Conneaut, OH (July 13, 2018]: 85 cars signed in to Raceway 7 in 85° heat for the annual “Driver Appreciation Night” with extra prizes available form several sponsors. At the end of the night there were some familiar faces in Victory Lane along with some first-time visitors. The veteran Joel Watson scored his fourth win of the season in Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mod competition and Breyton Santee won his first Evergreen Lake Park Campground feature of the year. Paul Schreckengost won for the second Friday in a row and three in the last four! Eric Reinwald collected his second of the year, the first coming opening night, and John Zeleznick came from last to first in the Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks for his first-ever Raceway 7 win.
Zack Lenart and Josh Ferry brought the twenty-four car Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economod field to green with Ferry leading the way but Eric Reinwald was next to him at the end of two laps when Tyler Frankenberry spun in turn four. At green Eric Wilson got by Reinwald but Matt Alexander spun in turn one, then Steve Haefke, the points leader, spun in turn four before the cars had completed a lap. Caution was already displayed when Haefke spun so he was restored to his spot. At green, Wilson again got by Reinwald and another lap was scored when Gary Olson spun in turns three and four. Ferry and Wilson raced for the lead until turn four when Wilson got sideways, losing several spots. Debris on the front straight again slowed the race at lap four. Ferry and Reinwald brought the field back to green. Mike Harmon spun in turn four before a lap was complete with a “rough driving” call on Alexander, who was sent to the rear of the field. Ferry, Reinwald, Church Steinle Jr, Mike Boyd, and Steve Haefke were the front five at the end of six with Steinle dropping to seventh by the the next caution, for Kyle Reinwald, spun in turn one at seven laps. At halfway Ferry and Eric Reinwald were side by side, running that way when yellow again flew for Mike Boyd, spun in turn four. With five to go it was Reinwald by a few inches over Ferry but then Chris Runyan, Trevor Jimerson, and Kyle Reinwald spun in turn two. Only one more lap was in when Boyd spun in turn four. With the time limit being reached, the race was declared finished with Eric Reinwald the winner over Ferry, Bud Watson, Haefke, and Wilson.
The Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks had Jacob Peterson and Dillon Speer at the front for the start. Speer took the lead at green over William VanGuilder with Jim Haefke Jr third. The race ran smooth over the first half with Dillon holding at substantial lead over VanGuilder, Haefke, Kyle Adkins, and Emily Stoyer. At seven laps complete, in turn two, Ana Vassen, Jessica Harvey, and Jacob Peterson had problems, slowing the race for the only time. John Zeleznick was up to third at lap nine, after a disqualification in the heat, then starting twentieth. VanGuilder went way to the outside in turn two on lap eleven turning third over to Zeleznick then on the final lap Speer had mechanical ails, advancing Zeleznick to the win, his first at Raceway 7 in 2018.
Joel Watson and Gary Eicher started the Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mod feature from the front with Watson leading Eicher, Mike Kinney, Percy McDonald, and Troy Johnson at two laps. Caution flew at lap three when McDonald spun in turn two, advancing Jeff Johnson to fifth. Troy Johnson got by Kinney at five laps for third and last week’s winner Casey Bowers came into the top five, getting by Jeff Johnson. Brandon Grossman spun in turn four at eight complete for the next caution. Before the cars got to green on the restart Jeff Johnson spun down the front straight after clipping an infield-marking tire. Josh McDonald was next to Bowers for fifth at lap ten, then holding the spot at halfway. Brent Rhebergen got to fifth at twelve laps but McDonald was back to the spot at thirteen. With sixteen laps complete Watson had a straightaway lead over Eicher, Troy Johnson, Kinney, and McDonald. That was the order at the finish as Watson went on to his fourth win of the season. Watson’s victory margin was 7.154 seconds!
Breyton Santee and Kyle Zimmerman brought the Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Models to green with Santee leading Dave Airgood, Zimmerman, and Khole Wanzer at the end of one lap. Wanzer challenged Zimmerman for third at lap three but fell back to fourth a lap later, when Brandon Porter spun in turn two, slowing the race. For green it was Santee, Airgood, Zimmerman, Wanzer, and points leader Darrell Bossard. Bossard and Zimmerman, battling for position, got together in turn two with Bossard spinning, eventually involving Lon Emerick, Cory Sines, and Dillon Goodman. On the first lap after green a three way battle ensued on the back straight with Wanzer gaining the spot over Matt Latta and Zimmerman. Latta and Wanzer battled for third until Latta assumed the spot at nine complete. On the final lap Wanzer suffered a flat left rear tire. At the line it was Santee, Airgood, Latta, Bossard, and Zimmerman.
