Date: 5/3/2010 11:31:38 PM

Contact: Dave Roberts

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CANANDAIGUA , NY_ On a night where everything seemed to go in the right direction, Charlie Donk of Macedon, NY made an electrifying fourth turn pass on the final lap to win his first DIRTcar big block Modified feature event at Canandaigua Speedway since June 16, 2007 last Saturday night at the Ontario County Fairgrounds.

Andy Fisk of Williamson, NY won the opening event of the seven race Parts Plus DIRTcar Stock Car Series presented by Wix Filters. Justin Henderson won his fourth career feature at Canandaigua and Brian Lyon was the winner in the Factory Stock feature,

It seemed liked a near perfect night. Both the DIRTcar Modified and DIRTcar Stock Car features were determined on the final lap of their events. The track surface, which had issues on opening night two weeks ago, was fast from the first drop of the green and a good crowd watched one of the better racing programs on the spacious half-mile in a long time. Residents from Canandaigua, Sodus and Palmyra enjoyed hometown heroes night and most everyone leaving the facility realized that they had seen a fantastic night of racing.

For Charlie Donk, winning last Saturday’s feature event still gave him plenty of confidence.

“I had a two wins a couple of years ago,” said Donk in a victory lane interview. “It was really good to get one early in the season. It’s been a while. I needed this one.

Donk’s pass of Derek Podsiadlo on the final turn of the scheduled 35 lap main had the fans on their feet as the two came across the finish line. Podsiadlo took the lead after Rob Bellinger went into the back straight wall, courtesy of a right rear flat tire, on the final lap. Podsiadlo seemingly had a lead that would take him to the checkered flag , but it was Donk who wouldn’t give up as he used the outside lane from turn three to the checkered flag to take home the victory.

Eldon Payne started on the outside pole and led the first nine laps before Bellinger would take over the top spot. Defending Canandaigua Speedway DIRTcar Modified champion Matt Sheppard was a late entry into the field and had to start last in 18th position. Sheppard would move into second on lap 11 and set his sights on Bellinger. By lap 30, Sheppard was right behind Bellinger and putting the pressure.

On lap 32, Sheppard’s night was over. The Waterloo, NY racing star came to a stop outside turn four with mechanical difficulties. Bellinger would hold onto the lead until the final lap when Donk made his “heroic” pass.

Podsialdo, Chad Homan, Vince Vitale and Bellinger rounded out the top five. Sixth was Mike O’Brien while pole sitter Tim Currier was seventh. Eighth was Sheppard followed by Paul Habeck and Eldon Payne Jr.

Heat race winners were Tim Currier, Eldon Payne Jr and Charlie Donk.

In the 25 lap Parts Plus DIRTcar Stock Car presented by Wix Filters feature, Andy Fisk also made a last lap pass to win his second feature event of the season and second in a row.

Fisk entered the final lap of the race in third place. The real excitement of the race came when then leader Mike Rasbeck, Frank Burnell and Fisk entered turn three. Using the outside lane, Fisk got by Burnell and out dueled Rasback down the front stretch for the victory.

Ransack had led the entire distance of the race up to the point when Fisk had made his move. On opening night two weeks ago, Rasbeck had also led much of the race only to finish second. Fisk has started the 2010 season Canandaigua Speedway DIRTcar Stock Car schedule with a pair of wins but has certainly had to work hard to win both events.

Burnell held on for third followed by Mike Welch in fourth and Nate Peckham, who had to come from the back of the pack after he ducked into the pits to fix a flat tire on lap 19. Rounding out the top ten was Chris Fisher, John Zimmerman, Jack Terrell, Jason Whipple and Derrick Excell.

Heat races were won by Nate Peckham and Mike Rasbeck.

In the 25 lap DIRTcar Sportsman main, Justin Henderson took the lead on lap 13 and held off Steve Gray at the finish to win. Henderson had to endure a pair of caution periods after he took the lead with Gray behind him. Henderson was especially strong off the restarts and that allowed him to keep the tough running Gray behind him at the finish line.

While Gray took home the runner-up position, Paul Guererri, Nick Guererri and Randy McCullough rounded out the top five. Loren Lincoln, opening night winner Eric Giguere, Greg Cool, Daryl Hilkert and Dan Wiesner completed the top ten.

Justin Wright started on the pole position and held the lead until Henderson took over. Wright went to the pits and never returned.

Heat race winners were Nick Guererri, Steve Gray and Justin Wright.

Bryon Lyon took the victory in the 15 laps Factory Stock Feature. Lyon had a lot of fan support as he defeated Alex Morris, defending Canandaigua Speedway champion and 2010 opening night winner.

Third was Chris Gingerich. Fourth and fifth, respectively were Roger Bush and Don Drave. Dale Bush, Eric Chapman, Mike Minutolo and Dave Bush rounded out the field .

The heat race winner was Alex Morris.

This week, the Dart Dirt BRP Late Model Black Rock/Canandaigua Challenge Series makes it’s first of three scheduled 2010 appearances at the “Land of Legends”. The DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Stock Cars. The FACTORY STOCKS will have the night off. It’s also Hometown Heroes Night with residents of Middlesex, Dundee and Rochester allowed into the track free of admission. Proper ID is required. Adult Admission is just $12. Senior Citizens $10. Students 10-18 and Active Military is $5. Children 9 and under are always free. Race time is 7pm. Pit gates open at 4pm. Grandstands at 5pm.

DIRTCAR MODIFIEDS (35 LAPS)_ CHARLIE DONK , Derrick Podsiadlo, Chad Homan, Vince Vitale, Rob Bellinger, Mike O'Brien, Tim Currier, Matt Sheppard, Paul Habeck, Eldon Payne Jr, Harry Maier, Dave Rauscher, Steve Paine, Brian Swarthout, Justin Haers, Marcus Dinkins, John McMillan, Danny Johnson.

PARTS PLUS DIRTCAR STOCK CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY WIX FILTERS RACE #1 (25 LAPS)_ ANDY FISK , Mike Rasbeck, Frank Burnell, Mike Welch, Nate Peckham, Chris Fisher, John Zimmerman, Jack Terrell, Jason Whipple, Derrick Excell, Pat Hobbs, Mike Jackson, Dave Mannise, Tony Pangrazio, Byron DeWitt.

DIRTCAR SPORTSMAN (25 LAPS)_ JUSTIN HENDERSON, Steve Gray, Paul Guererri, Nick Guererri, Randy McCullough, Loren Lincoln, Eric Giguere, Greg Cool, Daryl Hilkert, Dan Wiesner, Rob Bussey, Ricky Newton, Mark Chiddy, Kane Bristol, Joe Cook, Steve Pesarek, Don Merriman, Brian Freese, Justin Wright, Adam Hilton, Chris Mangarelli.

FACTORY STOCKS (15 LAPS)_ BRYON LYON, Alex Morris, Chris Gingerich, Roger Bush, Don Drave, Dale Bush, Eric Chapman, Mike Minutolo, Dave Bush.

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