Archive for April 29th, 2017

Decker Scores Third-Straight Highbank Hold-Up Win at Fulton

Sheppard earns runner-up spot after starting 11th

FULTON, NY – April 29, 2017 – Billy Decker raced from the sixth-starting position to take the lead from outside polesitter Brett Hearn on lap 46 and held off a surging Matt Sheppard to claim his third straight Highbank Holdup 100 victory with the Super DIRTcar Series at FultonSpeedway on Saturday night.
After taking the lead, Decker battled through lapped traffic to build a lead over Hearn. He then had to contend with Sheppard, who rallied from the 11th starting spot to take the runner-up position on lap 56. Decker defended against the reigning champion’s efforts, particularly over the final 10 laps, to secure his first Series win since last year’s edition of the event on April 30, 2016.
“It was tough sledding,” Decker said of the battles throughout the race. “I think if you were rolling you could go pretty good. Matt (Sheppard) came a long way and there was a lot of dicing. I could really carry some speed through the center of the turn and I think that’s what did it.”

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Santos Savors Victory in Silver Crown Return to Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona………It had been eight years since the United States Auto Club competed at Phoenix Raceway. Since then, the track has been slightly reconfigured, repaved and renovated.

On Saturday, to Bobby Santos, it was still the same Phoenix Raceway he knew and loved back in 2009 when he raced to a USAC National Midget victory at the one-mile tri-oval.

In his return, Santos used his experience and bravado to outduel David Byrne in a wild west shootout, racing past Byrne using a massive run off turn four, then fending off his comeback attempt off turn two a lap later to capture his seventh career USAC Silver Crown presented by TRAXXAS victory at the “Phoenix Copper Cup.”

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300-Lap Score at Beech Ridge is Second Straight PASS Super Late Model Win for Reid Lanpher

Scarborough, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester backed up a career-first Pro All Stars Series victory the previous week at Oxford Plains Speedway with a dominant performance in Saturday’s 300-lap PASS National Championship Series Super Late Model race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.

Lanpher was chased across the finish line by the reigning Pro Series champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, who passed a fleet of racecars after a spin relegated him to the back of the pack midway through the marathon. Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts claimed third-place honors, in front of Belfast racer Travis Benjamin and Turner’s Glen Luce.

Lanpher, a former NASCAR Pro Series track champion at Beech Ridge, started the race from 11th position and patiently worked his way into contention, occasionally challenging three-time 2016 PASS Super Late Model winner Garrett Hall of Scarborough, who led the first 109 laps before Lanpher made his move to the front during an extended green flag run that went well past the halfway point when a caution flag sent just about the entire field to pit road for tires.

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DiMatteo, Narducci, Beyer, & Lindeman Score NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in 2017 with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions as well as the Mr. Rooter Truck Series as part of the Saturday NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend festivities. Cory DiMatteo took the checkered flag in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Bryan Narducci was the winner of the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Trace Beyer won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Andy Lindeman won the 35-lap Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature.

The 20-lap SK Light Modified feature took the green flag with Joey Ferrigno taking the lead on the outside of Andrew Les. The field completed 2 laps before the caution came out for Brett Gonyaw, who got into the wall coming out of turn 2 and came to a stop on the backstretch.

Ferrigno took the lead back under green with Tony Santangelo hot on his bumper. David Arute was up to third with Glenn Griswold in fourth and Jay Goff fifth. Marcello Rufrano and Chris Matthews were side by side for sixth as Ferrigno began to stretch out his advantage over Arute in second.

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Fulton Speedway – Highbank Holdup Night 2 Quick Results

Highbank Holdup Day #2 Quick Results Presented By TK99 Classic Rock

(Modified Super DIRTcar Series Highbank Holdup 100 Laps) – BILLY DECKER, Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Brett Hearn, Larry Wight, Billy Dunn, Billy Whittaker, Alan Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Erick Rudolph, Tom Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Peter Britten, Brandon Walters, Mike Mahaney, Max McLaughlin, Rich Scagliotta, Keith Flach, Michael Maresca, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Rob Bellinger, Danny Varin, Mike Bowman, Carey Terrance, Yan Bussiere, Chad Phelps, Gary Tomkins.

(Cars Entered) – 42

(Tom Juno Power Seal Driveway Sealer $100 Hard Charger) – Alan Johnson.

