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MATT HIRSCHMAN REPEATS FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT AND EIGHTH OVERALL RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250 VICTORY

-       Bobby Holmes, Harry Macy Classic Race of Champions TQ Midgets; Rich Sharpe Race of Champions Street Stocks and Jason Anasiewicz, Four Cylinder Dash Series / Fred Rounds Cup Winner -

 

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, took home his sixth consecutive and eighth overall Al Gerber Memorial Trophy after winning the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250 Sunday at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, PA. The platinum edition of the race capped off the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend.

 

“Everyone is getting tougher, as they should, but here we are again,” Hirschman said from victory lane. “It’s just incredible. We are making history.”

 

The win paid out $12,570.70 in celebration of the race’s 70th running, and Hirschman added another $250 for leading the pack at the halfway point. Hirschman has now won eight of the last nine Race of Champions 250 races dating back to 2012.

 

Despite being a favorite, a win for Hirschman never really seemed certain. He was involved in a collision on lap 36 that forced him to pit, but he escaped with a bent front bumper and no serious damage. He slowly worked his way back through the pack before taking the lead on lap 116, where he stayed until deciding to pit from the lead on lap 140 for new right side tires.

“I’m not even sure what happened there [during the crash]. It happened quick, that’s for sure,”

Hirschman said. “The competition is getting better [every year] and then you have something like that to make it a little harder again.”

 

Jon McKennedy delivered a gutsy performance while taking an alternative approach to pitting, opting to stay out during the lap-140 caution that saw a large portion of the top-10 pit and give him the lead. McKennedy was able to hold onto the lead until he finally headed to the pits on lap 205. Despite a last-minute run, he would be forced to settle for fifth place.

 

Hirschman took the lead from Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY, on lap 215 for the final time, riding out the final 35 laps despite a couple of late cautions and restarts. Catalano would finish sixth.

 

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY, completed his triple-duty weekend with a second-place finish, while 17-year-old Austin Beers of Northampton placed third. Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, PA, turned in a fourth-place finish.

Rounding out the top 10 finishers was Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ, Chris Finocchario of Macedon, NY, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, and Timmy Catalano, respectively.

 

The action got underway with Bobby Holmes of Lockport, NY, winning the Harry Macy Classic 29-lap race in the second night of TQ Midget racing.

 

The win was Holmes’ second of the weekend as he picked up the win in Saturday’s NYPA series race. Starting next year, Race of Champions and the NYPA will partner to award the

“Printed Image Cup” to the driver who performs best in the two weekend races.

 

Holmes won his qualifying heat to earn his way onto the pole, but not without a challenge from Andrew Nye of West Seneca, NY, who finished second in the feature after passing Tyler Wagner of Chester, NJ, with two laps to go. Wagner would finish third.

 

“I was kind of disappointed starting at the pole, because if you don’t win you have no excuse,” Holmes said following his win. “I like starting from the back, but I will take this for sure.”

Ronnie Flaim of Olean, NY, started and finished fourth, and Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, NY, finished fifth.

 

The Dash Series Triple Challenge came to an exciting conclusion as Jason Anasiewicz of Alden, NY, took the win in the Butch Palmer Classic. With top-3 finishes Friday and Saturday, the win Sunday secured his victory in the overall challenge.

 

“It’s been a tough road,” Anasiewicz said. “I made a couple of adjustments on the car today and it hooked. It was gone. This is what I’ve been waiting for, to win it all.”

 

Briar Dils of Derby, NY, who won the series opener Friday but settled for a 15th-place finish Saturday, worked hard and battled back from a bad restart on lap 21 to finish in second. Corey Copeland of Ontario, NY, climbed from a start in the middle of the pack to finish third.

 

Nicholas Robinson of Waverly, NY, placed fourth. David Milbrand of Clarence, NY, was a factor at the front of the pack for most of the race after starting on the pole, but could not follow up his Saturday victory and ultimately fell to fifth.

 

Rich Sharpe of Depew, NY, turned in a dominant performance in the Street Stocks Series Feature after also winning his qualifying heat earlier in the day.

 

“We changed [the car] from the last time we came down here,” Sharpe said after his win in the 30-lap race. “It definitely made it better. This is definitely a fun track to drive.”

 

Brian Hoffman of South Wales, NY, who narrowly finished behind Sharpe in qualifying, was able to hang on for a second-place finish in the feature.

Tim and Nik Welshans finished back-to-back to take third and fourth, respectively, while Chris Powers of Blasdell, NY, rounded out the top five.

 

The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend will return for the 71st Annual Race of Champions 250 at Lake Erie Speedway Sept. 24-26, 2021. Tickets for the 71st Annual event will go on sale at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. The pricing for 2021 will remain the same as 2020.

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  DH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

For more information, contact

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

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Racing Discussion / Re: It doesn't happen very often but...
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AND, it was also satisfying to meet up again with my former employer, Tim Bennett, and catch up on his life following racing...and, of course, other racing stuff!!!

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"THE DOCTOR" GOES BACK TO BACK AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY

     
Danny Johnson holds off Super Matt Sheppard to score second win of the Fall Series. 

Story by Kenny Shupp Jr.

(Dundee, NY) Under near perfect late September weather conditions the Outlaw Speedway played host to Fall Series Event #3 as some 103 cars checked in for the Super 6 Show. 

Twenty-one of the high-powered Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds saw race action with the three qualifying heats being won by Super Matt Sheppard, Joe Dgien and Hurricane Steve Paine.

In the thirty- lap feature event and by the luck of the re-draw, Fall Series Event #1 feature winner, Steve Paine and invader, Sam Allen lead the field to the opening green flag.  Hurricane Paine immediately jumped into the lead which he held until lap seven when third row starter, Danny Johnson stormed by on the outside to take command.  The Doctor, running a very unique diamond shaped line around the top side of the speedway began to stretch the distance between himself and the rest of the competition as fourth row starter, Super Matt Sheppard was methodically working his way thru traffic.  By lap twelve, Sheppard had cleared Paine along with the third-place machine of Joe Dgien and set sail for race leader Johnson. For the entire second half of the event Super Matt tried every line on the racetrack to make his move on the high-flying Doctor Danny who was hoping to make it two wins in a row at Outlaw Speedway.  Lap after lap Sheppard continued his relentless pursuit and lap after lap Johnson was able to hold the nine- time 2020 feature winner at bay.  All the while the top two were slugging it out for the win, Tyler Siri was making his way into the battle from his fifth row starting spot as last row starter, AJ Slideways, Alan Johnson was mowing the field down and had cracked the top five.  With just handful of laps remaining The Doctor still maintained a comfortable three car length lead over Super Matt with Bossman Siri, Hurricane Paine and AJ Slideways all now within striking distance of the lead duo.  But when the double checkered flags waved it was Danny Johnson claiming his second win in a row at Outlaw with Matt Sheppard having to settle for second.  Siri wound up third with early race leader, Paine coming home for fourth.  Without question the drive of the night was put on by fifth place finisher, Alan Johnson after being a no show in his qualifying heat race had to start last on the opening grid.  Quick arithmetic will show that the top five finishers including Siri, the brothers Johnson, Paine and Sheppard have produced well over fifteen hundred feature events during their illustrious careers, perhaps closer to two thousand?

The Hoosier Tire Crate Sportsman twenty-five lap feature event was slowed by numerous yellow flags and two red flag stoppages for the machines of Adam Taft who found himself upside down in turn two after a lap two restart which took out several other machines.  The other red flag involved Eric Williams piloting the Greg Crooker owned car after a bone jarring front straight away incident prior to the halfway mark.  Recently crowned 2020 Regular Season Hoosier Tire Track Champion, Zach Sobotka wasted little time moving to the forefront from his outside row two starting position and once out in front distanced himself from the rest of the field.  A couple late race cautions allowed second place runner, Nick Guererri the opportunity to make a run at Sobotka, but came up just a few car lengths short at the completion of the twenty-five-lap grind.  Front row starters Brett Buono and Stacy Jackson ran inside the top five the entire distance to finish third and fourth while Alex Payne began the night in seventeenth, stayed out of trouble and rounded out the top five.

Hoosier Tire Sportsman heats went to Travis Grover, Nick Guererri and Alex Hoag.

It was a totally different story in the companion Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Sportsman twenty-five lap A Main as by the luck of the re-draw last week’s feature winner, Donnie Lawson started on the pole and led early in the going.  Lawson, who finds the bottom of the Outlaw Speedway much to his liking gave way to relentless pressure from Billy Paine who secured the lead and would hold on to claim his second feature of the season and first in the Fall Series.  However, from second on back the racing was some of the best seen at Outlaw Speedway in 2020 as the entire top seven were all challenging for position with side by side racing throughout.  Chris Fisher who started fourth was finally able to clear the likes of Lawson and Kreg Crooker and once up to second set his sights on Paine.  But, with time running out Fisher had to settle for second at the end as he was chased across the line by Kreg Crooker, Donnie Lawson while 2020 Track Champion, Karl Comfort rounded out the top five.  The battle from third on back to the eighth-place finishing, Kenny Peoples Jr. will be talked about for quite some time with plenty of two and three wide racing with little or no contact.  With his win, Billy Paine now makes it three different faces in three Fall Series races that have graced victory lane.

Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Sportsman heats were claimed by Lawson, Comfort and Peoples Jr.

A much smaller than usual Stan’s No Tubes Street Stock feature event found invader, Dennis Cummings accomplishing something that many have not been able to do in recent memory at Outlaw Speedway and that was to pass and defeat 2020 Class Champion, Glen Whritenour.  Whritenour brought the field to the opening green flag and led in the early going, but a determined Cummings was able to drive by the nine-time 2020 feature winner and go on for his first win at Outlaw Speedway.  For Cummings, who also promotes the Bradford Speedway it was sweet revenge as he had flipped his primary car just two weeks ago and came out with an all new ride for this event.  After holding onto the second slot for much of the event, Whritenour exited with mechanical issues handing over the runner up position to Adam Dupuy, but with Cummings over a half a track ahead Dupuy had no chance of catching the race leader and that is how they would finish with Aksel Jensen putting yet another solid effort to claim the final podium spot in third.  Jared Hill started fifth and wound up fourth while Mark Phelps rounded out the top five.

Stan’s No Tubes heats were picked-up by Dupuy and Cummings who capped off a perfect night.

After struggling thru one of his toughest regular seasons at Outlaw, Marc Minutolo has been on a rampage thus far in the Fall Series as for the third time in as many weeks and sixth time overall in 2020 the big fella was able to hit pay dirt.  Starting outside pole in the twenty-lap event, Minutolo jumped into the early lead and was never pressured from there.  However, the story of the event was Justin Eldredge who began the event in eighth, drove thru traffic only to get sidelined with a flat tire.  Quick work by his crew enabled Eldredge to fall in at the tail of the field and he put on a driving clinic racing his way back to a runner up finish at the end.  Shawn Lloyd ran within the top five all race long to claim third as Brent Ayers was able to recover from an early race spin to wind up fourth.  Casey Wagner rounded out the top five
Heat wins went to Minutolo and Jimmy Grant. 

It’s always nice to see a first time winner in any division and that was exactly the case in the Mighty 4 Cylinder Mini Stock Division as young gun, Matt Irwin played the waiting game to perfection, cleared then race leader, Mike Stone late in the going and would go onto victory, his first ever.  Stone, who was looking to back up last week’s win started last on the opening grid, drove thru the field, took advantage of an incident between then leaders Ray Hyer and Jack Ormsby and took over the top spot at the half way mark.  However, late in the twenty lap feature Stone was not able to keep Irwin at bay as his machine was starting to slow.  Irwin was able to get by along with Brian Grant, Hyer and Chris Force who would go onto claim positions one thru four in that order while Stone dropped to fifth at the double checkers. 
A pair of qualifying heat wins went to Ray Hyer and Lee Fritz.
 
Congratulations to all competitors.

Next week at Outlaw Speedway it will Fall Series Event #4.  Pit gates open for the October 2, 2020 event open at 5:30 with hot laps at 7:00.  The first green flag of the night will wave at 7:30 pm.

NYS regulations stating NO FANS in the STANDS continues to be enforced with pit entry only.   For those unable to attend, audio and visual coverage are once again available by logging onto www.dirttrackdigest.tv

For more information regarding the Oct. 2 event including continual updates leading up to the night of action simply go to www.Facebook.com/OutlawSpeedwayLLC/
A current listing of all the points for both the regular season as well as the Fall Series log on at www.outlawspeedwayllc.com

OUTLAW SPEEDWAY RESULTS.  FALL SERIES EVENT #3.  SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
FRIENDLY CHRYSLER, DODGE, JEEP, RAM MODIFIEDS.
  (21 cars)

Heats.  Matt Sheppard, Joe Dgien, Steve Paine

30 lap feature.  Danny Johnson (2), Matt Sheppard, Tyler Siri, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Alex Payne, Joe Dgien, Eldon Payne, Russ Morseman, Derrick Podsiadlo, Jordan Siri, Brady Fultz, Ron Cartwright Jr., Jim LaRock, Sam Allen, Chris Ostrowsky, Daniel Johnson, Mike Ward, Ed Lawrence, Eric Williams, Walt Chyrywaty

SUNRISE INSULATION AMERICAN RACER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (24 cars)

Heats.  Donnie Lawson, Karl Comfort, Kenny Peoples Jr.

25 lap feature.  Billy Paine (2), Chris Fisher, Kreg Crooker, Donnie Lawson, Karl Comfort, Carter Crooker, Eric Grice, Kenny Peoples Jr., Justice Mayo, Christian Zschoche, Lance Irwin, Stacy Jackson, Kinser Hill, Will Wood, Reese Hackett, Chris Hall, Crain Irvine, Dean Laughlin, Casey Williams.  DNS, Alex Hoag, Travis Grover, Adam Taft, Greg Crooker, Nichole Hoag. 

HOOSIER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (24 cars)
Heats: Travis Grover, Nick Guererri, Alex Hoag

25 lap feature.  Zach Sobotka (5), Nick Guererri, Brett Buono, Stacy Jackson, Alex Payne, Matt Guererri, Carter Crooker, Timmy Borden Jr., Reese Hackett, Tommy Paine, Nichole Hoag, AJ Lloyd, Daryl Barrett, Eric Williams, Zach George, Alex Hoag, Bryan Rhodes, Casey Williams, Dean Laughlin, Adam Taft, Travis Grover, Tim Guild, Karl Comfort.DNS, Nick Cooper. 

STAN’S NO TUBES STREET STOCKS. (9 cars)

Heats. Dennis Cummings, Adam Dupuy. 

20 lap feature.  Dennis Cummings, Adam Dupuy, Aksel Jensen, Jared Hill, Mark Phelps, Glen Whritenour, Jake Karlnoski, Jimmy Grant, Brad Smith. 
IMCA Hobby Stocks (15 cars)

Heats.  Marc Minutolo, Jimmy Grant

20 lap feature.  Marc Minutolo (6), Justin Eldredge, Shawn Lloyd, Brent Ayers, Casey Wagner, Jamie Eldredge Jr., Jason Clugstone, Allison Pierce, Amber Pierce, Tyler Burnell, Jeremy Trank, Jimmy Grant, Blake Furman, Trevor Tompkins, Kenny Hunt. 

4 CYLINDER MINI STOCKS.  (12 cars)

Heats.  Ray Hyer, Lee Fritz,

20 lap feature.  Matt Irwin, Brian Grant, Ray Hyer, Chris Force, Mike Stone, Lee Fritz, Rich Sharpsteen,

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OUTLAW SPEEDWAY RESULTS.  FALL SERIES EVENT #3.  SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

FRIENDLY CHRYSLER, DODGE, JEEP, RAM MODIFIEDS. (21 cars)

Heats.  Matt Sheppard, Joe Dgien, Steve Paine
30 lap feature.  Danny Johnson (2), Matt Sheppard, Tyler Siri, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Alex Payne, Joe Dgien, Eldon Payne, Russ Morseman, Derrick Podsiadlo, Jordan Siri, Brady Fultz, Ron Cartwright Jr., Jim LaRock, Sam Allen, Chris Ostrowsky, Daniel Johnson, Mike Ward, Ed Lawrence, Eric Williams, Walt Chyrywaty

SUNRISE INSULATION AMERICAN RACER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (24 cars)

Heats.  Donnie Lawson, Karl Comfort, Kenny Peoples Jr.

