Bryan Howland and Blake Breen Capture Dual Duels at Stateline JAMESTOWN, NY (August 23, 2008) - After two terrible Saturdays in June where it rained unmercifully at Stateline Speedway, a picture-perfect day would set the stage for two of the...
Bryan Howland and Blake Breen Capture Dual Duels at Stateline
JAMESTOWN, NY (August 23, 2008) - After two terrible Saturdays in June where it rained unmercifully at Stateline Speedway, a picture-perfect day would set the stage for two of the best ASCS Patriot events of the year.
Bryan Howland and Blake Breen each scored their first career Stateline Victories, both making their final pass for the lead on lap 20 while in lapped traffic and picking up the top-prize.
For only the second time in ASCS Patriot history, a pair of features were run on the same day. When it was all said and done, those going to victory lane would be two drivers who both broke into full-sized sprint racing in 2004 after graduating from the mini sprints.
A few weeks back, Bryan Howland was not even expecting to be able to run at Stateline, as he was required to move into his college dormitory. An early unload in Utica on Saturday would result in a long drive that would be well worth it.
Howland may not have had the best car in the first 25-lap feature, but his constancy on the top and ability to knife through the lapped traffic would prove to be the difference on the tricky 1/3-mile.
"I definitely didn't have the best car tonight, but it all came down to the lapped traffic," said a jubilated Howland in Victory Lane. "We just couldn't get the car to rotate (in the turns) but somehow it worked out."
The current ASCS Patriot point leader started back in fifth but quickly had moved up to third on the second lap and began to stalk early front-runners Don Adamczyk and Jared Zimbardi.
Adamczyk paced the first seven circuits and benefited from a lap eight caution to clear the path in front. "The Williamsville Warrior" would continue to lead after the only caution of the race until the next round of lapped traffic would help hand the lead over to Jared Zimbardi.JZimbardi seemed like he might pull off his first Patriot win of the year, but on lap 20 that all changed.
Zimbardi chose the top lane entering turn three as Howland was pressuring him for the lead. The lapped car of Robbie Shuttleworth chose the middle line as Howland slid to the bottom, the result would be the Filtrec Corporation No. 51 taking the lead for good.
"I have to apologize to Robbie for getting into him," added the Auburn, NY driver after the race. "I got in there too fast with that push and we touched."
As Howland and Shuttleworth were getting together, Zimbardi was blocked on the top with no choice but to back out of the throttle and lose precious ground to the leader with just five laps remaining. The 2nd place driver in points would close the gap to five car lengths of the final lap, but would play brides maid for the second-straight Stateline event.
Scott Bonnell, who started back in 11th place, was the KSE Hard Charger of the feature, as he rocketed forward to finish third, getting around Blake Breen on the final lap. Breen was also quick, using the bottom lane for the majority of the feature.
Don Adamczyk faded to fifth place as the handling on his car went away over the final 10 laps. The Pro-Syn Oil No. 21 would record his second-straight top-five at Stateline.
Chris Muhleisen carded what was his best finish of the year at the time in sixth, with Dave Wickham accomplishing the same feat in seventh.JLocal favorite John Schuyler came across in eighth with Gary Troutman and Bubba Broderick completing the top-10.
The only caution of the event came on lap 8 for a solo car spin by Kyle Moffit.
As the sun set on a terrific day at the races, the focus turned to a complete program that would be just as important. By the end of this grueling day, a pair of youngsters proved they had plenty of energy late into the night.
Blake Breen would score his first win in more than four years as he would make the sixth and final pass into the lead count on lap 20 to defeat Insinger Rookie Bubba Broderick.
The older of the Breen Brothers from Savannah, NY, Blake stayed committed to the bottom the entire 25-lap feature, waiting for the inside line to return to prominence so he could revisit Victory Lane.
"The car ran real good tonight," stated Breen in front of his Pearl Technologies No. 8. "It's been a while, and we've had some bad luck recently, but we had the right setup and got a good drive off the bottom."
Breen started in third by virtue of the redraw, moving into the runner-up position by the end of the first lap.
Bubba Broderick made an impressive move on the start of the event to get around Polesitter Justin Barger on the top of the track. The cushion was ineffective early though, as a lap later Breen used the bottom to take the lead.
The races only stoppage would come just a few seconds later at Joe August Jr. turned over his No. 47. Broderick would be solid again on the restart to rim ride to the lead. The next 22 laps would be some of the best in ASCS Patriot History.
The two mini sprint graduates with the initials "BB" would duke it out in for the field, always with Broderick on the top and Breen on the bottom. As the cushion pushed higher, Breen was able to start reeling the Northeast Carpet No. 5 back in, especially when they arrived on the back of the pack just shy of half-way.
Breen would sneak underneath Bubba to take the lead at the line to complete lap 12. Broderick was not ready to give up though as he hit his mark on the top and stretched his distance over the No. 8 as they sliced through traffic.
As the laps were winding down though, the cushion began to push too high and become too awkward, allowing the bottom line to come back in. This made it tougher for Broderick to pass lapped cars, and made Breen much quicker.
