Conneaut, OH (May 22, 2015): Memorial Day, the first holiday of 2015, was celebrated at Raceway 7 with regular features for all divisions plus the rain-delayed last seven laps of last week’s Specialty Products Mini Stock feature with defending champion Dale Fraschetti picking up the win. Despite the coldest temperatures of the young season, a good crowd of fans watched the biggest field of competitors racing for the win and a huge fireworks display by Gibson filled out the evening. At the end of the night Shaun Faucett was in Victory Lane for the second time this season, Brent Rhebergen got his first win of the season. Jace Ferringer won his first-ever feature at Raceway 7. Chad Wright picked up his third win in four nights of racing while former class champions Dale Fraschetti and Brad Cole picked up their first wins of the year.
Brad Cole resumed the feature for the Specialty Products Mini Stocks from the point with Dale Fraschetti and Jason Easler right behind. At the green Easler drove to the lead with Fraschetti coming to second by the end of the first lap under green, lap six, the halfway point. With two laps remaining Fraschetti drew even with Easler and was leading at the white flag. The defending champion went on to his first win of the season with Easler winding up second, Cole third, Bud Sergeff fourth and opening night winner Hoyt Mihalak fifth.
The first regularly scheduled feature was for the Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks with heat winners Mark Frontera and Shaun Fawcett starting from the front row with double winner Brandon Groters starting twelfth. Opening night winner Shaun Fawcett took of with the early lead over Frontera with Rob Bates third and defending champion Chris Withers fourth. Caution flew at the end of two laps when Mike Harmon slowed to a halt on the back straight. On green Withers pulled to third. At halfway it was Fawcett over Frontera, Withers, Rob Bates, and Brian Crandall. Groters came to fifth just past halfway and to fourth with four laps remaining. Fifth running Bates then spun in turn one, again bringing caution over the field. With two laps remaining Dave Ferringer and Ron Boardman got together in turn one spinning and causing the race’s final yellow. The last two laps were all Fawcett with Frontera finishing second over Withers, Groters, and former champion Ed Bolyard.
Jack Young and Bud Watson led the Bonnell Collision E-Mod field to the green flag with Young leading the way but in turn one Steve Samuelson looped his mount collecting two-time winner Percy McDonald. On green Young again shot out to the lead with Brent Rhebergen coming to second by the end of lap one. On lap five Rhebergen went to the low side but was unable to complete the pass. Young and Rhebergen began to distance themselves from the field with Rhebergen getting by to lead at the end of eight laps. On lap nine Brandon Blackshear spun in turn one, again slowing the event. When racing resumed Watson was second at the end of nine with Young third, Chuck Steinle Jr fourth and last week’s winner Ken Zimmer now fifth. With six laps remaining yellow again flew when Paul Schreckengost spun out of contention in turn two. The field only made it to turn one on the restart when Josh McDonald lost the handle and turned around. After yet another restart with five to go the field lined up single file for the rest of the event. Rhebergen again led with Joel Watson coming all the way to second at the end of seventeen laps after starting fourteenth. At the checkers it was Rhebergen over a fast closing Joel Watson with Chuck Steinle Jr coming to third on the final lap with Percy McDonald fourth. Bud Watson experienced mechanical difficulties on the final lap and fell to fifth in the final standings.
Jace Ferringer and Brad Blackshear brought the Bonnell Auto Sales Economod feature to green with Ferringer leading the way in the early going over Blackshear, last week’s winner Rick Prosser, Russ Kapalin, and two-time winner and defending champion Josh Ferry. Prosser came to second at lap five and Ferry to third. By halfway Prosser was challenging for the lead but Ferringer had the momentum of the high line. Meanwhile Ferry was lurking in third with Kapalin fourth and Eric Reinwald fifth. With two to go Ferry had caught Prosser just as caution flew as Kyle Fellows came to a halt in turn four. Just as the white flag flew three cars spun in turn three for the final caution period. The final lap saw Ferringer go on to his first career win at Raceway 7 over Prosser, a former E-Mod and Street Stock champion. Josh Ferry, the defending champion, was third with Kapalin fourth and Mike Hillman fifth.
The regularly scheduled Specialty Products Mini Stock feature was paced by opening night winner Hoyt Mihalak and Brad Cole, a former champion. Cole led lap one with Mihalak second and 2012 champion Bud Sergeff third. Defending champion Dale Fraschetti was challenging Sergeff for third at the end of four laps as Sergeff was challenging Mihalak for the runner up spot. With five laps remaining Cole was lengthening his lead. Fraschetti was third at nine laps in and came to second on the final lap. The finish was Cole, the 2013 champion with his first win of the season over Fraschetti, Mihalak, Sergeff,and Mitch Stokes.
