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Poirier & Barney Take Twin 15s In NY Nationals 360 Sprint Qualifying

Pangrazio sharpest in Top Gun Shootout, Alysha captures CRSA 305 main at Land Of Legends

*Jason Barney/Steve Poirier victory lane attachment by Don Romeo

Canandaigua, NY – September 6, 2019 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

Veteran wingmen Steve Poirier and Jason Barney officially launched promoter Paul Cole's first-ever New York Nationals on Friday night, each banking a cool $1,000 for victories in the 360 Sprint Car 'Twin 15s' Qualifiers at Land Of Legends Raceway.

Both past winners at LOLR, Frenchman Poirier and CNY standout Barney, along with race runner-ups Jordan Thomas and Jonathan Preston, advanced to tomorrow's special pole dash that will determine the front rows' starting line-up for Saturday's $5,000-to-win main event.

Filling out the Friday Frenzy, hotshot invader Josh Pangrazio ended the season of full-fender racing at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, earning his own $1,000 check after claiming top honors in the 8th Les Whyte Top Gun Shootout for Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stocks. The 'female flash' Alysha Bay enjoyed her second $750 payday in tour competition, beating all the boys to capture round #3 of the LOLR 305 Sprint CRSA Crown Series.

Despite gray skies overhead and a brief shower delaying the program start, opening day activity for the 360 Sprints attracted 26 teams, showcasing some of the best drivers in the region as they took on Canandaigua's historic half-mile clay oval.

Passing points established the starting line-ups after Dylan Swernik joined Poirier and Barney with checkered flags in the three heat races. Experience proved to be the most valuable asset navigating around the ultra-fast fairgrounds layout as Poirier and Barney each needed just over four minutes to score decisive wins in their respective day one qualifying events.

“The track was real racey, had a couple of good grooves and starting in clean air was quite a bit of an advantage tonight,” remarked Poirier, 47, who led flag-to-flag to claim the lead-off 15-lapper aboard his potent flaming purple no. 28FM FM Industries-4 Seasons Foundations-Fuzion Electric-Mega Pumping/Eagle sprinter. “Tried some different lines where my car was comfortable, but it got a little loose at the end. We learned a lot tonight, hopefully the track won't change too much because we've got a good set-up for these conditions.”

Pole-sitter Poirier jumped out front at the drop of starter Scott Hixson's opening green flag and never looked back. The long haul from St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Que. paid big dividends as 'Fireball' out-distanced Thomas by 10 car-lengths at the stripe after a race-long duel for the last transfer position with Pennsylvania traveler Tyler Ross. Joe Trenca and Justin Barger rounded out the top-five.

“I expect more competition tomorrow as the track will definitely be more slippery and get wider so we'll have to make the car better,” added Poirier, the defending and eight-time Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints points champion with an ESS-best 74 career A-Main triumphs. “It will be a longer race with maybe more cautions. Tonight we were lucky to start up front and benefit from that, tomorrow we'll need to improve a little bit.”

Barney left little room for improvement in his black no. 87 Factory Kahne-Pit Stop Convenience Stores-Patriot Tank Lines/X-1 entry, charging from third to overtake Preston on lap 12 before cruising home for a commanding 15 car-length victory in the nightcap.

“Jonathan's been really good, when he starts up front he can really lay down a wicked pace,” noted Barney, 39, after the popular pilot from Brewerton posted some of the quickest laps of the night in his latest win in wine country. “I knew the race wasn't very long and we weren't going to get into a ton of lapped traffic so I needed to keep pace with him early.”

“I hit a couple good laps there, then hit a couple bad ones. Once I finally moved around a bit, following him around a little, I tried to do something different than he was and we were able to make up some ground. Got to that one lapped car and I think that slowed him down just a little bit where I could use a some momentum and get alongside him,” Barney figured.

Second-generation standout Preston easily pulled away from the pack in the second 15-lapper with seasoned chauffeurs Jared Zimbardi and third starting Barney on his tail. Barney ducked under Zimbardi as the pair diced down the smooth back chute on lap five and crept to within three car-lengths of the leader by lap 10.

Traffic proved pivotal in the late stages and Barney took full advantage, threading his way past Preston in a bold turn four maneuver to move to the point with three laps to go en route to the convincing victory. Zimbardi trailed Preston at the line followed by front-five finishers Steve Doell Jr. and Steve Glover.

“Wanted to come here and work on our car a little bit,” added Barney, himself and Poirier each owning five career A-Main wins at LOLR split between Patriot Sprint Tour and ESS competition. “The track was really great, and if its like this tomorrow that feature is going to be really exciting.”

The rebirth of the Les Whyte memorial tribute race generated the most excitement from Canandaigua's die-hard full-fender fans when first announced, yet it was Oakfield outsider Pangrazio getting the biggest thrill Friday night with his latest high-dollar stock car win at Land of Legends.

“We've done pretty well with this car this year,” understated Pangrazio, 36, after picking up the biggest payday of the season, $1,000, with lap bonuses tacking on another couple hundred in the 25-minute workout. In his only other appearance steering the red no. 7 T&D Investments-Royal T Trucking-CRS Ford Mustang, he collected $500 after winning the mid-week Ontario County Fair Championship in July. “We went with a hard compound tire so the longer the race the better we ran and all those green flag laps really helped.”

Reduced in distance from 75 to 50 laps due to driver concerns regarding fuel consumption, five caution periods slowed the first half of the feature. Widowed wife Debbie Whyte unfurled the initial green to send off the field following a “missing man” formation pace lap in honor of 1999 Canandaigua Pro Stock points champ Les, yet only two laps were scored before the yellow flag flew for the first time.

LOLR regular Quinn Sutherland took the early lead chased by weekly rival Jimmy Grant with Marc Minutolo and sixth-starting Pangrazio in tow. The pink no. 29K mount of Chris Cunningham looped in turn one to incur the initial yellow, and with cautions counting up to lap 35, Pangrazio blasted from third to first on the ensuing lap seven restart.

Minor spins by Damian Long, Ryan Rozelle and Cunningham forced out three more yellow flags while a turn four tangle on a lap 11 restart was the most dramatic of the night. A quick video replay revealed how Grant got turned around from behind by Bob Buono leaving Jason Quigley little room to operate as he piled in.

At the halfway mark Pangrazio faced little resistance, leaving Sutherland, Minutolo, Carl Cleveland and Jared Hill to thrash it out for runner-up recognition. Grant battled back into the top-five on lap 37 and with 10 to go his combat continued lap after lap with Cleveland and Hill.

In a sudden shake-up with the final order, Sutherland slid high up the track in turn two to relinquish second to Minutolo, and in the combined yellow/checkered flag finish Cleveland, Hill and Grant rounded out the revised front-five.

“Couldn't do all this without the help from so many people,” added Pangrazio, after dominating for a half-track victory, his fourth career triumph in Canandaigua. “Its all about hooking up with the right people, and all my guys help put a helluva ride together for me.”

A staunch financial supporter of Bay and her 'hotter-than-pink' colored no. 48A Danny Willmes Enterprises-VanBortel Trucking-Ruggles World of Auto Body/Eagle sprint car, Alysha dedicated her second career CRSA 305 tour win to Danny Willmes, who passed away from medical complications early in the week.

“Can't thank Danny enough for all that he's done for our teams over the years, this one goes out to him,” said a somber Bay despite registering her third Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint win of the '19 campaign in Canandaigua. A brighter spot was an early $750 birthday gift as the gal from nearby Gorham turns 26 tomorrow.

“Its been a tough week, my only thoughts tonight were going out and having fun. Wasn't worried about points the last couple shows and we've really run well. Hit our marks and stayed consistent most of the laps. We'll just go into tomorrow with an open mind and whatever happens, keep it fun,” added Alysha, who ranks third all-time at LOLR with 10 career 305 wins.

Front row partners Dan Bennett and Jerry Sehn Jr. paced the 17-car field with Bay filing in third on the starting grid. She slid under Sehn for second on lap seven followed soonafter by David Ferguson, then disposed of Bennett running her preferred low line as the leaders rounded turn four to complete lap 11.

With the caution-free finale finished in less than six minutes, Bay sprinted away for a solid 12 car-length victory, followed by Bennett, Ferguson, Johnny Kolosek and downstate driver Tyler Jashembowski.

Altamont's Jeff Trombley settled for ninth-place yet still leads the LOLR 305 Crown Series point standings with 490 entering Saturday's fourth and final event. Just 25 points separate the front-five with Trombley shadowed by Kolosek (479), Bay (475), Justin Mills (469) and Bennett (465).

Through 10 of the 13 SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series stops, Trombley (1634) also tops the overall CRSA 305 Series points chart followed by Mills (1529), Darryl Ruggles (1528) and Bay (1414).


Day two of the first-ever New York Nationals is set for Sat., Sept. 7 with the 360 Sprints and 305 Sprints returning for another full card of qualifying leading up to a big 30-lap 360 A-Main worth $5,000 to the winner and another 20-lap feature for 305s, this time paying $1,000 to the victor.

Saturday is expected to be quite the showdown as Chuck Hebing (1 win), Paulie Colagiovanni (2) and Davie Franek (1) top the LOLR 360 Sprint Classic Series point standings, with defending mini-tour champion Hebing yet to finish outside the Top-5 in the first four main events.

DIRTcar Sportsman action fills out the tripleheader with $1,500 up for grabs in the 50-lap headline event. Gates swing open at 4 p.m., grandstand seating starts at 5 o'clock and racing follows hot laps at 7. The adult grandstand general admission ticket price on Saturday is $29, seniors are $27 and kids 16 & under are $5 with those under 5 let in free. The pit fee is $45.

Mark your calendar as the 2019 season-finale arrives in three more weeks when the Phelps Cement Products Gerald Haers Memorial takes center stage at the fairgrounds. The lucrative $45,000 DIRTcar 'Build Your Bank' Challenge for both DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and DIRTcar 358-Modifieds is set for Sat., Sept. 28.

The 50-lap Modified feature winner will collect $6,000 from the $35,950 purse, with no less than 20 of his closest challengers expected to collect over $1,000 in this truly 'Saturday Spectacular' intended to pay every driver entered.

A DIRTcar Sportsman Series fall event adds another $7,500 to the record single-day payout in Canandaigua, with $2,000 collected by the winner of the 40-lap feature that guarantees $125 to start.

As the 56th season comes to a close, check out the final point standings for all four weekly divisions and keep up with all the late breaking news online by visiting Advance sale tickets for the remaining shows are also available for purchase online throughout the final weeks. Log into the website (, hit the red “Buy Tickets” button on the homepage, then make a selection from the list of dates & events highlighted.

Land of Legends Raceway is located at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, east of the city on Town Line Road (County Road 10), with easy access off either Exit 43 (Manchester, Route 21 South) or Exit 44 (Farmington, Route 332 South) of the New York State Thruway, just ½-hour southeast of Rochester.

Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – September 6, 2019

Friday Frenzy

New York Nationals

360 Sprint Classic Series

*Twin 15-Lap Qualifiers (Top-2 transfer to Sat. A-Main + Dash)

#1: 1. 28fm-Steve Poirier ($1,000), 2. 79-Jordan Thomas, 3. 5-Tyler Ross, 4. 98-Joe Trenca, 5. 5b-Justin Barger, 6. 3a-Jeff Trombley, 7. 7c-Dylan Swernik, 8. 48jr.-Darryl Ruggles, 9. 2-Dave Axton, 10. 36-Kyle Moffitt, 11. 58-Clay Dow, 12. 3-Todd Gracey, 55-Mark Smith(DNS).

#2: 1. 87-Jason Barney ($1,000), 2. 22-Jonathan Preston, 3. 35-Jared Zimbardi, 4. 36d-Steve Doell Jr., 5. 121-Steve Glover, 6. 9-Josh Pieniazek, 7. 47-Kyle Drum, 8. 67-Pete Richardson, 9. 17z-Josh Azzi, 10. 16L-Roger Levesque, 11. 21-William Glover, 12. 99k-Dan Kuhn, 9c-Kevin Carlson(DNS).

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Swernik, Thomas, Ross, Axton, Trenca, Levesque, Richardson, Gracey, Carlson(DNS).

#2: Poirier, Preston, S.Glover, Doell, Drum, W.Glover, Dow, Kuhn, Smith.

#3: Barney, Zimbardi, Barger, Pieniazek, Trombley, Ruggles, Moffitt, Azzi.

Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock

Les Whyte Top Gun Shootout

*Feature (50 laps): 1. 7-Josh Pangrazio ($1,000), 2. 25b-Marc Minutolo, 3. 22-Carl Cleveland, 4. 93-Jared Hill, 5. 36-Jimmy Grant, 6. 64-Bob Buono, 7. 57j-Quinn Sutherland, 8. 55p-Parker Smith, 9. 00-Damian Long, 10. 25j-Justin Eldredge, 11. 55b-Blane Smith, 12. 34q-Jason Quigley, 13. 29k-Chris Cunningham, 14. 5-Ryan Rozelle, 15. 33-William Bradley Jr.

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Sutherland, Grant, Minutolo, Hill, Eldredge, Quigley, Rozelle, Bradley.

#2: Pangrazio, P.Smith, Cleveland, Buono, B.Smith, Long, Cunningham.

SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series

*Feature (20 laps): 1. 48a-Alysha Bay ($750), 2. X-Dan Bennett, 3. 45-David Ferguson, 4. 26j-Johnny Kolosek, 5. 98t-Tyler Jashembowski, 6. 48jr.-Darryl Ruggles, 7. 75-Brandyn Griffin, 8. 410-Jerry Sehn Jr., 9. 3a-Jeff Trombley, 10. m1-Justin Mills, 11. 38-Jason Whipple, 12. 56v-Emily VanInwegen, 13. 13t-Trevor Years, 14. 18c-Dan Craun, 15. 74-Eric Kurtz, 16. 53-Tom Fletcher, 17. 56-Steve Cousins, 25w-Dana Wagner(DNS).

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Kolosek, Jashembowski, Cousins, Whipple, Craun, Wagner.

#2: Bennett, Ferguson, VanInwegen, Years, Mills, Fletcher.

#3: Trombley, Bay, Sehn, Ruggles, Griffin, Kurtz.

Maquire Family of Dealerships Dash (4 laps): Ruggles ($100), Years, Whipple, Craun, Griffin, Mills.

NEXT EVENT: NEW YORK NATIONALS - Saturday Spectacular, Sept. 7 @ 7pm; 360 Sprint Classic Series Championship 30L/Sportsman 50L/305 Sprint CRSA Crown Series Championship 20L with Waterloo Cheerleading Benefit.


BECHTELSVILLE, PA. AUGUST 25, 2019 . . . Rick “Scooby” Laubach became a weekly competitor in the 2019 TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified season on a regular Saturday night basis at Grandview Speedway after only running the beginning of the season events other times. He was actually the point leader in the early stages of the year until hampered by motor and other mechanical issues as he struggled some weeks to even qualify and would actually run another competitors car just to be able to make the feature.

This Saturday “The Quaker Shaker” had a better engine ready for action and it paid off.

Following a torrid battle with John Willman, Laubach piloted the Gary Hermann-owned Blinderman sponsored 358 Modified into the lead on the 24th lap of the 30-lap Modified feature, coming from 12th starting spot, and went on to chalk up his first career Saturday night feature victory.

Rookie Parker Guldin made a clean sweep of the TP Truck Equipment Sportsman activities. First he won his qualifying event and topped the night off with his second 25-lap feature victory. Once again he picked up an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine powered Sportsman.

In the 20-lap Blast From The Past feature, Brett Peters won the Modified portion while Wes Cassel was the winner in the Vintage class.

Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Willman and Guldin

Friday night, August 30th, 7 p.m. action features Enduro and Vintage racing. The Enduro racers will offer a Big Car and Small car race, Junkyard race plus Xcel 600 Modifieds.

Another tripleheader show of action packed stock car racing is set for next Saturday, August 31, with a 7:30 p.m. starting time. Included in the excitement will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and a first time visit of the XCEL 600 Modifieds. Adults pay $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.

John Willman led the Modified feature for one lap before Richie Hitzler, a rookie, merged into first.

Jockeying for positions behind Hitzler were Willman, Ray Swinehart, Dylan Swinehart and Frank Cozze.

A homestretch tangle on the 11th lap between Justin Grim and Glenn Strunk regrouped the field as the yellow came out. The restart was void following a chain reaction tangle in the fourth turn. Hitzler continued to show the way when action resumed, but now second through fifth was comprised of Willman, Swinehart, Laubach and Cozze.

Willman was back in the top spot by the 14th lap and three laps later Laubach was in pursuit.

A three-way battle for third between Swinehart, Duane Howard and Cozze ensued ahead of Willman and Laubach.

In no time Laubach, in the Teo chassis mount, reeled in Willman and passed him for the lead on the 24th circuit.

Ryan Grim and Briggs Danner set up a one-lap shoot out to the checkered when they tangled in the second turn. Laubach wasted no time pulling away when the race went green again as he was determined to be in the winner’s circle at the conclusion. That’s exactly where he was earning a well-deserved triumph trailed by Willman, for the second week in a row; Howard, current point leader and last week’s feature winner came from 14th starting spot to gain fourth followed by Craig Von Dohren.

Heats were won by Willman, Howard, R. Swinehart and Jordan Henn. Justin Grim and Danny Erb won the consies.

At the drop of the green in the Sportsman feature Guldin was the early pacesetter. Behind him were Kenny Bock, Jesse Landis, Mike Mammana and Brad Brightbill, who was on a mission and came through the pack on the outside from the 14th starting spot to round out the top five.

Mammana inherited second on the sixth lap when Landis dropped out of competition allowing him to challenge Guldin.

Steve Young brought out the first yellow when he slowed coming off the fourth turn. Guldin held his own on the restart, but it was Brightbill making his presence known pullup a bit. Miller continued to show the way on the restart with pressure now coming from Chris Esposito, Bock, and Brightbill putting the pressure on.

The yellow was thrown again after a fourth turn multi-car tangle with 19 laps completed. The restart was thwarted when several cars made contact in turn one. Before the restart, Brightbill, running a solid second, pitted with a left rear flat tire. He did rejoin the race, but could only get back up to ninth. On the restart Guldin kept Mammana, Brad Arnold, Brian Hirthler and Ryan Beltz in tow.

The front running order never changed in the final laps as Guldin was triumphant again chased across by Mammana, Arnold and Beltz.

Young, Guldin and Mammana won the heats. The consi went to Mark Kemmerer.

Jeff Paulson led the Blast From the Past feature for seven laps before Andy Cassel moved in front on the eighth lap restart brought out when runner-up at the time Todd Lapp spun in the third turn.

In a few laps the front runners encountered lapped traffic and Brett Peters was closing in on Cassel very quickly. Peters took advantage of the situation to take over the lead on the 19th lap.

Peters never looked back and went on to take the win chased across the line by A. Cassel, Paulson, W. Cassel and Mike Garris Sr.

Lap sponsorships and heat race sponsorships for the September 21st Freedom 76 are available $20 for laps and $200 for a heat race. Check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track. Telephone Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 for complete information.

And don’t forget that advance tickets are on sale for the 49th Annual Freedom 76 set for September 21. Buy in advance and pay $35 while on race day an adult ticket will run $40.


T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Rick Laubach, 2. John Willman, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Frank Cozze, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Brett Kressley, 7. Jeff Strunk, 8. Ray Swinehart, 9. Brett Gilmore, 10. Richie Hitzler, 11. Kenny Gilmore, 12. Jared Umbenhauer, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Kevin Hirthler, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Dylan Swinehart, 17. Briggs Danner, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ron Kline, 20. Eric Biehn, 21. Danny Erb, 22. Kory Fleming, 23. Alex Yankowski (provisional), 24. Ryan Lilick, 25. Jesse Leiby, 26. Justin Grim, 27. Jorden Henn, 28. Glenn Strunk, 29. Craig Whitmoyer. DNQ: Kyle Kania, Mike Lisowski, Joe Funk III, Ron Myers, Steve Swinehart, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Levy, Bobby Gunther-Walsh and Josh Adams.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Parker Guldin, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Brad Arnold, 4./ Brian Hirthler, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Kenny Bock, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Kyle Lilick, 9. Brad Brightbill, 10. Nate Brinker, 11. Chris Esposito, 12. Lex Shive, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Andrew Kreis, 15. Nathan Mohr, 16. Steve Desmelyk, 17. Brad Grim, 18. Shawn Light, 19. Jimmy Leiby, 20. Scott Kohler, 21. Steve Young, 22. Dean Bachman, 23. Jesse Landis, 24. Jack Butler.

Blast From the Past Feature (20-laps): 1. Brett Peters, 2. Andy Cassel, 3. Jeff Paulson, 4. Wes Cassel, 5. Mike Garris Sr., 6. Jon Lines, 7. Todd Lapp, 8. Bobby Hall, 9. Dominique Deglas, 10. Bill Gerhart, 11. Brock Jacobus, 12. Curt Neiman, 13. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 14. Rich Orth, 15. Rich Decker, 16. Matt Smith, 17. Jay Garris, 18. Kevin Sponagle, 19. Tom Orth, 20. Cale Mutter, 21. Mike Stofflet, 22. Mike Mervine.

Matt Sheppard Holds Narrow Lead in Weedsport’s Champion Oil Modified Series Heading into Labor Day

WEEDSPORT, NY (August 26, 2019) – The final leg of Weedsport Speedway’s Champion Oil Modified Series presented by Stirling Lubricants will pit the best Modified drivers in the region against one another on Monday, September 2 in the Lane’s Yamaha Labor Day Double Play, led by none other than, ‘Super’ Matt Sheppard.

Sheppard has scored more than 30 wins this season, including two at Weedsport, leading Erick Rudolph by a slim 2-point margin heading into the $7,500 to win Labor Day 100 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.

In the series last stop to Weedsport, Sheppard dominated the Hall of Fame 100, covering a stout field of Super DIRTcar Series combatants.

Sheppard’s fantastic 2019 season to date sees the driver of the No. 9S continue to lead the Super DIRTcar Series standings having notched six tour wins, while also recently securing his ninth career track championship at the Land of Legends Raceway.

Rudolph, who has one win at Weedsport in 2019, will look to overcome Sheppard in the Champion Oil standings during the Labor Day 100, as they each eye the overall championship prize of $2,000.

Jimmy Phelps currently sits third in the Champion Oil Modified Series points, only 10-markers behind, with Chris Hile and Larry Wight in the top five.

Billy Decker, Mat Williamson, Peter Britten, Danny Johnson and Tim Sears Jr. are the top ten.

The full cast and characters of the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified tour will be on hand Monday, September 2, as the Big Blocks will be paired with the ESS Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series for the Labor Day Double Play.

Pit gates will open on Monday at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates swinging open at 4 p.m.  Racing will get underway at 6 p.m.

Advance purchase reserved seating is available through August 29.  Reserved tickets are $32 and include a FREE Fan Pit Pass if purchased by August 29.

General admission seating is $28 with kids 11-17 $12 and kids 10 and under, free.

For more information and tickets, visit  Be sure to LIKE Weedsport Speedway on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter @Weedsportspdwy.

About Weedsport Speedway: Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few.  In 2018, Weedsport introduced the all-new Weedsport Kartway, just outside of the Speedway’s main pit area, to begin to foster the next generation of racers, crew members and race fans.  Together, Weedsport Speedway and Kartway are excited to bring fans and followers a schedule of 15 racing events in 2019, hosting everything from Karts and Sprint Cars, to Late Models and Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Micro Sprints, even Flat Track Motorcycles.  Couple the racing with state-of-the-art camping and track amenities, unmatched on-site television production capabilities, plus the ability for large scale concert productions and Weedsport is one of the marquee entertainment venues in the country.

“We work on the car constantly in the garage hoping to figure things out, trying to find more speed,” Griffin relayed. “We made some adjustments on the car today, changed around the set-up a little bit and it seems a lot better than it has been. Can't thank my parents enough, they do more than anyone could imagine to help me with my racing career.”

The top-eight cars left running in the first segment were inverted to begin the 20-lap nightcap, yet in an opening turn one skirmish the starting order was quickly reconfigured. The field regrouped before a yellow could be thrown and across the line came pole-sitter Tom Fletcher, fourth starting Bennett and Griffin, who stormed from eighth to third in the lap one free-for-all.

Bennett took his first lead on lap two, only able to hold it for three more as the high-flying Griffin moved to the point six laps in. Halfway through Jason Whipple chased the leaders in third followed by Ruggles and Pruchnik, who were both rallying after the first lap shake-up.

Making contact with the turn four outside concrete retaining wall on lap 13 after charging from 10th to fifth, Karlsen soonafter slowed down the back chute before coming to a complete stop just shy of the turn three pit entrance. Bennett took advantage on the lap 15 restart, ducking his Bennett Heating & Cooling-Goodman AC & Heating/Maxim 'X' car underneath Griffin exiting turn four to forge the final change with five to go.

