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ALL-STAR SLINGSHOTS ARE SET TO INVADE ATLANTIC CITY ONCE AGAIN...
There is nothing like the roar and rumble of the All-Star Slingshots racing side by side inside the
Atlantic City Convention Center. Put away the Winter Blues, it's time to go racing! Photo by Bob Yurko.
Atlantic City NJ (Story by Len Sammons 01-14-15) - The odds are definitely stacked in the favor of excitement for the race fan on January 30-31, 2015 inside Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall at the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSRP) NAPA Know How Weekend.
With 198 entrants in three classes and four feature races on the agenda, ultimate racing success is stacked high against the driver.
But with so many cars racing for the brass ring, non-stop racing excitement, punctuated by hair-raising crashes, is for the spectator, a sure thing.
Recent LSRP Three Quarter (TQ) Midget action inside Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J. proved it when Steve Craig of Levittown, Pa. flipped completely over the fence. He walked away from the spectacular spill and was even interviewed on his way back to the pit area.
Fans were also spellbound when Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. was spun out by Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J. Blewett stopped on the track, then slammed into Sesely as he drove by. That earned Blewett a ‘Bronx cheer’ from the grandstand and a heave-ho from the race by LSRP officials.
Such unexpected thrills, when mixed with honest, intense wheel-to-wheel TQ Midget, Slingshot, and Champ Kart action adds up ‘twenty-one’ for the paying customer.
Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo N.Y., winners in December inside Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center, are likely contenders for ultimate victory in Atlantic City. They’ll be chasing Anthony Sesely, the winner of the last three Boardwalk Hall feature races.
Other top TQ Midget entrants include NEMA Champion Randy Cabral of Plymouth, Ma., Can-Am TQ Midget champion Mack DeMan of Mississauga, Ont., and Ryan Flores of Davidson, N.C., who was a competitive runner-up in Trenton in December.
Flores, a Joey Logano NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew member and formerly a New Jersey resident, was making his debut in TQ racing in a brand new Mark Lafler built car.
The climactic race is the NAPA Know How Atlantic City TQ Midget feature on Saturday night which is run, over a 40-lap distance and known as the Gambler’s Classic.
On Friday, TQs will race in a complete program while two support classes, the Lentini Auto Salvage Slingshots and Champ Karts, will complete their qualifying events in preparation for Saturday’s features.
Slingshot favorites include Matt Carman of Three Bridges, N.J., John Gilroy of Stroudsburg, Pa., Trenton Slingshot feature winner Gary Hieber of Langhorne, Pa. Joe Kata of Goshen, N.Y., brothers Jimmy and Dan Spellmon of Butler, N.J., and Ricky Yetter of Easton, Pa. A total of 48 entries are ready to hit the concrete.
Champ Karts, with sixty entries will be headed by recent Indoor Race winners Anthony Colandro and Trenton winners Chris Daley of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Justin Gumley of Howell, N.J.
The roar of racing engines was first heard inside cavernous Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., in 1938 when an enterprising promoter thought bringing race cars, and fans, in from the cold in the dead of winter seemed like a good idea.
Sixty-five years later, in 2003, Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) resurrected the concept and it has become the Mid-Winter Motorsports Happening in the racing world.
Tickets for the event are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Advanced, lower level ticket holders are invited to Fanfest on Saturday night starting at 5pm, for an opportunity to walk the track and meet the drivers before the racing kicks off at 7pm.
IT'S PAUCH (TIMES 2) AT SPEEDWAY ENTERTAINMENT/ACTION TRACK USA AWARDS BANQUET
(left) The 2014 SpeedSTR National Champion Billy Pauch Sr. (middle) accepts his awards from Speedway Entertainment
President Rich Tobias (left), and award presenter Amber Britto (right). (right photo) The 2014 Action Track USA SpeedSTR
Champion Billy Pauch Jr. (middle) accepts his award from Rich Tobias (left), and award presenter Amber Britto (right).
Photos by Tim Krysiuk of Strictly Dirt Photography *click each photo to see full size view*
Macungie, PA (Story by Barry Angstadt 01-12-15)- Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pa provided the setting on Saturday, January 10, as a crowd of 220 gathered to salute the 2014 champions of Speedway Entertainment's three Touring Divisions, along with the top point earners at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA.
