By Jay Pees
Conneaut, OH (August 3, 2018]: On a sultry summer’s evening 95 race cars packed the Raceway 7 pit area, providing even hotter action on the track. Darrell Bossard continue his on-track domination of the RUSH Crate Late Models while Mike Kinney took his first win of the year in the E-Mod feature, Paul Schreckengost padded his Street Stock points lead with his fourth win of 2018, and Dillon Speer added to his championship run with his third Mini Stock (second in a row). Bud Watson scored his first Raceway 7 win in Economods, noting in Victory Lane that he was the final member of his family to get the home track win.
Mike Kinney grabbed the immediate lead in the Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mod feature with two laps complete when Charlie Steinle Jr spun in turn two. Then after green after green Casey Bowers also spun in turn two, slowing the race the second time. Kinney led again after green with Josh McDonald and Gary Eicher fighting over second. At five laps it was Kinney, Eicher, McDonald, Ken Zimmer, and Brent Rhebergen with seventeenth starting points leader Troy Johnson all the way up to sixth. Caution again flew at eight laps complete when Jeff Johnson came to a halt out of turn four. Kinney, Eicher, Josh McDonald, Johnson, and Zimmer brought the Race back to green with Johnson coming to second behind Kinney at nine complete. At halfway Johnson was alongside Kinney with the cars even at the stripe at lap eleven. Kinney nosed ahead at twelve but Johnson was the leader by half a length at thirteen. At fourteen Johnson was solidly in front. Johnson continued to extend his lead until sixteen complete when the left rear tire exploded on the front straight, ending a fantastic run from the last row to the lead. With Kinney back in front the race resumed. Kinney went on to the win, the first of the year got the veteran of Victory Lane. Eicher settled for second with Rhebergen third, Zimmer fourth and Percy McDonald fifth.
Joe Stajnrajh and Jimmy Kennerknecht were the front row for the Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stock feature. Kennerknecht, a former class champion, took the lead at the start. Paul Davis was challenging for the lead at six laps with points leader Paul Schreckengost third. Davis was able to get next to the leader at eight laps but Kennerknecht was the leader when Garrett Calvert stopped in turn four at nine complete. On the restart Schreckengost, Kennerknecht, and Davis ran three abreast till turn four when Davis spun. At this restart Schreckengost led Kennerknecht, Stajnrajh, Shane Applebee, and Tim Deutsch. In the closing laps Schreckengost pulled away to his fourth win of the season over Kennerknecht, Deutsch, Davis, and Stajnrajh.
Bud Watson and Mike Boyd brought the Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economod feature to green but Judson Fell got into the turn two guardrail, negating the start. Watson led after green with Boyd second until he got high in turn two, slipping all the way to tenth on lap five. Coming out of turn four at lap five Nate Young, Mike Boyd, Gary Olson, and Steve Haefke, (the two time defending champion), all piled up in turn four, slowing the race again under caution. At green current points leader Eric Reinwald came to second behind Watson with Matt Alexander third, Brandon Blackshear, and Charlie Steinle Sr. Jim Muma stopped in turn four at nine complete, again slowing the field. Dustin DeMattia came to fifth at the resumption of the race as Watson was pulling away from the field. At twelve laps Gary Olson spun in turn four. He was unable to rejoin the event. Reinwald mounted a challenge on the final lap but came up short. Watson won his first at Raceway 7 over Reinwald, Alexander, Demattia, and Blackshear.
The Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Model were led to the start by Darrell Bossard and Dave Airgood. Bossard led from green but Kyle Zimmerman and Breyton Santee got together on the back straight with Zimmerman sustaining damage enough to coast to a stop just shy of the pit entrance. Bossard led the way back to green with Airgood, Bruce Hordusky, Khole Wanzer, and Mike Pegher filling out top five. Pegher was up to third by the five lap mark with Hordusky fourth and last week’s winner Max Blair fifth. At halfway the order was still the same for the top five. Joe Long spun at turn four with eleven complete. Blair came to third at green, then in turn four, Breyton Santee spun with Brandon Porter and Ed Bolyard also spinning and making hard contact. Both Bolyard and Santee retired pitside. The order was points leader Bossard, Pegher, Blair, Airgood, and Hordusky at thirteen complete. The top five remained the same through to the checkers. It was Bossard’s fifth win of the season.
