Friday, June 22, 2012
Blackshear Extends Streak to Seven, Young and Withers Get First Wins of the Year
by Jay Pees
CONNEAUT, Ohio -- Autograph night at Raceway 7 started out hot and sticky but by intermission the air was comfortable for the annual autograph session on the front straight. Bicycles were given away to two lucky children by the McDonald family. Zimmer Service Center also gave away 5 free pit passes for a parent and a child here at Raceway 7. The racing action was hot all night with Max Blair, Jack Young, Brandon Blackshear, Chris Withers, and Bud Sergeff getting the feature wins.
Two-time winner Chad Wright and Kyle Zimmerman led the Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models to the green with Wright leading the way over Zimmerman with pointís leader Billy Henry third. Yellow slowed the field at four laps in when A J Kingsley and Chris Peterson tangled in turn four with both spinning down the front stretch. Under the yellow Breyton Santee had a wheel come off the left front, ending his night. After another yellow flag at lap seven the order was Wright, Henry, Max Blair, Zimmerman, and Mike Mitchell. One lap after green, in turn one, Henry and Blair got together with Henry getting into the wall and Blair spinning completely around but never stopping. Yellow was thrown but since Blair never stopped he was given his position back with Henry, the reason for the yellow, going to the rear of the field. At lap 13 Blair and Wright were next to each other at the line with Blair holding the lead when they got to the back straight. Blair went on to his second win of the season over Wright with Zimmerman third, Matt Latta fourth, and Bruce Hordusky fifth.
Jack Young and Rick Pratschler led the 27 Zimmer Service Center E-Mods to Roger Osburnís green flag with Young taking the immediate lead. After two quick yellows, Young and Russ Dunn were the leaders with John Boardman third. After a yellow at lap seven, defending champion Joel Watson, up from 12th at the start, was challenging for the lead when four cars tangled in turn three just one lap later. At halfway Young was extending his lead with Dunn now second over Watson. Two laps later a restart set up the worst crash of the night, involving nine cars when third-running Russ Dunn spun in front of the rest of the field. The green again flew at lap 13 with Young still in front. Young increased his lead over Gary Eicher and Rick Pratschler after green until Clint Brady spun with five laps remaining. Watson came to third on the restart and second two laps later. Young went on to his first Raceway 7 win of the season with Watson second, Eicher third, Brent Rhebergen fourth, and Rick Pratschler fifth.
The Economods had 14 year old rookie Casey Bowers leading the first lap then Brandon Blackshear taking over and going on to his seventh win of the seven features contested in 2012. Bowers, in only his third week at Raceway 7, held onto second over Eric Paulus for the first nine laps until a caution erased his advantage over third. On the restart Paulus used the high side to immediately get by for second. However, Paulus only made it to turn three before losing power, allowing Bowers to regain second. Jodi Woodworth came to third on lap 12 but was unable to catch the Cranesville, PA rookie. At the finish it was Blackshear, Bowers, Woodworth, Chuck Steinle Sr, and Alan Atkinson.
Ryan Blood and Tim Deutsch led the Street Stocks to the green flag in their 15-lap finale with Blood leading over Rush Firestone for the first lap. After restarting due to a lap one caution, pointís leader Paul Schreckengost spun in turn one for caution number two. Blood lead with Firestone and 2011 champion Chris Withers fighting for second. Withers won the battle at lap five and set sail for the lead. Withers and Blood got together on lap eight with Blood spinning.
Neither driver was deemed responsible, allowing Withers to retain the lead but Blood relegated to the rear for the caution. The next caution came at lap nine when Firestone spun unassisted from the second place. One lap after green, third-running Paul Schreckengost dropped his driveshaft and was hit hard by Rusty Wheeler, Shawn Fawcett, and Art Gilchrist. Defending champion Withers went on to the win over Tommy Fox, Steve Horvath, Art Edwards, and Art Gilchrist.
