Greg Rockwell and Todd Gabriel Take Initial 2016 Checkers
Greg Rockwell was declared the winner of the annual Jack Frost 150 Enduro at Mercer Raceway Park after a thorough check of scorecards after the event. Rockwell chased down enduromeister Tim Gillette and made the winning pass with just five laps remaining in the contest. Rockwell was aided in the stretch run by the flat tire on Gillette's otherwise trusty mount. In the Snowflake 25 for the Mini Stocks, Todd Gabriel regained the lead after Robert Paden's vehicle slowed. Gabriel drove the same car that Tyler Fulton raced to the big win previously.
Jack Frost 150
All but three of the fifty entries answered the bell for the start of the Enduro, which took place under overcast skies. No precipitation fell during the event, meaning that racers had a fast surface for the entire afternoon drive.
Tim Callahan, one of the track's regular competitors in the Mini Stock class, jumped out to an early lead over George Settlmire, Jason Easler, Caleb Hickok, Larry Wagner, Jr., and Gillette. However, by lap ten, Jim Frank clawed his way to the front. Frank is a cousin to Super Late Model racer Chub Frank. Frank led the way for more than 50 laps, with Ryan Boyd, Gillette, Derek Frank, and Bobby Siegel among those giving chase.
Frank's cruise came to a sudden halt shy of the halfway mark when he suddenly veered onto the turn three exit. That handed the lead over to Gillette. Gilette's Toyota was humming along, and he opened a wide margin over Callahan, Stan Watkins, IV, Hickok, and Rockwell.
Gillette seemed to have the race well in hand. But, during the final third of the race, he got a flat left rear tire. Still, he held control, but his lap times did fall off a bit.
Callahan was the first driver to try to take advantage. He began to reel in the leader. With ten laps remaining, it appeared as though Callahan would steal the victory. Callahan's bid for the win ended when his fuel tank ran dry. But Rockwell was ready to pick up the slack. He, too, was clicking off lap times a second or more faster than Gillette.
When Rockwell swept past Gillette, many, including track officials, thought that he was merely unlapping himself. But, as revealed by the scoresheets, the pass was really one to take command of the race.
The checkers waved for Gillette, who was interviewed as the apparent victor. Rockwell came to track officials during the interview of Gillette and suggested that he may have been the winner. That indeed proved to be correct in the post-race audit of the scorecards. Both racers conferred with track officials after the discrepancy was confirmed, and Gillette graciously acknowledged that Rockwell did prevail.
After Rockwell and Gillette came Don Speer, Watkins, and Siegel. Sixth went to Ryan Boyd, with Rick Feely, Callahan, Chris Potocki, and Justin Bailey completing the top ten.
The Enduro was stopped twice for safety issues. Just eleven laps into the fray, two fires occurred. Neither Jason Easler nor Austin Burkholder were injured. The other stoppage took place between laps 80 and 90, when young Jake Bish wildly flipped on the frontstretch. The third generation racer climbed out of the battered car with a big grin, and pronounced himself safe and sound.
In the Snowflake 25 for the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks, Logan Keney jumped out in front, with Gabriel, Terry Feely, Robert Paden, and Tim Callahan close behind.
Gabriel assumed command on lap two, and it looked as though he would romp to victory. But Paden chased him down and took command on lap 14. Paden quickly opened a significant lead over Gabriel, Feely, Andy Proper, and and Jacob Rice.
Paden's blazing run ended on lap 22, though, and Gabriel maintained control over the final three laps. Feely crossed in second, with Paden holding on for third. Joe Keney and Rice completed the top five. Sophomore driver Karlee Longwell was sixth, ahead of Proper, William Haylett, Logan Keney, and Callahan.
Next week, the Chiller Thriller will pit the ground-pounding Big Blocks of the BRP Modified Tour against the track's Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds.
March 26 Prices: Pits - $35, Stands - $17, Seniors - $15, Kids - $7, Family - $35
This will be the first of two appearances for the Big Blocks at MercerRaceway Park. Also in the card will be the Crate Late Models, racing without a sanction, the UEMS E-Mods, and the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m., spectator gates will open at 4:30, and racing will start at 5:30.
If you cannot make it to the track for the Chiller Thriller, the first Saturday Night Live program will be held on April 2. No foolin', the new format will roll out that night, with the first session of action starting at 5:30 for the Junior Sprints, Mini Stocks, and Modified Lites. The evening session will feature the Stocks, the 358 Modifieds, and both Sprint classes, commencing at 7 p.m.
Jack Frost 150 Enduro Results
Greg Rockwell, Tim Gillette, Don Speer, Stan Watkins, IV, Bobby Siegel, Ryan Boyd, Rick Feely, Tim Callahan, Chris Potocki, Justin Bailey, Mike Wygant, Ed Papsun, Parker Cooper, Cameron McBean, Jr., Claeb Hickok, Jim Frank, Terry Wheeler, Jr., George Settlmire, Donald Peebles, Joshua Peebles, Jake Shipman, Scott Coss, Kelly Jolley, William Meyers, Larry Wagner, Jr., Tod Hanlon, James Hang, Allen Perry, Don Vernier, Rig Karns, Nick Birkiner, Andrew Nail, Skip Lindemuth, Derek Frank, Travis Mathias, Ronnie Boyd, Jacob Billyk, Jr., Jake Bish, Jason Easler, Shawn Lindemuth, Clay Garing, Austin Burkholder, Nickolas Steiger, Justin Hoffman, Brandon Jolley, Ralph Hedglin, Curt Bish.
Snowflake 25 Mini Stocks
Todd Gabriel, Terry Feely, Robert Paden, Joe Keney, Jacob Rice, Karlee Longwell, Andy Proper, William Haylett, Logan Keney, Tim Callahan, Austin Burk (DNS).
