Aug 9, 2008 11:07 AM EST
Hebing, Cartwright, Barger, Sharpsteen and Reutimann Big Winners on Big Night at Black Rock
By RICH VLECK
DUNDEE, NY - Chuck Hebing chased down Justin Barger in lapped traffic with 10 laps to go and passed him for an apparent $5,000 pay day, but in the end it would be Barger ending up on top.
As a result of a protest, the car driven by Chuck Hebing on the night was unable to pass technical inspection, handing the win to the No. 32.
The decision marred an otherwise thrilling night, where 28 of the best sprint cars in the area collided for the Insinger Race Fuels New York Nationals, presented by SP Wilson, Camping World and T&R Towing.
Barger, of Montrose, NY, won the third National Parts Peddler Heat in convincing fashion and with his win in the feature, ended up winning every competitive event he ran at Black Rock this year after his sweep in April.
The 25-lap feature saw just one caution for Jared Fink sliding over the banking in turn three on lap seven. With clean track ahead of him, Justin Barger, who led from the outside pole, pulled away, only to hit lapped traffic again by lap 11. Just four laps later he was in second.
Hebing, who started in fourth, quickly jumped up to second in the opening turn and began to put pressure on Barger. After making the pass for the lead, Hebing became proficient picking off lapped cars and stretching his distance in the closing laps.
As “Cobra” pulled away, Trevor Lewis, who won the Four Laps of Fame Dash, quickly moved forward in his No. 21 and was on the rear bumper of Barger as the checkered flag fell, little did he know that it might have ended up being a battle for the win.
Kramer Williamson won his first-ever ASCS Patriot points-paying heat race, capturing the second of three qualifiers. Williamson staved off a number of challengers throughout the night to end up in third.
Bryan Howland continued his string of top-five finishes with what will be credited as a fourth place finish. Howland started in eighth and needed a handful of laps to complete each pass. The run will help him to continue expanding on his point lead.
Jessica Zemken, who won her heat race, rounded out the top-five in her own No. 1z. Zemken ran a 13.5 second lap around the track when the track was at its optimum after being worked in following early evening showers.
NASCAR star Tony Stewart brought out his No. 20 out to New York for his second sprint car start of the year and was impressive in his performance; the other team he ran was also with the ASCS Patriots at Sharon. Stewart made the redraw from his heat and was involved in a made scramble with Williamson, Howland and Zemken in the closing laps.
2004 Black Rock Sprint Champion George Suprick finished in seventh, with last year’s winner Jared Zimbardi eighth, defending Rookie of the Year Scott Kreutter ninth and Chris Muhleisen rounding out the top-10.
Joe August Jr. had a soft roll in his No. 47 in his heat race, forcing him to utilized Jared Fink’s back-up wing in the B-Main. Other than the caution for Fink the feature, the rest of the night was clean and green.
Ron Cartwright Jr. has had a season he would rather forget, but there is little chance that he will soon forget the win he captured in the Marbles Automotive Modified Feature.
Cartwright, of Portageville, led all 25 laps to score the $3,000 top prize in the second of three bonus paying events, surviving a late race incident with a lapped car and Steve Paine for the big win.
Cartwright had a healthy lead for much of the race until lap 20 when Steve Paine was able to began battling for the lead after taking five laps to reel in the No. 2b.
Paine, who started back in 13th, was following closely behind Cartwright heading in to turn three, when a pair of lapped cars blocked the track, forcing Cartwright into the back of Trevor Sutherland and Steve Paine into the back of the leader. Cartwright would continue in to turn three but “The Hurricane” would suffer race-ending damage.
With Paine out of the event, Ron Cartwright Jr. had to worry about holding off Chris Ostrowsky once again, something he would do with ease over the final four laps.
After those two crossed the line, Ray Bliss Jr. would place in his familiar 3rd position in bonus money races. Dave DuBois and Brian Swarthout rounded out the top-five.
Five NASCAR Celebrities also ran modifieds in a 15-lap challenge. David Reutimann waited for his Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Michael McDowell to make a mistake in turn three, opening up the door for the former modified regular to drive away to a comfortable win in Tim Sebring’s Suzuki No. 45.
Reuitmann was running lap times comparable with the top modified regulars on the night, putting more than a half-lap on Speed TV’s Bob Dillner, who fought with his comfort in the cockpit to hold off David’s dad, modified legend Buzzie Reutimann.
Even though the ASCS Patriot win would be taken away from Chuck Hebing, he did score the victory in the New York Modified Midget feature, leading the entire 20-lap distance in Danny Willmes’ No. 29w.
“Cobra” picked up his second career NYMM win, holding off Zack Morgan and Vermont resident Brian Gray.
The event was slowed before a lap was ever recorded with a pile-up in turn one including current NYMM point leader Ryan Jordan.
Rich Sharpsteen had contemplated not running his own “Flyin’ X” car, but after he could not fit into the other car, he jumped back in his ride to pick up the $500 top prize in the Black Rock/Genesee Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder Challenge.
Sharpsteen took the lead on lap seven from Del Cummings and drove away from the pack running a smooth line on the top for his second win of the year. Jon Wallenbeck was able to move up to second with Scott Woodruff third. C.J. Winslow and Joe Povoski would round out the top-five.
