Penn Can Speedway
BOB HAMM CLAIMS PENN CAN SPEEDWAY MODIFIED WIN ON FRIDAY
By Ryan Lepre
Bob Hamm held off repeated challenges from Brian Malcolm in the early portion of the 30 lap Modified feature at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA on Friday night. Hamm eventually pulled away from Malcolm but in the late stages of the non-stop event track point leader Kevin Hartnett was closing in. The checkered flag flew just in time as Hamm of Windsor, NY held off Hartnett of Barto, PA in a nose to tail finish. Dan Pompey of Kingsley, PA charged to a third place finish while Malcolm of Lake Ariel, PA held on for fourth and Billy Thornton of Old Forge, PA completed the top five. The NEP Wireless 602 Sportsman Special $1,000 to win event was a barnburner as Butch Green and Alex Stanton who started 16th waged a furious battle for the big payday. In the end Stanton survived and took the win over Paul Rooney and Eric Palmer. Shane Wolf Jr. and Jon Carpenter thrilled the crowd in the Street Stock event as Wolf narrowly held off Carpenter at the finish. Kenny Underwood in batting 1.000 as he got win number nine in the Four Cylinders while Mark Andrus dominated the Factory Stock feature for his fourth win in a row.
The ground pounding Modifieds were led to the green flag by Bob Hamm and Mike Nagel. Hamm jumped to the lead with Malcolm, Nagel, Adam MacGeorge and John Sidlecky the top five. Hamm held a narrow lead on lap eight over Malcolm as the top two had broken away from the pack. At lap ten the running order was Hamm, Malcolm, Nagel, Alan Rudalavage, MacGeorge, Bob Trapper, Kevin Hartnett and Joey Colsten. The battle for the lead was as blistering as the weather as Malcolm charged to the inside to inch ahead on lap 11 but Hamm kept the power down on the high side and regained the lead on lap 12 in the Bob Hamm Trucking No.USA1. At the crossed flags Hamm led Malcolm, Nagel, Rudalavage, tenth starter Trapper, 12th starter Kevin Hartnett, J.Colsten, and ninth starter Dan Pompey. The story of the second half of the feature was the low line running rides of Hartnett and Pompey. Hamm and Malcolm were side by side again while the top two in points Trapper and Hartnett battled for fifth. Malcolm seemed to have Hamm this time however after racing side by side for a couple laps Hamm once again pulled into a clear lead. Hartnett bypassed Trapper then Rudalavage and Nagel in quick succession to run in third as the leaders entered lapped traffic. Pompey was also coming to the front as he broke into the top five on lap 20 then was into fourth past Nagel one lap later. Hamm pulled away from Malcolm as Malcolm had Hartnett and Pompey nipping on his back bumper. Malcolm and Hartnett split a lapped car on lap 26 as Hartnett pulled into second and brought Pompey along with him. Hartnett had some ground to make up on Hamm but with every passing lap Hamm appeared looser on the outside lane. As they crossed under the white flag Hamm had a four car length lead. Hamm held on in his Hamm powered Bicknell for his first win at Penn Can since August of 1996 Hartnett came up just short finishing on the winner’s rear bumper at the finish in the Thomas Pompei General Contracting R&R Machining No.88 Teo. Pompey finished third after a second place run last week in the Monteforte Fireworks Main Engines powered Bicknell. Malcolm got a much needed top five in the Sharkey’s Fuels No.119 while Billy Thornton made some late race passes to finish fifth. The rest of the top ten were Bob Trapper, Mike Nagel, Joey Colsten, Alan Rudalavage and Mike Schane.
“It has been a long time since we won here.” said Hamm “We brought the old car out tonight and it worked pretty good. I stayed on the top there but was getting pretty loose so I was adjusting the breaks some. I didn’t know anybody was coming I was just looking forward. I have to thank my Dad Bob Hamm Sr. especially and my whole crew they do a great job.”
The 602 Sportsman were racing for $1,000 in the NEP Wireless Mini Series event. Paul Rooney led at the start with Butch Green and Kyle Rohner in position to challenge. Green started hounding Rooney on lap four and after a tight four lap battle Green took the top spot over. On a restart 16th starter Alex Stanton moved from eighth to fourth in one turn to show the strength of his NEP Wireless No.117. Stanton drove by both Rohner and Rooney to be the runner-up on lap 10. The race was on now as Stanton searched for a way by Green. Stanton got into the back of Green and nearly spun but recovered on lap 14. Stanton looked to the inside but Green pinched him down to the berm. Stanton switched to the top as Green caught the infield berm Stanton swept to the lead but the caution flew. When action resumed Green and Stanton continued a torrid race with a four lap side by side duel. Stanton pulled ahead for good as Green suffered a broken front end. Stanton marched to win number three over Rooney, an invading Eric Palmer, Jamie Cortazar in his best finish of the year and Kyle Rohner.
