Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Heads North to Quebec this Weekend.
By Dean Reynolds
SYRACUSE, NY – After a very successful opening Memorial Day Weekend, the traveling road show of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints now heads north to the two Autodrome’s in Quebec…Granby and Drummond.
It marks the first two events for the Einstein Construction Group Canada Tour 2015 and also the Fondations 4 Saisons Quebec Series. Not only will there by hefty point funds on the line but also the 25 lap A-Mains are the largest paying full point events on the schedule.
A nice $2,000 goes to the winner on each night with $1,225 for second, $1,025 set aside for third with $500 just to take the green. If you happen to not qualify for the A-Main, you will still receive $250.
Chuck Hebing did a clean sweep with wins at Fonda and Utica-Rome but already scheduled business commitments will keep him from making the trip. The weekend’s bridesmaid was Steve Poirier on both nights and he will lead the charge in front of his hometown fans.
Americans Jason Barney, Matt Tanner, Tommy Wickham, Jeff Cook, Parker Evans, Paulie Colagiovanni, Dave Axton, Dylan Swiernik, Zach Weigand and Dan Douville are expected to make the trip across the border. Also, Pa’s Mark Smith will make his ESS debut in Patrick Vigneault’s #55.
Canada will also be well represented with the likes of Etienne Girard, Alain Bergeron, Dale Gosselin, Lee Ladouceur, Yan Bilodeau, Michael Parent, Paul Pekkonen, Alain Boisvert and Guillaume Neiderer looking to be in the field. A second Steve Poirier mount will also be in the pits with Jordan Poirier making his 360 sprint car debut.
Autodrome Granby on Friday and Autodrome Drummond on Saturday…the 32nd Anniversary Tour for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. It will be excitement guaranteed! Canada Style!!
Autodrome Granby – May 29 – Racing at 7:00
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Autodrome Drummond – May 30 – Racing at 6:00
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THIRD ROUND OF 2015 WEEKLY RACING SERIES
by Tommy Goudge (May 27, 2015) – Ohsweken, Ontario – Ohsweken Speedway’s 20th season of racing continues this Friday, May 29 when Corr/Pak Merchandising presents the third round of the track's 2015 weekly racing series. The Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Car, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stock, HRW Automotive Mini Stock, & Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bomber divisions will all be part of the show.
CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS
Mitch Brown got the 360 Sprint Car feature win last Friday, but was assessed a points penalty after the race. 2008 track champion Keith Dempster kept his lead in the championship standings as a result, while Todd Hoddick, Dane Lorenc, Conor Mahoney, and Cory Turner make up the rest of the top 5. Tyler Hendricks leads Lee Winger, Kris Root, and Ryan Turner in the Rookie of the Year standings.
STRICKLAND’S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS
Aaron Turkey won the Crate Sprint Car feature last Friday, and moved into a tie for the championship points lead with May 15 winner Alex Hill. Mark Czuba and Dylan Westbrook are tied for the third spot in the standings, while Jake Brown rounds out the top 5. Hill has the lead in the Rookie of the Year standings, followed by Steve Lyons, Mack DeMan, and Ed Green.
JUNE 5TH BICYCLE GIVEAWAY NIGHT KICKS OFF AN EXCITING PENN CAN SPEEDWEEK
CRSA SPRINT CAR NEWS Media contact: Reed Miller MILLERRJ18@HOTMAIL.COM
CRSA SERIES RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY SATURDAY
Oneonta, New York…The CRSA Sprint Tour is heading back to the historic “Hard Clay” of the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York Saturday. This will be the tour’s second appearance at the speedway. Earlier in May Corey Sparks took his car to Victory Lane in a hard fought battle with Jeremy Quick, Scott Goodrich, Kyle Smith, and Mike Kiser. The upcoming event will be the second of five races at Orange County Fair Speedway's 5/8 mile oval and the fourth race of the E&H Services / Esposito's Lawn & Garden "Southern Tier Challenge.
After last Friday’s exciting feature event at the I-88 Speedway in Afton, New York Scott Goodrich has taken a forty point leaded in the championship standings over Corey Sparks and Mike Kiser. Kyle Smith and Dalton Herrick complete the top five in points. Goodrich has been on a hot streak winning two of the last three events at I-88 and Penn Can. Other 2015 feature event winners include Josh Pieniazek and Jordon Thomas.
The 2015 CRSA Sprint Car Tour is off to a great start. With only five races in the books, thirty five different drivers have started feature races. The series is averaging over twenty two cars per event. After returning to Orange County Fair Speedway, the tour moves back to the southern tier of New York to the Five Mile Point Speedway on Saturday June 13th.
