ESS: Black Rock Speedway; another photo finish

Another ESS Photo Finish: Woodring Edges Kaszubinski at Black Rock. by Dean Reynolds DUNDEE, N.Y. - It's starting to become the norm instead of the exception. In a special Monday night Holiday program, Mike Woodring made a last turn, last lap...

Another ESS Photo Finish: Woodring Edges Kaszubinski at Black Rock. by
Dean Reynolds

DUNDEE, N.Y. - It's starting to become the norm instead of the exception. In a special Monday night Holiday program, Mike Woodring made a last turn, last lap move on Dan Kaszubinski to win the 20 lap A-Main at the Black Rock Speedway in what was an exciting photo finish. With a daring inside move on Kaszubinski and a lapped car, Woodring brought his Trevis Craft built sprinter into victory lane for the 49th time during his Empire Super Sprint career.

Despite rain and drizzle right up to gates opening, Lin Hough and the entire Black Rock crew did a great job in getting the Yates County oval in fantastic racing condition. Hough was rewarded with a good sized crowd for the second visit of the ESS super sprinters.

"I guess it was my turn this time." said Woodring, who was passed on the last lap in the firt ESS event at Black Rock back in April by Kaszubinski. "It's funny how both of us used lapped cars to get our wins. Tonight I just got a lucky break with the car slipping up a bit and giving me room."

The two came down the frontstretch side by side which had many on their feet. "I had it to the floor, I knew it was close and I thought I had Dan by just a little bit there at the line. I think the fans had to like that one." said the five time ESS champion.

The 20 lap A-Main had many twists and turns leading up to the last lap drag for the win. Heat and dash winner Rob Dietrick took advantage of his outside pole starting spot to take a good sized early lead. Dietrick was hoping to shake the black cloud that has been hanging over him lately.

Rookie Randy Years moved into second on lap five with Kaszubinski taking third one lap later. As Dietrick started to get into slower traffic, both Years and Kaszubinski began to close in. In a surprise move, Years found a lane under Dietrick on lap 12 to take the lead in hopes for his first ESS win ever. Kaszubinski did the same on lap 13 in what looked to be a two horse race towards the closing stages.

On lap 14 however, the red lights came on for a flipped R.C. Faigle. As the sprinters came to the mandatory stop, Years was missing from the track surface. A car slowed as the red lights shined with Years jumping a wheel and shooting off the track in turn four ending his fine effort. This saw Kaszubinski as the leader and when the green lights were to come back on he lead Dietrick and now Mike Woodring for the restart. Woodring came from his 15th place start and was now a serious threat.

On the restart, Woodring made quick work of Dietrick for second but Kaszubinski did pull out to open up a slight lead. As the final laps clicked by, Woodring inched closer to the leading #20. With the tension building it all came down to turns three and four on the last lap.

A line of slower cars in front, Kaszubinski went high and Woodring took the low line. In a wild move, Woodring slipped through to just edge Kaszubinski at the checkered flag in what was another wild ESS finish.

"I just have to thank Tom and Mary Wade as well as everyone on the crew." noted Woodring.  
"We had to go back to our older car after we broke a water pump last night.  We switched
cars during the week and then had to switch back tonight.  Four races in a row and we got
two wins and two thirds.  Everyone deserves a lot of credit."

Woodring's win was his fourth on the ESS Tour 2000.

Kaszubinski's second place finish was a moral victory as well as he and his crew had to do a car and motor change over night after a hard crash at Cayuga County. Dietrick came home in third followed by Steve Dow and Lance Yonge. Rounding out the top ten was Dale Planck in the Bradshaw family owned Henchcraft sprinter, Tim Zimbardi for his best finish of 2000, Mike Stelter, Ray Preston and Bubby Kerrick.

Other than the lap 14 red for Faigle, a lap one caution for a stopped Bobby Podolak slowed the action. Taking the Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were Zimbardi, Dietrick and Alain Bergeron. The KSE Racing Products B-Main was won by Jeff VanDusen with the Chambers Family/Walt's Hobby Dash won by Dietrick.

ESS NOTES: A fine field of 27 sprints on hand...Making his first ever ESS sprint start was former NASCAR regional champion Dale Planck. With a charge from his 18th place start to sixth, he showed many why he's knicknamed "The Natural"...Good to see Billy Bradshaw back as well as he helped Planck with the set up on the sprinter...With added bonuses from Car-Mate Trailers, Pro Shocks, Walt's Hobby, Tire Comp. East, Penske Shocks, Hank's, Total Seal, Bicknell and Red's, the win for Woodring was worth $1685...Lance Yonge had a great four day stint with three fifth's and one fourth place finish...Next time the ESS stars invade Black Rock, it will be for the $40,000 Bully Hill Vineyards Sprint Nationals on Sept. 10 & 11...After a weekend off, the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 will make it's second visit to Stateline and Eriez on July 15 & 16.

RESULTS: Heat 1 - Tim Zimbardi, Steve Dow, Ray Preston, Lance Yonge, Bob Podolak, Dick Spadaro. Heat 2 - Rob Dietrick, Dan Kaszubinski, Doug Emery, R.C. Faigle, Mike Woodring, Mike Young. Heat 3 - Alain Bergeron, Randy Years, Bubby Kerrick, Mike Stelter, Scott Holcomb, Dale Planck. B-Main - Jeff VanDusen, Bobby Seidel, Don Sharp Jr., Mike VanDusen. Did Not Qualify - Kyle Drum, J.T. Henderberg, Eric Robinson, George Ely, Darrell Bragman. A-MAIN - MIKE WOODRING, Kaszubinski, Dietrick, Dow, Yonge, Planck, Zimbardi, Stelter, Preston, Kerrick, Bergeron, Holcomb, M. VanDusen, Emery, Sharp Jr., Young, Seidel, J. VanDusen, Years, Faigle, Spadaro, Podolak. Lap Leaders - Dietrick 1-11, Years 12-14, Kaszubinski 15-19, Woodring 20. Walt's Hobby Hard Charger - Woodring (14 pos.) $50. Vicomp Graphics Halfway - Dietrick $50.

Winner's Bonuses: Car-Mate Dealers $50, Penske Shocks $150, Pro Shocks $100, Hank's Performance Products $50, Total Seal $50, Tire Comp. East $75, Bicknell Racing Products $35, Red's Speed Shop $25.

Other Bonuses: Weld Racing Hard Luck - Faigle $75. Design 500 - Young $100, Planck $50. Griffin Thermal Products - Kaszubinski $50. Behrent's Performance Warehouse - Kaszubinski $30. Bailey Racing Products - Preston $35. Total Seal - Kerrick $30. Thunder Mtn. Wings - Kaszubinski $20. Powder Birns - M. VanDusen $10. Dave Ely Racing - Dow, Kaszubinski, Years $10. Lauterborn Electric - Dow $10.

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