Midvale Speedway
Midvale Speedway... Thunder In The Valley 2019...
Monday, March 25th
Ohio's Fun Place to Race!!
2019 Race Season
July 14, 2018
It was another tremendous night of racing despite the scorching temperatures. The Must See Racing Sprint Cars paid their second visit to the 3/10 mile oval for the 2nd Annual "Buckeye State Shootout" presented by Sarchione Ford of Waynesburg. The car count increased from the 1st event, the prices went down but the crowd grew! We had some incredible racing in our weekly divisions as well, making for another great night at "Thunder In The Valley". Sixty three machines were pit side and it was 89 degrees and sunny at race time.

The front row for the 2nd Annual "Buckeye State Shootout" had the #72S of Joe Speakman on the pole with the #7 of Tom Jewell along side. Fastest Qualifier and New Track Record holder Anthony McCune in the #8 started in the 10th position in the 21 car field. As the field went under the green flag, Speakman seemed to stumble as Jewell shot out to the lead with the #75C of Jerry Caryer and Ike "The Iceman" Beasley in the #97 following. That dropped Speakman back to 4th before they even had a half lap in. Anthony was on an absolute tear through the field. He took over 4th on lap 2 and then moved to 3rd when he got around Beasley on lap 3. On lap 5, Anthony took the second position from Caryer, the 20 year old was on a mission to avenge last years runner-up finish to his uncle. The first caution flew on lap 6 as the #26 of Aaron Pierce spun in turn two. Under the caution, the current runner-up in points, lost his cool and showed his displeasure to Ryan Gillenwater by making contact with the rear of the #45 machine. Gillenwater had to go pit side for repairs and Pierce was disqualified from the event for rough driving. The Must See Series restarts their races single file, with the top 5 being the #7 of Jewell leading with Anthony McCune in the #8, Caryer in the #75C, Beasley in the #97 and defending race winner "The Bulldog" Jimmy McCune in the #88. As the field went back under green, Anthony got a great run off turn two and shot to the inside of Jewell for the top spot, with Caryer following. Once Anthony cleared Jewell, he ran away and hid until they caught lapped traffic. On lap 8, "The Iceman" and "The Bulldog" were both able to get around Jewell to move into 3rd and 4th respectively. On lap 12, the leaders started hitting lapped traffic, and it was heavy traffic. Anthony had built up a 2.5 second lead as his uncle Jimmy was all over Beasley for second. On lap 15, Jimmy was able to get around the #97 and has his sights set on the #8. Anthony was flying through traffic. He put his machine inside, outside and up the middle. The racing in traffic was thrilling, knowing that one false move could end up in complete disaster. The fans were on the edge of their seats and in awe of the jaw dropping action. At the halfway mark, Anthony led uncle Jimmy and Beasley, with Jewell and the #9S of "Chargin" Charlie Schultz rounding out the top 5. Schultz, a former competitor in Outlaw Late Model's and a winner in Super Modified's at Midvale, was looking for his first Must See win in front of many hometown friends and family. The leaders were running laps in the 12.8 - 12.9 second bracket, in and out of traffic. As the middle stages flew by, Jimmy was closing the gap in traffic. The experience of the Series all-time win leader and defending Champion the last 3 straight years, was paying off. On lap 26, the McCune family was nose to tail. Anthony got pinned by one of the lapped machines and that allowed Jimmy to rocket past. Just after the pass for the lead, Jewell and the #8A of Adam Biltz got together in turn two, bringing out the second and final caution. The top 6 machines were still on the lead lap and preparing for a 12 lap shootout. Jimmy led nephew Anthony, with Beasley, Schultz, Caryer and Jewell completing the top 6. As the field was given the green light, Jimmy shot out like a cannon. He was able to nail the restart, not giving Anthony any chance to find some daylight. The field caught lapped traffic again on lap 32. Anthony was able to get to the rear nerf bar of Jimmy, but would run out of time. "The Bulldog" would score his Series record 27th victory and his second straight at Midvale. Following the Toledo OH driver in the B&B Machinery Movers, Rev-X Oil, Abe's Auto Parts and Sales and Kercher Engines sponsored #88 was Anthony, Beasley, Schultz and Caryer. There were 14 cars running at the finish.

