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Its Adams and Ebert at the Valley

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Jim Falls, Wisconsin (May 20, 2018) The Eagle Valley Speedway presented the Advantage RV Modified Tour Attack Shocks 40 and the Iverson Trucking 40. There were two 40 lap features with the Modifieds paying $1500 to win and the Midwest Modifieds paying $2000 for first. Also in action were the WISSOTA Pure Stocks and the EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Dan Ebert, Kevin Adams, George Richards, and Jason Helgeson.

The WISSOTA Modifieds ran a 40 lap feature which was decided very late by drivers who started deep in the field and worked their way forward. Four heats were won by Grant Southworth, Kevin Adams, Mark Hanson, and Cory Mahder. It was Mark Hanson setting the early pace at feature time as Shane Sabranski drove into second. Unfortunately, four laps in saw a red flag condition due to a ferocious crash just under the flag stand which saw significant damage to several with three cars unable to continue. Thankfully, the drivers were all okay physically. Todd Gehl, Michael Truscott, and Cory Mahder had their races ended abruptly.

Back under green, Hanson continued to set a torrid pace as Adams moved into the third position. A lap 10 breakdown on the front stretch drew the caution flag and both Grant Southworth and Donnie Lofdahl went to the work area for tire changes and returned to the rear of the field. The restart saw Adams take command of the race as he bolted from the second row into the lead.

Adams began firstly to move away from the field, but Hanson regained his groove and slowly began to close the distance which eventually stabilized. Dave Cain had moved methodically through the field from 12th position and found himself in 3rd. A turn two spin involving Paul Niznik and Adam Hensel slowed the pace and changed the complexion of the race. The restart saw Cain move into second and begin to hound Adams. Adams pounded the cushion up top as Cain attacked the low side of the track and slowly inched nearer in an attempt to get beside the leader. Meanwhile, seemingly while no one was looking, Dan Ebert snuck into third after beginning 15th on field.

With five laps remaining, the complexion changed even further when Jake Hartung spun and drew the caution flag. The restart saw Adams lead them to green but it was Ebert moving through turns one and two through the middle and pulling even for the point. Although Adams fought hard to maintain, Ebert was too quick as he slipped into the lead, almost as if out of nowhere, and eased out to a few car length lead. As Ebert ran to the checkered flag, Cain again assaulted the race track down low and was able to overtake Adams very late for second.

It was Jeremy Nelson finishing fourth as Hanson nipped Mike Anderson for firth. Andy Jones beat a recovering Southworth, as Mike Stearns drove from 23rd to ninth over ten finishing Shane Sabraski.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds raced for a $200 to start and $2000 to win 40 lap main event thanks to Iverson Trucking sponsorship. The four heats were won by Jake Smith, Antonio Pintaro, Kevin Adams, and Shane Halopka as Adams was dominant from the seventh starting position at feature time.

It was Truscott to the lead early from the pole as Calvin Iverson worked his way into second. A quick yellow flag saw Derek Haas in the work are with a flat tire. Back under green, there was another quick caution flag involving three cars, resetting the field. Under yellow and coming to green, there was a third caution flag as the cars stacked up on the backstretch as they closed on the pack who were running pace lap speed.

Another green flag attempt saw the field finally get to speed and score its second lap. It was Truscott in the lead as Iverson and Jake Smith raced door to door for second. However, four laps in another yellow flag flew. The race restarted, and Adams found himself in third on the restart as Tommy Richards moved into fourth. Green flag racing was again short lived as the caution flew for debris.

Back under green, Iverson attacked Truscott low and they moved side by side for the lead and remained such past the halfway point when the caution again flew, this time for Craig Lofdahl and Gary Baxter. At speed with 22 laps scored, Tony Bahr forced it three-wide for second as Kevin Adams moved into the lead. Iverson was able to maintain third but was eventually overtaken by Tommy Richards.

