Murdick and Hoffman are Mod Tour Winners, but Winless Weaver is Top Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior

Date: 8/20/2012 11:05:46 PM

For Immediate Release

Murdick and Hoffman are Mod Tour Winners, but Winless Weaver is Top Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior


The BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour held its first doubleheader weekend of the 2012 season and the racers vied for special prizes offered by Richmond Gear. Taking the win at Mercer Raceway Park was Dave Murdick, while Kevin Hoffman scored his first series victory at Dog Hollow Speedway.


Although he did not reach victory lane, series points leader Brian Weaver, of Windsor, NY, gathered the most points over the course of the weekend. Also receiving Richmond Gear prize packages were Dave Murdick, Joe Kubiniec, Brad Rapp, Randy Chrysler, and J.R. McGinley.


The next events for the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour will be contested over the Labor Day Weekend, at Sharon Speedway and Eriez Speedway. That will be the Bully Dog Northern Challenge, and over $1,000 in Bully Dog awards will be presented based upon the racers' points earned that weekend.


Murdick Mod Man at Mercer


Dave Murdick topped an outstanding field of 41 BRP/Hoosier Tire Modifieds at Mercer Raceway Park, taking advantage of a miscue to squeeze by leader J.R. McGinley with 27 laps completed. The event was the annual Smackdown!, which pits the touring Big Blocks against the track's own 358 Modifieds.

The Modified Tour's handicapping system worked to the advantage of several track regulars. J.R. McGinley and Rob Curtis occupied row number one, with Klye Fink and Eric Gabany in row two. Jimmy Holden, the defending track champ, lined up in row three. Frank Guidace was in row five, with Lonny Riggs in row six.

When the green flag waived for the start of the 35 lapper, McGinley took command, followed by Curtis, Gabany and Dave Murdick. McGinley showed Curtis and all of the other big boys the fast way around the tricky oval. Despite reaching lapped traffioc on just the seventh circuit, McGinley stretched his lead. For a while, it looked as though he would take the win for the strong contingent of 358 Modifieds that turned out to support the program. No Mercer regular had ever successfully defended the home turf in the annual showdown between the Big Block Tour and the potent Mercer 358 Mods.

A caution on lap 11 for New Yorker Ron Cartwright bunched the field up, but it did not bother McGinley in the least. He continued to lead the way. By the halfway mark, Murdick slipped past Curtis, and he started to reel in McGinley. Another caution on lap 19 for Ron Eperthener's frontstretch spin put Murdick beside McGinley for the restart.

A four car tangle on the very next lap slowed the pace again. Kevin Hoffman, Tommy Mattocks, Steve Feder and Jeff Schaffer were the involved cars. Only Feder was able to continue the event. None of the participants were injured.

Once again. McGinley was up to the task, but this time, Murdick stayed within close range.

While they ran out front, Joe Kubiniec was driving the best race of his Modifed Tour career. He was holding down the third spot, ahead of top runners Brad Rapp and Brian Weaver.

On lap 26, as McGinley rounded turn four, he slid high and opened the door for Murdick. The veteran driver seized the opportunity and snuck under McGinley as they raced down the front chute. They entered turn one side by side, but Murdick powered off turn two with a lead that he would not surrender.

Murdick led the rest of the way to earn the win. McGinley crossed in second, the top Mercer runner. Kubiniec was third, Rapp in fourth, and Weaver in fifth.

Jimmy Holden and Lonny Riggs were the next Mercer regulars, in sixth and seventh. Then came the Big Blocks of Rex King, Sr., Jeremiah Shingledecker and Rob Curtis.

Heat race winners were Ron Cartwright, McGinley, Curtis and Weaver.

The twin B Mains were won by Ron Eperthener and Rex King, Sr.

The Contingeny Connection award winners were McGinley, Rapp and Weaver. Holden, Riggs and Curtis won gift certificates from Bully Dog.

Mercer Raceway Park (August 18, 2012):  Dave Murdick, J.R. McGinley, Joe Kubiniec, Brad Rapp, Brian Weaver, Jimmy Holden, Lonny Riggs, Rex King, Sr., Jeremiah Shingledecker, Rob Curtis, Eric Gabany, Randy Chrysler, Ryan Susice, Rex King, Jr., Mark Frankhousaer, Steve Feder, Mike Turner, Jeff Schaffer, Kevin Hoffman, Tom Mattocks, Ron Eperthener, Frank Guidace, Max Smoker, Ron Cartwright, Skip Moore, Kyle Fink. DNQ: Randy Kriegisch, Jeff Monoskey, Don Brown, Carl Murdick, Jeremy Paup, Shayne Izzo, Dillon Barr, Chris Haines, Tom Kristyak, Gary Smoker, Tom Glenn, Rick Ryder, Jerry Schaffer, Shawn Fleeger, Makayla Guidace.


