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  • Featured ImageJim Kurpakus wins Vintage Modified special!

    Wright continues domination, first wins for Kinney and Longwell, repeat wins for Groters and Cole.

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    Conneaut, OH (July 3, 2015): Independence Day arrived at Raceway 7 with beautiful weather and one of the largest car counts of the season, with 95 cars signing into the pit area, and full grandstands. The Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds made a visit and brought thirteen of the racers that were the mainstay of dirt track racing in the era when Raceway 7 first opened in 1970. Jim Kurpakus of Leechburg, PA won the event in his 1949 Crossley-bodied modified.

     

     

    In regular racing Chad Wright continued his domination of the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Model racing with his fifth feature win in nine nights of racing, tightening his grip on his bid for a second championship. Mike Kinney got his first-ever feature win in the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods after many years of trying. Kinney dominated his feature, leading flag to flag and never having a serious  challenge. Brandon Groters raced to his fourth feature win of the season in the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stock finale and Jason Longwell won his first-ever feature in The Bonnell Auto Sale Economod feature in his first visit this season. Brad Cole, the 2013 champion, captured his second feature win of the season.

     

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    Steve Haefke, a winner earlier this year, and Jason Longwell, in his first appearance this season, led the Bonnell Auto Sales Economods to the green with Heafke grabbing the lead at the start. Longwell ran second with fourth starting Eric Reinwald coming to third. At six laps in Haefke slowed with damage to the front and Longwell inherited the lead. With three laps remaining points leader Rick Prosser moved by Brad Blackshear for third but caution flew for a spin by Kyle Fellows in turn two, negating the pass. One more caution flew when fifth running Josh Ferry, the defending champion, looped his mount in turn two. After the final green Longwell went on to the win, his first at Raceway 7 with Brad Blackshear getting to second on the final lap and Prosser gaining third with Reinwald falling to fourth. Brian Foley wound up fifth.

     

    070315jpg477Hoyt Mihalak and Brian McGarvie brought the nineteen Specialty Products Mini Stocks to the green with Minalak leading the way until caution struck on lap four when Zoey Gill spun into the turn two wall. Former champion Brad Cole took over the lead at the green with Mihalak second and Bud Sergeff third. At four complete outside front row starter McGarvie lost his right rear wheel. At seven complete Jason Easler was up to second and Dale Fraschetti, the defending champion, fourth behind Mihalak. Fraschetti came to third a lap later and Sergeff also got by Mihalak for fourth. In turn three at lap eleven Easler pulled next to Cole but couldn’t get the lead. He tried again on the final lap but again Cole was able to hang on for the win, his second of the season. At the stripe it was Cole, Easler, Fraschetti, Sergeff, and Mihalak.

     

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    Mike Kinney and Bruce Powell brought the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mod field to green with Kinney, looking for his first-ever Raceway 7 win, leading the way after lap one. Paul Phillips “lost the handle” in turn two at five laps complete for caution with the front five being Kinney, Powell, Chuck Steinle Jr, Gary Sullivan, and Dan McDonald. Phillips and Gary Murphy spun coming to the restart for caution number two. During the yellow second-running Powell experienced problems, heading to the pit and bringing Steinle to second. Sullivan took over the runner-up spot at the first turn after green with Josh McDonald getting by Dan McDonald for fourth. At halfway the order was still the same when points leader Percy McDonald spun in turn two from eighth place. At green Steinle came to second with Dan McDonald gaining third before the end of one lap. Murphy and Jimmy Diabo got together in turn one with both going into the spin cycle and caution was again over the event. Dan McDonald took over second at green with Ken Zimmer now up to fifth, looking for win number three of the season. Caution again at lap thirteen when Shane Crotty, making his first start of the season spun. With five laps left Bill Taylor and Gary Sullivan slammed the front straight wall hard after several cars made contact in three and four and the race was red-flagged. Both drivers were OK but the cars were heavily damaged. One more yellow slowed the race but then Kinney led the remaining five laps to win his first-ever Raceway 7 feature event over McDonald, Steinle, Ken Zimmer, and Josh McDonald.

     

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    After a four-wide salute to the fans the Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds raced for fifteen laps with Jim “Dingo” Kirkwood from Perth, Australia and Al Harju leading the way. Kirkwood led to the end of the back straight when fifth starting Jim Kurpakus took over at the front. By the end of lap two Les Myers, the “Reno Rocket” was second from his tenth place spot on the starting grid. The leaders, Kurpakus and Myers, caught the rear of the field at five laps in when Chris Ketch spun his mount in twin two. Myers got alongside the leader in turn four at lap eight but wasn’t able to complete the pass. On lap twelve Myers again got next to the leader but traffic foiled his bid for the lead this time. With two laps to go Paul St John found the front straight wall out of turn four, again slowing the event. For the final two laps Kurpakus lengthened his lead, winning over Myers, Harju, Kevin “Marbles” Mohney, and Paul Bacchus.

     

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    Three-time winner Brandon Groters and former champion Chris Withers started the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stock feature from the front row with Groters immediately establishing himself as the dominant driver in the event, opening a half straight lead by the time seven laps were complete. Withers ran second with Rob Bates third, Jamie Duncan, and points leader Shaun Fawcett fifth. Josh Seippel slowed to a stop at lap ten on the back straight, slowing the event and bunching the field. Groters again led after green with the top five remaining the same. At the checkers the order was still the same.

