Midseason Championships and Friday The 13Th makes for great racing
Dunn Hill 2 Speedway held Midseason Championships this past Friday night, with double points for all divisions except for the IMCA Mods. Sixty teams filled the pit area all with the hopes of collecting those valuable points to get closer to the all important track title at the close of the season.
The S and A Construction and Excavating Street Stocks made their way on to the racing surface. By luck of the redraw Ben Hulslander and Chuck Murray made up the front row. When starter Jerry Brighthaupt dropped the green it was Ricky Davis jumping into the lead. He held off Ernie Martin until lap eleven. Ernie took over the lead and held off current points leader Nick Robinson. Both drivers raced side my side as well as nose to tail for the remainder of the twenty lap feature. A scary moment on lap fourteen when Ben Hulslanders number six suffered heavy damage in a crash in turn two. Ben was not hurt, but his car did go pit side with the help of the wrecker. When the checkers fell it was Ernie Martin having lady luck go his way and recording his first feature win of the season. Coming in second was Nick Robinson, third was Bobby Maynard, fourth was Kurtis Benjamin and rounding out the top five was Ricky Davis.
Factory Stocks sponsored by Graphix By Billy found Chad Roberts and Kevin Garland bringing the field to the green. Rookie driver David Ackley grabbing the early lead. Coming from the third row was four time feature winner Stan Matthews. Lady luck has not been too kind to Stan and his team so he was hoping that tonight might be different. He held off Kevin Garland and David Ackley. Mike Mente was in a hot battle with the Ackley machine and on lap ten they tangled sending both to the rear of the field. That shuffled the field moving Allen Carnrike and Chad Roberts back into the hunt for the win. As the laps wound down the battle resumed between Stan Matthews and Mike Mente. Both of these drivers are great drivers and friends on and off the track. Mike made the pass for the lead on lap sixteen. Stan did not fall far behind as he tried all he could to regain the lead. On lap twenty it was Mike Mente recording win number six. Stan Matthews finished in second, third went to David Ackley, fourth to Chad Roberts and fifth to Kevin Garland.
Staiman Recycling IMCA Mods had Logan Terry and Aaron Benjamin in the front row. As the green flag flew it was Chad Ely grabbing the lead. Logan Terry was in second with Victor McNeal working his way to third. By lap three Victor made his way into the lead and made it known he wanted the win. Victor opened a lead on the second place car of Eddie McKernan. Victor's lead grew as Eddie and Harry Ely battled for position. As the laps wound down a caution came out for three cars involved in an accident. It was the second, third and fourth place cars that were involved. Only Eddie McKernan was able to return to the event after going pit side with a flat tire. On the restart last weeks feature winner Brad Sites made the pass for the lead. He held off the strong final charge by Victor McNeal and Eddie Sites to repeat the win. Eddie Sites made it pass Victor McNeal for second. Victor had a awesome night finishing in third, while Ray McClure was fourth and Eddie McKernan secured fifth.
Mini Stocks sponsored by Grady Rentals came on to the racing surface. Tyler Belcher and JR Bush redrew the front row positions. With the drop of the green it was Belcher grabbing the lead with JR Bush right there waiting to make his move. They raced hard with each other and made contact on lap eight. Sending both of them to the rear, on the restart Josh Hall grabbed the lead with Mike Navone in second. Once again the caution came out with Ed Navone and JR Bush being involved. Both cars went pit side and were not able to continue. Ed Navone went took a ride to the hospital as he was not feeling very well after the accident. Josh Hall held on to the lead until lap fourteen when Eric Ellsworth made the pass. Coming from deep in the field was Shane Brown, who made a pit stop for a flat tire early in the event. He worked his way back to the front staying on the lead lap. When the checkers fell it was Eric Ellsworth grabbing win number five. Shane Brown finished in second, great run for Josh Hall and Matt Benjamin finished third and fourth respectively and in fifth was Tyler Belcher.