Hoffman Hoofs it at the Hollow


Kevin Hoffman romped to his first BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour win in the series' first visit to Jim Michny's Dog Hollow Speedway. An hour and a half rain delay forced all of the racers to change their set-ups before the show even started, but Hoffman and company obviously made all of the right choices. The race was shortened to 25 laps due to the threat of an approaching rain cell that would have ended the evening's action.


"We made a lot of last minute changes, and we didn't know if we got it right," Hoffman said. "But the car felt great and the track was awesome and it's just awesome to get the win," he exclaimed. Moments later, Hoffman got a big bear hug from runnerup Brian Weaver.


Ageless veteran Carl Murdick and Chris Haines led the field to the green flag in the historic first visit of the Big Block Mods to Dog Hollow Speedway. Fittingly, Murdick led the first lap, but Haines roared by him on the outside to lead the second circuit. Meanwhile, Kevin Hoffman was already at work, slicing his way to the front from his fifth starting spot.


A caution on lap three for a spin by Rex King, Jr. put Hoffman next to Haines for the restart. Haines slipped above the cushion in turns one and two, handing the lead to Hoffman. Worse, though, Haines lost several other positions in the process.


While Hoffman began to stretch his lead, New Yorkers Joe Kubiniec and Randy Chrysler were fighting for position with Brian Weaver and Brad Rapp close behind them.


Action was slowed once again on lap 6 for an inadvertent yellow. The caution was called when two cars got together in between the third and fourth turns and one of them cut through the infield. The field was quickly realigned, with Hoffman on the point and Chrysler on his flank.


Hoffman jumped out front on the the restart and led the rest of the way without further interruptions. Chrysler held second until the halfway mark. That was when Weaver went sailing by on the inside of turn four.


Weaver started to whittle away at Hoffman's lead. When Hoffman had some trouble getting past lapped cars that were fighting for position, Weaver narrowed the gap even more. However, Weaver jumped the cushion in turn one with two to go, and that gave his pal the breathing room that he needed.


Hoffman whisked under the checkers in first. Three Empire State racers followed: Weaver, Chrysler and Kubiniec. Haines rallied for fifth.


Rapp crossed in sixth. Dave Murdick, the points leader heading into the event, was seventh. Jeremiah Shingledecker, Steve Feder and Rex King, Jr. rounded out the top ten.


Heat wins were scored by J.R. McGinley and Hoffman.


There was no B Main.


Contingency Connection awards went to Hoffman and Shingledecker.


Bully Dog awards went to King Jr., Shawn Fleeger, and Carl Murdick.


Dog Hollow Speedway (August 19, 2012): Kevin Hoffman, Brian Weaver, Randy Chrysler, Joe Kubiniec, Chris haines, Brad Rapp, Dave Murdick, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Steve Feder, Rex King, Jr., Rex King, Sr., Mark Frankhouser, Shawn Fleeger, Carl Murdick, Mike Turner, Rick Ryder, J.R. McGinley.


The roster of 2012 sponsors for The Modified Tour, Inc. includes: Bicknell Racing Products; Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.; World Racing Group - DIRTcar; Sunoco Race Fuels - Bazell Oil Co.; Approved Toilet Rentals, Inc.; Bert Transmission; ATL Fuel Cells; Big Daddy's Speed Center Inc.; Bilstein Shocks - Fastline Performance; Brisk Spark Plugs; Bulldog Rear Ends - Diversified Machine, Inc.; Bully Dog; Controlled Thermal Processing, Inc.; Engles Trucking Services, Inc.; ISC Racers Tape; Hall's Safety Equipment Corp.; JE Pistons; King Brothers; Kirkey Racing Fabrication Inc.; Landrum Spring; Mallary Ignition Performance; McCool's Signs and Graphics; Motorsports World; Oyler Photos & More;; Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP; Preist Enterprises, Inc.; Pyrotect; R2C Performance Products; RaceQuip; Ray's Racing Collectibles; Redhorse Performance; Richmond Geer; Rod End Supply; Scorpion Racing Products; Turbo Start Batteries; Turn One Power Steering; Ultra-Shield Race Products; Winters Performance Products Inc.; and Wrisco Industries Inc. Watch for further additions to the list of 2012 sponsors.

Now in its fifteenth year of success, The Modified Tour, Inc. racing series is a non-profit organization established to give the V-8 Modifieds in the Western Pennsylvania area the opportunity to compete for higher purses and a substantial points fund. The Modified Tur has had great success at bringing together the top stars at the area speedways.

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