Paller Dominates MSA Action at Sandusky
(SANDUSKY, OHIO, August 15th, 2015)- Saturday night saw five divisions invade the historic Sandusky Speedway for the thirteenth event of the speedway’s 2015 schedule. The Midwest Supermodified Association, as the headline division, saw nine of the world’s fastest short track racecars compete for top honors in the state-wide tour’s fourth event of 2015 with Jim Paller winning by a full straightaway for his second win of the 2015 season. Other feature winners include Mike Sheppard (modifieds), Jerry Karl (Ohio Stocks), Collin Penn (Street Stocks) and Brandon Halcomb (Hobby Stocks).
For the first event of the night, Parker Ennes in the #07 Perfection Fabricators car would start alongside current point leader Logan Cooper on the front row for the twenty lap Milan Automotive Street Stock feature event. Ennes would immediately take the lead off of the start with Collin Penn sneaking by Cooper for the runner-up position on lap three. Former stock car ace Stephen Schlea made a triumphant return to the Sandusky Speedway after a few years off and would get by Cooper for third on lap four in the #03 Win$ Skill Games machine. Mike White would relegate Cooper to the fifth and final running position on lap five and then take third from Schlea on the same lap.
Meanwhile, Collin Penn had begun putting pressure on the #07 of Parker Ennes and made his way around Ennes for the lead on lap six. Mike White plowing off the end of turn four on lap seven would bring the field back into double file formation with Penn leading Ennes, Schlea, Cooper and White. White would get around Cooper for fourth on the restart, while Schlea got around Ennes for the runner-up position on lap nine in turn two. This would open up the door for both Mike White and Logan Cooper to get around Ennes for third and fourth before race’s end. At the end of the race, the order would be Collin Penn, Stephen Schlea, Mike White, Logan Cooper and Parker Ennes.
The Pizza Brothers modified division saw Mike Sheppard and Justin Hamilton make up the front row of the twenty lap feature event with Sheppard going to a lengthy early lead. Michigan pilot Mark Bott came to the second position in turn four on lap three as he got by rookie Kegan Bartlome. Norm Taylor showed one of his best runs of 2015 in the legendary #5 as he cracked the top five on lap four. The most controversial event of the race would come on lap eight as Bott spun Sheppard in turn four, putting Bott to the tail and leaving Sheppard on the front row with Kegan Bartlome as they led Joe Quinn, Norm Taylor and Justin Hamilton.
Kenny Sharp would crack the top five with his smoking #11 Arc Alloy/Bartlome Electric machine on the restart and would get by Norm Taylor with just five laps to go for the fourth position in turn three. Chad Atkinson would spin in turns three and four with just four laps to go in the Atkinson Farms #39.
Sheppard would lead Bartlome, Joe Quinn, Kenny Sharp, and Norm Taylor for the final restart. Joe Quinn and Kenny Sharp would pass Bartlome for second and third on the restart but they would not have the time to chase down Sheppard as he went to his 43rd career victory and his first in a modified. Quinn, Sharp, Bartlome and Joey Wyckoff would round out the top five while Norm Taylor, Jason Wells, Mark Bott, Justin Hamilton, Jason Drew, Steven Drew, Clay Pope and Chad Atkinson all finished in positions six through thirteen.
The MSA winged supermodifieds presented by Adkins Glass would invade the asphalt next for their thirty lap feature event with Rich Reid starting on the front row in the Bush’s Cleaning Service/4th Turn Crazies #55 alongside the Premier Truck Parts #64 of Jim Paller. Paller won heat race #1 while Reid won heat race #2. Cord Ehrhart would stall in turn two during pace laps and not refire, dwindling the car count to eight before the drop of the green flag.
Paller would go to the lead on the drop of the green flag but the man on the move was Chargin’ Charlie Schultz in the May Motorsports #7 as Schultz started eighth following a rear suspension problem in the heat race and had worked his way past AJ Lesiecki and Jon Henes for third by the completion of lap two. Schultz would manage to get by Rich Reid for the runner-up position in turn three on lap three but the chore was now to chase down Jim Paller.
As the laps wore down, Schultz could not close the gap and Paller would go on to win his second career MSA supermodified event over Schultz, Reid, Lesiecki, Henes, Kevin Jaycox Jr and Joey Wyckoff. The checkered flag lap saw the spin that may have changed it all as Rich Reid plowed into Wyckoff as a result of failing brakes. This may have gave Schultz the opportunity needed to make the race’s end interesting as Schultz had proven early on that he was fast as he set fast time at 14.729 seconds around the famed half-mile.
The Digital Yalo Ohio Stock division’s twenty lap feature saw Joe Borczuch and Jeff Karl start on the front row in their Kargo Racing machines with Borczuch going to the lead. Unfortunately, the first lap would see Julia Buckles spin by herself on the back straightaway, causing Rich Clingan to spin to avoid. On the restart, Borczuch would again take the lead on the restart but Buckles would be in hot pursuit this time in turn four.
