LAUBACH, WEAVER AND STINSON WRITE
THE FINAL CHAPTER IN BRIDGEPORT'S 5/8 MILE
The Bridgeport Speedway ran its
final race of the 2019 season and the final race on the 5/8th
mile speedway to conclude the Wild Card Weekend sponsored by K&A
Excavating. Pre-race ceremonies paid tribute to Shirley Laubach,
the mother of Rick Laubach, and Ken Golden, Sr. - both of whom
has passed away in recent weeks. Track owner, Brian Ramey
thanked the fans and the competitors for their support over the
years and recognized the efforts of his management team that
included Keith Hoffman, Danny Serrano and Dave Adams as well as
Ramey's son and daughter, Kolby and Hali. It was his last act
as the owner of the Bridgeport Speedway as he turned the reins
over to Bridgeport's new owners, Brittany and Doug Rose. While
it was the final day for the 5/8th mile surface, Rose will bring
a fresh approach to the Bridgeport Speedway with his plans to
construct a half mile speedway in time for the 2020 season.
Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk
were the fast timers in Saturday night's Big Block timed hot
laps. Both drivers earned a redraw spot for Sunday's main
event. VonDohren drew the outside pole followed by Strunk who
drew the pole. The front row of the starting line-up saw the
pair of ten time Grandview Champions line up side by side.
Strunk jumped out to an early lead
with the Hynemann No. 126 with Dominck Buffalino taking over
second on the start. Ryan Watt drew a caution on lap three as
he slowed with a flat tire. VonDohren regained the runner-up
spot on the restart as Laubach raced Buffalino for fourth.
By lap five, Strunk led VonDohern
and Laubach as the three lead cars began to pull away from the
field. When VonDohren slid up the track on lap nine, Laubach
was there to move into second. Strunk led Laubach, VonDohren,
Buffalino and Billy Pauch through lap ten.
The running order remained
unchanged through lap fifteen as Strunk began to pull away from
the field. Mike Maresca moved into the top five on lap
nineteen. The upstate New York driver made a stopover in
Bridgeport as his team headed home to upstate New York following
a third place finish in Charlotte the night before. It was only
Maresca's second time at Bridgeport but he continued to run
As starter, Ken Golden, Jr. waited
with the crossed flags, Laubach made his move to the outside,
taking the lead from Strunk. Laubach led Strunk, Von Dohren,
Maresca and Brandon Grosso through the halfway mark.
Laubach used the outside line for
a lap twenty-one restart that saw Maresca move into third as
Watt challenged Grosso for a top five position.
With just over ten laps to go,
Strunk began to close the lap on the race leader until the No.
126 began to show some smoke. Laubach again pulled away from
the field. VonDohren pull off the track just before the five to
Laubach led the way to the
checkered flag over Strunk, Maresca, Watt and Pauch. Brandon
Gross, Davey Sammons, Dillon Steuer, Tommy Beamer and Mike Franz
finished sixth through tenth for the final race on the 5/8th
Pauch's fifth place finish gave
him his second title of the season as Pauch collected the 2019
Poker Series crown for the Spirit Auto Center Big Block
Wayne Weaver picked up where he
left off the night before as he captured his fourth South Jersey
Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman feature event of the season.
Steve Davis led the first two laps
of the twenty lap feature event before Weaver took command on
lap three. Weaver raced to the checkered flag without a
challenge, picking up the win over Davis, Jim Gallagher, Jr.,
James Hill and Eric Kormann. Tom Sherby, John Micek, Chris
Jenkins, Jesse Hill and Howie Finch completed the top ten at the
Jim Gallagher's third place finish
earned the young driver the 2019 Poker Series Championship for
the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman.
Rich Stinson, Jr. raced to his
eighth victory of the season in the Sunbelt Rentals Outlaw
Stocks. Stinson didn't make it easy on the competition when he
drew the pole for the fifteen lap main event.
Stinson's biggest challenge came
in the form of 2019 Champion, Tom Wills, Jr. who spun while
challenging Stinson for the lead on lap nine.
