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
By RODNEY RESCOTT
West Lebanon, NY: Another beautiful summer night of racing action took to the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway. The fans packed the mighty Valley of Speed to witness Donnie Corellis dominate to take the Big Block Modified King of The Track. Ryan Darcy led wire to wire for the win in the Small Blocks, while Ray Hall Jr won the Sportsman feature and Paul LaRochelle won in Pro Stocks.
Clear skies and beautiful weather brought the fans out in droves to the mighty high banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway. As they all nestled into their seat, the Big Block Modifies took to the speedway for their 30 feature event with a special $5,000 and a title of King of the Track presented by Rifenburg Construction.
At the drop of the green, the 10x driven by Guy Sheldon drove off to the early lead over the 42P of Matt Pupello. As the laps were ticking away, back in the field, the usual suspects began making their charge to the front.
Brett Hearn, J.R. Heffner and Donnie Corellis were working through the traffic trying to get to the front of the class. With nearly a dozen laps on the board, Corellis gets to the front first by taking over the top spot by lap 11.
Once the 57 got out front, he checked out on the field, back in the field, Heffner made his way to 2nd by lap 25 and began to run down Corellis. Lap 26 saw the only caution of the event, as Hearn slowed with a right rear flat.
Read more: Donnie Corellis Takes LVS
Another great night of racing action in all 5 divisions was set to go this past Saturday night at the Brockville Ontario Speedway as the 2nd round of the Ogilvie's Auto and Fleet Triple Crown Series was on the card, on a night that saw some fantastic racing action.
The 358 Modified portion of the Triple Crown was on deck first as Stephane Lafrance and Luke Stewart paced the field to the start of the 50 lap event. Lafrance would jump out to the early race lead bringing Danny O'Brien to 2nd as Stewart, Kevin Bates and Ryan Arbuthnot made up the top 5 in the early going. Lafrance has been on rails this season in his homebuilt chassis and would pull out to a strong lead by lap 12 of the 50 lap affair. Behind him Danny O'Brien, Kevin Bates and Ryan Arbuthnot staged a great battle in the top 5 as O'Brien would clear all traffic and began his pursuit of Lafrance. By lap 20 O'Brien slowly reeled in Lafrance as the top 2 raced in lapped traffic. On lap 22 Lafrance was caught behind a couple cars and O'Brien would make the move for the lead over Lafrance, Arbuthnot, Bates and Bobby Herrington. Once in front O'Brien was looking to make short work of the event as he was lapping cars at will and was out of sight of the leaders as the race approached lap 35. Behind him Lafrance was holding on to 2nd but Ryan Arbuthnot was making his presence known and was pressuring the veteran while Bryan Rogers and Bobby Herrington rounded out the top 5. O'Brien proved how good his car was on this night as he would cruise on, lapping up to the 6th place car of Kyle Dingwall to record his 3rd win of the year in a caution free event. Ryan Arbuthnot nipped Lafrance at the line for 2nd while Herrington and Bryan Rogers rounded out the top 5.
Read more: Danny O'Brien And Dylan Evoy Score Wins At Brockville Speedway
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. It was a battle of champions at Grandview on Saturday night and fans were treated to fireworks on and off the track. In the premier event of the season for the BRC Late Models past champion Rrandy Stoudt won the 40-lapper and earned $2,100 for his efforts including a T.P.Trailers bonus. The win, his 59th career victory at the Bechtelsville clay oval, also established the Pottstown racer as the all-time leading feature winner in the very competitive Late Model division. In the headline NASCAR Whelen All American Series 358 Modifieds seven time champion Craig VonDohren added another victory to his already record holding total earning $2900 for the win including track prize money, T.P. Trailers bonus bucks and a VP Racing Fuels product award. In the Sportsman division it was defending champion Jared Umbenhauer earning his seventh win of the season. In addition to an outstanding show of stock car racing the Holiday crowd was treated to a terrific fireworks show.
NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing returns to Grandview Speedway on Saturday night, July 12th at 7:30 p.m. when A.D.Moyer Lumber presents a four division card of racing action featuring the 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman stock cars along with the added attraction of Blast From the Past Vintage racers. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.
Read more: Von Dohren And Umbenhauer Earn Victories At Grandview Speedway