Williams Grove Speedway sweep – Buckwalter takes ARDC midget and All Star Circuit of Champions wins last night.
Danny Smith picked up a win at Attica Raceway Park for their FAST format last night – 35 cars entered.
USAC competition at Gas City would see over 45 cars entered – Hunter Percent Schuerenberg picked up the victory. This was his 2nd career victory with the USAC National Sprint Cars.
FAST Championship continues at Fremont Speedway in northwest Ohio.
The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series will be in Haubstaudt, Indiana this evening to compete at the Tri-State Speedway- then will head to the Salina Highbanks on Tuesday.
USAC competition is off tonight; back in action tomorrow at the Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana.
King of the West Series and current point leader, Tim Kaeding, will be at the Marysville Raceway Park in Marysville, California.
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Scott Priester will try to have better luck this weekend at the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania. The 25 year veteran and Fully Injected representative had a little bit of bad luck last time out; suffering from power steering issues in the feature and a slight roll over in the heat race. With the weather looking good for the weekend, the chances of bettering his performance are almost certain! The pilot of the Dionise #15 will make his 2nd start of the year at the Mercer bullring. Good luck to him and the rest of the Dionise team.
After a nasty accident at the Fremont Speedway in northwest Ohio last Saturday night, Danny Holtgraver sustained injuries to the head which resulted in a concussion. I talked to Danny this afternoon and he is still suffering some symptoms and will sit this weekend out; “I still get dizzy and feel sick at times; we are going to sit an extra weekend out- don’t want to chance anything.” The Pittsburgh native still plans to head to The Grove tomorrow night to spectate.
Good luck to the rest of the Fully Injected team! The weather looks to finally be on our side! Check back Monday for the Monday Night Review!
With Lernerville Speedway not hosting their usual Fab Four weekly event this weekend, a few of the Fully Injected team members will be heading elsewhere. Danny Holtgraver will be traveling with the All Star Circuit of Champions this weekend; heading to the famed Williams Grove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway on Friday and Saturday. Rod George and Scott Priester will be competing at the Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday night for a regular Saturday night of racing. Brandon Matus is having thoughts of traveling west to the Attica Raceway Park for a FAST show on Friday before heading back home to Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday. The Sundown Motorsports team, based out of Illinois, will be making their 2011 debut at the 34 Raceway in Iowa. Kolten Gouse and the KKR, Redbull #9 will be heading to Haubstaudt where Joey Saldana hopes to maintain his 2011 point lead.
In the next few weekends, my own personal “spectating” schedule picks up the pace with some big shows and exciting racetracks. Hopefully the spring time weather can take a breather and allow summer to take shape. This weekend has a few different options in store; all consisting of high flyin, dirt sliggin’ action. Ill make my decisions sooner or later.
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As far as the weekend is concerned, there’s not a whole lot to say. Friday, Saturday, and some of Sunday consisted of rain showers in my area; saturating the ground and making outdoor activities limited. My Easter was nice and left me with a fridge full of leftovers; mostly consisting of ham and rolls. The creeks are still high and muddy, resulting in zero attempts at kicking off my 2011 trout fishing campaign. I hope to get to the streams soon after next week. Finals week is approaching so my evenings will be packed full of paper writing and all night test cramming.
As most race fans in my area would agree, this is starting to get irritating. My plans for this past weekend were to head to Lernerville Speedway on Friday and Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday. That obviously didn’t happen. Mother Nature has quite the issue with dirt track racing in this part of the country- well, for most of the country. Friday morning and Friday afternoon rain showers allowed for no action at a few northeastern racing facilities; including Lernerville Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, Attica Raceway Park, and Mercer Raceway Park – which I had already mentioned. A few tracks were fortunate enough to get their programs in on Saturday evening including Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio and Lincoln Speedway in southcentral Pennsylvania. Even Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California raced under some drizzly evening conditions while hosting the King of the West Series. Tim Kaeding would come out on top winning his 2nd KWS feature in a row as he continues to build his series points lead. The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series saw a rain out for the second consecutive weekend. Although the races were cancelled for the “Greatest Show on Dirt” on Saturday evening in Salina, Oklahoma; the series and racetrack officials organized a rain date which will see the traveling 410ers come back to the Salina Highbanks next Tuesday, May 3rd; after racing at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday.
