|Date: 5/23/2011 7:58:44 PM|
WEEDSPORT, NY – May 22, 2011(By Dave Medler) – After a dominating performance on the opening night of the 2011 season, Jimmy Phelps out of Baldwinsville, NY came back Sunday night and put win number-two in the books after winning the Pizza Logs Big Block Modified Feature Sunday night at the New Cayuga County Speedway. Phelps made a late charge grabbing the lead from Steve Paine on lap 28 of the 35 lap feature. Once in the lead Phelps survived a couple late yellows in beating Paine to the finish by 0.708 seconds.
Other winners on Pit Stop Convenience Stores Night were, Dave Marcuccilli, Sportsman, Dan Searles, DIRTcar Stock Cars, Dale Caswell, Topless Late Models. The BattleKarz feature will be run on Sunday night June 5th.
Justin Haers jumped from his outside front row starting position and immediately opened distance on the 23 car starting field. By lap 5 Haers led by a half a straightaway as Tom Sears Jr., Steve Paine, Brett Hearn and Jimmy Phelps fought for second through fifth.
With 10 laps in the books Haers was on cruise control opening over a two-second lead over Sears who ran alone in second with Paine, Phelps and Hearn running in a tight pack for top-five positions.
Just before the halfway point Haers was putting cars a lap down as he tried to widen his lead over Sears and Paine who were running side by side for second and just behind, Hearn and Phelps were running door to door in the top-five.
On lap 21 came a yellow Haers didn’t want to see that erased the huge lead he built up. This now put Paine, Hearn and Phelps on his back bumper for the restart. On the restart Haers bobbled on the high side exiting turn-four allowing Paine and Phelps to shoot by to take over the top-two spots.
With 10 to go Paine still led by a slim margin as Phelps was running the cushion looking for a way around Paine. Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard and Hearn were locked in a tight battle for third through fifth.
Finally on lap 28 Phelps found the speed he needed to shoot by Paine exiting turn-four to be scored the new leader. After that Phelps survived late yellows to be the first under the checkers ahead of Paine. Sheppard finished third with Pat Ward going from sixth to fourth on the last lap, with Wight finishing fifth.
When asked if he had a small block like he did in his first win behind the wheel of his J&B Installations, No.99j Troyer, Phelps said, “Tonight we had a big block because some people wanted to complain about our small block and we’re not going to deal with that.” Phelps also thanked Eric Kingsley for the race surface that lent its self to three good grooves of racing.
Justin Wright led the opening 9 laps of the 25 lap Pit Stop Convenience Stores Sportsman Feature before a hard charging Dave Marcuccilli was able to slip by Wright just before a yellow on lap-nine. Once out front Marcuccilli was the class of the field picking up the win. Wright, Jim Spano, Jeremy Pitcher and Tim Schneider rounded out the top-five. Ben Wheeler, Tom Juhl, Fran Hilton, Colton Donath and Earl Rudy completed the top-ten.
Dan Searles led every lap of the 15 lap DIRTcar Stock Feature in dominating fashion for his first win. Nate Peckham, Mike Welch, Fran Burnell, Ricky Breed and Brian Steinrick chased Searles across the line.
Tim Sears Jr led the opening 15 laps of the topless Late Model Feature before misfortune hit Sears. While exiting turn-two Sears went high to go around a back marker sending Sears out of shape climbing the wall ending his shot at the win. After that Dale Caswell lead the rest of the way picking up the win followed by Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink, Gordy Button and Harry Halliday.
Next Sunday the New Cayuga County Speedway will be closed for the All-Star race at the Rolling Wheels Raceway. Racing will resume at the Weedsport oval on June 5th as J.V Spano Paving & Excavating Presnts a full night of racing featuring the Pizza Logs Big Block Modifieds, Pit Stop Convenience Stores Sportsman, DIRTcar Stock Cars, BattleKarz plus Mod Lites. Gates will open at 5:30 with racing starting at 7:00.
(PIZZA LOGS BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – JIMMY PHELPS, Steve Paine, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Brett Hearn, Rob Bellinger, Alan Johnson, Roy Bresnahan, Tom Sears Jr., Eric Fisher, Mike Mahaney, Dave Rauscher, Tim Currier, Adam Roberts, Ryan Phelps, Tony Steiner, Justin Haers, Ricky Newton, Randy Chrysler, Lance Willix II, StewartFriesen, Billy Decker.
(PIT STOP CONVENIENCE STORES SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Justin Wright, Jim Spano, Jeremy Pitcher, Tim Schneider, Ben Wheeler, Tom Juhl, Fran Hilton, Colton Donath, Earl Rudy, John Juhl, Brian Freese, Tim Sears Jr., A.J Lewis, Mark Alnutt.
(DIRTCAR STOCK CARS 15 LAPS) – DAN SEARLES, Nate Peckham, Mike Welch, Frank Burnell, Ricky Breed, Brian Steinrick.
(LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – DALE CASWELL, Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink, Gordy Button, Harry Halliday, Mike Vaughn, Mike Ramos, Tim Sears Jr., Dave Talbot.
(BATTLEKARZ POSTPONED TILL JUNE 5TH)
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