The final feature event of the night was the popular Front Wheel Drive class sponsored by G n S Trucking. By virtue of the redraw Donna Belcher drew the pole position with Kory Lewis on his outside. Donna lead the first lap of the feature, as Nick Wesneski made the pass for the lead on lap two. Nick held off the strong challenge Marcus Wood and his number 42. Marcus passed Nick on lap five and they raced a strong and tight race. The battle behind the top two was also tight as Mike Ely and Trevor Williams were hoping to get closer to the front. On the final lap Nick and Marcus both knew that there could only be one winner. Nick made a move to challenge for the win and it was Wesneski who got around the Wood machine for the win. The fans got to see a great race by both of the drivers. Finishing in third was Mike Ely, coming across the line in fourth was Trevor Williams. Unfortunately for Williams his fourth place finish would be taken away in a post race inspection. That moved Devon Bailey into fourth and put Rick Sinasbaugh in fifth.
With it being a double points race each driver was looking to make up some valuable points. This will make the upcoming race weeks more exciting as we close in on the final points race of the season. Coming up this Friday night is Christmas in July at the Speedway. Each child will receive a special gift and have a chance at winning one of forty bicycles being donated by the drivers and their teams. It will be a regular show for all divisions, with gate opening at 5pm and racing starting at 7pm with hot laps. For more information visit our website at www.dunnhill2speedway.com.
SMALL CAR SATURDAY PLAYS HOST TO TOBIAS SLINGSHOT TOUR
After being closed over the Fourth of July weekend, Small Car Saturday came back with a strong program featuring the Tobias Slingshot Tour. A regular show for all of the other divisions was also on the days racing program. Seventy eight race teams filled the pits with each driver hoping that today would be their day to visit victory lane.
A shuffle in the running order as the Animal kart division was the first feature of the day. Tyler Starkweather and Wayne Miller brought the field to the green. Tyler Starkweather in his first visit to the Dunn Hill 2 oval grabbed the lead. He and Wayne Miller battled hard for the top spot. Zac Bruce and Bob Coveney also were hoping to get into the mix for the lead. As the fifteen lap event wound down it was Starkweather maintaining the lead and holding off the charge from Miller. Tyler recorded his first win, with Wayne Miller in second, Zac Bruce in third and Bob Coveney in fourth.
Rookie Purple division made their way onto the oval with Michael and Connor Davis making up the front row. Micheal grabbed the lead on lap one, until Connor stole it away on lap two. A caution came out on lap four when the brother tangled sending both of them to the rear. Doug Newbigging got the lead on the restart with Caleb Hadlock in second. Connor made short work of the field and took the second position from Caleb by lap seven. Micheal worked his way back into third with Caleb there doing all he could to get the position back. In the closing laps, traffic played a role in the finish. On the final lap Connor worked his way around the lap traffic, but ran out of time as Doug Newbigging recorded his fourth win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Connor Davis, Micheal Davis, Caleb Hadlock and Kaela Vanderpool.
Sportkids division is growing each week with lots of great racing. Current points leader Keith Lamphere continued on his winning way recording win number nine of the season. DJ Knolles, MacKenzie Doyle, Dom Rogers, and Larisa Terry finished in the top five. Each of these kids have been working hard to over take the Lamphere machine. One of these weekends you will see that someone has finally done their home work and will steal the win away.
The car count for the Novice Blue division is now up to eleven. Anyone of these competitors have the opportunity to take home the checkered flag. Seth Anderson and Cody Kershner have been the drivers to beat during the season. They brought the field to the green flag with Anderson grabbing the early lead. Cody worked hard to get around the number 92 of Anderson. On lap eleven Cody was involved in a caution. That gave second place to Craig Smith on the restart, with Kershner having to go to the rear. On the restart Seth grabbed the lead with Craig right on his bumper. As the laps counted away, Craig Smith did not have enough to get around the Anderson machine. That gave Seth win number four for the season. Craig Smith was second, Cody Kershner worked his way back into third, four was Jacob Doyle and in fifth was Lacin Terry. Great job of racing by all of these youngsters.
