GEORGE SKORA III WINS GRAFF TRUCKING PRO MODIFIED 75 AT HOLLAND INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

September 06, 2016 at 10:51 AM

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GEORGE SKORA III WINS GRAFF TRUCKING PRO MODIFIED 75 AT HOLLAND INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

-Zach Myers, Jeff Szafraniec, Dave Wollaber, Carl Vilardo IV, Jim Steins and Darryl Phillips Crowned 2016 Holland Speedway Track Champions -

HOLLAND, New York (September 3, 2016) – Eden, NY pilot “GS3”, George Skora III was the winner of the 75 lap event for the Pro Modifieds presented by Graff Trucking, K&S Properties, Holland Southtown Tire and The Boston Deli at Holland International Speedway as part of the Busch 200 presented by Try-It Distributing and the Upstate Automotive Group. The tradition of racing at Holland on Labor Day weekend goes back to 1964. Mark Hoch from West Seneca, NY won his second Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Charger feature of the season as Zach Myers from East Concord, NY won his second track championship. Louis Carbone from Buffalo, NY won his second Bank of Holland Hornet feature of the season. Jeff Szafraniec from Buffalo, NY won the Hornet track championship for the second consecutive season. Kyle Hutchinson from East Aurora, NY won his first NYPA TQ Midget feature of the season. With his strong second place finish, Dave Wollaber from Lockport, NY earned the NYPA TQ Midgets track championship. Carl Vilardo IV from Westfield, NY won his fifth Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends feature of the season and won the INEX Legends divisional title. Jim Steins from South Wales, NY won his sixth M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s feature of the season and clinched the track championship. Darryl Phillips from Angola picked up the win in the Rookie Fours and won the track title.

The Pro Modifieds returned to the highbanks for a 75 lap feature presented by Graff Trucking with Mike Fiebelkorn Jr and Kevin Lewis on the front row with Fiebelkorn showing the way with Ricky Knapp and Tommy Catalano running in second and third. Jake Wylie spun the Ghetto Racing number 97 in turns three and four to bring out the races first caution with just five laps completed. Fiebelkorn and Tommy Catalano pulled away from Jake Vernon and Scott Wylie off the early race restart. Shawn Nye and George Skora III moved up through the field to run in fifth and sixth in the races early stages. Scott Wylie would complete the pass and take the third position away from Jake Vernon with 60 laps remaining. TJ Drennan spun on the front straightaway to bring out the caution on lap 18. On the restart, Fiebelkorn and Catalano battled for the lead as Jake Vernon passed Scott Wylie for third. Catalano would take the lead away from Fiebelkorn with a third of the race completed. Wylie would regain the third spot from Vernon with 45 laps remaining. George Skora would pass Shawn Nye to take over fifth place with 35 laps completed and would reel in Wylie and Vernon for the battle for third place. Catalano would continue to show the way at the halfway mark. Skora would take fourth away from Vernon with 33 laps remaining.

The leaders hit lap traffic with 50 laps completed and the top three started to reel in each other. Dick Kluth spun in turn two to bring out the third caution of the events on lap 53. Catalano would keep the lead off the restart as Fiebelkorn and GS3 battled for second place as Shawn Nye passed Scott Wylie to take over fourth place. Catalano opened up his advantage over the field as Fiebelkorn started to pull away from Skora, and Wylie. Dick Kluth would spin down the back straightaway to bring out the caution once again with seven laps remaining. The late race restart would see Catalano and Fiebelkorn once again dueling for the lead with Fiebelkorn taking the lead. The duo would make slight contact with the wall as Dietz, Scott Wylie and Shawn Nye also got collected. The lap 69 restart would see Fiebelkorn and Skora on the front row with Skora out-sprinting Fiebelkorn to take the lead with Amy Catalano battling with Jake Vernon for third place. Fiebelkorn got loose off turn four with four laps remaining, letting Amy Catalano take over second place as Skora checked out on the field. Skora would hold off Amy Catalano and Jeff Brown to collect the checkered flag.

