A packed grandstand filled the Holland Motorsports Complex on Kwik Fill Night at the races as Kwik Fill’s Drive across America program made a stop in the hills of Holland. The fans saw great racing throughout Holland’s entire NASCAR Whelen All American Series program. Dave Catalano from Ontario, NY picked up his first Holland Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modified feature main. It was Dave’s first win at Holland since the mid 1990’s in a Late Model. Other winners include Freedom, NY driver Eldon King III winning his third McClurg Auto Group Late Model checkered flag of the season. Orchard Park, NY star Jim Loffredo picked up his third win of the season in the Bank of Holland Chargers. Ben Russo from Lancaster, NY picked up his first win of the season Bob Marzec of South Wales, NY collected his second straight feature win in the M&M U Pull It Figure 8 cars.
The mother and son duo of Amy and Tommy Catalano led the field of Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds to the green flag and it was Tommy Catalano out to the early race lead. Last weeks feature winner Joe Evans was moving up through the field and had contact with Neal Dietz Jr and Evans faced “the wrong way on a one way street”. On the restart, Tommy out dragged Amy and Dave Catalano passed his wife and then two laps later, passed his son Tommy to take over the race lead. Kirk Totten moved up from his tenth starting spot and was battling with Tommy Catalano, and Joe Evans as the three second generation drivers were fighting for the runner up spot as Dave Catalano was pulling away from the field.
At the races halfway mark, Totten would loose the handle of his Rutherford Racing entry in turn four to bring out the yellow flag for the second time. On the restart, Dave Catalano was joined by Joe Evans on the front row and it was Catalano in front of the class as former divisional champion Neal Dietz Jr worked his way back up through the field and began putting his sights on Evans for second. Andy Jankowiak got around Tommy Catalano for fourth and began reeling in Dietz for third. Jankowiak used the bottom of the speedway to get around Dietz for third place but was held up by the spinning Joe Carbone in turn number three, setting up a six lap shootout. Dave Catalano would hold off Jankowiak who just beat Evans to the line for second to pick up his first open-wheeled Pro Modified victory on the highbanks. Neal Dietz finished fourth and Tommy Catalano would complete the top five.
Josh Hathaway and Corey Glover led the field of McClurg Auto Group Late Models to the green flag and it was Glover out to the early race lead. The elder Glover brother was leading his brother Brandon for much of the 20 lap feature distance. Nick Crassi and JD Roberts tried their luck of getting around the Glover brothers but were unsuccessful. The driver that was successful at getting around the Glovers was defending track champion Eldon King III. King would us a late race restart to drive away to claim his third win of the season.
Shawn Lafferty and qualifying winner Kris Hamann led the field of Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event and it was Hamann out to the early race lead. Marty Hughes and Tom Northem as well as Jason Adams got around Lafferty for positions two through four early on. Last week’s feature winner Jim Loffredo was on the move from his eighth starting spot and was up to third and began chasing down the top two. On the lap 11 restart for debris, Hamann and Adams led the field to Matt Place’s green flag and it was Hamann back into the lead. Loffredo passed Adams on lap 12 to take over second and quickly began to reel in Hamann for the race lead. Points leader Dave Wilson Jr moved up from his fifth starting spot to take over third from Jason Adams on lap 18.
Hamann and Loffredo were wheel to wheel for several laps and Loffredo used the inside to take over the lead with four laps remaining. Loffredo would hold off Hamann to claim his second straight feature win and third of the season for the Bank of Holland Chargers. Dave Wilson Jr would finish in third and he was followed to the line by Eric Brown and Jerry Kosmowski. Fourth place finisher Eric Brown was found to be illegal in post race tech.
Nelson Rung and Shawn Nye led the field of Casey’s TQ Midgets to the green flag of starter Doug Carnes for their feature event on the highbanks and it was Nye jumping out into the early race lead. Shawn’s brother Andy moved into second from his fifth starting spot on the opening circuit with Andy Jankowiak clearing Rung for third early on. The Team Vinnie brigade of Jankowiak, last weeks feature winner Dave Wollaber and Jamie Collard all moved up through the field and were racing in positions three through five with the Nye family pulling away from the field. Shawn Nye would lead from start to finish to pick up his first career Casey’s TQ Midget feature. . Andy Nye would finish second and he was followed to the line by Dave Wollaber, Jamie Collard and Kyle Hutchinson completing the top five.
Justine Zink and Jack Warrior led the field of Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event and it was Warrior taking the early race lead. The field went three and four wide around the 3/8th’s highbanks as the Hornets were swarming around the speedway. Louis Carbone and John Blinston came together on the back straightway after having contact from Jack Warrior to bring out the races first caution. The lap four restart saw Ben Russo and Joe Mastrocicco III on the front row and it was Russo taking the advantage. Samantha Lutz would pass Mastrocicco for second and following her was Tony Carbone, Jeff Szafraniec and current Hornet points leader Chris Powers. Carbone would pass Lutz and second as did Jeff Szafraniec.
