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Randy Brunelle Wins the Caskinette Ford Modified Feature at Evans Mills Speedway

A special night of tribute to the legends of the racing past at Evans Mills Raceway Park brought a throng of people to the track on Sat. June 22.  The largest crowd of this young season saw fans out near the road looking for parking on TJ Toyota night at the track.  Great names such as Neil Tooley, Glenn Rarick, Jeff Walts, Ally Amell, George Gordon, Denzil Billings, Adrian Flath, and others graced our presence.  Doug Flatterly had a nice display just inside the track entrance.  Adding to the nostalgic touch was a good field of race cars from the DIRT Vintage and Classic Asphalt Modified series.

After a microphone glitch, the large number of Canadian fans and racers who crossed the border were treated to a live rendition of the Canadian national anthem, performed by Indian River student Miranda Bert-Brown, followed by the American anthem.  All in all a great start to the first official summer night of racing at Evans Mills Raceway Park!

After the heat races, the vintage cars parked on the front straightaway and fans were invited down to the track to examine the cars and collect photos and autographs.  Several interviews were conducted with the enthusiastic drivers.  One former driver from Lowville NY had not been to the track in 44 years and was amazed at the changes at this historic 3/8 mile track.  The redraws for the feature inversion numbers were held and for the first time in three weeks, no one drew the number one stick.  Josh Verne Jr. drew the number 5 for the Sport Compact/Serv Pro Thunderstock feature for which he wasn’t too pleased.  First heat winner Dave Riopelle from Ottawa, ONT, Canada next drew the #4 stick for the INEX legends.  Larry Welling in the Caskinette Ford Modified #48 pulled the 5 stick, resulting in significant inversions for all three features.

While car count in the Sport Compact and Serv Pro Thunderstock classes is still weak, the racing was strong as Craig Caskinette in the #19 held off Tim Dunn in the 96T in the Sport Compacts for his first feature victory after four second place finishes in a row.  It was a big celebration in victory lane for the congenial pilot from Theresa.  Chuck Monica in the #32 also grabbed his first win over Justin Pope in the #100 in the Serv Pro Thunderstock class.

The DIRT Vintage cars in what may be their only asphalt race of the season put on a wicked display of adaptation to the macadam surface in their 15 lap feature with several cars slinging the back end around as if they were on the clay.  Darrel Billings Jr. was the top runner in the 70’s-80’s class with Patrick Charland topping the 50’s-60’s division.  One hallmark of any Vintage show is the enthusiastic victory lane interviews given by the drivers with the support of their families.

A special characteristic of the INEX Legends feature was that over half the field was from Canada!  Nile Tyson from Toronto in the immaculate #49 was not only making his first start in the U.S., but experienced his first ever border crossing.  Dalton Rombough from Watson was a late arrival in the #41 but had the car hooked up and won the feature, followed by Coleby Felber in the #14, points leader Josh Marchese in the #31, Bryce Norton the #8, and Niles Tyson in the #49.  This year Evans Mills Raceway Park is using the “cone restart” after a feature race caution, giving each driver from front to back the opportunity to choose whether to race the inside or outside lane.  Tyson made a bold move to try the outside lane on a restart and made it work, picking up three spots in the process.

The Classic Asphalt Modified Series was next with Shiloh Janes getting the win in the Ray Hedger built #16, followed by his father and CAMS official Tim Janes in the beautiful #50.  Fans enjoyed the loud roar and rumble of the big block motors as they cruised by the grandstand.

The Caskinette Ford modifieds put on a dramatic display during their 30 lap feature.  Our own racing legend Terry Gardner with 50 years of racing experience led from the drop of the green flag and appeared to be well on his way to his first feature win in years in the 2x.  Alas, the car took a spin between turns 3 and 4 with five laps to go and a dream moment for the modifieds was lost.  Randy Brunelle in the 007 inherited the lead but was pressured by Mannsville driver Russ Brown who was picked for the ride on the #1 car.  Brown knocked on the door several times but couldn’t get by the Malone pilot in the OO7 who picked up his third win in four tries.  Brunelle had helped set up the Gardner car and in victory lane expressed his sympathy for the driver of the 2x, then thanked the ownership of TJ Toyota (2009 National ASA Champion Tommy Cloce was in the house) for their great sponsorship of the evening.  Top five finishers in the Caskinette Ford modifieds were Randy Brunelle in the #007, Russ Brown in the #1, Dave Fuchs in the #4, Tony Pettinelli in the 2NY, and Terry Gardner who came back for a fifth place finish in the 2x.

The terrific crowd swelled the nights 50/50 drawing to $746.  During the evening, we learned that former track operator Vern LaFave was involved in a fiery crash in his 350 supermodified at the Oswego Speedway.  Vern appears to be ok but will likely have some healing to do.  Evans Mills Raceway Park wishes Vern the best in his recovery.

