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2018 Race Season
|July 8, 2017|
|Another beautiful Saturday Night to race at Midvale Speedway and it may have been the best night of the year so far. The racing on the track was exceptional, but the real winner's of the night were the Kid's!! Thank you to the wonderful sponsors, businesses, driver's, team's, official's and fans that contributed to Christmas in July Night presented by Federated Auto Parts and VanMeter's Auto Repair. Thirty Seven Kids went home with new bicycles and many adults went home happy with prizes as well. Sixty cars and trucks made the trek to Midvale Speedway. Skies were partly cloudy and it was 80 degrees at race time.|
The first feature to hit the 3/10 mile oval was the South Philly Pizza Compact 15 lap fast feature. Josh Feister in the #28 and Korey Herron in the #20 started on the front row. Herron, subbing for Larry Ennis Jr, took the lead on lap 2 after trailling Feister by inches at the line. Kyle Finlayson was his usual self in the #15, 3-wide on the high side, picking up positions. Dan Buckey in the #69 and Zack Cogar in the #58 took Herron 3-wide on lap 4 for the lead. Cogar would take over the top spot, looking to pick up his first career fast feature win. On lap 8, last week's winner Brent Shreffler in the #24, made his way to second and would start to run down Cogar. Finlayson was up to 3rd and top qualifier Jeffrey Orr in the #36 was up to 4th. Orr would put on a clinic in the high lane, picking off Buckey and Shreffler and then took Cogar and Finlayson 3-wide to climb to second, as Cogar was able to stay out front. As the white flag flew and the field headed to turn one, Cogar led Orr, Finlayson, Shreffler and Brandon France in the #38. The top 5 all traded some paint with each other and by the time they got to turn three, France was up front. Mr. "Where Did He Come From", would go from 5th to 1st on the final lap and pick up his 2nd career fast feature win in a thrilling finish. Following the Dover OH driver in the Skyline Homes, WFO Vinyls, South Philly Pizza, Racers Helping Racers sponsored #38 was Shreffler, Orr, Finlayson and Cogar.
Next up was the McIntosh Oil Company Late Model's for their 30 lap feature. "The Codeman" Cody Jaberg in the #22 and the #3 of Dave Martin brought the field to Chief Starter Terry Colletti's green flag. Jaberg would jump out front, pulling Tom Stankiewicz in the #42 with him to second. On lap 2, Bubba Smith in the #12 was up to 3rd. Bubba, who flew in from Jamaica where he was on vacation, got to the track just prior to qualifying with only a few practice laps on his machine. On lap 3, Jaberg came off the bottom lane and that allowed Stankiewicz to get around on the inside. Bubba, Ryan Tedesco in the #701, Bryant Smith in the #1 and Alex Rosenberry in the #2 were also able to move past Jaberg on lap 4. As the laps came off the board, Stankiewicz looked comfortable out front as Tedesco was all over Bubba for 2nd. On lap 11, the only caution of the race flew for Phillip Cox in the #69, who spun in turn two. The "Master of Restarts" got another great one that propelled him around Stankiewicz and into the lead. The best battle on the track turned into a fight for positions 2-5. Stankiewicz was second, Bryant third, Tedesco fourth and Rosenberry fifth. As the laps faded away, so did Bubba in the windshield of those chasing him. Tedesco knew that he needed to go and hope for a caution. He used the "chrome horn" to nudge Bryant up the race track, which Rosenberry took advantage of as well. The caution that Tedesco and Rosenberry needed, never came. They took a shot at Stankiewicz late in the going, but was unable to do anything with him as Smith sailed off into the Jamaican/Midvale sunset with his 4th win if the season and third in a row. Rounding out the top 5 behind the North Canton OH driver in the Smith's Auto Sales, Finish Line Designs, Finish Line Motor's and Freedom Auto Finance sponsored #12 was Stankiewicz, Tedesco, Rosenberry and Bryant.
