Rt 5 Vernon, NY
July 10th - STEWART FRIESEN CHARGES TO THIRD WIN
scoreboard with Barker, Kislowski, Bobby Varin, and Bill Trexler Jr. filling out the top five positions.
On the restart, Barker was able to get alongside Busta and a lap later he was shown as the leader with Varin also able to get by to gain the second position with Trexler, Kislowski, Stewart Friesen all also getting by to grab the top five spots. At this point it was Barker, Trexler, and Varin putting on a crowd pleasing battle for the lead with several more battles throughout the rest of the highly competitive field. At the halfway point, Friesen joined the fray and it became a four way battle for the lead as they used every lane on the spacious half mile to try and gain positions.
With 10 to go, the field was slowed down again which allowed the field to catch their breath and reset for the final stretch. Barker restarted the field as the leader with Varin and Friesen in tow but as the field exited turn two, Friesen slipped underneath Varin to grab second and then underneath Barker out of turn four to lead lap 21. A lap later, Varin was able to get by Barker and make a run at Friesen. On several occasions Varin was able to get underneath Friesen to challenge for the win. On lap 25, Varin pushed the envelope when he again challenged for the lead in turn four but he spun and put himself out of contention for the win. With Varin out of the equation, Friesen went the rest of the way unchallenged with Trexler taking a hard fought second spot with Ronnie Johnson making a late charge to third while Barker slipped to fourth. Alan Johnson rounded out the top five with Pat Ward, Willy Decker, Rood, Todd Burley, and Varin filling out the top ten spots.
In the Sportsman 20 lap feature, Joe Harrington led the first lap and as he went down into turn one and two; he spun and collected several other competitors including Chris Mackey, Robert Bublak Jr., Stephen Denton, Matt Janczuk, and Bryan Lopus. All but Mackey were able to continue but it sent some competitive cars to the rear of the field. Jack Miller inherited the lead, and when the green lights come back on, AJ Filbeck began pressuring him for the lead and on the next circuit he was able to get by Miller for the lead. Filbeck paced the field for the next five circuits until Janczuk blasted by on lap nine. Despite the early race altercation, Janczuk was not going to be denied as he motored away to his second win of the season followed by Filbeck, Jim Rothwell, Claude Hutchings Jr., and Jeff Leslie.
Jim Normoyle grabbed the early lead in the Pro Stock from his outside front row starting spot to lead the first three circuits of the 20 lap feature, with Tom Denton quickly charging through the field. Starting in the seventh spot, Denton blasted to the lead by lap four and quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. With Denton way out front, the battle was on for the second spot with Ed Ostrander, Bill Knapp, Mark Effner, Bret Belden, and Rocky Warner all battling for position. When Denton took his first checkered flag of the season, Knapp was in second ahead of Effner, Warner, and Belden.
Pure Stock action saw Frank Hyatt lead the opening lap of the 15 lap main with Dave Pope slipping by to lead on the second circuit. With Pope setting the pace up front, point leader Ron Hawker was moving up from his 12th place starting spot. Hawker broke into the top five on lap seven and into the top three on lap nine. By lap 10, Hawker had cleared second place running Hyatt and set off after Pope and by the 11th circuit he had cleared him for the lead. Hawker raced off to his fourth win of the season with Pope coming home in second. Hyatt survived a torrid battle to secure the third spot over Chris Cunningham and Ricky Breed.
BILL COLE RACE SUMMARY
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- STEWART FRIESEN, Bill Trexler Jr., Ronnie Johnson, Alan Barker, Alan Johnson, Pat Ward, Willy Decker, Jason Rood, Todd Burley, Bobby Varin, Mark Kislowski, Paul Jensen, Chris Busta, Ted Lamb, Paul Kinney, Brian Murphy, Kenny Tremont, Pete Taylor, Casey Williams, Phil Burkhart Jr., Tim Mayne, Dale Planck, Steve Hulsizer, Mark Flach, and Matt Hulsizer.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-MATT JANCZUK, AJ Filbeck, Jim Rothwell, Claude Hutchings Jr., Jeff Leslie, Randy Shantel, Steve Way, Jim Nagle, Mike Button, Jack Miller, Robert Bublak Jr., Darren Keyser, Joe Harrington, Stephen Denton, Ty Rood, Aaron Jacobs, Bobby Heinz, Craig Pope, Bryan Lopus, Brian Thomas, Justin Lindsley, Chris Mackey, Rich Townsend, Heath Carney, and Jeff Gill. DNS- Pat Jones and George Dyer.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS)-TOM DENTON, Bill Knapp, Mark Effner, Bret Belden, Ed Ostrander, Chris Carr, Shawn Frost, Dave Moyer, Jim Normoyle, Jeremy Vunk, Dan Lashure, Rick Duanehauer, Glenn Forward, and Rocky Warner.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS)-RON HAWKER, Dave Pope, Frank Hyatt, Chris Cunningham, Ricky Breed, Phil Norman, Stan Clark, Rob Thieme, Brent Tardy, Scott Wheelock, Jim Thomas, Keith Stevenson, Bill Mason, Bryan Owens, Ernie Staelens, Bill Trexler Sr., and Andy Sefcheck.
VERNON, NY- Stewart Friesen continued his climbed up the Utica-Rome Speedway Modified win list as he was the victor in the super competitive Modified main event on Bill Cole night. It was Friesenís 31st career win at the Vernon oval and his third win of the 2011 season. Matt Janczuk took the Sportsman win while Tom Denton scored his first Pro Stock win of the year. Ron Hawker took the nightcap Pure Stock feature win.
When head starter Matt Burdick threw the green flag to begin the 30 lap Modified main event, Chris Busta grabbed the lead from pole sitter Paul Jensen with Alan Barker, Jason Rood, and Mark Kislowski chasing. While Busta was leading, Barker and Jensen were battling for the runner up spot with Barker gaining the advantage on lap four. Barker immediately went after the rim riding Busta but he was unable to grab the lead and when the first caution of the night flew on lap 10, Busta was still on top of the
Bill Cole Night