Sidewinder Sprints – 08/17 Chess and Beasley take wins

Date: 8/22/2013 9:57:19 PM


Sidewinder Sprints – 08/17 Chess and Beasley take wins

Unseasonably cooler temperatures for August saw a heavier than normal surface. With the heavier classic cars on the schedule the surface became a little choppier than normal. The Sidewinders first feature saw  Mike Zielonis slow suddenly ( His clutch cable actually became dislodged by the ruts and pulled tight) and Josh Chess was left with nowhere to go . Their bumpers hooked and they spun to the infield where the cars managed to separate. The next attempt at a start saw Zach Overmiller take the lead until his right front spindle broke causing him to head to the pits. Brandon Yarlett also suffered from his car shutting off intermittently forcing his early retirement. Up front however, it was 2013 rookie Tim Townsend in control. Tim purchased an upright Henchcraft chassis earlier this year and is still running gasoline and trying to log laps before his fulltime effort next year. As such Tim knows that he is technically illegal and is subject to being DQ’ed under our normal 2013 rules. (except the “Bring It On” Challenge series ( as outlined below)).

With 5 laps to go, Josh Chess managed to make his way past Rich Halter and started to chase down Tim. At the checkers Tim was still 3 car lengths ahead to claim the 1st place finish. 2nd went to Josh Chess, 3rd to Rich Halter, 4th to Rohan Beasley and 5th to Mike Zielonis. That finish order was subsequently bumped up one position due to Tim’s technical DQ.

Although not an “official” win, Tim did take the time to want to thank a few people “I would like to thank my wife and kids , Premier Signs & Graphics, Butler Seats, Henchcraft Chassis, and thanking the Sidewinder teams  for allowing me to run with the club. I am really looking forward to earning an “official” win soon.”

The 2nd feature saw Rohan Beasley take the jump from his pole starting position leading Brandon Yarlett into the 1st turn.. Over the first 8 laps Beasley extended his lead to a straight away with Yarlett continuing to chase. 6th starting Mike Zielonis made his way to 3rd and together with Yarlett began to close the gap.  Beasley was able to hold on and take the win.  When asked about it being so long between drinks, Beasley replied “ It has been a tough couple of years. I struggled with engines , trying to piece together bits and pieces and then this year Joe Robertson (Nextwave Electric) gave me a killer deal on one of his old engines. It was a game changer; I no longer needed to work on engines each week and could get back to concentrating on setups. It took a good engine to make me realize how far behind I had gotten in setups. This year I struggled with an erratically tight chassis. I reached out to Stan Fleming at Hyper Racing and we decided to change the shock program. Tonight was the first night with the new shocks and all I can say is WOW, what a difference.”

Beasley continued “ The night started off a little rough, I changed out some brake pads this week and cooked them in the first feature. I must thank Brandon Yarlett for working on them before the 2nd feature. Many thanks to all of the Sidewinder teams for making racing fun each week. Thanks to my wife, Katie  and grandson, Zayden. They are normally here but couldn’t make it tonight. It’s a tough deal preparing a race track and tonight’s was far from the normal smooth surface that Path Valley is known for but adapting to track conditions is  part of the challenge o driver and team face.”

 

This Friday night will see the Sidewinders make their 2nd ever appearance at Linda’s Speedway. With the 600’s allowed to compete with the Sidewinder’s ( must comply with the Sidewinder rules) it will be sure to have an impact on the season points standings.

 

The “Bring It On” Challenge by Microracing.com will be held over 3 races utilizing the combined passing matrix points and awarded to the car owners. With Lincoln in the books, the remaining challenge races are Williams Grove 08/30 and the final round to be held at Susquehanna on 10/26.   The “Bring It On” Challenge allows the 600cc cars to weigh their normal 775lbs and allows gasoline to include cars from other areas that allow it.

Final finishing orders



















Feature One

Feature Two

Final Total

Driver

Start

Finish

Points

Start

Finish

Points

Points total

Hard Charger

Rohan Beasley (14)

7

3

114

1

1

105

219

4

Josh Chess (72)

3

1

115

5

4

95

210

3

Mike Zielonis (81)

2

4

88

6

3

110

198

1

Rich Halter (04)

5

2

115

3

5

83

198

1

Brandon Yarlett (4T)

6

6

80

2

2

100

180

0

Zach Overmiller (75)

1

5

81

7

7

76

157

-4

Tim Townsend (56)

4

7

73

4

6

78

151

-5

 

This week’s question;

Q. Q. The Sidewinders have a week off to enable teams to go to Knoxville and return t the track on 8/17 at Path Valley. With Rich Halters last two races resulting in DNF’s and having the points race tighten, will we see Rich bounce back or could we see a change in the points leadership ?

A. The gap is closing as Rich tries to recapture the “magic setup” that he had before his big wreck the last time the Sidewinders were at Path Valley.  Only 55 point separates the top 5 contenders.

Q. With Zach Overmiller continuing to come close to capturing his first win, and Path Valley being one of Zach’s favorite tracks, can Zach earn his first checkers ?

A. Unfortunately for Zach, the rough track conditions contributed to breaking a spindle in the first feature and resulted in a DNF and a DNS.

