Gioia Runs Away, Gangwer Holds Warren at Bay on Night 2 of North Carolina Swing

Dominic Gioia Posts Convincing Win at Southern National, Bob Gangwer Breaks Warren Stranglehold at Concord

October 18, 2017 – Concord, NC – October 2, 2017…Domenic Gioia easily handled the field on his way to leading all but two laps and claiming the win at Southern National Motorsports Park on the second night of action during the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), 14th Annual North Carolina Swing. Then Bob Gangwer broke Rob Warren’s amazing Concord Motorsports Park string of four wins in a row in a race where nobody seemed to want to win.

SUPRS 2017-18 North Carolina Swing Night 2 victory lane slide

Domenic Gioia had no challengers when won at Southern National and Bob Gangwer kept Rob Warren from winning his fifth Concord feature in a row.

In the first race at Southern National, Gioia quickly drove his way to the lead, passing front row starter Kyle Clark, then sliding past pole-sitter Kevin Timmins when he brushed the wall on lap three. Gioia had plenty of breathing room and was rarely challenged, maintaining a one second advantage over Keith Powell and Rob Warren who were waging a fierce battle for second behind him.

Just two cautions slowed Gioia’s pace including one with less than ten laps to go. Nonetheless, the Oswego, NY racer was as calm as a cucumber on his way to winning a race that took just a little over 12 minutes to run.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” he confidently stated. “I was just out there running my race trying to stay out of trouble. It feels real good to get a win this early in the season.”

For the first time in as long as anyone could remember, Rob Warren failed to win either of the two races on the second night of the North Carolina Swing. More shocking was that he wasn’t sitting in the Winner’s Circle at Concord Motorsports Park, a track where he had won the previous four years in a row.

To his credit, Warren has had a very good North Carolina Swing so far finishing out of second place just once. He also kept his streak of podium finishes at Concord  alive, a stat that goes back to 2011.

Gangwer, the 2013 North Carolina Swing Champion,  found himself in first place with 14 laps to go after five other drivers that were either in the lead or going for the lead, including Warren, then spun or crashed. I know they say it’s better to be lucky than good and I think that is starting to be my story after last night and now this, ” joked Gangwer.

The qualifying races are now complete and invitations to The Hickory Hustle at Hickory Motor Speedway have been sent out to the following drivers:

  • Rob Warren
  • Bob Gangwer
  • Keith Powell
  • Steve Callahan
  • Domenic Gioia
  • Carl Becker
  • Kyle Clark
  • Kevin Timmins

Nelson Rodrigues is the alternates if the qualified drivers can’t make the show. The winner of the Hickory Hustle will be crowned the 2017 North Carolina Swing Champion, but to win, the SUPRS racers will have to overcome a random draw for starting position and 75 intense laps of action in very close quarters. Practice begins at 8:00pm with racing slated to go at 9:00pm.

Supermodified and sim racing fans alike can view timing and scoring including track telemetry of The Hickory Hustle with SUPRS LIVE! Keep up with your favorite SUPRS racer in an instant by going to www.SUPRS.net/site/live.

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SUPRS RACE RESULTS:

14th Annual North Carolina Swing

  • Race 3 of 5
  • SUPRS rFactor W v7.2 mod
  • October 18, 2017
  • Southern National Motorsports Park

Time Trials (showing car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, lap 1, lap 2-best lap underlined)

  1. 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 11.626, 11.544
  2. 9-Domenic Gioia; Oswego, NY; Oberto Jerky, Team Domination Motorsports: 11.706, 11.598
  3. 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; RW Woodworking, Wing Side Up Enterprises: 11.667, 11.609
  4. 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Coors’ Light, Disturbed Motorsports: 11.782, 11.662
  5. 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 11.689, 11.733
  6. 55-Steve Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Exide Battery, CPR Motorsports: 11.800, 11.946
  7. 77-Kevin Timmins; Baldwinsville, NY; BreezeGraphics.com, Wesley Motorsports: 12.092, 11.838
  8. 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 12.917, 12.550

