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Mike Hopkins Wins Motor Mountain Masters At Jennerstown

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JENNERSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mike Hopkins survived a late-race restart to win the 3rd annual “Motor Mountain Masters” Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway.

Hopkins held off Josh Brock, Carson Hocevar, Travis Braden and Derek Griffith on the final restart of the race after a caution flag on lap 147 of the 150-lap race.

Hopkins, of Hermon Maine, took the early lead from pole starter Albert Francis when lap one was officially scored. On lap 7, Francis passed Hopkins for the top spot. At lap 30, Francis held a commanding lead but a spin by ARCA Series superstar Travis Braden, of West Virginia, slowed the action at lap 33, which led to the scheduled five minute race break on lap 40.

Hopkins grabbed the lead again at the start of segment two with Francis falling back to third spot after being passed by World Series of Asphalt Racing Champion Derek Griffith. Griffith’s hold on second place didn’t last long as Josh Brock took over the runner-up spot on lap 56. On lap 62, Cale Gale moved into fourth place passing Griffith but immediately after the pass, Gale slowed with mechanical problems.

Hopkins chose the outside lane for the double-file restart for the final 60-lap segment.  Hopkins maintained the lead as Griffith regained second place with a bold move to pass two cars.  Francis didn’t let him hold that spot long as raced back into the runner up spot but on lap 111, Francis made contact with a lapped car and spun with damage.

Hopkins, Griffith, Hocevar, and Brock were the top four when the green flag was displayed on lap 115. Hopkins maintained the top spot but the racing action was slowed again on lap 120 when a three-car crash eliminated 2020 Jennerstown winner, Garry Wiltrout.

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The restart with 25 laps to go gave Griffith, Hocevar and Brock another opportunity to steal the lead from Hopkins but they couldn’t pull it off. The final caution flag on lap 147 made for some drama but Hopkins ended it by taking the checkered flag and the $10,000 grand prize.

Brock finished second with Hocevar coming home in third.  Braden rallied for a fourth place finish and Griffith settled for a top 5.

Rick Sibila captured the checkered flag in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds 30-lap feature. Sibila joined his father Bob, the legendary ASA Series and Late Model racer, as a visitor to Stoney’s victory lane at Jennerstown.

Next Saturday, August 15th, Jennerstown Speedway presents five division racing on Autograph Night. Before the racing begins, fans will be invited onto the front straightaway of the oval, to meet the drivers, touch the cars, and take photos. For more information visit, www.Jennerstown.org.

3rd Annual Motor Mountain Masters 150

Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division

Position – Start – Driver – Hometown – Car No.

  1. 2 – Mike Hopkins – Hermon, ME – #15H
  2. 7 – Josh Brock – Corbin, KY – #17
  3. 8 – Carson Hocevar – Portage, MI – #14H
  4. 12 – Travis Braden – Wheeling, WV – #26
  5. 3 – Derek Griffith – Hudson, NH – #12G
  6. 1 – Albert Francis – Painesville, OH – #33F
  7. 18 – Devin O’Connell – Madison, CT – #85
  8. 13 – Cory Casagrande – Stafford Springs, CT – #7CT
  9. 26 – Bryan Shipp – Scottdale, PA – #40
  10. 23 – Brandan Marhefka – Windber, PA – #13
  11. 16 – Nate Walton – Hudsonville, MI – #66
  12. 27 – Mike Sweeney – Nesquehoning, PA – #D11
  13. 14 – Jimmy Tucker – Mount Clemens, MI – #98
  14. 10 – Eldon King – Freedom, NY – #0
  15. 15 – Evan Shotko – Coopersville, MI – #22
  16. 22 – Chad Pendleton – Plain City, OH – #22P
  17. 25 – Jeremy Shaffer – Derry, PA – #16
  18. 32 – Scott Wylie – Blasdell, NY – #92W
  19. 20 – Zane Ferrell – Ruffs Dale, PA – #14
  20. 34 – Lauren Butler – West Mifflin, PA – #53
  21. 11 – Jarred Barclay – Somerset, PA – #92
  22. 17 – Garry Wiltrout – Somerset, PA – #95
  23. 33 – Todd Price – Bedford, PA – #96
  24. 35 – Patrick Waugh – New Florence, PA – #21
  25. 19 – Barry Awtey – Jenners, PA – #75
  26. 21 – Joe Maruca – Slickville, PA – #90
  27. 5 – Cale Gale – Winston-Salem, NC – #44
  28. 4 – Weston Griffith – Crown Port, IN – #33G
  29. 31 – Chola Shay – Matamoras, PA – #2
  30. 6 – Jerick Johnson – Mooresville, NC – #76
  31. 30 – Mike Hemminger – Stoystown, PA – #72
  32. 9 – Brian Campbell – Wyoming, MI – #47
  33. 24 – Teddy Gibala – Coulter, PA – #3
  34. 28 – Glenn Gault – Hubbard, OH – #40G
  35. 29 – Gerry Shepard – Comstock Park, MI – #77
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Gerster, Gibala, Aiello, VanFleet Among Winners At Jennerstown Speedway