Fremont Speedway’s opening night saw “The Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer capture the sprint car A-Main. Fully Injected team member Danny Holtgraver made the trip west to be part of the Fremont Speedway opener. Danny had an evening not worth writing home about, but I’m going to write about it anyway. Out of the 40 cars that registered in the pit area Saturday night, Danny timed 7th quick. Unfortunately, this would be Danny’s only highlight of the evening. The Pittsburgh native would start 5th in his heat and failed to transfer to the feature event; finishing 6th behind last week’s Lernerville winner Cole Duncan, and last week’s Lernerville runner- up-Dale Blaney. The relatively fast time and 6th place heat finish would allow Danny to start on the pole for the B-main. When entering turn three, the right rear dug in sending the defending Lernerville Speedway Track Champion for a tumble ending his night early. “The track was rough in the heat and we really couldn’t get things going from then on out; we’ll try again next week at Williams Grove and Port Royal with the All-Stars…hopefully we can get things going out east.” Tim Shaffer would win the 30 lapper ahead of Brad Haudenschild, Dean Jacobs, Dale Blaney, and Byron Reed. Speaking of Fremont, The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series will make their appearance at the northwest Ohio facility in early October of this year. I plan on attending.
Similar random thought as last week- Danny Lasoski found himself back in victory lane again over the weekend; only this time at the 34 Raceway in Iowa. He still got it.
USAC National midget competition kicked off its season this past weekend with a double header at the Dodge City Raceway in bleeding Kansas. That historical reference doesn’t really work here, so ill rephrase that and just say Dodge City, Kansas. Bryan Clauson picked up the win on both nights of competition, sweeping the National midget weekend. Clauson will be back in action next weekend with the USAC National Sprint Cars in the state of Indiana for a triple header weekend.
Brian Leppo, a central PA competitor and member of the notorious Pennsylvania Posse, added another win to his 2011 season, taking the $4,000 to win 410ci sprint car victory at the Lincoln Speedway this past Saturday. Leppo currently sits 2nd in the Central PA point standings with 2 wins on the year. Lance Dewease still holds the point lead with 1 victory. Blane Heimbach currently sits on top of the 358ci Central PA point standings, with defending 358 champion Pat Cannon holding on to 3rd.
Next weekend is a busy weekend in the dirt track racing world. National sanctioned action is taking place all over the country side and it will be exciting to check the results. The USAC National Sprint Cars will finally get to hit the dirt again in 2011. The “Other Greatest Show on Dirt” – as I like to call it – will have a triple header weekend in the state of Indiana this weekend; with racing at Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, and Gas City – not necessarily in that order. Speaking of USAC National Sprint Car Series, the Eastern Storm Tour section of their schedule, which will include tracks in western, central, and eastern PA ,as well as, New Jersey, will bring some of the most talented non-wing drivers in the country to my neck of the woods. Drivers already on the roster to attend include Levi Jones, Bryan Clauson (a USAC feature winner in 2011), Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Chris Windom, Robert Ballou, Hunter Schuerenburg, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bobby East, Casey Riggs, Brady Short, Dave Darland, Damion Gardner (2 time winner in 2011) Casey Shuman, Justin Grant, Chase Stockon, Kyle Robbins and Wes McIntyre. The Lernerville Speedway date on the Eastern Storm tour is on Memorial Day.
The World of Outlaws will invade Haubstaudt, Indiana on Saturday evening with racing taking place at the Tri-State Speedway. The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will head to central Pennsylvania to take on the Pennsylvania Posse and compete at the Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Unfortunately, Lincoln Speedway will still be hosting 410’s on Saturday night- stealing some possible Port Royal win contenders. Tim Kaeding and the rest of the traveling California 410 competitors with the King of the West Series will head to the Marysville Raceway Park in Marysville, California for round 4 of the series. Kaeding still sits on top of the points standings.
Team Fully Injected will hopefully have more competitors in action this coming weekend. The wet conditions and cold weather fronts seem to move out of the area in the coming days according to the weather outlook. As far as my weekend in concerned, Friday night is still sort of iffy. There are a few different options on the table and I’m not exactly sure what to do yet. I have 4 days to figure out what I want to do this weekend; so only time will tell.
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Attica Raceway Park, Lernerville Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, Port Royal Speedway, Salina Highbanks (World of Outlaws Event) – All cancelled due to wet conditions.