25 lap feature

Billy Paine (2), Chris Fisher, Kreg Crooker, Donnie Lawson, Karl Comfort, Carter Crooker, Eric Grice, Kenny Peoples Jr., Justice Mayo, Christian Zschoche, Lance Irwin, Stacy Jackson, Kinser Hill, Will Wood, Reese Hackett, Chris Hall, Crain Irvine, Dean Laughlin, Casey Williams.  DNS, Alex Hoag, Travis Grover, Adam Taft, Greg Crooker, Nichole Hoag. 

HOOSIER TIRE SPORTSMAN. (24 cars)

Heats.  Travis Grover, Nick Guererri, Alex Hoag

25 lap feature.  Zach Sobotka (5), Nick Guererri, Brett Buono, Stacy Jackson, Alex Payne, Matt Guererri, Carter Crooker, Timmy Borden Jr., Reese Hackett, Tommy Paine, Nichole Hoag, AJ Lloyd, Daryl Barrett, Eric Williams, Zach George, Alex Hoag, Bryan Rhodes, Casey Williams, Dean Laughlin, Adam Taft, Travis Grover, Tim Guild, Karl Comfort. DNS, Nick Cooper. 

STAN’S NO TUBES STREET STOCKS. (9 cars)

Heats.
Dennis Cummings, Adam Dupuy. 
20 lap feature.  Dennis Cummings, Adam Dupuy, Aksel Jensen, Jared Hill, Mark Phelps, Glen Whritenour, Jake Karlnoski, Jimmy Grant, Brad Smith. 

IMCA Hobby Stocks (15 cars)

Heats.  Marc Minutolo, Jimmy Grant

20 lap feature. 

Marc Minutolo (6), Justin Eldredge, Shawn Lloyd, Brent Ayers, Casey Wagner, Jamie Eldredge Jr., Jason Clugstone, Allison Pierce, Amber Pierce, Tyler Burnell, Jeremy Trank, Jimmy Grant, Blake Furman, Trevor Tompkins, Kenny Hunt.

4 CYLINDER MINI STOCKS.  (12 cars)

Heats.
Ray Hyer, Lee Fritz,

20 lap feature.  Matt Irwin, Brian Grant, Ray Hyer, Chris Force, Mike Stone, Lee Fritz, Rich Sharpsteen, Jack Ormsby, Eric Stinson, Steve Perkins Sr., Tim VanEtten, Scott Lehman.
 

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Gary Lindberg Scores Final Modified Race of 2020 at Merrittville Speedway

 

By: Jonathan Howe

 

THOROLD, ONTARIO (September 26, 2020) … Gary Lindberg from Ridgeway, Ontario picked up his third win of the season in the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds. Chad Chevalier from Port Colborne, Ontario picked up his first checkered flag of the season in the Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman. Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won his sixth Hoosier Stock feature of the season. Josh Slider from Ridgeway, Ontario picked up the victory in the RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites. Welland, Ontario’s Kyle Rothwell scored another victory in the Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinders. Jordan Fidler picked up his fourth victory of the season in the James’ Auto V6.

2019 S&W Service Centre 358 Modified Track Champion Gary Lindberg dominated the 35-lap finale for the Mods, picking up his third win of the season in the Sittler Racing 37s. 2018 track champion and 2019 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified champion Mat Williamson finished in second. Mike Bowman finished in third. Multi-time track champion and DIRTcar Northeast Hall of Famer “Mr. Small Block” Pete Bicknell finished in fourth and veteran Scott Wood completed the top five.

Three-time Bellinger Electric Inc (BEI Lightning Series) Sportsman Series champion “Heavy Chevy” Chad Chevalier held off Mr. DIRT titlist Brad Rouse to score the win in the 25-lap feature for the Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman.

Dave Bailey and Rob Murray put on a battle that was another Hoosier Stock classic. The two multi-time track champions battled for several laps throughout the 20-lap affair, with Bailey getting the advantage by using the high side of the speedway to earn the win.

Josh Sliter scored his fourth win of the season in the RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites. Former track champ Jeff May led most of the event and Sliter passed May in the final corner to score the win.

Kyle Rothwell scored his fourth win in the Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinders. For Rothwell, it was his fourth win in the last five 4 Cylinder events held. Cameron Lane was disqualified in the main event for rough driving. Jordan Fidler broke the right front wheel on his V6 machine and he was still able to park it in victory lane. 

Terry Keagan was honored pre-race by the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee with the CAA Niagara Dedication to Racing Award. Keagan and his company, Baron Roofing has been a title sponsor for several big races at Merrittville over the years and sponsoring several racecars, including Brad Rouse and Jordan Cosco, amongst others.

GForceTV will have the action from tonight on a tape delay. Fans can watch it anytime along with all the races from Merrittville in 2020 just by heading to www.gforcetv.net

The final stock car event of the 2020 season at Merrittville will take place on Saturday, October 3rd as the 360 Sprint Cars alongside the Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman will headline the show. The RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites, Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinders and the James’ Auto V6 will fill out the Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series program. Showtime is at 7 pm.

Fans can register for the lottery draw for admission tickets to the racing program by following the directions on the Merrittville Speedway Facebook and Twitter page. Fans can email donspiece.merrittvillespeedway@gmail.com between 5-9 pm on MONDAY evening, September 28th. The emails must include names, phone numbers, and hometowns for each person in your group.

Fans are encouraged to keep up to date with all the schedules and if any changes are needed by following Merrittville on social media including Facebook (facebook.com/MerrittvilleSpeedway), Twitter (@Merrittville), and now on Instagram (@merrittvillespeedway). For results, point standings, and more, check out www.merrittvillespeedway.com

9-26-20 RACE RESULTS

S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds:

GARY LINDBERG, Mat Williamson, Mike Bowman, Pete Bicknell, Scott Wood, Tim Jones, Fred Carleton, Dalton Slack, Mark D’llario, Brad Rouse, Justin Sharp, Tanner Podwinski, Derek VanMil, Brian Page, Rob Knapp

Qualifying Heats: Pete Bicknell, Mat Williamson

 

Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman:

CHAD CHEVALIER, Brad Rouse, Cody McPherson, Justin Sharp, James Friesen, Trevor Wright, Luke Carleton, Jason VanMil, Emily Puchalski, Jeff Panunte, Dave Small, Bill Bleich Jr, Noah Mamo, John Babion, Nathan Peattie, Chris Storm, Greg Panunte, Terry Smith, Dean Scott, Mitch Dumont, Dylan Davidson, Rob Sauder, Chris Watters, Caleb Taylor, Tyler Puchalski, Dan McKay, Dave Flannigan, Adam Leslie

Qualifying Heats: Justin Sharp, Adam Leslie, Luke Carleton

 

Hoosier Stocks:

DAVE BAILEY, Rob Murray, Justin Ramsay, Steve Shaw, Jason Fontaine, Kyle Wert, Donny Lampman, Mike Thorne, Logan Shwedyk, Jim Lampman, Jens Mortensen, Kacey Huffman, Dave Small, Brian Speelman, Kevin D’Amore, Robbie General, Kyle Andress, Clinton Nicholls, Chris Hale, Go Fast Teeple, Adam Plazek, Terry Gorgerat, JT Miller (Disqualified – Getting Out of Car during Caution)

Qualifying Heats: Go Fast Teeple, Logan Shwedyk, Dave Bailey

 

RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites:

JOSH SLITER, Jeffrey May, Randy Giroux, Sean Iftody, RJ Pietz, Chris Watson, Shawn Sliter, Tyler Winger, Rob Misener, Ryan Anderson, Ryleigh Sliter, Dave Cornish, Brent Begolo

Qualifying Heats: Randy Giroux, Jeffrey May

 

Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinders:

KYLE ROTHWELL, Leroy Buscumb, Jay Moulton, Fabio Olivieri, Olivier Larocque, Rob Hoskins, Tristan DaSilva, Trevor DeBoer, Chris Laskey, Rob Disher, Ross Crowe, Mark Deagle, Kameron Kocarik, Sam Iftody, Lyle White, Danny Wurster, Clinton Barrick, Brandon Gruhl, Dan Muir, Brian Aube, Braden Keus, Mike Giberson, Alex Pidgeon, Craig Vlasic, Cameron Lane (DQ – Rough Driving)

Qualifying Heats: Jay Moulton, Kyle Rothwell, Fabio Olivieri

 

James’ Auto V6:

JORDAN FIDLER, John Couture, Josh Dmytrow, Dustin Duga, Kevin Conley, Joe Bleich, Tina Ronning, Colton Lane, Dave Hahl, Zach Dmytrow

Qualifying Heats: Jordan Fidler, Josh Dmytrow

 

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Steven Petty
Co-Advisor: WGCC 90.7 FM Genesee Community College
Public Address Announcer: The College at Brockport (SUNY) Golden Eagles
Director of Public & Media Relations/Announcer: Humberstone Speedway
Director of Public & Media Relations/Announcer: Merrittville Speedway

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JANKOWIAK EARNS WIN IN FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO JOE REILLY CROWN ROYAL CLASSIC 54

(Jerick Johnson, Late Models; Dave Milbrand, Four Cylinder Dash Series, Tommy Krawczyk, Super Stocks and Bobby Holmes, NYPA TQ Midgets all win at Lake Erie as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend presented by VP Racing Fuels)

 

September 27, 2020 – (Northeast, Pennsylvania) - Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, won the Sportsman Modified Series Tribute to Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway as part of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend.

