Friesen first in in­au­gu­ral Bruce Rogers Me­mo­rial at Grand­view

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - SPORTS - By Ernie Sax­ton For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

BECH­TELSVILLE » Mother Na­ture fi­nally co­op­er­ated with the rac­ing com­mu­nity on Satur­day night and pro­duced beau­ti­ful weather and the 56th rac­ing sea­son at Grand­view Speed­way got un­der­way in front of a very large turnout of fans. Close to 50 small and big block Mod­i­fieds lined the pits to par­tic­i­pate in the events lead­ing up to the first an­nual Bruce Rogers Me­mo­rial Money Maker 50-lap race spon­sored by VP Rac­ing Fuels. The race was run in honor of the late Bruce Rogers, who passed away last March. Bruce, along with his fa­ther For­rest, built the track close to 60 years ago.

Three laps shy of a vic­tory in the pres­ti­gious me­mo­rial event, Ste­wart Friesen wres­tled the lead away from Mike Gu­lar as the front run­ners had to deal with lapped traf­fic. Friesen held on and went on to col­lect the $7,500 top prize money along with beau­ti­ful hard­ware sig­ni­fy­ing the vic­tory. In 2014 Friesen, now a reg­u­lar in NASCAR Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries com­pe­ti­tion, won the sea­son opener along with the rich Free­dom 76 Clas­sic.

Kevin Hirth­ler, do­ing dou­ble duty in the Mod­i­fied and Sports­man di­vi­sions, took the lead when leader Ryan Lil­ick dropped out of ac­tion and chalked up the vic­tory in the 25-lap Sports­man fea­ture.

The of­fi­cial sea­son of TP Trail­ers NASCAR Mod­i­fieds, Late Mod­els and Sports­man will kick off on Satur­day, April 21 all get­ting un­der­way at 7:00 p.m. An added at­trac­tion will be the Blast from the Past Vin­tage Rac­ers. Spec­ta­tor gates will open at 5 p.m. VP RAC­ING FUELS Bruce Rogers Me­mo­rial Money Maker (50-Laps): 1. Ste­wart Friesen, 2. Mike Gu­lar, 3. Craig Von Dohren, 4. Ryan Watt, 5. Frank Cozze, 6. Duane Howard, 7. Meme DeSan­tis, 8. Rick Laubach, 9. Billy Pauch, 10. Mike Ma­haney,

11. Matt Shep­pard, 12. Jor­dan Henn, 13. Kyle Weiss, 14. Brett Kress­ley, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Don Nor­ris Jr., 17. Kevin Hirth­ler, 18. Justin Grim,

19. Mike Lisowski, 20. Tim Buck­wal­ter, 21. Brian Hirth­ler, 22. Kenny Gil­more, 23. Jor­dan Um­ben­hauer, 24. Ryan Grim. DNQ: Danny Erb, Ron My­ers, Ray Swine­hart, Dan Waisem­pacher, Bobby Gun­ther-Walsh, Brett Gil­more, Chris Es­pos­ito, Joe Fanelli, Mark Kratz, Jeff Strunk, Mike Kell­ner, Bobby Trap­per, John Will­man, Tommy Scheetz, Brian Krum­mel, Chris Gam­bler, Clay But­ler, Doug Man­miller, Steve Swine­hart, Eric Biehn, Briggs Dan­ner, Bobby Trap­per Jr., Ron Kline. Sports­man Fea­ture (25 Laps): 1. Kevin Hirth­ler, 2. Brad Grim, 3. Brian Hirth­ler, 4. Dy­lan Swine­hart,

5. Mark Kem­merer, 6. Jim Hous­worth, 7. Jack But­ler, 8. Mike Lisowski, 9. Ryan Higgs, 10. Kurt BeItler, 11. Kenny Bock, 12. Den­nis Smith, 13. John McGovern, 14. Andy Kem­merer, 15. Joe Funk III,

16. Jesse Lan­dis, 17. Brad Arnold, 18. Lex Shive,

19. Craig Whit­moyer, 20. Richard Emel, 21. Ryan Lil­ick, 22. Mike Mam­mana, 23. Nathan Mohr, 24. Gary Wag­ner. DNQ: B.J. Joly, Paul Houseknecht, An­drew Kreis, Bobby Del­son, Ryan Beltz and Ni­cholas Flam­mer.

COM­ING EVENTS: Sun­day, April 15th, 1 pm, Out­law En­duros and Blast from the Past Vin­tage Car rac­ing.

Satur­day, April 21st, 7 p.m. Start of NASCAR and Track Point Cham­pi­onship Chase fea­tur­ing T.P.Trail­ers 358 Mod­i­fieds, Late Mod­els and Sports­man stock cars plus Blast from the Past Vin­tage Cars.

Satur­day, April 28th, 7 p.m. NASCAR T.P.Trail­ers 358 Mod­i­fieds, Late Mod­els and Sports­man stock cars.

