Sunday, August 2, 2015
Welcome to scattered, covered and smothered results from this weekend in DIRT! The World of Outlaw Sprints had to call off the rest of their Canadian invasion thanks to mother nature, but the All Stars were in action this weekend, and of course the $50,000 to win World of Outlaw Late Model USA Nationals took center stage Saturday night as Jonathan Davenport added to his Crown Jewel collection with yet another big money victory!
So here's a bunch of results for your viewing pleasure from all over the place. If it's one thing we like to do at TDN, it's to help keep fans of every division (the truly enlightened)..all together on the same page!
Saturday August 1:
World Of Outlaw Late Models at Cedar Lake Speedway (WI)- ($50,000)
1. Jonathan Davenport 2. Billy Moyer 3. Dennis Erb Jr 4. Billy Moyer 5. Chase Junghans
6. Frank Heckenast Jr 7. Shannon Babb 8. Jason Feger 9. AJ Diemel 10. Mike Marlar
11. Josh Richards 12. Shane Clanton 13. RC Whitwell 14. Scott Bloomquist
15. Morgan Bagley 16. Boom Briggs 17. Billy Moyer Jr 18. Eric Wells 19. Tim McCreadie
20. Chris Simpson 21. Jimmy Mars 22. Brandon Overton 23. Darrell Lanigan
24. Mitch McGrath 25. Rodney Sanders 26. Chub Frank 27. Brandon Sheppard
28. Jesse Stovall 29. Bobby Pierce
All Star Sprints at Atomic Speedway (OH)
1. Dale Blaney 2.Ryan Smith 3. Sheldon Haudenschield 4. Cale Thomas
5. Kevin Swindell 6. Cole Duncan 7. Ryan Broughton 8. Tim Shaffer 9. James McFadden
10. Greg Wilson 11. Jimmy Stinson 12. Chad Kemenah 13. Danny Holtgraver
14. Randy Hannagan 15. Kory Crabtree 16. Steve Kinser 17. Brandon Wimmer
18. Danny Smith 19. Lee Jacobs 20. Bryan Knuckles 21. Rob Chaney 22. Cody Darrah
23. Ryan Meyers 24. Travis Philo 25. Jac Haudenschield
USAC National Midgets at Belleville High Banks Speedway (KS)
1. Bryan Clauson 2. Christopher Bell 3. Rico Abreu 4. Tracy Hines 5. Jerry Coons Jr
6. Kevin Thomas Jr 7. Zach Daum 8. Tanner Thorson 9. Cody Brewer 10. Dave Darland
11. Tyler Thomas 12. Patrick Stasa 13. Jeff Stasa 14. Issac Chapple 15. CJ Johnson
16. Michelle Decker 17. Chett Gherke 18. Chad Frewaldt 19. Matt Johnson
20. Kyle Jones 21. Steve Buckwalter 22. Spencer Bayston 23. Garrett Hood
24. Warren Johnson
Southern National Late Model Series at Tazewell Speedway (TN)- ($10,000)
*Series Champion (2015) Casey Roberts
1. Vic Hill 2. Mack McCarter 3. Donald McIntosh 4. Billy Ogle Jr 5. Austin Smith
6. Jeff Wolfenbarger 7. Casey Roberts 8. Craig Vosbergen 9. Stacy Boles
10. Jeff Neubert 11. Chad Ogle 12. Josh Collins 13. Phillip Thompson 14. Mark Dotson
15. Anthony Arnwire 16. Bo Eaton 17. Randy Davis 18. Mitchell Burke 19. Bobby Davis
410 Sprints at Lincoln Speedway (PA)
1. Danny Dietrich 2. Robbie Kendall 3. Cory Haas 4. Tyler Ross 5. Alan Krimes
6. Glenndon Forsythe 7. Jim Siegel 8. Tim Glatfelter 9. Kyle Moody 10. Gerard McIntyre
11. Freddie Rahmer 12. Austin Hogue 13. Adam Wilt 14. Chase Dietz 15. Brian Montieth
16. Darren Mollenoyux 17. Billy Dietrich 18. Steve Owings 19. Scott Fisher
20. Tim Wagaman 21. Hunter Mackison 22. Zach Eucalano 23. Brandon Rahmer
24. Raney Baughman
410 Sprints at Port Royal Speedway (PA)
1. Logan Wagner 2. Lucas Wolfe 3. Davey Sammons 4. Mike Wagner 5. Ryan Taylor
6. Greg Hodnett 7. Kevin Nouse 8. Brent Marks 9. Lance Dewease 10. Doug Esh
