Accord Speedway results — September 14, 2007

Final night of points racing

Modified: 1. Andy Bachetti; 2. Jamie Yannone; 3. Mike Ricci; 4. Robbie Green; 5. Rich Ricci Jr.; 6. Scott Ferrier; 7. Jerry Higbie Jr.; 8. Mel Shrufer; 9. Rich Eurich; 10. Rick Mill; 11. Hank Goranson; 12. Dan Oddy; 13. Jeremy Smith; 14. Danny Creeden; 15. Donnie Elliott Jr.; 16. John McGill; 17. Joe Barbagallo Jr.; 18. Mark Pullen; 19. Jackie Brown Jr.; 20. Jerry Curry.

Sportsman: 1. Howard Jarvis; 2. John Sundlof; 3. Ray See Jr.; 4. Ken Ferrier; 5. Justin Holland; 6. David Bush; 7. Steve Krom; 8. Danny Tyler; 9. Keith VanOyan; 10. Jesse Marks; 11. Mike Senecal; 12. David Coene; 13. Tom Dakake; 14. Vinnie Gress; 15. Jerry Craig; 16. Joe Giachinta; 17. Clinton Mills; 18. Charlie Winne; 19. Carl Dawes.

Pro stock: 1. Adam Douglas; 2. Don Williams; 3. Charlie Houghtaling; 4. Bill Deak Jr.; 5. Rob Rowe; 6. Mark Lathrop; 7. John Roese; 8. Charlie Swartz Jr.; 9. Jon Routhier; 10.  Bill Deak Sr.; 11. Larry Temple Jr.; 12. Paul Hubbard; 13. John Rood; 14. Al Christiana; 15. Kenny Atkins; 16. Jim Grippin; 17. George Christiana.

Spec sportsman (holdover): 1. Danny Sherlock; 2. Danny Cross; 3. Eric Moon; 4. Jeff Hager; 5. Phil Recchio; 6. Jeff Richardson; 7. Greg Hastie; 8. Scott Mathews; 9. Vinnie DeCicco; 10. Hawley Smith; 11. Dan Conklin; 12. John Gesztesi; 13. Steve Eubanks; 14. Steve Pinto; 15. Burt Irwin Jr.

Spec sportsman: 1. Greg Hastie; 2. Jeff Richardson; 3. Danny Cross; 4. Steve Eubanks; 5. Dan Conklin; 6. Jeremy Quick; 7. Phil Recchio; 8. Vinnie DeCicco; 9. Jeff Hager; 10. Sammy Dwy; 11. Jason Thew; 12. Hawley Smith; 13. Steve Pinto; 14. Danny Sherlock; 15. John Gesztesi; 16. Mike Van Tassel; 17. Eric Moon.

Pure stock: 1. Mike Deyo; 2. Charlie Rose Jr.; 3. Mike DuBois; 4. Bill Bulson; 5. John Woinoski; 6. Wayne Hajek; 7. Don Coon; 8. Paul Aragon Jr.; 9. Joe Judge; 10. Jay Smalley; 11. Tom Johnson; 12. Ralph Ronk; 13. Steve Kanuk; 14. Ryan Coon; 15. Bert Long; 16. Sharon Byrne; 17. Gary Ronk; 18. Kyle Wright; 19. Will Dietz; 20. Kyle Plumstead.

Mini sprint (holdover): 1. Scott Goodrich; 2. Clint Roehrs; 3. Tim Durland; 4. Todd Lapp; 5. Mark Rogers; 6. J.D. Casazza; 7. Kevin Horton; 8. Phil Beesmer; 9. Tom Kanan.

Mini sprint: 1. Todd Lapp; 2. Scott Goodrich; 3. Clint Roehrs; 4. Tim Durland; 5. Mark Rogers; 6. J.D. Casazza; 7. Phil Beesmer; 8. Kevin Horton; 9. Bob Lynt; 10. Brandon Bachor; 10. Tom Kanan.

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OCFS results — September 15, 2007

Non-points events

Modified: 1. Jerry Higbie Jr.; 2. Jeff Heotzler Sr.; 3. Chris Whitehead; 4. Chris Shultz; 5. Rick Mill; 6. Craig Mitchell; 7. Donnie Wilson; 8. Jared Petruska; 9. Rich Eurich; 10. Bob McGannon; 11. Jeff Heotzler Jr.; 12. Joe Puzzella; 13. Jim Finnegan; 14. Donnie Elliott; 15. Billy Wilson; 16. Dave Werber; 17. Jake Schlagel; 18. Rich Coons; 19. Greg Morgan; 20. Bruce Kline; 21. Ken Hermance; 22. Tim Hindley; 23. Eric Palmer; 24. Greg Sleight; 25. Clinton Mills; 26. Steve Dodd; 27. Mike Kolka. Disqualified: Scott Flammer.

