Emerling, King, Welshans, Mapes Top 2011 Opening Day Action

May 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Patrick Emerling of Boston, NY has been establishing a name for himself along the Eastern Seaboard as an up-and-coming short track racer. On Sunday afternoon, Mayy 22nd, Patrick returned to his original stomping grounds at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex to capture the 35 lap main for the NASCAR National Overhead Door Pro Modifieds.

In other action at the McKinley Mall 2011 season opener at the Western New York oval, 2009 champ Eldon King III of Freedom, NY scored the win in the Late Models of Tomorrow main, Ted "Big Show" Welshans of West Falls, NY captured the initial Bank of Holland Charger feature win, and three time defending series title holder Justin Mapes of Franklinville, NY was victorious in the Casey’s TQ Midget Series feature race. Past champ Eric Brown of Holland notched the 4-cylinder Hornet honors, while Jason Adams of Glenwood, NY took the initial M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car main of the year.

Kirk Totten and Neal Dietz, Jr. battled for the lead early in the Pro Modified feature race, until contact on lap 5 sent the Totten ride looping on the back chute. 2010 champ Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. inherited the lead at that point, with Emerling slotted in second. Emerling was content to lay back a few car lengths from Fiebelkorn, but once the event hit the ten to go mark, he began to make his move, and managed to battle his Gauthier Blacktopping/Emerling Dealerships mount by Fiebelkorn off the fourth turn on the 27th circuit to claim the lead and drive on to the win. Fiebelkorn had to be content with a second place finish, while Andy Jankowiak claimed third. A tight battle for fourth between Dietz and Joe Evans resulted in contact off the final turn, allowing Jeff Ruddy and Totten to slip by and claim top five finishes.

2010 Late Models of Tomorrow champ T.J. Johnson raced by J.D. Roberts for the Late Model lead on the 2nd circuit, but three mid-race caution periods kept the field tight. On the final of the re-starts, Eldon King III managed to work his D&H Excavating ride under Johnson to grab the lead and ride on to the lap 25 checkered flag. Johnson had to settle for second, with Nick Crassi scoring a strong third.

Kris Hamann led the first 14 circuits of the 30 lap Bank of Holland Charger main, but company was en route, as Rich Carnes, Jim Loffredo, and Ted Welshans were heading to the front. Carnes found room to the inside of Hamann on the 15th lap to claim the lead, with Welshans following through to put his Swat Stoe/Klispies Motorsports Malibu into second place. Loffredo, in turn, took third a lap later. Welshans then needed three laps before getting by Carnes on the top side of turn four, then began to open up some breathing room, as Carnes and Loffredo tussled for second. Welshans held a 10 car length advantage at the checkers of the caution-free event, while Loffredo edged Carnes for the runner-up slot.

Justin Mapes made a gutsy inside, three-wide move in his Steffan/Mapes Racing entry to squeeze by Jonathan Reid and Andy Jankowiak for the lead on lap 6, then held off a mid-race challenge from Dave Wollaber to take the honors in the 20 lap feature race for the Casey’s TQ Midget Series. Wollaber placed a tight second, with teammate Bobby Holmes making some late race moves to claim third.

Though he arrived late and missed his 4-cylinder Hornet qualifying heat, a deep in the field starting spot did not deter Eric Brown. Brown diced through the field in his Bruce’s Automotive entry to battle under Waylon Price for the lead on lap 18 of the 30 lap go, then held off repeated challenges from Price and Sylvia Miszczak through lapped traffic for the victory. Miszczak took Queen Bee honors as the top finishing female driver with her second place finish, just ahead of Price. Ashley Kirchberger and Ben Russo were also in the mix at the front of the field to complete the top five in the tightest finish of the afternoon. The race ran caution-free.

Brown nearly made it two wins for the day, but a last lap charge in the 8 lap M&M U-Pull-It Figure Car main fell just short of Jason Adams. Adams led the entire event, thwarting Brown’s late challenge to earn the win.

