Tommy Wanick III, Chuck Hossfeld to hit the road in 2022 on Modified Tours

By DINO OBERTO Photo by DINO OBERTO

  (Zion Grove, PA) Well-known northeast car owner and part-time driver Tommy Wanick III will be joining forces with popular asphalt Modified star Chuck Hossfeld in forming a reputable team that will set their sights on the 2022 season traveling between the Race of Champions, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Tri-Track Open Modified Series as well as select other Modified events.

            Wanick, who operates Wanick Construction of Zion Grove, Pa., and is also a road supervisor with Franzosa Trucking of Hazle Township, Pa., and Hossfeld, a standout Modified ace with an impeccable record and hails from Ransomville, NY, are no strangers to teaming up as the past few years they have run a handful of races between Evergreen Raceway and Mahoning Valley Speedway and with respectable results.

            Now, however, they are looking ahead to making an assault on a number of key Modified touring events and despite the fact that there is five hours of travel between the pair, they are arranging a solid game plan which will enable the team to grow. The cars and equipment will be housed with Hossfeld.

“Tommy is the boss and he gives us what we need. This year we assembled a team and honestly have shown better results and you have to remember prior to this we only raced a handful of times,” said 39-year old Hossfeld.

“Over this past summer we brought the car to my shop and have been doing the set-up work and really have made a lot of gains.”

Until know everything was housed in Pennsylvania but Wanick is steadfast with Hossfeld at the controls. He has a demanding work load and knows this is the best way to better develop the team.

           “I’ve been very happy with the way this has been turning out. We got a good stable of cars and motors and we’re looking to race hard for wins and have fun doing it,” explained Wanick.

“I’m leaving as much as possible stored at Chuck’s shop, he’s going to be the guy running it. They’ve been setting the cars up and I’ve been very happy the way it’s all playing out. It’s a lot of pressure on him but he and his guys are going a great job,” he continued.

“With my work load there are times I’m going seven days a week 24 hours a day between my business and the road work with Franzosa and I know I can rely on Chuck to get the racing part done. He’s 110% in and everything he does he does as a professional.”

            The team will run Troyer and PSR cars and rely on not one but three different engine packages including those from Robert Yates Racing, Performance Technologies and Bob Bruneau Engine Research. Along with primary sponsorship from Wanick Construction and Franzosa Trucking they will also be supported by Harry’s-U-Pull-It of West Hazleton, Pa.

“I can tell you that Tommy is the kind of person that if he is involved with you and on your team he makes your life better. We developed a friendship and as that friendship developed it turned into more and more racing and he is really gung-ho about 2022 and I feel you will see some great things coming from us,” said Hossfeld.

“We have all the pieces and resources and when he says he’s going to do something he does it. He’s the type of guy that if you call him and no matter the time he’s working because he puts his family first then friends and racing and that stems from the values he got from his dad when he owned race cars. I just hope I can be a success for him and this team.”

            While plans are in the works for next season the Wanick/Hossfeld combo will finish out 2021 with a stop at Mahoning Valley Speedway for the Fall Brawl on October 30 and then wrap things up at Turkey Derby XLVIII at Wall Stadium Speedway, November 26-27.

“Our next race will be at Mahoning Valley for the Fall Brawl and it’s always fun when we go there. They have such a good fan base who are always excited about not only the Modifieds but all the classes. We hope to come out of there with a good win or at best a decent result. There’s some very good talent down there,” offered Hossfeld.

            “For the Turkey Derby I’ve only been there twice, once with my own car and most recently with Tommy’s car. Weather is always a factor there and hopefully we’ll get a nice weekend and leave there with a good result with the team. That will really give us that added momentum when 2022 rolls around.”         

            Wanick is a longtime supporter of Mahoning Valley as well as Evergreen and echoed those sentiments.

“We’re getting excited for Mahoning. We didn’t get there all year and I’m always looking forward to run there with our cars,” he explained.

“We’re geared up and ready to roll. Chuck is a talented guy and I have a lot of faith in him and he knows what he has to do.”

Rowe Wins Race and ACT Championship on Final Lap at Seekonk

Photo Nicholas Teto/Yankee Racer

Seekonk, MA — Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe gave the 30th American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model season one of the most dramatic finishes in series history by passing D.J. Shaw on the final lap to win the Haunted Hundred at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 23. Rowe rode the outside rim on a green-white-championship finish to beat his rival by 0.043 seconds for the win and by five points for the championship.

