Malcom Returns to Victory Lane on Bike Night
By: Kayla Peting
The Penn Can Speedway gave away 224 bikes to smiling children on Friday night as Mid-Season championship night brought several intense battles. All of the drivers were ready to test the limits as the season begins to wind down. On hand were the Stafursky Paving Modifieds, Erik Hines Trucking LLC 602 Sportsman, A & E Tire and Auto Center 600cc Modifieds, Factory Stocks and the Gary’s U-Pull It 4 Cylinders. Fans were anxious to get racing as it would be a make-or-break night for some drivers.
For the Stafursky Paving Modified feature, Matt Sobiech and Alan Komar led the way as Komar rode the top to the early lead. A quick caution found John Michael Phillips and Justin Holland stopped at the bottom of turn 4 with one lap complete. Komar elected for the inside on the restart, pulling away from Sobiech, as Malcolm took over the second spot on the front stretch. Sobiech would surrender third to a hard charging Brett Tonkin on the third circuit with a lap 5 yellow resetting the field once again. Komar took the inside, but Malcolm was strong to the outside, taking the lead into turn 1. Tonkin would claim second a lap later, with Nick Petrilak moving into third. Point leader Alex Tonkin’s night would take a sour turn as he slowed on the back stretch with a left rear flat on lap 10. Malcolm chose to put Tonkin on the inside for the restart, rocketing off the cushion in turn 2 to maintain the lead. Travis Brockner spun on the bottom of turn 4 just past halfway, transitioning the field to single file restarts. Malcolm would open up a half straight away lead over Brett Tonkin before Frank Yankowski ended up facing the wrong direction in turn 4 with two laps remaining. Alex Tonkin would be sent tail for the contact. Malcolm would pull away from Tonkin on the restart, sailing under the checkers as Tonkin, Petrilak, Kevin Hartnett and Danny Creeden rounded out the top 5.
Erik Hines Trucking LLC 602 Crate Sportsman would see a field of 22 Sportsmans led by Ned Fitch and Allen Kellogg. Fitch would gain the early lead while Kolyn Schane would look inside Kellogg for second. No moves would be made as Joe Novak would stop low in turn one. Fitch and Kellogg would once again lead the field with Fitch taking the lead while Kolyn Shane would take over third and would go door to door with Kellogg for second, but Kellogg would remain in second. After a string of cautions, Fitch would lead the field in a single file restart while battles would follow behind him. Ray Leonard would look low to take over ninth from Tim Howell. Mike Schane would look outside of Dave Rosa to take over fifth and Kellogg would go door to door with Fitch to take over first. Tommy Groover would follow behind Kellogg to take over second while Mike Schane, Mike Nagel Jr and Marty Goodwin would go three wide for fourth with Nagel taking the spot. By lap 11 Kellogg would catch up with the rear of the field and would begin to work lapped traffic. Another string of cautions would occur while the laps would keep counting down. Kellogg would lead the field while Nagel would move through the field while Brad Weaver would look inside Goodwin for fifth but would be unable to take the spot. Lap 17 would see a caution for a slowing Mike Wilcha in turn four. Kellogg would lead the field once again while Nagel would challenge for the lead. Kellogg would take his first win of the season followed by Nagel, Mike Schane, Groover, and Goodwin rounding out the top 5.
A & E Tire and Auto Center 600cc Modifieds would see Jeffery Martin and Darwin Greene Jr on the front row. Out of turn four Greene would take the lead while Chuck Lohmeyer would look outside Martin to take over second. Brenton Miller would throw a low slide to move into third around Martin. Brett Gray would take Martin and Nate Oropallo three wide for fourth before claiming the spot. Tori Straway would look high to slide past Martin to move into fifth while Miller would pass Lohmeyer and look inside Greene to take over the lead. Lap 6 would see a red flag for Straway flipping multiple times before coming to a stop and after assurance to the anxious fans that all drivers were ok, the wreckage was cleaned up. Lohmeyer and Miller would lead the front row for the restart and off the restart zone Lohmeyer would take the lead briefly before Miller would take overusing the high side. Gray would look outside of Lohmeyer to take over second while John Dinniny would look inside Brenton Payne for sixth but would not take over the position. Greene and Oropallo would battle door to door for fourth with Oropallo maintaining the spot. Lap 10 would see a caution for Larry Furman coming to a stop in turn three. Miller would lead the field in a single file restart while Dinniny would pass Phil Burns to take over seventh. Miller would pull away from the field and take the win followed by Gray, Payne, Lohmeyer and Oropallo rounding out the top 5.
The Factory Stocks would see Justin Slezak and Jordan Towner on the front row of the feature. Slezak would take the early lead while Brett Spoor would look inside Towner to take over second. Adam Gilbert would follow Spoor and would pass Towner to take over third. Spoor would step up and challenge Slezak for the lead and would take over first, but Adam Gilbert would challenge Spoor right back to take the lead away. Spoor would look low inside Adam, but would not be able to take back the lead. Lap 7 would see a yellow flag for Slezak spinning and collecting Charlie Gilbert and Darren Davies. Adam Gilber would select the lowside placing Spoor to his outside, Spoor would gain the early lead while Eric Beach would be charging through the field. Eric would use the low line to get around Dusty Decker to take over third and go door to door with Adam Gilbert to take over second. Beach would then step up and challenge Spoor for the lead before taking the spot. Beach would collect another win followed by Spoor, Charlie Gilbert, Decker and Rich Sharpsteen.