The 75 lap main event for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers was split up into two different segments. In the 35 lap segment, Nik Welshans jumped into the lead over Matt Fleming with Brian Hoffman running in third. Welshans started to pull away from the field early on as Josh Hathaway took third away from Hoffman with Mark Hoch running in fifth. Hoch challenged Hoffman for fourth place on lap 15 with Hoch taking over fourth place, as the leaders hit lap traffic. Tom Northem’s car went in a big puff of smoke on lap 20 to bring out the races first caution. Welshans continued to show the way up front on the restart with Mark Hoch moving into second with Fleming, Tim Welshans and Hathaway running in the top five. Hoch would take over the lead with 24 laps completed. Hoch would show the way when the field hit the competition caution on lap 35. In the final 40 lap segment, Tim Welshans took a slight lead away from Hoch off the start as Vona, Josh Hathaway and Nik Welshans running in the top five. Hoch would regain the lead with 37 laps remaining. Hoch would open up his lead over Tim Welshans with Dave Vona in third place. Zach Myers would pass Nik Welshans with 20 laps remaining to take over fifth place, but would lose the position just one lap later. Myers would regain the fifth spot ahead of Nik Welshans with 15 laps remaining. Josh Hathaway closed in on Dave Vona for third place but Vona would hold off his advances. Hoch would pull away from Tim Welshans to score the victory, his second win of the season. Zach Myers with his fifth place finish would clinch his second track championship.

Michele Maltby and Bob Palmer led the Bank of Holland Hornets to the green flag for their 50 lap finale with Palmer showing the way over Louis Carbone, Ben Russo and Maltby running in the top four. Louis Carbone and Ben Russo battled for the lead for several circuits with the duo exchanging the lead several times. Russo would clear Carbone for the lead on lap seven. The leaders would hit lap traffic by lap 10. Carbone and Russo would pull away from Michele Maltby and Jason Adams at the races halfway mark. As the leaders pulled away from the field, the battle for fifth started to heat up as George Anthony and Kenny Hejna caught and passed early race leader Bob Palmer. The leaders would hit heavy lap traffic with 20 laps remaining. Jeff Szafraniec worked his way through the field and he moved into fourth with 17 remaining. Carbone and Russo would settle the win amongst themselves as they had a full straightaway advantage over Michele Maltby and Jeff Szafraniec running in fourth. Carbone held off Russo to score the win and with his fourth place finish, Jeff Szafraniec won his second consecutive track championship.

Pat Smith and Vinnie Christiano III brought the NYPA TQ Midgets to the green flag for their Holland points finale with fourth place starter Chad Haywood jumping into the early race lead. Vinnie Christiano III spun in turn three to bring out the races first caution on lap two. On the restart, Haywood continued to lead the field as Jim Fleischman battled with Vinnie Christiano Jr for the runner up position as Kyle Hutchinson and Dave Wollaber worked their way through the field. Hutchinson would take second away on lap five and would take the lead away from Haywood on lap six with Wollaber taking over second. Hutchinson and Wollaber would take off into the top two spots but the caution would fly once again as Vinnie Christiano III and Andy Patton got together in turn one. Off the restart, Hutchinson and Wollaber would take off with Vinnie Chirstiano Jr and Andy Nye running in the top three. Hutchinson would pull away from Wollaber just as the caution would come back out for Chuck Kowalske who spun in turn four. On the restart, Wollaber went underneath Hutchinson for the lead but Hutchinson would keep the lead. Wollaber would then challenge Hutchinson on the inside again in turns one and two but Hutchinson would hold him off. Hutchinson would hold off Wollaber, Nye, Christiano and Erik Musto completing the top five. Wollaber would clinch the Holland Series title for the NYPA Midgets.

Carl Vilardo IV pulled away from Bryce Norton off the start of the main event for the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends. Vilardo opened up his advantage over the rest of the field as the closest battle on the speedway was the battle for third place between Mick Peterson and Anthony Riforgiato. Anthony Riforgiato spun in turn four to bring out the races first caution with just four laps remaining. Vilardo jumped back into the lead off the restart with Norton and Josh Marchese running second and third respectively. Vilardo would hold off Norton and Marchese to win his fifth feature of the season and clinch the track championship. 

Point’s leader Sharon Hughes hit the inside wall hard early in the main event for the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s. Sharon got out of the car under her own power and went for the precautionary ride in the ambulance.  Jim Steins pulled away from Don Haskell and Marty Hughes as the two battled for second for much of the main event once the race got underway. Steins pulled away to earn the win and clinch the track championship. Haskell, Marty and Sharon rounded out the field.

Darryl Phillips pulled away from Dale Lombardo early on in the main event for the Rookie 4’s. Phillips held off Lombardo’s challenges to score the victory. Brian Erler would finish in third. With the win, Phillips claimed the Rookie 4 track title.

