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2015 Action Track USA / SpeedSTR

Planck Throwing It Sideways On The Semi-Banked Clay Oval...

2015 Reading Fairgrounds / All-Star Slingshots

Cody Kline Keeping The Inside Line Shut Over A Hungry Pack ....

2015 Action Track USA / SpeedSTR

Ryan Smith Runs The Low Side; Billy Pauch Jr. Runs The High Line....

2015 Button Buck Speedway / Slingshots

Gage Motl Is Racing Hard On The Minnesota Clay Oval....

2015 Mahoning Valley Speedway / SpeedSTR

Wayne Weaver Shows The Versatile STR's Like Asphalt Speedways....

2015 Action Track USA / All-Star Slingshots

Kassidy Kreitz In Her #69 Takes The Inside During Feature Action...

2015 RPM Speedway / Canadian RevStar

Andre Manny Blazes A Trail And Shows Why He Has Multiple Wins in 2015...

2015 RPM Speedway / Canadian  RevStar Junior Slingshot

Raphael Gougeon Leads The Way Over the #00 Of Donovan Lussier...

2015 Action Track USA / SpeedSTR

Billy Pauch Sr. Inside Of #46 Graver and Billy Pauch Jr. #1 On The Outside...

2015 Valley Junction Speedway / Canadian RevStar Slingshots

Charlyne Galarno #16 Gets Ready For Asphalt Action Against Tomy Lussier #22...

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Mike Bednar Wins His First 2 Features Of The Season At Grandview Which Earned
 Himself The USA Regional Title, And The 2015 National SpeedSTR Championship...

Mike Bednar had a racing weekend which many drivers
never reach in their careers. 2 Feature Wins and
2 Championships after 2 days. Lenny Slemmer Jr. photos.

Bechtelsville, PA 11-02-15 -  When the weekend began, Mike Bednar was just hoping for two good runs to end his season of USAC All Pro SpeedSTR competition. By the time Sunday evening rolled around, Bednar had picked up his first two SpeedSTR victories, the USA Regional title, and a National SpeedSTR Championship. Two good runs, indeed.

  The Whitehall, PA resident had himself a weekend to remember at the Grandview Speedway as Speedway Entertainment, the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA, and the all new Savage 61 Auto Dealership presented the Fourth Annual Fall Jamboree.

  "I didn't sleep much last night (Saturday) because I was worried and nervous about today," smiled Bednar as the sun began to set on Sunday afternoon, "and I probably won't sleep tonight because I can't believe the weekend was this good; this is all too good to be true."

  Bednar's feature victory in Saturday's preliminary feature vaulted him to fifth in the National SpeedSTR standings and, with double points being offered on Sunday, he knew that the championship was a possibility. Saturday's triumph also earned him the USA Regional crown. The 30-lap finale on Sunday saw Bednar climb from the seventh starting position to challenge his Kovatch Motorsports teammates, Kevin Graver Jr. and Kris Graver, for the top spot.

  As he'd done on Saturday, Bednar moved up the race track and ran a higher line than his competitors, enabling him to pass Kevin Graver Jr. for the runner-up position on lap 11. A double-file restart just before the halfway point had Bednar's No. 46 on the outside of leader Kris Graver, and Bednar held his ground until he accelerated off turn four and led Graver by a few feet as they crossed the stripe to complete the 15th circuit.

  Bednar then pulled out to a lead of several car lengths, only to have Graver close the gap and even draw alongside his SpeedSTR in the waning laps of the race. Bednar got the forward bite he needed off corner number two to remain in front, and even a late race caution period (with three to go) did not hamper his drive to the win.

  Kris Graver held off a fast closing Billy Pauch Sr. to score the runner-up finish. Pauch, last year's Fall Jamboree winner, clawed his way from the back of the pack after spinning in the middle of turns one and two on the original start. Matt Janisch finished a strong fourth and Steven Nederostek capped off his weekend with a fifth-place effort. A quick tally of the National points told the tale...Canadian driver Pierre Hebert led the standings heading into Sunday's championship finale. His 18th place finish, combined with Bednar's triumph, dropped Hebert to second and propelled Bednar to the title.

Ryan Smith Took Home Sundays 600cc Wingless Sprint Feature Win...

Sprint Car pilot Ryan Smith regained his SpeedSTR driving
skills Sunday and with that adjustment came the Feature Win.

  Tim Buckwalter, who captured Saturday's Wingless 600cc Sprint victory, appeared primed to make it two in a row on Sunday as he powered past early leader Kyle Lick on the backstretch to snare the lead on the 11th trip around the racy oval. Disaster struck Buckwalter and runner-up Lick with seven to go, however, as both front runners suffered mechanical issues under yellow. Both were forced to retire at that point, handing the lead to Ryan Smith.

