Sites secures Savage 61 Back Yard Brawl win

Matt Stangle, right, joined in victory lane by his father, won at Big Diamond on June 9. (Rick Kepner - For Digital First Media)
Matt Stangle, right, joined in victory lane by his father, won at Big Diamond on June 9. (Rick Kepner - For Digital First Media)
Ryan Godown poses in victory lane after his win at Big Diamond on June 9. (Rick Kepner - For Digital First Media)
Ryan Godown poses in victory lane after his win at Big Diamond on June 9. (Rick Kepner - For Digital First Media)

FORESTVILLE >> Kody Sites picked a good time to get back to victory lane in the roadrunner division.

Sites would take the lead on lap 10 of the 25-lap event to go on and score his fourth win of the season on Friday night as he picked up $661 for the win in the Back Yard Brawl 25-lap feature on Savage 61 night, the title sponsor for the full-fender division.

Other winners on Friday included Craig VonDohren in the make-up Steel & Metal Service Center 358 feature from May 12 while Ryan Godown won the regularly scheduled feature in thrilling fashion.

Also taking checkers on Friday night were Matt Stangle in the U.S.S. Achey sportsman and Chris Heller in the No Sweat Service Group street stocks.

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The track is back in action on Friday, June 16 with sportsman, roadrunners, street stocks, Blast From The Past Vintage Cars and the Kim’s Kreations Mechanics Race and the make-up Enduro Dash 50. The gates will open at 5:30 with racing at 8:15. Admission is $10 and kids 12-and-under along with active military with a valid ID are free.

A multi-groove track made for exciting racing all night and the roadrunners took advantage of it early in the night in their lone extra-distance race of the year.

Kyle Wingle and Shawn Mulhall traded the lead on the opening lap several times before Mulhall surged past the polesitter just before the got to Turn 1 to complete lap 1 of the race.

Third starting Shon Elk moved around Wingle for the runner-up spot on lap 3 as a three-car battle ensued for the lead. Elk then moved in on Mulhall to battle for the top spot before the first caution of the race came out on lap 11 for a spin.

Mulhall maintained the top spot on the restart while eventual winner Sites have moved into third.

A four-car battle for the lead took place on lap 12 as Mulhall, Sites, Elk and Chris Holland where nose-to-tail for several laps.

Sites would move around Mulhall for the lead on lap 17 on as Munhall’s night would come to an end four laps later when he lost the drive shaft.

Andy Fayash was the big mover of the night coming from 11th to third on the lap 21 restart. He then battled Terry Kramer for second while Sites was pulling away.

The final caution came out on lap 22 which gave Fayash as shot at the lead as he stayed with Sites over the final three circuits but came up a quarter-car length short at the line and settled for second.

Kramer held on for third with Mike Reichert and Wingle rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Jim Kost, Fred Everly, Dustin Wolfgang, Jeremy Rock and Nate Hill. Heats for the roadrunners were won by Elk and Kost.

“We’ll put that check on the wall,” Sites said. “That was a good race. This car wasn’t the best that it has been before but we got the job done. The top of the race track was real good so that’s where I needed to be. The car didn’t have drive like it usually does and we have to get that back.”

In the 358 modified make-up feature, VonDohren cashed down race leader Ryan Godown on lap 13 and passed him on the backstretch to go on and score his second win of the season.

“The top was pretty good but we got a good run on the bottom and got by Billy (Pauch Jr.) and Jeff (Strunk) early in traffic and I knew it was going to be tough,” VonDohren said. “

VonDohren started 12th in the feature and had moved into the runner-up spot on lap 13.

Godown held on for second with Rick Laubach, Billy Pauch Jr., and Jeff Strunk rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Ryan Grim, Ray Swinehart, Kevin Beach, Ryan Krachun and Shawn Fitzpatrick

In the regularly schedule feature, Godown shook off some bad luck and two straight did not finish to open the season as he scored his first win of the year in the 25-lap feature event.

Godown closed in on Brett Kressley over the final few laps was using lapped traffic to get by him when the lapped car didn’t hold it’s line and cost Kressley the race as Godown passed him in the final 100 feet of the race to win at the line by .165 seconds.

“Lapped traffic is supposed to hold their line and I kind of lost the first race in lapped traffic,” Godown said. “You hate to rub anybody but in lapped traffic and you’re getting to the last lap what do you do? Brett’s a good runner and he’ll be one for years to come.”

Kressley held on for second with Strunk, Pauch Jr., and Beach rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Laubach, VonDohren, Krachun, Tim Fitzpatrick and S. Fitzpatrick.’

Heats for the 28 358 modifieds were won by Justin Grim, Godown and Swinehart.

For 17 and 3/4-laps, Ken Eckert Jr. set the pace in the 20-lap sportsman feature. But as he was being pressured for the lead Stangle, who started 12th, Eckert’s car slowed to a stop with mechanical issues in Turn 4.

Stangle, who had scored two wins on Thursday night in sportsman action at Bridgeport Speedway (N.J.) moved into contention on lap 9 when he took over the third spot and began to battle with Doug Hendricks.

Five laps later, Stangle moved into the runner-up spot and then he began to close in and was working on an inside pass in Turn 3 of race leader Eckert when Eckert slowed giving the lead to Stangle.

The caution would fly twice over the final three laps including the last lap but Stangle held off Hendricks for his third straight win at the track. Shawn Light and Mike Mammana rounded out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Nate Mohr, Matt Clay, T.J. Fitzpatrick, Daryl Dissinger and Billy Moyer, Jr.

Heats for the sportsman were won by Eckert Jr., Dissinger.

“I don’t know what happened to Eckert, but he had a heck of a run and it was fun running with him,” Stangle said.

In the 20-lap street stock feature Heller survived a caution-filled race to score his first win of the season.

Heller battled with Joey Brennan on a lap17 restart to take the lead in a race which saw three different leader, a three-car battle for the lead on the opening lap and no less than 10 laps of five cars battling for the top spot.

Last week’s winner Jeff Haag went for a wild ride while leading the race on lap 12 as he and Jasen Geesaman got together on the frontstretch resulting in Haag doing a series of barrel rolls just past the start-finish line before the car landed on upright. Haag was OK.

Brennan would hold on for second with Leroy Long, Elvin Brennan III and Robin Wagner rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Mike Radocha, Butch Helsel. Eric Tripp, Chris Derr, and Haag. Heat wins went to Joey Hoffa and Geesaman.

The Short Track Super Series event which was slated to be held this past Tuesday has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 16.

Savage 61 Night

Friday, June 9, 2017

Steel & Metal Service Center 358 modified feature (from May 12, 25 laps): 1. Craig VonDohren, 2. Ryan Godown, 3. Rick Laubach, 4. Billy Pauch Jr., 5. Jeff Strunk, 6. Ryan Grim, 7. Ray Swinehart, 8. Kevin Beach, 9. Ryan Krachun, 10. Shawn Fitzpatrick, 11. Tim Fitzpatrick, 12. Scott Albert, 13. Bobby Trapper, 14. Jimmy Reppert, 15. Heath Metzger, 16. Billy Lasko. 17. Mike Lisowski, DNF, 18. Kevin Albert Jr., DNF, 18. Frank Porreca, DNF, 19. Skylar Sheriff, DNF, 20. Ron Haring Jr., DNF, 21. Brett Kressley, DNF, 22. Justin Grim, DNF, 23. Duane Howard, DNF, 24. Craig Whitmoyer, DNF, 25. Jared Umbenhauer, DNF. DSN: Dale Hartz. DNQ: Cliff Quinn, Bob Trapper, Paul Moyer.

Steel & Metal Service Center 358 modified feature (regular 25 laps): 1. Godown, 2. Kressley, 3. Strunk, 4. Pauch Jr., 5. Beach, 6. Laubach, 7. VonDohren, 8. Krachun, 9. T. Fitzpatrick, 10. S. Fitzpatrick, 11. Quinn, 12. S. Albert, 13. Metzger, 14. J. Grim, 15. Reppert, 16. Porreca, 17. Lasko, 18. Moyer. 19. Haring Jr., DNF, 20. Trapper, DNF, 21. Umbenhauer, DNF, 22. Gunter Walsh, DNF, 23. R. Grim, DNF, 24. Howard, 25. Lisowski, DNF, 26. Ray Swinehart, DNF. DNQ: Albert Jr. , Sheriff. Heat winners: J. Grim, Godown, Swinehart.

U.S.S. Achey sportsman feature (20 laps): 1. Matt Stangle, 2. Doug Hendricks, 3. Shawn Light, 4. Mike Mammana, 5. Ray Woodall Sr., 6. Nate Mohr, 7. Matt Clay, 8. T.J. Fitzpatrick, 9. Daryl Dissinger, 10. Billy Moyer Jr., 11. Ed Mrochko, 12. Wayne Witmer, 13. Glenn Rowan, 14. Chuck Fayash. 15. Dave Dissinger, DNF, 16. Mike Burrows, DNF, 17. Gary Grim, DNF, 18. Ken Eckert Jr., DNF, 19. Kevin Brady, DNF, 20. Todd Huffman, DNF, 21. Tyler Reber, DNF, 22.Gary Wagner Jr. Heat winners: Eckert Jr., Dissinger.

Savage 61 roadrunner feature (25 laps): 1. Kody Sites, 2. Andy Fayash III, 3. Terry Kramer,4. Mike Reichert, 5. Kyle Wingle, 6. Jim Kost, 7. Fred Everly, 8. Dustin Wolfgang, 9. Jeremy Rock, 10. Nate Hill. 11. Shon Elk, DNF, 12. Shawn Mulhall, DNF. Heat winners: Elk, Kost.

No Sweat Service Group street stock feature (20 laps): 1. Chris Heller, 2. Joey Brennan, 3. Leroy Long, 4. Elvin Brennan III, 5. Robin Wagner, 6. Mike Radocha, 7. Butch Helsel. 8. Eric Tripp, DNF, 9. Chris Derr, DNF, 10. Jeff Haag, DNF, 12. Jasen Geesaman, DNF, 13. Dean Hine, DNF, 14. Jesse Krasnitsky, DNF, 15. Justin Rhoads, DNF, 16. Joey Hoffa, DNF. Heat winners: Hoffa, Geesaman.

Big Diamond Speedway

Points as of June 9

Steel & Metal Service Center 358 modifieds

1. Craig VonDohren 1177

2. Jeff Strunk 1167

3. Billy Pauch Jr. 1083

4. Rick Laubach 1067

5. Kevin Beach 957

6. Shawn Fitzpatrick 930

7. Ryan Krachun 918

8. Scott Albert 829

9. Ryan Godown 804

10. Tim Fitzpatrick 750

U.S.S. Achey sportsman

1. Mike Mammana 1451

2. Matt Stangle 1314

3. Shawn Light 1281

4. Wayne Witmer 1239

5. Doug Hendricks 1157

6. T.J. Fitzpatrick 1020

7. Daryl Dissinger 1011

8. Glenn Rowan 1007

9. Billy Moyer Jr. 984

10. Nathan Mohr 949

Savage 61 Roadrunners

1. Kody Sites 1797

2. Terry Kramer 1638

3. Mike Reichert 1590

4. Jim Kost 1557

5. Devin Trexler 1426

6. Shon Elk 1410

7. Shawn Mulhall 1239

8. Kyle Wingle 1157

9. Chris Holland 1048

10. Nate Hill 882

No Sweat Service Group street stocks

1. Elvin Brennan III 1426

2. Eric Tripp 1347

3. Chris Heller 1297

4. Joey Brennan 1230

5. Chris Derr 1223

6. Jasen Geesaman 1178

7. Jeff Haag 1076

8. Mike Radocha 1000

9. Justin Rhoads 998

10. Tyler Stump 876