Thursday, August 27, 2015

2015 North East Modified Rankings Volume 3

Okay folks, it's time for another edition of our Northeast Modified Rankings! Remember, we throw it all together here, big blocks, 358's, from all areas of the north east and Canada on Hoosiers or American Racers. Sail Panels or not, it does not matter as long as it's a modified!  So check it out and enjoy how we rank the best of the best in north east modified action

You can check out the first two volumes below:

2015 North East Modified Rankings Volume 1

2015 North East Modified Rankings Volume 2

Rankings Explained: 

 For this edition, we'll be using the time from July 9 through August 26 as the official review period.

Here's a few guidelines to consider:
  • 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
This is for entertainment purposes only, we like to have fun, but if you object to the order of the list, feel free to make a comment.

1. Mat Sheppard: Last Ranking: 1st

Sheppard is an open and shut case here taking eight home track wins currently running at Brewerton, Canandaigua and Utica-Rome. He's got an SDS tour win at Weedsport, and has placed every SDS start in the period on the podium.  He's out in front of the SDS point standings by over 100 points, even after giving some back by virtue of being light at the scales in a tour event in July.  He's the best of the best on the track for a second rankings list in a row.

2. Brett Hearn: Last Ranking: 7th

Here comes the jet! A new motor and a new outlook has helped bolster his program. A case could be made for him to be the leader here this month, but there's a degree of difficulty disparity in home tracks, and Sheppard has simply put the car on the track more often. To be fair, he would have taken the top spot had he simply not run out of gas at Mr. DIRT Track USA (Lebanon Valley) this past Tuesday night as he was well on his way to his third SDS tour in in the period. Strangely enough, Hearn has done best on the tour in Canada, taking wins at Autodrome Drummond and Cornwall.  We weren't sure if he was going to come back around to the top of the heap this year, but has been lights out since early to mid July.

3. Stewart Friesen: Last Ranking: 5th

Like Hearn, Friesen enjoyed a great last several weeks. We can't count the World of Outlaw sprint victory at Oshweken, but we can count a Mr DIRT Track USA win, a STSS win at Woodhull, and another SDS win at Five Mile Point where he was a former track champion.  Throw in a RoC victory in the Friends of Mike race at Bridgeport and some home cooking at Fonda and you could make a case for him being in one of the top two spots. He'd be there if it weren't for a little inconsistency in some other big races.

4. Jimmy Phelps: Last Ranking: Honorable Mention

Mr. Phelps is better than ever! He finally snapped an SDS tour winless streak with his victory at Albany-Saratoga (The Big Show), and has two weekly wins at Fulton plus another one at Brewerton. More than that, his consistency has remained constant and at the home tracks he runs, that speaks volumes. Great to see you in the top five for the first time in the history of the TDN Modified Rankings Mr. Phelps!

5  Billy Decker: Last Ranking: 2nd

Decker took an SDS tour win at the start of the period at Mowhawk and also scored a weekly win at Fulton. He's been fairly good outside of that, but his SDS performance otherwise has been non Decker like recently to the point where it looks as if he'll need more than one win in the 150 point races and get some luck to get back into title contention.

6. Kenny Tremont Jr. : Last Ranking: Unranked

No, Mr Tremont is not running the SDS tour, and to make this list you don't have to be. You just have to be good, and Tremont has been more than that. Check this out.  He's raced 20 times in this review period, tallying seven wins and 18 top tens in action at Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley. It's higher to get higher than sixth here without lots of special event starts, but he's had a great past several weeks and deserves to be here.

7. Larry Wight: Last Ranking: 3rd

After a hot start to the year Wight has cooled off some garnering three home track wins in the review period and no special event victories. His SDS tour performance has been fading a bit but he still remains a threat to win on any given night.  Could he rekindle his season at RoC -Utica Rome perhaps?