11. Dylan Cisney 12. Brock Zearfoss 13. Blaine Heimbach 14. Dave Ely
15. Kyle Reinhardt 16. Dave Hahn 17. Rick Lafferty 18. Trenton Scheaffer
19. Dustin Baney 20. Joey Hershey 21. Nicole Bower 22. Curt Stroup 23. Ed Aiken
24. Nate Snyder
410 Sprints at Fremont Speedway (OH)
1. Tyler Gunn 2. TJ Michael 3. Byron Reed 4. Chris Andrews 5. Craig Mintz
6. Dean Jacobs 7. Caleb Griffith 8. Brian Smith 9. Broc Martin 10. Cap Henry
11. Gary Taylor 12. Joe Stewart 13. Joe Armbruster 14. Tony Beaber 15. Mike Burns
16. Nate Dussel 17. Stuart Brubaker 18. Bob Tucker 19. Todd Heller 20. Bruce White
Big Block Modifieds at Canandaigua Motorsports Park (NY)
1. Matt Sheppard 2. Tim Fuller 3. Justin Haers 4. Gary Tomkins 5. Brian Sage
6. Dave Rauscher 7. Alan Johnson 8. Vic Coffey 9. Chad Homan 10. Derrick Podsiadlo
11. Justin Wright 12. Mike O'Brien 13. Dan Wisner 14. Tommy Keyes 15. Eldon Payne
16. Loren Lincoln 17. Steve Paine 18. Dave Allen
Big Block Modifieds at Fulton Speedway (NY)
1. Tom Sears Jr 2. Billy Decker 3. Pat Ward 4. Chad Phelps 5. Tim Sears Jr
6. Chris Hile 7. Billy Whittaker Jr 8. Tim Schneider Jr 9. Jimmy Phelps 10. Vinnie Vitale
11. Ryan Phelps 12. Chuck Bower 13. Tim Kerr 14. Joe August Jr 15. Jim Witko Jr
16. Roy Shields 17. Andrew Ferguson 18. Danny Johnson 19. Matt Fink 20. Larry Wight
358 Modifieds at Merrittville Speedway (Ont, Canada)
1. Chad Brachmann 2. Billy Dunn 3. Mark D'Ilario 4. Mat Williamson 5. Erick Rudolph
6. Scott Wood 7. Tommy Flannigan 8. Tim Jones 9. Bill Bleich 10. Pete Bicknell
11. Tyler McPherson 12. Mike Bowman 13. Fred Carleton 14. Chris Bellamy
15. Boyd Mctavish 16. Dennis Giancola 17. David Flannigan Jr 18. Rick Hoctor
19. Travis Miller 20. Brett Clarke 21. Rick Bellante 22. Todd Gordon
Friday July 31:
All Star Sprints at Atomic Speedway (OH)
1. Dale Blaney 2. Sheldon Haudenschield 3. Chad Kemenah 4. Cole Duncan
5. Greg Wilson 6. Tim Shaffer 7. Jimmy Stinson 8. James McFadden 9. Steve Kinser
10. Ryan Smith 11. Cody Darrah 12. Cale Thomas 13. Kory Crabtree 14. Ron Blair
15. Randy Hannagan 16. Brandon Wimmer 17. Dave Blaney 18. Rob Chaney
19. Travis Philo 20. Ryan Meyers 21. Danny Holtgraver 22. Caleb Armstrong
23. Danny Smith 24. Andrew Palker 25. Todd Kane
410 Sprints at Williams Grove Speedway (PA)
1. Danny Dietrich 2. Brent Marks 3. Pat Cannon 4. Brian Montieth 5. Lance Dewease
6. Greg Hodnett 7. Adam Wilt 8. Aaron Ott 9. Austin Hogue 10. Lucas Wolfe
11. Kyle Pruitt 12. Cory Haas 13. Kyle Reinhardt 14. Darren Mollenoyux
15. Daryl Stimeling 16. Jim Shuster 17. Troy Fraker 18. Rick Lafferty 19. Brock Zearfoss
20. Nicole Bower 21. Alan Krimes 22. Jay Reichart
Southern National Late Model Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway (TN)
1. Randy Weaver 2. Billy Ogle Jr 3. Casey Roberts 4. Austin Smith 5. Craig Vosbergen
6. Dennis Franklin 7. Vic Hill 8. Donald McIntosh 9. Derek Ellis 10. Mack McCarter
11. Robby Moses 12. Dale McDowell 13. Mark Douglas 14. Tommy Kerr
15. Stacy Boles 16. Josh Welshan 17. Skip Arp 18. Jeff Wolfenbarger
19. Mark Whitener 20. Roger Best 21. Ross White 22. Mark Dotson
410 Sprints at Attica Raceway Park (OH)
1. Cap Henry 2. Dean Jacobs 3. Nate Dussel 4. Byron Reed 5. Craig Mintz
6. DJ Foos 7. Broc Martin 8. Tyler Gunn 9. TJ Michael 10. Caleb Griffith
11. Stuart Brubaker 12. Chris Andrews 13. Jordan Ryan 14. Brian Lay
