Sunday, May 3, 2015

Calm, Cool Kemenah Collects All Star Win at Mercer

After many years of running his own operation, Chad Kemenah feels the weight has been lifted off his shoulders. With his brother, Brian, turning the wrenches and the backing of Rob Hunter Racing he is focusing on being a race car driver again.

With only one caution in the feature, that deft focus came into play as Kemenah patiently worked through lapped traffic to secure his first All Star Circuit of Champions win since 2005 Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park. It was his 28th career victory with the series.

"It's been a long time since I've won one of these All Star races, but hopefully its a sign for maybe a lot more to come," Kemenah said. "I think I have the greatest car owner out there and that helps."
Mercer winner Chad Kemenah in action at Lernerville Friday night.
(Pat Miller Photo)

Kemenah, who also won Fred Rahmer's race at Path Valley last Sunday, took the lead from Lee Jacobs on lap 17 and didn't relinquish it. The Findlay, OH native had to bide his time and pick off lapped cars one by one as the likes of Cody Darrah, Dale Blaney and Jacobs were in hot pursuit.

"I just tried to pace myself," Kemenah said. "At this place if you get to pushing it too hard that's when you get yourself in trouble."

"We had a real good race car. I have to thank J and J for building us some great cars."

Darrah finished 2nd at Lernerville and Mercer
(Pat Miller Photo)
Jacobs, the dash winner, and Eric Williams had the front row for the 30-lap main event with Jacobs getting the early jump. Williams, coming off a very impressive performance at Lernerville the night before, challenged Jacobs for the lead several times early on.  On lap eight as the duo approached the back of the field, Williams got a bit above the cushion in turn three and spun out. Williams was able to restart the race, but his hopes of picking up his first All Stars victory were dashed.

After the race resumed Kemenah, the 2002-2005 ASCoC champion, worked his way into second place and eventually made the winning move. Jacobs then had a spirited duel with Dale Blaney for the runner up position. While they battled for several laps, Cody Darrah reeled them both in and made a bold move to the inside on the backstretch to go from fourth to second.

Darrah closed in on Kemenah, but never really challenged him for the win. He settled for the runner up spot for the second straight night. Jacobs rounded out the podium, followed by Ed Lynch, Jr in fourth, and Jack Sodeman, Jr in fifth. Lynch and Sodeman both took advantage of a late bobble by Blaney, who finished sixth.

Blaney set a new track record in qualifying with a time of 13.241.

Jared Zimbardi, Dan Kuriger, Sodeman, and Lynch won the heat races which were dominated by local drivers. Kuriger drew the pole for the dash, but his car wouldn't fire. The gremlin in the 08 couldn't be conquered so Kuriger took the green in Davey Jones' 76 car. He ran a couple of laps and went pit side.

Young gun Parker Price Miller took the checkers in the B Main.

Other feature winners included George Hobaugh Jr, who staved off a challenge from Brandon Spithaler to win the outlaw sprint warriors, Tim Burns in the stocks, and Jason Darocha in the modified lites.

Feature Finish- 30 Laps (Starting Position in Parenthesis) 

1. Chad Kenemah (5)  2. Cody Darrah (3) 3. Lee Jacobs (1)  4. Ed Lynch Jr (8)
5. Jack Sodeman Jr (4) 6. Dale Blaney (7)  7. Brandon Spithaler (16)  8. Cole Duncan (6)
9. Greg Wilson (12)  10. Ryan Smith (14) 11. Tim Shaffer (11)  12. Jared Zimbardi (9)
13. Sheldon Haudenschield (18) 14. Paige Polyak (19) 15. Danny Smith (20)
16. Brandon Matus (22)  17. Travis Philo (26)  18. Parker Price Miller (21) 19. AJ Flick (24)
20. Danny Holtgraver (13)  21. Adam Kekich (15)  22. Andrew Palker (17)
23. Caleb Helms (25)  24. Eric Williams (2)  25. Dan Kuriger (10) 26. Scott Priester (23)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The All Star Story from Lernerville; Blaney Collects First ASCoC win of 2015; Miley Masters RUSH Lates; Fosnaught Wins Thriller; Hilton Hauls The Mail

The best of the best among the area winged sprints were on display at Lernerville Speedway Friday night. And when the smoke cleared, Dale Blaney found his way to victory lane with the All Stars for the first time in 2015, passing a strong running Cody Darrah in the middle portion of the 30 lap $5,000 to win feature. 

"Tonight, the track really reminded me of the way it was for the Don Martin last year," Blaney said. "We came from 17th to 3rd in that race, and my car's always been good in the slick and I've made a ton of laps around this place when it's like this so I just tried to not use up what I had early, and it worked out tonight." 

The local contingent of drivers put up a good fight for the home team as Eric Williams turned in a brilliant performance and started on the pole of the amain and Ed Lynch Jr overcame difficulty in his heat race, won the last chance showdown and rallied for a top ten finish. And central PA based All Star driver Ryan Smith got a little help from his friends when he suffered a breakdown on the way to Lernerville, but was able to reach the track in time to tag the back of the the B-main where he charged up to fifth place and was able to use a provisional to guarantee a spot in the feature.

In other action, Jared Miley won his first race of the season at the action track, besting the field of RUSH Late Models, While Jason Fosnaught returned to victory lane for the first time in several years winning a hard fought five car battle in the sportsman stocks.  And in the RUSH Modifieds, Adam Hilton made the long haul from Buffalo, NY worth it once again, collecting his first victory of 2015. 

All Star Sprints:

Local standout Eric "Turkey" Williams converted a strong heat performance into a dash victory and led the field to green. Alongside him was last week's Weikert Memorial winner, Cody Darrah. When the green flag opened the action, Darrah and third starting Dale Blaney quickly made their way around Williams but before they could put space between them and the rest of the field, Dan Kuriger brought the caution flag out with a turn one spin on lap 2. 

On the restart, Darrah began to take advantage of the traction that the high side provided while Blaney worked down low.  And after another set of cautions for Jack Soderman Jr and Jared Zimbardi,  Darrah and Blaney opened up a lengthy gap. Behind them, Sheldon Haudenschield and Greg Wilson, from deep in the field,  began making their way to the front in a hurry without much in the way of lapped traffic to use. 

Lapped traffic did enter the equation on lap 10 as Darrah moved to the bottom to slice through one piece of traffic after another as Blaney followed, closing the gap between them a little more each lap until the 16th circuit when Blaney was able to overtake the leader on the high side.  

Blaney had not much in the way of clean air to work with upon taking the lead as cars were scattered in front of him, but he managed to keep Darrah at bay until the final caution of the race halted the action on lap 24 as Danny Smith and Brandon Matus both pushed off the track in the backstretch entering turn three.

Pat Miller Photo

Blaney had to survive one last restart on lap 25 and could not be reeled in by Darrah as the gap between the two widened over the final five laps. Haudenschield rounded out the podium with a strong run, coming from ninth starting spot to finish third while Greg Wilson earned the hard charger honors, coming from 20th to earn a fourth place finish. 

Blaney's win tied him with Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser on the all time Lernerville winner's list at 17. 

"We've had to throw a lot of stuff together really quick this year," Blaney said regarding his new team. "So it's kind of not been the best of circumstances just yet, but when I roll my car out of the hauler I know it's as good as anybody's so I'm really happy to get a win for everybody."

The All Star Sprints take to the track Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park.

Top 10:

1. Dale Blaney
2. Cody Darrah
3. Sheldon Haudenschield
4. Greg Wilson
5. Danny Holtgraver
6. Cole Duncah
7. Chad Kenemah
8. Ed Lynch Jr
9. Eric Williams
10. AJ Flick
Pat Miller Photo

RUSH Late Models

Jared Miley garnered his second  crate late model victory in as many weeks on Friday night, besting a field of 21 over the course of 20 laps. Will Thomas and John Waters brought the field to green with Thomas sprinting out to the early lead.  

Pat Miller Photo

But Waters wouldn't go away, as he found a way around Thomas on lap six. The two then battled for the lead while behind them Miley waited to make his move.  He did so on lap 11 and never looked back to take the victory.  Sportsman stock standout Corey McPherson made his Lernerville crate late model debut and acquitted himself well moving up four spots to come home sixth, while Thomas and Randy Hall rounded out the podium. 

Top 10:

1. Jared Miley
2. Will Thomas
3. Randy Hall
4. John Waters
5. Russ Byler
6. Corey McPherson
7. Joe Martin
8. Josh Double
9. Chad McClellan
10. Lon Emerick

Jason Fosnaught returned to Victory Lane Friday night
Pat Miller Photo

Sportsman Stocks

The first two races of the 2015 season hadn't exactly gone Jim Fosnaught's way.  The defending champion had been in the wrong place at the wrong time in both previous races. 

But on Friday night, his luck seemed to have turned around as he started on the poll and jumped out to the early lead.  Behind him a swarm of five cars lurked on his tail for the majority of 20 laps. And although the names changed in the chasing pack, the five remained ready to strike, setting the table for the most exciting race of the evening. 

The first few laps saw Mike Miller, Bob Egley, Joe Zanbotti and Joe Kelly all making attempts to chase down Fosnaught with Miller being the closest to overtaking him.  Fosnaught took to the low side of the speedway looking for traction while Miller ran the top shelf until lap five when the two inexplicably switched lines.  

