Sege Fidanza Victorious

August 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM

In his long and successful racing career, Sege Fidanza of Middleport, NY has earned a number of wins in high profile racing events. On Saturday evening, August 28th, he added another marquee race win to his resume with a victory in the Budweiser 100 at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex. The 47th running of this annual Holland late season classic was the first to feature the NASCAR Ragingwolf.com Pro Modifieds.

In other Saturday Holland action, T.J. Johnson of South Wales, NY roared to his fourth straight Late Models of Tomorrow victory, Zach Myers of East Concord, NY added to his slim points lead with a win the Bank of Holland Chargers main, and Timex Morgan of Churchville, NY took the checkers in an entertaining feature race for the Casey’s TQ Midget Series. Ashley Kirchberger of West Seneca, NY was the first Queen Bee driver in 2010 to take the overall 4-cylinder win in the Hornet/Queen Bee main, with second place Tony Carbone of West Seneca, NY getting credit for the Hornet honors, while Dave Reese, Jr. of Glenwood, NY made it three consecutive M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car wins.

Fidanza, who started 8th on the field for the Budweiser 100, bided his time in the early going, as George Skora III lead the early laps from the pole, then engaged in a torrid duel with Andy Jankowiak for the top slot after a lap 22 restart. Fidanza took over third place on the 31st circuit, and when the lead duo had a "close encounter" in turn 2 on lap 40, Fidanza was able to motor his Kirk Rutherford prepared Select Collision mount to the top side and snag the lead.

The race certainly was not over though, as Amy Catalano was working her way forward after a rugged lap 6 tangle with Jeff Ruddy, in which she vaulted over the front of the Ruddy mount, landing hard on all four wheels. The car was not seriously damaged, and by lap 43, she was dicing with Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. and Joe Evans for the runner-up slot, finally clearing Evans for the position on lap 61. She was able to reel in the Fidanza ride, as the two began to motor away from the balance of the field. Lapped traffic proved to be a challenge at times, particularly on a lap 84 encounter during which the leaders made contact trying to clear lapped cars, though both were able to immediately recover and maintain speed. Three yellow flags in a five lap span around the lap 90 mark kept things tight between the lead duo, setting up a shoot-out style finish. On the final lap, Catalano went for broke, diving to the inside of Fidanza off of turn two, but was not able to hold the car in line, as the tail came around and she slid into the infield grass. Fidanza drove on to the checkers for the $2000 win.

Holland points leader Fieblekorn, who ran in the top five for the entire race, crossed the line in second, with Skora getting back through the field to claim third. Justin Shepker, never worse than seventh, placed fourth, while Buck Catalano made a nice comeback drive after a mid-race pit visit, rounding out the top five, and maintained his points lead in the Holland-Spencer Challenge Series. Amy Catalano righted her car to cross the line in ninth as the final car on the lead lap. Ten caution periods slowed the action, while fourteen entries were running at the finish.

In the 25 lap caution-free Late Models of Tomorrow main, T.J. Johnson needed only 6 laps to work his Trank Real Estate and Insurance Monte Carlo to the front, getting by rookie Brandon Glover for the top slot and cruising in for the victory, his seventh of the season. Eldon King III drove to the runner-up finish, while Nick Crassi raced by Glover late in the event to take third.

For the second week in a row, the first spot on the track was a trouble spot in the Bank of Holland Charger 30 lap go. Jim Loffredo took the lead at the opening green and paced the event for the first 17 circuits until, for the second straight week, his Monte Carlo slowed with mechanical issues. Rich Carnes then inherited the lead, with Zach Myers putting the pressure on, as the two top points drivers were looking to settle this race between themselves - until Carnes lost the handle on his ride just two laps later, and Myers was able to avoid contact and take over the top spot. Myers continued to enjoy his good fortune for the final eleven circuits, earning his fourth win of the summer in his Upstate Automotive/TW Signs/Nova Glass Malibu. Matt Welshans took his second straight runner-up finish, leading a family trio, as brothers Ted and Nik Welshans placed third and fourth.

For the first eight laps, the Casey’s TQ Midget Series 20 lap feature race was an incredibly intense competition, as no less than seven cars were racing in a pack two and three wide for the lead. Timex Morgan took advantage of a restart on the eighth lap to squeeze his After Hours Imaging/Dunkin Donuts Lafler chassis to the inside and clear Wayne Turnbull for the top slot. Once in front, Morgan began to pull away, as he enjoyed a ½ straightaway lead at the finish. Turnbull held on to finish second over a challenging Camden Barber.

Chris Powers scooted by Butcher Palmer for the lead on the 5th lap of the 30 lap 4-cylinder Hornet/Queen Bee run, and opened up a wide lead. But Ashley Kirchberger was on the move, advancing her DeRonde Tire Sales/Timmy Regan Towing Honda from the 20th starting position to take second on the 18th lap. She then chased down Powers, getting underneath for the lead on the 24th circuit while they were negotiating lapped traffic. Kirchberger tried to establish a lead cushion, but Tony Carbone made a late race run in his Dago Fast Fabrication/Vic’s Auto Service Honda, getting by Powers (his cousin) a lap later, and chasing down the leader. However, Ashley was up to the task of holding on and earning the overall honors and her sixth Queen Bee win of the year. Carbone crossed the line second, taking his second Hornet victory of the summer, while Powers ended a solid run with a third place finish.

