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June 15th Thompson 125 NASCAR WMT Entry List

Car/Driver Hometown       Team                                Owner    Crew Chief

1 Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H. Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet Kenneth Fifield Kenneth Fifield
2 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const Chevrolet Mike Smeriglio III Phillip Moran
3 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet Jan Boehler Greg Fournier
4 Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J. Starrett Dodge Robert Garbarino PJ Fearns
6 Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn. T.S. Haulers, Inc./Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet Constance Partridge Jeff Preece
7 Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet Jennifer Emerling Jan Leaty
8 Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y. Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet Mark Sypher Don Barker
9 Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn. S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet Robert Katon Jr. Mark Dowling
16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford Eric Sanderson Stanley Szaban
18 Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y. Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet Robert Pollifrone Desmond Gorman
20 Max Zachem, Preston, Conn. Lu-Mac’s Package Store/VWS Chevrolet Ken Zachem Shaun Ruszczyk
24 Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J. * Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet Cliff Krause John Cooke
26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet Sean McDonald Sean McDonald
29 Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y. Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance Chevrolet George Bock Glenn Dixon
33 Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn. Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Wade Cole Richard Rodenbaugh
36 Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y. Frankie’s Towing Chevrolet Judy Thilburg Tommy Grasso
38 Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Linda Rodenbaugh Robert Bourne
44 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Steve Lamay
46 Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhaed Bldg Supply Chevrolet Russell Goodale Doug Ogiejko
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. M3 Technology Chevrolet Ken Massa William Michael
56 Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y. * Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet Renee Lutz Eric Lutz
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. GAF Roofing/ Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
59 Nick Salva, Prospect, Conn. * Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet Ed Bennett, III Bob Buffington
64 Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn. HTE/Fast Track Elect/Complete Const. Chevrolet Mike Murphy Stephen Dodge
75 Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Eastport Feeds Chevrolet Wayne Anderson Aaron Clifford
82 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet Danny Watts Jr. William Loecher
85 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Stuart’s Automotive/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet Kevin Stuart Gregory Felton
89 Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass. * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet John Swanson Ken Barry
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet Brittany Tomaino George Ratajczak

Paul Hartwig, Jr. Scores Second Evergreen Modified Victory of the Season

By: Gene Ostrowski

June 12, 2016

St. Johns, PA (6/12/2016)- Under near perfect racing conditions at Evergreen Raceway on Sunday, Paul Hartwig, Jr. of Freehold, NJ scored his second Evergreen Modified victory of the season. In his first full season at the speedway, 13 year old Broc Brown held off his seasoned competition to take the checkers for his first Late Model feature win. Randy Schlenker took top honors in the make up Street Stock feature from May 15th and Charlie Castiglione notched his first Street Stock victory of the year in the regular show. Tom Casagrande drove to victory in Factory Stock action and Sam Danahar nailed down his first career Four Cylinder victory. Kevin Nowak drove to victory in INEX Legends action, as did Sean Verwys in the INEX Bandolero main. Ashley Benko took the Four Cylinder Powder Puff victory.

After taking the heat race win, Paul Hartwig, Jr. redrew the pole position for the 25-lap Evergreen Modified main event. He was overtaken by Cam Ayers before a lap was complete and settled into second, followed by CJ Curry, Scott Adams and Paul Monkoski.   Following a lap five yellow flag for debris, Hartwig gained the advantage over Ayers and retook the lead. He held the spot while others battled it out in his mirror.   With 10 laps complete and while racing hard for second, Curry and Ayers got together in turn four. With nowhere to go, Adams joined the mix and sustained the most damage. He was forced to retire from the show.   Hartwig was unscathed over the closing laps and took his second victory of the season over Monkoski, Eric Banashefski, Curry and Damon Frutchey.

Broc Brown led the Late Model field to the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap feature. Before a lap was complete, Chris Burge and Steve Shulz touched, which cause Burge to spin and collect Mitch Hawk, Frankie Althouse and Raven Schrantz.   Green flag racing resumed and Brown kept his cool and the lead. Behind him was another story, as some drivers beat on each other for position and others, such as Nick Ross and Shultz fought hard for second.   With a lap remaining, Shultz and Ross, who had swapped the second spot back and forth, got together in turn four.   Brown took the checkers for his first career victory over Althouse, Raven Schrantz, Jacob Nemeth and Ross.   Ross was the heat race winner.

