|Posted by Pam Baker on September 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM|
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH, September 17, 2016 Sharon Speedway brought down the curtain on the 87th anniversary racing season as the two-day "Apple Festival Nationals" was cut short by rain Saturday night. Despite a near 100% chance of thunderstorms in the forecast all day and night, the track was able to withstand some light showers throughout the day and dodge the heavy storms to get started on time. Two feature events were completed with Erick Rudolph ("Russ King Memorial" Big-Block Modified Tour, Inc.) and Will Thomas III (RUSH Late Model Tour) celebrating in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply victory lane before rain washed out the remainder of the program. The remaining feature events will be completed throughout the spring of 2017 with the dates to be announced in the offseason.
Eric Rudolph won the 2015 "Russ King Memorial" part of the "Apple Festival Nationals", which was actually made up back on April 16. On Saturday night, the Modified Tour, Inc. point leader started back in 10th, but that only delayed the inevitable as he made the winning pass on lap 21 and went on to win the 32-lap rain-shortened event, worth $3,000.
After drawing the pole position, J.R. McGinley jumped to the early lead over Skip Moore. Seventh starting Rex King, a three-time winner of his father's memorial event, moved to third on lap 10 getting by Dave Murdick then took over second from Moore on lap 14 as Rich Richner and Rudolph followed in third and fourth.
Rudolph then snatched runner-up away from King on lap 20 before making the winning move one lap later following a restart as King followed past McGinley. Rudolph would then drive away from the field until two-time track champion, Rex King, Jr., brought out the event's final caution with 32 laps scored as his bid once again ended to win his first memorial event for his grandfather. At this point the intensity of the rain picked up and the cars were sent off the track. Too much rain would fall ending the event and the night. The race was considered complete as it was past the halfway point of the scheduled 35-lap distance.
Rudolph became the eighth driver to score multiple "Russ King Memorial" wins in the 31st running of the event driving the Randy Chrysler-owned #25R. King was second. After coming up a close second to Kyle Fink on Friday night in the Big-Block Modified non-winners event, McGinley, who has little Sharon experience, completed an excellent weekend in third after leading the first 20 circuits.
Richner was fourth as Jim Rasey, Rob Kristyak, Moore, Brad Rapp, Eric Gabany, and Kevin Bolland completed the top 10. Rapp received an extra $50 as the hard charger award winner compliments of Double Motorsports after starting 20th. King, Jr. set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.506 just 0.007 over his father. Heat winners over the 24-car field were King, Jr., King, and Jimmy Weller III.
Mod Tour "Russ King Memorial" Modified Tour, Inc feature: (32 laps, $3,000 to-win): 1. ERICK RUDOLPH (Chrysler 25R) 2. Rex King (65) 3. J.R. McGinley (66M) 4. Rick Richner (26) 5. Jim Rasey (32) 6. Rob Kristyak (00) 7. Skip Moore (17M) 8. Brad Rapp (11R) 9. Eric Gabany (3E) 10. Kevin Bolland (777) 11. Justin Rasey (21) 12. Mark Flick (96) 13. Shawn Fleeger (88F) 14. Eric Beggs (29*) 15. Rodney Beltz (64) 16. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 17. Jimmy Weller III (23) 18. Bob Warren (96B) 19. Rex King, Jr. (165) 20. Dave Murdick (61) 21. Mark Frankhouser (03) 22. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 23. Shawn Kozar (3K) 24. Tom Glenn (83T)
JIM RASEY ENDS 5-YEAR WINLESS DROUGHT IN BIG-BLOCK MODS & BECOMES 1ST REPEAT "LOU BLANEY MEMORIAL" WINNER AFTER 8 YEARS
|Posted by A.Rapp on July 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM|
By Mike Leone July 9, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
