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The NASCAR Pinty’s Fall Brawl Looks to Be Just That

By Dan Cabral

HAGERSVILLE, ON – Jukasa Motor Speedway will continue its year of ‘firsts’ on Saturday, September 29th – with the 2018 edition of its Pinty’s Fall Brawl weekend. The two-division spectacular will feature the first ever appearance by the talent-laden Limited Late Model division in a 50-lap Invitational as well as the championship finale for Canada’s National Touring Series – the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

“I’ve said all along that our purpose for this facility is to give the fans what they want,” says Jukasa Motor Speedway General Manager Alex Nagy. “We’ve had fans and competitors alike asking for a big Ltd. Late Model race since we first re-opened. So, we knew that we had to put something like this together. We’ve had calls and messages coming in from teams all over the province – and I’m positive that our fans are going to be very, very happy with the field that turns out for this event”

One of the first teams to file entry for the event was three time Sunset Speedway champion Gord Shepherd – as they ready themselves for a Jukasa Motor Speedway debut in a Limited late model, Shepherd says he is looking forward to a very fast and fun race against top contenders.

“I think it’s pretty easy to make the argument that this race is going to be ‘the big one’ for Limited Late Models this year,” offers Shepherd. “Jukasa itself is a huge challenge, but then you throw in the level of talent that we’re all expecting to show up and you have a pretty solid ‘Race of the Year’ candidate.”

The main event of the Pinty’s “Fall Brawl” is the series finale for the NASCAR Pinty’s series, just coming off their first trip to the United States racing at New Hampshire.

Kevin Lacroix took the checkered flag for his 10th career win, and will look to use his positive momentum heading into Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend.

The Championship is shaping up to be a two-horse battle between L.P Dumoulin who has a 4-point lead over Alex Tagliani. Hard charger Cole Powell and veteran D.J Kennington both will be gunning to finish the season off with a trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway victory lane on Saturday and be there to capitalize if Dumoulin or Tagliani have issues.

The current points leader L.P. Dumoulin is looking forward to getting back to Jukasa for the series finale.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back to Jukasa, Says Dumoulin- I am very comfortable at this speedway and always have a fast car.”

The man only four points behind Dumoulin is Alex Tagliani who finished 3rd at JMS in the series first stop here this season.

“I’m really, really excited to have our championship finale at JMS, it’s by far the best track on the tour.”

“I don’t take anything for granted and I’m not going to just focus on the point standings, we finished 3rd last time there and I am looking to improve on that and let the points short themselves out after the 200 laps are completed.”

Gates open at Noon, qualifying at 4 pm and racing begins at 5:30 pm. Be sure to stay for the post-race fireworks display. Go to for ticket and event information.

Last lap pass for Austin Kochenash nips Kevin Rex for Mahoning Modified Laurels


 (LEHIGHTON 9-22-18) Austin Kochenash unwaveringly kept the pressure on Kevin Rex Jr., over the second half of Saturday night’s 35-lap Modified contest at Mahoning Valley Speedway and in the end made a clutch last lap pass out of the final corner to claim the checkers for his first win of the season.

The victory was special for Kochenash too who had recently debuted a newly build homemade car. Nicknamed “Frankenstein,” it making just its second race in competition.

“This is the first real race with the car and I couldn’t be happier with the way it performed here tonight. To be able to build my own car and win in just the second time out and to get back to winning here is special,” said Kochenash.

Zane Zeiner was a close third while Bobby Jones and Josh Scherer completed the top five. With an 11th place tally Brian DeFebo earned his second straight track championship and eighth overall.

Pole sitter Rex took to the lead from the outset and immediately had to guard his spot as Zeiner was all over him. By lap 11 Kochenash ousted Gene Bowers for third and would then run alongside Zeiner, both then making continued stabs at the leader. But despite the ongoing battle from Kochenash and Zeiner, Rex remained fully focused in preserving the lead.

