Justin Sanders leads flag-to-flag for his record eighth Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo victory of the season
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – August 21, 2015…Lining-up from the front row on Friday night current Ocean Sprints point leader Justin Sanders showed once again that he’s the man to beat at the quarter-mile, by leading all 30-laps to score his eighth Taco Bravo victory of the year.
The triumph made Sanders the all-time winningest driver in one season with the Ocean Sprints, breaking the record Brent Kaeding had held for eight-years. It also extended his lead atop the standings to a staggering 114-points with just two events remaining this year. The 22-year-old has won four of the last five events aboard his North County Plastering/ Fire Protection Management No. 17 Sprinter.
“Wow this is so awesome that I don’t even really know what to say,” said a very happy & excited Sanders on the front stretch. “To get our eighth win and break the single-season record is pretty incredible. We’ve had a great year, but I never could have imagined a season like we’ve had so far in this 17 car. I can’t thank all our sponsors enough and everyone that helps out on this team. The car was really good tonight and hopefully we can come back next week in the Warrington 18 and have the same kind of speed.”
Early on in the feature Sanders felt pressure from Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson, who put together his best night of the 2015 campaign. The veteran driver captured the night’s Dash and stalked Sanders through traffic during the early stages, before bringing home a season-best runner up finish at the conclusion.
“This was a great night for us and I’m definitely happy to be standing up here on the podium tonight,” Nelson commented. “To finish second to someone that’s had a year like Justin has had is nothing to be ashamed of. I want to thank everyone that came out tonight and give a big thanks to all my sponsors & supporters. We couldn’t do this without all of them. We’ve had the car rolling well lately and I’m looking forward to the Johnny Key Classic next week. Hope all the fans come back as well. It’s going to be a great show.”
Campbell’s Bud Kaeding made a late surge to round out the podium, as he gears up for the 55th Johnny Key Classic next week. The 1996 winner of the event set fast time to begin the night and battled with youngsters Kyler Shaw & Ryan Robinson over much of the feature.
“We definitely wanted to get locked-in tonight, but everyone has been chasing that 17 car all year,” Kaeding said. “Justin Sanders has been the man to beat and they’ve been on a roll this season. We will come back next week and try to get a little better in the feature to have something for him. 50-laps definitely changes the ballgame, so you never know what will happen. The track should slick up a little more and we’ll have some slide jobs to give the fans a show. We’ll see everyone next week.”
Kyler Shaw came home in fourth to continue his solid summer of racing with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, while 14-year-old Ryan Robinson earned his career best finish at the track by rounding out the top-five. Robinson spent time racing with Nelson for second late in the going and looked very impressive once again. The son of former Civil War champion David Robinson Jr. is certainly one of the rising stars in the state and someone to keep an eye on.
The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Brad Furr, Jerry Bonnema, Mitchell Faccinto, Koen Shaw and Kalib Henry. Henry, who is the 15-year-old son of another former Civil War Series champion Mike Henry, was making his debut in a Winged Sprint Car. Like Robinson, Henry has also cut his teeth racing in an Outlaw Kart throughout Northern California. Jeremy Chisum came from 20th to 11th earning the High Five Pizza Hard Charger Award, while his brother Jason received the Beer Optics Hard Luck Award for his flip in the A-main.
As noted Kurt Nelson won the dash, while the three eight-lap heat races were picked off by Nelson, Tony Gualda and Jerry Bonnema. Bud Kaeding’s lap of 11.785 was good enough to give him his first Ray Scheidts Electric Fast Time Award of the season.
A-main finish: #17 Justin Sanders, #72W Kurt Nelson, #0 Bud Kaeding, #92 Kyler Shaw, #1R Ryan Robinson, #2 Brad Furr, #58 Jerry Bonnema, #37 Mitchell Faccinto, #88 Koen Shaw, #56K Kalib Henry, #8 Jermey Chisum, #83 Austin Liggett, #12 Scott Parker, #55 Danny Malfatti, #9J Dustin Golobic, #7 Nick Ringo Jr, #10 Anthony Simone, #34 Darrell Taylor, #3T Nicholas Ringo, #25Z Jason Chisum, #99 Tony Gualda, #17S Eric Rossi
The Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo will now get ready for the 55th running of the Johnny Key Classic next Saturday August 29. It will also be the second & final appearance of the season by the Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, in what is sure to be a huge night of racing. With Justin Sanders winning on Friday that means there will be just five drivers locked into the dash, which sets the first five starting spots in the 50-lap feature.
The drivers locked into the dash are Sanders, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Elk Grove’s Greg Decaires and Auburn’s Andy Forsberg. This means that the sixth starting spot will be available to the driver who sets fast time among the cars not already locked-in and transfers through their heat.
The front gate will open at 3:30pm next Saturday August 29, with the drivers meeting scheduled for 3:45pm. Please note the early start time like usual on Saturday events at the track. The pit gate will open at 1pm.
Ocean Speedway & Taco Bravo will be hosting a Johnny Key Classic Pre-Party at the Taco Bravo located at 1950 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA from 5pm to 8:30pm on Friday August 28, 2015. All pre-qualified cars and other teams are welcome to come and display their race cars at the event. Help us sell 3055 Taco’s. Tickets for Saturday will also be available at the party.
Remaining 2015 NCRA Sprint Car Schedule
Park City, Kansas – August 20, 2015 - A couple adjustments have been made to the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division schedule as the tour looks to close out their 26th consecutive season under the series banner.
The next event that is scheduled for the “winged warriors” is slated for 81 Speedway in Park City on Saturday night, September 5, as part of a single Labor Day weekend event. The originally scheduled Sunday night show for the Belleville High Banks Speedway in Belleville, Kansas has been nixed from the schedule.
