IMMEDIATELY: Modifieds/Pure Stocks/Mini Stocks/Street
Stocks - ALL NERF BARS MUST BE 1" or small in diameter
(round pipe OR 1" square) and MUST NOT EXTEND PAST TIRES.
ALL PIPES MUST BE CAPPED. BUMPERS DO NOT EXTEND PAST THE
FRONT OF NOSEPIECE.
Ralph and Peggy Grimes Memorial Set for Friday Night at
McKean County Raceway
Smethport, PA (July 22, 2014)
This Friday night, McKean County Raceway will host the
Ralph and Peggy Grimes Memorial for the Little Power Shop
weekly RUSH Crate Late Models. $1000 will be going
to the winner along with over $600 in lap money. A
full program of Close Racing Supply Modifieds, Highway
Auto Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks will fill out
the 730pm starting time program.
Ralph and Peggy Grimes were both active members of the McKean County Fair and
strong supporters of MCR over the years along with all the area race tracks as
officials and as a fan. The Little Power Shop weekly RUSH crate late
models saw a new winner two weeks ago with all time street stock feature winner,
Andy Michael finding victory lane for the first time in a crate late model.
He will no doubt be looking to go two for two, but will have the stiff
challenges of seven time winner and point leader Chad Ruhlman of Bemis Point.
Eldred’s Damien Bidwell sits third in the point chase with one win.
Warren’s Ward Schell would love to win this event in memory of his good friends
the Grimes and has been on consistent top three finisher in the past few
events. A full field of the top regional crate late model teams in
New York and Pennsylvania are expected.
Vic Vena of Portville still leads the Close Racing Supply Modified point
division over a fast closing Al Brewer who sits twelve points back.
Vena and Brewer both have two wins on the year with Brewer having two wins, two
seconds in his last five starts. Carl Ballinger sits third in points over
John Woodward Jr and his three wins and John Boardman of Jamestown sits fifth.
A very competitive field of CRS Modifieds are expected on Friday night.
Kurt Stebbins leads the Highway Auto Stock Car
division by 26 points over Rich Wotjowicz. Stebbins
has two wins on the year to Wotjowicz one.
Hinsdale’s Ted Mascho sits third, just 8 points over
Emporium’s, Ryan Snyder and Jason Dobson is fifth in the
point chase. The most competitive weekly division at
MCR is the Highway Auto Stock Cars with six different
winners in eleven events as Jeremy Williams of Youngsville
tops the division with four wins.
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Bill Bigley Memorial for the Crate Late Models Saturday
Night at MCR!
East Smethport, PA (July 16, 2014)
McKean County Raceway comes back to life on Saturday night
with the Bill Bigley Memorial for the Little Power Shop
RUSH Crate Late Model division. $1000 will be
sitting at the prize table for the winner of the event.
A complete regular program will also be on the 7pm
starting time card.
Bemis Point’s, Chad Ruhlman still sits on top of the point
chart in the Little Power Shop RUSH Crate Late Model
division despite having back to back non top five finishes
for the first time this year. Damien Bidwell is
second place in points and still within striking distance
of Ruhlman. Ward Schell of Warren, A currently sits
third in the famous, Ron Baker #74 machine. Last
week’s winner, Andy Michael will be looking to grab back
to back wins in the Lewy Kratts #41 car and grab the $1000
Bill Bigley Memorial check.
Vic Vena of Portville still sits on top of the MCR point
chart but he better start looking over his shoulder as the
43 year racing veteran and former MCR late model
standout, Al Brewer has found new life in his old racing
shoes. Brewer has two wins and two second place
finishes in the past five events at MCR and currently sits
14 points behind Vena, who also has two wins in the Close
Racing Supply Modified division.
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McKean County Raceway Entertains Go-Kart Racing on Sunday!
East Smethport, PA (July 16, 2014)
Since 1984 when the McKean County Fair Association
reconstructed the existing 3/8 mile oval, stock car
racing has been a common theme during the summer months at
the E. Smethport oval. On Sunday, a new era of
racing begins at the NDRL’s McKean County Raceway.
Go Karts will be running starting Sunday afternoon to give
the next generation of racers a chance to show their stuff
on the MCR go kart oval.