Miller came within a hair of taking the lead when the caution flag flew on lap eight as Wayne Carbo went over the banking in turn three. 

Pat Miller Photo

On the ensuing restart, week 1 winner Terry Young and Jason Fosnaught, substituting for Brett McDonald, joined the pack behind Jim, and despite all the jockeying for position, the leader was not able to gain a second's worth of separation.

As the laps wound down, the pack eventually hunted and passed Fosnaught, and doing the passing, was none other than Jim's brother's Jason who took the lead on lap 17 as Terry Young managed to emerge from the pack to finish second while Corey McPherson charged from the 11th starting spot to third. 

Top 10:

1. Jason Fosnaught
2. Terry Young
3. Corey McPherson
4. Mike Miller
5. Jim Fosnaught
6. Joe Kelley
7. Bob Egley
8. Wayne Carbo
9. Aaron Easler
10. Joe Zambotti
Gary Heeman Photo

RUSH Sportsman Modifieds

Adam Hilton made the long two once again to Lernerville Speedway Friday night, but to claim yet another victory in the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, he'd have to overcome second starting Chelsie Kriegisch, who vaulted out the the early lead in the 12 lap feature. 

Pole sitter Jerry Schaffer lost the lied to Kriegisch on the opening lap and then got pushed to third when Hilton made his way around him on lap three.

Pat Miller Photo

Hilton then passed Kriegisch for the lead on lap four and never looked back.  Behind him, Larry Kugel charged forward from his sixth starting spot to make his way around both Kriegisch and Shaffer to come home second. 


1. Adam Hilton
2. Larry Kugel
3. Chelsie Kriegisch
4. Jerry Schaffer
5. Kole Holden
6. Will Schaffer

For our full photo gallery of the evening from Pat Miller, Click Here: 

To see the full field rundown of Friday night's action, Click Here: 

Fab Four racing action returns to the action track next Friday night as Jared Miley, Mat Williamson, Ed Lynch Jr and Corey McPherson look to retain their leads in the Budweiser points battles. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Just a Reminder Folks... The TDN Weekly Super Late Model Power Poll Starts Tomorrow Night

Hey there dirt peeps. The tremendously popular weekly super late model power poll is back for the 2015 season. This year's poll is going to look pretty different. Weekly super late model racing is dwindling in the area, and I lost McKean, AMP, and McKean as venues that actually scored points.

That led me to make the decision to spread the poll out to every track in the state of Pennsylvania that runs super late models weekly. The following tracks will be scored: Lernerville, Dog Hollow,  Bedford,  Marion Center, Roaring Knob, Selinsgrove, Port Royal and Eriez. That takes me back up to 8 tracks avaiable to score points.

Now remember, just like last year's poll, ONLY weekly events will be scored. I thought about maybe adding a show up point system for tracks that run specials on regular race nights, but that takes away from the spirit of what I'm doing here. I'm trying to determine the best weekly racer in the state.

As far as those points, I'm using the same straight forward scoring system I did last year. A win equals 5 points and each position after that drops on point down to 1 point for 5th. Why don't I go all the way back through the fields? Because, if I'm trying to determine who's best, 6th through the tail aren't that, ya know?

Drivers will score points from May 1st through August 30th, and whoever has the most points is champion.

Pictured above is 2014 champ Alex Ferree. We'll see if he can defend that title.

See yinz jags Monday for the weekly update. 

All Stars Invade Western PA

This coming weekend at a pair of tracks in Western PA marks the first time that Tony Stewart brings his revived All Star Circuit of Champions to our area. The NEW All Stars, who competed in Florida and Ohio earlier this year, just spent a weekend wrestlin' with the PA Posse. It's finally time that they ventured over to our area to battle at two of the premier facilities on this side of the state.

The rejuvenated touring series is set to make their first visit to the region while carrying the strongest contingent of drivers in quite some time. Featuring some new faces to mix in with the familiar, here are the drivers following the series thus far:

ASCoC Standings:
1. Dale Blaney 2. Ryan Smith 3. Cody Darrah 4. Sheldon Haudenschild 5. Danny Holtgraver 6. Chad Kemenah 7. Tim Shaffer 8. Parker Price-Miller 9. Andrew Palker 10. Danny Smith 11. Paige Polyak 12. Caleb Helms 13. Greg Wilson 14. Travis Philo

Located between the sprint car hotbeds of Ohio and Central PA allows the chance for a few other invaders to make some noise. Expect the likes of Jac Haudenschild and Lee Jacobs from the Western tier. A Central PA driver or two may sneak over to try and grab some of the loot that is up for grabs as well.

Another noteworthy topic to touch on is the RETURN of "The Mouse" Kenny Jacobs. Jacobs has not been behind the wheel of a 410 Sprint Car for a number of years but will make his 2015 debut in a team car to Chad Kemenah and fielded by Rob Hunter Racing at Lernerville Speedway. He'll follow that up the next night by competing at Mercer Raceway Park.

