Kaszubinski Rim Rides to ESS Victory at Can-Am. LaFARGEVILLE, N.Y. - In NASCAR you can pretty much lay even odds on Jeff Gordon winning an event on a road coarse. At the Can-Am Motorsports Park during an Empire Super Sprint (ESS)event, just...
Kaszubinski Rim Rides to ESS Victory at Can-Am.
LaFARGEVILLE, N.Y. - In NASCAR you can pretty much lay even odds on Jeff Gordon winning an event on a road coarse. At the Can-Am Motorsports Park during an Empire Super Sprint (ESS)event, just about the same odds can be used on Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan Kaszubinski.
This past Thursday night, the annual Pabst Shootout once again fell to the ESS star as Kaszubinski used the Can-Am cushion for all it's worth to blister the field and take his second A-Main victory of the 2001 season. Coming from his 12th place starting spot, it took the Autotech of Syracuse #20 just 11 laps to pass Scott Holcomb for the lead and the win. The victory marked the third year in a row that Kaszubinski has won this event.
"I just love this place, plain and simple. This is my favorite track." said Kaszubinski who now has 15 career ESS wins. "I could run here every week. There's always a good cushion on top and that's where I like to run. You just put the foot to the floor and leave it there, that's so much fun in a sprint car."
Kaszubinski almost made a clean sweep of the evening, he easily won his heat as he went from eighth to the lead in two turns to thrill the crowd. Only Dal Planck was able to hold off Kaszubinski by just a few feet in the FX Caprara/Walt's Hobby Dash. The A-Main was also a Syracuse Super Shootout Qualifier. Kaszubinski now has a gauranteed starting spot for the 20 mile, $5000 to win $30,000 contest to be held as a part of Super DIRT Week.
Holcomb's Lucky's Trailer Sales #91 took the lead from his outside pole starting spot at the drop of the green flag. The Connecticut driver was running a fast pace and quickly built up a lead over the rest of the field. While Holcomb was indeed a threat to win, most had their eyes on Kaszubinski who was making daring moves to pass all his foes.
On lap five, Kaszubinski was already up to third. He passed John Karklin Jr. for second on lap nine and then on lap 11, the 1987 Bobby Allen built sprinter was in the lead.
The last nine laps of the event went non-stop and only lapped traffic provided a challenge. "I slowed down some when I got to the slower cars. I wasn't too worried because I knew the car was good." noted Kaszubinski on the last few laps. "I went down low a few times and the car was good there also. I just waited for a hole to open up to get around the cars at the end."
At the drop of the checkered flag, Kaszubinski won handidly over Planck who provided the other story of the night. Planck was running in just his fourth ever sprint car race and the former NASCAR & DIRT 358 star has quickly shown what talent he has behind the wheel. Planck took the Bradshaw family owned sprinter from 14th to the runner-up finish. The well earned effort earned Planck the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger bonus. Ryan Coniam made a last lap pass on Holcomb to take third with Holcomb fourth and six-time ESS champion Mike Woodring in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Justin Barger, Randy Years, Brian Dumigan, ESS rookie Tim Barnard and Karklin Jr.
Three yellow flags slowed the pace: On the original start, Lance Yonge was spun around with Shawn Felt having nowhere to go. Felt made contact and his sprinter landed on the side, both cars were out for the night. Bill Coffey spun around on lap seven and Kyle Drum did the same on lap 11.
Taking the Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were Kaszubinski, Karklin Jr., and URC invader Pete Green. The F.X. Caprara/Walt's Hobby Dash was won by Planck and the KSE Racing Products B-Main was won by Steve Dow.
ESS NOTES: A fine field of 32 sprinters and a good sized crowd came out on a rainy evening...Can-Am management did a great job to brave two rain delays to get the event in...Pete Green made his first ever ESS start and won his heat with his sharp looking #0...Jeremy Unruh flipped in the warm-ups, he was out for the night. Rick Wilson flipped wildly in his heat but he and the Charlie Price crew got the car back together. But, Wilson was a DNQ...The ESS Tour 2001 will make a first ever second appearance at Can-Am on Sat. August 25th