The second South Philly Pizza Compact feature had the #95 of Leeza Moore and the #21A of Alex Striejewske on the front row. Striejewske would lead lap 1 as the car #1 of Chad Smith was doing his best pin ball impression down the back straightaway. The #86 of Josh Beall was able to take over the point on lap 4 via the outside lane. On lap 6 the #18 of Tim Frederick, the #0 of Allen Clark and the #55 of Tyler Nign were 3-wide battling for 3rd. The first caution waved for Marcus Cox in the #169 and Nign who made contact on lap 7, sending Cox to the back of the field. On the restart, Clark and Striejewske would get together off turn two, Striejewske got squirrelly and made contact with the right side if Nign, who was trying to avoid the accident on the bottom. Striejewske would gather it up, but would stop on the raceway. Nign received quite a bit of damage to the right front and was unable to continue, Striejewske was charged with the caution and sent to the tail. Back under green, Beall would stay on the bottom as Frederick led by a nose on the top. Frederick would then clear Beall, but continued in the 2nd groove. Coming off turn four on lap 9, Beall pushed up, allowing Clark to get around for second and the #910 of Jimmy Devuono for third. Frederick stayed on the high side as Clark took the bottom. Lap after Lap, Frederick led by a half of a car length or so at the line with Devuono looking for a way around. On the final circuit, Frederick was able to clear Clark and pick up his 19th career feature win. Completing the top 5 behind the Sherrodsville OH driver in the Why So Serious Welding & Fabrication, KTFO Racing, Racing for Angel's sponsored #18 was Clark, Devuono, Beall and Trevor Kohl.
Mike Bowers in the #02 and "Big Mac" Doug McMillen in the #54 led the Summit Racing Economy Modified field down for the start of their 25 lap feature. McMillen would take the race lead on the outside lane, bringing "The Rooster" Brandon Bailey with him. The field took a single file look until Kevin McClintock in the #38 was able to get around Lee McCreery in the #2 for 4th and apply heat to Bowers on lap 5. Big Mac would maintain about a 1-2 car length advantage through the first half of the event. On lap 10, McClintock was able to make a gorgeous pass of Bowers off turn two to take over 3rd and McCreery took advantage of the open lane and filled it, moving to 4th. As the middle stages wound down, Rooster started to apply pressure to McMillen for the lead. The 8-10 car length lead that the lead duo had on McClintock and McCreery had all but evaporated by lap 20. The front 5 were all packed together for the finish. The Rooster would peek to the outside a couple times, but didn't want to leave the bottom open for McClintock, so he was forced to tuck back in line. Coming to the white flag off turn four, Rooster laid the wood to the rear bumper of the #54, but Big Mac gathered it up and went on to pick up his first feature win since June 2011. McMillen became a part time racer quite a few years back when he elected to become a full time father and husband. It was good to see such a great family with so much history at Midvale Speedway, back in Finish Line Motor's Victory Lane. Rounding out the top 5 behind the JMAC Auto Detailing, Haas Body Shop, Doug Moore @ Parkway Honda, Lee's Famous Recipe, Trenton Tire and In Memory of Roger Cole sponsored #54 was Bailey, McClintock, McCreery and Jason Grewell.
The JD Byrider Street Stock 20 lap feature had the #13 of Kenny Feister Jr and the #77 of Todd Miller leading the field to green. Miller, who hasnt been behind the wheel in over a year, showed no rust by running out front early with Gary Hoopingarner in the #1 close in tow. Fastest qualifier Gabe Pringle in the #7 was showing the field how to get it done in the high lane as he took 3rd from Feister, second from Hoopingarner and was to the outside of Miller when the first caution came out on lap 9. Teddy Oliver, making his return for the first time in a number of years subbing for Larry Smith in the #44, got into the #21 of Colton Ritchey in turn four. Oliver would be charged with the caution. The field was reset to the previously completed lap, putting Miller and Hoopingarner on the front row for the restart. Back under green, Pringle was able to complete the pass of Hoopy on the inside and then swing his machine to the outside of Miller. Pringle would take over the lead on lap 10 and began to pull away slightly. The fastest qualifier Kyle Grove in the #3 was also making the top side work, as he was able to get around Hoopingarner and Miller, setting his sights on the leader. As the laps clicked away, the front two were very evenly matched with Pringle maintaining a 4-5 car length advantage. The final caution would wave on lap 13 as Ritchey and Moss made contact in turn three with Ritchey being charged. Under the caution, Ritchey had a mechanical issue that caused a small fire, ending his night. On the restart, Grove was able to shoot around Pringle for the lead. Over the final 6 laps, Pringle looked high a few times, used the bumper a few times and tried to go low a few more times. But Grove was able to hold on for what appeared to be his first win of the season over Pringle and teammate Tom Earley in the #31. But after post race inspection, the #3 and #31 were disqualified, handing Pringle his 4th win of the season. Following the Midvale OH driver in the 99.9 WTUZ/BIG Z Sports, Tim Bickford @ Parkway, Ridgeway's KC's Car Care, Creative Floats, Keith's Cars, Lisa Hoy @ State Farm Insurance, No Contract Wireless, Dave's Towing sponsored #7 was Miller, Mike Martin, Hoopingarner and Bill Aubihl.
