and Wilberg would finish sixteenth and seventeenth respectively giving Miller one more point than Wilberg and a four point lead in
the championship chase going into the second feature.

“The inside position definitely has the advantage here,” said Nottestad in a post race interview. “It’s great to pick up my second win here tonight.”

The second feature found Scott McGettigan and Jason Hicks starting in the front row after a ten car invert from the first feature. Hicks would get the lead from the start before a spinning car brought out the caution on lap 2. Hicks would maintain his lead over the field following the restart and by lap 8 had built up a sizeable margin over his fellow competitors. Meanwhile, Miller and Wilberg were racing it out deep in the pack. A caution on lap 12 would send both Nathan Oppliger and Wilberg to the back, but the multi-time track champion was not about to give up. Hicks continued to lead after the restart with Ryan Goldade and Zack Riddle up to second and third. On lap 21, Wilberg had worked his way back up to challenge Miller for twelfth place and would take the spot from him on lap 21. Two laps later the caution flag would be displayed for debris on the track.

There would be no denying Hicks who continued to lead with a good fight for second taking place between Riddle, Scott Broughton, and Goldade. Riddle would take over second place on lap 24, but was running out of time to catch the leader.

Hicks would continue his to lead all the way to victory lane and pick up his first feature win of the season. Riddle would finish in second followed by Broughton, Goldade, and John Baumeister Jr.

“This is amazing. This is the best the car has been all year,” said Hicks.

But the biggest battle of the night was back in the pack where Wilberg would finish two positions ahead of Miller- a net gain of six points and unofficially giving him the 2010 track championship by just two points pending technical inspection. But the real drama occurred behind the scenes as the ninth place car of Bill Baumeister did not pass post race inspection and therefore was disqualified causing all cars finishing behind him to be advanced one position in the final results. This meant the difference between Wilberg’s finish and Miller’s would be just three points thus giving the track championship to Miller by one point.

Second Straight Win for Brian Royalty In Bee Creek Recycling Late Model Series

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Brian RoyaltyAfter pulling away from a two-lap side-by-side duel with Jonathan Storms of Woodbine, Brian Royalty of Cynthiana, Ky. led the rest of the way to earn his second consecutive main event victory in the 50-lap feature at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, September 18. It was his third win of the year in the Bee Creek Recycling Late Model Series.

 

Heading into the first turn on the third lap, Storms got sideways and his Storms Racing Chevrolet No. 16 was hit by the Leah’s Catering Chevrolet No. 22 driven by Mike Bargo of Corbin, who was trying to get past. Storms was out for the evening, but Bargo came back after some quick repairs under the caution flag, only to drop out seven laps later.

 

Royalty’s A&J Service Center Chevrolet No. 24 was on the inside for the double-file restart, with the Bill’s Bath & Lighting Ford No. 99 on the outside as the green flag came back out. There was another lap of side-by-side racing before Royalty managed to pull away, then a spin by Brian Voiles of Knoxville and the Sonny’s Auto Parts Chevrolet No. 3 brought out the yellow flag again. This time Royalty pulled away again, and he had built up a lead of 1.6 seconds before Terry Smith of Bimble took a wild sideways ride off of the second turn and into the infield in his Southside Auto Sales Chevrolet No. 25 on the 26th lap.

 

Once again Royalty managed to pull in front, and with the rest of the race being run under the green flag he finished 1.3 seconds ahead of Brown. Jerrod Foley of Williamsburg was third driving the Quality Care Auto Service Chevrolet No. 04, with Eric Centers of Corbin fourth in the Young’s Auto Body Chevrolet No. 98, and Smith getting back up to fifth spot at the finish. Making up sixth through tenth were Voiles, Doug Callebs of Hinkle in the Callebs Racing Ford No. 55, Donnie Stamper of Lexington and his Stamper Racing Chevrolet No. 7, Bargo, and Storms.

 

Brown and Foley both had fast laps of 13.610 in qualifying, with Brown’s other lap of 13.728 barely edging Foley’s 13.731 for the tie-breaker. Royalty was the winner of the four-lap trophy dash, with Smith and Foley taking the checkered flags first in the two heat races.

 

The Bee Creek Recycling Late Model Series will be back in action this coming Saturday evening, Sept. 25, at Corbin Speedway. Qualifying begins at 5:00 p.m., and the first race is scheduled to go under the green flag at 7:00 p.m.