Ryan Thomas Takes American Modified Series Boknecht Trucking 30 at Brownstown Speedway

American Modified SeriesBrownstown, IN- July 9, 2011- The American Modified Series would complete the Bob Poynter Auto Group Hoosier State Challenge on Saturday evening at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN and Ryan Thomas of Martinsville, IN would take the victory in the Boknecht Trucking 30 at the historic Jackson County Fairgrounds ¼ mile facility promoted by Tim Keithley.  With the victory, Thomas becomes the first repeat winner with the tour in 2011.

Polesitter Chad Kinder would race to the early lead in the Boknecht Trucking 30 and would cruise for the first three laps, with Joey Kramer pulling alongside Kinder on lap 5.  A trio of cautions would slow the action between laps 6 and 8, with Kramer actually going to the race lead, only to see the caution flag void the pass.  However, Kramer would not be denied and would take the race lead on a lap 8 restart and would maintain a comfortable lead until Ryan Thomas began flexing his muscle and would close right in on Kramer on lap 17.  The pair would race hard and side-by-side for the lead, contacting each other exiting turn four on lap 19.  But disaster would strike Kramer as he would spin his mount in the center of turns three and four on lap 21 and would not be a factor for the remainder of the race, as he would suffer bent right front suspension parts.  After a spin by Derek Groomer and Bryan Barber that was deemed a safety caution and neither car stopped on the track with restarting where they were running, Thomas would cruise through the middle of the race surface over the final 8 laps to pick up his second series win of the season in his Indiana Stone Works/Diamond Race Cars/Allen Race Engines/Troy Truck and Tire/Indiana Decal Company/Integra Shocks sponsored #T9 Diamond Race Car powered by a John Allen Race Engine.

Hard charger of the event Bryan Barber of Greensburg, KY would take runner-up honors, while Chad Kinder of Newton, IL would claim a third place finish.  John Demoss of Bloomington, IN would take over the series points lead with a fourth place finish, with Richie Lex of Morgantown, IN completing the top five after starting 10th.  The remainder of the top ten would be 13th starting Clint Demoss of Bloomington, IN, J.T. Ayers of New Haven, KY, Jacoby Hines of Ninevah, IN, 17th starting Earl Plessinger of Seymour, IN, and 19th starting David Baldwin of Perrysville, IN.  The race would be slowed by eight caution periods and take 33 minutes and 1 second to complete.

In preliminary action, Paul Miles was the Williams Precision Engines Top Qualifier among 46 entries at 16.226.  Chad Kinder would win Hypercoil Springs heat one, while Joey Kramer won Wiles Driveshafts heat two.  Derek Groomer would take VP Racing Fuels heat three and Michael England would score Comp Cams heat four.  Earl Plessinger would win Racing Head Service B-Main #1, while Matt Hamilton would take the victory in Comp Cams B-Main #2.

The next scheduled event for the American Modified Series will be on Saturday July 30 at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, KY for the 11th Annual Bluegrass Rumble.  The event will pay $1,500 to win.

The American Modified Series presents UMP Modified sanctioned dirt track sports entertainment at racing venues throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee.  For more information concerning the American Modified Series, call series race director Chad Yantz at (606) 510-4836 or via the internet by visiting the series website at www.americanmodifiedseries.com.

American Modified Series Race Summary-Event #6:  Brownstown Speedway- Brownstown, Indiana-July 9, 2011

Williams Precision Engines Overall Top Qualifier- Paul Miles 16.226

Hypercoils Heat #1 (top 4 transfer)- Chad Kinder, Ryan Thomas, John Demoss, Clint Demoss, Kelly Warren, Randy Moore, David Baldwin, Mike Bechelli, Chris Moscrip, Brian Yeatman, Paul Miles, Earl Plessinger

Wiles Driveshafts Heat #2 (top 4 transfer)- Derek Groomer, Jacoby Hines, Doug Adkins, Bryan Barber, Chad Combs, Michael Fox, Frankie Coomer, Tyler Nicely, Billy Cooper, Larry Booher, Dion Benningfield

VP Racing Fuels Heat #3 (top 4 transfer)- Joey Kramer, Jared Bailey, Richie Lex, Shon Flanary, Elliott Despain, Matt Hamilton, Matt Boknecht, Sam Lee, Rocky Wilson, Josh Harris, Jesse Cramer, Taylor Vincent

Comp Cams Heat #4 (top 4 transfer)- Michael England, J.T. Ayers Jeremy Owens, Rob Penny, Shelby Miles, Dennis Boknecht, Devin Gilpin, Rick Hudson, Paul Ortman, Webb Lee, Andy Mefford

Racing Head Service B-Main #1 (top 2 transfer)- Earl Plessinger, David Baldwin, Mike Bechelli, Kelly Warren, Michael Fox, Paul Miles, Dion Benningfield, Billy Cooper, Larry Booher, Tyler Nicely, Chris Moscrip, Randy Moore, Brian Yeatman, Frankie Coomer, Chad Combs

Comp Cams B-Main #2 (top 2 transfer)- Matt Hamilton, Shelby Miles, Matt Boknecht, Elliott Despain, Devin Gilpin, Webb Lee, Sam Lee, Jesse Cramer, Rocky Wilson, Dennis Boknecht, Josh Harris, Paul Ortman, Andy Mefford, Taylor Vincent, Rick Hudson

