Cook, 38 of Deposit, N.Y., dusted off his second car, Mike Costello's No. 222, and won with it out of the box at Thunder Mountain Speedway on July 12. He appeared poised for victory July 19 before a flat left-rear tire ended his drive to the front. On Saturday night, Cook drove to his second 30-lap big-block/small-block Modified win in three weeks at the three-eighths-mile clay oval.
"We were struggling with the other car and decided to bring this one out a few weeks ago," Cook said. "I wish we had done it a lot earlier."
Cook started seventh in the main event. He made quick work of the field early on, following caution flags on laps two, three and five.
Cook surpassed Billy Spoonhower, who had supplanted Byron Worthing as the leader on the second circuit, with seven laps in the books. The final 25 laps ran caution-free and Cook opened up a lead of more than a straightaway for the triumph.
"This car is working here right now," Cook said. "I thought we had a good shot last week and we peeled the left-rear tire off. It was just as fast tonight."
Eighth-starter Brent Wilcox of Binghamton, N.Y., took over second on lap eight and chased Cook for the remainder of the distance. Wilcox, a three-time winner at Thunder Mountain this season, extended his point lead with the runner-up effort.
Read more: Chad Cook Feels At Home Driving Mike Costello No. 222, Wins Second Thunder Mountain Speedway...
DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC -- July 23, 2014 -- Mere weeks after first sitting behind the wheel of his new ride, young Modified driver Erick Rudolph picked up a win in a Super DIRTcar Series race. A late-race charge took the Mike Payne owned Page Trucking No. to victory Tuesday, July 22, at Autodrome Drummond.
"Today we just hit it right on, where we needed to be," the 22-year-old out of Ransomville, N.Y., said after the 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Series race Tuesday. "It started a little slow, but slowly and surely we worked up to to the front."
Rudolph, the defending DIRTcar 358-Modified Series champion, started 17th on the grid after finishing fifth in his heat and was able to make the right moves to claim the lead over veteran racer and eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Brett Hearn with just 10 laps to go.
Polesitter Matt Billings led the race at the green flag, followed by Steve Paine in second, Brett Hearn in third, Larry Wight in fourth and Monday's feature winner Danny Johnson in fifth. Paine and Hearn gathered momentum in the first few laps, with Paine passing billings for the lead in lap 4 and Hearn passing Paine for the lead in lap 9.
The Gypsum Express Ltd. No. 99L wheeled by Wight stopped in turn two during lap 11, bringing the first caution of the race. Hearn was strong on restarts Tuesday, and didn't give competitors behind him any opportunity to challenge his position. Meanwhile, Rudolph was working his way forward, making his way to 14th after the lap-18 restart.
Read more: Rudolph charges from 17th starting spot to win at Autodrome Drummond
GRANBY, QUEBEC -- Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -- "The Doctor" Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., raced to victory Monday, July 21, at Autodrome Granby, charging past challenger Billy Decker for the coveted Super DIRTcar Series win.
"I just have to thank the guys for giving me a great hot rod tonight," Johnson saud in Victory Lane after leading the final 80 laps of Monday's 100-lap Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series feature race. "My car was really good. It's really been working well for me. I'm really happy with it and I was able to maneuver it to the front."
Johnson started fourth on the starting grid after finishing third in his heat race, but it was Decker who charged ahead to claim the lead at the green flag. Polesitter Billy Dunn fell to third within the first lap and Johnson sat comfortably in second.
The leaders reached lapped traffic in lap 11, but weren't slowed. It was the first caution of the race in lap 16 that gave Johnson the opportunity to challenge the Decker for the lead..
Decker took the inside line on the lap 20 restart, but Johnson powered high on the outside to keep pace. Johnson was ahead just by a nose at the flagstand the following lap, but he found some bite the next time around and pulled ahead of Decker's Gypsum Wholesalers No. 91.
