April 11th, 2010




KIRKWOOD, NYNick Rochinski returned to his racing roots on Sunday night at Five Mile Point Speedway by winning the RoC Dart Dirt Sportsman 40 lap special.  Rochinski a former Sportsman driver at the speedway was a rookie in the Modified class in 2009.  The victory put his name in the records book as the first feature winner in the 60th Anniversary Season at the historic quarter mile.


Rochinski, from Dickson City, PA started fifth in the twenty four car starting field and took the lead on lap number two.  He went on to lead the remaining distance to claim the victory.  A late race challenge by another Five Mile Point Speedway regular Jeff Crambo fell short as he wound up in second.  Kenny Hammond a weekly driver at the Skyline Speedway finished third.  Anthony Perrego finished fourth with fourteen year old Michael Weinert finishing fifth in his first ever Five Mile Point Speedway start.


Rochinski will return to the Modified ranks for the Annual Southern Tier Open at Five Mile Point Speedway on April 24th.  He does plan to run the entire RoC Dart Dirt Sportsman Tour in 2010 as well.  The win netted him $1,500. 


In victory lane Rochinski commented on the effort, “I knew he (Jeff Crambo) was behind me but I knew if I focused on my line we would be in good shape,”  He added, “The early part of the race was great as we didn’t have a caution until lap 18 but the last half was frustrating with the yellows.”  “We’re so happy to get this win and now we can focus on our Modified effort again in a couple of weeks.”


The victory netted Rochinski $1,500 but more importantly makes him the point leader in the popular Race of Champions Dart Dirt Sportsman Tour.


Denny Decker took advantage of his outside front row starting spot in the 25 lap Street Stock feature to claim the season opening victory.  Decker worked in to the lead on the very first lap and was only challenged late by Fulton Speedway driver Dave Mannise.  Decker won by a full car length at the finish.  Defending Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion Charlie Gilbert finished third followed by Butch Green and Doug Polhamus.


The Lightning Cat Expert Division feature was won by Kenny Underwood and Mike Seamen recorded his first ever win in the Lightning Cat Novice Division feature.


Racing continues on Saturday, April 24th with the running of the Annual Southern Tier Open for Modifieds.


This Saturday will see an open practice from 2 to 6:00 p.m.  For more information please phone (607) 775-5555 or log on to for more.


ROC DART DIRT SPORTSMAN TOUR 40 OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH:  NICK ROCHINSKI, Jeff Crambo, Kenny Hammond, Anthony Perrego, Michael Weinert, Chris Wood, Shane Jablonka, Clay Butler, Mike Loney, Mike Lyons, Ben Bushaw, Jeff Leslie, Nick Petrilak, Scott Brady, Justin Holland, Stephen Planck, Marc Herman, Frank Doty, Randy Brokaw, Jamie Batzel, P.J. Goodwin, Ray Woodall Jr., Steve Yankowski, Mike Nagel Jr.


DNQ – Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Ted Meixsell, Mike Dougherty, Dave Conklin Jr., Richard Post.


STREET STOCK OPEN 40 OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH:  DENNY DECKER, Dave Mannise, Charlie Gilbert, Butch Green, Doug Polhamus, Bill Rampe, Earl Zimmer, Tom Eiklor, Rich Talada, Chris Strohl, Mike Codington, Steve Polhamus, Jacob Fowlston, Dave Pope, Nick Robinson, Paul Harrington, Joe Bennett, Tyler Yeagle,k Kurt Decker, Shane Wolf Jr., Bill Price Jr., Shawn Krause, Mark Andrus, Jon Carpenter, Larry Champion, Jason Butler.


DNQDarl Ellis Jr., Kevin Boynton, Shane Wolf.


LIGHTNING CAT EXPERT OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH:  KENNY UNDERWOOD, Nick Griest, Beezer Wilkie, George Grown, Bill Titus, Jeff Hayes, Andy Colwell, Tyler Harpell, Dave Bainbridge, Matt Clark, Frank Kennedy, Gary Kinne, Joe Warner, Bryan Landon Albanese, Josh Butler, Dennis Keesler, Dave Simms, Travis,


LIGHTNING CAT NOVICE OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH:  MIKE SEAMEN, Kyle Ross, Jason Colwell, Anthony Seward, Dave Desmond, Mark Girodano, Mike McDaniels, Josh Mutz, Katie Keesler.  DNS – Tanner Harpell