Jeff Cook's Strong Run at Autodrome Drummond Nets Him Second Empire Super Sprints Victory of the Season DRUMMOND, QC -- Turning around to what was a rough start to the Empire Super Sprints special four-race weekend, Antwerp, N.Y.'s Jeff Cook ...
Jeff Cook's Strong Run at Autodrome Drummond Nets Him Second Empire Super Sprints Victory of the Season
DRUMMOND, QC -- Turning around to what was a rough start to the Empire Super Sprints special four-race weekend, Antwerp, N.Y.'s Jeff Cook used a dominating effort to collect his second A-Main of the 2004 season. A bit of irony is that it was a Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion event, just like the one he took at Cornwall back in June.
With his fourth place finish, Lance Yonge won the special points standings back by Spectro Oils and will be crowned his first ever Canadian Invasion Championship at the annual awards banquet in November. Yonge beat fellow rival Dan Kaszubinski for the title North of the border and these two are also fighting for the overall championship as well. A title fight that will come down to the final points race in September at the Five Mile Point Speedway.
For Cook, the first two nights just didn't go as planned. At Thunder Alley just a split second misjudgment saw him not go directly to the scales after placing sixth. Under ESS rules he was moved to last place in the finish. At Granby, while shooting for a top ten finish, the torque tube broke in his car which caused for a rear end change after the A-Main. Drummond however saw lady luck shining and the Cook General Contractors #10 Maxim beat some of ESS' best for his second victory in his first season with the 21 year old 360 sprint car organization.
"I'll tell you, the first win (Cornwall) meant more because it was my first one. But--.THIS one we needed because it just wasn't a good start to our weekend." dead panned the first year ESS driver. "Tonight we had a good car and the breaks went our way. They tell me that I was fast and the car felt fast, just have to give all the credit to the crew. They had some ideas and I just said to them, you set up the car and I'll drive it. They hit the set up right on the head."
New Hampshire's Don Sharp Jr. led the first four laps until a caution for a spun Keith Dempster. On the restart Cook shot around Sharp's Maxim and it would eventually be the pass for the victory in front of the huge French-Canadian crowd. Mike Stelter and eventually Dave Ely gave chase but these two top talents and a lap 18 restart was going to deter Cook's quest for victory.
The final seven laps went caution free and Cook won by half a strait away to take his sprinter into victory and celebrate with a well earned wing dance. Stelter backed up his strong third the night before at Granby with his best finish of 2004 so far at second. Ely's JMO Motorsports entry came in third with Yonge in for a solid fourth. Sharp faded a bit to fifth ahead of Kaszubinski, the Spectro Oils # 92M of Doug Norrie, Billy Krull, Russ Bennett, who also carry the Spectro colors and Bubby Kerrick in for tenth.
A total of five cautions on the very fast Drummond oval did slow the pace. On lap two, Kyle Moffit and Brad Knab came into hard contact with a spun Luke Eriksen sending him over on his wing. Only Moffit returned to the action. Dempster spun on lap four with Moffit stopping on lap eight. John Karklin Jr. also stopped on lap 12 with Dempster bringing out the final caution on lap 18 with another spin.
Taking the Engler Machine and Tool heat events were Cook, Stelter and Moffit. The Winter Performance Products/Walt's Hobby Dash was taking by Stelter and the KSE Racing Products B-Main fell to Dempster.
ESS NOTES: A good field of 27 sprinters made the tow North of Montreal--Brian Glasser was a new entry for this evening. A busted water pipe at his house kept him home from Granby--.With a cast on his hand, local favorite Alain Bergeron was on hand and talked to the big crowd telling them that he will be back in 2005 for another ESS assault--.Jim Senzio did a couple of quick flips during his heat knocking him from action for the rest of the night--After wrecking his second frame in two weeks, Doug Emery picked up a side on the Nick Fratto back-up car for the rest of the weekend--Bobby Podolak did get the motor out of Darrel Bragman's car and was back in action as well.
Heat 1 -- Jeff Cook, Doug Emery, Don Sharp Jr., Dan Kaszubinski, Nick Fratto, Billy Krull.
Heat 2 -- Mike Stelter, Jeff VanDusen, Bubby Kerrick, Bob Podolak, John Karklin Jr., Frank Senzio.
Heat 3 -- Kyle Moffit, Lance Yonge, Luke Eriksen, Tim Kelly, Brad Knab, Dave Ely.
Winters Performance Products/Walt's Hobby Dash -- Stelter.
B-Main -- Keith Dempster, Matt Norrie, Doug Norrie, Russ Bennett.
Did Not Qualify -- Cory Sparks, Jim Senzio, Anthony Cain, Brian Glasser, B.J. Vock.
A-MAIN -- JEFF COOK, Stelter, Ely, Yonge, Sharp Jr., Kaszubinski, D. Norrie, Krull, Bennett, Kerrick, M. Norrie, Kelly, Karklin Jr., Emery, F. Senzio, VanDusen, Dempster, Podolak, Fratto, Moffit, Eriksen, Knab.
Gater News Lap Leaders -- Sharp Jr. 1-4, Cook 5-25.
Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger -- Ely (14 pos.) $50.
Brodix Cylinder Heads Halfway -- Cook $50.