Shaw out battles Griffith & Kruzcek for Seacoast 100 Victory

Rich Hayes Photos

Lee, NH – The showers predicted by the weather forecast on Friday never came to Lee as drivers suited up for the Seacoast 100. DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH started on the pole with Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH on the outside of the 21-car field.  This week saw the addition of new competitors adding to the already tough competition in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Dore & Squeglia Lee USA (Rich hayes Photo)Shaw took the lead early, however throughout the night he had competition from Hudson native Derek Griffith, Davis, and Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, NH. The caution flag flew early in the evening on lap nine for Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT.  Then shortly after, the pack checked up and Mike Parks of Walpole, NH ruined his newly replaced nose, creating an uphill battle for him the rest of the night.

Jacob Dore, winner at White Mountain Motorsports Park started ninth and started his charge for the front early on in the race.  By lap 72 he was running with the top five. When on lap 78 Jeremy Davis saw the end of his night as his motor blew in turn two. This put Dore in position with the top four of Shaw, Griffith, and Kruczek.  Unfortunately his luck ran out on lap 84 when Dore and Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH made contact in the turn one wall ending his night.

Seacoast 100 top 3 from L to R 3rd Btyan Kruczek 1st DJ Shaw 3rd Derek Griffith (Rich hayes Photo)The final restart saw Shaw pull away, as Griffith and Kruczek battled for second. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA started ninth and made his way up fourth. Bobby Baillargeon did well finishing fifth to round out the top five.   Jeremy Harclerode who started fifth was strong all night, only slid one spot finishing sixth. Bobby Cabral of Kingston, NH started the race in 16th and worked hard gaining position throughout the race finishing seventh.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing Friday June 17 at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH.

Unofficial Finish

1          60        DJ Shaw

2          12        Derek Griffith

3          00        Bryan Kruczek

4          29        Barry Gray

5          82        Bobby Baillargeon

6          51 NH  Jeremy Harclerode

7          14        Bobby Cabral

8          66        Mike Parks

9          01        Bill Helliwell

10        53        Tyler Fiscus

11        1          Cory Casagrande

12        40        Mike Mitchell

13        32        Steven Murphy

14        05        Jacob Dore

15        03        Joe Squeglia

16        09        Jeremy Davis

17        42        Guy Caron

18        51        Bill Ahern

19        08        Mike O’Sullivan

20        63        John Selemi

21        23        Glenn Martel

Contingency Winner

Car #

Name

AR Bodies (Hard Luck $100.00) 05 Jacob Dore

Bond Auto Parts (2nd Place $100.00) 12 Derek Griffith

Bond Auto Parts (Last car on Lead Lap $100.00) 40 Mike Mitchell

Coilover (Feature winner $300.00) 60 DJ Shaw

Embroidery Expertee’s (3rd Place $ 50.00) 00 Bryan Kruczek

Five Star Bodies (5th Place $50.00) 82 Bobby Baillargeon

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner $25.00) 09 Jeremy Davis

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner $25.00) 60 DJ Shaw

MacLellan Metal Finishing (Heat Winner $25.00) 12 Derek Griffith

Magnus Racing (2nd Place $100.00) 12 Derek Griffith

Powertrain (4th Place $100.00) 29 Barry Gray

RB Performance  (3rd Place $50.00) 00 Bryan Kruczek

RB Performance (7th Place $50.00) 14 Bobby Cabral

Seymour Performance (Random Draw $50.00) 51 NH Jeremy Harclerode

Sherwood Wheels (Most Laps Lead) 12 Derek Griffith

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel) 09 Jeremy Davis

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel)) 60 DJ Shaw

Sunoco (Heat Winner 5 Gal Sunoco Fuel) 12 Derek Griffith

VDL Fuel (5th Place $100.00) 82 Bobby Baillargeon

Nocella Dominates Seekonk For Third VMRS Win

Seekonk, MA — Anthony Nocella passed early race leader Dan Meservey Jr. after a lap-38 caution flag, and went on to dominate the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned 100-lap race at Seekonk Speedway, Saturday night, June 5.

The win was the third (VMRS) victory for the Woburn Massachusetts driver whose last win was August 15,2015. Nocella becomes the fourth different driver to win in four races this season.

By virtue of winning the first heat race, Meservey started on the pole and looked impressive early on until Nocella took command. The #92 Nocella Paving Chevrolet became the target with the series top guns giving chase.

Chris Pasteryak chased the race leaders until a lap 73 flat tire knocked him from contention. Then Richard Savary, Woody Pitkat, Chase Dowling and Dave Schneider gave chase.

In the late stages, Jon McKennedy hunted down the race leader after being involved in contact with another car on lap-61. McKennedy pitted, went to the rear of the field, and then electrified the crowd as he attempted to get back to the front. By lap-70 he was 11th, lap-80 fourth, and on lap-93 was challenging Savary leading to a side-by-side duel until McKennedy slipped by.

With a win in his heat race and starting the race inside second row, the night belonged to Nocella in convincing style.

“My guys gave me a great car. Normally I don’t like to start up front. Want to save the tires as best you can,” said Nocella.

Nocella spoke about being the driver in front and dealing with (8) caution flags bringing the field closer to the leader. “ You don’t want to slip a shift. we’ve had that happen before and do not want to spin the tires. Keep the car straight. Each restart I was able to keep the lead and keep it at a couple of car length advantage,” said Nocella “

My guys kept telling me who was coming up through and that Jon (McKennedy) had pitted. I knew he would be coming hard. Make him work for it if he was going to get to us.”