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Phoenix USAC Silver Crown (Presented by Traxxas) Race Results

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: April 28-29, 2017 – Phoenix, Arizona – Phoenix Raceway – “Phoenix Copper Cup”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: (April 28) 1. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-25.362; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-25.499; 3. Davey Hamilton, 99, RPM/Gormly-25.607; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn/Carli-25.609; 5. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-25.666; 6. Tanner Swanson, 201, Nolen-25.682; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-25.768; 8. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-26.078; 9. Henry Clarke, 75, Rose-26.342; 10. Davey Hamilton Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-26.656; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-26.906; 12. A.J. Russell, 3, Finkenbinder-27,390; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-27.416; 14. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-28.067; 15. Shane Butler, 15, Thompson-30.978; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-NT; 17. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps – April 29) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. David Byrne, 4. Davey Hamilton, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Shane Butler, 7. Aaron Pierce, 8. Toni Breidinger, 9. A.J. Russell, 10. Henry Clarke, 11. Joe Axsom, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Chris Windom (#2 Lawson), 14. Justin Grant, 15. Tanner Swanson, 16. Davey Hamilton Jr. NT

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F2000: Palacio Scores First Win on Last Lap

Video Recap: https://www.facebook.com/F2000Championship/videos/10154503724381961/

Alton, VA – Nicolas Palacio started on pole but only led a single lap, leading across the finish line to score his first career F2000 Championship Series victory in the season-opener at VIR. Palacio lost the lead on the start from pole to Reece Everard, who gapped the field but had mechanical problems on the last lap coming out of the last turn, with Palacio charging to the victory by just two tenths of a second.

“I didn’t know what to think,” said Palacio. “He pulled away and did a good job. I was driving with a flat-spotted left front with a bad vibration the entire race. We managed to hang in there and I was trying to hang on to second. I saw Reece slowing on the last lap and I kept my foot in it.”

Palacio gets a chance for a sweep on Sunday at VIR, as he starts on pole again.

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Atlantic: Last Lap Move Gives Portante VIR Win

Alton, VA – Peter Portante passed David Grant on the outside down the backstretch at VIR on the last lap for the win in round two of the 2017 Atlantic Championship Series season. It marks Portante’s first Atlantic win in his second start for K-Hill Motorsports in an action-packed race. David Grant finished second and Saturday winner Keith Grant completed the podium as the three leaders diced for the race win.

Portante started second and fell back to third in the only going, only to mount an assault, moving past Keith Grant and then passing David Grant for the lead on lap 10.

He led a few laps before David got past again.

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Atlantic: Keith Grant Wins with Third to First Move on Restart

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Alton, VA – Keith Grant won the season-opening Atlantic Championship Series race on a wild restart with four laps to go at VIRginia International Raceway on a hot Saturday afternoon. Grant was sitting third in his No. 40 Polestar Swift 016, and when David Grant and Peter Portante went wide while battling for the lead in turn one on a restart, Keith Grant dove inside taking first place and the win at VIR. Portante finished second with David Grant in third.

For Keith Grant, it was an anonymous race until late in the going. He started second and ran second for most of the 22-lap race, eventually getting passed by a charging Portante. However, a full course caution packed the field and changed everything, giving the 2015 Champion the first win of 2017.

“I was definitely in the right place at the right time today,” said Keith Grant. “David had me before the caution came out. I was fortunate for the caution to come out and have both of them go for it in one.”

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Weather Wins Red Miley Rumble at PPMS

Imperial, PA (April 29) Everything was ready for the start of the 2017 racing season at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, except for the weather. A last rain shower passed through in the early afternoon and it was a little too much, forcing the 2:00 PM postponement of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble, presented by Diehl Automotive. The event will be made up, and the rescheduled date will be determined at a later date.

The opening race of the 2017 season will now take place on Saturday, May 6, as it will be Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing Night. An “Action Event” will take place, featuring the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours. Also on the card will be the first of five scheduled visits in 2017 by the Alternative Power Sources Allegheny Sprint Tour.

For all racing programs, the gates open at 5:00, with warm-ups at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. Follow us on Facebook at @PAMotorSpeedway or on Twitter at @PAMotorSpeedway for timely information updates. The Twitter account is used extensively on race nights for live updates from the track. Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is located west of the city of Pittsburgh, just south of the Noblestown exit of U.S. Route 22, or 170 Kelso Road in Imperial, PA, for GPS purposes. The track phone is 724-695-3363 on race days, or call 412-279-RACE. For complete information including ticket information, please visit the track website at www.ppms.com.