It was Adams in the top groove as he held a several car length lead over Bahr in second as they drove to the finish. Richards finished third over Iverson as a ten-lap side by side battle saw Truscott beat Smith for fifth. Shane Halopka finished seventh in front of George Dahlbeck, Joe Chaplin Jr., and Antonio Pintaro in tenth.

It took George Richards eight laps to take the point in the WISSOTA Pure Stocks, but once again, he won the main event. The heats were won by himself and Tyler Wahlstrom. Tyler Hallquist lead the feature at the start as they went three-wide for second and then the lead. It was Blain Gould moving out front, but Kent Harmon chased in second. Harmon moved below the leader and took the point, but it was Richards around the bottom, and with four laps remaining, he took the lead and never looked back. It was Harmon coming home in second in Richard’s wake, as Wahlstrom, Gould, and Hallquist rounded out the top five.

The EVS Hornet heats were won by Jake Halterman and Chad Prissel as Jason Helgeson never looked back from the pole position at feature time and drove to the victory. Jake Halterman raced home in second over Dean Butler, Mark Schoone, and Dan Prissel in fifth.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Sunday, July 29, 2018, with the 1st Annual Don Hazelton Memorial Afco Race of Champions Qualifier. The WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets will all be in action. Oium Well Drilling and Oium Black Top will once again give away one bicycle each for both a boy and a girl just as they do every race night at the Eagle Valley Speedway!

Sanders reclaims Silver Dollar Nationals throne

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

GREENWOOD, NE–Rodney Sanders is always tough to beat. At the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., it seems like it’s not even a fair fight.

Sanders-the 2013 and 2014 USMTS national champion-led all 40 laps Saturday night to capture the United States Modified Touring Series main event during the 8th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals.

Since 2013, “The Sandman” has been nearly unstoppable at the Kosiski family’s 4/10-mile of clay nestled halfway between Lincoln and Omaha at exit 420-only twice, in fact, out of the 10 USMTS main events staged here since his first win five years ago.

The 28-year-old from Happy, Texas, started on the pole and, despite three cautions during the last half of the race and a late charge by Jason Hughes, was never seriously challenged for the $8,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

Hughes, making his first USMTS start since last month’s Masters event at the Cedar Lake Speedway, got by Lucas Schott following the race’s final caution with five laps remaining but could not get close enough to Sanders to make a bid for the lead.

Zack VanderBeek claimed a fourth-place paycheck behind Sanders, Hughes and Schott while 16th-starting Stormy Scott held off his twin brother, Johnny Scott, for fifth.

As the current USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national points leader, Johnny Scott took a provisional and drove Stormy Scott’s back-up car from the 23rd starting spot after needing a provisional to make the show.

Casey Arneson, who started 17th after winning the Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, was seventh at the finish line with Dereck Ramirez, Jake Timm and Jesse Sobbing rounding out the top 10.

Missing in action this weekend due to tornadoes that rocked his hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa, Ryan Gustin’s 85th career USMTS win came at the I-80 Speedway one year ago when he ended Sanders’ stranglehold on the Silver Dollar Nationals winner’s circle.

Sanders recorded his 85th USMTS victory on Saturday. Nearly 10 percent of the those have happened in the Cornhusker State.

What’s on tap: The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit is back in action with a tripleheader weekend Aug. 2-4. On Thursday, the tour trots into the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo., followed by a Friday night fling at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. The weekend wraps up Saturday with the 8th Annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

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Hemminger and Barclay Reach Victory Lane at Jennerstown Speedway Complex

Monday, July 30th, 2018

(Jennerstown, PA) For the first time ending his retirement from the sport, Mike Hemminger drove to victory in the Martella’s Pharmacies RUSH Late Model division of racing on Saturday, July 21, 2018. In the Stoystown Auto Wreckers RUSH Modified division, Jared Barclay earned a first-career win, in only his third season of competition. Aaron Van Fleet, (J&J Truck Equipment RUSH Street Stocks) Dale Kimberly (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Evan Nibert (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders) were all repeat winners, as the Jennerstown Speedway officials completed the racing action between rain showers Saturday night.

