Gordy Button a First Time ASCS Patriot Winner at Genesee BATAVIA, NY (July 26, 2008)- Twenty-one years after his first trip to Genesee Speedway, and nine years since his last sprint win, Gordy Button did not "Panic", as he stayed smooth and...
Gordy Button a First Time ASCS Patriot Winner at Genesee
BATAVIA, NY (July 26, 2008)- Twenty-one years after his first trip to Genesee Speedway, and nine years since his last sprint win, Gordy Button did not "Panic", as he stayed smooth and steady through a grueling 25-lap feature for his first win this millennia.
Button, of Kirkville, NY, scored only his second win in the last twenty years, taking the lead back from Bryan Howland on a lap 23 restart and hold off fierce advances by Chuck Hebing and Scott Kreutter to win in just his second ASCS Patriot start in the last four years.
The sprint car veteran started on the pole by virtue of the driver handicap redraw and used it to his advantage, leading the pack through traffic in the early stages. On lap 15, Bryan Howland moved underneath Button and began to put distance on the No. 714. Once again, Gordy did not hit the "Panic Button" and got fortunate with six laps remaining.
Howland's two-second lead disinigrated on lap 19, when the left rear shock dismounted on his No. 51, drastically upsetting the car. The point leader looked like he might be able to hold on to the lead to the end, but the races first caution on lap 22 would drastically alter that.
When the green flag came back out, Button swung around the youngster, who was less than a year old the last time he Button was at Genesee, bringing Scott Kreutter with him.
"Bryan was really strong, I'm not sure we would have caught him without his problems," noted a jubilated Button in Victory Lane.J"I could see his frame dragging on the track so I knew I had to get him on the restart."
With the white flag out, Button was hitting his final marks before his first Patriot win when Bubba Broderick spun out of sixth place. The result would be a one-lap thriller.
With the green and white flags waving simultaneously, Chuck Hebing, who was in fifth for much of the event, pulled alongside Scott Kreutter on the top of turn two and made it a three car battle in the final set of corners. As Button drifted up high though, it was Kreutter who attempted the bonsai move, narrowly avoiding contact. It was just enough space to give Button a clear lane back to the checkered flags.
"I kept seeing that yellow wing peak underneath me, and I couldn't figure out who he was, but he was strong," said Button in Victory Lane, recollecting not only the final lap, but a half-dozen laps in the second-half of the race while battling for second. "He sure made it interesting in the final corner."
Despite being one of the "Original Patriots", this was the first win under ASCS Patriot sanctioning for Button, who claimed the 1st Annual Bill Alhart Memorial, remembering Track Promoter Mike Lauterborn's former Crew Chief and Race Director.
Kreutter's last-ditch effort at his first career win would send his No. 52 up the track, allowing Chuck Hebing to slide by and take away the runner-up spot at the line. Both of those drivers were runner-up finishers in their respective National Parts Peddler Heat races, but able to rebound when it counted.
Kyle Moffit would pick up the KSE Hard Charger on his way to a fourth place showing. Moffit was also the winner of the Four Laps of Fame Scramble Dash.
Howland's broken shock would see him fade back to round out the top-five. Had the late cautions not waved, the Auburn, NY resident might have held on for his third straight win.
Jared Zimbardi won his heat and ran up to sixth, with Chris Muhleisen, Brad Knab, Ray Preston and Mike Stelter rounding out the top-10.
Twenty-one cars were on hand on what early on was an ominous summer night. A terrific race surface was presented to the competitors, with the quickest time of the night laid down by Jared Zimbardi at 15.02 seconds, more than three seconds faster than the quickest lap recorded last year when time trials were held.
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ASCS Patriots Results: 7/26/08, Genesee Speedway, Batavia, NY.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Gordy Button (714), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Kyle Moffit (7), 5. Bryan Howland (51), 6. Jared Zimbardi (35), 7. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 8. Brad Knab (38), 9. Ray Preston (22), 10. Mike Stelter (36), 11. Howard Singer (26), 12. Bubba Broderick (5), 13. Jeremy Barnard (86), 14. Gary Troutman (44), 15. Don Adamczyk (21), 16. Dave Dykstra (5d), 17. Derek Jonathan (81), 18. Brandon Warner (14), 19. Tim Zack (9jr), 20. Mark Schulz (18), DNS: Doug Bowman (57x).
Lap Leaders- Button 1-14, Howland 15-22, Button 23-25.
Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Kyle Moffit (7), 2. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 3. Derek Jonathan (81), 4. Ray Preston (22), 5. Gary Troutman (44), 6. Howard Singer (26).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Jeremy Barnard (86), 4. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 5. Gary Troutman (44), 6. Don Adamczyk (21), 7. Dave Dykstra (5d).
Race 2: 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Bubba Broderick (5), 3. Brad Knab (38), 4. Howard Singer (26), 5. Mike Stelter (36), 6. Mark Schulz (18), 7. Brandon Warner (14).
Race 3: 1. Gordy Button (714), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. Derek Jonathan (81), 4. Kyle Moffit (7), 5. Ray Preston (22), 6. Tim Zack (9jr).