Do not be fooled by all this talk of invaders and All Star regulars. They'll face some stiff competition as they look to trump the Western PA Posse on their home turf. The contingent from our area will be led by Ed Lynch, Jr, Jack Sodeman, Jr, Carl Bowser, Rod George, Brandon Matus, A.J. Flick, Eric Williams, Adam Kekich, and Brandon Spithaler, all of whom are expecting to park their machines in victory lane this weekend.

Who's Hot?
This is the section where we tell you which drivers are on a hot streak, while we are simultaneously crossing our fingers in hopes that we don't jinx any of them. So with that said...

Cody Darrah - Coming off $18,900 Weikert Memorial win
Dale Blaney - Fast and consistent, he has just reclaimed the points lead
Tim Shaffer - All-time ASCoC winner at Lernerville & Mercer
Ed Lynch Jr. - Winner of Lernerville's first 2 sprint car features
Danny Holtgraver - former Lernerville track champion
Adam Kekich - Winner of Mercer's $4,000 opener

The History - All Star Sprints:
At least 377 career All Star wins will be represented by drivers for this weekend's doubleheader. Here's the list:

Dale Blaney [115], Kenny Jacobs [98], Tim Shaffer [54], Danny Smith [33], Chad Kemenah [27], Greg Wilson [22], Danny Holtgraver [9], Ed Lynch Jr [8], Lee Jacobs [2], Cody Darrah [2], Rod George [2], Parker Price-Miller [1], Brandon Matus [1], Cole Duncan [1], Sheldon Haudenschild [1], Ryan Smith [1]

The History - Lernerville Speedway:
The All Star Circuit of Champions have a rich history in Western Pennsylvania, especially when considering the two venues that they're about to visit.

Lernerville Speedway will be hosting their 34th series race. Dating back to the 1st one that took place in 1989, 20 drivers have nabbed a series victory at the historic 4/10 mile oval. Tim Shaffer leads the way with 4 series victories at Lernerville.

What do Tim Shaffer, Chad Kemenah, Ed Lynch Jr., Dale Blaney, Danny Smith, Kenny Jacobs, Danny Holtgraver and Lee Jacobs all have in common? They'll all be in attendance Friday, and each one has recorded a series win at the historic speedway.

ASCoC Winners [33 races]: Tim Shaffer [4], Keith Kaufman [3], Chad Kemenah [3], Bobby Allen [2], Ed Lynch Jr. [2], Mark Kinser [2], Dale Blaney [2], Jeff Shepard [2], Dean Jacobs [2], Robbie Stanley, Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Tyler Walker, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Coniam, Danny Smith, Stevie Smith, Kenny Jacobs, Danny Holtgraver, Lee Jacobs

The History - Mercer Raceway Park:
Saturday evening will mark the 18th time that the All Star Circuit of Champions will visit the 3/8 mile D-shaped oval. Since the 1st race was held back in 1981, 12 different drivers have been able to find victory lane.

This tricky track has been tamed by one driver in particular. Just as the case was with Lernerville, Tim Shaffer leads all drivers with 3 series wins at "The Park".

ASCoC Winners [17 races]: Tim Shaffer [3], Jeff Shepard [2], Daryn Pittman [2], Danny Holtgraver [2], Bobby Allen, Johnny Beaber, Dean Jacobs, Mark Keegan, Shane Stewart, Ed Lynch Jr., Jac Haudenschild, Dale Blaney

How to Follow:
If you can't make time this weekend to visit either Lernerville Speedway or Mercer Raceway Park, well first of all shame on you. Luckily we'll still help you out because we care about each and every DIRT fan...just don't let it happen again.

Looking for video? Look no further as Speed Shift TV has you covered with LIVE video. Single night viewing can be ordered for $24.95, meanwhile the two-day pass for both ASCoC-sanctioned events can be purchased for a reasonable $44.95.

Live timing and scoring will also be available both nights through the Race-Monitor app for mobile devices.

Maybe you're on the go, and LIVE video or timing and scoring just isn't option. Unfortunately you'll have to resort to Twitter for the remainder of the evening. Luckily you can find more than enough info to cover the action on our own account (@TheDirtNetwork) as well as @ASCoC, @Lernerville, and @MercerRaceway.

**Editor's Note: Much thanks to Mike Leone and Eric Westendorf for the track-specific win totals

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Tap/Weekend Scoreboard: Outlaw LM's to enjoy Carolina; Lucas Lates Tripleheader; WoO Sprints Head to the Heartland.