To close out the 2015 schedule, the tour will make their fifth and final appearance of the season at 81 Speedway on Saturday night, October 10.
Five time and defending co-series champion C.J. Johnson currently holds a 120 point lead over former two-time and defending co-champion Jeremy Campbell. Both Campbell and Johnson have one feature victory on the season.
For more information on the 2015 NCRA Sprint Car schedule, check out their newly revamped website www.racencra.com, their official facebook page NCRA Racing Series and any questions contact the series office (316) 755-1781.
Remaining 2015 NCRA Sprint Car Schedule:
September 5 81 Speedway
October 10 81 Speedway
Hortsman wins NRA event at Limaland
(8/14/15) – NRA Sprint Invaders champion Jared Horstman won his division’s 25-lap feature, although his Horstman Motorsports running mate Hud Horton and Shawn Dancer both at times held the lead during the opening 15 circuits of the race. Horton topped the field from his post starting position for the first five laps before fellow front row starter Shawn Dancer took his turn with the lead.
It was the first action on the track for the evening as there were no heat races with the unusual final night format. Horstman used a rare for him middle racing groove to push to the front after starting in row number four. Horton suffered a mechanical problem while Dancer and Devon Dobie collided in turn number two effectively ending their hopes for the win.
Jared Horstman took over race leadership on lap fifteen and never looked back on the way to his fourth NRA feature win of the season. “I was kinda nervous without knowing what the track was gonna do so we just threw a heat race setup at it,” said Horstman afterward. “It was really different seeing me on the bottom, but we did it and put this thing in victory lane.”
NRA Sprint Invaders
A-Main - (25 Laps) 1. Jared Horstman; 2. Tim Allison; 3. Kyle Sauder; 4. Max Stambaugh; 5. Tyler Moore; 6. Ron Blair; 7. Jess Stiger; 8. Jr Stewart; 9. Nick Roberts; 10. Devon Dobie; 11. Shawn Dancer; 12. Jeff Williams; 13. Mike Dunlap; 14. Hud Horton.
Kyle Hirst Wins First Night Of Ore-Cal Challenge At Siskiyou Motor Speedway
By Ben Deatherage
The Western Sprint Tour would visit Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, California on Friday August 14th for the Siskiyou Golden Fair Race presented by Wonderland Distributing. The event would mark the first of two nights of the 2015 Ore-Cal Challenge. Fourteen cars would sign in on the sheets representing the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Penngrove teenager Michael Kofoid would set the early pace in his LaChance Kofoid Enterprises/DES Inc./Red Line Oil/Dr. Ramos Dentistry #11K Maxim in the Sousa Ready Mix Shootout feature. Kofoid would keep back all advances from challengers until lap six when Kyle Hirst would make the decisive move. Hirst, now residing in Chico and piloting the Finley Farms/CLT Logging/Rider Racing Engines #77 Maxim for car owners Scott and Jason Finley, would begin to take off before several cautions would occur keeping the field bunched up close.
On each ensuing restart Hirst would take right off from the cars behind him to reconstruct his massive lead. He would master traffic each time he approached it but as the race continued some other drivers would step up to the plate to try and overtake him. The most notable contender was Trey Starks of Puyallup, Washington. Starks would mount a massive late race charge and actually caught Hirst but would bang the cushion extremely hard exiting turn four with just a few laps to go resulting in him losing lots of ground.
The mishap would allow Kyle Hirst to have the luxury of nearly half a lap separating himself from second. Hirst would stay in the position for the remainder of the race to win his first career Western Sprint Tour victory and the third occasion he has done so at the Siskiyou Golden Fair Race.
Trey Starks would hold on to second place in his Starks Timber Processing/Southland Equipment Limited/MASCO Petroleum/T&C Concepts #55 J&J followed by the All Star Powdercoating/Corban Learning Center #21 KPC of Colby Wiesz, from Colfax, in third. Completing the top five finishers were fourth placed driver Jared Ridge of Snohomish, Washington, in his Ridge Runner Wings/Snohomish Auto Parts/Racers For Christ/Rodgers Racing Engines #12 entry, and the Jacob Daniels Attorney at Law/Oregon State Representative Cedric Ross Hayden/M.D. Yearous Logging/Devine Continuous Gutters #5D KPC of Cottage Grove, Oregon's Patrick Dills.
Kyle Hirst was fast time of the night while Michael Kofoid was the winner of the Coors Light Trophy Dash. The victors of the two Les Schwab Tires Heat Races included Hirst and Patrick Dills.
The Western Sprint Tour will visit Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday August 15th for the second and final leg of the Ore-Cal Challenge. It will be Kids Night at SOS and all kids ages TWELVE AND UNDER get in for FREE. For the latest news and information regarding the WST log on to sprints.nwextremeseries.com.
Current Western Sprint Tour Points (Top Ten):
1. 55-Trey Starks 819; 2. 11-Roger Crockett 694; 3. 22-Garen Linder 647; 4. 31C-Justyn Cox 622; 5. 77-Kyle Hirst 606; 6. 96-Greg Hamilton 576; 7. 11K-Michael Kofoid 566; 8. 94/8R-Steven Tiner 556; 9. 5D-Patrick Dills 554; 10. 5V-Colby Copeland 521
Current Ore-Cal Challenge Points (Top Ten):
1. 77-Kyle Hirst 100; 2. 55-Trey Starks 94; 3. 21-Colby Wiesz 86; 4. 12-Jared Ridge 81; 5. 5D-Patrick Dills 79; 6. 9-D.J. Freitas 74; 7. 7K-Kenny Allen 72; T 7N-Roger Henderson 72; 9. 11K-Michael Kofoid 68; T 45-Brent McGrath 68
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: 11TH ANNUAL CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS QUICKLY APPROACHING!
by Tommy Goudge (August 12, 2015) – Ohsweken, Ontario – The 11th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend at Ohsweken Speedway is coming up in less than 6 weeks, and preparations are well underway for the track’s signature event.
