2012 News


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Mike Mahaney Grabs Top Prize at Fonda!

By JAMES A. ELLIS (sports@leaderherald.com) , The Leader Herald

FONDA – At the beginning of the 2012 racing season at Fonda Speedway, only a few fans knew who Mike Mahaney was when he captured the season-opening 40-lap $4,000-to-win Ice Jam.

Mahaney reintroduced himself to Fonda fans Sunday as he held off a late-race charge from Ronnie Johnson to pick up the victory in the season-ending 112-lap, $12,000-to-win Tribute to Champions race honoring Jumpin’ Jack Johnson.

“Definitely the biggest win of my career,” Mahaney said in Victory Lane. “I never thought it would happen. Something like $12,000 to win tonight in honor of Jack Johnson who was an amazing driver, it is incredible. The way this season started and ended, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Mike Mahaney, center, celebrates in Victory Lane with runner-up Ronnie Johnon, left, and third-place finisher Brett Hearn after winning the $12,000-to-win, 112-lap feature Sunday at Fonda Speedway.

The race was the feature event of the two-day 60th Anniversary Tribute to Champions weekend.

Saturday’s race program was rained out after qualifying, pushing the feature events, including the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints championship race and a 40-lap, $4,000-to-win modified event, to be run Sunday before the regularly scheduled race card.

Danny Johnson picked up the victory over Matt Sheppard and Brett Hearn in the heldover modified main, while Mark Mortensen won the held over 602 sportsman feature and Reuben Kennedy Jr. held off Paul Mulrain and Bill Duprey for the street stock feature win.

In the 25-lap ESS championship event, Lance Yonge turned back Justin Barger and Jessica Zemken to pick up the victory but it was not enough points to catch Chuck Hebing who locked up the 2012 Lucas Oil ESS championship.

Rocky Warner took home the regularly scheduled 30-lap 602 sportsman victory, while Pete Broderson beat out Kenny Martin and Tom Denton for the 30-lap pro stock feature win.

By virtue of a redraw for starting position in the 60th Anniversary Tribute to Champions race, Mahaney and Jeremy Wilder made up the front row with Matt DeLorenzo and Jimmy Davis making up the second row of the 26-car modified starting grid.

Mahaney took the lead at the drop of the green, but his lead was short-lived as Davis powered to the front on lap two, leaving Mahaney to battle with DeLorenzo and Wilder for the second spot.

DeLorenzo made his way past Mahaney on lap 13 and steadily cut into Davis’ lead as the leaders made their way through lapped traffic.

The first caution of the race came on lap 22 when Warner, driving Stewart Friesen’s backup car, slowed on the backstretch.

On the restart, Friesen, who was running fifth after starting ninth, was crossed up and hit an inside barrier entering turn three. Friesen made several short pit stops after the wreck before retiring from the race.

With Friesen’s wreck, the top 10 shuffled behind Davis. DeLorenzo, Mahaney, and Wilder completed the top four with Ronnie Johnson moving up to fifth, followed by A.J. Romano, Hearn, Billy Decker, Pat Ward and JaMike Sowle.

With a clear track, Davis held his lead, while Mahaney got back around DeLorenzo on the restart and Johnson, Hearn and Romano all got past Wilder.

DeLorenzo moved back into second on lap 38 and went to work on Davis’ lead.

After catching Davis, DeLorenzo dove under Davis between turns three and four to lead lap 50.

As the leaders entered turn one side-by-side, Davis made contact with DeLorenzo’s right front wheel, sending both drivers spinning into the wall and out of the race.

Mahaney was in position to inherit the lead, while Johnson moved up to second followed by Hearn, Romano and Decker.

Hearn found a way past Johnson on lap 58 and began pressuring the young driver from King Ferry.

Mahaney withstood the pressure, as Hearn also had to deal with Johnson.

Johnson moved up the slick track in turn one on lap 78 in an attempt to get around Hearn but could not make the car stick. He was able to get back into the racing groove before Romano could shut the door.

Johnson finally got around Hearn when he left the low side open exiting turn two on lap 99.

Johnson quickly ran down Mahaney and was on his back bumper with 10 laps remaining.

Mahaney held his lead as Johnson looked for a way past but ran out of time as the checkers fell over Mahaney’s hood for his second career feature win at the Track of Champions.

“I have a lot of respect for Ronnie. He is a great guy to race with,” Mahaney said. “He gave me a couple of taps to let me know he was there and to go faster.”

Hearn held on to third over Romano and Decker. Jeff Trombley finished, sixth followed by Ward, Wilder, Bobby Varin and Danny Johnson.

Modified Feature

60th Anniversary Tribute to Champions

honoring Jumpin Jack Johnson

112 laps

1. MIKE MAHANEY, 2. Ronnie Johnson, 3. Brett Hearn, 4. A.J. Romano, 5. Billy Decker, 6. Jeff Trombley, 7. Pat Ward, 8. Jeremy Wilder, 9. Bobby Varin, 10. Danny Johnson, 11. Josh Hohenforst, 12. Matt Sheppard, 13. Ryan Odasz, 14. Jeff Rockefeller, 15. Mike Ward, 16. Aaron Jacobs, 17. Don Ronca, 18. Stewart Friesen, 19. Elmo Reckner, 20. Rocky Warner, 21. JaMike Sowle, 22. Danny Varin, 23. Matt DeLorenzo, 24. Jim Davis, 25. Alan Johnson, 26. Mark Kislowski.