One thousand eight hundred seventy-six days. That's how many days had passed since Jim Rasey's last victory. But on Saturday night with a new car and pieced together motor, Rasey looked like the Rasey of old driving past some of the region's best Big-Block Modified racers to capture an improbable $2,000 victory in the 30-lap Mod Tour feature for the big blocks. Rasey's last win was on May 21, 2011; however, became the first repeat winner of the "Lou Blaney Memorial" for the either the Sprints or Modifieds backing up his 2010 event win. "I'll tell you what- dad, myself, and the crew worked non-stop all night long for the last three or four nights to get this thing together at 4:30 today," revealed the 44-year-old Southington, Ohio driver. "We barely made it. I have to thank everyone that has been standing behind me in this. That was a race track tonight! That was the old school, Lou Blaney track. I love it- it was great! I call this a three in one- three motors in one. Then we call it C4 because we don't know when it's going to blow up. I have to thank Alcon Mechanical, JD Pit Stop and Hovis Tire, who came on board this week to get us a set of tires that we were desperately in need of. There's a lot of people over the last five years that really busted their butts thinking it was over, but I guess I proved them wrong." A side-by-side battle on the opening lap saw three-time time 2016 winner, Jimmy Weller III, lead the opening lap, but pole-sitter, Jeremiah Shingledecker, took charge of the race on lap two over Weller and Eric Gabany. It was four-wide for fourth on lap two with sixth starting Rex King, Jr. moving into the position over Erick Rudolph and Rasey. Shingledecker pulled away from the field by lap five, while the battle was on for second as Weller III tried to hold off Gabany and King, Jr. Shingledecker opened up his lead to a straightaway on lap nine and then caught lapped traffic on lap 11 as the laps ticked off caution-free. King, Jr. and Rudolph passed Gabany for third and fourth on laps 11 and 12 respectively. King, Jr. was all over Weller III on lap 12, 13, and 14 before nosing ahead for the runner-up spot on the 14th circuit. Shingledecker's straightaway lead was erased when Shayne Pierce slowed to bring out the caution with 16 laps scored. After quietly running outside the top five for the first 16 laps, the caution was just what Rasey needed. Back under green, he passed both Rudolph and Gabany for fourth then one lap later took third from Weller III. Rasey charged after King,
Jr. and drove under him for second on lap 22 before a caution for Jim Weller, Jr., who didn't make it off the track. When racing resumed on lap 23, Rasey took charge as King, Jr. followed past Shingledecker for second. The event was slowed for the final time with 25 laps completed when Rick Richner hit the frontstretch wall head on and Garrett Krummert clipped Richner's rear leaving a debris field all over the frontstretch. After the lengthy cleanup, the final 10 laps went green-to-checkered. Rasey increased his lead every lap and took the checkered flag first by a comfortable 2.594 second margin in his Alcon Mechanical/Hovis Tire/JD Pit Stop-sponsored #32. Rasey's 19th career Sharon win tied him for seventh on the all-time win list, ironically with King, Jr., the track's point leader who crossed the line in second. After leading 21 laps, Shingledecker dropped to third over Rudolph, who is The Mod Tour point leader and April 16 "Russ King Memorial" winner. Gabany had a solid fifth despite being underpowered with his "358" small-block. Michael Maresca, Weller III, Rex King, Dave Murdick, and Brad Rapp were sixth through 10th. Murdick, Rudolph, King, Jr., and Brian Swartzlander copped the heat races over the 33-car field. Tom Mattocks won the B main.
Mod Tour for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds (35 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. JIM RASEY (32) 2. Rex King, Jr. (165) 3. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 4. Erick Rudolph (25R) 5. Eric Gabany (3E) 6. Michael Maresca (7) 7. Jimmy Weller III (23) 8. Rex King (65) 9. Dave Murdick (61) 10. Brad Rapp (11R) 11. J.R. McGinley (66M) 12. Shannon Whaley (44) 13. Rob Kristyak (00) 14. Bob Warren (96B) 15. Mark Frankhouser (03) 16. Garrett Krummert (29) 17. Rick Richner (26) 18. Shawn Fleeger (88) 19. Jim Weller, Jr. (31) 20. Tom Mattocks (69) 21. Kevin Bolland (777) 22. Brian Swartzlander (83) 23. Shayne Pierce (88) 24. Mark Flick (Regalski 7z) 25. Skip Moore (17M) 26. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13). DNQ for the feature: Justin Rasey (21), Dave Reges (27R), Scott Kerwin (7), Rodney Beltz (64), Tom Glenn (83T), Chris Haines (35H), Dave Blaney (18B).
