COTE WINS THE BATTLE, DACHENHAUSEN WINS THE WAR IN BETHEL FINALE

Bethel LogoBETHEL, NY – John Cote, the 2013 BMS Modified champion at Bethel Motor Speedway, headed into this past weekend’s finale at the quarter-mile asphalt oval as the only competitor mathematically able to challenge Ed Dachenhausen for this year’s title. It was, however, a long shot. With 75 points separating the two heading into the last night and a total of 80 points up for grabs, all Dachenhausen had to do was take the green in each of the twin 25-lap features.
Dachenhausen did more than take the green, though, and Cote certainly gave him a run for his money.
In the first segment race, Cote took the lead on the initial lap, with Dachenhausen right behind him. The two put on a battle for the lead that kept fans on the edges of their seats over the entire race distance. Dachenhausen remained within striking distance of Cote, but was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Cote drove on to the win over Dachenhausen and Frank James.
Dachenhausen took the lead at the drop of the green in the second segment race, leaving Cote to give chase. The pair continued to test one another lap after lap, until heartbreak struck for Dachenhausen when he experienced engine problems with just six laps to go and he shut the car down and retired from the race. Cote went on to win the second race, with Chris Chirico in second.
Dachenhausen claimed the 2015 BMS Modified title, with Cote second and Blair Culhane third in the final standings.
Jerry Curry was able to officially claim the championship in the 358/Sportsman class after second place rival Kyle Redner was unable to make it to the finale due to a prior obligation to compete during the final Super Dirt Week at Syracuse (NY). Dan Dulin, who headed into the night third in points, had already been mathematically eliminated from the chase for the title.
Mill put on a dominating performance all night, taking the lead from Dulin just past the halfway point of the first race and powering his way to the win over Dulin and Rich Coons. In the second segment race, Mill grabbed the lead on the initial lap and managed to lap the entire field during the caution-free 25-lap affair. Curry was second in that segment, and Dulin was third.
In the final season standings, Curry led the way with an 88-point advantage over Dan Dulin, who took over second in Redner’s absence. Redner wound out the season third in points.
Kenny Atkins secured his first Pro Stock championship, needing only to take the green in both segment races in order to guarantee the title. Atkins, the 2010 Rookie of the Year in the division, finished second in points in the past two seasons.
Ed Butler picked up his seventh win of the season in the first segment race, leading every lap of the caution-free event with Atkins hot on his heels. Larry O’Donnell, driving a car he had just purchased from Atkins, wound up third in the first segment.
Riverhead (NY) Raceway regular CJ Lehmann made his first-ever trip to Bethel worthwhile, as he picked up the win in the second segment race. Lehmann started on the outside pole and wasted no time getting out front. Jim Helt gave chase over the entire race distance but had to be content with second. Butler was third.
In the final tally, Atkins ended the season 63 points ahead of Helt. Rookie Mac Crawson wound up third in the point standings.
In Street Stock action, Walt Henry picked up his fourth win of the season in the first segment race, while Tweeter Pallom won the second segment race. Vinny Stanton Jr. was the overall winner, as Pallom had gone down several laps during the first segment race.
Stanton Jr. led the first 24 laps of the first 25-lap segment race, but Henry was able to get in front by a nose coming to the checkered flag. Stanton Jr. had to be content with second, while Steve Smalley was third to cross the line. In only his second start of the season, Pallom took the lead with just six laps complete in the second segment, leading Stanton Jr. to the line. Smalley collected another third place finish.
Prior to the final night’s events, Gary VanOrden had already secured the 2015 title over his daughter, defending division champion Amber VanOrden. The pair finished the season in a tie in the standings, with the elder VanOrden claiming the title by virtue of ten feature wins, while his daughter recorded four wins. Smalley, in his first full season of competition at Bethel, was third in the final standings.
