Christmas In July and Bicycle Giveaways Part Of DH2 Speedways Festivities
This past Friday nights racing program was jammed packed with a regular show for all divisions. On the programs was the postponed Christmas In July, with a visit from Santa Claus. Forty five bicycles lineup along the fence in the grandstand area were staged for the giveaways. The evenings program was sponsored by Northern PA Notary Service. A brief rain shower just as gates opened pushed the show back as the track needed to be worked back in. Sixty four races teams filled the pit area, with several new faces all ready to give the Dunn Hill 2 surface a try. Track officials decided that there would be no hot laps due to the time it took to work the track in. They allowed the drivers to come out and help with the track giving them the laps they needed to be sure their race machines were ready for qualifying.
Qualifying winners included Eddie Sites and Jake Maynard in the IMCA mods, Bobby Maynard and Chuck Murray in Street Stocks, JR Bush and Travis Parks in Mini Stocks, George Briegel and David Ackley in the Factory Stocks and in the Front Wheel Drive class was Andrew Dorman, Tyler Belcher and Cory Lewis. Santa made his visit and shared many stuffed animals with all the children in attendance. 45 youngsters of all ages were going home with new bicycles donated by the drivers, race team, sponsors, track workers. The feature lineups were ready and so were the drivers all hoping that they would find victory lane.
The ever growing Factory Stock division was the first feature of the night. Chad Roberts and Justin Young brought the field to the green. Justin grabbed the lead for lap one, as Chad Roberts made his move on the second lap. Chad held off a strong charge by David Ackley, as these two drivers raced side by side until lap six. Stan Matthews made his move into second with his sights set on the top spot. On lap seven he made his move, around the Roberts machine. Roberts and David Ackley continued to have a tight race for the second position. Coming from the rear of the field was newcomer Tom Cundy. Tom worked his way into the top five by lap 14, with the hopes of stealing the lead away from Stan. A caution on lap 15, for David Ackley as his rear end broke tightened up the field. On the restart the Cundy machine moved into second challenging Stan for the lead. In the closing laps Stan held off the strong charge of Tom Cundy to capture his fifth feature victory. In a post race inspection Tom Cundy was disqualified. That gave second place to Chad Roberts, third to George Briegel, fourth to Tim Fletcher and fifth to Justin Young. Not a good night for current points leader Mike Mente as a mechanical problem forced him pit side and not able to finish the feature.
The nationally sanctioned IMCA Mods made their way onto the track. Aaron Benjamin and Jake Maynard made up the front row. On the dropped of the green flag it was Aaron who grabbed the lead. It was for only two laps as Eddie McKernan made it known that he wanted to visit victory lane. By lap three McKernan had the lead and was not giving it up to anyone. Rich McNeal who was in second tried everything he knew to make the move around the number 83. The battle behind the top two was exciting as Sonny Terry, Ray McClure and Eddie Sites raced each other hard for position. At the half way point of the feature it was Sites who was making his move to the front. On lap twelve Eddie Sites was in second challenging Eddie McKernan for the lead. Sites tried the outside and the inside looking to make the move. McKernan would not allow that to happen as they both wanted the win. On lap seventeen the caution came out with Eddie Sites being involved sending him pit side. We rejoined the field, but ran out of time to make his way back through the field. When starter Jerry Brighthaupt waved the checkered flag it was Eddie McKernan holding off Harry Ely, Rich McNeal, Brad Sites and Sonny Terry to capture his second feature win of the season.
During the IMCA mod feature the fog started rolling in across the track. The fog was so heavy at one point it was difficult to see the cars on the track. The track officials decided that they would postpone the rest of the racing program. So they will make up one feature each week until the Mini Stock, Front Wheel Drive and Street Stock features from this past Friday are complete. This week it will be the Mini Stock feature that will run immediately after the hot lap session. A complete racing program will follow that feature. The Factory Stock mechanics race has not been decided when it will be made up at press time. This Friday nights program is sponsored by S & A Construction which will include spectator races. For more information visit our website at www.dunnhill2speedway.com. Come find your favorite seat on the hill and watch our drivers show you, "How Dirt Track Racing Is Dunn"!
