DRIVER SAFETY: “Crash Pad” Paving Way To Safer Sprint Cars
Making stock car racing safer has been a hot button issue since Dale Earnhardt’s passing in 2001. Great strides have been made in that area. The past couple of seasons have seen events that have now led to similar discussions about improving safety in sprint cars. Continue...
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Congratulations to Darryl Ruggles scoring his 8th win and claiming the 2013 CMP 305 Championship
Freisen Wins Cole Cup
At the 1st Annual $7000-to-Win Cole Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway for 360 Sprints, it was 4 of the top 5 in MEM Eagles. Stewart Freisen in the Doug Emery owned and prepared 33 got the win passing Steve Poirier coming out of 4 to claim the win. Poirier was Second with Shawn Donath rounding out a great podium run coming from 13th. Cory Sparks finished 5th.
Ward Jr. Takes His Eagle to Victory Lane
Kevin Ward Jr. Picks up first "A" main win of 2013 in his new Eagle from MEM at Autodrome Granby Friday May 31st. Steve Poirier started on the outside of the font row and looked to have the win sealed up when young Kevin Ward Jr. started closing in at a rapid pace. Ward continued the chase until he saw an opening on the bottom of turn 3 with a handful of laps remaining and made his move.
At Canandaigua Motorsports Park in the 305 Sprints, Daryl Ruggles won his third in a row at CMP as the division points leader took the lead from his daughter Alysha on lap seven and was never headed for the remainder of the event. “It was awesome to race with her,” Darryl said afterwards. “I thought she was a touch faster on the one restart.” "I saw the 99 move to second on the leader board and knew I had to go" Alysha finished a solid 3rd with MEM customers and Eagle chauffeurs Dan Kuhn getting an 8th and Nick Cooper finishing a disappointing 11th due to a flat right rear after making his way to 3rd in the main.
MEM / Eagle Customer Continue Winning Ways in Month of May
At Canandaigua Motorsports Park the Father-Daughter combination of Daryl and Alysha have been on fire each picking up Heat wins and then going on to have Alysha pull out to a big lead in the "A" main up until the 8th lap when a restart resulted in her Dad moving to the outside to go by for the win making it an all Ruggles top two! Nick Cooper brought home his Eagle in 9th with Dan Kuhn placing 11th.
the field unfortunately had some issues to deal with as Steve Poirier, Mike Parent, & Shawn Donath made the "A" with Partick Vigneault was a DNQ.
May 25 Weekend
Ruggles doubles up with back to back wins at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Daryl Ruggles had a strong showing in his heat to finish 2nd with young Alysha finding the turn 2 wall and tipping her Eagle over. Repairs were made and she would go on to get into the "A" main but would have an early exit. Daryl was strong and had to start from the middle of the pack due to handicapping. As the laps started to tick off he was making fast work of moving to the front. With 5 in the books he was already in the top 5, on lap 14 he made his move on David Ferguson and never looked back pulling out to a very sizable lead to cruse to his second win in a row.
On the CRSA RaceSaver Tour the MEM / Eagle customers had what you would call a good and bad weekend. The end results didn't show how strong they all were but through the night teams took notice of the Eagle Chassis competitors. The Art Kiser Owned team with son Mike at the controls took the win with Dad directly behind him. That however was not the story as coming to the white flag it was a four way battle for the top spot as Parker Evans in his new Eagle was
making his move and got caught up in a lap car spinning in front of the leaders which took both Parker and Jordan Thomas out of competition. Parker commented, the win was within our sights and I just cant seem to catch a break with the luck deal". Evans did pick up a heat race win along with Mike Kiser and Jordan Thomas.
The Eagle Chassis customers continue to have strong showings in the Northeast over last weekend. Whether in a 305 RaceSaver program or a PST 360 program, the Eagle Chassis continues to run to the front. This past weekend, Nick
Cooper put his new Eagle Chassis at the front of the field picking up his first "A" Main of the season at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after dominating his heat race as well. It was not an easy task in the "A" as young Dan Kuhn piloting his Eagle had the field covered for the first 15 rounds until the RR started to go away. Dan finished a fine 4th with local pilot Darryl Ruggles rounding out the top five in his Eagle Chassis with his daughter Alysha finishing another fine run in 8th.
The Patriot Sprint Tour was on the High Banks of Woodhull Raceway and Eagle Pilot Shawn Donath made the most of his first ever trip to the facility. Donath wheeled his mount to a heat win and followed it up with a strong 2nd place finish on the rear bumper of the MEM supported 51 of Bryan Howland. Donath actually led lap 19 in the tightly contested "A" main. Also with strong showings in the heats were Eagle Chauffeurs Cory Sparks picking up heat race 3 and Kevin Ward Jr. a tight 2nd to Sparks. In the "A" main, Sparks was just outside the top 5-finishing 6th as Ward Jr. experienced a mechanical issue with a shock and retired late in the running after staying consistently near the top five. Other MEM Eagle customers making their debut on the Patriot Sprint Tour were Parker Evans in his new 2013 Eagle and Young Tyler Graves in his pretty 25G.
360 Sprint Car Racing kicked off in the Northeast finally with the Empire Super Sprints holding an event at the CanAM Motorsports Park. Steve Poirier picked up right where he left off in 2012 when he dominated his heat race and backed it up with the win in the A-Main as well. The MEM / Eagle customers had 3 of the top 4 and 5 of the top 10 finish positions on the night. Kevin Ward Jr. aboard his brand new Eagle came from 12th to finish 3rd and Mike Parent was solid all night long coming home 4th. Shawn Donath aboard the Pete Lewendowski wrenched machine overcame some minor mechanical issues in the heat to advance from the back of the B-main to the last spot into the A-main. From there Donath put on a driving clinic moving from 24th to 9th. Cory Sparks had a decent night rounding out the top ten. Martin Roy in his maiden voyage aboard his new Eagle finished a very respectable 15th. Doug Emery, Patrick Vigneault, and Clint Ide had first night issues and did not make the main event with 38 cars signed into the pit area.
On Saturday the 27th the Patriot Sprint Tour Canada swung into action at the Merrittville Speedway. A solid field of 28 cars were on had for a great night of racing action. As was the case on Friday night Steve Poirier came away with the win in both his heat race and the A-main . It was no cake walk with challenges coming from 4 drivers getting along side thought out the event. Mike Parent had another solid night with a 2nd in his heat and a 6th place A-main run. Kevin Ward missed it a bit in the heat race and had to come from the B-mail He made the best of the night charging through he pack from 20th to finish 8th. Patrick Vigneault and Martin Roy worked hard all night long to overcome some mechanical woes and ended up with a 20th & 21st place finish respectively.
In 305 action, MEM Eagle Customer were out in force on the CRSA Tour and at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. On the CRSA Tour Cory Sparks had a nice 3rd place run along with Parker Evans in his brand new Eagle Mount finishing 5th. Mike Kiser won his heat race but got turned over on lap one of the A-main. Art Kiser held the lead in the A-main until motor issues sidelined him. Doug Crews in his first ever event was happy with his 18th place run in the A-main. At CMP the Father-Daughter team of Darryl and Alysha Ruggles once again had strong showings. Darryl picked up his heat win and finished in 3rd in the A-main. Alysha continues to acclimate nicely to the full size sprint and came home with a nice top five finish. Nick Cooper put together a 3rd in the heat and a top 10 in the A-mail with Dan Kuhn getting his first A-main in with a fine 9th place finish.