|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