The win was Jankowiak’s second in as many year’s after winning the sportsman modified feature at last year’s championship weekend.

 

Before the race, the field was led around the track by Jayme Thompson as the racers’ crews lined the backstretch in order to honor the late Joe Reilly. After the race, fans were invited onto the track to send 54 lanterns into the night sky as well.

 

“It was a beautiful tribute that they did for Joe,” Jankowiak said after the race. “Joe is a huge part of our class and he’s a sportsman-winning champion crew chief.”

It was Jankowiak and George Skora III of Eden, NY, who provided much of the in-race action, as the two traded the top two spots. Jankowiak lost the lead momentarily after a bad lap-25 restart, but was able to regain the lead and ultimately hold on.

 

“I want to say thanks to George for racing me clean,” Jankowiak added. “I don’t always get that courtesy near the end of races. I always appreciate that and that will always be returned.”

 

Following Skora was Mike Leaty of Williamson, NY, in third; Daryl Lewis Jr. of Ontario, NY, in fourth; and Jake Vernon of Hamburg, NY, who finished fifth after starting on the pole.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, Zack Curren of Horseheads, NY, Tony Hanbury of Owego, NY, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY, and Eddie Hawkins of Marion, NY, finished off the top 10 finishers, respectively.

 

David Milbrand of Clarence, NY, finished first in the second of three Dash Series Triple Challenge races after taking the lead on lap 22 of 25.

 

Bob Palmer of Buffalo, NY, and Jason Anasiewicz of Alden, NY, rounded out the top three, and all three improved on their starting positions by at least six spots. Anasiewicz came off a second-place finish in the first race of the series Friday night.

 

Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga, NY, took fourth while Nicholas Robinson of Waverly, NY, came from a bottom-half start to finish fifth. Briar Dils of Derby, NY, who took the checkered flag in the first race of the challenge Friday after a late surge, was forced to settle with 15th on Saturday.Dils won the single-race version of the event last year.

 

On Friday, Joey Bevacqua of Rome, PA, was quick to take the lead after drawing second position to start the race, and he retained the lead through the first half. Dils took the lead on lap 11, but lost it to Anasiewicz after rubbing tires heading into turn three. Anasiewicz did his best to hold off Dils, but was forced to setlle for second place after giving back the lead on lap 19. DJ Shaw of Waverly, NY, and Milbrand finished third and fourth, respectively.

The asphalt 4-cylinders will conclude their series Sunday.

 

Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, NC, kicked off the feature events Saturday with a repeat win in the Rick Wylie 48 late model feature after leading most of the race. After, he made sure to acknowledge the contributions Rick Wylie made to the sport.

“I want to thank the Wylie’s for everything they did for the late model class,” he said. “With the pay and what Race of Champions does with this race, I can’t believe we don’t get to race here more often.”

 

Rick’s son, Scott, had some early bad luck in the inaugural event after starting on the pole. A slow start saw him quickly slip to third, only to get pushed to the back after he was spun around in an early caution. He was only able to claw his way back up to seventh.

Mirroring last year’s event, Johnson and Sam Fullone of North Collins, NY led the bulk of the way, while Patrick Emerling finished third in his first of three races this weekend. Brandan Marhefka of Windber, PA, and Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, NY, finished fourth and fifth. Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY, who was part of the lead trio until experiencing tire issues, finished in sixth.

 

Tommy Krawcyzk of Orchard Park, NY, capitalized on a mid-race restart to take first and held on for the win in the Super Stock Series National Parts Peddler 40.

 

“That was awesome,” Krawczyk said from victory lane. “It’s been a crazy year with the pandemic and everything. Looking around, this is what we do, and it’s great to be out here with this group of cars.”

 

Cole Hicks of Brockport, NY, who started on the pole, lost his lead early to Andy Cryan of Hamburg, NY, and wound up settling for a last-place finish. Krawcyzk trailed Cryan for much of the first half before taking the lead on lap 20.

 

Cryan fell out of the top 15, and nobody who started in the top 5 finished there. Tommy Baron finished second, with Josh Hunter of Derby, NY; TJ Cochrane of Cheektowaga, NY; and Jason Dieter of Lake View, NY, rounding out the top five finishers.

 

Bobby Holmes delivered an impressive finish in the first of two TQ Midget features this weekend as the Race of Champions weekend will feature a midget race on both Saturday and Sunday due to a new partnership with the NYPA TQ Midget Series.

 

Saturday’s event was a points paying event in the NYPA program, while Sunday will see the Race of Champions TQ Midget “Harry Macy Classic.”

 

Holmes made quick work of the pack, jumping six spots to third place after just one lap. From there, Holmes was able to wrestle away the lead and fend off Dave Wollaber after a late-race, single-file restart.

“I figured if he was going to take it, he’d have to go on the outside because I was going to take the bottom,” Holmes said of Wollaber.

 

Wollaber took second, with Jankowiak, Andy Nye, and Kyle Hutchinson the top five finishers.

 

Full results may be found at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend rolls on Sunday with the “Harry Macy Classic” 29-lap TQ Midget Series feature, “Butch Palmer Classic” Dash Series Triple Challenge finale, Street Stock Series 30-lap feature, and the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250.

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.


 

For more information, contact

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

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Racing Discussion / It doesn't happen very often but...
« on: September 27, 2020, 10:47:13 PM »
This weekend, I attended the Race Of Champions race weekend; Today (Sunday 9/27) I had two of the raceny family come up and introduce themselves to me:  "ModSquad" and "Crushem".  It's pretty cool to shake hands with people you have never been able to put a face to a member's username, to talk some racing!  Guys, I'm very gratified that we met in a "normal" racing event to be able to do that! 

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PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND TO BE PRESENTED AND FUELED BY VP RACING FUELS AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY THIS WEEKEND

-  Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend presented by VP Racing Fuels -

 

North East, Pa. – (September 23, 2020) – VP Racing Fuels, the official Fuel, Lubricant and Additive supplier for the Race of Champions is a presenting partner of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and the 70th Annual “Platinum Edition” running of the Race of Champions 250.

 

VP Racing Fuels are not strangers to victory lane at the Race of Champions including memorable victories like 1987 with Reggie Ruggerio of Forrestville, Connecticut driving the late Mario Fiore’s famous 44 to victory on the ¾-mile at Pocono Raceway.

 

VP Racing Fuels will be present at the event, servicing participants and fans, with a display and merchandise in the midway as well as their recognized fuel truck in the pit area. Ms. VP Racing Fuels, Mariah Reilly will be on hand all weekend for photographs and victory lane celebrations.

 

VP Racing Fuels, where there passion is your performance. See all that VP Racing Fuels has to offer this weekend at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Speedway in North East, Pa., this weekend September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2021, due to the prior commitment to Mahoning Valley Speedway and their Race of Champions Modified Series event on Saturday, October 3, with an agreed upon and announced inclement weather date of Saturday, October 10.

 

Ticket prices for Friday, September 25; Adult, Senior, Children (Infant – 16) – Grandstands Free. Pit Pass – $30

 

Ticket prices for Saturday, September 26; Adult General Admission Tickets - $20; Senior General Admission Tickets - $17; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $25 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $10; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $45.

 

Ticket prices for Sunday, September 27; Adult General Admission Tickets - $35; Senior General Admission Tickets - $33; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $40 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $12; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $65.

