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Janisch, Lyons, Wolf & Weaver Big Kahuna Stars

New Egypt, NJ (July 24, 2011)
The third stop in the Big Kahuna Series at New Egypt Speedway had some international flavor as the Canadian SpeedSTR teams were part of the racing action and the action on the speedway was as hot as the 90+ degree temperature that greeted the racers during hotlaps.

A timed dash was used to line up the top 10 SpeedSTR's with Brandon Rahmer and Scott Munroe showing the way for the front row honors. A B-Main lined up the remaining 10 cars.

The support classes had their qualifiers run off in a timely fashion and the New Jersey 125 was scaled back to 101 laps as the 60 minute time limit was set into action. As soon as the green was given all eyes were on the blue #1 driven by Richie Cass Jr. Cass at one time, had 2 laps on all but 2 other competitors. Right front suspension parts gave way forcing Cass to the infield, giving the lead over to another Small Car, the #49 of John Crosby. Crosby pitted under a red, thus altering the restart order after the red flag. A final 6 lap battle came right down to a last lap scramble as the red, white and blue #99 of Tom Wolf had a 3 car length advantage over Mark Naftzinger in his John Deere green and yellow #3 and used a slower car to safely increase his margin of victory. Mark's teammate Jamie Naftzinger got back on the lead lap around lap 80 and was quickly catching the leaders. This would be the Big Car top 3 and also the final running order at lap 101. Notching his 1st ever Great American Enduro win in only his 2nd race was New Egypt Speedway's general manager Danny Serrano who took the Small Car honors in his John Crosby prepared 60 Over Saturn.

Wayne Weaver was the recipient of the Big Kahuna winner's surfboard as his Tobias blue #17 grabbed the 8 lap win.

With a John Romano Memorial guaranteed spot on the line the 30 lap sportsman feature was cutback to 20 as showers were beginning to hit the well prepared track surface. This did nothing to prevent a photo finish at the 20 lap mark as Mike Lyons' white flag run will be something the race fans will be talking about for awhile. Bob Lineman Jr. had his USA-1 out in front for 19 laps, but a late race restart saw Lyons venture out from the lowside and stay even with Lineman as the white flag was being waved. They remained side by side in turn 2 and down the backstretch, but the 21L of Lyons found some traction heading off of turn 4th as the margin of victory was noted as 18 inches, with Lineman giving everything his mount had,but settled for a 2nd place payout.

The start of the SpeedSTR feature saw Brandon Rahmer quickly dominate the first few laps with some new faces putting the pressure on the teenage driver. Ryan Smith was taking the Fragile X Foundation #8 to challenge Rahmer and Stan Ploski was doing some serious wheeling and dealing in the Bulldog Arts #5. A lap 8 restart saw Smith get a jump but mechanical problems slowed the 8 down and Smith pulled off the speedway while in a top 5 spot. Rahmer looped the 88 in turn 2 and now a new group of frontrunners were emerging as Matt Janisch in the Valvoline #3 and Gary Huber were the headliners with Ploski, Brittany Wixon and Kyle Hieber as the new top 5. Hard luck struck on lap 15 as Matt Dealaman who was keeping pace within the top 10, took 4 quick snap rolls in turn 1 bringing out the red. The restart now had an earlier spinning Brandon Rahmer back in the mix and the last 2 laps for 3rd through 5th would be determined at the finish line. Janisch grabbed the $2000 winning prize with the Huber #11 having just enough power to make it across the finish line for a second place run. Kyle Hieber came from the 17th starting spot to haul in 3rd place money aboard the Bucks County International #6. Ringoes, NJ's Stan "The Man" Ploski was just that, THE MAN, as he came home 4th in his return run in a SpeedSTR. Rounding out the top 5 was Brandon Rahmer in the Tru-Line #88 who patiently worked his way through traffic after an early race spin. A strong run for Reading, PA's Brittany Wixon who took the Lee Wixon prepared Vince's Towing #15 over the scales with a 6th place run.

Hotlaps began at 12:25pm and the final checkered was thrown at 4:05pm, considering a 60 minute time limit was used for the Great American Enduro, the show was completed in admirable fashion with a very racy track surface prepared by the New Egypt track crew.

BIG KAHUNA RESULTS 7/24/11:

TOBIAS SPEEDSTRS

1. Matt Janisch 2. Gary Huber 3. Kyle Heiber 4. Stan Ploski 5. Brandon Rahmer

SPORTSMAN

1. Mike Lyons 2. Bob Lineman Jr. 3. Kyle Borror

GREAT AMERICAN ENDURO SERIES
Overall (8-Cylnder)

1. Tom Wolf 2. Mark Naftzinger 3. Jamie Naftzinger
(4-Cylnder)

Winner: Danny Serrano

VINTAGE STOCKS

Winner: Wayne Weaver