May 14, 2014
Okay it took me a little bit but I think I am able once again to post to the site. Sorry for the delay in getting the schedule and stories posted. Should all be good and the stories will be posted weekly agian. Also thenk you to all for being patient with us as we are learning the new transponder system. We feel it is going well, still have a few things to master but are getting there.
May 3rd 2014
Millville, PA – A cool and overcasts day greeted the racers and fans at GVTA this Saturday, and the skys brought a better than 50% chance of rain when the action kicked off. This night saw the return of some familiar faces. Sporting her Mohawk helmet, Sara Koch made her 2014 debut at GVAT and picked up a solid heat win in Rookie blue. Curtis McCormick returns to racing; he had not raced since last October. McCormick picked up a new ride, the Joker previously owned by Randy Boston. In mediums, the Riding Shotgun drummer Shawn Hill also made his debut. It’s early in the season, but some drivers are already throwing down the gauntlet with some dominant performances. Jayden Harman has now won all four features in Kid Karts, and thus far, the competition has not even been close. Kile Roeder, has won all three of his starts in Junior Cage. The race was down to the wire for second and third. Derek Berlitz and Trevor Welsh went back and forth, trading second and third throughout the race, with Berlitz in second coming into turn three on the final lap, but Welsh dropped low and evened it up all the way to the finish, but Berlitz would finish second be mere inches over Welsh. In Rookie Blue, the Mohawk of Sarah Koch put the field on notice that she is back after she handily won the feature, the Twister could only watch her rear bumper the entire night. In Adult Cage, Tim Hackman, who states that this will be his last year in Karts, was looking for his first feature win on the year. He had the pole and the lead about half way through, but last year’s champ, The Buff, Brandon Cook, was able to get around Hackman, and went on to pick up his third win on the year. In Rookie Purple, the class was finally combine this night, but it mattered not to Eric Ankiewitz, Jr, for he picked up his third feature win on the year, Josie Wiebel had a respectable third finish, just behind Taylor Noss. Just when the Micros came out for their heats, the rain returned, causing a three and half hour delay. But the rain abated long enough for the rest of the show to be completed, and what a show it was. So far this year, Mike Koehler has been on fire in the 600s. He finds his groove on the outside and works it to great success, and that’s how a started the feature. But Jeff Weaver has also looked good this year and at about lap 12, when Koehler was deep in lap traffic, Weaver found an opening to seize the lead. Koehler fought hard to take the lead back, but Weaver held off the challenge to pick up his first win on the year. For the 270 Regulars, Ross Perchak once again takes the checkered, with Sean Stolz a close second, and Jeff Wever finishing 5th overall. Scott Avery was able to pick up his first feature win in Rookie 270, and Tim Hackman getting in the top three. Big smiles for the Roberts Team when Danny Roberts cruised to victory lane in the 125 feature. Despite the weather delay, all in all it was another stellar night of racing at GVAT. We will see you on Saturday.
