News from the Clash at the Can – Making History, One Dollar At A Time
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For Immediate Release/June 13, 2013
Electrifying: Ryan Watt Upsets 67-Car Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’ Wednesday At Penn Can Speedway; Registers Biggest Triumph Of His Career
SUSQUEHANNA, PA - Ryan Watt electrified Penn Can Speedway on Wednesday night.
Watt, the Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway regular from Boyertown, Pa., put his name in lights as an upset winner of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels 'Clash at the Can' contested in front of a full grandstand at the Susquehanna County oval. The 60-lap Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour-sanctioned big-block/small-block Modified event co-promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC and track managers Reed Miller and Al Wilcox drew a record turnout of 67 cars.
For Watt, winning the ‘Clash at the Can’ was an instant career highlight.
"This is awesome," he said after climbing to the roof of his Ron Roberts-owned No. 14w in Victory Lane. "It is by far the biggest win ever for me."
A total of $34,000 in posted purse money, bonuses and contingency awards was distributed during the richest evening in Penn Can history. Watt collected a base winner's share of $5,000, plus $555 in lap money, $50 from Manmiller Electric for a heat-race win, a guaranteed starting position in the Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway Outlaw 200 in October, a $1,000 website package from Elite 3 Web Design, a $100 credit from Bob Hilbert Sportswear, a party sub from Subway of Hallstead, Pa., 28 beers from Lakey's Tavern (one for each lap led) and a custom trophy from S&W Awards in Lindley, N.Y.
Watt started the 60-lap main from 10th position. Out front, Grandview (Pa.) Speedway regular and former two-time Penn Can champion Mike Gular pressed his self-owned No. 53 into the lead from a pole starting position.
Early on, Gular set a torrid pace in his Morrison-powered Teo-Pro car, pulling away from the field.
Watt found the outside lane of the Penn Can oval to his liking. The 33-year-old Watt charged into third place on lap 21, trailing Gular and track regular Bobby Trapper. He swept past Trapper for second on lap 28 and just four circuits later executed a power move past Gular for the top spot.
Despite three caution periods in the final 20 laps, Watt convincingly drove to victory, his first ever at Penn Can. He is the fourth different winner in four ‘Clash’ editions.
"We ran well here last year," Watt said of two top-10 finishes in the 2012 special events including a fifth in the 'Clash' one year ago. "Tonight the car was good in warm-ups and the heat race. I was almost afraid to make any changes for the feature."
Gular, of Green Lane, Pa., held on for a second-place finish. The 30-year-old driver earned the largest payout of his racing career as a result. He collected the $4,000 second-place money, plus $810 in lap money and a $100 credit from Bob Hilbert Sportswear.
"We needed this," said Gular, who is funding his own team this year. "Money has been tight. We haven't had a good year at all. We almost didn't make it tonight after we got wrecked pretty bad on Saturday.
"Our car got loose at the end. I didn't have anything for Ryan, but I'm happy with second. There were a lot of good cars behind me."
Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., finished third in Vinnie Salerno's No. 4 Teo-Pro car. McCreadie started eighth. The former World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion earned $2,500 for his efforts.
Dale Planck of Homer, N.Y., guided Mike Payne's No. 7z to a fourth-place result. Planck, who pocketed $1,800, ran his first Modified feature at Penn Can after he failed to qualify for the last two 'Clash' events.
Fourteenth-starter Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., finished fifth in Glenn Hyneman's No. 126 despite a right-rear tire going down. Howard earned $1,500.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were 20th-starter Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., in the Heinke-Baldwin Racing No. 98H ($1,400); 19th-starter Brett Tonkin of Carbondale, Pa., driving the No. 176 owned by his older brother Garth Jr. ($1,300); former Penn Can champion Kevin Hartnett of Barto, Pa., from 17th ($1,200); track regular Joey Colsten of Binghamton, N.Y., ($1,100); and 15th-starter Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., who started 15th in Tadd Parks' No. 1 ($1,000).