Meanwhile, Rich Clingan was moving up through the field as he took the runner-up position from Buckles on the back straightaway on lap two and would passs Borczuch for the lead on lap three in the same spot, bringing current point leader Jerry Karl along for the ride. It would take Karl ten laps to make the pass, but he would get by Clingan on lap thirteen in the Hoffman Group #42 for the lead and go on to win. Clingan, Borczuch, Buckles, Jeff Karl, Rick Funnell, Logan Cooper and Collin Penn rounded out the finishing order.
The final event of the night was the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock division. Ron Nordstrom and Chris Nicastro would set the pace from the front row but Brandon Short would come to the front of the pack on the back straightaway. Unfortunately, Short would not make it back into turn three as his car pushed up the track and got loose in front of Nordstrom. Nordstrom made incidental contact with Short, resulting in Short coming down the backstretch and hitting the end of the inside guardrail hard. The race was immediately thrown to a red flag condition in order to transport the driver to Firelands Regional Medical Center and get his mangled racecar off of the racing surface.
When the race restarted, the wild race would just get crazier as Dan Smith and Brandon Halcomb split Nicastro and Nordstrom, forcing them four-wide at the start/finish line. Halcomb would go to the lead on lap three with Smith hounding him. The caution flag would fly on lap five as Justin Stanley spun in turn two. The restart order would be Halcomb, Smith, Nordstrom, Nicastro and Aslaksen.
Aslaksen would go by Nicastro and Nordstrom for third on the restart. Laps would go by with the top three nose to tail until a caution with three laps to go as Justin Stanley spun in turn one. Halcomb led Smith, Aslaksen, Nicastro and Lille back to the green flag and Lille immediately got around Nicastro for fourth and made the battle for the lead that much more entertaining. One final spin by Justin Stanley in turn one with two laps to go would bring the field side by side once more and send Stanley to the pits per track rules. Halcomb led Smith, Aslaksen, Lille and Nicastro back to the green flag.
Smith would try the bump and run the final two laps but it would give him more headache than reward as he went spinning in turn four from the second position as the field took the checkered flag. Halcomb would win over Trent Aslaksen, Kelly Lille, Ron Nordstrom, Chris Nicastro and Dan Smith
The speedway will be back in action next week as the modifieds, Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks all take to the track for one of three weekends left in the regular season. A kid’s bike race will also take place on the front straightaway of the legendary half-mile. For more information, visit www.sanduskyspeedway.com or like us on Facebook by searching ‘Sandusky Speedway’!
-Official Speedway Press Release by Media Director, 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
Sharp, Karl, Cooper and Lille All Pick up Mid-Season Championships and Feature Wins @ Sandusky
The Matthews Ford Mid-Season Championships were contested at the legendary Sandusky Speedway this weekend with all the point leaders securing their mid-season championships with feature wins. In modified action, Kenny Sharp held off a last-ditch effort from Michigan invader Travis Eddy to win the twenty-five lap feature event while Jerry Karl dominated the Ohio Stock feature event. Logan Cooper (Street Stock) and Kelly Lille (Hobby Stock) also exhibited similar traits in winning their respective feature events.
In Milan Automotive Street Stock action, Collin Penn provided excitement even during the pace laps as the point runner-up broke a right front ball joint and had to come to the pits to make repairs. The ball joint was quickly repaired and the race would start with Mark Resor and Carl Smith making up the front row for the twenty lap feature event. Resor, Logan Cooper and Mike White would freight train through the inside line on the restart, grabbing the top three positions on lap one.
Cooper would go to the lead in turn three on lap two as Mike White followed to grab the second position with Resor falling behind with a very loose racecar. White would stop on the front straightaway on lap six and be declared out for the night as his #51 JPI Collision machine retired to the pit area. Cooper, Resor, Smith and Penn would make up the running order at this early juncture of the race with just five laps complete.
Smith would retire on lap eleven, relinquishing the third position to Collin Penn. The results would be Logan Cooper, Mark Resor and Collin Penn.
The NAPA Filters Racing Vintage Racing Organization of America Modifieds would be next on the speedway as Jeff Barsen and Loren Peterson Jr started on the front row for the twenty five lap feature event. The start would see Barsen and Peterson fall backwards quickly as Terry Byrne and Don Deyman took control of the top two positions. Tom Boorsma’s #21 would join the fray on lap six only to have Randall Pierson spin the #2 in turn four as he lost a right rear wheel. Byrne, Deyman, Boorsma, John Evans and Andrew Bartosek would make up the top five coming to the restart with five laps complete.
Deyman would assume the lead on lap eight in turn three. However, when Tom Boorsma went to challenge the #20 of Deyman for the top spot, he would spin in turn three on lap nine. The speedway would also see oil laid down as the #82 of Dan Deyman finally let go enough oil that he had to be taken off the speedway and the large half-mile speedway would need to go under a lengthy cleanup.
When the race restarted, Boorsma led Evans, Bartosek, Peterson Jr and Barsen. Boorsma would go to a lengthy advantage in order to win. Evans and Bartosek rounded out the podium while Don Deyman and Terry Byrne rallied back in order to finish fourth and fifth respectively. Barsen, Peterson Jr, Pierson and Ryan Boorsma rouned out the finishing order.
