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17th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 26-28, 2014 ● Memorial Coliseum Expo Center ● Fort Wayne, Ind.

FRIDAY RESULTS

MIDGETS (National/Regional/Focus/Kenyon Car)

Qualifications – 1. Brandon Knupp, 78, Chambers, 7.770; 2. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak,

7.886; 3. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse, 7.934; 4. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Hamilton, 7.937; 5. Joe Liguori, 8up, Williams, 7.954; 6. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles, 7.994; 7. Chris Neuenschwander, 8, Neuenschwander, 8.042; 8. Cory Setser, 24, Setser, 8.088; 9. Jim Anderson, 99a, Guess, 8.110; 10. Ross Rankine, 9r, Rankine, 8.112; 11. David Gough, 6, Gough, 8.134; 12. Billy Wease, 99, Burrow, 8.183; 13. Russ Gamester, 46, Gamester, 8.205; 14. Robby Parish, 7k, Irwin, 8.222; 15. Justin Peck, 5x, Clay, 8.237; 16. Nick Hamilton, 1, Steele, 8.244; 17. Bobby Santos III, 1g, Gormly, 8.265; 18. Rich Corson, 15, Corson, 8.275; 19. Anthony Nocella, 4, Seymour, 8.283; 20. Geoff Kaiser, 10, Moore, 8.349; 21. Brian Gerster, 98, Burrow, 8.381; 22. Kyle O’Gara, 27, 8.388; 23. Patrick Bruns, 22, Grskovic, 8.394; 24. Austin Nemire, 19, O’Connell, 8.449; 25. Chris Jagger Jr., 32j, Jagger, 8.456; 26. Kevin Atkins, 36a, Atkins, 8.492; 27. Matt Westfall, 9, Ryder, 8.522; 28. Lynsey Liguori, 74, Williams, 8.561; 29. Jimmy McCune, 61, Kenyon, 8.615; 30. Anthony McCune, 45, 3-K, 8.731; 31. Rex Norris III, 63, Norris, 8.747; 32. Branson Dills, 15k, Chambers-Knupp, 8.795; 33. Joey Burrow, 49, Burrow, 8.806; 34. Russ Belt, 19b, Belt, 8.816; 35. Brad Greenup, 4g, 8.979; 36. Keith Ousley, 27, 9.911; 37. Chris Jagger, 88, Jagger, 10.100; 38. Shayne Riley, 57r, Riley, 10.660.

First heat (10 laps) – N. Hamilton, Gough, Nuckles, Knupp, Gerster, Atkins, Ousley, Norris III.

Second heat (10 laps) – Wease, Bischak, Santos, O’Gara, Dils, Westfall, Neuenschwander, Riley.

Third heat (10 laps) – Corson, Gamester, Clouse, Bruns, L. Liguori, Burrow, Setser, Marzolf.

Fourth heat (10 laps) – Nocella, Anderson, K. Hamilton, Parish, Nemire, J. McCune, Belt, Janisch.

Fifth heat (10 laps) – Kaiser, Peck, J. Liguori, A. McCune, Greenup, Rankine, Jagger Jr.

First semi-feature (12 laps) – Knupp, J. Liguori, Setser, J. McCune, Atkins, Dils.

Second semi-feature (12 laps) – Nuckles, Rankine, Nemire, Westfall, Gerster, Burrow, Ousley, Clouse, A. McCune.

Third semi-feature (12 laps) – K. Hamilton, Neuenschwander, Parish, L. Liguori, O’Gara, Belt, Jagger Jr.

Feature (50 laps) – 1. Anthony Nocella, 2. Bryan Nuckles, 3. Derek Bischak, 4. Justin Peck, 5. Ross Rankine, 6. Russ Gamester, 7. Kyle Hamilton, 8. Joe Liguori, 9. Nick Hamilton, 10. Chris Neuenschwander, 11. David Gough, 12. Jim Anderson, 13. Brandon Knupp, 14. Rich Corson, 15. Geoff Kaiser, 16. Billy Wease. Lap leaders: Peck 1-32, Nocella 33-50.

