Suprick Edges Kaszubinski at the Line to Repeat as Bully Hill Nationals Champion. DUNDEE, N.Y. - "Last year we came on a mission, this year we came for fun." said Clarks Summit, Pa. driver George Suprick. Two different theories...the same result...
Suprick Edges Kaszubinski at the Line to Repeat as Bully Hill Nationals Champion.
DUNDEE, N.Y. - "Last year we came on a mission, this year we came for fun." said Clarks Summit, Pa. driver George Suprick. Two different theories...the same result as Suprick took the lead on lap eight from Dan Kaszubinski and held off the Syracuse, N.Y. star to repeat as the Bully Hill Vineyards Fall Sprint Nationals Champion.
Suprick's Everlast Quality Natural Stone backed Eagle took advantage of lapped traffic to get the lead and as he found the same cars in his way of his quest, the United Racing Club (URC) regular made all the right moves to keep the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) star behind him to collect the $3,000 prize. What is now tradition, the often low keyed chauffeur did his off-the-rear-tire heel click and wing dance in victory lane for the Dundee, N.Y. crowd as he was victorious again in the third annual event brought to you by S.P. Wilson/Lakes Gas.
"We (Suprick and his car owner Dr. John Deuel) are glad that we decided to come back this year." noted a smiling driver shortly after his win. "We are up there in the URC point race but this is a big event for 360 sprint cars and we are just proud to be a part of it again."
While last year was total domination by the Suprick/Deuel combo, this year the very same car and driver tandem had to work hard from start to finish. "It was an uphill, never-give-up climb all day. We started dead last in our heat and got some breaks to get through to transfer." said the former ESS and Central Pa. pilot." We had a good starting spot but in the feature I had to run hard all race. These young guns are getting faster each year. I'm one year older and they are one year better. I knew they were all behind me breathing down my back tail tank. The advantage for me was running 410's and URC, there are guys in both areas that can kick my tail anytime they want to. You have to stay aggressive all the time and that helps me here. When it comes to the slower cars you just have to stay focus on the track and get by them as fast as you can."
Suprick indeed learned from his own teachings as when he and Kaszubinski closed in to the back markers, Suprick never allowed the #20 to get a chance to return the favor and slip back by. "The lapped car helped in getting me the lead." said Suprick on his lap eight pass. "I just had to run hard and make the right moves so Dan wouldn't do the same."
Kaszubinski started on the pole by virtue of the luck of the draw with his Autotech of Syracuse #20 and he immediately blistered the Yates County Oval to take the lead at the drop of the green flag. Suprick drew the third place starting spot and on lap seven he disposed of Mike Young for second and one lap later a slowed Kaszubinski saw Suprick dart right by for the lead. A few minutes later, all at Black Rock knew it was a lead that he would not give back but it was a winged sprint car battle to the finish.
Lapped cars and restarts gave Kaszubinski several chances at the leader. "I had a good car, about as good as I could get it." said Kaszubinski, a two-time winner on the ESS trail. "George got me when I slowed down for a lapped car. I was hoping we could do the same to him. He left me in the middle stages of the race and on restarts but I think we were coming at the end. I don't know if he just wanted to make sure he would finish or not, but I was gaining in the last three laps."
Gaining on Suprick was the right quote. The $22,000 event almost came down to a last turn, last lap pass. "He (Suprick) was down low trying to go under a lapped car, I saw that and I just ran it up on the cushion as hard as I could." said Kaszubinski. "I was going for it. But, he got under the car in time at the line to beat me. He then slid up in turn one and I "punted" him hard in turn one. If it was the white flag lap it could have gotten real interesting. George beat us, I can't complain, we gave him all we had but he was the best car. Taking second to him is not all that bad."
Suprick did take the checkers first as lap 35 flashed on the counter with Kaszubinski close behind for the $2000 runner-up check. ESS regular Brian Dumigan provided the other highlight of the Fall Nationals as he brought his un-sponsored sprinter from it's 23rd starting spot to third at the finish. Dumigan is a protege' and close friend of Kaszubinski and his finish in third brought smiles to his team. Seventeen year old ESS star Kyle Drum drove a strong race to bring his Speedracer.com #47 home for fourth. Rounding out the top five was Scranton, Pa. journeyman Buzz Wilson
The next five was made up of Young with his AEY Enterprise #42, former Black Rock modified champion and B-Main winner Lance Yonge, ESS regular Steve Dow, another teenager with ESS' Justin Barger and Canadian star Rick Wilson with his Price Paving sponsored sprinter.
Four cautions slowed the action in the 35 lap Nationals. Ohio's Tim Hunter spun on lap eight, Tim Zimbardi stop on the track on lap 10. On lap 16, Eastern Limited Sprint regular Mike Miller stopped in turn three, then third place runner Kevin Drury also had to stop to avoid hitting Miller. Unfortunately, Drury had to restart tail. Heat winner and Freedom star Chris Muhleisen stopped in turn four on lap 29 which caused for a red flag fuel stop.
Heats were won by Muhleisen, Drum, Kaszubinski, Barger and John Karklin Jr. The 12 lap C-Main was won by Randy Years with Yonge winning the 15 lap B-Main.
BULLY HILL NATIONALS NOTES: A big field of 57 sprinters filled the pit area...The break down was 31 cars from ESS, the Doorways Unlimited KARS Series saw 7 cars take part, 6 from the Freedom Raceway, 3 drivers from ELS, the VSM Abrasives SOS tour brought 3 cars, 3 entries from URC, Tim Hunter runs NRA and BOSS out of Ohio, Bill Bailey and Buzz Wilson ran many different sanctions on 2001 and former ESS lady racer Kris Dow made her first start of 2001 in Dick Spadaro's sprinter...The "upside down club" was made up of Warren Alexson and Rob Dietrick, both got on their wings in the second heat...With a big field of cars, surprise DNQ's were Six-time ESS champion Mike Woodring. His main mount suffered electrical troubles which saw a back-up car brought out. The current ESS point leader came from the C-Main to miss qualifying by two spots in the B-Main. SOS star Warren Mahoney, defending KARS champion Dale Hammaker, second generation Canadian star Ryan Coniam, URC hot shoes Doug Emery and Becca Anderson as well as top ESS point men Bill Coffey, Randy Years and Scott Holcomb...Promoter Lin Hough was pleased with the entire weekend of sprint racing and plans are already in the works for a fourth annual Fall Sprint Nationals.