|Week #16 was Season Championship Night presented by Summit Racing Equipment and Ferris Chevrolet at Midvale Speedway. We crowned our new Champions, handed out the large Season Championship trophies and capped it all off with a wild and crazy Trailer Race. Skies were sunny and it was 68 degrees at race time.|
The first race to hit the 3/10 mile oval was the Finish Line Motor's Mini Trucks for their 12 lap feature. The Championship was decided during the heat race when the point leader and defending Division Champion Colt Locker in the #118, lost a motor and declined the offer from Barney Gerber to take over the #2T in the feature, a great show of sportsmanship on both sides. Gerber and Michael Varnes in the #95 started on the front row. Gerber was able to take the early lead as Rich Schweitzer in the #84 took over second on lap #3 from Varnes and then disposed of Gerber by using the outside of the race track. Gerber slid up off the bottom, trying to defend and gave up second to Varnes. The only caution flew on lap 7 as Gerber and Tim Scott in the #4 made contact in turn two. On the restart, Varnes hung tough on the outside for two laps but just as he was all year long, Schweitzer was just too strong. "Mr. Smooth" would go on to pick up his 8th win of the season and his 4th Championship at Midvale. Schweitzer has now won 5 overall Championships in different Divisions and on different surfaces (one on dirt), another legend at Midvale Speedway. Completing the top 5 behind the New Philadelphia OH driver in the Allen's Muffler, Federated Auto Parts, Van Meter's Auto and Alicia Manley MD sponsored #84 was Varnes, Gerber, Scott and Tim Frederick.
Congratulations to the #84 team on a well deserved title.
The McIntosh Oil Company Late Model's were up next for their 30 lap Feature. The cousins Jaberg led the field to Chief Starter Terry Colletti's green flag, Gage in the #21 and Cody in the #22. By setting fast Time, finishing third in the Heat Race and starting the feature, Tom Stankiewicz in the #42 secured his first career Championship. Gage took the lead early on with Cody and Bryant Smith in the #1, side by side for second. On lap 2, Bryant would clear Cody and work to the outside of Gage for the race lead as his brother Bubba in the #12 would get around Cody for 3rd. On lap 5, Bubba got a good run off turn two and looked to take the lead duo 3-wide into turn three. Just as they started to enter the corner, Bubba tried to bail out, but made contact with Gage, spinning himself to the infield, bringing out the races first caution. On the restart Bryant would jump out to the race lead on the outside as Ryan Tedesco followed him to second and Stankiewicz to 3rd. On lap 9, Tedesco started to work over Bryant. Taking several looks off the corners to try to get underneath as Stankiewicz looked on in 3rd. On lap 13, Bubba was able to get around Gage to get up to the 4th position. The racing up front was as good as it gets. Bryant had just enough to fend off Tedesco, who seemed to have the better car. With 10 laps to go, the front 4 were nose to tail and Tedesco turned up the wick. On lap 21, Bryant slipped ever so slightly in turn two, allowing Tedesco the opening he needed down the back straightaway. Tedesco got deep into three and took the lead away from Bryant as Stankiewicz and Bubba were both able to follow. Tedesco was able to start to walk away from Stankiewicz, building up a second and a half lead with 2 laps to go. Flyin Ryan would go on to pick up his 3rd victory of the season and secure another runner-up finish in the point standings. Following the New Philadelphia OH driver in the Walnut Creek Glass, Sugar Valley Meats, Van Meter's Auto, Lee's Famous Recipe, Tedesco Racing Graphics, McIntosh Oil Company and RV Parts Express sponsored #701 was Stankiewicz, Bubba, Jonathan Reitter and Bryant.
Congratulations to the #42 team on a hard fought Championship!!
Next up was the 15 lap South Philly Pizza Compact feature with Tim Frederick in the #18 and the #58 of Zach Cogar starting on the front row. Cogar, who had a totalled race car a few weeks ago after a lap 1, turn one accident, worked tiresly to get back for season championship night. That hard work paid off as Cogar was able to grab the early lead. Point leader Britt Vanmeter in the #27 needed to finish within 12 positions of Kyle Finlayson in the #15 to take home another championship. Clayton Oliver in the #19 was marching towards the front from his 6th starting position. By lap 4, Oliver was in second but Cogar was off in the distance. Cogar had built up a 1.8 sec lead as Finlayson began to pester Oliver. On lap 6, Finlayson was able to make the inside pass to second but was a full 2 seconds behind. As the laps faded away, Finlayson was reeling Cogar in like a great white chasing down a minnow. By lap 13, the lead was .6 and at the white flag the lead was less than a car length. Cogar, fighting for his crew who pieced his car back together. Fighting for himself, trying to pick up his first career feature win. He was fighting for his brother who is protecting our freedom! Finlayson tried one last gasp effort through turns three and four, but Cogar was Army strong. He would hang on to pick up his first career feature victory. Following the Dover OH driver in the Outlaw Vinyls, Matco Tools, Haas Body Shop and The Bumper Man sponsored #58 was Finlayson, Oliver, Brent Shreffler and Brandon France. With Finlayson finishing second, all Vanmeter had to do was finish 13th, he finished 6th.
