Tyler Walker goes for a wild ride during heat race action at Clinton County Raceway on Sunday evening! – Rick Rarer Photo
Its hard to believe that it’s June already; and its hard to believe that a 1/3 of the season is already over. Perhaps my evaluation is inaccurate, but suffice it to say, a large portion of the racing season is in the books. Unfortunately, most of that book is filled with water. An unusual amount of spring time rain and storm systems created a trend of cancellations and rain-outs across most areas of the country. Now that the wild spring time weather systems are out of the way, hopefully, and summer starting to take shape, I feel that the weekend warrior fans and race teams alike are in for a fantastic remainder of the year.
Fully Injected had another solid weekend at the races; boasting some top five results from a few different race teams. Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, Brandon Matus continued his streak of impressive performances by finishing yet again in the top five. The youngster from Wampum, Pennsylvania finished fourth behind fellow Fully Injected teammate, Danny Holtgraver, who was third.
Brandon Matus at Lernerville – Rick Rarer Photo
Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania, Fully Injected had another round of impressive performances-lead by Kittanning native, Rod George. The 30 year veteran in 410ci sprint car competition cruised through his heat before earning a top three finish on the evening. Rod would end up third after starting fifth in the feature event. All Star invader, Cap Henry, would be the victor over long time sprint car ace, Ed Lynch Jr. – who was 2nd. Danny Holtgraver made an impressive charge to the front. After starting 11th, the Pittsburgh native battled his way to the front before a late race confrontation would push him back to finishing just outside the top five.
With my weekend regularly posted ‘Quick Notes’ recapping most of the racing highlights of the previous weekend, I am going to take the time now to bring up the busy weekend ahead in open wheel racing.
The All Star Circuit of Champions have a busy schedule for the next few weeks. After last night’s event at the Clinton County Raceway in Mackeyville, Pennsylvania where Lance Dewease earned the victory over Justin Henderson and Sam Hafertepe Jr., the traveling 410ci series, a long with some Pennsylvania Posse members chasing All Star East Region points, will head to the Fonda Speedway in upper New York this Wednesday. After racing in the Empire State on Wednesday, the All-Stars head back to Posse heartland to compete at the Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway’s this Friday and Saturday before returning back to New York to compete at Utica-Rome on Sunday. Dale Blaney, out of Hartford, Ohio, continues to lead all three All Star regional points standings including National, East, and Ohio.
The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series, lead by point leader Joey Saldana, heads to the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa for two nights of competition. The Marion County Fairgrounds half mile also hosts the world famous, Knoxville Nationals, which is now sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. Paul McMahan continues to dominate the World of Outlaws in the quick time category. This past weekend, McMahan captured quick time at both Lakeside and Belleville; bringing his total in 2011 to seven. The California native, and now Tennessee resident, sits 7th in the points standings going into the Knoxville Raceway double header on Friday and Saturday. Steve Kinser leads the series with 5 wins.
Knoxville Raceway also features 410 and 360 sprint car competition on a weekly basis. Terry McCarl picked up the 410 sprint car win this past weekend in the Vermeer Racing #55. Current point leader and all time win leader at the facility, Danny Lasoski, was 2nd. Kevin Swindell, son of three time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Champion Sammy Swindell, picked up fast time honors of the 27 410ci entries. Terry McCarl’s son, Austin, picked up a win at the Husets Speedway in South Dakota over the weekend as well.
The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour heads to the Eagle Raceway this weekend for the Eagle Nationals. A once 410 event on the World of Outlaws schedule, The Eagle Nationals is now a popular 360ci event -hosted in Eagle, Nebraska. The best in 360 competition will head to the 1/3 mile Eagle Raceway in hopes of knocking off current point leader Shane Stewart and last years Eagle Nationals winner, Jason Johnson.
The Golden State Challenge -King of the West Series resumes action this weekend with three events over a four day period. The California based 410 sprint car series heads to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chic0, California on Friday night before venturing into foreign territory on Saturday and Monday. The KWS will race at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon on Saturday before competing at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon on Monday. Tim Kaeding currently leads the series points chase over Evan Suggs and father, Brent Kaeding. Brent is a 13 time King of California Champion.