The Pauch family of Frenchtown, NJ certainly enjoyed the festivities, as Billy Pauch Sr. was crowned USAC SpeedSTR National Champion while his son, Billy Jr., accepted the hardware and cash for his SpeedSTR point title at Action Track USA. The elder Pauch was also named as the SpeedSTR division's Driver of the Year.
"At this point in my career, I'm only concerned with winning races," said Billy Pauch Sr. "But this championship is special because these cars are so difficult to drive...they're a handful, and all the drivers will tell you that. But that makes them fun to drive, and the caliber of the competition in this class is unbelievable. I get to race against my heroes like Kenny Brightbill and Jeff Strunk, so that makes it (the National Championship) pretty special, too. And I'll tell you what; you can make money racing these cars. An entire SpeedSTR, race ready, is about $18,000, and we race for $2,000 or $3,000 to win every week. That's why I'm involved in this division."
Speedway Entertainment President, and Action Track USA Co-Promoter Rich Tobias gets ready to address a full house
during the 2014 Awards Banquet at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie PA. Photos by Tim Krysiuk
Joining Pauch Sr. as the Speedway Entertainment National Champions for 2014 were Dylan Hoch (All Star Slingshots) and Damon Paul (Junior Slingshots). Both teens were well-spoken and poised as they addressed the banquet attendees and posed for photos. Hoch, from Mertztown, Pa, thanked his sponsors and family for all their support and assistance throughout the season. He rallied late in the year and clinched the National Tour's title by winning the Fall Jamboree at Grandview - which was the final race of the campaign. "I'm so pumped up and anxious for the new season," related Hoch, "I just want to get out there and try to win this thing again."
Paul, the driver from Stony Point, NY, credited his dad for working tirelessly on his No. 144 so it was always fast and ready for battle on the Junior Slingshot Tour. Paul triumphed in four of the Junior Tour's nine events in 2014. During his championship speech, the diminutive but charismatic racer revealed his plans for '15...he'll move up to the All Star Slingshot Class and also make his debut in a SpeedSTR at Action Track USA.
(left photo) Action Track USA Primary Series Sponsor Jeffrey Hogue (left) helps present both trophy and plaque to
All Star Slingshot Driver Danny Buccafusca who finished 10th in the National Standings. Mandee Pauch helped to
present the awards along with Action Track USA Co-Promoter Doug Rose. (right photo) Speedway Entertainment
President Rich Tobias (left), along with Mandee Pauch (right) present Chloe Andreas who finished 3rd in the Jr.
National Slingshot points race. Photos by Tim Krysiuk.
*Click on photos to show full size*
The All Star Slingshots Regional Tour Champions were also recognized at Saturday's awards gala. Picking up the big hardware and cash prizes were Louden Reimert (Mid-Atlantic Silver); Dylan Hoch (Mid-Atlantic Gold); Brian Toby (Empire); and Jim Chisholm (Great Lakes). Larry Raifsnider was saluted as the Slingshot Speedweek Champion.
Hoch was named as the All Star Slingshot Driver of the Year, while Paul received the same award in the Junior Slingshot division. The S.E. Rookies of the Year included Tim Buckwalter (SpeedSTR's); Jared LaBagh (All Star Slingshots); and Kyle Smith (Junior Slingshots).
Rich Tobias, President of Speedway Entertainment and Action Track USA, completed his second season as a race promoter along with partner Doug Rose at the oval located on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Their weekly classes - SpeedSTR's, Wingless 600cc Sprints, and All Star Slingshots - produced another year of outstanding competition and constant wheel-to-wheel action during the Wednesday night racing programs.
After a close runner-up finish in the 2013 point standings, Billy Pauch Jr. claimed the '14 USAC SpeedSTR title. He narrowly defeated his dad, Billy Sr., for the crown, as both father and son notched three victories to lead all other drivers in the SpeedSTR division. "To be successful in racing, you've got to surround yourself with good people. I've got a great car owner in Bob Lesko and a great crew...they are the reason I'm standing here right now," summed up Pauch Jr.
Jay Hartman of Flagtown, NJ registered his second consecutive point title in the always exciting and extremely popular Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprint class. He and brother Jeff have now captured the last five track championships on the Kutztown clay in the Wingless 600cc division. Hartman was best in class as 107 drivers earned points in 2014, and 13 Wingless 600cc features produced nine different winners.
