Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2018 Silver Cup Pick 'Em Results

First and foremost, thank you to all of our fans and contestants that have helped us in donating $78.31 to the #Forever41 fund benefiting Jason Johnson's wife and son. For those that weren't aware, we were giving $41 for every 100 contestants that entered this Silver Cup Pick 'Em, and we ended with a final count of 191 people.

Kim Gerber had a strong showing and picked up the win in the 2018 edition of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Pick 'Em contest. Gerber is consistent player of ours and it was only a matter of time before she struck gold. She racked up a whopping 175 points to win comfortably - her driver selections were Brad Sweet (45 pts), Donny Schatz (42 pts), Ian Madsen (38 pts), Tim Shaffer (34 pts) and Jason Sides (16 pts). Kim will receive the top prize of a $100 Visa gift card.

Placing in second by virtue of winning the tiebreaker is "Donald Schatz" - a.k.a. Tom Schwarzl (@tschwarzl23). His picks of Donny Schatz (42 pts), David Gravel (40 pts), Tim Shaffer (34 pts), Chad Kemenah (30 pts) and Greg Wilson (18 pts) netted him a total of 164 and placed him in a tie for second, where he would go on to win the tiebreaker. His guess of 38 cars was just one off the actual count of 37, and just barely closer than our third place's guess of 35. Schwarzl gets his choice of t-shirt from R&R Racewear.

Rounding out the podium is Emily Conrad (@emtherad1), who we've already mentioned lost a the tiebreaker with Schwarzl for second place. Her picks were identical to his - Schatz, Gravel, Shaffer, Kemenah and Wilson. Conrad will receive a hard-earned $25 Visa gift card for placing in third.

The best possible driver picks, based on our pre-determined groups, was Brad Sweet (45), Donny Schatz (42), Ian Madsen (38), Tim Shaffer (34) and Cale Conley (28). That would have resulted in a final tally of 187 points.

Join us again in a couple of weeks when we unveil our Knoxville Nationals Pick 'Em contest. And just a little teaser...that special event pick 'em will boast our highest grand prize to date.

Pos. 1-60

Pos. 61-120

Pos. 121-180

Post. 181-191

Monday, July 16, 2018

The 2018 Pennsylvania Super Late Model Power Rankings: Week 16

Hey there race fans, it's Monday, so that means I'm here with an update to the rankings.

This week saw everybody who had a show scheduled get it in, as Mother Nature played nice again. There wasn't s many specials this week as last week either, as the majority of scoring shows were regular weekly shows. There were just two specials, the 8200 hundred to win show at Bedford Friday, and the 3k, which ended up being 5053 because winner Michael Norris qualified for a bonus that required him to be in attendance at the Herb Scott Memorial that went down a couple weeks ago, ans he was in attendance at that show.

There was a scoring error last week, as I erroneously reported that Jared Miley failed to score points, but that wasn't the case. He finished third at Bedford last Friday. The results I use to compute the  scores omitted Jared's name from the results for some odd reason. It's the second time that's happened this season. Might have been the fact that he's now in the Corrado 10 instead of the family H. His name was in the results this week though, so maybe the source I used has fixed the issue. 

That said, let's go ahead and get to this week's top ten...

 1. Jeff Rine********, 92 points. Jeff ran second at Bedford Friday and was fourth at Port Royal Saturday.

2. Dylan Yoder****, 66 points. Dylan was third at Port Royal Saturday.

3. Max Blair*******, 62 points. Max came home third at Eriez Sunday.

4.Michael Norris********, 56 points. Michael swept the weekend, with wins at Lernervlle Friday and PPMS Saturday.

5. Jared Miley****, 54 points. Jared wasn't able to score any points this week, but as mentioned, he does get credit for third at Bedford last Friday.

6. Mike Maresca**, 47 points. Mike ran fourth at PPMS Saturday.

7. Coleby Frye**, 39 points. Coleby got the win at Port Royal Saturday.

8. Bryan Bernheisel****, 38 points. Bryan picked up the win at Selinsgrove Saturday.

9. Greg Oakes***, 35 points. Greg failed to score any points this week.

10. Chris Madden**, 33 points. Chris was also unable to score this week.

And that's it for this week. It's only like second time this year that there's no ties in the top ten, and that 2-5 battle is heating up, with them all being within 12 points of each other. Should be real interesting headed down the stretch! 


