Relay for Life Night at Eriez this Sunday!eriez
Plus RUSH Sportsman Modifieds!
Hammett, PA (August 2, 2017): The second annual Relay for Life Night will take place this Sunday, August 6, at Eriez Speedway. The event, which will benefit the American Cancer Society, has several special activities during the evening, including, a “Luminary Station”. Fans are urged to make a donation to decorate an area ‘in honor of’ or ‘in memory of’ a loved one. All of the racing community has been touched by the ravages of cancer. All the luminaries will be placed around the grounds and lit at dark. The “Road to Recovery” Van will be present for donations with a complete list of needed items on the website under “Cleveland Hope Lodge Wish List”. Anyone bringing items to be donated will have their names placed in a drawing for tickets for the World of Outlaws event on August 20.A “Chinese Auction” and several raffles will be available with proceeds going to the Cancer Society. For racing teams, if they donate a minimum of $5 they will receive a ribbon for display on the car and, if they win their feature, will receive an extra $100!
Joining the card for Sunday will be the RUSH Bicknell Racing Products Sportsman Modifieds in their only appearance at Eriez this season. This will be the fifth tour event of the season for the series. Rocky Kugel and Anthony Gillespie each have a single win while Kyle Martell has two. Brian Schaffer is the defending champion of the series. Martell leads this year’s standings by fifteen points over Gillespie, who is only four points above third running Brandon Ritchey. Third-generation driver Kole Holden is fourth, with defending champion Schaffer fifth.
In the local points races Dave Hess Jr has accumulated a big lead in the Plyler Overhead Door Super Late Model chase over Greg Oakes. Hess, a two-time former champion, has two wins while Oakes has been winless thus far this season. Darrell Bossard, the 2015 champion is third with Jake Finnerty and Max Blair filling out the top five. Blair is the only other two-time winner this season with David Scott, Jared Miley, Chris Hackett, and Chad Wright all recording single victories.
In the Bonnell Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model standings Mike Knight, without a win, leads two time winner Andy Boozel by a scant eight points. Kyle Zimmerman, Max Blair, and defending champion Jason Genco round out the top five. Blair has three wins, including the past two weeks, while Genco and Wright each have one.
With one win this season, defending champion David Scott again leads the Ran-Den Excavating E-Mod points chase over three-time winner Joel Watson, Troy Johnson, Casey Bowers, and John Boyd, a one-time feature winner. Mike McGee, sixth in points, had two wins.
Dustin Eckman, with one win, has a 99-point lead over Mike Boyd with Brandon Blackshear, a three-time winner, third and Geoff Conn and Mitch Wright, both winless, rounding out the top five. Bobby Vogt, Tim Rhoades, and Eric Reinwald each have one win.
Former champion Don McGuire leads his nephew, also a champion, Chris McGuire, in the Nelson Lynwood Street Stock season standings. Each has one win. Another former champion, Brandon Groters, runs third with Gary Fisher and John Boardman fourth and fifth. Groters and Boardman each have a win, as do. Brad Church, Rusty Martz, Michael Reed, and Jimmy Kennerknecht.
Andy Proper, with two wins, leads the Kandy’s Gentlemen’s Club Super Challengers points with Chris Horton, still looking for his first feature win at Eriez, second, sixty points back. Skip Jackson is third, 91-points behind Horton, while Aaron Marcy and Spencer Marcy fill out the top five. Three-time winner Davey Lowe, not a weekly competitor, is sixth. Gary Troyer and John Zeleznick also have wins.
With the points chase entering its final month, every position is valuable to the competitors, making for hard racing every lap. For the Plyler Overhead Door Super Late Models, this week will be the final on-track “tune-up” opportunity before their biggest race of the season, the World of Outlaws event scheduled for August 20 that will pay $10,000 to the first car under Mark Matthews’ checkered flags.
Eriez Speedway is located on Sampson Road, just off Lake Pleasant Road in the town of Hammett, PA, 3 miles south of Interstate 90. Take Route 8 South from Interstate 90 Exit 29 and follow the signs starting in Hammett. Admission for this special event is $14.00 for Adults, $11 for seniors and military (with ID), children 6 – 15 $6, 5 and under free. A family pass for two adults and up to four kids under 16 is available for $30.00. Pit admission is $30 for all ages. Fan gates open at 4:30 PM and pit gates open at 3:30 PM with the first green flag shown at 6:30 PM.