Priest, Schneider, Hooks, Wheeler, Haefke, Callahan, Fredericks, Marcucci, and Jones also Ace
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Mercer, PA (September 26, 2015): Eric Gabany rode the rim to take the lead, and then he coasted to victory in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified portion of the 16th Annual Little Guys Nationals. The win on nighttwo was worth $2,000 to the local favorite who concentrated on racing with the Big Block Modifieds for most of the 2015 season. A total of 209 cars in eight divisions came through the back gate this night.
Andy Priest got some redemption in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, as he held the lead from start to finish to get the win.
Chris Schneider celebrated his birthday at Mercer Raceway Park, taking his second straight victory in the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Car first feature event. Other winners in that division were Shawn Hooks and Leigh Wheeler.
Also gracing victory lane were Steve Haefke (Econo Modifieds), Tim Callahan (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks), Brandon Fredericks (270 Micro Sprints), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), and Roman Jones (Junior Sprint Cars).
J.R. MCGinley had the pole position, and was looking to sweep the Approved Toilet Rentals features during the Little Guys Nationals. He grabbed the lead and began to pull away from Ricky Richner, one of several New York driver on hand. Behind them, the action was furious. Eric Gabany went to the cushion, a place that few others dared to go, and he rolled up to second on the third circuit. Ron Cartwright also made some strong moves to take fourth, with Kenny Willis the man in the middle.
A quick caution slowed Gabany's charge, but only briefly. When the green flag waved again, Gabany rode the high side, and he nosed ahead of McGinley just as the yellow light flickered on. The second time was the charm for the Mercer pilot. This time, he came charging off turn two with a substantial lead over McGinley, who was now under attack from Garrett Krummert.
While Gabany stretched his lead over McGinley, Kyle Fink clawed his way towards the front. By the tenth round, he was third and threatening McGinley. He gained the second spot on lap 14. By then, it seemed as though Gabany's lead was insurmountable, but Fink kept chopping away at it. The fans had to be wondering, could Fink run him down?
Gabany 's lead kept shrinking bit by bit as the laps wound down. Fink reached his back bumper entering the final turn on the final lap. Fink gave Gabany a gentle nudge, but it was not enough to loosen up Gabany. He powered off the corner to get the win.
Fink was second, with McGinley holding on for third. Krummert was fourth, with Willis in fifth. Jimmy Holden was never a factor in the contest, but he did manage to place sixth. Bob Krull cracked the top ten this night, ahead of fellow New Yorkers Cartwright and Richner. Taking tenth was Rob Curtis, whose car owner, Larry Riffe, spent the late afternoon and early evening hours in a local hospital.
The preliminaries belonged to Curtis, Jimmy Holden, and Nick Joy. The B Main victor was Sid Unversagt, Jr.
In the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warrior finale, Andy Priest grabbed control at the start, but he was pressured by Brandon Matus. Matus drew close near the halfway mark, but once Priest got to lapped traffic he was able to get some breathing room. Priest's run to the checkers was interrupted by a hard flip by teenager Tyler Denochick on the fronts stretch. Denochick was unhurt in the wild ride.
Priest brought the filed down to the green very slowly for the restart after thee scary crash. While that did not affect the lead cars, the cars in the middle of the pack were on the throttle looking to pick up some positions. That led to a jumble of cars, with one spinning into the infield. Unfortunately, five cars were eliminated from action: Greg Dobrosky, Devin Litwiler, Jacob Gomola, Rob Felix, and Adam Kekich.
Priest gassed it up on the final restart, and pulled out to a three car length advantage over Matus.
After the restart, Cody Bova was a man on a mission, The track champion rode the cushion into third, and he was looking for more. Matus was up to the challenge, and kept the second spot to himself.
At the finish, it was Priest, Matus, Bova, Jimmy Seger, and George Hobaugh in the top five. Next to cross were Mike Miller, George Englert, Evan Kornbau, Andy Feil, and Ken Rossey.
The heat winnners were Denochick, Hobaugh, and Kekich. Rob Felix topped the B Main.
In the first feature for the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, Tim Bish and Brent Johnson brought the field to the green. But it was a talented group of drivers them. Chris Schneider jumped to the third spot on the opening lap, and he improved one position each lap thereafter. Once out front, Schneider was the class of the field for the second consecutive night.
While Schneider held control the rest of the way, there was an intense battle for second between Brent Johnson and Curtis J. Bish. They swapped the spot a couple of times, but it was Johnson who held it for the final laps. Bish was third, with Andy Buckley and Ryan Newman getting the other top five positions.
A couple of cautions, including one on the final lap, bunched the racers and led to some fierce side by side action over the final circuits. Fans saw three-wide action in turns three and four as the racers went at it for a coveted top ten finish.
Earning those other top ten positions were Rusty Moore, Mike Miller, Tim Bish, Randy Wyant, and Pat Fielding.
There were five heats this night, with the victories going to Bish, Jason Fosnaught, Schneider, Bobby Whitling, and Newman. There were no B Mains, as all competitors got to run a feature event under the Little Guys Nationals format.
In the second feature for the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, Shawn Hooks took the early lead and he survived a number of stoppages alongthe way to the win. There was a nine-car pile-up in turn four in the early going, and a other lesser skirmishes. William Hurrelbrink rode second the entire way, Track champion Ryan Moyer raced up to third. Bobby Heim and Brett McDonald were fourth and fifth. Josh Seippel, Dave McMannus, Dave Potter, Gary Luzier, and Justin Forsyth completed the top ten.
The final feature for this division, and the final race of the night, Leigh Wheeler topped Jake Simmons. Dillon Kinneston, Travis Creech, Mark Hopkins, Bill Slade, Tim Burns, Ray Reynolds, Dennis Clark, Mike Dobrick, and Andy Thompson.
