September 6th, 2003
KIRKWOOD, NY...Jim Crawn took home top honors in the 358 Modified feature Saturday on Pepsi Cola Season Championship Night at Five Mile Point Speedway. Jerry Tonti, Joe Cole and Shane Wolf also claimed feature wins on a night that found 18 year old Dan Vauter crowned the youngest Modified Track Champion in the 53 year history of the track.
Vauter held a nine point lead over J.R. Crouse going into Saturday’s 50 lap Season Championship event. With championship points on the line it would go right down to the wire to decide the title. Crouse got off to a great start by taking the lead from Butch Klinger on lap two.
Vauter didn’t let his 13th starting spot become a bad omen as he methodically worked his way through traffic. Past Champion Jim Crawn took over second on lap eight and went to work on Crouse for the lead. Crawn made his move to capture the top spot on lap 14 with Crouse now second ahead of Billy Thornton, Klinger and Bob Hamm.
Vauter had made it conservatively up to seventh by the halfway point but was still five spots behind Crouse for the point battle. As the race entered the latter stages Crawn had Hamm on his back bumper as Crouse started to fade. Vauter cracked the top five with 12 laps to go, just two spots behind Crouse and one point out of the lead.
With five to go Crouse was now fourth, just ahead of Vauter. Mike Clapperton entered the battle up front and was now third behind Crawn and Hamm. Vauter moved past Crouse with three laps to go to secure his title hopes. At the finish it was Crawn taking his fourth win of the season ahead of Hamm, Clapperton, Klinger and Vauter. Sixth through tenth went to Crouse, Glenn Knapp, Thornton, Mike Trauschold and Rich Keehle. Vauter became what is believed to be the youngest Modified Track Champion in Five Mile Point Speedway history.
Jerry Tonti started fourth and took the lead from Jason Schlaffer on lap six of the 25 lap Street Stock feature. As would be expected James Cornell quickly entered the picture as he raced past Jason Bartsch for second on lap nine.
Cornell would pressure Tonti throughout the balance of the race but Tonti never flinched and he garnered his first feature win of the season. The 21 year old Cornell would finish second and take home Track Champion honors as well following his 12 win season.
Bartsch finished a solid third ahead of Frank Bonham and Rob Harder. Positions six through ten went to Dan Pompey, Chris Hunsinger, Randy Tyler, Ken Taugher and Fred Christ.
Joe Cole took the lead from Brad Shaffer on lap two and never looked back in the caution free UMP Modified feature. Jeff Cleveland went from sixth to second and tried to close in on the high flying Cole. Cole had too much for him and claimed his second win of the season. Cleveland was second and claimed the Track Championship. He was followed in the race by Mike Stolarcyk III, Shaffer and Joe Price, Jr.
The Pure Stock feature found Toby Sparks taking the lead from Bryan Lindsey on lap three. Sparks held the top spot until the hard charging Shane Wolf raced into the lead on lap 12 of the 25 lap event.
Wolf would claim his sixth win of the season. Sparks was second ahead of Mahlon Shoemaker, who claimed his second consecutive Track Championship. Fourth and fifth went to Darl Ellis and Walt McClenon respectively. Sixth through tenth went to Jeremy Shaw, Brett Barrett, Jim Ortiz, Tom Garren and Randy Percival.
The next event on the schedule is the National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend on Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th. Friday features Southern Tier Championships for the Sportsman, Street Stocks, UMP/IMCA Modifieds and Four Cylinder Stocks. Race time on Friday will be 7:00 p.m.
The following night, Saturday, September 27th features the Binghamton Pepsi- Cola Southern Tier 100 for 358 Modifieds along with the Northeast Pure Stock Championships. Race time on Saturday is 6:00 p.m. For further information or entry forms, please call the speedway office at 607-775-5555 or log onto www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.
COUNTER POINTS… Most Popular Driver winners were Jim Crawn (Mod), Rob Harder (SS), Mike Stoddard (UMP) and Charlie Gilbert (PS)...Crawn’s win moved him from sixth to third in the final points...There were 30 different feature winners in the four divisions this year...The B&D Exhaust Pure Stock bonus wasn’t claimed and rolls over to $100 for the Northeast Pure Stock Championship event on September 27th.
PEPSI COLA 358 MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH:
JIM CRAWN, Bob Hamm, Mike Clapperton, Butch Klinger, Dan Vauter, J.R. Crouse, Glenn Knapp, Billy Thornton, Mike Trauschold, Rich Keehle, Nick Barrasi, Dave Calaman, Bob Lane, Jim Allen, Dana Wagner, Dick Sundgren, Bill Huff, Alan Kellogg, Alan Barker, Jim Corcoran, Bobby Puckett, Dan Morden, Don Hart, Jr., Matt Smith. DNQ: Dan Hineline, Duane Hiller.
STREET STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH:
JERRY TONTI, James Cornell, Jason Bartsch, Frank Bonham, Rob Harder, Dan Pompey, Chris Hunsinger, Randy Tyler, Ken Taugher, Fred Christ, Ken Sparks, Frank Chapman, Jason Schlaffer, Jim Millard, Bob Teribury. DQ: Brett Spoor.
UMP MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH:
JOE COLE, Jeff Cleveland, Mike Stolarcyk III, Brad Shaffer, Joe Price, Jr., Ralph Shoemaker, Jr., Gary Dence, Joe Novak, Kevin Cole.
PURE STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH:
SHANE WOLF, Toby Sparks, Mahlon Shoemaker, Darl Ellis, Walt McClenon, Jeremy Shaw, Brett Barrett, Jim Ortiz, Tom Garren, Randy Percival, Dan Callen, Mike Lartz, Charlie Gilbert, Joe Cisney, Ted Baker, Fred Velez, Dee Ramey, Mike Codington, Bryan Lindsey, Randy Rolison, Shephard Blodgett, Dan Babcock.