Next Week’s Questions;

Q. This week the Sidewinders make their 2nd visit to Linda’s speedway. Earlier in the year the Sidewinder teams were beaten by the local 600 teams.. Will the home track advantage help them again this time or will the Sidewinder teams be able to dial in and take the win?

Q. Once again, Zach had some bad luck. Will this be the week that his luck turns around for his break through win ?

 

Tire Shootout Invitational Results; American Racer takes the win and the round and closes the gap in the season total.

Tire Shootout Points based on 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1

American Racer, Hoosier, American Racer, American Racer, Hoosier

This week;

American Racer – 10 pts

Hoosier – 5 pts

Season Total;

Hoosier – 69 pts

American Racer – 65 pts

 

Sidewinder Sprints are accepting 2013 registrations.

 Drivers wishing to join are reminded to register with us ASAP (click the registration link on our website) to reserve your car number, as we do not allow duplicate numbers, and to receive important "registered team" only emails regarding rules, contingency requirements and schedules.


Sidewinder Sprints will be appearing at:

Linda’s 08/23

Williams Grove 08/30

Path Valley 09/07

 

For all your racing needs please contact our following partners: 

Season Sponsors;

American Racer – Lias Tires (www.americanraceronline.com )

Hoosier Tire - Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic (www.hoosiermidatlantic.com )

 

Contingency Awards:

Guhl Motors (www.guhlmotors.com) ; For all of your Fuel Injection needs. ; Rohan Beasley

Hyper Hard Charger (www.Hyperracing.com); Most positions gained in the features; Rohan Beasley

Aero Wings (www.aerowingsonline.com) ; Winners use Wings by Aero. "Lucky 7"; Tim Townsend

Keizer Wheels (www.keizerwheels.com ); Fast Fifth Award.; Brandon Yarlett

 

Drivers 2013 points standings:

1st

Rich Halter (04)

956

2nd

Zach Overmiller (75)

920

3rd

Rohan Beasley (14)

919

4th

Brandon Yarlett (4T)

906

5th

Mike Zielonis (81)

901

6th

Reed Salony (22R)

670

7th

Josh Chess (72)

586

8th

Jerry Strausbaugh (26)

554

9th

Jason Stahl (5J)

525

10th

Jonathon Hynes (95)

420

11th

Christian Wright (22)

382

12th

Mike Murphy Jr (39)

333

13th

Tanner Hunsicker (29)

264

14th

Adam Meier (23M)

221

15th

Rick Hench (1)

219

16th

Ben Houtz (13T)

160

17th

Chris Crull (7)

156

18th

Josh Sell (X)

145

19th

Don Harvey (44X)

137

20th

Tim Townsend (56)

136

21st

Anthony Foor (A4)

114

22nd

Brad Smith (12S)

100

23rd

Alex Schanz (12S)

80

24th

Broc Lawrence (76)

68

25th

Tyler Walton (14T)

64

26th

Keith Ford (4D)

50

27th

Donnie Hendershot (31)

50

28th

Mike Dicely (44)

50

29th

Danny Wykes (69W)

50

30th

Mike Kiser (99)

50

31st

Ashley Salony (22R)

50

 

Team Owner 2013 points standings:

1st

Tara Halter  (04)

956

2nd

Steve & Renee Overmiller (75)

920

3rd

Katie Beasley (14)

919

4th

Donna and Brandon Yarlett (4T)

906

5th

Mike Zielonis (81)

901

6th

Todd Salony (22R)

670

7th

Don Chess (72)

586

8th

Jerry Strausbaugh (26)

554

9th

Glenn Stahl (5J)

525

10th

David Hynes (95)

420

11th

Ken and Chris Wright (22)

382

12th

Mike Murphy Jr (39)

333

13th

L & G Motorsports (29)

264

14th

Adam Meier (23M)

221

15th

Rick Hench (1)

219

16th

Brad Smith (12S)

180

17th

Gary Hendershot (7)

156

18th

Josh Sell (X)

145

19th

Don Harvey (44X)

137

20th

Tim Townsend (56)

136

21st

Anthony Foor (A4)

114

22nd

Broc Lawrence (76)

68

23rd

Bob and Brenda Walton (14T)

64

24th

Keith Ford (4D)

50

25th

Jay Hendershot (31)

50

26th

Mike Dicely (44)

50

27th

David Wykes (69W)

50

28th

Tiffany Crandell (99)

50

 

“Bring It On” Challenge by Microracing.com ; A total of the combined matrix points for these 3 races for the car owners.

Bring It On Challenge

Lincoln         08/03

Williams Grove 08/30

Susquehanna  10/26

Total

Todd Salony (22R)

265

 

 

265

Donna and Brandon Yarlett (4T)

229

 

 

229

Steve & Renee Overmiller (75)

217

 

 

217

Don Chess (72)

208

 

 

208

Don Harvey (44)

187

 

 

187

Katie Beasley (14)

172

 

 

172

Mike Zielonis (81)

164

 

 

164

Broc Lawrence (76)

155

 

 

155

Ken and Chris Wright (22)

138

 

 

138

Jerry Strausbaugh (26)

116

 

 

116

Tara Halter  (04)

104

 

 

104

Mike Murphy Jr (39)

96

 

 

96

L & G Motorsports (29)

76

 

 

76

 

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