Jankowiak Captures July 14th George Decker Memorial 100

July 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The George Decker Memorial 100 was race number three at Holland for the Holland/Spencer/Chemung Upstate Pro Modified Series. Bright sunny skies welcomed the fans to the Holland Motorsports Complex for the 13th running of the prestigious George Decker Memorial 100 on July 14th. Kayak Pools sponsored the nights racing program that featured a complete show featuring the NASCAR Whelen-All American Series. Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY led the last 53 circuits to pick up his fourth win of the season on the highbanks, winning the George Decker Memorial 100 for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds. Other winners included Cuba’s NY Brandon Glover winning the feature for the McClurg Auto Group Late Models. Rich Carnes of Cheektowaga, NY won the Bank of Holland Chargers main while Orchard Park competitor Chris Powers won the Hornet main. Lockport resident Bobby Holmes won the feature event for the Casey’s Truck Salvage TQ Midgets and Shane Riffel picked up his second Cup Lites feature of the season while Glenwood’s Jason Adams won his third consecutive M&M U Pull It Figure 8 car main.

Owen Bednasz and Joe Carbone led the field of Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds for the 13th running of the George Decker Memorial 100 and it was Bednasz leading the opening circuit. Bednasz’s lead was short lived as Carbone took the lead away on lap two with Joe Evans, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr and Bednasz in the top five.

Fiebelkorn worked around Evans and Carbone to take over the lead on lap 11 with Carbone, Jankowiak, Evans and Bednasz leading Jeff Ruddy, Don King, Kevin Miller and the Catalano family as Tommy, Dave and Amy were all behind the leaders. The yellow lights would come on for the first time on lap 16 as Joe Carbone and Andy Jankowiak made contact and Carbone slid and Evans, Ruddy and Miller were all involved.

On the restart it was Fiebelkorn and Bednasz leading the field and it was Fiebelkorn showing the way and Bednasz and Tommy Catalano came together and being collected was Don King and Amy Catalano, making her first start of the season after giving birth to her fifth child on Independence Day. The following restart saw Jeff Ruddy hit the turn three Armco barrier. Ruddy was able to walk away under his own power.

On the restart, Fiebelkorn and Dave Catalano shared the front row and Fiebelkorn pulled away from the rest of the field. Current points leader Andy Jankowiak moved up through the field and got around Carbone to take over third place on lap 24. Jankowiak then quickly went to work on the top two as he passed Dave Catalano on lap 40 and then just seven laps later, passed Fiebelkorn on the inside of turns one and two to take over the lead.

Andy J’s assault of the field began as he was lapping cars left and right. Jankowiak, behind the controls of his VSP Marketing Group, MAT Truck Services, Aurora Car Care and RV Centre, Oddy’s number 57x pulled away from Fiebelkorn in his ZJ’s Restaurant, Fiebelkorn’s Collision number 10 as the 2010 track champion tried everything in his power to take the lead back but Jankowiak’s ride was just too strong on this night.

Second generation driver Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY led the last 53 circuits to pick up the win in the 13th George Decker Memorial 100. Mike Fiebelkorn Jr crossed the line in second but was found to be illegal in post race inspection. Dave Catalano would be scored in second while Joe Carbone and Owen Bednasz completed the top four. Carbone was the final competitor who finished the event on the lead lap.

Brandon Glover and Nick Crassi would lead the field of Late Models to the green flag for their 20 lap feature event and it was Glover out to the race lead. Eldon King III tried everything in his power to reel in and pass Glover but it was not his night as the “Young Gun” Brandon Glover picked up his second win of the season. King would finish in second and was followed to the line by Nick Crassi, Corey Glover and Mike Ticco completing the top five.

Tim Northem and Rich Carnes led the field of Chargers to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event and it was Carnes out to the early race lead by a bumper over his front row counterpart Northem. The caution would come out on lap three as Ken Maltby lost the handle of his Maltby Drywall 36 and Shawn Lafferty had no where to go. Both were able to continue on in the main event. On the restart, Carnes led defending Hornet Champion Eric Brown to the green flag and Carnes continued to show the way with Brown, Kris Hamann, Northem and Jim Loffredo running in the top five with five laps in the books. Dave Wilson Jr got around Loffredo for fifth and then passed Tim Northem and moved into fourth all in a lap and a half. Wilson then was able to go underneath Hamann and was able to clear Hamann at the race’s halfway mark and began his chase of race leaders Rich Carnes and Eric Brown.