Todd Ahner sat on the pole for the make up Street Stock feature from May 15. He led the first circuit over Charlie Castiglione, Scott Adams, Chip Wanamaker and Dan Pawlicki.   After some early cautions, T. Ahner continued to show the way. Meanwhile, Paul Morgan, Jr, Chip Wanamaker, TJ Gursky and Randy Schlenker began to advance positions.   Morgan held third on lap five and was heavily pressured by Gursky. The two battled relentlessly for laps until Morgan settled in. With 11 laps complete, Schlenker took the spot from Moran and then set his sights on Gursky, who held second at the time. With five laps remaining, Schlenker pulled up alongside of T. Ahner and led the lap by a bumper. He eventually cleared T. Ahner and drove off with the victory.   Ahner settled for second, followed by Zach Graver, Wanamaker and Gursky.

The regular 30-lap Street Stock feature was indeed the best showing all season. Adams started on the pole and led the first lap over Bernie Uphold, Cody Roth, Castiglione and Wanamaker.   With a lap complete, Roth moved by Uphold for second and Wanamaker picked up a few spots. With seven laps in the books, he overtook Roth for second and looked gunning for Adams. Meanwhile, Gursky, Graver and Castiglione battled behind them.   With 12 laps in the books, Gursky got by Roth for third and Wanamaker pulled alongside of Adams, whose car began to fade. Adams got out of shape and Wanamaker grabbed the lead. Gursky followed through for second, as did Castiglione for third.   Castiglione marched by Gursky and made his eventual race winning pass on Wanamaker on lap 25. Wanamaker crossed the strip in second, followed by Gursky, Graver and T. Ahner.   Uphold and Adams took heat race wins.

Tom Casagrande won the Factory Sock heat race and started on the pole position for the 20-lap event. He wired the event for his second win of the season over Justin Morgan, Moe Hunsinger, Steve Heckman and Scott Sipe.   For his seventh place effort while running under the true Enduro rules, TJ Kapish received a trophy for being the highest finishing Enduro car.

Tom Cavagnino led the Four Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag and was quickly overtaken by Jay Skupski. Sam Danahar followed through for second.   Danahar worked hard to find a lane around Skupski and he eventually did on lap five. Meanwhile, Frank Hughes, Jr. climbed to third and Jennifer Adams ran in fourth.   Danahar never gave up the lead and went on to take his first career win over Hughes, Skupski, Harry O’Neill and Adams.   For his fourth place effort while running under the true Enduro rules, O’Neill received a trophy for being the highest finishing Enduro car.   Skupski and Danahar were heat race winners.

The first INEX Legends show of the year kicked off with Bryan Kelly on the pole. He led the opening circuit of the 20-lap feature over Alexandria Smith, Kevin Nowak, Chris Rogers and Mitch Dowd.   With Kelly still showing the way on lap six, the yellow flag waved for Jeff Otto. Green flag racing resumed and in a great battle amongst the top three, Nowak took the lead on lap eight. Meanwhile, Smith pressured Kelly hard for second.   Nowak only had one restart to master in the second half of the show to claim the victory. He did so in fashion and Kelly held off Smith, who after giving it all she had, settled for third.   In only his second career Legends start, Brandon Oltra finished fourth, followed by Matt Maring.   Kelly and Smith took heat race victories.

The 15-lap Bandolero feature began with Jeff Darrah on the pole. However, he was overtaken for the lead by Katie Verwys.   Sean Verwys grabbed the top spot a lap later and then lost it when he spun in turns three and four. K. Verwys was back at the point but mechanical issues gave the lead back to S. Verwys.   With seven laps complete, Gene Drew has his turn at the lead but he suffered mechanical woes himself and S. Verwys went on to take the win over Darrah.   Ashley Benko was the Four Cylinder Powder Puff winner.


Evergreen Raceway will be back in action next Sunday, June 19 with Round #3 of the Tour Type Modified Series. Also on the card are big wheel races for the kids, the Late Models, Street Stocks, Four Cylinders and the “Duct Tape 50” Factory Stock Memorial.   Grandstand admission is just $15. Children 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.   The pit gate will swing open at 10:30 AM and the pit entrance fee is $30 with a pit license or $40 without. Practice will kick off at 12:30 PM and heat races will begin at 2 PM. The grandstand gates will open at 11:00 PM.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.


