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Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Pennsylvania Super Late Model Power Rankings: Week 18


Good afternoon race fans, it's Monday, so that means I typically write some words about the weekends racing action as it pertains to the best super late models in Pennsylvania.

This week was an odd one, as only three tracks got their program in, Dog Hollow, Thunder Mountain and Clinton County, who had a super late model special this week. Everybody else either rained out, or had scheduled off nights for the super lates, and that led to standings that are strikingly similar to last weeks, although Coleby Frye, who has been in the top five all season despite not winning a points scoring race did get the win up at Clinton County Friday. That's pretty cool.

There's not much else to say, so here's a picture of a kitten deadlifting:




Let's go ahead and get to that top ten.

1. Jeff Rine********, 87 points. Jeff went scoreless this week.

2. Alex Ferree*******, 74 points. Alex also failed to score any points this week.

3. Max Blair***, 49 points. Max took an 0fer this week as well.

4. Coleby Frye*, 42 points. Coleby got the win at Clinton County on Friday.

5. Michael Lake******, 41 points. Michael got the win at Dog Hollow Friday.

6. Dave Hess Jr.****, 39 points. Dave had a scoreless weekend.

7.  Dylan Yoder*, 36 points. Dylan ran fifth at Clinton County Friday night.

8. Matt Cosner**, 33 points. Matt didn't score any points this week.

8. Jared Miley****, 33 points. Jared batted .000 for the weekend.

10. Doug Eck**, 32 points. Doug went scoreless this week.

And that's that. Let's hope this coming weekend sees more racing, so you don't have to look at silly cat pics.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Story From Eriez: Cole Duncan Wins Night One of Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions I-79 Summer Shootout



All-Star Circuit of Champions

On Friday July 21st Eriez Speedway hosted Tony Stewart and the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions in front of a packed house. Thirty-Four 410 winged Sprints would sign in, including Tony himself. This would be the fourth All-Stars visit to Eriez Speedway, which also hosted the second ever ASCoC event in 1970. During Friday night qualifying a new track record was set by Hunter Schuerenberg at 13.936 seconds.




Tim Shaffer made a great save after contact in Dash 1.
Schuerenberg would be joined on the front row by Cole Duncan at the start of the All-Stars feature and would jump out to an early lead. By lap 6 he would find himself catching lap traffic and closely followed by Duncan. On the next lap, Jason Barney, Michael Bauer, and Jack Sodeman Jr. would bring out the first yellow with a spin in 2.  The following restart would see Schuerenberg lead Duncan, Brandon Spithaler, Tim Shaffer, and Spencer Bayston to the green.



They would continue to run this way until lap 12 when Shaffer would find his way under Spithaler for the third position.

Lap traffic would allow the 22c of Duncan to catch up to the tail of the 20n of Schuerenberg as they weaved around and thru slower cars during laps 16-19. On lap 19 the yellow would again fly as Tyler Esh and Lee Jacobs tangled in turn 3.

The subsequent restart would allow Duncan the opportunity to get around Schuerenberg on lap 20 and he would never look back, taking the checkers over Shaffer, Schuerenberg, Bayston and Ryan Smith.

Top Ten (25 cars – 30 laps)
1.  Cole Duncan
2.  Tim Shaffer
3.  Hunter Schuerenberg
4.  Spencer Bayston
5.  Ryan Smith
6.  Carson Macedo
7.  Brandon Spithaler
8.  Danny Holtgraver
9.  Tony Stewart
10. Chad Kemenah



RUSH Crate Late Models

The RUSH Crate Late Models would have 26 cars sign in for a non-points race on Friday night. Kyle Zimmerman and Dennis Lunger lead the field to the green flag with Zimmerman taking the early lead. A lap 2 incident deep in the pack would involve at least 6 cars and bring out the yellow. Zimmerman would lead Lunger, Chad Wright, Mike Pegher Jr. and Khole Wanzer to the green on the following restart.  Wright quickly would find his way to the second position just before John Waters and Andy Boozel would tangle bringing out the yellow again on lap 3.  Chad Wright would go high into turn 1 on the restart and find himself in the lead on lap 4.
Chad Wright would not be denied a feature win friday night.
A spin on lap 11 would again bunch up the field with Wright leading Zimmerman, Pegher, Lunger, and Mike Knight. On lap 15 Zimmerman would slip with Pegher and Knight finding their way by and looking for more, however Wright would hold on for victory as Pegher and Knight would battle side by side for second on the last lap.