Due to low car counts the features for the Sportsmen and Super Seniors decided to race together. The Flathead and Stock Appearing Clond divisions also ran their features together. When the green flag fell it was Bren Lattimer taking the top spot for the Super Seniors. Current points leader Doug Lantz in the Sportsmen held on to the lead for that division. The battle for the positions behind the top two were fierce. Rodney McConnell did all he knew to get around the Lattimer machine. When the checkers fell it was Doug Lantz taking the win with Richie Vanderpool finishing in second, in the Sportsmen. For the Super Seniors division it was Bren Lattimer capturing another win, with Rodney McConnell and Dale Anderson finishing second and third respectively.
In the Flathead and Stock Appearing Clones it was Karl Abbott father of last weeks feature winner Mark Abbott finding his way into the victory circle in the Flathead division. Rounding out the top five were Cliff Casterline, Bob Coveney, Mark Abbott and Quinn Davis. The Stock Appearing Clone division was won by Wayne Miller. It is really great to see these division work together so that everyone has someone to race with.
It was on to the Tobias Slingshot National Tour program. In this series each of the Slingshot divisions, the Jr. Slingshots and the Allstar Slingshots run a set of two qualifying heats to determine their starting positions for the feature event. Unfortunately there was only one Jr. Slingshot in attendance, which was not much fun for the youngster. He and his family elected to let him run with the Allstar Slingshots, just be scored separately. Brandon McGill captured his first Jr. Slingshot Tour event of his career. The youngster was very excited about his win, but wished he had more of his racers to compete with. He did exceptionally well racing against the other cars as they have a bigger carburetor.
The Allstar Slingshots put on a great show with a lot of the regular teams on hand to compete. First time visitor Cody Kline worked his way around many time feature winner Carl Bittenbender to capture the tour win. Rich Howard recorded his best finish of the season in third. Fourth went to Alex Shaffer and fifth went to John Backhorn. It was a tough night for the Boughton family racing team of Alex and Bob, as mechanical woes left the father and son team not finishing the feature event.
The 600 Micro feature event went to Nick Wood. The early leader Craig Fox suffered a flat tire and a bent wheel during the feature event. That sent the six time feature winner pit side and unable to finish the event. On the restart on lap twelve, Bennett Lennox and Collin Hadlock made the move around the second place runner of Bobby Maynard. Positions second through six were in a fierce battle for all positions. Frank Peters was battling with Derek Fredricks for the fifth position. As the laps wound down Peters brought out the yellow for a spin. When the checkers fell it was Nick Wood recording his second win of the season. Bennett Lennox, Collin Hadlock, Bobby Maynard and Derek Frederick rounded out the top five. Frank Peters worked hard to just miss out on a top five finish.
The Rookie 270 divisions had the most race teams of the season. Seven teams were all hoping to find victory lane. Brent Heeman and Justin Jordan brought the field to the green flag. Jordan jumped into the lead while Brent Heeman his first time in the division ran a strong second. Allen Carnrike a Friday night racer worked his way into third place. Another newcomer Darcy McGee has shown that he can find the fast way around the track. When the checkers fell it was Justin Jordan recording his first win on his first visit to the track. Brent Heeman was second, Allen Carnrike finished in third, fourth and fifth went to Darcy McGee and John Walp. Tough night for previous feature winners Kelsi Jenkins and David Perry as both did not finish the feature.
The final feature event of the night was the popular 270 Micro. Mark Wurzler and Dan Wertman paced the field. When the green flag was dropped by starter Joe Wielgosz it was John Heeman who grabbed the early lead. Right on Heemans rear bumper was four time feature winner Denny Rinehimer. Denny took the lead away from John on lap three and never looked back. He held off both John Heeman and in the closing laps Bobby Maynard to visit victory lane for the 5Th time. Rounding out the top five were Bobby Maynard, Kyle Traver, Derek Johnson, and Dan Wertman.
Coming this Saturday, July 21st, will be Midseason Championships for all divisions. It will be a regular show for all divisions. Visit our website to get the updated information at www.dunnhill2speedway.com. You won't want to miss any of the excitement where the drivers so their fans, "How Dirt Track Racing Is Dunn"!