Josh Wallenbeck was less than a lap away from his first career Home Necessities Bandits win, but when Jamie Eldridge Jr. made a run to the high side in turn three for the win. Those two both made contact, allowing Courtney McMinds to make a bonsai run to the line to win by two feet.
McMinds was emotional in Victory Lane, as she was overwhelmed with the win. Dylan Cecee, who was battling for second, came to a stop on the top of turn four to bring his streak of bandit wins to an end.
ASCS Patriots Results: 8/8/08, Black Rock Speedway, Dundee, NY.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Trevor Lewis (21), 3. Kramer Williamson (73), 4. Bryan Howland (51), 5. Jessica Zemken (1z), 6. Tony Stewart (20), 7. George Suprick (87), 8. Jared Zimbardi (35), 9. Scott Kreutter (52), 10. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 11. Bubba Broderick (5), 12. Scott Bonnell (3B), 13. Lance Yonge (17J), 14. Bubby Kerrick (4u), 15. T.J. Newton (57), 16. Doug Emery (33), 17. Dave Wickham (80), 18. Tim Kelly (12), 19. Ray Preston (22), 20. Jared Fink (21F), 21. Gordy Button (714), 22. Chuck Hebing (28).
Lap Leaders- Barger 1-15, Hebing 16-25.
B-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Gordy Button (714), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. Bubba Broderick (5), 4. T.J. Newton (57), 5. Dave Wickham (80), 6. Tim Kelly (12), 7. Robbie Shuttleworth (11), 8. Kyle Moffit (7), 9. Gary Troutman (44), 10. Blake Breen (8), 11. Joe August Jr. (47), 12. Bobby Breen (9).
Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Trevor Lewis (21), 2. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. George Suprick (87), 5. Scott Bonnell (3B), 6. Bubby Kerrick (4u).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)- Race 1: 1. Jessica Zemken (1z), 2. Jared Fink (21F), 3. Tony Stewart (20), 4. George Suprick (87), 5. Jared Zimbardi (35), 6. Scott Kreutter (52), 7. T.J. Newton (57), 8. Robbie Shuttleworth (11), 9. Kyle Moffit (7).
Race 2: 1. Kramer Williamson (73), 2. Chuck Hebing (28), 3. Bryan Howland (51), 4. Scott Bonnell (3B), 5. Trevor Lewis (21), 6. Gordy Button (714), 7. Bubba Broderick (5), 8. Dave Wickham (80), 9. Bobby Breen (9).
Race 3: 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Lance Yonge (17J), 3. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 4. Bubby Kerrick (4u), 5. Doug Emery (33), 6. Ray Preston (22), 7. Tim Kelly (12), 8. Gary Troutman (44), 9. Blake Breen (8), 10. Joe August Jr. (47).
Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing Sealing the Deal Award- Hebing
Saldana Racing Products Half Way Leader- Barger
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger of the Night- Kreutter
Engler Machine and Tool Pole Award- Zemken
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Zemken
Kinser Air Filters Hard Luck Award- Button
ISC Racer’s Tape Keeping Things Rolling Award- Button, Shuttleworth, Broderick
DMI Rear End Award- Shuttleworth
VMAC Fast Lap Award- Lewis (13.5 seconds)
Randy’s Racing Filters Filter Through the Pack Award- August
The Brake Man Tough Brake Award- Yonge
M&W Aluminum Products Top-5 Award- Williamson
Ultra-Shield Race Products Top-10 Award- Kreutter
Rod End Supply 20th Anniversary Award- Preston
Pro-Syn Oil Technology/ Mother’s Car Wash Clean Race Award- Howland
RESULTS SHEET IS INCOMPLTE, WE APPOLOGIZE FOR THIS AND WILL SEND ANOTHER RELEASE WHEN GATHERED
Black Rock Speedway INCOMPLETE Results: 8/8/2008- Insinger Race Fuels, SP Wilson/Lakes Gas, Camping World and T&R Towing Night
Celebrity Challenge in Mods (15 Laps)- DAVID REUTIMANN, Bob Dillner, Buzzie
Reutimann, Michael McDowell.
Marbles Automotive Modified Feature (25 Laps)- RON CARTWRIGHT JR., Chris Ostrowsky, Ray Bliss Jr.,
Lap Leaders- Cartwright 1-25.
Finger Lakes Auto, Truck and Marine/NAPA Up-and-Comer Award- Ostrowsky.
Heat Winners- Cartwright, Payne, Bliss.
New York Modified Midgets (20 Laps)- CHUCK HEBING
Lap Leaders- Hebing 1-25
Heat Winners- Jordan, Miller, Gray.
Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder Feature (20 Laps)- RICH SHARPSTEEN II, Jon Wallenbeck, Scott Woodruff, C.J. Winslow, Joe Povoski,
Lap Leaders- Cummings 1-6, Sharpsteen 7-20
Heat Winners- Rathbun, C. Ayers, Sharpsteen.
Home Necessities Bandits (10 Laps)- COURTNEY McMINDS, Jamie Eldridge Jr., Josh Wallenbeck,
Lap Leaders- Wallenbeck 1-9, McMinds 10