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  The Hill Speedway in Monroeton, Pa. closed out a very successful season on Friday night with the help of long time motorsports supporter and loyal marketing partner Snell Metalfab. Track management had tentatively scheduled racing past last weeks Championship night, but due to the weather, the shortage of competitors due to conflicts with end of season shows at other venues, and the fact that local school sports are opening up, the decision to end the season was made. The awesome support throughout the summer from fans, sponsors, and competitors alike is much appreciated, and The Hill looks forward to a bigger and better sesson in 2021.
      The chilly temps and low car count had little effect on the excitement generated on the track Friday night as side by side racing and last lap passes were abundent through all seven classes.
      Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder Champion made it ten wins this season, and eight in a row. Much of the race featured a five car battle at the front of the field.
      There were three different leaders in the first half of the Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinder feature, but after lap ten, it was the Larry Colton show. After winning two previous features, the veteran ended up second in points in his  ..division.
      Bobby Maynard ended his season with a win in the Pure Stock division. Maynard stepped out to the lead at the drop of the green, and paced the field for the entire twenty laps.
      Dustin Maynard was the third different leader of the Street Stock feature when he took command on the fifth lap. He fought off numerous challenges to grab his second feature win of the season.
      2018 Champion Gary Lamphere has been picture perfect the past couple of weeks and this week was no different as he recorded his third feature win in a row to close out The Hill season in the IMCA Style Modifieds.
      The new Crate Late Model division has seen five different winners in their debut season, but Chad Homan has has owned Victory Lane since the end oof June. He put another check mark in the win column Friday night.
       Snell Metalfab Crate Sportsman Champion Rich Talada started mid pack , but by the sixth lap he had taken the top spot and hung on to win his fifth feature of the season.

FEATURE FINISHES....
FWD :   Matt Browning,  Adam Delgrosso,  Josh Bailey, Ryan Wood,  Greg McKernan,  Greg Slater, Mike Wilcox, John Maynard, Jake Lamphere, Steve Castle,  Doug Brown, Cheyenne Brown, David Maxwell, Brandon May.

RWD:   Larry Colton, Mike Koser,  Brett Gleason, Mike Navone, D.J. Shaw, Kyle Hartford, Shawn Gowin, Eric Ellsworth.

PURE STOCK:    Bobby Maynard, Josh Parker, Zach Kriner, Tim Avants, Tim Perham, Cole Burgess.

STREET STOCK:    Dustin Maynard, Dan Force,  Rich Sharpsteen, Abe Romanick,  Thomas Moon, Eddie McKernan,  Dylan Hinkley , Ben Hulslander.

IMCA STYLE MODIFIED:    Gary Lamphere, Keith Jack Lamphere,  Edddie Sites, Jake Maynard, Brad Sites, Keith Lamphere,  Sonny Terry, A.J. Hunsinger, Harry Ely, J.W. Lamphere,  Bobby Maynard.

CRATE LATE MODEL:    Chad Homan, Steve LaBarron, Jared Keeney, Joe Lane, Mike Epler, Ernie Martin, Bret Belden.

SNELL METALFAB CRATE SPORTSMAN:    Rich Talada, Dalton Maynard, Kinser Hill, Eric Jensen, Jordan Bacon, Isabel Barron, Lee Sharpsteen, Mike Buchanan, Matt Sullivan, Chris Clemens,  Rich Powell, Matt Brewer.

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Big-Block Mod Main To Sheppard, Wight Claims Coveted Canandaigua Crown
Guererri, Bay, Pangrazio, Burnell also claim 1st LOLR titles in 2020 regular-season finale

*Alysha Bay victory lane photo attachment by Don Romeo

Canandaigua, NY – Sept. 5, 2020 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

2020 was certainly a season of firsts around the motorsports circuit and in most fitting fashion five first-time champions were crowned at Land Of Legends Raceway on Clar's Collision & Honeoye Auto Parts Night.

Double points were on the line in the final regular-season 'Saturday Spectacular' and Larry Wight made every one count as a fourth-place feature race finish locked up his first title in the headline Pepsi Big-Block Modified division.

“(Title) means a lot, so much history around this place,” remarked Wight, 27, after continuing his most memorable first full campaign circling Canandaigua's historic half-miler on the Ontario Co. Fairgrounds. Despite any restrictions put in place by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the Phoenix NY pilot ran wide-open on every occasion, parking his potent #99L FX Caprara Honda-Tracey Road Equipment/Bicknell entry in victory lane five times in the rolled back 12-race schedule.

“We actually planned on running tracks other than Fulton on Saturdays this year even if it opened, focusing more on our Big-Block program. We started out the season really strong here and kinda used Canandaigua for our baseline package. My teammates have done well here in the past so we're fortunate to continue that success and get the championship, even with most of our wins coming in non-point events.”

Joining Wight with high point honors in '20 were Matt Guererri (Speed Connection Sportsman), Alysha Bay (Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car), Josh Pangrazio (Street Stock) and Tyler Burnell (Hobby Stock).

Accompanied by multi-time Modified points champ Matt Sheppard, Bay and Pangrazio punctuated their success with return appearances to victory lane, while Garrison Krentz (Spt) and Marc Minutolo (Hob) savored their first checkered flags of the season in wine country. Subbing for his son Tyler, open-wheel veteran Rich Vinson brought the curtain down on the Sept. 5 showdown with a dominating performance in the Sportsman B-Main.

Needing a finish of sixth-place or better in 35-lap Big-Block feature following qualifying heats, 17th-starting Wight struggled early in traffic before bolting from 10th to fifth on a lap 18 restart then settling for his ninth top-5 finish to secure the season championship.

“Finally got a restart on the top, those restarts on the bottom we just couldn't catch a break,” lamented 'Lightning Larry,' who bested 2018 track champ Erick Rudolph in the final points tally, 495-441, after dueling with Tim Fuller much of the way. “We just needed to get that top side restart to take advantage of everybody choked up on the bottom. Got the one run and a guy didn't want me there and put us into the concrete barrier and lost six spots, so we had to come back after that. Just came a little bit too late.”

“We had a good car, just got used up a little bit but we were able to hold on. Tough to see Tim fall out of the race but we had just cleared him so its not like we got by him breaking there,” added Wight, who arrived late Saturday after a broken air valve on his own truck forced quick repair work back at his shop north of Syracuse.

Outside pole-sitter Eldon Payne Jr. led in the early stages before north country regular Billy Dunn moved out front taking the high line on a lap eight restart. Sheppard found his lucky number Saturday night, charging high around Dunn on lap 16 after starting 16th, eventually out-distancing Jimmy Phelps for his 16th win of 2020 to collect the $2,000 top prize.

“We didn't really get going there in the beginning, got jammed up, myself and Timmy Sears, must have passed each other about 10 times,” relayed nine-time and reigning LOLR points king Sheppard following his 80th career (5th all-time) Big-Block triumph in Canandaigua. It was his second win in only six starts after opening the shortened season contending downstate at Orange Co. Fair Speedway in Middletown.

“Got a really good restart and caught a break, not sure what lap but went from about sixth to second there. Just had a really good car, could roll the bottom in (turns) three and four, and really felt good rolling around the top. This place was awfully fast. Just thankful (car) stayed together and we got back to victory lane here. Close a couple weeks ago, Larry and I had a helluva battle. He's been really fast here all year, congrats to him. You know, this #9s is still pretty fast here too,” smiled Sheppard, as the Waterloo driver posed alongside his potent Hurlock Auto&Speed-Westmoreland Golf Glub-St.Lawrence Radiology/Bicknell machine.

With Dunn out front, Sheppard methodically made his way to the front of the field until blasting from sixth into the runner-up spot on a pivotal lap 13 restart. 'Super Matt' tracked down Dunn and used another restart on lap 16 to forge the final lead change; at the time Fuller held down third while Wight finally cracked the Top-10 and  a quick calculation had both drivers tied in the points chase.

Yet after Wight rocketed into fifth at the halfway mark, Fuller failed to improve his position and when he slowed with rear-end issues on lap 31 to incur the seventh and final caution period, any title hopes slipped away handing Wight the title.

Sheppard went on to score a comfortable eight car-length victory over Phelps followed by Dunn, Wight and Alan Johnson, who vaulted into third in the final point standings as the only driver to log all top-10 feature finishes during the season.

Wight now adds his name to the list of 10 other legendary drivers sharing 44 track titles since founder Glenn Donnelly launched the DIRTcar era at Canandaigua in 1977. Steve Paine owns a Big-Block best 11 championships followed by Sheppard (9), Bob McCreadie (6), Alan Johnson (5), Will Cagle (4), Danny Johnson (4), Joe Plazek (2), Chuck Akulis, Billy Decker and Rudolph.

While Wight eventually authored a landslide victory in the final Modified tally, pursuit of the overall Sportsman title ultimately ended in a 'dead heat' between Guererri and Zach Sobotka, with both drivers matched at 453 markers after 13 events. The tie-breaker went to Gibbz as the Waterloo warrior won a division-best five features compared to a pair for first-year track regular Sobotka from Parish.

“I was car counting before we even started the race,” exclaimed Guererri, who rallied in the closing laps to earn the tie before being awarded his first track title. “Once you get some green flag laps you kinda forget about it for awhile but at the end gotta be thankful for that last caution when I was able to pass a few more cars.”

“Didn't think I was gonna get there, (Sobotka) was a little bit better than I was tonight and could pick his way to the front. He could maneuver better than I could, just thankful we had some cautions there at the end when I was able to get a few more guys,” added Guererri, after steering his #12G Tradition Automotive Group-Product 9-Mohawk Northeast/Bicknell car to the elusive title.

While Guererri filed into 18th on the 26-car grid, Western New York traveler Krentz had less ground to make up starting outside row four. Sam Hoxie built a commanding lead to open the 25-lapper with Cody Manitta and Chris Mackey contesting for runner-up laurels early on.

Krentz jockeyed into the show position through a handful of laps while top point-getters Sobotka (12th), Guererri (13th) and Kevin Ridley (20th) had their work cut out with three and four-wide racing filling the half-mile oval further back. Krentz grabbed second from Manitta on lap 12 and only needed three more times around to overtake Hoxie, who caught the berm low between turns one and two to relinquish the point with 10 to go.

By lap 15, now Krentz showed the way in his no. 56 WNY Amateur Sports-Mark's Plumbing-ConEquip/Bicknell mount as Sobotka improved to eighth while Guererri was mired in 11th in search of a faster line around. When brother Nick Guererri slowed on lap 22 to bring out the last yellow flag, fourth-running Sobotka was just three laps from the outright title as Guererri could only manage eighth.

Back under green, Krentz continued to set an unbeatable pace yet the order in his rear-view mirror fluctuated just as fast. With three to go Sobotka moved into third and Guererri pulled into sixth, then in a last-gasp bid down low stole fifth from Dalton Martin on the white flag lap to send scorers reeling and point-keepers refiguring in the dramatic countdown.

“Its about time, been fighting all year and working so hard, it finally paid off,” stated an emotional Krentz, 29, after the Pendleton pilot became the third first-time Sportsman victor at LOLR this summer, emerging as the 116th different winner since the class debuted at the fairgrounds in 1987. “Its just me and my dad so it feels good to finally get here.”

“Changed the shock package and some springs around, kind of went back to the basics. Usually we're not as good here when its tacky but it played out tonight. We had a decent starting position and that helped out. Couldn't do this without all my sponsors, can't thank everybody for helping out,” added Krentz, who climbed from seventh to fourth on the final points chart.

Towing in from Rome NY, Mackey finished a season-high second in only his sixth start, shadowed by Sobotka with Kane Bristol keeping Guererri at bay across the stripe to round out the front-five.

“Hats off to (LOLR promoter) Paul Cole for putting his neck on the line and giving us a place to race here every Saturday,” said Guererri, who went winless last season before nearly doubling his career total in 2020. “Came here with my uncle in 2007, now to be here and do this, its like a dream come true.”

“Can't thank everybody enough that helped me along the way. They've all been so supportive, especially my wife. I've been a bear this week, haven't slept and been miserable, but (championship) is all worth it in the end,” added the relieved champion, after folllowing in the tire tracks of his still active uncle, Paul Guererri, the '07 LOLR Sportsman champion and all-time division winner with 45 checkered flags.

Like Guererri, Bay kept her winning ways in the family, taking her track-high third 305 win of the '20 campaign en route to earning season-long honors. Yet the gal from Gorham established one other standard never to be matched by her father Darryl Ruggles, the all-time LOLR sprint winner (39) and five-time titlist, as she emerged as the first-ever female points champion in 57 years of auto racing at the fairgrounds.

“The way I won (title) this year probably means more than winning tonight,” figured Bay, who gave herself an early birthday present before turning 27 on Monday. She was the only champion to overcome a deficit entering the final points program on Saturday, finishing ahead of her father and last week's leader Bobby Parrow in the final standings.

“I started out the season with two blown motors, it was pretty rough. So to come away with the championship means a lot. Was trying to breathe at the end. Didn't know where the 2nd-place car was behind me so I just ran it hard all the way.”

Bay pulled the pole for the 20-lap A-Main and from there her 'hot pink' #48A Batzel's Auto Service-Danny Willmes Enterprises-Ruggles World of Auto Body/Eagle sprinter  would not be touched. Looking for his first career MEM 305 win at LOLR, runner-up Steve Glover kept it close most of the way yet Bay held on for a decisive four car-length victory in the non-stop caution-free affair.

Defending track champ Ruggles' third-place finish was good enough to move into second on the points chart while Kyle Pierce and Trevor Years completed the top-five in the six minute main. Holding a four-point advantage over Bay entering the finale, mechanical problems forced winged veteran Parrow to the pits on lap 18 while running in the top-10.

Pangrazio made his first full season at Canandaigua a repeat of his run the previous year closer to home at Genesee Speedway in Batavia, with the full-fender chauffeur posting a multitude of feature wins and earning the track points in convincing fashion.

