The man from Altoona, Iowa came out on top tonight with the All-Star Circuit of Champions at the Husets Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota. Terry McCarl made a late race pass to get by Cap Henry and Tim Shaffer to claim his first All-Star victory of 2011. The Great Plains segment of the 2011 All-Star tour will return to the Brandon, SD facility; with Husets hosting the traveling 410 sprinters for its second of two Great Plains appearances in the coming days. Cap Henry was 2nd, with Tim Shaffer rounding out the podium positions.
Check back tomorrow night for the weekly edition of the “Monday Night Review”
and as always; Race Open Wheel!
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Fully Injected and Danny Holtgraver on top at Mercer; George adds another top 5; Matus and Kekich earn heat race wins!
Danny Holtgraver capitalized on his last weekend home before heading west to Knoxville, Iowa by winning the 25 lap feature event at Mercer Raceway Park last night. The Pittsburgh native started in row number two and took command of the 410 sprint car feature before 1 lap was even completed. The caution plagued event never allowed lap traffic to be a real dominate factor in the contest; allowing Holtgraver to keep out front and collect another Mercer Raceway Park victory. Andy McKisson, recent Lernerville Speedway winner on Friday night, Carl Bowser, Bob Felmlee, and Fully Injected teammate, Rod George, completed the top 5. The D4 team will return to action next Saturday night August 6th at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for an All-Star Circuit of Champions event which is co-headlining the ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals finale the same evening.
Rod George expressed some disappointment when discussing last night’s fifth place finish; “we had some trouble with the double file restarts…when we started on the outside, we would get a car; but if we started on the inside, we would get passed…we just had kind of a bad night.” Rod George will be back in action next weekend at Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park.
Brandon Matus and Adam Kekich each earned heat race victories last night at the Mercer, PA bullring. Brandon Matus continued on to finish 8th in the feature event; continuing his streak of impressive western PA performances as he finds himself creeping closer and closer to his first 410 win. Adam Kekich, on the other hand, was unfortunately involved in a “no where to go” situation with a lapped car while running in the top 10, resulting in the Hermitage, PA native to get upside-down. He walked away hot, but unharmed.
Stay tuned for more after tonight’s All-Star event at Husets Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota.
- Fully Injected’s Danny Holtgraver put his D4 back in Mercer Raceway Park victory lane last night. Fellow Teammate, Rod George, would add another top five to his recent hot streak; coming home fifth.
- Nick Wean was the ARDC midget winner at Mercer Raceway Park- 19 ARDC teams made the trek west to Mercer, Pennsylvania.
- Dusty Zomer held off a strong field of Knoxville Raceway competitors last night; passing Tyler Walker in the closing laps to win at the Marion County Fairgrounds half mile. Brian Brown, Lynton Jeffrey, and Kevin Swindell rounded out the top five. other notable non-regulars on hand last night at Knoxville include: Kerry Madsen, Ben Gregg, and David Gravel.
- Bill Stine picked up the $3200 for his win at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.
- Jason Meyers grabbed his 50th career win with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series last night at Autodrome Drummond.
- ASCS national action in Placerville, California was swept by Oklahoma City’s Wayne Johnson this weekend. He passed current point leader, Shane Stewart, for the lead on lap 11 and never looked back in last night’s event.
- Jerrod Hull picked up night number 4 of Illinois Sprint Week at Macon Speedway last night; winning over Danny Smith for the second consecutive night of competition.
Team Fully Injected has been on a roll recently; consistently recording top 5 and top 10 performances in eastern and western Pennsylvania. Rod George and Danny Holtgraver, two Fully Injected supporters and merchandise reps, will look to add to their already impressive 2011 seasons tonight at Mercer Raceway Park.
Rod George, who spent a number of seasons in central PA competing with the Pennsylvania Posse, has been on a tear lately; winning races at the Mercer Raceway Park and Dog Hollow Speedway in western Pennsylvania. Rod currently sits second in the Mercer Raceway Park point standings, as well as sitting second in the Lernerville Speedway rankings. Rod’s most recent performance, last night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, saw the Kittanning native charge to a runner-up finish; just behind winner, Carl Bowser, for the $2,250 payday. Rod’s biggest victory of the year thus far was worth $2,500- with that being at Dog Hollow’s first ever sprint car event just a few Sunday’s ago. Rod will look to pressure Carl Bowser at Lernerville Speedway and Bob Felmlee at Mercer Raceway Park in the coming weeks, in hopes to knock off their names at the top of the points rankings at both of those facilities.
