DANNY SMITH EXPANDS OSCS POINTS LEAD WITH WIN AT NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY; DOUG DROWN SCORES THIRD WIN; JORDAN JAMES A DOUBLE WINNER
Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Mike Swanger
For the second time this season, the Ohio Sprint Car Series (OSCS) stopped in at NAPA Wayne County Speedway and Chillicothe’s Danny Smith would take the win and add on to his 300+ career win on Santmyer Oil night. Driving the Kiger Signs, Smalley Excavating and Dean Knittel & Sons Auto Repair #4, would start on the pole but the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver would get shuffled back to third on the opening lap as Bryan Nuckles and Nick Patterson would motor into the top two spots. Before lap 2 was complete, a three car entanglement occurred in turn two as the red flag would appear as Troy Kingan would roll over. As the race went back to green, Nuckles would set the pace with Patterson right behind and going into turn three, Patterson would power past Nuckles using the low groove and came out of turn four with the lead as lap 8 was recorded. Patterson started to open up a sizable lead as Smith slipped past Nuckles on lap 11 for second with a three car battle between Brad Haudenschild, Andrew Palker and Tracy Hines taking place for 4th. Those three drivers would get past a fading Nuckles on lap 14 with Palker grabbing third followed by Haudenschild and Hines. Patterson had built up a half straightaway lead at one time as Smith ran second. As the two lap signal was given, Patterson encountered a couple of lapped cars in turn one as he made contact and spun, ending his night on the hook and giving Smith the lead back. On the restart, Smith held off Palker’s charge the last two laps for the win as Haudenschild finished up third while 13th starting Danny Mumaw, who changed a tire on the lap 2 red flag and went back to 16th, worked his way up to 7th when the caution flew for Patterson, blasted past Hines and Jordan Ryan the last two circuits to claim fourth. Hines and Ryan finished up fifth and sixth. Patterson, Smith and Haudenschild won the heats for the 23 car field of Sprints. The OSCS will return to ‘Orrville’s Historic Oval’ on Saturday, August 19th.
Wooster’s Doug Drown powered into the lead from the outside front row and would lead all 25 laps of the caution filled Kar Connection Super Late Model feature and pull into the Summit Racing victory lane for the third time this season and take the points lead. During the racing action, Drown and his Hall’s Auto Sales, Kar Connection and Wooster Glass #240 would maintain a comfortable lead while teammate Charlie Duncan and Cody Scott hotly contested second place with Ryan Markham, Matt Irey and JR Gentry dueling for third. Gentry’s run was short lived as he came to a stop on lap five in turn four after jumping the cushion and losing his brakes. With Drown stretching his lead, Duncan, who was in a hot lap wreck, secured second place on lap 14 with Scott entrenched in third from that point on. Markham and Irey kept their battle alive with Irey, who started 9th, gaining control of fourth on lap 18 and holding off Markham the rest of the way. With Drown and Duncan finishing 1 and 2, it was an emotional finish as their car owner, Leroy Hall has been in the hospital with pneumonia. Gentry and Duncan posted the heat wins.
Jordan James came up big Saturday night as he would record two feature wins in two divisions as track historians are believing that is a first at NAPA WCS. In the Lowes Super Stock feature, Bob Daugherty would grab the lead with Tyler Thompson, Eric Eicholtz, and Dustin Daugherty racing for the lead while Gary Hensel Jr., Paul Holmes and James battled for fifth. Tight racing and contact between the leaders would send Eicholtz to the pits with a flat tire. Jordan went to the high side of the track on the restart and jumped into third and as Daugherty and Thompson were squeezing each other in the low groove, James, who started 7th, and his new Ugly Duck, Lorentz Lawn Care and Lochevale Farms #83 would take the high side in turn two and take the lead on lap 10. Dustin Daugherty came to a stop as he was running 4th with five laps to go ending his night. Gary Hensel Jr. made a big move on the return of the green flag, moving from fifth to third as he powered past Holmes and Thompson for third and then with three laps to go, overtook Bob Daugherty and finish second behind James. Daugherty, Holmes and Thompson would fill out the top five. Heat winners were Thompson, Mike Rose and Bob Daugherty. For James, it was his first Super Stock win
In the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stock feature, James, who won back on July 15th with a brand new car, went back to his old #83 and started ninth, slowly worked his way through the field as Michael Stewart would set the early pace with points leader Cory Staley riding his rear bumper. Staley would duck underneath Stewart for the lead at the crossed flags mark as James was fifth behind Roger Olar and Wes Staley. The races only caution flag waved with four laps to go and when the race went back to green, James passed Stewart for third and closed in on Cory Staley and Olar. With the checkered flag raised, those three were three wide coming out of turn four, James and his Brad’s Auto Body, Ugly Duck and Lochevale Farms was inches ahead of Olar who was inches in front of Staley as they crossed the finish line. Doug Hensel would swipe fourth away from Stewart in the last four circuits. Claiming the heat wins were Stewart, James and Doug Hensel.
