BY RYAN LEPRE
SUSQUEHANNA, PA – Nick Petrilak of Greenfield Township, PA started the Memorial Day weekend off in fine style on Friday evening winning the 30 lap Modified main event at the Penn Can Speedway. Petrilak took command on the opening lap and went unchallenged.
“The car felt really good tonight everything went our way.” stated winner Petrilak “We really wanted this win badly we let one get away at Five Mile early this season. There are a lot of good cars here every week we just want to win more races and log more laps. I can’t thank my whole crew enough especially the Schane family they took me in and have really helped step up our program.”
Alan Barker of Norwich, NY finished second just ahead of last week’s winner Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, PA behind him was Steven Deinhardt of Deposit, NY and Mike Dougherty Jr. of Scranton, PA. Mike Schane of Lake Ariel, PA (602 Sportsman) and Shane Wolf of Susquehanna, PA (Street Stocks) both won for the second week in a row. Other winners at the 3/8 mile oval were Bailey Boyd of Binghamton, NY (600 Modified); Dusty Decker (Factory Stocks), Nick Kennedy (Four Cylinders), Matthew Backus (Juniors) and Brett Putnam (Seniors).
Steven Deinhardt and Nick Petrilak led the 19 car Modified field to Gary Folk’s green flag. The front row starters raced side by side around the wide racing surface Petrilak edged ahead at the line before the caution flew for a three car tangle. Petrilak controlled the restart and led Deinhardt, Dougherty, Barker and Butch Getz. Some hard racing was going on from third on back as opening night winner Malcolm, Barker, Getz and Dan Pompey tried to move up the pack. Malcolm was briefly in fourth but Barker battled back taking fourth then zipping by Dougherty to take third and closed in on Deinhardt for the runner up spot. Petrilak in his Sleepy Hollow Turf Equipment ride led by a straightaway as Deinhardt held off Barker. Malcolm was up to fourth with the rest of the top ten were Dougherty, Pompey, Nick Nye, Getz, Larry Mekic and Paul Rooney. Petrilak entered lapped traffic at the halfway mark and continued to expand his advantage as Deinhardt and Barker continued to dual for second. Malcolm joined the race for second, Deinhardt bobbled a couple times allowing both Barker and Malcolm to move by with ten laps remaining. Dougherty challenged Deinhardt over the closing laps for the fourth spot. Petrilak worked through lapped traffic well but Barker and Malcolm did cut down on his advantage however Petrilak had built a large lead and took the checkers comfortably ahead in the Starfursky NAPA No.72 Hig Fab. Barker improved last week’s finish by one spot in his McCain Gas and Electric No. 77 with Malcolm rounding out the podium in the County Waste No. 119. Deinhardt held off Dougherty at the finish the rest of the top ten were Pompey, Nye, Getz, Mekic and Rooney. Modified heat race wins went to Petrilak and Getz.
“We’re happy with the car it’s been a good start with two podiums and a straight car both weeks.” said runner-up Barker “We made some adjustments after the heat race and it helped I just raced with the 73 (Deinhardt) for too long and didn’t get to race the leader.”
“Our car was good tonight we just needed a caution to get caught up.” stated Malcolm “Last week we didn’t want any cautions this week we could have used one, what are you going to do all in all it was a good night.”
Ryan Stone led early in the 602 Sportsman event with Mike Schane nipping at his heels. Schane got the better of the battle on the third lap powering off the bottom of turn four. Some great racing went on for the fifth spot as Matt Brewer, Jim O’Hara and Randy Brokaw battled hard. Defending champion Mike Nagel Jr. went to second on lap nine trying to close in on Schane. Following a restart Schane pulled ahead of Nagel meanwhile Brokaw used the restart to vault to third. With five laps remaining Brokaw snagged second from Nagel and tried to track down the leader. Schane in his No. M16 was once again the class of the field taking the checkers ahead of Brokaw, Nagel, Ray Leonard and Stone.
Dan Force led the Street Stock feature until a lap four restart when Rich Sharpsteen took over the lead. On the same restart Shane Wolf made his presence known moving to second then powering around the banking and taking command of the race ahead of Sharpsteen and Ryan Coddington. Several drivers fell by the wayside leaving Wolf to grab his second win in a row as he bested Jim Sykes, Dan Force, Ned Fith and George Miller.
