|Date: 10/18/2009 10:26:54 PM|
Sean Stolz Claims 270cc Micro Crown at Greenwood Valley Action Track
By Dino Oberto …. “Keeping Track”
When it comes to micro sprints and driver Sean Stolz, victory goes hand in hand. Over the past seven years the 24-year old Bloomsburg resident has yearly been one of the region’s top winners. Yet despite amassing over 80 career wins in that span Stolz had not been able to reach a track championship.
That was until last year when he scored the 600cc Micro Sprint title at Greenwood Valley Action Track and backed that up this year with a 270cc title, a trophy he had been chasing since he began running at the close-to-home Millville track.
“It was a really good season for us even with taking a couple of weeks off. It surprises me we were able to pull it off,” said Stolz who is a computer programmer for Nutrition Incorporated of Erwin, Eastern Pennsylvania Region.
“I guess we could have actually taken another week or two off but we didn’t want to take any chances.”
Stolz won this year’s crown by a commanding 250 points over Rob Pajauis, after him no one was even close.
For Stolz winning the 270 championship was very gratifying. Most of his tenure with the micros had been with that class. It wasn’t until recent seasons that he took on the 600 car. With the 270 he had always been in contention for a championship but unfortunately fell short after some very tight point battles between himself, Ross Perchak and Shane Penney.
“There is a lot of satisfaction in getting this one with the 270. Looking forward I’ll be a little more laidback and look at doing more of a part time deal. Now that we achieved this title I won’t have to be so into point racing,” said Stolz.
Over the past few seasons at Greenwood Valley, the 270cc title fight has always been decided between Stolz, two-time and defending champ Perchak and three-time champ Penny. This year Perchak was never able to make a run for a three-peat while Penny tried his hand with the ARDC Midget organization. Still it was a hard fought season for Stolz.
“This year seemed to be more competitive than ever. A lot of the younger guys that moved up into the division have some really good equipment and everyone seemed pretty much on the same level.
“The last few years it was us (Perchak, Penny) three that had an advantage over everyone else but this year there was such good stuff on track and it was definitely tougher.”
Stolz picked a season high 10 wins with the 270’s and added a pair of verdicts with the 600’s.
There was no serious attempt at defending the 600 crown. He finished eighth in points while running a limited schedule.
“After we did what we did last year and wrapped up the 600 title we were saying to each other that at the start of this year we were doing more racing on a part time basis as it will be next year with that car,” said Stolz.
Aside from Greenwood Stolz also traveled to Selinsgrove, Path Valley, Linda’s, Kutztown and Trailways Speedways.
Stolz will wrap up his season at Linda’s Speedway in Johnstown this coming weekend, October 16-17 with the 20th Annual Micro Sprint National Open. Thanks to his Greenwood title he gets an automatic berth in the ‘Race of Champions’ a special feature held during the Nationals for track title winners only.
As for next year he plans to scale back the weekly racing and look to travel to more select events.
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