15. Jimmy Colvin 16. Gary Taylor 17. Tony Beaber 18. Joe Armbruster
19. Kevin Shelbo 20. Duane Zablocki 21. Bruce White 22. Jordan Harble
23. Mitch Harble
358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway (PA)
1. Scott Albert 2. Colt Harris 3. Kyle Follweiler 4. Kevin Beach Jr 5. Duane Howard
6. Rick Laubach 7. Andy Burkhart 8. Billy Pauch Jr 9. John Willman 10. Ray Swinehart
11. Meme Desantis 12. Joe Mooney 13. Steve Searock 14. Heath Metzger
15. Shawn Fitzpatrick 16. Paul Moyer 17. Kent Reinart 18. Jimmy Bobbit 20. Justin Grim
21. Jared Umbenhauer
Saturday, August 1, 2015
The Story From Lernerville- Williamson, Bowser and Ferree Pad Win Totals; Fosnaught Finds Victory Lane
The Fab Four returned to Lernerville Speedway Friday night underneath beautiful sunny skies and a full moon. But despite it's presence, the action on the track went smoothly as Mat Williamson, Carl Bowser and Alex Ferree each tacked on another victory to their 2015 win totals while 2014 Sportsman Stock champion Jim Fosnaught took his first checkered flag of the campaign in dramatic fashion following a thrilling duel with points leader Corey McPherson.
Diehl Automotive Group Modifieds
Mat Williamson had victory snatched from him last week at the Modified Mania special event by Rex King Jr who took home the win in a fantastic finish. This week, the racing gods smiled upon Williamson as lady luck went his way during his fourth victory of the season. However, Williamson put himself in position to be the benefactor.
Rex King Sr and Garrett Krummert made up the front row of the main event and it was Krummert who took the early lead going to the outside of King Sr on lap 1. Behind him, King Jr, Steve Feder and Rodney Beltz were all set to chase Krummert down forming a pack behind the leaders. But the chase was futile as Krummert stretched out to a three plus second advantage. Krummert used the high side to set the blistering pace of the initial stages of the race which would see him also maneuver through lapped traffic with ease.
Meanwhile, Williamson would start to close in on fourth running Kevin Bolland. The two drivers then engaged in a tight battle for the position which Bolland would yield to Williamson on lap 9. As the race wound down, and with no caution flags in sight, it appeared that Krummert was well on his way to his second victory of the season. Williamson then managed to get around King Sr on lap 17 to take the second spot but was still a good length behind Krummert with precious few laps remaining.
Krummert looked to be in strict command, until his drive shaft failed him on lap 20, giving the lead to Williamson who would not relinquish it the rest of the way en route to the victory. Jeremiah Shingledecker finished an amazing charge to the front for a second place finish from his 11th starting spot. But the night belonged to Williamson who worked forward from his 10th spot at the drop of the green flag, to enable him to take advantage of Krummert's disaster.
"I've lost races like that," Williamson said referring to Krummert's misfortune. "You never want to see that happen to anybody, but when you can win them like this, they still count. We had a phenomenal race car tonight and we're on a bit of a roll here so we just want to keep it going into August."
