DUNDEE. N.Y. -- "I just can't tell you how happy I am--this win is the best!" screamed Lance Yonge in victory lane to the big crowd at the Black Rock Speedway on Friday night. In the ranks of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS), no one has more laps...
DUNDEE. N.Y. -- "I just can't tell you how happy I am--this win is the best!" screamed Lance Yonge in victory lane to the big crowd at the Black Rock Speedway on Friday night. In the ranks of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS), no one has more laps on the Yates County oval than the Penn Yan, N.Y. sprint star.
Taking the lead from good friend Bubby Kerrick on lap 14, the Lanes Yamaha sponsored Maxim filtered through lapped traffic to give Yonge his first victory at Black Rock since 1988. For the former DIRT big block and small block champion a huge monkey was lifted off his back that has been hounding him since his ESS sprint career started in 1992.
With added monies from GM Visa Card, the winners share was $1575.
"Finally, I can't believe it has been this long for me to finally get a win at Dundee." said a driver that looked like he won the lottery afterwards. "Yes the track has changed over time and yes it's now a sprint car but for 11 years you think I could get one win at my home track, just one."
"I had a good feeling tonight though, the car was fast. But, I've been fast here before. I could have won a few times only not to get a right break here or there." Yonge continued on the long-time struggle. "The track was in great shape tonight, it was fast and I actually used the cushion tonight which isn't my style. But, that is where the car felt good."
Ageless veteran George Ely lead the first 10 laps before Kerrick, a former Black Rock regular himself, took over. But among heavy traffic, Yonge quickly closed in on Kerrick's Maxim and as lap 14 was to be scored Yonge was in the lead.
"I saw Bubby ahead of me and it was just one of those deals where you are in traffic it's better to be in second than in the lead." noted Yonge on the pass for the win. "I just had a better lane and made the pass. That's twice I've taken a win away from Bubby (who is looking for his first ever ESS victory) but when you are in a championship fight you have to make every pass count. Bubby has been a great friend and his win is coming, he just might pass me for it."
After the pass, Yonge survived a lap 15 restart and slower traffic in the final ten laps to collect ESS career win #24. Kerrick had a spirited duel with John Karklin Jr. in the closing laps but he held on to take second with Karklin Jr., who won the last ESS event in July, the home in third. Alain Bergeron was home in fourth with Justin Barger collecting the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger bonus coming from his 16th place start to take fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Ely, Tim Kelly, Mike Lutz, Doug Emery and Canadian Rick Wilson.
One red and one yellow slowed the action. On lap four, Jeff VanDusen hopped a wheel of a slower car and went for a wild ride in turn four. The second generation driver was running in second spot at the time and while the car was a write-off, he walked away. On lap 15 Brian Dumigan and Kyle Moffit got together in the back stretch. Under the yellow, Western Pa. star Scott Bonnell stopped on the track after almost colliding with another car. Bonnell was running in third spot but a flat tire saw his sprinter go pit side.
Taking the Engler Machine and Tool heat events were VanDusen, Kerrick and Ely.
ESS NOTES: With rain all throughout the state of New York, 24 cars still found their way to Dundee--.With the Winston Cup Series down the road at Watkins Glen Tony Stewart, after timing fourth fastest earlier in the day, made his annual visit to the Black Rock VIP tower--The Black Rock management deserve a big thumbs up, despite rain falling after the scheduled gate opening time they decided to give it a go and was rewarded with a great program--The ESS 20th Anniversary Tour will make one more appearance to the 4/10th mile oval on September 5 & 6 for the $43,000 Bully Hill Vineyards Fall Sprint Nationals--.Next week will find another VSM Abrasives Canadian Invasion event Friday night at the Brockville Ontario Speedway.
Heat 1 -- Jeff VanDusen, Lance Yonge, Mike Lutz, Alain Bergeron, Randy Years, Justin Barger, Rick Wilson, Brian Dumigan.
Heat 2 -- Bubby Kerrick, Scott Bonnell, Dan Kaszubinski, Don Sharp Jr., Nick Fratto, Kyle Moffit, Ray Preston, Mike Stelter.
Heat 3 -- George Ely, John Karklin Jr., Tim Kelly, Doug Emery, Bob Podolak, Rob Dietrick, Dick Spadaro, Tim Barnard.
A-MAIN -- LANCE YONGE, Kerrick, Karklin Jr., Bergeron, Barger, Ely, Kelly, Lutz, Emery, Wilson, Kaszubinski, Stelter, Dietrick, Fratto, Podolak, Preston, Sharp Jr., Spadaro, Years, Bonnell, Moffit, Dumigan, Barnard, VanDusen.
Lap Leaders -- Ely 1-10, Kerrick 11-13, Yonge 14-25.
Walt's Hobby Hard Charger -- Barger (11 pos.) $50.
Brodix Cylinder Heads Halfway -- Kerrick $50.
Winner's Bonuses: GM Visa Card $125, Car-Mate Trailers $50, ATL Fuel Cells $100, Hank's Performance Products $50, Total Seal $50, Real Racing Wheels $50, American Racer Tires $50, Hazlitt Vineyards $30, Red's Speed Shop $25, Behrent's Performance Warehouse $20, MRE Productions $10.
Weld Racing Hard Luck -- VanDusen $75.
Leaf Racewear -- Karklin Jr. $75.
Penske Shocks -- Barger $200.
Design 500 -- Dietrick $100, Barger $50.
Zemco Headers -- Barger $50.
Saldana Racing Products -- Emery $50.
Joe Hunt Magnetos -- Dumigan $50.
Bailey Racing Products -- Moffit $35.
Hazlitt Vineyards -- Kerrick $20, Karklin Jr., $10, Stelter $10.
Engler Machine and Tool -- VanDusen, Kerrick, Ely $25.
HRP -- Dietrick $25.
DMI -- VanDusen $25.