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Mike Mahaney Rides The Cushion To A Fulton Speedway Modified Win; Billy Decker, Jordan Bennett, Larry Wight, Kyle Fink, Skip DeGroff Crowned Champions

FULTON, NY - September 1, 2012 (By Dave Medler) - The old racing saying, "High-Wide And Handsome" applied to Mike Mahaney Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway. Mahaney back behind the wheel of his family owned Big Blocked Modified  took the lead on lap 7, and then held off 2012 Track Champion Billy Decker, riding the cushion on a wicked fast surface. For Mahaney , it was his second win of the 2012 season. What made then win even more special, it was the first time his mom was ever in victory with her son in the Big Block Modifieds.

Other winners on the final points night were,Tim Schneider, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Sean Beardsley, NAPA Late Models, Gary Hoppins, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Skip DeGroff, Part Plus Four Cylinder Stocks.

Chris Hile out ran Joe August Jr. and the rest of the starting field to lead the early going of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.

With 5 laps complete, Hile and Mike Mahaney were in a two-car breakaway at the front of the field, behind the top-two, Mike Bowman, August and Friday nights Brewerton winner Matt Hulsizer battled for third through fifth.

A yellow would fly on lap-6 to tighten the field up. On the restart, Mahaney shot to the bottom and drove by Hile to be scored the new leader on lap 7.

By lap 10, Mahaney was rim-riding the cushion to a half a straightaway lead over Hile. Behind the top-two, Bowman, Chuck Bower and Billy Decker were in a close battle for top-five spots.

With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Mahaney was still running the cushion as he started putting lapped cars between himself and Hile. Bowman, Decker and Bower still showed in the top-five.

On lap 20, Mahaney was still on rails, as he opened a four-second lead on the field. Hile and Decker  were in a hot fight for second and third with Bower and Bowman fourth and fifth.

With 10 laps to go and no yellows, Mahaney was in another zip code out front. Decker had moved to second as he tried to find a way to cut into Mahaney's lead.

On lap 30, a yellow would fly that mahaney didn't want to see that erased the lead he had built-up. This setup a five lap shootout with Decker.

Over the remaining laps Mahaney and Decker would run nose to tail and side by side. Mahaney was not going to be denied the win as he beat Decker to the checkers by 0.345 of a second. Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps and Chris Hile rounded out the top-five. Pat Ward, Mike Bowman, Joe August Jr. Tom Sears Jr. and Matt Hulsizer completed the top-ten.


"That was a fun a race track right there. That's about as fast as you're going to go around the speedway. Holy Cow was there bite in this race track." said a tired but excited Mike Mahaney  after rim-riding his Shop-Crane/ Aloi-Materials Handling/Northern Biodiesel/No.33 to victory lane.

.Mahaney talked about what went through his head and how he held off Decker for his second win of the year on the "High Banks."

"Billy Decker scared the crap out of me. He was coming on the inside. I worked really hard, I just think the outside-groove  was a little better and I had the momentum. This race car was awesome, I can't believe it. This (2012 season) has been such a wild ride, I can't wait for it to keep going."

Tim Schneider took the lead on a lap 3 in the early going of the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature as he looked to run away and hide from the rest of the field.

At the halfway point, Schneider opened a decent lead as Greg Kimball, Nick Krause, Greg Mrzywka and Beth Schneider  looked for a way to run Schneider down.

Over the last 5 laps Schneider and Mrzywka were the show out front as Schneider edged Mrzywka out  at the finish by 0.382 of a second at the checkers. Greg Kimball, Jeremy Pitcher and Beth Schneider finished third through fifth.

Jordan Bennett was crowned with his first ever SUNY Canton Sportsman Track Championship.

Sean Beardsley was the class of the field in the 20 lap NAPA Late Model feature picking up his second win of the year. Beardsley took the lead on lap 2 and then held off Track Champion Larry Wight for the popular win. Alan Fink, Rick Miller and AJ Kingsley finished third through fifth.

After a season full of top-five finishes, and coming close to victory lane, Gary Hoppins finally got that first ever win in the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman. Hoppins took the lead from Hilary Ward who led the opening 5 laps. Once in the lead Hoppins out ran 2012 Track Champion Kyle Fink for the win. Chris Hulsizer, Corey Barker and Dan Keyes finished third through fifth.

Skip DeGroff put an exclamation point on a successful 2012 season. Not only did he win the Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stock feature, he also won the 2012 Track Championship. Matt Dawson, Eric M Zirbel, Mark Johnston and Blake Fisher chased DeGroff across the line.

Now the fans, race teams and Fulton Speedway staff are gearing up for one the most prestigious races in the entire Northeast,  27th Annual Sunoco Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend will take place Friday and Saturday, September 28-29.

Get all the hassles of standing in line for tickets, pit passes and camping permits out of the way now. Just go to www.fultonspeedway.com . Once there click on the Outlaw 200 tab at the top of the page, there you will find everything you will need. If you don't want to order online there is a printable order form that you can fill out and mail in.

Any questions about the Outlaw 200 weekend please contact Cory Reed at cory@fultonspeedway.com or call 315-593-6531.

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) - MIKE MAHANEY, Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Chris Hile, Pat Ward, Mike Bowman, Joe August Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Tom Kinsella, Dan Vauter, Larry Wight, Chad Phelps, Brian Murphy, Matt Fink, John Juhl Jr., Roy Shields, John Behron, Jim Witko Jr., Tim Sears Jr., Johnny Hill, Todd Milton.