Weekend Scoreboard:

Saturday May 2:

World of Outlaw Sprints at I-55 Speedway (MO)

1. Christopher Bell  2. Jason Sides  3. Joey Saldana  4. Daryn Pittman  5. Sammy Swindell
6. Donny Schatz  7. Shane Stewart  8. Kraig Kinser  9. Brad Sweet  10. Paul Nienheiser
11. David Gravel  12. Kerry Madsen  13. Logan Schuchart  14. Bryan Clauson
15. Kyle Hirst  16. Hunter Schuerenberg  18. Brad Loyet  19. AJ Burns  20. Bill Rose
21. Jamie Veal  22. Kody Kinser  23. Jacob Allen  24. Rico Abreu

World of Outlaw Late Models at Fayettevile Speedway (NC)

1. Chris Ferguson  2. Brandon Overton  3. Darrell Lanigan  4. Steve Casebolt  
5. Rick Eckert  6. Dennis Franklin  7. Josh Richards  8. Eric Wells  9. Shane Clanton
10. Johnny Pursley  11. Boom Briggs  12. Chub Frank  13. Chase Junghans  
14. Frankie Heckenast Jr  15. Jordan Yaggy  16. Morgan Bagley  17. Dean Bowen
18. Tim McCreadie  19. Dustin Mitchell  20. Justin Labonte  21. GR Smith  
22. Donald Bradshear  23. Jeff Smith  24. Brian Ligon

Lucas Oil Late Model Series at Paducah International Raceway (KY)

1. Jason Feger  2. Don O'Neal  3. Jimmy Owens  4. Bobby Pierce  5. Scott Bloomquist
6. Earl Pearson Jr  7. Billy Moyer  8. Jimmy Mars  9. Dennis Erb Jr  10. Tanner English
11. Chris Brown  12. Jonathan Davenport  13. Jared Landers  14. Devin Moran
15. Jason Riggs  16. Matt Westfall  18. Brandon Sheppard  19. Eddie Carrier Jr
20. Jeremy Sneed  21. Chris Simpson  22. Steve Francis  23. Terry English
24. Mike Benedum  25. 

All Star Sprints at Mercer Raceway Park (PA)

1. Chad Kenemah  2. Cody Darrah  3. Lee Jacobs  4. Ed Lynch Jr  5. Jack Sodeman Jr
6. Dale Blaney  7. Brandon Spithaler  8. Cole Duncan  9. Greg Wilson  10. Danny Smith
*Rest of full field rundown coming soon

410 Sprints at Port Royal Speedway (PA)

1. Steve Buckwalter  2. Lucas Wolfe  3. Blaine Heimbach  4. Rick Lafferty  5. Ryan Taylor
6. Doug Esh  7. Logan Wagner  8. Dylan Cisney  9. Davey Sammons  10. Kevin Nouse
11. Nate Snyder  12. Mike Wagner  13. Dave Ely  14. Curt Stroup  15. Wayne Dadetto
16. Joey Hershey  17. Tyler Bear  18. Trenton Sheaffer  19. Dustin Baney  20. Karl Barker
21. Daryl Stimeling  22. Dave Hahn  23. Brock Zearfoss  24. Jessica Anderson

Big Block Modifieds at Canandaigua (NY)

1. Gary Tomkins  2. Matt Sheppard  3. Tim Fuller  4. Erick Rudolph  5. Justin Haers
*Remainder of field rundown coming soon

Big Block Modifieds at Fulton Speedway (NY)

1. Danny Johnson  2. Billy Decker  3. Jimmy Phelps  4. Pat Ward  5. Tom Sears
6. Chuck Bower  7. Ryan Phelps  8. Chris Hile  9. Tim Sears  10. Joe August Jr
11. Jim Witko  12. Matt Hulsizer  13. Adam Roberts  14. Billy Whitaker  15. Roy Breshnahan
16. Larry Wight  17. Roy Shields  18. Chad Phelps  19. Tim Schneider  20. Robbie Bellinger
21. Matt Fink  22. Tim Harris

358 Modifieds at Merrittville Speedway (ON, Can)

1. Chad Brachmann  2. Mat Williamson  3. Pete Bicknell  4. Scott Wood  5. Mike Bowman
6. Tommy Flannigan  7. Tyler McPherson  8. Billy Dunn  9. Chris Steele  10. Tim Jones
11. Fred Carleton  12. Wayne Conn  13. Jeff McGinnes  14. Bill Bleich  15. Todd Gordon
16. Chris Bellamy  17. Mark D'Ilario  18. Boyd McTavish  19. Dennis Giancola
20. Travis Miller  21. Davey Moore  22. Luke Skywalker