Stinson raced to the checkered
flag in front of Vern McLaughlin, Brian Ludwig, Darren Cox and
The win gave Stinson his fourth
Ace and the 2019 Poker Series title for the Outlaw Stocks.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
SPIRIT AUTO CENTER BIG BLOCK
MODIFIEDS (40 laps) –
1. Rick Laubach, 2. Jeff Strunk,
3. Michael Maresca, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Billy Pauch, Sr., 6.
Brandon Grosso, 7. Davey Sammons, 8. Dillon Steuer, 9. Tommy
Beamer, 10. Mike Franz, 11. Craig VonDohren, 12. Matt Stangle,
13. Stan Frankenfield, 14. Wade Hendrickson, 16. Billy Lasko,
17. Jimmy Horton, 18. Travis Hill, 19. Ron Roberts, 20. Neal
Williams, 21. Jim Britt, 22. Brad Roberts, 23. Rick Wegner, 24.
Richie Pratt, Jr., DNQ – Josh Delea, David Crossman, Jeramy
SOUTH JERSEY OVERHEAD DOOR 602
CRATE SPORTSMAN (20 laps) –
1. Wayne Weaver, 2. Steve Davis,
3. Jim Gallagher, Jr., 4. James Hill (1), 5. Eric Kormann, 6.
Tom Sherby, 7. John Micek, 8. Chris Jenkins, 9. Jesse Hill, 10.
Howie Finch, 11. Ryan Higgs, 12. Michael White, 13. Tom Moore,
14. Ernie Miles, III, 15. Bobby Bracall, 16. Jonathan Swift, 17.
Adam White, 18. Howard Huepfel, 19. Jon Meyer, 20. Mike
Brannigan, 21. Rich Wegner, Jr., 22. Matt Peck, 23. Ernie Miles,
Jr., 24. Roger Gaskill, DNQ – Scott Hulmes, Scott Maher, Jr.,
Anthony Sisco, Walt McIntyre, Pete Serra
SUNBELT RENTALS OUTLAW STOCKS (15
1. Rich Stinson, Jr., 2. Vern
McLaughlin, 3. Brian Ludwig, 4. Darren Cox, 5. Jeff Dirkes, 6.
Lee Allen, 7. Andrew Joslin, 8. Justin Nowlen, 9. Roy Maurer,
10. John Parker, 11. Jack Beaumont, 12. Tom Wills, Jr., 13.
Jeramy Doerr, 14. Mike Creamer, 15. Bill Liedtka, 16. Pat
Conaway, 17. Nick Sandone, III, 18. Ken Moren, 19. Mike Hughes,
20. Paul Donahue
STILLWAGGON, WATT AND WEAVER SHARE
THE LIMELIGHT IN BRIDGEPORT'S SATURDAY ACTION
The Bridgeport Speedway presented the
second day of the Big Track Classic and their Wildcard Weekend on
Saturday. These events were sponsored by Auto Plus and BRB
Contractors. The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) ran the
second half of their Big Track Classic program and were joined by a
full show of 358 Small Block Modifieds and the remaining thirteen
laps of the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman feature
from September 28th.
Robbie Stillwaggon found redemption in
Saturday's twenty-five lap main event. After leading the first
twenty laps of Friday night's main event, Stillwaggon made contact
with a slower car and was unable to complete the race. Saturday was
a new day that saw the Stillwaggon brothers share the front row of
the starting line-up and Robbie immediately raced the outside line
to take the lead on the start.
Stillwaggon's stiffest competition
came from his brother, Ryan when Robbie took the inside on a lap
nine restart. "I knew Ryan wanted the outside so I thought I'd give
it to him," Robbie explained, confident that he would be able to
regain the race lead. But Ryan had other ideas and the two brothers
raced side by side for nearly two laps before Robbie was able to
pull out in front. Robbie led Ryan, Josh Weller, JJ Grasso and
Austin Bishop at half way.
Robbie returned to the outside for a
lap twelve restart that saw Weller take over second but the restart
was called back and Ryan Stillwaggon regained his runner-up
On lap seventeen, Weller passed Ryan
Stillwaggon for second while Robbie Stillwaggon had pulled away from
the field. With five to go, both Grasso and Lucas Wolfe had moved
by Ryan Stillwaggon to take over third and fourth.
Grasso's ride was starved for fuel in
the race's final laps, allowing Wolfe to take over third.
Robbie Stillwaggon raced to the
victory - his third consecutive year that he won during the Big
Track Classic - followed by Weller, Wolfe, Grasso and Ryan
Stillwaggon. Ten time URC Champion, Curt Michael finished sixth
over Chad Layton, Steve Buckwalter, Troy Betts and Chris Allen, Jr,
With a win and a fourth place finish,
JJ Grasso took home the Midge Miller Memorial Trophy for the 2019
Big Track Classic which pays tribute to the former URC driver and
The Small Block Modified event saw
Richie Pratt dominate the twenty-five lap race as he led through lap
twenty-three. It looked like it would be a Pratt night at
Bridgeport as Pratt's daughter, Jayde sang the National Anthem to
open the night of racing while her dad circled the track with the
Stars and Stripes mounted the rear of the Danny's Pizza Pizzazzs No.
