Oakland Valley Speedway

             Race Report by John Sainz

April 21,2012: The second points race at the Oakland Valley Speedway was run today, and with the threat of rain in the forecast, some people chose not to attend. For those who braved the impending weather, were able to get on the track for their heat races before the show was halted due to rain. The track was in great condition, thanks to John Diotte and staff. The classes that did not complete both heats will run their second heat next week to complete race #2. Also next week is the return of the Saturday Night Thunder races with the featured class being the Heavys class. Always a great show.

 The first class out was the Heavys class, and Jason Wolfe took the win in the first heat in a good race with Alex the Axeman Wanerus .Michael Lybolt took third. In the second heat, it was Randy McCullough, fresh off his sweep of races he won at an upstate series event, took the win over Alex Wanerus again coming in second. Michael Lybolt took third again. Alex Wanerus wins the overall race with Michael Lybolt second and Randy McCullough third. Our Kid Kart driver was Haley King. She looked good out there today!  Our Rookie Champ driver was Michael Jacques,Jr. His kart looked sharp out there too. Some classes were combined to try and get the races done before the weather got bad. The Junior 1 and 2 classes were the first combo class, and Anthony Roselli took the win for Junior 2 and TJ MacChurch took the win in Junior 1 over Damon Paul.In Junior Rookie, Derek Salerno took the win over Spencer Valleau.

 In the Junior Sportsman Champ 2 class, Anthony Wood took the win in both heats,(that’s my boy!) over Jessica Mattera and Samantha Mattera, second and third respectively. In Junior Sportsman Champ 1 class, Robert the Rocket Mattera took both heat wins over an improving Devin Greer. Good job by all our Champ kart drivers. In the Mediums class, Dan the Man Hoeffner picked up where he left off last week by taking the wins in both heats. Dennis Mathews was second in the first heat and third in the second heat. Chris Predmore took third in the second heat and second in the second heat. Confused yet? Dan was the overall winner, with Chris second and Dennis third. In Junior Stock, Patrick Dempsey took the win in the first heat and second in the second heat to take the overall win. Connor Fuertges took second overall with a second and third place finish in the heats. Hali Vandermeulen took third place overall with a win in heat number two and a fourth in the first heat. Our Rookie Slingshot class was the last class to complete both heats and it was Brett Romer taking the overall win over Tighe Sherlock and Matt DeRitter. Bret and Matt had a heat win each. The rest of the classes will complete their second heat next week.

Thanks to all who came out and raced with us. Join us again next week for another great day of racing at the Oakland Valley Speedway. Stop by the JK Performance kart shop for all your racing needs, including fuel, tires and rental karts. Located by the backstretch wall. Also don’t forget to see Becky of BK Photos, bkphotos.net and Ralph Corwin of Ralphcorwin.photograpy.com for all the pictures of the days events. Check our website for the complete schedule and more information about the track and upcoming events  oaklandvalleyspeedway.com


1.        (54a) Alex Wanerus

2.       (9) Michael Lybolt

3.       (82) Randy McCullough

4.       (24) Jason Wolfe

5.       (611) Corey Wood

6.       (77) Stan Tabaka

7.       (6) Chris Bogart


1.        (10) Danny Hoeffner

2.       (32) Chris Predmore

3.       (6) Dennis Mathews

4.       (51) David Thatcher,Jr.

Junior Stock:

1.        (414) Patrick Dempsey

2.       (2) Connor Fuertges

3.       (7) Hali Vandermeulen

4.       (00) Ben Wilbur

Junior 2:

1.        (80) Anthony Roselli

Junior 1:

1.        (125) TJ MacChurch

2.       (144)  Damon Paul

Junior Rookie:

1.        (56) Derek Salerno

2.       (20) Spencer Valleau

Kid Kart:

1.        (2H) Haley King

Rookie Champ:

1.        (95) Michael Jacques,Jr.

Junior Sportsman Champ 1:

1.        (14) Robert Mattera

2.       (17) Devin Greer

Junior Sportsman Champ 2:

1.        (20) Anthony Wood

2.       (2) Jessica Mattera

3.        (4) Samantha Mattera

Rookie Slingshot:

1.        (37j) Brett Romer

2.       (10) Tighe Sherlock

3.       (03) Matt DeRitter


Oakland Valley Speedway…Great track, great people, the best track to race at in New York State!!