NEWS AND NOTES: Besides the winners purse and lap contingency money that was handed out to the drivers of the Pro Modifieds and Chargers, the winners of the main events for the Pro Modifieds and Pro Chargers each received two tickets to the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday October 8th, compliments of Grant Getzoni and the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency. Winners also received Garage Passes and a SUNOCO Gas Card.  

The 2016 season will come to a close on Saturday September 10 with the return of motorized mayhem known as Crash-A-Rama! Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early by logging on to www.hollandspeedway.com and by stopping by Advance Auto Parts throughout Western New York and purchasing presale tickets, which entitle to enter the grandstands one hour before the general public. Use the #HollandCrashARama throughout the week to get ready for the “Wildest Show on Wheels”. As part of the show, Cannon Lady and Radical Rob the Human Bomb return plus the School Bus Figure 8 Race, Enduro, the popular Boat-Trailer Race and the return of the reverse chain race. Gates open in the pits at 2:30 pm, grandstands open at 4:00 pm, and the show starts at 6:30 pm!

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RACE REPORT: 9-3-16 BUSCH 200 by Upstate Automotive Group

PRO MODIFIED GRAFF TRUCKING 75: GEORGE SKORA III (Started 10th), Amy Catalano (9), Jeff Brown (7), Neal Dietz Jr (12), Jake Vernon (6), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (1), Tommy Catalano (3), Shawn Nye (8.), Mike Ramos (13), Kevin Lewis (2), Ricky Knapp (4), Dick Kluth (14), Scott Wylie (5), TJ Drennan (11), Jake Wylie (15) Did Not Start: Tim Nies

Qualifying Winners: George Skora III, Amy Catalano

GETZONI NATIONWIDE INSURANCE AGENCY NASCAR PRO CHARGERS: MARK HOCH (Started 11th), Tim Welshans (9), Dave Vona (5), Josh Hathaway (3), Zach Myers (10), Brian Hoffman (4), Nik Welshans (2), Matt Fleming (1), Rich Carnes (8.), Jim Mallaber (6), Justin Myers (13), John Carlson (7), Chris Handley (15), Max Northem (17), Steve Hill Jr (16), Ed Culliton (14), Tom Northem (12)   

Qualifying Winners: Tom Northem, Mark Hoch

BANK OF HOLLAND HORNETS: LOUIS CARBONE (Started 3rd), Ben Russo (4),  Michele Maltby (1), Jeff Szafraniec (9), Kenny Hejna (8.), George Anthony (10), Scott Chaplin (20), Butcher Palmer (7),  Jason Adams (5), Bob Palmer (2), Bob Bogner (6), Marty Hughes (14), Bill Lutz (13), Craig Orr (18), Josh Hill (17), Adam Killingbeck (16), Nikki Maltby (11), Don Haskell (12), Dan Sharf (19), Dale Lombardo (21), Jim Steins (15), Tyler Pastorious (22)

Qualifying Winners: Kenny Hejna, “Butcher” Palmer, Craig Orr

NYPA TQ MIDGETS: KYLE HUTCHINSON (Started 11th), Dave Wollaber (12), Andy Nye (10), Vinnie Christiano Jr (7), AJ Hessler (8.), Charlie DiRosa (3), Chad Haywood (4), Erik Musto (14), Scott Gleed (13), Andy Patton (15), Chuck Kowalske (6), Pat Smith (1), Vinnie Christiano III (2), Tony Petrea (18), Jamie Pew (17), Kevin Wilson (16), Ronnie Flaim (5), Jim Fleischman (9) Did Not Start: Sean McNamara, Kent Turnbull

Qualifying Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Dave Wollaber

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INEX LEGENDS: CARL VILARDO IV (Started 1st), Bryce Norton (2), Josh Marchese (4), Mick Peterson (3), Anthony Riforgiato (5), Brad Salatino (6), Josh Stark (8.), Lars McElravy (7), Terry Lindstrom (9), John Lindstrom (11), Michael Riforgiato (10)

Qualifying Winners: Carl Vilardo IV, Brad Salatino

NASCAR ROOKIE FOURS: DARRYL PHILLIPS (Started 1st), Dale Lombardo (2), Brian Erler (3)

Qualifying Winner: Darryl Phillips

M&M U PULL-IT FIGURE 8’s: JIM STEINS (Started 2nd), Don Haskell (3), Marty Hughes (4), Sharon Hughes (1)

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