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JENNERSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Brian Gerster held off Jimmy McCune following a restart with 2-laps-to-go to win the “Must See Sprint Car Series” feature Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway.

McCune, a former series Champion, led most of the 30-lap feature but Gerster was able to get around him on a restart and then was able to hold him off when the roles were reversed. Joe Liguori came home third followed by series points leader Anthony McCune in fourth and Charlie Schultz finished fifth.

Teddy Gibala was victorious in the Late Model feature.  Gibala and points leader Albert Francis staged an epic battle racing side-by-side for six laps, swapping the lead three times in the process with Gibala coming out on top.  Francis settled for second followed by Barry Awtey in third.  Gibala trails Francis by six points in the Championship hunt with Awtey a mere nine points back with one race left in the season.

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Anthony Aiello earned his division-leading fourth victory of 2020 by holding off R.J. Dallape in the Modified feature.  Tom Golik finished third followed by Adam Henry and pole sitter Doug Glessner.

Aaron VanFleet outlasted Josh Coughenour to pick up his third win of the year in the Street Stock feature.  Casey Fleegle charged from his tenth starting spot to round out the podium.’

Steve Singo took home the checkered flag in the Chargers feature while Michael Saler was victorious in the 4-Cylinders feature.

The final night of “5 Division Racing” takes place Saturday, September 19th and will decide the Jennerstown Champions.  Racing action begins at 6pm. For more information visit www.jennerstown.org.

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Zarin, Fox, Magill, Myers Among Winners At PPMS

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IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Logan Zarin is back in victory lane after winning Saturday night’s RUSH Late Model Dirt Series feature at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

Zarin started 2nd in the 20-lap feature and held off a hard-charging Ben Policz to win his second feature in a month at “Dirt’s Monster Half Mile”.  Bill Kessler rounded out the Top 3.

Les Myers took home the checkered flag in the Vintage Modified feature.  Hank Coles and Steve Longo rounded out the Top 3.

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Frank Magill was the winner of the make-up feature for the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks.  Stephen Shelpman and Robert Betz finished second and third respectively.

Tyler Fox won the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks regular feature.  Adam Ferree and Cody Koteles finished second and third.

Bill Tennant and April Tennant made it a Tennant Family 1-2 in the Four Cylinders feature.  Susie Rudolph finished third.

Noah Bubeck continued his string of wins in the Young Guns feature, holding off Cameron Hollister and Dylan Clipp to capture the checkered flag.

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Dewease Does it Again at Port Royal Speedway

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PORT ROYAL, PA (September 12, 2020): Seven was the lucky number for Lance Dewease, as he scored yet another victory in the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. The breaks went his way on this momentous night and he cashed in to the tune of $53,000. He inherited the lead in his heat race when Cale Thomas retired early and that put Dewease into the redraw for the feature event. He drew the pole position. And then, while chasing the leader with thirteen laps remaining, Rico Abreu’s car broke, putting Dewease on the point for the restart.

