For Immediate Release 6/14/17
RMC Raceway New Report Race #3 June 10, 2017
By Dean Ficarro
Mother Nature Finally lets us get a race finished
After a long wet month of May and also the first part of June, Mother nature finally lets RMC Raceway complete a race and what a race it was. Points race #3 originally scheduled for the weekend of June 3rd and 4th was unfortunately postponed due to rain. Officials made the call late Sunday morning when the rains moved in and were forced to reschedule the finish of the event for Saturday June 10th. The weather was beautiful and the track conditions were prime for some tight motorcycle drag racing and the tight racing it was. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Oley Valley and we were able to finally complete the program for points race #3.
RMC Raceway’s junior and senior youth classes have been putting on a great show this season. Racing is tight and the points are too! Samantha Bentley riding the #144 took home top honors this week in the junior youth division, remaining undefeated throughout the entire race, she was lighting on the tree and was very consistent in her runs which gave her the win for points race number 3. Coming in a close second was Madelyn Krause riding the #13M picking up her first top 3 of the season. Rounding out the top 3 in junior youth was Michael Himes Jr riding the Hines Racing #13. Senior youth was just as competitive as the junior class. Hayden Chrisman riding the #10H showed why he is one of the top contenders for the championship in Sr. Youth this year picking up his first win of 2017. Coming in a close second was Austin Miller of Miller Boy Racing riding the #219, Austin was fast all day and it won’t be long until he is in the winner’s circle. Rounding out the top 3 in Sr. youth was Emily Baloga riding the #73E. The Kids keep everyone on the edge of their seat and continue to put on an excellent show!
What a turn out there was for our ever popular E.T. Divisions which include Auto ET, Sportsman ET and Pro ET. These classes are by far our most popular racing divisions drawing in a lot of entries. These ET classes keep the racing tight and fair no matter what size bike your running, if you’re looking to get into racing these are the classes for you! Auto ET is ever growing and has more entries every race. This week’s top honors go to Ryden Christiansen Riding the #4H. Ryden was consistent and on his game for this race earning him his first win of 2017. Rounding out the top 3 was the Hines Racing #24N ridden by Nikki Hines coming in second and the #144 of Samantha Bentley picking up 3rd place. Sportsman ET say its first new winner for 2017, the #151 ridden by Ms. J. Roeder found the winners circle for the first time in her short career at RMC Raceway, Congratulations to her! Rounding out the top 3 in Sportsman ET was Eric Miller of Miller Boy Racing Riding the #33 coming in second and Kevin Barregarye of Black Widows Racing riding the #77 picks up a 3rd place finish.
Heads up Harley racing at RMC raceway has never been better. The fields are full and the Harleys are fast. Stock Pushrod Sportster saw a jump in bike count this week which made the racing action awesome. Anthony Navarro riding the 311S stole the win this week in pushrod sportster, he is the returning class champion and this race proved why, he was fast and unbeatable! Rounding out the top 3 in stock pushrod sportster was Tim Bosch riding the #95 coming in second and Michael Balch riding the #35 stole the last spot on the podium picking up a 3rd place finish. The American Classic Motors Pro Sportster Division again showed its true colors of being the most competitive sportster drag racing on the east coast. These sportsters fly running sub 6 second times at RMC raceway. Anthony Navarro riding the 311X stole the win for the first time in 2017 in the ACM Pro Sportster Division, congratulations! Finishing closely in 2nd was race #1 winner Travis Smith riding the #T100 and Andrew Cook riding the #000 picking up the 3rd place finish. Pro Street Push rod our big twin division was won by Randy Long riding the #88 followed closely by Joe Dowd and the #23 with Brad Reiss Jr. riding the #23 rounding out the top 3. We by far have the best and most exciting heads up Harley racing in the east, come check it out!
The modified divisions put on a heck of a Show this weekend! Junior Modified honors were taken home by Dylan Schaffer riding the #19, he was the guy to beat this weekend. Putting up consistent times and awesome reaction times as well. Coming in a close second was Steven Pencak riding the #98S, Steven is the returning champion from last season so keep an eye on him to make a run at a repeat! Rounding out the top three was Colbin Carpenter riding the #99C. This is Colbins first year racing junior modified for a full season and with the help of his racing family looks to be growing into a very good racer, keep an eye on Colbin as well. Senior Modified was taken home by last year’s points champion runner up Kyle Wrecsics and the #77K, Kyle is sporting a new ride for this season and has shaved a few tenths of his times and making a run at the championship. Taylor Heckman came in a close second riding the #26T, this is Taylors first year running senior modified so congrats to Taylor on her first top 3 of 2017. Third place was taken home by Jim Yost Jr. Jim is returning this year with points championship on the brain and is making a solid run at the 2017 senior modified class.
Super modified is shaping up once again to be the most exciting points races of 2017. Huge congratulations to this week’s winner Zack Pinter. Zack has been racing bikes at RMC Raceway for much of his childhood and has always been successful. He has raced in the super modified class for the last 3 seasons, including this one, without ever breaking into the top 3. Zack showed up this year with a DRF chassis and RPM shop power and took home his first career win in super modified. Zack was quick all day and made it through eliminations undefeated! Again huge congratulations to Zack on the solid win and hopes of many more to come! Returning points champion Dean “Shakey” Shakespeare and the #17 Suzuki had a rough start to the day losing his first or second race of the day putting him in the loser’s bracket. After making some adjustments Shakey fought his way through the loser’s bracket and made it into the finals to face Zack Pinter. Shakey knew Zack was on his game this week and attempted to take home the win at the starting line causing a red light for an early start which in turn gave the win to Zack. Shakey had to beat Zack twice in order to win for the day and he was not able to do so! Rounding out the top 3 in Super Modified was Troy Hartz Riding his #120 Kawasaki. Troy has been trying to find a path to the winner’s circle for a few seasons now and with his strong run this week it is only a matter of time until he does so, congratulations Troy on the great finish!
Pro Modified honors were taken home by Ashley Vanderslice riding the DRF #8A. Ashley didn’t hold anything back this race. She was quick and consistent and no one had a chance. She dominated pro mod this week and look forward to seeing if that domination can continue throughout the year! Coming in second was Michael Schneider riding his #1220 Hyabusa. Mike has been racing at RMC for quite some time now and should see the winners circle soon! Rounding out the top 3 was Scott Bowles riding his #360 Kawasaki. Scott is always a threat and not to be taken lightly or he will capitalize on your mistakes. Look forward to watching Scott race throughout 2017.
Finally, our fastest division of racing the Mike Beers Roofing and Siding Pro Open division had a great turn out! Ashley Vanderslice completed her sweep of the 2 fastest classes by taking home the win riding The DRF #8AA pro open machine. The bike was fast and hooked up which made it a little easier to capture the win in the pro open division. Rounding out the top 3 was John O’Conner riding his #410 Hyabusa, john was right there with Ashley all day but just couldn’t find that little extra something to overtake Ashley in the finals. Third place was Jonathan Liss Riding hi #35 Hyabusa, John has made some drastic improvements for 2017 and will likely take home a win before the season is over, keep an eye on him!
In closing, RMC Raceways thanks its racers, volunteers, and sponsors for their continued support! Come on out to the races and see this nail biting thrill ride we call RMC Raceway! Next race is slated for the weekend of June 24th and 25th with old school arm drop grudge racing on Saturday the 24th from 4-8. 20 dollars for 4 hours of racing, all bikes and 4wheelers welcome! Sunday the 25th will be our makeup event for points race #2, report to follow so stay tuned! Until next time stay safe and we will see you at the track!