By Jordan Kuehne
LOVES PARK, Ill. (Wednesday, July 14th, 2010) – Patience is indeed a virtue and Bobby Frisch tested both sides of the coin tonight at the Rockford Speedway, waiting for his chance to return to the quarter-mile that saw him win a title in the Mtn Dew RoadRunners last season on Wild Wednesday action. Frisch wasted no time in moving to the front once the 25 lap main event got underway however, working his way to the front and biding off a late race challenge from Gene Marocco to pave his way into victory lane and earning valuable points towards another potential crown, this time in the Mtn Dew RoadRunner Super Summer Series. In the Allison Legacy’s main event, birthday boy Kyle Voss contributed to a continuing theme of newfound parity within the division, fending off Mark Hayes and Dwight Dunlap for his first feature win. Vinny Mangiaracina, Olivia Chance, Dennis Smith Jr, Cory Cootware and Rachael Pinkerman were also victorious on the evening.
In the 25-lap showcase event of the evening, Beau Lawson zoomed out front to lead the Mtn Dew RoadRunners Super Summer Series to the green flag. Dennis Smith Jr. and ‘Bullet’ Bobby Frisch quickly closed up to the back bumper of Lawson as they dueled for second behind the leader.
Frisch gunned his way up to the bridesmaid’s position before targeting the lead, negotiating his way to the top spot with seven laps in the books. Fast qualifier Gene Marocco meant business behind Frisch, picking up cars one by one before a spirited battle for second with Smith Jr demanded Marocco’s attention. The venerable veteran made his move work with four laps remaining, grabbing second and eyeing the lead.
Marocco simply ran out of time however, as Frisch once again familiarized himself with victory lane at the high banked facility.
“The car was fast and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to race,” an excited Frisch stated after the race. “I knew I had a car to get the lead and I saw Marocco closing at the end there. The tires were starting to go and I just tried to hit my line and not give him a chance to get by me on that last lap. It worked and I’ll certainly take the win.”
Marocco settled for a hard fought second while Smith Jr. managed third. Terrance Robinson worked his way up to fourth late while Lawson rounded out the top five in fifth.
Kyle Voss jumped out front in the early stages of the Allison Legacy headliner. Voss, who turned 21 on Tuesday, celebrated his birthday by maneuvering his way to a nice cushion while Mark Hayes and defending champion Dwight Dunlap dueled for second behind him.
The 12-lap event was winding down when Voss felt pressure from second place Hayes who was rapidly slicing into the leader’s margin. The young gun didn’t show any signs of youth though, hitting his marks on the final lap as Hayes peeked low for the lead to no avail.
Voss fended off Hayes to become the third feature winner in as many weeks in the division, encompassing the newfound parity within the Allison Legacy’s.
“This is the greatest feeling in the world,” an ecstatic Voss said in the winner’s circle. “Man, oh man does this feel great. I knew he (Hayes) was there and I just tried to stop him from getting momentum to get around me. I want to win the title and get back here.”
Hayes held on for second as Dunlap took third. Brian Heaberlin finished off the field in fourth.
Deric Bloomingdale found the front in the early stages of the 15-lap main event for the Crap Scrappers Hornets. Bloomingdale’s stay up front wasn’t long as Vinny Mangiaracina rocketed from his fifth place starting position to the top spot with three laps completed.
Steve McBride and points leader Devon Dixon were hot in pursuit, working their way by Bloomingdale with ease before setting their sights on each other as well as the leader. Dueling for second until the final laps, McBride emerged ahead of Dixon at the line but in doing battle, the two hot shoes allowed Mangiaracina to escape to victory and gain valuable ground in the points standings.
“I want to win the championship and that’s what I’m here to do,” Mangiaracina stated after the race. “I know there’s a ways to go yet and we have to have some more finishes like these. Consistency is the key and I knew they were closing at the end but the car was just fast enough to hold them off and get the job done.”
McBride and Dixon tallied second and third place efforts respectively while Tim Dix came home fourth. Two-time feature winner Justin Pearson finished off the top five in fifth.
A heated INEX Legends duel excited the crowd in their 20-lap main event. Rachael Pinkerman, a feature victor in 2009, made her return to the quarter-mile in style grabbing the lead when the green flag waved.
‘Mad’ Maxx McNamara wasn’t far behind however, as the fast qualifier quickly set foot behind her, slowly closing up to Pinkerman’s bumper in the turns before trying to slingshot past on the straightaways. The two experienced drivers played cat and mouse for several laps before McNamara finally made his move with two laps remaining.
