R.C Faigle Repeats ESS Win at Brockville Ontario Speedway. by Dean Reynolds BROCKVILLE, ONT. - Back on August 27 of last year, Manlius, N.Y. resident R.C. Faigle picked up his first career Empire Super Sprint victory which came at the Paul ...
R.C Faigle Repeats ESS Win at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
by Dean Reynolds
BROCKVILLE, ONT. - Back on August 27 of last year, Manlius, N.Y. resident R.C. Faigle picked up his first career Empire Super Sprint victory which came at the Paul Kirkland promoted Brockville Ontario Speedway. The ESS Tour 2000 made it's return to the "BOS" and once again the LaBatt Blue backed #21A found it's way to victory lane after an exciting duel with Canadian Rick Wilson in the closing laps. Faigle used a lap 14 restart to dive underneath the Price Paving sprinter of Wilson to take the lead and on to the win in front of a huge crowd at the quarter-mile oval. The battle between Faigle and Wilson reminded many of last year's event when both drivers were shooting for their first ever ESS checkered. "That was a great race!" summed up Faigle while celebrating in victory lane. "When Ricky got by me I just tried not to get out of my groove, I stayed to my game plan on the bottom." Faigle took the lead from rookie of the year candidate Randy Years on the second lap, but it was Wilson who caught the attention of many. Using the very top of the Brockville oval, he came from his eighth place starting spot to second in just four laps. Then as lap five hit the books, an outside sweep of Faigle was successful in taking over the top spot. "The outside seemed faster early on in the race but I just felt so comfortable down low. That car just stuck on the bottom and I just stayed right there." said Faigle. Then just past halfway, Wilson slipped off turn four and Faigle stuck a nose underneath. "When Ricky went off the track, I felt the top was then starting to go away." noted Faigle. On lap 14, Kris Dow saw her #80 spun around causing for the yellow lights to come on for the first and only time during the 20 lap finale. While it looked like an innocent caution, it changed the whole pace of the race. "I got a great run off four and just drove the car in as hard as I could." said Faigle on the lap 14 restart. "When Ricky went off the track just before the caution I thought he saw me down low. On the restart I thought he would try to take my lane away so I went in hard to stay alongside. With that, I figured he had to stay high. I got another good shot off two and was just fast enough to get the lead. Then I just tried to run has hard as I could without making any mistakes." The last five laps saw a crowd pleasing war waged with Faigle down low and Wilson up high. But, just like that hot August night in 1999, this night belonged to the Maxim chassis sprinter of Faigle. Wilson, a former track champion at Brockville in DIRT small block competition, settled for second in front of a home crowd that cheered him on for the entire 20 lap distance. Years and Don Sharp Jr. collected their best ESS runs ever finishing third and fourth respectively with Ray Preston completing the top five. The next five was made up of Doug Emery, Mike Stelter, Rob Dietrick, current point leader Mike Woodring and Scott Holcomb.=20 The $25 to win Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were won by Wilson, Emery and Stelter. The Price Paving/Walt's Hobby Dash was won by Emery as well. ESS NOTES: With bonuses from Car-Mate Dealers, Pro Shocks, Griffin Thermal Products, Tire Comp. East, Red's Speed Shop, Hank's Performance Products, Total Seal, Bicknell Racing Products and Behrent's Performance Warehouse, the victory for Faigle was worth $1565...Rick Wilson took home $945 on the night which included the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger and Vicomp Graphics Halfway bonuses...The ESS Tour 2000 will make it's second appearance to Brockville on Friday night August 11.
Heat 1 - Rick Wilson, Mike Woodring, R.C. Faigle, Scott Holcomb, Randy Years. Heat 2 - Doug Emery, Ray Preston, Lance Yonge, Dan Kaszubinski, Bubby Kerrick. Heat 3 - Mike Stelter, Steve Dow, Bill Coffey, Rob Dietrick, Don Sharp Jr.
Price Paving/Walt's Hobby Dash - Emery.
A-Main - R.C. FAIGLE, Wilson, Years, Sharp Jr., Preston, Emery, Stelter, Dietrick, Woodring, Holcomb, Kerrick, Yonge, Coffey, Alain Bergeron, S. Dow, Kris Dow, Kaszubinski.
Lap Leaders - Years 1, Faigle 2-4, Wilson 5-14, Faigle 15-20. Walt's Hobby Hard Charger - Wilson (6 pos.) $50. Vicomp Graphics Halfway - Wilson $50.
Winner's Bonuses: Car-Mate Dealers $50, Pro Shocks $100, Hank's Performance Products $50, Total Seal $50, Griffin Thermal Products $50, Bicknell Racing Products $35, Tire Comp. East $75, Behrent's Performance Warehouse $30, Red's Speed Shop $25.
Weld Racing Hard Luck - K. Dow $75. Penske Shocks - Preston $150. Design 500 - Kaszubinski $100, Preston $50. Bailey Racing Products - Woodring $35. Total Seal - Preston $30. Thunder Mtn. Wings - Wilson $20. Powder Birns - Coffey $10. Dave Ely Racing - Woodring, Preston, S. Dow $10. Lauterborn Electric - Woodring $10.