Boknecht Trucking 30- Ryan Thomas, Bryan Barber, Chad Kinder, John Demoss, Richie Lex, Clint Demoss, J.T. Ayers, Jacoby Hines, Earl Plessinger, David Baldwin, Doug Adkins, Michael England, Matt Hamilton, Elliott Despain, Rob Penny, Shon Flanary, Joey Kramer, Jared Bailey, Shelby Miles, Jeremy Owens, Kelly Warren (DQ- Derek Groomer-post race pit area altercation)


Race Statistics

Entrants- 46

Lap Leaders- 3 (Chad Kinder 1-8, Joey Kramer 9-20, Ryan Thomas 21-30) Caution Periods- 8 (Laps 0, 2, 6, 7, 8, 21, 22, 22 restart) Red Flag Periods- None

American Modified Series Provisional Starters- Kelly Warren, Elliott Despain

Track Provisional Starters- None

Time of Race- 33 minutes and 1 second

Williams Precision Engine Fast Time Award ($100 cash award)- Paul Miles

Racing Head Service Slowest Qualifier ($100 gift certificate)- Taylor Vincent Hypercoil Spring Heat #1 (5 inch spring)- Chad Kinder Wiles Driveshaft Heat #2 ($50 gift certificate)- Derek Groomer VP Racing Fuels Heat #3 ($50 gift certificate)- Joey Kramer Comp Cams Heat #4 ($50 gift certificate)- Michael England

Racing Head Service B-Main #1 Non Transfer Award ($100 gift certificate)- Mike Bechelli

Comp Cams B-Main #2 Non Transfer Award ($100 gift certificate)- Matt Boknecht

All Star Performance Hard Charger Award ($100 gift certificate)- Bryan Barber (started 15th- finished 2nd- advanced 13 positions)

Frankland Racing Products Top Finisher ($25 gift certificate)- Bryan Barber

DJ Safety Lucky 13 Award ($100 gift certificate)- Matt Hamilton PPM Racing Products Hard Luck Award ($50 gift certificate)- Kelly Warren Willy’s Carburetors Lucky Draw ($100 certificate toward a chassis dyno)- Bryan Barber


2011 American Modified Series Championship Point Standings (Top 10 after 7/9/11)

1.    John Demoss (Bloomington, IN)- 1,315

2.    Joey Kramer (Hanover, IN)- 1,305

3.    Michael England (Glasgow, KY)- 1,290

4.    Bryan Barber (Greensburg, KY)- 1,265

5.    Elliott Despain (Campbellsville, KY)- 945

6.    Kelly Warren (Columbia, KY)- 940

7.    J.T. Ayers (New Haven, KY)- 675

8.    Rocky Wilson (Hodgenville, KY)- 655 ®

9.    Shelby Miles (Bloomington, IN)- 650

10.   Clint Demoss (Bloomington, IN)- 640


Upcoming American Modified Series 2011 Tour Schedule of Events *July 30- Bluegrass Speedway (Bardstown, KY)- $1,500 to win- 11th Annual Bluegrass Rumble *August 13- Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)- $1,500 to win- Monster Mod 40 *August 20- Richmond Raceway (Richmond, KY)- $1,500 to win- 2nd Annual Open Wheel Modified Bash *August 26- Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN)- $3,000 to win *September 16- Moler Raceway Park (Williamsburg, OH)- $1,500 to win


American Modified Series 2011 Sponsors/Supporters *All Star Performance (www.allstarperformance.com)- “Hard Charger of the Race” Award *Arizona Sport Shirts- “Official Merchandise Vendor” of the American Modified Series (www.arizonasportshirts.com) *Bad Fast Race Chassis (www.734dirt.com) *Bandit Race Cars (www.banditracecars.net) *B&B Motorsports *Bilstein (www.bilsteinus.com)- Presented by B&B Motorsports *Bob Pierce Race Cars (www.bobpierceracecars.com) *Boknecht Trucking *Comp Cams (www.compcams.com)- “Sponsor of Heat #4”

*Cruise with the Champions (www.cruisewiththechampions.com) *Dale Meers Race Engines *DART Machinery (www.dartheads.com) *Diamond Race Cars (www.diamondracecars.net) *DJ Safety (www.djsafety.com)- “Lucky 13 Award”

*Dyers Top Rods (www.dyersrods.com)

*Frankland Racing Equipment (www.franklandracing.com)- “Top Finisher with a Frankland Rear End”

*H & H Computer Services- North Vernon, IN (812) 352-1221 *Hypercoils (www.hypercoils.com)- “Sponsor of Heat Race #1”

*Impressive Race Cars (www.impressiveracecars.com) *Jay Dickens Race Engines (www.jaydickens.com) *JB Salvage, Inc. (www.jbsalvage.com) *JumpStart Communications- “Official Webmaster” of the American Modified Series *Maximum Energy Development *Mullins Race Engines (www.mullinsraceengines.com) *PPM Racing Products (www.ppmracingproducts.com)- “Hard Luck Award”

*Pro Power Racing Engines (www.propowerracing.com) *RACEceceiver (www.raceceiver.com) *RHS Head Service (www.racingheadservice.com)- “Engine Builder of the Year Award and Sponsor of Heat 4”

*SpeeDecals Racing Graphics (www.freewebs.com/speedecals/) *UMP Dirt Car (www.umpracing.com) *VP Racing Fuels (www.vpracingfuels.com)- “Official Race Fuel of the American Modified Series and Sponsor of Heat Race #3”

*Wick Oil Company (www.wickoil.com)

*Wiles Driveshafts (www.wilesdriveshafts.com)- “Sponsor of Heat Race #2”

*Williams Precision Engines (www.wpespeedshop.com)- “$100 Fast Qualifier Award” at all events *Willy’s Carburetors (www.willyscarbs.com)- “Lucky Draw Award”