Jeff VanDusen A First-Time ASCS Patriot Winner at Cayuga County WEEDSPORT, NY (July 29, 2007)- Jeff VanDusen took advantage of the opportunities given to him, and made his own way through lapped cars to capture his first career ASCS Patriot ...
Jeff VanDusen A First-Time ASCS Patriot Winner at Cayuga County
WEEDSPORT, NY (July 29, 2007)- Jeff VanDusen took advantage of the opportunities given to him, and made his own way through lapped cars to capture his first career ASCS Patriot A-Main Win.
"We haven't been running much lately due to rain so we decided to come here about Noon today," said VanDusen in Victory Lane. "The car was really good up on the top, the guys had a great setup."
VanDusen was slated to start the feature in third, but would quickly move up to the pole after initial pole sitter Tim Kelly spun coming to the initial green flag and collected Don Adamczyk. The incident would give the No. 56 the pole on the second attempt at the start, but even that would not give him the lead yet.
Point leader Chuck Hebing pulled out to an early advantage, quickly hitting lap traffic on lap five. As "Cobra" went to move around the slower traffic, he missed his mark entering turn one, causing him to slide up and hit the outside wall, resulting in a flat tire. That would be all the luck VanDusen would need to stay out in front.
On the restart, "The Jet" would pull away from a quick Rick Wilson and stay that way through the final 20-lap of caution-free action to put his Pro Spas machine in Victory Lane, collecting $1,500 with additions from Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, Red Bear Hand Cleaner and Mike Emhof Motorsports.
While he has been winning features for years, the Otego, NY hot shoe had yet to even flirt with Victory in an ASCS Patriot race. After trouble in his only other two appearances with the Patriots this season, this run was a major relief for the sixth different ASCS Patriot winner of the year.
"I won a bunch of races earlier this year but have struggled of late," said VanDusen of his other sprint travels in a different car.J"This is the car we own and finally had it running right."
The key moment of the race for VanDusen came on lap 18 when he went three-wide around a pair of lap cars with Rick Wilson closing in. After passing those cars with a bold move in a tight turn four, it was smooth sailing on the 3/8-mile.
"I went down the bottom a few times when in the lapped traffic and knew I had to stay up on the top," said VanDusen of a track that was very tacky against the wall and bone-slick everywhere else. "The cushion was low off of four and made it real narrow so that got pretty hairy passing there."
VanDusen became the fourth different first-time ASCS winner of 2007, joining Jared Zimbardi, Jessica Zemken and Jason Barney.
Rick Wilson scored his best run of the season with a runner-up finish, 15 car lengths off the leader at the finish, but almost a half-track ahead of third.
"My car was pretty good, I was probably even with (VanDusen)," said Wilson after the race. "I reeled him in lapped traffic but then it worked against me and he was able to get back away."
Bill Bailey was setting up to battle with Wilson for second with two-laps left to go in the 25-lap feature when a fuel problem in his No. 90x forced the Waverly, NY driver pit side, robbing him of his best finish in almost two years. Bailey's misfortune opened up the door for a made scramble for the final podium position.
Jared Zimbardi sliced his way nicely through the field to nab the third position, his best run on a slick track this year. The run also helped the Little Valley, NY driver to close in on Chuck Hebing in the point standings.
Scott Kreutter scored his second-straight fourth place finish in his No. 52 on his first time with the Patriots at CCFS. Blake Breen rounded out the top-five in his Pearl No. 8.
Jason Barney was another driver to fight through his recent struggles on slick tracks to cross in sixth, solidifying his position atop the A-Verdi King of Central New York Standings on a race night sponsored by A-Verdi.
Bryan Howland flew in from Charlotte, NC Sunday afternoon to run at his hometown track. "Flyin' Bryan" not only lived up to his nickname in the airplane, he came from a 19th place starting spot to finish in seventh, capturing the KSE Hard Charger of the Race.
Coleman Gulick celebrated his birthday by following Howland through the pack. Starting in 18th, the youngster from Binghamton, NY was able to run up to an eighth place finish.
Ray Preston was again solid at CCFS, a place he has won at before, crossing in ninth, just ahead of Chuck Hebing, who was able to rejoin the field after replacing his flat tire and running back up to round out the top-10.
Two red flags flew on the night, one for Warren Alexson, who flipped in his heat in turn one, and the other for April Wilson in hot laps after losing a right front wheel. Only one other caution came out in the qualifying action when Bobby Podolak hit the wall on the start of the first heat, forcing Gary Troutman into the wall as well.
