Running on Seven Cylinders-- No Problem for Lance Yonge as he Picks up Empire Super Sprint Victory at Brockville. BROCKVILLE, ONT. -- Even though the Brockville Ontario Speedway is a tight, little quarter-mile bull ring in the world of the...
Running on Seven Cylinders-- No Problem for Lance Yonge as he Picks up Empire Super Sprint Victory at Brockville.
BROCKVILLE, ONT. -- Even though the Brockville Ontario Speedway is a tight, little quarter-mile bull ring in the world of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) you don't want to spot your competition any advantages. Defending ESS champion Lance Yonge did just that to kick off the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion tour with an H&G power plant on seven cylinders. What should have been a disadvantage turned into the opposite and the Penn Yan, N.Y. star went on to win his first A-Main of 2005 but leading the final 9 laps.
"We still don't know what is wrong!" said Yonge with a big grin on his suddenly de-tuned sprint engine. "I think it might be the magneto but we are not sure. When the call went down that the sprint and modified feature was being switched we just didn't have enough time to fix it so we had to run it as it was."
From the naked eye, you would think that the Johnson Farms #17J Maxim was running on "all cylinders" as he blistered through the tough field of sprints and finally passed race long leader Billy White for the lead on lap 17 and took command from there. "The car was just perfect, I mean this new Maxim is better than the one we used last year. No matter where you put it, it works." Yonge noted. "But, I'll be honest, when the features got switched I wasn't too happy. I thought that I was going to just have to do the best we can with what we had. The track dried out some and luckily it came to us and we pulled out the win."
White did take command right from the drop of the green flag with his Spectro Oils backed #66, J&J and the 2002 ESS rookie of the year was looking to back up his solid effort two weeks ago at Albany-Saratoga. While the cautions didn't hinder the Connecticut native and he held back all foes, it did help Yonge in his quest to move to the front. After starting in 13th, he was up to fifth on lap six, third on lap 11 and them blasted into the lead with 17 shining on the scoreboard.
The finale did come down to a one lap dash with a caution on lap 24 which gave White one chance at re-taking the lead but Yonge's mount was too stout and he went on to collect ESS career win #26 which moves him one ahead of Dan Kaszubinski and sole possession of fifth place on the all-time win list.
Behind Yonge and White were Kyle Wilson, who came from 14th place starting spot, the Swiffer sponsored #7 of Bob Podolak with Alain Bergeron in for fifth. Rounding out the top ten were 2003 ESS rookie of the year Nick Fratto, Jeff VanDusen, George Ely, Ray Preston and Mike Stelter.
The first event held north of the border was marred by five cautions and one red flag. The red lights came on with one lap in for the most serious incident of the night when Chuck Hebing made contact with the outside wall coming off turn four and began a series of wild flips. His sprinter went so high that it knocked out two lights and just missed the starters stand. While the car was destroyed, Hebing did walk away unharmed. On the original start Doug Norrie looped his sprint, lap five saw Shawn Donath spin and Don Sharp Jr. stop on the track, Kyle Moffit spun in lap seven with Rick Wilson coming to a stop on lap 11. The final yellow on lap 24 was again for Donath.
Taking the Car Mate Trailers heat events were Ely, Rick Wilson and Luke Eriksen and they collected $25 for their efforts, the Northwood 2 Construction/Walt's Hobby Dash was won by Wilson as well and VanDusen won the KSE Racing Products B-Main.
ESS NOTES: Another fine field of sprints with 28 in the pits putting on a show in front of another big Brockville crowd--Making their first starts of 2005 were the father/son team of Rick and Kyle Wilson with a welcome back to ESS faithful Bubby Kerrick who has suffered through a bout with kidney stones. Scott Davis returned to the seat of the family owned #3 for his first start of the season was well--The stars and cars of ESS will make a return to Brockville on August 19th for another Swiffer sponsored evening.
Heat 1 -- George Ely, Billy White, Doug Norrie, Jeff Cook, Kyle Wilson, Russ Bennett.
Heat 2 -- Rick Wilson, Nick Fratto, Alain Bergeron, Ray Preston, Kyle Moffit, Matt Norrie.
Heat 3 -- Luke Eriksen, R.C. Faigle, Lance Yonge, Bob Podolak, Randy Years, Mike Stelter.
Northwood 2/Walt's Hobby Dash -- R. Wilson.
B-Main -- Jeff VanDusen, Dan Kaszubinski, Don Sharp Jr., Chuck Hebing.
Added Starter -- Shawn Donath.
Did Not Qualify -- Brian Dumigan, Scott Davis, Brian Glasser, Curt Shuttleworth, Bubby Kerrick.
A-MAIN -- LANCE YONGE, White, K. Wilson, Podolak, Bergeron, Fratto, VanDusen, Ely, Preston, Stelter, Cook, Kaszubinski, Bennett, D. Norrie, M. Norrie, Faigle, Years, Moffit, Donath, Eriksen, R. Wilson, Sharp Jr., Hebing.
Gater News Lap Leaders -- White 1-16, Yonge 17-25.
Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger -- Yonge (12 pos.) $50.
Brodix Cylinder Heads Halfway -- White $50.