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Conneaut, OH (August 14, 2020): Yet another hot, beautiful summer afternoon greeted fans at Raceway 7 for the eighth night of racing at the northeast Ohio oval. At the end of the night defending RUSH Late Model champion Darrell Bossard had collected his first RUSH Late Model win of the season, Brent Rhebergen got his second E-Mod victory, Nate Young his first Economod win, Kyle Martell his first RUSH Modified win, while Mark Lawrence picked up his fourth Mini Stock victory.
The RUSH Late Models were the first feature on the docket with 2017 champion Kyle Zimmerman on the pole and August 7 winner Breyton Santee on the outside. Zimmerman led lap one with fifth-starting, July 3 winner, Jason Genco second, Santee third, opening night winner Josh ferry fourth, and two-time defending champion Darrell Bossard fifth. Bossard was fourth at three laps with Genco and Santee side by side for second at lap four. Lap five saw the first caution as Joe Howell spun in turn two, erasing Zimmerman’s 1.002 second lead. At green it was Zimmerman, Genco, Santee, Bossard, and two-time winner Matt Latta. Santee was second at seven laps and was challenging for the lead at eight. Latta advanced to fourth at nine laps then, on lap ten, Bud Watson spun in turn two. Genco came to second on the back stretch at lap ten, then slid wide, falling back to fourth. At eleven laps Tyler Allison spun in turn four. Bossard was second at turn two at twelve laps then side by side with Zimmerman at thirteen. Bossard had a lead of 0.144 seconds at lap fourteen over Zimmerman, Santee, Genco, and Ferry. Latta then spun at turn four, possibly due to a flat tire, and pitted. With three to go Bossard’s lead was .533, then .614 at two to go as John Watson took over fifth. At the checkers it was Bossard for his first win of the season, over Zimmerman, Genco, Santee, and Ferry, who got by Watson in the waning laps.
E-Mods were led to green by Josh McDonald and Justin Carlson with McDonald leading Carlson, points leader Brent Rhebergen, Joel Watson, and two time winner, defending class champion, Mike Kinney. Rhebergen advanced to second at lap two with Watson, the track’s all-time leading winner, third at lap three. Kinney was fourth at four laps. At five laps Rhebergen was challenging for the lead with the race three-wide as McDonald, Rhebergen, and Watson were nearly even. At lap five Dan McDonald and Jim Plance spun in turn three. Josh McDonald led the race back to green over Rhebergen, Watson, Casey Bowers, and Kinney. At lap six Rhebergen and Watson were side by side for second with Bowers and Kinney side by side for fourth. Rhebergen was cutting down McDonald’s lead from 0.211 at lap seven to 0.051 second at lap eight when Plance spun in turn two. At green, Watson took second with Kinney fourth and July 17 winner Dennis Lunger into the top five. At halfway Watson pitted from second behind Rhebergen, with Kinney now second, Lunger third, August 7 winner Bowers fourth, and 2018 class champion Troy Johnson fifth, from from nineteenth on the grid. Josh McDonald pulled to the infield at lap eleven with unknown woes. With five to go Rhebergen enjoyed a 1.242 second lead over Kinney, Lunger, Bowers, and Johnson. With two to go, Kinney had cut the lead to 0.583. At the finish it was Rhebergen for his first of the year at Raceway 7 with a 0.632 lead over Kinney with Lunger, Bowers, and Johnson filling out the top five.
The Mini Stocks started their feature with 22 of the 25 cars in attendance on the track. Pete Blaczak and Lane Reinwald were the front row with Blaczak leading Reinwald, points leader Jessica Harvey, Bondy Stoyer, and Jacob Wheeler after one lap. Three-time winner Mark Lawrence came into the top five at two laps, then Bondy Stoyer made contact with Lawrence, sending him into the front straight wall with Calvin Tedrow hitting the wall hard just out of turn four. The race was red-flagged while the safety crew attended to Tedrow. He was OK. Stoyer was sent to the rear of the field for rough driving in the incident. Lawrence headed pitside with a flat left rear tire, changed it, and rejoined the field before green was again shown. At the end of three laps Lawrence had already climbed to third in the race when Pete Blaczak clipped an infield-marking tire in turn one and spun. Lawrence was ninth at the end of four, then into the top five at the halfway point behind Blaczak, Reinwald, Harvey, and Pat Hanlon. At eight laps Harvey took over at the front with Blaczak and Reinwald coming to a stop in turn one after apparent contact. At green it was Harvey leading Lawrence, Hanlon, Austyn Richards, and Zoey Gill. With three to go Lawrence was challenging for the lead and was next to Harvey at the line with two to go. In turn two on lap eleven Lawrence took the lead, going on to his second consecutive win and fourth of the year. Harvey was second with Hanlon, Richards, and Gill rounding out the top five.
The RUSH Modifieds started their feature with Ayden Cipriani and Jacob Wolfe on the front row with Cipriani leading lap one over Wolfe, July 31 winner Chas Wolbert, Kyle Martell, and Brandon Ritchey. At two laps Martell came to second over Wolfe, Wolbert, and Ritchey. July 3 winner Kole Holden spun at turn four at four laps. At lap five Wolfe was back in second and Tony Tatgenhorst was up to fifth. At halfway it was Martell leading Wolfe by 0.442 second, then Wolbert, Tatgenhorst, and Cipriani. Amelia Clay spun in turn four at lap twelve, bringing another caution flag. Martell and Wolfe raced side by side on the back straight at lap thirteen then seven of the thirteen starters, over half the starting field, piled up in turn four. Involved were Tatgenhorst, Holden, Steven Burns, Cipriani, Wolbert, Greg Porter, and Amelia Clay. Porter and Clay were unable to continue. With five to go it was Martell leading Wolfe, Cipriani, July 17 winner Rob Kristyak, and Wolbert. Kristyak got to third at lap seventeen. On lap nineteen, Cipriani did a complete 360° spin and kept going, but falling from third to seventh. Had he stopped, he would have restarted eleventh. The final top five were Martell, Wolfe, Kristyak, Wolbert, and Ritchey.