Evergreen Modifieds (25-laps) 1. PAUL HARTWIG, JR 2. Paul Monkoski 3. Eric Banashefski 4. JP Curry 5. Damon Frutchey 6. Cam Ayers 7. Scott Adams


Late Model (25-laps) 1. Brock Brown 2. Frankie Althouse 3. Raven Schrantz 4. Jacob Nemeth 5. Nick Ross 6. Steve Shultz 7. Frank Hughes, Sr 8. Mitch Hawk 9. Chris Burge


Street Stock (5/15 make up, 25-laps) 1. RANDY SCHLENKER 2. Todd Ahner 3. Zach Graver 4. Chip Wanamaker 5. TJ Gursky 6. Charlie Castiglione 7. Bernie Uphold 8. Cody Roth 9. Greg Long 10. Lyndsey Buss 11. Justin Morgan 12. Daniel Pawlicki 13. Paul Morgan, Jr 14. Jared Ahner 15. Scott Adams


Street Stock (30-laps) 1. CHARLIE CASTIGLIONE 2. Chip Wanamaker 3. TJ Gursky 4. Zach Graver 5. Todd Ahner 6. Paul Morgan, Jr 7. Randy Schlenker 8. Greg Long 9. Bernie Uphold 10. Jared Ahner 11. Cody Roth 12. Robert Fink 13. Justin Morgan 14. Scott Adams 15. Daniel Pawlicki 16. Gordy Buchman, Jr 17.Lyndsey Buss


Factory Stock (20-laps) 1. TOM CASAGRANDE 2. Justin Morgan 3. Moe Hunsinger 4. Steve Heckman 5. Scott Sipe 6. Frank Katona 7. TJ Kapish 8. Zach Biros


Four Cylinder (20-laps) 1. SAM DANAHAR 2. Frank Hughes, Jr 3. Jay Skupski 4. Harry O’Neill 5. Jenn Adams 6. Bob Azarowicz 7. Ron Hetter 8. Tom Cavagnino 9. TJ Kapish 10. Keith St. Clair 11. Robert Polashenski 12. Bill Rice 13. Kyle Williams


INEX Legends (20-laps) 1. KEVIN NOWAK 2. Bryan Kelly 3. Alexandria Smith 4. Brandon Oltra 5. Matt Maring 6. Chris Rogers 7. Raven Schrantz 8. Vinnie Delany 9. Bobby Jones 10. Eugene Drew 11. Mitchell Dowd 12. Noah Youngcourt 13. Jeff Otto


INEX Bandoleros (15-laps) 1. SEAN VERWYS 2. Jeff Darrah 3. Gage Michael 4. Eugene Storm Drew 5. Katie Verwys


Riverhead, NY June 11th.

Saturday afternoon new Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz out waited two rain storms to present the Mullet Madness 100 which featured Twin 50 events for the NASCAR Modifieds. One driver especially happy the new owners pushed forward with the program was NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular “The Natural” Timmy Solomito of Wading River who swept both ends of the doubleheader.

Vinny Biondolillo of Farmingville was quickest in qualifying with a lap of 12.019 with Timmy Solomito second with a lap of 12.024. A lucky fan drew the #1 pill after qualifying meaning the field would start straight up from time in the first 50 which was contested first on the race card. At the throw of the green flag Solomito on the outside would get the early race advantage moving out front on Biondolillo who ran second. A long green flag run allowed Timmy to open up a comfortable lead until a lap 29 caution for a Cory Midgett spin. With the field bunched up for the restart the race went back to green with Solomito picking up where he left off as the race leader and pulling away. Biondolillo meantime had Howie Brode breathing down his neck for second which further allowed the race leader to pull away. Brode would sneak by Biondolillo with an inside pass exiting turn four on the 39th lap.

IMG_3363At the checker the A.J. Painting entry of Timmy Solomito was a popular winner with Howie Brode of East Islip runner-up in the Petro Home Services Chevy and Vinny Biondolillo third in the Kennedy L.I. Realty Chevy. Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead and point leader Shawn Solomito of Center Moriches completed the top five. In victory lane Timmy drew the #6 pill meaning the top six from the first race would redraw for race number two. Once the first 50-lapper was in the books the NASCAR Modifieds were sent to their pit stalls while three other Whelen All American Series divisions were presented.

The second race found John Fortin Sr. on the pole with Timmy Solomito to the outside and when the race went green Solomito once again getting good bite off the corners was able to race his way out front with Fortin tucking into second. Like the first race Timmy was able to put some distance between himself and second place John Fortin who later in the race was under pressure from Shawn Solomito for second. On lap 19 Shawn was able to work his way by Fortin for second and was left with the task of reeling in his younger brother. Shawn’s efforts were aided by a lap 30 caution flag for a David Schneider spin in turn one. On the ensuing double file restart the Solomito boys lined-up side by side and when they hit the first and second turn Timmy drifted up the hill forcing Shawn to lift losing a few positions in the exchange. John Fortin Sr. was able to reclaim second in the shuffle but could only watch as Timmy Solomito drove off to victory.

