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Racing Entertainment Showcased at Lake Erie Speedway on August 18th, 2012

Racing Entertainment Showcased at Lake Erie Speedway

Saturday, August 18, 2012


North East, PA – The 2012 Season Fueled By Kwik Fill saw another beautiful night at Lake Erie Speedway as fans packed the grandstands and were treated to excellent racing in all six race divisions.  It was a “Night at the Races brought to you by Glenwood Beer and Coors Light”, and the racing action and entertainment did not disappoint.   


The first feature race of the night was the NASCAR Street Stocks. The green flag flew and #37 Drew Case took the lead as the #20 of John Denny held the second place position.  On lap four, Denny used the outside groove to pass Case and secure the lead. #11k David Krawczyk and #28 Travis Rammelt followed the lead and line of Denny as each used the outside groove to pass Case as well.  Case then battled with #19 Kaity Kicinski for the fourth place spot as the race went into lap eight.  A collision in turn three involved #26 Ed McConnell and Kicinski, which forced a restart and sent Kicinski to the tail end. On the restart, Krawczyk pulled ahead to secure a significant lead. Rammelt and Denny followed behind in the second and third place spots as Case still battled from behind. With five laps to go, #83 Russ Conti pulled to the infield for the remainder of the race as Krawczyk pushed his lead to a half lap ahead of the rest of the drivers.  Krawczyk continued his dominance and finished in first place, followed by Rammelt in second place, and Denny in third place, respectively.  Kicinski, who was sent to the tail end during the race, still managed to finish in the top five, which will greatly help her overall points lead and impressive run for a Street Stock Championship.


The Jensens Target Collision Compacts were the second feature event of the night.  #7 Jamie Hebner took an early lead as #29 Jeremy Hill chased close behind.  On lap seven, #88 Dan Bittinger came from behind and easily passed Hill for the second place position.  Not far behind was #14 Jim Tobin as he attempted to use the inside lane to pass Hill.  On lap ten, Tobin was successful and secured the third place spot as he chased after Bittinger for second place.  Hebner continued his dominance throughout the entire race with a lengthy lead over all of the other competitors and finished victorious in the Jensens Target Collision Compacts with Bittinger in second place and Tobin rounding out the top three.  The final two weeks of the season are going to be exciting in the Jensens Target Collision Compact Division as Bittinger and Tobin are engaged in a very tight points battle for a 2012 Track Championship.  


The third race of the night was the 20 lap INEX Bandolero Regional Qualifier. #97 Darrin Waldron took an early lead followed by #3 Jeff Dunfee III and #9 Donald Buell.  On lap four, as the three battled up front entering turn two, Waldron lost a rear tire, which resulted in a caution and forced him to the pits.  On the restart, #71 Tyler McArdle took off out front as #24 Matt Mead chased after him in hopes for his first feature win of the season at Lake Erie Speedway.  On lap 10, the caution flag flew as #01 Alexis Bohrer spun out in turn two.  A single file restart saw McArdle continue his strong lead, as Dunfee was able to pass Mead on the inside in turn three to take the second place position and chase McArdle for the lead.  On lap 15, the current points leader, #32 Wesley McCray, was forced to end his night early and head to the infield with car trouble.  At the end of the 20 lap Regional Qualifier, McArdle took the checkered flag in the first place position followed by Jeff Dunfee III in second place and Matt Mead in third place.


During a scheduled Intermission, fans were treated to a special autograph session in the main concourse area with the Lake Erie Speedway competitors from the Plyler Overhead Door Late Models and the INEX Bandoleros.  Hundreds of fans got autographs and pictures with the Lake Erie Speedway competitors.   


After Intermission, the INEX Legends took to the track for a 25 lap feature event.  The green flag waved and #163 Floyd Kent, Jr., #98 Brett Coon, and #08 Nick Sowa held the top three spots early in the race.  On lap five, #21 Pat Lyden used the outside lane to attempt to pass Sowa as the two went door to door for a series of laps. Lyden fell behind along with Kent, Jr. as #62 Jason Knox pushed past Sowa and Coon to secure the first place position. With six laps remaining in the Legends feature event, #39 Jeremy Haudricourt pulled behind Coon and made a nice pass on the outside to take over the second place position.  Haudricourt now had Knox in sight with only a few laps remaining, but Knox had built too great of a lead and went on to capture his fifth feature win of the 2012 Season Fueled By Kwik Fill, with Haudricourt securing the second place spot and Sowa finishing in third place.  The points leader, Brandon DeBrakeleer, finished in tenth place.  


The NASCAR Modifieds took the track next at Lake Erie Speedway. With a solid field of Modifieds, the passing up front began on lap five as #30 Chris Briggs took the lead with #12 Scott Wylie and #20 Dale Murdock close behind. #62 Bob McQuiston spun out on lap seven going in to turn four, while #5 Dave Neubauer was able to avoid the spin and advance on the outside. Shortly after the restart, #54 Mike McConnell spun out on the front stretch bringing out the caution flag as the car was smoking, which ultimately sent McConnell to the pits for the remainder of the race.  On the restart, Wylie and #77 Dave McAvoy took the first and second place spots as they entered the halfway point of the Modifieds feature event.  Briggs, Murdock, and #32 Eric McCray followed behind and rounded out the top five.  On lap 17, #21 Mike Neubauer took the high side in turn three to pass McCray and Murdock.  Neubauer, again took the high side to pass Briggs as he chased after the leader.  The battle for several positions continued throughout the field and saw the top three go three wide on lap 22 as McAvoy pulled ahead, Neubauer took over second place, and Wylie slipped to third place.  The top three continued in those positions until the final lap when Neubauer spun out by himself going into turn four, which forced a checkered/yellow finish.  McAvoy earned the victory with Wylie moving up to second place and Briggs in the third place position.  McAvoy remains the points leader and looks to finish the season strong to attempt to capture his second straight championship in the NASCAR Modifieds Division.