 

3-Day Pit Pass Combo – $125

 

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots will be sold at the track for the designated camping areas for $50 for the entire weekend. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

 

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Friday, September 25; Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes West of Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA  16428

What: The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway featuring the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250”

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

For more information, contact

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FLEX SCHEDULE TO BE IN PLAY FOR PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY

- Track and Series Management willing to adjust Schedule in Order to give Fans and Participants Entire Show -

 

North East, Pa. – (September 22, 2020) – Lake Erie Speedway and Race of Champions management are prepared to offer fans a “flex” schedule in case it is needed to give fans and participants an opportunity to see the entire show on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway.

 

Utilizing a “flex” schedule means management may adjust the schedule in the event of any situation that may occur to ensure that the racing program will take place. This could mean the race starts earlier, later or qualifying programs are adjusted to accommodate an earlier start time for feature racing activity. Several other facilities and series commonly use “flex” scheduling to accommodate their customers.

 

The “flex” schedule option will be used, only if necessary and any adjustments to the schedule will be posted one-hour prior to events changing on all forms of track and series social media, along with Public Address announcements at the track. “Flex” scheduling may adjust the start time and order of events, in order to give everyone an opportunity to accommodate everyone.

 

At this point, everything remains on schedule as planned and announced, however, management of the Track and the Series wanted to let fans know there is an alternative plan, should adjustments become necessary to complete either day of racing.

 

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2021, due to the prior commitment to Mahoning Valley Speedway and their Race of Champions Modified Series event on Saturday, October 3, with an agreed upon and announced inclement weather date of Saturday, October 10.

 

Ticket prices for Friday, September 25; Adult, Senior, Children (Infant – 16) – Grandstands Free. Pit Pass – $30

 

Ticket prices for Saturday, September 26; Adult General Admission Tickets - $20; Senior General Admission Tickets - $17; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $25 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $10; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $45.

 

Ticket prices for Sunday, September 27; Adult General Admission Tickets - $35; Senior General Admission Tickets - $33; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $40 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $12; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $65.

 

3-Day Pit Pass Combo – $125

 

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots will be sold at the track for the designated camping areas for $50 for the entire weekend. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

 

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Friday, September 25; Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes West of Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA  16428

What: The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway featuring the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250”

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

For more information, contact

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com


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LAP AND BONUS PROGRAMS AD TO PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND PURSES FOR 70TH RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250, CROWN ROYAL CLASSIC TRIBUTE TO JOE REILLY 54 AND RICK WYLIE CLASSIC “48"

- Laura Schroeder, Modifieds; Tracy Thompson-Reilly, Sportsman and Scott Wylie, Late Models all Contribute to Give Racers Big Bonuses –

 

North East, PA
– (September 21, 2020) – Participants that take part in the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway, September 25, 26 and 27 will have several people to thank, as three individuals stepped up put together lucrative lap and bonus programs that will benefit them. These individuals that have established lap and bonus programs, continue to accept contributions.

 

Laura Schroeder of Buffalo, N.Y., a long-time and passionate race fan has spearheaded the Modified program She is selling laps for $20 per lap and has also secured a $250 bonus from TDS Suspension in Star, Idaho. Schroeder can be reached 716.868.5150 or by e-mailing Lschroed@alumni.keuka.edu. Payment can be made in the pits at Lake Erie, or via Venmo @LauraLooooo or PayPal Lschroed@alumni.keuka.edu. Schroeder will sell laps throughout the weekend at the event.

 

Tracy Thompson-Reilly has raised lap money at $54 per lap with over $3,200 in bonus monies already committed to be awarded to racers throughout the night as well a $54 award to a random crew chief. For additional information, Thompson-Reilly can be reached via e-mail at trudyv5454@aol.com. The Sportsman race is honor of Reilly’s late husband, crew chief, Joe Reilly.

 

Scott Wylie from Blasdell, N.Y., who is a racer began a fund for his Father’s race and sold laps for $48 per lap, that snowballed into a race that has over $5,000 in posted bonus money. Wylie can be reached at wyliemotorsports@gmail.com for other bonus inquiries.

 

The efforts these individuals have put into these events should not go unnoticed. Race of Champions Modified Series management is truly grateful for their efforts and we encourage racers to reciprocate in regard to their efforts.

 

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2021, due to the prior commitment to Mahoning Valley Speedway and their Race of Champions Modified Series event on Saturday, October 3, with an agreed upon and announced inclement weather date of Saturday, October 10.

 

Ticket prices for Friday, September 25; Adult, Senior, Children (Infant – 16) – Grandstands Free. Pit Pass – $30

 

Ticket prices for Saturday, September 26; Adult General Admission Tickets - $20; Senior General Admission Tickets - $17; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $25 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $10; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $45.

 

Ticket prices for Sunday, September 27; Adult General Admission Tickets - $35; Senior General Admission Tickets - $33; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $40 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $12; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $65.

 

3-Day Pit Pass Combo – $125

 

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots will be sold at the track for the designated camping areas for $50 for the entire weekend. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

 

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Friday, September 25; Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes West of Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA  16428

What: The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway featuring the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250”

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PIT PAY APP TO OFFER HALFWAY BONUS TO LEADER OF LAP 125 IN 70TH ANNUAL PLATINUM EDITION OF THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250

- 70th Annual Race of Champions 250 Platinum Edition set to Take Center Stage on Sunday, September 27 –

 

North East, PA – (September 20, 2020) – Pit Pay, the only Mobile Pit Pass app for the motorsports industry, will be offering the leader of lap 125 in the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250 a $250 bonus for leading the platinum edition of the race at halfway. The race is second longest running consecutively only to the Indianapolis 500 and is “the Granddaddy” of Modified racing tradition and the lone modified race remaining that tests teams for more than 200 laps.

“This is a tremendous race with a rich history, and we are looking forward to supporting the event,” said Frank Bolter, founder and owner of Pit Pay. “The Race of Champions and Lake Erie Speedway have become great partners in using our application and we look forward to working with them for years to come.”

Pit Pay will pay the bonus directly.

Pit Pay is committed to providing you with a simple, hassle-free experience in the app and at the track. With hundreds of tracks and events in the app, you can quickly purchase your pit passes in advance safely and securely. It's easy - once you're set up, all it takes is a few clicks and you're ready to go. At the track, go to the Pit Pay check-in area, present your mobile pit pass and receive your armband or credential. For more information on the Pit Pay app, please visit PitPay.com or interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2021, due to the prior commitment to Mahoning Valley Speedway and their Race of Champions Modified Series event on Saturday, October 3, with an agreed upon and announced inclement weather date of Saturday, October 10.

 

Ticket prices for Friday, September 25; Adult, Senior, Children (Infant – 16) – Grandstands Free. Pit Pass – $30

 

Ticket prices for Saturday, September 26; Adult General Admission Tickets - $20; Senior General Admission Tickets - $17; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $25 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $10; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $45.

 

Ticket prices for Sunday, September 27; Adult General Admission Tickets - $35; Senior General Admission Tickets - $33; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $40 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $12; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $65.

 

3-Day Pit Pass Combo – $125

 

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots will be sold at the track for the designated camping areas for $50 for the entire weekend. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

 

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Friday, September 25; Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes West of Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA  16428

What: The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway featuring the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250”

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

For more information, contact

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

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RACE OF CHAMPIONS, LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY AND THOMPSON-REILLY INVITE FAMILIES TO TAKE PART IN SPECIAL POST RACE CEREMONY IN MEMORY OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS

- Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend Saturday Events to present Special Ceremonies in Memory of Many Different Members of the Racing Community -

 

North East, PA – (September 20, 2020) – Race of Champions Modified Series, Lake Erie Speedway management and the Thompson-Reilly family is proud to announce and invite families and friends to honor those who have been lost with a special lantern lighting ceremony, that will take place one-hour after the conclusion of Saturday’s racing activities, while socially distanced on the race track.

 

There will be 54 lanterns available. Teams / families are encouraged to individually pick up their lantern from the Race of Champions Modified Series trailer and when indicated to do so, proceed out to an area distanced from others on the speedway. Officials will manage the flow of people to the track.

 

There will be a countdown to lighting the lanterns and releasing them into the sky. The purpose of this event is to give family and friends an opportunity to spend time with one another, remember those closest to them and bring the racing community together, while “socially distanced” as there have been limited opportunities to do so this season.