Sportsman: 1. Justin Holland; 2. Michael Storms; 3. Mike Ruggiero; 4. Joe Dunay; 5. Rich Coons; 6. Erik Holmgren; 7. Bill Cherry; 8. Bob Wosyluk; 9. Pete Goydich; 10. Jake Schlagel; 11. Eddie Walters; 12. Kenny Moulton; 13. Frank Venezia; 14. Andy Schlagel; 15. Eddie Burgess; 16. Jim House; 17. Mel Lewis; 18. Mark Bishop; 19. Steve McIlroy Jr.; 20. Kyle Cicio; 21. Al Archiere; 22. Stanley Wilkins; 23. Doc Young. Did not start: Darrell Ford.

Pro stock: 1. Scott Kehr; 2. Mike Dutka; 3. Steven Shortway; 4. Cliff Tinnelly; 5. Ron Nuzzaro Jr.; 6. Joe Allen; 7. Tom Cilurso; 8. Roy Williams.

Veteran pure stock: 1. Ray Tarantino; 2. Emerson Cargain Sr.; 3. Tim McCarthy; 4. John Dore; 5. Greg Kurtzman; 6. Marty Van Nieuwland; 7. James VanDyk; 8. John Aumick.

Amateur pure stock: 1. Eric Davis; 2. Brent Shaddock; 3. Tom Shortway; 4. Lee Hubbert; 5. Peter Tuohey; 6. Debbie Shortway; 7. Eddie Wright; 8. Steve Bryson; 9. Pedro Soto; 10. Ray Tarantino Sr.; 11. Joel Murns Jr.

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We’re a Movin’ on Up — Weeks 20 and 21

Okay, my schedule has gotten awfully hectic of late so I am going to combine the last two weeks of moving and shaking in the local auto racing world into one recap.

Accord Speedway is headed into its final weekend of points action. There are still two divisions essentially up for grabs when Friday night rolls around.

Orange County Fair Speedway crowned its champions on Sept. 1. Congratulations go out to Jeff Heotzler Sr., David Van Horn Jr., Richie Coons, Bob Waters Jr., Emerson Cargain Sr. and John Hechinger for winning their respective titles.

At Accord:

Modified — Rich Ricci Jr. has already clinched the modified title. The battle for second has Mike Ricci holding a three-point edge on Andy Bachetti. Robbie Green dropped two spots to fourth. Jerry Higbie jumped up one spot to sixth and Richie Eurich climbed two spots to seventh. Big Gains: Jesse Kline moved up three spots to 27th.

Sportsman — Danny Tyler has clinched the division title, as long as he takes the green flag for the feature. Justin Holland jumped up two spots to second, and has an eight-point lead on Kenny Ferrier. Jesse Marks leaped over David Coene for fifth place. Steve Krom moved up one spot to eighth and Steve Meilleur cracked the top 10, jumping two spots to ninth. Ray See fell two markers to tenth. Big Gains: Keith Van Oyan climbed three spots to 12th; Tom Dakake improved three spots to 18th; Darrell Ford improved five spots to 22nd; Randy Banks Jr. improved three spots to 25th; Clinton Mills improved three spots to 28th; Danny Hedges jumped eight spots to 30th. Big Drops: Jerry Craig fell three spots to 15th; Kevin Ward fell three spots to 29th.

Pro stock — It’s a three-man battle for first place. Don Williams displaced John Roese for first place and leads by eight points. Bill Deak Jr. is 10 points back. If Roese wins, Williams must place second to win and third to tie. If Roese finishes second, Williams needs to place fourth to win and fifth to tie. Otherwise, Williams needs to finish no worse than three spots behind Roese to clinch. With any finish of third-or-worse by Deak, Williams needs to finish within four spots.. Big Gains: Al Christiana improved four spots to 17th; Pat Zimmer improved three spots to 23rd; Edgar Hedges improved three spots to 27th; Paul Hubbard improved five spots to 30th.

Pure stock — There was no change in the top 12 running order. The only ways Joe Judge cannot win the title is if he places 23rd or worse, or does not start at all AND Ryan Coon wins.. Big Gains: Mike Dubois improved three spots to 19th; Chris Kanuk improved three spots to 22nd; Scott Kilmer improved five spots to 27th; Bert Long improved six spots to 31st.

Mini sprint — Clint Roehrs owns a huge 34-point lead on Scott Goodrich, but, the sprinters have TWO feature races on Friday. Roughly put, Goodrich needs to finish, on average, between seven and nine spots ahead of Roehrs in both races to win the title. Todd Lapp leaped Ralph Utter Jr. for fifth; Phil Beesmer leaped J.D. Casazza for seventh. Big Gains: Bob Lynt improved five spots to 11th.

