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Drellos Makes Successful Return To Slingshots; Wins At Accord on Tuesday, April 14
Story by Brett Deyo
Demetrios Drellos of Queensbury, N.Y., was the 20-lap Slingshot winner. Drellos was moonlighting in a Slingshot before making the move into the 358-Modified division this season at N.Y.’s Lebanon Valley Speedway. He earned $410 for his efforts.
Slingshot Feature Finish (20 Laps): DEMETRIOS DRELLOS ($410), Wyatt Clark, Matt Shultz, Don Boonstra, Corey Cormier, Tommy Zwart, Jared Miller, Hunter Lapp, Samantha Miller, Ashley Rogosich, Alex Van Pelt, Jesse Leiby, Joe Krum, Josh Marcus, Alan Selembo, Marty Kelley III, Vincent Visconti, Bobby Flood, Dillon Steuer, Peyton Speedling, Ryan McCartney, Jordan Lawrence.
Lap Money Breakdown ($220): Demetrios Drellos ($60), Alex Van Pelt ($40), Matt Shultz ($40), Wyatt Clark ($40), Joe Krum ($20) & Don Boonstra ($20)
Jay’s Pool Service Winner’s Bonus ($50): Demetrios Drellos
Jay’s Pool Service/Royalty Property Management Junior Slingshot Bonus ($75): Hunter Lapp (eighth)
Swinehart Nabs First All Star Slingshot Victory On Wingless Wednesday at Shellhammers
JUNIOR SLINGHOTS: 1. 14 Autumn Ankiewicz; 2. 53 Joey Vaccaro; 3. 22 Tanner VanDoren; 4. 54 Damion Dusheck; 5. 41 Nicholas Flammer.
ALLSTAR SLINGSHOTS: 1. 38 Dylan Swinehart; 2. 43D Dawson Landis; 3. 4 David Galloway.DRIVER SPOTLIGHT: Autumn Ankiewicz
Prior to Wednesday, April 15, personable teen Autumn Ankiewicz never sat in the No. 14 Slingshot...and she had never turned a lap, or even laid eyes on Shellhammers Speedway near Leesport, PA. But those things didn't matter to the Tamaqua resident...
On the first night that she buckled into the racecar, and the very first time she gassed it around the quick little oval known affectionately as "the Hammer", Ankiewicz simply went out and won the Junior Slingshot feature.
"I like this track," she pronounced afterward, "and we'll definitely be back!"
Ankiewicz cut her racing teeth by running Karts at the Greenwood Valley Action Track near Bloomsburg, PA, and she'll continue to compete in that division when she's not racing the Slinger. Judging by her performance at Shellhammers on the 15th of April, though, it's a pretty good bet that Ankiewicz will soon be tradin' paint with the All Star Slingshots.
Shellhammers Junior Slingshot Winner Autumn Ankiewicz
(Photo courtesy of Ankiewicz family)
Sails To Silver Tour Victory At Linda's
Story by Michael Batz
Cody Kline has been known as “The Captain” for years. Friday night the captain righted the ship on his way to the season opening win in the West Side Auto Body Slingshots.
The Slingshots started their season with a Tour
Race bringing the heavy hitters out in full
force to compete at the ¼ mile. Justin Thompson
led a 25 car field to the green flag. Thomson,
the defending speedway champion, battled with
National Slingshot champion Dylan Hoch for much of the early race.
A mid-race restart saw Kline, from Bangor, PA push Hoch to the race lead and then proceeded to turn the pressure on for the top spot. Kline eventually cleared Hoch and proved to be the class of the field driving away to a 2 second win over Hoch, Thomspon, Brett Bieber, and 12th place starter Kenny Heffner. Kyle Grube was sixth followed by Louden Reimert, Mark Sensenig, Jackson Ring, and Bj Antonio.
Duel heat races were run for the Slingshots and
wins went to Hoch, Thompson, Reimert, Gruber,
Schoffstall, Sam Scicchitano.
