Racing Around: Cormier stops Willix’s win streak at Glen Ridge

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Corey Cormier celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 358-modified feature during the 20th Anniversary Night race program Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. (James A. Ellis)

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RACING AROUND – When it comes to racing 358 modifieds lately at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Lance Willix has been the man to beat.

Willix has won the last three small-block modified events at The Ridge.

Sunday, Corey Cormier broke Willix’s win streak, taking the field from green to checkers for his first win of the season.

With his victory in the DIRTcar Series event, Cormier earned a guaranteed starting spot in September’s Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway.

“That’s huge,” Cormier said in Victory Lane. “There are going to be a lot of cars there and it is going to be good to show up and know that even if we don’t run too good at least we are already qualified. Now all we need to do is improve on our starting spot.”

Cormier held off the challenges of top five finishers Shaun Shaw, Willix, Jordan McCreadie and Garrett Poland. Tyler Meeks, Robert Bublak, Alan Fink, Nick Webb and Michael Mandigo round out the top 10 in the 17-car field.

“Lance [Willix] has been helping me out a ton,” Cormier said. “He is super fast and has definitely pointed me in a good direction so I have to definitely thank him.”

Also cashing in on The Ridge’s 20th Anniversary Night rewards were Tobias Slingshot drivers A.J. Albreada and Bodie Marks who are both 4-for-4 in feature wins this season.

Albreada took home the $1,000 winner’s check in the All-Star Senior Slingshot division, while Marks picked up the win worth $300 in the Junior Slingshot division. The prize money was presented by the weekly slingshot class sponsor Northeast Paving and Sealcoating.

Cody Ochs picked up his first win of the season in the 17 602 Sportsman feature over Andrew Buff, Ricky Quick Tony Farone and Butchie Irwin, while Tavien Blowers won his second Limited Sportsman feature of the season.

Luke Horning collected his third-straight Pro Stock feature win of the season, while Jason Samrov held off Matt Mosher to post his second-straight win in the Street Stock division. Damian Ward and Daniel Joubert claimed victories respectively in the main events for the Dual Cam and Single Cam Mini Stocks.

The race action at Glen Ridge was put on hold for an hour Sunday after Limited Sportsman driver Wesley Sutliff made hard contact with the first turn wall, flipped over the wall and barrel-rolled down an embankment coming to rest in a grove of trees. Sutliff returned to his pit area. The track safety crew and ambulance service were later called to his pit and it was determined that the injuries began to develop that required Sutliff to be air lifted from the speedway. Sutliff has since been released from the hospital and is resting at home.

May 28

The Red Chair DIRTcar 358 Modifieds – Corey Cormier, Shaun Shaw, Lance Willix, Jordan McCreadie, Garrett Poland, Tyler Meeks, Robert Bublak, Alan Fink, Nick Webb, Michael Mandigo, Tucker O’Connor, C.J. Castelletti, Taylor Wason, Bill August, Carter Gibbons, Dale Gray, Cameron Black.
Classic Muscle Parts DIRTcar Sportsman – Cody Ochs, Andrew Buff, Ricky Quick, Tony Farone, Butchie Irwin, Cory Castell, Al McCoy, Zach Buff, Brendan Gibbons (DNS), Steven Roberts (DNS)

Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar Pro-Stocks – Luke Horning, Slater Baker, Shawn Perez Jr., Steve Cosselman, Chuck McSpirit, Johnny Rivers, Richard Spencer, Kyle Weiler.

Limited Sportsman – Tavian Blowers, Kolton Weiler, Dale VanAllen, Zach McSpirit, Wesley Sutliff, Connor Hearn, Joe Smith (DNS).

Street Stocks –Jason Samrov, Matt Mosher, Joe Wilson, Josh Samrov, Milo Campbell, Matt Wells, Jason Barrett, Mark Lester.

Leatherstocking Credit Union DIRTcar Mini Stocks (Dual Cam) – Damian Ward, Brian Blanck, Jordan Ryder, Jay Ingersoll, Gina Voris, Chad Hoffman, Nicholas Bunn, Nick Noble.

Leatherstocking Credit Union Mini Stocks (Single Cam) – Daniel Joubert, John Sullivan, Jack Minery, Blake Post, Keith Chorba, Bruce Liddle, Jamie Warner.

Northeast Paving and Sealcoat All-Star Slingshots – A.J. Albreada, Joe Melius, Chris Darrow, Brett Putnam, Devin Pierce, Justin House, Garrett Chiilot, Tucker Jones, Nathaniel Bosse, Dave Vaill, Bob Morey, Zach Mecca, Jaden Pierce, Alex Boisvert, Sloan Cherko, Scott Sprague, Ashley Allen, Garrett Poland, Adam Fusco, Lucas Duncan, Corey White (DNS).

