Conneaut, OH (August 28, 2015): The 2015 season championships were decided at Raceway 7 Friday with Chad Wright, Percy McDonald, and Brad Cole each getting the second championships, Wright’s first since 2013 and McDonald’s first since 2009. For Cole, it was his first since 2013. Rick Prosser, a former E-Mod and Street Sock champion in the 1990’s, won his first Economods title and Shaun Fawcett collected his first ever Street Stock championship. On the final night of racing Darrell Bossard won his first feature of the season, Joel Watson and Brad Blackshear each collected their second win of the season, Chris Hochschild got his first-ever feature win, and Jason Easler finished his season with his fourth feature win.
The first feature on the track was for the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods with Dan McDonald, a feature winner earlier in the season, and former champion Joel Watson leading the way to Roger Osburn’s green flag. Watson immediately assumed the lead, a lead he would never relinquish and extend to a quarter lap by halfway into the event. On lap thirteen Steve Burns Jr slowed on the back straight, resulting in a caution period, the only slowing of the race. After green again flew young Jake Eucker, who had started eighth, made his presence known, coming to fourth on the first lap of green, then third a lap later. With four laps left Eucker was second but was unable to catch the leader, Watson, as he sped to his second feature win of the season. Percy McDonald was crowned the season champion with a record of four feature wins and eight heat race victories. Ken Zimmer and Joel Watson were heat winners.
The closest points battle was in the Specialty Products Mini Stocks division with leader Brad Cole, the 2013 champion, and Bud Sergeff, the 2012 champion, entering the evening only twenty-three points apart. With both contenders scoring a second place run in heat race action, the stage was set for a feature race showdown. With Cole starting sixth and Sergeff fourth behind the front row of Justin Boardman and Scott Gill, third starting Jason Easler took off with the lead with Sergeff coming to second and Cole to fourth, then third by the end of two laps. The event was slowed at lap five for debris on the main straight and again on the restart when Dylan Goodman spun into the outside barrier in turn one. Easler went on to his fourth win of the season with Cole getting by Sergeff to finish second in the race and winning the points championship over third finishing Sergeff. Pole-sitter Justin Boardman wound up fourth with 2014 champion Dale Fraschetti fifth at the checkers. On his way to his second championship Cole scored seven heat race wins and three feature wins. Boardman and Easler were the heat race winners.
The Bonnell Auto Sales Economods were next on the track with heat winner Kyle Fellows on the pole and Brad Blackshear outside. Blackshear led from the drop of the green flag, never challenged while on the way to his second win of the season. Third starting Josh Ferry, the defending champion, came to second at lap six, holding the position over the remainder of the race which was slowed once under caution when Lee Patrick slowed at lap nine. Last week’s winner Eric Reinwald ran fourth with points champion Rick Prosser fifth. Prosser had wrapped up the championship, his first since the 1990’s, prior to season finale. His impressive 2015 record included an amazing twelve heat race wins and four feature wins. Heat winners on the final night were Fellows and Ferry.
The Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks were brought to green by Chris Hochschild and four-time 2015 winner Ed Bolyard. Hochschild, looking for his first-ever feature win, grabbed the lead with Bolyard second. The race ran with no caution periods. Chris Withers, the defending class champion, wound up third with Mark Frontera fourth, and 2015 champion Shaun Fawcett fifth. Fawcett collected six heat race wins and four feature triumphs enroute to his first track championship. Heat winners were Withers and last week’s feature winner, Rob Bates.
The final event of the 2015 season was the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Model feature with Darrell Bossard and David Lyon starting on the front row. Bossard took off with the early lead, racing for his first win at Raceway 7 in 2015 with Lyon and defending champion Kyle Zimmerman right behind. Zimmerman came to second at the end of two laps and maintained that spot through the first caution period which came at lap eleven when William Pinckney spun out in turn two. At the restart Zimmerman again resumed the runner-up spot but at lap thirteen Lyon came back by him to regain the position. With five laps remaining Pinckney spun out again, this time in turn four. The last five laps were run without incident with Bossard scoring the win over Lyon, Zimmerman, Wendall Pinckney, and Khole Wanzer. Points champion Chad Wright was recognized on the front straight at the conclusion of the racing. Wright, experiencing mechanical ails on the car, was unable to start the feature but had wrapped up the championship two weeks prior. Wright ran up an impressive record of nine feature wins and nine heat race victories on his way to his second track championship. Lyon and Wright were winners in heat race action.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Dave Lyon, Darrell Bossard, Khole Wanzer, Joel Watson, Joe Long
Heat 2: Chad Wright, Kyle Zimmerman, Wendall Pinckney, Bob Pifer, William Pinckney
Feature: Darrell Bossard, David Lyon, Kyle Zimmerman, Wendall Pinckney, Khole Wanzer, Bob Pifer, Joel Watson, Joe Long, William Pinckney, Chad Wright (DNS)
Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Ken Zimmer, Brent Rhebergen, Percy McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Steve Burns Jr, Jesse Gould, Rocky Kugel, Gary Murphy
Heat 2: Joel Watson, Troy Johnson, Jake Eucker, Dan McDonald, Bill Taylor, John Woodward Jr, Joe DeFazio
Feature: Joel Watson, Jake Eucker, Dan McDonald, Brent Rhebergen, Percy McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Ken Zimmer, Troy Johnson, Bill Taylor, Jesse Gould, Joe DeFazio, Steve Burns Jr, Rocky Kugel, Gary Murphy, John Woodward Jr
Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Chris Withers, Ed Bolyard, Chris Hochschild, Tim Burns, John Bailey, Matt Lozowski, Art Gilchrist
Heat 2: Rob Bates, Shaun Fawcett, Mark Frontera, Brian Crandall, Garrett Calvert. Ron Boardman
Feature: Chris Hochschild, Ed Bolyard, Chris Withers, Mark Frontera, Shaun Fawcett, Brian Crandall, Rob Bates, Matt Lozowski, Art Gilchrist, Ron Boardman, Tim Burns, Garrett Calvert, John Bailey
Bonnell Auto Sales Economods:
Heat 1: Kyle Fellows, Rick Prosser, Lee Patrick, James Myers, Ashley Rogers, Mike Harmon
Heat 2: Josh Ferry, Eric Reinwald, Brad Blackshear, Mitchell Wright, Chuck Steinle Sr, Kevin Sergeff
Feature: Brad Blackshear, Josh Ferry, Kyle Fellows, Eric Reinwald, Rick Prosser, Chuck Steinle Sr, Mike Harmon, James Myers, Ashley Rogers, Lee Patrick, Mitchell Wright, Kevin Sergeff
Specialty Products Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Justin Boardman, Bud Sergeff, Scott Gill, Derrick Tuttle, Hoyt Mihalak, Zoey Gill
Heat 2: Jason Easler, Brad Cole, Dylan Goodman, Dale Fraschetti, Kyle Adkins, Brian McGarvie
Feature: Jason Easler, Brad Cole, Bud Sergeff, Justin Boardman, Dale Fraschetti, Kyle Adkins, Scott Gill, Derrick Tuttle, Brian McGarvie, Hoyt Mihalak, Zoey Gill, Dylan Goodman