September 26, 2023

Tonkin takes points ahead of Afton

June 30 – Carbondale’s Brett Tonkin followed up his win from the previous week by finishing second in the 30-lap Modified feature at Afton Motorsports Park in New York on June 24.

In the process, Tonkin moved into the lead in the track division standings with 410 points. That’s eight more than Shaun Walker and ten ahead of Brandon Loucks. Both drivers are from Masonville, New York.

Old Forge’s Brian Puckett placed seventh in the feature. Darwin Greene of Susquehanna was ninth, Nick Mady of Dingman’s Ferry was eleventh and Old Forge’s Bobby Puckett was twentieth. Brian Puckett and Mady also won their respective heat races.

Greene is seventh in the standings with 277 points. Bobby Puckett is 11th with 230 points, Mady 12th with 225 points, Forest City’s Dan Vauter 19th with 204 points and Brian Puckett 20th with 199 points.

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June was a rough month for area racetracks with rain seemingly postponing tickets every Friday and Saturday.

Penn Can Speedway is no exception. The Susquehanna track has had its “Pappy” Beaven Memorial Night for the past two weeks. It will again attempt to hold the program in honor of the circuit’s founder on Friday at 7 p.m

It’s also Military Appreciation Night sponsored by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In addition, the CRSA Sprints are making their first of two visits to Penn Can this year. With one win, one second and one third this season, Jordan Hutton of Hannibal, New York, leads the standings with 505 points.

Also on the program are Modifieds, Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, 600cc Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Four-Cylinders.

Vacation racing

Several issues and series host events during the 4th of July holiday.

After being inactive last week, Hamlin Speedway will be back in action on Saturday at 7 p.m. All divisions are in action, headlined by the All-Star Slingshots Firecracker 100.

On Sunday, the Short Track Super Series Modified North Region heads to Fonda Speedway in New York for the Firecracker 50. The 50-lap race is worth $10,000 to win. The Crate 602 Sportsman North Region will also perform the Firecracker 25 and pay $2000 to win. The match starts at 7.15 pm

The Super DIRTcar Series is Monday at Land of Legends in Canandaigua, New York, for the Stars and Stripes Spectacular. The 60 round Modified feature pays $7500 to win.

On Wednesday, the Super DIRTcar Series returns to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, for the makeup of a May 7 rain shower. The 75-round feature pays $7,500 to win. There will also be a 30 round Big Block Modified feature and a 20 round Sportsman feature.

Fast numbers

Jordan Thomas van Harding opened the Empire Sprint Series/CNY Speedweek on Wednesday with a seventh-place finish at Can Am Speedway in Lafargeville, New York. Thomas was scheduled to compete at the Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, New York, on Thursday. The ESS/CNY Speedweek then moves to Brewerton, NY, Speedway on Friday and ends at Fulton, NY, Speedway on Saturday. … At Bloomsburg Fair Raceway on June 22, Taylor’s Mike Loney finished second in the 602 Sportsman 20-lap makeup. Scranton’s Brandon Oleski was seventh, Lake Ariel’s Tyler Peet eighth and Hamlin’s Ralph Mele ninth. In the planned 20-lap feature, Loney was eighth, Peet ninth, Lake Ariel’s Allan Kellogg tenth and Oleski seventeenth. … Two of the first five races of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek rained out. The 10-race series would continue at Lincoln Speedway on Thursday. It then heads to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday, before returning to Port Royal on Monday. … Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville will hold the annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial Friday at 7:45 p.m. Headlining the show is a 40 round Modified feature that pays $6,000 to win and a 20 round 602 Sportsman feature that pays $1,500 to win. … Condolences to racing brothers Nick and Brian Mady on the passing of their grandfather and biggest supporter, Joseph O. “Marlo” St. Onge. He turned 86.

SCOTT WALSH covers motorsport for The Times-Tribune. Contact him at; 570 348-9100 ext. 5109; and follow him @swalshTT on Twitter.

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