  The yellow waved for third-place Bobby Butler, who rolled to a stop on the outside of turn four. When the two leaders suddenly slowed with problems in turn two, Smith moved from fourth all the way to first and Robbie Hocker became the runner-up. Smith staved off the advances of Hocker over the final tours to win in Lamar Shaffer's LHS Racing Engines No. 91s. Hocker hung on for second place money while Tommy Kunsman Jr., in Joe Plunkett's No. 41s, wound up third. Jermain Godshall and Johnny Smith completed the top five when the 25-lap feature ended.

  "Yeah, it came back to me," grinned Smith, when complimented on his ability to remember how to drive a wingless race car. The Kunkletown driver spends most of his time in a winged 410 Sprint Car these days, and admitted to a little bit of rustiness when it came to throttling a wingless car once again. "At the beginning of the weekend, these guys were much better than me. But I remembered how to do it, and got better as the weekend went on. It's really cool to come back to a division where I started out and race these cars again. Lamar gave me a great car and I'm happy to win for him." 

Dillon Steuer Rebounded From Exhaust Problems Saturday
To Pick Up The All-Star Slingshot Feature Win On Sunday...

Making the long haul from Bohemia NY once again proved
a wise move for Steuer, who has posted 3 feature Victories
in the course of the past 8 days.

  Dillon Steuer, from Bohemia, NY, was running strong in Saturday's preliminary main for the All Star Slingshots. A broken exhaust mount left his muffler dragging on the track, though, knocking him out of the feature while running inside the top five. Steuer made up for his misfortune on Sunday, however, by darting from the pole position and leading wire to wire to win his third main event in the last eight days - and his second National Tour race in that time span. Steuer triumphed at Mahoning Valley Speedway on October 24, then captured the King of the Sling event at Bridgeport, NJ the next day.

  The All Stars also crowned a National Champion at the Fall Jamboree on Sunday, as Oley, PA's Brett Bieber notched his fourth National title with a third place finish. Bieber finished second to Chris Kurtz on Saturday, launching him past Dylan Hoch and into the point lead. He held off Hoch for the third place finish in Sunday's 20-lapper to claim the championship.

  Bieber is the only driver to win multiple National Slingshot Championships, and his fourth title caps off a fantastic season in which he also earned the Mid-Atlantic Gold and Silver Regional crowns. The Oley Jet added a Slinger Speedweek title - the first of his stellar career - as well as the point championship at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Early in the summer, Bieber also picked up the 100th feature win of his career in the Slingshot division. Sunday's finale had Kurtz finishing second to Steuer, with Bieber, Hoch, and Cody Kline ending up third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

Cole Stangle Wins The Junior Slingshot Feature Sunday...

Tyler Peet Captures The 2015 Junior Point Championship...


Tyler Peet used his 5th place finish in the Main Event on
Sunday to give him the points needed to capture and take
home the 2015 Junior Slingshot Championship. SDS Photo.

  The Junior Slingshot National Tour Championship was also on the line on Sunday, and lake Ariel, PA's Tyler Peet annexed the title with a fourth place effort. Cole Stangle started on the outside of the front row in the 15-lap Junior Slingshot feature, bolted to the lead at the drop of the green flag over pole sitter Mills, and led all the way to record the triumph.

  Stangle's No. 20 began to smoke over the final laps, giving hope to runner-up Jared Silfee. But Stangle's mount held up long enough to register the victory, with Silfee settling for second and Hunter Lapp holding off Peet for third.

  Tyler Peet finished in 4th after a post race engine tear down found the power plant of Mills to be determined as illegal.  Peet is the 2015 Junior Slingshot Point Champion. Congratulations to all the drivers for a great 2015 race season. 

Jamboree Jibber-Jabber:

  A total of 104 cars took part in Sunday's portion of the Fall Jamboree, with 33 SpeedSTRs, 23 of the Wingless 600cc Sprints, 32 All Star Slingshots, and 16 Junior Slingers making up the field.

  The entire weekend was marked by some intensely competitive action by all four divisions, which is a credit to Grandview's track prep crew headed up by Brad Missimer. He and his staff maintained a very racy surface despite the fact that both Saturday and Sunday were daytime shows. As Mike Bednar reported after his SpeedSTR victory on Sunday, "there were definitely two grooves out there all weekend long; the crew deserves a lot of credit for giving us a great track to race on."