 

“This has been an especially challenging season for all of us,” stated Tracy Thompson-Reilly, representative of the Thompson-Reilly family. “We feel extremely fortunate to have a race that honors my late husband, Joe, in name. It doesn’t matter where the race takes place, it is truly an honor. We recognize that not everyone has the same opportunity, so we wanted to take this time and give families and friends the opportunity to honor their family members and friends. This is intended to be a special ceremony in memory of everyone that has been lost.”

 

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2021, due to the prior commitment to Mahoning Valley Speedway and their Race of Champions Modified Series event on Saturday, October 3, with an agreed upon and announced inclement weather date of Saturday, October 10.

 

Ticket prices for Friday, September 25; Adult, Senior, Children (Infant – 16) – Grandstands Free. Pit Pass – $30

 

Ticket prices for Saturday, September 26; Adult General Admission Tickets - $20; Senior General Admission Tickets - $17; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $25 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $10; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $45.

 

Ticket prices for Sunday, September 27; Adult General Admission Tickets - $35; Senior General Admission Tickets - $33; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) - $40 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets - $12; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – $65.

 

3-Day Pit Pass Combo – $125

 

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots will be sold at the track for the designated camping areas for $50 for the entire weekend. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

 

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Friday, September 25; Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes West of Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA  16428

What: The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway featuring the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250”

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

For more information, contact

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocm

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Williamson, Steele, Murray, May, and Olivieri Saturday Night Winners at Merrittville

 

By: Jonathon Howe

 

THOROLD, ONTARIO (September 19, 2020) … “The Real Deal” Chris Steele from St. Catharines, Ontario won the A-Main in the 360 Sprint Cars at the Merrittville Speedway Saturday night. 2018 S&W Service Centre 358 Modified track champion and reigning Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson from St. Catharines, Ontario won the main event for the Modifieds. Reigning Hoosier Stock Champion Rob Murray from St. Catharines, Ontario won the main event for the Hoosier Stocks. Former divisional champion Jeffrey May from Mt. Hope, Ontario picked up another win in the RONA/Doidge Builders Mod Lites. Fabio Olivieri from Ancaster, Ontario scored the win in the Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning Mini Stocks.

Mat Williamson started on the pole and lead every single lap in the 35-lap feature in the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds. Williamson stretched out to an early lead over Pete Bicknell who at one point was eating into the lead. Bicknell was never able to get closer than nine-tenths of a second. The race ran caution-free and Williamson notched another victory at his home track with Bicknell finishing in the runner-up position. Reigning track champion Gary Lindberg finished in third and was followed to the line by Scott and Austin Wood.

The 360 Sprints saw action at Merrittville Speedway for the 2nd night in a row. Tonight’s feature started with Chris Steele from St. Catharine’s, Ontario on pole with Brantford, Ontario’s Mitch Brown on the outside of the front row. Steele would control much of the race, lapping almost half the field. However, Steele would face a challenge late from Jim Huppunen. As the two sliced and diced through lap traffic, it came down to the last corner where Huppunen made a bold move on the outside to pull alongside Steele in turns three and four. Off turn four, Steele used the bottom lane to clear Huppunen and take the checkers. Mitch Brown, Cory Turner, and Ryan Turner would complete the top five finishers respectively.

Steve Shaw and Kyle Wert lead a 22-car field of Hoosier Stocks to green. Shaw took the lead early while Chris Hale, Mike Thorne, Ken Sargent and Rob Murray raced hard in the top 5. Dave Bailey, who started 18th after not finishing his heat race, battled his way up into the top 5, taking advantage of multiple yellow flags. Murray took the lead in the second half of the race and Bailey got as high as second. A late caution set up another classic battle between Murray and Bailey at Merrittville, but on the restart, Murray would drive away from the field to win. Chris Hale crossed the line in second, with Steve Shaw, Ken Sargent, and Dave Bailey completing the top five.

 In Rona Doidge Building Centres Modified Lites action, Josh Sliter and Brent Begolo started from the front row. Sean Iftody spun after starting 5th, which jumbled up the field. Jeffery May who started alongside Iftody quickly worked his way up through the field and into the lead. May captured the win, while Tyler Winger got by Begolo late to finish 2nd. Begolo would settle for 3rd while RJ Pietz and Josh Sliter rounded out the top 5.

Lastly, Fabio Olivieri survived a wreck-filled Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinder feature. The race saw many of the top contenders involved in incidents including Austyn Werstroh who while battling for the lead, started a crash that involved 6 other cars and destroyed Werstroh’s 71 ride. Alex Riley and Leroy Buscomb also came together while battling for the lead, and another multi-car incident occurred when Dylan Llord and Kenny Hair came together while battling in the top 3. When the wrecking finally stopped, it was Fabio Olivieri taking the win over Riley, Hair, Buscomb and Matthew Moore.

Special thanks to Hoosier Tire Canada for their top five bonus program, giving extra bonus money to the top five Hoosier Stocks with Hoosier Racing Tires on all four wheels.

GForceTV will have the action from tonight on the channel Monday night, September 21st at 7 pm. After Monday, fans can watch it anytime along with all the races from Merrittville in 2020 just by heading to www.gforcetv.net

Merrittville Speedway returns to action on Saturday, September 26th for a full Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series program staring the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds, Rick’s Delivery DIRTcar Sportsman, Hoosier Stocks, RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites, Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinders, and the James’ Auto V6. Showtime is at 7 pm.

Fans can register for the lottery draw for admission tickets to the racing program by following the directions on the Merrittville Speedway Facebook and Twitter page. Fans can email donspiece.merrittvillespeedway@gmail.com between 5-9 pm on MONDAY, September 21st for the September 26 program. The emails must include names, phone numbers, and hometowns for each person in your group.

Fans are encouraged to keep up to date with all the schedules and if any changes are needed by following Merrittville on social media including Facebook (facebook.com/MerrittvilleSpeedway), Twitter (@Merrittville), and now on Instagram (@merrittvillespeedway). For results, point standings, and more, check out www.merrittvillespeedway.com

9-19-20 RACE RESULTS

360 Sprint Cars:

CHRIS STEELE, Jim Huppunen, Mitch Brown, Cory Turner, Ryan Turner, Travis Cunningham, Jordan Poirier, Jake Dykstra, Jake Brown, Jamie Turner, Shawn Sliter, Josh Hansen, Shone Evans, Aaron Turkey, Holly Porter, Glenn Styres, Dave McKnight Jr, Liam Martin, Allan Downey, Allen Giletta, Steve Lyons, Scott Burk, Chris Jones

Qualifying Heats: Mitch Brown, Jim Huppunen, Jacob Dykstra

 

S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds:

MAT WILLIAMSON, Pete Bicknell, Gary Lindberg, Scott Wood, Austin Wood, Darren Peters, Justin Sharp, Fred Carleton, Tyler Willard, Dalton Slack, Rob Knapp, Tom Neale, Derek VanMil, Brian Page, Trevor Wright

Qualifying Heats: Austin Wood, Pete Bicknell

 

Hoosier Stocks:

ROB MURRAY, Chris Hale, Steve Shaw, Ken Sargent, Dave Bailey, Mike Thorne, Logan Shwedyk, Jason Fontaine, Clinton Nicholls, Go Fast Teeple, Blake Bomberry Jr, Jim Lampman, Kacey Huffman, Jeff Bean, JT Miller, Rob Hoskins, Kyle Wert, Dave Small, Brayden King, Jens Mortensen, Adam Plazek, Mike Klazinga

Did Not Start: Donny Lampman

Qualifying Heats: Kyle Wert, Chris Hale, Steve Shaw

 

RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites:

JEFFREY MAY, Tyler Winger, Brent Begolo, RJ Pietz, Josh Sliter, Ryan Anderson, Ryleigh Sliter, Dan Kviring, Dave Cornish, Randy Giroux, Sean Iftody, Chris Watson

Qualifying Heats: Brent Begolo, RJ Pietz

 

Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinders:

FABIO OLIVIERI, Alex Riley, Kenny Hair, Leroy Buscumb, Matthew Moore, Brian Aube, Trevor DeBoer, Mark Bazuin, Ross Crowe, Shane Dixon, Kevin Kocarik, Sam Iftody, Clinton Barrick, David Goodacre, Dylan Llord, Kyle Haynes, Vincent Pagnotta, Christopher French, Ashton Dickie, Nick Masi, Austyn Werstroh, Don Deagle, Terry Larmet, Xander Bergin, Rob Shaw, Danny Wurster, Braden Keus

Did Not Start: Aiden Maynard

Qualifying Heats: Leroy Buscumb, Ashton Dickie, Austyn Werstroh, Kyle Haynes

 
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Steven Petty
Co-Advisor: WGCC 90.7 FM Genesee Community College
Public Address Announcer: The College at Brockport (SUNY) Golden Eagles
Director of Public & Media Relations/Announcer: Humberstone Speedway
Director of Public & Media Relations/Announcer: Merrittville Speedway

 



14
DOCTOR DANNY JOHNSON GETS FIRST WIN OF 2020 AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY.

Peoples Jr., George, Depuy and Stone all get first wins of the season.  Minutolo goes back to back

Story by Kenny Shupp Jr.

