Sheppard Extends Points Lead At Utica-Rome With Win

"Super Matt" Grab Sixth Victory Of 2015 At Vernon, NY Speedway; Clark Takes 602 Sportsman

Story By: JOHN TIFF / UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY     Photos By: OTTO GRAHAM / RPW


VERNON, NY- July 27, 2015 - Parks Paving and Rasmussen Rents/Broedel Energy sponsored a night of racing action this past Sunday, July 26, that saw Matt Sheppard win his sixth race of the season at Utica-Rome Speedway, allowing him to tighten his grasp on the points lead. Other winners included Cody Clark in the 602 Sportsman, Claude Hutchings Jr. in the Open Sportsman, and Mark Effner in the Pro Street Stocks.

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Wilder Bests Fonda Modified Field

Young Pilot Nabbed His First Win Of 2015 Saturday Night At The "Track Of Champions"

Story By: RON SZCZERBA / FONDA SPEEDWAY     Photos By: BILL MCGAFFIN / RPW


FONDA, NY - July 27, 2015 - Going into the evenings racing action at the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, July 25 Jeremy Wilder had a total of three feature wins in the modified division at the “Track of Champions” with the first one coming on June 9, 2012 and the last one coming on July 26, 2014.

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Sheldon Is The Man At Lebanon Valley Saturday

#42 Speedster Holds Off Bachetti & Rest Of Field For Popular Win

Story By: PHIL ALLAWAY / LEBANON VALLEY SPEDWAY     Photos By: CHALMERS & ROSSI / RPW


WEST LEBANON, NY - July 27, 2015 - The night before the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Lebanon Valley is traditionally a quieter night than normal.  The Small Block Modifieds were off; after all, they’re the support class Sunday night.  The Sportsman class was also off, leaving the Modified class with an even larger spotlight than normal.  Also, the track preparation for the Sprint Cars definitely played a role in the feature.

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Wight Upstoppable At Fulton Speedway

Phoenix, NY Driver Nabs His 5th Checkered Of 2015; Marcuccilli Takes Big Sportsman Win

Story BY: DAVE MEDLER / FULTON SPEEDWAY     Photos BY: JOHN MELOLING / RPW


FULTON, NY - July 27, 2015 - Larry Wight and Dave Marcuccilli were the big winners Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway picking up wins in the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds and the FX Caprara Car Companies Upstate Sportsman Alliance.

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Decker Scores Fourth Win At Glen Ridge

Ivan Joslin Grabs Second Win Of 2015 At Speedway

Story By: THOMAS COUGLIN / GLEN RIDGE MTSPTS. PARK     Photos By: JEREMY MCGAFFIN / RPW


FULTONVILLE, NY - July 27, 2015 - The Bloomfields Florist/ Riley Mortuary 85 driven by Willy Decker of Vernon had the field covered in the Krash Menders Modifieds on another beautiful night in upstate New York.

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Miller Wins CRSA Sprint Feature At Utica-Rome

After Several Years Away, 305 Sprint Car Tour Returned To Utica

Story By: REED MILLER / CRSA SPRINT CARS     Photos By: OTTO GRAHAM / RPW


VERNON, NY - July 27, 2015 - The CRSA Sprint Car Tour made its return to the Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon, New York Sunday night. The sprint series had not raced at the speedway for many years and looked forward to the night of racing at the fast half mile oval. Chad Miller of Amsterdam, New York has been having a good 2015 season sitting fourth in points. Sunday he used patience and worked his way to the lead and won his first CRSA Sprint Tour win of the season.

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New Smoke: Johnson Takes 2nd Of 2015 At Black Rock

Modified Veteran Overcomes Obsticales To Take Victory At Dundee, NY Speedway

Story By: STEVEN OWENS / BLACK ROCK SPEEDWAY     Photo By: CURTIS BERLEUE PHOTO


DUNDEE, NY - July 27, 2015 - A major headline heading into 2015 at Black Rock Speedway was the addition of Alan Johnson to the weekly fold that already included Steve Paine, Brady Fultz, Ron Cartwright and Derrick Podsiadlo.  Not only were the mighty Modifieds back, an outstanding level of competition has greeted fans each week.

 

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Beers & Kochenash Share Mahoning Modified Laurels

Double Features Mean Double The Fun At PA Speedplant

Story By: DINO OBERTO / MAHONING VALLEY SPEEDWAY     Photos BY: RENEE TIDABACK / RPW


LEHIGHTON, PA - July 27, 2015 - On a hot and humid night at Mahoning Valley Speedway, Eric Beers exited his DeLange Racing No. 45 a bit exhausted but elated none-the-less after winning the make-up Modified feature from July 18. As for runner-up Austin Kochenash, the 19-year old was not as much bothered by the heat and noted that “I’m still a kid so it’s easy and I’m ready to go again.”

