Glen Ridge Motorsports Park – Friday, April 29th
Tremont earns first Glen Ridge victory
By JAMES A. ELLIS (email@example.com) , The Leader Herald
< FULTONVILLE - Kenny Tremont Jr. has registered feature wins at tracks throughout the northeast. Now he can add Glen Ridge Motorsports Park to his list. Tremont made the most of a lap-15 restart to get alongside early-race leader JaMike Sowle, made the pass and then held off a late-race challenge from Stewart Friesen to win the 30-lap modified main event Friday night at The Ridge. "The car felt loose on the bottom, so I decided to jump to the top and run the right rear on the cushion," Tremont said. "The car really got hooked up on the top tonight, but we still have work to do to get it to feel comfortable on the bottom." Joining Tremont with victories Friday night were Brian Pessolano (sportsman), Justin Knight (street stock) and Ben Riggi (cruisers), while Jeremy Pitts won the rookie sportsman feature. John Lutes Jr. and Richie Price brought the field of 22 modifieds to the green with Lutes taking charge in turn one. after completing the first lap, the caution flew as the leaders entered turn one when Craig Hanson got turned onto the infield. Lutes held the lead for one more lap before JaMike Sowle powered his way to the front on lap three. Sowle put distance between himself and the pack as by lap 10 Tremont had worked his way into second, with Lutes, Price and Bobby Varin completing the top five. Friesen moved into the top five after a lap 13 restart, before Varin brought out the caution on lap 14 with a flat right rear. Varin pitted and rejoined the race at the back of the pack. Sowle turned back a challenge by Tremont on the restart, but the man on the move was Hanson. The Tribes Hill driver powered under four cars on the backstretch and completed the pass entering turn three to move into fourth behind Tremont, Sowle and Friesen and in front of Jackie Brown, Price and Matt Sheppard. The caution came out again on lap 17, and Friesen used the restart to get around Sowle into second. The final caution of the race came with six laps remaining. Hanson made contact with the third turn wall and shot down the track catching the rear of Brown's car, while Sheppard made slight contact with Hanson, straightening him out and both continued. Hanson was sent to the rear on the restart, moving Sheppard up to fourth. Friesen dove to the low side of Tremont on the restart and got a nose in front between turns one and two, but the veteran West Sand Lake modified pilot kept his momentum going on the high side to turn back the challenge. Friesen kept the pressure on for a couple more laps before Tremont opened a five car advantage before the checkers fell over his hood for the victory. Friesen settled in for his second runner-up finish at The Ridge this season, while Sheppard placed third, followed by Sowle and last week's winner Paul Kinney in fifth. Varin was sixth followed by Price, David Constantino, Hanson and Bob Vedder. Last week, Laudy Hoyenga flipped over the firs-turn wall, but Friday night he showed the sportsman field the fast way around the track for the first 18 laps of the 25-lap feature. Hoyenga and Dave Herrick locked in a battle on the front end of the race with D.J. Brundige keeping pace in third. Hoyenga's lead evaporated with Chris Schaffer got crossed up between turns three and four and ended up on top of the wall. Herrick went pit side under the caution with a flat tire moving Brundige up to second, Brian Pessolano to third and Bodie Bellinger to fourth. Pessolano used a strong move on the outside of turns three and four to move from third to first on lap 19 and Bellinger duplicated the move a lap later to pull into second. Bellinger closed on the leader and switched lines to the low side, putting a nose in front between turns three and four with two laps to go, but could not wrestle the lead away from Pessolano. Bellinger again got along side Pessolano entering turn three on and final lap and had the lead exiting turn four, but Pessolano's momentum on the outside carried him back to the front to claim his first feature win of the season. Brundige held off Greg Pessolano for third, while Rocky Warner finished fifth and Hoyenga was sixth. © Copyright 2011 The Leader Herald. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DIRTcar Modified Feature Finish: KEN TREMONT JR, Stewart Freisen, Matt Sheppard, JaMike Sowle, Paul Kinney, Bobby Varin, Richie Price, Dave Constantino, Craig Hanson, Bobby Vedder, John Lutes Jr, Cass Bennett, Jackie Brown, Don Ronca, Elmo Reckner, Billy Dunn, Jeff Sheely, John Marsh Sr, Marc Johnson, Mike Ronca, Lance Willix, Rich Ronca. DIRTcar Sportsman Feature Finish: BRIAN PESSOLANO, Bodie Bellinger, DJ Brundige, Greg Pessolano, Rocky Warner, Laudy Hoyenga, Justin Boehler, Mike Tholin, Justin Forsthoffer, Chuck Allen, Jerry Campbell, Mike Ketchum, Chad Edwards, John Marsh Jr, Anthony Cardamone, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Steve Constantino, Roger Newkirk Jr, Jay Lais, Chris Schaffer, Tony Farone, Dave Herrick, Derreck McGrew, Rick LaMont. Street Stock Feature Finish: JUSTIN KNIGHT Cruiser Feature Finish: BEN RIGGI Special thanks to the Gloversville Leader Herald for use of this story. Check out their website at www.leaderherald.com and www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/536904/Tremont-earns-first-Glen-Ridge-victory.html?nav=5014 for a direct link to this story. [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] Accord Speedway – Friday, April 29th
“The Doctor” gets win #2 at Accord
Modified Finish: Johnson, Hearn, Tyler, Creeden, Ricci, Malcolm, Hetozler, Holland, Storms, Higbie, Eurich, Sabia, Quick, Ferrier, Smith, Rowe, Hentschel, Mills, Routhapt, Mill, Bachetti, and Pittenger
Can-Am Motorsports Park – Saturday, April 30th
Alain Bergeron Tops ESS Field at Can Am; Wight, Gill, VanBrocklin, Stefanski and Williams Also Win on Opening Night at Can Am Motorsports Park
A beautiful day, uncharacteristic for the damp month of April greeted Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park drivers and race fans on Saturday night as they were finally able to kick off the 2011 racing season after a pair of unsuccessful attempts that were canceled due to rain. An overflowing pit area of more than 120 racecars, and an enthusiastic crowd were on hand looking to get the new season underway on Clarence Henry Coach and Pro Towing night.