In all, 28 cars were on hand for the 11th point event of the season, the first Patriot race in Weedsport in more than two years. Heat wins went to Bailey, Adamczyk, and Jared Fink, who won his first career heat in a full-sized sprint. Tim Kelly won the Demaree Fruit Farms Dash and Canadian Rob Pietz captured the B-Main in dominating fashion.
ASCS Patriots Results: 7/29/07, Cayuga County Fair Speedway, Weedsport, NY.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Jeff VanDusen (56), 2. Rick Wilson (42w), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Scott Kreutter (52), 5. Blake Breen (8), 6. Jason Barney (87), 7. Bryan Howland (51), 8. Coleman Gulick (14), 9. Ray Preston (22), 10. Chuck Hebing (45), 11. Jeff Cook (10), 12. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 13. Jessica Zemken (1z), 14. Jared Fink (21A), 15. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 16. Bobby Breen (9), 17. Rob Pietz (69), 18. Dave Wickham (80), 19. Stan Zanchin (94), 20. Billy Bailey (90), 21. Tim Kelly (12), 22. Don Adamczyk (21).
Lap Leaders- Hebing 1-5, VanDusen 6-25.
Bobcat of Buffalo B-Main (10 Laps)- 1. Rob Pietz (69), 2. Coleman Gulick (14), 3. Bryan Howland (51), 4. Jeff Cook (10), 5. Bobby Breen (9), 6. Dave Wickham (80), 7. Jeremy Barnard (86), 8. Derek Jonathan (81), 9. Bobby Podolak (3), DNS: April Wilson (15A), Warren Alexson (3A), Gary Troutman (44).
DeMaree Fruit Farms Pole Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Tim Kelly (12), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Jeff VanDusen (56), 4. Billy Bailey (90), 5. Don Adamczyk (21), 6. Jared Fink (21A).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Billy Bailey (90), 2. Jeff VanDusen (56), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Tim Kelly (12), 5. Stan Zanchin (94), 6. Bobby Podolak (3), 7. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 8. Warren Alexson (3A), 9. Derek Jonathan (81), 10. Gary Troutman (44).
Race 2: 1. Don Adamczyk (21), 2. Blake Breen (8), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Jason Barney (87), 5. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 6. Coleman Gulick (14), 7. Bobby Breen (9), 8. Jeremy Barnard (86), 9. April Wilson (15A).
Race 3: 1. Jared Fink (21A), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Rick Wilson (42w), 4. Ray Preston (22), 5. Jessica Zemken (1z), 6. Rob Pietz (69), 7. Bryan Howland (51), 8. Jeff Cook (10), 9. Dave Wickham (80).
Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing Sealing the Deal Award- VanDusen
Red Bear Hand Cleaner Clean Finish, Clean Hands Award- VanDusen
Mangus Precision Pumps Pumped Up Award- VanDusen
Saldana Racing Products Half Way Leader- VanDusen
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger of the Night- Howland (+12)
ASI Sportswear Sharpest Move of the Race- VanDsuen
Engler Machine and Tool Pole Award- Kelly
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Bailey
Kinser Air Filters Hard Luck Award- Bailey
ISC Racer's Tape Keeping Things Rolling Award- Kelly, Bailey, Alexson
DMI Rear End Award- Barnard
M&W Aluminum Products Top-5 Award- Breen
Big Toob Bleeders Lucky 7th Award- Howland
Pancho's Racing Products J&J of the Race- Wilson
Rod End Supply 19th Anniversary Award- Zanchin
Ultra-Shield Race Products Top-10 Award- Preston
Leaf Racewear 11th Place Award- Cook
Dri Wash 'n' Guard Waterless Car Best Appearing Car Award- Muhleisen
Pro-Syn Oil Technology/ Mother's Car Wash Clean Race Award- Gulick
A-Verdi King of CNY Standings (Top-10)- 1. Jason Barney 716, 2. Chuck Hebing 706, 3. Jared Zimbardi 696, 4. Blake Breen 674, 5. Bobby Breen 652, 6. Ray Preston 648, 7. Jessica Zemken 646, 8. Don Adamczyk 622, 9. Dave Wickham 588, 10. Jeff Cook 512.
Gater Racing News Hard Charger Standings presented by Red Bear Hand Cleaner (Top Five)- 1. Chuck Hebing 32, 2. Bryan Howland 23, Tie-3. Geoff Quackenbush, Jared Zimbardi, Ray Preston and Dave Wickham 19.
Current ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Chuck Hebing 1,699, 2. Jared Zimbardi 1,683, 3. Ray Preston 1,589, 4. Don Adamczyk 1,523, 5. Scott Kreutter 1,339, 6. Blake Breen 1,205, 7. Geoff Quackenbush 1,133, 8. Bobby Breen 1,114, 9. Dave Wickham 1,061, 10. Jeff Cook 1,047.