Friday, July 27, 2012
Tremont Back on Familiar Ground - Victory Lane
by Lyle DeVore
MALTA, N.Y. -- Kenny Tremont, Jr. is no stranger to victory lane at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway and he put into play all his years of experience to record his second win of the 2012 season at the Malta oval on Friday night.
Starting from the 14th position Tremont took over second position on lap six with a high side pass of Dustin Delaney in the new Delaney Construction No. 39 Teo Pro car and then set his sights on leader Tony Ballestero, who had started from the pole. It took only one more lap for Tremont to put the S & S Paving/Rifenburg Construction Bicknell chassis No. 115 into the lead position and then weave his way through traffic for 27more laps to beat a fast closing Brett Hearn in the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 and Stewart Friesen in the Jake Spraker Used Cars sponsored No. 1J.
A smiling Tremont was greeted by cheers from the crowd as he emerged from his car in victory lane. Referencing the three wide pass that put him in victory lane Tremont stated “...you have to make a choice and you can’t hesitate once you do.”
The win earned Tremont a $2,000 paycheck that included a$500 bonus from Morris Ford, Inc. (Burnt Hills, NY).
Hearn had started the feature from 13th position and Friesen had started from 15th position and each utilized every inch of track surface to get to the front to challenge Tremont. They were thwarted by lap traffic during the last five laps of racing, unable to catch Tremont and settled for second and third spots respectively.
Finishing in fourth spot was Dustin Delaney followed by JaMike Sowle’s best run to date for his fifth place finish. The two young guns gained valuable experience following the three veteran drivers who raced in front of them for over 20 laps.
Rounding out the top ten in the Modified division were Ronnie Johnson, Bodie Bellinger, Elmo Reckner, Jimmy Cottrell and MattDeLorenzo.
In 1999 the Albany-Saratoga Speedway set a record of 17 consecutive events and that record was tied this night. Fans and track management are very hopeful that this coming Friday night will see that record broken and a new one established.
The 25-lap LebanonValley/Albany-Saratoga Sportsman Challenge Race produced another first time winner at the Malta oval with Brian Gleason recording his first win in the BBL
Construction/ShopRite No. 14G Teo Pro car. Gleason, a recent high school graduate, took the lead on lap five and never looked back while working his way through lap traffic.
Jeremy Pitts challenged Gleason for most of the feature event, ready to spring into the first spot should the No. 14G make a mistake. That mistake never happened and Pitts had to settle for a second place run followed by Ken Aanonsen Jr. in third, Adam McAuliffe in fourth and Tim Hartman, Jr. in fifth. High point man Bobby Hackel IV finished in the sixth position.
A very happy Gleason stated “we had the right car with the right setup” for the night. The season has been a tough one for the young driver with several opportunities for good finishes having eluded him. “We needed this big time,” said Gleason. “I knew Pitts was catching me because of the lap traffic and it meant racing side-by-side with the lap traffic to hold my position.”
In the Pro Stock division it was another first time winner with Brandon Emigh taking the checkered flag ahead of Dean Charbonneau, Dan Older, Jeff Washburn and Chad Jeseo. The feature event was sponsored by Outerzone Laser Tag and was worth $500 to Emigh.
Jumping out to the early lead was the 25J of Washburn but that was short lived as Charbonneau took the lead on lap seven. While that pass was taking place there was a torrid battle taking place between Rob Langevin and Chad Jeseo for fifth place with Emigh quietly sliding into the second position.
Emigh eventually gained the front spot on lap 20 with Charbonneau holding on to second. For the remaining five laps they held on to positions one and two and were followed across the finish line by two-time winner Dan Older in third, Jeff Washburn in fourth and two-time winner Chad Jeseo in fifth.
In victory lane a jubilant Brandon Emigh was quick to point out his first win came because “the car finally had something this week and I was able to run and stay on the top.” For Emigh this is his second career win at Albany-Saratoga with one win accomplished last year on the asphalt surface.
The 20-lap Street Stock feature race was a race-long battle between eventual winner Paul Mulrain and Rowdy Burch. Mulrain, who had four wins coming into this event, pulled ahead when the No. 76 of Burch became loose coming off turn four for the checker flag.
Driving his familiar No. 55 Mulrain commented “the track had a little more bite than it looks. I had to go to the top to get around him (Burch).” The win keeps Mulrain solidly in the top point position towards the track championship.
BITS: once again this week Ronnie Johnson was thefastest in the initial warm-up session turning an impressive best lap speed of 90.186 mph in his Teo Pro Car No. 12A...Rocky Warner didn’t report to the grid for the start of his Budget Sportsman heat and wasn’t able to qualify for the feature race with a fifth place B Main finish after spinning onlap 8...Adam Pierson and Josh Sunn, weekly runners at the Bear Ridge Speedwayin Vermont, were on hand for the first time in 2012...popular Modified driver Jeff Trombley was forced into the inside berm going into turn one during his heat race and rolled over his 21J. He came back to run the feature event...Donnie Corellis, driver of the Rifenburg Construction No. 57, had to be pushed to the pits at the end of pre-feature hot laps and did not start the feature race... Many many many thanks to Jo Ann Davies for handling the press release duties while I recover from an automobile accident.
