News from the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals‘The Working Man’s Race’

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For Immediate Release/Oct. 12, 2013


Friday Night Lights: Kenny Hammond Rolls To $1,500 Sportsman Victory During Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals at Five Mile Point Friday; Gary Roberts (IMCA-style Modified) and Will Eastman (XCel 600 Modified) Also Triumph


KIRKWOOD, NY – Kenny Hammond rolled to a convincing victory in Friday night’s Sportsman portion of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals at Five Mile Point Speedway.

Hammond, of Speedsville, N.Y., earned $1,500 for a green-to-checkered run in the 30-lap main, the first Sportsman (Open & Crate 602) event contested during the ‘Working Man’s Race’ since the inaugural Short Track SuperNationals at N.Y.’s Afton Speedway in 2006.


Hammond, a Five Mile Point track regular, opted for traditional windows on his Hunt’s Auto Service No. 30, rather than bolting on sail panels, which were permitted for the special.

“This is what we know,” Hammond said in Victory Lane, where he received a “working man’s” construction hat, a $50 gift certificate to Bob Hilbert Sportswear and a party platter from the Court Street Subway. Hammond is now a guaranteed starter in the 100-lap, $2,555-to-win Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman Tour finale at Five Mile Point on Nov. 1.

“We run the windows all year, so we decided to keep them on for tonight. Maybe we got lucky, but we had a good car.”

Hammond, starting from the pole, outgunned fellow front-row starter Tom Collins on the opening lap. He was never headed. Collins, a Skyline (N.Y.) Raceway regular from Groton, N.Y., momentarily relinquished second spot to Grandview (Pa.) Speedway and Big Diamond (Pa.) Speedway champion Jared Umbenhauer on lap 11. However, he regained the position on a lap-12 restart and chased Hammond to the finish.


Sixth-starter Umbenhauer of Richland, Pa. driving the Barry Bashore-owned No. 5, Brian White of Owego, N.Y. (from ninth), and Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., who started 15th, completed the front five.

Forty-eight Sportsman signed in for the program. Heat winners were Collins, Umbenhauer, P.J. Goodwin, Mike Austin and Brian White. Consolation victors were Kevin Jordan and Jeff Hulseapple.

Sporting sail panels on his No. U2 IMCA-style Modified, Gary Roberts of Nineveh Junction, N.Y. scored a wire-to-wire victory in the 20-lap main event. Roberts, a veteran racer in the Southern Tier, held off the advances of teenager Jarred Spaulding. Tanner Harpell, Gary Smith and Matt Roberts – the victor’s son – completed the front five.

Will Eastman of Oneonta, N.Y., topped a caution-plagued 20-lap main for the XCel 600 Modifieds. Eastman turned back the advances of Tim Frantz throughout the race’s distance. Richie Hitzler, Josh Pepe and Jonathan Pepe finished third through fifth, respectively.


SUPERNATIONALS SIDENOTES: A jammed pit area was bustling with 93 race cars in competition: 48 Sportsman, 23 IMCA-style Modifieds and 22 XCel 600 Modifieds. Roughly 30 Modifieds took hot laps in advance of the Saturday headliner….

Danny Tyler’s ninth-place finish in the Sportsman event came after his No. 97T suffered two flat tires during race’s mid-portions. Tyler was driving the same Teo-Pro car that he used to win the Modified portion of the SuperNationals in ’12….

Both the Sportsman and IMCA-style Modified fields featured a mix of traditional windows and sail panels for the special event….

Mike Ricci charged hard in the final laps to snag a fifth-place Sportsman finish in the Jimmy Wells-owned No. 831. “We needed more laps,” Ricci, the inaugural SuperNationals Modified winner, said afterward. “We were just getting going.”


Ricci will drive the same car in the Saturday Modified event….


Tough break for Pennsylvania’s Jason Neidlinger, who qualified through the second Sportsman consolation but came up light on the scales….

Heat winners were Skylar Sherriff, Jonathan Pepe and Eastman (XCel 600 Modified); and Gary Roberts, Mike Stoddard and Matt Roberts (IMCA-style Modified)….

Solid night for the Hunt’s Auto Service team, finishing first (Hammond), fourth (Brian White) and seventh (Eddie White) in the Sportsman main….

Racing resumes today, Saturday, Oct. 12, with day two of the Short Track SuperNationals at Five Mile Point Speedway.


Saturday’s (Oct. 12) program includes the Modified 50-lap event plus Race of Champions Street Stocks (25 laps) and Four Cylinders (18 laps). There is a rain date of Sunday (Oct. 13) in place.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 2 p.m., with grandstand gates swinging open at 3 p.m. RoC Street Stock and Four Cylinder hot laps get underway at 4 p.m., with their qualifying set to start at 4:45 p.m.  Modifieds hit the track at 5:45 p.m. with hot laps and qualifying at 6:30 p.m.