The Can Am opener, was also the first race on the schedule for the Empire Super Sprints, and were joined by the Dig Safely New York, Davidson Auto Group, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance 358 Modifieds, Clarence Henry Coach, American Traditions Motorsports, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance Sportsman, Junction Boyz Inc., Party Rentals, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance Late Models, Deline’s Auto Body, Waite Toyota, Waite Motorsports, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance Thunder Cars, as well as a challenge race with the DIRTcar Pro Stocks against the SUNY Canton, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance Street Stocks.
The first feature of the evening was the Junction Boyz Inc., Party Rentals, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance Late Model division. With their heat race wins, hometown favorite Lee Gill and Greg Belyea led the field to the green flag. The first yellow came out on lap 5 of the 20 lap main event when Shayne Tenace limped down the front straightaway. On the restart, Gill continued to lead the way over Belyea and Mike Trapp, with Mark Webb and Jordan Keruskie rounding out the top five. At halfway, Gill continued to lead teammate Belyea, while Trapp remained in third, Jordan Keruskie moved to fourth with Eric Cupernall in 5th. At the checkered flag, Gill cruised to the opening night win over Belyea, Trapp, Keruskie and Mark Webb.
The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, making their 2011 season debut at Can Am Motorsports Park for the first time ever were next up, and Dash for Cash winner, and reigning ESS Rookie of the Year Kevin Ward Jr. started on the front row along side ESS veteran Alain Bergeron. Bergeron jumped out to the early lead, but a spin in turn four involving Chuck Hebing and Devon Caron brought the caution back out before the first lap was complete. On the restart, Ward Jr. jumped out to a quick lead this time, but the yellow came back out again before they could complete a lap after another spin in turn four involving Lance Young and Michel Parent. When the race finally got underway and the first lap was scored, it was led by Kevin Ward Jr. Ward led the first 9 laps before Bergeron made the move in lapped traffic to take the top spot. At halfway, Bergeron was out front ahead of Ward Jr., Steve Poirier, Jared Zimbardi and Cory Sparks. At the finish, Bergeron picked up the first win of 2011 for the Empire Super Sprints. Steve Poirier finished second, Ward Jr. finished third, followed by Zimbardi and Sparks.
The Dig Safely New York, Davidson Auto Group, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance 358 Modifieds took to the track for their 30 lap feature with Larry Wight and Willy Decker on the front row. The first caution came out on lap 8 as Bobby Herrington was of the pace in turn three with a flat tire. The race resumed with Wight leading Willy Decker in second, Lance Willix in third, Matt Billings in fourth and Luke Whitteker in fifth. On the restart Wight resumed the lead for another lap but bobbled in turn 4 allowing Decker to take the lead. At halfway, Decker continued to lead with Wight, Billings, Terrance and Willix in the top 5. Jordan McCreadie brought out the yellow on lap 20 with a right rear flat, resetting the fileld with a 10 lap shootout to the checkered. Decker continued to set the pace, but a caution on lap 23 for a Brandon Sweet flat tire bunched up the field again. When the race resumed, Wight regained the lead over Decker, with Billy Dunn, Carey Terrance and Chris Raabe in the top five. At the checkered it was, Wight, Decker, Terrance, Dunn and Raabe in the top five.