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hubbard Capitalizes On Ferree's Misfortune En Route to $8200 Payday at Bedford

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Sometimes a break in the schedule is just what a driver needs. Austin Hubbard's season to date had yet to produce a win in limited appearances. And on Friday night at Bedford Speedway, Hubbard had the fastest car in time trials and drove a fast and patient race in the $8200 to win Billy Winn Classic. Hubbard made his way to the front from his sixth starting spot and found himself in the right place at the right time as leader Alex Ferree watched his hopes for victory vanish with a flat tire with five laps left.

"All race long I just wanted to have a car at the end and be there at the end to have a shot." Hubbard said.  "That’s how these extra distance races go you need to have something for the end. I didn’t push the car at all during the early part of the race.'

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Ferree, of Saxonburg Pa and Nathan Lasalle of Everett Pa led the 25 car field to green on the fast Bedford surface. Ferree jumped out to the lead early until a lap 6 caution slowed the action as  Matt Cosner lost a driveshaft. A pair of restarts were needed to get action back under way and Ferree once again set the pace in his XR1 Rocket but once again on lap 11 caution was needed as the lights along the front stretch went out.  When action resumed,  Ferree again was again leader and was setting a torrid pace up front while being followed by 6th starting Austin’s Hubbard and Jeff Rine. 

While Ferree was stretching out fairly large leads out front, the action behind him was intense as Hubbard, Rine and fifth starting Tyler Bare were locked into a three car battle for the third spot. Behind the trio, Jared Miley was making his way forward with authority from his 21st starting spot. the current Ultimate NE Late Model points leader was able to cross the line in the sixth spot when all was said and done. As the laps wound down, Ferree looked like a lock to take his biggest victory of the 2018 season. But, a late race caution for Andy Friese would set the stage for the drama which was ready to unfold.  On the ensuing restart Ferree slowed off of turn two the RR tire went flat as he handed the lead to Hubbard. For the last five laps Hubbard kept the 92 of Rine and the 43a of Bare behind him crossing the finish line with a huge fist pump out the window.

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"We had a long layoff from racing but it feels good to be back out here and to get the W I love this track it’s been good to me." 

Second place finisher Jeff Rine was pleased with his performance on the night overall. "When the track takes rubber here it’s hard to pass," Rine said.  "We didn’t have anything for the 4 car tonight but we will take 2nd and move on."

The ever optimistic Alex Ferree summed his night up by saying “What can you do? It’s racing.  It happens.  We've just got to keep doing what we are doing”

Heat Winners: 

Heat 1 Alex Ferree
Heat 2 Nathan Lasalle
Heat 3 Daryl Hills
Heat 4 Ross Robinson

B-Main Winner:  Jared Miley
Fast Qualifier:  Austin Hubbard
Hard Charger: Jared Miley

Final Feature Results- 50 Laps- $8200 to Win Billy Winn Classic

1. 11 Austin Hubbard
2. 92 Jeff Rine
3. 43a Tyler Bare
4. 7r Ross Robinson
5. 87 Walker Arthur
6.  10m Jared Miley
7. c9 Steve Casebolt
8. 76 Andy Haus
9. 24 Dylan Yoder
10. 7h Daryl Hills
11. 1 Gene Knaub
12. 119 Bryan Bernheisel
13. 5 Chuck Clise
14. 68 Nathan Lasalle
15. 82 Andy Fries
16. 4 Alex Ferree
17. 3  Kyle Hardy
18. 15 Matt Parks
19. 14 Tyler Horst
20. 44 Ralph Morgan
21. 0f Colby Frye
22. 45 Jamie Lauthrom
23. 7t Dave Troutman
24/ 66c Matt Cosner
25. 7 Dj Troutman

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Pick 'Em

It's time for the 8th Annual Don Martin Silver Cup Memorial Pick'Em Contest! It's fun, free and you could win one of three top prizes! Plus, it gives just a little more edge to the racing!

Also, as a tribute to the late Jason Johnson, we are going to donate $41 for every 100 competitors to the official #Forever41 fund - all proceeds will go directly to his wife Bobbi and son Jaxx.