The points battle in the 4 Cylinder Advanced class literally came down to the final event, as Mike Travis and Dan Curry both entered the night with a mathematical shot to win the title. Curry took down the win in the first segment, gaining 24 points on Travis, who retired from the event early. The tables were reversed in the second segment, as Curry retired early for an overheating issue, while Travis went on to win the race and the division crown. Tim Curry claimed the overall win for the night’s events.
Curry took the lead three laps into the first segment race and drove on to the win over Brian Bauernfeind and Greg Cohen. In the second segment race, Charlie Houghtaling, Ivan Guerra, and T. Curry before Travis grabbed it on the white flag lap to take down the win over T. Curry and Jerry Kingeter.
Travis finished the season 43 markers ahead of D. Curry in the points. Bauernfeind, who was the 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion, was third in the final standings.
With second-place finishes in each of the two segment races, David Donovan grabbed the title in the 4 Cylinder Novice class. In the first segment, Travis Cogswell took down his first career win. Cogswell took the lead with four laps remaining in the event, and crossed the line ahead of Donovan and Jessey Torrens. James Curry led every lap of the second segment event to claim the victory over Donovan and Cogswell.
Donovan ended the season 79 points ahead of Dan Houghtaling. John Houghtaling was third in the final standings, just six points out of second.
To cap off the night, several members of the track crew took part in a 20-lap officials’ 4 cylinder race. Jonathan McGibbon was scored as the leader for the first 15 laps, although Martin Chevalier was alongside him challenging for the lead for the majority of that time. Over the final laps, McGibbon and Chevalier traded the spot at the line several times, as George Van Arsdall sat in third, waiting for an opportunity to get by. Chevalier took over the top spot for good with two laps remaining and took down the win over McGibbon and Van Arsdall.
Bethel Motor Speedway will close out its 2015 season with the 3rd annual Fall Finale Car Show and Swap Meet this coming Sunday, October 18th. Gates open at 12 noon, with car show judging beginning at 2 pm. Car entry is just $10, with all types of vehicles welcome. There will be a $200 prize for Best in Show. Vendor spots are also available, and vendors are welcome to sell any types of items – from cars and parts to household or even commercial items.
The 2015 awards banquet is slated for Saturday, December 5th. More details on the banquet will be posted in the coming week at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com.
BMS MODIFIED OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. John Cote (New Milford, CT), 2. Chris Chirico, 3. Ed Dachenhausen, 4. Steve Galgano, 5. Frank James. DNS – Robbie Konikowski, Joe DeGracia. SEGMENT WINNERS – John Cote (2).
358/SPORTSMAN OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY), 2. Jerry Curry, 3. Dan Dulin, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Paul Knox. SEGMENT WINNERS – Rick Mill (2).
PRO STOCK OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. CJ Lehmann (Medford, NY), 2. Jim Helt, 3. Ed Butler, 4. Kenny Atkins, 5. Larry O’Donnell, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Rick Bradley, 8. Glenn Richard, 9. Arthur McArthur. SEGMENT WINNERS – Ed Butler, CJ Lehmann.
STREET STOCK OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. Vinny Stanton Jr. (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Steve Smalley, 3. Walt Henry, 4. Billy Porter, 5. Tweeter Pallom, 6. Kyle Welsch, 7. Jay Smalley. SEGMENT WINNERS – Walt Henry, Tweeter Pallom.
4 CYLINDER ADVANCED OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. Tim Curry (Liberty, NY), 2. Eddy Lindstadt, 3. Greg Cohen, 4. Walt Henry, 5. Eddy Lindstadt, 6. Brent Shaddock, 7. Charlie Houghtaling, 8. Ivan Guerra, 9. Brian Bauernfeind, 10. Dan Curry, 11. Mike Travis, 12. Charles Hummel Sr., 13. Tasha Curry, 14. Cody Houghtaling, 15. George VanAken. SEGMENT WINNERS – Dan Curry, Mike Travis.
4 CYLINDER NOVICE OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. James Curry (Woodbourne, NY), 2. David Donovan, 3. Travis Cogswell, 4. Jessey Torrens, 5. Lee Cogswell, 6. Austin Zweck, 7. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 8. Johnny Bankich, 9. Charles Hummel Jr., 10. James Sweeney, 11. Dan Houghtaling, 12. James Shields, 13. Keith Unger, 14. John Houghtaling, 15. Dan VanAken.
OFFICIALS’ 4 CYLINDER FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Martin Chevalier (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Jonathan McGibbon, 3. George Van Arsdall, 4. Ric Ryder, 5. Woody McGibbon, 6. DJ VanWolde, 7. Rob Kachelreiss, 8. Tiffany Cabrera, 9. Brett Hughes, 10. Andrew Van Arsdall.