Pratt led Jeff Strunk, Ryan Watt,
Davey Sammons and Travis Hill in the Pat Michael No. 51m as five
laps were completed. Watt challenged Strunk for second on lap six
and the two drivers made contact but both were able to continue
without a caution.
With ten laps on the books, Craig
VonDohren replaced Hill in the top five. The top five remained
unchanged through lap fifteen but Watt made his way by Strunk to
take second just one lap later. The leaders raced into lapped
traffic on lap seventeen.
Pratt had pulled away to a sizable lead but Watt was cutting into
that lead to challenge Pratt with five to go. Pratt was able to
roll the outside off the corner to continue to hold his lead until
two laps to go when Watt made his move to take the lead.
Watt led the final two laps to take
his third small block modified win on the 5/8th mile track. Pratt
finished second followed by Sammons, VonDohren and Hill. Strunk
finished sixth ahead of Matt Stangle, Rick Wegner, Jr., Ron Roberts
and Frank Cozze who rebounded from an early race incident to finish
in the top ten.
Davey Sammons and Dillon Steuer were
the fast timers in Friday night's time hot lap sessions, earning
both drivers a spot in the redraw for the small block modified
Wayne Weaver left the track on
Saturday, September 28th as the race leader in the South Jersey
Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman feature. For six weeks, Weaver
held the race lead until the final thirteen laps of the race could
be run as part of Saturday night's program.
Weaver picked up right where he left
off - leading the way all the way to the checkered flag without a
challenge. Jesse Hill raced home in second followed by Jim
Gallagher, Jr., Tom Sherby and Matt Peck. Eric Kormann crossed the
finish line in sixth followed by Steve Davis, Howie Finch, John
Micek and Chris Jenkins.
Two nights of racing complete with
only the final race on the 5/8th left to be run on Sunday,.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
UNITED RACING CLUB SPRINTS (25 laps) –
1. Robbie Stillwaggon, 2. Josh Weller,
3. Lucas Wolfe, 4. J.J. Grasso, 5. Ryan Stillwaggon, 6. Curt
Michael, 7. Chad Layton, 8. Steve Buckwalter, 9. Troy Betts, 10.
Chris Allen, Jr., 11. Larry McVay, 12. Ed Aiken, 13. Dallas Schott,
14. Jason Cherry, 15. Mark Sasso, 16. Austin Bishop, 17. Zack Burd,
18. Ryan Smith, 19. Mark VanVorst, 20. Adam Carberry, 21. Tyler
SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS (25 laps) –
1. Ryan Watt, 2. Richie Pratt, Jr., 3.
Davey Sammons, 4. Craig VonDohren, 5. Travis Hill, 6. Jeff Strunk,
7. Matt Stangle, 8. Rich Wegner, Jr., 9. Ron Roberts, 10. Frank
Cozze, 11. Rich Rutski, 12. Bob Lilick, 13. Ryan Lilick, 14. Kyle
Lilick, 15. Dominick Buffalino, 16. Bob Sarkisian, 17. Louden
Reimert, 18. Dillon Steuer, 19. Ryan Higgs, 20. Bill Briggs, 21.
Roger Manning, 22. Eric Kormann, 23. Steve Davis, 24. Steve Young,
DNS – Dean Conk, Roger Gaskill, Howie Finch, Neal Williams, Jim
(COMPLETION OF FEATURE POSTPONED FROM
9/28/2019 – 7 LAPS COMPLETE) SOUTH JERSEY OVERHEAD DOOR 602 CRATE
SPORTSMAN (20 laps) –
1. Wayne Weaver, 2. Jesse Hill, 3. Jim
Gallagher, Jr., 4. Tom Sherby, 5. Matt Peck, 6. Eric Kormann, 7.
Steve Davis, 8. Howie Finch, 9. John Micek, 10. Chris Jenkins, 11.
Ernie Miles, III, 12. Scott Maher, Jr., 13. Pete Serra, 14. Scott
Hulmes. 15. Joseph Brown, 16. Brandon Edgar, 17. Trent VanVorst.
GRASSO RACES TO VICTORY IN FIRST NIGHT OF BRIDGEPORT'S
BIG TRACK CLASSIC
JJ Grasso raced to victory in the first night of
competition in Bridgeport's Big Track Classic sponsored by BRB
Contractors of King of Prussia, PA. Friday night racing was just the
first of three days of Bridgeport's Wild Card Weekend which will mark
the end of the 2019 season and the final races on Bridgeport's 5/8th
Grasso picked up the win in the twenty-five lap feature
for the Capitol Renegade United Racing Club sprint cars that ran
non-stop and took just over seven minutes to complete. The race was
run without any cautions but not without incident as three competitors
were involved in three separate incidents during the main event.
Robbie Stillwaggon powered into the lead from his outside
front row starting spot and ran away from the competition. Ryan
Stillwaggon quickly moved into second, ahead of Steve Buckwalter.
Grasso raced into third just before the dynamic of the race changed.
It was Ryan Stillwaggon who first ran into trouble with a
lapped car, sending the younger brother of the race leader off the
racing surface with eighteen laps on the books after running second for
most of the race. That moved Grasso up to second but Grasso ran over
the back wheel of Larry McVay less than two laps later. McVay was
attempting to pull off of the track when Grasso ran over his rear
wheel. Grasso's Eldreth Trucking No. 25 did a wheelie with all four
wheel off the ground before it landed on all fours on the race track.
It was a hard landing that had Grasso headed toward the wall. "I
thought I was finished," Grasso explained. "I was ready to pull off but
then I saw Stillwaggon in trouble and I just put the pedal back down and
took off." Robbie Stillwaggon then made contact with the car of Jason
Cherry, sidelining the race leader with less than five laps to go.
Grasso raced to victory over Steve Buckwalter in the
Lilick No. 7, Tyler Ross, ten time URC Champion, Curt Michael and
current URC point leader, Chad Layton. Josh Weller, Lucas Wolfe, Ryan
Smith, Adam Carberry and four time Bridgeport Big Block Champion, Ryan
Watt rounded out the top ten.
The South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman
competed in the Underdog 20 - a twenty lap feature event that featured
non-winners from the 2019 season.
Polesitter, Andy Walko led the first ten laps, holding
off the challenges of Howie Finch through the first half of the race.
After racing in third, Bobby Bracall headed to the pits with mechanical
issues after the halfway mark.
Misfortune struck for Walko when Billy Chester spun in front of the
leaders on lap eleven. Walko almost made it by but just caught
Chester's No. 41 and that sent his No. 27 spinning in turn one. Finch
was able to avoid the mishap and inherit the lead.
John Micek challenged Finch on several occasions during the final laps
but Finch was able to maintain the lead as he raced to his first ever
Bridgeport victory. Micek finished second followed by Chris Jenkins,
Pete Serra and Roger Gaskill. Tom Princiotta finished sixth followed by
Scott Maher, Jr., John Meyer, John Cranston and Justin Lilick.
Tom Wills, Jr. raced to his fifth win of the season in the Sunbelt
Rentals Outlaw Stocks. The win gave Wills an Ace for the 2019 Poker
Series that is currently led by Rich Stinson, Jr. who has three Aces to
A hard charging Jeff Dirkes finished second to Wills after making some
nice moves to make his way through the top five. Rich Stinson, Jr.
finished third followed by Lee Allen and Vern McLaughlin. Brian Ludwig,
Andrew Joslin, Gary Klimeczak, Paul Donahue, and Darren Cox completed
the top ten in the running order at the checkered flag.
Night One of the Big Track Classic (25 laps)
1. JJ Grasso, 2. Steve Buckwalter, 3. Tyler Ross, 4.
Curt Michael, 5. Chad Layton, 6. Josh Weller, 7. Lucas Wolfe, 8. Ryan
Smith, 9. Adam Carberry, 10. Ryan Watt, 11. Troy Betts, 12. Austin
Bishop, 13. Chris Allen, Jr., 14. Ed Aiken. 15. Jeff Geiges, 16. Jason
Cherry, 17. Robbie Stillwaggon, 18. Ryan Stillwaggon, 19. Larry McVay,
20. Ryan Quackenbush, 21. Mark Sasso, 22. Mark VanVorst
Underdog 20 for the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate
Sportsman non-winners (20 laps)
1. Howie Finch, 2. John Micek, 3. Chris
Jenkins, 4. Pete Serra, 5. Roger Gaskill, 6. Tom Princiotta, 7. Scott
Maher, Jr. 8. Jon Meyer, 9. John Cranston, 10. Justin Lilick, 11. Jimmy
Dallett, 12. Rich Wegner, Jr., 13. Ted Reynolds, 14. Joseph Brown, 15.
Eric Mattson, 16., Andy Walko, 17. Bobby Bracall, 18. Billy Chester, 19.
Scott Hulmes, 20. Tom Moore, 21. Dave Damiano
Susnbelt Rentals Outlaw Stocks (4th hand of 2019
Poker Series - 15 laps)
1. Tom Wills, Jr., 2. Jeff Dirkes, 3.
Rich Stinson, Jr. 4. Lee Allen, 5. Vern McLaughlin, 6. Brian Ludwig, 7.
Andrew Joslin, 8. Gary Klimeczak, 9. Paul Donahue, 10. Darren Cox, 11.
John Parker, 12. Kevin Conaway, 13. Nick Sandone, III, 14. Justin Nowlen,
15. Jeramy Doerr
Carney Tops ASCS Sprint Cars at Central Arizona
Speedway’s “Night of Champions”
Lonnie Wheatley, CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (November 9, 2019) –
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour star John Carney II took center stage at
Saturday’s “Night of Champions” event at Central Arizona Speedway by
racing to victory lane in the 25-lap ASCS Southwest Region Sprint Car
While the El Paso native took Sprint Car honors, other
“Night of Champions” winners included Tim Ward in IMCA Modifieds, Bo
Partain in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Donald Comstock in Pure Stocks, Bransen
Lacy in Bombers and Shane Hinsley in Mod Lites.
After landing the pole position for the 25-lap feature,
Carney II gunned into the pole at the outset and never looked back en
route to victory lane. Carney II, who recently earned Rookie of the
Year honors on the National Tour, took the win ahead of North Dakota’s
Mark Dobmeier with Eric Wilkins, J.T. Imperial and Alex Pettas among the
In the IMCA Modified ranks, Tim Ward rallied from seven
rows deep to score the victory. After starting 15th, Ward found his way
to victory lane ahead of Tyler Mecl with Tony Martin, Roy Poeling and
Kelsie Foley completing the top five.
Bo Partin made it two in a row in IMCA Sport Modified
action by rallying from ninth to take the checkered flag ahead of Cody
Miller, David Farley, J.J. McCarty and Gerry Glenn.
Donald Comstock raced from the ninth starting position as
well for Pure Stock honors ahead of Kevin Risacher and Bud Marshall,
Bransen Lacy got the best of a one-two Lacy outing in the Bombers with
John Lacy in second and then Zack Tate in third while Shane Hinsley
capitalized on a front row outside starting position to deny Bodie
Parker and Brendan Priest in Mod Lites.
Kelsie Foley earned the Central Arizona Speedway IMCA
Modified championship with other track champions crowned on Saturday
night including Mark Harrison in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Donald Comstock
in Pure Stocks and Zach Tate in Bombers.
Central Arizona Speedway returns to action on November
21-24 with Desert Thunder featuring IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds,
Bombers and Power 600 Micro Sprints.
Central Arizona Speedway – October 26, 2019 Night of
ASCS Southwest Region Sprint Cars:
Heat One: 1. 01-John Carney II, 2. 22-Jesse Baker, 3.
75x-J.T. Imperial, 4. 74-Colton Hardy, 5. 45-Jeff Lowery, 6. 6-Bud Rowe,
7. 18J-Paul Jones.
Heat Two: 1. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 2. 2-Alex Pettas, 3.
115-Nick Parker, 4. 8-Eric Wilkins, 5. 7-Joshua Shipley, 6. 14-Cody
“A” Main: 1. 01-John Carney II, 2. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 3.
8-Eric Wilkins, 4. 75x-J.T. Imperial, 5. 2-Alex Pettas, 6. 22-Jesse
Baker, 7. 115-Nick Parker, 8. 6-Bud Rowe, 9. 45-Jeff Lowery, 10.
7-Joshua Shipley, 11. 18J-Paul Jones, 12. 74-Colton Hardy, 13. 14-Cody
Heat One: 1. 23-Terry Haven, 2. 292-Tony Martin, 3.
8-Doug Meeks, 4. 118-Jesse Patterson, 5. 27-Mark Carrell, 6. 10s-Rick
Spencer II, 7. 14J-Jay Foster.
Heat Two: 1. 71az-Tyler Mecl, 2. 2x-Ray Poeling, 3.