Steve Heafke survived a marathon run in the Econo Modifieds. Joshua Ferry was second, and Ty Rhoades placed third. Josh Miller and Todd Canto were next. Butch Lambert came back from one of the scrapes to take sixth. Jeff Mendale, Tyler Frankenberry, Junior Mchling, and James Myers completed the top ten. Derek Dellinger, Ryan Fraley, and Brad Blackshear took the heats. Todd Canter topped the B Main.
In the Mini Stocks, Trooper TIm Callahan was back atthe controls of his potent machine. He started on the front row, and was never headed. Shane Shook made a valliant run late in the race, but came up short. Placing third in the contest presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles was Mike McConnell. Fourth went to Alan Perry. Bruce Milbert led Matthew Rubright, and Isaac Paden to the finish. Chip Ritchey, Paul Koffler, Jr., Tyler Fulton, and Josh Ehrenberg did not start the event. The heat winner was Callahan. There was no B Main.
Brandon Fredericks wired the field in the 270 Micro Sprint feature. He was chased across the finish line by Sean McAndrew. Luke Kroboth was third, with Jeffrey Weaver, and Brandon Hawkins next in line. Jeff Haefke, Brian Marriott, Todd Reusser, Lee Lehnerd, and Tim Eakin wrapped up the top ten positions. The heats belonged to Dave Hawkins, Marriott, Brandon Fredericks, and Steve Dunmire. Robert Garvey and Weaver topped their respective B Mains.
Mark Marcucci capped a tremendous season in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites with yet another victory at the Park. Jeff Teeters came back from a spin while leading the event to take second. Rod Jones was third, ahead of the West Virginia duo of Mitch and Matt Ward. Aaron Meister, Kacy Campbell, Alan Dellinger, Shawn Sliter and Tiffany WIlliams completed the top ten. The preliminaries were scored by Doug Jones, Marcucci, and Jason Darocha. There was no B Main.
Roman Jones broke away from a four car battle for the lead on lap seven and led the rest of the way to get his second straight Junior Sprint Car race during the Little Giys Nationals. Jones had to fight off a pack of cars chasing him on the final lap though to seal the deal. Taking second was Chase Matheny. Ayden Cipriano and Jordan Simmons were part of that group that crossed the line almost in unison. Fifth went to the early leader, Samuel Darby. Braden Tucke, Charlie Biskup, Jordan Dye, Mike Lutz, Jr., Austin Cavanaugh, and Mason Canter were the other finishers. The heat went to Cipriano.
Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: Eric Gabany, Kyle Fink, J.R. McGinley, Garrett Krummert, Kenny Willis, Jimmy Holden, Bob Krull, Ron Cartwright, Jr., Rick Richner, Rob Curtis, Lonny Riggs, Brian Schaffer, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Rick Regalski, Steve Schumacher, Nick Jay, John Smith, Sid Unversagt, Jr., Kyle Holden, Tommy Kristyak. DNQ: Eric Martin, Shawn Fleeger, Kole Holden, Eric Beggs, Kevin Green, Rich Whitney, Max Smoker.
Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Andy Priest, Brandon Matus, Cody Bova, Jimmy Seger, George Hobaugh, Mike Miller, George Englert, Evan Kornbau, Andy Feil, Ken Rossey, Alex Paden, Brent Matus, Greg Dobrosky, Devin Litwiler, Jacob Gomola, Rob Felix, Adam Kekich, Tyler Denochick, Michael Bauer, Darin Gallagher. DNQ: Bob McMillin, Vinny Daugherty, Jacob Bova, Dan Bennett, Ralph Engel, Jr.
Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars Feature 1: Chris Schneider, Brent Johnson, Curtis J. Bish, Andy Buckley, Ryan Newman, Rusty Moore, Mike Miller, Tim Bish, Randy Wyant, Pat Fielding, Brandon Wearing, Jackson Humanic, Tim Deutsch, Bob McCann, Bill Phillips, Jason Fosnaught, Bobby Whitling, Steve Burns, Jr., Mike Clark, Joe Stajnrajh.
Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars Feature 2: Shawn Hooks, William Hurrelbrink, Ryan Moyer, Bobby Heim, Brett McDonald, Josh Seippel, Dave McMannus, Dave Potter, Gary Luzier, Justin Forsyth, Bryan Mitchell, Bob Schwartzmiller, Shane Smith, Neil Tristani, Bobby Seigel, David Baker, Gary Fisher, Eric Piotrowski, Jamie Duncan, Aaron Easler.
Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars Feature 3: Leigh Wheeler topped Jake Simmons. Dillon Kinneston, Travis Creech, Mark Hopkins, Bill Slade, Tim Burns, Ray Reynolds, Dennis Clark, Mike Dobrick, Andy Thompson, Troy DeZarn (DNS).
Econo Modifieds: Steve Heafke, Joshua Ferry, Ty Rhoades, Josh Miller, Todd Canter, Butch Lambert, Jeff Mendale, Tyler Frankenberry, Junior Mchling, James Myers, Cameron Nastaski, Buzz Seitz, Jamie Sharba, Brad Blackshear, Eric Reinwald, Derek Dellinger, Dennis Dellinger, Keith Felicity, Ryan Fraley, Haley Lapcevich. DNQ: Ray Gregory, Randy Doolin, Eddie Harris, Justin Lapcevich.
Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks: TIm Callahan, Shane Shook, Mike McConnell, Alan Perry, Bruce Milbert, Matthew Rubright, Isaac Paden. DNS: Chip Ritchey, Paul Koffler, Jr., Tyler Fulton, Josh Ehrenberg.
