Jared Zimbardi Breaks Through at Black Rock For Third ASCS Win of the Year DUNDEE, NY, (August 11, 2007)- For the third time this year Jared Zimbardi won the dash, landing him on the pole. For the third time this year Jared Zimbardi took...
Jared Zimbardi Breaks Through at Black Rock For Third ASCS Win of the Year
DUNDEE, NY, (August 11, 2007)- For the third time this year Jared Zimbardi won the dash, landing him on the pole. For the third time this year Jared Zimbardi took advantage of that prime starting spot and won. For the third time this year Jared Zimbardi had Chuck Hebing breathing down his neck.
The Little Valley, NY sensation scored a popular win Saturday Night in dramatic fashion as the ASCS Patriot and Mid-Atlantic clashed for a North/South Shootout at the Black Rock Speedway.
Zimbardi held off multiple charges by current point leader and defending champion Chuck Hebing to take the 25-lap, $1,500-to-win feature by just three feet at the finish line.
"I can't believe it right now," said an exhausted 20-year-old in Victory Lane. "Chuck had a few good runs on me, but I hit the lapped traffic at the right points and able to hold on."
While Zimbardi and Hebing were the class of the field for much of the event, it was Lance Yonge who had the quickest car of the A-Main. The local favorite from just up the road in Penn Yan was out to a commanding four-second advantage in the first seven laps when he slipped up on the backstretch and slammed into the wall, sending his Johnson Farms No. 17end-over-end.
It was the only red flag of the night, but there were two flips on the same incident as Bobby Breen turned over in turn two at the same time.JAt that point, the decision was made to grade off a cushion in turn one and two, which in turned kept the night of racing caution-free through the end of the program.
"I feel real bad for Lance because he was checking out on us," said Zimbardi after the race. "The lapped traffic was tough tonight and I know he might have had trouble but it worked out for us."
The win was the third of a career year for the driver of the GD King/ Hull Electric No. 35 F5 Chassis. A big part of the win for him was that he held off the "Cobra", helping him in the point standings.
"I know we only gained a few points on Chuck because he was right behind us so he's going to need to slip up but we are just going to keep trying to win these," added the jubilated youngster.
Black Rock has never been a great track for Zimbardi. Two years ago he grenaded an engine in the Bully Hill Nationals and last year in this event he crashed out hard. But he felt he had hit on something from this year's Bully Hill NY Nationals, that was evident on a beautiful Saturday Night.
To cap off a memorable night, Zimbardi handed over the wheel of his potent ride to Jeremy Mayfield to take some laps around the speedway.
Chuck Hebing's runner-up showing was his 8th top-2 of the year in just 12 starts. Interestingly enough, all three of his second place finishes have come to Zimbardi.
With the second place finish, the advantage for Hebing shrinks from 16 to 12 points over Jared Zimbardi, a difference of just five spots on the track.
Byran Howland was stealth-like in his rise through the pack, reeling in the top-two at the end and coming home with a third place finish, his best career finish in over 20 attempts at the Black Rock Speedway.JHowland fractured his right hand at Knoxville the week prior but was still able to win National Parts Peddler Heat No. 1.
While his younger brother Bobby had a rough night, Blake Breen moved forward nicely in his Pearl Technology No. 8, crossing in fourth. The winner of this event three years ago felt he just needed one caution to have a crack at the top-three.
Coleman Gulick was again impressive in his Rob's Market No. 14 J&J, crossing in fifth. After destroying his car the last time he was at Black Rock, the Binghamton, NY youngster was solid all night long, scoring his third-straight top-five.
Justin Barger was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger of the night, moving up from 14 to finish in sixth in his AEM No. 32. Barger was also the hard charger at Black Rock back in May with the ASCS National Tour.
For the fourth time this year, Scott Kreutter finished in seventh. This was the first time back to Black Rock for the rookie since his first time out in a 360 at the Bully Hill NY Nationals.
Tim Hogue took back the point lead in the Mid-Atlantic region with a solid eighth-place showing at the sight of his vicious crash back in May.
Don Adamczyk for the second year in a row scored a top-10 in the August race, and for the second year in a row Mike Stelter completed the top-10.