Smashing the gas out of turn two, McNamara pulled even with Pinkerman heading into turns three and four and even edged ahead by a nose at one point. Pinkerman had the preferred high line however and used it to gain momentum on the frontstretch, regaining the lead and maintaining her composure to edge McNamara by a nose for the victory.
Pinkerman’s successful return relegated McNamara’s stellar effort to second as Cory Cootware came home third. Josh Davis and Brandon Heisler rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
In the Winged Women on Wheels feature event, Laura Siarkiewicz held the early lead. The 12-lap event wasn’t short for action in the early stages as Olivia Chance quickly dashed past Siarkiewicz and into the lead.
Chance was never challenged after her pass on lap two, negotiating her way through lapped traffic and building a solid cushion over second place Chandale Swartout. After points leader Tracy Wallin’s early race exit to the pits mired her in last, Chance’s dash to the checkers earned the Roscoe native valuable points.
“My intentions are to track down (Wallin) and win the championship,” a pleased Chance stated in victory lane. “I just drove the car tonight and we had a fast car after we fixed last week’s problems. That obviously helped, and seeing her (Wallin) pull off early, it just inspired me to race even harder and gain the ground we need.”
In her first career race, Mary McBride managed a solid third place finish while Pamela Toepfer collected fourth. Siarkiewicz dropped back to fifth and finished there to complete the top five.
The INEX Bandoleros 10-lap headliner followed a familiar script as 11-year-old young gun Cory Cootware grabbed the top spot early. Cootware held off an early challenge from Deanna Chandler for the lead and successfully negotiated a late race caution for his third consecutive victory in the series.
The wire-to-wire win allowed the Michigan driver to collect another trophy, his ninth in the series at Rockford. Chandler held on for second as Morgan Melichar completed the field in third.
The final event of the evening got off to a fast and furious beginning as the National Figure 8 League headliner served up the excitement. Brian Mayer held the top spot over the course of the first four laps as Adam Cartwright nipped at his heels in second. Cartwright made his move with six laps to go in the ten lap event, trying to work his way by Mayer on the inside but the door was slammed shut and the two drivers made contact sending Mayer spinning.
The caution flew for the action on the infield and Mayer was deemed to have been an innocent bystander, allowing the Machesney Park native to regain his spot up front while Cartwright fell to the back for his role in the incident. On the restart, Dennis Smith Jr. pushed his way past Mayer into the lead and brought Figure 8 ace Tom Schneider with him into second.
Mayer fell off the pace at the halfway point and exited to the pits as Schneider set his sights on the win. Smith Jr. was simply too strong though, muscling his way to victory lane and collecting the win.
Schneider settled for second while Lloyd Hawkins quietly notched a solid third. Cartwright rallied for fourth and Dave Lumsden Jr. rounded out the top five in fifth.
The Yellowbook Hornet Challenge Second Over the Line Wins Race featured a chess match up front. Deric Bloomingdale paced the field over the opening five laps before slowing his car down knowing that the second place finisher was the winner. Steve McBride and Jason Dull refused to show their cards, and the three drivers were practically side-by-side exiting turn four coming to the checkers.
Bloomingdale crossed the line first and in a cruel twist of irony, finished last, as McBride trumped the rest of the field’s strategy and took the win, edging Dull by inches for the victory.
Racing action returns to the high banks this Saturday night as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series makes its return after a one week hiatus with a full slate of action on Just Engineering Christmas in July Night at the Rockford Speedway. The exciting on-track action will include the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, the Budweiser American Short Trackers, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Mtn Dew RoadRunners, and CSR Super Cups plus the Christmas Tree Race. Also on tap is the Kiddie .5k Mini-Marathon and presents from Santa as all kids ages 11 and under receive free admission. Gates open at 5pm with qualifying set to get underway at 5:45pm. The green flag will wave at 7:07pm.
For more information on the Rockford Speedway including the remainder of the 2010 schedule, visit the track's website at www.rockfordspeedway.com or call the Speedway Box Office at (815)633-1500.
Rockford Speedway Results
Wild Wednesday Week 3
A-Main 01 -- 1. Kyle Voss, Woodstock; 2. Mark Hayes, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; 3. Dwight Dunlap, Machesney Park; 4. Brian Heaberlin, South Beloit.
Heat 01 -- 1. Dwight Dunlap, Machesney Park; 2. Mark Hayes, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; 3. Brian Heaberlin, South Beloit; 4. Kyle Voss, Woodstock.