The battle for runner-up laurels remained intense as Ruggles grabbed second from Griffin on lap 16 but in a last-lap flurry Bay stole the same spot from her father coming out of the final turn on the last circuit. Bennett cruised home for a decisive 2/3-straightaway victory followed by Bay, Ruggles, Whipple and Griffin.

“The car was getting quite a bit hot, holy cow, I said I gotta go, had to cool it down, gotta go faster,” spewed Bennett, 49, as the Gasport wheelman rattled off his late-race mindset after the lone caution period helped determine the final outcome. “I did that (move) once before for that last win (June '18) here, it was on a restart and I did a nice slide job, just broke their momentum and took off. I don't know where Brandyn was, he made a great pass early on, it was a good race with him tonight.”

“Running in the dirty air, you can definitely feel it. Almost like an air brake, once you get out of that dirty air you can really take off. I don't know what happened to Brandyn but I felt real strong at the end.”

“I got a lot of laps here now, I've learned how to manipulate the wheel a bit. This win feels really good. I struggled all year on a new project car, knew I had to make a change so I brought out this Maxim and wow! I've never driven one before and its something else,” exclaimed Bennett, who thanked Ransomville Speedway open-wheel racer Steve Lewis for supplying significant help throughout the day.

With Sheppard clinching the Pepsi Big-Block Modified Championship and Root (Sportsman) and Ruggles (305 Sprint) teetering atop their respective point charts, DePuy romped home for another convincing win to all but clinch his third straight Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock title in wine country.

“Anybody can win these races, we're just getting very fortunate to be up front and stay out of the melees and keep it going every week,” downplayed DePuy, 45, on the heels of his 46th career full-fender victory at LOLR which ranks him fourth all-time. “Its been a great season, did pretty good last year but this has been a really good one.”

The handicapped start lined up DePuy's black no. 99 Ifreeze Storage & Dist. Center-A.E.Y. Enterprises-Fox's Auto-Quigley Flooring Chevrolet Camaro 10th on the scoresheet. After watching early leader Parker Smith and veteran Mike Welch duel for the top spot, DePuy dove under Welch for second on lap five then mirrored his inside move under Smith as the dirt duo diced down the back chute two turns later.

Welch slowed on lap seven to require a yellow flag and even before the green lights reappeared for the restart new third-place runner Marc Minutolo parked his own #25B Chevy Camaro pitside with a hole in the radiator. In search of a second career win at the fairgrounds, hard-charging Rick Crego controlled second-place at the halfway point, ultimately settling for the runner-up position just two car-lengths behind when the final checkered flag waved. Jimmy Grant, Quinn Sutherland and Bob Buono followed across the line.

“(Crego) is getting better and better every week, I think we gotta step it up or he's going to be going around us pretty quick,” figured DePuy, whose nine wins have come in 12 starts to open up nearly a 90-point lead over Grant heading into the finale next weekend. “The bottom was the place to be. There was a little (grip) on top but I was good on the bottom and was going to stay right there. If Rick was going to go around me he was going to have to go around me on top.”


Three more division point kings are crowned next week when Smith Bros. Drywall and Sherwin-Williams Paint Store in Canandaigua present Season Championship Night for the Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Sportsman Modified, Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car and Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock racers. Double points will be awarded to drivers in all three of the those classes in the 'Saturday Spectacular' regular season-finale on Aug. 31 with Root (Sportsman), Ruggles (305) and DePuy (Street Stock) currently leading their respective point standings.

A $2,000-to-win non-point “open motor” Modified Challenge (must run on Hoosier tires, no sail panels) completes the four-star program with qualifying action getting underway at 7 p.m. Pit gates swing open at 4 o'clock and grandstand entry is at 5.

After that, three big shows remain to close out the 56th season of oval track activity at the fairgrounds. The first-ever $35,000 New York Nationals for 360 Sprints highlights the return to the Land of Legends on Sept. 6&7, with the first full weekend of the month including DIRTcar Sportsman, Street Stock and CRSA 305 Sprint Car action.

Bringing down the curtain in 2019, the Phelps Cement Products-backed Gerald Haers Memorial $45,000 DIRTcar 'Build Your Bank' Challenge for both DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds and DIRTcar 358 Modifieds is set for Sat., Sept. 28. A DIRTcar Sportsman Series fall event adds another $10,000-plus to the record single-day payout in Canandaigua, with $2,000 collected by the winner of the 40-lap feature that guarantees $125 to start.

As the 56th season nears completion, check out the current point standings and follow any breaking news online by visiting Advance sale tickets for the remaining shows are also available for purchase online throughout the final weeks. Log into the website (, hit the red “Buy Tickets” button on the homepage, then make a selection from the list of dates & events highlighted.

Land of Legends Raceway is located at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, east of the city on Town Line Road (County Road 10), with easy access off either Exit 43 (Manchester, Route 21 South) or Exit 44 (Farmington, Route 332 South) of the New York State Thruway, just ½-hour southeast of Rochester.

Land of Legends Raceway Event Summary – August 24, 2019

Saturday Spectacular

Hoselton Auto Mall presents Big-Block Modified Season Championship Night

Pepsi Big-Block Modified(DOUBLE POINTS)

*Feature (35 laps): 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard ($2,000), 2. 25-Erick Rudolph, 3. 14j-Alan Johnson, 4. 1h-Justin Haers, 5. 12x-Dillon Groover, 6. 82-Gary Tomkins, 7. 22-Jeff Daugherty, 8. 22g-Gil Tegg Jr., 9. 11j-James Sweeting, 10. 1-Steve Paine, 11. 19w-Justin Wright, 12. 7f-Matt Farnham, 13. 63-Adam Roberts, 14. 21x-Eric Williams, 15. 31m-Jimmy Maier, 16. 28p-Eldon Payne,Jr., 17. 77-Lance Dusett, 18. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 19. 14ny-Daniel Johnson Jr.

Heats (8 laps)

#1: A.Johnson, Williams, Farnham, Daugherty, Sweeting, Dusett, Wright, Roberts, Haers, Phelps.

#2: Rudolph, Payne, Sheppard, Paine, Groover, Tomkins, Tegg, D.Johnson, Maier.

2019 Track Champion: Matt Sheppard.

Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Sportsman Modified

*Feature (25 laps): 1. 25g-Nick Guererri ($750), 2. 7-Paul Guererri, 3. 34-Kevin Root, 4. 31-Kane Bristol, 5. 20x-Kevin Ridley, 6. 1-Billy Paine, 7. 56-Garrison Krentz, 8. 1x-Andrew Smith, 9. 2-Loren Lincoln, 10. 1f-A.J. Lloyd, 11. 7z-Zach Payne, 12. 9-Tim Baker, 13. 117jr.-C.J. Castelletti, 14. 11n-Ricky Newton, 15. 132-Dalton Martin, 16. 92-Wesley Hayes, 17. 7h-Alex Hoag, 18. 3m-Mike Stanton Jr., 19. 21v-Tony Velez, 20. 113jr.-Frank Guererri Jr., 21. 00-Sam Hoxie, 22. 77-Benny Karlsen, 23. 70-Alex Payne, 24. 01-Doug Smith, 25. 93-Tyler Vinson, 26. 23b-Timmy Borden Jr., 27. 327-Brett Baldwin, 28. 04-Eric Years, 29. 12g-Matt Guererri.

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Krentz, Z.Payne, Paine, P.Guererri, Ridley, Borden, D.Smith, Stewart Baldwin.

#2: Castelletti, Lincoln, Baker, Root, Velez, Hoxie, Karlsen.

#3: Bristol, Hayes, Lloyd, Martin, F.Guererri, A.Payne, Years.

#4: N.Guererri, Stanton, Vinson, M.Guererri, Hoag, A.Smith, Newton.

Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint

*Feature #1 (20 laps): 1. 75-Brandyn Griffin, 2. 48jr.-Darryl Ruggles, 3. 42-Jesse Pruchnik, 4. 48a-Alysha Bay, 5. X-Dan Bennett, 6. 38-Jason Whipple, 7. 18c-Dan Craun, 8. 53-Tom Fletcher, 9. 66-Erik Karlsen, 10. 26j-Johnny Kolosek, 11. j27-John Cunningham, 12. 99-Andy Jacobus.

*Feature #2 (20 laps): 1. X-Dan Bennett, 2. 48a-Alysha Bay, 3. 48jr.-Darryl Ruggles, 4. 38-Jason Whipple, 5. 75-Brandyn Griffin, 6. 26j-Johnny Kolosek, 7. 42-Jesse Pruchnik, 8. 18c-Dan Craun, 9. 99-Andy Jacobus, 10. 53-Tom Fletcher, 11. 66-Erik Karlsen, j27-John Cunningham(DNS).

Heats (8 laps)

#1: Karlsen, Ruggles, Bay, Bennett, Pruchnik, Fletcher.

#2: Griffin, Kolosek, Whipple, Jacobus, Craun, Cunningham.

Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock

*Feature (15 laps): 1. 99-Adam DePuy, 2. 5c-Rick Crego, 3. 36-Jimmy Grant, 4. 57j-Quinn Sutherland, 5. 64-Bob Buono, 6. 00x-Damian Long, 7. 55p-Parker Smith, 8. 34q-Jason Quigley, 9. 37x-Carl Johnson, 10. 55b-Blane Smith, 11. 02-Brad Steinruck, 12. 5-Ryan Rozelle, 13. 33-Dave Bradley Jr., 14. 29k-Chris Cunningham, 15. 00-Mike Welch, 16. 25b-Marc Minutolo, 17. 12s-Dakota Sharp, 58d-Nick Dandino(DNS), 74-Ronald “Bundy” Metcalf(DNS).

Heats (6 laps)

#1: Minutolo, Buono, Johnson, Cunningham, Rozelle, Metcalf(DNS), William Bradley(DNS).

#2: DePuy, Welch, Quigley, Crego, Sutherland, Sharp.

#3: P.Smith, Steinruck, Grant, Long, B.Smith, Dandino.

NEXT EVENT: Saturday Spectacular, August 31 @ 7pm; Smith Bros. Drywall and Sherwin-Williams Paint Store present Season Championship Night “Open” Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Challenge(non-point)/Sportsman(double points)/305 Sprint(double points)/Street Stock(double points) plus Backpack Giveaway with The Spot Benefit.

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Along with recognizing its weekly 50/50 raffle fund beneficiaries, Land of Legends Raceway is proud to salute several sponsors and corporate partners that continue to help bring its fans the best Saturday night racing show in the Northeast. Listed alphabetically are current division sponsors Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Mike Emhof Motorsports, Pepsi Geneva Club Beverage, Smith Bros. Drywall; event sponsors Admar Construction Equipment & Supply Company, American Equipment, A-Verdi Storage Containers, Geneva Club Beverage, Honeoye Auto Parts/Auto Value, Pepsi/Mountain Dew/Lipton Lake Beverage, L&L Transmission & Towing, Main Energy, Red Osier Restaurant, Sherwin-Williams Paint, Tradition Automotive Group; promotional partners Champion Power Equipment, Dig Safely New York 811, Dobbers Sports Bar, Elab Smokers Boutique, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hoselton Chevrolet, Ontario County Fairboard, Radio 95.1 Rochester, Star Headlight & Lantern Co., VP Racing Fuels, Weedsport Hall of Fame, Wright Beverage, Young Real Estate Agency.

Sheppard Wins The Battle & The War In Big-Block Mod Season Showdown

Guererri, Griffin, Bennett, DePuy victorious as Spaids find their place on LOLR Wall of Fame

*Attached Matt Sheppard victory lane photo by Don Romeo

Canandaigua, NY – August 24, 2019 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

This time around nothing could upset Matt Sheppard's bid to reclaim the coveted Canandaigua crown as the Waterloo warrior scorched the field to score his eighth Pepsi Big-Block Modified feature win of the season and sew up a ninth points championship at Land Of Legends Raceway.

“This is the way you want to cap off a season, high money earned, start behind everybody and get to the front, this is really special,” beamed Sheppard, 37, who captured his first track title in 2009 and racked up seven straight from 2011-17.

Nick Guererri held off his uncle Paul Guererri to return to victory lane in the Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Sportsman main while Adam DePuy took a track-high ninth checkered flag in the Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock finale. Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprinters Brandyn Griffin and Dan Bennett triumphed for the first time this year to close out another 'Saturday Spectacular' on Hoselton Auto Mall Night at the Ontario County Fairgrounds.