|Posted by A.Rapp on July 7, 2016 at 2:35 PM|
By: Jay Pees
Conneaut, OH (July 1, 2016): Independence Day was celebrated at Raceway 7 Friday night with fireworks by Gibson, the BRP Modified Tour, and all five regular classes. Twenty-three of the ground-pounding Big Block Modifieds signed in headed by defending race winner Dave Murdick, defending champion Rex King Sr. and current points leader Erick Rudolph, who went on to win the event after strong challenges from Jeremiah Shingledecker.
Shannon Whaley and point leader Erick Rudolph brought the BRP Modified Tour to green but the field was only to turn two when Shawn Fleeger’s car erupted in a cloud of smoke, causing a complete restart. Rudolph was the leader at the end of lap one with Whaley second. Brad Rapp was third with Kevin Boland fourth and Mark Flick fifth. For the double file restart Rudolph chose the high line with Whaley inside. Boland immediately came to third and then took over the runner-up spot at turn three. At ten complete it was Rudolph, Boland, Whaley, Rapp, and Flick. The leaders started lapping the back markers at twelve complete. J R McGinley spun in turn one on lap eighteen right in front of the leaders, collecting second-running Kevin Boland and three other competitors. Boland needed to be towed from the scene. For the restart it was Rudolph, Rapp, Whaley, Flick, and Dave Murdick. Rudolph again chose the high line for the restart, this time with Rapp inside. Rudolph shot out to the lead again with Jeremiah Shingledecker coming to third at nineteen complete from his eleventh starting spot just as caution flew for Skip Moore, slow on the track in turn four trying to pit. At twenty complete Eric Gabany slid high in turn three coming to a halt and again slowing the race under caution. Mark Flick was now second with Rapp third, and Shingledecker fourth. Whaley was now back to fifth. Shingledecker was second one lap past green with Garrett Krummert up to third. With ten to go Shingledecker was right on the leader’s rear bumper and drew even at the end of the back straight, then ahead but Rudolph’s lead was restored when caution again appeared for an eight car pileup before the leaders got to the end of the lap. For the green with eight laps left it was Rudolph, Shingledecker, Krummert, Flick, and Rapp. Dave Murdick, the winner in the last two appearances of the tour at Raceway 7, was seventh at this point, behind Rex King Jr. With five to go Singledecker was all over the leader and pulled alongside with two left. On the final lap Singledecker tried in turn one but Rudolph pulled away on the back chute and on to the win. Krummert was third at the stripe with Rapp fourth, and Murdick fifth.
BRP Big Block Modifieds: Heat 1: Dave Murdick. Rex King Sr, Mark Frankhouser, Tom Glenn, Skip Moore, Eric Beggs, Kevin Hoffman, Shawn Kozar Heat 2: Rex King Jr, Kevin Boland, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Shannon Whaley, Rick Regalski, Eric Gabeny, Tommy Mattocks, Garrett Krummert Heat 3: Shayne Pierce, Erick Rudolph, Mark Flick, Brad Rapp, Rodney Beltz, JR McGinley, Shawn Fleeger Feature: Erick Rudolph, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Garrett Krummert, Brad Rapp, Dave Murdick, Mark Flick, Rex King Jr, Shayne Pierce, Kevin Hoffman, Shannon Whaley, Eric Gabany, Tom Mattlocks, Rick Regalski Jr, Rex King Sr, Rodney Beltz, Mark Frankhouser, Shawn Kozar, Tom Glenn, Skip Moore, JR McGinley, Kevin Bolland, Eric Beggs, Shawn Fleeger
|Posted by A.Rapp on April 19, 2016 at 5:35 PM|
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH April 16, 2016 Sharon Speedway kicked off the 87th anniversary season on Saturday night with the twice postponed 2015 "Apple Festival Nationals" night two. A large crowd watched an overflowing pit area full of race cars open the 2016 season on a picture-perfect evening as Erick Rudolph-Big-Block Mod Tour "Russ King Memorial” earned the opening night win.