 

NON-WINGED DIRT OUTLAW MODIFIED MIDGETS (600cc)

 

           Qualifications – 1. Matt Janisch, 14, Jones, 8.095 seconds (breaks track record of 8.328 seconds set by Blane Culp on Dec. 27, 2013); 2. Erick Rudolph, 32, Lafler, 8.378; 3. Clay Sanders, 21c, 8.422; 4. Mike Fedorcak, 9, Fedorcak, 8.444; 5. Russ Gamester, 49, GRP, 8.484; 6. Jason Ormsby, 51, Ormsby, 8.533; 7. Blane Culp, 34, 8.550; 8. Larry Joe Sroufe, 21, 8.666; 9. Richard Smith, 12, Smith, 8.712; 10. Daniel Robinson, 57, Robinson; 11. Phil Bozell, 83jr, Wolfersberger, 8.777; 12. Jonathon Lesiecki, 24, AJD, 8.842; 13. Shawn Grace, 77, Woods, 8.873; 14. Braiden Black, 68b, Black, 9.084; 15. Blake Lamb, 69, Lamb, 9.098; 16. Kim Hughes, 6, Hughes, 9.242; 17. Drew Rader, 74h, Allen, 9.272; 18. Nick Eastin, 93, Eastin, 9.377; 19. Mike Stahl, 40, Stahl, 9.474; 20. Ryan Ball, 10r, Ball, 9.559; 21. Ethan Foster, 11, Foster, 9.919; 22. Gary Klein, 68, Klein, 10.323; 23. Jaden Rogers, 7, Williams, NT; 24. Jeremy Howe, 48, Howe-Foster, NT.

           First heat (10 laps) – Janisch, Robinson, Fedorcak, Hughes, Grace, Klein, Stahl, Culp.

Second heat (10 laps) – Sroufe, Rudolph, Gamester, Bozell, Rogers, Ball, Black, Rader.

Third heat (10 laps) – Lesiecki, Ormsby, Sanders, Smith, Black, Foster, Eastin, Howe.

Semi-feature (10 laps) – Grace, Rogers, Black, Culp, Klein, Ball, Rader, Stahl, Foster.

Feature (25 laps) – 1. Jason Ormsby, 2. Larry Joe Sroufe, 3. Russ Gamester, 4. Jonathon Lesiecki, 5. Blane Culp, 6. Kim Hughes, 7. Jaden Rogers, 8. Mike Fedorcak, 9. Braiden Black, 10. Richard Smith, 11. Erick Rudolph, 12. Shawn Grace, 13. Clay Sanders, 14. Matt Janisch, 15. Phil Bozell, 16. Daniel Robinson. Lap leaders: Ormsby 1-25.

 

SENIOR HEAVY KARTS

 

Heat, round one (8 laps) – Shawn Kluck, Josh McKnight, Dustin Heath, Matt Randall, Nick Grommes, Kyle Kalweit, Kyle Burns, Austin Horn, Teddy Alberts, Cole Ternet Sr.

Heat, round two (8 laps) – McKnight, Kluck, Randall, Alberts, Kalweit, Horn, Heath, Burns, Ternet Sr., Grommes.

Feature (15 laps) – Shawn Kluck, Dustin Heath, Matt Randall, Josh McKnight, Kyle Kalweit, Nick Grommes, Kyle Burns, Teddy Alberts, Austin Horn.

 

SENIOR MEDIUM KARTS

 

First heat, round one (8 laps) – Shawn Kluck, Dustin Heath, Levi Wilbur, Steven Webb, Brandon Minnick, A.J. Robinson, Virgil Cousino, A.J. Kendall.

Second heat, round one (8 laps) – John Ivy, Zach Wolff, Ronnie Niehaus, Derek Hammond, Nate Randall, Sierra Lantz, Wayne Parkhurst.