93ar-Anthony Smith, 4. 39-Derek Huggins, 5. 23c-Chuck Grohnke, 6.
32ak-Tim Jauhola, 7. 25c-Scott Starns.
Heat Three: 1. 18k-Jacob Pace, 2. 2m-Nolan Morrow, 3.
16-Jimmy Mills, 4. 03-Dave Kraft, 5. 44k-Kelsie Foley, 6. 4tw-Tim Ward,
7. 71s-Brent Schlafmann.
“A” Main: 1. 4tw-Tim Ward, 2. 71az-Tyler Mecl, 3.
292-Tony Martin, 4. 2x-Ray Poeling, 5. 44k-Kelsie Foley, 6. 18k-Jacob
Pace, 7. 2m-Nolan Morrow, 8. 118-Jesse Patterson, 9. 27-Mark Carrell,
10. 14J-Jay Foster, 11. 10s-Rick Spencer II, 12. 8-Doug Meeks, 13.
39-Derek Huggins, 14. 23-Terry Haven, 15. 23c-Chuck Grohnke, 16. 03-Dave
Kraft, 17. 32ak-Tim Jauhola, 18. 71s-Brent Schlafmann, 19. 25c-Scott
Starns, 20. 93ar-Anthony Smith, 21. 16-Jimmy Mills.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Heat One: 1. 2k-Taylor Kuehl, 2. 75c-Bo Partain, 3.
10m-Cody Miller, 4. 83g-Gerry Glenn, 5. 8w-Koty McGullam, 6. 56-Terry
Bahr, 7. 69-Marcos Bojorquez.
Heat Two: 1. 51F-David Farley, 2. 77k-Chris Rhein, 3.
20-Mark Harrison, 4. 69x-Jackie Frye, 5. 12dt-Dixon Tipton, 6. 34-James
Meile, 7. 0T-Kenneth Terry.
Heat Three: 1. 99-Adam Echter, 2. 11az-Cole Carver, 3.
06-Rex Hasley, 4. T38-Tommy Thompson, 5. 111-J.J. McCarty, 6. 222-Steve
“A” Main: 1. 75c-Bo Partain, 2. 10m-Cody Miller, 3.
51F-David Farley, 4. 111-J.J. McCarty, 5. 83g-Gerry Glenn, 6. T38-Tommy
Thompson, 7. 2k-Taylor Kuehl, 8. 8w-Koty McGullam, 9. 56-Terry Bahr, 10.
69x-Jackie Frye, 11. 77k-Chris Rhein, 12. 20-Mark Harrison, 13.
222-Steve Bitting, 14. 12dt-Dixon Tipton, 15. 69-Marco Bojorquez, 16.
34-James Meile, 17. 0T-Kenneth Terry, 18. 06-Rex Hasley, 19. 99-Adam
Echter, 20. 11az-Cole Carver.
Heat One: 1. 01-Nelson Morrow, 2. 505-Casey Murdoch, 3.
47-Virgil McArthur, 4. 20-Brandon Schilling, 5. 57T-Justin Taylor, 6.
82-Paul Arseneau, 7. 16-Derek Morrow, 8. 3-John Lashley.
Heat Two: 1. 28-Donald Comstock, 2. 124-Bud Marshall, 3.
03-Kevin Risacher, 4. 262-Julia Alves, 5. 13a-Clay Arseneau, 6. X-Dana
Alves, 7. 2jr-Jack Lacy, 8. 99-Mike Lilly.
“A” Main: 1. 28-Donald Comstock, 2. 03-Kevin Risacher,
3. 124-Bud Marshall, 4. 01-Nelson Morrow, 5. 20-Brandon Schilling, 6.
82-Paul Arseneau, 7. 13a-Clay Arseneau, 8. 505-Casey Murdoch, 9.
262-Julia Alves, 10. 57T-Justin Taylor, 11. 2jr-Jack Lacy, 12. 3-John
Lashley, 13. X-Dana Alves, 14. 47-Virgil McArthur, 15. 16-Derek Morrow,
16. 99-Mike Lilly.
Heat One: 1. 28r-Bransen Lacy, 2. 31-Guy Spelbring, 3.
57-Austin Wiseman, 4. 4c-Pete Clubb, 5. 17-Rusty Smith, 6. 8-Alexander
Kovalik, 7. 420m-Chris Mortensen.
Heat Two: 1. 42-Cory Jarbeau, 2. 2-John Lacy, 3.
