Suprick Finally Finds Friday Glory with ASCS Patriots at Ransomville RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (August 3, 2007)- George Suprick is the third-most-winningest driver in ASCS Patriot History, but on Friday Night he found Victory Lane on a night other than...
Suprick Finally Finds Friday Glory with ASCS Patriots at Ransomville
RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (August 3, 2007)- George Suprick is the third-most-winningest driver in ASCS Patriot History, but on Friday Night he found Victory Lane on a night other than Saturday for the first time at Ransomville.
The Clarks Summit, PA hot shoe charged up from his seventh place starting position to score his first ASCS Patriot win in nearly two years, his 11th in his illustrious career. The 2004 Champion was just glad to have the monkey of winning on a night other than Saturday off his back.
"I truly can not remember the last time I won on a Friday, I guess I'll need a new nickname," said the veteran in Victory Lane who of late was referred to as "Saturday Suprick". "I won my second career sprint race year here but the last time we were here I wasn't that good, tonight the car was real strong."
Suprick finished second in National Parts Peddler Heat No. 3, so he narrowly missed the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Pole Dash. Despite starting back in seventh, the Hazerdous Sports No. 87 J&J mount found himself in third by the second lap, and had taken over the runner-up spot from Jared Zimbardi by the end of lap five.
Scott Kreutter continued his impressive rookie campaign by jumping out front on the opening lap; passing polesitter Bobby Breen off of turn four to complete the first lap, but his advantage in front of the field would slow dwindle as the veteran Suprick reeled in the No. 52.
Suprick jumped into the lead on lap 11 on the backstretch but would hand it back just as quick as the pair swapped lines in turns three and four. Two laps later, Suprick would pull back around and shut the door on Kreutter entering turn one. Even though Kreutter would stay close in tow the final 12 laps, it was Suprick who would hang on for the win.
Friday Night was the first ASCS Patriot start of the year for the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Point Leader, who blew his motor at the end of May and has been salivating at the opportunity to get back on the track; his return to the dirt did not disappoint.
"I have to thank Don Ott for getting me this motor," said Suprick. "He said I'd get my money back if I wasn't happy, I don't think I'll be doing that."
Suprick earned $1,400 for his performance, with pruse contributions made by Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing and Red Bear Hand Cleaner. With the win, Suprick becomes the first of two qualifiers for the Pro-Syn Oil Scramble Dash at the Genesee Speedway on August 25.
The 12th event of the 2007 season was the first to go green-to-checkered in the feature event. The best sprint cars in the Northeast put on a fantastic show on "The Big R" for 25-laps on their second of two trips to the 0x00bd-mile. Even though three cars spun in the feature, a caution was never required.
Even though Suprick led the second half of the race, Scott Kreutter proved his worth with a solid run, not only holding off the field for his best career finish, but also staying right with Suprick, who has been running sprint cars since 1987, the year the Alden, NY driver was born. Over the final five laps, the leading contender for Rookie of the Year Honors and winner of heat two was within two cars lengths of the No. 87. His finish also makes him the first alternate for the Genesee Scramble.
A week after out dueling Kreutter, Jared Zimbardi found himself again in third place, this time one position behind the No. 52. The Little Valley, NY driver, currently second in points, who won the June Ransomville event, won National Parts Peddler Heat No. 1 and felt that if he could have just moved around Kreutter he might have had something for Suprick.
Coleman Gulick continued to impress in his No. 14, as he stayed in touch with the top-three for the second-half of the racing, scoring a career best 4th with the ASCS Patriots in his first appearance at Ransomville.
Ray Preston was again solid in his No. 22, rounding out the top-five at one of his finest race tracks. "Rapid Ray" now has four top-fives in his last five races at "The Big R", with six-straight top-10s.
Bobby Breen scored the win in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals/ Bobcat of Buffalo Pole Dash, but a spin on the second lap would shuffle the 18-year-old back to sixth, where he would end up 23 laps later in his No. 9.
Mike Lauterborn made a strong return to sprint car racing with a seventh place showing in his Genesee Speedway No. 41. Local favorite Don Adamczyk crossed in eighth, with Blake Breen and Rob Pietz completing the top-10.
Only one caution flag waved the entire night, when Keith Dempster spun on the second lap of heat one. His teammate Glenn Styres would win National Parts Peddler No. 3.
Twenty cars in all made it out to this special event on a humid evening in the Niagara Frontier Region; all 20 were still running at the finish of a thrilling caution-free event.
ASCS Patriots Results: 8/3/07, Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, NY.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. George Suprick (87), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Coleman Gulick (14), 5. Ray Preston (22), 6. Bobby Breen (9), 7. Mike Lauterborn (41), 8. Don Adamczyk (21), 9. Blake Breen (8), 10. Rob Pietz (69), 11. Kyle Moffit (77), 12. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 13. Glenn Styres (0), 14. Keith Dempster (5), 15. Jamie Collard (F37), 16. Gary Troutman (44), 17. Jeremy Barnard (86), 18. Jay Pietz (71Jr), 19. Derek Jonathan (81), 20. Stan Zanchin (94).
Lap Leaders- Kreutter 1-10, Suprick 11, Kreutter 12, Suprick 13-25.
Canadian Sprint Car Nationals/ Bobcat of Buffalo Pole Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Bobby Breen (9), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Coleman Gulick (14), 5. Ray Preston (22), 6. Glenn Styres (0).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Bobby Breen (9), 3. Mike Lauterborn (41), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 6. Keith Dempster (5), 7. Derek Jonathan (81).
Race 2: 1. Scott Kreutter (52), 2. Coleman Gulick (14), 3. Ray Preston (22), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Gary Troutman (44), 6. Jeremy Barnard (86).
Race 3: 1. Glenn Styres (0), 2. George Suprick (87), 3. Jamie Collard (F37), 4. Kyle Moffit (77), 5. Rob Pietz (69), 6. Stan Zanchin (94), 7. Jay Pietz (71Jr).