Niagara Indoor Series finale preview

Furlong and Wollaber Vie for Castrol Cup in Niagara Falls Indoor Finale The fourth and final race in the Northern Motorsports "Bobcat of Buffalo" Indoor Racing Series will be contested on Saturday, March 9th, at the Niagara Falls Convention and...

Furlong and Wollaber Vie for Castrol Cup in Niagara Falls Indoor Finale

The fourth and final race in the Northern Motorsports "Bobcat of Buffalo" Indoor Racing Series will be contested on Saturday, March 9th, at the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center in downtown Niagara Falls, New York. It will feature young Dave Wollaber from nearby Ransomville, New York, who has captured the last two "A" Mains and trails veteran super-modified pilot, Greg Furlong from Hannnibal, New York, who has a win, a second, and a fourth in the previous three events, by a mere 38 points. With points awarded for time trials and heats, as well as the A Main, positions can change dramatically, with nothing assured.

They are the prime contenders for the prestigious Castrol Cup, which is awarded to the series champion. The winner will also receive $1700 from a point fund of over $15,000, the richest indoor point fund in the country, the bulk of which is tendered by NResearch of Caldwell, New Jersey. The runner-up will collect $1525, with cash payouts continuing through twenty-fifth place. Thirty-four TQs were on hand for the January 26th event, with a like number expected for the concluding program.

Chuck Hossfeld, the former Rousch Racing Craftsman Truck driver, who put on a scintillating effort in the "B" Main, followed by a fifth place finish in the 50 lap Feature in the last show, will be returning in another Vinnie Christiano owned machine. He will join Vinnie Christiano Jr., who put Hossfeld in his car for the last race but is returning to his ride, and Wollaber, as the Christiano effort will be fielding three cars.

The colorful and always exciting "Liquid" Lou Cicconi from Aston, Pennsylvania, will be there, along with former champion Mike Tidaback from Little Falls, New Jersey, and fellow New Jersey resident, Glen Halbing, president of the ATQMRA, who has been having a highly successful series, currently lying sixth in the standings. They will be challenged by a strong Canadian contingent, led by the always quick Colin Turnbull, Dave McIntosh, Mark Sammut, Friesen cousins, Stewart and James Michael, and long time campaigner, Wayne Turnbull. Other local drivers joining Wollaber and Christinao Jr., and Hossfeld, include last season's Castrol Cup winner, Mike Stahl, Mel Raab, and Bill Mislin, who was involved in a spectacular crash that saw his car catapult off the catch fence before rolling over in the crash filled night of January 26th, the third race of the competition.

Also on the card will be the quick and entertaining karts where Brett Stratford from Mt. Hope, Ontario, has been dominant, and young third generation racer Erick Rudolph from Ransomville has continued to shine in the Junior Sportsman division. Over 70 karts were on hand for the last show, coming from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada, and New York.

Gates open at 11:00 AM, with midget time trials and kart heats beginning at 1:00 PM. Racing gets underway at 7:00, following an autograph session at 6:30. For group sales, reservations, or more information, call promoter Harry Macy at (716) 832-4419.

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Series Midget
Drivers Chuck Hossfeld , Erick Rudolph