Easler and Watson get third wins of year; Bossard gets first win of season.
Conneaut, OH (May 27, 2016): With temperatures in the low eighties all five classes plus the Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds put on a competitive night of racing with fireworks lighting the skies at intermission. On the track Gary Haupt led the Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds in their twenty lap special event. Darrell Bossard led the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models flag to flag for his first win of the season. Joel Watson took over at the front of the pack from Troy Johnson at lap six and went on to his third Bonnell Collision Center E-Mod feature win of the season in three appearances. Chris McGuire went to the Raceway 7 Victory Lane in the Campbell’s Mini Storage Steet Stock, leading from the halfway point of the event. Jason Easler continued his domination of the McDonald’s Sand & Gravel Mini Stock night capper, winning his third of the season. The special appearance by the Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds was won by former Late Model champion Gary Haupt.
The Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models were the first feature of the evening with Breyton Santee and Darrell Bossard leading the 16-car pack to green. Dave Airgood, originally scheduled to start outside front row was sent to the rear when he was late to the staging area. Darrell Bossard led from green with Santee second, Zimmerman third, Dennis Lunger fourth, and Chris Withers fifth at lap five. With seven laps complete Khole Wanzer spun in turn four, slowing the event for the first time. Bossard brought the field back to green with Lunger getting by Zimmerman at lap eight just as Dave Airgood went to the infield in turn three, again slowing the race. At halfway the order was Bossard, Santee, Lunger, Zimmerman, and Chris Withers with Bruce Hordusky challenging for the spot. With five to go Hordusky got by Withers for fifth then caution again appeared when William Pinckney spun in turn four. Under caution Zimmerman headed pitside. Bossard went on to his first win of the season over Santee, Lunger, Hordusky, and Withers.
The Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods started their twenty lap finale with Dennis Lunger and Josh Ferry on the front row. Lunger led lap one with Troy Johnson coming to second over Ferry. Lunger was the leader on lap two then slowed in turn two with caution coming out for him. He then retired pitside. Joel Watson was alongside Ferry for third at the end of two and held the spot at the end of three. At four laps in, Bill Taylor spun in turn three, putting the event again under caution. When green again flew Watson got next to Johnson at the end of five and was leading down the back straight on lap six. Bud Watson looped his mount in turn four, slowing the event under yellow at lap eight. At halfway Watson led Johnson, Ferry, Percy McDonald, and Justin Carlson. With five laps left Percy McDonald got by Ferry on the high side for third. Watson cruised to his third win in three appearances this season with Johnson withstanding a last turn challenge from Percy McDonald for third. Ferry wound up fourth with Carlson fifth.
The Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds had nine cars in attendance with Bob Sloss and Chris Ketch on the front row of seven cars starting the feature. At the end of lap one Les Myers and Jim “Dingo” Kirkwood got together on the front straight with Myers getting into the wall and Kirkwood spinning. Both cars were able to continue. Bob Sloss led after two laps with last year’s winner Gary Haupt second. Myers was challenging Haupt for second at the end of four then Scloss rode the wall in the back straight but continued. At six complete Kirkwood spun in turn four and Sloss retired pitside. Myers was the leader after green on lap seven with Haupt now second. Haupt got by Myers when the leader slowed on the front straight. Jim Kirkwood wound up second at the checkers with Chris Ketch third, Sloss fourth, and Byerly fifth.
The Campbell Mini Storage Street Stocks had Chris Hochschild and Rob Bates on the front row with Hochschild leading from green over Bates and Chris McGuire. Rod Laskey ran fourth in the early going over defending champion Shawn Fawcett, last week’s winner. At three complete McGuire was second when Art Gilchrist spun in turn one, slowing the event under yellow. When the race went back under green Bates went back to second. At halfway Bates got by Hochschild for the lead with caution coming at lap nine when Laskey spun in turn four. Bates, Hochschild, McGuire, Fawcett, and Mark Sanders brought the field back to green. McGuire came to second after green but yellow again flew when Fawcett, Hochschild, and Gilchrist all got together in turn four. For the restart at lap ten Bates, McGuire, Sanders, Gary Miller, and Jimmy Kennerknecht were the top five. McGuire took over at the front on the back straight after green but Bates got back alongside after one lap. McGuire then got by for the lead at the end of twelve laps when Miller spun in turn two. McGuire then went on for his first career Raceway 7 feature win with Bates second, Fawcett third, Sanders fourth, and Kennerknecht fifth.
