|Date: 11/13/2009 11:56:20 PM|
Ross Perchak Conquers Micro Sprint Elite at National Open
By Dino Oberto … “Keeping Track”
Once again Hazleton’s Ross “The Boss” Perchak is the King of Micro Sprint racing as the 29-year old talent-laden wheelsman captured the Crown Jewel for Micros last Saturday night at Linda’s Speedway in Johnstown, winning the 20th annual 270cc Micro Sprint National Open.
This marked the second consecutive and fourth time overall that Perchak has won the coveted event and he now joins Randy West as the winningest drivers of the National Open.
From the time Perchak rolled off the trailer he proved quickly that he would be the star of the show. He timed trialed fastest out of a stellar field of 89 cars then went out and won his heat race. For the 40 lap main Perchak started from the pole and once the green flag waved it was all but over as he led every lap en route to a $3000 payday.
“After starting from the pole there was only one place I could with that and that’s not what I wanted to do,” said Perchak.
17-year old Kevin Ward Jr., a regular at Paradise Speedway in Geneva, NY, chased Perchak all 40 laps and a time or two was pushing him on the straights. At times Ward seemed to have the faster car but Perchak, a past champion at Linda’s, knows the track as well as anyone and put his years of experience to the test.
“We had a few challenges from him (Ward) and he was tough, that’s for sure. But when you have a race as big as this and you’re in a position to win you try everything you can to not let it slip away,” said Perchak.
Sean Good finished third with Jesse Maurer fourth and Ryan Smith fifth.
The Micro Sprint Nationals was scheduled to take place back on October 16-17 but rain moved the show to October 30-31. Time trials and the 11th Annual Lias Tire/American Racer sponsored 270cc Race of Champions (RoC) did get completed on October 30 and Perchak won that feature as well before rain forced the Nationals to last Saturday.
The RoC is an invitation only race for regional track champions and over the past few years Perchak has worked hard to win that event. His way into the RoC came after repeating as track champion at the Kutztown Fairgrounds Speedway.
“I’ve always wanted to win that race,” admitted Perchak. “You have all the best from the area in it and I think it says a lot to be able to beat them. We’ve been trying the past few years and it’s gratifying to finally be able to say we won it.”
Perchak specifically concentrated on winning the title at Kutztown with the intent of making the RoC as he knew he would not be running his Friday and Saturday night tracks on a regular basis. He runs Linda’s on Friday’s and Greenwood Valley Action Track in Millville on Saturday’s.
Kutztown runs every Wednesday between May and August and that schedule fit perfect into his strategy.
“That was the game plan. I knew I was going to miss a lot of Saturday races so I made a real effort to win the title at Kutztown in order to make the field for the Race of Champions,” said Perchak, a two-time winner there this season.
“There were actually a lot of very good rookies there this year and you still have all the steadies as well. It’s always tough there because no other tracks run up against them so you always draw a very strong field every week.”
The Kutztown crown was his seventh career championship over the past five seasons. Other titles have come at Greenwood Valley and Linda’s.
Perchak has long been backed by his family run businesses of Perchak Trucking and E & R Cycle of Hazleton along with RTS Chassis, VRP Shocks and Hoosier Tires. His motors are prepared by Micro Sprint engine specialist Skeetz Hockenbrock of Paxinos.
“I’m doing well with what I have and we have this 270 thing pretty well figured out. There’re easier to work on and rather than update all my equipment and start over from scratch we’ll stay with what works best for us.
“If a ride is available maybe I would do something like that but I’m content were I’m at right now. Hopefully that doesn’t go away.”
Indeed, he reigns amongst the best and with the number of wins and championships accumulated there is little arguing that fact.
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