Eicher, Frankenberry, Kennerknecht, Troy Johnson, and Downes also score wins!
Conneaut, OH (August 25, 2017): On a beautiful late summer day with bright blue skies double features were run for both the Evergreen Lake Park Crate Late Models and the Bonnell Collision Service E-Mods ran “make-up” features for events rained out on June 16 and May 19 respectably. Dave Airgood collected his third win of the season and Troy Johnson got his first win of the season in the Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mod “makeup”. Then a full regular card of racing was presented. In the first Bonnell Auto Group Economod heat Mark Titus got sideways at the end of the back straight and executed a complete roll. He was OK but needed towed pitside by two wreckers. Besides Airgood’s double Gary Eicher scored his third Bonnell’s Collision Service E-Mod win of the year while Jimmy Kennerknecht scored his third win of the season in the Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stock feature. Tyler Frankenberry also got his third win of the year in the Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods. In the Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stock finale it was Zach Downs winning his fifth feature of the season in his fifth appearance of the season.
The first feature on the track was the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models feature originally scheduled for June 16th with Darrell Bossard and Breyton Santee on the front row. Bossard took off with the early lead over Santee and Dave Airgood. At eight laps in Airgood got next to Santee on the back stretch but then “half-spun” in turn four. At halfway Bossard was still extending his lead over Santee with Airgood again looking to the inside of Santee. A lap past halfway Ed Bolyard spun in turn two, bringing the race under caution for the first time and eliminating Bossard’s lead. In turn one after green, points leader Kyle Zimmerman went high on the track, losing several spots, eventually falling back to thirteenth. At three laps left Airgood was next to Bossard at the line and had a two-length lead a lap later. Airgood went on to his third win of the season over Bossard, Santee, Alan Dellinger, and Wendall Pinckney.
The May 19th feature for the Bonnell Collision Service E-Mod feature started with Mike Kinney and Troy Johnson on the front row with Kinney taking the immediate lead. Johnson was the leader at the end of three with Gary Eicher coming to second a lap later. Ken Zimmer got by Eicher on lap six and started fighting for the front spot. Zimmer got next to the leader every set of turns but Johnson kept pulling back out front on every straight. Zimmer was alongside at nine to go but Johnson led again at twelve compete. At five to go Eicher was trying for second with points leader Joel Watson coming into the mix as Johnson started lengthening his lead. Johnson led Zimmer, Eicher, Watson, and Brent Rhebergen to the checkers. In Victory Lane Johnson noted it was his first Raceway 7 win in several years.
Brad Cole and Jason Easler brought the Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks to green with Easler grabbing the immediate lead. By four laps compete Zach Downes was up to fourth from his twelfth spot on the starting grid. At five laps in Scott Gill came to a halt at the pit entrance and yellow was shown. The top five were Easler, Brad Cole, Gary Drake, Zach Downes, and points leader Joe Campbell. At green Campbell came to third but caution was shown for debris on the back straight, the front bumper cover from Downes’ car. At halfway Downes was up to second as Easler was opening his lead. At seven complete Downes had closed the gap and was battling for the lead. At nine laps lapped traffic came into play with Downes taking the top side while Easler took the low side. The moved worked for Downes and he went on to win his fifth of the season over Downes, Kyle Adkins, Dillion Speer, and Campbell.
Jimmy Kennerknecht and Tony Marotto were the front row for the Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stock fifteen lap feature. Kennerknecht, a two time winner, took the early lead but a restart was needed when Mike Horton spun in turn three. Again Kennerknecht led from green but Troy Dezarn spun in turn one and was collected hard by Bill Applebee. Applebee headed to the pit while Dezarn needed towed pitside with heavy damage. This time Jared Larson spun in turn three but the leaders finished the lap before the yellow was shown. For the restart it was Kennerknecht, Marotto, Don McGuire, Calvert, and Gary Miller. By three laps complete Tom Deutsch was up to fifth, then got by Calvert at five laps in. At six laps Kennerknecht had a half straight advantage then caution was shown when Gary Miller stopped in turn four then caught fire, causing a red flag to be shown, stopping the race. At this green Don McGuire quickly came to second with Deutsch getting to third with three to go. Garrett Calvert spun in turn four with the white flag flying. The one lap dash to the glory had Kennerknecht, McGuire, Deutsch, Marotto, and Mike Horton leading the way. On the final lap Calvert got back to fifth. It was Kennerknecht’s third win of the season and will extend his points lead with only one week left in the season.
