Friday, July 22, 2016

Phelps Dominates Sharon

Daylon Barr Photo

HARTFORD, OH --  Once the checkered flag flew over Kyle Larson at Eldora last night, all eyes turned east towards Sharon Speedway. The neat and tidy facility that used to be the home to asphalt racing, owned by the Blaney family, would play host to 51 of the beasts from the north east for a scorcher of a night.

The youngster, Max McLaughlin, would lead the way in hot laps turning the temperature up just a little more blazing off a quicktime of 16.179 seconds. All of the HBR cars were fast, taking notes from teammate Dave Blaney, the hometrack favorite. The most shocking part of hot laps was the heavy penalty that was handed down to the 7 of Mike Maresca. He took an extra lap of practice after the checkered flag flew, which during the drivers meeting it was emphasized that this was not going to be tolerated. Maresca would be forced to start tail of his heat race disregarding his time in qualifying.

The speed of the HBR cars would carry over from hot laps as the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time award went to the 98H of Jimmy Phelps, just edging out Billy Decker by .02 seconds. Another local star, Rex King Jr., who also made the trip out to Eldora with the big blocks, lead the way in Group 6 setting the pace with a 16.638. A lot of speed was found right through the middle of the speedway where a heavy cushion developed early on in the evening.

After a little track maintenance during the intermission for the National Anthem smoothed out the track, clearing the way for 6 stout groups of big block modified heats. The top 2 would go to the redraw with 3 qualifying.

·         Group 1 saw Jimmy Phelps set sail, winning by close to 2 seconds. Brett Hearn and Vic Coffey would follow.
·         In group 2, Mike Mahaney would secure his starting spot in the top 12 by winning over Mat Williamson and Rex King.
·         Billy Decker took care of business in group 3, with Ryan Susice charging from 4th to a redraw spot. Dave Blaney would also qualify.
·         No surprises as Matt Sheppard walked away with group 4, taking Pat Ward to the redraw with him. Tim Fuller transferred as he got by Wight with 2 to go after he made contact with the backstretch wall.
·         Group 5 was taken by Stewart Friesen after a tight battle with Max McLaughlin. Erick Rudolph took 3rd.
·         Local favorite Rex King Jr. took group 6, followed by Ryan Watt and Jimmy Horton.

The redraw saw The Power House, Ryan Watt starting on the pole next to Ryan Susice on the front row of the 32 car field. Watt would give up the lead early on in the 100 lap feature, as Susice paced the field until just after a lap 10 yellow for Stewart Friesen breaking in turn 3. His night would end, taking a huge hit in the point’s standings.

On the restart, Watt and Susice would go side by side until Watt was the first across the line on lap 14. While this was happening, a 5th place starting Jimmy Phelps would work the top side around point’s leader Matt Sheppard taking away the third spot. A fading Ryan Susice would concede two spots, slipping back to 4th on Lap 25. Bad luck was not apparent tonight, as Brett Hearn would also crack the top 5.

A restart on lap 46 would line Jimmy Phelps up on the outside of leader Ryan Watt. Phelps took advantage of the spot, powering around the top side, taking the lead, and setting sail. The yellow would fly again on lap 47 as Sheppard pulled to the pits with a broken radiator cap, relegating him to a 27th place finish.

A fourth place Decker would use a lap 65 restart to rocket into the second spot, making quick work diving through the middle from 4th position. Jimmy Phelps ran his best lap shortly thereafter on lap 67, with Decker’s fastest lap being run on lap 70.

The final yellow on lap 96 was caused by a chain reaction after Erick Rudolph made contact on the bottom side of Blaney, cutting down a tire, and spinning out of turn 4. This sent Blaney into the outside wall, also collecting Wight and Horton. The red flag would be displayed for cleanup.
Decker, being strong all night on restarts, had one last chance to pressure Jimmy Phelps on the restart.
He would get close, bumping the 98H coming out of turn two, but that would be the closest he would get as Jimmy Phelps landed his rocket ship in Victory Lane.

Post-race, Phelps had nothing but good things to say about his car and team, finally finding his way back to Victory Lane since August of 2015. Decker, on a softer tire compound, said the yellows were what he needed; he just couldn’t get the job done.

The SuperDIRTcar Series heads to Quebec Monday and Tuesday for back to back races at Granby and Drummond respectively. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 9

Rico Abreu took a break from his asphalt schedule to claim
three podium finishes at Eldora's Kings Royal weekend.

The 33rd Annual Kings Royal and 25th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup are in the rear view mirror as we head into the latter stages of summer. Next up on the card of huge events is the highly-anticipated Summer Nationals for the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. A heavy dose of drivers currently in the Top 25 will be in attendance, and chances are one of them will be in victory lane on Saturday night.

