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Darryl Ruggles Tops Micro Sprints; Mike Pegher Stops in for a FASTRAK Win


by Matt Steffenhagen
August 20, 2010 - Delevan, NY - The 600cc Micro Sprints, many of which
compete at the Limerock Speedway and also on the Original Pizza Logs
600 Sprint Tour headlined Nu-Way Sanitation night's racing action and
put on an amazing show.  The South Arcade Speedway racing surface was
smooth top-to-bottom, providing great racing action.  Darryl Ruggles
pulled off the win, while in the FASTRAK Late Models it was Mike Pegher
taking home the victory.  Dan Giboo, Mike Milford, Chris Paar, Blane
Krott, and Brian Kotarski took wins as well in the street stocks,
e-mods, mini stocks, pure stocks, and super stocks; respectively.
In the Lauterborn Electric Street Stock feature event, it was all Dan
Giboo ( 8 ) at the front.  Giboo would use his outside front-row
starting position to get past David Downs and grab the lead.  Following
a lap three restart, Ron Mogavero (75x), who had started back in 12th
place would make a bold move, threading the needle between Justin
Howard and Chris Austin to take over third.  The race was slowed once
again when Jeff Hellwig (2H), last week's feature winner, was squeezed
out to the wall in turn four, causing his car to climb the wall and
roll over before coming to rest just past the start/finish line. 
Hellwig was okay, but his car would go off on the hook.  On the
following restart, Mogavero would move into second, getting past Downs,
before the race was slowed yet again.  There would be two more caution
periods, both being caused by Doug Jones (87) and Paul Davies (17d),
eventually resulting in the disqualification of both drivers.  When
racing resumed, Ron Mogavero would have a few stabs at getting the lead
from Dan Gibbo, but to no avail.  Chris Austin would pass David Downs
for third with two laps to go, but out front it was Dan Giboo taking
his third win of the season over his rival Ron Mogavero.
Following the heat race, it was clear that Darren Tarabori's (6) V-6
powered e-mod was the class of the Insinger Performance E-mod field
this night.  Starting on the pole with George Ritter (72) alongside,
Tarabori would jump to the early lead and set sail on the field.  This
night however, was not to be a winning night for Tarabori as the car
would break about midway through the race.  Inheriting the lead was
Mike Milford (22) of Roulette, PA.  Milford, in just his second start
would go on to win followed by Wayne Mohawk (64) and Tim Walden (27w).
Blane Krott (72) and Curt Pastorius (42) would pace the Lauterborn
Electric Pure Stock field for the start of their main event.  Krott
would get out front of the field right from the start.  Kurt Pastorius
drove as hard as he could to keep up, however Krott was able to keep
his #72 out front.  The battle for third was a battle of father and son
as Zach Hamer (7) and Dale Hamer (7D) would race each other.  Nobody
was able to catch Krott this night however, and "The Boy" would go on
to claim yet another South Arcade Pure Stock victory.
In the Lauterborn Electric Mini Stocks, it looked to be another night
where "Slammin' Sammy" Fuller (38) could get the job done.  However,
Fuller would fade from second back to sixth, and by lap seven it was a
three-car break away at the front of the field with Chris Paar (9x)
leading Davey Lowe (21) and newcomer to the speedway Chris Woodard
(97).  The trio would race door-to-door, even going three-wide on a few
occasions.  Lowe and Woodard especially raced each other hard for
second while also trying to get past Paar for first.  Lowe would make
one last attempt at getting the lead with two laps remaining, however
it would come down to he and Chris Woodard in a drag race to the line
for second.  Woodard would edge Lowe at the line with Chris Paar out
front taking his third victory of the season.  The mini stock racers
took home some extra cash this night, thanks to Jerge's Auto Parts. 