Rick Funnell and Clayton Karl led the field to the green flag in the twenty lap Ohio Stock feature event. Clayton would take the lead from the outside line on the start with Joe Borczuch in tow only to have Jerry Karl pass him for the lead on lap four using that same high groove. Clayton Karl would fall further as Julia Buckles and Rich Clingan passed him for second and third around the halfway mark of the event. Jerry Karl, Julia Buckles, Rich Clingan, Joe Borczuch, Clayton Karl, Rick Funnell and Rich Walcher made up the finish for the event.
Bailey Delfosse and Joey Wyckoff led the field to the green flag in the twenty-five lap modified feature only to have both drivers end up hitting the backstretch wall and ending both drivers’ nights before the completion of a single lap. This would give control of the event to the front row of Logan Hamilton and Kegan Bartlome. Hamilton would take the advantage on the start.
Jason Drew and Kenny Sharp would sneak by Bartlome on lap three to take the second and third positions. Drew would soon be under attack as Sharp passed him on the outside for the runner-up position on lap six. Opening night winner Tyler Shullick would make a three-wide power play shortly thereafter underneath Travis Eddy and Drew in order to take the third position. Stephen Klinect would spin in turn one on lap fifteen in order to make things interesting between the leaders as Logan Hamilton had to fend off Kenny Sharp, Tyler Shullick, Travis Eddy and Jason Drew.
Klinect would again spin on lap sixteen without seeing a change in the running order. On this final restart, Sharp would take the lead down the backstretch followed by the ever-popular Michigan invader, Travis Eddy. Eddy would go for the crossover on the back straightaway with two laps to go but Kenny Sharp would power to his second victory of the season as well as the mid-season championship. Eddy, Logan Hamilton, Tyler Shullick, Joey Morisette, Jason Drew, Stephen Klinect, Justin Hamilton and Bill Griffith would round out the finishing order.
The final feature event of the night would then roll onto the mammoth half-mile racing surface in the form of the fifteen lap Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock feature. Chris Nicastro would lead lap one only to give way to Kelly Lille in turn one on the second lap. Brandon Short would stalk Lille the entire way but Lille powered to victory over Short, Nicastro, Bruce Bevan and Richard Clem.
This weekend is the 38th Annual Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will all be filled with action. Thursday will see the non-wing Buckeye Super Sprint Series, the Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Northcoast Vintage Oval Racers all compete. General admission, hot dogs, pop and beer will all be just $1. The pits will open at 3:30 with hot laps at 4:30 in preparation for 6 o’clock time trials and a 7:30 racing start time.
Friday will see the International SuperModified Association compete their first event of the weekend as well as the first supermodified event of the 2015 Sandusky Speedway season. Modifieds will also be featured. The pits will open at 2 o’clock with practice beginning at four. Time trials at 6:30 will set the stage for a 7:30 racing start time.
Saturday will be the 100 lap Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals. Modifieds will again be the support division. The pits will open at 10 in the morning with hot laps beginning at one o’clock in the afternoon. Qualifying will start at four in order to set the field for the 100 lap grind for supermodifieds and the fifty lap event for the modified division. Racing is set to begin at seven o’clock.
-Official Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich
(SANDUSKY, 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.
The Milan 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.
White and 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 respectively.
The Digital 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.
However, on 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.
On lap 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.
In Melinda! 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.
Short would 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.
Finally, 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 fourth.
Ganus would 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.
Senneker 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.
By lap 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 order.
The speedway will be in action this Saturday, June 27th, with the four weekly racing divisions: the modifieds, Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks, and Hobby Stocks. For more developing information, visit www.sanduskyspeedway.com or like us on Facebook by searching ‘Sandusky Speedway’!
Sandusky Sees Dominant Streaks Ended as New Winners Flood Victory Lane
(SANDUSKY, OH, June 14th, 2015)- The racing action at the Sandusky Speedway on Saturday night saw five winners, all of whom captured their first checkered flag of 2015 on the big half-mile. Donavon Daniels watched the front runners collide on the final lap as he went on to capture his first feature win on the non-wing Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint Series tour while points leader Joe Speakman sat in the grandstands with a broken motor. In modified action, Joey Morisette got redemption in the form of a trip to Pat O’Brien Chevrolet Victory Lane after wrecking out of the Memorial Day weekend event with just a handful of laps remaining. Julia Buckles became the first driver of 2015 to best Jerry Karl for an Ohio Stock feature win, while Collin Penn (Street Stocks) and Kelly Lille (Hobby Stocks) both picked up their first wins of the season.
Bill Johnson and Jeff Karl paced the field for the twenty lap Digital Yalo Ohio Stock feature event. Johnson would take the early lead as Karl pushed up the track and quickly slid out of the top five. Johnson would also have issues as Julia Buckles, Rich Clingan, Clayton Karl and Jerry Karl stole the top four positions on lap three, relegating Johnson to fifth. The Karl brothers would pass Clingan on lap five with Clayton taking the runner-up position while Jerry held third.