Erick Rudolph captured his first career Sharon win in a big way taking the $2,000 "Russ King Memorial" event for The Mod Tour Big-Block Modifieds over a 34 car field. The Ransomville, New York racer held off a bevy of competitors including teammate Randy Chrysler, the father-son duo of Rex King and Rex King, Jr., and a late charge by Garrett Krummert.
"I was doing everything I could to keep the behind me," stated the Empire State star. "Seemed like I was good in the longer runs, but was struggling on the restarts. The Kings were a tick better than me and all I could do was keep them behind me. I had a couple scares, but was able to get the job done. I was on cruise control until that caution with one to go, but that opened up a whole can of worms. I'd like to thank the Kings for racing me clean out there- it was a fun race. Between Randy and I myself we both had top five runs, and I'd like to thank the fans for coming out today."
While Rudolph would lead all 35 laps, the competition was hot and heavy behind him as the 34-car field was whittled down to 26 for the starting field. The first 17 laps went caution-free as Rudolph would build up a half-straightaway lead on Chrysler. King, Jr. passed Chrysler on lap 13 for second. Though the first half of the race was clean, the second-half was marred by seven caution periods. Krummert started back in 12th and moved into third following a restart on lap 27.
Positions two and on back kept shuffling on the restarts. The elder King made a charge on the final lap to temporarily get by Rudolph for the lead only to have the caution come out and setup a one-lap shootout. When racing resumed for the final time, Krummert made a move on the final lap to take second, but it was Rudolph becoming the 86th different driver in the history of Sharon Speedway to win a big-block feature.
King was third over Chrysler and King, Jr. Brad Rapp came from 16th to finish sixth over Brian Swartzlander, Mark Flick, Jimmy Weller III from 21st, and Eric Gabany. Chrysler set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.285. Heat wins went to Rudolph, King, Jr., Michael Maresca, and Swartzlander, while Weller III won the B main.
|Posted by A.Rapp on April 14, 2016 at 10:15 PM|
Mercer, PA….For Rex King, Jr., his visits to Mercer Raceway Park for the BRP Modified Tour races have not been all that pleasant.
The 2014 Tour Champion has just one tour win at that track and he has been caught up in his fair shares of wrecks over the years. But last Saturday, he overcame an opening-lap pass by Erick Rudolph and a hard fought battle with Mercer regular Eric Gabany to score the season opening 35-lap feature win.
“I never did see that his tire was going down but it really didn’t matter for where he was running on the track, on the bottom,” King, Jr. said. “Luckily for me I found the extreme top and it was pretty rough and where it’s rough that means it is wet and when it is wet, that means you have some traction.”
Gabany took the lead on the start of the race as he won the battle going into turn 1 over King, Jr. Rex King, Jr. would keep the pressure on Gabany over the opening circuits of the race before Rudolph, who started seventh got by King Jr. in turn 3 to take over the runner-up spot on lap seven.
King, Jr. said that he has learned from his mistakes in the past at Mercer as he was the pole sitter for the race. “I wanted to try and be conservative at the start of the race,” he said. “You race hard to get up front and you get into lapped traffic and before you know it you are racing lapped cars and the guys who are racing second and third, they get you.”
The first yellow of the race came on lap eleven for a multi-car tangle in turn one as the leaders were approaching lapped traffic. “What I wanted to do was to stay with Eric Gabany in the second spot and let him be the pick-and-roll through lapped traffic and then Eric came up and he gave me a heck of a race,” King, Jr. said. “Nobody was running as high as we were in turns one and two and we had a good restart and it worked out for us.”
Gabany would maintain a slight lead on the restart but Rudolph would pass him going into turn three and be scored as the leader to start lap twelve. From there, Rudolph began to put some distance between himself and Gabany who again was under attack from King while Rudolph’s teammate, Randy Chrysler, who started outside row four, had made his way into the top five.
