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June 23, 2014

Autograph Night a hit at Raceway 7

Wright, Eicher, Prosser, Withers and Aponte all record victories

MONROE TOWNSHIP — It was the yearly autograph night at Raceway 7 with all cars and drivers on the front straight at intermission with candy, photos, and drawings sponsored by drivers and teams.

Former champions Chad Wright, Rick Prosser, Chris Withers, and Carlos Aponte all won features. The only feature won by a non-former champion was the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods and that was won by the current points leader, Gary Eicher.

After the front straight festivities, Dylan Goodman and Dale Fraschetti brought the Specialty Products Mini Stocks feature to the green. Fraschetti, looking for his second-ever feature win, led lap one with former champion Bud Sergeff coming to second. Before lap two could finish, debris brought caution over the raceway.

After green Fraschetti’s Dodge Daytona again led Sergeff’s Monte Carlo but caution again flew after just one more lap when Kyle Adkins slammed the wall out of turn four. Adkins was uninjured but the car needed towed from the track.

On green the field only got to turn one when John Boyd got into the retaining wall. At halfway, Fraschetti led Sergeff, Carlos Aponte, Goodman, and Jason Easler. At eight laps into the event Sergeff was leading at the line but then went wide in turn two allowing both Aponte and Fraschetti to get by. At nine laps complete Fraschetti was leading when caution was again displayed, again for debris. Aponte got the lead coming out of two and then Sergeff got by Fraschetti at the end of the lap.

Fraschetti later reported that parts in the steering malfunctioned with two laps remaining, making the car extremely difficult to drive. Aponte went on to his third win of the season over Sergeff, Fraschetti, Goodman, and Brad Cole.

Eric Reinwald and Rick Prosser brought the Zimmer Service Center Economods to the green with Reinwald leading lap one but Prosser coming to the lead in lap two. After a caution after lap two for a minor spin, three cars got together coming to green, again slowing the field. Prosser again led with Brandon Blackshear coming to second and Steve Burns third.

At five laps, in Kyle Fellows got into the turn one fence, again slowing the field. Prosser, Blackshear, and Burns raced three abreast for the lead on the green but yellow again flew after only one lap of green flag racing. Prosser then opened a lead over Blackshear but Blackshear closed back in at lap eleven. After lapped traffic was cleared the former Street Stock and E-Mod champion again opened his lead and went on to his first win since 1997. Following Prosser to the line were Blackshear, Burns, Josh Ferry and Russ Kapalin.

Khole Wanzer and defending champion Chad Wright led the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models field to the green with Wright leading from the drop of the green. Dennis Lunger was second at the end of lap one with Kyle Zimmerman third after another lap.

On lap six, Lunger got wide in turn two, collecting the wall on the process. Wright brought the field back to green with Zimmerman and Matt Latta right behind. At halfway, caution again slowed the event for a single car spin. Wright, the current points leader, went on to the win after a last lap caution when Wanzer looped it in turn two. Latta got by Zimmerman for second with last week’s winner Dave Airgood fourth and Billy Henry fifth.

Points leader Gary Eicher and track promotor Dan McDonald brought the E-Mod field to the green flag with Eicher, looking for his second win of the season, leading the way. Percy McDonald came by Dan McDonald for second at the restart then to the lead when Eicher got wide in turn two but caution flew, negating the passes and putting Eicher back in front for the restart.

By four laps in when caution flew for Amanda Stiffler in the front straight wall, reigning champion Joel Watson was up to second. At a restart after caution in lap nine Watson got into Eicher on the start, damaging his own right-front wheel and falling out of the event. Russ Dunn got to second after the green again waved but Eicher was speeding off to his second win of the season. Dan McDonald got back by Dunn after a restart but was back to third are another restart late in the event. Dunn wound up second, Dan McDonald third, Kenny Zimmer fourth, with Percy McDonald fifth.

Reigning champion Chris Withers started from the pole with Jimmy Kennerknecht on the outside of the Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks feature. Withers led the distance for his third win of the year over Kennerknecht, Kenny Lamp, Ed Bolyard, and Shaun Fawcett. The race ran green to checkers, no cautions.

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