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Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Waterford, CT- Waterford Speedbowl hosted the final Saturday night racing program of the season before its big Finale Weekend of racing, putting seven race divisions in action on a seasonable late September evening. While seven drivers captured wins on the night, four more champions were unofficially crowned in the season long war. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, Keith Rocco of Meriden unofficially captured his third track championship in the headline SK Modified® division following his ninth win of the year. Rocco also won his fourth straight Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division feature to inch him closer to a 53-year old record. Uncasville’s Phil Evans outdueled the competition for an entertaining victory in the night’s Street Stock race while Salem’s Corey Hutchings clinched the division championship. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon claimed his fifth Mini Stock championship in convincing fashion with his third straight victory. In INEX racing, Dylan Izzo of Monroe won both the race and the division’s Saturday night series championship. Brad Voglesong of Middletown won the X-Car race and Dave Yardley of Berlin won the Super X-Car feature.

The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature had a hard time getting started smoothly with multiple caution flags plaguing the opening six laps. Two attempts to begin the race went awry before the field could get to turn one, the second involving multiple cars and knocking Ted Christopher and Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. out of the race. Diego Monahan took the lead from pole-sitter Tyler Chadwick when racing finally got underway. Rocco started in fourth position and quickly was in contention, moving up to second behind Monahan by lap-2 when Rob Janovic Jr. spun in turn one to trigger another yellow flag after the field scattered around his spinning car.

Rocco powered into the lead over Monahan after two false starts by the front row trying to restart the race on lap-2. After a Jeff Gallup spin on lap-6, another great restart over Monahan enabled Rocco to drive away from the field. Kyle James moved to second place on lap-11 around Mohanan and when Tom Abele Jr. tried to follow, Monahan shut the door and the two came together. Monahan collected his car and held the spot but lost ground to James, who began a pursuit of Rocco’s lead which already had grown to several car lengths.

Behind Rocco and James, the best battle was for third as four cars ran together. Abele continued to pester Monahan while Craig Lutz had caught the pair looking to improve his position as the race approached halfway. Abele went to the outside lane in his quest to get by Monahan, working hard as Monahan tried to hold him off. Finally on lap-21 Abele had the spot after several laps trying. Lutz struck quickly on Monahan to pick up fourth position, dropping Monahan to fifth a lap later. James couldn’t reel in Rocco, but the lead evaporated when Jim Larsen Jr. spun in turn four just ahead of Rocco, returning the race to caution with seven laps remaining.

A good restart allowed Rocco to easily resume his lead over James, who settled back into second over Abele. Rocco quickly extinguished any hopes James may have had to spoil his championship-clinching run, pulling away. Rocco went on to score the win unchallenged with James second and Abele third. Lutz finished fourth and Janovic rebounded from his spin to take fifth.

Rocco’s title in the SK Modifieds® gives him three for his career, joining back-to-back championship seasons in 2010 and 2011. Coupled with the Late Model championship he clinched last Saturday, Rocco becomes the only driver in Speedbowl history to win both crowns in the same season.

Rocco checkered his fourth consecutive 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race with another stellar performance. He picked off the competition one at a time during a steady climb through the top-five cars after starting the race eighth. Rocco was among the top-five in the race by lap-4 and challenging for second position just before halfway in a caution-free event. He got past Jeff Smith and quickly tracked down the race leader, Jason Palmer. He put a nifty crossover move on Palmer to get to his inside out of turn two on lap-17 and although Palmer did an admirable job trying to take away Rocco’s momentum for a lap, Rocco proved too much and wrestled away the lead on lap-18. From there he remained a safe two car lengths ahead to capture his 11th victory of the year in the division. Palmer was second and Smith finished in third. Rocco already clinched the division title over Palmer following last Saturday’s event.

Rocco’s two wins on the night brought him within one victory of the single-season record of 23 wins at the track, accomplished by Don Collins in 1960. Rocco has four chances to eclipse the mark at the track’s Finale Weekend, next Saturday and Sunday, when he’s scheduled to compete in four different divisions.