All the racer’s were competing for the ‘Racer Rewards’ program thanks to the Contingency Connection.
Saturday, August 5th will be Kid’s Night with many activities and prizes for the kids as the Fisher Performance Sprints and the Kar Connection Super Late Models will be in action while the Lowes Super Stocks and the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stocks will run the third race of the ‘Summer Series’ along with regular points.
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NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, July 29, 2017
OHIO SPRINT CAR SERIES & FISHER PERFORMANCE SPRINTS
Heat 1 Nick Patterson, Tracy Hines, Jordan Ryan, Cale Conley, Danny Mumaw, Shawn Hubler, Kris Davis, Mark Imler
Heat 2 Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Tyler Dunn, Ryan Myers, Steve Butler, Bill Ault, Dylan Kingan, Jarrett Gerber
Heat 3 Brad Haudenschild, Bryan Nuckles, Sean Zemunik, Troy Kingan, Josh Davis, Nate Reeser, Andy Fike
Feature Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Brad Haudenschild, Danny Mumaw, Tracy Hines, Jordan Ryan, Cale Conley, Tyler Dunn, Bryan Nuckles, Shawn Hubler, Josh Davis, Kris Davis, Bill Ault, Mark Imler, Andy Fike, Nick Patterson, Nate Reeser, Steve Butler, Ryan Myers, Sean Zemunik, Dylan Kingan, Jarrett Gerber, Troy Kingan
KAR CONNECTION SUPER LATE MODELS
Heat 1 JR Gentry, Ryan Markham, Doug Drown, Brian Baumberger, Matt Irey, Jim Nicely, Lauren Longbrake, Blaine Aber, Bob Fry
Heat 2 Charlie Duncan, Tommy Schirnhofer, Cody Scott, Larry Bellman, Brett Bee, Doug Dodd, Scott Smith, Austin Goon
Feature Doug Drown, Charlie Duncan, Cody Scott, Matt Irey, Ryan Markham, Tommy Schirnhofer, Lauren Longbrake, Jerry Aber, Bob Fry, Jim Nicely, Austin Goon, Brett Bee, Larry Bellman, Scott Smith, JR Gentry, Brian Baumberger, Doug Dodd, Blaine Aber
LOWES SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Tyler Thompson, Jordan James, Gary Hensel Jr., Paul Holmes, Brandon Craver, Paul McVicker, Ryan Tope, Mickey Thorpe
Heat 2 Mike Rose, Dustin Daugherty, Tyler Nicely, Tod Bevilacqua, Ryan Ambrose, Jamie Gibbs, Gary McGregor, Trae Schonauer
Heat 3 Bob Daugherty, Eric Eicholtz, Jon Preston, Chris Albright, Tim Cowen, Bob Fry Jr., T A Perrine
Feature Jordan James, Gary Hensel Jr., Bob Daugherty, Paul Holmes, Tyler Thompson, Paul McVicker, Tyler Nicely, Chris Albright, Jon Preston, Jamie Gibbs, T A Perrine, Ryan Ambrose, Tod Bevilacqua, Dustin Daugherty, Brandon Craver, Bob Fry Jr., Trae Schonauer, Gary McGregor, Ryan Tope, Mickey Thorpe, Eric Eicholtz, Mike Rose, Tim Cowen dns
WQKT 104.5 MINI STOCKS
Heat 1 Michael Stewart, Wes Staley, Stephen Crowe, Taylor Mazzoleni, Chip Patterson, Wayne Newberry, Jimmy Burns, Andy Vilt, Ken Steele dns
Heat 2 Jordan James, Cory Staley, Roger Olar, Cory Mills, Dustin Bedlion, Lance Smith, Ryan Carter, Clayton Evans, Bud Cales
Heat 3 Doug Hensel, Jeff Slykhuis, Dale Beckett, Brianna Hensel, Colin Slykhuis, Jessica Hensel, Randy Gibson, Brad Hensel dns
Feature Jordan James, Roger Olar, Cory Staley, Doug Hensel, Michael Stewart, Brad Hensel, Wes Staley, Stephen Crowe, Dustin Bedlion, Jeff Slykhuis, Colin Slykhuis, Chip Patterson, Taylor Mazzoleni, Ryan Carter, Cory Mills, Lance Smith, Jessica Hensel, Jimmy Burns, Andy Vilt, Randy Gibson, Clayton Evans, Bud Cales, Brianna Hensel, Dale Beckett, Wayne Newberry dns, Ken Steele dns
MARKHAM ‘GOES BACK’ TO NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY VICTORY LANE; SCHROYER AND JAMES NAIL DOWN 1st WINS
Saturday, July 15, 2017
By Mike Swanger
Although he is leading the Kar Connection Super Late Model points and has a win this season, Ashland’s Ryan Markham decided to pull out last years race car and it worked for his 2nd win of the season while Coshocton’s Matt Schroyer made his first trip of the season to ‘Orrville’s Historic Oval’ a successful one by winning the Lowes Super Stock feature and Loudonville’s Jordan James rolled out a brand new car and captured the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stock feature on Malcuit’s Tavern night.