“Been working real hard, able to get a little bit faster every time out,” noted Pangrazio, whose victory lane speech revealed that his sleek no. 7 Skyline RV Sales & Service-Houseman Refrigeration-Impressions Concrete Ford Mustang had already been sold leaving plans for 2021 undetermined despite a new car on order. “This place is pretty fast and there's a lot of stiff competition here. I learned a lot as a driver and set-up wise.”

His closest rivals may have learned just as much over the summer: whenever Pangrazio is out front in the feature he has a fifty percent chance of taking the trophy. In 10 Street Stock features staged at LOLR, the Oakfield ace scored five victories, finishing in the front-five on all but one occasion.

Three-time winner Jimmy Grant finished runner-up on Saturday and is the lone driver to place among the top-5 in every show. All-time Canandaigua stock car winner Mike Welch won the remaining two events and salvaged third in the latest 20-lap feature. And its no surprise that Pangrazio (568), Grant (538) and Welch (528) also ended the season 1-2-3 in points.

Bob Buono jumped out to an early advantage with 18 entries filling the field. A turn four scuffle on the opening circuit resulted in Pat Hobbs getting turned around and eighth starting Welch moved in quickly to challenge Buono on the lap two restart.

Starting ninth on the grid, Pangrazio wasted little time charging to the front although his bid for the top prize almost came to an abrupt halt when Marc Minutolo suffered a broken driveshaft on lap five right in front of the points leader. Yet on the ensuing restart, third-running Pangrazio ducked under Buono in a drag race down the front chute and exiting turn one grabbed a lead he would hold for the duration.

Pangrazio cruised out to a three-quarters straightaway lead at the halfway point and 10 laps later stretched it out to 7.8-sec. at the line. Grant, Welch and Buono maintained their distance while Jared Hill completed the final top-5.

“Dodged a bullet a couple times out there tonight, just have to count my blessings,” divulged Pangrazio, an eight-time heat winner, who led at one time in nearly every event for a total of 105 laps. “Almost tangled with the #122 car going into (turn) three, then the #25 (Minutolo) in turn two and got hooked up with the #93 coming out of four. Our bumpers locked but kept it straight, have to be thankful for that.”

“Have a lot of people to thank, my girlfriend Rebecca, my mom, brother Eric and  especially my buddy Josh. If it wasn't for him we wouldn't be doing this, he works harder than I do,” Pangrazio added.


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Press Releases and Results / The Hill Speedway Results - September 4th
« on: September 13, 2020, 11:46:58 AM »
The Hill Speedway closed out their points season Friday night with over a hundred cars in the pits, and a near record number of fans in the spectator area. Lamphere Truck Parts of Monroeton joined with Space Mountain Fireworks to provide the fireworks in the sky, with the season championship fireworks on the track providing it's own brand of excitement. While this was the final points night at The Hill, it should be noted that track management has decided to continue Friday night racing on through the end of September.
 
       Matt Browning earned his seventh feature win in a row, the ninth of his season, to claim his second Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder season championship in a row. Twenty cars took the green flag in the 30 lap special feature with Jake Lamphere setting the early pace. Greg McKernan took over the top spot for the next four laps when 2018 Champion Adam Delgrosso took the lead. Delgrosso held off Browning until the midpoint, and kept close to the leader for the remainder of the event, but had to settle for second at the checkered flag. Josh Bailey was involved in a yellow on the eighth lap, but smoothly drove back through the field to record third. Ryan Wood was fourth, with Ken Evans finishing fifth. Heats were won by Ryan Wood, Greg McKernan,  and Adam Delgrosso.
FEATURE FINISH: Matt Browning,  Adam Delgrosso,  Josh Bailey,  Ryan Wood,  Ken Evans II, Mike Wilcox,  John Maynard, Jake Lamphere, Dakota Decker, Greg McKernan,  Austin Howard, Patrick Brown, Gavin Maryott, Tim Johnson,  Steve Castle,  Greg Slater, Tim McAdam,  Dave Maxwell, Randy Lane (DNS), Lou Sprawls (DNS)

       A jam up in the first lap of the Pure Stock feature put pole starter Bob Maynard and second in points Cole Burgess to the back of the field , and points leader Mike Morse out front.  Maynard made a determined charge and by the seventh lap he had made it back to third, taking over second on lap eight. Maynard shadowed the leader for much of the race, until in heavy lap traffic, he bid and won the lead on the twenty third circuit. Burgess powered into third with five to go, as Morse challenged to regain the top spot. On the final lap, Maynard left the bottom lane open in turn three, and Morse drove to the bottom. The pair made contact and stayed together through turns three and four, continuing contact all the way to the finish line. The pair separated momentarily after the checkered flag, but Maynard steered into the Morse car again in turn one, causing major damage to both cars and ending with the Morse machine on top of Maynard's hood. Morse was penalised for the aggressive initial contact by placing him as the last car on the lead lap in the finishing order, and Maynard was deleted from the finishing order. Cole Burgess was awarded the win, with Jerred Dennis second and Josh Parker third. Heats were won by Morse and Parker.
FEATURE FINISH: Cole Burgess, Jerred Dennis, Josh Parker, Mike Morse, Leo Elridge, Zack Kriner, Tim Perham, Dalton Decker,  Nathan Kriner, Josh Vanderpool, Brad Chilson.

        Going into the IMCA Style Modified main event, 2019 Champ Jake Maynard held a slim six point lead over Keith Jack Lamphere. The expected battle for the championship didnt materialize, however, as Maynard was out of the event by the ninth lap with suspension damage.  Lamphere took over the second spot about the same time, and finished the race there, which secured the Championship. Gary Lamphere powered into the top spot on the fifth lap and fought off all challenges to record his second win of the season. Brad Sites took over tut hird with five laps remaining and led Eddie Sites and J.W. Lamphere across the finish. Qualifying heats went to Eddie Sites and Keith Jack Lamphere.
FEATURE FINISH:   Gary Lamphere, Keith Jack Lamphere, Brad Sites, Eddie Sites,  J.W. Lamphere, Doug Lantz, Jason Sullivan, Ray McClure, A.J. Hunsinger,  Harry Ely, Matt Benjamin, Keith Lamphere, Jake Maynard, Logan Terry.

       Chad Homan has owned Victory Lane in the Crate Late Models, since making his debut back in June,  and this one was no different as he cruised to his seventh win of the season. Steve LaBarron kept the pressure on throughout, but settled for second. Second in the night's feature was good enough for LaBarron to win the points championship ,however, as the final tally shows a tie between LaBarron and Darin Horton, with the tiebreaker being the number of feature wins. Kurt Stebbins finished third, Horton ffg ourth and Mike Epler fifth. Homan also won the lone heat race.
FEATURE FINISH:   Chad Homan, Steve LaBarron, Kurt Stebbins, Darrin Horton, Mike Epler, Ernie Martin,  Jared Keeney, Joe Lane

      The points gap for the Rear Wheel Drive Four Cylinders has be close all season and only 17 points separated A. J. Lane and Larry Colton going into the final points feature. Colton got to the lead on lap seven, with Lane in pursuit, and Lane took over on the eleventh lap. Colton kept the pressure on, but mechanic as l problems dropped him from competition with two laps to go. Randy Mathews Jr. took over the second spot with Brett Gleason third, Eric Ellsworth fourth,  and Zack Bruce fifth. A.J. Lane and Scott Bump won heats.
FEATURE FINISH:   A.J.Lane, Randy Mathews Jr, Brett Gleason, Eric Ellsworth, Zack Bruce, Brett Neally, Billy Groover, Larry Colton, Shane Rockwell, Andrew Collins, Scott Bump,Trevor Belcher, Shawn Gowin.

      Going into the final points feature for the Snell Metalfab Crate Sportman. The top three were separated by less than 20 points... after the checkered flag waved, the top three were separated by only four points, and there was a new leader. Rich Talada turned a second place feature finish into a one point lead for the points championship. Dalton Maynard took the lead from Jason Benjamin on the fourth lap, with Rich Powell and Talada making it a four car group for most of the race. Talada pressured from second, but could not overcome Maynard. Powell did get around Benjamin,  but the points leader needed to finish ahead of Talada to lock in the title.  Conner Brown gained two spots in the last five laps to finish fifth in the thirty lap special event. Powell, Talada, and Brown each won qualifying races.
FEATURE FINISH:  Dalton Maynard, Rich Talada,  Rich Powell,  Jason Benjamin, Connor Brown, Christian Zschoche, Isabel Barron, Jordan Bacon, Kinser Hill, Eric Jensen, Mathew Sullivan, Lee Sharpsteen, Reese Hackett, Chris Clemens, Tony Harris, Braden Buchanan,  Quentin Buchanan.

        Last year, Earl Zimmer won a lot of races on his way to the points title,  but this year he did it with consistent finishes and never won a points feature. A solid fourth place finish locked him into the points championship at the end of thirty hard fought laps. Kurt Stebbins hauled over two hours to make his second appearance at The Hill this year, and he made it count, taking the lead from Dustin Maynard on lap four and setting the pace all the way to the finish. Maynard held the runner up spot and Dan Force finished third, and Lou Sharpstown followed Zimmer across the line to record fifth. Mike Koser, Dustin Maynard, and Bobby Maynard won heat races.
FEATURE FINISH:   Kurt Stebbins,  Dustin Maynard,  Dan Force,  Earl Zimmer, Lou Sharpsteen, Austin Allen, Butch Green, Ben Hulslander, Dylan Hinkley, Trevor William's, Mike Koser, Jakub Ingham, Rick Davis, Eddie McKernan, Thomas Moon, Dave Stalker, Bill Tice(DNS) Bob Maynard(DNS)

       The final event of the night was a special ten lap match race between Keith Jack Lamphere in an IMCA Style Modified and Rich Talada  in his Crate Sportsman. The race created $2100  to a local charity and was won by Talada.

        The Hill will continue hosting non points races for it's seven regular divisions through the end of September, weather permitting. Gates open on Friday nights at 5pm, with practice starting at 6:30, and racing scheduled for 7:00. Unique in that it has no grandstands, the hillside overlooking the track is groomed and maintained for groups to lay out blankets or set up lawn chairs. There are also park and view spots from turn four around to turn two that are available for a nominal fee. The Hill normally runs every Friday night from Spring til September. The track is located just a couple miles off route 414, at the intersection of Dunn Hill Road and Banks Road in Monroeton PA.  For further info check their Facebook page, or their web page at www.thehillspeedway.com

