Flash” Karl and Speakman Go Two for Two in 2015 Sandusky Speedway Action
The cars and stars of the Sandusky Speedway were finally back in action Saturday night after the Super Nationals presented by T&B Excavation were rescheduled due to rain last weekend. The #42 Tony K’s Bar and Grill Ohio Stock piloted by Jerry Karl survived the melee to win the Digital Yalo Ohio Stock event, while the rest of his failed to maneuver through the carnage in order to finish. Meanwhile, in Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint Series action, Joe Speakman wheeled his #72 Kartington Raceway sponsored car to victory by a full straightaway in a car reminiscent of the supermodifieds of old. Other feature winners included the #11 Arc Alloy/Lock Family car of Kenny Sharp in the modifieds, the #16 car of Logan Cooper in the Milan Automotive Street Stock division and Kelly Lille’s #39 in the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stocks.
In the Milan Automotive Street Stock twenty lap feature event, Mark “Speed” Resor would pace the field to the green in his Miller Farms #69 alongside the TGE Pool Service #24 of John Konzelman. Resor would take off on the start, bringing Logan Cooper’s #16 along for the ride. Konzelman’s lap six spin from the third position would give Cooper the opportunity needed to get around Resor, as Cooper motored his Track Kings machine past Resor using the inside line on lap seven. Resor’s failure to keep the rear end of his car planted firmly in the track would also allow Collin Penn to sneak by in the Intertech #52, but Cooper would go on for the win over Penn, Resor and Konzelman.
As the Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint Series cars took to the speedway, the #00 Joey Irwin ThinkSchlink.com machine would start alongside the Mike Burkin SDR/VisionQuest #48 on the front row. Burkin would lead the first lap from the outside line, but would soon come under fire by the #72 of Joe Speakman. Speakman would sneak past Burkin on the fourth lap and lead the next seventeen circuits to pick up the victory over Burkin, Mike Moore, Irwin, “The Demon” Donavan Daniels, and Ray Thurston.
Julia Buckles and Jeff Karl would pace the field for the twenty lap Digital Yalo Ohio Stock feature event. Unfortunately, tragedy would strike early as Jeff Karl, Joe Borczuch and Rich Clingan would all be sent spinning off of turn four before one lap could be completed. All were able to continue save for Karl, who went off the track with a broken rear end.
Rich Clingan’s #21, despite being involved in the lap one caution, was able to take the lead from the outside line on the restart. However, Clingan was to receive no great reprieve as Jerry “the Flash” Karl came up to his door and gave him two laps worth of side by side racing action before Clingan resigned himself to the runnerup position. Kargo Racing was only to finish with one of their three bullets in the field, but the aim was spot on with their survivor as Jerry Karl took the checkered flag by a half of a straightaway over Rich Clingan and Julia Buckles. The #00 of Borczuch retired from the race under his own power with five laps to go, while Jeff Karl failed to even make a lap before his contact with the wall sidelined him to watch from the grandstands.
Chris “the Disaster” Nicastro would start alongside the #7x of Richie Clem on the front row of the fifteen lap feature event for the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock class. LJ Stanley would take the lead with a risky three wide move on the first lap, followed by Kelly Lille and Dylan Watson sneaking by to take the second and third positions respectively. Watson was to pull away from a struggling Lille on lap three, following that up by passing Stanley for the lead on lap five. Lille managed to steal the runner-up position at the halfway point, but Watson checked out over Lille, Stanley, Clem and Nicastro in order to pick up the win.
The Sandusky Speedway modified division presented by Bobbi Jo Jenkins’ Two Thumbs Up Productions were the last division to hit the speedway for the night, with the #05 Los Buenos Amigos car of Tim Ensign flanking the #15 of Tyler Noeske on the front row. The two-time champion Ensign would shoot to the lead, with Justin Hamilton settling into the runner-up position followed by the #11 of Kenny Sharp. This order was reasonably stable until around the halfway mark in the twenty lap event when Jason Drew’s #26 would spin along with the #1 of Tom Joy on the back straightaway.
This caution and ensuing restart would give “The New Bandit”, Kenny Sharp, the opportunity he needed to take the lead. Ensign’s troubles were soon compounded as he spun by himself with just a handful of laps to go, relinquishing his runner-up position. Sharp would go on for the win over Chris Hamilton, Jason Drew, Tom Joy, Tim Ensign, Tyler Noeske, Chad Atkinson, Justin Hamilton, and Kegan Bartlome.
The speedway will be back in action next weekend as the modified division returns to the hallowed grounds for a $1000 to win feature event. This is likely to bring drivers from all over the Midwest as it is also being contested on a date when no other track is running in the area, Sunday May 24th. The mods will also be complemented with the Digital Yalo Ohio Stocks, the Milan Automotive Street Stocks, and the Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stock division.
-Official Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich