05/04/2013 - Season Opener!
Sandusky Speedway opened the 2013 racing season on Saturday night May 4 featuring the Pie Factory Bakery & Pizzeria Buckeye Super Sprints (BSS), The Ignitable Technologies Modifieds, the Pizza Brothers Street Stocks and the Milan Automotive Hobby Stocks. In the preliminary events it was Kevin Shirey setting fast time in the BSS at 15.635. Talon Stephens was the heat race winner and the thirty lap feature winner. In the Ignitable Technologies Modifieds it was defending champion Kenny Phillips the fastest qualifier at 17.993. The dash winner was Jason Wells. Picking up heat race wins were former Late Model driver Norm Taylor and Main Event Racing Series Super Late Model driver Brian Short. The twenty five lap feature race winner was also Brian Short. Chris Hamilton, the defending Street Stock champion, posted the divisions fast qualifying time of 20.431. The dash winner was Randy Dawson and the heat race win went to Justin Hamilton. Chris Hamilton appears to be ready to pick up where he left off as he won tonight's twenty lap Street Stock feature race. The new Hobby Stock division saw Joey Wyckoff set the fast time of 22.796. Wyckoff would go on to win the second heat race and the fifteen lap feature race. The dash race winner was John McKee and the winner of the first heat race was Brandon Holcomb.
The twenty lap feature for the Pizza Brothers Street Stocks was up first tonight. Tony Bartlome and Cody Rose paced the field to Will Pattersons green flag with Rose taking the early lead. The Hamilton brothers, Justin and Chris ran second and third followed by Randy Dawson and Bartlome. C.Hamilton advanced to second and began to close in on Rose. C.Hamilton took the lead from Rose on lap seven with J. Hamilton moving into second followed by Rose, Dawson and Bartlome. C.Hamilton had a five car length lead with fourteen laps in when the caution flag waved when Bartlome made contact with the front straight wall, he was not injured. On the restart C.Hamilton pulled into the lead followed by J.Hamilton, Dawson, Rose and Jay Petek. This would be the finishing order as the defending Street Stock champion Chris Hamilton was back in the winners circle on opening night.
The Ignitable Technologies Modified division was up next for their twenty five lap feature. Craig Phillips and Kevin Jaycox Jr. made up the front row with Jaycox Jr. grabbing the early lead. The caution flag was out on lap two when Kenny Phillips and John Bartlome made contact on the backstraight. The restart line up was Jaycox Jr., Brian Short, C.Phillips, Dave Beverly and Kenny Sharp. Brian Short took the lead on the restart followed by Jaycox Jr., Beverly, Sharp and Stephen Klinect. Short had opened up a half straightaway lead over Jaycox Jr. as Klinect advanced to third, followed by Sharp and Beverly. At the halfway mark it was still Short, Jaycox Jr., Klinect, Sharp and Beverly the top five running order. With just five laps to go, Short increased his lead to a full front straightway to take the checkered flag unchallenged.
The Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint thirty lap feature saw Joe Speakman take the lead from his outside pole starting spot. Following Speakman was Talon Stephens, Kevin Mingus, Doug Berryman and Donovan Daniels. The caution flag was out on lap five when Speakman broke out of his qualifying time. Talon Stephens would be the new leader followed by Kevin Mingus, Doug Berryman, Speakman, Adam Biltz and Donovan Daniels. Stephens set a blistering pace and at the halfway mark it was Stephens leading followed by Mingus, Berryman, Speakman and Biltz. Stephens would increase his lead as the laps counted down to win tonight's Buckeye Super Sprint feature race in convincing fashion.
The Milan Automotive Hobby Stock fifteen lap feature closed out the evening. Joey Wyckoff, the divisions fast qualifier and second heat race winner, wasted no time in finding his way to the front of the pack. With four laps recorded Wyckoff took the lead from his eighth starting spot. Following Wyckoff was John McKee, Mike Parks, Dylan Watson and Brandon Holcomb. At the halfway point of the race it was still Wyckoff leading followed by McKee, Watson, Parks and McDonald. McKee was pressuring Wyckoff for the lead but would come up short tonight as Wyckoff would go on to take the checkered flag.
