BRIDGEPORT, N.J. ? On a chilly night in South Jersey, Rick Laubach bested a field of 57 cars to capture the win in Friday night's 358-Modified event over Wade Hendrickson and Ryan Watt. More news coming at press time.
WILDCARD WEEKEND FRIDAY NIGHT QUICK RESULTS 11/14
Outlaw Stock Feature:
1. Ron Frees, 2. Jeramy Doerr, 3. Bill Liedtka, 4. TJ Henry, 5. Jimmy Avery, 6. Pat Conaway, 7. Tom Wills, Jr., 8. Gary Klimeczak, 9. Tom Wills, Sr., 10. Ed Tinsman, 11. Tom Princiotta, 12. Billy Wroble, 13. Darren Cox, 14. Russell Wurst, 15. Joe Meron, 16. Scott Dugan, 17. Everett Taylor, 18. Terry Griffin, 19. Jack Beumont, 20. Json Saredy, 21. Jeff Dirkes, 22. David Kramer, 23. Ken Watson, Sr., 24. James Swanson, 25. Rick Broschard.
358 Modifieds Feature:
1. Rick Laubach, 2. Wade Hendrickson, 3. Ryan Watt, 4. Neal Williams, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Jimmy Horton, 7. Ryan Anderson, 8. Frank Cozze, 9. Dominick Buffalino, 10. Anthony Preggo, 11. Lou Ciconi, 12. Brad Trice, 13. Ray Swinehart, 14. Steve Young, 15. Andrew Krause, 16. Richie Pratt, 17. Rusty Smith, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ryan Godown, 20. PJ Oliver, 21. Steve Searock, 22. Justin Grim, 23. Ryan Forte, 24. Tom Beamer, 25. Jimmy Blewett, 26. Scott Ambruster.
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By Mike Mallett, photo by Dick Ayers
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 8, 2014 - There were two very happy drivers at the end of Saturday night's 40-lap Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. One being Danny Johnson who claimed his fifth series win of the season, his first ever at Charlotte, as well as an $8,000 check. The other was Billy Decker, took home his third career series championship on the back of a fourth-place run in the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals finale for the Modifieds.
"It's awesome to be here," said a very happy Johnson after his 77th career series triumph. "To finally get here in Victory Lane at Charlotte, I'm just excited for my team. This is a great accomplishment."
Decker was equally as excited after the main-event as he picked up his first series title since the 2008 season and his third overall. His first championship came back in 1998. Decker came into the night trailing Matt Sheppard by 20 points but he did just enough while Sheppard mustered a 10th-place effort after starting 19th.
"This is really sweet," said Decker, of Unadilla, N.Y. "This Gypsum Wholesalers team has worked really hard all year. I can't thank John Wight and LJL Racing enough. These Kevlar Engines run great all year. We just had a solid program this year; one conducive to putting us in this position.
"It is special. Unfortunately we've never been good point racers for a series. We've won a lot of races and just didn't win the points. To put together a season like we did speaks volumes to how hard these guys work. Scott (Jeffries) puts a lot of his heart and soul into this program. John Wight gives us great equipment. We should be here."
By virtue of the redraw Johnson started on the pole of the feature with New Jersey native and New Egypt Speedway champion Ryan Godown to his outside. Godown got the jump on Johnson and took the lead at the drop of the green on the extreme top of the race track. Godown put his Troyer car right up against the outside wall like Stewart Friesen had done the night prior. Godown led the first two laps before the first caution came out for Peter Britten as he had a mechanical failure causing him to lay down fluid around the race track.
After an extensive caution to clean up the liquid on the racing surface, green was again shown with Godown shooting back to the lead on the outside. Johnson meanwhile remained patient and continued to work the low lane around the fourth-tenths-mile facility. Godown opened the gap slightly as he pounded the cushion on the top of the racetrack.
As the race reached the 12 lap mark, Godown had to not only worry about Johnson and the rest of the drivers behind him, but he also had to find a way to navigate traffic. He made a couple of mistakes and he hopped the cushion which gave Johnson an opportunity to close in.
Johnson closed the gap on Godown as the race neared the midway point. As he moved in on Godown he found himself being challenged by teenager Tyler Dippel, who was making only his third Big-Block Modified start. The pair raced for second exchanging the position several times before Johnson cleared him on lap 17. All the while Godown continued to pace the field.
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(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."
Read more: Greg Martin Wins Rush Series Sportsman Event At Lernerville Speedway
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
Read more: Rocky Warner Wins Grit Series Sportsman Race At Yates County Speedway