A number of familiar faces found victory lane this past Saturday, August 31 at Midvale Speedway. Fans were treated to a full show of all five divisions plus spectator drags, the McDonalds cruise in exhibition, and an ice bucket challenge for ALS.
Doug Sommers, crate engine and all, led the first five laps of the McIntosh Oil Company Late model feature. On lap six, fellow veteran Tom Stankiewicz assumed the point. The Strongsville, Ohio driver led until about the halfway point when top qualifier Alex Rosenberry raced by in the high lane. The 17 year old came from the third row, despite battling slick conditions due to some weepers from high amounts of rainfall. Once out front, Rosenberry was in control but action behind him was furious. Both point contenders, Mike Miller and Bob Schneider, Jr., had tires go down during the race. Both were able to continue but Schneider fell laps down pitside. At the checkered of the 30-lap grind, it was the Rosenberry Towing/Flite Test #2 followed by Sommers, Larry Baker with his best Midvale finish, Matthew Mills, and Miller. The rest of the top ten were Stankiewicz, Dave Martin, Roger Linard, Rick Sibila, and Emerson Huffman. Linard, Schneider, and Sibila won the heats while Rosenberry set fast time.
Don Boron, Jr., a rookie in the Summit Racing Economy Modified division, led the first 19 laps in the feature event. The 22-car field saw a lot of great racing through the pack, much of which was provided by Preston Walker. The Akron, Ohio driver started deep in the field and methodically worked his way to the front. By halfway, Walker had picked up five spots and picked up six more over the next ten laps to take the lead from Boron. On a late race restart, Boron tried to race the high lane and clipped the front stretch wall, ending his great run. In the end, it was Walker taking his first feature win of the season. Following the Kim Tittle Enterprises/Locks2u.com #30 were Glen Jewell, Tyler Noeske who had the lead for a small time toward the end, Lee McCreery, and Kevin McClintock. Other top ten finishers were Mike Bowers, Tim Westerfield, Jr., Jason Grewell, Brandon Bailey, and Braden Swaney. Mike Green, Boron, and Bailey won the heats. Bowers set fast time.
The 20-lap JD Byrider Street Stock feature was led early by Waylon Orr but it was short lived as he went under his qualifying time on lap three. That made the going a little bit easier for point runner up Dennis Wood. Wood took the lead after the ensuing restart and dominated his way to his fifth win in the last six features. The Automotive Electric/Right Priced Motors #41 was followed by point leader Mike Martin, Gary Hoopingarner, Cody Collmar, and Bob Passwaters, Jr. Hoopingarner forgot to stop at tech originally, eliminating him from the rundown. Moving info fifth was Bob Passwaters, Sr. Hoopingarner and Collmar won heats. Martin set fast time.
In the fast feature of the Canton Auto Salvage Compact division, Clayton Oliver led the first nine laps in hopes of taking his first win of the year. On lap ten, though, top qualifier Kyle Rector showed some muscle by racing out front from a starting spot at the back of the field. For Rector, it was his second win driving the #22 and his third overall this season. Justin Renicker, Blaine Salsberry, Kyle Finlayson, and Oliver completed the top five.
New Philadelphia, Ohio driver Chase Beatty took the lead on the second lap of the Compact B feature. From there, he protected the inside lane carefully to hold off a number of challengers including Gage Jaberg who was seeking his fourth feature win. At the checkered, the D&A Towing/Pringle’s Auto Body #75 was followed by Jaberg, Allen Clark, Andy Heath, and Tim Westerfield.
Compact prelims were taken by Braden Swaney, Bruce Gibson, and Chase Beatty.
Keith Anderson was out front for the first six laps of the Finish Line Motors Mini Truck feature before a three wide move by Cyler Bertram put him out front. Some contact ensued during the pass, hindering the Anderson machine. Mike Martin moved into second. At the checkered, it was Bertram taking win #6 for the #155.
Jerrod Martin won the Spectator Drag event that saw a record number of participants.
At intermission, fans donated $725 for the ALS foundation and track owners Randy & Sue Smith matched it for a $1450 donation. Randy Smith was then dowsed with a bucket of ice water.
This coming Sunday, August 31, the Main Event Racing Series Super Late Models will be in town for the J.D. Byrider 75. Open Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Compacts will also race in addition to a huge fireworks display.
Midvale Speedway has been getting great fields of their crate engine Economy Modifieds all season long. In fact, this past Saturday, 22 started the feature event.
Now, this coming Sunday, August 31, the built engine Modifieds will get their chance with a 40-lap, $1,200 to win/$200 to start feature event as part of the Main Event show. Last year, a great field of crate and built engine Modifieds put on an awesome show to a jam packed grandstand.
The Modified division will be using Lorain, Sandusky, and Midvale rules and tires with a 50 pound weight break and 4 barrels also allowed for Midvale cars. 602 crate cars will also be running for additional bonus money. $200 will be paid to the highest finishing 602 crate car, with $100 for second, and $50 for third.
