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2014 Race Season
Mid-Season Champions Crowned At Midvale
Main Event Downtown Ford 100 Coming Thursday
June 28, 2014
Mid-Season Champions Crowned At Midvale<br>Main Event Downtown Ford 100 Coming ThursdayThe 2014 Mid-Season Championships were held this past Saturday, June 28 at Midvale Speedway. Double points and larger trophies were up for grabs.

In the 30-lap McIntosh Oil Company Late Model division, a competitive field of cars lined up for the green. When present, Bryant Smith and Alex Rosenberry are two of the favorites to claim the feature win, along with current point leader, Mike Miller. On this night, another name was added to the list, as second year Late Model competitor, Matthew Mills showed some strength. Mills, a teenage New Philadelphia, Ohio driver, started on the outside of row one, with Joe Linard starting on the pole. Mills got the better start and raced into the lead at the outset and started to build a sizable advantage. Meanwhile, Linard, Miller, Rosenberry, Mike Mazzagatti and Smith were all battling behind him. Unfortunately for Mills, a caution for a power steering leak on the Rosenberry machine. Rosenberry went pitside but returned after the fluid was gone. Back to green, Mills was able to fend off challenges from Smith, who couldn’t get him on the double file restarts. Mills only close call was when he did open up the bottom with just a couple of laps to go. Smith pulled inside coming off of two but Mills slammed the door shut entering turn three. Smith jumped on the binders and Mills finished off his impressive run with his first career victory. Following the Dennison T-Shirt Graphics/Thompson Electric #4 across the line were Smith, Miller, Rosenberry, and Linard. The rest of the top ten were Mazzagatti, Larry Baker, Bob Schneider, Jr., Dave Martin, and Ricky Grudier. Miller and Linard won heats, while Smith set fast time.

20 competitors lined up, taking their shot at the Mid-Season Championship trophy in the Summit Racing Economy Modified division. Jason Grewell and Tad Grove were the front row starters for the 25-lap grind, with Grove taking the early advantage. Grove, coming off of back-to-back wins, looked as though he had a good chance for his third. However, Modified veteran Glen Jewell, who started in the fourth spot, raced around Grewell with ease and started a challenge for the lead. Jewell eventually was able to get around Grove on the high lane and set sail out front. At that point, all eyes were on second fast qualifier, Preston Walker, who was racing his way from mid-pack. Walker started outside the top ten and methodically worked his way forward. Walker was up to 7th by lap seven, 4th by lap ten, and moved into 2nd on lap 18. Walker caught Jewell with relative ease and immediately shot to the outside. Over the last number of laps, the duo raced side-by-side with Jewell holding the slight edge. At the checkered, it was the 63-year old Jewell claiming his first win of the year, while one of the younger drivers in the division finished second. Also following the Texas Roadhouse/J.D. Byrider #24 in the top five were Grove, Mike Green, and Jason Grewell. The rest of the top ten were Kevin McClintock, Don Boron, Jr., Chris Piehl, Lee McCreery, and Mike Bowers. Bubba Smith, Boron, and Bowers won the heats, while Bob Sibila, Jr. set fast time.

Canton, Ohio driver and point leader Mike Martin led the first seven laps of the J.D. Byrider Street Stock feature, looking for his fourth feature win. On the move, to no one’s surprise, was Rick Elkins, Jr. Elkins started the race around mid-pack and after picking up four positions over the first five laps, was in second. Elkins ran down Martin and used the second groove to race out front. At the checkered of the event, Elkins crossed the stripe 1.5 seconds ahead of the second place Martin. In post-race inspection, however, Elkins car was found to have unapproved changes to the valve spring retainers in his crate engine, disallowing the win. Martin ended up claiming the trophy, his fourth of the season. The Canton Car Connection/Twin’s Auto Sales #6 was followed in the official rundown by Teddy Oliver, Dennis Wood, Gary Hoopingarner, and Waylon Orr. The rest of the top ten were Austin Harvey, Josh Moss, Bob Passwaters, Jr., Robbie Patterson, and Brian Lewis, Sr. Martin and Passwaters, Sr. won the heats, while Wood was credited with top time.

In the Canton Auto Salvage Compact division, point leader Kyle Grove dashed his way to the front in the 15-lap feature. Grove took the lead from Striejewke in the first five laps of the race and sailed away out front. Late in the race, Tim Frederick, Striejewske, and Dan Buckey started to close the gap but came up short as Grove was in cruise control mode. For Grove, it was the fifth time he had found victory lane. However, in post race inspection, a couple of fellow competitors attempted an engine claim, which the Grove Racing Team turned down. Turning down an engine claim takes away all finishes from the night and eliminates the driver and team from competition for the rest of the season. Tim Frederick became the Mid-Season champion in his Route 39 Auto Salvage/Leggett Tire #18. Following Frederick were Striejewske, Buckey, Larry Ennis, Jr., and Kyle Finlayson, the top qualifier.

In the Compact B feature, Zack Cogar held the top spot over the first five laps of the race but was overtaken by Barnhill, Ohio driver Cameron Walker on lap six. With about five laps to go, Leeza Moore moved into second but came up about one second short at the checkered. Following Walker and his Don’s Primitives #28 to his first win were Moore, Ryan Shreffler, Cogar, and Chad Wise.

In Compact preliminary action, Kyle Finlayson, Laney Striewjewske, and Zack Cogar took wins.

The Finish Line Motors Mini Truck class had five drivers line up for the green in the 12-lap event. Amazingly, when the green waved, the field went about five wide on the frontstretch as the two fastest trucks, Mike Martin and John Bertram tried to get out front first. Martin dove to the bottom with Bertram to the extreme high lane. Bertram slammed the door shut heading into turn one, while Martin damaged a tire in the battle. Bertram cruised to his first victory of the season but the third for his Lake’s Auto Recycling/Tony Newman Roofing #155 truck. Keith Anderson had a solid run in second, while Bruce George, Martin, and Derek Cordia were the rest of the top five. Martin won the heat and set fast time.

This coming Thursday, July 3, the Main Event Racing Series Super Late Models will be in town for the Downtown Ford 100. Economy Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Mini Trucks will also race. Fireworks will be shot off at approximately 10:00.

Pit gates Thursday open at 3:00, Grandstands at 4:00, with hotlaps for Main Event cars from 4:00-4:45 and 6:00-6:30. Economy Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Mini Trucks will have rotating sessions between 4:45 and 6:00. Qualifying is set for 6:30 with group qualifying for Mini Trucks, Street Stocks, and Economy Modifieds followed by single car qualifying for Super Late Models. Racing action will start at 8:00. Fireworks will be approximately 10:00.

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.

An additional practice will be held on Wednesday night from 4:00-8:00. $10 pit admission.