Another of the Action Track USA's point chases that went right down to the wire occurred in the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot division. The Rockaway Rocket, Danny Buccafusca, prevailed on the final night of racing to win his second straight point crown at the Berks County speedway. Driving Randy Smith's S&S Speedways No. 55, Buccafusca outpointed Larry Raifsnider and Brett Bieber for the title.
The Junior Slingshots competed at Action Track USA on five occasions during the '14 slate of events, with Damon Paul winning the last four of those races. That was more than enough to wrap up the Junior Slinger track championship, a nice compliment to his Junior National title.
Jeffrey Hogue, who owns the naming rights to the hugely successful oval, addressed the crowd and thanked Tobias and Rose for all their hard work and efforts to make the Wednesday night events so popular with racers and fans. He pledged his continued support because he's loved the sport ever since he attended races at the Reading Fairgrounds as a youth. "I was hooked immediately, and I've been a dirt track fan ever since," he admitted.
Rich Tobias also presented his annual "State of Speedway Entertainment Address", stating that there will be some cosmetic changes to the facility in Kutztown and the entry to turn three (at the end of the backstretch) has been widened to hopefully lessen the chances of cars being "pinched" into the wall at that point.
Tobias also expressed his admiration for all of the 2014 Champions and thanked all of the race teams for their support of Speedway Entertainment and Action Track USA. He expressed great optimism over the growth of the SpeedSTR division as orders for new cars - from drivers who have terrific credentials in other classes - continue to pour in to S.E. Headquarters in Myerstown, Pa.
While details of the 2015 Action Track USA schedule will be released at the upcoming Motorsports Show in Oaks, Tobias did inform the banquet attendees that the Wingless 600cc Sprints will have three events that will pay $1,000 to win.The complete schedule will be available at Motorsports 2015 and on the speedway's website, www.actiontrackusa.com.
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CHRIS GRAVER SWITCHING FOCUS FROM ASPHALT TO DIRT IN 2015
MVS CHAMPION SET FOR FULL SEASON OF SPEEDSTR COMPETITION...
(Story by Barry Angstadt 01-06-15) - Even though he's
only 21 years-old, Lehighton's Kris Graver has been competing on
the asphalt of Mahoning Valley Speedway for the past seven
seasons. And the young charger has packed a tractor-trailer full
of success into those seven campaigns...
Graver has accumulated 37 feature wins and four track championships during his time behind the wheel at the ultra competitive quarter-mile of pavement, including the feat of becoming the youngest driver to win a Mahoning Modified point title, which he accomplished in 2014.
Kris has also earned a pair of Dirt Mod championships and a Pro-4 title, along with two feature wins in his first two starts aboard a USAC Championship SpeedSTR - both of those wins came at his home track as the Rich Tobias/ Speedway Entertainment creations made their MVS debut last season.
Graver proudly points out that all of
those wins and championships came from cars produced and
maintained "in my grandfather's basement garage; the same garage
that he (Kevin Graver, Sr.) started his career in and throughout
my uncle's (Kevin, Jr.) career, too." Now that he's built such
an impressive resume on the Mahoning asphalt, what's next? "I
want to get dirty," smiles the friendly but soft-spoken Graver.
"I love dirt racing, even though pretty much all of my experience is on asphalt," he explained. "In 2015, I am going to focus on becoming a dirt track driver. I'll still race at Mahoning, but my focus will be with the SpeedSTR on dirt. If I want to eventually move up to Big Block Modifieds or whatever, I have to get a lot of experience on the dirt. And the SpeedSTR division, at Kutztown's Action Track USA and on their National Tour, is a perfect place to race against top notch drivers and get that seat time on dirt."
Kris compares the technique needed to gas a SpeedSTR to that of driving a dirt Modified. "A few years ago, I got to practice a bit with my uncle's Small Block Modified at Big Diamond. And now I've had one start in a SpeedSTR on dirt (at Grandview). The SpeedSTR seems to drive somewhat like the Modified, but I think my biggest learning curve will be adapting from asphalt to dirt." Graver's first two results in a SpeedSTR - those triumphs at MVS - appear to reinforce the fact that the youthful wheel-twister is not fazed by hopping into different types of racecars. It's the new and different surface on which he's competing, however, that will require some education.
Graver is set to join the three-car team fielded by John Kovatch of Nesquehoning, Pa. He'll be a teammate to Kovatch and Mike Bednar, and the trio will be weekly fixtures at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, as well as most, if not all, of the SpeedSTR National Tour events.