Read more: Danny Johnson Wins Over Billy Decker At Autodrome Granby
THOROLD, ONTARIO - By Jim Irvine, Merrittville Speedway PR
Since Merrittville Speedway's first event in 1952, Western Hill residents have played a major role in the Thorold facilities history. When the 63rd Season was celebrated July 12th it was a huge night for the St. Catharines neighborhood.
Tyler McPherson won his first Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Feature ? taking home the 50 lap Lucas Oil Slick Mist 50 Jerry Winger Memorial after his brother Cody McPherson won his third Rick's Delivery Sportsman Feature of 2014.
Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also had Chris Crawford of Welland win his first Hoosier Stock Feature of 2014, Beamsville's Paul Klager and Welland's Tyler Lafantaise both winning their second events in the J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite and Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Divisions respectively while Kevin Zack took top honors in the Vintage Race Car Feature.
Just prior to race time former racers Carl Game and Brian Stevens ? lifelong residents of the Hill were inducted into the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame by the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee..
Read more: Tyler McPherson Wins Jerry WInger Memorial At Merrittville Speedway
Ransomville, NY - Friday, July 11, 2014 - By Ransomville Speedway PR
Another great night of racing took place this past Friday at Ransomville Speedway as a packed grandstands enjoyed five great divisions of racing. The Harold Rinehart Memorial Poster contest and a Full Fender Pit Crew competition completed the night's activities. A huge welcome and thank you to NASCAR'S Brett Bodine who joined us for his first visit to the Western New York dirt oval.
Ryan Susice of Ransomville, NY captured his first win of the season in the FinditQuick.com Modified ranks. Susice took control on lap nine of the thirty lap main event and quickly distanced himself from the remainder of the field. Enjoying a full straight away lead by the half way point, Susice would go uncontested and become the sixth different winner of 2014 in the headlining class. Susice piloted his Subway sponsored #38 machine to a very popular win. Danny Johnson advanced to second after a lap twenty-seven restart but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead and would settle for second. Points leader Erick Rudolph advanced to third followed by Jeff McGinnis and Steve Schumacher who lead the early going.
Read more: Ryan Susice And Jesse Cottriss Collect Wins At Ransomville Speedway
By Tim Long
Friday night proved to be another great night of racing action at Big Diamond Speedway.
The Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic 358 Modified feature saw the green flag fly over the front row of Dan Hineline and Kyle Follweiler. Follweiler quickly shot out to the lead followed by John Willman, who was feeling the pressure early on from Meme Desantis. As Follweiler led the way, current track points leader Billy Pauch Jr. was working his way to the front from his 8th place starting position. By lap 15 he had passed Willman to secure the second place spot. The caution flew for the first time on lap 17 when Ray Swinehart's ride came to a stop just off of turn 2. On the restart, Bobby Gunther Walsh found himself spinning in turn 3, causing the caution to fly again. The next attempt to start the race saw the cars of Lou Cicconi, Heath Metzger and Jim Bobbit Jr. get together. The field then settled in and Follweiler once again jumped out in front, feeling the pressure of Pauch right on his bumper. The caution would fly again on lap 22 when the 7 of Kevin Smith slowly limped down the front stretch trying to get into the pit area. The green flag flew again with Follweiler and Pauch still battling, and Pauch would take the lead. The next lap, Kyle drove his ride hard into turn 1 in an attempt to retake the lead, his car became airborne, and flipped through the corner. The driver, although frustrated, was uninjured. After a brief clean up of fluids that were on the track from the incident, Pauch led the field back to a green, white, and checker finish. Pauch would hold off challenges from Duane Howard and Meme Desantis to earn his 10th career win at Big Diamond Speedway. This also puts him in a three way tie with Dave Schoffstall and Doug Manmiller for 22nd on the all-time win list in the Modified division. Jared Umbenhauer and Dale Hartz rounded out the top five positions.
Read more: Pauch Jr Takes 4th Victory Of Season At Big Diamond