Accord Speedway CNYMS race report

Emhof "3-Peats" on CNYMS Tour Accord, NY - The Richmor Aviation/Beckley Boats 2001 Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) tour visited Accord (NY) Speedway for the second time this year. Mike Emhof, of Sodus, NY, the rest of the Branich ...

Emhof "3-Peats" on CNYMS Tour

Accord, NY - The Richmor Aviation/Beckley Boats 2001 Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) tour visited Accord (NY) Speedway for the second time this year. Mike Emhof, of Sodus, NY, the rest of the Branich Motorsports team, and thirty-three other CNYMS jammed the pits for the downstate showdown of the winged warriors. Emhof made the most of the evening, scoring his third perfect night of the season, winning his qualifying heat race and then the 20 lap feature event.

Based on luck of the draw, Emhof started the first of four heat races with his Pace Electronics/Heluva Good Foods sponsored Bishop mini sprinter on the outside of the third row. He quickly moved to third on the first lap, but had to drop to the rear of the pack after spinning between turns three and four. When racing resumed, Emhof moved towards the front, taking the lead and holding off the competition to the checkered flag. He watched from the stands as the B-main was run, with the top four finishers taking the last feature race starting positions.

The CNYMS draw inverted the top 10 heat race finishers, placing Emhof 10th on the starting grid of 26 cars for the feature event on the tight mile clay oval. When the green flag flew, the pedal was to the metal and Emhof was off towards the front. Several cautions and a red flag marred the first five laps, one of which involved CNYMS tour points leader Lance O'Dell (Oneonta, NY) who was unable to continue the race. Emhof was able to avoid the mishaps and move to fourth position behind polesitter and race leader Jared Fink (Germantown, NY), Ray Legary, and Billy White (East Canaan, CT).

Then, the slick track and the boiler plate wall at the exit of turn two claimed first Legary and then White on consecutive green flag laps. Both drivers slid up the track and hit the wall, putting both out of the race with suspension damage. Emhof moved to second and just before the halfway point of the race, he drag-raced Fink down the front stretch to take the lead.

From there, he was never seriously challenged to the checkered flag. Cory Sparks of Scotia, NY, moved into the runner up position as Fink faded to finish third. The victory was Emhof's 12th career CNYMS win overall. When the 2001 tour points to date are tallied, Emhof will move from the third to first, with one points race remaining on September 1st at Fulton (NY) Speedway.

For more information about Emhof, Branich Motorsports, and the team's 2001 sponsors, visit the team website at www.speedwayad.com/Branich.

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