Hornet 50 and Modified Winners

June 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Ben Russo from Lancaster, NY picked up the win in the 50 lap Hornet feature event on Rupp Overhead Door, WNY Heroes and VSP Marketing Group night at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex on a sun-sational Saturday evening in the Holland hills. Lee Sharpsteen from Waverly, NY was the winner of the visiting Big 10 Super Stocks. Kirk Totten from Barker, NY drove away to his first Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modified feature of the season. Eldon King III from Freedom, NY won the McClurg Auto Group NASCAR Late Model main event while Dave Wilson Jr from Hamburg, NY won his first Bank of Holland Charger feature of the season. Third generation driver Camden Barber from Bliss, NY won the NYPAMA TQ Midgets. Defending M&M U Pull It Figure 8’s Champion Jason Adams from Glenwood, NY picked up the Figure 8 feature event.

Josh Hill and Robert Palmer led the field of Hornets to the green flag for their 50 lap feature event and it was Hill leading early on and it was Kenny Hejna being scored the leader at the end of lap one. Ben Russo and Bill Lutz battled for second place with Russo reeling in Hejna and it was Russo taking over the race lead on lap number four. Cousins Chris Powers and Tony Carbone battled for fourth and both drivers got around Bill Lutz to move into positions three and four at the end of lap seven. Carbone quickly went to work passed Hejna for third on lap nine while Chris Powers started to set his sights on race leader Russo.

The first yellow of the event came out on lap 16 for Destiny Koningisor who spun in turn four. The advantage that Russo had on the field was erased as on the restart, he saw the 17 ride of Chris Powers next to him. On the restart it was Russo pulling away from the field with Powers running in second.

Behind the leaders, Cousins Tony and Louis Carbone put on a great battle with defending divisional champ Jeff Szafraniec for third place. Heavy lap traffic proved to be the great equalizer on several occasions but Powers was unable to capitalize and complete the pass for the lead.

Russo would pick up the win over Powers with Szafraniec and Tony Carbone completing the top four with Louis Carbone finishing in fifth.

Lee Sharpsteen and Tim Welshans were on the front row for the visiting Big 10 Super Stocks series to the green flag and it was Sharpsteen getting the early race lead over Tim Welshans, Jason Dieter, Wayne Bernhardt and Joe Mancuso racing in the top five early on in their 35 lap feature event.

Series Point’s leader going into the feature Mike Ramos was racing his way through the field and was inside the top five by lap 10. Jason Dieter and Joe Mancuso would battle for several laps for the number three spot which turned into the battle for second after Tim Welshans came into the infield with a flat right rear tire. Lap traffic became havoc for the race leaders throughout the event but Sharpsteen was able to open up his leading over the battle for second, Lee Sharpsteen would pull away from the field and picked up his first career win at Holland. Joe Mancuso would cross the line in second while Jason Dieter crossed the line in third. However, Mancuso, Dieter and fourth place finisher Mike Ramos were all found to be illegal in post race tech.

Kirk Totten and Jeff Brown led the field of Pro Modifieds to the green flag and it was Totten getting out to the early race lead. Tony Carbone would spin to bring out the caution to slow the field down for the first time. Totten would continue to show the way but the man on the move was last weeks feature winner George Skora III as Skora moved into fourth on lap six and went for third on the lap later and passed Tommy Catalano. On lap nine, Skora passed Brown for second and started to reel in race leader Totten who had a full straightaway lead on lap 12. Catalano would lead a tight five car battle for third which saw both Dave and Amy Catalano racing behind Brown and "Earthquake" Jake Vernon at the races halfway mark. Vernon would pull into the infield with five laps remaining, giving up the battle for fourth between himself, Dave Catalano and Jeff Brown.

Kirk Totten drove away from the field and picked up his first victory of the season over George Skora III. Tommy Catalano would finish in third just ahead of Jeff Brown and Dave Catalano.

Josh Hathaway and veteran racer Mike Ticco led the field of McClurg Auto Group NASCAR Late Models to the green flag in their 20 lap feature event and it was Ticco winning the drag race down the front stretch for the first time. Eldon King III quickly moved into second and wasted absolutely no time to take over the race lead on lap three. Last week’s feature winner Brandon Glover started in the last row of the starting grid and was up to third place by lap number seven.

With the Late Models pulling away from the rest of the field, Glover quickly went to work on the veteran Mike Ticco for second place but was unable to complete the pass. Eldon King III would be on a Saturday night cruise in route to his second win of the season. Ticco would finish in second and was followed to the line by Brandon Glover, JD Roberts and Josh Hathaway completing the top five.

Zach Myers and Al Grimmer led the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag and it was Myers leading the way from his pole position start. Dave Wilson Jr, moved up from his fourth place starting spot to take over position number two on lap five and began his chase of race leader Myers. Eric Brown tried to reel in Wilson for second but the yellow flag came out for Al Grimmer who spun in turn three. On the lap 12 restart it was Myers and Wilson leading the field back to the green flag and it was Myers showing the way but it was Dave Wilson completing the pass on lap 14 to take over the race lead. Eric Brown tried the outside groove to get around Myers but last week’s co-feature winner Thomas Northem passed Brown to take over third place. After passing Brown for third, Northem quickly passed Myers for second place on lap 22 and began his chase of leader Wilson. Dave Wilson Jr would go on to pick up the win with Northem, Myers, Jerry Kosmowki, and Brown completing the top five.

