Lunger, McGuire, and Haefe get second wins of year, Proper wins first-ever at 7!
Conneaut, OH (June 3, 2016):Near perfect weather greeted fans and teams as night number five got underway at Raceway 7 for a regular night of racing with feature wins going to Dennis Lunger (his second Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models win), Joel Watson (his fourth Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mods win), Chris McGuire, (second Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks), Steve Haefke ( second Bonnell’s Auto Group Economods, and Andy Proper (his first-ever McDonald’s Sand & Gravel Mini Stocks win).
The McDonald’s Sand & Gravel Mini Stocks were the first feature in the lineup with Kyle Adkins, celebrating a birthday, and Casey Harmon leading the way to green. Harmon led lap one with fourth starting Andy Proper taking over at lap two. Harmon came to a halt in turn two on lap three bringing caution over the race for the first time. Harmon headed to the pit under the caution. For the green it was Proper leading Bud Sergeff and Hoyt Mihalak to the flag. Mihalak drew even with Sergeff on the back straight on lap five and to the second spot at the end of the lap. At halfway Gary Olson got into the turn two fence, again slowing the race. Proper brought the field back to green with Mihalak second and Sergeff third. Adkins was back to fourth and seventh starting Jason Easler, the points leader, fifth. Caution again appeared at lap eight for debris from the Casey Harmon car. With two laps left Proper was extending his lead when yellow again was shown, this time when Harmon threw a wheel and came to a halt in turn four. At this green Easler got to third and the race continued to the finish. The order at the checkers was Proper, Mihalak, Easler, Adkins, and Justin Boardman.
Former champion and 2016 feature winner Dennis Lunger and last week’s winner Darrell Bossard brought the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models to Roger Osburn’s green flag with Lunger leading lap one and Wendall Pinckney fighting for second with former champion and two time 2016 winner Kyle Zimmerman. Bossard and Billy Henry were side by side for fourth at the end of three. On lap four rookie Hunter Hulley spun in turn two, bringing yellow over the field. By five laps in Lunger was still in front with Zimmerman second, and Bossard up to third. Zimmerman got next to Lunger at six complete and had a slight lead at the end of seven. Lunger was back in front by half a car length at eight laps and solidly back in front at nine. Hulley again spun at twelve laps in, throwing the event under yellow once more. Bossard quickly came back to second after green and challenged for the lead at the end of thirteen but yellow was again flying when Alex Anderson looped his mount in turn one. Hulley and Ed Bolyard spun in turn four coming to the restart. It was Hulley’s third caution so he was sent pitside. Anderson again spun, this time in turn three after just one more lap of green. Again Lunger led Bossard, Zimmerman, Pinckney, and now Dave Airgood in fifth back to green. Bossard made a charge for the lead with two laps left and pulled even at the white flag then raced side by side down the back straight with Lunger getting sideways in three, allowing Zimmerman to make it a three wide run for the checkers. Lunger showed 0.015 second ahead of Bossard with Zimmerman 0.218 second behind second. A total of not quite ¼ second between first and third. Wendall Pinckney was fourth with Dave Airgood fifth. The win was Lunger’s second on the season and sixteenth Raceway 7 CARS Crate Late Model win.
Troy Johnson and Dan McDonald brought the Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mods to green with Dennis Lunger coming from third to run next to McDonald at the end of lap one. McDonald was the sole possessor of the lead at the end of two and started opening his lead with three laps in the books. At five laps complete it was Dan McDonald, Lunger, Percy McDonald, Johnson, and twelfth starting Joel Watson fifth. Josh McDonald spun in turn one on lap six, slowing the race for the first time. Dan McDonald brought the field back to green and after one more lap Watson was up to third with Dan McDonald opening up a five length lead at the end of seven. At halfway it was Dan McDonald, Lunger, Watson, Percy McDonald, and Johnson. At lap twelve Watson had completed his charge from last to first. At fourteen Lunger got by Dan McDonald with Percy McDonald dropping his brother to fourth a lap later. At the checkers Watson had won his fourth feature of the season with Lunger second, Percy McDonald third, Dan McDonald fourth, and Troy Johnson fifth. The win was Watson’s 36th E-Mod win at Raceway 7 and fourth in four appearances this season.
Mark Sanders and defending champion Shawn Fawcett were on the front row for the start of the Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stock feature. Fawcett took the immediate lead with last week’s winner, Chris McGuire, coming to second from sixth on the grid. With three complete McGuire got a fender next to the leader at the stripe but fell back in line at turn one. Brandon Groters spun in turn four at four complete, putting the race under yellow. Matt Lozowski spun before another lap was complete. On lap six Fawcett slid high in turn two, turning the lead over to McGuire and falling back to fifth. At halfway McGuire led Sanders, Rob Bates, Mike Clark, and Fawcett. With three to go Fawcett was back up to third while McGuire was heading to his second win in a row by over a quarter lap. Fawcett got by Sanders on the final lap to finish second. Sanders was third with Bates fourth and Clark fifth.