Slingshot Feature Finish: 1- 59 Cody Kline, 2- 35 Dylan Hoch, 3- 22 Justin Thompson, 4- 32 Brett Bieber, 5- 39 Kenny Heffner, 6- 30 Kyle Grube, 7- 58 Louden Reimert, 8- 725 Mark Sensenig, 9- 14 Jackson Ring, 10- 46 BJ Antonio, 11- 20 John Gilroy, 12- 18s Ronnie Spitler, 13- 18a Alex Schmidel, 14- F14 Scott Gray, 15- 75m Madison Pancheco, 16- 77 Alex Schoffstall, 17- 59k Dakota Kohler, 18- 72 Don Schmidt, 19- 43d Dawson Landis, 20- 28s Sam Scicchitano, 21- 75 Andrew Kreis, 22- 3 Dave Carragahn, 23-3s Brett Spitler. DNS- 2j Jack Lewis; DNS – 43a Amber Britto.
"The Captain" Cody Kline in Linda's Speedway Victory Lane with
Ms. Motorsports, Shelby Harper(Photo courtesy of Linda's Speedway)
Arntz Declared Winner Of Airport Speedway's MA Gold Tour Event
Story by Mike Feltenberger
The opening night of the MA Gold Region found 16 racers in Delaware with Airport Speedway, in New Castle, DE, hosting the 1st race of the season.
Track conditions put the drivers to the test and the 25 lap main was the 1st feature on the track. After the main event was checkered ,the top 3 were pulled to the tech area and the finish was changed as the winner was DQ'd giving the win to Tom Arntz in his former Alex Schoffstall racer. Brett Bieber was 2nd and Donny Hockman was 3rd.
Kurt Bettler was putting on a show running the 6X on the top and bottom and was in a contending position only to have a RF flat sideline him on lap 9. Heats were won by Andrew Kreis and Brett Bieber. Airport Speedway has an open pit at intermission and many fans stopped to check out the new visiting class - the Slingshots - while roaming through the pit area.
RESULTS: 1. Tom Arntz, 2. Brett Bieber, 3. Donny Hockman, 4. Dylan Hoch, 5. Dakota Kohler, 6. David McCullough, 7. Cody Kline, 8. Dave Morrell, 9. Anthony Raisner, 10. Todd Martin, 11. Kurt Bettler, 12. Joe Toth. DNS Aidan Svanda, Steve Svanda, Lauden Reimert. DQ: Andrew Kreis.
Dyno Dave McCullough and David Morrell battle
at Airport Speedway (Mike Feltenberger Photo)
Brink Wins All Star Slingshot Feature As The Pearl Of The Poconos,
Hamlin Speedway, Opens For Business On April 18
Results provided by Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
All Star Slingshots: Mack Brink, Taylor Eccles, Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Jeff Cosgrove, Henry Anderson, Corey Cormier, Daniel Morgiewicz, John Rooks Jr, Alan Salemba, Tyler Pirone, Kyle Herve, Chris Kurtz, Chloe Andreas, Jackson Ring, Jordan Lawrence, Jessie Benke, Hunter Metzger, David Burns, Austin Silfee, Jake Van Pelt, Mike Fogler, Ryan Neiger, Hunter DeMeglio, John Gilroy.
Junior Slingshots: Tyler Peet, Taylor Mills, Anthony Recchio, Tighe Sherlock, Reese Nowotarski, Jared Silfee, Alex Yankowski, Ashley Kober, Kyle Braun, Shelby McLaughlin, Andrew Vreeland, Justin Mills, Michael Samony, Jack Clancy, Nathen Marold, Jake Mason, Tanner VanDoren, Wyatt Hager, Joshua Allen.
Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, John Gilroy, Dale Kober, Mike McLaughlin, John Rooks Sr, Jim Conroy, John Bush, Ryan Lacoe, Jannell Geary, Aaron Geary.
Additional Results For The Week Of April 13-19...
Dodge City Speedway in NY hosted its first Slingshot activity of the 2015 season on Saturday, April 18, with defending Empire Region Champion Brian Tobey, Jr. taking the win. Tim Deffer, driving Jim Pollard's car, finished second with Michael Hill placing third.
Friday night action opened at Snydersville Raceway near Stroudsburg, PA, and Greg Zellman took up right where he left off last season, winning the opener for the All Star Slingers. Zellman crossed the line ahead of Matt Massone. Robert Schlenker captured the Junior Slingshot main event.
Joe Krum was victorious in All Star Slingshot competition at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY, on Saturday, April 18. Krum bested Marty Kelly III for the triumph, with Dalton Maynard racing home in third.