Kicking off the Big-Block Championship card, long-time track officials Gary & Donna Spaid joined 2019 fellow inductees Milt Johnson, Gary Montgomery and Steve Pesarek in a special Land of Legends Wall of Fame tribute recognizing their five decades of contributions in Canandaigua and around the entire Northeastern DIRTcar circuit.

Growing up in Seneca Falls and attending weekly stock car shows at Waterloo Speedway, after Gary finished college at Niagara University the pair relocated to the Rochester suburb of Henrietta, taking in their first race at Canandaigua in 1972 with the family spending most summer weekends at tracks in CNY throughout the decade.

In 1979 Gary made his first venture into writing for the weekly program, DIRT Trackin' Magazine, and within a month was approached to pen a column for Gater Racing News. Everything snowballed after that as program editor Larry Costa asked him to keep both track and series points for founder Glenn Donnelly's fledgling motorsports organization. Gary quickly learned the handicapping and point systems and also picked up on scoring the races, officially being named DIRT’s chief handicapper and points keeper in 1980.

Donna took over selling the programs at Canandaigua's souvenir table when Gary gained control of the program in 1985 and over time moved up into the scoring tower, also joining her husband on raceday at Weedsport on Sundays and Rolling Wheels Raceway for specials in between.

A long-time race historian, in 1988 Gary teamed with Hank Schramm to write “Car Coming,” a book on New York State auto racing history and later published "Syracuse Scrapbook" chronicling the annual Labor Day race at the NYS Fairgrounds. When Donnelly created the Hall of Fame in Weedsport, Gary was a founding member on the selection committee and the first class was enshrined in 1992. In the early 1990s local auto racing took the leap into electronic scoring under Gary’s tenure and by the turn of the century came to fruition around Donnelly's DIRT circuit, where it is a necessity for every track today.

Last summer on the brink of concluding his 40st season working at short tracks throughout the region, with Donna not far behind, Gary received the Leonard J. Sammons Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Auto Racing at the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. In 2009 he was also the recipient of the 4th Glenn Donnelly Award of Excellence, handed out during the season-ending DIRTcar Northeast Banquet in November.

A year ago 'Super Matt' entered the regular-season Big-Block finale holding a 22-point advantage over Erick Rudolph, yet a disappointing 7th-place finish in the double-points feature put him a single marker under race runner-up Rudolph in the final standings. Not this time, as a more comfortable 50-point margin separated the second-generation standouts going in and Sheppard punctuated his season-long prowess with career win #78 at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, finishing ahead 816-760 on the final points chart.

“This is the Land of Legends here so to win the championship nine times, its definitely a big deal for us,” stated Sheppard, following his ninth season registering at least five wins. “I think even more of a big deal is the season we had. Last year stat-wise was probably one of my worst here and to turn around this year ... 8 wins and a worst finish of 3rd ... arguably our best season ever here. Talking about a 180 (degree turnaround), that's big for our team.”

“A little discouraged after last season but we never give up. We kinda got kicked down a little bit but came back even stronger. Can't remember a season like this with no bad finishes, no bad nights. It says a lot about the cars and all the maintenance that goes on that these guys do, just a total team effort,” Sheppard said.

Talented teenager Jeff Daugherty out-dragged front row partner Eric Williams to set an early pace in the 35-lap Modified main. Sheppard filed into 14th on the 19-car starting grid and had his number 9s Hurlock Auto & Speed-Dendis Companies/Bicknell mount dialed in from the drop of ringmaster Scott Hixson's opening green flag, disposing of his closest competitors as the laps clicked off.

Sheppard found himself in seventh with six laps complete on the Elab Boutique scoreboard and needed just one more time around the fast half-miler to crack the top-5. First-year LOLR regular Dillon Groover was the next to fall on lap 12 while Sheppard's former mentor Steve Paine gave up third the following circuit. It took three laps to track down Eldon Payne Jr. but only four more turns to forge the lone lead change with still half the race remaining.

Starting 12th in the field, Rudolph appeared just as quick as the new leader, advancing to fourth at the halfway mark before grabbing second from Daugherty on lap 22. Lap after lap Rudolph cut into the deficit, getting the break he needed when Lance Dusett suffered a flat left-rear tire to incur the first caution with just three laps to go.

Sheppard was up to the challenge yet a sudden second yellow flag flew when Payne spun at the end of the back straightaway to summon a green-white-checkered finish. 'Super Matt' slammed the door shut on the ensuing restart, and with Rudolph's runner-up tally enough to upset Sheppard's stronghold last summer,

another second-place finish five car-lengths behind forced the ridge runner from Ransomville to settle for second in the season-long points chase. Alan Johnson, Justin Haers and Groover completed the top-five.

“You don't like to see a caution with 2 to go or even 1 to go, but at the same time I was getting a little tight on the long run,” noted Sheppard, who finished second to Rudolph three times in Erick's four wins. Saturday's showdown marked the first race that Rudolph followed winner Sheppard across the line this season. “Note sure if that let my tires cool down as I fired off pretty good there, but I had a really, really good car tonight.”

“For whatever reason my car just didn't fire off at the beginning of the last race (Aug. 10), it was quite the opposite tonight. When the green dropped I felt pretty good and was kind of able to find the top (groove) before anybody else then march our way to the front,” added Sheppard, after logging his 32nd win of the season overall. Rudolph, currently positioned second behind Sheppard in the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series point standings, ranks second in the region with 21 victories, making LOLR the only track where fans can witness the best in the entire Northeast every week!

Also boasting one of the most competitive Sportsman fields throughout the season, Canandaigua brings families together together on both sides of the fence. The latest 'Saturday Spectacular' was no exception as just a single car-length separated a pair of perennial Guererri favorites at the line with Nick taking top honors on this occasion.

“I kept looking at the (score) board, first I saw my brother (Matt) step beside me, he was roughing me up under yellow, then I looked again and Paul's behind me, just had to keep my head,” remarked Nick, 34, who reached double digits (10 career) after his second win of the '19 campaign in Canandaigua. “Was nervous with (Paul) running the bottom, he's so good down there, but I stuck to the top. That's what got me the lead so I just stayed there.

North Rose invader Wesley Hayes led his first laps of the year before Mike Stanton Jr. slid to the infield and came to a stop low in turn one to bring out a yellow flag with two scored in the headline 25-lap feature go. Sixth starting Nick Guererri moved his #25G Pampered Parents-Phelps Cement-Champion Power Equip.-Young Agency/Bicknell entry into third on the lap three restart, took over second the next half-mile then went around Hayes for the lead exiting turn three to complete lap seven.

A turn four tangle on lap 12 resulted in Sportsman Legends graduates Tyler Vinson and Sam Hoxie facing the wrong way to force another caution period. On the restart 15th starting Paul Guererri ran third behind nephews Nick and Matt while division point leaders Kevin Root and Kane Bristol closed in on the front-five. Another restart on lap 16 proved pivotal for Matt Guererri as the rear-end let loose in his own Bicknell ride, ending any chance for his first win of the season.

The final nine laps ran caution-free with Nick running high and Paul, the winningest (45) Sportsman driver in track history, hugging the low side. While the leaders hit traffic with a handful to go, Root and Bristol were able to tighten the gap but in the end it turned into a Guererri gala as Nick hung on for the $750 payday. Kevin Ridley finished fifth at the stripe.

“I remembered Paul passing both of us (Matt included) during the summer so I stuck to the bottom for one lap (restart) then went right back up top,” said the winning Guererri from Seneca Falls. “I felt pretty good, could go into the turns as hard as I wanted at the end. Had to tip-toe a little bit out of turn four which got slick out there after the sprints, but the track was in really good shape. Best (conditions) we've had in a while, tip of the hat to those guys that do the track prep.”

“This is a huge win for us, especially after the way we started the season. Just have to thank everybody that stuck behind me and kept giving their support,” added Guererri, fresh off another big win at Weedsport Speedway on Aug. 11.

While Sheppard and Guererri have become familiar names in victory lane at the fairgrounds, MEM 305 Sprint winners Griffin and Bennett both needed four months to triumph for the first time this season. Each made their career debut in Canandaigua's winners circle last summer.

“It's definitely been way too long,” said Griffin, 21, who led his first laps of the season, the final 17, to out-distance Darryl Ruggles in round one of the sprint car twin-bill. “After winning the second time out last season we've been right there ever since. Finally got something figured out tonight.”

Erik Karlsen led off the first 20-lap A-Main before Andy Jacobus' winged machine came to a smoking stop in turn two to require a yellow flag with three laps scored. Griffin threw his no. 75 Tri-County Excavating-Ruggles World of Auto Body-SVRA Mach1 mount high into the lead on the restart with low running Jesse Pruchnik sandwiching Karlsen in between as the trio throttled down the back straightaway.

With a brand new engine under the hood, 10th-starting Ruggles pulled into third by lap six and needed just two more circuits to wrestle away second from Connecticut traveler Pruchnik. Points leader Johnny Kolosek suddenly slowed to the infield and Karlsen followed suit as both teams ended the race with 13 laps complete.

Clifton Springs' Griffin held on for a four car-length victory over Ruggles, who emerged the new points leader by two over Kolosek, 598-596, while the race winner made it a three-way battle totaling 594 markers through 11 events. Pruchnik, Alysha Bay and Bennett rounded out the front-five.

Press Releases and Results / The Hill Speedway Results August 23rd
« on: August 26, 2019, 09:50:21 AM »
 Forbes Machine Shop provided the night sponsorship for the August 23 show at The Hill Speedway and the tagline "The Thrill on The Hill" was in full force throughout the night as each division stepped up with some great side by side racing. Lou Sharpsteen earned his first trip of the season to the Close Racing Supply Victory Lane with a popular win in the Street Stocks, and Dale Welty made it seven different winners in ten features of the season in the Snell Metalfab Crate Sportsman. Larry Colton returned to the winner's circle after a couple weeks of bad luck in the Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinders, with Mike Chilson, Matt Browning, and Brad Sites added to their win totals in their divisions. A season high 80 cars packed the pits Friday night at The Hill Speedway with the top class in numbers being the Pure Stocks with nineteen cars starting the feature. The season started with the Pure Stocks running with the Street Stocks due to few cars, but the class has grown quickly. The Hill Speedway extends a hearty thank you to all competitors who have helped support and grow this class.

     The Modifieds were first out of the gate with their twenty lap main event. Harry Ely and Ray McClure battled for the lead in the opening laps with Gary McKernan and Jake Maynard taking over the top two spots on lap five. Contact between the leaders moved them out of the fast groove on the ninth circuit, and Brad Sites shot to the inside to take the lead. Sites would lead the remaining laps, but just inches off his rear bumper, the battle for second and third between Lamphere and Maynard was intense. Lamphere would hold onto the second spot at the checkered flag, with Maynard alongside in third. McClure, points leader Eddie Sites in a back up car, and Jack Lamphere debated fourth over the last ten laps with Jack doing a power move to the outside on the last lap to barely beat McClure to the line.
Maynard and Brad Sites recorded heat wins.

     Devon Bailey and Trevor Williams took turns at the lead in the Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders with points leader Matt Browning taking command on the fourth lap. The battle for the runner up spot involved six cars, with Matt McKernan taking over second on lap seven and closing on the leader. McKernan hit the wall a lap later, dropping him from contention, and Adam Delgrosso took over second. Browning and Delgrosso ran a side by side battle for the win over the last half of the event, with Browning barely edging out Delgrosso to take his third win of the season. Williams fought off a spirited challenge by Greg McKernan to finish third with Bailey a close fifth.
Bailey and Delgrosso won heats.

     Cliff Miller led the first two laps of the Pure Stock feature, but spun in turn two, handing the lead to points leader Les Smith. Josh Conner took over top spot three laps later, but Mike Chilson was on the move and powered into the lead at the halfway point. Conner, in second place, got sideways in turn four on the next lap, and with the field tightly bunched, the majority of the top ten piled in. The incident involved nine cars. Chilson led at the restart, with Cliff Miller second. Miller, who had worked his way back into the midst of the top ten after the early race spin, barely missed the accident in turn four. As the cars involved in the accident worked to get back to the front, Chilson began to pull away. With five to go, Miller was fighting to hold off Jerred Dennis, Daltyn Decker, Les Smith, and Towner who had run in a group coming back to the front. Conner pitted on lap sixteen and Dusty Decker joined the group, as Miller led a five car debate for second. With Chilson still in command, a late yellow bunched the field for a one lap shootout for the finish. Chilson held on to take his third win of the season. Miller's car appeared to balk at the green flag creating a three wide charge into turn one for second. Dennis won the race for second with Decker third by inches. Smith made the pass on turn four for fourth and Miller hung on for fifth.
Heats were won by Chilson, Smith, and Tommy Groover.

