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Archive for April, 2012

Speedbowl has Hot Races on a Cool Night

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl provided heated action on the race track to contend with the spring chill in the air Saturday evening, completing a six division program in quick order. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Keith Rocco of Meriden returned to Victory Lane for the third time in five events in SK Modified® action while Dillon Moltz of Waterford made it two wins on the year in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. Walt Hovey of Chaplin returned to the winner’s circle in the Street Stocks for the first time since 2010 and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon won the night’s Mini Stock feature, his fourth on the season. Duane Noll of Monroe was a first time winner in the New England Truck Series while Scott Limkemann of East Lyme won his second straight Saturday Showdown Series event for the X-Cars.

Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. brought the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature to the green flag, however the field was unable to complete a clean lap as Tyler Chadwick and Diego Monahan came to rest against the turn one wall after tangling. Mucciacciaro took the lead over Al Stone upon the race start with Joe Gada and Ed Puleo behind. Gada cleared Stone for second who then dropped back into an early battle for the top five positions. Rocco was stout in the opening circuits, advancing from his eighth place starting position into the top three over the opening four laps before a second caution flag slowed his charge.

On the restart, Rocco vaulted past Joe Gada into second then quickly sized up early race leader Frank Mucciacciaro, making an inside pass to bolt into the lead on lap-5. Behind Rocco, Mucciacciaro settled into second position ahead of Jeff Pearl, who advanced to third past Gada. Caution was back out before lap-9 was completed for Monahan, who spun at the entrance of turn one while trying to make his way back into the top-ten.

Rocco got the jump ahead of Mucciacciaro on the restart, who then had to contend with Pearl who raced to his inside for second. Pearl took the spot and Tom Abele Jr. was next to challenge Mucciacciaro, getting to his inside on lap-10. Jeffrey Gallup and Rob Janovic Jr. teamed up behind Abele to get by Mucciacciaro’s inside and joined the new top-five running order. Janovic was not content with fifth, getting around Gallup on lap-12 to advance to fourth.

Out front Rocco couldn’t shake Pearl, who remained within four lengths of the leader. Abele stayed with Pearl but before he could mount any threat for second, Janovic had caught the lead pack on lap-17 and gave Abele pressure for third. The chess match behind Rocco was slowed by the fourth caution on lap-23 when division newcomers Puleo and Rich Brooks got together in turn one. Puleo pitted for repairs, while Brooks’ night concluded on the business end of the wrecker.

Rocco powered ahead of Pearl on the restart. Pearl held back Abele to settle back into second position. Janovic used the outside position on Abele to snatch away third on lap-24. A lap later, Monahan’s bad night continued when he got hitched with Gallup while battling for seventh spot, sending his car into the turn three wall on lap-25 for caution.

Rocco was out front ahead of Pearl by turn one when the green flag returned. Janovic filled the gap to Pearl’s inside and by lap-26, Janovic was the new face in Rocco’s rearview mirror. The final 10 laps were run without further delay and although Janovic gave chase, Rocco proved too much. Rocco won by five lengths over Janovic at the checkered flag. Pearl, Abele and Mucciacciaro completed the top-five.

Defending track champion Jeff Smith and Anthony Flannery battled at the front in the early laps of the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race before Flannery took control. Moltz ran in third behind the early battle for the lead, then got by Smith on lap-7 to close in behind Flannery. Keith Rocco raced by Smith to trail Moltz in his pursuit of the lead.

Moltz made the move on Flannery’s on lap-11, using the inside line to take over. With Moltz seeking his second win on the season, Rocco got around Flannery for second keeping things interesting up front. Behind them, Bruce Thomas Jr. was on the move as the race approached halfway. He advanced to third behind lead two as the race stayed clean and green with great racing by the top-ten.

Moltz rolled out to a comfortable lead as the running order stayed the same through lap-21. Thomas found a way by Rocco’s inside to take over second on lap-22, then slowly cut into Moltz’s lead. Time was about to run out on Thomas when, as they began the white flag lap, Rich Duranti spun in turn two just ahead of the leaders to quickly bring out the only caution flag of the race. The result was a green-white-checkered finish pitting Moltz against three-time champion Bruce Thomas Jr.

