Hess Takes ULMS Thriller at Freedom

FREEDOM, NY – Dave Hess, from Waterford, PA, scored a hard-earned win in the United Late Model Series Super Late Model 30 lap Feature before a banner crowd at Freedom Motorsports Park on Friday, August 18th. The veteran Hess had a little help along the way, as prohibitive favorite Max Blair, who became the first driver to break the 14 second mark at Freedom during time trials, had to fight his way to the front after a mid-race jingle. Even with that development, he was under constant pressure throughout the event.
Brent Rhebergen took the lead from the pole and set a blistering pace, with Hess in his tire tracks, until a lap four caution for a slowing car took the air out of the run. It was the first of three cautions on lap four, the second being a three car scrum and the third eliminating veteran Bump Hedman, who literally knocked the wall down in turn two.
On each attempted restart, Hess took the lead and the fourth was no exception, as he steamed past Rhebergen to grab the spot for good, with Greg Oakes taking second and soon breathing down his neck, with Blair up to third after starting sixth. Oakes stalked Hess through lap traffic until the race took a dramatic turn on lap 15. Blair was engaging Oakes for second when the two made contact coming out of turn two, with Blair spinning, while Oakes was able to continue. The contact was deemed incidental by ULMS officials, resulting in Oakes retaining his runner-up spot while Blair had to restart tail for causing the caution.
Hess retained the lead the rest of the way, wearing Oakes like a coat much of the time, while Blair made a dash through the field and made a late pass of Rhebergen to finish third. Brady Wonderling completed the top five in the entertaining race.
Hess, who finished second in two previous appearances, losing the previous Freedom race in lap traffic late in the race, offered, “I couldn’t tell if they were close or not. I slowed down a little bit in lap traffic, but it worked out for us. Just wanted to keep the thing up front and hope it stayed together sooner or later. We needed one. It’s been tough the last month, so we definitely needed it.”
In other action, Bill Deming, from Wellsville, wired the field from the pole in the 30 lap Pure Stock Feature, holding the top spot through three cautions and then fending off a late challenge from a determined Dustin Challingsworth to claim the win. Deming allowed, “I knew there were some good cars behind me, but I drove it like I was running laps. It’s only my second time here.”
Also, young second generation driver, Tyler Walker, from North Tonawanda, reeled in Matt Smith, who had built a sizable lead in the 15 lap NY6 Mini Sprint Feature, grabbing the top spot on the eighth lap and then putting lap cars between himself and Smith to score the win. Heat winner Ben Kysor finished third.
An excited Walker, proclaimed, “I love coming here to Freedom. This track is amazing. My dad made a great decision to put more rpms on the bottom. Hey, we’re here.”
Finally, Brad Shepard, from Leroy, won his fourth Mini Stock Feature, leading every lap from the pole, fending off challenges on four restarts in the process.
NOTES: Max Blair’s remarkable Super Late Model time of 13.924 was one of two sub fourteen second laps he recorded in time trials to break his own record of 14.053, set on July 14th of this season………………. The 19 car field was an encouraging sign for the future of the Super Late Models in the area, especially this late in the season, with some new names on the entry list, as well…………..The track continues to be racy, with the only enemy being the weather, which has cost the facility several racing dates. Track owner Bob Reis is pursuing the possibility of running at least one make-up event before the end of the season.
8.18.17  Sahlens Night Results:
Super Late Models: (30 laps) – 1. Dave Hess, 2. Greg Oakes, 3. Max Blair, 4. Brent Rhebergen, 5. Brady Wonderling, 6. Mike Wonderling, 7. Andy Boozel, 8. Jake Finnerty, 9. Nahan Hill, 10. Jason Dobson, 11. Dave Dubois, 12. John Weaver, 13. Kevin Santee, 14. Joe Layfield, 15. Breyton Santee, 16. Bump Hedman, 17. Ward Schell, 18. Kyle Murray, and 19. Cody Egner. Heat winners were Oakes, Blair, and Hess.
Pure Stocks: (30 laps) – 1. Bill Deming, 2. Dustin Challingsworth, 3. Jake Mascho, 4. James Thompson, 5. Dennis Harrison Jr., 6. Lucas Cornelius, 7. Mike Parmenter, 8. Dennis Hathaway, 9. Matt Putt, 10. Butch Jackson, 11. Ed Parmenter, 12. Tyrone Hendly, 13. Dave Wilson, 14. Dustin Goss, 15. Frank Neamon, 16. Matt Mowery, 17. Terry Gaylor, 18. Kylee Brown, and 19. David Warrior. DNS: Jason Dobson. Heat winners were Challingsworth, Deming, and Mascho.
NY6A Mini Sprints: (15 laps) – 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Matt Smith, 3. Ben Kysor, 4. Nick Groff, 5. Eric Wise, 6. Brian Vetter, 7. Gary Kratzer, 8. Shelby Ogozaly, 9. Jordan Noody, 10. Danny Knoll, 11. Wyatt Walker, 12. Lisa Kratzer, 13. Katy Knoll, and 14. Scott Kreutter, Heat winners were Kreutter and Kysor.
Mini Stocks: (15 laps) – 1. Brad Shepard, 2. Ryan Allen, 3. Duane Powers, 4. Matt Mowery, 5. Brendan Schweigart, 6. Robert Gardner, 7. Austin Woodring, 8. Tyler Oakes, 9.Chris Horton, 10. Dylan Greene 11. Holden Heineman, and 12. Greg Rockwell. Heat winners were Allen and Heineman.