68-Kevin Souligne, 4. 6c-Greg Brannon, 5. 44-Sierra Weber, 6. 03c-Steven
Heat Three: 1. 5c-Zack Tate, 2. 9-Paul O’Conner, 3.
7c-Joe D’Ambrosio, 4. 25jr-Albert Saenz, Jr., 5. 27c-Nick Posey, 6.
“A” Main: 1. 28r-Bransen Lacy, 2. 2-John Lacy, 3.
5c-Zack Tate, 4. 31-Guy Spelbring, 5. 4c-Pete Clubb, 6. 68-Kevin
Souligne, 7. 57-Austin Wiseman, 8. 27c-Nick Posey, 9. 25jr-Albert Saenz,
Jr., 10. 420m-Chris Mortensen, 11. 17-Rusty Smith, 12. 8-Alexander
Kovalik, 13. 9-Paul O’Conner, 14. 44-Sierra Weber, 15. 42-Cory Jarbeau,
16. 6c-Greg Brannon, 17. 45m-Eric Murphy, 18 7c-Jon D’Ambrosio, 19.
Heat One: 1. 52-Brendon Priest, 2. 37-Shane Hinsley, 3.
114-Sean Conyers, 4. 115-Bodie Parker, 5. 97-Steve Bender, 6. 88-Michael
Phay, 7. 18-Matthew Triefenbach, 8. 27, 9. 24-Richard Kemp.
Heat Two: 1. 51-John Priest, 2. 86, 3. 94-Brandi Myers,
4. 68, 5. 55-Mike Opoka, 6. 11-Scott Burlaka, 7. 95-Collin Bender, 8.
“A” Main: 1. 37-Shane Hinsley, 2. 115-Bodie Parker, 3.
52-Brendon Priest, 4. 51-John Priest, 5. 114-Sean Conyers, 6. 97-Steve
Bender, 7. 88-Michael Phay, 8. 68, 9. 12-Richard Kemp, 10. 86, 11.
94-Brandi Myers, 12. 55-Mike Opoka, 13. 27, 14. 11-Scott Burlaka, 15.
18-Matthew Triefenbach, 16. 77-Gary DeWitt, 17. 95-Collin Bender.
Mark Wertz takes victory
in chaotic overtime finish at Carteret
Chris Burns clinches second championship, Stephen Sanders prevails in
tight Mini-Stock battle
PELETIER, NC – Veteran racer Mark Wertz saved his best
for last, surging from third to first in the final lap of a chaotic Late
Model race to score the victory at Carteret County Speedway on Saturday
Wertz was running in the fourth position in the closing laps of the
race, which had been dominated by Chris Burns when a late-race caution
set up a two-lap shootout. Coming to the white flag, Brandon Clements
was able to muscle his way past Burns and then Burns and Boo Boo Dalton
tangled in turn one, as the caution came out to set up an overtime
Because the caution was called for a separate incident, Burns retained
the lead position, where he had been running at the last officially
scored lap. Wertz, who restarted third on the final overtime attempt,
was able to get past Dalton, Clements, and Burns on the last lap of the
race – making the pass on Burns in the final corner. The win came in
Wertz’s first start at Carteret County Speedway.
“Sometimes the fastest car doesn’t always win,” Wertz, 50, from
Chesapeake, Virginia, said. “The saddest part is, the car is a whole
lot better than I am. I needed a race here. As the race went on, I
started realizing more and more what I had to do. We got that long run
there and I was slowly creeping up on Boo Boo. Stuff happens. I hate
to see it for these guys who run here every week, but we came here to
race, and I got to capitalize and, thank God we did it. That
four-and-a-half-hour ride’s worthwhile now.”
Wertz is a two-time Late Model champion at Langley Speedway in Virginia,
a track which Carteret shares many characteristics with, and he had the
help of three-time Carteret County Speedway winner Connor Hall. Chris
Burns ended up finishing second while Brandon Clements, Tyler Horne, and
Boo Boo Dalton rounded out the top-five.
Burns may not have won the battle, but the 27-year-old from Swansboro,
North Carolina, went on to win the war, clinching his second Late Model
“We had a pretty good car in the race, we just didn’t need to see that
caution on lap 74, but it is what it is,” Burns said. “We’ll move on to
the next one. Overall, it’s been a pretty good year for us. Overall,
we only had one race where we didn’t finish. The car’s just been really
good this year and we’ve been able to put a lot of solid runs together.
Tonight, I felt like we had a car to win, but it’s racing.”
