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Sandusky June 13th PR

Sandusky Sees Dominant Streaks Ended as New Winners Flood Victory Lane

(SANDUSKY, OH, June 14th, 2015)- The racing action at the Sandusky Speedway on Saturday night saw five winners, all of whom captured their first checkered flag of 2015 on the big half-mile. Donavon Daniels watched the front runners collide on the final lap as he went on to capture his first feature win on the non-wing Pie Factory Buckeye Super Sprint Series tour while points leader Joe Speakman sat in the grandstands with a broken motor. In modified action, Joey Morisette got redemption in the form of a trip to Pat O’Brien Chevrolet Victory Lane after wrecking out of the Memorial Day weekend event with just a handful of laps remaining. Julia Buckles became the first driver of 2015 to best Jerry Karl for an Ohio Stock feature win, while Collin Penn (Street Stocks) and Kelly Lille (Hobby Stocks) both picked up their first wins of the season.

Bill Johnson and Jeff Karl paced the field for the twenty lap Digital Yalo Ohio Stock feature event. Johnson would take the early lead as Karl pushed up the track and quickly slid out of the top five. Johnson would also have issues as Julia Buckles, Rich Clingan, Clayton Karl and Jerry Karl stole the top four positions on lap three, relegating Johnson to fifth. The Karl brothers would pass Clingan on lap five with Clayton taking the runner-up position while Jerry held third.

Jerry Karl would pass his brother Clayton on lap nine and immediately begin running down Julia Buckles. Buckles would hold a highly defensive line throughout the last half of the race in order to pick up the win over Jerry Karl, Clayton Karl, Rich Clingan and Jeff Karl. Bill Johnson and Rick Funnel did not finish, pulling off on lap fifteen and eleven respectively.

Donavon Daniels and Brian Gibbs would start on the front row for the twenty lap Buckeye Super Sprint Series feature, with Gibbs getting the jump from the outside line in the #67 Neill Family Racing machine. Daniels would continue to slip as Frank Neill would pass him on lap one and Brian Vaughn, fast qualifier and track record holder, would pass Daniels on lap three.

Neill would pass his teammate Brian Gibbs using the inside line on lap five, while Brian Vaughn followed through one lap later. Vaughn would go into turn two slightly too fast on lap nine, spinning his #71 Speedtown Comfort machine. The restart order would be Neill, Gibbs, Daniels, and Vaughn.

Vaughn would set back to work after the restart, passing Daniels on lap eleven using the outside line then cutting back down the following lap to pass Brian Gibbs. Daniels would also pass Gibbs with just five laps to go for the third position. The race-changing moment would occur, as it often does at Sandusky Speedway, on the final lap in turn two when Frank Neill would spin in turn two, collecting Brian Vaughn.

Both drivers were originally able to continue. However, due to Neill feeling that Vaughn was responsible for the caution, Neill decided to take his own form of justice and intentionally wreck Brian Vaughn under caution. Series and track officials would park Neill as Vaughn would towed back to the pit area with a demolished racecar, dwindling the field to just Donavon Daniels and Brian Gibbs. Daniels, Gibbs, Vaughn, Ray Thurston, and Frank Neill would be the finishing order.

In the twenty lap modified feature, fans would see Tom Joy and Joey Wyckoff face off on the start, with Wyckoff shooting to an early lead followed by Joey Morisette. The field would remain relatively stable for the first half of the race until Jason Wells spun his #17 machine on the backstretch on lap ten. Wyckoff, Morisette, Joy, Kenny Sharp and Joe Shannon would make up the top five positions on the restart.

Wyckoff and Morisette would start on a five lap side by side battle when the green flag flew, which only ended due to a caution that was caused by Tyler Noeske spinning into the inside guardrail on the front straightaway. Morisette would take the lead on the backstretch when the race got back underway. Unfortunately for him, he did not get much of a chance to breathe as the caution flag flew for the third time on lap eighteen as Stephen Klinect spun with Kenny Sharp.

Joey Morisette would go on to win over Joey Wyckoff, Joe Shannon, Travis Eddy and Tom Joy. Kenny Sharp, Jason Drew, Ronnie Souders, Matt Wilson, and Bailey Delfosse rounded out the top ten while Kegan Bartlome and Chris Hamilton finished eleventh and twelfth. Not finishing the race would be Stephen Klinect, Tyler Noeske, Kenny Calhoun and Jason Wells, who would finish thirteenth through sixteenth respectively.

Gary Toth and Justin Hamilton would start on the front row of the twenty lap Milan Automotive Street Stock feature event. The event would not start very smoothly as Toth spun from the pole position on the first two green flag attempts. However, when the race finally got underway, Justin Hamilton would take the early lead only to be overtaken on lap two by Collin Penn and Logan Cooper. The race would again be slowed on lap four as Carl Smith spun in turn four.

Collin Penn would lead Logan Cooper, Justin Hamilton, Mike White and Gary Toth to the restart with Penn and Cooper engaging in an eight lap side by side battle until Cooper fell to third on lap twelve to Mike White. White would bobble on lap eighteen, returning Cooper to the runner-up position. White would spin on the following lap in turn four with just two laps remaining. Collin Penn would hold on for those final two circuits after the restart in order to win over Logan Cooper, Carl Smith and Mike White.
For the final feature event of the evening, Richard Clem and Justin Stanley led the field of Melinda! Melinda! Hobby Stocks to the green flag, with Stanley assuming the lead on the start. Soonly thereafter on lap two, points leader Kelly Lille made her appearance at the front of the pack, with Dylan Watson and Brandon Short filling in the second and third positions. Short would assume the runner-up position with five laps to go as Dylan Watson slowed to accommodate for a mechanical failure in the front suspension of his #12 machine.

Justin Stanley and Richard Clem would take advantage of Watson’s ailments on lap thirteen, taking the third and fourth positions respectively, while Chris Nicastro would pass Watson on the final lap for a top five finish. Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, it was all Kelly Lille who won over Brandon Short, Justin Stanley, Richard Clem, Chris Nicastro and Dylan Watson.

Saturday, June 20th, will be a history making event as the Main Event Racing Series outlaw body late models join forces with the ARCA Gold Cup Series for the first ever co-sanctioned event outside of the Toledo Speedway. Stars like Alex Rosenberry, Jeff Ganus and more will compete for top honors in a grueling one hundred lap event presented by Pepsi. The racing action will be supplemented by the speedway’s three weekly stock car divisions: the Ohio Stocks, Street Stocks, and Hobby Stocks.

-Official Sandusky Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich
-Photo by Dave Bishop Sr.​

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