Spec sportsman — Phil Recchio carries a two-point lead on Greg Hastie and 13-point gap on Jeff Richardson. Even Vinnie DeCicco has an outside shot at 28 points back, but would need a lot of help. Here’s the catch, though: the spec sportsmen have TWO feature races on Friday due to a holdover, so detailing any victory scenarios would be pointless. Big Gains: Eric Moon improved three spots to 16th; Steve Pinto improved three spots to 17th.

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Accord Speedway results — Sept. 7, 2007

Accord Speedway results from September 7, 2007

Modified: 1. Jerry Higbie Jr.; 2. Andy Bachetti; 3. Rick Mill; 4. Richie Eurich; 5. Rich Ricci Jr.; 6. Jerry Curry; 7. Mike Ricci; 8. Mel Shrufer; 9. Jamie Yannone; 10. Hank Goranson; 11. Robbie Green; 12. Scott Ferrier; 13. Bill Papula; 14. Jesse Kline; 15. Jim Halpin; 16. Donnie Elliott; 17. Benny Rizzo; 18. John McGill; 19. Tom Hindley; 20. Jackie Brown Jr.
 
Sportsman (holdover): 1. Jesse Marks; 2. Steve Meilleur; 3. Steve Krom; 4. David Bush; 5. Danny Tyler; 6. Danny Creeden; 7. Tom Tomasko; 8. Howard Jarvis; 9. Mike Senecal; 10. Justin Holland; 11. Vinnie Gress; 12. Tom Dakake; 13. Keith VanOyan; 14. Joe Giachinta; 15. John Sundlof; 16. Ray See Jr.; 17. Ken Ferrier; 18. Randy Banks Jr.
 
 Sportsman: 1. Dave Coene; 2. Danny Tyler; 3. Tom Dakake; 4. David Bush; 5. Ray See Jr.; 6. Darrell Ford; 7. Steve Meilleur; 8. Clinton Mills; 9. Steve Krom; 10. Justin Holland; 11. Joe Giachinta; 12. Ken Ferrier; 13. Keith VanOyan; 14. Jesse Marks; 15. Howard Jarvis; 16. Danny Creeden; 17. Tom Tomasko; 18. Mike Senecal; 19. Danny Hedges; 20. Vinnie Gress.

 

Pro stock: 1. Bill Deak Jr.; 2. John Roese; 3. Larry Temple Jr.; 4. Don Williams; 5. Mark Lathrop; 6. Rob Rowe; 7. Bill Deak Sr.; 8. Jon Routhier; 9. Charlie Houghtaling; 10. Edgar Hedges; 11. Kenny Atkins; 12. George Christiana; 13. Al Christiana; 14. Paul Hubbard; 15. Adam Douglas; 16. Emerson Cargain Jr.; 17. Lenny Helmich; 18. Charlie Swartz Jr.; 19. Pat Zimmer; 20. John Rood.

 
Pure stock: 1. Ralph Ronk; 2. Don Coon; 3. John Woinoski; 4. Joe Judge; 5. Mike Deyo; 6. Ryan Coon; 7. Kyle Wright; 8. Paul Aragon Jr.; 9. Bill Judge; 10. Gary Ronk; 11. Tom Johnson; 12. Bill Merten; 13. Bill Rion; 14. Chris Kanuk; 15. Bert Long; 16. Bill Bulson; 17. Jay Smalley; 18. Charlie Rose Jr.; 19. Kyle Plumstead; 20. Mike DuBois; 21. Scott Kilmer.
 
Mini sprints: 1. Clint Roehrs; 2. Scott Goodrich; 3. Mark Rogers; 4. Tim Durland; 5. Todd Lapp; 6. Ralph Utter Jr.; 7. Bob Lynt; 8. Phil Beesmer; 9. Jim Johnson; 10. Brandon Bachor.
 
Spec sportsman: 1. Vinny DeCicco; 2. Jeff Richardson; 3. Dan Conklin; 4. Greg Hastie; 5. Phil Recchio; 6. Jeff Hager; 7. Jeremy Quick; 8. Danny Cross; 9. Steve Eubanks; 10. Eric Moon; 11. Scott Mathews; 12. Burt Irwin Jr.; 13. John Gesztesi; 14. Steve Pinto; 15. Sam Dwy; 16. Hawley Smith.

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Festival of Crashes at OCFS

Now that the points season has concluded at Orange County Fair Speedway this season, the month of September brings us several off-beat events.

The Demolition Derby series comes to a close on Saturday. There will be registration and inspection of the cars from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The demo cars will be allowed into the pit area starting at 4 o’clock.