MCR, General Manager, Chris Zuver, commented, “I am very
excited to move into this adventure of our sport.
GoKarting has gotten very big and popular and many of our
future stock car racers are now kart racing. Kart
racing is also a family affair also, as so many kids are
karting with their parents and siblings and this alone
makes it worthwhile seeing families racing together.”
Go kart classes that will be running are: Novice, Youth,
Clone 300, 350, 400, 450, Stock Appearing, Super Stock and
Open classes. Purses for the paying classes
will be announced real soon and the rules will be similar
to Allegany Memorial Speedway kart rules in Allentown.
Pit Gates open at Noon on Sunday with grandstands opening
at 2pm and kart racing beginning at 3pm. Grandstand
admission is $5 with Driver Pit Fee is $15 and non-driver
pit fee is $10.
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Andy Michael Gets First Career Crate Late Model
Win at McKean County Raceway
East Smethport, PA (July 12,
2014) Port Allegany
night saw the MCR’S all-time street stock feature winner,
Andy Michael back in victory lane, but this time In the
RUSH Crate Late Model division. This was Michael’s
first ever crate late model feature win and was a very
popular win. Al Brewer returned to victory lane for
the second time this year in the Close Racing Supply
Modifieds with Jeremy Williams getting his fourth win of
the year in the Highway Auto Stock car feature. Art
Peterson and Mitch Boylan also found their way into
victory lane again.
Twenty one RUSH Crate Late Models were took the green flag
with Michael and Albion, PA driver, Dennis Lunger Jr on
the outside front row. Michael beat Lunger into turn
one with Jason Knowles following in third. Point
leader Chad Ruhlman quickly moved into third on the second
lap giving chase to Michael and Lunger. Ward Schell
of Warren, driving the famous Ron Baker #74 machine found
himself in fourth on lap five as Michael began to open his
lead up over the outsider, Lunger. At the halfway
point it was Michael still in front and looking impressive
as Schell now was up to third behind Lunger followed by
Doug Ricotta and Mr. Excitement, Jeremy Wonderling making
his presence felt in fifth. Ruhlman would come back
and grab fifth from Wonderling on lap 12 as CFR applied
pressure on Ricotta for fourth. The yellow lights
would flash with three to go setting up a sprint to the
finish. Michael refired the field in the
Delaware restart with Lunger and Schell looking to get by
the black and red #41 Lewy Kratts machine. A wild
dash that saw Ruhlman try to get to the front using the
outside to no avail allowed Brady Wonderling to sneak by
and finish behind his teammate Ricotta at the line as
Michael topped Lunger, who made the three hour trip.
Schell came home a season high third with Ricotta and
Brady Wonderling in fifth. Ruhlman came home
sixth, collecting his second consecutive non top five
finish of the year.
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Port Allegany Night this Saturday at McKean County
East Smethport, PA (July 10, 2014)
The NDRL McKean County Raceway returns to action on
Saturday night with a 5 Star Program featuring Port
Allegany Night with all residents with valid ID of Port
Allegany receiving $1 off general admission prices.
Race time is 7pm with grandstands opening at 5pm at the
3/8 mile speed plant in E. Smethport PA.
Chad Ruhlman continues to lead the RUSH Crate Late Model
points despite now running his backup car after a crash in
Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. Damien Bidwell of Eldred
has narrowed the point lead after Ruhlman registering his
first non-top ten finish of the year last week.
Warren’s, Ward Schell and Dave Shagla of Sugar Grove, PA
sit third and fourth in the point chase with Wellsville’s,
Brad Mesler moving into the top five of the point chase.
Only Ruhlman and Bidwell have wins on the year of the top
Portville’s Vic Vena sits on top of the point chase in the
Close Racing Supply Modifieds with his two wins over John
Woodward Jr of Franklinville, who picked up his third win
of the year week. Veteran Al Brewer has been the
hottest modified driver in the past four weeks with two
second place finishes and his first victory at MCR in over
20 years will be looking to improve on his second place
finish last week behind Woodward. Carl Ballinger of
Castile sits fifth in points and Mr “6” cylinder, Darren
Tarabori will be looking for his second win of the season
also on Saturday night in his patented 6 cylinder modified
against the mighty small block V8 motors.
