BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO ? October 18, 2014 -
"The Doctor" Danny Johnson made history Saturday night, becoming the first Modified driver to sweep Brockville Ontario Speedway's DIRTcar Fall Nationals presented by 1000 Islands RV Centre. Johnson wheeled the Traction Grabber No. 27J to victory lane Friday night in the 100-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature race, and followed it up the next night with a win in the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series feature event.
"It's a fantastic track for us. It's really working really well for us," said Johnson, whose victory Saturday was his fourth Super DIRTcar Series win of 2014. "I just had a great hot rod. The car is two years old and it's just a great running car for us."
The Rochester, N.Y., driver started on the pole, but it was local runner Brian MacDonald, of Cornwall, Ontario, who took the lead at the green flag. Johnson stayed at his tail and reclaimed the position off a lap-29 restart. MacDonald refused to let up, staying at Johnson's rear bumper the remaining 71 laps, but wasn't able to make the pass.
"There was no way he was going to let me by him," said MacDonald, who tried every groove of Brockville's oval to try to get around the No. 27J. "We ended up on the front stretch wall, we ended up off the track, we got pushed everywhere. But that's racing I guess."
Read more: Danny Johnson Sweeps DIRTCar Fall Nationals At Brockville Speedway
(Jeff Gromis Photo) AFTON, NY - With a field of 60 Modifieds in the pit area, another "working man" achieved a career highlight in the Alpine Building Supply Short Track SuperNationals 7 presented by Olum's Saturday at I-88 Speedway.
Shaun Walker, a low-key track regular from Masonville, N.Y., who, ironically, made his Modified debut in the inaugural 2006 running of the Short Track SuperNationals, scored the 'Working Man's Race' triumph, earning $5,475 in cash plus contingencies for his efforts in the 50-lap big-block/small-block finale of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Walker's total take included $175 in lap money, $100 courtesy of Simplicity Designs and $200 from Craig Decker for the team's crew chief Cliff Mott.
Andy Bachetti, meanwhile, crossed the line in sixth position and earned the S$10,014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP championship. Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., entered the night tied with Danny Johnson for the series point lead. Johnson, battling illness, struggled to a 14th-place finished. Johnson tallied second in series points, 33 back (475-442).
Walker, driving his family owned No. 21, rolled off fourth in the 32-car grid for the seventh running of the Short Track SuperNationals.
Outside-pole starter Mike Mahaney led the opening three circuits before a rim-riding Chad Cook wheeled Mike Costello's No. 222 to the point at lap three. Racing side-by-side, lap-after-lap, Mahaney reclaimed the top spot on the ninth tour of the Afton Fairgrounds three-tenths-mile.
Read more: Shaun Walker Becomes Seventh Short Track SuperNationals Winner In As Many Events At I-88 Speedway...
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
Story By: JIM IRVINE / MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY Photos By: JULIE DAVIDSON / PHOTOCHIK PHOTOGRAPHY
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