Friesen Closes New York State Fairgrounds History With Fourth Syracuse 200 Victory

Super Dirt LogoBig-Block Modified Star Adds To Legend With $50,000 NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV Triumph

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Oct. 11, 2015 – No one hates to see the end of the one-mile New York State Fairgounds oval more than Stewart Friesen.

The 32-year-old Canadian who now lives in Sprakers, N.Y., closed the venerable track’s rich motorsports history on Sunday by putting his name in the conversation of best to ever tour the speedway, winning the 44th annual Syracuse 200 Big-Block Modified spectacular and its $50,000 top prize for the fourth time in the last six years.

“You don’t want to lose a racetrack when you’re good at a racetrack,” said Friesen, acknowledging the razing of the Moody Mile – the State of New York is using its space as part of a multi-million-dollar Fairgrounds reconstruction project – after Sunday’s grand finale. “This place is why I always wanted to race a Modified. I love this place, so I don’t want it to be gone.

“But at least we’ll always have this day to remember. To see this grandstand packed to capacity, it gave me chills just riding around during the four-wide (pace lap). To be back up here on this stage (as the winner) of the last race is just a totally unbelievable feeling.”

Friesen made his winning move on lap 174, charging around the outside of Waterloo, N.Y.’s Matt Sheppard rounding turns three and four to assume command for good. He was never seriously challenged during the 23-lap run of green-flag racing that concluded an event that was plagued by 20 caution flags for 84 laps.

Kenny Tremont of West Sand Lake, N.Y., chased Friesen after sliding past Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., for second place on lap 178 and closed to within about five car lenths of Friesen’s car entering turn one on the final lap, but the 1999 event winner lost ground clearing a lapped car between the corners and crossed the finish line 1.019 seconds behind the victor.

Phelps settled for a third-place finish 24 hours after scoring his first-ever feature win at the Syracuse Mile in the Salute to the Troops 358-Modified Championship 150. Six-time Syracuse 200 champion Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., climbed as high as third after making a late pit stop on lap 113 but couldn’t maintain his speed in the late stages due to a sealed tire and a loss of brakes and finished fourth, and four-time race winner Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., finished fifth after rallying from a flat tire that caused him to slow and bring out a caution flag on lap 92 while running fourth.

The victory was by no means easy for Friesen, who not only battled through the seemingly endless starts-and-stops of the race’s numerous caution periods but also a temperamental Jeff Daley-owned Teo-Pro car. The machine might have been the same one he steered to the checkered in the 2014 Syracuse 200, but, while he didn’t exactly flop around like a listless mermaid for the first half of the race, it took some toil to make it a winner again.

“My guys worked so hard all week,” said Friesen, who started from the outside pole. “We changed a reared this morning. We rescaled and worked on the car all day (before the race). And we were junk at the beginning, so we changed tires and (crew chief) Matty Hearn (of Teo-Pro Cars) came down and we spun some turns and man, the thing just came alive. We were able to pick ’em off and roll.”

Friesen pitted on lap 73 and again on lap 95, putting him behind such rivals as Sheppard and Phelps who eschewed the second stop in favor of running the final 127 circuits on a tank of fuel. But Friesen wasn’t fazed by his long second stop, which he used to his advantage.

“We took tires, we adjusted wedge,” Friesen said. “We just did a lot of stuff to make our race car better.”

Friesen and his team were flexible enough to trade the safe play of a quick gas-and-go stop to gain track position in favor of a more involved pit visit that could significantly improve their car. It’s a philosophy that Friesen has employed throughout his current run of wild Syracuse success.

“I think the biggest key to winning here is to go into it with an open mind and not with a game plan,” said Friesen, who previously won the Syracuse 200 in 2010, ’11 and ’14. “A lot of other guys go into it with a game plan: ‘We’re gonna do this, we’re gonna do this and we’re gonna do this.’ But we always go in and say, ‘We’re gonna shoot from the hip and see how it goes.’

“Early our race car wasn’t good, so we had a list of changes we wanted to make. We went and did stuff, we changed and adjusted our race car and it worked out.”

Friesen was a relatively quiet sixth with just 50 laps remaining, but he vaulted to fourth on lap 154 and surged past Hearn for third on a lap-166 restart. He flashed past Phelps for second on the inside of turns three and four on lap 173 and then sailed around the outside of the same corners one circuit later to take the lead from Sheppard, who had set the pace since lap 113 when Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., pitted after leading from lap 73.

The ease with with Friesen overtook Sheppard surprised him, but there was a reason for that. Sheppard’s car had begun to slow due due to mechanical trouble and he retired several circuits later.

