Penn Can Speedway
8-9-13 Rob’s Market Night all divisions
8-13-13 Hot Summer Night Special ROC Open Sportsman, ROC Street Stocks, IMCA Style Mods, 4 Cylinders
BOB TRAPPER WIRES THE MODIFIED FIELD AT PENN CAN SPEEDWAY ON FRIDAY
By Ryan Lepre
Bob Trapper took command of the Modified 30 lap main event on Friday night at the Penn Can Speedway from his outside pole starting spot on lap one. Trapper of Scranton, PA was challenged for the first half of the event by his son Bobby Trapper Jr. and in the final part of the event by Billy Thornton. But in the end Trapper in the Tom Oleski owned No.30+ was too strong as he took the win on the tacky track over Thornton of Old Forge, PA; Joey Colsten of Binghamton, NY; Trapper Jr. of Scranton, PA and Dan Pompey of Kingsley, PA. After motor issues last week in his No.3 ride Butch Green romped to the 602 Sportsman win. Steve Deinhardt bested Shane Wolf Jr. in a crowd pleasing Street Stock feature meanwhile Tim Frantz slide his way to an impressive win in the Xcel 600 Modified event. Rounding out the night Ted Mills III ended Mark Andrus five race win streak in the Factory Stocks and Kenny Underwood grabbed another Four Cylinder victory.
The headlining Modifieds were brought to the green flag by Bobby Trapper Jr. and Bob Trapper. Trapper jumped to the lead in the Coney Island Lunch ride ahead of Trapper Jr. and Adam MacGeorge. The caution waved on lap two for last week’s winner Joey Grammes who made contact with another car and damaged his right rear wheel while under yellow third place MacGeorge went pit side with a flat tire. The caution flew again as Mike Dougherty and Grant Hilfiger tangled ending Hilfiger’s night. The Trappers remained out front while Steve Babicek and Kevin Hartnett dueled for the third position. Hartnett took the position and closed on Trapper Jr. for second while Trapper continued to lead the way. Trapper Jr. and Hartnett were joined by Thornton in a tight duel for second on the bitty racing surface. At the crossed flags it was Trapper leading Trapper Jr., Hartnett, Thornton, Babicek, Joey Colsten, Ken Titus, Brian Malcolm, Dan Pompey and Joey Grammes. Coming off turn four on lap 16 third place running Kevin Hartnett spun unexpectedly to draw the yellow meanwhile fourth place Babicek developed an engine miss and was forced to retire. The retirements moved Colsten to fourth and Malcolm to fifth. Grammes had moved his way back to sixth from the tail when he once again slowed drawing a yellow flag but rejoining the field before racing resumed. Mike Nagel Jr. spun on lap 24 then after the restart lost a wheel slowing the field again. Between these two restarts Thornton worked to the inside of Trapper Jr. and nosed ahead at the line by inches to take over second. The elder Trapper held command of the race while Thornton, Trapper Jr. and J.Colsten raced closely in the final circuits. Colsten drove by Trapper Jr. to take over third on lap 27 while the tightest battle was for fifth between Malcolm and Pompey. Over the last laps Malcolm and Pompey traded fifth with Pompey wrestled away the spot off the final turn. In the end the elbows up track suited Trapper as he took home the win to make it 11 winners in 12 Modified races at the Can. The win in the Main Engines powered Bicknell by Trapper was his first since the first week of August in 2011. Thornton in his DRPRC.com No.11 Teo who is the only two time winner this year settled for second while Joey Colsten in the Gary’s U-Pull-It No.151 Troyer ran a steady race to round out the podium. The rest of the top five were the Trap’s Speed Shop No.2 Bicknell of Bobby Trapper Jr. and Dan Pompey in the D&D Flagstone No.11P Bicknell. Sixth through tenth went to 18th place starter Brian Malcolm, Bob Hamm, Ken Titus, Grammes and Alan Rudalavage. Heat race wins for the 22 Modifieds went to Bob Trapper, Steve Babicek and Bobby Trapper Jr.
“This feels great these Oleski guys are great guys and really have been working hard to make the car better.” said Trapper “We’ve been trying to catch Kevin(Hartnett) I think we’ll be better the rest of the year. The car was good I’ll take a track like this where you have to cowboy up over a slick track any day I’m not afraid to run the cushion.”
