|Special Event Results 8/14|
KIRKWOOD, NY…Second generation driver Jeff VanDusen took home the win in the second annual Southern Tier Sprint Car Showdown at Five Mile Point Speedway. The night was sponsored by French’s and Interstate Auto Parts.
Time trials were held to set the lineups for the heat races and no less than three drivers broke the track record. The fastest time of the night was posted by R.C. Faigle, who has spent most of his summer behind the wheel of a Modified at the Point on Saturday nights.
Faigle brought his Sprint Car and his home track knowledge to the races and posted a blistering lap of 13.50 seconds around the quarter mile oval. He eclipsed the old mark of 13.67 seconds set in this event last year by Phil Mott. Faigle would go on to win his heat and the Pole Dash, putting him on the pole for the 25 lap feature. The feature got off to a scary start when the pack jammed up in turn four of the first lap, resulting in a triple flip. All drivers were uninjured.
After the red flag period, racing resumed with Faigle in command while consistently turning 13.5 second laps. Right behind him was young Jeff VanDusen, along with Russ Bennett, Mike VanDusen and a fast moving Kramer Williamson. The complexion of the raced changed on lap seven when the leaders encountered lapped traffic. Faigle lifted for a split second and VanDusen seized the opportunity. Faigle and VanDusen went for the same spot at the same time while passing a lapped car and the two came together with Faigle breaking the front end of his racer, thus ending his great night.
When racing resumed it was the veteran Williamson on the move. The Sprint Car legend out of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, took second from Bennett on lap 13 and set his sights on VanDusen. Another driver on the move was George Suprick, who took over third with five laps to go. Suprick, the winner of the first Sprint Car show at the Point this year, was closing fast on the leaders.
With two laps to go Suprick flew past Williamson for second and tried to catch the high flying VanDusen. The youngster out of Englewood, Florida was not to be denied and he cruised to the popular win. Suprick was a strong second ahead of Williamson, Bennett and Brad Knab, who started 14th. Positions six through ten went to John Karklin, Doug Emery, Mike VanDusen, Tom Taber and Tim Kelly. Heat wins went to Faigle, Jeff VanDusen and Spider Thomas, with Faigle taking the Pole Dash.
While everyone was disappointed by the small 19 car field, the drivers that did show up should be commended for putting on a great show regardless. A great big thank you goes out to the people that really stepped up in a big way to contribute to the show. Dave Williams, Mike Monnat, Joe Ruege, Jr., Binghamton Truck and Tire, Paul Szmal, Tom Cummings, an anonymous fan, Kevin Curry, Morgan Colegrove, Casey Oltz, Grant Buck, C&R Farms Maple Products, Candy & Roger Ricco, Whippy Whitman, Marty the Pin Man, World of Racing Motorsports, Trackside Magazine, Tommy Williams, Bill Bailey Racing Team, Mike Stoddard Racing, Walt McClenon’s 3M Race Team, Jerry Whitmarsh, Kevin Curry, Dave Calaman, Dale Short, David Short, Dale Smith and Jim Calkins Photography all put extra money into the show. All totaled, $940 was added by those generous people. Thank you all. If we left out your name please let us know and we will add you to the list.
COUNTER POINTS…Eleven time Modified feature winner Mitch Gibbs was behind the wheel of Modified teammate Faigle’s backup car but motor troubles kept him out of the feature…Twelve drivers turned in laps in the 13 second range on the fast racing surface…Five drivers in the field were either current or past Modified competitors at the Point, (Suprick, Mike VanDusen, Howard Singer, Faigle and Gibbs).
FRENCH’S/INTERSTATE AUTO PARTS SOUTHERN TIER SPRINT CAR SHOWDOWN FEATURE FINISH:
JEFF VanDUSEN, George Suprick, Kramer Williamson, Russ Bennett, Brad Knab, John Karklin, Doug Emery, Mike VanDusen, Tom Taber, Tim Kelly, Mike Stelter, Howard Singer, Warren Alexson, Justin Barger, R.C. Faigle, John Smith, Jeff Thomas. DNS: Mitch Gibbs, Brian Dumigan.