King of Indiana Sprint Series action picks back up next weekend, Sunday-June 19th, in the Hoosier State. Daron Clayton is the most previous winner with the Indiana based wingless mini-series as topless legend, Jon Stanbrough, leads the points standings. Stanbrough was last year’s KISS Champion as well as being the 2011 USAC Indiana Sprint Week Champion. He is a true wingless Indiana state champion.
KISS action takes this weekend off and picks back up at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday, June 19th. Speaking of USAC speed week – the Mopar USAC National Midget Series’ Indiana Midget Week opens up this Wednesday evening and will last for 5 straight nights at five different race tracks all across the state of Indiana. Action will be kicking off at Gas City on Wednesday and ending at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday. Indiana midget week will be contested at Lincoln Park on Thursday, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, and Lawrenceburg on Saturday.
Exciting news from Fully Injected; the new T design will be released on July 1st. Also, the black pinstripe hats with the green Fully Injected “FI” logo on the front are now for sale. Contact information is available at the top of the page.
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Surprisingly enough, the drive to Clinton County Raceway at the Clinton County Fairgrounds just outside of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania was not as far as I expected. 4 hours of combined travel time, there and back, allowed for a nice Sunday afternoon and evening venture across the north central region of Pennsylvania.
33 All Star Circuit of Champions 410 sprinters, as well as roughly 35 270cc micros, filled the fairground 1/4 mile oval pit area. Greg Hodnett was the fast timer of the 33 410 entries over such All Star entries like Tim Shaffer, Dale Blaney, David Gravel, and Jessica Zemken. Dry and slick track conditions; mixed in with a few rough spots, made for an interesting yet uneventful A-main event. Lance Dewease would get around Justin Henderson on an early restart and never look back; going basically untouched for the remainder of the 30 lapper- holding off Henderson at the line with Hafertepe, Hodnett, and Mark Smith rounding out the top 5.
Pete Miller III grabbed the B-main win over a hard charging Tyler Walker, who flipped in his heat and had to change to a back up car. The All Stars are back in action Wednesday in Fonda, New York.
Rain at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania left USAC Eastern Storm action without a Saturday night show resulting in Levi Jones being crowned as Eastern Storm champion for the 2nd year in a row. So, since my plans for wingless action were taken away by Mother Nature, it was off to Mercer Raceway Park for a regular night of six division racing.
Mercer had 24 sprinters signed in for Saturday night action. Cap Henry, who lead some of the main event Friday night at Lernerville Speedway, grabbed the win over a solid western Pennsylvania 410 field. Ed Lynch Jr, Rod George, and Bob Felmlee all followed him across the line respectively in that order.
The World of Outlaws found themselves at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, this evening for a $10,000 to win show. The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ had 25 cars signed in including Kerry Madsen, Sammy Swindell, and Brian Brown. Paul McMahan set quick time again while breaking, or should I say shattering, the previous track record. Steve Kinser would win the war, coming out on top at the end of the 30 lapper over Brian Brown and Cody Darrah. Brown lead 21 laps before being passed by The King. Joey Saldana still sits on top of the points standings by a slim 13 markers over Donny Schatz.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour action picked back up this weekend after a long recess. The Ragin Cajun Jason Johnson picked up the ASCS National 360ci victory at I-30 Speedway in Arkansas over Tim Crawley and Wayne Johnson. The former 360 ASCS National Champion and Louisiana native sits 13th in the ASCS national points standings after missing the first few races due to his commitments racing down under. Shane Stewart sits at the top of the ASCS current points standings.
FAST action resumed tonight at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio- as Bryan Sebetto found himself back in victory lane with the Ohio based mini series. Of the 29 entries at Fremont tonight for the Fremont Attica Sprint Title event, Tim Shaffer was fastest in time trials.
More weekend wrap up to be posted in the Monday Night Review! On the schedule for tomorrow night; All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series at the Clinton County Raceway outside of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
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Clear skies and comfortable temperatures allowed for much of western Pennsylvania to have an opportunity to see some short track racing.
Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania was my destination tonight. 16 410ci sprint cars signed in for the Fab Four event. Jack Sodeman Jr. made a mid race charge to the front, taking the lead from Cap Henry and never looked back. Sodeman would lead Carl Bowser and 10th starter, Danny Holtgraver, across the line. Holtgraver made a few late charges to take over the runner up position from Carl Bowser; but a traction lacking race surface would make passing inceasingly difficult as the race continued on the Sarver, PA oval. The Fully Injected teammate would settle for 3rd.
Brandon Matus continues to turn heads this year; continuing his streak of top five finishes at the Sarver half-mile with a 4th place finish tonight. The Wampum, Pennsylvania native and 3rd generation driver continues to have success at Lernerville Speedway but still needs to find a way to pass that spark onto Mercer Raceway Park; his usual Saturday night destination.
Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania had 25 cars signed in for this evening’s sprint car double header. The URC 360 sprints joined the regular 410’s for the Friday night festivities. Cory Haas, now full time in 410ci competition after competing in the 358ci division, picked up the Williams Grove Speedway feature win tonight. Danny Dietrich was 2nd in a close battle with Haas on the last lap. Brent Marks was 3rd with Walker and Krimes rounding out the top 5.
30 cars signed into Attica Raceway Park for the FAST (Fremont/Attica Sprint Title) event. Phil Gressman picked up the FAST 410 win over All Star Regular Greg Wilson, Tim Shaffer, Brandon Martin, and Dean Jacobs. Bryan Sebetto took over the FAST points lead from Byron Reed at the conclusion of tonight’s event. FAST action continues tomorrow night at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.
USAC competition saw Hunter Schuerenberg pick up his first win on the Eastern Storm tour at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey last evening. USAC action picks back up tomorrow night at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow morning!
Taking into consideration that the weekend weather outlook has a percipitation percentage less than 50; im going to go ahead and promote that its going to be a beautiful weekend. Three races on tap this weekend with Team Fully Injected staying primarily in western Pennsylvania. My own weekend plans will consist of three tracks; one of which I have never been too before – that being Clinton County Raceway just outside of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Friday night action will take place at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. Fab Four action mark’s the Friday night Lernerville lineup with Late Models, Sprints, Modifieds, and Stocks filling up the evening card. Saturday night will consist of traditional sprint car racing as the USAC National Sprint Cars’ Eastern Storm’ tour continues through Pennsylvania. I, along with the premiere national wingless series, will head to the Port Royal Speedway half mile this Saturday evening. $6,000 is on the line for Saturday nights winner as some of central PA’s finest are expected to take the wings off. I have been to Port Royal on many different occasions but this weekend will mark the first time I have ever seen non-wing sprint cars at the Juniata County half mile. Actually, this will mark the first time in history that the USAC National Sprint Car Series has made a visit to Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. The car counts have been great thus far in the Eastern Storm with Lernerville, Grandview, and Lincoln all having over 30 cars. New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, New Jersey was the first race on the Eastern Storm tour to have less than 30 cars; that event is taking place tonight- only 25 cars have signed in.
The All Star Circuit of Champions will make a trip to north-central Pennsylvania on Sunday night to compete at the Clinton County Raceway just off the Lock Haven exit on Interstate 80. Dale Blaney, and the rest of the All Stars – comprising of a driver’s roster with such names as Greg Wilson, Jessica Zemken, David Gravel, and Tim Shaffer – will visit the tiny 1/4 mile oval for the first time. I plan on making the trip to Clinton County on Sunday if the weather stays like it is supposed too. A large chunk of central Pennsylvania talent is planning to compete with the All Star Circuit of Champions, so a solid feild of 410 sprint cars shouldnt be anything but expected.
New hats will be in stock shortly! They are modeled after the Fully Injected hat that was given to Levi Jones, along with $250, for his quick time award on Monday evening at Lernerville Speedway.
