Trevor Lewis Tames Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots at Sharon HARTFORD, Ohio (September 5, 2009) - Back in May, Trevor Lewis had to start 19th at Sharon and charged up to second place; so when he had the task of starting in eighth via the redraw, he had...
Trevor Lewis Tames Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots at Sharon
HARTFORD, Ohio (September 5, 2009) - Back in May, Trevor Lewis had to start 19th at Sharon and charged up to second place; so when he had the task of starting in eighth via the redraw, he had no problem of getting to the lead and staying there.
Lewis, of Upper Black Eddy, PA, picked up his fifth win of the year with the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Region on Saturday at Sharon Speedway, making two September's in a row he has won at the Eastern Ohio Dirt Track Gem. The win would also earn him bonus money for winning multiple events in the Holiday Weekend Bonus $heriez.
The 6'6 driver of the Homestead Coffee Roasters/ United Crane No. 21L had to start on the outside of row four after redrawing the eighth place starting spot, but he wasted little time getting to the front as he was in to second on the opening lap, in to fourth on lap two, up to second on lap four and in front on lap six. From that point, Lewis just had to keep it out of trouble, which was easier said than done.
While holding a nearly six second lead in the late stages, Lewis came dangerously close to the turn two wall; two laps later, the lapped car of Bubba Broderick nearly ended the near perfect performance for the McClaren Motorsports Team.
"I just couldn't slow down towards the end, the caliber of cars is just so strong and you never know who might have found something," said the 30-year-old wheelman after doubling over in relief after getting out of the car in Victory Lane. "It got scary there at the end and I'm just glad to hang on."
The No. 21L took the lead on lap six from the No. 21 of Don Adamczyk in the 21st Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot race. As he stretched out his lead, the track would go through some major changes and even though he was still the class of the field, inside the cockpit Lewis was not so sure.
"At first the car would go anywhere and then I couldn't figure out if it was tight or loose, or what was the fast line," noted Lewis afterwards. "The tires were really starting to give up though."
Lewis allowed five strong lapped cars to stay in front of him on the final lap as he glued himself to the inside and would hang on for the decisive win that would earn him $3,009. In the process, the Eastern Pennsylvania resident would build up his advantage in the King of OH/PA $heriez.
While Lewis was cruising to victory, Bryan Howland and Darren Long engaged in a great battle for second. Howland had started on the pole while Long started in fifth. When the Western Ohio driver caught the current Patriot point leader, it looked as if he would go right on by, but Howland fought off the No. 7L and would build an advantage back up for his best career finish at Sharon.
"That was a good race with Darren; I had to apologize to him though when I squeezed him on the bottom when I first saw him," said the driver of the No. 51 after the race. "There was no catching Trevor though, he is just a machine."
Howland's second place showing all but locked up his second-straight Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot title, which would be his third overall.
While Howland was solidifying the runner-up spot, Long had to fight hard to beat back two familiar faces from Sharon that were using what they learned in the dash.
Gary Edwards and Patriot first-timer Cale Conley charged up during the final 17 laps which were run under green flag conditions to challenge Long for third. Darren would hang on to the final podium spot, while Conley would slip by Edwards on the final lap for fourth.
Blake Breen was also charging hard through the pack as the Sharon winner from May would move up 12 spots to finish sixth. Kyle Moffit put his No. 7 in spot seven while veteran Craig Keel would place eighth in his first Patriot start.
Early leader Don Adamczyk would buzz off his tires too early and slip back to ninth with Kyle Drum moving forward to round out top-10.
The 25-lap A-Main was slowed on three occasions; with the first a red flag after lap one for Tim Iulg. Scott Bonnell would spin on lap two and draw a yellow. The final stopped came out with 8 laps complete when Bubba Broderick's hobbled No. 5 got tangled with Chris Muhliesen, flipping the No. 10M in turn two.
A whopping 36 cars would enter the ASCS portion of Sharon's sprint car triple header, tying the season high for the series. Early race action was not without incident as Robbie Shuttleworth flipped in hot laps and Bobby Breen and Joe August hurt motors in warm ups. Sheldon Haudenschild flipped in turn three in his heat but would return for the B-main, missing out on transferring to the feature.
The first of two B-mains had a wild incident on lap six when leader Scott Kreutter spun in turn two and collected Tim Kelly, who was also in a transfer spot. That would hand over a transfer spot to Brad Knab and Chris Shuttleworth, with Shuttleworth damaging his No. 11 after qualifying and not being able to start to the feature.