"I believe Kris will adapt to the dirt very quickly and very well," noted Kovatch. "He ran a SpeedSTR at Grandview's Fall Jamboree in November and he looked good. He won his heat and was having a decent run in the feature until someone got crossed up and Kris wound up flipping because of it. But he'll be fine; he's a real wheel-man, no matter what he's driving."
"You know," continued Kovatch, "family values are important and they are constantly on display in racing. The Gravers are a role model for racing families...if every family in the pit area acted like they do, the sport would be better off and a lot more fun. I know, as a car owner and sponsor, that the Gravers will never make me or my business look bad. I'm proud to have them represent me at any track where we go to race."
The deal to put Kris Graver in a Kovatch-owned SpeedSTR came about after John jokingly suggested it. "Kevin (Graver, Jr., who is Kris' uncle) drove my Dirt Mod at Mahoning last year and Kevin's son, Ryan, drove one of my Slingshots a few times. I was sort of kidding when I said to Kevin, 'why don't you sell that Modified and let Kris drive one of my SpeedSTR's?' We both thought about it and realized it was a really good idea." The Gravers will help with the weekly maintenance on the KME/ FireTruckParts.com SpeedSTR's, and that definitely appeals to the team owner, too.
"We're looking to establish a better maintenance program this year," said Kovatch. "Based on their success over the years at Mahoning, I know the Gravers spend a lot of time in their basement garage, going over the cars in detail each week. That kind of effort will help our program a bunch; my drivers are responsible for the maintenance on their car, but we all work together to help each other, too."
The Kovatch Team is unique - not to mention extremely benevolent - in the fact that all of its prize money goes to worthy causes throughout the Lehigh Valley and Nesquehoning communities. Kovatch has donated race winnings during his entire career, and that practice will continue this season. The KME race team has donated to various charities over the years, but the main benefactors have been the Lehigh Valley Burn Prevention Network and the Sonny Kovatch Scholarship Foundation.
SPEEDWAY ENTERTAIMENTS FALL JAMBOREE VICTORIES TO PAUCH SR., HOCH, MORRIS, & STEUER
National Championships To Pauch Sr., Hoch, & Paul...
Billy Pauch Sr. closed out the 2014 SpeedSTR Season by Winning The Fall
Jamboree and the National Points Championship. BTP Photo
Bechtelsville, PA (Story by Barry Angstadt 11-02-14) - Feature winners and National Champions shared victory lane on an incredibly blustery Sunday at the Grandview Speedway, as Speedway Entertainment wrapped up its season with the running of the Fourth Annual Fall Jamboree.
While it was the fourth Jamboree for the Rich Tobias-led organization, it was the first time the event was held at Grandview. Scheduled as a two-day program, rain on Saturday cut the show in half and placing even more emphasis on Sunday's A-Mains, which were claimed by Billy Pauch Sr. (USAC Championship SpeedSTR's); Dylan Hoch (All Star Slingshots); James Morris (Wingless 600cc Sprints); and Dillon Steuer (Junior Slingshots).
The Fall Jamboree was also Championship Weekend for the three Speedway Entertainment divisions, with National titles going to Frenchtown NJ's Billy The Kid Pauch Sr. (USAC Championship SpeedSTR's); Dylan Hoch (All Star Slingshots); and Damon Paul (Junior Slingshots). The 35-lap, $3,000 to win A-Main for the SpeedSTR's saw polesitter Kris Graver wiggle a bit in turns one and two, allowing Grandview Modified ace Duane Howard to grab the early lead. Howard, making his SpeedSTR debut, was in front at the completion of lap one, but his time at the head of the pack would be short-lived.
On a restart with one down, Kyle Weiss took the green right behind Howard's No. 24. Using a big run off turn four, Weiss stormed into the lead, passing Howard on the high side. Weiss set the pace for the next several circuits, but all eyes were on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear/ Fatt Kat No. 9 driven by Billy Pauch Sr. A three-time winner at Action Track USA this season and the most recent All Pro Tour winner on dirt (at Five Mile Point), Pauch was rumbling from his seventh starting position, taking third from Howard - who was passed by Frank Cozze for the runner-up spot - by the time the second caution flag was thrown with ten tours complete.