The 2015 Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend will kick off with a Test & Tune session on Thursday, September 17, while racing will commence Friday, September 18 with the Burger Barn Night Before the Nationals, and finish with the 11th annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday, September 19.
The 11th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals will include group time trials for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus 6 heat races, 3 B-Feature races, a dash race for heat race winners to determine the top 6 starting positions in the A-Feature, the 15 lap “Little Feature”, and the 35 lap A-Feature which will pay the winner $12,000 from the lucrative purse. The Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks will be the support division for the 360 Sprint Cars on Saturday, September 19.
While the Saturday night 360 Sprint Car format remains largely the same as in recent years, one small change has been made, as the field will be split into 3 flights for the group time trials as opposed to 6. Each of the 3 flights will then be divided evenly into 2 heat races based on their time trial results.
This year’s Night Before the Nationals again includes Twin 15 lap features for the 360 Sprint Cars, plus the Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout, Kevin Ward, Jr. Young Stars Challenge, and the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Car and HRW Automotive Mini Stock divisions. Each Twin 15 winner will be guaranteed a starting spot in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Feature.
The Dave McLeod Memorial Shootout features qualified drivers from the Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Tour, and Southern Ontario Sprints challenge events held at Ohsweken in 2015, the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car division feature on August 28, plus the top drivers from Sprints on Dirt and the National Racing Alliance, and two "Wild Card" entries.
The youngest drivers signed in for competition on the Night Before the Nationals will make up the 13 car starting field for the 13 lap Kevin Ward, Jr. “Young Stars Challenge” presented by TJSlideways.com.
PRE-ENTRY DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
The deadline for competitors to receive the (half-price) "Early Bird" discount on their Canadian Sprint Car Nationals entry fee is September 11, 2015. "Early Bird" entries also permit the driver free entry to the pit area on Saturday, September 19.
Entries can be filed by contacting Office Administrator Lorraine Pedersen by phone at 519 750-4866 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the “Competitors Info” link on www.OhswekenSpeedway.com for more information, to print the entry form, and to view the rules, format, and more.
The Canadian Sprint Car Nationals has been the annual season-closing event at Ohsweken Speedway since 2005, and brings together drivers and teams from several affiliated sanctioning organizations in the area, plus teams and drivers from all over North America. The event has drawn an average of 70 entries for the 10 previous editions, with a total of 224 different drivers from 16 American states, 5 Canadian provinces, Australia, and New Zealand taking part.
Kenny Jacobs of Holmesville, Ohio won the first Canadian Sprint Car Nationals feature in 2005, followed by Steve Poirier from Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec in 2006 and 2007, Mustang, Oklahoma’s Wayne Johnson in 2008, Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. from Sunnyvale, Texas in 2011, while Poirier became the first 3-time winner in 2012, Stewart also became a 3-time winner in 2013, and Jessica Zemken went to victory lane in 2014.
PAST CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS A-FEATURE WINNERS
2005 - Kenny Jacobs
2006 - Steve Poirier
2007 - Steve Poirier
2008 - Wayne Johnson
2009 - Shane Stewart
2010 - Shane Stewart
2011 - Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
2012 - Steve Poirier
2013 - Shane Stewart
2014 - Jessica Zemken
2015 DAVE MCLEOD MEMORIAL SHOOTOUT QUALIFIERS
Sanction – Driver Name
Patriot Sprint Tour – Jared Zimbardi
Patriot Sprint Tour – Todd Hoddick
Southern Ontario Sprints – Glenn Styres
Southern Ontario Sprints – Mitch Brown
Empire Super Sprints – Jason Barney
Empire Super Sprints – Steve Poirier
National Racing Alliance – TBD
National Racing Alliance – TBD
Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars – TBD
Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars – TBD
Sprints on Dirt – TBD
Sprints on Dirt – TBD
"Wild Card" – TBD
"Wild Card" – TBD
URSS Set To Invade Colorado Motor Sports Park This Friday
Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers Colorado will host the United Rebel Sprint Series this Friday August 14th. The track is in its first year of operation has hosted some excellent shows for the fans and drivers alike. This Friday will be no exception as the 3/8’s mile oval host the Colorado Region of the United Rebel Sprint Series. The Colorado Region boasts a strong field of drivers from young hot shoes to veteran racers. The regions drivers include Coby Pearce, who won the first feature this year at the new facility, Mark Bensenberg, Kevin Schramek, John Jacobs, Scott Cochran, Bob Schaeffer, Brian Hardman, Adam Trimble, Clint Schubert, Butch Hardman and Mark Walinder among others.
Drivers from the Kansas region that plan on making the tow will include current Kansas regional points leader Zach Blurton, who has won three features including the Weatshocker Nationals, McCook Nebraska’s Nate Berry, who won the National event at Wakeeney Speedway this year, and last years URSS Rookie of the year, Jeremy Huish, is also planning on making the trip among others.
This Friday’s event will feature an expanded payout thanks to the help of Kevin Schramek of Schramek Landscape Materials who put an extra $1,000.00 into the purse. The event will pay $600.00 to win and $200.00 to start the A Feature. Hats off to Kevin for stepping up to the plate to help the URSS Colorado Region and Colorado Motor Sports Park to put on a quality show for the fans. The gates will open at 5:00 pm and the racing action starts at 7:00 pm. Joining the URSS Sprint Cars Friday Night will be Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, the Extreme 4X4’s and the RMLSA cars.