8. Danny Johnson: Last Ranking: 4th

Like Wight, the doctor has been not quite himself in the second half, but still it's not a bad second half to have.  He's got four wins in weekly competition at Ransomville and Fulton and has been competitive.  But outside of a podium finish at the Friends of Mike race, the special event results have been dismal. There's some mechanical gremlins in the mix and a few bad decisions. Wouldn't a Syracuse victory be a great thing for the Dr this year?

9. Mat Williamson: Last Ranking: Unranked

Would you please welcome one Mat Williamson to the TDN Modified Rankings List!  The Canadian Sensation recently scored his first SDS tour victory at Merrittville and took five wins at Lernerville in weekly competition. 

 He recently finished up his second Lernerville track championship and is in the running at Merrittville for another one there. Throw in a special event win at Oshweken and it's clear that he belongs here! And he's not done making noise yet in 2015 by any stretch.

10. Billy Dunn: Last Ranking: Honorable Mention

The former Syracuse winner collected four wins in the review period including two special event wins at Cornwall and some SDS tour top 10s. He's been keeping his home at Merrittville , Mowhawk and Cornwall in 2015 and has done great at all of them. Does he have any magic in the 150 point season?

Honorable Mentions:

Erick Rudolph: He's on the true outlaw tour now and having a blast driving primarily in the Chrysler #21 ride. Rudolph took two BRP Modified Tour event wins out west and is still a threat to win anywhere.

Rick Laubach: Still kicking tail at Big Diamond and Bridgeport on a weekly basis, but lack of special event podiums keeps him out of the top 10.

Duane Howard: Doing as expected at Grandview and Big Diamond, but we've got to be honest, had it not been for a special event win at New Egypt, he might not have made it here.

Jeff Strunk: Mr. Strunk comes through here with a pair of wins in the review period at Grandview and a couple of special event podiums. Had he raced a bit more, he'd be in consideration for a top 10 appearance.

Gage Morin: For the second straight month, Morin earns mention here for the career year he's currently having with highs in wins, top fives and top 10's.  In the review period, he took wins at Mowhawk and Brockville and a top 10 finish at SDS Cornwall. He's one to watch folks.

Breaking Down The Northeast Region's '410' Sprints

As many of you know, we've been holding our own little points standings for 410 Sprint Car drivers in the Northeast region of the country. The list of qualifying tracks is mainly exclusive to Ohio and Pennsylvania, however a few races just outside of that area have counted for points.

The uniqueness of the Northeast Sprint Championship comes in the form of the points system. Points are awarded to drivers by virtue of a feature finish only, and completely dependent upon car count that night.

For example, the winner over an 18 car field would only receive 3 points, whereas the 3rd-place finisher amidst a 40 car field would also receive 3 points. A full points breakdown can be found at the bottom of this article.

Points can be earned until the end of October. Here is how they stand now.

Tied 1st - 101 Points - Danny Dietrich & Greg Hodnett
It's hard to imagine that after 5 months of hard racing, traveling, and wear-and-tear, that two drivers would be tied for the points lead heading into fall. There is no question that these are the two most dominant drivers in Central PA this season.

Dietrich's magical season has included 14 wins, 3 of which came over fields of 34 or more, earning him the maximum points (5) in one race.

Hodnett's career-year has been eerily similar. He has amassed 13 wins in the region thus far. Greg has also matched Danny Dietrich's total of 3 wins in max point races.

3rd - 76 Points - Dale Blaney
The "King of the All Stars" has had another spectacular season. The 25 points deficit can partially be blamed on running less races than the leading pair. Although Blaney only has 10 counting wins on the year, a remarkable 9 of them have come when the stakes are the highest and there have been 34 or more sprints on hand. As if that wasn't enough, he has 2 additional max point wins outside of the area that do not qualify for this championship.

4th - 70 Points - Brian Montieth
The early season points leader has cooled off considerably of late, but his early success is astounding in itself. Montieth has 8 wins total on the year, with 5 coming at Lincoln Speedway and the remaining 3 at the historic Williams Grove Speedway.