The 25-lap Street Stock race was a fight down to the final lap. Joe Arena looked impressive racing to an early lead, however five caution flags slowed the pace to keep the competition hot on his tail. Following the final yellow flag on lap-18, Evans gave Arena a stiff challenge to his outside. Evans timed the restart well to stay even with Arena through turns one and two and lead lap-19 by inches. Arena refused to back down, rallying as the two remained side-by-side in a classic battle, swapping the lead over the next three laps. Evans took the white flag in the lead and Arena gave a final charge to the inside, coming up a half-car length short at the finish. Hutchings ran a great race to finish in third and clinch the division championship, his first in the division since 1998. Hutchings closest contenders, Josh Galvin and Al Stone, each encountered trouble and were involved in a skirmish, aiding Hutchings title run. He also won Late Model division titles in 2003 and 2004.

Cassidy continued to roll in Mini Stock competition, claiming a third straight victory to lift his season win total to eight. This one vaulted him to a fifth division championship, putting him in elite company in track record books. After a yellow flag on the opening lap for a single car incident, the field ran through the checkered flag in the 25-lapper. Cassidy marched through the field to sneak underneath leader Bill Leonard on lap-16. Teenager Garrett Denton chased him the rest of the way but could not make a bid for the win, finishing in the runner-up position. Leonard finished third. Cassidy’s title places him along with legendary Speedbowl names Dennis Gada, Phil Rondeau, Don Collins and George “Moose” Hewitt as the only drivers with five championships or more in a single division.

Izzo came out on top of his second consecutive 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature race, clinching his title for the division’s Saturday series. He took the lead on lap-17 after his first move to take command from Paul Kusheba was negated by the third caution flag of the race. Izzo had to restart the race outside of Kusheba, then surged ahead on the top of the track into the lead. Once there, Izzo kept Kusheba behind him over two late race restarts before taking his win. Veteran racer George Whitney wound up finishing second after a hard fought run through the field while Kusheba, last year’s division champion, settled for third.

Voglesong continued to put the finishing touches on a memorable final season competing in the X-Car division. After sewing up his third Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday title earlier this month and announcing his retirement from competing at the end of the year, his winning ways followed to the division’s Saturday Night Showdown Series. Voglesong took the lead from Dave Gargaro Jr. just after halfway and was able to score the 20-lap win. In the Super X-Cars, Yardley was quick as he made his way to the front and was able to overtake the rest of the field to cap a memorable end to the season. Yardley also won three of the final four Wednesday night events.

The Speedbowl’s popular Finale Weekend puts 13-divisions on the track next weekend. The three-day event kicks off with practice and hauler drop off Friday October 5, qualifying and seven feature events on Saturday October 6, with six features on Sunday October 7. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites are joined by the New England Truck Seres, all five of the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions plus the Saturday Showdown Series for Legend Cars, Bandoleros, X-Cars and Super X-Cars. An Outlaw Stock race welcomes outside competitors providing a chance to race the historic shoreline oval with cars from other speedways. More information on the event is available at Speedbowl.com

Say It!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a fantastic show to wrap up September at Bubba Raceway Park.

Sean Monoghan opened up the night with the Hobby Stock feature lead, but a determined Devin Walker stole it away on a lap four miscue by Monoghan. As Mike Stalnaker and Monoghan made it three wide with Walker for the lead, Wally Schneider spun in turn four and brought out the yellow on lap seven. Stalnaker would slow on lap eight and contact with Walker forced both into the pits and left Hunter Gustafson- who started from the tail- with the lead over Monoghan and Joey Forsyth. Monoghan would slow on lap ten as Walker found himself fifth at the time. Gustafson would hold on for the win over Forsyth (a career best), a rebounding Devin Walker, Heath Walker, and Jon Layerd.

