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Conneaut, OH (August 21, 2020): A beautiful hot August afternoon greeted race fans entering Raceway 7 for another night of Five-Star Racing with 98 cars signing into the pits. The third heat had a wild start as David Snyder got sideways and flipped at the end of the front straight. In feature action Whitesville, NY’s John Waters, in his first-ever visit to Raceway 7, started from the pole position and was never challenged in the RUSH Late Model feature. Defending E-Mod champion Mike Kinney, from Conneaut, went to the Winner’s Circle after leader Dennis Lunger crashed into a slow-moving car trying to enter the pit. Shane Applebee went to Victory Lane in the Street Stock finale. Economod points leader Nate Young extended his lead by winning his second consecutive feature. Emily Stoyer, who experienced a hard crash two weeks ago, won her first-ever feature win in dominating fashion.
Bill Cunningham and Garrett Calvert brought the Economod feature to green with Calvert slightly ahead at the end of one lap. Following the leaders were Mitchell Wright, points leader Nate Young, and Matt Alexander. Calvert was in sole command at the end of two laps over Cunningham. At three laps Wright and Young were side by side for third with Wright solidly in the spot at four laps. Wright, however, spun from the spot at lap six in turns three and four. Calvert, Cunningham, Young, Alexander, and Dustin Demattia brought the race back to green. Young was next to Cunningham for second at seven laps. At halfway Young had taken the lead over Calvert, Cunningham, Alexander, and Judson Fell, who had got by Demattia. Yellow was shown at eight complete for Hayden Loomis, Gary Olson, and Vincent Depizzo, spun in turn four. Colton Longwell was next to Alexander for fifth at eleven laps. At twelve Jarett Young spun in turn four. The final caution came at two laps to go when Kyle Adkins spun in turns three and four, apparently also involving Dale Reiser, who retired to the infield with heavy body damage. When the first feature checkers of the night had fallen it was Young over Cunningham, Calvert, Longwell, and Demattia.
The Mini Stock feature started with Jacob Wheeler and Andrew Smith at the front with Wheeler leading fourth-starting Emily Stoyer, Smith, Corey Wick, and Jeremy Start through lap one. Stoyer was the leader after two laps in a car that was completely rebuilt after a very hard wreck a few weeks back. Wick came to third at lap three with Zoey Gill up to fourth and last week’s winner Mark Lawrence fifth. Lawrence was fourth at five laps. For third at the eight-lap mark it was a three wide race with Lawrence, Wick, and Jessica Harvey all vying for the spot while Stoyer was enjoying a full-straight lead over Wheeler. Harvey was second with Lawrence, Wheeler, and Smith filling out the top five. At the finish it was Stoyer getting her first-ever feature win over Lawrence, Harvey, Smith, and Wheeler.
Shane Applebee and Jason Black brought the Street Stocks to green with Applebee leading the first lap over Black, David Baker, defending champion Pat Fielding, and Joe Stajnrajh, a winner earlier this summer. Cody Dean was the first caution when he spun in turns one and two. At three laps it was Applebee, Black, Fielding, Stajnrajh, and Paul Davis, a winner earlier this season. At five through seven laps former champion Ed Bolyard was challenging for fifth, holding it at seven when Tom Teed and Dean spun on the front straight. Fielding was second at lap eight with Bolyard coming to third, Stajnrajh to fourth, and Davis fifth. At this point Black retired pitside. Davis got to third at lap twelve. The final yellow appeared with the white flag flying when fourth-running Stajnrajh and Ray Gregory spun in turns three and four. At the checkers it was Applebee, Fielding, Davis, Bolyard, and Jimmy Kennerknecht.
The E-Mod feature started with Dennis Lunger and Dan McDonald leading the field to green. Lunger powered out to the early lead with fourth-starting Mike Kinney, the defending class champion, coming to second over last week’s winner Brent Rhebergen, Josh McDonald, and Joel Watson, a 58-time winner here. Watson advanced to fourth at lap two as Lunger was extending his lead to 1.890 seconds. At lap five it was Lunger, Kinney, Rhebergen, Watson, and McDonald. At halfway Lunger had extended his lead to 4.037 seconds over Kinney and Rhebergen, with McDonald now fourth, and Randy Hall fifth. With five laps remaining Jeff Johnson slowed to enter the pit but was hit hard by the rim-riding, hard-charging Lunger, ending Lunger’s night. Kinney inherited the lead with Rhebergen, eighth-starting Watson, McDonald, and Hall filling out the top five. With four to go Watson and McDonald were side by side for third with Watson possessing it with three to go. At Mark Osborn’s checkers it was Kinney, the defending champion, over Rhebergen, the current points leader, many-times champion Watson, McDonald, and Hall.