     

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    Defending Champion Kyle Zimmerman and 2013 champion Chad Wright led the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models to Roger Osburn’s green flag with Wright taking the lead, looking for win number five on the season. Zimmerman ran second in the early going with Joe Long third and heat winner Dave Airgood fourth. At lap five Dennis Lunger came by Khole Wanzer for fifth. At eleven complete Lunger was challenging for fourth with Billy Henry trying to get by him. Wright went on to the win over Zimmerman, Long, and Lunger, who got by an apparently overheating Airgood on the final lap. Wright and Zimmerman had a half track lead over third at the finish.

     

     

    Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds:

     

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    Heat 1: Les Myers, Kevin “Marbles” Mohney, Rick Majka, Gary Beers, Fred Casagni, Jim “Dingo” Kirkwood (DNS)

     

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    Heat 2: Al Harju, Jim Karpakus, Paul Bacchus, Paul St John, “Big Mike” Vanderwalle, Chris Ketch, Dan Osmer (DNS)

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    Feature: Jim Kurpakus, Les Myers, Al Harju, Kevin Mohney, Paul Bacchus, Jim Kirkwood, Rick Majka, Chris Ketch, Gary Beers, Paul St John, Mike Vandewalle, Fred Casagni, Dan Osmer (DNS)

     

    Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models:

     

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    Heat 1: Breyton Santee, Kyle Zimmerman, Dennis Lunger, Billy Henry, Matt Harvey, Chris Nicholson, Mike Swansiger

     

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    Heat 2: Dave Airgood, Chad Wright, Joe Long, Khole Wanzer, Wendall Pinckney, Gary Winans, Bob Pifer

     

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    Feature: Chad Wright, Kyle Zimmerman, Joe Long, Dennis Lunger, Dave Airgood, Billy Henry, Breyton Santee, Matt Harvey, Wendall Pinckney, Darrell Bossard, Mike Swansinger, Khole Wanzer, Chris Nicholson, Bob Pifer (DNS)

     

    Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods:

     

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    Heat 1: Mike Kinney, Joel Watson, Dan McDonald, Josh McDonald, Shane Crotty, Percy McDonald, Gary Murphy

     

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    Heat 2: Troy Carr, Gary Sullivan, Jim Plance, Bruce Powell, Paul Phillips, Jesse Gould, Wayne Mohawk

     

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    Heat 3: Bill Taylor, Ken Zimmer, Chuck Steinle Jr, Jimmy Diabo, John Schenker, Rick Pratschler

     

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    Feature: Mike Kinney, Dan McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Ken Zimmer, Josh McDonald, Percy McDonald, Percy McDonald, Troy Carr, Jesse Gould, Rick Pratschler, Wayne Mohawk, Jim Plance, John Schenker, Jimmy Diabo, Gary Sullivan, Bill Taylor, Joel Watson, Shane Crotty, Gary Murphy, Bruce Powell, Paul Phillips

     

    Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks:

     

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    Heat 1: Chris Withers, Brandon Groters, Jamie Duncan, Mark Frontera, Gary Fisher, Bryan Wagner, Josh Seippel, Eric Harvey

     

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    Heat 2: Chris Hochschild, Ron Boardman, Shaun Fawcett, Rob Bates, Steve D’Apolito, Ed Bolyard, Jason Covey

     

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    Feature: Brandon Groters, Chris Withers, Rob Bates, Jamie Duncan, Shaun Fawcett, Ron Boardman, Gary Fisher, Chris Hochschild, Steve D’Apolito, Ed Bolyard, Bryan Wagner, Josh Seippel, Jason Covey, Mark Frontera (DNS), Eric Harvey (DNS)

     

    Bonnell Auto Sales Economods:

     

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    Heat 1: Rick Prosser, Kyle Fellows, Steve Haefke, Brad Blackshear, Chuck Steinle Sr, Bob Bellinger,  R J Simmons

     

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    Heat 2: Jason Longwell,Josh Ferry, Eric Reinwald, Russ Kapalin, Kevin Sergeff, James Myers, Brian Foley

     

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    Feature: Jason Longwell, Brad Blackshear, Rick Prosser, Eric Reinwald, Brian Foley, Josh Ferry, Russ Kapalin, Kyle Fellows, Chuck Steinle Sr, Bob Bellinger, James Myers, Kevin Sergeff, Steve Haefke, R J Simmons

     

    Specialty Products Mini Stocks:

     

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    Heat 1: Bud Sergeff, Scott Gill, Brian McGarvie, George Rossi, Zoey Gill, Jack Hribar, Dylan Goodman

     

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    Heat 2: Justin Boardman, Casey Harmon, Kyle Adkins, Hoyt Mihalak, Mike Rotunda, Derrick Tuttle

     

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    Heat 3: Dale Fraschetti, Ryan White, Jason Easler, Brad Cole, Mitch Stokes, Logan Keney

     

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    Feature: Brad Cole, Jason Easler, Dale Fraschetti, Bud Sergeff, Hoyt Mihalak, Casey Harmon, Ryan White, Scott Gill, Logan Keney, Justin Boardman, Jack Hribar, George Rossi, Derrick Tuttle, Brian McGarvie, Mike Rotunda, Kyle Adkins, Zoey Gill, Mitch Stokes, Dylan Goodman (DNS)

     

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  • Featured ImagePennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds added to Friday Schedule!