King of the West Series still on for tonight at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. Lincoln Speedway $4,000 to win Time Trial event still in place, as well.
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Lernerville Speedway cancelled for tonight a long with Attica Raceway Park. Mercer Raceway Park on tap this weekend, still!! Williams Grove Speedway back up plans for tonight still in the books as well – Happy Easter everybody! Don’t forget to check back at www.fullyinjected.com for the Monday Night Review!
The weekend looks wet; but what else is new? The plans are to attend both Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park this weekend. If Lernerville would happen to cancel early enough; my back up plan is to head east to Williams Grove Speedway for the $6,000 to win Tommy Classic. There is a $30,000 total purse on the line for Friday night with eastern and central PA’s best expected to attend. It is also a time trial event with qualifying set to begin at 7:30.
So Im thinking, if Lernerville pulls the plug by 3:00 – I can definitely get to Williams Grove no problem; give or take a few speeding tickets and reckless driving citations. But that is a chance I am willing to take.
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Believe it or not, horse racing is a very important and beneficial part of my life. Although I want nothing to do with standardbreds and generally stay away from the barn as much as possible, it is much of my family’s focus and income. With horse racing also comes putting up with weather conditions and ongoing changing track surfaces. Even with rapid changing weather forecasts and unpredictable conditions, one major advantage that horse racing fans have over dirt track lovers is that they don’t cancel when it rains. Winning.
This weekend turned out to be a big tease. Friday night turned out to be a pretty nice evening. Temperatures were tolerable and better yet, the rain stayed away – allowing for Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania to finally open their 2011 season. 18 cars lined the front row of the Sarver based 4/10′s mile – which was kind of a shocker. My guess on the way down was at least 22 cars. After taking a quick stroll down the front lane of the pit parking area, I noticed that my initial estimate was a tad off. There was no evidence of Jack Sodeman Jr., Ed Lynch Jr., Todd Bauer, or Andy Mckisson; just to name a few.
Track conditions were a little on the “ehh rats” side; hard and dry, allowing dust to fly during ‘hot laps.’ Team Fully Injected was much represented Friday night – with Brandon Matus, Danny Holtgraver, and Rod George wearing the FI logo. Cole Duncan, an Ohio native and son to the well known Rodney Duncan, claimed his first win of the season at Lernerville Speedway – and 2nd since the Steel City Stampede a few seasons ago. Cole made a high side pass early on in the 25 lap event and held off a steady charging Dale Blaney for the checkers. Blaney would finish 2nd after starting 9th – with Carl Bowser rounding out the top three.
Team Fully Injected had an up and down night so to speak. Brandon Matus – the Wampum native and still relatively “new face” to 410ci sprint car competition, started his season in great fashion – finishing with an 8th place finish. “I’m pretty satisfied to get a top 10 on opening night here at Lernerville…with it being the only Friday night track around, it attracts some awesome drivers – feels good to be up there with them towards the front.” Danny Holtgraver, the Pittsburgh native and defending Lernerville Speedway Track Champion, suffered some mechanical issues for much of the evening. “We pretty much missed the set up in the feature…” explained Holtgraver. “We had to change the steering gear early on and things never did quite take off for us.” Danny would settle for 6th.
Speaking of mechanical issues, Rod George seems to enjoy racing without any power steering. For the second consecutive weekend; power steering issues kept the Kittanning, PA native from having solid results. After starting 7th, Rod would settle for a 10th place finish after racing all 25 laps with out power steering. Hopefully next week proves to be a little different for the FI team.
As far as the rest of the weekend is concerned; there isn’t much to discuss. Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, PA – which was my Saturday night or Sunday night destination – cancelled their Saturday night program and Sunday night rain date early Saturday morning; leaving me with no plans and no bait to fish with. The USAC triple header originally schedule for this past weekend at the Kokomo Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, and Gas City Speedway were all postponed due to wet conditions. They were all rescheduled for the last weekend of the month; April 29, 30, and May 1st. Indiana “traditional” sprint car fans will get to enjoy the USAC National Sprints in just a few weeks.
The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series events originally scheduled for Friday at Paducah and Saturday at I-55 were also cancelled due to rain and wet conditions. Rain dates for those shows are in the process of being scheduled. Joey Saldana, the current points leader with the World of Outlaws, will lead the traveling series into Oklahoma next weekend as the WoO visits the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, OK.