The much anticipated challenge featuring the DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Can Am’s SUNY Canton, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance Street Stocks was up next and Dick Parkhurst and Dave Bissonnette set the pace for the start of the 30 lap feature. Bissonnette took the lead and held it through the first three laps before a caution on lap 3 for a spin by Jarod Bradley slowed the pace. The caution filled race resumed with Bissonnette leading Parkhurst, Corey Wheeler, Dion Oakes and Pete Stefanski. The race resumed with Bissonnette in control but the caution quickly came back out again on lap 5 with Bissonnette ahead of Parkhurst, Ricky Thompson, Stefanski and Corey Wheeler. With ten laps in the books the caution came back out with Stefanski getting into the back of Wheeler. With ten laps in, Bissonnette held the lead over Thompson, Parkhurst, Sid Harmer Sr, and Rock Aubin. The race resumed, but again only briefly as Bissonnette and Thompson made contact. On lap 13 the new running order had Parkhurst up front over Harmer Sr., Aubin, Russ Marsden and Stephane Lebrun. At halfway, Parkhurst continued with the lead, Aubin second, Harmer third, Lebrun in fourth and Ricky Thompson in fifth. Aubin took the lead on lap 16 after Parkhurst bobbled and Thompson moved to second. Aubin, Thompson and Parkhurst ran nose to tail through lap 20 when the caution came again, this time for Sid Harmer Jr. coming to a stop in turn three. On the restart, Aubin and Thompson battled for the lead with Parkhurst in pursuit. Thompson took the lead on lap 23 after contact with Aubin, Aubin lost control and spun out in turn three and four bringing out the yellow again. Pete Stefanski took the lead on lap 24 with Thompson second, Parkhurst in third and Lebrun and Sid Harmer Sr. rounding out the top five. At the checkered, Stefanski picked up the win over Thompson, Parkhurst, Lebrun and Marsden.
The Clarence Henry Coach, American Traditions Motorsports, Laura PenazekWhitney State Farm Insurance Sportsman feature started with Dale Caswell and Josh VanBrocklin on the front row. VanBrocklin jumped out to the early lead, but a caution came out on lap 3 with front end damage on Steve Barber’s car. VanBrocklin continued to lead with Brandon Hagan, Dale Caswell, Dylan Evoy and Shane Pecore in the top five when the caution came back out for a spin by Brent Kelsey in turn four on lap 7. At halfway, VanBrocklin continued to set the pace ahead of Hagan, Pecore, Evoy and Caswell. With head starter Matt Burdick waiving the checkered flag, it was Josh VanBrocklin taking the win over Brandon Hagan, Shane Pecore, Dale Caswell and Dylan Evoy.
The final feature of the evening was the Deline’s Auto Body, Waite Toyota, Waite Motorsports, Laura Penazek-Whitney State Farm Insurance Thunder Cars. Jon Williams and Chuck Monica were on the front row for the 15 lap feature. Monica led the first lap but the caution came out as Randy Bowman and OJ White got together sending the Bownan car hard into the wall. Both cars suffered heavy damage, but both drivers were ok. The race resumed with Monica leading Williams, Matt Marcinko, Brandon Teft and Ray Bechler. At halfway, the top five remained the same as Monica continued to set the pace. With 5 laps to go Marcinko was closing in on Monica, and continued work at the leader as the white flag came out. As they entered turn one of the final lap the leaders made contact, and both went high up the track, and the Monica car flipped over. Both drivers were ok, but the Monica car had heavy damage. This opened the door for Jon Williams and Brandon Teft as they paced the field for the one lap dash to the finish. Williams picked up the win over Teft and Bechler.
Please join us next week at Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park as we return to our regular Friday night racing program with a full show, plus a STARS Mod Lite Series. Grandstand admission is just $10, and Students 17 and under are free all season long courtesy of SUNY Canton. Military members are absolutely free all season long courtesy of Junction Boyz Inc. Pit Gates open at 4pm, Grandstand opens at 5pm, and racing gets underway at 7pm.
More information regarding the 2011 season at Chapman’s Can-Am Motorsports Park, including sponsorship and ticket information can be found at www.canammotorsports.com or by contacting Chip Burdick at (315) 778- 3407.
Merrittville Speedway – Saturday, April 30th
Danny O’brien finds victory lane at Merrittville
Hello out there,we’re on the air,it’s racin’ night tonight!The official season opener tonight and like last week,another chilly night!Global warming my a–oops,my foot!
The first official feature of the year was the Turn four Collision Four cylinders,AKA the mini-stocks.Lining up for the first time in 2011 on the front row with another “heads-up” start were heat winners Kyle”the Six Shooter” Pelrine and Tony Kelly.On the start,Terry Larmet jumped into the lead with a bump and grind the girls at the Sundowner would be proud of and held it for the first four laps.The first yellow flag came out for a spinner in turn four and a bumper on the front stretch.this bunched up the field again and put Pelrine and larmet side by each and at the restart,Pelrine passed Larmet and held the lead for the next six laps.Apparently,he got too good of a jump as at lap ten,there was another yellow flag and he was put down two spots.This moved rob Goulding into the lead with his brand new Beetle and “the Rock” Rocco Conte into second with his brand new Golf.This led to a spirited battle between the two V-Dubs with Goulding hanging on to the win.Conte was second while Rob Overholt edged out Pelrine for third.Fifth went to yet another Volkswagen,the number 19 of Charging Charlie Beal.Heat winners were Pelrine,Kelly and Overholt with the rare consolation race going to Greg Wilson.
