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