There will be no racing Saturday June 29 in recognition of local high school graduation activities.  The next night of racing is Saturday July 6 with a special Independence Day night celebration as flags will be distributed to many of the early arrivals to the track.  Evans Mills Raceway Park continues to draw increased interest and crowds and the rest of the summer promises to be a great one!

The $4,000 to win Kevin Ward Jr. Memorial Asphalt Spectacular Sat. June 15 at Evans Mills.

SYRACUSE, NY – Each year the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) will trade the dirt tires for asphalt slicks for one race.  This year the event will moves back to the original site at the Evans Mills Raceway Park which is under new promotions from Lee and Peggy Gill.

On Saturday, June 15th the event will be the Kevin Ward Jr. Memorial Asphalt Spectacular.  It will also post the largest purse to win of any asphalt events held in the past with $4,000 awaiting the winner of the 25 lap A-Main.

With $2,000 set aside for the runner-up, $1,000 for third and $500 just to take the green, many of ESS’ biggest names will be on hand to give the asphalt a whirl.  There is also lap money being offered and is already over the $600 mark and should top $1000.

Jeff Cook has a lot of friends and fans in the North Country of NY and has already done some laps at Evans Mills in promotion of the event. Matt Tanner, Shawn Donath, Kelly Hebing, Parker Evans, Dave Axton, Dylan Swiernik, Denny Peebles, Kyle Moffit, Tommy Wickham, Chad Miller and others are expected to be on hand.    

Fans will see the sprint cars compete in heat events and then a special autograph session right before the 25 lap A-Main takes the green flag at the 3/8ths mile oval.  Pit Gates open at 4, Grandstands at 5:00 with racing set to begin at 6:30.

The ESS merchandise trailer will also be on hand with the new line of 2019 apparel.

Saturday night June 15th is the date, the Evans Mills Raceway Park will be the site, the $4,000 to win Kevin Ward Jr. Asphalt Spectacular!

Past Lucas Oil ESS Asphalt Winners:

June 8, 2013 – Kevin Ward Jr. – Evans Mills

June 7, 2014 – Lee Ladouceur – Evans Mills

June 6, 2015 – Parker Evans – Evans Mills

Aug. 27, 2017 – Matt Billings – Autodrome Chaudiere

Aug. 26, 2018 – Steve Poirier – Autodrome Chaudiere

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Pit Gates – 4:00 PM, Racing 6:30 PM

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Michael Ramos win the Caskinette Ford Modified Feature

A perfect spring evening greeted race fans at the much improved Evans Mills Raceway Park on Daldry Marine Canvas night Saturday evening, June 8.  Another large crowd and a larger 50/50 jackpot were hallmarks of the evening.  A great rendition of the National Anthem by military veterans Mark Adams and daughter Brianna Wurth got the evening started.

It was another night of #1’s for the inversion for the features as Craig Caskinette and Mason Spencer drew the #1, meaning no inversion for the Sport Compacts and Caskinette Ford Modifieds respectively.  Brianne Gilligan pulled the #4 for the INEX Legends race inversion.  After winning a few features but not finishing in the top spot for the combined Sport Compact/Serv Pro Thunderstock race, Tim Dunn vaulted to the front and won the feature in the #96T.  Dunn said after the race his car had a suspension problem they finally figured out and his car was much better.  Future nights may bode well for the Dunn team.  Craig Caskinette crossed the line second.  Josh Verne Jr. was the victor again in the Serv Pro Thunderstocks with Justin Pope a close second. 

Stittsville, Ontario, Canada’s Matt Haufe picked up his second win in as many tries in the INEX Legends class.  Josh Marchese finished second with Chris Malbeuf and Brianne Gilligan rounding out the top four.  There were still a few yellow flags in the race but much less than last week and less damage to the cars.  

Mason Spencer started on the pole for the Caskinette Modifieds and was confident before the race but Mike Ramos in the #09 had a very fast car on this night.  Mike took over the top spot on the first lap and never looked back.  At one point, Mike turned in a lap of 15.06, one of the fastest of the year at Evans Mills.  A rule change allowed the Ramos car to run 50 pounds lighter than previously, although in victory lane Ramos said he didn’t think it made much difference.  The car handled well and the #09 was able to stay out of trouble on the track.  Mason Spencer was second in the #30 with Tony Pettinelli and Chuck Meyer in third and fourth.

The track compound continued to provide an outside racing groove for the night.  The 50/50 drawing yielded $466 to the winner, highest so far this year.  The 50/50 pot will definitely be higher next week as the Empire Super Sprint cars will join the other classes for a full night of racing on Saturday, June 15.  The night has been dubbed the Asphalt Spectacular and will feature the fastest cars of the season on the 3/8 mile asphalt.  Race time is 6:30 pm with an admission charge of $20 for what promises to be a torrid night of racing at Evans Mills Raceway Park.