MUMAW, DROWN, HOLMES, MARKHAM & B. HENSEL CLAIM NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY MID-SEASON CHECKERS
RICO ABREU SCORES NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY ALL STAR WIN IN 1st EVER VISIT; MIKE PEGHER JR. TOPS SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS; THOMPSON 3 FOR 3
Saturday, May 28,2016
By Tyler Altmeyer & Mike Swanger
For the first time in his career, Rico Abreu entered action at NAPA Wayne County Speedway on White Ford night, joining the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions for the second leg of their Memorial Day weekend swing through northern Ohio. The St. Helena CA. driver made his trip to Orrville, Ohio, worthwhile, scoring $5,000 and a third career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory in front of a big crowd. The “Low Rider” Dale Blaney crossed under the checkers second followed by Andrew Palker for his second top five finish of the season. “ Just happy to be up here in front of this great crowd,” said Rico Abreu in victory lane. “ I just want to thank everyone for coming out tonight. A big thanks to Tony Stewart for allowing all of this to happen. We have a busy weekend and week still ahead of us. This is a great start and we’ll try to keep this going.”
Abreu, who was fast qualifier, started second on the main grid, made his first bid for the top spot just before the halfway point of the 30 lap feature, eventually worked around pole sitter and leader Andrew Palker in traffic on lap 14. Sheldon Haudenschild and Dale Blaney also worked around Palker, creating a three car battle for the lead. By lap 20, traffic started to intensify, allowing Sheldon Haudenschild to apply heavy pressure on Abreu. Using the top line of the speedway, Haudenschild worked around Abreu on lap 25, setting a new pace at the front of the field. Fortunately for Abreu, Haudenschild’s wicked pace around NAPA Wayne County’s rim would only last until lap 28, when the Wooster native made contact with a lapped car, bringing out the main event’s first and only red flag. Haudenschild would get upside down, but walked away unharmed but would not return. Rico Abreu inherited the point position and led the final three circuits to clinch his first ever Arctic Cat All Star of Champions victory at NAPA Wayne County Speedway. Dale Blaney finished second after starting third followed by former two time NAPA Wayne County Speedway track champion Andrew Palker. Cole Duncan and Jac Haudenschild rounded out the top five. The “Wild Child” started 19th after winning the ’B’ Main on the last lap climbed 14 positions to secure his top five finish as well as the MSD Hard Charger Award.
“Some one told me at the beginning of the night that Sheldon was going to be the guy to beat in traffic here,” explained Abreu. “He definitely proved that. I was going to race on all parts of the track, just trying to find where I was comfortable. The second I knew I let the top open, Sheldon would be right there. I think things would have got really interesting those last three laps if Sheldon wouldn’t have got crashed. Hats off to him and his guys. They’ve been fast all year”.
In a thirty lap feature, Wexford Pa.’s Mike Pegher Jr. held off race long challenges from different drivers to pocket the $2,000 to win Sweeney Rush Late Model feature. Pegher Jr. would lead the opening lap from the pole but Dave Lyon would take the point for the next three laps before Pegher Jr., driving the Royal Flush/Royal Purple, Jack’s Recycling and Melvins Transnission #RJ1, reclaimed the lead. John Waters would move into the runner up position at that time also and those three were nip and tuck until the halfway mark when Waters and Lyon both got out of shape and allowed Ryan Markham to slip past into second. Markham, a five time track champion of NAPA WCS, would go door handle to door handle for the next three laps with Pegher Jr.. Waters would take back second place on lap 18. From then on, it was a four car battle between Pegher Jr., Lyons, Markham and Waters as they would never be more than two car lengths apart as they would finish in that order. Bruce Hordusky Jr. would be awarded fifth after Matt Aber was DQ’ed for being light at the scales after the race. Pegher Jr and Lyon won the heat races
Driving the Action Auto Body, Nella Enterprises and Ofex of Ohio #T2, Streetsboro’s Tyler Thompson led all the way for his third win of the season in the caution filled Action Auto Body Super Stock feature. With several cautions in the opening six laps keeping the field bunched together. The next eight laps would go yellow flag free and that would allow Thompson to pull away from Paul Holmes and Gary Hensel Jr. Those two drivers would have a spirited battle for second and when the caution flew just as the white flag waved, that would give them one more shot at Thompson.
