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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night Results

June 24, 2015

Points Race #4 of the 2015 Wednesday Night season was once again delayed by rain last week, but the racers came out in force tonight to take advantage of the great weather that was here.  The one-third mark in the scheduled season chase for a championship means that it is starting to get serious for those chasing the end of the year titles.  Once again, the night produced one individual scoring two class wins as Dustin Eveland picked up wins in the Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School and Superior Exteriors Truck division.  Also winning here tonight were Chris Wright (Big Dawg), Richard McMahan ( Street), Nathan Sherrick (Sport Compact), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle).

Eveland's first win of the night came in the High School class.  The Zanesville, Ohio runner would take his 1985 S-10 to the line to go up against the 1987 S-10 of Baltimore, Ohio's Kyler Smith.  The top two finishers in the past two years in the High School division continued their long battle here tonight, but it was the defending champion that stayed out in front.  With a better reaction time off the line, Eveland was able to stay ahead of Smith throughout the run and score the victory with a 12.398 on a 12.24 dial in.  Smith finished with a 12.173 on his 12.08 predicted time.  With the win, Eveland extended his lead over the field in the points.

Eveland then returned to the track later on in the Truck final round with the same 1985 S-10.  In that final round, Eveland would go up against the 1984 S-10 of Cardino Fornataro from Newark, Ohio.  The two young drivers had quite the staging battle in the final round matchup, with neither driver making a move to the stage beam for well over a minute.  Finally Fornataro went in and the race was ready to go.  However, Fornataro left the starting line too soon with a -.010 reaction time and handed the win to Eveland.  Eveland finished his double with a 12.257 on his 12.22 dial in.  With neither Eveland or Fornataro in the points, Mike Rehl still heads up the points sheet but lost some of his lead to Mark Swartz's semifinal finish.

During time trials, Wright and his 1986 S-10 from Newark, Ohio experienced a throttle cable issue that forced him into eliminations with no time trials.  It apparently wasn't too much of an issue as he advanced to the final round in Big Dawg.  There, he would race the 1970 Camaro from Hebron, Ohio of Scott Weisend.  Both drivers were basically even off the starting line in the final round race, Weisend holding a .042 to .044 advantage.  However, it was Wright that was able to post a great 10.444 on his 10.44 dial in to secure the win.  Weisend ran a 10.371 on his 10.31 to finish as runner up.  With the win, Wright moves into a tie for the top spot in the points with Dennis Meade.

The Street final round was a classic matchup between two great drivers.  McMahan and his Newark, Ohio based 1993 Camaro would square off with the 1985 Camaro of Dennis Meade, also from Newark, Ohio.  These drivers have a lot of experience in final round matchups and it showed in the race down the track tonight.  McMahan had a great .029 light in the final round, but it was overshadowed by the perfect .000 reaction time of Meade.  As the two drivers went to the stripe, it was the better dialed McMahan that scored the win by four thousandths of a second.  His 13.386 on a 13.38 scored the win light over the 11.339 on a 11.30 from Meade.  Despite the runner up finish, Meade did leave the night the new Street points leader.

Defending track champion in Sport Compact Chad Sheets was able to make the final round of competition for the third time this points season with his 2003 Outlander from Columbus, Ohio.  Waiting for him in the finals on this night was the 2005 Cobalt of Sherrick from Lancaster, Ohio.  Like the Street final round, this final round was determined by the better dial in than the leaving off the starting line.  Sheets, like McMahan in Street had a .029 reaction time, but it gave him the advantage off the start.  However, it was Sherrick that was able to hit the dial in for the win.  His 16.987 on a 16.98 dial in won Sherrick's first points event of the season over the 18.718 on a 18.62 for Sheets.  The win pushes Sherrick into the second spot in the points.

Motorcycle found the points leader going up against the defending champion in the final round of action.  Hutchinson Jr. and his 1980 Kawasaki from Columbus, Ohio is looking to defend his title. Waiting for him in the finals was the current points leader Bruce McCormick and his 2001 Kawasaki from Columbus, Ohio.  Hutchinson Jr., who moved into second place in the points after the night, used a starting line advantage to extend his head start over McCormick and score the win.  A 10.874 on a 10.83 was victorious over the 10.516 on a 10.47 from McCormick.

After a week off for the Fourth of July weekend, the Wednesday Night series returns to the track on July 8th.

June 10, 2015

After a week delay, the third NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night event ran under a beautiful night here.  This was an important event for many points racers on different aspects of the standings.  Those that started well in the opening two events would be looking towards keeping the momentum going, while those at the bottom of the standings were focused on getting back into the race before those at the top got too far away.  For the defending Wednesday Night Top Gun Shawn Pitts, the night found himself in the winner circle for both Big Dawg and Street.  Other winners were Scott Congrove (Superior Exteriors Truck), Trevor Trost (Sport Compact), Dustin Eveland (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Bruce McCormick (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle).

The first of two victories here for Pitts was in the Big Dawg division of racing.  There it would be Pitts and his 2000 Camaro from London, Ohio going up against Dustin Eveland and his 1985 S-10 from Zanesville, Ohio.  Both Eveland and Pitts would find themselves in two final rounds for the night and looking to double up.  It was a classic final round race that saw two thousandths of a second determine the winner.  Eveland had the starting line advantage with a .003 light to the .016 from Pitts.  However, at the stripe it was a double breakout win for Pitts.  His 12.266 on a 12.27 dial in was just a tick closer than the 12.294 on a 12.30 from Eveland.  The win allowed Pitts to move into second place behind points leader Dennis Meade.

Pitts then returned for the Street final round matchup with the 1970 Duster of Mitch Williams from Hebron, Ohio.  Two great drivers came to the starting line in the final round, one looking for the double up while the other was looking to stop him.  Add in that both were looking towards gaining the points to get back near the top of the points and it was an interesting battle.  Pitts had the slight edge at the green light, and used it to force Williams to breakout by more than him.  Pitts completed the double with a 12.258 on his 12.26 dial in.  Williams ran a 12.521 on his 12.55 dial in.  His second straight win in the class, Pitts extended his slight lead at the top of the points.

While Eveland was stopped in the Big Dawg final round, he was able to secure the High School win earlier in the night.  Using the same 1985 S-10, Eveland went up against the Thurston, Ohio based 1980 Camaro of Blaine Rager in the final round.  The final pass was over before Eveland left the starting line as Rager left too soon with a heartbreaking -.003 red light start.  Eveland secured the win with a lifting 12.419 on his 12.30 dial in.  Rager posted a 13.621 on his 13.69.  The win allowed Eveland to go around Cardino Fornataro, who Eveland defeated in round one, for the top spot in the points.

Former Track Champion Congrove returned to the winner circle for the first time this season in Truck.  With his Lancaster, Ohio based 1985 S-10, Congrove would go up against the 1986 S-10 from Columbus, Ohio of Gary Preston.  Both finalists had defeated important racers in the opening round as Congrove stopped points leader Mike Rehl and Preston got past defending champion Todd Smith.  In the final round, it would be the dreaded red light that spelled defeat for Preston.  Congrove would have been tough after a great .006 reaction time and a 10.779 on a 10.73 pass for the win.  The victory moved Congrove into second place behind Rehl in the points.

Points took a backseat for the night in the Sport Compact division as two non-points racers squared off for the win.  Trost and his 2000 Civic from Hebron, Ohio would battle the 2009 Legacy of Brett Dozmati from Amanda, Ohio.  After defeating incoming points leader Chad Sheets in the second round of racing, Trost was able to get the advantage off the line in the final with Dozmati.  That advantage allowed Trost to force Dozmati to breakout at the finish line trying to stay ahead.  Trost ran a 14.753 on his 14.30 to win over the 17.814 on a 17.83 from Dozmati.  Sheets still leads the standings over Chris Chase.

With his final round appearance, McCormick and his 2001 Kawasaki from Columbus, Ohio was able to move into the points lead for the first time this season.  Waiting for McCormick in the final round was the 1981 Hondamatic of Pops Luzader from Columbus, Ohio.  Luzader would get an over eight second advantage off of the dial ins for the final round, and actually improved on that with the slightly better light.  However, the Hondamatic would not go into second gear right off the bat during the run and slowed Luzader down.  McCormick was able to ride around and secure the win with a 10.633 on his 10.31 dial in.  Luzader finished with a 21.256 on a 18.54 dial in.

The next Wednesday Night event is scheduled for June 17th.

May 27, 2015

A lot of weather predictions of doom and gloom for the night might have turned away some racers, but those fearless souls of the Wednesday Night series turned out to the track tonight and were greeted with great weather during the second of twelve points events on the Summer Series trail. In the six classes of competition two of the champions from last week was able to secure a second win, while two defending track champions returned from stumbles in their classes last week to claim wins. Visiting the winner circle on this night were Dennis Meade (Big Dawg), Shawn Pitts ( Street), Mike Rehl (Superior Exteriors Truck), Chad Sheets (Sport Compact), Cardino Fornataro (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Bob Burt (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle).

Meade was successful in winning a class for the second time in as many weeks, but tonight he took his defending Big Dawg championship winning 1978 Camaro Z-28 from Newark, Ohio to the win there. Racing Meade in the final round was the 1974 Duster of Terry McGee from Newark, Ohio. Meade was more than ready for the always tough McGee as he used a .005 reaction time to get an advantage off the start that would force McGee to breakout. Meade stopped the clocks with a 11.037 on his 11.02 dial in for the win.  McGee ran a 13.894 on his 13.91 to settle for runner up.

Rehl was able to advance to two final rounds on this night, capturing the first of these final round runs in the Truck class. The 1991 S-10 that Rehl drove here from Newark, Ohio would be matched up with the 1986 S-10 of Mark Swartz from Reynoldsburg, Ohio in the final. Rehl would follow the same script as Meade for the Truck win by gaining a starting line edge that would carry him to the event win. Rehl however used his to win on a holeshot.  His 12.222 on a 12.19 was just enough to defeat the 11.015 on a 10.99 from Swartz.

Rehl then came back for the Street final round and went up against Pitts and his 2000 Camaro out of London, Ohio.  The defending Street and overall Top Gun champion was looking to improve on his first week's less than stellar performance and did that the perfection.  With a .024 reaction time, Pitts was the better of the two off the line and stayed ahead of the charging Rehl for the win.  Pitts posted a 12.358 on his 12.31 dial in to win over the slightly too quick 12.192 on a 12.20 from Rehl and stop his attempt at the double for the night.

Like Rehl who won his second Truck points event of the season, Sheets was able to keep his record unblemished in the Sport Compact division during the points season.  Sheets and his 2003 Outlander from Columbus, Ohio was up against the 2004 CTS of John Sherrick from Lancaster, Ohio in the final round of racing.  Sheets showed why he was the champion from last season as he cut a great .004 reaction time in the final round matchup that would keep him out in front all the way to the stripe.  Sheets ran a 18.501 on his 18.38 dial in to win the event over the 15.363 on a 15.40 for Sherrick.

After losing a painful final round matchup last week, Fornataro and his 1984 S-10 from Newark, Ohio was looking to get that one extra round that escaped him.  He pushed his way to the final round where he would go up against the 2005 Dakota truck of Derrick Wyche from Lewis Center, Ohio.  Fornataro, who had to wait over six seconds at the line due to the dial ins, was able to successfully do that and earned a slight advantage at the green.  He was then able to drive around Wyche near the finish line for the win.  Fornataro's 12.417 on a 12.40 won the event over Wyche's 18.529 on a 18.48 dial in.

And in Motorcycle, Burt and his 2001 Honda from Columbus, Ohio would matchup with the 2001 Kawasaki of Bruce McCormick from Columbus, Ohio.  McCormick, who was running his Ram truck in Street and Truck as well, did a good job all night switching between the two completely different machines but it might of caught up to him just a bit in the final round.  Burt won that final on the holeshot that he gained off the line.  His 10.724 on a 10.64 dial in pass was enough to get around the closer 10.341 on a 10.31 from McCormick.

The next Wednesday Night event is set for next Wednesday, June 3rd.

May 20, 2015

The opening race of the 2015 NTR - JEGS Wednesday Night series felt a lot more like the Halloween Hootout than the Memorial Day Week of action. The cool temperatures brought with it interesting racing action on the track. Power was the order of the day as several cars made very quick runs for their setup prior to the opening round of eliminations.  When the race, and the brief rain, finally came to a conclusion, it was several track champions from last season that scored wins for the night.  Winning on opening night was Larry Berry (Big Dawg), Dennis Meade ( Street), Mike Rehl (Superior Exteriors Truck), Chad Sheets (Sport Compact), Dustin Eveland (Dennis' Vinyl Designs High School), and Marshall Hutchinson Jr. (K & C Yamaha Motorcycle).

Berry and his 1967 Mustang from Baltimore, Ohio was running very well throughout the night to make the Big Dawg final round. After defeating defending champion Dennis Meade in the semifinals, Berry was scheduled to run the 1955 International truck of Karla Eveland from Zanesville, Ohio. However, Eveland's mount was sidelined with mechanical breakage after her semifinal bye run. Berry completed the event win by running a 10.864 on his 10.86 dial in on the solo pass.

While Meade was unable to secure the Big Dawg win, he was able to take his new 1985 Camaro to the Street final round. There he would go up against Dustin Eveland who was looking to win his second class of the night. It was not to be for the 1985 S-10 of Eveland as the Newark, Ohio racer Meade used a great .007 reaction time to force Eveland to breakout at the stripe. Meade posted a 11.214 on his 11.20 dial in to win the race over the 12.018 on a 12.10 from Eveland.

The brief rain sprinkle that fell late in the night definitely helped out Rehl and his 1991 S-10 from Newark, Ohio. As the rain fell and the tractor was fired up, Rehl's mount was unresponsive to starting. After a few minutes to dry the track, Rehl's truck was eventually started to race defending champion Todd Smith and his 1985 S-10 from Baltimore, Ohio. Both driver were close to one another off the starting line, with Rehl gaining the slight edge. He would use that edge to stay ahead of Smith throughout. His 12.406 on a 12.37 scored the opening win over the 10.418 on a 10.32 from Smith.

A couple of former champions in the Sport Compact class went against one another in the final round.  Sheets and his 2003 Outlander from Columbus, Ohio would go up against the 1994 Civic of Chris Chase from Columbus, Ohio in the final.  Sheets was the better of the two off the line with a nice .050 reaction time, but really wouldn't need it. Problems off the line for Chase slowed him down considerably from his dial in and made the job easy for Sheets.  His 18.867 on a 18.47 run easily out ran the 18.047 on a 15.37 for Chase.

The best race of not only the final rounds, but all night came in the High School final between Eveland's 1985 S-10 and Cardino Fornataro's 1984 S-10 from Newark, Ohio. The two were close in dial in for the final round, and off the start Eveland would gain three hundrenths of a second.  He would need every last one of those at the stripe as his 12.130 on a 12.10 squeaked past the 12.400 on a 12.40 from Fornataro.  The total margin of victory in the final round for Eveland was two ten-thousandths of a second.

In the Motorcycle class, Hutchinson and his 1980 Kawasaki from Columbus, Ohio picked up the win running a 9.844 on a 9.75 dial in.

The next NTR-JEGS Wednesday Night event, #2 in the Summer Series Points, is set for May 27th.

May 13, 2015

Big Dawg
W: Mike Rehl ('91 S-10) - 12.599, 107.90 (12.39 dial).
R/U: Tony Hanson ('85 Camaro) - 10.408, 117.02 (10.21 dial).
Semi's: Chris Castle. Street
W: Baylee Kibbey ('83 Camaro) - 15.240, 91.42 (15.15 dial).
R/U: Shane Ross ('14 Mustang) - 12.773, 110.79 (12.80 dial).
Semi's: Chris Castle.

Superior Exteriors Truck
W: John Koenig ('08 Aspen) - 16.375, 82.26 (16.30 dial).
R/U: Mike Rehl ('91 S-10) - 12.554, 107.66 (12.39 dial).
Semi's: Mark Swartz.

Sport Compact
W: Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) - 17.207, 77.02 (16.84 dial).
R/U: Terri Wilgus ('10 Elantra) - 17.914, 77.97 (17.76 dial).
Semi's: Grant Hartley.

Dennis Vinyl Designs High School
W: Blaine Rager ('80 Camaro) - 13.774, 92.45 (13.78 dial).
R/U: Dustin Eveland ('39 Chevy) - 13.428, 93.12 (13.50 dial).
Semi's: Cardino Fornataro.

K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
W: Bruce McCormick ('01 Kawasaki) - 10.549, 125.53 (10.51 dial).
R/U: Bob Burt ('00 Honda) - 10.733, 123.50 (10.65 dial).
Semi's: Pops Luzader.

May 6, 2015

Big Dawg
W: Dave Ramsey ('69 Camaro) - 10.635, 119.16 (10.58 dial).
R/U: Laura Trainer ('74 Challenger) - 12.046, 110.29 (11.95 dial).
Semi's: Mike Nutt; Terry McGee. Street
W: Shane Ross ('14 Mustang) - 13.079, 108.65 (13.00 dial).
R/U: Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) - 16.985, 75.54 (17.00 dial).
Semi's: Tim Porter; Eddie Watkins.

Superior Exteriors Truck
W: Scott Congrove ('85 S-10) - 10.742, 123.11 (10.70 dial).
R/U: Billy Hoskinson ('88 S-10) - foul.
Semi's: Mark Swartz; Gary Preston.

Sport Compact
W: Nathan Sherrick ('05 Cobalt) - 17.330, 65.64 (16.86 dial).
R/U: Jeff Knackstadt ('93 Del Sol) - 12.998, 121.96 (12.40 dial).

Dennis’ Vinyl Designs High School
W: Kyler Smith ('87 S-10) - 12.054, 111.26 (12.12 dial).
R/U: Derrick Wyche ('05 Dakota) - foul.

K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
W: Marshall Hutchinson Jr. ('06 Suzuki) - 10.295, 136.39 (10.00 dial).
R/U: Kevin McCauley ('01 Honda) - foul.
Semi's: Rick Bodnar Jr.; Pops Luzader.

April 29, 2015

Big Dawg
W: Brett Tanzillo ('78 Camaro) - 10.154, 133.16 (10.03 dial).
R/U: Dennis Meade ('78 Camaro Z-28) - foul.
Semi's: Jeff Ronan; Joseph Patete. Street
W: Dennis Meade ('85 Camaro) - 11.260, 115.06 (11.25 dial).
R/U: Baylee Kibbey ('83 Camaro) - 15.343, 87.77 (15.30 dial).
Semi's: Shane Ross.

Superior Exteriors Truck
W: Alan Kennedy ('67 F-100) - 10.162, 128.91 (10.17 dial).
R/U: Todd Smith ('85 S-10) - foul.
Semi's: Mark Swartz.

Sport Compact
W: Terri Wilgus ('10 Elantra) - 17.996, 77.77 (17.81 dial).
R/U: John Meyers ('09 G37) - 13.636, 101.13 (13.70 dial).
Semi's: Jeff Knackstedt.

Dennis’ Vinyl Designs High School
W: Kyler Smith ('87 S-10) - 12.037, 111.25 (12.10 dial).
R/U: Cardino Fornataro ('84 S-10) - foul.
Semi's: Derrick Wyche; Blaine Rager.

K & C Yamaha Motorcycle
W: Kevin McCauley ('01 Honda) - 13.340, 113.89 (12.50 dial).
R/U: Pops Luzader ('01 Hondamatic) - broke.