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LaFAVE LEADS LONG LIST OF FIRST-TIME WINNERS AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – Many people spend holidays at home celebrating with their families. The true racer that he is, Vern LaFave spent this past Easter on the road instead, going to pick up a car for the debut of the Mills Modified class at Evans Mills Speedway. The trip paid off for LaFave this past Sunday, as he picked up his first win in the division.
Randy Brunelle, who picked up wins in both of the previous two races, started from the pole, alongside Mike Hall Jr. Hall Jr. got the jump at the drop of the green, but Brunelle quickly took it back, with LaFave following to take over second. The caution waved on lap six of the 30-lap race, setting the stage for a double-file restart with Brunelle on the inside and LaFave on the outside.
LaFave took full advantage of the opportunity, as he and Brunelle ran side-by-side over the next several laps, with LaFave staying just barely ahead of Brunelle. Once LaFave was able to clear Brunelle for the top spot, Terry Gardner began to challenge Brunelle for the second spot. As the pair battled behind him, LaFave was able to build a comfortable cushion.
The last thing LaFave wanted to see was the caution flag, which was displayed on lap 27. LaFave’s lead was erased, and he found himself on the point for a three-lap shootout, with Gardner on his back bumper and Brunelle in tow.
LaFave was able to defend his position as the trio ran the last three laps in close quarters. LaFave took the checkers over Gardner by a mere 0.288 seconds, and Brunelle crossed the line third.
The third time was the charm for Legends competitor Dalton Rombough, who had strong runs going in both of the previous two events before falling to mechanical issues. That all changed this past Sunday, as Rombough won his heat race, started the feature on the pole, and led every lap to pick up his first 2017 win at the 3/8-mile paved oval.
Rombough started alongside teenage competitor Daniel Carter, and Rombough shot out front at the drop of the green. Carter, who was having mechanical issues, fell quickly back through the field, allowing Anthony Riforgiato to take over second while Nate Plantz grabbed third. With three laps in the books, Carter slowed to a stop on the frontstretch, drawing the caution. Carter was able to refire the car and restart at the tail of the field, but he retired from the event on lap six as he continued to be plagued by issues with the car.
Meanwhile, Riforgiato laid chase to Rombough up front, while a heated battle took shape for third between Plantz and Breanne Gilligan. Gilligan was able to wrestle the spot from Plantz with three laps remaining, but Rombough proved to be unstoppable as he crossed the line ahead of Riforgiato and Gilligan.
Bandolero competitor Bryce Bailey made his first appearance of the 2017 season at Evans Mills this past weekend, and he scored a clean sweep, picking up wins in both his heat race and the feature.
The start of the feature saw Josh Duke – the winner of the two prior events – pitted against Bailey on the front row. At the drop of the green, Bailey shot to the lead and he never looked back, leading every lap of the caution-free, 15-lap affair. Duke sat solidly in second, while Tyler Christman wrestled with Shea Bailey for the third spot for much of the event. Christman was finally able to grab the spot just past the halfway point of the event, but he was unable to advance any further as B. Bailey crossed the line ahead of Duke and Christman.
Defending Pro Stock division champion Ray Bancroft’s car showed plenty of battle scars at the conclusion of the 25-lap event, but Bancroft was all smiles in Victory Lane as he picked up his first win of the year.
Bancroft led every lap of the race, as fans sat on the edges of their seats over the last half of the race while Bancroft and Bill Miner fought for the top spot. The two made slight contact several times as they ran in close quarters, but both were able to recover each time only to continue their battle. In the end, Miner was unable to rattle Bancroft, who claimed victory over Miner and Jason Duke.
Zac Stone emerged victorious when the dust settled after an exciting Thunder Stock race that saw the top four cars running side-by-side in rows of two for nearly the entire race distance.
Defending division champion Ike Stone challenged his son on the outside lap after lap throughout the caution-free event, while Daniel Swem and Zack Devoe looked for a way past. It came down to a photo finish, with Z. Stone claiming his first career win by just 0.064 seconds over Swem. Devoe was third in the final rundown. The gap from first to fourth was only 0.6 seconds.
The only repeat winner of the night was the 4 Cylinder Truck victor Bob Schroy, who notched his second win of the season.
For much of the race, Daniel Swem and Kyle Simpson battled it out up front, swapping the top spot several times. Lapped traffic came into play with just three laps remaining, and contact between Swem and Simpson while trying to get past took both out of contention for the win. Schroy inherited the lead as a result, and he was able to hold off the competition to pick up the win over Charles Sibley. Swem came back to finish third.
This coming Sunday, June 18, the Pro Stocks will take the night off, as the Oswego Small Block Supermodifieds will highlight the night with a 50-lap, $1,000-to-win spectacular. The night will also include a 25-lap Vernon LaFave Memorial race for the Legends cars, who will be joined on the schedule by the Mills Modified, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Hospice of Jefferson County will be recognized, with free grandstand admission to Hospice of Jefferson County employees with staff ID. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 3:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand admission is $10, with children age 15 and under admitted to the grandstands free of charge, and a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are available. Pit entry fee is $25.
More information, including a complete 2017 schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.
MILLS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Vern LaFave, 2. Terry Gardner, 3. Randy Brunelle, 4. Bobby Newman, 5. Mike Hall Jr.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dalton Rombough, 2. Anthony Riforgiato, 3. Breanne Gilligan, 4. Nate Plantz, 5. Trevor Halladay, 6. Jason Christman, 7. Kyle Hafemann, 8. Bryan Chirico, 9. James Holland, 10. Mike Riforgiato, 11. Daniel Carter.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Bryce Bailey, 2. Josh Duke, 3. Tyler Christman, 4. Shea Bailey, 5. Cole Perry, 6. Coleby Felber.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Ray Bancroft, 2. Bill Miner, 3. Jason Duke, 4. Terry Gardner.
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Zac Stone, 2. Daniel Swem, 3. Zack Devoe, 4. Richard “Ike” Stone, 5. Ryan Rarick.
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Bob Schroy, 2. Charles Sibley, 3. Daniel Swem, 4. Kyle Simpson, 5. Ron White, 6. Zack Christman, 7. Pete Willsie.
PHOTO : Vern LaFave picked up the Mills Modified win at Evans Mills this past Sunday.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tracy Chirico

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