The Plyler Overhead Door Late Models were the final race of the night with a scheduled 40 lap feature event.  #56 Scott Skora started on the pole and controlled the lead early with #29 Richard Arndt trailing close behind for several laps.  #45 Dave Heitzhaus and #3 Jeff Brown battled for the third place spot early as #65 George Skora III chased after the two to claim a spot in the top five.  On lap 15, #88 Billy Roberts and #51 Jeremy Holbrook collided bringing out the caution and sending both drivers to the tail end of the field.  On the restart, Scott Skora did not successfully start in the designated area, which sent the Plyler Overhead Door Late Models into yet another restart. Brown took the lead after the restart as Scott and George Skora battled for the second and third place spots.  #47 Scott Wylie chased after the Skoras in an attempt to battle for a top three position.  Halfway through the feature race, Brown had developed a significant lead over Scott and George Skora, Wylie, and the #48 of Sam Fullone, which rounded out the top five.  On lap 29, Holbrook hit the front stretch wall which forced a caution and sent Holbrook to the pits with a flat tire, sparks flying, and front axle damage.  On the restart, Brown again impressively created distance between George and Scott Skora as Sam Fullone challenged for a third place spot.  With five laps remaining, George Skora III continued to attempt to chase down Brown, as Fullone battled with Scott Skora for the third place position.  Fullone finally passed Scott Skora on the inside with only two laps to go.  Brown ran an impressive race hitting his marks perfectly once he got the lead and finished in first place, while George Skora III finished in second place, and Fullone earned a third place finish.  George Skora III continues to hold a strong lead in the Plyler Overhead Door Late Models with only two weeks remaining in the 2012 Season Fueled By Kwik Fill. 


Saturday, August 25th will be “Coca-Cola Night at the Races presented by Sirco Industrial Supply” and an important night for all competitors to continue to build points toward the end of the season point fund. 


Quick Results

NASCAR Street Stocks:

1.                  11k David Krawczyk

2.                  28 Travis Rammelt

3.                  20 John Denny

4.                  71 Rich Miller

5.                  19 Kaity Kicinski

6.                  37 Drew Case

7.                  78 Chris Crossman

8.                  33 Tim Arthur

9.                  1 Vern Heddrick

10.              96 Greg Irish

11.              01b Eric Bohrer

12.              26 Ed McConnell

13.              55 Charlie Anderson

14.              83 Russ Conti

Jensens Target Collision Compacts:

1.                  7 Jamie Hebner

2.                  88 Dan Bittinger

3.                  14 Jim Tobin

4.                  29 Jeremy Hill

5.                  25 Garrett Rammelt

6.                  19 Brian Carlson

7.                  77 Doug Hadley

8.                  81 Shane Forster

9.                  21 Yvonne Nuebauer

10.              11 TJ Colby

11.              1 Stephanie Akerly

12.              42 Phillip Powell

13.              24 Bob Moore

14.              9 Bondy Stoyer

15.              314 Chris Ecker

16.              45 Beckie Jackson


INEX Bandoleros:

1.                  71 Tyler McArdle

2.                  3 Jeff Dunfee III

3.                  24 Matt Mead

4.                  9 Donald Buell

5.                  97 Darrin Waldron

6.                  29 Daniel Buell

7.                  2 Chase Firestone

8.                  01 Alexis Bohrer

9.                  5 Lars McElravy

10.              32 Wesley McCray


INEX Legends:

1.                  62 Jason Knox

2.                  39 Jeremy Haudricourt

3.                  08 Nick Sowa

4.                  98 Brett Coon

5.                  5 Matt Hutchinson

6.                  83 RJ White

7.                  21 Pat Lyden

8.                  163 Floyd Kent, JR

9.                  22x Wendell Napper

10.              1 Brandon DeBrakeleer

11.              29 Melissa Brockman

12.              33 Brody Wood

13.              268 Anthony Riforgiato

14.              82 Tyler Turner

15.              5A Brandon Abbott

16.              33X Dustin Fox

17.              81 Michael Walker

18.              52 John Lindstrom

19.              22P Mike Sestak

20.              69 Terry Lindstrom

21.              22 Bill Lyden

22.              26 Cody Myers

NASCAR Modifieds:

1.                  77 Dave McAvoy

2.                  12 Scott Wylie

3.                  30 Chris Briggs

4.                  20 Dale Murdock

5.                  32 Eric McCray

6.                  51 Jamie Hebner

7.                  24 Randy Culver

8.                  66 Dennis Hagg

9.                  14 Carter Mook

10.              19 Dwayne Vantassel

11.              5 Dave Neubauer

12.              22 Ken Moore, Sr.

13.              1 Terry Akerly

14.              62 Bob McQuiston

15.              21 Mike Neubauer

16.              54 Mike McConnell

17.              34 dns Brandon Huffman

Plyler Overhead Door Late Models:

1.                  3 Jeff Brown

2.                  65 George Skora III

3.                  48 Sam Fullone

4.                  56 Scott Skora

5.                  47 Scott Wylie

6.                  45 Dave Heitzhaus

7.                  19 Dan Lewis

8.                  88 Billy Roberts

9.                  2w Dave Whittaker

10.              29 Richard Arndt

11.              51 Jeremy Holbrook

12.              50 Mike Fiebelkorn