Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Jankowiak Tops August 25 Winners List at Holland: King, Lafferty, Wollaber and Szafraniec Add to Win Totals
by Steve Petty
HOLLAND, N.Y. -- The Boy Scouts along with Dual Printing, Duplicating Consultants and VSP Marketing Group presented Subway Night at the Races at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex on a warm late summer evening at the Southern Erie County oval. On the highbanks it was Tonawanda, NY resident and second generation driver Andy Jankowiak won his fifth Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modified feature event of the season. “The Empire Excavator” Eldon King III from Freedom, NY picked up his fifth straight feature win and seventh on the season for the McClurg Auto Group Late Models. West Valley, NY competitor Shawn Lafferty won his second career Bank of Holland Charger feature and second of the season. North Tonawanda, NY racer Dave Wollaber picked up his fourth win of the season for the Casey’s TQ Midget Series while Buffalo, NY competitor and recently engaged Jeff Szafraniec picked up his seventh win of the season in the Hornets.
Qualifying event winner Owen Bednasz and Dave Johnson led the field of Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event and it was Johnson leading lap number one. With Johnson pulling away early, the battle was on for second with young guns Bednasz and “The Rocket” Tommy Catalano battling for the runner up spot with Joe Evans and current points leader Andy Jankowiak right there as well. Jankowiak would get around Evans and Catalano and set his sights on Bednasz for second and would pass Bednasz on lap 13 for the second spot. At the races halfway mark, Johnson would lead Jankowiak, Bednasz, Tommy Catalano and Dave Catalano would be in the top five as Joe Evans was right behind the elder Catalano.
Tommy Catalano’s night would end on lap 21 as he got loose exiting turn two and hit the infield jersey barrier. Catalano was running in fourth at the time of the spin. On the restart Johnson had Jankowiak to his outside and Johnson would have the advantage on the current divisional points leader. Joe Evans, Owen Bednasz and Joe Carbone came together entering turn number one ending all three of their nights. The late race restart saw Johnson and Jankowiak go side by side for the race lead but Johnson would maintain the lead. Jankowiak would go to the outside and pass Johnson for the lead with five laps remaining. Jankowiak would add to his points lead as he would win his fifth feature of the 2012 season. Johnson would have a career best second place finish and was followed to the line by Dave Catalano, Bobby Martin and Ed Schuler completing the top five.
JD Roberts and Corey Glover led the McClurg Auto Group Late Models and it was Roberts, from Glenwood leading the opening circuits and was strong all race long. Defending divisional champion Eldon King III worked through the field and was up to third and challenging second place Mike Ticco when the caution came out for Jesse Cotriss and Corey Glover after they got tangled in turns three and four. On the lap six restart, King would have an inside out move to get around Ticco and then by lap 10, would take over the lead from Roberts.
King would pull away to his fifth consecutive checkered flag and the race was on behind him. Roberts would hold off Ticco for second while Brandon Glover and Kreitzbender would complete the top five.
Anthony Kelley and Ken Maltby led the field of Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag with Maltby leading the opening circuit. Defending Figure 8 divisional champion Jason Adams moved up from his fourth starting position and quickly began putting pressure on Maltby early on with “the Laugh Man” Shawn Lafferty and “Zach Attack” Zach Myers running in third. Maltby got loose entering turn number one and that would allow Lafferty to take over the race lead. Current point’s leader Dave Wilson Jr and Kris Hamann worked their way up through the field and were inside the top five as was “Crazy T” Tom Northem.
“The Mad Man” Marty Hughes started seventh on the grid and was racing in second at the races halfway mark as the field of Chargers were trying to reel in race leader Shawn Lafferty. Kris Hamann would pass Wilson for third with eight laps remaining and began chasing down Hughes for second. Hamann would go underneath Hughes for the runner up spot with five remaining but was unsuccessful as Lafferty would go on to win his second feature of the season. Hughes, Hamann, Wilson and Jim Loffredo would complete the top five.
Nelson Rung and Arik McGruder were on the front row for the Casey’s TQ Midget Series feature as the midgets raced “under the lights” for the first time this season on the Holland highbanks and the race couldn’t get one lap in the books before the caution would appear as 2010 Hornet Champion George Quintana and Scott Gleed came together on the front stretch with both cars being towed off the track. When the race got underway it was Rung showing the lead with second generation drivers Andy Jankowiak and Jonathan Reid running in the top three and Andy J would take over the lead on lap four. Current Holland TQ Midget point’s leader Kyle Hutchinson moved up through the field and was up in second by the races halfway point with multi-time feature winner Dave Wollaber running in third and defending track champion Camden Barber racing in the fourth spot and also on the move.
Wollaber snuck underneath Hutchinson for second and would set his sights on teammate and race leader Andy Jankowiak and Wollaber would take over the lead on lap number 12. Wollaber would pull away and went on to pick up his fourth win of the season on the highbanks. Hutchinson would pass Jankowiak in the late laps to claim second with Barber and Musto completing the top five.