There will be no drive-in admittance for the demo derby. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m., and fans are encouraged to take part in the pit party on the front stretch at 6 o’clock. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

The competition gets underway at 7 p.m. There will be a fireworks show at the conclusion of the evening.

Heading into the final event, Mike “Gravel” Buksa has 30 points, followed by Geraldo Hernandez (25), Sean Green (20), Herb Leverich (16) and Keith Babcock (13).

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the drivers will flip their lids — actually, the tops come off the cars for modified and sportsman non-points races. There will also be pro stock and pure stock races.

The World of Outlaws have re-scheduled their rain-out from earlier this season. The Outlaws will race at OCFS on Wednesday, Sept. 26. There will also be a non-points sportsman race, with $1,000 and an automatic starting spot for Eastern States going to the winner.

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OCFS results and final points — September 1, 2007

Modified
Feature: 1. Clinton Mills; 2. Jeff Heotzler Jr.; 3. Bob McGannon; 4. Jerry Higbie Jr.; 5. Jeff Heotzler Sr.; 6. Steve Dodd; 7. Davie Franek; 8. Chris Whitehead; 9. Brett Hearn; 10. Mitch Gibbs; 11. Rich Eurich; 12. Tommy Meier; 13. Chris Shultz; 14. Joe Morel; 15. Greg Sleight; 16. Joe Puzzella; 17. Donnie Wilson; 18. Colin Jackson; 19. Kirk Horton; 20. Jeremy Markle; 21. Cliff Ehrmann; 22. Craig Mitchell; 23. Danny Creeden; 24. Gary Edwards Jr.; 25. Chuck McKee; 26. David Van Horn Jr.
Heat 1: 1. Jeff Heotzler Jr.; 2. Colin Jackson; 3. Steve Dodd; 4. Jeremy Markle; 5. Tommy Meier; 6. Donnie Wilson; 7. Dave Werber; 8. Brett Hearn.
Heat 2: 1. Cliff Ehrmann; 2. Clinton Mills; 3. Jeff Heotzler Sr.; 4. Jerry Higbie Jr.; 5. Craig Mitchell; 6. Kirk Horton; 7. Billy Wilson; 8. Randy Thomas.
Heat 3: 1. Rich Eurich; 2. Chuck McKee; 3. Joe Puzzella; 4. Chris Shultz; 5. Danny Creeden; 6. Mitch Gibbs; 7. Rick Mill.
Heat 4: 1. David Van Horn Jr.; 2. Bob McGannon; 3. Chris Whitehead; 4. Davie Franek; 5. Joe Morel; 6. Gary Edwards Jr.; 7. Greg Sleight.
Consolation: 1. Kirk Horton; 2. Gary Edwards Jr.; 3. Brett Hearn; 4. Donnie Wilson; 5. Mitch Gibbs; 6. Greg Sleight; 7. Rick Mill; 8. Billy Wilson; 9. Dave Werber. Did not start: Randy Thomas.
Final points (unofficial): 1. Jeff Heotzler Sr. 656; 2. Brett Hearn 606; 3. Jerry Higbie Jr. 591; 4. David Van Horn Jr. 570; 5. Chuck McKee 555; 6. Rich Eurich 530; 7. Davie Franek 510;8. Tommy Meier 508; 9. Joe Morel 469; 9. Chris Whitehead 469; 9. Steve Dodd 469; 12. Chris Shultz 451; 13. Craig Mitchell 444; 14. Rick Mill 433; 15. Jeff Heotzler Jr. 424.

358 modified
Feature: 1. Brett Hearn; 2. Dom Roselli; 3. David Van Horn Jr.; 4. Kirk Horton; 5. Jeff Heotzler Sr.; 6. Mitch Gibbs; 7. Neil Harris; 8. Ric Hill; 9. Johnny Guarino; 10. Chuck McKee; 11. Jeremy Markle; 12. Chris Shultz; 13. Gary Napolitano; 14. Joe Barbagallo; 15. Craig Mitchell; 16. Jim Van Anden; 17. Jim Finnegan; 18. Everett Haubrich; 19. Ted Zacker; 20. Benny Rizzo; 21. Cory Ziegler; 22. Jerry Wildrick; 23. Joe Garan; 24. Tommy Meier; 25. Tim Hindley.
Heat 1: 1. Kirk Horton; 2. David Van Horn Jr.; 3. Ric Hill; 4. Dom Roselli; 5. Chris Shultz; 6. Benny Rizzo; 7. Jim VanAnden; 8. Ted Zacker; 9. Jerry Wildrick.
Heat 2: 1. John Guarino; 2. Mitch Gibbs; 3. Craig Mitchell; 4. Everett Haubrich; 5 Gary Napolitano; 6. Jeremy Markle; 7. Chuck McKee; 8. Frank Cristiano.
Heat 3: 1. Brett Hearn; 2. Joe Barbagallo; 3. Neil Harris; 4. Tommy Meier; 5. Jeff Heotzler Sr.; 7. Tim Hindley; 8. Cory Ziegler; 9. Jim Finnegan.
Final points (unofficial): 1. David Van Horn Jr. 511; 2. Chuck McKee 496; 3. Tim Hindley 472; 4. Craig Mitchell 446; 5. Dom Roselli 445; 6. Brett Hearn 437; 7. Kirk Horton 430; 8. Johnny Guarino 413; 9. Chris Shultz 400; 10. Randy Sherlock 394; 11. Tommy Meier 366; 12. Jeremy Markle 359; 13. Jerry Higbie Jr. 330; 14. Joe Barbagallo Jr. 325; 15. Brian Krummel 283.

