HAIR AND PISTONE NOTCH SECOND WINS, ANDERSON
GETS HIT FIRST WHILE
HANKS TOPS BABY GRANDS ON WILD NIGHT FOUR OF SPEEDWORLD WINTERNATIONALS
It was another wild and crazy night at Orlando Speedworld as the track
hosted evening number four of the 2005 INEX 600 Racing Winternationals on
Action in the Raceceiver RE/MAX Legends Pro division got started a little
too early in practice as a nasty four car crash sent two drivers packing and
two others to back-up cars. Both Teaxas driver Derek Shumaker and Canadian
Kenny Forth were done for the rest of the Winternationals. Both were shaken
up pretty good, but other than being a bit sore, were more disappointed than
Nick Pistone and Josh Waring were also involved. The two North Carolina
drivers, who both had won features earlier in the week, saw their primary
machines pretty much totaled with Waring's car ending up on its side.
Both would go to their back-up cars and for Pistone, it may have been his
best move of the night.
Both Pistone and Waring would drive their back-up machines to heat race
along with Danniel Sossorman and C.E. Falk III.
Pistone had the pole for the feature and grabbed the early lead as caution
flew early on lap three as Jeremy Colangelo, Brent Seeley and Ricky Gonzales
tangled on the backstretch. Only Seeley could continue.
Pistone set the pace until Waring got around him on lap seven. Waring's
lead was a short one as Craig Goess zoomed by him a lap later and looked
he might be on his way to his first Winternationals win.
Something broke on Chris Rogers' car and he stopped in the middle of turn
three to bring out the yellow on lap 16.
Following the restart, Waring was back on the charge. On lap 19, Waring
into Goess' car going into turn three and Goess spun. Goess went to the
of the field while officials discussed the situation with Waring who had
already blatantly taken out two other cars (one of which was Goess) during
Tuesday feature. Waring was black-flagged and disqualified for the night
earning no points or money.
Smiling through the whole situation was Pistone, who inherited the lead
five laps to go and never looked back en route to his second win of the
Following the NC driver to the checker was fellow North Carolinian Jason
Reisman and Auburn, KY's Keeton Hanks. Virginia's Jason Miller was fourth
Chris Bakaj of Farmington, CT was fifth.
Completing the top ten were Daniel Sossorman, Michael VanWingerden, Beau
Slocumb, Kyle Hendershott and Jeffery Paul.
For the second night in a row, the Raceceiver RE/MAX Legends Masters race
was pretty tame and again featured the same battle between veterans Clay
and Cotton Spry.
Hair would lead every lap on this night as Spry had to contend with
Georgia's Brian Weimer all race, finally slipping by Weimer for second late
the going. Spry followed his North Carolina neighbor to the stripe with
Weimer third, Florida's Mike Verhaagh fourth and Nova Scotia driver Cy
"This is like a win for me," said Verhaagh, who races each week during the
season at Speedworld as a "very expensive hobby."
Finishing sixth was Indiana's Mark Sullivan who was making his first start
since he did a series of barrel rolls down the frontstretch on Tuesday.
Completing the top ten were Jesse Carter, James Rodriguez, Richard Losh and
The Raceceiver RE/MAX Legends Semi-Pro division saw plenty of crashing,
broken parts and more throughout the evening.
Heat wins were taken by Paddy Rodenbeck (his first win of any kind in a
Legend), Jordan Anderson, Travis Pennington, and Chris Wilson. Heat three
featured a major altercation that eliminated the car of Brennan Poole for
rest of the night and sent Darin Coker, Matt Bowers and Addison Rogers to
pits for major repairs.
During the B-Main, Coker's car broke a wheel bearing and he slammed hard
into the turn three wall ending his night, but fortunately without injury.
Alec Carll of Grand Rapids, MI would lead five other qualifiers into the
feature by winning the B.
Rodenbeck would lead the first three laps until caution flew for Chris
Wilson's wall-banger on the backstretch. Officials then penalized Rodenbeck
for jumping the initial start, handing the lead to the winner from the
previous night Travis Pennington.
Pennington set the pace for five laps before Jordan Anderson took over the
lead. Anderson would set the pace the remaining distance despite a rash of
cautions for crashes, spins, and oil on the track. Just as Anderson took
checker, Kory Abbott and Welsley Falk hit the wall hard in turn four
damaging both cars. Both drivers weren't hurt thankfully
Anderson, who hails from Columbia, SC, took his first win of the
Winternationals followed by Georgia driver Pennington and Mooresville, NC's
Dan Snyder. Fourth went to S. Beloit, IL driver Michael Bilderback and
to Jake "The Snake" Crum of Statesville, SC.
Rodenbeck, Beau Browning, Mark Bakaj, Ryan Meldrum and Wesley McLeod
out the top ten.
The MMRA Baby Grand feature was cut from 50 to 35 laps after a rash of
crashes eliminated much of the field.