The second caution of the race came on lap twenty-six when Ron Cartwright, Jr. slowed abruptly on the front stretch. King, Jr. would take advantage of Rudolph’s decision to stay on the inside lane for the start as he powered past him on the outs of turn two for the lead.
The final yellow of the night came on lap thirty-three when defending champion Rex King, Sr., had a left rear tire go flat. King, Jr., held off Rudolph on the restart to go on and score the season opening win, his second career Modified Tour win at the track. Rudolph held on for second.
“From the start of the race I knew that I had a really go car and that I could get up on someone and get by them,” Rudolph said. “We were running the same line and I don’t know what happened if I ran over something with ten laps to go, the tire went completely flat. I thought about pulling it in, but we’re not sure if we are running for points yet or not. To play it on the safe side, I would have brought it in, but I had a flat left front and I tried to protect it for second as I knew I didn’t have anything for King, Jr.”
Eric Gabany finished third with Randy Chrysler fourth and Vic Coffey fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Bolland, Shannon Whaley, Garrett Krummert, Mark Flick and Michael Maresco.
|Posted by A.Rapp on December 15, 2015 at 6:40 PM|
11/20/15….Knox, PA……..The BRP Modified Tour racing series held their banquet last weekend and over 125 people were in attendance at the Knox Fire Hall in Knox, PA to see Rex King, Sr. pick up his sixth Modified Tour Championship. Eighteen of the top twenty drivers were on hand to pick up their cash money awards which totaled over $22,000.
Rex King, Sr. picked up the Championship along with his check for $3,600 for winning the series points by being very consistent during the 7 race series events in 2015. Although he did not pick up a feature win this season, he was always in the top five at each event. Along with his check for $3,600 Rex also was awarded a Hoosier Tire Certificate, a sheet of Wrisco Aluminum, a give certificate for Big Daddy’s Speed Center and also was given $145 in cash to put towards the Dream Racer in his name, which his wife Sis King is in charge of putting into local Children’s Hospitals.
Finishing second was Dave Murdick who finished just 21 points behind King, Sr. and who also picked up two feature wins, one at the opener of the series at Raceway 7 and the other win came at Mercer Raceway Park in August.
The 2014 Champion, Rex King, Jr. came home third in points and won the first $5,000 to win race held by the Modified Tour at Tyler County Speedway on July 2nd.
Finishing fourth in points was Kevin Bolland who was returning to the Modified ranks after sitting out a couple of seasons. Kevin picked up the feature win at the season finale at Eriez Speedway on Labor Day weekend.
Rounding out the top five for 2015 was Ricky Richner who made the long tow from Niagara Falls, NY every race to compete with the local guys.
Rounding out the top 20 were Jim Rasey, Garrett Krummert, Eric Gabany, Rick Regalski, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Tom Glenn, Kevin Hoffman, Erick Rudolph, Rodney Beltz, Shawn Fleeger, Carl Murdick, Mark Frankhouser, Max Smoker, Dillon Barr and Steve Barr.
Other feature winners during the series included Erick Rudolph who piloted the Randy Chrysler #21R mount and won the race at Expo Speedway and the second $5,000 to win event at Tri City Raceway Park. Jim Weller, Jr. picked up the other feature win by capturing the Lou Blaney Memorial Race at Sharon Speedway.
All of the top 20 drivers received their point fund money, a sheet of Wrisco Aluminum, a gift certificate from Big Daddy’s Speed Center and a Modified Tour T-Shirt.
Special Awards given by Racequip went to Randy Chronister – Debbie Oyler Memorial Award; Jim Rasey – Hard Charger Award and Steve Barr. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to racing legend Carl Murdick who is retiring from the sport at 55 years of racing.
There were 20 drivers out of the top 21 in points that had Perfect Attendance and received an additional $200 in cash.
The tentative 2016 schedule was reviewed and Mercer Raceway Park will kick off the series on March 26th as part of their Chiller Thriller event. Then the rained out show from 2015 will be run at Sharon Speedway as part of the Russ King Memorial on April 16th. Saturday, July 9th with be the running of the Lou Blaney Memorial race with a raindate of Sunday, July 10th. The Modified Tour will return to Expo Speedway on Thursday, July 14th and then make a return appearance at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16th. The month of August will find the Modified Tour back at Mercer Raceway Park on August 13th and then a return to Eriez Speedway will come around Labor Day weekend. There are other tracks that the Modified Tour is in negotiations with and that will be released at a later date.
