Zach Myers Wins Bank of Holland Charger 50

June 17, 2012 at 1:50 PM

NASCAR racing returned to the high banks of the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex under blue skies and sunshine. The Bank of Holland presented the racing program on the historic 3/8th mile oval and the annual Gold Rush during intermission. East Concord, NY pilot Zach Myers used a 4-wide pass on lap 35 to win the Bank of Holland Charger 50. Other winners included Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY winning his third feature of the season in the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds. Gowanda’s Nick Crassi won his first career McClurg Auto Group Late Models feature event while North Tonawanda, NY ace Dave Wollaber won his first Casey’s TQ Midget Series event of 2012 as did Glenwood, NY driver Jason Adams did in the M&M U-Pull It Figure 8’s cars. Buffalo’s Jeff Szafraniec won the NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornet feature event.

Ben Harms and heat winner Shawn Lafferty led the field of Chargers to the green flag in their 50 lap feature event with Lafferty out to the early lead. Ben Harms was leading Tom Northem, Joe Fetzer and Eric Brown all in the top five in the early stages of the first extra distance race of the 2012 season.

Drivers on the move early in the running were Dave Wilson who started tenth and worked his way up the third in the first seven laps of the feature. Zach Myers started thirteenth in the running order and was able to move up through the field and by the halfway mark, was up to third running behind Wilson and Tom Northem. Myers’s run to the front and battle with Wilson and Northem put on the show of the night as they went three and even four wide to go around lap traffic and Myers went to the bottom of the track to get around Northem and Wilson to take over the lead on lap 35. Northem's great run came to an abrupt end on lap 38 and engine problems forced the Duncan Donuts, Sherwin Williams Paints number 13 to the infield. Wilson and current points leader Jerry Kosmowski were running second and third but Myers would pick up the win, his first since his 2010 championship. Dave Wilson, Jerry Kosmowski, Kris Hamann and Eric Brown rounded out the top five.

Joe Carbone and Mark Hoch led the field of Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event with Hoch into the lead on lap one. Tommy Catalano moved his way into second and he was followed by Don King Jr, Jeff Ruddy, and current points leader Andy Jankowiak. On the third circuit, Tommy “the Rocket” Catalano took over the top spot as the CP Ward, Power and Construction, PJ Radiator number 54 from Ontario, NY got around Hoch. Just three laps later, Catalano was pressured by Jankowiak and the second generation driver from Tonawanda took over the lead on lap eight. Joe Evans took over second from Catalano on lap 12 with Don King running in fourth and Dave Catalano running in fifth. On the following circuit, Don King was able to get around Catalano for third.

At the races halfway mark, Dave Catalano looped his CP Ward, PJ Radiator, Catalano Motorsports number 45 in turn four and got collected by Jeff Ruddy to bring out the caution. Ruddy suffered a broken front A-frame after the contact with Catalano. A pair of second generation drivers led the field back to the green flag as Andy Jankowiak and Joe Evans went side by side for the lead and Evans took over the lead on lap 16 but Jankowiak got the lead back just one lap later. Andy Jankowiak would hold on to win his third straight feature win in the Getzoni Nationwide Pro Modifieds. Joe Evans finished in second and he was followed by King, Tommy Catalano, and Dave Catalano rounding out the top five.

JD Roberts and Josh Hathaway led the field of McClurg Auto Group Late Models to the green flag with Hathaway showing the way. Then in turn four on the opening circuit, Nick Crassi took the top spot from his fourth starting position. Brandon Glover took second from Hathaway on lap three and just two laps later was passed for the runner up spot from defending track champion Eldon King III.

“Racer” Nick Crassi would lead from start to finish to claim his first victory at Holland in several seasons and first career win in the McClurg Auto Group Late Models. Eldon King III would cross the line in second and they were followed to the line by Brandon Glover, Josh Hathaway and Mike Ticco.

Eric Musto and Gordie Steffan led the field of TQ Midgets to the green with Musto out to the early lead. Jonathan Reid was able to get around Musto for the lead as Musto hit the turn four wall. Simultaneously, Arik McGruder and Eric Roberts came together on the back stretch. On the lap two restart, Reid had Nelson Rung right behind him while Andy Jankowiak took his Vinnie Christiano owned number 3 to the runner up spot on lap four from his ninth starting position.

On lap eight, Jankowiak took over the lead from Reid and Dave Wollaber passed Reid on the back stretch to take over the number two spot. Dave Wollaber just four laps later took over the lead from teammate Jankowiak as Shawn Nye took over third with Reid and Camden Barber rounding out the top five with 15 laps completed. The field slowed for the second time in the feature event with four laps remaining as Ryan Hessler spun in turn four. The lap 16 restart saw Wollaber and Jankowiak battle for the lead but it wasn’t enough as Wollaber would win his first race of 2012. Jankowiak, Nye, Reid and Camden Barber rounded out the top five.

Tim Boyce and Josh Hill led the 21 car field Hornet feature to the green flag with Boyce out to the early race lead from his pole position with Bob Marzec running in second with Jennifer Termer, Louis Carbone and qualifying event winner Ben Russo rounding out the top five on the opening circuits. Early race lap traffic set up problems for the leaders but Louis Carbone took advantage as he tried the bottom side of the speedway to pass Marzec for second place on lap number seven. By the race’s one-third mark, Carbone finally cleared Marzec as did Russo and fellow Dice Racing Team teammates Samantha Lutz and Jeff Szafraniec.