TURNER TAKES FIRST SPRINT CAR WIN WITH SOS AT BRIGHTON SPEEDWAY
by Greg Calnan (Saturday, August 8, 2015) – Brighton, Ontario – The Southern Ontario Sprints returned to action at Brighton Speedway for the eighth race of the 2015 season and when the 25 lap feature was completed there was a new face in victory lane. Cory Turner topped Glenn Styres and Mitch Brown for his first career sprint car win.
Styres and Charlie Sandercock led the 17 car field to the green flag in the main event. In his quest for his 50th career sprint car win, Styres bolted away from the field and paced the race until a lap 3 caution for a broken front end on the Darren Zumpe #11z.
After the restart Warren Mahoney was involved in a lap 5 incident that saw him tumble down the frontstetch. He was able to walk away uninjured, but was finished for the evening.
Two additional cautions slowed the opening 12 laps of the race, during this time Turner began to move his way toward the front and made his way to second.
The final restart of the event came with 13 laps to go. Styres continued to lead, however Turner kept pace and the two raced side by side for the next 4 laps. On the 16th circuit Turner cleared Styres on the backstretch and began to pull away from the 5 time champion. Lapped traffic closed the gap between the top two in the final laps, however Turner was too strong and held on for a popular first win. Title contenders Styres and Brown finished 2nd and 3rd while Jamie Turner and Chris Jones completed the top five.
The win was not only the first in a sprint car for the third generation driver, but also the first for the three car Team Turner Racing team.
The Southern Ontario Sprints continue their doubleheader weekend at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday, August 9th for round nine of the 2015 season. Race time at the Port Colborne, Ontario facility is 6:30 pm.
SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS RACE REPORT
2015 SEASON EVENT #8 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015
BRIGHTON SPEEDWAY – BRIGHTON ON
A-FEATURE (25 laps)
Finish. Number Name (Starting Position)
1. 19 Cory Turner (3)
2. 0 Glenn Styres (1)
3. 10b Mitch Brown (4)
4. 11t Jamie Turner (8)
5. 11j Chris Jones (7)
6. 42w Rick Wilson (6)
7. 01 Kyle Fraser (13)
8. 71s Shawn Sliter (16)
9. 5 Keith Dempster (9)
10. 66 Frank Baranowski (5)
11. 10 Bob Crawford (17)
12. 98 Paul Pekkonen (12)
13. 15 Mike Ferrell (14)
DNF. 57 Charlie Sandercock (2)
DNF. 91 Ryan Turner (11)
DNF. Warren Mahoney (10)
DNF. 11z Darren Zumpe (15)
DNS. 15aw April Wilson (18)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Glenn Styres (1-15), Cory Turner (16-25)
2015 SEASON FEATURE WINNERS:
Glenn Styres – 3 (Brighton Speedway June 20, Ohsweken Speedway July 3, Brighton Speedway July 11)
Mitch Brown – 2 (Brighton Speedway May 16, South Buxton Raceway July 4)
Parker Price-Miller – 1 (Humberstone Speedway May 17)
Chris Jones – 1 (South Buxton Raceway June 6)
Cory Turner – 1 (Brighton Speedway August 8)
Macedo Masters Placerville En Route To Forni Classic Win
Placerville, CA)- After a torrid battle up front, Carson Macedo was in the right place at the right time as he capitalized on a Sean Becker mistake to take command of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and race his was to the lucrative win as he became the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster’s eighth different winner in 2015.
It was Cory Eliason and Sean Becker leading the field to green at the high-banked quarter mile facility, and it was all Eliason early as Sean Becker stayed right in his wake.
As Eliason and Becker duked it out up front, the battle behind them was just as exciting as Carson Macedo, Jonathan Allard, and Kyle Hirst all raced for position within the Top-Five as the lead duo slowly broke away.
Lap 15 would be good to Becker as the Roseville, CA driver was able to use lapped traffic to his advantage as he took the lead from Eliason, though the duo would race wheel-to-wheel for the next three laps until the caution flag waived.
As Macedo moved into the second spot on the redraw, he would chase after Becker, and the battle for the lead would heat up. On lap 20, Becker would get two high in turns one and two and his machine would get up over the thick cushion that had built up and Macedo capitalized as he took the race lead as Allard and Hirst followed suit.
The trio up front would fight hard as they got back into traffic, and Maedo would continue to set the pace as the caution flag flew with just five laps to go and gave the leaders clear track.
Macedo would be flawless in the race’s final five laps as he worked the bottom of the speedway to perfection and picked up the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and bagged the $10,000 that came with it.
“I can’t say enough about my team, and this car,” Carson Macedo said. “We have been really good lately and it is nice to finally put this thing in victory lane in front of a huge crowd. The Tarlton family has been so good to me, I am really happy to win this race for all of them.”
Though he would come up short, Jonathan Allard was pleased with his second place finish during Saturday night’s feature.
“We are really pleased to be up on the podium and I am happy for Carson Macedo,” Allard said. “This race would have been a big win for us as it honored Mark Forni who was a great guy. I have to thank Clyde and Marion Lamar and my guys for their support.”
Rounding out the podium was inaugural Mark Forni Classic winner, Kyle Hirst.
“I love racing Placerville Speedway, and always have a good time in front of all of these great fans,” Hirst said. “Week in and week out it seems like we battle with Carson Macedo and Jonathan Allard, and I commend both them and their teams on a great night of racing. My guys did a great job, and I have to thank Dennis and Theresa Roth for letting us come out.”