(Dundee, NY) The Doctor of Modified Racing finally made a house call into the Outlaw Speedway victory lane this past Friday after a spirited battle with his current car owner, Bossman Tyler Siri and The Hurricane Steve Paine.  Piloting a machine owned by Siri and sponsored by Tim Gibson of Sunrise Insulation, the Doctor lined up fifth on the starting grid, but it was front row starters, Hurricane Steve Paine and Bossman Tyler Siri bringing the field to the opening green flag.  Siri would lead the opening seventeen laps holding Paine at bay as only two yellow flags would slow the pace on laps fifteen and sixteen.  The cautions allowed The Doctor to keep both Paine and Siri within his cross hairs and he moved into the lead on lap eighteen and from there it was clear sailing for the Hall of Fame veteran.  With the win, the monkey is now off the back of Johnson who has struggled at times over the past two seasons and puts another new face in the 2020 Outlaw Speedway victory lane.  Paine was able to wear Siri down in the closing laps and took over the second spot but was unable to back up last week’s winning performance in Fall Series Event 1.  None the less another solid performance for Hurricane Paine.  Bossman Siri held off Jordan Siri as the father/son duo finished third and fourth respectively and as the double checkered flags waved all three of the Siri owned machines were scored within the top five finishers.  Jim LaRock backed up last week’s third place finish piloting the Herbie Wright owned Modified as he came across the line in fifth.

In the Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire twenty-five lap feature event it was a flip flop of the top two finishers. It was last week’s runner-up, Kenny Peoples Jr’s. turn to take the win as Fall Series Event 1 winner, Donnie Lawson had to settle for second.  Lawson would lead the opening fifteen laps which included one yellow and one red flag on laps five and six, but when the green lights were on the racing at the front was at a fever pitch with Lawson, Peoples and 2018 Track Champion, Chris Fisher slugging it out for the top spot.  Peoples Jr., who started outside the second row finally moved by Lawson at the lap sixteen mark and would go on to his first win of the 2020 season. Lawson and Fisher would battle back and forth with both holding the second spot, but it was Lawson coming home second at the checkers with Fisher rounding out the top three podium finishers.  June 12, 2020 feature winner, Dale Welty finished fourth as Billy Paine made it two top five finishes within the first two Fall Series feature events by claiming the fifth spot.  Outside of Welty:  Peoples Jr., Lawson, Fisher and Paine were all in the top five last week as well showing their consistency.

In the Stan’s No Tubes Street Stock Division eleven machines took to the speedway for their twenty-lap feature event with Jared Hill and Chuck Winslow bringing the field to the opening green flag.  Adam Depuy moved into the lead almost immediately from his inside second row starting spot and led throughout the remainder to nail down his first feature win at the track in 2020.  Only one caution on lap three would slow the pace as the machines of Lanson Albanese, Aksel Jensen and Chuck Winslow would thrash for the runner-up position, but at the end it was Depuy claiming the win in a blanket finish with the top four less than two seconds apart.  Albanese, Jensen and Winslow would finish in that order while Jimmy Grant would round out the top five.

In the Hoosier Tire Sportsman Division it appeared as though Alex Payne was well on his way to making it three feature wins in a row, but late race problems sidelined the third generation pilot and he was relegated to a tenth place finish.  Payne had just taken over the top spot on lap eighteen after lining up eighth on the starting grid as pole sitter, Zach George and second row starter, Brett Buono would both lead in the early going.  AJ Lloyd would take command of the lead on lap nine and hold onto that position until Payne took over and led for just one lap before his departure.  From there Zach George would reassume the lead and hold off Buono over the remaining six circuits to pick-up his first win at the popular Yates County speed plant in 2020.  Tommy Paine would put on a solid performance to claim third and with that all three Steve Paine owned machines finished in the top five in all their respective classes of action.  Timmy Borden Jr. came home for fourth as AJ Lloyd would round out the top five after leading laps nine thru seventeen. 

In the IMCA Hobby Stock Division a solid sixteen car field took the opening green flag for their twenty lap A Main event.  Last week’s winner, Marc Minutolo started in the last row, mowed the field down and was able to get by Jeredd Dennis late in the event and go on for his second win in as many weeks and fifth overall during the 2020 campaign.  Like he did in Fall Series Event 1, Dennis chased Minutolo across the line to once again claim second while Grayson Albanese would follow in third.  Regular season Hobby Stock point runner-up, Jamie Eldredge Jr. would finish fourth as he was chased across the line by Brian Lloyd in fifth.

In the Mighty 4 Cylinder Mini Stock Division it was yet another new face finding victory lane on this night.  2017 4 Cylinder Track Champion and second- generation pilot, Mike Stone has had more than his share of struggles over the past few seasons.  However, Stone was able to put all that behind him and came home with a well-deserved twenty lap feature win.  What made Stone’s win even more impressive is that he started deep in a sixteen- car field littered with talent.  Scott Lehman and Jack Ormsby would lead the field to the opening green flag, but it was Stone who passed the most cars having come from the ninth spot to claim the popular win.  Regular season fourth place point finisher and two- time 2020 feature winner, Scott Lehman Jr. lined up next to Stone at the start and claimed the runner up position.  August 14 feature winner, Kenneth Evans rode home for third while first and second row starters, Jack Ormsby and Derrick Evans would race in the lead pack all event to claim fourth and fifth at the finish.

Congratulations to all competitors.

Up next at Outlaw Speedway on Friday, September 25, 2020 it will be Fall Series Event #3 featuring another Regular Big 6 Show featuring the Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds along with the Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire and Hoosier Tire Sportsman Divisions.  Also, on the card it will be the Stan’s No Tubes Street Stocks, the IMCA Hobby Stocks as well as the Mighty 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks.
Pit Admission only with gates opening at 5:30 pm, hot laps at 6:30 and the first green waving at 7:30 pm. 
As per NYS Guidelines, NO FANS IN THE STANDS!
High Quality Pay Per View is available by going to www.dirttrackdigest.tv
A current listing of the Official Regular Season Point tally plus the current Fall Series can be found by going to www.outlawspeedwayllc.com
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OUTLAW SPEEDWAY FALL SERIES EVENT # 2. 

FRIENDLY CHRYSLER, DODGE, JEEP, RAM MODIFIEDS. (12 cars)

30 lap feature.

Danny Johnson, Steve Paine, Tyler Siri, Jordan Siri, Jim LaRock, Derrick Podsiadlo, Scott Boudinot, Matt Cole, Brayden Bills, Brad Weaver, Mike Bills.  DNS, Eldon Payne

SUNRISE INSULATION AMERICAN RACER TIRE SPORTSMAN. (14 cars)

25 lap feature.

Kenny Peoples Jr., Donnie Lawson, Chris Fisher, Dale Welty, Billy Paine, Karl Comfort, Justice Mayo, Justin Schenck, Chris Hall, Craig Irvine, Troy Sperring, Ajay Potrzebowski Jr., Zach Ziegenhagen, Kenny Hammond

HOOSIER TIRE SPORTSMAN.  (13 cars)

25 lap feature.

Zach George, Brett Buono, Tommy Paine, Timmy Borden Jr., AJ Lloyd, JT Sperring, Karl Comfort, Tim Guild, Justice Mayo, Alex Payne, Stacy Jackson, Bryan Rhodes.  DNS, Tony Velez.

STAN’S NO TUBES STREET STOCKS. (11 cars)

20 lap feature.
 
