Friday, September 23, 2011

Race #7 Results

We ran race #7 on Sept. 10th, and it was interesting to say the least. There was a heavy dew falling from the time the sun went down, and it made for some slick track conditions in the later rounds. Couple that with a wet infield and a full moon, and well........lets just say the Madhouse lived up to its name on this night.....

Below are the photos of the winners. We had another first time winner in the Sportsman class. Congrats to Bill Herzog for taking the win from Jerry Brawner with only a few laps remaining. Chris Hogue came home third in his first start in the Sportsman class at the Mini Madhouse. Dave Brawner takes his second win in a row in the Sprints, with Pappy Brawner second and brother Jeremy coming home third to complete the all Brawner podium. Evan Brawner wins his 4th race this year in the Bush series, with Derek Belcher continuing his strong run and taking second, and Ron Strubbe rounding out the top 3.

I have posted the points and results from the race. As you will notice, the finishing order of the Bush and Sportsman features have been adjusted. I will talk about the decision that I made to do what I thought was fair, and what followed the QSAC rules that we race by, in the drivers meeting on Saturday. I would appreciate if you would save any comments that you may have until then.

Don't forget that the race will be a DAY race this week due to the cool weather. Qualifying starts at 1 pm.

Bush Winner Evan Brawner

Sprint Car winner Dave Brawner

Sportsman winner Bill Herzog

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Race #8, Saturday, Sept. 24th will be a DAY race!

Hello racers. We are scheduled to have a night race this Saturday, but because of the cool weather we are going to have, I think it is best that we run the race during the day. Since it will likely be cool in the morning as well, we will qualify at 1 pm instead of the normal 12 pm start to give everyone a chance to get a little practice before we qualify.

I will post this on Hobby Talk as well, but please make sure to let anyone that might not see either this post or the post on Hobby Talk that it will be a DAY race.

Points and victory lane photos from the last race will be posted tonight when I get home.

See you Saturday!


Friday, September 9, 2011

"Cookies Race Recap, Race #6"

Race #6 at the "Ingalls Motor Speedway" was held on August 27th, and what a show it was. A great crowd showed up to watch 26 cars in 3 classes battle it out under the lights at the "Mini Madhouse".

"Busch Boys"
I told the rookies that I really enjoy writing the recap for this series but I ask them to mellow out on the yellows. They did not listen….LOL. The "Small Town Pizza" pole award was won by the #60 of Derek Belcher with a lap of 6.451. 2nd in time trails with a 6.527 was Mark Hogue in his #71. The #12 of Ron Strubbe comes home 3rd with a 6.616. We split our 8 car field into two heats per round. Strubbe and Belcher split heat #1 and Hogue dominates heat #2. Fastest lap in heat action was the #16 of point leader Evan Brawner as the kid laid down a lap of 6.423.

A Main
Starting Lineup: Hogue leads the field to green followed by Strubbe, Belcher, the #24 of Bill Pennington and young Evan rounds out the top 5. We go 4 laps and our leader Hogue spins and hands the lead to Strubbe. Green is out and Strubbe pulls out to a big lead. Pennington by Belcher but the 60 fights back and retakes 2nd. Hogue back to 4th. We stay green for 15 laps and Hogue gets by Pennington for 3rd. Lap 20 the #55 of J.R Parsley loses it off turn 4. Back to green and Hogue takes 2nd from Belcher and the 71 looks to get to our leader and take back the top spot. Lap 28 Belcher gets loose off turn 4 and this checks up the field going into turn 1, the #32 of Chris Brawner gets into his boy Evan. Belcher holds on to 3rd with Pennington ready to pounce. Green back in the air and Hogue after Strubbe as Pennington gets by Belcher for 3rd and the 24 looks to run down our leaders. Lap 37 Parsley spins off turn 4. Strubbe gets a great start and Pennington after Hogue, 24 and 71 get together and this hands 2nd back to Belcher. Evan and Chris back to 3rd and 4th. 5 to go till fuel. Lap 47 Hogue makes it three wide with Chris and Parsley, Pennington comes in and gets into Hogue and both are sent back to the tail. We start the 2nd half and Hogue waste no time getting back up to 4th.Lap 56 Parsley gets lose down the backstretch and Pennington unable to avoid the slow car makes contact and the yellow flies again. Hogue after Evan on the restart, 71 gets into the kid both continue and Hogue takes 3rd. Lap 62 Chris into Pennington in 1 & 2. 9 laps of green flag action as Hogue takes Belcher for 2nd and goes after Strubbe for the lead. Lap 76 Strubbe by Parsley to put the 55 down 1 lap and as Hogue comes up on the lap car, Parsley gets lose and spins taking our 2nd place car with him. Hogue is allowed to fall back in 2nd. Pennington is up to 4th. We go on a 11 lap green flag run and Strubbe puts the point leader Evan down 1 lap. Lap 90 and Parsley gets into Evan in turn 3. 3 to go on the restart as Hogue lays back and Strubbe appears to spin his tires, this allows the 71 to close on the leader to quickly, 71 and 12 both spin collecting Belcher and Pennington. 71 ends up on his lid. Belcher is handed the lead followed by Pennington, Chris, Strubbe and Hogue as we get a 1 lap shootout. Pennington goes after Belcher but the 60 keeps it out front to get his 1st career win at the "Madhouse". Pennington and Chris Brawner get the best Career finishes. Hogue runs the fastest lap of the day as he laid down a lap of 6.171.WOW!!!. Evan, despite his poor run, holds on to a 2 point lead over Strubbe with three races to go in the 2011 season. This is gonna be one heck of a battle for the "Busch Title".

Sprint cars
We now move on to the action in the “Crazy Sprint Car Class". The “Holloway Graphics" pole award was won by the #88 of Jerry Brawner with a lap of 6.191. 2nd in time trails with a lap of 6.195 was Jeremy Brawner in his #7 car. Top 2 spots were separated by .004. The Brawner sweep of the top three spots in qualifying was completed by the #16 of Dave Brawner with a lap of 6.281. Jerry backs up his pole run by taking the 1st round of heat racing and the #2 of Todd Holloway takes round #2.

A Main action and we have 4 cars looking to get their 1st win of 2011 and wanting to end Jerry’s streak. 88 has dominated the sprint car class and is 5 for 5 in 2011. Starting Line Up: Dave up front and leads the field to the green followed by Holloway, Jeremy, Jerry and the #6 of Jason Cook rounds out our top 5. We get a SUPER FAST 36 lap green flag run and we watch Jeremy on lap 5 get by Holloway for 2nd and on lap 10 Jerry by the 2 to move Holloway back to 4th. Dave pulls out to a half track lead by lap 30. Lap 31 Jeremy has a problem and pulls the #7 off the track and hands 2nd to his dad Jerry. Lap 36 as the leader is bearing down on Cook and Holloway, Cook has no choice but to go, 6 inside of the 2, Cook gets lose off turn 4 and Holloway gets into the 6 spinning both right in front of the leader. Cook and Holloway remain on the lead lap. We go back green with Dave leading followed by Jerry, Cook and Holloway. Green back out and remains out all the way to the end. Dave pulls back out to a big lead. 23 to go and Dave puts Holloway down 1 lap. Dave out to a straight away lead over Jerry and Jerry in front of Cook by the same distance. Holloway having problems loses multiple laps and pulls his #2 car off the track at lap 63. Dave leads all 75 laps and goes on to win his first race of 2011. Dave snaps the 88’s reign on this series. The 16 also runs the fastest lap of the day with a 6.141. Jerry comes home 2nd and holds a 33 point lead with only 3 races to go. Cook completes the podium. Honorable mention goes out to the #5 of Mike Fenstermaker as he gets his best career finish coming home 4th. Nice job Mike.

We wrap up race # 6 at the "Madhouse" with the nonstop action in the "Sportsman Class". The "Mainsource" pole award was won by the #38 of Dustin Hineman. DBO lays down a lap of 6.384 on his final lap and was the last to take time. Impressive!! 2nd in time trails was Todd Holloway in his #2 car with a lap of 6.405 and Jeremy Brawner runs a 6.442 in his #7 car to take 3rd.
We had two heats per round as we watched 12 cars battle it out for a spot in the feature. Round #1 of heat action was won by Jeremy in heat #1 and Scott Paluchniak in the #5 car wins heat #2. Round #2 was won by Jason Cook in the #6 car heat #1 and Holloway wins heat #2. For those not paying attention….4 races 4 winners….Can you say competitive? Paluchniak lays down the fastest lap of the day in round #2 with a 6.185.

B Main
The race to keep racing was dominated by Jerry Brawner in his #88 car followed by the #87 of Jon Mason, Hineman, and Dave Brawner in the #8 car grabs the final transfer spot.

