BECHTELSVILLE, PA -
For the third time this season veteran racer Kevin Hirthler was able to wheel the Pioneer Pole Buildings/ Green Lane Wm.Penn/4 Star Lettering No.117 to victory in the 30-lap Ingersoll Rand Night feature for T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Defending BRC Late Model champion Randy Stoudt drove to his third win of the season in the 25-lap main event for the BRC Late Models wheeling the J&H Automotive No. 10. Young Brad Arnold drove the family owned WEEU sponsored entry to his first career win in the 25-lap Sportsman feature. All of the racing action was videotaped for later showing on RCN4 cable television.
All feature winners received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and an Ingersoll-Rand Tool Kit valued at $600 plus if they were running VP Gas and met the necessary requirements were awarded product awards.
On Saturday, July 18th Hatfield Quality Meats, a long time sponsor of racing at Grandview, will have their mascot on hand to shoot t-shirts and Hatfield hot dogs into the stands. Early arrivers will be able to sample the new Hatfield "Dry Rub" tenderloin and fillet. Mascot "Smiley" will be on hand to say hello to fans and pose with feature winners during the evening.
The Hatfield Meats sponsored night will include T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars along with the popular Blast from the Past Vintage racers with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
Hirthler is still running his car from last year since he's not quite satisfied with the new car after hitting the wall earlier in the season. Upset with his second-place finish last week to Craig VonDohren in the 30-lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen Modified feature he was determined to do better this week.
By the fourth lap of the feature Hirthler advanced into second from his seventh-place starting grid and put on a torrid side-by-side battle with polesitter Ryan Kunkle for first.
Read more: Kevin Hirthler Wins 3rd Of Season At Grandview Speedway
THOROLD, ONTARIO -
The Welland and Fort Erie Timber Marts and Blast Entertainment presented Merrittville Speedway's 2015 Nostalgia Night July 11th with Mike Bowman of St. Catharines winning the 50 lap Jerry Winger Memorial for the Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modifieds.
Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also saw Kyle Rothwell of Welland, Rob Misener of Port Colborne and Rob Knapp of Niagara Falls taking home wins in the Van Raine Construction 4 Cylinder, Rev's Full Throttle Powersports Modified Lites and the Rick's Delivery Sportsman Divisions respectively.
Prior to race time, the L. St. Amand Enterprises Wall of Fame Inductions assisted by CAA Niagara and Auto FX Graphics and Signs.
Mark Elsie, Jim Begolo and Pete Cosco were announced as the 2015 Inductees.
"This body started out with Don Turner and then Henry Shivak at the former Speedway Park," said Vintage Race Car Display Race Winner Mark Shadwell of Hamilton, "I raced it for a year ... 35 years later I found it and restored it."
Shadwell bested the field of cars that represented many of the eras from Merrittville Speedway's 64 year history. Joining in for the first time was the 1937 Chevrolet replica of the #73 of Wall of Famer Bob Davidson Sr. The 87 year old returned to the track for the heat while his son Barry ran the Feature Event.
"The last time this car won was this race two years ago," said Merrittville Speedway's 10th different 2015 Winner in the Pinty's Delicious Foods 358 Modified Division, "I just purchased it back from Travis Cunningham."
Read more: Mike Bowman And Rob Knapp Claim Victories At Merrittville Speedway
MERCER, PA -
Defending track champion Jimmy Holden scored the easy win in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, at Mercer Raceway Park and, in the process, regained the points lead. Mike Marano, II earned his first career win in the Bonnell's Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors with a bold move in turn three following a lap 18 restart.
Ryan Moyer returned to victory lane for the second time in a row in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Mark Marcucci dominated the Rock Concrete Supply Modified Lites, and Michael Thompson scored again in the Eperthener's Auto Wrecking and Ray's Racing Collectibles Mini Stocks.
"We made some changes to the car between the heat and the feature," said the happy 358 Modified winner, Jimmy Holden. "Some, I can talk about, some, I can't" he added with a sly grin. What he did admit to doing was to tighten up his car. "I guess I like it tighter." Whatever other speed secrets he was keeping to himself sure did the trick.
Kyle Fink used the pole position to gain the advantage at the start of the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Brian Schaffer ran a steady second, ahead of Jimmy Holden, Tommy Kristyak, and Jeff Schaffer, Jr. By lap five, Holden worked his way into second, and he was chopping away at the lead Fink had built up.
Holden made his winning move inside turn one, with eight laps down. From there, he was able to stretch his advantage over Fink. Fink held second through the lap ten restart, but lost it soon thereafter to Lonny Riggs, who methodically moved ahead from deep in the pack.
Riggs started to close in on Holden but there were not enough laps remaining to allow him to catch the leader. Holden flashed across the line several carl lengths ahead of Riggs. Fink held on for third. Sid Unverzagt, Jr. raced up to the fourth position. Jeff Schaffer, Jr. took fifth.
Kyle Holden led the next group across the line. Brian Schaffer was seventh. Clyde Gumpp, Kevin Green, and Shayne Izzo were next. Tommy Kristyak ran the final two laps of the race with a deflating left rear tire, and faded from the top five to eleventh.
Read more: Victory Puts Holden Atop 358 Mod Standings Again at Mercer Raceway Park
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It was the Sportsmans who were featured tonight with the advent of the Seaway series and who else but the pilot of the time in Quebec, Martin Pelletier, who bluntly pointed beard Ontarians tonight. And what about the final Modified, who made up the people in the stands for the last 2 laps. A beautiful Hebert-Bernier duel that ends with a victory of David Hebert tonight. In Pro Stock victory of Francois Adam and the side of the Lightning Sprints, it was the work of Eric Sundborg.
