(Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Lernerville Speedway for the second time this season. Race #16 was the season finale and attracted 44 cars for the sixth annual "Steel City Stampede DIRTcar Round-Up, which included practice on Thursday night, heat races on Friday night, and the conclusion of the program on Saturday night. The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds also concluded their inaugural Sweeney Weekly Series season and was part of the traditional event for the first time in their fifth appearance of the season to Lernerville. Race fan Dan Bradley of Erie, Pa. was the lucky winner of the K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500.
After his performance on Saturday night in the 30-lap RUSH Late Model feature, it would be hard for many to believe Chad Ruhlman had never won at Lernerville before or a Sweeney Tour event in the two-year history of the Series. The $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series Champion started 13th, had the lead on lap 10, and drove away to win by more than six seconds for the $2,000 prize! Ruhlman became the Series' 11th different winner in 16 races this season, and ninth different in the past 10 events!
"This is huge, "expressed the 37-year-old Bemus Point, New York racer. "I've always wanted to win here. This is another Eldora to me. I feel bad the open motor broke for CJ Rayburn because I felt like we had something for them in that too. I learned an awful lot from Russ King in that (Super Late Model) feature. I'll give this one to you. You have more balls than I hoped I would have, but apparently I'm just as brain dead as you! Getting over the cushion in turn one exiting stage right was huge. The Rayburn car was fast. We could roll around the bottom. It was good to win in Rocket's house right here. There's a lot of fans and I thank everyone for coming and supporting us. Also have to thank all of my sponsors, everyone that helps out, and Vicki (Emig) what she does for crate racing is big."
YATES COUNTY SPEEDWAY 10-24-14 RESULTS
GRIT SERIES SPORTSMAN: Rocky Warner, Steve Gray, Casey Pavlick, Cory Costa, Josh Keesey, Dave Marcuccilli, Jacob Dgien, Chris Fisher, Aj Lloyd, Ricky Newton, Kane Bristol, Connor Cleveland, Nick Guererri, Loren Lincoln, Boyd Mactavish, Shea Montgomery, Doug Smith, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Josh Butler, Ray Bliss, Darryl Ruggles, Brady Fultz, Justin Wright, Stacy Jackson, Ivan Joslin, James Henry, Eric Bell, Fran Hilton
Photo by Ben Graham/www.zoomxtreme.com
BY BEN GRAHAM,
BRISBANE, QLD (October 26, 2014): Reigning Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion David Clark has kicked off his season 2014/15 campaign in the best possible way, wheeling his new Bicknell Racing Products machine to victory at Brisbane's Ausdeck Patio's Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (Oct 25).
Clark made the most of his front-row starting position, holding out NSW Champ Andrew Pezzutti into turn one. It was a calculated drive from Clark over the 20-lap distance, negotiating lapped traffic while trying to ensure the ever-present Pezzutti was kept at bay.
" It was our first run tonight in the new car and I felt real comfortable" offered Clark post-race. " It was close with Andrew (Pezzutti) towards the end, and I was worried because down the bottom was real slow for me, so I stayed around the top, I didn't want to give Andrew any opportunities"
Despite pressuring Clark for the entire race distance, Pezzutti was unable to find a way past the flying 'Australia 1' entry of Clark.
" For a few laps there I could see the lapped cars coming up so I was trying to position myself so I could go around David if he went down low" said Pezzutti. " I actually fell back a few places just before we got to the lapped cars so I wasn't quite close enough, and even if i got beside him i don't think i would have been able to go anywhere anyway. But it was a good race, we were pretty even the whole way through"
BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO ? October 18, 2014 -
"The Doctor" Danny Johnson made history Saturday night, becoming the first Modified driver to sweep Brockville Ontario Speedway's DIRTcar Fall Nationals presented by 1000 Islands RV Centre. Johnson wheeled the Traction Grabber No. 27J to victory lane Friday night in the 100-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature race, and followed it up the next night with a win in the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series feature event.
"It's a fantastic track for us. It's really working really well for us," said Johnson, whose victory Saturday was his fourth Super DIRTcar Series win of 2014. "I just had a great hot rod. The car is two years old and it's just a great running car for us."
The Rochester, N.Y., driver started on the pole, but it was local runner Brian MacDonald, of Cornwall, Ontario, who took the lead at the green flag. Johnson stayed at his tail and reclaimed the position off a lap-29 restart. MacDonald refused to let up, staying at Johnson's rear bumper the remaining 71 laps, but wasn't able to make the pass.
"There was no way he was going to let me by him," said MacDonald, who tried every groove of Brockville's oval to try to get around the No. 27J. "We ended up on the front stretch wall, we ended up off the track, we got pushed everywhere. But that's racing I guess."
(Jeff Gromis Photo) AFTON, NY - With a field of 60 Modifieds in the pit area, another "working man" achieved a career highlight in the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum's Saturday at I-88 Speedway.
Shaun Walker, a low-key track regular from Masonville, N.Y., who, ironically, made his Modified debut in the inaugural 2006 running of the Short Track SuperNationals, scored the 'Working Man's Race' triumph, earning $5,475 in cash plus contingencies for his efforts in the 50-lap big-block/small-block finale of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Walker's total take included $175 in lap money, $100 courtesy of Simplicity Designs and $200 from Craig Decker for the team's crew chief Cliff Mott.
Andy Bachetti, meanwhile, crossed the line in sixth position and earned the S$10,014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP championship. Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., entered the night tied with Danny Johnson for the series point lead. Johnson, battling illness, struggled to a 14th-place finished. Johnson tallied second in series points, 33 back (475-442).
Walker, driving his family owned No. 21, rolled off fourth in the 32-car grid for the seventh running of the Short Track SuperNationals.
Outside-pole starter Mike Mahaney led the opening three circuits before a rim-riding Chad Cook wheeled Mike Costello's No. 222 to the point at lap three. Racing side-by-side, lap-after-lap, Mahaney reclaimed the top spot on the ninth tour of the Afton Fairgrounds three-tenths-mile.