Dave Marcuccilli Earns Empire State Challenge Sportsman Crown, Kevin Root Claims Beyea Custom Headers “Double Header Challenge”

WEEDSPORT, NY – Dave Marcuccilli won the battle Sunday night at Weedsport Speedway, but Kevin Root won the weekend war as the Spano Container Sportsman Shootout Series competed on back-to-back nights as a part of Hall of Fame Weekend at The Port.

Root, who won Saturday evening’s non-point Shootout Series event over Eric Giguere and Bob Henry Jr., backed it up with a runner-up finish on Sunday night behind Marcuccilli to claim the $500 Beyea Custom Headers “Double Header Challenge” bonus for the weekend’s best overall finish.

Henry scored finishes of third and fifth to earn a $300 bonus while Matt Guererri took fifth and fourth for a $200 bonus.

Sunday’ fifth Spano Container Sportsman Shootout Series event of the season saw Marcuccilli and Root, the series point leaders, start on the front row by virtue of the redraw with Root claiming the early advantage in the 25-lapper.

In search of back-to-back wins, Root ran away at the drop of the green ahead of Marcuccilli, Henry, Guererri and Nick Krause before Kyle Inman worked into the top five before lap 5.

With Root and Marcuccilli running their paces out front, a tremendous battle from third to tenth was being waged with Krause eventually washing high on the back straight and tagging the outside wall. Krause continued for a lap or two, before eventually slowing to draw the night’s first caution before heading to the pit area at lap 10.

On the restart Root led Marcuccilli, Guererri, Henry, Inman, Will Shields, Connor Cleveland, Zach Sobotka, Dave Schilling, and Jackson Gill, who was battling a flat left front tire.

Marcuccilli came alive after the restart, wheeling his No. M1 to the outside of the Weedsport oval to steal the lead at lap 13 from early leader, Root. Once out front, Marcuccilli quickly dropped back to the bottom of the speedway and began to motor away.

Like Marcuccilli, Henry also took advantage of the restart to slide into third, but on lap 19 the Henry No. 21H washed high, losing that ground and falling back to sixth position.
As the laps ticked away it was all Dave Marcuccilli out front, as he raced away to claim his third Weedsport win of the season in a one caution event.

Root held on for second in the No. 34 ahead of Inman in third, fourth running Guererri and Henry, who came back to steal fifth at the finish.

Weedsport winner Cleveland, Sobotka, Jessica Power, Shields and Dylan Zacharias were the top ten.

Once on Victory Hill, Marcuccilli commented that the high side was the only way he could have claimed the win.

“After the restart it looked like Kevin (Root) was getting looser and looser,” said Marcuccilli. “The outside was really the only place I could go. We were lucky and had just enough to get him there. I went right back to the bottom after and just hope I didn’t see anyone else. The car just got better and better as the race went on.”

A total of 42 DIRTcar Sportsman were in the pit area on Sunday with Gill, Cleveland, Marcuccilli, Root, and Krause winning heat races. B-Main wins went to Tony Finch and Greg Doust.

On Saturday night Root topped a field of 24 DIRTcar Sportsman competitors in dominating fashion, taking the lead on lap seven from Henry and never looking back.

The event was slowed three times in the first eight laps, including a tangle between race leaders Henry and Steve Gray. The tangle would see Gray spin to the top of the track in turn one, with Henry continuing on.

From there the race went green to checkered over the final 17-laps with Giguere, Henry, Schilling, and Guererri chasing Root across the finish stripe.

Root celebrated his first Weedsport win with his family on Victory Hill.

“I have to thank everyone who helps us,” said Root. “We started the year really good, then fell off a bit and now have this car running great again. It was so maneuverable tonight, we could go anywhere.”

Henry, Kevin Ridley and Root won qualifying events on Saturday evening.

The Spano Container Sportsman Shootout Series returns to action at Weedsport Speedway’s next event on Sunday, August 12, featuring the ESS Sprint Cars Legends Reunion.

For tickets and more information visit online at www.weedsportspeedway.com.

Hall of Fame Weekend – Empire State Challenge
Presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY
Sunday, July 29

Spano Container Sportsman Shootout Series

Feature (25-laps): 1. M1 – DAVE MARCUCCILLI, 2. 34 – Kevin Root, 3. 20K – Kyle Inman, 4. 12G – Matt Guererri, 5. 21H – Bob Henry Jr., 6. 09 – Connor Cleveland, 7. 38 – Zach Sobotka, 8. 52 – Jessica Power, 9. 82 – Will Shields, 10. 27Z – Dylan Zacharias, 11. 44C – Stephen Denton, 12. 3M – Mike Stanton Jr., 13. 20 – Dave Schilling, 14. 21T – Taylor Caprara, 15. 1T – Charlie Tibbits, 16. 67 – Greg Doust, 17. 16B – Tony Finch, 18. 23 – Jonathan Reid, 19. 3J – DJ Forbes, 20. 1M – Tyler Murray, 21. 87 – Rocco Leone, 22. 1 – James Spano, 23. 11T – Jeff Taylot, 24. 24K – Nick Krause, 25. 60 – Jackson Gill, 26. 117 – CJ Castelleti