Feature number two was the always exciting Hoosier Stocks with last week`s big winner,Brent Begelo sharing the front row with Billy Bliech Junior.At the start,it seemed like it was still last week as Begelo once again took the point and ran with it,but as boring as this might sound,such was not the case.One could tell that the crew down at Brian`s Tire Repair were not too happy with how Rob Murray`s new Camaro ran last week,not exactly sure what they did with it,but it ran a lot better this week and Murray gave Begelo all he could handle to keep the top spot with wiley veteran Jeff Dayman and Kevin Knapp chasing them along with the 5H of Devin Habiuk(I`m not sure if it was Devin in the car or Dave Small,so I`m just going to leave it like this).For awhile it looked like the top five were all going to be Camaro`s,but three laps from the end,the 5H lost the right rear tire and had to go pit-side,moving Ken Sargent to fifth.At the double checkereds,it was Begelo the winner,Murray second,Dayman third,Knapp fourth and Sargent fifth.Heat winners were Begelo,Bliech and Murray.
With an unexpected change-up,the Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modifieds were moved up to the third spot on the program with Tim Jones and Scott Wood sharing the point.Wood charged out to the early lead and held it for the first ten laps,surviving two restarts for some mayhem behind him,interestingly enough on the fourth lap.The first crack at the fourth lap had a crash with Pete cosco and Chad Chevalier while Robby Krull and Travis Braun spun to avoid them and came together.After some attention from the CAA tow trucks and then a quick look from their respective crews,all were able to carry on.On the restart,Chad Brachmann got spun out coming out of turn four but was missed by everybody behind him somehow.After all of that,it was “clean and green” for the rest of the contest.Wood was able to keep the lead for the next six laps,but then Kingston’s own,”the Pocket Rocket”,Danny O’Brien was making a charge to the front and was not to be denied the top spot.From there on in,it was his race and he made the best out of his last visit here for this year,as his regular Saturday night track opens next week.Meanwhile,all the action was happening for the second spot as “Pistol” Pete Bicknell was duking it out with Wood for the second spot.You can’t blame me for that nick-name,that’s what the reporter from the Toronto Star called him in the article about him in Saturday’s paper.Anyways. at the finish it was O.Brien for the win,Bicknell second and Wood third. Fourth was Jones and with a fine run,Tommy Flanagan was fifth. Heat winners were Jones,Wood,Mike Bowman and Flanagan with the consolation race going to Robbie Krull.One quick side note here,a rare occurrence in this race,an unfortunate one for Kenny Winfield as before the race started,he experienced a mechanical failure and couldn’t start the race.Billy Bliech Senior was the first car to not qualify for the feature,the “bubble car” as it was and he was able to hop into his car and start the race in less than five minutes.He didn’t have that good of a finish but at least he was able to pocket some money and some points that he would not have gotten otherwise.
Next up was the J&S Heating and Cooling Modified lites with Chris”the Real Deal” Steele and “Randy’s a Dandy” Hollingshead up front.On the drop of the green flag,Steele ran out to a big margin,another postal code almost, with all the action behind him.Hollingshead was having a good race with last year’s champion,Josh Sliter while Korey Howe and Derek Moore were duking it out behind them.The only break in the action was for a spin by on lap eleven. After that,Sliter was able to briefly get close to Steele but just didn’t have enough to get by.at the finish,it was Steele the winner,sliter second,Hollingshead third,Howe fourth and Moore fifth.in victory lane,Steele remarked that he wasn’t sure on how much longer he was going to be in this car as like O’Brien in the Mods,the team will be going to their regular track down East.Heat winners were Steele and Hollingshead.
Last but certainly not least were the original Pizza Logs Sportsmen with last week’s big story,BJ Willard sharing the point with Rob Knapp.On the start,Willard once again got out front,like last week,but unlike last week,stayed out of the way of lapped cars.Even four caution periods did not slow his progress.meanwhile,all the fun was happening behind him as no less than five drivers were having a spirited run.Cody Macpherson was battling with Brad”the hammer” Rouse for a good portion of the race, while sophomore driver Adam Leslie was having the “Battle of Port Colborne” with veteran campaigner Greg Panute,with Leslie taking the first round. Knapp was in the thick of it until an uncharacteristic slip took him out of the top five moving everybody up behind him..so,at the finish,it was Willard with the win,Cody Mac second,Rouse third. fourth was Leslie and fifth went to Panute.Heat winners were Willard,Knapp and Panute.
So that brings to a close the first official night of racing for the 2011 season and as I always say..
“So Long For Now!!”
Canandaigua Motorsports Park – Saturday, April 30th
Sheppard & Sears Strut Their Stuff With Canandaigua Motorsports Park Wins
Defending Mr. DIRTcar Champions showcased in 48th season-opener on fairgrounds
Canandaigua, NY – April 30, 2011 – It took three extra weeks to finally get the 48th season underway at the revamped Canandaigua Motorsports Park, yet the third time was certainly a charm for new promoter Jeremie Corcoran as an anxious crowd witnessed superb track conditions and stellar performances in every division to launch a new era of short-track entertainment in wine country.
Reigning overall Mr. DIRTcar point kings Matt Sheppard from Waterloo and Tim Sears Jr. hauling in from Clay continued their open-wheel success, with ‘Super Matt’ dominating the Big-Block Modified action while Sears surprised no one with a decisive victory in the first round of the Mr. DIRTcar Series for NAPA Sportsman on Saturday night.
Also taking checkered flags during the 2011 Ontario County Fairgrounds opener were multi-time Parts Plus Stock Car track champion Mike Welch from Lyons and invader Andrew Smith from Lockport in the Klein Steel Retail Pure Stock ranks. Second-generation pilot Matt Guererri from Waterloo made history as the first-ever New Legends Sportsman feature winner.
Sears kicked off the five-division Sherwin-Williams Paints Store of Canandaigua card, taking advantage of mechanical woes by track regular Steve Gray to inherit the lead and cruise on home for a straightaway victory in the 30-lap Sportsman main, worth $1,000 and valuable show-up points toward the summer-long series.
“I’ve never been here before, never even seen the track until tonight,” remarked Sears, 19, following his eighth career Sportsman Series triumph, with six registered last season en route to the coveted crown. “It definitely wasn’t easy as this place is wicked fast.”
“This track is so fast right now, you’re not even letting off the gas. It’s just foot to the floor all the way around. It’s nice and smooth too, was figuring it was going to be rough with all the rain we’ve had. An awesome place to pick up a big win,” added said Sears, who reached victory lane 16 times on the DIRTcar Racing Northeast circuit last year.
A solid field of 31 Sportsman racers signed in for the tour show with Sears copping the third of four qualifying heats. Canandaigua veteran Karl Comfort earned the pole position start after a re-draw among the top-12 qualifiers, yet it was front row partner Greg Cool leading the initial circuit before Gray took over the next time around, charging from fourth.
A half-dozen yellow flags flew in the early stages for minor mishaps allowing plenty of time for Sears to improve from his 10th starting spot. Following the sixth slowdown on lap 12, Sears moved to the point as soon as Gray ducked pitside under caution and the no. 83x Total Site Development-Mullen Industrial Handling/Bicknell machine would remain unchallenged the rest of the way. Cool held on for second ahead of the trio of Canandaigua stalwarts Justin Wright, ’10 CMP points champion Eric Giguere and Kevin Ridley.
Although the Big-Block finale went a distance of 35-laps, the outcome nearly mirrored that of the Sportsman feature as Sheppard took the lead on lap 13 and built up nearly a five-second margin at the finish line.
“It feels good to be back, Jeremie (Corcoran, promoter) did a great job with the track and this car was just awesome tonight,” said Sheppard, 28, on the heels of his third straight opening night victory at Canandaigua. Sheppard unseated Steve Paine atop the point standings the last time he competed regularly at the Routes 5&20 oval in 2009, and now has 16 Big-Block wins here since 2003. “The place looks great and I’m excited to be back here this year.”
“I kinda saw some stuff going on in front of me at the end. It was a little tough out there but I was just trying to ride around and save my tires a little bit. I knew the other guys would be right there so I wasn’t going to take it too easy. This car was just glued to the bottom tonight and we were able to keep it in front when it counted,” noted Sheppard, DIRTcar Northeast’s winningest Big-Block driver last season with 19 for the JB Motorsports no. 9s Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell team.
Native Australian Peter Britten got the jump on pole-sitter Phil Vigneri before Justin Haers blasted around high exiting turn four to gain control on lap two. After the heads-up start, third-place runner Sheppard moved in to shadow Haers, and in a bold maneuver ducked under the lapped car of Paul Habeck in turn two to force the final lead change as Haers got pinned outside in the three-wide workout.
The brothers Johnson, Alan and Danny, ran among the front-five for the majority of the Modified main, with Hears stealing back the runner-up spot from the ‘Doctor’ with just one lap to go. At the wire it was Sheppard out-distancing Haers and Danny Johnson with older brother Alan —Canandaigua’s most successful driver with 114 Big-Block wins— and Britten completing the final top-5.
Welch led off the full-fender feature action with a dramatic victory that needed all 20 laps to determine a winner.
“I can feel the heat coming off of me, wow, that was a great race,” blurted Welch, a six-time track champion who is Canandaigua’s career Stock Car division winner with 40 first-place trophies. “These guys put on a good show every week.”
“Great track, great facility right now, I’m really happy. Hopefully, we’ll get some more cars coming out, I think we’ll continue to grow. I know there are some guys not here that normally are so we should be alright as we get further into the season,” figured Welch, who also won the ’09 opener, before placing third in last year’s points chase.
Behind the wheel of recently relocated Mike Rasbeck’s no. 00r entry, Andy Fisk was strong from the drop of the green as he held back Chris Fisher, Nathan Peckham and Welch for the initial 16 circuits. The lone yellow flag for a spinning mount of Jack Terrell on lap 14 set up a terrific finish with the top-three cars dicing side-by-side under a blanket.
