COMING UP: SATURDAY August 8th 2015
Modifieds • Ohio Stocks • Street Stocks • Hobby Stocks
ADULTS: $12.00 SENIORS: $10.00
KIDS (6 - 12): $5.00
PIT PASS: $30.00
Previous Weeks Racing Results
by: Jarrett Emmerich
Hy-Miler Fan Appreciation Night Full of Action as Irwin, Karl, Wilson and Short Claim Top Honors
The Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals is the event that racers around the country have circled on their calendars for open-wheel action. Last night, the drivers of the stock car divisions took their chance at Hy-Miler glory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Appreciation Night with impressive results, with two last lap passes for the feature win, mangled racecars taking victories and newcomers extending already impressive résumés.
In Digital Yalo Ohio Stock feature action, Joe Borczuch and Julia Buckles led the field to the green flag with Buckles stealing the advantage out of turn two on the start. Clayton Karl would put his #21 Tony K’s Bar and Grill machine into the runner-up position on lap two as Jerry Karl followed his brother Clayton into the third position. Jerry would get around Clayton for second on lap six and steal the lead from Julia Buckles at the halfway mark. As Clayton followed Jerry through, Julia Buckles would pull into the speedway pit area.
However, the race for the runner-up position was still on as Rich Clingan got around Clayton Karl for second. Jerry Karl, Rich Clingan, Clayton Karl, Jeff Karl and Joe Borczuch would make up the finish with Julia Buckles out of the event around the halfway mark.
Kyle Capodice and Brian Gibbs would lead the Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint Series feature event to the green flag with Capodice taking the advantage going into turn one. Gibbs would return to the point on lap three as multi-time non-wing sprint champion Steve Irwin looked to take the runner-up position from Capodice. Capodice would fall to Irwin as would Gibbs, making the Carquest/Mega Restaurant machine of Irwin the new leader as Frank Neill followed Irwin through. The first caution flag of the event would fly on lap thirteen as Ray Thurston was stopped in turn three.
Irwin, Neill, Capodice, Matt Goodnight, Gibbs and Speakman made up the running order at that point in the race, and before the order would change, Speakman would spin his car out of turn four with six laps to go. Goodnight would pass Capodice for third shortly after the restart and would begin to work on Neill for the runner-up position. Goodnight would heavily challenge Frank Neill but he would not get the job done. Steve Irwin would win over Frank Neill, Matt Goodnight, Kyle Capodice, Joe Speakman and Brian Gibbs.
Carl Smith and Wayne Sweeney would lead the field to the green flag in the twenty lap Street Stock feature with Smith pulling the inside line to the top three spots on the start. Mid-season champion Logan Cooper would pass Matt Wilson on lap two for third but Wilson would fire back on lap four as Bill Johnson took the lead on the front straightaway. Wilson would take the lead around the halfway mark of the race with his absolutely mangled piece of machinery after making heavy contact in the pursuit race. The pass would be negated however as Cody Rose would stop on the back straightaway.
Bill Johnson, Matt Wilson, Mike White, Logan Cooper and Collin Penn would make up the top five at this juncture of the race but White would have problems on lap fourteen as he went off the top of the turn three hill. Wilson would use this last opportunity in order to put on one of the most spectacular shows of the season. Wilson would hang close to Johnson until the final lap. Then, in turn one, he would use his wide-open fenderless front end in order to boot Johnson out of the groove in order to win the Milan Automotive Street Stock feature. Johnson, Collin Penn, Logan Cooper, Cody Rose, Mike White, Carl Smith and Wayne Sweeney made up the rest of the finishing order.
The Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock division would be the final feature event of the evening with Richard Clem and Chris Nicastro leading the field to the green. Brandon Short, Dylan Watson, Brandon Halcomb and Kelly Lille would soon begin their freight train to the front, taking the top four positions by the completion of the fifth lap. Halcomb would take second with five laps in but he would break on the front straightaway with just four laps to go, setting up a four lap dash to the finish with Short leading Watson, Lille, Clem and Trent Aslasksen.