Manmiller Electric heat winners, earning $50 each, were teenager Tyler Dippel (Wallkill, N.Y.), Grant Hilfiger (Canadensis, Pa.), Steve Babicek (Binghamton, N.Y.), Watt, Billy Decker (Unadilla, N.Y.), Brian Weaver (Windsor, N.Y.) and Bobby Trapper (Scranton, Pa.).
Rick Laubach (Quakertown, Pa.), Matt Sheppard (Waterloo, N.Y.) and Ryan Godown (Ringoes, N.J.) were consolation victors.
Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., won the unique 6 1/2-lap Trackside Products 'Dash into the Clash' to earn $650, including his entry into the main event. Varin was driving the Tom Umbenhauer No. 19.
Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway regular Brian Krummel of Middletown, N.Y., utilized an outside-pole starting position to lead from start-to-finish and earn a $1,000 payday in the Crate 602 Sportsman main event.
Krummel's most formidable challenge came in the final laps from Tyler Dippel, who had raced from 19th to finish second. Dippel pulled even with Krummel once with two laps remaining but a caution negated the move. Dippel won his heat race but was disqualified for an improper wheel on his car and was sent to the consolation, which he won.
Alex Stanton of Susquehanna, Pa., Butch Green of Newark Valley, N.Y., and invader Mike Sabia of Easton, Conn., trailed. Sabia started 20th.
Crate 602 Sportsman heat winners for the 27 cars on hand were Paul Rooney (Thompson, Pa.), Dusty Barton (Susquehanna, Pa.) and Stanton. Dippel topped the consolation.
The 'Clash at the Can' program had been scheduled for Tuesday, but soaking rains on Monday and a forecast of additional rain pushed the event back 24 hours.
Next up for BD Motorsports Media LLC is the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. 'Dirty Jersey 60' at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on Tuesday, June 18 (rain date: June 19( featuring the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds and Open vs. Crate Sportsman in the 'Turnpike 25' special. The event is a co-promotion involving Brett Deyo and dirt Modified driving star Stewart Friesen. To learn more, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
CLASH QUIPS: Legendary Carl Nagel, a Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and racing veteran who made his first start at Penn Can in 1959, served as the event's grand marshal. Nagel registered 200 career wins and 11 track championships during his long career. He won his first championship at Penn can in '65 and earned his 100th victory at the track in '81.
Nagel was dressed in a tuxedo to give the call to fire the engines after speaking to the crowd and reflecting on his years in the sport….
Jimmy Phelps drew a rise from the crowd in his heat race. Phelps No. 98H, via a tangle, vaulted nose-first into the turn-four retention pond, where the car was partially submerged. After being pulled out of the pond, Phelps restarted from the rear and qualified with a last-lap pass....
Australia's Peter Britten was a first-time Penn Can participant but failed to qualify after a consolation spin. Britten was driving the Mike Marold Jr. No. 7M, renumbered No. 7A for the night....
Danny Johnson was the first car out of the main after contact on the opening lap busted the front end of the Brad Grammes-owned No. 5....
Event apparel, produced by Bob Hilbert Sportswear, was a total sell-out. Hilbert, incidentally, was a first-time Penn Can visitor on Wednesday....
Brian Weaver saw a solid top-10 run end seven laps from the finish with an oil leak....
Fans were entertained by a beach ball bounce and several giveaways during breaks in the program. Mess's Fireworks of Great Bend, Pa. provided a spectacular display on the pace laps for the Modified feature....
The 2013 ‘Clash at the Can’ was presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., VP Racing Fuels, Sharkey’s Fuels, Husqvarna, Trackside Products, Don’s Automotive Mall, American Racer/Lias Tire, Shiley Fabrication, BFP Specialty, Fulton Speedway, Black Rock Speedway, S&D Bodyline, BFP Specialty, Manmiller Electric, Tim Long/Big Diamond Speedway, Elite 3 Web Design, S&W Awards, Four Star Lettering, BD Motorsports Media LLC and many more marketing partners.
PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS INC.-VP RACING FUELS 'CLASH AT THE CAN' RACE SUMMARY - JUNE 12, 2013
Clash at the Can Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Feature Finish (60 laps): RYAN WATT ($5,000-plus), Mike Gular, Tim McCreadie, Dale Planck, Duane Howard, Jimmy Phelps, Brett Tonkin, Kevin Hartnett, Joey Colsten, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Godown, Bobby Varin, Mike Colsten, Steve Babicek, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, Neal Williams, Tyler Dippel, Bobby Trapper, Rick Laubach, Brady Fultz, Brian Weaver, Grant Hilfiger, Tim Buckwalter, Mel Schrufer, Matt Sheppard, Adam MacGeorge, Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk, Mike Schane, Danny Johnson.
Did Not Qualify: Pat Ward, Frank Cozze, Nick Rochinski, Rocco Infante, Kenny Boniface, Alan Rudalavage, Richard Smith, Mike Dougherty, Rick Mill, Danny Tyler, Billy Van Inwegen, Kevin Smith, Brad Trice, Billy Van Pelt, Ken Titus, Bob Hamm, Jeff Crambo, Brian Malcolm, Mike Nagel Jr., Chris Wood, Chris Grbac, Peter Britten, Christine Martin, Gary Tomkins, Mike Clapperton, Elmo Reckner, Danny Creeden, Jerry Higbie Jr., Shaun Walker, Dan Pompey, Doug Manmiller, Nate Christman, Scott Boudinot, Jonathan Siedlecky, Stacy Jackson, Joey Grammes.
Trackside Products Dash into the Clash (6 1/2 laps): BOBBY VARIN ($650), Mike Colsten ($50), Jimmy Horton ($50), Frank Cozze ($50), Danny Creeden ($50), Bob Hamm Jr. ($50)
Lap Money: Mike Gular ($810), Ryan Watt ($555), Brian Weaver ($200), Ryan Godown ($20), Neal Williams ($20)
Lakey's Tavern Lead A Lap, Drink A Beer Bonus: Mike Gular (32 beers), Ryan Watt (28 beers)
Manmiller Electric Heat Winners ($50 each): Tyler Dippel, Grant Hilfiger, Steve Babicek, Ryan Watt, Billy Decker, Brian Weaver, Bobby Trapper
Fulton Speedway Outlaw 200 Guaranteed Starting Position: Ryan Watt
S&W Awards Custom Trophy: Ryan Watt
Hallstead Subway Party Sub: Ryan Watt
Elite 3 Web Design $1,000 Website Package: Ryan Watt
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $100 Credits: Ryan Watt, Mike Gular, Tim McCreadie
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award (Bumpers and Rubrails): Mike Clapperton
American Racer/Lias Tire Giveaway (Free Tire): Steve Babicek (14th)
BFP Specialty $500 Body Credit: Kenny Boniface
S&D Bodyline $100 Credit: Kevin Smith
Tim Long Big Diamond Speedway Bonus ($50): Tim Buckwalter
Clash at the Can Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): BRIAN KRUMMEL ($1,000), Tyler Dippel, Alex Stanton, Butch Green, Mike Sabia, Wes Campbell, Rocky Warner, Randy Gates, Randy Mullen, Dusty Barton, Grant Hilfiger, Doug Snyder, Eric Palmer, Josh Keesey, Earl Rudy, Chuck Steuer, Dillon Groover, Jeff Powell, Eric Bonham, Mike Ward, Jamie Cortazar, Rich Powell, Rich Talada, Paul Rooney.
Did Not Qualify: Brett Wright, Brandon Walters, Jason Occhino.
Black Rock Speedway Crate Classic 200 Spot: Brian Krummel