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
DUNCAN SNARES OSCS WIN; IREY SURVIVES FOR 1st NAPA WAYNE COUNTY WIN; HOLMES AND B. HENSEL POST 2ND WINS
Saturday, June 10, 2017
By Mike Swanger
The Ohio Sprint Car Series (OSCS) pulled into NAPA Wayne County Speedway for the 1st time this season on Fisher Performance night as dash winner Jordan Ryan and Danny Smith would lead the field to the green flag and Smith, the current points leader for the OSCS, would take the lead out of turn two on the opening lap. Lockbourne’s Cole Duncan would motor past Ryan on lap three for second and then Ryan and Sean Zemunik would battle back and forth for third until lap 14 when Zemunik pulled into the infield. The race’s first caution flag would wave on the next circuit for Clay Riney, who spun in turn one with a flat tire, that would be changed and he would continue. On the restart, Duncan, last season’s OSCS champion, began to hound Smith for the lead and on lap 20 would dive low in turn three and slide up in front of Smith coming out of turn four for the top spot. The caution would fly again on the next lap for Danny Mumaw who smacked the turn four guardrail. That would set up a four lap dash to the checkered flag but Duncan would pull away aboard the family owned #22 as Smith held on to second. Ryan held off a late challenge from Cale Conley for third as Brad Haudenschild, who started 11th, made a last lap pass on Mike Terry Jr. for fifth. Heat winners were Smith, Duncan and Ryan Myers while Andrew Palker topped the last chance race.
It was an action packed 25 lap feature for the Kar Connection Super Late Models as Charlie Duncan claimed the front spot at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting position with pole sitter Matt Irey into second. Doug Drown would pull into third on lap two and points leader Ryan Markham would take fourth from Larry Bellman on lap nine. A caution on lap 11 for a spun Andrew Myers would see Duncan exit the track with mechanical issues and Drown to the pits to change a flat tire. Ashland’s Irey would inherit the lead with Markham in second followed by Bellman and Cody Scott. It took Drown five circuits to get back to third place and then another caution on lap 17 and on the ensuing restart, TROUBLE appeared in capital letters. Heavy contact between Irey, Markham and Drown going into turn one and it would continue into turn two when Markham flipped over Drown’s car and ended up on his top. Drown’s night was finished while Markham was put back on all fours and went to the pits to check things out and would return as Bellman also went to the pits with a flat tire. Irey’s Dzugan Real Estate, Rod Eddleblute’s Garage and Mid Ohio Graphics #36 received a lot of damage but held onto the lead. As racing resumed, it was Irey, Scott, Jim Nicely, Blaine Aber, and Markham and Bellman who were the last still on the lead lap. Irey would pull away in the final 8 laps for his 1st ever NAPA WCS win as Nicely slipped past Scott with four to go but his power plant began to sputter right after that and he would drop out of the top five. Markham, the points leader, would pick his way back through the field and passed Scott on the last lap for second as Bellman and Blaine Aber filled out the top five. Markham and Drown scored the heat wins.
The Lowes Super Stocks feature had it’s twist and turns also as T A Perrine took his pole position starting spot and built up a straight away lead in the first nine laps of the race when the caution flag waved for the first time and negating Perrine’s big lead. Bob Daugherty and Canton’s Paul Holmes would be on Perrine’s rear bumper as the green flag reappeared. Perrine held serve for the next two laps as Daugherty out dueled Holmes for second and swiped the lead away from Perrine on lap 12 as Holmes followed suit on Perrine on the next circuit. Holmes and his Don Rutt Builders and Medina Mountain Motors #68 would power past Daugherty on the next lap. Jordan James, Tyler Nicely and Gary Hensel Jr. were in a tussle for fourth place all this while. Action would be slowed on lap 17 when Nicely’s ride broke and came to a stop and during that time both Daugherty and Hensel Jr. pulled off with mechanical woes. Before another lap could be recorded, contact going down the backstretch between some cars would see Frank Oriti slide up into the turn three wall and Jon Preston making contact with Oriti’s car ending both of their chances of a top five finish. As the checkered flag waved, Holmes would win for the second time this season as Perrine finished second followed by James, Chris Albright and Tom Hudson. Pocketing the heat wins were Daugherty and Holmes.
