NORTHEAST: Wilcox Two-for-Two at Thunder Mountain; NDRL Modifieds Coming Tuesday May 20th

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CENTER LISLE, NY — official speedway release — Brent Wilcox is now two-for-two.

The Whitney Point, N.Y., native, who now lives in Binghamton, N.Y., scored his second 30-lap Modified feature win in as many weeks Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway. Wilcox rides a wave of momentum into Tuesday’s (May 20) huge Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services & Husqvarna at the Center Lisle, N.Y., track.

The two-division program Tuesday (rain date: Wednesday) is headlined by the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modifieds competing for $30,813 in prize money plus Sportsman in a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win event.

Even Wilcox is surprised by his early success that kicked off with a $1,992 payday in the May 10 ‘Grand Reopening’ special.

“If you asked me earlier today if I would win two in a row, I would have said no way,” Wilcox surmised honestly following his $1,200 triumph.

Wilcox led a one-two sweep by the Chris Clark-Tom Coar team across the stripe in the Modified event. His teammate, Brian Malcolm, briefly challenged him for the top spot in the race’s mid-portions and settled for runner-up pay.

After countless hours of work during the week by track owner Karl Spoonhower, a smooth-and-wide racing surface greeted the 98 competitors signing in for competition Saturday night at Thunder Mountain.

Can Wilcox defeat a talented field of invaders on Tuesday with a $5,100-plus winner’s share on the line?

“With the right circumstances and draw, I feel confident we can run with those guys,” Wilcox said honestly.

By virtue of a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers, Wilcox launched off the pole in the main event. A nine-car skirmish in turn one drew a yellow and restacked the field for a second attempt at the feature start.

Wilcox again shot into the race lead. Malcolm, who started the event fourth, raced into second spot on lap two. Chad Cook climbed to third from his ninth starting position on the third tour of the three-eighths-mile oval.

Malcolm and Cook pressured Wilcox following the race’s final restart on lap six, but Wilcox gradually opened a half-straightaway advantage and negotiated late-race lapped traffic flawlessly.

Lake Ariel, Pa., driver Malcolm improved upon his third-place finish in the opener by earning a second-place finish on Saturday.

“I’m really happy,” noted Malcolm, who is racing regularly at Thunder Mountain for the first time in his career. “We’ve got a good car right now.”

Cook, of Deposit, N.Y., settled for third. Second-generation driver Byron Worthing of Owego, N.Y., wheeled Dan Morden’s No. 14K from 12th to a fourth-place result. Worthing is the son of Southern Tier legend ‘the Junkyard Jet’ Doug Worthing. Modified rookie Ryan Jordan of Dryden, N.Y., drove his No. R21 from 18th to finish fifth.

Just outside the top-five was Wurtsboro, N.Y., driver Danny Creeden, who spun from third position on lap three, restarted from the rear of the field and cut through traffic to earn a sixth-place result. Creeden was making his first start of the season at Thunder in preparation for Tuesday’s program.

Former track champion Ryan Olsommer of Greentown, Pa., returned to Thunder Mountain Speedway in style. Olsommer took home $700 for a green-to-checkered romp of the 20-lap Sportsman main, earning the weekly big payday courtesy of Howard Jones Logging & Firework.

Utilizing a GM 602 crate engine, Olsommer started from the pole and dominated the entire event aboard his FYI Auto Sales No. 51Z.

“This crate motor is the best thing that ever happened to me,” Olsommer said. “Compared to the money I spent when I ran the open motor, it’s a great deal.”

Olsommer, a Friday night Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway regular, is pleased to see Thunder Mountain again in top form.

“I’m so glad Karl is back,” he said of returning track owner Spoonhower. “I love coming up here to race.”

Seventh place-starter Butch Green chased Olsommer across the line. Eric Leet, Opening Night winner Chance Spoonhower and Kevin Jordan trailed.

Young Shayne Spoonhower of Berkshire, N.Y., held off the advances of Jordy Decker to win the 12-lap Rookie Sportsman main.

