Kirk Totten Captures Decker 100 on July 23rd

July 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Second generation driver Kirk Totten of Barker, NY put his learning curve on the fast track at the Holland Motorsports Complex on Saturday evening, July 23rd, as the young pilot drove a smart, smooth race to notch his first career victory of any sort in capturing the George Decker Memorial 100.

In other action on a hot, sultry summer evening in the hills of Holland, veteran racer Mike Ticco of Kenmore, NY took his first Late Models of Tomorrow main of 2011, Matt Welshans of Hamburg, NY did likewise in the Bank of Holland Charger feature race, and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY earned his first career Casey’s TQ Midget Series feature win. Eric Brown of Holland made it four on the season in the 4-cylinder Hornet main, while Jason Adams of East Aurora, NY wrapped up his third of the season in the M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car event.

Totten started his Elma Liquors/Rutherford-Johnson Racing mount on the outside of the front row, and was content to trail pace-setter Jeff Ruddy over the early laps. A lap 20 restart (following a Dave Johnson spin)put the youngster back alongside of Ruddy, and the two commenced a side-by-side battle for the lead that was interrupted by the second and final caution flag of the event, when Dick Kluth momentarily lost the handle on his racer. Totten was scored as the leader at the yellow, and chose the inside line for the lap 25 restart. From that point on, Totten was in command, as he cleared Ruddy and opened up some breathing room.

In the meantime, a great four car battle for third was taking place, as Neal Dietz, Jr., Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., George Skora III, and Amy Catalano, who was battling engine problems throughout the night, were in a tussle for the position. Despite being a bit down on power, Catalano slowly but surely was picking off her competition, taking Fiebelkorn for fifth on lap 49, getting by Skora for fourth on the 66th circuit, and a lap later, racing by Dietz for third.

Catalano set off in pursuit of the lead pair, reeling in Ruddy and getting by the Canadian driver for second on lap 87, and then began to close on Totten. The leader made his only slip of the race on lap 91, when he bobbled momentarily exiting turn two, allowing Catalano to close considerably, but he was able to hit his marks cleanly from that point forward and kept a three to four car length advantage to the lap 100 checkers. Ruddy had his best run of the season with a third place showing, while Dietz and Fiebelkorn completed the top five. Skora was plagued by late race handling issues, knocking him out of a potential top five finish.

Nick Crassi outgunned Brandon Glover for the lead on a lap three restart in the 25 lap Late Models of Tomorrow main, and kept Glover and Mike Ticco at bay over the first half of the race. A lap 13 caution for a Josh Hathaway-John McClurg front chute scramble brought T.J. Johnson into the lead mix, as the defending division champ quickly motored into second on the restart and began to pressure Crassi. Crassi was able top hold off Johnson for a few circuits, but as the leaders swept out of turn four to complete lap 21, contact was made and Crassi went for a wild sideways slide down the front chute. Ticco, who had his MAT Service Landscaping & Snowplowing/1st Line Sports Dodge just a few car lengths behind the leaders, managed to avoid the pair and raced into the lead. Crassi recovered, but lost a great deal of track position, while Johnson was given a stop-and-go penalty for the incident. Ticco was able to cruise home to the win, holding nearly a full straightaway advantage over second place Eldon King III.

Jon Richeal took the lead from the pole in the 30 lap bank of Holland Charger main, with young Tommy Catalano speeding into second on lap 6. Catalano quickly went to work on Richeal, but was unable to make a pass, while behind, Matt Welshans and Mike Flaig were going at it hard for the number three slot. Richeal’s car began to loosen considerably as the race went on, and as the lead duo exited turn four on lap 19, Richeal’s car broke loose completely, bouncing off the right rear of Catalano’s car underneath, then spinning directly in front of Flaig, who could not avoid contact. Catalano’s mount suffered a cut tire in the incident. This put the Danny’s Restaurant/Klispies Motorsports Monte Carlo of Welshans in front on the restart, and Matt was able to hold off a late race visit from younger brother Nik Welshans for the victory. Jim Loffredo took third, just ahead of Jerry Kosmowski.

The Casey’s TQ Midget Series feature started with a violent lap 2 incident, when Kyle Hutchinson lost the handle on his racer in traffic, setting off a multi-car scramble which resulted in Jim Fleischman catching a wheel, getting airborne, and slamming the turn four guard rail. Fleischman was able to exit the car under his own power, but was checked by track EMT’s at the scene.

When racing resumed after a lengthy red flag period, Camden Barber outsprinted Ryan Hessler for the lead but then surrendered the top slot to Timex Morgan on a restart just four laps later. A lap 9 yellow brought the Vinnie Christiano owned Englewood Collision entry of Andy Jankowiak into the lead mix, and on the restart, Jankowiak needed only two laps to get by Barber for second, and another two laps to squeeze by Morgan for the lead. Though Andy was not able to pull away, he was also not seriously challenged for the top spot through the lap 20 checkers. A late race wiggle by Morgan allowed Barber to re-take second, as they chased Jankowiak across the line.

Samantha Lutz worked her way by Bob Marzec on lap 13 for the lead in the 30 lap 4-cylinder Hornet feature race, but a series of mid-race yellow flags kept the field tight. This allowed points leader Eric Brown, who made an early race pit visit under caution, to stay in touch with the leaders, and by lap 20 he was up to second place. Brown and Lutz put on an exciting duel for the lead, with Brown edging out ion front on the 27th lap, and surviving one late-race restart to grab the victory. Lutz had her best outing of the season with her second place run, while Eric Marzec, in his first start of the season, and Ashley Kirchberger emerged out of an intense multi-car battle with positions three and four.

Jason Adams led all 12 laps M & M U-Pull-it Figure 8 Car event, but had to contend with a challenging Bob Marzec and some late race close encounters at the "x" for the win. Bob Marzec had to be content with second, while Eric Marzec survived a bruising battle with Bill Lutz to take third.

News and Notes

The Ron Gier Excavating/Fiebelkorn Collision Pro Modified #10 of Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. was judged as the winner of the McCool Paint Workz Best Appearing Car Award for the Decker 100 ... Top Pro Modified contenders Andy Jankowiak and Joe Evans were early race victims of mechanical gremlins - Jankowiak’s mount had rear end problems, while the Evans ride was overheating ... in an effort to keep the length of the program reasonable, all but the Pro Modifieds ran feature events only.

07/23/11 Results Summary:

NASCAR National Overhead Door PRO MODIFIEDS –– George Decker Memorial - 100 Laps: 1. KIRK TOTTEN (started 2nd); 2. Amy Catalano (4); 3. Jeff Ruddy (1); 4. Neil Dietz, Jr. (8); 5. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. (10); 6. Don King (3); 7. Dick Kluth (13); 8. Bob Weber (12); 9. Dave Johnson (11); 10. Dave Catalano (9); 11. George Skora III (5); 12. Joe Carbone (14); 13. Andy Jankowiak (7); 14. Joe Evans (6). Qualifying Race Winners: Dave Catalano, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

LATE MODELS of TOMORROW –– 25 Laps: 1. MIKE TICCO (started 7th); 2. Eldon King III (9); 3. T. J. Johnson (8 ); 4. Sean Dolan (3); 5. John McClurg (6); 6. Josh Hathaway (2); 7. Nick Crassi (5); 8. Jason Gwin (10); 9. Brandon Glover (1); 10. Alan Fisher (4).

Bank of Holland CHARGERS –– 30 Laps: 1. MATT WELSHANS (started 8th); 2. Nik Welshans (11); 3. Jim Loffredo (13) 4. Jerry Kosmowski (7); 5. Kris Hamann (14); 6. Marty Hughes (17); 7. Ben Harms (4); 8. Donnie Aquino (15); 9. Tommy Catalano (5); 10. Tim Northem (3); 11. Ted Welshans (9); 12. Mark Harsch (1); 13. Mike Flaig (10); 14. Rich Carnes (6); 15. Al Grimmer (16); 16. Jason Eck (12); 17. Jon Richeal (2). Did Not Start: Tim Welshans.

Casey’’s TQ MIDGET SERIES –– 20 Laps: 1. ANDY JANKOWIAK (started 4th); 2. Camden Barber III (8); 3. Timex Morgan (17); 4. Owen Bednasz (13); 5. Kent Turnbull (5); 6. Jamie Collard (15); 7. Cole Smith (20); 8. Ryan Hessler (2); 9. Shawn Nye (1); 10. Arik McGruder (12); 11. Jonathon Reid (6); 12. Charlie DiRosa (7); 13. Hayden Newcomb (11); 14. Nelson Rung (10); 15. Wayne Turnbull (23); 16.Gordon Steffan (16); 17. Rich Salvemini (19); 18. Justin Mapes (14); 19. Dean McConnaughey (19); 20. Joe Brszowski (21); 21. Kyle Hutchinson (3); 22. Jim Fleischman (9); 23. Chad Heywood (22).

4-cyl. HORNETS –– 30 Laps: 1. ERIC BROWN (started 16th); 2. Samantha Lutz (4); 3. Eric Marzec (17); 4. Ashley Kirchberger (13); 5. Jeff Szafraniec (10); 6. Bill Lutz (7); 7. Tony Carbone (12); 8. Waylon Price (8 ); 9. Bob Marzec (3 ); 10. Nikki Kirchberger (1); 11. David Farnham (19); 12. Ben Russo (15); 13. Dylan Carbone (11); 14. Joe Mastrocicco III (5); 15. Sylvia Miszczak (14); 16. Chris Powers (9); 17. John Blinston (18); 18. Jerry Toms (2); 19. Lou Carbone (6).

M&M U-Pull-It FIGURE 8 CARS –– 12 Laps: 1. JASON ADAMS (started 4th); 2. Bob Marzec (3); 3. Eric Marzec (5); 4. Bill Lutz (8 ); 5. Jerry Toms (6); 6. Eric Brown (7); 7. Scott Pastorius (2); 8. Jason Eck (1).