(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) - TIM SCHNEIDER, Greg Mrzywka, Greg Kimball, Jeremy Pitcher, Beth Schneider, Scott Ford, Tom Juhl, Matt Emmons, Katelyn Kane, Ron Davis III, Andrew Ferguson, Jordan Bennett, Dave Emmons, Jason Occhino, Tony Finch II, Jim Spano, Rick Rogala, Rocky Grosso, Nick Krause, Tim Murphy, Justin Lindsey, Kris VanNorstrand, Justin Crisafulli, Rocco Leone, Tim Harris.

(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) - SEAN BEARDSLEY, Larry Wight, Alan Fink, Rick Miller, AJ Kingsley, Dave Talbot, Brandon Kidd, Rob Mason, Mike Trapp, Billy Eisele, Harry Halliday, Shayne Tenace, Dustin Hanlon, Art Halliday, Mike Vaughn, Laslow Hollyfield.

(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) - GARY HOPPINS, Kyle Fink, Chris Hulsizer, Corey Barker, Dan Keyes, Kevin VanNorstrand, Brandon Ford, Hilary Ward, Bailey Groves, Carl Warren, Nick Rupert, Taylor Lamb.

(PARTS PLUS FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 12 LAPS) - SKIP DEGROFF, Matt Dawson. Eric M Zirbel, Mark Johnston, Blake Fisher, John West, David Baker, Sam Curcie, Irene Skillinski, Colby Herzog, Jim Graham.

2012 TRACK CHAMPIONS

TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS - BILLY DECKER.

SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN - JORDAN BENNETT.

NAPA LATE MODELS - LARRY WIGHT.

E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN - KYLE FINK.

PARTS PLUS FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS - SKIP DEGROFF.


©2012 Photo By Mary Beth Mahaney

July 11, 2012 - Mike on Dougs Dirt Diary


©2012 Photo By Mike Johnson

July 7, 2012 - Fulton Speedway - Feature Win #4 Of 2012!!!

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) - MIKE MAHANEY, Tom Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Pat Ward Chuck Bower, Mike Bowman, Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps, Roy Bresnahan, Tim Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Chad Phelps, Tim Harris, Chris Hile, Dan Vauter, Shane Donath, Todd Milton, Jim Witko Jr., Matt Fink.

June 30, 2012 - Fulton Speedway

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) - BILLY DECKER, Matt Fink, Larry Wight, Tim Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Tom Sears Jr., Mike Mahaney, Ryan Phelps, Chad Phelps, Mike Bowman, Chuck Bower, Jim Witko Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Shane Donath, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August Jr., Tim Harris, Chris Hile, Steve Hulsizer, Todd Milton, Fran Hilton, DNS Dan Vauter.


June 29, 2012 - 2nd Place Finish For Mike Mahaney

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) - DAN VAUTER, Mike Mahaney, Rich Scagliotta, Larry Wight, Billy Decker, Mike Bowman, Matt Fink, Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson, Ryan Phelps, Matt Hulsizer, Jimmy Phelps, Chad Phelps, Chuck Bower, Peter Britten, Pat Ward, Robbie Bellinger, Tony Steiner, Roy Bresnahan, Jim Witko Jr., Willy Decker, Tim Sears Jr., Steve Hulsiizer, Chris Hile, Ryan Bartlett.


©2012 Photo By Mary Beth Mahaney

June 29, 2012 - Mike on Dougs Dirt Diary



©2012 Bill McGaffin Photo

Wednesday, June 27 - RoC Modified

Race Of Champions Modified Feature 60 Laps:
Mike Mahaney, Jimmy Horton, Stewart Friesen, Pat Ward, Danny Johnson, Rich Ricci Jr., Billy Van Pelt, Mike Colsten, Dana Wagner, Chad Phelps, Kevin Bates, Dan Creeden, Jimmy Phelps, Justin Holland, Ryan Godown, Chris Stull, Tyler Siri, Mike Ricci, Billy Decker, Jim Gabriel Jr., Mitch Gibbs, Mike Clapperton, Bobby Trapper Jr., Matt Latwinski, Brian Weaver, Shaun Walker, Don Hart Jr., Matt Sheppard

©2012 Photo By Mary Beth Mahaney

June 21, 2012 - Mike on Dougs Dirt Diary



Mike Mahaney!
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June 20, 2012 - Official Word, Co-Winners at Can-Am!

There was some controversy regarding last night’s feature, and the track is doing the best they can to rectify the situation. Mike Mahaney received 1st place money last night and will keep that, but the official win is now being given to Billy Dunn. Mahaney had a tire that failed post race tech and therefore will not get the win. Billy Dunn, who received second place money will receive an additional amount to match the winner’s share.

Also, Tim Fuller, the professional racer that he is contacted the track today. He scaled his car after the race and confirmed that in fact his scales said exactly the same thing that Can Am’s scales had said. He was 50 pounds light.

Results from SUNY Canton Shootout Event – June 20, 2012

SUNY Canton Big Block/Small Block Shootout (45 Laps)- Mike Mahaney, Billy Dunn, Justin Haers, Robby Bellinger, Larry Wight, Gary Tompkins, Dale Planck, Jeremy Wilder, Zach Aubertine, Justin Wright, Mike Adderly, Christine Martin, Larry Welling, Ryan Phelps, Jordan McCreadie, Steve Hulsizer, Randy Chrysler, Jason Potter, Ryan Bartlett, Adam Roberts, Willy Decker, Brandon Sweet, Kevin Gamble, Matt Sheppard, Tim Fuller, Chris Raabe – DNQ: Tyler Siri, Preston Forbes, Luke Stewart, Tim Kerr, Lance Willix, Tyler Bartlett

Heat Winners: Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Gary Tompkins, Mike Mahaney