270 Micro Sprints: Brandon Fredericks, Sean McAndrew, Luke Kroboth, Jeffrey Weaver, Brandon Hawkins, Jeff Haefke, Brian Marriott, Todd Reusser, Lee Lehnerd, Tim Eakin, Robert Garvey, C.J. Davis, Bryce Craft, Skeetz Hackenbrach, Dave Hawkins, Brian Borawiec, Scott Hawkins, Steve Dunmire, Todd Sampson, J.J. Metheney. DNQ: Brett Brunkeuhber, Rick Francis, Jason Callender, Zachary Lennox, Peter Ries, Mike Kerr, Chris Kennedy, Ryan Fredericks, Wesley Libert, John Sampson, Anthony Pasquerella, John Walker, Brian Forester, Shawn Freeland, Craig Cummings, Kyle Colwell.
Rock Concrete Modified Lites: Mark Marcucci, Jeff Teeters, Rod Jones, Mitch Ward, Matt Ward, Aaron Meister, Kacy Campbell, Alan Dellinger, Shawn Sliter, Tiffany WIlliams, Shane Webb, Rob Misener, Anthony Cavicchia, Josh Sliter, Vivian Jones, Glenn Teeter, Doug Jones, Kelly Teeters, Jason Darocha, Jim Gump, Mark Beveridge, Josh Christopher (DNS).
Junior Sprints: Roman Jones, Chase Matheny, Ayden Cipriano, Jordan Simmons, Samuel Darby, Braden Tucke, Charlie Biskup, Jordan Dye, Mike Lutz, Jr., Austin Cavanaugh, Mason Canter.
Gallagher, Schneider, Fraley, Meister, Paden, Dunmire, and Jones also Score
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Mercer, PA (September 25, 2015): J.R. McGinley returned to action at Mercer Raceway Park in grand style. After sitting out a couple of races at the end of the points season, McGinley came back with a dominating performance to win the first night of the 16th Annual Little Guys Nationals for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Over 200 cars in eight classes jammed the Mercer pits and provided the fans with a cornucopia of competition.
Joining McGinley in victory lane were Darin Gallagher (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Chris Schneider (Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars), Ryan Fraley (Econo Modifieds), Aaron Meister (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites), Isaac Paden (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks), Steve Dunmire (270 Micro Sprints), and Roman Jones (Junior Sprints).
Lonny Riggs and Tommy Kristyak had the first row for the start of the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified go. But go was the action word for McGinley. He wasted no time in blasting from his second row starting spot out to the lead. Behind him, the racers were fighting for positions. Over the first few laps, Garrett Krummert was the man on the move. He climbed into second spot before the halfway mark, and he began to close in on McGinley. Jimmy Holden, the track champion, was also in the hunt.
By lap 15, Krummert was nipping on McGinley's heels. McGinley had the advantage as they moved through some lapped traffic, and he was able to get a little separation on Krummert. Meanwhile, Holden closed in on Krummert, and the battle was on for the second position. Holden would evenyually prevail.
Riggs and Kristyak were busy fending off the challenges of New Yorker Ron Cartwright, Jr., while Kyle Fink and Sid Unversagt, Jr. were also battling with another Empire State driver, Rick Richner.
McGinley swept under the checkers in the non-stop affair with an advantage of nearly .8 seconds. Holden had about the same margin over Krummert. Riggs and Kristyak completed the top five. Cartwright was sixth, followed by Fink, Richner, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., and Unversagt.
The heat wins went to Cartwright, Riggs, and Fink. Bob Krull won the B Main. He advanced to twelfth in the feature.
Darin Gallagher's third career win in the Outlaw Sprint Warriors at Mercer Raceway Park was an impressive one. He drove under veteran Andy Priest coming off turn four to take the white flag and waved goodbye. Gallagher sped away to a lead of over 1.3 seconds at the finish.
Greg Dobrosky led the early going, but Priest took the point just a few laps into the race. Dobrosky continued in second, but Jacob Bova and Gallagher were applying the pressure. By the midpoint, Gallagher had climbed to second, but Priest had a substantial lead.
A caution with two to go wiped out Priest's lead, and that set the stage for Gallagher's dramatic finish. Priest got away first on the restart, but Gallagher had a full head of steam as they headed towards turn one. Priest kept his car on the cushion, and came off the second corner with a scant lead. Gallagher was using the low groove and again charged into turn three and planted the car firmly on the bottom. It stuck, and he pulled beside Priest as the duo rounded the bend. Gallagher came off the corner and surged into the lead, much to the delight of the fans.
Gallagher continued to pour on the coals, and he took the checkers well ahead of Priest. Andy Feil climbed through the pack to get third, with Dobrosky and Bova taking fourth and fifth. Jacob Gomola, Alex Paden, Brandon Matus, George Hobaugh, Jr., and Jimmy Seger completed the top ten.
Heat victories went to Feil, Priest, and Gallagher. Jeff Taylor won the B Main.
In the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, it was the money man, Chris Schneider, cashing in. But it was not easy. Rusty Martz led at the start, but he had Andy Buckly and Schneider lurking in his shadow. On lap 8, Bickley looked inside and got a run on Martz heading into the third corner. He grqbbed the lead coming off the inside of turn four, pulling Scheider along with him. By the halfway mark, Schneider drove around Buckley on the outside, and he set sail. Martz started to fade and he pulled off the track with twelve laps down.
Over the second half of the race, Rusty Moore, a former track champion, worked his way to the front. He broke into the top five, but ran out of laps before he could make himself a factor in the race.
At the checkers, it was Schneider by nearly five seconds over Buckley, with Moore in third. Bob McCann and Brent Johnson were fourth and fifth. Tim Burns, Shawn Hooks, Ryan Moyer, Brian Rhed, and Tim Bish rounded out the top ten.
Preliminaries were scored by Buckley, Schneider, Burns, Tim Bish, and Johnson. Curtis J. Bish, Hooks, and Leigh Wheeler copped the triple B Mains.
The Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lite feature was tumultuous. Two racers got upside down, with no ill effects, and there were a number of minor skirmishes. Through it all, Aaron Meister reigned supreme. Track champion Mark Marcucci was second, with Rod Jones, Jeff Teeters, and Doug Jones completing the top five. Zak Kimbrew, Matt Ward, Josh Sliter, Jason Darocha, amd Rob Misener were the next finishers. Meister, Marcucci, and Jeff Teeters scored in the heats, and Rod Jones prevailed in the B Main.
The Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks saw young Isaac Paden score his first career win, and he had to hold off Tyler Fulton to earn it. Daniel Lawson, Jr. was apparently in third, but his car did not pass post-race tech, so it was all for naught. That moved Matthew Rubright up a notch. Shane Shook was the fifth place finisher. Chip Ritchey, Bobby Siegel, Steve Walker, Ray Seibert, Richie Kyle, and Jason Pavlick held down positions six through ten. Paden and late arrival Michael Thompson won the heats. There was no B Main.
Ryan Fraley saved the best for last in the Econo Modified feature. He made a mad dash to the finish line to steal the win from Jamie Sharba. Butch Lambert workedhis way to third, with Brandon Blackshear and Derek Dellinger were the next to cross the line. Keith Felicity, Jeff Mandale, Junior Mechling, James Myers, and Haley Lapcevich were the next five runners. Jace Ferringer and Brandon Blackshear were tops in their respective heats. There was no B Main.
The 270 Micros made their first appearance of the season in the final weekend at the Park. Taking the win was Steve Dunmire in a car that was painted in tribute to the late D.J. Furney, who was a force in the class for many seasons. George Hobaugh, Jr. was doing double duty this night, and he was the runner-up. Brian Marriott got the podium finish. Robert Garvey and Lee Lehnerd followed. Ryan Fredericks, Jeff Heafke, Dave Hawkins, Brandon Fredericks, nad Luke Knoboth held sxth through tenth. Dave Stemmerich, Hobaugh, Garvey, and Ryan Fredericks topped the qualifers. Kyle Colwell and Tim Eakins held control in the pair of B Mains.
The Junior Sprints made their debut at the speedway. These diminutive race cars were driven by children ages 8 through 15. Roman Jones mastered the track. Finishing second was Aden Cipriano, with Samuel Darby getting third. Chase Metheny was fourth, and then came Mike Lutz, Jr. Braden Tucke, Charlie Biskup, Jordan Simmons, Jaren Dye, and Austin Cavanaugh were the remaining competitors.
The heat for these budding stars also went to Jones.
Junior Sprints: Roman Jones, Ayden Cipriano, Samuel Derby, Ayden Chase Metheny, Mike Lutz, Jr., Braden Tucke, Charlie Biskup, Jordan Simmons, Jaren Dye, Austin Cavanaugh.
Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: J.R. McGinley, Jimmy Holden, Garrett Krummert, Lonny Riggs, Tommy Kristyak, Ron Cartwright, Jr., Kyle Fink, Rich Richner, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Kyle Holden, Bob Krull, Brian Schaffer, Nick Joy, Erik Martin, Steve Schumacker, John Smith, Rich Whitney, Shawn Fleeger, Eric Gabany (DNS). DNQ: Steve Burns, Jr., Max Smoker, Kole Holden, Kevin Green.
Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites: Aaron Meister, Mark Marcucci, Rod Jones, Jeff Teeters, Doug Jones, Zak Kimbrew, Matt Ward, Josh Sliter, Jason Darocha, Rob Misener, Glenn Teeter, Kacy Campbell, Jim Gump, Mitch Ward, Bill Stivason, Shayne Meadows, Reece Shelton, Joe Grzelak, Charlie Armstrong, Josh Christoph. DNQ: Allen Dellinger, Vivian Jones, Anthony Cavicchia, Tiffany Williams, Chris Robinson, Cory Webb, Kelly Teeters, Tyler Purnell.
Precise Racing Products Open Stocks: Chris Schneider, Andy Buckley, Rusty Moore, Bob McCann, Brent Johnson, Tim Burns, Shawn Hooks, Ryan Moyer, Brian Rhed, Tim Bish, Rob Schwartzmiller, Leigh Wheeler, Scott Byers, Gary Luzier, Rusty Martz, William Hurrelbrink, Bobby Seigel. DNQ: Randy Wyant, Dave Ferringer, Josh Seippel, Pat Fielding, Dennis Clark, Dave Baker, Gary Fisher, Brent Coleman, Shane Smith, Jake Simmons, Nick Kocuba, Garrett Calvert, Brian Stivenson, Tony Dezain, Steve Burns, Jr., Curtis Bish, Jr., Neal Tristani, Aaron Easler, Ray Reynolds, Bobby Heim, Dave Potter, Eric Piotrowski, Joe Stajnrajh, Dave McManus.
Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Darin Gallagher, Andy Priest, Andy Feil, Greg Dobrosky, Jacob Bova, Jacob Gomola, Alex Paden, Brandon Matus, George Hobaugh, Jimmy Seger, Evan Kornbau, Devin Litwiler, Mike Miller, Ken Rossey, Jeff Taylor, Rob Felix, Cody Bova, Ralph Engle, jr., Adam Kekich, George Englert, Tyler Denochick. DNQ: Vince Daugherty, Andrew Fescemyer, Dan Bennett, Mike Marano, II, Brent Matus, Bob mcMillin, Matt Gardina.
270 Micro Sprints: Steve Dunmire, George Hobaugh, Jr., Brian Marriott, Robert Garvey, Lee Lehnerd, Ryan Fredericks, Jeff Haefke, Dave Hawkins, Brandon Fredericks, Luke Kronboth, Tim Eakins, C.J. Davis, Brian Forester, Anthony Pasquerella, Brandon Hawkins, Shawn Freeland, David Stemmerich, Ethan Siple, Mike Kerr, Kyle Colwell. DNQ: John Sampson, Tom Sigley, Wesley Libert, Todd Sampson, J.J. Metheny, Johnny Walker, Craig Cummins, Rick Francis, Peter Ries, Scott Hawkins, Jason Callender, Chris Kennedy, Brett Brinkenhoefer, Zachary Lennox.
Econo Modifeds: Ryan Fraley, Jamie Sharba, Derek Dellinger, Butch Lambert, Brandon Blackshear, Derek Dellinger, Keith Felicity, Jeff Mendale, Junior Mechling, James Myers, Haley Lapcevich, Buzz Seitz, Justin Lapcevich, Ray Gregory, Jace Ferringer, Ed Harris.
Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks: Isaac Paden, Tyler Fulton, Matthew Rubright, Shane Shook, Chip Ritchey, Bobby Seigel, Steve Walker, Ray Seibert, Richie Kyle, Jason Pavlick, Thomas Joyce, Michael Thompson, Bruce Milbert, Caleb Hickok, Kenny Lawson, Matt Pegher, Alan Perry, Brian Felmlee, Dan McEwen, Daniel Lawson, Jr. (DQ).
Mercer, PA (August 29, 2015): It was Championship Night at Mercer Raceway Park and Jack Sodeman, Jr. sealed the deal with a win in the 410 Sprint Cars presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. For Sodeman, it was a bit of redemption, as he inherited the lead when Brandon Matus spun after damaging the left front suspension in an excursion off the back stretch on lap 17. The week before, Sodeman had a win slip through his grasp when a broken brake caliper sent him to the pits while leading the Auto Racers for Kids event.
Cody Bova put an exclamation mark on his championship season by taking the victory in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. His closest contender, George Hobaugh, Jr., rapped the turn two wall while running second on lap 17. Lonny Riggs captured the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified feature, but Jimmy Holden's second place finish was more than enough for him to repeat as champion in the class.
Tyler Fulton topped the Mini Stocks, offered by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles, but Michael Thompson claimed the top spot in the season's standings. Mark Marcucci maintained his domination of the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, winning the feature and sweeping the championship as well. Curtis J. Bish took the checkers in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars, but Ryan Moyer was crowned the king of the Stock Cars.
"I think it was going to be a heck of a battle," Sodeman said of his tussle with Brandon Matus. "I feel horrible for him. His bad luck is how I actually got the (points) lead when he crashed up there in the Midseason Championships and I happened to win on that night." While Sodeman was running second to the younger Matus, it looked as though the contest for the points title would go right down to the wire. "I was just running in second, and we were going to take it right down to the end, but I can't say if I could have beaten him, he was really going well."
But, Matus' misfortune opened the door for Sodeman to walk away with another point championship. "You're going to see a lot more championships and a lot more races won by Brandon. That kid's going pretty good," Sodeman observed. Then, he added with a grin, "I'm not getting any younger, so I guess it's good that I won a championship now becasue all the young guys are going to be winning all the championships, and I'll be in the rocking chair."
Sodeman and Matus were separated by just 26 points entering the finale, and they got to start side by side on the front row. With double points on the line, Matus could have easily taken the title. He shot out ahead, and led the veteran Sodeman for the first 16 laps before disaster struck. Matus slid out over the edge on Mercer's back chute, and that enabled Sodeman to drive by for the lead. Worse, Matus' car sustained severe damage to the left front suspension. His car limped over to turn four, where it spun to a stop in the middle of the racing groove. Mike Miller had nowhere to go, and struck the disabled Matus mobile, ending the night for both drivers.
That put Sodeman on the point for the restart, with former champion Eric Williams on his tail. Turkey tried to mount a charge, but, soon after the race resumed, his front suspension was giving him fits. Williams fought to maintain control, but his night ended with a spin between turns three and four.
Sodeman and A.J. Flick lined up to do battle over the remaining laps. Sodeman was dominant, and Flick rode home wih his best career finish at the Park, second. Dan Kuriger finished a creditable third. Andy McKisson came on strong for fourth late in the race, with Scott Priester taking fifth.
Adam Kekich came from fifteenth to finish sixth. Michael Bauer, Brent Matus, Gale Ruth, Jr., and Andy Feil rounded out the top ten.
Heat winners were Kuriger and Brent Matus. There was no B Main.
Cody Bova was a man on a mission this night in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. He jumped out front at the drop of the green. He built up a substantial lead over his rival for the title, George Hobaugh, Jr. Hobaugh was able to keep divisional rookie, Darin Gallagher at bay for most of the contest. However, Hobaugh's night ended againstthe turn two wall. His crash on lap 16 eliminated him from the championship run, and gave Gallagher the second place for the final four lap run to the checkers.
Bova led Gallagher the rest of the way. Evan Kornbau was third, with Jacob Gomola climbing through the pack to earn the fourth spot. Fifth went to last season's Modified Lite champion, George Englert. Darren Pifer, Mike Marano, II, Devin Litwiler, Alex Paden, and Ken Rossey were the next five finishers.
The heat winners were Hobaugh and Paden. There was no B Main.
In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified go, Jimmy Holden and Lonny Riggs paced the field as they were ready to fight for the title. Holden jumped out front, and led by a car length or two for the first six rounds. Riggs began to get some momentum going and he pulled along side of Holden. They raced side by side for more than a lap. But Riggs powered by on the inside as they came off the second turn.
While Riggs would stay out front the rest of the way, Holden remained close. But Riggs was flawless, and that was the way that they finished. Kyle Fink ran third the complete distance, with Tommy Kristyak doing the same in fourth spot. Fifth went to Sid Unverzagt, Jr., who was a welcome addition to this competitive division.
Jeff Schaffer, Jr. crossed in sixth, with Brian Fink in seventh. Fink was subbing for Shayne Izzo, who had a personal commitment. Brian Schaffer, Rich Whitney, and Kyle Holden were the remaining drivers in the top ten.
