Latta, McDonald, Boardman, Blackshear, and Cole get regular class wins.
Conneaut, OH (July 18, 2014: The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with twenty-one of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.
Percy McDonald won his second Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods feature of the season in an all-green finale to start out feature action. Defending champion Brad Cole won an action-packed Specialty Products Mini Stocks feature. Dave Murdick took over at the front on a lap twenty-four restart and went on to win the first appearance of the Big Block Modifieds at Raceway 7 since 2009. Matt Latta won his second Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models feature of the year, leading from the green flag through the checkers and Brandon. Blackshear collected his second win of the season.
Brian Douglas and Percy McDonald brought the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods to green with McDonald grabbing the lead at turn one. At lap seven Gary Eicher was challenging Douglas for second but was not able to gain the spot until one lap past halfway. Joel Watson, defending track champion and last week’s winner, got by Douglas at lap twelve after starting sixth. McDonald, the opening night winner and 2009 track champion, went on to the win in the race that went green to checkers without a caution. Eicher wound up second with Watson third, Douglas fourth, and Dan McDonald fifth.
Former champion Bud Sergeff started the Specialty Products Mini Stocks feature from the pole position with Scott Gill outside. Sergeff led the opening lap with Carlos Aponte coming to second. At the end of two laps defending champion Brad Cole was up to third from his sixth starting berth. Coming out of turn two on lap four Aponte got to the lead with Cole replacing Sergeff for the runner-up spot in turn four. At halfway Dale Fraschetti, looking for his third win in as many weeks was fourth. Caution was displayed for debris at lap six, bunching the field for the final six laps. On the restart Aponte and Sergeff got together with Aponte winding up spun in turn one and Sergeff being sent to the rear for his part in the incident. Cole led the field back to the green with Fraschetti up to second and Dylan Goodman third. Cole went on to his second win of the season with Fraschetti second, Goodman third, Mitch Stokes fourth and Jason Easler fifth.
After a four-abreast pace lap the twenty-one BRP Big Modifieds started their thirty-five lap main event with Justin Wright and Tom Mattocks leading the charge. Wright led lap one with Rex King coming to second. King came to the front at a restart on lap two. At lap ten a six-car pileup in turn four slowed the action with King still leading Wright, Dave Murdick, Rex King Jr, and Mattocks. Sixth-running Jeremiah Shingledecker, the most recent Modified winner at Raceway 7, experienced mechanical problems at lap fourteen, eliminating him from competition. At the restart Wright came back to the lead with Murdick also getting by King. With twenty-four laps complete Brad Rapp and Tom Mattocks got together hard in turn four with Rapp slamming the wall and Mattocks being sent to the rear for rough driving. At green Murdick got the lead on the start and pulled away until going high in turn one at lap 32 when yellow again flew for a car stopped in turn four. After green Murdick led the final laps with Wright settling for second, Rex King Jr third, Rex King Sr fourth, and Shane Pierce fifth.
Matt Latta and Wendell Pinckney led the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models to Roger Osburn’s green flag with Latta pulling out to a big lead on the first lap over Kyle Zimmerman and Chad Wright who were side by side until Zimmerman gained the spot a lap later. Zimmerman and Wright fought over the runner-up spot with Wright finally getting by at lap sixteen but was unable to pull close enough to Latta to make a run at the lead until two laps from the checkers when Bobby Rohrer looped his mount in turn four, causing a two lap run for the win with Wright now right on Latta’s rear bumper. Latta was able to maintain the lead after green was shown for the final restart with Wright, Zimmerman, Dennis Lunger, and. Michael Mitchell filling out the top five.
Chris Hochschild and Ron Boardman brought the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks field to green with Boardman leading lap one. After a lap two restart Ed Bolyard came to second with Jimmy Kennerknecht coming to third. Defending champion Chris Withers was alongside Kennerknecht at lap five and the two ran side by side with Kennerknecht having a slight advantage at the line each lap while Boardman, looking for his first-ever Raceway 7 win, was extending his lead until lap thirteen when Dave Myers spun, slowing the event again. At the restart Kennerknecht got by Bolyard briefly but yellow again flew, setting up a one lap dash for the win. Boardman led the final lap, collecting his first win at Raceway 7 over Bolyard, Kennerknecht, Withers, and Mark Frontera.
The final race of the night was the Zimmer Service Center Economods with Brandon Blackshear and Rick Prosser leading the way. Blackshear jumped to the early lead. It at the end of lap one points leader Steve Burns got into Prosser, turning himself into the front straight retaining wall and retiring to the pits for repairs. Blackshear led the remaining distance with Devin Henry running second, three-time winner Josh Ferry third, Prosser fourth, and Wayne Mohawk fifth.