Feature-50 Laps (showing car number, driver, name, bonus, fastest lap, distance behind winner)

  1. 9-Domenic Gioia;*/*/ !/3/11.428
  2. 41-Keith Powell; 5/11.511/+1.061
  3. 35-Rob Warren; 7/11.429/+1.145
  4. 55-Steve Callahan; 6/11.549/+1.646
  5. 38-Kyle Clark; 2/11.490/2.095
  6. 25-Bob Gangwer; 8/11.559/3.004
  7. 77-Kevin Timmins; 1/11.701/+ 1 Lap
  8. 42-Carl Becker; 4/12.350/+6 Laps

Time of Race:  12:20.489

  • Denotes Lap Led
  • ** Denotes Most Laps Led
  • ! Denotes Fastest Lap of Race

14th Annual North Carolina Swing

  • Race 4 of 5
  • SUPRS rFactor W v7.2 mod
  • October 18, 2017
  • Concord Motorsports Park

Time Trials (showing car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, lap 1, lap 2-best lap underlined)

  1. 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 12.725, 12.689
  2. 77-Kevin Timmins; Baldwinsville, NY; BreezeGraphics.com, Wesley Motorsports: 13.140, 12.897
  3. 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; RW Woodworking, Wing Side Up Enterprises: 13.057, 12.937
  4. 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Coors’ Light, Disturbed Motorsports: 13.186, 12.962
  5. 9-Domenic Gioia; Oswego, NY; Oberto Jerky, Team Domination Motorsports: 13.456, 13.057
  6. 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 13.248, 13.102
  7. 55-Steve Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Exide Battery, CPR Motorsports: 13.575, 13.611
  8. 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 14.586, 14.570

Feature-40 Laps (showing car number, driver, name, bonus, fastest lap, distance behind winner)

  1. 25-Bob Gangwer; */6/12.865
  2. 35-Rob Warren; 8/12.839/+1.043
  3. 55-Steve Callahan; 5/13.057/+2.004
  4. 38-Kyle Clark; */**/2/12.926/+2.217
  5. 41-Keith Powell; !/7/12.828/+2.489
  6. 42-Carl Becker; 3/13.771/ +1 Lap
  7. 77-Kevin Timmins; */1/12.864/+1 Lap
  8. 9-Domenic Gioia; 4/14.468/Black Flagged-Spin Rule

Time of Race:  22:03.818

  • Denotes Lap Led
  • ** Denotes Most Laps Led
  • ! Denotes Fastest Lap of Race

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Good Fortune, Bad Fortune for North Carolina Swing Winners

Bob Gangwer, Steve Callahan Open North Carolina Swing with Wins 

October 17, 2017 – Caraway, NC Bob Gangwer and Steve Callahan found victory lane in very different ways as the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), began its 14th Annual North Carolina Swing Tuesday at Dasera Speedway and Caraway Speedway.

SUPRS 14th Annual North Carolina Swing Night 1 Victory Lane Slide

Good Luck for Gangwer at Dasera, Domination by Callahan at Caraway on Night 1 of North Carolina Swing.

Crazy Night for Callahan

But for an errant car Callahan may have swept the night, as he was well on his way to winning the first feature at Dasera before being wiped out. Callahan took the lead on lap 10 passing early leader, and three-time Dasera Speedway winner Carl Becker, when Becker scrubbed the back stretch wall. The defending North Carolina Swing Champion then pulled out to a solid half-track lead until disaster struck with just nine laps left.

“It’s just my luck,” said Callahan as he described the incident that kept him from winning. “I’ve come to expect that if anything can happen it will and it did when all the sudden Kevin’s car shot across the track from the infield and wiped me out.”

In an unimaginable turn of events, while enjoying his sizable lead, Kevin Timmins collected Callahan after Timmins’ computer screen went black, and his game froze up. When the game got going again the BreezeGraphics.com driver was sitting outside of the track unsure of how he got there, and then, just as suddenly, Timmins found himself in the path of the leader.