Sportsman
Feature: 1.Kevin Ward; 2. Bill Cherry; 3. Michael Storms; 4. Gary LaBagh; 5. Justin Holland; 6. Jake Schlagel; 7. Mike Barrett; 8. Mel Lewis; 9. Eddie Burgess; 10. Eddie Redner; 11. Joe Dunay; 12. Doc Young; 13. Jim House; 14. Kyle Cicio; 15. Jimmy Johnson; 16. Rob Wosyluk; 17. Erik Holmgren; 18. Frank Venezia; 19. Kenny Moulton; 20. Mike Ruggiero; 21. Bobby Hentschel; 22. John Lieto; 23. Justin Gozzi; 24. Rich Coons; 25. John Ferrier.
Heat 1: 1. Kevin Ward; 2. Jimmy Johnson; 3. Frank Venezia; 4. Gary Labagh; 5. Bob Wosyluk; 6. Stanley Wilkins; 7. Bill Lowden Jr.; 8. Erik Holmgren; 9. Gary Huff; 10. Eddie Walters.
Heat 2: 1. Dion Naples; 2. Mike Barrett; 3. Kyle Cicio; 4. Kenny Moulton; 5. Joe Dunay; 6. Jake Schlagel; 7. Bill Cherry; 8. Steve McIlroy; 9. Pete Goydich; 10. Al Archiere.
Heat 3: 1. Justin Gozzi; 2. Michael Storms; 3. Jim House; 4. Mel Lewis; 5. Eddie Burgess; 6. Ken DeRitter; 7. Bill Johnston; 8. Rich Coons.
Heat 4: 1. Mike Ruggiero; 2. Doc Young; 3. John Lieto; 4. Eddie Redner; 5. Bobby Hentschel; 6. John Ferrier; 7. Karl Farris; 8. Keith Van Oyan; 9. Sam Dwy.
Consolation 1: 1. Eddie Burgess; 2. Erik Holmgren; 3. Eddie Walters; 4. Stanley Wilkins; 5. Gary Huff; 6. Bill Johnston; 7. Rich Coons; 8. Bill Lowden Jr.
Consolation 2: 1. John Ferrier; 2. Bill Cherry; 3. Dion Naples; 4. Keith Van Oyan; 5. Pete Goydich; 6. Steve McIlroy; 7. Sam Dwy; 8. Al Archiere.
Final points (unofficial): 1. Rich Coons 644; 2. Kevin Ward 618; 3. Michael Storms 615; 4. Joe Dunay 578; 5. Gary LaBagh 569; 6. Mike Ruggiero 565; 7. John Lieto 518; 8. John Ferrier 477; 9. Justin Gozzi 470; 10. Erik Holmgren 465; 11. Eddie Redner 453; 12. Mike Barrett 442; 13. Justin Holland 432; 14. Jake Schlagel 431; 15. Bobby Hentschel 398.

Pro stock
Feature: 1. Eric Marin; 2. Scott Kehr; 3. Sean Corr; 4. Steven Shortway; 5. Don Carlson; 6. Mike Dutka; 7. Mike Vigiletti; 8. Bob Waters Jr.; 9. Tom Vigh; 10. Pete Van Noordt; 11. Troy Arnold; 12. Russ Nuzzaro; 13. Ron Nuzzaro Jr.; 14. Tom Cilurso; 15. Bobby Schade; 16. Tim Daly. Did not start: John Velde.
Heat 1: 1. Steven Shortway; 2. Eric Marin; 3. Bob Waters Jr.; 4. Sean Corr; 5. Bobby Schade; 6. Troy Arnold; 7. Ron Nuzzaro; 8. John Velde; 9. Tim Daly.
Heat 2: 1. Scott Kehr; 2. Don Carlson; 3. Tom Cilurso; 4. Mike Dutka; 5. Mike Vigiletti; 6. Russ Nuzzaro; 7. Tommy Vigh; 8. Pete VanNoordt.
Final points (unofficial): 1. Bob Waters Jr. 862; 2. Mike Dutka 842; 3. Eric Marin 815; 4. Scott Kehr 760; 5. Sean Corr 752; 6. Pete Van Noordt 680; 7. Bill Pascual 652; 8. Troy Arnold 616; 9. Ron Nuzzaro Jr. 615; 10. Steven Shortway 571; 11. Bobby Schade 561; 12. John Velde 560; 12. Tom Cilurso 560; 14. Mike Vigiletti 531; 15. Russ Nuzzaro 505.