     Lou Sharpsteen started fourth in the Street Stock feature and quickly took the lead on the second lap. Doug Stack Jr. kept the pressure on from second, with Doug Stack Sr. taking over third on the fifth lap. Points leader Earl Zimmer recovered from being involved in a lap two incident, and joined the lead pack as the race reached the midpoint. The lead duo pulled away a bit, as J.T. McKernan made it a threesome battling for the third spot. On the final lap Zimmer made an inside move to take the third spot from Stack Sr. by just a couple inches at the finish line. The top five at the checkered flag were Sharpsteen, Stack Jr., Zimmer, Stack Sr. , and McKernan. Sharpsteen celebrated his first win of 2019 with his dirt track version of a NASCAR burnout on the front straight.
Heats went to Zimmer and Doug Stack Jr.

     Veteran Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinder racer Larry Colton has been fast all season, and two feature wins and a number of runnerup finishes have kept him in the Championship hunt this year. Mechanical issues have taken him out of good feature finishes lately, but that all changed this week. An initial start incident in turn one took points leader Joe Lane out of contention, and Colton grabbed the lead from Anton Smith as the pair powered off turn four on the first lap. Colton led all twenty laps to get back to Close Racing Supply Victory Lane, but it wasn't an uneventful trip as the car caught fire on the cool down lap after the checker. It quickly went out, and celebration in the winner's circle didn't require a fire truck. Smith, Stan Mathews,  and Logan Bump ran a spirited battle for second throughout with Smith recording second, with Bump, Mathews, and Justin Hall rounding out the top five. Lane manged to drive back to sixth.
Smith and Colton won their heats.
     Rich Powell, Dale Welty, and Rich Talada kept the fans on the edge of their seats for the first half of the Snell Metalfab Crate Sportsman feature, with a tremendous three car battle for the lead. A few car lengths back, Dalton Maynard, Kinser Hill, Chris Clemens, and Brandon Fritsch debated third. At the midpoint, Welty squeezed by to take the lead but Powell and Talada stayed in close formation inches off Welty's bumper. Talada had second a number of times, but each time they got back around to the scoring line, Powell held the position. Welty manged to open up a few car lengths lead, and picked up the win as Powell, Talada, Maynard, and Hill finishing in that order.
Hill and Maynard were heat winners.

     Next week, August 30th, Lamphere Truck Parts will sponsor the Season Chapionship with special thirty lap features in all divisions with double points on the line. Space Mountain Fireworks also will add to the action with a special season ending fireworks show. As always, gates open at 5pm, practice is at 6:30, and racing starts at 7:00.

MODIFIED.... BRAD SITES, Gary Lamphere, Jake Maynard,  Jack Lamphere,  Ray McClure,  Eddie Sites,  J. W. Lamphere, Harry Ely, Jared Keeney, Victor McNeal,  Keith Lamphere,  Jason Sullivan. Jason Benjamin.

FWD FOURS... MATT BROWNING,  Adam Delgrosso, Trevor Williams, Greg McKernan, Devon Bailey, Nate Freeland, John Maynard, Tim Johnson, Kenny Benjamin, Owen Clark,  Steve Castle, Dillon Maryott, Trevor Belcher, Bob Schultz, Matt McKernan, Ryan Wood, Josh Bailey.

PURE STOCK...MIKE CHILSON, Jerred Dennis, Dusty Decker,  Les Smith,  Cliff Miller,  Daltyn Decker,  Duane Bailey,  Dave Decker, Tom Hall,  Cole Burgess, Kevin McDonald,  Josh Conner,  Nate Hill, Tommy Groover, Jerry Fassett, Dustin Fassett, Jimmy Hollister, Aaron Benjamin,  Charlie Towner.

STREET STOCK... LOU SHARPSTEEN, Doug Stack Jr., Earl Zimmer, Doug Stack Sr., J.T. McKernan,  Bill Tice, Bobby Maynard, Oliver Gage,  Bobby Hall, Howard Bailey, Abe Romanick, Cody Kershner,  Mike Koser.

RWD FOURS... LARRY COLTON, Anton Smith,  Scott Bump,  Stan Mathews,  Justin Hall, Joe Lane,  Logan Bump, Mike Navone, Nick Robbins, Tyler Belcher.

The Hill Speedway is a quarter mile dirt oval featuring six classes of auto racing on Friday nights throughout the summer. Unique in that there are no grandstands, fans bring their own lawnchairs and blankets to enjoy the action with their own viewing groups on a manicured grassy hillside overlooking the track. Drive in park and view spots are also available from turn four, up the front straight, around to turn two for your own tailgate parties.
The Hill is located at the intersection of Dunn Hill Road and Banks Road, just a couple of miles north of State Route 414 in Monroeton, Pa.


“Curren Again in Chemung Sunoco Modifieds, Career-First in Super Stocks for Garrett Zacharias”
by Carol Houssock”
(Chemung, NY) It was a night of repeat winners at Chemung, with one notable exception. Fans have watched Garrett Zacharias grow from a dominating factor in the Bandolero division to a talented rookie in the Super Stock class. Friday night he earned his career-first win in a full-bodied car and the crowd was with him every step of the way. Friday night winners included Zack Curren (Sunoco Modifieds), Garrett Zacharias (Super Stocks), DJ Shaw (4 Cylinders), Kyle Youngs (INEX Legends), and both Josh Duke (Outlaw) and Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit) in the INEX Bandoleros. Finishes for the Sunoco Modifieds and Super Stocks are unofficial until Monday.
Members of the ‘Z Pack’, Zack Curren, Zack Knowlde, and Zane Zeiner, have been on a tear in the Sunoco Modified division in recent weeks. Friday night Curren was searching for his fifth consecutive win, Knowlden was looking for his second, and Zeiner hoped his first win this year was imminent. Add in Charlie Sharpsteen, looking for his fourth, and you have the bulk of the feature winners going at it again. Sharpsteen and Tim Gullo won the two heats, while Gene Sharpsteen had the pole for the 40-lap feature and led the first three laps. Charlie took over on a lap four restart and started to pull away. When John Wilber spun it bunched up the field and brought Zeiner up to the outside of the front row for the restart. Zeiner took the lead on that restart with Curren and Knowlden inching closer to C. Sharpsteen. Curren took over second with a dozen laps remaining and started to reel in Zeiner. When Keith Youngs spun with five to go it set up and opportunity for Curren, who prevailed on the second attempt to resume the race. Once in front he was untouchable once again and held off Zeiner at the stripe for the win. Knowlden was third, followed by C. Sharpsteen and Gullo. “I had no clue early on that we’d have five in a row, but we don’t come here to finish anywhere else,” Curren said. He also gave props to Zeiner. “It’s great running with someone like him, who runs you clean.” The two Zachary's are taking this one the distance, as Curren now leads Knowlden by just four points.
Nick Robinson and Ajay Potrzebowski got things going in the Super Stock division by winning the two heat races. Handicapping put Garrett Zacharias on the pole for the 25-lap feature. On the opening lap Potrzebowski powered his way into turn three and got into Frank Chapman, bringing out the only caution. The restart again had Zacharias and Jesse Hurley on the front row and Garrett’s #71 led the way. It was a lead he never surrendered, leaving behind a battle for second involving Jim House, Robinson and Mike Nichols, all of whom passed Hurley. By lap 10 Robinson and Nichols were second and third while Zacharias was off in the distance. Over the final half of the race Robinson closed the gap a bit but he ran out of time. Zacharias was consistent and smooth and held on for the very popular win. “Woo”, he yelled to the crowd after jumping down from the hood. “I never thought I’d win this year but wow, this is amazing.” He went on to thank his family, crew, motor man and sponsors for their help. Point leader Robinson, Nichols, House and Chapman finished in the top five.
In 4 Cylinder action rookie DJ Shaw and veteran Greg Moldt, who had a combined half dozen feature wins, won their respective heats. Moldt came into the night leading the points and then won his heat. Things changed as the field worked lap two in their 20-lap feature when Mark Taylor got into him and Moldt hit the wall in turn four. That ended his night and his point lead, as Shaw went on to score his third win of the year. He took the lead from Monica Green on the lap two restart and never looked back. Green tried to stay with him but the gap between them widened as the laps clicked off. When it was over it was Shaw who celebrated the win over Green, Joey Bevacqua, Ricky Lane and Ben Perry. Shaw now leads Moldt by four points.
Kyle Youngs won the 20-lap INEX Legends feature, but it was Chuck Lohmeyer who won everyone’s concern Friday night. After leading lap one and falling to second, he came off turn four and slammed the front stretch wall on the driver’s side. Fortunately, he was ok but the #89 was towed to the pits. The race resumed with Jody Buckley and point leader Gary Ham in row one. Ham prevailed but lost the lead on lap six to Youngs. Once in front he checked out. With 14 laps in, James Anderson’s motor let go and set up a restart. Youngs maintained his lead and sailed across the finish line to record his fifth win of the year. Heat winner Ham, was second, followed by Buckley, Chris Chilson and Charlie Lohmeyer.
The 10-lap INEX Bandolero feature resulted in victory lane interview with the leaders in the Outlaw and Bandit divisions once again. Each had also previously won his heat race. Josh Duke used the outside lane to power around and take the lead. A caution three laps into the event didn’t deter Duke or Sinsabaugh, who picked up where they had been and led through lap 10. For Duke it represented win #10 this year, with Sinsabaugh celebrating his sixth division win. Derrick Vogler was third, followed by Jeffrey Noe and Nolan Baker.
The Classic Asphalt Modified Series rolled into Chemung for a heat and feature. Terry Wilson’s Pinto won the heat, but he broke in the 10-lap feature. Local racer Bob “Rip” Ripley parked his Geoff Bodine lookalike Valiant in Victory Lane after beating Tim Janes, Tom Guiler, Shiloh James and Willie Miller.
The schedule all season has had Chemung idle this Friday night due to the Classic at Oswego. Racing will resume with a two-day event on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th. The Friday lineup includes a 42-lap event for the Super Stocks, in memory of Ed Bidlack. Also on the card are National Qualifiers for the INEX Legends (30 Laps) and INEX Bandolero (20 Laps) divisions. Admission is just $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for kids ages 12 and under. Gates open at 5 with racing at 7. On Saturday the 7th Chemung welcomes two touring series’ on the same day. That one includes the RoC Sportsman Modifieds (75 Laps), RoC 4 Cylinders (25 Laps) and the New York Super Stocks (50 Laps). Gates on that Saturday will open at 3 with racing at 5 PM. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and free for kids ages 12 and under. For information, log on to the track’s website:, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.
Of Note:
His 3rd place finish earned Zack Knowlden $25 toward shock dynoing, donated by Eagle One Fabrication and Speed and Down Force Shocks. Each week a random finisher will win this new bonus.
Zack Curren, Garrett Zacharias and DJ Shaw won free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads, NY in the “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” bonus.
The pace vehicle driver from Ferrario Auto Team won the 50/50.
With Zack Curren’s fifth consecutive win, his Uncle will again offer $.94 hot dogs in the concession stand at our next event on Friday, September 6th.
Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps - Unofficial):  ZACK CURREN, Zane Zeiner, Zack Knowlden, Charlie Sharpsteen, Tim Gullo, Bryan Sherwood, Gene Sharpsteen, John Wilber, Keith Youngs, Steven Sherwood, Pat Judson
Heats:  Gullo, C. Sharpsteen
Super Stocks (25 Laps - Unofficial):  GARRETT ZACHARIAS, Nick Robinson, Mike Nichols, Jim House, Frank Chapman, Jesse Hurley, Dennis Beardslee, Dave Harbst, Jason Duke, Ajay Potrzebowski, Brian DeMark (DNS)
Heats:  Robinson, Potrzebowski
4 Cylinders (20 Laps):  DJ SHAW, Monica Green, Joey Bevacqua, Ricky Lane, Ben Perry, Jason Peck, Alex Brown, Mark Taylor, Ken Evans, Jr., Brett Bourdette, Shannon Raezer, Greg Moldt, Shane McCormick
Heats:  Shaw, Moldt
INEX Legends (20 Laps):  KYLE YOUNGS, Gary Ham, Jody Buckley, Chris Chilson, Charlie Lohmeyer, Mark Taylor, James Anderson, Chuck Lohmeyer
Heat:  Ham
Carpenter’s KARTS INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps):  JOSH DUKE, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit winner), Derrick Vogler, Jeffrey Noe, Nolan Baker, Isaiah Anderson, Aiden Gardner, Nial Gardner
Heats:  Sinsabaugh, Duke
Classic Asphalt Modifieds (10 Laps): BOB ‘RIP’ RIPLEY, Tim Janes, Tom Guiler, Shiloh Janes, Willie Miller, Terry Wilson
Heat: Wilson




BECHTELSVILLE, PA August 21, 2019 . . . With just four nights of NASCAR point racing left in the season action will be hot and heavy each and every Saturday night until the titles are decided.