The 12 lap M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car feature had a crazy start, with three roll-overs in the first two laps. No one was injured, although one of the roll-over victims was Jason Adams, who was the points leader going into the evening. When things settled down, Dave Reese, Jr. and "Mad Mike" Eckam battled for the lead before Reese was finally able to establish command and take his Shanley Collision/Majestic Pools Dodge to his fourth win of the season. Scott Pastorius placed second, while Bob Marzec grabbed third.

News and Notes

Lots of thrashing in the pits pre-race, as the Sylvia Miszczak crew needed to make some right front repairs to her Honda Queen Bee racer after a broken wheel hub sent her in the wall in practice, and Dave Catalano and the crew had to get the Catalano/Minacapelli Late Model back in shape after a practice incident ... Joe Eck not as fortunate, as the veteran was prepared to make his first start of the year in the Mike Flaig Charger, only to have mechanical gremlins end the night early ... Also having a rough day was Wayne Baker, as in what would have been his first start in his own TQ Midget (after having a couple of one-off rides earlier this season) turned out to be an exercise in riding out a practice flip - the car was done for the night ... Bill Mislin was shaking off the driver’s rust, hopping aboard the Mike Ticco Late Model for the evening and piloting the car to a sixth place finish.

Results Summary – August 28, 2010 –

NASCAR Ragingwolf.com PRO MODIFIEDS - BUDWEISER 100 -- 1. (started 8th) SEGE FIDANZA, 2. (5) Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., 3. (1) George Skora III, 4. (3) Justin Shepker, 5. (13) Buck Catalano, 6. (7) Don King, 7. (4) Kevin Lewis, 8. (9) Jeff Ruddy, 9. (11) Amy Catalano, 10. (12) Jerry Gradl, Jr., 11. (2) Chuck Anderson, 12. (10) Joe Evans, 13. (16) Dick Kluth, 14. (17) Mike Stevenson, 15. (6) Andy Jankowiak, 16. (15) Tim Welshans, 17. (18) Kirk Totten, 18. (14) Fred Taylor. Heat Race Winners: Amy Catalano, Joe Evans.

LATE MODELS of TOMORROW (25 laps) -- 1. (started 6th) T.J. JOHNSON, 2. (5) Eldon King III, 3. (4) Nick Crassi, 4. (3) Brandon Glover, 5. (10) Dave Catalano, 6. (7) Bill Mislin, 7. (2) Sean Dolan, 8. (8) Jason Gwin, 9. (1) Josh Hathaway, 10. (9) Vince Sands.

Bank of Holland CHARGERS (30 laps) -- 1. (started 7th) ZACH MYERS, 2. (10) Matt Welshans, 3. (8) Ted Welshans, 4. (3) Nik Welshans, 5. (4) Jason Eck, 6. (1) Tom Northem, 7. (5) Mark Harsch, 8. (6) Rich Carnes, 9. (11) Tim Northem, 10. (12) Al Grimmer, 11. (14) Bill Wise, 12. (2) Jim Loffredo, 13. (9) Rick Roth, 14. (13) Don Sitarski. Did Not Start: Joe Eck.

Casey's TQ MIDGET Series (20 laps) -- 1. (started 12th) TIMEX MORGAN, 2. (3) Wayne Turnbull, 3. (4) Camden Barber, 4. (2) Scott Kreutter, 5. (10) Jim Fleischman, 6. (11) Justin Mapes, 7. (6) Andy Jankowiak, 8. (13) Jonothan Reid, 9. (7) Hayden Newcomb, 10. (9) Arik McGruder, 11. (17) Charlie DiRosa, 12. (16) Chad Heywood, 13. (15) Owen Bednasz, 14. (14) Nelson Rung, 15. (19) Gordon Steffan, 16. (18) Ryan Hessler, 17. (8) Bobby Holmes, 18. (1) Eric Musto, 19. (5) Kent Turnbull. Did Not Start: Wayne Baker. Heat Race Winners: Camden Barber, Wayne Turnbull.

4-cyl. HORNETS/QUEEN BEES - overall finish (30 laps) -- 1. (1st Queen Bee) (started 20th) ASHLEY KIRCHBERGER, 2. (1st Hornet) (19) Tony Carbone, 3. (1) Chris Powers, 4. (3) Ben Russo, 5. (13) Bob Marzec, 6. (2nd Queen Bee) (7) Samantha Lutz, 7. (24) Jason Adams, 8. (22) Eric Brown, 9. (18) Jeff Szafraniec, 10. (15) Jammer Meuckl, 11. (3rd Queen Bee) (21) Sylvia Miszczak, 12. (17) Waylon Price, 13. (9) Bill Lutz, 14. (2) Butcher Palmer, 15. (10) Jason Nellist, 16. (23) George Quintana, 17. (11) Joe Mastrocicco III, 18. (14) Eric Marzec, 19. (5) Jerry Toms, 20. (24) J.D. Roberts, 21. (4th Queen Bee) (8) Elaine Pimpo, 22. (4) Kyle Skoney, 23. (6) Dylan Carbone, 24. (12) Chris Foote, 25. (25) Eric Williams, 26. (16) Dave Reese, Jr.

M&M U-Pull-It FIGURE 8 CARS (12 laps) -- 1. (started 8th) DAVE REESE, JR., 2. (5) Scott Pastorius, 3. (4) Bob Marzec, 4. (3) Mike Eckam, 5. (9) Joe Mastrocicco III, 6. (1) Butcher Palmer, 7. (11) Joe Merlino, 8. (7) Eric Marzec, 9. (6) Jason Adams, 10. (12) Chris Foote, 11. (10) Kyle Skoney, 12. (2) Jerry Toms.