Veteran pure stock
Feature: 1. Ray Tarantino; 2. Bob Swanson; 3. Greg Kurtzman; 4. Emerson Cargain Sr.; 5. John Aumick; 6. Tim McCarthy; 7. Marty Van Nieuwland; 8. John Dore; 9. Curt Ayers; 10. Stan Vishinski Sr.; 11. Jay Pepin.
Final points (unofficial): 1. Emerson Cargain Sr. 852; 2. Greg Kurtzman 826; 3. Tim McCarthy 824; 4. Ray Tarantino 786; 4. John Dore 772; 6. Bob Swanson 752; 7. John Aumick 738; 8. Stan Vishinski Sr. 648; 9. Marty Van Nieuwland 634; 10. James Van Dyk 486.

Amateur pure stock
Feature: 1. Joel Murns Jr.; 2. John Hechinger; 3. John Miracle; 4. Stan Vishinski Jr.; 5. Les Laska; 6. Tom Shortway; 7. Willie Lenci; 8. Brent Shaddock; 9. Eric Davis; 10. Harry Shortway; 11. Lee Hubbert; 12. Eddie Wright; 13. Kevin Colman; 14. Charles Donald; 15. Ray Tarantino Sr.; 16. Pedro Soto; 17. Steve Bryson.
Final points (unofficial): 1. John Hechinger 822; 2. Eddie Wright 804; 3. Kevin Colman 760; 4. John Miracle 726; 5. Joel Murns Jr. 690; 6. Stan Vishinski Jr. 673; 7. Tom Shortway 653; 8. Willie Lenci 613; 9. Charles Donald 590; 10. Les Laska 562.

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Breaking news: Wright takes himself out of contention, Hechinger wins title

The amateur pure stock division points chase came down to the final two laps of the 2007 season.

Runner-up John Hechinger was sitting in third place, one spot ahead of Eddie Wright — if the race finished that way, Wright would have won the title by two points.

However, Hechinger made a successful pass of second-place runner John Miracle, thus forging a tie in the points. All Wright had to do was pass Miracle and hold on for third and the title was his.

In a stunning development, Wright got too overanxious and ended up tapping the bumper of Miracle’s car, sending it into a spin right before the entrance of turn three and collecting Wright’s car. Race officials deemed Wright had caused the accident and he was sent to the back of the field.

Joel Murns Jr. held on for his second victory of the year and Hechinger finished second, gaining enough points to win the championship.

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Gorgeous final night at OCFS

It is an absolutely beautiful night for racing at Orange County Fair Speedway. A touch of clouds prevented the track surface from drying out, and the cool weather should help keep the moisture in the clay.

Some early results:

358 modified

Heat 1: 1. Kirk Horton; 2. David Van Horn Jr.; 3. Ric Hill; 4. Dom Roselli; 5. Chris Shultz; 6. B.K. Rizzo.

 

Heat 2: 1. John Guarino; 2. Mitch Gibbs; 3. Craig Mitchell; 4. Everett Haubrich; 5 Gary Napolitano; 6. Jeremy Markle. KEY NOTE: Title contender Chuck McKee ran into the back of back-marker Everett Haubrich, nearly spinning the lead car and sending his own car sideways. Jeremy Markle ran into McKee’s car. The result will be a starting spot deep in the field of the small block feature, hurting McKee’s chances of catching David Van Horn and likely Tim Hindley.

 

Heat 3: 1. Brett Hearn; 2. Joe Barbagallo; 3. Neil Harris; 4. Tommy Meier; 5. Jeff Heotzler Sr.; 7. Tim Hindley.

Modified

Heat 1: 1. Jeff Heotzler Jr.; 2. Colin Jackson; 3. Steve Dodd; 4. Jeremy Markle; 5. Tommy Meier.

Heat 2: 1. Cliff Ehrmann; 2. Clinton Mills; 3. Jeff Heotzler Sr.; 4. Jerry Higbie Jr.; 5. Craig Mitchell.

Heat 3: 1. Rich Eurich; 2. Chuck McKee; 3. Joe Puzzella; 4. Chris Shultz; 5. Danny Creeden.