“I thought Sheppard ran out of gas, but he had an electrical problem so I feel bad for him there,” Friesen said of Sheppard, whose Al Heinke-owned car began popping noticeably at that point. “I seen the flames coming out and I thought, Man, he’s running out of gas, but that wasn’t it.”

Friesen still had to worry about the 53-year-old Tremont, who kept Friesen in his sights throughout the race’s late stages. But Tremont couldn’t summon the speed to become a two-time Syracuse 200 champion.

“I just couldn’t move around on the track like I needed to,” said Tremont, who made his 34th career start in the marquee Big-Block Modified event. “I needed to be a little bit more flexible. I was committed to the bottom and I pounded the crap out of that hole (on the inside of turn one) – if I hit it right I was OK, but sometimes I’d hit it wrong and it shot me out and I’d lose any momentum that I had.

“There were some spots where you could really get ahold of get a bit, and boy, then you could really accelerate. But then you’d hit a real slippery spot. Stewy knew all the bitey spots as well as I did and I just couldn’t catch him.”

A fixture at the Syracuse Mile throughout the history of NAPA Super DIRT Week, Tremont would have loved to end the track’s era with a victory. He was satisfied with a $25,000 runner-up finish, however.

“We’ve been here right from 1972 on and have a lot of fond memories,” said Tremont, who previous scored second-place finishes in the Syracuse 200 in 1993 and 2001. “We’re pretty proud to be a part of the history here.”

Friesen, of course, now figures prominently in any discussion of the Moody Mile’s storied past. He victory made him one of four drivers with four wins in the Syracuse 200 – joining Hearn, Decker and Floridian Gary Balough – and the lone driver to win the event in back-to-back years on two separate occasions.

“I wish there wasn’t a last win, but winning this was the goal,” said Friesen, whose four wins have come in just nine career starts since 2005. “We always try hard to win, but to win the last Syracuse – it’s, like, pretty cool.”

Early leaders of the 200 included polesitter Larry Wight of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who paced laps 1-22 and 24-46 before retiring on the 49th circuit due to a broken driveshaft; Carey Terrance of Hogansburg, N.Y., who nosed ahead of Wight to lead lap 23 but slowed four circuits later with a front-end trouble; and 2013 event winner Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y., who led laps 47-72 but made a couple unscheduled pit stops after slowing to bring out a caution flag on lap 117.

Dunn rallied to finish sixth, however. Gary Tomkins of Clifton Springs, N.Y., drove Mike Payne’s car to hard-charger honors after advancing from the 36th starting spot to a seventh-place finish. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was a quiet eighth-place finisher, falling short of a coveted Syracuse 200 victory that would have allowed him to join his father Bob as an event winner. Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, Pa., placed ninth after running third with just 50 laps remaining and Pat Ward of Genoa, N.Y., completed the top 10.

Sunday’s Syracuse 200 was taped for broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. A broadcast date will be announced in the near future.

With the upcoming demolition of the Syracuse Mile, DIRTcar officials previously announced that the 45th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week activities will be relocated to the newly-constructed half-mile Central New York Raceway Park in Hastings, N.Y., on Oct. 5-9, 2016.

For the latest news and updates about NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week and DIRTcar Racing, visit www.SuperDirtWeekOnline.com and www.DirtCar.com.

Syracuse 200 Finish

Pos

Start

Driver

Laps

Earnings

1

2

Stewart Friesen

200

$50,000

2

9

Kenny Tremont

200

$25,000

3

10

Jimmy Phelps

200

$15,000

4

8

Brett Hearn

200

$10,000

5

7

Billy Decker

200

$6,000

6

4

Billy Dunn

200

$4,000

7

36

Gary Tomkins

200

$3,600

8

12

Tim McCreadie

200

$3,400

9

15

Frank Cozze

200

$3,200

10

5

Pat Ward

200

$3,000

11

21

Rick Laubach

200

$2,800

12

23

Tim Fuller

200

$2,600

13

26

Justin Haers

200

$2,400

14

17

J.R Heffner

200

$2,200

15

25

Eddie Marshall

200

$2,000

16

16

Jimmy Horton

200

$1,900

17

18

John Ferrier

199

$1,800

18

27

Pierre Hebert

199

$1,700

19

42

Bob McGannon

197

$1,700

20

30

Rich Scagliotta

197

$1,700

21

14

Duane Howard

194

$1,600

22

43

Jamie Maier

192

$1,600

23

41

Tom Sears Jr.