April 19th 2014
Millville, PA – A sunny and cool day greeted the racers and fans at GVAT. Breezy as well, but that did not slow down the racers one bit. A lot new faces in the Kart classes, so much so that the Rookie Purple class was divided into a rookie class and a seasoned class. It’s just temporary so they newest drivers get a little wheel time. After a few weeks, the Purple class will be recombined. Also new for the 2014 season, the Micros will use the transponder system for the first time to score an entire season at GVAT. Transponders have been used before, but only on special occasions. This second week of points racing sees many returning champions picking up where they left off from last year. Getting is second feature win in as many weeks, The Buff, Brandon Cook, puts his stamp down early in Adult Cage. After winning the Kid Kart Championship a few years back, the Twister, Tristan Huffman has faced strong competition in Rookie Purple, and last year, just missed out for a top three finish. Well, Twister is feeling it again, and he picked up his first feature win in Rookie Blue Saturday. Making his 2014 GVAT debut in Junior Cage, Kile Roeder took on long -time rivals Chase Morris and Trevor Welsh. Just a handful of points put Morris over Welsh in 2013 for the Chase Man’s second championship in Juniors. But Roeder schooled them both to take the checkered flag. In the Seasoned Rookie Purple Class, 2012 Kid Kart Champ, Trevor Radvanyi found his way into victory lane over Josie Weibel and Tayor Noss, respectively. In the rookie Rookie Purple class, newcomer Dylan Keyte edged out Dalton Hayes and the Stove Girl, Beth Stolz. In the Kid Karts, Jayden Harman has made two fantasticruns in the past weeks, going back-to-back feature wins, and how. The competition looks almost as though it is standing still the way Harman’s 51 leaps off the start line, and no one has come close to catching up so far, either. In the 600’s, Mike Koehler and his team are off to a roaring start. After picking up a second place finish at the inaguaral event, Dream at the Green 3, Koehler has since one both 600 features this year. When asked if he was making a run for the 2014 championship, Koehler just smiled and said ‘at this point, we are just running to have fun’ and that he did not want to deal with ‘the stress of running for points’. What makes Koehler’s wins more impressive is that his can lives on the outside, finding all sorts of speed up top. Finishing second, the driver from Bridgeport, NJ, is Rich Keller in the GO! 600. A member of Rich’s team expressed her and Rich’s enjoyment of racing at GVAT, remarking that politics do not play a role here and that lap cars do try to get out of the way when racing. Also of note is Jessica Miller’s debut in a 600cc. Her team was still assembling parts of the when they reached the track. Miller has had great success in the 125 class and has had some solid runs in the 270, and now we will get to see how she does in this class. Picking up his first win ever, Joe Grenier was all smiles in victory lane for the 125cc. In the 270cc Rookie class, Alyson Godusky was able to hold on after the race leader burned up just about halfway through. The Regular 270cc class was huge, going for four heats and one Consy. Josh Beaamer was the one to beat, off the start, he held his own until the lap traffic pushed him to the outside, then the Rocket, Ross Perchak pounced. Perchak drove underneath in the traffic, found the hole and snagged the lead. He held on and picked up his first feature win of the night. As always, the excitement and thrills mount up at GVAT. We will see you there on Saturday.
DREAM AT THE GREEN
"Phenom-onal" 600cc Win For Bright; Edgar Takes 270cc Cash in Dream at the Green by BARRY ANGSTADT Millville, Pa. - April 5 - "The Phenom", Alex Bright, was certainly ecstatic over his fourth place finish in January's Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Quik Trip Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But the Collegeville, Pa. driver displayed just as much joyful emotion after his $2,500 victory in Saturday night's Dream at the Green 600cc Micro-Sprint race at the Greenwood Valley Action Track near Bloomsburg. "The car owner had it set up too tight to do proper victory doughnuts," explained Bright after he attempted to celebrate by spinning his car around and around on the backstretch. "But it was great...almost perfect...for racing!" Standing off to one side in victory lane, Bright's car owner, Rich Glosser, just smiled and said, "typical race driver...never satisfied." Brandon Edgar, from Lehighton, Pa., captured the RTS Chassis 270cc Dream victory after some last lap excitement that featured not one, but a pair of restarts with one lap remaining. In the 35-lap A-Main for the 600cc Micros, presented by American Racer Tires, Mike Koehler started from the pole position and darted to the early lead. Koehler, from Williamsport, was especially hooked up when he ran the high side, and he used that groove to keep Jay Hartman behind him as the race finally gained some rhythmn after several aborted attempts to complete the first lap. Bright, who started third, made his presence