Steve Haefke and Tyler Frankenberry brought the Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods to green. Mitchell Wright spun, collecting Eric Reinwald and negating the green. Again Haefke and Reinwald brought the field to green. Frankenberry led lap one looking for his third win of the season. Yellow flew at three laps when Jeff Wick spun at the end of the back straight. At turn two Buzz Seitz went way high, eventually collecting Ashley Rogers, who then also spun. Another lap was complete when Matt Alexander spun in four, again slowing the race. Frankenberry led the way at green with Haefke and Devin Henry side by side for second, Haefke getting the spot. Before the leaders got to the stripe Reinwald spun in turn four. Yet again Frankenberry brought the field back on green over points leader Haefke, Henry, Mitchell Wright, and Brandon Blackshear. Frankenberry continued to build a lead until Nate Young and Jeff Wick spun in turn four at lap nine. With two to go Wick spun at the end of the front straight and Young spun in turn two. At the finish it was Frankenberry for the third time this season over Haefke, Henry, Blackshear, and Wright. Unofficially, with the win, Frankenberry will move to five points behind Haefke with only one week left in the season. This points race may well go to the final lap of the season for this class.
Joe Long and first feature winner Dave Airgood were the leaders for the start of the regularly scheduled Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Model feature. Airgood immediately launched out to a big lead looking for his fourth win of the year and second of the night with Alan Dellinger coming to second. Chad Wright got to fourth at lap six, dropping Wendall Pinckney to fifth. At halfway it was Airgood over Dellinger, Wright, points leader Kyle Zimmerman, and Long. Before eleven was in the books Mike Bambarger spun in turn three, slowing the field for the first time. Chad Sines spun in turn two at green for the next restart. Pinckney spun in four as the leaders completed lap eleven. Kohle Wanzer was now fifth. With five to go Wright came to second but Airgood had a big lead that disappeared when Ed Bolyard spun in four with four to go. Bolyard stopped in turn two, negating this green. Over the remaining distance, Airgood continued to lead, winning over Wright, Dellinger, Zimmerman, and Wanzer.
The final feature of the night was the regularly scheduled Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mods with Troy Johnson and Ken Zimmer up front. Johnson led lap one with Casey Bowers challenging Zimmer for the runner-up spot. Jeremy Double hit the spin cycle in turn two of lap two, slowing the event under caution. Johnson led again after green until Double spun again in turn three. Josh McDonald, Joel Watson, and Rick Pratschler got together in turn four at four laps complete with McDonald and Pratschler coming to a stop and Watson heading to the pit. McDonald also headed pitside but Watson rejoined the race before green again was over the field. Up front for the green Johnson and Eicher raced for the lead with Eicher taking over at seven complete. At halfway it was Eicher, Johnson, Zimmer, Bowers, and Josh Ferry. Bud Watson was challenging for fifth at twelve complete, having it at fourteen. Eicher had a quarter lap lead with two laps left and Zimmer was challenging for second. At the checkers it was Eicher for his third win of the year over Johnson, Zimmer, Bowers, and Watson.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground Cars Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Alan Dellinger, Chad Wright, Wendall Pinckney, Dave Airgood, Darrell Bossard, Breyton Santee, Chris Withers, John McGee
