After all of the dust settled at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio- it was Hartford native, Dale Blaney, who would be declared victor and given the spoils. Blaney would take the lead from defending All Star champion Tim Shaffer just before the half way point and never look back; scoring his 2nd Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory of 2011. Blaney would lead Sam Hafertepe, Tim Shaffer, Brian Bowman, and Daryn Pittman in the top five across the line in that order. Forty five cars signed in for the All Star sanctioned- $5000 to win, 30 lap Ohio Sprint Speedweek event. Tomorrow, The All Star Circuit of Champions head back west to Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio for yet another round of 410 speedweek action.
Danny Holtgraver, the 2010 Lernerville Track Champion and Fully Injected endorsed driver, had another solid finish this evening with the All Stars during their Sharon Speedway Speedweek stop. The Pittsburgh native bagged another top ten finish as he continues to perform at the top of his game with the All Stars in 2011. Danny would qualify this evening 11th out of the 45 entries- transfer through his heat by way of a fourth place finish- and cap off the evening by crossing the line 10th in the A-main. Tomorrow night- his trek continues through Ohio as he also will be competing at Millstream.
Adam Kekich and Brandon Matus were two other Fully Injected endorsed drivers on hand at Sharon Speedway this evening with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Adam, at just 18 years old, continues to improve each and every week as he moves along through his first year of 410ci Sprint car competition. Although he did not transfer from the B to the A main- the youngster and second generation driver did not act deterred, but accepting of those results- knowing that he is still on a learning venture while racing some of the best drivers in the region, and even the country. He will be back in action again Saturday evening at the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania; where he had a top five finish last Saturday night- coming home 4th.
Brandon Matus, the Wheelman from Wampum, had a similar evening as his teammate Adam Kekich. Brandon would get stuck behind the 8 ball early by qualifying outside the inversion and failing to transfer through his heat to the main event. The 4th generation driver’s evening would end in the B-main, but his positive outlook did not. Brandon expressed no real disappointment for the evening but instead used it as a stepping stone. Matus is still fairly new to the 410ci racing world and will try to rebuild momentum this Saturday and Sunday evening’s. He will be back in action at Mercer Raceway Park and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
Lots of Fully Injected random news to be discussed including new video to be posted next week along with information regarding the National Open injured drivers fund auction that Fully Injected will be a part of!
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Adam Kekich, Brandon Matus, Scott Priester, Rod George, Kevin Schaeffer, and Danny Holtgraver. (From Top Left to Bottom Right) – Rick Rarer and Cory Stivason Photos.
Even as summer continues to unfold, rain still acts as a major burden. This week for example; the All Star Circuit of Champions have suffered two consecutive rain-outs on the Ohio Sprint Speedweek tour; one being at Millstream and the other tonight at Waynesfield. The KISS/MSCS race at Tri-State Speedway in the heart of Indiana suffered a loss due to weather on Sunday. Even on Friday, during my trip to the upper northwest section of the Buckeye State for the Attica Raceway Park opener of Ohio Sprint Speedweek, racing was pushed back roughly 45 minutes due to a lingering rain shower. It’s an ongoing tale of frustration and hopelessness, but, time will go on and hopefully the weather will not. The season is approaching its half-way mark; and way past that for some, so hopefully the iffy weather clears and the racing begins.
Team Fully Injected had a weekend for the books. Multiple top five appearances for the “FI” team filled the stat charts for the weekend including double top five appearances for Scott Priester and Rod George at the Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park. The two sprint car racing veterans and western Pennsylvania natives proved that experience comes with age- as both had great weekends and positive outcomes. Priester was 5th at Lernerville and 2nd at Mercer; while Rod George was 3rd at Lernerville and 3rd at Mercer Raceway Park.
Priester not only had a double top five weekend, but he did it in two different cars. He was the pilot of his own equipment on Friday night at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, before jumping ship, and climbing aboard the Dionise #15 on Saturday for the Mercer portion of the weekend.
Adam Kekich, the 18 year old 410ci sprint car rookie from the New Castle area of Pennsylvania, brought home a top five finish on Saturday night at the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania. Kekich started up front and kept the car in the top five; bringing home a 4th place finish. “We are really happy with our finish…” quoted Adam regarding Saturday night’s performance; “You just can’t beat experience.” The second generation driver will try to continue the positive momentum into this week as he will invade Sharon Speedway with the rest of the All-Stars on Wednesday evening for night #6 of Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
Kevin Schaeffer, of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, had a turn-around night on Friday evening at Lernerville Speedway. A long season of “bad pill-pulling” plagued the three time Lernerville Speedway Track Champion until this past Friday night; Kevin started up front in his heat race and pulled away from the rest of field in convincing fashion. The heat race win would only start things off for the local racing hot shoe as he would capitalize on the rest of the night with a top five performance; coming home 4th. Kevin, who works and manages his family tire shop when not racing, will have to sit on the sideline for one week until his motors are returned from being fine-tuned and freshened.