The night-capper of the evening was the 20-lap RUSH Late Model feature, starting with John Waters, in his first-ever Raceway 7 visit, on the pole and defending champion Darrell Bossard outside. Waters led from the start with Bossard, then another former champion, Kyle Zimmerman third, current points leader Matt Latta, fourth, and Breyton Santee fifth after one lap. At lap two, Joe Howell spun in turn four. Turn four also saw Jacob Peterson spin at lap three. Turn four was trouble again at lap four for Jonathan Stockdale, then Howell again at lap six while the top five remained the same. Howell again spun, this time in turn two on lap eight but kept going, avoiding a caution. A lap later in turn two he again spun, but this time sat there, slowing the race under caution and being sent to the pit due to it being his third charged caution. At halfway Waters still led Bossard with Matt Latta, a winner earlier this summer, now third over Zimmerman and Santee. Opening night winner Josh Ferry came into the top five at lap eleven when Santee spun in four. The turn four issue appeared again at lap thirteen when Tyler Allison and Joe DeFazio spun. Matt Sipes was penalized to the rear for his part in the incident. With five laps left the order was Waters, Bossard, Latta, and Ferry, with Zimmerman and Bud Watson side by side for fifth. Watson secured the spot with two remaining. At the finish it was Waters winning, Latta getting second by 0.065 over Bossard with Ferry fourth and Bud Watson fifth.
Heat 1: Mike Kinney, Justin Carlson, Randy Hall, Josh McDonald, Al Brewer, Jeff Johnson, Casey Bowers Dan McEwen
Heat 2: Dennis Lunger, Tim Rockwell, Brent Rhebergen, Michael McGee, Gary Eicher, Jim Plance, Bill Watson
Heat 3: Troy Johnson, Joel Watson, Brandon Grossman, Dan McDonald, Mark Titus, Bill Taylor, Gerry Kielar, Chuck Steinle Jr
Feature: Mike Kinney, Brent Rhebergen, Joel Watson, Josh McDonald, Randy Hall, Troy Johnson, Justin Carlson, Dan McDonald, Gary Eicher, Tim Rockwell, Al Brewer, Mark Titus, Brandon Grossman, Jim Plance, Gerry Kielar, Dan McEwen, Mike McGee, Dennis Lunger, Jeff Johnson, Bill Taylor, Chuck Steinle Jr, Bill Watson (DNS)
Heat 1: Trisha Jacklett, Andrew Smith, Alan Sousa, Derrick Randolph, Alex Siekkinen, Tristan Start, Jamie Lamp
Heat 2: Zoey Gill, Emily Stoyer, Jacob Wheeler, Mark Lawrence, Jessica Harvey, Mike Barr, Austyn Richards
Heat 3: Jeremy Start, Corey Wick, Cale Sousa, Collin Deering, Anna Vassen, 12D, Krista Start
Feature: Emily Stoyer, Mark Lawrence, Jessica Harvey, Jacob Wheeler, Zoey Gill, Corey Wick, Cale Sousa, Derrick Randolph, Austyn Richards, Mike Barr, Trisha Jacklett, Alex Siekkinen, Andrew Smith, Collin Deering, Anna Vassen, 12D, Krista Start, Tristen Start, Alan Sousa, Jeremy Start, Jamie Lamp
Heat 1: Pat Fielding, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Joe Stajnrajh, Ed Bolyard, Mike Horton, Gary Miller
Heat 2: Jason Black, Douglas Eck, Jonathan Davis, Tom Teed, Ray Gregory, Cody Dean
Heat 3: David Baker, Paul Davis, Shane Applebee, Jamie Duncan, David Snyder, Steve Horvath
Feature: Shane Applebee, Pat Fielding, Paul Davis, Ed Bolyard, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Gary Miller, Mike Horton, Joe Stajnrajh, Jonathan Davis, Ray Gregory, Douglas Eck, Steve Horvath, Jason. Lack, Tom Teed, Cody Dean, David Baker, Jamie Duncan (DNS)
Heat 1: Matt Alexander, Garrett Calvert, Judson Fell, Zack Lenart, Kyle Adkins, Dale Reiser, Brett Myers
Heat 2: Nate Young, Mitch Wright, Dustin Demattia, Colton Longwell, Billy Cunningham, Kevin Vanderhoof, Alex Brockway
Heat 3: Bill Cunningham, Ty Rhoades, Jarett Young, Mike Harmon, Gary Olson, Vincent Depizzo, Hayden Loomis
Feature: Nate Young, Bill Cunningham, Garrett Calvert, Colton Longwell, Dustin Demattia, Matt Alexander, Judson Fell, Zack Lenart, Mark Harmon, Gary Olson, Jarett Young, Billy Cunningham, Alex Brockway, Vincent Depizzo, Hayden Loomis, Kevin Vanderhoof, Kyle Adkins, Dale Reiser, Mitchell Wright, Ty Rhoades (DNS), Brett Myers (DNS)
RUSH Late Models
Heat 1: Chad Sines, Kyle Zimmerman, Matt Latta, Bud Watson, Bill Holmes, D J Krug, Tyler Allison
Heat 2: Josh Ferry, John Waters, Steve Hollabaugh, Joe DeFazio, Jacob Peterson, Joe Howell
Heat 3: Darrell Bossard, Matt Sipes, Breyton Santee, John Watson, Jonathan Stockdale, 426
Feature: John Waters, Matt Latta, Darrell Bossard, Josh Ferry, Bud Watson, Kyle Zimmerman, Breyton Santee, Chad Sines, Steve Hollabaugh, John Stockdale, Bill Holmes, Joe DeFazio, Jacob Peterson, John Watson, D J Krug, Tyler Allison, 426, Matt Sipes Joe Howell