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So how do you play? It's very simple! Just click on the link at the bottom of the page and you will be re-directed to our contest page. From there, you enter your information and make your selections! Don't forget to write down your selections so you remember who you're rooting for on Tuesday night.

Your selections will then be scored with the following system:

Feature - 1st (50), 2nd (45), 3rd (42), 4th (40), 5th (38), 6th (36), 7th (34), 8th (32), 9th (30), 10th (28), 11th (26), 12th (24), 13th (22), 14th (20), 15th (18), 16th (16), 17th (14), 18th (12), 19th (10), 20th (9), 21st (8), 22nd (7), 23rd (6), 24th+ (5), Hard Charger (10)

The contest may be free, but we still award prizes to the top three finishers. Below is our prize list for this year's contest:

1st - $100 Visa gift card
2nd - Choice of t-shirt from R&R Racewear
3rd - $25 Visa gift card

So go ahead, make your selections, and join in the fun. Good luck from all of us at TDN, and as always thanks for playing!

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Story From Sharon: Blaney Makes History; Hobaugh Nearly Pulls Upset; Maresca Wires Modifieds

Zack Anthony Photography

The 10th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial has become a true must see event over it's history, and on Saturday night, history was made as a legendary driver known to all became the first ever multi-time winner of the All Star Sprint Car portion of the event. Meanwhile, another driver who has been steadily improving at a good pace in recent years made his imprint on a memorable night for those in attendance, and a driver who looks to be on his way to becoming a household name managed to take his first BRP Modified Tour feature win as he bested a stout field of cars in Modified Tour racing action.

Dave Blaney, George Hobaugh and Michael Maresca each made their marks on Saturday night, giving fans a night to remember with moments provided by all three of them.

Blaney Holds Off  Hobaugh To Make History

Carl Bowser and Blaney brought the Arcit Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars to the green flag where Blaney quickly jumped out the early lead in the first two laps of action. Australian invader Mitchell Wormall  brought out the yellow flag just two laps in to the 30 lap main event and when action resumed, Blaney picked up right where he left off setting a quick pace at the front of the field. With seven laps down, the leader found himself dealing with lapped traffic where he would find himself being hunted with relentless pursuit from Hobaugh.

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The Chicora, PA native had been having his share of good results and had looked impressive in an earlier All Star appearance at Sharon in May, and on this night, the current points championship contender at Lernerville Speedway found himself on the verge of scoring the biggest victory of his career to date as he made his way around red hot tour regular Carson Macedo and veteran West Coast Sprint Car pilot Gary Taylor in the very early stages and around Bowser for the second position just moments later.  Using the bottom of the surface at critical times, Hobaugh arrived at Blaney's tail tank on lap 18, and on lap 21 he put himself under Blaney and in the lead for a brief period before Blaney made his way back around just before the caution flag waved for Parker Price Miller.

"We were fortunate the track slicked off cause I hate running the top so I tried to be good on the bottom," Hobaugh said. "It was really awesome to race with those guys. Dad raced with Lou for years. I got to watch Lou race when I was a kid and to be out here racing with Dave for the lead- that’s a blast and you can’t do any better than that.”

Blaney hit his marks the rest of the way and would not be run down again the rest of the way while Spencer Bayston finished his charge from the 8th starting spot to join Blaney and Hobaugh on the podium.

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"I was just happy to win it once this is a very cool race for me and dale and the entire family to come be a part of," Blaney said.  With the talent here winning it twice means so much to me and our family."

"We were able to salvage a 3rd after the mistake I made on the last restart," Bayston said post race.  "I’m happy for Dave I know this means a lot to them and it was cool being part of it."