Modified Consi’s- Jeremy Wilder, Brandon Sweet

Sportsman (25 Laps)- Josh Van Brocklin, Dale Caswell, Brandon Hagan, Taylor Caprara, Kevin Ridley, Rick McCready, Beth Schneider, Doug Buzzell Jr., Jeremy Pitcher, Justin Thompson, Chris Thurston, Anthony Stockman, Michael Prentice, Tony Finch, Brad Winters (DNS), Nick Guererri (DNS)

Heat Winners: Brandon Hagan, Josh Van Brocklin

Pro Street (20 Laps) – Sid Harmer Sr., Kevin Smith, Rick Dusckas, Mike Allen, Rocky Warner, Sid Harmer Jr., Mike White, Kenny Hamm, Justin White, Glenn Forward, Jeff Bannister, Jason Gilmore, Steven Gilmore, Shawn Kirby, Milt Combs, Jerod Radley, Mike Durham, David Rogers, Scott Smith

Heat Winner: Glenn Forward, Sid Harmer Sr., Jeff Bannister

Thunder Cars (15 Laps) – JR Durham, John Stanley, OJ White, Josh Verne, Larry Tefft, Chuck Monica, Jock Symonds, Shane Ray, Bob Tefft, Don Woodworth, Kenneth Kampnich, Ray Bechler, Brandon Tefft, Jeff Trapp, Quincy Roberts, Joe McNicholls, Rob Martin (DNS)

Heat Winners: JR Durham, John Stanley


June 17, 2012 - In-Car Video With Mike Mahaney


Mike Mahaney!
Mike Mahaney #33

June 17, 2012 - Utica Rome Speedway

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-TODD BURLEY, Mike Mahaney, Ronnie Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Steve Hulsizer, Willy Decker, Pat Ward, Jimmy Davis, Ryan Phelps, Alan Johnson, Larry Wight, Casey Williams, Shannon Whaley, Mike Ward, Aaron Jacobs, Bill Trexler Jr., Adam Roberts, Jason Rood, and Dave Moyer.

Mike Mahaney!
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Utica Rome Speedway Results For June 10, 2012

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- STEWART FRIESEN, Mike Mahaney, Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Alan Johnson, Mitch Gibbs, Jimmy Davis, Bill Trexler Jr., Willy Decker, Brian Murphy, Casey Williams, Jason Rood, Adam Roberts, Shannon Whaley, Dave Moyer, Aaron Jacobs, Chris Busta, Al McCoy, Mark Flach Jr., Brad Alger, Steve Hulsizer, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Janczuk, and Todd Burley.

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Brewerton Speedway Results For June 8, 2012

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – MATT SHEPPARD, Willy Decker, Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps, Ryan Bartlett, Chris Hile, Jimmy Phelps, Chad Phelps, Matt Fink, Chuck Bower, Robbie Bellinger, Alan Johnson, Dan Vauter, Mike Bowman, Pat Ward, Peter Britten, Mike Mahaney, Roy Bresnahan, Billy Decker, Tony Steiner, Rich Townsend, Matt Hulsizer, Rich Scagliotta, Jim Witko Jr.,

©2012 Photo By Mary Beth Mahaney

June 8, 2012 - Mike on Dougs Dirt Diary



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Mike Mahaney and his #33 DIRT Modified!

Rookie Tim Sears Jr. Wins First Ever Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified Feature At The Fulton Speedway

June 2, 2012 (By Dave Medler) – Everyone knew Tim Sears Jr. had talent because he had been very successful in the NAPA Late Models and SUNY Canton Sportsman, with a lot of wins and Championships. Would that talent carry over in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.

Saturday night in, just his fifth ever start at the speedway, Sears first battled former track champion, and Uncle Tom Sears Jr... Then he held off one of the best to ever wheel a big block modified, Billy Decker for his first ever, popular win.

With Sears win, there has yet to be a repeat winner in the Modifieds in the five features runs.

Other winners on Oswego County Today.Com/ Tucker Auto Night were, Jeremy Pitcher, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Jason Parkhurst, NAPA Late Models, Nick Krause, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Mark Johnston, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks.

Dan Vauter out raced Tim Sears Jr. and the rest of the field to led the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature. Vauter lead lasted only one lap as Sears blasted around Vauter one lap later.

By lap 5, Sears was still setting the pace out front as Vauter, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps and Jim Witko Jr. gave chase.

On lap 10, Sears had a full straightaway lead, while Tom Sears, Vauter, Phelps and Witko raced each other for spots and tried to keep the leader in sight.

Chuck Bower brought out a quick yellow on lap 16 erasing the advantage Sears had built-up. This now put the veteran Tom Sears Jr. right next Tim Sears Jr. for the restart.

When the green came back out, Tom Sears was able to grab the lead on the bottom, with Vauter following him, putting Tim Sears back to third.

While Tom Sears was leading, on lap 19 Tim Sears was able to grab second from Vauter and line-up Tom Sears for another run at the lead. On lap 20, Tim Sears was on rails on the top of the speedway as he blasted back into the lead.

With 10 laps to go, both Sears’s would run nose to tail on the straights and side by side in the turns. To add to the excitement as the laps were running down Billy Decker was coming to make it a three-car battle for the win.

A yellow with 4 laps to go would put the two cagey veterans right with Sears for the run to the checkers. Did the yellow give Tim Sears Jr. too much time to think and make a mistake with less than a handful of laps to go.

When the green came back out, first Tom Sears then Billy Decker threw everything they had at the rookie; Tim Sears Jr. didn’t flinch as he was the first under the checkers for the very popular win. Billy Decker, Tom Sears Jr., Mike Mahaney and Larry Wight rounded out the top-five.