Jack Warrior Jr and Jennifer Termer led the field of Hornets to the green flag and it was Warrior leading the way in front of the grandstands but it was Joe Mastrocicco leading when the field swarmed to the start-finish line to complete the first lap. The first caution came out on lap number three as Louis Carbone slid down the back stretch and hit the infield barrier. On the restart, it was “Chico” and defending Hornet Champion Eric Brown on the front row and “Brownie” would take over the lead on lap number four. Brown’s lead would dissipate as Chris Powers would take over the lead on lap nine. The yellow Whelen lights would come back on that same lap as Grant Hill along with Bob Marzec and the Warrior brothers all came together in turn two.
On the restart, the top two in points, Jeff Szafraniec and Powers led the field back to the green flag with Powers being scored as the leader with Szafraniec running in second and was followed by Powers’s cousin Tony Carbone in third. Running in the top five when the field passed starter Doug Carnes’s halfway mark was Dice Racing’s Ben Russo and Bill Lutz. Szafraniec would be able to reel in Powers and passed him in the late going and was able to pick up his seventh win of the season. Powers finished second and was followed to the line by Ben Russo, Tony Carbone and Samantha Lutz completed the top five.
The wild and wacky M&M U Pull It Figure 8’s took to the track with and an incident which took half the field out of competition and officials deemed it was a no event. No winner was claimed because the race did not get one lap completed.
HOLLAND NOTES: The Catalano racing family had an interesting weekend as Tommy and Amy suffered major damage at the Spencer Speedway on Friday night, Dave spent all night repairing both rides so all three Pro Modifieds can be here at Holland for the final Upstate Pro Modified Series event of the 2012 season. Then in his qualifying event, Dave rolled his CP Ward ride down the front stretch and landed in turn one. Dave was able to climb out on his own power. Dave did compete in the feature event driving his wife’s Amy’s number 64. Lakeview’s Owen Bednasz would win his first career Pro Modified qualifying event earlier in the evening. For the fourth time in 2012, the potent Dagofast Fabrication Hornet Team has swept the qualifying event for the 4 Cylinder Hornets with Louis Carbone and his cousin Tony grabbing the checkered flags. The Holland JV Volleyball team raised $953 dollars in the 50/50 split.
Holland returns to action next Saturday night September 1st as it is Budweiser Season Championships Presented by Martin Brothers Chevrolet. A full program of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds, McClurg Auto Group Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, and the 4 Cylinder Hornets will be on the highbanks plus the Casey’s Truck Salvage TQ Midgets and the Cup Lites. Pit gates will swing open at 3:00pm with practice getting underway at 3:30. Grandstand gates will open at 4:15pm while qualifying will get underway at 4:30pm.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS 8-25-12
Getzoni Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: ANDY JANKOWIAK (Started 7), Dave Johnson (2), Dave Catalano (8th), Bobby Martin (10), Ed Schueler (9), John Semmler (5), Owen Bednasz (1), Joe Carbone (3), Joe Evans (6), Tommy Catalano (4) DNS: Amy Catalano
Qualifying Winners: Owen Bednasz, Andy Jankowiak
McClurg Auto Group Late Models: ELDON KING III (Started 7), JD Roberts (1), Mike Ticco (6), Brandon Glover (4), Steve Kreitzbender (9),Josh Hathaway (3), Nick Crassi (5), Corey Glover (2), Jesse Cotriss (8th) and Jason Gwin (10)
Qualifying Winners: Eldon King III, Brandon Glover
Bank of Holland Chargers: SHAWN LAFFERTY (Started 6), Marty Hughes (7), Kris Hamann (13), Dave Wilson Jr (5), Jim Loffredo (9), Tom Northem (14), Jerry Kosmowski (11), Zach Myers (8th), Rich Carnes (10), Ted Welshans (3), Ken Maltby (1), Jason Adams (4), Don Sitarski (12), Anthony Kelley (2),
Qualifying Winners: Dave Wilson Jr, Zach Myers
NASCAR Hornets: JEFF SZAFRANIEC (Started 18), Chris Powers (17), Ben Russo (16), Tony Carbone (14), Samantha Lutz (12), Bill Lutz (13), Timmy Swatsworth (9), Joe Mastrocicco III (6), Waylon Price (19), Justine Zink (4), John Blinston (10), Joshua Hill (3), Jennifer Termer (2), Bob Marzec (11), Jack Warrior Jr (1), David Warrior (5), Grant Hill (8th), Louis Carbone (15) DQ – Eric Brown (7)
Qualifying Winners: Louis Carbone, Tony Carbone
Casey’s TQ Midgets: DAVE WOLLABER (Started 9), Kyle Hutchinson (5), Andy Jankowiak (4), Camden Barber (12), Eric Musto (14), Shawn Nye (13), Jonathan Reid (6), Hayden Newcomb (16), Nelson Rung (1), Arik McGruder (2), Chad Heywood (7), Vinnie Christiano Jr (10), Jim Fleischman (3), Ryan Hessler (8th), Dean McConnaughy (11), Owen Bednasz (15), Gordie Steffan (18), Brandon Zavarbella (23), Charlie DiRosa (17), Joe Brzezowski (19) Jared Turnbull (20), Scott Gleed (21), and George Quintana (22)
Qualifying Winner: Dave Wollaber, Eric Musto
M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s: NO RACE