MURDICK FIRST IN HILLBILLY HUSTLE

Mountain State Motorsports Promotions
West Virginia Motor Speedway
‘The Speedplant’
Mineral Wells, WV
Sept. 3rd, 2010

MURDICK FIRST IN HILLBILLY HUSTLE
It did not take long for Dave Murdick, the 2001 BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour Champion, to adapt to West Virginia Motor Speedway.  Just one of three drivers to take advantage of the open practice session held at the Speedplant on Thursday night before round one of the Hillbilly Hustle,  Murdick swept to his thrid victory of the 2010 Modified Tour season, earning the points lead in the process.

Although Murdick said that he had his “basic” set-up in the car for the new venue, “the practice session let us get our gear figured out.”  “We pretty much go with the same set-up everywhere.”  He explained, “we use the same spring package, maybe some wedge adjustment.”  But, he added, “it also let us know what the track was going to do a little bit.”

Murdick and Mike Miller paced the 26 car field to the green flag for the 30 lap feature.  Murdick got the jump on Miller, but the start was nullified by a spin by Mike Turner entering the first corner.  Dave Reges spun under the caution, but sustained a flat right front tire that sent him to the work area for a replacement.  With the field realigned for the start, Murdick again surged into the lead when the green flag waived.

Muridck led the early action, with Jeremy Paup running a strong second.  Jeremiah Shingledecker, M. Miller, Brad Rapp, and ageless Carl Murdick kept pace with the leaders.  A quick caution for M. Miller and Steve Barr led to another restart on lap 3.

When the green was displayed again, Shingledecker nosed ahead of Paup for second.  Rapp rode in third, followed by Del Rougeux, Jr., who advanced from his tenth place starting position, and C. Murdick.

On lap 7, Rapp made a strong move to the inside of Paup as the duo worked turn four.  Rapp got loose, and Paup was able to hold onto third.

The leaders entered lapped traffic on the eighth circuit, but they would not have to fight through the slower cars for long, as another caution gave them a clear track.  Once again, Murdick surged into the lead, followed by Shingledecker.  Rapp made a strong move to the inside of Paup entering turn one to claim third when the action resumed.  Rougeux moved past Paup for fourth as they raced side by side down the long back chute. C. Murdick, rookie Chris Haines, Mark Frankhouser, Rex King, Sr. and Kevin Hoffman rounded out the top ten.

Trucker Don Brown brought out a caution on lap 12, allowing Shingledecker, Rapp and Rougeux to close in on Murdick once again.  Murdick got away cleanly on the restart, and, at the halfway mark, he continued to maintain a slight advantage over the other two-time winner on the Tour.

Murdick led the way into lapped traffic on lap 17.  He worked the traffic masterfully, threading the needle as the cars raced into the third turn.  Murdick was able to stretch his lead somewhat, but a caution on lap 20 wiped out his advantage.

On the restart, Shingledecker dove low entering turn one.  Although he was able to pull along side Murdick, Murdick ran the cushion and regained his lead as the duo came off turn two.  Rapp, Rougeux, Paup, King Sr., Hoffman, C. Murdick and the new dad, Rex King, Jr., rounded out he top ten.

Jeff Miller brushed the backstretch wall on lap 21 while running just outside the top ten.  He was able to keep moving, but lost three positions..

The next lap, King Sr. overtook Paup as they thundered into turn three.

As the laps wound down, Murdick and Shingledecker separated themselves from the rest of the field.  Their private battle for the win never materialized, as a caution with just three laps to go set up a dash for the cash.  The final stoppage was for Reges, who slapped the backstretch wall and suffered his second flat tire of the race.

Murdick flashed out to a two car length lead over Shingledecker on the final restart of the event.

Rougeux made a bold move on Rapp as they entered turn one, but he could not get the grip he needed to pull off the pass.

Murdick maintained his advantage to the checkers.  “The lapped traffic helped me,” Murdick said.  Surpisingly, Shingldecker, who finished a close second, thought that more traffic would have benefitted him instead.  “I needed a longer green flag run, I may have had something for him in traffic.”  Third-place finisher Rapp explained that he wasn’t good enough to overpower Shingledecker and Murdick on the restarts, “so I changed lines in one and could not get in and I went over the cushion.”  Rougeux could not take advantage of his miscue>  “The car was too loose and I couldn’t get through the middle of the turn.”  “I had no forward drive,” he added..and King Sr., who started dead last in a backup car after blowing an engine while leading his heat race.

Paup held on for sixth, followed by Hoffman, King Jr., C. Murdick and Frankhouser.

Heat race wins were logged by Rapp, Rougeux and Haines.

Pre-race favorite, Kevin Bolland, never completed a lap on the fast five-eighths mile track.  He crashed hard entering turn three and sustained severe damage on the first lap of his heat.  Bolland’s car was believed to be a total loss.

Carl Murdick led several laps in his heat, finishing a strong third that put him into the top twelve re-draw for the first time in 2010.

There was no B Main.

BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour Round 7:  West Virginia Motor Speedway, Mineral Wells, WV;  September 3, 2010:  1.  61 Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock, PA ($1,500); 2.  37MD Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk, PA ($1,000); 3. 11R Brad Rapp, Shippenville, PA ($800); 4.  20D Del Rougeux, Jr., Frenchville, PA ($600); 5.  65 Rex King, Sr., Bristolville, OH ($550); 6.  X Jeremy Paup, Polk, PA ($500); 7.  17H Kevin Hoffman, Franklin, PA ($450); 8.  165 Rex King, Jr., Bristolville, OH ($400); 9.  6 Carl Murdick, Butler, PA ($350); 10.  03 Mark Frankhouser, Phillipsburg, PA ($325); 11.  75 Jeff Miller, Butler, PA ($300); 12.  35H Chris Haines, Sandy Lake, PA ($290); 13. 516 Gary Smoker, Mercer, PA ($280); 14.  B4 Ryan Hall, Grove City, PA ($270); 15.  8J Dean Pearson, Harrisville, PA ($260); 16.  96 Mike Turner, Butler, PA ($250); 17.  88 Shawn Fleeger, Butler, PA ($240); 18.  71B Don Brown, Butler, PA ($230); 19.  27R Dave Reges, Butler, PA ($225); 20.  15B Dillon Barr, Grove City, PA ($225); 21.  45 Steve Feder, Butler, PA ($225); 22.  5 Rick Hall, Stoneboro, PA ($225); 23.  25B Steve Barr, Grove City, PA ($225); 24.  72 Mike Miller, Chicora, PA ($225); 25.  66 J.R. McGinley, Frogtown, PA ($225).

DNS:  777 Kevin Bolland, New Brighton, PA ($150).

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; 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 www.modifiedtourinc.com.

Kenny Johnson takes ‘White Lightnin 25’, Rick VanDyne scores ‘Little Hilly 15″

The ‘Southside Flyer’ was right on time Friday night, as conductor Kenny Johnson made a whistlestop in victory lane, winning the first of the weekend’s twin ‘White Lightnin 25’ events for the TSMA modifieds.

A stout field of open wheelers were pared down to a 24 car starting field through 4 qualifying heats and last chance race.

Batesville, Arkansas’s Jared Landers was the evening’s fast qualifier and opening heat race winner, but St Clairsville, Ohio’s JR Nolan was quicker on the draw and won the race to the backstretch, taking the early feature lead.

These two made a breakaway from the field, with Johnson, Chris Stotts, Mark Dickson and Ken Riddle battling for top 5 honors not far behind.   Nolan slowed on lap 6, pulling off the track with apparent overheating problems, handing control of the race to Landers, who quickly built his lead.

The 2nd and final caution of the event occurred on lap 13, and provided drama to the event.  Lander’s approached the back of the field, attempted to lap Deana Groves and made hard contact, spinning the Groves car around. Landers was charged with the caution, ordered to the tail of the field for the restart, but refused to cooperate. When finally stopped, attempts to push Landers from the track resulted in Landers turning into an adjacent wrecker. By this time Landers had been disqualified, and he left the track unassisted.

The restart saw Johnson line up at the front of the field and 12 laps remaining.  The second running Stotts provided plenty of competition, but Johnson was in his comfort zone, rimriding the immaculately prepared 5/8 mile, and never provided Stotts the needed opening on the way to a $2000 pay day.

Johnson’s “K-Graphics, H&S Construction, T & L Consulting, Billy Lloyd Race Engines, Balderson Const., 2 Brothers Motorsports Shaw Chassis” cruised to his 15th win of the season in front of a large hometown crowd, as many of his “Highside Fans” greeted him in victory lane.

Stotts finished 5 car lengths back in second, with Hartman charging to his decklid in 3rd. Dickson and Riddle rounded out the top 5. 6th – 10th were Bobby Kitchen, Chris Basich, Jimmy Fordyce, Aaron Morey and Jeremy Berwanger.

Johnson joins Dickson and Corey Conley as the only repeat winners of the ‘White Lightnin 25’.

Heat winners were Landers, Nolan, Stotts and Johnson, with Travis Dickson winning the last chance qualifier.

Bill Fordyce flexed his muscle early in the ‘Little Hilly 15’ for the Pure Stocks, but like Nolan in the modified main found lap 6 to be his ‘Achille’s Heel’, as he pulled off courtesy of mechanical gremlins.  2009 Ohio Valley Speedway track champion Rick VanDyne was the beneficiary, and with no cautions to slow the event held a hard charging Randy Bohan at bay the remaining 9 circuits.
VanDyne’s ‘Fine Line Screen Printing, Talbott Chevy powered Monte Carlo’ cashed the $750 winner’s check in the classes biggest event of the season.
Robbie McCollough prevailed in an outstanding battle for third, edging Al Wagner and Doug Moore in a tough 3 car battle.  Bill Fordyce and Curt Reck were the heat race winners.

results:
TSMA Modifieds: Kenny Johnson, Chris Stotts, Jess Hartman, Mark Dickson, Ken Riddle, Bobby Kitchen, Chris Basich, Jimmy Fordyce, Aaron Morey, Jeremy Berwanger, Barry Jacobs, Travis Dickson, Rob Stambaugh, Kyle Brown, George Catazano, Robin Duston, Deana Groves, Tanner Wilson, Jason Armes, Robin Ours, Rich Michaels, Jesse Wisecarver, JR Nolan, (dq’d – Jared Landers)
(-dnq: Jeremy Blake, Bill Thorla, Kevin Morehouse, Anthony Huber, Tim Roll, Ted Tucker, Ryan Stoops, Darin Roush, Shawn Donahue, JP Roberts, Matt Shadie, Ron Gregor, Ernie Lockhart, Jeremy Roush)

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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