1. Mat Williamson
2. Jeremiah Shingledecker
3. Rex King Jr
4. Rex King Sr
5. Steve Feder
6. Dave Murdick
7. Kevin Bolland
8. Tom Winkle
9. Mike Turner
10. Rick Regalski
|Pat Miller Photo|
Peoples TWP Sprint Cars
Carl Bowser had the car and the starting spot to beat Friday night in sprint action, earning his fourth victory of the season in a race that saw him lead from green to checkered flags.
Bowser took to the early lead from the pole with AJ Flick and Jack Sodeman Jr firmly behind him in the early going. Sodeman Jr then managed to get around Flick on lap three. Behind them, a strong running Brandon Matus, who'd looked particularly strong in his heat race effort, began making a run towards the front from his 7th starting position. But as the pack behind him began their chase, Bowser had checked out to a commanding lead as he encountered lapped traffic and dispatched it with ease, racing to clean air as quickly as possible. Sodeman Jr had begun to shave some tenth's off Bowser's lead when a spinning Eric L Williams in turn two managed to keep his car on the track, and right in the way of Jack Sodeman Jr. The caution flag stayed in the flag stand for the time being and Sodeman's charge took a backward step
The caution flag would wave on lap 12, and on the ensuing restart, Sodeman briefly appeared to be able to engage in a battle for the lead, but Bowser was too strong and pounded the top side of the speedway with authority as he faced one final swarm of lapped traffic at the lap 18 mark. Bowser would then survive one final caution and restart when Mike Miller spun in turn four, taking away a Brandon Matus pass of Sodeman Jr for the second spot.
On the final restart, Sodeman Jr went directly to the bottom to find any grip he could but he came up short on his bid to snatch the win from Bowser.
"This one's a credit to the crew, they did a phenomenal job tonight," Bowser said in victory lane. "I saw Jack a few times on the restarts and I knew he'd be tough and I knew he'd probably be on the bottom but I could roll the top pretty nicely so I just put it up there."
1. Carl Bowser
2. Jack Sodeman
3. Brandon Matus
4. Brent Matus
5. AJ Flick
6. Eric Williams
7. Ralph Spithaler
8. Dan Shetler
9. Scott Priester
10. Dan Kuriger
Precise Late Models
There's only one way to forget a bad week at the office, have a great one then following week. Alex Ferree did just that and a little more Friday night in taking his third victory of the season.
Chuck Sarver got out to the early lead as Kenny Schaltenbrand, Ferree and Michael Norris formed a formidable chase pack behind him. Ferree made his way around on Sarver on lap five as would Schaltenbrand, but Ferree then proceeded to stretched out a sizeable advantage in the early part of the race. Behind him, Norris and Schaltenbrand would partake in a hard fought battle for the second spot that continued for the majority of the 25 lap feature. Schaltenbrand would work the very bottom of the surface while Norris kept his office towards the cushion and both of them were within a tenth of a second of each other lap after lap. Meanwhile, Jared Miley and Matt Lux began making charges towards the top five.
The only thing left in Ferree's way was a small amount of lapped traffic barely seemed to phase him over the closing laps as Norris would finally win the battle for second and Schaltenbrand would round out the podium. .
Ferree's third victory came with a bonus of $1,000 courtesy of ERacers Go Kart Park, and in victory lane, Ferree explained what a difference a week can make.
"We definitely got lucky tonight, Jared's been fast all year and Kenny was really good in the beginning, but there's a lot of fast guys here and to beat those guys on a night like tonight was fun," Ferree remarked. "The track was interesting but a lot of fun and a lot of good racing out there tonight. I was a little hot under the collar last time out, and you've got to stay cool and collected and I got a little mad and I drove like it. But when you hone down and keep your cool and drive the way you need to drive you can be fast."
1. Alex Feree
2. Michael Norris
3. Kenny Schaltenbrand
4. Jared Miley
5. Matt Lux
6. Gary Lyle
7. Chuck Sarver
8. Andrew Wylie
9. Tommy Beck
10. Dan Swartzlander
|Pat Miller Photo|
Millerstown Pic a Part Sportsman Stocks:
Jim Fosnaught had yet to taste victory lane in 2015 after several near misses and heartbreaking endings. But on this night he ran down points leader Cory McPherson like a man on a mission en route to pay dirt.