Buckeye Super Sprints (BSS)
Fast Qualifier - Kevin Shirey 15.635
Heat # 1 - Talon Stephens (Ravenna); Joe Speakman; Doug Berryman; Kevin Mingus (Huron); Shirey
Feature - (30 laps) - Stephens; Mingus; Berryman; Speakman; Adam Biltz
Fast Qualifier - Kenny Phillips (Vermilion) 17.993
Dash - Jason Wells; John Bartlome (Lorain); Kenny Sharp (Port Clinton); K.Phillips
Heat # 1 - Norm Taylor (Parma); Kevin Jaycox Jr. (Sandusky); Kenny Calhoun (Belleview); Craig Phillips (Vermilion); Jeff Wilber
Heat # 2 - Brian Short (Brookpark); Sharp; Wells; K.Phillips; Stephen Klinect (Burbank)
Feature - (25 laps) - Short; Jaycox Jr.; Klinect; Sharp; Wells
Fast Qualifier - Chris Hamilton (Norwalk) 20.431
Dash - Randy Dawson (Mansfield); C.Hamilton; Justin Hamilton (Norwalk); Cody Rose (Milan)
Heat # 1 -`J.Hamilton; C.Hamilton; Rose; Dawson; Tony Bartlome (Vermilion)
Feature - (20 laps) - C.Hamilton; J.Hamilton; Dawson; Rose; Jay Petek
Fast Qualifier - Joey Wyckoff (Amherst) 22.796
Dash - John McKee; Wyckoff; Mike McDonald; Dan Smith;
Heat # 1 - Brandon Holcomb; Mike Parks; Austin White; Jason Rowe (Mansfield); Brandon Buckley
Heat # 2 - Wyckoff; Dylan Watson; McKee; McDonald; Dave Smith
Feature - (15 laps) - Wyckoff; Watson; McKee; McDonald; Smith
01/01/2013 - 33rd Annual Hangover Race!
Sandusky Speedway ushered in 2013 with the 33rd Annual Hangover Race on New Years Day Tue. January 1, 2013. Before the afternoons racing program began there was a moment of silence for members of the racing community that have passed away during the off season. One member, Bill Hart, was the winner of the very first Hangover Race. To honor Bill Hart, the Hangover Race will now be known as the Wild Bill Hart Hangover Race.
The hardcore racing fans that braved todays cold weather were treated to three divisions, the Champagne Stocks, the Moonshine Stocks and the Whiskey Stocks. As is the customary tradition, there was an endless barrage of snowballs flying from the grandstands all afternoon as the cars raced by.
Ron Miller would begin his 50th year of racing by winning the twenty lap Champagne Stocks feature race. Miller has won eight of the last nine Hangover races, possibly more once he checks his trophy case. In a post race interview, Miller said that this is the most fun race of the year. Miller took the lead on lap two and was never challenged for the lead.
Ryan Tamburro won the fifteen lap Whiskey Stocks feature. Howard Kelly was the early race leader before Kevin McCall took the point. Tamburro would take the lead from Joey Wyckoff and hold on to take the checkered flag.
The Moonshine Stocks twenty lap feature was won by Pauly Hess who started fifth in the lineup. Hess would have his pace slowed by numerous cautions as the racing surface became increasingly icy as the sun came out late in the afternoon and melted some of the snow on the track.
Heat # 1 - Tim Murphy; Mark Pollack; Mark Kachenmeister; Jeff King; Ron Osenbaugh
Heat # 2 - Ron Miller; Gary Hensel; Mike Graber; Steve Morris; Mike Grames
Feature (20 laps) - Ron Miller; Tim Murphy; Mark Kachenmeister; Mark Pollack; Gary Hensel
Heat # 1 - Bob Lusetti; Steve Jones; Mike Fleitz; Mark Reasor; Stephanie Miller
Heat # 2 - Kevin McCall; Jerry Adkins; James Priebe; Ryan Tamburro; Joey Wyckoff
Feature (15 laps) - Ryan Tamburro; Joey Wyckoff; Kevin McCall; Steve Jones; Howard Kelly
Heat # 1 - Pauly Hess; Dylan Hough; Scott Hammir; Craig Lange; Steve Morris
Feature (20 laps) - Pauly Hess; Mark Kachenmister; Craig Lange; Matt Ringser; Steve Morris