Adam Depuy, Lanson Albanese, Aksel Jensen, Chuck Winslow, Jimmy Grant, Butch Green, Zach Teed, Brandon Birdsell, Jared Hill, Kane Stebbins, Jeremy Trank

IMCA HOBBY STOCKS. (16 cars)

20 lap feature.

Marc Minutolo (5), Jeredd Dennis, Grayson Albanese, Jamie Eldredge Jr., Brian Lloyd, Aaron Hodge, Blake Furman, Austin Thompson, Tyler Burnell, Kenny Hunt, Casey Wagner, Shawn Lloyd, Jeremy Trank, Joshua Oles, Zach Krinner, Brian Austin.

4 CYLINDER MINI STOCKS.
 (16 cars)

20 lap feature.

Mike Stone, Scott Lehman Jr, Kenneth Evans, Jack Ormsby, Derrick Evans, Ray Hyer, Ryan Wood, Rich Sharpsteen, Tim VanEtten, Lee Fritz, Chris Force, Eric Stinson, Scott Lehman, Steve Perkins Sr., Matt Irwin, Sammy Fuller

15
Jordan Poirier, Allan Downey, and Dave Bailey Score Operation Green Flag Wins at Merrittville

 

THOROLD, ONTARIO (September 18, 2020) … Jordan Poirier from St. Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec picked up the win in the 360 Sprint Cars at Merrittville Speedway on Friday night. For Poirier, it is win number two of the season at the Thorold, Ontario speedplant. Allan Downey from Waterloo, Ontario who got his start in the sport through iRacing picked up his first career win with the Action Sprint Tour in his sophomore season.  Multi-time track champion Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the main event for the Hoosier Stocks after starting from the 12th position.

Holly Porter and Jordan Poirier brought the field of 360 Sprint Cars to the green flag for their 25-lap A-Main with Poirier taking the lead as Mitch Brown moved into second after passing Porter on lap two. Chris Jones landed on his side on the backstretch to bring out the red flag on lap three. Jones climbed out on his own power. Poirier would take off on the restart with Mitch Brown, Ryan Turner, Holly Porter, and Liam Martin raced in the top five. Shone Evans went around in turn two to bring out the caution on lap eight. Poirier would once again take off on the restart as Liam Martin battled hard with Cory Turner for the fourth position. Josh Hansen, Jake Brown, and Jamie Turner all got together in turn two on lap 10 to bring out the caution. Ryan Turner was able to take over second on the restart and would go after Poirier. Liam Martin would race his way back to the podium as Poirier continued to lead over Ryan Turner. Mitch Brown was able to regain the third spot just one lap later. Poirier would hit lap traffic, allowing Ryan Turner to close in. Turner would take the lead, but Poirier would regain the lead just one corner later. Poirier would go on to score the win. 

The Action Sprint Tour saw Dereck Lemyre and Jacob Dykstra lead the field of 23 entries to the green flag for their 20-lap A-Main and the yellow flag would immediately fly as qualifying heat winner Brian Nanticoke ran into the back of Nick Sheridan and went around with Lucas Smith getting collected. Dykstra would take the lead away from Lemyre on the restart. Dykstra would suffer a broken front axel as he made hard contact with the turn four berm. Dykstra climbed out of the car under his own power. Lemyre would re-inherit the lead on the restart over Darren Dryden and Rob Neely, with Nick Sheridan running in fourth and took over third on lap three. The red flag would come out as Lance Erskine flipped in turn two. Erskine was alright and climbed out of his car on his own. Nick Sheridan would challenge Dryden for second as Lemyre would continue to show the way. Lemyre would hit lap traffic just before the halfway point. The caution would wave once again as Trevor Young and Tyler Ward came together on the entry of turn one. Lemyre would go on the top side of the speedway on the restart, giving the lead to Darren Dryden with Allan Downey moving into second place. Downey would take over the lead with four laps remaining. The yellow lights would come on with only one lap remaining as Tyler Ward stopped on the top side of turn one. Dryden would look underneath Downey on the last lap, but Downey used the outside to get the lead back to get his first career win.

Mike Thorne and Kyle Wert brought the Hoosier Stocks to the green flag for their 20-lap feature event with Wert showing the way early. Thorne would regain the lead as Christopher Hale would challenge Wert for second place. The yellow lights would turn on as Rob Murray and Logan Shwedyk got tangled together on the front straightaway. Thorne and Hale would take off on the restart as Dave Bailey moved into third place and would go after Hale for the second position on lap eight. The lead trio would pull away from Wert and Ryan Beagle, who raced in the top five at the halfway point. Bailey would take over second on lap 11 and would challenge Thorne for the lead. Ken Sargent, who started 21st on the grid, worked his way into the top five on lap 14 and would battle with Ryan Beagle. The top five would all challenge for the lead and Bailey would take the lead away coming to the white flag. Bailey would drive on to the win over Thorne, Hale, Sargent, and Kyle Wert would complete the top five.

Marketing Partners of Operation Green Flag: Mission Merrittville includes Nitro 54 Variety, Burger Barn, Ohsweken Speedway Racesource, and Corr/Pak Merchandising. Hoosier Tire Canada gave out bonus money to the Hoosier Stock competitors that had Hoosier Racing Tires on all four corners.

Saturday, September 19 will once again feature the 360 Sprints along with the S&W Service Centre 358 Modifieds in a rare Sprint Car/Modified twin-bill. Joining them are the Hoosier Stocks, RONA/Doidge Building Centre Mod Lites, and the Central Fabricating/Glo & Go Tanning 4 Cylinders. Showtime is at 7 pm. Fans can watch the Saturday program on Monday night, September 21st on GForce TV.

Fans can register for the lottery draw for admission tickets to both programs by following the directions on the Merrittville Speedway Facebook and Twitter page. Fans can email track owner Don Spiece at donspiece.merrittvillespeedway@gmail.com between 5-9 pm on MONDAY, September 21st. The emails must include names, phone numbers, and hometowns for each person in your group.

Fans are encouraged to keep up to date with all the schedules and if any changes are needed by following Merrittville on social media including Facebook (facebook.com/MerrittvilleSpeedway), Twitter (@Merrittville), and now on Instagram (@merrittvillespeedway). For results, point standings, and more, check out www.merrittvillespeedway.com

OPERATION GREEN FLAG: MISSION MERRITTVILLE 9-18-20 RACE RESULTS

360 Sprint Cars:

JORDAN POIRIER, Ryan Turner, Mitch Brown, Cory Turner, Liam Martin, Jim Huppunen, Travis Cunningham, Chris Steele, Aaron Turkey, Shawn Sliter, Shone Evans, Holly Porter, Josh Hansen, Jake Brown, Dave McKnight Jr, Steve Lyons, Brandon Murrell, Jamie Turner, Glenn Styres, Chris Jones, Allen Gilleta, Scott Burk

Qualifying Heats: Liam Martin, Ryan Turner, Jordan Poirier

 

Action Sprint Tour:

ALLAN DOWNEY, Darren Dryden, Dereck Lemyre, Nick Sheridan, Brett Stratford, Rob Neely, Paul Klager, Terry Baker, Lucas Smith, Liam Martin, Steven Beckett, Jordan Hill, Adrian Stahle, Brian Nanticoke, Ryan Dinning, Lee Winger, Darrell Pelletier, Tyler Ward, Andrew Marshall, Trevor Young, Ryan Hunsinger, Lance Erskine, Jacob Dykstra

Qualifying Heats: Brian Nanticoke, Terry Baker, Jacob Dykstra

 

Hoosier Stocks:

DAVE BAILEY, Mike Thorne, Chris Hale, Ken Sargent, Kyle Wert, Ryan Beagle, Mike Klazinga, Steve Shaw, Kevin Knapp, Jason Fontaine, Go Fast Teeple, Rob Murray, Logan Shwedyk, Jeff Larmet, Clinton Nicholls, Donny Lampman, Blake Bomberry Jr, Jens Mortensen, Adam Plazek, Jim Lampman, Matt Willson, Kevin D’Amore

Did Not Start:
Brayden King

Qualifying Heats: Steve Shaw, Dave Bailey, Kevin Knapp



Steven Petty
Co-Advisor: WGCC 90.7 FM Genesee Community College
Public Address Announcer: The College at Brockport (SUNY) Golden Eagles
Director of Public & Media Relations/Announcer: Humberstone Speedway
Director of Public & Media Relations/Announcer: Merrittville Speedway

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