CNYMS: Five Mile Point season finale notes

Rick Hench wins CNYMS finale at Five Mile Point For the past two seasons now, the Central New York Mini Sprints has been an organization that has had solid car counts, but not since 2002 has CNYMS needed a B-Main. This past Friday at the 5-Mile...

Rick Hench wins CNYMS finale at Five Mile Point

For the past two seasons now, the Central New York Mini Sprints has been an organization that has had solid car counts, but not since 2002 has CNYMS needed a B-Main. This past Friday at the 5-Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY however, 28 mini sprints made the trip to the first race at the quick quarter-mile.

Dale Beach started off the night on the right foot, getting out in front in heat #1 and holding off Cory Sparks for his second consecutive heat win. Don Harvey Jr. took advantage of his front row starting position to run to his sixth heat win of the season. James Tomlinson from Westport, CT won heat #3, his second heat win in his rookie season with CNYMS.

The conclusion of the heat races put 18 cars in the field, and left the other 10 waiting to get in. Among the cars that had to run in the B-Main included Garry Moore, Dale Beach Jr., and Duby Woodruff. Chris VanBuren and Jeremy Quick blew their motors in the heat events and would have their season end on a sour note. Only eight cars remained for the B-Main, which was won by Garry Moore. Daniel Lampron and Gary Reyer did not qualify in the B-main but would use provisionals to bring the 20-lap A-Main field to 26 cars.

Dale Beach would redraw the pole position, with Rick Hench to the outside for the feature. Hench grabbed the top spot on the initial start, and hold off Beach the entire way. Cautions flew just a few times during the race, but on lap 14, it appeared that Hench's night might be coming to an end prematurely. During the caution period, smoke began to billow from the Laskoski Racing #20, but the Newport, PA driver trudged on. It would later discovered that Hench was running a stock radiator and the temperature had run up to 280 degrees. The smoke would dissipate over the final six laps however, as he went on to claim his third feature win of the season. Hench dedicated the win in victory lane to his father, Dick, who passed on earlier this season. "This was the site of my first win," said the Henchcraft owner. "I love racing at these New York State tracks, it's just a shame I don't live closer."

Dale Beach's second place finish was the second straight top-5 run in CNYMS competition for the Franklin, NY driver. Don Harvey, Jared Fink, and James Tomlinson rounded out the top-5. Coming into the night, Cory Sparks and Jared Fink locked the top two spots into place, but the rest was up in the air. Positions 3-6 in the standings all had a chance to change, but in the end it stayed the way it was before the 5-mile race with Don Harvey Jr., Jamie Kiser, Pat Kuerner, and Al Scerbo ending up in that order. Jerry Sehn by virtue of starting the A-Main finished 7th in points and was crowned the 2004 CNYMS Rookie of the Year. The final event for the CNYMS schedule will be the banquet coming in late November or early December.

5-Mile Point Speedway CNYMS Results:

Heat Wins (8 Laps): Beach, Harvey, Tomlinson.

B-Main (8 Laps): Moore.

A-Main (20 Laps): RICK HENCH, Dale Beach, Don Harvey, Jared Fink, James Tomlinson, Rob Scaccio, Jamie Kiser, Johnny Guarino, Marshall Gogg, Pat Kuerner, Rich Wood Jr., Brint Hockenberry, Cory Sparks, Aric Copeland, Duby Woodruff, Garry Moore, Jerry Sehn, Mike Kiser, Dale Beach Jr., Daniel Lampron, Gary Reyer, Al Scerbo, James Brush, Darrell Quackenbush, Boby Lynt, Chuck Penfield.

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