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Archive for May, 2013

Teenager wins first-ever Northern Modified Challenge Series event

Friday, May 31st, 2013

BARRE, VT – Jessey Mueller made stock car racing history on Memorial Day at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, winning the first-ever event for the new Northern Modified Challenge Series. The Olmstedville, NY racer, 18, used patience and a well-handling car to avoid early wrecks and cruise to the victory in the 51st annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at the Barre, VT track.

A grinding crash in the first corner of the 50-lap race knocked polesitter Joey Roberts and eighth-place starter Jeff Haskins out with badly damaged cars; neither driver was injured. Alex Bell of Cambridge, NY assumed the lead on the restart, but was involved in a crash on lap 7 that sent him to pit road with a broken tie rod.

Veteran driver Leon Gonyo of Chazy, NY took command of the race at the restart and led the next five circuits. Driving with a cast on his right wrist as he continues to recover from an injury sustained in the off-season, Mueller worked his way underneath Gonyo to the take the lead on the backstretch at lap 13 and never surrendered it. The balance of the race was a well-driven affair with competitive passing and three-wide racing action.

Gonyo held on to take the runner-up spot despite contact on lap 34 that send challenger Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT spinning and the final restart with five laps remaining that set up late charges by Kenny Tremont, Jr., Hunter Bates, and a recovering Bell. Tremont, of West Sand Lake, NY, finished a tight third behind Gonyo. Bell withstood repeated passing attempts by Bates to rebound for fourth place.

Middlebury, VT driver Bates, 17, who also competed in the 100-lap Vermont State Late Model Championship Series race, finished fifth. Joe Williams was sixth, followed by former Thunder Road champion Bobby Therrien, Vince Quenneville, Jr., Cody Sargen, and Adam Bartemy.

Twenty-one cars competed in the first-ever Northern Modified Challenge Series event. Qualifying heats were won by Quenneville, Tremont, and Williams. The starting lineup was determined by random draw by a race fan, who drew the #12 pill to invert the top 12 qualifiers from the heat races. Five caution flags and one red flag on the opening lap slowed the race.

The five-race Northern Modified Challenge Series, sanctioned by Devil’s Bowl Speedway, returns to action at its home track in West Haven, VT on Friday, August 2 for the second annual C.J. Richards Memorial 67 presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete. Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH hosts the Challenge the following night, Saturday, August 3. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit

Memorial Day at Deerfield Raceway

Friday, May 31st, 2013

In the Demyan Towing Micro Sprint division at Deerfield Raceway on the Saturday night portion of the 2013 Memorial Day weekend Tim Eakin took the feature win from 14 other division competitors.  Eakin started outside pole, starting beside Todd Reusser, always a strong threat at Deerfield.  The 2 were locked into those 2 spots for the entire 15 laps.  On lap one 3rd place starter Chris Kennedy was 3rd, 4th place starter Ryan Fredericks had dropped to 5th then Greg Lazzara filled that 4th spot after starting 6th getting by 5th place starter CJ Davis Jr. and Fredericks.  Lazzara  passed Kennedy on lap 2 to secure that 3rd spot to the checkered. Kennedy ended the race 4th followed by Ryan Fredericks.  Heats – DJ Furney, Kennedy

Tim Schmitt Jr. took home the win again in the Hard Core EMod division feature race, taking the lead on lap 4. 5th place starter Blaine Heater ended the race 2nd.  followed by Josh Mueller. Dan Rummes, who started in the 3rd spot fell all the way back to 6th but ended 4th.  Nicole Hrdlicka (polesitter) completed the top 5.  Hrdlicka led the first 2 laps of the feature event.  Heats – Schmitt, Heater

In the new youth division at Deerfield, the Jr. Sportsman division put on a show with just a 3 car field.  3 boys ages 10-13 diced it out for 10 laps, at times going lap times as fact as the adult Sportsman Classic division.  Brian Toto led lap 1-5, Carson Miller lap 6, then Toto again for 7-10.   Austin Teeters continued to make progress getting in laps for his first time out.  Heat – Miller

In the Mel’s Towing Compact division, 2012 Hoosier Tire Compact Point Champ Nick Groves passed early race leader Jeremy Ross on lap 5 to lead the remaining 12 laps for the win.Ross ended the race 2nd.  Groves came from 5th and Ross came from the 7th spot to 1st on lap 3.  Dan Marshall climbed 3 to claim 3rd, while last week’s feature winner Dale Stoner started 9th climbing to 4th.  Tim Cecil rounded out the top 5.  Only one caution flew in this 15 lap 16 car line up.  Heats – Ross, Marshall, Groves

In the new Deerfield 600 Micro division young Clay Riney looked like a pro taking the win.  Riney took the lead from Scott Scholl on lap 10. Heat – Riney