Brett McDonald and Terry Young made up the front row of the 20 lap feature event, but were passed from the outset by one Joe Kelley. Behind him, Cory McPherson began to make his move to the front. And the two engaged in a battle for the lead that would see McPherson up high and Kelley in his normal position at the bottom of the surface.
The caution flag came out on lap six when Noah Brunell spun in turn four and on the ensuing restart, McPherson appeared to take the lead on the high side, but Kelley drew even in turns three and four and the two drivers found themselves stalemated for the majority of the race, taking turns in the lead at the flag stand. Fosnaught then went to the bottom and and found some bite as McPherson slowed slightly after some brushes with the cushion. McPherson appeared to be losing just enough traction and momentum off the top as the race wore on, to allow Fosnaught to creep closer lap by lap as he made his way around Joe Kelley with six laps to go.
"It took us all year to figure out that we had some issues, break issues, carb issues, and we've been chasing some setup issues too," Fosnaught said. "The track was slick tonight, but every week it's been different and I thought Cory had me there for a minute when he was up top but it must have went away on him."
1. Jim Fosnaught
2. Joe Kelley
3. Mark Sanders
4. Joey Zambotti
5. Wayne Carbo
6. Paul Schreckengost
7. Brett McDonald
8. Brandon Wearing
9. Terry Young
10. Jeff Miller
Thursday, July 30, 2015
After a few weeks off, it's time to bring back on of our favorite segments where we get to tell you about what to be on the lookout for on the track in the way of events....and what beer would best complement them from time to time as we beg for a beer sponsor that need only pay us in product to be a complete partner here at TDN!
This week we offer up a great find for the beer connoisseur. It's an incredibly drinkable product from Erie Brewing Company called Railbender Ale. It's very balanced, not too sweet, not too dry, not to hoppy, with subtle tones and a nice head, but a nice alcohol content too! We recommend this one, it's a beer drinker's beer if there ever was one! And, it has been known to give you whiplash from your belches too which as good a reason to drink some as any!
So, if any representatives of the Erie Brewing Company would like to sponsor our on tap segments for free product, it'll be fine by us, we'll sing your praises and chug your beer for you with pride!
Now then....here's what's On Tap this weekend!
Free Cheese Available In Wisconsin...and $50,000
Yep, it's that time of year again as the World of Outlaw Late Models take to the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wi for the 28th running of the USA Nationals. Some lucky driver goes home with a 25 pound wheel of smoked gouda...and $50,000. The three day event actually starts Thursday night and concludes Saturday with the 100 lap final which takes place after what is probably the best pre race driver introduction production in dirt racing today!
Who's hot coming in? We don't need to tell you it's Jonathan Davenport, but be on the lookout for the traditional favorites in Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Mars and the like. It won't have the same feeling without Brady Smith and Brian Birkhofer now that they've retired, but be on the lookout for AJ Diemel from the local contigent and also USMTS star Rodney Sanders will be looking to make an impression!
How to follow:
Our partner, DirtOnDirt.com has everything you need with pay per view broadcasts all weekend long, and a great dirtwire recap page with all the results and storylines! Don't miss it! Don't have a DoD subscription...get one!!
Outlaws Terrorize Canada
The greatest show on dirt continues their assault north of the border at Brockville Speedway on Friday and Autodrome Drummond in Quebec on Saturday. Earlier this week, big block modified star Stewart Friesen won his first WoO Sprint feature at Oshweken Speedway, making him the first Canadian since Tim Gee, to take a WoO Amain. We're not 100% sure whether Friesen would dare skip Fonda on Saturday (most likely not) to partake in racing at Drummond, but it's fun to play "what if". Donny Schatz will be looking to take the sweep and pad his enormous point lead, but these tracks might just lend themselves to different driving styles, it'll be an interesting weekend for sure.
Points Coming Into the Weekend:
1. Donny Schatz- 7281
2. Shane Stewart- 6915
3. Kerry Madsen- 6828
4. Brad Sweet- 6787
5. Joey Saldana- 6780
How to Follow:
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All Stars Blow Up Atomic...and PPMS
Dale Blaney leads the All Stars into Atomic Speedway (OH) this Friday and Saturday, and then on to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania's Motor Speedway on Sunday. He'll encounter some tough locals at both locations, but also from tour mates Sheldon Haudenschield and Parker Price Miller. The two young guns seemingly get better every week and have been a true pleasure to watch develop in 2015. If your in the area, don't miss these shows!
