May 27, 2015 at 8:53 PM
Third generation driver Jimmy Zacharias from Candor, NY was declared the winner of the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds main event on Saturday night as McKinley Mall presented the 56th Season Opener at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex. Ken Maltby from West Seneca, NY earned his first Bank of Holland Charger feature victory for the first time since June 24, 1989. Holland, NY’s Eric Brown used a last lap pass to pick up his first career Seneca Niagara Casino Late Model feature event. Buffalo, NY’s Louis Carbone won the main event for the Howdy’s Hornets. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda, NY earned the victory for the NYPA TQ Midgets. Matt Kurzejewski from Mansfield, Pennsylvania won the main event for the INEX Legends. Chuck Kowalske from Orchard Park, NY won the first race of the season for the Future Fours. Jason Adams from Glenwood, NY won the main event for the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.
Kirk Totten and Jake Vernon brought the field of Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their season lid-lifter with Totten getting the advantage. Amy Catalano, Mike Fiebelkorn, Alan Bookmiller, Pete Sisti, Tommy Catalano and Dean Kroll all came together in turn two to bring out the caution on lap two after the lead trio got loose off turn two. Sisti, Amy Catalano, Tommy Catalano and Fiebelkorn all went to the pits to make quick repairs and all came back out. Alan Bookmiller and Dean Kroll suffered the worse end of the accident as they both went back to the pits courtesy of the tow trucks. The restart green would see Kirk Totten and Jimmy Zacharias on the front row and it was Totten showing the way over Zacharias with Vernon, Neal Dietz Jr and Andy Nye racing in the top five. While running in the top five, Andy Nye loops his racer down the back straightaway to bring out the caution for the second time on lap eight. The restart would see Totten using the inside groove to pull ahead of Zacharias and Vernon. Shawn Nye would pass Dietz to take over fourth as Dietz fell to fifth and had pressure from the Catalano family and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr.
The lead trio of Totten, Zacharias and Vernon would pull away from the field as the race reached its halfway point. Amy Catalano would work her way back through the field as she passed Dietz to take over fifth on lap 19 and then passed Nye to move into fourth just one lap later. Dietz and Shawn Nye would make contact and spin in turn two to slow the field down on lap 21. The restart would see Vernon and Amy Catalano battle for third with Amy Catalano clearing Vernon on lap 22 to take over third. Tommy Catalano would use the same lane as his mom did to pass Vernon to take over fourth in the races final ten circuits. Totten would pull away to what would appear to be the victory but failed the durometer test, giving the win to Jimmy Zacharias. Amy Catalano, Tommy Catalano and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr completed the top four.
Josh Hathaway and Bill Osborn were on the front row for the main event for the Seneca Niagara Casinos NASCAR Late Models with Osborn showing the way early after going underneath Hathaway on the opening circuit. Eric Brown would race with Hathaway for second with Brown clearing Hathaway on lap four. Brown would then charge after Osborn but Osborn answered all of Brown’s challenges. Brown would then go underneath Osborn and would take over the lead on the final lap and would edge out Osborn to earn his first career Late Model victory. Josh Hathaway and Ron Richter completed the field.
Dave Wilson showed the way early on in the 25 lap feature event for the Bank of Holland Chargers. Off a early race restart, Wilson and Dave Vona led the field to the green flag with Wilson pulling away from the field. Rob Miszczak and Tom Northem put on a great battle for second that lasted for several circuits with Northem getting the better of the defending divisional champion Miszczak for second just past the halfway point. After a late race restart, Northem’s strong run would come to an end as he suffered a flat left rear tire. Dave Wilson spun in turn two to bring out the caution on lap 22. Rob Miszczak, running second at the time was sent to the rear of the field. Ken Maltby took over the feature
Louis Carbone and Ben Russo shared the front row for the Howdy’s Hornets feature event with Carbone leading the way early. Russo and Jeff Szafraniec raced their way into second and third with Bob Bogner and George Anthony running in the top five. Dylan Carbone spun in turn two to bring out the caution on lap 11. The restart would see Carbone and Szafraniec in the top two with Russo, Anthony and Timmy Catalano racing in the top five. Andrew Killenbeck spun in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 15. The restart saw Carbone into the lead with Szafraniec in second with Russo and Anthony battling for third with Anthony taking over the position. Szafraniec would catch Carbone and raced in Carbone’s tire tracks and followed Carbone all over the 3/8th oval. Szafraniec would go underneath Carbone and pull to even terms on the last lap but couldn’t complete the pass with Carbone in for the win. Szafraniec would finish in second and was followed by Russo, Anthony, Catalano completing the top five.
