Erick Rudolph Wins PABST Shootout at Can-Am

By:  Tim Baltz

LAFARGEVILLE, NY – Ahead of Independence Day and Canada Day weekend the Can Am Speedway hosted one of the crown jewels this past Wednesday night. The Pabst Shootout brings out the best in the DIRTcar 358 Modified ranks across the Northeast and this event saw an epic battle between two former winners.

The start of the 30 lap Whitesboro Plowshop DIRTcar 358 Modified feature saw Dave Marcuccilli, the defending race winner, jump into the early lead over Billy Dunn, Erick Rudolph, Derek Webb and Scott Webb. Taylor Caprara brought out the first yellow as he slowed in turn 1 on lap 7. When the green flew Rudolph tired to keep pace with the leader but the defending Pabst Shootout champion remained in control and started to pull away. The lead gap stabilized at about 7 car lengths between Marcuccilli and Rudolph as Billy Dunn, Derek Webb and Ronnie Davis III had a great battle for position just past the halfway point. With 10 to go Rudolph began to close the gap as he reeled in Marcuccilli for the lead. The top two drivers entered traffic, which is when Rudolph made his move, taking the lead on lap 28. After a big win in the event in 2020, Ransomville New York’s Erick Rudolph would go unchallenged to claim his 2nd Pabst Shootout in three years, along with his third career Can Am win. Marcuccilli settled for 2nd wth Billy Dunn Derek Webb and Michael Maresca charging to 5th, after starting 16th.

The season opener for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region did not start off well for Jamie Brown and Dylan Madsen, as they were involved in an incident in turn for at the drop of the green flag. Both cars suffered heavy front end damage coming to the green flag. A second try at the start saw Jessica Power jump out in front over Dave Rogers and Josh Reome. Rogers would quickly get the lead back at the end of lap 1 and began to author a dominant performance on this night. Rogers would pull away from a quality field while Josh Reome, Ryan Shanahan, Jessica Power and Gavin Eisle tried their best to keep pace with the leader. Rogers would pull away to well over a straight away, but lapped cars came into play as they made it difficult for the leader to get by, as Reome looked to close the gap. Rogers would eventually clear all the traffic and pull away from Reome once again. After wins at Fulton, Airborne and Mohawk this season, Dave Rogers finally put it all together on home turf as he scored his second career DIRTcar Sportsman Series win and first win of 2022 at Can Am. Josh Reome settled for a series best second place effort over Ryan Shanahan, Gavin Eisle, who won the Kevin Fleming Memorial Dash for Cash and Jessica Power.

The opener for Central New York Speedweek for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints took to the speedway and Jordan Poirier has taken over where his Uncle Steve left off, as he took the lead at the drop of the green, over Matt Tanner, Danny Varin, Paulie Colagiovanni and Shawn Donath. Poirier was strong at the start, but following a quick yellow for a spin involving Keith Granholm, Matt Tanner took over the top spot from Poirier, with Paulie Colagiovanni making his way to third. Tanner had a fast race car and was able to put some distance between himself and Poirier at the halfway point. With 10 to go it was Tanner still in control over Poirier while “No Panic” Davie Franek moved into the top three and appeared to have one of the faster cars on the speedway. The final yellow flew for Jason Barney who slowed with a problem on the backstretch. On the final restart Matt Tanner was able to pull away and despite a late charge by Poirier, Tanner would drive on for the win. Jordan Poirier, Paulie Colagiovanni, Davie Franek and Shawn Donath would complete the top 5.

Tony Frezzo from T & T Property Services put up $1000 to the winner of the Marsha Gibbons TLC Real Estate Thundercar division. Dakota Bechler was the dominant driver in the opening laps, over Tony Frezzo and Joe Orvis. Bechler would build up a big lead by the halfway point while Frezzo and Orvis battled for second and third, in front of Chuck Monica and Jock Symonds. Ron White Jr. would slow with a problem with 4 laps to go, bunching up the filed for a restart. When the green flew, Orvis tried his best to get by, but it was not enough as Dakota Bechler would claim the $1000 payday and his first win of the season. Orvis claimed yet another second place finish with Tony Frezzo, Chuck Monica and Corey Valade finishing out the top 5.