News and Notes

Off-and-on drizzles interrupted pre-race practice on three different occasions, but once the racing program was underway, the sun emerged for a beautiful late afternoon of competitive action ... Ted Welshans’ win was in stark contrast to the fortunes of his three brothers also competing in the Charger division - Matt, Tim, and Nik Welshans were all casualties of various mechanical gremlins, and watched Ted drive to the victory from infield parking spots.

5/22/2011 Results Summary:

NASCAR National Overhead Door PRO MODIFIEDS (35 laps) -- 1. (started 8th) PATRICK EMERLING, 2. (6) Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., 3. (7) Andy Jankowiak, 4. (4) Jeff Ruddy, 5. (1) Kirk Totten, 6. (2) Don King, 7. (3) Neal Dietz, Jr., 8. (5) Joe Evans, 9. (10) Lexi Wilson, 10. (9) Dave Johnson. Heat Race Winner: Patrick Emerling.

LATE MODELS of Tomorrow (25 laps) -- 1. (started 6th) ELDON KING III, 2. (4) T.J. Johnson, 3. (3) Nick Crassi, 4. (8) Brandon Glover, 5. (1) J.D. Roberts, 6. (6) Mike Ticco, 7. (2) Josh Hathaway, 8. (7) Jason Gwin. Heat Race Winner: Eldon King III.

Bank of Holland CHARGERS (30 laps) -- 1. (started 8th) TED WELSHANS, 2. (9) Jim Loffredo, 3. (7) Rich Carnes, 4. (10) Jerry Kosmowski, 5. (12) Jason Eck, 6. (3) Mark Harsch, 7. (1) Kris Hamann, 8. (5) Mike Flaig, 9. (11) Tim Northem, 10. (14) Ken Ryskiewicz, 11. (15) Ben Harms, 12. (16) Jack Warrior, Jr., 13. (2) Matt Welshans, 14. (4) Donnie Aquino, 15. (6) Nik Welshans, 16. (13) Tim Welshans. Heat Race Winners: Jim Loffredo, Jerry Kosmowski.

Casey’s TQ MIDGET SERIES (20 laps) -- 1. (started 11th) JUSTIN MAPES, 2. (10) Dave Wollaber, 3. (13) Bobby Holmes, 4. (7) Andy Jankowiak, 5. (14) Jim Fleischman, 6. (12) Timex Morgan, 7. (6) Jamie Collard, 8. (8) Arik McGruder, 9. (2) Jonathan Reid, 10. (5) Owen Bednasz, 11. (1) Eric Musto, 12. (4) Charlie DiRosa, 13. (16) Chad Heywood, 14. (15) Travis Novotny, 15. (9) Wayne Turnbull, 16. (18) Gordon Steffan, 17. (19) Ryan Hessler, 18. (3) Dean McConnaughey, 19. (17) Camden Barber. Did Not Start: Rich Savlemini. Heat Race Winners: Dave Wollaber, Justin Mapes.

4-cylinder HORNETS (30 laps) -- 1. (started 15th) ERIC BROWN, 2. (7) Sylvia Miszczak, 3. (8) Waylon Price, 4. (12) Ashley Kirchberger, 5. (11) Ben Russo, 6. (3) Lou Carbone, 7. (9) Tony Carbone, 8. (5) Samantha Lutz, 9. (4) Jeff Szafraniec, 10. (6) Bill Lutz, 11. (14) Jerry Toms, 12. (2) Joe Mastrocicco III, 13. (16) Chris Powers, 14. (1) Shawn Fitzpatrick, 15. (10) Dylan Carbone, 16. (17) Nikki Kirchberger, 17. (18) John Blinston, 18. (13) Bob Marzec. Heat Race Winners: Ben Russo, Ashley Kirchberger.

M&M U-Pull-It FIGURE 8 CARS (8 laps) -- 1. (started 1st) JASON ADAMS, 2. (2) Eric Brown, 3. (4) Scott Pastorius, 4. (3) Jerry Toms.