Danny Holtgraver, the Pittsburgh native and now owner of 3 victories in 2011, will look to build momentum tonight at Mercer before making the trip out west to compete at the 51st Annual Knoxville Nationals. Holtgraver has picked up wins at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, and Lernerville Speedway so far in 2011. Recently though, more bad luck than anything has plagued the D4 team- continuing last night as a loss of oil pressure ended their night while running just outside the top 5. The Pittsburgh based operation will regroup tonight at the Mercer bullring and prepare for a trip out west, where they will compete at Knoxville Raceway on August 6th with the All-Stars; Monday, August 8th at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa with the All-Stars; and finally- at the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. His qualifying date is set to be Thursday evening, August 11th at the world famous, Knoxville Nationals.
Scott Priester, the 25 year veteran from Rimersburg, Pennsylvania and a former Challenger Raceway Track Champion, currently holds a top five position in Mercer Raceway Park points standings. He is the full time pilot of the Dionise Racing no. 15 at the Mercer facility. Brandon Matus, a Wampum, PA native and 4th generation driver, currently holds a top five position in Lernerville Speedway points rankings. He added another top 5 performance last night to his already impressive 2011 Lernerville Speedway resume. They both will be in competition this evening at MRP.
Check back tonight for full coverage of Mercer Raceway Park ‘Fully Injected’ results, as well as notes and comments from sprint car racing across the country!
and as always- RACE OPEN WHEEL!
Illinois Sprint Week sanctioned by the Midwest Open Wheel Association kicked off this past Wednesday night and will continue until this Sunday, July 31st. The Illinois Sprint week consists of five consecutive nights of 410 sprint car action at five different Illinois facilities- five nights in a row. Spoon River Speedway hosted the first night of competition on Wednesday night with Danny Lasoski’s nephew, Brian Brown, picking up the victory. Thursday night would see Danville, Indiana native, Danny Smith, grabbing the Illinois Speed Week win at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois. Last night, Jerrod Hull stood on top of the podium at Jacksonville Speedway for night number three of Illinois Sprint Week; allowing him to be within 21 points of the Illinois Sprint Week points lead. Danny Smith, who recently won his 100th victory at the 100th different track, currently leads the Illinois Sprint Week standings. USAC non-wing standout, Chris Windom, has been in competition all week and currently sits seventh in ISW points.
Wayne Johnson picked up night number one of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour action at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California last night. The Oklahoma City native lead all 30 laps to win the Bullring Nationals opener. The nation’s premiere 360 touring series will be back in action tonight at Placerville Speedway for the finale of the Bullring Nationals.
Tonight, the ARDC midgets will once again visit western Pennsylvania. Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania will host the traveling midget series to be a part of their Saturday Night lineup; which also features the 410 sprint cars and 305 cubic inch sprint car class. Bob Felmlee currently leads the 410 sprint car class points chase going into this evening’s event.
Team Fully Injected with another great performance! Danny Holtgraver will qualify Thursday night, August 11th, at Knoxville!
Lernerville Speedway ‘Fully Injected’ results:
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (0) Andy McKission, Strattanville
- (45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
- (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
- (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
- (22B) Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
- (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
- (B6) Bobbi Rankin, Renfrew
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (55AU) Luke Bowey, Adleade, S. AUS.
- (6) Shelia Rankin, Renfrew
Rod George, Brandon Matus, and Scott Priester all continued to have promising Lernerville Speedway results this evening; with all three bringing home top 6 performances. Kevin Schaeffer had a bit of bad luck all evening- losing a rear end at the beginning of the evening and suffering from a flat tire during the feature event. Danny Holtgraver, who will head to Knoxville next Thursday to compete in the 51st Annual Knoxville Nationals, also had a bit of bad luck tonight from the result of losing oil pressure while running in the 6th position during the 25 lap main event.
Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, lost their Friday night program due to Mother Nature’s ongoing wrath. Cory Haas, Fully Injected’s lone Central PA representative, will try again tomorrow night at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.
Carl Bowser picks up the $2,250 at Lernerville; Paul McMahan winner at Brockville; Hafertepe wins Attica FAST race!
Carl Bowser picked up the DIRTcar Sprint Special worth $2,250 this evening at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. Bowser ran second most of the event before gaining the top spot on a lap 24 caution. Brian Steinman, who lead the first 24 laps, ran out of fuel during the lap 24 caution. Carl Bowser inherited the lead and held off Kittanning hotshoe and recent Dog Hollow Speedway winner, Rod George, for the win. This was Carl’s second victory at Lernerville Speedway this season as he continues to chase the 2011 Lernerville Speedway points championship.Andy McKisson, Todd Bauer, and Fully Injected teammate, Brandon Matus, rounded out the top five tonight at “The Action Track.” Most of team Fully Injected will be back in action tomorrow night at Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania. The ARDC midgets will also be on hand tomorrow at the Mercer bullring.
Kasey Kahne Racing’s Paul McMahan picked up the $10,000 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win tonight at the Brockville-Ontario Speedway in Ontario, Canada. The California native who now calls Nashville, TN home, lead Jason Meyers, and Craig Dollansky across the line. Sammy Swindell suffered some bad luck again this evening with the World of Outlaws; once again, cutting a left rear tire while leading. The Germantown, TN native continues to have consistent negative luck with the Goodyear rear tires. The World of Outlaws will be back in action tomorrow night at the Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec. 20 time Outlaws Champion, Steve Kinser, was last year’s winner at Autodrome Drummond.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. grabbed the victory this evening at the Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio during another round of FAST action. There were 29 cars in the pit area for the Fremont/Attica Sprint Title event. FAST points will continue to be tallied tomorrow night at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, OH.
Western Pennsylvania’s best will compete for $2,250 tonight at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania; with most of the FI gang to be represented.
Tim Shaffer, the 2010 Knoxville Nationals Champion and All-Star Circuit of Champions title winner last season, picked up the win last night at Red River CO-OP Speedway in Winnipeg, MB. The western Pennsylvania native held off Dale Blaney and hard charging, Greg Wilson -who gained 8 positions in the feature event, for the $5,000 payday. The All-Stars will be back in competition this Sunday night at the Husets Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota.
Most of team Fully Injected will be making their way to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania this evening for the DIRTcar Sprint Special worth $2,250 to the victor. The best the Western Pennsylvania has to offer will be strapped in this evening; including Rod George, Danny Holtgraver, Kevin Schaeffer, Brandon Matus, and Scott Priester.
FAST competition continues this evening at the Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. Dean Jacobs is the current point leader in the Fremont/Attica Sprint Title chase and looks to extend that lead tonight at Attica, and tomorrow at Fremont. Also, the ASCS National Tour will be racing at the Placerville Speedway in sunny Placerville, California this weekend; beginning tonight and wrapping up tomorrow. Jason Johnson, the 2010 ASCS National Tour Champion, is coming off a hot streak; sweeping last weekend’s events at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The two day stop at Placerville will wrap up the west coast swing for the premiere 360 national series. Teams will then head back east to Knoxville, Iowa for the 360 Nationals next weekend.
Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for highlights and comments on tonight’s events!
Dale Blaney in competition earlier this year – Rick Rarer Photo
Dale Blaney, and the rest of the All-Star Circuit of Champions, have a lot to look forward too in the next couple of weeks. Eight races in the next 3 weeks will highlight the ‘Great Plains’ portion of the All-Star schedule; which is ordinarily referred too as the “Thunder Through the Plains.” $5,000 to win shows will primarily make up the upper-midwest swing, which also includes the $10,000 to win Front-Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. “America’s Series” kicks off action tonight at the Red-River CO-OP Speedway in Winnepeg, Canada. Tracks that are also included in this portion of the schedule consist of: Husets Speedway, Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, ND, Knoxville Raceway, Southern Iowa Speedway, and Amsoil Speedway in Wisconsin. Some of the facilities, such as Red River Valley Speedway and Husets Speedway, will be visited more than once. Dale Blaney currently leads the national points chase over 2-time champion, Tim Shaffer, David Gravel, Cap Henry, and Jessica Zemken. Fully Injected’s own, Danny Holtgraver, currently sits in 9th position in the national All-Star points chase; as well as being 4th in the Ohio region standings. The tour will take a pause August 10th through the 13th so that teams may compete at the 51st Annual Knoxville Nationals.