Points Coming Into the Weekend:
1. Dale Blaney-3548
2. Cody Darrah- 3379
3. Chad Kemenah- 3305
4. Greg Wilson- 3291
5. Tim Shaffer- 3161
How to Follow:
If you're not able to be there in person, hit up @ASCoC on twitter for live time updates, they're light years better in the Tony Stewart regime, as good as any updates out there!
Also This Weekend:
- Fab Four Racing At Lernerville Speedway (Friday)
- 410 Sprints at Williams Grove (Friday)
- 410 F.A.S.T Sprints at Attica Raceway Park (Friday)
- 410 F.A.S.T Sprints at Freemont Speedway (Saturday)
- Weekly Racing Action at PPMS (Saturday)
- 410 Sprints/Weekly Racing at Mercer Raceway Park (Saturday)
- Big Block Modifieds at Canandaigua Motorsports Park (Saturday)
- 358 Modifieds at Ransomville Speedway (Friday)
- 358 Modifieds at Merrittville Speedway (Saturday)
- Big Block Modifieds/ Weekly Racing at Sharon Speedway (Saturday)
- 410 Sprints at Lincoln and Port Royal Speedway (Saturday)
And that'll do it for this weekend, now pick one of these races and get there!!
And welcome back for the second edition of out Western frontier modified rankings. Mother nature has cooperated a little better for this review period as Mercer, Sharon, Lernerville and the BRP Mod Tour all got a fair amount of dates in, relatively speaking.
Now for those who are new to these...let's explain a few things.
We include all big block and 358 drivers in the Western, PA, Eastern OH geography, however if a driver from outside the area spends time at a weekly show in our neck of the woods, their results from their other home track will be taken into account.
For the second volume, we'll use results from early June through July.
Here's a few guidelines to consider, these all factor into rankings placement.
- How many races did the driver partake in
- How big are the purses
- What is the level of competition at home tracks or in special events
- Bad luck factor, wrecks, mechanical problems
|Pat Miller Photo|
Now then, let's get this thing started!
1. Rex King Jr- Last Month-1
King Jr retains the top spot in volume two based on a pair of wins with extra money on the line. Firstly, he took home $5,000 for the BRP Tour win at Tyler County, and he ended the review period with a thrilling late race victory at Lernerville as part of Modified Mania, taking another $2,000 for the effort. He's got another weekly win at Lernerville as well since early June as well, and currently sits second in BRP Tour points behind King Sr. It would be complete domination for King Sr, but he's had some bad luck here and there, and didn't come through with a weekly Sharon victory in his last four tries. Still though he's been money in a pair of money races so far and maintains a slight advantage over our second ranked driver.
|From Mod Tour Racing Facebook/A.Rapp|
2. Erick Rudolph- Last Month- Unranked
Okay, so some of you are saying to yourselves, "what's he doing in the rankings". Things change folks, and now that Erick is a true outlaw more or less for the rest of 2015, he's free to pick and choose where he's driving, and lately, he's selected this area. He's got some Lernerville and Sharon starts in the review period, so we'll throw his Ransomville season into the mix like we would for Williamson at Merrittville or Richner at Sharon.
So now that we have that straight. He had a damn fine time since he's been here with a $5,000 BRP Tour win at Tri City and another one at EXPO, plus a couple of strong showings at weekly shows in our area and a couple of Ransomville wins. We're not sure how long it'll last, but he's here for now, and he's one of the best running in this area
3. Mat Williamson- Last Month-3rd
Williamson moves up a spot here with a pair of Lernerville victories since early June. He currently leads the points there, and has yet to finish outside of the top five. He also scored a victory at his other home track (Merrittville) in the review period and looks to have shaken off a bit of a rugged start there. So far, the BRP tour hasn't exactly been kind to him, but he's got two special event wins in other places. This was a really close call, and had it not been for the big Tyler Co win for King Jr, Williamson could easily have been in our top two here, and may just yet be come our next update! It'll be fun finding out.
|Pat Miller Photo|
4. Rex King Sr- Last Month- 4th
The elder King faired fairly well for himself for this period with consistent top 5 finishes at Lernerville and a win at Sharon plus three podium finishes in four attempts there. Bigger than that, he finds himself atop the BRP tour standings and will be hard to displace from that perch in the second half of the season.
5. Brian Swartzlander- Last Month- 2nd
Mr. Swartzlander got himself a victory at Sharon in June and has been his consistent self at Lernerville, save for one night where he suffered some mechanical misfortune. We'd love to see him in Merrittville and Ransomville in SDS action in a few days. Here's hoping the car is sorted out, if so, look for an even better second half to 2015.
6. Dave Murdick- Last Month- 7th
Murdick took the BRP tour opener at Eriez in June and has top 10 and top 5 finishes at Lernerville. He currently sits 4th in mod tour points and is still a threat to win every night, and we're still looking for a hot streak that's probably coming soon.
7. Rick Richner- Last Month- 8th
Rick picked up a Sharon win two weeks ago and currently sits third in BRP tour points as we speak which is actually pretty remarkable for the Niagara frontier driver. His Ransomville stats have been a bit pedestrian, but the level of competition there is high, and luck needs to go the right way there. It's not like Danny Johnson pulls in and wins every Friday!
|Pat Miller Photo|
8. Garrett Krummert- Last Month- 5th
Don't let the slight tumble in the rakings fool you for a minute. Krummert's as good a threat to win at Lernerville as anyone else we can name, and he's getting it pointed in the right direction at Sharon as well. More than that, he's looked completely comfortable on BRP tour nights currently residing 6th in points there.
9. Jimmy Holden- Last Month- 6th
The mayor of the Mercer 358's is king of the field once again. If fields were a bit more full there, he may have had a higher ranking.
10. Jim Weller Jr- Last Month- 10th
He took home the Lou Blaney Memorial victory with the likes of Rudolph, Swartzlander, and a pair of Kings in the house, that in an of itself merits a ranking, though a few more Lernerville appearances would help his chances of climbing this ladder.
And that's it for July. We'll be back in late August/early September for round three and have a year end review after the Steel City Stampede!
And that's it for July. We'll be back in late August/early September for round three and have a year end review after the Steel City Stampede!
Monday, July 27, 2015
Hey there kids. Tis' Monday evening, so that means it's time for me to post an update to these rankings that I toil over. Okay, I really don't have to toil over them. I set up the scoring so it's pretty easy for me to keep track of in about fifteen minutes each week, so long as tracks get their results in timely fashion. Which I have to say, even Roaring Knob is meticulous about now after being a deadbeat for most of the first half of the season. I'd like to think my putting them on blast for lazy updating led to the much improved updates on their site, but I know it's probably not the case. Or maybe it is. Who knows?
That said, this week, Lernerville and Marion Center had specials, and specials don't count in these standings, so no points were scored at either track. Port Royal and Bedford took the week off, in Bedford's case to setup for the fair there this week. Port Royal had a scheduled week off. Everybody else got their regular shows in.
I was able to find full results from last week for Marion Center, and those points will be reflected in this week's rankings.
So let's get to some rankings.
1. Mike Blose**, 33 points. Mike went scoreless this week.
2. Clate Copeman****, 30 points. Clate also put up a goose egg this week.
3. Jeff Rine***, 29 points. Jeff's points came from a second at Selinsgrove Saturday night.
4. Max Blair***, 27 points. Max picked up the win at Eriez Sunday night for his points this week.
5. Scott Rhodes**, 26 points. Scott scored a big five points with a win at Dog Hollow Friday.
5. D.J. Troutman**, 26 points. DJ took an 0fer this week.
7. Dwyane Tanneyhill*, 20 points. Dwyane's points came from a third at Dog Hollow Friday.
8. Alex Ferree*, 19 points. Alex had a scoreless weekend too.
9. Steve Campbell***, 18 points. Steve won Saturday night at Selinsgrove for his points this week.
9. Greg Oakes, 18 points. Greg ran second at Eriez Sunday night for his points this week.
And that's the first ten names on the list this week. Just four more weeks to go for this poll this season. Seems like the top of the poll is getting pretty tight, should be an interesting August. Weather looks like it should be fantastic this weekend, so pretty much everybody should get their shows in. I'm thinking I might even take in the show at Lernerville this week. Until next week, be young, have fun, and drink Pepsi.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
In lieu of our normal scattered, covered, and smothered updates known as the TDN Weekend Scoreboard, we bring you yet another edition of This Week in DIRT. Let's face it, there's a lot to keep up with if you follow just about everything that races on dirt, and it helps to have everything in one place since so many people are just too damned lazy to look up stuff like stories and results. But life does get in the way of dirt racing enjoyment sometimes.