Twenty-three cars in all signed into in the pits with a handful of first-timers for the 2007 season. Along with Zimbardi and Howland, Tim Hogue won the third heat. It was a perfect night to watch a sprint car race, which is just what Tony Stewart did as he checked out the heats with a stopwatch in hand.
ASCS Patriot/ Mid-Atlantic Results: 8/11/07, Black Rock Speedway, Dundee, NY.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Bryan Howland (51), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Coleman Gulick (14), 6. Justin Barger (32), 7. Scott Kreutter (52), 8. Tim Hogue (39), 9. Don Adamczyk (21), 10. Mike Stelter (6), 11. Tim Kelly (12), 12. Alain Bergeron (8B), 13. Jason Barney (87x), 14. George Suprick (87), 15. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 16. Ray Preston (22), 17. Gary Troutman (44), 18. Jared Fink (21A), 19. Dave Wickham (80), 20. Howard Singer (26), 21. Daniel Lampron (52L), 22. Lance Yonge (17J), 23. Bobby Breen (9).
Lap Leaders- Yonge 1-7, Zimbardi 8-17, Hebing 18, Zimbardi 19-25.
Pole Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Lance Yonge (17J), 3. Tim Hogue (39), 4. Chuck Hebing (45), 5. Bryan Howland (51), 6. Gary Troutman (44).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Coleman Gulick (14), 4. Bobby Breen (9), 5. Justin Barger (32), 6. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 7. Howard Singer (26), 8. Daniel Lampron (52L).
Race 2: 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Lance Yonge (17J), 3. Mike Stelter (6), 4. Tim Kelly (12), 5. Scott Kreutter (52), 6. George Suprick (87), 7. Jared Fink (21A), 8. Ray Preston (22).
Race 3: 1. Tim Hogue (39), 2. Gary Troutman (44), 3. Blake Breen (8), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Alain Bergeron (8B), 6. Jason Barney (87x), 7. Dave Wickham (80).
Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing Sealing the Deal Award- Zimbardi
Red Bear Hand Cleaner Clean Finish, Clean Hands Award- Howland
Mangus Precision Pumps Pumped Up Award- Howland
Saldana Racing Products Half Way Leader- Zimbardi
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger of the Night- Barger (+8)
ASI Sportswear Sharpest Move of the Race- Bl. Breen
Engler Machine and Tool Pole Award- Yonge
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Yonge
Kinser Air Filters Hard Luck Award- Yonge
ISC Racer's Tape Keeping Things Rolling Award- Wickham, Troutman, Muhleisen
DMI Rear End Award- Bo. Breen
M&W Aluminum Products Top-5 Award- Howland
Big Toob Bleeders Lucky 7th Award- Kreutter
Pancho's Racing Products J&J of the Race- Bl. Breen
Rod End Supply 19th Anniversary Award- Wickham
Ultra-Shield Race Products Top-10 Award- Gulick
Leaf Racewear 11th Place Award- Kelly
Dri Wash 'n' Guard Waterless Car Best Appearing Car Award- Barney
Pro-Syn Oil Technology/ Mother's Car Wash Clean Race Award- Hogue.
Gater Racing News Hard Charger of the Season Standings presented by Red Bear Hand Cleaner (Top-10)- 1. Chuck Hebing 34, 2. Ray Preston 26, 3. Bryan Howland 25, 4. Dave Wickham 21, T-5. Geoff Quackenbush, Jared Zimbardi, Rob Pietz 19, T-8. Jeff Cook, Scott Kreutter, Justin Barger 18.Current ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Tim Hogue 877, 2. George Suprick 871, 3. Coleman Gulick 867, 4. Bryan Howland 643, 5. Geoff Quackenbush 609, 6. Chuck Hebing 596, 7. Justin Barger 570, 8. Kenny Adams 444, 9. Pat Cannon 436, 10. Chad Layton 430.
Current ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Chuck Hebing 1,995, 2. Jared Zimbardi 1,983, 3. Ray Preston 1,857, 4. Don Adamczyk 1,805, 5. Scott Kreutter 1,625, 6. Blake Breen 1,497, 7. Bobby Breen 1,368, 8. Bryan Howland 1,285, 9. Chris Muhleisen 1,243, 10. Dave Wickham 1,173.