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BRUNELLE TAKES DOWN SECOND MILLS MOD WIN AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – Plenty of familiar faces graced Victory Lane at Evans Mills Speedway this past Sunday, as many of the previous week’s winners once again took home checkered flags. Randy Brunelle, who took down his second Mills Modified win in as many weeks, topped the list of repeat winners.
 
With the debut of the Mills Modified crate engine asphalt Modified class, every driver in the field has been faced with the task of learning a new car, a new track, a new surface, or a combination of any or all of the three. For Brunelle, the transition has been a bit easier than it has for some of the other competitors, as Brunelle has racked up plenty of wins at the speedway in other classes. In 2016, he won more Pro Stock races than any other driver that season, while running only a limited schedule.
 
Brunelle has taken full advantage of this, as he picked up both the heat race win and the feature win this past weekend.
 
Bobby Newman ran second to Brunelle in the opening laps, and looked to be prepared to mount a challenge for the lead before mechanical difficulties forced him to retire from the event. This moved Mike Hall Jr. to the second spot, but Hall Jr. had Vern LaFave hot on his heels. Brunelle proved to be unstoppable as he was first to the checkered flag, followed by Hall Jr. and LaFave.
 
It is often said that, after the first win, the rest come easier. Legends driver Anthony Riforgiato showed just that, as he picked up his first career INEX Legends week just one week earlier and backed it up with a second win on Sunday. Riforgiato started on the outside pole, and had to contend with Nate Plantz over the entire race distance. Riforgiato was able to hold the lead, collecting the win over Plantz and Kevin Bertolone, who was making his first start of the season at the 3/8-mile oval.
 
Josh Duke dominated the Bandolero feature for the second straight week, picking up the win. Tyler Christman and Cole Perry wrestled for the second spot, swapping it several times throughout the course of the event. Duke took home the honors once again, followed by Christman and Perry.
 
Pro Stock driver Bill Miner swept the second week in a row, capturing both heat and feature event wins. Defending division champion Ray Bancroft wrestled with Miner for the lead in the early laps, but Miner was able to build a sizeable lead over Bancroft by the end of the race. Behind the duo, Jason Duke, Terry Gardner, and Corey Trombley put on an exciting battle for the third spot. When the checkered flag waved, Miner was in Victory Lane once again. Bancroft was second, and Duke crossed the line third.
 
Defending division champion Richard “Ike” Stone picked up his second win of the season as well, in what truly boiled down to a family affair. Stone had his hands full with David Ayen – his brother – and Zac Stone – his son, as they all had their sights set on the win. R. Stone led every lap on his way to the win, while his brother and son each tried to lay claim to the third position. Z. Stone actually held second for several laps early in the event, but Ayen passed him prior to the halfway point. Ayen, in fact, turned the fastest lap of the event, but he was unable to catch R. Stone and had to be content with second.. Stone was third in the final rundown.
 
The sole first-time winner of the night came in the 4 Cylinder Truck class, as Joe Bourgeois made his first appearance of the season and brought home the win. Bourgeois started on the front row, alongside Zack Christman. Kyle Simpson wasted little time grabbing the second spot from Christman, while the previous week’s winner – Bob Schroy – was making his way through the field after having to start at the tail end of the field because he had missed his heat race due to mechanical issues. Bourgeois was flawless throughout the event, and crossed the line ahead of Simpson and Schroy.
 
This coming Sunday, June 4th, Evans Mills Speedway will present “A-Verdi Storage Containers Night at the Races”. The schedule will include the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with practice beginning at 3:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand admission is just $10, and children age 15 and under are admitted to the grandstands free of charge. There is a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are available. Pit entry fee is $25.
 
More information, including a complete schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.
 
MILLS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Randy Brunelle, 2. Mike Hall Jr., 3. Vern LaFave, 4. Bobby Newman, 5. Terry Gardner.
 
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Anthony Riforgiato, 2. Nate Plantz, 3. Kevin Bertolone, 4. Breanne Gilligan, 5. Dalton Rombough, 6. Trevor Halladay, 7. Chris Malbeuf, 8. Bryan Chirico, 9. Jason Christman, 10. James Holland, 11. Mike Riforgiato, 12. Kyle Hafemann.
 
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Josh Duke, 2. Tyler Christman, 3. Cole Perry.
 
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Bill Miner, 2. Ray Bancroft, 3. Jason Duke, 4. Terry Gardner, 5. Corey Trombley.
 
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richard “Ike” Stone, 2. David Ayen, 3. Zac Stone, 4. Jess Bender, 5. Ryan Rarick, 6. Jamie Murphy. DNS – Kory Paro Jr.
 