Gary’s U-Pull It 4 Cylinders would see Scott Beach and Rob Sterling on the front row and off the green Scott Beach would take the early lead. Bryant Beach would go high on Rich Wagner to take over fourth and would look inside Dakota Fuller for third, but would be unable to due to spinning and bringing out the caution before heading pit side. Scott Beach and Rob Sterling would once again lead the field with Scott’s 21 machine gaining the lead while battles happened behind him. Collin Mills would look inside Rob Sterling to take over second and Jeff Sterling would follow Mills on the line to move into third. Mills would quickly take the lead from Scott Beach and begin to pull away until a stopped Mike Jenks would bring out the caution. Mills would select the low line placing Scott Beach to his outside and out of turn four Mills would have the lead once again. Jeff Sterling would look low to get around Scott Beach to move into second while Brian Salmini would look outside Rob Sterling for fourth, but Salmini would begin to slow and head pit side. By lap 13 Mills would catch the rear of the field and would maintain the lead to the checkers. Mills would take the win followed by Jeff Sterling, Scott Beach, Jim Backowski and Rob Sterling would round out the top 5.
Penn Can is back in action this Friday (7/28) with Broome County Night which has a $5 admission fee (with valid ID) and the NY6A Hoosier 600 Sprint Tour. As always our 5 divisions will be on the card to do battle with points battles being closer than ever.With the final race of July upon us things are starting to heat up more. Be sure to follow The Penn Can Speedway to stay current on everything that is happening at the track.
Stafursky Paving Modifieds
WINNER – 119 – BRIAN MALCOLM
2.) 27K-Brett Tonkin 3.) 72-Nick Petrilak 4.) 5-Kevin Hartnett 5.) 16X-Danny Creeden 6.) 117-Alex Stanton 7.) 1-Darwin Greene Sr. 8.) 14Z-Brad Szulewski 9.) 88-Alan Komar 10.) 127-Frank Yankowski 11.) 22-Alex Tonkin 12.) 014-Brad Schaffer 13.) 66M-Matt Sobiech 14.) 484-Travis Brockner 15.) 73-Casey Plummer 16.) 280-Justin Holland 17.) 23JR-John Michael Phillips 18.) 57-Dan Burman DNS 52B-Brandon Fritsch, 23P-Bud Phillips
Erik Hines Trucking LLC 602 Crate Sportsman
WINNER – 711X – ALLEN KELLOGG
2.) M7-Mike Nagel Jr. 3.) 197-Mike Schane 4.) 7R-Tommy Groover 5.) 55-Marty Goodwin 6.) 26-Brad Weaver 7.) 61-Dave Rosa 8.) 3R-Ray Leonard 9.) 711-Ralph Mele 10.) 49-Tim Howell 11.) 5T-Charlie Towner 12.) 10K-Kolyn Schane 13.) 44-Jim O’Hara 14.) 88A-Amanda Scholtisek 15.) 72-Josh Fedo 16.) 70J-Joe Novak 17.) 111-Jason Wilson 18.) 84-Mike Wilcha 19.) 16-Ned Fitch 20.) 14K-Alex Konopka 21.) 117-Adam Mudge 22.)11-Brett Wooster DNS 8S-Rich Shope
A & E Tire and Auto Center 600cc Modifieds
WINNER – 29 – BRENTON MILLER
2.) 28-Brett Gray 3.) 11-Brenton Payne 4.) 5-Chuck Lohmeyer 5.) 30NN-Nate Oropallo 6.) 1JR-Darwin Greene Jr 7.) 99K-Phil Burns 8.) 12J-John Dinniny 9.) 117-Jeffrey Martin 10.) 217-Larry Furman 11.) 67-Tori Straway 12.) 108-Ali Scutt 13.) 424-Devin Sieban 14.) 424G-Mollie Mroz DNS 999-Madyson Beach
WINNER – 617 – ERIC BEACH
2.) 23S-Kyle Spoor 3.) 28-Charlie Gilbert 4.) 20Jr-Dusty Decker 5.) 83T-Rich Sharpsteen 6.) 19-Darren Davies 7.) 28X-Adam Gilbert 8.) 98-Lynn Highhouse 9.) 35H-Justin Slezak 10.) 27M-Kevin MacDonald 11.) 9J-Jordan Towner 12.) 23B-Brad Chilson
Gary’s U-Pull It 4 Cylinders
WINNER – 23 – COLLIN MILLS
2.) 56-Jeff Sterling 3.) 21-Scott Beach 4.) 8-Jim Backowski 5.) 71-Rob Sterling 6.) 22-David Benson 7.) 77-Brian Salmini 8.) G55-Dakota Fuller 9.) 8W-Rich Wagner 10.) 21MJ-Mike Jenks 11.) 5L-Bryant Beach