Jankowiak Captures First Holland Win

June 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY capped off a successful racing weekend by capturing his first career Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex feature win in a thrilling NASCAR National Overhead Door Pro Modified main on Saturday evening, June 11th.

In other action at the Western New York speedplant, Eldon King III of Freedom, NY made it two straight scores in the Late Models of Tomorrow main, past champ Jim Loffredo of Orchard Park, NY was victorious in a scintillating Bank of Holland Charger feature race, and Camden Barber of Bliss, NY finally shook off his early season bad luck mantle with a dominating win in the Casey’s TQ Midget Series main event. Eric Brown of Holland made it two in-a-row in an exciting 4-cylinder Hornet race, while 2010 champ Scott Pastorius of Arcade, NY took the win in the M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car event.

Neal Dietz, Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 35 lap NASCAR National Overhead Door Pro Modified main, fending off an early challenge from Joe Evans before opening up some breathing space. In the meantime, Andy Jankowiak was steadily working forward from the sixth starting spot in his Jim & Bob’s Service ride, getting by Evans for second on lap 18, and setting off in pursuit of Dietz. Jankowiak reeled in Dietz by the 25th circuit, and began to work the outside line, while Dietz kept protecting the bottom. As the duo exited turn four looking at the two-to-go signal, Dietz slipped up high just a bit, but it was enough for Jankowiak to rocket down to the inside and establish position. The pair raced side-by-side through the 34th lap, with Jankowiak finally clearing the Dietz ride as they flashed under the white flag. At the checkers, Jankowiak held a car length advantage over Dietz, while Amy Catalano, who survived an early race skirmish, was closing fast, taking third. Jankowiak managed to wrestle his car to the win without the benefit of his power steering, to follow up his victory the previous evening at Wyoming County.

T.J. Johnson raced by Josh Hathaway for the lead on the 2nd circuit of the 25 lap Late Models of Tomorrow feature race, with Eldon King III powering his D&H Excavating machine into 2nd a half lap later. King quickly began to pressure Johnson for the top spot, probing the inside groove and drawing even on multiple occasions before finally edging out in front on the 15th lap. Once in the lead, the 2009 divisional champ opened a safe lead margin to drive away for the win. Johnson held off a late race challenge by Brandon Glover to claim second. Glover lost a certain top three finish with a final turn infield slide, allowing Nick Crassi to take the number three slot.

Tim Welshans led the first 15 laps of the 30 lap Bank of Holland Charger go, until his engine expired, handing the lead over to the challenging A to Z Transmissions/All Metal Inc. Monte Carlo of Jim Loffredo. Meanwhile, the "Wild One," Rob Miszczak, making his first start of the season, was knifing through the field from his 16th starting position to 2nd place for the restart. Over the final 14 laps, Loffredo and Miszczak offered some incredible side-by-side dicing for the lead, with Miszczak hanging his ride on the ragged edge of the high lane while Loffredo was hugging the bottom. The two exchanged the lead on numerous occasions, and never separated from one another. A caution with just two laps remaining was just a momentary respite from the dual, setting up a wild two lap dash to the checkers. On the final go-round, Miszczak went for broke powering off the top of the banking in turn four, but momentarily lost the rear end, allowing Loffredo to glide out to a car length margin of victory at the checkers. Unfortunately for Miszczak, his ride came up light at the scales in the post-race inspection, forcing him to forfeit his runner-up finish. Brothers Nik and Matt Welshans, who raced in the top five through the entire event, placed second and third in the official finishing order.

The start of Camden Barber’s 2011 racing season has been one that the fourth generation racer would like to forget, with seemingly every conceivable malady affecting the team’s entry in the Casey’s TQ Midget Series, but he broke loose with an explosive run to the win in Saturday’s 20 lap feature race. Barber put his Bliss Garage/Bliss International Speedway entry into the lead at the opening green and simply ran away from the field in the caution-free race, holding a ½ lap lead at the checkers. While Barber was sprinting away, a great race was taking place for the number two slot, as Andy Jankowiak, Wayne Turnbull, and Dean McConnaughey were putting on a show, with Justin Mapes and Timex Morgan joining the fray in the late going. At the checkers, Mapes held the advantage for the runner-up slot, with Morgan taking third just ahead of Jankowiak and Turnbull.

