Kevin Bates Wins First Modified Feature of 2011 on Saturday.

Heath Memorial this Saturday, June 25th.










KIRKWOOD, NY...Kevin Bates recorded his first Modified feature win of the season on Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway on what was French's Auto Parts Driver Appreciation Night.  Any driver that had previously competed in two events at the speedway this season were given a free pit pass to the events on Saturday.


Bates, the 2010 Modified point runner-up may have made a statement on Saturday as he was dialed in on the quarter mile.  After starting in the eighth starting slot it only took the Lake Ariel, PA driver four laps to take the lead with an outside move on Eric Palmer.  Palmer remained within striking distance during the first half of the 30 lap feature event but could not seriously challenge.  Once Bates got out front Jim Gabriel, Jr. began to challenge Palmer for second place as 12th place starter Stewart Friesen began to advance.  Friesen pulled in to fourth place just past the midway point and began to challenge Gabriel and Palmer for the second position.  Friesen made his way in to second spot on lap 23 and a late race caution would bunch the field up on the 26th lap.  


On the restart Bates showed some muscle as he again pulled away from Friesen for the final four circuits.  Bates would go on for his first win of the 2011 racing season with Friesen finishing in second.  Palmer had his best finish of the season in third with Gabriel and Shaun Walker rounding out the top five.  


The 20 lap Sportsman feature event was a wild one during the first half of the event.  A.J. Lord raced out to the early race lead after a caution on the original start reshuffled the field.  Lord and Jerry Tonti ran out front as P.J. Goodwin and Nick Petrilak began to advance through the field.  Petrilak started in the 10th spot and quickly found himself in the top five.  On lap 7 things would get wild after a caution when Mike Austin and Vinny DeCicco got hooked on the backstretch.  On the restart another yellow was thrown for a bad start but on the backstretch race leaders Lord and Tonti tangled collecting Petrilak in the fray.  This would ultimately end the night for both Tonti and Petrilak.  Goodwin found himself out front when racing resumed and he would go on to lead the remainder of the way for his second feature win of the season.  Mike Loney, Billy Spoonhower, DeCicco and Justin Andrews rounded out the top five.


Scott Bennett recorded his fourth IMCA Modified feature victory in six starts at the speedway on Saturday night.  Early race leader Jay Hoyt had a great battle with Mike Wilmot.  Wilmot took the lead on lap 6 and looked very strong once again.  Bennett began to make his charge from the 11th starting spot and pulled in to the runner up slot on lap 11.  On lap 13 disaster struck for Wilmot as a lapped car spun in turn two collecting him and bringing out the caution.  Bennett would inherit the lead and hold off a late race rally from Gary Smith to go on for his fourth victory of the season.  Smith wound up second followed by Hoyt, Patti Simpson and Shawn Bruce.


Jason Butler brought a three race winning streak in to the Street Stock action on Saturday night as a bounty was put in to effect.  For Butler the streak would end as he dropped out on lap four with mechanical problems.  The bounty will remain intact this Saturday night.  Tyler Yeagle was looking for his first victory on Saturday night as he led from laps 5 to 16.  On lap 16 Yeagle went wide around a lapped car allowing both Shane Wolf, Jr. and Rich Powell to sneak past.  Wolf would go on for the victory with Powell finishing in second.  Yeagle would have to settle for third with  Randy Marsh and Ryan Stone completing the top five.


Andy Brigham collected his own bounty in the Lightning Cat Expert division on Saturday night after taking the lead from team mate Andy Colwell on lap 11 of the 15 lap event.  Travis Hayes finished second followed by Duane Kinne, Troy Kress and Dennis Keesler.  Chris Carman won his second consecutive Lightning Cat Novice feature on Saturday.  He was followed across the line by Scott Heeman, Josh Wilbur Marisa Zerinski and Ronald Welch.


FRENCH’S AUTO PARTS MODIFIED OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS):  KEVIN BATES, Stewart Friesen, Eric Palmer, Jim Gabriel Jr., Shaun Walker, Danny Tyler, Nick Rochinski, Scott Brady, Brian Puckett, Dan Creeden, Glenn Knapp, Ken Titus, Tim Votra, Mike McCollum, Eric Stephens Jr., Tim Mayne, Ed Harris, Justin Holland, Dwayne Robbins, Mike Clapperton, Jamie Batzel, Mike Nagel Jr., Barry White.  DNS Jim Crawn.


FRENCH’S AUTO PARTS SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS):  P.J. GOODWIN, Mike Loney, Billy Spoonhower, Vinny DeCicco, Justin Andrews, Greg McClosky, Jeff Crambo, Mike Austin, Ryan Olsommer, Chance Spoonhower, Chris Wood, Joel Batzel, Jerry Tonti, A.J. Lord, Tyler Singleton, Byron Worthing, Nick Petrilak, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Duston Barton.  DNS John Kovatch.


FRENCH’S AUTO PARTS STREET STOCK OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS):  SHANE WOLF JR., Rich Powell, Tyler Yeagle, Randy Marsh, Ryan Stone, Ken Sparks, Todd Sutliff, Mike Codington, Duane Codington, Matt Spencer, Josh Stilson, Josh Mutz, Rob Snow, Chad Sidoni, Joe Warren, Toby Lehr, Josh Towner, Doug Stack, Jason Butler, Kyle Ross.


FRENCH’S AUTO PARTS IMCA MODIFIED OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20 LAPS):  SCOTT BENNETT, Gary Smith, Jay Hoyt, Patti Simpson, Shawn Bruce, Brad Weaver, K.C. Cole, Charlie Gilbert, Gary Dence, Ken Winn, Dan Burman, Tanner Harpell, Fred Gibson, Tyler Stoddard, Joe Cole, Jason Tuttle, Mike Stoddard, Rob Slezak Jr., DQ – Mike Wilmot.


FRENCH’S AUTO PARTS LIGHTNING CAT EXPERT OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (15 LAPS):  ANDY BRIGHAM, Travis Hayes, Duane Kinne, Troy Kress, Dennis Keesler, Anthony Seward, Tom Desmond, Scott Chapman, Andy Colwell, Pete Christenson, Jeff Hayes, Damien Bausenwein, Dave Bainbridge, Jason Colwell, John Siedlecky, Dave Husney, Dave Simms, Dave Desmond, Hank Bausenwein.


FRENCH’S AUTO PARTS LIGHTNING CAT NOVICE OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (12 LAPS):  CHRIS CARMAN, Scott Heeman, Josh Wilbur, Marisa Zerinski, Ronald Welch, Nichole Bausenwein, Wendy Elliot, Jeremy Williams, Dustin Desmond, Adam Gilbert, Deb Stalker.


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