Jeff Cook Wins Fierce Empire Super Sprint Battle at Cornwall. CORNWALL, ONT. -- From the drop of the green to the checkered flag, it was a battle among four of Empire Super Sprints' finest at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday night. ...
Jeff Cook Wins Fierce Empire Super Sprint Battle at Cornwall.
CORNWALL, ONT. -- From the drop of the green to the checkered flag, it was a battle among four of Empire Super Sprints' finest at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Lance Yonge, Jeff VanDusen, Alain Bergeron and Jeff Cook waged a war that will go down in the history books.
Coming out on top of the 25 lap Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion thriller was Antwerp's N.Y. Jeff Cook in an event where all four spots were swapped several times in front of a big crowd that was on their feet from start to finish. The win for the driver of the Rt. 37 Building Supply Maxim was his third in ESS competition and second at the ultra-quick quarter-mile.
"That was one tough race!" exclaimed Cook right after the all-out 25 lap affair. "The track was fast, I knew all the guys were behind me, lapped cars, I'll tell you that was nerve racking." But, once Cook did get the lead for the final time on lap 14, he held off advances by all three drivers to collect the big victory.
"After I got the lead, I'm not going to kid you, I tried to keep the car as wide as I could. I knew Alain was behind me, I saw Jeff a couple of times and with Lance you just never know where he will come from. But, I just tried not to make a mistake and I guess it worked out, we are here in victory lane."
While Cook was indeed just a little bit better on the hot and humid night, the four cars just plain went at it like your very best heavy weight prize fight. Yonge led the first five laps from his outside pole start until he slipped off the track in turns one and two. Cook got the top spot until lap 12 when Bergeron then took control. His lead lasted just one lap when Cook took the lead back and VanDusen moved into second. The last 20 laps went under the green lights with all four under a blanket and dicing with the lapped cars as well.
When it was all said and done, Cook should that he couldn't be distracted from his goal and that was a win, a win with added pressure mind you. "It's my wife's (Lori) birthday tomorrow and I asked her what she wanted for her birthday--she said to win. I guess I'd better listen to her." Cook (who is the son in law of ESS veteran Adrian Flath) said with a big smile.
At the finish it was Cook ahead of Bergeron and VanDusen who came across the finish line side by side with the Quebec star edging VanDusen by mere inches. Yonge was just behind in fourth with Bubby Kerrick coming from 17th to place fifth in the final rundown to collect the Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger bonus. The next five was made up of Kyle Moffit, the Geneva Curbing #F1 of Nick Fratto, Don Sharp Jr., Bobby Podolak and Matt Norrie.
The lone caution was actually for a miscommunication among ESS and Cornwall officials on the radio.
Taking the Car Mate Trailer heat events were Luke Eriksen, Fratto and Sharp Jr. with the Cornwall Truck Centre/Walt's Hobby Dash won by VanDusen.
ESS NOTES: With rain falling throughout the day, 20 sprints still made the Sunday night tow--The second heat proved tough for three drivers as Bubby Kerrick and Dan Kaszubinski did a double flip but both returned for the A-Main--Kyle Wilson hit the turn 4 wall but did frame damage ending his night early--A weekend off for the stars and cars of ESS will then be followed up by the second weekend up at the two Autodromes in Granby and Drummondville, Quebec.
Heat 1 -- Luke Eriksen, R.C. Faigle, Alain Bergeron, Lance Yonge, Kyle Moffit, Russ Bennett.
Heat 2 -- Nick Fratto, Jeff VanDusen, John Karklin Jr., Doug Norrie, Kyle Wilson, Bubby Kerrick, Dan Kaszubinski.
Heat 3 -- Don Sharp Jr., Bobby Podolak, Matt Norrie, Jeff Cook, Rick Wilson, Ray Preston, Billy White.
Cornwall Truck Centre/Walt's Hobby Dash -- VanDusen.
A-MAIN -- JEFF COOK, Bergeron, VanDusen, Yonge, Kerrick, Moffit, Fratto, Sharp Jr., Podolak, M. Norrie, Eriksen, Faigle, R. Wilson, Kaszubinski, Karklin Jr., Bennett, White, Preston, D. Norrie.