Erick Rudolph Wins Baron Roofing/Bobcat of Hamilton 100 at Merrittville

by Steven Petty     THOROLD, ONTARIO (August 5, 2019) … Third-generation driver Erick Rudolph from Ransomville, NY won the Baron Roofing/Bobcat of Hamilton 100 for the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series on Monday night. The victory earned Rudolph $8,500 and was his fourth Series race of the season. Two-time and defending Series Champion Chad Chevalier from Port Colborne, Ontario scored the victory in the $2,000 to win event for the Bellinger Electric Inc (BEI) Lightning Series for the David Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman. Jeremy Cooper from St. Catharines, Ontario picked up the victory in the Insta Panels Duel on the Dirt combined race for the Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders.
“The Franklin Flyer” Billy Decker and Gary Lindberg brought the Big-Block Modifieds to the green flag for the Bobcat of Hamilton/Baron Roofing 100 with Decker showing the way. Dalton Slack slowed on the top side of turn three to bring out the races first caution with one lap complete. On the restart, Ryan Susice would take second away from Gary Lindberg as Decker started to pull away. Mid-pack, Mat Williamson, Matt Sheppard, and Larry Wight battled for positions inside the top ten. Lindberg would close in on Decker for the lead while the leaders worked lap traffic. Lindberg would take the lead away on lap 20. Lindberg and Decker would pull away as Susice would close in on Decker as was fourth place runner Erick Rudolph at the races ¼ mark. The second caution would come out on lap 37 as Marcus Dinkins spun in turn four. On the lap 44 restart, Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, and Peter Britten went three-wide for seventh as Lindberg, Susice, and Rudolph started to pull away from the field. Rudolph would take second away from Susice on lap 55. Rudolph would start to reel in Lindberg as the leader hit heavy lap traffic. Rob Knapp would spin to bring out the caution on lap 70 to slow the field down. The lap 74 restart would see Lindberg and Rudolph battle for the lead, with Lindberg starting to pull away. In lap traffic, Rudolph would close the gap and battle with Lindberg and would take the lead with six laps remaining. Rudolph would use lap traffic and would pull away to earn his fourth Super DIRTcar Series win of the season. Next race for the Super DIRTcar Series will be on Tuesday, August 6 at the Ransomville Speedway for the 35th running of the Summer Nationals.
Dylan Davidson and Chad Chevalier brought the BEI Lightning Series to the green flag for their 40-lap main event with Chevalier leading at the end of lap one. James Michael Friesen would battle with Davidson for second as Brent Begolo battled with Ryan Ferri for fourth place. A trio of cautions would slow the pace of the beginning of the main event. Once the field got going, Chevalier would start to pull away from Davidson and Friesen. Greg Panunte and Kyle Inman would work their way through the field and would enter the top 10 and would challenge for positions inside the top five during the second half of the main event. Zackery Payne would spin in turn two right in front of Dylan Davidson to bring out the caution on lap 30. The late-race restart would see Chevalier showing the way over Friesen with Davidson. Cody McPherson entered the top five with less than ten laps remaining and would take over third from Davidson. Chevalier would go on to score the win. The next race for the BEI Lightning Series will be the Sean Letts Memorial on Friday, September 13 at the Ransomville Speedway. The five random position draws from Baron Roofing and Bobcat of Hamilton went to Kyle Inman, Paul Gaboury, Luke Carleton, Jim Harbison, and Dylan Davidson.
The Central Fabricating 4 Cylinders had their Insta Panels Duel on the Dirt combined race which saw Jeremy Cooper lead off the green flag. Off a lap four restart, Cooper continued to show the way over Craig Vlasic, Cole Hardy, Tyler Lafantaisie and Leroy Buscumb. The leaders would hit lap traffic and would be a factor as it would allow Vlasic and Lafantaisie to close in on Cooper. Lafantaisie would take second away and would throw everything he had at Cooper while working lap traffic in the second half of the race. Dan McKay and Kyle Wert would come together on the front straightaway to bring out the caution on lap 21. Cooper and Lafantaisie would battle for the lead off the restart as Vlasic, Hardy, and Leroy Buscumb raced in the top five. Lafantaisie would regain the lead on lap 28 with Cooper battling back for the top spot. Cooper would regain the lead with 10 laps remaining. Cooper and Lafantaisie would pull away from the balance of the field. Cooper would go on to score the feature win, his first of the season. The five random position draws from Baron Roofing and Bobcat of Hamilton went to Evan Curtis, Vincent Pagnotta, Garnet Wilson, Trevor Want, and Kurtis Wiley.
Racing action returns to Merrittville on Saturday, August 10 as Niagara Employment Help Centre presents a full Bobcat of Hamilton Weekly Racing Series program featuring the Bill Willard Sr Sterling Silver Cup for the Sportsman plus the annual Kids Box Car Races. Pit gates will open at 5pm with grandstands opening at 5:30pm. Showtime is at 7pm.
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