A-Main 01 -- 1. Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain, Mich.; 2. Deanna Chandler, Machesney Park; 3. Morgan Melichar,
Heat 01 -- 1. Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain, Mich.; 2. Deanna Chandler, Machesney Park; 3. Morgan Melichar, Mishicot, Wis.
A-Main 01 -- 1. Rachel Pinkerman, Barrington Hills; 2. Maxx McNamara, Ingleside; 3. Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain, Mich.; 4. Josh Davis;; 5. Brandon Heisler, Aurora.
Heat 01 -- 1. Maxx McNamara, Ingleside; 2. Rachel Pinkerman, Barrington Hills; 3. Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain, Mich.; 4. Josh Davis;.
Time Trial -- 1. Maxx McNamara, Ingleside; 2. Rachel Pinkerman, Barrington Hills; 3. Josh Davis;.
RoadRunner Summer Rumble
A-Main 01 -- 1. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis; 2. Gene Marocco, Machesney Park; 3. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 4. Terrance Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 5. Beau Lawson, Machesney Park; 6. Dave Lumsden, Jr., Rockford; 7. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 8. Lloyd Hawkins, Machesney Park; 9. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere; 10. Brian Mayer, Machesney Park; 11. Mike Swanson, Rockford; 12. Adam Cartwright, Woodstock; 13. Curt Nighswonger, Rockford.
Heat 01 -- 1. Mike Swanson, Rockford; 2. Dave Lumsden, Jr., Rockford; 3. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere; 4. Beau Lawson, Machesney Park; 5. Lloyd Hawkins, Machesney Park; 6. Curt Nighswonger, Rockford; 7. Adam Cartwright, Woodstock.
Heat 02 -- 1. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis; 2. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 3. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 4. Gene Marocco, Machesney Park; 5. Terrance Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 6. Brian Mayer, Machesney Park.
Time Trial -- 1. Gene Marocco, Machesney Park; 2. Terrance Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 3. Brian Mayer, Machesney Park; 4. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis; 5. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 6. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 7. Lloyd Hawkins, Machesney Park; 8. Mike Swanson, Rockford; 9. Beau Lawson, Machesney Park; 10. Dave Lumsden, Jr., Rockford; 11. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere; 12. Curt Nighswonger, Rockford; 13. Adam Cartwright, Woodstock.
Trophy Dash 01 -- 1. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 2. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 3. Terrance Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 4. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis; 5. Gene Marocco, Machesney Park; 6. Brian Mayer, Machesney Park.
A-Main 01 -- 1. Vinny Mangiaracina, Rockford; 2. Steve McBride, South Beloit; 3. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 4. Tim Dix, Beloit, Wis; 5. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 6. Jason Dull, Machesney Park; 7. Mark Seipts, Loves Park; 8. Dennis Claus, Jr, Loves Park; 9. Chandale Swartwout, Janesville, Wis; 10. James Rogers, Rockford; 11. Deric Bloomingdale, Rockford.
Heat 01 -- 1. Deric Bloomingdale, Rockford; 2. Mark Seipts, Loves Park; 3. Dennis Claus, Jr, Loves Park; 4. Chandale Swartwout, Janesville, Wis; 5. James Rogers, Rockford; 6. Richard Remer, Winnebago.
Heat 02 -- 1. Vinny Mangiaracina, Rockford; 2. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 3. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 4. Steve McBride, South Beloit; 5. Jason Dull, Machesney Park; 6. Tim Dix, Beloit, Wis.
Challenge 01 -- 1. Steve McBride, South Beloit; 2. Jason Dull, Machesney Park; 3. Dennis Claus, Jr, Loves Park; 4.
Deric Bloomingdale, Rockford.
National Figure 8 League
A-Main 01 -- 1. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 2. Tom Schneider, Belvidere; 3. Lloyd Hawkins, Machesney Park; 4. Adam Cartwright, Woodstock; 5. Dave Lumsden, Jr., Rockford; 6. Brian Mayer, Machesney Park; 7. Curt Nighswonger, Rockford.
Winged Women on Wheels
A-Main 01 -- 1. Olivia Chance, Roscoe; 2. Chandale Swartwout, Janesville, Wis; 3. Mary McBride, South Beloit; 4. Pamela Toepfer, Machesney Park; 5. Laura Siarkiewicz, Algonquin; 6. Tracy Wallin, Rockford.
Heat 01 -- 1. Olivia Chance, Roscoe; 2. Chandale Swartwout, Janesville, Wis; 3. Mary McBride, South Beloit; 4. Pamela Toepfer, Machesney Park; 5. Tracy Wallin, Rockford; 6. Laura Siarkiewicz, Algonquin.
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