“When you see number 91 on the board it’s pretty nerve racking,” said Tim Sears Jr. about holding off Billy Decker over the final two-laps for his first ever Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win behind the wheel of his Mullen Industrial Handling, No.83x.

When asked about battling his Uncle Tom Sears Jr. lap after lap for the lead Sears said, “He’s just another guy racing on the track. It’s just racing; you don’t race anyone any different.

Sears also related in victory lane with a laugh that he got his win because there was a top-groove, because he’s still not very good yet at slowing a big block modified down.

In the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature Jeremy Pitcher was able to shake off early season bad luck as he picked up the win. Ron Davis III, Matt Emmons, point leader Jordan Bennett and Tom Juhl rounded out the top-five.

Unexpectedly,Dennis Beaudette and Industrial Tire Of CNY stepped up once again for the Sportsman, as they put up a bonus of $500 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third if they were carrying Industrial Tire Of CNY sticker on their car.Jeremy Pitcher received $1,000 for his win, Ron Davis III earned an additional $300, with Matt Emmons an additional $200 bonus.

Jason Parkhurst and Sean Beardsley put on a battle royal in the 15 lap NAPA Late Model feature that had the winner in doubt until the checkers. Parkhurst was able to pick up the win followed by Beardsley, Larry Wight, Rick Miller and Shayne Tenace.

In the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature, Nick Krause was able to use a lapped car as a pick to get around early leader Corey Baker on lap 7. Once in the lead Krause was able to hold off a hard charging Dan Keyes for his first ever win. Corey Barker, Brian Harber and Kyle Fink rounded out the top five.

Mark Johnston took the lead from Skip DeGroff on lap 4 of the 15 lap Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stock feature. Once in the lead Johnston had to hold off the challenges from DeGroff for his first feature win of the year.

This coming Saturday June 9, Town Mechanical and The Effect Group will present a night of exciting racing on the Fulton “High Banks” featuring the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks, Mod Lites and the always entertaining Lawn Mower Races.

Gates will open Saturday night at 5:00 with racing starting at 7:00. Adult grandstand admission is $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger will be admitted FREE to the grandstands.

Any questions about the season please contact Cory Reed at (315) 638-4056 or by e-mail at cory@fultonspeedway.com for all your questions.

Keep up with the tracks throughout the season by visiting www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.comon each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway.

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPNMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – TIM SEARS JR., Billy Decker, Tom Sears Jr., Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, Dan Vauter, Matt Fink, Pat Ward, Jim Witko Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Mike Bowman, Adam Roberts, Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Shane Donath, Chris Hile, Todd Milton, Chad Phelps, Tim Harris, Fran Hilton, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August Jr..

(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 20 LAPS) – JEREMY PITCHER, Ron Davis III, Matt Emmons, Jordan Bennett, Tom Juhl, Jim Spano, Rocky Warner, Tony Finch II, Dave Emmons, Beth Schneider, Andrew Ferguson, Katelyn Kane, Gregg Carner, Billy Clark, Scott Ford, Rocco Leone, Doug Cook, Bob Bennett, Tim Schneider, Matthew Parkhurst, Ricky Donavan, Joe Kline, Greg Kimball, Justin Lindsey, Sean McCarthy, Greg Mrzywka, Ben Wheeler,

(NAPA LATE MODELS 15 LAPS) – JASON PARKHURST, Sean Beardsley, Larry Wight, Rick Miller, Shayne Tenace, Steven Coit, Dave Talbot, Mike Vaughn, Tim Sears Jr., Lazlow Holyfield.

(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – NICK KRAUSE, Dan Keyes, Corey Barker, Brian Harber, Kyle Fink, Brandon Ford, Kris VanNorstrand, Bailey Groves, Gary Hoppins, Derek Warren, Mike Reilly, Thomas Cook.

(PARTS PLUS FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – MARK JOHNSTON, Skip DeGroff, Colby Herzog, Eric M Zirbel, Keith Zirbel, Chris Bonoffski, Matt Dawson.


Mike Mahaney!
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Bobby Varin Bags Ten Grand With His Second Straight Victoria 200 Victory At Utica Rome Speedway