Jerge's donated $250 to be added across the top three finishing
The 360 Late Models were on-hand once again, giving the drivers a
place to race close to home.  Brian Kotarski would win the heat race
going away, however his main would not go as easy.  Kotarski would spin
just a few laps into the main to bring out a caution.  By lap six, he
was back battling for the lead with Carl Shetler (58).  The two would
go side-by-side for a lap before Kotarski would get by for the lead on
lap seven.  Brian Kotarski would go on to win his second in a row
followed by Carl Shetler, Tom Baker (93B), Wally Wade (66).
Tom Kemp (28) and Garrett Stephen (79) would pace the Jerge's Auto
Parts FASTRAK Late Model field to the feature green flag.  Immediately,
Justin Tatlow (81) would dive from his third starting position to the
low side of Kemp to challenge for the lead.  The two would race
door-to-door until disaster struck heading into turn one with the pair
banging doors and coming together, sending Kemp spinning to the inside
of the speedway in front of the field.  Kemp would collect Garrett
Stephen, Bob Kish (5), and Adam Sixt (6T) with Kish's car ending up
underneath Stephen's, almost tipping it over.  Sixt and Stephen were
able to pull away.  Kish and Tatlow would head to the pits and be done
for the night.  Following the melee, it was FASTRAK Northeast Tour
runner Mike Pegher (1) and Steve Dixon (50) inheriting the top spots. 
The man on the move for the remainder of the race was Adam Sixt.  Sixt
would work past Tim Schram (1s), Wade Mohawk (64), and Jason Bridge
(15) to make it to third.  A caution with just two laps to go put Sixt
on the back bumper of Dixon, who was ready to give Pegher a fight. 
Dixon would make a few "banzai" moves heading into turn 1, however Mike
Pegher was able to hold on for the win in his first-ever visit to the
South Arcade Speedway.  Dixon would end up second and Sixt would hold
onto a hard-earned third place.
The night's headlining event was for the 600cc Micro Sprints.  Racers
from all over western NY were on-hand for the race, with many special
awards and prizes being put up by some generous sponsors.  After
winning both his heat and the K&B Cleaning Dash for Cash, Nick Cooper
(35n) was poised to take the feature win from his pole starting
position.  In the early stages of the main, it looked as though he
would do just that;  he opened up a huge gap between himself and second
place very quickly.  At the same time, Tyler Walker (81) would come
from fourth to second by lap four.  With his lead erased by a caution,
Cooper would have Walker lined up next to him.  Walker would jump to
the lead on a lap 10 restart.  During the later stages of the race,
Darryl Ruggles would start to come into the picture at the front of the
field after falling back a bit early on.  Ruggles and Walker would
battle back and forth, wheel-to-wheel while also catching lap traffic. 
With two laps to go, Ruggles was able to get a better line around
Walker to get by for the lead, but the race was not decided until the
final lap.  However, Tyler Walker wasn't able to get back past and
Darryl Ruggles would flash across the finish line first for the win. 
South Arcade Speedway would like to thank all of the sponsors who made
this race a success.  K&B Cleaning of Leroy, NY put up $50 for the dash
for cash, the Limerock Speedway Safety Crew gave $30 for the "Hard
Charger" award, JL Motorsports gave $50 to the highest finishing
Limerock Speedway regular, Stefani Graphics of Leroy, NY gave a $100
gift certificate for the hard luck award, Fender Bender Mender of
Dansville gave away three $50 prizes, Troyer Machine gave away micro
sprint parts, and finally Team 48J donated cases of Crystal Rock
bottled water to be given away.
Next week at South Arcade Speedway, August 27, is Autograph Night. 
Come see all of your favorite cars and drivers up-close right on the
speedway.  South Arcade Speedway provides affordable family
entertainment with admission just $10 and a great selection of
reasonably-priced food at "Frank's Place" behind the grandstand. Racing
begins at 7:15pm for the remainder of the season.   For more
information, catch up with South Arcade Speedway on Facebook, at the
website, or by phone at (585)293-2780 on
weekdays and (716)492-4097 on race day.