When racing returns to Orange County Fair Speedway on Saturday another great field of sprint cars is expected. Heat races and another exciting twenty five lap feature are on the schedule. Racing on May 30 begins promptly at 6:60 pm. Admission remains $14 for adults, $12 seniors, and $1 for children 12 and under. For more information about the CRSA Sprint Car Tour please check out the official website at www.crsa.myracepass.com.
The CRSA Sprint Car Tour is sponsored in part by the following fine sponsors: American Race Tires, Kelly Race Fuels, Schaeffer Oil, Kennedy's Towing, Ingles Performance, Panther Frameworx, Inc, Vertex Magsarus, Kreitz Oval Track Supply, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, and M&W Aluminum Products.
GOODRICH WIN CRSA FEATURE AT I-88 SPEEDWAY
Afton, NY. The CRSA 2015 Sprint Car Tour made its first appearance of the season at the I-88 Speedway. Another fine field of sprint cars signed in to do battle on the Afton, New York oval. Middleton, New York’s Scott Goodrich continued his hot streak winning his second feature race in his last three starts. The race marked the first race of the four event "Algonkin Motel Challenge.” This mini-series consists of all the races that are held at the I-88 Speedway.
CRSA rookie Brian Krummel and Billy Jaycox brought the strong twenty two car sprint car field to the green flag with Krummel jumping out to the top spot ahead of Jaycox, Corey Sparks, and Christain Rumsey. The first and only caution of the event came on lap two with Tyler Jashembowshi spinning coming off turn four.
With green returning Krummel kept his car our front until lap four when Jaycox made the pass for the top spot going down the backstretch. Jaycox would keep his car out front with the cars of Goodrich, Joe Kata, Mike Kiser making their way to the front. At the halfway point of the race the leaders were making their way through lapped traffic with Jaycox, Goodrich, Krummel, Kiser, and Rumsey making up the top five.
Cars were swapping positions lap after lap. Goodrich was on the bumper of Jaycox with the fastest cars on the track being Joe Kata and Kiser, both coming from deep in the pack. Goodrich made his way to the front on the sixteenth circuit. Jaycox continued to run in second but had pressure in lap traffic allowing Kiser to get second on lap seventeen with Kata now fourth. Kata continued his move forward getting into third with two laps remaining.
Goodrich stayed out front and took Kenny Marshall’s checkered flag for his second win of the 2015 CRSA season. Kiser held on for second with Kata coming up to third. Kummel held on for fourth with Jaycox fifth.
SPRINT NOTES: The Dash for Cash, sponsored Babcocks Live Music of Wells Bridge, NY, was won by J.R.Hurlburt followed by John Matrafailo, Dustin Purdy, Dalton Herrick, Dana Wagner, David French. The three heat were won by Brian Krummel, Christian Rumsey,and Chad Miller, with Scott Goodrich winning the Kennedy Towing bonus. Mike Kiser was the Magsarus Hard Charger.Scott Goodrich has the series point lead followed by Cory Sparks, Mike Kiser, and Kyle Smith.
CRSA ALGONKIN MOTEL FEATURE: SCOTT GOODRICH, Mike Kiser, Joe Kata, Brian Krummel, Brett Jaycox, Christian Rumsey, Kyle Smith, Josh Pieniazek, Chad Miller, Dalton Herrick, Billy VanInwegen, John Matrafailo, Dustin Purdy, JR Hurlburt, Thomas Radivoy, Emily VanInwegen, David French, Dana Wagner, Tyler Jashembowshi, Josh Flint, Warren Alexson, Cory Sparks.
The CRSA Tour is sponsored in part by American Racer/ Lias Tire, Kelly Fuels, Krietz Oval Track Parts, Magsarus Ignitions, Panther Frameworx, Kennedy's Towing, Schaeffer Racing Oil, M&W Aluminum Products, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, E&H Services, Espositos Lawn&Garden, and Snowflake Photography
Sammy Reakes IV Sweeps the Weekend with Patriot Sprint Tour Score at Eriez
Rich Vleck, HAMMETT, PA, (May 24, 2015)- After his win Saturday Night at Stateline Speedway, Sammy Reakes IV admitted it took some luck for him to score the victory; after his win on Sunday Night at Eriez though, there was no question about his ability to win races on the Patriot Sprint Tour.
Reakes, 27, of Palermo, NY, took the lead from Scott Kreutter on lap 11 and held off a hard-charging Jared Zimbardi over the second half of the race at Eriez Speedway to sweep the Memorial Day Weekend Doubleheader and establish a healthy point lead through the first five races on the PST America Series.