May 28, 2012 - To Bobby Varin standards the 2012 season so far wasn’t what he thought it should be. All that changed Memorial Day at the Utica-Rome Speedway as Varin grabbed his second straight VP Race Fuels, Race Of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Victoria 200 win.
The race went the first 79 laps caution free with two-three wide racing all over the speedway surface. That caution was all Bobby Varin needed to make the winning pass. Jimmy Davis, who took the lead on lap 32 slid up the track on the restart that allowed Varin to drive by and then go onto the 3.892 seconds win.
By virtue of the redraw, Pat Ward and Danny Varin brought down the 30 car starting field to the green, with Ward grabbing the early advantage of the 100 lap feature.
By lap 10, Ward had blasted away from the field opening a straightaway lead as he started to catch the back of the starting field. Jimmy Davis ran alone in second, as Brett Hearn, Danny Varin and Gary Tomkins battles for third through fifth.
With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Ward was starting to put cars down a lap setting a quick pace alone out front. Davis still ran in second, but now had company as Hearn caught Davis as the pair fought for second. Tomkins and McCreadie showed in the top-five.
A quarter of the way through, lap 25, Ward still led as Davis shook Hearn and started closing in on Ward in heavy traffic. Hearn, McCreadie and Larry Wight ran third through fifth some distance back of the battle up front.
By lap 30 Davis was all over Ward as the pair not only raced for the lead, but was trying to get through traffic in front of them that was two and three wide. On lap 31, Davis saw an opening as he went to the top of the speedway and drove around Ward exiting turn four to be scored the new leader. McCreadie, Hearn and now Bobby Varin, who started 13th showed on the scoring tower.
On lap 40, Davis built up a four-second lead on Ward who still was running second. Now Ward had a battle on his hands as Varin started narrowing the distance.
At the halfway point, lap 50 and no cautions, Davis was still setting a quick pace as he was out front in another zip code as the laps kept clicking off. Varin , who moved into second on lap 46 started using different grooves on the track as he tried to find a way to close in on Davis. Ward, McCreadie and Wight ran third through fifth.
With 60 laps complete, Davis started putting some heavy hitters down a lap. At the same time it allowed Varin to come within a couple car lengths of Davis. Ward, McCreadie and Wight ran a distant third through fifth.
On lap 70, not only were Davis and Varin fighting for the lead, they were in the middle of some heavy race traffic that was two and three wide in front of them.
By lap 75, Davis was able to put some lapped cars between himself and Varin as he opened a five-six car length advantage as he tried to pull away from Varin.
On lap 79 the first caution of the race would wave as Jason Rood stopped at the top of turn four. It gave the entire field a chance to catch their breath as the entire race had action going on around the entire speedway.
The caution was just the break Varin was looking for. On the restart Davis slid up the track in turn four, as it allowed Varin to drive by and be scored the new leader on lap 80.
The last 20 laps went caution free and allowed Varin to go onto the win by over three-seconds. Jim Davis, Pat Ward, Matt Sheppard rounded out the top-five. Jimmy Phelps, Danny Varin, Danny Johnson and Larry Wight completed the top-ten.
“That was a dog fight with Jimmy (Davis) that lapped traffic was tough. He got hung up a couple times and I’d make a run on him and to let him go a couple times. Otherwise we would of gotten into each other. A couple lapped cars trapped me up against the fence on the front stretch, I was pretty nervous,” Varin said about his battle with Jimmy Davis before he took the lead.
“You can’t let somebody like Jimmy get away, he doesn’t make mistakes. He’s going to be on the money and hit his marks every time. I think our car was just a tick better than his. I could float it in good; I was very, very tight. It came around but early on it was a fight to keep it on the race track.”
“I didn’t know if he was better with a clear race track,” said Varin when he saw the lap 79 caution, and thought about the restart. “The only time I was racing him was when he was in lapped traffic. I didn’t really want to see the caution come out, because you never really know what it’s going to do to your tires. My entry speed was good and we had good grip,” Varin said about his pass for the win when Davis slid up the track in turn four on lap 80.
Only nine cars finished on the lead lap.
PIT NOTES - 48 cars signed into the pit area that took five heats and two consi’s to set the starting field.
This coming Sunday, June 3 Safelite Auto Glass presents a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks. Gates will open at 3:30 with racing at 6:00. Adult admission is $12 - Seniors, Students and Military is $10. Log onto www.uticaromespeedway.com for all the latest speedway happenings or call 315-725-5709
The next RoC Dirt Modified Tour will be a 60 lap combo tour race Tuesday, June 12 at the Penn-Can Speedway. Log onto www.rocdirt.com for more information.
(VP RACE FUELS-RACE OF CHAMPIONS DIRT MODIFIED TOUR VICTORIA 200- 100 LAPS) - BOBBY VARIN, Jim Davis, Pat Ward, Matt Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Varin, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Ryan Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Alan Johnson, Bill Trexler, Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Rob Bellinger, Roy Bresnahan, Doug Manmiller, Chris Hile, Jackie Brown Jr., Jason Rood, Chad Phelps, Willy Decker, Matt Hulsizer, Rick Laubach, Kevin Bates.

Mike Mahaney!
Mike Mahaney driving the #21 car!

PAT WARD OUTRUNS BOBBY VARIN IN LAPPED TRAFFIC TO SCORE FIRST UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WIN OF 2012