Charlie Duncan would set a torrid pace for the first of the Kar Connection Super Late Model feature 8 circuits but mechanical woes drove him to the pits and brought out the caution flag. Larry Bellman would take the lead on the restart but before that lap could get completed, a lot of contact was made in the middle of the pack in turn two that would send Brad Malcuit’s car end over end and coming down on the cars roof on top of the retaining tires on the back stretch as Malcuit would be ok. As the green flag flew again, Bellman held off 4th starting Markham for one lap as the H &T Demolition, Page Excavating and Innovative Graphics 5m took over on lap 10 and pulled away. Behind Bellman, Matt Lux, JR Gentry, Doug Drown and Cody Scott had a tight race going on for third. Gentry would jump the cushion in turn three, getting up on two wheels and losing two places on lap 12. Drown, who started ninth, would power past Lux on lap 14 and then take second from Bellman four laps later and then try to track down Markham, who had a straightaway lead. Drown was closing in but with three laps to go, slipped in the cushion going into turn one and could not make a late run on Markham to finish second. At the same time Drown slipped, Lux moved past Bellman for third as Cody Scott took fifth. Duncan and Bellman scored the heat wins.
Brandon Craver grabbed the lead from the outside pole position of the Lowes Super Stock feature and after a caution on lap two, the restart would see the red flag come out for a five car pile up in turn two that had the track blocked. Dustin Daugherty got sideways and collected four other cars including points leader Bob Daugherty, Eric Eicholtz, Gary Hensel Jr. and Matt Schroyer with Hensel Jr and Schroyer the only two able to continue and getting their positions back. With the green flag back out, Schroyer and his Four Seasons Tanning, Tri Form Products and Innovative Graphics #15s would take the point from Craver with Paul Holmes moving into second on the next lap. Two circuits later, Hensel Jr. took over third and the three front runners pulled away from the rest of the field. Holmes would keep the pressure on Schroyer and took the lead briefly on lap 14 but Schroyer motored back into the lead on the next lap and then held off Holmes by a little more than a car length at the finish. Hensel Jr. finished third while Bubba Smith took 4th from Craver as they ran side by side the last half of the feature. Bob Daugherty and Smith topped the heat races.
The WQKT 104.5 Mini Stock main saw Billy Parsons power his way into the lead from his 4th starting position and set the pace for the opening two laps but he went pit side on lap three as Jason St. John inherited the point as the race stayed green. St John held the lead for the next two laps which were interrupted by a red flag. A couple of cars got together in turn two and that would send points leader Corey Staley end over end and clearing the tires on the back stretch, almost at the same spot the Malcuit ended up. Other than some bruises and bumps, Staley was ok. On the restart and driving the brand new Ugly Duck, Lochevale Farms and Brad’s Auto Body #83, James grabbed the lead and then kept St. John at bay to win his first win of the season. Dustin Bedlion started on the pole, dropped back to 7th at one time, recovered to finish third ahead of Matt Miller and Michael Stewart. Winning the heat races were Miller, St. John and Parsons.