Eliason would run fourth, Becker fifth, Matt Peterson six, Shane Golobic seventh, Justin Sanders eighth, Andy Gregg 9th, and Andy Forsberg would round out the Top-10.
With 29 cars checking in at the Placerville Speedway for the track’s highest paying event ever, Kyle Hirst led the way in time trials by setting the bar at a 10.819 second lap.
Heat race wins went to Tyler Walker, Carson Macedo, Jonathan Allard, and Sean Becker, while Cory Eliason won the Dash.
The 12-lap B Main was won by Colby Wiesz, as Mason Moore, Shawn Wright, Steven Tiner, Koen Shaw, and James Sweeney also earned transfers into the feature event.
ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is now set for another big night of racing on August 29th at the Ocean Speedway for the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic.
WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway).
Jared Zimbardi Powers to Patriot Sprint Win to Score Season Sweep at Black Rock
Sammy Reakes IV Claims PST America Championship
Rich Vleck, DUNDEE, NY, (August 7, 2015)- Jared Zimbardi has racked up plenty of wins over his career and had his share even this season, but this one had a different feel as it was his first as a father.
“It’s the most special part,” declared Zimbardi in Black Rock Speedway Victory Lane, scoring the win in the 25-lap A-Verdi A-Main presented by M&W Aluminum Products to sweep the season at the fast 4/10-mile. The win comes less than two weeks after the birth of his daughter, Audrey. Her arrival removed his championship aspirations for this year, but it has not slowed “The Juice” down when he hits the track
Zimbardi was fast from the start of the feature, battling side-by-side with newly-crowned 2015 PST America Champion Sammy Reakes for the first lap and a half, until he was able to clear him on the second lap, but it was Bryan Howland, the winner of this event in 2014, who would be his biggest challenger.
The two most-decorated PST Champions put on quite a show dueling in lapped traffic, as Howland chased down Zimbardi and passed him on lap nine to take the advantage. Howland then found lapped traffic a hindrance a few laps later, as Zimbardi zoomed back by on lap 14.
“I was really surprised, he got underneath me and I realized he was pretty good,” said Zimbardi, of Bradford, PA, after the race. “I figured I’d see what happens and keep running the bottom. I don’t know if the tires came in or what but I caught him.”
The first caution of the race did not appear until lap 17 with Zimbardi holding a slim advantage at the time. On the restart, Howland set up a sweet maneuver to drive around the outside of the No. 35 to retake the lead. Not to be outdone, Zimbardi drove in hard on the bottom of turn one and took the lead back. A classic race to the finish was in the making, but Howland’s night would end five laps short as a tie rod broke on the No. 51, forcing him to stop over the banking in turn three.
“When he got back by me on the restart I’m just smiling because it was a good race. I’ve never been part of a race where the lead swapped back and forth like that,” reflected Zimbardi. “I hate to see him have problems because I feel like we would have battled like that until the end, who knows who would have won.”
On what would be the final restart, Zimbardi only got better as he clicked off his first laps in the 13 second bracket of the night and drove away to score the win.
“I started backing off the throttle to keep the cars straight and it’s amazing how sometimes you can’t just get in these and smash the throttle down, but the crew does a great job to hook the car up at the end of the race when it counts.”
It was Zimbardi’s 24th career PST win, his fifth at Black Rock and his fifth win of 2015. It is worth noting that all five of his wins this season have come on a Friday.
Sammy Reakes IV had a stout race car and was able to finish in second, which was more than enough for the Palermo, NY resident to claim the 2015 PST America Championship.
“The car was on a rail tonight, Jared was just a little bit better,” noted Reakes after the event. “I felt like in lapped traffic I could run with him and if we stayed in traffic I might have had a shot but to win this championship is just amazing.”
Coming in to the night, Reakes only needed to start the feature to put a virtual lock on the championship, but by virtue of his runner-up finish, he officially has locked up the crown, which was important to “The Honeybadger”.
“I didn’t relax until I went across the checkered flag and I knew I could just celebrate tonight. It’s a dream come true. This is probably the highest level of racing I will reach so to win a championship at it is pretty special.”
Reakes had been so focused on winning the championship over the last month that he had stated that he felt he wasn’t getting the most out of his race car. By starting the feature he was able to race harder and had a huge smile on his face to be able to score his best finish since May.
It was an impressive three months for Reakes as he finished every PST America event in the top 10, scoring two wins and five podium finishes along the way.
Another feel good story on the night was turned in by Danny Varin, who won his heat race and drove up to finish in third. It was Varin’s first race back since a terrifying incident at Rolling Wheels two weeks earlier where his car caught on fire and he suffered second degree burns. Varin was particularly pleased that he felt his 00 was just a little off and he was still good enough to get to third.
Birthday boy Kyle Drum put a cap on a fine season, coming home in fourth. It was seventh top five of the season for Drum, who had not planned on running the entire tour at the start of the year but was able to finish up second in points.
Jonathan Preston was yet another great story as the rookie 360 sprint driver won the Evingham Site Excavation Dash4Cash and then parlayed that in to a top five finish. In just his third start in a 360, the Romulus, NY driver looked terrific in his family’s No. 22.
Paul Habeck had difficulty getting to the track, then nearly got collected in a heat race spin, but survived all of that to finish in sixth. Nine-time Black Rock sprint winner George Suprick drove up to seventh, getting by Darryl Ruggles in the late stages as Ruggles finished eighth. Steve Collins finished in ninth while Joe Trenca was the hard-charger, driving up to 10th in his first BRS appearance.
A total of 22 sprints were on hand for the 39th appearance for the Patriots in Dundee. Jimmy Stitzel looked good in his heat race but broke while leading and was scratched for the night. It was also a tough night for Scott Just as he dropped a valve in his engine on lap 20.
Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Results: 8/7/2015, Black Rock Speedway, DUNDEE, NY.
A-Verdi A-Main presented by M&W Aluminum Products (25 Laps)- 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Sammy Reakes IV (17), 3. Danny Varin (00), 4. Kyle Drum (47), 5. Jonathan Preston (22), 6. Paul Habeck (25H), 7. George Suprick (87), 8. Darryl Ruggles (48JR), 9. Steve Collins (67), 10. Joe Trenca (98), 11. Tyler Graves (25G), 12. Dave Just (54J), 13. Jake Muench (14), 14. Will Glover (21), 15. Alysha Ruggles (48A), 16. Josh Azzi (17z), 17. Dave Wickham (80), 18. Derrick Juliano (1J), 19. Pete Richardson (67R), 20. Bryan Howland (51), 21. Scott Just (54JR), DNS: Jimmy Stitzel (4).
Lap Leaders- Reakes 1, Zimbardi 2-8, Howland 9-13, Zimbardi 14-17, Howland 18, Zimbardi 19-25.
Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Point Standings (Top 10)- Reakes 2039, Drum 1977, Collins 1786, D. Just 1772, S. Just 1758, Suprick 1753, Zimbardi 1719, Graves 1433, Hutchinson 1405, Muench 1153.
Danny Lasoski Dominates 360 Nationals Opener
by Bryan Hulbert and Bill Wright
Knoxville, IA, August 6, 2015 – The 25th annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank opened with Missouri’s Danny Lasoski leading flag-to-flag in Thursday’s preliminary A-Feature aboard the Parker/Mark Burch Motorsports No. 1m.
Lasoski’s third career preliminary A-Feature win in the 360 Nationals since 2012, the “Dude from Dover” was never challenged en-route to victory.
“This just goes to show you hard March Burch Works. He’s a one-man-band at home. He builds his own engines, does everything, and I just couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Lasoski when asked about his performance. “We came here just to see if we could measure up, and weren’t even close. In Qualifying, we were even close, but he [Mark] never gave up and just kept working at it and it showed when it counted.”
Asked if the run was a simple one, Lasoski replied, “It’s anything but simple. When you get these touring guys that come in, along with anyone else here, you’ve got the best guys in the country.”
While Lasoski ran away on the start, the race for the runner-up spot began to take shape as Aaron Reutzel held off the charge of Casey Friedrichsen. Not able to put distance over the No. 20, the pair continued the fight as Lasoski build his advantage until the caution waved on Lap 7 for Nate Van Haaften whose axle sheered, launching the Left Rear down the back straight-a-way.
Back to green, Lasoski again pulled away with the red soon flying for a violent crash by Sawyer Phillips. Slow to emerge, the driver of the No. 3p was able to walk away.
Re-firing after an open red, the green light would not turn off again as Lasoski crossed 1.454 seconds ahead of the B.C. Funds No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel.
Changing gears during the open red, Aaron said the change was good but not enough, “It had to be a whole lot better to catch Danny. He’s just a rocket around here so what can you say running second to that guy. It definitely doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit.”
Having to scramble after his Heat Race, Aaron elaborated on what happened, “I just can’t thank my guys enough. They worked their butts off. We had to change a Rear End after the Heat Race and it seemed like anything that could go wrong, did go wrong while we were changing it, plus we hurt our good motor a week ago. We had another motor to run, but it just wasn’t that strong so Scottie McDonald stepped up and loaned us a motor.”
Crossing third was Casey Friedrichsen for his first top-five performance in his second career 360 Nationals preliminary A-Feature.
“We’re not going to complain one bit about being up here at the end of the night. I would like to be standing on either one of those other two spots, but we haven’t been down here as much as we need to run to get where those two guys are tonight, but we’ll take what we got with momentum and go into Saturday night and hopefully run good again.”
Putting on moves in the closing laps, Calvin Landis crossed fourth from seventh with Clint Garner working to fifth from eighth.
Tenth starting Bronson Maeschen was sixth, followed by Tony Bruce, Jr. Working the low line, Billy Alley moved from 12th to eighth with Russ Hall and Ryan Roberts making up the top-ten.
Thursday night saw 48 drivers checking in. All drivers were able to take time with Clint Garner laying down the fastest lap at 16.301 seconds. Five Heat races went to Matt Moro, Joe Beaver, Ryan Roberts, Brandon Hanks, and Danny Lasoski.
The night’s C-Feature was won by Jordan Weaver. Knoxville’s Jamie Ball won the B-feature. The night’s Hard Charger was Bryan Clauson who advanced from 23rd to 12th.
The 25th Annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank continue Friday night, August 7, and Saturday, August 8! For more information on Knoxville Raceway, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!
A main (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Danny Lasoski (2); 2. Aaron Reutzel (4); 3. Casey Friedrichsen (1); 4. Calvin Landis (7); 5. Clint Garner (8); 6. Bronson Maeschen (10); 7. Tony Bruce Jr. (3); 8. Billy Alley (12); 9. Russ Hall (11); 10. Ryan Roberts (9); 11. Bryan Clauson (23); 12. Matt Moro (16); 13. Jon Agan (24); 14. Joe Beaver (17); 15. Jamie Ball (21); 16. Justin Henderson (22); 17. Jordyn Brazier (14); 18. Carson McCarl (13); 19. Brandon Hanks (19); 20. Scottie McDonald (18); 21. Cody Ledger (20); 22. Lee Grosz (15); 23. Sawyer Phillips (5); 24. Nate Van Haaften (6). Lap Leader: Lasoski 1-20. Hard-charger: Clauson.
