Blake Breen Hangs Tough For ASCS Patriot Win at Sharon HARTFORD, Ohio (May 23, 2009) - A week ago Blake Breen's younger brother Bobby was won at Black Rock. It was enough motivation for Blake to get his car out at Sharon Speedway, and would...
Blake Breen Hangs Tough For ASCS Patriot Win at Sharon
HARTFORD, Ohio (May 23, 2009) - A week ago Blake Breen's younger brother Bobby was won at Black Rock. It was enough motivation for Blake to get his car out at Sharon Speedway, and would make the most of it.
Blake Breen, 23, of Savannah, NY, picked up the first leg of the Sharon/Eriez Holiday Weekend $heriez as part of the King of OH/PA. Breen pulled out to a healthy lead early on but had to fight to the final corner to secure his fourth career win.
"This is just awesome right now," said Breen in Victory Lane. "The crew did a great job with this car."
After finishing second in his qualifying heat, Blake drew the outside front row starting spot for the 25-lap A-Main and quickly jumped into the lead off the first set of corners. Bubba Broderick would begin to pressure him closing in on the halfway point of the event and set up a classic final 12 laps.
Broderick closed right up on the tail tank of the No. 8 after the only caution of the event came out on lap 16 for Dain Naida stopping on the track. Even though Blake's younger brother Bobby would fall out during that caution with motor problems, Blake would peddle away on the restart.
Coming to five to go however, Broderick found a fast ribbon of dirt on the inside of turn four and quickly reeled in the leader. The Brookfield, CT youngster then drove underneath Breen on lap 21 and seemed destined to score his first win.
Before Broderick could lead the field for an entire circuit, Breen was able to drove back underneath him off turn two and take the top spot back.
While Breen and Broderick were swapping the lead, Trevor Lewis, who blew up his engine in hot laps and had to start last on the field, was flying through the pack and caught the top-two. For the final four laps it would be a three-car scramble.
"I saw Broderick get underneath me once, he was getting a really good run," added Breen after the event. "I just hustled to get back by him in lapped traffic."
Coming to the white flag, Breen caught lapped traffic in Don Adamczyk and had trouble getting around him off turn two. At the same point, Lewis got underneath Broderick and the three set their sights on the final set of corners. As Breen was blocked in the middle, Lewis dove low while Broderick threw it up on the cushion hoping for it to stick. As they came to the line, Lewis got the drive off the corner but came up less than a car length short of moving by Breen.
"That's two weeks in a row I run second to a Breen Brother," stated Lewis after the event. "I saw (Breen and Broderick) battling for the lead and I was hoping Broderick wouldn't pull away, I was happy when Blake got back by him and allowed me to close in."
For Broderick, his second-best career run was reminiscent of his career-best 2nd place run last year at Stateline when he took the lead briefly before handing it back over to Blake Breen. Still, it was solid for the driver who towed more than nine hours to get to the Ohio Speedplant.
Bryan Howland missed the setup in his No. 51 only slightly, as he was strong enough to maintain the fourth place position he started in. In the process, he also held on to his very slim point lead.
Jared Zimbardi rounded out the top-five, the third time in as many races this year he has been in that position.
Gary Kreiss put together a solid run in his No. 55 to come home in sixth in front of fellow local runners Chris Shuttleworth and Gary Edwards.
Don Adamczyk was saved by a borrowed engine part to avoid missing the feature and turned it in to a ninth place run. Gary Troutman would round out the top-10.
Motor issues were a reoccurring theme on a beautiful Saturday Night in front of a great crowd as Scott Kreutter, Kyle Moffit, Bobby Breen, Scott Bonnell and Dave Wickham all had issues.
The only red flag of the night came out on the final lap of the final heat when Judi Bates tipped over her No. 121 after a deflated right rear final went flat. Before puncturing the tire, Bates had been walking away with the heat. Broderick would pick up that heat win, with Edwards and Howland scoring the others. Dain Naida won the Bonnell's Collision Center Four Laps of Fame Dash.
ASCS Patriots Results: 5/23/09, Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Blake Breen (8), 2. Trevor Lewis (21L), 3. Bubba Broderick (5), 4. Bryan Howland (51), 5. Jared Zimbardi (35), 6. Gary Kreiss (55), 7. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 8. Gary Edwards (57), 9. Don Adamczyk (21), 10. Gary Troutman (44), 11. Guy Griffin (11x), 12. Derek Jonathan (81), 13. Chris Weiss (29), 14. Jim Morris (16), 15. Scott Bonnell (3B), 16. Bobby Breen (9), 17. Dain Naida (6N), 18. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 19. Dave Wickham (80), 20. Judi Bates (121), 21. Kyle Moffit (7), 22. Scott Kreutter (52).
Lap Leaders- Bl. Breen 1-20, Broderick 21, Bl. Breen 22-25.
Bonnell's Collision Center Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Dain Naida (6N), 2. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 3. Gary Troutman (44), 4. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 5. Dave Wickham (80), 6. Don Adamczyk (21).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Gary Edwards (57), 2. Gary Kreiss (55), 3. Scott Bonnell (3B), 4. Dave Wickham (80), 5. Don Adamczyk (21), 6. Guy Griffin (11x), 7. Derek Jonathan (81), 8. Scott Kreutter (52).
Race 2: 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Bobby Breen (9), 3. Dain Naida (6N), 4. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 5. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 6. Chris Weiss (29), 7. Trevor Lewis (21L).
Race 3: 1. Bubba Broderick (5), 2. Blake Breen (8), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Gary Troutman (44), 5. Jim Morris (16), 6. Judi Bates (121), 7. Kyle Moffit (7).
Ohsweken Speedway/Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Award- Bl. Breen
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Edwards
Ultra-Shield Race Products Top-10 Award-
Rod End Supply 20th Anniversary Award- Bates
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Bryan Howland 432, 2. Trevor Lewis 428, 3. Jared Zimbardi 422, 4. Bubba Broderick 400, 5. Don Adamczyk 382, 6. Bobby Breen 380, 7. Chris Muhleisen 346, 8. Dave Wickham 342, 9. (tie) Gary Troutman and Scott Kreutter 321.