Jonathan Carpenter of New Milford, Pa., emerged victorious from a thrilling 20-lap Street Stock feature that included no less than five lead changes. Carpenter won the main in dramatic fashion. With time winding down, Carpenter caught race leader Daryl Krebs and executed slingshot pass in turn two moments after the field received the two-to-go signal.

Carpenter was the fourth different driver to lead the feature. Ricky Davis Sr. paced the first two laps before Steven Deinhart took command at lap three. Davis was back out front on lap five and paced the next seven circuits before Krebs moved out from. Carpenter led only the final lap.

“Wow, that was probably the best race I’ve ever been in,” said a jubilant Carpenter in Victory Lane.

Krebs settled for second, followed by Deinhart, Earl Zimmer and Jason Beebe.

Sam Pennacchio of Niagara Falls, Ont., made his three-hour trek to Thunder Mountain worthwhile win a win in the 12-lap Empire Sport Truck feature. The Humberstone (Ont.) Speedway regular, who had swapped the top spot with Brandon Clapperton, took over a lead he wouldn’t relinquish on the ninth circuit.

Clapperton, Ralph Cuozzo, Allan Hodge and May 10 winner Bob Crandall trailed.

With sparks flying off the frontstretch wall, Michael Morse of Newark Valley, N.Y., swept past Zach Mills on the fifth lap of the Pure Stock main. Morse survived a final-lap scare in lapped traffic to win the 15-lap main over Mills, Bubba Peters, Mitch Quail Jr. and Kristina Whittemore.

Bouckville, N.Y., youngster Isaiah Forward earned his second straight Four Cylinder 15-lap triumph over a growing 17-car field. Forward started from fourth position and outran Kenny Underwood late in the main. Trevor Dudley, an early race lead contender, Gabe Forward and Guy Raymond Jr. trailed.

THUNDER THOUGHTS: Increased car counts in many of the divisions set the tone of a resurgent ’14 campaign at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The Street Stocks (19 cars) and Empire Sport Trucks (11) saw significantly larger fields in week No. 2 of the season….

The Sportsman victory was extra special for Olsommer and wife Christina. It was the first race attended by their young daughter Alydia.

Alex Stanton graduated from Binghamton (N.Y.) University (Watson School of Engineering) Saturday morning with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Jackson, Pa., resident completed his busy day by racing in Thunder Mountain’s Modified division Saturday night….

Kyle Stark took a wild series of four barrel-roll flips down the frontstretch during his Street Stock qualifier. Not only was the Pleasant Mount, Pa., driver uninjured, he completed extensive repairs and returned to run the main event, finishing 10th….

The show started on time at 7 p.m. with the Modified main in the books at 9:56 p.m.and the entire program completed by 10:38 p.m. Only a short intermission was taken in the fast-paced program….

Chad Cook was the recipient of a free American Racer tire via a random draw of Lias Tire incentive program participants prior to the start of racing Saturday….

Lisle residents were admitted for $5 as part of the season’s first Community Night….

Heat-race winners were Worthing, Creeden and Adam MacGeorge (Modified); Kevin Jordan, Billy Spoonhower and Chance Spoonhower (Sportsman); Shayne Spoonhower (Rookie Sportsman); Davis, Krebs and Carpenter (Street Stock); Pennachio and Crandall (Empire Sport Truck); Morse (Pure Stock) and Isaiah Forward and Gabe Forward (Four Cylinder)….

Racing resumes on Tuesday, May 20 (rain date: May 21) with the inaugural Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services and Husqvarna, a BD Motorsports Media LLC promotion.

The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds run 50 laps for $5,100-plus to win, $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag plus thousands in bonus money and contingencies. Some $30,813 will be paid out to the Modifieds at this spectacular event. Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) are also on the program in a 25-lap event paying $1,000 to the winner and $100 to take the green flag plus bonuses.

Fan fun activities include fireworks, giveaways driver meet and greets, a bounce house for kids, a live remote of 98.1 The Hawk and more.

Gates open at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting takes place at 6:15 p.m., with hot laps at 6:40 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

General admission is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (65 and over), $15 for Students (ages 10-17) and kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.

To learn more about the May 20 event, the richest ever in Thunder Mountain Speedway history, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.

 

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