Charlie DiRosa and Jeremy Haudricourt paced the field for the start of the New York Pennsylvania TQ Midgets (NYPA TQ) feature with Haudricourt driving the Christiano Racing entry taking the point with Shawn Nye taking over the lead by lap three. Dave Wollaber took over second with Jonathan Reid, Kyle Hutchinson and Haudricourt falling back to fifth. Andrew Patton flipped on the front stretch and then drove his car back to the pits under his own power. The restart would see Dave Wollaber and Shawn Nye battling for the lead with Wollaber taking over the lead. Nye would regain the lead on lap six with Wollaber giving chase. Wollaber would go underneath Shawn Nye for the lead on lap 12 but Nye was able to keep the top position. Wollaber would complete the pass on Nye on lap 13.Kyle Hutchinson would take over second from Nye with two laps remaining. Wollaber would cruise to the win over Hutchinson with Andy Nye, Shawn Nye and Hayden Newcomb completing the top five.
Brad Salatino and Jeremy Haudricourt were the first to see the green flag to start the feature event for the INEX Legends main event with Haudricourt jumping out into the early lead over Bryce Norton and Carl Vilardo. Brad Salatino and Owen Bednasz made contact on the back straightaway on lap two to bring out the races first caution. The early race restart would see Haudricourt jump back out into the lead with Norton, Vilardo and Matt Kurzejewski racing in the top four. Kurzejewski continued to work his way up from deep in the field as he passed Vilardo for third and then passed Norton for second on lap eight. Vilardo’s strong run would come to an end on lap 10 as his car went up in smoke. The restart would see Kurzejewski and Haudricourt going side by side with Kurzejewski taking over the lead on lap 12. Owen Bednasz and Norton would make contact with Bednasz ending up in the turn four wall. When the caution came out, Haudricourt spiked his breaks and spun on the back stretch, resulting in going to the rear of the field for the restart. Kurzejewski would pull away from Norton on the restart with Haudricourt working his way back up through the field. Kurzejewski would go on to pick up the win over Bryce Norton with Anthony Riforgiato in third with Michael Anderson and Jeremy Haudricourt completing the top five.
The division that is for pure racing rookies, the Future Fours, took off for their first feature of the season with Nikki Maltby and Chuck Kowalske on the front row with Kowalske jumping out into the early lead. Kowalske opened up his lead over DJ Phillips, Travis Murphy and Allie Brainard. Kowalske was able to cruise to the win over Phillips, Murphy, Brainard and Maltby.
The wild and wacky M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car main was brought to the green flag by Jason Adams and Shane Toms with Adams pulling away. Toms would come close to reeling in the leader Adams but Adams seemed to be dominate again on this evening as he picked up the win. Toms, Mastrocicco and Haskell would round out the field.