On lap number 11, Louis Carbone took over the top spot from his cousin Tim Boyce as Boyce in his Dagofast Racing, Towne Automotive Group number 12 was stuck on the top side and dropped several positions. At the halfway mark, Carbone was leading Lutz, Szafraniec, Russo and Chris Powers running in the top five. Szafraniec used the lap car of Kyle Skoney as a pick to get around Samantha Lutz for the second position on lap number 19. Just one lap later, Powers was able to get around Lutz for third. Szafraniec tried anything in his power to close the gap between himself and race leader Carbone but Carbone’s cousin Chris Powers had something to say about that as Powers and Szafraniec went three wide for the battle for the lead and Szafraniec took over the lead on lap 27. Jeff Szafraniec held off Carbone to score the victory. The M&M U Pull It Figure 8 Cars were led to the green flag by Kyle Skoney and defending track champion Jason Adams with Adams out to the early lead. With Adams up front leading the way, Kyle Skoney and points leader Bob Marzec battling for second and Marzec would claim second with just two laps remaining. Jason Adams would win his first feature of 2012.


TQ Midget veteran Wayne Turnbull from Paris, Ontario had a violent incident as the Casey’s Truck Salvage 88 machine cleared the turn three wall and landed on the hillside below with all four wheels down on the ground. Wayne walked away from the scene under his own power. The McClurg Auto Group Late Model qualifying event had a multi car incident occurred in the qualifying event, taking out Mike Ticco, Jason Gwin, Kris Hamann, and Corey Glover - Glover, Hamann, and Gwin were done for the evevning. Bank of Holland Charger competitor Ken Maltby returned to the racing wars after a 21 year hiatus. The qualifying events streak continues for the Hornets Dice Racing team as at least one member of the team has won a qualifying event so far in 2012. During intermission, the annual Bank of Holland Gold Rush was held as the youngsters that were able fit under the archway were able to participate. The Gold Rush dates back over 30 years and continues to be a staple on the Holland schedule each season.

Holland returns to action next Saturday night June 23rd as Bobcat of Buffalo and Whelen Engineering presents the racing action. It will be a full show featuring race number two at Holland for the Upstate Pro Modified Series for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds. The McClurg Auto Group Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s and the Casey’s TQ Midget Series will all be on the card. The NASCAR Hornets will be headlining in a 50 lap feature event plus the Road Warriors Race for area Highway Superintendents will be taking place on the Holland high banks. Pit Gates will open at 3:30pm with grandstand gates opening at 4:45pm with qualifying beginning at 5:00pm and NASCAR racing beginning at 7:05pm. Just two weeks from now, the mighty Race of Champions Modified Tour will return to Holland after a few year hiatus. A full show of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be on the card on Saturday June 30th.


Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: ANDY JANKOWIAK (Started 9th), Joe Evans (3rd), Don King Jr (6th), Tommy Catalano (4th), Dave Catalano (5th), Mark Hoch (2nd), Ed Schueler (10th), Joe Carbone (1st), Owen Bednasz (7th) Jeff Ruddy (8th),
Qualifying Winner: Joe Evans

McClurg Auto Group Late Models: NICK CRASSI (Started 4th), Eldon King III (5th), Brandon Glover (3rd), Josh Hathaway (1st), Mike Ticco (6th), JD Roberts (2nd) DNS – Corey Glover, Kris Hamann, Jason Gwin
Qualifying Winner: Eldon King III

Bank of Holland Chargers: ZACH MYERS (Started 13th), Dave Wilson Jr (10th), Jerry Kosmowski (15th), Kris Hamann (9th), Eric Brown (8th), Marty Hughes (14th), Jim Loffredo (11th), Ted Welshans (7th), Joe Fetzer (4th), Mike Weston (3rd), Ken Maltby (16th), Don Sitarski (17th), Tim Northem (12th), Tom Northem (6th), Rich Carnes (5th), Ben Harms (1st), Shawn Lafferty (2nd), Jason Adams (18th)
Qualifying Winners: Jim Loffredo, Shawn Lafferty

NASCAR Hornets: JEFF SZAFRANIEC (Started 12th), Louis Carbone (6th), Samantha Lutz (11th), Tony Carbone (13th), Dylan Carbone (10th), Ben Russo (9th), Tim Boyce (1st), Bob Marzec (3rd), Chris Powers (15th), Jennifer Termer (5th), Waylon Price (17th), Kyle Skoney (7th), Timmy Swatsworth (4th), Justine Zink (16th), Josh Hill (2nd), David Warrior (20th), Destiny Koningisor (18th), Grant Hill (19th), John Blinston (8th), Bill Lutz (14th), Jerry Toms (21st)
Qualifying Winners: Bill Lutz, Ben Russo

Casey’s TQ Midget Series: DAVE WOLLABER (Started 11th), Andy Jankowiak (9th), Shawn Nye (5th), Jonathan Reid (3rd), Camden Barber (10th), Kyle Hutchinson (13th), Dean McConnaughy (8th), Nelson Rung (6th), Vinnie Christiano Jr (7th), Arik McGruder (15th), Jim Fleischman (14th), Charlie DiRosa (4th), Eric Roberts (16th), Eric Musto (1st), Ryan Hessler (12th), Gordie Steffan (2nd), DNS – Scott Gleen, Andy Nye, Wayne Turnbull
Qualifying Winners: Jonathan Reid, Dave Wollaber

M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: JASON ADAMS (Started 2nd), Bob Marzec (4th), Kyle Skoney (1st),Bill Lutz (3rd), David Warrior (5th), Butcher Palmer (6th)