A Main
This was the race of the day as we had 10 cars that were all capable of taking the win. Starting lineup: Cook in the top spot followed by Paluchniak 2nd, Holloway 3rd, Jeremy 4th, the #27 of upstart Steve Riddle 5th, and Kevin Ligon in his #4 car 6th. The top 4 from the B round out the 10 car field. Green flies and Jerry by Kevin for 6th. Paluchniak, Holloway and Jeremy bypass Cook, 1 lap later Jeremy by Holloway to get his 7 car up to 2nd. Cook back to 4th. Lap 8 Riddle and Jerry get together in turn 3 and the 88 spins. Hineman up to 5th. Restart Hineman after Cook for 4th in turns 1 & 2, they are door to door down the backstretch, 38 and 6 make contact and Hineman spins collecting Jerry. Hineman and Cook to the tail. 38 appears to have a bent axle but keeps it in the fight. We go green for 22 laps as we watch the top 3 nose to tail lap after lap. Holloway gets his left sides down in the 3 & 4 grass, door slams Paluchniak and takes the lead. After losing 2nd back to Holloway the 7 gets by the 5 and Jeremy is back up to 2nd.Paluchniak back to 3rd. Meanwhile Jerry has passed Dave, Riddle, Cook, Ligon and Mason to get back up to 4th. Top 2 get away from the 5 and Jerry runs down Paluchniak but Scott finds his groove and pulls back away from the 88. Holloway and Jeremy are nose to tail as they lap Hineman, as they are running down Riddle and Cook, Mason spins in turn 2 on lap 40. We reset the field with Hollywood leading followed by Jeremy, Jerry, Cook , Riddle and Mason all on the lead lap. Green is out and Riddle jumps Cook on the restart, 27 clears the 6 in turn 1 but Cook fights back as Riddle gets to the inside of the lap car of Dave, Cook drives it in deep in turn 3 and tries to take both, 6 gets left sides in the grass, Riddle clears and Cook comes up and spins Dave on lap 45. Mason gets collected. Lap 52 Hineman into Riddle, Mason up to 5th. Ligon gets a bad restart and the field has to spread out, Cook by Mason, 6 gets to the outside of Ligon and they come up on Jerry who is way high in 3 & 4, 6 makes contact with the 88 on lap 57. Mason up to 4th. Back at it Jeremy gets his nose on the inside of Holloway in 1 & 2 but Todd fights back and comes across the headlights of the 7, Holloway spins and the 2 and 7 are sent to the tail. New leader is Paluchniak with Dave and Ligon 1 lap down, Mason, Jerry, Riddle and Cook. 6 gets by the 27 on the restart as Jerry gets by Mason, 87 gets loose off turn 2, Cook checks up, Riddle gets into the 6 and Cook spins collecting Jeremy. The 7 keeps his spot and is now up to 4th behind Holloway, Jerry is up to 2nd and the 5 leads. Lap 68 2nd, 3rd, and 4th get by the lap car of Ligon as Mason spins off turn 2. 5 to go to fuel we watch Holloway all over Jerry for the runner up spot, as they come to the white flag for halftime, the 88 gets loose off 4 and spins. We roll back out with full tanks and we all know one mistake could take you out of any shot at getting the win. Paluchniak leads followed by Holloway, Jeremy up to 3rd, Cook, Riddle, Mason and Jerry all on the lead lap. Green is out to start the 2nd half and on lap 78 the 5 gets loose down the backstretch, Holloway takes advantage and takes back the lead off of turn 4. Jeremy by Paluchniak in turn 1 to take 2nd. Rest of field comes down the frontstretch on lap 84 and Ligon gets into Riddle, 4 spins as Jerry comes in and slams Ligon. 4 on his lid. Cook back up to 4th. Lap 89 Paluchniak gets into Jeremy as they fight for 2nd, both climb the hill in turn 2 and Cook goes low and takes 2nd. 5 holds on to 3rd and the 7 is trying to get his timing back but Jerry smells blood, 88 takes 4th from his boy and Jeremy goes from 2nd to 5th in 2 laps. Cook loose off turn 2, 5 checks up and goes high and gets loose, overcorrects and hits the backstretch wall. We get us yet another action packed restart. Jerry gets inside of Cook in 1 & 2, they trade paint in 3 & 4, Jeremy gets by the 6 to take 3rd and the Brawners are hunting a Holloway but Cook fights back and retakes 3rd. Lap 98 Mason gets into Dave and Ligon gets collected. We let them tires cool down and Holloway and Jerry pull away. Jeremy and Cook continue their fight but the 7 proves to be too much and regains 3rd from the 6. Lap 105 Hineman spins Riddle down the frontstretch collecting Paluchniak. Mason back to 5th. Holloway pulls away from Jerry on the restart, Jeremy makes a great pass in 3 & 4 to take 2nd from his dad in the 88. Behind this action, Cook gets loose off 4 and 2 and Mason "like stink on poop" takes 4th from Cook. Lap 112 Paluchniak, Hineman, and Dave are 3 wide, all three spin. Back to the dogfight and we watch a great fight for the lead as Jeremy goes after the 2 but can't get it done. 2 laps later the 7 takes the top spot from Holloway but Holloway fights back and gets his 2 back out front down the frontstretch. Top 3 having a GREAT battle as Cook gets back by Mason for 4th. Lap 123 Hineman spins on the Backstretch. Mason jumps Cook on the restart and the 87 back in front of Cook. Lap 131 Holloway gets loose and Jeremy grabs the LEAD, 2 trying to collect it as Jerry goes high, Holloway makes contact and spins the 88. Cook and Riddle get by Mason and are now up to 2nd and 3rd. 87 and 5 are in 4th and 5th. Jeremy gets a great restart. Lap 137 Holloway inside of Mason, Mason inside of Paluchniak, 87 and 2 spin. Jerry back up to 5th. Lap 141 Jerry and Holloway get by Riddle, 2 gets into 88 and Holloway spins. Jerry up to 3rd and Cook is the meat in a Brawner sandwich. Lap 147, Cook gets a bad restart and gets high off of turn 4, 6 comes across the nose of the 88, Cook spins and both are sent to the tail. We reset the field for a 1 lap shootout with Jeremy leading, Riddle 2nd, Paluchniak 3rd, Mason 4th, Holloway 5th, Cook and Jerry all on the lead lap and a shot at a win. Holloway and Cook by Mason as Paluchniak gets by Riddle for 2nd. Going into turn 3 Holloway inside of Riddle as Cook comes in low and Mason high, 4 wide coming off turn 4 for 3rd, 2 and 27 get together, they come down on the 6, Cook spins, Mason gets to the line ahead of Holloway and Riddle, Cook comes to rest on the finish line and Ligon comes in and " Duke of Hazards’ " the 6 car and the 4 flies across the line. Mason scores his best career sportsman finish coming home 3rd. Paluchniak gets a hard fought 2nd and Jeremy Brawner gets his first career sportsman win. Congrats 7. Holloway holds on to a 17 point lead over Jerry as we come to the end of 2011 season. A lot of racing to be done and its anybody’s game...Thank you to our sponsors, Mainsource Bank, Holloway Graphics and Small Town Pizza. Great Night with good friends. Racing at the Mini Madhouse just continues to get better and better. The quality of cars and racers makes me proud to be part of this club.............6