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HURRICANE STEVE PAINE PICKS UP THE WIN IN FIRST EVENT OF THE OUTLAW SPEEDWAY FALL SERIES.
Donnie Lawson and Alex Payne take Sportsman features.  Guererri in Street Stocks, Minutolo wins Hobby Stocks and Webster takes Mini Stock feature.
Story by Kenny Shupp Jr.
(Dundee, NY) After a one week break it was back to business at the Outlaw Speedway as track owner, Tyler Siri opened the facility to round one of the all new Fall Series at the Yates County facility. 
With one hundred-five machines in the pit area representing the six classes of competition the Hoosier Tire Sportsman Division was the first feature to take to the recently widened and resurfaced Outlaw Speedway for their twenty-five-lap event.  Third generation pilot, Alex Payne picked right back up where he left off by claiming the feature win, his fourth in the class during the 2020 season.  Payne, who was also victorious two weeks ago before the break found the new surface much to his liking as he stormed into the lead from his inside row two starting position and never looked back in claiming the win.  Payne, who is one of several drivers that races in both Sportsman Divisions has found the extra seat time valuable in accelerating his young career along and with one win earlier this season on the American Racer Tires shows his diversification on both tire brands.  Payne was followed across the line by Andrew Jacobson who in a rare Outlaw Speedway appearance followed Payne thru traffic from his third row starting position to claim the runner up spot while 2020 Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Track Champion, Karl Comfort bolted on the Hoosier Tires, started eighth and came home for third at the finish.  AJ Lloyd had perhaps the drive of the event by starting twelfth and advanced eight positions claiming fourth while Stacy Jackson lined up tenth and rounded out the top five.
In the companion American Racer Tire Sportsman Division presented by Sunrise Insulation Donnie Lawson showed that he hasn’t lost his touch at Outlaw Speedway wheeling a Crate Sportsman machine as he moved into the lead from his third row starting spot and claimed the twenty-five-lap feature go.  The racing schoolteacher who resides in Addison, NY normally runs his Modified when coming to Outlaw, but on this night opted to compete in the Sportsman Division and it was a wise choice as he would claim the win.  Likewise, Kenny Peoples Jr., who also resides in Addison came well prepared and without racing at Outlaw since his win in last year’s Dutch Hoag Memorial Sportsman event finished right behind Lawson in the runner-up spot after lining up fourth on the opening grid. The back and forth, see saw battle between Lawson and Peoples wasn’t determined till late in the going with Lawson picking up the win.  One-time 2020 feature event winner, Billy Paine advanced nine positions from his outside row six starting position and rounded out the top three podium finishers at the double checkered flags.  Chris Fisher put on another steady performance to claim fourth while Ajay Potrzebowski Jr. ran with the lead pack all race long and rounded out the top five at the finish.
A top-notch field of some twenty-two machines lined up for the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modified thirty lap feature event including a who’s who list of many high-profile drivers in the northeast. The going was as bit tough for the Mod Squad as a bone jarring wreck and subsequent extended red flag during the event eliminated many of the more dominate cars including those of Brady Fultz, Danny Johnson and Kyle Coffey.  Fultz had a left rear tire let go and from there it was madness as he was hit hard by no less than three other cars literally destroying the rear end of his potent #70 machine.  The Doctor, Danny Johnson suffered equally as much frontend damage on his modified.  Likewise, Coffey had irreparable damage and was done for the night.  In a separate incident, Super Matt Sheppard barrel rolled his machine several times entering the turn one area.  Although Sheppard’s car ended up on all four wheels, he too had significant damage to his #9s.  With many of the top teams out of the event it made The Hurricane, Steve Paine’s life a whole lot easier as he was well in front of any instances having drawn pill four and lined up in the second row at the start of the event.  In clean air Paine could pick and choose his lines and would go on to his third win of 2020 at the track that he once dominated during the 358 Modified. He was followed across the line by Ron Cartwright Jr. who had his best finish at the speedway in recent memory after having much early season success as a top five regular.  Cartwright lined up fifteenth at the start, stayed out of trouble and came home in the runner-up spot putting on perhaps the drive of the night.   Jim LaRock, piloting one of car owner Herbie Wright’s modifieds on this night as LaRock’s mount is down with engine woes finished third at the completion as he was chased across the line by Jordan Siri who raced with the leaders all event and came across the line in fourth.  Like Cartwright before him, Derrick Podsiadlo also lined up in the eighth starting row, avoided the big wreck and came home for his best finish of the 2020 campaign by rounding out the top five after a regular season full of nothing but problems and bad luck. 
The Stan’s No Tubes Street Stocks has been the playground for 2020 Track Champion, Glen Whritenour who dominated the regular season action.  However, during the first event of the all new Outlaw Speedway Fall Series it was a different story for the man who won nine regular season feature events.  With GW drawing the third starting position it was a foregone conclusion that he would cruise to another win at the Yates County oval.  However, that was not the case as he had problems and wound up finishing deep in the field.  This left the door wide open for a host of other very capable drivers including June 12 feature winner, CJ Guererri who lined up sixth, moved to the front and never looked back in taking the victory in the twenty lap A Main event.  For Guererri it ended an exceptionally long dry spell as he was followed across the finish line by Jimmy Grant who had to start deep having lined up ninth in the fourteen-car field.  Like Grant, Kane Stebbins also started in the fifth row, put on a steady drive towards the front and wound up third.  Brandon Birdsell drew the pole position, ran with the lead pack the entire distance and finished fourth, but it was Quinn Sutherland who would wind up advancing the most positions.  The opening night winner lined up thirteenth at the start, moved nicely thru traffic and rounded out the top five at the finish. 
The IMCA Hobby Stocks found track regular Jamie Eldredge Jr. and invader Jeredd Dennis bringing the fourteen-car field to the opening green flag.  Second row starter and three-time 2020 feature winner, Marc Minutolo wasted little time in moving to the front and from there the 2018/2019 Track Champion picked up the win in the twenty-lap thriller.  Dennis, a veteran of many different full fender classes during his career and a Woodhull Raceway Hobby Stock weekly competitor took full advantage of his outside pole starting spot and came away with the runner-up spot.  Shawn Lloyd lined up sixth at the start and advanced three spots to claim third at the finish as he was followed across the line by fourth place finisher Tyler Burnell.  Jeff Hand would put on the drive of the night as he advanced from the last starting row to round out the top finishers. 
The Might 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks completed the Super Six feature events with the usual mix of both front and rear wheel machines. With the noticeable absence of top runners Bob Doolittle, Scott Lehman Jr. and recently crowned 2020 Class Champion, Jeremy Bunn it left the dance floor wide open to a potentially new winner.  At the completion of the twenty-lap main event it was a pair of new faces claiming the top two spots.  Josh Webster was able to get his first win of the season as he was followed across the line by Jack Ormsby who nailed the runner-up spot.  Jayson Smart advanced forward three positions to claim third while as he would be followed across the line by Travis Webster and Chris Force who finished fourth and fifth.   
Congratulations to all competitors. 
Next Friday, September 18, 2020 it will be round two of the scheduled eight race Fall Series at the Outlaw Speedway.  The Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds will headline the Super 6 Show accompanied by the Sunrise Insulation American Racer Sportsman as well as the Hoosier Tire Sportsman.  Also, on the card it will be the Stan’s No Tubes Street Stocks along with the IMCA Hobby Stocks and the Mighty 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks.
Pit gates open at 5:30, hot laps at 6:30 with the first green flag waving at 7:30 pm.
Continual updates leading up to the September 18 event can be found at www.Facebook.com/OutlawSpeedwayLLC/
All other information regarding the track can be obtained by logging on at www.outlawspeedwayllc.com.
As per New York State Health Department and Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, grandstand seating is again non obtainable.  However, Pit access is available and for those who cannot attend high quality Pay Per View can be purchased by going to www.DirtTrackDigest.TV

                    FALL SERIES EVENT #1.  OUTLAW SPEEDWAY RESULTS.  SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
FRIENDLY CHRYLSER, DODGE, JEEP, RAM MODIFIEDS. (22 cars)
30 lap feature.  Steve Paine (3), Ron Cartwright Jr., Jim LaRock, Jordan Siri, Derrick Podsiadlo, Chris Ostrowsky, Scott Boudinot, Tyler Siri, Eldon Payne, Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Brady Fultz, Danny Johnson, Russ Morseman, Corey Cormier, Kyle Coffey, Brad Weaver, Kailee DiMorier, Greg Birosh, Matt Cole, Ray Bliss, Ed Lawrence.
SUNRISE INSULATION AMERICAN RACER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (20 cars)
25 lap feature.  Donnie Lawson, Kenny Peoples Jr., Billy Paine, Chris Fisher, Ajay Potrzebowski Jr., Dylan Cecce, Dean Laughlin, Eric Grice, Ted Morseman, Troy Sperring, Craig Irvine, Dale Welty, Danielle Thomas, Casey Williams, Lance Irwin, Justin Schenck, Karl Comfort, Cole Youse, Justice Mayo, Zach George.
HOOSIER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (19 cars)
25 lap feature. Alex Payne (4), Andrew Jacobson, Karl Comfort, AJ Lloyd, Stacy Jackson, Dean Laughlin, Brett Buono, Tommy Paine, JT Sperring, Casey Williams, Jeff Davoli, Justice Mayo, Bryan Rhodes, Timmy Borden Jr., Tim Guild, Zach George, Daryl Krebs, Lance Irwin, Anthony Kimble
STAN’S NO TUBES STREET STOCKS.  (14 cars) 
20 lap feature.  CJ Guererri (2), Jimmy Grant, Kane Stebbins, Brandon Birdsell, Quinn Sutherland, James Kriedler III, Mark Phelps, Aaron Miller, Jared Hill, Marc Minutolo, Austin, Allen, Glen Whritenour, Dennis Cummings, Bob Buono
IMCA HOBBY STOCKS.  (14 cars)
20 lap feature.  Marc Minutolo (4), Jeredd Dennis, Shawn Lloyd, Tyler Burnell, Jeff Hand, Kenny Hunt, Jamie Eldredge Jr., Casey Wagner, Brian Austin, Joshua Oles, Justin Eldredge, Jeremy Trank, Brent Ayers, Scott Mack.
4 CYLINDER MINI STOCKS.  (16 cars)
20 lap feature.  Josh Webster, Jack Ormsby, Jayson Smart, Travis Webster, Chris Force, Scott Lehman, Tim VanEtten, Matt Irwin, Rich Sharpsteen, Ray Hyer, Lee Fritz, Eric Rowley, Eric Stinson, Travis Hover, Kenneth Evans, Derrick Evans

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Press Releases and Results / Weedsport Speedway Now Available on iRacing
« on: September 13, 2020, 11:44:19 AM »
Weedsport Speedway Now Available on iRacing

WEEDSPORT, NY (September 9, 2020) – After years in the making, Weedsport Speedway is now available on the iRacing simulation platform.

Now, sim racers from across the world can test their skills at The Port from behind the wheel of several dirt track racing machines including winged and non-winged sprint cars, late models, midgets, legends cars, street stocks and NASCAR trucks.

“This is a big deal for northeast racing and fans of our sport,” said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  “Having the opportunity to showcase our facility on this platform is priceless and we look forward to the day that sim racers will be able to also wheel a DIRTcar Big Block Modified around The Port.”

Following the creation of Weedsport Speedway on the iRacing platform, scanning and development began to add DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds to the simulation, a highly anticipated addition to the platform’s lineup.

Fans are encouraged to follow iRacing on social media to learn more in regards to a future timeline for the release of the DIRTcar Big Block Modified.

To learn more about iRacing visit online at www.iracing.com.

To learn more about Weedsport Speedway visit online at www.weedsportspeedway.com.  Fans can also follow Weed

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WHO WILL GET TO TAKE HOME GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY’S 50TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 POT OF GOLD?

FREEDOM 38 FOR SPORTSMAN SET FOR THE NIGHT BEFORE, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 10, 2020 . . . Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing will be there trying but the big question is, “Who will win the pot of gold, $35,550, for beating many of the top names in dirt track Modified racing in the 50th Annual Freedom 76?” That question will be answered on Saturday, September 19th at Grandview Speedway. And there are many top names in the sport that are still without a win in the prestigious race. Many past winners and non-winners will be entered in the Annual Freedom 76 Classic, the richest event of its type in the area at this point in the season. And there is lap money to be added to the pot of gold.

Some of the past winners of the Freedom 76 include Fred Rahmer, the late Doug Hoffman, Billy Pauch (six times a winner), Ray Swinehart, Stewart Friesen, Kenny Brightbill, Meme DeSantis (three times a winner), Craig Von Dohren (a five time winner), Jeff Strunk (seven times a winner) Duane Howard (five wins) and last year it was Mike Gular. The list goes on. Some of them will be back trying to add to their impressive resumes.

And there will be many top names looking to gain that first win. Entered or expected to enter are Billy Pauch Jr., Ryan Godown, Ryan Watt, Brett Kressley, Keith Hirthler, Jared Umbenhauer, Doug Manmiller, Mike Lisowski, Clay Butler, Bobby Trapper, with many more to come. Larry Wight, Bobby Varin and Bill Decker are visiting racers that have expressed interest in participating.

The Saturday, September 19th event will include a full schedule of qualifying events, a $1,000 to win Kirsten Snyder Web Design & Photography Cash Dash, the Schaffer Motorsports Minuteman 20, along with heat races some carrying sponsorship from Stoudt Auto Sales, Conestoga Valley Custom Kitchens and Softwash of Lehigh Valley, and the 76-lap 50th Annual Freedom 76.

Ticket windows open at 3:00 p.m. with adult tickets priced at $40. Pit passes are priced at $45. Youngsters, 6 thru 11, pay $10 while kids under 6 are admitted free. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

The night before the Freedom 76 there will be the Freedom 38 offering many top Sportsman talents a chance to go home with $3,550 for a victory in the 38 lap race. There is no entry fee or license required. Modifieds entered in the Freedom 76 will be allowed practice time. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters, 6 thru 11, pay $5 and kids under 6 enter free. Start time for Friday is 7:30 p.m.

Both nights of racing will have Competition Carburetion offering a $50 award for the fast lap in each feature event. At the end of the season a $500 Grand Prize will be presented in a random drawing courtesy of Competition Carburetion.

 

The conditions and requirements under the COVID-19 situation are ever-changing, and we will provide updates as we approach race night. To offer the safest possible conditions for our fans, competitors, officials, safety crew, and track employees, we are making the following requests.

Please bring exact change when purchasing tickets or pit passes.

We also advise that a face mask be worn, although not mandatory.

When possible, especially when standing in line, practice social distancing, and be considerate of the individuals around you.

Also, as much as we want you to join us if you are not feeling well, please do not attend.

Rain date for the Freedom 76 is Saturday, September 26th, while the night before events will not be rescheduled should there be a rainout.

Camping on the speedway grounds is permitted in the 4th turn area of the parking lot. There are no hookups available. No open fires are permitted. No saving of spaces allowed. All camping rules can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

The 50th Annual Freedom 76 will close out the regular Saturday night schedule of racing events except for the October 17th Thunder on the Hill Trick or Treat Triple 20s for Modifieds along with Sportsman racing.

For race information check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com and click on the Freedom 76 link or telephone 610.754.7688.

Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100, in Bechtelsville, PA, 10 miles north of Pottstown.

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CRAIG VON DOHREN EARNS HIS 11TH T.P.TRAILERS NASCAR TRACK MODIFIED TITLE AND BRIAN HIRTHLER COLLECTS SECOND T.P.TRUCK EQUIPMENT SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONSHIP AT GRANDVIEW

RAY SWINEHART AND KYLE LILICK HIT PAY DIRT WITH GRANDVIEW FEATURE VICTORIES SATURDAY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. September 13, 2020 . . . The 2020 Grandview Speedway racing season shortened by the virus has been a series of ups and downs for two time former Modified point champion Ray Swinehart.

Numerous occasions Swinehart had his No. 33 hooked up and appeared to be on the way to a possible victory only to be hampered with some form of problem that eliminated his chances.

Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hope Mortgage Team that sponsors Sportsman drivers B.J. Joly and Lex Shive, Swinehart took the early lead in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers Modified NASCAR Advance Auto Parts feature and stayed there until the drop of the checkered to go home $3,850 richer for his first win of the year. He received $2,500 to win, plus $300 from T.P., $1,000 from Hope Mortgage and an extra $50 for third in the Cash Dash also from Hope Mortgage.

Kyle Lilick took advantage of the lane leader Jesse Landis opened up with one lap remaining in the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature and went on to claim his second triumph. The win, his second of the season, was worth $1,800 – $600 to win, $200 from TP and $1,000 from Hope Mortgage.

The highlight of the evening activities was the crowning of the point champions in each class.

Craig Von Dohren finished fifth in the Modified feature, but it was enough to rack up his 11th title with a total of 3133 points which was 227 points ahead of runner-up and defending champion Duane Howard.

The Sportsman chase had a closer point difference between first and second. Brian Hirthler had to fix two broken axles while in the pits under caution in the feature and was one lap down, but with an 18th place finish he was able to finish with 2258 points, just five points ahead of second place finisher Brad Arnold.

