Shingledecker, Carpenter, Landers, Fordyce, Isner Take Night Two of Hillbilly 100 Weekend

Mountain State Motorsports Promotions
West Virginia Motor Speedway
‘The Speedplant’
Mineral Wells, WV
Sept. 4th, 2010

Cline Construction Co. Steel Block Bandits  “Hillbilly 50”

The Steel Block Bandits came off a one month layoff in a big way as 43 cars signed in for competition for the Hillbilly 50, a longtime event for steel block late models sanctioned this year for the first time by the Steel Block Bandits. Trevor Phillips would set Ernie D’s fast time for the event with a time of 21.073 seconds(Phillips would run into troubles later and would fail to qualify for the main) with most recent Steel Block Bandit feature winner, young Kyle Merkel scoring second fastest at 21.095. Bandit regular Daniel Brown, Jr. ran into issues before time trials when he lost his motor and would be out for the remainder of the evening. The D&D Auto Recycling heats went to Chris Carpenter, Kyle Merkel, Freddie Carpenter, and Dwight Henry. The two Crims Trailer Sales B-Mains were taken by Kristian Looney and Ashley Barrett.

With a definite chill in the air, the Labor Day weekend event served as more of a fall feel then as a last blast of summer. And when the feature took to the track shortly before 1:30 Sunday Morning, the temperature had dropped into the fifties but what was about to unfold would certainly heat things up. Chris Carpenter who had won the previous visit here by the Bandits Memorial Day weekend was the Ms. Motorsports 2010 Pole Sitter but would be demoted to second at the start as Kyle Merkel blasted into the early lead. Things would get hot quick though when on the fifth lap Bruce Kane saw his machine catch on fire as he entered the first turn, Kane would stop the car in turn two and was ok. But under the ensuing red flag Kyle Merkel quickly got out of his car due to a small fire on the 117 machine. Merkel’s mount unlike Kane’s though was not terminal and he would maintain the lead and build a dominate first half of the event. Over the first half of the event Chris Carpenter would challenge after every restart before settling for second position in front of brother Tyler Carpenter and father Freddie Carpenter with Dwight Henry filling out the top five early.

As the field returned to green following the halfway fuel stop Merkel would again pull away to the lead over the Carpenter trio. But just three laps into the second half Freddie Carpenter would pull off lame in turn two, but Carpenter would return to the track and continue. As the race continued past the 30 lap mark it became obvious that Chris Carpenter was getting quicker and Kyle Merkel’s tires started to fade. On lap 37 the lead changed hands when Chris Carpenter moved past Merkel. Tyler Carpenter would also take advantage of the fading Merkel and move into second. Over the final laps Chris Carpenter would steadily pull ahead and take a convincing win and head to Ernie D’s victory lane and collect the Bandit’s richest purse to date a steep $5,000 to win. Tyler Carpenter would follow his brother to victory lane in second while Kyle Merkel would finish third. Dwight Henry finished a solid fourth with Andy Fries rounding out the top five. Rounding out the top eight was Steel Block Bandits points leader Walker Arthur, B-Main winner Ashley Barrett climbed up to seventh. Kyle Lear would also come up after falling back early to finish eight.

The Steel Block Bandits would also like for everyone to keep Cecil B. Arthur and the Arthur family in your prayers. Following Saturday nights events Cecil Arthur would fall off the top of the trailer. As of Sunday morning Mr. Arthur was in stable condition at a Parkersburg, WV hospital with upper and lower back injuries and a large cut to the back of his head.

The Steel Block Bandits will return next weekend with two big events, heading to the Natural Bridge Speedway in Natural Bridge, VA on Saturday night. And then heading Sunday afternoon to the Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro, VA for the second annual Chris Loan Memorial.

Special thanks to the following: Steel Block Mafia, Cline Construction, Ernie D’s Enterprises, Glory Days Grill, D&D Auto Recycling, Revolution Band, Muddslinger Web Services, Walrus Signs & Embroidery & Dehaven Well Drilling.