News and Notes: Liz Osborn, sister of Seneca Niagara Casino Late Model driver Bill Osborn performed the National Anthems to help kick off the 56th consecutive season of racing on the highbanks. JD Roberts had a hard hit into the turn one wall during the pre-race practice session. JD walked away under his own power but the same could not be said about his racer. Timmy Catalano had motor issues during Howdy’s Hornet qualifying and he hopped aboard the Allie Brainard Future 4 machine for the feature event. The Holland NASCAR 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 returns to Holland on Saturday May 30 as the Veterans One-Stop of WNY and Eastern Hills Mall present Military and Family Appreciation Night. As a tribute to the men and women who selflessly defend our great nation both home and abroad, any member of the armed services that shows a valid Military ID (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired) or DD214 copy may purchase two admission tickets for $5 each. Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex also donated 250 free tickets to soldiers recently returned home from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, in support of a great program through the Buffalo VA Hospital. As part of the program that night, the band Beautiful Remedy will be hosting a pre-race party at 4:45pm! Tickets are on sale NOW for $25, and include 2 hours of FREE beer, and a great bbq buffet. More information on the pre-race concert can be found on the speedway’s Facebook page, get your tickets NOW. Pit gates will open at 3:30pm with grandstand gates swinging open at 4:45. Qualifying racing will get started at 5:00pm sharp with NASCAR feature racing beginning at 7:05.
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RACE RESULTS: 5-23-15
McKinley Mall Presents the 56th Season Opener
Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds: JIMMY ZACHARIAS (Started 3rd), Amy Catalano (5), Tommy Catalano (7), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (6), Neal Dietz Jr (4), Jake Vernon (2), Shawn Nye (12), Mike Rogers (14), Moose Rutherford (13), Andy Nye (11), Pete Sisti (10), Alan Bookmiller (8), Dean Kroll (9) Disqualified: Kirk Totten (1)
Qualifying Winners: Kirk Totten, Jake Vernon
Seneca Niagara Casino NASCAR Late Models: ERIC BROWN (Started 3rd), Bill Osborn (2), Josh Hathaway (1), Ron Richter (4)
Qualifying Winner: Eric Brown
Bank of Holland NASCAR Chargers: KEN MALTBY (Started 4th), Kris Hamann (9), Jim Loffredo (5), Lexi Wilson (15), Don Sitarski (3), Trevor Pettit (10), Dave Wilson (1), Eric Brown (12), Dave Vona (2), Rob Miszczak (6), Matt Flemming (11), Max Northem (16), Tommy Wentland (13), Jerry Kosmowski (8), Tony Bilotle (14), Tom Northem (7)
Qualifying Winners: Dave Wilson, Dave Vona
Howdy’s Hornets: LOUIS CARBONE (Started 1st), Jeff Szafraniec (3), Ben Russo (2), George Anthony (4), Timmy Catalano (15), John Blinston (14), Robert Palmer (6), Joe Mastrocicco (12), Michele Maltby (11), Don Haskell (16), Butcher Palmer (8), Adam Killingbeck (13), Bob Bogner (5), Dylan Carbone (7), Kathie Ricketson (9), Josh Hill (10) Did Not Start: Mandie Orr
Qualifying Winners: Louis Carbone, Ben Russo
NYPA TQ Midgets: DAVE WOLLABER (Started 6th), Kyle Hutchinson (7), Andy Nye (8), Shawn Nye (4), Hayden Newcomb (5), Erik Musto (11), Charlie DiRosa (1), Nick Groff (9), Jeremy Haudricourt (2), Chris Bauman (12), Owen Bednasz (10), Sean McNamara (13), Jonathan Reid (3), Nelson Rung (15), Andrew Patton (16) Did Not Start: Greg Richardson
Qualifying Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Dave Wollaber
INEX Legends: MATT KURZEJEWSKI (Started 13th), Bryce Norton (3), Anthony Riforgiato (9), Michael Anderson (6), Jeremy Haudricourt (2), Matt Mead (10), Donald Buell (11), Kevin Bertelone (8), Josh Marchese (7), Mike Cresley (12), Owen Bednasz (5), Carl Vilardo (4), Brad Salatino (1), Kevin Wilkins (14)
Qualifying Winners: Brad Salatino, Jeremy Haudricourt
NASCAR Future 4’s: CHUCK KOWALSKE (Started 2nd), DJ Phillips (3), Travis Murphy (4), Allie Brainard (5), Nikki Maltby (1)
Qualifying Winner: Nikki Maltby
M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: JASON ADAMS (Started 1st), Shane Toms (2), Joe Mastrocicco (3), Don Haskell (4)