“The car was amazing, especially those first 15 laps,” declared Reakes in Victory Lane. “Towards the end, the bottom end was starting to blow off, but we were good enough.”
In 2014, Reakes won his heat and finished in 7th in his first appearance at Eriez. Sunday night started out similarly as Reakes drove to another heat race win, but this time around, he went forward from the fifth starting spot to get his Tub Surgeon No. 17 to the front.
On the opening circuit, Reakes made a three-wide move underneath Jack Sodeman Jr. and Mitch Brown, entering turns three and four. Sodeman and Brown made contact while Reakes got to third. After the races only caution flag on lap two, Reakes moved around Jimmy Stitzel for second place and set his sights on the leader.
“I like this place a lot,” noted Reakes after the race. “It reminds me a lot of Brewerton and I’ve got a lot of laps at that track in a sportsman car so it helped me to run the bottom here, especially in turns one and two where you’ve got to hug the bottom yet keep the car free.”
After getting by Scott Kreutter on lap 11, Reakes started to pick his way through lapped traffic. Jared Zimbardi moved around Kreutter for second on lap 16 and immediately began putting pressure on Reakes for the lead. Zimbardi, who was blasting his No. 35 around the top of the track, got close on many occasions but just could not find the run to take the lead.
“Scotty gave me a run and then with two to go I saw Jared show me his nose in the middle and I said I better step it up and get by these lapped cars because he’s not going to mess around,” added Reakes.
The win capped off a dream weekend for the fourth year sprint car shoe. After winning in his second sprint car start, a few tough years made this weekend even sweeter for the Palermo, NY driver.
“The way we have come out this year is just awesome, especially after the way we have struggled the last two years. We got our motor program back on track, I got myself back on track with the maintenance and spending time in the garage with my dad, who just slaves on this thing.”
It was another quality run for Zimbardi, who scored his fifth-straight top five at the site of his first career PST win back in 2007. He noted after the race that he felt the car was strong on the top, but just could not find consistent bite off of turn four to take the lead.
Despite slipping back to a third place finish, Pole Position Raceway Polesitter and heat race winner Scott Kreutter was happy to have his first top five of the season. The three-time Eriez winner felt that a poor shock on the right rear may have been the culprit late in the race.
Weekend invader Jimmy Stitzel had a solid night, coming home in the fourth position. Former PST rookie of the year Steven Hutchinson Jr. scored a career-best fifth-place finish at the site of his first career top 10 back in 2012.
Jack Sodeman Jr. suffered noticeable damage to the C.J. Jones-owned No. 10J but was able to cross in sixth, ahead of Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash Winner George Suprick, who was seventh. Dane Lorenc was eighth, while Darryl Ruggles charged back up to ninth after getting involved in a lap 2 crash. Kyle Drum rounded out the top 10.
A total of 24 sprints helped to pack the pits for the tradition Memorial Day Sunday race. It was a warm, yet overcast day that produce a light sprinkle but could not prohibit the 14th PST race at Eriez from taking place.
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Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Results: 5/24/15, Eriez Speedway, Hammett, PA.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Sammy Reakes IV (17), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Jimmy Stitzel (4), 5. Steven Hutchinson Jr. (2), 6. Jack Sodeman Jr. (10J), 7. George Suprick (87), 8. Dane Lorenc (00), 9. Darryl Ruggles (48JR), 10. Kyle Drum (47), 11. Dave Just (54J), 12. Joe Trenca (98), 13. Gary Edwards (57), 14. Joe McEwen (44), 15. Alysha Ruggles (48A), 16. Tyler Graves (25G), 17. Jake Muench (14), 18. Dennis Wagner (38), 19. Steve Glover (121), 20. Stan Zanchin (94), 21. Dave Wickham (80), 22. Scott Just (54JR), 23. Mitch Brown (10), 24. Steve Collins (67).
Lap Leaders- Kreutter 1-10, Reakes 11-25.
Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame (4 Laps)- 1. George Suprick (87), 2. Darryl Ruggles (48JR), 3. Dane Lorenc (00), 4. Scott Just (54JR), 5. Joe McEwen (44), 6. Steve Collins (67).
Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: Sodeman, Zimbardi, D. Ruggles, McEwen, Edwards, Trenca, Glover, A. Ruggles.
Race 2: Reakes, Hutchinson, Suprick, Drum, Collins, Graves, Wagner, Zanchin.
Race 3: Kreutter, Brown, S. Just, Stitzel, Lorenc, D. Just, Muench, D. Wickham.