  Tyler Pirone won the All Star Slingshot Mad Scramble to start the day on Sunday. The Scramble was a race for Saturday's non-qualifiers, and Pirone's win earned him a berth in the feature - and a spot in the redraw for one of the top starting positions.

  Group time trials were held for the three Speedway Entertainment divisions, with Dillon Steuer setting fast time for the All Star Slingshots, Tim Buckwalter topping the SpeedSTR entries at 15.876 seconds, and Justin Mills turning the quickest lap in the Junior Slingshot Class.

  Wingless 600cc heat race victories were claimed by Ryan Quackenbush and Tommy Kunsman Jr.

  SpeedSTR heat races fell to the Pauch family, as Billy Sr. captured the first one and Billy Jr. took the checkered in heat race number two. The B-Main went to Kenny Brightbill.

  Dylan Swinehart won the All Star Slingers B-Main.




USAC All Pro SpeedSTR Tour, 30 laps: 1.Mike Bednar, 2.Kris Graver, 3.Billy Pauch Sr., 4.Matt Janisch, 5.Steven Nederostek, 6.Ryan Smith, 7.Kevin Graver Jr., 8.Jeff Strunk, 9.Larry Solomon, 10.Billy Pauch Jr., 11.Tim Iulg, 12.John Bockhorn, 13.Skylar Sheriff, 14.Andy Haus, 15.Brian Hirthler, 16.Bobby Butler, 17.Gary Huber, 18.Pierre Hebert, 19.Frank Yankowski, 20.Kevin Hebert, 21.Tim Buckwalter, 22.Kenny Brightbill, 23.Kyle Lick, 24.Lucas Wolfe, 25.Jay Hartman, 26.Carl Labonte, 27.Brad Brightbill, 28.James Morris. DNS: Rick Kirkendall, Joe Vaccaro.

DNQ: Mike Vermeulen, Frank Cozze Jr., Damon Paul.

Wingless 600cc Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Ryan Smith, 2.Robbie Hocker, 3.Tommy Kunsman Jr., 4.Jermain Godshall, 5.John Smith, 6.Tom Fraschetta, 7.Rich Mellor, 8.Craig Fox, 9.Ryan Quackenbush, 10.Louie Horvath, 11.Tim Bauer, 12.Dan Bair, 13.Devin Gundrum, 14.Rebecca LaMothe, 15.Tim Buckwalter, 16.Kyle Lick, 17.Bobby Butler, 18.Pat Ely, 19.Dave Ogin, 20.Pat Bealer, 21.Rob Vivona. DNS: Jerry Seabridge, Kasey Ernst. 

All Star Slingshot National Tour, 20 laps: 1.Dillon Steuer, 2.Chris Kurtz, 3.Brett Bieber, 4.Dylan Hoch, 5.Cody Kline, 6.Damon Paul, 7.Andrew Kreis, 8.Louden Reimert, 9.Corey Cormier, 10.Alan Selemba, 11.Dylan Swinehart, 12.Don Schmidt, 13.Henry Anderson, 14.Austin Silfee, 15.Tyler Pirone, 16.Dakota Kohler, 17.Anthony Raisner, 18.Donny Hockman, 19.Jordan Knepp, 20.Jason Rice Sr., 21.Sam Scicchitano, 22.Ken Shive, 23.Tes Horvath, 24.Kassidy Kreitz, 25.Dan Morgiewicz, 26.Ashley Rogosich, 27.Dawson Landes.

DNQ: Jordan Lawrence, Don Boonstra, Bridget Conti, Chris Daw, Ryan Updegrove.

Junior Slingshot National Tour, 15 laps: 1.Cole Stangle, 2.Jared Silfee, 3.Hunter Lapp, 4.Justin Mills, 5.Tyler Peet, 6.Kyle Smith, 7.Reece Nowatarski, 8.Kyle Braun, 9.Samantha Muller, 10.Gavin Santee, 11.Alex Yankowski, 12.Tanner Jones, 13.Jack VanVarick, 14.Nico Flammer, 15.Logan Bauman, 16.Joey Vaccaro.

Bockhorn Continues To Impress As SpeedSTR's Invade
 Five Mile Point This Saturday, October 10th...

(left photo) The #97 driven by John Bockhorn, who is an SpeedSTR
 Rookie continues to impress the competition .