Rico Abreu ran with the World of Outlaws for a second consecutive weekend, and as the seat time builds up he continues to find speed. Abreu's talent was on showcase at the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH where the young wheelman recorded 3rd place finishes in both preliminary nights before finishing runner-up in the finale. His efforts are reflected in our poll as he's the biggest mover of the week, advancing eleven positions from No. 18 to No. 7.

Just as we have the hard charger, someone has got to be the biggest loser as well. The lowly nomination goes to Pittsburgh, PA's Danny Holtgraver who dropped ten spots in the rankings. This comes just one week after Holtgraver earned the hard charger award.

Surprise, surprise. #DamnYouDonny Schatz is still atop our Top 25 rankings following stellar performances at Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, and Lernerville Speedway. The remainder of the Top 5 is filled out by David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, Greg Hodnett and Shane Stewart.

Three drivers made the jump up into our Top 25 sprint car poll. California's Kyle Hirst (21) and Oklahoma's Stevie Smith (23) both moved into the rankings. Hirst looked impressive in winning a King of the West Sprint Series show at Ocean Speedway while Stevie Smith captured the runner-up spot at Williams Grove's Outlaw Tune-up. Dropping out of the Top 25 was Alan Krimes and Dusty Zomer.

Our panel of voting members for Week 9 included the following:
Blake Anderson, Brian Liskai, Bobby Gerould, Tony Bokhoven, Mike Leone, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini and Tyler Beichner.

1. Donny Schatz, 160 points (6)
Recent Results: Hasn't finished outside of the Top 2 in the last eight World of Outlaws races.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 138 points
Recent Results: Adds a Kings Royal prelim win and the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup to his resume.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Daryn Pittman, 132 points
Recent Results: Picked up a prelim win at Eldora after reaching the podium from the back at Attica.
Previous Ranking: 5th (+2)

4. Greg Hodnett, 124 points
Recent Results: Two more podium finishes at Williams Grove and Port Royal.
Previous Ranking: 4th (NC)

5. Shane Stewart, 121 points
Recent Results: Fails to crack the Top 5 in any of the World of Outlaw's last five events.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (-2)

6. Brad Sweet, 108 points
Recent Results: Strong 3rd place run at the Kings Royal. Mechanical failure ends his Silver Cup 3rd place run.
Previous Ranking: 6th (NC)

7. Rico Abreu, 101 points
Recent Results: Victory lane eludes him, but he scored a runner-up and two 3rd place finishes at Eldora.
Previous Ranking: 18th (+11)

8. Dale Blaney, 98 points
Recent Results: A runner-up at Attica and 3rd place at Lernerville surround a disappointing Kings Royal.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+3)

9. Danny Dietrich, 84 points
Recent Results: Three Top 5 runs on the Central PA circuit capped off by a win at Susquehanna.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+2)

10. Sheldon Haudenschild, 83 points
Recent Results: Placed 4th at Attica and 9th at Lernerville with the World of Outlaws.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-1)

11. Lance Dewease, 79 points
Recent Results: Used a win at Williams Grove and 2nd at Susquehanna to tune up for the Summer Nationals.
Previous Ranking: 16th (+5)

12. Kerry Madsen, 72 points
Recent Results: An up-and-down Kings Royal Weekend with a 4th place prelim finish as the high point.
Previous Ranking: 15th (+3)

13. Joey Saldana, 70 points
Recent Results: The Brownsburg Bullet couldn't crack the Top 5 on any night at Eldora.
Previous Ranking: 7th (-6)

14. Danny Lasoski, 68 points
Recent Results: Made the long haul to Eldora and Lernerville with very little to show for it.
Previous Ranking: 8th (-6)

14. Mark Dobmeier, 68 points
Recent Results: Midwest hotshoe grabs his 3rd Badlands Motor Speedway win of the season.
Previous Ranking: 13th (-1)

16. Brian Brown, 53 points
Recent Results: Strong runs at Eldora result in 5th and 6th place finishes over the weekend.
Previous Ranking: 21st (+5)

17. Chad Kemenah, 48 points
Recent Results: The highlights of his Kings Royal weekend were 8th and 9th place preliminary finishes.
Previous Ranking: 10th (-7)

18. Brent Marks, 37 points
Recent Results: Towed from Central PA to make all three features at Eldora against stiff competition.
Previous Ranking: 19th (+1)

19. Craig Dollansky, 35 points
Recent Results: Winner winner chicken parm dinner. Dollansky found victory lane at Knoxville.
Previous Ranking: 21st (+2)

20. Logan Schuchart, 32 points
Recent Results: Returning home to Central PA for a Summernationals and a shot at $50,000.
Previous Ranking: 24th (+4)

