Opening Day Holland Wins on May 20th

May 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The 53rd season of racing began this past Sunday at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex as Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY used a last lap pass to win the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds. Brandon Glover from Cuba, NY won his first career McClurg Auto Group Late Model feature event and Hamburg, NY’s Dave Wilson Jr won in the Bank of Holland Chargers. Other winners included Buffalo, NY’s Jeff Szafraniec in the 4 Cylinder Hornets, Bill Lutz from Buffalo in the M&M U-Pull It Figure 8’s, Dean McConnaughy from Strykersville, NY picked up his first career win in the Casey’s TQ Midget Series and Shane Riffle from Kennedy, NY was the winner in the Cup Lites.

Joe Carbone and Joe Evans led the field of Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds to the green flag in their 30 lap event with Carbone getting the early lead. George Skora III suffered a flat right rear tire and collected Dave Catalano to slow the field down for the first time.

On the restart it was Joe Evans and 2010 Track Champion Mike Fiebelkorn Jr leading the field and it was Fiebelkorn leading Evans and Bobby Holmes. Rookie drivers Owen Bednasz, Tommy Catalano and Jake Vernon all had problems as only Bednasz was able to continue after Catalano suffered a broken tie-rod and Vernon had over-heating issues.

At the halfway mark, Fiebelkorn continued to lead the field with Holmes, Andy Jankowiak, Don King and Jeff Ruddy running in the top five. With 11 laps remaining, Jankowiak was able to pass Holmes for second and started to close in on Fiebelkorn. Jankowiak, who won the previous night at Dunn Tire Raceway Park was chasing down Fiebelkorn and looked to his inside with three laps remaining but Fiebelkorn was able to hold him off. Just one lap later, Jankowiak was able to get around Feibelkorn and collect his first win of the season at Holland and second on the weekend over Fiebelkorn, Holmes, Don King and Dave Catalano.

Brandon Glover and Josh Hathaway led the field of McClurg Auto Group Late Models to the green flag and Glover was tough to beat throughout the event. Nick Crassi, Eldon King III and Mike Ticco all tried to pass the young driver from Cuba, NY. Ticco was able to get along side defending divisional Champion Eldon King III but was un successful in passing King.

Glover was able to hold off all challenges from Nick Crassi and Eldon King III to score his first career feature win in the McClurg Auto Group Late Models.

Shawn Lafferty and Joe Fetzer led the field of Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event with Lafferty jumping out into the early lead. With five laps completed, Jerry Kosmowski took the lead away from Lafferty coming out of turn four with Tom Northem, Fetzer, Dave Wilson Jr and Zach Myers going side by side for positions third through sixth.

Lafferty’s Slippy’s Collision entry was overheating just past the halfway mark and Eric Brown and Marty Hughes made contact coming off of turn four and brought out the caution. The lap 16 restart saw Kosmowski and Dave Wilson Jr sharing the front row with Wilson getting the edge over Kosmowski and Myers with Fetzer and Ted Welshans running in the top five.

Wilson and Myers were side by side for several laps in the late going for the lead as the two former track Champions were leading another former division Champion Kosmowski. Dave Wilson Jr would hold off the challenge to pick up the win over Myers, Kosmowski, Welshans, and Tom Northem.

Heat Winner Andy Nye and TQ veteran Charlie DiRosa led the field to the green flag for the first appearance of the season for the Casey’s TQ Midget Series with Nye jumping out into the lead. Gordie Steffan slowed the field down on lap one to bring out the yellow flag.

On the restart, it was Nye jumping into the lead with fellow heat winner Dean McConnaughy and Jonathan Reid running in the top three and on the third lap, McConnaughy took the lead away from Nye. The yellow would come out for a second time for Nye who made contact with a slower car and hit the turn four Armco barrier and suffered a broken tie-rod.

The lap seven restart saw McConnaughy and Reid battle for the lead but Reid suffered terminal problems and came to a hault on the back straightaway to bring out the third yellow of the night at the races halfway mark. McConnaughy would pull away on the restart but had Kyle Hutchinson and Wayne Turnbull chasing the young driver from Strykersville down. Eric Musto would bring out the yellow once again as he came to a stop in turn two.

The car on the move was Andy Jankowiak as the second generation driver from Tonawanda started in 18th position on the starting grid and was running in fifth for the lap 14 restart. McConnaughy would pick up his first career feature win at Holland. Kyle Hutchinson crossed the line in second followed by Wayne Turnbull, Andy Jankowiak and Camden Barber.

The Carbone family shared the front row as Louis Carbone and Cousin Tony Carbone led the strong field of 4 Cylinder Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event with Louis Carbone leading the first go around. On lap number three, Bill Lutz took his Mancuso Designs, Dice Racing entry to the top spot with Louis Carbone leading Cousin Tony Carbone and heat winner Jeff Szafraniec around the 3/8th Holland highbanks.

At the halfway mark of the race, the top eight cars were either members of the Dice Racing Team or the Dagofast racing team as these two teams have multiple entries in the entry-level 4 Cylinder Hornet division. At the races 2/3rd’s mark, Szafraniec made the pass of his teammate Bill Lutz to take over the number one position. The lone caution of the event came out on lap 24 for rookie competitor Timmy Swatsworth after making contact into the turn two wall. The restart saw Szafraniec take command over Lutz and Chris Powers who worked his way from his sixth starting spot and running in the top three.