Story by Barry Angstadt. 10-05-15: When John Bockhorn buckles into his sharp looking No. 97 this weekend at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY, he will continue an impressive rookie season in the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division.
  Bockhorn, who hails from Bloomingdale, NJ, was a fixture on the various Slingshot Tours for five years before he decided to make the switch to the increasingly popular SpeedSTR class. The mechanic at Ebers Auto notched ten victories during his time in the Slingers, with the biggest coming in Penn Can's Small Car Nationals in 2014.
  "They are the best thing to learn in," says Bockhorn about the All Star Slingshots. "I really feel like they prepared me for whatever step I took next, and that step was into the SpeedSTRs." With a chuckle he added that he "bought my Slingshot on a Wednesday and raced it at Hamlin on Saturday."
  His foray into the SpeedSTR division took a bit longer, but he was fully prepared and rarin' to go when the 2015 season began at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
  "I bought a car from Frank Yankowski - it belonged to Paul Lotier before that - and over the winter we put a new rear and front end on the car, along with pretty much everything else that bolts on...the chassis was the same, but that was about it by the time we were finished with it," explained Bockhorn.
  Lotier told him it would take at least one full season to learn to drive the SpeedSTR. "I thought 'no way', but he was right," notes Bockhorn, who started slowly but quickly gained speed in the car after listening to fellow chauffeur Tim Buckwalter.
  "Timmy said 'you've really got to throw the car into the corner', and once I learned to do that and got myself to do it all the time, my speed picked up and I was definitely more competitive," said Bockhorn.
  He used the group time trial sessions utilized by Action Track USA to gauge his progress. "We went from around 25th fastest in the beginning to the teens, and then into the top ten," he pointed out. And his rise in the qualifying sessions occurred in rapid fashion, as his immaculate white No. 97 timed seventh quickest for the Ronnie Tobias Memorial event in mid-June.
  The major highlights - so far - of Bockhorn's rookie season happened on successive Wednesdays, with a heat race triumph on July 22nd trumped only by an exciting third place finish in the following week's 30-lap main event. "You really have to pedal these things," he says, "and I'm getting used to that. To summarize my first year of running in this class, I'd have to say 'so far, so good.' There's definitely more give and take in this class, and I like that."
  While the third place effort produced some thoughts about possibly winning in his rookie season, Bockhorn is realistic and knows he's competing against some of the best in the business; drivers who have, quite literally, thousands more laps in a race car than he does. You simply don't go out and beat guys with last names like Pauch, Brightbill, Mahaney, Planck, Buckwalter, and Paules on a regular basis when you're the new kid on the block.
  Bockhorn became a steady heat race qualifier on the progressive banking of Action Track USA, but several feature finishes of 12th through 15th led to a 15th place when the final points were tallied. Not too shabby, especially when the caliber of competition at the Berks County oval is taken into consideration.
  Now come the National All Pro Tour races, and Bockhorn started out with a steady run at Linda's Speedway on September 19. He is heading to Five Mile Point's American Racer Cup event this Saturday, October 10, to gain more experience and, hopefully, impress even more folks who will be watching.
  Bockhorn's rookie campaign will end at Grandview's Fall Jamboree on October 31st and November 1st, when the Action Track USA staff takes over the Bechtelsville oval for its annual season ending biggie, where National Championships are decided for the SpeedSTRs, All Star and Junior Slingshots. The Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprints will also be on the menu at the Fall Jamboree.
  And the white No. 97 SpeedSTR will be towed to all these races, as is the norm, using an old school style open trailer. "I like the fact that people can see the race car," says Bockhorn, "and it's cool when they go by and give us a thumbs up."
  John and his fiance`, Michelle, travel up and down the highway going to the speedways where the SpeedSTRs compete. And Bockhorn can see himself staying in the class for years to come.
  "Financially, these cars make sense. We're runnin' for more money than most modifieds and crate modifieds run for, and I know that some of the 'crate guys' have about $40,000 in their cars and they run for $400 to win. And these SpeedSTRs, they're economical to run. As long as you don't bust 'em up too bad, it doesn't cost that much to run them each week. And one person can maintain the car, too...you don't need a large crew to get them ready to race."
  When he was a kid, Bockhorn's grandparents took him to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY, as well as to other tracks where the dirt Modifieds race. His grandparents were friends with Ed Farley and the Bottcher family, along with Jerry Higbie. Hanging around well known, veteran racers like them proved to be an education of sorts for Bockhorn, and he learned the value of being able to go to others for advice and suggestions.
  He credits Lotier, who gladly provides guidance to the rookie, for his marked improvement over the course of the year. Bockhorn also says that Tim Buckwalter has been very helpful with advice and tips on how to get faster in the SpeedSTR.
  In addition to Michelle's support as a crew member, Walter Bennett also helps out at the track. And Bockhorn has been able to line up a nice array of sponsors for his effort, too.
  Lending financial and product backing are Creative Auto Interiors, Ebers Auto, D&D Produce, John Fogg Exc., JBJ Electric, Lakeland Auto Parts, Stosh's Pickles, Slinger Warehouse, and Bagel Rack.
  John Bockhorn's outgoing and friendly personality have made him a favorite with the fans and with his competitors. His improvement on the track, along with a 'keep your nose clean' driving style, has also opened many eyes during his first season of SpeedSTR competition.