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Special NCS edition of "Cookies Race Recap”

NCS RACE # 5 at the WORLD FAMOUS “Ingalls Motor Speedway " is in the books. We had 42 cars show up for 2 days of great door to door short track action. It was a beautiful Indiana weekend. Track conditions were ideal and the cars were hooked up. Friday went very smooth and we went into Saturday with all 42 cars looking to get a "Madhouse" win. Saturday, we had a live singing of our National anthem by Lilly Barnard and Lauren and Livia Brawner. The bombs were bursting in air, and you could feel the excitement.

"Super Trucks"
We start the weekends action with the super trucks. We only had 3 guys show up with trucks so I will make this short and sweet. The pole was won by the #62 of Randy Brown with a time of 6.991. Orrin Sunde in his 0 truck misses the pole by .009. Herbbie Coulbourne runs a lap of 7.115. Brown backs up his pole run by sweeping both rounds of heat action on Friday. Sunde runs the fastest lap of the weekend in Round #2, as he lays down a lap of 6.182. Brown led most of the Main, but just like in our Tri State race, the Michigan boys were 3 wide swapping the lead for all 100 laps. Brown gets the “Big Clock" and wins a hard fought battle to win back to back truck races at Ingalls. Sunde comes home in 2nd and Coulbourne has to settle for 3rd. Sorry guys I didn't have any video of this race.