Modified Feature Results: [35 Laps)] ? 1) KENNY TREMONT JR, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Stewart Friesen, 4)Dustin Delaney, 5) JaMike Sowle, 6) Ronnie Johnson, 7) Bodie Bellinger, 8) ElmoReckner, 9) Jimmy Cottrell, 10) Matt DeLorenzo, 11) Don Ronca, 12) Rich Ronca,13) Jeff Trombley, 14) Matt DePew, 15) Marc Johnson, 16) Tony Ballestero, 17)Mike Perrotte, 18) Mark Kislowski, 19) Keith Flach, 20) Justin Barber, 21) JCFlach, 22) Hector Stratton, 23) CG Morey, 24) Neil Stratton, 25) Erik Nelson,26) Chris Busta, 27) John Lutes, Jr, 28) Floyd Billington, DNS) Donnie Corellis
Modified Heats: [10 laps] ? 1) Erik Nelson, 2) Dustin Delaney, 3) CG Morey
Sportsman A-Feature Results: [25 Laps] ? 1) BRIAN GLEASON, 2) Jeremy Pitts, 3) Ken Aanonsen Jr, 4)Adam McAuliffe, 5) Tim Hartman Jr, 6) Bobby Hackel IV, 7) Dave Baranowski, 8)Leo Soucie, 9) Jack Gentile, 10) Mark Hughes, 11) Mike Tholin, 12) Frank HoardIII, 13) Andy Durie, 14) Rick Lamont, 15) Brett Wright, 16) Jack Speshock, 17)Scott Duell, 18) Chuck Dickinson, 19) Kenny Martin, 20) Josh Sunn, 21) FredProctor, 22) Anthony Marro, 23) Derrick McGrew 24) Dan Santabarbara, 25) MikeMinick, 26) Paul Dunham, 27) Mike Burdo, 28) Stan Lemiesz, 29) Joey Budka, 30)Robert Bublak
Sportsman B-Feature #1 Results: [15 Laps] ? 1) MIKE THOLIN, 2) Dan Santabarbara, 3) Mike Duclos, 4) NickAnatriello, 5) Butch Wilcox, 6) Jon Miller, 7) Lenny Packham, 8) ElliotLussier, 9) Ron Casey, 10) Derrick McGrew, 11) Joe Orlando, DNS) Dan Boni, DNS)Tom Proctor, DNS) Jeremy Dygert, DNS) Freddy Muhlberger
Sportsman B-Feature #2 Results: [15 Laps] ? 1) ANTHONY MARRO, 2) Paul Dunham, 3) Adam Pierson, 4) MikeJeske, 5) Rocky Warner, 6) DJ Brundige, 7) Jay LaMountain, 8) Jack Swinton, 9)Mike Ostrander, 10) Chris Murray, 11) Shannon Donnelly, 12) Bert Film, 13) NickHotaling, 14) Scott Duell
Sportsman Heats: [8laps] ? 1) Brian Gleason, 2) Brett Wright, 3) Adam McAuliffe, 4) KenAanonsen Jr, 5) Jack Gentile, 6) Dave Baranowski
Pro Stock Results: [25 Laps] ?1) BRANDON EMIGH, 2) Dean Charboneau, 3) Dan Older, 4) JeffWashburn, 5) Chad Jeseo, 6) Kevin VanChance, 7) Bill Smith, 8) Chip Smith, 9)Bernie Companion, 10) Rob Langevin, 11) Kim Duell, 12) Dave Emigh, 13) WaltBrownell, 14) Pat Zimmer, 15) Rob Yetman
Pro Stock Heats: [8laps} ? 1) Walt Brownell, 2) Kevin VanChance
4-Cylinder Combined Feature Results: [15 Laps] ?1) Art Clement, 2) Chris VanDePutte, 3) Phil Defiglio, 4)Hunter Sanchez, 5) Dan Older, 6) Pete Vila, 7) Anthony Alger, 8) JohnLindblade, 9) Dave Labarge, 10) Emhmet Guler, 11) Dave Leith, 12) Keith TesieroJr, 13) Keith Tesiero, 14) Stephen Goodness, 15) Mike Cranston, 16) Jay Resch
Street Stock Results: [20 Laps] - 1) PAUL MULRAIN, 2) Rowdy Burch, 3) Josh Coonradt, 4) Ken Conroy,5) Yule Cook, 6) Phil Sherman, 7) Scott Lawrence, 8) J.T. Ronner, 9) CurtCondon, 10) David Shippee, 11) Justin Smith, 12) Fred Harris, 13) Jody Thew,14) Dave Stickles, 15) John Hayes, 16) Matt Mosher, 17) Randy Miller, 18)Nathan Dahoda, 19) Jason Barrett, 20) Jay Severson, DNS) Luke McIsaac
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