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    Conneaut, OH (July 1, 2015): The Pennsylvania Vintage DIrt Modifieds will be visiting Raceway 7 this Friday. The cars, based in central Pennsylvania, are actual race cars that were run in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s and have been restored to their racing condition and will be raced during the evening in both a heat and a feature.

     

    This will not be an ‘exhibition’ event but actual racing by actual race car drivers.

     

    To learn more about the Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds visit their Facebook page, Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds.



  • Featured ImageFireworks plus five feature events to celebrate Independence Day at Raceway 7!

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    Conneaut, OH (June 30, 2015): Raceway 7 will usher in the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 3rd with a giant fireworks display by Gibson of Titusville, known for their pyrotechnics displays that are second to none. The display will take place during the intermission in the regular 5-Star show scheduled including the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods, Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks, Bonnell Auto Sales Economods, and Specialty Products Mini Stocks.

     

    Of the nine events scheduled for the first half of the season, only one date has been lost to rain. With nine race dates yet to be run points chases are heating up with 24 divers visiting the Winner’s Circle over the five divisions. Two classes (Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models and the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks) show clear domination by Chad Wright and Shaun Fawcett, and one class (Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods) is setting up for a tight battle to the finish between the three leaders, Percy McDonald, Brent Rhebergen, and Ken Zimmer.

     

    With eight feature events of the 2015 season run, 2013 champion Chad Wright has dominated, winning four of them, and leading the points by a comfortable 40-point margin over 2009 champion Dennis Lunger, who has two feature wins this season. Defending champion Kyle Zimmerman rides third in his quest to repeat, 91-points behind Wright. Bob Pifer and Billy Henry won the other features this season.

     

    Former champion Joel Watson finally won his first Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods feature of the season but is mired back in fifth spot and trails leader Percy McDonald, twice a winner this season and the 2009 champion, by 95 markers. McDonald holds a slim seven point margin over single winner Brent Rhebergen with two-time winner Ken Zimmer third, only twenty points behind the leader. Chuck Steinle Jr is fourth, 77-points behind McDonald. Justin Carlson and Brandon Blackshear have the feature other wins this season.

     

    Shaun Fawcett is having a ‘career year’, winning three Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks features this season, including last week with a dominating performance. Fawcett enjoys a 60-point advantage over Chris Withers, a former class champion who has not yet visited Victory Lane this season. Brandon Groters also a three-time winner in 2015, is another three points in arrears of Withers after experiencing mechanical ails last week and not finishing the feature. Other winners have been Rusty Martz in a special Penn Ohio Prostock event, and former champion Ed Bolyard.

     

    Former E-Mod and Street Stock champion Rick Prosser only has one win this season but consistently ‘up-front’ finishes allows Prosser to lead the Bonnell Auto Sales Economods points race over defending champion Josh Ferry by 53-points. Although Ferry has three wins, including the first two weeks and last week, he has been plagued with mechanical problems, denying him valuable points in his battle to repeat the championship. Russ Kapalin has failed to win a feature but is always lurking nearing the front and is third in the standings, 79 points out of the lead. Other winners include Jace Ferringer, with two wins, and Brad Blackshear and Steve Haefke, with single wins.

     

    2013 Specialty Products Mini Stocks champion Brad Cole leads the standings over 2012 champion Bud Sergeff. Cole has one win while Sergeff has visited Victory Lane three times, all in a row! Cole enjoys a 34-point edge at the halfway point of the season. Defending champion Dale Fraschetti, with two feature wins, is currently third another 16-points back. Hoyt Mihalak and Casey Harmon have the other two wins this season.

     

    Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults for regular events, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.



  • Murdick repeats Big Block Modifieds win at Raceway 7!

    Lunger, Watson, Fawcett, Ferry, and Sergeff win regular classes!

     

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    Conneaut, OH (June 26, 2015): The BRP Big Block Modified Tour made its annual visit to Raceway 7 with a full field of 32 ground-pounders signing into the pit area. After four heats to set the starting lineup, 30 of the 32 present took to the track for their 35-lap feature, the first event on the tour for 2015. After a redraw of the top three in each heat on the front straight by kids in attendance, Rex King Sr started from the pole with Shayne Pierce on the onside front row. Dave Murdick took the lead at lap 24 and powered away to a quarter-lap lead at the checkers.

     

    Dennis Lunger, the 2009 Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models champion, won his second feature of the season, leading every lap. Former many-time Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods champion Joel Watson took over the top spot at lap seven and went on to his first win of the season. Shaun Fawcett continued his remarkable season with his third Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks feature of the season, grabbing the lead on a lap one restart, then powering away. Defending champion Josh Ferry regained his championship form with a dominating flag-to-flag win in the Bonnell Auto Sales Economods feature. Finishing off the evening Bud Sergeff, the 2012 track champion, strengthened his lead in the Specialty Products Mini Stocks season championship battle. Sergeff took over the top spot from a restart at the halfway point.