The Bonnell’s Auto Group Economods started with Brian Toto and Eric Reinwald leading the pack. Reinwald sped off with the lead at green with Tyler Frankenberry second and defending champion Rick Prosser third, Mitch Wright fourth, and Toto back to fifth at four laps complete. Caution flew when Tom Perkins spun but kept going in turn four. Steve Haefke and Brian Toto got locked together in turn two negating the restart. Toto had to be towed from the scene but Haefke rejoined the fray. Reinwald led the field back to green with Frankenberry and Prosser right behind. Mitch Wright spun in turn three, collecting Kyle Reinwald and Tom Perkins. Reinwald and Wright had to be towed but Perkins continued. Wright was disqualified for exiting his car without permission. Eric Reinwald continued to lead after green with Prosser coming to second at lap six. James Myers slowed to a halt at lap six, again bringing caution over the field. At green Frankenberry got by Reinwald coming out of turn four. On the main straight Tom Perkins got sideways, dug into the track surface and violently flipped end over end then barrel-rolled several times. He was ok but the race was under red for the second time. Frankenberry led after green with opening night winner Stave Haefke coming to second and Prosser third. With four laps left caution was shown for a spin in turn one by Zach Myers. Frankenberry extended his lead over Haefke, Prosser, Mike Harmon, and Zach Myers. It was the eighteen year old Frankenberry’s first ever feature win in a full size racer.
Emily Stoyer and Justin Boardman brought the McDonald’s Sand & Gravel Mini Stock feature to green with Boardman coming to the front over Kyle Adkins and Bud Sergeff. Boardman and Sergeff both slowed with mechanical ails on the back straight but Sergeff got going again for the restart. Jason Easler came to the front on the restart with Adkins second and Hoyt Mihalak third. Adkins slowed and headed pitside at five laps then caution flew when Sergeff pulled into the infield. For the restart it was Easler, Mihalak, Joe Keney, Emily Storer, and Derrick Tuttle. Mihalak had right front damage at green, slowed, and headed to the infield. With three to go Easler had a full straight lead over Keney. At ten complete Casey Harmon was right behind Keney, pulling even with him at the white flag. The right front wheel came off Harmon’s car in turn two, ending his run in the turn two wall. Easler went on to the dominating win, his third this season in four weeks.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Late Models:
Heat 1: Dave Airgood, Wendall Pinckney, Breyton Santee, Chris Withers, Khole Wanzer, Ed Bolyard, Mike Swansiger, Corey Ruffo, William Pinckney
Heat 2: Bruce Hordusky, Darrell Bossard, Kyle Zimmerman, Dennis Lunger, Brandon Porter, Alex Anderson, Hunter Hulley, Travis Martineau
Feature: Darrell Bossard, Breyton Santee, Dennis Lunger, Bruce Hordusky, Chris Withers, Wendall Pinckney, Khole Wanzer, Alex Anderson, Travis Martineau, Ed Bolyard, Mike Swansiger, Corey Ruffo, Kyle Zimmerman, William Pinckney, Dave Airgood, Brandon Porter (DNS), Hunter Hulley (DNS)
Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Troy Johnson, Dennis Lunger, Justin Carlson, Bud Watson, Josh McDonald, Jesse Gould
Heat 2: Percy McDonald, Joel Watson, Josh Ferry, Jeremy Double, Bill Taylor
Feature: Joel Watson, Troy Johnson, Percy McDonald, Josh Ferry, Justin Carlson, Jesse Gould, Jeremy Double, Josh McDonald, Bill Taylor, Bud Watson, Dennis Lunger
Bonnell’s Auto Group Economods:
Heat 1: Tyler Frankenberry, Steve Haefke, Mitch Wright, Brian Toto, Kyle Reinwald, James Myers, Ashley Rodgers, Zack Myers
Heat 2: Rick Prosser, Mike Harmon, Eric Reinwald, Chuck Steinle Sr, Kevin Sergeff, Chris Clay, Buzz Seitz, Jim Muma
Feature: Tyler Frankenberry, Steve Haefke, Rick Prosser, Mike Harmon, Zach Myers, Buzz Seitz, Chris Clay, Kevin Sergeff, Jim Muma, Eric Reinwald, Tom Perkins, Ashley Rodgers, James Myers, Kyle Reinwald, Brian Toto, Chuck Steinle Sr, Mitchell Wright (DQ)
Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Rob Bates, Shawn Fawcett, Bryan Wagner, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Gary Miller
Heat 2: Chris McGuire, Chris Hochschild, Rod Laskey, Mark Sanders, Art Gilchrist
Feature: Chris McGuire, Rob Bates, Shawn Fawcett, Mark Sanders, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Rod Laskey, Chris Hochschild, Art Gilchrist, Gary Miller, Bryan Wagner (DNS)
McDonalds Sand and Gravel Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Hoyt Mihalak, Kyle Adkins, Emily Stoyer, Joe Keney, Alex Forbes, Tyler Barr, Casey Harmon
Heat 2: Jason Easler, Bud Sergeff, Justin Boardman, Jessica Harvey, Zoey Gill, Derrick Tuttle
Feature: Jason Easler, Joe Keney, Emily Stoyer, Derrick Tuttle, Jessica Harvey, Alex Forbes, Zoey Gill, Tyler Barr, Casey Harmon, Hoyt Mihalak, Bud Sergeff, Kyle Adkins, Justin Boardman
Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds:
Heat: Gary Haupt, Jim “Dingo” Kirkwood, Chris Ketch, Bob Sloss, Al Byerly, Paul St John, Les Myers, Rick Perre (DNS)
Feature: Gary Haupt, Chris Ketch, Jim “Dingo” Kirkwood, Alan Byerly, Paul St John, Les Myers, Bob Sloss, Rick Perre (DNS)