The Main Event 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

McIntosh Oil Company Late Models
Top Qualifier – Bryant Smith 14.039
Heat #1 – Mike Miller, Roger Smith, Bob Schneider, Jr., Alex Rosenberry, Bryant Smith
Heat #2 – Joe Linard, Matthew Mills, Larry Baker, Dave Martin, Ricky Grudier
Feature – Matthew Mills, Bryant Smith, Mike Miller, Alex Rosenberry, Joe Linard, Mike Mazzagatti, Larry Baker, Bob Schneider, Jr., Dave Martin, Ricky Grudier, Roger Smith, Tom Earley
Summit Racing Economy Modifieds
Top Qualifier – Bob Sibila, Jr. 14.810
Heat #1 – Bubba Smith, Kevin McClintock, Adam Stewart, Chris Piehl, Preston Walker
Heat #2 – Don Boron, Jr., Tyler Noeske, Jason Grewell, Tad Grove, Glen Jewell
Heat #3 – Mike Bowers, Todd Ripley, Lee McCreery, Shawn Marder, Philip Cox
Feature – Glen Jewell, Preston Walker, Tad Grove, Mike Green, Jason Grewell, Kevin McClintock, Don Boron, Jr., Chris Piehl, Lee McCreery, Mike Bowers, Tyler Noeske, Adam Stewart, Shawn Marder, Philip Cox, Braden Swaney, Bob Sibla, Jr., Bryce Allensworth, Bubba Smith, Todd Ripley
J.D. Byrider Street Stocks
Top Qualifier – Dennis Wood 16.140
Heat #1 – Mike Martin, Dennis Wood, Austin Harvey, Gary Hoopingarner, Bob Passwaters, Jr.
Heat #2 – Bob Passwaters, Sr., Waylon Orr, Brian Lewis, Sr., Brian Lewis, Jr., Josh Moss
Feature – Mike Martin, Teddy Oliver, Dennis Wood, Gary Hoopingarner, Waylon Orr, Austin Harvey, Josh Moss, Bob Passwaters, Jr., Robbie Patterson, Brian Lewis, Sr., Bob Passwaters, Jr., Brian Lewis, Jr.
Finish Line Motors Mini Trucks
Top Qualifier – Mike Martin 17.437
Heat – Mike Martin, Bruce George, Keith Anderson, Derek Cordia, Cyler Bertram
Feature – John Bertram, Keith Anderson, Bruce George, Mike Martin, Derek Cordia
Canton Auto Salvage Compacts
Top Qualifier – Kyle Finlayson 17.961
Heat #1 – Kyle Finlayson, Dan Buckey, Wes Ennis, Clayton Oliver, Tim Frederick
Heat #2 – Laney Striejewske, Chase Beatty, Larry Ennis, Jr., Brandon France, Gage Jaberg
Heat #3 – Zack Cogar, Gerald Hahn, Leeza Moore, Chad Wise, Josh Roberts
Feature #1 – Tim Frederick, Laney Striejewske, Dan Buckey, Larry Ennis, Jr., Kyle Finlayson, Gage Jaberg, Wes Ennis, Chase Beatty, Clayton Oliver, Justin Renicker
Feature #2 – Cameron Walker, Leeza Moore, Ryan Shreffler, Zack Cogar, Chad Wise, Cristian Bailey, Josh Roberts, Bob Walker, Gerald Hahn, Brandon France

Written by: Adam Mackey

Driver Results
Late Models
Feature
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
11004Matthew Mills
2961Bryant Smith
39222Mike Miller
4882Alex Rosenberry
58423Ron Kirkpatrick
68081Mike Mazzagatti
7766Larry Baker
87217Bob Schneider, Jr.
9683Dave Martin
10648Ricky Grudier
116043Roger Smith
125631Tom Earley
DNS0112Don Harvey, Jr.
 
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
11622Mike Miller
21443Roger Smith
31217Bob Schneider, Jr.
4102Alex Rosenberry
581Bryant Smith
 
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
11023Ron Kirkpatrick
284Matthew Mills
366Larry Baker
443Dave Martin
528Ricky Grudier
 
Economy Modifieds
Feature
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
110024Glen Jewell
29630Preston Walker
3923Tad Grove
48836Mike Green
58499Jason Grewell
68038Kevin McClintock
776182Don Boron, Jr.
87288Chris Piehl
9682Lee McCreery
1064O2Mike Bowers
116015Tyler Noeske
125611Ujcich Racing
135225Shawn Marder
1448O9Philip Cox
154427Braden Swaney
164082Bob Sibila, Jr.
173621Bryce Allensworth
18327Bubba Smith
1928OOTodd Ripley
Disqualified00Lucas Ripley
 
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1167Bubba Smith
21438Kevin McClintock
31211Ujcich Racing
41088Chris Piehl
5830Preston Walker
 