358 Modifieds at New Egypt Speedway (NJ)

1. Ryan Godown  2. David Van Horn  3. Rocco Infante  4. Billy Pauch  5. John McClelland
6. Billy Pauch Jr  7. Jimmy Blewett  8. Tad Cox  9. Willie Osmun  10. Sammy Piazza
11. Mike Esposito  12. Bryan Kuhl  13. Danny Bouc  14. Andrew Bonn  15. DJ Ruppert
16. Chris Grbac  17. Neal Williams  18. PJ Oliver  19. Jimmy Horton  20. Ryan Krachen
21. Patrick Gould  22. Johnny Guarino  23. Chad Barney  24. Gary Butler


Friday May 1

World of Outlaw Sprints at Salina Highbanks (OK)

1. Shane Stewart  2. Brad Sweet  3. Daryn Pittman  4. Aaron Reutzel  5. Kerry Madsen
6. Brian Brown  7. Paul McMahan  8. David Gravel  9. Logan Schuchart  10. Donny Schatz
11. Joey Saldana  12. Jamie Veal  13. Dusty Zomer  14. Jason Sides  15. Kyle Hirst
16. Kraig Kinser  17. Rico Abreu  18. Christopher Bell  19. Brady Bacon  20. Brad Loyet
21. Wayne Johnson  22. Johnny Herrera  23. Hunter Schuerenburg  24. Sam Hafertepe Jr

World of Outlaw Late Models at Friendship Motor Speedway (NC)

1. Chris Ferguson  2. Josh Richards  3. Frank Heckenast Jr  4. Eric Wells  5. Shane Clanton
6. Steve Casebolt  7. Darrell Lanigan  8. Rick Eckert  9. Morgan Bagley  10. Dennis Franklin
11. Tim McCreadie  12. Brandon Overton  13. Boom Briggs  14. Donald Bradshear
15. Jordan Yaggy  16. Kyle Pierce  17. Chub Frank  18. Chase Junghans  
19. Casey Roberts  20. Ross Bailes  21. Luke Roffers  22. Jay Sessoms  23. Brian Ligon
24. Tim Allen

Lucas Oil Late Model Series at Tri City (IL)

1. Scott Bloomquist  2. Earl Pearson Jr  3. Brandon Sheppard  4. Don O'Neal  
5. Steve Francis  6. Jimmy Mars  7. Dennis Erb Jr  8. Ryan Unzicker  
9. Jonathan Davenport  10. Billy Laycock  11, Devin Moran  12. Jimmy Owens
13. Chris Brown  14. Matt Westfall  15. Bobby Pierce  16. Billy Drake  17. Dewayne Kiefer
18. Eddie Carrier Jr  19. Mike Benedum  20. Jason Feger  21. Tim Manville  
22. Jared Landers  23. Billy Moyer  24. Jeremy Payne  25. Shannon Babb  26. Kody Vandenberg  27. Daryl Moser

All Star Sprints at Lernerville Speedway (PA)

1. Dale Blaney  2. Cody Darrah  3. Sheldon Haudenschield  4. Greg Wilson  
5. Danny Holtgraver  6. Cole Duncan  7. Chad Kenemah  8. Ed Lynch Jr  9. Eric Williams
10. AJ Flick  11. Tim Shaffer  12. Caleb Helms  13. Parker Price Miller  14. Ryan Smith
15. Lee Jacobs  16. Jared Zimbardi  17. Jack Sodeman Jr  18. Dan Kuriger  
19. Andrew Palker  20. Danny Smith  21. Paige Polyak  22. Brandon Matus  
23. Brandon Spithaler  24. Travis Philo  25. Sye Lynch

Big Block Modifieds at Brewerton Speedway (NY)

1. Matt Sheppard  2. Jimmy Phelps  3. Billy Decker  4. Tom Sears Jr  5. Ryan Phelps
6. Chuck Bower  7. Vic Coffey  8. Pat Ward  9. Chris Hile  10. Matt Fink  11. Vinnie Vitale
12. Rob Bellinger  13. Pat O'Brien  14. Larry Wight  15. Chris Mackay  16. Ryan Bartlett
17. Matt Billings  18. Ryan Arbuthnot  19. Tim Kerr  20. Mike Bowman  21. Matt Hulsizer
22. Jim Witko Jr  23. Dan Vauter

Big Block Modifieds at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (NY)

1. Brett Hearn  2. Ken Tremond Jr  3. Ronnie Johnson  4. Mark Kislowski  5. Brett Wright
6. Don Ronca  7. Elmo Reckner  8. Rich Scagliotta  9. Jessey Mueller  10. Peter Britten
11. John Lutes Jr  12. Mike Perotte  13. Jimmy Cottrell  14. Brian Gleason  15. Rob Pitcher
16. Matt Depew  17. Kris Vernhold  18. Marc Johnson  19. Neal Stratton  20. Ray Hoard
21. Dylan  Scribner  22. Keith Flach  23. Justin Barber  24. Alex Bell  25. Bobby Hackel IV
26. Brian Whitemore  27. Rich Ronca

