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Ralph and Peggy Grimes Memorial Set for Friday Night at McKean County Raceway
East Smethport, PA (July 22, 2014) This Friday night, McKean County Raceway will host the Ralph and Peggy Grimes Memorial for the Little Power Shop weekly RUSH Crate Late Models.  $1000 will be going to the winner along with over $600 in lap money.  A full program of Close Racing Supply Modifieds, Highway Auto Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks will fill out the 730pm starting time program.

Ralph and Peggy Grimes were both active members of the McKean County Fair and strong supporters of MCR over the years along with all the area race tracks as officials and as a fan.  The Little Power Shop weekly RUSH crate late models saw a new winner two weeks ago with all time street stock feature winner, Andy Michael finding victory lane for the first time in a crate late model.  He will no doubt be looking to go two for two, but will have the stiff challenges of seven time winner and point leader Chad Ruhlman of Bemis Point.  Eldred’s Damien Bidwell sits third in the point chase with one win.  Warren’s Ward Schell would love to win this event in memory of his good friends the Grimes and has been on consistent top three  finisher in the past few events.   A full field of the top regional crate late model teams in New York and Pennsylvania are expected.

Vic Vena of Portville still leads the Close Racing Supply Modified point division over a fast closing Al Brewer who sits twelve points back.   Vena and Brewer both have two wins on the year with Brewer having two wins, two seconds in his last five starts.  Carl Ballinger sits third in points over John Woodward Jr and his three wins and John Boardman of Jamestown sits fifth.  A very competitive field of CRS Modifieds are expected on Friday night.

Kurt Stebbins leads the Highway Auto Stock Car division by 26 points over Rich Wotjowicz.  Stebbins has two wins on the year to Wotjowicz one.   Hinsdale’s Ted Mascho sits third, just 8 points over Emporium’s, Ryan Snyder and Jason Dobson is fifth in the point chase.  The most competitive weekly division at MCR is the Highway Auto Stock Cars with six different winners in eleven events as Jeremy Williams of Youngsville tops the division with four wins. 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

Andy Michael Gets First Career Crate Late Model Win at McKean County Raceway
East Smethport, PA (July 12, 2014) Port Allegany night saw the MCR’S all-time street stock feature winner, Andy Michael back in victory lane, but this time In the RUSH Crate Late Model division.  This was Michael’s first ever crate late model feature win and was a very popular win.  Al Brewer returned to victory lane for the second time this year in the Close Racing Supply Modifieds with Jeremy Williams getting his fourth win of the year in the Highway Auto Stock car feature.  Art Peterson and Mitch Boylan also found their way into victory lane again.
Twenty one RUSH Crate Late Models were took the green flag with Michael and Albion, PA driver, Dennis Lunger Jr on the outside front row.  Michael beat Lunger into turn one with Jason Knowles following in third.  Point leader Chad Ruhlman quickly moved into third on the second lap giving chase to Michael and Lunger.  Ward Schell of Warren, driving the famous Ron Baker #74 machine found himself in fourth on lap five as Michael began to open his lead up over the outsider, Lunger.  At the halfway point it was Michael still in front and looking impressive as Schell now was up to third behind Lunger followed by Doug Ricotta and Mr. Excitement, Jeremy Wonderling making his presence felt in fifth.  Ruhlman would come back and grab fifth from Wonderling on lap 12 as CFR applied pressure on Ricotta for fourth.  The yellow lights would flash with three to go setting up a sprint to the finish.   Michael refired the field in the Delaware restart with Lunger and Schell looking to get by the black and red #41 Lewy Kratts machine.  A wild dash that saw Ruhlman try to get to the front using the outside to no avail allowed Brady Wonderling to sneak by and finish behind his teammate Ricotta at the line as Michael topped Lunger, who made the three hour trip.  Schell came home a season high third with Ricotta and Brady Wonderling in fifth.   Ruhlman came home sixth, collecting his second consecutive non top five finish of the year. READ MORE HERE

Port Allegany Night this Saturday at McKean County Raceway!

East Smethport, PA (July 10, 2014) The NDRL McKean County Raceway returns to action on Saturday night with a 5 Star Program featuring Port Allegany Night with all residents with valid ID of Port Allegany receiving $1 off general admission prices.  Race time is 7pm with grandstands opening at 5pm at the 3/8 mile speed plant in E. Smethport PA.