By lap 19 Kochenash would secure second and begin his offensive on Rex that led to a torrid battle during the final 10 laps. Time and again Rex would close the door then when the white flag waved Kochenash laid it all on the line as he swung to the inside lane and was able to squeeze alongside Rex as they went into turn four. With finish line just feet ahead Kochenash kept the throttle stomped and would nip Rex by the slimmest of margins.

“We raced hard and I wasn’t doing anything to move him out of the way. I knew I had a good car to go around the top but then on the last lap I could see that the bottom would be the line and we went for it and here we are,” said Kochenash.

“I can’t thank everyone enough, all my sponsors and crew who help me out and I want to dedicate this win to Greg Hodnett.”

Rex, who was making just his fourth start of the year, knew it was a tough loss but took it in stride none the less.

“The car started out pretty good but towards the end it began losing bite coming off the corners. Austin (Kochenash) ran us good and it was a great battle at the end,” said Rex.

For Mike Sweeney and Frankie Althouse, the final point race of the season with the Late Models was nerve wracking to say the least.

Althouse began the night with a 10 point edge over Sweeney who is the two-time and defending champ which made every finishing spot vital. For Sweeney he could not afford to leave anything on the table and set his sights on the big prize of winning.

And, it didn’t take him long to seize the lead which he did after a lap five restart. However, Althouse advanced his way to second soon after and would then follow Sweeney the rest of the way.

Sweeney would take the checkers for his second win of 2018 but the runner-up tally by Althouse would give the long-time supporter of Mahoning Valley his career first championship by a difference of just three points.

26 years ago Eric Beers battled Earl Paules for his first Modified championship. Fast-forward to Saturday night and Paules was again going for a title against a Beers only this time it would be with the Sportsman Modifieds and with Eric’s 15-year son Austin Beers.

As to be expected the night began with thrilling drama as A. Beers started out just two points better than Paules. When the heat was concluded Paules garnered enough markers to begin the feature two points to the good.

When the race got underway BJ Wambold was holding the lead while Beers and Paules race second and third. Beers knew what his best title option was and going for the win and during the first 14 laps he would make every effort to get past Wambold. Then with a restart on lap 15 Beers took that at his best time to strike, motoring to front from the outside. For the remaining 10 laps he then put enough of a gap on the rest of the pack to secure the victory and earn the inaugural class championship.

Jamie Smith raced out front for all 30 laps of the Street Stock feature, in the process picking up his first win of the season over Stacey Brown and Jason Beers.

In the tightly contested battle for the division crown Mark Deysher’s fifth place finish was enough needed to win his third division championship.

Mike Stofflet was the man to beat throughout the season with the Dirt Mods and proved yet again with his seventh victory. Stofflet passed a very determined Billy Sittler Jr., halfway through the race and went on to score not only the verdict but a second straight championship as well.

Jake Kibler bookended the Pro 4 season with victories and added two in-between, giving the veteran racer his first championship after 27 years of trying.

The race was a thriller as Kibler unremittingly chased behind Cody Kohler starting at lap seven. Then on the final go-around Kibler was glued to the back of Kohler and exiting turn four made a go-for-broke move to the inside and eked out the win that was measured just .002-second.

Cody Boehm and Devin Schmidt put on an amazing duel in the Hobby Stocks as they ran in two-wide formation over the second 10 laps. Going toe-to-toe Boehm, a rookie, was scored in second on the final tour but with girt and determination he squeezed out enough power to nip Schmidt for the popular win.

Michael Wambold’s fifth place gained him the class title and in doing son joins his infamous father, “The Legend” George Wambold and brother, Brian Wambold as a Mahoning champions.

 Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Austin Kochenash, 2. Kevin Rex, 3. Zane Zeiner, 4. Bobby Jones, 5. Josh Scherer, 6. Lou Strohl, 7. Joey Jarowicz, 8. Kyle Strohl, 9. Earl Paules, 10.Gene Bowers, 11. Brian DeFebo, 12. Don Wagner, 13. Nick Bear, 14.Ron Haring Jr., 15. Terry Markovic, 16. Kristy Arthofer, 17. JJ Pacovich, 18. CJ Wagner, 19.Rick Reichenbach, 20. John Markovic

 Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Jeremey Miller, 4. Paul Koehler Jr., 5. Dylan Osborn, 6. Kenny Hein, 7. Gary Wentz, 8. Chris Anderson, 9. Lorin Arthofer, 10. Jacob Kerstetter, 11. Geno Steigerwalt, 12. Samantha Osborn,   DNS: Nick Kerstetter

 Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps) 1. Jamie Smith, 2. Stacey Brown, 3. Jason Beers, 4. Jon Moser, 5. Mark Deysher, 6. Todd Ahner, 7. Rick Reichenbach, 8. Randy Schlenker, 9. Corey Edelman, 10.Cody Geist, 11. TJ Gursky, 12. Ken Erney III, 13. Jared Ahner, 14. Jill Long, 15. Matt Schlenker, 16. Jeremy Schlenker, 17. BJ Wambold

 Sportsman Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Austin Beers, 2. BJ Wambold, 3. Zane Zeiner, 4. Earl Paules, 5. Blair Culhane, 6. Kassidy Altemose, 7. Avery Arthofer, 8. Devin Schmidt

 Dirt Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Billy Lowden Jr., 4 Colton Perry, 5. Dave Chapman, 6. Ricky Yetter, 7. Corey Edelman, 8. Patrick Corrigan, 9. Vince Fegley

 Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1.Jake Kibler, 2. Cody Kohler, 3. Randy Schaffer, 4. Bobby Kibler Sr., 5.Tyler Stangle, 6. Kevin Hoffman, 7. Josh Kuronya, 8. Jeremy Guerra, 9. Tucker Muffley, 10. Steve McDonough, 11. Bobby Kibler Jr.

 Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Cody Boehm, 2. Devin Schmidt, 3. Ryan Berger, 4. Al Arthofer, 5. Michael Wambold, 6. Jacob Boehm, 7. Travis Solomon, 8. Lyndsay Buss, 9. BJ Wambold, 10. Todd Geist, 11. Peyton Arthofer, 12. Shawn Kistler, 13. Trisha Connolly, 14. Tad Snyder, 15. Chris DeWalt, 16. Justin Merkel, 17. Philip Sabatine, 18. Lauren Gimbi


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor recovered from what has been a disappointing 2018 All American Auto Group Racing Series to win the 25-lap main event for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway. Tim Majek of Scott Plains also had a night to remember as he won his career first 25-lap race for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and crashed just past the finish line.

Laureigh was an early leader of the Sportsman race but Eddie McCarthy of Pt. Pleasant and Toms River’s Louie Keraitis soon slipped into the top two spots. This duo then battled for the lead until lap 20 when McCarthy spun from the top spot in turn two. McCarthy went to the rear of the field for causing the caution while Keraitis also went to the back since officials felt he contributed to the spin.

That put Laureigh on top with Kyle Scisco and Jarret DiGiantomasso, both of Jackson, close behind. The final five laps saw this trio fight for first before Laureigh took down the win. DiGiantomasso grabbed second in the closing laps with Scisco finishing third. Point leader Kevin Davison of Howell and Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson completed the top five.

“We took home a wrecked car last week and came back to win tonight so this feels real good,” Laureigh said after the race. “I have to thank my mom and dad for all their hard work and of course my sponsors for their support. I know it is late in the season but I think we may have a couple more wins in this car.”

Majek led the majority of the regularly scheduled Factory Stock 25-lapper and fought off early challenges from John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant and Howell’s Richie Byrne. Point leader Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. took up the chase late in the race and shadowed Majek to the finish line. Majek’s big problem came about 50 feet past the finish line as lapped cars suddenly spun and he had no way to avoid them, badly damaging his winning car.

