May 28, 2008 11:59 AM EDT
Serenity Sutherland’s Win First by Dundee Resident in Modifieds Since 1986
By RICH VLECK
DUNDEE, NY - As soon as she drove underneath Scott Hixson’s Checkered Flags, there was no question Serenity Sutherland was the first female to capture a modified feature win. What wasn’t realized until later was that she was the first Dundee Resident to win in a long time.
After consulting with historical documentations, track historian Mary Hoose, and a number of other individuals, it has been determined that Serenity’s win on Friday Night was the first by a Dundee Resident in the modified division in 22 years.
Mal Lane, is believed to be the last feature winner from the Town of Dundee, which has a current population of 1,650.
Lane won the 1986 modified championship, his final season racing modifieds before making his storied transition to sprint cars. That is the last known time a resident has won in their hometown.
“That’s quite something, twenty-something years and no winners,” said Lane about this win. “I was so happy to hear that news Saturday morning.”
A number of “locals” have won in Black Rock’s top division through the years, including Tim Sebring, Lance Yonge and John Moravec, all of whom are from Penn Yan, but more than two decades have gone by since someone could call Dundee Home.
Serenity’s younger brother Trevor came close to capturing this feat in April when he challenged Tim Sebring for much of the first feature of the season, ending up in second. Currently, the Sutherland’s are the only hometown modified competitors on the roster.
Racing continues this Friday with a full card of racing. All six divisions, including the Marble’s Automotive Modifieds will be on hand, with the Late Models and the 4-Cylinders running double features postponed from last week. There will also be a firefighter enduro as well as 1-on-1 spectator races.