Aug 23, 2008 01:07 AM EST
Steve Paine Pounces Late To Score Black Rock Win
By RICH VLECK
DUNDEE, NY - Another beautiful night, another capacity crowd, and another win for the Steve Paine. This week was quite the challenge for “The Hurricane" though.
Paine, of Waterloo, NY, picked up his sixth Marble’s Automotive Modified Feature win of the year, moving around Trevor Sutherland in the waning laps for the win on a terrific night of action.
Paine put his Swarthout Recycling/ Ramada No. 7x to the inside of Sutherland coming to complete lap 22 to pull even entering turn one; when the Cam Sutherland Construction No. 34 pushed, the door was easily open for the veteran to take the lead for good.
“(Sutherland) was really fast. When I got to third I saw he had a lot of distance on us and we were barely gaining on him,” noted Paine in Victory Lane. “I got by Brian there in traffic, I was gaining on him a little but that caution (lap 18) really helped. Then he got a bad push in turn 1 and we were able to get by.”
Paine started back in eighth place, but had captured fourth place early in the going. With the first 18 laps going continuously green, there was not much time left for Paine to do his work.
A lap before the caution, Paine had moved around point leader Brian Swarthout for second, the move he needed to quickly pounce on the lead.
Paine would try Sutherland on multiple occasions on the inside of the track, but with a tacky surface at the 4/10-mile, making the pass for the lead was easier said than done.
“I’ve never seen the track have that much bite all the way through a feature,” added Paine. “I thought Trevor was going to stay up top but then he started running in the middle and we were able to gain some ground.”
As Paine pulled away to the win, Sutherland was able to score his second runner-up finish of the year. He would also pick up the Finger Lakes Auto/Truck/Marine NAPA Up-and-Comer Award.
Brian Swarthout would strengthen his advantage in the point standings with a third place finish. His closest challenger in points, Eric Fisher, would finish in fourth to make it a two-car battle for the championship next week. Chris Ostrowsky completed the top-five.
In the Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinders, Joe Povoski locked up the 2008 Championship in style with his fourth win of the season. The odd thing for Povoski was that it was his first win since early in May when he reeled off a string of three victories.
Povoski made the pass on Del Cummings on lap 9 and stretched out his advantage over the rest of the pack to win comfortably in the Joe Palmer Trucking No. 1J.
Del Cummings was able to hold on to second with Terry Povoski rounding out the top-three. Scott Woodruff would place a solid fourth with Rich Sharpsteen II rebounding from an early race incident to finish fifth.
A massive pile up slowed the Home Necessities Bandits Feature on lap seven when 10 of the 12 cars in the event were involved in a wreck in turn two. On the restart, earlier leader Kailey Wassner would resume the top spot, but hand it over to Chad Winslow coming back to the white flag.
Winslow, of Elmira, would hold off Courtney McMinds to capture his first win of the year, his first in nearly two years. He would become the fifth different winner in the youth division.
Behind Winslow and McMinds were Jamie Eldridge Jr., Kailey Wassner and Brian Wilson. Dylan Cecce would finish in eighth, which would have been enough to assure him the 2008 Track Championship, but a post-race incident would disqualify his run.
Ronnie Hill got involved in a last-lap jingle with lapped traffic in the Front-Wheeled Drive 30-lapper, which cut down his tire. Hill was able to crawl his way to the finish though, holding off Robert Schultz by less than a car-length to pick up the $1000 prize.
As part of the fun on Wreckapalooza II, Jon Wallenbeck scored the win in the school bus race. Ron Woodenberg held on to his boat to win the big boat race. There was also a pizza deliver enduro, a monster truck exhibition and a motor home demolition derby.
The regular season concludes next Friday as all six divisions close out their point season. Racing will take place at 6:45 p.m.
Black Rock Speedway Results: 8/22/2008- Camping World, Mark’s Boat Sales, Naples Valley Auto Parts, Owasco Beverage, WNY Bus Sales and Giles Food Mart Night
Marbles Automotive Modified Feature (25 Laps)- STEVE PAINE, Trevor Sutherland, Brian Swarthout, Eric Fisher, Chris Ostrowsky, Aaron Jacobus, Donnie Lawson, Brian Doolittle, Ron White, Loren Lincoln, Dale Welty, Mike Mahaney, Serenity Sutherland, Ray Bliss (DNS), Terry Hough (DNS).
Lap Leaders- T. Sutherland 1-21, Paine 22-25.
Finger Lakes Auto, Truck and Marine/NAPA Up-and-Comer Award- T. Sutherland
Heat Winners- Swarthout, Bliss.
Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder Feature (20 Laps)- JOE POVOSKI, Del Cummings, Terry Povoski, Scott Woodruff, Rich Sharpsteen II, Brad Rathbun, Scott Bradley, C.J. Winslow, Ray Speicher, Chad Ayers, Brent Kirk, Harry Ayers, Russ Wassner, Dave Havens, Brian Thompson, Jon Wallenbeck, Erica Bell, James Kriedler III, Shane Smith, James Kriedler Jr.
Lap Leaders- Cummings 1-8, J. Povoski 9-20.
Heat Winners- Woodruff, Cummings, T. Povoski.
Home Necessities Bandits (10 Laps)- CHAD WINSLOW, Courtney McMinds, Jamie Eldridge Jr., Kailey Wassner, Brian Wilson, Cody Chisom, Cody Moorehouse, Zach Teed, David Ahouse, Lisa Cornish, Josh Wallenbeck, Dylan Cecee (DQ).
Lap Leaders- Wassner 1, Wallenbeck 2-7, Wassner 8, Winslow 9-10.
Front-Wheel Drives (30 Laps)- RONNIE HILL, Robert Schultz, Gary Baker.
Lap Leaders- Wilkins 1-3, Smith 4-15, Hill 16-
Mark’s Boat Sales Faster Pastor Boat Race (10 Laps)- Ron Woodenberg.
WNY Bus Sales School Bus Race (8 Laps)- Jon Wallenbeck.