Story By: BRETT DEYO / THUNDER MOUNTAIN MEDIA Photos By: Scott Seward/SJS Photos
CENTER LISLE, NY- May 10, 2015- Chad Cook broke free from his early season struggles on Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway. Cook, a former champion from Deposit, N.Y., drove to his first big-block/small-block Modified score of the 2015 season at the Center Lisle three-eighths-mile oval, fending off a persistent Brian Malcolm to win the 30-lap main event. Cook earned $1,200 for his efforts driving Mike Costello's No. 222.
Another massive crowd filled the Thunder Mountain concrete grandstand for Saturday's program, contested under picture-perfect weather conditions.
"We were off here the first couple weeks," Cook admitted. "We figured some stuff out but the car still wasn't perfect yet. I had to be careful how I drove it because it would go from loose to tight. I knew Brian (Malcolm) was right there."
Cook took command on the second lap of a rough-and-tumble main event from pole starter Ken Titus. Meanwhile, a battle for second raged behind him. Malcolm's Chris Clark and Tom Coar No. 119 Troyer emerged in the runner-up spot following a lap-nine restart when he cleared his teammate, defending track champion Brent Wilcox.
Malcolm, in between cautions, was able to draw in on race leader Cook. On the 17th lap he pulled to the inside of Cook in turns three and four. However, Cook was able to repel the advance.
Malcolm made another run at Cook during the race's last three laps but was unable to unseat the leader.
Cook put his name on the board as a '15 feature winner on the Mountain, the third different victor in three Modified races run this year. Malcolm, of Lake Ariel, Pa., settled for second. Point leader Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., drove Jim Shear's No. 77X to a third-place result.
Defending track champion Wilcox of Binghamton, N.Y., recovered from involvement in a lap-12 homestretch tangle to finish fourth, marching through traffic in the race's second half. Making his first start of the season, Mike Clapperton of Sidney, N.Y., drove from 20th to finish fifth.
Point leader Eric Leet has been a model of consistency in the Open Sportsman division. On Saturday, the Marathon, N.Y., driver earned the biggest win of his career, taking a $1,000 payday home from the 20-lap main. Leet inherited the top spot on the third lap when Ricky Ross Jr. slowed.
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May 10, 2015- It was a wild night of racing action at "The BOS" this past Saturday night as 108 cars packed the pit area for opening day as Superior Cellular and Sound was on hand for what was shaping up to be a great night of racing. However Mother Nature had other plans.
The night kicked off with the Rookie division taking to the speedway and Cornwall Ontario's Bob Ray had a strong car as he took the lead from the outside pole over Jason Lamothe and Michael Dillon. Both Ray and Lamothe pulled out to a huge lead on the field and had nearly a full straightaway lead by lap 7 until the yellow flew for Corey White who caught fire while running in the 4th spot. White was uninjured but his car was done for the night.
On the restart Ray continued to hold the lead and stayed there the remaining 8 laps to hold both Jason Lamothe and Michael Dillon at bay to record his first win since May 25 of 2013 in the Rookie divison. Lamothe, Dillon, Jamie Truelove and Adam Trickey rounded out the top 5.
The 358 Modifieds were set for 30 laps but on the initial start chaos ensued on the front straightaway. Chris Herbison made contact with another car causing him to hit head on into the catch fence collecting Bobby Herrington and several race cars behind him. The track was blocked in turn 1 as a total of 12 cars were involved in the accident.
Most drivers backed away with minor damage and were able to continue, Herrington was towed pitside done for the night, while Chris Herbison climbed from his wrecked car uninjured in the horrific accident and walked back to the pits under his own power.
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PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO...
James Michael Friesen from St. Catharines, Ontario was the winner of the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman main event on Davidson Line Marking and Property Maintenance Night at the New Humberstone Speedway on Mother's Day. Dennis Lunger Jr from Albion, Pennsylvania picked up his second straight feature win for the Pinty's Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models while Port Colborne, Ontario's Jason Fontaine won his second feature of the season in the JC Auto Street Stocks. Welland, Ontario's Kyle Rothwell won the feature event for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks. Mike Toovey from St. Catharines, Ontario earned the victory for the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks. Mark Shadwell from Hamilton, Ontario picked up the feature win in the Vintage Cars. Evan Curtis won the spectator one-on-one event.
James Michael Friesen (JMF) took off from his pole starting position and went into the lead during the opening circuit of the 25 lap feature event for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. While Friesen started to open up his lead, Brad Rouse and Gary Lindberg would battle for third place with Lindberg getting the advantage near lap five. While battling for position inside the top five, Rouse and Robert Baker came together to bring out the races first caution. On the restart, Lindberg would get passed Adam Leslie for second and began to chase down the race leader Friesen. While the leaders would get away from the field, Cody McPherson would race his way into the top five and began pressuring the leaders. After Jordan Cosco came to a rest on the top of turn four to bring out the caution on lap 19, Friesen would pull away on the restart. Friesen would then go on to collect the win.
