Alan Johnson Holds Off Matt Sheppard for Win #119 at Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA, NY – Overcast skies and a fast track greeted competitors and fans at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Saturday night as the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints joined the regular race program for an action packed night of racing.

Sam Reakes IV was the early leader of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint 25-lap ‘A’ Main as Jason Barney battled Dylan Swernik for the second spot.  As Barney moved to second, Chuck Hebing cracked the top five as Reakes lead by half a straightaway.  Reakes caught traffic on lap 6 which allowed the top five to close in together as they raced through the lapped cars.  Barney grabbed the lead off turn four at the halfway point as Hebing battled intensely with Swernik and Johnathan Preston.  Hebing tagged the frontstretch wall on lap 17 and was forced pitside as Barney stretched his lead over the battle for second place.  At the finish, Barney had a full straightaway lead in the non-stop feature and took the win while Reakes barely held off Swernik for second, followed by Shawn Donath and Johnathan Preston.

Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint heats were won by Sam Reakes IV, Jake Brown, Shawn Donath, and Glenn Styres.  Matt Tanner won the won the Dash and the B-Main was taken by Alex Vigneault.

Dave Allen and Derrick Podsiadlo brought the field to the green flag at the start of the 35-lap Modified feature, with Allen pulling away to take the early lead.  Alan Johnson and Matt Sheppard were working their way from mid-pack to the front of the field at the lap 10 mark.  Johnson cracked the top 3 by lap 15 and a couple of laps later powered his way to the lead.  Sheppard soon moved into second and the battle was joined as the leaders entered lapped traffic.  Further back, Justin Haers and Erick Rudolph scrapped for positions in the top five.  The race’s lone caution flag flew on lap 26 when Eldon Payne’s slowing car was tagged by Mike O’Brien on the backstretch, which set the table for the final dash to the checkers.  Johnson got the hookup on the restart to pull away from Sheppard as Rudolph made a move on Haers to grab third spot.  At the finish, Johnson had a three car length margin of victory over Sheppard, followed by Rudolph, Haers, and Steve Paine.

Derrick Podsiadlo and James Sweeting won the Modified heats.

Anthony Kimble jumped from the pole position into the lead of the 25-lap Sportsman feature and promptly built up a several car length lead over a battle for second that feature Kane Bristol and Austyn Fugle duking it out with Dave Marcuccilli, who had quickly motored from his 10th starting spot into the top five.  As the race moved into its middle stages, Kevin Ridley also joined in the fight as Marcuccilli picked off spots, making it into second by lap 10.  Two laps later, Marcuccilli got by Kimble and took the lead.  Marcuccilli pulled away to take a straightaway margin of victory over Ridley, who moved into second and had pulled away from Kimble.  Nick Guererri and Austyn Fugle were fourth and fifth across the line.

Sportsman heats were won by Anthony Kimble, Kane Bristol, and Nick Guererri.

Shawn Lloyd moved into the lead at the opening of the 15-lap Street Stock feature event, but it didn’t take long for Adam Depuy to move into contention, as he got past CJ Guererri to take second just a couple of laps in and by lap 5 grabbed the top spot.  As Depuy pulled away, Bob Buono battled for the third spot with Marc Minutolo, with Buono locking down the third spot with five laps to go.  At the checkers, Depuy had his second win of the season, with Guererri, Buono, Minutolo, and Parker Smith rounding out the top five in a race slowed only once by a caution.

CJ Guererri won the Street Stock heat.

The 10-lap New Legends Sportsman feature went non-stop with all the action happening in the final two laps as Cameron Tuttle tried to find a way by race-long leader Brandon Mishaud.  Tuttle went to the outside on turn three of the final lap, drew even with Mishaud, and made the winning move in the run to the finish to take the win by half a car length.  Mishaud, Kasey Schmitt, Ken Wendt, and Ken Washburn rounded out the top five.

Kasey Schmitt and Brandon Mishaud won the New Legends Sportsman heats.

Racing action continues at Canandaigua Motorsports Park next Saturday night when American Equipment presents the program, featuring the Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, and New Legends Sportsman.  Kids Power Wheels races will be the special added attraction, with racing getting underway at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, visit .


LUCAS OIL ESS A MAIN-JASON BARNEY, Sam Reakes IV, Dylan Swernik, Shawn Donath, Johnathan Preston, Steve Doell, Coleman Gulick, Dylan Westbrook, Paul Colagiovanni, Paul Kinney, Brett Wright, Jeff Cook, Jake Brown, Matt Tanner, Corey Turner, Chad Miller, Glenn Styres, Alex Vigneault, Mitch Brown, Matt Billings, Brandon Kidd, Lee Sanders, Ryan Turner, Chuck Hebing.

MODIFIED FEATURE-ALAN JOHNSON, Matt Sheppard, Erick Rudolph, Justin Haers, Steve Paine, Gil Tegg Jr, Dave Allen, Rick Richner, Derrick Podsiadlo, Dave Rauscher, James Sweeting, Kyle Coffey, James Meier, Tommy Keyes, Lance Dusett, Kaitlyn Pashina, Justin Wright, Eldon Payne, Mike O’Brien, Rich Vinson.

SPORTSMAN FEATURE-DAVID MARCUCCILLI, Kevin Ridley, Anthony Kimble, Nick Guererri, Austyn Fugle, Kane Bristol, Paul Guererri, Ricky Newton, Karl Comfort, Matt Guererri, James Henry, Chris Burek, Brett Senek, Doug Smith, Loren Lincoln, Dave Conant Jr., Brett Buono, Tim Baker, Frank Guererri, Doug Rohr, Jeff Davoli (DNS).

STREET STOCK FEATURE-ADAM DEPUY, CJ Guererri, Bob Buono, Marc Minutolo, Parker Smith, Brad Steinruck, Jim Claypool, Shawn Lloyd, Mike Welch, Chris Zombia, Seth Steele, Nick Dandino.

NEW LEGENDS FEATURE-CAMERON TUTTLE, Brandon Mishaud, Kasey Schmitt, Ken Wendt, Ken Washburn, Brian Harris, Chase Matteson, Ben Karlson, Orville Harris, Brian Harris, Brett Baldwin, Rich Post, Jared Rohr (DNS).