Top Five (26 cars – 20 laps)
1.  Chad Wright
2.  Mike Knight
3.  Mike Pegher Jr.
4.  Kyle Zimmerman
5.  Jason Genco


Street Stocks

Nineteen Street Stocks signed in for a non-points race Friday night. Michael Reed and Bill Applebee lead the field to the green flag, with Reed taking the early lead over third starting Don McGuire.  The caution flag would first fly on lap 5 as Darr Diegelman spun in turn 2.  Reed lead Don McGuire, John Boardman, Chris McGuire and Applebee to the restart, with Boardman and Chris McGuire passing Don McGuire on the following lap. On Lap 9 Chris McGuire would use the high line to pass Boardman for second. The field would again be slowed for a spin on lap 10 by Wes Vollentine in turn 2. 
Michael Reed in heat race action Friday night.
Reed again would lead the field to the green with Chris McGuire, Boardman, Don McGuire, and Applebee behind him. In turn 4 Diegelman and Vollentine would spin bringing out the yellow just as the leaders were about to enter turn 1. As the field slowed Don McGuire, Gary Fisher, and Scott Delahoy would tangle in turn 1 requiring the hook.  The final 3 laps would find Chris McGuire using the high line to make several passing attempt on Reed to no avail.


Top 5 (19 cars – 15 laps)
1.  Michael Reed
2.  Chris McGuire.
3.  John Boardman
4.  Pat Fielding
5.  Bill Applebee

The Story From Eriez: Cole Duncan Wins Night One of Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions I-79 Summer Shootout



All-Star Circuit of Champions

On Friday July 21st Eriez Speedway hosted Tony Stewart and the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions in front of a packed house. Thirty-Four 410 winged Sprints would sign in, including Tony himself. This would be the fourth All-Stars visit to Eriez Speedway, which also hosted the second ever ASCoC event in 1970. During Friday night qualifying a new track record was set by Hunter Schuerenberg at 13.936 seconds.




Tim Shaffer made a great save after contact in Dash 1.
Schuerenberg would be joined on the front row by Cole Duncan at the start of the All-Stars feature and would jump out to an early lead. By lap 6 he would find himself catching lap traffic and closely followed by Duncan. On the next lap, Jason Barney, Michael Bauer, and Jack Sodeman Jr. would bring out the first yellow with a spin in 2.  The following restart would see Schuerenberg lead Duncan, Brandon Spithaler, Tim Shaffer, and Spencer Bayston to the green.



They would continue to run this way until lap 12 when Shaffer would find his way under Spithaler for the third position.

Lap traffic would allow the 22c of Duncan to catch up to the tail of the 20n of Schuerenberg as they weaved around and thru slower cars during laps 16-19. On lap 19 the yellow would again fly as Tyler Esh and Lee Jacobs tangled in turn 3.

The subsequent restart would allow Duncan the opportunity to get around Schuerenberg on lap 20 and he would never look back, taking the checkers over Shaffer, Schuerenberg, Bayston and Ryan Smith.

Top Ten (25 cars – 30 laps)
1.  Cole Duncan
2.  Tim Shaffer
3.  Hunter Schuerenberg
4.  Spencer Bayston
5.  Ryan Smith
6.  Carson Macedo
7.  Brandon Spithaler
8.  Danny Holtgraver
9.  Tony Stewart
10. Chad Kemenah