1. 18 Chris Carpenter
2. 28 Tyler Carpenter
3. 117 Kyle Merkel
4. 60 Dwight Henry
5. 82 Andy Fries
6. 87 Walker Arthur
7. 75 Ashley Barrett
8. 151 Kyle Lear
9. 20 Mick Sansom
10. R2 Roy Roush
11. 7 D.J. Troutman
12. 8 Joey Leavell
13. 9Q Kristian Looney
14. 12R Tracy Sampson
15. 10R Brad Jarrell
16. 08 Joey Love
17. C4 Freddie Carpenter
18. 45 Roy Clower
19. K2 Kris Southern
20. 24 George Moreland
21. 30 Allen Brannon
22. WILD1 Chris Harr
23. 90 Larry Ramsey
24. 52 Bob Crum
25. 95 Nathan Harrison
26. J30 Justin Powell
27. 11W Jesse Wisecarver
28. 1K Bruce Kane

Heat 1: Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lear, Andy Fries, Justin Powell, Joey Love, Dave Hilton, Tracy Sampson, Tony Roush, Shane Newman, Trever Phillips, Greg Mitchell

Heat 2: Kyle Merkel, DJ Troutman, Joey Leavell, Walker Arthur, Roy Roush, Kristian Looney, Kris Southern, Rod Evans, Bryan Liilibridge, Sammie Miller, Daniel Kittrell

Heat 3: Freddie Carpenter, Chris Harr, Allen Brannon, Mick Sansom, Bruce Kane, Ashley Barrett, George Moreland, Todd Chicklo, Nick Corley, Tom Arnott

Heat 4: Dwight Henry, Jesse Wisecarver, Tyler Carpenter, Brad Jarrell, Larry Ramsey, Nathan Harrison, Ted Dille, Darrin McDonald, Bob Crum, Roy Clower

B-Main 1:Kristian Looney, Kris Southern, Tracy Sampson, Trever Phillips, Bryan Lillibridge, Shane Newman, Dave Hilton, Daniel Kittrell, Tony Roush, Rod Evans, Sammie Miller, Greg Mitchell

B-Main 2: Ashley Barrett, George Moreland, Nathan Harrison, Bob Crum, Darrin McDonald, Roy Clower, Ted Dille, Tom Arnott, Todd Chicklo, Nick Corley



Jeremiah Shingledecker delivered a brithday present to his three-year-old daughter, Mazy, by taking round two of the Hillbilly Hustle at West Virginia Motor Speedway.  His third victory of the year catapaulted him into the lead of the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour points battle.

“The track was really good tonight, it had multiple lanes,” Shingledecker said.  Although runner-up Kevin Hoffman started to close in on him in the late stages of the race, Shingledecker was not concerned.  “I wasn’t worried until I saw anybody under me, at my door.”

The luck of the draw put Jeremy Paup and Steve Feder on the front row of the 30 lap feature.  Paup fired fist, and opend a slight lead.  However, a wild crash at the entry of turn put a halt to the action.  The incident started as the field came off turn two.  The cars of Mike Miller and Mike Turner got together, with Turner’s mount eventually striking the inside guardrail.  Ryan Hall got turned as well, and “Trucker Don” Brown barrell rolled over Hall’s disabled car.  Although the Hall, Brown and Turner cars were severly damaged, none of the drivers required medical attention.

During this incident, Rex King, Jr. and Dave Murdick retired from the race.  King Jr. had something break in the driveline, permitting the center section of the rear end to spin and strike his seat.  Although the seat moved forward five inches, he, too, declined medical attention.  Murdick, the winner of three Modified Tour races including the previous race at the Speedplant, suffered a terminal engine problem.

When the race went green again, Paup jumped into the lead, followed by Shingledecker, Rex King, Sr., and Feder.  Shingledecker got a good run at the leader coming off turn two on the second lap, but Paup rallied in turns three and four to maintain his lead.  Paup led the next circuit as well, before surrendering the top spot to Shingledecker.

Shingledecker continued to lead Paup and King through the caution on lap five for Dean Pearson.  Pearson lost a fan blade and the resulting imbalance damaged his engine.

On the restart, Shingledecker, Paup and King Sr. ran in formation.  Behind them, however, Del Rougeux, Jr. and Brad Rapp were mixing it up for the fourth and fifth positions.  Rougeux claimed the spot for good on lap six, and he was on the march.  Rougeux passed King Sr. on the next lap.