Jorden Peters had the jump on the field in the start of the Pinty's Delicious Foods Rush Late Models, Dennis Lunger Jr, opening night's feature winner moved into second off the start and then would go to work on race leader Peters. Lunger would pass Peters for the race lead on lap five. While Lunger opened up his lead over the field, Peters and Rob Pietz would battle for several laps for second place. Pietz and Peters would battle for much of the second half of the race as well with Pietz getting the advantage late. Lunger would pull away to collect his second win of the season at Humberstone.
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Kevin Hirthler gave his mother an early Mother's Day present on Saturday night when he collected his first 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature of the season at Grandview Speedway. Hirthler, who led from start to finish didn't have an easy task since he had several different drivers alongside him on restarts and the last five laps he had constant pressure from runner-up Craig Von Dohren. He held off all challenges for his ninth career win. The win made Hirthler the fifth different winner in the Modifieds.
Wayne Pfeil finally had a change of luck after struggling a few weeks and was able to record his second 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the current campaign holding off a hard-charging second-place finisher Sean Merkel. In victory lane Pfeil thanked Fluffy from Berks-Mont Towing for all his help the past week.
Kenny Gilmore reversed the tables this week and he was ahead of Brett Kressley when the checkered fell in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman feature.
All three feature winners in the NASCAR events sponsored by Whelen Engineering received extra monetary prizes from T.P. Trailers, Limerick. Hirthler, Pfeil and Ryan Beltz received the Dan's Deli ?-way leader hoagie award. The top finisher in each division using VP fuels earned bonuses provided the VP decal was carried.
Next up at Grandview Speedway is Checkered Flag Fan Club Night on Saturday, May 16th. One of the oldest fan club organizations in the nation will have members seeking to add some members to this great organization. In addition the track will remember May is Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month and Sunday, May 17th will be National NF Day. Racers are invited to carry NF stickers during the racing action which will feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the popular Low Down and Dirty Meet and Greet happening at the same time. RCN-TV will be videoing the action for showing later in the week. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Read more: Kevin Hirthler Scores Season First At Grandview Speedway
On Pittsburgh Circle Track Club night at Mercer Raceway Park, a pair of defending divisional champions, Eric "Turkey" WIlliams (4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels 410 Sprints) and Jimmy Holden (Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds) went to victory lane.
Also taking wins were Tim Callahan (Eperthener's Auto Wrecking/Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks), George Hobaugh, Jr. (Bonnel's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors), Aaron Meister (Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, and Shawn Hooks (Precise Racing Products Stock Cars).
051015 - WilliamsBrandon Matus blasted out to an early lead in the 410 Sprint feature, presented by 4 Your Car Connection and World of Wheels. Francis Sesco, the pole man, held second briefly, but Eric Williams and Jack Sodeman, Jr. quickly nudged him back a couple of spots in the running order. Matus could not get away from WIlliams and Sodeman as he began to work his way through traffic.
Sodeman just passed Williams moments before the race was halted on lap 12 due to an emergency in the pit area requiring the attention of the track medical crew. During that extended red, Williams gathered his thoughts. "My mind doesn't always work too fast in these 25 lap races. I had a long time to think about it."
On the restart, Matus and and Sodeman held their positions, However, the start was waived off when Joe Kubiniec brought his car to a stop in turn four. That gave Williams another shot at the leaders. This time, he showed that he clearly had the fastest car on the track, and the plan that he devised under the extended red worked to perfection the second time around.
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SUSQUEHANNA, PA -
For the second consecutive week, Dan Pompey was victorious at Penn Can Speedway in the Modified main event. Pompey raced from sixth to claim his second win in as many tries. Defending Sportsman champion Ryan Olsommer picked up where he left off in 2014 with his first win of the season Friday. The CRSA Sprint cars made their first appearance of the year at the speedway with Scott Goodrich picking up the win. Doug Stack Jr. claimed his first career Street Stock feature win, with Frank Kennedy claiming top honors in the 4 Cylinders, and Buck Mills Sr. picking up the win in the Factory Stock feature.
21 Modifieds were on hand for the second race of 2015 at the Penn Can Speedway. Scranton, PA's Bob Trapper and Binghamton, NY's Joey Colsten led the field to the green flag for the 30 lapper. Trapper wasted no time taking his number 69 machine to the lead.
Despite back-to-back cautions on laps 3 and 4, Trapper was quickly able to open up a 5-car length advantage over Joey Colsten. By lap 5, last week's feature winner Dan Pompey was able to move into third from sixth on the starting grid. On lap 6, the caution flag would fly again for a pileup in turn one. At this point, the top 5 saw Trapper the leader over Colsten, Pompey, Kevin Hartnett, and Brian Malcolm.
On the ensuing restart, Pompey began to apply the pressure to Colsten's number 151 as they battled for second. Trapper again opened up a sizeable advantage as the battle raged behind him. The caution flag would again fly on lap 10, this time for Joey Grammes. When the green flag again flew, Pompey wasted no time making a move to work around Colsten for position two. Meanwhile, Greenfield Township's Nick Petrilak cracked into the top 5 from ninth, showing that the topside was coming in.
The battle continued in the front of the pack with Pompey now pressuring Trapper lap after lap for the lead. Trapper finally surrendered the lead on lap 13 to Pompey who made an inside pass to claim the top spot.
Read more: Pompey Makes It 2-In-A-Row At Penn Can Speedway