With Canada Day and Independence Day upon us this weekend, the Can Am Speedway will sit silent this coming Friday night. The stars of the speedway return Friday July 8th with the Whitesboro Plow Shop DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Bob Johnson Auto Group DIRTcar Sportsman, Panther Frameworx 602 Crate Sprints, Donath Motorwork Limited Sportsman and Marsha Gibbons TLC Real Estate Thundercars. For further information visit our website at Be sure to give us a follow on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


A Feature 1: 1. #90-Matt Tanner[2]; 2. #28-Jordan Poirier[4]; 3. #10C-Paulie Colagiovanni[8]; 4. #28F-Davie Franek[7]; 5. #53-Shawn Donath[6]; 6. #01-Danny Varin[3]; 7. #41R-Dalton Rombough[13]; 8. #3-Denny Peebles[5]; 9. 36-Matt Billings[12]; 10. #17-Sammy Reakes IV[17]; 11. #10K-Kelly Hebing[11]; 12. #10-Jeff Cook[15]; 13. #23-Tyler Cartier[18]; 14. #11J-Chris Jones[14]; 15. #88C-Chad Miller[1]; 16. #33-Lacey Hanson[19]; 17. #13-Keith Granholm[20]; 18. #7C-Dylan Swiernik[9]; 19. #87-Jason Barney[10]; 20. #14B-Brett Wright[21]; 21. #91-Scott Holcomb[16]
Dash 1: 1. #41R-Dalton Rombough[1]; 2. #11J-Chris Jones[2]; 3. #10-Jeff Cook[3]; 4. #91-Scott Holcomb[6]; 5. #17-Sammy Reakes IV[5]; 6. #23-Tyler Cartier[4]
Heat 1: 1. #87-Jason Barney[2]; 2. #88C-Chad Miller[4]; 3. #28-Jordan Poirier[3]; 4. #3-Denny Peebles[1]; 5. #41R-Dalton Rombough[5]; 6. #23-Tyler Cartier[6]; 7. #33-Lacey Hanson[7]
Heat 2: 1. #7C-Dylan Swiernik[2]; 2. #01-Danny Varin[1]; 3. #53-Shawn Donath[3]; 4. 36-Matt Billings[4]; 5. #11J-Chris Jones[5]; 6. #17-Sammy Reakes IV[6]; 7. #13-Keith Granholm[7]
Heat 3: 1. #10C-Paulie Colagiovanni[1]; 2. #28F-Davie Franek[2]; 3. #10K-Kelly Hebing[4]; 4. #90-Matt Tanner[3]; 5. #10-Jeff Cook[5]; 6. #91-Scott Holcomb[6]; 7. #14B-Brett Wright[7]
Qualifying 1: 1. #87-Jason Barney[5]; 2. #3-Denny Peebles[4]; 3. #28-Jordan Poirier[3]; 4. #88C-Chad Miller[1]; 5. #41R-Dalton Rombough[7]; 6. #23-Tyler Cartier[6]; 7. #33-Lacey Hanson[2]
Qualifying 2: 1. #7C-Dylan Swiernik[3]; 2. #01-Danny Varin[2]; 3. #53-Shawn Donath[6]; 4. 36-Matt Billings[5]; 5. #11J-Chris Jones[1]; 6. #17-Sammy Reakes IV[7]; 7. #13-Keith Granholm[4]
Qualifying 3: 1. #28F-Davie Franek[1]; 2. #10C-Paulie Colagiovanni[7]; 3. #90-Matt Tanner[6]; 4. #10K-Kelly Hebing[2]; 5. #10-Jeff Cook[3]; 6. #91-Scott Holcomb[5]; 7. #14B-Brett Wright

33 entries

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 25-Erick Rudolph[4]; 2. M1-David Marcuccilli[1]; 3. 49-Billy Dunn[2]; 4. 66W-Derek Webb[6]; 5. 7MM-Michael Maresca[16]; 6. 32R-Ronnie Davis[9]; 7. 19-Tim Fuller[7]; 8. 18W-Scott Webb[3]; 9. 60-Jackson Gill[11]; 10. 39-Ryan Bartlett[13]; 11. 66X-Carey Terrance[5]; 12. 31-Lance Willix[15]; 13. 9-Tyler Meeks[12]; 14. 28-Jordan McCreadie[24]; 15. 74-Lucas Fuller[17]; 16. 23J-Jeff Sykes[8]; 17. 21R-RJ Tresidder[23]; 18. 6W-Tyler Trump[19]; 19. 96-JF Corriveau[14]; 20. B2-Bob Henry Jr[21]; 21. 24-Jordan Kelly[18]; 22. 7S-Shaun Shaw[10]; 23. 1-Jack Meeks[22]; 24. 21C-Taylor Caprara[20]
LCS 1 (10 Laps): 1. 6W-Tyler Trump[2]; 2. 21C-Taylor Caprara[3]; 3. B2-Bob Henry Jr[1]; 4. 1-Jack Meeks[4]; 5. 21R-RJ Tresidder[5]; 6. 28-Jordan McCreadie[9]; 7. 7Z-Zachary Payne[6]; 8. 34-Andrew Ferguson[14]; 9. 55-Matt Woodruff[12]; 10. 27Z-Dylan Zacharias[8]; 11. 29-Preston Forbes[11]; 12. 23-Cameron Black[7]; 13. 25X-George Sanford[15]; 14. 16-Aaron Jacobs[10]; 15. (DNS) 38J-Jarrett Herbison
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. M1-David Marcuccilli[1]; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph[2]; 3. 19-Tim Fuller[7]; 4. 7S-Shaun Shaw[3]; 5. 39-Ryan Bartlett[8]; 6. 7MM-Michael Maresca[9]; 7. B2-Bob Henry Jr[6]; 8. 1-Jack Meeks[10]; 9. 23-Cameron Black[5]; 10. 16-Aaron Jacobs[11]; 11. 38J-Jarrett Herbison[4]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 49-Billy Dunn[6]; 2. 66X-Carey Terrance[1]; 3. 23J-Jeff Sykes[2]; 4. 60-Jackson Gill[3]; 5. 96-JF Corriveau[10]; 6. 74-Lucas Fuller[9]; 7. 6W-Tyler Trump[5]; 8. 21R-RJ Tresidder[7]; 9. 27Z-Dylan Zacharias[4]; 10. 29-Preston Forbes[8]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 18W-Scott Webb[1]; 2. 66W-Derek Webb[3]; 3. 32R-Ronnie Davis[5]; 4. 9-Tyler Meeks[2]; 5. 31-Lance Willix[6]; 6. 24-Jordan Kelly[7]; 7. 21C-Taylor Caprara[4]; 8. 7Z-Zachary Payne[11]; 9. 28-Jordan McCreadie[8]; 10. 55-Matt Woodruff[10]; 11. 34-Andrew Ferguson[12]; 12. 25X-George Sanford[9]