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Mahaney Beats Competition For Thunder Mountain Win

Jordan, Mady, Deinhardt, & Shiner Also Win Before Rain Moves In

Story By: BRETT DEYO / THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY     Photo By: JAY FISH / RPW FILE


CENTER LISLE, NY - July 27, 2015 - With rain moving in, Mike Mahaney outraced the competition and the weather to win Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

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Last Lap Pass Nets Davenport Prairie Dirt Classic

Georgia Driver Scores $26,000 Payday In Epic World of Outlaws LM Series Event

Story By: JOSHUA JOINER / WORLD OF OUTLAWS LMS     Photo By: JIM DENHAMER


FAIRBURY, IL - July 27, 2015 - Jonathan Davenport added another victory to his amazing 2015 campaign and added another chapter to the growing FALS legend in Saturday night's 26th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac.

In another thrilling Prairie Dirt Classic A-Main at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., advanced from his eighth starting spot and outdueled sixth-starting Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., in an epic back-and-forth battle through the second half of the 100-lap race before using a dramatic final-lap pass to score a $26,000 victory in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series event.

"You couldn't write this in a book any better," said Davenport, whose first WoO LMS triumph of the season gave him his 14 overall victory of 2015 and his fourth payday of $20,000 or more. "This is an awesome place. The facility, the staff, the fans, the way the racetrack races, man this place is awesome."

Fairbury's quarter-mile oval has indeed built a reputation of awe-inspiring racing, especially during the Prairie Dirt Classic. Sanctioned by the WoO LMS for the third consecutive season, the blockbuster event produced its third straight dramatic finish on Saturday in a race that featured eight official lead changes among three drivers.

In true FALS fashion, the event saw close action and building drama through the entire distance before ultimately being decided on the final lap. With a strong run exiting turn two, Davenport cut under Erb down the back straightaway, drove hard into turn three and muscled his way ahead through the final corner. Davenport edged away down the homestretch to a lead of 0.361 seconds as he took the checkered in his K&L Rumley Enterprises Longhorn Chassis.

Erb settled for second in his Black Diamond Chassis, while the Rocket Chassis driven by Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., narrowly edged 16th-starting Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who was fourth in the Rocket Chassis house car. Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., rounded out the top five in his Capital Race Car.

The race's early portions were controlled by polesitter Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark. Moyer, a five-time Prairie Dirt Classic winner, held a slight advantage over second-starting Mason Ziegler of Chalk Hill, Pa., through the first 20 laps before Erb took second and began challenging Moyer.

After a lengthy side-by-side battle, Erb cleared Moyer for the lead on lap 31and held the spot until a resurgent Moyer swept passed on lap 50. But Moyer's second stint out front was much shorter than his first. He jumped the cushion on lap 52, handing the lead back to Erb.

The veteran Moyer ultimately saw his hopes of a sixth PDC victory dissipate entirely when he jumped cushion again on lap 56, tagged the wall and came to stop.

With Moyer out of the race, the remaining distance was left to Erb and Davenport to sort out. Picking up the pace against Fairbury's rugged cushion, Davenport stuck with the low-running Erb following the lap-56 restart before charging ahead on lap 65.

Erb recovered quickly, however, and pulled back out front on lap 66. The two leaders raced neck-and-neck through the next 20 laps before Davenport picked up his pace to make a serious bid for the lead.

Davenport used a slidejob through turns one and two on lap 91 to again get by Erb and had opened a slight lead until jumping the cushion on lap 94. Erb took advantage and charged back out front.

The race's final caution with 96 laps complete gave Davenport a chance to regroup for a late-race charge. He took advantage of the opportunity, using a lap-98 slidejob to pull ahead. But Erb crossed over and immediately pulled back out front.

Finally, as the leaders made their final circuit, Davenport charged off of the top of turn two, crossed over to the low groove as Erb drifted high and made contact with Erb as he raced ahead in the final corner.

Davenport certainly didn't hold back with the victory on the line, but he said some close calls with Erb during their back-and-forth battle led him to be extra aggressive in making the winning pass.

"Just like my mom always told me," Davenport said, "you gotta treat everybody else the way they treat you, and that's the way I done him."

Erb, however, wasn't pleased with the final-lap run-in.

"I think we had the best race car here tonight because nobody could run with us once we stayed green," Erb said. "He just got lucky there on the last caution and made a banzai move. I think we'd been alright if we'd had more laps because we were able to pull away the longer we went."

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., was sixth at the finish after briefly racing into the top five from his 15th starting spot. After starting from the tail of the field in his backup car, Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, survived an early spin and recovered to finish seventh.

Tim McCreadie, the Watertown, N.Y., driver who held off Owens to win last year's Prairie Dirt Classic in dramatic fashion, ended up eighth in this year's event after a tangle with ninth-finishing Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., dropped both drivers out of the top five late in race.

Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., rounded out the race's top 10 finishers. He was also involved in a late-race tangle that left WoO LMS points leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., with a flat tire.

Preliminary action for the event was held on Friday, with Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Ill., topping 64 qualifiers during time trials. Heat races were won by Junghans, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., Erb, Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., and Billy Moyer.

Saturday's action also featured the 30-lap Prairie Dirt Classic Shootout non-qualifiers race. Hometown driver Mckay Wenger scored the $1,500 victory with a last-lap pass of Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill.

WoO LMS competitors next compete at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway on Tues., July 28 in the Sun Drop Shootout. The race leads into the $50,000-to-win 28th annual USA Nationals weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., July 30-Aug. 1.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (8) Jonathan Davenport/100 $27,200
2. (6) Dennis Erb Jr./100 $10,500
3. (14) Brandon Sheppard/100 $8,500
4. (16) Josh Richards/100 $6,150
5. (5) Chase Junghans/100 $5,050
6. (15) Jimmy Owens/100 $3,500
7. (19) Morgan Bagley/100 $3,350
8. (9) Tim McCreadie/100 $3,150
9. (17) Frank Heckenast Jr./100 $2,850
10. (11) Chub Frank/100 $2,700
11. (2) Mason Zeigler/100 $3,700
12. (20) Jason Feger/100 $2,550
13. (23) Rick Eckert/100 $2,350
14. (12) Eric Smith/100 $1,700
15. (21) Boom Briggs/99 $2,150
16. (26) Daren Friedman/99 $2,080
17. (13) Brandon Overton/99 $2,360
18. (3) Scott Bloomquist/89 $3,040
19. (10) Shane Clanton/85 $3,570
20. (7) Kevin Weaver/83 $6,550
21. (1) Billy Moyer/55 $2,400
22. (22) Brian Shirley/42 $1,500
23. (25) Scott Bull/42 $2,000
24. (4) Billy Moyer Jr./36 $2,075
25. (18) Torin Mettille/20 $1,500
26. (24) Eric Wells/11 $2,050

* Earnings include Winners Circle program, cash contingency award bonuses and #FALS Draw Shootout winnings

Time of Race: 46 Mins., 37 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.361 Secs.
Yellow Flags: Seven (laps 7, 12, 43, 56, 84, 86, 96)
Lap Leaders: Moyer (1-30, 50-51); Erb (31-49, 52-64, 66-90, 94-99); Davenport (65, 91-93, 100)
Provisional Starters: Eckert (WoO), Wells (WoO), Bull (track), Friedman (track)

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (20 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Bagley, Briggs, Schmitt, Simpson, Mars, Eckert, Wenger, Satterlee, Hollenbeck, Kissinger, Flessner, J.Gardner, Ja.Rice, Larson, Swibold, Mullvain, Wells, Vandenbergh, Morris. DNS: Dehm, Ricketts.

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (20 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Feger, Shirley, Unzicker, Spatola, Pearson, Bull, Chandler, Babb, Friedman, Jo.Rice, Mataragas, Thorsten, Lance, Harlan, B.Gardner, Glasscock, Hough, Thompson, McGuire, Yaggy, Hammer.

Prairie Dirt Shootout Non-Qualifiers' Race: Mckay Wenger, Ryan Unzicker, Josh Rice, Chad Hollenbeck, Bob Gardner, Steve Thorsten, Joe Harlan, Steve Lance Jr., Derek Chandler, Mike Spatola, James Rice, Scott Schmitt, Mike Mataragas, Levi Kissinger, Daniel Flessner, John Gardner Jr.

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):

Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Weaver
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Richards
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Richards
Quartermaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Junghans
Wrisco (three sheets of aluminum/certificate to A-Main winner): Davenport
Mobil 1 ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Bagley
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Junghans
Lincoln Welders ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Bagley
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): McCreadie
Edelbrock ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main): Frank
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Frank
Cometic ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Feger
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Briggs
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Smith
Quartermaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Briggs
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 16th-place finisher in A-Main): Spatola
Quartermaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Clanton
Mobil 1 (20 percent certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Shirley
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 21st-place finisher in A-Main): Moyer Jr.
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Moyer Jr.
QA1 ($50 to driver with fastest lap of the night): Moyer Jr.
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 certificate to highest-finishing non-WoO driver): Davenport

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of July 25 - 26 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Shane Clanton 3754
2. Josh Richards 3588 (-166)
3. Chub Frank 3522 (-232)
4. Tim McCreadie 3436 (-318)
5. Morgan Bagley 3428 (-326)
6. Rick Eckert 3378 (-376)
7. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3354 (-400)
8. Chase Junghans 3332 (-422)
9. Eric Wells 3318 (-436)
10. Brandon Overton 3160 (-594)*
11. Darrell Lanigan 3150 (-604)
12. Boom Briggs 3044 (-710)
13. Jordan Yaggy 2794 (-960)*
*Rookie of the Year competitor