Justin Barger Sweeps ASCS Patriot Finale at Fulton, Chuck Hebing Claims Title FULTON, NY (September 8, 2007)- Justin Barger's first career ASCS win was a $2,000-to-win show at Penn Can last month, on Saturday Night he rounded out the 2007 season...
Justin Barger Sweeps ASCS Patriot Finale at Fulton, Chuck Hebing Claims Title
FULTON, NY (September 8, 2007)- Justin Barger's first career ASCS win was a $2,000-to-win show at Penn Can last month, on Saturday Night he rounded out the 2007 season with a dominating performance in a $2,007-to-win 25-lap feature.
With 32 cars in attendance, the driver of the No. 32 led all 25-laps of the 19th ASCS Patriot point race of the season, winning by just over two seconds to beat Bobby Breen in the second-straight caution-free ASCS Patriot Feature.
"I could really put the car anywhere tonight," said the driver of the AEM Dry Flow Systems No. 32. "I wasn't that good at the top of turn one, so I had to run the bottom there but everywhere else it was good."
Justin Barger won National Parts Peddler Heat No. 4 in dominating fashion, locking him into the Riverside Bar and Grill Dash. After drawing the pole for the 4-lap event, Barger pulled away to set himself for the pole with Chuck Hebing starting on his outside, looking to go for his sixth straight win. Barger said in Victory Lane after the Dash that he was going to keep the No. 45 behind his AEM Dry Flow Sponsored Maxim, and he did.
Barger lapped up to 14th in the 25-lap A-Main, as he was submerged in lap traffic for the majority of the feature. As he attempted to move around cars, Bobby Breen and the rest of the pack stayed within reach of the lead.
"I think I needed a caution to clear out the lapped traffic, but I guess it worked," commented Barger after the race, where he redeemed himself after a poor showing at the season opener at Fulton, when he was 15th. "We did everything different than we did that night (on May 5) and that helped."
Bobby Breen started fifth but quickly fell back at the start of the race, yet used poise and a strong setup to chase down Chuck Hebing and his brother, Blake, to score a runner-up finish. Breen was consistently reeling in Barger in the final five laps but just ran out of time.
Breen moving around Hebing as a surprise, but "Cobra" was able to hang on to third, allowing him to clinch the 2007 ASCS Patriot Championship as well as capture the A-Verdi King of CNY Title by a mere two points.
"I needed a faster car tonight," was Hebing's response in Championship Victory Lane after the event. "Once Barger found the top side in turn three and four he was gone."
Hebing's repeat ASCS Patriot Championship was no surprise for anyone on hand on a beautiful early fall evening, but things were much tighter for the King of CNY Point Battle on A-Verdi Storage Containers Night.
Jason Barney, who entered the night as the leader of the mini series, was cruising to the win in heat one when his rear end broke, putting him way behind the 8-ball the rest of the night. After winning the first Bobcat of Buffalo B-Main he found himself starting 17th in the feature.
Without the aid of the caution, the Constantia, NY driver finished seventh, four spots behind Hebing, one more than he could afford to do to gain a share of the Crown. Barney had a better average finish, but Cobra had more wins. The end result: Hebing 1,000, Barney 998.
Hebing picked up the Triple Crown on the night, as he also secured the Gater Racing News Hard Charger of the Season Award presented by Red Bear Hand Cleaner. Ray Preston appeared set to pass the Ontario, NY driver in these special standings, but came up two spots short.
As Hebing crossed the line in third, Blake Breen was nipping at his heels as he followed his younger brother through the pack. It was the first time that either brother, who hails from nearby Savannah, has finished in the top-five at Fulton.
Scott Kreutter secured the 2007 ASCS Patriot Rookie of the Year title with another stellar run, charging up from 11th to round out the top-five. Kreutter missed the season opener at the 3/8-mile facility, but made up for it on Saturday.
Jessica Zemken also moved forward quietly as he crossed in sixth place, just ahead of Jason Barney. Jeff Cook rebounded in a spin in his heat race to finish in eighth.
Jared Zimbardi struggled in the feature but was able to hang on for ninth. Don Adamczyk scored his ninth straight top-10, which allowed him to overtake Ray Preston for third in the overall standings.
With the largest ASCS Patriot field in two years, the need for four heats was utilized for the first time since 2004. There was also the need to run two Bobcat of Buffalo B-Mains. It was also a strong crowd on hand to watch a unique night of racing at the perfectly manicured Fulton Speedway.
The $2,007 top prize was made possible by Riverside Bar and Grill, Red Bear Hand Cleaner, Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing and Mike Emhof Motorsports.
