Friday 5/6 quick notes…Fully Injected has 3 in top 5!

Lernerville winner – Danny Smith. Fully Injected had 3 finish in the top 5 this evening; fantastic job! Danny Holtgraver 2nd- Rod George 4th – Brandon Matus 5th! More details Monday in the Monday Night Review!

Williams Grove – Fred Rahmer wins the Outlaw Tuneup!

Eldora Speedway – Joey Saldana wins night number one. Hafertepe was 2nd and Donny Schatz was 3rd.

KISS event at Bloomington Speedway – Brady Short winner.

Cancelled: USAC National Sprint Car Series event at Lincoln Park Speedway orginially scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed to a later date; grounds still too saturated for safe race conditions. The ASCS National Series event at Riverside International Speedway for this Saturday has also been cancelled due to regional flooding. The Rock ‘N Roll 50 still has a possibility of being rescheduled.

Behind the Scene with Danny Holtgraver up next for Fully Injected.

A Kirstie Priester Photo

Not often are race fans presented with an opportunity to visit a championship sprint car team’s facility and see what goes on at the shop during the week; but that is about to change- again. On Monday evening, a production, which will focus on a visit to Danny Holtgraver’s shop, will be available for all to see. Tomorrow evening, I will be taking a road trip to the north hills of Pittsburgh to pay a visit with the 2010 Lenerville Speedway Track Champion to catch a glimpse of where he spends his long week nights preparing  for what the weekend may have in store.

The Rod George Racing’s ‘Behind the Scene’ footage is currently available for viewing on our Facebook page – the link can be found on the contact page of this site.

Stay tuned!!

 

Matus gets his rear knocked out! Literally…

Racing on a bullring tends to be tricky; especially when you only have  25 laps to hard charge from a 22nd starting position to the front of a heavily competitive western Pennsylvania field. Brandon Matus, the Wampum native, Fully Injected teammate, and still relatively new face to sprint car competition,  kept his cool and kept himself out of trouble Saturday night, for the most part, and rallied from a 22nd starting spot to finish in the top 12 at the Mercer Raceway Park.

“We had a pretty good night; I was in a hurry to pass cars but had a little bit of damage happen to us in the mean time..”  Matus explained.  “We suffered some cosmetic damage as well as some damage to bolt on parts…we got our rear end knocked out of square, too, and broke a radius rod…it happens.”

Brandon finished 12th out of the 30+ cars that signed in for the Saturday evening event at the Mercer bullring. The weather finally cooperated and allowed for a solid Saturday night.

The third generation sprint car driver will hit up his usuals this weekend; racing at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania on Friday night before heading back to Mercer on Saturday.

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Monday Night Review: How About Them Apples…

April has come and gone and left behind more rain that anybody could have imagined. Open wheel racing was limited, and the only things people could have seen half interesting were some flooded streams and swampy corn fields; not much was left unsaturated by rain. The weather has been miserable the past few weeks; leaving weekend warriors with little to do and nothing to see. This weekend worked out for the better, though, in most areas of the country. Most of the scheduled events were able to take place. Saturday proved to be the nicest day of the weekend – almost reaching 70 in some areas without any chance of precipitation. My Friday night consisted of casinos and lounges – and no race cars. I had previously made arrangements to attend a bachelor party in Erie on Friday evening, so attending the racetrack was out of the question.

Saturday night was beautiful and I finally made my way back to a racetrack – but it wasn’t for open wheel racing. I attended the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at the Roaring Knob Speedway just outside of Uniontown, Pennsylvania with a good friend of mine and an avid late model fan. Not too often do people get the opportunity to see Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Ray Cook, Mike Marlar,Dale McDowell, and the rest of the traveling lucas oil stars- so, I took advantage of it and had a good time. Scott Bloomquist was the victor; taking his 4th win in a row and tying Earl Pearson Jr. for the consecutive win record. The two-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion leads the current point standings in dominating fashion.

Williams Grove Speedway packed the house with over 40 cars including the All Star Circuit of Champions regulars and Pennsylvania Posse stars on Friday evening. Steve Buckwalter was unbeatable Friday night; literally. He not only captured the $5,000 to win All Star A-main, but he also took home the ARDC midget victory. That was quite the Friday pay day.

The Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (FAST) round #3 went to Danny Smith on Friday night at the Attica Raceway Park. No stranger to sprint car victory lane, the man from Danville, Indiana and now a resident of Chillicothe, Ohio, stood back in victory lane once again at the northwest Ohio bullring.  There were 35 cars signed in at Attica Raceway Park for the event. Jason Meyers made an appearance there for the FAST event as a warm up to his World of Outlaw visit in just a few weeks. He would end up 2nd. FAST competition then took place again Saturday night at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.  Bryan Sebetto picked up the win and his first FAST win of the season.

‘Hunter Percent’ Shuerenberg took home his 2nd career USAC victory Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, Indiana. The Missouri native currently sits in the top 4 of the points standings and will also be traveling east for the Ohio Storm portion of the USAC schedule coming up in just a couple of weeks. The USAC triple header plans for the rest of this past week were cancelled due to wet conditions. Both Kokomo and Lawrenceburg are working towards rescheduling the events. The USAC National Sprint Car Series will be back in action next Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana- with a KISS (King of Indiana Sprint Series) event taking place Friday night at Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Indiana. My guess is most of the teams will take advantage of the possible double big pay weekend and race at both sanctioned events. The point’s standings in the USAC National Sprint Car Series is incredible at the present time; top 4 drivers are only separated by 7 points! Bryan Clauson leads the series by three points over Shuerenberg, defending and multiple times champion Levi Jones, and Damian Gardner.

The World of Outlaws raced one night this past weekend. The “Greatest Show on Dirt” invaded the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstaudt, Indiana for a Saturday night event paying $10,000 to the winner. Sammy Swindell broke the Criag Dollansky/Steve Kinser six year alternating victory win streak in his brand new Big Game Treestands Maxim. Sammy would lead Paul McMahan and Joey Saldana, the current World of Outlaws point leader, across the line. Sammy holds the 5th spot in the current World of Outlaw point standings. The World of Outlaws return to action this Friday and Saturday night at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for two complete nights of competition.

The All Star Circuit of Champions continued their weekend roll through central Pennsylvania on Saturday evening at the Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylavania; only this time it was Greg Hodnett taking the spoils and keeping the All Stars out of victory lane. Kerry Madsen was in town for the weekend; but his night didn’t end as nice as Hod’s did. Kerry would take a wild ride down the backstretch and clear the outside guardrail, destroying the racecar and leaving all hopes of repair out the window. According to his twitter account, his knee is a little banged up but the plan is to race at Eldora this weekend with the World of Outlaws. Lance Dewease still holds the central PA point standings by 10 markers over Brian Leppo.

The King of the West Series had a Saturday night event over the weekend at the Marysville Raceway Park in golden California. Willie Croft took home the victory for his first KWS win of the season. Tim Kaeding, the current point leader with the series, crossed the line in 2nd with Andy Gregg finishing 3rd. The series will be competing at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California next Saturday night for round five.

Once again this weekend, Danny Lasoski found himself in victory lane. This time it was at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. He now owns 94 wins at that facility.

The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters Series and Mopar USAC National Midget Series did not compete this weekend. The ASCS National series heads to “the ditch” for their annual Rock’N’Roll 50 this Saturday night. The Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas will host the national 360 series for the one night event which gives away a guitar along with the prize money to the winner. The USAC midget series will take another weekend off before competing at the Angell Park Speedway in Wisconsin for a double header weekend on May 14th and 15th. One midget race that I’d like to attend someday is the Belleville Midget Nationals at the Belleville Highbanks in Belleville, Kansas. It’s claimed to be the fastest dirt half mile in the world; as so many others are. From my understanding, Volusia Speedway Park is the world’s fastest dirt half mile as of earlier this year. I believe Eldora is also claimed to be the fastest dirt half mile in the world. Even if Belleville isn’t the fastest or is the fastest, someday I’d like to visit it. I’ll add that to the list of potential future road trips.

Lernerville Speedway did not have sprint cars over the weekend at the Sarver, PA 4/10’s mile; the All Star Circuit of Champions Late Model Series was in town for their annual visit and headlined the night’s event. This forced most of the western Pennsylvania regulars  to wait an extra night before racing again. Mercer Raceway Park  proved to be the saving grace as it held a regular points show over the weekend. Jason Dolick picked up the 410 sprint car win over a solid feild of 30+ cars. This was the largest field of cars in westnern Pennsylvania so far this year; as far as I can remember and sprint cars are concerned. Brian Ellenberger crossed the line second with Bob Flemlee 3rd.

