By Jay Pees
Conneaut, OH (August 31, 2018]: It was Champion’s Night at Raceway 7 with Darrell Bossard holding a 118 point lead coming into the finale. With only 62 points available on any given night, Bossard secured his second Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Model championship with a week to spare. A tie for the Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mod championship meant the most wins would decide the matter. With two wins for Troy Johnson compared to just one for defending champion Gary Eicher, Johnson was declared champion, his first ever at Raceway 7. With the special Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stock event, their championship battle had ended last week with Paul Schreckengost winning the title, also his first at Raceway 7. Eric Reinwald secured his first Raceway 7 Bonnell’s Auto Group Economod championship with a fifth place finish and a 24 point lead over defending champion Steve Haefke. Dillon Speer sealed his first championship in the Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks last Friday over defending champion Joe Campbell.
Joe DeFazio and defending champion Kyle Zimmerman were the front row for the Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Model feature but the field only made it to turn one when Lon Emerick and John Stockdale got into the turn one barrier. Neither were were able to continue. Brandon Porter and Cory Beighey got together in turn four on lap seven with Porter spinning. Both continued after green again was over the track. Bossard came to second after the restart and began tracking down Zimmerman and challenging after eleven laps. Zimmerman then began pulling away but Bossard was again challenging when Porter and Jacob Peterson got together in turn two with thirteen complete with Peterson also coming to a stop. At green Zimmerman again led Bossard and Wanzer with yellow again flying at lap fourteen when Andy Proper spun in turn four. Breyton Santee was third for the restart. Zimmerman again led Bossard after green with Matt Latta coming to third at sixteen complete. At two to go Bruce Hordusky Jr was trying for fifth when Cory Beighey spun in turn two, setting up a two lap dash for the win. Zimmerman was up to the task as he drove on to his first win of the season over the 2018 champion, Bossard. Latta, Santee, and Wanzer filled out the top five.
Brent Rhebergen and Joel Watson started the Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mod Feature from the front row. Rhebergen led until turn four when Watson got by to lead lap one. The points race was very tight with Troy Johnson holding a six point lead coming into tonight’s event. Bill Taylor spun at four complete, slowing the event for the first time. After green, Watson was stretching his advantage with Mike Kinney second over Rhebergen, Jeff Johnson, and Troy Johnson at the halfway point when Rick Pratschler came to halt on the backstretch. Rhebergen came back to second when the race was again green with Troy Johnson now fourth. The next caution was just a lap later when Steve Rex stopped in turn two. For the restart the points race was still tight with Troy Johnson fourth and Gary Eicher sixth. Jeremy Double, Amanda Stiffler, and Bill Taylor spun in turn two on this restart. Eicher came to fourth at green and then third at fourteen laps. Watson went on to his seventh feature win of the season over Kinney, Eicher, Rhebergen, and Troy Johnson. Unofficially, Johnson and Eicher were tied in points with Johnson declared the champion by means of the tie breaker, the number of season wins. Johnson had two wins to Eicher’s one, giving the title to Johnson.
Luke Rutsky and Tim Deutsch started the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock/Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stock twenty-lap feature from the front with Deutsch leading fourth starting Chris Schneider over the first lap of racing. Deutsch, then was opening a big lead at three laps when Larry Kugel spun in turn four with Bobby Whitling spinning to avoid contact. Whitling, the Penn-Ohio series co-points leader headed pitside under the caution. Series co-points leader Andrew Gordon got by Schneider on the restart with Raceway 7 points champion Paul Schreckengost and Garrett Calvert spinning in turn four after just one more lap of green. Coming to the green Larry Kugel spun, negating the start. Deutsch, Gordon, and Schneider began distancing themselves from the rest of the field but on lap nine Gordon slowed and headed to the pit. At halfway it was Deutsch, Schneider, Paul Davis, Tyler Thompson, and Pat Fielding the top five. At thirteen laps Luke Rutsky had problems in turn four with caution flying. However, Rutsky didn’t stop, this allowed him to keep his spot. Schneider took over at the front just as yellow flew so was the leader for the restart. Davis came to second at green as Schneider was powering away. With four to go Kugel again spun, this time in turn one, and sent pitside for three cautions. Mike Clark also spun in turn four with Schreckengost stopping to avoid contact, but after yellow was thrown. Schneider pulled away over the remaining laps, winning and unofficially taking over the points lead of the series. Davis wound up second with Deutsch third, Fielding fourth, and Thompson fifth.