On lap 8, Dillon Barr brought out the first of his two cautions.  Shingledecker, Paup and Rougeux began to pull away from the rest of the field over the next eleven laps.  On lap 19, D. Barr brought out the caution again, and he retired from the race.

While the field was circulating under the yellow, Rougeux darted into the work area.  He had a right rear tire losing air.  His crew gave him a fresh tire and he resumed the race at the rear of the field.

Rougeux’s misfortune gave Kevin Hoffman the break he needed.  After lining up third for the the restart, Hoffman dropped to the low side of Paup entering the first turn when the green was displayed.  Hoffman had a two car length advantage as the pair came off turn two.  Hoffman then set his sights on Shingledecker, who had opened up a significant advantage.  Although Hoffman was able to chop into the lead, he was unable to get within striking distance.

Shingledecker reeled off the final eleven laps without interruption.  Hoffman crossed the finish line in second, with Paup in third, Rapp in fourth and King Sr. in fifth.  For Hoffman and Paup, their finishes were career bests with the Modified Tour.

Hoffman was driving with a little extra incentive on this night.  Eight years before, his brother Jeff, died.  “We gave it our best shot, we just came up a little short,” he said.

Paup’s podium finish was all the more remarkable considering that he encountered a valve problem during the race and he finished on seven cylinders.

Sixth was Steve Feder, another career best finish.  J.R. McGinley, rookie Chris Haines, Gary Smoker and Jeff Miller rounded out the top ten.

Heat wins went to Hoffman, Paup and Rapp.

There was no B Main.

The next event for the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour will be September 11, at Mercer Raceway Park.  The race will be presented by Rock Concrete.  That will be a complete new program, but wristbands from the August 14 show will be honored.

BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour Round 8:  West Virginia Motor Speedway, Mineral Wells, WV;  September 4, 2010:  1.  37MD Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk, PA ($1,500); 2.  17H Kevin Hoffman, Franklin, PA ($1,000); 3. X Jeremy Paup, Polk PA ($800); 4.  11R Brad Rapp, Shippenville, ($600); 5.  65 Rex King, Sr., Bristolville, OH ($550); 6.  45 Steve Feder, Butler, PA ($500); 7.  66 J.R. McGinley, Frogtown, PA ($450); 8.  35H Chris Haines, Sandy Lake, PA ($400); 9.  516 Gary Smoker, Mercer, PA ($350); 10.  Jeff Miller, Butler, ($325); 11.  20D Del Rougeux, Jr., Frenchville, PA ($300); 12.  03 Mark Frankhouser, Phillipsburg, PA ($290); 13.  72 Mike Miller, Chicora, PA ($280); 14.  6 Carl Murdick, Butler, PA ($270); 15.  25B Steve Barr, Grove City, PA ($260); 16.  88 Shawn Fleeger, Butler, PA ($250); 17.  5 Rick Hall, Stoneboro, PA ($240); 18.  15B Dillon Barr, Grove City, PA ($230); 19.  8J Dean Pearson, Harrisville, PA ($225); 20.  27R Dave Reges, Butler, PA ($225); 21.  61 Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock, ($225); 22.  B4 Ryan Hall, Grove City, PA ($225); 23.  165 Rex King, Jr., Bristolville, OH ($225); 24.  71B Don Brown, Butler, PA ($225); 25.  96 Mike Turner, Butler, Frogtown, PA ($225).

The Modified Tour, Inc. would like to thank the 2010 series sponsors:  Bicknell Racing Products; Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.; Sunoco Racing Fuel – Bazell Oil Co., Inc.; World Racing Group – DIRTcar; Approved Toilet Rentals, Inc.; Behrent’s Speed Center, Inc.; Bert Transmission; Big Daddy’s Speed Center Inc.; Engles Trucking Services, Inc.; Bilstein Shocks  Fastline Performance; Fast Axle, LLC; Frankland Racing Supply; ISC Racers Tape; Hall’s Safety Equipment Corp.; Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG); Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Inc.; King Brothers; Kirkey Racing Fabrication Inc.; Landrum Spring; McCool’s Signs and Graphics; Motorsports World; Oyler Photos & More; Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP; Preist Enterprises, Inc.; Pro Shocks; RaceQuip; Ray’s Racing Collectibles; Red Bear Hand Cleaner; Rock Concrete, Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants; Slippery Rock Sportswear; Smokey’s; SpeedBear Fasteners; Turbo Start Batteries; Ultra-Shield Race Products; Valken Wheels; Wedge Motorsports, LLC; Winters Performance Products Inc.; and Wrisco Industries Inc.

