PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO… Defending Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Champion Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario was the winner of the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature at the New Humberstone Speedway on a sun skied filled Sunday night. Ed Carley from Freedom, NY picked up his second consecutive Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Model feature. “The Fonz” Jason Fontaine from Port Colborne, Ontario picked up his third JC Auto Street Stocks feature of the season. Evan Curtis from Port Colborne, Ontario picked up his second straight TC Decals Mini Stock feature event and Sam Pennacchio from Niagara Falls, Ontario claimed his third win for the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.
Jason Moore and Cody McPherson led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event and it was Moore showing the way but McPherson went three wide with Moore and defending Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman titlist Brad Rouse to take the lead on lap one. Rouse was able to pass Moore to move into second at the completion of lap two. After an early restart, McPherson and Rouse showed the way with defending divisional champion Gary Lindberg running in third. Lindberg went underneath Rouse to gain second on lap five and began chasing the 2012 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Champion McPherson.
Brian Schmidt came to a stop in turn two to cause the caution on lap ten, erasing the lead that McPherson, Lindberg and Rouse had over the rest of the field. On the restart, Rouse passed Lindberg for second and went side by side with McPherson for the lead and did the slide job to take over the lead at the halfway point. With Rouse showing the way, Lindberg and McPherson battled for second just as Darrell Farraway and last week’s feature winner Adam Leslie came together with Farraway jumping the inside jersey barrier causing the yellow lights to come back on with 16 laps completed. The restart saw Rouse showing the way as Lindberg regained second from McPherson. McPherson was able to take back the runner up spot away from Lindberg on lap 18 as Austin Wood and Jeff Armstrong both worked their way into the top five. A lap 21 spin for rookie Ryan Turner would slow the field down with four laps remaining. The four lap shootout saw Rouse and McPherson battle for the win but Rouse would edge out McPherson. Gary Lindberg would cross the line in third and was followed to the line by Austin Wood and Jordan Cosco.
Dennis Lunger Jr and Jeff Dayman were on the front row for the Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Models 20 lap feature and it was Lunger pulling away from the field early on. After an early race caution, the father and son duo of Ed and Zach Carley moved into second and third and Ed Carley began his chase of Lunger. After a Bill Gill spin on the back stretch, Ed Carley moved underneath Lunger to take over the race lead on lap seven but Lunger regained the lead on lap eight. The two veteran Late Model competitors went side by side for several laps battling for the lead. Lunger would regain the lead on lap 12 as Paul Grigsby passed Luke Carleton for fourth place at the same time. Rob Pietz would come to a stop on the outside of turn one to bring out the caution on lap 14. Jorden Peters went three wide to take over fourth from Grigsby and Carleton on the restart as Ed Carley regained the lead from Lunger. Peters would continue his climb through the field as he passed Zach Carley to take over third with five laps remaining. Pietz and Mark Czuba made hard contact on the front stretch to bring out the caution on lap 18, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. The late restart saw Carley pull away from Lunger and Peters as Carley would go on to pick up the victory. Lunger, Peters, Grigsby and “The Roadrunner” Rob Ledingham completed the top five.
Mike Greene and Kyle Pelrine led the JC Auto Street Stocks to the green flag for their 20 lap feature event with Pelrine jumping out into the early lead. Billy Bleich Jr passed Pelrine to grab the lead on lap two. After an early race caution for a fire underneath of the hood of Dave Small’s racer, Jason Fontaine was able to re take the lead away from Bleich. Roy Crawford spun in turn two to bring out the caution. On the lap six restart, Bleich went underneath Fontaine but “The Fonz” was able to keep the lead and pull away by several car lengths over Bleich with Paul Reichel, Kyle Pelrine and Bryce Richardson racing in the top five. The leaders went through lap traffic for much of the second half of the feature as Fontaine was able to win over Bleich with Reichel, Jim Lampman and Kyle Pelrine completing the top five.
Jason Coutu and Evan Curtis were on the front row for the TC Decals Mini Stocks 15 lap feature with Curtis showing the way early. Leroy Buscumb and Jeff Hill raced their way into second and third respectively early on with Kyle Rothwell going underneath Coutu to take over fourth. At the races halfway point, Curtis had a straightaway lead over Kyle Rothwell, who passed Buscumb for second. Buscumb’s machine went up in smoke on the front stretch, ending his night. Curtis would pull away and pick up his second straight win. Rothwell would finish in second and would be followed by Coutu, Chris Laskey and Brandon Iudiciani.
Hilary Haegens and Sam Pennacchio led the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks to the green flag for their 15 lap main event with Pennacchio showing the way. Pennacchio would pull away early over Haegens with Colton Ledingham, Rick Book and Taylor Vanderzanden racing in the top five. Vanderzanden spun in turn two to bring out the races first caution with five laps completed. On the restart, Pennacchio would show the way over Colton Ledingham as Danny Wurster and Hilary Haegens battled for third at the races halfway mark. Jamie Ayers spun in turn two and collected Adam Nicholls. Ayers climbed out of her truck under her own power. Pennacchio and Ledingham went side by side for the lead but Pennacchio was able to hold Ledingham off for the win. Danny Wurster would come home in third and was followed by Hilary Haegens and Taylor Vanderzanden.
Port Notes: The racing program was completed by 8:50pm. The Eve of Destruction Flag Pole Race was not held as only one participant was registered at the time of the race.
Car Count Report for 5/25: PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman – 20, Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Models – 15, JC Auto Street Stocks – 14, TC Decals Mini Stocks – 12, Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks – 11 for a total of 72 racers pitside.
The month of June will kick off with the visit from the Go Nuclear Late Model Tour presented by Rankin Construction. A full Humberstone weekly series program will also be on the card. Gates will be opening at 4:00pm with the racing action kicking off at 6:00pm sharp.
The New Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: PC Works (DIRTcar Sportsman), Pete Cosco Haulage LTD (RUSH Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), and the TC Decals (Mini Stocks).
The New Humberstone Speedway is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the PeaceBridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). For more information, please visit us on the world wide web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like us on Facebook. Don’t forget to bring your portable FM radios and listen to all the action. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886
OFFICIAL RESULTS 5-25-14
PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman: BRAD ROUSE, Cody McPherson, Gary Lindberg, Austin Wood, Jordan Cosco, Adam Leslie, Jeff Armstrong, Adam Hilton, Joey Mastrioanni, Jason Moore, Gord McIntosh, Pat Sonnenberg, Matt Sharpe, Ryan Turner, Tyler Puchalski, Chad Brown, Kyle Tomaski, Darrell Farraway, Brian Schmidt and Derek Hodge
Qualifying Winners: Cody McPherson, Gary Lindberg, Jeff Armstrong
Cosco Haulage RUSH Late Models: ED CARLEY, Dennis Lunger Jr, Jorden Peters, Paul Grigsby, Rob Ledingham, Zach Carley, Garrett Stephans, Jeff Dayman, Tim Gillespie, Bill Gill, Billy Holmes, Ken Winfield, Mark Czuba, Rob Pietz and Luke Carleton
Qualifying Winners: Jeff Dayman, Dennis Lunger Jr
J.C. Auto Street Stocks: JASON FONTAINE, Bill Bleich Jr, Paul Reichel, Jim Lampman, Kyle Pelrine, Jordan Fidler, Mike Greene, Dave Susick, Roy Crawford, Ron Tuttle, Chris Schneider, Bryce Richardson, Dave Small and Marcel Beauregard
Qualifying Winners: Jason Fontaine, Jim Lampman
Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks: SAM PENNACCHIO, Colton Ledingham ,Danny Wurster, Hilary Haegens, Taylor Vanderzanden, Rick Book, Jeff Aube, Terry Ronning, Adam Nicholls, Jamie Ayers, Craig Vlasic
Qualifying Winner: Colton Ledingham
TC Decals Mini Stocks: EVAN CURTIS, Kyle Rothwell, Jason Coutu, Chris Laskey, Brandon Iudiciani, Sam Iftody, Greg Wilson, Garnet Wilson, Katie Cosco, Jeff Hill, Leroy Buscumb, Brandon Boychuck
Qualifying Winners: Sam Iftody, Evan Curtis