Doug Snyder shot to the lead at the start of the 602 Sportsman event over Wes Campbell and Ryan Olsommer meanwhile ninth starter Butch Green was making quick work on the cars ahead of him. Green was third on lap two then the runner-up one lap later. Green powered to the lead off turn two on the outside on lap four. Points leader Alex Stanton was also coming to the front as he was into second when contact from Kyle Rohner sent Snyder into Stanton causing Stanton to spin. Green dominated the rest of the way as Olsommer finished a solid second ahead of Grant Hilfiger, Stanton and Dusty Barton.
In a wild race for for the Street Stocks they started by racing four wide down the backstretch on the opening circuit Shane Wolf Jr. made moves from the eighth starting spot to take the lead by a whisker on lap one. Wolf was followed closely by Randy Fox while Steve Deinhardt was making his way up the running order. On lap six it was three wide for the lead with Wolf hanging on as Deinhardt took the second spot on lap eight from Fox. Over the next eight laps Deinhardt hounded Wolf and when Wolf washed up the track a bit Deinhardt pounced to take the race lead. Deinhardt led the rest of the way for his sixth win of the year and tightened the points race Wolf Jr. placed second with an invading Rich Green third as Jon Carpenter and Randy Fox completed the top ten.
Kailee Dimorier led the Xcel 600 Modifieds at the start ahead of Tim Frantz and Jamie Frantz. Tim Frantz slid to the lead but Dimorier quickly returned the favor. On lap five the top four raced tightly together and by lap six Tim Frantz slipped by Dimorier to take the race lead. Nick Cinquati was up to second while behind them a pack of six cars dueled for third. In the end Tim Frantz scored the win over Cinquati, a fast closing Scott Adams, Jamie Frantz and Brian Mady.
TM3 or Ted Mills III held off Mark Andrus this week to snap Andrus’ five race winning streak in the Factory Stocks while Mike Morse placed third. In the nightcap the Four Cylinder event was won by Kenny Underwood over Josh Bailey and Mike Robinson.
Next Friday will be Rob’s Markets night at the Penn Can Speedway racing will feature the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks, Xcel 600 Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders.
On Tuesday night August 13th the Hot Summer Night Special will take place with the RoC Sportsman headlining the event also on the card are the RoC Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and Four Cylinders.
Anyone with questions can contact the speedway at 570-585-9928 or check us out on the web at www.penncan.com. Gates open each Friday at 5:15 with racing at 7:30. Admission is $12 for Adults with Seniors and Students $10 and Children 11 and under Free. The speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania just a short drive from the Binghamton and Scranton areas.
The speedway is sponsored in part for the 2013 season by great corporate partners including Don’s Automotive Mall, Gary’s U-Pull-It, Pump-N-Pantry Stores, Trackside Products, Hornbeck Chevrolet, NEP Telephone, Pine Line Auto, Adams Cable, VP Race Fuels, and American Race Tires.
Modified Feature: Bob Trapper,Billy Thornton, Joey Colsten, Bobby Trapper, Dan Pompey, Brian Malcolm, Bob Hamm, Ken Titus, Joey Grammes, Alan Rudalavage, Adam MacGeorge, Mike Dougherty, Jason Andrews, Charlie Hendrickson, Tyler Haydt, Mike Nagel Jr, Kevin Hartnett, Steve Babicek, John Siedlecky, Christine Martin, Grant Hilfiger, DNS, Mike Nagel
Sportsman Feature: Butch Green, Ryan Olsommer,Grant Hilfiger, Alex Stanton, Dusty Barton, Randy Gates, Jamie Cortazar, Nick Branning, Grant Hilfiger, Doug Snyder, Kyle Rohner, Ryan Stone, Travis Smith
Street Stock Feature: Steve Deinhardt, Shane Wolf Jr, Rich Green, Jon Carpenter, Randy Fox, Earl Zimmer, Ricky Davis Sr, Chuck Murray, Luke Decker, Joe Cisney, Dan Force, Ken Sparks Jr, Matt Spencer, Butch Stark
Factory Stock Feature: Ted Mills III, Mark Andrus, Mike Morse, Gary Cleveland, Nathan Hill, Randy Richards, Nick Richards, Ted Mills Jr, DNS, Lanson Albanese
Xcel 600 Mods: Tim Frantz, Nick Cinquati, Scott Adams, Jamie Frantz, Brian Mady, Will Eastman, John Ayre, Kailee Dimorier, Kyle Fallis, Steve Sherwood, Nick Mady, Kamdin Maby, John Lakatos