SpeedSTR’s Set For This Saturday’s All Pro Tour Opener at Mahoning Valley Speedway

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Kris Graver, Earl Paules, Rick Kirkendall, Wayne Weaver, Kyle Lick, and a host of other SpeedSTRs will do battle on the ultra-competitive Mahoning Valley’s asphalt bullring!
 The All Star Slingshots will also make their first pavement start of the young season…it’s a “can’t miss” event in Lehighton this Saturday!
**Drellos Makes Successful Return To Slingshots; Wins At Accord on Tuesday, April 14
    by Brett Deyo


Demetrios Drellos of Queensbury, N.Y., was the 20-lap Slingshot winner. Drellos was moonlighting in a Slingshot before making the move into the 358-Modified division this season at N.Y.’s Lebanon Valley Speedway. He earned $410 for his efforts.


Slingshot Feature Finish (20 Laps): DEMETRIOS DRELLOS ($410), Wyatt Clark, Matt Shultz, Don Boonstra, Corey Cormier, Tommy Zwart, Jared Miller, Hunter Lapp, Samantha Miller, Ashley Rogosich, Alex Van Pelt, Jesse Leiby, Joe Krum, Josh Marcus, Alan Selembo, Marty Kelley III, Vincent Visconti, Bobby Flood, Dillon Steuer, Peyton Speedling, Ryan McCartney, Jordan Lawrence.

Lap Money Breakdown ($220): Demetrios Drellos ($60), Alex Van Pelt ($40),  Matt Shultz ($40), Wyatt Clark ($40), Joe Krum ($20) & Don Boonstra ($20)

Grandma’s Gravy “Gambler’s” Bonuses ($50 each): Ashley Rogosich (10th) & Jordan Lawrence (22nd)
Jay’s Pool Service Winner’s Bonus ($50): Demetrios Drellos
Jay’s Pool Service/Royalty Property Management Junior Slingshot Bonus ($75): Hunter Lapp (eighth)


**Swinehart Nabs First All Star Slingshot Victory On Wingless Wednesday at Shellhammers

 JUNIOR SLINGHOTS: 1.  14  Autumn Ankiewicz; 2. 53 Joey Vaccaro; 3. 22 Tanner Vandoren; 4.  54  Damion Dusheck; 5. 41 Nicholas Flammer.
 ALLSTAR SLINGSHOTS: 1.  38 Dylan Swinehart; 2.  43D  Dawson Landis; 3.  4 David Galloway.
**DRIVER SPOTLIGHT: Autumn Ankiewicz
  Prior to Wednesday, April 15, personable teen Autumn Ankiewicz never sat in the No. 14 Slingshot…and she had never turned a lap, or even laid eyes on Shellhammers Speedway near Leesport, PA. But those things didn’t matter to the Tamaqua resident…
  On the first night that she buckled into the racecar, and the very first time she gassed it around the quick little oval known affectionately as “the Hammer”, Ankiewicz simply went out and won the Junior Slingshot feature.
  “I like this track,” she pronounced afterward, “and we’ll definitely be back!”
  Ankiewicz cut her racing teeth by running Karts at the Greenwood Valley Action Track near Bloomsburg, PA, and she’ll continue to compete in that division when she’s not racing the Slinger. Judging by her performance at Shellhammers on the 15th of April, though, it’s a pretty good bet that Ankiewicz will soon be tradin’ paint with the All Star Slingshots.

Shellhammers Junior Slingshot Winner Autumn Ankiewicz (Photo courtesy of Ankiewicz family)

**The Captain Sails To Silver Tour Victory At Linda’s

     By Michael Batz


  Cody Kline has been known as “The Captain” for years. Friday night
the captain righted the ship on his way to the season opening win in
the West Side Auto Body Slingshots.

  The Slingshots started their season with a Tour Race bringing the heavy hitters out in full force
to compete at the ¼ mile. Justin Thompson led a 25 car field to the
green flag. Thomson, the defending speedway champion,  battled with
National Slingshot champion Dylan Hoch for much of the early race.

  A mid-race restart saw Kline, from Bangor, PA push Hoch to the race lead and then
proceeded to turn the pressure on for the top spot. Kline eventually
cleared Hoch and proved to be the class of the field driving away to a
2 second win over Hoch, Thomspon, Brett Bieber, and 12th place starter
Kenny Heffner.

  Kyle Grube was sixth followed by Louden Reimert, Mark
Sensenig, Jackson Ring, and Bj Antonio.

  Duel heat races were run for the Slingshots and wins went to Hoch, Thompson, Reimert, Gruber, Alex
Schoffstall, Sam Scicchitano.