The Limited Late Models saw Dale Pope jump to the early lead over Tyler Clem, Richard Ferry, and Nevin Gainey as the rest of the pack watched their cars get smaller and smaller. Just past halfway, Ferry retired, Gainey slowed, and Pope made contact with Chuck Jackson who was at the tail of the lead lap. Removing Gainey (the caution causer) and Ferry, the order with seven to go was Pope, Clem, and Bill Adkins. Gainey rejoined at the tail of the lead lap. The downforce issue would cost Pope as Clem took to the lowside and pulled away after the restart. Clem would cut a tire with two to go and a resilient effort would fall short. nevin Gainey would win over Dale Pope, Bill Adkins, Tyler Clem, and Kevin Mills.

The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds took off with Dalton Lanich rocketing to the lead. Garret Stewart would bring out the first caution on lap four when his #67 slowed in turn two. Rich Pratt jumped from row two to steal Lanich’s lead and Ronnie Chance tried the same on Lanich for second. Ronnie Chance rolled the dice and stole the lead on lap nine, just for Pratt to have it by a nose on lap ten. Chance made that short lived and had the point back on lap eleven. Hunter Gustafson, the birthday boy in his Modified feature debut, would bunch the field back up with seven laps left; Chance, Pratt, Lanich, Roger Crouse, and Jeff Mathews would restart as the top five. Pratt and Lanich began to duel and let Chance pull away. Chance held on for his first win at Bubba Raceway Park with Lanich, Pratt, Crouse, and Hunter Gustafson the top five.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks opened up with Randy Strehle barrel-rolling and eventually landing on the wall. Strehle climbed out under his own power and sat in the stands to cheer on his team-mate Daniel Keene. A couple of spins kept the field tight before Keene and Jonathan Appleby spun from the top three. Melvin Fockler would lead until the halfway mark when Brandon Elwood took over the lead and held it to the checkered flag. Fockler would slip to fourth as Jimbo Warden took home secondand Jason Gamble finished third and won the Dirts 4 Racing Hard Charger Award. Buddy Pope completed the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators had no medium as four of the seven drivers in the feature had feature wins and two others were making their first ever start at Bubba Raceway Park. Charlie Clay, one of the rookies, led the opening few laps before Stephen Frankland got by him. Clay would eventually get back to the point and lead lap ten, but Frankie would grab the lead and never look back, even through the caution for Emily Conley that nearly collected him. Frankland picked up his tenth win of the year (a new division track record) with Clay, Brandon Haseleu, Jerry taylor, and “Super” Dave Ladrie the top five.

Next week the Limited Sprints are back in action as well as the Limited Late Models. Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and TQ Late Models will join them. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Macon Speedway’s 68th Season Comes to Close

Monday, September 30th, 2013

(Macon, IL) The quest that began in April came to a completion on the final Saturday of September at Macon Speedway as five drivers realized their summer dream of being a UMP Track Champion. Three of the divisions had their points wrapped up while two racing classes still had work to do.

Dave Crawley, Jr. was able to win the Sportsman division for the second time in his racing career and did so in grand fashion with a blow-away victory. Crawley, the 2010 Sportsman division king, won many races through the season but didn’t have much of a lead over second place driver Nick Macklin coming into the night’s action. Macklin, runner up in the division standings a season ago, came into the evening 44 points shy of Crawley and did not have a great night finishing fifth while Crawley took the checkered flag.

The Billingsley Towing Modified class was essentially finished off with Guy Taylor’s 60-point advantage over Danny Smith. All Taylor needed to do was show up to claim his second consecutive crown at Macon Speedway. He did more than that as he led all 20 laps en route to a feature win. Smith finished second to Taylor in the points for the second straight season, as well. New comer Milo Velez took the second place spot in the feature along with Ethan Schnapp in third.

Gene Reed wrapped up his first Street Stock championship a few weeks back but came out with hopes of finishing the season strong, which he managed to do. Reed was runner up in the feature event as he followed 2011 Street Stock champion Bobby Beiler across the finish line. Beiler took second in the points standings. Kyle Waters, who placed seventh in the seasonal points in 2012, finished third in 2013 with a fourth place finish, coming behind Tom Reich.

Macon Speedway’s Outlaw Hornet champion is also the 2013 UMP National Hornet Champion in Adam Webb. Finishing second on the National scene is also the second place finisher in the 2013 points, Jeremy Reed, but on this night, Reed bested Webb with an eight-lap feature win.

In the Stock Hornet division, Mike McChristy had a 24-point edge coming into the show and left with the title of Stock Hornet Champion of Macon Speedway. Thad Gee had a good season but fell short of the title. McChristy finished second in the feature race to Tharen Reno, who claimed his first feature win of his career at history Macon Speedway.

Macon Speedway welcomed the Illinois Lighting Sprint Series to the track for its first-ever appearance at the dirt track. Korey Weyant blew past the competition to a heat win and a 20-lap feature win.

The 80-car field kept the show moving with minimal cautions and the action concluded before 9pm with a beautiful evening for racing. The season was a tricky one as Mother Nature washed out the early part of the schedule, along just one race in April (Opening Night) and two races in May and June before giving way to steady dry conditions and steady weekly racing at the Premiere Motorsports Facility in Central Illinois.

Macon Speedway would like to thank their sponsors for backing them during their 68th season of stock car racing as well as the weekly drivers and their crews for coming and putting on great show after great show. The gates will open for its 69th consecutive season in the spring of 2014.

Final Eve of Destruction for 2013 at Elko Speedway

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Elko, MN – The final night of racing in 2013 started with rain showers but that did not dampen the spirits of the huge crowd to witness the Racing and Wrecking at Elko Speedway. Jeff Belzer’s Chevy, Dodge and Kia sponsored a wild and crazy Eve of Destruction RAW event to end the 2013 season.

Three Champions were crowned in racing with 16 year old Michael Ostdiek of Lakeville (MN) winning his 9th feature event of the season and his first Championship in the Great North Legends division. “This is the best year I’ve ever had in racing, “said Ostdiek “I’ve been racing since I was five, and nothing beats this.” Ostdiek edged Derek Lemke by just .032 seconds in the 22 car feature event and he also beat out Lemke by 51 points in the final standings. Ostdiek said they plan on keeping the Legends car but have some thoughts of moving up to the BIG 8 division in 2014.

Jack Purcell from Bloomington (MN) took home the hardware again in the Mini Stock division, its his third straight championship at Elko Speedway. “This one was a lot more close cut,” said Purcell “the points battle was a lot closer towards the end, so I had to work harder and stay clean.” Purcell finished just ahead of Ridge Oien and Dan Knish in the 26 car Mini Stock feature race. Purcell won the championship by 32 points over John Vandenheuvel in the season ending standings. Purcell is ready to move up a division for 2014, “we bought a Thunder Car, so we will rebuild it over the winter and have some fun next year” said Purcell.

Tyler Kingery from Prior Lake (MN) won both the heat and feature races in the Bandoleros division on Saturday night but Jared Duda from St Michael (MN) was the overall points champion. Duda won by 34 points over Cole Klein for the 2013 crowd.

Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet car melted two cars and Jim Burns in the Mechanical Mischief Monster Truck put on a great show for the crowd.

The Figure 8 bus race was a big hit as always and the Figure 8 Trailer race was one to remember with boats, snowmobiles and debris scattered all over the 3/8th mile track at Elko Speedway.

The Flag pole race was won by T J Christensen from Bloomington (MN).

Mike Tuma won the burnout contest in a 1964 Econoline Van and the spectator drags were a crowd favorite with over 30 cars entered. Terry Gilomen was the winner in the stock division driving a Oldsmobile 98 to the win.

