ESS: Cayuga race summary

Rob Dietrick makes it two ESS victories in a row - wins lucrative Cayuga County A-Main. WEEDSPORT, N.Y. -- Rob Dietrick couldn't pick a better time to rack in two Empire Super Sprints A-Main victories in a row than the special July 4th weekend.

Rob Dietrick makes it two ESS victories in a row - wins lucrative Cayuga County A-Main.

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. -- Rob Dietrick couldn't pick a better time to rack in two Empire Super Sprints A-Main victories in a row than the special July 4th weekend. Backing up his wire to wire win Saturday night at the Canandaigua Speedway, the Farmington, N.Y. pilot made a repeat performance Sunday at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway. Not only are the two tracks closest to home, but Sunday's win paid an ESS record $1,550 cash which made the victory lane even more special.

"What a weekend!!" exclaimed the happy victor. "You just couldn't ask for a better two nights. This one was a tough win, I knew Stevie (Dow) is real fast here and even though I started on the pole for the feature, I knew I had to run hard the whole 20 laps."

For the second night in a row, the nightly pill draw became Dietrick's biggest ally as he started the 20 lap Valvoline Cup A-Main from the pole with Dow right alongside. At the start, Dietrick did get the jump with Dow and fourth place starting Bill Coffey in close pursuit as well. The first 15 laps went non-stop and even with heavy lapped traffic figuring in to the equation shortly after halfway, the front running trio were running right together.

Dietrick would open up a slight lead but both Dow and Coffey had runs to close in at certain times. The A-Main was in doubt and with a lap 15 caution for a spun Jeff VanDusen, the drama peaked. "The caution worries you, it always does. Just like last night, you never know who is behind you and how fast they are." noted Dietrick on the last fives laps. "The track was real racy tonight, turns one and two were tricky and slick but three and four was heavy and fast. You just had to find a line where you were comfortable and hope for the best."

To add to the story, 11th place starting Doug Emery was restarting in fourth to make this a four car dual to the finish. At the drop of the green Dietrick never flinched nor did he make a mistake. Dow drove his Miller Sandblasting #70 sprinter hard on each lap but this was to be Dietrick's night once again as he took the checkered flag first.

"I've been real happy with this Maxim, it's been fast all year. I've made some mistakes in setups but for the most part it's been fast. I just needed to get some of the right breaks." said Rob. "Like tonight, I missed the setup in the heat and I barely qualified in the inversion. If I didn't do that, I would have started in the back. But, we went back to something we knew would work and the car was fast."

Dietrick took the checkers a few car lengths ahead of Dow for ESS career win #8 with Coffey and Emery taking third and fourth. Fifth was Lance Yonge who came from his 17th place starting spot with a fine run, sixth saw Kyle Drum ahead of Alain Bergeron, current ESS point leader Mike Woodring, Bob Podolak and Mike Young. Young collected the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger bonus as he came from his 24th place starting position.

Even though VanDusen's spin was the only official yellow flag of the event, the A-Main ended under a checkered and yellow flag condition. An incident in turn one that involved Brain Dumigan, Erin Crocker, John Karklin Jr., Phil Mott and Don Sharp Jr. made for a hairy finish.

Taking the Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were Bergeron, Crocker and Coffey with the KSE Racing Products B-Main going to Mike Stelter. The 4-lap Walt's Hobby Dash was a popular run for Crocker as she quickly became a crowd favorite with the win.

ESS NOTES: Another solid field with 31 cars on which featured 32 drivers--After running his heat, Tim Zimbardi decided to throw his son Jared behind the wheel for the B-Main--Making his first start of 2002 was Darrell Bragman who wheeled the Howard Singer owned sprinter--A special thanks to Crews Automotive ($250), The Valvoline Cup ($150) and Car-Mate Trailers ($50) for making this event $1,550 cash to win. Billy Crews, owner of Crews Automotive also threw in $150 for second and $100 for third--A wild accident in the heats when Dan Kaszubinski flipped out of the ballpark in turn three. With the help of his crew and others, Kaszubinski qualified through the B-Main--Bill Wolf also flipped his sprinter, that came in the B-Main--Next week "America's Race Cars" and the ESS Tour 2002 makes it's second stop to the Stateline and Eriez circuit on Sat. and Sun.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker , Bill Coffey