The final feature of the evening was the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Late Model feature. Wendell Pinckney held the pole position with Dennis Lunger outside. Lunger led lap one but fourth starting Chad Wright was leading at the end of two laps. As the laps ticked off Wright opened his lead with Lunger second, Pinckney third, and defending champion Kyle Zimmerman fourth. Sixth running Dave Lyon suddenly slowed at lap eight but quickly regained speed, losing three spots. Matt Latta came to fifth at lap eleven just as Khole Wanzer spun on the front straight, slowing the field for the first time in the event and negating Latta’s pass. At green Wright, a former track champion, again led Lunger, Pinckney, Zimmerman, and Breyton Santee with Latta again getting by Santee a lap after green. Wright went on to his third win of the season, strengthening his points lead. Lunger, a former champion, settled for second over Pinckney, Zimmerman, and Latta.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Chad Wright, Dennis Lunger, Matt Latta, Kyle Zimmerman, Bryan Salisbury, Bob Pifer, Khole Wanzer, William Pinckney
Heat 2: Wendell Pinckney, Breyton Santee, Billy Henry, Dave Lyon, Lon Emerick, Gary Winans, Michael Mitchell
Feature: Chad Wright, Dennis Lunger, Wendall Pinckney, Kyle Zimmerman, Matt Latta, Breyton Santee, Billy Henry, Dave Lyon, Bryan Salisbury, Darrell Bossard, Khole Wanzer, Lon Emerick, William Pinckney (DNS), Bob Pifer (DNS), Michael Mitchell (DNS)
Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Bud Watson, Paul Schreckengost, Alan Atkinson, Troy Johnson, Brandon Blackshear, Ken Zimmer, Dan McDonald, Dan Davies
Heat 2: Chick Steinle Jr,Josh McDonald, Jack Young, Steve Samuelson, Gary Murphy, Percy McDonald, Joel Watson, Bill Taylor
Feature: Brent Rhebergen, Joel Watson, Chuck Steinle Jr, Percy McDonald, Bud Watson, Ken Zimmer, Jack Young, Dan Davies, Paul Schreckengost, Bill Taylor, Steve Samuelson, Gary Murphy, Josh McDonald, Dan McDonald, Brandon Blackshear, Alan Atkinson, Troy Johnson
Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Shaun Fawcett, Dave Ferringer, Rob Bates, Mike Harmon, Brian Crandall, Don McGuire, Matt Lozowski, Dan McEwen
Heat 2: Mark Frontera, Ed Bolyard, Brandon Groters, Chris Withers, Chris Hochschild, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Ron Boardman, John Bailey
Feature: Shaun Fawcett, Mark Frontera, Chris Withers, Brandon Groters, Ed Bolyard, Chris Hochschild, Ron Boardman, Dan McEwen, Brian Crandall, Dave Ferringer, Matt Lozowski, Rob Bates, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Mike Harmon, John Bailey, Don McGuire (DNS)
Bonnell Auto Sales Economods:
Heat 1: Derek Dellinger, Jace Ferringer, Eric Reinwald, Kyle Fellows, Chuck Steinle Sr, Devon Henry
Heat 2: Rick Prosser, Russ Kapalin, Brad Blackshear, Josh Ferry, Bob Bellinger, Mike Hillman (DNS)
Feature: Jace Ferringer, Rick Prosser, Josh Ferry, Russ Kapalin, Mike Hillman, Brad Blackshear, Chuck Steinle Sr, Kyle Fellows, Eric Reinwald, Bob Bellinger, Derek Dellinger, Devon Henry (DNS)
Specialty Products Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Jason Easler, Bud Sergeff, Dale Fraschetti, Hoyt Mihalak, Bo Hays, Brian McGarvie, Pat Drennan, Ryan White, Casey Harmon
Heat 2: Mitch Stokes, Brad Cole, Dylan Goodman, Scott Gill, Joe Keney, Logan Keney, Zoey Gill, Jeannie Fowler, Alex Forbes
Feature: Brad Cole, Dale Fraschetti, Hoyt Mihalak, Bud Sergeff, Mitch Stokes, Jason Easler, Dylan Goodman, Joe Keney, Ryan White, Logan Keney, Jeannie Fowler, Brian McGarvie, Zoey Gill, Alex Forbes, Scott Gill, Patrick Drennan, Carlos Aponte, Casey Harmon (DNS)
Rained out feature from May 15: Dale Fraschetti, Jason Easler, Brad Cole, Bud Sergeff, Hoyt Mihalak, Mitch Stokes, Scott Gill, Logan Keney, Zoey Gill, Alex Forbes, Dylan Goodman, Justin Boardman, Casey Boardman, Tyler Fulton, John Bulger, (DNS), Jake Shipman (DNS)