First heat, round two (8 laps) – Heath, Kluck, Wilbur, Robinson, Webb, Kendall, Minnick, Cousino.

Second heat, round two (8 laps) – Hammond, Niehaus, Randall, Ivy, Lantz, Parkhurst, Wolff, Horn.

Semifinal (8 laps) – Wolff, Robinson, Lantz, Horn, Parkhurst, Kendall.

Feature (15 laps) – Dustin Heath, John Ivy, Shawn Kluck, Zach Wolff, Ronnie Niehaus, Nate Randall, Derek Hammond, A.J. Robinson, Steven Webb, Sierra Lantz, Wayne Parkhurst, Levi Wilbur, Austin Horn.

 

SENIOR CAGED KARTS

 

First heat, round one (8 laps) – Brandon Dunn, Eric Wall, David Hurley, Shanon Chiddister, Zack Schaffer, Aric Vandermeir, Christopher Plank, Mike Welsh, Brad Schieber, Joe Warner.

Second heat, round one (8 laps) – Dylan Woodling, Max Stambaugh, Kevin Wall Jr., Mike Ernsberger, Ty Conrad, Steven Berlin, Brian Barnett, John Ventrello, Dan Bouc, Branson Dils.

Third heat, round one (8 laps) – Zack Myers, Anthony Colandro, Josh Hanselman, Ron Vandermeir Jr., Dustin Ingle, Philip Schneider, Jason O’Hara, Brock Anderson, Ashley Marqueling, Dan McLean.

Fourth heat, round one (8 laps) – Cole Rhoton, Rick Dukes, Brandon Schnittke, Michael Giachetti, Anthony Myers, A.J. Geren, Cole Roberson, Bradley Boyer, Corey Saylor.

First heat, round two (8 laps) – Dunn, Schaffer, Schieber, Warner, Vandermeir, Hurley, Chiddister, Wall, Welsh, Plank.

Second heat, round two (8 laps) – Bouc, Woodling, Ventrello, Ernsberger, Stambaugh, Dils, Berlin, Conrad, Barnett, Wall Jr.

Third heat, round two (8 laps) – Schneider, Z. Myers, Hanselman, Colandro, Vandermeir Jr., O’Hara, Marqueling, Ingle, McLean, Anderson.

Fourth heat, round one (8 laps) – Rhoton, Giachetti, Schnittke, Roberson, Geren, Saylor, Boyer, A. Myers, Dukes.

First semi-feature (8 laps) – Stambaugh, Ernsberger, Dils, Wall, Berlin, Warner, Geren, Chiddister, Welsh, McLean, O’Hara.

Second semi-feature (8 laps) – Schaffer, Bouc, Wall Jr., Ventrello, Barnett, Hurley, Vandermeir, Boyer, Ingle, Plank.

Third semi-feature (8 laps) – Schneider, Schieber, Marqueling, Roberson, Saylor, A. Myers, Anderson, Vandermeir Jr., Dukes, Conrad.

Feature (15 laps) – Anthony Colandro, Cole Rhoton, Brandon Dunn, Dan Bouc, Dylan Woodling, Zack Myers, Philip Schneider, Brad Schieber, Josh Hanselman, Mike Ernsberger, Brandon Schnittke, Michael Giachetti, Max Stambaugh, Zack Schaffer.

 

JUNIOR HEAVY KARTS

 

First heat, round one (8 laps) – Korbyn Hayslett, Gene Gregoric III, Myles Morrolf, Andrew Scheid, Hannah Galitz, Amanda Bohn.

Second heat, round one (8 laps) – Sam Weaver, Tayte Williamson, Dylan Anderson, Kaitlin Randall, Connor Truman, Michael Paterno.

First heat, round two (8 laps) – Hayslett, Gregoric III, Scheid, Morrolf, Bohn, Galitz.

Second heat, round two (8 laps) – Williamson, Weaver, Anderson, Randall, Paterno, Truman.