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USAC National Sprint Car action picked back up tonight at the Lincoln Speedway in south central Pennsylvania. Tony Stewart Racing’s Levi Jones, who was also the evening’s fastest qualifier, picked up the victory. Tomorrow night, the Eastern Storm heads to New Egypt, New Jersey before having an off day on Friday.
This weekend is filled to the brim once again with winged sprint car action. National touring bodies have a packed schedule for the weekend including the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, USAC National Sprint Car Series, ASCS National Series, URC Series, and the Fremont/Attica Sprint Title series. I’m sure there is a long list of other possibilities including the USCS, IRA, Midwest All Stars…ect. For me to cover all of those, myself, would be almost impossible; so I stick with discussing what I am most familiar with.
The World of Outlaws will visit the Belleville High Banks for the first time since 1981 this weekend, as well as take aim at the Lakeside Speedway in the heartland of Kansas. Dale Blaney and the All Stars will make their first ever appearance at the Clinton County Raceway in north-central Pennsylvania this Sunday evening. I have never been to the facility but from what I understand, its not too far from Lock Haven, PA. The Lucas Oil ASCS National tour presented by K&N Filters will be visiting the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock,Arkansas this weekend. The premiere national 360ci series is back in action for the first time since April. Shane Stewart still sits on top of the points standings.
On a side note; Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania will be hosting double winged action this weekend as the URC 360 Series featuring such drivers as JJ Grasso, Becca Anderson, and Curt Michael will be invading the Mechanicsburg half-mile to co-host a Friday night show with the PA Posse 410 division. Daryn Pittman, one of the hottest drivers in PA right now, will be making a 360ci start that night.
June is a very exciting month for open wheel racing. USAC Midget Week is one of the featured highlighted events on my personal calendar to keep an eye on. The best in USAC midget competition will hit the bullrings of Indiana for 5 straight nights of racing that take place at Gas City, Lincoln Park, Bloomington, Lawrenceburg, and Kokomo Speedway in that particular order. The midget week begins June 8th and continues until June 12.
Speaking of speedweeks, the All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Speedweek also takes place this month, as well as the start of Pennsylvania’s 410 Sprint Speedweek. More to come on those as the events come closer on the calendar.
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Memorial Day weekend turned out to be one for the books. Not only was it a four day weekend away from work, rain, and daily responsibility; it was a weekend at the races – compiling of a 3 race weekend at three different facilities across Pennsylvania. Actually, I lied; it was a 2 and 1/32 race weekend. A trip to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on Friday night turned out to be a misfortune. Sunny skies at the beginning of the evening would quickly turn to black masses of moisture and complete downpours, eventually resulting in the cancellation of the evening’s scheduled Keystone Cup round number 3 time trial event. But, suffice it to say, Saturday and Monday turned out to be beautiful evenings at the races with some large car counts and good, quality racing at Mercer and Lernerville Speedway’s.
Team Fully Injected had another solid weekend of competition. Most of the Team FI drivers and teams had multiple nights of competition this Memorial Day weekend. Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania would suffer another rainout on Friday night leaving most racers in western Pennsylvania with another boring Friday night to waste at home. Mercer Raceway Park hosted another $5,000 to win event on Saturday night with just over 30 cars signing in for the Auto Racers Charity special. Fully Injected was well represented on Saturday evening with Rod George, Brandon Matus, and Kevin Schaeffer all competing at the Mercer, PA bullring. Brian Ellenberger, former World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series regular and regional standout, took the $5,000 to win payday with $2,000 being donated back to the organization. Rod George would be the highest FI finisher – coming home 4th in his Proshot Directional Boring, Maxim. Brandon Matus would be scored 17th after continuing his stretch of Mercer frustration. Kevin Schaeffer would be behind the 8 ball all night – pulling the highest numbered pill in the jar which would eventually result in him running the consolation and being scored 23rd in the main event after pulling off.
Sunday night would offer Fully Injected drivers, as well as other western Pennsylvania 410ci competitors, a chance to race at the Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pennsylvania for a $3,000 to win, 30 lap main event. Bob Felmlee would come out on top at the Franklin half-mile with a small margin of victory over 30 year veteran, Rod George. Rod would be the highest Fully Injected finisher of the evening; coming home in the runner up position.
