Rt 5 Vernon, NY
Adam Roberts and Shannon Whaley brought the field to the green to start the Modified 30 lap feature event with Roberts the leader after the opening circuit. Todd Burley, from his fifth starting spot, marched to the point to lead the field by lap two with 11th place starter Larry Wight rocketing to the runner up spot by lap three. Wight immediately began to pressure Burley for the lead but Burley was up to the challenge as he continued to lead. With 10 complete, Burley continued to set the pace with Wight, Ryan Phelps, Casey Williams, and Mike Mahaney chasing.
Starting to make his presence felt at this point was ninth place starter Stewart Friesen as he cracked in the top on lap 11 and into the top three a lap later. A caution on lap 13 gave Friesen the opportunity he was looking as it put him on the bumpers of Burley and Wight on the restart. The restart saw Friesen charge by Burley and Wight and take over the lead on lap 14 with Burley bringing out the caution as his night was over. When green flag racing resumed again, Friesen resumed control of the field with Wight still in tow, but now point leader Mike Mahaney was now marching to the front. Lap 17 saw Mahaney slip by Wight to gain the second spot and set after Friesen. With 20 complete, Friesen was leading over Mahaney, Ryan Phelps, Wight, and Pat Ward.
Mahaney and Phelps both tried to close in on Friesen but there would no late race heroics this week as Friesen would become the seventh different winner in seven events at Utica-Rome Speedway. Mahaney, Phelps, Wight, and Ward would round out the top five positions. Filling out the top 10 spots was Alan Johnson, Mitch Gibbs, Jimmy Davis, Bill Trexler Jr., and Willy Decker.
See UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions and CRSA release for complete details of their events.
Next Sunday, June 17, Quality Manufacturing and Williams Fence of Central NY Inc. will present a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing starting at 6 p.m.
GATES-COLE ASSOCIATES RACE SUMMARY
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- STEWART FRIESEN, Mike Mahaney, Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Alan Johnson, Mitch Gibbs, Jimmy Davis, Bill Trexler Jr., Willy Decker, Brian Murphy, Casey Williams, Jason Rood, Adam Roberts, Shannon Whaley, Dave Moyer, Aaron Jacobs, Chris Busta, Al McCoy, Mark Flach Jr., Brad Alger, Steve Hulsizer, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Janczuk, and Todd Burley.
UNOH ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS0- TIM SHAFFER, Jessica Zemken, Stevie Smith, Greg Hodnett, Tony Stewart, David Gravel, Cap Henry, Daryn Pittman, Paul McMahan, Paul Kinney, Fred Rahmer, Shawn Donath, Pete Miller III, Chuck Hebing, Frank Cozze, Davey Sammons, Glenn Styres, George Suprick, Kevin Ward Jr., Cruz Pendregon, Dick Spadaro, Clinton Ide, Dale Blaney, and Justin Barger.
CRSA FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- DANNY VARIN, Brittany Tresch, JR Hurlburt, Josh Pieniazek, Jeff VanSteenburg, Jamie Christian, Chad King, Scott Goodrich, Tommy Martocci, Warren Alexson, Tyler Chartrand, Frank Lieto, Fred Rahmer Jr., Dustin Purdy, Matt Priscott, Gary Palmer Jr., Emily VanInwegen, Jeremy Quick, John Matrafailo, Brett Jaycox, Dylan Swiernik, and Tyler Rice. DNS-Dalton Herrick and Mike Kiser.
VERNON, NY- Stewart Friesen continued to make his mark in the Utica-Rome Speedway history books with another win this past Sunday, his 34th overall, as he passed Richie Evans to claim sole possession of second place on the all time win list. Joining Friesen in victory lane on Gates-Cole Associates Inc. night was Tim Shaffer in the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champion 410 Sprints and Danny Varin in the CRSA Sprints.
STEWART FRIESEN MAKES IT SEVEN DIFFERENT WINNERS AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY IN 2012; TIM SHAFFER AND DANNY VARIN ALSO WIN
The victory - Shaffer’s 47th with the UNOH All Stars - moves him to within striking distance of Dale Blaney for the series’ national points lead and Daryn Pittman for the $20,000 championship of the Eastern Region. While Shaffer posted a fifth place finish at Williams Grove and a seventh place finish at Lincoln to go with his win at Utica Rome over the weekend, Blaney, a three time series champion, struggled, not making the feature at Williams Grove, scoring an eighth place at Lincoln and dropping out of Sunday’s event while leading.