Feature (15 laps) – Korbyn Hayslett, Sam Weaver, Tayte Williamson, Dylan Anderson, Gene Gregoric III, Andrew Scheid, Myles Morrolf, Hannah Galitz, Michael Paterno, Amanda Bohn, Kaitlin Randall, Connor Truman.

 

JUNIOR CAGED KARTS

 

First heat, round one (8 laps) – Kasey Ziebold, Aaron Mulrooney Jr., Breiden Mooney, Aiden Williamson, Madison Bland, Dalton Rogers, Paige Rogers, Jim Emrich.

Second heat, round one (8 laps) – Korbyn Hayslett, Tayte Williamson, Gene Gregoric III, Jaden Cretacci, Ian Creager, Owen Houpt, Michael Villena, Jakeb Boxwell.

First heat, round two (8 laps) – Mooney, A. Williamson, Ziebold, Mulrooney Jr., P. Rogers, Emrich, Bland, D. Rogers.

Second heat, round two (8 laps) – T. Williamson, Hayslett, Houpt, Cretacci, Boxell, Creager, Villena, Gregoric III.

Feature (15 laps) – Korbyn Hayslett, Breiden Mooney, Kasey Ziebold, Owen Houpt, Ian Creager, Aiden Williamson, Jakeb Boxell, Paige Rogers, Jim Emrich, Madison Bland, Gene Gregoric III, Aaron Mulrooney Jr., Tayte Williamson, Jaden Cretacci.

 

KID KARTS

 

First heat, round one (8 laps) – Parker Lindemann, Cameron Vandermeir, TeigAnn Freed, Joshua Toth, Hunter Weaver, Aryonna Kehle, Jasmine Goble.

Second heat, round one (8 laps) – Brodie Wendel, Garrett Andexler, Patrick Clark, David Bretz, Drew Phillips, Jackson Orth.

First heat, round two (8 laps) – Vandermeir, Freed, Toth, Lindemann, Weaver, Goble, Kehle.

Second heat, round two (8 laps) – Clark, Andexler, Wendel, Phillips, Bretz, Orth.

Feature (10 laps) – Garrett Andexler, Patrick Clark, Cameron Vandermeir, Parker Lindemann, David Bretz, Hunter Weaver, TeigAnn Freed, Joshua Toth, Brodie Wendel, Drew Phillips, Jackson Orth, Aryonna Kehle, Jasmine Goble, Brayton Goble.

 

HEAVY CLONE KARTS

 

First heat, round one (8 laps) – Brandon Dunn, Nathan Bevard, Tyler Ransbottom, Matt Browning, Scott Hamble, Tylar Rankin, Jeff Town, Jamie Ferrell, Dellas Burns, Darrin Hurley.

Second heat, round one (8 laps) – Dustin Heath, Josh McKnight, Tyler Kramer, Kobe Allison, Matt Hall, Joe Barker, Bill Booher, Derek Lilly, Nick Grommes.

Third heat, round one (8 laps) – Zach Axlen, Ryan Moran, Philip Schneider, John H. Miller, Dustin Vandermeir, Charlie Schultz, Tim Ice, Blake Adams, Cameron Miller.

Fourth heat, round one (8 laps) – Jake Shelley, Joey Pendergrass, Kyle Aldrich, Cody Gallogly, Corey Hines, Owen Calderwood, Brandon Cretacci, Kyle Pervis, James Thompson.

First heat, round two (8 laps) – Dunn, Ransbottom, Ferrell, Bevard, Hamble, Rankin, Burns, Town, Browning, Hurley.

Second heat, round two (8 laps) – McKnight, Heath, Kramer, Barker, Hall, Allison, Lilly, Booher, Grommes.

Third heat, round two (8 laps) – Schneider, Axlen, Miller, Moran, Schultz, Vandermeir, Ice, Adams, Miller.

Fourth heat, round two (8 laps) – Pendergrass, Shelley, Hines, Aldrich, Gallogly, Pervis, Cretacci, Calderwood, Thompson.