410 Sprints at Williams Grove (PA)

1. Brian Montieth  2. Alan Krimes  3. Pat Cannon  4. Greg Hodnett  5. Brent Marks
6. Lance Dewease  7. Lucas Wolfe  8. Tim Glatfelter  9. Mark Smith  10. Brock Zearfoss
11. Danny Dietrich  12. Steve Buckwalter  13. Cory Haas  14. Don Kreitz Jr  15. Rick Lafferty  16. Rodney Westhafer  17. Daryl Stimeling  18. Austin Hogue  19. Troy Fraker
20. Jim Shuster  21. Glenndon Forsythe  22. Jay Galloway  23. Nicole Bower

Super Late Model Spring Nationals at Cleveland Speedway (TN)

1. Randy Weaver  2. Derek Ellis  3. Dale McDowell  4. Mack McCarter  5. Chris Madden
6. Mike Marlar  7. Donald McIntosh  8. Stacy Boles  9. Ivedent Lloyd Jr  10. Austin Smith
11. Skip Arp  12. Billy Ogle Jr  13. John Owenby  14. Mark Dotson  15. David Payne
16. Kenny Collins  17. Tyler Millwood  18. Jason Croft  19. Ellerly Leake  
20. Shawn Chastain  21. Jerry Coffman  22. Andy Picklesimer  23. Kurt English  
24. Mathew Summers

410 Sprints at Attica Raceway Park (OH)

1. Dean Jacobs  2. Craig Mintz  3. DJ Foos  4. Byron Reed  5. Nate Dussel  6. Jody Keegan
7. Caleb Griffith  8. Stuart Brubaker  9. Chris Andrews  10. Rob Chaney  11. Cap Henry
12. Dain Naida  13. Gary Taylor  14. Tyler Gunn  15. Brian Lay  16. Broc Martin
17. Mitch Harble  18. Duane Zablocki  19. Jimmy Light   20. Jojo Helberg

Welcome to On Tap, where we tell you all about who's where this weekend and where to get your dirt racing fix.

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Now then, let's talk about some racing!

World of Outlaws at Salina Highbanks, I-55, and Tri State May 1-2-3

The Outlaws hit the heartland with a Fri/Sat/Sun triple header this weekend starting out in Oklahoma at Salina on Friday, moving onto I-55 in Misourri on Saturday and Indiana on Sunday. Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart should feel quite at home in their native home state on Friday night and both will be vying for the win. In 2014, Joey Saldana took the win at Salina and he'll be looking to snag his first win Outlaw win of the season this weekend.

If World of Outlaws (PS2) taught us anything about I-55, it's to learn how to master momentum without smacking the wall and starting catastrophe! And also that at least one of the two races will be somewhat caution marred.  2014 was no exception as Sammy Swindell won the spring race in a quiet affair while Kerry Madsen took home the Ironman trophy in August in a race where tempers flared and carnage was everywhere.

Points Coming Into the Weekend: 

1. Donny Schatz- 2529
2. Shane Stewart- 2503
3. Brad Sweet- 2456
4. Kerry Madsen- 2426
5. Joey Saldana- 2415

Ways to Follow: 

No pay per view this weekend but there is live audio on Dirtvision for all three nights. Plug in, and put those headphones on while turning your volume up as high as it can go! Then, cue up Race Monitor to check out the live timing. You'll have to imagine the rest for the most part, but if you keep checking @WorldofOutlaws on your twitter feed, you'll get some photo's to enhance your evening!

Lucas Oil LM Series at Macon (IL) , Tri City (IL) and Paducah (KY) April 30-May 2

The Lucas boys are back in action following their one appearance last week at Roaring Knob where Don O'Neal reigned supreme. The tour is setup for a triple header this week starting at the quirky Macon Speedway (1/5 Mile) and then moving on to Tri City and Paducah on Friday and Saturday.  Jonathan Davenport leads the points with Earl Pearson Jr and Don O'Neal right behind him as the tour regulars take on the likes of Shannon Babb, Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer and some regional heavy hitters.  One question coming into the weekend! Will Jimmy Owens need to be placed on a milk carton, or will he breakout with a pair of wins? 

Points Coming Into the Weekend:

1. Jonathan Davenport- 1480
2. Earl Pearson Jr- 1460
3. Don O'Neal- 1375
4. Jimmy Owens- 1370
5. Eddie Carrier Jr- 1310

Ways to Follow: 

Here's pretty much everything you need to know about following this weekend. DirtOnDirtPPV  

World of Outlaw Late Models at Friendship and Fayetteville NC May 1-2

After a weekend off, the Outlaws return to the track this weekend with a pair of races in the Tar Heel State. It is named that because of the state's early roots as a world wide leader in tar production and also because of civil war folklore as can be found here

See there, you get much more than dirt racing when you visit this site!