The Mad Bro's Games & Hobbies Mini Truck's were the first feature to take to the Speedway. Scott Lindell in the #14 and Barney Gerber in the #2T led the field down for the start of the 12 lap event. On the initial start, Gerber scooted out front as Lindell spun in turn four and did his best bicycle impersonation, coming to rest back on all four wheels. Gerber was able to clear Lindell off turn two on the complete restart, as fastest qualifier Kevin Locker in the #118, followed him in the high lane. Gerber and Locker would pull away from the field to settle the race between the two of them. Lindell was locked in a good battle with the #4 of Tim Scott and the point leader Rich Schweitzer in the #84, who was having some power plant issues. Lindell, Scott and Schweitzer would have a great battle for the third spot for the better part of the event. Meanwhile, Locker looked high and low but Gerber was able to hang on to the top spot. As the field took the white flag, Locker tried a crossover move in turn one and made contact with Gerber, sending him spinning. Locker admitted fault and went to the tail for the one lap finish. Schweitzer was forced to pull to the pits with his gremlins continuing. Gerber was able to clear Lindell on the restart and sail into DLP Commercial Maintenance Victory lane again, gaining some ground in the point standings. Following the Dover OH driver to the finish in the RV Parts Express, Swiss Auto Mart, Pied Piper Muffler and Brake, Bud & Tooties, Club McKay and Badstone Band sponsored #2T was Scott, Locker, Lindell and Schweitzer.

Jerry Devore in the #4 and Trey Williams in the #11 led the field to Chief Starter Terry Colletti's green flag in the Summit Racing Economy Modified 25 lapper. Williams was able to grab the lead off turn two as Devore and Lee McCreery in the #2 made contact, stacking up the field behind them. McCreery was able to maintain second as last week's feature winner, Lucas Ripley in the #0 and Brandon Bailey in the #55 moved up to 3rd and 4th respectively. Heading into turn three on lap 2, McCreery dove to the inside of Williams to take over the point, bringing Ripley and Bailey with him. The first caution flew on lap 4 as Devore and Williams got together off turn two. Williams took the blame and tagged the tail. The spinner - spinee rule seems to be working when track official's dont have a clear cut view of who is at fault for an accident. Driver's, for the most part, are doing a great job of showing each other good sportsmanship. On the restart, McCreery and Ripley made some contact off turn two but McCreery was able to keep the race lead, Ripley tucked in behind. On lap 10, the second caution came out as McCreery broke out of his qualifying time for two laps and was sent to the tail. That put Lucas and Bailey on the front row for the restart. The #00 of Todd Ripley and the #38 of fastest qualifier Kevin McClintock got together in turn three, collecting five other machines. Bill Shimko in the #13 and Jason Grewell in the #99 were forced to retire with damage, everyone else would be able to continue. McClintock took the blame for the incident and tagged the tail. Lucas was able to jump out in front as the field came back to green as Todd and Bailey battled side by side for second. On lap 12, Todd and Bailey got together in turn one, sending the #55 spinning. Both driver's we called over to talk about it, with neither driver wanting to take the blame. Todd got out of his machine to express his displeasure and was eliminated from the event. Lucas would again lead on the final restart with Mack Gribble in the #12 in second. With 6 laps to go, Gribble swung his machine to the outside of Lucas for the race lead. With an impressive, power move, Gribble took over the top spot and set sail to another victory. Completing the top 5 behind the New Philadelphia OH driver in the Fairway Independent Mortgage, Holly Grim @ Remax, Garrett and Son's Construction, Ixagenics by Deb Jarvis, Swans and Mcbride's Hidden Horsepower sponsored #12 was Lucas, McClintock, Williams and Bailey.

The Buckey Mowing Street Stock's pulled onto the Speedway behind the Sarchione Ford of Waynesburg F-150 pace truck, with Keith Anderson in the #40 and the #25 of Shawn Marder leading the way. After a couple failed starts, one of them sending Anderson pit side for repairs, Marder was able to take the point with the #66 of Curtis Collins in second. Colt Locker was on the charge in the #77, as he put his machine in the high lane and passed Collins and Marder to take away the top spot on lap 2. Kyle Grove in the #3 was on the charge from the middle of the pack to take over second on lap 5. Grove brought the #22 of Kyle Rector with him as they chased down Locker for the lead. On lap 9, Grove tried to get to the inside of the #77, but Locker closed the door, stalling the momentum of Grove temporarily. On lap 12, Locker left the bottom open and Grove pounced. Rector was able to follow Grove again, moving to second. As the laps wound down, Rector was inching in on Grove, but ran out of time. Following the Uhrichsville OH driver in the El Pueblito Mexican Cuisine, Mission Nutrition, CNAC Financing, Red Dog Saloon, S&K Auto Detailing and Audio and Affordable Towing sponsored #3 was Rector, points leader Gabe Pringle, Locker and Bob Passwaters Sr.

The final feature was a 20 lapper for the South Philly Pizza Compact's. Allen Clark in the #0 and "Little Animal" Tyler Eichel paced the field. Clark was able to take the race lead with Josh Beall in the #86 running second. The duo of Brandon France in the #38 and Justin Renicker in the #175 were coming quickly through the pack. Those two always seem to be glued together, rather they are in the front or at the back. France was able to take over the second position on lap 3 after Beall and Josh Peebles in the #78 made some contact while battling for second in turn three, stacking up Renicker and others. Peebles would be forced pit side as Beall had to deal with Bart Busby in the #31. Busby was able to clear Beall and then set his sights on the front two. France was able to complete an outside pass of Clark for the lead on lap 5 and 3 laps later, Busby was able to get around Clark. France had about a 10 car length lead, but Busby was eating into it quickly. The only caution flew on lap 11 as the #30 of Rob Scott and the #41 of Toby Cook got together in turn four, both were out of the event. On the restart, Renicker, Clark, Beall and the #15 of fastest qualifier Kyle Finlayson went 4-wide into turn one. Finlayson got up into the marbles and slipped back as Renicker was forced to the infield with an apparent mechanical issue. France and Busby would remain side by side for the final 9 laps, trading the lead almost every corner. The front two drove each other clean and hard as the fans were on the edge of their seats. France was finally able to clear Busby coming off turn two on the final lap, to pick up another victory in an exciting race. Rounding out the top 5 behind the Dover OH driver in the France Trucking, France Racing and South Philly Pizza sponsored #38 was Busby, Finlayson, Clark and Dan Buckey.

We just want to THANK everyone from Must See Racing, their staff, officials, drivers and teams for another memorable event. We THANK the great partners we have at Sarchione Ford of Waynesburg and ALL of our partners in 2018, we could do it without you all!! THANK YOU to all of our drivers, teams, officials, staff and fans for coming out and putting on another great show! Without each and every one of you, none of this would be possible!!

This Saturday Night July 21st is Christmas In July Night presented by Vanmeter Auto Repair and Federated Auto Parts. We will be giving bicycle's away to some lucky kids at intermission and we will be giving away a lot of prizes to the rest of our great fans!! PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US as we will be doing a lot of calling ticket numbers during the heat races. All 5 regular racing divisions will be in action.
**If you want to donate a bicycle, please put a tag or sign on the front of it with your name and a way to contact you, so the lucky person that receives it, can thank you. Then just simply bring it with you to the track and place it on the walkway on the front straightaway. If you would like to donate money towards a bicycle or donate another prize, please contact John or Kelley Chapman, Matthew Helms or Chris Kail and we will help you do that. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!**

-Story by Chris Kail


Must See Sprint Cars

Quick Time: Anthony McCune 12.383 (NTR)

Heat 1: Bronzie Lawson IV, Anthony Linkenhoker, Rick Holley, JJ Henes, Tim Henthorne, Kyle Watson, Jim Paller

Heat 2: Tom Geren, Adam Biltz, Tom Jewell, Todd McQuillen, Tony Grams, Joshua Sexton, Joe Speakman

Heat 3: Ike Beasley, Jimmy McCune, Anthony McCune, Charlie Schultz, Ryan Gillenwater, Jerry Caryer, Aaron Pierce

The Buckeye State Shootout: Jimmy, Anthony, Beasley, Schultz, Caryer, Jewell, Lawson IV, Geren, McQuillen, Sexton, Henes, Holley, Paller, Linkenhoker, Grams, Biltz, Henthorne, Watson, Gillenwater, Speakman, Pierce

Summit Racing Economy Modified's

Fast Time: Kevin McClintock 14.833

Heat 1: Todd Ripley, Mack Gribble, Lucas Ripley, Kevin McClintock, Brandon Bailey

Heat 2: Lee McCreery, Jerry Devore, Trey Williams, Dan Harding, Jason Grewell, Bill Shimko

Feature: Gribble, Lucas, McClintock, Williams, Bailey, McCreery, Harding, Devore, Grewell, Shimko

Buckey Mowing Street Stock's

Fast Time: Gabe Pringle 16.043

Heat 1: Kyle Grove, Gabe Pringle, Kyle Rector, Colt Locker, Bear Schwartz

Heat 2: Keith Anderson, Shawn Marder, Bob Passwaters Sr, Curtis Collins, Bob Passwaters Jr