Mike Lapicki notched the Saturday night Slingshot win at Shellhammers over Dawson Landis and Jeff Kemp.
The Slingers are also on the weekly Friday night slate of events at the Accord Speedway this year. On Friday the 17th, Matt Shultz recorded the triumph in the All Star division while Josh Marcus scored the Junior Class victory.
The Week Ahead....
Plenty of weekly Slingshot activity at tracks such as Linda's Speedway, Snydersville, Five Mile Point and Accord Speedways, Shellhammers, Hamlin, and of course there's the biggie on Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, PA, featuring the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR Tour and the All Star Slingshots!
Action Track USA Ups Ante For Wingless 600 Sprints.. More Cash & Contingencies This Season..
Kutztown, PA. March 13th, 2015 - There's been a whirlwind of activity and great news for the Wingless 600cc Sprint teams who compete at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
With the new season set to begin in a month - on May 13 - the positive momentum generated by the Wingless 600's continues to snowball. The winter months have been filled with news of additional money to be won in 2015, a growing list of marketing partners to support the division, and added contingency prizes for those who steer the non-wing, fire breathing beasts that have thrilled the large crowds over the past two seasons at the Berks County oval.
The most recent developments include the announcement that Pioneer Pole Buildings will continue its relationship with the 600cc class and Tim Engler's fuel injection business, based in Indiana, had signed on as co-sponsor of the division. The Pioneer Pole Buildings Wingless 600 Sprints Powered by Engler Injection will have a third partner as well, with last week's signing of Hoosier Tire as the official tire of the class.
Back in January, when
the Action Track USA 2015 schedule was released
at the Motorsports Trade Show, one of the most
noticeable additions to the slate of events was
a trio of high paying races for the Wingless
600's. As co-promoters Rich Tobias and Doug Rose
prepare to kick off their third season at the
helm of the hugely successful speedway, they
decided to reward the 600cc racers with three
"specials" throughout the campaign.
The first of these special events will be the second event of the season, on May 20, when The King of No Wing 40-lap Shootout will pay $1,000 to the winner (with Gambler's Challenge). "We are very excited about this inaugural event," noted Rose. "This is the first of the $1,000-plus races and the first 40-lap feature we are presenting for the 600's. These guys and girls put on some fantastic racing and we want them to have the opportunity to compete in some more prestigious events. We're going to crown the winner in victory lane, and I am anxious to see who gets crowned first as the inaugural King of No Wing."
The winner of the 40-lapper will also pick up a guaranteed starting spot in the Linda's Speedway National Open for Wingless 600's on October 16-17. The King of No Wing race is expected to draw some of the very best 600cc racers from the area and is certainly lucrative enough to attract drivers from far and wide.
The Wingless Warriors
will race for a second big payday on July 8, as
Action Track USA hosts the finale of the second
annual Tri-Track Challenge. The three race
miniseries awards points to the drivers who take
part in big races at Linda's on July 3,
Firecracker Frenzy at Lanco's Clyde Martin
Memorial Speedway on July 4, and at the Action
Track USA on the eighth of July. The finale will
continue to be a 25-lap, $1,000 to win (with
Gambler's Challenge) event as it was last year.
The first Tri-Track Challenge in 2014 saw Alex
Bright, the Phenom from Collegeville, win the
race but Douglassville's Jason Swavely captured
the overall title as Tri-Track Champion.
The final event of this "Triple Crown" of big money races will be held during the Kutztown Fair with the running of the Wingless 600 Fair Nationals. This show gets even better in 2015, as the 600cc throttle-jockeys test the endurance of themselves and their machines by going 60 laps. The 600 Fair Nationals will offer a top prize of $1,200 (with Gambler's Challenge). "A 60-lap race for the 600's is not typical," said Rose, "but at the Action Track, we like to do things BIGGER. Rich Tobias says it's important to hold "want to events" for all the divisions on your weekly schedule, and we feel this will be another big one in the Triple Crown of 600cc races. I know, with the nice payday and the anticipation of going 60 laps, this will be circled as a "can't miss event" for many racers."
As if the three "big money" races were not enough, Tobias and Rose have created a new dynamic to the popular Mad Scramble - always the first race of the night at Action Track USA.
