Williams Wins On Last Lap In Wild Finish At Loudon.

Loudon, NH. – In a race that saw many lead changes, Tolland Ct’s Ronnie Williams
made certain he’d be leading when it counted – on lap-50 and he did by about a foot, to
capture his second win of the season in Sunday’s Valenti Modified Racing Series feature
race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH. It was Williams second win this
season with the series.
The race was part of the third annual New England Short Track Showdown

William’s bested Anthony Nocella, of Woburn MA, in a drag race to the checkered flag,
with Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, who finished third, Chase Dowling, of Roxbury,
CT, fourth, and Mike Willis Jr, Grantham, NH, rounding out the top five.
Williams on Saturday was forced from the second round of practice when the Casella #25
was sidelined with a blown engine.
The decision was made to return to Saugus, MA to replace the damaged motor. Upon
return, Williams went out and won the opening heat race on Sunday.
The victory was worth $5000, 00
Four caution flags slowed the race on laps 2, 20, 39, and 42. A red flag was displayed on
lap-20 after veteran driver Roy Seidell spun in turn two and was struck by Dave
Etheridge who was running a strong race. Seidell after extrication was transported to a
local hospital alert and conscious.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series next competes at Monadnock Speedway July 6
Order of Finish:

  1. Ronnie Williams
  2. Anthony Nocella
  3. Jeff Gallup
  4. Chase Dowling
  5. Mike Willis Jr
  6. Andrew Molleur
  7. Rob Richardi Jr
  8. Dylan Rock
  9. Derek Robbie
  10. CJ Bolton
  11. Brian Robie
  12. Donnie Lashua
  13. Max Zachem
  14. Brad Vanhouton
  15. Anthony Flannery
  16. Andy Shaw
  17. Dave Etheridge
  18. Todd Owen
  19. Cam Sontag
  20. Roy Seidell
  21. David Schneider
  22. Kevin Ianarelli

Cale Ross is “The Boss” Winning Career First at New Egypt

June 22, 2019):  Cale Ross of Lambertville, NJ won his first career Vahlco Wheels Modified feature event on Graduation night Saturday at New Egypt Speedway. The 2016 NES Rookie champion, turned Modified Rookie this year, dominated the evening winning his heat race and then leading all 30 laps of the non stop event in just 9 minutes and 13 seconds. Ross survived a late race challenge from John McCelland in heavy lapped traffic to record the victory in just his 11th Modified start.      

“I am really surprised to be standing here, We were broke after warm-ups”, stated a shocked Ross in victory lane, “But our engine-builder Gary Bouc ran around & got us fixed and here we are!”

McClelland and Ross brought the field to the start with Ross seizing control as they exited turn two. Ross, with McClelland in tow, pulled away from the rest of the field over the first half of the event. Danny Bouc & Ryan Krachun were the fast movers in the early going as they raced into the top 5. Point leader Billy Pauch Jr. charged up from 14th starting position and began challenging for a top five spot as the race reached the halfway point. By lap 19 Ross had almost a full straightaway lead over McClelland as he began to encounter lapped traffic. The traffic slowed him up a bit but he continued to smoothly lap each one as McClelland began to cut into his advantage.  With 7 laps to go he approached the cars of Jimmy Blewett and JR Fulper racing side by side for position. After several laps of trying to find a way past them “Johnny Mac” had just about erased his big lead. But with 2 laps remaining Ross made the move of the race as he “threaded the needle” between the two cars going into turn three and then cruised to the popular victory. John McClelland finished in the second position posting his season best finish, as Rich Rutski also posted his season best finish crossing the line third. Pauch Jr. and Bouc completed the top five.

Aaron Weaver of Upper Black Eddy, PA was also a first time winner on this evening as he recorded his first career win in the Crate Modified 20 lap feature event, which ran the final 19 laps non-stop.  Weaver held on in lapped traffic as Jeremy Martino and Tom Princiotta, both searching for their first win, applied late race pressure before settling for second and third respectively. Dan Fleming finished fourth and Ryan Simmons rounded out the top five.  

Steve Davis visited victory lane for the second time this season with the Hammer Sportsman. Davis avoided an early race pile-up and then held off a persistent Will Dupree to win the 20 lap event. Joseph Brown came home third, chased across the line by 2018 Rookie champ Ryan Heim and 3 time Sportsman champ Bob Lineman Jr.     

