Penn Can Speedway, 16 September 2007

On Sunday, September 16, I ventured to Penn Can Speedway for the 100 lap, $5000 to win King of the Can dirt modified race. This was my third race ever at the track that is about 15 mile south of Binghamton, NY. The first two were quite good racing wise (and running the show-wise) so I was looking forward to what, amazingly, was my first race I attended in Pennsylvania this year. The 2007 version of the King of the Can race didn’t disappoint. A good field of over 50 modifieds showed up including such invaders as Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, and Jeff Strunk. This combined with the quality group of drivers that normally run Penn Can lead to a good race. They only took 3 cars out of each of 6 heat races and some good drivers didn’t qualify through the heats and had to qualify through the consi. One of these was Billy Decker. Brain Weaver also had trouble qualifying and ended up taking a provisional and started in the rear of the field. Both Decker and Weaver were charging from the back when Decker come up on slower traffic in the middle of turns 3 and 4, and when trying to avoid the slower cars, he spun out taking a few other cars, including Weaver with him. This was a shame because I think either Weaver or Decker could have seriously challenged the race winner. As it was, up until about 10 laps to go, Jeff Rudalavage (who started on the pole) and Joey Grammes had a great battle for the lead. Jeff pulled ahead slightly over the last 10 laps and took a popular win. Grammes held on to second in front of Stewart Friesen, who finished third in the Grammes team’s back-up car. Overall a great race, maybe the best modified race I saw all year, even if the winner came from the pole. The only downside to Penn Can is that it is a little dusty, but with the racing they have, I won’t complain about a little dirt in my Hot Chocolate (it was pretty cold, after all, so I didn’t go for anything chilled to drink).

BTW: I seem to have missed a race in New Egypt that I went to in early August in my blog, but it wasn’t anything special and I don’t remember much that was all that interestign to report, so I won’t write a separate post and will just increase my count here by two races instead of one.

My 2007 stats after the King of the Can race:

Races: 26
Tracks: 18 (12 new) (162 lifetime)
States: 16 (8 new) (43 lifetime)