In Modified, it seemed the evening Steve Bernier; he literally dominated from start to finish. His car was very fast on the outside line, but it was somewhat more difficult in the first laps following a revival and it cost him dearly tonight. David Hebert enjoyed a revival with two laps to go to take the measurement Bernier to the finish line. Hebert therefore won his first final of the year in Granby and comes at the same time get closer to the leaders in the standings.
Yan Bussiere has complemented the podium, following another great performance on his part, consistency is really putting this season the side of 21. We must emphasize the superb recovery Dominic Dufault who finished fourth. He went very far this evening aboard his second car after problems in qualifying. Bad Luck in the case of Clement Therrien who was driving very comfortably in the top 5, but was forced to retire with only 2 laps to go.
Sportsman, this was again the case of Martin Pelletier who dominated almost from start to finish this final. A third consecutive victory on the side of Granby Pelletier increasing his lead in the championship and track takes the same time the head of the Seaway Lussier series. Very good performance for Alex Lajoie who finished second, 33 the car was very quick this evening and it allows him to get his best result of the season in Granby.
We had many Ontarians visiting as part of the Seaway series and that's Shane Pecore who leaves with the best result with a 3rd place. We must also acknowledge the excellent work of Felix Murray who led several laps and was able to resist for long the rest of the pack to finally conclude the 50-lap in 5th place.
Read more: David Hebert And Martin Pelletier Win At Autodrome Granby
By Dave Medler - BREWERTON, NY - July 10, 2015 ?
On a perfect weather night for racing, fans were treated to a full night of racing that featured close finishes and a wild incident in the Modifieds that involved almost a dozen cars.
Vinnie Vitale took the lead on Lap-7 of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature and looked to have things in hand until Lap-31 when Matt Sheppard moved into second place from his 23rd starting spot setting up a barn-burner finish.
With Vitale running the top of the speedway, Sheppard started digging on the bottom, setting up a finish that had the winner in doubt till the checkers. Sheppard could draw even with Vitale on different points on the track, but Vitale didn't flinch on the high-side, winning the dash to the checkers off of turn four for his first win of the year.
Other winners on Ingles Performance/VP Small Engine Fuels night were, Jack Meeks (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Jeff Isabell Jr. (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites) Chuck Powelczyk (Hilton's Automotive Four-Cylinders).
Chris Mackey outraced Andrew Ferguson to grab the lead to lead the opening lap of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature before almost a dozen cars were involved in a metal-crunching incident.
Right at the flag stand three-drivers tried to occupy the same space sending cars all over the speedway making contact and ending up in a pile to the entry of turn one with last week's winner Tim Kerr rolling over. Cars involved besides Kerr were Mike Bowman, Rob Bellinger, Chris Hile, Vic Coffey, Jimmy Phelps, Matt Fink, Jeff Blackbun, Kyle Fink, Larry Wight and Joe August Jr.. All drivers were okay and remarkably the only cars who couldn't continue were Bellinger, Hile, Bowman and Kerr.
Read more: Vinnie Vitale Wins Brewerton Speedway Thriller
By PAUL HARKENRIDER
WOODHULL, NY ? It has been a month since anyone has made it to Instant Heat Wood Pellets victory lane, but finding his way back into the prestigious winners circle was Billy Van Pelt passing Dylan DeWart on lap 22 to secure the victory number three in 2015.
The 22 car field was set by rookie driver Cory Costa and Dylan DeWart, where DeWart had an early lead on the field before the caution flew came out on laps 5, 9 and 12 and it reset the field. This allowed Van Pelt, who started in position 11, to get a good restarts and weave his way to the front. A lap 18 caution put DeWart still as your race leader, but Van Pelt there in the second spot. The two veterans went at it where on lap 22, DeWart slipped to the high side and Van Pelt was able to take over the top spot from there. He would seal the deal from there and pick up his third victory in 2015. DeWart came home in second, followed by Art Goodier, Donnie Lawson, and Brady Fultz.
In the Joe Willcox Performance Street Stocks, Teddy Morseman picked up his third feature win of 2015 in the big 50 lap, 750 to win affair. Brett Marlatt jumped out to the early race lead and led laps two to five but along came Teddy Morseman who took the race lead on lap 6 from Marlatt. Morseman took the race lead and ran the line he wanted to which was very similar to Marlatt's. For the remainder of the race, the two highly competitive drivers battled for the race lead but Morseman protected his line during the entirety of his race lead. Dylan Cecee who started in the 11th position caught the two race leaders and battled with Morseman and Marlatt but came up short, and settled for third.
The S&W Awards 360 Late Models saw Steve Lebarron pick up the win over Glenn Writenour. Lebarron had a slow start and fell to the rear of the pack but was able to get the car hooked up and take the race lead on lap 6 from driver teammate Buck Payne. Glenn Writenour came home in second, followed by Payne, Jimmy Johnson and Bruce Miller.
The Daugherty Auto Sales Mini ran a very caution heavy feature but when it was all said done, it was a 'much older' Ron Daily Jr putting his car back in victory lane for the first time in a number of years. Despite multiple cautions, Daily was able to stay out front and hold off a flyin' Rich Sharpsteen who came home in second. John Hand finished third followed by David Whetham and Rick Amidon.
Read more: Billy Van Pelt Picks Up Third Win Of The Year At Woodhull