The SpeedSTR's were making good use of the ample racing room provided by the high banked Grandview oval, scrambling in two and three-wide fashion throughout the field. Asphalt standout Earl Paules charged from his 15th starting spot to break into the top five, while Wayne Weaver and Brad Brightbill began to make their presence known near the front of the pack. On a lap 13 restart, Pauch Sr. blasted by Cozze to snare second place, then ducked under Weiss and grabbed the lead on the 14th revolution. Cozze moved to second on the next trip around the clay as Pauch, from Frenchtown, NJ, separated himself from the field.
A terrific battle for fourth between Brad Brightbill and Weaver ended with 24 down as Brightbill, Paules, and Craig Whitmoyer were knocked out after tangling in turn four. On the restart, Cozze hung with Pauch for a few laps, challenging the leader with a few attacks in the low groove, but Pauch eventually pulled away once again. One final restart, with just one tour remaining, did not alter the outcome as Pauch motored to the victory over Cozze, Tim Buckwalter (who rallied from sixth to third late in the race), Weaver, and Frank Yankowski. "They watered the top just before the feature, and that was nice because it gave us a top groove for a while, and that's what I used to pass my way to the front," noted race winner Pauch Sr. "But I knew it was going to rubber up, and I think I may have been the first one to find the rubber," he added. "And that got me to the lead. After that, it was just trying to save the tires, but the track wasn't really too rough on the tires today."
The battle for the All Star Slingshot's National title was a three horse race, with Mertztown, Pa.'s Dylan Hoch holding a narrow advantage over Larry Raifsnider and three-time National Champ Brett Bieber. Hoch's title-clinching philosophy was simple: win the race and the championship would be his...so that is precisely what the high school student did. With Bieber and Raifsnider sharing the front row for the 20-lap main event, it was Bieber snatching the early lead as fourth-starting Hoch dueled with his good buddy, Cody Kline, for third.
Hoch eased in front of Kline on the fourth circuit, then set his sights on Raifsnider, who was losing ground to the Oley Jet in the No. 32 as Bieber continued to extend his lead. Hoch darted past Raifsnider, then reeled in Bieber as the race headed toward its halfway point.
As they rocketed off turn four to take the crossed flags, Hoch went a bit higher than normal to get a run down the banking as the lead duo moved onto the homestretch. His strategy worked as his No. 35 pulled even with Bieber at the start/finish line. They rubbed in one and two, with Hoch nosing ahead on the back chute. The National Tour's point leader was now the race leader, with nine laps remaining, and he was not about to give it up. Bieber tried to surprise the leader on a restart with a couple of circuits left, but the attempt was called back by track officials and the subsequent restart had Hoch accelerate away from Bieber, putting an end to any potential late race drama.
Hoch flew to the checkered, capping a late season comeback in the National standings that culminated in a final race win and championship. Bieber's three-year strangle-hold on the National title came to an end with his second-place finish in the finale, and Raifsnider, who led the National standings for a while during the summer, wound up third in the Fall Jamboree's A-Main for the All Star Slingers. Demetrious Drellos and Kenny Heffner completed the top five when starter Mike Feltenberger waved the checkered flag.
The Wingless 600cc Sprint feature was a good one, with Riegelsville's James Morris fending off the challenges of Robbie Hocker and Simon Egan to claim the victory. When the 20-lapper went green initially, polesitter Tim Buckwalter dashed to the lead ahead of Morris, his front row partner. Morris stayed with the leader as Bobby Butler and Hocker tussled for third and Stephen Reynolds navigated his way from 11th on the starting grid to run fifth by the time lap five was scored.
An incident in turn four brought out the yellow with six complete, and Kyle Lick got pinched into the backstretch wall as the field slowed for the caution. Lick's No. 8 flipped wildly, converting the yellow slowdown to a red flag stoppage. During the red flag period, officials noticed that Buckwalter's car had a flat right-front tire, and the Greth Racing No. 71 was sent to the pits to have the tire changed. That handed the lead to Morris, who had slipped past Buckwalter just prior to the yellow/red...the pass was negated by the incident, but Buckwalter gave up the top spot when he headed to the pits for a new right front sneaker.
