NO PANIC IN FRANEK AS HE TAKES PANTHER FRAMEWORX $5,000 COLE CUP POWERED BY DONATH MOTORWORX WIN
VERNON, NY – Davie
Franek has very limited experience at the Utica-Rome Speedway in his
career. The Wantage, N.J., driver has made it a point this season to
get out on the road and hit more shows in New York rather than closer to
home. After Sunday night it’s easy to say that Franek is quickly
finding his groove in the Empire States. For the first time the Panther
Frameworx Cole Cup powered by Donath Motor Worx was a 50-lap A-Main
format. At the conclusion, it was Franek taking home the Cole Cup, the
big check and a $5,000 payday.
the biggest win of my career for sure,” commented Franek afterwards.
“To do it at Utica-Rome, it’s a place we’ve struggled at. We just kept
working on it and kept working on it going to our notes. We put our
heads together and we knew what we had to do. Everything just fell our
way. The car was really, really good tonight.”
Cole Cup got underway with Canadian Dylan Westbrook controlling the
pace from his pole starting spot. Westbrook battled Joe Trenca on the
opening lap before securing the lead. He remained the leader before the
first caution came for a spinning Larry Wight on lap six.
remained in the top spot on the restart with Franek moving up to second
and Trenca falling back to third. Franek stalked Westbrook for the top
spot only to have him be up to the challenge in the early stages of the
were 15-laps complete when Danny Varin entered the fray with the top
two as all three of them raced in traffic. Varin pulled an amazing
three-wide move to go from third to first on lap 17 as the trio raced
off the second turn.
showed the way until a bobble on lap 21 allowed Westbrook to sneak back
by him for the lead. Franek did the same relegating Varin back to
third. They remained the top three when the competition red flag period
was called for after 25-laps were complete.
a 10-minute break the cars were refired with Westbrook holding the race
lead and Franek pulling up next to him for the green flag. It was all
Westbrook and Franek at this point while Matt Tanner made the move to
take over the third position at the green.
was needed on lap 32 as Jonathan Preston got off the top of turn four.
Once racing resumed Westbrook hit throttle to bring the field to green
and as he did the car pulled a wheel-stand coming down the frontstretch
allowing Franek to take over as the leader. At the same time Chuck
Hebing moved up to second.
saw him pull the wheelie and I knew I had to beat him down into turn
one,” stated Franek about the pass for the lead. “I beat him down into
one and set sail there. I knew as long as I kept my speed up and
everything, hit my marks, I was carrying enough wing speed and
everything was good. I didn’t think anyone was going to blow around
and Hebing showed the way while Westbrook was forced to contend with
Tanner for the third spot. While the top three mixed it up Shawn Donath
and Larry Wight, who both ran the B-Main, were working their to the
front to become contenders.
found himself in traffic on lap 39 allowing Hebing to close in to
challenge for the lead. Before Hebing could make his move one final
yellow came on lap 41 for Paulie Colagiovanni as he spun in turn two.
pulled along-side of Franke on the restart while Tanner looked down to
the bottom as field raced into turn one. It was all for naught as
Franek went on to take the checkers for his first ever Utica-Rome
Speedway win. Hebing came home second while Tanner, Wight and Donath
completed the top five.
UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS (6/23/19) – DONATH MOTOR WORX / PANTHER FRAMEWORX
CUP 360 SPRINT CAR OPEN FEATURE FINISH (50-LAPS): 1 DAVIE FRANEK 2
Chuck Hebing 3 Matt Tanner 4 Larry Wight 5 Shawn Donath 6 Jason Barney 7
Scott Holcomb 8 Dylan Westbrook 9 Billy VanInwegen 10 Danny Varin 11
Lucas Wolfe 12 Josh Pieniazek 13 Paulie Colagiovanni 14 Dylan Swiernik
15 Denny Peebles 16 Joe Trenca 18 Chad Miller 19 Mike Kiser 20 Josh
Flint 21 Jeff Cook 22 Jonathan Preston 23 Emily VanInwegen 24 Parker
DNQ Mike Mahaney, Dave Axton, Sammy Reakes IV, Kelly Hebing, Ryan Conium, Dustin Purdy, Pete Richardson, Mack DeMan, Cory Sparks