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2017 Race Season
|April 22, 2017|
|Pepsi / American Racer and Autism Awareness Night at Midvale Speedway ended up with three feature winner's honoring fallen loved ones and two drivers going back to back to start the season. Sixty Eight drivers made the pull to "Thunder In The Valley" on a cool 54 degree spring evening, with the first few hundred fans getting blue Autism Awareness wrist bands.|
The newly renamed South Philly Pizza Compact Division headed out first for their fast 15 lap feature with the #19 of Clayton Oliver starting on the pole and Kyle Finlayson in the #15 along side. Oliver took the race lead as Finlayson battled with last week's feature winner Gage Jaberg in the #21. The first of two cautions flew for a spin by the #8 of Noah Patterson in turn two on lap 2. On the restart, Oliver got the jump into turn one with Jaberg dropping in behind. After slight contact the next lap between Jaberg and Oliver, the rear bumper cover of the #19 came off in turn two. Unfortunately, when the debris that causes a caution is obviously off of a particular car, that car is sent to the tail. It was a bad break for Oliver, although he would rebound for another good finish. For the restart, Jaberg would have Finlayson to his outside. Jaberg was able to shoot to the lead bringing the #27 of Britt Vanmeter with him. Vanmeter was able to break the track record in qualifying, but it only stood for about 4 minutes until TR Holder, aka Kyle Rector, took it back. Rector in the #22 followed Vanmeter to Jaberg's bumper. As the middle of the race passed by, Jaberg was able to inch away as Vanmeter had the #22 hounding him. Finally, on lap 11, Rector was able to make the inside pass on Vanmeter but by then, Jaberg had a ten to twelve car length advantage. Rector was able to start reeling in Jaberg, but ran out of time. Jaberg's back to back feature wins is a good way to start the season before heading into his Late Model in the next week or two. Following the New Philadelphia OH driver in the Michael Taylor Allstate Insurance, Rt. 39 Auto Salvage, Naak Tuning and Fox Auto Salvage sponsored #21 was Rector, Vanmeter, Finlayson and Brent Shreffler.
Shawn Marder in the #25 and Lucas Ripley in the #0 led the field down for the start of the 25 lap Summit Racing Economy Modified feature. Ripley was last week's feature winner and Marder had a strong top 5 run. Ripley would shoot to the lead and Lee McCreery in the #2 looked to the high side of Marder. As Ripley quickly distanced himself from the second place battle, McCreery was working hard trying to find a way around. After a few attempts high, a few attempts low and a few shots with the chrome horn, McCreery was able to get a run off turn two and poke his nose inside. McCreery got into turn three very deep and along side Marder, both machines went up the track and McCreery would prevail, setting his sights on Ripley. The McCreery move opened up the bottom for the #13 of Bill Shimko, but going into turn one, Shimko wasn't quite there as Marder slammed the door. The two spun, sending Shimko on top of the #25 as the #37 of Cristian Bailey piled in with no where to go. Bailey would go pit side and after getting untangled, Marder would follow just as the field was coming back to green and Shimko would continue at the tail. After a two lap battle after the green, Ripley was able to clear McCreery, but that opened up the bottom lane for Brandon Bailey in the #55. "The Rooster" and McCreery raced side by side for a couple circuits until the outside lane started to work again, allowing the #2 to get along side the #0. On lap 7, McCreery and Ripley made some contact in turn three and four, stacking up the field, which caused a chain reaction accident between the #98 of Mark Willison Jr and the #10 of Shawn Kaufman. Both cars were able to continue with Willison being charged with the yellow and Ripley was forced to pull pit side with damage after the contact with McCreery. That put McCreery and fastest qualifier Bailey side by side for the restart. McCreery was able to clear Rooster after the green, but Bailey would apply heavy pressure. After the final caution on lap 14 for Kaufman, who lost a drive shaft, the restart mirrored the previous one. Rooster looked like he was going to be a bridesmaid once again as McCreery and Bailey pulled the #38 of Kevin McClintock with them to a 10-12 car length lead on 4th place Mike Bowers in the #02. Coming off turn two on lap 22, McCreery slipped just a little and Rooster pounced. With a quick inside move into turn three, Bailey would pick up the lead and would go on to pick up his first career feature win just a couple of weeks after losing his grandfather. Rooster's other grandfather is a legend at Midvale Speedway, Joe Nign, who now helps wrench on the #55 and coach his grandson. Following the Leesville OH driver in the Scio Car Wash, Vaughan's Pub & Grille, Dover Hydraulics sponsored #55 was McCreery, McClintock, Bowers and Shimko who made a nice recovery.