7.27.17 Results- Rear End Specialists & Fleet Maintenance Night:

Modifieds: (30 laps) – 1. Adam Hilton, 2. Chad Brachmann, 3. Brad Rapp, 4. Curt Van Pelt, 5. Shayne Pierce, 6. Patrick Emerling, 7. Phil Vigneri III, 8. John Venuto, 9. Tony Pangrazio, 10. Ray Bliss, 11. Chris Ostrowsky, 12. James Sweeting, 13, Shannon Whaley, 14. Ron Cartwright Jr., and 15. Nick Joy. Heat winners were Cartwright and Whaley.

Sportsman: (25 laps) – 1. Brad Rouse, 2. Adam Ashcroft, 3. Kyle Inman, 4. Cody Egner. 5. Eric Ensell, 6. Tim Schram, 7. Alan Bratek, 8. Brian Bellinger, 9. Adam Leslie, 10. Michael Oakes, 11. Ray Bliss, and Mike Eastman. DQ: Austin Fugle. Heat winners were Rouae and Leslie.

Street Stocks: (20 laps) – 1. Dennis Cummings, 2. Al Brewer, 3. Joe Chamberlain, 4. Ted Mascho, 5. Rob Stromecki, 6. Steve Sklar, 7. Josh Wilcox, 8. Bill Taylor, 9. Mike Parmenter, 10. Dustin Goss, 11. Jeremy Perry, 12. Mike Putt, 13. Bill Demick, and and 14. Levi Watson. Heat winners were Mascho and Brewer.

Mini Stocks: (15 laps) – 1. Holden Heineman, 2. Ryan Allen, 3. Brad Shepard, 4. Brendon Schweigart, 5. Austin Woodring, 6. Tyler Oakes, 7. Tom Childs, 8. Duane Powers, 9. Mike Jackson, 10. Greg Rockwell, and 11. Matt Mowery. Heat winners were Allen and Jackson.

7.21.17 Results: Marcos Pizza/Danny Heineman & Sons Autograph Night
Outlaw Modifieds: (30 laps) – 1. Billy Van Pelt, 2. Ron Cartwright Jr., 3. Phil Vigneri III, 4. Shayne Pierce, 5. Nick Joy, 6.Adam Hilton, 7. Scott Wood, 8. Shannon Whaley, 9. James Sweeting, 10. John Venuto, 11. Ray Bliss, 12. Boyd MacTavish, 13. Tony Pangrazio, and 14. Chris Ostrowsky. Heat winners were Van Pelt and Sweeting.
Sportsman: (25 laps) – 1. Brad Rouse, 2. Kyle Inman, 3. Adam Leslie, 4. Adam Ashcroft, 5. Brian Bellinger, 6. Eric Ensell, 7. Brett Clark, 8. Matt Steffenhagen, 9. Ray Bliss, 10. John Sekoll, 11. Tim Schram, 12. Alan Bratek, 13. Cody Egner, and 14 Michael Oakes. Heat winners were Leslie and Bellinger.
Street Stocks: (20 laps) – 1. Al Brewer, 2. Joe Chamberlain, 3. Rob Stromecki, 4. Steve Sklar, 5. Billy Taylor, 6. Bill Demick. 7. Dustin Goss, 8. Mike Jackson, 9. Dennis Cummings, 10. Ted Mascho, 11. Jake Masco, and 12. Fred Ely. Heat winners were Taylor and Brewer.
Mini Stocks: (12 laps) – 1. Brad Shepard, 2. Holden Heineman, 3. Matt Mowery, 4. Mike Jackson, and 5. Tom Childs. DNS: Tyler Oakes. Heat winner was Heineman.


