Sodus, NY (May 11, 2003) -- The team cars of Mike Emhof of Sodus, NY and Cory Sparks of Scotia, NY started the 2nd race on the CNYMS tour at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY with a 4th and 2nd in their heat races. The track was heavy and a bit...
Sodus, NY (May 11, 2003) -- The team cars of Mike Emhof of Sodus, NY and Cory Sparks of Scotia, NY started the 2nd race on the CNYMS tour at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY with a 4th and 2nd in their heat races. The track was heavy and a bit rougher than the Mini Sprints have seen in the past but it shaping up with help from the staff at Fulton and looked like it would be a fast "A" main event.
Both teams made it into the inversion for the "A" main with Emhof pulling the 9th starting position and Sparks starting 5th. As the sprinters took to the track for the "A" all eyes were up front with 3 rookies in the first two rows. As the green flag waved and the cars went into turn one Sparks would out power the leaders and move into 1st going into turn one. Emhof was not so lucky. Two of the front running cars, the 18 of Jamie Kiaser and the 45 of Bryan Howland got out of shape between turns 1 and 2 and that stacked the entire field up. Howland got tagged and turned him over. Emhof caught in the middle of this traffic had no where to go when the 06x mount of Rick Wust turned down to the inside and Emhof caught a left rear. Emhof ended up flipping his beautiful mount 3 times end over end coming to rest half way down the backstretch upside down. When the red flag was displayed there would be 5 cars caught up in the mess. Emhof climbed from his car to find it completed destroyed. Dave Sparks commented later in the evening, "the seat, the belts, and the steering wheel are all we will save." That, unfortunately is all too true, even the engine block was broken in the crash. The Emhof mount will probably be sidelined for a couple of weeks to make repairs. The team is actively seeking an alternative ride to keep up the points chase for the 2003 CNYMS tour.
When the race resumed, Sparks pulled out to a comfortable lead over the remaining field. Cory survived 3 more cautions and held the lead with the Norrie brothers gaining slightly. With 3 laps to go, Doug Norrie would be right with Sparks just waiting to see if the young talented Sparks would make a mistake. That happened in turns 3 & 4 when Sparks caught the same rut in the track that had flipped Don Harvey Jr. in the heat race. That bobble was all Norrie needed to get the lead. Cory fought back and retook the lead coming off turn 2 but Norrie went to the high side and passed Sparks one final time for the win. Sparks finished a close second which is enough to maintain a slight lead in the points tally.
Many thanks go out to all of our sponsors, Jeff Porter's Professional Tire & Service located in Norwich, NY, TP Wings, Powder Tech Custom Coatings, located in Schenectady, NY, Lessord Chrysler Products of Sodus, NY, Northstar Chevrolet, Mikonna Properties, Sparks Excavating, Inc., Speedway Advertising, Appletown Gun Shop and Stone's Snow Sled. Also all of our product support from, Mayfair Garage, Weld Racing, Leaf Racewear, Farrell Oil, Tom Busch Race Engines, Bicknell Race Products, Gater Racing News, Northern Wayne Auto Center, and Spectro Oils of America. Thanks also to our many friends, family and friends.
The next events for the Emhof / Sparks program will be Memorial Day weekend with a two race Canadian Swing running at Brighton Speedway and Gasport Speedway both in Ontario, Canada.
For more information about Mike Emhof Motorsports, the team of Emhof/Sparks or Cory Sparks and all of their sponsors, visit their new websites at: www.mikeemhofmotorsports.com or www.corysparks.com (under construction).