Moltz had a good restart and had the lead back into turn one. Rocco briefly challenged for second position, however Thomas was able to pull away on the final lap to hold the spot. Rocco finished third, with Flannery and Jason Palmer rounding out the top-five.

Hovey took the lead using a pole starting position for the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature. Behind Hovey, Ted Dupre and Joe Arena put on a side-by-side battle for second position which endured for several laps. As Arena edged ahead of Dupre on the inside of the track, Bill McNeil, Phil Evans and Josh Galvin were locked in a battle for fourth position. Their three-wide battle ended in a wild wreck for Galvin, who’s car flipped onto its roof down the back chute on lap-9. The car continued sliding down the track before it turned onto its driver’s side door, coming to rest in turn three. The caution and red flags were immediately displayed and Galvin quickly exited his machine. He was ok following the incident.

Following the cleanup, Hovey raced back out front of Arena. The field singled out and ran the rest of the way without further incident. Hovey’s lead was solid over the second half of the race with the division veteran looking poised to handle any challengers. He raced to his 18th division win, but first since 2010, by three car lengths ahead of Arena, who finished second for consecutive weeks. Dupre, Ray Downing Jr. and Ronnie Oldham Jr. finished third through fifth.

The Mini Stocks had trouble starting their 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature as pole-sitter Chris Garside looped his car in turn two in front of the field, triggering a multi-car incident before lap-1 was complete. Once the race restarted, Dale Sherman led Joseph Fogarasi and Christina Kellerman. Sherman showed the way through lap-7 when caution came back out as Fogarasi and Kellerman spun together exiting turn four, collecting Wayne Burroughs and Chris Ivory. Cassidy narrowly missed heavy impact, sliding across the track to avoid.

Sherman continued to lead after the restart. Behind him a host of competitors were all in the mix seeking a podium finish. Doug Curry went inside Sherman down the backstretch into the top spot on lap-15, however Jeff Cembruch took over on lap-16. Cassidy was a man on the move, rocketing his way through the top-five. On lap-19 he was outside of Curry
taking second position.

Cassidy was three lengths behind Cembruch when he began closing the gap to the leader. With two laps remaining, Cassidy was on his rear decklid. Cassidy made a move outside as the pair raced to the white flag, pulling even with Cembruch through turns one and two down the back chute. The Mini Stocks raced side-by-side for the win for the third consecutive week with Cassidy edging Cembruch to the checkered flag by .058 seconds, the nose of his car. Cembruch had to settle for second. Ray Christian recovered from mid-race trouble to finish in third, with Curry and Brew completing the top-five.

The visiting New England Truck Series put on a 25-lap feature which featured great side-by-side action for the top spots throughout. Duane Noll battled Chris Turbush over the second half of the race for the win. While they battled for the lead, early leader Corey Coates and Gee Perry were locked in a battle for third position. In the end Noll out-dueled Turbush to come out on top, scoring his first series victory. Chris Turbush was second while Perry and Coates tangled, aiding Jason Lafayette a podium finish.

Limkemann streaked past Pete Zaikarite to become the second leader of the 20-lap X-Car feature. The division’s race was part of the Saturday Showdown Series and was a final tune-up prior to the start of the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race season which begins May 2. Limkemann scored his second straight victory of the year in the Saturday series.

Waterford Speedbowl puts the Street Stock division on center stage next Saturday, May 5. They will compete in a special 50-lap feature and join the SK Modifieds®, SK Light Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Legends Cars and Super X-Cars. The Speedbowl returns to action next on Wednesday evening, with the season opener for the popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series. More details can be found on Speedbowl.com.

Prunty Tops the Miller Lite 130 Season Opener

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Slinger, Wis.—Recovering from a miscue with 20-laps remaining that sent him back to third, Dennis Prunty tracked down first Chris Blawat and then Jeff Holtz to capture the win in the season opening Miller Lite 130 super late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“I almost hit the wall twice…that’s crazy” Prunty stated from victory lane after nearly losing control of his machine in turn two late in the going, “I thought I snapped an axle and just lifted and thought ‘we’re done’.” “And about three laps later the car was still going and we came right back for it, we found a new groove and away we went, “Prunty continued describing the recovery and the way he hunted down Holtz for the lead, taking command of the race on lap 119.