BRP Big Block Modified Tour:
Heat 1: Jeremiah Shingledecker, Tom Mattocks, JR McGinley, Mark Frankhouser, Carl Murdick, Kevin Greene, Randy Chronister
Heat 2: Dave Murdick, Justin Wright, Kevin Hoffman, Rex King Jr, Brad Rapp, Eric Gabany, Tom Glenn
Heat 3: Rex King, Shayne Pierce, Bob Warren, Rick Ragalski, Steve Barr, Chris Haines, Rodney Beltz
Feature: Dave Murdick, Justin Wright, Rex King jr, Rex King Sr, Shayne Pierce, Bob Warren, Rodney Beltz, Eric Gabany, Carl Murdick, Tom Mattocks, Mark Frankhouser, Steve Barr, J R McGinley, Brad Rapp, Kevin Hoffman, Kevin Green, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Rick Regalski, Randy Chronister, Chris Haines, Tom Glenn
Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Chad Wright, Kyle Zimmerman, Dave Airgood, Darrell Bossard, Billy Henry, Jamie Wrightsman, Kevin Hill, Bob Pifer
Heat 2: Wendell Pinckney, Bobby Rohrer, Matt Latta, Michael Mitchell, Dennis Lunger, Breyton Santee, Eric Andrus, Khole Wanzer, Mike Lozowski
Feature: Matt Latta, Chad Wright, Kyle Zimmerman, Dennis Lunger, Michael Mitchell, Darrell Bossard, Dave Airgood, Billy Henry, Jamie Wrightsman, Eric Andrus, Breyton Santee, Bob Pifer, Khole Wanzer, Bobby Rohrer, Wendell Pinckney, Kevin Hill, Mike Lozowski (DQ)
Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Gary Eicher, Joel Watson, Mike McGee, Josh McDonald, John Boardman, Mike Potosky, Bill Taylor
Heat 2: Jack Young, Brian Douglas, Percy McDonald, Dan McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Mike Bambarger, Jesse Gould
Feature: Percy McDonald, Gary Eicher, Joel Watson, Brian Douglas, Dan McDonald, Jack Young, Josh McDonald, Mike Potosky, John Boardman, Chuck Steinle Jr, Mike Bambarger, Jesse Gould, Bill Taylor, Mike McGee
Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Chris Hochschild, Ron Boardman, Mark Frontera, Kyle Reinwald, Mike Harmon, David Kase
Heat 2: Chris Withers, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Ed Bolyard, Kenny Lamp, Dave Myers
Feature: Ron Boardman, Ed Bolyard, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Chris Withers, Mark Frontera, Chris Hochschild, Kenny Lamp, Mike Harmon, David Myers, Kyle Reinwald, Chad Stevenson, David Kase (DNS)
Zimmer Service Center Economods:
Heat 1: Josh Ferry, Jodi Woodworth, Devin Henry, Kyle Fellows, Russ, Kapalin, Mitchell Wright
Heat 2: Rick Prosser, Brandon Blackshear, Steve Burns, Eric Reinwald, Wayne Mohawk, Chuck Steinle Sr
Feature: Brandon Blackshear, Devin Henry, Josh Ferry, Rick Prosser, Eric Reinwald, Wayne Mohawk, Russ Kapalin, Chuck Steinle Sr, Kyle Fellows, Mitchell Wright, Steve Burns, Jodi Woodworth
Specialty Products Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Dylan Goodman, Bud Sergeff, Hoyt Mihalak, Mitch Stokes, Alex Forbes, Casey Harmon, Cale Sousa, Robert Johnson
Heat 2: Dale Fraschetti, Jason Easler, John Boyd, Carlos Aponte, Mary Hammond, Ben Call, Joe Keney, Hunter Hulley
Heat 3: Brad Cole, Logan Keney, Scott Gill, Alex Siekinnen, Jason Brightman, Cody Miner, Bo Walters, Jeannie Fowler
Feature: Brad Cole, Dale Fraschetti, Dylan Goodman, Mitch Stokes, Jason Easler, Bud Sergeff, Carlos Aponte, John Boyd, Mary Hammond, Scott Gill, Logan Keney, Hunter Hully, Joe Keney, Bo Walters, Alex Forbes, Casey Harmon, Robert Johnson, Cale Sousa, Hoyt Mihalak, Ben Call, Jeannie Fowler, Alex Siekinnen, Jason Brightman (DNS), Cody Miner (DNS)