Both the Lowes Super Stocks and the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stocks were racing the second of their ‘Summer Series’ points along with regular points and all the drivers were racing for the Contingency Connection ‘Racer Rewards’ prizes.
Fourteen Vintage American Race Cars were on hand for display and they also performed on the track as John Lawhorn won their heat race with Chuck Harshman winning the feature over Jim McDermott and Lawhorn.
Next Saturday night, the Kar Connection Super Late Models will highlight the evening with the third annual ‘Don Gross Memorial’ paying $4,000 to win. There will also be the ‘Hans Gross Dash’ that will be a seven lap dash for seven cars paying the winner $700. The Fisher Performance Sprints return and the Lowes Super Stocks and the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stocks also in action.
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KAR CONNECTION SUPER LATE MODELS
Heat 1 Charlie Duncan, Nathan Loney, Jim Nicely, Cody Scott, Doug Drown, Brad Malcuit, Ryan Eddleblute, Jeremy White
Heat 2 Larry Bellman, Matt Lux, JR Gentry, Ryan Markham, Blaine Aber, Brett Bee, Jason Skelly, Austin Goon
Feature Ryan Markham, Doug Drown, Matt Lux, Larry Bellman, Cody Scott, JR Gentry, Nathan Loney, Ryan Eddleblute, Blaine Aber, Brett Bee, Austin Goon, Jim Nicely, Jason Skelly, Brad Malcuit, Charlie Duncan, Jeremy White
LOWES SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Bob Daugherty, Matt Schroyer, Dustin Daugherty, Paul Holmes, Gary Hensel Jr., Chris Albright, Tod Bevilacqua, Jamie Gibbs, Eric Eicholtz, Paul McVicker
Heat 2 Bubba Smith, Tyler Nicely, Brandon Craver, T A Perrine, Tom Hudson, Don Rutt, Ryan Tope, Jordan James dns, Gary McGregor dns
Feature Matt Schroyer, Paul Holmes, Gary Hensel Jr., Bubba Smith, Brandon Craver, Chris Albright, Tyler Nicely, Paul McVicker, Jamie Gibbs, T A Perrine, Tod Bevilacqua, Ryan Tope, Dustin Daugherty, Bob Daugherty, Tom Hudson, Eric Eicholtz, Jordan James, Don Rutt dns, Gary McGregor dns
WQKT 104.5 MINI STOCKS
Heat 1 Matt Miller, Brianna Hensel, Stephen Crowe, Jeff Slykhuis, Jess Hensel, Chip Patterson, Jessica James, Buzz Bender
Heat 2 Jason St. John, Doug Hensel, Michael Stewart, Lance Smith, Corey Staley, Wes Staley, Taylor Mazzoleni, Randy Gibson
Heat 3 Billy Parsons, Dustin Bedlion, Jordan James, Justin Cranmore, Jimmy Burns, Wayne Newberry, Kyle Petit
Feature Jordan James, Jason St.John, Dustin Bedlion, Matt Miller, Michael Stewart, Jeff Slykhuis, Taylor Mazzoleni, Buzz Bender, Kyle Petit, Jess Hensel, Wayne Newberry, Jimmy Burns, Wes Staley, Justin Cranmore, Stephen Crowe, Brianna Hensel, Doug Hensel, Corey Staley, Billy Parsons, Jessica James, Chip Patterson, Lance Smith, Randy Gibson dns
VINTAGE AMERICAN RACE CAR
Heat winner John Lawhorn
Feature Chuck Harshman, Jim McDermott, John Lawhorn, Sef DeChristopher
GENTRY GENERATES NAPA WAYNE COUNTY WIN; PALKER & DAUGHERTY TACK ON WINS; BRIANNA HENSEL WINS 1ST EVER FEATURE
Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Mike Swanger
With a number of NAPA employees in the stands for the evenings races along with another good crowd on a beautiful night for racing, they would see some great action and some history made at ‘Orrville’s Historic Oval’. The Kar Connection Super Late Models would be competing in the Attica Raceway Park/NAPA Wayne County Speedway Late Model Series and after getting rained out at ARP the night before, they were ready to go hammer down. Doug Drown and Jerry Aber would lead the field to the green flag with Drown jumping into the lead. Matt Irey would grab second but Charlie Duncan, Larry Bellman, 2 time series winner and current points leader Ryan Markham, Cody Scott and JR Gentry were all bunched together and on lap four some contact was made that sent Irey sliding into the infield and he did not return to the action. On the restart, Drown once again put some distance between he and the rest of the field as Duncan claimed second with Markham, Scott and Gentry in a three way battle for third. Gentry would leapfrog over Markham and Scott for third on lap 11 and then on a restart following a caution on lap 13 would put the pressure on Duncan for second. The next two laps would see those two drivers flip flop second place as Drown had about a ten car length lead as Markham and Scott raced for 4th. With nine circuits to go, Gentry cleared Duncan for good and started to reel in Drown. Driving the El Campesino Restaurant, McDonald’s and Accu Force #14, Gentry of Wooster, would take the top spot away from Drown coming out of turn four on lap 21, bringing the crowd to it’s feet. As Gentry took the lead, Scott would be passing Markham and Duncan for third. As the checkered flag waved, Gentry would win his first of the year at NAPA WCS and his second win in the ARP/WCS Series in four years. Drown, Scott, Duncan and Markham followed. Heat winners were Scott and Drown.