It took two tries to get the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stock feature underway but after that it was non stop as Smithville’s Brad Hensel would take the lead away from Michael Stewart on lap three and then park the DJ Directional Services and JoyRide Transportation #28h in the Summit Racing victory lane for the second time this season. Stewart would go the last 10 laps looking at the back of Hensel’s car while fending off points leader Corey Staley’s advances. Jeff Slykhuis and Taylor Mazzoleni finished fourth and fifth as both posted their first top fives of the year. Stewart, Jason Henderson and Brad Hensel topped the heat races.
All drivers were once again competing for the Contingency Connection’s Racer Rewards for the night and season long awards.
The next action at NAPA Wayne County Speedway will come on Monday, June 19th with Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions Speed Week show and the Duffy Smith Memorial paying $5,000 to win. The Lowes Super Stock will be racing for $1,000 to win as they compete in the 1st Danny Gardner Memorial race. This will be a non points race for the Lowes Super Stock although all that race will receive show points. For more info about the track and the schedule, go to www.waynecountyspeedway.com
NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, June 10, 2017
OHIO SPRINT CAR SERIES & FISHER PERFORMANCE SPRINTS
Heat 1 Danny Smith, Sean Semunik, Nick Patterson #23, Jason Dolick, Danny Mumaw, Troy Kingan, Bill Ault, Bryan Nuckles, Clay Riney
Heat 2 Cole Duncan, Cale Conley, Mike Terry, Brad Haudenschild, Mark Imler, Andrew Palker, Dean Jacobs, Dylan Kingan
Heat 3 Ryan Myers, Jordan Ryan, Tyler Dunn, Mitch Harble, Russ Sansosti, Nate Reeser, Nick Patterson#33, Steve Butler
Dash Jordan Ryan, Danny Smith, Cole Duncan, Cale Conley, Sean Zemunik, Ryan Myers
B Main Andrew Palker, Clay Riney, Nate Reeser, Troy Kingan, Dean Jacobs, Steve Butler, Bill Ault, Nick Patterson#33, Bryan Nuckles, Dylan Kingan
Feature Cole Duncan, Danny Smith, Jordan Ryan, Cale Conley, Brad Haudenschild, Mike Terry, Nick Patterson#23, Jason Dolick, Dean Jacobs, Tyler Dunn, Mitch Harble, Andrew Palker, Clay Riney, Ryan Myers, Mark Imler, Russ Sansosti, Nate Reeser, Danny Mumaw, Troy Kingan, Sean Zemunik
KAR CONNECTION SUPER LATE MODELS
Heat 1 Ryan Markham, Cody Scott, Jim Nicely, Jerry Aber, Brett Bee, Rob Metz, Andrew Myers, Bob Fry dns
Heat 2 Doug Drown, Matt Irey, Larry Bellman, Charlie Duncan, J R Gentry, Blaine Aber, Randy Davis
Feature Matt Irey, Ryan Markham, Cody Scott, Larry Bellman, Blaine Aber, Jerry Aber, Randy Davis, Rob Metz, Jim Nicely, Brett Bee, Doug Drown, Andrew Myers, Charlie Duncan, Bob Fry, J R Gentry
LOWES SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Bob Daugherty, Jordan James, T A Perrine, Chris Albright, Tom Hudson, Don Rutt, Gary Hensel Jr., Brandon Dormaier, Cliff Staley
Heat 2 Paul Holmes, Tyler Nicely, Frank Oriti, Jon Preston, Tod Bevilacqua, Steve Ott, Jamie Gibbs, Ryan Tope
Feature Paul Holmes, T A Perrine, Jordan James, Chris Albright, Tom Hudson, Don Rutt, Jamie Gibbs, Frank Oriti, Jon Preston, Bob Daugherty, Tyler Nicely, Gary Hensel Jr., Ryan Tope, Tod Bevilacqua, Steve Ott, Cliff Staley, Brandon Dormaier dns
WQKT 104.5 MINI STOCKS
Heat 1 Michael Stewart, Stephen Crowe, Doug Hensel, Corey Staley, Mitch Reichard, Dustin Smith, Brianna Hensel, Sean Rush
Heat 2 Jason Henderson, Wayne Newberry, Jeff Slykhuis, Dustin Bedlion, Randy Gibson, Jessica Hensel, Roger Rush, Jeffrey Slykhuis
Heat 3 Brad Hensel, Taylor Mazzoleni, Lance Smith, Jim Burns, Buzz Bender, Clayton Evans, Justin Cranmore, Wes Staley dns