Ted Welshans came to a stop on the back stretch to bring out the second caution of the feature on lap 21. Welshans suffered a broken right front hub and was unable to continue. Carnes and Brown led Wilson, Hamann and Tim Northem on the restart and Carnes was able to hold them off for his first win of the season. Eric Brown would finish in second and was followed to the line by Wilson, Hamann and Tim Northem.

Andy Jankowiak and Arik McGruder led the field of Casey’s TQ Midgets to the green flag for their main event and it was Jankowiak out to the early lead. Wayne Turnbull from Paris, Ontario and Dave Wollaber made contact in turn two wall and Turnbull barrel rolled on the back stretch. Turnbull was alert while talking to the medical personnel. The feature was resumed with Bobby Holmes and Kyle Hutchinson leading the way around the fast Holland highbanks. Holmes and Hutchinson along with Andy Nye and Camden Barber pulled away from the rest of the field as Barber passed Nye for third and then passed Hutchinson for second and began to chase down Bobby Holmes. With five laps remaining, Barber, the third generation driver from Bliss took the lead away from Holmes and was being chassed down by Dave Wollaber. Scott Gleed would slow the field down on lap 18, to set up a two lap shootout. The shootout saw Holmes able to complete a turn four last lap pass on Barber to grab his first TQ Midget feature at Holland. Dave Wollaber was able to drive through the field and finished third and Wollaber was followed to the line by Kyle Hutchinson and Arik “Scooter” McGruder. Wayne Turnbull was taken to a local medical facility for observation after his viscous flip.

David Warrior and Jay Canonico led the field of Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap feature go and it was Canonico out to the early lead. Current points leader Jeff Szafraniec had his night come to an early end with just two laps completed after making contact with the turn two concrete. Jeff was ok and climbed out of his Pizza Express Honda under his own power and his car was on the wrong end of the tow truck and took the lone ride back to the pits. On the early race restart it was Canonico and rookie competitor Tim Swatsworth on the front row and the veteran Canonico took command of the field. Tony Carbone was able to clear Swatsworth for second and then passed Canonico for the lead. Cousin Louis Carbone worked around his twin car of Canonico for second and challenged his cousin for the top spot. Teammates Bob Marzec and Kyle Skoney simultaneously had problems with their right rear tires to bring out the caution on lap 13. Marzec suffered a right rear flat while Skoney’s right rear tire completely went off the Marzec Construction entry. Marzec was able to continue while Skoney was unable to finish the Hornet feature. “It was a family feud up front” said Track Announcer Rick Mooney as the Carbone family was joined by cousin Chris Powers to run one two three with Bill Lutz and Samantha Lutz running in the top five when the race passed the halfway mark. Powers was able to pass Tony Carbone for first place on lap 18 and was able to hold off the family to win his second feature of 2012. Louis Carbone would finish second and was followed closely to the line by Tony Carbone, Samantha Lutz and Bob Marzec.

Joe Mastrocicco III and David Warrior led the field of M&M U Pull-It Figure 8s to the green flag for their feature under the lights and it was Chico out to the early race lead. The red flag came out as Kyle Skoney ran into an implement tire. Skoney was able to climb out of his racer under his own power. On the restart, defending divisional champion Jason Adams led the field back onto the Figure 8 course and was able to fend off Bob the Builder Bob Marzec to pick up his third consecutive feature event.

Jeremy Ratajczyk and Billy Burd led the field of Cup Lites to the green flag for their feature event and it was Billy Burd out to the early race lead in his Austin’s Army for Cancer Awareness number 22 machine. Shane Riffel in his Monster Energy Drink number 54 went to the outside and passed Burd for the top spot on lap number three. Riffel would hold off Burd and Mark Hoch to notch his second win of the season for the Cup Lites series.


21 of the best Sportsman Modified competitors in the Northeast came to the highbanks of Holland to compete in the prestigious George Decker Memorial 100. Greece, NY competitor Kevin Miller won the Best Appearing Car award from McCool Paint Workz. Bobby Martin purchased former track Champion Justin Shepker’s machine and suffered mechanical issues and was unable to compete. 2011 race winner Kirk Totten and 2011 track champion Amy Catalano both made their first appearances of the season. Kyle Hutchinson from East Aurora won his first career Casey’s TQ Midget qualifying event. Hutchinson held off Andy Jankowiak and last week’s Series winner Jonathan Reid to pick up the win. Congratulations to Race Director Scott Wander and his wife and Program Director Jessica Wander on the birth of their daughter Ella on July 1st and also to Dave and Amy Catalano on the birth of their son Troyer on the 4th of July. Wedding bells are in the air for Pro Mod driver Ed Schueler and his fiancé Cali who said “I do’s” on Sunday July 15.