The Martella’s Pharmacies RUSH Late Model 30-lap feature race began with 2017 winner Bryan Shipp in the pole position, with rookie Zane Ferrell along side. Ferrell, a former Modified division Champion, grabbed the early lead, as Shipp held on to second place. Fourth place starter, Mike “Hollywood” Hemminger, advanced to second position, and began to challenge Ferrell. Hemminger had led laps in almost every event during 2018, and totaled more “top three” finishes than any other driver, but was still seeking his first win of the year, as he pursued Ferrell. On lap six, Hemminger passed Ferrell to move into the lead. Meanwhile, after starting in eighth position, the previous week’s winner, Garry Wiltrout was advancing. By lap ten, former Champ Wiltrout passed Shipp for third spot, and began closing the distance between himself, and runner-up Ferrell. By the mid-point of the race, Hemminger had built up a healthy interval over the rest of the field. A multiple winner of Late Model division feature races earlier in his career, Hemminger walked away from racing in the late 1990’s. After a hiatus of nearly 20 years, Hemminger, of Stoystown, PA, jumped back into competition at Jennerstown Speedway in 2017. His family-owned team endured an up and down season last year, but threatened for a victory repeatedly in 2018. Without a caution flag incident, the race concluded with Hemminger taking the checkered flag, enjoying a comfortable margin of victory, and validating his return to the speedway, where both he and his father earned divisional championships, decades prior. Rookie Ferrell completed his strongest run since moving up to the division, earning the second position, by holding off Wiltrout. Wiltrout placed third ahead of his protégé Shipp, with defending Champion and 2018 winner Jeremiah Kuntz finishing fifth, after winning the heat race. Standing next to his North Star Equipment/Jeffrey Carey & Associates Chevrolet in victory lane, Hemminger thanked his crew and his car owner/father, Larry, for their hard work, and thanked former Champion driver Barry Awtey, for assisting in his transition back to the cockpit of a race car.

A first time winner, greeted fans from victory lane after the Stoystown Auto Wreckers RUSH Modifieds’ 30-lap feature. Starting from the pole position, third-year asphalt racer Jared Barclay grabbed the lead. Following a career in go-kart racing, dirt track 4-Cyinder competition, and dirt track Modified Lite racing, Barclay, of Somerset, PA, transitioned to paved track racing in 2016. During 2018, Barclay displayed the speed needed to win, but suffered several misfortunes in the early races of the season. On Saturday night, Barclay drove a flawless race, running away from the entire field in the feature, after winning his preliminary heat race, earlier in the evening. A long and jubilant victory lane ceremony for Barclay and his family and crew was celebrated just before rain showers moved in, as the Modified race concluded the agenda for the night. Recent winner Adam Kostelnik started in ninth position, and advanced to claim second place at the finish, but was never able to challenge Barclay for the win. Kostelnik also won a heat race. Point standings leader Anthony Aiello climbed from the tenth starting position to earn a third place finish, and veteran Gary Scott finished in fourth place. Modified Rookie Paul Fess, Jr. was the fifth place finisher.

The 20-lap J&J Truck Equipment RUSH Street Stock feature launched with popular veteran Jason Holder, and Aaron Van Fleet in row one. Holder, who has struggled all season, immediately fell back several positions, allowing Van Fleet to lead lap one. Van Fleet, notably younger than nearly every competitor in his division, drove away from a heated battle for second place. A three-car fight for the runner up spot included two recent winners, and the defending Champion. Rookie winner Jeremy Shaffer held off Lauren Butler for the first half of the race, then defended the second position from the challenges of points leader Scott Coughenour. At the finish line, Van Fleet won for the second time in 2018, leading every lap in dominating style. Former dirt track racer Shaffer placed second, with Coughenour in third place and Butler finishing fourth. Angie Kimberly continued to look strong, earning another “top five” finish. Coughenour won the heat race.

