KEVIN JORDAN PICKS UP HIS THRID FEATURE WIN OF SEASON AS SKYLINE RACEWAY PARK BEATS THE RAIN
Despite a threatening weather forecast, Skyline Raceway Park went on with their scheduled Saturday night racing card. With four make-up features plus a complete six division show on tap, it was a full night of racing action on the fast 3/8 mile. Though the rains did come and interrupt the racing action for a bit, Skyline's track crew, with the cooperation of race teams in the pits, was able to bring the surface back into great condition after a brief delay in the program. Kevin Jordan was able to drive to victory in the 20 lap Open Sportsman feature event, his third of the season. Former Open Sportsman champion Nick Nye returned to Skyline for the evening to compete in the 602 Crate Sportsman division, driving to the feature win. Will Ward continued his winning ways in the IMCA Modified division as he not only won the regularly scheduled feature, but also topped the event that was postponed from May 14th. Bob Mils earned his first Skyline feature win in the Street Stock feature while Jon Carpenter took the win in the held-over feature. Buck Mlls Jr. swept the pair of Factory Stock features while former Four Cylinder champion Phil Burns won both the regular and held over Four Cylinder Stock features.
In the 20 lap Open Sportsman feature, it was newly married AJ Lord grabbing the early race lead and setting the pace for the opening lap before Kevin Jordan was able to drive past and into the race lead. Once out front, Kevin soon found himself having company at the head of the field as brother Chris Jordan had worked his way into the runner-up position and set his sights on his brother. The sibling rivalry at the head of the field heated up quickly as Chris began to apply heavy pressure to Kevin, repeatedly looking to the inside entering the turns. Though Chris pulled alongside several times, Kevin was able to take advantage of the momentum of the preferred outside groove to keep Chris behind him off the turns. The two brothers would race hard all the way to the finish with Kevin Jordan just managing to hold of Chris Jordan for the win. Former track champion and fan favorite Jim “Rocky” Rothwell made his first appearance of 2016 and drove from deep in the field to finish third ahead of Moscow, Pa. based rookie Larry Mekic Jr. AJ Lord recovered from an early race incident to finish fifth.
The 20 lap 602 Crate Sportsman feature saw Nick Nye driving his American Taxi #6NN to victory, his first of the season. Nye spent most of the race locked in a battle with Lanson Albanese for the victory as the two put on a show for the Skyline fans. Nye found the extreme outside groove of the speedway to his liking. “We were pretty much wide pen the whole way around” commented Nye after the race. “That is the way you have to drive these (602 Crate powered) cars.” Nye worked the outside groove to perfection to hold off the hard charging Albanese for the win with Albanese placing second. Pat Jordan finished a strong third with Dale Welty crossing the line in fourth. Newcomer Taylor Lamb scored an impressive fifth in his first Skyline start.
Will Ward's hot streak continued in the IMCA Modified division as he drove to victory in the regularly scheduled feature, holding off a determined challenge from Rodney Morgan to pick up the win, his third of the season at Skyline. Morgan made a late run at Ward, but came up just short and settled for a runner-up finish. Brad Smith drove to a third place finish with Brian Steigerwald and Doug McCane completing the top five finishing order. In the IMCA Modified feature that was postponed from May 14th, Ward outdueled Bumps Scutt to pick up the feature win to open the night of racing action. Scutt finished second with Rodney Morgan, Brad Smith, and Jeff Cardinale third through fifth.
The Street Stock division also took part in a pair of feature races. Jon Carpenter topped the May 14th feature as he got to the lead quickly and was able to pull away from Bob Mills over the closing laps to pick up the win. Earl Zimmer finished third in his first Skyline start of the season with Dick Baker finishing fourth. Jarred Dennis rounded out the top five finishers. The regularly scheduled feature event saw a new face in victory lane as Bob Mills claimed his first Skyline feature win. Mills got to the lead early and survived several late restarts to claim the victory. Ray Lindquist settled for a strong runner-up finish with Jarred Dennis third. Jack Holcomb drove to a fourth place finish with Dick Baker rounding out the top five.
The Stock Car division saw Buck Mills Jr. sweeping the night's racing action. In the held over feature, Mills bested former division champion Bill Flask to pick up the win. Ryan Brockner drove to a third place finish with Don Reeves and Tim Parker rounding out the top five finishers. In the regularly scheduled feature, Mills once again drove to victory lane, holding off Ryan Brockner to earn the victory. Jason Thomas drove to a third place finish in a car that was heavily damaged in the held over feature when he got turned into the frontstretch retaining wall. Dan Reeves and Bill Flask rounded out the top five finishers.