     

     

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    The Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods were the first feature on the raceway with Jim Plance and Leonard Enos on the front row. Enos led the first two laps before caution slowed the field for a double spin in turn three. Enos again led with Bud Watson in hot pursuit but at the end of lap three it was two-time winner Ken Zimmer up to second. Again, only two laps were scored before another yellow slowed this event, this time for a spinning turn four. On lap six it was three wide for the lead coming out of turn two with Joel Watson joining the battle. Watson took the lead on the back straight a lap but caution again slowed the event and put Enos back on the point for yet another restart. After this green Watson again went to the lead and this time it stuck. At the end of seven it was Zimmer also getting by Enos for second but Enos fought back, regaining the spot again at nine complete. At halfway the order was Watson, Enos, Zimmer, Dan McDonald, and Bud Watson. With seven laps remaining Watson had a near quarter lap lead when caution hit once more for a single car spin. One lap after green saw Zimmer back to second. With four laps left Brent Rhebergen was up to third from eleventh on the starting grid. Watson led the remaining distance for his first Raceway 7 win of the season over Zimmer, Rhebergen, Enos, and Dan McDonald.

     

     

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    Dennis Lunger and Breyton Santee led the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models to starter Mark Osburn’s green flag. Lunger grabbed the lead at the drop of green with Santee and four-time winner Chad Wright right behind. At halfway the order was Lunger, Santee, Wright, Bryan Salisbury, and last week’s winner Billy Henry. That was the finishing order in the all-green event. It was Lunger’s second win of the season.

     

     

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    The BRP Modifieds took to the track next with thirty of the thirty-two cars present able to answer the call to green. Rex King Sr led the field to green with Shayne Pierce on the outside of the front row. Caution struck as the cars entered turn one on the first lap when Rex King Jr spun. On the next try eight cars got together at the drop of green and came to a halt with the track nearly blocked, bringing red over the event. Dust was deemed to be excessive so the track was watered before another attempt was made to restart. Shayne Pierce led with caution again flying at two laps complete for three cars spinning in turn one. Pierce again led at green with King right behind and Rick Richner third. King got by for the lead at lap six. Mat Williamson looped his mount as lap seven was starting, again slowing the event. Dave Murdick came from fourth on the restart to second by the end of the first lap under green. King caught the back of the field at halfway with Murdick about five lengths back. Yellow bunched the cars at lap 21 and gave the leaders clear track again. Murdick took the lead at a lap 24 restart and began open a big lead, a quarter lap by thirty circuits complete. At lap 33 Murdick got way wide in turn one but gathered it up, not losing much ground, and went on to the win over King, Brad Rapp, Rick Richner, and Kevin Boland.

     

     

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    Brad Blackshear and defending champion Josh Ferry led the Bonnell Auto Sales Economods to green with Ferry leading the way from the start. Cris Clay spin in turn two at lap four, slowing the race under caution. Ferry led the field back to green with Blackshear, Russ Kapalin, points leader Rick Prosser, and last week’s winner Steve Heafke filling out the top five. In lapped traffic Blackshear got the lead back then lapped traffic again got in the way, allowing Ferry to regain the lead. Caution with three laps remaining set up the dash for the win with Ferry now leading Blackshear, Kapalin, Heafke now fourth, and Prosser fifth. Blackshear again got by Ferry in turn three after green but Ferry came back to the lead and went on to win his third of the season, denying Blackshear his second of 2015.  Kapalin held on for third over Haefke with Prosser settling for fifth. Although Blackshear got by the leader twice, he did not lead at the stripe either time.

     

     

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    Former champion Chris Withers and Mark Frontera brought the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks to green with caution flying before the end of one lap when the pole sitter spun in turn one. Shaun Fawcett, the current points leader, grabbed the lead at the restart with Frontera second and Tim Burns third. Brandon Groters was fourth at the end of three laps and got by Burns for third at the end of five. Before lap six could be completed Groters pulled to the infield. At halfway the top five were Fawcett, Frontera, Burns, Matt Lozowski, and Withers, who had restarted from the rear after the lap one yellow. At ten laps compete Withers had moved to fourth. At the checkers it was Fawcett for his third win this season, then Frontera, Burns, Withers, and Lozowski.

     

     

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    Scott Gill and Casey Harmon sat on the front row for the start of the Specialty Products Mini Stocks feature with Harmon taking the lead, looking for his second feature win of the season. At the end of two laps Jason Easler had moved to second with last week’s winner Bud Sergeff up to third from sixth on the grid. At halfway Zoey Gill came to a halt in turn four, unable to get to the pit, slowing and bunching up the field. For the green it was Harmon leading Easler, Sergeff, Brad Cole, and opening night winner Hoyt Mihalak. Sergeff came from third to the lead by the time the cars got to turn one on the restart with Mihalak to third at the end of seven. Sergeff went on to his seventeenth career win at Raceway 7 and his third in a row this season. Harmon was second with Mihalak third, Cole fourth and Easler fifth.

     

     

    BRP Big Block Modified Tour:

     

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    Heat 1: Brian Schwartzlander, Garrett Krummert, Rex King Sr, Shawn Fleeger, Tom Mattocks, Brian Weaver, Max Smoker, Jim Weller Jr

     

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    Heat 2: Mat Williamson, Rick Richner, Dave Murdick, Steve Feder, Bob Warren, Shawn KoArTandy Chronister, Kevin Hoffman

     

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    Heat 3: Rex King Jr, Shayne Pierce, Kevin Boland, Tom Glenn, Brad Rapp, Rodney Beltz, Steve Barr, Dillon Barr

     

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    Heat 4: Richard Regalski, Justin Wright, Jim Rasey, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Mark Frankhouser, Eric Gabeny, Jimmy Weller III, Carl Murdick

     