“It just kept getting looser and looser, “Holtz told the crowd afterwards, somewhat disappointed with the runner-up finish after leading a majority of the event, “I was trying my damnedest and I’m surprised he (Prunty) came back and passed me like that. We had a fast car but just didn’t have any tires left there at the end… it was fun racing out there today.”

Chris Blawat turned in his best super late model performance to date, racing among the leaders early before being involved in one of the many caution flags, and then charging back through the pack to finish third. Josh Wallace and Brad Keith took the checkered flag in fourth and fifth respectively while Jake Vanoskey finished in sixth and Mike Egan was seventh ahead of Rob Braun and Race McComb in eighth and ninth. Steve Apel led the middle stages of the race before retiring from the event with three laps to go and finishing tenth.

Six drivers swapped the lead a total of eleven times and eleven caution flags slowed the pace of the event.

Dennis Prunty also won the super late model fast heat over Chris Blawat and Jeff Holtz while Jake Vanoskey was the winner of the regular super late model heat over Dan Jung and Corey Funk. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.356 seconds.

Alex Prunty opened the 2012 season with a win in the 35-lap late model feature over Ryan DeStefano and Dan Church while Pat McIntee and Al Stippich rounded out the top five. Jerry Mueller won the late model fast dash while Braison Bennett captured the win in the late model heat race over Andy Welter and Dan Church. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 12.319 seconds.

James Swan was the winner of the Midwest sportsman feature when Dave Thomas became caught up in lapped traffic while battling Swan for the lead with four laps to go. Ryan Farrell finished second ahead of Kenny Joosten and Jack Stern. Jay Shambeau finished fifth. Dave Thomas was the winner of the Midwest sportsman fast dash and Ryan Gutknecht won the heat race over Eric Lingford and Jay Shambeau. Ryan Farrell was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.439 seconds.

John Daley won the Thunderstock feature over Brad Hetzel and Ken Schraufnagel while Jerry Kulas and Joe Shelby rounded out the top five. Tyler Schley won the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel scored the win in the Thunderstock heat race over Josh Fehrman and Joe Shelby. John Daley was the afternoon’s fastest qualifier at 13.950 seconds.

Nick Schmidt won the Slinger Bee feature, finishing ahead of Ryan Savage and Davey Pennel. Dave Lembke and Misty Benn were fourth and fifth respectively. Slinger Bee heat race wins were picked up by Nick Schmidt, Jason Dull, and Corey Romanesko. Davey Pennel was the fastest qualifier at 15.420 seconds.

Willie Van Camp was the winner of the Figure 8 event.

By Dan Margetta

Twenty Years Of Trying

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, and the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks put on 5 of the best shows of 2012 in 5 different ways.

Adam Higginbotham took the early lead in the Limited Late Model feature but Bubba Clem snatched it away after a restart. After a lap 9 caution the race restarted but on lap 14 Bubba spun his #14 as JO Nobles was barreling down on him. Nobles dodged 4 more restarts in which Higginbotham and Forrest Gough assaulted the 18 but couldn’t make a pass. As the white flag was near display David Showers put his #18 machine in the turn 3 wall to bring out the 9th and final yellow. Nobles won the feature with
Higginbotham, Gough, Late Model driver Shan Smith, and Eddie Gainey chasing him.

Hobby Stock action started with Howard O’Steen pulling away but on lap 4 Don Woosley’s 81 found the wall and most of the pack had to take to the infield to avoid the spinning cars. Just after the restart Kevin Durden, Chad Scranton, Trey Cameron III, David Tyrrell, and Tim Gay wrecked in turn 4. Trevor Gamble made a pass on leader O’Steen after the restart and held on to it through a couple more cautions. “Shady” Grady Christian finished 2nd. Kevin Durden rebounded to a 3rd place finish just in front of Josh Bedenbaugh and Mike Stalnaker who barely made the feature through his B Main.

