Randy Years Opens the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2001 with Victory at Canandaigua. CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - Honeoye Falls, N.Y.'s Randy Years closed out the 2000 Empire Super Sprint (ESS) point season with a win at the Little Valley Speedway. The ...
Randy Years Opens the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2001 with Victory at Canandaigua.
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - Honeoye Falls, N.Y.'s Randy Years closed out the 2000 Empire Super Sprint (ESS) point season with a win at the Little Valley Speedway. The victory helped the quiet chauffeur win co-rookie of the year honors at the year end awards banquet.
This past Saturday night, Years took the lead on lap six from Bill Coffey to win the ESS Tour 2001 opening event which took place at the Canandaigua Speedway. Piloting the very same Twister Chassis sprint he ran all of last year, Years held off a late race, lap 17 restart challenge from Rick Wilson to collect his second career ESS A-Main victory.
The victory was also a "Black Rock Bonu$" qualifier for the third annual Bully Hill Vineyards Super Sprint Fall Nationals to be held Sept. 8 at the Black Rock Speedway. Years will be awarded and special trophy for his win and will be eligible to collect an extra $100 if he cracks the starting lineup for the Nationals.
"This is a great way to start the year, especially since I need the money. Look...I won this race on used tires!!" said a joyous Years afterwards. "I knew I had a good car going into the A-Main and when the race started I just went as hard as I could. The track was fast, real fast but it really got hairy when you got into lapped traffic. I'm not too good when it comes to those slower cars but I guess it worked out tonight."
Years' #2 sprinter is plain in looks but it sure didn't lack in performance on the track known as the "Land of Legends". "I did a lot of work on setups for this year. A lot of research also in the motor." noted Years who was a former crewman for the Dow team and also does his own motors. "We got the motor dynoed and put it in just last night. But, we found something to give us more power, hopefully I can carry this for the whole season.=20 We're just a family owned deal, I have to thank mom and dad also, this win is for them as much as it is for me."
By the luck of the opening night draw, the other 2000 co-rookie of the year, Quebec's Alain Bergeron drew the pole starting spot with Coffey starting alongside. At the drop of Tommy Burton's green flag, Coffey took off from his outside starting spot with the fourth place starting Years right behind. It took only a few laps before the lead pack caught the back and Years began to dog the cushion hugging Coffey in traffic .
Taking a low side sweep coming off turn four, Years made the pass on Coffey to take the lead on lap six. Wilson did the same on a lap seven restart although his front wing broke loose shortly there afterwards which hindered his chance on catching Years.
Lance Yonge's Lane's Yamaha sponsored Stealth slipped past Coffey on lap 11 to join Wilson in the chase. The front trio stayed one-two-three for several laps up until a lap 17 caution.=20 This is where Wilson, who has several runner-up finishes but no ESS feature wins yet, was ready for a last ditch effort. "I went in as hard as I could in turn one to try to make the pass. But, without the front wing, I just couldn't get the car to steer." said the frustrated Canadian star. "I think I might of had him but I did all I could to hold on, then I lost second on the last lap. I guess it could have been worse, we'll get 'em next time."
Indeed, on lap 19, Yonge swept passed Wilson to take second but wasn't close enough to get a serious challenge for the win.=20 Although if there was one more lap it could have been a different story. "My motor starting missing in the last two laps. I might be a mag. (electrical magneto). Heck, I'll worry about it tomorrow!!" said the happy winner.
Years took the checkered flag ahead of Yonge and Wilson.=20 Defending ESS champion Mike Woodring, who started third, took fourth in the final run down with ninth place starting Mike Stelter home for fifth. Taking sixth was Dan Kaszubinski who came from the B-Main to start in 20th. His efforts were rewarded by taking him the Walt's Hobby Halfway bonus. Seventh through tenth was Coffey, 16 year old Kyle Drum, Bubby Kerrick and Connecticut's Scott Holcomb.
Only three cautions slowed the event: Lap seven for a stopped Don Sharp Jr. and laps 13 and 17 for debris, the lap 13 caution was for Wilson's front wing.
