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King Wins Battle with Rudolph in Modified Tour Series Mercer Opener By: Shawn Wood

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.

Banquet Press Release

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).

 

Rex King, Jr. Collects $5,000 to Win Modified Tour Event at Tyler County Speedway

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.

 

Murdick repeats Big Block Modifieds win at Raceway 7!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Tri City Modified Tour Event

Posted by A.Rapp on May 8, 2015 at 5:20 PM

Tri-City Raceway Park is proud to host the $5,000 to win BRP Modified Tour '15 event on Sunday, May 17th. The Big Block Modifieds have a long and storied history at the Venango County oval and the increased payout is sure to attract competitors from New York and New Jersey who will battle the Mod Tour regulars.

 

Tri-City Raceway Park racing action is less than two weeks away and speedway co-promoters Chad Wagner and Sam Tatalovic are proud to announce a partnership with Sharon Speedway for the running of the Seventh Annual Lou Blaney Memorial. The winners of the BRP Modified Tour '15 event scheduled for Sunday, May 17th will be guaranteed to start in the respective main events of the prestigious event that is held as a tribute to Blaney each summer. "Lou was victorious in 24 Modified events here at Tri-City so this is a great way to honor him," stated co-promoter Chad Wagner. "In addition it will provide the Tri-City Raceway Park competitors in both of these events with an added incentive to win."

 

Gates are scheduled to open at 3 pm with racing taking place at 6 pm.

 

BRP Modified Tour Releases Their 2015 Racing Schedule!

Posted by A.Rapp on February 18, 2015 at 4:15 PM

By: Pam Baker

 

Marble, PA…..The BRP Modified Tour has released their 2015 schedule of events with some big news coming from the organization as they will for the first time in the history of the Modified Tour be hosting two $5,000 to win events.

 

The first of the $5,000 to win shows will take place at the reopening of the new Tri City Raceway Park in Franklin, PA on Sunday, May 17th. The historic facility has been closed for several years and will reopen under the ownership of Mark Tatalovic and direction of Chad Wagner and Mark’s son, Sam on that Sunday afternoon. The Modified Tour is pleased to be a part of the opening day activities and with the $5,000 to win purse that offers $250 to take the green we are hoping for a large car count for that event.

 

The next show on the schedule will take place on Friday, June 26th at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH. The Modified Tour raced at the speedway last year and put on a fantastic show for the fans and were invited back for a second year in a row.

 

The month of July will be a busy on for the Modified Tour starting off on July 2nd at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV. The “Bullring” will feature the second 40-lap, $5,000 to win event of the summer. Then on Sunday, July 5th the Modified Tour will invade Eriez Speedway for the second show of the month. Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH will be the next stop of the Modified Tour group on Sunday, July 11th for the running of the Lou Blaney Memorial Race which will pay $2,000 to win. The Modified Tour will then appear at the Expo Speedway at the Trumball County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 16th finishing out the month of July’s events.

 

Mercer Raceway Park, Mercer, PA will find the seventh event of the Modified Tour series on Saturday, August 15th. This will be a shootout between the Big Block Modifieds of the Modified Tour and the Small Blocks that run at Mercer on weekly basis.

 

Rounding out the series schedule will be two events in the month of September with Stateline Speedway coming back to the Modified Tour schedule after several years’ absence. Owner, Bill Cantania has offered the Tour a chance to get reacquainted with the Busti, NY oval on Friday night September 11th. The following day, Saturday, September 12th the Modified Tour will return to Sharon Speedway for the running of the Russ King Memorial Event.

 

The Modified Tour will continue their program of Perfect Attendance award of cash to the drivers at their annual banquet which will be held after the season is over along with the Point Fund distributed to the top 20 drivers that have completed in at least 75% of the races. The Modified Tour has had drivers compete from the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Canada and would like to add to that list this year. If anyone has technical questions for the Modified Tour they can find them answered by calling Tim Engles at 814-673-2878.

 

 


 

 

Tri City Raceway Park will open the 2015 Modified Tour season with a $5,000 to win event!!

Posted by A.Rapp on January 27, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Marble, PA…………..Tri City Raceway Park in Franklin, PA under the ownership of Mark Taliveck and the direction of Chad Wagner and Sam Taliveck will be hosting the opening event of the Modified Tour Inc. racing series for 2015, on Sunday, May 17th and it will pay $5,000 to win the 40-lap event.

 

“We are extremely pleased to have an organization such as the Modified Tour being part of our opening nights activities. The Modifieds are part of the history of the track and were featured as specials and weekly events over the years and we are proud to have them as part of our history as well,” said Chad Wagner in an interview on Tuesday.