The start of the Modified feature saw Kyle Bronson rip the right side of his 40B off and with it his hopes of 4-for-4. Or so we thought. On lap 4 Bronson passed Dalton Lanich and began to pull away. Some minor yellows plagued the event that Bronson dominated. Lanich finished a strong 2nd with Garret Stewart, Jason Davis, and Jim Passino completing the top 5.

A few cautions kept the Mini Stocks close but on lap 10 Nick Hebrank flipped his #9H and stopped the action. What had been a great race for Kyle Kruse went sour during the red flag which left Travis Staats with the lead. The restart would signal 5 to go and Shirlene Hammond wasted no time disposing of the 1AR. Shirlene showed the boys how to do it while Staats was 2nd, Stephen Halbaugh 3rd, Nick Kerr 4th, and
Charlie Staats completed the top 5. Travis Staats was disquailifed in tech, however, moving the field up and putting Kruse back into the top 5.

Thunderstock drivers couldn’t hide their smiles after the race with a winner who they’ve all been waiting to see in victory lane for a while now. Brandon Elwood grabbed the early lead and fought with Mike Tovet until Tovet’s wheel launched off the #30 and ended his night. Elwood fought through cautions and made it to turn 4 and he could see the flagman holding the checkers. All he had between him and the line was a lapped car but they made contact and wrecked the fence. At the line Justin Durbin beat out Mark Trexler by an inch; however, that did not count as the yellow light came on before the lap was completed. Elwood was given his spot back with Trexler 2nd, Jonathan Appleby 3rd, Durbin 4th, and James Sullivan III in 5th. The race was deemed unsafe to be finished and ended under yellow in the order above. However, in tech, Elwood’s 28 was found illegal giving the win to Journeyman driver Mark Trexler who started his career in 1990. It marks Trexler’s 1st career win and every man from every crew congratulated the driver. Elwood was disappointed but had no bitter feelings towards Trexler who couldn’t stop smiling.

Six divisions will battle next week just like they did on Night Of A Thousands. The Top Gun Sprints return and they’re going wingless. Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will also battle. For more information you can go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway hotline at 352-622-9400!

Bicknell, McPherson and Knapp Winn First Features of 2012 in Merrittville Spring Sizzler

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Thorold, Ontario — Merrittville Speedway opened it’s 61st Season April 28th with Pete Bicknell, Cody McPherson & Kevin Knapp taking home wins in the three division Spring Sizzler in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman and Hoosier Stock Divisions respectively.

The last time Bicknell was at the controls of his Lucas Oil #42, it was in the John Spencer Memorial 50 lap event that closed the 61st Season where he soldiered to a third place finish but good enough for his 21st Career Title at the Thorold DIRTcar sanctioned facility and would have back surgery later than week.

Despite issues with the PA System after the start of 50 lap event for the 358 Modifieds that left co-announcers Clint Geoffrey and Dana Huffman literally speechless, the excellent opening night crowd saw that Bicknell will once again be one tough animal in 2012 in his quest for a 22nd Championship.

One driver looking to earn his first career title after finishing second to Bicknell the last two seasons is Mat Williamson and as the defending winner of the annual Spring Sizzler was out front early after lead swaps between front row starters Larry Lampman Jr. and Bicknell.

Williamson was in top spot by lap 8 with Bicknell challenging for the lead by lap 15. With the leaders quickly coming up on lap traffic, Chris Steele in third was overtaken by both Chad Brachmann and Scott Wood. With Williamson still out front to the halfway point at lap 25, Brachmann was able to get by Bicknell for the runner-up spot.

By lap 30 Brachmann and Bicknell began to close in on Williamson and on lap 35 the leader almost met with disaster coming up on slower cars. Luckily Williamson was able to weave his way through but unluckily – the top three were all now about a car length apart from each other.

The top three weren’t holding anything back with incidental contact between Bicknell and Brachmann finding the former champion having a left front tire going soft. Later Williamson would fall victim to a broken front shock on lap 45.

With Bicknell taking control of top spot on lap 45, Scott Wood was now in the runner up spot but couldn’t reel in the leader.

Bicknell and Wood were followed at the finish by Williamson and Brachmann who were both able to hold on to top 5 finishes with Lampman fifth.