"Limited Sportsman" aka " The Busch Boys "
The top qualifier in Fridays time trails was the #12 of Ron Strubbe with a lap of 6.674. Mark Hogue in his 71 takes 2nd with a lap of 6.830 and 3rd was the 60 of Derek Belcher.
Strubbe takes round #1 of Friday’s heat action, and also lays down the fastest lap of the weekend with a 6.384. Round #2 was won by Houge, the 71 making it known he was there to take home the big clock and get his 1st "Madhouse" win.

Saturdays main was a good one Hogue leads the field to green followed by Strubbe, the 5 of Earl Clement in 3rd, 4th was 32 Chris Brawner, 5th was 7 Chad Vollmer and Belcher 6th. All 6 drivers had a shot to get the win. We go green and Vollmer by Brawner for 4th and the 32 spins the 7 on lap 4. We go back racing, and Hogue pulls away from Strubbe by 6 car lengths. Lap 12, Vollmer gets lose on the frontstretch, goes into turn 1 high and spins, collecting Brawner. On the restart Strubbe after Hogue as Clement gets loose on the backstretch and checks up the field but he is able to hang on to 3rd. Strubbe hits backstretch wall and loses ground to our leader. Lap 18, Brawner and Belcher get together in turns 1 and 2. Restart sees Strubbe after Hogue and Clement after Strubbe. The 71 and 12 start to pull away until lap 31, when Vollmer spins in turn 4. We get back after it and Clement gets to the door of Strubbe, the two make contact on the backstretch, sending Strubbe on his lid, the 12 and 5 to the tail. We reset the field with Hogue still out front followed by Belcher and Brawner. Strubbe by Vollmer on the restart, 7 gets into the 12 spinning Strubbe in turn 2. Clement back up to 4th. Lap 48, Clement by Brawner to take over 3rd, as the 7 spins on the backstretch. This takes us to the fuel stop and Hogue has led every lap in the 1st half. We start the 2nd half and Belcher bounces of the backstretch wall, allowing Clement to take 2nd. Lap 55 Strubbe comes across the nose of the 7 spinning the 12 and sending him back to the tail. Lap 60 Strubbe and Brawner get together on the back stretch and its back to the tail again for the 12. Lap 66 Belcher goes after Clement for 2nd but spins the 5 and Earl is forced to the tail. We get back to racing and Hogue is still your leader followed by the 7 and 32. Strubbe gets up to Brawner and as they fight for 3rd, the 12 spins the 32 and both are sent to the tail. Clement back to 3rd. Lap 77 Brawner high in 4 hits the infamous point leading onto pit road. Lap 83 Vollmer drives in deep in 3 and gets into our leader sending Hogue into the turn 4 wall. This hands the lead to Clement with only 15 to go. Strubbe up to 2nd as he bypassed the 60 and 32. Brawner got by Belcher when the 60 spins on the frontstretch. Lap 87 Strubbe for the lead. Lap 90 Brawner clips the inside grass in 3 and 4 spinning the 32 out, Hogue spins to avoid the 32 and Vollmer comes in and blasts the 71. We reset the field with Strubbe leading followed by Clement and Hogue doing all he can to get back to the front with only 5 to go. 3 to go and Clement makes a run at Strubbe but Earl gets lose allowing Hogue and Vollmer to get by for 2nd and 3rd, the two make contact coming across to take the white flag and the 7 is sent into the turn 1 wall. 71 continues on to come home 2nd. Ron Strubbe takes home the "Big Clock" and wins one of the biggest races of his career. Belcher gets by Clement to take home 3rd. All 6 cars finished the race, and all you guys did a good job...

"Sportsman guys"
We now set our sights on the nonstop action in the Sportsman class. Paul Hilber in his 83 car grabs the pole with a lap of 6.332. The 67 of Brett Gottfried takes 2nd with a 6.339 and the # 44 of Nick Ellis runs a 6.372 to take 3rd. Top 3 separated by .040. Friday we were able to sit back and watch 4 heats per round and the action was superb. Paul wins both of his rounds and the # 81 of Matt Hilber sweeps heat #2, Greg Hilber in his #38 takes heat #3 and the #7 of Jon Smith dominates heat #4.

C Main…The race to keep racing.

8 cars rolled to the green with all having a shot at the B. Jerry Brawner got his #88 out front and never looked back. The 27 of Steve Riddle, Jim Bell in his 31 and hired gun Dave Pirrello in the 32 all earn themselves some more racing. Honorable mention goes out to Jon Mason in the 87 car, who was in a transfer spot late until he spun himself out in order to avoid spinning the 2nd place car. Great race guys.