Mike Porterfield and Wes Stull were the front row for the Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stock feature with Porterfield leading lap one when caution fell for Zach Downes, who stopped in turn three. Porterfield again led after green with defending champion Joe Campbell coming to the lead at the end of two laps. Last week’s winner, Dillon Speer was third at three laps with Kyle Adkins fourth. Bill Fuchs moved to fourth at five laps when Adkins headed pitside. At six laps Speer was second and closing on the leader while he and Campbell pulled away from the rest of field. Speer was challenging at nine laps and had a half length lead at ten laps. Speer, the points leader, went on to the win, his third of the season, and lengthened his points advantage over Campbell, Mike Porterfield, Bill Fuchs, and Wes Stull.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Max Blair, Khole Wanzer, Dave Airgood, Mike Pegher, Brandon Porter, Lon Emerick, Jonathan Stockdale, Andy Proper
Heat 2: Bruce Hordusky, Kyle Zimmerman, Breyton Santee, Darrell Bossard, Matt Latta, William Pinckney, Joe Long, Ed Bolyard
Feature: Darrell Bossard, Mike Pegher, Max Blair, Dave Airgood, Bruce Hordusky Jr, Matt Latta, Khole Wanzer, Breyton Santee, Andy Proper, John Stockdale, William Pinckney, Lon Emerick, Brandon Porter, Ed Bolyard, Joe Long, Kyle Zimmerman
Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Mike Kinney, Ken Zimmer, Bill Taylor, Jeff Johnson, John Boyd, Brandon Grossman
Heat 2: Brent Rhebergen, Gary Eicher, Casey Bowers, Jesse Gould, Dan McDonald, Troy Johnson
Heat 3: Alan Atkinson, Josh McDonald, Percy McDonald, Josh Ferry, Hunter Hulley, Chuck Steinle Jr
Feature: Mike Kinney, Gary Eicher, Brent Rhebergen, Ken Zimmer, Percy Macdonald, Josh McDonald, Casey Bowers, Josh Ferry, Jesse Gould, John Boyd, Alan Atkinson, Dan McDonald, Hunter Hulley, Brandon Grossman, Bill Taylor, Troy Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Chuck Steinle Sr
Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks:
Heat 1: Shane Applebee, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Paul Davis, Ron Boardman, Chris Withers, Larry Kugel
Heat 2: Mike Clark, Paul Schreckengost, Joe Stajnrajh, Garrett Calvert, Tony Spaghetti, Tim Deutsch
Feature: Paul Schreckengost, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Tim Deutsch, Paul Davis, Joe Stajnrajh, Shane Applebee, Larry Kugel, Chris Withers, Mike Clark, Ron Boardman, Tony Bruno, Garrett Calvert
Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods:
Heat 1:Mike Boyd, Gary Olson, Chuck Steinle Sr, Gary Murphy, Mike Harmon, Casey Harmon, Jim Muma
Heat 2: Mark Titus, Bud Watson, Matt Alexander, Dustin DeMattia, Brandon Blackshear, Kyle Reinwald, Zack Lenart
Heat 3: Eric Reinwald, Steve Haefke, Mitch Wright, Judson Fell, Kyle Miller, Dan McEwen, Nate Young
Feature: Bud Watson, Eric Reinwald, Matt Alexander, Dustin Demattie, Brandon Blackshear, Chuck Steinle Jr, Steve Haefke, Mitchell Wright, Gary Murphy, Nate Young, Zack Lenart, Kyle Miller, Casey Harmon, Kyle Reinwald, Mike Harmon, Jim Muma, Gary Olson, Mark Titus, Mike Boyd, Dan McEwen, Judson Fell
Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Kyle Adkins, Tim Callahan, Tom Spencer Jr, Brad Cole, Mike Barr, Trevor Jimerson, Derrick Tuttle
Heat 2: Bill Fuchs,Jessica Harvey, Jim Haefke, Chuck Rush, Justin Bailey, Lane Reinwald, Logan Keney
Heat 3: Zach Downes, Zoey Gill, Wes Stull, Scott Gill, Jacob Peterson, Nick Steiger, Ana Vassen
Heat 4: Dillon Speer, Joe Campbell, Mike Porterfield, Travis Creech, Emily Stoyer, Alexis Vogt, Phil Powell
B-Main: Trevor Jimerson, Phil Powell, Alexis Vogt, Ana Vassen, Lane Reinwald, Derek Tuttle
Feature: Dillon Speer, Joe Campbell, Mike Porterfield, Bill Fuchs, Wes Stull, Zach Downes, Jessica Harvey. Tim Callahan, Brad Cole, Tom Spencer Jr, Scott Gill, Mike Barr, Emily Stoyer, Jim Haefke, Justin Bailey, Phil Powell, Zoey Gill, Chuck Rush, Alexis Vogt, Trevor Jimerson, Ana Vassen, Jacob Peterson, Travis Creech, Kyle Adkins