Jeff VanDusen Leaves now Doubt with Empire Super Sprint Victory at Can-Am. LaFARGEVILLE, N.Y. -- It's been and up and down year for young star Jeff VanDusen but on Thursday night at the Can-Am Motorsports Park the Otego, N.Y. driver left no...
Jeff VanDusen Leaves now Doubt with Empire Super Sprint Victory at Can-Am.
LaFARGEVILLE, N.Y. -- It's been and up and down year for young star Jeff VanDusen but on Thursday night at the Can-Am Motorsports Park the Otego, N.Y. driver left no doubt that he is still a force on the nativepoker.com Tour for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS). Taking advantage of an up front starting spot, his familiar #56D lead all 25 laps easily to pick up his second victory of this season as the popular "Shootout" made it's return to the LaFargeville oval.
"I guess we just had a little luck on our side. The crew gave me a good car, we had a good starting spot and it all worked out." Noted VanDusen shortly after collecting ESS career win #6. "It's been a tough year for us. We were hoping to challenge for a championship and while we aren't out of it, it's going to be tough to get up there in the points. We just hope that we can keep some luck on our side and get some more wins."
The front row was made up of veteran Bobby Podolak and Luke Eriksen but when the field blasted out of turn two on the start, it was the fourth place starting VanDusen sweeping by all to lead lap one and the next 24 tours of the fast ½ mile oval after that. The only challenge for the 23 year old driver was a lapped traffic and a late race caution, but neither would hinder the strong effort.
Eriksen and Quebec's Alain Bergeron put on a spirited dual for second with Bergeron getting the upper edge with just two laps to go. Eriksen finally put away some bad luck of his own to come across third at the finish. After win, place, show, the point fight among ESS' top teams was being hashed out with point leader Justin Barger, Dan Kaszubinski, Jessica Zemken, Jeff Cook and others.
With the quick Can-Am oval providing many grooves to use, the sprints were swapping spots on each lap. With the waving of Matt Burdick's checkered it was Cook getting the edge with his Rt. 37 Building Supply #10, Kaszubinski closed in on Barger slightly with his fifth place finish. Rounding out the top ten were Zemken, Barger, Jason Barney, who also earned the Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger Bonus, two-time and defending champion Lance Yonge and Steve Poirier.
The lone caution was for Michael Parent who lost a front end and stopped on the front stretch.
Taking the Car Mate Custom Trailers heat events were Eriksen, Bergeron and Yonge. Yonge won the Rt. 37 Building Supply/Walt's Hobby Dash with Tommy Wickham taking the KSE Racing Products B-Main.
ESS/CAN-AM NOTES: Another solid field of 30 sprints in the pits for the third and final visit at Can-Am--Dave Wickham rolled over his sprinter during heat one after making contact with a spinning car. He was loaded for the rest of the night--With the fast track, the sprints were clocked at 128 m.p.h. during the night comparing to the 358 modifieds that were on hand turning 103--The "Shootout" was back after several years and with a good crowd as well as a pit full of cars, the event could very well become a tradition once again.
Heat 1 -- Luke Eriksen, John Karklin Jr., Kyle Wilson, Nick Fratto, Steve Poirier, Jason Barney.
Heat 2 -- Alain Bergeron, Dan Kaszubinski, Bubby Kerrick, Bobby Podolak, Jessica Zemken, Rick Wilson.
Heat 3 -- Lance Yonge, Jeff VanDusen, Chuck Hebing, Jeff Cook, Justin Barger, Doug Emery.
RT. 37 Building Supply/Walt's Hobby Dash -- Lance Yonge.
B-Main -- Tommy Wickham, Billy White, Mike Stelter, Matt Norrie.
Added Starters -- Russ Bennett, Michael Parent.
Did Not Qualify -- Randy Years, Justin Harris, April Wilson, Dave Wickham, George Ely, Doug Norrie.
A-MAIN -- JEFF VANDUSEN, Alain Bergeron, Luke Eriksen, Jeff Cook, Dan Kaszubinski, Jessica Zemken, Jason Barney, Lance Yonge, Steve Poirier, Rick Wilson, Chuck Hebing, Bubby Kerrick, Nick Fratto, Doug Emery, John Karklin Jr., Mike Stelter, Billy White, Tommy Wickham, Matt Norrie, Michael Parent, Russ Bennett, Kyle Wilson, Bobby Podolak.