The E-Mod feature, the final event of the evening, had points leader Nate Young starting from the pole position with Mike Harmon to his right. Young immediately assumed the lead with his cousin Jarett Young second, last week’s winner Dustin Demattia third, Harmon fourth, and Garrett Calvert fifth at the end of one lap. Calvert was fourth at three laps with opening night winner Zack Lenart up to fifth from ninth on the grid. Nate Young held a substantial 1.798 second lead at four laps, increasing it to 2.213 seconds at five laps when Scott Burk Jr spun in turn four, erasing Young’s lead. When the first lap back under green was complete, Demattia was second. At the halfway point it was Nate Young leading Demattia, Jarett Young, July 31 winner Mitchell Wright (up from eleventh at the green), and Judson Fell. Matt Alexander took over fifth near the end of the event. With the white flag in the air Calvert spun in turn one but green was maintained, then, on the final turn, Wright spun from fourth. The final order at the front was Nate Young, Demattia, Jarett Young, Fell, and Alexander.
Rush Late Models:
Heat 1: Kyle Zimmerman, Darrell Bossard, Joe DeFazio, Dennis Dellinger, Tyler Allison, Jonathan Stockdale
Heat 2: Breyton Santee, Josh Ferry, John Watson, Joe Long, Bud Watson, Jared Kane
Heat 3: Matt Latta, Steve Hollabaugh, Jason Genco, Lon Emrick, Joe Howell
Feature: Darrell Bossard, Kyle Zimmerman, Jason Genco, Breyton Santee, Josh Ferry, John Watson, Joe Long, Bud Watson, Jared Kane, Steve Hollabaugh, Joe DeFazio, Tyler Allison, John Stockdale, Matt Latta, Lon Emrick, Dennis Dellinger, Joe Howell
Heat 1: Mike Kinney, Randy Hall, Josh Macdonald, Mark Titus, Dan Macdonald, Percy McDonald, Al Brewer, Dan McEwen
Heat 2: Brent Rhebergen, Dennis Lunger, Casey Bowers, Joel Watson, Bill Watson, Jeff Johnson, Troy Johnson, Jim Plance
Heat 3: Alan Atkinson, Justin Carlson, Mike McGee, Chuck Steinle, Brandon Grossman, Tyler Frankenberry, Eric Reinwald
Feature: Brent Rhebergen, Mike Kinney, Dennis Lunger, Casey Bowers, Troy Johnson, Alan Atkinson, Al Brewer, Justin Carlson, Percy McDonald, Percy McDonald, Eric Reinwald, Bill Watson, Dan McDonald, Mark Titus, Brandon Grossman, Jim Plance, Josh McDonald, Mike McGee, Joel Watson, Randy Hall, Jeff Johnson, Dan McEwen, Tyler Frankenberry
Heat 1: Garrett Calvert, Mike Harmon, Billy Cunningham, Brian Toto, Kevin Vanderhoof, Scott Burk Jr, Alex Brockway
Heat 2: Nate Young, Jarett Young, Matt Alexander, Mitchell Wright, Bill Cunningham, Andrew Pisarchick
Heat 3: Dustin Demattia, Judson Fell, Zack Lenart, Kyle Adkins, Hayden Loomis, /Dale Reiser
Feature: Nate Young, Dustin Demattia, Jarett Young, Judson Fell, Matt Alexander, Bill Cunningham, Zack Lenart, Billy Cunningham, Brian Toto, Kyle Adkins, Alex Brockway, Dale Reiser, Garrett Calvert, Mitchell Wright, Andrew Pisarchick, Kevin Vanderhoof, Mike Harmon, Scott Burk Jr, Hayden Loomis
Heat 1: Chas Wolbert, Rob Kristyak, Auden Cipriani, Tony Tatgenhorst, Kole Holden, Greg Porter, Amelia Clay
Heat 2: Jacob Wolfe, Brandon Ritchey, Kyle Martel, Donald Kalb Jr, Steven Burns, Dave Price
Feature: Kyle Martel, Jacob Wolfe, Rob Kristyak, Chas Wolbert, Brandon Ritchey, Dave Price, Ayden Cipriani, Tony Tatgenhorst, Kole Holden, Steven Burns, Greg Porter, Amelia Clay, David Kalb Jr
Heat 1: Mark Lawrence, Pat Hanlon, Jacob Wheeler, Austyn Richards, Calvin Tedrow, Ana Vassen, Alex Siekkinen
Heat 2: Bondy Stoyer, Pete Blaczcak, Chris Bugielski, Alexis Vogt, Tristan Start, Krista Start
Heat 3: Lane Reinwald, Zoey Gill, Derrick Randolph, Mike Barr, Josie Kish, Scott Gill
Heat 4: Jessica Harvey, Jeremy Start, Alan Sousa, Cale Sousa, Andrew Smith, Trisha Jacklett (DNS)
Feature: Mark Lawrence, Jessica Harvey, Pat Hanlon, Austyn Richards, Zoey Gill, Jacob Wheeler, Mike Barr, Bondy Stoyer, Jeremy Start, Derrick Randolph, Andrew Start, Alexis Vogt, Krista Start, Josie Kish, Tristan Start, Pete Blaczak, Lane Reinwald, Alan Sousa, Chris Bugielski, Alex Siekkinen, Cale Sousa, Calvin Tedrow, Ana Vassen (DNS), Scott Gill (DNS), Trisha Jacklett (DNS)