Check back later this evening for updates from Red-River CO-OP Speedway.
Carl Bowser, who is currently tied for first in the Lernerville Speedway points title chase with Brian Ellenberger, will look to add another mark in the win column this weekend at the Sarver oval – Rick Rarer Photo
Fully Injected has added an extra $250 to the already existing $2,000 winner’s share for the DIRTCar Sprint Special this Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. In addition to the extra $250 cash given the evening’s sprint car division winner, it will also be $10 Fully Injected T-shirt night and free decal night! Stop by the Cory Stivason photo booth and check out the selection of free decals and available Fully Injected merchandise featuring the new “Rib Cage Dot Com” edition, which was just released last week. There are still 1st generation black T’s left, as well as a few “Green Wear” shirts still in stock!! Stop by Friday night to see what we can hook you up with! All the T’s are $10 - Friday night only!
Tony Stewart and Sammy Swindell battle at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania – Rick Rarer Photo
NASCAR Superstar and World of Outlaws car owner, Tony Stewart, won his very first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Main tonight at the Oshweken Speedway in Oshweken, Ontario, Canada. Stewart passed Brad Sweet just before the half way point and pulled away from the field in the non-stop 30 lap event; holding off a late race charge by three time World of Outlaws Champion, Sammy Swindell.
As the weeks of July continue to press on, signs of August and the end of summer will soon be peeking over the hills; showing off clues of an ending 2011 and a racing reason that is unfortunately coming to a close. Although August is usually associated with the return of school, shorter days, and obviously the end of summer – it should also be associated with the arrival of the Knoxville Nationals; perhaps the largest sprint car race in the world, and probably the most famous. The Knoxville Nationals is celebrated by sprint car fans and enthusiasts all over the world as an event that creates unforgettable memories and unforgiving stories of stress and disappointment. Its a four day festive sprint car competition that welcomes the best sprint car drivers in the world to battle it out, on a large half-mile clay oval, for a $150,000 top prize; and it always happens during the 2nd week of August.
Although the 51st annual Knoxville Nationals featuring the 410ci sprint cars doesn’t begin for roughly two more weeks, the Knoxville racing atmosphere will pick up the pace beginning as early as next weekend with the ASCS sanctioned 360 Knoxville Nationals. The ASCS National Tour will visit the famed Knoxville, Iowa half-mile speedway for three nights of competition; concluding with the ASCS Knoxville National Championship on Saturday, August 6th. Shane Stewart is the defending champion of the event and currently holds the current point lead in ASCS national competition.
The Knoxville Nationals featuring the 410ci sprint cars will take place August 10-13th, 2011; and will feature the best sprint car drivers in the country at one venue, all vying for one top prize. $150,000 is on the line Saturday night August 13th- and only 1 driver will get to write his name in the history books. Last year, it was Pennsylvania native, Tim Shaffer, picking up the 50 lap Knoxville Nationals victory worth $150,000. Sammy Swindell’s misfortune, resulting from a blown right rear tire in the closing laps, allowed Shaffer to capture his first Knoxville Nationals championship.
Other events highlighting early August include the Ironman 55 sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on August 6th at I-55 Raceway just south of St. Louis, Missouri. Oskaloosa’s Southern Iowa Speedway will host two big shows, once again in 2011, just before the Knoxville Nationals on August 8th and 9th. The Front Row Challenge featuring the All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars, and Ultimate Challenge, featuring the USAC National Sprint Cars, will take place in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Monday and Tuesday evening – August 8th and 9th.