The popular 360ci Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series made a trip to the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas over the weekend. Jeff Swindell had a solid weekend; picking up the win Friday night before finishing 2nd on Saturday to the “Texas”, Gary Wright. Gary Wright would pick up the $6,000 victory, but the series points chance is still in the hands of a Bixby, OK native. Shane Stewart continues to lead the National points battle over Johnny Herrera and Jeff Swindell.
The King of the West Series saw a new winner of the weekend; ‘TK’ Tim Kaeding picked up with the victory and the points lead at Tulare over the weekend. All three Kaedings were in attendance; Brent, Bud, and Tim all competed on Saturday evening. The KWS will head to the Ocean Speedway next Saturday night for the third round of the King of the West Series.
Random thought of the night; Brian Leppo and Tyler Walker are currently tied at the top of the Williams Grove Speedway points chase. Excellent. Leppo was the winner on Friday night at the Grove.
As far as my plans are concerned; next weekend is kinda “up in the air.” I will probably spend my evening at Lernerville Speedway on Friday before trying heading to Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday. Hopefully, the weather cooperates and allows for a double race weekend. Im thinking about getting up early on Saturday morning and trying this whole trout fishing thing again. This past Saturday didn’t work out so well; resulting in me almost drowning and losing a lot of worms.
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I live in Kittanning, Pennsylvania – which is, I guess what you could call, the edge of western Pennsylvania. With western Pennsylvania comes western Pennsylvania weather; or as I like to call it – The Pittsburgh Climate. Mother Nature, who seems to always be hung over on Fridays, struck again causing many of the Friday night tracks in this part of the country to call it quits early. Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania was denied for the third straight week from opening their gates for the 2011 season opener. The All Star Circuit of Champions made a visit to the Attica Raceway Park in northwestern Ohio on Friday, but it too ended in the same fashion as Lernerville; cancelling due to excessive rain and cool temperatures. The All Stars would get their Ohio Region schedule started the next night at Attica, as the two day event wouldn’t be denied completely. Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania was also forced to cancel the Friday night portion of the weekend program.
I have not been to a race in almost a month, or as it seems. My last appearance at a racetrack was back in mid March at the Williams Grove Speedway for their season opener. This past weekend could have had some racing in store for me, but, instead I spent the weekend with some college friends whom I haven’t seen is almost a year. Instead of ground pounding sprint cars, it was bon fires and burnt hotdogs. I can afford to miss a few every once in a while and live it up country style; or in our case- burning treated wood cause we had nothing else and cooking on a George Foreman. Life is good.
Although Friday night was a total wash out in the northeast part of the country, Saturday night proved to be different- as action all across the country took place in an exciting fashion; with Eldora Speedway being an exemption. The USAC National Sprint Cars were at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for a two day event over the weekend. Although the rain seemed to move east as Saturday rolled in, the track and grounds were still too moist for action and too dangerous for competition. The USAC and Eldora officials determined it would be safest to cancel the Saturday night portion of the program; after only completing qualifying and heat races on Friday night before the rain came. A rain date is still trying to be determined.
Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania finally opened their gates for the 2011 season. 17 410ci sprint cars signed in for, what was for most drivers, opening night of competition in western Pennsylvania. Brandon Spithaler, who was at the Lincoln Speedway opener earlier this year in south central Pennsylvania, took his first victory of the year at the Mercer bullring. Brian Ellenberger, who had led most of the race, shredded a left rear tire with a few laps which in return suffered him some frame and cosmetic damage; allowing Mr. Spithaler to capture the season opener. This is Spithaler’s first win of 2011 and 2nd career win at the facility. I have to admit, I was sort of disappointed to hear that there were only 17 entries. The season is young and teams are still getting things in order for the year. Things will pick up eventually.