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joe Bourgeois, Kyle Simpson, 3. Bob Schroy, 4. Zak Petrie, 5. Ron White, 6. Zack Christman, 7. Charles Sibley.
 
PHOTO ATTACHED: Randy Brunelle celebrates his second consecutive Mills Modified win

PHOTO CREDIT: Rob Brierton

BRUNELLE TOPS THE LIST OF WINNERS IN EVANS MILLS OPENER

EVANS MILLS, NY – The debut of the Mills Modified division at Evans Mills Speedway has been many months in the making, and – in spite of three rainouts in an attempt to get Opening Night in – came to fruition this past Sunday on the 3/8-mile asphalt oval. When the checkered flag finally flew, Randy Brunelle found himself in Victory Lane, marking his place in history as the first-ever winner in the class. The event was sponsored by Black Diamond Heat, located in Evans Mills, NY.
Brunelle, who was the winningest driver in the Pro Stock class at the speedway in 2016 in spite of running a limited schedule, picked up the win in the heat race and subsequently started on the pole for the feature, with Vern LaFave to his outside.
LaFave got the jump on the initial start, and took the lead by a slim margin over Brunelle for the first lap as the two battled for the top spot until LaFave spun and brought out the first caution of the race and was forced to restart at the rear of the field. This gave Mike Hall Jr. the opportunity to run wheel-to-wheel with Brunelle, though Brunelle retained the advantage. Bobby Newman entered the mix in third, but began to slide backwards in the field with mechanical difficulties by lap five.
Meanwhile, LaFave was marching back towards the front, and he and Hall Jr. kept fans on the edges of their seats as they fought for second, giving Brunelle the opportunity to pull away. Newman pulled off the track with 22 of 30 scheduled laps complete, and the face of the race changed with 24 laps complete, as rain began to fall on the speedway and the race was put on rain delay.
The shower was brief and the track crew dried the track quickly, and the race was able to resume 15 minutes later. As the cars were preparing to take the green flag once again, Hall Jr. retired with mechanical issues. With Brunelle’s lead erased, the final laps of the race were a close battle between Brunelle, LaFave, and Terry Gardner. Brunelle was able to hold off the hard-charging competition, and he crossed the line ahead of LaFave and Gardner.
For the first time in his INEX career, 20-year-old Anthony Riforgiato picked up the Legends win. Riforgiato’s racing resume includes numerous Bandolero wins, but the Legends victory had eluded him until this past Sunday. Dalton Rombough and Daniel Carter made up the front row for the start of the race, with Rombough getting out to the lead at the drop of the green. Breanne Gilligan came to second briefly, but Riforgiato took the spot away with only two laps in the books. Rombough, Riforgiato, and Cater mixed it up at the front of the field before something appeared to break in Rombough’s car, and the caution came out. Rombough had to be towed from the track, handing the lead to Riforgiato for the restart. By that time, Nate Plantz had worked his way to Riforgiato’s back bumper, and he began to apply pressure. Plantz chased Riforgiato for the remainder of the event, but was unable to make the pass, and Riforgiato claimed the win over Plantz and Carter.
Josh Duke started on the pole and led every lap to take down his first Bandolero win of the season. Duke wasted no time learning the quick way around the track, and he was able to build a sizeable lead as Cole Perry and Tyler Christman battled for the second spot, which Christman took over just prior to the halfway point of the event. A yellow flag at the halfway point tightened the field back up, but Duke had a flawless restart and once again got out front. When the checkered flag flew, Duke took home the win over Christman and Perry.
During the offseason, Pro Stock driver Bill Miner – who picked up two feature wins in 2016 on his way to a second place finish in the season standings – expressed his intention to make a championship run, and he got off to a good start this past Sunday, picking up the checkers in the 25-lap feature event. Miner attended several of the practice sessions at the speedway prior to Opening Night, working out bugs with the new car that he purchased during the offseason. Miner started on the pole for Sunday’s event, and led every lap en route to the victory. Defending champion Ray Bancroft, however, didn’t make it easy for Miner, as the two ran in close quarters over the entire race distance. Bancroft got a second shot at the lead following a caution with 18 laps complete, but Miner never surrendered the spot and Bancroft had to be content with second. Jason Duke was third.
Defending division champion Richard “Ike” Stone took down the Thunder Stock win in dominating fashion. By virtue of his heat race win, Stone took off from the pole, with Josh Burns in tow. Burns threw all he could at Stone, who continued to pull away from the rest of the field. With only a single caution to slow the pace of the race, Stone cruised on to victory over Burns and Theresa Sanford.
Bob Schroy led every lap of the 4 Cylinder Truck event to take down his first win of the season. In the early laps, Schroy had to contend with Kyle Simpson, but Simpson lost momentum following a caution with just four laps complete, opening the door for Zak Petrie to come to second and mount a challenge for the lead. Zack Christman, competing in his first-ever race, came to the third spot. Schroy was able to keep the competition behind him, as he took the checkers over Petrie and Christman.
The Classic Asphalt Modifieds made a visit to the speedway, and Dan Willmes took down the win over Terry Wilson and Tim Janes.
The next scheduled event at Evans Mills Speedway is this coming Sunday, May 28th, when the track will host the first of two scheduled “Driver Autograph Nights”. Drivers from all classes will take part in an on-track “pit party” during intermission, allowing fans to get “up close and personal” with the cars and their drivers. On the schedule are the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with practice beginning at 3:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand admission is just $10, with children age 15 and under admitted free of charge. There is a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are available.
More information, including a complete schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.
MILLS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Randy Brunelle, 2. Vern LaFave, 3. Terry Gardner, 4. Bobby Newman, 5. Mike Hall Jr.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Anthony Riforgiato, 2. Nate Plantz, 3. Daniel Carter, 4. Trevor Halladay, 5. Breanne Gilligan, 6. Jason Christman, 7. Kyle Hafemann, 8. Chris Malbeuf, 9. Bryan Chirico, 10. Mike Riforgiato, 11. Dalton Rombough.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Josh Duke, 2. Tyler Christman, 3. Cole Perry.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Bill Miner, 2. Ray Bancroft, 3. Jason Duke, 4. Terry Gardner.
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richard “Ike” Stone, 2. Josh Burns, 3. Theresa Sanford, 4. Jamie Murphy. DNS – Zac Stone.
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Bob Schroy, 2. Zak Petrie, 3. Zack Christman, 4. Kyle Simpson, 5. Charles Sibley.
CLASSIC ASPHALT MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Dan Willmes, 2. Terry Wilson, 3. Tim Janes, 4. Tom Guiler, 5. Willie Miller, 6. Matt Larrivee.
PHOTO CREDIT – Rob Brierton