Although not having the best of weekend’s, Brandon Matus of Wampum, Pennsylvania, will look to get a jump start on turning his luck around Wednesday night when the All-Stars invade Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. The 4th generation driver will try to re-find the momentum that he had at the beginning of the season when he finished in the top 5 for three consecutive weekends.
Lernerville Speedway had repeat winner, Brian Ellenberger, back in victory lane over the weekend for the regular Fab Four event. The Butler, Pennsylvania native and once World of Outlaws regular, almost made a clean sweep of the weekend; but fell short in the closing laps of the A-main on Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park. Jack Sodeman Jr. claimed the victory at Mercer. Sodeman Jr. was 2nd at Lernerville the evening before.
Gerard McIntyre Jr. took home his first career 410 victory at Williams Grove Speedway over the weekend; while Aaron Ott, the son of popular engine builder, Don Ott, took home the winner’s check at Lincoln on Saturday. After a 3rd place finish at Williams Grove on Friday night, the California Kid and once King of California champion, Tyler Walker, took home the Port Royal Speedway victory on Saturday night over South Dakota native, Justin Henderson. Walker, Henderson, Ott, and McIntyre will now turn their focus to next weekend as Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek kicks off at Lincoln Speedway in south-central Pennsylvania. 8 races in 9 days will highlight the central PA sprint car racing enthusiast calendar, as the best in Pennsylvania 410 racing will travel across parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland for over a week for at least $5,000 to win per event.
Fred Rahmer continues to lead the Central PA 410 points standings; while Billy Dietrich sits on top of the current Central PA 358 points standings with five wins. The 358 PA title is worth $6,000 and is presented by Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic.
Danny Holtgraver, who is currently on the road with the All-Star Circuit of Champions for the annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek, is currently 2 for 2 in A-main appearances and 2 for 2 in top 15 finishes in Ohio Sprint Speedweek competition. Danny currently finds himself 5th in the Ohio Region All Star points for 2011 as well as being in the top 10 in speedweek points. Danny currently sits sixth in the current Ohio Sprint Speedweek standings; only behind leader Tim Shaffer, Danny Smith, Byron Reed, Stevie Smith, and David Gravel. Gravel is the defending Speedweek champion. The next event for Danny and the rest of the All-Stars is tomorrow night at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.
For most of the Fully Injected team; the plan for this week and weekend includes racing at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio this Wednesday evening, Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday night, and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series will invade parts of the upper midwest again next weekend. Princeton Speedway and Huset’s Speedway will play host for the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ next Saturday and Sunday. Craig Dollansky is currently the man to beat with the traveling outlaws; sweeping both events at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota this past Friday and Saturday. Donny Schatz still sits on top of the current World of Outlaw points standings; just ahead of Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers. While on the topic of midwest and Huset’s Speedway news, Mark Dobmeier, a Grand Forks native, found victory lane at Huset’s Speedway this past Sunday evening during a regular weekend event over Lynton Jeffrey, and Gregg Baker. Dobmeier is certainly a name that the Outlaws don’t take lightly when racing at the Brandon, South Dakota facility.
Although the KISS, King of Indiana Sprint Series, may have suffered another rain out this past weekend- a busy double header weekend lies ahead as Jon Stanbrough, Brady Short, and the rest of the best wingless drivers in Indiana will head down the homestretch of the 2011 KISS season. Jon Stanbrough still sits on top of the current KISS standings.
Jonathan Allard was all smiles this past Saturday evening after winning the annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Washington. The win was worth $40,000 and it was over some great west coast 410 sprint car competition. Tim Kaeding, the current King of the West Series points leader, was 2nd- followed by Jac Haudenschild, Sam Hafertepe Jr., and Shane Stewart rounding out the top 5.
Five races in five nights highlights the Fully Injected schedule for this week and weekend; starting at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on Wednesday evening for an Ohio Sprint Speedweek invasion. Keep up here at www.fullyinjected.com for all results pertaining to Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek, Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and all things Fully Injected!
Hang on tight and watch Pittsburgh native and 2010 Lernerville Speedway Track Champion, Danny Holtgraver, tame the bullring of Attica Raceway Park during the All Star Circuit of Champions Dash on opening night of Ohio Sprint Speedweek 2011.
Team Fully Injected pulled off another fantastic night at the races with 3 more top five finishes to be added to the overall weekend top five list! Scott Priester, Rod George, and Adam Kekich all rolled in with top five finishes at Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania this evening. To go a long with that, Fully Injected teammate Brandon Matus scored a heat race victory to add to the FI set of accomplishments for the weekend. Matus would also score a top ten finish at Mercer; coming home ninth!
