Eric Beers scores second straight Mahoning Modified win

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Mike Sweeney extends win total to eight with Late Models; Ricky Yetter claims Dirt Mod title

(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 9-26-15) Eric Beers turned in a very impressive drive, coming from 12th to first in just 11 laps and then continued on to a dominating 3-second margin of victory. It was his second consecutive win and fifth of the season.

Beers may have had no one in sight of him, however, being in the thick of a very tight point battle and with just one race to go, he had his own concern and quickly turned to see who had parked behind him while in Victory Lane. Once seeing it was point leader Earl Paules, he knew the win was good but realized he still had his work cut out for him for a shot at another title.

“He’s (Paules) is still ahead of me and there’s more pressure on him then me. We’re going to go after him as good as we can,” said Beers, who sits third in the standings behind Paules and Austin Kochenash.

When the race got underway Chip Santee picked up the opening lap lead. Only one lap was scored before the yellow was waving for an incident that involved title hopeful Don Wagner and Brian DeFebo. Wagner got hit from behind and then slammed into DeFebo in turn four. Also collected was Calvin Carroll. Wagner was double-towed back to the pits and returned without losing a lap, thanks to a lengthy clean up. He then soldiered on to a 13th place tally.

That would be turn out to be the only caution of the race. Santee still led once the action resumed but Beers was clearly on a mission. On the restart he was in 11th but began picking off cars in quick order. By lap four he was in the top five. Three laps later he was running second and swiftly zeroed in on Santee.

After a few circuits of hugging Santee’s rear bumper, Beers then took the low line in turn three and executed his race winning pass by the completion of lap 11. From there on he was in a race of his own as the Freightliner No. 45 was one-sided to his counterparts.

“Once we get a nice rhythm going it’s a fun car to drive. It was good not to see a caution. All the lanes opened up tonight and we showed ‘em what we had,” said Beers.

“We worked really hard the last few weeks to get the car better and better and it’s getting close. We have a little bit more tweaking to do and it will be right where we want it. Hats off to my crew who put a great car under me tonight.”

It was the 45th career Mahoning win for Beers and the 20th time he was able to give his car owners Dave and Laura DeLange and feature victory.

“They’re the greatest car owners I’ve ever driven for. They’re great people and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to race for them,” said Beers.

Paules was able to take second spot after a close battle between himself, Santee and Kyle Strohl. On lap 22 the trio went three wide that almost became disastrous for all. Santee and Paules had been running side-by-side with Strohl right behind. The inside lane had slightly opened and Strohl took the chance to move in. As he did he bumped into Santee who then did the same to Paules. Amazingly all three kept pointed in the right direction, although Santee would fall off the pace. Paules took second spot from that point while Strohl raced home third.

“Eric (Beers) was just making holes and we were trying to go with him. When you’re point racing it’s only five points from first to second so he gained only five points tonight and I’m not really worried. I just have to keep those guys in front of me and hopefully it will all take care of itself,” said Paules, who is 25 points to the good heading into the finale.

Mike Sweeney made sure the Late Model championship fight will be decided at the season point finale as he captured his class leading eighth win of the year and will face off against Paul Koehler Jr. for the crown.

Sweeney took control of the lead with an outside pass on Kenny Hein with 12 complete and then sailed smoothly ahead the rest of the way. 

Koehler was able to secure second with four laps to go but had nothing for Sweeney. Hein had his best night of the year, running in the lead early on and maintained second until the final circuits.

Jamie Smith began and finished the Street Stock feature in first place. Smith was able to lead all 30 laps for his first win of the season and also becomes the 19th different race winner of the year. Jonathan Tracey was on Smith’s tail over the final laps and took second with Joe Mooney third.

In the Dirt Mods it was Aleia Geisler taking her second win of the season. Geisler started second but was leading by the end of lap one. Afterwards there was no stopping the talented lady racer as she was way too powerful to catch. Runner up Jack Ely did make a late race try but Geisler was not to be denied.

By virtue of his heat win, Ricky Yetter was able to clinch the 2015 championship despite one more race to go.

For the first time in nearly 10 years Josh Scherer has returned to Victory Lane, taking the top spot in the 20-lap Pro 4 main. Scherer led from lap two and was able to hold off Bobby Kibler Jr., by a slim margin.

Shayne Geist scored his fifth Hobby Stock win of the season, keeping his brother, Cody Geist at bay by a half car length. For Cody it wasn’t a total loss as he heads in the next week’s finale tops in points and in a solid position to win the class championship.

Larry Fisher made his first Mahoning start in over 10 years a good one as he cruised to victory in the Small Car Enduro.

Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Eric Beers, 2. Earl Paules, 3. Kyle Strohl, 4. Kris Graver, 5. Roger Heffelfinger Jr., 6. Austin Kochenash, 7. John Markovic, 8. Lou Strohl, 9. Kevin Rex Jr., 10. Todd Baer, 11. Terry Markovic, 12. Eric Kocher, 13. Don Wagner, 14. Matt Higgins, 15. Chip Santee, 16. Tony Zatsko, 17. Broc Brown, 18. Brian DeFebo, 19. Don Wagner, 20. Calvin Carroll

Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Paul Koehler Jr., 3. Kenny Hein, 4. Jeremy Miller, 5. George Ramos, 6. Barry Kutz, 7. Broc Brown, 8. Jacob Kerstetter, 9. Travis Fisher, 10. Darryl Bruenig, 11. Troy Bollinger, 12. Don Wagner, 13. Geno Steigerwalt DNS: Greg Steigerwalt

Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Jamie Smith, 2. Jonathan Tracey, 3. Joe Mooney, 4. Kristy Arthofer, 5. Joe Stangle, 6. Randy Schlenker, 7. Aaron Kromer, 8. Zach Graver, 9. TJ Gursky, 10. Todd Ahner, 11. Jared Ahner, 12. Gene Bowers, 13. Jason Frey, 14. Randy Ahner Jr., 15. Brian Labar, 16. Jillian Long, 17. Stacey Brown, 18. Jason Kuhn, 19. Chris Steigerwalt. 20. Josh Mooney DNQ: Mark Martini, Corey Edelman, Logan Boyer, George Ramos, Jeremy Scheckler

Dirt Mod Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Aleia Geisler, 2. Jack Ely, 3. Mike Stofflet, 4. Lorin Arthofer II, 5. Scott Adams, 6. Ricky Yetter, 7. John Banashefski, 8. Dave Gorbatuk, 9. Bill Sittler Jr., 10. Billy Lasko, 11. JP Curry, 12. Scott Hyland

Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Josh Scherer, 2. Bobby Kibler Sr., 3. JD Light, 4. Jake Kibler, 5. Bobby Kibler Jr., 6. Johnny Bennett, 7. TJ Kemmerer, 8. Eric Danyluk, 9. Kailyn Beers, 10. Cody Kohler, 11. Nick Baer

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (15 Laps): 1. Shayne Geist, 2. Cody Geist, 3. Michael Wambold, 4. Ken Reeder, 5. Rich Mutarelli, 6. Kyle Krempasky, 7. Thomas Hunsicker Jr., 8. Jeff Biegley, 9. Lyndsay Buss, 10. Steve Tito, 11. Waylon Speer, 12. Nicole Quinter, 13. Seth VanFossen, 14. Ryan Berger, 15. Bob Azarowitz, 16. Ron Heeter, 17. Kyle Scisco, 18. Devon Schmidt DNS: Tom Cavagnino

GEOFF BODINE TO RETURN AS GRAND MARSHALL FOR THE 65TH SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS 200

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BODINE A NATURAL FIT FOR CHEMUNG SPEEDROME EVENT.

BINGHAMTON, NY…Two-time Sunoco Race of Champions winner Geoff Bodine will be returning to the place he grew up as the Grand Marshall of the 65th Sunoco Race of Champions 200 this Sunday, October 4th.  For the first time the Chemung Speedrome will host the storied event, a race track originally built by the Bodine family and later re-built and opened by Bob Stapleton.

Bodine, a two time winner of the Sunoco Race of Champions will be returning to his roots for the 65th edition of the RoC.  His victories in the 1972 RoC at Trenton Speedway and the 1978 edition at Pocono solidified his standing as one of the greatest open wheel Modified drivers of all time.  His victory in the 1986 Daytona 500 came as no surprise to the northern race fans that saw him in action behind the wheel.  Bodine also had three International Race of Champions victories which pitted the best names in the world auto racing scene during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

“I’m looking forward to returning home for the RoC weekend,” said Bodine.  He added, “It will be great to be part of the first ever RoC 200 being hosted at Chemung.”  Race of Champions Director Andrew Harpell commented, “Geoff has provided our race fans with some amazing drives during his career and we are thrilled to have him returning for the weekend.”  He added, “This clearly has special meaning to him and his family with their connection and contributions to Modified racing.”

In July Race of Champions Director Andrew Harpell announced the change of venue from the long time host Oswego Speedway to the Chemung Speedrome.  After 20 plus years Harpell will conclude his involvement with the event this October as western, New York auto racing industry leader Joe Skotnicki has purchased the rights to the event. The sale will become official in January.  Harpell commented on the venue change, “We wanted to bring the event to the loyal fans of the southern tier region of New York and the Chemung Speedrome was a great fit.  We cannot wait to put on the 65th RoC this Sunday.”  He added, “So many great teams and fans have come out of our region to support the race over the years.  This is my personal way of saying thanks by hosting the event in this area.

The Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Chemung Speedrome in Chemung, New York.  On Friday there will be no racing activities but there will be a Chicken BBQ presented by Phil’s Chicken House famous BBQ.  Driver registration and pre-event ticket sales will continue on Friday at the Chemung Speedrome offices.

On Saturday the Race of Champions Sportsman 125 lap feature event will take center stage highlighting many of the weekly Chemung stars in competition.  Teams from all over the northeast will be on hand for that event.  The biggest INEX Legends Car event in the northeast will also be on the Saturday evening card.  Their 30 lap event will see one of the richest purse payouts in the entire northeast for the teams in competition.  Chris Zacharias has posted bonus money for the “Shirley Shootout” B-Main event that will see every non-qualifying Legend Car driver receiving some cash for their attempt to make the show.  Teams from six different states have shown interest in the Legend Showdown at the Drome presented by PA Notary Services.

Also on Saturday the Bandolero division will be in competition along with a Four Cylinder Open.  Area businessman Jerry Sinsabugh has raised over $700 in bonus money and gift certificates for all of the young competitor’s in the Bandolero division.  This will be an outstanding event for both of those classes as well.  Racing on Saturday will get underway at 6 p.m.

On Sunday the Chemung Speedrome will become the focus of all eyes in northeast auto racing as the 65th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will take center stage.  The 200 lap event will pay a minimum of $10,000 to win with a driver able to walk away with well over $15,000 with additional posted bonus lap money.  The Race of Champions is the second longest consecutively run auto racing event in the United States.  Second only to the Indy 500.  The Super Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders will be part of the Sunday action with racing set to begin at 2:15 p.m.

The Race of Champions offices can be contacted at 607-775-5555 or by emailing the office at rocpavement@aol.com.  Tickets can be purchased by phoning the speedway offices and using your major credit card.  A full weekend schedule and pricing can be found at www.raceofchampionsweekend.com.  Kids 5 and younger will be admitted FREE of charge both days!

 

REED WINS WALL STADIUM MODIFIED TITLE; HOPKINSON GRABS FEATURE WIN

wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Overcoming both a wrist injury early in the season and being involved in a wreck in the Saturday’s final 40-lap main event to finish sixth Jackson’s Steven Reed raced to his first ever Downs Ford Modified stock car driving championship at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Derek Hopkinson of Toms River bounced back from three major wrecks during the campaign to win the Saturday night series finale.

Holmdel’s Andrew Krause led the initial 27 laps of the contest, fighting off several challenges early, before spinning from the lead when his car and Hopkinson’s touched exiting the second turn. Hopkinson then raced to the win over Eric Mauriello and Jimmy Blewett, both of Howell, early challenger Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y. and Brick’s Ron Frees.

Reed held the point lead going into the event with former champ Chas Okerson and Mauriello in contention. All three had a shot at the title during the contest but each had their own on-track problems. Reed’s turning point came on lap 22 when he was involved in a tangle exiting turn two. Reed’s crew performed quick right front suspension damage repair so that he could return to the track and advance to sixth for the title.

“I’ve always raced to win and let the points take care of themselves,” Reed said. “This one is for my sponsors, crew and especially my mom and dad. The crew did a great job fixing this thing and my mom and dad put their hearts into the car.”

After losing the point lead in the next to the last race of the point series Andrew Krause returned to win the driving title in the Snap-on Sportsman division finishing second to race winner Larry Thompson of Parlin. Defending champ Kevin Davison of Howell went into the contest with the point lead but was involved in an early race accident. That left title contenders Krause and Shanon Mongeau of Jackson to battle for second on the track and for first for the season.

This one boiled over with a late race caution when the duo touched in turn one with Mongeau spinning as the result. That clinched Krause’s first ever driving crown. Trevor Alspach of Willingboro claimed third in the race followed by Howell’s Chris Lane and Mongeau. Davison returned after repairs to finish ninth.

25 year veteran driver Joe Mongeau of Brick fought a stumbling motor due to a carburetor issue to finish seventh and win his first ever driving title in the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg led this one for 20-laps before former champ Scott Riggleman of Manchester took the lead and raced the final 5-laps to the win. Stanzione, Brick’s Rich Mongeau, Whitey Miller of Jamesburg and title contender Joey Helberg of Union completed the top five.

