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Twin SK Features Rough on TC

The best story of the week from the Speedbowl lies in the SK Modified division. The track’s premier division was scheduled to run twin 25-lap features.

For the first of the two SK features Bo Gunning and Diego Monahan started on the front row together. It didn’t take long for a wreck to happen. Gunning got loose and wrecked the fan favorite Ted Christopher who had two wins the night before at Stafford Motor Speedway. This resulted in Christopher’s car being double hooked off of the track.

Ted Christopher during an SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)
Ted Christopher during an SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)

This wouldn’t deter Teddy from trying to run the second SK race of the night as he would do what Keith Rocco did during the 2015 season when he wrecked hard into the backstretch wall and his team made the decision to go back home to Berlin and get the Stafford Car so that they could run the feature. Well Saturday night Christopher made the same decision, he made the drive back to Plainville, CT to get his Stafford car so that he could try to run the second 25 laps later in the evening.

The rest of the first feature was mostly green flag racing.  Joey Gada would bring home his first win of the season and his 4th career win in the SK Modified division at Waterford. “We had some good restarts, this car is just awesome tonight.” Said Gada. There was some really good battles between Gada and Todd Owen, a Stafford regular who has been running the bowl’ lately. “The only difference between the two cars was who was on the bottom groove. It seems to be that you need the bottom lane to win here.” Said Gada.

TC Arrives With the Backup Car

Christopher was able to make it back to the track before the green flag dropped for the second SK feature and loyal T.C. fans were happy to see that he would be starting on the front row right next to Gunning. Like the first feature it didn’t take long for the wrecking to start as Timmy Jordan and Brent Sweet got into the wall in turn 3 hard. On the restart Christopher came up the track just a little bit but, Gunning got into Christopher. Christopher took the front stretch wall to both the front and rear of the car ending his night once and for all.

A year ago when Rocco went to get the backup car, he was successful in being able to make the run from the rear of the field and get the win. The same cannot be said for Christopher who ended up be towed back to the pits by the wrecker for the second time in the same night.

RoccoSKThere was only one more caution during the race when Dennis Perry’s engine blew with 6 laps to go. Rocco inherited the lead after Perry left the track and he never looked back. Rocco was able to pull it off and win the race, it was his first win in the past few weeks after having some less than stellar runs lately. “This track has been rough for everybody to start the season but, we’ll all get it figured out. Tonight we did, this win goes out to Mario (Fiore) who was a man of many words.” Said Rocco.

Christian III Claims Second Win of the Year

When the late models division took to the track Saturday night there was a strange sight for anyone that has been watching them all season. For the first time this season Bruce Thomas Jr., and Jason Palmer were not racing in the division leaving the winning up to anybody who could reach victory lane in 30 laps.

Ray Christian III wins his 2nd career late model race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ray Christian III wins his 2nd career late model race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Ray Christian III and Jeff Smith were on the front row and those two were able to battle it out for the lead for the first 1/3 of the race. Christian III was able to pull away from the field when Smith got loose and fell back a few spots.

The first and only caution flew when Richard Durranti and Richard Morrocco got together in between turns one and two. During the restart Christian III was able to pull away from the field again and hold his lead all the way through the checkered flag.

This was Christian III’s second career victory in the Sunoco Late Model Division at the Speedbowl. “It was a blast battling ‘Country’ on the outside and when we finally took the lead it was off to the races. The car was absolutely hooked up tonight'” Christian III said about his win.

When asked about how he feels about the season this far and getting his second win he had this to say, “To be a contender week after week is the best feeling. “We came into the year wanting to gain the respect of the guys out there we race with and I feel we have done that and are viewed as a threat week after week.

DAVE WILSON WINS JEFF BROWN, SR. MEMORIAL STREET STOCK 25 AT LANCASTER

Catalano snaps Emerling’s Sportsman win streak; Steffenhagen & Woch win

LNS0625-1LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 25, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway paid tribute to a fallen member of the racing community on Saturday night with the Jeff Brown, Sr. Memorial Street Stock 25. Brown was the father of two-time U.S. Open Late Model winner and Sportsman driver, Jeff Brown, Jr. He was very involved in helping his son with his racing endeavors along with helping others that needed it. Brown passed away during the offseason.