In the Four Cylinder Stock division, former track champion Phil Burns swept both the held over and regular features, his first two wins of the season. In the held-over feature, Burns held off a challenge from newcomer Bert Maynard, who scored a solid runner-up finish in his first Skyline start. Nick Kennedy drove to a third place finish with Tom Bumphus II and Michael Brown completing the top five finishers. The regularly scheduled feature saw Burns outrace Nick Kennedy for the win. Matt McKernon finished a strong third ahead of Dave Jenkins and Bert Maynard.
Racing continues this Saturday night at the Skyline Raceway Park. All of the track's regular divisions will be in action along with the first appearance of the popular Empire Sport Trucks. Racing begins at 6:30 PM sharp with gates opening at 4PM.
On Monday, Skyline presents their annual Memorial Day Spectacular featuring the IMCA Modifieds taking part in an Empire State Series event while the 602 Crate Sportsman will have a huge event, a $1,000 to win event that is part of the Southern Tier Auto Racing (STAR) Series. There will also be special events on the card for the Street Stocks, Open Sportsman, and Four Cylinders. The Factory Stocks will also see action in a STAR Series event paying $400 to win. Racing gets underway at 4 PM with gates opening at 1 PM.
For the latest information, log onto www.skylineracewayny.com or contact the speedway office at 607-745-0275.
OPEN SPORTSMAN: KEVIN JORDAN, Chris Jordan, Jim Rothwell, Larry Mekic Jr., AJ Lord, Jason Tuttle, Don Allen, Cole Price, Mike Dawson, Mike Owens, Tommy Ferguson, Bill Leonard
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN: NICK NYE, Lanson Albanese, Pat Jordan, Dale Welty, Taylor Lamb, Brandon Kuhn, Chuck Miller, Moose Gulley, Isaiah Forward, Tyler Ward, Eric Williams, Del Howell, Lee Foland, Bob Stahl, Justin Cobb, Jason Thomas, Garrett Rushlow, Josh Underwood
IMCA MODIFIED: WILL WARD, Rodney Morgan, Brad Smith, Brian Steigerwald, Doug McCane, Rich Keller, Bill Ward, Jeff Cardinale, Kyle Leach, Bumps Scutt
STREET STOCK: BOB MILLS, Ray Lindquist, Jarred Dennis, Jack Holcomb, Dick Baker, Cody Neilson, Justin Hall, Rick Sinsabaugh, Earl Zimmer, Shawn Boynton, Tom Savercool, Dan Force, Brett Barrett, Jon Carpenter, Greg Peebles, TJ Frost
STOCK CAR: BUCK MILLS JR., Ryan Brockner, Jason Thomas, Dan Reeves, Bill Flask, Tim Parker, Rick Epps, Levi Frink, Cody Baker
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK: PHIL BURNS, Nick Kennedy, Matt McKernon, Dave Jenkins, Bert Maynard, Tom Bumphus II, Michael Brown, Brandon Neilson, Art Palmer, Carl Chaffee, Lee Wagner, Eric Rowley, Clint Kadaronack, Ryan Baranska, Rich Wagner, Russ Wood DNS: Sarah Gooch, Ronnie Welsh
IMCA MODIFIED (from 5/14/16) : WILL WARD, Bumps Scutt, Radney Morgan, Brad Smith, Jeff Cardinale, JJ Courcy, Keith Lamphere, Doug McCane
STREET STOCK (from 5/14/16) : JON CARPENTER, Bob Mills, Earl Zimmer, Dick Baker, Jarred Dennis, Brett Barrett, Shawn Boynton, Tom Savercool, Ray Lindquist, Dan Force, Cody Neilson, Jack Holcomb, Justin Hall, Rick Epps, DNS: Doug Stack Jr
STOCK CAR (from 5/14/16): BUCK MILLS JR., Bill Flask, Ryan Brockner, Dan Reeves, Tim Parker, Levi Frink, Cody Baker, Jason Thomas
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK (from 5/14/16): PHIL BURNS, Bert Maynard, Nick Kennedy, Tom Bumphus II, Michael Brown, Sarah Gooch, Art Palmer, Carl Chaffee, Lee Wagner, Cody Rowley, Rich agner, Russ Wood, Brandon Neilson, Ronnie Welsh, Matt McKernon, Ryan Baranska DNS: Josh Wilder, Jeremy Warren.
5/14/2016Results: Rain Shortend
OPEN SPORTSMAN: KEVIN JORDAN, AJ Lord, Bill Leonard, Jason Tuttle, Brent Cross, John Morse, Dayton Coene, Larry Mekic, Mike Owens, Cole Price
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN: BRANDON BUTLER, Nick Nye, Andrew Smith, Lanson Albanese, Scott Smith, Kevin Jordan, Isaiah Forward, Gary Roberts, Chuck Miller, Tyler Ward, Garrett Rushlow, Brandon Kuhn, Jason Thomas, Anthony Rindell DNS: Michelle Courcy
OPEN SPORTSMAN: AJ LORD, Randy Shantel, Bill Leonard, Brent Cross, Jim Money, Michael Owens
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN: ANDREW SMITH, Lance Albanese, Scott Smith, Ray Miller, Brandon Kuhn, Chuck Miller, Ben Wheeler, Michelle Courcy, DNS: Jason Thomas
IMCA MODIFIEDS: BRAD SMITH, Rich Keller, Doug McCane, Jeff Cardinale, Jason Butler, JJ Courcy, Mike Smith, Will Ward, Steve Reynolds, Bill Ward DNS: Curt Styles
STREET STOCKS: RAY LINDQUIST, Tom Savercool, Tyler Yeagle,Steve Polhamus, Matt Boman, Dan Babcock, Dick Baker, Bob Mills, Jack Holcomb Jr.
STOCK CARS: JASON THOMAS, Tim Parker, Cody Baker, Tony Paige, Buck Mills Jr. DNS: Bill Flask, Randy Kelly,Don Reeves
FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS: LEE WAGNER, Phil Burns, Rich Wagner, Cody Neilson, Ryan Baranska, Sarah Gooch, Art Palmer, Carl Chaffee, Cody Rowley, Tom Bumphus II, Levi Frink, Michael Brown
OPEN SPORTSMAN: (5 Cars) BILL LEONARD, AJ Lord, Buck Mills Sr., Brent Cross, Michael Owens
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN: (14 cars) ANDREW SMITH, Ray Smith, Matt Roberts, Lance Albanese, Gary Card Jr., Darryl Bennett, Anthony Stockman, Brandon Kuhn, Chuck Miller, Scott Smith, Michelle Courcy, Jason Thomas, John Trapenhagen
STAR SERIES IMCA MODIFIEDS: (19 Cars) WILL WARD, Keith Lamphere, Mike Stoddard, Matt Cole, Tyler Stoddard, Brad Smith, Bill Ward, JJ Courcy, Rodney Morgan, Drue Perrault, Doug McCane, Don Alvord, Jeff Cardinale, Curt Styles, Brian Steigerwald, Gary Roberts, Ray McClure, Bumps Scutt, Jason Butler
STREET STOCKS: (8 Cars) JEREMY POTRZEBOWSKI, Tim Gullo, Tom Savercool, Bob Mills, Dennis Cummings, Tyler Yeagle DNS: Dick Baker, Cody Baker
STOCK CARS: (8 Cars) BUCK MILLS JR., Jason Thomas, Bill Flask, Ryan Brockner, Dan Reeves, Tony Paige, Bob Baker, Randy Kelly
FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS:(16 Cars) LEE WAGNER, Ken Underwood, Rich Wagner, Jerry Herbert, Cody Rowley, Cody Neilson, Tom Bumphus II, Ryan Baranska, Nate Powers, Michael Brown, Sarah Gooch, Art Palmer, Carl Chaffee, Chris Bonoffski, Bobby Wagner, Phil Burns
OPEN SPORTSMAN: (7cars) KEVIN JORDAN, Nick Nye, Lisa Williams, Bill Leonard, Mike Dawson, Mike Owens, AJ Lord
602 CRATE SPORTSMAN: (15 cars) ANDREW SMITH, Tommy Paige, Gary Card Jr., Pat Jordan, Isaiah Forward, Nick Nye, Chuck Miller, Tyler Ward, Randy Gates, Brandon Kuhn, Michelle Courcy, Lanson Albanese, Scott Smith, Jason Thomas, John Trapenhagen
IMCA MODIFIEDS: (14 cars) MIKE SMITH, Will Ward, Bumps Scutt, Drue Perrault, Jeff Cardinale, Brandon Smith, Bill Ward, Don Alvord, Brent Smith, Kyle Leech, Doug McCane, Curt Styles, JJ Courcy, Steve Reynolds
STAR SERIES STREET STOCKS: (15 cars) JON CARPENTER, Rich Sharpsteen, Tyle Yeagle, Jack Holcomb Jr., Eric Boynton, Buck Mills Sr., Dick Baker, Tom Savercool, Bob Mills, Mitch Hurlbert, Jake Fowlston, Shane Wolf Jr., Nick Robinson, Joe Reeves, DNS: Greg Peebles
STOCK CARS: (7 cars) JASON THOMAS, Don Reeves, Bill Flask, Tony Paige, Cody Baker, Buck Mills Jr., DNS: Randy Kelly
FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS: (15 cars) CHRIS BONOFFSKI, Richard Wagner, Phil Burns, Cody Rowley, Cody Nelsen, Ryan Baranska, Tom Bmphus Jr., Art Palmer, Michael Brown, Carl Chaffee, Lee Wagner, Cody Rowley, Gabe orward, Sarah Gooch, Randy Thomas