RUSH Crate Late Models

The RUSH Crate Late Models would have 26 cars sign in for a non-points race on Friday night. Kyle Zimmerman and Dennis Lunger lead the field to the green flag with Zimmerman taking the early lead. A lap 2 incident deep in the pack would involve at least 6 cars and bring out the yellow. Zimmerman would lead Lunger, Chad Wright, Mike Pegher Jr. and Khole Wanzer to the green on the following restart.  Wright quickly would find his way to the second position just before John Waters and Andy Boozel would tangle bringing out the yellow again on lap 3.  Chad Wright would go high into turn 1 on the restart and find himself in the lead on lap 4.
Chad Wright would not be denied a feature win friday night.
A spin on lap 11 would again bunch up the field with Wright leading Zimmerman, Pegher, Lunger, and Mike Knight. On lap 15 Zimmerman would slip with Pegher and Knight finding their way by and looking for more, however Wright would hold on for victory as Pegher and Knight would battle side by side for second on the last lap.

Top Five (26 cars – 20 laps)
1.  Chad Wright
2.  Mike Knight
3.  Mike Pegher Jr.
4.  Kyle Zimmerman
5.  Jason Genco


Street Stocks

Nineteen Street Stocks signed in for a non-points race Friday night. Michael Reed and Bill Applebee lead the field to the green flag, with Reed taking the early lead over third starting Don McGuire.  The caution flag would first fly on lap 5 as Darr Diegelman spun in turn 2.  Reed lead Don McGuire, John Boardman, Chris McGuire and Applebee to the restart, with Boardman and Chris McGuire passing Don McGuire on the following lap. On Lap 9 Chris McGuire would use the high line to pass Boardman for second. The field would again be slowed for a spin on lap 10 by Wes Vollentine in turn 2. 
Michael Reed in heat race action Friday night.
Reed again would lead the field to the green with Chris McGuire, Boardman, Don McGuire, and Applebee behind him. In turn 4 Diegelman and Vollentine would spin bringing out the yellow just as the leaders were about to enter turn 1. As the field slowed Don McGuire, Gary Fisher, and Scott Delahoy would tangle in turn 1 requiring the hook.  The final 3 laps would find Chris McGuire using the high line to make several passing attempt on Reed to no avail.


Top 5 (19 cars – 15 laps)
1.  Michael Reed
2.  Chris McGuire.
3.  John Boardman
4.  Pat Fielding
5.  Bill Applebee

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Results - 7th Annual Silver Cup Pick 'Em Contest


A varied field of cars comprised of the World of Outlaws, All Star Circuit of Champions, PA Posse, western PA regulars, and a few independent travelers filled the pits at Lernerville Speedway for the 26th running of the Don Martin Memorial “Silver Cup”.

True to form, we were there to provide another one of our free special event contests to the fans as we hosted our 7th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Pick ‘Em contest. Our contestant count was down, as was the car count in the pits, but in both instances the heavy hitters still came to play.

Stefan Bleakney took the checkers as the winner of this year’s Pick ‘Em contest by a narrow four-point margin over second place despite only having 5/6 drivers enter the event. His winning total of 239 points is the closest anyone has ever come to a perfect night. The highest possible point combination this year would have resulted in 253 points. Stefan’s roster of drivers was composed of Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Tim Shaffer, Chad Kemenah, Brandon Spithaler and Logan Wagner. A $75 VISA gift card will be in the mail shortly to our newly-crowned 2017 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Pick ‘Em champion.

Finishing in the runner-up spot was Justin Ainsley, one of our regular players when it comes to special event Pick ‘Em contests. Justin experienced a similar fate as our winner as only 5/6 drivers showed. His driver roster included Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer and Carl Bowser. Jack Sodeman, Jr was his M.I.A. pick. For his efforts, Justin will receive a Silver Cup event tee shirt.

Coming home third and rounding out the podium was John Zeigler. Unlike the Top 2, John had all six of his driver picks enter the event, but it was not enough to garner the top spot at the end of the night. His picks consisted of David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, A.J. Flick and James McFadden. John will be the recipient of our 3rd place prize, a $15 Subway gift card.

Thanks to all players for entering this year’s edition of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Pick ‘Em. Please take a moment to recognize all of our sponsors as without them none of this would be possible. Be on the lookout for our Knoxville Nationals contest in less than a month. It is arguably our most prestigious Pick ‘Em event, and has boasted a large turnout each year.

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