Rt 5 Vernon, NY
VERNON, NY- Pat Ward has been saying the last couple of weeks that he feels he has had the best car in the end of the events but was losing to race to the front of the field, as he would get to second only to find that the leader was long gone. This past Sunday, August 7, Ward made sure he got to the front of the field before his rivals and left no doubt on who was the fastest on this night to take the $2,000 Modified win on Broedel Energy, Rasmussen Rents, Majestic Fireworks, and Westmoreland Golf Club night at the Utica-Rome Speedway.
Paul Jensen rocketed off to the lead at the beginning of the 30 lap Modified main event from his front row starting spot as he began his quest for his first win of the season at the Vernon oval. As Jensen paced the field, Ted Lamb was charging from his sixth starting spot and by lap seven he had gotten by the pole starting car of Pete Taylor to grab the second spot and start his pursuit of Jensen. As this battle was starting to form in the front of the field, another driver was on the move and that was former champion Pat Ward. Starting 12th, Ward was slicing through the field under green flag conditions and at the completion of lap 10 he found himself in third with only Jensen and Lamb in front of him.
PAT WARD RUNS OFF TO SCORE HIS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
By lap 11, Lamb had tracked down Jensen and began his bid for the lead and by lap 14 he was able to slip by Jensen for the lead and he immediately began to pull away. The only caution of the night flew on lap 17, eliminating any margin that Lamb had built. At this point of the event, Lamb was the leader over Jensen, Ward, Paul Kinney, and Willy Decker. Rounding out the top 10 positions was Alan Johnson, Taylor, Ronnie Johnson, Kenny Tremont, and Bill Trexler, Jr.
The restart again saw Lamb setting a quick pace while Ward was battling with Jensen for the second spot, with Ward getting by Jensen for the runner up spot as lap 18 was being scored. From this point, Ward was cutting the gap between himself and Lamb as he tracked down the leader. With 10 laps to go, Ward had caught the leader and began to work him over for the lead and the win. After several unsuccessful attempts to pass Lamb, Ward was able to get underneath the leader in turn two and complete the pass to become the new leader as lap 23 was being scored. From this point on, it was all Ward as he pulled away and ran off to his first win of the season to become the eighth different winner this season at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Lamb, Jensen, Decker, and Kinney rounded out the top five with the top ten being filled out by Alan Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, and Casey Williams.
At the drop of the green in the 20 lap Sportsman feature, outside pole sitter Craig Pope grabbed the lead and proceeded to lead the six laps until the caution flew on lap six. The ensuing restart saw 12th place starter Chris Mackey take over the top spot and begin to distance himself for the rest of the field. While this was going on up front, 14th place starter and point leader Matt Janczuk was moving his way through the field and into second on lap 11 only to find Mackey long gone. A lap 16 caution erased that deficit, and on the restart Janczuk went to work on Mackey for the lead and the win. The duo raced side by side for a couple of circuits with Janczuk finally able to break free of Mackey with a couple to go. Janczuk would race off to his fifth win of the season over Mackey, Mike Button, AJ Filbeck, and Pope.
Pro Stock feature action saw Rocky Warner take his sixth win of the 2011 campaign, third consecutive, over Mark Effner, Jeff Pastorella, Chris Carr, and Glenn Forward. Warner started ninth on the grid and worked his way through to take the lead from Effner on lap 11. Bill Knapp led the first eight of 20 laps before yielding the lead to Effner.
Ron Hawker picked his seventh win of the season in the Pure Stocks by beating Rick Breed, Frank Hyatt, Bill Mason, and Dave Pope to the stripe in the Pure Stock 15 lap main event. Hawker passed then leader Hyatt at the completion of lap four to grab the lead and race off to the win.
The next event on the schedule is next Sunday on August 14 when Quality Manufacturing and Williams Fence presents a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks plus a visit by the ESDCA Mod Lites. Race time is set for 6 p.m. with gates opening at 3:30 p.m.
BROEDEL ENERGY/RASMUSSEN RENTS AND MAJESTIC FIREWORKS/WESTMORELAND GOLF CLUB RACE SUMMARY
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- PAT WARD, Ted Lamb, Paul Jensen, Willy Decker, Paul Kinney, Alan Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Varin, Casey Williams, Rob Bellinger, Larry Wight, Pete Taylor, Dale Planck, Todd Burley, Kenny Tremont, Bill Trexler, Jr., Jason Rood, Chris Busta, Mark Kislowski, Brad Godshalk, Matt Hulsizer, Shane Donath, and Adam Roberts. DNQ-Mike Mahaney, Jeff Kotary, Steve Hulsizer, Brian Murphy, and Phil Burkhart, Jr.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- MATT JANCZUK, Chris Mackey, Mike Button, AJ Digsby, Craig Pope, Jeff Leslie, Tye Rood, Jack Miller, Jim Rothwell, Randy Shantel, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Brian Thomas, Jeremy Vunk, Steve Way, Richard Townsend, Stephen Denton, Joe Harrington, Beth Schneider, Bobby Heinz, Heath Carney, Brian Lupos, and Aaron Jacobs.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- ROCKY WARNER, Mark Effner, Jeff Pastorella, Chris Carr, Glenn Forward, Bret Belden, Bill Knapp, Tom Denton, AJ Digsby, Ed Ostrander, Dave Moyer, Dan Lashure, Jim Grippen, and Walt Brownell.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINSIH (15 LAPS)- RON HAWKER, Rick Breed, Frank Hyatt, Bill Mason, Dave Pope, Russ Marsden, Rob Thieme, Brent Tardy, Scott Wheelock, Art Newman, Mike Kazlowskas, Keith Stevenson, Andy Szewczyk, Jim Richmond, Jim Thomas, Bryan Owens, Glenn Forward, Jr., and Ernie Staelens.
CRSA FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- DANNY VARIN, Tyler Rice, Chad king, John Cunningham, Brett Jaycox, John Virgilio, Art Kiser, Billy Jaycox, JR Hurlburt, Josh Pieniazek, Phil Peworchik, Jr., Jamie Christian, Brittany Tresch, Mark Zemcik, Matt Priscott, Warren Alexson, Jeff VanSteenburg, and Tyler Chartrand.