“Man, I just feel horrible for what happened to Steve,” Timmins said. “I really didn’t know what was going on, all of a sudden everything gone, then all of a sudden it was back.”

Good Fortune for Gangwer

Bob Gangwer, after starting in fifth place, was sitting in second and was the unsuspecting recipient of an early Christmas gift in the form of an inherited victory. “I just saw Steve go flying and I thought maybe a lapped car got into him,” Gangwer explained. “There’s no way I would have ever caught Steve. I feel horrible for him.”

Rob Warren brought his 1st to Finish Race Servers ride home for second, while Keith Powell, heartbroken teammate to Callahan, was third over a second behind the winner.

No Stopping Callahan in Race 2

Callahan was a man on a mission in the second race of the night at Caraway Speedway. Qualifying second quick, and a handicap that put him inside of row two for the start of the 40 lap feature gave him all the more incentive to vindicate his loss at Dasera.

Nelson Rodrigues brought the field to the green flag, but by lap one was quickly dispatched by Callahan. “I was driving mad,” Callahan admitted. “I got by Domenic and Kyle and I decided I was going to put my head down and run 40 laps of qualifying.”

With the hammer dropped and determination in his eyes, the pilot of the C.P.R. Motorsports machine, left the rest of the field so far behind, that it seemed like it was still at Dasera Speedway. After stretching his lead to over eight seconds, he took a breather with five laps to go. “I wasn’t thinking about anything but winning and when I looked up and realized I was over eight second ahead, I thought I should back it down a little and just coast home.”

Even though he let up some, Callahan still finished 8.6 seconds ahead of second place finisher Rob Warren. Callahan, not surprisingly, also set the fastest lap of the race at 14.164 seconds. Bob Gangwer came home third after a late race pass on Carl Becker.

One Night Down, Two to Go

The SUPRS stars move on to Southern National Motorsports Park  and Concord Motorsports Park tomorrow for the third and fourth legs of the challenging North Carolina Swing. Practice for both races begins at 8pm with racing slated to go at 9:oo.

The swing finishes off  at Hickory Motor Speedway on Thursday, October 19th where the winner of challenging “Hickory Hustle 75” will be crowned North Carolina Swing Champion and gain 20 bonus points in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship.

Supermodified and sim racing fans alike can view timing and scoring including track telemetry of races three and four as well as The Hickory Hustle during the 14th Annual North Carolina Swing with SUPRS LIVE! You’ll be able to keep up with your favorite SUPRS racer in an instant by going to www.SUPRS.net/site/live.

Learn more about the original  supermodified sim racing sanction and read about real supermodified racing with a visit to www.SUPRS.net. Join SUPRS active and vibrant Social Media channels by  “Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.


SUPRS RACE RESULTS:

14th Annual North Carolina Swing

  • Race 1 of 5
  • SUPRS NASCAR Heat W v6 mod
  • October 17, 2017
  • Dasera Speedway

Time Trials (showing car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, lap 1, lap 2-best lap underlined)

  1. 9-Domenic Gioia; Oswego, NY; Oberto Jerky, Team Domination Motorsports: 11.389, 11.220
  2. 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; RW Woodworking, Wing Side Up Enterprises: 11.339, 11.329
  3. 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 11.389, 11.377
  4. 55-Steve Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Exide Battery, CPR Motorsports: 11.368, 11.377
  5. 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 11.430, 11.466
  6. 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 11.634, 11.476
  7. 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Coors’ Light, Disturbed Motorsports: 11.834, NT
  8. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; Stoneham, MA; Dunkin’ Donuts, Star Speedway: 12.348, 11.845
  9. 77-Kevin Timmins; Baldwinsville, NY; BreezeGraphics.com, Wesley Motorsports: 12.716, 12.369

Feature-38 Laps (showing car number, driver, name, bonus, fastest lap, distance behind winner)

