Sload Bests 19 Car Field at
Borgers Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic
By Blu Metz
Saylorsburg, Pa. August 8, 2015) Buddy Sload
bested a strong field of 19 cars on hand at Borger's. Sload had a fast car
all day and won the heat race and the feature to sweep the day making it
two in a row. For the second consecutive race Sload was able to capitalize
on the misfortune of 2014 Rookie of the Year Geoffrey Sutton to earn the
victory. Heat races were won by Sload and Sutton. The next event for the
ATQMRA is back at Borgers this coming Saturday August 15th .
The feature race saw a front
row of Pole Sitter Geoffrey Sutton and Ryan Tidman lead a full field of 18
cars to Brian Zawaski's green flag. Sutton was able to gain the advantage
from his inside start to get the lead exiting turn two. Sutton opened up a
lead over second running Tidman when a caution flew for a tangle coming out
of the second turn that ended the day for Mike Glaser and Matt Jansich.
2014 Borger's Speedway Champion Larry Hoagland was collected in the melee
but was able to continue. On the ensuing restart Sutton was again able to
motor ahead and started putting ground on second.
Racing continued until the
white flag flew with Sutton out front. Sload worked his way from his fourth
starting position to second as the laps wound down. Pat VanVarick advanced
from his ninth starting position to third when the caution flag flew for a
spinning Joey Bailey with less than half a lap remaining. This set up a
green white checker showdown between the heat race winners Sutton and
On the restart Sutton went
wide entering the first turn opening the door for Sload to take the lead.
Sutton attempted to cross Sload over going down the straight away but ended
up looping the car entering turn three.
The final restart saw Sload
gain the slightest of margins over the hard charging VanVarick that allowed
him to secure the victory. VanVarick rolled across the line second with
Ryan Tidman on the podium in third. Matt Roselli and Don Zrinski rounded
out the top five.
Jeff Kot made his first start
since the opener at Mahoning Valley a good one to work his way up to sixth
from his 11th starting position. Marc Rogers advanced 9 positions to finish
seventh in the race followed by Mark Yoder and Geoffrey Sutton who was able
to recover a top ten after having to restart last for the green white
checker finish. Hoagland was able to earn a top ten after an early race
tangle forced him to start from the rear.
The win allowed Sload to leap
frog 2003 ATQMRA Rookie of the year Ryan Tidman by four markers to make
Sload the point leader heading into the Satruday August 15 race back at
ATQMRA News and Notes:
Saturday marked the return of Joey Bailey to competition after his nasty
flip at Borger's on July 11th. Bailey had a nice finish ahead of him in the
waning laps but ended up facing the wrong way with a brake issue. Don
Zrinski posted a strong fifth place finish in a season that marks his 32nd
season of competition with the ATQMRA. His first year of competition with
the ATQMRA came in 1983 in a home built car with a 2 stroke Suzuki at
Heat Races were won by
Geoffrey Sutton and Buddy Sload
Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic
Feature (30 Laps)
1. 16 Buddy
Sload 2. 17 Pat Varick3. 1B Ryan
Tidman4. 98 Matt Roselli5. 75Z Don Zrinski6. 95 Jeff Kot7. 27T Marc
Rogers8. 75 Mark Yoder9. 46 Geoff Sutton10. 54 Larry Hoagland11. ZT Jordan
Tittle12. 02 Joey Bailey13. 18 Patrick Force14. 06 Chad Parks15. 48 Matt
Janisch16. 46V Mike Glaser17. 17V Shawn McCaughe18. F8 Darren Schuler 19.
53 Bud Sload