Jordan Ryan grabbed the lead at the start of the Fisher Performance Sprint feature and lead the way for the first three laps when West Salem’s Andrew Palker took over. Ryan and Brad Haudenschild would duel early on for second as Shawn Hubler, Chris Myers and Danny Mumaw would be in a tight race for fourth. They would go three wide coming out of turn two on lap 7 and some contact was made that saw Mumaw’s ride getting a flat tire that sent him to the pits for a new tire and return. Driving the El Campensino Restaurant and King Inspection #57x, Palker would not be challenged and pulled into the Summit Racing Victory Circle for the second time this season. As Ryan and Haudenschild continued their battle for second, 10th starting Sean Zemunik joined in and with five circuits left, took third from Haudenschild. As they crossed the finish line behind Palker, Ryan held off Zemunik as Haudenschild took fourth and Mumaw recovered to fill out the top five as he powered past Myers and Hubler at the same time going into turn three on lap 23. Ryan and Mumaw claimed the heat wins
Mansfield’s Bob Daugherty hustled into the lead on the opening lap from his fourth starting position and the only thing that slowed him down was a multitude of cautions in the Lowes Super Stock feature. Piloting the Char’s Cars, Gionino’s Pizzeria and Hursh Engines #21d, Daugherty notched his fifth win of the season. The back half of the top five would change each lap as Dustin Daugherty would finish second although T A Perrine would slide into second in the middle part of the race before dropping out with mechanical woes. Brandon Craver would finish third with Tyler Nicely and Tod Bevilacqua rounded out the top five as Paul Holmes and Bob Daugherty won the heat races.
In the early years of NAPA WCS, there were many ‘Powder Puff’ races for the women, but until last night, no women had ever won a regular feature according to track historians. Sixteen year old Brianna Hensel of Apple Creek took the lead on the last lap of the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stock feature and win her 1st feature and make history. On a last lap restart, driving the JoyRide Transportation and DJ Directional Service #28 that is usually driven by Brad Hensel, Brianna, who started 14th with some cars not starting in front of her, powered past Stephen Crowe for the win. Hensel kept slowly working her way through the field as Michael Stewart led the first two laps before Crowe took over for the first of his two times in the lead as Wes Staley took the lead at the halfway mark and led the next four laps until his motor expired giving the lead back to Crowe and setting up Brianna’s last lap pass for the win. Dustin Bedlion would claim third as Corey Staley and Jeff Slykhuis followed. Roger Olar, Bedlion and Jordan James posted the heat wins.
All the racers were racing for nightly and yearly ‘Racer Rewards’ from the Contingency Connection program on Saturday night.
Next Saturday night, July 15th will have the winner of the Kar Connection Super Late Model feature earning a spot in the following week’s Buckeye Late Model Dirtweek and the ‘Don Gross Memorial’ that will be a $4,000 to win feature. Also next Saturday will be the second night of the ‘Summer Series’ for both the Lowes Super Stocks and the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stocks. The Vintage American Race Cars will be on hand also. Gates will open at 3 pm and racing at 7 pm. For more info, go to www.waynecountyspeedway.com
NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, July 8, 2017
KAR Connection Super Late Models
Heat 1 Cody Scott, JR Gentry, Charlie Duncan, Ryan Markham, Jim Nicely, Allen Baker, Ben Mott, Nate Potts, Ryan Eddleblute, Shane Campbell
Heat 2 Doug Drown, Jerry Aber, Matt Irey, Larry Bellman, Jim Gingery, Brett Bee, Al Farriss, Blaine Aber, Austin Goon, Randy Davis
Feature JR Gentry, Doug Drown, Cody Scott, Charlie Duncan, Ryan Markham, Brett Bee, Ben Mott, Jim Gingery, Jim Nicely, Nate Potts, Larry Bellman, Al Farriss, Austin Goon, Jerry Aber, Ryan Eddleblute, Matt Irey, Allan Baker, Shane Campbell, Blaine Aber dns, Randy Davis dns
Fisher Performance Sprints
Heat 1 Jordan Ryan, Shawn Hubler, Troy Kingan, Steve Butler, Chris Myers, Jason Dolick, Tyler Dunn, Kris Davis, Nick Patterson#33, Bill Ault
Heat 2 Danny Mumaw, Andrew Palker, Nick Patterson#23, Brad Haudenschild, Sean Zemunik, Jamie Myers, Clay Riney, Chase Baker, Mitch Harble
Feature Andrew Palker, Jordan Ryan, Sean Zemunik, Brad Haudenschild, Danny Mumaw, Chris Myers, Shawn Hubler, Jamie Myers, Jason Dolick, Clay Riney, Tyler Dunn, Steve Butler, Chase Baker, Kris Davis, Nick Patterson#33, Bill Ault, Nick Patterson#23, Troy Kingan, Mitch Harble
Lowes Super Stocks
Heat 1 Paul Holmes, Tyler Nicely, Brandon Craver, Paul McVicker, Darren Dawson, Jamie Gibbs, Steve Ott, Chris Albright
Heat 2 Bob Daugherty, Jordan James, T A Perrine, Dustin Daugherty, Tod Bevilacqua, Don Rutt, Gary Hensel Jr.
Feature Bob Daugherty, Dustin Daugherty, Brandon Craver, Tyler Nicely, Tod Bevilacqua, Jamie Gibbs, Don Rutt, Darren Dawson, Paul McVicker, Gary Hensel Jr. Chris Albright, Jordan James, T A Perrine, Paul Holmes, Steve Ott
WQKT 104.5 Mini Stocks
Heat 1 Roger Olar, Stephen Crowe, Corey Staley, Wes Staley, Jeff Slykhuis, Dustin Smith, Jeffrey Slykhuis, Sean Rush
Heat 2 Dustin Bedlion, Doug Hensel, Lance Smith, Randy Gibson, Kyle Petit, Brianna Hensel, Clayton Evans, Jimmy Burns
Heat 3 Jordan James, Michael Stewart, Brent Boreman, Colin Slykhuis, Mitch Reichard, Taylor Mazzoleni, Buzz Bender, Rod Daugherty
Feature Brianna Hensel, Stephen Crowe, Dustin Bedlion, Corey Staley, Jeff Slykhuis, Doug Hensel, Brent Boreman, Colin Slykhuis, Lance Smith, Buzz Bender, Jimmy Burns, Clayton Evans, Mitch Reichard, Wes Staley, Randy Gibson, Michael Stewart, Kyle Petit, Roger Olar, Taylor Mazzoleni, Jordan James dns, Dustin Smith dns, Jeffrey Slykhuis dns, Sean Rush dns, Rod Daugherty dns
JOEY SALDANA EARNS 1st NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY ALL STAR VICTORY SINCE 1999; MID SEASON CROWNS GO TO DROWN, MOORE & B. HENSEL
Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Tyler Altmeyer & Mike Swanger
Despite 18 years separating Joey Saldana from his last visit to NAPA Wayne County Speedway, the result remained the same; a victory against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. The victory, his first Arctic Cat All Star victory since 2014, increased Saldana’s overall Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions win count to 72, five of which at NAPA Wayne County Speedway which ties “The Brownsburg Bullet” with Sheldon Haudenschild for the most all time at ‘Orrville’s Historic Oval’. Lockbourne Ohio’s Cole Duncan charged from 7th to finish second followed by Chad Kemenah, Ryan Smith and pole sitter Dean Jacobs.
“This just goes to show how important it is to be around a great team,” Joey Saldana explained in victory lane. “Sprint Car Racing is really tough, and it’s easy to get down on yourself. Tonight just goes to show that it’s not just you, it’s a whole team, and tonight I had a whole team. I raced with the All Stars for a long time. It was the feeding ground for the World of Outlaws. Racing with this series did a lot for me. Luckily for me I was lucky enough to take that next step and move forward.”
Before Saldana made his winning move on lap 16, it was all Dean Jacobs and Chad Kemenah at the front of the running order. Despite a number of cautions halting the action, one of which during the opening green resulting in a four car pile up, Jacobs and Kemenah battled relentlessly, racing side by side nearly all the way around the 3/8 mile oval. Jacobs led the first 6 circuits officially, ultimately losing the lead to Kemenah on lap 7, only to regain control again to officially lead laps 8 through 11. Kemenah drove back under Jacobs at the entrance of turn three to solidify himself back on top of the field on lap 12, only to be halted by red flag conditions on lap 13 and another caution on lap 16. By that point, Saldana had already worked his way into second, now setting his sights on the 5 time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion. When green flag action returned, Saldana chased Kemenah into turns one and two, ultimately setting up a drag race through turn three where Saldana would drive under Kemenah’s ride. From that point forward, “The Brownsburg Bullet” was the show and despite one more caution pausing his momentum, Saldana would pull ahead to win by 3.3 seconds. “It feels really good to be back here, and to be tied with Sheldon Haudenschild is pretty cool,” Saldana said. “He’s the next best thing in sprint car racing. He has a lot of talent.”
All other class’ were battling for Mid Season championships and for the Kar Connection Super Late Model feature, J R Gentry would blast into the lead from his pole starting position and set the pace for the opening 8 laps when he suffered a flat tire, sending him to the pits for a new one and putting him on the tail. Wooster’s Doug Drown would inherit the lead from his 5th starting slot. Despite a couple of cautions sprinkled throughout the rest of the feature, Drown and his Hall’s Auto Sales, Kar Connection and ABR Farms #240 would pull away for his second win of the season. The battle for the rest of the top five saw two, 2 car battles going on as Ryan Markham and Jim Nicely consistently went back and forth for second the last half of the race. With the white flag out, Nicely lead Markham into turn one after some contact, Nicely spun but Markham was charged with the caution for making Nicely spin. Nicely got his spot back and would finish as the runner up. Larry Bellman and Ben Mott had their own race going for 4th with Allan Baker right behind. Bellman and Mott would slip out of the top five as Gentry worked his way back to third and Baker would power past with four laps to go to secure fourth. Al Farriss would motor past both Bellman and Mott with three laps to go to claim 5th. Heat winners were Bellman and Gentry.
Jordan James would lead the opening lap of the Lowes Super Stock feature and then it was all Kyle Moore. The early part of the race was marred by several caution but the last six laps went clean as the Arnold Motorsports, Moore Motors and Tye Twarog racing #11 would hold off the challenges of fellow Mansfielder, Bob Daugherty, as Moore posted his 1st NAPA Wayne County Speedway win. James would finish third with Gary Hensel Jr. taking 4th and Brandon Craver claiming 5th in his first night out. Moore and Hensel Jr. posted the heat wins.
Starting ninth, Smithville’s Brad Hensel quickly moved up to the point in less than four laps of the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stock main and park the JoyRide Transportation and DJ Directional Services #28 in the Summit Racing victory circle for the third time this season. Corey Staley started 21st and picked his way through the pack and grabbed second with three lap to go to finish second while Michael Stewart, Dustin Bedlion and Colin Slykhuis filled out the top five. Heat wins were claimed by Justin Cranmore, Brad Hensel and Wes Staley.
Racer’s were once again chasing after awards and prizes thanks to the Contingency Connections Racer Rewards program.
Action continues next Saturday night, July 8th with the second week end of the Attica Raceway Park/NAPA Wayne County Speedway Super Late Model Series while the Fisher Performance Sprints will race for their Mid Season championship. The Lowes Super Stocks and the WKQT 104.5 Mini Stocks will also be on the racing card.
Go to www.waynecountyspeedway.com for more info on the track.