Tommy Groover and Dusty Decker turned in a fantastic race in the Factory Stock main event. Groover led at the start but Decker moved to the point on a lap two restart. Decker held a steady lead in the first half of the 20 lapper. Groover closed in as the front two pulled away, with five laps left Groover was on Decker’s back bumper. Decker got sideways big time in turn one with three laps left, he caught his No. 20JR and Groover pulled alongside. Decker kept the power down and slipped back into the lead and took the victory over Groover, Charlie Towner placed a strong third followed by Nate Hill and Mike Chilson.
Nick Kennedy and Frank Kennedy were the class of the Four Cylinder field on Friday night. Frank made a late race bid but Nick was too strong on the outside lane to be kept from victory lane. Nick Kennedy took the win over Frank Kennedy, Jason Colwell, TJ Kapish and Noah Seidel.
The 600cc Modified event saw plenty of action early on John Ayre led Zach Mills and Josh Mudge. Mills caught the outside wall ending his night early then Ayre got spun around leaving the leaders Mudge and Bailey Boyd. Contact was made on the restart and Mudge got spun ending his night. Boyd went on to take a commanding win over Tyler Smith who came from the tail after an early caution, James Randall, Jamie Frantz and Chelsie Beebe.
Matthew Backus became a two time winner in 2019 in the Junior division he bested Julia Renwick and Darryn Fallis. Brett Putman won the Senior class over Rodney Renwick and Joe Smith.
Penn Can Speedway will have racing again next Friday night May 31st with hot laps starting at 7 PM and racing beginning at 7:30 for all the latest updates find us on Facebook. Penn Can Speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, PA.
Penn Can Speedway Results 5-24-19
Sunoco Racing Fuels Modified Feature Finish: Nick Petrilak, Alan Barker, Brian Malcolm, Steven Deinhardt, Mike Dougherty Jr., Dan Pompey, Nick Nye, Butch Getz, Larry Mekic, Paul Rooney, Alan Kellogg, Mike Nagel, Dan Soloman, John Morse, Brad Schaffer, Mike Loney, Kailee Dimorier, Nick Mady, Dominic Roselli.
Stone Bros. Automotive 602 Sportsman Feature Finish: Mike Schane, Randy Brokaw, Mike Nagel Jr., Ray Leonard, Ryan Stone, Matt Brewer, Gene Beadle, Tommy Oleski, Frank Payne, Brandon Fritsch, Brandon Oleski, Mark Longstreet, Jim O’Hara, Harold Heskell.
Insinger Performane Street Stock Feature Finish: Shane Wolf, Jim Sykes, Dan Force, Ned Fitch, George Miller, Kyle Bonham, Rich Sharpsteen, Ryan Codington DNS: Eric Bonham.
Leeward Construction 600cc Modified Feature Finish: Bailey Boyd, Tyler Smith, James Randall, Jamie Frantz, Chelsie Beebe, Nolan Smith, Jeff Baldwin, Samantha Mills, Travis Rooney, Kaden Ayre, Bob Rowback, Ayden Morgan, Josh Mudge, John Ayre, Paul Deruyter, Zach Mills, Kyle Fallis.
Factory Stocks Feature Finish: Dusty Decker, Tommy Groover, Charlie Towner, Nate Hill, Mike Chilson, Cyrus Homer, Cody Fassett, Jerry Lee Fassett Jr., Phil Burns, Levi Frink, Sheldon Whitman, Ken Washburn, Rich Wagner, Paul Conklin, Alecia Towner.
Four Cylinder Feature Finish: Nick Kennedy, Frank Kennedy, Jason Colwell, TJ Kapish, Noah Seidel, Lynn Highhouse, Josh Wilder, Zeb Farber, Jason Colwell Jr., Ronnie Welch, Andy Bolles, Lee Glowatch, Cory Brown, David Fox, Steve Motichka.
Cobble Creek Landscape and Florist Juniors Feature Finish: Matthew Backus, Julia Renwick, Darryn Fallis, Trevor Houghton, Calvin Wheelock DNS: Joshua Landers.
Cobble Creek Landscape and Florist Seniors Feature Finish: Brett Putnam, Rodney Renwick, Joe Smith, Craig Jones, Bob Boughton, Aubrey Ayre, Melissa Wheelock.