September 25th, 2004

Rain Halts Southern Tier 100; Barger Friday ESS Star

KIRKWOOD, NY - Day two of the Binghamton Pepsi-Cola National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend was shortened by Mother Nature.

Isolated showers that stalled over the speedway forced the postponement of much of Saturday's activities, including the Modified Southern Tier 100.Heavy rains moved in at 7:30 p.m., just as the Four Cylinder Stock heats were taking to the track and continued steadily until well after 8 p.m., forcing FMP management to pull the plug.

The remainder of the program will be made up on Friday, October 15 on the eve of the season-ending Southern Tier Open. Rain checks will be honored.Before the weather intervened, Mike Colsten, Don Hart Jr., Brian Corcoran and Bob Savoie topped the heat races.

In the Modified redraw, the Capital District invader Savoie drew the pole and will lead the field to starter Raymond Kennerup's green flag with Mitch Gibbs alongside. Gibbs, of North Norwich, N.Y., collected 13 wins, including the Southern Tier 100, at Five Mile Point in 2002.

Sportsman heat victories went to Brett Tonkin, Butch Klinger and Brian Decker, while Wade Decker, Denny Decker and John Glezen topped the Street Stock qualifiers.

Heats for four cylinders and consolations will be held for all divisions on Friday, October 15th which will permit new teams to try and qualify for the big feature event programs.

The October 16 Southern Tier Open will feature a 50-lap Modified main, plus Sportsman, Four Cylinder Stocks, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and a UMP/IMCA Challenge. Race time for the support divisions is 2 p.m., while the Mods will roll off with their qualifying at 5:30 p.m.

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COUNTER POINTS:Mitch Gibbs and Brian Weaver made determined drives in their heat races to finish second after heading pitside with flat tires. Gibbs, especially, found a home in the quarter-mile's upper groove…. The last four laps of Sportsman heat three featured an intense side-by-side battle, with Brian Decker edging track champ Rodney Hart…. Jimmy Johnson, a 358-Modified regular at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway, made his first FMP start in five years, while PA dual tracker Kyle Weiss of Hamburg, Pa., was a Sportsman first-timer….

Modified Heat No. 1:
Mike Colsten, Bob Hamm Jr., Chris Weaver, Joel Batzel, Bobby Puckett, Darren Schuler, Brian White, Chris Grbac, Steve Walsh.

Modified Heat No. 2:
Don Hart Jr., Tom Oleski, Jim Crawn, Buddy Altemose, Dave Jenkins, Eddie White, Duane Hiller, Bernie Kelly, Ernie Millon.

Modified Heat No. 3:
Brian Corcoran, Brian Weaver, Carl Nagel, Chris Ostrowsky, Dan Morden, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Jenkins, Peach Cole, Dick Sundgren.

Modified Heat No. 4:
Bob Savoie, Mitch Gibbs, Glenn Knapp, Brian Malcolm, Allan Kellogg, J.R. Crouse, Dan Hineline, Jim Corcoran.

Consolation No. 1 Lineup:
Darren Schuler, Eddie White, Brian White, Duane Hiller, Chris Grbac, Bernie Kelly, Steve Walsh, Ernie Millon.

Consolation No. 2 Lineup:
Jimmy Johnson, J.R. Crouse, Billy Jenkins, Dan Hineline, Jim Corcoran, Peach Cole, Dick Sundgren.

Binghamton Pepsi-Cola Southern Tier 100 Lineup (Minus Consolation Cars):
Bob Savoie, Mitch Gibbs, Don Hart Jr., Brian Weaver, Brian Corcoran, Carl Nagel, Glenn Knapp, Jim Crawn, Chris Weaver, Bob Hamm Jr., Mike Colsten, Joel Batzel, Buddy Altemose, Chris Ostrowsky, Brian Malcolm, Bobby Puckett, Dave Jenkins, Dan Morden, Allan Kellogg.

Sportsman Heat No. 1:
Brett Tonkin, Jeremy Holt, Dusty Jagger, Shawn Olenski, Ryan Grim, Bob Mills, Bruce Gould, Daryl Cole.

Sportsman Heat No. 2:
Butch Klinger, Ricky Rutt, Bill Deckelman, Bob Conklin, Jesse Kline, Tom Votra, Brad Grim.

Sportsman Heat No. 3:
Brian Decker, Rodney Hart, Kyle Weiss, Tom Gervasi, Archie Myers III, Rich Cucci, Jason Heafy, Jim Toy.

Sportsman Feature Lineup:
Ricky Rutt, Rodney Hart, Bill Deckelman, Brian Decker, Bob Conklin, Kyle Weiss, Brett Tonkin, Butch Klinger, Dusty Jagger, Tom Gervasi, Shawn Olenski, Jeremy Holt, Ryan Grim, Jesse Kline, Archie Myers III, Bob Mills, Ryan Grim, Rich Cucci, Brad Grim, Bruce Gould, Jason Heafy, Daryl Cole, Jim Toy.

Street Stock Heat No. 1:
Wade Decker, Bill Trego, Brett Spoor, Dave Luff, Darren Stout, Jerry Colsten, Ken Hineline, Neil DiBlasi, Randy Tyler, Frank Bonham.

Street Stock Heat No. 2:
Denny Decker, Les Gillette, Dan Pompey, Chris Strohl, Darl Ellis, Rich Sharpsteen, Joe Krisovich, Eddie Kudrako, Mike Decker.

Street Stock Heat No. 3:
John Glezen, Carl Heater, Ken Taugher, Keith Villano, Greg Buchanan, Jim Rosh, Jason Bartsch, Nick Petrilak, Jim Hughes Sr.

