AUDIO/RECAP: Hilton, Morseman, Knowles, Spalding, Glover, Mashewske & Teed Pick Up Yates County Speedway Wins

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DUNDEE, NY — Story, Photos and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Friday July the 4th was a big night at Yates County Speedway.  The fans came out to the track in droves and they were treated to some fantastic racing all night long.

We want to start our story by giving a huge tip of the cap to Dan Harpell, Ron Povoski and Terry Povoski.  These men went to work swiftly and used their expertise to fix a badly damaged electrical wire that runs out of the Yates County Speedway generator room.  The burnt wire nearly started a fire, but these three worked quickly during the fireworks so that the entire night’s worth of racing could be completed.  Great job gentlemen!

One more tip of the cap goes to the entire Yates County Speedway staff from concession workers, to the scoring staff, Safety crew and EMT’s and of course the race officials and flagging crew.  Last night was the best attended race of the season and even with fireworks, an electrical fire and a 4 Cylinder feature that saw 5 cautions in as many laps- they still managed to get a 7 division card done between 11:15 and 11:30.

Allison Teed took the win in the 4 Cylinder Bandit division to start off the night’s action in front of a huge Dundee, NY crowd.  This was in fact the largest crowd that has been on hand for competition at the speedway since Dan Harpell has taken over the controls.  For Teed it was another win to help her maintain her perfect record in 2014 along with maintaining the points lead in the division.  She looks to go for two straight Bandit championships this season.

Allison Teed 14x Bandit Win

The GM Crate Sportsman feature was led to the green by Dale Welty in his famous black and hot pink #123.  He would lead the first 9 circuits of a race that went green flag to checkered flag.  On Lap 9, Welty would feel the pressure from 2-time feature winner Fran Hilton.

Hilton was able to make the pass for the lead on Lap 14 after stalking Welty for 5 laps.  The racing was exciting and clean which pleased the fans in attendance at the Dundee, NY oval.  Chris Fisher from Branchport, NY by Lap 14 had made his way up to the number 3 spot and looked to try and run down the leaders to make it a 3-car battle.

Top competitors Casey Pavlick and Brady Fultz had also made their way into the Top 5 by Lap 21 but didn’t have enough time to make a run at the leaders.  Fisher would move into 2nd by Lap 20, however 5 laps was not enough time to try and run down the hard racing Hilton.  Fran Hilton took win #3 on the season over Fisher, Pavlick who make a last lap pass by Welty for 3rd , Welty 4th and Fultz the Top-5.

Heat Wins were taken by Dale Welty and Brady Fultz.

Fran Hilton 3 Spts Win

Jeremy Trank led the field to the green in the Greg’s Auto Body Street Stocks.  He would take the early lead in the event and had a great run going for the Backyard Motorsports 15K.  Jeremy Potrzebowski would take the lead as they completed laps 3 and 4.  He would lead until Gene Balmer would make his presence known by taking the lead at Lap 8.

A great battle would ensue for 2nd as Potrzebowski, Richie Sharpsteen and Teddy Morseman from the 14th starting position.  Morseman would move up to 3rd by Lap 10 and 2nd just before the caution flew on Lap 11.  Sharpsteen, Potrzebowski and Kreg Crooker filled out the top 5 at the yellow.

A fantastic race was put on by both racers toward the latter half of the event and the finish was to be decided in the final set of turns.  Balmer went low, Morseman went lower yet.  Coming off Turn 4 Morseman pulled just ahead of Balmer and beat him to the start/finish line for his first win of the year at Yates County.

Heat Wins were taken by Rich Sharpsteen, Gene Balmer & Jeremy Potrzebowski.

Ted Morseman SS Win 44

Jason Knowles would lead the field to green in the Late Model division feature but the early leader would run into mechanical woes on Lap 5 and would go pitside.  That gave the lead over to brother Brian Knowles who would check out until the halfway mark.

At halfway ‘Rapid Rick’ Miller in the Shayne Tenace-owned 33x reeled Knowles in and began to battle for the lead.  Johnny Hill and Shayne Tenace would put on a great battle for third about half a straightaway behind the leaders.

As the lead cars tried to put a car down a lap on Lap , Knowles and the lap car made contact.  The lap car went for a 360 spin, Knowles continued on and Miller took over the lead in the altercation.  However, as the yellow came out and the scoring reverted back to the previous lap- Knowles would reassume the lead.  Knowles would continue on to take the win with Miller having to settle for 2nd.

The Late Model Heat Win was taken by Jason Knowles.

Rich Karlnoski and Keith Lamphere who have battled each other all season long led the IMCA Modified field to the green flag for the first feature of the night.  Lamphere would take it to the top shelf on lap 4 to get by Karlnoski for the lead.

On a Lap 5 restart, Jared Spalding joined Lamphere and Karlnoski in the battle for the lead with Lamphere again pulling out front.  But on Lap 9 exiting Turn 2 Lamphere would suffer a right rear flat tire and have to take his car to the pits for service.

This would leave Spalding and Karlnoski to battle each other for the win and on Lap 15 Spalding pulled ahead of Karlnoski.  On the last lap ‘Dick in the Dirt’ tried to use a lap car as a pick going into Turn 3, but the lap car washed up the speedway negating his bid for the win.

Spalding would continue on to pick up win #2 on the season with Karlnoski coming home 2nd, Todd Stone coming home 3rd, Brad Smith 4th and Nicole Spalding rounding out the Top 5.

The IMCA Heat Win went to speedway veteran Rich Karlnoski.

Darryl Ruggles took off and ran away early on in the 305 RaceSaver Sprint division.  Will Glover and Alysha Ruggles checked their bus passes and went to the Ruggles School of 305 Sprint racing.  Darryl, who also competes at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park really has his 48jr dialed in solid.

There was a spirited battle for 2nd though, as Alysha and Glover raced each other hard for the position.  But on Lap 11, the yellow came out as the father Ruggles was leaking some kind of fluid onto the speedway and was asked to head to the attention of his crew to determine what was leaking.

Alysha Ruggles would assume the lead on the restart and would battle Glover for the feature win.  Glover would sweep around the 48A on Lap 12 to take the lead off Turn 2.  Glover used the outside lane and Ruggles worked the bottom lane and in the end Glover would win over Alysha Ruggles and Darryl Ruggles 3rd.

The RaceSaver 305 Sprint Heat was won by Alysha Ruggles.

There’s nothing more special than a driver’s first victory, and that’s exactly what Chris Mashewske did on Friday night.  He led all 20 laps of a caution-filled 4-Cylinder event.  His sharp blue and yellow 17M wasn’t challenged for the win as he was able to maintain a 4-5 car length lead the entire event.

Chris and his son Matt have several times been guests on the Turn 5 Racing Podcast and it was fantastic that the whole Turn 5 crew was here to see his first win.  We are sure there are many more to come.

4 Cylinder Heats were won by Scott Bradley, Chris Mashewske & Travis McDonald.

Chris Mashewske 17M

Yates County Speedway will take a week off before hosting the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints on Friday night July 18th and we will have all of the pageantry and action covered right here on


GM Crate Sportsman Winner Fran Hilton


Greg’s Auto Body Street Stock Winner Ted Morseman


4 Cylinder Feature Winner Chris Mashewske


Shayne Tenace talked to us about coming to Yates County for the first time this season


James Kreidler told Steven Ovens about his first Greg’s Auto Body Street Stock win last time out


Nate Daggett told Steven Ovens about finally getting his new chassis fine-tuned and running up front

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