Story credit: Raceway 7 Facebook page
Conneaut, OH (July 3, 2020): An action-packed night of racing thrilled fans with veterans gaining wins, a roll-over, and a disqualification due to illegal parts with 125 entries spread over the five divisions. On top of all that, fans were treated to a giant display of Fireworks by Gibson of Titusville during intermission. At the end of the night Jason Genco was in the RUSH Late Model Victory Lane, Kole Holden had prevailed over the RUSH Modifieds field, Raceway 7’s winningest driver, Joel Watson, added yet another E-Mod win, Jarett Young won the Economod feature, and Jessica Harvey got her second consecutive Mini Stock win.
Seventeen RUSH Modifieds started their 20-lap feature with Kole Holden and David Kalb Jr on the front row. Holden took the immediate lead with Kalb, Preston Cope, Chas Wolbert, and Kyle Martel filling out the top five after one complete lap. Wolbert came to third at the end of three laps. Caution flew at lap six when Jacob Jordan, Gage Priester, and Jessica Kriegisch tangled in turn four. On lap seven Wolbert took over second and was challenging for the lead at lap nine. The halfway point had Holden leading Wolbert, Kalb, Martel, and Rob Kristyak. Yellow flew again at lap thirteen for a spin by Priester on turn four. At the green Greg Porter spun around on the front straight and headed pitside under the caution. With six left Holden was still in front with Kalb and Martel side by side for the runner-up spot. With five to go Chelsie Kriegisch slowed to a stop in turn two. The race ran green over the remaining distance with Holden picking up the win over Martell, Kristyak, Kalb Jr, and Wolbert.
John Woodward and Jason Genco started the RUSH Late Model feature from the front row with Woodward leading to turn two where Genco took over the lead, never to lose it despite several valiant tries by defending champion Darrell Bossard. Woodward was second at the end on one lap with Breyton Santee third, Dave Airgood fourth, and defending champion Darrell Bossard fifth. Caution flew at lap one when Jacob Peterson and John Lacki spun in turn four. Bossard was third at two laps when the yellow was shown at lap three for Josh Ferry and and Billy Henry, spun in turn four. At two laps Bossard was challenging for the lead when Henry slapped the wall in turn two, but did not stop. He then retired pitside. At six laps, Bossard was again challenging for the lead in turns three and four but Genco was the leader at the stripe. At lap eight Genco was opening a lead over Bossard. The halfway point saw Genco leading Bossard, Airgood, Santee, and Chad Sines. One lap past halfway, in turn three, Brandon Porter spun and backed into the wall. Airgood took over second on lap twelve but Bossard again held the position at thirteen. Bossard made a final gallant attempt for the lead on the final run to the checkers but came up short At the checkers it was Genco over Bossard by a mere .030 second with Airgood third, Santee fourth, and Sines fifth.
Brent Rhebergen and Troy Johnson, both former champions, started the E-Mod feature from the front row with yellow negating the start when Percy McDonald and Eric Reinwald spun in turn four. McDonald pitted but returned prior to the green again being shown. Rhebergen led Johnson, Joel Watson, Josh McDonald, and Dan McDonald through lap one, when caution was shown for Alan Atkinson, stopped in turn four. Watson was second at two laps and Josh McDonald came to third a lap later. Casey Bowers entered the top five at four laps then Dan McDonald had it at five. At seven laps Watson was starting to close the .899 second gap, narrowing it to .305 at nine laps, then side by side in turns three and four. At halfway Rhebergen was again in sole possession of the lead but at lap eleven his lead was cut to 1/100 second. Watson was the leader next time by the flag by .615. He began pulling away but caution closed the gap, now 1.287, when Dan McEwen spun in turn four at lap fourteen. At fifteen Josh McDonald powered into second ahead of Rhebergen, Dennis Lunger (who had driven from 24th to fourth in his “backup” car, retrieved from his home when his primary car had issues in the heat), and Troy Johnson. Casey Bowers charged into fourth from sixth at lap sixteen. Johnson then got back to fourth at seventeen with Lunger back to fifth. The final caution came at lap seventeen when Dan McDonald slowed to a halt in turn two. At the finish it was Watson, Josh McDonald, Lunger , Rhebergen, and Johnson. Lunger picked up two spots on the final lap.