Maybe you were bitten by a shark at the beach while you were drunk, trying to surf and ignoring the life guards plea to stop harassing pelicans and to pull up your improperly fitting swim trunks. Maybe in laws that don't like racing stopped by for a cook out that lasted 8 hours too long, ruining any chance to get to the track or follow the action accordingly on twitter, race monitor, or ppv sites. Maybe your significant other kept you tied to the bedposts, or the lawn mower all weekend. No worries, we'll help you catch up on the week that was in DIRT! You get that free here at TDN!
Donny Schatz Appears on Milk Carton
(News Flash) : Schatz wins a race! At Lebanon Valley with less than a full field on hand
Yes, Donny Schatz sucks! Mr. Damn You Donny has not won a race in quite some time, (Since July 11th to be exact, unless he doesn't suck tonight at Lebanon Valley). The folks in Central PA were quick to point out as much too when he failed to win either night at Williams Grove this weekend. Oh, to win so much to be hated is a true delight for the driver, and don't think Mr. Schatz doesn't relish in it. Let's face it, if you go 7 races out of 90 or so without winning and people proclaim you to be in a slump, you're doing something right. By the way...if he hadn't have run out of gas at Eldora, you'd be calling him King Donny.
So, enjoy it Schatz haters of the world, he's had a rough two weeks, but know that he'll be off the milk crate in no time.
In the meantime, the Posse swept the action at the Grove, and (we should have made a separate headline) The All Stars threw a PA/OH ass whipping on Mr. Schatz at Lernerville this past Tuesday night courtesy of Mr. Darrah and Blaney.
Here's some recaps from the races:
Stevie Smith Whips Donny Schatz
Danny Dietrich Throws Donny Schatz a beating
Blaney and Darrah Point at Schatz and Laugh in a Donny Double Team
|Pat Miller Photo|
And be sure to check out our own Pat Miller's photo gallery of Donny Schatz not winning at Lernerville earlier this week! Seriously, there's some great pictures here:
Don Martin Silver Cup In Pictures
Davenport and Moyer Point and Laugh at Outlaws-
Jonathan Davenport has never come close to being on any kind of milk crate in 2015, in fact his level of dominance has almost matched Schatz's (before he sucked). And he hammered that point home with a victory over the Outlaws at this weekend's Prarie Dirt Classic, picking off Dennis Erb on the last lap to take home $27,000 plus other contingency prizes not limited to a lifetime membership in the jelly of the month club and a free bushel of corn! To add insult to injury to the Outlaws, Billy Moyer took the victory on Thursday at Quincy, IL
Here's some recaps from recent WoO/LM action:
Davenport Pulls off Hail Mary- Continues Season To Remember
Moyer Scores $8,000 at Quincy, IL- Buys Everyone In Attendance an Orange Whip
|Buck Monson Photo|
Rodney Sanders To Host Saturday Night Live
When you're hot, your hot. And also, a good choice to host Saturday Night Live! Series Producer Lorne Michaels recently let slip that Sanders would be hosting SNL as soon as the season opens in September and was quoted as saying "He's the real deal, and he's bringing his car too and also he's bringing BBQ Beef Brisket from Texas for the whole cast, and he wins! Movie stars are overrated, whiny little (expletives) we want real people on the show and it doesn't get more real than Rodney Sanders!"
Michaels couldn't have been more spot on, if there's as dominant a driver on dirt that's ascended to Schatz (When he doesn't suck)/ Davenport levels, it's Sanders who won this weekend's World Dirt Modified Championship at Deer Creek, MN.
Read more about Rodney's Weekend, and Find out Why He makes Sense to Host SNL
Sanders Is The Man
What Happened At Lernerville?
Why not just ask us? Our own Trever Steele was on hand to cover the action at Modified Mania this past Friday night and filed this report!
And that'll do it for this week in DIRT. We hope you enjoyed it, and yourselves this weekend! Take care and stay DIRTY everyone!