Steve Dow First Career ESS Triumph Comes at Stateline. by Dean Reynolds BUSTI, N.Y. - Just a mere seven days earlier, Byron, N.Y.'s Steve Dow saw a chance for his first ever Empire Super Sprint A-Main victory slip away with one jump of a dirt...
Steve Dow First Career ESS Triumph Comes at Stateline.
by Dean Reynolds
BUSTI, N.Y. - Just a mere seven days earlier, Byron, N.Y.'s Steve Dow saw a chance for his first ever Empire Super Sprint A-Main victory slip away with one jump of a dirt cushion. This time, Dow wasn't behind the wheel of the sprint that was getting passed in the closing stages but instead he did the passing.
On a lap 12 restart, Dow took his Henchcraft built #70 underneath Rick Wilson for the lead and on to his first career victory which came Saturday at the Stateline Speedway. Victory lane was full of smiles by the entire Dow family which included his sister Kris who also competes with ESS and finished in 11th.
"I just can't tell you how this feels." noted a very happy victor. "I guess this makes up for last week." Dow lead past halfway last week at Woodhull until he jumped the cushion and saw Bill Coffey drive on by for the victory.
"This car has been so good this year and the motor has so much power. I don't know if the new tire rule is helping me also or I'm just getting to be a better driver. But, I think we're hitting the right combination." said the third year sprint driver.
During the early stages, it did look like a first time winner was about to enter his name on the record books, but it wasn't Dow. Tim Zimbardi lead right up to a lap five caution. On the restart, Joyceville, Ontario's Rick Wilson took his Charlie Price owned J&J to the outside of the Stateline oval and into the top spot. The next few laps saw Wilson opening up a huge lead on the rest of the field with his blistering pace.
While Wilson was striving for his first career ESS victory, Dow was making his moves to the front from his seventh place start. On lap eight he moved into third and then by Zimbardi for second on lap nine. For the next few tours around the 1/3rd mile, Dow just couldn't close in on Wilson as both were mired on lap traffic as well.
Just as lap 12 was scored, the caution lights shined and that was what Dow was looking for...to have Wilson in his eyesight. "I needed a yellow because I just wasn't closing in on Ricky." noted Dow. "I was hoping he would go right to the top on the restart since I was running right in the middle of the track."
As the green dropped, Wilson indeed took to the top but it was Dow's line proving faster. "I just couldn't believe how good the car stuck. I got by and then I just tried to run has hard as I could. I was a little worried about lapped traffic because you just don't know where anyone is when they are behind you. I'm just glad the first win finally came!!" said Dow.
Wilson hung on to second until the final lap when Bobby Podolak snuck under both Wilson and third place running Rob Dietrick. At drop of Spanky Hall's checkered flag, Dow took the win with Podolak second, Wilson third with the Lauterborn Electric #10 of Dietrick in fourth ahead of Mike Stelter. The next five was made up of veteran George Ely, Bill Coffey who came from 20th place start to collect the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger bonus, Lance Yonge, the Mike Castner Garage #22 of Ray Preston and Mike Woodring.
Only two cautions slowed the action: Randy Years looped around on lap 5 and R.C. Faigle did the same to bring out the lap 12 caution.
The Brodix Cylinder Heads heats were won by Steve Dow, Preston and Dan Kaszubinski. The B-Main and Dash was not run as rain was moving into the area.
ESS NOTES: A total of 25 sprints in the pits on what was a sunny early evening...As usual a big crowd filled both the front and backstretch grandstands at the Fritz Seamens promoted facility...Bobby Seidel made a long town from Southern, Pa. to make his first start with ESS...Doug Emery took a wild ride in his heat while going for the lead. The veteran was bit sore with hopes of getting his sprinter ready for the next night's action...The Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 will make another appearance at Stateline on July 15.
Heat 1 - Steve Dow, Bob Podolak, Lance Yonge, Rob Dietrick, Tim Zimbardi, Scott Holcomb.
Heat 2 - Ray Preston, Mike Stelter, Mike Woodring, Don Sharp Jr., Rick Wilson, Bubby Kerrick.
Heat 3 - Dan Kaszubinski, George Ely, R.C. Faigle, Kris Dow, Randy Years, Alain Bergeron.
Did Not Qualify - Doug Emery.
A-MAIN - STEVE DOW, Podolak, Wilson, Dietrick, Stelter, Ely, Bill Coffey, Yonge, Preston, Woodring, K. Dow, Holcomb, Kerrick, Kaszubinski, Joe Timerson, Zimbardi, Todd Bauer, Sharp Jr., Bergeron, Years, Bob Seidel, Bill Bailey, Chris Shuttleworth, Faigle.
Lap Leaders - Zimbardi 1-5, Wilson 6-12, S. Dow 13-20.
Walt's Hobby Hard Charger - Coffey (13 pos.) $50.
Vicomp Graphics Halfway - Wilson $50.
Winner's Bonuses: Car-Mate Dealers $50, Stateline Speedway $50, Pro Shocks $100, Tire Comp. East $75, Total Seal $50, Hank's Performance Products $50, Bicknell Racing Products $35, Griffin Thermal Products $50, Behrent's Performance Warehouse $30, Red's Speed Shop $25.
Weld Racing Hard Luck - Emery $75.
Penske Shocks - Woodring $100.
Design 500 - Seidel $100, Stelter $50.
C&R Racing Radiators - Preston $50.
Bailey Racing Products - Years $35.
Total Seal - Woodring $30.
Thunder Mtn. Wings - Podolak $20.
Powder Birns - Kerrick $10.
Dave Ely Racing - Yonge, Stelter, Faigle $10.
Lauterborn Electric - Coffey $10.