Northeast Paving and Sealcoat Junior Slingshots – Bodie Marks, E.J. Hatch, Blake Patrick, Lucas Cole, Mason Gray, Kolton Gamble, James Hatch Jr., Jayden Wust, Alex Cosselman, Addi Pangman, Izzy Pangman, Colton White, Alex Viall.


The DIRTcar 358 Modified Series will make its first appearance at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park this Sunday for the running of the Mohawk Valley Showdown 50.

Cormier and Willix will be among the top series drivers “Money Mat” Williamson, Dave Marcuccilli, Steve Lewis, Felix Roy and Tristan Draper confirming they will be on hand for the event.

All the regular weekly divisions will be on the race card and as a thank you to the fans for their patience this past week, promoters Ray Sefrin and Butch Hazard have opted to keep the general grandstand admission price the same as a regular Sunday night show, $11 for adults and $6 for kids under the age of seven. Pit admission will be $30.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with the front gates opening at 4 p.m. with hot laps taking to the track at 5:30 p.m. and racing starting at 6 p.m.


With a strong on-line fan vote, Fonda Speedway advanced to the final five racetracks eligible for a $50,000 Advance Auto Parts “Advance My Track” grant.

After a second round of voting, Autodrome Granby in Granby Quebec, was announced as the winner of this year’s grant.

Fonda Speedway along with fellow finalists Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer, Alaska and Florence Motor Speedway in Timmonsville, S.C. received $5,000 toward improvements at their respective speedways.


Blaine Klinger picked up his first career Short Track Super Series Crate 602 Sportman North Region victory Sunday at the revitalized Brookfield Speedway at the Madison County Fairgrounds.

With 24 of the 29 sportsmen on hand taking the green for the feature, Klinger used his front-row starting spot to his advantage to jump out to the early lead before battling an ill-handling car late in the race to claim the $1,600 winner’s check.

Joe Toth closed on Klinger late in the race but ran out of time before the checkers fell on the 25-lap feature. North Region point leader Derrick McGrew Jr. drove from his ninth starting spot to finish third. Travis Green and Dylan Madsen round out the top five. Jared LaBagh, David Hackett, Jr., Roger Hummer, Harry Shaffer and Josh Allen made up the second five.

Kenny Gates led all 20 laps to pick up the Pro Stock victory over Bret Belden, Gus Gould, Mike Keith and Tom Denton.

Fort Plain’s Tyler Bobar won the Limited Sportsman main event, while Keith Tesiero Jr. grabbed the 4-cylinder and dual cam victory and Wayne Russell Jr. was crowned the single cam winner.

Brayden Morrison and Sullivan Dickey both dominated their respective 15-lap All-Star and Junior Slingshot features to take home the victories.

Brookfield Speedway’s next event is a Thursday night clash on June 15 featuring the Crate 602 Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Four Cylinders, and All-Star and Junior Slingshots.



Sunday, May 28

‘Fast Cars & Freedom’ Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Round No. 2 Feature Finish (25 laps): BLAINE KLINGER, Joe Toth, Derrick McGrew, Jr., Travis Green, Dylan Madsen, Jared LaBagh, David Hackett, Jr., Roger Hummer, Harry Shaffer, Josh Allen, Greg Crooker, Gordon Smith, Alissa Cody, Jason Reome, Dwayne Knapp, Matt Richardson, Tim Falter, Tom Princiotta, Clayton DuMond, Michael Ballestero, Jeremy Slosek, Tyler Peet, Tyler Ward, Tanner Warner

Did Not Qualify: Kadon Hohensheldt, Bobby Heintz, Matt Strauss, John DuMond, Ben Feldman

Accurate Collision of Pompano Halfway Leader ($100): Blaine Klinger
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Harry Shaffer(9th)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Josh Allen (Redrew 12th)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Joe Toth (second) & Gordon Smith (12th)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Greg Crooker (11th)
Picture Perfect Pools & Spas Hard Charger ($200): Travis Green (17th to 4th)

Pro Stock/Street Stock Feature Finish (20 laps): KENNY GATES, Bret Belden, Gus Gould, Mike Keith, Tom Denton, Tim Wood, Matt Rose, Greg Brockway, Randy Cosselman, Wes Jennings, Issac Hirsch

Scenic View Campground Hard Charger ($200): Mike Keith (7th to 4th)

Next Generation GraphiX Limited Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): TYLER BOBAR, Bobby Newman, Todd Falter, EJ Gallup

