Chuck Hebing Sweeps The Night and the Weekend With Humberstone Win PORT COLBORNE, Ont., (August 26, 2007)- Chuck Hebing had never seen The New Humberstone Speedway before Sunday Night, but it didn't phase him as he kept up to his winning ways,...
Chuck Hebing Sweeps The Night and the Weekend With Humberstone Win
PORT COLBORNE, Ont., (August 26, 2007)- Chuck Hebing had never seen The New Humberstone Speedway before Sunday Night, but it didn't phase him as he kept up to his winning ways, scoring his 10th ASCS Win of the Season.
Chuck Hebing led all but one lap of a thrilling 25-lap feature, moving back around a hard-charging Chris Muhleisen on lap 19 to sweep the weekend and take home the top prize of $1,400, with contributions for Red Bear Hand Cleaner and Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing.
"I was going to come up and test hear a few weeks ago but that got rained out, and all I had heard was how this was going to be slick and dusty, but this track was great," said the Ontario, NY driver ultra-fast surface that remaining tacky the entire night. "I saw (Muhleisen) peak underneath me after the final restart (on lap 18), so I went down the bottom and it was really good off of four, so I stayed there."
Chris Muhleisen stalked Chuck Hebing from the drop of Jeff Anstett's initial green flag, but as the race wore on, he began to reel in Hebing using the bottom line as "Cobra" was rim-riding the flat 1/3-mile. On lap 18 he decided it was time to strike.
Muhleisen led lap 18, then went into turns one and two even with the 2006 ASCS Patriot Champion, as they ran down the backstretch, disaster struck for the winner of the only prior Patriot race at Humberstone in 2003 as his brake rotor exploded.
"I was all set to pass him, and when I went to pitch the car into (turn three) I hit the brakes and felt the rotor hitting the floor pan," said the Arkport, NY driver, using a borrowed motor from crewmember Ken Swan in an effort to sell the potent engine. "I just had to limp it home from there."
As Muhleisen struggled to hang on, Hebing was figuring out that the bottom was indeed the place to be, at least in turn four, and began lapping cars at a rapid rate. He would end up lapping to 12th, as he would score his 26th ASCS win in his sprint car career.
Hebing was the winner of National Parts Peddler Heat No. 3 and went on to win the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Pole Dash to secure the Engler Machine and Tool Pole. It was the second ASCS Patriot race in a row that he has swept the night.
With Jared Zimbardi pulling in on lap five with engine problems, it allowed Hebing to stretch his point lead to 84 points, meaning that he only has to start the final two ASCS Patriot Point Race A-Mains and attend the show-up point races to clinch his second-consecutive championship.
Justin Barger was blistering fast en route to his win in Heat No. 1, laying down an unofficial track record lap of 13.51 seconds. Barger would start the feature in third, but would slip back to fifth after pulling a wheel stand on a lap nine restart. The Montrose, NY driver moved around Muhleisen with three laps and would close the gap between himself and Hebing in half but would come up 1.38 seconds short.
Chris Muhleisen would hang on to third, his first top-five finish since his most recent win last June at Freedom. It was a much-needed finish for "The Copper Chopper" who blew up his primary engine last week.
Rob Pietz led the Canadian Contingent across the line, scoring a fourth-place finish to secure the inaugural Humberstone Speedway Sprint Car Championship. Pietz, who lives a stone throw from the speedway never finished worse than fourth at his hometown track all year.
Tom Huppunen, who finished behind Pietz in the Humberstone Points, allowed finished right behind him in the A-Main, as the "Fenwick Flyer" recorded his first-career ASCS Patriot Top-Five finish in his No. 27H.
Kevin Job was as high as fourth in his No. 21x but slipped back after Huppunen hit the inside wall on lap 15. It is the best ASCS Patriot Finish for the Cambellville, Ontario Sophomore.
Don Adamczyk was solid yet again, crossing in seventh in his Pro-Syn No. 21. Geoff Quackenbush made his long tow count, placing in eighth. Kyle Moffit and Scott Kreutter completed the top-10.
Stan Zanchin, who sponsored the night of action with his Zanchin Truck & Trailer Truck Pro Businuess, recorded his first National Parts Peddler Heat Win with a run away victory in front of his hometown faithful.JWhile Zanchin fought an ill-handling car in the feature, sportsman-modified competitor Brad Rouse drove his back-up to a 13th place finish, earning the KSE Hard Charger Award.
Bryan Howland was running in third with just five laps remaining when he cut a right rear tire and pulled into the pits.
Twenty-three cars in total pulled into the pits on a picture-perfect night in Southern Ontario. A filled grandstand saw only two red flags, the first for Ray Preston in Heat No. 1 when his rear axle broke and the other for Dave Wickham who turned over in the feature.
ASCS Patriots Results: 8/26/07, Humberstone Speedway, Port Colborne, Ontario.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Justin Barger (32), 3. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 4. Rob Pietz (69), 5. Tom Huppunen (27H), 6. Kevin Job (21x), 7. Don Adamczyk (21), 8. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 9. Kyle Moffit (77), 10. Scott Kreutter (52), 11. Howard Singer (26), 12. John Burbridge Jr. (21J), 13. Brad Rouse (94x), 14. Stan Zanchin (94), 15. James Whittaker (83w), 16. Tim Zack (9Jr), 17. Joel Lehman (4z), 18. Bryan Howland (51), 19. Derek Jonathan (81), 20. Dave Wickham (80), 21. Jared Zimbardi (35), 22. Jay Pietz (71Jr), 23. Ray Preston (22).
Lap Leaders- Hebing 1-17, Muhleisen 18, Hebing 19-25.
Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Pole Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 3. Justin Barger (32), 4. Kevin Job (21x), 5. Bryan Howland (51), 6. Stan Zanchin (94).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Stan Zanchin (94), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. Bryan Howland (51), 4. Tom Huppunen (27H), 5. Geoff Quackenbush (25), 6. Kyle Moffit (77), 7. James Whittaker (83w), 8. Ray Preston (22).
Race 2: 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Kevin Job (21x), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. John Burbridge Jr. (21J), 6. Howard Singer (26), 7. Dave Wickham (80), 8. Brad Rouse (94x).
Race 3: 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 3. Rob Pietz (69), 4. Derek Jonathan (81), 5. Tim Zack (9Jr), 6. Joel Lehman (4z), 7. Jay Pietz (71Jr).
Current ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Chuck Hebing 2,570, 2. Jared Zimbardi 2,486, 3. Ray Preston 2,346, 4. Don Adamczyk 2,326, 5. Scott Kreutter 2,126, 6. Blake Breen 1,876, 7. Chris Muhleisen 1,734, 8. Bobby Breen 1,704, 9. Geoff Quackenbush 1,636, 10. Dave Wickham 1,558.