Next up was the 20 lap JD Byrider Street Stock feature with the #28 of Jimmy Orr and the #21 of Colton Ritchey leading the field to green. On the initial start, Ritchey rocketed out to the lead and Orr got deep into turn one which caused him to slide up into the #44 of Larry Smith, spinning him out. The #88 of Don Boron Sr and the #75 of Bob Passwaters Sr had no where to go and it looked like "The Big One" at Daytona, except everyone was able to continue. Ritchey shot out to the lead on the 2nd start but Orr swung his retro M&M's paint scheme to the outside. Lap after lap the duo battled for the top spot with Ritchey leading most of the laps at the line. As those 2 battled fiercely, the #11 of Mike Martin and the #7 of new track record holder Gabe Pringle were starting to close in. The final three laps were a dog fight between 4 champions and the battle was waged like champions are suppose to battle, hard and clean. Ritchey was a rookie champion in 2015 but was shut out of victory lane last season. He would be shut out no more, picking up his 4th career feature win. Rounding out the top five behind the Akron OH driver in Shook Brothers Repair, Cardinal Asphalt, RD Brown Trucking and Prime Time Sporting Goods sponsored #21 was Martin, Orr, Pringle and Boron Sr.
The McIntosh Oil Company Late Model's took to the track for their 30 lapper with Dave Martin in the #3 and Bob Schneider Jr in the #17 leading the field to Chief Starter Terry Colletti's green flag. Schneider would have the advantage down the back straightaway and into turn three, but got up in the marbles, allowing Martin to lead. As Schneider slipped back, Bryant Smith in the #1 worked to the outside of Martin and took the lead on lap 4. Last week's feature winner Ryan Tedesco in the #701 followed Smith around the outside to the second spot. Bubba Smith in the #12 and Alex Rosenberry in the #2 quickly made it a foursome for the lead. As the laps clicked away, Bubba and Alex lost touch with the front two as Ryan worked the rear deck lid of Bryant. With five laps to go, Rosenberry slowed and pulled off, allowing the #42 of Tom Stankiewicz to take over 4th. Tedesco continued to try to get a run on the outside and inside, but Bryant was determined to win one for Mom. He would hold off Tedesco to pick up his 20th career Late Model victory at Midvale Speedway. Following the Canton OH driver in the Canton Auto Salvage, Finish Line Design's, Freedom Auto Finance sponsored #1 was Tedesco, Stankiewicz, Bubba and Mack Gribble Jr who returns to racing this season.
The Finish Line Motor's Mini Truck's were up next for their 12 lap feature with Tim Frederick in the #36 and the #95 of Michael Varnes on the front row. "Mr Smooth" Rich Schweitzer in the #84 shot around them both on the start and into the lead. Last year's Champion and fastest qualifier Colt Locker in the #118 quickly worked his way up to 2nd with the #2T being driven by Kevin Locker up into 3rd. Last week, Colt and others tried to pass Schweitzer on the outside and nobody could get it done. Locker was determined to make it work as Schweitzer protected the bottom. Lap after lap he tried and lap after lap he couldn't make the pass. Schweitzer would remain undefeated in races so far in 2017. Finishing the top five behind the New Philadelphia OH driver in the VanMeter's Auto, Allen's Muffler, Federated Auto Parts and Alicia Manly MD sponsored #84 was C. Locker, K. Locker, Varnes and Frederick. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barney Gerber as well.
