HEBING DOMINATES FIRST ASCS PATRIOT RACE AT UTICA-ROME Vernon, NY (April 30, 2006) - Chuck Hebing drew upon his years of experience in modified action to figure out the slick conditions at the Utica-Rome Speedway and win the first-ever Bobcat of...
HEBING DOMINATES FIRST ASCS PATRIOT RACE AT UTICA-ROME
Vernon, NY (April 30, 2006) - Chuck Hebing drew upon his years of experience in modified action to figure out the slick conditions at the Utica-Rome Speedway and win the first-ever Bobcat of Buffalo Patriot Sprint Group 20-lap "A" Main under the American Sprint Car Series banner.
After starting tenth, Hebing passed 2005 Patriot Sprint Group champion Bryan Howland for the lead on lap six. Howland unofficially reclaimed the lead on a lap seven restart but the "Cobra" retook the top spot before they hit the line. From that point on, it was only the black F/A Products No. 45 in front of the field as he won the $1,300-to-win event.
"The car was just great tonight," said the Ontario, N.Y. driver.J"Bryan almost got me on that restart but I used some secrets I learned with the modifieds to luckily hold him off."
After drawing the No. 1 pill at the beginning of the night, "Cobra" got out in front of the field in heat one and cruised to the win. From that point on though, Hebing would have an uphill climb to get back into the lead during the feature. Because of the new pill draw system with the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group, Hebing's strong start in his heat meant that he had to start in the back of the redraw-eligible cars.Starting tenth in the "A" Main, Hebing wasted little time getting to the front. By the time the caution came out on lap three for a John Smith III spin, Hebing had already picked off five rivals to climb to fifth. Hebing moved into third on the restart and worked the high side to perfection to pass Jeff Cook and then Howland for the lead in turn three on the sixth lap at the "Action Track of the East".
After hard-charging Blake Breen made contact with heat two winner Rick Wilson for fifth on lap six to bring out the caution, it was "Flyin" Bryan Howland, winner of heat three, that made the slide job move work on the restart to get back out front. Committed to the bottom however, Hebing was able to work his line to perfection and stay out in front.
Hebing soon began maneuvering through lapped traffic as the pack strung out over the next twelve circuits. Following a lap 18 caution for a Nick Bashford spin, only twelve cars remained on the lead lap. For the final two laps, Cobra stayed near the bottom to hold off any chargers from behind and cruised to the win.
Coming home in second behind Hebing was Jeff Cook, always a strong contender at Utica-Rome. The North Country Welding No. 10 stayed very steady all race long, battling past Howland in the final rounds to finish where he started.
Mike Stelter, a winner at Utica-Rome in 2005, got around Howland on the final lap to bring home his Mike's Drive-In No. 36 in third.JHowland, who broke a shock after contact with Jeremy Barnard, finished fourth. Mike Van Dusen, a winner at Utica-Rome in 1987, rounded out the top five.
Completing the top ten were rookie shoe Jason Barney, Jared Zimbardi, 20th-starter Blake Breen, 19th-starter Rich Swarthout and Jeff Van Dusen.
With the win, Hebing moved into a tie with 2004 Patriot Sprint Group champion George Suprick for second place on the all-time PSG wins list with ten. It was also the first win that Chuck has recorded before July in the calendar year. It also was the third different number that "Cobra" has won in with the Patriots, with 21c and 42 being the other numbers he has piloted to victory lane.
Thirty-one cars were in attendance for the first official ASCS Patriot Sprint Group event at Utica-Rome. Included in the racing program was a Dash for Cash for the redraw-eligible drivers that had qualified for the rained-out event last October. After finishing second in the "B" Main, Blake Breen got the Pearl No. 8 hooked up and won the event, sponsored by Pro-Syn Oil Technologies by over a half-track in front of Rick Wilson, Jared Zimbardi and "B" Main winner Rich Swarthout.
