|9TH ANNUAL FALL CLASSIC - JIM
|Bryce Davis Holds Off Max Blair at McKean to Win His First Sweeney Rush Late
Model Tour Event of 2014
|East Smethport, PA (August 14, 2014) The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt
Late Model Touring Series made its first of three stops of 2014 at the McKean
County Raceway on Thursday evening. Race #10 of the year was part of the
109th annual McKean County Fair and drew a large crowd despite unseasonably cool
and breezy conditions. A rain shower just before 7 p.m. delayed the
program nearly 30 minutes. A season high 38 cars from all over
Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland were on
Bryce Davis led all 25 laps of the Sweeney Tour feature for his first win of the
season, but it was far from easy as he had standout Max Blair and four-time
Series winner Rick Singleton, who charged from the 12th and 13th starting spots
respectively, breathing down his neck for over half of the event.
Ironically, it was the second straight year Davis has topped a 38-car field on
the opening Sweeney Tour event at McKean. The win was worth $1,200 as
Davis became the sixth different winner of the season.
“When I saw him (Blair) get by me on that one restart I thought ‘oh shit here we
go’, but thank God the yellow came out and I was glad we got to lap 25,” stated
the 23-year-old Hornell, New York driver in victory lane after his popular win.
“We got a bad start on that one and had it gone green and I hadn’t gotten
another shot at him, I don’t know if I’d have won. I have to thank my
whole family- mom, dad, brother, sister, girlfriend and daughter along with my
crew and sponsors. I enjoyed coming here tonight and it was a great
turnout and great win.”
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Adam Sixt wins
Bill Bigley Memorial at McKean County Raceway!
Watson, Stebbing, Dobson, and Heineman also go to Victory
East Smethport, PA (August 7, 2014)
Bill Bigley was remembered at McKean County Raceway with a
special RUSH Crate Late Model feature in honor of the Port
Allegany native, one of the pioneers of stock car racing
in McKean County. When Curtis Peters threw the checkers it
was Adam Sixt collecting the win. In other action Close
Racing Supply Street Stocks points leader Kurt Stebbing made his third trip to Victory Lane this season,
Conneaut, OH's Joel Watson won the Modified feature in his
first visit of the season in a caution-free feature, Jason
Dobson collected his sixth win of the year in the Pure
Stock feature, and Holden Heineman got his second Mini
Stock win of the season.
Ward Schell and Adam Sixt
got the RUSH Crate Late Models field to Curtis Peters'
green flag to start the Bill Bigley Memorial. Sixt built
up a big lead before caution slowed the field at lap five
for spun cars at both ends of the track. For the green
Sixt led Schell, Damien Bidwell, Brad Mesler, and Max
Blair back to the green. Six cars piled up heading into
turn one after Mesler spun, accordioning the field. Sixt,
Schell, and Bidwell led the field back to the green again
with Blair now fourth and Chad Ruhlman fifth. After green
Ruhlman came to fourth while Sixt continued to lead. With
just three laps remaining, just as Sixt was catching the
back markers, Craig Dean looped his mount in turn two,
tightening the field for the final laps. The final laps
were Sixt, Schell, Bidwell, Ruhlman, and Blair to the
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Ruhlman Wins MCR Ralph and Peggy Grimes Memorial
East Smethport, PA (July
25, 2014) Little Power Shop RUSH Crate Late
Model point leader, Chad Ruhlman returned to victory lane
Friday night at MCR by winning the Ralph & Peggy Grimes
Memorial. Art Peterson, Mitch Boylan, Jeremy
Williams also returned to victory lane and Kirk Bradley
captured his first of the year.
Pure Stock point leader, Roger Schweikart and Smethport’s,
Dustin Raught paced the fifteen car pure stock field to
the green flag. Raught would get the initial jump on
Schweikart with Joe Layfield holding down third.
Layfield would grab second from Schweikart on lap five as
Jason Dobson would also move past the fading point leader.
Raught was still holding the lead with Layfield and Dobson
running door to door for second till Dobson would take the
runnerup spot on lap 8 and Art Peterson would move into
third on the very next lap. Lap ten would see
the yellow lights flashing for RJ Pistner and on the
restart Peterson would get second from Dobson with Raught
still in front looking for his first win. Peterson
would use his bumper the next two laps to remind Raught he
was there and on lap twelve as the leaders raced into turn
one, contact was made between the two racers with Peterson
taking the top spot from Raught. As the duo raced
down the back stretch, Raught would spin in turn four with
Dobson narrowly missing him and the lights flashed
again this time for Raught, who was having another
stellar run. Peterson restarted the field and led
the final two laps over Dobson and Layfield, with Moose
Reed making a late race run to finish fourth and RJ
Pistner coming back from his lap 10 yellow for a top five
Steve Sklar and Dobson were on the
front row for the Highway Auto Stock Car feature.
Dobson used the outside lane to get to the front of Sklar
at the start with Butch Talbot in third. Kurt
Stebbins moved into third on lap three and on lap five was
second behind Dobson with four time winner, Jeremy
Williams now in third making his way to the front.
Dobson, Stebbins and Williams were all engaged in a battle
for the lead with Williams coming out on top leading lap
eleven. Williams would lead the final four laps for
his fifth win of the season over point leader Stebbins,
Dobson, Talbot and Rich Wotjowicz was fifth at the line.
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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