Cody Mollnow and Chad Heywood led the field of NYPAMA TQ Midgets to the green flag and it was fourth place starter Camden Barber getting the lead on the opening circuit. With Barber pulling away, Andy Nye, Chad Heywood, Kyle Hutchinson, Vince Christiano Jr and Jonathan Reid was all right there challenging for the runner up position. Nye would pick up the second spot on lap 11 as Hutchinson and Reid went side by side for third for several laps with Reid getting the better of the duo.

The red flag came out on lap 17 as Nelson Rung flipped in turn three after loosing his brake line. Rung climbed out of his Star Graphics and Apparel, Barber’s Automotive machine under his own power. The three lap shootout saw Barber and Andy Nye lead Reid and Hutchinson back to the green flag and it was Barber showing the way with Reid going to the outside to challenge Nye for second place. Defending divisional Champ Barber would pick up the win. Jonathan Reid would finish in second followed by Kyle Hutchinson completing the top three.

Robert Palmer and Shane Toms led the field of Figure 8’s to the green flag and it was defending champ Jason Adams who was making his first start of the season was able to get the lead and lead the event from start to finish to pick up his first win of the season. Palmer would finish in second followed by Jason Eck and Shane Toms.

NEWS AND NOTES

Defending Bank of Holland Charger Champion Jim Loffredo made his first start of the season. "With my new job I only have one weekend off a month and whenever that weekend is I will be here racing" said Loffredo. Nelson Rung took a vicious ride into the turn four wall during the TQ Midget feature. Rung was able to climb out of his racer under his own power.

Holland returns to action next Saturday, June 29th as Bobcat of Buffalo presents the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program starring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds, McClurg Auto Group NASCAR Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, M&M U-Pull It Figure 8’s, and the NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets. The Cup Lites are also on the card as is the running of the annual Road Warriors Race for area Highway Superintendents.

Pit Gates will open at 3:30pm with the grandstand gates opening at 4:45pm. Qualifying events will start at 5:00pm and feature racing will get the green flag at 7:05pm.

OFFICIAL RESULTS 6-22-13

NASCAR Hornets: BEN RUSSO (Started 11), Chris Powers (12), Jeff Szafraniec (8), Tony Carbone (9), Louis Carbone (10), Kenny Hejna (4), Bill Lutz (7), Shane Forster (6), Waylon Price (13), Michele Maltby (16), Timmy Swatsworth (5), Josh Hill (1), Robert Palmer (2), John Blinston (14), Butcher Palmer (3), Grant Hill (15) and Destiny Koningisor (17)
Qualifying Winners: Chris Powers, Ben Russo

Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: KIRK TOTTEN (Started 1st), George Skora III (7), Tommy Catalano (3), Jeff Brown (2), Dave Catalano (4), Amy Catalano (5), Tony Carbone (8), Dean Kroll (9) and Jake Vernon (6)
Qualifying Winners: Kirk Totten, Tommy Catalano

Big 10 Super Stock Series: LEE SHARPSTEEN (Started 1), Ted Welshans (6), Wayne Bernhardt (3), Tommy Markham (10), Phil Alhart Jr (8), Eric Brown (14), Mitchell Wright (12), Nate Peckham (15), Tim Welshans (2), Jay Canonico (13), Jake Wylie (9), Pete Pieczynski (11), Joe Fetzer (16) Disqualified: Joe Mancuso (5), Jason Dieter (4), Mike Ramos (7) Did Not Start: Marty Hughes, Kris Hamann
Qualifying Winners: Joe Mancuso, Mike Ramos

McClurg Auto Group NASCAR Late Models: ELDON KING III (Started 4th), Mike Ticco (2), Brandon Glover (5), JD Roberts (3), Josh Hathaway (1), and Jason Gwin (6)
Qualifying Winner: Eldon King III

Bank of Holland NASCAR Chargers: DAVE WILSON JR (Started 4th), Thomas Northem (7), Zach Myers (1), Jerry Kosmowski (10), Eric Brown (6), Kris Hamann (5), Rich Carnes (8), Ken Maltby (3), car #13x (12), Al Grimmer (2), Jim Loffredo (9) and Don Sitarski (11)
Qualifying Winners: Zach Myers, Kris Hamann

NYPAMATQ Midget Series: CAMDEN BARBER (Started 4th), Jonathan Reid (11), Kyle Hutchinson (9), Shawn Nye (10), Vinnie Christiano Jr (5), Jim Fleischman (7), Scott Wylie (17), Jeremy Haudricourt (8), Tyler Turnbull (12), Chad Heywood (2), Charlie DiRosa (14), Andy Nye (13), Gordie Steffan (16), Scott Gleed (15), Chris Barber (19), Pat Smith (20), Nelson Rung (3), Cody Mollnow (1), Sean McNamara (18), and Nick Groff (6)
Heat Winners: Camden Barber, Kyle Hutchinson

M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: JASON ADAMS (Started 4th), Robert Palmer (1), Jason Eck (3), and Shane Toms (2)