5th - 51 Points - Stevie Smith
Running a very limited schedule and still managing to sit 5th in the current standings may be the biggest accomplishment of the season. Stevie and the Rahmer gang have often been the fastest car when they hit the track, no matter where that may have been. In his limited number of starts, Stevie has earned 8 wins at 5 different tracks so far in 2015.

Full points standings can be found HERE

Regional Points Races
Central PA
1- Danny Dietrich [101]
    Greg Hodnett [101]
3- Brian Montieth [70]
4- Stevie Smith [51]
5- Lucas Wolfe [42]

1- Dale Blaney [76]
2- Byron Reed [38]
3- Cody Darrah [35]
4- Sheldon Haudenschild [34]
5- Greg Wilson [32]

Western PA
1- A.J. Flick [19]
    Brandon Matus [19]
3- Carl Bowser [18]
4- Ed Lynch, Jr [15]
    Jack Sodeman, Jr [15]

1- Donny Schatz [31]
2- Shane Stewart [15]
3- Joey Saldana [11]
4- Rico Abreu [10]
5- Daryn Pittman [8]
    Paul McMahan [8]
    Sammy Swindell [8]
    Steve Kinser [8]

Points System:
34+ Cars - 5 points, 4 points, 3 points, 2 points, 1 point
24-33 Cars - 4 points, 3 points, 2 points, 1 point
23 or less Cars - 3 points, 2 points, 1 point

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Three On The Move

Diehard sprint fans, we know you know about these three young drivers we're about to give mention to here. But parts of the audience here at TDN may have heard the names, and may not yet know the significance of what they're accomplishing in 2015. 

One thing we can all agree on, is that it's a great thing to watch talent develop before our very eyes. Drivers start out and become competent, then show flashes of potential without much in the way of results sometimes. Then, they show glimpses, a local feature win, maybe a moment they come from the back of the pack to a podium spot in a bigger race perhaps. At some point, we stand up and take notice as fans, somewhere in between those two stages and then wonder when they'll take their next step to the realization of their potential with consistent podium finishes and wins.  And when we see it happen, we remember back to the moment when we saw them making their first slide jobs against decent competition...and smile.  Because we knew that they'd arrive on the scene one day, at some race one night and open the eyes of everyone who hadn't been paying close attention.

These drivers we're about to recognize were primed for good things to happen, each showing glimpses in the past few seasons, but they all have one more thing in common, they all brought their game to a new level in 2015, and that's not always an easy thing to do. It takes commitment, a positive attitude, and a willingness to correct and perfect the art of what they do.

So, for the more passive sprint fans among our following, the ones who pay attention to all divisions on the track on a given night, we bring forth three sprint drivers on the move, ready to take even another step on the way to potential greatness in the future. If you're not familiar with these names, it's time to commit them to memory, you're going to be hearing them for a long time to come.

Sheldon Haudenschild
Pat Miller Photo

His last name is immediately recognizable to almost any fan. The son of sprint racing legend Jac Haudenschild, Sheldon has seemingly hit the point where anything could be possible on any night, against any competition.  The soon to be 22 year old from Wooster, OH enjoyed motocross in his early years and won with regularity. He graduated to 360 sprints in 2009 and gradually worked in more 410 shows as the years progressed, with some weekly victories at Wayne County and Sharon Speedways. As his early 410 years continued, he started perfecting his craft on stiffer competition with semi regular All Star and World of Outlaw starts, picking up his first All Star win in 2014 at Wayne County Speedway.  

Welcome to 2015 where Haudenschild's progress is no longer measured by being competitive, but by podium finishes, wins and his ability to achieve good results at tracks he's not as familiar with. In his young career, he's already shown the ability to be a threat to win virtually anyway in his native Ohio. But his charge through the field to a podium finish at Lernerville earlier this year in ASCoC action, his bmain victory in World of Outlaw action at Williams Grove (coming from 8th), and his win at the Lou Blaney Memorial all point to a brilliant future on the horizon. That and the fact that he recently made the Amain starting grid at the Knoxville Nationals without needing a bmain.  Haudenschild will be one to watch for years to come, and a fun one to watch at that.  