21. Kyle Hirst, 28 points
Recent Results: Won the King of the West touring race at Ocean Speedway.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

22. Lucas Wolfe, 27 points
Recent Results: Strong runs at Williams Grove, Port Royal, and Susky before setting quick time at Lernerville.
Previous Ranking: 16th (-6)

23. Stevie Smith, 25 points
Recent Results: Finished runner-up to Dewease in the WoO Tune-Up at Williams Grove.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Danny Holtgraver, 21 points
Recent Results: After a 5th place run at Attica with the WoO, struggled heavily at Eldora and Lernerville.
Previous Ranking: 14th (-10)

25. Terry McCarl, 20 points
Recent Results: Scored a podium 3rd place finish at Badlands Motor Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 23rd (-2)

Dropped Out of Rankings
Alan Krimes (20), Dusty Zomer (24)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Silver Cup Pickem Results

The 162 entries that filled the scoresheet this year blew away last year's event high of 52. So first things first, thanks to everyone that participated. I hope this fantasy contest made the event a little more fun and and that you'll join us for more Pickems in the near future!

John LoPresto (@JohnLoPresto) topped the leaderboard following David Gravel's exciting win on Tuesday night. LoPresto, who was one of the last contestants to enter, won despite the fact that one of his drivers did not even race. The winning combination was that of David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, Tim Shaffer, Cole Duncan and Jack Sodeman, Jr. A margin of 11 points separates him and second place. For the win, John will receive a $50 Visa gift card courtesy of our fine sponsors.

Behind him was well-known special event pickem player Brian Johnson (@Flwrpwr29). The driver combination that garnered a runner-up effor for Johnson was comprised of Dale Blaney, Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer, A.J. Flick, and Jack Sodeman, Jr. A "Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup" event tshirt will be awarded to Brian for his strong 2nd place finish.

Rounding out the podium was Aaron McClure. Aaron nudged out the 4th place finisher by just one point to claim the final spot on the podium. For his efforts, he will receive a coveted "The Dirt Network" tshirt. His driver combination was David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Lucas Wolfe, Sheldon Haudenschild, Cap Henry, and Cole Duncan.

Official Standings




Monday, July 18, 2016

The TDN Weekly Super Late Model Power Poll: Week 11

What's up ya'll? It's Monday and I'm here doing that thing I do where I find racing results and add the points up, then write some stuff about it.

 By the pic leading into the article, it's pretty obvious that the top spot hasn't changed this week. I mean, Max is having an incredible season, so it really shouldn't be a surprise he's leading this. Doesn't mean he's running away with it, either, because his competition is creeping ever closer all the time. What's really awesome this week is that the top ten finally has no ties in points. It only took half the season, but I'll take it.

This week, just about everybody got thiser shows in. The only two that didn't were PPMS, who didn't have super late models scheduled, and Selinsgrove, who apparently got hit with rain just as the features were gonna hit the track and washed the show out. It apparently also rained at Marion Center, but they managed to get the super feature done before it hit. Bedford's show was an 8k to win special, so it got the expanded specials scoring this week.

Now, let's get to this standings on my little scoresheet...

1. Max Blair****, 49 points. Max ran second at Eriez Sunday. In non scoring action this weekend, Max finished last at MCR on Thursday.

2. Alex Ferree******, 44 points. Alex got a fifth Friday at Lernerville and picked up the win at Marion Center Saturday.

3. Jeff Rine*****, 43 points. Jeff didn't score any points this weekend. In non-scoring action, he was 25th in the final rundown at Bedford Friday.

4. Russ King*, 39 points. Russ got a second at Lernerville Friday.

5. Jared Miley****, 38 points. Jared didn't score any points this weekend. In non-scoring action, he got a twelfth at Bedford Friday and a seventh at Elkins Saturday.

6. Dylan Yoder****, 37 points. Dylan picked up the win Saturday at Port Royal. In non-scoring action, he got a 27th at Bedford Friday.

7. Rob Blair****, 32 points. Rob got with win Sunday at Eriez.

8. Joe Martin*, 27 points. Joe got a fourth at Lernerville Friday. In Non-scoring action, he ran thiorteenth at Stateline Saturday.

9. Andy Haus**, 24 points. Andy was third Saturday at Port Royal. In non-scoring action, he apparently ran Bedford, but results howed he DNS the feature.

10. Mike Blose**, 22 points. Mike didn't score any points this week, and apparently won't be scoring any more points for a while. He's out of motors.

And that's the top ten this week. Weather is looking pretty meh currently for this coming weekend, so lets all think happy thoughts and maybe we'll actually get some shows in. At least I hope so, or else my article could totally be a copy and paste of this one next week, and nobody wants to read that shit.

As always, same bat time, same bat place next week and all that jazz.