“Sometimes you have the fastest car but you still don’t win if the breaks don’t go your way. Tonight, the breaks went in our favor,” Dewease said. Dewease quickly added, though, that his team gave him a good car again this night. “I could drive it,” he said confidently.

Dewease was a little disappointed with his performance during the first half of the race. Although he led the first 17 laps, “I got a little too conservative with the lapped cars and I let Rico get by me,” said Dewease. “I thought that I’d be OK when we got back to traffic again.” Dewease was right. He was closing in on Abreu, but the clash of fan favorites never materialized because Abreu’s car broke before Dewease got back to within a car length or two.

Dewease’s seven wins in the Tuscarora 50 took place in four different decades. “To do it in four decades (actually, only 26 years) means two things,” he said. “I’m old. and I’ve been pretty good at his for a pretty long time.” Dewease added that he has been fortunate to drive for some very good people over that span. “I was here when they almost closed this place down,” Dewease recalled. “Steve O’Neil came in as promoter and he started to turn things around, and then they ran him off. They brought him back a few years later and he’s really improved this place.” Dewease was quick to acknowledge the contributions of the hard-working track crew, the dedicated Fair Board, and the loyal fans for making it all possible.

Dewease and Abreu were on the front row for the fifty lapper. T.J. Stutts made repairs to his motor after the heat race and lined up third, with Tyler Courtney next to him. The home town hero, Dylan Cisney started fifth, with the remaining re-draw position going to Anthony Macri. Tony Stewart and Kerry Madsen were in row four, with Danny Dietrich and night one winner, Cory Eliason, in row five. Then came Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and defending race champion, Aaron Reutzel. Buried deep in the pack were track points champion, Logan Wagner, and Kyle Larson. They rolled off in nineteenth and twenty-second respectively.

As anticipated, Dewease surged ahead of Abreu at the drop of the green. Stutts settled into third, but his night ended early. Just four laps into the race, his engine failed him again, and he was through for the night. On the ensuing restart, Dewease again cruised ahead of Abreu, with Macri now holding down the third position. Courtney and Kerry Madsen held down fourth and fifth. Then came Cisney, Tony Stewart, Eliason, Rahmer, and Reutzel.

Larson was climbing through the pack with relative ease. He reached twelfth by the lap four restart and within a couple of laps, he cracked the top ten. His forward progress slowed a bit, as he may have shifted into a conservation mode to save his equipment for the second half of the race.

With ten laps complete, Dewease was into traffic and Abreu started to challenge him for the lead.  Soon thereafter, Abreu made his first bid for the lead in turn one, but Dewease calmly turned back under him in turn two to regain the lead as they raced off the corner. Abreu continued to apply the pressure and he succeeded in sliding ahead of Dewease while the two were picking their way through the slower cars.

Abreu led Dewease to the halfway mark, when the race was stopped for fuel. Dewease sat calmly in his car under the red while his veteran crew made some minor adjustments to the car. They also ground the tires to prevent them from sealing up during the stoppage, which was a trick employed by several of the racers, including Abreu, Macri, and Cisney. Meanwhile, Reutzel’s team was making a wing change and some major adjustments in an effort to find more speed for the All Stars points leader.

When racing resumed, Abreu had the point followed by Dewease, Macri, Courtney, Cisney, Madsen, Eliason, Larson, Reutzel, and Rahmer.

Abreu took off, but Dewease was close enough to try a slider for the lead. It did not work, as Abreu kept his momentum up by racing hard on the cushion. Abreu opened a few car lengths advantage over Dewease, but as he started to close in on the slower cars, Abreu’s car began to get loose in the corners. Dewease began to close in as Abreu bounced his car off the outer walls a couple of time.

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The impacts, while seemingly minor, took their toll on Abreu’s car. With Dewease closing in, the leader slowed drastically and the caution was displayed for him on lap 37.