With Wingless 600 fields that generally top 45 cars each week, Tobias developed the Mad Scramble so that all of the non-qualifiers from the previous week would have a shot at transferring directly to that night's main event by winning the 12-lap Scramble. The remaining drivers would then have to run heat races and consolations to try and qualify for the evening's feature race.
While the format of the Mad Scramble is still the same, the management team has produced contingency awards for more drivers who enter, but do not win, the Scramble.
The runner-up in the Mad Scramble each week will receive a brand new right-rear tire, courtesy of Hoosier. The exact prize(s) for finishing third and on back have not yet been decided, but the list of contingency prizes is growing.
Drivers who place third and lower in the finishing order will receive...ten gallons of methanol from VP and Roadrunner Race Fuels, FK Rod Ends, TSR Shocks gift certificate, Hyper Racing gift certificate, Kirkey Seat gift certificate, Kreitz Oval Track Parts gift certificates, Saldana Race Products gift certificate, Sheetz gift certificates, free registrations from Action Track USA, and more.
Businesses or individuals who want to provide contingency awards should contact Doug Rose at email@example.com anytime. The $300 total investment goes a long way for the racers.
As mentioned earlier in the news release, Hoosier Tire is now the official tire of the Wingless 600's at Action Track USA. Hoosier has signed on to not only supply right-rears to the Mad Scramble's runner-up finisher, but all 600cc cars will be rolling out on Hoosier rubber in 2015. "Hoosier had come to us a while back about being the official tire of the 600's, and we looked at the whole dynamic of division and what Hoosier Tire represents in the Sprint Car world," stated Rose. "We also felt, with approximately 98% of our teams already on Hoosiers, it was kind of a no-brainer to align ourselves with this great company."
The tire compound will still be open in 2015, as it always has been, but all the teams will need to run Hoosier Tires at Action Track USA.
The new season gets underway with a practice session on Monday, May 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Two nights later, on the 13th, it gets real at the progressively banked oval located across the street from Kutztown University, as the Goldie & Elton Meitzler Memorial Race kicks off the new year and puts into motion the battles for the respective track championships in each division. The first Wednesday Night Rumble of 2015 will see pit gates opening at 3:00 p.m. Race cars will hit the track at 6:00 sharp.
Can Jay Hartman record the three-peat in 2015? Or will Kyle Lick, James Morris, or a host of other worthy candidates unseat Hartman at the top of the Wingless 600 heap? Only time will tell, but you've got to be there to see it! Get your midweek motorsports adrenaline rush...at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds!
Upcoming Schedule at Action Track USA:
* May 11......Practice Night, starting at 6:30 p.m.
* May 13......Opening Night. Pit gates open early at 3:00. Cars hit the track at 6 p.m. sharp.
* May 20......Inaugural King of No Wing 40-lap Shootout for 600cc Sprints. $1,000 to win (with Gambler's Challenge).
All Star Slingshots & 270cc Micros In June 27 Spotlight At Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway
Kim's Kreations and JD Motorsports are sponsoring the night of action, with OMS Racing coming on board as the title sponsor for Slide at the Clyde III. The third installment of the popular Tour event for the Slingshots will surely draw another outstanding field of competitors, as OMS and Kim's Kreations team up to make this a very lucrative race for the Slingers. Glass reports that more than $1,000 has been added to the purse, and she's collected more than $450 (so far) for special awards and lap money that will be distributed to the drivers.
In addition, Glass is selling raffle tickets for $20 each, with the lucky winner receiving a brand new Slingshot Chassis and inner rails (swing arm not included). The drawing will be held during intermission on June 27, just before Slide at the Clyde III main event goes green.
The owner/operator of Kim's Kreations is also conducting a drawing among all pre-entries for Slide at the Clyde III. The winner will get a gift certificate for a $300 powder coating, courtesy of Extreme Powder Coating. That drawing will be held on June 2nd, and all Slingshot pre-entries received by June 1 will be eligible to win the powder coating certificate. The pre-entry forms are available on the Slingshot by Tobias Facebook page or by contacting Kim Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org. Randy Smith won the first Slide at the Clyde in 2013, while Mark Sensenig took the checkered in last year's race.
