Dan Kaszubinski Collects his Fourth Empire Super Sprints Feature Event win of 2004 Dominating Utica-Rome VERNON, N.Y. -- Leading the last 16 laps of Sunday night's, 4th of July A-Main at the Utica-Rome Speedway, Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan ...
Dan Kaszubinski Collects his Fourth Empire Super Sprints Feature Event win of 2004 Dominating Utica-Rome
VERNON, N.Y. -- Leading the last 16 laps of Sunday night's, 4th of July A-Main at the Utica-Rome Speedway, Syracuse, N.Y.'s Dan Kaszubinski continued his hot streak to win his fourth Empire Super Sprints A-Main of the 2004 season. The victory was his 23rd of his ESS career, marked three wins in four events and opened up his point lead in quest of the first ever championship crown.
The annual holiday weekend visit to Gene Cole's fast half-mile was greeted by a big crowd in the stands and a very fast track that saw the sprinters riding around the very top of the high banked corners. Kaszubinski's Autotech of Syracuse #20 Maxim got past Jeff VanDusen, the winner of the May event, in lapped traffic on lap nine and stayed on the very outside of the track to take the checkered flag from Matt Burdick.
"The track was much better than the first time we were here. I know they put down a new surface and I've heard it's been rough. But, they did a good job today and it was fast tonight." said the driver of the familiar #20. "I did think it there was going to be a little more bite than there was for the feature but with it being slick down low I just stuck it on the cushion and let it go. At least I went back to what I'm used too, no bottom dwelling tonight!"
VanDusen got the jump on Kaszubinski from his outside pole starting spot and in open traffic, he just couldn't be touched. "I'll tell you, in open traffic I think Jeff is the fastest car here. He just flies when he is all alone." noted Kaszubinski. But, with the first nine laps going by quickly slower cars figured into the fray and that is where Kaszubinski made his move.
"It's always an advantage to be second when it comes to slower traffic, you can just go where the leader is not." Said the driver about making his winning pass. Indeed Kaszubinski shot past VanDusen's #56 Maxim and as soon as he got the lead the caution lights came on and that meant a clear track ahead for the next few laps.
A lap 20 caution added to the drama but there was no mistakes made by the ESS star as he brought home the lion's share of the purse being offered. Justin Barger took advantage of a late race slip of VanDusen which saw him go over the turn three banking to come home in second place. VanDusen finished third ahead of Tim Kelly with Doug Emery in for fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Lance Yonge, Bob Podolak, who changed and engine after blowing his main power plant the night before at Can-Am, Mike Stelter, Don Sharp Jr. and Connecticut's Matt Norrie who collected the Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger bonus coming from his 21st. place starting spot.
Only two cautions slowed the pace; On lap nine Brad Knab lost a wheel after contact with another car and Jeff Cook made contact with an inside tire barrier on lap 20.
Taking the Engler Machine and Tool heat events were Cook, Barger and Podolak with the Walt's Hobby Dash won by Cook and the KSE Racing Products B-Main won by Bubby Kerrick.
ESS NOTES: Another fine field of 28 sprinters in the pits for the 4th of July celebration--Making his first ever ESS start was New Hampshire's Riki Likowski--The hard luck continues for Billy Krull as engine woes saw his sprinter loaded up before the heats were run--Due to construction on the main road to the Thunder Mtn. Speedway, it has been decided that it's best for both managements to cancel this Saturday's event at the 1/3rd mile oval--.Next up for the ESS traveling road show is a big four race weekend starting on Thurs. July 15th with ESS' first visit to Thunder Alley in 14 years. Trips to Edelweiss, Frogtown and Cornwall will follow making for events in one state and two Canadian provinces.
Heat 1 -- Jeff Cook, Lance Yonge, Nick Fratto, Matt Norrie, Luke Eriksen, Doug Emery.
Heat 2 -- Justin Barger, Mike Stelter, Dan Kaszubinski, Tim Kelly, Phil Mott, Randy Years.
Heat 3 -- Bob Podolak, Jeff VanDusen, Don Sharp Jr., Doug Norrie, Russ Bennett, Brad Knab.
Walt's Hobby Dash -- Cook.
B-Main -- Bubby Kerrick, Brian Dumigan, Warren Alexson, John Karklin Jr.
Added Starter -- Kyle Moffit.
Did Not Qualify -- Dick Spadaro, Riki Likowski, Scott Davis, Brian Glasser, Billy Krull.
A-MAIN -- DAN KASZUBINSKI, Barger, VanDusen, Kelly, Emery, Yonge, Podolak, Stelter, Sharp Jr., M. Norrie, Kerrick, D. Norrie, Dumigan, Alexson, Bennett, Eriksen, Moffit, Fratto, Cook, Karklin Jr., Mott, Knab, Years.
Gater News Lap Leaders -- VanDusen 1-8, Kaszubinski 9-25.
Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger -- M. Norrie (11 pos.) $50.
Brodix Cylinder Heads Halfway -- Kaszubinski $50.