Nocella did not plan to enter the Seekonk race because of a commitment to a dirt midget series in the Midwest. “ A six night series, we flipped, and ended up coming home. I asked my guys if they wanted to go to Seekonk and we ended up coming here and it worked out good for us.”

McKennedy, Savary, Pitkat, and Schneider, rounded the top five with Dowling, Todd Patnode, Kyle, James, Russ Hersey, and Todd Annarummo, finishing sixth through tenth.

Heat race winners were Meservey, Carl Medeiros Jr, and Nocella. No consolation race. All 26 cars started the event.

Eight caution flags slowed the race that was completed just less than 55 minutes.

19-cars finished on the lead lap

Race Summary:

Seekonk Speedway

June 4, 2016

Entrants (26)

Caution Flags (8) Laps – 38, 41,45, 49,60,61,73,87

Time of Race: 54.52.618

Best Lap Time: Nocella 12.279

Margin of Victory:  1.360

Lap Leaders: Meservey (1-38) Nocella (39-100)

EMERLING, WILSON, WYLIE & BARTEL WIN AT LANCASTER

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 4, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway’s stock car program returned to action on Saturday following a week off for the Memorial Day holiday. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. picked up his third-straight win of the season in the Sunoco Sportsman. Dave Wilson of Hamburg, N.Y. earned his second-straight win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Jake Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y. scored his second win of the season at Lancaster in the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks. Rich Bartel of Depew, N.Y. was declared the winner of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature.

Sherri Hogan and Tommy Catalano led the 17-car Sunoco Sportsman field to the initial green flag for the 35-lap feature. A couple of cautions slowed the opening the laps of the race before the leaders settled in for a long green flag run. Catalano took command of the field with Billy Burd and Patrick Emerling eventually moving into second and third place.

The trio of Catalano, Burd and Emerling took off from the pack as the race neared the halfway point. They ran nose-to-tail until the caution flew on lap 25 for a spin by Owen Bednasz. Catalano and Burd lined up on the front row for the restart with Burd stealing the lead from the outside pole. Burd then survived three more late race restarts to cross the finish line first.

In post-race inspection Burd and third place finisher, Neal Dietz, Jr., were disqualified. This handed Emerling his third Sunoco Sportsman win in a row. Kevin Miller, who flew up from Mooresville, N.C. to race, finished second. Amy Catalano, Tommy Catalano and Sherri Hogan rounded out the top five.

The Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature had a similar theme with three cars pulling away from the field. Pole sitter Dennis Londos led from the drop of the green flag with Dave Wilson and Mark Hoch hooking up with Londos in a three-car breakaway. Wilson passed Londos for the lead on lap 18 and held on for the final seven laps to get his second win in a row.

Jake Wylie picked up his second win in a row at Lancaster in the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks. Wylie started on the pole and led all 30 laps in the feature. He faced challenges from Tommy Krawczyk and Tim Gullo along the way, but Wylie could not be beat. Krawczyk and Gullo had to settle for second and third, followed by Ryan Lagoda and Joe Mancuso.

Rich Bartel was declared the winner of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature after initial winner Tim Durfy was disqualified in post-race inspection. Third place finisher Kevin Bainbridge was also disqualified for failing tech.

Lancaster’s next stock car event is Saturday, June 18 with the Joe Reilly Memorial Sportsman Summer Slam 75 as the Sunoco Sportsman will do battle in their longest race of the season. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will join the race program that night.

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).

RESULTS

SUNOCO SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Patrick Emerling, Tommy Catalano

Feature: PATRICK EMERLING, Kevin Miller, Amy Catalano, Tommy Catalano, Sherri Hogan, Bobby Lippa, Jr., Mike Rogers, Tim Nies, Jayme Thompson, Mark Pennell, Jake Lyon, Owen Bednasz, Jake Vernon, John Barber DQ: Billy Burd, Neal Dietz, Jr. DNS: Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Andy Cryan, Dave Wilson

Feature: DAVE WILSON, Mark Hoch, Dennis Londos, Keith Flanigan, Alex Morris, Andy Cryan, Terry Weldy, Ken Maltby, Trevor Pettit, Tommy Wentland, Lou Carbone, Don Sitarski, Rick Meyers, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Ed Culliton, Heather Weber, Mike Dalfonso, Sr., Jerome Hruby

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Rich Bartel, Frank Prell

Feature: RICH BARTEL, Bobby Hanel, Jr., Chris Bugenhagen, Chris Pennell, Frank Prell, Billy Anderson, Jason Anasiewicz, Howard Guthrie, Jim Dauer, Dan Dressel, Billy McNerney, Zach Cleversley, Laurie Krol DQ: Tim Durfy, Kevin Bainbridge

RACE OF CHAMPIONS BIG 10 SUPER STOCKS

Heat Winner: Jake Wylie, Tim Gullo

Feature: JAKE WYLIE, Tommy Krawczyk, Tim Gullo, Ryan Lagoda, Joe Mancuso, Jay Mudra, Robert Fink, Vern Headdrick, Pete Pieczysnki, Chuck Tripp, Bobby Schosek, Josh Hunter, Jeff Whalen, Ron Richter DNS: Timmy Catalano

PHOTOS ATTACHED BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI
LNS0604-1: Sportsman winner Patrick Emerling 
LNS0604-2: Jake Wylie won the Big 10 Super Stock feature
LNS0604-3: Dave Wilson won again in the Street Stocks

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