Team Fully Injected will have another busy weekend close to home as most of the teams will be competing once again at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania- and Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania; both located conveniently in western Pennsylvania where Fully Injected is stationed . Team members such as Kolten Gouse, who works under Kasey Kahne Racing as a tire specialist on the World of Outlaw tour, is busy in Canada with the World of Outlaws working for KKR and driver, Brad Sweet, while Joey Saldana is out with an injury. New team member and recent winner,Cory Haas, who is a York, Pennsylvania native, will be racing close to his home this weekend; competing at his normal central PA destinations.
Danny Holtgraver plans on attending and competing in the 51st Annual Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa.
Be sure to check back at www.fullyinjected.com for more info concerning results from the Fully Injected divers and their teams.
Brian Ellenberger is currently tied with Carl Bowser for the Lernerville Speedway points championship – Rick Rarer Photo
Rod George, Cory Haas, and Danny Holtgraver, all own wins this year for Team Fully Injected.
Team Fully Injected has been in the limelight lately with lots of success in the recent weeks. Top 10 and top 5 performances, a long with occasional victories, are giving Fully Injected, and their teammates, the attention that they deserve. The time of year to determine track championship potential is upon us, and Fully Injected has more than a few in the hunt.
Marks in the win column have been racking up recently by a few different Fully Injected performers including Rod George, Danny Holtgraver, and Cory Haas. Rod George stood in victory lane at both Mercer Raceway Park and Dog Hollow Speedway so far in 2011. Danny Holtgraver, who plans on competing at the Knoxville Nationals in a few short weeks, has racked up wins at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, and Lernerville Speedway so far in 2011. Cory Haas recently picked up the biggest win of his 410ci sprint car career; the opening night of Pennsylvania sprint speedweek worth $7,000 at Lincoln Speedway.
Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania and Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania, both act as home to most of the FI team based in western Pennsylvania. In the Lernerville Speedway points race, its Carl Bowser and former World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series regular, Brian Ellenberger, sitting on top of the points ranks. Rod George, Brandon Matus, and Kevin Schaeffer, all sit among the top five in Lernerville Speedway points; ranking in that particular order in positions 3rd through 5th.
Mercer Raceway Park; a small, slighty banked, 3/8′s bullring located in Mercer, Pennsylvania, has Franklin, PA native, Bob Felmlee, on top of the sprint car point standings. Kittanning native, Rod George, also stands in the championship fight at Mercer; only 48 points behind Felmlee going into this weekend’s competition. Scott Priester, the full time pilot of the Dionise #15 at Mercer for the 2011 season, currently finds himself 4th in the standings. Adam Kekich, the youngster from Hermitage, PA, currently sits 5th in the point standings at Mercer Raceway Park; thus being the third FI teammate currently sitting in the top 5 of the Mercer Raceway Park championship standings.
Cory Haas, a fairly new additive to the FI mission, currently sits sixth in the Lincoln Speedway points standings, unofficially. The event last night at the Abbottstown oval, won by Brad McClelland, has not be calculated into the points standings. Haas was scored 16th in last night’s Lincoln Speedway Sunday night feature.
The All-Star Circuit of Champions, World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series, ASCS National Tour, and FAST competitors, all have events scheduled this week/weekend; beginning Wednesday night when the Outlaws tackle Oshweken Speedway in Oshweken, Ontario, Canada. From now until Knoxville, sprint car racing will be in full tilt- offering events for fans to attend in all parts of the country.
The World of Outlaws will be in competition two additional times this weekend; including more Canadian stops at Brockville Ontario Speedway, and Autodrome Drummond on Friday and Saturday night. The All-Star Circuit of Champions begin their annual Thunder Through the Plains on Thursday night at the Red River CO-OP Speedway in Winnipeg, Canada; and will continue to visit the upper midwest for the next few weeks.
Shane Stewart and the rest of the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National Tour, will continue to spend their west coast swing along the Pacific this weekend by stopping by the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California for a two day stop. This two day California weekend will end their west coast venture, and teams will then head back to the midwest to prepare for the Knoxville 360 Nationals, sanctioned by the ASCS, next weekend.
As far as the near future is concerned- www.fullyinjected.com will be updated frequently; sometimes twice a day. News, updates, results, and pictures will be updated to the site as often as time allows- so be sure to check back often!
