Sep 24, 2018 07:37 AM EDT
BRANDON SHEPPARD WINS INAUGURAL WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SHOW
BRANDON SHEPPARD WINS INAUGURAL WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODEL SHOW AT OUTLAW SPEEDWAY PRESENTED BY TIOGA DOWNS CASINO, RESORT AND HARNESS RACING FACILITY IN NICHOLS.
Steve Gray, Kurt Stebbins, Ray Hyer and Mark Minutolo also find victory land in Friday’s rained out make- up of the 3rd Annual Fall Nationals.
(Dundee, NY) Story by Kenny Shupp JR.
After the opening night rainout of day 1 of the 3rd Annual Fall Nationals at the Outlaw Speedway, the Sunday evening make-up was held under absolutely perfect race conditions. With the feature fields locked in from the qualifying heat races that were run prior to Mother Nature taking charge of the remainder of Friday’s program, most of the competitors in the World of Outlaw Late Model Division along with the Street Stocks and the Hoosier Tire 602 Crate Sportsman classes made the return to Outlaw for the Sunday make-up. The Mighty 4 Cylinders and Marion Decker Farmers Insurance Hobby Stocks were an eleventh hour addition to the Sunday program.
22 of the top Late Models drivers in the country made the World of Outlaw’s first ever appearance at the Yates County oval a memorable event and when their 50 lap A Main was completed it was Brandon Sheppard showing why he is one of the best in the business as he topped a stellar field including the likes of second place finisher Devin Moran, Mike Malar third, Tyler Erb fourth and Chase Junghans rounding out the top five. Sheppard’s Outlaw Speedway victory was win number 12 on the 2018 campaign with his other New York win coming at Stateline Speedway. It was also Sheppard’s 36 WoO win which puts him 6th on the all –time WoO LM win list. For a complete wrap up and a more concise and in depth report of the entire World of Outlaw Late Model 50 lap event simply go to www.woolms.com .
Steve Gray found himself in victory lane in the Hoosier Tire 602 Crate Sportsman feature. Brandon Butler set the pace throughout the first half of the 30 lap grind until a mid- race caution bunched up the field and gave a number of competitors a shot at the high flying Butler. On the restart the third place machine of Steve Gray was racing towards the front on the top of the speedway and after disposing of Eric Williams set his sights on Butler. Once in front Gray opened up a huge lead and veteran competitor cruised to the victory followed by Butler, Dave Marcuccilli game on strong in the closing laps and rode the rim to a third place finish followed by Eric Williams who put on a great drive for fourth as Nick Guererri rounded out the top five finishers. Friday night’s qualifying heat races were claimed by Marcuccelli, Gray and Garrett Rushlow.
In the Street Stock 25 lap feature it was Kurt Stebbins of Wellsville, NY taking the early lead and rode the bottom lane to the win and in addition to picking up the $1,000 winner’s check Stebbins along with second place feature finisher, Glen Whritenour both locked up guaranteed starting berths in the upcoming Dutch Hoag Triple 7’s World 100 in October. Try as he might Whritenour gave it everything he had riding the cushion, but came up just a few car lengths short followed across the line by CJ Guererri who was in third piloting a former Whritenour owned machine. Quinn Sutherland put on a steady performance to finish fourth at the checkered with Tyler Yeagle rounding the top five finishers. Friday night’s heats were picked up by Guererri, Gene Sharpsteen and Dylan Cecce.
Ray Hyer once again proved that he has been one tough man to beat throughout his long 4 cylinder racing career as he was victorious in the 20 lap feature, but for Hyer it didn’t come easy. As the laps wore on and Hyer’s car becoming more and more of a handful, Dante Mancuso was able to put the pressure on Hyer, but when the checkered flag dropped it was Hyer by a slim margin over Mancuso followed by Adam Austin who came from dead last to finish third with the help of only a couple caution flags. Mike Koser put on a steady drive to finish fourth chased across the line by Tim Bush who claimed fifth. Heat wins went to Hyer and Mancuso.
Like the 4 cylinders before them, the Marion Decker Farmers Insurance Hobby Stocks were also added to the Sunday make-up card of events. Marc Minutolo came away with the 20 lap feature win after battling door to door with virtually every driver in the field. Lots of 3 wide racing kept the fans on their feet throughout the entire distance as this class continues to impress with exciting side by side racing. After a spirited battle with both Frank “Bubba” Brunell and Aaron Miller, Minutolo was able to sneak away in the closing laps and take the win. Miller was able to work his way around Brunell in the closing laps to claim second with Brunell third. Justin Eldridge was the next car across the line with Dusty Decker rounding the top five. Minutolo claimed the lone heat win.
Congratulations to all competitors.
After taking the next several weeks off the Outlaw Speedway will return to action on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 for 3rd Annual Dutch Hoag Weekend where a multitude of different classes will see action over the two day affair which will bring the curtain down on the 2018 season at the popular Yates County speed plant. 360 Sprints, Modifieds, both Hoosier and American Racer Tire Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models, Streets, 4 Cylinders, IMCA Modifieds and Hobby Stocks are all sure to see action. Last year’s Dutch Hoag Triple 7’s Weekend drew nearly 500 race cars over the 2 days and it is anticipated that this year’s event will mirror the 2017 show.
Complete details pertaining to Dutch Hoag Weekend including classes, gate and start times as well as ticket prices and purse structures will be released in the upcoming weeks on both the tracks web site and Facebook pages.
QUICK RESULTS. OUTLAW SPEEDWAY. 9/23/2018
Tioga Downs Casino and Resort sponsored World of Outlaw Late Model Special Event.
WoO Late Models. (22 cars)
Heats. Shane Clanton, Chase Junghans, Mike Marlar.
50 lap feature. Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, Mike Marlar, Shane Clanton, Tyler Erb, Chase Junghans, Tyler Bare, Rick Eckert, David Breazeale, Mike Maresca, Coleby Frye, Brent Larson, Mike Wonderling, Jason Knowles, Bryan Bernheisel, Doug Eck, Bob Dorman, Brad Mesler, Chris Madden, Brian Knowles, Michael Smith
Hoosier Tire Crate Sportsman. (18 cars)
Heats. Dave Marcuccelli, Steve Gray, Garrett Rushlow
30 lap feature. Steve Gray, Brandon Butler, Dave Marcuccelli, Eric Williams, Nick Guererri, Brent Ayers, Robby Johnston, Ray Bliss, Billy Paine, Karl Comfort, AJ Lloyd, Frank Guererri Jr., Nate Peckham, Troy Sparring, JT Sparring, Ajay Potrzebowski, Josh Butler. DNS, Alex Payne.
Street Stocks. (24 cars)
Heats. CJ Guererri, Gene Sharpsteen, Dylan Cecce.
25 lap feature. Kurt Stebbins, Glen Whritenour, CJ Guererri, Quinn Sutherland, Tyler Yeagle, Dylan Cecce, Carl Cleveland, Aksel Jensen, Marc Minutolo, Gene Sharpsteen, Adam Depuy, Rich Sharpsteen, Gene Balmer, Zach Teed, Jeremy Trank, John Burritt, Abe Romanik, Brad Smith, Ron Metcalf, Dave Yehl, Jared Hill, Pat Judson, Jayson Smart, Justin Eldridge.
4 Cylinders. (17 cars)
Heats Dante Mancuso, Ray Hyer,
20 lap feature. Ray Hyer, Dante Mancuso, Adam Austin, Mike Koser, Tim Bush, Clay French, Dan Smart, Larry Colton, Chad Crouse, Timmy VanEtten, Ashley Sutryk, James Kreidler III, Mike Stone, Tony Dickerson, Anton Smith. DNS, Chris Force, Nick Robinson.
Marion Decker Farmers Insurance Hobby Stocks. (7 cars)
Heats. Marc Minutolo.
20 lap feature. Marc Minutolo, Aaron Miller, Frank Burnell, Justin Eldridge, Dusty Decker, Bruce Kinner, Dennis French