Bouc, Whit­moyer win Coal­cracker fea­tures

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Ken­neth Bruce For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

A strong field of 358 Mod­i­fieds were on hand on Sept. 2 at the Big Di­a­mond Speedway as Jack Rich, Inc. pre­sented the an­nual Coal­cracker 72. When it was all said and done it was in­vader Danny Bouc tak­ing home the big $10,000 first place prize.

“Man, I had to re­ally work for that one,” said a very happy Bouc in vic­tory lane. “The track was re­ally ham­mer down up top and that’s me and once I got out front I knew I had to just hit my marks and I knew it was go­ing to be tough for them guys to get around me. That tro­phy is pretty cool, but the check is what I re­ally want so I can pay some bills.”

In the 20-lap USS Achey Sports­man fea­ture it was once again young Alex Yankowski, 14, putting his stamp on the track cham­pi­onship by win­ning the race and the 2018 points ti­tle.

In the Coal­cracker 72, Yankowski led the field through lap 23 un­til Buoc wres­tled away the lead. The man­datary fuel break stopped the race on lap 40 giv­ing all the driv­ers a chance to get out of the cars and take a breath to get ready for the last 32 cir­cuits. The run­ning or­der at the fuel break saw Bouc lead­ing the way with Godown, Pauch Jr, Yankowski and Howard the top five.

When the race re­sumed it was Bouc once again tak­ing com­mand as he opened up a small ad­van­tage over Godown. Von Dohren was now into fifth and start­ing to make his move as he worked his way past Howard set­ting his sights on Pauch Jr. The next stop­page was on lap 57 as Strunk slowed to bring out the yel­low as he headed for the pits.

The restart is where Godown made his move as he pulled up along­side Bouc com­ing out of four but Bouc never wa­vered and held off the veteran go­ing into turn one to keep the lead. Von Dohren who had got­ten by Pauch Jr was now putting the pres­sure on Godown and at one point slid un­der him only to have Godown cross back over to take the spot back. This was ex­actly what Bouc wanted to see as he was able to open up a small lead while they bat­tled it out for sec­ond be­hind him. The last yel­low of the race was thrown on lap 57 when the fourth-place car of Pauch Jr stopped in turn two with an ap­par­ent flat tire.

Bouc would have to have the restart of his life as now he had the track’s big three in Godown, Von Dohren and Howard all right be­hind him. How­ever, Bouc was not fazed and hit the restart per­fectly to grab the lead once again with Godown di­rectly be­hind him just wait­ing for a mis­take. It did not hap­pen as Bouc hit his marks to per­fec­tion each and ev­ery lap to stay in front and take the big­gest win of his ca­reer. Godown drove a great race to fin­ish sec­ond with Mike Gu­lar who pit­ted af­ter the fuel break to re­place a leak­ing left rear tire mak­ing a re­mark­able come­back to fin­ish third just get­ting by Howard on the last lap. Howard fin­ished fourth with Ryan Krachun in fifth. David Hunt crossed the fin­ish line in fifth but was scored a lap down from ear­lier. Craig Von Dohren had mul­ti­ple is­sues in the last few laps go­ing over the cush­ion a cou­ple times and even al­most go­ing flip­ping to fin­ish out of the top ten.

“Af­ter the night we had last night (at New Egypt) this is just awe­some,” said Bouc. “This is ex­actly what we needed, I’ve been up since 7:30am this morn­ing ham­mer­ing away on this car af­ter last night. It was a great race, Ryan (Godown) is tough wher­ever we go, he ran me clean and I knew I had to hit my marks to keep him be­hind me. I couldn’t have done any of this with­out my crew and my spon­sors and I can’t thank them enough.”

Re­sults Jack Rich Coal­cracker 9/2/18 The Jack Rich Coal­cracker 72 was won by Danny Bouc fol­lowed by Ryan Godown, Mike Gu­lar, Duane Howard, Ryan Krachun, Ryan Watt, Tim Buck­wal­ter, Shawn Fitz­patrick, Louden Reimert, Rick Laubach, John Will­man, Craig VonDohren, Scott Al­bert, Alex Yankowski and David Hunt. Did not fin­ish were Billy Pauch Jr, Jeff Strunk, Mike Lisowski, Brett Kress­ley, Brian Papiez, Jared Um­ben­hauer, Gary Hager, Wade Hen­drick­son and Frank Yankowski. Did not qual­ify were Sky­lar Sher­iff, Kevin Beach, Wayne Wit­mer, Cliff Quinn, Bran­don Grosso, Meme De­San­tis, Matt Stan­gle, Brad Arnold, Heath Met­zger, Bobby Gun­ther Walsh and Dan Hine­line. The mod­i­fied heats were won by Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, Ryan Watt, and Rick Laubach. The con­so­la­tion races were won by Brett Kress­ley and Scott Al­bert.

The U.S.S. Achey fi­nal points race was won by cham­pion Alex Yankowski fol­lowed by Cale Ross, Wayne Wit­mer, Ray Woodall, Tim Fitz­patrick, Kody Sites, Mike Sch­neck, Ed Mrochko, Gary Grim, Marty Res­nick and Chris Bren­nan. Did not fin­ish were Daryl Dissinger, Jeremy Hert­zog, Craig Whit­moyer, David Burns, Doug Hen­dricks, Ryan Godown Jr, Nate Klinger, Dakota Kohler and Shawn Light. Did not start was Blake Re­ber and dis­qual­i­fied was Kris Lil­ick. The sports­man heats were won by Doug Hen­dricks and Alex Yankowski.

The Sav­age 61 Road Run­ner di­vi­sion was won by Kris Ney fol­lowed by Mike Re­ichert, Chris Hol­land, Matt Ney, Terry Kramer Jr, Fred Everly, Shon Elk and Joey Bren­nan. Did not fin­ish were Jim Kost, Nate Hill, Kyle Dice, Cory Lin­den­muth and Shawn Mul­hall.

The Ex­cel 600 mod­i­fied di­vi­sion was won by DJ Hunt fol­lowed by Sam Sci­c­chi­tano, Ge­of­frey Sut­ton, Hunter Deihl, Korey Inglin, Gabby Meix­ell, Dakota Kohler, Ray Grad­well, Steve Sterner, Madyson Pachinko, Grant Schi­bilia and Shawna Schi­bilia. Did not fin­ish were Travis Fichter, Keith Inglin, Brian Blanken­biller and Richie Hit­zler.

Coal­cracker 40

With rain all around the speedway, the man­age­ment of Big Di­a­mond Speedway pushed on with the once rained out Fri­day night por­tion of Coal­cracker week­end to close out the 2018 sea­son at the 4/10’s mile dirt oval.

The USS Achey Sports­man di­vi­sion was the head­liner on the evening at they took part in the Lein­decker Race En­gines 40 lap main event with $1800 go­ing to the win­ner. It was veteran Sports­man cam­paigner Craig Whit­moyer hold­ing up the big check in vic­tory lane as he led the race from start to fin­ish.

“We had a good run here tonight,” said Whit­moyer as his car was be­ing in­spected af­ter the vic­tory. “It’s been a good year here for us, not great but good. The car was re­ally good tonight; we’ve been mak­ing changes. It’s been hard on restarts here for us and it’s been hard to get to go. It’s usu­ally been a lit­tle bit tight on the starts, but we’ve been mak­ing changes ev­ery week and I think we’ve got­ten it bet­ter each time . ... It’s a good way to end the sea­son here at Big Di­a­mond and now we look

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