When the green reappeared, Morris gassed his No. 85 to a slim lead over Hocker, but Hocker's Grime Boss No. 54 nipped at the leader's heels as he waited for Morris to bobble. The lead pair was soon joined by 17th starting Simon Egan, who rumbled into fourth, then third, before making it a three-car dance for the lead in the waning laps. Morris never bobbled, locking his car to the bottom groove and going on to win by a narrow margin (0.087 seconds) over Egan, who edged Hocker for runner-up honors. Reynolds finished up his stellar run with a fourth-place effort, and Doug Snyder came from the back after his involvement in an early race mishap to record a fifth-place payday. After his pit stop, Buckwalter sliced his way from the rear of the field to finish sixth.
The Junior Slingshot National Tour A-Main was a tale of two (young) drivers; while one of them captured the day's battle, the other wheel-twister won the season-long war.
Dillon Steuer, from Bohemia, NY, entered Sunday's program trailing Junior National point leader Damon Paul. Steuer went out and did everything he could possibly do to overtake his Stoney Point, NY rival...he won his heat race, then passed Paul for the lead in the 15-lap feature and going to on register the big win in the season finale. But he came up a little bit short in the point tally, as Paul's runner-up finish was enough to clinch the championship.
Paul appeared to be cruising out front, sprinting from his inside front row starting position to lead the initial six circuits. Steuer, however, was not going to throw in the towel without a fight, as he ran down the race leader, then motored by Paul and into the top spot. It was then Steuer who was on cruise control, as Paul and Dakota Kohler battled for second over the final laps. At the finish, it was Steuer in for the win, with Paul settling for runner-up status over Kohler. Chloe Andreas and Tyler Peet finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Fall Jamboree Fodder...
Despite losing Day One to rain and facing a cold, blustery Sunday, a total of 114 entries took part in the Fourth Annual Jamboree which, until this year, was held at New Egypt Speedway (2011) and Path Valley Raceway Park (2012 and 2013). The car count breakdown is as follows: 28 SpeedSTR's; 29 Wingless 600cc Sprints; 39 of the All Star Slingshots; and 18 Junior Slingshots.
Group time trials set the starting lineups for the qualifying heats in the two Slingshot classes, as well as the USAC Championship SpeedSTR's. Billy Pauch Sr. set the tone for his SpeedSTR victory by turning the quickest lap, with Kyle Lick second fastest and Duane Howard, in his maiden voyage in a SpeedSTR, clocking in with the third-fastest lap. Brett Bieber and Larry Raifsnider were the two quickest drivers in All Star Slingshot timed dashes, while Damon Paul was the fastest Junior Slinger over Justin Mills and Dillon Steuer.
Tim Buckwalter, James Morris, and Bobby Butler were heat race winners in the Wingless 600cc division, while Howard, Kyle Weiss, and Frank Cozze captured heat race victories for the SpeedSTR's. Claiming Junior Slingshot heat race triumphs were Paul, Mills, and Steuer. The four heats for the All Star Slingers went to B. Bieber, Raifsnider, Cody Kline, and Dylan Hoch. Earl Paules won the SpeedSTR's B-Main, with Devin Gundrum and Danny Buccafusca winning the last-chance qualifiers for the Wingless 600's and All Star Slingshots, respectively.
Tex Snyder, the ageless wonder who steers a 600cc Sprinter, was launched into a scary series of flips in the Wingless 600 main when his right-rear wheel broke off and the axle dug into the turn one racing surface. Snyder exited the car (with some help) and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation after being examined by the EMT's at the track. Kris Graver, who won his second SpeedSTR race of the year on the Mahoning Valley Speedway pavement the week before the Fall Jamboree, was not as fortunate on Grandview's dirt surface. Graver started on the pole of Sunday's feature, but fell back fairly quickly. He dropped into heavy traffic in the middle of the pack and appeared to get squeezed into the backstretch wall as several cars scrambled for position with 12 laps complete. Graver's No. 29b flipped wildly at the midpoint of the back chute, but he emerged unhurt after the tumble.
Quote from Tim Buckwalter after his third place run in the SpeedSTR main: "I wish it was 40 laps, instead of 35...under the one yellow, I found an adjustment in the car that I had no idea was there...and I am still not sure what it does, exactly, but I was running so bad that I decided to turn it as far as I could. It did something, because the car was awesome after that...it's how I got to third at the end. I think it (the adjustment) has something to do with the brake bias..."