Breen and Swarthout were the stories early in the "A" Main as they moved up from the tenth row into the top ten by the time the caution flew with just six laps in the books. Both would suffer problems and finish eighth and ninth, respectively. For Breen, his advancement of eleven positions over the course of the race was good enough for the National Parts Peddler Hard Charger Award.
The next race on the 2006 schedule for the ASCS Patriots will be Saturday, May 13 at the McKean Country Raceway in Smethport, Pa. This will be the first-ever ASCS Patriot race at the track that is set to host the series three times this season. For more information log onto www.ascsracing.com.
Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Results 4/30:
Event 1- Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon, N.Y.
Heat Results - (8 Laps, Top-6 qualify, top-4 reorder):
Heat 1: 1. 45-Chuck Hebing, 2. 36-Mike Stelter, 3. 87-Jason Barney, 4. 80- Dave Wickham, 5. 21-Don Adamczyk, 6. 22E-Luke Eriksen, 7. 44-Gary Troutman, 8. 90-George Ely, 9. 25-Geoff Quackenbush, 10. 92m-Doug Norrie, 11. 24-Josh Flach.
Heat 2: 1. 42w-Rick Wilson, 2. 35-Jared Zimbardi, 3. 10-Jeff Cook, 4. 24x-Nick Bashford, 5. 14m-Matt Norrie, 6. 32-Justin Barger, 7. 8-Blake Breen, 8. 86-Jeremy Barnard, 9. 25-Michael Parent, 10. 56d-Jeff Van Dusen.
Heat 3: 1. 51-Bryan Howland, 2. 75-Tommy Wickham, 3. 014-John Smith III, 4. 1z-Jessica Zemken, 5. 22-Ray Preston, 6. 58-Mike Van Dusen, 7. 8b-Alain Bergeron, 8. 47-Kyle Drum, 9. 5s-Rich Swarthout, 10. 81-Derek Jonathan.
"B" Main (10 Laps, Top-4 transfer): 1. 5s-Rich Swarthout, 2. 8-Blake Breen, 3. 56d-Jeff Van Dusen, 4. 47-Kyle Drum, 5. 92m-Doug Norrie, 6. 86-Jeremy Barnard, 7. 25-Michael Parent, 8. 25-Geoff Quackenbush, 9. 24-Josh Flach, 10. 81-Derek Jonathan, 11. 8b-Alain Bergeron, 12. 44-Gary Troutman, 13. 90-George Ely.
Pro-Syn Oil Technologies Dash for Cash (4 Laps): 1. 8-Blake Breen, 2. 42w-Rick Wilson, 3. 35-Jared Zimbardi, 4. 5s-Rich Swarthout.
"A" Main (20 Laps): 1. 45-Chuck Hebing, 2. 10-Jeff Cook, 3. 36-Mike Stelter, 4. 51-Bryan Howland, 5. 58-Mike Van Dusen, 6. 87-Jason Barney, 7. 35-Jared Zimbardi, 8. 8-Blake Breen, 9. 5s-Rich Swarthout, 10. 56d-Jeff Van Dusen, 11. 014-John Smith III, 12. 42w-Rick Wilson, 13. 47-Kyle Drum, 14. 22-Ray Preston, 15. 80-Dave Wickham, 16. 32-Justin Barger, 17. 22E-Luke Eriksen, 18. 86-Jeremy Barnard, 19. 14m-Matt Norrie, 20. 21-Don Adamczyk, 21. 24x-Nick Bashford, 22. 1z-Jessica Zemken, 23. 75-Tommy Wickham.
Lap Leaders: Howland 1-5, Hebing 6-20.
National Parts Peddler Hard Charger: Blake Breen (+12)
Buy In: Jeremy Barnard
First-time PSG Competitors: Parent, Flach, Jonathan, Barney.
Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group Points (Top Ten): 1. Chuck Hebing 162, 2. Jeff Cook 156, 3. Mike Stelter 155, 4. Bryan Howland 154, 5. Jason Barney 148, 6. (tie) Mike Van Dusen and Jared Zimbardi 147, 8. Blake Breen 140, 9. (tie) Rick Wilson and John Smith III 138.