Thursday Points (top 10)
1. Clint Garner 483
2. Aaron Reutzel 473
3. Danny Lasoski 472
4. Calvin Landis 471
5. Tony Bruce Jr. 461
5. Bryan Clauson 461
7. C. Friedrichsen 455
8. Jon Agan 452
8. Jamie Ball 452
10. Justin Henderson 450
Patriot Sprint Tour America Championship to be Decided Friday at Black Rock
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (August 4, 2015)- This Friday will not only be the running of one of the biggest traditional races on the Patriot Sprint Tour schedule, the 2015 PST America Championship will be decided.
This Friday, August 7, the Patriot Sprint Tour America will make their 39th appearance at the fast 4/10-mile oval. This will mark the 12th consecutive year the series has run there on the second weekend in August, but this will be only the second time where it will the final full-point race, deciding a championship.
Sammy Reakes IV comes in to the event with a 61-point advantage over Kyle Drum. Drum has been closing in over the last few races, but with Reakes finishing every full point race in the top 10 this season, the gap has remained. The key for Reakes will be starting from feature, if he can do that it will all but guarantee “The Honeybadger” as the seventh different PST America Champion.
Since 2004, the Patriots have sanctioned an event on the second weekend in August at BRS, with that sprint show going back even further. The winners of this show are a “who’s who” of area sprint car racing and beyond, including four PST America Champions, a URC Champion and a Sprint Cup Champion. This year, the race is sponsored by M&W Aluminum Products and surely will not disappoint.
Jared Zimbardi, the defending PST Champion and current series point leader of Bradford, PA, dominated the only other sprint show at the 4/10-mile oval in May and is hoping to get back in to Victory Lane for the first time as a father and for the fifth time on a Friday night in 2015.
Bryan Howland is the defending winner of this event and will be back in search of a repeat. Howland has had a terrific season but has not won since May so to say the least, the four-time champion is overdue. Another past winner ready planning to attend is Justin Barger.
Steve Collins, Dave Just and Scott Just each started their sprint car careers at Black Rock and will battle it out on the track for the third spot in the PST America standings. Collins holds a slim seven point lead over Dave Just, who is just two points ahead of his son Scott, who is coming off a career-best fourth place finish last Friday at his hometown Ransomville Speedway.
A PST event at Black Rock would not be complete without George Suprick. The 2004 Track Champion has six PST wins at BRS, which does not include his two Bully Hill Nationals wins. Suprick’s most recently series win was at Black Rock and he would love nothing more than to rekindle that glory on Friday.
Among those ready to Rock on Friday are Darryl and Alysha Ruggles, Jonathan Preston, Josh Azzi, Jake Muench, Joe Trenca, Dave Wickham, Tyler Graves, Paul Habeck, Will Glover, Pete Richardson, Jimmy Stitzel,
Racing action will kick off early at 7:00 P.M. on Friday. For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Patriot Sprint Tour History at Black Rock
9/6/2003- Scott Bonnell
4/24/2004- Rich Swarthout
5/22/2004- Lance Yonge
6/5/2004- George Suprick
6/12/2004- George Suprick
6/19/2004- George Suprick
6/26/2004- Bobby Breen
7/2/2004- Rick Wilson
7/10/2004- Chuck Hebing
7/17/2004- George Suprick
8/7/2004- Blake Breen
8/14/2004- Blake Breen
9/4/2004- Chuck Hebing
9/11/2004- Trevor Lewis
8/13/2005- George Suprick
9/10/2005- Trevor Lewis
8/12/2006- Chuck Hebing
9/9/2006- Curt Michael
5/18/2007- Chuck Hebing
5/19/2007- Travis Rilat
8/11/2007- Jared Zimbardi
8/8/2008- Justin Barger
5/15/2009- Bobby Breen
8/7/2009- Trevor Lewis
4/30/2010- Chuck Hebing
8/6/2010- Bryan Howland
9/10/2010- Bobby Breen and Alain Bergeron (Preliminary Events)
9/11/2010- Justin Barger
5/7/2011- J.J. Grasso
7/8/2011- Chuck Hebing
8/12/2011- Jared Zimbardi
5/4/2012- Bobby Breen
6/29/2012- George Suprick
8/10/2012- Tony Stewart
5/3/2013- Justin Barger
8/9/2013- Robbie Stillwaggon
8/8/2014- Bryan Howland
5/15/2015- Jared Zimbardi
Jason Barney Outraces Patriot Sprint Tour Field and Rain at Ransomville
Rich Vleck, RANSOMVILLE, NY, (July 31, 2015)- Last season, when Jason Barney scored a win at Ransomville, he was unable to enjoy it in Victory Lane as the win was not awarded until after a technical violation gave him the victory; this year, he knew he had won right away, but thanks to Mother Nature, still was unable to visit Victory Lane.
Barney, of Brewerton, NY, scored the win in the rain-shortened A-Verdi A-Main at Ransomville Friday Night. Barney started in sixth but took the lead by lap seven and had a comfortable lead all the way until an impending storm began to hit “The Big R” on lap 19, ending the race six laps early.
After dominating heat race three, Barney appeared to be in good shape for the feature, but after moisture was added to the track before the feature, the tough 4/10-mile looked like the top groove would place to be; this was indeed the case, but for a change, Barney had no problem getting off his customary low line and hanging it out on the top.
The current PST Canada Point Leader used multiple early-race restarts to leap frog his way to the front. Barney moved up a single spot on the opening start, then went from 5th to second over the next three laps. Just before the third caution came out on lap seven, “Racin’ Jason” took the lead and was ready to set sail from there.