The Pennsylvania Posse were in action at three different tracks in a span of two days this past weekend; as a seasonal 410ci appearance at the Susquehanna Speedway Park allowed drivers to get a two race weekend in the books for the first time in almost a month. With the Pennsylvania Posse splitting up between Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway on Saturday nights, the traveling race fan would need to make a critical decision in deciding where to attend. If it were up to me, I would rotate each and every Saturday night. Lincoln Speedway saw the first repeat winner of 2011; ‘The Edge’ Brian Monieth picked up a 2nd win for the 2011 season and also became the first repeat winner of the Central PA point standings. Out of eleven races contested, there have been ten different winners. Talk about competition. Steve Buckwalter was not only the winner at the Port Royal Speedway over the weekend in his 410 sprinter, but also the ARDC midget sprint car winner at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Sunday evening. The ARDC midgets were the co headline class of the evening; supporting the ever so popular 410ci sprint car class. Aaron Ott, a graduate of the 358ci sprint car class and now full time competitor in the 410’s, put the Hamilton #77 sprint car back in victory lane for the first time of the season at Susquehanna. Aaron became the tenth winner of the Central PA Series in 2011 as Lance Dewease still remains in the top stop.
If any of you reading this have never been to the Attica Raceway Park; I suggest you make plans to do so on Friday, May 20th. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will be making their annual stop at the Attica Fairgrounds for the $10,000 to win event. I am fortunate enough to say that I have been there for a few WoO events and it was well worth the price of admission each time I walked through the gate. I am a big fan of the facility and it’s not far from Cedar Point; big bonus! Anyways, Attica hosted the All Star Circuit of Champions this past weekend for what was supposed to be a two day event but shrunk to s ingle evening because of the weather. 48 cars signed in to what was basically an outlaw invasion. Lucas Wolfe, Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana, and Cody Darrah were just a few of the heavy hitters who decided to utilize their weekend off and hit the 3/8’s mile for a possible $5,000 pay day. Dale Blaney, a former All Star Circuit of Champions Champion and Los Angeles Laker – from what I hear- (still haven’t found any documentation proving this) came out on top at the Ohio Region All Star sanctioned event. Local western PA talent and Fully Injected team member, Danny Holtgraver, ended his night with a top five performance. Timing in at 10th quick, the defending Lernerville Speedway Track Champion earned himself a spot in the A main and a top 10 starting spot to earn a top 5 finish; Excellent. I must admit, I’m pretty excited to get back to Attica. It’s been two years since I have been out there.
I’d like to be the King of California. That would be an interesting title. Jonathon Allard would also like to be the King of California; and he made excellent head way at accomplishing that goal as he took the Golden State King of the West Series opener at Antioch Speedway Saturday night. The Chico, California native will attempt to repeat next Saturday night as the KWS hits the Thunderbowl at Tulare in Tulare, California! Someday I will make it to California. The plan is to spend an entire summer out there and watch USAC/CRA action…King of the West action…and the World of Outlaw swings. But that will probably never happen so for now I’ll keep my feet on the ground. Random note; Danny Lasoski picked up a win over the weekend in Missouri. “The Dude” led all 25 laps of the ASCS Warrior Region opener. Good to see “The Dude” back in victory lane.
I think that was all I wanted to talk about. Next weekend is a busy weekend as far as open wheel racing is concerned. The ASCS National Tour picks back up and hits the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas. The premiere 360 national series will headline a double header weekend at the I-30 Speedway before taking some time off again. Speaking of double header weekend; the World of Outlaws will also hit two tracks in two different states this weekend. Friday night they will compete at the Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Kentucky; then travel to just south of St. Louis for the Ironman 55 preview. The Greatest Show on Dirt will compete at the I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri on Saturday evening capping off the two race – two state weekend. The USAC National Sprint Car stars will get to try again next week, but this time just a little closer to home. Damian Gardner and the rest of the traveling traditional sprint car stars will hit three tracks in the state of Indiana; those being the Lawrenceburg Speedway on Friday, Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, and Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana on Sunday. That is another racing trip I would like to complete someday before I cash in my chips; follow the USAC Indiana Speedweek. That is a little more feasible than the California summer idea.
Next weekend will hopefully have some racing in store; as well as a 24 inch Rainbow or Palamino trout. Friday night will be a regular night at Lernerville with a trip to Mercer on Saturday night, probable. Saturday morning, I’ll be on the creek hoping to reel myself in a monster- as trout season is this part of the state kicks off at 8 AM!!
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Over the years, I have been able to meet some amazing people and develop lasting friendships. Over the course of the past 2 years, I have been a library science student at the Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where I have been earning my Master’s Degree in Library Science. As as student, I was privileged to meet some very interesting and inspiring individuals, who I still remain very good friends with. Mathew Godissart, who is now the Director of the Juniata County Library in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, was one of my classmates at Clarion and a very close friend of mine. After an entertaining weekend catching up with Matt and some other past classmates, he and I decided to take advantage of an opportunity to bring open wheel racing to his library shelves, which in return, would allow the patron population to have access to an open wheel racing publication.
