Bill Coffey Collects Empire Super Sprint Checkers at Woodhull. by Dean Reynolds WOODHULL, N.Y. -May 20, 2000- On Saturday night at the Woodhull Raceway, Byron, N.Y.'s Steve Dow was looking to add his name to the all- time Empire Super Sprint...
Bill Coffey Collects Empire Super Sprint Checkers at Woodhull.
by Dean Reynolds
WOODHULL, N.Y. -May 20, 2000- On Saturday night at the Woodhull Raceway, Byron, N.Y.'s Steve Dow was looking to add his name to the all- time Empire Super Sprint win list. On lap 13 however, a small slip off turn two and a hard charging Bill Coffey ended the bid for victory on a cold and drizzly night in Southern, N.Y. Coffey's sprinterexpress.com #13 then blitzed through lapped traffic for the remaining laps to collect the first A-Main triumph on the ESS Tour 2000. The win for the Calendonia, N.Y. star was his fourth career in a winged sprinter. "This feels good!" stated Coffey. "We have had a little trouble getting a hold of this new car but tonight we really found a good setup. The track had good bite in it and I could really charge hard. That helped in getting to the front and also when I got into slower traffic." While the closing laps looked easy for Coffey, this 20 lap showdown could of had a different tale. Steve Dow took advantage of outside pole starting spot to take off into the lead at the drop of the green. Dow immediately opened up a good sized lead on the rest of the field. With Dow looking to etch his name in the record books, Coffey was coming strong from his eighth starting spot. Up to fifth on lap 2, fourth on lap three and finally into second just as the caution came out on lap eight. On the restart, Dow took off with Coffey keeping the leading #70 within sight. Then on lap 13, Dow made one small mistake sliding off turn two and Coffey was right there to take full advantage. "My shield was fogging up and I just missed the cushion. That was it." dead-panned Dow. "I really wanted to get my first win but Bill was right there and when he got the lead I just couldn't get him back. He didn't make any mistakes. This is hard, I'm trying the best I can but I was just a little short tonight. I'm happy though, the car was good and I know that win will come." Coffey was showing strong speeds as the laps clicked by but he did have some doubts on passing Dow for the win. "To tell you the truth, I don't know if I could have gotten Steve. He was fast, I might have gotten close but to get around would have been another story." noted Bill. "When I saw him slip up high, I was just in the right position to dive underneath. Then I hoped to get through lapped cars the best I could and luckily it all worked out. It's so good to win here (ESS), the competition is so tough and our goal is to try to win as many shows as we can.=20 It's always hard to win against these guys but hopefully we will get some more this year." The final laps did see Coffey attacked the slower traffic with abandon and on to the checkered flag for the win. Dow's fine effort ended up with a runnerup finish. Two-time winner Lance Yonge came from his 13th place starting spot to collect third and the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger bonus. Veteran Bobby Podolak was fourth with Bubby Kerrick taking fifth. Rounding out the top ten was Dan Kaszubinski, current ESS point leader Mike Woodring, Scott Holcomb, the Speedway Performance #22 of Ray Preston and Doug Emery. Three cautions slowed the pace during the feature: Chris Shuttleworth, Mike Stelter and Kris Dow stopped in turn one on lap one. Fifteen year old Kyle Drum got sideways on lap eight and ten to bring out the final two cautions. Taking the Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were Holcomb, Shuttleworth and Steve Dow. The Walt's Hobby Dash was also won by Dow.
ESS NOTES: Dispite on and off drizzle and threatening skies, 24 sprinters still made the tow to Woodhull...ESS would like to thank the Woodhull track management for doing a great job getting the show pushed along with the A-Main completed by 8:30...With bonuses from Car-Mate Dealers, Pro Shocks, Total Seal, Red's Speed Shop, Hank's Performance Products, Penske Shocks, Behrent's Performance Warehouse and Griffin Thermal Products, the win for Coffey was worth $1610...Next week the ESS traveling road show will head to Stateline on Saturday and Eriez on Sunday.
<pre> RESULTS: Heat 1 - Scott Holcomb, Dan Kaszubinski, Ray Preston, Rob Dietrick, Bubby Kerrick, Kris Dow. Heat 2 - Chris Shuttleworth, Mike Stelter, Mike Woodring, Rick Wilson, R.C. Faigle, George Ely. Heat 3 - Steve Dow, Bob Podolak, Bill Coffey, Lance Yonge, Doug Emery, Bill Bailey. Walt's Hobby Dash - S. Dow. A-Main - BILL COFFEY, S. Dow, Yonge, Podolak, Kerrick, Kaszubinski, Woodring, Holcomb, Preston, Emery, Faigle, Stelter, Randy Years, Dietrick, Alain Bergeron, Tim Zimbardi, K. Dow, Don Sharp Jr., Dick Spadaro, Wilson, Kyle Drum, Shuttleworth, Ely, Bailey. Lap Leaders - S. Dow 1-12, Coffey 13-20. Walt's Hobby Hard Charger - Yonge (10 pos.) $50. Vicomp Graphics Halfway - S. Dow $50. Winner's Bonuses - Car-Mate Dealers $50, Pro Shocks $100, Hank's Performance Products $50, Total Seal $50, Penske Shocks $150, Griffin Thermal Products $50, Behrent's Performance Warehouse $35, Red's Speed Shop $25. Other Bonuses: Weld Racing Hard Luck - Sharp Jr. $75. Design 500 - Bergeron $100, Kerrick $50. Bailey Racing Products - Sharp Jr. $35. Total Seal - Emery $30. Thunder Mtn. Wings - S. Dow $20. Powder Birns - Years $10. Dave Ely Racing - Kaszubinski, Stelter, Coffey $10. Lauterborn Electric - Kerrick $10.
**** After getting rained out at Little Valley on Friday, the Sunday rain date also fell victim to weather. As of now, no make up date is planned.