Jerry Karl would pass his brother Clayton on lap nine and immediately begin running down Julia Buckles. Buckles would hold a highly defensive line throughout the last half of the race in order to pick up the win over Jerry Karl, Clayton Karl, Rich Clingan and Jeff Karl. Bill Johnson and Rick Funnel did not finish, pulling off on lap fifteen and eleven respectively.
Donavon Daniels and Brian Gibbs would start on the front row for the twenty lap Buckeye Super Sprint Series feature, with Gibbs getting the jump from the outside line in the #67 Neill Family Racing machine. Daniels would continue to slip as Frank Neill would pass him on lap one and Brian Vaughn, fast qualifier and track record holder, would pass Daniels on lap three.
Neill would pass his teammate Brian Gibbs using the inside line on lap five, while Brian Vaughn followed through one lap later. Vaughn would go into turn two slightly too fast on lap nine, spinning his #71 Speedtown Comfort machine. The restart order would be Neill, Gibbs, Daniels, and Vaughn.
Vaughn would set back to work after the restart, passing Daniels on lap eleven using the outside line then cutting back down the following lap to pass Brian Gibbs. Daniels would also pass Gibbs with just five laps to go for the third position. The race-changing moment would occur, as it often does at Sandusky Speedway, on the final lap in turn two when Frank Neill would spin in turn two, collecting Brian Vaughn.
Both drivers were originally able to continue. However, due to Neill feeling that Vaughn was responsible for the caution, Neill decided to take his own form of justice and intentionally wreck Brian Vaughn under caution. Series and track officials would park Neill as Vaughn would towed back to the pit area with a demolished racecar, dwindling the field to just Donavon Daniels and Brian Gibbs. Daniels, Gibbs, Vaughn, Ray Thurston, and Frank Neill would be the finishing order.
In the twenty lap modified feature, fans would see Tom Joy and Joey Wyckoff face off on the start, with Wyckoff shooting to an early lead followed by Joey Morisette. The field would remain relatively stable for the first half of the race until Jason Wells spun his #17 machine on the backstretch on lap ten. Wyckoff, Morisette, Joy, Kenny Sharp and Joe Shannon would make up the top five positions on the restart.
Wyckoff and Morisette would start on a five lap side by side battle when the green flag flew, which only ended due to a caution that was caused by Tyler Noeske spinning into the inside guardrail on the front straightaway. Morisette would take the lead on the backstretch when the race got back underway. Unfortunately for him, he did not get much of a chance to breathe as the caution flag flew for the third time on lap eighteen as Stephen Klinect spun with Kenny Sharp.
Joey Morisette would go on to win over Joey Wyckoff, Joe Shannon, Travis Eddy and Tom Joy. Kenny Sharp, Jason Drew, Ronnie Souders, Matt Wilson, and Bailey Delfosse rounded out the top ten while Kegan Bartlome and Chris Hamilton finished eleventh and twelfth. Not finishing the race would be Stephen Klinect, Tyler Noeske, Kenny Calhoun and Jason Wells, who would finish thirteenth through sixteenth respectively.
Gary Toth and Justin Hamilton would start on the front row of the twenty lap Milan Automotive Street Stock feature event. The event would not start very smoothly as Toth spun from the pole position on the first two green flag attempts. However, when the race finally got underway, Justin Hamilton would take the early lead only to be overtaken on lap two by Collin Penn and Logan Cooper. The race would again be slowed on lap four as Carl Smith spun in turn four.
Collin Penn would lead Logan Cooper, Justin Hamilton, Mike White and Gary Toth to the restart with Penn and Cooper engaging in an eight lap side by side battle until Cooper fell to third on lap twelve to Mike White. White would bobble on lap eighteen, returning Cooper to the runner-up position. White would spin on the following lap in turn four with just two laps remaining. Collin Penn would hold on for those final two circuits after the restart in order to win over Logan Cooper, Carl Smith and Mike White.
For the final feature event of the evening, Richard Clem and Justin Stanley led the field of Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stocks to the green flag, with Stanley assuming the lead on the start. Soonly thereafter on lap two, points leader Kelly Lille made her appearance at the front of the pack, with Dylan Watson and Brandon Short filling in the second and third positions. Short would assume the runner-up position with five laps to go as Dylan Watson slowed to accommodate for a mechanical failure in the front suspension of his #12 machine.
Justin Stanley and Richard Clem would take advantage of Watson’s ailments on lap thirteen, taking the third and fourth positions respectively, while Chris Nicastro would pass Watson on the final lap for a top five finish. Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, it was all Kelly Lille who won over Brandon Short, Justin Stanley, Richard Clem, Chris Nicastro and Dylan Watson.
