Apr 26, 2008 12:08 AM EDT
Dave DuBois Captures First Career Black Rock Modified Win
By RICH VLECK
DUNDEE, NY - Dave DuBois waited many years to show up in Victory Lane in modified competition at Black Rock Speedway, and after a prolonged wait, his statement as he climbed out of the car said it all, “It’s about time!”
The veteran racer from Bath, NY pulled off a thrilling victory in the Marbles Automotive Modified Feature, holding off past champion Brian Swarthout on a late race restart to visit the hallowed ground for the first time.
“Any time you can win it’s great, but to hold off competition like this all the way to the finish is just awesome,” exclaimed the pilot of the Skip Starkey Owned No. 6x.
After a dominating performance in Heat 1, DuBois used a front row starting spot to quickly snatch the lead away, and then set cruise over the 25-lap event. A caution on lap 20 for Chris Ostrowski set up a mad dash to the finish, that saw Swarthout find success on the top, but DuBois blocked the groove to ensure his win.
With Swarthout settling for second, Ron White was able to scoot up to third, with Eric Fisher scoring his career-best in the modifieds with a fourth place showing. Dale Welty completed the top-five.
Defending track champion Brady Fultz had an impressive performance in the Hoselton Automotive Sportsman Feature. Starting in the middle of the pack, Fultz quietly closed in towards a battle between early race leader Fran Hilton and heat winner Dan Sellen. With Todd Henderson leading the charge, it seemed as if he might repeat.
Fultz was able to work through the four car pack the best though as he slid into second and then completed an impressive pass on the bottom to get by Hilton and check out from the field to win by a full straightaway.
The race was run green-to-checkered in stunning fashion, with Henderson moving into second, with Sellen third, Hilton fourth and Dan Weisner rounding out the top-five.
After an early race caution, an 18-lap green-flag stretch to the finish saw Rich Sharpsteen pick up the feature win for the second-straight week in the Labatt Blue Street Stocks.
Jeremy Wonderling was one of the many winners that went back-to-back on the opening weekends, as he continued to work on his new nickname of “Captain Cruise Control”, running his smooth line to perfection and dominating the 20-lap feature for the Freedom Village USA Late Models.
Wonderling took the lead on a wild restart on lap five when his brother Mikey fell out of the lead after trying a different restart. Even though the Batavia, NY Dave DuBois tried to make it a DuBois sweep, he had to settle for second. Tim Schram, Quinn Sutherland and Beamer Guzzardi completed the top-five.
Sharpsteen moved around Jared Hill and lap six and benefited from an intense battle between Hill and Chris Fisher for second to allow the 5acres to stretch out his advantage. Fisher would eventual take over second, with Hill third, Kevin Morrison fourth and Jeremy Perkins rounding out the top-five.
The Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinders completed the night with Joe Povoski becoming the fourth driver to go back-to-back in the opening weeks. Povoski took the lead from Rich Sharpsteen II on lap eight and never looked back. Scott Woodruff snuck up to finish second, with Sharpsteen third, Chad Ayers fourth, and rookie C.J. Winslow rounding out the top-five.
Dylan Cecee backed up his win from opening night with a thrilling victory to kick off the night in the Home Necessities Bandits.
Cecee had to start in the rear of the field but had obtained the second position by lap four of the 10 lap appetizer. He took the lead from David Ahouse for a pair of laps, but with the bottom still wet, had to wait until lap 9 to claim the top spot once and for all. Chad Winslow scrambled to second on the last lap, with Ahouse finishing third.
Also on the card was the Coaches Enduro, which was taken handily by Mike Pratt, a former V8 Enduro Competitior, who lapped up to second place in the 10-lap event. Plenty of banging, bumping, and good times, were had by these great community volunteers.
Racing resumes next Friday with the BRP CanAm Late Model Series Opener highlighting the card, presented by C&R Designs and Franz Griswold CPA presenting the racing card.