Racing season drawing to a fast close
By Pam Baker
CLARION NEWS Racing correspondent
Hey there race fans, last weekend was a great weekend for racing as the weather cooperated and there were some good special events being held at our local tracks.
On Friday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway, the Street Stocks were up first for the night's events, and Fuzzy Fields and Zach Gustafson made up the front row for the feature. Fields would take the early lead. Gustafson was able to get the lead away from Fields, but a caution would erase that lead. On the restart, Fields took the lead back, but Gustafson was able to regain the lead from Fields and went on to pick up the win.
Finishing second was Gary Luzier over Fields, Ray Hickok, Jr. and Trevor McCann rounded out the top five.
In the Semi Late Model feature, Zach Myers would start on the pole position, lead every lap and capture the win.
Rick Strong finished second with Paul Ivory third. Fourth went to Brian Rhed over Gary Little in fifth.
Dan Angelicchio started in the second position, took the early lead of the Super Late Model feature and went the 25-lap distance to pick up the feature win.
Finishing second was Mike Pegher, Jr. followed by Matt Lux, Charlie Powell and Michael Lake.
Jeff Huber collected yet another win in the FWD 4-cylinder feature. Josh Frantz finished second ahead of Joe Huber, Greg Kiehl and Chad Greeley.
The final feature of the night featured the Pure Stocks and Greg Blystone who started back in the field took the lead away from Rich Anderson and went on to collect the win. Finishing second was Anderson followed by Bill Mumau in third. Justin Watt finished fourth with Makinna Pearce fifth.
Coming up this weekend at Thunder Mountain Speedway will be a ULMS/Mark O'Donnell Memorial race for the Super Late Models that pays $3,000 to win. In addition the Semi Late Models and the FWD's. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7 p.m.
On Saturday at Sharon Speedway Curt J. Bish won the biggest race of his career by taking home the $10,000 prize money during the Penn-Ohio "Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals."
Bish started in the 15th starting position and passed Bobby Whitling on lap 50 to pick up the checkered flags. Finishing second was Whitling with Chris Schneider in third. Fourth went to Jackson Humanic with Todd Weldon in fifth. Steve D'Apolito picked up the $1,000 to win the non-qualifiers race.
Ty Rhoades won the regular season opener back on May 18 and on Saturday night he charged all the way from the 19th starting position to win again in the Econo Mod feature. Finishing second was Dustin DeMattia followed by Jacob Eucker, Brian Huchko and Butch Lambert.
Coming up this Saturday night at Sharon Speedway will be the USA-East truck and tractor pulls put on by Full Pull Productions. Gates open at 4 p.m, with pulling beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Michaels Mercer Raceway held a Summer Blowout event that featured the 410 Sprint Cars. Adam Kekich was able to collect the top prize money in the Sprint feature with Henry Malcuit second. Jimmy Morris finished third with Dan Kuriger fourth and Brandon Spithaler rounded out the top five.
In the Big Block Modified feature Rex King, Sr. continued his winning ways by taking home the $2,000 top prize money. Kevin Hoffman had a great run finishing in second with Garrett Krummert third. Fourth went to Will Thomas with Skip Moore rounding out the top five.
Garrett Krummert captured the win in the Fastrak Limited Modified feature. Eric Gabany driving one of the Jerry Schaffer Kevin Hoffman finished third with Brian Sadler and Blaze Myers rounding out the top five.
In the Mod Lite feature Alan Knepper picked up the win over 2019 Track Champion Vivian JonesJeff Teeters, Shane Webb and Roman Jones completed the top five.
In the highest paying Mini Stock race of the year at Mercer Josh Frantz took home the money and the checkered flags. Randy Ealy rode home second over Joe Romanko, Bill Fuchs and Willie Aley.
Michaels Mercer Raceway will be back in action on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 with the running of the 20th Annual Little Guys Nationals. Then on October 26th the BRP Modified Tour will host their annual Flea Market and Swap Meet at the track. This will then close out the season at Mercer.
Have a great week and coming up this Saturday night the BRP Modified Tour Big Block Modifieds will be traveling to the Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y. for their final race of the series. Rex King, Jr. has the lead in the points over Rex King, Sr. by 30 points.