Congratulations to the #27 team on back to back titles.
The Summit Racing Economy Modified's we up next for their 25 lapper with the #13 of Bill Shimko and the #02 of Mike Bowers leading the field to the stripe. If the point leader Brandon Bailey in the #55 finished in the top 5, it wouldn't matter what Kevin McClintock in the #38 did, he would win the title. Bowers would take the lead via the outside lane with Shimko tucking in behind. McClintock was on the move in the outside lane and was able to take over the point on lap 2. At the time, Bailey was marred in traffic around 6th or 7th and it was looking like things could play out for McClintock, who was trying to complete that hail Mary pass with no time on the clock. But Rooster was patient, worked his way up slowly and was right where he needed to be on lap 7, in 4th. McClintock was slipping out of the clutches of Bowers until the first and only caution flew on lap 12 for the #11 of Trey Williams as he received contact from Shawn Kaufman in the #10. On the initial restart, lighting almost struck the feather in turn three. Williams made contact with Bailey, spinning them both around, but both would be ok and continue. So, you would think that Rooster would calm down, run 4th and call it a day. NOPE!! He restarted on the outside of rookie Cory Beatty and behind Bowers. Beatty would look to the inside of Bowers down the back straightaway with McClintock leading, Rooster figured he would try the outside. The trio were 3-wide in turn three with the points leader on the outside. After everyone in the stands opened their eyes back up, much to their amazement, Bailey was up to second, a few car lengths behind McClintock. On lap 17, Rooster was all over the rear decklid of the #38. Lap after lap he looked high and low, but the long time veteran was right where he wanted to be. Even a little mistake in turn one on the final lap, that allowed Bailey to the inside, wasnt enough to keep McClintock out of victory lane for the 3rd time in 2017. Following the Dover OH driver in the "Wild" Bill Bitticker throwback, Broadrun Cheese House, Federated Auto Parts, Van Meter's Auto, C&K Auto Detailing, Dean Mowls @ Ferris Chevrolet, Angel's Closet, Block Tool & Die, Schwartz Trucking, Dave's Auto Body, Dennison Yard sponsored #38 was Bailey, Bowers, Mack Gribble and Phillip Cox.
Congratulations to the #55 team, handing that storied number another title at Midvale.
Kenny Feister Jr in the #13 and Bob Passwaters Sr in the #75 led the field to the green flag for the 20 lap JD Byrider Street Stock feature. Mike Martin in the #11 locked up the championship during qualifying. Feister Jr grabbed the lead with Curtis Collins in the #66 pulling into second. Tom Earley in the #31E made a 3-wide move up the middle into turn three to pick up a couple spots. The first caution flew on lap 2 as a chain reaction accident happened in turn two involving Bill Aubihl in the #31 and Kyle Rector in the #22. On the restart, Feister took the lead as fastest qualifier Teddy Oliver, filling in for Larry Smith in the #44, was 3-wide on the outside at the back of the pack. Earley was able to take over the top spot with an outside pass of Feister on lap 4. After a couple quick cautions on laps 5 and 6, the #31's were again up front, with Earley on the inside and Aubihl on the outside. At the drop of the green, Earley had his car in the wrong gear and dropped like a rock, giving the lead to Aubihl as Oliver followed. Another quick caution on lap 7 set up another restart. Aubihl and Oliver would battle hard for the race lead until Aubihl slipped in turn three, allowing the #44 to take the point. A scary accident on lap 11 put the field under a long delay as the #77 of Josh Moss got squeezed down low off turn two and got his left side tires in the grass, he went spinning and came back up onto the track and right in the path of Passwaters Sr who t-boned him in the passenger side door. That hit sent him airborne and almost all the way over. As the car came back to earth, he collected Rector, ending all 3 of their seasons, but thankfully everyone was ok. That set up a final restart with Oliver, Martin and Earley as the players. Oliver scooted out as Martin and Earley raced side by side. Some slight contact between the two led to Martin breaking a suspension piece that marred him in the middle of the pack. Oliver would complete the back to front victory, his first trip back to Finish Line Motor's Victory Lane in a few years. Rounding out the top 5 behind the Canton OH driver in the Ziffycat.com, Stewarts Flooring, Joe's Auto, Fast Times Pub and Steadfast Motorcars sponsored #44 was Kyle Grove, Earley, Aubihl and Martin.
Congratulations to the #11 team on their first points championship.