Once Blaney dropped out, Shaffer would drive into the lead and survived several late race cautions for the victory.
“It’s been awhile…we’ve got one win so far this year…they keep getting harder and harder to get. Everyone just keeps getting faster and faster and making us work harder. What a great job by my crew, Dave Lawrence, James Chambers and Craig Stephens…they’re all new on this team but one guy. We’re trying to gel together with new people and it’s starting to click,” said Shaffer beside his Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook owned machine.
“Dale was pretty good tonight. I don’t know if we had anything for him later in the feature. He was gone. I thought I was still chasing him and the yellow came out and I looked on the board and thought ‘hey, we’re leading it.’ On those late cautions, you’re always concerned if someone is coming or not and you’re trying to pay attention to lapped cars where they are running in case rubber gets down. But, we were really good. Hats off to my guys, they gave me a great car. Aaron Call is doing a great job back at home. He’s getting this thing ready during the week for us to come out and play. Janet Holbrook giving us everything we need. I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped us through this…it’s been a tough season,” added Shaffer of his Kistler Engines/VRP Shocks backed machine.
Blaney and Shaffer would bring the field to the green Sunday, with Blaney seizing the top spot while third place starter Jessica Zemken drove into second, bringing fourth place starter Shawn Donath into third. Donath would grab second on the second circuit and would move past Blaney a lap later for the lead.
Shaffer would drive by Zemken into third on lap eight and a circuit later Blaney would do the same to Donath to take the lead. But, Blaney would coast to a stop on lap 11 with mechanical issues. On the restart, Shaffer would drive by Donath for the lead. Donath would bobble on lap 13, with Zemken, Stevie Smith and David Gravel getting by. The car on the move was 10th place starter Greg Hodnett as he would move into the top five by the half-way point.
Shaffer would continue to lead Zemken, who, before her sprint car days was a winner and champion at Utica-Rome Speedway in the dirt sportsman ranks. Smith ran third with Hodnett getting around Gravel for fourth on lap 16. The battle for fourth through 10th was a good one throughout the race as Cap Henry, Tony Stewart (who posted a third place finish with NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series earlier in the day at Pocono, Pa.), Paul McMahan, Fred Rahmer and Daryn Pittman joined the fun.
With 10 laps to go, the running order was Shaffer, Zemken, Smith, Hodnett, Gravel, Henry, Stewart, Rahmer, McMahan and Donath. The top nine would stay in that order until lap 25 when Gravel was able to get around Hodnett for fourth. Hodnett would return the favor with three to go.
Shaffer would drive away to the win over Zemken, Smith, Hodnett and Stewart who made a last lap pass to take fifth and the feature’s hard-charger honor after starting 19th.
Zemken, who has three 360 sprint wins at Utica-Rome Speedway, was thrilled with her runner-up finish.
“I’ll take second to Tim Shaffer any day. He’s a hell of a race car driver and I’ve learned a lot from him. And, he’s a really nice guy…kind of like a big brother to me. He’s the first guy I’d go to to ask for help when we’re struggling…he’s always one of the first guys to help out,” said Zemken. “I have to thank Corr-Pak Merchandising for sticking with me and the crew…the guys worked so hard tonight on tires…it was so hot. We had a really good car. We definitely didn’t have anything for Tim, that’s for sure. This is like a home track to me with my family and friends here so it’s great to run good here with the 410…my best finish with a 410.”
For Smith, the good weekend with the UNOH All Stars continued with his podium finish.
“We’re happy with third after starting 11th. Jessica did a good job…she never made a mistake and Tim took off and left us all,” said Smith beside his CL Motorsports/CJB Motorsports/DDNi backed machine. “I’m just happy with the way everything is going. We’re making progress and we’re going to keep working. I have to thank my car owners Chad and Jen and my crew. We started the season off pretty good and then went into a little bit of a slump. We made some changes with the personnel…it’s just been a kind of up and down so far. But I’m really proud of the guys working on the car. We’ve got Shane and Sparky who’s actually from New York and of course Brian Bloomfield and probably one of the best video guys in Kyle (Luetters). I really appreciate what everyone has done for me…they have assembled a great team here.”