Heat 2: Kyle Zimmerman, Chad Sines, Khole Wanzer, Joe Long, Mike Bambarger, Dylan Goodman, Ed Bolyard, Lon Emerick
“Make up Feature: Dave Airgood, Darrell Bossard, Breyton Santee, Alan Dellinger, Wendall Pinckney, Kohle Wanzer, Kyle Zimmerman, Chris Withers, Chad Sines, Joe Long,Dylan Goodman, Ed Bolyard, Mike Bambarger, Josh Stoica (DNF), William Pinckney (DNS), Bo Walters (DNS). Dennis Lunger (DNS), Hunter Hulley (DNS), Brandon Porter (DNS), Chris Nicholson (DNS)
Feature: Dave Airgood, Chad Wright, Alan Dellinger, Kyle Zimmerman, Kohle Wanzer, Breyton Santee, Chris Withers, Joe Long, Dylan Goodman, Chad Sines, Wendall Pinckney, Ed Bolyard, Mike Bambarger, John McGee, Lon Emerick (DNS)
Bonnell Collision Service E-Mods:
Heat 1: Dan McDonald, Josh Ferry, Percy McDonald, Josh McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Bill Taylor, Jim Plance
Heat 2: Gary Eicher, Billy Henry, Jeremy Double, Brian Stino, Mike Kinney, Joel Watson, Rick Pratschler (DNS)
Heat 3: Ken Zimmer, Casey Bowers, Troy Johnson, Brent Rhebergen, Bud Watson, Jeff Johnson
May 19 “Make-Up” Feature: Troy Johnson, Ken Zimmer, Gary Eicher, Joel Watson, Brent Rhebergen, Mike Kinney, Josh Ferry, Bill Henry, Dan McDonald, Casey Bowers, Bud Watson, Jeremy Double, Percy McDonald, Bill Taylor,Rick Pratschler, Josh McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr
Regularly scheduled Feature: Gary Eicher, Troy Johnson, Ken Zimmer, Casey Bowers, Bud Watson, Brent Rhebergen, Josh Ferry, Jeff Johnson, Mike Kinney, Percy McDonald, Rick Pratschler, Bill Taylor, Jim Plance, Brian Stino, Joel Watson, Dan McDonald, Josh McDonald, Jeremy Double, Billy Henry, Chuck Steinle Jr (DNS)
Bonnell’s Auto Group Economods:
Heat 1: Tyler Frankenberry, Buzz Seitz, Ashley Rogers, Casey Harmon, Charlie Stiles, Kyle Reinwald, Mark Titus
Heat 2: Matt Alexander, Mitchell Wright, Steve Haefke, Chuck Steinle Sr, Nate Young, Cale Sousa
Heat 3: Eric Reinwald, Devin Henry, Brandon Blackshear, Mike Harmon, Jeff Wick, Gary Murphy
Feature: Tyler Frankenberry, Steve Haefke, Devin Henry, Brandon Blackshear, Mitchell Wright, Matt Alexander, Casey Harmon, Ashley Rogers, Nate Young, Jeff Wick, Buzz Seitz, Eric Reinwald, Chuck Steinle, Mike Harmon (DNS), Charles Stiles (DNS), Kyle Reinwald (DNS), Cale Sousa (DNS), Gary Murphy (DNS), Mark Titus (DNS)
Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Tim Deutsch, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Don McGuire, Jared Larson, Mike Horton, Brian Lacey, Gary Miller
Heat 2: Bill Applebee, Garrett Calvert, Tony Marotto, Tony Bruno, Troy Dezarn, Mike Clark
Feature: Jimmy Kennerknecht, Don McGuire, Tim Deutsch, Tony Marotto, Garrett Calvert, Mike Horton, Mike Clark, Tony Bruno, Gary Miller, Jarod Larson, Bill Applebee, Troy Dezarn, Brian Lacey (DNS)
Sunnyside Farm Transit Inc Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Bill Fuchs, Dillion Speer, Zach Eller, Brian McGarvie, Mary Hammond, Derrick Tuttle, Alan Souza, Emily Stoyer
Heat 2: Zach Downes, Gary Drake, Joe Campbell, Zoey Gill, Mike Gelhausen, Jim Jones, Jessica Harvey
Heat 3: Scott Gill, Kyle Adkins, Brad Cole, Jason Easler, Corey Wick, Logan Keney, Mike Barr
Feature: Zach Downes, Jason Easler, Kyle Adkins, Dillion Speer, Joe Campbell, Corey Wink, Zach Eller, Bill Fuchs, Gary Drake, Logan Keney, Jim Jones, Scott Gill, Mary Hammond, Brian McGarvie, Mike Gelhausen, Emily Stoyer, Alan Sousa, Derrick Tuttle, Jessica Harvey, Brad Cole, Zoey Gill, Mike Barr