Aaron Reutzel

It's always great to watch a driver on the brink of really great things, and Reutzel's on the brink, we just wish we had more chances to watch him in the east. The Clute,TX native started out in micro sprints, gradually working his way to 360's in the gulf coast area. He was named Lucas Oil ASCS Series Rookie of the Year in 2011 and made more appearences as the years progressed. Then in 2014, Reutzel started making headlines by getting national tour wins and podiums with regularity while earning a second place finish at the prestigious Short Track Nationals.

Now forward to 2015. In January, his name was making one tweet or press release seemingly every day at the inaugural Winter Heat Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in Arizona.  With a star studded 410 field, Reutzel was in position to win virtually every night of the mini speed week kickoff, but suffered bad luck in the features until the final night when he won! Since then, he's spent the season leading the ASCS national points, with 10 wins and also another 410 sprint victory at Tulare (CA). 

But the best was yet to come, he was recently named Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year driving for the famed Roth Motorsports California based team.  Reutzel's emergence might not completely surprise sprint diehards, but for those with a little more passive interest, it would be wise to check him out as soon as you can, he's going places sooner rather than later.

Parker Price Miller
Pat Miller Photo

Of the three drivers we're profiling here, this young driver hasn't quite reached the brink just yet, but he's the youngest and may have the brightest upside. The Kokomo, Indiana native has experience in almost every type of open wheeled car.....and he's still in high school.  His  progression from micro sprints to 410's was quick and impressive. He was named POWRi Midget Rookie of the Year in 2013, and took another Rookie of the Year award in 2014 at the Chili Bowl. 

But in 2015, the results caught up to the expectations in a big way for Parker.  He's got eight wins in winged sprint action this year so far and earned his first All Star Sprint victory at Wayne County Speedway. Throw in a podium finish with the World of Outlaws at Oshweken and a solid performance at the Knoxville Nationals, and it's easy to see his star rising. But more than just results, he's something to see live and in person as you'll come across a driver that is learning the right times to be patient and aggressive against some of the best competition.  He's starting to come into his own now, and nobody should be surprised that's been paying attention.

These three drivers represent the scratching of the surface when it comes to up and coming talented drivers in the 410 ranks, but we want you to catch them as soon as you can if you've not seen them yet, you'll be grateful you did. Look for big things from them in the coming years, and be sure to look for more further installments of "Three On The Move" from us here at TDN. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

The TDN Weekly Super Late Model Power Poll: Week 17

Hey there folks, 'tis Monday evening, so that means it's time for my weekly update to these rankings.

With only one week left, it appears Jeff Rine has already clinched the title for this season. He's always fast, and this year was no different. Opening up the scoring to include the whole state gave him a huge advantage over the past couple years, because now he scores at two different tracks instead of just one. He's was incredibly consistent at both Bedford and Selinsgrove and it shows, as he is leading the points at Selinsgrove and second at Bedford. Next time I see him at the races, he's getting a couple TDN stickers to put on his ride.

Even though the title was clinched, the rest of the top ten has tightened up quite a bit, and there are seven drivers with a conceivable shot at second in the standings. This coming weekend should be really interesting to see who ends up where.

Anyways, all the tracks got shows in this week, except for Eriez, who ran a WoO special on Sunday instead of a regular show. Roaring Knob didn't update their results, either, but I did finally get last week's results and those points are reflected in the rankings this week.

Now let's get to some rankings.

1. Jeff Rine*****, 50 points. Jeff's won at Selinsgrove Saturday and came home fifth at Bedford Friday for his points this week.