In the Smith’s Body Shop Mod Lite division Shayne Meadows put another slash in the win column Saturday Night at Deerfield Raceway besting 13 of his peers in this highly competitive division.  Meadows started the race 6th, climbed to 4th on lap 1 2nd by lap 4, then captured the top spot from early race leader 2012 Hoosier Tire Point Champ Doug Stanley (Coen) on lap 7.  Stanley ended the race runner up followed by 4th place starter Kenny Meadows (Teague).  Last week’s feature winner Dave Innes and newcomer to the Mod Lite division Ken Platt (Yount) completed the top 5.  Heats – Kevin Nicolino, Innes, K. Meadows

In the Summit Racing Sportsman Classic division Paul Miller Jr. won in the Deerfield Raceway rental car.Spectators may race  by contacting a staff member one week prior for all the details.  Miller started on the pole and was passed by Jason Myers on lap 1.  But on lap 6 leader Myers brought out a caution and was sent to the tail.  Then on lap 14 new leader Loy broke on the backstretch collecting Platt who was then running in 2nd.  Miller Jr.  inherited the lead on lap 15 for the win.  9th place starter Bob Boano climbed the ladder and kept his nose clean to finish 2nd.  Followed by 8th place starter Terry Ohl. Bill Van Fossen and Larry Went completed the top 5 in this 18 car field.  Heats – Loy, Myers, Platt

Seventh place starter Angie Grzelak was in 1st by lap 4 to take the feature win in the Summit Racing Charger division at Deerfield Raceway.  Tiffany Williams claimed the 2nd spot.  The ladies duet led the 11 car field to the checkered flag claiming the top 2 slots.  Larry Rhoads ended the race 3rd for a great finish followed by Deerfield Vets Art Williams and Steven Mix.  Three cautions flew on laps 3, 6 and 7.  Three cautions flew on laps 1-3.  Grzelak 4-15.  Tiffany Williams led laps 1-3, Grzelak 4-15.  Heats – A. Grzelak, Jeff Eboch

In the Hoosier Tire Jr. Sprint division feature winner Danielle Tuttle led laps 7-10 and 13-15 for the win.  Runner up Jacob Eakin led laps 1-3 and lap 12. 5th place starter Ty Miller ended the race 3rd, 6th place starter Jake Toto 4th and 7th place starter Ryan Boano 5th. Tyler Purnell led laps 4-7.  Heats – Boano, Miller

Hamilton County Speedway hosts June 4 Deery, Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader

Friday, May 31st, 2013

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa- Two IMCA series make much anticipated returns to Hamilton County Speedway for a Tuesday, June 4 doubleheader.

The Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models is in town for a $3,000 to win, mini­mum $300 to start event. The Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students, with kids five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $30. While the Late Model series has made 26 previous visits dating back to 1987, the tour hasn’t been to Webster City since 2006. Most recently, the Deery date there in April of 2012 was rained out and could not be rescheduled.

Seven-time and defending series champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls earned half a dozen of his Deery career-best 58 checkers at Hamilton County. Current point leader Brian Harris of Daven­port was the winner there in 2005.

A single Hawkeye Dirt Tour event has been held in Webster City, with Jeremy Mills of Garner get­ting the win last June 5.

Tuesday’s Modified feature is also a qualifying event for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win at Webster City. Both divisions will use the draw/redraw format.

Another special series twinbill is next on the schedule when Deery and Hawkeye Dirt Tour drivers head to Cedar County Raceway at Tipton for a Tuesday, June 11 show.

Kyle Beard and Ashley Newman Claim Weekend Wins for Upton Motorsports

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Mercer, Tennessee – The Memorial Day weekend was an extremely busy time for Upton Motorsports drivers, Kyle Beard & Ashley Newman, as they entered an array of events across the southeast and came away with a pair of wins to show for their efforts.

Kyle Beard and Upton Motorsports competed in the opening round of the 21st Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) on Thursday evening with their #86 Greg’s Sawmill/Pierce/Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

An extremely talented field of seventy-three Super Late Models registered for battle in the $5,000-to-win program, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA tour. Pill draw determined the heat race line up, and Kyle started second and led early in his heat before settling for a second place finish, which locked him into the fifteenth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. Early in the feature he battled around mid-pack before the handle began to go away on his entry, and he faded to a twenty-fifth place finish. Full results from Thursday’s program are available at .

On Friday evening the qualifying events for the $30,000-to-win, 21st Annual Show Me 100 were held at Lucas Oil Speedway, and seventy-two entries registered for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) program. Time trials found Beard struggling on a rough track, and as a result he started twelfth in his heat race grid. He advanced to an eighth place finish in his heat, which left him well short of advancing to the feature.