With a heavy storm approaching and lightning frequently displayed in the sky, the teams knew it would be a race to halfway. Just after the crossed flags, Barney reeled in the lapped cars and saw his 2.3 second lead quickly evaporate.
Early race leader Steve Collins, who had earned the outside pole despite doing a 360 spin in heats and having to race back in to a redraw spot, chased down Barney on lap 17, but as they cut through lapped cars, Collins got caught up heading in to tricky turn one and smacked the wall hard, ending his night
Heat one winner Kyle Drum would inherit second, the spot in finished in at Ransomville back in June, but it was Jared Zimbardi, the driver that beat him eight weeks ago, who continued going forward, as he pulled off a slide-job to take second. Just as Zimbardi took over the runner-up spot, rain began to fall and with heavier precipitation imminent, the race was cautioned and then eventually sent back to the pits where the race was deemed official.
The win was the third for Barney in his career at Ransomville, which is every sprint race he has run there. His ability to power through the middle of turns one and two on restarts appeared to be the different on the night. It was his ninth career PST win, the second of the season and, in all likely-hood, the first one he won by running the top lane.
Zimbardi’s return to PST action after the birth of his first daughter last Saturday showed he had no rust to knock off, as he got by his brother-in-law Drum on the final circuit. Zimbardi and Drum were both solid throughout the night, each winning their heat and fighting off poor redraws to each finish five spots higher than where they started.
Polesitter Scott Just was not only able to finish a sprint race at his hometown track for the first time, he came home in fourth, a career-best for the third-year sprint car driver. Just was pleased with the result but wished he could have been one spot higher to tie his dad, Dave, for his career-best third-place run last week at Woodhull.
Another driver with a career-best 360 finish was Darryl Ruggles, who finish in fifth after scoring his first career Evingham Site Excavation Dash4Cash win.
Sammy Reakes IV committed to the bottom for most of the race, which was not the preferred groove, but he was able to use the top line late in the race to finish in sixth and put himself in good position to lock up the 2015 PST America Championship next Friday at Black Rock.
Scott Kreutter was among the drivers moving forward late in the race, getting the Hoddick Motorsports No. 49 up to seventh. Chris Steele drove back up to finish in eighth, while Dave Just and Dane Lorenc rounded out the top 10.
A total of 23 sprints packed the pits on what started off a nice night for racing. Just after 10:00 P.M. the skies opened up and within minutes it was near-monsoon conditions in Niagara County.
It was a tough night for a host of drivers, including Jake Muench and Pete Richardson, each of whom flipped during the feature. Both walked away fine but with damaged race cars. Tyler Graves fought engine issues all night and was unable to turn a lap while Matt Tanner suffered a flat tire on lap 17 after battling up to eighth place.
A-Main (Rain-Shortened to 19 Laps)- 1. Jason Barney (87*), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Kyle Drum (47), 4. Scott Just (54JR), 5. Darryl Ruggles (48JR), 6. Sammy Reakes (17), 7. Scott Kreutter (49), 8. Chris Steele (80), 9. Dave Just (54J), 10. Dane Lorenc (00), 11. Jonathan Preston (22x), 12. Jim Porter (22), 13. George Suprick (87), 14. Ryan Susice (27), 15. Josh Azzi (17z), 16. Chad Miller (69k), 17. Dan Bennett (X), 18. Steve Collins (67), 19. Matt Tanner (90), 20. Alysha Ruggles (48A), 21. Pete Richardson (67R), 22. Jake Muench (14), DNS: Tyler Graves (25G).
Lap Leaders- Collins 1-6, Barney 7-19.
Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Point Standings (Top 10)- Reakes 1894, Drum 1835, Collins 1663, D. Just 1656, S. Just 1654, Suprick 1624, Zimbardi 1569, Hutchinson 1405, Graves 1315, Kreutter 1098.
360 Series Points
1. Davie Franek 1529
2. Josh Weller 1406
2. Randy West 1406
4. Curt Michael 1277
5. Ed Aikin 1251
6. Troy Betts 1231
7. R Stillwaggon 1189
8. J. Swanson 1058
9. Brian Carber 1042
10. Andy Best 908
1. Steve Poirier 2184
2. Jason Barney 1888
3. Jeff Cook 1786
4. Matt Tanner 1678
5. Paul Kinney 1609
6. Chuck Hebing 1294
7. Cory Sparks 1155
8. Dave Axton 1108
9. Kevin Ward Jr. 987
10. T. Wickham 986
1. Jared Zimbardi 1982
2. Steve Collins 1782
3. Dave Just 1735
4. Brad Knab 1733
5. Scott Just 1654
6. Scott Kreutter 1609
7. Dane Lorenc 1595
8. Derek Jonathan 1586
9. Tyler Graves 1525
10. Bryan Howland 1318
1. Jared Zimbardi 795
2. Alain Bergeron 736
3. Lee Ladouceur 716
4. Mitch Brown 701
5. Chris Jones 613
6. Kyle Fraser 609
7. Rick Wilson 569
8. April Wilson 498
9. Tyler Rand 447
10. Dane Lorenc 413
1. C.J. Johnson 1940
2. J. Campbell 1830
3. Jeff Stasa 1690
4. Jon Freeman 1680
5. J.D. Johnson 1595
5. R. Seeman 1595
7. Luke Cranston 1285
8. Jake Greider 1250
9. Josh Fairbank 1225
10. Jake Martens 1140
1. Glenn Styres 1747
2. Mitch Brown 1699
3. Keith Dempster 1522
4. Chris Jones 1397
5. Warren Mahoney 1368
6. Shawn Sliter 1340
7. Bob Crawford 1242
8. Brad Lodge 1234
9. Jamie Turner 1191
10. Mike Ferrell 1179