Damon Paul, even though he's only 13-years-old, handled his defeat in the Junior Slingshot feature with a maturity and professionalism that is sadly lacking in many racing divisions and sports in general. Although the disappointment was evident on his face, Paul congratulated race winner Dillon Steuer, who passed him for the lead just before the halfway mark of the 15-lapper. In addition, when Paul was interviewed as part of the victory lane ceremony immediately following the race, it was not yet known who'd just won the Junior Slingshot National Championship - him or Steuer. "He's really good, and he was really fast today, so I don't mind losing to him," said the little driver with the heavy right foot. "He's got a real good crew behind him, too, so I have to be satisfied with second today.
When the final points were tallied, of course, Paul, who won four consecutive Junior Slingshot features at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA this season, could break into a smile because his runner-up finish was good enough to win the National Championship for the Junior Slingers. Next year, the Stoney Point, NY racer will be moving up to the All Star Slingshot division, with an eye on the National title in that class.
USAC SpeedSTR All Pro Tour, 35 laps: 1.Billy Pauch Sr., 2.Frank Cozze, 3.Tim Buckwalter, 4.Wayne Weaver, 5.Frank Yankowski, 6.Ryan Smith, 7.Kyle Weiss, 8.Maxime Plante, 9.Billy Pauch Jr., 10.Jeff Strunk, 11.Francis Methot, 12.Brandon Grosso, 13.Mike Vermuelen, 14.Nick Baer, 15.Mike Bednar, 16.Brad Brightbill, 17.Craig Whitmoyer, 18.Earl Paules, 19.John Kovatch, 20.Jason Miller, 21.Duane Howard, 22.Joey Thompson, 23.Kris Graver, 24.Steve Yankowski, 25.Kyle Lick, 26.Larry Solomon. DNS: Kenny Brightbill, Barry Christman Jr.
2014 All Pro Tour SpeedSTR National Champion: Billy Pauch Sr.
All Star Slingshot National Tour, 20 laps: 1.Dylan Hoch, 2.Brett Bieber, 3.Larry Raifsnider, 4.Demetrious Drellos, 5.Kenny Heffner, 6.Cody Kline, 7.John Bockhorn, 8.Joe Nemeth, 9.Wes Hearn, 10.Mark Sensenig, 11.Louden Reimert, 12.Alex Schoffstall, 13.Travis Bieber, 14.Danny Buccafusca, 15.Ryan Quackenbush, 16.Justin Thompson, 17.William Mohring, 18.Kassidy Kreitz, 19.Dale Kober, 20.Don Schmidt, 21.Joe Howey, 22.Matt Stangle, 23.AJ Wright, 24.Sam Scicchitano, 25.Tes Horvath, 26.Anthony Raisner, 27.Kurt Bettler. DNS: Corey Cormier, John Gilroy, Dave McCullough.
DNQ: Joe Malson Jr., Joe Malson, Dave Morrell, Dawson Landis, Dave Carraghan, Jackson Ring.
2014 All Star Slingshot National Champion: Dylan Hoch.
Wingless 600cc Sprints, 20 laps: 1.James Morris, 2.Simon Egan, 3.Robbie Hocker, 4.Stephen Reynolds, 5.Doug Snyder, 6.Tim Buckwalter, 7.Jermain Godshall, 8.Bobby Butler, 9.Jon Smith Jr., 10.Louie Horvath, 11.Jerry Seabridge, 12.Troy Musselman, 13.Eric Ankiewicz, 14.Kurt Bettler, 15.Dave Ogin, 16.Rob Pajauis, 17.Tex Snyder, 18.Kyle Lick, 19.Devin Gundrum, 20.Eric Whitby, 21.Bruce Ginther Jr., 22.Craig Fox, 23.Sam Kravitsky, 24.Ricky Leaper Jr.
DNQ: Ron Lewis, Jimmy Snyder, Blaine Emery, Billy Pauch Jr., Steve Svanda.
Junior Slingshot National Tour, 15 laps: 1.Dillon Steuer, 2.Damon Paul, 3.Dakota Kohler, 4.Chloe Andreas, 5.Tyler Peet, 6.Dylan Swinehart, 7.Justin Mills, 8.Daniel Morgiewicz, 9.Andrew Kreis, 10.Ryan Graver, 11.Kyle Smith, 12.Alex Yankowski, 13.Logan Bauman, 14.Michael Samony, 15.Aidan Svanda, 16.Joe Toth, 17.Wyatt Hager, 18.Cole Stangle.
2014 Junior Slingshot National Champion: Damon Paul.