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    Feature: Dave Murdick, Rex King Sr, Brad Rapp, Rick Richner, Kevin Boland, Rex King Jr, Jimmy Weller III, Eric Gabeny, Jim Weller Jr, Jim Rasey, Garrett Krummert, Shawn Fleeger! Steve Feder, Mark Frankhouser, Richard Regalski, Steve Barr, Max Smoker, Bob Warren, Shayne Pierce, Shawn Kozar, Justin Wright, Dillon Barr, Rodney Beltz, Carl Murdick, Mat Williamson, Tom Matlock, Randy Chronister, Tom Glenn, Kevin Hoffman, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Brian Weaver (DNS), Brian Schwartzlander (DNS)

     

    Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models:

     

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    Heat 1: Dennis Lunger, Billy Henry, Joe Long, Khole Wanzer, Wendall Pinckney, Dave Lyon

     

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    Heat 2: Chad Wright, Kyle Zimmerman, Breyton Santee, Bryan Salisbury, Dave Airgood, Bob Pifer

     

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    Feature: Dennis Lunger, Breyton Santee, Chad Wright, Bryan Salisbury, Billy Henry, Kyle Zimmerman, Khole Wanzer, Dave Airgood, Wendall Pinckney, Fave Lyon, Bob Pifer, Darrell Bossard, Joe Long

     

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    Heat 1: Joel Watson, Chuck Steinle Jr, Dan McDonald, Jim Plance, Alan Atkinson, Paul Schreckengost, Jimmy Diabo

     

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    Heat 2: Brent Rhebergen, Kenny Zimmer, Leonard Enos, Troy Johnson, Bill Taylor, Rick Pratschler

     

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    Heat 3: Bud Watson, Mike Kinney, Josh McDonald, Percy McDonald, Jesse Gould, Mike Potosky

     

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    Feature: Joel Watson, Ken Zimmer, Brent Rhebergen, Leonard Enos, Dan McDonald, Percy McDonald, Troy Johnson, Mike Kinney, Mike Potosky, Jim Plance, Bill Taylor, Rick Pratschler, Bud Watson, Jimmy Diabo, Pail Schreckengost, Jesse Gould, Alan Atkinson, Chuck Steinle Jr, Josh McDonald (DNS)

     

    Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks:

     

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    Heat 1: Tim Burns, Shaun Fawcett, Chris Withers, Ed Bolyard, Rob Bates, Tyler Green, Jamie Duncan, Josh Seippel

     

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    Heat 2: Brandon Groters, Mark Frontera, Matt Lozowski, Bill Banick, Garrett Calvert, Kyle Reinwald, Jeff Broniszewski, John Bailey (DNS)

     

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    Feature: Shaun Fawcett, Mark Frontera, Tim Burns, Chris Withers, Matt Lozowski, Rob Bates, Jeff abroniszewski, Josh Seippel, Kyle Reinwald, Bill Banick, Brandon Groters, Ed Bolyard, Tyler Green, Jamie Duncan, Garrett Calvert, John Bailey

     

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    Heat 1: Rick Prosser. Eric Reinwald, Brad Blackshear, James Myers, Kevin Sergeff, Chuck Steinle Sr

     

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    Heat 2: Josh Ferry, Russ Kapalin, Steve Haefke, R J Simmons, Cris Clay, Mike Smith

     

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    Feature: Josh Ferry, Brad Blackshear, Russ Kapalin, Steve Haefke, Rick Prosser, Eric Reinwald, R J Simmons, Kevin Sergeff, James Myers, Mike Smith, Cris Clay, Chusk Steinle Sr (DNS)

     

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    Heat 1: Brad Cole, Hoyt Mihalak, Justin Boardman, Mitch Stokes, Kyle Adkins, Zachary Chaffin, Zoey Gill, Brian McGarvie

     

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    Heat 2: Casey Harmon, Bud Sergeff, Scott Gill, Jason Easler, Dale Fraschetti, Derrick Tuttle, Matt Miller

     

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    Feature: Bud Sergeff, Casey Harmon, Hoyt Mihalak, Brad Cole, Jason Easler, Justin Boardman, Dale Fraschetti, Mitch Stokes, Brian McGarvie, Kyle Adkins, Scott Gill, Derrick Tuttle, Zoey Gill, Zachary Chaffin (DNS), Matt Miller (DNS)



  • Featured ImageBig Block Modifieds coming to Raceway 7!

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    Conneaut, OH (June 23, 2015): The Big Block Modifieds, a fan favorite at Raceway 7 since the beginning, will return this Friday as the “Modified Tour” will make its annual appearance on June 26, this coming Friday. This will be first tour event of 2015 for the Big Block stars. The defending tour champion, Rex King Jr. King won the title last year over Dave Murdick, who picked up the win here last July with Justin Wright second and King third. Jeremiah Shingledecker won the event in 2013 and was fifth in the final points rundown last season. A full field is expected for this event.

     

    All regular classes will compete this Friday as well, led by the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS  Crate Late Models. Former champion Chad Wright has been the dominating force this summer, winning four of the seven events run thus far in 2015. 2009 champion Dennis Lunger has one win this season and trails the leader by 50 markers. Defending champion Kyle Zimmerman runs third at this time, another 27 points back. Zimmerman has not yet scored a win this season. Last week Billy Henry made his first ever visit to the CARS Victory Lane with his first-ever crate win at Raceway 7. Henry was a former Steel Block champion. The other victory of the 2015 season was by Bob Pifer.

     

    2009 Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods champion Percy McDonald started the season strong with two consecutive feature wins but hasn’t returned to the Winner’s Circle since. However, top five finishes have kept him in the points lead by 31-points over runner up Brent Rhebergen, a winner May 22. Ken Zimmer is a two time winner and runs third in the standings. The other wins this season went to Justin Carlson and Brandon Blackshear, scoring his first ever E-Mod triumph just last week.

     

    Shaun Fawcett has two Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks feature wins this season and leads the standings over Brandon Groters, a three-time winner. Defending champion, Chris Withers, is running third at this point, but has yet to score a win this season. Rusty Martz collected the Penn Ohio Pro Stock honors with Ed Bolyard, a former champion, gaining his first win of the season last week.

     

    Rick Prosser, a force in local racing back in the 1990s, came out of retirement to run the Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods a couple years ago and now leads the standings on the strength of a win on May 15. Second is currently Josh Ferry, the defending champion of the division. Ferry has won twice this season, those wins coming in the first two weeks of the season. Third running Russ Kapalin has yet to visit Victory Lane but he always seems to be near the front so a win should come soon for the veteran. Jace Ferringer won his first ever feature at Raceway 7 on May 22, then promptly backed it up with his second win the very next week. Steve Haefke made his first visit to Raceway 7 last Friday and pulled off the victory, his first-ever here. Brad Blackshear has the other win this season.

     

    Brad Cole, the 2013 champion, leads the Specialty Products Mini Stocks with a 24-point margin over defending champion Dale Fraschetti. Cole has one win, that coming May 22, while Fraschetti has two. 2012 champion Bud Sergeff, won the Ron Armstrong Memorial last Friday, his second win of the season and is currently third in the standings. Opening night the winner was Hoyt Mihalak, who is mired back in seventh after being plagued with mechanical issues. The other winner this season was Casey Harmon, on May 8.

     

    Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $15 for adults for this special event, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.



  • Featured ImageSergeff wins Ron Armstrong Memorial Presented by Downes Racing!

    Henry, Blackshear,Bolyard, and Haefke also score wins.

    061915jpg449Conneaut, OH (June 19, 2015): The racing family at Raceway 7 remembered Ron Armstrong with a special 15-lap memorial for the former Hobby Stock champion. Ron’s last racer, a Mini Stock, was on display at the track all evening and several members of his family were in attendance. Armstrong’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, June 20.

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    After the autograph session on the front straight former champion Ed Bolyard took off with the lead in the Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stock feature. Fifth starting, and defending champion, Chris Withers moved to second by the time of the first caution at lap three when Mark Frontera looped his mount in turn one. When racing resumed Bolyard again shot to the lead with Withers second and points leader Shaun Fawcett third from his seventh place in the starting lineup. One lap later Brent Coleman dropped body parts in turn four and retired pit side. Again Bolyard led from green, this time with Fawcett in second. Another caution slowed the event before halfway when John Bailey looped his mount. At halfway twelfth starting Brandon Groters moved into fourth and came by Withers two laps later for third. Bailey again spun at lap eleven, then retired to the pits. With two laps remaining Groters, a two time winner, got by Fawcett but Bolyard was on the way to his first win of the season. Groters settled for second with Fawcett third, Withers fourth, and Jamie Duncan fifth.

     

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    The Ron Armstrong Memorial Presented by Downes Racing started with a four-wide salute to the crowd and the memory of the former stalwart of the division. Former Specialty Products champion Jonny Boyd started from the pole in his first mini-stock race in several years but outside front row starter Jason Easler led from the drop of the green. Caution was shown before the lap was completed due to debris. Yellow flew at the end of two laps when Scott Gill spun in turn three. Easler again took off with the lead with last week’s winner, Bud Sergeff, coming to second. At halfway Easler led Sergeff, Justin Boardman, Doug Hensel, (trailing smoke) and Casey Harmon. At halfway Derrick Tuttle had mechanical troubles on the front straight, coming to a halt and slowing the event. Easler led the field back to green and this time Boardman got by Sergeff for second by the end of one lap. Sergeff cam back to second at lap ten, then to the lead a lap later with Easler apparently off the pace, falling through the field. With one to go Sergeff led Boardman, Harmon, Boyd, and Andy Proper, up from thirteenth at the start. Proper got by Boyd on the final lap. Sergeff collected $400 for the win, the second of the season for the 2012 champion.

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    The Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods had Brandon Blackshear and Troy Johnson bringing the field to green with Blackshear leading the event through the first caution when Josh McDonald spun in turn two. Brent Rhebergen came to second after green as Blackshear began opening a lead. Ninth staring Ken Zimmer, a two time winner this season, came to fourth at lap six with Joel Watson, a many time champion, coming to fifth a lap later, dropping points leader Percy McDonald to sixth. At halfway Rhebergen had again closed the gap on the leader with Johnson third over Zimmer and Watson. Watson replaced Zimmer for fourth at thirteen laps complete and then to third two laps later. Josh McDonald lost the handle on his mount coming out of turn four at sixteen complete to again slow the event. Rhebergen immediately challenged for the lead but Blackshear reassumed command by the end of lap seventeen. At the white flag Blackshear had a one length lead and maintained it until turn four when Rhebergen pulled alongside but held on for his first Bonnell Collision Center E-Mod feature win by half a car-length, just 0.066 seconds. Watson was third, then Johnson fourth and Zimmer fifth. Blackshear, the 2012 Economod champion, just moved into E-Mods this season.