Feature: Grove, Rector, Pringle, Locker, Passwaters Sr, Anderson, Collins, Marder, Passwaters Jr, Schwartz

Mad Bro's Games & Hobbies Mini Truck's

Fast Time: Kevin Locker 16.651

Heat: Barney Gerber, Kevin Locker, Scott Lindell, Tim Scott, Roger Baucher, Rich Schweitzer

Feature: Gerber, Scott, Locker, Lindell, Schweitzer, Bausher

South Philly Pizza Compact's

Fast Time: Kyle Finlayson 17.610

Heat 1: Justin Renicker, Brandon France, Bart Busby, Josh Peebles, Kyle Finlayson, Rob Scott, Dan Buckey, Toby Cook

Heat 2: Josh Beall, Allen Clark, Tyler Eichel, Karl Phillips, Shawn Migdol, Aaron Nitz, Kenny Feister Jr

Feature: France, Busby, Finlayson, Clark, Buckey, Eichel, Beall, Phillips, Nitz, Renicker, Feister Jr, Migdol, Cook, Scott, Peebles

Written by: Chris Kail

Driver Results
Economy Modifieds
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
15012Mack Gribble
2480Lucas Ripley
34638Kevin McClintock
44411Trey Williams
54255Brandon Bailey
6402Lee McCreery
73865Dan Harding
8364Jerry Devore
93499Jason Grewell
103213Bill Shimko
113000Todd Ripley
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1800Todd Ripley
2712Mack Gribble
360Lucas Ripley
4538Kevin McClintock
5455Brandon Bailey
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
152Lee McCreery
244Jerry Devore
3311Trey Williams
4265Dan Harding
5199Jason Grewell
6013Bill Shimko
Street Stocks
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1503Kyle Grove
24822Kyle Rector
3467Gabe Pringle
44477Josh Moss
54275Bob Passwaters Sr
64040Kenny Feister
73866Curtis Collins
83625Shawn Marder
93474Bob Passwaters Jr
103277BBear Schwartz
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
183Kyle Grove
277Gabe Pringle
3622Kyle Rector
4577Josh Moss
5477BBear Schwartz
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1540Kenny Feister
2425Shawn Marder
3375Bob Passwaters Sr
4266Curtis Collins
5174Bob Passwaters Jr
Mini Truck
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1502TBarney Gerber
2484Tim Scott
34614Scott Lindell
44484Rich Schweitzer
54211Roger Bausher
Disqualified0118Colt Locker
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
182TBarney Gerber
27118Colt Locker
3614Scott Lindell
454Tim Scott
5411Roger Bausher
6084Rich Schweitzer
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
15038Brandon France
24831Bart Busby
34615Kyle Finlayson
4440Alan Clark
54269Dan Buckey
6404ETyler Eichel
73886Josh Beall
83623Karl Phillips
9348AAaron Nitz
1032175Justin Renicker
113013Kenny Feister Jr
122856Shawn Migdol
132641Toby Cook
142430Korey Herron
152278PJosh Peebles
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18175Justin Renicker
2738Brandon France
3631Bart Busby
4578PJosh Peebles
5415Kyle Finlayson
6030Korey Herron
7069Dan Buckey
8041Toby Cook
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1586Josh Beall
240Alan Clark
334ETyler Eichel
4223Karl Phillips
5156Shawn Migdol
608AAaron Nitz
7013Kenny Feister Jr
07/14/2018 Race
Economy Modifieds Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Gribble, Mack
2.Ripley, Lucas
3.McClintock, Kevin
4.Williams, Trey
5.Bailey, Brandon
6.McCreery, Lee
7.Harding, Dan
8.Devore, Jerry
9.Grewell, Jason
10.Shimko, Bill
07/14/2018 Race
Street Stocks Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Grove, Kyle
2.Rector, Kyle
3.Pringle, Gabe
4.Moss, Josh
5.Passwaters Sr, Bob
6.Feister, Kenny
7.Collins, Curtis
8.Marder, Shawn
9.Passwaters Jr, Bob
10.Schwartz, Bear
07/14/2018 Race
Mini Truck Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Gerber, Barney
2.Scott, Tim
3.Lindell, Scott
4.Schweitzer, Rich
5.Bausher, Roger
6.Locker, Colt
07/14/2018 Race
Compacts Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.France, Brandon
2.Busby, Bart
3.Finlayson, Kyle
4.Clark, Alan
5.Buckey, Dan
6.Eichel, Tyler
7.Beall, Josh
8.Phillips, Karl
9.Nitz, Aaron
10.Renicker, Justin