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Night at the Races Presented By Goodwill Industries


Saturday, July 28, 2012, North East, PA – It was a beautiful night for racing at Lake Erie Speedway as more than 4,700 fans came out to Saturday’s race despite the heavy rains that occurred elsewhere throughout Western Pennsylvania and Western New York.   


The first feature race of the night showcased the NASCAR Street Stocks and with only four laps in, the caution flag flew as #55 Charlie Anderson collided with the wall in turn 2 causing serious body damage to his car. After the clean up, #19, Kaity Kicinski took control of the race followed by #00 Jack Hall and #26 Ed McConnell. Kicinski held the lead as the #11K of Dave Krawczyk made moves around McConnell and Hall pushing towards the front. Krawczyk chased after Kicinski and finally caught her on the last lap.  Kicinski made a slight mistake in turn 2 allowing Krawczyk the opportunity to steal the lead on the backstretch and claim the win, his fifth win this season. In second place was Kaity Kicinski and in third pace was Jack Hall.


The Jensens Target Collision Compacts were the second race of the evening. #19 Brian Carlson took an early lead with #88 Dan Bittinger close behind itching for another Compact win.  Bittinger pulled ahead to take the top position as #95 Jon Breads looked to make moves to put him in contention for a win.  As Breads attempted to pass he made contact with #23 Scott Horvath, #25 Garrett Rammelt, and Carlson. Carlson and Rammelt slammed into the 4th turn wall forcing both competitors to the pits, and Horvath went to the infield for problems with his front bumper.  After an extensive clean up, the green flag dropped again with six laps to go in the Jensens Target Collision Compact feature race. On the restart Bittinger held on to the lead with #14 Jim Tobin closing in attempting to reach the front. Despite being involved in an earlier caution that sent him to the tail of the pack on the restart, Breads made his way towards the front claiming the third place spot, with Tobin taking the second place position and Bittinger winning his sixth Jensens Target Collision Compact feature event of the season. 


The INEX Bandoleros were next up, as #3 Jeff Dunfee III made a move on the outside and pulled into the first place position on the very first lap.  Battling in the second and third place spots were #32 Wesley McCray and #71 Tyler McArdle. Dunfee III pulled further ahead lapping the tail end of the pack, with McCray and McArdle side by side for most of the feature event.  On lap 10, as McCray and McArdle attempted to pass the lap traffic, McArdle made contact with #01 Alexis Bohrer which brought out a caution.  Bohrer’s front end had too much damage to return to the race.  With two laps to go following the green flag restart, Dunfee III remained in control of his first place position claiming another feature win at Lake Erie Speedway in the INEX Bandolero division with McCray in a close second place and #9 Donald Buell in third place.


After an intermission that included the “Ladies of Lake Erie Speedway”, an all female driver autograph session in the main concourse, the INEX Legends began the second half of racing at Lake Erie Speedway.  There was an early caution at the end of lap one involving #59 Brian Knuckles, #97x Evan Finley, #22x Wendell Napper, and #9 Carl Vilardo forcing a restart. No drivers were hurt in the collision and only minimal body damage to a few of the race cars. On the restart, #1, Brandon DeBrakeleer took the lead with #39 Jeremy Haudricourt and #99 Justin Bolton close behind. The fourth place spot created action between #21 Pat Lyden and #5 Matt Hutchinson as Lyden made a move on the inside to secure his fourth place position halfway through the Legends feature event.  Haudricourt and Bolton were battling bumper to bumper in the second and third place spots trying to reach DeBrakeleer.  DeBrakeleer remained in the lead and passed lap cars with skill and precision with only three laps remaining in the INEX Legends feature race.  As the white flag dropped, DeBrakeleer held the lead as the #5a Brandon Abbott and #33x Dustin Fox collided in turn 3 causing a caution, which officially ends the race.  DeBrakeleer won his first LES feature event of the season, with Bolton in second place and Haudricourt in third place. 


The NASCAR Modifieds were the fifth feature event of the night.  As the green flag dropped, #00 Adam Kostelnik took the early lead, with #20 Dale Murdock chasing after him as both drivers were looking for their first feature win of the 2012 season. #21 Mike Neubauer pulled ahead of the pack to secure a third place spot and continued his race to the front closing in on Murdock for a second place position. Kostelnik created a larger lead over the rest of the drivers, so the real action was the race for the fourth and fifth place spots.  #51 Jamie Hebner and #17jr JP Weisser were involved in the race for the fourth place position, as Weisser Jr. passed on the inside to claim that position.  #32 Eric McCray spun out in turn one without any other cars involved. On a fantastic restart, Weisser soared past Murdock and stole the second place spot.  Kostelnik ran a fantastic race from start to finish to claim his first feature win of the 2012 season and Weisser in second place and Murdock in third place.