Hoosier Tire Canada/ Mike Emhof Motorsports Recipient: Zimbardi
Pole Position Raceway Pole Winner: Kreutter
Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Point Standings (Top 10)- Reakes 690, Drum 634, Kreutter 596, Hutchinson 569, Zimbardi 568, S. Just 563, D. Just 554, Collins 553, Glover and Suprick 535.
Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash Series Standings (Top Five)- Zimbardi 12, Brown 11, Kreutter 10, Lorenc 9, Drum Collins and Suprick 7.
Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger of the Season Standings (Top Five)- Zimbardi 33, T. Wickham 24, D. Just 20, Tanner and Reakes 18.
Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader Standings (Top Five)- Reakes 21, S. Just 19, Barney and Stillwaggon 16, Zimbardi 15.
Sammy Reakes IV Snares Patriot Sprint Spectacular at Stateline
Rich Vleck, JAMESTOWN, NY, (May 23, 2015)- The 2015 season has seen Sammy Reakes IV travel to new race tracks while using an old number he found success in while running sportsman. On Saturday Night, he rekindled that success at a track he had never laid eyes on before.
Reakes, of Palermo, NY, took the lead from Scott Just on lap 20 at Stateline Speedway and held off a hard-charging Mitch Brown to score the $2,000 top prize and his first Patriot Sprint Tour win.
“It feels awesome,” exclaimed Reakes in Victory Lane. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been here so it feels really good.”
Reakes got the night started off strong comfortably winning heat race one. He felt good about the car but after the Pole Position Raceway redraw saw him get the eighth starting position, the prospects of him winning were put in serious doubt.
“We drew the eight and obviously I was a little discouraged at first but I came back to the trailer and I told my guys ‘It doesn’t matter, I’m going to win it tonight!’ I’m glad I delivered on my promise and didn’t make myself a liar.”
Reakes was able to move in to the top five by the end of the first lap but then settled in fourth place as Scott Just paced the field. Scott Kreutter and Dane Lorenc were battling hard for second place for much of the event, swapping the position on a pair of occasions. On lap 19, as they were both closing in on the leader, Lorenc went to pass Kreutter for the spot and they made contact, sending Kreutter hard in to the frontstretch wall.
On the ensuing restart, Just’s No. 54JR, which had been flawless all race sputtered just after the restart point with what turned out to be a fuel line issue and staked up the field; it was just the opportunity Reakes needed to snag the lead.
“I’m only 27 but I felt like the old guy out there racing with Just and Lorenc and thought on that late restart If I could just show them a nose maybe I could rattle them,” he noted after the race.”
The caution flag would wave two more times after Reakes inherited the lead, forcing him to be perfect on the ensuing restarts. With one lap remaining, Canadian Mitch Brown had moved up to second while Jared Zimbardi had driven up from 16th to 3rd. Once again, “The Honeybadger” was perfect and would drive comfortably to the win.
In only his second start in a sprint car, Reakes won a feature event but since then had gone through a dry spell. He credited his dad after the race for his perseverance and also was happy his family from North Carolina was able to come up and see the win. Reakes also took over the Patriot Sprint Tour America Point Lead with the Victory.
Mitch Brown had a quality car all night long, winning the Evinigham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash4Cash and driving up seven spots to score the runner-up finish. Brown tried an aggressive line on the final restart but was unable to make a bid for the lead.
Defending PST Champion Jared Zimbardi’s night got off to a rough start when he got collected in an incident in his heat race, cracking the frame. After he crew welded his No. 35 back together, Zimbardi came charging through the pack to finish in third.
Kyle Drum also charged through the field to drive up to fourth in his first Stateline start since 2009. Joe Trenca also came up through the pack to round out the top five in his first Stateline appearance.
Tyler Graves had a career night, winning his heat race and finishing in a career-best sixth place. Dennis Wagner came up through the pack to finish in seventh while Scott Just drifted back to eighth place with an apparent fuel issue. Jake Muench moved forward to finish ninth while early frontrunner Dane Lorenc rounded out the top 10 after a late-race restart jingle saw him fall back.
Joe McEwen was also a surprise early in the night, winning his heat race but an early bobble in the race shuffled him back through the pack.
It was a cool yet clear evening for the first Patriot Sprint race in three years at Stateline, the home of the first Patriot event back in 2003. For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Results: 5/23/15, Stateline Speedway, Jamestown (Busti), NY.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Sammy Reakes IV (17), 2. Mitch Brown (10), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Kyle Drum (47), 5. Joe Trenca (98), 6. Tyler Graves (25G), 7. Dennis Wagner (38), 8. Scott Just (54JR), 9. Jake Muench (14), 10. Dane Lorenc (00), 11. Jimmy Stitzel (4), 12. Steve Glover (121), 13. Joe McEwen (44), 14. Dave Wickham (80), 15. Steven Hutchinson Jr. (2), 16. George Suprick (87), 17. Dave Just (54J), 18. Scott Kreutter (52), 19. Steve Collins (67).