Saturday, June 20th, will be a history making event as the Main Event Racing Series outlaw body late models join forces with the ARCA Gold Cup Series for the first ever co-sanctioned event outside of the Toledo Speedway. Stars like Alex Rosenberry, Jeff Ganus and more will compete for top honors in a grueling one hundred lap event presented by Pepsi. The racing action will be supplemented by the speedway’s three weekly stock car divisions: the Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks, and Hobby Stocks.
-Official Sandusky Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich
Fan Appreciation Night Sees Familiar Winners in Victory Lane
(SANDUSKY, OH, May 29th, 2015)- The Sandusky Speedway held its first Fan Appreciation Night of the season in front of a stellar crowd of the very fans the night was set to honor. Logan Cooper fired back at on-track rival Mike White, winning his second feature event of the season to match White’s own pair of feature wins as the two dominate the street stock division. The Hobby Stock class saw a similar case as Dan Smith became the first repeat winner of the front wheel drive season at the speedway. The friendly distribution of power would again be offset by Jerry Karl taking the checkered flag in his fourth event of the Ohio Stock season, which seems to be increasingly common as he has swept the entire season thus far.
The Milan Automotive Street Stock division would be the first vehicles on track for their twenty lap feature event. The #69 of Mark Resor would pace the field in his Herman Carver sponsored machine alongside the Kelly Brothers Construction #54 of Carl Smith. Smith would take the point as the duo rushed out of turn two with Resor hot on his heels. The event would run relatively peacefully for the next ten circuits as Smith led Resor, Cooper, White, and Penn.
At the halfway point of the race, there seemed to be an unspoken agreement between Logan Cooper, Mike White, and Collin Penn as they all charged to the top three positions respectively. The trio would hold this order until a caution for debris with two laps to go seemed to promise a highly entertaining finish between points leader Logan Cooper and two-time feature winner Mike White. Unfortunately, the finish turned out surprisingly dull after White drifted too high coming out of turn two on the restart, surrendering the win to Cooper in the #16 Track Kings machine. White held on for second over Collin Penn, Mark Resor, and Carl Smith.
In Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock action, Richard Clem and Brandon Halcomb would pace the front row with Halcomb taking the early lead on lap one. Halcomb would soon have trouble in the form of Dan Smith’s #71 as Smith pulled door to door with Halcomb on lap three, completing the pass on lap four. Smith would not look back, and despite the hard charging duo of Trent Aslaksen and Kelly Lille, Smith would motor to his second win at the speedway in just five days. Aslaksen, Lille, Halcomb, and Clem would round out the finishing order.
The Digital Yalo Ohio Stock division would round out the evening with their twenty lap event. Veterans Jeff Karl and Julia “the Bug” Buckles would make up the front row for the start of the feature, with Karl pulling into the lead on lap one. The ever-dominant Jerry Karl would be next to take advantage of Buckles’ rather ill-handling racecar as the defending Ohio Stock champion would race Buckles side by side for a handful of laps before pulling into the runner-up position on lap five. The two Karls would then duel each other on lap six, with the younger Jerry Karl beating out the older for the lead.
Deeper in the field, fast qualifier Rich Clingan was making noise after starting farther back in the field. Clingan had reached the runner-up position by lap seven and had begun working on running down Jerry Karl and the Tony K’s Bar and Grille machine. Despite the lap traffic of Randy Wedell allowing Clingan to draw side by side with Karl with just three laps to go, Jerry Karl was able to motor to the win over Rich Clingan, Jeff Karl, Julia Buckles, Randy Wedell, Rick Funnell, and Rich Walcher.
-Official Sandusky Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich
Eddy Survives to Win $1000 in Memorial Day Weekend Special
The Sandusky Speedway hosted its third event of the racing season on Sunday. Mike White overcame last week’s drivetrain ills in order to win the Street Stock twenty lap feature, while Jerry Karl continued his winning streak in the Ohio Stock twenty lap event. The modified division saw twenty-two of those kings of the Midwestern weekly racing scene take the green flag for the thirty grueling circuits, only to be bested by the Michigander invader Travis Eddy. The final event of the night would see Dan Smith return to the speedway’s victory lane in the Hobby Stock class.
The Milan Automotive Street Stock division would be first on track with Carl Smith’s #54 Kelly Brothers Construction machine and Collin Penn’s Intertek Machine and Tool car sitting on the front row for the start of the twenty lap grind. Carl Smith would go to the lead on the start, bringing with him last week’s feature winner, the #16 Track Kings car of Logan Cooper, in order to advance Cooper to the runner up position. Cooper would lay the bumper to Smith for a handful of laps until Cooper’s right front tire went flat from contact on lap six, bringing out the caution as Cooper slowed on the track.
Carl Smith would again have to hold off Collin Penn on the restart, but Penn would fall to third as Mike White’s #51 JPI Collision car powered by on the inside line. Smith would also fall, first from the lead as White passed him on the outside coming to the halfway mark of the race, then Penn would motor by for second with just three laps to go. Mike White, Collin Penn, Carl Smith, Logan Cooper, and Gary Toth would make up the finishing order.
