Bryan Howland Benefits From Break for ASCS Patriot Win at Brockville BROCKVILLE, Ont., (July 18, 2009)- Bryan Howland's streak of good luck continued Saturday Night as he moved from fourth to first in a span of two laps by virtue of a lucky...
Bryan Howland Benefits From Break for ASCS Patriot Win at Brockville
BROCKVILLE, Ont., (July 18, 2009)- Bryan Howland's streak of good luck continued Saturday Night as he moved from fourth to first in a span of two laps by virtue of a lucky break and then a quality move for the lead.
Howland, of Auburn, NY, scored his third Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Regional win of the year in thrilling fashion, passing Alain Bergeron on the high side of turns three and four at the Brockville Speedway on lap 22 to take the lead and pick up his second win in eight days. In both instances, he got to the lead due in large part to contact made between prior leaders.
"I just can't believe we are here right now," stated Howland in Victory Lane. "We had a top-five car tonight, but other guys were quicker than us, especially the top two, they were gone."
Those top two were local favorites Brian McDonald and Rick Wilson ran first and second for much of the event, until Wilson made a move on lap 21 to go for the lead. When "The Joyceville Jet" dove his No. 42w down to the inside of turn three, he slid up in to McDonald and sent the No. 151kb in to the marsh land off turn four. The result would result in both being sent to the back, giving Bergeron and Howland the top two spots.
On the restart, Bergeron, who had run the bottom for much of the race, went back down to the inside, allowing Howland to wind up the Filtrec Corporation No. 51 around the top. Once he made the pass he would set sail for his 11th career Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Win.
"Bubba (Broderick) showed me (the high line) earlier in the feature," noted Howland after the completion of the first race in the Riverside Bar and Grill King of the St. Lawrence Series. "I knew I could get up there and make it work."
Broderick had gone sailing around Howland on the top of the track in the opening laps, even though the No. 51 was strong after pulling the No. 8 redraw ball. Both competitors went forward all night on the tight and tacky 0x00bc-mile.
The win gave Howland back the point lead at the mid-point of the 2009 schedule. It also was his first at Brockville after coming so close the last time the Patriots visited the speedway in 2007.
Broderick overall had an up and down night, as the 19-year-old from Brookfield, CT came from sixth in the dash to second, earning him a 10th place starting spot in the A-Main. He was up to sixth by the second lap and moved to fourth on lap seven. The Ciao Water No. 5 began to fade though, yet would follow Howland through on the top in the closing laps to pick up the runner-up position on the final lap from Bergeron.
Both Howland and Broderick also used the bottom at points in the night.JFor about a 10-lap stretch in the middle of the 25-lap feature, they could drive underneath slower traffic, this was the line Bergeron had to stick with once he realized he missed the setup.
Bergeron knew he was a sitting duck on the restart with four laps to go, and figured the bottom was the best place to block. The result was a third place showing for the No. 8B.
Justin Barger would come home with fourth in his No. 32. This was about the spot Barger hung out the entire race. Barger was the third and final driver across the line that won a National Parts Peddler Heat Race, joining Howland and Bergeron.
Don Adamczyk won the Four Laps of Fame Dash and consistently went forward to score his second career top-five at "The BOS".
Shawn Donath started third in the A-Main, but on the first lap looped the No. 33 in turn three. When he tried to do a complete 360, the front end picked up so high that his right front wheel caught the left sideboard of Jared Zimbardi's wing. Donath would come back through the pack for sixth.
Michael Parent suffered a flat tire in his heat but would be the hard charger for the second straight race as he would rally to seventh.
Jared Zimbardi entered the night as the point leader, and had the most passing points in the heats. But his tangle with Donath on the opening lap would cripple the No. 35 and would force him to fight for an eighth place showing. "The Juice" realized that having just two minutes in the work area to replace the wing would be a real gamble in a tight points race.
Gordy Button had yet another top-10 in ninth with rookie Travis Cunningham completing the top-10.
In all 20 cars entered the pit area for the first of two full-point Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot events at Brockville in 2009. Tyler Rand's night was short-lived as he flipped the No. 84 in turn two during hot laps.
Rain clouds hung in the distance for most of the night, with only a light shower hitting the speedway around 5:00 p.m. Rain was no farther than 10 miles away at any point in the night, but the show did get in in front of a massive crowd in Eastern Ontario.
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Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots Results: 7/18/09, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ontario.
Riverside A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Bubba Broderick (5), 3. Alain Bergeron (8B), 4. Justin Barger (32), 5. Don Adamczyk (21), 6. Shawn Donath (33), 7. Michael Parent (25), 8. Jared Zimbardi (35), 9. Gordy Button (714), 10. Travis Cunningham (71), 11. Doug Bowman (57), 12. Brandan Warner (10b), 13. Dave Wickham (80), 14. Devin Caron (24k), 15. Paul Pekkonen (98), 16. April Wilson (15aw), 17. Brian McDonald (151), 18. Rick Wilson (42w), 19. Kyle Wilson (14), DNS: Tyler Rand (84).
Lap Leaders- McDonald 1-20, Bergeron 21, Howland 22-25.
Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Don Adamczyk (21), 2. Bubba Broderick (5), 3. Paul Pekkonen (98), 4. Brandan Warner (10b), 5. April Wilson (15aw), 6. Travis Cunningham (71).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Brian McDonald (151), 3. Shawn Donath (33), 4. Brandan Warner (10b), 5. April Wilson (15aw), 6. Kyle Wilson (14), 7. Michael Parent (25).
Race 2: 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Rick Wilson (42w), 3. Gordy Button (714), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Dave Wickham (80), 6. Bubba Broderick (5), 7. Devin Caron (24k).
Race 3: 1. Alain Bergeron (8B), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Travis Cunningham (71), 4. Paul Pekkonen (98), 5. Doug Bowman (57), DNS: Tyler Rand (84).
Ohsweken Speedway/Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Award- Howland
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Zimbardi
M&W Aluminum Products Top-5 Award- Bergeron
Ultra-Shield Race Products Top-10 Award- Donath
Rod End Supply 20th Anniversary Award- K. Wilson
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Bryan Howland 1,552, 2. Jared Zimbardi 1,542, 3. Don Adamczyk 1,450, 4. Bubba Broderick 1,393, 5. Bobby Breen 1,352, 6. Blake Breen 1,062, 7. Chris Muhleisen 974, 8. Gordy Button 906, 9. Derek Jonathan 867, 10. Trevor Lewis 856.