Hello everyone. It sure does seem that Mother Nature is upset with us as the weather we had this past week and weekend sure could be an indication of that. All the local speedways were rained out with the exception of Tri City Raceway Park on Sunday night.
My race weekend started early on Thursday night as the BRP Modified Tour made the trip to Expo Speedway at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. There were 22 cars on hand for the event and Chad Brachmann made the trip from North Tonawanda, N.Y. pay off as he started in the sixth position and it only took seven laps for him to take the lead away from Dave Murdick and go on to pick up his third BRP Modified Tour win out of five events. Murdick finished second with Jim Rasey third. Fourth went to Rex King, Sr. with fifth going to son, Rex King, Jr.
Local favorite, Brad Rapp finished eighth in the race. The BRP Modified Tour event that was to take place at Michaels Mercer Raceway for the running of the second annual Ralph Quarterson Memorial was rained out on Saturday and has been rescheduled for Sept. 18.
Sunday night we ventured to Tri City Raceway Park to watch a couple of my favorite drivers, AJ Flick and Chad Ruhlman. The track was hosting a Summer Sprint Car Spectacular and in the 410 Sprint feature, Leyton Wagner and Flick brought the field to the green flag with Flick jumping into the lead going into the first turn. Flick started to spread his lead out over Matt Farnham with veteran driver, Bob Felmlee fighting for third with Wagner and Brandon Matus.
The race went non-stop without a caution flag and as the laps clicked off, Flick worked his way methodically through the lapped traffic, and even though Farnham had closed the gap on the leader Flick was able to get the $2,500 top prize money and his second win of the season at Tri City. Farnham finished second with Bob Felmlee third. Brandon Matus rode home fourth with Leyton Wagner in fifth.
In the RUSH Wingless Sprint Car feature Arnie Kent dashed out to the early lead with Kevin Ruhlman and Gale Ruth, Jr. close behind. Ruth, Jr. took the lead away from Kent on lap four and was never challenged for the lead in the non-stop 20 lap feature event. Ruth, Jr. took home the checkers followed by Kent in second. Sixth place starter, Chad Ruhlman finished third with Rod George in fourth and Blaze Myers captured fifth.
In Pro Stock action Bobby Whitling started on the pole with Tim Bish alongside and it was Bish who jumped into the early lead. Whitling was close behind Tim Bish and eventually Whitling was able to take the top spot away from Tim Bish. Whitling went on to pick up the win over a trio of Bish's. Tim Bish finished second with Curtis J. Bish third. Curt Bish finished fourth with Jason Johns fifth.
The Mini Stocks were also on hand and Chad Greeley and Bodey McClintock led the field to the starting line. Greely got the lead at the very start of the race and went on to lead all the laps to pick up his first win at the speedway. Justin Bailey worked his way into second and finished there ahead of Bodey McClintock, DJ Macrae and Levi Maskal.
The Junior Sprints were also on the racing program and Garret Davenport swept both the heat and the feature. Picking up second was Carter Himes ahead of Grady Rinehart, Adam Presnar and Camron Miller.
Coming Sunday, July 25 will be the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series race which will pay $3,500 to the winner and $150 to start, with no increase in general admission. Along with this series will be the 410 Sprints, 358 Modifieds, and the Mini Stocks. Racing starts at 6 p.m.
As I mentioned last week, the Don Martin Silver Cup race will be run on Tuesday, July 20 featuring the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. Then on Friday night the BOSS Sprints, RUSH Wingless Sprints, RUSH Late Models and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be on the race card for the evening. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Also on Friday night, the BRP Modified Tour will be running at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Brookville. Scheduled to race are the 410 Sprint Cars, ULMS Late Models and the Super Late Mini points race between Thunder Mountain Speedway and Marion Center Speedway. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday night at Sharon Speedway the 410 Sprint Cars will be on hand along with the Pro Stocks, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and Econo Mods. Racing takes place at 7 p.m.
Also on Saturday night Michaels Mercer Raceway Park will be in action with the Big Mav Classic Memorial for the 305 Sprint Cars. Also running will be the Big Block Modifieds, FASTRAK Modifieds, and the Mini Stocks. Kids will also be featured as they run in the Bike Races at intermission. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
There is going to be a special event at Hummingbird Speedway on Saturday. Track owner, Louie Caltagarone will be celebrating his 93rd birthday and there are some special plans being made to honor Louie. Also on Saturday night will be Fan Appreciation night, Pittsburgh Circle Track Club night and the Young Gun Junior Sprints will be joining the regular program of Super Late Models, Semi Late Models, Pro Stocks, Econo Mods, Pure Stocks and 4-Cylinders. Racing starts at 7 p.m. but the celebration for track owner, Louie will take place before racing starts so get there early to see what will take place to honor such a great man.
Have a great safe, healthy week, and leave the fast speeds and racing to the tracks. Take care and enjoy your weekend ahead.