Sparks Takes CNYMS Race Two in Dominating Fashion Dundee, NY - Black Rock Speedway has always hosted CNYMS events during the Bully Hill Sprint Fall Nationals Weekend. But for the first time in years, the Central New York Mini Sprints invaded ...
Sparks Takes CNYMS Race Two in Dominating Fashion
Dundee, NY - Black Rock Speedway has always hosted CNYMS events during the Bully Hill Sprint Fall Nationals Weekend. But for the first time in years, the Central New York Mini Sprints invaded Dundee earlier in the season.
The twenty-car field hit the racetrack for the second time this season and when the heats were completed it was evident what two mini sprints would be the elite for the twenty lap feature. Don Harvey, Jr., the first heat won by nearly a full straight-away over Garry Moore to pick up his first win of the season.
Heat two saw Cory Sparks take his Powdertech #7 up to the front in one lap as he also won in convincing fashion. Sparks may have run away from the rest of the field, but Jamie Kiser also ran a strong race, finishing second and setting himself up for another great feature run. Kiser, the 39 year old from Whitesboro, NY, had finished in the top ten 4 out of the last 5 feature races in his Vinyl Trix Graphics #18, dating back to the end of last season.
The redraw amongst the top 6 in each heat resulted in Garry Moore and Ed Warren drawing the top two starting spots. Heat winners Cory Sparks and Don Harvey, Jr. drew starting positions on the outside of rows 3 and 4, respectively.
When the green flag dropped on the feature it was Sparks that got the better of the restarts as he moved up from his 6th place starting position to pull out front in just one lap. On the second lap of the twenty lap feature, Jamie Kiser found himself parked in turn two, ending his hopes of a fine feature finish. Sparks stayed out in front of Harvey with about a one-second advantage until the second caution of the evening. Al Scerbo, who had showed some early power in his heat, spun down in turn 4. One would think that this caution, which eliminated the advantage Sparks had over Harvey, might cost the Scotia, NY driver from picking up his first feature win of the season. On the final restart, Cory Sparks quickly pulled away from Don Harvey Jr.., running the quickest times of the night. He wouldn't be able to look back even if he wanted to because of the absence of the rearview mirror. That was clearly evident as Sparks pulled away to over a half a lap advantage over the powerful Central Diesel #44 of Harvey. When the checkered flag finally fell for Sparks he had picked up his 4th career CNYMS victory, first of this season by over eight seconds.
"I'm whipped," said the seventeen-year-old driver out of Scotia, NY as he climbed out of his new Henchcraft Chassis, "I knew I had to give it all I had because Don (Harvey) is a great competitor and didn't know how close he was to me."
When asked about the importance of getting his first feature win on a speedway under ½ mile, Sparks was quick to stay in the moment.
"It's way to early to be points racing, we're just happy to be in victory lane tonight. I can worry about the oints later on."
With the win, Sparks holds on to the top points position for the third straight week.
Don Harvey held onto the second position, his seventh straight top 5 in CNYMS competition. Quebec drive Daniel Lampron picked up his best finish in a CNYMS feature running a strong third. Jared Fink showed some real muscle, picking up 3 positions after the final restart to end up in fourth from his 15th place starting position, his best CNYMS feature finish in two years.
"We had two junk cylinders last year," said Fink, "the engine is back to full song, and now I can be fully competitive again."
Garry Moore also picked up his best finish a solid fifth place finish. Dennis Fink, Pat Kuerner, Bob Sergeant, Marshall Gogg, and Ed Warren Rounded out the top 10.
As a prelude to the upcoming "Wingless Show" for the CNYMS boys during the running of the Bully Hill Nationals, 10 of the teams took to the track with their mounts topless. The action looked fast and racy in every aspect of the word! Sam Kelly was overheard saying, "it looked very competitive and exciting, it was what I was looking for. You can see right into the cockpit of these cars and see the driver at work". "This seems to take the motor out of the picture and puts things into the drivers hands" said CNYMS co-owner Mike Emhof. "This should be a fun deal"!
The series now swings into Sparks country as CNYMS invades the Albany-Saratoga Speedway this Friday June 4th. This speedway was the sight of CNYMS competitors Cory Sparks and Jared Fink when they ran go-carts in the 80's and 90's. It is a tighter track and should be a much different race than what unfolded at Black Rock on Saturday Night. For more information about the series and information about upcoming events, visit www.cnyms.com.