It was the first ACT title ever for Rowe, who has 10 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model championship to his credit. Rowe becomes the first driver to win both a PASS Super Late Model and ACT Late Model Tour championship. He also is the first ACT Late Model Tour champion from the state of Maine.

Rowe started the night on the wrong foot by surrendering the point lead to Shaw in qualifying, with Shaw’s second-place heat race finish catapulting him a two-point edge over Rowe. However, the ACT “plus-minus” handicapping system put Rowe, who did not have a 2021 ACT victory entering the day, third on the starting grid to Shaw’s 13th. The veteran took advantage, grabbing the lead from Josh Hedges on a lap-7 restart and pacing the field for the next 44 circuits — and picking up the crucial lap leader bonus points that went with it.

North Dartmouth, MA’s Derek Gluchacki, along with Tom Carey III and Shaw, were both slicing through the field behind Rowe. Gluchacki was underneath Rowe for the top spot when reigning Seekonk Speedway championship Vinny Arrenegado Jr. got crossed up on the frontstretch on lap-51, triggering a four-car pile-up. On the restart, Gluchacki made the outside work just as well and rocketed to the lead. Carey and Shaw followed him around Rowe, with the point lead seemingly flipping by the lap.

After two more yellows at laps 68 and 73, Carey went to work on Gluchacki as both pulled away from the field. Carey went to the inside of his fellow Tour sophomore entering turn one with 13 laps to go, and the two got hooked together going through turn two. By the time the cars finally separated and continued, Shaw had taken the second spot back, with Chase Belcher and Rowe also gaining spots when Carey pitted a lap later.

A lap-93 yellow when Jacob “Rowdy” Burns and Shawn Swallow tangled in turn three set up the next act in the season-ending drama. The top-four all held serve on the restart, but just as they were staring at the two-to-go signal, Trenton Goodrow and Andrew Gillis got wadded up on the backstretch. By rule, the field when back to lap 97 for a nail-biting restart.

Coming out of turn two after the green flag, Shaw pulled a crossover move on Gluchacki, who tried to slam the door in turn three. Knowing what was on the line, Shaw kept his foot in the opening, and as they leaned on each other, Rowe rocketed up the outside. Shaw led lap 98 by an inch before Gluchacki went around in turn two, collecting Tyler Lallier along the way.

That put Shaw and Rowe on the front row for the 10th and final restart with the championship going to whomever reached the checkered flag first. Rowe led the white flag lap, but Rowe found one last bit of speed on the final circuit, beating Shaw to the stripe by about a foot for the victory and the championship.

The late-race scrambling allowed Derry, NH’s Erick Sands to come out of nowhere and finish third. It was the best career ACT finish for Sands also sewed up Rookie of the Year honors. Arrenegado recovered from his incident to take fourth with Belcher coming home fifth. Ryan Kuhn, Nicholas Uhrig, Burns, Richard Murray, and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. completed the top-10.

The 2021 ACT season is now complete. Officials expect to announce the 2022 schedule by Thanksgiving. The 2021 Banquet of Champions will be held in the spring of 2022.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

SEEKONK SPEEDWAY — Seekonk, MA

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR

HAUNTED HUNDRED

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos. Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 3 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 100 Laps

2. ( 13 ) D.J. Shaw ( 04VT ) , Center Conway, NH , 100 Laps

3. ( 14 ) #Erick Sands ( 36NH ) , Derry, NH , 100 Laps

4. ( 5 ) Vincent Arrenegado Jr. ( 17RI ) , Warren, RI , 100 Laps

5. ( 7 ) Chase Belcher ( 35MA ) , West Wareham, MA , 100 Laps

6. ( 4 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E. Bridgewater, MA , 100 Laps

7. ( 19 ) Nicholas Uhrig ( 11RI ) , Warwick, RI , 100 Laps

8. ( 6 ) Jacob “Rowdy” Burns ( 30RI ) , East Greenwich, RI , 100 Laps

9. ( 1 ) Richard J. Murray ( 08RI ) , Tiverton, RI , 100 Laps

10. ( 9 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00NH ) , Candia, NH , 100 Laps

11. ( 12 ) Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , North Dartmouth, MA , 100 Laps

12. ( 26 ) #Shawn Swallow ( 04NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 100 Laps

13. ( 21 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Franklin, NH , 100 Laps

14. ( 20 ) Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 100 Laps

15. ( 18 ) Tyler Lallier ( 7MA ) , North Attleboro, MA , 100 Laps

16. ( 16 ) Andrew Gillis ( 1MA ) , Ashland, MA , 99 Laps

17. ( 30 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Duxbury, VT , 99 Laps

