ESS: Drummond: Race report

High Flying Dan Kaszubinski wins Empire Super Sprint event at Autodrome Drummond. DRUMMONDVILLE, QC - It was a fast and challenging track Saturday night at Autodrome Drummond during the VSM Abrasives Canadian Invasion Tour event for the Empire...

High Flying Dan Kaszubinski wins Empire Super Sprint event at Autodrome Drummond.

DRUMMONDVILLE, QC - It was a fast and challenging track Saturday night at Autodrome Drummond during the VSM Abrasives Canadian Invasion Tour event for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS). It was a track that suited Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan Kaszubinski just fine however. Taking the lead on a lap four restart from Mike Stelter, the driver of the Autotech of Syracuse #20 blitzed the heavy outside cushion and the rest of the field to collect his first win on the ESS Tour 2002.

The win for the driver that finished second in ESS points last season ended a long string of struggling finishes and now he becomes the fifth different winner in seven full point events so far in the early season.

"This feels good to finally get back into victory lane." said a relieved driver. "We started up front but the car was good, you had to run this track real hard because it was real fast. That's kind of my style so the up front start was a real big help."

Kaszubinski is still using his ancient 1987 Bobby Allen built sprinter and at times this season the exciting driver has been wondering if the car had any more wins left in it. "It's been a real struggle this year. I've actually had thoughts of maybe hanging the helmet hit for a while. It just hasn't been too much fun so far." said Dan on a year that hasn't gone his way. "I don't know if it's been driver or if it's car or if it's both. But the fast, tacky and a bit rough type of track is my deal. The car real good and everything fell into place so maybe we can start turning our year around now."

Mike Stelter started on the pole and he got the jump early to lead Kaszubinski, Jeff VanDusen and Erin Crocker in the early stages. The front of the field stayed status quo until lap four when the red lights came on for Mike Woodring who made contact with Tim Zimbardi which saw Woodring's sprinter flip several times. The restart was a big chance for Kaszubinski to make a move on Stelter and he did just that.

When the green flag waved, Kaszubinski went into turn one without lifting and swept around the outside of Stelter to take the lead and it was a move that eventually sealed the win. The final 16 laps went non-stop and all Kaszubinski had to worry about was lapped traffic and hope his sprinter could take the torrid pace. "Lap cars were tough, the outside of the track was the smoothest way around and that were I ran but the slower cars were up there also." noted Kaszubinski on the late stages of the event. "I had some close calls, especially when you are running so fast but it all worked out....finally!!!"

Kaszubinski's 16th career ESS victory was by a good distance over Stelter who had his hands full holding off Canadians Ryan Coniam and Rick Wilson. The threesome finished under a blanket with Stelter second, Coniam third and Wilson fourth. Rounding out the top five was Erin Crocker who backed up her second place finish at Autodrome Granby the night before. Making up the next five finishers were Alain Bergeron aboard the Coffrage Daniel Lampron sponsored sprinter, Rob Dietrick, VanDusen, Bubby Kerrick and Lance Yonge.

Taking the Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were Kyle Drum, Zimbardi and George Ely. The Walt's Hobby Dash was taken by Kaszubinski with Bobby Podolak winning the KSE Racing Products B-Main.

ESS NOTES: Another fine field of sprinters at 27 strong played host to a big crowd at Quebec's oldest running dirt track...Don Sharp Jr. lost his brakes in the first heat and slammed into the turn three wall hard. He was uninjured but his sprinter was done for the night...With winner's purse and added bonuses, Kaszubinski's victory was worth over $2,000...The ESS sprinter and the VSM Canadian Invasion Tour will make one more stop to Drummond on Sept.

-ess-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker