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Oswego Speedway’s Small Block Super Stars Hit the Road this Sunday for ‘Fall Brawl 50’ at Evans Mills Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (September 11, 2017)  – Before offseason maintenance begins in anticipation of Oswego Speedway’s 27th consecutive season of Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified action to begin in May 2018, the stars and cars of the SBS division will have one more shot to compete before the long wait until spring in this Sunday’s ‘Fall Brawl 50’ for the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series at Evans Mills Speedway.

This Sunday’s show will be the second attempt this season by the series to run an event at Evans Mills, with the original June 18 event being postponed to this Sunday, September 17 due to weather.

‘The 1st Annual ‘Fall Brawl 50’ will pay $1,000 to the winner of the 50-lap main, which will be lined up based on the afternoon’s heat races. Every car in the field is guaranteed at least $100 to compete, with a total payout of over $3,000 at stake.

“We are really looking forward to finally getting some racing in with the Lighthouse Lanes Small Block Supermodified series this Sunday, September 17,” said series coordinator Mike Bruce. “The weather looks fantastic and we are expecting a very large field of cars, much bigger than any of our other scheduled shows so far. We invite all of our Oswego fans to come up and take in this show and encourage all of the SBS competitors to make the trip to support our class as the season comes to a close. Hopefully we can show everyone at Evans Mills what our class is all about and we thank Vern LaFave and his staff for having us back this year”

Expected to compete for the large payout this weekend are several Oswego veterans, former drivers and soon to be rookies including 2017 championship runner-up Andrew Schartner, longtime series campaigner and feature winner this year Jack Patrick, series coordinator Mike Bruce, former Bud Light SBS Classic 75 Champion Cameron Rowe, ‘Mr. Small Block Supermodified’ Jesse Bearup, multi-time feature winner Barry Kingsley, recent third place Classic finisher Dalton Doyle, five time SBS victor Rob Pullen, another five time winner in former high school young gun Anthony Losurdo, four year division veteran Cameron Black, O’Connor Racing teammates Greg O’Connor and Tony Pisa and even track owner and former Oswego campaigner Vern LaFave.

Competing with the series regulars will be a pair of drivers planning to return to action this weekend as former Supermodified driver turned car builder Tim Proud will again pilot his self-built Proud Motorsports No. 54 in the Fall Brawl, with his brother, eight time Oswego feature winner Chris Proud, returning to action for the first time since 2015 in his Martin’s Contracting No. 3 machine.

Two 2018 Oswego rookies are also eyeing their first race at Evans Mills, with both Addison Bowman’s No. 12 and Josh Sokolic’s No. 26 to join the already rather full field of cars. The soon to be Pathfinder Bank SBS rookie of the year contenders have logged hundreds of laps at the Jefferson County facility in testing sessions over the past few weeks.

Any other competitors planning to participate in the ‘Fall Brawl 50’ are asked to inform series social media coordinator Camden Proud.

Joining the Small Block Supermodifieds on Sunday at Evans Mills will be the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, 4-Cylinder  and 4-Cylinder truck divisions in the track’s season finale. Heat racing is set to begin at 3pm, with hot laps at 1pm. General admission tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the gate. Kids 15 and under are FREE at the Evans Mills Speedway. Pit passes are $25. For more information, log on to EvansMillsSpeedway.com.

Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series ‘Fall Brawl 50’ Expected Roster (September 2017):

01 – Dalton Doyle

2 – Rob Pullen

3 – Chris Proud

9 – Jack Patrick

12 – Addison Bowman

15 – Mike Bruce

18 – Andrew Schartner

23 – Cameron Black

26 – Josh Sokolic

37 – Jesse Bearup

54 – Tim Proud

69 – Anthony Losurdo

77 – Cameron Rowe

89 – Tony Pisa

90 – Greg O’Connor

91 – Barry Kingsley

Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Payout (September 17):