As the final lap ran, Thompson kept Holmes and Hensel Jr. at bay to win his third feature of the season. Don Baney would finish fourth as Jordan James gathered fifth from his 20th starting spot. Holmes, Brandon Gardner and Hensel Jr. bested the heat races.
Drivers were also competing for more than $100,000 of yearly awards from the Contingency Connections Racer Rewards program.
Next Saturday, June 4th, it will be a regular show with the OVSCA joining the Fisher Performance Sprints with the Harriger Towing Super Late Models, Kar Connection Rush Late Models, Action Auto Body Super Stocks and the WQKT Mini Stocks back in action. It will be School Spirit night with the School with the most spirit getting $200 for it’s athletic program. It will also be $1 dog night.
For more information on the track and how to hook up with more social media outlets for the track, go to www.waynecountyspeeday.com
NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, May 28, 2016
ARCTIC CAT ALL STAR CIRCUIT of CHAMPIONS
Fast Qualifier Rico Abreu 14.530 seconds
Heat 1 TJ Michael, Cole Duncan, Sheldon Haudenschild, Rob Chaney, Joe Kubiniec, Nick Patterson, Kory Crabtree, Hunter Mackison, Shawn Hubler, Tyler Dunn
Heat 2 Lee Jacobs, Caleb Helms, Dean Jacobs, Danny Holtgraver, Andrew Palker, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Bradley Howard, Troy Kingan
Heat 3 Brad Haudenschild, Cap Henry, Dale Blaney, Rico Abreu, Michael Bauer, Danny Mumaw, Jordan Mackison, Mitch Harble dns, Jac Haudenschild dns
Dash Andrew Palker, Rico Abreu, Dale Blaney, Cole Duncan, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Haudenschild, Lee Jacobs, Caleb Helms
B Main Jac Haudenschild, Kory Crabtree, Hunter Mackison, Jordan Mackison, Kraig Kinser, Shawn Hubler, Tyler Dunn, Bradley Howard dns, Troy Kingan dns
Feature Rico Abreu, Dale Blaney, Andrew Palker, Cole Duncan, Jac Haudenschild, Dean Jacobs, Rob Chaney, Lee Jacobs, TJ Michael, Caleb Helms, Danny Holtgraver, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Kory Crabtree, Danny Mumaw, Hunter Mackison, Michael Bauer, Joe Kubiniec, Shawn Hubler, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Haudenschild, Cap Henry, Nick Patterson, Jordan Mackison
SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS
Heat 1 Mike Pegher Jr., Will Thomas, John Waters, Ryan Markham, Justin Chance, Matt Aber, Brian Knowles, Eric Wilson, Jim Nicely, Josh Stoica
Heat 2 David Lyon, Jason Knowles, Charlie Duncan, Bruce Hordusky Jr., Alan Dellinger, Josh Double, Jamie Wrightsman, Clinton Hersh, Brian Swank, Tony White
Dash Mike Pegher Jr., Dave Lyon, Will Thomas, Jason Knowles
Feature Mike Pegher Jr., Dave Lyon, Ryan Markham, John Waters, Bruce Hordusky Jr., Justin Chance, Josh Double, Jamie Wrightsman, Brian Knowles, Jim Nicely, Will Thomas, Tony White, Alan Dellinger, Josh Stoica, Jason Knowles, Brian Swank, Clinton Hersh, Eric Wilson, Charlie Duncan, Matt Aber dqed
ACTION AUTO BODY SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Paul Holmes, Nick Smith, Tyler Nicely, Todd Sherwin, Chris Albright, Bob Fry, Dennis Amstutz, Chase Alexander
Heat 2 Brandon Gardner, Don Baney, Tyler Thompson, Cliff Staley, Chaz O’Dell, Brandon Craver, Jordan James, TA Perrine
Heat 3 Gary Hensel Jr., Brad Eagle, Don Rutt, Paul Kern, Darren Dawson, Todd Gallion, Tod Beviloqua, Steve Ott
Feature Tyler Thompson, Paul Holmes, Gary Hensel Jr., Don Baney, Jordan James, Cliff Staley, Tyler Nicely, Todd Sherwin, Darren Dawson, Tod Beviloqua, Paul Kern, Steve Ott, Bob Fry, Don Rutt, Brandon Gardner, Brandon Craver, Chris Albright, Todd Gallion, Chaz O’Dell, Nick Smith, Dennis Amstutz, Brad Eagle, TA Perrine dns, Chase Alexander dns
MARKHAM, HAUDENSCHILD & THOMPSON WIN 2nd NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY FEATURES; WILSON & B. HENSEL SCORE 1st WINS
Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Mike Swanger
