BOBBY VARIN CAPTURES 358-MODIFIED WIN ON J&J YAMAHA AND CANASTOTA KART SPEEDWAY NIGHT VERNON, NY (June 19)- Bobby Varin would take advantage of another competitors misfortune to capture the 358-Modified win on J&J Yamaha and...
BOBBY VARIN CAPTURES 358-MODIFIED WIN ON J&J YAMAHA AND CANASTOTA KART SPEEDWAY NIGHT
VERNON, NY (June 19)- Bobby Varin would take advantage of another competitors misfortune to capture the 358-Modified win on J&J Yamaha and Canastota Kart Speedway night. Paul Carey, Jerry Holmes, Dan Hofmann Sr., George Catanzano, and Chuck Powlczyk would also see victory lane on this night in front of the large crowd.
Mark Tily and Bob Henry Jr. would bring the 358-Modified field to the green flag with Henry jumping into lead. Henry looked strong in his bid for his first ever 358-Modified win as led the opening 9 laps. Gus Schmidt took over the lead on lap 10 only to lose it to Todd Burley on the following circuit. Bobby Varin was a driver on a mission, as he went from 13th to the runner up spot behind Burley by lap 12. At the halfway point it was Burley, Varin, Ted Lamb, Willy Decker, and Henry.
Burley looked too strong for the rest of field on this evening as he seemed to easily pull away from the field, until lap 25, when Burley sailed off turn 2 with an apparent front failure, bringing out the yellow and handing the lead to Varin. When the race resumed, Varin led the remaining 5 laps despite a late race surge from Mitch Gibbs. Varin would take the win, with Gibbs, and Decker in the top 3 spots. Dave Camara would recover from an early race spin to finish 4th with Jamie Christian in 5th. Jack Johnson, Lamb, Brain Weaver, Dave Rauscher, and Gus Schmidt would fill out the top 10.
Casey Williams and Tim Nye would each lead a lap in the opening 2 circuits of the 20 lap Sportsman main event, with Paul Carey taking over on lap 3 from his 7th starting spot. Rookie Alan Barker was quickly moving up through the field, going from his 10th starting to 2nd behind Carey by lap 7. A long stretch of green flag racing saw Carey and Barker pull away from the rest of the field as Barker slowly closed in on Carey. Coming down to take the white flag, Barker made his move to get by Carey on the outside of turn 4. Barker got a little too high and got into the loose stuff on the outside or the track and got pulled into the front stretch wall. The heavy contact ended Barker's evening and his bid for the win. The restart saw Carey hold on to win with Jessica Zemken, Steve Way, Mike Button, and Tim Mayne crossing in the top 5 spots.
In the 20 lap Pro Stock feature, Dave Moyer held the early advantage as he led from the opening lap until lap, giving up the spot to 14th place starter Jerry Holmes. 2004 Utica-Rome Speedway Roy Fifield slipped into the runner up position by lap 7 and tried to reel in the leader Holmes, but Holmes was too fast on this night. Holmes would take his 2nd win of the season, with Fifield, Tom Denton, Jim Normoyle, and Bret Belden chasing.
14-year old driver Chris Mackey led the opening 4 circuits of the Pure Stock feature, relinquishing the lead to Dan Hofmann Sr., who was in search of his first Utica-Rome Speedway victory. Hofmann would hold off the challenges of Ron Hawker for the rest of the 15 lap race, earning the elusive win. Hawker, Chuck Cushman, Russ Marsden, and Chris Cunningham would cross in the top 5 positions. Hofmann's win would be the first time that Marsden did not win this season at the speedway.
Ken Rogers quickly went from the 3rd starting spot to the lead by end of lap 1 of the IMCA Modified main, with Kevin Buff quickly gaining control of the field by lap 2. Buff was immediately pressured by Sean Lias, who was using every lane of the track in an attempt to get the lead. Lias was able to slip by on the backstretch on lap 6 but jumped over the cushion and off the track bringing out the yellow. Catanzano was credited as the leader at the caution and at the drop of the green quickly jumped to a sizable lead. At the conclusion of the event, it Catanzano, Buff, Mike Chilson, Lias, and JoJo Donato filling out the top 5.
Rich Murtaugh was the early leader in the 15 lap Four Cylinder Super Stock feature event, leading until lap 6 when the caution flag flew for the first time. The ensuing restart saw Murtaugh and Ken Carson make contact, sending Murtaugh up the turn 2 banking and into the path of another competitor. Contact was made again and Murtaugh went in a vicious end over end flip, ending his night. Joey Delacruz was the new leader, leading for the next 2 circuits until teammate Chuck Powelczyk slipped by and took over the lead. Powelczyk would lead the remainder of the event, with Delacruz, Scott Johnson, Carson, and Jim Money rounding out the top 5 spots.
C-Weaver Chevrolet will present the racing action on Sunday June 26 with a regular show of 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Four Cylinder Super Stocks plus the Empire State Series for the IMCA Modifieds. Spectator one on one races are also planned. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing promptly at 5:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315) 829-4557.
358-MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- BOBBY VARIN, Mitch Gibbs, Willy Decker, Dave Camara, Jamie Christian, Jack Johnson, Ted Lamb, Brian Weaver, Dave Rauscher, Gus Schmidt, Paul Kinney, Ben Bushaw, Don Mattison, Ron Holmes, Todd Burley, David Orr, Jeff Kotary, Ken McGuire, Darren Keyser, Steve Regan, Mark Tily, Ed Kotary, Bob Henry, Mark Flach, and John Ramsey.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- PAUL CAREY, Jessica Zemken, Steve Way, Mike Button, Tim Mayne, Bill Price, Kenny Stafford, Casey Williams, Kyle Lewis, John Cunningham, Tim Nye, Brad Alger, Shawn Donath, Jeremy Vunk, Michael Teachout, Matt Janczuk, Jeff Leslie, Waylan Wilczek, Alan Barker, Mike Zimmerman, John DeForest, Danny Varin, Mike Barney, Tom Juhl, and Ryan Conway.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)- JERRY HOLMES, Roy Fiefield, Tom Denton, Jim Normoyle, Bret Belden, Dave Moyer, Mark Effner, Eric Vanderhoof, Scott Tifft, Don Decker, AJ Digsby, Ed Ostrander, Jason Rood, Chris Palmer, Chuck Dundlewski, Chad Ray, Bill Knapp, Craig Hale, and Dwight Johnson.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- DAN HOFFMAN, SR., Ron Hawker, Chuck Cushman, Russ Marsden, Chris Cunningham, Rick Condes, Dave Janczuk, Herm Staats, Phil Norman, Glen Forward, Jim Thomas, Tim Janczuk, Dave Pope, Chris Mackey, Abbey Thorp, Shawn Dunn, Keith Stevenson, Art Newman, and Mike Harrison.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- GEORGE CATAZANO, Kevin Buff, Mike Chilson, Sean Lias, JoJo Donato, Ken Rogers, Dale Caswell, Bill Anderson, Aaron Jacobs, Mike Jeffries, Mike Jacobs, Mark Chrzanowski, Rodney True, and Ken Klinkowsky.
FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)- CHUCK POWELCZYL, Joey Delacruz, Scott Johnson, Ken Carson, Jim Money, Doug Farnsworth, George Crippen, Chris Kranz, Kevin Fassett, Lorraine Powelczyk, Rich Murtagh, Mike Stringer, and Lee H