Erick Rudolph Captures $5,000 to Win Modified Tour Event at the Grand Opening of Tri City Raceway Park
|Posted by A.Rapp on July 28, 2015 at 6:50 AM|
By: Pam Baker
Franklin, PA……….The grand reopening of Tri City Raceway Park in Franklin, PA found a standing room only crowd in the grandstands and an overflowing pit area as well. Thirty-seven Modifieds from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Canada attended the event that paid the winner a cool $5,000.
Chad Brachmann and Steve Feder the 26-car field to the drop of the green flag with Brachmann taking control of the race at the drop of the green flag. Brachmann would lead the first four laps of the event which slowed twice; first for Garrett Krummert who stopped on the front stretch and next for Kyle Fink whose car stopped in turn one. Krummert was towed off the track and Fink ended up continuing. Once the race resumed, Erick Rudolph in the Randy Chrysler #21K battled Brachmann for the top position and the two dueled each other for a few laps, side by side with Rudolph taking the lead at the line. After a couple of laps Rudolph was able to shake off Brachmann and opened up quite a lead over Brachmann.
Several cautions throughout the 40-lap event grouped the field together with the final caution on lap 34 for Rex King, Jr. who spun off of turn three. A six lap shootout was about to take place, but Rudolph shot into the lead at the drop of the green and at the end of 40 laps was half a track ahead of second place Brachmann. Rex King, Sr. finished third with eleventh place starter, Jimmy Weller, III riding home fourth. Fifth place went to New York driver, Justin Wright. Sixth through tenth found twenty-fourth place starter Jim Rasey with twenty-third place starter, Brad Rapp in seventh. Eighth place went to Kevin Bolland with Ricky Richer coming from twenty-first to finish ninth and tenth place went to Steve Feder.
Heat races were won by Steve Feder, Rex King, Sr., Jeremiah Shingledecker and Rex King, Jr. The B-Main was won by Ricky Richner.
Finish: Erick Rudolph, Chad Brachmann, Rex King, Sr., Jimmy Weller, III, Justin Wright, Jim Rasey, Brad Rapp, Kevin Bolland, Ricky Richner, Steve Feder, Kyle Fink, Jim Weller, Jr., Rex King, Jr., Rick Regalski, Shawn Fleeger, Dave Murdick, Brian Weaver, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Tom Winkle, Tom Glenn, Dillon Barr, Rodney Beltz, Mat Williamson, J.R. McGinley, Garrett Krummert , Eric Gabany, DNQ: Shayne Pierce, Randy Chronister, Mark Frankhouser, Max Smoker, Steve Barr, Justin Rasey, Carl Murdick, Kevin Hoffman, Richard Whitney, Erik Martin and Bob Warren.
JIM WELLER PASSES REX KING JR FOR 1ST WIN IN MOD TOUR AT SHARON SPEEDWAY DURING THE LOU BLANEY MEMORIAL EVENT
|Posted by A.Rapp on July 14, 2015 at 12:25 AM|
By: Mike Leone
Last season Jim Weller, Jr. won five features including the "Russ King Memorial" and "Johnny Zdelar Memorial" events. Weller certainly didn't pick up where he left off in 2014 as the start of the 2015 season hasn't been what the veteran racer had hoped for. Maybe though it took another special event for Weller to get back on track, as on Saturday night Weller charged from the eighth starting spot to pass point leader and three-time winner, Rex King, Jr., for the 35-lap, $2,000 Modified Tour feature win- his first of the season.
"That was a tough race," acknowledged the Hubbard, Ohio great. "Cooter (King, Jr.) got behind some lapped cars and if he didn't, I don't know if I would have got by him- he's good. That was my fault on the last restart, I pushed up a little and Cooter was there. I take the blame, I screwed that one up. The tires heated up a bit and it was fun. It's been a tough year so far. The first car I bought was a Tobias from Lou Blaney."
Tom Glenn led the opening lap before Jeremiah Shingledecker took over on lap two. King, Jr. started sixth and made his way to second on lap 10 taking the spot from New York invader Erick Rudolph. King, Jr. caught Shingledecker on lap 13. Then on lap 14, Shingledecker had to negotiate the lapped car of Shawn Fleeger, while King, Jr. made it three-wide for the lead racing off turn two. King prematurely took the lead, but meanwhile in turn three, Justin Rasey lost the handle and spun. Shingledecker was running the top and couldn't get slowed down enough to avoid Rasey as he brushed the fence and came to a rest with a flat tire.
King, Jr. was now the new leader on lap 14. Dave Murdick was running third, but broke and couldn't clear the track forcing another caution with 15 laps in the record books. This moved Weller to third for the restart, but it took until lap 26 for him to work by Rudolph for second. Weller had a half-straightaway to make up on King, Jr. Weller began to cut into the lead and really closed in on lap 28. The two were side-by-side for the lead on lap 30 with Weller making the outside work in turn four in lapped traffic to take over, while King passed Rudolph for third.
A caution for Shawn Kozar slowed action for the final time and set up a four-lap shootout to the finish. Weller chose the bottom for the restart and made heavy contact with King, Jr., who looked like he might have a shot at regaining the lead, entering turn one. Everyone kept going and no one lost any positions. Weller went on for his 32nd career Big-Block Modified win and 38th overall at Sharon by 1.360 seconds in the Zip Motorsports owned, Liberty Steel Products-sponsored #31. Weller joins Jack Johnson, Rasey, Kristyak, Kevin Bolland, Murdick, and King, Jr. as winners of the prestigious "Lou Blaney Memorial" Modified portion.
King, Jr. beat his father across the finish line for second. Rudolph dropped to fourth over fellow New York racer Ricky Richner, who started ninth. Garrett Krummert, 14th starting Brad Rapp, 18th starting Jim Rasey, Justin Wright, and Rob Kristyak completed the top 10. Heat winners were Weller, Richner, Rick Regalski, Jr., and King over the season high 34-car field. Brian Swartzlander won the B main.
Big-Block Modified Tour (35 laps, $2,000 to-win): 1. JIM WELLER, JR. (31) 2. Rex King, Jr. (165) 3. Rex King (65) 4. Erick Rudolph (Chrysler 21R) 5. Ricky Richner (26) 6. Garrett Krummert (29) 7. Brad Rapp (11R) 8. Jim Rasey (32) 9. Justin Wright (19W) 10. Rob Kristyak (00) 11. Kevin Bolland (777) 12. Brian Swartzlander (83) 13. Jimmy Weller III (23) 14. Rick Regalski, Jr. (13) 15. Eric Gabany (3E) 16. Steve Feder (45) 17. Steve Barr (25B) 18. Carl Murdick (6) 19. Tom Glenn (83T) 20. Mark Frankhouser (03) 21. Shawn Fleeger (88) 22. Shawn Kozar (3K) 23. Dave Murdick (61) 24. Justin Rasey (21) 25. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD) 26. Kevin Hoffman (00).
DNQ from the B main: Dillon Barr (25), Max Smoker (5), Randy Chronister (71), Tiffany Williams (58), Rodney Beltz (64), Tom Mattocks (69), Randy Chrysler (21K), Dave Reges (27R).
|Posted by A.Rapp on July 11, 2015 at 12:05 AM|
By: Pam Baker
Middlebourne, WV……July 2, 2015….The Modified Tour completed their second race of the series at Tyler County Speedway on Thursday night, July 2nd. Rex King, Jr. collected the first ever $5,000 to win Modified Tour event that found 29 cars in attendance.