2. Scott Rhodes**, 36 points. Scott got a second at Dog Hollow Friday for his points this week.

3. Max Blair****, 35 points. Max went scoreless this week.

4. Clate Copeman****, 34 points. Clate also put up a goose egg this week.

5. Mike Blose**, 33 points. Mike went 0fer this week too.

5. Dwayne Tanneyhill***, 33 points. Dwayne's points this week came from a win at Diog Hollow Friday.

7. Alex Ferree***, 32 points. Alex ran third at Lernerville Friday for his points this week.

7. DJ Troutman**, 32 points. DJ came home second at Bedford Friday to score his points this week.

9. Coleby Frye*****, 26 points. Coleby won Saturday at Port Royal for his points this week.

10. Tim Senic***, 25 points. Tim won last week at Roaring Knob for his points this week.

10. Dylan Yoder*, 25 points. Dylan's points came from a third at Selinsgrove Saturday this week.

10. Darrell Bossard, 25 points. Darrell had no points this week.

And that's the top ten for this week. Next week is the final writeup for his year, so it'll have the complete rankings from top to bottom. Until then, have fun no matter where you attend the races. Me personally, I think I may go ahead and see what in the heck a RFSLM series is Saturday night.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Story From Mercer; Kekich Dominates; Kristyak Storms To Victory; Gallagher and Burns Find Victory Lane

With a perfect night of weather and a pit area stocked with 22 sprints, the Annual Auto Racers for Kids night took place at Mercer Raceway Park Saturday with extra money on the line for all divisions. Veteran announcer Don Gamble graced the crowd with his presence on the microphone and was joined by the voice of Utica-Rome Speedway, Mike Mallett, giving fans on hand a unique accent on the evening.   Adam Kekich simply drove away from the competition in 410 sprint action while Tommy Kristyak made his way through the field of 358 modifieds to victory.

In the Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Darrin Gallagher pulled off a Kekich type victory of his own and in the open stocks, Tim Burns held off strong challenges over the course of the fifteen lap main event to claim the win. 

410 Sprints:

A format of time trials and a dash set the front six starters for the 410 sprints Saturday night. Before the action got underway, Eric Williams, who had claimed a dash position earlier, had to call it quits early with mechanical difficulty.

Friday night Lernerville feature winner Carl Bowser brought the field to the green flag of the 25 lap, $3,000 to win main event, but Jack Sodeman Jr. took the early advantage and looked to be the car to beat in the first two laps. But behind him, Adam Kekich was already making his presence known.  Kekich had missed the dash in time trials but took the win in heat number one and upon Williams' declaring a scratch on the evening, he'd moved into the sixth starting spot.  Kekich went directly to the top of the speedway and managed to get around Dan Kuriger and Carl Bowser with relative ease and looked to give Sodeman all he could handle in the coming laps.  But the potential battle for the win took a turn on lap three when Dennis Wagner brought out the red flag with a flip on the front stretch.  Then during the break in action, Sodeman went pit side, retiring from the main event which put Kekich on the point when the racing resumed.

When the green waved again, Kekich started stretching out a sizeable lead while behind him, Jimmy Seger and Brandon Matus started making their way to the top five with Bowser and Dan Kuriger still running in positions two and three respectively, until a lap eight caution bunched the field one more time.  On the ensuing restart, Kekich put his car on the top shelf with authority, but moved around without interruption when heavy lapped traffic emerged just past the halfway point.  Kekich changed lines with ease and kept increasing his margin to over five seconds over the waning laps while Kuriger started to press Bowser for the runner up spot which he would eventually wrest away.. Behind them, Brandon Matus and AJ Flick had patiently picked their way through the field, picking their spots, to earn top five finishes, but the night belonged to Kekich, who turned in a dominating performance, and was never in any danger of being reeled in throughout the majority of the 25 lap main event.

After the checkered flag fell, Kekich sent his machine straight to the front stretch for a couple of victory spins to the delight of the crowd on hand.