Heat 4: 1. David Van Horn Jr.; 2. Bob McGannon; 3. Chris Whitehead; 4. Davie Franek; 5. Joel Morel.

 

Sportsman

Heat 1: 1. Kevin Ward; 2. Jimmy Johnson; 3. Frank Venezia; 4. Gary Labagh; 5. Bob Wosyluk

 

Heat 2: 1. Mike Barrett; 2. Kyle Cicio; 3. Kenny Moulton; 4. Joe Dunay; 5. Jake Schlagel

 

Heat 3: 1. Justin Gozzi; 2. Michael Storms; 3. Jim House; 4. Justin Holland; 5. Mel Lewis. NOTE: A tire came off the car of season champion Rich Coons with one lap to go. Gozzi edged Storms for the checkered flag.

Veteran pure stock feature

1. Ray Tarantino; 2. Bob Swanson; 3. Greg Kurtzman; 4. Emerson Cargain Sr.; 5. John Aumick

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Accord Speedway results — August 31, 2007

Modified: 1. Mike Ricci; 2. Donnie Elliott; 3. Rich Ricci Jr.; 4. Rich Eurich; 5. Jamie Yannone; 6. Andy Bachetti; 7. Jerry Higbie Jr.; 8. Jackie Brown Jr.; 9. Mel Shrufer; 10. Rick Mill; 11. Tom Hindley; 12. Jesse Kline; 13. John McGill; 14. Scott Ferrier; 15. Jim Halpin; 16. Mark Pullen; 17. Hank Goranson; 18. Robbie Green; 19. Jerry Curry; 20. Dom Roselli.

Sportsman: 1. Steve Meilleur; 2. Justin Holland; 3. Mike Senecal; 4. Ken Ferrier; 5. Darrell Ford; 6. Jerry Craig; 7. Danny Tyler; 8. Dave Coene; 9. Ray See Jr.; 10. Jesse Marks; 11. Steve Krom; 12. Keith VanOyan; 13. Tom Dakake; 14. Danny Hedges; 15. Howard Jarvis; 16. Randy Banks Jr.; 17. Joe Giachinta; 18. David Bush; 19. John Sundlof; DQ. Larry Hendershot (no points)

Pro stock: 1. Bill Deak Sr.; 2. Bill Deak Jr.; 3. John Routhier; 4. Don Williams; 5. Emerson Cargain Jr.; 6. Rob Rowe; 7. Adam Douglas; 8. George Christiana; 9. Ivan Joslin; 10. Charlie Houghtaling; 11. Brad Curry; 12. Mark Lathrop; 13. Larry Temple Jr.; 14. Al Christiana; 15. John Roese; 16. Pat Zimmer; 17. Charlie Schwartz Jr.; 18. Chrissy Rider; 19. John Rood; 20. Bill Knapp.

Pure stock: 1. Gary Ronk; 2. Kyle Wright; 3. Mike DuBois; 4. Ryan Coon; 5. Don Coon; 6. Bill Rion; 7. Mike Deyo; 8. Joe Judge; 9. John Woinoski; 10. Paul Aragon Jr.; 11. Fred Davis; 12. Don J. Williams; 13. Scott Kilmer; 14. Steven Kanuk; 15. Bert Long; 16. Tom Johnson; 17. Sharon Byrne; 18. Charlie Rose Jr.; 19. Ralph Ronk; 20. Bill Merton.

Spec sportsman: 1. Vinnie DeCicco; 2. Greg Hastie; 3. Dan Conklin; 4. Jeff Richardson; 5. Phil Recchio; 6. Jeff Hager; 7. Steve Pinto; 8. Danny Cross; 9. Eric Moon; 10. Hawley Smith; 11. Jason Thew; 12. Scott Mathews; 13. Burt Irwin Jr.; 14. Steve Eubanks; 15. John Gesztesi; 16. Jamie House; DQ. Jeremy Quick (no points)

Mini sprints: 1. Clint Roehrs; 2. Mark Rogers; 3. Scott Goodrich; 4. Tim Durland; 5. Todd Lapp; 6. Phil Beesmer; 7. Kevin Horton; 8. Bob Lynt; 9. Ralph Utter Jr.; 10. Brandan Bachor; 11. Mike Goodnow; DQ. Brian Collier.

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We’re a Movin’ on Up — Week Nineteen

Congratulations go out to Rich Coons for winning his first sportsman division title at Orange County Fair Speedway. Jeff Heotzler will win his fourth big block modified title by merely taking the green flag on Saturday. Likewise, Bob Waters Jr. and Emerson Cargain Sr. should wrap up the pro stock and veteran pure stock titles, respectively.

