Emhof Dashes to Third at Woodhull Williamson, NY -Woodhull (NY) Speedway provided the backdrop for a spirited mini sprint battle as the 2001 Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) tour visited the high banked oval on August 4th. Mike Emhof, of...
Emhof Dashes to Third at Woodhull
Williamson, NY -Woodhull (NY) Speedway provided the backdrop for a spirited mini sprint battle as the 2001 Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) tour visited the high banked oval on August 4th. Mike Emhof, of Sodus, NY, had his Pace Electronics/Heluva Good racer right in the thick of things, dashing to a 3rd place finish.
Twenty-two mini sprinters were on hand. The luck of the draw placed Emhof 11th on the starting grid for the first of two heat races. He was able to weave his way through traffic to finish fifth. For the feature lineup, Jared Fink (Germantown, NY), who won the first heat race, picked the "inversion pill." He drew the number 10, which inverted the top 10 heat race finishers. This put Emhof outside the first row, with current CNYMS tour points leader Lance O'Dell (Oneonta, NY) on the pole. After the green flag flew, O'Dell and Emhof battled and swapped the lead back and forth, with Don Harvey (Oneonta, NY) in third, waiting to take advantage of any mistake on the part of the first two. After a caution, Harvey was able to slip by the two into the lead. Lapped traffic came into play, as Harvey built a lead and O'Dell and Emhof battled each other and lapped cars. With two laps to go in the 20 lap feature, the caution came out. On the restart, Harvey had the advantage of several lapped cars between him and Emhof. O'Dell was third when he spun, and as Emhof went high to try to work through traffic, Ryan Howland was able to pass low. Harvey won the race, followed by Howland and Emhof.
"I had a ball!" said Emhof of his race with O'Dell. "We were close, but we never touched. It was a pleasure to race with him."
With Emhof's third place finish and O'Dell's misfortune, the race for the CNYMS Tour points championship tightened. Only 21 points separate the top three, with O'Dell maintaining the lead, Emhof second, and James Brush (Newfoundland, PA) third.
The CNYMS tour will visit the long ½ mile at Canandaigua (NY) Speedway on August 11th, and after a week off, will again visit the ¼ mile bullring at Accord (NY) Speedway on August 24th. For more information about Emhof, the Branich Motorsports team and their sponsors, visit the team website at www