The 4-cylinder Hornets set the tone for the evening of feature races in their 30 lap event, with six lead changes over the last fifteen laps of the race. Bob Marzec, Eric Brown, Ashley Kirchberger, and Ben Russo all took turns leading over the second half, with Brown able to hold off Russo at the line for the win. Kirchberger placed third, while David Warrior, after being sent pitside at the mid-point to repair a safety violation, made a great drive through the field to edge Marzec for the number four spot.

Scott Pastorius outsprinted Eric Brown for the lead at the opening green of the 12 lap M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car race, and avoided late race traffic at the "x" to notch the win in the caution-free dash. Brown took second, while Bob Marzec survived a race long battle with Bill Lutz for third.

News and Notes

Despite dire weather forecasts, the afternoon and evening remained bright and comfortable - and pleasant change of pace from the less than friendly weather over the early portion of the season ... 2010 Pro Modified champ Mike Fiebelkorn had a night to forget, fighting clutch issues all day, then losing ground early in the feature race after an early race bobble with Amy Catalano, and finally having the night end early when he was collected in a Kirk Totten-Dave Catalano bump and spin on lap 7 ... Charger racer Donnie "Wild Child" Aquino was forced to trailer his mount early with mechanical issues suffered during pre-race practice.

6/11/2011 Results Summary:

NASCAR National Overhead Door PRO MODIFIEDS - 35 laps: 1. (started 6th) ANDY JANKOWIAK, 2. (1) Neal Dietz, Jr., 3. (8) Amy Catalano, 4. (5) Jeff Ruddy, 5. (3) Don King, 6. (4) Kirk Totten, 7. (10) Dave Johnson, 8. (2) Joe Evans, 9. (9) Dave Catalano, 10. (7) Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. Heat Race Winner: Joe Evans.

LATE MODELS of TOMORROW - 25 laps: 1. (started 6th) ELDON KING III, 2. (5) T.J. Johnson, 3. (3) Nick Crassi, 4. (11) Alan Fisher, 5. (9) John McClurg, 6. (2) Mike Ticco, 7. (4) Brandon Glover, 8. (10) Sean Dolan, 9. (8) J.D. Roberts, 10. (1) Josh Hathaway, 11. (7) Jason Gwin. Heat Race Winner: T.J. Johnson.

Bank of Holland CHARGERS - 30 laps: 1. (started 11th) JIM LOFFREDO, 2. (2) Nik Welshans, 3. (3) Matt Welshans, 4. (10) Rich Carnes, 5. (13) Joe Fetzer, 6. (17) Marty Hughes, 7. (7) Kris Hamann, 8. (5) Mike Flaig, 9. (9) Jerry Kosmowski, 10. (15) Tom Northem, 11. (12) Ted Welshans, 12. (4) Ben Harms, 13. (14) Jon Richael, 14. (6) Tim Northem, 15. (19) Bill Wise, 16. (8) Mark Harsch, 17. (18) Jason Eck, 18. (20) Jack Warrior, Jr., 19. (1) Tim Welshans. DQ: Rob Miszczak (crossed line 2nd - started 16th). Did Not Start: Donnie Aquino. Heat Race Winners: Jerry Kosmowski, Ted Welshans.

Casey's TQ MIDGET SERIES - 20 laps: 1. (started 1st) CAMDEN BARBER, 2. (10 ) Justin Mapes, 3. (11) Timex Morgan, 4. (5) Andy Jankowiak, 5. (3) Wayne Turnbull, 6. (8) Owen Bednasz, 7. (4) Jonathan Reid, 8. (2) Dean McConnaughey, 9. (7) Jim Fleischman, 10. (6) Arik McGruder, 11. (9) Jamie Collard, 12. (12) Kent Turnbull, 13. (18) Travis Novotny, 14. (16) Chad Heywood, 15. (13) Ryan Hessler, 16. (14) Eric Musto, 17. (15) Charlie DiRosa, 18. (20) Kyle Hutchinson, 19. (19) Rich Salvemini, 20. (17) Joe Brszowski, 21. (21) Shawn Nye. Heat Race Winners: Camden Barber, Juston Mapes.

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

M&M U-Pull-It FIGURE 8 CARS - 12 laps: 1. (started 2nd) SCOTT PASTORIUS, 2. (1) Eric Brown, 3. (6) Bob Marzec, 4. (4) Bill Lutz, 5. (3) Joe Mastrocicco III, 6. (5) Jerry Toms.