One really beneficial factor that the library, which Matt directs, has is that it’s relatively close to a nearby half mile dirt oval known as Port Royal Speedway. Port Royal Speedway, which is also the home of the Juniata County Fair held every early September and the famous Tuscarora 50, holds 410ci sprintcar competition every Saturday night during the racing season; where many of the Pennsylvania Posse spend their Saturday nights competing against a talented field of cars.
I decided, along with those also involved here at Fully Injected, to donate money towards a multi year subscription to the Sprintcar and Midget Magazine, which is published monthly, so that it may be placed on the Juniata County Library shelves. Library patrons who may be race fans, along with library patrons who are not, will now have the access and the opportunity to read one of the nation’s top open wheel publications – according to my personal opinion. Those who reside close to the Juniata County Library and attend the weekly races, will now have access to the periodical free of charge. With this periodical being added to the library shelves, the hopeful intentions of catching the eyes of those who do not attend the nearby racetrack and intriguing them to do so becomes more practical.
Mr. Godissart is also the proud new owner of a Fully Injected hat!
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Most of Team ‘Fully Injected’ started off their seasons tonight at the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania – with a few competing at the Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Most results were pleasant with some having just a touch of bad luck, mostly resulting from racecar parts not working properly. But, the season is early and that stuff will happen. If mistakes are going to happen and parts malfunction; this is a better time of year for that to occur- absolutely.
Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania finally had the opportunity to open their track gates and allow the season to begin. 17-410ci sprinters filled the Mercer, PA facility – where most of the Fully Injected team was represented. Rod George of Rod George Racing, whom by the way is celebrating 30 years of competition this summer, Brandon Matus of Matus Motorsports, and Scott Priester of Dionise Racing, all competed at the Mercer Raceway Park for their first night of 2011 competition. Scott Priester – who can be seen above wearing his brand new FI t – started off his season with a touch of the previously discussed bad luck. Scott would start things off with a slight roll over in the heat race – suffering some minor wing damage. Lady luck would strike Scott again later on in the evening; only this time, the loss of power steering was the issue, which in return would end his evening. Things could have definitely went better for the 25 year veteran. A 15th place finish was the overall outcome.
Speaking of veteran, Rod George had similar issues from the result of ‘crappy’ luck. Starting the night out with a heat race victory, things would quickly turn for the worse. The Kittanning, Pennsylvania resident and native suffered from issues relating to the steering mechanism of the car. While running third on the fourteenth lap, he decided to pull off the racetrack because of a problem with the car’s power steering. The problem was noticed by Rod on the initial start, but instead of pulling off, the 30 year veteran decided to try and ride it out and cope with the problem. The results would be unpleasant, 14th,- but; next week is another week and both Scott Priester and Rod George will get to try it again. Brandon Spithaler was the winner at Mercer Raceway Park with Bob Felmlee, Carl Bowser, Dolick, and Ruth rounding out the top 5.
On a more positive note, Danny Holtgraver scored his first top 5 finish of 2011 with a solid 5th place finish at the Attica Raceway Park during the first round of the Ohio Region All Star Circuit of Champions schedule. The top 5 performance was among some pretty tough company as Dale Blaney would come out on top as your winner, with Paul McMahan and Joey Saldana rounding out the top 3. Danny will be running all of the Ohio Region races that the All Star schedule is offering in 2011. The Ohio Region is also made up of the traditional Ohio Speedweek shows, which will be coming up in a few months. Congrats to the Pittsburgh native on his top 5 performance.
All four KKR teams were in the house at Attica; with Brad Sweet making a semi rare appearance in his #49 Ollies Bargain Outlet sprinter. All four teammates, including Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Cody Darrah, and Brad Sweet, would make the feature line up out of the 48 entries that signed in. Our crewman member, Kolten Gouse, also spent his evening at Attica- but with the #9 Redbull Maxim driven by Joey Saldana. Congrats to Kolten and the rest of the KKR #9 Redbull crew and their top 3 performance.
