WEEDSPORT, NY – Despite a small passing rain shower early in the evening, Weedsport Speedway finally put together its first event of the season with Mark Smith and Kevin Ridley driving to victory lane as a part of the Ultimate Wingless Shootout presented by Big Dog Country 103.5 FM.
A total of 24 wingless 360 Sprint Cars were in the pit area Sunday from both the ESS and URC Sprint Car clubs, with 20 of the machines taking the green flag for the 25-lap main.
Robbie Shuttleworth and Tyler Cartier would not make it through hot laps as both cars received heavy damage following incidents.
Shuttleworth tagged the fourth turn wall early on in the No. 11 while Cartier cartwheeled his No. 23 305 sprint over the first turn fence and into a set of trees outlining the Speedway. Both drivers were ok, but done for the night.
The Ultimate Wingless Shootout main event would see Smith and Larry Wight duel to the finish with Smith collecting the victory in the No. 55. Wight led early but caught the cushion and touched the wall in turn one, handing over the lead at lap 5.
Wight would battle back however to take the runner-up position away from Coleman Gulick in the late stages, but fell short of Smith in the final order.
Gulick held on for third ahead of Lucas Wolfe and Chuck Hebing in the front five positions. Dave Axton, Darryl Ruggles, Johnathan Preston, Thomas Radivoy, and Jimmy Stitzel finished the top ten.
Qualifying heat wins went to Smith, Wight, and Carmen Perigo Jr.
Weedsport Speedway returns to action on Monday, July 3 with the Sportsman Classic presented by Industrial Tire of CNY with the TUSA Modlites and the NY6A Micro Sprints joining the card.
Admission for the Sportsman Classic will be $20 a carload with a huge firework display to cap the evening.
For a full 2017 Weedsport Speedway schedule and detailed information on the July 3 Sportsman Classic, be sure to visit online at www.weedsportspeedway.com. Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter @WeedsportSpdwy and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weedsportspeedway.
Ultimate Wingless Shootout presented by Big Dog Country 103.5FM
Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY
Sunday, June 25
ESS/URC Wingless Sprints
A-Main (25-laps):1. 55 – MARK SMITH, 2. 99L – Larry Wight, 3. 14 – Coleman Gulick, 4. 5W – Lucas Wolfe, 5. 45 – Chuck Hebing, 6. 2 – Dave Axton, 7. 48J – Darryl Ruggles, 8. 22 – Johnathan Preston, 9. 1Q – Thomas Radivoy, 10. 4 – Jimmy Stitzel, 11. 66 – Erik Karlsen, 12. 98 – Paul Pekkonen, 13. 21 – Carmen Perigo Jr., 14. 10 – Kelly Hebing, 15. 33 – Bill Unglert, 16. 7X – Dan Douville, 17. 21W – Scott Wagner, 18. 14J – Eric Jennings, 19. 88C – Chad Miller, 20. 51 – Lee Ladouceur (DQ) – Robbie Shuttleworth, Tyler Cartier, Joey Biasi Jr., TJ Karlsen (DNS)
Heat #1 (8-laps): 1. 55 – Mark Smith, 2. 10 – Kelly Hebing, 3. 51 – Lee Ladouceur, 4. 98 – Paul Pekkonen, 5. 21W – Scott Wagner, 6. 88C – Chad Miller
Heat #2 (8-laps): 1. 21 – Carmen Perigo Jr., 2. 14 – Coleman Gulick, 3. 5W – Lucas Wolfe, 4. 33 – Bill Unglert, 5. 4 – Jimmy Stitzel, 6. 45 – Chuck Hebing, 7. 1Q – Thomas Radivoy, 8. 14J – Eric Jennings
Heat #3 (8-laps): 1. 99L – Larry Wight, 2. 2 – Dave Axton, 3. 22 – Jonathan Preston, 4. 48J – Darryl Ruggles, 5. 66 – Erik Karlsen, 6. B1 – Joey Biasi, 7. 7X Dan Douville
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.