Chad Ruhlman continues to lead the RUSH Crate Late Model points despite now running his backup car after a crash in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago.  Damien Bidwell of Eldred has narrowed the point lead after Ruhlman registering his first non-top ten finish of the year last week.  Warren’s, Ward Schell and Dave Shagla of Sugar Grove, PA sit third and fourth in the point chase with Wellsville’s, Brad Mesler moving into the top five of the point chase.  Only Ruhlman and Bidwell have wins on the year of the top five drivers. 

Portville’s Vic Vena sits on top of the point chase in the Close Racing Supply Modifieds with his two wins over John Woodward Jr of Franklinville, who picked up his third win of the year week.  Veteran Al Brewer has been the hottest modified driver in the past four weeks with two second place finishes and his first victory at MCR in over 20 years will be looking to improve on his second place finish last week behind Woodward.  Carl Ballinger of Castile sits fifth in points and Mr “6” cylinder, Darren Tarabori will be looking for his second win of the season also on Saturday night in his patented 6 cylinder modified against the mighty small block V8 motors. READ MORE HERE

East Smethport, PA (July 4, 2014) The NDRL McKean County Raceway celebrated the 4th of July with the annual Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial for the RUSH Crate Late Models.  Defending track champion, Max Blair picked up the $1000 prize on lap 19 of the 20 lap main event.   Other winners were John Woodward Jr., Mitch Boylan, Jason Dobson and Rich Wotjowicz picked up his first ever career win at MCR in the Highway Auto Stock Cars.
The RUSH Crate Late Models rolled onto the facility for AMERICA’s 4-WIDE salute featuring all race teams displaying the American Flag in salute to USMC Corporal Jason Dunham.   Once the green flag dropped, Smethport’s, Damien Bidwell shot into the lead on the outside of Doug Ricotta to lead lap one.  Blair quickly moved into the third position by lap four as Concord, New York’s, Paul Grigsby moved into second.  Ricotta moved Blair back to third on lap five only to see Blair sweep back by coming out of turn four on lap 8.   Bidwell would be leading at the halfway point with Grigsby, Blair, Ricotta and Dave Shagla Jr rounding out the top five.  Mr. Excitement, Jeremy Wonderling moved into fifth on lap eleven as Grigsby was feeling the pressure of Blair.  Lap 15 would see the yellow lights flashing for Dustin Waters in turn four.  The restart saw Bidwell lead into turn one, but Blair getting around Grigsby for second.  Blair hounded Bidwell for the top spot and would take the lead as lap 18 was clicked off the board and the final yellow would be displayed for point leader, Chad Ruhlman who came to a stop in turn four setting up a one lap shoot out with Mr. Excitement now in second and looking to grab the win in memory of his childhood friend Dunham.  On the restart Blair rocketed into turn one with Wonderling dive bombing into turn one with Bidwell right there as the top three duked it out in turns one and two.   Blair would pull away down the back stretch as Bidwell got back by Wonderling for second with Ricotta and Grigsby rounding out the top five.   Jeremy Wonderling awarded Blair in victory lane with the unique US Marine Trophy as Wonderling and the Dunham families were very close  to each other. READ MORE HERE

USMC CPL Jason Dunham Memorial Sets MCR Holiday Weekend 
East Smethport, PA (July 2, 2014) The NDRL Mckean County Raceway kick off the 4th of July weekend with the USMC Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial for the RUSH Crate Late Models and a cool $1000 going to the winner.  A complete program of modifieds, stock cars, pure stocks and mini stocks will complete the Friday night program setting the stage for Saturday nights Truck and Tractor Pull that will capped off by a fireworks display by Youngs Explosives.

With MCR announcing earlier this week that the super late model division was being dropped as a weekly division the RUSH Crate Late Models became the highlight division and being awarded with the prestigious Dunham Memorial event.  Corporal Dunham lost his life on April 22, 2004 in the town of Karabilah, Iraq by his selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, but saved the lives of his fellow Marines.  Dunham is a Medal of Honor recipient and helped his father Dan at MCR weekly racing competition.

Chad Ruhlman of Bemis Point has dominated the weekly RUSH Crate Late Model division at MCR.  Ruhlman had  to chase outsider, Rick Singleton 18 laps last week to capture his seventh win of the year.  Damien Bidwell of Eldred sits second in points and will be looking to get his second win of the year.  Ward Schell in the famous Ron Baker #74 machine had a solid run last weekend and will no doubt be looking to improve this week and find victory lane.  Dave Shagla, Bob Kish, Doug Ricotta, Garrett Mott and Brad Mesler have all been running in the front in recent weeks and no doubt be looking to find victory lane along with the DUNHAM MEMORIAL trophy. READ MORE HERE

McKean County Raceway Makes Changes to Weekly Program
East Smethport, PA (July 1, 2014) The NDRL McKean County Raceway management has decided beginning this Friday, July 4th to drop the weekly super late model division from its program.  Due to the economic restraints of the region, the highly priced super late model division is no longer feasible as a weekly class at MCR. 