  1. 25-Bob Gangwer; */5/11.207
  2. 35-Rob Warren; 7/11.229/+.655
  3. 41-Keith Powell; !/4/11.173/+1.335
  4. 42-Carl Becker; 1/11.259/ +3.049
  5. 9-Domenic Gioia; 8/11.229/+16.716
  6. 55-Steve Callahan; */*/3/11.209/+7.211
  7. 38-Kyle Clark; 6/11.405/9.952
  8. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; 2/11.358/+3.626
  9. 77-Kevin Timmins; 9/N/A/DNF (pulled off)

Time of Race:  08:04.274

  • Denotes Lap Led
  • ** Denotes Most Laps Led
  • ! Denotes Fastest Lap of Race

14th Annual North Carolina Swing

  • Race 2 of 5
  • SUPRS NASCAR Heat W v6 mod
  • October 17, 2017
  • Caraway Speedway

Time Trials (showing car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, lap 1, lap 2-best lap underlined)

  1. 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; RW Woodworking, Wing Side Up Enterprises: 14.244, 14.324
  2. 55-Steve Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Exide Battery, CPR Motorsports: 14.326, 14.305
  3. 9-Domenic Gioia; Oswego, NY; Oberto Jerky, Team Domination Motorsports: 14.393, 14.307
  4. 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 14.505, 14.341
  5. 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 14.367, 14.574
  6. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; Stoneham, MA; Dunkin’ Donuts, Star Speedway: 15.224, 14.867
  7. 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Coors’ Light, Disturbed Motorsports: 14.660, 14.538
  8. 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 14.627, 14.545
  9. 77-Kevin Timmins; Baldwinsville, NY; BreezeGraphics.com, Wesley Motorsports: 15.020, 15.976

Feature-40 Laps (showing car number, driver, name, bonus, fastest lap, distance behind winner)

  1. 55-Steve Callahan; */**/!/3/14.164
  2. 35-Rob Warren; 7/14.361/+8.637
  3. 25-Bob Gangwer; 8/14.172/+8.880
  4. 42-Carl Becker; 5/14.233/ +9.136
  5. 41-Keith Powell; 6/14.275/+9.842
  6. 38-Kyle Clark; 2/14.377/+1 Lap
  7. 9-Domenic Gioia; 4/14.468/+1 Lap
  8. 77-Kevin Timmins; 12/14.548/+2 Laps
  9. 7-Nelson Rodrigues; */1/14.530/+3 Laps

Time of Race:  10:26.565

  • Denotes Lap Led
  • ** Denotes Most Laps Led
  • ! Denotes Fastest Lap of Race

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SUPRS North Carolina Swing Presents Challenge to Sim Racers

October 15, 2017 – Goshen, IN…This week the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), heads to the Tarheel State for the 14th Annual North Carolina Swing. This annual tour features five different tracks in three nights of racing all based in North Carolina, uses two different sim racing platforms, and is the toughest multi-race swing on the SUPRS schedule.

SUPRS 2017 North Carolina Swing poster by BreezeGraphics.com

Swing by BreezeGraphics.com for great looking marketing materials like this North Carolina Swing poster.

The series kicks off Tuesday, October 17 at Dasera Speedway and Caraway Speedway. Both are NASCAR Heat based tracks and both will be 40 lap feature races. Then on Wednesday the racers switch to their rFactor supermodifieds for 50 lap features at Southern National Motorsports Park and Concord Motorsports Park.

Racing for an Invite

Those first four races act as qualifiers for the last night of racing at Hickory Motor Speedway on Thursday, October 19. The top eight drivers in North Carolina Swing points get invited to the “Hickory Hustle” where the winner of  the challenging 75 lap feature becomes the North Carolina Swing Champion. A blind draw for starting place and intense, close quarters racing within the tight confines of Hickory Motor Speedway is just one more reason the North Carolina Swing Championship is one of the most sought after for the SUPRS drivers.