Feature Brad Hensel, Michael Stewart, Corey Staley, Jeff Slykhuis, Taylor Mazzoleni, Mitch Reichard, Lance Smith, Buzz Bender, Jason Henderson, Randy Gibson, Jessica Hensel, Dustin Bedlion, Dustin Smith, Clayton Evans, Wayne Newberry, Doug Hensel, Jim Burns, Brianna Hensel dns, Roger Rush dns, Justin Cranmore dns, Sean Rush dns, Wes Staley dns, Jeffrey Slykhuis dns, Stephen Crowe dns
Wayne County Speedway | Orrville’s Historic Oval
ACTION PACKED FEATURE WINS AT NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY GO TO B. HAUDENSCHILD, MARKHAM, DAUGHERTY & D. HENSEL
Saturday, June 3, 2017
By Mike Swanger
As the calendar turns over to June, the action and intensity of the race season really starts to pick up at NAPA Wayne County Speedway with some wild action in the features on City Service Company night. Along with the purse and points up for grabs, all the drivers are running for reward bonus’ from the Contingency Connection program that total nearly $100,000 for the season.
The start of the Fisher Performance Sprint feature would have Jordan Ryan claiming the lead for the first four circuits before giving way to Holmesville’s Brad Haudenschild. As Haudenschild began to pull away, Ryan Broughton would challenge Ryan for second as Andrew Palker would pull up to their bumpers to make it a three way battle for second. Fans also was watching Danny Mumaw coming from his 20th starting position to work his way to 7th but his run would get cut short as he got mixed up with a lapped car at the 1/2 way mark and would drop out. On the restart, Haudenschild and the Kempthorn Auto, Fire & Ice Pub, and Ballistic Designs #38k would would drive away as Broughton, Ryan and Palker would resume their battle back and forth for second until lap 20. Broughton would slow on the backstretch with mechanical issues to bring out the caution flag and during that time, Ryan would go pit side with issues. That would give Palker five laps to work on Haudenschild for the win, but B. Haud would have nothing to do with the challenge as he drove away for his 1st win in over a year. Tyler Dunn would get a season best third while the Harble brothers, Jordan and Mitch would fill out the top five. Australia’s Sean Zemunik, B. Haudenschild and Palker topped the heat races.
The first ten laps of the Kar Connection Super Late Model feature would see J R Gentry blast out to a straight away lead from his outside front row starting spot. A caution flag would wipe out that big lead and Gentry would find himself in a battle to hang on to the lead as Ryan Markham, Doug Drown, Cody Scott and Charlie Duncan all were in pursuit. Gentry kept the point as Markham and Drown would exchange second place on laps 16, 17 and Drown secured second on lap 18. Doing a power slide in turns one and two, Drown wrestled the lead away from Gentry on lap 20 as Duncan was fending off Jim Nicely and Larry Bellman for fifth as Scott continued holding fourth. A caution on lap 22 would once again bunch the field together and as the green waved again, Drown would give himself a couple of car lengths breathing room as Markham and Gentry dueled for second. With the white flag waving, Drown bounced off the guardrail in turn two which punctured the right rear tire, slowing him up as Markham and Gentry drove by. Markham of Ashland,and his H & T Demolition, Page Excavating, and Harriger Towing #5m would edge out Gentry at the finish. Scott would take home a third while Nicely moved past Duncan and Bellman during the last three circuits to record a 4th place finish ahead of those two drivers. Drown, who limped back to finish 7th, and Gentry won the heat races.