Dewease took the point, with Macri second, Courtney third, Cisney fourth, and Madsen fifth. Larson was up to sixth and Logan Wagner was next in line. Eliason, Reutzel, and Spencer Bayston were racing in the top ten at that point.

When the green light flashed on again, Macri spun his tires, and Dewease was able to open up a comfortable advantage. Cisney bolted into third and he started to press Macri for second Courtney was fending off the advances of Larson, while Reutzel was struggling with Madsen and Eliason.  Reutzel’s attempt for the repeat ended a few laps later when he slowed after striking the wall one too many times.

This set up a ten lap run to the checkers, which Dewease was able to complete without difficulty. Macri and Cisney had the fans excited as the two young lions traded slide jobs several times per lap. Their contest, while entertaining, kept them both from chasing down the leader.

Macri finally broke free of Cisney with three or four laps left in the race. By then, Dewease had an insurmountable lead. Cisney had his hands full with Larson in the final few rounds of the speedway, but he was able to maintain third for an all-Posse podium. Larson claimed fourth and he also earned the hard charger bonus, with Eliason getting fifth. Logan Wagner was sixth, followed by Courtney, Bayston, Kerry Madsen, and Rahmer.

The heat winners were Macri, Dewease, Stutts, Abreu, Courtney, and Cisney. Remarkably, both Macri and Stutts nursed damaged engines to the finish line in their respective heats. Macri’s crew made an engine change and Stutts’ team made repairs to make the A Main grid.

The B Main win went to Logan Wagner. The race was marred by two major crashes. Instead of throwing the checkered flag with two cars spun to the inside of turn two on the last lap, All Stars officials called for a yellow, requiring the field to complete two more laps before the finish would be official. While several racers were fighting for the final transfer spots on what would have been the last lap, three cars entered turn three side by side. Unfortunately, several cars flipped, one leaving the track. At least three cars were destroyed and several others were heavily damaged. So, the field again tried a green-white-checker finish. This time, as the cars were headed to the checkered flag, there was contact between the ones fighting for the last transfer position. Both cars tumbled wildly into the first turn, collecting yet another car. Both the sixth and seventh place cars were destroyed. Fortunately, no drivers were hurt in either wreck.

The C Main winner was Shane Stewart.

Macri was the night’s fastest qualfier, turning a lap of 15.271 in Group A. Group B’s fastest racer was Kerry Madsen, at 15.478.

A non-qualifiers race was held before the A Main in an effort to widen the track and to slick it off for the feature. Lucas Wolfe picked up the win, which was worth $2,000 and a guaranteed starting spot in the 2021 Tuscarora 50. Brett Michalsk, Tyler Walton, Curt Stroup, and Tyler Bear completed the top five.

Port Royal will be idle until October 9-10, when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series comes to town. The following week will be the first Speed Showcase 200 for the Modifieds of the Short Track Super Series. The fun will start Thursday, October 15 with a 40 lap feature. Friday will be qualifications and the 200 lapper will be held Saturday. Sportsmen will be the support division each night. The Blue Collar Nationals for the 305 Sprints and Limited Late Models will be pushed back a week to October 24 to accommodate the STSS Modifieds.

A-Main (50 Laps)
1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [6]; 3. 5C-Dylan Cisney [5]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [22]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [10]; 6. 1-Logan Wagner [19]; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [4]; 8. 39-Spencer Bayston [20]; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen [8]; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer [11]; 11. 5-Brent Marks [25]; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich [9]; 13. 14-Tony Stewart [7]; 14. 55-Mike Wagner [17]; 15. 9-James McFadden [14]; 16. 12-Blane Heimbach [21]; 17. 17-Ian Madsen [18]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [23]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [16]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [13]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12]; 22. 13-Paul McMahan [15]; 23. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 24. 11T-TJ Stutts [3]; 25. 98-Jared Esh [24] Lap Leaders: Lance Dewease (1-18), Rico Abreu (19-37), Lance Dewease (38-50)
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