Kyle Miller and Josh Ferry brought the Bonnell’s Auto Group Economods feature to green with points leader Eric Reinwald and Mike Boyd in row two. Defending champion Steve Haefke, trailing Reinwald by 30-points, started ninth. Kyle Reinwald and Dennis Dellinger spun in turn two on the first lap. Miller led with Eric Reinwald and Mike Boyd fighting over second with Boyd holding the spot at four complete. Matt Alexander was third at five laps with Reinwald still third and Haefke up to fourth. Yellow flew with eight laps in when Justin Sax spun in turn two. Miller, the winner June 15th, brought the field back to green. At nine laps Kyle Reinwald, Dan McEwen, Dustin DeMattia, and Brian Toto spun in turn four. Kyle Reinwald spun in turn four on the restart and needed towed to the pit. Nate Young spun in turn two on this restart. Miller, looking for his second win of the season, again brought the race back to green on lap eleven. Alexander was again challenging for the runner up spot but Boyd held the position with Haefke now challenging for third, having it with two to go. At the white flag Young again spun, this time in turn four. With his lead again evaporated, Miller led the race to the one lap dash, holding on for the win over Boyd, Haefke, Alexander, and Eric Reinwald. Reinwald won the championship with an unofficial 24-point advantage.
The final event of the 2018 regular season was for the Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks with Kyle Adkins and Mike Barr on the front row but it was third-starting Zach Downes leading by turn four just as Alexis Vogt spun in turn one. Downes was the leader in turn one on the restart with former champion Jason Easler second but loosing power on lap five on the backstretch and pulling to the pit. Speer, the newly crowned champion, was second with 2017 champion Joe Campbell third, but then slowing at two to go, advancing Tyler Fulton to third, Kyle Adkins fourth, and Bob Leonard fifth. Speer had secured his championship last week.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground RUSH Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Matt Latta, Will Pinckney, Kyle Zimmerman, Breyton Santee, Bruce Hordusky Jr, Brandon Porter, Colby Beighey, Ed Bolyard, Jacob Peterson
Heat 2: Darrell Bossard, Matt Sipes, Khole Wanzer, Joe DeFazio, Andy Proper, John Stockdale, Kevin Santee
Feature: Kyle Zimmerman, Darrell Bossard, Matt Latta, Breyton Santee, Khole Wanzer, Bruce Hordusky Jr, Matt Sipes, William Pinckney, Kevin Santee, Andy Proper, Ed Bolyard, Joe DeFazio, Jacob Peterson, Brandon Porter, Colby Beighey. John Stockdale, Lon Emerick
Bonnell’s Collision Center E-Mods:
Heat 1: Joel Watson, Troy Johnson, Bill Taylor, Jeremy Double, Dan McDonald, Steve Rex, Ron Seeley (DNS)
Heat 2: Alan Atkinson, Amanda Stiffler, Jeff Johnson, Hunter Hulley, Justin Carlson, Jesse Gould, Percy McDonald