SlingshotFeature Finish: 1- 59 Cody Kline, 2- 35 Dylan Hoch, 3- 22 Justin Thompson, 4- 32 Brett Bieber, 5- 39 Kenny Heffner,
6- 30 Kyle Grube, 7- 58 Louden Reimert, 8- 725 Mark Sensenig, 9- 14 Jackson Ring, 10-  46 BJ Antonio, 11- 20 John Gilroy,

12- 18s Ronnie Spitler, 13- 18a Alex Schmidel, 14- F14 Scott Gray, 15- 75m Madison Pancheco, 16- 77 Alex Schoffstall,
17- 59k Dakota Kohler, 18- 72 Don Schmidt, 19- 43d Dawson Landis, 20- 28s Sam Scicchitano, 21- 75 Andrew Kreis, 22- 3 Dave Carragahn,
23-3s Brett Spitler. DNS- 2j Jack Lewis; DNS – 43a Amber Britto.


 “The Captain” Cody Kline in Linda’s Speedway Victory Lane with Ms. Motorsports, Shelby Harper

(Photo courtesy of Linda’s Speedway Track Photographer)


**Arntz Declared Winner Of Airport Speedway’s MA Gold Tour Event

By Mike Feltenberger


The opening night of the MA Gold Region found 16 racers in Delaware with Airport Speedway, in New Castle, DE, hosting the 1st race of the season.

Track conditions put the drivers to the test and the 25 lap main was the 1st feature on the track. After the main event was checkered ,the top 3 were pulled to the tech area and the finish was changed as the winner was DQ’d giving the win to Tom Arntz in his former Alex Schoffstall racer. Brett Bieber was 2nd and Donny Hockman was 3rd.

Kurt Bettler was putting on a show running the 6X on the top and bottom and was in a contending position only to have a RF flat sideline him on lap 9.

Heats were won by Andrew Kreis and Brett Bieber.

Airport Speedway has an open pit at intermission and many fans stopped to check out the new visiting class – the Slingshots – while roaming through the pit area.



1. Tom Arntz, 2.  Brett Bieber, 3. Donny Hockman, 4. Dylan Hoch, 5. Dakota Kohler, 6. David McCullough, 7. Cody Kline, 8. Dave Morrell, 9. Anthony Raisner, 10. Todd Martin, 11. Kurt Bettler, 12. Joe Toth. DNS Aidan Svanda, Steve Svanda,  Lauden Reimert. DQ: Andrew Kreis.


 Dyno Dave McCullough and David Morrell battle at Airport Speedway (Mike Feltenberger Photo)


**Brink Wins All Star Slingshot Feature As The Pearl Of The Poconos, Hamlin Speedway, Opens For Business On April 18

Results Provided By Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media


All Star Slingshots: Mack Brink, Taylor Eccles, Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Jeff Cosgrove, Henry Anderson, Corey Cormier, Daniel Morgiewicz, John Rooks Jr, Alan Salemba, Tyler Pirone, Kyle Herve, Chris Kurtz, Chloe Andreas, Jackson Ring, Jordan Lawrence, Jessie Benke, Hunter Metzger, David Burns, Austin Silfee, Jake Van Pelt, Mike Fogler, Ryan Neiger, Hunter DeMeglio, John Gilroy.
Junior Slingshots: Tyler Peet, Taylor Mills, Anthony Recchio, Tighe Sherlock, Reese Nowotarski, Jared Silfee, Alex Yankowski, Ashley Kober, Kyle Braun, Shelby McLaughlin, Andrew Vreeland, Justin Mills, Michael Samony, Jack Clancy, Nathen Marold, Jake Mason, Tanner VanDoren, Wyatt Hager, Joshua Allen.
Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, John Gilroy, Dale Kober, Mike McLaughlin, John Rooks Sr, Jim Conroy, John Bush, Ryan Lacoe, Jannell Geary, Aaron Geary.
**Additional Results For The Week Of April 13-19…
  Dodge City Speedway in NY hosted its first Slingshot activity of the 2015 season on Saturday, April 18, with defending Empire Region Champion Brian Tobey, Jr. taking the win. Tim Deffer, driving Jim Pollard’s car, finished second with Michael Hill placing third.
  Friday night action opened at Snydersville Raceway near Stroudsburg, PA, and Greg Zellman took up right where he left off last season, winning the opener for the All Star Slingers. Zellman crossed the line ahead of Matt Massone. Robert Schlenker captured the Junior Slingshot main event.
  Joe Krum was victorious in All Star Slingshot competition at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY, on Saturday, April 18. Krum bested Marty Kelly III for the triumph, with Dalton Maynard racing home in third.
  Mike Lapicki notched the Saturday night Slingshot win at Shellhammers over Dawson Landis and Jeff Kemp.
  The Slingers are also on the weekly Friday night slate of events at the Accord Speedway this year. On Friday the 17th, Matt Shultz recorded the triumph in the All Star division while Josh Marcus scored the Junior Class victory.
**The Week Ahead…
  Plenty of weekly Slingshot activity at tracks such as Linda’s Speedway, Snydersville, Five Mile Point and Accord Speedways, Shellhammers, Hamlin, and of course there’s the biggie on Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, PA, featuring the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR Tour and the All Star Slingshots!
And that’s a Rap!