By: Ron Burt
Mother Nature wreaked havoc this past weekend at several Midwest racetracks I cover. Two weeks in a row Oakshade rained, but Lorain, Attica and Montpelier made their races. Due to the county fair, Fremont has changed its race date to Monday and will race 305 Sprints and Vintage Race Cars. Races not covered here can be viewed on my Facebook page, Ohio Sports Blitz.
This week’s big headline. Kody Swanson (winner of last week’s Toledo Rollie Beale Classic) set a new world speed record for a USAC Silver Crown car during Friday afternoon qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The California native’s time of 30.675 around the 1.25-mile paved oval was 146.699 mph, surpassing the previous speed record for a Silver Crown car set by him in 2012 at Iowa Speedway at 146.212 mph. He broke Chris Windom’s nine-year WWT series record of 31.082 seconds and 144.778 mph, set in 2013. As a result, Swanson became the first driver to capture 40 USAC Silver Crown pole positions in his career. All eyes were on Swanson at the start of the 100-lap feature. He had never won the race and is currently on a winning streak. The race had 5 different leaders all pushing each other from the green flag to the chip. Precautions helped Kody and with 25 laps to go he regained the lead and was able to withstand several challenges to take the win. Finishing behind Swanson were Davey Hamilton Jr., Mario Clouser, Justin Grant and Nathan Byrd. The Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown Cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds was rained out on Saturday night and make-up day for this prestigious race will be October 15.
At Lorain Raceway Park, the Midwest Supermodified Series held its season championship. JJ Henes, one of the young drivers and a third-generation driver, scored his first win in a Supermodified feature in honor of grandmother Nancy Henes, for whom the race is named after him. Behind the race leader from him was second AJ Lesiecki and third Kyle Edwards. Edwards of Bartlet, TN, finished third but won his second straight MSS points championship.
At Attica Raceway Park, Canadian Skylar Gee survived a restart with just two laps to go and drove to his first career win in a 410 sprint car. Gee led all 30 laps of the 410 Sprints A-main, but it wasn’t easy as Tyler Gunn put pressure on him several times late in the race, but when Gunn skipped the cushion and spun into turn four with two laps to go, Gee had a clear path. , hitting his marks perfectly on the restart and driving to the win worth $3,500. After tangling with Chris Andrews battling for fifth place early, Attica point leader Cole Macedo came back to finish second ahead of DJ Foos who edged out Tim Shaffer and Trey Jacobs. Macedo’s rally will add to his points lead for the 410 Attica Fremont Championship Series. In a caution-ridden 25-lap UMP Late Model feature, Devin Shiels of Britton, Michigan scored his fourth win of the season and 14th of his career at Attica, putting him fifth on the all-time win list for the division. The reigning champion of the late-model Attica has not finished in the top five all season on the road course and has seven overall wins in 2022 at various tracks. Teenager Collin Shipley would pass Mike Bores on the final lap to steal second place with BJ Gregory and Larry Bellman rounding out the top four. In 305 Sprint Action, Jamie Miller drove to his fourth win of the season at Attica. The win was Miller’s 35th career victory in 305 at the track. Kody Brewer finished second with Matt Foos charging from 11th to third. Until next week, keep the wheels down. Rum out! [email protected]
Pantera JV Volleyball Stomp Pettisville!
Paulding volleyball traveled to Pettisville on Thursday, August 25 for the JV and varsity volleyball game.
Varsity lost in five close sets! 28-26, 15-25, 27-25, 17-25 and 17-19
JV won in two with 26-24 and 25-22
Freshmen lost 25-27 and 22-25
Carlea Kuckuck led the team with 17 kills.
Katie Beckman was not far behind with her 11 kills, 33 assists and 2 aces!
Maci Kauser had 26 digs and an ace.
Aeylah Hitzeman stepped up in this match and got 6 kills, a block assist and an ace.
“This loss was tough because we were so close! We didn’t play to our potential tonight. We had a lot of dumb offensive mistakes all over the place. There were quite a few freshmen who really stepped up tonight to help out the varsity,” said Coach Colins. “Sophomores Aeylah Hitzeman and Brianna Bermejo did everything I needed them to do on the court. We just didn’t work as well as a team tonight. However, I saw a fight in my girls. All the other sets, they really fought for their points. They did not give up an easy victory. Pettisville just convinced us tonight. But we are going to practice seriously to prepare for Bryan on Monday!” The coach concluded.