Craig Dollansky picked up his sixth win of the season with the World of Outlaws tonight at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York. The Elk River, Minnesota native held off recent Summer Nationals Champion, Jason Meyers, Steve Kinser, and Aussie, Kerry Madsen.
The World of Outlaws will return to action Wednesday night at the Oshweken Speedway in Oshweken, Ontario, Canada.
Check back tomorrow night for the weekly ‘Monday Night Review.’
And as always; RACE OPEN WHEEL
After last night’s 30 lap World of Outlaws main event at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, which was dominated by 2010 World of Outlaws Champion, Jason Meyers; Outlaw teams, officials, and fans packed up and prepared for a venture north to Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York for a one day, Sunday night stop.
Tonight, the World of Outlaws will be in competition at the Lebanon Valley highbanks, where Doug Esh scored the victory last year while filling in for the injured Jac Haudenschild. After tonight’s program, the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ will then head to foreign territory for a Canadian swing that will include Oshweken, Brockville, and Autodrome Drummond.
Central Pennsylvania sprint car competition continues tonight at the Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. ‘The Edge’ Brian Montieth currently holds the track points lead over Danny Dietrich, and Alan Krimes. Krimes recently picked up the $10,000 victory at the Williams Grove Speedway for the Mitch Smith Memorial during Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.
Check back here at www.fullyinjected.com for more on tonight’s WoO action at the conclusion of the event.
Fully Injected climbs from 11th to 2nd, 12th to 5th, 13th to 7th, and 18th to 9th at Mercer Raceway Park.
Team Fully Injected weekend round-up:
Danny Holtgraver, the youngster from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and 2010 Lernerville Speedway Track Champion, started outside the top ten last evening in the Mercer Raceway Park feature event. The former MRP feature winner this season climbed from the 11th starting position to finish 2nd, behind veteran Bob Felmlee. Holtgraver owns feature wins this year at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, and Lernerville Speedway.
Adam Kekich, one of the newest members of the Fully Injected mission, started in lucky position number 13 in last night’s Mercer Raceway Park 25 lapper. Kekich proved that starting 13th was everything but bad luck and climbed six positions to finish 7th in the feature event.
Rod George, the Kittanning, Pennsylvania resident and recent winner for the FI program, started 12th in last nights’s 25 lap Mercer feature event, and would climb seven positions to claim a top five performance. George would end up 5th last night; still in competition for the 2011 Mercer Raceway Park track championship. Rod owns multiple victories this year including wins at Mercer Raceway Park and Dog Hollow Speedway; which was worth $2500.
Brandon Matus, known as the “Wheelman” by many, started in the 18th position last night in Mercer Raceway Park’s feature event for the 410 sprinters. He would climb 9 positions to finish inside the top 10 when the checkers flew; crossing the line in 9th position. The “Wheelman” has been enjoying 2011 success at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania; as well as on and off progress at Mercer Raceway Park.
Scott Priester was also in competition last night at MRP, but suffered some hard luck in the mean time. Piloting the Dionise #15 at Mercer Raceway Park, Scott would have to take an unexpected sudden action in the 25 lap 410 feature by trying to avoid a spun car. The potential contact would result in Priester also having to spin. Misfortune would strike again as the Rimersburg native would lose his brakes during the remainder of the 25 feature event, but still would finish 11th.
After a bad pill draw, which put the York, Pennsylvania native behind the eight ball for the remainder of the Friday night WoO Williams Grove program, Cory Haas would turn his luck around on Saturday evening and put himself in the starting line up of the $20,000 to win Summer Nationals finale. After failing to make it out of the Last Chance Showdown on Friday evening, Haas would earn a 24th starting position in the World of Outlaws Summer Nationals finale on Saturday night by way of transfering from his heat race to the main event. The former 358ci full time competitor in central Pennsylvania would pull off the racetrack early and be scored 26th.
Jason Johnson, the Louisiana native and ASCS National Tour regular for the past number of seasons, completed the sweep this weekend with the ASCS National Tour at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Johnson took home the $6,000 Cottage Grove Sprint Car Nationals payday by fashion that consisted of passing Wayne Johnson in a late race move to win the 35 lapper. Johnson, who also won Friday night’s preliminary event at Cottage Grove with the country’s premiere national 360ci series, was locked into tonight’s 35 lapper; along with Roger Crockett, Wayne Johnson, and Johnny Herrera, because of their top 4 finishing positions at the conclusion of last night’s preliminary feature.