Division rookie Casey Fleegle took the lead from 2016 Champion Stephen Shelpman at the start of the 15-lap Farmers Union Co-Op Charger feature. Shelpman was driving the Justin Frampton entry, for his first start of 2018. Fleegle led until lap four, when point standings leader Dale Kimberly made the winning pass. Kimberly is having the best season of his career, as the former dirt track Champion notched his sixth victory of the year Saturday night. Fleegle claimed second place after winning the heat race, with Kimberly’s teammate A.J. Poljak finishing in third spot. Dirt track converts, and rookies, Steven Brown and Dan Jackson earned fourth and fifth positions when the race concluded.

The Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder division’s 15-lap feature was led by Bently Miller at the start. Miller and David Campbell started in row one, but Campbell hit the inside wall, while Miller held the top spot. Fourth place starter, Evan Nibert, took the lead from Miller on lap eight. Casey Fleegle passed Miller for second place, and threatened to steal the lead from Nibert more than once. When the checkered flag waved, Nibert earned his third win of 2018, with close-behind Fleegle nailing down a second place finish, just as he did in the Charger division. Recent winner Andrew Pluta finished third, followed by Miller, and Joe Laposky. Nibert and Campbell won the heat races.

Burdick Takes Charge of Super Stock Series at ABC

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Ashland, WI — A huge crowd took advantage of Free Admission Night at the ABC Raceway on Saturday, and they saw Kevin Burdick of Proctor, MN, take command of the FastLane Motorsports Northland Super Stock Series standings with his second feature win on the 2018 tour and second of the year at Ashland.

Fans also contributed generously to collections for two special fundraising efforts hosted by the Raceway and by Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland – to help raise money for the Ashland-Bayfield County chapter of the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” programs, and to collect non-perishable food items and other goods to be donated to The Brick Ministries, an organization that provides for needy families in the Chequamegon Bay area.

Of the 92 racers in the pit area on this night, forty were WISSOTA Super Stocks here for the fourth race of the five-night, five-track FastLane Series. Burdick had parlayed a win at the circuit’s second stop in Hibbing, MN, on the Saturday before, plus two other top-five runs, into a healthy points lead coming into Ashland, where he had already won in his only other visit here two weeks ago.

Dave Flynn and Shane Kisling led the 24-car field to the green flag for the 33-lap, $700-to-win spotlight event, and the pair raced side-by-side for the first three laps before Kisling edged ahead. Burdick quickly moved into third from his outside-second-row starting spot and kept pace with the lead pair until the race’s first yellow flag appeared for Ronnie Malecki’s spun racer on lap 5.

Three laps after the race went back under green, Flynn stole the lead with an inside move in heavy traffic, but Kisling fought back and regained the point, with Burdick on his tail. Tim Johnson, who won the Series’ opener at Sauk Rapids, MN, was close enough to take a shot at a pass for the lead, but Burdick got by first, working the outside line on lap 11, while Johnson dove inside on Kisling to grab second.

Burdick set a fast, steady pace that Johnson stayed with but couldn’t gain on, and the leaders gradually drew away from the rest of the field. Burdick’s lead was just shy of a full second when, on lap 17, debris was spotted on the track, and on the subsequent restart DJ Keeler, who was running ninth, was spun in the middle of the pack, forcing the balance of the field to dive and dodge to avoid contact.

The field clicked off a few more laps before more car parts were spotted on the racing surface. But for the final 12 laps the race stayed under green, and Burdick ran away to a winning margin of 1.122 seconds over Johnson. Curt Myers, the Series’ 2015 champion who came into the night tied for fourth in Series points with Flynn, slipped into third just after the last restart and stayed there to the end, finishing a full three seconds behind the winner.

Keeler climbed through the pack to finish fourth, while Kisling came home a close fifth. Flynn led the second five, ahead of Don Eischens, Terran Spacek, Nick Oreskovich and Cory Casari.

Dave Mass, the defending Series champion and winner of the Series’ race here last year, came into the night tied for second in points with Keeler, but his motor blew up while he was running away with his heat race earlier in the night. Despite coasting across the finish line second to Burdick, he opted to be pushed to the pits rather than to the infield scale and inspection area, thus sacrificing his heat points and all but eliminating any chance to defend his title.

The Series concluded on Sunday, July 22, at the Proctor (MN) Speedway.

One of the great feel-good stories of the 2018 season at ABC has to be Saturday’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, where Clay Passuello of Ironwood, MI, captured his first feature win here in nearly 14 years. Passuello, a former Pure Stock and Street Stock competitor who had taken several years off from racing before returning with a Mid-Mod in 2015, has shown significant improvement this summer with one of the track’s most competitive cars.

Passuello started the 20-lap A-main from the pole and, after Ryan Savoy’s spin to avoid a slowing Jesse Aho forced an early restart, he fought off a persistent Wayne Stricker for the lead. Tyler Hudack took over second after a couple of laps but Stricker soon got back by him, and David Simpson, who had won the last two Mid-Mod features here, moved past fellow Canadian Colin Chaschuk into fourth.

Within five quick laps Passuello had built a lead of over a second-and-a-quarter, but traffic was very heavy behind him. On lap 6 Stricker, trying to dive low in turn 1, tagged one of the infield marker tires, which bounced onto the track in front of Hudack, who hit it and spun to bring about a caution stop. Stricker was penalized to the back of the field for the restart, and he eventually dropped out with car damage.

Simpson restarted second and immediately threatened to take the lead from Passuello, diving low and sliding across the front of Passuello’s car in the corners. But Passuello charged back by cutting down behind the sliding young Canadian and passing him on the inside down the straights. This thrilling cat-and-mouse game lasted several laps, while Brandon Copp, Jack Rivord and Dan Kingsley moved up into third, fourth and fifth together.

Finally, Passuello ended the game with a strong run off turn 4 on lap 11 and pulled away from there, extending his lead to nearly 1.5 seconds at the checkers. Simpson fended off a charging Copp for second, and a strong run by Marcus Dunbar gained him fourth place late in the go, ahead of Chaschuk.

The win was an emotional one for Passuello, who had lost his mother to cancer a few short years ago, and in victory lane he thanked the Vernon family of Northern Clearing for their work with the region’s various cancer research fundraising programs.

Randy Graham of Trego won the ABC Six-Cylinders feature for the second straight night, but he had to hold off a late charge by Tiffany Hudack to do so. Graham started the 15-lap feature second in points to Hudack, and from the outside on the fourth row he moved forward quickly, taking advantage of a lap 1 spin by Josh Saunders to restart second behind Jonathan Popp.

Graham slipped by Popp on the inside as the green flag waived again, and he drove off to a lead of nearly two seconds over Popp, who had the entire field glued to his rear push-bar. Hudack was mired in the thick crowd of cars behind Popp and couldn’t work her way forward for several laps, but a series of yellow-flag slowdowns from laps 6 through 12 helped her make passes on restarts that steadily improved her on-track position.

Hudack restarted fourth after DeJay Jarecki’s lap 8 spin, which erased another two-second advantage by Graham, and she slipped low on Tyler Vernon and Popp to take second on lap 9, at which point Graham again had built a commanding lead. Then Jake Nevala spun with three laps to go, putting Hudack right on Graham’s rear bumper for the final shootout. She stayed in the leader’s tire tracks to the end, with a couple of low-line attempts to pass thrown in, but Graham held on with a smooth mid-track line and collected his third win on the season, matching Hudack’s total for the year, and tying her for the points lead.

Vernon led a tight-knit pack of cars in third, ahead of Jarecki and 12th-starting Forrest Schultz.

In the 12-lap WISSOTA Pure Stock feature Graham and Andrew Hanson battled for the win, but Hanson, of Iron River, came out on top for a track-leading fifth time this season.