Four Cylinder Feature Finish (15 laps): KEITH TESIERO, JR., Matt Bukovan, Kayla Gould, Jayden Weeks, WAYNE RUSSELL (Single Cam Winner), TJ Marlitt, Hank Wedgren, Donald Kimball, John Mason, Rudy King, Jr., Hank Wedgren, Jr., Jeff Weeks

Did Not Start: Kyle Coley

All-Star Slingshot Feature Finish (15 laps): BRAYDEN MORRISON, Corky Warner, Paul Holic, Jim Pollard, Kevin Loveless, Tadd Granger

Did Not Start: Dan Slosek, Nicholas Jenkins

Jerry Snyder & Crew Pole Building & Contracting Bonuses ($100): Brayden Morrison (1st), Corky Warner (2nd), Paul Holic (3rd), Jim Pollard (4th), & Kevin Loveless (5th)
New Day Motors Heat Winner ($25): Brayden Morrison
New Day Motors Last Place Bonus ($25): Tadd Granger

Junior Slingshot Feature Finish (15 laps): SULLIVAN DICKEY, Ayden Goodier, Blake Banek, Chase Spoor

Jerry Snyder & Crew Pole Building & Contracting Bonuses ($100): Sullivan Dickey (1st), Ayden Goodier (2nd), Blake Banek (3rd), & Chase Spoor (4th)
New Day Motors Heat Winner ($25): Chase Spoor
New Day Motors Last Place Bonus ($25): Chase Spoor


It was a big day for Matt Sheppard Monday at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

The nine-time modified pilot out of Waterloo pilot drew the pole and was never headed as he collected $13,500 for the win, a guaranteed starting spot in the modified feature at Super DIRT Week 51 at Oswego Speedway in October and moved into second on the all-time Super DIRTcar Series win list behind Brett Hearn. Sheppard now has 90 victories to his credit, while Hearn tops the list with 141.

Mike Mahaney placed second in the 100-lap event, followed by 11th place starter Andy Bachetti, Saturday night’s feature winner Marc Johnson and Jimmy Phelps,


Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds

May 29, 2023
King Of Spring 100 — 1. Matt Sheppard; 2. Mike Mahaney; 3. Andy Bachetti; 4. Marc Johnson; 5. Jimmy Phelps; 6. LJ Lombardo; 7. Alex Yankowski; 8. Mat Williamson; 9. Peter Britten; 10. Darren Smith; 11. Adam Pierson; 12. Steve Bernard; 13. John Virgilio; 14. Tim Sears Jr.; 15. Felix Roy; 16. Kolby Schroder; 17. Max McLaughlin; 18. Tyler Dippel; 19. Larry Wight; 20. Kenny Tremont Jr.; 21. Anthony Perrego; 22. Kyle Sheldon; 23. Keith Flach; 24. Mathieu Desjardins; 25. Ronnie Davis III; 26. Chris Hile; 27. Jack Lehner; 28. Kyle Armstrong; 29. (DNS) Brett Haas.


Military Appreciation Night

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Madsen Overhead Doors Military Appreciation Night Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1. Marc Johnson, 2. Eddie Marshall, 3. Kolby Schroder, 4. J.R. Heffner, 5. Olden Dwyer, 6.Andy Bachetti, 7. L.J. Lombardo, 8. Mike King, 9. Kyle Sheldon, 10. Kenny Tremont Jr., 11. Kyle Armstrong, 12. Josh Marcus, 13. Brandon Lane, 14. Wayne Jelley, 15. Ryan Darcy, 16. Keith Flach, 17. Alex Bell, 18. Matt Pupello, 19. Brett Haas, 20. Ryan Charland, 21. Paul Gilardi, 22) Timothy Davis, 23. Tyler Dippel, 24. John Virgilio, 25. Kenny Aanonsen Jr.

Small Block Modified Feature Results (24 laps): 1) Lorne Browe, 2) Jason Herrington, 3) Andy Bachetti, 4) L.J. Lombardo, 5) Jeff Watson, 6) Peter Carlotto, 7) Corey Cormier, 8) Kim LaVoy, 9) Brian Peterson, 10) Ray Hall Jr., 11) Ryan Charland, 12) Ryan Larkin, 13) Donny Travaglin, 14) Michael Sabia, 15) Mark Pullen, 16) Montgomery Tremont, 17) Jeff Gallup, 18) Ryan Heath, 19) Jeff Reis, 20) Olden Dwyer, 21) Brian Sandstedt, 22) Kevin Petrucci, 23) Alan Houghtaling, 24) Joey Coppola