This race would see seven stoppages along the way as only six of the 17
starters would make it to the checker. Among the casualties were Craig
whose terrible week was only magnified by a flaming blown engine on lap 22.
Haack, who brought a Legend, Thunder Roadster, and a Baby Grand to the
Winternationals, blew every engine he had.
Gregg Chesney of Apex, NC, also had a wild ride with a flip into the turn
two wall on lap 30.
Nick Proffitt led the opening 22 laps before Chris Wilson took over for a
lap. Keeton Hanks of Auburn, KY took over on lap 24 and led the remaining
distance to take the win over Wilson, Proffitt, Clifford Pugh, Tiger Tyler
Brown and Tyler Cole. They were the only drivers to finish.
The MMRA Mini-Cup Future Stars feature was won by Dylan Presnell of
Sieverville, TN who led all the way with fellow Tennessee driver Jacob
in tow. Mason Mitchell took third ahead of Mason Mingus and Donald
The companion MMRA Mini-Cup Open division feature went to Chad Willis of
Bowling Green, KY followed by Travis McCarty, Thomas McVay, France, and Jake
Gerald White Jr. of Lakeland, FL topped Donovan Ponder, Sawyer Effertz,
Roger Benton, Jr. and Tyler Neubaum to win his second Bandelero Bandits
feature of the week.
Mitchell Coble of Mt. Airy, NC won his second straight Bandelero Young
main event over Josh Butler, Ryan Rust and Joey Bales while Marcus Limehouse
of Charleston SC broke Kara Clarke's win streak in the Bandelero Outlaws by
taking the Friday night win over Clarke and Dwight Dunlap.
RESULTS: NIGHT FOUR - ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD WINTERNATIONALS - 2/18/05:
LEGENDS PRO DIVISION (25 Laps):
1) Nick Pistone #99
2) Jason Reisman #25
3) Keeton Hanks #90
4) Jason Miller #94
5) Chris Bakaj #32
6) Daniel Sossorman #41
7) Michael VanWingerden #23
8) Beau Slocumb #18
9) Kyle Hendershott #51
10) Jeffery Paul #91
11) Ricky Losh #24L
12) Danny Jackson #5J
13) Ricky Gonzales #15
14) Craig Haack #8Ball
15) Craig Goess #81
16) Chris Rogers #66
17) C.E. Falk #40
18) Kory Abbott #5
19) Ben Stancill #24
20) Jason Rochelle #17R
21) Randy Brunelle #007
22) Ronnie Dunstan #7R
23) Tom Sherman #27
24) Jeremy Colangelo #05
DNS Scott Knox #86
DNS Patrick Conrad #1SC
DQ Josh Waring #13
LEGENDS MASTERS DIVISION (25 Laps):
1) Clay Hair #29
2) Cotton Spry #16NC
3) Brian Weimer #40
4) Mike Verhaagh #7
5) Cy Harvey #37NS
6) Mark Sullivan #22
7) Jesse Carter #20C
8) James Rodriguez #19
9) Richard Losh #00
10) Gene Conley #27
11) Bob Merino #42
12) Larry Friddle #8
13) Allen Rogers #37
14) Ronnie Poland, Sr. #39
15) Mitch Verhaagh #9F
16) Carlos Moore #9
17) Frank Johnston #20
18) Jim Mayrand, Jr. #15
DNS C.D. Candler #51
DNS Bob Wilson #27W
DNS Tommy Jordan #1SC
LEGENDS SEMI-PRO DIVISION (@5 Laps):
1) Jordan Anderson #19
2) Travis Pennington #01
3) Dan Snyder #23
4) Michael Bilderback #2X
5) Jake Crum #1C
6) Paddy Rodenbeck #29
7) Beau Browning #89
8) Mark Bakaj #52
9) Ryan Meldrum #17M
10) Wesley McLeod #22
11) Alec Carll #31
12) James Fowlkes #86
13) Addison Rogers #37
14) Scott McLean #61
15) Brandon Temple #82
16) Keith Breasbois #41
17) Patrick McVay #33
18) Matt Bowers #84
19) Luke Marzano #40B
20) Wesley Falk #4
21) Kory Abbott #5
22) Stuart Dutton #32
23) Matt DiBenedetto #44
24) Brian Silas #57
25) Chris Wilson #10
DNS Brennan Poole #17P
Did Not Qualify: Brian Murphy, Darin Coker, Jake Gallerani, Jeff Deggeller,
Malcolm Campbell, Jr., Chris McDonald.
MMRA BABY GRANDS (35 Laps):
1) Keeton Hanks #29
2) Chris Wilson #10
3) Nick Proffitt #25
4) Clifford Pugh #35
5) Tyler Brown #15
6) Tyler Cole #7
7) Michael Kipp #22
8) Gregg Chesney #30
9) Mark Rouse #2
10) Ken Owens #08
11) Craig Haack #8Ball
12) Rude Liles #99
13) Steve Verbeke #23
14) Rena Young #44
15) Mike Atkins #12
16) Neil Johnston #17
DNS Frank Dye #6