Satur­day, May 5, 7:30 p.m. (new start­ing time) NASCAR T.P.Trail­ers 358 Mod­i­fieds, Late Model and Sports­man

Big Di­a­mond

It was un­be­liev­ably warm spring night up in­God’s Coun­try asBigDi­a­mond­p­re­sented its 47th sea­sonopener on April 13. Stand­ing tallin vic­tory lane on “Scha­ef­fer­sMo­tor­sports Night” and tak-ing top hon­ors were Billy PauchJr. af­ter a ter­rific bat­tle with­ri­val Ryan Godown in the Mat-tera’s Elec­tri­cal andGen­er­alCon-tract­ing 358 Mod­fieds fea­tur­erace. Young­ster Alex Yankowski­was the USS AcheyS­ports­man­win­ner with Kris Ney tak-ing the Sav­age 61 Road­run­ners­main event and Elvis Bren­nan IIIwin­ning the No Sweat Ser­viceGroup Street Stock fea­ture.

A great crowd­was on hand as the cars took­the track for the evening. De­spite all of the harsh weather we’ve had over the past few weeks the track was in pretty good con­di­tion for a sea­son opener with both an in­side and out­side groove avail­able for the rac­ers to choose from.

The first fea­ture of the 2018 sea­son to hit the track was for the Sav­age 61 Road­run­ners and it didn’t dis­ap­point as Kris Ney, Mike Re­ichert and Shawn Mul­hall put on a ter­rific three-car bat­tle for the win. Richert and Mul­hall tried to get by Ney but to no avail as Kris Ney stood tall in the seat to win his first fea­ture of the year. Re­ichert held on for sec­ond with Mul­hall in third. Steve Gromis and Matt Ney rounded out the top five.

Next up on the docket was the 30-lap, $4,000 to win sea­son opener for the mighty Mat­tera’s Elec­tri­cal and Gen­eral Con­tract­ing 358 Mod­i­fieds. Billy Pauch Jr. bat­tled arch-ri­val Ryan Godown tooth and nail for the last por­tion of the race to grab the win. For Pauch it was a well-earned vic­tory and the New Jersey driver was happy to get the sea­son started off in a big way.

April 13th Re­sults:

The Mat­teras Elec­tri­cal Mod­i­fied Di­vi­sion $4,000 – 1. Billy Pauch Jr. 2. Ryan Godown 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Duane Howard 6. Ryan Watt 7. Rick Laubach 8. Kevin Beach 9. Erick Ru­dolph 10. Gary Hager 11. Doug Man­miller 12. Ryan Krachun 13. Jimmy Rep­pert 14. Grant Hil­figer 15. Andy Burkhart 16. Meme Desan­tis 17. Frank Yankowski 18. Kris Graver. Did not fin­ish were Mike Lisowski, Brett Kress­ley, Frank Cozze, Frank Por­reca, Bobby Trap­per and Ray Swine­hart. Did not qual­ify were John Will­man, Billy Lasko, Jim Bob­bitt, Heath Met­zger, Scott Al­bert, Skyler Sheriff, Cliff Quinn and Shawn Fitz­patrick. Mod­i­fied heats were won by Pauch, Beach and VonDohren. The mod­i­fied con­so­la­tion was won by Rep­pert.

The USS Achey Sports­man di­vi­sion was won by Alex Yankowski fol­lowed by Ken Eck­ert Jr., Craig Whit­moyer, Dave Dissinger, Wayne Wit­mer, Nathan Mohr, Matt Clay, Glenn Rowan, Mike Sch­neck, Nate Klinger, Mike Loney and Dy­lan Smith. Did not fin­ish were Dean Bach­man, Harry Lan­dis, Kris Lil­ick, TJ Fitz­patrick, Dakota Kohler, Chris Bren­nan, Doug Hen­dricks, Daryl Dissinger, Shawn Light, Michael Bur­rows, Kevin Brady and Ed Mrchko. Did not qual­ify were Kyle and Blake Re­ber and Gary Grim.

Sports­man heats were won by Whit­moyer, Yankowski and Dissinger. The con­so­la­tion was won by Bur­rows.

The Sav­age 61 Road Run­ner di­vi­sion was won by Kris Ney fol­lowed by Mike Re­ichert, Shawn Mul­hall, Steve Gromis, Matt Ney, Shon Elk and Cory Lin­den­muth. Did not fin­ish were Terry Kramer Jr., Devin Trexler, Jim Kost, Chris Hol­land, Jon Sch­lauch, Cory Baver and Fred Everly.

Road Run­ner heats were won by Gromis and Kramer Jr.

The No Sweat Ser­vice Group Street Stock di­vi­sion was won by Elvin Bren­nan III fol­lowed by Chris Heller, Mark Ber­zowski, Dean Hine, Robin Wag­ner, Mike Radocha and Joey Bren­nan. Did not fin­ish were Eric Tripp and Jesse Kras­nit­sky. The sin­gle Street Stock heat was won by Heller.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Rogers fam­ily joins race win­ner Ste­wart Friesen in vic­tory lane af­ter the in­au­gu­ral Bruce Rogers Me­mo­rial on April 14 at Grand­view Speed­way.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ste­wart Freisen (44) and Don Nor­ris Jr. (976) com­pete dur­ing the Bruce Rogers Me­mo­rial on April 14.

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