MOTHER NATURE DELAYS OPENING NIGHT AND DEBUT OF MILLS MODIFIED CLASS AT EVANS MILLS SPEEDWAY

EVANS MILLS, NY – In today’s racing world, the decision to add a division to a track’s schedule is not one that is taken lightly, as promoters consistently work to maintain the balance between keeping fans in the stands and cars in the pits. Many tracks have found themselves “opening” rules in many of their classes to make it possible for a larger number of cars to compete. Following numerous months of research during the 2016 season, however, officials and management at Evans Mills Speedway had announced the introduction of the “Mills Modified” crate engine asphalt Modified class, an announcement that was met with plenty of excitement and enthusiasm.

The debut of that division was supposed to take place this past Saturday, as part of the Opening Night schedule at the 3/8-mile asphalt oval. Mother Nature, however, had other plans – forecasts showed differing percentages for the possibility of rain, but radar images showed that it was inevitable, and the forecasted heavy cloud cover coupled with wind chill temperatures under 35 degrees, drying the track would be impossible. The decision was made to postpone the show at roughly 9 am. Within an hour of the postponement by track management, the skies opened up, and rains persisted into the late afternoon.

This left all of the competitors disappointed, including the several Mills Modified drivers who were ready to take their first laps in competition. So far, the registered drivers include the likes of Randy Brunelle, Terry Gardner, Michael Hall, Jordan Keruskie, and Robby Newman.

Brunelle comes to the class after competing in the Pro Stock class at Evans Mills last season, picking up five wins in just eight starts, making him the winningest driver in the class for 2016. Gardner spent last season in both Legends and Pro Stock competition, and plans to do double-duty in 2017 in the Modifieds and Pro Stocks. Hall will be new to Evans Mills competition, having spent the last several seasons racing in different classes at other speedways. Keruskie has most recently competed on dirt, and will be making the switch to asphalt for the season. Newman, who is already known in asphalt circles, had his car on display in the Evans Mills Speedway booth at the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse earlier this year.

Several others have already purchased cars and are in varying stages of preparation, so early indications are that the Opening Night field will be stout.

Opening Night has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 7th. The Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck divisions are all on the card. Gates open at 12:30 pm, with hot laps beginning at 1:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 3 pm.

More information, including a complete 2017 schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.