Cayuga Speedway race report 2001-07-07

Joe Gosek Logs Win Number One In 2001 At Cayuga Speedway Nelles Corners, Ont. - After five feature wins in 2000, ISMA champ Joe Gosek was finding victory lane a little elusive in 2001. After several five top fives in six events, Gosek was ...

Joe Gosek Logs Win Number One In 2001 At Cayuga Speedway

Nelles Corners, Ont. - After five feature wins in 2000, ISMA champ Joe Gosek was finding victory lane a little elusive in 2001. After several five top fives in six events, Gosek was definitely knocking on the door. Saturday night at Cayuga 2000 Speedway in Canada, the door opened for Gosek for win number one. The huge surprise of the evening, however, was second place finisher Ryan Coniam. Coniam, son of legendary supermod pilot Warren Coniam, jumped behind the wheel of the Lichty 84 and drove to a heat win, but he wasn't done there. He ran a strong 50 lapper to finished second to Gosek and ahead of ISMA point leader Lou Cicconi, Russ Wood and teammate Dave McKnight.

Joe Hawksby Jr. of Oswego, New York took the early lead in the 50-lap feature for the International Supermodified Association (ISMA). Driving the the Taylor Rental Special owned by his father, the young charger wiggled ever so slightly as he led the pack to the initial green flag. It was enough that outside pole sitter Jim Shirey of Oberlin, Ohio paused for a fraction of a second, giving Hawksby the lead by the time they arrived in turn one.

Hawksby led through lap 11 until a hard charging Scott Martel tried to wrestle the lead away. Martel had started sixth in the 25-car field, and quickly worked his way to the front. However, when he tried to slip under Hawksby, the Firehouse Antiques machine bottomed out. He slid into Hawksby as the pair exited turn two and the resulting crash eliminated the two front runners.

The demise of the leaders handed the front spot to Shirey, but his lead was short lived as defending ISMA champion Joe Gosek charged past into the lead at lap 13. Gosek, who had won both of the ISMA appearances at Cayuga last year, did not show overwhelming speed all night long, but when feature time came, the Paul Dunigan-owned Sweet Manufacturing Special was fast indeed.

Gosek led the rest of the way to claim his first ISMA win of the 2001 campaign, but he was pursued closely by second generation driver Ryan Coniam in the Patco Transportation machine owned by Brad Lichty of Innerkip, Ontario.

In the victory lane interview, Gosek said, "You never really know who is back there, or how close they may be, so I just kept my foot in it. We made some changes (to the car) from last year, and it hooked up again. The car got to the front and I was able to run my own race. I want to thank Paul Dunigan's whole gang - Brian Allegresso and the rest for doing a great job and giving me a great car. It's three in a row here."

Commenting on the spirited drive by the young and relatively inexperienced Coniam, Gosek commented, "Ryan is a real talented kid, and it showed tonight with his second-place finish."

For his part, Coniam praised the Patco Transportation crew. "I've got to thank the whole Patco Transportation team. They did a super job. We had some problems in warm ups, but the crew worked really hard and got it back together when some people might have thought they couldn't.I'd like to thank Dave McKnight and everybody. They put together a heck of a car. It just works awesome. The 26 car was really strong tonight and we wound up a second and that's great. I have a busy sprint schedule, but I hope to be back in August if it's possible. "

ISMA point leader Lou Cicconi of Aston, Pennsylvania brought the Weiland Racing Enterprises machine in third. Cicconi started twelfth and worked his way up to fourth by the halfway mark. He pulled off a daring three-wide pass of Russ Wood to take third with six laps to go, and then hounded Coniam over the last few laps. Third was the best that he could manage as Conaim tenaciously hung onto the runner-up spot. Said Lou after the race, "It was going pretty good. The car was a little loose coming off the corner. I got lucky because as the race went on the rhythm got better and better for me and I started picking off guys. They weren't leaving me a hole, so I started going three-wide. It was the only move I had."

Gosek's teammate, Russ Wood of Pelham, New Hampshire, finished fourth in the Power Mist Racing Fuels supermod. Wood quickly worked his way into contention from his fifteenth place starting position. He was third at halfway, but could not close in to challenge the leaders.

Dave McKnight from Brampton, Ontario hopped into fourth on a restart at lap 36, but that was as close as he got to the leaders all race long. Although he had won the ISMA race at Kawartha Speedway the previous night, McKnight just did not have the same speed this time out. When Cicconi passed him on lap 41, McKnight dropped to fifth and finished the race in that position.

Joe Hawksby Jr., Jim Shirey and Ryan Coniam won the three qualifying heat races. Jamie Timmons of North Andover, Massachusetts took the consi.took the consi. <pre> SUMMARY ISMA event #7:

Heat 1: Joe Hawksby, Lou Cicconi, Scott Martel, John Payne, Chris Perley, Randy Ritskes, Jon Henes, Howie Lane, Charlie DiRosa

Heat 2: Jim Shirey, Howie Page, Joe Gosek, Ken Bell, Jen Chesbro, Burdett Bennett, Joe Grunda, Dan Soule (88b), Jamie Timmons

Heat 3: Ryan Coniam(84), Dave McKnight, Mark Sammut, Joey Payne, Russ Wood, Wade Litt, Joe Petro, Paul Hosie, Willie Stutzman(dns)

Consi: Jamie Timmons, Henes, Petro, Lane, Grunda, Bennett, Soule, Stutzman, DiRosa

FEATURE: 1. Joe Gosek(26) 2. Ryan Coniam(84) 3. Lou Cicconi(75) 4. Russ Wood(29) 5. Dave McKnight(94) 6. Joey Payne(66) 7. Chris Perley(11) 8. Ken Bell(32) 9. Howie Lane(97) 10. Randy Ritskes(16) 11. John Payne (67) 12. Joe Petro (99) 13. Mark Sammut (78) 14. Jim Shirey (72) 15. Jennifer Chesbro(33) 16. Jon Henes (36) 17. Joe Grunda (1) 18. Howie Page (18) 19. Wade Litt (07) 20. Paul Hosie (3) 21. Jamie Timmons (27) 22. Joey Hawksby (2) 23. Scott Martel (14) 24. Burdett Bennett 25. Dan Soule (88B)


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