Lille would take the second position in turn four on lap twelve while Aslaksen took fourth. Lille would spin in turns three and four with two laps to go while challenging Short for the lead on the outside lane. Watson would make a final attempt during this green-white-checkered finish and would draw side-by-side with Short for the lead heading into the final lap. However, Short would edge Watson by less than a tenth of a second at the checkered flag with Aslaksen, Lille and Clem rounding out the top five. Chris Nicastro and Dan Smith finished sixth and seventh.
Stephens and Sharp Take Friday Night Hy-Miler Checkers
The Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals weekend has always held little but bad luck for four-time Midwest Supermodified Association champion Trent Stephens. However, on Friday night of the 38th Annual Hy-Miler, Stephens finally got redemption as he stole the Friday Night Fast Forty by leading all forty laps in order to become the event’s twentieth different winner. Kenny Sharp would win the modified feature in similar fashion after Tyler Shullick caught a bad break and got taken out of the event while leading.
In the modified feature, Mark Bott and Tyler Shullick led the field to the green, which would be delayed as Steve Jones spun his #79 machine in turns three and four before a lap was complete. When the event did kick off, Shullick would assert his dominance immediately by taking the lead. The race would again be halted on lap eight when Stephen Klinect stopped on the back straightaway with a flat left front tire following contact with Michigan standout Travis Eddy. Klinect would pit and rejoin the field at the tail end.
Shullick would lead Bott, Joey Wyckoff, Joe Shannon, and Bob Sibila back to the green flag only to have Bott spin him in turn four on lap nine. Bott would be sent tail with Shullick reassuming the lead over Shannon, Wyckoff, Eddy and Sibila. Eddy would take third from Wyckoff on the start but the action was ahead of them as Joe Shannon put Tyler Shullick off the top of turn three for the lead. This would put both drivers out of the race twenty laps shy of completion.
Eddy would now lead Wyckoff, Kenny Sharp, Sibila and Dave Dobbins. Sharp would get Wyckoff on the start then begin working on the #78 of Eddy. Matt Wilson spinning in turn one on lap eleven would put a momentary hold on those plans, but Sharp would take the lead on the front straightaway. Kevin Jaycox would spin on lap twelve for the final caution of the night. Sharp would maintain his lead on the restart but Eddy would fall to Sibila for the runnerup position.
Sibila would close in in the second half of the race but Sharp was not to be denied. Kenny Sharp would win over Bob Sibila, Travis Eddy, Joey Morrisette and Joey Wyckoff. Logan Hamilton, Dave Dobbins, Kenny Calhoun, Stephen Klinect, Jason Drew, Steve Jones and Mark Bott rounded out the finish.
Trent Stephens and Dan Bowes made up the front row for the start of the ISMA supermodified feature with Stephens rocketing to an early lead. Jim Paller going off the top of turn three would bring the field back to a complete restart where again Stephens would pull away. Mike McVetta would work his way past three cars on the first lap to move himself to fifth while Jeff Locke stole the runnerup position from Bowes on lap three.
Ben Seitz, Mike McVetta and Jon McKennedy would all take advantage of Bowes’ struggling racecar in the mid stages of the race in order to take third through fifth respectively. A lap twenty-nine debris caution would give Locke a chance to nab Stephens but Stephens motored away to win over Locke, McVetta, Seitz, McKennedy, Eddie Witkum, Otto Sitterly, DJ Shullick, Timmy Jedrzejek and Bowes. Kyle Edwards, Mike Lichty, Rob Summers, Tim Ice, Jim Paller, Mark Sammut, Danny Shirey, AJ Lesiecki and Kevin Jaycox Jr rounded out the finishers. Lichty made a notable charge from the second to last starting position (26th) to twelfth in order to pick up the Hard Charger Award presented by the 4TH Turn Crazies.
McKennedy Outlasts Competition to Win 38th Annual Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals
The Clyde Booth #61 has had its share of success at the Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals, even winning last year with “Liquid” Lou Cicconi piloting the Silver Bullet. This year, it would return to prominence with Chelmsford, Massachusetts driver Jon McKennedy by claiming the lead before the halfway mark when early race leader Tim Ice broke on the front straightaway shortly after the lap forty mark. Joey Morisette would lead all thirty laps of the modified race in order to claim his second feature win of the season at the Sandusky Speedway.
