OH, June 22nd, 2015)- A car numbered 5 led every lap of the Main
Event Racing Series/ARCA Gold Cup Series 100 lap event at Sandusky Speedway on
Saturday night. However, it was by no
means an easy win as Jeff Ganus had to do everything in his power to get by the
Terry Senneker piloted entry before finally getting by on a restart with just
over thirty laps to go. Kelly Lille
slipped by Brandon Short on a restart following a chaotic crash at halfway
leading one driver to be transported to the local hospital, which kept Short
from sweeping both divisions as Brandon’s father Brian owns the Ganus piloted
#5 Main Event Racing Series car. Rich
Clingan (Ohio Stocks) and Logan Cooper (Street Stocks) both dominated their
events to claim victory, leading all but one lap in their respective events.
Automotive Street Stock event was first up for the evening as Gary Toth and
Carl Smith led the way to the green flag for the twenty lap affair. Toth led the way for the first circuit until
Cooper took the lead on lap two. Fortunately
for Toth, Mike White would stop on the front straightaway before Cooper could
cross the start/finish line to make the pass official, so Toth would be
returned to the lead with one lap complete.
This time, Cooper made sure to take the spot on the restart, and would
begin to stretch out his lead until Collin Penn spun on the following lap with
Cooper leading Toth, White, Penn, and Macy Fox.
Penn would get by Toth on lap five to give chase to Cooper’s #16 Track Kings
machine. White in the #51 JPI Collision
car tried everything that he could on the outside, but it would be to no
avail. Logan Cooper won over Mike White,
and Collin Penn. Toth, Fox, and Carl
Smith would not finish the event but would still be scored fourth through sixth
Yalo Ohio Stock twenty lap feature event saw Jeff and Clayton Karl lead the
field to the green flag waved by Sandusky Speedway flagman David Kopcho. Clayton piloted his #21 Erie Coast Customs
machine to the lead on the start with Rich Clingan in tow. Clingan would take the lead in his own #21
car sponsored by T&B Excavation.
Meanwhile, Jerry Karl snuck around the #00 of Joe Borczuch on lap three
to take fourth and the #9 of Jeff Karl on lap five to grab third. Borczuch would pass Karl on the ninth lap to
take the fourth position in the United Cleaning Contractors machine.
lap ten, the brothers of Jerry and Clayton Karl got together while racing for
the second position, with Jerry going through the backstretch water hole to
bring out the first caution of the night.
Clingan led Clayton Karl, Joe Borczuch, Jeff Karl and Julia Buckles to
the restart with Jeff Karl passing Borczuch when the green flag flew only for
the move to be negated when Jerry Karl went off of turn three with a flat
tire. One more spin on lap ten by the
#55 of Rick Funnell would take place before the halfway sign was delivered.
eleven, Julia Buckles grabbed the fourth position from Jeff Karl, who would
also be passed two laps later by Jerry Karl to be placed outside of the top
five. Buckles would lose that
hard-fought fourth position with five laps to go as Jerry Karl went by on his
charge to the front. Joe Borczuch would
also fall to Jerry Karl with two laps to go, but Rich Clingan would not be denied
his first feature win of the season as Clayton Karl, Jerry Karl, Joe Borczuch
and Julia Buckles rounded out the top five.
Jeff Karl, Bernie Cook, Greg Sharp, and Rick Funnell finished in
positions sixth through ninth.
Melinda! Hobby Stock action, Richard Clem and Kyle Finlayson set the pace with
Finalyson taking the lead from the outside line on the start. Brandon Short and his #18 Brian’s Direct
Detail/Maximum Elevator car would wrestle the lead from Finlayson in turn four
on the first lap. Meanwhile, points
leader Kelly Lille moved up to third on lap three and then cut to the inside
line on lap six to take the runnerup position.
The next lap would see polesitter Richard Clem and Midvale regular Korey
Herron tangle and both hit the backstretch wall hard coming off of turn
two. Herron would be transported to
Firelands Regional Medical Center for further evaluation.
power to the lead on the restart but a debris caution would put him back into a
side by side situation with Lille. The
ensuing restart would see Lille grab the advantage and power to the win over
Short, Wes Ennis and Kyle Finlayson.
Korey Herron and Richard Clem were scored fifth and sixth respectively.
the stars and cars of the Hoosier Racing Tire Main Event Racing Series and the
Royal Truck and Trailer ARCA Gold Cup Series would get on track for their first
ever co-sanctioned racing action contested at the Sandusky Speedway. Former Sandusky modified standout Nick Grodi
in the #40 Off-Shore Performance machine would duel with three time Main Event
winner Terry Senneker from the front row for the one hundred lap grind, with
Senneker grabbing the lead from the outside line. Alex Rosenberry would also start working his
way towards the front, as he passed two time Main Event Racing Series points
champion Bud Perry on lap five for the third position. Soon, the #5 Brian’s Direct Detail/Hutter
Racing Engines/Bicknell Racing Products late model driven by Main Event XXV winner
Jeff Ganus would start moving forward from the eighth starting position as he
cracked the top five on lap twenty-five and passed Perry on lap twenty-nine for
continue his ascent through the running order on lap forty-three as he passed
Alex Rosenberry for third and then nipped Nick Grodi for the second position on
lap forty-five. Rosenberry would follow
Ganus through in order to take third back, and then, the race’s first caution
occurred as the defending Main Event Racing Series champion Harold Fair Jr. in
the Royal Truck and Trailer #71 spun in turn two. The restart would see Senneker alongside
Ganus, Rosenberry next to Grodi, Bud Perry alongside Mike Mazzagatti, Dennis
Strickland next to Scott Pemberton, with John Sandquist Jr. and Fair filling
out the top ten.
would hold on to the lead on the restart with Mazzagatti taking fifth from
Perry. Then came the race changing
moment as Bud Perry spins in turn two in his own oil. Senneker would again have to hold off Ganus,
Rosenberry, Grodi and Mazzagatti, but he failed to do so as Ganus took the lead
on the restart. Mazzagatti would also
nip Grodi who seemed to struggled on the outside line.
eighty, Ganus had stretched out a full straightaway lead on early race leader
Terry Senneker. The race would again
change as Senneker went pitside with just over ten laps to go, relinquishing
the runnerup position to Alex Rosenberry.
Fair would make a hard charge to fourth with four laps to go, but Ganus
would hold on for the huge victory over Rosenberry, Mazzagatti, Fair, and
Grodi. Scott Pemberton, Dennis
Strickland, John Sandquist Jr., and John Flynn would round out the finishing
speedway will be in action this Saturday, June 27th, with the four
weekly racing divisions: the modifieds, Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks, and Hobby
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