Saturday, June 16, 2012
Midvale Speedway Hosted Double Header this Past Week
by Adam Mackey
MIDVALE, Ohio -- In addition to the regular Saturday night program this week, Midvale Speedway was also in action this past Wednesday with a $5 grandstand admission special. Pure Stocks and Compact ran 50 lappers that night, while all divisions competed on Saturday.
During the Wednesday night show, Dover, Ohio driver Bill Aubihl extended his point lead with his fourth feature win of the year in the Pure Stock 50-lap feature event. Aubihl was hounded lap-after-lap by top qualifier Teddy Oliver, who could never pull alongside. Mike Martin, Joe Linard, and Don Boron, Jr. completed the top five during the main event. Aubihl also won a heat and pursuit. Vince Martin won the dash, while Don Boron, Jr. took the second heat.
The 50-lap event on Wednesday night was a good race that had the Compact and Stock Compact divisions running together on the big oval. Wes Ennis raced out front early, but his toughest challenge came soon behind by way of top qualifier, Kyle Rector. The two made contact while racing for the lead. Ennis continued, while Rector pulled to the pits. Ennis claimed the victory and dedicated it to the late A.J. Diano. Mike Swaney, Braden Swaney, Tim Frederick, and Dustin DelVecchio completed the top five. Rector had set fast time and won the dash and heat. Mike Swaney took the pursuit. The Stock Compact portion was claimed by Chris Bloom who had a great night, winning the dash, heat, pursuit, and feature. Dan Buckey set fast time.
Powder Puff racing was also held during the Wednesday show. Monica Martin slammed the wall while crossing the finish line to win the Pure Stock Powder Puff race. Martin was clipped in the right rear by another car, which created the grinding crash and a broken wrist. Amanda Diano, the daughter of former racer, A.J. Diano, claimed the Compact Powder Puff win.
The Saturday, June 16 program had all five divisions in action with kid's bicycle races at intermission. The program went great for most and the fans were treated to some of the most exciting action of the season.
In the McIntosh Oil Company Late Model 30 lap event, Mark Willison led for a decent while, looking to claim his third win of the season. However, pressuring him from behind was Bryant Smith, looking for his second victory. The duo put on a display of on the edge driving at the front, while Rick Sibila was trying to run them down. Smith had a couple of runs to the inside lane, only to have Willison hang on. Later, Willison pushed up and opened the bottom lane which was exactly what Smith needed to pull alongside. After an exciting side-by-side battle, Smith went on to cross the line first. The Canton, Ohio driver was followed by Sibila, Willison, Bubba Smith, and Ron Jaberg, Jr. Bob Schneider, Jr. and Ed Middaugh won the heats, while Willison won the pursuit. Sibila set fast time.
Second year Modified driver, Alex Rosenberry, used the outside lane to race to the front in the Summit Racing Economy Modified feature event. It wasn't easy, though, as veteran Ron Dague, gave it everything he could to hold off the advances. Doug Meyer followed Rosenberry close for much of the race, but the youngster never made a mistake and claimed his second career victory. Randy Smart, Kevin McClintock, and Dague were top five finishers. Justin Courtney won the fast heat while Dague took the second heat and pursuit. Smart set fast time.
Mike Martin finally got his bad luck season turned around on Saturday night. After setting fast time on a handful of occasions this year, only to have bad luck eliminate him from possible win contention, Martin got to the front early in the Pure Stock feature. Teddy Oliver, who has been extremely quick the last few weeks, came up just short of his first feature win again and finished second. Martin was followed by Oliver, Joe Linard, Don Boron, Jr., and Tom Early. Bill Aubihl won the fast heat and pursuit, while Josh Flesher won the second heat. Martin also set fast time.
Wes Ennis made it two in a row by claiming the big track Compact feature this past weekend. Ennis, coming off of the 50 lap win on Wednesday, backed it up with another solid effort to take the lead from Rich Dunlap. Dunlap ran a strong second, while Braden Swaney, Tom Barrett, and Bryce Allensworth completed the top five. Allensworth set fast time, while Ennis won the heat and Swaney won the pursuit.
On the small oval, the Stock Compacts saw Kohlten Bryan claim his first win of 2012. The second year driver held off the hard charging Dan Buckey to chip a few points off of his title lead. Chris Bloom, Tim Frederick, and Gary Gibson claimed top five finishes. Bryan won the pursuit, while Frederick was top qualifier and won the heat.
In addition to the car racing, bicycle racing was held and a number of kids went home with trophies in one of the biggest turnouts of bicycles in recent memory. Big Brother/Big Sisters were also on hand and make over $400 on the bicycle raffle that was held.
This coming Saturday, June 23 will see all five divisions in action. At intermission, all the competitors will come onto the track for autograph night. Spectator drags will be held in addition to the preliminary and feature action for the regular divisions.
Pit gates will open at 3:00, hotlaps start at 3:30, qualifying is at 5:00, and racing will take the green at 6:30. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62+, $8 for kids 6-15, and children 5 and under are free. Pit admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
For more info, visit midvalespeedway.com.
WED 6-13 Results For Midvale Speedway
Midvale Speedway Pure Stocks
Top Qualifier - Teddy Oliver 16.647
Dash - Vince Martin, Teddy Oliver, Mike Martin, Bill Shimko
Heat #1 - Bill Aubihl, Joe Linard, Tom Earley, Teddy Oliver, Bill Shimko
Heat #2 - Don Boron, Jr., Adam Stewart, T.J. Barker, Nick Harmon, George Bowers
Pursuit - Bill Aubihl, Vince Martin, Teddy Oliver, Adam Stewart, Mike Martin
Feature - Bill Aubihl, Teddy Oliver, Mike Martin, Joe Linard, Don Boron, Jr., Adam Stewart, Vince Martin, Tim Lynn, Nick Harmon, Tom Earley, T.J. Barker, George Bowers, Larry Smith, Bill Shimko
Midvale Speedway Compacts
Top Qualifier - Kyle Rector 18.196
Dash - Kyle Rector, Braden Swaney, Wes Ennis, Tim Frederick
Heat - Kyle Rector, Wes Ennis, Tim Frederick, Braden Swaney, Dustin DelVecchio
Pursuit - Mike Swaney, Kyle Rector, Braden Swaney, Wes Ennis, Dustin DelVecchio
Feature - Wes Ennis, Mike Swaney, Braden Swaney, Tim Frederick, Dustin DelVecchio, Kyle Rector
Midvale Speedway Stock Compacts
Top Qualifier - Dan Buckey 18.834
Dash - Chris Bloom, Rich Dunlap, Kohlten Bryan, Dan Buckey
Heat - Chris Bloom, Rich Dunlap, Kohlten Bryan, Dan Buckey, Gary Murray
Pursuit - Chris Bloom, Dan Buckey, Kohlten Bryan, Corey Evey, Gary Gibson
Feature - Chris Bloom, Kohlten Bryan, Gary Murray, Corey Evey, Dan Buckey
Pure Stock Powder Puff
Feature - Monica Martin, Carol Aubihl, Angie Tucke
Compact Powder Puff
Feature - Amanda Diano, Lisa Barrett, Austyn Bryan, Amanda Salsberry, Wendy Harmon
SAT 6-16 Results For Midvale Speedway
McIntosh Oil Company Late Models
Top Qualifier - Rick Sibila 14.624
Heat #1 - Bob Schneider, Jr., Jonathan Reitter, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Bubba Smith, Bryant Smith
Heat #2 - Ed Middaugh, Randy Smith, Mark Willison, Jesse Page, Joe Slentz
Pursuit - Mark Willison, Randy Smith, Bob Schneider, Jr., Jonathan Reitter, Bryant Smith
Feature - Bryant Smith, Rick Sibila, Mark Willison, Bubba Smith, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Rich Dessecker, Ed Middaugh, Jonathan Reitter, Bob Schneider, Jr., Jesse Page, Randy Smith, Joe Slentz
Summit Racing Economy Modifieds
Top Qualifier - Randy Smart 15.145
Heat #1 - Justin Courtney, Doug Meyer, Alex Rosenberry, Dave Dobbins, Randy Smart
Heat #2 - Ron Dague, Greg Hole, Bill Burkholder, Joe Ujcich, Matthew Mills
Pursuit - Ron Dague, Doug Meyer, Dave Dobbins, Randy Smart, Alex Rosenberry
Feature - Alex Rosenberry, Doug Meyer, Randy Smart, Kevin McClintock, Ron Dague, Lee McCreery, Dave Dobbins, Matthew Mills, Bill Westlake, Greg Hole, Joe Ujcich, Bill Burkholder, Justin Courtney, Tom Ertle
Midvale Speedway Pure Stocks
Top Qualifier - Mike Martin 16.614
Heat #1 - Bill Aubihl, Don Boron, Jr., Teddy Oliver, Joe Linard, Vince Martin
Heat #2 - Josh Flesher, Josh Anders, George Bowers, Rob Scott, Tim Lynn
Pursuit - Bill Aubihl, Joe Linard, Teddy Oliver, Mike Martin, Vince Martin
Feature - Mike Martin, Teddy Oliver, Joe Linard, Don Boron, Jr., Tom Earley, Bill Aubihl, George Bowers, Vince Martin, Joe Oliver, Rob Scott, Josh Flesher, Bill Shimko, Josh Anders
Midvale Speedway Compacts
Top Qualifier - Bryce Allensworth 18.277
Heat - Wes Ennis, Rich Dunlap, Tom Barrett, Braden Swaney, Bryce Allensworth
Pursuit - Braden Swaney, Bryce Allensworth, Tom Barrett, Rich Dunlap, Wes Ennis
Feature - Wes Ennis, Rich Dunlap, Braden Swaney, Tom Barrett, Bryce Allensworth
Midvale Speedway Stock Compacts
Top Qualifier - Tim Frederick 16.829
Heat - Tim Frederick, Corey Evey, Dan Buckey, Howard Bartholow, Kohlten Bryan
Pursuit - Kohlten Bryan, Gary Gibson, Chris Bloom, Tim Frederick, Dan Buckey
Feature - Kohlten Bryan, Dan Buckey, Chris Bloom, Tim Frederick, Gary Gibson, Howard Bartholow, Corey Evey