Street Stock Consolation Lineup:
Ken Hineline, Joe Krisovich, Neil DiBlasi, Eddie Kudrako, Mike Decker, Jason Bartsch, Randy Tyler, Nick Petrilak, Frank Bonham, Jim Hughes Sr.

Four Cylinder Heat No. 1 Lineup:
Barney Fuller, A.J. Hunsinger, Dan Fassett, Nate Stevens, Mike Darrow, Ken Carson, Chris Nickerson, Don Potter, Randy Gardner, Nate DeGraw, Frank Chapman, John Carter.

Four Cylinder Heat No. 2 Lineup:
Chuck Wheeland, Jay Hoyt, Chris Slack, Ray Hire, Doug Colton, Rich Powell, Harold Humphrey, Jason Tuttle, Frank Del Nero.

Justin Barger renewed his affinity with Five Mile Point Speedway in last Friday night's Empire Super Sprint Pro Spa Shootout. Barger's third win on the tour came in a highly-touted event that marked the first ESS appearance at the 54-year-old facility since May 26, 1990.

Montrose, N.Y.'s Barger, a popular 21-year-old, led comfortably from green-to-checkered in the 25-lap contest after taking advantage of the invert to start from the pole aboard his Maxim-chassied No. 32. Barger's first ESS win in a hard-luck 2004 season came at the quarter-mile oval where he holds two victories in open-competition 360 Sprint shows.

"I really look forward to coming here," the second-generation talent remarked following the $1,500 payday. "There are some places you just get the hang of. This place is like that for me." Lance Yonge of Penn Yan, N.Y., took advantage of Dan Kaszubinski's lap-eight crash to clinch the ESS championship with his runner-up effort. Mike Stelter, Billy Krull and Doug Emery rounded out the front five.

Engler Machine and Tool heat wins for the 25 Sprinters in attendance went to Jeff Van Dusen, Matt Norrie and John Karklin Jr. Norrie topped the Rich's Auto Body/Walt's Hobby Dash and Tim Kelly captured the KSE Racing Products B-Main. Rick Hench returned to the site of his first-ever Mini-Sprint win and raced to a dominant victory in the 20-lap Central New York Mini-Sprint headliner.

The Newport, Pa., native muscled by Dale Beach on the first lap to grab the lead aboard his Henchcraft No. 20, then powered away to take the victory by a comfortable margin after dicing through lapped traffic flawlessly. Hench did experience a scare during a lap-14 caution period, as his hot-running powerplant showed significant signs of smoke.

"I tried to cut corners and put a stock radiator in," said Hench, one of the premier chassis builders in the Mini-Sprint ranks. "The car was running really hot." Beach held on for second, ahead of Don Harvey, Jared Fink and Conn.'s James Tomlinson.

Rookie sensation Chris Wood earned the biggest victory of his career in the 30-lap Northeast Pure Stock Championship. The 20-year-old from Conklin, N.Y., pounced on lap five, slipping to the inside of Mahlon Shoemaker and Lou Gordinier, who slid wide in the fourth turn. Wood raced on for the $500 win over invader Gordinier, Shoemaker, 2004 high point man Charlie Gilbert and Dick Stark.

COUNTER POINTS:Tire wear was minimal for the ESS drivers, who praised FMP management for a fine track surface… Three cautions and two reds slowed the ESS main…. The night's hardest hit was absorbed by teenager Geoff Quackenbush. The Pine Island, N.Y., driver impacted the turn four wall on lap eight of the ESS main and flipped before getting clipped by Kaszubinski…. 25 ESS Sprinters, 28 Mini-Sprints and 39 Pure Stocks signed in for the show….

Empire Super Sprint Pro Spa Shootout Finish:
JUSTIN BARGER, Lance Yonge, Mike Stelter, Billy Krull, Doug Emery, Matt Norrie, Don Sharp Jr., Jeff Van Dusen, Bill Bailey, Tim Kelly, Bubby Kerrick, John Karklin Jr., Doug Norrie, Nick Fratto, Frankie Senzio, Howard Singer, Jeff Cook, Russ Bennett, Dan Kaszubinski, Geoff Quackenbush, Barry Podolak, Warren Alexson. Did Not Qualify: Dick Spadaro, Luke Eriksen, Jeremy Barnard.

Central New York Mini-Sprint Feature Finish:
RICK HENCH, Dale Beach, Don Harvey, Jared Fink, James Tomlinson, Rob Scaccio, Jamie Kiser, John Guarino, Marshall Gogg, Pat Kuerner, Rich Wood Jr., Brint Hockenberry, Cory Sparks, Aric Copeland, Duby Woodruff, Garry Moore, Jerry Sehn, Mike Kiser, Dale Beach Jr., Daniel Lampron, Gary Reyer, Al Screbo, James Brush, Darrell Quackenbush, Bobby Lynt, Chuck Penfield. Did Not Qualify: Jeremy Quick, Chris Van Buren.

Northeast Pure Stock Championship Feature Finish:
CHRIS WOOD, Lou Gordinier, Mahlon Shoemaker, Charlie Gilbert, Dick Stark, Frank Chapman, Shane Wolf, Jeremy Shaw, Ernie Martin, Ty Hurlburt, Bob Boynton Sr., Mike Codington, Doug Nelson, Ken Thomas, Kevin Beach, Jerry Tonti, Tom Garren, Rich Talada, Mike Williams, Art Darling Jr., Jeff Cleveland, Dee Ramey, Darl Ellis Jr., Mike Wilbur. Did Not Qualify: Rich Sharpsteen, Jonathan Carpenter, Brian Mills, Scott Brown, Tom Eiklor, Chris Hunsinger, Jerry Whitmarsh, Dan Stevens, Bob Kress, Ben Poirier, Jason Bond, Matt Spencer, Jason Makosky, Kevin Clark, Kevin Yager.