South Arcade Speedway - August 20, 2010 - Results:
Jerge's Auto Parts FASTRAK Late Models (20 laps):
1. MIKE PEGHER JR #1, 2. Steve Dixon #50, 3. Adam Sixt #6T, 4. Tim
Schram #1s, 5. Garrett Mott #43x, 6. Wade Mohawk #64, 7. Tom Kemp #28,
8. Jason Bridge #15, 9. Ron Baker #74, 10. Garrett Stephen #79, 11. Ike
Fanton #41, 12. Justin Tatlow #81, 13. Bob Kish #5.
Insinger Performance E-mods (15 laps):
1. MIKE MILFORD #22, 2. Wayne Mohawk #64, 3. Tim Walden #27w, 4. George
Ritter #72, 5. Carl Ballinger #53, 6. Darren Tarabori #6, 7. Tim
Peterson #07P, 8. Brian Gillespie #15T.
Lauterborn Electric Street Stocks (20 laps):
1. DAN GIBOO #8, 2. Ron Mogavero #75x, 3. Chris Austin #22A, 4. David
Downs #02, 5. Andy Eastman #69, 6. Tim Bruce #75, 7. Matt Pfalzer #20,
8. Kevin Dzuroff #07x, 9. John Ellwood #27, 10. Justin Howard #10, 11.
Sherman Gage #18, 12. Nate Arnold #41, 13. Joe Chamberlain #46, 14.
Jeff Hellwig #2H.  DNS: Mark Green #71.  DQ: Paul Davies #17d, Doug
Jones #87.
Lauterborn Electric Mini Stocks (15 laps):
1. CHRIS PAAR #9x, 2. Chris Woodard #97, 3. Davey Lowe #21, 4. Mike
Sweeney #73, 5. Joe Perrin #79, 6. Sam Fuller #38, 7. Dave Burdick #47,
8. Riley Ellison #24, 9. Dan Lockwood #08, 10. Rick McDaniel #26, 11.
Ron Shisler #99, 12. Richard Kline #23, 13. Bill Bailey #82.
Lauterborn Electric Pure Stocks (15 laps):
1. BLANE KROTT #72, 2. Curt Pastorius #42, 3. Zach Hamer #7, 4. Dale
Hamer #7D, 5. Bud Barone #66, 6. Mike Ely #1, 7. Ed Winans #30, 8.
Tonia Ellwood #27, 9. Josh Keith #22k.  DNS: Jeff Crossan #8.
360 Late Models (15 laps):
1. BRIAN KOTARSKI #05, 2. Carl Shetler #58, 3. Tom Baker #93B, 4. Wally
Wade #66.

600 Micro Sprints (25 laps):
1. DARRYL RUGGLES #48jr, 2. Tyler Walker #81, 3. AJ Bogino #13, 4. Nick
Cooper #35n, 5. Shannon Doran #95, 6. Alysha Ruggles #48a, 7. Ben Kysor
#4d, 8. Josh Smith #23, 9. Tatter Kysor #41w, 10. Eric Wise #41, 11.
Matt Farnham #7, 12. Billy Coffee #13c, 13. Frank Jarkiewicz #48j, 14.
Keith Heater #47, 15. Dan Naegele #19, 16. Tony Marinetti #37m, 17.
Jacob Semkowiak #11, 18. Jacob Wendt #34, 19. Jim Lafler #32.
Heat Winners: Nick Cooper, Ben Kysor, Alysha Ruggles.
K&B Cleaning; Leroy, NY - $50 Dash for Cash winner: Nick Cooper
Limerock Speedway Safety Crew Hard Charger Award: Shannon Doran (17th to 5th)
Stefani Graphics; Leroy, NY - Hard Luck Award: Jim Laffler
Fender Bender Mender; Dansville, NY - $50 draw winners: Ben Kysor, John
Smith, Jacob Wendt
Troyer Machine Inc. parts draw winners: Nick Cooper, Shannon Doran, Dan
Naegele, Frank Jarkiewicz
JL Motorsports Highest finishing Limerock Regular - $50 - Frank
Jarkiewicz (13th)
Team 48J Crystal Rock water - Alysha Ruggles, Tatter Kysor, Billy
Coffee, Jim Lafler.


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