Jared Zimbardi Wins Thirller at Eriez for First Career ASCS Patriot Win HAMMETT, Pa, (June 17, 2007)- There were a number of reasons why it was Jared Zimbardi's destiny to win his first career ASCS Patriot on Sunday Night at Eriez Speedway,...
Jared Zimbardi Wins Thirller at Eriez for First Career ASCS Patriot Win
HAMMETT, Pa, (June 17, 2007)- There were a number of reasons why it was Jared Zimbardi's destiny to win his first career ASCS Patriot on Sunday Night at Eriez Speedway, but it was 25 perfect laps, holding off Chuck Hebing, that would actually fulfill that prophesy.
Jared Zimbardi, one of the "originals" of the ASCS Patriots, who ran the last sprint car race at Eriez four years ago, led all 25 laps of the sixth ASCS Patriot feature of the season to pick up a win that he had been waiting to capture for so long.
"This is just unbelievable, I don't even know what else to say," said a "Juiced Up" Zimbardi in Victory Lane. "The car was just awesome all night long and I knew I had to keep hitting my marks and passing lapped cars or else Chuck (Hebing) would get me."
The 20-year-old, who was second the night before at Stateline, found himself being stalked by the driver that he was behind a day earlier, Chuck Hebing. The 2006 Champion would try on countless occasions to get around the Hull Electric No. 35 but to no avail.
"Last night (Hebing) bought me a beer for showing him the fast way around the track, tonight I'll have to buy him one tonight for racing me clean," said the driver who if he did try to live up to that word would be turned away after presenting his ID.
Zimbardi ran the bottom of turns one and two, rocketing himself off the bottom of the 3/8-mile speedway into turns three and four, where he would ride the cushion. Hebing often would pull in front in four, but Zimbardi would have the momentum to recapture the head spot by the time they would hit the start/finish line.
Towards the end of the event, Zimbardi would put distance between Hebing, as he professiently moved around lapped traffic, something he has struggled with in prior years, to allow him to win in front of many familiar faces by 10 car lengths.
"To not only do this on Father's Day, but also on my Mom's Birthday, with a bunch of friends and family here, just down the road from home, I can't even describe it," said the Little Valley, NY driver who towed just over two hours to get to the Hammett, PA facility.
After starting off the season seventh at Fulton, Zimbardi continuously improved his position each event. After runs of sixth, fifth, third and second, it definitely made sense that tonight would be his night to continue his rise to the top.
After winning National Parts Peddler Heat 1 in dominating fashion on Bobby Rohrer's all-new clay oval, Zimbardi transferred to the Bonnell's Collision Center Dash where he would also cruise to the victory.
A packed house was found throwing their fists in the air throughout the first sprint car feature at Eriez since 2003, they walked away with their own part of history and one of the best features in ASCS Patriot History.
With the finish, Zimbardi closed within 26 points of the point lead, something that he knows is a major deficit, especially to Chuck Hebing, who may have not won, but was still strong for second.
Hebing won National Parts Peddler Heat three from a fifth place starting spot and was again feared throughout the pit area, but after missing his setup in the dash, he had to start fourth in the A-Main; despite grabbing second on the first lap, he still had nothing for Zimbardi.
Rob Pietz had a career-best ASCS Patriot finish in third, roaring up from sixth to score the best finish ever for a Canadian that didn't have the last name Wilson.
Scott Bonnell just missed the dash, starting him seventh for the first race at his hometown track since he won there in 2003. Bonnell was again solid to finish fourth, only energizing him more for future events to once again taste ASCS Patriot glory.
Kyle Moffit made his first ASCS Patriot start of the season count in a big way as his Hills Trucking No. 77 charged up to round out the top-five.
Chris Shuttleworth and Geoff Quackenbush tangled for the second straight night to bring out the only red flag of the night. The two made contact in turn one on lap four while battling for third place. Unlike the night before, Quackenbush badly banged up the car.
Other than that red flag, there was only one other caution the entire night for debris on lap 16. Only three cautions waved the entire night.
Twenty-two cars were on hand for the second leg of the two-race weekend. All 20 cars from Stateline, along with Stan Zanchin and Moffit were in a packed pits of 173 cars on a Chamber of Commerce evening.
The ASCS Patriots now take a week off to regroup before heading to Ransomville and Cnanadiagua, the only two tracks to run the ASCS Patriots in all five years of the series' history.
ASCS Patriots Results: 6/17/07, Eriez Speedway, Hammett, Pa.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Rob Pietz (69), 4. Scott Bonnell (3B), 5. Kyle Moffit (77), 6. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 7. Scott Kreutter (52), 8. Ray Preston (22), 9. Brad Knab (38), 10. Don Adamczyk (21), 11. John Schuyler (3T), 12. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 13. Dave Wickham (80), 14. Gary Troutman (44), 15. Stan Zanchin (94), 16. Tim Zack (9Jr), 17. Derek Jonathan (81), 18. Jeremy Barnard (86), 19. Eileen Smith (57), 20. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 21. Jay Pietz (71jr), 22. James Whittaker (83w).
Lap Leaders- Zimbardi 1-25.
Bonnell's Collision Center Pole Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 3. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 4. Chuck Hebing (45), 5. Ray Preston (22), 6. Rob Pietz (69).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Ray Preston (22), 3. Rob Pietz (69), 4. Scott Kreutter (52), 5. Gary Troutman (44), 6. Stan Zanchin (94), 7. Jay Pietz (71jr), 8. Dave Wickham (80).
Race 2: 1. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 2. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 3. Scott Bonnell (3B), 4. Brad Knab (38), 5. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 6. Tim Zack (9Jr), 7. Eileen Smith (57).
Race 3: 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Kyle Moffit (77), 3. John Schuyler (3T), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Jeremy Barnard (86), 6. Derek Jonathan (81), 7. James Whittaker(83w).
ASCS Patriot Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Chuck Hebing 1,015, 2. Jared Zimbardi 989, 3. Ray Preston 919, 4. Geoff Quackenbush 903, 5. Don Adamczyk 901, 6. Chris Muhleisen 741, 7. Bryan Howland 715, 8. Dave Wickham 705, 9. Jeff Cook 683, 10. Justin Barger 679.