In the Street Stocks Shane Wolf Jr. took the lead on lap two from Earl Zimmer. The top two in points battled for position in the early going as Steve Deinhardt spun and Jon Carpenter continued to march to the front. Carpenter took second just after halfway and started to challenge the leader on lap 13. In an exciting seven lap duel for the race lead Wolf Jr. come out on top by a nose in a thrilling finish over Carpenter, Randy Fox, Zimmer and Deinhardt.
Will Eastman and Johnathan Pepe swapped the lead multiple times in the early going of the Xcel 600 Modified feature. Eastman laid claim to the lead over Pepe and Aaron Bowes. The top three ran in tight Daytona like formation for most of the event. In the end nobody could muster the speed to pass Eastman who won over Pepe, Bowes, Brian Mady and Justin Dimorier.
Mark Andrus bypassed Ted Mills Jr. on lap five and Mills tried to battle back he spun and fell back to fourth. Andrus marched away to the win over a tight race for second that saw Mills grab the spot from Gary Cleveland on the last lap.
Next Friday will be Gary’s U-Pull-It Legends of Penn Can Night racing will feature the Modifieds, Vintage Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks, Xcel 600, Factory Stocks, Four Cylinders and Xcel 600 Mods.
Anyone with questions can contact the speedway at 570-585-9928 or check us out on the web at www.penncan.com. Gates open each Friday at 5:15 with racing at 7:30. Admission is $12 for Adults with Seniors and Students $10 and Children 11 and under Free. The speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania just a short drive from the Binghamton and Scranton areas. The speedway is sponsored in part for the 2013 season by great corporate partners including Don’s Automotive Mall, Gary’s U-Pull-It, Pump-N-Pantry Stores, Trackside Products, Hornbeck Chevrolet, NEP Telephone, Pine Line Auto, Adams Cable, VP Race Fuels, and American Race Tires.
Modified Feature: Bob Hamm, Kevin Hartnett, Dan Pompey, Brian Malcolm, Billy Thornton, Bobby Trapper, Mike Nagel, Joey Colsten, Alan Rudalavage, Mike Schane, Mike Nagel Jr, Adam MacGeorge, Steve Babicek, Grant Hilfiger, Ken Titus, John Siedlecky, Bobby Trapper Jr.
Sportsman Feature: Alex Stanton, Paul Rooney, Eric Palmer, Jamie Cortazar, Kyle Rohner, Ryan Olsommer, Wes Campbell, Doug Snyder, Nick Branning, Dale Welty, George Brown, Dusty Barton, Rich Powell, Grant Hilfiger, Butch Green, Randy Gates
Street Stock Feature: Shane Wolf Jr, Jon Carpenter, Randy Fox, Earl Zimmer, Steve Deinhardt, Ken Sparks Jr, Ricky Davis Sr, Joe Cabets, Norm Whittemore, Chuck Murray, Luke Decker, Ryan Stone, Ray Lindquist, Kyle Stark, Matt Spencer
Factory Stock Feature: Mark Andrus, Ted Mills Jr, Gary Cleveland, Nathan Hill, Christina Whittemore, Dan Washburn, Ned Fitch, Ted Mills III,Phil Clapper
Four Cylinders: Kenny Underwood, Dylan Robinson, Kasey Meagley, Josh Bailey, Jason Victory, Josh Wilder, Mike Robinson, Mike Bryant, Ronald Welch, Frank Kennedy, Nick Kennedy, Devon Bailey
Xcel 600 Mods: Will Eastman, Johnathan Pepe, Aaron Bowes, Brian Mady, Justin Dimorier, Korey Inglin
Nick Mady, Josh Pepe, Ian Williamson, Scott Adams, Kam Maby, Jamie Frantz, Paul DeRuyter, Nick Cinquati, Tim Van Horn Jr, Abbey Price, Kailee Dimorier, Shawna Schibila, Shaun Burd, Jordyn Mohr, Ronnie Molnar, Tim Frantz, Richie Hitzler, Nathan Brinker, Buzz Barton