The 40-lap payout will be $1,200, 700, 600, 500, 400, 350, 300, 250, 225, and 200 to start. $100 tow money will be paid to those who attempt but don’t make the show.
Main Event Super Late Models, Street Stocks, and Compacts will also race. Fireworks will be shot off by 10:00-10:30.
Pit gates Sunday open at 1:00, Grandstands at 2:00, with hotlaps for Main Event cars from 2:00-2:45 and 4:15-4:45. Open Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Compacts will have rotating sessions between 2:45 and 4:15. Qualifying is set for 4:45 with group qualifying for Compacts and Street Stocks followed by single car qualifying for Open Modifieds and Super Late Models. Racing action will start at 6:30.
Grandstand admission is $20 for adults and seniors with kids 6-15 getting in for $10. Pit admission is $30 for members and $35 for non members.
Additional practices will be held on Friday and Saturday from 4:00-8:00. $10 pit admission.
The Main Event Super Late Model qualifying session is sponsored by Ricardo’s Party Center of New Philadelphia with $200 going to the fast time award winner.
More info available at midvalespeedway.com.
Results For Midvale Speedway
Track PR – Photo Provides by track
McIntosh Oil Company Late Models
Top Qualifier – Alex Rosenberry 14.193
Heat #1 – Roger Linard, Doug Sommers, Alex Rosenberry, Matthew Mills, Randy Smart
Heat #2 – Bob Schneider, Jr., Tom Stankiewicz, Joe Linard, Emerson Huffman, Larry Baker
Heat #3 – Rick Sibila, Dave Martin, Joe Fewkes, Dave McAlicker
Feature – Alex Rosenberry, Doug Sommers, Larry Baker, Matthew Mills, Mike Miller, Tom Stankiewicz, Dave Martin, Roger Linard, Rick Sibila, Emerson Huffman, Dave McAlicker, Bob Schneider, Jr., Joe Linard, Randy Smart, Bob Eichel
Summit Racing Economy Modifieds
Top Qualifier – Mike Bowers 14.785
Heat #1 – Mike Green, Kevin McClintock, Bryant Smith, Mike Bowers, Bob Sibila, Jr.
Heat #2 – Don Boron, Jr., Jason Grewell, Tim Westerfield, Jr., Tyler Noeske, Tad Grove
Heat #3 – Brandon Bailey, Shawn Marder, Shawn Kaufman, Will Walker, Braden Swaney
Feature – Preston Walker, Glen Jewell, Tyler Noeske, Alex Rosenberry, Kevin McClintock, Mike Bowers, Tim Westerfield, Jr., Jason Grewell, Brandon Bailey, Braden Swaney, Chris Piehl, Shawn Marder, Shawn Kaufman, Mike Green, Don Boron, Jr., Will Walker, Dave Martin, Bryant Smith, Bob Sibila, Jr., Bryce Allensworth, Eugene Kopp, Jr., Joe Slentz
J.D. Byrider Street Stocks
Top Qualifier – Mike Martin 16.245
Heat #1 – Gary Hoopingarner, Mike Martin, Dennis Wood, Bob Passwaters, Jr.
Heat #2 – Cody Collmar, Bob Passwaters, Sr., Josh Moss, Waylon Orr, Brian Lewis, Jr.
Feature – Dennis Wood, Mike Martin, Cody Collmar, Bob Passwaters, Jr., Bob Passwaters, Sr., Waylon Orr, Josh Moss, Brian Lewis, Jr.
Finish Line Motors Mini Trucks
Top Qualifier – Mike Martin 17.119 NTR
Heat – Cyler Bertram, Keith Anderson, Cody Jaberg, Derek Cordia, Mike Martin
Feature – Cyler Bertram, Mike Martin, Keith Anderson, Derek Cordia, Cody Jaberg
Canton Auto Salvage Compacts
Top Qualifier – Kyle Rector 17.723
Heat #1 – Braden Swaney, Kyle Rector, Wes Ennis, Tim Frederick, Justin Renicker
Heat #2 – Bruce Gibson, Allen Clark, Gage Jaberg, Clayton Oliver, Laney Striejewske
Heat #3 – Chase Beatty, Zack Cogar, Josh Roberts, Gerald Hahn, Anthony McClintock
Feature #1 – Kyle Rector, Justin Renicker, Blaine Salsberry, Kyle Finlayson, Clayton Oliver, Braden Swaney, Lennie Orr, Larry Ennis, Jr., Laney Striejewske, Tim Frederick, Wes Ennis
Feature #2 – Chase Beatty, Gage Jaberg, Allen Clark, Andy Heath, Tim Westerfield, Zack Cogar, Josh Roberts, Gerald Hahn, Bruce Gibson
Winner – Jerrod Martin