B Main
I don't normally do a complete recap on lower mains, but the B was a good one, with 10 cars that not only had a shot to win the B, but could very well go on to take home the Big Clock. Starting lineup: #29 Rick Liehr leads us to the green followed by the #44 of Ellis 2nd, #6 Jason Cook 3rd, #4 Kevin Ligon 4th, #15 Sonny Brown 5th, and #7 Jeremy Brawner 6th. The Top 4 from the C-main round out our 10 car field. We take the green and Brown wastes no time getting 4th from Ligon and the 15 goes on and grabs 3rd from Cook. Lap 7 Ellis inside of lap car of Riddle, the two make contact, Riddle spins and collects Brown. Race Director made the call the Riddle was already coming around and the 44 and 15 were allowed to fall back in line. Brown continues his early march to the front and gets around Ellis for 2nd, as the two come off turn 2, I couldn't tell if contact was made, but Brown spins and is forced to the tail. Cook and Ligon back in 3rd and 4th with C Main winner Jerry up to 5th. Lap 16 Ellis by Liehr for the lead. Lap 17 Bell and Brown get together off turn 4. Restart Ligon by Cook for 3rd but Cook fights back as Ellis pulls out to a big lead. Lap 25 Jeremy into Brown. Lap 27 we go green but Riddle gets into Pirrello off turn 4. Lap 32 are back to racing. Bell gets an early jump on Jerry, the 88 is forced high out of turn 2 where he gets loose and gets into Bell, Jerry spins and collects Riddle. Jerrys day is done. Top 4 remain the same as Brown is up to 5th. Back at it and Cook after Liehr for 2nd but is unsuccessful and Brown by Ligon for the transfer spot. Lap 43 Bell loose off 4, 31 overcorrects and goes head on into frontstretch wall. On the restart, Ligon gets into Brown, collecting Pirrello. The 7 of Brawner up to the transfer spot with Bell in 5th. We get 2 laps before the fuel stop and Cook gets high off turn 4 and Jeremy gets into the 6 and both spin coming to the Yellow. 2nd half Ellis leads, Liehr holding down 2nd, Bell and Brown in transfer spot. Pirrello up to 5th. 8 of the 10 cars are still on the lead lap. Green is out and Brown with a big jump on Bell, 15 inside of the 31 with Riddle, Bell gets into Brown and both are sent to the tail. Pirrello is handed 3rd and Ligon is back in the transfer spot. Ellis gets a late start and this checks up the field. Liehr gets into the back of Ellis and our leaders are sent to the back. Ligon got by Pirrello for 3rd, so this hands the lead to the 4 car. Cook and Brawner back in the transfer spots with Brown back to 5th. Coming to the green, Brawner spins off turn 4 handing 4th back to Brown, with Bell in 5th. Ok this one will be tough. Green Green Green and the action gets good. Brown by Cook, Cook by Brown, etc, etc, etc. Cook gets to the inside of Brown in turns 1 and 2, Bell decides to stick his headlights into the battle and gets into Cook, they all check up and climb the hill allowing Ellis to come in and take 3rd. Bell up to 4th and Brown back to 5th. Cook under pressure from Jeremy, 6 gets into the 7 and we get yet another caution on lap 75...WHEW!!! 23 TO GO and Pirrello takes the lead away from Ligon as the two battled lap after lap for the top spot. Ellis by Ligon for 2nd just as the yellow flies again. Ligon back to 3rd and Bell is in 4th. Bell gets another big jump on the restart and gets into Ligon and this stacks up the field, 4 and 31 to the tail with Brown and Liehr now in the transfer spots. Brawner gets by Liehr for 4th but the 29 fights back and walks away. Up front Ellis grabs the lead from Pirrello, few laps later Brown by the 32 for 2nd. Dave back to 3rd. 10 to go and on lap 91, Ligon into Bell in turns 3 and 4. We go back green and the 29 of Liehr appears to get loose and Jeremy gets into the 29 and both are sent to the tail. This hands 4th to Cook as we try to go back green but are unable and the 6 is lucky enough to race a little more. 8 Cars on the lead lap and Ellis gets the win as the kid runs the fastest lap of the race with a 6.256. Pirrello gets by Brown to come home 2nd after starting 10th, Brown 3rd.