The 40-lap race at “The Bullring” started with Dave Murdick and Rex King, Sr. on the front row of the 26-car starting field. King, Sr. took the lead coming off the fourth turn on the first lap from Murdick. Rex King, Jr. who started in the seventh position made his way to second during the first lap and then went to work on his father for the lead. On lap five, King, Jr. using the high side of the speedway, took the lead for good and handled lap traffic with ease for the rest of the 35-laps. Rex King, Sr. finished second with Chad Brachmann coming from tenth to finish third after battling during the race with fourth place finisher Eric Gabany. Finishing fifth was Erik Rudolph who had a great run coming from the sixteenth starting position. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Rasey, Kevin Hoffman, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Rick Wegner, Jr. and Garrett Krummert. Picking up Heat Race wins were Steve Feder, Garrett Krummert and Chad Brachmann. The B-Main was won by Jim Rasey.
Finish: Rex King, Jr., Rex King, Sr., Chad Brachmann, Eric Gabany, Erik Rudolph, Jim Rasey, Kevin Hoffman, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Rick Wegner, Jr., Garrett Krummert, Dave Murdick, Rick Regalski, Tom Glenn, Steve Feder, Kevin Bolland, Carl Murdick, Shayne Pierce, Steve Barr, Bob Warren, Shawn Fleeger, Dillon Barr, Rodney Beltz, Brad Rapp, Randy Chrysler, Mark Frankhouser, Ricky Richner.
|Posted by A.Rapp on July 11, 2015 at 12:05 AM|
By: Jay Pees
Conneaut, OH (June 26, 2015): The BRP Big Block Modified Tour made its annual visit to Raceway 7 with a full field of 32 ground-pounders signing into the pit area. After four heats to set the starting lineup, 30 of the 32 present took to the track for their 35-lap feature, the first event on the tour schedule for 2015.
After a redraw of the top three in each heat on the front straight by kids in attendance, Rex King Sr started from the pole with Shayne Pierce on the onside front row. Caution struck as the cars entered turn one on the first lap when Rex King Jr spun. On the next try eight cars got together at the drop of green and came to a halt with the track nearly blocked, bringing red over the event. Dust was deemed to be excessive so the track was watered before another attempt was made to restart.
Shayne Pierce led with caution again flying at two laps complete for three cars spinning in turn one. Pierce again led at green with King right behind and Rick Richner third. King got by for the lead on lap six. Mat Williamson looped his mount as lap seven was starting, again slowing the event.
Dave Murdick who started in tenth position at the drop of the green, came from fourth on the restart to second by the end of the first lap under green. King caught the back of the field at halfway with Murdick about five lengths back.
Yellow bunched the cars at lap 21 and gave the leaders clear track again. Murdick took the lead at a lap 24 restart and began to open a big lead, a quarter lap by thirty circuits complete. At lap 33 Murdick got way wide in turn one but gathered it up, not losing much ground, and went on to the win over King, Brad Rapp, Rick Richner, and Kevin Bolland. Finishing sixth through tenth were Rex King, Jr., Jimmy Weller, III, Eric Gabany, Jim Weller, Jr., and Jim Rasey.
Modified Tour Notes: Brian Swartzlander had motor problems after winning his heat that kept him from competing in the feature. Jeremiah Shingledecker suffered front end damage on the first lap caution. Kevin Hoffman had mechanical problems and dropped out of the feature on the first lap. Brad Rapp broke a rearend just as he took the checkered flag. He also started eighteenth in the feature and finished third.
Finish: Dave Murdick, Rex King, Sr., Brad Rapp, Ricky Richner, Kevin Bolland, Rex King, Jr., Jimmy Weller, III, Eric Gabany, Jim Weller, Jr., Jim Rasey, Garrett Krummert, Doug Fleeger, Steve Feder, Mark Frankhouser, Rick Regalski, Steve Barr, Max Smoker, Bob Warren, Shayne Pierce, Shawn Kozar, Justin Wright, Dillon Barr, Rodney Beltz, Carl Murdick, Mat Williamson, Tommy Mattocks, Randy Chronister, Tom Glenn, Kevin Hoffman, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Brian Weaver – DNS; Brian Swartzlander – DNS.
The next event of the BRP Modified Tour will be on Thursday, July 2nd at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV and will pay $5,000 to win!