1st – $1,000

2nd – $400

3rd – $225

4th – $200

5th – $170

6th – $160

7th – $150

8th – $135

9th – $130

10th – $125

ALL OTHERS – $100

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LaFAVE LEADS LONG LIST OF FIRST-TIME WINNERS AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – Many people spend holidays at home celebrating with their families. The true racer that he is, Vern LaFave spent this past Easter on the road instead, going to pick up a car for the debut of the Mills Modified class at Evans Mills Speedway. The trip paid off for LaFave this past Sunday, as he picked up his first win in the division.
Randy Brunelle, who picked up wins in both of the previous two races, started from the pole, alongside Mike Hall Jr. Hall Jr. got the jump at the drop of the green, but Brunelle quickly took it back, with LaFave following to take over second. The caution waved on lap six of the 30-lap race, setting the stage for a double-file restart with Brunelle on the inside and LaFave on the outside.
LaFave took full advantage of the opportunity, as he and Brunelle ran side-by-side over the next several laps, with LaFave staying just barely ahead of Brunelle. Once LaFave was able to clear Brunelle for the top spot, Terry Gardner began to challenge Brunelle for the second spot. As the pair battled behind him, LaFave was able to build a comfortable cushion.
The last thing LaFave wanted to see was the caution flag, which was displayed on lap 27. LaFave’s lead was erased, and he found himself on the point for a three-lap shootout, with Gardner on his back bumper and Brunelle in tow.
LaFave was able to defend his position as the trio ran the last three laps in close quarters. LaFave took the checkers over Gardner by a mere 0.288 seconds, and Brunelle crossed the line third.
The third time was the charm for Legends competitor Dalton Rombough, who had strong runs going in both of the previous two events before falling to mechanical issues. That all changed this past Sunday, as Rombough won his heat race, started the feature on the pole, and led every lap to pick up his first 2017 win at the 3/8-mile paved oval.
Rombough started alongside teenage competitor Daniel Carter, and Rombough shot out front at the drop of the green. Carter, who was having mechanical issues, fell quickly back through the field, allowing Anthony Riforgiato to take over second while Nate Plantz grabbed third. With three laps in the books, Carter slowed to a stop on the frontstretch, drawing the caution. Carter was able to refire the car and restart at the tail of the field, but he retired from the event on lap six as he continued to be plagued by issues with the car.
Meanwhile, Riforgiato laid chase to Rombough up front, while a heated battle took shape for third between Plantz and Breanne Gilligan. Gilligan was able to wrestle the spot from Plantz with three laps remaining, but Rombough proved to be unstoppable as he crossed the line ahead of Riforgiato and Gilligan.
Bandolero competitor Bryce Bailey made his first appearance of the 2017 season at Evans Mills this past weekend, and he scored a clean sweep, picking up wins in both his heat race and the feature.
The start of the feature saw Josh Duke – the winner of the two prior events – pitted against Bailey on the front row. At the drop of the green, Bailey shot to the lead and he never looked back, leading every lap of the caution-free, 15-lap affair. Duke sat solidly in second, while Tyler Christman wrestled with Shea Bailey for the third spot for much of the event. Christman was finally able to grab the spot just past the halfway point of the event, but he was unable to advance any further as B. Bailey crossed the line ahead of Duke and Christman.
Defending Pro Stock division champion Ray Bancroft’s car showed plenty of battle scars at the conclusion of the 25-lap event, but Bancroft was all smiles in Victory Lane as he picked up his first win of the year.
Bancroft led every lap of the race, as fans sat on the edges of their seats over the last half of the race while Bancroft and Bill Miner fought for the top spot. The two made slight contact several times as they ran in close quarters, but both were able to recover each time only to continue their battle. In the end, Miner was unable to rattle Bancroft, who claimed victory over Miner and Jason Duke.
Zac Stone emerged victorious when the dust settled after an exciting Thunder Stock race that saw the top four cars running side-by-side in rows of two for nearly the entire race distance.
Defending division champion Ike Stone challenged his son on the outside lap after lap throughout the caution-free event, while Daniel Swem and Zack Devoe looked for a way past. It came down to a photo finish, with Z. Stone claiming his first career win by just 0.064 seconds over Swem. Devoe was third in the final rundown. The gap from first to fourth was only 0.6 seconds.
The only repeat winner of the night was the 4 Cylinder Truck victor Bob Schroy, who notched his second win of the season.
For much of the race, Daniel Swem and Kyle Simpson battled it out up front, swapping the top spot several times. Lapped traffic came into play with just three laps remaining, and contact between Swem and Simpson while trying to get past took both out of contention for the win. Schroy inherited the lead as a result, and he was able to hold off the competition to pick up the win over Charles Sibley. Swem came back to finish third.
This coming Sunday, June 18, the Pro Stocks will take the night off, as the Oswego Small Block Supermodifieds will highlight the night with a 50-lap, $1,000-to-win spectacular. The night will also include a 25-lap Vernon LaFave Memorial race for the Legends cars, who will be joined on the schedule by the Mills Modified, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Hospice of Jefferson County will be recognized, with free grandstand admission to Hospice of Jefferson County employees with staff ID. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 3:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand admission is $10, with children age 15 and under admitted to the grandstands free of charge, and a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are available. Pit entry fee is $25.
More information, including a complete 2017 schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.
MILLS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Vern LaFave, 2. Terry Gardner, 3. Randy Brunelle, 4. Bobby Newman, 5. Mike Hall Jr.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dalton Rombough, 2. Anthony Riforgiato, 3. Breanne Gilligan, 4. Nate Plantz, 5. Trevor Halladay, 6. Jason Christman, 7. Kyle Hafemann, 8. Bryan Chirico, 9. James Holland, 10. Mike Riforgiato, 11. Daniel Carter.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Bryce Bailey, 2. Josh Duke, 3. Tyler Christman, 4. Shea Bailey, 5. Cole Perry, 6. Coleby Felber.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Ray Bancroft, 2. Bill Miner, 3. Jason Duke, 4. Terry Gardner.
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Zac Stone, 2. Daniel Swem, 3. Zack Devoe, 4. Richard “Ike” Stone, 5. Ryan Rarick.
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Bob Schroy, 2. Charles Sibley, 3. Daniel Swem, 4. Kyle Simpson, 5. Ron White, 6. Zack Christman, 7. Pete Willsie.
PHOTO : Vern LaFave picked up the Mills Modified win at Evans Mills this past Sunday.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tracy Chirico

BRUNELLE TAKES DOWN SECOND MILLS MOD WIN AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – Plenty of familiar faces graced Victory Lane at Evans Mills Speedway this past Sunday, as many of the previous week’s winners once again took home checkered flags. Randy Brunelle, who took down his second Mills Modified win in as many weeks, topped the list of repeat winners.
 
With the debut of the Mills Modified crate engine asphalt Modified class, every driver in the field has been faced with the task of learning a new car, a new track, a new surface, or a combination of any or all of the three. For Brunelle, the transition has been a bit easier than it has for some of the other competitors, as Brunelle has racked up plenty of wins at the speedway in other classes. In 2016, he won more Pro Stock races than any other driver that season, while running only a limited schedule.
 
Brunelle has taken full advantage of this, as he picked up both the heat race win and the feature win this past weekend.
 
Bobby Newman ran second to Brunelle in the opening laps, and looked to be prepared to mount a challenge for the lead before mechanical difficulties forced him to retire from the event. This moved Mike Hall Jr. to the second spot, but Hall Jr. had Vern LaFave hot on his heels. Brunelle proved to be unstoppable as he was first to the checkered flag, followed by Hall Jr. and LaFave.
 
It is often said that, after the first win, the rest come easier. Legends driver Anthony Riforgiato showed just that, as he picked up his first career INEX Legends week just one week earlier and backed it up with a second win on Sunday. Riforgiato started on the outside pole, and had to contend with Nate Plantz over the entire race distance. Riforgiato was able to hold the lead, collecting the win over Plantz and Kevin Bertolone, who was making his first start of the season at the 3/8-mile oval.
 
Josh Duke dominated the Bandolero feature for the second straight week, picking up the win. Tyler Christman and Cole Perry wrestled for the second spot, swapping it several times throughout the course of the event. Duke took home the honors once again, followed by Christman and Perry.
 
Pro Stock driver Bill Miner swept the second week in a row, capturing both heat and feature event wins. Defending division champion Ray Bancroft wrestled with Miner for the lead in the early laps, but Miner was able to build a sizeable lead over Bancroft by the end of the race. Behind the duo, Jason Duke, Terry Gardner, and Corey Trombley put on an exciting battle for the third spot. When the checkered flag waved, Miner was in Victory Lane once again. Bancroft was second, and Duke crossed the line third.
 
Defending division champion Richard “Ike” Stone picked up his second win of the season as well, in what truly boiled down to a family affair. Stone had his hands full with David Ayen – his brother – and Zac Stone – his son, as they all had their sights set on the win. R. Stone led every lap on his way to the win, while his brother and son each tried to lay claim to the third position. Z. Stone actually held second for several laps early in the event, but Ayen passed him prior to the halfway point. Ayen, in fact, turned the fastest lap of the event, but he was unable to catch R. Stone and had to be content with second.. Stone was third in the final rundown.
 
The sole first-time winner of the night came in the 4 Cylinder Truck class, as Joe Bourgeois made his first appearance of the season and brought home the win. Bourgeois started on the front row, alongside Zack Christman. Kyle Simpson wasted little time grabbing the second spot from Christman, while the previous week’s winner – Bob Schroy – was making his way through the field after having to start at the tail end of the field because he had missed his heat race due to mechanical issues. Bourgeois was flawless throughout the event, and crossed the line ahead of Simpson and Schroy.
 
This coming Sunday, June 4th, Evans Mills Speedway will present “A-Verdi Storage Containers Night at the Races”. The schedule will include the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with practice beginning at 3:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand admission is just $10, and children age 15 and under are admitted to the grandstands free of charge. There is a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are available. Pit entry fee is $25.
 
More information, including a complete schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.
 
MILLS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Randy Brunelle, 2. Mike Hall Jr., 3. Vern LaFave, 4. Bobby Newman, 5. Terry Gardner.
 
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Anthony Riforgiato, 2. Nate Plantz, 3. Kevin Bertolone, 4. Breanne Gilligan, 5. Dalton Rombough, 6. Trevor Halladay, 7. Chris Malbeuf, 8. Bryan Chirico, 9. Jason Christman, 10. James Holland, 11. Mike Riforgiato, 12. Kyle Hafemann.
 
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Josh Duke, 2. Tyler Christman, 3. Cole Perry.
 
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Bill Miner, 2. Ray Bancroft, 3. Jason Duke, 4. Terry Gardner, 5. Corey Trombley.
 
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richard “Ike” Stone, 2. David Ayen, 3. Zac Stone, 4. Jess Bender, 5. Ryan Rarick, 6. Jamie Murphy. DNS – Kory Paro Jr.
 
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joe Bourgeois, Kyle Simpson, 3. Bob Schroy, 4. Zak Petrie, 5. Ron White, 6. Zack Christman, 7. Charles Sibley.
 
PHOTO ATTACHED: Randy Brunelle celebrates his second consecutive Mills Modified win

PHOTO CREDIT: Rob Brierton