The last race of the night featured the Plyler Overhead Door Late Models.  #3 Jeff Brown and #65 George Skora III battled it out for the first place position for the entire race sometimes running side by side in the corners.  Skora III, the current points leader, challenged Brown for the top position, but was unable to find the right time to make the pass for the top position.  #56 Scott Skora and #48 Sam Fullone battled for the third place position for several laps, but Fullone made his move on the 28th lap to pass and pulled ahead to claim the third place spot.  Brown and Skora III continued their battle as Brown remained in the lead and Skora III looked for the right time to attempt the pass.  The two struggled with lap traffic in turn 2 and 3 on the final lap, and Skora III got into the back of Brown in turn 4, which sent Brown spinning and brought out the caution thus ending the race.  Because of the “spinner rule”, both Brown and Skora III were scored at the tail end of the lead lap cars thus awarding Fullone with the win, Scott Skora with second place, and the #2W Dave Whittaker in third place. 

Quick Results-July 28, 2012


NASCAR Street Stocks:


1.      11k David Krawczyk

2.      19 Kaity Kicinski

3.      00 Jack Hall

4.      20 John Denny

5.      26 Ed McConnell

6.      11 Ed Hall

7.      01 Leslie Bohrer

8.      83 Russ Conti

9.      1 Vern Heddrick

10.  96 Greg Irish

11.  28 Travis Rammelt

12.  78 Chris Crossman

13.  33 Tim Arthur

14.  12 Richard Henry

15.  5 Jay Queen

16.  55x Charlie Anderson




Jensens Target Collision Compacts:


1.      88 Dan Bittinger

2.      14 Jim Tobin

3.      95 Jon Breads

4.      21 Yvonne Neubauer

5.      81 Shane Forster

6.      1 Stephanie Akerly

7.      11 TJ Colby

8.      42 Phillip Powell

9.      24m Bob Moore

10.  9 Bondy Stoyer

11.  64 Jim Neubauer

12.  314 Mary Jo Lindberg

13.  99 Gena Thompson

14.  23 Scott Horvath

15.  89 Kyle Rourke

16.  25 Garrett Rammelt

17.  19 Brian Carlson

18.  96 Doug Hadley




INEX Bandoleros:


1.      3 Jeff Dunfee III

2.      32 Wesley McCray

3.      9 Don Buell

4.      97 Darrin Waldron

5.      24 Matt Mead

6.      71 Tyler McArdle

7.      29 Dan Buell

8.      2 Chase Firestone

9.      5 Lar McElrary

10.  01 Alexis Bohrer



INEX Legends:


1.      1 Brandon DeBrakeleer

2.      99 Justin Bolton

3.      39 Jeremy Haudricourt

4.      21 Pat Lyden

5.      5 Matt Hutchinson

6.      98 Brett Coon

7.      163 Floyd Kent, Jr.

8.      59 Brian Knuckles

9.      26 Cody Myers

10.  29 Melissa Brockman

11.  81 Michael Walker

12.  268 Anthony Riforgiato

13.  33 Brody Wood

14.  22x Wendell Napper

15.  9 Carl Vilardo

16.  5A Brandon Abbott

17.  33x Dustin Fox

18.  78 Mike MacDonald

19.  14 Corry Moore

20.  29ny Charlie Neumann

21.  22 Bill Lyden

22.  69 Terry Lindstrom

23.  22p Mike Sistak

24.  50 Sheldon Lambert

25.  52 John Lindstrom

26.  97 Evan Finley

27.  99x John Bacon



NASCAR Modifieds:


1.      00 Adam Kostelnik

2.      17jr JP Weisser

3.      20 Dale Murdock

4.      12 Scott Wylie

5.      51 Jamie Hebner

6.      24 Randy Culver

7.      21 Mike Neubauer

8.      14 Carter Mook

9.      77 Dave McAvoy

10.  30 Chris Briggs

11.  66 Dennis Hagg

12.  28 Joel Rammelt

13.  17 Eric Bohrer

14.  75 Bob Fisher

15.  32 Eric McCray

16.  22 Ken Moore, Sr.

17.  1 Terry Akerly

18.  34 Brandon Huffman

19.  5 Dave Neubauer

20.  62 Bob McQuiston



Plyler Overhead Door Late Models:


1.      48 Sam Fullone

2.      56 Scott Skora

3.      2W Dave Whittaker

4.      3 Jeff Brown

5.      65 George Skora III

6.      86 John Gallagher 

7.      20 Scott Nurmi

8.      20x Neil Gacum