JOHN WILBER FINALLY NOTCHES FIRST WIN AT "THE CONCRETE CASTLE"
Elmira, NY's John Wilber has competed in the Sportsman division at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway ever since the ASA member track opened its doors in 2009. He finally broke a string of runner-up finishes on Saturday night to collect his first ever win on the concrete high banks holding off Zack Curren by just 0.241 seconds at the checkers. Jimmy Zacharias brought home the win in the Modified feature. The third generation driver from Candor, NY holds the record of Most Modified wins at the track with seven. Jerry Dineen had his Ford Mustang Latemodel hooked up once again as he claimed his second feature win of the season. Dineen is the first repeat winner in the Latemodel division. Lee Sharpsteen ran side by side with his older brother, Gil for ten laps until he was finally able to clear him with two to go and take home his sixth win of the season. Brandon Ameigh was the winner in the Pudgies Pizza, Pasta and Subs Four Cylinder Stocks for the fourth time this year.
Another good crowd was on hand in the grandstands for the third Modified event of the season. The program was a shared night with Skyview Drags as history was made at the Dragstrip. For the first time ever, an NHRA Top Fuel Dragster, piloted by Hillary Will made competitive exhibition runs through the timing lights setting a new track record speed. The stock car heats ran off efficiently, except for the second of three Street Stock heats. Jake Snell and Bob Ripley brought the field to life off of turn four, but the green flag was not displayed as the start was not up to head flagger, Gary Folk Jr's requirements. As the cars went into turn one, Guy Somers, Charlie Sharpsteen and Jimmy Zacharias all got together sending Zacharias hard into the turn one wall. An extended red flag was displayed as rescue workers got Zacharias free from his belts. Zacharias was quite sore, but eventually got out of the car under his own power. His car, along with the Somers ride, was out of competition for the night. Charlie Sharpsteen's crew removed a damaged front fender and he returned to the race.
The Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks were scheduled to run a ten lap feature, but the distance was shortened to eight laps after Jeff Ameigh withdrew from competition with engine problems after one lap. Brandon Ameigh had constant pressure from Frank Morich, but Ameigh held off Morich by a carlength for the win. The Ameigh brothers have collected all seven feature wins so far in this inaugural season of competition for the four cylinders.
The twenty five lap Sportsman feature was brought to the green flag with Tyler Rypkema and Zack Curren leading the way. Curren would lead the first three laps with Rypkema holding on to his back bumper. John Wilber and Tony Hanbury started in row two. Wilber marched toward the front, taking the lead on lap three. Hanbury dropped back to fifth as Jimmy Zacharias moved to the front. Wilber ran away to a 1.8 second lead over Curren when the one and only caution flew on lap sixteen when Jimmy Zacharias was involved in a single car spin in turn four. The restart had Wilber once again claiming the top spot, but Curren stayed with him. The pair broke away from the pack by ten carlengths. Curren was tapping the back bumper of Wilber's car the final three laps, but Wilber maintained focus and crossed the line first collecting his first feature win at Shangri-La II. Curren was second, Hanbury finished third. Dylan Terry was fourth and polesitter, Tyler Rypkema completed the top five.
Billy Coyle and 2011 Latemodel champion, Joe Brown brought the Latemodels to the green flag. Coyle took the inside line advantage into turn one and claimed the lead. Jerry Dineen followed Coyle past Brown to run second. Brown dropped to third on the opening lap, and dropped further to seventh following a close call with Jim Lamoreaux on lap two. Lamoreaux, starting fourth, was running second on lap two. Dineen and Lamoreaux separated themselves from the field by a full straightaway. Scott Nurmi made his way forward from his fifth starting spot to run third on lap four. Dineen extended his lead over Lamoreaux by two seconds at the halfway point. Lamoreaux cut the deficit to one second on laps twelve through fifteen, but faded at te end. Dineen collected his second checked flag of the year. Jim Lamoreaux crossed the line in second place, but was penalized one spot at the finish for passing Coyle too low in turns three and four early in the race. Nurmi was awarded second, Lamoreaux was credited with third. Brown and Coyle completed the top five.