Lap Leaders- S. Just 1-19, Reakes 20-25.
Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame (4 Laps)- 1. Mitch Brown (10), 2. Joe Trenca (98), 3. Kyle Drum (47), 4. Jimmy Stitzel (4), 5. Dennis Wagner (38), 6. Dave Just (54J).
Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: Reakes, Lorenc, Kreutter, Wagner, D. Just, Zimbardi, Suprick
Race 2: Graves, Hutchinson, Collins, Drum, Stitzel, D. Wickham.
Race 3: McEwen, S. Just, Trenca, Brown, Glover, Muench.
Hoosier Tire Canada/ Mike Emhof Motorsports Recipient: Reakes
Pole Position Raceway Pole Winner: Scott Just
Patriot Sprint Tour America Series Point Standings (Top 10)- Reakes 540, Drum 514, S. Just 460, Kreutter 455, Collins 452, D. Just 436, Hutchinson 434, Howland 432, Glover 429, Zimbardi 423.
Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash4Cash Standings (Top Five)- Zimbardi 12, Brown 11, Kreutter 10, Drum 7, Collins 6.
Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger of the Season Standings (Top Five)- Zimbardi 27, T. Wickham 24, Tanner 18, Suprick Brown and Reakes 14.
Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader Standings (Top Five)- S. Just 19, Barney and Stillwaggon 16, Zimbardi 15, Hebing 14.
OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY QUICK RESULTS (UNOFFICIAL)
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS (23 entries)
A-FEATURE (20 laps)
Position. # Name
1. 10 Mitch Brown
2. 77 Dain Naida
3. 49 Todd Hoddick
4. 14h Jim Huppunen
5. 5 Keith Dempster
6. 19 Cory Turner
7. 00 Dane Lorenc
8. 71s Shawn Sliter
9. 5c Conor Mahoney
10. 38 Tyler Hendricks
11. 11 Jamie Turner
12. 2 Lee Winger
13. 11j Chris Jones
14. 69 Kris Root
15. 6 Curtis Gartly
16. 10k Rob Dietrick
17. 81 Derek Jonathan
18. 11z Zach Zumpe
19. 15 Mike Ferrell
20. 0 Glenn Styres
STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS (12 entries)
A-FEATURE (15 laps)
Finish. Number Name
1. 68 Aaron Turkey
2. 47x Dylan Westbrook
3. 77x Alex Hill
4. 18 Josh Shantz
5. 00 Mark Czuba
6. 1-10 Jake Brown
7. 55 Mike Thorne
8. 4 Mack DeMan
9. 12 Brad Herron
10. 9 Steve Lyons
11. 54 Ed Green
12. 7h Ryan Hunsinger
The Cobra Chuck Hebing Completes Lucas Oil ESS Weekend Sweep with Utica-Rome Victory.
By MIKE MALLETT
VERNON, NY - It’s been since 2012 since Chuck Hebing won a feature event at the Utica-Rome Speedway. On Sunday night the “Cobra” kept things going in the right direction as he dominated the 25-lap A-Main event to score his second consecutive victory with the traveling stars of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints.
The win paid him $2,150 and came as part of the SUNY Canton Racing series and the NAPA Auto Parts US Tour. It was the second consecutive night that Hebing was able to keep former champion Steve Poirier behind him.
“We had a good car,” smiled Hebing. “To beat my good buddy Doug (Emery) and (Stewart) Friesen at their track, Doug helps on this car, we did some changes and it worked for me. It might not have worked for them. My crew did a good job on this Panther Frameworx Chassis. It was a good night.”
Davie Franek and Shawn Donath started on the front row of the feature with Franek taking the lead at drop of the green flag. Franek worked the inside lane of the speedway as Donath attempted to hang with him on the top side. The two battled for the first lap before Hebing worked by Donath for the runner-up position.
Hebing chased Franek for the first few circuits as Franek continued work low and Hebing stayed high. They stayed in those lanes as they caught the tail end of the field by lap six. Three laps later, Franek got hung up on the bottom of the speedway allowing Hebing to shoot by on the outside on the ninth lap.
Franek and Hebing battled while Donath closed in after falling back to third. The three were together for the lead after the crossing line to complete lap 12 when the caution came out as Gordy Button went off the high side of the speedway bringing out the yellow.
