CENTER LISLE, NY – The “Working Man’s Race” of 2018 got underway Friday night with 113 race cars in the Thunder Mountain Speedway pit area.
Mike Schane of Lake Ariel, Pa., led the American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 preliminary night winners at the Center Lisle three-eighths-mile oval, topping the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Open Sportsman 35-lap main event.
Schane, a regular at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., led wire-to-wire in the event utilizing a Crate 602 powerplant. He received a $1,000 payday for his efforts.
A ninth-place finish allowed Dominic Roselli of Highland Lake, N.Y., to clinch the five-race STSS Sportsman point championship, worth $1,000. Roselli entered the night 10 points behind Dale Welty. Roselli finished ninth, while Welty finished 14th, allowing the second-generation driver Roselli to take the crown by 10 markers with championship points on the line.
While Schane led the entire event, his victory was far from easy. He faced challenges early in the race from New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway regular Joseph Brown, then Afton (N.Y.) Motorsports Park regular Bill Deckelman.
In the end, it was 16th-starter Kenny Hammond who posed the most serious bid.
Hammond, who calls Thunder Mountain Speedway home, pressured Schane heavily in the final circuits, looking both high and low. Ultimately, he fell a car-length shy at the wave of Gary Folk’s checkered flag.
Schane led Berkshire, N.Y.’s Hammond across the line, with Jimmy Zacharias, who started ninth, advancing late into third. Brown and Deckelman finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Heat winners were Zacharias, Chance Spoonhower, Schane, Nick Nye and Brown. The consolations went to Hammond, Mike Austin and Dan Burman.
American Racer, Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., and Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., presented one-on-one match races for American Racer Cup Sportsman champions. Brian Mady of Milford, Pa., who earned the American Racer Cup top honors at Thunder Mountain Speedway in 2018, bested Jimmy Zacharias in the final round for a $1,000 payday.
All other participants in the match races received a certificate for a free American Racer tire.
Boyertown, Pa., driver Mike Gular topped the 10-lap Redraw Dash for STSS Modifieds. The fastest 10 drivers in timed practice transferred to the Dash. Gular outgunned quick time driver Danny Bouc on the start of the Dash and was never challenged. Gular, who won the championship at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., is automatically in the redraw for the STSS main event Saturday.
A total of 18 Modifieds took advantage of Friday practice sessions.
The CRSA 305 Sprint series concluded its 2018 season on Friday night with a 25-lap main event. Dalton Herrick of McDonough, N.Y., capitalized on early lapped traffic to clear Dana Wagner for the lead early on in the event. Once in front, Herrick outdistanced Tyler Jashembowski to pick up the victory.
Former Modified driver Jeff Trombley of Altamont, N.Y., finished third, surviving a mid-race scare on the backstretch, and clinched the series championship. Scott Goodrich and Emily Van Inwegen finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Young Bailey Boyd took his 600 Modified to the outside lane and cleared Jared Green with just two laps remaining to take the victory in the division’s 20-lap main event. Green, who had dominated the event, settled for a runner-up finish, followed by Nate Brinker, Doug Windhausen and Mike Wilcha.
Trey Palmer drove his Truck to a $425 payday in the Van’s Auto-sponsored Four Cylinder Open 15-lap event. Palmer worked around the outside to the lead, besting Rich Wagner, Phil Burns, Ray Hyer and Quinn Wallis.
American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 11 continues today, Saturday, with a full program headlined by STSS Modifieds (50 laps, $5,000 to win), American Racer Cup Modified Match Races, Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps, $1,000 to win), Street Stocks (20 laps, $1,000 to win), Trackside Products Street Stock Dash (10 laps, $500 to win), 600 Modifieds and a Vintage Modified Open.
Pit Gates open at 2 p.m. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 3 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 5:30 p.m., with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m.
Adult admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65-plus), Students (ages 10-17) and Military with ID pay $18. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $40 with no license required.
Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more. To learn more about Thunder Mountain Speedway, visit www.thundermtnspeedway.net.
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AMERICAN RACER CUP SHORT TRACK SUPERNATIONALS 11 RACE SUMMARY – THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 5, 2018
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Sportsman Round No. 5 Feature Finish (35 laps): MIKE SCHANE, Kenny Hammond, Jimmy Zacharias, Bill Deckelman, Joseph Brown, Nick Nye, Tommy Collins, Claude Hutchings Jr., Dominic Roselli, Kyle Rohner, Daniel Morgiewicz, Craig Whitmoyer, Ryan Higgs, Dale Welty, Chris Jordan, Travis Green, Will Eastman, Greg Morgan, Alex Yankowski, Dan Burman, Brian Mady, Shayne Spoonhower, Dennis Clapperton, Cole Stangle, Mike Austin, Chance Spoonhower.
Did Not Qualify: Chris Hunsinger, Craig Pope, Brian Fish, Larry Mekic, Nathan Brinker, Aaron Bowes, Jake Mason, Gene Beadle, Jim Rothwell, Frank Dorry Jr., Walt Chyrywaty, Jessey Velez, Jason Feinberg, Kenny Bock, Matt Spencer, Olin Renwick, Tom Velez, Marc Goodwin, Garett Rushlow, Roger West, Dave Rosa.
Series Champion: Dominic Roselli
American Racer Cup Presented By Sunoco Sportsman Match Races: BRIAN MADY ($1,000) over Jimmy Zacharias, Craig Whitmoyer, Claude Hutchings Jr., Dale Welty, Kyle Rohner, Eric Kormann, Tommy Collins, Alex Yankowski, Brian Fish, Jim Rothwell, Mike Schane.
Modified Redraw Dash Finish (10 laps): MIKE GULAR, Danny Bouc, Andy Bachetti, Dan Creeden, Nick Rochinski, Jeff Strunk, J.R. Hurlburt, Scott Ferrier, Steve Davis, Mike Colsten (Note: 18 Modifieds took part in practice sessions).
CRSA Sprint Car Feature Finish (25 laps): DALTON HERRICK, Tyler Jashembowski, Jeff Trombley, Scott Goodrich, Emily VanInwegen, Mike Jackson, Dustin Purdy, Trevor Years, Jerry Sehn Jr., Jesse Pruchnik, Eric Kurtz, Thomas Radivoy, Zachary Burd, Eric Jennings, Dana Wagner, Tyler Cartier, Mark Connoly, Justin Mills, Johnny Kolosek.
600 Modified Feature Finish (20 laps): BAILEY BOYD, Jared Green, Nate Brinker, Doug Windhausen, Mike Wilcha, Scott Landers, Josh Pepe, Bryce Higgs, Josh Mudge, James Randall, Chelsie Beebe, Kristen Chamberlain, Aiden Morgan, Mark Golden, Chace Scutt.
Four Cylinder Open Feature Finish (15 laps): TREY PALMER, Rich Wagner, Phil Burns, Ray Hyer, Quinn Wallis, Jeremy Warren, Nick Kennedy, Kenny Underwood, Tom Bumpus, Josh Wilder, Eric Rowley, Doug O’Hara, Justin LaDue, Mike Brown.