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F1600: Kotyk by .02 Seconds for the Win

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Alton, VA – Jonathan Kotyk, coming out of the final corner at VIR, got the run he needed to win by a nose for Team Pelfrey, beating Zach Holden to the line by .020 seconds with Lance Fenderson another .050 seconds back in a thrilling three-wide finish in the first race of 2017 for the F1600 Championship Series.

“It’s a really great feeling. This is my first car race, I just moved up from karts,” said Kotyk. “I just can’t thank everyone enough. I definitely learned a lot and I think we’ll have a good car tomorrow.”

Kotyk led most of the way in an exciting two car battle with K-Hill’s Lance Fenderson as the two broke away from the F1600 field.

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QUALIFYING: Coby on Point at Sizzler

Sets New Track Record With Ninth Career Stafford Pole

STAFFORD, Conn.Doug Coby captured the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday for the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway. With a fast lap of 17.896 seconds (100.581 mph), Coby broke the track record at the half-mile oval, one that was previously held by Ryan Preece. The pole was the 20th career for the Milford, Conn. native and also his ninth at Stafford. Coby will lead the field to green behind the wheel of his Mayhew Tools No. 2.

Todd Szegedy qualified second and will join Coby on the front row for Sunday’s 200 lap main event. Szegedy put up a fast lap of 18.040 seconds behind the wheel of his Montanari Fuel No. 85. The 2003 champion has four career Stafford victories to his credit heading into tomorrow.

Eric Goodale posted the third fastest time of 18.066 seconds, while Ryan Preece (18.066 seconds) and Justin Bonsignore (18.089 seconds) rounded out the top five in the qualifying session. Chase Dowling was sixth, with Ron Silk, Icebreaker winner Rowan Pennink, Ted Christopher and Shawn Solomito rounding out the top 10.

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PRACTICE: Coby Back On Top

Four-Time Champion Tops Chart for Whelen Modified’s Sizzler

STAFFORD, Conn — After starting the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season with two finishes outside the top-10, four-time and defending series champion Doug Coby is looking to get back on track. Saturday, Coby got off to a good start — posting the fastest overall time in practice for Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Behind the wheel of his Mayhew Tools No. 2, Coby posted a fast time of 17.976 seconds, which put him at the top of the charts in the first session. He completed the second and final practice in ninth spot.

Ryan Preece posted the second fastest time on Saturday, touring the half-mile in 19.979 seconds. Eric Goodale was third with a lap of 18.014 seconds, while Todd Szegedy posted the fourth fastest overall time of 18.028 seconds. Szegedy’s lap was fast enough to be the quickest time in the final practice session. Timmy Solomito, who has started the season with two straight top two finishes, posted a time good enough for fifth in the practice runs.
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Pollard Ends Drought with SSS Victory at Five Flags

Pensacola, Fla. — Twenty-seven cars were in attendance at Five Flags Speedway (FL) Friday night to kick off the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco doubleheader weekend. Bubba Pollard dominated the latter half of the 100-lap event before parking his No. 26 machine in familiar territory: Blizzard Series victory lane.

This win has been long anticipated for Pollard who has suffered from an unusual drought throughout the early part of the 2017 season. His only victory had been the Red-Eye 100, a January race at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).

Pollard acknowledged the difficulties his team has been having and the impact it’s had on all of them.

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April 29 is a Wash at Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (April 29, 2017) – Town Crier Night at Knoxville, April 29, has been rained out. Miserable conditions have forced the hand of Knoxville Raceway officials to cancel for the second time in three weeks. Hopefully, April showers bring May races!

Join us next Saturday night, May 6 for Budweiser “National Beverage Day”! Busch Light Beer will be just $1. For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!

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May will be Entertaining at Attica Raceway Park

ATTICA, Ohio – The Month of May will be very busy and very entertaining at Attica Raceway Park.

Heavy rains fell Friday, April 28 just as the third group of Hammer Pallets 410 Sprints was set to qualify on Kear’s Speed Shop Night, forcing the cancellation of the night’s racing. Fans may use their tickets toward any event throughout the 2017 season.

May’s action begins Friday, May 5 on The Adkins Group/AmeriGas Night. The Hammer Pallets 410 Sprints will be in competition for the second visit of the year by the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics. It will also be the first race in the Attica Raceway Park/Oakshade Raceway Late Model Series Challenge for the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models. The Fremont Fence 305 Sprints will also be in action.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Event at Tri-State Speedway Postponed

CONCORD, NC- April 29, 2017- Due to record rainfall hitting the Haubstadt, IN area and localized flooding, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series has postponed the event at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN to their previous longstanding Outlaw date of Mother Day’s, Sunday, May 14.

