2010 SOUTH ARCADE RECAP
2010 SAS BANQUET NOVEMBER 6TH AT THE WILLOWS IN HOLLAND NY
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South Arcade Celebrated Night of Champions
By: Steven Petty
DELEVAN, NY… The South Arcade Speedway was under new management for the 2010 season as former Genesee Speedway Promoter Mike Lauterborn took on the roll of owner of the former Freedom Raceway. The speedway had a successful 2010 racing campaign and the track honored the 2010 Champions at the Holland Willows in the Erie County hamlet of Holland.
The Jerges Fastrak Late Models headlined the program at the Delevan, NY oval. Justin Tatlow was crowned champion for 2010 after collecting three wins to go along with 11 top five finishes and 12 top ten finishes throughout the campaign. Just 14 points separated Tatlow and 2010 Rookie of the Year Adam Sixt. Sixt also collected three wins during the season along with 12 top 5’s and 13 top 10’s. Batavia, NY resident Tom Kemp finished third in points while Bob Kish and Ike Fanton rounded out the top five in points. Rounding out the top ten in points included Tim Schram, Ron Baker, Wade Mohawk, Jason Bridge and Garret Stephen. Bob Kish, Matt Cobb, Steve Dixon and Mike Pegher also visited victory lane at least once during the season.
The Insinger Fuels E-Mods saw eight different drivers see victory lane during the season. However, 2010 Champion Carl Ballinger was not one of them. The Castlile, NY pilot won the title over George Ritter by 67 points. Third in points Darren Tarabori crossed the finish line ahead of everyone else on just one occasion while fourth in points John Woodward Jr. won four feature races. Veteran driver Al Brewer also won one feature during the season and finished fifth in points. TJ Downs, Nathan Hill, Brian Gillespie, Vic Vena and Mike Eschrich were sixth through tenth in points respectively. Hill, Vena, Rich Michael, Mike Milford, and Jeff Johnson all crossed the start finish line first at least one time during the 2010 racing season.
The Lauterborn Electric Street Stocks saw the top three in points only be separated by 71 points. 2010 champion Ron Mogavero helped his cause by winning three times in route to the title. Runner up John Ellwood won once while third in points Tim Bruce had seven top five’s and 14 top ten finishes. Fourth in points Daniel Giboo also won 3 times during the season and finished fourth in points while David Downs rounded out the top five in points. Matt Pfalzer, Doug Jones, Bruno Mowery, Josh Wilcox and Nate Arnold finished 6th-10th in points when the season was done. Jones, Mowery, Chris Austin, Randy Taylor and Jeff Hellwig also collected victories in 2010.
The Lauterborn Electric Pure Stocks saw five different drivers grace victory lane, including champion Zach Hamer, who won on three different occasions. He was crowned champion by just five points over Curt Pastorious. Blane Krott won five times to lead all drivers in the division and Krott finished third in the points chase. Dale Hamer and Tonia Ellwood rounded out the top five. Finishing six through ten in points include Fred Ely (4 wins), Ed Winans, Bud Barone, Rod Winans, and Dennis Thomas (1 win).
“Bad” Brad Knab was crowned champion in the Insinger Alcohol DIRTcar Sprint Cars division this season at South Arcade. In just three appearances this season by the sprints, Knab was able to get three top five finishes including a win to earn the championship over Elba, NY pilot John Venuto. Jeremy Barnard, Chris Muhliesen and Bob Reis rounded out the top five in points. Tim Zack finished sixth in points, just four out of fifth. Knab, Venuto and Muhliesen were the only competitors able to get to victory lane this season for the winged warriors.
With five wins, eight top fives, and 12 top ten finishes, Sam Fuller was crowned champion in the Lauterborn Electric Mini Stocks for the 2010 campaign at South Arcade. Fuller won the title by a slim nine points over Dave Burdick. Dan Lockwood, Riley Ellison and Richard Kline were in spots three through five when the season was over with. The drivers who finished in positions six through 10 were Joe Perrin, Randy Lananger, Chris Paar, Mike Sweeney and Bill Bailey. Sam Fuller, Dan Lockwood, Chris Paar, Davey Lowe, Ron Shisler, and Bill McKinney were the drivers that were able to celebrate in victory lane with their crew, sponsors and fans during the 2010 season.
South Arcade brought back the 360 Late Models/Super Stocks to the competitive Delevan, NY oval on a couple of occasions late last season and when the points battle was all said and done, it was Carl Shetler claiming his first career track title. Shetler had six top five finishes and six top ten tallies in just six starts on his way to the title. Basom, NY pilot Jon Rivers went to victory lane three times in just four appearances at South Arcade but Shetler was at the track every week that the 360’s were on hand in order to beat out the former Genesee Speedway champion. Tom Baker, Conlee Giboo and Brian Kotarski finished behind Shetler and Rivers in the title chase. Bill Holmes, Eric Murphy, Jason Bridge, Wally Wade and Tom Bellanca Jr. finished sixth through tenth in points this season. Brian Kotarski, Bill Holmes, along with Jon Rivers was the only three competitors to grace the winners circle this season for the always competitive 360 Late Models/Super Stocks.