This Saturday night the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will headline the racing action and will be joined by the always exciting Blast from the Past Vintage racers making for an action packed tripleheader that will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 with youngsters under 12 admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. The weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet is set for 5 p.m. and includes Modified racer Jordan Henn along with Blast from the Past Vintage racer Todd Lapp. At least a dozen bikes will be given away to lucky youngsters courtesy of the Blast from the Past organization.

Attention will be centered on Duane Howard and Brad Brightbill as they continue to lead the chase for the championship.  Howard leads the standings for the Modifieds while Brightbill is in front in the Sportsman division.

Fresh off a Saturday night win Oley, PA based Howard now has 5 wins to his credit and has tallied 4078 points. The five time champion has a 372 point edge over ten time champion Craig Von Dohren who sits with 3706 points and four wins. Von Dohren had a tough night last Saturday night as mechanical woes kept him out of the feature and cost him dearly in the point battle. Brett Kressley is third with 3689 points followed by Doug Manmiller with 3546 counters and Jared Umbenhauer with 3358 tallies.

Veteran racing talented Brad Brightbill has earned 3423 points helped along by his four feature wins. Past champion Brian Hirthler is second with 3107 points and two early season wins. Brad Grim holds third with 3079 counters followed by Kyle Lilick who has earned 3022 tallies with one win. Mark Kemmerer is fifth having earned 2784 points.

A total of 59 racers have earned points so far this season in the Modifieds while 46 racers have tallied points with four point races to go in the season.

The final point races will be presented on Saturday, September 14th when WNPV-AM Radio presents Champion’s Night.

Then on Saturday, September 21st the 49th Annual Freedom 76, offering at least $25,000 to the winner of the Modified Classic, takes place. And the night before the Sportsman will be featured in a 38-lap main event along with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series.

Advance tickets for the Freedom 76 are now on sale. Those wishing to order by mail can send a check or money order covering the number of tickets being ordered to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Advance adult tickets are priced at $35 while tickets purchased on race day will be priced at $40. Youngsters 6 through 11 pay $10. Under six are admitted free. Please include a self-addressed envelope to speed delivery. Tickets will not be mailed after September 13.

Lap sponsorships, priced at $20, are presently available. Lap sponsors are included in the special track magazine, public address system announcements and more. In addition sponsorship of qualifying events and special awards are available. Heat races sell for $200. Those interested can contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or or check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track.



1.            Duane Howard, Oley, PA #66/357H          4078*****

2.            Craig Von Dohren, Oley, PA #1C                3706****

3.            Brett Kressley, Orefield, PA #19K             3689**

4.            Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, PA #44M      3546*

5.            Jared Umbenhauer, Richland, PA #19/1H              3358

6.            Rick Laubach, Hellertown, PA #7L             3331

7.            Kevin Hirthler, Boyertown, PA #117        3191

8.            Jeff Strunk, Boyertown, PA #126               2930***

9.            Alex Yankowski, Covington Twp., PA #84Y           2717

10.          Frank Cozze, Wind Gap, PA #4    2695

11.          Ryan Grim, Laury’s Station, PA #17           2609

12.          Louden Reimert, Oley, PA #16   2579

13.          Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, PA #21K  2300

14.          Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, PA   #99      2289

15.          Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA #23X                2173

16.          Mike Lisowski, Minersville, PA #15          2019

17.          Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #OG7/14              1969

18.          Briggs Danner, Allentown, PA #6/78D    1880

19.          Dylan Swinehart, Fleetwood, PA #81      1769*

20.          Danny Erb, Boyertown, PA #44  1680

21.          Joe Funk, Coopersburg, PA #14RR            1674

22.          Ryan Lilick, Collegeville, PA #49                1544

23.          Clay Butler, Bloomsbury, NJ #4B               1542

24.          Brett Gilmore, Fleetwood, PA #7              1478

25.          Ron Kline, Salford, PA #355         1477

26.          Ray Swinehart, Perkiomenville, PA#33  1444

27.          Jordan Henn, Kutztown, PA #77H             1360

28.          Justin Grim, Orefield, PA   #611/61          1317

29.          Dan Waisempacher, Springtown, PA #01              1302

30.          Richie Hitzler, Lebanon, PA #22 1161



1.            Brad Brightbill, Sinking Springs, PA #19 3423****

2.            Brian Hirthler, Green Lane, PA #4*/117  3107**

3.            Brad Grim, Coplay, PA #13           3079

4.            Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, PA #104              3022*

5.            Mark Kemmerer, Green Lane, PA, PA #F10           2784

6.            Brad Arnold, Bethel, PA #830     2692

7.            Jack Butler, Phillipsburg, NJ #5  2685**

8.            Kyle Smith, Fleetwood, PA #77 2549

9.            Dean Bachman, Emmaus, PA #65              2201

10.          Andrew Kreis, Boyertown, PA #6K           1968

11.          Jesse Landis, Gilbertsville, PA #976         1907

12.          Ryan Beltz, Barto, PA #221           1831

13.          Brandon Edgar, Lehighton, PA #57           1676*

14.          Mike Mammana, Nazareth, PA #31          1663

15.          Lex Shive, Pennsburg, PA #5K    1623

16.          Kenny Bock, Birdsboro, PA   #6  1530

17.          Parker Guldin, Fleetwood, PA   #11         1412*

18.          Nathan Mohr, East Greenville, PA #17M                1326*

19.          Nate Brinker, Allentown, PA #14              1323

20.          Derrick Smith, Telford, PA#20    1232*

21.          Chris Esposito, Hatfield, PA #31A             1164

22.          Sean Weiss, Gilbertsville, PA #24             1161*

23.          Josh Adams, Douglassville, PA #44A       1124

24.          Tom Miller, Gilbertsville, PA #77T            1068*

25.          Scott Kohler, Boyertown, PA #12S            911


* denotes feature win (Feature wins listed are only for those that are

                NASCAR point events.)

Sharpsteen Takes Late Race Advantage For the Win at Chemung
By Shylo Fuchs

After struggling to get this feature underway due to several early cautions prior to lap one we
would get 3 laps in the books before car #21 piloted by substitute driver Tommy Markham would
slow on the front stretch and draw another yellow flag. On the way to securing another lap we
would see the #15 of Nick Robinson who was running in the fifth position go around in turn four
due to a right front flat on his borrowed ride.

We would accomplish just one lap before the #44 of Jake Wylie would go around in between
turns one and two landing nose to nose with our last race winner in the #1, Gary Noe. Race
control would make the call for single file restarts to try to get some racing in the books and it
would work.

The #17 of Ajay Potrzebowski would remain in the lead until lap 8 when the top three runners,
Potrzebowski, #3 of Jimmy Steffenhagen Jr. and the #89 of Frank Chapman would go three
wide coming out of two for the lead and it would go to Steffenhagen.

Steffenhagen would defend his lead through multiple cautions for spun cars but, Chapman
would be hanging on to the runner up position with stiff competition chomping at his rear
bumper. Potrzebowski, Sharpsteen and Willis would all be looking to find their way into the top

Tony Hanbury in the #29 would be sitting just outside the top five after driving his way from his
15th starting position. He would slip past Josh Hunter and then spend several laps battling the
#75 of Zach Willis for the fifth place position. He would overtake Willis on lap 17 but, Willis
would not accept this fate. Willis would retake the fifth position just 5 laps later and then the
battle up front would really start to heat up.

Lee Sharpsteen in his #34 would be challenging Ajay Potrzebowski for the number three spot.
He would take it on lap 24 and then as the cars came around the leader of Steffenhagen would
experience an unfortunate short in his electrical system and drop out of the lead to the inside of
turns 3 & 4. This would line up the #89 of Frank Chapman and the #34 of Sharpsteen on the
front row for one final double file restart.

Sharpsteen would take advantage and jump out into the lead and Chapman would quickly fall to
fifth place giving Potrzebowski, Willis and Hanbury two spots advantage of their positions prior
to the final caution. They would finish Sharpsteen, Potrzebowski, Willis, Hanbury & Chapman
for the top five.

Big Time Service Hard Charger Award was given to the #90 of Nate Peckham who gained 13
positions going from his starting position of 19th to his 6th place finishing spot.
Thank you to all our series sponsors, Sunoco Racing Fuels, Insinger Performance, F/A
Products, Big Time Service, Aratari Auto Color, Nytric Electrical Contractors, Ken Tibbles
Roofing, Rapid Express Transport Services and Midstate Basement Authorities. And also thank
you to the Chemung Speedrome for hosting us for this event.

Heat Winners: #77 Garrett Zacharias, #04 JP Harbst, #75 Zach Willis
Feature Finish: #34 Charlie Sharpsteen, #17 Ajay Potrzebowski, #75 Zach Willis, #29 Tony
Hanbury, #89 Frank Chapman, #90 Nate Peckham, #25 Joel Gleason, #23 Robert Fink, #44
Jake Wylie, #37 Jason Dinzler, #54 Amber VanOrden, #71 Eric Handley, #7 Josh Hunter, #13
Aaron Higgins, #5 Jacob Gustafson, #31 Ron Underwood, #3 Jimmy Steffenhagen Jr., #04 JP
Harbst, #21 Tommy Markham, #46 Cole Hicks, #77 Garrett Zacharias, #1 Gary Noe, #15 Nick
Robinson, #72 Mike Nichols

Press Releases and Results / The Hill Speedway Results - August 16, 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:38:19 AM »
 Elite Arms and the Copy Source in Towanda sponsored the action at The Hill Speedway Friday night and there were familiar faces in Close Racing Supply Victory Lane, with driverscadding to their 2019 win total. Street Stock hotshoe Doug Stack Sr. was the notable exception as he recorded his first feature win of the season.

     Up first on the schedule was the Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder feature with Trevor Williams taking the early lead. Greg McKernan and Dakota Decker battling second just inches off the lead. Josh and Devon Bailey ran side by side for forth and fifth, making a tight five car battle at the front. Adam Delgrosso worked his way around the Baileys and Decker and pressured for the lead, making and iside move to take the top spot on lap eight. Points leader Matt Browning was on the move, and by the midpoint was right on the leader's back bumper, running side by side with Williams. The pair split around a lap car on the thirteenth circuit, with Browning running out of room on the outside and tagging the wall, moving him back to eighth. The red came out two laps later as Decker got upside down in turn two ending his top five run. Delgrosso led, with Williams close behind, but Browning was on a mission. He took over the runner up spot with two to go, but was unable to overtake Delgrosso in the closing laps. McKernan and Tyler Belcher got around Williams for third, and fourth in the final two laps.

     Daltyn Decker and Cole Burgess brought the Pure Stock field to the green flag but a major shuffling of positions occurred on the second lap. Burgess, Duane Bailey, and points leader Les Smith tangled on turn four, and all restartedat the back of the pack. On the green, Mike Chilson powered into the top spot, and would hold off all challenges all the way to the checkered flag. Burgess and Smith were on their way back to the front, with both back in the top five by the halfway signal. With Chilson well out front, the fans focussed on the battle for second between Decker and Burgess and just a few feet behind that, the debate for fourth and fifth between Cliff Miller and Smith. At the finish,  Chilson rcorded his second win of the season, Decker held onto the second spot over Burgess, and Miller was able to hold off Smith. Only two caution flags slowed the event, and they occurred in the first five laps.

      The Street Stocks were up next, with Lou Sharpsteen leading the way for the  first two circuits with J.T. McKernan taking over on lap three. Doug Stack Sr. provided the pressure from second with Mike Koser and Brent Miller in tow. Six time feature winner Earl Zimmer joined the top five on the sixth lap, and by the tenth lap was third in a tight three car battle for the lead, with Koser and Miller just a few feet back. Stack and McKernan  ran side by side for the top spot, but by the eleventh lap Stack held an advantage measured in inches  each time the pair flashed by the scoring line, with Zimmer tucked up closely to the lead duo's rear bumpers. Doug Stack Jr., who had been forced to pit early from a lap three incident, had been smoothly making his way up through the field and took over fifth from Miller with five laps remaining.  With two to go, he overpowered Koser and set his sights on the lead trio, but he ran out of time and had to settle for fourth behind his father, McKernan and Zimmer. Koser rounded out the top five.