While racing through lap traffic, Szafraniec would pass Carbone and began his chase of race leader Ben Russo. The great equalizer would show itself on lap 20 as debris was found on the front stretch and that would bunch the field up for the last ten lap shootout. Russo and Szafraniec would bring the field back to the green flag and it was Russo back into the lead. Samantha Lutz and Louis Carbone made contact on the front stretch as Lutz’s had a fuel leak after hitting the front stretch wall. Lutz was able to drive her Meyer Dairy Farm, Dice Racing machine to the pits under her own power. On the restart it was Russo pulling away from the field with Chris Powers and Tony Carbone giving chase but it was Russo holding off Powers for his first win of the season. Powers would finish second followed by Szafraniec, Carbone and Bob Marzec completing the top five.
Butcher Palmer and Dale McCool led the field of M&M U Pull It Figure 8s the green flag and it was Palmer leading the way. McCool and Eric Marzec came together right at the “X” after Marzec’s throttle stuck. Bob Marzec would take the lead away from Palmer on the restart and would go on to win his second straight Figure 8 car feature event.
HOLLAND NOTES: Ken Maltby blew the motor on his Maltby Drywall number 36 Charger during practice and watched the racing action from the grandstands. Corey Glover won his first career qualifying heat for the McClurg Auto Group Late Models. The husband and wife duo of Dave and Amy Catalano won their respective qualifying heats for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds. It was Amy’s first checkered flag of the season on the highbanks after returning three weeks ago after giving birth to her fifth son, Troyer on July 4th.
Holland returns to action next Saturday night August 4th as it is Towne Automotive Night. The night will be featured by the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modified 50, the fourth race of the Holland/Spencer/Chemung Upstate Pro Modifieds Series. A full card of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds, McClurg Auto Group Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, Casey’s TQ Midget Series and the 4 Cylinder Hornets will be on the high banks. Pit gates will swing open at 1:30 pm, with an open prqactice for all competitors from 2:00 to 4:00 pm ($20 charge). Regular practice will begin at 4:00 pm while the grandstand gates will open at 4:45pm. Qualifying will begin promptly at 5:00 pm and NASCAR feature action will be underway at 7:05 pm.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS 7-28-12Getzoni Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: DAVE CATALANO (Started 6), Andy Jankowiak (8), Joe Evans (9), Neal Dietz Jr (11), Tommy Catalano (2), Don King (5), Jake Vernon (7), Owen Bednasz (3), Amy Catalano (1), Joe Carbone (4), Kirk Totten (10) and Ed Schueler (12)Qualifying Winner: Amy Catalano, Dave Catalano
McClurg Auto Group Late Models: ELDON KING III (Started 7), Brandon Glover (5), JD Roberts (4), Nick Crassi (3), Josh Hathaway (1), Jason Gwin (8), Corey Glover (2) and Mike Ticco (6)Qualifying Winner: Corey Glover
Bank of Holland Chargers: JIM LOFFREDO (Started 8), Kris Hamann (2), Dave Wilson Jr (5), Jerry Kosmowski (9), Shawn Lafferty (1), Jason Adams (3), Marty Hughes (4), Tom Northem (6), Rich Carnes (7), Mike Weston (11), Tim Northem (10) and Don Sitarski (13) DQ: Eric Brown (12),Qualifying Winners: Dave Wilson Jr. and Kris Hamann NASCAR Hornets: BEN RUSSO (Started 12), Chris Powers (17), Jeff Szafraniec (16), Tony Carbone (11), Bob Marzec (10), Bill Lutz (14), Eric Marzec (18), Louis Carbone (13), Joe Mastrocicco III (5), Timmy Swatsworth (7), Justine Zink (1), Waylon Price (4), Jennifer Termer (8), John Blinston (9), Destiny Koningisor (19), David Warrior (6), Samantha Lutz (15), Jack Warrior (2) and Jerry Toms (3)Qualifying Winners: Bob Marzec and Louis Carbone Casey’s TQ Midget Series: SHAWN NYE (Started 2), Andy Nye (5), Dave Wollaber (10), Jamie Collard (11), Kyle Hutchinson (9), Hayden Newcomb (6), Andy Jankowiak (3), Camden Barber (12), Jonathan Reid (16), Nelson Rung (1), Dean McConnaughy (4), Jared Turnbull (8), Kent Turnbull (7), Arik McGruder (13), Jim Fleischman (17), Gordie Steffen (19), Charlie DiRosa (14), Scott Gleed (18) and Cody Mullno (15)Qualifying Winners: Jamie Collard and Shawn Nye M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: BOB MARZEC (Started 6), Butcher Palmer (1), Jack Warrior (9), Bill Lutz (8), Eric Rich (10), Jason Adams (5), Kyle Skoney (3), Dale McCool (2), Eric Marzec (7), Joe Mastrocicco (DNS)