Tim Buckwalter brings shades of "Toby Tobias Sr." to Linda's Speedway
After Taking Home "The Lebanon Valley Classic" Feature Victory...

(left photo) Tim Buckwalter came up big after finishing 2nd in the Dick Tobias Memorial race at The Action Track.
(right photo) Fans gave Buckwalter a standing ovation after providing them with memories of an era gone by.
 9-18-15 Photos courtesy of Lenny Slemmer Jr, and Action Track USA.

Bodenschatz Captures National Tour Win at Lanco's "Slide at The Clyde III...


(left photo) Daniel Morgiewicz, Travis Bieber, and Henry Anderson doing battle.
(right photo) Joe  Bodenschatz minutes after winning the 3rd Annual Slide at The Clyde.
 Photos courtesy of Shred Racing Photos.
Newmanstown, PA. 09-06-15:  Three divisions produced a total of 144 entries on Sunday at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, pushing the weekend's grand total to an overwhelming 305 entries for this year's Labor Day Shootout!
Sunday's wingless Micro-Sprint winners were Jared Esh (600cc) and Kyle Spence (270cc), while Joe Bodenschatz registered his very first National Slingshot Tour victory in the Slide at the Clyde III. Bodenschatz went home with more than $2,000 in purse and lap money, courtesy of OMS Used Parts Outlet, Kim Glass of Kim's Kreations, and a host of associate and contingency sponsors.

The two-day Labor Day Shootout was also sponsored by Hyper Racing, West Fabrications, and Jared Davis Motorsports, along with Ankiewicz Enterprises, Inc., Logeman Signs, and Hoosier Racing Tires. New Jersey's Joe Bodenschatz started on the pole of the All Star Slingshot Slide at the Clyde III, the 30-lap National Tour race that also awarded points for the Mid-Atlantic Gold Region Tour and served as the final event in the OMS/ Kim's Kreations Triple Crown series for the Briggs & Stratton powered racers.

Bodenschatz led all the way to score the lucrative win, worth $2230 when all the purse, lap money, and contingency prizes were tallied. He drove the S&S Speedways/ Hamlin Speedway No. 5s, owned by Randy and Denise Smith, to the big win, joining his car owner (Randy Smith) as a Slide at the Clyde winner. Smith won the first Slide at the Clyde in 2013.
With Bodenschatz cruising out front, BJ Antonio, Cody Kline, and Brett Bieber fought for the runner-up position after Kline and Bieber went three-wide with Kassidy Kreitz for third spot. Ninth-starting Louden Reimert moved through the field quickly, joining Kline and Bieber in their battle with Antonio.

With four laps complete, Bodenschatz led Antonio, Kline, Reimert, and Bieber. By lap 11, Bieber had worked his way by the cars in front of him, passing Antonio for second. Bieber, who has more than 100 career Slingshot victories, closed in on Bodenschatz at the halfway mark, but then began to lose ground to the leader as the second half of the 30-lapper went by in rapid fashion. Bodenschatz crossed under the checkered flag by a healthy margin over Bieber, whose runner-up finish was enough to earn him the Triple Crown Championship, worth $500. Antonio wound up third in the race, with Kline and New York's Dillon Steuer making up the top five. A great field of 34 All Star Slingshots took part in the Slide at the Clyde.


All Star Slingshots Slide at the Clyde III, 30 laps: 1.Joe Bodenschatz, 2.Brett Bieber, 3.BJ Antonio, 4.Cody Kline, 5.Dillon Steuer, 6.Kassidy Kreitz, 7.Corey Cormier, 8.Dave Carraghan, 9.William Mohring, 10.Henry Anderson, 11.Don Schmidt, 12.Daniel Morgiewicz, 13.Austin Silfee, 14.Seth Spayd, 15.Tom Arntz, 16.Anthony Raisner, 17.Mike Toth, 18.Dakota Kohler, 19.Dylan Swinehart, 20.Dylan Hoch, 21.Louden Reimert, 22.Kyle Gruber, 23.Travis Bieber, 24.Chris Kurtz.
DNQ: Steve Svanda, Sam Scicchitano, Austin Stufflet, Mike Glass, Ava Bellinger, Jordan Lawrence, Kyle Herve, Dave Morrell, Mike Taylor, AJ Gerhart.




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