ARCTIC CAT ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS & OHIO SPRINT CAR SERIES SPRINTS
Fast Qualifier Cole Duncan 14.621 seconds
Heat 1 Dean Jacobs, Joey Saldana, Ryan Smith, Andrew Palker, Jordan Harble, Mitch Harble, Dan Kuriger, Brandon Matus, Nate Reeser, Tyler Dunn
Heat 2 Brandon Spithaler, TJ Michael, Trevor Baker, Ryan Myers, Tyler Esh, Brent Matus, Josh Davis, Clay Riney, Kris Davis
Heat 3 Max Stambaugh, Jordan Ryan, Lee Jacobs, Sean Zemunik, Caleb Helms, Brad Haudenschild, Troy Kingan, Jordan Mackison, John Garvin
Heat 4 Danny Mumaw, Chad Kemenah, Caleb Armstrong, Cole Duncan, Danny Smith, Nick Patterson, Hunter Mackison, Dylan Kingan, Jarrett Gerber
Dash 1 Dean Jacobs, Brandon Spithaler, Danny Mumaw, Cole Duncan, Andrew Palker
Dash 2 Chad Kemenah, Joey Saldana, Jordan Ryan, TJ Michael, Max Stambaugh
B-Main Mitch Harble, Dan Kuriger, Brandon Matus, Jordan Mackison, Tyler Dunn, John Garvin, Nick Patterson, Josh Davis, Hunter Mackison, Nate Reeser, Troy Kingan, Clay Riney, Brent Matus, Kris Davis, Jarrett Gerber, Brad Haudenschild, Dylan Kingan
Feature Joey Saldana, Cole Duncan, Chad Kemenah, Ryan Smith, Dean Jacobs, Caleb Armstrong, Lee Jacobs, Danny Mumaw, Max Stambaugh, Tyler Esh, Caleb Helms, Jordan Mackison, Sean Zemunik, Mitch Harble, Brandon Matus, Brandon Spithaler, TJ Michael, Jordan Ryan, Andrew Palker, Ryan Myers, Danny Smith, Jordan Harble, Trevor Baker, Dan Kuriger
KAR CONNECTION SUPER LATE MODELS
Heat 1 Larry Bellman, Allan Baker, Al Farriss, Ben Mott, Brett Bee, Randy Davis, Cody Scott, Charlie Duncan, Thomas Baker
Heat 2 JR Gentry, Doug Drown, Jerry Aber, Jim Nicely, Nate Potts, Ryan Markham, Blaine Aber, Andrew Myers
Feature Doug Drown, Jim Nicely, JR Gentry, Allan Baker, Al Farriss, Ryan Markham, Larry Bellman, Ben Mott, Brett Bee, Thomas Baker, Jerry Aber, Blaine Aber, Nate Potts, Cody Scott, Andrew Myers, Randy Davis dns, Charlie Duncan dns
LOWES SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Kyle Moore, Bob Daugherty, Paul Holmes, TA Perrine, Tod Bevilacqua, Don Rutt, Todd Gallion, Jamie Gibbs, Steve Ott
Heat 2 Gary Hensel Jr., Jordan James, Jon Preston, Brandon Craver, Tyler Nicely, Chris Albright, Richard Grogg, Trae Schonauer, Ryan Tope
Feature Kyle Moore, Bob Daugherty, Jordan James, Gary Hensel Jr., Brandon Craver, Tyler Nicely, Trae Schonauer, Tod Bevilacqua, Chris Albright, Richard Grogg, Jon Preston, Steve Ott, Jamie Gibbs, Paul Holmes, Ryan Tope, TA Perrine, Todd Gallion, Don Rutt dns
WQKT 104.5 MINI STOCKS
Heat 1 Justin Cranmore, Dustin Bedlion, Randy Gibson, Brianna Hensel, Taylor Mazzoleni, Jim Burns, Eugene Arkenburg, Zain Dick, Clayton Evans, Jessica James
Heat 2 Brad Hensel, Sean Rush, Colin Slykhuis, Brent Boreman, Jeff Slykhuis, Gary Lewis, Doug Hensel, Johnny Bruce Jr., Lance Smith
Heat 3 Wes Staley, Michael Stewart, Buzz Bender, Dustin Smith, Wayne Newberry, Johnny Bruce Sr., Corey Staley, Katie Sams, Keith Rush
Feature Brad Hensel, Corey Staley, Michael Stewart, Dustin Bedlion, Colin Slykhuis, Brent Boreman, Dustin Smith, Jessica James, Zain Dick, Clayton Evans, Buzz Bender, Brianna Hensel, Randy Gibson, Taylor Mazzoleni, Eugene Arkenburg, Wes Staley, Sean Rush, Jim Burns, Justin Cranmore, Wayne Newberry, Gary Lewis, Katie Sams, Johnny Bruce Sr. dns, Johnny Bruce Jr. dns, Jeff Slykhuis dns, Doug Hensel dns, Lance Smith dns, Keith Rush dns