At the onset of the Modified feature Swinehart was off and running with John Willman, recently released by the doctors to race following a gall bladder surgery; Justin Grim, Rick Laubach and Ron Kline in tow.

Within seven laps Swinehart had a comfortable lead built up leaving a three-way battle for second between Willman, J. Grim and Laubach. Attempting to get in the mix were Craig Whitmoyer and Ryan Grim.

By the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie mark the order behind Swinehart was now Laubach, Willman, Mike Gular and J. Grim.

The first caution was brought out on the 17th lap when Louden Reimert slowed in the fourth turn with a right rear flat tire. The restart was void after Meme DeSantis and Joe Funk III tangled in turn four. Swinehart continued his rapid pace when action continued, but by this time Laubach, Brett Kressley, Gular and J. Grim held down second through fifth. Von Dohren was trying aimlessly to move into fifth, but to no avail.

Even though lapped traffic was among the front runners Swinehart could run the top and bottom lanes to get by them.

All the suspension changes tried throughout the year which was a learning curve paid off for Swinehart as he pulled into victory lane for the first time since September 1, 2018 when he won the Forrest Rogers Memorial race. Placing second was Laubach, for his best finish, trailed by Kressley, Gular and Von Dohren. Sixth through tenth were J. Grim, last week’s feature winner Kevin Hirthler, Whitmoyer, Dillon Steuer and Jeff Strunk. Jared Umbenhauer who started 27th and finished 16th received $250 as the Hard Charger from Hope Mortgage.

Qualifying heat winners were J. Grim, Louden Reimert, Swinehart and Ryan Grim. Dylan Swinehart and Doug Manmiller won the consies. R. Grim won the Hope Mortgage 3-lap Cash Dash for $300.

Polesitter Bryan Rhoads led the Sportsman feature for seven laps until Steve Young, who previously won the Hope Mortgage Cash Dash for $300, passed him on the outside on the restart needed when Brandon Edgar stopped in turn one.

Hirthler pulled into the homestretch infield close to the edge of the track on the ninth lap, but it wasn’t until the 10th lap the yellow was thrown putting him a lap down. Hirthler went pit side and in that time the red was thrown for a fire in Chris Esposito’s car ending his night. This mishap allowed Hirthler more time to work on his car and return. Young remained first with Landis trying to overtake him.

Landis became the new leader on the 12th lap restart needed when Tommy Scheetz Sr. and Scott Kohler tangled in the second turn. Behind him Cole Stangle, Lilick, Young and Ryan Beltz diced for the remaining top five positions.

The yellow was waving again on the 14th lap after Brett Gilmore stopped in the fourth turn. Hirthler went pit side once again and while he was in the staging lane along the back pits waiting to return modified drivers Jeff Strunk and Mike Lisowski noticed a broken axle and along with brother Kevin Hirthler quickly changed it and he came back out. On the Dan’s Deli ½-way restart Landis was now being chased by Lilick, Beltz, Young and Stangle.

Lilick made several bids to take control, but Landis, in search of victory, kept him behind.

With one lap to go Landis opened up the proper line which was the break Lilick needed and got past him.

Lilick never looked back and went on to his second win of the season followed by Landis, for his best finish, Beltz, Stangle, the highest crate engine finisher earning an extra $100 from the track and Jack Butler. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Smith, Lex Shive, John McGovern, Mark Kemmerer, who started 23rd and received $250 from Hope Mortgage as the Hard Charger, and Brad Arnold. Lilick was the only repeat feature winner of the season in the Sportsman division.

Esposito, Young and Shive won the heats. Consi winners were Dylan Hoch and Kenny Bock.

Coming up on Friday, September 18 is the Freedom 38 for Sportsman with the winner earning $3,550. In addition to the regulars several visitors are expected to test their talents with action set to get under way at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 19 the 50th Annual Freedom 76 Modified race that rewards the winner with $35,550 plus lap money. The action set to start at 7 p.m. Fans are invited to enter the speedway grounds between 9 a.m. to 12 noon to reserve seats. Saturday action will include qualifying events, the $1,000 to win Kirsten Snyder Web Design & Photography Cash Dash, the Schaeffer Racing Minuteman 20 topped off with the 50th Annual Freedom 76.

Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors will sponsor the Hard Charger Award worth $500. Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present a jacket to the winner.

RACE RESULTS

Hope Mortgage Team Night T. P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Ray Swinehart, 2. Rick Laubach, 3. Brett Kressley, 4. Mike Gular, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Justin Grim, 7. Kevin Hirthler, 8. Craig Whitmoyer, 9. Dillon Steuer, 10. Jeff Strunk, 11. Ryan Grim, 12. Duane Howard, 13. John Willman, 14. Ron Kline, 15. Brad Brightbill, 16. Jared Umbenhauer, 17. Louden Reimert (provisional), 18. Doug Manmiller, 19. Bobby Trapper Jr., 20. Brad Grim, 21. Richie Hitzler, 22. Carroll Hine III, 23. Joe Funk III, 24. Mike Lisowski, 25. Kenny Gilmore, 26. Meme DeSantis, 27. Mark Kratz, 28. Dylan Swinehart, 29. Ryan Lilick. DNQ: Mark Levy, Mark Kratz, Eric Biehn, Ron Haring Jr., Bobby Gunther Walsh, Dan Waisempacher, Colt Harris and Darrin Schuler.

Hope Mortgage Team Night T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Kyle Lilick, 2. Jesse Landis, 3. Ryan Beltz, 4. Cole Stangle, 5. Jack Butler, 6 Kyle Smith, 7. Lex Shive, 8. John McGovern, 9. Mark Kemmerer, 10. Brad Arnold, 11. Nathan Mohr, 12. Brett Gilmore, 13. Brandon Edgar, 14. Dylan Hoch, 15. Dakota Kohler, 16. Scott Kohler, 17. Ryan Rhoads, 18. Brian Hirthler, 19. Steve Young, 20. Jesse Leiby, 21. Nate Brinker, 22. Tommy Scheetz Sr., 23. Chris Esposito, 24. Kenny Bock. DNQ: Parker Guldin, Derrick Smith, Mike Schneck, Tom Miller, Tyler James, Troy Conrad and Cody Manmiller.


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SETH ZACHARIAS GARNERS FIRST EVER INSINGER PERFORMANCE CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE WIN.  GARY SMITH CLAIMS 2O2O TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP.

 

KIRKWOOD, NY…Saturday night was Season Championship night at Five Mile Point Speedway which determined the 2020 Track Champions and ended the regular season of racing.  Third generation Crate Sportsman Rookie Seth Zacharias raced to his first career win in the 20 lap main event.  Gary Smith, who finished second claimed his first ever Five Mile Point Speedway Track Championship in the Insinger Performance Crate Sportsman division.  The post season starts on Sunday, September 13th with a fall fling series for all classes.

2020 marked the 70th consecutive season of racing at Five Mile Point Speedway.  Prior to start of the season a big schedule had been put in place for the anniversary season.  Things certainly changed in early March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Historically, this season will long be remembered for many things that included the first ever season with no spectators attending the racing.  Despite the NYS restrictions that were in place all season the race teams responded with outstanding racing and a renewed energy for having fun and racing hard.

Entering Saturday Gary Smith had been the point leader in the Insinger Performance Crate Sportsman division for the majority of the season.  His main contenders for the Track Championship entering Saturday were Matt Brewer, Brandon Loucks and Blaine Klinger.  For both Smith and race winner Seth Zacharias the night started off as a challenge Smith started last in the first of four heats and Zacharias started last in his heat race number two.  Both advanced far enough in their heat race to make the handicap for the feature event.  This would ultimately prove the difference in the championship hunt.

Brian Durbin and Zacharias led the twenty-seven car field to the green flag for the 20 lap championship event.  Zacharias used the racy outside line of the quarter mile to immediately take the race lead at the green.  Smith wasted no time as he advanced from fourth to second place on lap 1 and Tighe Sherlock followed Smith to immediately advance from fifth to third.  The first caution of the race flew on lap 5 and on the restart Smith worked past Zacharias for the race lead.  Unfortunately for Smith the caution flew again nullifying the pass.  For Zacharias, it was a wake up call and wasn’t caught off guard again.

When racing resumed Zacharias pulled ahead with Smith, Sherlock, Benke and Durbin all running in the top five slots.  It didn’t take long for the leaders to find lapped traffic as the race went caution free for an extended time.  Zacharias had established his lead over the field by the halfway mark but lapped traffic began to allow Smith to close the gap again.  At this point twenty-five of the original starters were still on the track.  The final caution of the race flew on lap 17 as a multi-car tangle took place.  This again put the veteran driver Smith on the back of the rookie for the restart.

Zacharias responded like multi-season driver when the green flew as he again opened his advantage over Smith.  When the checkered flags flew Zacharias had earned his first ever Sportsman victory.  Smith finished second and that was enough to secure his first ever Five Mile Point Speedway Track Championship.  Tighe Sherlock had another impressive outing coming home in third with Benke and Loucks completing the top five. Bobby Flood wound up fifth after starting ninth.  Last weeks winner Tyler Johnston was seventh, Joe Gustella finished eight with Matt Brewer advancing from eighteenth to finish ninth.  James Cornell made his return to racing and scored the tenth position.

Bob Hamm entered the evening as the point leader in the 600 Modified division.  His top contender for the Track Championship was multi-time feature winner Brett Gray.  Eli Akshar and Hamm started on the front row but it certainly would not be an easy event for Hamm. Akshar took the early race lead in the 20 lap feature event.  Gray wasted no time as he moved from his third starting position into the race lead on lap 3.  The title hopes for Hamm were in jeopardy as the caution flew as he was involved in a multi-car wreck in turn 1.  Hamm wound up with a flat tire and headed to the pits.  It looked as if Gray could possibly win the race and the track title.  As the race was about to go green Hamm made it back on the speedway and restarted in the rear.  At the green Gray immediately pulled away from Doug Lattner as he hoped to secure the track title and the win.  Hamm began to work his way back through the field as he was looking to protect his point lead and title hopes.  On lap 13 James Randall worked past Lattner for second place Chelse Beebe and now Hamm were in the top five. The final caution of the race flew on lap 17 when Randall spun Hamm in turn 1 as the race for second had heated up.  Hamm was able to pull away from the wreck and Randall headed to the pits.  The final restart saw Gray quickly open up his lead and go on for another win.  For the second straight week he collected his own bounty this time winning $450 for the victory.  Lattner, Dave Brown, Jason Sullivan and Akshar rounded out the top five.  Hamm finished sixth which proved to be enough to lock up his first Five Mile Point Speedway Track Championship.  His dad was a former Mini-Stock Champion at the speedway.

A tight point battle was taking place in the Factory Stock division as Justin Slezak entered the night as the point leader with Ray Lindquist and Adam Gilbert both within striking distance of the title.  Slezak took the initial lead in the 20 lap feature event but for the second straight week Josh Dumas powered past to take the point on lap 3.  The caution flew on lap 5 and on the restart Slezak re-established himself as the race leader.  His lead would again be short lived as two laps later Dumas again took over the top spot.  The leaders had a furious battle as Lindquist saw his title hopes extinguished as he headed to the infield on lap 7.  Dumas again looked for his first ever win but ultimately, he would see heartbreak again.  With only one lap remaining Dumas had a wheel come off exiting turn 2 taking away his victory hopes.  The week prior he had crossed the finish line first only to have the win taken away in post-race inspection.  Slezak would lead the last lap for the win and secure his first ever title in the process. Dumas made it back out to finish second with Kurtis Stickle having his best of the season in third.  Adam Gilbert and Billy Shoemaker completed the top five finishers.

Walter Decker entered the evening chasing Tim Vandemark in the FWD Four Cylinder Expert class title battle.  Decker led every lap to record his second straight win and collect the posted bounty on Vandemark.  Vandemark finished in second which was enough to lock up the Track Championship in the class. Dave Simms, Tim Degroat and Ken Evans crossed the line in that order.

Doug Newbigging and Owen Clark entered the evening tied for the point lead in the FWD Novice division and the duo matched each other’s effort the entire race.  Bethany Bertram raced out to the early lead but Newbigging took over on lap 2.  Clark chased Newbigging the entire race for the race lead and ultimately the Track Championship.  On the final lap Clark dove under Newbigging making contact as the two raced inches apart to the finish line.  Newbigging was credited for the win and the Track Championship with Clark finishing second.  The two congratulated each other with great sportsmanship in post-race inspection.  Gregg Slater, Austin Slater and Mike Jenks completed the top five.

Jeremy Warren led wire to wire in the 20 lap Crate Sportsman Futures division.  It was his first career win in the Crate Sportsman class.

Avery Decker was the Juniors Inner Loop winner and champion.

COUNTER POINTS…The regular season was culminated on Saturday night as the 70th Anniversary Track Champions are now in the record books…A Fall Fling Series will begin for all classes on Sunday, September 13th…

OFFICIAL INSINGER FUELS CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS):  SETH ZACHARIAS, Gary Smith, Tighe Sherlock, Russell Benke, Brandon Loucks, Bobby Flood, Tyler Johnston, Joe Gustella, Matt Brewer, James Cornell, Jason VonDoren, Blaine Klinger, Charles Loidice, Jared Labaugh, Matt Sobiech, Tom Hampton, Brandon Fritsch, Mark Longstreet, Devon Zona, Corey Wood, Patrick Dempsey, Dominic Roselli, Leah Decker, Jamie Yannone, Jared Miller, Brian Durbin, Tyler Stoddard.  DNS – Michael Corbin, Tyler Peet. 2020 Track Champion Gary Smith (Brandon Loucks, Matt Brewer, Blaine Klinger, Russell Benke final top five).

FACTORY STOCK OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20):  JUSTIN SLEZAK, Josh Dumas, Kurtis Stickle, Adam Gilbert, Billy Shoemaker, Ray Lindquist, Charles Donald.  2020 Track Champion Justin Slezak (Ray Lindquist, Adam Gilbert, Kurtis Stickle, Josh Dumas final top five).