Charlotte Hartman, the mother of driver Richie Hartman - a three-time point champion in Lanco's 270cc Class and twice a track champion in the 125cc division - passed away suddenly during the month of February. Ms. Hartman was a huge supporter of her son's motorsports career and a huge fan of Micro-Sprint racing, so Kim's Kreations and Jared Davis Motorsports thought it only proper that a 270cc race be run in her memory. On June 27, Kim's Kreations and JD Motorsports join forces to present the Charlotte Hartman 270cc Memorial Race. Lap money is being collected for this event and several special awards will be handed out, along with a very special trophy presentation to the victorious driver of the 25-lap feature.
The 600cc, 125cc, Sportsman, and 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprints will join the 270's and Slingshots for this unique, action-packed program.
It will be a Saturday night spectacular at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on June 27, and thanks to Kim's Kreations, the All Star Slingshots will be involved in a huge, three-day weekend of racing when they pull into the Clyde's pit area.
The inaugural Triple Crown of Slingshot racing will take place on June 26, 27, and 28. Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, PA will host the Slingers on Friday night, then comes the Slide at the Clyde III on Saturday. The final Triple Crown event will be run at Shellhammer's Speedway on Sunday the 28th. In addition to the hefty purse at each event, a point fund has also been established for this three race miniseries. The fund continues to grow - it currently stands at more than $1,000 - and the Cordier family is also contributing a $200 bonus if one of their Shellhammer's regulars wins the points.
Below you can download the pre-entry form for Lanco. Any pre-entry that is mailed, or handed in by June 1st will be put into a drawing to win a $300.00 gift certificate to Extreme Powder Coating. (Winner will be drawn on June 1st).
Kutztown, PA. March 12th, 2015 - "It's kind of neat that three old Modified guys have come together to form this team." That's how Tim Iulg, the youngest member of a new SpeedSTR alliance, described the joint venture between Wayne Weaver, Richie Pratt Sr., and Gary Iulg.
Weaver, a staunch supporter of the Tobias built SpeedSTR's over the past few seasons, and Pratt Sr. have been friends since Weaver's days of racing Modifieds. In 2014, Gary Iulg began wrenching on Weaver's South Jersey Overhead Door No. 0. The results were quickly evident, as the Vineland, NJ driver ran up front on a consistent basis and was knocking on the door, weekly, for his first SpeedSTR victory.
On most Wednesdays, Tim Iulg tagged along with his dad, lending a hand while developing a desire to strap into a SpeedSTR himself. Soon after the season ended, Weaver put a plan in motion with his buddy, Pratt Sr., and it wasn't long before the new alliance became a reality. Pratt purchased a new frame and body panels and agreed that his car would be housed and maintained in Weaver's shop. Both cars will also fit in Weaver's enclosed trailer, enabling the team to travel together.
Gary Iulg, the DIRTCar Hall of Famer whose resume includes more than 200 dirt Modified feature wins, will serve as the crew chief for both cars.
Thirty-seven year-old Tim Iulg teaches Health and Phys. Ed. in the Vineland, NJ public school system. He's competed in 270cc and 600cc Micro-Sprints, then Crate Sprint Cars. In addition to winning numerous 600cc features, Iulg captured a couple of Crate Sprint titles at Bridgeport. He also raced with the United Racing Club and ran some ASCS winged Sprint shows before placing his driving career on hold when he and his wife started a family. In 2012 and 2013, he teamed with Glen and Steve Kemery in a successful, two-car 600cc Micro-Sprint assault. Now he will steer Pratt's yellow SpeedSTR, with the color and number a tribute to the car owner's former Modifieds.
Iulg's effort is sponsored by B&F Towing, Fred's Trailer Repair, SinTec, Drissel's Ace Hardware, Bennett Batteries, and Dennis Drain Property Maintenance.
Weaver, who got into Vintage Car activity after his stint in dirt Modifieds, is now at home in the SpeedSTR division. The Facilities Director will once again partner with Sal DeBruno's South Jersey Overhead Door Company, and his re-bodied No. 0 sports a similar paint and graphics scheme as DeBruno's big block Modified...which is driven by Richie Pratt Jr.
It's easy to see that Tim Iulg's description is accurate and appropriate - "three old Modified guys" have indeed joined forces to field a pair of SpeedSTR's in 2015. The team plans to compete weekly at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA in Kutztown and as often as possible when the SpeedSTR's hit the road for several Tour Races at Thunder Mountain and Five Mile Point in New York, on the asphalt at PA's Mahoning Valley, and for the season ending Fall Jamboree at the Grandview Speedway.
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