May 27th- Another huge crowd filled the stands at the Utica-Rome Speedway to kick off the Victoria 200 Weekend, and they were again treated to some great racing on Gates-Cole Associates, Inc. night. Pat Ward held of Bobby Varin for the Modified win with Jeremy Vunk taking the Sportsman main event. The Pro Stocks saw Glenn Forward in victory lane while Ricky Breed to the Pure Stock nightcap. Matt Hulsizer and Jason Rood brought the 29 car starting field down the green flag to begin the 30 lap Modified but it was third place starter Danny Varin vaulting to the top spot at the end of lap one. Varin was looking to grab his second win of the weekend after winning the night before at the Fonda Speedway, and he looked strong in the early going as he was setting a quick pace. A lap four caution slowed the field and the restart saw Steve Hulsizer grab second from his fifth starting spot and try and challenge the leader but Varin proved to be too strong as he stayed atop the leaderboard. The hard charger at this point was Pat Ward as he moved through the field to the third spot, from 12th, just as the caution lights flickered on again. The ensuing restart saw Ward pounce on the opportunity as he blasted to the front to be scored the leader by lap nine, and as the field crossed to complete lap 10, it was Ward, Danny Varin, Steve Hulsizer, Matt Hulsizer, and Bobby Varin completing the top five. Bobby Varin had been near dominant in the sail paneled Modified events at Utica-Rome Speedway in 2011 and was hoping to keep that up in 2012. Bobby Varin slipped by son Danny to grab the runner up spot on lap 13 and he immediately was setting off after the leader Ward. By this time, Ward was comfortably out front and it became obvious that without a caution, Varin would not have a shot at Ward for the win. The last and final caution came on lap 19, eliminating Ward’s advantage and giving the Varin the chance he was waiting for. When the green flag flew again to restart the race as the field circled to complete lap 20, it was Ward with Varin right there for the second spot while Larry Wight used the restart to go from fifth to third and Danny Varin and Steve Hulsizer in fourth and fifth. Laps 22 through 25 saw the pair of Ward and Varin virtually side by side at the line for the lead with Ward gaining the edge at one end of the speedway while Varin held it at the other. Entering lapped traffic again on lap 25, Ward was able to shake Varin just as he negotiated through it better and that was all He needed as Ward raced off to his first Utica-Rome Speedway win of the 2012 season with Varin closely behind. Wight solidly held on to the third spot over Ryan Phelps and Danny Varin. Rounding out the top ten was Jimmy Davis, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Todd Burley, and Ronnie Johnson. The Sportsman 20 lap main event had Jack Miller jumping out front early from his pole starting spot and show the fast way around for the first five circuits, until fourth place starter Steve Way went around the outside of Miller to lead lap six. Way looked well on his to his first feature win of the year as he set a quick pace while several drivers were charging through the field. With 15 laps complete, point leader Jeremy Vunk, from 12th, and Matt Janczuk, from 14th, had moved up into the second and third spot but Way was a full straight away ahead and showed no signs of slowing down. With two laps remaining, Way’s advantage was erased when the caution lights came on; bring Vunk and Janczuk to Way’s rear deck lid. The restart saw Vunk slip by Way to take the lead and run off with the win while Way held off Janczuk for second. Jeff Leslie and Chris Mackey rounded out the top five. Ed Ostrander and Bret Belden took turns leading the Pro Stock 20 lap main event at the drop of the green with Ostrander leading the opening circuit and Belden leading the next two circuits, but last week’s winner, Glenn Forward, was on the charge early. On lap four, ninth place starter Forward made his move to the lead as he slipped by Belden for the lead. Several caution periods slowed the pace, including one with one lap to go, which closed the field to Forward’s rear bumper but he was too strong as he raced off to his second consecutive win. Tom Denton made some late race moves to grab second at the checkered with Belden, Pete Stefanski, and AJ Digsby chasing. Pure Stock action saw Rob Thieme lead the opening four laps with Andy Szewczyk taking the point on lap five. Chris Cunningham was the next to the front, charging from the 14th spot, as he took over the lead on lap seven. The top eight cars were running in a tight pack as they continued to battle for the win over the next several circuits and it was the winner from the previous week that was the next out front. Ricky Breed went to the front on lap 10 and would remain there until the end of the 15 lap feature with Cunningham, Ron Hawker, Thieme, and Frank Hyatt rounding out the top five. Next week on Sunday, June 3, Safelite Auto Glass will present a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. Visit www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557 for more information.
VERNON, NY- Another huge crowd filled the stands at the Utica-Rome Speedway to kick off the Victoria 200 Weekend, and they were again treated to some great racing on Gates-Cole Associates, Inc. night.  Pat Ward held of Bobby Varin for the Modified win with Jeremy Vunk taking the Sportsman main event.  The Pro Stocks saw Glenn Forward in victory lane while Ricky Breed to the Pure Stock nightcap.

Matt Hulsizer and Jason Rood brought the 29 car starting field down the green flag to begin the 30 lap Modified but it was third place starter Danny Varin vaulting to the top spot at the end of lap one.  Varin was looking to grab his second win of the weekend after winning the night before at the Fonda Speedway, and he looked strong in the early going as he was setting a quick pace.  A lap four caution slowed the field and the restart saw Steve Hulsizer grab second from his fifth starting spot and try and challenge the leader but Varin proved to be too strong as he stayed atop the leaderboard.  The hard charger at this point was Pat Ward as he moved through the field to the third spot, from 12th, just as the caution lights flickered on again.  The ensuing restart saw Ward pounce on the opportunity as he blasted to the front to be scored the leader by lap nine, and as the field crossed to complete lap 10, it was Ward, Danny Varin, Steve Hulsizer, Matt Hulsizer, and Bobby Varin completing the top five.

Bobby Varin had been near dominant in the sail paneled Modified events at Utica-Rome Speedway in 2011 and was hoping to keep that up in 2012.  Bobby Varin slipped by son Danny to grab the runner up spot on lap 13 and he immediately was setting off after the leader Ward.  By this time, Ward was comfortably out front and it became obvious that without a caution, Varin would not have a shot at Ward for the win.  The last and final caution came on lap 19, eliminating Ward’s advantage and giving the Varin the chance he was waiting for.  When the green flag flew again to restart the race as the field circled to complete lap 20, it was Ward with Varin right there for the second spot while Larry Wight used the restart to go from fifth to third and Danny Varin and Steve Hulsizer in fourth and fifth.

Laps 22 through 25 saw the pair of Ward and Varin virtually side by side at the line for the lead with Ward gaining the edge at one end of the speedway while Varin held it at the other.  Entering lapped traffic again on lap 25, Ward was able to shake Varin just as he negotiated through it better and that was all He needed as Ward raced off to his first Utica-Rome Speedway win of the 2012 season with Varin closely behind.  Wight solidly held on to the third spot over Ryan Phelps and Danny Varin.  Rounding out the top ten was Jimmy Davis, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Todd Burley, and Ronnie Johnson. 