" As soon as they dropped the green, I ripped around the top of one and two and passed a couple of cars, and I knew we were good and I knew that’s where I wanted to be," A thrilled Kekich stated in victory lane.  "We actually started reeling in Sodeman, and I actualy thought that I had a chance to race him for the win, and when he dropped out, my stomach just dropped but I got real excited and I just knew that it was my race to lose and I just couldn’t give up.”

Top 10:

1. Adam Kekich
2. Dan Kuriger
3. Carl Bowser
4. Brandon Matus
5. AJ Flick
6. Jimmy Seger
7. Andy McKisson
8. Michael Bauer
9. Brandon Spithaler
10. Arnie Kent

358 Modifieds:

Shane Izzo and Sidney Unverzagt brought the field to the green flag in the 20 lap-358 modified main event with Unverzagt in control early on. Behind him, Jimmy Holden and Kyle Fink were in hot pursuit until Holden spun in turn two on the second lap. The spin, in front of an oncoming field collected Tommy Kristyak, Lonny Riggs, and Jeff Shaffer Jr with Kristyak ending up in mid air. When the carnage was cleared, Holden would see his night come to an end with considerable damage, but the other three cars involved carried on and would be the prime players the rest of the way.

Once the action resumed, Fink went to work and quickly put the rest of the field well far behind him, while Kristyak and Riggs would both mount comebacks despite being involved in the lap two altercation.  Kristyak dove under second running Unverzagt with a lap 11 pas and set his sights on Fink, making up significant amounts of ground in a hurry in the second half of the main event, and on lap 15 he made the pass for the lead as Fink's car had become much slower after lap 10.

On the sixteenth circuit, it became clear that Fink's car had been suffering some mechanical difficulty and came to a rest in turn two, bringing out the caution which was a welcome sight for Riggs who was running second, but too far behind to seriously challenge for the win.  The table was then set for a four lap battle between Krisyak and Riggs to decide the outcome. Kristyak was able to get to turn one first and secure the bottom groove on both the lap 16 restart and another on lap 18 to seal the deal, collecting a special $1,000 pay day in the process as Riggs was unable to find away around the eventual winner.

Top 10:

1. Tommy Kristyak
2. Lonny Riggs
3. Sidney Unverzagt
4. Jeff Shaffer Jr.
5. Kevin Greene
6. Brian Shaffer
7. Kyle Holden
8. Rich Whitney
9. Shane Izzo
10. Cody Cooper

Outlaw Sprint Warriors:

Eventual winner Darrin Gallagher may have started on the front row alongside Darren Pifer Saturday night, but from the way the 20 lap feature turned out, it was easy to see that he'd have made it there sooner rather than later.   Gallagher immediately went to work on a multi second advantage while Cody Bova and 410 sprint driver Brandon Matus tried their best to entertain the crowd on hand with a battle for the second spot. Gallagher entered lapped traffic on the ninth circuit and picked through it flawlessly en route to the victory while behind him, Matus was unable to make his way around Bova for the runner up spot.

Top 10:

1. Darrin Gallagher
2. Cody Bova
3. Brandon Matus
4. Evan Kornbau
5. Darren Pifer
6. Andy Priest
7. George Hobaugh Jr.
8. George Englert
9. Mike Marano III
10. Alex Paden

Open Stocks:

Tim Burns may have been the alpha and omega when it came to lap leaders Saturday night, but to say he dominated the action would not pay credit to the action on the track.  Burns took the green flag of the fifteen lap main event while behind him, Bob McCann and Brent Johnson stayed close in the early laps as the three leaders looked for the best bite around the surface in an attempt to make their way to the front.  The three cars were seemingly nose to tail for a great portion of the race, all running the bottom groove.  Rusty Moore, coming from his seventh starting spot, and Bobby Heim from fifth, both made their way to the front in the waning laps but could not find a way around Burns.

