John Karklin Jr. Leads all Twenty-Five Laps For an Empire Super Sprints Sweep at Granby. GRANBY, QC - Even though it has been a frustrating season right from the start, Freehold, N.Y.'s John Karklin Jr. wouldn't mind seeing all Empire Super ...
John Karklin Jr. Leads all Twenty-Five Laps For an Empire Super Sprints Sweep at Granby.
GRANBY, QC - Even though it has been a frustrating season right from the start, Freehold, N.Y.'s John Karklin Jr. wouldn't mind seeing all Empire Super Sprints (ESS) events held at Autodrome Granby as he backed up his victory in June with a strong, wire to wire triumph this past Friday night during the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion event Taking the lead from his outside pole starting spot at the drop of Sylvain Mercier's green flag the driver of the QA1 Precision Products #69K held Tim Kelly and Mike Stelter at bay for his sixth career win.
"I just love this track (Granby)!! I always look forward to coming here, the place is fast and the fans just give you an incredible feeling." said the big man who finally could crack a smile. "It just feels good to shake some of the bad luck. This year has just been horrible and we all had high hopes to improve on last season. It just hasn't happen though, it's been bum luck, some driver error, some mechanical, you name it we have had it. But we are glad to come back to Granby!!"
Glad might be an understatement but it looked like this was a man on a mission, especially after spinning out of the lead just one night prior at Thunder Alley. The luck of the nightly pill draw put his J&J sprinter on the outside and that was the fast way around the big half-mile which produced an ample cushion this evening. "I knew we had the right starting spot and knew we had a good car. The car was good last night and it felt really good tonight, we just didn't need the driver to screw up this time." honestly said by Karklin.
On a warm evening in the French speaking province of Quebec, there was no "screwing up" by John Karklin Jr. It was 25 laps of flawless driving which included four cautions that interrupted his pace. On each restart Kelly and Stelter had their opportunities but none of the attempts to take over the lead were successful.
At the checkered flag it was Karklin the victor, both Kelly and Stelter also shook off a run of bad luck as well with a fine second and third place results. Finishing in fourth and taking a very slight lead in the season long points was Lance Yonge. The driver right on his heels is Dan Kaszubinski who took fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Billy Krull, Dave Ely, The Troyer Race Cars and Parts #61 of Bubby Kerrick, Nick Fratto and Luke Eriksen who took home the Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger bonus by coming from his 22nd place starting spot.
It was a rough night on equipment during the A-Main. The first caution was for Doug Emery who broke something in his steering which sent him into the turn three wall hard causing frame damage. Jeff VanDusen had a flat tire and Keith Dempster spun around on lap 11 for the second yellow. Kyle Moffit did a quick roll over on lap 18, he was unhurt and the car only had minor damage. The same couldn't be said for Alain Bergeron who made hard contact with the outside wall in turn three destroying his sprinter. Alain suffered a hand injury but otherwise was ok.
Taking the Engler Machine and Tool heat events were Stelter, Karklin Jr. and Kelly with the KSE Racing Products B-Main copped by Russ Bennett.
ESS NOTES: A very large field of 29 sprinters in the pits for the final of two events at the track located southeast of Montreal...New entries for 2004 were current Central N.Y. Mini Sprints point leader Cory Sparks as a teammate to Karklin Jr. Vermont's Anthony Cain and Darrell Bragman. They were the 67th, 68th and 69th. different in ESS competition so far for 2004...Sparks' first outing in a sprinter didn't go as planned as he made hard contact with a disabled Mike VanDusen during the heat with frame damage to both cars...Bobby Podolak lost a motor in his heat and will use the motor in Bragman's car for race the next night in Drummond....Once again the threat of rain was in the air and a hard shower stopped the action shortly after ESS' main event.
Heat 1 - Mike Stelter, Billy Krull, Doug Emery, Alain Bergeron, Jeff VanDusen, Frank Senzio.
Heat 2 - John Karklin Jr., Kyle Moffit, Nick Fratto, Dan Kaszubinski, Brad Knab, Jeff Cook.
Heat 3 - Tim Kelly, Dave Ely, Bubby Kerrick, Don Sharp Jr., Lance Yonge, Keith Dempster.
B-Main - Russ Bennett, Doug Norrie, Matt Norrie, Luke Eriksen.
Did Not Qualify - Jim Senzio, Darrell Bragman, B.J. Vock, Bob Podolak, Anthony Cain, Mike VanDusen, Cory Sparks.
A-MAIN - JOHN KARKLIN JR, Stelter, Kelly, Yonge, Kaszubinski, Krull, Ely, Kerrick, Fratto, Eriksen, Knab, Bennett, Sharp Jr., J. VanDusen, M. Norrie, F. Senzio, D. Norrie, Dempster, Bergeron, Cook, Moffit, Emery.
Gater News Lap Leader - Karklin Jr. 1-25.
Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger Bonus - Eriksen (12 pos.) $50.
Brodix Cylinder Heads Halfway - Karklin Jr. $50.