Beyea Custom Headers ‘Double Header Challenge’ Bonus
$500 – Kevin Root
$300 – Bob Henry Jr.
$200 – Matt Guererri

Heat #1: 1. 60 – Jackson Gill, 2. 52 – Jessica Power, 3. 44C – Stephen Denton, 4. 1 – James Spano, 5. 3 – Colby Herzog, 6. 94M – Anthony Muscato, 7. 21X – Eric Williams, 8. 4 – Keith Stevenson

Heat #2: 1. 09 – Connor Cleveland, 2. 21H – Bob Henry Jr., 3. 38 – Zach Sobotka, 4. 27Z – Dylan Zacharias, 5. 87 – Rocco Leone, 6. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 7. 5 – Rick Yellw, 8. 20C – Corey Cormier, 9. 1L – Jeff Lawrence

Heat #3: 1. M1 – Dave Marcuccilli, 2. 12G – Matt Guererri, 3. 20 – Dave Schilling, 4. 3M – Mike Stanton Jr., 5. 16B – Tony Finch, 6. 29G – Steve Gray, 7. 31B – Corey Barker, 8. 48A – Christopher Corbett, 9. 1 – Andrew Smith

Heat #4: 1. 34 – Kevin Root, 2. 20K – Kyle Inman, 3. 117 – CJ Casteletti, 4. 3J – DJ Forbes, 5. 67 – Greg Doust, 6. 410 – Mike Fowler, 7. 10 – Austin Germinio, 8. 4T – Tony Komuda

Heat #5: 1. 24K – Nick Krause, 2. 82 – Will Shields, 3. 1T – Charlie Tibbits, 4. 1M – Tyler Murray, 5. 21T – Taylor Caprara, 6. 14 – AJ Miller, 7. 86 – Matt Steffenhagen, 8. 23 – Jonathan Reid

B-Main #1: 1. 16B – Tony Finch, 2. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 3. 21T – Taylor Caprara, 4. 86 – Matt Steffenhagen, 5. 410 – Mike Fowler, 6. 21X – Eric Williams, 7. 31B – Corey Barker, 8. 3 – Colby Herzog, 9. 4T – Tony Komuda, 10. 20C – Corey Cormier, 11. A48 – Christopher Corbett

B-Main #2: 1. 67 – Greg Doust, 2. 87 – Rocco Leone, 3. 23 – Jonathan Reid, 4. 5 – Rick Yelle, 5. 10 – Austin Germinio, 6. 29G – Steve Gray, 7. 1L – Jeff Lawrence, 8. 94M – Anthony Muscato, 9. 14 – AJ Miller, 10. 4 – Keith Stevenson, 11. 1 – Andrew Smith

Hall of Fame Weekend – Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100
Presented by Beam Mack Sales & Service
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Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY
Saturday, July 28

Spano Container Sportsman Shootout Series

Feature (25-laps): 1. 34 – KEVIN ROOT, 2. 67G – Eric Giguere, 3. 21H – Bob Henry Jr., 4. 20 – Dave Schilling, 5. 12G – Matt Guererri, 6. 3J – DJ Forbes, 7. 09 – Connor Cleveland, 8. 82 – Will Shields, 9. 44 – Dave Rogers, 10. 23 – Jonathan Reid, 11. 21X – Eric Williams, 12. 29G – Steve Gray, 13. 20X – Kevin Ridley, 14. 9 – Tim Baker, 15. 1L – Jeff Lawrence, 16. 5 – Rick Yelle, 17. 3 – Colby Herzog, 18. 87J – John Strickler, 19. 4 – Keith Stevenson, 20. 3M – Mike Stanton Jr., 21. 1 – James Spano, 22. 72 – Mike Prentice, 23. 19 – Joe Williams, 24. 90 – Nathan Peckham

Heat #1: 1. 21H – Bob Henry Jr., 2. 09 – Connor Cleveland, 3. 29G – Steve Gray, 4. 72 – Mike Prentice, 5. 87J – John Strickler, 6. 23 – Jonathan Reid, 7. 44 – Dave Rogers, 8. 90 – Nathan Peckham

Heat #2: 1. 20X – Kevin Ridley, 2. 20 – Dave Schilling, 3. 21X – Eric Williams, 4. 1 – James Spano, 5. 67G – Eric Giguere, 6. 1L – Jeff Lawrence, 7. 19L – Joe Williams, 8. 5 – Rick Yelle

Heat #3: 1. 34 – Kevin Root, 2. 3J – DJ Forbes, 3. 3M – Mike Stanton Jr., 4. 82S – Will Shields, 5. 12G – Matt Guererri, 6. 9 – Tim Baker, 7. 3 – Colby Herzog, 8. 4 – Keith Stevenson

About Weedsport Speedway: Purchased in 2013 by Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway has returned to a real racers track, providing a complete venue for racers, their families and friends, and for the fans looking for motorsports entertainment. Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few. Today the facility welcomes the best of the best in dirt short track racing from the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds along with the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and more. While racing entertainment is the focal point, Weedsport Speedway has gone the extra mile in welcoming Weedsport Productions, which brings the facility full circle with a dedicated digital entertainment team for web, television, and on site screen usage.