Top 10:

1. Tim Burns
2. Rusty Moore
3. Bobby Heim
4. Bob McCann
5. Bob Schwartzmiller
6. William Hurrellbrink
7. Brent Johnson
8. Terry Wheeler
9. Charlie Baptiste
10. Dennis Clark

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Story From Lernerville: Swartzlander scores 90th career win, Bowser earns 5th victory of season, Lux gets first win in Detman 111, Kelley wins thriller

On another beautiful Friday evening at the Lernerville Speedway,  Brian Swartzlander and Joe Kelley each padded their career leading win totals in their respective divisions, while Carl Bowser cruised to his fifth victory of the season in the Sprint Cars. A new winner emerged in the Super Late Models, as Matt Lux held off all challengers in the Jim Detman #111.

DIEHL Automotive Group Modifieds

Garrett Krummert and Rick Regalski paced the 15 car field to the green in the evening's first feature.

Krummert grabbed the early lead with Regalski taking 2nd. 3rd starting Steve Feder found misfortune on lap 3 as he slid high off turns 1 and 2 while pressuring Regalski for 2nd, and would eventually fall to back of the field.

The first caution flew on lap 5 for Rodney Beltz stopping on the backstretch.  Krummert once again showed the way on the restart. Brian Swartzlander proved strong on the outside as he made his way into 2nd around Regalski, and then 
began putting heat on Krummert for the lead in the following laps.  On lap 9, Swartzlander used the momentum off the top side to overtake Krummert down the backstretch.

Pat Miller Photo

Last week's winner Mat Willamson was on the move as he challenged Reglaski for 3rd, but was unable to make the pass for several laps. By lap 12, 9th starting Rex King Jr entered the battle for 3rd and quickly dispatched both Regalski and Wiliamson for the position.

Up front, Swartzlander continued to ride the cushion to hold the advantage over Krummert, while King Jr began to close on both. Jeff Miller went up in smoke on lap 15 to bring out the second caution of the feature. During this caution, 4th running Williamson went pitside with ignition issues, ending his string of impressive finishes this season.
Swartzlander chose the outside on the lap 15 restart and would remain in front. The outside proved to be the fastest way around the action track, as both Krummert and King Jr. attempted to make things happen to his inside, but to no avail.
In the closing laps, Swartzlander distanced himself from the field, while the battle headed up for 2nd between King and Krummert. On the final lap, King Jr. made his way around Krummert to come home second.

 Swartzlander's victory snapped a streak of mechanical failures for the Leechburg driver, as it was his first win since June 5th.

Top 10: 

1 Brian Swartzlander
2 Rex King Jr.
3 Garrett Krummert
4 Rick Regalski
5 Kevin Bolland
6 Rex King Sr. 
7 Jeremiah Shingledecker 
8 Shawn Fleeger
9 Steve Feder
10 Carl Murdick

Peoples TWP Sprint Cars

Carl Bowser, a four time winner this season, drew the pole for the 25 lap event.  Bowser went right to the cushion and blasted to the lead ahead of Ralph Spithaler and Brandon Matus.  The field quickly began to string out, with the top five of Bowser, Spithaler, Matus, Eric Williams and last week's winner Jack Sodeman Jr. all running the same line on the cushion.  

The pace was slowed on lap 7 as Cody Bova spun to the inside off turn 4.   Bowser once again raced out to the lead on the restart. Matus overtook Spithaler for 2nd, and Sodeman dispatched Williams for 4th.
Pat Miller Photo

Matus was able to keep pace with Bowser, but once again the top five all were running the same outer groove. Another caution on lap 14 again for Bova once again bunched the field up.

 Bowser held the advantage once again with a very good restart, which allowed no opportunity for Matus to pull a slide job.  Sodeman did pull a slider to take 3rd from Spithaler. From there, Bowser remained in command and road the cushion to a convincing victory.  Matus, Sodeman, Spithaler and Williams completed the top five.