“I wasn’t restarting very good,” stated Hebing. “On that last one I took the bottom and that seemed to make the difference. I started on the outside before that and spun my tires. They all got a jump on me. Restarts are important with this thing.”
When the green flag came back out, Hebing again bolted to the top spot as Franek searched around looking for a way by to get back to the top spot. They were the top two when the final caution of the race came out on lap 18 as Donath spun on the top of turn four while trying to go for the second spot.
The final restart saw Hebing hold off all challenges as he raced to the top of the first and second turns. As he did that Poirier moved from the fifth position up to the second spot on the top as well. For the second time Poirier was forced to try and race down Hebing.
As the laps clicked closer to the conclusion Poirier was unable to mount a charge. Hebing went on to score his second victory of the weekend and his 26th career with the Empire Super Sprints.
Poirier came home in the runner-up spot once again aboard his No. 28FM. He tried several lines in the final laps but couldn’t gain on Hebing as his hot streak continued.
“I got a couple of good breaks,” stated the St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que., driver. “I restarted on the outside and the track kind of opened for me. I didn’t feel like I had a good car but I could maneuver somewhat on the outside. The bottom kind of went away and the cars running down there had to slow down. We are really happy about finishing second again.”
Danny Varin, of Fonda, N.Y., snuck by Stewart Friesen on the final lap to finish in the third position. Varin started ninth in the field and used every lane of the track to make his way on to the podium at the finish.
“These guys have been in the game a long time so finishing third to them is okay,” commented Varin. “We are just learning. My hats off to Dover Brake. We had some motor problems but we hope to be here a lot more.”
Friesen ended up bringing his Doug Emery owned No. 33 home in the fourth spot while Matt Tanner continued his strong runs at Utica-Rome Speedway with a fifth place finish. Rounding out the top ten were Jason Barney, Larry Wight, who had a sure top five finish when he slid off turn four late in the race, Jessica Zemken, Franek and Bryan Howland.
ESS/Utica-Rome Notes: For the second night in a row, 26 cars made up the pit log…Making first ever ESS appearances were Pete Richardson and Denny Pebbles…Make first ESS starts in 2015 were Gordy Button, Jason Shultz, Wight, Howland and Paul Habeck…Doug Emery went home and changed engines after Fonda…Paul Kinney was missing as he was attending his best friends wedding…Next Week the Lucas Oil ESS gang will travel to the two Autodrome’s in Quebec, Granby and Drummond for events that pay $2,000 to win and $500 to start.
Lucas Oil A-Main – Chuck Hebing ($2,150), Steve Poirier ($1,025), Danny Varin ($800), Stewart Friesen ($630), Matt Tanner ($590), Jason Barney ($760), Larry Wight ($430), Jessica Zemken ($495), Davie Franek ($435), Bryan Howland ($425), Mike Stelter ($535), Cory Sparks ($345), Zach Weigand ($300), Tommy Wickham ($340), Jeff Cook ($335), Paulie Colagiovanni ($305), Paul Habeck ($275), Parker Evans ($270), Dave Axton ($85), Kory Gurney ($330), Shawn Donath ($255), Jason Shultz ($250), Dylan Swiernik ($275), Gordy Button ($300).
Did Not Qualify – Pete Richardson, Denny Pebbles.
Buy In – Axton, Gurney.
Car Mate Trailers $25 To Win Heats – Howland, Tanner, Poirier
The Wild Animal Park/Cobra Coaches Dash – Barney $100
Lacaillade Masonry $50 to win B-Main – Stelter $50
Insinger Performance Hard Charger – Stelter (8 pos.) $50
Engler Machine and Tool Halfway – Hebing $50
Ohsweken Speedway 20th Anniversary – Gurney $50
Beard Sewer and Drain Determination Award – Wickham $50
SUNY Canton Smart Move – Stelter $50
Fondations 55 Pick 5 – Tanner $35
911 Restoration – Franek and Stelter $25
Hoosier Tire – Gurney $200
Vahlco Wheels – Barney $190
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It was Hebing’s 25th career win with the traveling road show and it was worth $2,125 as part of the NAPA US Tour. Hebing held off good friend and 2014 series champion Steve Poirier for the victory. Not only was his No. 45 sputtering as he was running out of a fuel as he took the checkered but he also had a broken w-link in the rear-end.
“I think with four to go it started skipping, then with three to go it got real bad and then it ran out of fuel right after the checkered,” stated Hebing. “Fonda has been tough on me in the past so it is good to win one I’ll tell you that.”