The Sportsman 20 lap main event had Jack Miller jumping out front early from his pole starting spot and show the fast way around for the first five circuits, until fourth place starter Steve Way went around the outside of Miller to lead lap six.  Way looked well on his to his first feature win of the year as he set a quick pace while several drivers were charging through the field.  With 15 laps complete, point leader Jeremy Vunk, from 12th, and Matt Janczuk, from 14th, had moved up into the second and third spot but Way was a full straight away ahead and showed no signs of slowing down.  With two laps remaining, Way’s advantage was erased when the caution lights came on; bring Vunk and Janczuk to Way’s rear deck lid.  The restart saw Vunk slip by Way to take the lead and run off with the win while Way held off Janczuk for second.  Jeff Leslie and Chris Mackey rounded out the top five.

Ed Ostrander and Bret Belden took turns leading the Pro Stock 20 lap main event at the drop of the green with Ostrander leading the opening circuit and Belden leading the next two circuits, but last week’s winner, Glenn Forward, was on the charge early.  On lap four, ninth place starter Forward made his move to the lead as he slipped by Belden for the lead.  Several caution periods slowed the pace, including one with one lap to go, which closed the field to Forward’s rear bumper but he was too strong as he raced off to his second consecutive win.  Tom Denton made some late race moves to grab second at the checkered with Belden, Pete Stefanski, and AJ Digsby chasing.

Pure Stock action saw Rob Thieme lead the opening four laps with Andy Szewczyk taking the point on lap five.  Chris Cunningham was the next to the front, charging from the 14th spot, as he took over the lead on lap seven.  The top eight cars were running in a tight pack as they continued to battle for the win over the next several circuits and it was the winner from the previous week that was the next out front.  Ricky Breed went to the front on lap 10 and would remain there until the end of the 15 lap feature with Cunningham, Ron Hawker, Thieme, and Frank Hyatt rounding out the top five.

Next week on Sunday, June 3, Safelite Auto Glass will present a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks.  Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.  Visit www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557 for more information.

April 12, 2012 - The 31st Lap with Mike Mahaney


Mike Mahaney!
© 2012 Mike Petrucci Photo

Fonda Ice Jam Featue Winner

By JAMES A. ELLIS (sports@leaderherald.com) , The Leader Herald

FONDA (4/7/12) – Opening day at Fonda Speedway left many fans asking, “Who is Michael Mahaney?”

Simply put, Mahaney is a 22-year-old driver from King Ferry, Cayuga County, who made his third trip to the Track of Champions and came away with the victory in the 40-lap, $4,000-to-win Ice Jam modified feature.

“This means so much especially with so little experience here,” Mahaney said in Victory Lane. “The last time we were here, we thought we were leading but we were actually a lap down. We were running in front of the pack, but it wasn’t the right position.”

Matt DeLorenzo chased Mahaney under the checkers, with Jimmy Davis third, Elmo Reckner fourth and Stewart Friesen fifth.

Brian Gleason and Jeff Rockefeller picked up the victories in the companion 10 lap dash-for-cash races for the 602 sportsmen, while Kenny Gates picked up the victory in the 10-lap pro stock dash.

After the top three drivers from the four qualifying events redrew for their starting positions, Darwin Greene and Reckner brought the field of 25 modifieds to the green.

Recker made the most of his outside front row starting spot to grab the early lead with Mahaney, who started fourth followed him into second.

Recker set the pace with Mahaney, Jeremy Wilder, Ronnie Johnson and DeLorenzo chasing as the first 17 laps were run caution free.

The races lone caution flag flew on lap 18 when Pep Corradi spun in turn two.

Reckner chose to start on the outside in the side-by-side restart and maintained his lead over Mahaney. Jimmy Davis moved ahead of DeLorenzo and two laps later pulled ahead of Johnson into fourth.

While Reckner and Mahaney were battling for the lead, Davis, Wilder and DeLorenzo kept the fans excited with their clash for third.

Davis broke away from Wilder and DeLorenzo, to join the battle that was heating up at the front of the field.

Mahaney poked a nose under Reckner in turn four on lap 28 but could not complete the pass, but four laps later, with a pack of lapped cars coming up fast, Mahaney beat Reckner to the line to lead lap 33.

The lead was short-lived as Reckner charged back to regain the point on lap 34.

Meanwhile, DeLorenzo began a late-race rally and joined the battle for the lead with six laps remaining.

Reckner and Mahaney hit the line in a dead-heat on lap 37, but Mahaney exited turn two with the lead. DeLorenzo moved around Reckner a lap later and closed to within a car length of the leader before Mahaney used a lapped car to put enough space between himself and the 2009 Ice Jam victor to pick up his first Fonda Speedway feature win.

“I have to give him [Reckner] props, that was a great race,” Mahaney said. “I thought I had him a few times but he got me back. Finally we got it.”

Jeff Trombley placed sixth with Pat Ward, Wilder, Johnson and A.J. Romano rounding out the top 10.

“I can’t thank my crew enough,” Mahaney said. “We run around the Syracuse area at Brewerton, Fulton and Weedsport. We started coming over here to Fonda and Utica-Rome and we’re just having fun. We started running pretty good and it has worked out for us.”

Fonda Speedway will open its battle for the 2012 track championships next Saturday with a regular race card of modifieds, 602 sportsmen, pro stocks, street stocks and 4-cylinders.

Racing will begin at the regular Saturday night starting time of 7 p.m.


Fonda Ice Jam YouTube Video

Published on Apr 7, 2012 by - Mike Mahaney turned a lot of heads Saturday at Fonda, passing Elmo Reckner with three laps to go to win Fonda's Ice Jam opener.