|Date: 4/15/2015 9:36:45 PM|
SPEEDWAY ENTERTAINMENT RAP...
The Weekly Wrap-Up of Racing Action...SE Style!
**Shellhammers Speedway Finally Beats The Weather; Slingshot Season Opener To Bieber
**Reimert Wins On His Birthday; Takes FMP Slinger Tour Lid-Lifter
Kirkwood, NY - Louden Reimert, from Oley, PA, opened the Mid-Atlantic Gold Tour campaign with a big win on Sunday, April 12 at Five Mile Point Speedway.
For Reimert, the 2013 National Slingshot Tour runner-up, the victory couldn't have come at a better time - Sunday was his 14th birthday.
Steve VanValkenberg ran what Rich Tobias called "the best 18 1/2 laps of his career" in an effort to hold off the hard charging dynamic duo of Reimert and defending National Champion Dylan Hoch. A slower car proved to be VanValkenberg's undoing, however, as Reimert squeezed between the leader and the lapped car to grab the top spot on the white flag lap, with Hoch zipping past VanValkenberg as well to snare second place.
Reimert held on over the final circuit to score the triumph, with Hoch - who celebrated his 16th birthday a few days before the race - finishing second ahead of the disappointed VanValkenberg. Don Schmidt and three-time National Slingshot Champion Brett Bieber rounded out the top five.
Great racing as always at FMP, with 20 All Star Slingshots signing in for competition. The race, in addition to being a Mid-Atlantic Gold Region event, also awarded points toward the Empire Region's Tour Championship.
Slingshot Feature Finish, 20 laps: Louden Reimert, Dylan Hoch, Steven Vanvalkenburg, Don Schmidt, Brett Bieber, Alan Selemba, Jackson Ring, Joe Krum, Dalton Maynard, Caitlin Krum, Ethan Darling, Russel Benke III, Marty Kelly III, Don Boonstra, Ashley Rogosich, Alex Boughton, Dawson Landis, David Carraghan, Steve Landis, Gavin McClure, Bob Boughton.
Louden Reimert celebrates his Mid-Atlantic Gold Tour victory at Five Mile Point
(Photo courtesy of FMP track photographer)
**SpeedSTR's Head To Mahoning...USAC All Pro Tour Opener Set For Saturday, April 25
Lehighton, PA - An outstanding field of USAC SpeedSTR hotshoes is expected to enter the season opening All Pro Tour event on Saturday, April 25, at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, PA.
Last season, MVS star Kris Graver utilized his home track experience and asphalt knowledge to sweep both of the SpeedSTR races at Mahoning. The uber-talented Graver will return to defend and try to extend his pavement win streak on the 25th as he buckles into one of the potent Kovatch SpeedSTR's.
Joining Graver will be another Mahoning regular, Earl Paules of Kunkletown, who has a 2014 SpeedSTR triumph on the clay at Kutztown's JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA.
Willy Evernham and asphalt Modified specialist Danny Bohn will also twist the steering wheels in SpeedSTR action at Mahoning, the tough quarter-mile bullring that regularly produces spectacular side by side racing. Evernham and Bohn will take on veterans of the division such as Wayne Weaver, Kenny Brightbill, Matt Janisch, Kyle Lick, and Mike Bednar along with SpeedSTR newcomers Steve Nederostek, Rick Kirkendall, Nick Baer, Tim Iulg, Ron Tobias Jr., and a host of others.
The All Star Slingshots will also be part of the fun at Mahoning Valley Speedway on the 25th, competing in a Mid-Atlantic Silver Tour event.
Wayne Weaver, in the Overhead Door No. 0, tested on pavement at NJMP for the upcoming All Pro Tour event at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
(Photo courtesy of Wayne Weaver)
**The Week Ahead...
Wednesday, April 15......Wingless Wednesday at Shellhammers...All Star and Junior Slingshots plus wingless 270cc Micro-Sprints at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 17................Slingshot's Mid-Atlantic Silver Tour event at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, PA. Race time is 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18...........Mid-Atlantic Gold Tour for Slingshots at Airport Speedway in New Castle, DE.
Saturday, April 18...........Season Opener at Hamlin Speedway, Hamlin PA..."the Pearl of the Poconos". Junior, All Star, and Senior Slingshots in action.
Next week's SE Rap will include race results from the April 14 Slingshot race at Accord Speedway in NY, the events mentioned above, and more!
And that's a Rap!
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