Central NY Mini Sprint News 1999-05-02

Emhof Wins CNYMS Season Opener Sodus, NY - Mike Emhof, of Sodus, NY, started the 1999 Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) season where he left off in 1998 - in the Winner's Circle. After taking the 1998 season finale at the New Fonda ...

Emhof Wins CNYMS Season Opener

Sodus, NY - Mike Emhof, of Sodus, NY, started the 1999 Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) season where he left off in 1998 - in the Winner's Circle. After taking the 1998 season finale at the New Fonda Speedway, Emhof won the first race on the 1999 Woodard's Concrete Products/CNYMS Tour at the Afton (NY) Speedway on April 30th. Emhof, driving for Branich Motorsports, powered his Pace Electronics sponsored EMC Mini Sprint to the front of the 19 car field in an exciting race that featured nose-to-tail and wheel-to-wheel actio n between Emhof and Bobby Zwart, of Bullville, NY. The action between the two started in the first heat race. By luck of the draw, Emhof started last, but came up through the field to chase Zwart to the checkered flag. A.J. Bagozzi, of Camillus, NY won the second heat, and Paul James, of Albany, NY took the third heat. When they lined up for the night's feature, Emhof started third, and Zwart fourth. Timothy Lapp, of Accord, NY, was the pole sitter, and was the early race leader, while Emhof and Zwart moved up in the field. Lapp left the race early with a mechanical problem, and a subsequent caution flag for a multicar incident between turns three and four bunched the field. When the green flag flew, Emhof and Zwart put on a sparkling performance, with the cars dueling nose-to-tail and wheel-to-wheel. Emhof was able to stay in front for several laps, but Zwart worked past Emhof to take the lead on lap 10 of the 15-lap race. On the next circuit, while working through lapped cars, Emhof passed Zwart on the outside of turn four, and the two raced down the front stretch. At the entrance to turn o ne, Zwart was involved in a multicar accident, which sent him tumbling into the wall, bringing out the red flag. He was unhurt, but his car was too badly damaged to continue. When the green flag flew, Emhof was in front, and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way to the checkered flag. Rounding out the top five were Bagozzi, Jeff LaMothe (Easthampton, MA), Bill Wayman (Port Crane, NY), and Paul James. As the feature winner, Emhof took home a gift certificate from Seymour Enterprises, a Northeast distributor of performance race products for open wheel and stock car racers. The Pennzoil product contingency award, made possible by Slate Belt Auto Parts, Bangor, PA., went to Jim VanSteenburg, the 13th place finisher. The feature winner bases this award on a random drawing of all the feature finishers. After a week off, the tour returns to Afton Speedway (their "home" track) on Friday, May 14th, before moving on to Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, PA) on Friday, May 28th.

4/30/99 Race Results Heat #1: Bob Zwart, Mike Emhof, Dave Peworchik, Jeff LaMothe, Darl Ellis, Peter Sindt (DNS) Heat #2: A. J. Bagozzi, Tim Lapp, Marc Lapan, Jim VanSteenburg, Bill Wayman, John Anderika Heat #3: Paul James, Joel Batzel, Ed Warren, John Parete, Gordy Isham, Howard Thurlow, Phil Peworchik Feature: Emhof, Bagozzi, LaMothe, Way, James, Batzel, Sindt, Parete, Thurlow, Ellis, Zwart, D. Peworchik, VanSteenburg

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