The preliminaries belonged to Jimmy Holden and Unverzagt. There was no B Main.
In the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stock feature event, Tyler Fulton led wire to wire to win the non-stop race. However, the victory was not enough for him to surpass Michael Thompson, who named as the divsional champion. After hopping into that rdie serval weeks into the 2015 season, Thompson went on an extended hot streak, and climbed through the standings quickly.
Finishing behind the high flying Fulton was former champion Mike McConnell, who, like teammate Thompson, took over the seat in a Grossman's Garage machine in recent weeks. Thompson was third, with Trooper Tim Callahan and Steve Longwell, Jr. rounding out the top five. Positions six through ten were Isaac Paden, Shane Shook, Steve Longwell, Sr., Rudy Troples, and Ed Haylett.
The heat winners were Callahan and Fulton. There was no B Main.
In the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, Mark Marcucci was again the class of the field as he was all season long. He powered out to an early lead and held the top spot despite a couple of brief interruptions. Jacob Bova could not match the rapid pace set by Marcucci, but he was fleet enough to finish well ahead of Glenn Teeters and Bill Staivason. Shane Webb took the fifth position. Dusty Frantz and Anthony Cavicchia were the final racers to cross the line. Bova topped the qualifier. There was no B Mian.
The Precise Racing products Stock Cars wore the nightcap on Championship Night. While Ryan Moyer set the early pace, Curtis J.Bish moved ahead after a handful of laps. Moyer kept second to himself. Leigh Wheeler, Pat Fielding, and Randy Wyant ran in the top five. Gary Miller, Jr., Garrett Calvert, Charlie Baptiste, Dennis Clark, and Bobby Heim were the other competitors. Moyer won the only heat. There was no B Main.
There will be no action on the oval for the next three weekends. But, remember that USA East Regional Final Fall Nationals Truck and Tractor Pull will be held on Saturday, September 19. Then, the racers will converge for the 16th Annual Little Guy Nationals, which will feature racing in eight, count 'em, eight classes. That spectacular will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, September 25 and 26.
4 Your Car Connection/World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars: Jack Sodeman, Jr., A.J. Flick, Dan Kuriger, Andy McKisson, Scott Priester, Adam Kekich, Michael Bauer, Brent Matus, Gale Ruth, Jr., Andy Feil, Dennis Wagner, Eric Williams, JimmY Seger, Jimmy Morris, Brandon Matus, Mike MIller, John McCracken, Jr., Brandon Spithaler (DNS).
Bonnell's Rod SHop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Cody Bova, Darin Gallagher, Evan Kornbau, Jacob Gomola, George Englert, Darren Pifer, Mike Marano, II, Devin Litwiler, Alex Paden, Ken Rossey, Rod Jones, George Hobaugh, Jr., Bob McMillin.
Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: Lonny Riggs, Jimmy Holden, Kyle Fink, Tommy Kristyak, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Brian Fink, Brian Schaffer, Rich Whitney, Kyle Holden, Kevin Green, Erik Martin, Jason Sines.
Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks: Tyler Fulton, Mike McConnell, Michael Thompson, Tim Callahan, Steve Longwell, Jr., Isaac Paden, Shane Shook, Steve Longwell, Sr., Rudy Troples, Ed Haylett, Karlee Longwell, Cameron McQuown.
Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites: Mark Marcucci, Jacob Bova, Glenn Teeters, Bill Staivason, Shane Webb, Dusty Frantz, Anthony Cavicchia, Doug Jones (DNS).
Precise Racing Products Stock Cars: Curtis J. Bish, Ryan Moyer, Leigh Wheeler, Pat Fielding, Randy Wyant, Gary Miller, Jr., Garrett Calvert, Charlie Baptiste, Dennis Clark, Bobby Heim.
Mercer, PA (August 22, 2015): Adam Kekich raced to victory in the 410 Sprint Cars in the Auto Racers for Kids Charity event held at Mercer Raceway Park. All proceeds from this program benefit disadvantaged youth in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The designated charity for this area is the Children's Aid Society of Mercer County. Kekich benefited when Jack Sodeman, Jr. retired while the field was under a red flag on lap three. But, once out front, there was no denying the third generation driver from nearby Hermitage, PA.
Joining Kekich (4 Your Car Connection/World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars) in victory lane were Tommy Kristyak (Approved Toilet Rental 358 Modifieds),Darrin Gallagher (Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Tim Burns (Precise Racing Products Stock Cars), Tim Callahan (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks), Mark Marcucci (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites).
"We got a win right off the bat there, then we kinda struggled through the year," said the happy winner, Adam Kekich."We finally got things figured out," he added. "As soon as they dropped the green, I ripped around the top of one and two and passed a couple of cars, and I knew we were good and I knew that's where I wanted to be. We actually started reeling in Sodeman, and I actualy thought that I had a chance to race him for the win, and when he dropped out, my stomach just dropped but I got real excited and I just knew that it was my race to lose and I just couldn't give up."
Second place runner Dan Kuriger had a battle all race long with Carl Bowser before seizing the advantage on lap 23. "Adam was really fast around the top down here (pointing to turn four) and my car wasn't sticking down there on the top, but there was no catching Adam, he was gone." Bowser concurred. "I was hoping for lapped traffic to maybe get a chance at him, but he made his way right through it, and once I got by them, I couldn't even see him."
Carl Bowser jumped out front at the drop of the green, but it was Jack Sodeman, Jr. who rode the cushion between turns one and two to take the lead away on the opening lap of the feature event. Sodeman's attempt at a second Auto Racers for Kids crown came to an end when his car was pushed back to the pits while the field was stopped due to the flip by Dennis Wagner. Wagner was unhurt, but he walked back to the pits dejectedly.