6O0 MODIFIED OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20):  BRETT GRAY, Doug Lattner, David Brown, Jason Sullivan, Eli Akshar, Bob Hamm, Sharon Sealey, James Randall, Chelsea Beebe, Brenton Miller. 2020 Track Champion Bob Hamm (Brett Gray, David Brown, Jason Sullivan, Sharon Sealy final top five).

FWD FOUR CYLINDER EXPERT OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (15):  WALTER DECKER, Tim Vandemark, Dave Simms, Tim Degroat, Kenneth Evans, Randy Lane, Brandon Conklin.  DNS – Steve Lunn, Kenny Underwood. 2020 Track Champion Tim Vandemark (Walter Decker, Randy Lane, Dave Simms, Steve Lunn top five).

FWD FOUR CYLINDER NOVICE OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (12):  DOUG NEWBIGGING, Owen Clark, Gregg Slater, Austin Slater, Mike Jenks, Ashley Slater, Bethany Bertram. 2020 Track Champion Doug Newbigging (Owen Clark, Bethany Bertram, Greg Slater, Austin Slater top five).

FUTURES CRATE SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH: (20):  JEREMY WARREN, Josh Mondak, Eric Reese Jr., Kyle Walsh.

JUNIOR 600 MODIFIED/SLINGSHOT:  AVERY DECKER. 2020 Track Champion Avery Decker.

 

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Round 3 At Land of Legends Falls To Rain, Rescheduled To Sep. 26


CRSA Sprints Media Contact: Steven Ovens – turnfivemedia@gmail.com

Press Release – August 30th, 2020 

(SODUS, NY) – The storylines were there, the table was set and the Super Gen Products CRSA contingent was ready to feast on Paul Cole’s Land of Legends Raceway in what potentially may have been the final round of the 2020 CRSA Tour. There is an October 9 date scheduled at Afton Motorsports Park that is tentative at this time due to New York State Executive Orders from the Governor.

 

Mother Nature dropped a hearty two inches of rain on Thursday at the Ontario County facility. Then additional rainfall on Friday night into Saturday morning left track officials no choice but to cancel the August 29 program. It turned out being a great choice as additional rainfall came through around the time hot laps would have been firing off.

 

The event at Land of Legends Raceway has been rescheduled for Saturday September 26, which falls on an event that Cole and his staff have titled the “Stars of Tomorrow Spectacular”. A fitting event to include the CRSA stars and cars- many former CRSA drivers have gone on to have successful careers in 360 Sprint Cars after cutting their teeth on tour with the 305 Sprints.

 

Round 4 will pay a cool $1,000-to-win courtesy of Mike Emhof Motorsports of Sodus, NY. There will also be rolling top 5 cash bonuses on the line and lap sponsorships for each lap of the main event. The lap sponsors were acquired for the Afton event but with the status of that October 9 show uncertain, officials have elected to award the lap sponsorships at the Land of Legends race.

 

After a tough night with a DNF at Penn Can Speedway August 21, Darryl Ruggles’ advantage in the point race dwindled down to 12 markers over both Alysha Ruggles and Trevor Years. Dana Wagner is right in the thick of it as well, only 13 markers shy of the lead. This sets up for an exciting event at Land of Legends in September at the home track of Ruggles, Bay and Years. It will also be an opportunity to see if the CRSA Sprints can log 4 different winners in 4 races for the 2020 campaign as parity has been at a premium.

 

In 2020 there have been six different winners at Land of Legends where weekly CRSA-sanctioned competition is held. There hasn’t been a dominant car all season with Bobby Parrow, Alysha Bay, Cory Sparks, Brandyn Griffin, Darryl Ruggles and Jason Whipple all collecting commemorative LOLR checkered flags.

 

With the uncertainty of the October Afton date, drivers will be racing like it is Championship Night on September 26 with the real winners being the fans who are anticipated to be allowed to attend this post-season affair. Gates on that date will open at Noon with the pits being cleared at 3:00 to pay for entry. Heat in motors will take place at 5:00, followed by Hot Laps and Racing scheduled for 6:00. The event will also be available for purchase to view online by visiting www.landoflegendstv.com for just $14.95.

 

The CRSA 305 Sprint Tour is powered by Super Gen Products with their Champion Power Equipment located in Newark, NY. Associate sponsors for the 2020 CRSA 305 Sprints include Midstate Basement Authorities, CNY Farm Supply, the Maguire Family of Dealerships, Eagle Enterprises, LLC, Hoosier Racing Tires and is owned and operated by Mike Emhof Motorsports.

 

For more information on the series, results, points and 2020 schedule please visit our website www.crsa.myracepass.com

 

Please visit the Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA 305 Sprint Tour on Facebook (@CRSAsprints) and on Twitter (@CRSAsprints).

 

2020 CRSA Sprints Winners:

Round 1 @ Land of Legends Raceway- Cory Sparks

Round 2 @ Penn Can Speedway- Darryl Ruggles

Round 3 @ Penn Can Speedway- Josh Flint

Round 4 @ Land of Legends Raceway- September 26
Round 5 @ Afton Motorsports Park- (Tentatively Scheduled for October 9)

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KRESSLEY POSTS BACK-TO-BACK MODIFIED FEATURE WINS; BELTZ SCORES SEASON FIRST SPORTSMAN WIN AND JOSKO TAKES 600 MOD WIN AFTER WINNER WHITBY WAS DISQUALFIED AT GRANDVIEW

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. AUGUST 30, 2020. . . Despite a lengthy rain delay, the racing on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway was able to be completed through the diligent work of the track crew and cooperation from the participants.

Eric Biehn came up five laps short of racking up his first 30-lap T.P. Trailers Modified NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts feature career win. Brett “The Threat” Kressley, who started 16th, chased Biehn down through the aid of lap traffic and was able to overtake him to score back to back feature victories.

The 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature was decided in the closing stages also. Ryan Beltz, kept edging his way to the front and with two laps remaining he passed Steve Young for the lead and went on to capture his first win of the season in the event that went non-stop. Beltz became the tenth different winner of the season in the Sportsman division.

Erik Whitby led all 15 laps of the Excel 600 modified feature and crossed the line first, but was later disqualified. The win was most likely awarded to runner-up Jon Josko but as the speedway emptied Excel officials hadn’t really declared who the winner was.

Modified and Sportsman feature winners that met the necessary requirements 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 Biehn and Young.

Darrin Schuler grabbed the early lead in the Modified feature from his second starting berth in the 28-car lineup to set the pace trailed by Mark Levy, Biehn, Richie Hitzler and Ryan Lilick.

The one and only caution period was brought out on the 11th lap by Jeff Strunk when he slowed his pace with a right rear flat tire. He was able to rejoin the field after a quick pit stop. On the restart Biehn shot past Schuler to become the new pacesetter. The battle for positions behind him was soon hot and heavy between Lilick, Kressley, Schuler and Hitzler.

Lap cars entered the picture around the 22nd circuit which made Biehn use caution to get around them. This situation allowed Kressley to close the distance and overtake second from Lilick on the 24th lap.

One lap later the lead changed for the third time with Kressley at the head of the pack.

Kressley never looked back once he gained control and was in the winner’s circle for the third time. Coming on strong at the end was runner-up and former point champion Mike Gular. Biehn and Lilick finished third and fourth for their best finishes with Doug Manmiller coming home in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Hitzler, Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Grim, Duane Howard and Lauden Reimert.

Ryan Grim, Hitzler, Kressley and Biehn won the heats. The consies were won by Alex Yankowski and Craig Whitmoyer.

Young, who started on the pole, took the lead on the initial start of the Sportsman feature with pressure coming from Tom Miller, Derrick Smith, Kenny Bock and Jesse Landis. Trying earnestly to get into the top five was Jesse Leiby, who was driving Nick Faust’s No. 322 rather than his own No. 9. Leiby succeeded and moved into fifth on lap nine and was on the move.

By the 19th lap Leiby was challenging Young, but in a few laps he lost several positions as he appeared to be developing problems.

Rapidly moving toward the front was Beltz and with laps remaining was second.

It didn’t take Beltz long to get by Young for the lead and Miller followed through for second on the 24th lap.

Beltz never faltered and went on to score his fourth career win trailed by Miller, Young, Smith and Bock. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Lilick, Jesse Leiby, Jack Butler, Landis and Nate Brinker.

Heats were won by Young, Bryan Rhoads and Bock. Chuck Eckert, last week’s feature winner won the consi.

Whitby led all the laps of the red and yellow flag filled 600 Excel Modified feature. The race was shortened to 15 laps instead of the scheduled 20 due to all the mishaps and Whitby crossed the line first. However he was disqualified and the win most likely ent to second place finisher Josko followed by Corey Sechrist, Matt Warner and Ty Hoke.

Heat winners were Sam Sciachitano and Whitby.

Saturday September 5, a rather unique ‘Hard Charger Challenge 22’ will be presented by former racer and car owner, Joe “Geezer” Fanelli for current Modified drivers running at least three races this season, not in the top 15 in points (by 8-29), and have never won a Grandview Modified feature will be eligible.

The first-of-its-kind event will not only boast a $1022.22 payout to the winner, but they will also receive a provisional starting position in the feature event that evening.

It will also carry some extra incentive cash for the competitors finishing in the runner-up and third place positions plus other rewards.

Also included in the activities will be the continuing NASCAR track championship battles for T.P. Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman with action set to get under way at 7:30 p.m.

RACE RESULTS

T. P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Mike Gular, 3. Eric Biehn, 4. Ryan Lilick, 4. Doug Manmiller, 6. Richie Hitzler, 7. Craig Von Dohren, 8. Ryan Grim, 9. Duane Howard, 10. Louden Reimert, 11. Jeff Strunk, 12. Justin Grim, 13. Dillon Steuer, 14. Jared Umbenhauer, 15. Rick Laubach, 16. Alex Yankowski, 17. Darrin Schuler, 18. Kevin Hirthler, 19. Bobby Trapper Jr., 20. Briggs Danner, 21. Dan Waisempacher, 22. Ron Kline, 23. Craig Whitmoyer, 24. Brad Grim, 25. Bob Trapper, 26. Mark Levy, 27. Dylan Swinehart, 28. Ray Swinehart. DNQ: Bobby Gunther Walsh, Brett Gilmore, Mark Kratz, Colt Harris, Carroll Hine III, Kenny Gilmore, Ron Myers and John Willman.

T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Ryan Beltz, 2. Tom Miller, 3. Steve Young, 4. Derrick Smith, 5. Kenny Bock, 6. Kyle Lilick, 7. Jesse Leiby, 8. Jack Butler, 9. Jesse Landis, 10. Nate Brinker, 11. Brad Arnold, 12. Chris Esposito, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Mark Kemmerer, 15. Mike Mammana, 16. Brian Hirthler, 17. Nathan Mohr, 18. Jimmy Leiby, 19. Dakota Kohler, 20. Chuck Eckert, 21. Bryan Rhoads, 22. Doug Snyder, 23. Lex Shive, 24. B.J. Joly. DNQ: Ryan Conrad, Cory Edelman, Troy Conrad, Scott Kohler, Cole Stangle.

600 Excel Modified Feature (15-laps): 1. Jon Josko, 2. Corey Sechrist, 3. Matt Warner, 4. Ty Hoke, 5. Matt Yoder, 6. Hunter Deihl, 7. Brian Blankenbiller, 8. Jason Mills, 9. Ed Hollenbach, 10. Shawn Baer, 11. Bruce Mills, 12. Chad Miller, 13. Geoffrey Sutton, 14. Sam Sciachitano, 15. Ron Hartman, 16. Tyler James, 17. Cody Sites, 18. Thomas Prychka, 19. Brianna James, 20. Tim Bauer, 22. Eric Whitby.

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Weedsport’s Cavalcade Cup Weekend Canceled Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

WEEDSPORT, NY (August 28, 2020) – Yet another extension of New York State Executive Orders disallowing spectators at racing facilities, means Weedsport Speedway’s Cavalcade Cup Weekend, set for September 11-12, has been canceled.

"It is again unfortunate that we have to cancel a racing weekend, especially this two day event that was set to bring so many teams and fans to The Port,” said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps.  “Special events at Weedsport are made by having our great fans in our grandstands, and unfortunately that is not possible at this time."

Ticket and camping refunds will be issued for Cavalcade Cup Weekend.

Refunds will be automatically issued to the original form of payment for those who purchased within 90 days of the event.  Tickets or camping purchased more than 90 days prior to the event will be issued and mailed a refund check.

With this latest cancelation, Weedsport Speedway’s next scheduled event is set to be the Super DIRT Week Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, October 7, featuring the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman.

Weedsport Kartway will return to racing on Sunday, August 30 with the second annual Kart Cup.  For more information visit www.weedsportspeedway.com/kartway.

For Weedsport Speedway news and schedule information visit www.weedsportspeedway.com.