The Lyons Construction/MetalFab Rookie’s ran their final event with Ryan Krushinski winning for the second straight week. Vinny Troia nipped DJ Hunt at the line for second in the 12 lap Graduation night finale. Anthony Tramontana Jr. of Vineland, NJ was crowned the 2019 NES Rookie champion after finishing fourth.

Vern McLaughlin out ran point leader Billy Liedtka for the 15 lap Street Stock victory. Billy Wroble, Joe Reid and Dennis Seeley chased the duo at the finish.

This Tuesday night it is the third annual Garden State Gunfight for the Modifieds. The Modifieds will race in a 60 lap Feature event paying $6000 to win and $400 to start. Also in action will be the Crate vs.Open Sportsman in a 30 lap Main event paying $1000 to win and $100 to start.  The Mike’s Performance 4-cylinders will also be racing in a 15 lap event, which if they have 24 or more cars, it will pay $500 to the winner. Adult Admission will be $25, with kids 11 and under always Free. Pit gates open at 4pm, Grandstand gates open at 5pm, Warm-ups will be at 6pm and Racing begins at 7pm.  The rain date for this event is the following evening, Wednesday 6/26 !

Next week Sat. night June 29th it is Bike night at New Egypt Speedway. Everyone that comes on a motorcycle will receive ½ price general admission and there will be plenty of Bicycle giveaways for the kids at intermission. The Vahlco Wheels Modifieds will once again headline the event, and they will be joined on the track by the Larry’s Hot Rods & Harleys NEWS Sprint Cars, the Hammer Sportsman, and the Street Stocks.  Admission will be $20 for Adults, and gates will open at 5pm, with warm-ups at 6pm and the first race taking place at 7pm.

New Egypt Speedway Results

Graduation Night

6/22/2019

Vahlco Wheels MODIFIEDS

Feature (30 laps):  1. Cale Ross 2. John McClelland 3. Rich Rutski 4. Billy Pauch Jr. 5. Danny Bouc 6. Ryan Krachun 7. Brandon Grosso 8. PJ Oliver 9. John Pakenham 10. Wade Hendrickson 11. Mike Butler 12. Brian Papiez 13. Jimmy Blewett 14. JR Fulper 15. Kevin Vaclavicek 16. Davey Sammons 17. Pat Wall 18. Blaine Bracelin 19. Bob Rambone  

Heat Winners:  Ross, McClelland

Hammer SPORTSMAN

Feature (20 laps):  1. Steve Davis 2. Will Dupree 3. Joseph Brown 4. Ryan Heim 5. Bob Lineman Jr. 6. Jim Housworth 7. Joe Nappi 8. John Criscione 9. Jim Hawkes 10. Will Trstensky 11. Art Liedl 12. JT Trstensky 13. Marty Resnick 14. Jimmy Amato 15. David Burns

Heat Winners:  Liedl, Dupree

CRATE MODIFIEDS

Feature (20 laps): 1. Aaron Weaver 2. Jeremy Martino 3. Tom Princiotta 4. Dan Fleming 5. Ryan Simmons 6. Steve Hicks 7. Joe Toth 8. Eric Palmer 9. Johnny Bangs 10. Ryan Heim 11. Anthony Tramontana Jr. 12. Steve Davis 13. Howie Finch 14. Jon Meyer 15. Vinny Troia 16. Bobby Holzwarth 17. Kevin Borden 18. Nick Van Wickle 19. Ryan Krushinski 20. DJ Hunt 21. Zachary Merola                                                                                                                                                                           

Heat Winners:  Princiotta, Martino

Lyons Construction/MetalFab ROOKIE SPORTSMAN

Championship Feature (12 laps):  1. Ryan Krushinski 2. Vinny Troia 3. DJ Hunt 4. Anthony Tramontana Jr. 5. Nick Van Wickle 6. Zachary Merola  

2019 Rookie Champion: Anthony Tramontana Jr.

STREET STOCKS

Feature (15 laps): 1. Vern McLaughlin  2. Bill Liedtka 3. Billy Wroble 4. Joe Reid 5. Dennis Seeley 6. Ryan Freshneck

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!

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