Another driver looking to be one tough animal in 2012 is Cody McPherson – behind the wheel of the Advantage Trailer-owned Bobcat of Hamilton sponsored #7 Sportsman in 2012. Behind the wheel of a non-family owned race car for the first time since his Mike Granton-wrenched Hoosier Stock held off his brother-in-law and team mate Brandon Easey by a mere 3/100ths of a second after 40 laps of hard racing.

“It’s awesom to get Gord and Gord Sr. their first win,” exclaimed McPherson in Victory Lane, “I’m glad we were able to pull it off … at the end I didn’t think I could get by the lap cars but to win and beat Easey … it’s even better!”

Easey who is making a return to the division after a season in the 358 Modifieds was the initial leader facing a challenge from defending Champion Brad Rouse before a lap 7 caution slowed the field. By lap 15 Rouse was out in front with McPherson joining in in third. By halfway it was McPherson ahead of Easey with Rouse dropping to third.

McPherson ran away to about a ¼ lap lead but as the event neared lap 30, Easey was closing in. Through heavy lap traffic Easey continued to close and by lap 35 was right on the leader. With one lap to go, Rouse had even got back to have a shot but at the checkered flag … McPherson was able to hold off the two.

“I used to think racing was the best thing,” revealed the new father post race, “but now with my daughter Aliyah and Amber at home … thanks to them for letting me keep do this – our programs on top right now … hopefully we’ll keep it up front all season.”

McPherson Easey and Rouse were followed by Gary Lindberg and BJ Willard.

“Just out to beat the pink cars …that’s our goal,” admitted Kevin Knapp at the conclusion of the 30 lap Hoosier Stock Spring Sizzler, “They were so fast … for me it was all about patience and running the bottom.”

The start of the initial Feature Event of the season had two former drivers sharing the front row. Brad Sheehan and Billy Hogue both returning full time this season with Sheehan the first to lead.

After an early caution, Kevin Knapp was on the move and quickly was into second quickly reeling in Sheehan. By lap 10 he was challenging for top spot – taking control out of Turn 2. Caution on lap 12 slowed the pace after front runners defending Champion Ken Sargent and Hogue became hooked together.

Knapp was back out in front on the restart pulling away to a couple car lead with Jeff Dayman, Rob Murray and Chris Crawford as the top 5 before caution just past half way slowed the pace once more. Knapp edged ahead on the restart holding just a car length with 10 laps to go.

Knapp began to pull away with former Champion Rob Murray by Sheehan just before the 5 to go mark.

Caution on lap 26 eliminated almost a ¼ lap lead for Knapp on the field. On the restart with it was Murray challenging but Knapp ran to a 5 car length lead at the finish ahead of the ‘pink’ cars of Murray and Sheehan with former Champion Jeff Dayman in 4 and Sargent rebounding to finish 5th.

Hillman First Repeat Winner at Rice Lake Speedway

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Rice Lake WI, – While virtually every other race track in the region canceled for one reason or another Saturday, the Rice Lake Speedway hung tough and got in their second regular Saturday night of racing in the 2012 season. While a decent crowd of hardy fans on hand and a respectable number of racers in the its, Ben Hillman continued to show that he will be a force to be reckoned with all season as he won his second straight Super Stock feature win at Rice Lake while also winning his second feature of the weekend including a Friday night win at Red Cedar.

The other four winners on Saturday were all first time visitors to victory lane and they included Mike Anderson, Sam Fankhauser, Shane Halopka and Jason Havel.

On a fast, multiple groove race track, Aaron Wilson jumped into the early lead and stretched it to several car lengths while a furious battle for second found Willie Johnsen Jr, Scott Lawrence, Andy Grymala and Randy Spacek battling for position. Lawrence and Johnsen ran a number of laps side by side with a group of about four other cars snapping at their heels.

Hillman started seventh on the grid, but he wasted little time moving to the cushion and it was clear that he was going to be a factor. He caught the big pack racing for second and with a bold move edged past the group on the extreme high side down the back chute. Once in second he set off after Wilson while the battle behind him continued to rage.