Hebing started on the front row of the 25-lap main-event and jumped to the lead at the onset. He held off the advances of Tim Axton and Stewart Friesen for the first few circuits. The race was caution plagued over the in the early stages with Hebing remaining the leader while Poirier moved into second after starting fifth.
Hebing and Poirier remained the class of the field as they raced away from the rest of the competition on each and every restart. The two were never separated by more than a few car-lengths as Poirier searched around for a way by Hebing. Each time he got a run Hebing was able to drive back by him for the lead.
At the halfway point Hebing and Poirier led the trio of Paul Kinney, Davie Franek and Cory Sparks. Franek came from 13th while Sparks advanced from the 19th spot to challenge for a podium spot. The three swapped lanes multiple times as they each looked to gain an advantage on the others.
While those three battled, Hebing and Poirier continued to duke it out of the race lead. Each time Poirier got close Hebing was able to power back by and open the gap once again.
Hebing was the leader when the final caution of the race came on lap 17 when Dylan Swiernik spun and collected Tim Axton. Both cars received damage and were forced to pits. The yellow allowed Hebing to remain the leader as it looked like Poirier was going to drive by as they raced into turn one as the caution flag came out.
The restart saw Poirier give Hebing everything he had. He tried to work the bottom of turns one and two and then the top of turns three and four. No matter what Poirier tried Hebing was able to keep him behind him. At the checkered flag it was Hebing by a car length of Poirier for the victory.
“There is nothing better than beating the best,” said Hebing of the battle with Poirier. “He likes to beat me just like I like to beat him. We are good friends and it is good to see his health is good and he is here racing with us. He’s going to run you clean and run you hard but it’s always good.”
Poirier, of St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que., was forced to be happy with a second place finish. Poirier capped of the 2014 season by winning at Fonda but it was not to be on this night. He just needed a little bit more to get by Hebing.
“That was a fun race,” said Poirier. “It is always a pleasure to race with Cobra (Hebing). I tried everything. I was good for one or two laps on the inside but after that I was losing my momentum. I think at some point I had a good run out of three and four but the caution came out. I was going to slide Chuck to give him a run for his money. We brought the car home in one piece and we had fun.”
Kinney ended up getting the better of both Franek and Sparks to take home the third position at a track he typically struggles. It was a solid opening night for the Canastota, N.Y., pilot.
“I was surprised how we started out with just how fast we were in hot laps and the heat race,” said Kinney. “We didn’t do much to the car and we went into the feature pretty confident. I do know I’m out of shape. I don’t know if I could have gone five more laps. We’ll take third. I was counting down the laps at the end of it, but I’m happy to be here in third.”
Franek, of Wantage, N.J., ended up finishing in the fourth position in his first start at the facility while Sparks rebounded from some tough luck early in the night to finish in fifth.
911 Restoration Joins the Lucas Oil ESS Sponsor Family.
By Dean Reynolds
SYRACUSE, NY – The nightly sponsorship line up for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) just got bolstered with the addition of 911 Restoration of Syracuse. A cash bonus will be given to each 9th and 11th place finisher during all the ESS full point shows.
Pat LaPage is the man behind 911 Restoration and he is also a big fan of ESS over the years. He has done sponsorship programs with the club before, also moonlighted as the DJ for the annual ESS awards banquet and this year along with the tour sponsorship he will be backing the #99 of 2014 ESS Rookie of the Year, Tim Axton.
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With the first three full point events falling victim to Mother Nature, the 32nd Anniversary Tour will now kick off on Memorial Weekend with traditional stops to the Fonda and Utica-Rome Speedways where the battle for the 2015 Lucas Oil ESS Champion begins!
911 Restoration and the rest of the dedicated ESS sponsorship family helps with the tradition of bringing your excitement guaranteed!
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Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint Tour Just Got a Whole Bunch Easier!
By Dean Reynolds
SYRACUSE, NY – While that might be an unusual title or a weird PR tactic, it is indeed true. While mother nature has been a big thorn in the side for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint 32nd Anniversary Tour it does come with benefits.
With the first three point shows falling off the schedule, the full point season now kicks off this Memorial Weekend at Fonda and Utica-Rome with both paying $2,000 to win. The two tracks are centrally located within most team’s hometowns.
“We just hate to lose the first three shows, it’s just not how we wanted to start the year. But, it can play into some teams plans.” Noted ESS President Chuck Miller. “Following a tour is grueling and can be tough, but those cancellations do make it quite a bit easier for teams that might be on the fence in trying to do the tour. As they say…it’s more doable now.”
This season ESS has loaded up on many perks for teams that want to give the tour a shot. It already provides the highest paying A-Main’s and Point Funds of any 360 organization and that has grown to record numbers for this season.