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
110182Don Boron, Jr.
2815Tyler Noeske
3699Jason Grewell
443Tad Grove
5224Glen Jewell
 
Heat #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
110O2Mike Bowers
28OOTodd Ripley
362Lee McCreery
4425Shawn Marder
52O9Philip Cox
 
Street Stocks
Feature
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
11006Mike Martin
29649Teddy Oliver
39241Dennis Wood
48868Gary Hoopingarner
58428Waylon Orr
680112Austin Harvey
77677Todd Miller
87274Bob Passwaters, Jr.
96880Robbie Patterson
106439Brian Lewis, Sr.
116075Bob Passwaters, Sr.
125693Brian Lewis, Jr.
Disqualified062Rick Elkins, Jr.
 
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1166Mike Martin
21441Dennis Wood
312112Austin Harvey
41068Gary Hoopingarner
5874Bob Passwaters, Jr.
 
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
11075Bob Passwaters, Sr.
2828Waylon Orr
3639Brian Lewis, Sr.
4493Brian Lewis, Jr.
5277Todd Miller
 
Mini Truck
Feature
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1100155Cyler Bertram
29632Keith Anderson
39213Bruce George
4885Mike Martin
58472Derek Cordia
 
Heat
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1165Mike Martin
21413Bruce George
31232Keith Anderson
41072Derek Cordia
58155Cyler Bertram
 
Compacts
Feature #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
110018Tim Frederick
29617Laney Striejewske
39269Dan Buckey
48857Larry Ennis, Jr.
58415Kyle Finlayson
68021Gage Jaberg
776O9Wes Ennis
87275Chase Beatty
96819Clayton Oliver
1064175Justin Renicker
Disqualified03Kyle Grove
 
Feature #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
17228Cameron Walker
26895Leeza Moore
36442Ryan Shreffler
4607Zack Cogar
556OOChad Wise
65246Cristian Bailey
748O7Josh Roberts
84488Alan Walker
94013Gerald Hahn
10361Brandon France
DNS083Gary Gibson
DNS016Bobby Gainer
DNS00Allen Clark
 
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
11615Kyle Finlayson
21469Dan Buckey
312O9Wes Ennis
41019Clayton Oliver
5818Tim Frederick
 
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
11017Laney Striejewske
2875Chase Beatty
3657Larry Ennis, Jr.
441Brandon France
5121Gage Jaberg
 
Heat #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1107Zack Cogar
2813Gerald Hahn
3695Leeza Moore
44OOChad Wise
52O7Josh Roberts
 
Top
06/28/2014 Race
Late Models Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Mills, Matthew
2.Smith, Bryant
3.Miller, Mike
4.Rosenberry, Alex
5.Kirkpatrick, Ron
6.Mazzagatti, Mike
7.Baker, Larry
8.Schneider, Jr., Bob
9.Martin, Dave
10.Grudier, Ricky
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Economy Modifieds Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Jewell, Glen
2.Walker, Preston
3.Grove, Tad
4.Green, Mike
5.Grewell, Jason
6.McClintock, Kevin
7.Boron, Jr., Don
8.Piehl, Chris
9.McCreery, Lee
10.Bowers, Mike
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Street Stocks Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Martin, Mike
2.Oliver, Teddy
3.Wood, Dennis
4.Hoopingarner, Gary
5.Orr, Waylon
6.Harvey, Austin
7.Miller, Todd
8.Passwaters, Jr., Bob
9.Patterson, Robbie
10.Lewis, Sr., Brian
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Mini Truck Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Bertram, Cyler
2.Anderson, Keith
3.George, Bruce
4.Martin, Mike
5.Cordia, Derek
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Compacts Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Frederick, Tim
2.Striejewske, Laney
3.Buckey, Dan
4.Ennis, Jr., Larry
5.Finlayson, Kyle
6.Jaberg, Gage
7.Ennis, Wes
8.Beatty, Chase
9.Oliver, Clayton
10.Renicker, Justin
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