225 Laps of Great “Mini-Madhouse” A Main action
Starting Line Up. Paul leads us to the green. 2nd Matt, 3rd Smith, 4th Greg, 5th Gottfried and 6th the #2 of Todd Holloway. The top 4 from the B round out our 10 car feature. Best action at the start was at the back as we watch Brown and Cook bypass Pirrello and Ellis. Paul pulls out to a huge lead under a 37 lap green flag run. The 83 laps Pirrello, Ellis, Cook, Brown and Holloway. Lap 37, while trying to put Gottfried down a lap and Cook 2 laps down, 67 into the 6 and Cook spins in front of the leader. Gottfried remains on the lead lap. After only 40 laps the leader has lapped half the field. Lead laps cars are the 3 Hilbers, Smith, and the 67. Lap 45 Smith gets inside the lapped car of Holloway, Greg follows the 7 by but Gottfried comes in, making it 3 wide. The 67 gets into the 7, spinning Smith and the result is a 5 car mess in turn 2. Greg limps back to the pits and one Hilber is forced to the hauler. Only 4 cars left on the lead lap. 25 laps of racing and we watch Paul and Matt pull away. 83 puts Gottfried and Smith down a lap just before the first of two fuel stops. 2 cars left on the lead lap. Back to racing and Ellis roughs up Brown and Sonny pays the kid back in 3 and 4. 15 ends up on his lid. We go green for 30 laps of fast pace action and Smith gets up to 2nd in line and tries his best to get his lap back. Paul proves too strong and pulls away from the 7. Lap 120 Gottfried and Holloway get together. Lap 127 Smith gets into Pirrello the two spin and Holloway comes in a blasts the 7, putting Smith on his top...Lap 132 Cook gets into our 2nd place car of Matt, Cook continues and the 81 loses it in turns 1 and 2. Green stays out for 15 laps to the final stop. Lap 156 Ellis spins in 3 and 4. 20 more green flag laps until Matt hits the frontstetch wall and is slow going into turn 1. Gottfried is unable to avoid the 81 as he tries to gather it up. Matt spins and goes to the tail. Lap 186 Cook into Ellis. Lap 190 Ellis lose off turn 4 and Cook spins the 44 again. We get back at it and Paul drives away from the rest of the field as Matt must deal with traffic. Lap 196 Brown and Holloway touch on the frontstretch. 29 to go and Paul continues to dominate as Matt works his way past Ellis to get up to 4th in line on the track but Paul pulls out to a half track lead. Lap 218 Gottfried gets into Pirrello. 7 to go when we take the green and Gottfried gets into Ellis, collecting Brown and Cook. So let's reset the field with just 4 laps to go. Paul leads followed by Smith (- 1 lap), Holloway (-5 laps), 2nd place Matt and Cook (-5 laps). We take our final green flag and after leading all 221 laps Paul has a problem off turn 2 and the entire field gets by, Smith gets his lap back and Matt leads the final 3 laps to snag the win from his brother. Paul makes it to the end to take 2nd, with Smith rounding out the podium. Ellis and Holloway round out the top 5. The story does not end here...In post race inspection Matt was found to have gasket sealer on his crank case and was stripped of his win. Paul, after dominating the event and running the fastest lap of the weekend with a 5.880, is given the win and takes home the Big Clock.

"Crazy Sprint Car Class"
We wrap up this special edition of Cookie’s Race Recap with the "Off the hook" action in the sprint car class. The top spot in qualifying was won by the #6 of D.C. as he laid down a lap of 6.084. Mike Sadler in the #24 takes the 2nd spot with a time of 6.139 and a 6.248 was put down by the 77 of Jerry Brawner. Friday’s heat action was intense and fast. We had 3 heats per round to set up Saturday’s Mains. Dave Brawner in the #16 sweeps heat #1. D.C. sweeps heat #2. Sadler and the #82 of Randy Baker split heat #3. D.C. runs the fastest lap in both rounds on Friday as he put down a 5.852 in round 1 and a 5.811 in round 2.

B Main
The B Main was dominated by the #2 of Todd Holloway followed by the #9 of Vinnie Krezinski, Jeremy Brawner in the #7 and the final transfer spot goes to the #11 of Fred Murry. Krezinski runs the fastest lap of this race as he runs a 5.984.

