Susquehanna, PA - September 5-
The racing action Friday at the annual Pump-N-Pantry Championship Night at Penn Can Speedway lived up to all expectations. A large crowd was on hand to see some of the most exciting racing of the season on the smooth three eighths mile clay oval. While all eyes were on the three man modified championship battle, Adam MacGeorge of Montrose had his Chris Gennarelli owned modified on a rail the entire thirty five lap distance to claim his first win of the season. In the 602 sportsman division Todd Titus of Kirkwood, New York lead from the start and held off all challengers to win for the first time in his rookie season at Penn Can. Steve Deinhardt of Deposit, New York has been strong all season in the street stocks. Friday he would spin early in the race and restart at the end of the twenty car field only to work his way back to the front and claim another win and the season championship. Eric Beach was the point leader coming into action Friday because of his strong season-long campaign. Friday would be more of the same as he won for the tenth time. The four cylinders had a tight point battle going into the final race. Dylan Robinson trailed Don Doster by five points. When the checkered flag flew, Robinson won with Doster second making them co-champions. Tim Frantz finished where he needed to in the Xcel 600 race as he was second in points. Will Eastman did the same finishing where he needed to to claim the championship over Frantz.
Read more: Adam Macgeorge And Todd Titus Pick Up Feature Wins At Penn Can Speedway
GRANBY, QUEBEC - September 5, 2014-
David Hebert, of St-Damase, Quebec, fended off late-race challenges from Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., to pick up the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win Friday night at Autodrome Granby.
"It was a good race, a good car," Hebert said. "I got to the front and the car stayed good to the end of the race."
Thirty-eight cars started the 150-lap special on Granby's half-mile, with Carey Terrance, of Hogansburg, N.Y., taking the initial lead over Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y. Hebert started eighth on the grid and worked his way to the top five by lap 47.
Steve Bernier, who started seventh, quickly dashed to the front of the pack and overtook Terrance for the lead off a lap-25 restart. The race leaders approached slower traffic in lap 34, but Bernier skillfully maneuvered past lapped cars, putting distance between the his No. 25* and the second place car, Mario Clair's No. 22c.
Read more: David Hebert Picks Up Small Block SDS Win At Autodrome Granby
Ransomville, NY - Friday, September 5th -
With weather looming off to the West, the officials at Ransomville Speedway pushed the show along last Friday in an attempt to complete the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Show. James Michael Friesen, Billy Bleich, and Pat OKeefe took wins on Van Raine Construction and WGR 550 night which was rain shortened at 9:15 pm.
James Michael Friesen took top honors in the DIRTcar Sportsman fifty lap series event last Friday night. Friesen was in a torrid side by side battle with Cody McPherson when a caution slowed the main on lap eighteen. The AMB scoring system had Friesen ahead of McPherson by less than a second. Friesen set the pace on the restart and maintained the top spot through the remaining laps. Piloting his Manchester Cable sponsored #52, Friesen enjoyed his seventh victory of the season. Friesen also enjoyed two second place points finishes as he was the runner up at both Ransomville and Merrittville Speedways by 2014.
McPherson held on for the runner up position followed by Matthew Desjardins, Brad Roush, and James Henry. A total of thirty starters took the green with twenty on the track at the checkered. Gary Lindberg, Justin Sharp, Rob Clark, Boyd MacTavish, and Derrick Borkenhagen rounded out the top ten.
Read more: James Micheal Friesen Wins Sportsman SDS At Ransomville Speedway
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THOROLD, ONTARIO- August 24, 2014- The Pen Centre presented a night of racing that featured the 2014 David Chevrolet King of the Crates Series Finale with Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway taking home the 40 lap Gabe Bellante Memorial. Cody McPherson earned his second Mini-Series Title. The J&S Heating and Air Conditioning Modified Lite Division were also in the spotlight in a TUSA Modified Lite Tour Event with Western Regional Point Leader Paul Klager of Beamsville taking the checkered flag.
Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series action also saw two Alexander Awning sponsored drivers in Victory Lane as Tim Jones (Port Robinson) won his 1st Feature of the season in the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modiified Feature,, Peter Reid (Stevensville) took home top honors in the Hoosier Stock Division while Jason Coutu of St. Catharines won the Turn 4 Collision 4 Cylinder Division Feature.
"The car was really good tonight," said Gary Lindberg after his 2nd straight win, "I just had to bide my time until I got to the front. Thanks to all my sponsors and my crew ... Rick Bellante as well for the extra money he donated for the event that remembers his dad."
"Dad was a diehard race fan ... he probably didn't miss a Saturday Night in 50 years," commented Gabe Bellante's son Rick, "he always liked to see a good race and I think we saw that through all the divisions tonight!"
Read more: Tim Jones Wins At Merrittville Speedway; Lindberg Wins Gabe Bellante Memorial
On a picture perfect day of weather this past Sunday, fans came to the Utica-Rome Speedway knowing that the Modified Twin 20's could play a huge role in the championship picture. When everything was settled on Mirabito Fuel Group and Rasmussen Rents/Broedel Energy night, it was Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson taking the pair of $2,000 to win NASCAR Modified wins while Mike Walton took the emotional Sportsman feature win. Chris Carr survived a marathon Pro Stock feature to take the victory while Bill Mason took the photo finish win in the Pure Stocks.
In the first Modified 20 lap feature, Jason Rood jumped out to the early lead from his pole starting spot with fourth place starter Dave Moyer and Adam Roberts in tow. Ninth place starter Matt Sheppard was on the charge early as was in the top five by lap two and into second by lap three, and set off after Rood. On lap four, Sheppard completed his charge to the front as he slipped by Rood for the lead and began to pull away. As Sheppard was out front, several drivers were making their way towards the front as well, including point leader Stewart Friesen and third place point man Mike Mahaney. With 10 laps to go, it was Sheppard way out front over fifth place starter Danny Varin, 10th place starter Mahaney, 13th place starter Friesen, and Rood.
Read more: The Doctor Makes A House Call At Utica Rome Speedway
Saturday, August 23rd - Canandaigua, NY -
Canandaigua Motorsports Park was a flurry of activity last Saturday night as they attempted to complete three of the held over features along with a regular full card of racing. HEP Sales presented a total of nine features and twelve qualifying events were completed by 10:30 pm. Great job by all!
Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY captured his first Big Block Modified feature last Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The third generation driver is the son of multi time Land of Legends champion and recent DIRTcar Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Rudolph. Piloting the Mike Payne owned, Pages Trucking sponsored #7z ? Rudolph used a move on the high side of turn four to go from third to first on lap twenty-three of the thirty-five lap main. Rudolph would maintain the top spot through the final twelve circuits to claim his first win at the Land of Legends. Steve Paine and Matt Sheppard put on a great show for the fans as they battled for the runner up position. Paine would have the narrow advantage at the line aboard his HFC #7x chassis. Sheppard, Billy Dunn, and Gary Tomkins rounded out the top five. Sheppard maintained the points lead however a rained out feature and a double points finale remain leaving the points title a race within the race.
Read more: Erick Rudoph Wins First Big Block Feature At Canandaigua; Gray Picks Up Sportsman Victory