Montano, Shanon Mongeau of Manchester, Bayville’s Elliott Wohl and Byrne wrapped up the top five.

In a make-up factory stock 25-lapper from earlier this season Howell’s Johnny Carpenter raced to his second win of the year, taking the lead with an outside lane pass on lap ten. Wall’s Bob Haberstick, Montano, Majek and Howell’s Steve West were second through fifth.

Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City earned his second win of the campaign in the 25-lap race for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, taking the lead on lap seven. AJ Jadacki and Brian Osborn, both of Howell, were second and third while Brian DeSarno and TJ Graves, both of Wall, were fourth and fifth.

Kyle Taraska won his first ever 25-lap main event for the visiting open cockpit Three Quarter Midgets and Joey Helbent of Pemberton won the big car Demolition Derby.

The All American Auto Group Racing Series continues this Saturday evening (Sept. 29) on “Fanfest Night,” sponsored by area NAPA dealers. The Pete and Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria Modifieds will return for a 40-lap main event, while the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, Mike’s Performance Center Limited Late Models, the Sportsman cars and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will all compete in a 25-lappers. Grandstands will open on hour early at 4:00 p.m., with the “On Track Party” starting at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. and feature race action set for 7:00 p.m.

Saturday night racing action continues through the October 6 “Champion’s Night” with schedule details at The Halloween themed “Spooky Spectacular” racing event is set for October 20 and the annual Turkey Derby is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The post-season racing cards start during the afternoon.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address




FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JONATHAN LAUREIGH, LANOKA HARBOR, 2. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 3. Kyle Scisco, 4. Kevin Davison, 5. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 6. Jake Nelke, 7. Eric Lane, 8. Larry Thompson, 9. Michael Rising, 10. Eddie McCarthy, 11. John Blewett IV, 12. Howie Conk, 13. Tom Martino, 14. Louie Keraitis, 15. Mike Brennan, 16. Joe Cooley, 17. Robert Sutphin


1ST FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOHNNY CARPENTER, HOWELL, 2. Bob Haberstick, 3. Mike Montano, 4. Tim Majek, 5. Steve West, 6. Shanon Mongeau, 7. Bryan O’Shea, 8. Elliot Wohl, 9. Scott Riggleman, 10. Tony Bartone, 11. Theresa Collins, 12. Nancy Riggleman, 13. Whitey Miller, 14. Gerry Koenig, 15. John Bowers, 16. Robert Ptaszynski, 17. Matt Malachatka, 18. Robert DePonte, 19. Anthony Pancoast, 20. Gary Bronne, 21. Josh Merlino, 22. Eric Bodenschatz, 23. Tom Rajkowski, 24. Neil Rutt III, 25. Terry Cain, 26. Matt Badessa, 27. Waylon Speer, 28. Richie Byrne

2ND FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TIM MAJEK, SCOTT PLAINS, 2. Montano, 3. Mongeau, 4. Wohl, 5. Byrne, 6. bowers, 7. Koenig, 8. West, 9. Carpenter, 10. Scott Riggleman, 11. O’Shea, 12. Rajkowski, 13. Ptaszynski, 14. Miller, 15. Speer, 16. Malachatka, 17. Collins, 18. Nancy Riggleman, 19. DePonte, 20. Danny Bruer, 21. Jon Bronne, 22. Bodenschatz, 23. Gary Bronne, 24. Bartone, 25. Haberstick, 26. Merlino, 27. Rutt


FEATURE- 25 Laps – 1. JEFFREY LOESCH, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. AJ Jadacki, 3. Brian Osborn, 4. TJ Graves, 5. Brian DeSarno, 6. Nicole Razzano, 7. Chris Silvestri, 8. Darianne McLaren, 9. Billy Both, 10. Ian Ashford, 11. Doug Ashford, 12. Max Montijo, 13. Neil Rutt III, 14. Charlie Lauble, 15. Jennifer Schultz