Holland Points Championships

September 06, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Labor Day Weekend at the Holland Motorsports Complex brings Season Championships presented by Budweiser, Try-It Distributing and Martin Brothers Chevrolet. The Pro Modifieds, Late Models, Chargers and Hornets all ran 50 lap features on Championship Saturday as the Figure 8’s, TQ Midgets and Cup Lites all ran regular distance events. On the highbanks, second generation driver Kirk Totten from Barker, NY would pick up his first victory of 2012 in the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds. Freedom, NY’s Eldon King III won his eighth McClurg Auto Group Late Model feature main. Jim Loffredo from Orchard Park, NY would win his fourth Bank of Holland Charger main while Jeff Szafraniec from Buffalo would claim his eighth Hornet feature of the season. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda, NY would win his fourth Casey’s TQ Midget feature as Bill Lutz from Buffalo won his second M&M U Pull It Figure 8 car main. Billy Burd from Akron, NY won his first Cup Lite feature of the season on the Holland highbanks.

The 2012 Holland track titles were decided in all divisions as second generation driver Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY would win his first Holland Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modified Title. Eldon King III won his second straight and third overall McClurg Auto Group crown. Jim Loffredo would win his second straight Bank of Holland Charger title and third championship of his career. Jeff Szafraniec would win his first career Hornet title. Camden Barber from Bliss, NY would win his second consecutive TQ Midget title as Jason Adams from Glenwood, NY won his second straight M&M U Pull It Figure 8 car championship.

Former Holland Pro Mod divisional champion Neal Dietz Jr and Don King Jr led the field of Getzoni Insurance NASCAR Pro Modified to the green flag and it was Dietz out to the early race lead. Dave Catalano would pass his son Tommy for second early on as did Kirk Totten to take over third. Totten would then pass Dave Catalano on lap 10 to take over second to begin his chase of race leader Neal Dietz. As Dietz would pull away, Totten, in his Rutherford-Johnson Racing number 11 would began to reel in race leader Dietz on lap 15. Totten went underneath Dietz as the two went side by side for a whole lap and Totten would take over the lead on lap 17. Totten would then quickly pull away from Dietz, the Catalano father and son duo of Dave and Tommy and current points leader Andy Jankowiak running in fifth at the races halfway mark.

Tommy Catalano would get around his father Dave to take over third place with just eight laps remaining. Dietz would reel in Toten with four laps remaining but couldn’t get around the Johnson-Rutherford Racing entry. Totten would hang on for his first win of the season. Dietz would finish second and he was followed to the line by Tommy Catalano, Dave Catalano and Andy Jankowiak would complete the top five. With his fifth place finish, Jankowiak would collect his first career Holland track championship.

Corey Glover and Josh Hathaway led the McClurg Auto Group Late Models to the green flag for their 50 lap Season Championship event and it was Glover out to the early race lead. Corey would lead the first two circuits before being passed by his younger brother Brandon. “The Young Gun” from Cuba, NY in his Sterilator Corporation, TW Pure Water car number 21 began to pull away from the field. With the Glover family in command of the race early on, point’s leader and defending divisional champion Eldon King III moved up from his mid pack starting spot and took over the lead on lap number 10.

King would then dominate the remaining 40 laps to pick up his sixth straight victory, giving him eight on the season and his third divisional title in four years. Mike Ticco would have a solid night finishing in second and he was followed to the line by Nick Crassi, Steve Kreitzbender and Brandon Glover.

Zach Myers and Jason Adams led the field of Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their 50 lap Championship event with Myers leading the opening circuits. With Myers leading the way, Shawn Lafferty and Marty Hughes came together in turn three with Lafferty and Hughes both going airborne with Lafferty going up on his roof. Both drivers were okay. On the restart, Myers had Rich Carnes lined up next to him and Carnes would take the lead on the back stretch and cleared Myers on lap number nine. With the pair of 17’s of Carnes and Myers leading the way, Dave Wilson Jr and defending Champion Jim Loffredo moved their way up through the field as Loffredo was running third and Wilson was in sixth when the races second caution came out for Ken Maltby as his ride went up in a puff of smoke.

The lap 24 restart saw Carnes pull away with Loffredo and Wilson following Carnes on the outside groove. Loffredo was in third and Wilson was looking for fifth as Tom Northem had the position. Loffredo looked underneath Myers for second and would complete the pass on lap 30 to take over second. The defending divisional champion pulled away from Myers as Tom Northem was continuing to move up through the field as Northem would pass Myers for third with 17 remaining.

“The Lo-Risk Racer” Jim Loffredo would reel in Carnes and would complete the pass on lap 37 as Northem was reeling him in. “Crazy T” would try everything in his power to pass race leader Loffredo but the “Lo-Risk Racer” would win his fourth checkered flag of the season and second straight track title.

Bill Lutz and Louis Carbone led the field of Hornets to the green flag for their 50 lap Championship finale and it was Carbone leading the opening circuit. Carbone got loose exiting the fourth corner on lap five to give the lead over to Ben Russo. Point’s leader entering the 50 lap affair was Jeff Szafraniec and the Buffalo resident would pass his Dice Racing teammate on lap eight to take over the race lead. Chasing Szafraniec in the points chase was Chris Powers from Orchard Park. The Well Bar and Grille, Pro Fireplace number 17 Honda Civic started fifth on the grid and got around “the Dice Man” Bill Lutz on lap 20 to take over the fourth position.

The races first yellow came out on lap 38 as Tim Boyce lost the handle of his Dagofast Fabrication, Towne Automotive Group number 12 machine in turn two to slow the field down. The restart saw Szafraniec and Russo pull away from the Carbone cousins Louis and Tony. Szafraniec, once having the lead never relinquished the coveted top spot as he would be on a “Saturday night cruise” as he scored not only his eighth win of the season, but his first career Holland Motorsports Complex track championship. Teammate Ben Russo finished second and was followed to the line by Louis Carbone, Tony Carbone and Chris Powers.