The specialty awards portion of the banquet started with the Contingency Connection as they gave out special awards to the competitors this season at the South Arcade Speedway. Winners included Bob Kish, Ron Mogavero, Curt Pastorius, Riley Ellison, Dale Hamer, Adam Sixt and John Ellwood. The next round of awards that were handed out were the Rookie of the Year Awards. Dale Hamer (Pure Stocks), Riley Ellison (Mini Stocks), John Ellison (Street Stocks) and Adam Sixt (Fastrak Late Models) were the recipiants of those awards. The Hard Luck Award is an award that you really don’t want to have but Curt Pastorious in the Pure Stock division was awarded the SAS Hard Luck Award. Pastorious finished five points short of winning the title over Zach Hamer. The Sportsman of the Year Award was presented to Street Stock Champion Ron Mogavero.
The South Arcade Speedway would like to thank those that donated to the banquet this year. Dale Valley Diecast, Frank’s Place Concessions, Lauterborn Electric, Speedway Signs, Gary and Deb Wood, Hoffy’s, Bicknell Racing Products, Competiton Products, Performance Transmission, McKerrow and Sons, Sixt Lumber, Tractor Supply Company (Arcade), Rockauto.com, Fast Pace Photos, Chaffee Sound and Electronics, Boundy’s NASCAR Museum(Springville) and WGWE FM 105.5
The 2011 racing schedule kicks off at South Arcade on Saturday May 21st at 6pm featuring the Fastrak Crate Models, Pangrazio-Mac Tools E-Mods, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks. The South Arcade Speedway is located on Marble Springs Road in Delevan, NY, just a few minutes from the village of Arcade. For more information, you can call the Main Office during the week at 585-293-2780 or visit the speedway on the World Wide Web at www.southarcadespeedway.com
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2010 WEEKLY RESULTS
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REDHORSE PERFORMANCE CHAMPIONS CUP-$1000.00 GIFT PACK...BOB KISH
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SAS SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR....RON MAGAVERO
SAS HARD LUCK...CURT PASTORIUS
SAS JERGES FASTRAK LATE MODEL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR...ADAM SIXT
SAS LAUTERBORN ELECTRIC STREET STOCK ROOKIE OF THE YEAR....JOHN ELLISON
SAS LAUTERBORN ELECTRIC MINI STOCK ROOKIE OF THE YEAR...RILEY ELLISON
SAS LAUTERBORN ELECTRIC PURE STOCK ROOKIE OF THE YEAR...DALE HAMER
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FINAL 2010 POINT STANDINGS
Zach Hamer .....Lauterborn Electric Pure Stock Champion
Sam Fuller .....Lauterborn Electric Mini Stock Champion
Carl Shetler.....INSINGER RACING FUELS 360 Late Models
RON MOGAVERO.....Lauterborn Electric Street Stock Champion
Justin Tatlow.....Jerge’s Auto Parts FASTRAK Late Models
"BAD" BRAD KNAB....INSINGER RACING FUELS DIRTcar SPRINTS CHAMP
While serving in the Air Force 37 years ago, Carl Ballinger suffered a mishap that could have left him unable to walk. He was fortunate to quickly recover his mobility.
On Friday, all these many years later, he took another inspirational step.
Ballinger walked to the South Arcade Speedway champions celebration ceremony as the track's newly crowned E-Mod season points champion.
After competing in the E-Mod class at the Delevan-based dirt track for the last decade, Ballinger, 56, was understandably very proud and emotional after being crowned the champion.
His is a story of perseverance, determination, comebacks and heart.
"This is surprising," Ballinger said of his title. "It feels good. I started in 2000 in the IMCA Modifieds and just kept working at it. My best finish before was fourth in championship points so this is one to remember."
Ballinger's title was built on consistency. Although he was winless at SAS in 2010 he compiled 10 top-five runs in 13 races. He finished third behind winner John Woodward Jr. and Josh Pangrazio in the 15-lap E-Mod finale Friday to beat George Ritter for the championship by 67 points.
"I never really thought this year about winning the championship," said Ballinger, who lives in Castile. "I realized at the end of July that I finally knew that I would probably win it. I didn't count my chickens, though, because anything could have happened. George is just as good a driver and just as deserving."
Ballinger is no stranger to adversity. He walks with a heavy limp due to an accident he suffered several years ago and also because of knee replacement surgery four years ago. Last season he missed the first five weeks due to an adjustment to a knee. Yet he never gets down and always keeps a positive attitude.
"Keep your heart in it, whatever it is you want to do," Ballinger said. "I've been through a lot in my life. My back was broke 37 years ago when I was in the Air Force. I had to learn to walk all over again. Four years ago my left knee was broke and I've had that replaced twice.
"I broke my back in England when I was riding my motorcycle to work with the Air Force. I was cut off. The doctor said I might never walk again. I said, 'Don't tell me that.' It took me six months to learn how to walk again. It's all about heart."
Ballinger is more of a low-budget racer who says he's in it for fun. He does not have a pit crew. He is sponsored by a local pizzeria. His deal includes a free pizza for every race he runs.
"I do this alone. There's not a lot of money coming my way," laughed Ballinger. "Maybe for the championship my pizza sponsor will give me a large pizza with extra toppings."
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