Eric Olson and Andy Davey also caught the pack and the scramble continued while Hillman was able to catch Wilson and motored by him on the outside to take over the lead.

Andy Grymala and Nick Oreskovich got together exiting turn four with only seven laps remaining which bunched the field for a restart. Hillman again shot into the lead and opened up some distance while Olson suddenly became a factor as he nosed under Wilson to take over second. The inside row got shuffled on the restart with Lawrence and Jason Forehand most hurt by that circumstance.

Hillman continued to lead the rest of the way for the win although Olson was able to cut into the deficit significantly before the checkered flag waved. Wilson held on to third over a charging Spacek with Johnsen Jr getting a fine, top five finish.

Starting Anderson on the pole was like giving the fox the keys to the henhouse, and Mike took full advantage of the opportunity as he led all the way for the Modified win. While he was comfortably up front most of the contest, there was a pleasing battle for second that raged throughout the event.

Paul Brust moved into second quickly but he was then challenged by Tim McMann. Kevin Adams started seventh and he jumped to the high groove and caught McMann and a three car battle raged for the runner up slot. McMann pulled up beside Brust and they raced hard for second with Adams all over his father-in-law, looking for an opening. McMann did finally clear Brust for second and then Adams threw a slide job on McMann in turn one but the wily veteran waited for Adams to slide by, and then ducked back under him to retake second.

Brust refused to go away however, and after a lap eight yellow he started to make time on the low side, and while Adams continued to challenge McMann, Brust pulled up beside both of them.

Anderson continued to motor on unabated for the win but in the final few laps Brust was able to drive under both Adams and McMann and secure the second spot while Curt Myers drove up from tenth to complete the top five.

Bad luck on opening night played into Shane Halopka’s favor Saturday, as with the point average lineup, Halopka found himself on the pole for the Midwest Modified feature event. He took full advantage of the opportunity, leading from green to checkered to take his first win of the year. Tyler Luger, Jake Stai and Travis Anderson battled for the second spot for several laps before Anderson was able to secure the position. Meanwhile, Tito Viltz was on a charge from the fourth row as he raced up to third and then was able to get past Anderson for the runner up position.

However, ever though a couple of yellow flags bunched the field, there was no stopping Halopka Saturday as he reestablished superiority over the field and drove on to the win. Tito settled for second ahead of Anderson while Grant Southworth did a good job running the high side up from the fifth row to finish fourth. Ryan Viltz got the hard charger award as after heat race problems, he started twenty third on the grid and drove all the way up into the top five.

Sam Fankhauser started on the pole for what turned out to be a nonstop Street Stock main event and he fought off race long challenges from Doug Wojcik to take his first win of the year. Early on , Fankhauser had to deal with Cody Kummer and once Kummer started to fade, Wojcik was right there to challenge for the lead. Jimmy Randall was also on the move and the top three were running in close formation. Lap after lap Wojcik would look to he inside of Fankhauser but Sammy had just enough speed down the chutes to fight off his challenges. Late in the race Randall moved to the high side and he started to gain momentum on the top two but ran out of time as the top three finishers lashed under the finish line nose to tail. Eric Olson picked up the pace in the late going and raced into fourth with Josh Amans completing the top five.

The Pure Stock feature started on an ominous note when rookie driver Trenten Holub piled head on into the first turn wall on the opening lap. Fortunately, he was uninjured and the race then ran nonstop to the checkered flag.

Mike Schnider and Jason Havel argued for the lead early, with Havel able to edge into the top spot. Schnider was nailed to his rear bumper and Joel Hinrichs raced up from the fourth row to take third. The top three ran in close formation with Schnider looking under Havel every lap for an opening. However, Jason was not going to give away the lead and despite constant pressure, he never bobbled and drove on for the win. Chad Eastman came all the way up from the fifth row to secure fourth at the line ahead of Nick Traynor.

The Best Appearing Car in each division, as judged on opening night, was presented before the racing began. Named were Traynor-Pure Stock; Amans-Street Stock; Joe Chaplin Jr-Midwest Modified; Hillman-Super Stock and Rich Lofthus-Modified.

Racing action will continue next Saturday night with all five divisions again in action with the first green flag to fly at 6:30 p.m.