Fans attending the Saturday portion have the option of purchasing a ‘Family Five Pack’ for just $45 to include two Adult tickets, three Senior or Student tickets, five hot dogs and five sodas.

Purchased individually, Adult tickets sell for $19. Seniors (ages 62 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $15. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $30 with any track or series license and $35 without.


Touch of Green Landscaping in Boyertown, Pa., will refund the admissions of 20 Students via a random draw of ticket stubs during Saturday’s programs. Those selected will have their $15 admission price returned.

To learn more, contact Five Mile Point Speedway at 607.775.5555 or event promoter Brett Deyo Motorsports Media LLC at 845.728.2781. Five Mile Point Speedway - located at 100 Francis Street, Kirkwood, NY 13795 - is on the web at BD Motorsports Media LLC is online at


2013 Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals Race Summary – October 11, 2013

Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals Sportsman Feature Finish (30 laps): KENNY HAMMOND ($1,500), Tom Collins, Jared Umbenhauer, Brian White, Mike Ricci, Butch Green, Eddie White, Ken Titus. Danny Tyler, Andrew Ferguson, Anthony Perrego, P.J. Goodwin, Kevin Jordan, Alan Barker, Randy Green, Randy Shantel, Jeff Hulseapple, Jim Housworth, Vinnie DeCicco, Phil Vigneri III, Fred Muhlberger, Nick Petrilak, Dave Werber, Mike Butler, Larry Hillis, Clay Butler, Mike Austin.

Did Not Qualify: Nick Nye, Gregg Corner, John Morse, Tom Eiklor, Cory Lowitt, Travis Smith, Dylan Groover, Gregg Turner, Ivan Joslin, Stacy Jackson, Gary Predmore, Jason Neidlinger, Chris Jordan, Tyler Singleton, Cory Pike, Steve Wen Jr., Ray Bliss Jr., Mike Barrett, Mark Weaver, Tyler Ward, Jerry Winn.


Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals IMCA-Style Modified Feature Finish (20 laps): GARY ROBERTS ($400), Jarred Spaulding, Tanner Harpell, Gary Smith, Matt Roberts, Nick Griest, Tyler Stoddard, Joe Cole, Harry Ely, Mike Stoddard, Ray McClure, Brian Steigerwald, Kurt Decker, Brad Smith, Andy Kieffer, Jason Tuttle, Dan Ellis, J.T. McKernan, Jim Walsh, K.C. Cole, Matt Cole, Dan Burman, Tony Harris.


Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals XCel 600 Modified Feature Finish (20 laps): WILL EASTMAN, Tim Frantz, Richie Hitzler, Josh Pepe, Jonathan Pepe, Nick Cinquati, Nathan Brinker, Kamdin Maby, Buzz Barton, Steve Hoffman, John Ayre, Paul DeRuyter, Kailee DiMorier, Justin DiMorier, Ronnie Molnar, Shawna Schibila, Joseph McCabe, Aaron Bowes, Brad French, Jamie Frantz, Skylar Sherriff, Ryan Mohr.

The Short Track SuperNationals is presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., VP Racing Fuels, Touch of Green Landscaping, All Fab, Dale Smith, Small Engine Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Manmiller Electric, Alpine Building Supply, Trackside Products, BFP Specialty, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Sleepy Hollow Turf, Court Street Subway, Accord Speedway, Jack’s Used Race Car Parts, Troyer Race Cars, Hig Fab, New Egypt Speedway, Keith Sweigart Electric, S&D Bodyline, Tonarlo’s Pizza, Shiley Fabrication, Tim Long, Penn Can Speedway ‘King of the Can’ Weekend, Crunchco Snacks, Mirabilis Cattle, S&W Awards, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Elmo’s Auto Body, S&W Awards and more fine marketing partners.

Short Track SuperNationals Five-Year Event History

October 6, 2012 (Five Mile Point): DANNY TYLER – Bobby Varin – Brian Weaver – Billy Pauch Sr. – Mitch Gibbs
October 7, 2011 (Five Mile Point): DUANE HOWARD – Danny Tyler – Billy Pauch Sr. – Jeff Strunk – Jeff Heotzler
October 9, 2010 (Five Mile Point): JUSTIN HOLLAND – Billy Pauch Jr. – Kevin Bates – Brian Weaver – Danny Tyler
October 10, 2009 (Five Mile Point): KEVIN HIRTHLER – Mike Ricci – Mike Gular – Sean Merkel – Joey Grammes
October 7, 2006 (Afton): MIKE RICCI – J.R. Hurlburt – Brian Weaver – Joey Grammes – Davie Franek