MOTHER NATURE HALTS SMALL CAR SATURDAY AT DUNN HILL 2 SPEEDWAY
Rain showers sent the track officials and workers into overdrive on Saturday afternoon. MEI Smallcar "Flyin 500", was scheduled for the Allstar Slingshots with a regular show for all other divisions. The slingshot winner was going to be taking home a cool $500 for the win. It took some time to get both tracks worked in, but the hot lap session started. It was decided that the kart portion of the days events would be completely run, before the mircos and slingshots would take to the track.
Qualifying began in the karts, with eight divisions on hand. Winners of the qualifying races included, Rodney McConnell in Super Seniors, Caleb Hadlock and Doug Newbigging in Rookie Purple, DJ Knolles in Sportskids, Seth Anderson and Cody Kershner in Novice Blue, Zac Bruce in Animal, Doug Lantz in Sportsmen, Carl Abbott in Flatheads and Wayne Miller in Stock Appearing Clones. As the Flathead class were running their qualifying race the rain began to fall. It got harder and the announcement came that races were being called.
At press time the plans for next Saturday are to run four of the eight kart features right after the hot lap session. Then a complete kart program will start for this week. The Micro and Slingshot program that was scheduled to run this past Saturday will run this week. The MEI Smallcar "Flyin 500", for the Allstar Slingshots is scheduled to take place with a regular show for the Micro divisions.
Next Saturday the rest of the rained out kart features, before their regular program, along with the Slingshots and Micros. It will a jam packed couple of weeks of racing, for the Small Car Saturday program. If you haven't had a chance to come and watch the racers old and young alike, this would be your chance to check it out. Grandstand admission is just $6.00 to see some great racing. For more information visit our website at www.dunnhill2speedway.com.
MATT HIRSCHMAN ON A ROLL, COLLECTING THIRD RoC PAVEMENT SERIES WIN IN A ROW IN 2012
Matt Hirschman extended his hot streak in the Race of Champions Pavement Modified Series Sunday afternoon by winning the 75 lap event at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY. The second generation driver from Northampton, Pa collected his third consecutive RoC win in 2012, and his second win at the speedway. His previous win at "The Concrete Castle" came on July 9th 2011 in a 100 lap RoC event. Candor, NY's Jimmy Zacharias had a good day, winning the Sportsman race for the fifth time this year, and collected his third consecutive third place finish in RoC Modified competition. Jeff Goodwin won for the third time this season in the Street Stocks, one of only two drivers in the division to make it to victory lane in 2012. Brandon Ameigh outlasted brother, Jeff for the Pudgies Pizza 4 Cylinder feature.
A beautiful summer afternoon greeted the competitors and fans at the ASA member Shangri-La II Motorspeedway as the facility hosted the second of three Race of Champions Pavement Modified Series events in 2012. Twenty Three Modifieds, Twelve Sportsman, Twenty Two Street Stocks and Six Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks were in the pits for a Sunday afternoon drive. The Race of Champions Pavement Modified Series was the featured event of the afternoon. With the top four finishers from the three heats re-drawing for starting position, T.j. Potrzebowski and Jim Storace led the field to the green flag. The first of only two cautions flew on lap one as Kyle Ebersole (started sixth)and Erick Rudolph (started eighth) got together in turn two. Ebersole brushed the turn two wall, while Rudolph spun to the infield. Both were able to continue. Potrzebowski, Storace, Andy Walko, J.R.Kent and Hirschman set out to distance themselves from the field by pulling away from the main pack of cars. Hirschman moved by Walko, who had slipped to fourth on lap three, for fourth on lap six. On lap thirteen, Hirschman passed Kent for third and went to work on Storace. Meanwhile, Jimmy Zacharias, who had advanced from his tenth place start to the sixth spot began to make his charge passing Walko for fifth. A power move to the inside of turn three moved Hirschman past Storace who did not see it coming. Hirschman took the lead two laps later passing Potrzebowski in turn four. The caution flew later in lap nineteen when Ebersole and Daren Scherer made slight contact. Scherer spun the car and had to pit to replace his right rear tire. Zacharias was up to third on the restart and focused on the front, eventually taking second from Potrzebowski on lap 25. Zacharias, whose home track is Shangri-La II used every bit of the experience he has gained at the concrete high banks to try and run down Hirschman,. Zacharias had narrowed the gap from 1.8 seconds to just three tenths of a second, but in doing so, he used up his left rear tire. Ebersole, closed the gap between himself and Zacharias in traffic, passed Zacharias on lap sixty two. Try as he might, Zacharias had used up his gear, and had nothing much left to challenge the drivers with. Hirschman collected his second career Shangri-La II Modified feature win with Ebersole second. Jimmy Zacharias was third with Andy Walko finishing fourth and T.J. Potrzebowski completing the top five.