Feature Finish- Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars- 30 Laps ($5,000)

1. Dave Blaney  2. George Hobaugh (40) 3. Spencer Bayston )39) 4. Gary Taylor (11) 5. Chad Kemenah (10H) 6. Lee Jacobs (81) 7. Carl Bowser (98) 8. Paul McMahan  9. Carson Macedo (3G) 10. Max Stambaugh 5M) 11. Cale Conley (7K) 12. Dan Shetler (7K) 13. Jared Zimbardi (35) 14. Tim Shaffer (49X) 15. Andrew Palker (57x) 16. Dale Blaney  (21) 17. Jac Haudenschild (3) 18. Aaron Reutzel (87) 19. John Garvin, Jr. (51) 20. Brandon Spithaler (22) 21. Mitchell Wormall (97AU) 22. Tyler Esh (35) 23. Parker Price-Miller (4) 24. Tony Stewart (14) 25. Brandon Matus (13)

Maresca Wires Caution Modified Main Event

It's been quite a season for Michael Maresca, one that started in Florida in February doing double duty with the National Late Model Tours and the Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds.  And what he's learned in racing at high levels of competition in both cars, and what's he's taken in from veteran Late Model and Big Block Modified pilot Russ King looks to be paying off in either car. Maresca took his first two feature wins in the early part of 2018 and now has two Modified wins for the year as well as a weekly win at the legendary Fonda Speedway in 2017.

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Maresca shared the front row with Kevin Hoffman and was never threatened throughout 35 laps of racing. Maresca entered lapped traffic with 10 laps in the books and kept the field behind him, disposing of lappers with ease on virtually every lap.  Hoffman was able to draw somewhat closer for different periods, but his attention was drawn away somewhat by Jim Weller Jr. which allowed Maresca to stretch his advantage over the field once again.

"We have been working a lot on maneuverability and being able to adjust and I think we were able to do that tonight," Maresca said. "The car felt good wherever we put it.  Knowing who Lou Blaney, was this is defiantly cool to win this race and an honor to have won it.”

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Feature Finish- The Modified Tour ($2,500 to win)- 35 laps

1. Mike Maresca (7m)  2. Kevin Hoffman (00) 3. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 4. Rex King (65) 5. Rex King, Jr. (165) 6. Jim Rasey (32) 7. Dave Murdick (61) 8. Garrett Krummert (29) 9. Travis Shingledecker (73MD) 10. Rick Richner (26) 11. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 12. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 13. Will Thomas III (9) 14. Tyler Willard (777) 15. Chris Haines (35H) 16. J.R. McGinley (66M) 17. Sid Unverzagt, Jr. (17JR) 18. Lonny Riggs (Black 58) 19. Colton Walters (18) 20. Kyle Fink (66F) 21. Jimmy Holden (28H) 22. Bob Warren (96B) 23. Skip Moore (17M) 24. Mark Frankhouser (03) 25. Tom Holden (68H) 26. Brian Swartzlander (83).

The 2018 Pennsylvania Super Late Model Power Rankings: Week 15

Hey there race fans, It's Monday, so that means it's time to update these rankings.

This runs from last Monday all the way through last night, and with it being a holiday week, there were a ton of races, and amazingly, all of them got in without a hitch from Mother Nature. I can't even begin to list all the races that counted towards this, so I'll just list the the finishes for the top ten as usual.

I made mention last week that I had trouble finding full results for Mckean's show on June 30th. I was finally able to locate those results, and the point totals for scoring drivers have been added to the totals.

That said, as I mentioned earlier, there were a ton of races within this scoring period. I believe I have located all the results for those races, but there's always a chance I have missed something. If you ever notice a result that I have messed up, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Now let's go ahead and get to those results.

1. Jeff Rine********, 83 points. Jeff won Friday at Bedford.

2. Dylan Yoder****, 63 points. Dylan was second Tuesday at Selinsgrove and fourth Friday at Bedford.

3. Max Blair*******, 59 points. Max won at Mckean on Tuesday.

4. Jared Miley****, 49 points. Jared had a scoreless week.

5. Michael Norris******, 43 points. Michael picked up the win Friday at Lernerville.

6. Mike Maresca**, 42 points. Mike failed to score any points this week.

7. Greg Oakes***, 35 points. Greg was third Tuesday at Mckean and got the win at Thunder Mountain Friday.

8. Coleby Frye*, 34 points. Coleby batted .000 for the week.

9. Bryan Bernheisel***, 33 points. Bryan won Tuesday at Selinsgrove.

9. Chris Madden**, 33 points. Chris was unable to score this week.

And that's our top ten. Check back next week to see where your favorites land after this weekend's action. Weather looks good for a full slate of action again. After an early season full of disappointment, it looks like we've finally turned the corner with the weather. Maybe Mother Nature is a racing fan after all.