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SHEPPARD, WHRITENOUR, AND ELLISON ALL CAP OFF STELLAR SEASONS AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY.
Shields, Payne, Hyer and Bruce all end as multiple winners.  Spalding bags first of the year.
Story by Kenny Shupp Jr.
(Dundee, NY) It is now very clear what will happen with the Bounty Money that was placed on both Super Matt Sheppard and Glen Whritenour earlier in the season at Outlaw Speedway.  Sheppard in the Modifieds and Whritenour in the Street Stocks completed the regular season with feature wins on Friday night.  They along with Wayne Ellison in the IMCA Hobby Stock Division all ended the regular point season as Track Champions and all three piled up nine feature wins a piece heading into post season play.
For Sheppard he will receive the extra $2,000 that was posted and Whritenour will grab the added $500. As for both men track owner/promoter, Tyler Siri stated, “I think its only appropriate that both these great competitors receive the Bounty Money I had put up on them several weeks ago.  They both handled the situation well and no track regular or outside driver that came in here could beat either one of them.  I think it’s only fair that both take the cash now that the regular season is over with.”
For Super Matt Sheppard in the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds his feature win really came as no surprise, however his customary reign of terror in the thirty-lap feature event was anything but a walk in the park. Brady Fultz led the fifteen car A Main event to the opening green flag and like several other times in 2020 looked poised to take home his first Modified feature win in several seasons at Outlaw.  For some twenty plus laps he led the charge keeping both Sheppard and AJ Slideways, Alan Johnson at bay.  Eventually the two full time veteran professional drivers were able to wear down the high flying Fultz denying him of the potential $4,000 pay day and take over the top two positions with Sheppard going onto his fifth feature win in the last seven starts at the popular Yates County oval.  For Johnson it was another solid top five run as he ended up the regular season at Outlaw with a pair of feature wins and will finish second in the final point tally coming up short of backing up his 2018 Outlaw Speedway Track Championship.  For Fultz it was yet another masterful performance piloting his family owned machine and he can now set his sights on the upcoming September/October schedule of events with the confidence that he can run with the very best in the business.  Like Fultz, Kyle Coffey ran a flawless Modified feature event in finishing fourth at the finish as the Doctor Danny Johnson piloting one of track owner, Tyler Siri’s potent Modifieds sponsored by Tim Gibson of Sunrise Insulation rounded out the top five finishers and wrapped up the regular season points in third place. Coffey came up just a few points shy of The Doctor and will end the year fourth in the final point tally. 
Second verse same as the first with Glen Whritenour in the Stan’s No Tubes Street Stock’s mirroring the performance of Super Matt.  His traditional romp thru the feature field was not a cake walk by any means as he had to contend with early event leader, Jake Karlnoski who gave GW fits for the first eight laps and then had to hold off fast closing invader, Dylan Cecce to pick up the twenty lap feature win.  For Whritenour is finished off an incredible last nine weeks as he won eight of those events with just one DNF stretching back to July 3.  In a rare 2020 appearance at Outlaw, 2019 Track Champ, Cecce was definitely on a mission and looking to claim the $500 Bounty placed on Whritenour by track owner, Boss Man Siri.  Starting eleventh on the opening grid and driving the Crawford machine on this night, Cecce put on a clinic driving thru the talent ridden field and once clear of traffic was able to cut into race leader Whritenour s advantage.  With the laps winding down and no late race yellow flags to help in his cause, Cecce came up just a few car lengths short at the finish as Shawn Boyton trailed in third.  June 12 feature winner, CJ Guererri ended a consistent regular season finishing fourth at the double checkered flags while Kane Stebbins rounded out the top five.
In the Hoosier Tire Sportsman Division, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Zach Sobotka would be crowned the 2020 class champion.  By virtue of four feature wins and a slew of other top five finishes in the class heading into the double point season point finale, Sobotka simple needed to just show up and take the opening green flag and it was official.  Tim Guild led the first fourteen laps from his front row starting position and looked to finally shake the gremlins that have plagued him through the entire 2020 race season.  Fourth generation driver, Alex Payne who had won twice thus far on the season was marching thru the field from the eighth starting spot and shot by Guild for the lead on lap fifteen and from there stretched the advantage and cruise to win three no the campaign.  Guild would hold on for a well-deserved runner up finish as he was chased across the line by Brett Buono in third. Tommy Collins Jr. capped off a great point year on the Hoosier Tire brand by finishing fourth while 2020 Track Champion, Zach Sobotka rounded out the top five.
In the Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Sportsman Division it was a three horse race heading into the twenty-five lap feature double point finale  One time 2020 class feature event winner, Billy Paine would lead the twenty-one car field to the opening green flag and lead the first eight laps.  Like Paine, Will Shields had also picked up one feature event earlier in the season.  He had a very patient strategy, moved around Paine for the lead on lap nine and from there it was game over as he cruised to win two on the campaign.  However, behind Shields it was nail biting time as Ajay Potrzebowski, who was leading the points heading into the event along with Chris Fisher and Karl Comfort were going at it for the title.  With double points on the line and just a few points separating the top three entering the event it could not be determined until the checkered flag waved as to who would be crowned Track Champ.  Both Fisher who won the title in 2018 and with no feature wins entering the event along with Comfort who claimed the title one year earlier in 2017 and had only one feature event thus far both had their work  cut out as Potrzebowski had been the dominate player with four feature wins.  With the laps winding down in an event that saw only three caution flags, Comfort finished second and was able to leapfrog over both Fisher and Potrzebowski and claim the title.  Early on in the event, Fisher looked positioned to earn the championship but faded late to a sixth place run just one spot ahead of Potrzebowski who dejectedly came up just a few points shy of claiming his first ever Outlaw Speedway Title.  Following both Shields and Comfort across the line was Casey Williams with an impressive third place finish followed by Zach Sobotka who was fourth and Troy Sperring in fifth.
Like the American Racer Tire Sportsman before them the IMCA Modifieds had no clear-cut favorite leading up to the last point night of the regular season.  At the beginning of the night a make-up feature for the IMCA Mods had to be run from a July 10 rainout.  In that event, Shawn Bruce was victorious for his second trip to victory lane in 2020 setting up another barn burner of a feature where anyone of three different drivers all having a mathematical chance of claiming the prestigious class title.  In the twenty-lap night cap event, invader Jared Spalding picked up his first feature win at Outlaw in 2020 after starting outside pole position.  All eyes were on the top three in points and as the double checkers waved in an event which had everyone holding their breath, Bad Brad Smith by finishing second, one position ahead of Kevin Smith who was third at the finish and Rodney Morgan who wound up fourth claimed the IMCA Modified Point Championship.  Brad Smith had but only one feature victory in 2020 on July 3 but showed great consistency on the entire season.  Kevin Smith had a pair of victories while the real story was 2018 Track Champion, Rodney Morgan who led the charge with six feature wins during the abbreviated season due to COVID 19.  Kevin Smith would finish third as the double checkered flags waved while Morgan and Shawn Bruce would claim fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the companion IMCA Hobby Stock Division it was a foregone conclusion that if Wayne Ellison could stay out of trouble, he would claim the track title.  Not only did the eight time feature winner in 2020 keep his nose clean, he charged thru the pack from his ninth starting position, went on for win number nine on the season and left little doubt that his dominating performance throughout the season truly earned him the title.  Chasing Ellison across the line in second was Jamie Eldredge Jr. while Casey Wagner would complete the top three podium spots.  Fourth went to Jack Ayers while Shawn Lloyd would round the top five finishers.  Bruce Kinner, who was second in points going into the night was unable to even start the feature helping Ellison’s cause while two time and defending class champion, Marc Minutolo all but conceded the title not even opting to compete on this night.  Minutolo had complied three feature wins along the way, but instead chose to run his Street Stock in hopes of claiming the Glen Whritenour Bounty Money.  Josh Oles was the only other feature winner in a division that saw Wayne Ellison virtually dominate the competition. 
Last but certainly not the least the Might 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks had to run their scheduled twenty lap feature event to determine the 2020 class champion.  With two men dominating the division throughout the season all eyes were on point leader, Jeremy Bunn and his closest rival, Bob Doolittle as both were not only looking at another feature win, but perhaps the class title that would go along with it. When all was said and done veteran driver, Ray Hyer had picked up his second feature event of the year as he started in row two, got to the front in a hurry and lead throughout.  He was followed across the line by Kenneth Evans and Jason Smart both of which who had their best runs of the season.  Scott Lehman was able to finish fourth at the end just one spot ahead of Jeremy Bunn who while finishing fifth would go on to his first ever Outlaw Speedway 4 Cylinder Mini Stock Track Championship.
Congratulations to all feature winners and all class track champions.
A complete list of the Official Track Point Standings for all weekly divisions can we found on the web at www.outlawspeedwayllc.com
Up next at Outlaw Speedway on Friday, September 4, 2020 it will be the beginning of the extended race season which is tentatively scheduled to conclude on October 30.  With the current NYS guidelines still in place stating that no fans are allowed into the grandstand seating area it will remain Pit Admission only for the foreseeable future.  For those who cannot attend audio and visual viewing is available as it has been all season long by logging on at www.dirttrackdigest.tv.    This pay per view is an affordable option for those who cannot make it into the pit area and provides a clear, concise observation of all the night of events from start to finish.  In competition it will be the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds, the Sunrise Insulation America Racer Sportsman, the Hoosier Tire Sportsman as well as the Stan’s No Tubes Street Stock Divisions.  Also, on the card it will be IMCA Hobby Stocks as well as the Might 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks making up the Super 6 Show.
For continual updates leading up to the September 4 event simple follow along on www.Facebook.com/OutlawSpeedwayLLC/
OUTLAW SPEEDWAY RESULTS.  August 28, 2020
Point Championship Night. 
Sheppard and Whritenour Bounty Money Goes Unclaimed!
FRIENDLY CHRYSLER, DODGE, JEEP, RAM MOIDIFIEDS.  (15 cars)
30 lap feature. Matt Sheppard (9), Alan Johnson, Brady Fultz, Kyle Coffey, Danny Johnson, Tyler Siri, Jordan Siri, Jim LaRock, Eldon Payne, Dave Rauscher, Chris Ostrowsky, Steve Paine, Marshall Hurd, Ron Cartwright Jr., Brian Swarthout
Unofficial Track Champion.  Matt Sheppard
SUNRISE INSULATION AMERICAN RACER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (21 cars)
25 lap feature.  Will Shields (2), Karl Comfort, Casey Williams, Zach Sobotka, Troy Sperring, Chris Fisher, AJay Potrzebowski, Billy Paine, Bob Buono, Dean Laughlin, Lance Irwin, Chris Hall, Greg Crooker, Justin Schenck, Travis Grover, Chris Clemons, Dale Welty, Kaiden Dgien, Alex Payne, Justice Mayo, Doug Kline
Unofficial Track Champion.  Karl Comfort.
HOOSIER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (17 cars)
25 lap feature.  Alex Payne (3), Tim Guild, Brett Buono, Tommy Collins Jr., Zach Sobotka, Zach George, JT Sperring, AJ Lloyd, Will Shields, Travis Grover, Casey Williams, Dean Laughlin, Lance Irwin, Brandon Butler, Stacy Jackson, Brandon Close, Tommy Paine
Unofficial Track Champion.  Zach Sobotka
STAN’S NO TUBES STREET STOCKS.  (16 cars)
20 lap feature. Glen Whritenour (9), Dylan Cecce, Shawn Boyton, CJ Guererri, Kane Stebbins, Chuck Winslow, Aksel Jensen, John Burritt, Zach Teed, Jake Karlnoski, Aaron Miller, Marc Minutolo, Jared Hill, John Carpenter, Quinn Sutherland, Brandon Morseman.
Unofficial Track Champion.  Glen Whritenour
IMCA MODIFIEDS.  (7 cars)
20 lap feature.  Jared Spalding, Brad Smith, Kevin Smith, Rodney Morgan, Shawn Bruce, Jeff Austin, Rich Karlnoski
Unofficial Track Champion.  Brad Smith
IMCA MODIFIED MAKE UP FEATURE FROM JULY 10.
20 lap feature.  Shawn Bruce (2), Kevin Smith, Rich Karlnoski, Brad Smith, Rodney Morgan, David Scouten Jr.  DNS, Rick Watt, Bumps Scutt, Nicole Spalding, Matt Bergman, Keith Lamphere
 IMCA HOBBY STOCKS.  (16 cars)
20 lap feature.  Wayne Ellison (9), Jamie Eldredge Jr., Casey Wagner, Jack Ayers, Shawn Lloyd, Brian Lloyd, Allison Pierce, Justin Eldredge, Jamie Eldredge, Jeremy Trank, Kenny Hunt, Don Slover, Joshua Oles, Amber Pierce, Brian Austin.  DNS, Bruce Kinner.
Unofficial Track Champion.  Wayne Ellison.
4 CYLINDER’S (14 cars)
20 lap feature.  Ray Hyer (2), Kenneth Evans, Jayson Smart, Scott Lehman, Jeremy Bunn, Scott Lehman Jr., David Kinner, Rich Sharpsteen, ShiAnn LaBar, Derrick Evans, Robert Decker, Bob Doolittle, Lee Fritz.  DNS, Mike Stone.
Unofficial Track Champion.  Jeremy Bunn