Seven cautions filled the twenty five lap Sportsman event. Tyler Rypkema and Zack Curren are both a couple of the young lions at the speedway and they paced the field to Gary Folk, Jr's green flag. The first caution flew when Mikayla Rypkema's car spun in turn three following contact on lap three. The second caution was for a spin in turn three by Jody Buckley. Buckley was hoping to escape unscathed, but was collected by Brittany Jack, in her first event at the speedway. Buckley was treated at the track by EMT's. Jimmy Zacharias and Tony Hanbury started 4th and 6th. Zacharias grabbed the lead on lap six, and held on through the numerous restarts. John Wilber picked back up with the runner-up finishes after collecting the win two weeks ago. Hanbury was third, Tom Shiner was fourth Zack Curren completes the top five.
Cautions also plagued the twenty five lap street stock race and there were three legitimate red flag periods. The street stock division is high energy action coupled with a brewing rivalry which keeps getting more and more competitive each and every week. Jake Snell and Guy Somers led the field to green. Chris Zacharias started fifth, but is a driver determined to win, and moved to the front by lap three. Jeff Goodwin followed Zacharias to the front and Lee Sharpsteen, who started thirteenth, was challenging for the top three by lap five. Goodwin had the lead on lap ten, and was being challenged by a side by side battle with Sharpsteen and Zacharias. The pair got together and spun, relegating both to the tail of the field. At the midway point of the race, Goodwin was leading with Terry Potrzebowski in second and Tim Gullo, making just his second start of the season at the track, in third. Zacharias and Sharpsteen were working up through the pack, and made their way to Goodwin who held them off at the checkers, following a one lap shootout after the races final caution flew on lap twenty four. No finish is ever final until post race tech has been completed. Goodwin collected his third win of the season, Lee Sharpsteen and Chris Zacharias were both disqualified in post race tech. Sharpsteen for an illegal hub and Zacharias for an illegal shock. Terry Potrzebowski was credited for the second place finish, Tim Gullo credited for finishing third. Bob Ripley and Charlie Sharpsteen completed the top five.
Brandon Ameigh continued his winning ways in the Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks, his fifth of the year. Brandon's brother, Jeff finished second and Gene Purvis brought out his "play car" and was third. Kevin Bertolone made his first ever start at Shangri-La II and finished fourth. Dayton Cote completed the top five. Frank Morich, second in the points, expired an engine in his ride.
Up Next at Shangri-La II is a Night of Thunder on Saturday August 4th. The four division program will feature the Latemodels, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks. Pit Gates open at 4:30 pm. Grandstand Gates open and Hot Laps begin at 5:30 pm. Racing gets underway at 7:00 pm. Bring back your wristbands from Sunday afternoon's program to the Shangri-La II Motorspeedway ticket window and receive a $2.00 discount off of your grandstand admission. Your paid admission is good for both Shangri-La II and Skyview Drags. There is always plenty of free camping.