Hartnett Motors To Big Points Night At Penn Can

By:  Nathan Aldrich

SUSQUEHANNA, PA –  With double points on the line, action heated up early on for the Stafursky Paving Modifieds Friday night. The first heat brought a duel between Dan Vauter and Kevin Hartnett as the pair worked side by side to put on a show. Brett Tonkin would look strong in heat two, slicing through the field to take the checkers with a full straight away lead after coming from the rear. With 30 laps on the board Vauter and Darwin Greene Sr. came to the green flag with Greene leading the way into turn one. Bud Phillips looked to Vauter’s inside off turn two but drove hard into turn three washing up the surface and allowing Mike Loney to slip inside and take third away. A turn two pileup including Tonkin, Mike Nagel Sr, Alex Stanton and Casey Plummer would draw the yellow with 0 laps complete.

Vauter took the lead on the restart, charging into turn one ahead of Greene. Greene would lose some ground as Phillips, Nick Petrilak and Hartnett moved him back to the fifth spot by lap four. Contact between Stanton and Tonkin would send Tonkin to the outside wall with Stanton making a brief trip to the pits under the yellow. With Phillips as his new dancing partner, Vauter restarted from the inside, leading the way into turn one as Petrilak and Hartnett battled for the third spot. Hartnett would take the spot away in turns one and two. After mechanical issues led to a last place heat finish, Alan Rudalavage advanced quickly through the feature field, working the outside of Loney to grab a top five spot on lap six. Tonkin wasted no time moving back to the front either, following Rudalavage past Loney the following lap. Hartnett had methodically tracked down Phillips and claimed the second spot with ten laps complete, rolling the bottom to move Phillips into third. The slowing machine of Mike Nagel Sr. would shake things up however as a lap 13 double file restart would put Hartnett to Vauter’s outside just before halfway.

The decision to restart on the inside proved to be a difference maker as Vauter led the way into turn one with Hartnett’s outside momentum drawing the pair even down the backstretch. Hartnett grabbed the lead at the start finish line as the action settled down around halfway. Tonkin’s string of bad luck would continue, bringing out the final yellow flag on lap twenty-one with a flat left rear tire. Tonkin would make a late race charge, rebounding to finish ninth. Hartnett would sail away in the final nine laps, taking the checkers with a full straightaway lead as Vauter, Phillips, Petrilak and Rudalavage rounded out the top 5. Feature winner Kevin Hartnett looked for the holes in traffic early on after starting in the fifth spot. Kevin knew the top side was the place for him to be as he and his crew fought some motor issues throughout the night. With the high side momentum helping to keep the motor wound up he said crew chief Brad Grammes gave him a piece he can always be confident with. Though the team has fought some minor Gremlins this season Hartnett feels they are getting on track and the team remains focused on wins. Getting to Victory Lane is goal number one, with the points shaking themselves out as the season moves along. Kevin would like to thank the Grammes Family, RPM Race Engines, Penske Shocks, Stone Ridge Realty, Big Creek Concrete, Grammes Construction, Higfab chassis, and Hartnett lettering.

Penn Can Mid Season Championship Night

Stafursky Paving Modifieds


2.) 9-Dan Vauter 3.) 23P-Bud Phillips 4.) 72-Nick Petrilak 5.) 145-Alan Rudalavage 6.) 17-George Kostelansky 7.) 17D-Mike Loney 8.) 117-Alex Stanton 9.) 27K-Brett Tonkin 10.) 73-Casey Plummer 11.) 484-Travis Brockner 12.) 111J-Jamie Bedford 13.) 7M-Mike Nagel Sr. 14.) 1-Darwin Greene Sr. 15.) 9cat-Tony Harris

602 Crate Sportsman


2.) 3R-Ray Leonard 3.) 16-Ned Fitch 4.) 14X-Brian Malcolm 5.) 13-Steve Davis 6.) 14K-AJ Konopka 7.) 55-Marty Goodwin 8.) 44-Jim O’Hara 9.) 23JR-John Michael Phillips 10.) 32-Eddie Kudrako 11.) M7-Mike Nagel Jr 12.) 10K-Kolyn Schane 13.) 88K-Alan Komar 14.) 1A-Brad Weaver 15.) 226-Matt Martino 16.) 70J-Joe Novak 17.) 88A-Amanda Scholtisek 18.) 54T-Travis Rooney 19.) 12-Parker Overbaugh 20.) 3D-Brett Wooster 21.) 7R-Tommy Groover 22.) 7-Ralph Mele

A & E Tire and Auto Center 600cc Xcel Modifieds


2.) 28-Brett Gray 3.) 54T-Adam Mudge 4.) 80-Tyler Smith 5.) 9X-Josh Towner 6.) 00X-Jeremy Williams 7.) 17-Jeff Baldwin 8.) 12J-John Dinniny 9.) 999-Larry Furman 10.) 67-Tori Straway

11.) 77X-Nolan Smith 12.) 84-Ted Mills 13.) 354-Andy Bolles 14.) 167-Devan Sieben 15.) 29B-Brenton Miller 16.) 99K-Phil Burns 17.) 1JR-Darwin Greene Jr. 18.) 30NN-Nate Oropallo DNS 176-Mollie Mroz

Factory Stocks


2.) 57ND-Jason Rhodes 3.) 28-Charlie Gilbert 4.) 27M-Kevin MacDonald 5.) 23S-Brett Spoor 6.) 10-Kevin Welch 7.) 58-Aaron Babcock 8.) 23B-Brad Chilson 9.) 23-Nick Stark

GARY’S U-PULL IT 4 Cylinders


2.) 21-Scott Beach 3.) 107-Tim Vandemark 4.) 27-Jason Seymour 5.) 71-Rob Sterling 6.) 77-Brian Salamini 7.) 22-David Benson 8.) 76-Dave Nixon 9.) 01-Ayden Mohr 10.) 17-Mike Ferris 11.) 66-Josh Storms 12.) 8-Jim Backowski 13.) 21MJ-Mike Jenks 14.) 56-Jeff Sterling 15.) 8W-Rich Wagner 16.) 70-Chris Wesser DNS 1M-Mike Girjatowicz