Winning the National Parts Peddler Heat Races were Keel, Jared Fink, Judi Bates and Lewis. Scott Bonnell claimed the Warner's Horse Transport Four Laps of Fame Dash with Broderick and Gary Kriess taking the B-Main wins.
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots Results: 9/5/09, Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Trevor Lewis (21L), 2. Bryan Howland (51), 3. Darren Long (7L), 4. Cale Conley (3c), 5. Gary Edwards (57e), 6. Blake Breen (8), 7. Kyle Moffit (7), 8. Craig Keel (24), 9. Don Adamczyk (21), 10. Kyle Drum (3T), 11. Judi Bates (121), 12. Scott Bonnell (3B), 13. Bubba Broderick (5), 14. Jared Zimbardi (35), 15. Jared Fink (21F), 16. Gordy Button (714), 17. Brad Knab (38), 18. Tim Hunter (45x), 19. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 20. Gary Kriess (55), 21. Dave Wickham (80), 22. Ron Blair (35R), 23. Tim Iulg (1k), DNS: Chris Shuttleworth (11).
Lap Leaders- Adamczyk 1-5, Lewis 6-25.
B-Mains (Top 3 Transfer to A-Main)-
Race 1: 1. Bubba Broderick (5), 2. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 3. Brad Knab (38), 4. Derek Jonathan (81), 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (93), 6. Brandan Warner (10b), 7. Scott Kreutter (52), 8. Tim Kelly (12), 9. Bobby Breen (9).
Race 2: 1. Gary Kriess (55), 2. Gordy Button (714), 3. Ron Blair (35R), 4. Devin Caron (24k), 5. Doug Bowman (57x), 6. Pup Nystrom (15), 7. Robert VanTassel (69x), 8. Joe August Jr. (47), 9. Robbie Shuttleworth (11x).
Warner's Horse Transport Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Scott Bonnell (3B), 2. Tim Hunter (45x), 3. Cale Conley (3c), 4. Gary Edwards (57e), 5. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 6. Tim Iulg (1k).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Craig Keel (24), 2. Kyle Moffit (7), 3. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Scott Kreutter (52), 6. Gordy Button (714), 7. Joe August Jr. (47), 8. Bobby Breen (9), 9. Robbie Shuttleworth (11s).
Race 2: 1. Jared Fink (21F), 2. Bryan Howland (51), 3. Scott Bonnell (3B), 4. Cale Conley (3c), 5. Gary Kriess (55), 6. Jared Zimbardi (35), 7. Brad Knab (38), 8. Brandan Warner (10b), 9. Pup Nystrom (15).
Race 3: 1. Judi Bates (121), 2. Darren Long (7L), 3. Gary Edwards (57e), 4. Kyle Drum (3T), 5. Ron Blair (35R), 6. Tim Kelly (12), 7. Doug Bowman (57), 8. Devin Caron (24k), 9. Robert VanTassel (69x).
Race 4: 1. Trevor Lewis (21L), 2. Tim Hunter (45x), 3. Tim Iulg (1k), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 6. Dave Wickham (80), 7. Derek Jonathan (81), 8. Bubba Broderick (5), 9. Sheldon Haudenschild (93).
Ohsweken Speedway/Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Award- Lewis
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Lewis
M&W Aluminum Products Top-5 Award- Conley
Ultra-Shield Race Products Top-10 Award- Adamczyk
Rod End Supply 20th Anniversary Award- Kriess
King of OH/PA $heriez Standings (Top-10, Through 3 of 4 Events)- 1. Trevor Lewis 446, 2. Blake Breen 430, 3. Bryan Howland 418, 4. Bubba Broderick 414, 5. Jared Zimbardi 406, 6. Scott Bonnell 386, 7. Don Adamczyk 382, 8. Chris Muhleisen 354, 9. Chris Shuttleworth 347, 10. Derek Jonathan 325.
Gater Racing News Hard Charger of the Season (Top-5)- 1. Trevor Lewis 59, 2. Jared Zimbardi 55, 3. Bryan Howland 54, 4. Bubba Broderick 42, 5. Tommy Wickham 33.
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Bryan Howland 2,938, 2. Jared Zimbardi 2,864, 3. Don Adamczyk 2,748, 4. Bubba Broderick 2,662, 5. Bobby Breen 2,339, 6. Blake Breen 2,109, 7. Gordy Button 1,888, 8. Chris Muhleisen 1,790, 9. Scott Kreutter 1,700, 10. Derek Jonathan 1,637.