Cory Jorgensen had an early advantage on the field, but Graham got by after just two laps. Jorgensen then spun off the track on lap 4 and, although he recovered and kept going to avoid drawing a yellow flag, he lost significant ground to the rest of the pack and allowed Hanson to take over second.

Graham had a half-second lead when Aaron Bernick spun to stop the race at its midpoint and put Hanson on Graham’s tail. Hanson immediately pulled alongside the leader on the restart, and for the remaining six laps the pair put on quite a show, racing door-to-door and often bumping into – but never slamming – each other. The duo swapped the lead with every lap, and often multiple times within a single lap, and neither held more than a tenth-of-a-second lead at the start-finish line. Graham made a slight gain coming off of the final turn, but Hanson’s momentum pushed him ahead by 42 one-thousandths of a second – or no more than a couple of feet – at the checkered flag for one of the most exciting finishes in recent track history.

The mid-race restart also helped Jorgensen, who got by Don Livingston late for third. Bernick recovered for fifth.

Hanson set a new track record with his fastest posted lap in the Pure Stock feature, with a time of 18.821 seconds, or an average speed of 71.728 mph. Other fast-lap bonuses went to Burdick in the Supers (17.005 secs / 79.388 mph); Passuello in the Mid-Mods (17.353 / 77.796); and Graham in the Sixes (18.239 / 74.017).

Two other fundraising activities helped the Raceway collect monies for the “Relay for Life” programs – a sale of over 350 numbered lighted “pink ribbon” buttons, by which drawings were held for prizes; and a Favorite Driver vote, with fans donating one dollar per vote. The top vote-getters in the Favorite Driver vote were Steve Stuart (WISSOTA Modifieds), Shawn McFadden Jr (Supers), Copp (Mid-Mods), Popp (Sixes), and Graham (Pure Stocks).

McFadden and Jeff Klopstein provided a huge bin of candy for a “candy drop,” which Burdick and Kisling tossed from the flagstand to the large crowd of kids gathered below it at intermission.

The ABC Raceway will honor nine new inductees into its Hall of Fame as part of its fifth annual induction ceremonies on Saturday, July 28. Included in the very special race program, to be presented by Zar’s Bar & Banquet Hall of Ashland, will be a visit by the Northern Vintage Stockcar Racers group, who will bring their vintage racing equipment to the track to compete and show off to the fans.

WISSOTA Modifieds will rejoin the other four regular weekly classes for a full night of qualifying heats and points-paying features. Hot laps will begin at 6:15 pm, with racing set to start at 7. “Z-93 Race Night” will air live on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and stream online at www.wbszfm.com, from 4:30-6 pm with at-the-track news and weather updates; fans can also listen by downloading the free HCG Radio app onto their smart phone, tablet or other mobile device.

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

Bethany Speedway Continues to Grow on Saturday Nights!!!

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

This Saturday Night the very best in racing action comes to Bethany Speedway as E-Modified will pay $500 to win the Feature!!! IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Sport Mods and Pure Stocks also in competition on this night at the Historic Bethany Speedway! Witness the breathtaking action as these gladiators go flat out and side by side on the fast, smooth 3/8th mile of dirt holding nothing back.

Last week we would see our biggest crowd and car count to date so let’s keep the momentum and top that this Saturday Night filling the bleachers and pits. Will “Spiderman” Colton Nelson climb the fence a second time in IMCA Sport Mod or will someone else celebrate in Pettijohns Winners Circle, can Austin Bouzek repeat in E-Mod, will Steven Bowers repeat in Modifieds, how about Pure Stock, can “Young

Gun” Conner Masoner do it again and will that “High Side Wheeler” Blake Peeler again work the low line to win IMCA Stock Car!!!

Make your plans now to attend as we will have the concessions ready to serve and the beer ice cold and remember kids and kids at heart we will have a foot race during our short Intermission all the way around the track! Chet is drooling to get back on the Mic and call all the great racing action so please join us this Saturday Night in the comfort of our covered Grandstands for a night of fun.

See Yall there!!!!