The 9a Race Team of Abbey Price towed up to Thunder Mountain this past Saturday night. A great night was on hand. Chip Price had repacked the bearings, Lubricated the car and installed gears for the 3/8 mile track the week leading up to the race. Feeling confident Abbey would go to the outside in her heat race and charge to the front. With out looking back Abbey would put the X-cel 600 Modified feature with a win in the heat race.
The tour regulars were lined up and Abbey would get a decent starting spot for the main event. As the feature was called to line up the X-cel 6oo tour racers were ready for battle. As the green was drop the racers all went at it head to head. Abbey was moving to the front a great battle ensued. Abbey was running towards the front. A battle for the top 5 took place. Abbey was caught up in dual with John Pepe for a crack at the top 5. She was able to move into 4th at the finish. At the wave of the Checkered flag Abbey would finish with a strong finish winding up in 4th place. A tough field was on hand with Will Eastman winning and Aaron Bowes finished 2nd. Abbey and the 9a Dirt Modified team congratulate Will Eastman on the win !
FEATURE Finish from Saturday. (20 LAPS) WILL EASTMAN 2)Aaron Bowes 3)Michael Burrows 4)Abbey Price 5)Jon Pepe 6)Kailee Dimorier 7)Kamdin Maby 8)Richie Hitzler
Next up The Xcel Chassis 600 modified tour will head to Jonestown Pa this Friday August 15th for their first appearance at Lindas speedway this Season. A favorite track of Abbeys ! More news below from Brett Deyo
UP-AND-DOWN SEASON REACHES HIGH FOR MIKE CLAPPERTON AT THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY, WINS SECOND MODIFIED EVENT OF 2014;
Date: 8/10/2014 11:10:58 AM
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For Immediate Release/Aug. 10, 2014
Upward Swing: Mike Clapperton Reaches High On Roller-Coaster Season, Wins Second Thunder Mountain Speedway Modified Feature Of 2014; Leet, Underwood, Green, Eastman, Morse, Sinsabaugh & Applebee Also Visit Victory Lane As 104 Cars Fill Pit Area
CENTER LISLE, NY – Mike Clapperton’s roller-coaster 2014 season took an upward swing on Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
Clapperton, of Sidney, N.Y., won his second big-block/small-block Modified main – and first since May 31 – at the Center Lisle, N.Y., three-eighths-mile oval in an exciting 30-lap main event. The 52-year-old driver started from the pole, dropped back to third, and rode the outside lane back to the lead en route to a $1,200 payday for his self-owned No. M16 team.
A large crowd filled Thunder Mountain’s concrete grandstands with 104 race cars jamming the pit area.
“It’s been an up-and-down year for us,” Clapperton said. “We’ve been having trouble here the last month or so. That’s why we were starting on the pole. It’s good to race clean, side-by-side, like we did tonight.”
Clapperton led the opening six laps of the main before Billy Spoonhower, who started fourth, powered off the top groove on a double-file restart to take command. Modified rookie Chris Stull followed into second.
The lead trio remained in tight formation, lap after lap, with Spoonhower occupying the middle lane, Stull working down low, and Clapperton rim-riding.
At lap 15, the top-three drivers fanned out three-wide at the exit of turn two. Stull emerged with the top spot and Clapperton relegated Spoonhower to third. Point leader Brent Wilcox, who started eighth, closed in as he broke free from traffic.
Working the high lane, Clapperton edged ahead of Stull on the 18th lap. However, running wheel-to-wheel, Clapperton didn’t gain sole possession of the top spot until the 25th lap.
“Once I got heat in the tires and found bite up high, we got rolling really good,” Clapperton said.
Stull, of Cortland, N.Y., registered a season-best runner-up finish, followed by Binghamton, N.Y.’s Wilcox. Spoonhower, of Berkshire, N.Y., settled for fourth and seventh-starter Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., completed the front five.
Eric Leet won his second 20-lap Sportsman main of the season in impressive fashion for a $700 payday. The Marathon, N.Y., driver started fifth and worked the extreme inside lane en route to the front. Leet cleared point leader Billy Spoonhower at the halfway mark and was never headed.
Spoonhower, who led laps 3-9, settled for second. Brothers Chris and Kevin Jordan and rookie Geordie Decker completed the front five.
Joshua Underwood of Berkshire, N.Y., capitalized on a late-race tangle involving the leaders and drove to his first-ever win in the 12-lap Rookie Sportsman main event.
Butch Green of Newark Valley, N.Y., picked up the ride in the second Steven Deinhardt No. 73 Street Stock and parked it in Victory Lane following the 20-lap main. He earned $500 courtesy of Shadow Landd Auto Body. Green started eighth and took over the lead on lap five with an inside pass on Daryl Krebs.
Green survived a final yellow on lap 17 to hold off his teammate, point leader Deinhardt, who started 15th. Jonathan Carpenter, driving his own No. J12, finished third, followed by Krebs and Tom Savercool.