CNYMS: Weedsport race notes

Sparks Sweeps the CNYMS Weedsport Races Back on June 20th, Cory Sparks threw a whole new setup into his Powdertech ...

Sparks Sweeps the CNYMS Weedsport Races

Back on June 20th, Cory Sparks threw a whole new setup into his Powdertech #7 just before the feature. Even though he had blown away the field in the heat, Sparks saw what he needed to do for the feature. So when his car wasn't the favorite going into the feature, it was an easy cal to change things up once again.

A huge crowd was on hand for the tenth Central New York Mini Sprint Feature of the season. Twenty-one cars also caught the itch to head to Weedsport for the second race of the season at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway. With such a healthy field on a racing surface as tight as Cayuga, the racing action was sure to be tight.

Mike Emhof Motorsports dominated the heat races, with Emhof blowing away the field in heat #1 to win his second straight heat. The 15m took over the lead when Don Harvey Jr. blew his motor going into turn 3. A discouraged Harvey found out he was down a cylinder, ending his night even before the feature. Heat #2 went to Bobby Sergeant, the teammate of Emhof. Sergeant was able to hold off a hard-charging Cory Sparks despite slapping the turn 4 wall hard in the opening laps. It was the second year driver's first ever heat win.

The redraw put Jared Fink and James Brush on the front row, and sent favorites Mike Emhof and Cory Sparks back into the fourth row. Sparks was able to pull out to the fourth spot through the first set of turns because of his outside row starting position while Emhof was stuck down on the bottom. Never the less, Emhof had moved into third by the first caution on lap six when Jamie Kiser hit the wall off of turn four. Sparks took over the lead from Jared Fink and began to work away from a hard charging Emhof. The only problem was that Mike Emhof was not on the move any longer. After the next caution waved for another topped car, Emhof pulled his third place machine into the pits. The culprit to this incident was a torque arm that broke, resulting in a massive dent in the bottom of Emhof's seat. The comfort level in that 15m was unbareable for Emhof and put an end to his night.

With the favorite of the race out of the event, it was all Cory Sparks for the rest of the race, as he slid through lapped traffic smoothly to win his sixth feature of the season. "I love this track, it was just perfect," said the jubilant point leader in Victory Lane. It's the third straight win in CNYMS competition for the young driver out of Scotia, NY. The point leader also announced some of his feature plans for 2005. Sparks will be driving a second car of John Karklin and plans to drive a 360-sprint car with the Empire Super Sprints and Patriot Sprint Group.

Jared Fink was the brides-maid once again at Weedsport as he stayed in the top 2 all race to improve his status in the standings. It appears Fink is now second to Sparks in pursuit for the 2004 title. Jeremy Quick rebounded from a flip in his heat race to put together a solid third place showing. It was Jeremy's first race in three weeks, as he has run a limited schedule in 2004, but the results were still solid. Bobby Sergeant put together his best ever CNYMS finish, ending up fourth. Pat Kuerner was solid once again, rounding out the top 5.

It's a race a week for the Central New York Mini Sprints for the next four weeks, with next Friday being the next event. For the second time this season, CNYMS will visit the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta. It is the hometown track for point leader Cory Sparks. Even though he has won everything underneath the sun this season, a win at Albany-Saratoga has eluded the Scotia Native.


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