185

$1,600

24

11

Keith Flach

184

$1,600

25

6

Matt Sheppard

179

$1,600

26

37

Peter Britten

176

$1,600

27

19

Ronnie Johnson

168

$1,600

28

20

Mat Williamson

156

$1,600

29

34

Andy Bachetti

155

$1,600

30

22

Dominick Buffalino

151

$1,600

31

32

Eldon Payne

144

$1,500

32

39

Mark Forte Jr

140

$1,500

33

38

Brian Swartout

139

$1,500

34

40

Jeff Rockefeller

131

$1,500

35

29

Danny Johnson

131

$1,500

36

35

Ryan Godown

111

$1,500

37

24

Dave Blaney

111

$1,500

38

13

Vic Coffey

102

$1,500

39

33

Tyler Dippel

72

$1,500

40

28

Rob Bellinger

62

$1,500

41

1

Larry Wight

49

$1,500

42

3

Carey Terrance

35

$1,500

43

31

Jessey Mueller

9

$1,500

44

44

Steve Paine

2

$1,500

Margin of Victory: 1.019
Time of Race: 3 hours, 20 minutes, 39.879 seconds
Lap Leaders: Wight (1-22); Terrance (23); Wight (24-46); Dunn (47-72); Fuller (73-112);
Sheppard (113-173); Friesen (174-200)
Caution Flags: 20 for 84 laps
Pole Award: Larry Wight ($1,000 – Pole Position Raceway)
Outside Pole Award: Stewart Friesen ($750 – Dirt Track Digest)
Non-Qualifiers’ Race Winner: Peter Britten ($500)
Syracuse 200 Hard Luck Award: Matt Sheppard ($1,000 – Sharon’s Toy)
Driver Leading at Last Caution: Stewart Friesen ($500 – Sharon’s Toy)
Leader at Lap 51: Billy Dunn ($510 – Sharon’s Toy)
Third Place at Halfway: Matt Sheppard ($500 – Sharon’s Toy)
Final Sharon’s Toy Compound Driver Running at Finish: Bob McGannon ($500 – Sharon’s Toy)
Hard Charger Bonus: Gary Tomkins ($1,000 – Sharon’s Toy)
Best Appearing Car & Crew: Peter Britten (prize package – AARN)
Lap 100 Leader: Tim Fuller (Chassis & Body – Teo-Pro)

Working Man Winner” Danny Creeden Tops I-88 Speedway Short Track SuperNationals 8

AFTON, NY – The epitome of a “low-budget” racer, Danny Creeden appropriately won the “Working Man’s Race” of 2015.

Creeden, of Wurtsboro, N.Y., authored a stirring drive to victory in Saturday night’s Halmar International Short Track SuperNationals 8 presented by Olum’s at I-88 Speedway, becoming the eighth different victor in as many editions of the event. He earned $5,000 from the posted purse, $50 from Lias Tire/American Racer as a heat winner, $940 in lap money (including $800 from Dale and Sue Smith and R&B Construction as the Halfway Leader) and $200 from Craig Decker Forest Products for crew chief Rob Bakker.

Creeden’s cash take from the 50-lap big-block/small-block event was a hefty $6,190.

Stewart Friesen, meanwhile, drove from 26th starting position to finish sixth and earned the 2015 Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region title, worth $15,000. Sprakers, N.Y.’s Friesen, a four-time winner on the series this season, earned the title by 134 markers over runner-up Danny Johnson.

A strong field of 54 Modifieds attempted to qualify for the STSS 2015 finale, with 28 starting the main event.

Delaware’s Matt Jester, who picked the pole via a redraw of top qualifiers. Jester led the opening six circuits before Mitch Gibbs put his No. 2G into the lead. Gibbs, a multi-time track champion, had started from outside the front row.

Creeden’s No. 16X was moving forward from 10th starting spot. Jester’s great run ended with a right-front wheel issue on the 11th lap. At that point, Creeden arrived in the runner-up spot and began his pursuit of the lead.

Creeden was chasing down Gibbs when a yellow on lap 21 set up a pivotal double-file restart.

Gibbs elected to start from the outside lane. Creeden was able to fire off the inside and take over the lead. Once in front, Creeden inched away from Gibbs during the race’s mid-portions.

Lapped traffic became heavy during the race’s final stretch of 29 green-flag laps.

