Auto Racing: Jochum Wins at WVMP
The third annual Ernie Godshalk Memorial saw a very nice turnout of competitors Saturday, Aug. 20, as the event was held for the first time at Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park (WVMP) in Homets Ferry.
Godshalk was an avid race fan and a huge part of the Toyshop Racing 6c team. He was a friend to all the race teams and liked everything from karts to NASCAR.
He attended WVMP whenever the 6c team was there for a race and always enjoyed himself.
Godshalk also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
In March of 2008, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer. The doctors said it was treatable, and he began treatment. He had some ups and downs over the next few months, but the whole time, he was in good spirits and looking forward to being able to come back to the tracks he loved to attend. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread very aggressively, and he lost his battle in October of 2008.
The event offered added bonuses to the Microsprint, Slingshot and Stage One Modified divisions as well as larger trophies to the winners of the other divisions.
This was all made possible through the efforts of Godshalk’s daughter, Wendi Godshalk, and John Coon of Toyshop Racing and with the support of event sponsors RTS Chassis, Smith Fabrications, Hammer Down Dyno Service, Elite Pool Service and Gouldin & McCarthy, LLC.
Twenty-one 600 Microsprints were on hand Saturday.
Dustin Jochum took the win in a very impressive drive. Bob Azarowicz, Austin Ely, Jordan Tittle and Jason VanDoren rounded out the top five.
The Skeetz Engines 270's found Cody Hauck standing in victory lane. Jarrod Kunkle scored an impressive second in his first WVMP visit after starting 15th. Jordan Tittle, Jacob Hendershot, and Austin Bishop completed the top five. There were 21 entries in this division as well.
The Uliana Race Products Hard Charger Awards went to Kunkle in the 270's (+13) and Eddie Strada in the 600's (+4).
The RTS "Hard Luck Awards" went to Gene Beadle in the 270's, who dropped out on lap one with crash damage, and to Butch Tittle in the 600's, who also got caught up in an incident that ended his night.
A season high seven Stage One Mods were on hand, with Joel Smith taking the win over Kyle Strohl, Brad Arnold, Matt Mattern, Jr. and Jim Johnston.
Nick Molyneux and Dalton Maynard put on a great battle for the lead all race long in the All-Star Slingshots. Business really picked up when the drivers were given the two to go signal. A slip by the Molyneux car allowed Maynard to slide past as they took the white flag. Molyneux tried a crossover move, getting his nose under Maynard in turn two. Contact got the leaders out of shape, and though they both did a great job of regaining control, this allowed Dustin Fassett to close the gap and enter the mix. At the checkers it was Molyneux claiming his first ever feature win, ahead of Fassett, Maynard, Brad Crouse and Aaron Henneforth.
Alex Shaffer scored another Jr. Slingshot win ahead of Jared Zionkowski, Kamdin Maby, Abbey Price and Skylar Middendorf. Middendorf held the early lead, but mechanical issues saw him lose several laps before rejoining the race.
Moore's Auto/RV Sales adult kart divisions saw Steve Potochney put another notch in his belt, defeating Wayne Miller in the Animal division.
Bryan Miller held on for the Flathead win over Cal Snyder, who was on the charge after starting in the rear. Mike Ely, Scott Lamphere and Gary Labar filled the top five.
A season high seven Stock Appearing Clones witnessed Rob Bahr taking the win over Tyler Chapman, Scott Lamphere, Derek Chapman and Wayne Miller.
Sportsmen competition saw a great duel between Kyle Traver and Nick Funk, with Funk coming out on top. Traver, Scott Lamphere, Doug Lantz and Rodney McConnell graced the top five.
Ryan Funk ended Keith Lamphere's recent win streak in Sportskids, with Lamphere, a steadily improving Kelsey Pierce, Jaye Winemiller and Lucas Bahr in the top five.
Matt Addonna won Novice Blue, while Jacob Doyle, Kara Chapman, Dom Rogers and Seth Anderson gave chase in the top 5.
Destiny Powell won Rookie Purple honors over Cody Kershner, Doug Newbigging, Connor Davis and Craig Smith.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, WVMP will run under an altered format and with a one hour earlier start time as it hosts the Susquehanna Valley Speed Shop Northern Tier Nationals.
Gates will open at 2:30 p.m., with kart practice taking place at 3:30 p.m. Kart racing will begin at 4:30, with the entire kart program being run. The Slingshots and Microsprints will not hit the track for practice until 6:30, with the four small car divisions' program beginning at 7:15.
It is likely that this will be WVMP's biggest Microsprint event as several 270 and 600 drivers have already pre-registered. The interest may be because it will have the highest payout ever offered by WVMP, along with many added awards from Competition Suspension, Aero Wings, RTS Chassis, Lias Tire, Keizer Wheels, Saldana Racing Products, Skeetz Engines, SPL Lubes, SAF Chassis, Busted Grafix and Graphix By Billy.
Shangri-La II Speedway
At Tioga Center, NY, on Aug. 20, T.J. Zacharias won the Sportsman feature over Tony Hanbury and Matt Kurzejewski.
Joe Brown took the Late Model checkers ahead of Josh Lloyd and Dave Schneider.
Lee Sharpsteen won the Street Stock feature. Gil Sharpsteen was second, followed by Jeff Goodwin.
Five Mile Point Speedway
At Kirkwood, NY, on Aug. 20, Chad Cook and Stewart Friesen split Twin-20 Modified features.
Friesen led Scott Brady and Dan Creeden to the line in the first race.
Cook scored his first Five Mile Point win, holding off Shaun Walker and Friesen in the second feature.
Jerry Tonti won the Sportsman feature, ahead of Jeff Crambo and Mike Austin.
Jeff Hayes held off Dave Simms and Andy Brigham in the Lightning Cat Expert finale.
Josh Wilbur won the Lightning Cat Novice feature over Scott Heeman and Tucker Harpell.
Leigh Fuller was the A League of Their Own winner. Wendy Elliott and Nichole Bausenwein completed the top three.