     In the Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinders, Joe Lane asserted himself early, taking lead from Anton Smith on the third lap, and began to pull away. Smith and Alan Blackwell battled second and by the fourth lap Larry Colton had joined that pair, along with Stan Mathews. Colton's string of bad luck continued, as he retired from the event on the seventh circuit. Just past the halfway  point, Justin Hall got around Mathews for fourth, but the running  order remained  unchanged for the remainder of the race. Lane padded his point lead with his sixth win of the season, with Smith second, Blackwell third, Hall fourth and Mathews fifth.

     Dalton Maynard led the first twelve laps of the Snell Metalfab Crate Sportsman feature, but the action was hot behind him. Rich Talada grabbed the second spot from points leader Chris Clemens and ran tight to the leader, drawing alongside numerous times. Kinser Hill slipped by Clemens and Danielle Smith in a three wide run to take over third, and joined the lead duo. Maynard spun in turn two on the twelfth lap, and Talada and Hill took over first and second with Smith third. With four to go, Dylan Robbins got by Smith for third, and the next lap Steve Babicek took over fourth. Maynard got back into the top five on the nineteenth lap. Talada recorded his third win in a row..

     A season high seventeen IMCA style Modifieds signed in Friday night, and fifteen made the call for their twenty lap feature. Points leader Edd8e Sites quickly assumed command of the event, with Jake Maynard close behind. Ray  McClure dropped into the third spot. Brad Sites took over the second spot on the fourth lap,  Jack Lamphere came from ninth staring spot to take over fourth as the field neared the halfway mark. Lamphere moved to third on lap twelve, as the lead duo ran side by side. Rodney Morgan, who arrived at the track late and started last i n the feature order, smoothly worked his way into contention foe a top five finish,  but had to settle for sixth at the finish. Eddie zsites padded his points lead with the win, with Brad Sites a close second, Jack Lamphere third and  Jake Maynard  fourth. McClure held on for fifth.

FWD FOUR CYLINDER... ADAM DELGROSSO, Matt Browning, Greg McKernan,  Tyler Belcher,  Trevor Williams,  Greg Slater,  John Maynard, Owen Clark, Devon Bailey, Dakota Decker,  Austin Bailey,  Josh Bailey,  Ryan Wood, Luke O'Conner.
Heats to Williams and Delgrosso.

PURE STOCK... MIKE CHILSON, Daltyn Decker,  Cole Burgess,  Cliff Miller,  Les Smith,  Duane Bailey, Dave Decker, Jerry Fassett,  Donnie Burgess, Jim Hollister.
Chilson and Daltyn Decker won heats.

STREET STOCK... DOUG STACK SR., J.T. McKernan, Earl Zimmer, Doug Stack Jr., Mike Koser,  Brent Miller,  Abe Romanick,  Bill Tice,  Lou Sharpsteen,  Robert Hall, Bobby Hall, Dustin Maynard,  Bobby Maynard. 
Sharpsteen and McKernan won heats

RWD FOUR CYLINDER... JOE LANE,  Anton Smith,  Alan Blackwell,  Justin Hall,  Stan Mathews,  Mike Navone,  Larry Colton,  Ashley Dickerson,  Nick Robbins.
Heats to Mathews and Smith

SNELL METALFAB CRATE SPORTSMAN... RICH TALADA, Kinser Hill, Dylan Robbins, Steve Babicek, Dalton Maynard, Chris Clemens, Danielle Smith, Rich Powell.

MODIFIED... EDDIE SITES, Brad Sites, Jack Lamphere, Jake Maynard,  Ray McClure,  Rodney Morgan, Jason Benjamin,  Keith Lamphere,  Harry Ely,  Jared Keeney, J.W. Lamphere, Craig Smith, Sonny Terry,  Aaron Benjamin, Bobby Maynard, Jake Lamphere, Brad Benjamin.

Next Friday, August 23, is sponsored by Forbes Machine Shop and they will be  providing the bicycle giveaways, with twenty lap regular features scheduled for all divisions.
Coming up on August 30, Lamphere Truck Parts will present the Season Championships with 30 lap special features in all divisions, which will rward double points for all finishing positions.
Spectator and pit gates open at 5pm, practice starts at 6:30, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00.

The Hill Speedway is a quarter mile dirt oval featuring six classes of auto racing on Friday nights throughout the summer. Unique in that there are no grandstands, fans enjoy the action with their own viewing groups on a manicured grassy hillside overlooking the track. Drive in park and view spots are also available from turn four, up the front straight, around to turn two for your own tailgate parties.
The Hill is located at the intersection of Dunn Hill Road and Banks Road, just a couple of miles north of State Route 414 in Monroeton, Pa.


"Zack Curren on a Sunoco Modified Tear - Grabs 4th in a Row at Chemung"
by Carol Houssock

(Chemung, NY)   It was a night of familiar faces in Chemung Speedrome's Midstate Basement Authorities victory lane. Even a touring division's feature resulted in a familiar face with checkered flag in hand. Winners on a perfect Friday night included Zack Curren (Sunoco Modifieds), Greg Moldt (4 Cylinders), Kyle Youngs (INEX Legends), Josh Duke (INEX Bandoleros), and Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandoleros - Bandit). Lee Sharpsteen, from nearby Waverly, NY won the New York Super Stock feature.

When the 2019 season started, and for the first few races, Zack Curren's finishes went from just ok to not ok at all in the Sunoco Modified division. "We looked at everything in the car, we were stumped," said his father and spotter Bob Curren. Then someone mentioned shocks, and what Bob discovered shocked the whole team. "What we thought was on the car, wasn't. We got the right ones and it's made all the difference in the world." What an understatement - Zack Curren has won the last four features in a row, with no sign of slowing down.

Friday night it took just five laps to take the lead from prior leaders Gene and Charlie Sharpsteen. Curren held off repeated challenges from C. Sharpsteen and then Zack Knowlden. While Curren drove off, the next battle was between Sharpsteen and Tim Gullo, who claimed third on lap 17. Zane Zeiner, involved in an early caution, was working the traffic and got to the rear of Knowlden's machine with 15 to go. Zeiner bided his time and got around Knowlden, hoping to reel in the leader.

As the laps continued to click off, Curren was hoping the race would stay under the green while Zeiner and others others hoped for a caution. The others got their wish. Keith Youngs slowed in turns one and two with just two laps remaining and his car was done for the night.

Curren and Zeiner lined up ahead of Knowlden and TJ Potrzebowski for the green/white/checkered finish. There was no drama after all, as they finished in that same order with Gullo rounding out the top five. "The car was phenomenal again. It started to go away a little and I really didn't want to see that caution," Curren told the crowd. "It did give the tires a chance to cool off a little, though." The tires cooled off but the #94 is the hottest car at the track right now.

Greg Moldt is on fire in the 4 Cylinder division, not only at Chemung but also at Wyoming County International Speedway on Saturday nights. He lived up to that heat on Friday, easily scoring the win in the 20-lap feature. His opening lap move is one people are still talking about. Moldt went about as high as anyone could go, and not spin, in turn four and had the lead on the opening lap. That was pretty much the race, although heat winner Monica Green, and rookies DJ Shaw and Joey Bevacqua gave the fans some thrills in their tussles for positions two through five. Shaw managed to pass both of them for second and started to reel in the leader. He ran out of time, as this one went caution-free. Moldt got the win over Shaw, Green, Bevacqua and Alex Brown.

Kyle Youngs continued his winning ways in the INEX Legends division, sweeping the night. The opening lap of the 20-lap feature found Chris Chilson with a stuck throttle. He became the fourth driver this year to head down the turn one access road where he was able to stop without any contact. When this one got going it only took four laps for Youngs to find the top spot after a clean pass of Gary Ham's #20H. Once in front, he was gone but left behind a battle for second involving Ham and Chuck Lohmeyer. Lohmeyer turned up the heat and got around Ham but no further. Youngs celebrated his fourth win this year, this time over Lohmeyer, Ham, Jody Buckley and Charlie Lohmeyer.

Point leaders in the track's INEX Bandolero division made the news again Friday night. Young Chase Sinsabaugh held off Jason Duke for an exciting heat race win.  He and overall point leader Josh Duke made ach other in row one for the start. Duke used the outside momentum to take the lead. Just a lap started on the front row. On the opening lap Jeffrey Noe spun and brought out the caution. Duke went back to work and maintained a healthy advantage over Sinsabaugh. A late caution set up a three-lap dash to the finish and Duke nailed it, scoring his 7th consecutive feature win as an Outlaw. Sinsabaugh finished second, winner in the Bandit class, followed by Derrick Vogler and Noe.

Twenty four cars checked in to the track for this year's second appearance of the New York Super Stock Series. The feature was pretty much a tale of two races, with the first half plaquged by caution after caution. Up to that point it had been Ajay Potrzebowski and then Jimmy Steffenhagen in the top spot. Over the final 15 laps Frank Chapman, who had passed Potrzebowski for second, was a;; pver Steffenhagen but just couldn't complete a pass. Things changed dramatically with five laps to go. Steffenhagen slowed, handing the lead to Chapman before the final caution came out. That brought Lee Sharpsteen to the outside of row one, and the fans to their feet for the two-lap shootout. It was anybody's race when the green came back out. Chapman, stuck in the outside lane, fell back while Potrzbebowski took over second. At the stripe Sharpsteen got the win over Potrzebowski, Zach Willis, Tony Hanbury and Chapman. The NYSS series will return for their third appearance on Saturday, September 7th as part of the second day of the track's two-day show that weekend.

This Friday it's a regular show of Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, INEX Legends and INEX Bandoleros all starting at 7  PM. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 65+, $5 for kids ages 5-12, and free for kids under age 5. Fans are reminded to check out the revised schedule for September on the track's website or by 'liking' us on Facebook 'Chemung Speedrome - Racing at the Drome'.

Of Note:
Dave Bellis was unable to start the Sunoco Modified feature after he made contact with Bryan Sherwood in his heat race. The right side tires on both cars rode the backstretch wall before coming to rest on all fours. Sherwood's crew patched up his car but Bellis was done.
Zack Curren and Greg Moldt won free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads, NY in the 'Winner Winner Chicken Dinner' bonus.
His 12th place finish earned Bryan Sherwood a $25 gift certificate toward shock dynoing, donated by Eagle One Fabrication and Speed and Down Force Shocks.
A member of Monica Green's pit crew won the season's largest 50/50 drawing this year.
During intermission the track held a helmet drive to help George Kent with uncovered funeral costs related to his longtime companion's recent death. Generous race fans came through again, resulting in $611 for 'The Duke'.
When Curren's #94 wins at Chemung his Uncle, who runs the concession stand, offers 94-cent hotdogs the next time he races. That will be this Friday night.

Sunoco Modifieds (40 Laps)   ZACK CURREN, Zane Zeiner, Zack Knowlden, TJ Potrzebowski, Tim Gullo, Charlie Sharpsteen, Gene Sharpsteen, Damon Frutchey, Pat Judson, Steven Sherwood, Keith Youngs, Bryan Sherwood, Dave Bellis (DNS)
Heats: Zeiner, Gullo

4 Cylinders (20 Laps)   GREG MOLDT, DJ Shaw, Monica Green, Joey Bevacqua, Alex Brown, Brett Bourdette, Mark Taylor, Shane McCormick
Heat: Green

INEX Legends (20 Laps)   KYLE YOUNGS, Chuck Lohmeyer, Gary Ham, Jody Buckley, Charlie Lohmeyer, Chris Childson (DNS)
Heat: Youngs

INEX Bandoleros (10 Laps)   JOSH DUKE, Chase Sinsabaugh (Bandit Winner), Derrick Vogler, Jeffrey Noe
Heat: Sinsabaugh

NYSS (30 Laps)   LEE SHARPSTEEN, Ajay Potrzebowski, Zack Willis, Tony Hanbury, Frank Chapman, Nate Peckham, Joel Gleason, Robert Fink, Jake Wylie, Jason Dinzler, Amber VanOrden, Eric Handley, Josh Hunter, Aaron Higgins, Jacob Gustafson, Ron Underwood, Jimmy Steffenhagen, JP Harbst, Tommy Markham, Cole Hicks, Garrett Zacharias, Gary Noe, Nick Robinson, Mike Nichols

Heavy Rain Forces Cancellation Of Saturday Show At Land Of Legends

Sheppard first in line for 9th title as 2019 Big-Block Modified champion crowned next week

Canandaigua, NY – August 17, 2019 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

The 2019 racing season has been a rainy season as track officials were forced to cancel the 'Saturday Spectacular' at Land Of Legends Raceway after an overnight deluge and multiple morning cloudbursts soaked the Ontario Co. Fairgrounds oval.