Sportsman 11th Annual Andrew Sherman Memorial Results (20 laps): 1) Tim Hartman Jr., 2) Chris Lynch, 3) Kevin Ward, 4) Keith Johannessen, 5) Rob Maxon, 6) Gary O’Brien, 7) Matt Burke, 8) Nick Giardini, 9) Bob Fachini, 10) Michael Sabia, 11) Brady Cordova, 12) Dillon Gannon, 13) Karl Barnes, 14) Kevin Ames, 15) Alan Houghtaling, 16) Whitey Slavin, 17) Cody Cordova. DQ: Jim VanZandt

Limited Sportsman Feature Results (15 laps): 1) Anthony Maxon, 2) Mike Arnold, 3) Craig Coons, 4) Alex Palmer-Sawyer, 5) Harold Robitaille, 6) Scott Zehnacher, 7) Wesley Sutliff, 8) Fred Pavia, 9) Brian Walsh, 10) Jason Manchester, 11) Kent Clark, 12) Owen Lewis, 13) Frank Twing Jr., 14) Allyson Papp, 15) Matt Jordan, 16) Becky Belisle, 17) Mike Engwer, 18) Frank Frasco

Pro Stock Feature Results (20 laps): 1) Zach Sorrentino, 2) Dave Stickles, 3) Tom Dean, 4) Steven LaRochelle, 5) Chad Jeseo, 6) Fred Lee, 7) Shawn Perez, 8) Steve Hankle, 9) Tom O’Connor, 10) Ryan Crellin, 11) Frank Twing, 12) Brian Keough, 13) Katarina Foster, 14) Mike Dianda

Street Stock Feature Results (20 laps): 1) Rocco Procopio, 2) Dave Streibel Jr., 3) David Streibel, 4) Jeff Meltz Sr., 5) Lou Gancarz, 6) Katarina Foster, 7) Keri VanDenburg, 8) Ray Royals, 9) Franklin Smith, 10) Bob Gibson, 11) Christopher Brown, 12) Don Kennedy, 13) Chris Stalker, 14) Rob Partridge, 15) Milo Campbell, 16) Nick Giardini. DQ: Mike Dianda

4-Cylinder Dual-Cam Feature Results (15 laps): 1) Bradley Batho, 2) Gary Malloy, 3) James Guertin, 4) Jason Peck, 5) Jon Shepard, 6) Mike Duncan, 7) Shawny Hazel

4-Cylinder Single-Cam Feature Results (15 laps): 1) Tim Meltz, 2) Joey Batho, 3) Joe Wolfe, 4) Dylan MacLeod, 5) Stephen Burka

4-Cylinder Combined Feature Results (15 laps): 1) Bradley Batho, 2) Gary Malloy, 3) James Guertin, 4) Tim Meltz, 5) Jason Peck, 6) Joey Batho, 7) Joe Wolfe, 8) Dylan MacLeod, 9) Mike Duncan, 10) Jon Shepard, 11) Stephen Burka, 12) Shawny Hazel


Canadian invader Cody McPherson made a six-hour trip from St. Catharines, Ont. to Devil’s Bowl Speedway and walked away with the $5,000 winner’s share from the 14th annual 100 lap, Northeast Crate Nationals on Sunday.

With 31 of the 48 cars entered taking the green for the feature, McPherson took the lead from Justin Comes on lap 35, turned back a tenacious attack from Tim LaDuc over the final 60 laps and won by a car length over the former track champion. Frankie Hoard III placed third with Tyler Jashembowski fourth and Brian Calabrese finished fifth. Kevin Chaffee, Bobby Hackel, Josh LeClaire and Jason Gray complete the top 10.



Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28

Sunoco Sportsman Modified Feature (100 laps) — 1. Cody McPherson, 2. Tim LaDuc, 3. Frank Hoard III, 4. Tyler Jashembowski, 5. Brian Calabrese, 6. Kevin Chaffee, 7. Justin Comes, 8. Bobby Hackel, 9. Josh LeClaire,10. Jason Gray, 11, Walter J. Hammond, 12. Jimmy Ryan, 13, Troy Audet, 14, Billy Lussier, 15. Dominic Roselli Jr., 16. Josh Masterson, 17. Dylan Rabtoy, 18. Adam Piper, 19. Tanner Siemons, 20. Neil Stratton, 21. Marty Kelly III, 22. Vince Quenneville, 23. Brian Whittemore, 24. James Hanson, 25. Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, 26. Gary Edwards III, 27. Tyler Corcoran, 28. Mike Fisher, 29. David Boisclair, 30. Brent Warren, 31. Anthony Warren.