The final feature of the 2017 Season was the second South Philly Pizza Compact 15 lapper. Marcus Cox in the #169 and Erik Kugler in the #47 started on the front row. Cox led lap 1 with Kyle Lawson in the #54 running second. After a quick caution on lap 2, Lawson would take over the lead on the restart with "Little Animal" Tyler Eichel in the #4E in second. On lap 5, the #27 of Billy Hilliker was able to make the pass on Eichel for second. Just after that pass, Eichel got into the #16 of Mike McDonald, knocking his bumper off, bringing out another caution. After the restart, Lawson again took control until Cox leaked fluid all over the Speedway, putting out the final yellow of the night on lap 7. Lawson was strong again on the restart and would cruise to his 3rd feature win of the season. Following the Minerva OH driver in the Ladd Painting sponsored #54 was Hilliker, Tyler Nign, Allen Clark and Randy Rice.
The whacky and wild Trailer Race capped off the evening with Kyle Rector and navigator Jake "Turtle" Albright taking home the win over Alex Brannon, Bubba Smith and Brent Shreffler.
We can't thank all of our Driver's, Team's, Official's, Staff, Volunteers, Sponsors, FANS and everyone else who had a hand in making 2017 another rounding sucess!!
Stay tuned to midvalespeedway.com and Midvale Speedway on Facebook as we start preparing for our 65th Season in 2018.
Banquet information will be released soon.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
McIntosh Oil Company Late Model's
Fast Time: Tom Stankiewicz 13.730
Heat 1: Bryant Smith, Bubba Smith, Tom Stankiewicz, Ryan Tedesco, Jonathan Reitter
Heat 2: Doug Mate, Dave Martin, Cody Jaberg, Gage Jaberg
Summit Racing Economy Modified's
Fast Time: Brandon Bailey 14.663
Heat 1: Trey Williams, Kevin McClintock, Brandon Bailey, Shawn Kaufman
Heat 2: Phillip Cox, Cory Beatty, Bill Shimko, Mike Bowers, Scott Marino
Feature: McClintock, Bailey, Bowers, Mack Gribble, Cox, Kaufman, Beatty, Shimko, Marino, Williams
2017 Champion: Brandon Bailey
JD Byrider Street Stock's
Fast Time: Teddy Oliver 15.971
Heat 1: Tom Earley, Teddy Oliver, Mike Martin, Colton Ritchey, Kyle Rector, Gary Hoopingarner, Kyle Grove
Heat 2: Josh Moss, Kenny Feister Jr, Bob Passwaters Jr, Bob Passwaters Sr, Curtis Collins, Bill Aubihl
Feature: Oliver, Grove, Earley, Aubihl, Martin, Passwaters Jr, Feister Jr, Collins, Hoopingarner, Moss, Passwaters Sr, Rector, Ritchey
2017 Champion: Mike Martin
Finish Line Motor's Mini Trucks
Fast Time: Rich Schweitzer 16.301
Heat: Barney Gerber, Michael Varnes, Rich Schweitzer, Tim Scott, Roger Bausher, Colt Locker
Feature: Schweitzer, Varnes, Gerber, Scott, Tim Frederick, Bausher
2017 Champion: Rich Schweitzer
South Philly Pizza Compact's
Fast Time: Dan Buckey 17.292
Heat 1: Brent Shreffler, Noah Patterson, Kyle Finlayson, Clayton Oliver, Britt Vanmeter, Trevor Kohl, Dan Buckey, Brandon France, Ryan Shreffler
Heat 2: Zack Cogar, Mike McDonald, Tim Frederick, Tyler Nign, Allen Clark
Heat 3: Kyle Lawson, Randy Rice, Tyler Eichel, Erik Kugler, Billy Hilliker, Hunter Corbitt, Andrea Brokaw, Eric Brokaw
Fast Feature: Cogar, Finlayson, Oliver, Brent, France, Vanmeter, Buckey, Frederick, Kohl, Ryan, Patterson, Jesse James, Justin VanFossen
2nd Feature: Lawson, Hilliker, Nign, Clark, Rice, McDonald, Eichel, Corbitt, Andrea, Eric, Cox, Kugler, Phil Veno
2017 Champion: Britt Vanmeter
Trailer Race Winner: Kyle Rector and Jake Albright
Written by: Chris Kail
|2017 Late Models Series Standings|
|Records updated 09/11/17|
|2017 Economy Modifieds Series Standings|
|Records updated 09/11/17|
|10.||Willison Jr, Mark||-600|
|2017 Street Stocks Series Standings|
|Records updated 09/11/17|
|7.||Passwater Jr, Bob||-331|
|9.||Passwater Sr, Bob||-502|
|2017 Mini Truck Series Standings|
|Records updated 09/11/17|
|2017 Compacts Series Standings|
|Records updated 09/11/17|
|#2 Alex Rosenberry 13.666|
|#30 Preston Walker 14.468|
|#7 Gabe Pringle 15.806|
|#69 Dan Buckey 17.276|
|#118 Colt Locker 16.253 |
|#28 Jimmy Carter 13.262|
|#19 Trent Stephens 11.865|
|#15 Craig Phillips 14.331|
|Super Cup Stock Car|
|#33 Stephen Cox - 14.758|