The final race of the evening was the Finish Line Motor's Mini Truck 12 lapper. Tim Scott in the #4 and Michael Varnes in the #95 led the field to the stripe. Varnes, who had the heat race under control until he blew a power steering line, would settle in behind Scott in second. On lap 2, fastest qualifier Colt Locker in the #118 worked to the outside of Varnes for second. Varnes would get out of shape in turn four, allowing Rich Schweitzer in the #84 to get around. Locker and Schweitzer would quickly run down the race leader Scott on lap 5. Lap after lap, Scott would play both sides of the street perfectly, even if he wasn't aware he was doing it. He would slide up to the outside lane off the corners, stalling the runs of Locker and then would get back to the bottom, holding Schweitzer at bay. As the final laps wound down, Scott would continue to position his #4 exactly where it needed to be and was able to go on to pick up his first career feature win at Midvale Speedway. Following the Sunbury OH driver in the Scott Racing sponsored #4 was Locker, Schweitzer, Varnes and Barney Gerber.
A tremendous job was done by all the driver's in all 5 Divisions, they put on a great show with very few cautions!!
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to some of our partners:
Federated Auto Parts, VanMeter's Auto Repair, 99.9 WTUZ, Damsel in Defense by Alicia Allison, Morgan Vinyl, Smith's Auto Sales, Canton Auto Salvage, Finish Line Motor's, Snap On Tools, 101.9/1540 WBTC and 95.9 The Light, Advanced Auto Parts, Randy Smith,Bob Schneider Jr, Destiny Moore and EVERYONE who donated bicycles that made another Christmas in July such a great success!!
Coming up July 15th, for the first time in 16 years, Sprint Cars make their return to Midvale Speedway as the Must See Sprint Cars come to town. Modified's, Street Stock's, Compact's, Mini Truck's and Spectator Drags at Intermission will also be in action, presented by Freedom Auto Finance.
McIntosh Oil Company Late Model's
Fast Time: Ryan Tedesco 13.841
Heat 1: Tom Stankiewicz, Bryant Smith, Bubba Smith, Alex Rosenberry, Ryan Tedesco
Heat 2: Gage Jaberg, Dave Martin, Phillip Cox, Cody Jaberg
Feature: Bubba, Stankiewicz, Tedesco, Rosenberry, Bryant, Cody, Martin, Gage, Cox
Summit Racing Economy Modified's
Fast Time: Kevin McClintock 14.778
Heat: Mike Bowers, Doug McMillen, Brandon Bailey, Kevin McClintock, Shawn Kaufman, Jason Grewell, Trey Williams, Cristian Bailey, Jeff Lindstorm
Feature: McMillen, Brandon, McClintock, McCreery, Grewell, Bowers, Williams, Kaufman, Cristian, Bill Westlake
JD Byrider Street Stock's
Fast Time: Gabe Pringle
Heat: Gabe Pringle, Todd Miller, Gary Hoopingarner, Teddy Oliver, Mike Martin, Bill Aubihl, Colton Ritchey, Kenny Feister Jr
Feature: Pringle, Miller, Martin, Hoopingarner, Aubihl, Oliver, Feister Jr, Ritchey
Finish Line Motor's Mini Truck's
Fast Time: Colt Locker 16.253 (NTR)
Heat: Tim Scott, Rich Schweitzer, Colt Locker, Barney Gerber, Michael Varnes
Feature: Scott, Locker, Schweitzer, Varnes, Gerber, Tim Frederick
South Philly Pizza Compact's
Fast Time: Brent Shreffler 17.422
Heat 1: Brandon France, Zack Cogar, Mike McDonald, Kyle Finlayson, Britt Vanmeter, Brent Shreffler, Jeffrey Orr, Kyle Rector, Dan Buckey
Heat 2: Jimmy Devuono, Korey Herron, Tim Frederick, Ryan Shreffler, Josh Feister, Billy Hilliker, Jesse James, Mike Swaney, Trevor Kohl
Heat 3: Tyler Nign, Josh Beall, Marcus Cox, Allen Clark, Leeza Moore, Erik Kugler, Chad Smith
Fast Feature: France, Brent, Orr, Finlayson, Cogar, Rector, Buckey, Vanmeter, McDonald, Herron, Swaney, James, Feister
2nd Feature: Frederick, Clark, Devuono, Beall, Kohl, Ryan, Cox, Kugler, Moore, Striejewske, Smith, Nign
Written by: Matthew Helms
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