Anyway, the Outlaws are up against some pretty tough company if the regional badasses are all present and accounted for. Jeff Smith, Rambo Franklin, and a host of others (maybe a Walker Arthur sighting!) will be looking to keep the cash in the area as Clanton,  Lanigan, Richards and a surprisingly consistent Chub Frank come to play. 

Points Coming Into the Weekend: 

1. Shane Clanton- 1418
2. Darrell Lanigan- 1350
3. Chub Frank- 1320
4. Josh Richards- 1302
5. Tim McCreadie- 1276

Ways to Follow: 

No pay per view this weekend but there is live audio on Dirtvision for all both nights. Plug in, and put those headphones on while turning your volume up as high as it can go! Then, cue up Race Monitor to check out the live timing. You'll have to imagine the rest for the most part, but if you keep checking @WoOLateModels on your twitter feed, you'll get some photo's to enhance your evening!

Pat Miller Photo

Also This Week:

  • All Star Sprints at Lernerville May 1; and Mercer Speedway May 2
  • Patriot Sprints and Big Block Modifieds at Canandaigua Speedway (NY) May 2
  • F.A.S.T Series 410 Sprints at Attica (OH) May 1 and Fremont (OH) May 2
  • Weekly racing debuts at Sharon Speedway (OH) May 2
  • Super Late Models at Hagerstown (MD) May 2
  • 358 Modifieds at Bridgport and New Egypt (NJ) May 2
  • 358 Modifieds at Ransomville (NY) May 1 and Merrittville (ONT) May 2
  • 410 Sprints at Williams Grove (PA) May 1
  • 410 Sprints at Lincoln and Port Royal (PA) May 2

The Myth of the Posse vs. the World

How good really is the Pennsylvania Posse?  It's a subject that has been debated over and over on message boards so much that you get sick of it.  You hear from certain people that the Pennsylvania racers are the best in the country, and that they can beat anyone, anywhere on any given night.  And then you'll hear from fans elsewhere how that's not true.  It's just a bunch of chest pounding that has no merit or is not based on facts.

The take I have on this is that there is really nothing wrong with knowing that the drivers that run regularly in you area are really good like the Posse drivers are, but just because you are a big Posse fan, which I am, there is no reason to not admit that there are great sprint car drivers across this country that are capable of beating the Outlaws on their home turf.  Pennsylvania drivers are not the only ones.

Look at California for instance, Rico Abreu has beaten the Outlaws on numerous occasions, and just last year Shane Golobic picked up a WoO victory as well.  And the California racers usually do tremendously well when the Outlaws invade their territory.

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Also the Midwest drivers are tough to handle.  You can make the argument, and I would agree with this argument, that the Knoxville regular show field is the best field in the country for a regular show on a weekly basis.  Drivers like Brian Brown, Terry McCarl, Danny Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, Bryan Clauson, Davey Heskin, Ian Madsen, and Justin Henderson just to name a few really boast their fields on a weekly basis, and I would argue that Brown is as good as anyone in the country right now with the exception of Donny Schatz.

Ohio drivers are no different as there are plenty of Ohio regulars with great talent.  While Dale Blaney might be an All Star, he is a Ohio guy who is just about as good as any guy in the country.

Now the Pennsylvania drivers have a very good track record when it comes to running against the Outlaws and other touring series in their area.  The All Stars for instance have never won a All Stars show at Williams Grove, and I think just one at Lincoln, and a couple at Port Royal.  And when the Outlaws come to town, the Pennsylvania drivers have plenty of victories.  But even this past weekend, Cody Darrah, who is an All Star right now even though he has PA roots picked up an All Stars win at Port Royal, and during the Fred Rahmer Promotions show at Path Valley this past Sunday, Chad Kemenah (All Star) picked up the win on a track that PA drivers don't run at weekly.  And he picked up that win against an incredibly stacked field for an unsanctioned event.

Pat Miller Photo

But when it comes to big shows outside of Pennsylvania like the Knoxville Nationals and the Kings Royal, the Pennsylvania drivers do not have the best performances over the past number of years.  It's been a long time since a PA regular has taken to Knoxville and won the Nationals.  That doesn't mean that they're not capable of winning those shows, it just means that it's been a long time.

Look, there are great regional sprint car drivers across the country.  Feel great about that fact, and know that wherever you go there is a chance that the locals can defeat the traveling Outlaws.  But the chest pounding and the putting down of other regions should stop.  It's not productive and has no basis behind it other then your own opinion.  And while this is just my opinion, I bet if you stopped and thought about it, you would realize that there really is great regional talent across the country.