     

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    The Evergreen Lake Park Campgrounds CARS Late Models were led to green by Khole Wanzer and defending champion Kyle Zimmerman but third starting Billy Henry gains the lead in turn two and Breyton Santee came to second by the end of lap one. Zimmerman spun while running third in turn two of lap two. For the restart it as Henry, Santee, Wanzer, Dave Lyon, and last race winner Dennis Lunger. Henry lengthened his lead over Santee after green again flew with Lyon coming to third over eighth starting Chad Wright, the points leader, with Wanzer back to fifth. At the checkers the order was still the same for the top two but Wright got by Lyon for third on the final run to the checkers. For Henry, a former dominating force in Steel Block Late Models it was his first-ever Raceway 7 Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Late Model feature win and his first trip to Victory Lane since August 3, 2007 in a Steel Block Late Model event.

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    The Bonnell Auto Sales Economods were paced by Steve Haefke and Chuck Steinle Sr but caution flew when Russ Kapalin spun in heavy traffic in turn one, collecting Brad Blackshear. Haefke led after the restart with Steinle second and Eric Reinwald third but by the end of three laps eighth starting, and defending champion, Josh Ferry was running second. Seven laps into the race Kyle Fellows and Brad Blackshear spun in turn one, bringing caution over the field. Fellows spun again at the green, then at the next try Rick Prosser came to third from his thirteenth starting spot. Prosser was challenging for the runner up spot at lap eleven but a lap later yellow flew when Jr Mechlin slowed on the front straight. Over the final three laps Haefke led while Ferry and Prosser with Ferry holding the spot by half a car length at the stripe over Prosser with Ryan Fraley fourth and Eric Reinwald fifth.

     

    Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models:

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    Heat 1: Dave Lyon, Bob Pifer, Kyle Zimmerman, Billy Henry, Joe Long, Bryan Salisbury, Wendall Pinckney

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    Heat 2: Dennis Lunger, Chad Wright, Breyton Santee, Khole Wanzer, Dave Airgood, Gary Winans, Chris Nicholson

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    Feature: Billy Henry, Breyton Santee, Chad Wright, David Lyon, Khole Wanzer, Dennis Lunger, Dave Airgood, Bryan Salisbury, Wendall Pinckney, Darrell Bossard, Bob Pifer, Joe Long, Chris Nicholson, Kyle Zimmerman

    Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods:

     

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    Heat 1: Brandon Blackshear, John Woodward, Bud Watson, Bruce Powell, Alan Atkinson, Kirk Bradley, Joe DeFazio

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    Heat 2: Percy McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Paul Schreckengost, Josh McDonald, Dan McDonald, Jesse Gould, John Schenker

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    Heat 3: Brent Rhebergen, Ken Zimmer, Troy Johnson, Bill Taylor, Joel Watson, Steve Samuelson

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    Feature: Brandon Blackshear, Brent Rhebergen, Joel Watson, Troy Johnson, Ken Zimmer, John Woodward, Percy McDonald, Bud Watson, Bruce Powell, Jesse Hould, Paul Schreckengost, Bill Taylor, Alan Atkinson, Dan McDonald, John Schenker, Chuck Steinle Jr, Josh McDonald, Kirk Bradley (DNS), Steve Samuelson (DNS), Joe DeFazio (DNS)

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    Heat 1: Chris Withers, Brent Coleman, Jamie Duncan, Steven Burns, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Brandon Groters (DNS), John Bailey

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    Heat 2: Shaun Fawcett, Mark Frontera Chris Hochschild, Ed Bolyard, Tony Hyde, Tony Bates

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    Feature: Ed Bolyard, Brandon Groters, Shaun Fawcett, Chris Withers, Jamie Duncan, Chris Hochschild, Mark Frontera, Steve Burns, Tony Bates, Tony Hyde, Jimmy alennerknecht, John Bailey, John Bailey, Brent Coleman

    Bonnell Auto Sales Economods:

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    Heat 1: Ryan Fraley, Josh Ferry, Kyle Fellows, Jace Ferringer, George Vestal, Brad Blackshear, Rick Prosser, Devon Henry

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    Heat 2: Russ Kapalin, Steve Haefke, Eric Reinwald, Chuck Steinle Sr, Jr Mechling, Mike Hillman, James Myers

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    Feature: Steve Haefke, Josh Ferry, Rick Prosser, Ryan Ferry, Eric Reinwald, Brad Blackshear, Devon Henry, Russ Kapalin, Chuck Steinle Sr, Kyle Fellows, James Myers, Jr Mechling, Jace Ferringer, George Vestal, Mike Hillman (DNS)

    Specialty Products Mini Stocks:

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    Heat 1: Dale Fraschetti, Doug Hensel, Jason Easler, Justin Boardman, Casey Harmon, Hoyt Mihalak, Andy Proper, Scott Gill, John Bulger

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    Heat 2: Brad Cole, Bud Sergeff, Jonny Boyd, Logan Keney, Mitch Stokes, Zoey Gill, Derrick Tuttle, Brian McGarvie

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    Feature: Bud Sergeff, Justin Boardman, Casey Harmon, Andy Proper, Jonny Boyd, Hoyt Mihalak, Mitch Stokes, Brad Cole, Jason Easler, Scott Gill, Dale Fraschetti, Logan Keney, Zoey Gill, Doug Hensel, Brian McGarvie, Derrick Tuttle, John Bulger (DNS)



  • Featured ImageRon Armstrong Memorial, Presented by Downes Racing plus Autograph Night this week!

