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to. Hulsizer once again paced the field when the green light came back one with Paul Jensen, Ted Lamb, and Alan Johnson all fighting for second behind him. Another yellow came out on lap five for the spun car of Todd Burley which brought Hulsizer back to the field. Johnson pounced on the restart, as he was able to grab second by the sixth lap and set off after Hulsizer. Johnson made short work of Hulsizer as he took over the lead by lap 10, dropping Hulsizer to second over Jensen, 13th place starter Bobby Varin, and Pat Ward from 15th.
As all this went on out front, 16th place starter Stewart Friesen was also on the way towards the front of the field and when the yellow flag was displayed on lap 12, Friesen was up to sixth. A restart and another caution later on lap 13; Friesen was shown in the third spot and looking for more. The lap 13 restart saw Friesen quickly get by Hulsizer for second and set off after the veteran Johnson. Friesen quickly disposed of Johnson as he was the leader at the halfway mark and pulling away.
With Friesen easily pulling away, the battle for the second spot was on with Johnson, Ward, and Varin dicing it out lap after lap. Johnson was successfully holding off all the challenges of Ward and Varin until lap 26 when the caution came out again. Two caution periods on lap 26 would keep the field bunched up and give them another shot at the leader Friesen. Friesen was easily up to the challenge however as he would race off to the historic win over Ward, Varin, Alan Johnson, and Ronnie Johnson who had recovered from his lap one incident. Rounding out the top 10 was Lamb, Bill Trexler, Jr., Casey Williams, Jensen, and Chris Busta.
Brian Thomas and Joe Harrington each took a turn leading laps in the first three of 20 laps of the Sportsman feature, with 12th place starter AJ Filbeck blasting to the lead by lap four as he looked to grab his second win. As Filbeck set a quick pace out front, Matt Janczuk was on the move through the field as he was trying to recover from a lap three crash and pit stop. . The yellow flag flew on lap 18 as Janczuk had worked his way up to the runner up position, leaving a two lap dash to checkered and the win. Filbeck held off Janczuk for one circuit but on the last lap, Janczuk sped by on the bottom of turn two to collect his fourth win of the season. Filbeck had to settle for second with Chris Mackey, Steve Way, and Jim Rothwell rounding out the top five.
The Pro Stock 20 lap feature event showed outside pole sitter Bill Knapp as the leader for the first two laps with fourth place starter Glenn Forward slipping by Knapp to have the lead by lap three. Forward and Mark Effner would battle for the lead for the five circuits as 11th place starter Rocky Warner sliced through the field. On lap seven, Warner would get by Effner for second and a lap later, he would rocket by Forward for the lead. Warner would run off to score fifth win of the season with Forward and Effner battling the rest of the way with Forward holding on for second over Effner. Bret Belden and Knapp filled out the top five spots.
Chris Cunningham jumped to the early lead in 15 lap Pure Stock main from his outside front row starting spot and hold that spot for the first nine circuits. Ron Hawker, from 11th, methodically worked his way through the field and on lap 10, he completed the pass of Cunningham to take the lead. Hawker would hold to score his sixth win of the season with Rob Thieme, Russ Marsden, Ricky Breed, and Dave Pope rounding out the top five positions.
Next week, August 7, Broedel Energy, Rasmussenís Rents, Majestic Fireworks, and Westmoreland Golf Club present a regular show of Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Pure Stocks and CRSA Sprints. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.
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MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-STEWART FRIESEN, Pat Ward, Bobby Varin, Alan Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Ted Lamb, Bill Trexler, Jr., Casey Williams, Paul Jensen, Chris Busta, Brad Godshalk, Brian Murphy, Paul Kinney, Steve Hulsizer, Kenny Tremont, Jeff Kotary, Adam Roberts, Joe August, Jr., Phil Burkhart, Jr., Todd Burley, Matt Hulsizer, JJ Courcy, Willy Decker, Pete Taylor, Jason Rood, and Mark Kislowski.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, AJ Filbeck, Chris Mackey, Steve Way, Jim Rothwell, Richard Townsend, Joe Harrington, Randy Shantel, Craig Pope, Tye Rood, Jack Miller, Jim Spano, Claude Hutchings, Jr., Bobby Heinz, Brian Thomas, Chris Stevens, Rocco Leone, Aaron Jacobs, George Dyer, Jeff Leslie, Mike Button, and Jim Nagle. DNS-Stephen Denton.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-ROCKY WARNER, Glenn Forward, Mark Effner, Bret Belden, Bill Knapp, Chris Carr, Jim Normoyle, Dave Moyer, Tom Denton, Ed Ostrander, Jeff Pastorella, Jeremy Vunk, Dan Lashure, Rick Duanehauer, and Jim Grippen.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)-RON HAWKER, Rob Thieme, Russ Marsden, Ricky Breed, Dave Pope, Chris Cunningham, Bill Mason, Stan Clark, Jim Thomas, Scott Wheelock, George Kiskiel, Glenn Forward, Jr., Bryan Owens, Frank Hyatt, and Ernie Staelens.
STEWART FRIESEN TIES RICHIE EVANS ON ALL TIME WIN LIST WITH VICTORY THIS PAST SUNDAY
Stewart Friesen continued his march through the Utica-Rome Speedway record books this past Sunday as he grabbed his fifth win of the season on New York Central Mutual and Nice ní Easy Grocery Shoppes night. Friesenís win tied him with the legendary Richie Evans on the all time win list at 33 wins, good enough for second on the impressive list. Dale Planck is the current leader on the win list, with 42 total wins. Matt Janczuk was the winner in the Sportsman with Rocky Warner taking another Pro Stock win. Ron Hawker continued his dominating season as he won the Pure Stock feature.
When the green lights flickered on to begin to start the 30 lap Modified, Matt Hulsizer jumped out to lead from his front row starting spot to lead lap one, with the caution then coming out for a multi car incident in turn two involving Jason Rood, Mark Kislowski, Ronnie Johnson, and Willy Decker. Rood and Kislowski were unable to return to the fray while Johnson and Decker were able