Welch dropped his own double-zero Investor’s Service-Original Pizza Logs Chevrolet Impala ride to the low side of the hallowed half-miler on lap 17 and exited turn two with a lead he would hold for the remainder. A last-lap bid by Peckham fell a car-length short with Fisk, Fisher and Kevin Smith rounding out the front-five in the prime time thriller.
The 15-lap Klein Steel Retail Pure Stock finale featured a duel between front row starters Marc Minutolo and Andy Smith, with Niagara Frontier favorite Smith overtaking Minutolo on the 10th trip around and rolling on for his first-ever win at Canandaigua. Smith pulled away over the final circuits aboard his no. 1 A&B Auto-Pizza Hut Chevy Monte Carlo entry, scoring a comfortable 12 car-length victory ahead of Minutolo, Brian Lyon, and the husband/wife tandem of Mike and Jennifer Greenawalt who towed in from Niagara Falls for the 2011 ‘Land of Legends’ lid-lifter.
Son of Canandaigua’s all-time Sportsman feature winner, Guererri claimed the six-lap qualifying heat for the New Legends Sportsman class then went on to lead the distance in the 10-lap main event designed for first year racers. Paul Guererri, who has racked up a track-best 27 open-wheel victories and earned the 2007 track crown, finished seventh in Saturday night’s series stop for DIRTcar Sportsman.
A fine field of nine future legends entered on opening night with the younger Guererri putting his no. 12g JSB Graphics-Gevos Rears & Gears/Dirt Wheels machine in the winner’s circle ahead of A.J. Lloyd, Ken Hixenbaugh, Andrew Northrop and Rich Post.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park returns to action on Saturday, May 7 at 7pm with another five-star show featuring Big-Block Modified, NAPA Sportsman, Parts Plus Stock Car, Klein Steel Retail Pure Stock and Legends Sportsman. A Powder Puff Derby for the ladies is on tap during the Mother’s Day special, while the first 200 moms through the gates receive a holiday gift commemorating the occasion.
With the 2011 race season finally getting into gear, be sure to find all the news about Canandaigua online by visiting www.CanandaiguaMotorsportsPark.com. Send along a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the e-mail list, or register with http://www.twitter.com/Canandaigua_MSP to keep up-to-date on-line and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter.
For more information, please contact Jeremie Corcoran via cell 315-374-2839 or e-mail email@example.com. Tim Bowman (315-225-0881) can be reached during the week to discuss marketing opportunities available at the track in 2011.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park is located at the Ontario County Fairgrounds, east of the city on Town Line Road (County Road 10), with easy access off either Exit 43 (Manchester, Route 21 South) or Exit 44 (Farmington, Route 332 South) of the New York State Thruway, just ½-hour southeast of Rochester.
*Feature (35 laps): 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 3-Justin Haers, 3. 27j-Danny Johnson, 4. 14j-Alan Johnson, 5. 21a-Peter Britten, 6. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 7. 7x-Steve Paine, 8. 21-Derrick Podsiadlo, 9. 63-Adam Roberts, 10. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 11. 22z-Phil Vigneri, 12. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 13. 48too-Dave Rauscher, 14. 33-Mike Mahaney, 15. 11x-Chris Mangiarelli, 16. 97-Michel Chicoine, 17. 25-Paul Habeck, 18. 10-Tim Currier, 19. 2b-Ron Cartwright Jr., 20. 11n-ricky Newton, 21. 91-Chad Homan, 22. 99-Charlie Donk, 23. 56-Vince Vitale, 24. 3m-Henry Maier, 1jr.-Mike O’Brien (DNS).
Heats (8 laps)
#1: Vigneri, Haers, Roberts, Vitale, Mahaney, Donk, O’Brien, Habeck, Mangiarelli.
#2: Britten, Homan, Podsiadlo, Scagliotta, Chicoine, Newton, Maier, Allen, Slover (DNS).
#3: Sheppard, A.Johnson, D.Johnson, Paine, Phelps, Currier, Rauscher, Bellinger, Cartwright.
Consi (7 laps)
#1: O’Brien, Mangiarelli, Bellinger, Cartwright, Habeck, Maier, Rauscher, Allen, Slover (DNS).
NAPA Sportsman Modified
Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series
*Feature (30 laps): 1. 83x-Tim Sears,Jr., 22-Greg Cool, 3. 11j-Justin Wright, 4. 67g-Eric Guguere, 5. 20x-Kevin Ridley, 6. 10-Karl Comfort, 7. 7-Paul Guererri, 8. 66-Dan Wiesner, 9. 3a-Adam Hilton, 10. 11-Ben Wheeler, 11. 16-Earl Rudy, 12. 7b-Tom Benedict, 13. 31-Kane Bristol, 14. 18h-Todd Henderson, 15. 8-Joe Cook Jr., 16. 25g-Nick Guererri, 17. 9s-Kristian Smoke, 18. 4m-Greg Martin, 19. 29g-Steve Gray, 20. m1-Dave Marcuccilli, 21. 38-Rich Swarthout, 22. 76-Rob Bussey, 23. 67-James Henry, 24. 4-Daryl Hilkert, 25. 2-Jenna David, 26. 50-Tim Downs, 27. 21m-Randy McCulloch, 28. 30-Gary Hotelling, 29. 5-Tom Keyes.