Mike Harmon and Eric Reinwald brought the sixteen car Bonnell’s Auto Group Economod feature to green but the field didn’t make a lap before James Myers and Geoff Conn getting locked together in turn two. Myers went to the pit, returning just as the field did a complete restart. Reinwald took the immediate lead but scraped the back straight fence, losing three spots. Harmon led lap one with opening night winner Steve Haefke coming to the lead at lap two. Yellow was again shown with three complete when Haley Lapcevich spun in turn four while Myers hit the wall in turn two, again heading pitside. Haefke continued to lead but pandemonium broke out on turn two when several cars spun, including two time winner, defending champion and current points leader Rick Prosser and Kevin Sergeff. Haefke brought the field up to speed with Reinwald coming to second, Harmon third, and Devin Henry fourth. At five complete several cars tangled on turn four with some spinning to the infield and two cars, Gary Murphy and Sergeff, locking wheels and winding up against the front straight wall. On the next try trouble again struck and the race went back to yellow with Harmon losing a driveshaft and Sergeff spinning into the infield. At halfway Haefke led Devin Henry, Reinwald, Gary Miller, and Chuck Steinle. Steinle Sr spun in turn one as the white flag flew for the final caution. Haefke went on to his second win of the season with Henry second over Reinwald, Myers, and Haley Lapcevich.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Darrell Bossard, Kyle Zimmerman, Dennis Lunger, Chris Withers, Khole Wanzer, Hunter Hulley, Ed Bolyard
Heat 2: Wendall Pinckney. Dave Airgood, Breyton Santee, Travis Martineau, Alex Anderson, William Pinckney, Brandon Porter
Feature: Dennis Lunger, Darrell Bossard, Kyle Zimmerman, Wendall Pinckney, Dave Airgood, Breyton Santee, Chris Withers, Khole Wanzer, Travis Martineau, William Pinckney, Ed Bolyard, Alex Anderson, Hunter Hulley, Brandon Porter
Bonnell Collision Service E-Mods:
Heat 1: Joel Watson, Dennis Lunger, Percy McDonald, Bill Taylor, Mike Kinney, Jesse Gould
Heat 2: Dan McDonald, Troy Johnson, Josh Ferry, Josh McDonald, Billy Henry, Jake Eucher
Feature: Joel Watson, Dennis Lunger, Dan McDonald, Percy McDonald, Troy Johnson, Mike Kinney, Josh McDonald, Jesse Gould, Bill Taylor, Josh Ferry, Billy Henry (DNS), Jake Eucker (DNS)
Bonnell’s Auto Group Economods:
Heat 1: Casey Harmon, Rick Prosser, Kevin Sergeff, Geoff Conn, James Myers, Haley Lapcevich, Jim Muma, Ashley Rogers
Heat 2: Steve Haefke, Gary Miller, Eric Reinwald, Devin Henry, Justin Chaddock, Chuck Steinle Jr, Gary Murphy, Jim Van Cise
Feature: Steve Haefke, Devin Henry, Eric Reinwald, Gary Miller, Haley Lapcevich, Justin Chaddock, Rick Prosser, Geoff Conn. Gary Murphy, James Myers, Jim Van Cise, Chuck Steinle Jr, Ashley Rogers, Kevin Sergeff, Mike Harmon, Jim Muma
Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Rob Bates, Mike Clark, Mark Sanders, Matt Lozowski, Jamie Sharba, Ken Lamp, Don McGuire
Heat 2: Chris McGuire, Shawn Fawcett, Chris Hochschild, Art Gilchrist, Sam Courson, Brandon Groters
Feature: Chris McGuire, Shawn Fawcett, Mark Sanders, Rob Bates, Mike Clark, Jamie Sharba, Chris Hochschild, Matt Lozowski, Brandon Groters, Art Gilchrist, Ken Lamp, Sam Courson, Don McGuire (DNS)
McDonald’s Sand and Gravel Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Hoyt Mihalak, Andy Proper, Casey Harmon, Kyle Adkins, Justin Boardman, Brian McGarvie, Mike Barr, Jessica Harvey
Heat 2: Jason Easler, Gary Olson, Bud Sergeff, Derrick Tuttle, Alex Forbes, Zoey Gill, Emily Stoyer
Feature: Andy Proper, Hoyt Mihalak, Jason Easler, Kyle Adkins, Justin Boardman, Mike Barr, Bud Sergeff, Alex Forbes, Derrick Tuttle, Brian McGarvie, Gary Olson, Zoey Gill, Casey Harmon, Emily Stoyer, Jessica Harvey (DNS)