Only one red flag flew on the night when Dave Wickham flipped over after contact with Coleman Gulick. Wickham was OK but would not return the rest of the night. The yellow flag came out eight times over the night, but for the second race in a row and third time in the last month, was never seen in the A-Main. Only Rick Wilson (Brakes) and Bobby Podolak (Torsion Arm) were DNF's in the event.
The focus no shifts to show-up point only challenge races, with the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on tap at the Ohsweken Speedway. For more information, visit www.ASCSracing.com or www.ASCSpatriotsprints.com.
ASCS PATRIOTS RESULTS: 9/8/07, FULTON SPEEDWAY, FULTON, NY.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Bobby Breen (9), 3. Chuck Hebing (45), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Scott Kreutter (52), 6. Jessica Zemken (1z), 7. Jason Barney (87x), 8. Jeff Cook (10), 9. Jared Zimbardi (35), 10. Don Adamczyk (21), 11. Michael Parent (25x), 12. Bryan Howland (51), 13. Jimmy Stitzel (12x), 14. Tim Kelly (12), 15. George Suprick (87), 16. Ray Preston (22), 17. Coleman Gulick (14), 18. Jared Fink (21a), 19. Brad Knab (38), 20. Gary Troutman (44), 21. Rick Wilson (42w), 22. Bobby Podolak (3).
Lap Leaders- Barger 1-25.
DNQ: Geoff Quackenbush (25), Adam Gordon (18), April Wilson (15A), Daniel Lampron (52L), Derek Jonathon (81), Howard Singer (26), Normand Beaudreault (50), Dave Wickham (80), Jami Russell (33), Tim Hogue (39).
Bobcat of Buffalo B-Mains (8 Laps Each, Top-3 Transfer to A)-
Race 1: 1. Jason Barney (87x), 2. George Suprick (87), 3. Gary Troutman (44), 4. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 5. April Wilson (15A), 6. Derek Jonathon (81), 7. Normand Beaudreault (50), 8. Jami Russell (33).
Race 2: 1. Ray Preston (22), 2. Jimmy Stitzel (12x), 3. Jared Fink (21a), 4. Adam Gordon (18), 5. Daniel Lampron (52L), 6. Howard Singer (26), 7. Dave Wickham (80), 8. Tim Hogue (39).
Gananoque's Riverside Bar and Grill Pole Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Chuck Hebing (45), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Bobby Breen (9), 5. Tim Kelly (12), 6. Bobby Podolak (3).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Tim Kelly (12), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Bryan Howland (51), 5. Gary Troutman (44), 6. Howard Singer (26), 7. Jason Barney (87x), 8. Normand Beaudreault (50).
Race 2: 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Jessica Zemken (1z), 3. Don Adamczyk (21), 4. Brad Knab (38), 5. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 6. George Suprick (87), 7. Jimmy Stitzel (12x), 8. Tim Hogue (39).
Race 3: 1. Bobby Breen (9), 2. Bobby Podolak (3), 3. Rick Wilson (42w), 4. Michael Parent (25x), 5. Jared Fink (21a), 6. Adam Gordon (18), 7. Jami Russell (33), 8. April Wilson (15A).
Race 4: 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Blake Breen (8), 3. Coleman Gulick (14), 4. Ray Preston (22), 5. Jeff Cook (10), 6. Derek Jonathon (81), 7. Daniel Lampron (52L), 8. Dave Wickham (80).
ASCS Patriot Standings (Top-10)- 1. Chuck Hebing 2864, 2. Jared Zimbardi 2744, 3. Don Adamczyk 2602, 4. Ray Preston 2600, 5. Scott Kreutter 2408, 6. Blake Breen 2162, 7. Bobby Breen 1988, 8. Geoff Quackenbush 1839, 9. Bryan Howland 1768, 10. Dave Wickham 1765.
A-Verdi Storage Containers King of Central New York Final Standings (Top-10)- 1. Chuck Hebing 1000, 2. Jason Barney 998, 3. Jared Zimbardi 968, 4. Blake Breen 946, 5. Bobby Breen 940, 6. Ray Preston 898, 7. Don Adamczyk 886, 8. Jessica Zemken 784, 9. Dave Wickham 781, 10. Scott Kreutter 660.
Gater Racing News Hard Charger Standings presented by Red Bear Hand Cleaner (Top-10)- 1. Chuck Hebing 39, 2. Ray Preston 37, 3. Chris Muhleisen 34, 4. Jared Zimbardi 30, 5. Scott Kreutter 29, 6. Bryan Howland 28, 6. Jason Barney 28, 8. Don Adamczyk 27, 9. Geoff Quackenbush 26, 9. Jeff Cook 26.