Season Championship Night Winners

September 04, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Kirk Totten from Barker, NY took the top honors in the 50 lap points finale for the Getzoni Agency Pro Modifieds. With his fifth place finish, George Skora III claimed the Holland track title. ”The Empire Excavator” Eldon King III from Freedom, NY claimed his seventh McClurg Auto Group Late Model feature of the season and clinched another track championship by three points. Eric Brown from Holland, NY led every lap to pick up his second Bank of Holland Chargers feature of the season. Ben Russo from Lancaster, NY claimed his fifth win of the season for the 4 Cylinder Hornets and unofficially picked up his first career track Championship. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda, NY picked up his sixth NYPAMA TQ Midgets feature of the 2013 campaign. Jake Lyon from Elma, NY edged out Matt Druar to pick up the victory for the Street Stocks. “Hot hands” Kenny Hejna from South Buffalo, NY picked up his first M&M U Pull It Figure 8 car feature of the season while Jason Eck was unofficially crowned divisional champion. Third generation driver Jimmy Zacharias from Candor, NY claimed the Cup Lites feature event.


The following drivers were crowned 2013 Champions: George Skora III (Pro Modifieds), Eldon King III (Late Models) Ben Russo (4 Cylinder Hornets), Shawn Nye (TQ Midgets), Jason Eck (Figure 8’s).

Jim “Timex” Morgan and TJ Zacharias were on the front row for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their 50 lap season championship showdown and it was Jeff Brown going three wide and taking the race lead with Jimmy Zacharias, Kirk Totten, Jake Vernon and Morgan in the top five at the end of the opening go around. Tony Carbone hit the turn four wall and blew a left front tire, bringing out the races first caution with two laps completed. On the restart it was Brown and Jimmy Zacharias leading the field and it was Brown edging his way out front. With Brown showing the way, Kirk Totten moved into second on lap seven as point’s leader George Skora raced his way into the top five. At the races halfway point, Kirk Totten inherited the race lead over Brown, Vernon, Dave Catalano and Jimmy Zacharias. With ten laps remaining, Skora and Zacharias went side by side and Skora moved back into the top five with eight laps remaining. Kirk Totten ran away from the rest of the field to pick up the win.

JD Roberts and Brandon Glover led the field of McClurg Auto Group Late Models to the green flag and it was Roberts scooting out into the race lead. Roberts would continue to show the way while Eldon King III worked his way through the field and by lap five was up to second. Roberts would continue to lead the field but King took over the race lead by lap seven. Once out front, King had to hold off Roberts and Brandon Glover to claim the victory and the track championship.

Eric Brown and Ken Maltby paced the field of Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag and it was Brown jumping out into the race lead. Dave Wilson, Rich Carnes and Tom Northem went three wide for third place on lap three with Wilson grabbing the third spot. Wilson would then quickly go to work on Ken Maltby for second and would move into the runner up spot. Brown and Wilson pulled away from the rest of the field early on as Jim Loffredo was racing his way through the field in the battle for fifth place on lap 15. At the halfway point, Eric Brown continued to show the way over Dave Wilson Jr. Ken Maltby was leading Tom Northem and Jim Loffredo about a half track behind the lead duo. Jerry Kosmowski lost his left front tire on lap 33, sending out the first caution flag of the event. On the restart, Brown would keep his advantage over Wilson with Tom Northem and Rich Carnes racing in the top four. Brown would lead every circuit to claim his second win of the season.