Heats (8 laps, 5 qualify, top-3 redraw)
#1: Gray, Bussey, Swarthout, T.Henderson, David, Wheeler, Martin, Downs.
#2: McCulloch, Wright, Cool, Marcuccilli, Smoke, Rudy, J.Henderson, N.Guererri (DNS).#3: Sears, Ridley, Henry, Wiesner, Bristol, Hilton, Cook, Hotelling.
#4: P.Guererri, Giguere, Comfort, Hilkert, Benedict, Keyes, Cotriss.
Consi (6 laps)
#1: Rudy, Wheeler, Hilton, Martin, N.Guererri, Cook, Downs, Hotelling, Keyes, J.Henderson (DNS), Cotriss (DNS).
Parts Plus Stock Car
*Feature (20 laps): 1. 00-Mike Welch, 2. 90-Nathan Peckham, 3. 00r-Andy Fisk, 4. 37-Chris Fisher, 5. 272k-Kevin Smith, 6. 6-Billy Coleman, 7. 14-Ron Hawker, 8. 57b-Frank Burnell Jr., 9. 98t-Jack Terrell, 10. 0-John Zimmerman.
Heat (8 laps)
#1:Fisk, Fisher, Smith, Welch, Terrell, Hawker, Peckham, Zimmerman, Burnell, Coleman.
Klein Steel Retail Pure Stock
*Feature (15 laps): 1. 1-Andrew Smith, 2. 25b-Marc Minutolo, 3. 4q-Brian Lyon, 4. 17d-Mike Greenawalt, 5. 5i-Jennifer Greenawalt, 6. 6-George LaVare Jr., 7. 23-Vance Vanderwall, 8. 02-Brad Steinruck, 9. 01h-Charles Harvey, 10. 11-Jeremy Pifer, 9r-Roger Bush (DNS), 0-Wade Young (DNS).Heats (6 laps)
#1: Smith, Lyon, Pifer, Bush, Young, Vanderwall.
#2: Minutolo, LaVare, M.Greenawalt, Steinruck, Harvey, J.Greenawalt.
New Legends Sportsman
Feature (10 laps): 1. 12g-Matt Guererri, 2. 1f-A.J. Lloyd, 3. 50-Ken Kixenbaugh, 4. 62-Andrew Northrop, 5. 00-Rich Post, 6. 89x-Casey Wagner, 7. 8-Jon Ellsworth, 8. 34r-Sean Sommers, 3m-Jimmy Maier (DNS).Heat (6 laps)
#1: Guererri, Wagner, Lloyd, Northrop, Hixenbaugh, Maier, Post (DNS), Sommers (DNS), Ellsworth (DNS).
NEXT EVENT: Sat., May 7 @ 7pm; Big-Block Modified/Sportsman Modified/Stock Car/Pure Stock/Legends Sportsman plus Mother’s Day Powder Puff Derby.
Orange County Fair Speedway – Saturday, April 30th
Ruggerio back in Victory Lane after two weeks of rain at OCFS
Well we finally get a beautiful night for racing at OCFS after two consecutive weeks of rain outs.
The big news tonight in the Big Block Modified division was that long time Sportsman standout and second year big block driver Mike Ruggiero won his first Big Block feature in his first time out in the Barbagalo owned #53. Mike, a 15 time winner in the Sportsman division at OCFS and multi-time Sportsman champion, has always fielded family owned equipment supported by his mom and dad and several close friends. Last season was his first full season in the family owned Big Block and while he ran well it was an atypical rookie season with many highs and lows, close to a first win and then equipment failure, the usual teething pains. Congratulations Mike! And I hope this will seal the deal for a full season in the #53 which, I believe, could lead to a very successful 2011 season.
Mike started third in the feature after winning heat three, and a smart move of taking a start in a less than capable Danny Creeden back up car on opening night to keep him in the handicapping system.
Modified order of finish: Mike Ruggiero, Joel Morel, Chris Whitehead, Billy VanInwegen, Bruce Kline for the top five.
Now the bad news. The Big Block Modified feature was pure carnage from fifth on back. There was no full moon tonight but there should have been. Multi-car wrecks left just nine cars on the lead lap at the finish. Half the field was out by lap nine. I have no idea what causes nights like tonight. The two weeks off? Just bad luck? Over aggressiveness? I have no answers but have seen plenty like it in many years. The program is running along smoothly and efficiently and you bring out the nights main event and all hell breaks loose and it never seems to end. The only good thing was that to my knowledge as of this writing no one was seriously hurt. A lot of money was used up tonight.
EDIT: I would add one other point of interest, for me at least, was that somehow through all of the mayhem Jerry Higbie brings the car home seemingly without a scratch in ninth on the lead lap. How in the heck does he do it. I didn’t get a chance to see the car up close mind you but it appeared to emerge unscathed from the middle of the storm.