The Aug. 17 setback marked the eighth occasion when wet weather has curtailed the Canandaigua card, although the first time in three tries the SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series show was rained out.

Touring CRSA sprinters make their last appearance of the season in Canandaigua during the inaugural New York Nationals, Sept. 6-7. Round three of the 2nd Annual Land of Legends 305 CRSA Crown Series will be contested Friday 9/6 with $750 on line for the 20-lap feature winner while the fourth and final series segment on Saturday 9/7 pays $1,000 to the 25-lap winner.

Just four races remain in the SuperGen/Champion CRSA series with three-time '19 race and season-opening Canandaigua winner Jeff Trombley continuing to hold a tight grip on a third successive tour title. More impressive for Trombley (1480 pts) is his eight top-5 finishes in nine events, maintaining a comfortable margin over Justin Mills (1381) and LOLR weekly runners Darryl Ruggles (1371/1 win) and Alysha Bay (1243). Current Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 track points leader Johnny Kolosek stands sixth with 1200.


August 24 is Championship Night for the Pepsi Big-Block Modifieds at Land Of Legends Raceway along with a full program for Canandaigua Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram Sportsman Modified, Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car (double features) and Smith Bros. Drywall Street Stock divisions plus the fourth LOLR Wall of Fame Induction on tap.

Double points are on the line for Big-Block title contenders in their final 'Saturday Spectacular' of the month when the 2019 champion is officially crowned. In quest of a ninth season championship since 2009, Matt Sheppard leads reigning points king Erick Rudolph, 693-643, followed by all-time fairgrounds feature winner Alan Johnson (589), still in search of his first checkered flag of the year.

The second-generation standout from Waterloo will take nothing for granted heading into the regular-season finale, leading Rudolph by 22 markers just a year ago before finishing seventh as 'Erick The Great' secured second to wrap up the championship by a single point. This time around 'Super Matt' needs to finish 10th or better in the 35-lap feature go to recapture the coveted Canandaigua crown.

Leading up to the main events, long-time track officials Gary & Donna Spaid will join 2019 inductees Milt Johnson, Gary Montgomery and Steve Pesarek as they headline a special Land of Legends Wall of Fame ceremony recognizing their five decades of contributions in Canandaigua and around the entire Northeastern DIRTcar circuit. Dutch Hoag, Glenn Donnelly, Bob McCreadie and Alan Johnson were honored in the charter member class last season.

Four more big shows close out the season of oval track activity at the Ontario County Fairgrounds with Kevin Root (Sportsman), Kolosek (305) and Adam DePuy (Street Stock) perched atop their respective point charts.

Double points will be awarded to Sportsman, 305 Sprint and Street Stock drivers in the 'Saturday Spectacular' season-finale on Aug. 31 when three more division champions are determined. A $2,000-to-win non-point “open motor” Modified Challenge (must run on Hoosier tires, no sail panels) completes the four-star program with qualifying action getting underway at 7 p.m. Pit gates swing open at 4 o'clock and grandstand entry is at 5.

The first-ever $35,000 New York Nationals for 360 Sprints highlights the return to the Land of Legends on Sept. 6&7, with the first full weekend of the month including DIRTcar Sportsman, Street Stock and CRSA 305 Sprint Car action.

Bringing down the curtain in 2019, the Phelps Cement Products-backed Gerald Haers Memorial $45,000 DIRTcar 'Build Your Bank' Challenge for both DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds and DIRTcar 358 Modifieds is set for Sat., Sept. 28. A DIRTcar Sportsman Series fall event adds another $10,000-plus to the record single-day payout in Canandaigua, with $2,000 collected by the winner of the 40-lap feature that guarantees $125 to start.

As the 56th season winds down, be sure to follow the point standings and breaking news online by visiting Advance sale tickets remain available for purchase online throughout the final weeks. Log into the website (, hit the red “Buy Tickets” button on the homepage, then make a selection from the list of dates & events highlighted.

Land of Legends Raceway is located at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, east of the city on Town Line Road (County Road 10), with easy access off either Exit 43 (Manchester, Route 21 South) or Exit 44 (Farmington, Route 332 South) of the New York State Thruway, just ½-hour southeast of Rochester.

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Mat Williamson Captures $100K Grand Prize at Orange County Fair Speedway

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Mat Williamson outlasted a lengthy storm and a stacked field to earn a $100,000 payday Saturday night at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The 160-lap big-block modified race celebrated Orange County Fair Speedway’s 100th anniversary and featured the top big-block modified stars from the Northeast.

A storm struck the track early in the feature, forcing a lengthy rain delay. Once racing resumed it proved to be Williamson’s night.

The driver from St. Catherines, Ontario, dominated most of the race, but found himself locked in a late-race battle with Anthony Perrego for the lead. Perrego was able to steal the lead away on lap 129, but Williamson would not be denied.

With 13 laps left Williamson returned the favor on Perrego, slipping past him to regain the lead he had held for most of the night. One back out front Williamson appeared to be in control until runner-up Stewart Friesen slapped the turn one wall to bring out the caution with three laps left.

The green would wave for a three-lap shootout, but Williamson refused to be intimidated. He inched away from the resurgent Friesen, getting to the checkered flag first to earn the $100,000 paycheck.

Friesen settled for second, followed by Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson and Billy Decker.

The finish:

Mat Williamson, Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Justin Haers, Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Brian Krummel, Mike Mahaney, Anthony Perrego, Dillon Steuer, Mike Gular, Pete Britten, Pat Ward, Jerry Higbie, Marc Johnson, Jack Lehner, Jessica Friesen, Bob McGannon, Michael Storms, Gary Edwards, Tyler Boniface, Josh Hoenforst, Matt Hitchcock, Billy Pauch Jr., Brett Hearn, Erick Rudolph, Donnie Wilson, Jimmy Horton, Matt Janiak, Rich Eurich, Matt Hulsizer, Jackie Brown, Billy Pauch, Billy Dunn, Jeff Strunk, Craig Mitchell, Ryan Godown, Tim Fuller, Tyler Dippel, Tommy Meier.


BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 18, 2019 . . . Five time NASCAR track champion Duane Howard, coming off a win in the rich Forrest Rogers Memorial the previous Saturday night at Grandview Speedway claimed back-to-back victories when he picked up his fifth victory of the season in the 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature victory on Saturday night at Grandview.

The current point leader worked for this one battling with John Willman from the 15th lap through to the finish. Normally Howard tends to pick the inside groove to make a pass, but the second week in a row he took the outside path and was able to overtake Willman with five laps to go to park the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 in the winner’s circle.

Brad Brightbill decided that after three straight second place finishes in the TP Truck Equipment NASCAR 25-lap Sportsman features it was time to change that status and move it up a notch. That’s exactly what he did when he posted his fourth feature win with runner-up Kenny Bock closing in on him, but didn’t have enough laps to get the job done.

Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Willman and Brightbill. Parker Guldin, who finished 14th in the Sportsman feature received an extra $100 from the track for being the first crate engine running.

On Thursday, August 22nd a Thunder on the Hill Series doubleheader, a Bob Miller/Rogers Family promotion, will be presented featuring Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Stores All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints and 358 Modifieds. Racing will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night action returns on August 24th with a tripleheader show of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Action gets the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 and youngsters under 12 are admitted free.




Modified action saw polesitter John Willman, who has had more than his share of engine issues, grab the early lead with Dylan Swinehart, Richie Hitzler, Ryan Lilick and Eric Biehn in pursuit.

The caution flew with two laps completed after Mike Lisowski, another one having more than his share of misfortunes, was plagued once again and slowed in the fourth turn out of competition. After two false starts, Willman was still first, but now D. Swinehart, Joe Funk III, Hitzler and Howard completed the top five.

A three-way battle for second soon developed between D. Swinehart, Funk III and Howard with neither one ready to give up a position.

The red was thrown on the 13th lap when Hitzler hit the first turn wall with heavy impact and Nick DeSantis, left with nowhere to go, clipped the backend of the car. Thankfully no one was injured. Willman was still the leader, but now Howard was in the runner-up spot putting his bids in for first followed by D. Swinehart, Brett Kressley, who started deep in the 28-car starting grid in 24th and Funk III.

Howard made several bids for the lead underneath Willman, but none of them were successful.

With five laps remaining Howard switched to the high line to see if that would work. This attempt was a wise choice and he was now in first.

Howard never looked back once he became the new pacesetter and went on to chalk up another one in the win column. Chasing him across the line for his best finish of the season was Willman followed by Kressley, D. Swinehart and Kevin Hirthler.

A rarity in the Modified ranks was that ten time champion Craig Von Dohren, locked in a close point battle with Duane Howard, wasn’t an entry in the feature. Problems with his primary car in the heat forced him to switch to the back-up car for the consi. He also had issues with that and was forced to be a spectator the rest of the night.

Heats were won by Craig Whitmoyer, Hitzler, Willman and Hirthler. Briggs Danner and Kory Fleming won the consies.

Tom Miller, already a feature winner this year, took the early lead in the Sportsman feature with Parker Guldin, Bock and Sean Weiss in pursuit.

Jimmy Leiby hit the homestretch wall with heavy force which caused the red to be thrown. He was slightly shaken up a bit. Miller continued to show the way on the restart with pressure now coming from Chris Esposito, Bock, Brightbill and Guldin.

Esposito became the new leader on the tenth lap restart needed four a four-car tangle in turn four.

The lead changed hands for the third and final time when Brightbill charged ahead in the Leindecker powered mount on the 12th lap.

Bock overtook second on the 18th lap and set sail after Brightbill who had a slight edge built up over the field.

In the closing stages Bock was reeling in Brightbill, but time fell short and Brightbill was in the winner’s circle. Following Brightbill and Bock across were Esposito, Brian Hirthler and Ryan Beltz.

Kyle Smith, Bock and Guldin were the heat winners.

With Guldin finishing 14th in the Sportsman feature he earned a Crate Sportsman bonus.

Advance tickets for the September 21 Freedom 76 are now on sale. Mail a check or money order covering the number of tickets being ordered to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Advance adult tickets are priced at $35 while tickets purchased on race day will be priced at $40. Youngsters 6 through 11 pay $10. Under six are admitted free. Please include a self-addressed envelope to speed delivery. Tickets will not be mailed after September 13.

Lap sponsorships, priced at $20, are presently available. Lap sponsors are included in the special track magazine, public address system announcements and more. In addition sponsorship of qualifying events and special awards are available. Heat races sell for $200. Those interested can contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or or check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track.


T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Duane Howard, 2. John Willman, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Dylan Swinehart, 5. Kevin Hirthler, 6. Eric Biehn, 7. Doug Manmiller, 8. Joe Funk III, 9. Louden Reimert, 10. Jared Umbenhauer, 11. Ryan Lilick, 12. Alex Yankowski, 13. Briggs Danner, 14. Jordan Henn, 15. Rick Laubach, 16. Ryan Grim, 17. Ron Kline, 18. Timmy Buckwalter, 19. Craig Whitmoyer, 20. Richie Hitzler, 21. Kenny Gilmore, 22. Nick DeSantis, 23. Justin Grim, 24. Glenn Strunk, 25. Brett Gilmore, 26. Frank Cozze, 27. Kory Fleming and 28. Mike Lisowski. DNQ: Colt Harris, Ray Swinehart, Mark Kratz, Craig Von Dohren, Ron Seltmann Jr., Kyle Weiss.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brad Brightbill, 2. Kenny Bock, 3. Chris Esposito, 4. Brian Hirthler, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Kyle Lilick, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Brad Grim, 9. Dean Bachman, 10,. Brad Arnold, 11. Kyle Smith, 12. Jesse Landis, 13. Sean Weiss, 14. Parker Guldin, 15. Wyatt Harrar, 16. Jack Butler, 17. Andrew Kreis, 18. Tom Miller, 19. Mike Koffel, 20. Scott Kohler, 21 Jimmy Leiby, 22. Nathan Mohr, 23. Steve Desmelyk, 24. Derrick Smith.

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