“The Butcher” Donald Palmer and George Anthony were on the front row for the NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets in their Championship feature event and it was Anthony showing the way. Bill Lutz, Ben Russo and Louis Carbone made contact on the front stretch and Lutz rolled down the front stretch. Russo and Carbone were able to continue but Lutz was done for the evening. Kenny Hejna used the lap one restart to take over the race lead. Ben Russo raced his way back through the field and five laps later, passed defending divisional champion and points leader entering the evening Jeff Szafraniec. A four car battle for second between DagoFast teammates Tony Carbone and Chris Powers and the Dice Racing teammates of Szafraniec and Russo had the fans on their feet for several circuits and on lap 15, Russo moved into second. With Hejna still out front, Russo began to reel in the leader as they hit heavy lap traffic before lap 20. Halfway through the 50 lap affair and Hejna still showed the way over Russo, Powers, Szafraniec and Josh Hill. With 23 laps remaining, Russo took over the lead. Michele Maltby slowed the field down for the second time after blowing a right front tire and hit the back stretch wall. On the restart, Russo took the lead but the battle was on for second between Hejna, Szafraniec and Powers and Jeff Szafraniec went three wide to move into the runner up spot. Russo and Szafraniec pulled away from the field. Donald Palmer caused the third caution of the night after his right front tire came right off his Buffalo Bisons number 32 racer. On the restart, Russo and Szafraniec went side by side and Russo grabbed the lead. Jack Warrior brought out the caution as he lost his right front wheel. The two lap shootout saw Russo take command of the field and Russo edged out his teammate to claim his fifth win of the season and unofficially claimed his first track championship.

Rob Pocobello and Jake Lyon led the Street Stocks to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event and it was Lyon jumping out into the lead. Heather Weber aboard her 22 ride raced her way into second but second generation driver Matt Druar went underneath Weber and moved into second by lap five. With Lyon out front, Druar was inching his way to the rear bumper on the TDH Refrigeration ride of Lyon. Dave Vona raced his way into third at the races halfway point just as Druar reeled in Jake Lyon. Druar would try everything in his power and went underneath Lyon off turn four but Lyon used a lap car in the pick and roll with seven laps remaining. Druar and Lyon went four wide with a pair of lap cars to move into the race lead with three laps to go. Lyon and Druar raced hard and came off turn four and Lyon edged out Druar to pick up the win. “That was the most intense race I have ever been apart off” stated Lyon in victory lane.

Andy Patton and Nelson Rung led the NYPAMA TQ Midgets to the green flag and it was Rung showing the way early on. On the charge in a hurry was Camden Barber and multi-time race winner Dave Wollaber. Barber was up to fifth by lap two and Wollaber was racing in sixth. Barber would then take the lead on lap eight and right behind him was Wollaber. The yellow lights would come out for Andy Nye who came to a stop on the front stretch. The lap ten restart saw Barber and Wollaber lead the field back to the green with Shawn Nye, Kyle Hutchinson and Nick Groff racing in the top five. Wollaber would take over the lead on lap 11. Just two laps later, Shawn Nye got into Barber and turned the Barber’s Automotive ride in turn four to bring out the caution. On the restart, Wollaber would have the advantage over Hutchinson. Nye and Barber would drive back through the field. Wollaber would hold off Hutchinson for the win.

The M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s were led to the green by Bob Palmer and Waylon Price for their Championship feature and it was Palmer leading the field onto the Figure 8 course for the first time. Palmer would continue to show the way but it was Jeff Szafraniec making it three wide and moved into second place. After a mid race restart, Kenny Hejna took over the lead and Hejna would grab his first win of the season. Jason Eck clinched the Figure 8 track title.

The Cup Lites were led to the green flag for their feature event by Steve Matthewson and Dave Whittaker and it was “Good Ol’ DW” Whittaker showing the way on the initial lap. The first caution came out for Kyle Hutchinson who hit the turn two wall. As the caution came out, Whittaker lost his chain and pulled into the pits. The restart on lap two saw Matthewson and Jimmy Zacharias on the front row and it was Zacharias grabbing the lead. Once out front, Zacharias pulled away from Neal Dietz Jr to grab his first Cup Lite win on the highbanks.

News and Notes

Third generation driver Jimmy Zacharias from the Southern-Tier picked up his first win in the Cup Lites in his second career start in the ¾ scale racecars. Western New York Heroes made a presentation to Rob Pocobello for all his efforts for the non-profit organization.