This was a battle of survival. Starting lineup: 1st #6 D.C., 2nd #16 Dave, 3rd #82 Baker, 4th #24 Sadler, 5th #77 Jerry and 6th #4 Kevin Ligon. Top 4 from the B round out the 10 car field. Green is out for the first 25 laps and the pace was super quick. Lap 5, Sadler by Baker for 3rd, 1 lap later the 24 runs down Dave and grabs 2nd. D.C. puts Murry and Ligon down 1 lap as Krezinski and Jeremy got past Ligon to move the 4 back to 9th. The 6 pulls out to a huge lead and on lap 20, D.C., while trying to put Jeremy down a lap, gets into the grass in 3 and 4 and slides it sideways but keeps it going and this allows the 7 to stay on the lead lap. Lap 25, Holloway spins off turn 4. We go back green and on lap 30, Dave gets loose off turn 4 and it causes him to go into turn 1 slow as he tries to gather it up, Baker runs into the back of the 16 sending both to the tail. We reset the field with D.C. and Sadler up front followed by Murry (-1 lap) and Jerry 3rd. Green flies and Jerry by Murry and the 77 sets his sights on the leaders. Lap 34, Krezinski spins going into turn 3. Holloway is up to 5th. This restart was an ugly one. Lap car of Murry gets to the inside of Jerry and makes the pass in turn 1. Going into turn 3, Jerry and Jeremy have to check up to keep from running over Murry. Jerry goes to the inside of the 11 on frontstretch, Murry hooks the 77 and Jerry goes head on into the wall. Jerry’s day is done on lap 39. Jeremy gets by to take over the 3rd spot, Holloway up to 4th and Baker 5th. Restart, Sadler hits backstretch wall, this allows Jeremy to take over the 2nd spot. 2 laps later Sadler runs the 7 back down and takes the runner up spot back. 6 pulls away. Lap 51, Ligon spins in turn 4. 23 to go as we take the green and Baker gets high going into turn 3 and this allows Dave to take 5th. Field spreads themselves out and D.C. pulls out to a 6 car length lead. Lap 62 the #9 backs it into the backstretch wall. Lap 66 Baker gets a early jump and gets to the inside of Dave, 82 bangs wheels with the 16 in 1 and 2, the two continue the battle down the backstretch, contact is made and Dave spins. Both go to the tail. Caution out again for Krezinski. 5 to go and green is in the air, Sadler gets low in 3 and 4, 24 clips the grass and starts to spin, Jeremy right on the bumper of Sadler makes contact with the 24 and the 16 and 9 are collected. Jeremy is forced to the tail. Sadler is forced to pull out of the race. This one ends with the yellow accompanied by the checker. D.C. takes home the Big Clock, as he blisters the field all weekend. B Main winner Holloway comes home 2nd and Dave Brawner rounds out the podium.

From this reporters eyes it was a great opportunity for the “World Famous Ingalls Motor Speedway" to show the country that we can put on a Great show. We are all very proud of our race track and the people that make it great. We had a large crowd to watch us go at it door to door all weekend. We are all very motivated on making our track one of the best in the great US of A. Thank you to all that made this event possible. QSAC, IQSR, VP Racing Fuel, Small Town Pizza, Mainsource Bank, Holloway Vinyl Signs and Graphics, Sonny Brown and Spectrum, Jeremy Brawner and Herta Motorsports, Relentless Racing, Jerry and Penny Brawner and all of Crown Racing, All our local racers, Bob, and last but not least our Prez Jon Mason..............6

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Race #6 Results and Race #7 News

Hello all. Race #6 was on August 27th, and we had a nice turnout and a great day of racing. There were 26 entries across the three classes, and we had our first "B" Main of the season at a weekly race, with (12) entries in the Sportsman class. We had first time winners in the Sportsman and Bush Series, with Jeremy Brawner taking the Sportsman feature, and Derek Belcher breaking through in the Bush Series. Dave Brawner took his first Sprint Car of the season.

Some of you may have already noticed that I posted the points and lap times from the race last week. Below are the photos from Victory Lane.

Race #7 is this upcoming Saturday, September 10th. I found out last week that it is also the Annual Hog Roast and Softball Tourney at the park. We are going to need to be mindful of where we park as to avoid a broken windshield or dented hood. It will probably be a little crowded, but as they say, the show must go on. I do think it will provide excellent exposure for the club, and I expect the fence to be lined with a few new faces, so lets put on a great show!

Bush Winner Derek Belcher

Sprint Car Winner Dave Brawner

Sportsman Winner Jeremy Brawner

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