Fourth ESS Victory of 2000 Season for Kaszubinski Comes at Fulton. by Dean Reynolds FULTON, N.Y. - Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan Kaszubinski backed up his wire to wire victory at Albany-Saratoga a little over two weeks ago by doing the same feat...
Fourth ESS Victory of 2000 Season for Kaszubinski Comes at Fulton.
by Dean Reynolds
FULTON, N.Y. - Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan Kaszubinski backed up his wire to wire victory at Albany-Saratoga a little over two weeks ago by doing the same feat Tuesday night at the Fulton Speedway. Starting on the outside pole, the driver of the Autotech of Syracuse sponsored #20 lead every lap and survived four restarts to pick up his fourth win of the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000. The victory also guarantees a starting spot for the $35,000 ESS/URC Shootout at the New York State Fairgrounds held during Super DIRT Week.
The event marked the return of the ESS super sprints to the Fulton high banks after nearly four years. Not even a brief rain shower would dampen the event as the winged wonders toured the 3/8ths mile oval in the 14 seconds and running three wide to trill the Central, N.Y. crowd all night.
"It feels good to win here and to win so close to home." noted Kaszubinski. "Fulton is a fun track to race on, you can go just about anywhere on the track and run hard. That fits my style. I'm glad we're (ESS) back and I hope we can come back again next year to put on another show for the fans."
After a string of horrible luck that plagued Kaszubinski during the month of July, the talented driver has come back with a vengence to put himself back into the point fight. "Even though we started up front it's still no 'gimme' with these guys. I just tried to run hard and not to make any mistakes." said the chauffeur of the now famous 1987 Bobby Allen built sprinter. "I was worried on the restarts as my motor just didn't take off that well. I know I saw Mike (Stelter) on one restart so I just tried to take away his groove until I got my momentum going. Once I got going the car really felt good no matter where I ran."
That momentum was the key to a flawless effort which saw Kaszubinski not getting a serious challenge for the lead during the entire 20 lap A-Main.
Bill Coffey occupied the front row with Kaszubinski but the outside lane on the banks proved fastest. Stelter's #36 came from sixth to second in one lap to keep the leader in his sights. Several restarts gave Stelter a shot for his third win of the season but Kaszubinski was up for the challenge.
A wild last lap saw Stelter pull a wheelie coming off turn two to find him lose not only second place to Scott Holcomb but also third to Rick Wilson, who was debuting a new sponsorship from F.X. Caprara. At the drop of the checkered flag, Kaszubinski won by a good distance over Holcomb, Wilson and Stelter. Rookie of the year candidate Randy Years rounded out the top five. The next five was made up of Bobby Podolak, R.C. Faigle, Mike Woodring, rebounding from a pit lane visit on lap 14, Steve Dow and B-Main winner Rob Dietrick.
The first caution came on lap eight for a stopped Howard Singer. Alain Bergeron, Woodring and Lance Yonge caused for the red lights on lap 14 as Bergeron flipped his Trevis Craft sprinter which was just purchased from Woodring. Bergeron was fine but done for the night, Woodring came back from a pit visit and Yonge restarted as well. Doug Emery and Mike Bozzuto came together on lap 16 with the yellow lights on for the last time for Kris Dow and Mike Young.
The Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were won by Woodring, Wilson and Kaszubinski with the KSE Racing Products B-Main won by Dietrick.
ESS NOTES: A fine field of 29 sprinters came out on the Tuesday night which was a makeup date from the May 24 rain out...Making first starts of 2000 was Singer, who made the A-Main and Shawn Felt who missed qualifying by just one spot...New Hampshire's Don Sharp Jr. was loaded after warmups with a blown rear end...The Walt's Hobby Hard Charger bonus went to Wilson who came from 12th to finish third...Next on the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 will be a two race weekend in Canada. Brockville Ontario Speedway will make up the August 11 rain out on August 25 and then it's off to Merrittville on the 26th. The Brockville event is a Syracuse Qualifier while Merrittville will be the third and finel Bully Hill Nationals Qualifier.
Heat 1 - Mike Woodring, Steve Dow, Bob Podolak, Alain Bergeron, R.C. Faigle, Dick Spadaro.
Heat 2 - Rick Wilson, Bill Coffey, Randy Years, Mike Young, Bubby Kerrick, Tim Zimbardi.
Heat 3 - Dan Kaszubinski, Lance Yonge, Kris Dow, Mike Stelter, Scott Holcomb, Eric Robinson.
B-Main - Rob Dietrick, Tom Taber, Howard Singer, Mike Bozzuto.
Provisional - Doug Emery.
Did Not Qualify - Shawn Felt, George Ely, "Crash" Nash, Darrell Bragman, Ray Preston, Don Sharp Jr.
A-MAIN - DAN KASZUBINSKI, Holcomb, Wilson, Stelter, Years, Podolak, Faigle, Woodring, S. Dow, Dietrick, Coffey, Kerrick, Yonge, Taber, Emery, Zimbardi, K. Dow, Robinson, Spadaro, Young, Bozzuto, Bergeron, Singer.
Lap Leader - Kaszubinski 1-20.
Walt's Hobby Hard Charger - Wilson (9 pos.) $50.
Vicomp Graphics Halfway - Kaszubinski.
Winner's Bonuses: Car-Mate Dealers $50, Pro Shocks $100, Total Seal $50, Hank's Performance Products $50, Griffin Thermal Products $50, Behrent's Performance Warehouse $30, Bicknell Racing Products $35, Red's Speed Shop $25.
<pre> Other Bonuses: Weld Racing Hard Luck - Bergeron $75. Penske Racing Shocks - Years $150. Tire Comp. East - Holcomb $75. Bailey Racing Products - Bergeron $35. Total Seal - Dietrick $30. Design 500 - Zimbardi $100, Years $50. Thunder Mtn. Wings - Holcomb $20. Powder Birns - Taber $10. Dave Ely Racing - Bergeron, Coffey, Yonge $10. Lauterborn Electric - Wilson $10.