By KEN BRUCE Via www.dirtrtackdigest.com
MINERSVILLE, PA - Ransomville, N.Y., driver Erick Rudolph invaded the Big Diamond Speedway on Sunday and took the $3500 winners share back to the state of New York. Rudolph driving a team car for Randy Chrysler took the lead on lap 27 after a hard crash in turn one in that included both your first and second place drivers resulting in a red flag. He then led the final three laps holding off a hard charging Billy Pauch Jr. for the victory.
"We ran good down here last year and the track was pretty much the same," Rudolph said. "I was running sixth or seventh for awhile not going anywhere just cheering my teammate on. I was able to make a couple of key passes on restarts and caught a break when the top two wrecked. Restarts were definitely the key today like they are in most races but today even more. We were able to get up on wheel and make some moves to put us in the position we were in when wreck occurred."
Chrysler, the pole-sitter, took the lead at the drop of the green flag and jumped out quickly to the front while the battle for second between Ryan Watt and Duane Howard raged on behind him with Watt coming out ahead. The caution flew on lap three for Jimmy Reppert spinning in turn one.
Chrysler jumped out to the lead once again when we got back to racing only to have the caution fly again on lap five for Watt spinning in turn one as well. By this time Craig Von Dohren and Stewart Friesen had moved into positions three and four.
Chrysler once again took the top spot on the restart only to have Kevin Beach and Jim Bobbit tangling in turn three before a lap could be completed. When the green flag flew on the restart Chrysler stayed in the lead with Von Dohren and Friesen getting by Howard for positions two and three. Friesen powered by Von Dohren and was starting to put the pressure on Chrysler for the lead when Watt spun again, this time in turn three. Rick Laubach was also starting to make his presence known at this time working his way to fourth when the yellow was displayed.
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By MIKE MALLETT via www.dirttrackdigest.com
Danny Johnson capped off the 2014 racing season at the Dirt Track at Charlotte with a win at the World Finals. On Sunday night at the Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, Ga., the veteran Rochester, N.Y., driver outlasted Brett Hearn by a bumper to win the 40-lap, $4,000 to win season opener for the big-block Modifieds allowing him to pick up right where he left off last season; in Victory Lane.
"This is great for me and my team," stated Johnson. "I got to thank my team for getting me here. It was great effort for all involved. So much goes into it, I can't explain it all."
Johnson was scheduled to start third after finishing second in his qualifying event. A called jump by track officials on pole starter Billy Pauch moved him to the front row. From there Johnson saw Brett Hearn lead a lap before he was able to motor by. He held on through several cautions and lapped traffic to secure the win.
"I got caught there behind the lapped car and I didn't know what to do so I tried to stay behind him," said Johnson. "Then I saw the nose but here we are."
The win gives a nice boost to his Chris Gennarelli owned team before they head even farther south for racing at the Volusia Speedway Park starting on Wednesday night as part of the DIRTcar Nationals.
"It is pretty good," commented Johnson. "I'm real excited for our team. It is an awesome feeling to come here and get a win before we go to Volusia. We capped the season off last year with a win at Charlotte and now we win tonight. We know going to Volusia that we got a good hot-rod for the week."
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When: January 17, 2015 From 10am - 4pm (doors open @ 9am)
Schedule Of Events:
-10am - Pat Macaulay from Fox Shocks
-12pm - Lunch
1pm - Tire Prep by Danny Johnson from Traction Grabber and Mike Payne
2pm - Open Panel Discussion with- Billy Dunn, Mike Payne, Pete Bicknell, Randy Williamson & Ted Curvin
Where: 117 Cushman Rd St. Catharines Ontario Canada
Queenslander David Clark spent most of the weekend on the road pounding the pavement between Brisbane and Geelong.
The object of his fascination with the freeway was a three hour stopover at Avalon to compete in Saturday night's V8 dirt modified events and to get to know the local circuit that he will defend his national title on in January.
Give the guy a perfect score for dedication.
David does not want to be considered a Queensland one night wonder who happened to luck into a national title in his home State.
He charged into the lead in the 25 lap trophy event on Saturday night and fought a race long battle with local ace Brett Clarke and Daniel Scott.
The lead swung back and forth between the Clarkes until Brent nailed the main and stole the hardware from the Aussie champ.
"I learnt a lot tonight on our car set up and with a little touch of luck we'll turn a second into a win next time out here in the championship," David told everyone.
In the meantime smooth Sam Wren was after his fifth main event win of the season in the wingless class.
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The DMAWA Brigade headed to the lovely food and wine region of Margaret River on the weekend to do battle at the Augusta & Margaret River Speedway Club. A track like Ellenbrook last season and Albany this season is celebrating 50 years in operation. With 11 cars in attendance and some notable absences it was going to be an open and fast encounter.
While the 96 ASV Sales and Service/Copper Coast Utes Dominator of Vin Smith was surely the favourite after only a mechanical issue stopped the veteran of a chance at a hat trick last meeting, eyes were also on son of a gun Daniel Kennedy campaigning the familiar 32 associated with his father in the TKR family Best Tractor Parts Troyer. Daniel showed impressive pace during his first ever drive during a Motorplex practice season earlier in the week and with the family pedigree and Dad setting up the car it wouldn't be long until he showed the potential.
Daniel would have to wait however because heat 1 was taken out by a returning Leroy McKay in the 75. The heat victory was bitter sweet due to a radiator failure putting the car out for the night. 2nd place was the 96 of Vin Smith with the 27 Forbes Racing Engines Bicknell of Peter Forbes running third. Daniels drive however opening the eyes of the opposition charging from 11th at the green to finish 6th.
Heat 2 produced some of the best racing on the night with battles every were you looked on the track. Up front there was a dice for the lead between the 54 3x Products Troyer of Raz Pedersen and the ever consistent 24 Race Frame Repairs Foy of Peter Cox. Unfortunately the 54 come unstuck looping around in turn 3 sending Raz to the rear but bunching up the field again. The 76 Bridgetown Timber Sales Bicknell of Brad Cooper took up the mantle battling with Peter Cox until the checkered flag. The 27 of Forbes was again in 3rd place. Daniel once again charged to finish another credible 6th after a 10th place starting.
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