Justin Chaddock and veteran Bill Cunningham, a former E-Mod champion, brought the Economods to green with Chaddock leading the way over Justin Sax, Billy Cunningham, Jarett Young , and Bill Watson. Dustin Demattia spun at turn three, with zero laps complete. When green was again displayed it was Jarett Young taking the lead on the back straight but again yellow was out when Andrew Pisarchick spun in turn four. When lap one was finally complete it was Jarett Young leading Nate Young, Chaddock, Garrett Calvert, and Judson Fell. Mitchell Wright and John Boyd spun in turn four at three laps. At four, Jarett Young was leading a side by side battle for second between Nate Young and Chaddock with Fell fourth, and Calvert fifth. With five to go it was Jarett Young, Nate Young, Calvert, Chaddock, and Fell with the order remaining that, through to the checkers.
Mike Barr and Corry Wick brought the Mini Stocks to green with Wick leading Pete Blaczak, Jessica Harvey, Barr, and Shane Shook filling out the top five. Blaczak challenged for the lead at lap three with Jessica Harvey coming to second. At four laps Harvey was leading, looking for her second consecutive win. At five laps it was Harvey leading Wick, Emily Stoyer, Shook, and Blaczak. Wick made a sliding ride through the infield out of turn four at lap six, falling to fifth as a result. At eight laps the back-markers were caught by the leaders with Shook narrowing the gap on the lead. With two laps left Kevin Watson and Justin Bailey spun in turn four. On the green Emily Stoyer stopped in turn three and Barr stopped in turn four. With two laps to go Shook and Harvey were side by side on the back stretch with Shook enjoying a full car length lead at the white flag. When lap twelve was complete it was Shook leading Harvey, Blaczak, Dalton Speer, and Lane Reinwald. However, in post race inspection, an illegal part (a “locked” transmission) was found on Shook’s car and the win was awarded to Harvey, her second in a row. That pit former champion, Joe Campbell, into fifth in the final rundown.
RUSH Late Models:
Heat 1: Matt Latta, Darrell Bossard, John Woodward, Colby Beighey, Steve Hollabaugh, Jacob Peterson, John Lacki
Heat 2: Chad Sines, Dave Airgood, Steve Dixon, Joe Long, T J Downes, Jonathan Stockdale, D J Krug
Heat 3: Jason Genco, John Watson, Josh Ferry, Corry Sines, Brandon Porter, Tyler Allison, Zach Kane
Heat 4: Breyton Santee, Billy Henry, Bud Watson, Kyle Zimmerman, Dennis Dellinger, Lon Emrick, Buck Mason, Buck Mason
B-Main: John Lacki, Zach Kane, Jacob Peterson, Tyler Allison, D J Krug, Lon Emrick Jonathon Stockdale
Feature: Jason Genco, Darrell Bossard, Dave Airgood, Breyton Santee, had Sines, Kyle Zimmerman, Bud Watson, Matt Latta, Steve Dixon, Joe Long, Josh Ferry, Zach Kane, Steve Hollabaugh, Brandon Porter, Cory Sines, Colby Beighey, T J Downes, John Woodward, John Watson, John Lacki, Jacob Peterson, Billy Henry, Dennis Dellinger (DNS), Tyler Allison (DNS)
