May 1st, 2011


Danny Creeden Becomes First Time Winner of Southern Tier Open.



RE:  18th Southern Tier Open

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KIRKWOOD, NY…Danny Creeden collected his first ever Five Mile Point Speedway Modified victory in the 18th running of the Southern Tier Open on Sunday.  The victory in the 40 lap Modified feature netted Creeden $2,500.  Denny Decker was the Street Stock feature winner and Joel Batzel was the Sportsman feature winner.  Both of those winners earned $1,000 each for their victories.  Andy Brigham swept the Lightning Cat main events.


Twenty five starters took the green for the 18th running of the Modified Southern Tier Open.  Danny Tyler quickly took the lead from his pole starting spot at the drop of the green.  Tyler opened up a slight early lead as Stewart Friesen wasted no time moving up from his fourth starting place to second by lap 4.  Friesen swung to the outside of the quarter mile as he and Tyler battled for the lead.  Friesen would take command on lap 7 leaving Tyler and Creeden to do battle for second place.


Friesen immediately opened up a sizeable lead over the field as the great battle for second place continued.  On lap 16 Friesen would see his big lead evaporate as the lapped car of Brett Tonkin spun directly in front of the race leader.  Friesen and Tonkin made heavy contact forcing Friesen to pull to the pits.  Creeden had taken over second place prior to the caution and was now the race leader.  On the restart Creeden and Tyler battled for the point for several laps prior to Creeden pulling away for good.  Creeden would go on for his first Modified win at the speedway.  Tyler had his best career finish by winding up in second place.  FMP Rookie Jamie Batzel finished third after starting sixth.  Woodhull Raceway defending track champion Billy VanPelt finished fourth and fellow FMP Rookie Justin Holland wound up fifth after starting tenth.


Denny Decker started on the pole and led all twenty laps of the Street Stock feature event to record the $1,000 victory.  Gene Sharpsteen made several bids for the lead over the final five laps but was unable to make a serious challenge.  Sharpsteen would wind up second followed by Bob Bouno, Ryan Stone and Rich Green.


Joel Batzel started on the outside pole in the 25 lap Sportsman feature event and would also lead the entire distance for the $1,000 victory.  Matt Janczuk closed the gap during the final laps but Batzel would go on to win by three car lengths.  Eddie White, Jim LaRock and Jeff Crambo rounded out the top five.  Only two cautions would slow the pace of the event.


Andy Brigham was the top dog in the twin Lightning Cat feature events on Sunday.  In the heldover cat feature Brigham took the lead on lap 7 and the regularly scheduled feature would see Brigham lead from wire to wire.


French’s Auto Parts Modified Southern Tier Open Official Feature Finish 40 laps:  Danny Creeden, Danny Tyler, Jamie Batzel, Billy VanPelt, Justin Holland, Kevin Bates, Stewart Friesen, Shaun Walker, Brian Weaver, Michael Lartz, Mike Gular, Nick Rochinski, Dan Vauter, Mike Bowman, Jim Gabriel Jr., Richard Smith, Tim Votra, Brent Boyer, Mike Colsten, Joey Colsten, Brett Tonkin, Barry White, Glenn Knapp, Pat Ward, Jim Crawn.


French’s Auto Parts Sportsman Feature 25 laps:  French’s Auto Parts Sportsman Feature 20 laps:  Joel Batzel, Matt Janczuk, Eddie White, Jim LaRock, Jeff Crambo, Randy Brokaw, Mike Loney, James Cornell, Nick Petrilak, Craig Whitmoyer, P.J. Goodwin, Justin Aandrews, Vinny DeCicco, Kenny Titus, Mike Austin, A.J. Lord, Bryan Batzel, John Kovatech, Mike Nagel Jr., Brian White.  DNS Chris Wood, Jeff Bronson, Jerry Tonti.


French’s Auto Parts Sportsman Feature 25 laps:  French’s Auto Parts Street Stock Feature 20 laps:  Denny Decker, Gene Sharpsteen, Bob Buono, Ryan Stone, Rich Green, Dave Pope, Rich Talada, Shane Wolf Jr., Buck Mills, Rich Sharpsteen, Kevin Boynton, Jason Butler, Mike Codington, Tyler Yeagle, Paul Harrington, Nick Nye, Rob Snow, Jason Townsend, Owen Renwick, Randy Marsh, Matt Spencer, Butch Green, Todd Sutliff, Josh Towner.  DNQ – Lanson Albanaese, Rick Davis, Hank Decker, Tom Harrington, Kyle Ross, Joe Warren.


French’s Auto Parts Heldover Lightning Cat Official Feature Finish 15 laps(heldover from April 10): Andy Brigham, Andy Colwell, Troy Kress, Dave Simms, Beezer Wilkie, Dennis Keesler, Anthony Seward, Jason Colwell, Jake Rought, John Siedlecky Jr., Nick Griest.


French’s Auto Parts Lightning Cat Official Feature Finish 15 laps:  Andy Brigham, Nick Griest, Travis Hayes, Dave Desmond, Dennis Keesler, Dave Simms, Anthony Seward, Jake Rought, Tommy Desmond, Hank Bausenwein, Dustin Desmond, Damien Bausenwein, Neil Elliot, Troy Kess, Duane Kinne, Jeff Hayes, Jason Colwell, Andy Colwell, Kenny Underwood.  DNS Beezer Wilkie, John Siedlecky Jr.   DQ Matt Clark.


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