Dangerous Dan McCarthy drove a school bus into another school bus that was standing on end, he landed that bus exactly on top of the bus he was driving. It was one of those moments that had to be seen to be believed and a perfect way to end the incredible 2013 season at Elko Speedway.

The next event will be the season ending awards banquet at Champions bar at Elko Speedway on Saturday October 12th with music by Hitchville after the program which begins at 6pm.

Race fans are invited to follow along on social media during the off season. Search Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or go to www.elkospeedway.com, call for more information at (952) 461-7223.

From Tom Ryan and all the staff at Elko Speedway, THANK YOU race fans for making 2013 a season to remember. We will see you at the track in 2014.

Lanigan Wins Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

KNOXVILLE, IA – Darrell Lanigan used a late-race restart to his advantage, passing Josh Richards on lap 95 and leading the remainder of the race to win the 10th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway. Lanigan earned $40,000 for his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Josh Richards won the preliminary feature events on Thursday and Friday and was looking to become the second driver in the history of the event to sweep all three nights along with Billy Moyer in 2010. Richards would have to settle for a runner-up finish tonight in the 100-lap feature event followed by Tim McCreadie, defending race winner, Steve Francis, and Billy Moyer rounded out the top five finishers.

Richards led the first six laps of the race until Dale McDowell took over the point for one circuit. Richards fought back and regained the top spot on lap eight. Richards held the lead until Lanigan took over on lap 20. After the top five drivers battled fiercely for most of the race up front, the final caution came out for Jason Feger who was running third on lap 93 but was collected in a violent crash that included Don O”Neal, Dale McDowell and Scott Bloomquist. This set up a six-lap shootout to the finish as both Richards and Lanigan would lead the field back to green. On the restart, Lanigan dove to the bottom as he and Richards raced side-by-side down the backstretch.

Lanigan passed Richards before the cars entered turn three on lap 95, allowing him to carry his momentum to the victory. “I wanted to win this race so bad,” said the 43-year old Kentucky native. “Our car was good all weekend here. We didn’t make the trip last year, but to come back and win this race for the first time, is phenomenal. Knoxville is right up there among the elite tracks in dirt track racing and they do a tremendous job with the racing surface’, stated an ecstatic Lanigan in victory lane.

Lanigan went onto compliment the facility and his team on his crown jewel victory. “This race continues to grow every year and really is a great event with a great purse. We are just honored to be able to come here, and to beat these guys says a lot about our race team, our Club 29 Rocket, Cornett Racing Engines, and all of the people that help us out. Thanks to all the fans for coming out this weekend,” said Lanigan.

Richards now has 3-second place finishes in this event was disappointed with his second place finish as he thought he had a car capable of winning. “We started off real good, the car worked well, then we slowed the pace a little bit, and that’s when Darrell caught me and got by me the first time. That red flag with six laps to go really hurt us, I am kicking myself a little bit. When he got by me on that restart, I knew I was in some trouble, because I couldn’t turn the car in the corners”

McCreadie had a good performance on Friday Night and backed it up with a solid third-place in the 100-lap finale. “We haven’t run that well for about a month. To come here and get third is almost like a win for us. I know we have won this race before, but hopefully it’s a big step forward to close out the year. This is such a good-paying race, everyone needs to support these kinds of events’, stated McCreadie.

Completing the top ten were John Blankenship, Brady Smith, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, and Chad Simpson. In preliminary action Steve Lance won the D-Main. Brian Birkhofer won the C-Main. Morgan Bagley won the B-Main.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to action next weekend October 5th and 6th, with a pair of events in the “Peach State”. On Friday, Oct. 5th, the series will head to Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA for the Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout. Then, on Sunday, Oct. 6th, the series will make an appearance at Rome International Speedway in Rome, GA for the Rome Showdown. Both events will feature RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main events.

For more information, log on to www.dixiespeedway.com and www.raceromespeedway.com.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.