The race for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Car title came down to the race for the lead in the 25-lap main events. Contenders Brian Spencer of Edison and Howell’s Robert French wrestled for the lead for much of the race before French motored to the front for good on lap 19 to claim his first ever crown. Pennsylvania’s Mitchell Dowd slipped into second late in the race while Spencer settled for third. Whiting’s Casey Robicheau and Nick Van Wickle wrapped up the top five.

An emotional Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth celebrated his first ever Elite Maintenance Limited Late Model driving title after finishing sixth in the 25-lapper. Two-time and defending champ Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. won the race while Jackson’s Howie Conk, early leader Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood, Wall’s Cole Ormsbee and Mike Tillett completed the top five.

Brick’s Ronnie Mullen clinched the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stock driving title by finishing second to Lavallette’s Christian LaCicero in the 25-lap main event. Brick’s Mike Bilello, contender TJ Graves of Wall and Brick’s Robert Sutphin were third through fifth. Mullen also won a Legend Cars race for drivers over age 40.

With the 2015 Saturday night season complete the shore speedway now focuses on post-season events. An automotive flea market is set for Saturday, October 10, before the speedway hosts the annual “Spooky Spectacular” stock car race program on Saturday afternoon, October 24. Spectator seating opens at noon with qualifying and main events to follow.

The “Awards Dinner” will then be enjoyed on Sunday, November 1, and the annual “Turkey Derby” will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visitingwallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

 

MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. DEREK HOPKINSON, TOMS RIVER, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Ken Matlach, 5. Ron Frees, 6. Steven Reed, 7. Trevor Alspach, 8. Jason Treat, 9. Chas Okerson, 10. Shanon Mongeau, 11. Renee Dupuis, 12. Keith Mulleneaux, 13. Kevin Davison, 14. Andrew Krause, 15. Jonathan Mandato, 16. Adam LaCicero, 17. Justin Gumley, 18. Shawna Ingraham, 19. Jason Hearne, 20. Zack Alspach

CHAMPION: STEVEN REED, JACKSON

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. LARRY THOMPSON, PARLIN, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Trevor Alspach, 4. Chris Lane, 5. Shanon Mongeau, 6. Robby Walton, 7. Scott Brannick, 8. Rob Silver, 9. Kevin Davison, 10. Matt Langbein, 11. Ricky Collins, 12. Jarret DeGiantomasso, 13. Eric Lane, 14. Kenny Van Wickle, 15. Tyler Truex, 16. Chris Owsik, 17. Tim Stephan, 18. Dave Bailey, 19. Joe King, Jr.

CHAMPION: ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SCOTT RIGGLEMAN, MANCHESTER, 2. Jerry Stanzione, 3. Rich Mongeau, 4. Whitey Miller, 5. Joey Helberg, 6. Bob Haberstick, 7. Joe Mongeau, 8. Tim O’Shea, 9. Tiffany Olejnik, 10. Richie Byrne, 11. Marty Van Druten, 12. Gerry Koenig, 13. John Bowers, 14. Darren Cox, 15. Rick Patterson, 16. Tom Rajkowski, 17. Josh Matthews, 18. Tony Bartone, 19. Matt Badessa, 20. Bill Bruer, 21. Scott Maher, 22. Bill Stockert, 23. Ronnie Mullen

CHAMPION, JOE MONGEAU, BRICK

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL, 2. Mitchell Dowd, 3. Brian Spencer, 4. Casey Robicheau, 5. Nick Van Wickle, 6. Malcolm Campbell, 7. Peter Bruno, 8. Art Marrero, 9. Steven Woytysiak, 10. Roger Nickerson, 11. James Van Wickle, 12. Matt Marzano, 13. Beth MacFarlane, 14. Raven Schrantz, 15. Chris Gall, 16. Lowbed Johnson

CHAMPION: ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL

4 CYLINDER STOCKS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. CHRISTIAN LACICERO, LAVALLETTE, 2. Ronnie Mullen, 3. Mike Bilello, 4. TJ Graves, 5. Robert Sutphin, 6. Fred Cannock, 7. Darren Burdge, 8. Todd Pilla, 9. Mike Lavery, 10. JC Duvall, 11. Darianne, McLaren, 12. Jason Lane, 13. James Rudd

CHAMPION: RONNIE MULLEN, BRICK

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRIAN DOYLE, RONKONKOMA, NY, 2. Howie Conk, 3. Bill Vanderveen, 4. Cole Ormsbee, 5. Mike Tillett, 6. Anthony Crimaldi, 7. John Parker, 8. Michelle Moorman, 9. Jim Moorman, 10. JR Nixon

CHAMPION: ANTHONY CRIMALDI, PORT MONMOUTH

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