Holland returns to action next Saturday night July 21st as it is Midseason Championships for all classes. It is also Emergency Services Night as all emergency personnel will be admitted for $5 with valid ID. Merritt Estates Winery and Seven Chances Inc will present the racing program featuring a complete show of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Also on that day will be the rescheduled Faster Pastor race for area clergymen and women as well as the 50 lap special for the McClurg Auto Group Late Models. Pit gates will swing open at 3:30pm while the grandstand gates will open at 4:45pm. Qualifying will begin promptly at 5:00pm while NASCAR feature action will be underway at 7:05pm.


Getzoni Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: ANDY JANKOWIAK (Started 6th), Dave Catalano (7), Joe Carbone (2), Owen Bednasz (1), Kevin Lewis (15), Eddie Hawkins (13), Lexi Wilson (16), Bobby Weber (19), Dick Kluth (14), Tommy Catalano (11), Amy Catalano (12), Kevin Miller (10), Jake Vernon (9), Steve Fuchs (17), Jeff Ruddy (3), Don King (5), Kirk Totten (20), Joe Evans (4), Jim Pierce (18), Bobby Martin (DNS), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (DQ – 8)
Qualifying Winners: Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, Dave Catalano, Andy Jankowiak

McClurg Auto Group Late Models: BRANDON GLOVER (Started 1), Eldon King III (3), Nick Crassi (2), Corey Glover (5), Mike Ticco (4), John McClurg (6), Bob Hathaway (8), Roger Worden (7), Jason Gwin (9) and JD Roberts (DNS)
Qualifying Winner: Eldon King III

Bank of Holland Chargers: RICH CARNES (Started 2), Eric Brown (4), Dave Wilson Jr (8), Kris Hamann (6) Tim Northem (1), Marty Hughes (7), Shawn Lafferty (9), Donnie Aquino (13), Jason Adams (14), Ken Maltby (10), Tom Northem (11), Jim Loffredo (5), Anthony Kelley (12), Ted Welshans (3), Jerry Kosmowski (DNS), Mike Weston (DNS)
Qualifying Winners: Jim Loffredo, Eric Brown

NASCAR Hornets: CHRIS POWERS (Started 19th), Louis Carbone (15), Tony Carbone (16), Samantha Lutz (20), Bob Marzec (12), Bill Lutz (17), Timmy Swatsworth (6), John Blinston (14), Waylon Price (22), Jennifer Termer (13), Justine Zink (3), Joe Mastrocicco (10), Tim Boyce (8), Josh Hill (5), David Warrior (1), Grant Hill (7), Kyle Skoney (4), Jay Canonico (2), Ben Russo (18), Jerry Toms (11), Destiny Koningisor (9), and Jeff Szafraniec (21)
Qualifying Winners: Jeff Szafraniec, Ben Russo

Casey’s TQ Midget Series: BOBBY HOLMES (Started 7th), Camden Barber (10), Dave Wollaber (14), Kyle Hutchinson (4), Arik McGruder (2), Dean McConnaughy (11), Vinnie Christiano Jr (9), Jim Fleischman (3), Andy Jankowiak (1), Nelson Rung (19), Justin Mapes (17), Gordie Steffan (16), Charlie DiRosa (18), Cody Mullno (20), Joe Brzezowski (22), Scott Gleed (21), Andy Nye (5), Ryan Hessler (15), Jonathan Reid (8), Eric Musto (12), Shawn Nye (6) and Wayne Turnbull (13)
Qualifying Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Camden Barber

Cup Lites: SHANE RIFFEL(Started 3rd), Billy Burd (2), Mark Hoch (4), Neal Dietz Jr (5), Jeremy Ratajczyk (1), Dave Whittaker (6) and David Warrior (7)
Qualifying Winner: Neal Dietz Jr

M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: JASON ADAMS (Started 8th), Bob Marzec (5), Joe Mastrocicco (1), Dale McCool (4), Bill Lutz (3), Butcher Palmer (7), David Warrior (2) and Kyle Skoney (6)