Top 10:

1 Carl Bowser
2 Brandon Matus
3 Jack Sodeman Jr.
4 Ralph Spithaler
5 Eric Williams 
6 AJ Flick
7 Brandon Spithaler
8 Brent Matus
9 Sye Lynch
10 Bill Kiley

Precise Racing Super Late Models

Matt Lux had only driven the Jim Detman #111 on a handful of nights this season. Stepping in for Brian Swartzlander in the middle of the season, the 'Franklin Flyer' scored his first victory of the season and the first ever for the #111 machine.  

Kenny Schaltenbrand and Tony Burke paced the field to green, but it was third starting Lux who raced to the Lap 1 lead.  A pair of early yellows slowed the pace on laps 2 and 4. Lux looked particularly strong on both restarts, as he held the point over Michael Norris.  10th starting Alex Ferree made his way past Schaltenbrand for 3rd by lap 7 and quickly closed on the lead duo of Lux and Norris.  
Pat Miller Photo

By lap 11, Lux was managing lap traffic has he continued to hold off both Norris and Ferree.  A caution on lap 17 proved to be a major factor in the outcome of the race. Lux chose the outside on the restart and once again pulled away running the cushion.  A new challenger was present now, though, as Mike Pegher Jr. followed Lux right into second around both Ferree and Norris.  

In the closing stages, Lux continued to stretch his lead en route to a convincing victory over Pegher, who managed to fend off challenges from Ferree to take the runner up spot.  Norris settled for 4th, while Andrew Wylie rounded out the top five.

Alex Ferree wrapped his third straight points title and sixth overall, tieing him with Bob Wearing Sr. for the most all time in the division.

Top 10:

1 Matt Lux
2 Mike Pegher Jr
3 Alex Ferree
4 Michael Norris
5 Andrew Wylie
6 Gary Lyle
7 Tony Burke
8 Dan Swartzlander
9 Sam Eichelberger
10 Herman Bertolini

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Joe Kelley endured a multitude of restarts and a hard charging Jim Fosnaught to earn the victory in the night's final event.

Bog Egley took to the early lead from the pole position. Behind him, Mike Miller split Brandon Wearing and Joey Zambotti to quickly take 2nd on the opening lap. Miller then drove by Egley on the outside to the lead the next lap.  However, on lap 3, Miller's car experienced troubles coming off turn 4, slowing suddenly. This allowed Egley to retake the lead, but in the scramble to avoid Miller, Zambotti and Terry Young made contact, sending both pitside with issues and bringing out a caution.  Miller was able to continue, and was placed 3rd on the following restart. 
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Cautions continued to fly on laps 6,7, and 8. Kelley had moved into second on the lap 7 restart, and then took the lead away from Egley on the outside on the lap 8 restart.  Wayne Carbo charged hard on the outside to momentarily overtake Egley for 2nd on lap 10.  Egley then engaged in a side-by-side battle for 2nd with Carbo for several laps before another yellow on lap 13.

The restart order was Kelley, Egley, Carbo and Jim Fosnaught.  Kelley was committed to the bottom on the restart and shot out to the lead, but it was Fosnaught who found speed on the outside to advance from 4th to 2nd.  

Kelley appeared to be in command as the field was given the two to go signal, but one last caution setup an interesting restart between the 66 and 20J.  

Kelley once again chose to run the low line, with Fosnaught charging to his outside.  Coming to the white, Fosnaught positioned himself to make a run to the outside of Kelley. Down the backstretch, he pulled even with Kelley and going into four it was anyone's guess who would come away victorious. 

By a mere 0.033 seconds, Kelley beat Fosnaught to the line in a thrilling finish to put a cap on the night.

Top 10:

1 Joe Kelley
2 Jim Fosnaught
3 Bob Egley
4 Corey McPherson
5 Mike Miller 
6 Wayne Carbo 
7 Bob Lipinski 
8 Aaron Easler
9 Brett McDonald 
10 Jeff Miller

The “Fab Four” season will conclude next Friday with the final points event.   AJ Flick holds a 10 point lead over Brandon Matus going into next Friday. Either Flick or Matus will add their name to the historic list of Sprint Car champions.