Doug Norrie has worked and drove as hard as possible this season for the opportunity to be the 2003 CNYMS Champion. With only two races left on the schedule, both coming this weekend, he can start to smell the championship. The final weekend for...
Doug Norrie has worked and drove as hard as possible this season for the opportunity to be the 2003 CNYMS Champion. With only two races left on the schedule, both coming this weekend, he can start to smell the championship. The final weekend for the 2003 CNYMS tour will be presented by Mobile Repair Service in Sodus, NY. There is only one person who has a legitimate shot at catching Norrie. A few weeks ago it was his older brother and reigning CNYMS champ, Matt. But now, only 38 points back is the consistent hot shoe, "Flyin" Bryan Howland.
Doug helped to maintain his margin over Bryan this past weekend at Utica-Rome when Norrie held off Howland for the feature win. It was Doug Norrie's 5th feature win of the season and 10th career CNYMS win. Matt Norrie flipped on lap 14 and ended up not only on his side, but out of serious contention for a repeat title in CNYMS. With another solid run Sunday, Don Harvey Jr. sits in a comfortable 4th place in the points, and baring any unforeseen happening this weekend, will end up in that position to end the year.
Cory Sparks had another wild weekend at Utica-Rome Speedway. After destroying another motor in his heat, he went into a back-up car of the Norrie's and ran it to a 5th place finish. With that result, coupled with a Barry Virts flip in the feature, Sparks got back around Virts to move into 5th in points. Mike Emhof had another solid night finishing 8th and falling into a very comfortable 7th position in the points. Jared Fink finished 6th this past Sunday, and looks to finish the season 8th in the points.
Now there is a battle for who will be 9th in points. And it is between the Breen Brothers. The younger of the two, 14 year old Bobby, has a 13 point advantage over his 17 year old brother, Blake. Blake has been on a tear lately, though, with a third place finish in the feature on Sunday, his best ever A-main result. Bobby Breen was able this past weekend to lock up the 2003 Rookie of the Year Title in CNYMS. The battle is now on between Al Scerbo and Jamie Kiser for 2nd in rookie points.
There will be a lot of excitement surrounding the Black Rock Speedway this weekend. Not only will it be the final two CNYMS races of the year, but on Saturday night the purse will have incentives built in all the way throughout out the field. The 'Fans Win Too' promotion will be back this weekend as well. This promotion gives 20 fans over the course of the weekend a chance to share in the joys of winning at the track. Each fan that purchases a Checkered Flag Magazine will be paired up with a CNYMS driver. If that driver wins a feature this weekend, the fan will also be able to choose from an assortment of prizes. Mike Emhof Motorsports and Multi Media Services will be Sponsoring this event. This is sure to be a great end to the year.
In other CNYMS news, the 2003 Series Banquet will be held on November 8th at Riverstone Manor in Schenectady, NY. Also, this past weekend concluded the Utica-Rome Sunday Night Super Series. By finishing second, Bryan Howland became the track's 2003 mini-sprint champion. The 16 year old from Auburn, NY had 6 top 5's in 6 features, including four 2nd place finishes. Doug Norrie ended in second, with Matt Norrie third, Don Harvey Jr. 4th, Blake Breen 5th, and Mike Emhof, Cory Sparks, Barry Virts, Bobby Breen, and Al Scerbo rounding out the top 10. The Utica Rome Speedway, LLC banquet will be held November 15, 2003 at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort.
Pit gates open at 3:30 with the stands opening at 5:30 at Black Rock Speedway this weekend. For more information on the CNYMS Mini Sprints or either banquet, visit their web site at www.cnyms.com.