"The Gunslinger" Jesse Leiby Caps Off OCFS Season With Big Win In Sportsman Finale

Date: 11/6/2017 8:57:19 PM

West Milford, NJ -- "The Gunslinger" Jesse Leiby Caps Off OCFS Season With Big Win In Sportsman Finale
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Racing is a series of tremendous highs when running well and the lowest of lows when an ill-timed mistake has one burning the midnight oil just to return to racing action. To be successful in racing one has to minimize those lows and accentuate the highs to maintain a good solid personna in the sport.
Jesse Leiby has done that and more as the 2017 Sportsman Champion at the Orange County Fair Speedway fought off all of the bad karma he encountered early on in the running of the recent 50-lap Sportsman headliner at the speedway. He fought off all of the demons and when the checkered flag finally fell, Jesse had picked up his first long distance event victory.
On a qualifying night in September, Jesse picked up a win and would be guaranteed a seventh place starting for the Eastern States Weekend event. Hoping to improve on the seventh place start through qualifying didn't work out and when the green flag fell for the start of the fifty lap grind Jesse was cautious but after two laps was turned around facing traffic. Restarting back in thirtieth position found Jesse ultra conservative in his approach to the front but a flat tire slowed him down on lap-36.
Jesse darted into the pits for a fresh sneaker. Jesse felt he could still earn a good finish and ride out the final laps. This is when fate stepped in as driver after driver began falling by the wayside with tire problems. Working on fresh tires, Jesse was riding in sixth place with two laps remaining. Jesse spotted a small opening on the inside of the race track and went for it. Jesse slipped and rubbed his way past Jimmy Johnson and led the final two laps to claim the biggest victory of his young career. he captured the win over Johnson, Mel Schrufer, Corey Cormier, Joe Conklin, Cole Hentschel, Tommy Vigh Jr, Matt Shultz and Kyle Rohner.
Jesse also competed in the 100-lap 358 Modified championship event. Qualifying through the consolation, Jesse began the event from 34th position and when the dust settled on the speedway after 100-laps of racing, Jesse finished in a respectable eighth position and was named the Hard Charger for the event with his solid performance.
On Sunday Jesse was named the "Most Popular Driver" in his division at the speedway. All in all it was a most gratifying weekend for the third generation driving talent "The Gunslinger" Jesse Leiby.
The 2017 racing season has been a whirlwind season for Jesse Leiby Racing and the lessons learned all continue to be the strong building blocks for this budding young driving talent. After finishing in the runner-up status to Tyler Boniface in the Sportsman ranks in 2016 at OCFS, Jesse focused all of his energy in taking the extra step to capture the title for the new season ahead. The ability to remain focused and to step beyond his boundaries brought the Sportsman track title to Jesse for 2017 as grabbing up some wins to go along with great consistency on the speedway earned him the crown at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. The Leiby Racing Team and his family and friends who continue to support his driving efforts and work ethic in racing are very proud of the new champion as they realize how much hard work and time goes in to the racing program.
Throughout the season Jesse showed his poise and talent with his eye on the title as he captured his first win on June 17th followed by back to back wins in the first two weeks in August. The wins are always a high point but it is the consistency through an entire season that will ultimately deliver you the title. Jesse did just that as he scored ten top ten finishes in thirteen events. Jesse won the title over a tough field of competition as he amassed 1144 points to defeat Greg Sleight by eight points. Joey Bruning, Jimmy Johnson and Leo Fotopolous completed the top five in the division.
While the Leiby Racing Team remained focused on the Sportsman crown, they also took part in the 358 Modified small block series where Jesse finished tenth while steering the Dave Eastlake owned 358 hot rod against a solid roster dotted with predominantly Modified campaigners. The smaller budgeted team was competitive in the field and may possibly be the next step for Jesse as he looks at his racing endeavors in the future.
The John and Dawn Leiby Family owned racer goes to battle in the Sportsman division with a 2007 Teo Chassis race car with a crate engine bolted between the rails. An extensive group of friends and sponsors have helped along the budget minded team throughout the season with Country Painter, Mullen Roofing, D&L Mobile Maintenance, Wholesale Auto Supply, Eastlake Party Rental, JBJ Electric, Eber's Automotive, Lakeland Auto Parts, Allied Financial Group, Rich's Custom Paint, Tire King, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, WizFab, Accurate Collision, NY/NJ Trailer and GA Motorsports Media all assisting the racing team.  Jesse's brother Jimmy, a fine racer in his own right known as "The Bounty Hunter", is the crew chief for the team and returned to the cockpit in 2017 in a limited schedule of events. Lots of able assistance in working on the equipment comes from John and Dawn Leiby, Jon Caputo, Dave Eastlake, John Adair, Harry Thomas, Doug and Pat Smith, Daryl Eastlake and Uncle Phil.
Jesse is a twenty year old high school graduate who is now employed as a Forklift Mechanic. He has worked extremely hard at his craft to reach the championship level he is at currently.
The Jesse Leiby Racing Team is seeking additional sponsors for the 2018 racing season to enable the team to travel a bit to some of the bigger paying shows for the next season ahead. Contact Steve Pados at: steveswp@ptd.net or contact John Leiby at: leiby109@optonline.net for any of the needed information.
The racing world continues to produce great young talent that will see the sport thrive for many years to come. Jesse Leiby is one of the stars I have been able to call races for and more than likely have called the biggest percentage of his fifty plus wins in the Slingshot wars. He is a student of the racing game and is highly identified with the "can't miss" label tagged to him with each of his transitional stages up the ladders of the racing world. While each step of the journey becomes a new challenge,  "The Gunslinger" Jesse Leiby has continued to display the talent and with more than enough ammunition in his gun belt to complete his mission.

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