In the Digital Yalo Ohio Stock twenty lap event, Roger Arbogast’s #88 Automotive Electric car would pace the field alongside the 2009 Sandusky Speedway Street Stock champion, Clayton Karl. The duo would drag race down the front straightaway, with Karl going to the point off of turn two. Arbogast would begin his descent through the running order on lap three as Rich Clingan took the runner up position. Clingan would also get by Clayton Karl on lap seven for the lead on the outside line.
Julia Buckles would make her presence known during the middle stages of the race, stealing the second position from Clayton Karl on lap twelve. Unfortunately for her, she would spin in turn two before the lap could be scored. Rich Clingan, Clayton Karl, Jerry Karl, Joe Borczuch, and Jeff Karl would make up the top five.
On the restart, Jerry Karl would get around his brother Clayton for the runner up position. Jerry would also take the lead on the outside line from the struggling Rich Clingan with just five laps to go. He would go on to win over Rich Clingan, Clayton Karl, Joe Borczuch, Jeff Karl, Julia Buckles, and Roger Arbogast.
The modified race saw a full field of twenty-two modifieds take the green flag, led by the #73 Heritage Plumbing car of Mike Sheppard and the #15 Scott Rods sponsored machine of Kenny Calhoun. The first ten laps would be plagued by nearly as many cautions as the Michigan invaders of Travis Eddy and Joey Morisette picked off positions through attrition and restart mastery. Morisette and Eddy would take the top two spots on lap ten, with Eddy taking the point from Morisette on lap fourteen.
The race would settle down in its mid stages as Eddy led Morisette, Kenny Sharp, Tyler Shullick, and Joe Quinn for ten circuits until a lap twenty-four caution for Shullick spinning in turn four. On the restart, Kenny Sharp and Joey Morisette would lock wheels coming off of turn two, sending both drivers hard into the backstretch wall, ending their personal quest for the $1000 prize money just seven laps shy of completion. When the race resumed from this lengthy red flag, Eddy led Quinn, Dave Wagner, Ronnie Souders, and Joey Wyckoff.
The attrition machine known as the almighty dollar had one more obstacle to throw in Eddy’s path towards victory lane as Tim Ensign would wreck hard into the outside wall on the front straightaway with just five laps remaining in the marathon, collecting modified standout and opening night winner Tyler Shullick. The race finish would be relatively stable as Travis Eddy motored away in the Howe Racing Enterprises/Don’s Towing #78 over Joe Quinn, Dave Wagner, Ronnie Souders, and Justin Hamilton. Joey Wyckoff, Kevin Jaycox Jr. and Kegan Bartlome rounded out the finishers.
The Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stocks would round out the feature racing action for the night as Cameron LoPresti would duel Chris Nicastro on the front row. However, LJ Stanley, Brandon Halcomb and Dylan Watson would go three wide on the start and rocket to the top three positions respectively. Halcomb would gain a slight lead from the outside line on lap five only to get a right front flat tire on lap seven.
LJ Stanley, Dylan Watson, Dan Smith, Richie Clem and Trent Aslaksen would make up the top five on the restart with Watson taking the lead on lap eight. Smith and Lille would get around Stanley on lap eleven to gain second and third, but Smith would not just settle with anything other than the lead. Smith and Watson would be side by side with five laps to go.
Dan Smith would take the lead on lap sixteen, and even despite lap traffic with two laps to go, he would motor to the win over Dylan Watson, Kelly Lille, Trent Aslaksen, and Brandon Halcomb. Nick Wolfe, Dave Gaum, Richie Clem, Chris Nicastro, and Cameron LoPresti would finish out the top ten.
This weekend at the speedway, it will be Budweiser weekend as the ever popular Fan Appreciation Night returns to the speedway for the first time this season on Friday night. General admission tickets, hot dogs, Pepsi products, and Budweiser beer will all be priced at just one dollar each. Racing action will include each of the speedway’s three weekly stock car divisions: the Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks, and Hobby Stocks as well as the vintage cars combining sprints, roadsters, and stockers of old.
Saturday night will shadow even the greatness of Fan Appreciation Night as three divisions of open wheel mayhem will converge on the same place at the same time for one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Open Wheel Spectacular presented by Budweiser. The MSA supermodifieds will bring all their winged big block roadsters out of the garage for the season opening event for the statewide tour. In addition, the nonwing Buckeye Super Sprint Series will contest their third event of the season to see if anyone can beat Joe Speakman’s #72, which has swept both events thus far. For the final division of the night, the modifieds will return to the speedway after just five days to recover from Sunday’s grueling event.
-Official Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich
“Flash” Karl and Speakman Go Two for Two in 2015 Sandusky Speedway Action
The cars and stars of the Sandusky Speedway were finally back in action Saturday night after the Super Nationals presented by T&B Excavation were rescheduled due to rain last weekend. The #42 Tony K’s Bar and Grill Ohio Stock piloted by Jerry Karl survived the melee to win the Digital Yalo Ohio Stock event, while the rest of his failed to maneuver through the carnage in order to finish. Meanwhile, in Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint Series action, Joe Speakman wheeled his #72 Kartington Raceway sponsored car to victory by a full straightaway in a car reminiscent of the supermodifieds of old. Other feature winners included the #11 Arc Alloy/Lock Family car of Kenny Sharp in the modifieds, the #16 car of Logan Cooper in the Milan Automotive Street Stock division and Kelly Lille’s #39 in the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stocks.