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|MAX BLAIR WINS
PRESTIGIOUS DUNHAM MEMORIAL AT MCR
East Smethport, PA (July
4, 2014) The NDRL McKean County Raceway
celebrated the 4th of
July with the annual Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial for
the RUSH Crate Late Models. Defending track
champion, Max Blair picked up the $1000 prize on lap 19 of
the 20 lap main event. Other winners were John
Woodward Jr., Mitch Boylan, Jason Dobson and Rich
Wotjowicz picked up his first ever career win at MCR in
the Highway Auto Stock Cars.
The RUSH Crate Late Models rolled onto the facility for
AMERICA’s 4-WIDE salute featuring all race teams
displaying the American Flag in salute to USMC Corporal
Jason Dunham. Once the green flag dropped,
Smethport’s, Damien Bidwell shot into the lead on the
outside of Doug Ricotta to lead lap one. Blair
quickly moved into the third position by lap four as
Concord, New York’s, Paul Grigsby moved into second.
Ricotta moved Blair back to third on lap five only to see
Blair sweep back by coming out of turn four on lap 8.
Bidwell would be leading at the halfway point with
Grigsby, Blair, Ricotta and Dave Shagla Jr rounding out
the top five. Mr. Excitement, Jeremy Wonderling
moved into fifth on lap eleven as Grigsby was feeling the
pressure of Blair. Lap 15 would see the yellow
lights flashing for Dustin Waters in turn four. The
restart saw Bidwell lead into turn one, but Blair getting
around Grigsby for second. Blair hounded Bidwell for
the top spot and would take the lead as lap 18 was clicked
off the board and the final yellow would be displayed for
point leader, Chad Ruhlman who came to a stop in turn four
setting up a one lap shoot out with Mr. Excitement now in
second and looking to grab the win in memory of his
childhood friend Dunham. On the restart Blair
rocketed into turn one with Wonderling dive bombing into
turn one with Bidwell right there as the top three duked
it out in turns one and two. Blair would pull
away down the back stretch as Bidwell got back by
Wonderling for second with Ricotta and Grigsby rounding
out the top five. Jeremy Wonderling awarded Blair
in victory lane with the unique US Marine Trophy as
Wonderling and the Dunham families were very close
to each other.
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USMC CPL Jason Dunham Memorial Sets MCR Holiday Weekend
East Smethport, PA (July 2, 2014)
The NDRL Mckean County Raceway kick off the 4th of July
weekend with the USMC Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial for
the RUSH Crate Late Models and a cool $1000 going to the
winner. A complete program of modifieds, stock cars,
pure stocks and mini stocks will complete the Friday night
program setting the stage for Saturday nights Truck and
Tractor Pull that will capped off by a fireworks display
by Youngs Explosives.
With MCR announcing earlier this week that
the super late model division was being dropped as a
weekly division the RUSH Crate Late Models became the
highlight division and being awarded with the prestigious
Dunham Memorial event. Corporal Dunham lost his life
on April 22, 2004 in the town of Karabilah, Iraq by his
selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded,
but saved the lives of his fellow Marines. Dunham is
a Medal of Honor recipient and helped his father Dan at
MCR weekly racing competition.
Chad Ruhlman of Bemis Point has dominated the weekly RUSH
Crate Late Model division at MCR. Ruhlman had
to chase outsider, Rick Singleton 18 laps last week to
capture his seventh win of the year. Damien Bidwell
of Eldred sits second in points and will be looking to get
his second win of the year. Ward Schell in the
famous Ron Baker #74 machine had a solid run last weekend
and will no doubt be looking to improve this week and find
victory lane. Dave Shagla, Bob Kish, Doug Ricotta,
Garrett Mott and Brad Mesler have all been running in the
front in recent weeks and no doubt be looking to find
victory lane along with the DUNHAM MEMORIAL trophy.
McKean County Raceway Makes Changes to Weekly
East Smethport, PA (July 1,
2014) The NDRL McKean
County Raceway management has decided beginning this
Friday, July 4th to drop the weekly super late model
division from its program. Due to the economic
restraints of the region, the highly priced super late
model division is no longer feasible as a weekly class at
The scheduled NDRL Northeast Late Model Series event and
the NDRL Modified Series event have been removed from this
weekend’s schedule. The USMC Corporal Jason
Dunham Memorial will still be ran this Friday night but
now as a weekly RUSH Crate Late Model event seeing
an increased purse for the crate teams. A complete
FIVE STAR racing program will be in action featuring the
RUSH Crate Late Models, Close Racing Supply Modifieds,
Highway Auto Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks
“We are sad to make this decision at MCR, stated track
General Manager, Chris Zuver, but for MCR to stay
financially viable and provide weekly entertainment for
our fans and our competitors we had to make a very tough
decision.” “There is no body that wants to see
weekly super late model racing at MCR more than myself and
John Kennedy, but reality, majority of the super late
model teams are not local teams and travel a hour or more
to come to MCR as there are only two super late
model teams in McKean County and two in Cattaraugus county
in neighboring New York. The super late models will
return in the future as a special event class.
With that being said, this Friday night, MCR will be in
action featuring the RUSH crate late models in the USMC
Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial along with a full weekly
program. MCR is looking at a new increased purse for the
crate late model division. MCR has already looked
into visiting sanctioned series to visit MCR in the second
half of the year to be the headline division on certain
nights of racing.
Race teams that competed last week will have their money
waiting for them at the registration booth in the pits and
all super late model teams will be receiving their
monetary funds from June 28th event from MCR, General
Manager, Chris Zuver in the very near future.
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USA-EAST Pulls Coming to McKean County Raceway
East Smethport, PA (July 1, 2014)
McKean County Raceway will be the scene of their first
USA-EAST Sanctioned Tractor and Truck and Semi Truck Pull
in early July. The pulls in 2014 will be held on
Saturday evening, July 5th with a starting time set for
7:00pm with fireworks ending the night. The pulls
will be sanctioned by the USA-EAST Sled Pulling
Association of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. McKean
County Raceway is located in East Smethport, Pennsylvania
just south of US Route 6.
The regionally sanctioned pulling event will be sponsored
locally by the Little Power Shop of Bradford,
Pennsylvania. The Little Power Shop is the number
one aftermarket provider in the Penn-New York area with
special add-on and tuners for all makes and models of
trucks, both for competition and for street use. The
Little Power Shop is operated by John Anderson who is
himself involved with high-performance diesel engines.
Five different classes of pulling action are set
for this gigantic motor sport event. Diesel trucks
will be one of the highlights on the program for the first
time event. For fans of these high-powered four
wheel drive trucks, this is the place to be! The
incredible Open 2.6 Diesel 4x4 class will bring some of
the best running diesel trucks in the Penn – New York area
to McKean County Speedway. Dustin Harrison and
his “Strung Out” Dodge will be the one to beat after a
powerful championship season in 2013. Harrison, from
Crawford County, Pennsylvania drives a Dodge with Cummins
power. A powerful field of the Diesel 4x4 trucks is
expected due to the fact that the Little Power Shop of
Bradford has raised the purse for the class to the highest
that will be paid in 2014.
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|Art Peterson Wins
Matt Wheeler Memorial at MCR
E. Smethport, PA (June 28, 2014)
Olean’s Art Peterson won the Matt Wheeler
Memorial for the Pure Stocks Saturday night at the NDRL
McKean County Raceway. Chad Ruhlman of Bemis
Point won his seventh in the RUSH Crate Late Models but
had to work for it. Chris Hackett, Kurt Babcock, Vic
Vena and Kurt Stebbins were also winners Saturday night.
The Matt Wheeler Memorial was next up for the Pure Stocks
with $250 going to the winner. Defending champion,
Joe Layfield and RJ Pistner paced the field with current
point leader, Roger Schweikart quickly going from third to
first on the opening lap. Dustin Raught moved into
second on the next lap with Art Peterson finding his
stride and was in third by the third lap. Peterson
and Raught hounded Schweikart till Peterson got around
both Raught and Schweikart to grab the lead on lap 8 aft a
lap 6 caution. Peterson would lead the last seven laps
over Schweikart and Raught who made his first start of the
year came home fourth as Mike Parmenter snucked by with
two to go and Jason Dobson came home fifth.
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