In the modified event, Joey Morisette and Logan Hamilton paced the field to the green with Morisette taking the early lead. Dave Dobbins worked his way into third on the first lap and passed Logan Hamilton for the runnerup position on lap six while former modified champions Stephen Klinect and Kenny Sharp broke into the top five before the lap ten mark. On lap ten, Joe Shannon would spin by himself on the outside line to bring out the first caution of the event.
Morisette would now have to hold off Dobbins, Logan Hamilton, Klinect and Sharp. Klinect and Travis Eddy would get good restarts and go to third and fourth respectively while Logan Hamilton slipped out of the top five. Travis Eddy would make the pass on Klinect for third on lap twelve and begin to hunt down Morisette and Dobbins. On lap eighteen, John White and Jason Drew spun in turn four, with White being sent tail for causing it.
Morisette, Dobbins, Eddy, Klinect and Sharp be the top five for this restart with Joe Quinn passing Sharp for fifth on the restart. Matt Wilson spun Logan Hamilton with ten laps to go as Jason Drew spun to avoid, so Wilson would be sent to the tail end of the field. Sharp would retake fifth on the restart but Joey Morisette would go on to win over Dave Dobbins, Travis Eddy, Stephen Klinect and Kenny Sharp. Joe Quinn, Joey Wyckoff, Jason Drew, Kenny Calhoun and Joe Shannon would round out the top ten while John White, Tom Joy, Matt Wilson, Rich Clingan and JR Karl finished in positions eleven through fifteen.
Finally, the one-hundred lap supermodified feature was pushed onto the track with long-time late model driver Tim Ice starting on the front row alongside 2012 International SuperModified Association champion Mike Lichty. Ice would take the advantage on lap one and soon it became apparent why as the #84 of Lichty stopped on the backstretch on lap five and was declared done for the evening. Ice led Jon McKennedy, Danny Shirey, DJ Shullick and Ben Seitz at this juncture of the event.
Five-time Midwest Supermodified Association champion Timmy Jedrzejek would pass Seitz for fifth on lap six while current ISMA point leader and three-time MSA champion DJ Shullick snuck around Danny Shirey for third on the eighth lap. Alison Cumens would spin in turn two on lap sixteen, creating a restart with Ice leading over McKennedy, Shullick, Shirey and Jedrzejek. The running order would remain the same until the next restart on lap forty after Ryan Coniam stopped on the back straightaway. On this restart, Kyle Edwards would pass Jedrzejek for fifth.
However, the race-defining moment came on lap forty-three when Timmy Ice broke on the frontstretch from the lead. This would relinquish control of the event to Jon McKennedy as he led DJ Shullick, Danny Shirey, Kyle Edwards and Timmy Jedrzejek to the restart. Mike McVetta would break the top five on lap forty-four after starting in the twelfth starting position, while Kyle Edwards took third from Shirey on lap forty-five after starting eleventh.
On lap fifty-three, the complexion of the race changed once again as DJ Shullick and Danny Shirey both broke from inside the top five. McKennedy led Kyle Edwards, Mike McVetta, Timmy Jedrzejek and Trent Stephens to the restart and the running order would remain unchanged until the next caution on lap sixty-five for Robbie Summer stopping in turn four. This caution period would turn into a red flag in order to refuel the methanol-burning big-blocks.
When the race got back underway, Trent Stephens would pass Timmy Jedrzejek for fourth. Jedrzejek would lose another spot with twenty laps to go as Eddie Witkum Jr passed him for fifth. The final opportunity for someone to pass McKennedy came with four laps to go when Trent Stephens spun by himself on the back straightaway. No one could pull the race-winning move so McKennedy motored away to victory over Kyle Edwards, Mike McVetta, Eddie Witkum Jr and Timmy Jedrzejek. Mark Sammut, Otto Sitterly, Ben Seitz, Jeff Locke, Charlie Schultz, Trent Stephens, Jim Paller, AJ Lesiecki and Dan Bowes rounded out the finish.
Official Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich