ASCS MID-ATLANTIC NOTEBOOK NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (May 9, 2007) - Coleman Gulick turned a lot of heads Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park. Not only does Gulick stick out because he is 13 years old, but in Sunday's ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region race,...
ASCS MID-ATLANTIC NOTEBOOK
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (May 9, 2007) - Coleman Gulick turned a lot of heads Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park. Not only does Gulick stick out because he is 13 years old, but in Sunday's ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region race, the Binghamton, N.Y., driver started 14th and finished seventh.
Gulick crossed the line in fifth, but he was docked two finishing spots for a restart. Still, Gulick received rave reviews for driving the No. 14 on the outside line.
"Everyone was playing follow-the-leader," Gulick said. "I figured I would give it [the high line] a try and see what happens. The car stuck a couple times, and I decided to stay there the rest of the race."
In three Mid-Atlantic Region races this season, Gulick, who competed in wingless sprint car race in Indiana on Saturday, finished 16th twice and a seventh.
"We haven't finished real well in the first couple races," Gulick said. "This was a big confidence boost for us as a team. It was a learning experience. We got seat time, and my crew is proud of me. Hopefully, we opened some eyes."
Gulick ranks third in the Mid-Atlantic Region points.
Forty-one drivers from seven states have participated in ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region and local races this season.
The latest two drivers to join the participant list is Jamie Bodo of Frenchtown, N.J. and Rusty Pressley of Mechanicsburg, Penna.
Pressley is not a new name in the Pennsylvania racing industry.
He drove 358 Sprint Cars for several years, but he retired after the 2005 racing season. Pressley piloted Dan Carrozza's No. 5C.
It is only three races into the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region season, but it appears a tights point race is heating up. George Suprick III of Clarks Summit, Penna., leads Tim Hogue of Lumberton, N.J., by a mere two points.
Suprick finished 12th at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Sunday. It was his worst finish of the year. He finished sixth in the region opener at SSP on April 22 and eighth at Virginia Motor Speedway on April 28.
Hogue's performances are more consistent. He has three ninth place finishes.
Sponsors come in different forms, but Rod Ort might have one of the more unique sponsorship programs on the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region tour. Ort is sponsored by the Harrisburg (Penna.) City Islanders, a United Soccer League Second Division team.
The City Islanders, which play near the state capital, are located only 14 miles away from Susquehanna Speedway Park.
And things are looking good for the team this season. In four games, the City Islanders are 3-0-1, 10 points. They lead the Richmond Kickers, Cleveland City Stars and Charlotte Eagles.
A few drivers have taken a liking to the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region races at Susquehanna Speedway Park.
After a last place in the opener on April 22, Lucas Wolfe has scored two consecutive wins at SSP, but one was in an ASCS local event.
The following drivers have scored top 10s in the two Mid-Atlantic Regional races at SSP: Pat Cannon (first and fifth), Chad Layton (second and fourth), Dave Ely (third and third), Davie Franek (fourth and second), Jimmy Stitzel (fifth and sixth), Billy Dietrich (eighth and eighth) and Tim Hogue (ninth and ninth).