Niagra Falls, NY (Dec. 6) - Mark Sammut, of London, Ontario, won round one of the Northern Motorsports indoor series at the Niagra Falls Convention Center. Sammut took the lead when early leader and polesitter, Jack Hewitt got too high in ...
Niagra Falls, NY (Dec. 6) - Mark Sammut, of London, Ontario, won round one of the Northern Motorsports indoor series at the Niagra Falls Convention Center. Sammut took the lead when early leader and polesitter, Jack Hewitt got too high in turns three and four allowing three cars to pass. Sammut qualified eighth fastest and finished third in the second heat race to qualify for the 50 lap feature.
After Hewitt slipped from the lead, Sammut was followed closely by second place finisher Jeff Riberdy of Newmarket, Ontario. "If I had a few more laps, I might have got him. I settled for second." Riberdy remarked.
Jack Hewitt, of Troy, Ohio, started on the pole and led the early going. Hewitt's car developed a bad push but Hewitt fought to stay in the lead. "I started pushing more and more coming out of four and it allowed the cars to get underneath of me. Once there's a train behind you, it's hard to get back down in." Hewitt said.
Hewitt circulated in fourth place until he spun trying to pass a backmarker. "I got up in the loose stuff going in a little too high and I just spun out" Hewitt said. Hewitt continued at the rear of the pack.
During a restart, a crash at the front caused a chain reaction through the field and Hewitt ran up over someone's right rear tire. Hewitt retired with a bent front axle.
J.J. Johnstone ran in third place until late in the race. Johnstone was engaged in a fierce battle with Sammut and Riberdy at the front when he spun and was sent to the rear.
Sixteen year old Craig Macy finished fifth in his first indoor race. Macy had run two outdoor shows this season finishing fourth and blowing an engine.
Feature Results (50 laps) 1. 78 Mark Sammut 2. 6 Jeff Riberdy 3. 70 Gary Morton 4. 23 Randy May 5. 9 Craig Macy 6. 25 Keith Zrinski 7. 40 Andy Mackereth 8. 00 Joe Gosek 9. 98 Ross Holmes 10. 2 Vinnie Christiano 11. 79 Warren Mahoney 12. 21 J.J. Johnstone 13. 91 Bob Watkins Jr. 14. 05 Bob Bottecher 15. 5 Keith Dempster 16. 63 Jack Hewitt 17. 31 Wayne Turnbull 18. 60 19. 04 Joe Payne Jr. 20. 51 Nick Fornoro Jr.
David Reininger - Motorsport News International