After exiting his New England Gear Mustang in victory lane Timmy was quick to heap praise on his WMT race team, “all my Flamingo Motorsports guys are here setting this car up tonight and they hit it out of the park” the happy race winner boasted. As for the exchange with his brother Shawn in the second race Timmy admitted, “I don’t know if I got in too hot but unfortunately I used Shawn up a bit, hey that’s my brother and the last guy I want to do that to”. Concluding Timmy added, “I have to thank my Mom & Dad this is our family car and it’s brand new, they sacrifice so much so all three of us can race”.

John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville was runner-up in the second race in the John’s Fuel Oil Chevy while Shawn Solomito after falling back as far as sixth on the lap 30 restart roared back for third in his Eastport Feeds entry. Howie Brode and John Fortin Jr. of Holtsville rounded out the top five in the second 50.

IMG_3521Once the skies cleared up over the track only a quarter moon was visible above but in the 25-lap Late Model feature many checked twice to make sure it was not a full moon. In a wild affair that featured two major multi car pile ups Chris Turbush of Wading River collected his second win in three starts in 2016. The first major pile up found former champion Mike Bologna’s car submarined by Chris Lescenski when several cars got together in the third and fourth turn with Jack Orlando and Kevin Metzger also involved. The second melee occured just moments later when several cars got bunched up exiting turn four resulting in Shawn Patrick flipping at the start/finish line. Steve Mastro and David Roys were also involved. All drivers were okay. When the race was green it was a very competitive and exciting race with Brandon Turbush showing the way for the first 8 circuits. Kyle Ellwood moved out front on a lap 9 double file restart and he’d IMG_3577hold the lead until lap 14 when eventual race winner Chris Turbush was able to move out front. Ellwood’s car balked for a moment exiting the fourth turn on another double file restart allowing Turbush get by on the outside in the Eastern Fuel Oil entry. Following Turbush at the checkers were Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead in the Eastside Builders Chevy and Eric Zeh of Selden steering the Corwith’s Auto Body racer.

IMG_349114-year old Dillon Steuer of Bohemia, son of former NASCAR Modified champion Chuck made an outside pass with ten laps to go for the race lead and his first career win in the Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates. When the race got underway Terry Stiles moved his way out front edging out Peter Bertuccio for the early advantage. Lap 4 saw Bertuccio overtaken by Dillon Steuer and for the following 10 laps Steuer sized up Stiles for a potential pass for the lead. On lap 14 Steuer moved to the outside of Stiles going into the first and second turn and by the time they hit the backstretch Steuer was the new race leader. Over the final ten laps of the contest Dillon his his marks in the Northeastern Office Equipment Chevy taking the checkered flag and a very popular first career Riverhead Raceway win. Terry Stiles of Rocky Point was runner-up in the T&S Auto Clinic entry with Bobby Gardner of Westbury third in the Abco Peerless Sprinklers Chevy.

Tom Ferrara of Patchogue made it back to back Figure Eight wins as he topped IMG_3697their 15-lap main event executing a late race restart to perfection. Artie Pedersen III led the way early with Gary Fritz Jr. in tow. Lap 3 saw Fritz make his way out front with Pedersen soon to be passed by Roger Maynor for second on lap 5. Try as he might Maynor just could not find a way by Fritz for the lead but a restart with just five laps to go would change the complexion of this race. With Fritz and Maynor in the front row Tom Ferrara restarting the race in 4th in one clean sweep passed the two leaders as well the third place car of Pedersen to take the race lead. Once out front Ferrara wheeling the Northeastern Office Equipment machine drove off to victory. Roger Maynor of Bay Shore was runner-up in the Barrasso & Sons Mason Supplies Ford with Artie Pedersen III of Center Moriches a solid third in the Reliable Auto Sales Camaro.

IMG_3454 (2)Tested tough INEX Legend Race Car veteran Kevin Nowak of Medford made a late race pass of another veteran driver Jim Sylvester of Massapequa to win the 20-lap feature event. Sylvester broke to the race lead when the green flag waved chased at first by some talented young lions of the Legend division. Allan Pedersen chased Jim for the first four laps before George Tomko Jr. took his turn from lap 5 until the 9th lap. That is when Kevin Nowak made his presence known in the race passing Tomko for second. Once Kevin got to Sylvester the duo ran nose to tail with Sylvester able to power off the corners well keeping Nowak at bay. The on lap 15 Sylvester left the door open a tad racing through the third and fourth turn allowing Nowak to slip underneath for the race lead as they started the 16th lap. From that point on Kevin Nowak would lead the rest of the way in his J-Tech Electric car which is painted up like Herbee The Love Bug from the Disney movies. Jim Sylvester had a solid second place showing in the Johnny Mica Custom Kitchens racer with Bryan Kelly of Aquebogue third in the Titan Global LLC machine.