Before one lap of the Lowes Super Stock feature could be recorded, the first three cars in the starting line up had problems as Jordan James, Chris Albright and Todd Sherwin had vacated their starting positions although Albright would come back for a fifth place finish. Frank Oriti would set the pace for the opening two laps then dropped back to fourth when he let his car spin in turn four with Don Rutt making contact with Oriti, sending both to the pits. Originally starting 8th, Mansfield’s Bob Daugherty would take the point on lap two. The Char’s Cars, McKenzie Concrete and Hursh Engines #21d of Daugherty would hold off Gary Hensel Jr.’s challenges in between caution flags to chalk up his fourth win of the season. Tyler Nicely started 11th and finished a season best third while Tod Bevilacqua grabbed fourth in front of Albright. James and Daugherty pocketed the heat wins.
The WQKT 104.5 Mini Stock main would have almost half of the starting field in the pits before the checkered flag flew. Gary Hensel Jr. set the pace for the opening two laps when the caution flag flew. On the restart, a lot of contact at the flagstand caused a major wreck that would eliminate Hensel Jr., Brent Boreman, Lance Smith and Jeff Slykhuis from the race. As the race went back to green, Wooster’s Doug Hensel and his #18 would take control and keep Corey Staley at bay the rest of the way to find his way to the Summit Racing victory circle. Mitch Reichard climbed his up to a third place finish with Jason Henderson recording a season best 4th as Dustin Smith rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Stephen Crowe, Doug Hensel and Gary Hensel Jr.
Next Saturday, June 10th will see a full racing program with the Ohio Sprint Car Series (OSCS) highlighting the night as the Kar Connection Super Late Models, Lowes Super Stocks and the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stocks all in action with race time at 7 p m. Erin Stoll will be giving a concert from 3:15 to 6 pm before the racing starts.
For more info on the track, go to www.waynecountyspeedway.com
NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, June 3, 2017
FISHER PERFORMANCE SPRINTS
Heat 1 Sean Zemunik, Jordan Ryan, Steve Butler, Jordan Harble, Jac Haudenschild, Mitch Harble, Jason Dolick
Heat 2 Brad Haudenschild, Ryan Broughton, Troy Kingan, Russ Sansosti, Kris Davis, Dylan Kingan, Danny Mumaw
Heat 3 Andrew Palker, Nick Patterson#23, Tyler Dunn, Clay Riney, Bill Ault, Nick Patterson#33, Bret Barbone
Feature Brad Haudenschild, Andrew Palker, Tyler Dunn, Jordan Harble, Mitch Harble, Jason Dolick, Steve Butler, Troy Kingan, Clay Riney, Nick Patterson#23, Russ Sansosti, Bill Ault, Nick Patterson#33, Ryan Broughton, Jordan Ryan, Sean Zemunik, Danny Mumaw, Kris Davis, Dylan Kingan, Bret Barbone, Jac Haudenschild dns
KAR CONNECTION SUPER LATE MODELS
Heat 1 Doug Drown, Charlie Duncan, Larry Bellman, Blaine Aber, Nate Potts, Randy Davis, Bob Fry, Brad Malcuit dns
Heat 2 JR Gentry, Ryan Markham, Cody Scott, DJ Miller, Jim Nicely, Al Farris, Brett Bee
Feature Ryan Markham, JR Gentry, Cody Scott, Jim Nicely, Charlie Duncan, Larry Bellman, Doug Drown, Blaine Aber, Brett Bee, Randy Davis, DJ Miller, Bob Fry, Nate Potts, Al Farris, Brad Malcuit dns