In the Sportsman division Brian Krummel got the bugs out of the 44 over the two week layoff and just overhauled the field from his third place starting spot. The great thing about Brian when he gets out front is to watch his lap times 22:50, 22:50, 22:50, 22:50…and so it goes. Sometimes I think my stop watch is broken. Smooth, man, this guy is smooth and fast. Of course the times vary a little more than that, but not by much.
Top five in Sportsman: Brian Krummel, John Lodini, Frank Venezia, Shane Jablonka, Matt Hitchcock
Pro Stocks top five: Tom Vigh Jr., Pete VanNoordt, Troy Arnold, Emerson Cargain Jr., Ron Nuzzaro Jr.
Winner in the pure stocks was Emerson Cargain Sr. (yet another win for the ‘old man’ congrats)
The track was in great shape, the weather great and the racing…well it depended on who you were, where you started and whether you finished or not. Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Unfortunately the bear had a big meal tonight.
Fonda Speedway – Saturday, April 30th
Big Night for the Varins as both land in Victory Lane at Fonda
By JAMES A. ELLIS (firstname.lastname@example.org) , The Leader Herald
FONDA – It was a Varin family celebration in Victory Lane Saturday night at Fonda Speedway.
Bobby Varin got the jump on the field as he opened his quest for a fourth straight track championship by picking up the 30-lap modified feature win.
One race later his son, Danny, made his debut in a sprint car at the Track of Champions and captured the 20-lap Capital Region Sprint Agency A-Main.
Joining the Varins with feature wins on Saturday were Mark Mortensen (602 sportsman), Rocky Warner (pro stock) and Cassidy Wilson (street stock).
Josh Hohenforst passed pole-sitter Marc Johnson on the second lap and dominated the early laps of Saturday’s modified feature. The Gloversville modified pilot made the most of a caution-free opening 13 laps to build a full straightaway lead over Johnson, Bobby Varin, Alton Palmer and Matt DeLorenzo.
Ronnie Johnson, who was running seventh, brought out the first caution of the race on lap 14 with a flat right rear tire. He went pitside and returned at the back of the pack.
It took three attempts to get the race back under green-flag conditions, but it lasted only one lap. But that one lap was enough for Varin to move past Johnson into second behind Hohenforst.
Although one lap shy of halfway, the field was put single file for the restart.
Varin locked onto Hohenforst’s bumper heading down the frontstretch before peeling off to dive under Hohenforst going into turn one. Hohenforst countered the move, diving back to the bottom of the speedway exiting turn two. He pulled alongside the six-time track champion but Varin’s momentum on the high side of the speedway carried him through turns three and four and into the lead for good.
Varin pulled away to finish just under four seconds ahead of Hohenforst. Marc Johnson crossed under the checkers third followed by Palmer and DeLorenzo. Jeff Trombley, Craig Hanson, Tony Pepicelli, Mark Kislowski and Darwin Greene rounded out the top 10.
Danny Varin finished 14th in the modified main and quickly lined up with the 305 sprinters.
Jeff VonSteenburg showed the field of 22 sprint cars the fast way around the speedway through the first 10 laps until Varin made his way past in turn four to lead lap 11.
From there, Varin pulled away to a substantial advantage over runner-up Tyler Rice at the finish. VanSteenburg finished third, followed by Brett Jaycox and Chad King. Warren Alexson, Art Kiser, Craig Rochelle, Tyler Chartrand and Jamie Christian completed the top 10.
The 602 sportsman feature came down to the final lap, with Robert Bublak holding off Mortensen when the field took the white flag. Mortensen got alongside Bublak on the backstretch and dove under him entering turn three. The duo exited turn four together with Mortensen winning the drag race to the finish by .043-seconds.
Jeremiah Munson, Ray Zemken and John Scarborough completed the top five. John McAuliffe, Cody Bleau, Ricky Quick, Adam McAuliffe and Butch Wilcox made up the rest of the top 10.
Warner and Kenny Gates battled side-by-side for the early lead in the 20-lap pro stock feature with Warner holding the advantage on the high side.
Ivan Joslin made it a three-way battle for the lead on lap six and got a nose in front of Gates at the line on lap 14.
Joslin got a wheel ahead of Warner on lap 18 when the split around the lapped car of Paul Engwer midway down the backstretch.
Warner carried his momentum on the high side to hold off Joslin and pick up his sixth career pro stock feature win at Fonda Speedway.
Joslin was second with Gates third. Utica-Rome regular Tommy Denton finished fourth with Bill Knapp fifth.
Chuck Dumblewski, Peter Broderson, Luke Horning, Sheldon Martin and Dean Charboneau completed the top 10.
Wilson led the street stock feature from start to finish, with Chuck McSpirit finishing second, followed by Justin Knight, Randy Cosselman and Rob VanAernam.
Racing will return to Fonda Speedway on Saturday, with a regular race card and kiddie rides before the night’s racing program begins at 7 p.m.
Special thanks to the Gloversville Leader Herald for use of their story… Please visit their website for all of your local news at www.leaderherald.com