In the Milan Automotive Street Stock twenty lap feature event, Mark “Speed” Resor would pace the field to the green in his Miller Farms #69 alongside the TGE Pool Service #24 of John Konzelman. Resor would take off on the start, bringing Logan Cooper’s #16 along for the ride. Konzelman’s lap six spin from the third position would give Cooper the opportunity needed to get around Resor, as Cooper motored his Track Kings machine past Resor using the inside line on lap seven. Resor’s failure to keep the rear end of his car planted firmly in the track would also allow Collin Penn to sneak by in the Intertech #52, but Cooper would go on for the win over Penn, Resor and Konzelman.
As the Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint Series cars took to the speedway, the #00 Joey Irwin ThinkSchlink.com machine would start alongside the Mike Burkin SDR/VisionQuest #48 on the front row. Burkin would lead the first lap from the outside line, but would soon come under fire by the #72 of Joe Speakman. Speakman would sneak past Burkin on the fourth lap and lead the next seventeen circuits to pick up the victory over Burkin, Mike Moore, Irwin, “The Demon” Donavan Daniels, and Ray Thurston.
Julia Buckles and Jeff Karl would pace the field for the twenty lap Digital Yalo Ohio Stock feature event. Unfortunately, tragedy would strike early as Jeff Karl, Joe Borczuch and Rich Clingan would all be sent spinning off of turn four before one lap could be completed. All were able to continue save for Karl, who went off the track with a broken rear end.
Rich Clingan’s #21, despite being involved in the lap one caution, was able to take the lead from the outside line on the restart. However, Clingan was to receive no great reprieve as Jerry “the Flash” Karl came up to his door and gave him two laps worth of side by side racing action before Clingan resigned himself to the runnerup position. Kargo Racing was only to finish with one of their three bullets in the field, but the aim was spot on with their survivor as Jerry Karl took the checkered flag by a half of a straightaway over Rich Clingan and Julia Buckles. The #00 of Borczuch retired from the race under his own power with five laps to go, while Jeff Karl failed to even make a lap before his contact with the wall sidelined him to watch from the grandstands.
Chris “the Disaster” Nicastro would start alongside the #7x of Richie Clem on the front row of the fifteen lap feature event for the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock class. LJ Stanley would take the lead with a risky three wide move on the first lap, followed by Kelly Lille and Dylan Watson sneaking by to take the second and third positions respectively. Watson was to pull away from a struggling Lille on lap three, following that up by passing Stanley for the lead on lap five. Lille managed to steal the runner-up position at the halfway point, but Watson checked out over Lille, Stanley, Clem and Nicastro in order to pick up the win.
The Sandusky Speedway modified division presented by Bobbi Jo Jenkins’ Two Thumbs Up Productions were the last division to hit the speedway for the night, with the #05 Los Buenos Amigos car of Tim Ensign flanking the #15 of Tyler Noeske on the front row. The two-time champion Ensign would shoot to the lead, with Justin Hamilton settling into the runner-up position followed by the #11 of Kenny Sharp. This order was reasonably stable until around the halfway mark in the twenty lap event when Jason Drew’s #26 would spin along with the #1 of Tom Joy on the back straightaway.
This caution and ensuing restart would give “The New Bandit”, Kenny Sharp, the opportunity he needed to take the lead. Ensign’s troubles were soon compounded as he spun by himself with just a handful of laps to go, relinquishing his runner-up position. Sharp would go on for the win over Chris Hamilton, Jason Drew, Tom Joy, Tim Ensign, Tyler Noeske, Chad Atkinson, Justin Hamilton, and Kegan Bartlome.
The speedway will be back in action next weekend as the modified division returns to the hallowed grounds for a $1000 to win feature event. This is likely to bring drivers from all over the Midwest as it is also being contested on a date when no other track is running in the area, Sunday May 24th. The mods will also be complemented with the Digital Yalo Ohio Stocks, the Milan Automotive Street Stocks, and the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock division.
-Official Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich
Sandusky Season Opener Sees Shullick Win Third Consecutive Event of 2015
(SANDUSKY, OH, May 2nd, 2015)- Despite the rain postponements that plagued Midwestern motorsports last weekend, the Sandusky Speedway season opening event still managed to leave even the veteran viewers in awe after the tire smoke settled and the smell of burning high-octane fuel left the air. The events saw relative newcomers like Tyler Shullick and Mike White take feature wins as well as some veterans like LJ Stanley and Jerry Karl take top honors during the Dick Ensign Memorial Season Opener presented by Bartlome Electric.