First semi-feature (8 laps) – Moran, Barker, Lilly, Browning, Aldrich, Gallogly, Ice, Browning.

Second semi-feature (8 laps) – Allison, Schultz, Bevard, Miller, Hamble, Town, Pervis, Hurley, Grommes, Calderwood.

Third semi-feature (8 laps) – Kramer, Hall, Hines, Vandermeir, Booher, Burns, Cretacci, Rankin, Thompson, Reiser.

Feature (15 laps) – Dustin Heath, Zach Axlen, Brandon Dunn, Philip Schneider, Joey Pendergrass, Jake Shelley, Josh McKnight, Tyler Kramer, Ryan Moran, Kobe Allison, Charlie Schultz, Tyler Ransbottom, Matt Hall, Joe Barker.

 

LIGHT CLONE KARTS

 

First heat, round one (8 laps) – Dustin Heath, Joey Pendergrass, Zach Axlen, Kobe Allison, Ryan Moran, Jake Wachtman, Zack Wolff, Joe Barker, Charlie Schultz, Kyle Jones, Jamie Ferrell.

Second heat, round one (8 laps) – Jake Shelley, Brandon Dunn, Tyler Ransbottom, Tim Ice, Dustin Vendermeir, Derek Hammond, Kyle Aldrich, Tylar Rankin, Bill Booher.

Third heat, round one (8 laps) – Tyler Kramer, Philip Schneider, Corey Hines, Matt Browning, Matt Hall, Blake Adams, Christopher Whipple, Damon Woodbury, Blake Hollinger.

First heat, round two (8 laps) – Axlen, Moran, Pendergrass, Wachtman, Schultz, Heath, Allison, Barker, Jones, Ferrell, Wolff.

Second heat, round two (8 laps) – Dunn, Shelley, Ransbottom, Booher, Vandermeir, Aldrich, Ice, Hammond, Rankin.

Third heat, round two (8 laps) – Schneider, Kramer, Woodbury, Hall, Hines, Browning, Adams, Hollinger, Whipple.

First semi-feature (8 laps) – Moran, Allison, Wolff, Hammond, Browning, Hall, Rankin, Booher, Barker, Ice, Ferrell.

Second semi-feature (8 laps) – Wachtman, Schultz, Woodbury, Adams, Jones, Aldrich, Whipple, Hines, Vandermeir.

Feature (15 laps) – Philip Schneider, Joey Pendergrass, Zach Axlen, Brandon Dunn, Jake Shelley, Tyler Kramer, Ryan Moran, Tyler Ransbottom, Kobe Allison, Zack Wolff, Charlie Schultz, Jake Wachtman, Damon Woodbury, Dustin Heath.

 

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Entry list as of 11p.m.Dec 23 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Veteran Russ Gamester and rising star Justin Peck, who drove into the record books a year ago, head the preliminary entry list announced Friday for the 17th annual “Rumble in Fort Wayne.”

The defending winners are among nearly 40 national midget drivers entered for the expanded, three-day indoor racing classic at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. The event is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26-28, with a matinee the final day. Winged and non-winged outlaw midgets (600cc), karts and quarter midgets also are part of the program.

Gamester, who was less than two weeks shy of his 49th birthday, dominated on the opening night last year to become the Rumble’s oldest midget feature winner. Then Peck, a 15-year-old high school freshman, stunned a near-capacity crowd a night later, taking advantage of Gamester’s late-race blown engine to become the youngest winner.

But the stakes will be higher this year. For the first time, an overall champion driver and car owner will be crowned, with a $1,000 bonus on the line.

“That would be neat to do,” said Gamester, from Peru, Ind., who 25 years ago won the final indoor title at the former Coliseum track. “I’m pretty close to the end of my career. Seems like we always run good indoors, knock on wood.

“But you know how indoors (racing) is. Any given night can be your night. Racing is racing. Anybody can get hot and win. There are an awful lot of good cars.”

Peck, from Monrovia, Ind., echoed Gamester’s words.