7.14.17 Results- Yorkshire Battery Night

Super Late Models: (30 laps) – 1. Max Blair, 2. Dave Hess, 3. Greg Oakes, 4. David Scott, 5. Nathan Hill, 6. Damian Bidwell, 7. Mike Wonderling, 8. Brent Rhebergen, 9. John Weaver, 10. Breyton Santee, 11. Joe Layfield, 12. Brady Wonderling, 13. Dave Dubois, 14. Kevin Santee, 15. Ward Schell, 16. Chad Hollenbeck and 17. Cody Egner. DNS: Jason Dobson. Heat winners were Hess, Blair, and Brady Wonderling.  Max Blair-Fast Time- 14.053

Sportsman: (20 laps) – 1. Brad Rouse, 2. Adam Leslie, 3. Adam Ashcroft, 4. Kyle Inman, 5. Brian Bellinger, 6. Ray Bliss, 7. Brett Clark, 8. Eric Ensell 9. Tim Schram 10. Cody Egner, 11. Michael Oakes, and 12. Alan Bratek. DNS: Mike Eastman. Heat winners were Ashcroft and Rouse.

Street Stocks: (20 laps) – 1. Al Brewer, 2. Steve Sklar, 3. Joe Chamberlain, 4. Rob Stromecki, 5. Bill Taylor, 6. Jack Warrior 7. Jeremy Perry, 8. Bill Tice, 9. Jake Masco, 10. Dennis Cummings, 11. Randy Taylor, 12. Bill Demick, 13. Kevin Dzuroff, and 14. Dustin Goss. Heat winners were Brewer and Chamberlain.

Mini Stocks: (15 laps) – 1. Holden Heineman, 2. Brad Shepard, 3. Matt Mowery 4. Kurt Babcock 5. Duane Powers, 6. Eric Weiss, 7. Tom Childs, and 8. Tyler Oakes. DQ: Dante Mancuso. DNS: Tyler Topler and Holden Farr. Heat winners were Heineman and Mancuso.


6.16.17 Results- Barnacle Brothers Reclaimed Lumber Night


Modifieds: (30 laps) – 1. Billy Van Pelt, 2. Phil Vigneri III, 3. Randy Chrysler, 4. Ron Cartwright Jr., 5. Mike Bowman, 6. James Sweeting, 7. John Venuto, 8. Adam Hilton, 9. Patrick Emerling, 10. Chris Ostrowsky, 11. Tony Pangrazio, 12. Ray Bliss, and Shayne Pierce. Heat winners were Bliss and Van Pelt.


Sportsman: (25 laps) – 1. Kyle Inman, 2. Cody McPherson, 3. Adam Ashcroft, 4. James Friesen, 5. Brad Rouse, 6. Ray Bliss, 7. Tom Richau, 8. Mark Chiddy, 9. Brian Bellinger, 10. Alan Bratek, 11. Cody Egner, 12. John Sekoll, and 13. Tim Schram. DNS: Mike Eastman. Heat winners were Bliss and McPherson.


Street Stocks: (20 laps) – 1. Pat Powers, 2. Al Brewer, 3. Dennis Cummings, 4. Ted Mascho, 5. Joe Chamberlain, 6. Rob Stromecki, 7. Bill Demick, 8. Glen Vancise, 9. Bruno Mowery, 10. Mike Jackson, 11. Bill Taylor, 12. Jake Masco, 13. Jim Claypool, 14. Terry Gaylor, 15. Steve Sklar, 16. Dustin Goss, 17. Dana Maybee, and 18. Frank Neamon. DNS: Jack Warrior. Heat winners were Mowery, Stromecki, and Powers.


Mini Stocks: (12 laps) – 1. Matt Mowery, 2. Ryan Allen, 3. Tom Childs, 4. Holden Heineman and Chris Benz. Heat winner was Heineman.



6.9.17 Results- Sixt Lumber Night

PRIME TIME ENERGY SERVICES OUTLAW MODIFIEDS (30 Laps) – Shayne Pierce, Billy Van Pelt, Adam Hilton, Phil Vigneri III, Kevin Hoffman, Kyle Fink, Patrick Emerling, Tom Holden, Rick Hoctor, John Venuto, Ray Bliss, Ron Cartwright Jr, Brad Rapp. DNS- Tony Pangrazio.

NY6A MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps) – Mickey Ciliberto, Shelby Ogozaly, Tyler Walker, Jonny Kolosek, Chuck Hunt, Eric Wise, Nick Groff, Ben Kysor, Brian Vetter, Gary Kratzer, Matt Smith, Lisa Kratzer, Jordan Noody, Danny Knoll Jr, Wyatt Walker. DNS-Brandon Oddo.