The final feature of the night was the second feature for the South Philly Pizza Compact's. The #181 of Derek Johns and the #86 of Josh Beall lead the field to the stripe. Beall would lead the first two laps before Ryan Shreffler in the #99 took control. Last week's second feature winner Korey Herron in the #30 was able to move around Beall on lap 4 and started closing on the leader. The man on the move was the #18 of Tim Frederick, who just like Bryant Smith, was trying to win one for Mom. Frederick was almost a full straightaway back early on but was able to run the lead duo down by lap 9. Just as Frederick made the pass on the high side of Herron, the only caution flew for a spin by rookie Jesse James in the #88. On the restart, Shreffler battled for a lap on the inside, but Frederick was just too strong and was able to pull away. Following the Sherrodsville OH driver in the #18 was Herron, Shreffler, Tyler Nign and "Little Animal" Tyler E
This Saturday night April 29th is Bloom's Printing Night with Spectator Drags at intermission.
McIntosh Oil Company Late Model's
Fast Time: Tom Stankiewicz 13.809
Heat: Mack Gribble Jr, Alex Rosenberry, Bubba Smith, Bryant Smith, Bob Schneider Jr, Ryan Tedesco, Tom Stankiewicz, Dave Martin
Feature: Bryant, Tedesco, Stankiewicz, Bubba, Gribble Jr, Rosenberry, Schneider Jr, Martin, Phillip Cox
Summit Racing Economy Modified's
Fast Time: Brandon Bailey 14.568
Heat 1: Lucas Ripley, Shawn Marder, Kevin McClintock, Shawn Kaufman, Brandon Bailey, Bill Shimko, Jason Grewell
Heat 2: Trey Williams, Jimmy McCune, Mark Willison Jr, Mike Bowers, Cristian Bailey, Laney Striejewske, Dan Harding
Feature: B. Bailey, Lee McCreery, McClintock, Bowers, Shimko, Willison Jr, Grewell, Williams, McCune, Harding, Striejewske, Kaufman, Ripley, Marder, C. Bailey
JD Byrider Street Stock's
Fast Time: Gabe Pringle 15.806 NTR
Heat 1: Larry Smith, Gabe Pringle, Colton Ritchey, Tom Earley, Mike Martin, Don Boron Sr
Heat 2: Bob Passwaters Jr, Bob Passwaters Sr, Jimmy Orr, Gary Hoopingarner, Jeremiah Hartline
Feature: Ritchey, Martin, Orr, Pringle, Boron Sr, Earley, Hartline, Hoopingarner, Passwaters Jr, Smith, Passwaters Sr
Finish Line Motor's Mini Truck's
Fast Time: Colt Locker 16.358
Heat: Rich Schweitzer, Colt Locker, Kevin Locker, Michael Varnes, Tim Frederick
Feature: Schweitzer, C. Locker, K. Locker, Varnes, Frederick
South Philly Pizza Compact's
Fast Time: Kyle Rector 17.286 NTR
Heat 1: Clayton Oliver, Kyle Rector, Britt Vanmeter, Kyle Finlayson, Brent Shreffler, Brandon France, Gage Jaberg, Justin Renicker
Heat 2: Jeremy Ross, Dan Buckey, Korey Herron, Trevor Kohl, Allen Clark, Noah Patterson, Jesse James, Zack Cogar, Tim Frederick
Heat 3: Tyler Nign, Josh Beall, Alex Striejewske, Derek Johns, Andrea Bishop, Eric Brokaw, Jason Yohn, Tyler Eichel, Ryan Shreffler
Fast Feature: Jaberg, Rector, Vanmeter, Finlayson, B. Shreffler, Renicker, Oliver, Buckey, Cogar, France, Ross, Clark, Patterson
2nd Feature: Frederick, Herron, R. Shreffler, Nign, Eichel, Johns, Striejewske, James, Brokaw, Bishop, Yohn, Beall, Kohl
Written by: Chris Kail
Late Models Listings
|7.||Schneider Jr, Bob|
Economy Modifieds Listings
|6.||Willison Jr, Mark|
Street Stocks Listings
|5.||Boron Sr, Don|
|9.||Passwater Jr, Bob|
Mini Truck Listings