It was a night of wild racing action on Bechtel Services night that included a hour plus rain delay between the heat races and the features for the five class’ of cars at NAPA Wayne County Speedway Saturday night. It was the second night for the Attica Raceway Park/ NAPA Wayne County Speedway Super Late Model Challenge with 2014 Series champ Ryan Markham starting on the pole with Brad Malcuit alongside as Markham would grab the point at the drop of the green. Friday’s winner at ARP, Matt Irey would power past Malcuit on lap three and run in Markham’s tire tracks as they set a blistering pace to pull away from the field. Malcuit, Larry Bellman, Corey Conley and Rick Bond put on a four car battle for third. With seven circuits to go, Irey drove low into turn one and squeezed into the lead past Markham and started to pull away. At the same time, Bellman and Conley passed Malcuit for third as they dueled for third. Taking the white flag, Irey had a half a straightaway lead for the win but as he went into turn two, hit the guardrail, flattening his right front tire and sliding off the backside of the track. Before he could gather himself back together, Markham and his Ashland based, H &T Demolition, Harriger Towing and Innovative Graphics #5m sped by to post his second Harriger Towing Super Late Model win of the season. Bellman held off Conley for second as Irey limped to the finish line for fourth as Malcuit took fifth. Conley and Bond topped the heats. After the 1st week end of the ARP/WCS challenge, Irey has a three point lead over Markham.The next races for the challenge will be the weekend of July 8th and 9th.
Danny Mumaw took the pole position of the Fisher Performance Sprint main event and rocketed to a straightaway lead early in the feature as Jordan Ryan and Millersburg’s Brad Haudenschild battled for second. Finishing up lap 11, Mumaw would spin out in turn four giving up the lead to Ryan. Getting back to fourth two laps later, disaster would end Mumaw’s night as he tagged the guardrail in turn one and went nose over tail three times, ending up on the wrong side of the guardrail to stop the action. As the racing resumed, Ryan would set the pace with first heat winner Haudenschild looking for an opening and with eight laps to go, overpowered second heat winner Ryan for the lead and then drove away aboard the Kempthorn Auto Mall, Fire & Ice Pub and Simpson & Ham Signs #38k for his second win of the year. Nick Patterson moved up five spots from starting 8th to finish third behind Ryan as Jim Morris and Jason Dolick rounded out the top five.
Streetsboro’s Tyler Thompson cruised to his second Action Auto Body Super Stock win of season as he won his heat and started outside front row and was never challenged after the green flag dropped. As the Action Auto Body, R & T Fence Company and REM Finishes #T2 pulled away, a great battle for second ensued as Tyler Nicely and Chase Alexander went nose to tail and side by side all race long with Nicely edging out Alexander at the line for second. Ryan Leathers took a career best fourth place as Chris Albright collected fifth. Jordan James won a heat and finished sixth in the feature.
After a week’s rain delayed ‘Summer Series’ opener for the Kar Connection Rush Late Models, It was like Rush hour on the freeway at the start of the feature as pole sitter Ryan Markham, Eric Wilson, Justin Chance, Charlie Duncan and Jim Nicely were all bunched together within three car lengths of each other. With some beating and banging going on, Markham would receive a flat tire to send him to the pits for new rubber. Cortland’s Wilson would take over the lead with Chance trying to take over the top spot on the restart, but he would slip high in turn one on lap four and that allowed Duncan to move into the runner up position with Markham quickly back to third with Chance dropping to fourth. Driving the Mark Thomas Ford, Pennzoil and Hovis Tire & Automotive #27w, Wilson would maintain a five car length lead over Duncan to secure his first NAPA WCS checker flag. Markham and Chance finished third and fourth as Matt Aber finished fifth in his first appearance in the Rush Late Models.
