Colwell wins for the second time this year
By Pam Baker
CLARION NEWS Racing correspondent
Hard to believe that Labor Day is now in the past and we are headed right into my favorite time of the year; fall. The racing action is starting to slow down with special races taking place at some of the tracks.
This past Friday night, the BRP Modified Tour headed to Thunder Mountain Speedway in Brookville for its second event at the track this season.
Jim Rasey picked up an emotional feature win and dedicated to his older brother who is fighting for his life in a hospital in Georgia after falling off scaffolding at his home. Rasey started third behind Tom Glenn and Dave Murdick. Early in the race, Murdick led the field but on lap eleven the field was slowed for Brad Rapp who slowed in turn two. On the restart, Rasey took the lead from Murdick and held off the charges of Rex King, Sr. and Rex King, Jr. to get his first BRP Modified Tour win of the season.
Finishing behind the King duo was Rick Regalski over Jeremiah Shingledecker. Kyle Fink was involved in an opening lap accident that sent him to the pits on the hook and done for the evening. JR McGinley also had troubles during the race and ended up in nineteenth position.
Chris Hackett and Del Rougeux led the Super Late Model field to the drop of the green but the two would tangle in turn four sending them both to the rear of the field. Gale Huey would take the lead on the restart and looked to be on his way to a win, but Hackett recovered from his incident and would work through the field to take the lead on a restart and went on to win. Finishing second was Huey followed by Rougeux, Curtis Teats and Dwayne Brooks.
Jeff Huber captured the feature win the FWD's over Rob Williams, DJ Clark, Curtis Mohney and Joe Huber.
The final race of the night featured the Semi Late Models and Zach Myers took the early lead but a major crash on the front stretch would bring out the red flag. Once the cars were restarted Myers again took command of the feature and went on to win. Finishing second was Jon Lee followed by Dave Blazavich, Scott Umbaugh and Jeff Sweeney.
Coming up this Friday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway will be championship night for all divisions including Super Lates, Semi Lates, FWD's, Pure Stocks and Stock Cars. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday night at Lernerville Speedway it was Sprint Car night as there were five different divisions of Sprint Cars on hand. In the 410 Sprint Car feature Brandon Matus started on the pole and never looked back to take home the $2,500 prize money. Clarion's Michael Bauer was impressive moving forward to second with six laps to go, but he couldn't run down the leader and had to settle for second. Third went to Carl Bowser with Jack Sodeman, Jr. and Gary Kriess, Jr. rounding out the five.
Knox's Kyle Colwell took the lead on lap three of the 305 RaceSaver Sprint Car feature and went on to capture his second win overall this season. He captured a win earlier at Michaels Mercer Raceway. Finishing second was Jonathan Jones with Garrett Bard third. Fourth place went to Roger Irvine with Will Fleming fifth.
In the RUSH Wingless Sprint Car feature Zach Morrow took the lead away from Jeremy Weaver on lap two, but Weaver made Morrow work to keep the lead and take the win. Second went to Weaver with Brian Woodhall third. Brandon Hawkins and Arnie Kent rounded out the top five.
Garrett Bard captured the 600cc Micro Sprint feature over Mike Thompson, Ryan Fredericks, Jon Adams and Jomarie Gagne. In the 270cc Micro Sprint feature Sean McAndrew captured the checkers with Todd Reusser second. Third went to Ryan McAndrews with Brandon Fredericks fourth. CJ Davis rounded out the top five.
Coming up on Saturday, September 7th will find Back to School Races and Kids Bike Races along with Powder Puff Races a Demolition Derby and an Enduro 100.
On Friday night at Sharon Speedway on what was supposed to be a two-day weekend of World of Outlaw Late Model racing Brandon Sheppard matched his personal best WOO Late Model record picking up his 18th win of the season. Ricky Weiss led the field before slipping up just enough to let Sheppard pass for the lead and went on to pick up the 25-lap feature win. Finishing second was Weiss with Chase Junghans third. Fourth went to Shane Clanton with Darrell Lannigan riding home fifth.
Also on tap were the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Josh Deems went out and picked up his first feature win of 2019. Finishing second was the highest winning driver in the Modified class, Chas Wolbert. Will Thomas, III drove home to a third place finish ahead of Garrett Krummert and Tony Tatgenhorst.
In the Wheelman Non-Winners race for the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds Clayton Deems, Josh's brother collected the feature win.
Saturday the second night of the WOO Late Models was to take place, however an accident up the road at the intersection of state Route 305 and state Route 7 took the electricity away from the track and the track had to reschedule for Sunday. However, severe rains washed out that program. So if you had presale tickets for the show, they will automatically be refunded. All other ticket holders must mail their tickets or wrist bands to Sharon Speedway for a refund.
Next Saturday night at Sharon Speedway will be the $10,000 to win Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals for the Penn Ohio Stock Car Series along with the Econo Mods.
Have a great week. Please watch out for school bus crossings and kids, get to studying it will be a long year if you don't.