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SUPER MATT SHEPPARD AND GLEN WHRITENOUR REMAIN UNSTOPPABLE AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY
Bounty Cash on each driver will roll over to season point finale on August 28, 2020.
Comfort and Oles grab first wins of the season.  Potrzebowski, Sobotka, Morgan and Lehman Jr. continue to rack up victories.  Abby Decker in Youth Bandit Division. 
Story by Kenny Shupp Jr.
(Dundee, NY)  The Matt Sheppard and Glen Whritenour stranglehold on the competition in their respective classes continues at the Outlaw Speedway as both won their feature events on Friday, August 21 and with their victories the Bounty Money posted by the track will continue on yet another week.
The night got off to a fast start with the makeup feature in the Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Sportsman Class held over from a July 10 rain out.  In that event Ajay Potrzebowski  made short work of the twenty-five lap affair as he immediately took control of the event from his front row starting spot, led every lap  and with only one caution on lap two to slow the pace he went on to his fifth feature win of the year.  Potrzebowski had to contend with a persistent Troy Sperring who was looking to back up his first feature win of a few weeks earlier, but the seasoned veteran was up to the challenge, hit his marks to perfection and was able to hold off Sperring by less than a second at the double checkered flags.  Will Shields and Chris Fisher both lined up inside the top five at the start and finished third and fourth while Karl Comfort advanced two spots to claim fifth.  For Fisher it was a nice recovery after taking a bone jarring side over side flip just one week prior and keeps him in the hunt to back up his 2018 track title, but with the Potrzebowski win he will extend his small point advantage leading into the  night cap feature event.
In the regularly scheduled Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Sportsman twenty-lap main event Billy Paine and Zach Sobotka brought the nineteen-car field to the opening green flag with Sobotka taking control immediately.  Sobotka is one of several drivers that does double duty each week at Outlaw racing in both Sportsman Divisions and was looking to back up his lone feature win in the class dating back to June 19.  With just one caution flag to slow the event, Sobotka would lead thru lap seventeen when 2017 Track Champion, Karl Comfort would make his move, take over the top spot and go onto his first feature win of 2020 by several car lengths over Chris Fisher.  Sobotka would fall back to third at the completion as he was chased across the line by Casey Williams who finished fourth while Ajay Potrzebowski had another solid top five run claiming fifth at the finish and should maintain a very small point advantage leading into the season finale double point show next Friday.
Coming off a disappointing finish last Friday due to significant damage done to his potent 9s Modified, Matt Sheppard got back on track in dominating fashion as he nailed feature win eight on the 2020 campaign in the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modified Division.  Super Matt, who lined up in his traditional twelfth starting position, charged thru a star- studded field, got to the point and said see you later as he built up an insurmountable lead.  Even with a mid-race yellow on lap fourteen to bunch the field, Sheppard was able to stay in clean air, keep fourth row starting AJ Slideways, Alan Johnson at bay and cruise to a four and a half second win while lapping up to the ninth place machine.  The Brothers Johnson who are trying to keep pace with Super Matt in the point battle both had good runs with AJ Slideways holding off Doctor Danny for second with the Doc in third as young guns Kyle Coffey and Jordan Siri claimed fourth and fifth.  Siri lined up in the front row at the start, ran with the lead group all race long and claimed a well-deserved top five finish.  For Coffey it was a little tougher as he was buried mid-pack, drove another methodical race and claimed a top finish helping his effort in taking a top five-point finishing position with just one-point event remaining.
In the Hoosier Tire Sportsman twenty-five lap feature AJ Lloyd and JT Sperring led the sixteen-car field to the opening green flag.  Zach Sobotka, who lead the points coming into the night lined up twelfth on the grid and had his work cut out for him.  However, like he has done three times previously this season, Sobotka was able to barn storm the field, take the lead and just barely nip AJ Lloyd at the line to claim victory number four.  A disappointed Lloyd, who is a picture of consistency each week at Outlaw Speedway will have to wait one more week to try and pick up his first feature win of the season.  As expected, Will Shields, Alex Payne and Tommy Collins Jr. all put in great drives as they finished third thru fifth at the finish.  With his win Sobotka will extend his already healthy point advantage over Collins Jr. heading into next week’s double point feature event.  Last year’s Track Champion Will Shields is still in the hunt but will need a miracle next week if he plans on defending the title.
In the Stan’s No Tubes Street Stock Class a pair of strong runners in Aaron Miller and John Carpenter would bring the seventeen car field to the opening green flag, but all eyes were on ninth place starting, Glen Whritenour as he looks to maintain his season long dominance of the class.  Carpenter would lead early but by lap twelve GW had taken away the lead on a restart.  A rash of caution flags from laps twelve thru seventeen, four in all would keep the field within striking distance of Whritenour.  The last yellow on lap seventeen found CJ Guererri glued to the rear bumper of the Whritenour #15 machine and it appeared as though Guererri could take home the $500 Bounty Money which the track placed on Whritenour.  However, that was not the case and try as he might, Guererri came up just a half a second shy of claiming his second win of the year.  With that the Bounty Money rolls over to next week.  For Whritenour it was win eight on the year and keeps pace with Sheppard in the win column.  Guererri wound up second chased across the line by one -time feature winner, Jake Karlnoski who finished third.  John Carpenter continues his strong 2020 performance in the class by nailing the fourth spot at the completion of the twenty-lap grind as invader, Kane Stebbins came home for fifth. 
Josh Oles made the move this season from the 4 Cylinder class into the IMCA Hobby Stock Division and has found the class much to his liking with some solid runs.  However, on this night Oles would line up outside the front row at the start, stay in clean air throughout, withstand numerous caution flags and come home with his first ever feature win in the division.  With his win it breaks the four-race win streak of Wayne Ellison and for only the third time this season the class finds a different face in victory lane.  Marc Minutolo, the other feature winner in the class mustered up a third-place finish at the end as Justin Eldredge had one of his best finishes of the season coming home in the runner up spot.  Fourth at the finish went to Casey Wagner with Wayne Ellison rounding the top five.  Second place point getter, Bruce Kinner had a rare off night finishing tenth and will lose ground to Ellison heading into next week’s double point finale.
Like multi 2020 feature winners, Sheppard, Whritenour, Sobotka and Potrzebowski before him, Rodney Morgan was able to win the twenty lap IMCA Modified feature event for his sixth trip to victory lane thus far.  The 2017 Track Champion in the Nationally Sanctioned Division lined up fifth on the opening green flag, wrestled the lead away from Jared Spalding on lap ten and cruised to the victory.  Shawn Bruce who was looking to back up his previous win on July 24 was no match for the high-flying Morgan and had to settle for second.  Spalding drifted at the end to a solid third place finish after leading the first half of the event as he was chased across the line by another 2020 feature winner in Bad Brad Smith while Dick in the Dirt, Rich Karlnoski rounded the top five at the finish.  Throw a blanket over the top five in points leading into next week’s finale as any driver on the point leader board has a mathematical shot at the championship. 
In the Mighty 4 Cylinder Division some seventeen cars lined up for their twenty-lap main event.  Bob Doolittle and Jeremy Bunn have dominated the class all year long with only a few other drivers able to break the juggernaut.  However, Scott Lehman Jr. in his potent front wheel drive machine was able to blast thru the field from his fourth row starting position and once out in front held off the best the class has to offer and claim win number two on the year.  For Lehman Jr. it was no cake walk as he had to hold off a determined Bob Doolittle who wound up second at the finish as well as his own father, Scott Lehman who claimed the third and final podium spot.  Last week’s feature winner, Kenneth Evans had another solid run finishing fourth while Jeremy Bunn claimed fifth at the end.  With his runner up finish, Doolittle can inch a little closer to Jeremy Bunn’s point lead heading into the August’s 28 point finale at the track.
In the Winner’s Circle Deli Youth Bandit Division Abby Decker was finally able to put things all together in winning the feature event after numerous runner up finishes to her brother Ethan.  However, Ethan has an insurmountable point advantage over Abby and Blake Parsons heading into next week’s Double Point show.
Congratulations once again to all competitors.
Friday, August 28, 2020 will find the Double Point Regular Season Finale which will determine the 2020 Track Champions in all classes.  The event will include a make-up feature in the IMCA Modified Division for a July 10 rained out event.
All the hype leading up to the night of action can be found by going to www.Facebook.com/OutlawSpeedwayLLC/
Gates will open at 5:30, hot laps at 6:30 and the first green flag will wave at 7:30.
With the point battles at a fever pitch you can log on at  www.outlawspeedwayllc.com for a complete update of the point standings heading into next Fridays Double Point Show which will conclude the regular season heading into the all new Outlaw Speedway Fall Series.  As noted in previous press releases and Facebook posts track owner, Tyler Siri and his girlfriend Jordan Lynch have added on two more full months of Fall Season racing every Friday night starting on September 4 thru October30, 2020. 
As is every event at Outlaw the schedule is subject to change should New York State relax the stringent protocol of not allowing fans into the grandstand seating area.  In the event the ban is lifted, the track will revisit such events as the two-day 5th Annual Fall Nationals and Dutch Hoag Triple 7’s Weekend in September and October. 
In the meantime, it will be business as usual with Pit Admission only as well as viewing on DirtTrack Digest.TV which continues to provide top notch audio and visual coverage for those who cannot attend.
The Fall Series will consist of the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds, Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Sportsman as well as the Hoosier Tire Sportsman.  Also included will be the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Stan’s No Tubes Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Divisions making it a Super 6 Show. 

OUTLAW SPEEDWAY RESULTS.  8/21/2020
Sheppard and Whritenour Bounty Money rolls onto August 28, 2020

FRIENDLY CHRYSLER, DODGE, JEEP, RAM MODIFIEDS (18 cars)
30 lap feature.  Matt Sheppard (8), Alan Johnson, Danny Johnson, Kyle Coffey, Jordan Siri, Steve Paine, Tyler Siri, Jim LaRock, Ron Cartwright Jr., Eldon Payne, Nick Nye, Chris Ostrowsky, Kailee DiMorier, Dave Rausher, Jeff Lawrence, Brady Fultz, Kirk Reynolds, Ed Lawrence

SUNRISE INSULATION AMERICAN RACER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (19 cars)
25 lap feature.  Karl Comfort, Chris Fisher, Zach Sobotka, Casey Williams, Ajay Potrzebowski Sr., Ajay Potrzebowski Jr., Alex Payne, Dale Welty, Doug Kline, Billy Paine, Zach George, Kaiden Dgien, Troy Sperring, Bryan Rhodes, Bob Buono, Reese Hackett, Chris Clemons, Eric Grice, Will Shields

SUNRISE INSULATION AMERICAN RACER TIRE SPORTSMAN MAKE UP FEATURE. 7/10/2020.  25 laps.
Ajay Potrzebowski (5), Troy Sperring, Will Shields, Chris Fisher, Karl Comfort Alex Payne, Kaiden Dgien, Bob Buono, Chris Clemons, Dale Welty, Reese Hackett, Billy Paine, Bryan Rhodes.  DNS, Zach Sobotka, Doug Smith, Travis Grover, Chris Silvers, Zach Ziegenhagen, Isabel Barron, Allison Teed, Kevin Root, Alan Komar, Jeremy Warren,

HOOSIER TIRE SPORTSMAN. (16 cars)
25 lap feature.  Zach Sobotka (4), AJ Lloyd, Will Shields, Alex Payne, Tommy Collins Jr., Zach George, Casey Williams, JT Sperring, Bryan Rhodes, Tim Guild, Ryan Dolbear, Lance Erwin, Brandon Butler, Tommy Paine, Brett Buono, Stacy Jackson.

STAN’S NO TUBES STREET STOCKS.  (17 cars)
20 lap feature. Glen Whritenour (8), CJ Guererri, Jake Karlnoski, John Carpenter, Kane Stebbins, Chuck Winslow, Jared Hill, Adam Depuy, Ryan Krause, Shawn Boyton, Zach Teed, Aksel Jensen, John Burritt, Carl Cleveland, Aaron Miller, John Zimmerman, Brandon Morseman.

IMCA MODIFIEDS.  (9 cars)
20 lap feature.  Rodney Morgan (6), Shawn Bruce, Jared Spalding, Brad Smith, Rich Karlnoski, Kevin Smith, Bumps Scutt, Jeff Austin, David Scouten

IMCA HOBBY STOCKS.  (13 cars)
20 lap feature.  Josh Oles, Justin Eldredge, Marc Minutolo, Casey Wagner, Wayne Ellison, Jeremy Trank, Amber Pierce, Allison Pierce, Justin Eldredge Jr., Bruce Kinner, Jack Ayers, Nate Peckham, Kenny Hunt

4 CYLINDER’S.  (17 cars)
20 lap feature.  Scott Lehman Jr. (2), Robert Decker, Scott Lehman, Kenneth Evans, Jeremy Bunn, Ray Hyer, Jason Smart, Jack Ormsby, Bob Doolittle, Derrick Puryear, Lee Fritz, Dave Kinner, Mike Webster, Matt Irwin, Derrick Evans, SiAnn LaBar, Chris Force.

WINNERS CIRCLE DELI BANDITS.
Feature.  Abby Decker.

 

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KRESSLEY EARNS SECOND MODIFIED WIN OF THE SEASON AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

CHUCK ECKERT TAKES FIRST CAREER SPORTSMAN FEATURE VICTORY

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. August 23, 2020 . . . On the previous Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, Brett Kressley was forced to be a spectator for the 30-lap T.P. Trailers Modified NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts feature race rather than a participant due to a disqualification after a heat race incident. He returned this week with a score to settle and wasted no time charging from his ninth starting grid to the front of the 28-car starting lineup. Kressley, behind the wheel of the Kressley Auto & Truck Sales No. 19K, passed Richie Hitzler for the lead on the 12th lap and went on to score his second win of the season to increase his career win total to 14.

Chuck Eckert, son of the late Chargin’ Charlie Eckert, led the entire way in the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman feature for his first career to become the ninth different winner in the division. It was an emotional win for him as he was so happy to be standing in victory lane.

Modified and Sportsman feature winners that met the necessary requirements 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 Kressley and Eckert. Jesse Leiby earned an extra $100 bonus from the track for being the highest crate engine finisher

Modified racing had Hitzler as the early pacesetter at the drop of the green.

The yellow was thrown with two laps completed after Craig Whitmoyer hit the backstretch wall. Ray Swinehart was also involved and they were both out of contention. Hitzler held his own on the restart followed by Brett Gilmore, Ron Kline, Kevin Hirthler and Kressley.

Kline and Kressley put on quite a battle for second which gave Hitzler some breathing room. Once Kressley cleared Kline, his next mission was to take control of first.

On the 14th lap restart needed when Kyle Weiss got sideways on the backstretch and slowed down causing Craig Von Dohren, left with nowhere to go, to make contact with him. Kressley was still at the head of the pack with second through fifth now comprised of Duane Howard, Hitzler, Kline and Louden Reimert. Trying to break into the top five was Mike Gular, which he did by overtaking third on lap 17 to pressure 357.

The front runners had a tricky situation to deal with as they approached lap traffic by lap 17 and had to use heads up driving.

With five laps remaining the running order behind Kressley, who ran the bottom lane in turns one and two and the high lane in three and four because he knew the order behind consisted of Howard, Gular, Rick Laubach and Weiss were in pursuit and he wanted to take their line away.