TIDDS TOWING DIRTCAR SPORTSMAN- (25 Laps) – Brad Rouse, Adam Leslie, Adam Ashcroft, Kyle Inman, Ray Bliss, James Friesen, Brian Bellinger, John Sekoll, Alan Bratek, Eric Ensell, Tim Schram, Ben Dover, Cody Egner. DNS- Mike Eastman.

PIONEER FORD STREET STOCKS (20 Laps) – Dennis Cummings, Randy Taylor, Mike Jackson, Steve Sklar, Rob Stromecki, Bill Taylor, Jake Masco, Ted Mascho, Bill Tice, Dustin Goss, Bill Demick.

DANNY HEINEMAN & SONS MINI STOCKS (15 Laps) – Matt Mowery, Brad Shepard, Holden Heineman, Ryan Allen, Chris Benz, Matt Hornquist, Tom Childs.


 6.2.17 Results Bellinger Electric Night
Modifieds: (30 laps) – 1. Shayne Pierce, 2. Adam Hilton, 3. Phil Vigneri III, 4. Ron Cartwright Jr. 5. Ray Bliss, 6. Rick Richner, 7. Rich Regalski, 8. Rick Hoctor, 9. Tony Pangrazio, 10. Randy Chrysler, and 11. Erick Rudolph. DNS: Brad Rapp. Heat winners were Cartwright and Hilton.
Sportsman: (40 laps) – 1. Cody McPherson, 2. Brad Rouse, 3. Chad Chevalier, 4. Darrel Farraway, 5. Justin Sharp, 6. Adam Ashcroft, 7. Kyle Inman, 8. Adam Leslie, 9. Mark Chiddy, 10. Ray Bliss, 11. Brian Bellinger, 12. Zach Sam, 13. Tom Richau, 14. Eric Ensell, 15. Alan Bratek, 16. Cody Egner, 17. James Friesen, 18. Carl Inman, 19. Tim Schram, and 20. Michael Oakes. Heat winners were Bliss, Leslie, and Rouse. Dash winner was Sharp.
Street Socks: (12 laps) – 1. Dennis Cummings, 2. Al Brewer, 3. Joe Chamberlain, 4. Ted Mascho, 5. Jake Mascho, 6. Bill Tice, 7. Rob Stromecki, 8. Bruno Mowery, 9. Steve Sklar, 10. Bill Taylor, 11. Bill Demick, 12. Dustin Goss, 13. Kane Stebbins, and 14. Terry Gaylor. Heat winners were Cummings and Ted Mascho.
Mini Stocks: (12 laps) – 1. Brad Shepard, 2. Duane Powers, 3. Holden Heineman, 4. Ryan Allen, 5. Chris Horton, 6. Austin Woodring, 7. Tony Kulesza, 8. Mike Torrence, and 9. Tyler Oakes. DQ: Bruno Mowery. Heat winners were Powers and Shepard.

5.19.17 Results: Primetime Energy Services & Pepsi Night

Modifieds: (30 laps) – 1. Brad Rapp, 2. Ron Cartwright Jr., 3. Adam Hilton, 4. Patrick Emerling, 5. Randy Chrysler, 6. Tom Flannigan, 7. Tom Holden, 8. Cody McPherson, 9. Rick Richner, 10. Shayne Pierce, 11. Scott Wood, 12. Billy Van Pelt, 13. Tony Pangrazio, 14. Ray Bliss, 15. John Venuto, and 16. Rick Hoctor. Heat winners were Chrysler and Hilton.

Sportsman: (25 laps)- 1. James Friesen, 2. Brad Rouse, 3. Dave Flannigan, 4. Adam Ashcroft, 5. Adam Leslie, 6. Kyle Inman, 7. Austin Susice, 8. Dave DiPietro, 9. Brian Bellinger, 10. Ray Bliss, 11. Anthony Muscato, 12. Eric Ensell, 13. Cody Egner, 14. Tim Schram, 15. John Sekoll, 16. Ray Bliss Jr., and 17. Alan Bratek. Heat winners were Rouse and Leslie.

Street Stocks: (20 laps) – 1. Al Brewer, 2. Dennis Cummings, 3. Bill Deming, 4. Ted Mascho, 5. Jason Dobson, 6. Bruno Mowery, 7. Rob Stromecki, 8 .Jake Masco, 9. Steve Sklar, 10. Bill Taylor, 11, Dustin Goss, and 12. Dennis Hathaway. DNS: Joe Chamberlain. Heat winners were Dobson and Demming.

Mini Stocks: (15 laps) – 1. Brad Shepard, 2. Holden Heineman, 3. Matt Mowery, 4. Tom Childs, 5. Austin Woodring, 6. Matt Hornquist, 7. Tom Kulesza, and 8. Ruben Coffey. DNS: Cole Susice. Heat winners were Shepard and Coffey.