Nelson Rung and Hayden Newcomb led the field of Casey’s TQ Midgets to the green flag for their 20 lap Championship event with Newcomb leading the opening circuit. Vinnie Christiano Jr lost the handle of his Englewood Collision ride in turn two and collected Dean McConnaughy, Camden Barber, Erick Rudolph, Kyle Hutchinson and Jim Fleischman. All would continue on but Chad Heywood, in a separate incident had to get towed off the track. On the restart it was Newcomb continuing to show the way with Dave Wollaber and Andy Jankowiak moved up through the field to take over second and third. On lap six, Wollaber would take over the lead.

Hutchinson, who entered the night as the points leader had a rough night as he spun in turn one to bring out the races second caution. The restart saw Wollaber pull away and the North Tonawanda pilot would pick up his fifth Holland win of the season. He was followed by Newcomb, Jankowiak, Eric Musto and Camden Barber completing the top five.

Shane Riffel and “Ol DW” Dave Whittaker led the field of Cup Lites to the green flag with Riffel leading the circuits in his Monster Energy Drink number 54. “The Bird Man” Billy Burd looked underneath Riffel down the back stretch on lap 5 and got to even terms but couldn’t complete the pass at the races halfway mark. Mark Hoch would try anything in his power to reel in Burd and Riffel and contact was made in the last turn between the top two cars and Burd would take over the lead and won his first career Holland checkered and second Cup Lite main of the year.

Butcher Palmer and Bill Lutz led the M&M U Pull It Figure 8 car main and it was the Dice Man leading all the laps to get his second win of the season. Lutz won on Opening Day and his second win coming on Season Championship night. With his second place finish, Jason Adams won his second straight Figure 8 Championship.


Third generation driver Erick Rudolph from Ransomville made his first TQ Midget start of the season as he was filling in for Shawn Nye. Rudolph last raced on the highbanks when the Race of Champions Modified Tour was in town. A scary scene was seen in the Charger feature as Shawn Lafferty and Marty Hughes both going airborne with Lafferty ending up on his roof in turn three. Both drivers were ok and climbed out of their cars on their own power. Lafferty was quoted saying “I’m alright hunny” telling his wife that he was ok.

Holland returns to action next Saturday night September 8th as the “Wildest Show on Wheels”, Carwarz Crash-A-Rama presented by M&M U Pull It Auto Parts will be back for a night of metal mayhem. Featured events include a stock car Figure 8 race, school bus figure 8 race, the compact Enduro 100 plus the boat-trailer race as well a huge fireworks show and the ugly truck contest presented by WPIG Radio. Pit gates will swing open at 2:00pm with Grandstand gates opening at 4 while the destruction gets underway at 6:30pm.


Getzoni Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: KIRK TOTTEN (Started 9), Neal Dietz Jr (1), Tommy Catalano (3), Dave Catalano (5), Andy Jankowiak (6), Don King Jr (2), Owen Bednasz (4), Bobby Martin (8th), Eddie Hawkins (7), Ed Schueler (10), and Brett McLean (11) DNS: Joe Carbone
Qualifying Winners: Dave Catalano, Kirk Totten


McClurg Auto Group Late Models: ELDON KING III (Started 7), Mike Ticco (5), Nick Crassi (6), Steve Kreitzbender (8th), Brandon Glover (4), Corey Glover (1), JD Roberts (3), Jason Gwin (9) and Josh Hathaway (2)
Qualifying Winner: Nick Crassi


Bank of Holland Chargers: JIM LOFFREDO (Started 7), Tom Northem (10), Rich Carnes (3), Kris Hamann (9), Zach Myers (1), Dave Wilson Jr (8th), Jay Canonico (14), Jerry Kosmowski (6), Jason Adams (2), Anthony Kelley (13), Mike Weston (11), Don Sitarski (15), Jason Dieter (16), Ken Maltby (12), Marty Hughes (5) and Shawn Lafferty (4)
Qualifying Winners: Jason Adams, Dave Wilson Jr


NASCAR Hornets: JEFF SZAFRANIEC (Started 6), Ben Russo (4), Louis Carbone (2), Tony Carbone (3), Chris Powers (5), Samantha Lutz (7), Bill Lutz (1), Justine Zink (10), Jennifer Termer (9), John Blinston (8th), Robert Palmer (15), Destiny Koningisor (16), Waylon Price (12), Tim Boyce (14), Grant Hill (13) and Joshua Hill (11)
Qualifying Winners: Chris Powers, Jeff Szafraniec


Casey’s TQ Midgets: DAVE WOLLABER (Started 9), Hayden Newcomb (2), Andy Jankowiak (6), Eric Musto (10), Camden Barber (11), Erick Rudolph (12), Dean McConnaughy (8th), Nelson Rung (1), Jonathan Reid (18), Arik “Scooter” McGruder (5), Owen Bednasz (13), Vinnie Christiano Jr (4), Jared Turnbull (14), Kyle Hutchinson (7), Brandon Zavarbella (19), Jim Fleischman (15), Gordie Steffan (17), Charlie DiRosa (16) and Chad Heywood (3)
Qualifying Winner: Dave Wollaber, Hayden Newcomb


Cup Lites: BILLY BURD (Started 5), Mark Hoch (3), Dave Whittaker (2), Shane Riffel (1) and Eric Brown (4)
Qualifying Winner: Shane Riffel

M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: BILL LUTZ (Started 2), Jason Adams (3), Butcher Palmer (1) and Robert Palmer (4)