Sundance Openers go to Paules, Cascioli, Smith and Hubler

Date: 4/26/2009 1:24:03 AM

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Gene Ostrowski  (570) 752-7193      

Promoter:  Joe Callavini (570) 788-7544


Upcoming events:

Sun April 26- Opening Day weekend, featuring Modifieds, Late Models, Factory Stocks and ATQMRA Midgets

Sun May 3- Sport Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4 Cyl. FWD, INEX Legends, PLUS Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club and Checkered Flag Fan Club Day

Sundance Openers go to Paules, Cascioli, Smith and Hubler

St. Johns, Pa- A gorgeous day set the scene for opening day at Sundance Vacations Speedway. After pole day qualifying last weekend, several more drivers came to the track with hopes of winning the opener. The competition was fierce, but when it was all said and done, Earl Paules was victorious in the Sport Modified main event. Danny Cascioli finished second on the track, but took the Street Stock feature win following post race tech. John Smith dominated the 4 Cyl. FWD show, en route to the win and Scott Hubler notched his first career INEX Legends feature win.


Kevin Orlando was scheduled to start from the pole in the 30-lap Sport Modified main event, but mechanical woes on his car hauler prevented him from making it to the race track in time. The turn of events put Ricky Ross, Jr. on the point, in which he led the first circuits from.


Earl Paules grabbed the race lead on the following lap, dropping Ross to second. Zane Zeiner, Mike Skarbowski and Joe Wielgosz were the top five runners.


The caution waved on lap ten when another car forced Skarbowski off of the track in turn one. Several other drivers got a piece of the action, including Ross, Zacharias, Pat Verwys and Keith Mullineaux.


Green flag racing resumed and Zeiner, who was running third on the speedway, experienced mechanical problems and pulled off of the track. The exchange moved Jason Hearne into the third spot.


Several drivers cracked the top five during the last ten laps, including Barry Callavini. Shortly after gaining the position, he too was forced pit side with issues.


Paules fought off charges by Zacharias and took his second straight opening day victory. Hearne, Paul Frantz and Mullineaux rounded out the top five.


Steve Shultz ran the fastest time last weekend during Street Stock pole qualifying and was forced to start the feature seventh after the starting position redraw, which moved Robert Fink on the pole for the start of the event.


Fink led the first two laps before Joe Barbush overtook him for the race lead.


The caution flag flew on lap four when Chip Wanamaker spun in turn three. At that point, J. Barbush continued to lead over Fink, Shultz, John Stonier and Danny Cascioli, who started the race in the fifteenth spot.


Green flag racing resumed and Cascioli and Steve Clark slipped by Fink for fourth and fifth. Cascioli challenged Barbush for the lead and completed the pass on lap nine. Clark made the pass on J. Barbush as well and began to work over Cascioli.


Clark slipped by Cascioli and into the top spot on the twelfth circuit and began to distance himself from the rest of the field.


The final caution of the race flew when Brian Sones and Jeff McGrath tangled in turn three and collected Wanamaker with five laps remaining. 


After beginning the event from the seventeenth starting spot, Clark was flawless on the restart and took the checkers over Cascioli and J. Barbush. While racing for fourth and on the final lap, Shultz and Sones tangled in turn three, which allowed Brad Barbush and Richie DiMarco to cross the line third and fourth respectively.


Clark was disqualified during post race inspection and Cascioli was awarded the victory.


Jon Smith started from the pole in the 20-lap 4 Cyl. FWD main event and jumped out to the early advantage over Nikki Sager, Ken Kleppinger, Eric Banashefski and Brian Kunkel.


Chris Toole grabbed the fifth position from Kunkel on lap nine, and then moved by Banashefski and into fourth.


The only yellow flag of the race was thrown when Mike Kline got into Banashefski in turn one. Banashefski headed to the pits with a flat tire and rejoined the field for the restart.


It was “all Smith” following the restart, as he held off Sager for his first career win at the speedway. Sager settled for second, followed by Kleppinger, Toole and Kunkel.


Never visiting victory lane in his career and after winning the pole position for the 2-lap INEX Legends main event, Scott Hubler led the field to the drop of the green flag.


A quick caution was thrown when Greg Rittenhouse spun on the front stretch. Several drivers fell from contention from the event during the caution period, including Casey Robicheau and Raven Schrantz.


Hubler continued to lead when green flag racing resumed. Zane Zeiner moved into second and Tim Bauer held third.


Zeiner tried multiple grooves on the speedway and ran down Hubler, but was unable to complete the race-winning pass.


Hubler held on and notched his first career win over Zeiner. Campbell, Rittenhouse and Bauer.


Sundance Vacations Speedway is just minutes from Hazleton, Pa, located on St. John’s Road, between Routes 93 and 309. Grandstand admission for all regular events is just $10 for ages 11 and older. Children 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free. For more information including the entire season schedule and the division points standings, please visit


Sport Modifieds (30-laps): 1. EARL PAULES 2. Rick Zacharias 3. Jason Hearne 4. Paul Frantz 5. Keith Mullineaux 6. Matt Clemens 7. Joe Wielgosz 8. Harry Schaefer 9. Mike Mangini 10. Barry Callavini 11. Scott Adams 12. Mike Skarbowski 13. Zane Zeiner 14. Ricky Ross Jr 15. Pat Verwys 16. Beryle Herman 17.Frank Reakes DNS: Kevin Orlando


Street Stocks (25-laps): 1. DAN CASCIOLI 2. Joe Barbush 3. Brad Barbush 4. Rich Dimarco 5. Chip Wanamaker 6. Robert Fink 7. John Stonier 8. CJ Lehmann 9. Mike Schadder 10. Brian Sones 11. Nick Shaw 12. Steve Shultz 13. Jeff McGrath 14. Rodney Gruber 15. Steve Hoffman 16. Harry Sager 17.Allen Gruber 18. Josh Oswald DQ: Steve Clark


Four Cyl. FWD (20-laps): 1. JON SMITH 2. Nikki Sager 3. Ken Kleppinger 4. Chris Toole 5. Brain Kunkel 6. Frank Katona 7. Eric Banashefski 8. Jake Oswald 9. Bill Rice 10. Pete Maier 11. Joe Katona 12. Mike Kline


INEX Legends (20-laps) 1. SCOTT HUBLER 2. Zane Zeiner 3. Malcom Campbell 4. Greg Rittenhouse 5. Timothy Bauer 6. Raven Schrantz 7. Casey Robicheau DNS: Derek Hopkinson

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