By Jordan Kuehne
LOVES PARK, Ill. (Saturday, September 19, 2009) – On a night that featured numerous thrills and spills, Alan Bekielewski’s consistency helped him hold off a determind Mark Vicencio for the 2009 Crap Scrappers Hornets championship. Bekielewski settled down in the fifth position at the beginning of the 15-lap swarm and stayed there until the end to claim the title over Vicencio. Derek Dixon held off a hard-charging Steve McBride for the feature win. Doug Rose was the star of the show though, wowing an excited crowd with his fiery displays and amazing burns in his world famous Green Mamba Jet Car. Those in attendance were also amazed by the three Monster Trucks on hand, as Doug Noelke’s “Big Dawg”, Tom Schroeder’s “Felon” and Jim Burns’ “Mechanical Mischief” put on wild displays of car-crunching, high-flying maneuvers.
Derek Dixon jumped out to an early lead in the 15-lap season finale for the Crap Scrappers Hornets and held off a late charge from Steve McBride to collect the feature win. McBride held maneuvered his way into second, working his way by Roger Schultz and Vinny Mangiaracina for the runner-up spot.
The Crap Scrappers Hornets season championship was collected by Alan Bekielewski, who managed a solid fifth-place finish to hold off Mark Vicencio by 19 points for the crown.
“It’s a great feeling and I didn’t think we were gonna do it at the start of the year,” an ecstatic Bekielewski stated after the race. “It was a total team effort and I have to thank them for all the work they did to help me get where I am. It sure feels great to win this title, especially at the Rockford Speedway.”
Schultz, Mangaracina and Bekielewski rounded out the top five.
Mark Vicencio did find some consolation, taking home the Yellowbook Hornets Challenge season crown by just seven points over Steve McBride as Derek Dixon made sweeped the night away with a win in an exciting Second Over the Line Wins Race.
Doug Rose illuminated the night, burning vans and Brett Favre jerseys in under three minutes, leaving the fans on their feet as he received a standing ovation for his amazing displays.
In the Monster Truck Showdown Race, Doug Noelke’s “Big Dawg” outlasted Jim Burns and his “Mechanical Mischief” for the win.
Noelke proved victorious again in the Monster Truck Freestyle, using a dizzying array of donuts and wheelies making the crowd scream in approval as he claimed the victory.
Mark Schroeder’s “Felon” put on an awesome show as well, using wheelstands and car jumps to impress the crowd for a second place finish.
Jim Burns’ hometown “Mechanical Mischief” put on a display, using burnouts and car-crunching moves to round out the freestyle action.
James Stanis kept his car on line to claim the Skid Cars feature, surviving a few scrapes with the wall for victory.
“Scary” Gary Oscarson put on a show for the crowd all night long, first completing an amazing jump over a wedding tent with a limo, barely clearing the structure before making a hard landing. Oscarson, once again showing his deft touch with high-flying stunts, collected the win in the Dukes of Hazzard Jumping Contest, flying further than anyone else for the victory.
Randy Dicey found paydirt, winning the Rollover Contest in grand fashion with a combined total of 15 rotations.
Racing returns to the Rockford Speedway in two weeks, as “One Great Racing Weekend” returns to the historic quarter-mile. The 44th annual National Short Track Championships will feature 11 divisions of racing over three days, starting on Friday, October 2nd with the Weekly Warriors. Saturday, October 3rd features the headlining BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet in a 108 lap duel as well as three other divisions. Sunday afternoon, October 4th, will feature the headlining 200-lap Super Late Model main event that already has over 40 entries and more on the way as well as the Mid-American Stock Car Series in a 75-lap jaunt.
To order ticket packages or view a full schedule of events, camping information, rules and more, visit www.rockfordspeedway.com or call the Speedway Box Office at (815) 633-1500.
A-Main 01 -- 1. Derek Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 2. Steve McBride, South Beloit; 3. Roger Schultz, Rockford; 4. Vinny Mangiaracina, Rockford; 5. Alan Bekielewski, Roscoe; 6. Mark Vicencio, Rockford; 7. Brad Henry, Rockford; 8. Solomon Barker, South Beloit; 9. Guy Miller, Jr., Rockford; 10. Adam Barclay, Machesney Park; 11. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 12. Eric White, Machesney Park; 13. Brian Welch, Rockford; 14. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 15. Andrew Gilmour, Orangeville.
Heat 01 -- 1. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 2. Jason Dull, Machesney Park; 3. Guy Miller, Jr., Rockford; 4. Brian Welch, Rockford; 5. Richard Remer, Winnebago; 6. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 7. Adam Barclay, Machesney Park; 8. Eric White, Machesney Park; 9. Andrew Gilmour, Orangeville.
Heat 02 -- 1. Alan Bekielewski, Roscoe; 2. Vinny Mangiaracina, Rockford; 3. Steve McBride, South Beloit; 4. Solomon Barker, South Beloit; 5. Jake Vicencio, Rockford; 6. Roger Schultz, Rockford; 7. Derek Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 8. Mark Vicencio, Rockford; 9. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 10. Brad Henry, Rockford.
Challenge 01 -- 1. Derek Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 2. Steve McBride, South Beloit; 3. Mark Vicencio, Rockford; 4. Jeffery Turnure II (r), Rockford; 5. Guy Miller, Jr., Rockford; 6. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 7. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 8. Eric White, Machesney Park; 9. Andrew Gilmour, Orangeville; 10. Brad Henry, Rockford; 11. Roger Schultz, Rockford.
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