Wright, Zimmer, Groters, Ferringer, and Fraschetti all repeat winners!
Conneaut, OH (May 29, 2015): Former three-time tour champion Bryan Howland dominated the wreck-strewn 25-lap main event for the Patriot Sprint Tour at Raceway 7 Friday night, capturing the e 24th time in tour history, second only to Chuck Hebing, a former winner at Raceway 7 as well. At the end of a long evening made even longer by a power outage on part of the facilities apparently caused by an electrical storm during the week, other winners included Chad Wright in the Evergreen Lake Park CARS Late Model feature for the fourth time this season, Ken Zimmer’s second trip to Victory Lane in the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mod finale, Brandon Groters third triumph in the Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks, Jace Ferringer’s second in the Bonnell auto Sales Economods, and defending champion Dale Fraschetti’s second win in the Specialty Products Mini Stocks feature.
The Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks were the first feature on the track with defending champion Chris Withers on the pole and two-time winner Brandon Groters outside. At the end of one lap Groters was on his way to win number three. Withers, Chris Hochschild, Jamie Duncan, and Shaun Fawcett followed in the early going. At lap five Duncan spun in turn one, bringing caution over the field. At green Hochschild immediately came to second but Withers had regained the spot after one more lap of green. At eight complete Fawcett had come to fourth but Mark Frontera came back by at the end of nine. Frontera then got by Hochschild before the checkers flew. The top five at the finish were Groters, Withers, Frontera, Hochschild, and Fawcett.
The Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods took to the track with Bud Watson and Mike Potosky on the front row. Watson led the way over Potosky, Ken Zimmer, Brent Rhebergen, and Bill Taylor until caution flew at lap three when Jesse Gould spun in turn three with Josh McDonald spinning to avoid contact. At the end of four laps Potosky was even with Watson at the line. Coming to the conclusion of lap five the two leaders got together at the flag with Watson getting some air time and both suffering enough damage to end their evening. Ken Zimmer led the field back to green with Rhebergen second, Troy Carr third, and points leader Percy McDonald fourth with Bill Taylor fifth. At halfway Dan McDonald had moved into fifth. At thirteen laps complete Chuck Steinle Jr slowed to a stop in turn one. Under caution former champion Joel Watson pulled pit side. Zimmer again brought the race to the green with Rhebergen again second. On lap eighteen Joe DeFazio got to third but Zimmer was on his way to his second feature win of the season over Rhebergen, DeFazio, Troy Carr, and Dan McDonald.
The Patriot Sprint Group made its annual visit to Raceway 7 with nineteen cars making the tow to the farthest west the series races. Joe Trenca and Bryan Howland led the way with caution falling at turn two when Steve Glover slammed the wall. When the race resumed two more cars spun at turn two. The third attempt at racing was successful with Howland leading the way at the end of one lap. Trenca was second with Steve Hutchinson third, Sammy Reakes IV fourth, and C J Cross fifth through the early stages. When the leaders got to lapped traffic Howland weaved his way through traffic with Trenca holding second with Reakes third and Hutchinson fourth. With nineteen laps complete caution again flew when fourth-running Hutchinson hit the wall in turn four. Howland was the leader for the restart with Trenca still second, Reakes third, CJ Cross now fourth and Jared Zimbardi fifth. The race was red-flagged at that point while the safety crew attended to a person injured in a pit accident. Howland led the final laps without a challenge, winning his 24th PST A-Main. Sammy Reales IV wound up second with CJ Cross third, former champion Jared Zimbardi fourth and pole starter Trenca fifth.
Billy Henry and three-time 2015 winner and points leader Chad Wright started the Evergreen Lake Park CARS Late Model feature with Wright grabbing the immediate lead over Henry and Dave Lyon. The order remained the same through halfway with Dennis Lunger fourth and Matt Lux fifth. By twelve laps in Wright had a quarter lap lead. At the final turn Lyon got by Henry for the runner-up position as Wright won his fourth feature of the season with Lunger fourth and Latta fifth. The race went green to checkers with no caution.
Former champion Bud Sergeff led the Specialty Products Mini Stock feature from the drop of the green over defending champion Dale Fraschetti with Mitchell Stokes third. Fraschetti took over at the competition of five laps, then went on to his second win of the season. When the checkers fell on the caution free event it was Fraschetti over Stokes, who got by Sergeff on the final turn, with points leader Brad Cole fourth and Jason Easler fifth.
The Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods had defending champion Josh Ferry on the pole with the veteran Chuck Steinle Sr alongside. Ferry led from the drop of the green flag but Eric Reinwald looped his mount in turn four, collecting Russ Kapalin in the process. During the yellow flag Ferry experience mechanical ails and retired pit side. Chuck Steinle Sr led the field back to green with Jace Ferringer outside. Ferry rejoined the field, starting at the rear. Ferringer took off to the lead for the first lap then Brad Blackshear spun in turn two on lap two. Ferringer again led with Devon Henry now second and Terry Akerley third. Two time winner Rick Prosser was now fourth and moved to third by lap five. At lap six caution again flew for a spin by Dan McEwen. At halfway Ferringer was leading with Prosser closing the gap but then starting to lose ground. Brad Blackshear came to third around Henry with three laps to go. The order at the checkers was Ferringer, Prosser, Blackshear, Henry, and Gary Miller. Ferringer got his first-ever win just one week ago and he now has two in his career.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Matt Latta, Dennis Lunger, Billy Henry, Dave Lyon, Khole Wanzer, Chris Nicholson, Gary Winans
Heat 2: Kyle Zimmerman, Chad Wright, Breyton Santee, Bryan Salisbury, Wendall Pinckney, Bob Pifer (DNS), William Pinckney (DNS)
Feature: Chad Wright, David Lyon, Billy Henry, Dennis Lunger, Matt Latta, Kyle Zimmerman,mBryan Salisbury, Breyton Santee, Darrell Bossard, Khole Wanzer, Chris Nicholson, Wendall Pinckney, William Pinckney, Bob Pifer
Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Joel Watson, Mike Potosky, Bill Taylor, Ken Zimmer, Josh McDonald, Chuck Steinle Jr, Jesse Gould, Dan McDonald, Alan Atkinson
Heat 2: Troy Carr, Troy Johnson, Bud Watson, Brent Rhebergen, Percy McDonald, Joe DeFazio, Steve Samuelson, Rick Pratschler
Feature: Ken Zimmer, Brent Rhebergen, Joe DeFazio, Troy Carr, Dan McDonald, Troy Johnson, Percy McDonald, Josh McDonald, Jesse Gould, Rick Pratschler, Steve Samuelson, Alan Atkinson, Joel Watson, Chuck Steinle Jr, Bill Taylor, Bud Watson Mike Potosky, Paul Schreckengost
Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Brandon Groters, Chris Withers, Mark Frontera, Ed Bolyard, Jason Covey, Bill Banick Jr (DNS)
Heat 2: Jamie Duncan, Shaun Fawcett, Chris Hochschild, Rob Bates, Dave Ferringer, Mike Harmon
Feature: Brandon Groters, Chris Withers, Matk Frontera, Chris Hochschild, Shaun Fawcett, Ed Bolyard, Jason Covey, Dave Ferringer, Jamie Duncan, Mike Harmon, Bill Banick Jr, Rob Bates (DNS)
Bonnell Auto Sales Economods:
Heat 1: Gary Miller, Jace Ferringer, Josh Ferry, Russ Kapalin, Brad Blackshear, Bob Bellinger, Kyle Fellows
Heat 2: Rick Prosser, Terry Akerley, Eric Reinwald, Chuck Steinle Sr, Devon Henry, Dan McEwen
Feature: Jace Ferringer, Rick Prosser, Brad Blackshear, Devon Henry, Gary Miller, Russ Kapalin, Eric Reinwald, Terry Akerley, Dan McEwen, Bob Bellinger, Kyle Fellows, Chuck Steinle Sr, Josh Ferry
Specialty Products Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Mitch Stokes, Brad Cole, Logan Keney, Steve Walker, Zoey Gill, Pat Drennan, John Bulger, Scott Gill
Heat 2: Dale Fraschetti, Jason Easler, Bud Sergeff, Joe Keney, Hoyt Mihalak, Gary Drake Jr, Jeannie Fowler
Feature: Dale Fraschetti, Mitch Stokes, Bud Sergeff, Brad Cole, Jason Easler, Hoyt Mihalak, Scott Gill, Joe Keney, Logan Keney, John Bulger, Zoey Gill, Gary Drake Jr, Steve Walker, Jeannie Fowler, Pat Drennan
Patriot Sprint Tour:
Heat 1: Bryan Howland, Steve Glover, Sammy Reakes IV, Joe McEwen, David Just, Scott Just, Jared Zimbardi
Heat 2: Stan Zanchin, Joe Trenca, Steve Hutchinson Jr, Scott Kreutter, George Suprick, Dennis Wagner
Heat 3: C J Collins, Steve Collins, Jake Muench, Tyler Graves, Gary Edwards, Kyle Drum
Dash: Scott Kreutter, Jake Muench, Tyler Graves, Gary Edwards, Joe McEwen, Scott Just (DNS)
Feature: Bryan Howland, Sammy Reakes IV, CJ Jones, Jared Zimbardi, Joe Trenca, Steve Collins, Kyle Drim, Jake Muench, David Just, Tyler Graves, Steve Glover, Joe McEwen, George Suprick, Steve Hutchinson Jr, Dennis Wagner, Scott Kruetter, Scott Just, Stan Zanchin, Gary Edwards