Jeff Szafraniec was able to hold off all the challenges to pick up the victory. Bill Lutz finished second followed by Powers, Tony Carbone and Samantha Lutz completing the top five.

Bob Marzec and defending divisional class champion Jason Adams were the class of the field in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 cars as Adams and Marzec led most of the event after Donald “Butch” Palmer lost his fuel cell on lap two. Bill Lutz who won the last Figure 8 feature of 2011, made the last lap pass at the south turn of the Figure 8 course and was able to hold off Adams and Marzec to win the first feature of 2012. Kyle Skoney and David Warrior rounded out the field.

Mark Hoch out to the lead on lap one with Shane Riffle and Scott Wylie right there in tight pursuit early on in the 12 lap feature event. David Warrior brought out the caution with four laps remaining that set up a tight race to the finish as Riffle and Hoch went side by side with Hoch regaining the lead on the last lap but Riffle made a last lap –last turn pass to steal the win away from Hoch with Scott Wylie coming home in third with Jeremy Ratajack and David Warrior completing the top 5. Glen Absolom and David Warrior rounding out the field.


Bank of Holland Charger Driver Kris Hamann had problems in practice and was unable to come out for his qualifying event. 4 Cylinder Hornet competitor David Farnham had problems in his qualifying event and was unable to join the field for both the Hornet feature and the Figure 8 feature event.

Holland will begin its Saturday night racing on Saturday May 26th on WNY Heroes and Merritt Estates Winery Night. All High School students will receive free admission with a school ID. NASCAR Racing will begin with qualifying heats at 5:00pm and features will get underway at 7:05pm featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds. This will be the first Holland scheduled event for the Holland/Spencer/Chemung Upstate Pro Modified Series. The McClurg Auto Group Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, M&M U-Pull It Figure 8’s, the NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets, Casey’s Truck Salvage TQ Midget Series and the Cup Lites will all be on hand


GETZONI INSURANCE PRO MODIFIEDS: ANDY JANKOWIAK (Started 8th), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (4th), Bobby Holmes (6th), Don King Jr (9th), Dave Catalano (3rd), Joe Evans (2nd), Joe Carbone (1st), Owen Bednasz (10th), Mark Hoch (13th), Jeff Ruddy (7th), Tommy Catalano (11th), Jake Vernon (12th), George Skora III (5th)
Qualifying Winners: Jeff Ruddy and Andy Jankowiak

McClurg Auto Group Late Models: BRANDON GLOVER (Started 1st), Nick Crassi (4th), Eldon King III (6th), Mike Ticco (5th), JD Roberts (3rd), Corey Glover (7th), Josh Hathaway (2nd) and Jason Gwin (DNS)
Qualifying Winner: Eldon King III

Bank of Holland Chargers: DAVE WILSON JR (Started 8th), Zach Myers (10th), Jerry Kosmowski (6th), Ted Welshans (5th), Tom Northem (4th), Joe Fetzer (2nd), Rich Carnes (9th), Jim Loffredo (7th), Tim Northem (13th), Mike Weston (3rd), Greg Miszczak (11th), Shawn Lafferty (1st), Jason Adams (15th), Eric Brown (14th), Marty Hughes (16th), and Ben Harms (12th)
Qualifying Winners: Rich Carnes and Zach Myer

NASCAR Hornets: JEFF SZAFRANIEC (Started 5th), Bill Lutz (4th), Chris Powers (6th), Tony Carbone (2nd), Samantha Lutz (8th), Dylan Carbone (3rd), Ben Russo (7th), Louis Carbone (1st), Bob Marzec (11th), Kyle Skoney (10th), John Blinston (12th), David Warrior (14th), Jack Warrior Jr (16th), Jennifer Termer (19th), Jessica Hitchcock (18th), Destiny Koningisor (20th), Tim Boyce (9th), Timmy Swatsworth (15th), Waylon Price (13th), Jerry Toms (19th) and David Farnham (DNS)
Qualifying Winners: Jeff Szafraniec, Chris Powers

Casey’s TQ Midget Series: DEAN McCONNAUGHY (Started 3rd), Kyle Hutchinson (9th), Wayne Turnbull (11th), Andy Jankowiak (18th), Camden Barber (7th) Jamie Collard (12th), Vinnie Christiano Jr (10th), Arik McGruder (8th), Nelson Rung (5th), Charlie DiRosa (2nd), Ryan Hessler (14th), Gordon Steffan (15th), Joe Brzezowski (17th), Bobby Holmes (13th), Eric Musto (4th), Kent Turnbull (16th), Jonathan Reid (6th), Andy Nye (1st), Shawn Nye (DNS)
Heat Winners: Andy Nye, Dean McConnaughy

M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: BILL LUTZ (Started 4th), Jason Adams (1st), Bob Marzec (3rd), Kyle Skoney (2nd), David Warrior (6th), and Donald “Butch” Palmer (5th), David Farnham (DNS)

Cup Lites: SHANE RIFFLE (Started 2nd), Mark Hoch (3rd), Scott Wylie (1st), Jeremy Ratajczyk (4th), David Warrior (6th) Glen Absolom (5th)
Heat Winner: Shane Riffle