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June 25, 2014

Newest division in the spotlight

Economods race in special event Friday at Raceway 7

MONROE TOWNSHIP — Raceway 7’s newest division, the Zimmer Service Center Economods, first run in 2011, will be in the spotlight Friday when the growing class will race for a $500 winner’s purse.

Steve Burns, with two wins this season, leads the points chase by 34-points over Josh Mueller, who won his first feature on June 13 and has had several top finishes. Josh Ferry, who won his first ever feature on May 23, then backed it up with another win the following week, currently rides third in the standings, a scant six markers back of Mueller.

Last week saw Rick Prosser, a standout Street Stock and EMod pilot from the 1990s, win his first since 1997. Prosser just returned to Raceway 7 at the end of May and has become a threat to win every week.

In Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models action Chad Wright, a winner twice this season, including last week, leads the standings in his effort to repeat his first championship. Wright holds a 24-point edge over Matt Latta, who collected his first Raceway 7 feature win June 6. Another 22 points back is Darrell Bossard, a winner on May 30 for the first time in Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models competition.

On the strength of two feature wins, Gary Eicher leads the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods point standings over Dan McDonald by a comfortable 69-point margin. McDonald has not won a feature event since taking over track operations at the start of the 2010 season. Another four points back of McDonald is defending champion Joel Watson.

The Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks points Chase is currently very close with defending champion Chris Withers holding a seven point lead over Jimmy Kennerknecht. Former champion Ed Bolyard, a winner twice this summer, is only another four points behind Kennerknecht.

Dale Fraschetti, a first time winner this year, leads the Specialty Products Mini Stocks championship Chase by only four points over 2012 champion Bud Sergeff. Third place is a tie between Carlos Aponte and defending champion Brad Cole, both with wins this summer. Jason Easler, tied for the lead only a week ago, fell all the way to fifth in the standings but is only 18 points out of the lead in this closest of races.

Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30, with pill draw cutoff at 7 and racing at 7:30. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults for regular events, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information, visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after noon at 594-2222.

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