 

The Modified Tour has a history with Tri City Raceway Park as well and is extremely proud to have the new owners come on board with the $5,000 to win event with a total purse of over $18,000. Chad Wagner stated that “We want to make it an event that people want to come to and is appealing for the fans and the drivers and hosting the first $5,000 to win event that the Modified Tour will be having in 2015 should bring in a great field of cars that will please the fans as well.”

 

The Modified Tour has expanded their schedule to 9 races so far with Tri City Raceway Park kicking off the series and then the drivers will return to Raceway 7 on Friday, June 26th. The following week the Modified Tour will return to the Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia on Thursday, July 2nd and will participate in their second $5,000 to win event. After a years absence at Eriez Speedway the Modified Tour will return to run there on Sunday, July 5th. The month of July will be a busy one for the Modified Tour with the organization being part of the Lou Blaney Memorial Race at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, July 11th. The Tour will then participate in the Trumball County Fair at the Expo Speedway on Thursday, July 16th. Mercer Raceway Park is on the schedule for Saturday, August 15th and then back-to-back races will be held in September, first at Stateline Speedway which the Tour has visited in the past on Friday, September 11th and then the King Memorial Race at Sharon Speedway will be on Saturday, September 12th.

 

 

 

Rex King, Sr. Wins at Mercer Raceway Park

Posted by A.Rapp on August 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM

August 10, 2014

Content Provided by Paul Oyler

 

When Rex King, Sr. took part in round one of the Smackdown! at Mercer Raceway Park back on July 12, his night did not go as he had hoped, as his was the first car to exit the race due to a lap one, turn one incident. Sunday night, he gained redemption for that, winning the twice-delayed Smackdown! night 2 event in the BRP Modified Tour feature.

Chris Schneider continued to enjoy his visits to Mercer Raceway Park, scoring the win in the inaugural visit of the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series. Andy Feil took the checkers in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors, while George Englert closed out the night with yet another roof-flapping win in the Rock Concrete Mod Lites.

Rex King, Sr. was grateful for the win, and acknowledged that the car was “just hooked up tonight. I could go high or low, it didn’t matter.” And King did use every line on the track to out-duel Dave Murdick for the win, as the two cagey veterans waged battle for the entire race, first for positions as they moved towards the front, and then for the lead over the closing laps of the race.

 

The full field of cars was led to the green flag by Rex “Cooter” King, Jr. and Kevin Hoffman, with the younger King grabbing the initial lead after two quick cautions on the opening lap. After those cautions were out of the way, the race wouldn’t slow again until lap 33, and for the first 20 laps it looked like King Jr. was going to leave the entire field in his dust. But as the laps clicked off and lap traffic became three-wide and even four-wide at times, King Sr. and Murdick began to reel in “Cooter.” As it turned out, not only was King Jr. having to deal with the traffic but he was also dealing with an ill race car, as his machine developed a fuel line problem.

By lap 20 King Sr. and Dave Murdick began swapping second and third place between them, all the while continuing to narrow the gap to the front-running King Jr. Finally, on lap 30, King Sr. slipped past his son to grab the lead, and Murdick quickly advanced to the second spot, while Jeremiah Shingledecker entered the fray, taking third.

The final caution flew on lap 33, setting up a two-lap shootout for the win. Murdick took a quick lead on the ensuing restart, but by the time they had circled back for the white flag, King had regained the advantage and held off Murdick for the win. Shingledecker was third, while Kevin Hoffman secured fourth place. Eric Gabany, who won Saturday night’s feature for the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, was the standard bearer for the Mercer small blocks this night, finishing with a strong fifth place run.

Lonny Riggs, winner of Smackdown! night 1, finished sixth, while, Rex King, Jr. managed to hold on for seventh place. Dr. Brad Rapp slotted into eighth after going pit-side on lap one and restarting from the tail of the field. Tommy Kristyak, who started 22nd, finished in ninth place, while Shawn Fleeger scored an impressive tenth place finish, giving the Mercer small blocks four of the top 10 finishers.

There were 29 Modifieds on hand for this second night of Smackdown! The heat winners were Rick Richner, Dave Murdick, and Dr. Brad Rapp. Tommy Kristyak prevailed in the B Main.

 

BRP Modified Tour/Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified Smackdown!: Rex King, Sr., Dave Murdick, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Kevin Hoffman, Eric Gabany, Lonny Riggs, Rex King, Jr., Brad Rapp, Tommy Kristyak, Shawn Fleeger, Randy Chrysler, Steve Barr, Tom Glenn, Rick Regalski, Tommy Mattocks, Eric Martin, Mark Frankhouser, Brett Clarke, Shayne Pierce, Rick Richner, Kyle Fink, Justin Wright, Jimmy Holden, Carl Murdick, Bob Warren, Chris Haines, Kevin Green (DNQ), Matt Reeher (DNQ), Frank Guidace (DNS).

 


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