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Utica Rome Speedway - 6/10/2012
All Star Circuit of Champions (24 Cars)
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 83-Tim Shaffer, 17.561; 2. 33-Shawn Donath, 17.800; 3. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 17.990; 4. 87-George Suprick, 18.033; 5. 2-Dale Blaney, 18.140; 6. 5-Justin Barger, 18.160; 7. 3-Pete Miller III, 18.260; 8. 89G-David Gravel, 18.486; 9. 54-Cap Henry, 18.534; 10. 39-Greg Hodnett, 18.667; 11. 19-Stevie Smith, 18.878; 12. 747-Davey Sammons, 18.970; 13. 51-Fred Rahmer, 19.013; 14. 44-Frank Cozze, 19.199; 15. Os-Glenn Styres, 19.232; 16. 45H-Chuck Hebing, 19.245; 17. 27-Daryn Pittman, 19.278; 18. 13-Kevin Ward Jr., 19.405; 19. 14-Tony Stewart, 19.411; 20. 3I-Clinton Ide, 19.428; 21. 19K-Paul Kinney, 19.542; 22. Oc-Cruz Pedregon, 19.644; 23. 45-Paul McMahan, 19.782; 24. 29-Dick Spadaro, 20.383
Heat 1 - Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps - Top 8 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 39-Greg Hodnett ; 2. 83-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer ; 4. 45H-Chuck Hebing ; 5. 14-Tony Stewart ; 6. 3-Pete Miller III ; 7. 87-George Suprick ; 8. Oc-Cruz Pedregon
Heat 2 - All Pro Aluminum Heads (8 Laps - Top 8 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2-Dale Blaney ; 2. 19-Stevie Smith ; 3. 27-Daryn Pittman ; 4. 89G-David Gravel ; 5. 44-Frank Cozze ; 6. 33-Shawn Donath ; 7. 45-Paul McMahan ; 8. 3I-Clinton Ide
Heat 3 - Dragon Race Fuel (8 Laps - Top 8 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 1Z-Jessica Zemken ; 2. 19K-Paul Kinney ; 3. 54-Cap Henry ; 4. 13-Kevin Ward Jr. ; 5. 5-Justin Barger ; 6. 747-Davey Sammons ; 7. Os-Glenn Styres ; 8. 29-Dick Spadaro
Dash - Outerwears Performance Products (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 2-Dale Blaney ; 2. 83-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 1Z-Jessica Zemken ; 4. 33-Shawn Donath ; 5. 87-George Suprick ; 6. 5-Justin Barger
A-Main - University of Northwestern Ohio (30 Laps)
1. 83-Tim Shaffer; 2. 1Z-Jessica Zemken; 3. 19-Stevie Smith; 4. 39-Greg Hodnett; 5. 14-Tony Stewart; 6. 89G-David Gravel; 7. 54-Cap Henry; 8. 27-Daryn Pittman; 9. 45-Paul McMahan; 10. 19K-Paul Kinney; 11. 51-Fred Rahmer; 12. 33-Shawn Donath; 13. 3-Pete Miller III; 14. 45H-Chuck Hebing; 15. 44-Frank Cozze; 16. 747-Davey Sammons; 17. Os-Glenn Styres; 18. 87-George Suprick; 19. 13-Kevin Ward Jr.; 20. Oc-Cruz Pedrdegon; 21. 29-Dick Spadaro; 22. 3I-Clinton Ide; 23. 2-Dale Blaney; 24. 5-Justin Barger
Hard Charger: 14-Tony Stewart[+14]
Shaffer wraps up UNOH All Star Eastern swing with Utica Rome victory
By Brian Liskai
VERNON, N.Y. - Just like the summer temperatures, three time and defending champion of the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions Tim Shaffer is getting hot. “The Steel City Outlaw” wrapped up a very successful weekend with the UNOH All Stars with his second series win of 2012 at Utica Rome Speedway Sunday.
BROEDEL ENERGY TV GIVEAWAY WINNER: Darcey B. Canastota, NY