Thursday, May 30, 2013

Early Incident Brings 6th Place Finish

Story By: Dan Margetta

Mike Lichtfeld scored his first late model win of the season in their 40-lap main event.

Pole sitter Steven Schulz got the jump over front row mate Danny Church and paced the field in the early going. Behind them Adam Peschek and John DeAngelis race side-by-side while Ryan Farrell and Alex Prunty did the same. Prunty cracked the top five by muscling past DeAngelis on lap nine. Behind Schulz, Farrell made a charge past Peschek and moved alongside his teammate Church in a battle for second.

Alex Prunty and Peschek brought out the first caution for their part in a lap 16 spin in turn two. Schulz and Farrell thrilled the crowd on the restart as the pair raced door to door for the lead for six laps before Farrell took command. Farrell had the race in hand when he slowed with a mechanical woe on lap 36. His troubles stacked the field behind him, scattering Schulz, Justin Poenitsch and Braison Bennett. Farrell was forced to retire, handing the lead to Lichtfeld.

Lichtfeld pulled away over the final four laps. Jerry Mueller finished second after starting tenth. Last week’s feature winner Ryan DeStefano finished third with Brad Dahmer and DeAngelis completing the top five.

Braison Bennett and Lichtfeld scored late model heat wins. Defending track champion Alex Prunty was the fast qualifier with a time of 12.510 seconds (71.942 mph).

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Strong 3rd Place Finish Makes Solid Points Night

Story by Dan Margetta

Ryan DeStefano won the 40-lap late model feature over Dan Church in another green-white-checkered finish. DeStefano and Adam Peschek raced side by side for the lead with Church, Alex Prunty, and John DeAngelis all in two by two formation behind them for most of the race until Peschek looped his car while trying to outgun DeStefano into turn three with two laps to go. DeStefano then held off Church for the final two laps to take the victory as Alex Prunty edged John DeAngelis for third. Steven Schulz finished fifth.

Tim Lange and Steven Schulz each scored victories in the late model heat races while Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.635 seconds.

The view of the closing laps

Monday, May 6, 2013

2nd Place Finish Keeps Alex on Top of Point Standings!

Story By: Dan Margetta

Dan Jung used the inside groove to grab the lead early and then turned back a late charge by Alex Prunty to win the 40-lap late model feature. Prunty tried to use the outside groove to get a run on the leader following the only caution flag of the race on lap 27, but fell short in his bid as Jung proved to be too strong, taking the checkered flag for his first feature win of the season. Prunty held off a strong charge by John DeAngelis to finish second, leaving DeAngelis to settle for a close third. Ryan DeStefano crossed the finish line in fourth place and Braison Bennett was fifth.

Pat McIntee won the first late model heat race over Dan Jung and Al Stippich while Dan Church held off Ryan Farrell and John DeAngelis to win the second late model heat race.

Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.522 seconds.