Mike D’Orta of Deer Park a relative newcomer to the 8-Cylinder Enduro game IMG_3779 (2)topped the 40-lap event under the lights for the class. Mike in his Mustang Magic Chevy who started the race from the 18th position moved out front late in the race to score his first career victory. Dale Doherty of Jamesport made a late race charge of his own to claim second in the Jamesport Auto Chevy with most recent winner Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon third in the Lakewood Used Auto Parts mount, Doherty started the race from 19th while Fitzpatrick came from the 17th starting berth.

IMG_3847 (2)“Fabulous” Brian Fass of Holbrook outlasted a talented field of Demolition Derby drivers to notch his second career win at the track. “Pistol” Pete Mikos of Ronkonkoma was named Judge’s Choice while popular “Cheesebox” Michael Rommeney of Bohemia was voted Fan’s Choice.

Chase Brown of Deer Park won the first ever Big Wheel race besting the 10 bike field. Chase is the son of Fred Brown of FB Transmissions and a regular in the Eastern Long Island Racing go karts that race at Riverhead.IMG_3271 (2)

Former Figure Eight and Blunderbust driver Neal “The Wheel” Feola of Riverhead won the Best Mullet Contest.

NASCAR Modifieds 1st Twin 50: 1. Timmy Solomito 2. Howie Brode 3. Vinny Biondolillo 4. Tom Rogers Jr. 5. Shawn Solomito 6. John Fortin Sr. 7. John Fortin Jr. 8. John Baker 9. Dave Brigati 10. Ken Darch 11. Dillon Steuer 12. Cory Midgett 13. Brendon Bock 14. David Schneider 15. Kyle Soper

NASCAR Modifieds 2nd Twin 50: 1. Timmy Solomito 2. John Fortin Sr. 3. Shawn Solomito 4. Howie Brode 5. John Fortin Jr. 6. Cory Midgett 7. David Schneider 8. John Baker 9. Tom Rogers Jr. 10. Dave Brigati 11. Vinny Biondolillo 12. Brendon Bock 13. Ken Darch 14. Kyle Soper 15. Dillon Steuer

Late Models: 1. Chris Turbush 2. Kyle Ellwood 3. Eric Zeh 4. Mike Bologna 5. David Roys 6. Roger Oxee 7. Daryn Miller 8. Jeremy McDermott 9. Rob Pelis 10. Shawn Patrick 11. Steve Mastro 12. Brandon Turbush 13. Jack Orlando 14. Chris Lescenski 15. Kevin Metzger 16. Charlie MacWhinnie 17. Ray Minieri

Modified Crates: 1. Dillon Steuer 2. Terry Stiles 3. Bobby Gardner 4. Dave Brigati 5. Dylan Slepian 6. CJ Lehmann 7. Peter Bertuccio 8. Jason Hensen DNS- Dennis Krupski

Figure Eights: 1. Tom Ferrara 2. Roger Maynor 3. Artie Pedersen III 4. Mike Mujsce Sr. 5. Chris Elixson 6. Gary Fritz Jr. 7. Scott Pedersen 8. Ken Hyde Jr. 9. Mike Mujsce Jr. 10. Tom Kraft Jr. DNS- Brian Hansen

Legend Race Cars: 1. Kevin Nowak 2. Jim Sylvester 3. Bryan Kelly 4. Greg Harris 5. Kyle Soper 6. George Tomko Jr. 7. Dylan Slepian 8. Eric Hersey 9. Vinny Delaney 10. John Beatty Jr. 11. Allan Pedersen 12. Joe Warren Jr. 13. Kurt Krieger 14. Jerry Curran 15. Paul Dodorico 16. Jeff Otto Jr. 17. Kyle Kwasna 18. Dennis Kurras 19. Will Hiscock 20. Silas Hiscock 21. John Mackie 22. Greg Dickerson 23. Richie Davidowitz 24. Brendon Bock 25. Kyle Ellwood 26. Ed Cheslak 27. Ray Fitzgerald 28. Chris Mitchell

8-Cylinder Enduro (top ten) 1. Mike D’Orta 2. Dale Doherty 3. Sean Fitzpatrick 4. Mark Wolf 5. Brian Halsey 6. Pat Collins 7. Justin Ferreri 8. Mike Sorrentino 9. James Johnson 10. Gary Hubbard

Demolition Derby: Winner- Brian Fass Judge’s Choice- Peter Mikos Fan’s Choice- Michael Rommeney

Big Wheel Race: Winner- Chase Brown