One of those that Jeff Brown, Sr. helped along the way was Advance Auto Parts Street Stock driver, Dave Wilson. It was Wilson who came up with the idea to hold the race in Brown’s memory and provided a $250 bonus that was paid out across the top three finishers. As a further tribute, Wilson changed car number for the night from #21 to #3, which is the number that Jeff Brown, Jr. runs on his cars.

A field of 18 Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks took the green flag for the event with rookie Trevor Pettit taking the early lead. Andy Cryan got by Pettit on lap 3 to take the top spot away and started to pull away from the field.

Wilson started 12th and he worked his way to the front of the pack along with Terry Weldy and Mark Hoch. That trio caught Cryan around lap 10, but it took Wilson five more laps to take over the lead.

Wilson slowly pulled away at the end while Weldy and Hoch were left to battle for the runner-up position. Wilson crossed under the checkered flag for his third win of the season. Weldy edged Hoch for second. Tommy Wentland and Jarrod Brown rounded out the top five.

In addition to the cash bonuses for the top three finishers, Towel City Tire awarded a new tire the fourth, fifth and sixth place finishers. The rest of the drivers to finish in the top ten also received a new tire courtesy of Bob Mullen and East Coast Speed.

Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y. picked up his first win of the season in the Sunoco Sportsman to snap the four-race win streak of Patrick Emerling. Catalano led 32 of 35 laps from the fifth starting position to earn the victory.

Catalano passed pole sitter Bobby Lippa, Jr. for the lead on a lap 3 restart to take control of the race. A pair of early race caution slowed things at the beginning, but then the race went caution from lap 4 to the conclusion. This allowed Catalano to open up a sizable advantage over the rest of the pack.

Jake Lyon and Emerling tried to chase down Catalano, but ran out of laps. Lyon settled for second, while Billy Burd finished third. Emerling faded late in the race and saw his win streak end with a fourth place finish. Defending track champion, Mark Pennell, rounded out the top five.

The NY Super Stock Series made its first and only appearance of the season at Lancaster. Jim Steffenhagen of Marion, N.Y. won the 50-lap feature. Steffenhagen passed Jake Wylie for the lead on lap 10 when Wylie suffered engine problems. He then held off Mitchell Wright the rest of the way for the win.

A multi-car pileup on the race’s opening lap took out several cars, including heat race winner Bill Frisbie, Jr.and series points leader Tim Gullo.

The win for Steffenhagen completed a NYSS weekend sweep after he won their feature on Friday night Spencer Speedway. Wright finished second followed by Steve Peserak, Brian Wozniak and Chris Vogler.

Bobby Woch won the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature in his first start in the Team 49/King Oil #45. The key to victory for Woch was a lap 7 restart as Joe Brunka and Kevin Bainbridge got together while racing for second. Woch slipped by and then made the eventual race winning pass on Dan Dressel one lap later.

Bainbridge recovered to finish second. Ransomville Speedway Street Stock driver, Austin Hauser, finished third in his first pavement race in Jim Dauer’s #73. Frank Prell and Jamie Woods rounded out the top five.

This Thursday night, June 30, the Race of Champions Modified Series returns to Lancaster for the second annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial. The stars of the RoC Series will battle in a 60-lap sprint around Lancaster’s ½-mile. The NYPA TQ Midgets, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

Fans outside the Western New York area can watch the race live via pay-per-view at Speed51.com. Every lap of racing action will be streamed live using a single-camera video broadcast. The web stream will be blacked out for a 150-mile radius around Lancaster.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

Thank to Rick Mooney for contributing to this report.

RESULTS

SUNOCO SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Patrick Emerling, Billy Burd

Feature: TOMMY CATALANO, Jake Lyon, Billy Burd, Patrick Emerling, Mark Pennell, Bobby Lippa, Jr., Sherri Hogan, Matt Druar, Jayme Thompson, Scott Stolzenburg, Mike Rogers, John Barber, Amy Catalano, Danny Knoll, Jr., Owen Bednasz, Jeff Hammon

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Terry Weldy, Ken Maltby, Mark Hoch

Feature: DAVE WILSON, Terry Weldy, Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland, Jarrod Brown, Jerome Hruby, Keith Flanigan, Ken Maltby, Lexi Wilson, Ed Culliton, Tim Garlock, Rick Meyers, Trevor Pettit, Garrett Cleversley, Andy Cryan, Dennis Londos, Jim Stein, Don Sitarski

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Kevin Bainridge, Chris Pennell

Feature: BOBBY WOCH, Kevin Bainbridge, Austin Hauser, Frank Prell, Jamie Woods, Zach Cleverlsey, Howard Guthrie, Dan Dressel, Billy McNerney, Laurie Krol, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Joe Brunka, Chris Pennell

NEW YORK SUPER STOCKS

Heat Winner: Jake Wylie, Mitchell Wright, Bill Frisbie, Jr.