Kressley dealt with the lapped cars and never looked back until the drop of the checkered to be the second repeat winner of the season. Finishing second was Howard followed by Gular, Laubach and Weiss. Kline, Reimert, Ryan Grim, Jeff Strunk, last week’s winner, and Hirthler rounded out the top ten.

Heats were won by Hitzler, Jared Umbenhauer, Howard and Kline. Dylan Swinehart and Brad Brightbill, now driving the BMS No. 14, won the consies.

Before the first lap could be recorded in the Sportsman feature the red was out for a multi-car first turn tangle. The second try was thwarted as cars were spun in the second turn. Finally when action went green again Eckert was in the lead trailed by Scott Kohler, already a feature winner this season; Chris Esposito, Nathan Mohr and Kyle Lilick.

The red was thrown once again on the 11th lap when rookie Mark Gaugler rode the first turn wall with heavy impact. He was shaken up a bit and the car was destroyed. Eckert resumed the lead on the restart while Esposito, Brad Arnold, B. Hirthler and S. Kohler tried to unseat him.

Eckert, a former Enduro driver that enjoys competing at the 1/3-mile oval and feels he needs more seat time, never surrendered the lead and went on to win the event. Esposito, who showed sportsmanship and congratulated Eckert finished in the runner-up spot trailed by Arnold, B. Hirthler and S. Kohler. Sixth through tenth were Jack Butler, Kyle Lilick, Mohr, Ryan Beltz and Jesse Leiby.

The month of August closes out for Saturday night stock car racing on the 29th with a tripleheader show that features the T.P. Trailers Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and Excel 600 Modifieds. Adult admission for the tripleheader is $18 while youngsters under are 12 admitted free. Racing gets the green at 7:30 p.m.

And on Saturday September 5 the Modifieds and Sportsman will be in action. Just two point events left in the season. Added on this night is the first “Hard Charger Challenge” which will feature racers now in the top 15 in Modified standings and have never won a Modified feature at Grandview.

Reminder: No NASCAR license is required for crew or fans. Drivers can purchase temporary licenses good for one event or 15 day license.

Lap sponsorships, $20 each, for the 50th annual Freedom 76, set for Saturday September 19, remain available by contacting Tommy Kramer or Tina Rogers at the track. Checks covering the laps to be sponsored, along with wording for the lap or laps, should be made payable to Grandview Speedway and mailed to 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. For additional lap and event sponsorships please telephone Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286.

Fans attending the Freedom 76 are advised that they can place campers on property on Thursday, September 17 and must be removed by Sunday, September 20.

RACE RESULTS

T. P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Mike Gular, 4. Rick Laubach, 5. Kyle Weiss, 6. Ron Kline, 7. Louden Reimert, 8. Ryan Grim, 9. Jeff Strunk, 10. Kevin Hirthler, 11. Jared Umbenhauer, 12. Craig Von Dohren, 13. Justin Grim, 14. Doug Manmiller, 15. Brad Brightbill, 16. Brad Grim, 17. Brett Gilmore, 18. Dillon Steuer, 19. Richie Hitzler, 20. Colt Harris, 21. Darrin Schuler, 22. Dan Waisempacher, 24. Dylan Swinehart, 25. Eric Biehn, 26. Craig Whitmoyer, 27. Ray Swinehart, 28. Kenny Gilmore. DNQ: Mark Kratz, Mark Levy, Ryan Lilick, Carroll Hine III, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Ron Myers, Bobby Trapper Jr. and Ron Haring Jr.

T.P. Trailers Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Chuck Eckert, 2. Chris Esposito, 3. Brad Arnold, 4. Brian Hirthler, 5. Scott Kohler, 6. Jack Butler, 7. Kyle Lilick, 8. Nathan Mohr, 9. Ryan Beltz, 10. Jesse Leiby, 11. Nate Brinker, 12. Mark Kemmerer, 13. Brandon Eckert, 14. Kyle Smith, 15. Dakota Kohler, 16. Jimmy Leiby, 17. Kenny Bock, 18. Jesse Landis, 19. Mark Gaugler, 20. Derrick Smith, 21. John McGovern, 22. Tom Miller, 23. Cole Stangle, 24. Steve Young. DNQ: Parker Guldin, Bryan Rhoads, Decker Swinehart, B.J. Joly, Matt Brooke, Lex Shive, Kurt Bettler and Joey Vaccaro.


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LOLR Points Leader Wight Back On Track With 5th Big-Block Feature Win
Welch & Ridley repeat, Whipple wins 1st while rookie Burnell rolls to 4th stock car triumph

*Kevin Ridley victory lane photo attachment by Don Romeo

Canandaigua, NY – Aug. 22, 2020 – Tom Skibinski, Land of Legends Raceway PR

Pepsi Big-Block Modified hotshot Larry Wight topped tour rival Matt Sheppard on Saturday to score a narrow victory and pad his division lead heading into the final scheduled points event next weekend at Land Of Legends Raceway.

Veterans Kevin Ridley (Speed Connection Sportsman) and Mike Welch (Street Stock) each captured their second feature wins of the summer while Mike Emhof Motorsports 305 Sprint Car ace Jason Whipple pulled into the winner's circle for the first time in the 'Saturday Spectacular' at the Ontario Co. Fairgrounds.

Second-generation speedster Tyler Burnell continued to reign supreme in Hobby Stock competition, closing out Sherwin-Williams Paint Store of Canandaigua Night with his fourth checkered flag in six starts during his rookie year in Canandaigua.

With the 2020 season championships coming down to the wire, Wight wheeled his way ever closer to the coveted Big-Block crown as the Phoenix NY pilot proved worthy holding off perennial points king Sheppard in a late race duel to score the dramatic win by a mere .176-sec.

“I couldn't really tell what the better line was running up front and not knowing how Matt got up through there so I just stuck with what I thought worked,” remarked Wight, 27, who now holds a 28-point (392-364) advantage over north country campaigner Tim Fuller. “We bobbled a little bit getting through the holes in (turn) three and lost the nose but had enough drive to come off and beat him to the line.”

A solid 30-car field took chief starter Scott Hixson's opening green flag with qualifying heat race winner Wight filing in 12th to begin the 35-lap finale. Front row partners Jimmy Maier and Justin Wright swapped the lead early while Wight rolled his red hot #99L FX Caprara Honda-Tracey Road Equipment/Bicknell ride into the top-5 before 10 laps were complete.

James Sweeting suffered a right front flat tire to incur a yellow flag on lap 18, and only Billy Dunn separated Wight from leader Wright at the halfway mark. Sheppard began 17th and methodically carved his way to the front, riding into 7th on the lap 18 restart, cracking the front-five just one more time around the fast half-mile oval before dropping Dillon Groover to fourth on lap 21.

Dunn grabbed the lead between turns one and two yet before the lap could be scored Wight charged from third to first, relegating Wright into the show position as the trio crossed the line with 22 complete. 'Super Matt' passed Wright over the next half-mile but needed five more circuits to duck under runner-up Dunn and focus on front-runner Wight.

With Sheppard closing in fast using the low lane as 'Lightning Larry' continued to chase the high line, red lights suddenly flashed around the speedway after Jeff Lawrence's yellow #1 Bicknell entry mount sat disabled following a turn three rollover that required immediate assistance. No injuries were reported.

“When everything stopped there you start thinking which tire is going to seal first,” divulged Wight, after waiting out the 10-minute delay to safely clear the Lawrence car. “We rode the bottom in the beginning of the race so I knew my tires weren't too hot but you always have that in the back of your head wondering if one is going to seal up on you.”

Sheppard shadowed Wight on the ensuing lap 33 restart while Dunn, Tim Fuller, Erick Rudolph and Jimmy Phelps waited for any opening further back. With the top two again close to trading paint, Russell Morseman slowed down the back straightaway to set up a one lap dash for cash with $2,000 awaiting the victor.

Sheppard pulled underneath exiting turn four in a last-lap effort but Wight maintained his momentum, taking the checkers in a bumper-to-bumper finish with the pair even making contact immediately after as the adrenaline carried into turn one. Dunn settled for third ahead of Fuller, Rudolph, Phelps, Justin Haers, Wright, Ryan Susice and Alan Johnson, the only driver to post Top-10 finishes in all 11 events to date.

“Billy was running the top and we were coming up through,” added Wight, on the heals of his fifth career Big-Block win at LOLR, all coming since June 9. “I was able to get underneath enough guys and stay with him. Figured I'd just stay down there and try to conserve (tires) for the first 10 laps at least. It turned out to be enough.”

Pulling into 18th on the starting grid for the Sportsman 25-lapper left little time for Ridley to hold back, yet the open-wheel veteran showed his experience as his no. 20x Fred's Fab'N Fold-Champion Power Equipment-Lakeshore Auto Mall/Bicknell machine grew stronger as the race wore on.

“It was a bit of a struggle in the middle part of the race, I was like 'man, we're not getting anywhere,' didn't understand what was happening,” noted Ridley, 42, who now ranks second all-time (tied with Steve Gray) with 30 wins, behind only Paul Guererri at 45. “Our car felt good, just couldn't get by any other cars.”

“Then the caution (flags) just kept falling and we found the top (lane). We were just as good in the middle as I was around the top but its a lot of fun just beating the balls off it and holding (gas pedal) to the floor all the way around the top so that's what I decided to do,” said Ridley, a two-time track champion in wine country.

Baldwinsville invader Mike Phelps rammed the outside cement retaining wall just shy of the starter's stand to incur an opening lap caution and force a complete restart. Pole-sitter Rick Martin took the top spot back under green yet gave it up to his son after Dalton Martin charged from third to first on lap six using the high line.

While three more yellow flags kept the field bunched in the early going, a lap eight restart proved pivotal for Zach Payne as he blasted from fourth to first before the younger Martin regained the point crossing the line. Ridley moved into sixth with 10 scored and on a lap 12 restart the Waterloo warrior powered into third.

Payne again drove under Martin for the lead on lap 14 while Ridley needed another mile to slide into second between turns three and four. Ridley forged the final lead change exiting turn two on lap 19 at the same time Tim Baker stole third from Martin racing down the back chute.

Rick Martin's night came to a sudden halt on lap 22, forcing out the final yellow flag when his new Bicknell car slammed the uke tire low entering turn one, collecting Cody Manitta in the process. Ridley made short work exhibiting his superiority, building up a commanding 12 car-length advantage at the stripe followed by Payne and Baker (1st Top-10 of season) and A.J. Lloyd, after contact with Dalton Martin pushed him to fourth in the final rundown.

“Once I caught (Payne) I was watching his line and saw him slip up off the bottom there and made the move,” Ridley said. “Still thought we were going to lose the race on that last restart, don't know what happened. When we took off the car was stumbling and didn't clean out until we got to the flagstand. Thought it might do it again going into turn one but it never happened and we were good the rest of the way.”

“I knew we were good enough to get there (front) through the middle and bottom but to get there quicker we used the top. One and two were a little different but you could really run it around the top in three and four so we're happy with the result,” Ridley added.

Western New Yorker Sam Junkin couldn't be happier after his season debut ended with a trip to victory lane in the 15-lap Sportsman B-Main. Towing his no. 2 Dirt Works-Elma Press-716 Candle Company/Bicknell ride east from Marilla (SW of Darien Lake), Junkin overtook Texas traveler Chaz Thompson on lap seven and cruised home for a comfortable straightaway victory in his first race of 2020.

“I was watching the Big-Blocks and saw Larry and Matt and they went up high, then saw the beginning of the Sportsman feature with the #132 (Dalton Martin) making up ground on top so I said why not not give it a shot,” revealed Junkin, 26, who failed to qualify in his lone attempt at LOLR last season as a rookie.

“So I tried the top side and it stuck and I just kept my foot on it. Learned not to be a ***** on the bottom as there's a high side that's really pretty too. Its the first time I ever won a race going on the outside. We were really just using today as practice, think we got something good here now,” Junkin added.

Returning to his preferred high lane around the hallowed half-miler, Whipple confirmed he has a good car, especially after outlasting two-time winner Alysha Bay for the popular 20-lap MEM 305 victory.

“The (grounds) crew did a fantastic job with the track tonight, they brought the top (groove) in for me and that's where I belong, up top,” beamed Whipple, 46, the LOLR 305 points champion in 2017 when he logged all five of his previous sprint car wins. “Been trying the bottom the past couple weeks and it just hasn't worked out so we went back up where we belong … that was awesome.”

Rochester regular Steve Glover paced the pack ahead of Kyle Pierce, Ethan Gray and Bay as they battled three-wide leaving little room to err. Whipple wasted little time in his jaunt forward, darting from sixth to third on the opening circuit then blasting high around Glover rounding turn four to forge the final lead change on lap five.

Pierce appeared to be the fastest on the track after passing Glover by the midway point yet with 10 laps in the books Whipple still authored a 4-second advantage. Bay slid under Glover for third on lap 14 and after a smoking Gray machine brought out the only caution she stole second from Pierce on the lap 15 restart.

The Shortsville sprinter was up to the challenge, pulling away in his Paul Gavenda-powered #38 Bauer's Garage-Nu-Way Auto Parts-Termotto's Homescape/Maxim machine for a solid five car-length victory over Bay followed by Pierce, Glover and Darryl Ruggles.

“Was waiting for Ruggles (actually Bay in the #48A as the scoreboard read 48 and Ruggles is 48jr.) to slide me in one as we had turns three and four down pat but one and two were beating me,” recalled Whipple, who had just a single top-5 tally in his first four events, missing the initial three shows due to COVID-19 concerns and his father's health issues. “Yet knew if I kept it smooth we were good. Can't thank my crew, our sponsors and again the track team for giving us the chance.”

“The track crew got some bite up top, yet not too high. Their watering and packing (during intermission) made all the difference for me. Been a long time coming since we were last in victory lane, didn't know if it was ever going to happen again,” added a relieved Whipple, who returned for '20 trading in his black car for white, a proven remedy for any ailments endured over the past three years.


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