Sodeman's misfortune put Kekich on the point for the restart, with Bowser and Dan Kuriger in row two of the Delaware double file system. Bowser tried to get a run off the top of turn four on the restart, but Kekich was not shaken by the maneuver. He entered turn one with an advantage that continued to grow until the race was halted briefly on lap 8 due to a spin by John McCracken, Jr.
Bowser tried the same move on the restart, but once again Kekich powered into the first turn with the lead. Kekich led the remaining laps without interruption. Bowser held second, but Kuriger pressured him over the second half of the contest. Kuriger was able to drive past Bowser coming through turns one and two with 23 laps completed. While they were fighting for second, A.J. Flick and Jimmy Seger were battling for fifth, behind Brandon Matus
At the checkers, it was Kekich by nearly six seconds over Kuriger for his second triumph in the 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels Sprint Cars. Bowser led Brandon Matus and Flick across the line. Sixth went to Seger, Andy McKisson was seventh. Michael Bauer, Brandon Spithaler, and Arnie Kent rounded out the top ten.
Heat wins went to Kekich and Bauer. The Dash had the six fastest qualifiers go head to head for the front three rows, and Bowser came out on top. The evening's fastest qualifier, Eric Williams dropped out of that event due to a malfunction in the rear end, and he was unable to get the start in the feature event. There was no B Main.
In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified go, Sid Unverzagt, Jr. led Kyle Fink on the opening lap. On the second round, Jimmy Holden, who was running third at the time, spun in the second corner, collecting Tommy Kristyak, Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Lonny Riggs, and Shayne Izzo. All but Holden were able to continue, which was surprising because Kristyak did get airborne in the incident.
Fink was able to blast ahead of Unverzagt when the the green flag waived. Fink led until lap sixteen, when he jumped the cushion in turn two. Fink tried to keep the car moving, but the damage was too severe, and he came to a halt in the second corner the next time around.
Kristyak and Riggs were in front on the restart, and they stayed put for the remaining two laps. Unverzagt posted his best finish at the Park, third. Jeff Schaffer, Jr. did likewise, crossing in fourth. Kevin Green was fifth. Brian Schaffer, Kyle Holden, Rich Whitney, Izzo, and Cody Cooper completed the top ten.
Riggs and Jimmy Holden scored in the preliminaries. There was no B Main.
Darin Gallagher romped to his second win of the season at Mercer Raceway Park in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Cody Bova raced home in second, with a ringer, Brandon Matus, taking the third spot. Evan Kornbau placed fourth, with Darren Pifer in fifth. Andy Priest, George Hobaugh, Jr., George Englert, Mike Marano, II, and Alex Paden completed the top ten. The heat winners were Priest and Bova. There was no B Main.
Tim Burns led wire to wire to take the Precise Racing Products Stock Car feature. Former champion Rusty Moore returned to the track for second, ahead of Bobby Heim, Bob McCann, and Bob Schwartzmiller. WIlliam Hurrelbrink, Brent Johnson, Terry Wheeler, Charlie Baptiste, and Dennis Clark completed the top ten. Burns and Johnson took the qualifiers. There was no B Main.
Trooper Tim Callahan claimed the victory in the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles. Isaac Paden, Steve Longwell, Sr., and Ed Haylett completed the top five. Sixth went to Karlee Longwell with Davey Cox, Shane Shook, Josh Ehrenberg, and John Shannon rounding out the top ten.. The heat winners were Callahan and Shook. There was no B Main.
Mark Marcucci prevailed in the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites. Kacy Campbell was next, with Doug Jones, Levi Spinnewebber, and Bill Stavason third through fifth. The next five across were Josh Christopher, Keith Smith, Jacob Bova, Shane Webb, and Dusty Frantz. The heats belonged to Smith and Jones. There was no B Main.
Next week, Mercer Raceway Park will crown its champions. Double points will be on the line on Meet your Heroes Night, presented by Herr's, the official snack food of Mercer Raceway Park.
4 Your Car Connection/World of Wheels 410 Sprint Cars: Adam Kekich, Dan Kuriger, Carl Bowser, Brandon Matus, A.J. Flick, Jimmy Seger, Andy McKisson, Michael Bauer, Brandon Spithaler, Arnie Kent, Gale Ruth, Jr., Brent Matus, Scott Priester, Jimmy Morris, Andy Feil, Alex Paden, Eric L. Williams, John McCracken, Jr., Michael Flynn, Jack Sodeman, jr., Dennis Wagner.
Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds: Tommy Kristyak, Lonny Riggs, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Jeff Schaffer, Jr., Kevin Green, Brian Schaffer, Kyle Holden, Rich Whitney, Shayne Izzo, Cody Cooper, Kyle Fink, Jimmy Holden.
Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors: Darin Gallagher, Cody Bova, Brandon Matus, Evan Kornbau, Darren Pifer, Andy Priest, George Hobaugh, Jr., George Englert, Mike Marano, II, Alex Paden, Devin Litwiler, Joe McEwen, Ken Rossey, Bobby Siegel, Andrew Fescemyer, Bob McMillin.
Precise Racing Products Stock Cars: Tim Burns, Rusty Moore, Bobby Heim, Bob McCann, Bob Schwartzmiller, WIlliam Hurrelbrink, Brent Johnson, Terry Wheeler, Charlie Baptiste, Dennis Clark, Curtis J Bish.
Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks: Tim Callahan, Isaac Paden, Steve Longwell, Sr., Ed Haylett, Karlee Longwell, Davey Cox, Shane Shook, Josh Ehrenberg, John Shannon, James Tasker, Matt Pegher (DNS).
Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites: Mark Marcucci, Kacy Campbell, Doug Jones, Levi Spinnewebber, Bill Stavason, Josh Christopher, Keith Smith, Jacob Bova, Shane Webb, Dusty Frantz, Cole Petrelle (DNS).