    Ron Armstrong, 2002 Hobby Stock Champion
    Ron Armstrong, 2002 Hobby Stock Champion

     

    Conneaut, OH (June 17, 2015): Raceway 7 will remember Ron Armstrong, our 2002 Hobby Stock Champion this Friday with the “Ron Armstrong Memorial” Presented by Downs Racing. Besides being a Hobby Stock Champion Armstrong had raced several years in Mini Stocks. His lone victory came in his championship year on May 10, 2002. Armstrong passed away June 13 from lung cancer at age 54. Services will be Saturday, June 20 in Ashtabula. The popular Autograph Night will also be held. Fans of all ages are invited to the racing surface to meet the teams and drivers at intermission. Many teams have signed photos for fans and many will also have candy and other goodies. Some teams even have drawings for prizes during the session.

     

    The race will pay $400 to win and will be presented by Downes Racing, a long-time competitor at Raceway 7 in both Hobby Stock and Mini Stock competition. Among the favorites to win this event will be defending champion Dale Fraschetti, already a double winner this season, 2013 champion Brad Cole, also a winner in 2015, 2012 champion Bud Sergeff, last week’s winner, Hoyt Mihalak, opening night winner, Casey Harmon, week two winner, Jason Easler, Mitch Stokes, Carlos Aponte, and several others. Cole is the current points leader over Fraschetti, Easler, Stokes, and Sergeff.

     

    Chad Wright, a former class champion, has already racked up four feature wins in the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models in only six weeks of racing. Bob Pifer and Dennis Lunger have each scored one win. Wright leads Lunger, the 2009 champion, and defending champion Kyle Zimmerman in the points race.

     

    2009 champion Percy McDonald leads the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods points chase with two feature wins this season, those coming in the first two weeks of racing. Second running Ken Zimmer also has two wins this season with Brent Rhebergen having one win and holding third in the standings. Justin Carlson is the most recent winner in the class, that win coming in his only appearance of this season.

     

    With two wins on the season, Shaun Fawcett holds the lead in the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks points chase over Brandon Groters, a three time winner. Former champion Chris Withers is currently third but has not yet entered Victory Lane this season. Rusty Martz is the other winner this season, that coming last week in the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series event.

     

    Veteran Rick Prosser holds the Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods points lead on the strength of one feature win by an impressive 84-point margin over Russ Kapalin, winless so far. Two-time winner and defending champion Josh Ferry is third after a string of mechanical misfortunes in recent weeks. Other winners are Brandon Blackshear, last week, and Jace Ferringer with two wins.

     

    Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults for this special event, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.

     



  • Rained out June 12

    Raceway 7 suffers first rainout of 2015

    Conneaut, OH (June 12, 2015): With heavy storms striking the track in mid-afternoon Raceway 7 was forced to cancel racing activities for June 12. The originally scheduled $400 to win Downs Racing Mini Stock special for the Specialty Products Mini Stocks will be run next Friday as well as Autograph night. All five classes will be in action starting at 7:30 PM.

    Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults for regular events, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.



  • Downes Racing Mini Stock special this week at Raceway 7!  

    Conneaut, OH (June 10, 2015): The Mini-Stocks will take center stage this Friday as Downes Racing will be presenting a special event for the Specialty Products Mini Stocks that will pay $400 to win. The class of front-wheel drive four and six cylinder stock cars has had some of the best racing on the track for years with most of the field capable of winning on any given night. Among the favorites to win this event will be defending champion Dale Fraschetti, already a double winner this season, 2013 champion Brad Cole, also a winner in 2015, 2012 champion Bud Sergeff, last week’s winner, Hoyt Mihalak, opening night winner, Casey Harmon, week two winner, Jason Easler, Mitch Stokes, Carlos Aponte, and several others. Cole is the current points leader over Fraschetti, Easler, Stokes, and Sergeff.

     

    Chad Wright, a former class champion, has already racked up four feature wins in the Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Models in only six weeks of racing. Bob Pifer and Dennis Lunger have each scored one win. Wright leads Lunger, the 2009 champion, and defending champion Kyle Zimmerman in the points race.

     

    2009 champion Percy McDonald leads the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods points chase with two feature wins this season, those coming in the first two weeks of racing. Second running Ken Zimmer also has two wins this season with Brent Rhebergen having one win and holding third in the standings. Justin Carlson is the most recent winner in the class, that win coming in his only appearance of this season.

     

    With two wins on the season, Shaun Fawcett holds the lead in the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks points chase over Brandon Groters, a three time winner. Former champion Chris Withers is currently third but has not yet entered Victory Lane this season. Rusty Martz is the other winner this season, that coming last week in the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series event.

     

    Veteran Rick Prosser holds the Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods points lead on the strength of one feature win by an impressive 84-point margin over Russ Kapalin, winless so far. Two-time winner and defending champion Josh Ferry is third after a string of mechanical misfortunes in recent weeks. Other winners are Brandon Blackshear, last week, and Jace Ferringer with two wins.

     

    Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults for this event, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.