41 entries

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 44-David Rogers[1]; 2. 91-Josh Reome[3]; 3. 32RS-Ryan Shanahan[5]; 4. 18E-Gavin Eisele[4]; 5. 52-Jessica Power[2]; 6. 410-Mike Fowler[9]; 7. 34-Eric Nier[12]; 8. 3-Chris Mackey[6]; 9. 57H-Remington Hamm[8]; 10. 64-Tyler Corcoran[17]; 11. FOX28-Tyler Stevenson[7]; 12. 38-Zach Sobotka[23]; 13. R19-Dale Caswell[10]; 14. 92-Andrew Buff[21]; 15. 5-Kyle Devendorf[11]; 16. 33-Richard Murtaugh[15]; 17. 6-Brian Hudson[25]; 18. 83D-Dustin Bradley[20]; 19. 88-Fire Swamp[24]; 20. 2X-Michael Amell[16]; 21. 35R-William Racine[14]; 22. 63-Teddy Clayton Jr[27]; 23. 28-Alan Fink[26]; 24. 10X-Cory Castell[30]; 25. 18-Justin Gadbaw[28]; 26. 92S-Frank Sibley[22]; 27. 271-Tiger Chapman[18]; 28. 10B-Jamie Brown[13]; 29. 89-Dylan Madsen[19]; 30. (DNS) 99R-Anthony Rasmussen
Kevin Fleming Dash (4 Laps): 1. 18E-Gavin Eisele[1]; 2. 32RS-Ryan Shanahan[2]; 3. 44-David Rogers[3]; 4. 52-Jessica Power[4]

23 entries

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 26-Dakota Bechler[2]; 2. 11A-Joe Orvis[6]; 3. 22-Tony Frezzo[3]; 4. 100-Charles Monica[4]; 5. 21-Corey Valade[23]; 6. 9MM-Jock Symonds[1]; 7. 20-Mike Durham[8]; 8. 111J-Anthony St Mary Jr[7]; 9. 11J-Justin Burns[13]; 10. 94-OJ White[11]; 11. 97-David Liscum[18]; 12. 22J-Jared Gilson[19]; 13. 60R-Ron White[20]; 14. 66W-Ryan Wurtz[17]; 15. 16-Steve Smith[15]; 16. 60-Francis White[5]; 17. 52J-Justin McIntyre[9]; 18. 90-Josh Verne Jr[14]; 19. 31-Austin Smith[12]; 20. 27-Justin Pope[21]; 21. 61-Gerald Rogers[22]; 22. 73T-Timothy Greenfield[10]; 23. 16B-Chris Bonoffski[16]
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 9MM-Jock Symonds[1]; 2. 22-Tony Frezzo[4]; 3. 60-Francis White[10]; 4. 111J-Anthony St Mary Jr[2]; 5. 52J-Justin McIntyre[11]; 6. 94-OJ White[7]; 7. 11J-Justin Burns[8]; 8. 16-Steve Smith[6]; 9. 66W-Ryan Wurtz[9]; 10. 22J-Jared Gilson[3]; 11. 27-Justin Pope[5]
Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 26-Dakota Bechler[12]; 2. 100-Charles Monica[1]; 3. 11A-Joe Orvis[11]; 4. 20-Mike Durham[2]; 5. 73T-Timothy Greenfield[9]; 6. 31-Austin Smith[6]; 7. 90-Josh Verne Jr[4]; 8. 16B-Chris Bonoffski[8]; 9. 97-David Liscum[5]; 10. 60R-Ron White[10]; 11. 61-Gerald Rogers[3]; 12. 21-Corey Valade[7]