July 26th, 2003
KIRKWOOD, NY…Bobby Puckett scored his second 358 Modified feature win of the season Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. James Cornell, Joe Cole, Shane Wolf and Danny Canton were also victorious on Fast Vinyl Graphics Night.
The 358 Modified feature was halted one lap short of the finish following an injury suffered by Dave Locke. Locke, who was running third at the time came out of turn four to take the white flag when his driveshaft broke and hit him in the leg.
Track safety crews were immediately on the scene to administer to Locke. Track and ambulance crews needed some time to extricate Locke from his car and the decision was made to checker the race on lap 29.
Dave Calaman jumped in front to start the 358 Modified feature and held the top spot until Locke took over on lap seven. Locke would lead until lap 12 when Bobby Puckett took over from his ninth starting spot.
Puckett would stay in front but Bob Hamm and Jim Crawn were mounting charges from the middle of the pack. Hamm was up to third with Crawn taking fourth from point leader J.R. Crouse on lap 15.
With a long stretch of green Puckett opened his lead while Crawn started to come on strong. As Puckett encountered lapped traffic Crawn slipped past Locke for second on lap 27 and set his sights on Puckett, who was mired in traffic.
Crawn caught Puckett and pulled alongside him on lap 28. Puckett would lead lap 29 but Crawn went ahead out of turn two. That's when Locke spun to the inside of turns one and two bringing out the caution.
When track crews arrived the race was red flagged due to the serious situation. Scoring reverts to the last completed lap making Puckett the leader with Crawn second. The decision was made to checker the event to allow the crew to work on the injured Locke. Locke was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital were he was being treated for a leg wound as of this writing.
Puckett was declared the winner with a gracious Crawn taking second over Hamm, Crouse and Butch Klinger. Sixth through tenth went to Dan Vauter, Don Hart, Dave Rumsey, Glenn Knapp and Dave Doig.
James Cornell continues to dominate the Street Stock division. Cornell once again took the lead from Rob Harder, this time on lap seven, and never looked back. It was Cornell's ninth win in 10 races in 2003.
Harder was second again over Brett Spoor, Jason Schlafer and Ken Sparks. Positions six through ten went to Ken Taugher, Dan Pompey, Jason Bartsch, Jim Hewitt and Brian MacRabie.
Joe Cole went wire to wire to claim his first UMP Modified feature win. It was also Cole's first win ever at Five Mile Point. Joe Price, Jr. tried all routes around Cole and pulled ahead on a couple of occasions. Cole kept his composure and held his line to record the popular win. Price was second ahead of Jeff Cleveland, Ralph Shoemaker, Jr. and Mike Stoddard.
Shane Wolf took the lead on lap 12 after a three car battle with Jeremy Shaw and Charlie Gilbert in the Pure Stock feature. Wolf would go onto capture his second straight and third feature win of the year.
Jim Ortiz made a late charge to take second over Gilbert, Mike Lartz and Shaw. They were followed by Roger Salai, Louie Gordinier, Bryan Lindsey, Randy Rolison and Ted Baker.
The Briggs and Stratton Slingshot Tour made its first ever appearance at the Point. It looked as though Bill Gallup was on his way to the win until turn two of the last lap. Second place running Jeff Hartman made contact with the leader with Gallup spinning and Hartman being penalized to finish behind him.
Third running Danny Canton was in the right place at the right time and claimed the inaugural win. He was followed by Rob Lindsay, Matt Krepf, Will Bartos, Jr. and Patti Simpson. Sixth through tenth went to Chris Bartos, Tyler Wilkins, Gallup, Hartman and Dustin Delaney.
This Saturday the Keystone Legends Cars will invade the Point for the only appearance of the season. They will join the regular show of 358 Modifieds, Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Pure Stocks. It will be Youth Night with everyone age 15 and under being admitted free of charge. Race time is 6:15 p.m.
COUNTER POINTS…Joe Cole was a long time Five Mile Point head flagger and second generation driver…Tonti racing gave away bicycles to a lucky boy and girl…The track was very fast with a lot of bite, creating some exciting side by side racing…Former New Jersey Modified standout Newt Hartman was in attendance with his two sons that were racing in the Slingshot event…Crews from Bob Hamm, Bobby Puckett, Glenn Knapp and Dave Calaman all helped the Locke crew load their car after the races.
FAST VINYL GRAPHICS 358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH:
BOBBY PUCKETT, Jim Crawn, Bob Hamm, J.R. Crouse, Butch Klinger, Dan Vauter, Don Hart, Jr., Dave Rumsey, Glenn Knapp, Dave Doig, Dick Sundgren, Russell Hendrickson, Brian Corcoran, Duane Hiller, Dave Locke, Glenn Wilcox, Matt Smith, Dan Morden, Rich Keehle, Dan Hineline, Jim Corcoran, Dave Calaman, Dana Wagner.
STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH:
JAMES CORNELL, Rob Harder, Brett Spoor, Jason Schlafer, Ken Sparks, Ken Taugher, Dan Pompey, Jason Bartsch, Jim Hewitt, Brian MacRabie, Fred Christ, Bob Teribury, Randy Tyler, Frank Mower, Art Darling, Jr., Scott Chapman, Jerry Tonti. DNS: Byron Pitcher.
UMP MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH:
JOE COLE, Joe Price, Jr., Jeff Cleveland, Ralph Shoemaker, Jr., Mike Stoddard, Kevin Cole, Joel Batzel, Gary Dence, Scott Bennett, Brad Shaffer.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH:
SHANE WOLF, Jim Ortiz, Charlie Gilbert, Mike Lartz, Jeremy Shaw, Roger Salai, Louie Gordinier, Bryan Lindsey, Randy Rolison, Ted Baker, Paul Harrington, Mahlon Shoemaker, Toby Lehr, Mark Andrus, Bob Tyriw, Jason Bond, John Terrell, Toby Sparks, Mark Aldrich. DNS: Jerry Whitmarsh, Corey Bond.
SLINGSHOT FEATURE FINISH:
DANNY CANTON, Rob Lindsay, Matt Krepf, Will Bartos, Jr., Patti Simpson, Chris Bartos, Tyler Wilkins, Bill Gallup, Jeff Hartman, Dustin Delaney, Justin House, Chris Savoie, Jeremy Frankowski, Jamie Sowey, Jay Hartman, Harry Lindsay, Mike Bartos. DNS: Keith Tucker.