Ed Huge led the 14 Specialty Products Mini Stocks to the green with Huge leading the first laps with Bud Sergeff alongside by lap five. Caution flew with one lap remaining Chris Spencer spun into the wall on turn two, bringing yellow over the field and allowing Jonny Boyd to restart on the leaderís rear bumper. Sergeff went on to his fourth win of the season over pointís leader Boyd, who had come from last on the starting grid, Tim Gillette, Mitch Stokes, and Carlos Aponte.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models:
Heat 1: Matt Latta, Billy Henry, Chad Wright, Bill Cunningham Sr, Tim Sears Jr, Chris Peterson, Bob Pifer, Randy Wilson, Joe DeFazio
Heat 2: Max Blair, Dennis Lunger, Michael Mitchell, Kyle Zimmerman, Bruce Hordusky Jr, Bryan Salisbury, Breyton Santee, Bob Diver, A J Kingsley
Feature: Max Blair, Chad Wright, Kyle Zimmerman, Matt Latta, Bruce Hordusky Jr, Mike Mitchell, Bryan Salisbury, Bob Pifer, Tim Sears Jr, Billy Henry, Bill Cunningham Sr, A J Kingsley, Randy Wilson, Chris Peterson, Breyton Santee, Bob Diver, Dennis Lunger, Joe DeFazio (DNS)
Zimmer Service Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Joel Watson, Steve Dixon, Russ Dunn, Rick Pratschler, Ken Zimmer, Chuck Steinle Jr, Jim Turley, Josh McDonald, Clint Brady
Heat 2: John Woodward Jr, Jack Young, Gary Eicher, Brian Douglas, Chad Carlson, Brandon Porter, Gary Murphy, John Schenker, Chris Peterson
Heat 3: John Boardman, Dan McDonald, Mike Potosky, Rich Michael Jr, Brent Rhebergen, Percy McDonald, Shane Crotty, Bill Taylor, Wendell Pinckney
Feature: Jack Young, Joel Watson, Gary Eicher, Brent Rhebergen, Rick Pratschler, Russ Dunn, Shane Crotty, Dan McDonald, Bill Taylor, Wendell Pinckney, Ken Zimmer, Percy McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Brian Douglas, Clint Brady, Gary Murphy, John Schenker, John Boardman, John Woodward Jr, Chad Carlson, Mike Potosky, Brandon Porter, Jim Turley, Chris Peterson, Rich Michael Jr, Steve Dixon
Heat 1: Tommy Fox, Paul Schreckengost, Chris Withers, Art Edwards, Joe Rohrer, Ed Bolyard, Rusty Wheeler
Heat 2: Rush Firestone, Tim Deutsch, Ryan Blood, Steve Horvath, Shawn Fawcett, Art Gilchrist, Jeff Wick, Jimmy Kennerknecht
Feature: Chris Withers, Tommy Fox, Steve Horvath, Art Edwards, Art Gilchrist, Ed Bolyard, Joe Rohrer, Paul Schreckengost, Rusty Wheeler, Ryan Blood, Shawn Fawcett, Rush Firestone, Tim Deutsch, Jeff Wick, Jimmy Kennerknecht
Heat: Chuck Steinle Sr, Casey Bowers, Alan Atkinson, Brad Blackshear, Steve Samuelson, Kyle Fellows
Heat 2: Brandon Blackshear, Jace Ferringer, Eric Paulus, Jodi Woodworth Sr, Dennis Dellinger
Feature: Brandon Blackshear, Casey Bowers, Jodi Woodworth Sr, Chuck Steinle Sr, Alan Atkinson, Jace Ferringer, Dennis Dellinger, Eric Paulus, Steve Samuelson, Kyle Fellows (DNS), Brad Blackshear (DNS)
Specialty Products Mini-Stocks:
Heat 1: Bud Sergeff, Carlos Aponte, Mitch Stokes, Ed Huge, John Boyd Sr, Joe Keney, Tim Greer
Heat 2: Tim Gillette, Brad Cole, Jonny Boyd, Joe Longenecker, Cale Sousa, Chris Spencer, Connor Fortune
Feature: Bud Sergeff, Jonny Boyd, Tim Gillette, Mitch Stokes, Carlos Aponte, Brad Cole, John Boyd Sr, Ed Huge, Joe Keney, Cale Sousa, Joe Longenecker, Connor Fortune, Chris Spencer, Tim Greer (DNS)