Ten Campbell Mini Storage Street Stocks started their feature with Darr Diegelman and Tim Deutsch at the fore. Deutsch, looking for his second win at Raceway 7 this season, jumped out to the lead with third-starting Mike Clark coming to second. Points leader Paul Schreckengost, the sixth place starter, quickly came to third. Garrett Calvert spun at six complete, slowing the race under yellow. At green Schreckengost came to second and was challenging for the lead at lap eight, edging ahead at the line at nine, then had a one length lead at five. Calvert again spun at this point in turn four. Paul Davis came to third at eleven laps. Davis was next to Deutsch with two to go and second at the white flag. At the checkered it was Schreckengost for the third time in 2018, over Davis, Deutsch, Clark, and Larry Kugel
Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Khole Wanzer, Darrell Bossard, Dave Airgood, Matt Sipes, Chad Sines, Brandon Porter, Lon Emerick, Dillon Goodman
Heat 2: Kyle Zimmerman, Breyton Santee, Matt Latta, Joe Long, Will Pinckney, Chad Sines, John Stockdale
Feature: Breyton Santee, Dave Airgood, Matt Latta, Darrell Bossard, Kyle Zimmerman, Joe Long, William Pinckney, John Stockdale, Matt Sipes, Brandon Porter, Cory Sines, Chad Sines, Khole Wanzer, Dylan Goodman, Lon Emerick
Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Troy Johnson, Mike Kinney, Casey Bowers, Jeff Johnson, Dan McDonald, Josh McDonald, Bill Taylor
Heat 2: Gary Eicher, Joel Watson, Percy McDonald, Brent Rhebergen, Rick Pratschler, Jesse Gould, Brandon Grossman
Feature: Joel Watson, Gary Eicher, Troy Johnson, Mike Kinney, Josh McDonald, Brent Rhebergen, Casey Bowers, Percy McDonald, Dan McDonald, Rick Pratschler, Brandon Grossman, Bill Taylor, Jeff Johnson, Jesse Gould
Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Paul Schreckengost, Darr Diegelman, Tony Spaghetti, Garrett Calvert, Jesse Brock
Heat 2: Tim Deutsch, Mike Clark, Larry Kugel, Paul Davis, Joshua Seippel
Feature: Paul Schreckengost, Paul Davis, Tim Deutsch, Mike Clark, Larry Kugel, Josh Seippel, Darr Diegelman, Garrett Calvert, Tony Spaghetti, Art Edwards, Jesse Brock (DNS)
Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods:
Heat 1: Steve Haefke, Matt Alexander, Eric Wilson, Eric Reinwald, Tyler Frankenberry, Gary Olson, Kyle Miller, Kyle Reinwald, Jim Dellinger
Heat 2: Zack Lenart, Lee Patrick, Josh Ferry, Mike Harmon, Mike Boyd, Dennis Dellinger, Casey Harmon, Chris Runyan
Heat 3: Mitch Wright, Bud Watson, Chuck Steinle, Mark Titus, Nate Young, Gary Murphy, Pat Drennan, George Vestel
Feature: Eric Reinwald, Josh Ferry, Bud Watson, Steve Haefke, Eric Wilson, Mitch Wright, Chuck Steinle Jr, Zack Lenart, Nate Young, Mark Titus, Gary Olson, Mike Harmon, Tyler Frankenberry, Casey Harmon, Lee Patrick, Gary Murphy, Dennis Dellinger, Kyle Reinwald, Pat Drennan, Chris Runyan, Mike Boyd, Matt Alexander, Kyle Miller, George Vestel (DNS), Jim Dellinger (DNS)
Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Zoey Gill, Trevor Jimerson, Ana Vassen, Alexis Vogt, Joe Campbell, Wes Stull, John Zeleznick (DQ)
Heat 2: William VanGuilder, Kyle Adkins, Scott Gill, Jessica Harvey, Tom Spencer Jr, Emily Stoyer, Justin Bailey
Heat 3: Dillon Speer, Jim Haefke, Jacob Peterson, Cale Souza, Mike Barr, Jeremy Start
Feature: John Zeleznick William VanGuilder, Jim Haefke, Kyle Adkins, Cale Sousa, Scott Gill, Jessica Harvey, Mike Barr, Tom Spencer Jr, Dillon Speer, Jacob Peterson, Jeremy Start, Emily Stoyer, Ana Vassen, Justin Bailey, Alexis Vogt, Zoey Gill, Wes Stull, Trevor Jimerson (DNS), Joe Campbell (DNS)