Tommy Catalano Captures George Decker Memorial Pro Modified 100

August 03, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Tommy “the Rocket” Catalano from Ontario, NY won one of the biggest races of his young career by picking up the Perpetual Trophy after winning the 16th running of the George Decker Memorial Pro Modified 100 for the Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds at the Holland Motorsports Complex on Saturday evening. For Catalano, it was his fourth consecutive victory. Freedom NY’s Eldon King III grabbed the win in the Seneca Niagara Casino Late Models. Holland, NY’s Eric Brown crossed the finish line in the Bank of Holland Charger feature. The finish is unofficial pending a technical review. Jeff Szafraniec from Akron, NY won the Hornet main event. Kyle Hutchinson from East Aurora, NY won the main event for the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets. DJ Phillips from Angola, NY grabbed the win in the Future Four.



The George Decker Memorial 100 was led to the green flag by Randy Jazembeck and Scott Stolzenberg with Stolzenberg leading the opening lap. Jake Vernon, Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano, Jimmy Zacharias and George Skora III all worked their way up through the field early on to race in the balance of the top 10 with Catalano racing in fifth place by lap five. Jazembeck would go underneath Stolzenberg to take over the lead on lap six as Jake Vernon moved into second place. Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano and Jimmy Zacharias would race their way into the top five after passing Stolzenberg and Jazembeck. Miller and Catalano would move into the top three as the leaders would hit lap traffic by lap 15. At the races 1/5th mark, Vernon continued to show the way over Miller with Catalano, Zacharias and Jazembeck in the top five as George Skora III, Amy Catalano, Shawn Nye, Andy Jankowiak, and Bobby Martin running in the top ten. Skora would clear Jazembeck to take over fifth on lap 25 as Amy Catalano followed suit as she would move into sixth. The leaders would encounter heavier lap traffic by lap 30, letting Miller, and Catalano reel in the leader.

At the races halfway mark, Vernon continued to show the way over Tommy Catalano with Miller in third and was followed by Skora and Jimmy Zacharias, Andy Jankowiak seemed to have one of the fastest cars on the track as he moved into the top six and would pass Zacharias to move into fifth place. Jankowiak would then go after Skora and would pass the 2013 track champion on lap 65 to move into fourth place. Catalano would challenge Vernon and edged Vernon for the lead with 27 laps remaining and would complete the pass with 26 remaining. Jankowiak and Kevin Miller would battle for third with Jankowiak moving into third on lap 76. Jankowiak would then go underneath Vernon and would take over second place with 19 laps remaining, as Catalano would open up his lead. The races first caution would come out on lap 83 as Jimmy Zacharias would spin in turn two after having contact with Bobby Martin.

The lap 83 restart would see Catalano and Jankowiak on the front row with the lead duo battling for the lead, bringing Kevin Miller to make it a three car battle. Catalano would clear Jankowiak and would open up his advantage over Jankowiak and Miller with Skora and Vernon battling for fourth place. Skora would take over fourth on lap 90. Shawn Nye and Vernon, racing for fifth place, came together on the back stretch bringing out the caution with nine laps remaining. The late race restart would see the lead duo of Catalano and Jankowiak continue their battle as Miller and Skora battled for third. Skora would clear Miller to take over third with six laps remaining as Jankowiak had a half-car length advantage over Catalano. The lead duo would make contact in turn two on lap 95 and Skora would be the benefactor as he would move into the lead. The third caution would fly on lap 96 as early race leader Jake Vernon would come to a stop in turn four. The restart with four laps remaining would see Jankowiak make hard contact with the turn four wall. Jankowiak got out of his car under his own power as his racer suffered front end suspension damage. On the restart, Catalano was able to work back around Skora and hold him off to score the popular win.

Eric Brown and Brandon Glover battled early on in the Seneca Niagara Casino Late Model feature. Eldon King III took over the lead on lap seven. King never looked back as he was on a Saturday night cruise out front but Glover and Brown continued their battle for second. Josh Hathaway would spin on the back stretch to bring out the caution, setting up a two lap shootout. King would pull away on the restart to pick up the win.

Dave Vona and Kris Hamann led the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their main event with Hamann taking over the early advantage but it was Vona getting the lead at the end of the first scored lap. Tommy Wentland went to the outside of Hamann and would take over second on lap five as Dave Wilson went three wide for fifth with Ken Maltby and Jim Loffredo. Vona, Wentland, and Hamann battled for the lead for several circuits. Vona and Wentland would battle for the lead as Vona would finally clear the battle as Dave Wilson Jr moved into the top three to challenge Wentland and Vona. Eric Brown would pass Hamann to take over fourth and quickly reeled in the lead trio. Wilson would go underneath Vona and would complete the pass to take over the lead with nine laps remaining. Eric Brown would move into second and then went to work on Wilson for the lead. Brown would work underneath Wilson and would take over the lead with six laps left and Wilson would regain the lead with five remaining. Brown would be able to hold off Wilson to pick up the victory. The finish of the Charger feature is unofficial pending a technical review.