Scott Preister, competing in his own familiar Metplas red number 11, would rally from a 17th starting spot and finish 7th. Scott suffered motor issues early on in the evening making his bid at a win even harder. Suffering issues during qualifying, he would have to start at the back of a heat which eventually resulted in the Rhimersburg native to have to start 17th. A climb to 7th would mark for a positive evening outcome. Brandon Matus and Kevin Schaeffer would be scored 19th and 20th on Sunday evening.
Danny Holtgraver, the 2010 Lernerville Speedway Track Champion, ventured away from home this weekend to race with the All Star Circuit of Champions at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. The Pittsburgh native explained that he was fast on both nights but suffered from the all too famous, Murphy’s Law. Whatever could have went wrong for the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania team, did go wrong. Accidental involvements in on track cautions and motor problems eventually resulted in the young western PA hotshoe to be scored behind his potential on both evenings. “We were a top five car on Sunday with the All-Stars – no doubt…” explained Danny yesterday afternoon when describing his weekend at Fremont. “…Just bad luck.” Danny would finish 14th in the Saturday night program after qualifying 10th fastest of the 31 entries and being involved in an early A-main accident. In the Sunday night portion of the weekend, Danny would improve to a top five qualifying effort- timing in 5th fastest overall of the 34 entries. Danny would suffer motor problems on Sunday night after making the A-main lineup; resulting in him being scored 22nd.
The Keystone Cup has finally come to a halt and none other than Fred Rahmer came out on top in the final points standings. Four out the originally six scheduled races were contested with Rahmer only winning one of those; that being at Big Diamond yesterday evening. Brian Leppo picked up the win at Grandview on the 25th, Monteith picked up a win at Lincoln on the 28th, Greg Hodnett grabbed the victory at Selinsgrove Speedway on the 29th, with Rahmer picking up the last event win last night (May 30th). Daryn Pittman was the 2010 Keystone Cup Champion.
The World of Outlaws had a busy weekend consisting of two racing in two different states well over 8 hours apart. The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ suffered a rainout at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday night which resulted in the race being contested on Saturday night, instead. Paul McMahan took advantage of Sammy Swindell’s misfortune of lap traffic misjudgment and grabbed his first win of 2011. The California native and now resident of Nashville, Tennessee, continues to be the ‘fastest’ driver of the WoO tour; leading in the ‘Fast Time’ category with the series. The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series continued their Memorial Day weekend at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Monday evening. Jason Sides withstood multiple cautions and a water leak to take home the $10,000 victory over two time I-96 WoO race winner, Jason Meyers. Joey Saldana still continues to lead the World of Outlaws point’s standings.
The All Star Circuit of Champions had a double header weekend at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. The regional traveling sprint car series suffered some wet conditions late into the program on Saturday which forced the series to postpone the remainder of the Saturday night event to the beginning of the Sunday night portion of the weekend. Dale Blaney, the current All Star national points leader as well as regional points leader, took the Saturday night feature event while World of Outlaw invader, Jason Meyers , grabbed the victory in the Sunday night portion of the weekend. Dale Blaney and the rest of the All Stars will take on the Clinton County Raceway locals next Sunday evening for their first ever appearance ever at the north-central PA oval.
ASCS Regional competition was in full effect over the weekend. Big named 360ci competitors took victories in ASCS regional events all across the United States. Jason Johnson, Brady Bacon, Jason Solowold, and Danny Lasoski are just a few of the names who could be found under the ASCS win column for Memorial Day Weekend 2011. Speaking of Danny Lasoski, he would find victory lane Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.
The Amsoil USAC National Sprint Cars continued their quest across Pennsylvania tonight as a stop at Grandview Speedway in eastern Pennsylvania would conclude night number 2 of the 2011 Eastern Storm. Bobby East would pick up the victory at Grandview just a few hours ago, with living legend, Jon Stanbrough, taking the victory last night at Lernerville Speedway.
Lots more to talk about as the week continues- USAC Eastern Storm continues for the rest of the week with USAC Mopar National Series Midget Week picking up next week!!
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