Makes it Three out of Four with Thrilling Win at Fulton Speedway on Night #4 of
Donath MotorWorx Central New York Speedweek for Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints
.007 Seconds Margin of Victory Closest in ESS History.
FULTON, NY Paulie Colagiovanni continued his hot streak with the Lucas
Oil Empire Super Sprints with another win during Donath MotorWorx Central New
York Speedway presented by Stirling Lubricants. Colagiovanni parked his
No. 10 in victory lane for the third time in four tries. This time it
came at the Fulton Speedway.
Colagiovannia chased down race leader Chuck Hebing and made the
pass coming through the final turn to the checkered flag to snag his fourth
overall win of the 2019 season in the 25-lap NAPA Auto Parts / Mach 1 Chassis
main-event. It was another $3,085 payday for the driver and edged him
closer to his first ever Speedweek title.
The redraw was kind to Colagiovanni as the teenager drew the
pole for the start of the A-Main. He led the opening circuit before Chuck
Hebing went to the top of turns three and four to take over the number one
The duo remained together for much of the early go while sixth
starting Matt Tanner entered the fray by lap five making it a three-car tussle
at the front. They remained nose to tail for the top three positions in
the race. Each driver took turns stepping out of line trying to find the
fastest lane on the speedway.
It was tough, stated Colagiovanni. Chuck got the jump
on me early on. I was just trying to follow him. We talked earlier
in the night about the middle lane being the fastest. I was just trying
to peddle it the best I could.
For the moment it remained a three car battle out front.
As they challenged one another for the lead, Dylan Westbrook, Danny Varin and
Larry Wight where all looking to gain control of the fourth
Traffic came into play as the race reached the midway
point. Hebing started utilizing the bottom groove with Colagiovanni and
Tanner continuing to search the race track for an advantage.
Wight started making his presence felt as he finally cleared
Westbrook on lap 16 to move into the fourth. From there the Fulton
veteran quickly tracked down the top three entering the fray for the lead by
With heavy traffic around the action for the lead intensified as
the race wound down. Hebing continued to keep Colagiovanni at bay.
That was until the final circuit.
Hebing dove low going into turns three and four behind the
slower traffic while Colagiovanni took a shot in the middle. Colagiovanni
pulled even with Hebing as they came off of the fourth corner. As they
raced to the line Colagiovanni just beat Hebing to the line to pick up the
dramatic victory by .007 of a second.
I knew I was catching him, cited Colagiovanni. At the
white flag I knew I had a little bit on him. I watched him go to the
bottom a couple times. I thought if I kept my momentum up I could get him
and it worked out. I didnt know it would end up being that close.
Hebing was upset with himself after the race. He gave up
too much time getting into the final corner allowing Colagiovanni to just sneak
by him as they came to the checkered flag.
Its my own fault, mentioned Hebing. I slowed down way
too much for the lapped cars I came to. I kept trying to hug the
bottom. I should have forgot about that and just raced. I
slowed myself down a half second and he came back to me. I knew in the
car I did it. At the line it was close. Hes having a heck of a
year. Second definitely sucks.
Wight ended up passing Tanner on the final lap as well to put
himself on the podium. Wight had a great race car, but the caution free
race made it tough to get to the top two after starting as far back as he did.
We really needed a caution, said Wight. I think we had
the best car in the field, but we ran out of laps. We wasted a lot of
time getting the by the 47x (Westbrook) trying to clear him. Once we got
by him we seemed to run the lead pack cars down right away. I would have
liked to see a few more laps there.
Tanner settled for another top five run as he finished in fourth
with Westbrook making a rare Empire Super Sprint start to finish in fifth.
The sprint log on night #4 totaled 33 and for the fourth night
in a row, the A-Main went green to checkered!
Lucas Oil ESS/Mach 1 Chassis A-Main CNY Speedweek Event #4
Fulton Paulie Colagiovanni ($3,085), Chuck Hebing ($1,585), Larry
Wight ($1,060), Matt Tanner ($700), Dylan Westbrook ($530), Danny Varin ($470),
Jason Barney ($430), Billy VanInwegen ($495), Jonathan Preston ($435), Jeff
Cook ($600), Davie Franek ($360), Shawn Donath ($345), Joe Trenca ($300),
Jordan Poirier ($375), Jeff Trombley ($450), Scott Holcomb ($325), Chad Miller
($300), Sam Reakes IV ($350), Mike Kiser ($300), Ryan Harrison ($300), Parker
Evans ($300), Denny Peebles ($325), Kelly Hebing ($300), Josh Pieniazek ($300),
Pete Richardson ($450), Emily VanInwegen ($100).
Did Not Qualify: Brett Wright, Kyle
Moffit, Josh Flint, Dave Axton, Steve Lyons, Kevin Carlson, John Trenca
Stirling Lubricants Barrel of Methanol - Holcomb $175
Stirling Lubricants Drivers Meeting Draw - Richardson $100
E3 Spark Plugs Fast Time Trombley, Preston, Wight, Poirier $25
Car Mate Trailers Heats Colagiovanni, Donath, Wight, C. Hebing
Around Town Plumbing and Heating Halfway C. Hebing $50
Pinnacle Pole Award Colagiovanni $50
Fondations 55 Hard Charger Holcomb (9 pos), $50
Lacaillade Masonry B-Main Reakes IV $50
Ground Control Last Car Lead Lap Peebles $25
Pitre Painting/Cobra Coaches Dash Trombley ($125), B. VanInwegen
($75), Poirier ($50), Richardson ($50)
Ashley Lynn Winery Podium Colagiovanni, C. Hebing, Wight $10
Hoosier Tire Cook $200 --