“I think anybody can win it,” said Peck, pointing to his own debut at the 1/6-mile concrete track in 2012, when he finished second and third in the features. “I wouldn’t single out anybody (as a clear favorite). It could be somebody in their first year.

“Bobby Santos is awfully good. Russ Gamester. Billy Wease. It might be somebody who people haven’t really heard of, like (fellow teen) Austin Nemire. We have high hopes.”

Wease, who owns four Fort Wayne victories, returns as part of owner Randy Burrow’s four-car team. Jim Anderson, Derek Bischak, Rich Corson and Tony Stewart Racing’s Mike Fedorcak also are back among former winners.

Their challengers include 2014 champions Brian Gerster (Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series), Chris Neuenschwander (USSA Sprint Car Challenge Series), Kyle O’Gara (USAC National Pavement midgets) and Nemire (USAC HPD Midwest Pavement Midwest Dirt midgets).

National midgets and non-winged dirt modified midgets will race all three days, joined by winged outlaw modified midgets on Saturday and Sunday. Karts (Friday and Saturday) and quarter midgets (Saturday and Sunday) round out the event. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day, with the main portion of the program at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Among the other 2013 feature winners who are returning in the same class are Erick Rudolph in winged outlaw midgets; Blane Culp in non-winged outlaw midgets; Brandon Dunn, A.J. Geren, Gene Gregoric III, Dustin Heath and Ryan Moran, all in karts; and Zeb Wise, Chase Burda and Koulten Herbert in quarter midgets.

In all, 232 entries were received by the pre-race deadline. Entries continue to be accepted, Rumble Series president Tony Barhorst said.

Longtime broadcaster Jack Arute will host special guests Saturday and Sunday in the Pressbox Suite Club. Purchase of a VIP package includes dinner with Hall of Fame driver Tom Bigelow on Saturday, lunch with IndyCar team owner Sarah Fisher on Sunday, pit access and pressbox-level seating. Top Rumble drivers will visit the suites on Friday. All will participate in question-and-answer sessions.

In addition, the Evans Toyota Fan Zone will feature race cars and other displays.

More information, including the event schedule, ticket prices, VIP suite seating and “racer’s rate” hotels, is available at www.rumbleseries.com. Tickets will be available at the door each day, and fans may purchase pit passes at the event to see drivers up close as teams prepare their cars.

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Peck, 15, becomes youngest ‘Rumble’ winner

 

By RON WARE

Classic Motorsports

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Justin Peck is so young, he still needs his mother to tag along to sign his minor release form.

And as for post-race celebrations?

“IHOP’s where it’s at,” the 15-year-old from Monrovia, Ind., said, grinning. “I’ll stick to milk.”

At the rate he’s going, Peck may be emptying a bottle in the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway one day.

The high school freshman put his name in the record book Saturday night, surviving a late-race duel with Russ Gamester to become the youngest winner in the 16-year history of the Rumble in Fort Wayne indoor midget classic.

One day earlier, Gamester, 47, had become the event’s oldest winner.

“Indescribable,” Peck said as a parade of fans asked for a photo or autograph. “Best deal I’ve ever had. I hope every young kid coming up can have the same experience I did.”

Peck made an auspicious debut at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center last year, finishing second on Friday and third on Saturday while also sailing into the turn one fence.

“He’s been telling me all fall he’s going to win the Rumble,” his father, Steve, said.

Peck, driving a Volkswagen-powered Beast for Michigan’s Steve Clay, inherited a front row starting position because of a scratch, beat pole-sitter Lynsey Liguori into the first turn and looked like he might lead all 50 laps.

But Gamester eventually reeled him in, passing Peck on the inside with eight laps to go when the youngster got into turn two too hard.

“I thought I was done,” Peck said.

Instead, Gamester developed an engine problem, and Peck nudged his way past with just two laps remaining. Gamester’s engine finally blew in turn four on the last lap, relegating him to a ninth-place finish.

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