Big Points on the Line

As the supermodified sim racers work for an invitation to the Hickory Hustle, they’ll also gain precious early season points in the Gold Crest Wing Supermodified Championship XIV. The big prize on Thursday, if they make it, is a 20 point bonus that goes to the winner of the coveted North Carolina Swing Championship Crown.

Perseverance Pays Off for Callahan

Steve Callahan is the defending North Carolina Swing Champion and has one of the best finishing records in the history of The Hickory Hustle. Yet until last year he was never been able to win the race or the North Carolina Swing Championship. He finally pulled it off for one of the biggest wins of his SUPRS career becoming the tenth different driver to claim the NC Swing.

Callahan is one of only two Ohio drivers to win the North Carolina Swing in a series that where New York residents have dominated. The Cuyahoga Falls resident joined fellow Buckeye Chris Meyers who won the NC Swing in 2011-12.

“Rocket” Rob Domination on Night 2

Defending SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Supermodified Champion, Rob Warren, was in a similar situation to what Callahan had experienced until he claimed the North Carolina Swing Championship in the 2015-16 season. Warren has dominated the second night of the North Carolina Swing three out of the last four seasons  and last year was also the fourth year in a row that he has won at Concord.

In fact, Warren has been so dominate at the high-banked asphalt tri-oval that out of a possible 250 SUPRS feature laps run, Warren has led 222 of them. However, the Pulaski, NY racer would give up every one of those Concord laps led to lead just the last one of the Hickory Hustle and claim his second North Carolina Swing Crown.

Nobody Tops Maxon

Just one driver has ever won the North Carolina Swing Championship more than once. “Mighty” Myles Maxon leads the pack with three NC Swing crowns and two of those came back to back in 2009 and 2010.

Of the current crop of SUPRS racers, the aforementioned Callahan and Warren are among the favorites to join Maxon, but 2013-14 Champion Bob Gangwer, 2012-13 Champion Carl Becker and 2008 Champion Gary Waldron all have a shot as well.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the SUPRS North Carolina Swing History

Fans Can Follow the Festivities

Fans can follow the fun and excitement of the 14th Annual North Carolina Swing on night two and three of the festivities. The  SUPRS LIVE! Timing and Scoring page keeps fans abreast of the action showing live streaming video, instantaneous position changes, lap times, penalties, race status and track telemetry.

The SUPRS LIVE! scrolling ticker allows fans to browse SUPRS.net while they keep their eye on the racing action. And if they can’t make it to SUPRS.net for the live action, they can always catch up with the SUPRS rFactor Results page showing every race of the season in complete detail.

Be Social with SUPRS

Supermodified racing fans and sim racers alike can learn more about the original online supermodified sim racing sanction when they visit www.SUPRS.net.

The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series is very active on social media where fans can  “Like” SUPRS on Facebook, Circle SUPRS on Google+Follow @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, See SUPRS on Instagram,  and View over 370 real supermodified racing videos on  SUPRS  YouTube.

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 SUPRS North Carolina Swing History-

  • 2005 North Carolina Swing Champion: JP Curry-PA
  • 2006 North Carolina Swing Champion: Sean O’Kane-NY
  • 2007 North Carolina Swing Champion: Mike Jackson-NY
  • 2008 North Carolina Swing Champion: Gary Waldron-MI
  • 2009 North Carolina Swing Champion: Myles Maxon-NY
  • 2009-10 North Carolina Swing Champion: Myles Maxon-NY
  • 2010-11 North Carolina Swing Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.-NY
  • 2011-12 North Carolina Swing Champion: Chris Meyers-OH
  • 2012-13 North Carolina Swing Champion: Carl Becker-MI
  • 2013-14 North Carolina Swing Champion: Bob Gangwer-IN
  • 2014-15 North Carolina Swing Champion: Myles Maxon-NY
  • 2015-16 North Carolina Swing Champion: Rob Warren-NY
  • 2016-17 North Carolina Swing Champion: Steve Callahan-OH

NORTH CAROLINA SWING SCHEDULE, FORMAT, PROCEDURES

 

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