Feature: JIM STEFFENHAGEN, Micthell Wright, Steve Peserak, Brian Wozniak, Chris Vogler, Jay Mudra, Tom Barron, Billy Coyle, Zack Willis, Josh Hunter, Brianna Dinzler, Todd Blair, Eric Hadley, Mark Ramsey, Jake Wylie, Robert Fink, Bill Frisbie, Jr., Tim Gullo, Rob Miszczak, Bobby Schosek, Jason Dinzler

PHOTOS ATTACHED BY MARK RANALLETTA

 

Austin Kochenash Survives to Win Mahoning Modified Slugfest

By DINO OBERTO

(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 6-25-16) At the bullring ¼-mile Mahoning Valley Speedway on a sizzling Saturday night, there was beating and banging, there was spins and dings and there was action galore, and that was just in the Modified feature. It was a race that was a slugfest in every sense of the word and after all was said and done standing tall in Victory Lane after a hard fought battle was Austin Kochenash, claiming his first win of the season.

Kochenash, who was wheeling the Gary and Brent Wentz No. 72, held off point leader Eric Beers by less than a half car length while very close in third was Earl Paules.

A more than usual number of cautions interrupted the 35-lap contest. Kochenash was involved in one such in a lap 10 pile-up. His keen skill was put to the test afterwards as he would need to maneuver accurately past ensuing incidents in in his march towards the front.

One of those was a grinding crash by Gene Bowers who smacked the turn four wall head-on on lap 20. Although his car was badly damaged, Bowers thankfully walked away unscathed.

Due to that calamity the track was in need of a major cleanup from all the liquid that was deposited from Bowers’ car. The good part was that the considerable amount of speedy dry that was put down was just high enough off the racing groove and allowed drivers two doable lanes of racing.

Kochenash was in ninth when the race resumed and he meticulously drove the right lanes and did a perfect job of avoiding any further collisions, reaching the top five by lap 21. With 10 laps to go he would be handed first place due to a Don Wagner and Jack Ely scrape while battling for the lead. Kochenash had just made his way by Paules and Beers at the same time for third spot.

He then kept his sights on maintaining his lead while Beers and Paules contested for second. Beers did shake free and soon zeroed in on the leader and made it a great dogfight to the finish.

Kochenash had no choice but to push the issue with Beers in the closing laps too as he continued to force him high in order to stay protective of his spot.

“I knew Eric (Beers) and Earl (Paules) were going to be real tough to beat especially with how bad the front of the car is. We were able to get the lead and it was a matter of just holding on the rest of the way,” said Kochenash.

“There’s nothing straight on the car after that incident in the beginning. But once I got the lead I realized it’s a $900 difference from first to second and I needed the money to fix the car. I may have been a little rough but that was no different than anyone else would have run.”

Beers, who like nearly everyone else was caught up in a tangle, came up a few feet short from scoring another win.

“That was a rough one tonight. We’d been pretty clean all year until tonight. Austin (Kochenash) did what he had to do in order to get the win. Both of our cars where a little damaged and my front end is all dinged up and Earl (Paules) is battle scorn too so we were all running around with roughed-up equipment,” said Beers.

“We were on the edge all night and with the speedy dry over in turn four that made it a little leery but Austin gave me just enough room and hats off to him. It was fun.”

Kris Graver had another solid outing despite being gathered in a few caution scenes and was fourth. Likewise with John Markovic who bounced back several times on his way to rounding out the top five.

In the Late Model feature it was a tough go for the race leaders as one by one the front runners all fell from grace due to scuffles. That was until Frankie Althouse got there and he would not fall victim to the bad luck. Althouse inherited the top spot with four circuits to go and held off Paul Koehler Jr. for the verdict.