As Creeden picked through traffic, Gibbs, an emerging Mike Mahaney (from 21st on the grid), Paul Jensen, Jeff Heotzler and Friesen diced from second through sixth.

Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y., put his Charlie Davis-owned No. 21 into second with less than five laps remaining but had little time to chase down Creeden, who earned the fourth BD Motorsports Media LLC victory of his career. He had previously won at I-88, Accord (N.Y.) and New Egypt (N.J.) speedways.

Jensen, of Edmeston, N.Y., started sixth, faded early and recovered to finish third, with Wallkill, N.Y.’s Jeff Heotzler recovering from a mid-race skirmish to finish fourth in Mel Schrufer’s No. 2A. Gibbs, of North Norwich, N.Y., completed the front five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively were Friesen, who had been a late arrival to the speedway after competing at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., earlier in the day; track regular Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., who started 16th and had spun on lap four; Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., in the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 after pitting mid-race; Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who made two trips to the pits during the main; and Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y., who ran as high as third in the race’s early laps.

American Racer/Lias Tire $50 heat winners were Heotzler, Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., Jester, Mike Clapperton of Sidney Center, N.Y., Chad Cook of Deposit, N.Y., and Creeden. The three consolations were topped by Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., Mahaney and Kyle Merkel of Gilbertsville, Pa.

On Friday night, Gibbs won the 8-lap Dash for the fastest six cars in Modified practice, earning an automatic redraw position for Saturday’s feature.

By a nose, Brad Weaver of Conklin, N.Y., held off Alison Ricci to win the 25-lap GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman main. Weaver, the son of area star Brian Weaver, was driving a Jamie Batzel-backed No. 1K. Ricci nearly pulled even with Weaver on the event’s final lap working the inside lane. The third-generation driver fell a wheel short of her first I-88 victory.

Josh Keesey, Pat Jordan and Dale Welty finished third through fifth, respectively, after a final-lap skirmish and tech inspection.

Will Eastman of Oneonta, N.Y., pulled off a last-lap, last turn pass of Michael Burrows to win the Saturday 20-lap XCel 600 Modified “tour” event paying $1,000 to win. Eastman drove hard to the inside of Burrows entering turn three on the final lap and was able to annex the win. Burrows, Josh Pepe, Nathan Brinker and Kyle Fallis trailed.

Quebec’s Eric Sunborg took the lead mid-race and went on to win the 20-lap Empire Lightning Sprint event with a strong 19-car field on hand. Sunborg earned $500 for his efforts by defeating Peter Dance, Ty Tilton, Rick Stone and Stephane St. Laurant.

Ray See Jr. of Patterson, N.Y., rode the outside groove to victory in an entertaining 15-lap Vintage Modified Open run on Saturday afternoon. A dozen Vintage Modifieds took part in the event, with Rob Sanford chasing See across the line.

*****

Despite day-long rain and infrequent showers into the evening, Friday night’s preliminary program of the Short Track SuperNationals was completed in full. I-88 was the only track in New York State to race on Friday.

Alan Barker of Norwich, N.Y., led the Friday winners, taking the 30-lap Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman event. Barker raced from eighth starting spot to take the lead. However, Barker was pressured heavily in the final laps by Harold Humphrey, who had started deep in the field from 18th position.

Humphrey found the inside lane of the speedway to his liking late in the going and fell less than a half car-length shy of the win at the line. New Jersey’s Steve Davis was third, followed by Jimmy Wells and Tim Guild (earning a $200 bonus as the highest-finishing Crate 602 engine).

Doug Polhamus drove to the 20-lap Green’s Flag Car Service Street Stock win, taking home $600 for his efforts. Polhamus was trailed to the finish by Butch Green, Steve Polhamus, Ray Lindquist and Russ Morseman.

It appeared Richie Hitzler was poised for a $1,000 XCel 600 Modified “tour race” payout in the 20-lap main, but Pipersville, Pa.’s Brian Carber had other ideas. Carber, using his Sprint Car experience, drove inside of Hitzler on the final lap to put the Harrar Motorsports car in Victory Lane. Hitzler settled for second, with Will Eastman, Jonathan Josko and Dylan McCrone finishing third through fifth.

Rich Wood of Enfield, Conn., topped the preliminary night 20-lap Empire Lightning Sprint main. Wood cruised to the win over Ty Tilton, Jordan Poirier, Rick Stone and Peter Dance.

The Four Cylinder cars and Trucks were part of a features-only program. Chris Andrew drove a car purchased from Dylan Robinson to the 15-lap triumph in the FWD Four Cylinders, while Bob Crandall held off Doug O’Hara to win the Empire Sport Truck 15-lap main.

*****

Saturday’s event concluded the ’15 STSS points-paying season. The Awards Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn Lehigh Valley Conference Center in Allentown, Pa., on Dec. 19.

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HALMAR INTERNATIONAL SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS 8 PRESENTED BY OLUM’S RACE SUMMARY – OCTOBER 10, 2015

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Event No. 8 Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): DANNY CREEDEN, Mike Mahaney, Paul Jensen, Jeff Heotzler, Mitch Gibbs, Stewart Friesen, Brett Tonkin, Bobby Varin, Andy Bachetti, Ryan Jordan, Nick Rochinski, Danny Johnson, Craig Hanson, Shaun Walker, Tommy Meier, Rusty Smith, Chad Cook, Mike Clapperton, Jackie Brown Jr., Nick Nye, Jeff Strunk, Kyle Merkel, Ken Titus, Matt Jester, Jimmy Becker, Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Scott Ferrier.

Did Not Qualify: Elmo Reckner, Alan Barker, Danny Tyler, Shawn Ward, Billy Van Pelt, Ray See Jr., Justin Holland, Brad Rothaupt, Jim Walsh, Doug Manmiller, Brian Malcolm, Darwin Greene, Colton Wilson, Duane Hiller, Steve Young, Jimmy Wells, J.R. Hurlburt, Colt Harris, Donnie Lawson, Brandon Walters, Rich Ricci III, Chris Ostrowsky, Kyle Rohner, Dave Rosa, Lee DeWitt, Cory Costa.

‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money Breakdown ($1,870): Danny Creeden ($940); Mitch Gibbs ($190); Paul Jensen ($125); Jeff Heotzler ($100); Mike Mahaney ($85); Ryan Jordan ($80); Stewart Friesen ($80); Nick Rochinski ($50); Matt Jester ($40); Brett Tonkin ($40); Bobby Varin ($40); Jackie Brown Jr. ($40); Chad Cook ($20); Danny Johnson ($20); Mike Clapperton ($20)

Allstar Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Paul Jensen (third) & Bobby Varin (eighth)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire):
Ryan Jordan (10th) & Craig Hanson (13th)
American Racer/Lias Tire Heat Race Winners ($50 Each):
Jeff Heotzler, Jeff Strunk, Matt Jester, Mike Clapperton, Chad Cook & Danny Creeden
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Mitch Gibbs (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards):
Jeff Heotzler (fourth) & Andy Bachetti (ninth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Certificates):
Jeff Heotzler (fourth), Shaun Walker (14th) & Matt Jester (24th)
Craig Decker Forest Products Crew Chief of the Race ($200):
Rob Bakker
Crunchco Snacks 11th-Place Bonus ($111):
Nick Rochinski (11th)
Dale and Sue Smith/R&B Construction Halfway Leader Bonus ($800):
Danny Creeden
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Brett Tonkin (seventh)
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award (Bumpers and Rubrails): Billy Van Pelt (DNQ)
Upstate Auto Top Accord Speedway Regular ($200): Jeff Heotzler (fourth)
Vahlco Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Mitch Gibbs (fifth)
Zubi’s Racing Hard Charger ($288):
Stewart Friesen (26th to sixth)

GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): BRAD WEAVER, Allison Ricci, Josh Keesey, Pat Jordan, Dale Welty, Stacy Jackson, Tim Guild, Kevin Sockriter, Kenny Peoples Jr., Zach Mead, Rich Powell, Randy Gates, Dustin Jordan, Eric Williams, Winter Mead, Pat O’Hanlon, William Gray, Shayne Spoonhower, Shea Montgomery, James Introne Jr., Brett Buono, Matt Brewer, Dusty Barton, Chuck Miller, Jacob Dgien.

Did Not Qualify: Matt Priscott, Donald Bellum, Lee Foland, Justin Cobb, Kurt Hohensheldt

XCel 600 Modified Feature Finish (20 Laps): WILL EASTMAN, Michael Burrows, Josh Pepe, Nathan Brinker, Kyle Fallis, Korey Inglin, Josh Bewley, Jonathan Josko, Richie Hitzler, Brian Blankenbiller, Kyle Inglin, Dennis Adams, Shawna Schibilia, Grant Schibilia, Brian Carber, Car No. 71, D.J. Hunt, Billy Koch, Dakota Barlet, Aaron Bowes, Car No. 008, Wyatt Harrar.

Empire Lightning Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps): ERIC SUNBORG, Peter Dance, Ty Tilton, Rick Stone, Stephane St. Laurant, Anthony Haas, Yannick Poirier, Jordan Poirier, Nick DeNyse, Lou Torres, Tomy Moreau, Jerry Sehn, Mike Badgely, Chad Bennett, Kathy Bellen, Chris Hirt, Clint Roehrs, Robert Knowlton.

Did Not Start: Shilo Boyce

Vintage Modified Feature Finish (15 Laps): RAY SEE JR., Rob Sanford, Darral Hulburt, Chris Adams, Rob Casti, Buck Gasner, Mike Cole, Link Pettit, Brian Moore, John Hager, Phil Barkins, Jeff Hager.

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HALMAR INTERNATIONAL SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS 8 PRESENTED BY OLUM’S RACE SUMMARY – OCTOBER 9, 2015

Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (30 Laps): ALAN BARKER, Harold Humphrey, Steve Davis, Jimmy Wells, Tim Guild, Winter Mead, Brett Buono, Aaron Shelton, Jim Britt, Pat O’Hanlon, Hunter Bates, Jack Speshock, Butch Klinger, Nick Nye, Robby Knipe, Randy Gates, Cory Pike, Shea Montgomery, Pat Jordan, Dustin Jordan, Lisa Williams, Craig Pope, Skip Pickwick, James Introne Jr.

Crate 602 Bonuses: Tim Guild ($200), Winter Mead ($100), Brett Buono ($75), Pat O’Hanlon ($50), Hunter Bates (Free Sat. Pass)

Did Not Qualify: Randy Green, Shayne Spoonhower, Brad Brightbill, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Scott Lee, Paul Harrington III, Ray See Jr., Lee Foland, Michael Coffey Jr., Tom Tophoven, Michael Wahl, Allison Ricci, Chris Daley, Eric Williams, Don Bellen, Stacy Jackson, Rich Ricci III, Zach Mead.

Modified Dash – Winner Earns Saturday Redraw Position (8 Laps): MITCH GIBBS, Billy Van Pelt, Darwin Greene, Chad Cook, Rusty Smith, Jackie Brown Jr.

Street Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): DOUG POLHAMUS, Butch Green, Steve Polhamus, Ray Lindquist, Ted Morseman, Rich Green, Shane Wolf Jr., Bob Buono, Damon Decker, Earl Zimmer, Robert Norber, Doug Stack, Dan Babcock, Trevor Dudley, Shawn Boynton, Matt Bowman.

XCel 600 Modified Feature Finish (20 Laps): BRIAN CARBER, Richie Hitzler, Will Eastman, Jonathan Josko, Dylan McCrone, Dakota Barlet, Josh Pepe, Bailey Boyd, Brian Blankenbiller, Dennis Adams, Kyle Inglin, Shawna Schibilia, Aaron Bowes, Kyle Fallis, Tim Van Horn, Michael Burrows, Doug Windhausen, Korey Inglin, D.J. Hunt, Dave Baldwin Jr., Jamie Frantz, Nathan Brinker, A.J. Miller.

Did Not Qualify: Grant Schibilia, Wyatt Harrar, Kamdin Maby, Josh Bewley, Eric Boyd, Drew Fallis, Billy Koch.

Empire Lightning Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps): RICH WOOD, Ty Tilton, Jordan Poirier, Rick Stone, Peter Dance, Anthony Haas, Lou Torres, Clint Roehrs, Jerry Sehn, Kathy Bellen, Yannick Poirier, Nick DeNyse, Mike Badgley, Jason Shedd.

FWD Four Cylinder Feature Finish (15 Laps): CHRIS ANDREW, Don Doster, Chris Bonoffski, Josh Wilder, Todd Stanton, Steve Carpenter, Garrett Rushlow, Justin Holland, George Zeininger, Nick Kennedy, Phil Burns, Kenny Underwood, Rich Wagner, Connie Cornell.

Empire Sport Truck Feature Finish (15 Laps): BOB CRANDALL, Doug O’Hara, Rob Loucks, Wayne Van Dusen, Dustin Wilber, Alan Hodge, Brandon Clapperton.

Did Not Start: Ralph Cuozzo Jr.

Covering the Entire Northeast