Heat 3: Brent Rhebergen, Gary Eicher, Mike Kinney, Jacob Eucker, Josh McDonald, Rick Pratschler
Feature: Joel Watson, Mike Kinney, Gary Eicher, Brent Rhebergen, Troy Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Jake Eucker, Ron Seeley, Ron Seeley, Alan Atkinson, Steve Rex, Bill Taylor, Hunter Hulley, Jeremy Double, Amanda Stiffler, Rick Pratschler, Josh McDonald, Dan McDonald, Percy McDonald (DNS), Justin Carlson (DNS), Jesse Gould (DNS)
Campbell’s Mini Storage Street Stocks/Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks:
SS Chassis & Supply Heat 1: Tim Deutsch, Tyler Thompson, Chris Schneider, Bill Applebee, Mike Clark, Jeff Broniszewski, Joe Stajnrajh, Ryan Newman, Bryan Wagner
Bish Heating & Cooling Heat 2: Paul Schreckengost, Paul Davis, Andrew Gordon, Chris McGuire, Rob Shook, Bob Heim, Steve Yokum, Shane Applebee, Jesse Brock
M & T Allison Construction, Heat 3: Luke Rutsky, Pat Fielding, Garrett Calvert, Terry Wheeler, Nick Kocuba, Jim Fosnaught, Bobby Whitling, Jamie Duncan (DNS)
R & R Enterprise Heat 4: Shaun Hooks, Tim Bish, Rod Laskey, Leigh Wheeler, Chris Withers, Jamie Scharba, Jason Fosnaught, Larry Kugel
B-Main: Jeff Broniszewski, Joe Stajnrajh, Bryan Wagner, Bob Heim, Bobby Whitling, Shane Applebee, Steve Yokum, Jim Fosnaught, Larry Kugel, Jason Fosnaught, Ryan Newman (DNS)
Feature: Chris Schneider, Paul Davis, Tim Deutsch, Pat Fielding, Tyler Thompson, Luke Rutsky, Tom Bish, Rob Shook, Mike Clark, Rod Laskey, Terry Wheeler, Jeff Broniszewski, Leigh Wheeler, Bobby Heim, Joe Stajnrajh, Chris Withers, Garrett Calvert, Shaun Hooks, Bill Applebee, Chris McGuire, Paul Schreckengost, Larry Kugel, Nick Kocuba, Andrew Gordon, Bryan Wagner, Bobby Whitling
Bonnell’s Auto Sales Economods:
Heat 1: Steve Haefke, Eric Reinwald, Mike Boyd, Gary Olson, Justin Sax, Dustin DeMattia, Dennis Dellinger
Heat 2: Bud Watson, Kyle Miller, Gary Murphy, Mark Titus, Brian Toto, Casey Harmon
Heat 3: Matt Alexander, Kyle Reinwald, Josh Ferry, Nate Young, Mike Harmon, Dan McEwen, J D Soltesz, Chuck Steinle Sr
Feature: Kyle Miller, Mike Boyd, Steve Haefke, Matt Alexander, Eric Reinwald, Josh Ferry, Gary Olson, Gary Murphy, Mark Titus, Mike Harmon, Chuck Steinle Sr, John Soltesz, Brian Toto, Justin Sax, Nate Young, Dustin DeMattia, Casey Harmon, Dan McEwen, Kyle Reinwald, Dennis Dellinger, Bud Watson
Sunnyside Farm Transit Mini Stocks:
Heat 1: Zach Downes, Dillon Speer, William Van Guilder, Shawn McBride, Jessica Harvey, Justin Bailey, Zoey Gill
Heat 2: Kyle Adkins, Tyler Fulton, Mike Barr, Alexis Vogt. Ana Vassen, Tom Spencer Jr
Heat 3: Jason Easler, Joe Campbell, Bob Leonard, Emily Stoyer, Scott Gill, Jeremy Start
Feature: Zach Downes, Dillon Speer, Tyler Fulton, Kyle Adkins, Bob Leonard, Jessica Harvey, Shawn McBride, Zoey Gill, Emily Stoyer, Scott Gill, Jeremy Start, Alexis Vogt, Joe Campbell, Ana Vassen, Jason Easler, Mike Barr, William Van Guilder, Justin Bailey, Tom Spencer Jr