At OCFS:

Modified — As long as Jeff Heotzler takes the green flag for the feature (he is already guaranteed a spot), he will win the championship. There was a bit of shuffling near the top. Brett Hearn won another race and jumped up two spots to second. Jerry Higbie Jr. dropped two spots to fourth. Big Gainers: Jeff Heotzler Jr. improved four spots to 16th; Danny Creeden improved three spots to 17th; Kirk Horton improved four spots to 20th; Greg Sleight improved 11 spots to 35th. Big Drops: Steve Dodd dropped three spots to 13th; Mike Kolka dropped three spots to 19th; Bob McGannon dropped five spots to 22nd; Jared Petruska dropped four spots to 23rd

358 modiifed — Did not run; no changes

Sportsman — Rich Coons clinched his first championship on Saturday. Mike Ruggiero took a big hit, dropping three spots to fifth, moving Michael Storms, Kevin Ward and Joe Dunay up to the 2-3-4 spots. Big Gains: Bill Johnston improved three spots to 17th; Doc Young improved four spots to 25th; Bill Cherry improved five spots to 26th; Frank Venezia improved six spots to 36th; Jimmy Johnson improved six spots to 38th; Karl Farris improved seven spots to 41st. Big Drops: Mike Ruggiero dropped three spots to fifth; Al Archiere dropped three spots to 39th; John Hargnage dropped three spots to 42nd; Mark Bishop dropped three spots to 43rd; John Odendahl dropped three spots to 44th

Pro stock — Bob Waters Jr. has a 24-point lead and needs to finish within 12 spots of Mike Dutka to clinch his first title since claiming the 2002 rookie pro stock crown. There were just 16 cars entered last week. Sean Corr leaped over Bill Pascual for fifth place. Ron Nuzzaro Jr. leaped over Troy Arnold for eighth.

Veteran pure stock — Emerson Cargain Sr. has virtually clinched his first title since taking the novice pro stock title in 1985. Cargain owns a 24-point lead on Tim McCarthy, and needs to finish 12 spots ahead of him — last week’s car count was eight and has been hovering around 10 on the average. McCarthy leaped ahead of Greg Kurtzman for second place. Ray Tarantino leaped into a tie with John Dore for fourth. Stan Vishinski Sr. leaped ahead of Marty Van Nieuwland for eighth.

Amateur pure stock — This is the only full-fender division that’s still up for grabs. Eddie Wright owns a four-point lead over John Hechinger. He needs to finish no worse than one car length behind Hechinger to win his first title; finish two spots back and there will be a tie. Joel Murns Jr. leaped over Stan Vishinsky Jr. for fifth. Willie Lenci leaped Charles Donald for eighth.

At Accord:

Modified — Rich Ricci Jr. has extended his lead to 90 points. Robbie Green improved two spots to second, dropping Mike Ricci and Andy Bachetti back to 3-4. Scott Ferrier leaped over Rich Eurich for eighth. Donnie Elliott moved up one spot to the top 10. Big Gains: Jim Halpin improved three spots to 26th. Big Drops: Dom Roselli dropped three spots to 13th

Sportsman — Justin Holland dropped two spots to fourth, allowing Ken Ferrier and Howard Jarvis to move up to 2-3. Mike Senecal cracked the top 10. Big Gains: Randy Banks Jr. improved six spots to 28th

Pro stock — John Roese owns an eight-point lead, the smallest among Accord’s divisions. Don Williams leaped over Bill Deak Sr. for second place. Adam Douglas leaped over Norbert Bracklow for fourth. George Christiana leaped over Emerson Cargain Jr. for 10th. Big Gains: Pat Zimmer improved three spots to 26th

Pure stock — Joe Judge stretched his lead by 10 points and now leads Ryan Coon by 44. Don Coon jumped over Paul Aragaon Jr. for fourth place. Kyle Wright leaped over Gary Ronk for sixth place. Bill Bulson leaped over Tom Johnson for 10th. Big Gains: Charlie Rose Jr. improved three spots to 18th; Mike Dubois improved four spots to 22nd

Spec sportsman — Phil Recchio’s win vaulted him into first place – he owns a 12-point lead on Greg Hastie. Dan Conklin moved into a tie with Vinnie DeCicco for fourth place. Jeff Hager leaped over Hawley Smith for sixth. Steve Eubanks leaped over Burt Irwin Jr. for eighth.

Mini sprint — Clint Roehrs stretched his lead by four points and now leads Scott Goodrich by 22. J.D. Casazza jumped up three spots to seventh and Phil Beesmer moved up one spot to eighth, dropping John Lieto and Will Casazza to 9-10. Big Gains: J.D. Casazza improved three spots to seventh. Big Drops: Bob Lynt dropped three spots to 16th.

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