Coming to complete lap 20, the 22-year-old snuck underneath the 18-year-old from Brookfield, CT; two laps later he had cleared all the traffic necessary to holding on for the win.
"That was a great battle with Bubba," said Breen after climbing down from a wing dance. "He ran me real clean and I knew we had to run the bottom and then it just came back in."
Despite losing the lead late in the event, Broderick was overjoyed with his best career finish.
"That was just such a great race," he said. "The cushion began to roll in turn four, which I could get a hold off, but it began to dust off in turn two and that's where I really started losing ground."
While Blake and Bubba swapped the lead, Bryan Howland was in third and could not decide what driver to move around. The end result would be the bronze position for the first features winner.
A half-track behind those three was Chris Muhleisen, who added to his sixth place start at the beginning of the night with a National Parts Peddler Heat Win and a fourth place finish. Muhleisen would battle with Justin Barger for fourth for much of the race and just beat him back to the line.
Dave Wickham had fifth in his possession, but a persistent Barger would be able to hang on to a top-five finish. Wickham would settle for a solid sixth, with John Schuyler picking up his second top-10 of the night in seventh. Scott Bonnell would again have to climb his way out of a bad draw early on to finish eighth. Don Adamczyk would score the KSE Hard Charger in ninth.
Jared Zimbardi was near the top-five before the lap 2 red flag. During that period, the crew recognized a brake line issue, forcing him to the work area and relegating him to the back for the restart. The Little Valley, NY driver would rebound to complete the top-10.
Once again, the second feature would see a solitary caution period, with the final 23 laps of heart-pounding action going caution-free.
A total of 22 cars would enter the pit area on a perfect afternoon.JThree competitors that were not present in June helped to fill the slots opened up by a trio of cars that did not return this time around.
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ASCS Patriots Results: 8/23/08, Stateline Speedway, Jamestown, NY.
Make-Up A-Main From 6/21 (25 Laps)- 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Scott Bonnell (3B), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Don Adamczyk (21), 6. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 7. Dave Wickham (80), 8. John Schuyler (3T), 9. Gary Troutman (44), 10. Bubba Broderick (5), 11. Jared Fink (21F), 12. Scott Kreutter (52), 13. Brad Knab (38), 14. Joe August Jr. (47), 15. Jeremy Barnard (86), 16. Robbie Shuttleworth (11x), 17. Bobby Breen (9), 18. Kyle Moffit (7), 19. Justin Barger (32), 20. Chuck Hebing (28), 21. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 22. T.J. Newton (57).
Lap Leaders- Adamczyk 1-14, Zimbardi 15-19, Howland 20-25.
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each- Run on 6/21)-
Race 1: 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Chuck Hebing (28), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 5. Scott Bonnell (3B), 6. Bobby Breen (9), 7. Joe August (47), 8. Jeremy Barnard (86).
Race 2: 1. Don Adamczyk (21), 2. John Schuyler (3T), 3. Gary Troutman (44), 4. Jared Fink (21F), 5. Dave Wickham (80), 6. Bubba Broderick (5), 7. T.J. Newton (57).
Race 3: 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Bryan Howland (51), 3. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Brad Knab (38), 6. Kyle Moffit (7), 7. Robbie Shuttleworth (11x).
A-Main 2 (25 Laps)- 1. Blake Breen (8), 2. Bubba Broderick (5), 3. Bryan Howland (51), 4. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 5. Justin Barger (32), 6. Dave Wickham (80), 7. John Schuyler (3T), 8. Scott Bonnell (3B), 9. Don Adamczyk (21), 10. Jared Zimbardi (35), 11. Howard Singer (26), 12. Brad Knab (38), 13. Scott Kreutter (52), 14. Jared Fink (21F), 15. Ray Preston (22), 16. Gary Troutman (44), 17. Derek Jonathan (81), 18. Jeremy Barnard (86), 19. Joe August Jr. (47), 20. Robbie Shuttleworth (11), 21. Kyle Moffit (7), 22. Bobby Breen (9).
Lap Leaders- Broderick 1, Breen 2-5, Broderick 6-11, Breen 12, Broderick 13-19, Breen 20-25.
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Bubba Broderick (5), 2. Dave Wickham (80), 3. Justin Barger (32), 4. Jared Zimbardi (35), 5. Scott Bonnell (3B), 6. Don Adamczyk (21), 7. Jared Fink (21F), 8. Derek Jonathan (81).
Race 2: 1. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 2. Blake Breen (8), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Howard Singer (26), 5. Gary Troutman (44), 6. Jeremy Barnard (86), 7. Kyle Moffit (7).
Race 3: 1. John Schuyler (3T), 2. Bryan Howland (51), 3. Robbie Shuttleworth (11), 4. Joe August Jr. (47), 5. Brad Knab (38), 6. Ray Preston (22), 7. Bobby Breen (9).
ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Bryan Howland 1,962, 2. Jared Zimbardi 1,872, 3. Chris Muhleisen 1,796, 4. Bubba Broderick 1,702, 5. Scott Kreutter 1,555, 6. Don Adamczyk 1,412, 7. Blake Breen 1,399, 8. Bobby Breen 1,359, 9. Kyle Moffit 1,341, 10. Chuck Hebing 1,226.