The Modified Tour, Inc. racing series is a non-profit organization established in 1998 to give the V-8 Modifieds in the Western Pennsylvania area the opportunity to compete for higher purses and for a seasonal point fund.  It has had great success at bringing the local cars together at tracks throughout the tri-state area and in expanding the profile for this exciting brand of motorsports.

For more information about The BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour, check the website at

Jared Landers tops in ‘White Lightnin 25’, Bill Fordyce takes ‘Little Hilly 15’ night 2 wins

Batesville Arkansas driver Jared Landers attoned for his opening night mistakes by taking the win in the 2nd of the weekend’s twin ‘White Lightnin 25’ events for the TSMA modifieds.  As was the case in the opening night’s show, 4 qualifying heats and last chance race were necessary to set the 24 car starting field.

Jared Landers was again the evening’s fast qualifier and started in the 4th position in the 25 lap main, running down early race leader Bobby Kitchen and taking  the lead on the third circuit.  Lander’s assaulted the fast 5/8 mile facility, distancing himself from the rest of the competition, leaving Kitchen to battle Chris Stotts and Jess Hartman for the bridesmaid position.
With only 2 cautions to slow the field, his Mark Martin Ford dealership sponsored #777 had little but lapped traffic to contend with in a dominating performance.  Positions in the rest of the top 10 were shuffled like a deck of Las Vegas playing cards.

When the checkered flag fell, Landers cruised to a $2000 payday, with Jess Hartman hustling to the runner up position followed by Kitchen, Stotts and Jesse Wisecarver.  6th – 10th were Aaron Morey, Kyle Brown, Ken Riddle, JR Nolan and Mark Dickson.

Heat winners were Kitchen, Stotts, night one winner Kenny Johnson and Landers, with Jason Armes winning the last chance qualifier.

Mineral Wells, WV driver Bill Fordyce had mechanical problems drop him from the lead in the opening night’s ‘Little Hilly 15’ for the Pure Stocks, but played spoiler himself in Saturday nights feature.  Early season winner Frankie Hall went to the front at the race’s start and looked to have things in hand before Fordyce went to the track cushion and reeled the leader in.
Coming off turn 4 at the mid race point, Fordyce squeezed between Hall and the front stretch retaining wall, then set sail the remaining 7 circuits to score a popular $750 win in his self owned #02 Monte Carlo. Hall was the 2nd place finisher, with Curt Reck, Robbie McCullough and Randy Bohan in pursuit at the checkered flag.   Hall and McCullough were the heat race winners.

Hannibal, Ohio’s Kenny Isner won his second WVMS Hot Mod feature of the weekend, leading all the way in the Mike’s Auto Body sponsored #7. Greg Conger once again gave chase, finishing second, with Glenn Underwood, Travis Thomas, Anastasia Jones and Bill Sigmon rounding out the field

TSMA Modifieds: Jared Landers, Jess Hartman, Bobby Kitchen, Chris Stotts, Jesse Wisecarver, Aaron Morey, Kyle Brown, Ken Riddle, JR Nolan, Mark Dickson, Jimmy Fordyce, Jeremy Berwanger, Deana Groves, Travis Dickson, Mike Duncan, Jeremy Blake, Darin Roush, Randy Armes, Chris Basich, Phil Jeffries, Kenny Johnson, Mark Luning, Rich Michaels, (dns) Rob Stambaugh.
(-dnq: Robin Ours, Cliff Crank, Teddy Tucker, Tanner Wilson, Jason Canaperi, Ernie Lockhart, Anthony Huber, George Catanzano, Robin Duston, Barry Jacobs, Matt Shadie, Ryan Stoops)

Pure Stocks: Rick VanDyne, Randy Bohan, Robbie McCollough, Al Wagner, Doug Moore, Scott Willis, Mike Mason, Bill Lucas, Frankie Hall, Bill Fordyce, Byan Mitchell, Curt Reck, Tommy Murphy, Toad Fordyce, Matt Bosley.

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