Brandon Matus of Matus Motorsports decided to kick off his 2011 season in a good way – gathering in a solid top 10 finish at the Mercer Raceway Park opener and crossing the line with an 8th place finish. Brandon and his father, Brent, who is also his teammate, both had top 10 finishes at MRP on the opening evening of competition. Brandon will use this momentum and push for another solid finish at Lernerville Speedway next Friday night. Congratulations to Brandon.
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The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, USAC National Sprints, and the King of the West Sprint Car Series will all share the spotlight tomorrow night on the national scene. I am looking forward to seeing how the results turn out; considering I can not attend Attica Raceway Park like planned due to having previous arrangements.
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH, had to pull the plug early on in the program tonight due to incoming fog. After completing four of the scheduled heat races; the USAC National Sprint Series will complete the remainder of tonight’s program tomorrow night starting at 6PM.
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As of right now, two tracks in the region have cancelled their programs for tonight’s events. Attica Raceway Park and Lernerville Speedway both have decided to pull the plug due to ongiong rain showers throughout the early morning, with more expected this evening. Eldora Speedway, which hosts the traveling USAC National Sprint Cars this weekend, have made no official report stating that their respective show has been cancelled due to the weather conditions. Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA is also still on for tonight; as they feature the Super Late Models for the first time this year as a part of their Friday night action, which will also include the 410 sprinters.
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The weekend weather outlook doesn’t look much more promising than it did last weekend; but, hopefully, if mother nature does decide to crush Lernerville Speedway’s hopes and dreams of getting a race in this year, she does it quick and painless so I may scoot along to Attica Raceway Park for the first night of the double header- All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Region opener. A little birdie told me this week that some “travelers” may be headed to the northern Ohio 3/8′s mile. My Attica backup plan also will depend on a positive weather forecast Friday morning. Being that I can not attend the Saturday night portion of the weekend, Id hate to have to drive 3 hours by myself to watch it rain and then have to turn around and come home; but who am I kidding- it wouldn’t be the first time.
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Welcome to the first edition of the “Monday Night Review.” A good way to end the weekend and start the work week – with a little dirt review. Fully Injected’s Monday Night Review is basically a recap of everything I can think of off the top of my head sprint car related that happened in the most recent weekend; with special attention given to those in Team FI. I hope you all enjoy and return.
Imagine the most insane, out of control, wild weekend anybody could ever have; and mine was the opposite of that. Perhaps it would have been wild if I actually would have seen some sprint car competition. Mother nature once again dominated in spectacular fashion, dropping the temperatures almost to the freezing mark both nights- ending all hopes of fan enjoyment and bearable race-time conditions. The initial plans were to head to Lernerville Speedway on Friday night for their second try at opening the season, before heading north on Saturday for the $5,000 to win Auto Racers charity 410ci event at Mercer Raceway Park, in Mercer, Pennsylvania. Instead, I spent my Friday and Saturday evenings doing what I do best- listening to the World of Outlaws on the dirtvision radio network – pretending i was in sunny California. Eventually reality set in and I found myself back in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania enjoying stale popcorn and flat dr. pepper. But, with spring time comes constantly changing weather and forecast unpredictability; so i guess we’ll try again next weekend here in western Pennsylvania.
Central Pennsylvania has a different story to tell; with all the major raceways such as Lincoln, Selinsgrove, and Port Royal all getting their shows in – only Williams Grove would be left out in the cold; and I mean that literally. Like the weather, central Pennsylvania also continues to be unpredictable on the racetrack. In the first 9 races of the Central PA 410 point standings, there have been 9 different winners. Ryan Taylor came out on top at the Port Royal Speedway in Juniata County over the weekend; with Mark Smith, Lance Dewease, Rick Lafferty, and Steve Buckwalter rounding out the top 5. Lincoln Speedway, in the pigeon hills of south central Pennsylvania, would also have somebody “different” in victory lane- as Mike Bittinger would come out on top, leaving McIntyre, McClelland, Dietrich, and Dodson all behind him at the line.