Scott Priester was the evening’s top Fully Injected finisher at Mercer Raceway Park. He would finish second behind Jack Sodeman Jr., with teammate Rod George finishing 3rd. Fully Injected’s newest member, 18 year old Adam Kekich, finished 4th- holding off veteran Brent Matus who was fifth.
The pair of sprint car veteran FI reps, Rod George and Scott Priester, ended their weekend’s with consistency; both recording double top five finishes. Congratulations to all “FI” team members!
Danny Holtgraver would compete in night number 2 of Ohio Sprint Speedweek at KC Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio this evening. After timing in 10th quick and transferring from his heat to the main event by way of finishing 5th; the Pittsburgh native earned an 8th place starting position and would hold on to finish in the top 15; Holtgraver would cross the line in 15th position. Dale Blaney picked up the win over last night’s winner, Tim Shaffer, Cole Duncan, Randy Hannagan, and David Gravel. There were 47 cars that signed into the event. Tomorrow night Ohio Sprint Speedweek will visit the Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio.
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Friday night can only be described with one word: “Impressive.” Fully Injected had one of it’s best nights of the season so far in 2011. Not only did Danny Holtgraver have an outstanding night with the All Star Circuit of Champions at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, but, team driver’s like Kevin Schaeffer, Rod George, and Scott Priester also all had impressive finishes; with those being at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. All three would come home in the top 5.
Danny Holtgraver would time 6th quick of the 48 sprint car entries last evening. A 6th fastest time in the qualifying finish would put the Pittsburgh native in the inversion; allowing him to start fifth in his respective heat race. Danny would transfer from his heat to the main event with a 4th place finish, and also earn himself a spot in the evening’s dash. Positive results continued for the D4 team as a fourth place finish in the dash would line Holtgraver up on the outside of row two for the 40 lap A main event. 40 laps proves to be a test of endurance and stability at a small 3/8’s bullring like Attica Raceway Park. Young Holtgraver proved that he can rally with the best as he would hold a top three position for much of the race; holding off the likes of Danny Smith, and Byron Reed. Unfortunately, a last lap mistake from the result of no brakes and hard racing with a fast slicking race surface, would induce a 360 degree spin for the D4 machine. Luckily, Danny would keep the car moving and keep a top 10 finish in his reach; he would cross the line 8th -holding off Jason Johnson and Brandon Martin. The Steel City Outlaw – Tim Shaffer, would pick up the 40 lap victory and the $5,000 payday. He would hold off late charger Danny Smith and PA native, Stevie Smith.
Danny and his father look on as D4 teammate,Garth, makes last minute tire preparations and selections.
Lernerville Speedway seemed to a positive results breeding ground last night for Fully Injected members. Kevin Schaeffer and Rod George kicked things off with heat race wins over the eighteen Friday night entries. Brian Ellenberger would continue his hot streak in western Pennsylvania; grabbing another Lernerville win over Jack Sodeman Jr. Fully Injected had three individuals finish in the top 5; those being Rod George 3rd, Kevin Schaeffer 4th, and Scott Priester- representing Carl Bowser- 5th. Excellent night at the races!
A few other odds and ends…
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series would see Craig Dollansky pick up his 3rd win of the 2011 W0O season. The native of Elk River, Minnesota would hold off Donny Schatz and Bill Rose to capture 40 lap, $10,000 to win main event. Speaking of Bill Rose, he would have an impressive evening all together at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota with the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’; finishing 2nd in his respective heat, winning the dash, and holding on for a 3rd place finish. Excellent evening for the 2011 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year contender.
Gerard McIntyre Jr. would pick up his first career Williams Grove victory last night over Brian Montieth and Tyler Walker.
Shane Stewart, in his Rock Star Energy Drink, Makita, ART Chassis, would win for the 2nd night in a row at the Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Washington. The Bixby, Oklahoma native has now swept preliminary action at the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway and goes into the final evening of competition being the point leader and in great contention to win the $40,000 A-Main.
Coleman Gulick grabbed the Gas-City wingless win last evening; holding off Shane Cottle, and Brett Burdette.
In ASCS regional action, legend Wayne Johnson, promoter and driver, Tony Bruce Jr., Ryan Grubaugh, and Channin Tankersley would all grab victories.
Stay tuned for a full in-car video recap from Friday night’s All-Star event at Attica Raceway Park featuring Danny Holtgraver. The video will be posted in the coming evenings. Also- the “Behind the Scenes with Scott Priester: A Trip to Rimersburg”, will also be posted in its entirety Monday evening!