The scheduled NDRL Northeast Late Model Series event and the NDRL Modified Series event have been removed from this weekend’s schedule.   The USMC Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial will still be ran this Friday night but now as a weekly RUSH Crate Late Model  event seeing an increased purse for the crate teams.  A complete FIVE STAR racing program will be in action featuring the RUSH Crate Late Models, Close Racing Supply Modifieds, Highway Auto Stock Cars, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks

“We are sad to make this decision at MCR, stated track General Manager, Chris Zuver, but for MCR to stay financially viable and provide weekly entertainment for our fans and our competitors we had to make a very tough decision.”   “There is no body that wants to see weekly super late model racing at MCR more than myself and John Kennedy, but reality, majority of the super late model teams are not local teams and travel a hour or more to come to MCR as there are only two  super late model teams in McKean County and two in Cattaraugus county in neighboring New York.   The super late models will return in the future as a special event class.

With that being said, this Friday night, MCR will be in action featuring the RUSH crate late models in the USMC Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial along with a full weekly program.   MCR is looking at a new increased purse for the crate late model division.  MCR has already looked into visiting sanctioned series to visit MCR in the second half of the year to be the headline division on certain nights of racing.

Race teams that competed last week will have their money waiting for them at the registration booth in the pits and all super late model teams will be receiving their monetary funds from June 28th event from MCR, General Manager, Chris Zuver in the very near future. READ MORE HERE

USA-EAST Pulls Coming to McKean County Raceway
East Smethport, PA (July 1, 2014) McKean County Raceway will be the scene of their first USA-EAST Sanctioned Tractor and Truck and Semi Truck Pull in early July.  The pulls in 2014 will be held on Saturday evening, July 5th with a starting time set for 7:00pm with fireworks ending the night.  The pulls will be sanctioned by the USA-EAST Sled Pulling Association of Jamestown, Pennsylvania.  McKean County Raceway is located in East Smethport, Pennsylvania just south of US Route 6.
The regionally sanctioned pulling event will be sponsored locally by the Little Power Shop of Bradford, Pennsylvania.  The Little Power Shop is the number one aftermarket provider in the Penn-New York area with special add-on and tuners for all makes and models of trucks, both for competition and for street use.  The Little Power Shop is operated by John Anderson who is himself involved with high-performance diesel engines.

Five different classes of pulling action are set for this gigantic motor sport event.  Diesel trucks will be one of the highlights on the program for the first time event.  For fans of these high-powered four wheel drive trucks, this is the place to be!  The incredible Open 2.6 Diesel 4x4 class will bring some of the best running diesel trucks in the Penn – New York area to McKean County Speedway.   Dustin Harrison and his “Strung Out” Dodge will be the one to beat after a powerful championship season in 2013.  Harrison, from Crawford County, Pennsylvania drives a Dodge with Cummins power.  A powerful field of the Diesel 4x4 trucks is expected due to the fact that the Little Power Shop of Bradford has raised the purse for the class to the highest that will be paid in 2014. READ MORE HERE

Art Peterson Wins Matt Wheeler Memorial at MCR
E. Smethport, PA (June 28, 2014) Olean’s Art Peterson won the Matt Wheeler Memorial for the Pure Stocks Saturday night at the NDRL McKean County Raceway.   Chad Ruhlman of Bemis Point won his seventh in the RUSH Crate Late Models but had to work for it.  Chris Hackett, Kurt Babcock, Vic Vena and Kurt Stebbins were also winners Saturday night.
The Matt Wheeler Memorial was next up for the Pure Stocks with $250 going to the winner.  Defending champion, Joe Layfield and RJ Pistner paced the field with current point leader, Roger Schweikart quickly going from third to first on the opening lap.  Dustin Raught moved into second on the next lap with Art Peterson finding his stride and was in third by the third lap.  Peterson and Raught hounded Schweikart till Peterson got around both Raught and Schweikart to grab the lead on lap 8 aft a lap 6 caution.     Peterson would lead the last seven laps over Schweikart and Raught who made his first start of the year came home fourth as Mike Parmenter snucked by with two to go and Jason Dobson came home fifth. READ MORE HERE

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