Wayne Johnson would hold on to finish second to Jason Johnson in the Cottage Grove Sprint Car Nationals finale, with Jeff Swindell, Tim Kaeding, and Roger Crockett completing the top 5. Shane Stewart, the Bixby, Oklahoma native, continues to lead the ASCS National Tour driver’s points standings over Johnny Herrera and Jeff Swindell.
“Rib Cage Dot Com” Edition: Front
The Clovis, California native, Jason Meyers, finally found victory lane at Williams Grove Speedway this evening with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The 2010 World of Outlaws Champion started from the front row and dominated the 30 lap main event worth $20,000. He would hold “teammate” Stevie Smith, and Donny Schatz, at the line for the “Month of Money” victory. Stevie Smith was this evening’s fastest qualifier of the 45 entries. Jason Meyers and the rest of the Outlaws will now have to make the long trip north to West Lebanon, New York for tomorrow’s event at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. Donny Schatz currently sits on top of the World of Outlaws points race by one marker over tonight’s winner, Jason Meyers. Steve Kinser, Craig Dollansky, and Jason Sides round out the top 5 in the championship points race.
Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania, offered action for most of the Fully Injected team this evening (7-23-2011). Danny Holtgraver, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, lead the Fully Injected competitors by way of best finish with a runner-up place finish at the Mercer 3/8′s mile bullring after starting in the 11th position. Kittanning native, Rod George, finished fifth; not far in front of teammate, Adam Kekich- the youngster from Hermitage, Pennsylvania and limited sprint car class graduate, who finished 7th after starting 13th. Perhaps the most impressive rally by any Fully Injected teammate tonight was that of the Wampum “Wheelman,” Brandon Matus; who started deep within the feature field, and would climb to a top ten finish. The 4th generation driver started 18th in the Mercer feature event; only to climb nine spots to finish 9th. Bob Felmlee was the evening’s winner at Mercer Raceway Park.
Unfortunately, 25 year sprint car veteran, Scott Priester, had some mechanical issues during the evening’s feature event; but still would finish just outside the top ten in 11th position. Danny Holtgraver and Rod George each earned heat race victories this evening as well.
Scott Priester, as well as the other FI competitors, will be back in action next weekend. Congratulations to the entire Fully Injected gang on their respective performances this weekend.
Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, fell victim to rain this evening.
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Opening night with the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA did not treat York, Pennsylvania native Cory Haas with much respect. After qualifying late in the feild and failing to make the top 16 inversion, Haas would have to start deep within his heat race event. Finishing in a non transfer spot in the heat race would put the former Lincoln Speedway 358 track champion in the C main. Haas would transfer to the B main by way of finishing 2nd in the C, only to end his night deep in the finishing order at the conclusion of the last chance showdown. Cory will return tomorrow night with hopes of a better draw, and an overall improvement.
The Pennsylvania Posse kept up their dominating fashion at Williams Grove Speedway this evening during opening night of the World of Outlaws sanctioned Summer Nationals. Greg Hodnett claimed the 25 lap opening night victory over Steve Kinser, Daryn Pittman, Sammy Swindell, and Fred Rahmer. There were 44 cars signed into the pit area this evening including a healthy blend of Posse and Outlaw contenders.
The first annual running of the Morgan Cup saw an Outlaw in victory lane; allowing the Cup to reside at World Racing Group Headquarters in North Carolina for the next year. The 12 lap event went to Bartlett, TN native, Jason Sides- who dominated the 12 lap Morgan Cup race by a full straight-a-way over Stevie Smith.
The World of Outlaws and PA Posse return to competiton tomorrow night again at Williams Grove Speedway for the $20,000 to win Summer Nationals finale.
Team Fully Injected had a wet evening; at least for those racing in western Pennsylvania. Most of the Fully Injected competitors had Lernerville Speedway on the agenda this evening; but a late afternoon thunder shower ended those plans as gates were opening. Rain took victories at Lernerville Speedway; as well as FAST action at Attica Raceway Park.