Burns had clinched the championship by taking the green flag in
Saturday’s race. His championship was confirmed in postrace technical
Sanders goes back-to-back
Stephen Sanders scored his second consecutive track championship with a
win in the first Battlefield Tire Pros Mini-Stock duel and a runner-up
finish in the second.
The 29-year-old from Midway, North Carolina took the lead early in the
first race and drove away from Zac Reimer and Michael Rouse. His main
championship rival, Kris Hetu, had finished sixth, which allowed Sanders
to open a 12-point advantage on Hetu. All Sanders had to do in the
second race was finish in the top-10 and he would secure the
“This championship right here’s for Bobby Watson,” Sanders said. “If it
wasn’t for Bobby, I wouldn’t be racing here the past couple years and
I’d like to thank Bob [Lowery] for carrying on this tradition. It feels
great to be a two-time champion and we’re going to come back and get a
third one next year.”
15-year-old Luke Smith, from Advance, North Carolina, went on to win the
second Mini-Stock duel in what was only his second feature race start at
Carteret County Speedway. Smith came to prepare for the $2,000-to-win
Carolina Mini-Stock Nationals, which will be held at Carteret on
Saturday, November 16th.
Lamothe victorious in frenzied Legends feature
Jordan Lamothe clinched the Legends championship in style, with a
victory in Saturday’s feature race.
Tucker Jones had started on the pole and led the race’s first 10 laps
before spinning around off the front bumper of Brenton Irving’s car. On
the ensuing restart, Lamothe got a jump on Brian Sullivan to take the
lead. From there, he never looked back as he went on to score the win.
“Thank you to all the fans and to Carteret County Speedway and all the
staff,” Lamothe said. “I didn’t think I had the car to win that race,
but I guess luck was on our side a little bit. I knew I jumped the
start, that was my fault. That’s alright.”
Tucker Jones was able to rebound from his earlier incident to finish
second, his best career finish at Carteret County Speedway to date.
“We had a good car until we got into it,” Jones remarked. “I’m happy to
get second and work my way back through the field. That’s good. Better
than finishing last after that.”
Aaron Crumpler finished in third while Shane Irving and Joel Carlyle
rounded out the top-five.
Champions crowned at Carteret County
Sean Wales won the race and the championship in a wild Champ Kart
J.R. Taylor had been leading over Wales until the race’s 18th lap when
Taylor was tangled up with a lapped car. Wales inherited the lead and
held off a last-lap challenge from B.J. Thompson.
“That was a good race,” Wales said. “I appreciate everyone coming out.
That was awesome. I think everybody wanted to win this race. There was
a lot of money up. That was a good one.”
Andrew Jackson appeared to have to win in hand in the U-CAR division,
holding Steve Sullivan at bay. However, while leading the race, Jackson
crashed while trying to pass a lapped car, ending his night. Sullivan
went on to win the race, but Jackson won the championship despite the
Chris Burns won the Sportsman’s Wholesale Street Stock race while Mike
Cooper clinched the championship. Charles Pudenz had already clinched
the Mini Cup division championship prior to Saturday’s race which was
won by Charles Hassinger. Caleb Braswell won the Jr. Mini Cup
championship while Carmen Odum was victorious in the race.
Greg Butcher scored the Vintage Sportsman win and the overall win in the
Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club feature; Lonnie Parker
scored the victory in the Vintage Modified class.
While the division championships have been decided, there is still one
more race remaining in 2019 at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.
On November 16th, Carteret County Speedway will play host to the
Carolina Mini-Stock Nationals for the second consecutive year. The
race, which is organized by the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge touring
series, pays $2,000 to the winner. The Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series
will also compete, alongside the Legends and the Mod-4 class.
November 16th will also be Military Appreciation Night at Carteret
County Speedway. Active duty service and retired veterans will receive
a $5 discount on general admission tickets for the Carolina Mini-Stock
For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway,
visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com,
“like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook
follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.
Race Results – Solid Rock Carriers Championship Saturday
Limited Late Model
Boo Boo Dalton
Battlefield Tire Pros Mini-Stock Twin Race #1
Jimmy Odum, Jr.
Battlefield Tire Pros Mini-Stock Twin Race #2
Jimmy Odum, Jr.
Southern Ground Pounders
Jay Dee Callihan
Brenton Irving – DQ
Brian Sullivan – DQ
Jr. Mini Cup
Sportsman’s Wholesale Street Stock
Gary Rochelle, Jr.