Did Not Qualify: Walt Hammond Jr.; Matt Lashua; Austin Comes; Tyler Stevenson; Allan Hammond; Kyle Huntington; Ryan Christian; Wayne Stearns; Jason Bruno; Travis Witbeck; Bubba McPhee; Todd Buckwold; Evan Roberts; Ron Proctor; Tommy D’Angelo; Travis Billington; Mike Palmer.

Elmo’s Pit Stop Hard Charger Award: Kevin Chaffee (+10 positions)

Heat Winners: Tyler Jashembowski, Troy Audet, Frank Hoard III, Jimmy Ryan

Consi Winners: Tyler Corcoran, Mike Fisher

Sprint Cars of New England Feature (25 laps) — 1. Matt Tanner; 2. Floyd Billington; 3. Chris Donnelly; 4. Will Hull; 5. Chase Moran; 6. Jake Williams; 7. Lacey Hanson; 8. Kadyn Berry; 9. Nick Comeau; 10. Troy Comeau; 11. Ron Davis Jr; 12. Doug McPhail; 13. Mia Koponen; 14. Caleb Lamson; 15. Clay Dow; 16. Jason Goff.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature (30 laps) — 1. Daryl Gebo; 2. Kamden Duffy; 3. Freddie Little; 4. William Lussier Jr; 5. Katrina Bean; 6. A.J. Munger; 7. Gary English; 8. Anthony Ryan; 9. Jason Quenneville; 10. Steve Miller; 11. Randy Ryan; 12. Justin Lilly; 13. Bob Kilburn; 14. Hunter Nutter; 15. Alex Layn; 16. Timmy Aldrighetti; 17. Scott Towslee; 18. John Gosselin; 19. William Duprey.

Hoosier Daddy Racing Novice Sportsman Feature (20 laps) — 1. Michael Clark Jr.; 2. Derrick Counter; 3. Matt Wade; 4. Adam LaFountain; 5. Bobbi Jo Hults; 6. Aaron Clark; 7. Eric Shaw; 8. Ed Bell; 9. Tyler Travis; 10. Nick Austin-Neil; 11. Robert Gauthier; 12. Donald Williams; 13. Randy Edson; 14. Allen Hewitt; 15. Jason Kerr; 16. Boomer Patterson; 17. Holden Bass;

Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint Feature (15 laps) — 1. Ray Hanson; 2. Logan Denis; 3. Chayton Young; 4. Joe Kemp; 5. Kevin Smith; 6. John Smith; 7. Roger LaDuc; 8. John Carleton; 9. Chris Lennox; 10. Tommie Kasuba; 11. Aiden Benoure; 12. Raelin Dunham; 13. Gage Provencher.

Mini Stock A-Feature (20 laps) — 1. Brian Blake; 2. T.J. Knight; 3. Chase Allen; 4. Griff Mahoney; 5. Cody Dion; 6. Mark Mahoney; 7. Craig Kirby; 8. Jakobee Alger; 9. Chris Sumner; 10. Ronnie Alger; 11. Levi Cram; 12. Jarrod Colburn; 13. Adam Mahoney; 14. Austin McKirryher; 15. Jake Barrows; 16. Chris Conroy; 17. Clemmy Bell; 18. Tyler Bell; 19. Ryan Patch; 20. Jake Mallory; 21. Alton McCoy; 22. Adam Stewart; 23. Freddy Burch; 24. Scott Chandler.

Mechanic Race Winner: Kaleb MorseMini Stock B-Feature (10 laps) — 1. Luke Fellows; 2. Tom Severance; 3. Nick Melotti; 4. Cory Collins; 5. Justin Cook; 6. Damian Olden; 7. Carl LaPoint; 8. Chris Hewitt; 9. Tim Robinson; 10. Andrea Noble; 11. Michael Jerome; 12. Mary Gardner.

9th State Cannabis Crown Vic Feature (15 laps) — 1. Norm Morrill; 2. Rob Steele; 3. Jackson Ducharme; 4. Derek St. George. Mechanic Race Winner: Donnie Ducharme


Albany-Saratoga Speedway will host the 360 Empire Super Sprint cars (ESS) Friday as part of its regular race program with heat races for the modifieds, sportsmen and sprint cars only.

The Capital Region Sprint car Association (CRSA) 305 sprint cars Saturday along with a full regular race program on tap.

Utica-Rome Speedway will run its full regular race program Friday night with the addition of the Slingshot divisions.

Lebanon Valley Speedway will run the 11th Annual JC Flach Memorial race for the modified division along with its full regular race program.

By Steven Cook

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