Archive for May, 2016


Donnie Schatz earns his 7th win of the grueling WOO Sprint Car Schedule. Weedsport Speedway opened it gates for the first time this season with a double bill show that proved to be a good one. If you haven’t visited Weedsport Speedway in a few years, then you really should make a point to do so.


Crome the well prepped track surface, to the new grandstands, and let’s not for get the HUGE Jumbotron. Along with of those cool nuances let’s talk about the LED lights that light up the track. These things are awesome. I shot most of the night without a flash on. With these new lights it changes they way we as photographers can shoot a race, but that is for a different blog post. 

Ok enough of that stuff lets get back to why we were at Weedsport. Sprint Cars, Sprint cars, Sprint Cars, that’s all I have to say. The WOO Sprint cars made their way up from PA to give us Dirt Modified fans a thrill. 


Twenty Eight sprints cars were on Hand along with 35 DIRT Sportsman. $1000 to win the sportsman feature and a cool $10,000 goes to the winner of the Sprint car A-Main 

Donny Schatz seems to have his stuff together when he shows up at NYS dirt tracks. Heck let’s face it he has his stuff together where ever he goes. Pictured above Joey Saldana set a new track record in his Famous ” Beef Packers” car. Joey ran flat out around the tacky banked Weedsport Speedway at 12.274 seconds. Saldana was a touch faster then Hodnett, Logan Schuchart, and Daryan Pittman.


After the thrilling Sportsman race the sprint cars rolled out onto the speedway for the pre-race program. The news track lights started to go off and on in a sequence that went around the track along with some fireworks to get the crowd pumped for what they were about to witness, Sprint Cars.

As the cars fired up in front of the push trucks, music blasted through the High Def sound system, and the packed grandstands roared with excitement. Fans waited for the Four abreast parade, that still gives me goosebumps. After a couple parade laps the driveres stepped down on the throttle to clean out their 410ci power plants.



Logan Schuchart lead the all star field to the green. Logan is still looking for his first WOO feature win. Let me tell you Schuchart did a great job out front all night except for the last five laps. Schatz started 9th with 8 heavy hitters ahead of him. I reall didn’t think Donny was going to win, but you can never count him out. Pittman and Hodnett got together and into the fence at the start of the race. This definitely changed how the race played out in my opinion. 

At a WOO event the leaders run into lap traffic after a few laps, and this race was no different. Logan got out front early keeping Saldana, Gravel, and #2 Shane Stewart behind him. 

After a few caution flags I noticed that the #15 car had made his way into the top three. Schatz had been working the bottom most of the race picking off one car at a time. 


Meanwhile Logan was running both the top and bottom trying to get through traffic. Lap 30 Schuchart went up high in turn one giving Schatz the bottom, and the room to move into the lead. 


I must admit I was hoping to see Schuchart in the Bobby Allen car take the win, but the elder Schatz prevailed. David Gravel finished third, Daryn Pittman, and Grad Sweet rounded out the top five.


Just after the race winner finished in victory lane the sky’s opened up ending a great night of racing.

Thank you for stopping by.

I will see you at the track!

John Zachary Photography


For the past two Saturday’s, Square Deal Riders have tried to get their Flat track race season underway, but the weather had other plans for the 79 year old club. 

Last night 5-21-16 we made our way to Harpersville to cover the first Race at SDR. This week was the annual NYS Quad Championships. Over a 150 riders in both Quads and Bikes filled the pits for the opener. 


Mike Williams and the entire SDR crew did fantastic job preparing the place for another year of racing on the 1/4 mile pee gravel track. The club members installed a new front stretch wall this spring, and also installed a new scoring system that uses transponders to keep track of the action on the track. 

Soon after the riders meeting the sky’s started to open up eith a light rain. Luckily for us the track will take a lot of rain before it becomes to wet to race. All riders were able to get one practice session in before the heat races started.


This year the club decided to start the nights races one hour earlier then past years. Doing this will allow the club to get the entire show completed before their curfew. In recent years with over 200 riders in the pits, caused the show to go longer then they were used too. I guess this is a good problem to have lol. Local first tracks in NY wish they had to many participants in the pit area every week. 


By the way it looks this year will prove to be the same as far as entries at SDR. With the light rain keeping the track moist, the racing was very fast and exciting for the fans that choose to stick it out. SDR officials ran the show along at a good pace trying to beat the heavy rains that were in the forecast.

This weekend the Quads played top bill with their 15 lap Champuonship main event. After the quad heat races we all new that the main was going to be a good one. After the riders were introduced to the fans, they lined up on the front stretch in three rows. 

Still racing the green lights came on and the quads dashed into turn one side by side. Eric Jennings grabbed the hole shot on past race winner Donahue, giving him a slight advantage down the back shoot.


Jennings kept his #401 ride out front until a nasty crash brought. Out the redf flag. The rider involved in the crash walked off the track to the ambulance to be looked at by the medical staff. In flat track racing after a red flag the riders line up one behind each other at the start finish line. Jennings new he needed to get a good gate again, Ahead of the always fast Donahue. Once again the green lights came on and the field headed out for four more laps. This time Donahue stayed real close to the rear bumper of Jennings quad. In between turn one and two Jennings rolled up on two wheels giving Donahue his one shot at the lead. #717 looked low on the leader but #401 gathered his quad up and pulled Donahue down the backstretch. Jennings was able to hang on for the win, with Donahue close behind.


              Dennis Goyer Aboard His #611 Yamaha

After that thrilling race the Bike classes would have to step their game to match that race. A full field of expert riders made their way onto the well watered track for the 450 Expert feature. After the riders placed their machines exactly where they wanted them for the start of the main. As soon as the green lights the riders aimed their 450cc bullets towards the first turn.


This might be  the best part of the night. Watching 15 bikes head off into a left hand turn inches apart.These guys are great at what they do, and it shows week after week. 


Michael Poe #83 from Parkton, Md,rode his Honda to the victory in the Open Experts class. #88 John Wood was in the runner up spot along with Jeremy Higgins, Craig Estelle, and Lowell Carson rounding out the top five. The entire race had good battles through out the field. Sometimes it seems like these main events are to short, just when it gets good it seems like the checkered flag is flying. I guess that is part of the excitement, short and sweet. 

450 am top three Mike Buman Jr, Chris Leviness Jr, Jeremiah Duffy.

450 Expert was one by always fun to watch Lowell Carson, followed by Jeremy Higgins, and open winner Michael Poe. 

The weather tried to stop the racing most of the night, but the SDR crew ran a tight program all night. It was well worth getting a little wet, because the racing was top notch as always. 

Make sure to mark your calanders for June,4 for the annual Scooters for Hooters benefit race. Along with a regular race on tap. 

All pictures can be seen at John Zachary Photography 

Thank you for stopping by,

I will see you at the track 


Last night the Brewerton Speedway opened up their 2016 Race season. The weather was finally nice for a great night of racing in Brewerton.

Larry Wight started from the front row for the 35 lap Modified Feature. Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Hulsizer, Hile, and Larry’teammate Pat Ward were some of the heavy hitters that helped fill out the field. Wight, and Chuck Bower lead the field for then first 15 laps. Chad Phelps, Ryan Bartlett, and Tom Sears rounded out the top five. On lap 20 the caution flag flew, righting up the field one else again. Bower still in the second spot was looking for a way around wight, but Larry”s Gypsum Express was to strong out front.


Soon after the restart another yellow was displayed. After the restart Wight pulled out a nice lead on the new second place car of Chad Phelps. Bower dropped back in the field allowing g cars by him finally settling in to 9th spot. Ryan Phelps muscled his #99 ride into the third spot. 

With two to go Matt Sheppard almost worked his way into to the top five, but came up a tad short finishing 6th. This was a good start for the Gypsum team on their quest for a point title at Brewerton. 


1. Wight-2. R Phelps- 3. C Phelps- Tom Sears-Tim Sears-Sheppard-Bartlett- Hilke- Bower-Ward

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