This weekend will probably be a local weekend as far as my plans are concerned. Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania is hosting its annual Ladies Night and Breast Cancer Awareness Night in response to it being mother’s day weekend. Fully Injected has designed a pink shirt that will be sold this weekend at the racetrack with all proceeds going to the patient care fund at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. For more information, check out the press release at www.fullyinjected.com .

That’s all I really wanted to discuss today. Lots of racing this coming weekend so hopefully the weather stays clear and the temperatures stay warm.  Thanks for reading everybody!

 

Saturday night notes; more Fully Injected supporters!

Saturday night proved to be an exciting evening as far as sprint car and open wheel racing is concerned.

Mercer Raceway Park had Fully Injected written all over it last night; as two FI teammates took heat race victories. Scott Priester and Rod George kicked off their Saturday night’s capturing 2 of the 3 heat races in the Saturday night  format.

After taking a heat race victory, Scott Priester, driving the familiar pink and purple Dionise #15, would start fourth in the feature; but, unfortunate events would forfeit his up front running position. On lap 5, Priester would be involved in a caution sending the 25 year veteran to the back. No time would be taken for granted at the Mercer bullring as he eventually hard charged from the back to still salvage a top 10 finish; crossing the line in 10th.

Rod George  had what seemed to be a solid evening working out for him. After winning his heat race, Rod found himself earning a 3rd place starting position in the feature event. While maintaining the 3rd spot, rear axle issues  threw all hopes of a positive finish out the window. The rear axle would eventual snap ending his night early again at the Mercer Raceway Park.   Tough luck. Hopefully the string of mishaps is soon to fade away.

Brandon “Wheelman” Matus allowed himself to have a positive evening as well; qualifying for the feature event -starting deep within the pack, and finishing 12th. The young Fully Injected teammate would rally from the back and gain 10 spots after starting 22nd. The Wampum native will be back at it again next weekend, along with the other Fully Injected teammates, in hopes to cash in hard charges for victories.

Scott Priester and Brandon Matus having some fun with the camera. Photo by Kirstie Priester.

Kolten Gouse had an exciting evening of his own last night at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstaudt, Indiana. Kasey Kahne Racing has 2 finishers in the top 3 last night including Paul McMahan and Joey Saldana. Saldana, who Kolten works for as a Tire Specialist, was the night’s fastest qualifier and also a heat race runner-up. He would follow Sammy Swindell, a 3 time winner this year on the WoO tour, and Paul McMahan, his KKR teammate, across the line.

Jason Dollick would take the Mercer Raceway Park victory over a solid field of 30+ cars. Port Royal Speedway would see Greg Hodnett back in Victory Lane last night with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Matt Westfall was the wingless sprint car winner at the Eldora Speedway . Willie Croft won the King of the West Series event last night at Marysville Raceway Park. Tim Kaeding and Andy Gregg rounded out the top 3. Cory Haas, a now full time member of 410 sprint car competition in central Pennsylvania, picked up the Lincoln Speedway victory last night. He would be followed by Adam Wilt and Danny Dietrich. Danny Lasoski found himself back in victory lane last night at the legendary Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA. The multi-time track champion now has 94 wins at the speedway. ASCS Regional competition would see multiple winners all across the country this weekend. Big names such as Gary Taylor, Jason Johnson, Tommy Tarlton, and Dustin Daggett all took regional wins. Round 4 of FAST competition at the Fremont Speedway saw Bryan Sebetto take the victory over the 35 car field.

I would like to take the time to thank Bill and Suzanne Stivason of Suzanne Stivason Motorsports for supporting Fully Injected. Bill Stivason competes regularly in the Mod Lite division at Mercer Raceway Park and Blanket Hill Speedway, just outside of Kittanning, Pennsylvania. Although they do not compete in what may be considered an “open wheel” class, their support is much appreciated and Fully Injected wants to thank them. Suzanne Stivason Motorsports is also one of the prime sponsors and supporters of Rod George Racing. That open wheel connection and support is greatly appreciated.

Fully Injected decal on the Suzanne Stivason Motorsports Mod Lite driven by Bill Stivason. Photo by Cory Stivason.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow evening for the Monday Night Review!

Friday night quick notes…

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.

Tonight …

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.

Check back for the Monday Night Review on Monday evening!

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Priester trying to have better luck this weekend…

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.

Holtgraver sidelined for an extra week…

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!