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Bryce Davis Holds Off Max Blair at McKean to Win His First Sweeney Rush Late Model Tour Event of 2014
East Smethport, PA (August 14, 2014) The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made its first of three stops of 2014 at the McKean County Raceway on Thursday evening.  Race #10 of the year was part of the 109th annual McKean County Fair and drew a large crowd despite unseasonably cool and breezy conditions.  A rain shower just before 7 p.m. delayed the program nearly 30 minutes.  A season high 38 cars from all over Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland were on hand. 

Bryce Davis led all 25 laps of the Sweeney Tour feature for his first win of the season, but it was far from easy as he had standout Max Blair and four-time Series winner Rick Singleton, who charged from the 12th and 13th starting spots respectively, breathing down his neck for over half of the event.  Ironically, it was the second straight year Davis has topped a 38-car field on the opening Sweeney Tour event at McKean.  The win was worth $1,200 as Davis became the sixth different winner of the season.

“When I saw him (Blair) get by me on that one restart I thought ‘oh shit here we go’, but thank God the yellow came out and I was glad we got to lap 25,” stated the 23-year-old Hornell, New York driver in victory lane after his popular win.  “We got a bad start on that one and had it gone green and I hadn’t gotten another shot at him, I don’t know if I’d have won.  I have to thank my whole family- mom, dad, brother, sister, girlfriend and daughter along with my crew and sponsors.  I enjoyed coming here tonight and it was a great turnout and great win.” READ MORE HERE  

Adam Sixt wins Bill Bigley Memorial at McKean County Raceway!
Watson, Stebbing, Dobson, and Heineman also go to Victory Lane!
East Smethport, PA (August 7, 2014) Bill Bigley was remembered at McKean County Raceway with a special RUSH Crate Late Model feature in honor of the Port Allegany native, one of the pioneers of stock car racing in McKean County. When Curtis Peters threw the checkers it was Adam Sixt collecting the win. In other action Close Racing Supply Street Stocks points leader Kurt Stebbing made his third trip to Victory Lane this season, Conneaut, OH's Joel Watson won the Modified feature in his first visit of the season in a caution-free feature, Jason Dobson collected his sixth win of the year in the Pure Stock feature, and Holden Heineman got his second Mini Stock win of the season.

Ward Schell and Adam Sixt got the RUSH Crate Late Models field to Curtis Peters' green flag to start the Bill Bigley Memorial. Sixt built up a big lead before caution slowed the field at lap five for spun cars at both ends of the track. For the green Sixt led Schell, Damien Bidwell, Brad Mesler, and Max Blair back to the green. Six cars piled up heading into turn one after Mesler spun, accordioning the field. Sixt, Schell, and Bidwell led the field back to the green again with Blair now fourth and Chad Ruhlman fifth. After green Ruhlman came to fourth while Sixt continued to lead. With just three laps remaining, just as Sixt was catching the back markers, Craig Dean looped his mount in turn two, tightening the field for the final laps. The final laps were Sixt, Schell, Bidwell, Ruhlman, and Blair to the finish. READ MORE HERE

Ruhlman Wins MCR Ralph and Peggy Grimes Memorial

East Smethport, PA (July 25, 2014) Little Power Shop RUSH Crate Late Model point leader, Chad Ruhlman returned to victory lane Friday night at MCR by winning the Ralph & Peggy Grimes Memorial.   Art Peterson, Mitch Boylan, Jeremy Williams also returned to victory lane and Kirk Bradley captured his first of the year.

Pure Stock point leader, Roger Schweikart and Smethport’s, Dustin Raught paced the fifteen car pure stock field to the green flag.  Raught would get the initial jump on Schweikart with Joe Layfield holding down third.  Layfield would grab second from Schweikart on lap five as Jason Dobson would also move past the fading point leader.  Raught was still holding the lead with Layfield and Dobson running door to door for second till Dobson would take the runnerup spot on lap 8 and Art Peterson would move into third on the very next lap.   Lap ten would see the yellow lights flashing for RJ Pistner and on the restart Peterson would get second from Dobson with Raught still in front looking for his first win.  Peterson would use his bumper the next two laps to remind Raught he was there and on lap twelve as the leaders raced into turn one, contact was made between the two racers with Peterson taking the top spot from Raught.  As the duo raced down the back stretch, Raught would spin in turn four with Dobson narrowly missing him and  the lights flashed again this time for Raught, who was  having another stellar run.  Peterson restarted the field and led the final two laps over Dobson and Layfield, with Moose Reed making a late race run to finish fourth and RJ Pistner coming back from his lap 10 yellow for a top five finish.

Steve Sklar and Dobson were on the front row for the Highway Auto Stock Car feature.  Dobson used the outside lane to get to the front of Sklar at the start with Butch Talbot in third.  Kurt Stebbins moved into third on lap three and on lap five was second behind Dobson with four time winner, Jeremy Williams now in third making his way to the front.  Dobson, Stebbins and Williams were all engaged in a battle for the lead with Williams coming out on top leading lap eleven.  Williams would lead the final four laps for his fifth win of the season over point leader Stebbins, Dobson, Talbot and Rich Wotjowicz was fifth at the line. READ MORE HERE

Bill Bigley Memorial for the Crate Late Models Saturday Night at MCR!

East Smethport, PA (July 16, 2014) McKean County Raceway comes back to life on Saturday night with the Bill Bigley Memorial for the Little Power Shop RUSH Crate Late Model division.  $1000 will be sitting at the prize table for the winner of the event.  A complete regular program will also be on the 7pm starting time card.

Bemis Point’s, Chad Ruhlman still sits on top of the point chart in the Little Power Shop RUSH Crate Late Model division despite having back to back non top five finishes for the first time this year.  Damien Bidwell is second place in points and still within striking distance of Ruhlman.  Ward Schell of Warren, A currently sits third in the famous, Ron Baker #74 machine.  Last week’s winner, Andy Michael will be looking to grab back to back wins in the Lewy Kratts #41 car and grab the $1000 Bill Bigley Memorial check.

Vic Vena of Portville still sits on top of the MCR point chart but he better start looking over his shoulder as the 43  year racing veteran and former MCR late model standout, Al Brewer has found new life in his old racing shoes.  Brewer has two wins and two second place finishes in the past five events at MCR and currently sits 14 points behind Vena, who also has two wins in the Close Racing Supply Modified division. READ MORE HERE

McKean County Raceway Entertains Go-Kart Racing on Sunday!

East Smethport, PA (July 16, 2014) Since 1984 when the McKean County Fair Association reconstructed the existing 3/8  mile oval, stock car racing has been a common theme during the summer months at the E. Smethport oval.  On Sunday, a new era of racing begins at the NDRL’s McKean County Raceway.  Go Karts will be running starting Sunday afternoon to give the next generation of racers a chance to show their stuff on the MCR go kart oval.

MCR, General Manager, Chris Zuver, commented, “I am very excited to move into this adventure of our sport.  GoKarting has gotten very big and popular and many of our future stock car racers are now kart racing.  Kart racing is also a family affair also, as so many kids are karting with their parents and siblings and this alone makes it worthwhile seeing families racing together.”

Go kart classes that will be running are:  Novice, Youth, Clone 300, 350, 400, 450, Stock Appearing, Super Stock and Open classes.   Purses for the paying classes will be announced real soon and the rules will be similar to Allegany Memorial Speedway kart rules in Allentown.

Pit Gates open at Noon on Sunday with grandstands opening at 2pm and kart racing beginning at 3pm.  Grandstand admission is $5 with Driver Pit Fee is $15 and non-driver pit fee is $10. READ MORE HERE

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