Josh Hill would take the lead away from Mandie Orr on lap one in the Hornet main event. Adam Killingbeck hit the back stretch Armco barrier to bring out the caution on lap three. George Anthony would take over the lead on the restart. Jeff Szafraniec would take over second and then go after the lead. Szafraniec and Timmy Catalano would work their way to the top two spots and would put on a great battle up front and Catalano would throw everything he had at Szafraniec for much of the second half of the main event, but the past divisional champion was able to hold off the young Catalano to grab the win.

Charlie DiRosa and Erik Musto led the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets to the green flag with Musto showing the way. Nick Groff and Owen Bednasz made contact in turn one to bring out the races first caution. Jonathan Reid would work his way to take over the lead on lap two with Kyle Hutchinson moving into second and Dave Wollaber moving into third. Hutchinson went underneath Reid and would take over the lead on lap eight. Reid would go underneath Hutchinson to regain the lead just one lap later. Sean McNamara would spin to bring out the caution on lap nine. Hutchinson and Reid would battle hard for the lead with Dave Wollaber racing right with the lead duo. Hutchinson would drive away from Reid as Andy Nye challenged Wollaber for third. Hutchinson would drive on to pick up the win over Reid, Nye, Wollaber and Musto.

The entry level Future Four feature event was led to the green flag by Chuck Kowalske and Travis Murphy with Murphy getting into the early lead. DJ Phillips wasted no time getting to the head of the class by the end of the second lap with Nikki Maltby moving into second. Phillips would pull away from Maltby to pick up the victory, his third straight win.

News and Notes: The racing community came together to help a young local race fan that is battling a race brain stem tumor called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinic Pontine Glioma). The 50/50 pit raffle went towards John’s Journey and collected autograph cards that will be sent to him while in the hospital. The Holland Motorsports Complex is participating with Ingersoll Rand’s promotion involving the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Home Tracks. Ingersoll Rand is the official Power Tool of NASCAR and fans have the chance to win prizes from IR weekly by texting IRTOOLSHMC to 313131.

Racing action returns to Holland on Saturday, August 8 as Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency presents Driver Appreciation Night. Kayak Pools will present a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program with the E-Mods returning to the highbanks to join the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Mods, Seneca Niagara Casino Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, Hornets, Future Fours, NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends and the M&M U-Pull It Figure 8’s in a Saturday night shootout. Pit gates will swing open at 3:30 while grandstand gates will open up at 4:45. Qualifying heats will start at 5:00 pm with NASCAR feature racing action starting at 7:05 pm. A full autograph session with all drivers will be held on the track at 6:00 PM.

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Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds: TOMMY CATALANO (Started 12th), George Skora III (9), Kevin Miller (8), Amy Catalano (11), Jimmy Zacharias (10), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (5), Shawn Nye (6), Randy Jazembeck (1), Scott Stolzenberg (2), Bobby Martin (4), Nick Morich (15), Alan Bookmiller (16), Andy Jankowiak (17), Jeff Ruddy (13), Jake Vernon (7), Andy Nye (18), John Bookmiller (3), Cody Jackson (14)

Qualifying Winners: Tommy Catalano, Amy Catalano

Seneca Niagara Casino Late Models: ELDON KING III (Started 6th), Brandon Glover (4), Nick Crassi (2), Eric Brown (3), JD Roberts (7), Ron Richter (8), Josh Hathaway (1), Bill Osborn (5)

Qualifying Winner: Eldon King III

Bank of Holland NASCAR Chargers: UNOFFICIAL PENDING TECHINCAL REVIEW: ERIC BROWN (Started 7th), Dave Wilson Jr (8), Dave Vona (1), Tommy Wentland (4), Ken Maltby (5), Kris Hamann (2), Tom Northem (3), Jim Loffredo (6), Trevor Pettit (13), Jerry Kosmowski (9), Max Northem (16), Lexi Wilson (11), Kenny Hejna (12), Keith Flannigan (15), Don Sitarski (14), Chris Handley (10) Did Not Start: Matt Fleming

Qualifying Winners: Kris Hamann, Eric Brown

Hornets: JEFF SZAFRANIEC (Started 14th), Timmy Catalano (11), Ben Russo (13), Josh Hill (6), Bob Bogner (9), George Anthony (8), Michele Maltby (12), Bob Palmer (7), Butcher Palmer (5), John Blinston (10), Alex Deshaies (4), Kathie Ricketson (1), Mandie Orr (2), Adam Killingbeck (3)

Qualifying Winners: Josh Hill, Bob Bogner

Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets: KYLE HUTCHINSON (Started 8th), Jonathan Reid (5), Andy Nye (6), Dave Wollaber (7), Erik Musto (2), AJ Hessler (12), Charlie DiRosa (1), Vinnie Christiano Jr (14), Chad Heywood (10), Chris Bauman (11), Sean McNamara (13), Nick Groff (3), Arik McGruder (9), Owen Bednasz (4)

Qualifying Winners: Jonathan Reid, Kyle Hutchinson

Future 4’s: DJ PHILLIPS (Started 4th), Travis Murphy (2), Nikki Maltby (3), Chuck Kowalske (1) Did Not Start: Connor Brown

Qualifying Winner: Travis Murphy