The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series ended their Spring Break tour in California this past weekend; competing at two racetracks with two completely different shapes and sizes, right outside of wine country, California. From what I can remember reading, I believe fans could have even participated in a wine tasting event over the weekend. I can honestly say I have never done that. Anyhow, Friday night saw the Greatest Show on Dirt compete at the Merced Speedway in Merced, California. The one and only Sammy Swindell captured his, I think, second World of Outlaws A Main of the season – with his first being at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas back in late February. So, yes, this would be his second victory of the season. Sammy would hold off California native, Tim Kaeding, at the finish to capture the glory at the little Merced bullring. That might have been the case for Sammy Friday night, but Saturday night would prove to not hold the same destiny for the Germantown, TN native. The Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, California was Saturday night’s destination for the traveling sprint car series. The World of Outlaws would see Jason Sides come out on top for his second victory of the season at the Calistoga half mile. Craig Dollansky would literally fall just short of victory, as he ran out of fuel coming towards the checkers, and lose the lead to eventual winner Jason Sides. This was Side’s first win since the World of Outlaw Volusia finale back in February.
Team Fully Injected had a pretty quiet weekend; with only one individual in any sort of competition. Kolten Gouse, who is a tire specialist for the Brownsburg, Indiana native, Joey Saldana and Kasey Kahne Racing, has been on the road since February traveling with the Greatest Show on Dirt, and has spent the past few weeks in California. As a Fully Injected Team Member – the plan this year is to have Kolten feed us his experiences through a Fully Injected segment known as “Life as a Wrench: A World of Outlaws Crew Member.” Stay tuned for more information.
Joey Saldana, the current World of Outlaws point leader, would have a rough start to the California finale weekend; he would suffer with a 16th place performance on Friday night at Merced Speedway. The second generation driver would bounce back – jumping back in to a top five finish with a 4th place rebound on Saturday night at Calistoga. Kolten and the KKR crew are currently truckin’ Indiana bound with intentions to determine race options for their off weekend.
Next weekend, Danny Holtgraver will be competing with the All Stars at Attica Raceway Park for the first round of the Ohio region. Rod George, Scott Priester, and Brandon “Wheelman” Matus will all be hoping for a nice weekend to kick off the local season. Sundown Motorsports is scheduled to open their season this weekend as well.
I haven’t seen a race in two weeks – but my track count still stands at 3 and race count at 4. Hopefully the coming weeks will allow me to pick up the pace. This weekend looks to be a “local” weekend for me – as I plan to head just 25 minutes down the road to the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania for a 3rd attempt at opening the season. If the weather decides to destroy Lernerville’s Friday night plans early enough – then its off to Attica I go; in hope to see some rare faces and outstanding talent (considering the World of Outlaws are off and they visit there next month…)
Lots of anticipation for next weekend! The USAC National Sprint Cars, which will be visiting the Lernerville Speedway during Memorial Day weekend as a part of their Eastern Storm Tour, hit the ‘Big E’ this coming weekend for a double header wammy! The Greatest Non-Wing Show on Dirt- as I like to call it – lead by The Demon Damian Gardner, head to the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for two day event. The All Star Circuit of Champions kick off their Ohio Region action this weekend with a double header at Attica Raceway Park. If any of you have never been there and get a chance to go – don’t pass it up. I promise. And last but certainly not least, The King of the West Sprint Car Series kicks off their anticipated “inaugural” season this weekend at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California. A little random fact for you – Brent Kaeding is the all time leading winner of that series with 83 victories. He also holds a record of 13 championships.
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and as always- RACE OPEN WHEEL!
I received a message tonight via text message stating that Rod George was spotted wearing his Fully Injected gear in a near by shopping center. To my surprise, the text message was correct, and he truly was representing FI merchandise!
The weekend didn’t exactly turn out as planned; both Friday and Saturday’s events, which included Lernerville’s second attempt at opening the season, as well as, Mercer Raceway Park’s $5,000 to win charity event, were cancelled due to cold temperatures. Although its depressing to have to wait yet another weekend for Lernerville’s gates to open, its nice to avoid the cold temperatures. Mercer Raceway Park is having a little more bad luck- being that both of their cancellations happened during “special event” program weekends. Williams Grove Speedway’s luck was up the same alley as Lernerville and Mecer’s; as they also played victim to cold and wet weather conditions, forcing a cancellation for the second straight week. Attica, Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park made an announcement at 12:30 PM Friday that they were racing- and that was certainly the case. Dean Jacobs picked up his first 410ci sprint car win of the season at the always racey, Attica Raceway Park, bullring.
The World of Outlaws are currently racing at the Calistoga Speedway in northern California – right in the heart of wine country. Last night’s winner, at Merced Speedway, was Sammy Swindell. He is now a two race winner on the year with the World of Outlaws.
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