It was a back and forth battle for the WQKT Mini Stock main as Smithville’s Brad Hensel and Wes Staley, both heat winners, would exchange the lead through out the race Hensel and his M & S Concrete, DJ Directional Services and Joy Ride Transportation #28 was the leader on the opening five laps but Staley was scored the leader on laps 6 – 9 before Hensel retook the point and held off Staley at the finish line. Dale Beckett moved into the third slot at the halfway mark and then kept Gary Hensel Jr. and Doug Hensel at bay as they rounded out the top five.
Jamie Johnson won the Flat Track Cart feature.
Drivers were once again competing for over $100,000 yearly awards from the Contingency Connection program.
Next Saturday night, May 14th, the Ohio Sprint Car Series will roll into NAPA Wayne County Speedway for a $2,500 to win feature with all four other class’ in action also. It will be School Spirit night also with the local High School showing the most spirit winning $250 for it’s athletic department.
Check the website for the latest happenings at the track at www.waynecountyspeedway.com and on facebook/waynecountyspeedway
NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, May 7,2016
HARRIGER TOWING SUPER LATE MODELS
Heat 1 Corey Conley, Matt Irey, Larry Bellman, Kyle Moore, Vic Hottinger, Cody Endlich, Derrick Hubbard
Heat 2 Rick Bond, Ryan Markham, Brad Malcuit, Larry Kingseed, Jerry Aber, Brandon Gardner, Randy Davis
Feature Ryan Markham, Larry Bellman, Corey Conley, Matt Irey, Brad Malcuit, Rick Bond, Larry Kingseed, Kyle Moore, Brandon Gardner, Jerry Aber, Cody Endlich, Randy Davis, Derrick Hubbard, Vic Hottinger
FISHER PERFORMANCE SPRINTS
Heat 1 Brad Haudenschild, Jim Morris, Mitch Harble, Clay Riney, Tyler Dunn
Heat 2 Jordan Ryan, Danny Mumaw, Jason Dolick, Nick Patterson, Scott Riley
Feature Brad Haudenschild, Jordan Ryan, Nick Patterson, Jim Morris, Jason Dolick, Clay Riney, Scott Riley, Danny Mumaw, Tyler Dunn, Mitch Harble
ACTION AUTO BODY SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Jordan James, Chase Alexander, Brad Eagle, Chris Albright, Todd Sherwin, Tod Beviloqua, Steve Ott dns
Heat 2 Tyler Thompson, Tyler Nicely, Ryan Leathers, Don Rutt, Paul Kern
Feature Tyler Thompson, Tyler Nicely, Chase Alexander, Ryan Leathers, Chris Albright, Jordan James, Todd Sherwin, Paul Kern, Don Rutt, Tod Beviloqua, Brad Eagle, Steve Ott
KAR CONNECTION RUSH LATE MODELS
Heat 1 Ryan Markham, Eric Wilson, Justin Chance, Charlie Duncan, Hiram Bachmann, Jim Nicely, Matt Aber, Vern Mardis
Feature Eric Wilson, Charlie Duncan, Ryan Markham, Justin Chance, Matt Aber, Jim Nicely, Hiram Bachmann, Vern Mardis
WQKT MINI STOCKS
Heat 1 Brad Hensel, Stephen Crowe, Cory Staley, Briana Hensel, Braden Wert, Brian Tomblin, Jess Hensel, Kendra St. John, Zach Chaffin dns
Heat 2 Wes Staley, Dale Beckett, Gary Hensel Jr., Billy Parsons, David Keagy, Mitch Reichard, Rick Bays, Jim Burns, Doug Hensel
Feature Brad Hensel, Wes Staley, Dale Beckett, Gary Hensel Jr., Doug Hensel, Mitch Reichard, Stephen Crowe, Rick Bays, Cory Staley, Jess Hensel, Brian Tomblin, Kendra St. John, David Keagy, Braden Wert, Briana Hensel dns, Billy Parsons dns, Jim Burns dns, Zach Chaffin dns
FLAT TRACK CARTS
Heat 1 Dan Hoffer, Chris Hoffer, Jamie Johnson, Coty Conway, Ron Jeffers, Alec Ousley
Heat 2 Chuck Conway, Brandon Gardner, Austin Johnson, Darryl Conkle, Ethan Rutherford
Feature Jamie Johnson, Dan Hoffer, Chuck Conway, Brandon Gardner, Darryl Conkle, Chris Hoffer, Coty Conway, Ron Jeffers, Alec Ousley, Austin Johnson, Ethan Rutherford