LOWES SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Jordan James, Don Rutt, Todd Sherwin, Tod Bevilacqua, Paul Holmes, Tyler Nicely, Cliff Staley dns
Heat 2 Bob Daugherty, Gary Hensel Jr., Frank Oriti, Chris Albright, Jamie Gibbs, Ron Richter, T A Perrine
Feature Bob Daugherty, Gary Hensel Jr., Tyler Nicely, Tod Bevilacqua, Chris Albright, Jamie Gibbs, Cliff Staley, Paul Holmes, Don Rutt, Frank Oriti, Jordan James, Todd Sherwin, Ron Richter, T A Perrine dns
WQKT 104.5 MINI STOCKS
Heat 1 Stephen Crowe, Dustin Smith, Colin Slykhuis, Jason Henderson, Wes Staley, Kyle Petit, Jimmy Burns, Clayton Evans, Dave Ledford
Heat 2 Doug Hensel, Brad Hensel, Jeff Slykhuis, Mitch Reichard, Brent Boreman, Dustin Bedlion, #98b, Jessica James, Jess Hensel
Heat 3 Gary Hensel Jr., Roger Olar, Corey Staley, Randy Gibson, Roger Rush, Taylor Mazzoleni, Lance Smith, Gary Lewis
Feature Doug Hensel, Corey Staley, Mitch Reichard, Jason Henderson, Dustin Smith, #98b, Kyle Petit, Dustin Bedlion, Roger Rush, Jess Hensel, Colin Slykhuis, Randy Gibson, Roger Olar, Wes Staley, Brent Boreman, Lance Smith, Gary Hensel Jr., Jeff Slykhuis, Jimmy Burns, Jessica James, Stephen Crowe, Brad Hensel, Clayton Evans, Taylor Mazzoleni dns, Gary Lewis dns, Dave Ledford dns
BRANDON SHEPPARD GRABS WoO WIN #4 AT NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY; MORAN CHARGES FROM 19TH TO FINISH 2nd; DAUGHERTY CLAIMS 3rd SUPER STOCK WIN
Saturday, May 27, 2017
By Kayla May & Mike Swanger
During the World of Outlaw Craftsman Late Model Series event at NAPA Wayne County Speedway, on White’s Ford night, a fan in attendance decided to support the Series further than the purchase of his ticket. Joe Seins, from JD Empire Trucking, posted an extra $2,500 towards the to-win amount of an already $10,000 prize. Series powerhouse, Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Illinois, was the winner of the evening as he found his way to Victory Lane for the 1st time since the beginning of the month. “We’ve had a good car every time we hit the track, we’ve just haven’t had things go our way and that’s why it’s called racing and not winning” said Sheppard. We couldn’t do this without all of our help and all of our sponsors”. Sheppard started sixth in the 50 lap feature and found his way past five cars to claim the lead on lap 21, further proving that no matter what number the Rocket 1 driver pulls in the redraw, he can still find his way to the front.
Yet the most impressive hard charger of the evening was Devin Moran, who started 19th in the feature and found his way to Sheppard’s bumper by lap 34. With several cautions throughout the race, Moran was hoping to pass the #1 during the restarts but Sheppard was able to significantly pull away from the field every time.
“Just to start back that far and be able to come up to second just shows how good the race track was to race on,” said Moran. ” I really thought we had a shot to win this thing once we got to second but Brandon and them guys were really good and I used up my tires a little to much. Starting 19th and running second, it was a good night. I can’t complain.”