Heat 1: Troy Johnson, Josh McDonald, Casey Bowers, Jeff Solinger, Steve Rex, Larry Kugel, Jeff Johnson, Hunter Hulley
Heat 2: Mike Kinney, Dan McDonald, Brent Rhebergen, Mark Titus, Eric Reinwald, Al Brewer, Brandon Grossman, Gary Eicher
Heat 3: Dennis Lunger, Joel Watson, Alan Atkinson, Percy McDonald, Chuck Steinle, Tyler Frankenberry, Randy Hall, Dan McEwen
Feature: Joel Watson, Josh McDonald, Dennis Lunger, Brent Rhebergen, Troy Johnson, Casey Bowers, Mike Kinney, Steve Rex, Randy Hall, Jeff Solinger, Percy McDonald, Al Brewer,Larry Kugel, Mark Titus, Alan Atkinson, Eric Reinwald, Brandon Grossman, Dan McDonald, Dan McEwen, Tyler Frankenberry, Chuck Steinle Jr, Jeff Johnson (DNS), Gary Eicher (DNS) Hunter Hulley (DNS)
Heat 1: David Kalb Jr, Kole Holden, Rob Kristyak, Chelsie Kriegisch, Jessica Kriegisch, Dave Price
Heat 2: Kyle Martel, Tony Tatgenhorst, Preston Cope, Ayden Cipriani, Greg Porter, Jacob Jordan
Heat 3: Brandon Ritchey, Chaz Wolbert, Amelia Clay, Gary Haupt, Gage Priester
Feature: Kole Holden, Kyle Martell, Rob Kristyak, David Kalb Jr, Chas Wolbert, Preston Cope, Brandon Ritchey, Ayden Cipriani, Tony Tatgenhorst, Amelia Clay, Jacob Jordan, Gary Haupt, Chelsie Kriegisch, Greg Porter, Gage Priester, Dave Price, Jessica Kriegisch
Heat 1: Nate Young, Bill Cunningham, Bill Watson, Garrett Calvert, Justin Sax, Mitchell Wright, Billy Cunningham, Hayden Loomis, Kyle Adkins
Heat 2: Andy Buckley, Kyle Layton, Jeremy Double, Jarett Young, Mike Harmon, Donald May, Andrew Pisarchick, Bob Vogt
Heat 3: Dustin Demattia, Judson Fell, Matt Alexander, Justin Chaddock, John Boyd, Alex Broadway, Chris Runyon, Derek Connors
Feature: Jarett Young, Nate Young, Garrett Calvert, Justin Chaddock, Judson Fell, Andy Buckley, Dustin Demattia, Billy Cunningham, Bob Vogt Jr, Kyle Adkins, Bill Watson, Matt Alexander, John Boyd, Kyle Layton, Andrew Pisarchick, Russ Kapalin, Derek Connors, Mitchell Wright, Mike Harmon, Jeremy Double, Justin Sax, Bill Cunningham, Dennis Lunger (DNS), Chris Runyon (DNS), Donald May (DNS)
Heat 1: Emily Stoyer, Dalton Speer, Corry Wick, Bondy Stoyer, Joe Campbell, Cale Sousa, Mark Braden, Tristan Start
Heat 2: Lane Reinwald, Jessica Harvey, Pete Blazczak, J R Shaner, Justin Bailey, Bodey McClintoch, Kevin Watson, Krista Start (DNS)
Heat 3: Zoey Gill, Shane Shook, Alan Susa, Jeremy Start, Alexis Vogt, Taylor Vancise, Tyler Clark, Pat Hanlon
Heat 4: Brad Cole, Chris Bugielski, Mike Barr, Devin Haefke, Charles McClintoch, 21, Alex Siekkinen, Trisha Jacklett
B-Main: Pat Hanlon, Kevin Watson, Trisha Jacklett, Mark Braden, Krista Start, 21, Ana Vassen, Tristan Start, Tyler Clark, Cale Sousa, Alex Siekkinen, Bodey McClintoch
Feature: Jessica Harvey, Pete Blazczak, Dalton Speer, Lane Reinwald, Joe Campbell, Brad Cole, Pat Hanlon, J R Shaner, Chris Bugielski, Mike Barr, Corry Wick, Trisha Jacklett, Kevin Watson, Devin Haefke, Bondy Stoyer, Alexis Vogt, Charles McClintoch, Zoey Gill, Emily Stoyer, Justin Bailey, Alan Susa, Jeremy Start (DNS), Mark Braden (DNS), Shane Shook (DQ)