During the Digital Yalo Ohio Stock twenty lap feature event, 2009 Sandusky Speedway Street Stock champion Clayton Karl would pace the field flanked by the #05 Autobody Products Inc. sponsored machine driven by heat race winner Julia Buckles. Buckles would take the lead after a short lived spirited battle. Clayton Karl would not be left alone however, as his brother and defending Ohio Stock champion Jerry Karl would take the runner up position in his #42 Tony K’s Bar and Grille machine.
Jerry Karl would eventually run down and pass Buckles for the lead at the ten lap mark of the event. Clayton Karl would compound Buckles’ compromised position and pass her slipping vehicle on lap sixteen, with Rich Clingan also taking advantage of Buckles’ sporadic loss of traction to capture a podium position on lap eighteen.
When the checkered flag fell on the event, it was Jerry Karl continuing his dominance over his brother Clayton, Rich Clingan, Julia Buckles, and Joe Borczuch. One cannot help but harken back to a preseason interview stating that this season was the test to see if the relative template body monopoly was the reason for Jerry Karl’s dominance. However, seeing the entire finishing order featured template cars exclusively, it looks as though one can cross that excuse off the list.
In the fifteen lap Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock feature, Chris “the Disaster” Nicastro would pit his #92 Ralston Auto Repair machine against the #7x of Richie Clem on the drop of the green flag. However, heat race winner LJ Stanley in the #24 would roll to the front of the pack on the first lap, with fast qualifier Kelly Lille in the #39 taking the runner up position on lap three. Lille would slowly reel in Stanley and be on his back bumper at the drop of the checkered flag. Unfortunately for Lille, it would be to no avail as Stanley would go on to take the win over Lille, Clem, and Nicastro.
The modified division twenty lap feature would start with former 305 sprint car standout Joey Wyckoff facing off against long time stock car ace Tom Joy. Wyckoff would take the lead on the start, bringing the inside line with him, including heat race #2 winner Chris Hamilton. Soon, however, the duo would be challenged by relative newcomer Tyler Shullick in the #61 Scott’s Sport Cards and Coins/Kendra Screen Printing car.
Shullick would overtake Chris Hamilton and begin hunting the leader Wyckoff. This action would be supplemented by Jason Drew spinning out on lap seven. The top five for the restart would be Wycokff, Shullick, Hamilton, Kenny Sharp, and Tom Joy.
Wyckoff’s problems were about to be even worse than facing off against a hot shoe such as Tyler Shullick. When he began to pick up the throttle for the restart in his #07 Dock Motorsports machine, he half-spun, bringing the inside line to a crawl as the outside line sailed away under the command of Shullick towards the green flag. The race would stay green until Justin Hamilton tapped Wyckoff seven laps later on lap fourteen, sending Wyckoff for a spin.
On the restart, Chris Hamilton would loop his #75 JL Reichert Paving car. This would set up a five lap shootout with Tyler Shullick, Kenny Sharp, Logan Hamilton, Jason Drew, and Tom Joy making up the top five. Unfortunately, the dramatic action expected within the modified division would once again explode into excess on lap seventeen as Jason Drew and Logan Hamilton made contact, resulting in Hamilton stuffing his car into the backstretch wall.
The final restart would see Tyler Shullick use his objectionable but effective restart mastery to sail to victory over Kenny Sharp, Tom Joy, Bailey Delfosse, and John Bartlome. Kegan Bartlome, Justin Hamilton, Jason Drew, Chris Hamilton, Joey Wyckoff, Tyler Noeske, Chad Atkinson and Logan Hamilton would finish out the running order.
For the final event of the evening, “Rowdy” Carl Smith would pit his #54 Kyle Busch Xfinity lookalike against the #24 of John Konzelman. The inside line would go on the start, although Carl Smith was not out of the woods yet as the #52 car of Collin Penn would bring the #51 JPI Collision machine of Mike White to resign Smith to third. On lap three, White would take the lead from Penn as Carl Smith slid to the tail end of the field.
Collin Penn would continue his own backslide, resigning to third as fast qualifier Logan Cooper surged past on lap six. The following lap, the outside polesitter, John Konzelman, would spin his TGE Pool Service machine in turn two. The restart would see Mike White fending off Logan Cooper, Collin Penn, Carl Smith, and John Konzelman.
White and Cooper would go on for a furious fifteen lap battle. The climax of this was when both drivers nearly wrecked coming to the two laps to go mark. However, White would go on to best Cooper, Penn, Konzelman, and Smith.
The non-wing Buckeye Super Sprint Series also put on a ten lap exhibition race between the #72 Kartington Raceway car of Joe Speakman and the #48 WLDC machine of Mike Burkin. In action next week at the speedway’s Super Nationals are the Midwest Supermodified Association’s winged roadsters and the Main Event Racing Series outlaw body super late models alongside the Milan Automotive Street Stocks and the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock division. One of the attractions of this event is the possibility of a supermodified breaking into the unprecedented thirteen second bracket after DJ Shullick set the overall track record at the Main Event weekend last year with a lap of 14.045 seconds in his #95 Elios Financial Group Jim Bodnar built chassis nicknamed ‘Ice’.
Official Speedway Press Release by Jarrett Emmerich