Fans that currently have tickets for the World of Outlaws Tri-State Speedway event will be able to use them for the rescheduled event on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Tickets for when the Outlaws return to Tri-State Speedway are available through the track website.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will resume Wednesday, May 3 for a make-up race at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR. For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series visit WoOSprint.com or find us on social media at Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws and Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws

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Rain Forces Fremont Speedway Cancellation Saturday, April 29

FREMONT, Ohio – Rains throughout the night Friday and Saturday morning have forced Fremont Speedway to cancel racing activities for Saturday, April 29 on Tank’s Meats Night – Students Race Into Summer.

The event was scheduled to pit the drivers in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints against the K&L Ready Mix National Racing Alliance Sprint Invader 360 sprints. The event will not be rescheduled.

Also, Fremont Speedway had passed out tickets to all students attending schools in Sandusky County. Students may use their pass at one of the next three events at “The Track That Action Built.”

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Thrash Digs Deep for Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprint Triumph

LOXLEY, Ala. (April 28, 2017) Some attrition and a few well-placed cautions, along with an impressive last lap pass, resulted in Timmy Thrash parking his Best Western No. 09 in Victory Lane for the first time against the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints at Alabama’s Deep South Speedway this past Friday night.

Topping the first of a two-night affair at the four-tenths-mile oval, the Gulfport, Miss. shoe is the 18th different winner with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints.

Working through early race cautions, Trash’s run to the front looked to have stalled out in the runner-up position as the No. 4m of Michael Miller held a sizable advantage. Entering the closing laps, however, traffic would prove the defending series champion’s nemesis as Miller’s run was blocked with three laps to go. It was just what the 18th starting Thrash needed to grab the win as the pair battled on the final circuit.

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Castroneves Keeps Phoenix Speed King Crown with Record Qualifying Run

AVONDALE, Arizona (Friday, April 28, 2017) – There’s a new speed king at Phoenix Raceway, but it’s the same old speed king who keeps climbing the Indy car record books.

Helio Castroneves shattered the lap record he set a year ago on the 1.022-mile oval in tonight’s qualifying for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. It earned the 41-year-old Castroneves his second pole position in four races this season and the 49th of his 20-year Indy car career – tying the Team Penske driver with another legend, Bobby Unser, for third on the all-time list.

DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX: Qualifying results

Driving the No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet in windy conditions under the lights, Castroneves averaged 194.905 mph (37.7538 seconds) for his two laps, including a record-setting circuit of 18.8701 seconds (194.975 mph). Castroneves will lead the 21-car field to the green flag in Saturday’s 250-lap race (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

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Todd Root Wins Sportsman Series Opener with Perfect Night at Fulton

DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Continues April 30 at Utica-Rome

FULTON, NY – April 28, 2017 – Todd Root took the lead from Mike Phelps on lap 15 and paced the remaining 25 laps without difficulty to cap a perfect night at Fulton Speedway’s Highbank Holdup 40 on Friday night. The race was the season opener for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region.

Root earned the fastest time overall in time trials of the 52 cars in attendance before winning his heat race and then the 40-lap main event on a slick, but smooth Fulton track.

“This is what I was looking for,” Root said in Victory Lane. “We’re going to travel the series this year and I was looking for a really strong run right out of the gate. You don’t get much stronger than this.”

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Qualifying

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “People don’t realize that qualifying is extremely difficult. I took it to the limit – I had one eye closed and one eye open. Experience is a big part of this and today was real, really good. The conditions were really difficult today in practice – the gusting winds were horrendous. We worked mostly on the race setup (in practice). My engineer did a phenomenal job and obviously everybody at Team Penske – the REV Group car was really fast. Qualifying is one thing – the race is another – but I’m really confident going into tomorrow.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet): “We were pretty stuck – we had way too much downforce. It was very comfortable-still had too much understeer. But it was just too much downforce-I was flat as soon as I got into Turn 1. It was easy-too easy. It’s a shame.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “A pretty solid run for us, based on how practice was, especially after the conditions, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Big credit to the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports guys – we’ve been rolling off the truck with a good car all year. For us, we had a little too much understeer on that run; we were flat both laps, pretty secure. I tried adjusting the car a little bit, but 20-second laps around here, you don’t have a whole lot of time to make a difference in cockpit control. We’ll see where that stacks us up, and if it brings us a top 10 (starting position), that puts us in a decent place.”

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