known with six laps in the books. He roared off turn four, threading the needle between Koehler and runner-up Jay Hartman. Bright's momentum carried him under Koehler and into the lead, but a yellow flag wiped out his pass and put Koehler back in front. Koehler was strong and opened up some daylight over Bright as the race entered its middle stages. As he caught the back of the field, though, and had to begin lapping cars, Koehler became a bit cautious. On the 23rd trip around Gerry and Cindy Creveling's oval, Koehler chose the low groove and stayed behind a slower car. Bright quickly took advantage, pulling up to the leader's rear bumper in turns 3 & 4, then sweeping past Koehler on the high side to get control and grab the top spot. "The car got tighter and tighter as the race went on," noted Koehler afterward. "Especially when I was in traffic, it just got tight and I was out of adjustments in the cockpit - I had everything dialed as far as I could go." "Mike and I were very even for most of the race," stated Bright in the winner's circle. "Once I got by him - and I wasn't sure that I ever would - then I seemed to be faster. But he ran a great race." Jay Hartman, Kyle Lick, and last year's 600cc Dream winner, Sean Stolz, battled furiously for third over the final ten circuits, with Hartman securing the position and Lick nipping Stolz for fourth at the stripe. A terrific field of 66 cars entered the 600cc portion of the Dream, with Delaware's Matt Smith setting fast time of 11.139 seconds. Smith received $100 from Edge Chassis as the 600cc Quick Timer. The six qualifying heat winners included Jay Hartman, Jeff Weaver, Greg Stevens, Richie Hartman, Mike Dicely, and Matt Smith. The D-Main went to Tyler Campbell, with Bobby Scherff winning the C and Luke Thomas claiming the B-Main victory. Mike Koehler triumphed in the Nunzi's Advertising Specialties Dash, thereby earning the right to start the A-Main from the pole position. Billy Pauch, Jr. received a cash bonus for being the Vogel Designs 600cc Rookie of the Dream. Pauch recorded the best finish of all the first-time entrants, placing tenth in the A-Main. James Morris, whose night began with a blown motor in warm-ups, climbed from 22nd starting spot to a sixth-place finish, earning the Devo Race Engines Hard Charger Award and a drum of racing fuel from H.B.Steele. A stout field of 49 drivers entered the 270cc Dream on Saturday, with Temple University student Brandon Edgar picking up the $1,500 victory. Edgar inherited the top spot after disaster struck race-long leader Tommy Kunsman Jr. with just eight tours remaining. Kunsman, who started on the pole, seemingly had his competitors covered and the big win within his sights. His Kunsman Paving No. 21k had other ideas, however, as the carburetor came off while he was negotiating lapped traffic with 27 trips complete. He coasted to a halt about halfway down the backstretch. That put Edgar, who didn't even qualify for last year's Dream at the Green, on the inside of row one for the restart. He knew it wouldn't be a leisurely drive to victory lane, though, as multi-time Greenwood Valley track champ and last season's 270 Dream winner Ross Perchak was lined up alongside. Edgar blasted to the lead as the green reappeared, and he actually put some distance between himself and Perchak as the laps clicked off, but a yellow flag, with half a lap to go, kept the drama alive. On the restart, Perchak got the jump on Edgar as they launched off turn four and headed for the green. "I was not happy to see that yellow...I was so upset," said Edgar. "Then, when Ross got the jump on me on that restart, I thought 'oh well, that's that...we just lost the race.' But we got another chance and I wasn't going to mess it up. It all worked out; this is my biggest win in the Micros and it feels great. (Not qualifying) last year doesn't even matter anymore." The "other chance" to which Edgar referred came when Brayden Winters flipped wildly in turn two, just after Perchak had taken the lead from Edgar. The yellow waved immediately, again, so Edgar was put back to the lead. And, since a lap had not been completed after the previous restart, the next attempt to finish the race was in single-file formation. Edgar darted away from Perchak and the rest of his pursuers, leading the final revolution and notching the lucrative triumph. Perchak, Rob Pajauis, Austin Bishop, and Pete Skias made up the top five. The Viper Chassis Fast Time Award for the 270's went to Nick Skias, who scorched the oval with a time of 11.460 seconds. Heat race winners were Richie Hartman, Pajauis, Kunsman, Edgar, and Jesse Maurer. The C-Main victory was claimed by Nick Skias, while his dad, Pete, won the B-Main. Kunsman registered the Ahner Furniture Dash victory. United Racing Company Sprint Car pilot and former Micro-Sprint standout Randy West made his first start in the Dream event, and his sixth-place finish resulted in him being named the RTS Chassis 270 Rookie of the Dream. Pete Skias started 21st in the 270cc A-Main and raced his way to a fifth-place finish, earning the Skeetz Built Motors Hard Charger bonus, along with a drum of racing fuel, courtesy of H.B. Steele.