The Modifieds made their third of six scheduled appearances of 2012 with ten cars in competition. The drivers drew for their start with Daren Scherer and Jimmy Zacharias drawing the front row spots. Zacharias took the lead from Scherer, and the pair began pulling away from Andy Walko, Jim Storace and Erick Rudolph. Zacharias began opening a lead on Scherer when Rudolph spun the McGuire Motorsports P 51 in turn two in a single car incident. The restart had Zacharias re-take the lead with Scherer getting pressure for position from Jim Storace. Storace would take over second place on lap seventeen, and quickly latched on the back bumper of Zacharias. Jimmy Zacharias held off Storace for the win Daren Scherer was third with Andy Walko and Dean Rypkema finishing fourth and fifth.
The ultra-competitive Street Stocks closed out the night with another fine field of cars. Jake Snell and Bob Ripley Ripley would lead lap one, and he brought Chris Zacharias (who started fourth) with him. Zacharias would lead, and dominate the feature through lap ten. While Zacharias was out front, Gil Sharpsteen worked his way forward to challenge for the lead. The first of three cautions flew on lap six when Mike Nickels spun in turn four. The second caution slowed the action on lap ten when Jason Duke, Sr spun in turn two due to a flat left rear tire. Gil Sharpsteen would make a pass on Chris Zacharias going down the backstretch on the restart. R.J.Zacharias started seventh, and would be running third at halfway. Lee Sharpsteen started eleventh, and methodically worked toward the front. Lee was second at halfway, and became locked in a give and take, side by side battle with Gil. R.J. and Chris tried, but could not get around the Sharpsteen brothers. The final caution flew on lap eighteen when Chris Zacharias spun in a single car incident in turn two. Lee Sharpsteen and Gil restarted side by side, and continued running clean. Lee was credited with leading in lap nineteen, but was trapped on the outside of Gil. With two laps to go, Lee was finally able to clear Gil for the outright lead, and claim his sixth win of the year. Gil was second, R.J. was third, Goodwin was fourth and Charlie Sharpsteen.
Concrete Nuggets: Charlie Sharpsteen finished fifth in the car which was damaged in the heat race wreck. Lee Sharpsteen collected win number twenty as he competes in his third season. That is the most wins in a single division all time at the speedway. Jimmy Zacharias collected Modified win number seven, twice as many as his closest challenger. Jimmy Zacharias leads ALL drivers in all classes with twenty three across the Modified and Sportsman divisions. Lee Sharpsteen will attempt to defend his RoC Super Stock title. Sharpsteen is the winner of the Super Stock event the past two seasons.
There will be no racing at Shangri-La II this week as all pavement racing eyes will be on the Oswego Speedway and the 62nd Annual Sunoco Race of Champions.
Up Next at Shangri-La II is the return of the RoC-N-Concrete Racin Rumble on Sunday July 29th. The four division program will feature the second of three appearances of the Race of Champions Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Pudgies Pizza Four Cylinder Stocks. Pit Gates open at noon. Grandstand Gates open and Hot Laps begin at 1:30 pm. Racing gets underway at 3:00 pm. The wristband discount will not be valid for this program.
MOTHER NATURE WINS ONE AT CHEMUNG SPEEDROME
The management of the Chemung Speedrome was forced to cancel their July 15 Mid-Season Championships program due to rain. With consistent storms in the area, the plug was pulled on the racing card.
With this rain out also comes some schedule changes. The Chemung Speedrome will be off the next two weeks, July 22 to allow drivers and fans to go to the Oswego Speedway for the 62nd Race of Champions 200 Weekend and on July 29th to give the fans and drivers the opportunity to compete at the "Concrete Castle", the Shangri-La II Motor Speedway for their RoC and Crumble event, which is a make up from earlier this season. Another schedule change will be the Summer Shootout 30 for the INEX Legends. The race presented by Petty Motorsports Media and Brock Moore Motorsports Media will now be scheduled for Sunday August 19.
Racing action returns to the Chemung Speedrome on Sunday August 5th for a regular show featuring the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. The SUNOCO Modifieds. Super Stocks, 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks, Crate Sportsman, INEX Legends and Bandoleros are on the racing card. The Chemung Speedrome is the Southern Tier's NASCAR Race Place every Sunday afternoon starting at 2:15 p.m. Pit Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the grandstand gates open at 1 p.m. For more information log on to www.chemungspeedrome.net or call the speedway office at (607) 857-4843. All points calculated goes towards the overall NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship standings.