KIRKWOOD, NY…Tim French romped to the victory in the Southern Tier Sportsman Championship Friday at Five Mile Point Speedway. Greg Galligan, Mike Stolarcyk III and Rich Powell were also victorious on the opening night of the National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend.
Brian Decker took the early lead in the Sportsman 50 lapper. Fourth starting Tim French moved into second on lap six and went to work on Decker for the lead. French made his move to take the lead on lap 14. Once in front he opened a commanding lead over the field.
Chad Cook, who has dominated the Sportsman division in the Southern Tier this year, was working through the field along with young hotshoes Kevin Bates and Dusty Jagger. At the halfway point it was French out front ahead of Decker, Bates, Cook and Ken Titus.
Only one caution slowed the final 25 laps, allowing French to put several lapped cars between he and the second place car. Cook moved ahead of Decker for second with 16 laps to go. He then tried to close in on the high flying French.
French’s lead evaporated when the caution flew on lap 46 but he was not to be denied and he captured the win. Cook was second ahead of Bates, Decker and Bob Hamm, who had a great run from his 13th starting spot. Sixth through tenth went to Jagger, Rodney Hart, Butch Klinger, Bob Lane and Titus.
The Street Stock feature was all Greg Galligan. He starte outside of row one and took the lead at the start. Galligan never looked back enroute to the win. Five Mile Point Track Champ James Cornell charged from 14th to catch Galligan with ten laps to go, but the 12 time feature winner wasn’t able to get it done and had to settle for second.
Chris Stull was third ahead of Denny Decker and Bob Mills. Positions six through ten went to Dale Welty, Jim Hewitt, Greg McKernan, Jason Bartsch and Ken Taugher.
UMP Modified Track Champion Jeff Cleveland raced into the lead at the drop of the green of their 20 lap feature with Brian Rhodes in tow. Brad Shaffer took over second, bringing Mike Stolarcyk III with him. Stolarcyk passed Shaffer with six laps to go and set his sights on Cleveland.
Stolarcyk took the lead on lap 16. Cleveland then dropped out with mechanical woes putting Shaffer in second at the finish ahead of Canadian Shawn Gillespie. Brian Rhodes and Joe Cole rounded out the top five finishers.
The Four Cylinder Stock feature was plagued by 13 cautions over their 20 lap feature. Rich Powell took the lead on lap four and survived to score his first Five Mile Point win.
Bob Doolittle was second ahead of Harold Humphrey, Jim Money and Jack Hill. Sixth through tenth went to Terry Onyan, Jay Weaver, Chris Lietner, Jay Johnson and Ray Hyer.
115 cars jammed the pit area for a big night of racing…Three Sportsman cars flipped, including two in the same heat. There were no injuries…The track was in beautiful shape an extremely smooth and fast.
SOUTHERN TIER SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH:
TIM FRENCH, Chad Cook, Kevin Bates, Brian Decker, Bob Hamm, Dusty Jagger, Rodney Hart, Butch Klinger, Bob Lane, Ken Titus, Mike Loney, Dwayne Robbins, Shawn Mills, Brett Tonkin, Shawn Walker, Garth Tonkin, Jr., George Kostelansky, Mark Hollenbeck, Ricky Rutt, Mike Trautschold, Brad Alger, Rod Frable, Brian White, Pat Votra.
SOUTHERN TIER STREET STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH:
GREG GALLIGAN, James Cornell, Chris Stull, Denny Decker, Bob Mills, Dale Welty, Jim Hewitt, Greg McKernan, Jason Bartsch, Ken Taugher, Greg Crooker, Tracy Gregory, Terry Mudge, Paul Rooney, John Glezen, Fred Christ, P.J. Goodwin, Dan Pompey, Rick Davis, Jerry Tonti, Brett Spoor, Jason Rhodes, Wade Decker, Randy Metcalf.
SOUTHERN TIER UMP/IMCA MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH:
MIKE STOLARCYK III, Brad Shaffer, Shawn Gillespie, Brian Rhodes, Joe Cole, Chad Rhodes, Luke Decker, Jason Makosky, Jeff Cleveland, Sean Lias, Mike Smith, Mike Stoddard.
SOUTHERN TIER FOUR CYLINDER STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH:
RICH POWELL, Bob Doolittle, Harold Humphrey, Jim Money, Jack Hill, Terry Onyan, Jay Weaver, Chris Lietner, Jay Johnson, Ray Hyer, Don Potts, Jerry Wilcox, Lorrie Bishop, Eric Ellison, Skip Pickwick, Mitch Hurlburt, Barney Fuller, Jamie Banta, Scott Johnson, Josh Taylor, Glen Crandall, Fred Newton, Ken Hotaling, Earl Muhlwarter.