Racing returns to the highbanks on Saturday September 7th as Paul Graff Trucking and NOCO Express Shops presents the Budweiser 100 for the Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds. Fans are encouraged to stop by their local NOCO Express Shops to pick up discounted tickets. The Bank of Holland Chargers, 4 Cylinder Hornets, NYPAMA TQ Midgets and the Street Stocks will all be in competition. Racing will begin at 6:00pm sharp for this tradition that dates back all the way to the speedway’s beginning.


Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: KIRK TOTTEN (Started 7th), Jeff Brown (3), Jake Vernon (10), Dave Catalano (6), George Skora III (8), Jimmy Zacharias (5), Andy Jankowiak (21), Amy Catalano (4), Timex Morgan (1), Rusty Smith (11), TJ Zacharias (2), Russ Gian (17), Bob Wilson Jr (14), Bob Mosher (19), Timmy Lewis Jr (13), Ed Schueler (15), Tony Carbone (9), Cory Mosher (18), Chris Clemens (22), Neal Dietz Jr (12), Matt Clemens (16), Chris Powers (20) and Nick White (23)
Qualifying Winners: Amy Catalano, Jimmy Zacharias, Jeffrey Brown
2013 Champion: George Skora III

McClurg Auto Group NASCAR Late Models: ELDON KING III (Started 5th), JD Roberts (1), Brandon Glover (2), Dave Whittaker (4), Mike Ticco (3), Josh Hathaway (7) and Jason Gwin (6)
Qualifying Winner: JD Roberts
2013 Champion: Eldon King III

Bank of Holland Chargers: ERIC BROWN (Started 1st), Dave Wilson Jr (5), Tom Northem (3), Rich Carnes (4), Jim Loffredo (6), Kris Hamann (9), Don Sitarski (8), Ken Maltby (2) and Jerry Kosmowski (7) Did Not Start: Jason Dieter and Donnie Aquino
Qualifying Winners: Eric Brown, Rich Carnes

NYPAMA TQ Midgets: DAVE WOLLABER (Started 12th), Kyle Hutchinson (9), Vinnie Christiano Jr (8), Shawn Nye (11), Chad Heywood (4), Jim Fleischman (13), Camden Barber (10), Nelson Rung (2), Charlie DiRosa (15), Chris Barber (3), Andy Patton (1), Scott Gleed (14), Leon Szweda (17), Sean McNamara (18), Nick Groff (5), Gordie Steffan (21), Pat Smith (19), Cody Mollnow (16), Andy Nye (7), and Jonathan Reid (6)
Qualifying Winners: Camden Barber, Shawn Nye
2013 Holland Champion: Shawn Nye

NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets: BEN RUSSO (Started 12th), Jeff Szafraniec (11), Chris Powers (10), Kenny Hejna (7), Tony Carbone (9), Josh Hill (6), Louis Carbone (8), Bob Bogner (13), George Anthony (2), Waylon Price (15), Brian Richael (14), Bob Palmer (3), Butcher Palmer (1), John Blinston (16), Jack Warrior (17), Michele Maltby (5) and Bill Lutz (4)
Qualifying Winners: Ben Russo, Jeff Szafraniec
2013 Champion: Ben Russo

Street Stocks: JAKE LYON (Started 2nd), Matt Druar (3), Dave Vona (5), Rich Sharpe (12), Heather Weber (4), Tim Garlock (6), Jim Stein (8), Nate Straus (7), Joe Haley (10), Dennis Londos (11), Gary Bartella (13), Jeff Whalen (14), Rob Pocobello (1) and Rick Ortwein (9)
Qualifying Winners: Matt Druar, Jake Lyon

M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: KENNY HEJNA (Started 3rd), Waylon Price (2), Bob Palmer (1), Jeff Szafraniec (7), Josh Hill (5), Butcher Palmer (8), Jason Eck (4) and Jack Warrior (6)
2013 Champion: Jason Eck

Cup Lites: JIMMY ZACHARIAS (Started 3rd), Neal Dietz Jr (5), Steve Matthewson (1), Kyle Hutchinson (4), and Dave Whittaker (2)
Qualifying Winner: Neal Dietz Jr