On Saturday night Beard started deep in a b-main, and while he failed to reach a transfer spot to the feature with a fifth place finish he did earn the seventh starting spot in the $2,000-to-win, Midwest Sheet Metal Non-Qualifier’s Race. Early in the 20 lap affair Beard raced to as high as the third position before settling into a fifth place finish behind race winner, Mike Marlar, Travis Dickes, Randy Weaver, and Tanner English. Full results from the event are available at .

Ashley Newman entered a NeSmith Weekly Crate Late Model program at Clayhill Motorsports (Atwood, Tennessee) on Saturday evening in an event that drew sixteen entries. Mechanical issues in the feature found Newman only being able to manage a thirteenth place finish in the feature. Full results are available at .

Sunday night found Upton Motorsports drivers Ashley Newman and Kyle Beard making the trip to Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi), where Kyle powered to the Super Late Model win over Bo Gordon, Bubba Harrison, Duke Palasini, and Phil Sluder. The win was his second of the year!

Ashley Newman was also victorious on Sunday night at Greenville Speedway as he powered his #73 Upton Motorsports Pierce Crate Late Model to the win in the NeSmith Weekly Crate Late Model event. He started fourth before charging to the lead and the win over Mike Palasini Jr., Greg Fore, Bobby Jordan, and Kody Mea. The triumph marked his first victory of 2013!

Newman closed his weekend on Sunday evening with a NeSmith Weekly Crate Late Model event at Clayhill Motorsports (Atwood, Tennessee), where he recorded a second place finish to race winner, Jeff Glisson. Full results are available at .

This Saturday, June 1st Beard and Newman will resume action with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series Super Late Model Series (CCSDS) Super Late Models at Diamond Park Speedway (Nashville, Arkansas). Beard is currently third in the standings just four points out of the lead, and Newman is tied for fourth in the overall standings and leads the Kuntz & Co. Rookie of the Year standings.

Upton Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors including Greg’s Sawmill, 45 Race Shop, Best One Tire & Service, Gary Beard Trucking, Indian Ridge Lumber Co., Bob Pierce Race Cars, Schoenfeld Headers, Real Racing Wheels, Ace Sign Company, Team 5 Enterprise, JFR Graphics, ASC , and Marketing Services.

For more information on Upton Motorsports, please visit .

Ben Shelton, Owner

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back on track for another round of Wild ‘n Wacky racing Wednesday evening, placing five event winners in Victory Lane. Scoring wins included Joey Ternullo of Middletown in the Legend Cars while it was a first career trip to the winner’s circle for Corey Comeroski of Lebanon in the Bandolero division. Mike Trask of Plainfield won his second X-Car race of the year and Kevin Moon of Exeter, RI came out on top in a close Super X-Car race. Christopher Lee of Uncasville won the night’s Wacky Musical Car Race.

Ternullo was the winner of a wild 20-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. He overcame adversity to take the victory, surviving spinning out during a lap-6 accident that knocked him to the pit area for repair to his rear suspension. Ternullo made it back out before the ensuing restart, dodged two more caution flags and darted past the competition to line up second
for the final restart of the race on lap-16. He powered to the lead outside leader T.J. Thompson on lap-17 and held back a charging Angelo Belsito over the final lap. Belsito finished second while Thompson recorded a best-ever finish of third. It was Ternullo’s second win of the season.

Only one caution period slowed a large 30-car field in the 20-lap X-Car race. Scott Limkemann marched into the lead after the caution flag on lap-2 and built up a several car length lead. He was chased by John Bowes as Trask sliced through the field over the extended green flag run, which carried the race through the checkered flag. Trask worked his way to third, then picked off Bowes for second position by the time they hit halfway on lap-10. Trask tracked down Limkemann’s lead to close on his rear bumper, finally pulling inside and ultimately ahead on lap-15. He cruised to the win over Bowes from there.

The 20-lap Super X-Car race came down to a restart with three laps remaining. Bill Reiman worked his way to the lead by the time the final caution flag came out on lap-17, however Moon was glued to his outside as they raced closely over the final circuits. At the white flag, Reiman still had the lead by a nose, however Moon edged ahead down the back chute through turns three and four to win in a close finish. Reiman settled for second.

The 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature was dominated by Comeroski. He won his first-ever feature at the track in convincing fashion, moving ahead of the field at the green flag in the caution-free race. Christian Eckes and Anthony Marvin teamed up in second and third position to draft up to Comeroski’s rear bumper. Comeroski held on over the final laps as Marvin challenged Eckes for second, finally prevailing on the final lap to claim the spot as Comeroski took the checkered flag ahead.

The Wacky Musical Car Race for the X-Cars saw Lee come out on top of an entertaining event. He bested Melissa Clavette of Bozrah in the final round.