Lorin Arthofer II, Koehler, Jeremy Miller, Mike Sweeney and Arthofer again all led but all had their time at the front cut short due to mishaps that came from close encounters with second and third place cars at those respective times.

Althouse, who has been the mark of consistency all season thus far, notched his ninth consecutive top five.

“It feels really good and our car was spot on tonight. We made a boatload of changes and went back to basics. We did a few more adjustment before the feature and the car was phenomenal,” said Althouse.

“I knew even when we got the lead with four laps to go that Paul (Koehler) was right there and that Mike (Sweeney) could get there too because he’s been the class of the field. I just figured that I was going to hold the bottom and try and make them go around me. This has me real excited for next week’s 50 lapper.”

Miller, Sweeney and Kenny Hein completed the top five.

Mark Martini finally, after 10 years of trying, got the proverbially monkey off his back as he won his career first feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway in the nonstop 30-lap Street Stock main.

Starting third, Martini squeezed by Jamie Smith on the inside off turn four and with the completion of that lap he was in front and for good.

Martini kept determined the next 20 laps despite some very intense pressure from Justin Mooney and eventually his teammate Randy Ahner Jr. The caution free race was completed in a time of 6:18.

If there is a way to best describe Mike Stofflet and his 2016 season it would be resilient. Stofflet has been able to bounce back time and again after suffering one set back after another but each time it’s been with a resounding run that ends with a victory.

He did it once again on this night, leading all 25 laps of the Dirt Mod main while manhandling a car that had no power steering after the second lap and then having to hold off the fast approaching Billy Lasko en route to his third feature win of the year.

Josh Scherer worked his tail off to get around Kevin Graver Jr., but once he did there was not stopping him in gaining his third Pro 4 win of the season.

For the first time this year a repeat winner has emerged in the Hobby Stocks. Ryan Berger grabbed the lead from his front row starting spot at the get-go and held it the rest of the way, becoming the first to repeat after nine races.

Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Austin Kochenash, 2. Eric Beers, 3. Earl Paules, 4. Kris Graver, 5. John Markovic, 6. Brian Labar, 7. Don Wagner, 8. Jack Ely, 9. Nick Baer, 10. Terry Markovic, 11. Brian DeFebo, 12. Gene Bowers, 13. Bobby Jones, 15. Kyle Strohl, 16. Jon Moser

Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Frankie Althouse, 2. Paul Koehler Jr., 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Mike Sweeney, 5. Kenny Hein, 6. Josh Oswald, 7. Chris Anderson, 8. Jacob Nemeth, 9. Lorin Arthofer II, 10. Jacob Kerstetter, 11. JR Roth, 12. Don Wagner, 13. Paul Effrig, 14. Robbie Kutz

Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Mark Martini, 2. Randy Ahner Jr., 3. Jason Kuhn, 4. Justin Mooney, 5. Jon Moser, 6. Jared Ahner, 7. Stacey Brown, 8. Rick Reichenbach, 9. Josh Mooney, 10. Corey Edelman, 11. Jason Frey, 12. Aaron Kromer, 13. Todd Ahner, 14. Kristy Ahner, 15. Zach Graver, 16. Greg Long, 17. Dan Freundt, 18. George Ramos, 19. Lindsay Buss, 20. Jamie Smith

Dirt Mod Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Billy Lasko, 3. Ricky Yetter, 4. Aleia Geisler, 5. Scott Hyland, 6. Dave Gorbatuk

Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Josh Scherer, 2. Kevin Graver Jr., 3. Bobby Kibler Jr., 4. Jake Kibler, 5. Johnny Bennett, 6. Shawn Kistler, 7. Cody Kohler, 8. Kailyn Beers, 9. Tyler Stangle

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Ryan Berger, 2. Avery Arthofer, 3. Rich Mutarelli, 4. Shayne Geist, 5. Austin Beers, 6. Randy Sicher, 7. Devin Schmidt, 8. Tiff Wambold, 9. Jesse Strohl. 10. Michael Wambold, 11. Cody Geist, 12. Colton Perry, 13. Nicholas Kerstetter, 14. Jeff Biegley. 15. Ken Reeder, 16. Trisha Connolly, 17. Dean Strohl Sr., 18. Travis Solomon