ESS has introduced the Loyalty Program that if you attend 90% of the shows you get $500 cash on top of all your point fund money earned. If you do 2/3rds of the tour you get a slice of the overall point fund pie and also get perks such as provisionals, free Hoosier Tires and other bonuses.
Following the Memorial Weekend the tour heads to Quebec. While for some, it will be extended travel, the events do offer the highest paying A-Mains on the tour with $2,000 to win and $500 just to start. If you happen to be a DNQ you a guaranteed at least $225!
It’s our 32nd Anniversary, come join us in the fun!!!
With every dark cloud, there is indeed a Silver Lining. For all the information on the Lucas Oil ESS Tour feel free to visit www.empiresupersprints.com and it’s always excitement guaranteed!!
SO FAR, THESE GUYS WILL BE AT THE BIG EVENT ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AUGUST 16 2015.....
ROGER HORVATH, Mahopac. NY, ESS #79
TOM ALLEN, MIDDLETOWN NY, ESS #27
BUD LINK, GRAND ISLAND NY, ESS #56
KENNY TOWNSAND, ESS #58 "ESS HALL OF FAME"
MIKE LAUTERBORN, ROCHESTER NY, ESS #41
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SOS, & GIBERSON HEADLINE INAUGURAL "WALL OF FAME" CLASS
by Tommy Goudge (April 16, 2015) - Ohsweken, Ontario - Ohsweken Speedway officials are pleased to announce the inaugural class of inductees for the Ohsweken Speedway Wall of Fame.
The Styres Family, the Southern Ontario Sprints club, and Mike "Pinball" Giberson will be honoured on Wall of Fame Night on Friday, June 12 as Ohsweken Speedway celebrates the past, and looks forward to the future during the track's 20th season of racing.
Led by brothers Glenn and Curt, the Styres family founded and built Ohsweken Speedway, officially opening it for business on June 16, 1996. Along with Glenn, Tina, Curt, and Trish, many other members of the Styres family have contributed various resources to the success of the speedway, including their time, money, and land use - Anyone who has visited Ohsweken Speedway as a spectator has been greeted by the warm smile of Vera Styres on nearly every race night since the track opened.
The Southern Ontario Sprints club was also founded in 1996, with the second event in SOS history held on Ohsweken's opening day. Including that first event, the club has sanctioned a total of 92 events at Ohsweken over the last 19 seasons, and played an integral role in the growth of Sprint Car racing at the track and all over Ontario. SOS sanctioned events at Ohsweken include all 10 previous editions of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, and the 92 total SOS events at the track have produced 43 different winners.
There is perhaps no better example of the spirit of local short track racing than Mike "Pinball" Giberson, who competed at Ohsweken on opening day in 1996, and hasn't missed a race since. His dedication to preserving that iron-man streak would be reason enough to be considered for the Wall of Fame, but Giberson is also the 1996 Ohsweken Speedway Mini Stock division champion, and a three time winner of the Art Hill Memorial Award. He is the only repeat winner of that award, dedicated to the memory of the late Art Hill, and given to the Mini-Stock competitor who demonstrates sportsmanship, both on and off the track, strives to maintain the highest level of competition, and acts as an ambassador for Ohsweken Speedway.
About the Ohsweken Speedway Wall of Fame:
The Ohsweken Speedway Wall of Fame is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of those who have helped Ohsweken Speedway to become a premiere racing facility, and inspired generations to come. Selections will be made annually by the Wall of Fame committee, with potential honourees including (but not limited to) drivers, car owners, manufacturers, car builders, mechanics, sponsors, promoters, officials, sanctioning organizations, and media members.
The community is invited to submit nominations for induction to the Wall of Fame, and all nominations are given due consideration. The number of inductees in any given year shall be at the discretion of the Wall of Fame committee. The names of inductees for any given year will be announced in early spring, and the official induction ceremony will be held at Ohsweken Speedway on a selected race night during the subsequent season.
The 2015 Ohsweken Speedway Wall of Fame Selection Committee included Clinton Geoffrey, Tommy Goudge and Adam Ross, with consultation from Greg Calnan and Doug Leonard. Nominations were accepted until February 28, 2015. To nominate a candidate for consideration for the 2016 Wall of Fame class, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or utilize the nomination form on the Ohsweken Speedway website at http://ohswekenspeedway.ca/?page_id=3279
Ohsweken Speedway’s 20th season of racing begins on Friday, May 15 with Opening Night 2015. The weekly Friday night racing program will include Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Gale’s Auto Aftermarket Bombers. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more news about Ohsweken Speedway’s 20th anniversary season.
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