Taking the three $25 to win Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were Woodring, R.C. Faigle and Coffey. The Speedway Performance/Walt's Hobby Dash was won by Yonge with John Karklin Jr. winning the KSE Racing Products B-Main.
ESS NOTES: A fine field of 35 sprinters filled the pits on a cold and damp night...Gary Montgomery and his staff have to be commended for an all out effort to get the show in despite rain and drizzle most of the day. While just about every track in N.Y. cancelled, Canandaigua kept faith a provided the fans with a great show...Female racer Erin Crocker and Tim Barnard, both ESS rookies, made the A-Main in their first ever ESS starts...Canadian Ryan Coniam was loaded after warm-ups with engine troubles, Wilson along with Ray Preston and Dick Spadaro spent most of the night chasing engine woes as well...Rob Dietrick was the only sprinter to find it's way on it's wing and it was during the 16 car B-Main. Dietrick used his one-time provisional to start the A-Main...The first night with the 1325 lb. weight rule went by without a hitch...With bonuses from Car- Mate Trailers, VICOMP Graphics, ATL Fuel Cells, Extreme Racewear, Tire Comp. East, Pro Shocks, Flag2Flag.com, Duralite Wheels, Griffin Radiators, Hank's Performance Products, Bicknell Racing Products, Total Seal, Red's Speed Shop, Behrent's Performance Warehouse/Mechanix Wear and Hazlitt Vineyards, the win was worth $2115 for Years...The ESS Tour 2001 will now get ready for a Friday night trip to the Little Valley Speedway. <pre> RESULTS: Heat 1 - Mike Woodring, Lance Yonge, Bubby Kerrick, Kyle Drum, Bob Podolak, Erin Crocker. Heat 2 - R.C. Faigle, Randy Years, Rick Wilson, Alain Bergeron, Warren Alexson, Shawn Felt. Heat 3 - Bill Coffey, Tom Taber, Brian Dumigan, Mike Stelter, Scott Holcomb, Tim Zimbardi.
Speedway Performance/Walt's Hobby Dash - Yonge $100.
B-Main - John Karklin Jr., Dan Kaszubinski, Don Sharp Jr., Tim Barnard. Added Starter - Steve Dow, Provisional - Rob Dietrick.
Did Not Qualify - Dan Bennett, Jeff Van Dusen, Ryan Coniam, Brian Michels, Mike Young, Ray Preston, Jim Senzio, Bill Bailey, Dick "Crash" Nash, Bill Wolfe, Dick Spadaro.
A-MAIN - RANDY YEARS, Yonge, Wilson, Woodring, Stelter, Kaszubinski, Coffey, Drum, Kerrick, Holcomb, Dow, Dumigan, Crocker, Dietrick, Felt, Bergeron, Zimbardi, Taber, Barnard, Karklin Jr., Sharp Jr., Alexson, Faigle, Podolak.
Lap Leaders - Coffey 1-5, Years 6-20.
Walt Hobby Hard Charger - Kaszubinski (14 pos.) $50. VIACOM Graphics Halfway - Years $50.
Winner's Bonuses: Car-Mate Trailers $50, ATL Fuel Cells $200, Extreme Racewear $100, Pro Shocks $100, Flag2flag.com $145, Tire Comp. East $75, Duralite Racing Wheels $50, Hank's Performance Products $50, Griffin Radiator $50, Hazlitt Vineyards $35, Bicknell Racing Products $35, Total Seal $30, Red's Speed Shop $25, Behrent's Performance Warehouse/Mechanix Wear $20.
Other Bonuses: Extreme Racewear - Yonge $75, Wilson $50, Podolak $25. Weld Racing Hard Luck - Coniam $75. Penske Shocks - Stelter $200. C&R Racing Radiator - Dietrick $50. KSE Racing Products - Karklin Jr. $50. Design 500 - Zimbardi $100, Stelter $50. Joe Hunt Magnetos - Faigle $50. Bailey Racing Products - Bergeron $35. Total Seal - Holcomb $20. Thunder Mt. Wings - Wilson $20. Hazlitt Vineyards - Yonge $20, Wilson $10.