Moran and his crew worked diligently throughout the day in order to land on the podium for the second night in a row. Unlike the previous night at Atomic Speedway, the stars did not align quite as nice for Moran as he had some mechanical issues during his heat race which would place him 8th in the Last Chance Showdown. Between the heat and the Showdown, the Tye Twarog/DMR team was able to dial in the Rocket XR1 #9 as Moran went on to pass seven cars to win the Showdown.
Shane Clanton also had his hands full getting ready for the feature after he lost the right side and nose of his car during the heat race. He and Brian Shirley were running door to door on the front straightaway towards the checker flag when the pair got together. Despite damages, Clanton’s momentum kept him going, ultimately putting him in the redraw. Luckily, for Clanton the damage was mostly cosmetic so it was all hands on deck for him and his crew to get ready for the big show.
Frank Heckenast Jr. and his crew chief Axle Wicker helped put the nose of their #99jr machine on the Capital Race Car of Clanton’s, who was trying to avoid using his back up car at all costs because it would ultimately cost him his redraw position which was sixth. The crews hard work paid off as Clanton went on to make a steady run during the feature where he stayed among the top five every lap and finished fifth.
Chris Madden rounded out the podium at NAPA Wayne County Speedway night after making a last lap pass around young gun, Tyler Erb. Madden also set a new track record of 16.580 seconds.
Mansfield’s Bob Daugherty would take the lead from Jordan James on lap 4 of the Lowes Super Stock feature and then hold off Kyle Moore and Paul Holmes to notch his third win of the season. Moore would challenge the Char’s Cars, Hursh Racing Engines and McKenzie Concrete #21d of Daugherty in the middle part of the race but after banging off the guardrail in both corners, Moore would give up second to Holmes, who could not close in close enough to challenge Daugherty for the win. Tyler Nicely passed James with 3 circuits to go for fourth. Holmes and Moore posted the heat wins.
Racing continues at NAPA Wayne County Speedway next Saturday night, June 3rd with a regular program of Fisher Performance Sprints, Kar Connection Super Late Models, Lowes Super Stocks and the WQKT 104.5 Mini Stocks.
WORLD of OUTLAW CRAFTSMAN LATE MODELS
Fast Qualifier Chris Madden 16.580 seconds New Track Record
Heat 1 Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Tyler Erb, Doug Drown, Joey Coulter, Morgan Bagley, Brian Shirley, Mike Bores, Ben Mott, Thomas Baker, Brad Malcuit dns
Heat 2 Brandon Sheppard, Chub Frank, Frank Heckenast Jr., Michael Lake, Matt Lux, Matt Irey, Cody Scott, Brian Baumberger, Devin Moran, Eric Wells
Heat 3 Russ King, Dave Hess Jr., Rick Eckert, Jared Miley, Ryan Markham, JR Gentry, Rob Anderzack, Donald Bradsher, Larry Bellman, Jim Nicely
Showdown Devin Moran, Cody Scott, Eric Wells, Ben Mott, Mike Bores, Brian Baumberger, Larry Bellman, Rob Anderzack, Jim Nicely, Thomas Baker, Brian Shirley, Donald Bradsher, Brad Malcuit dns
Buckeye 50 Feature Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, Chris Madden, Tyler Erb, Shane Clanton, Eric Wells, Brian Shirley, Morgan Bagley, Michael Lake, Dave Hess Jr., Frank Heckenast Jr., Cody Scott, Ryan Markham, Doug Drown, JR Gentry, Chub Frank, Jared Miley, Joey Coulter, Rick Eckert, Russ King, Ben Mott, Matt Lux, Matt Irey, Donald Bradsher
LOWES SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Paul Holmes, Tyler Nicely, Todd Bevilacqua, T A Perrine, Cliff Staley
Heat 2 Kyle Moore, Bob Daugherty, Jordan James, Chris Albright, Jamie Gibbs
Feature Bob Daugherty, Paul Holmes, Kyle Moore, Tyler Nicely, Jordan James, Todd Bevilacqua, Chris Albright, Jamie Gibbs, Cliff Staley, T A Perrine