ESS: Little Valley report 2000-07-01

Woodring Collects Third ESS Tour 2000 Victory with Little Valley Triumph. by Dean Reynolds LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. - Eden, N.Y.'s Mike Woodring has been looking for the edge on the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 competition in hopes to collect his...

Woodring Collects Third ESS Tour 2000 Victory with Little Valley Triumph.
by Dean Reynolds

LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. - Eden, N.Y.'s Mike Woodring has been looking for the edge on the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 competition in hopes to collect his sixth point championship. Friday night at the Little Valley Speedway, the driver of the Lake's Gas sponsored #19 went from his 10th place starting spot to the lead in just seven laps to collect his third A-Main victory of the season. The win marked his second in three events and increased his point lead over Lance Yonge and Dan Kaszubinski for what could be his fifth consecutive championship. The night marked the annual Freedom Daze at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds where the super sprints and fireworks highlighted the night. "I have to thank the crew for this one. They worked all week to get the car ready for this weekend." said Woodring on his 2000 version Trevis Craft. The car that took Woodring to victory was the same that flipped several times at Merrittville three weeks prior. "We got the frame painted on Tuesday and then spent Wed. and Thurs. putting everything on the car. It felt good as soon as we hit the track and we just had a good night." Veteran George Ely, back after his wild flip last Sat. at Drummond, lead the first lap of the feature event. A caution just before lap two was scored bunched up the field once again. On the restart Scott Holcomb took advantage to take the top spot in hopes to revisit the Little Valley victory lane which he did last year. The Connecticut native opened up a big lead and was looking tough to beat on this night. Woodring was also making a charge as he was in fifth by lap two, fourth on lap three, third by lap five and on the heels of Ely for second. On lap six, the event took a major turn as Holcomb's sprinter all of a sudden lost power coming down the frontstretch. The rearend gears stripped ending a fine run. Woodring took full advantage as he swept by Ely and on to the lead as lap seven was in the books. Two challenges fell his way in the final 13 laps: A caution on lap 11 which put a hard charging Rich Wood on the rear bumper and in the closing laps lapped traffic was a factor. With a clear track, Woodring did open up a lead on Wood and third place Steve Dow. But, the lapped cars was a differnt story. "I held up a bit at the end." said Woodring on the slower cars. "The track was the best it's ever been, there was many grooves and cars were high and low. I just waited for a hole to try and get by. But, you don't want to take too long because someone might get by." Both Wood and Dow did close in some but not enough to make a serious challenge. At the checkers it was Woodring home for career win #48. Dow made a last lap pass for a fine runnerup finish with Wood third. Bubby Kerrick's continues to climb up the point ladder taking fourth with Yonge in fifth. Rounding out the top ten was Slocum Milk Hauling #57 of Tom Taber, Doug Emery, Ely, Mike Stelter and R.C. Faigle. Only two cautions slowed the pace: Kris Dow stopped in turn one on the first lap and Dan Kaszubinski lost a frontend on lap 11 for his first DNF of the season. Taking the Brodix Cylinder Heads $25 to win heat events were Holcomb, Woodring and Wood. The Zimbardi Electric/Walt's Hobby Dash was also won by Wood. ESS NOTES: A solid field of 24 sprints kicked off the Holiday weekend...A big welcome back to Tom Taber, making his first ESS start after his serious garage accident last Summer. Tom thrilled the local crowd with a big charge from the back of the A-Main...Mike VanDusen passed 11 cars to earn the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger Bonus...Kris Dow picked up a ride in the Bud Burlew owned sprinter but mechaincal troubles saw her only make one lap in the feature...Everyone at ESS wish Bill Coffey a speedy recovery as he missed his first ESS event ever in his career...The best from "America's Race Cars" will make another appearance to Little Valley on Sat., Sept. 23.

<pre> RESULTS: Heat 1 - Scott Holcomb, George Ely, Bubby Kerrick, Doug Emery, Lance Yonge, Randy Years. Heat 2 - Mike Woodring, Bob Podolak, Dan Kaszubinski, Steve Dow, R.C. Faigle, Mike Stelter. Heat 3 - Rich Wood, Rob Dietrick, Tom Taber, Don Sharp Jr., Dick Spadaro, Alain Bergeron. Zimbardi Electric/Walt's Hobby Dash - Wood. A-Main - MIKE WOODRING, S. Dow, Wood, Kerrick, Yonge, Taber, Emery, Ely, Stelter, Faigle, Mike VanDusen, Years, Ray Preston, Sharp Jr., Bergeron, Jeff VanDusen, "Crash" Nash, Tim Zimbardi, Spadaro, Podolak, Kaszubinski, Dietrick, Holcomb, Kris Dow. Lap Leaders - Holcomb 1-6, Woodring 7-20.

Walt's Hobby Hard Charger - M. VanDusen (11 pos.) $50. Vicomp Graphics Halfway - Woodring $50.

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

Other Bonuses: Weld Racing Hard Luck - Kaszubinski $75. Griffin Thermal Products - S. Dow $50. Design 500 - J. VanDusen $100, Taber $50. Bailey Racing Products - Kaszubinski $35. Total Seal - Faigle $30. Thunder Mtn. Wings - S. Dow $20. Powder Birns - Preston $10. Dave Ely Racing - Kerrick, Kaszubinski, Dietrick $10. Lauterborn Electric - Bergeron $10.

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