18. ( 27 ) James Linardy ( 77MA ) , Somerville, MA , 99 Laps

19. ( 15 ) Trenton Goodrow ( 31MA ) , Carver, MA , 97 Laps

20. ( 29 ) Louis Romiza III ( 75MA ) , East Falmouth, MA , 97 Laps

21. ( 25 ) Johnny Silva ( 67MA ) , Attleboro, MA , 96 Laps

22. ( 11 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 88 Laps

23. ( 10 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 73 Laps

24. ( 2 ) Joshua Hedges ( 29MA ) , New Bedford, MA , 68 Laps

25. ( 8 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 67 Laps

26. ( 24 ) Jeramee Lillie ( 3RI ) , Coventry, RI , 67 Laps

27. ( 28 ) Mike Benevides ( 50RI ) , Westerly, RI , 47 Laps

28. ( 23 ) Brandon Hammann ( 71RI ) , North Smithfield, RI , 25 Laps

29. ( 22 ) Fred Astle ( 91CT ) , Westport, MA , 15 Laps

30. ( 17 ) Mark Jenison ( 22RI ) , Warwick, RI , 10 Laps

Lap Leaders: Richard Murray, pole; Josh Hedges, 1-7; Ben Rowe, 8-51; Derek Gluchacki, 52-97; D.J. Shaw, 98-99, Rowe, 100. (5 lead changes among 5 drivers)

Time of Race: 1 hour, 1 minute, 3 seconds   Margin of Victory: 0.043 seconds

Cautions: 10 (laps 2, 7, 25, 49, 51, 68, 73, 93, 97, 98)

Heat Winners: Ryan Kuhn, Chase Belcher, Derek Gluchacki

Consi Winner: Tom Carey III

‘Spec-tacular’ Night: PA/NJ Small-Blocks Make Georgetown Speedway Debut Oct. 29

Written by Chris Moore

GEORGETOWN, DE – ‘Spec-tacular’ night.

On Mid-Atlantic Championship weekend, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco takes center stage at the Georgetown Speedway.

However, on Friday night (Oct. 29), the PA/NJ-legal Spec Small-Block Modifieds headline the program, chasing a potential $5,000 payday.

The small-blocks will race for 30 laps around the progressively banked half-mile speedway in a spec-only Small-Block Modified race.

The small-blocks have long been a part of Mid-Atlantic Championship weekend. However, in the past, open small blocks of maximum 370 cubic inches were legal to participate in the affair.

Now the PA/NJ Spec Small-Block Modifieds exclusively will go toe-to-toe in the prelude to the STSS Mid-Atlantic Championship race.

Stockley Tavern of Georgetown is presenting a Gambler’s Fee for the small-blocks, with an opportunity to turn the $3,000 winner’s share into a $5,000 payday.

Drivers will have the option, prior to the start of heat races, to post a $50 or $100 Gambler’s Fee. Should a driver post the $50 fee and win, they will receive $4,000 at the pay window.

If the driver posts the $100 fee and is victorious, the winner’s share will turn into a $5,000 payday.

Joining the Spec Small-Blocks on Friday night will be the First State Chevrolet RUSH Late Models rounding out their Sunoco Championship Series in a 20-lap, $1,000-to-win feature event.

Also on the Friday night card are the heat races for the STSS Modifieds, and time trials and heat races for the Super Late Models.

The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Club, Delmarva Chargers, and Delaware Super Trucks will all participate in 12-lap feature-only races as well.

On Saturday (Oct. 30), attention turns to the championship for the STSS on the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central. The STSS Modifieds race for 40-laps around the Sussex County half-mile and a potential $7,000 payday (with the Stockley Materials Gambler’s Fee).

The Super Late Models will also go 40-laps and a potential $7,000 victory (with the JD Shuckers Georgetown Gambler’s Fee) on Saturday night in a co-headlined event.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman also crown a champion in the Belmont’s Garage South Region on Saturday night in a 25-lap, $1,500-to-win affair.

The Little Lincolns, Delmarva Chargers, and Delaware Super Trucks will all go in 12-lap, feature-only events as well.

Complete Weekend Rules are available at: http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021MidAtlanticChampionshipRules.pdf

A Complete Weekend Schedule is available at: 

http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/MidAtlanticWeekendBreakdown2021.pdf

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com.  Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

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