Saturday, July 21, 2012
John Hand Jr. Picks up His First Ever Feature Win in Memory of His Father at Woodhull Raceway
by Kenny Shupp
WOODHULL, N.Y. -- It was another beautiful night as the Patriot Sprint Car Series along with the rest of the regular six classes of action rolled into the Woodhull Raceway for the Lamb & Webster and Crane’s Towing/T&R Towing sponsored night. Kicking off the night it was the NAPA 360 Late Models with 20 cars in attendance. Starting up front, Dusty Waters took the lead at the drop of the green. Waters held his lead until he got tangled up with Billy VanPelt going into turn 4 with less than 10 laps to go. On the restart, Jeremy Wonderling was the new leader but as the green flag flew, John Waters quickly pulled up alongside Wonderling to challenge for the lead. Next time past the flag stand, Waters took the lead and went on to collect his 8th feature win. Wonderling followed for second as Glen Whritenour, Cecil LeBarron, and Carl Hughes rounded out the top five. Picking up the heat wins it was Dustin Waters, Billy VanPelt, and Steve LaBarron.
The wild and wonderful winged things took to the high banks as twenty 360/410 Patriot Sprints roared onto the clay oval. In the heat events, Jared Zimbardi and Justin Barger picked up the checkered flags along with Chuck Hebing who impressively won his heat event while his front wing blocked his view. In the feature event, it was Justin Barger who took the big win home as Chuck Hebing, Alan Cole, Tim Kelly, and Brian Howland rounded out the top five.
The Joe Willcox Performance Automatic Transmissions Street Stocks put the crowd on the edge of their seats as Jeredd Dennis charged to the front from the last starting spot where he then ran side by side with Ted Morseman Jr. for second. Jeremy Potrzebowski wasted no time as he took the lead on the first lap and never looked back. As Potrzebowski cruised his way around the high banks, there was a fierce race for the following four positions. Morseman and Dennis ran side by side with Morseman finally making his way around the outside of Dennis just past the half way point to take second. Further back it was three wide for fourth as Brett Marlatt, Joe Layfield, and Jeff Smith ran side by side. In the end, Potrzebowski picked up his 3rd feature win of the season as Morseman finished in the runner up spot. Jeredd Dennis with an impressive run in Kurt Stebbins’ car, finished third as Brett Marlatt edged out Layfield with Cory Costa finishing just outside the top five. In addition to a feature win, Potrzebowski also collect a heat win along with Morseman.
The Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds welcomed a first time winner to Victory Lane. After consistently finishing within the top ten each week, Woodhull Raceway Rookie Eric Fisher finally picked up his first ever feature win at the historic Steuben County facility. Before the halfway point, Fisher secured the top spot and never looked back as veteran competitors Dale Welty, Mike Bills, and Billy VanPelt closed in on Fisher. However, no one could find their way around the 37c as he went on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Welty settled for second followed by Bills, VanPelt, and Donnie Lawson. Returning to Woodhull Raceway, Ray Bliss Jr. picked up a heat win along with Bills and VanPelt.
In the S&W Awards and Photos Crate Sportsman Ajay Potrzebowski took advantage of his number two starting spot, as he immediately took the lead and went on to pick up his sixth feature win of the season. Chris Daugherty came up through the pack to snag the runner up spot as John Hargrave, Connor Brown, and Russ Morseman rounded out the top five. Potrzebowski and Daugherty both found the checkered flag in their heat events along with young gun Connor Brown.
In the Sign’s Plus of Kanona Mini Stock feature, John Hand Jr. found victory lane in the night’s most emotional win. Just two weeks after his father and fellow mini stock competitor passed away, Hand put the crowd on the edge of their seats as he worked his way up to leader Rich Sharpsteen and made it a side by side race for the lead on lap 9. By lap 10 Hand secured the lead, as Sharpsteen followed closely within striking distance. However Sharpsteen had nothing for Hand he picked up his first ever feature win in his late father’s car. Rounding out the top five it was Sharpsteen, Rick Amidon, Jason Ketrow, and Chip Warner. Brandon Morseman picked up the heat win.
Finishing the night, it was the LaBarron Brother’s Repair and Parts FWDs. Past track champion, Ronnie Hill found victory lane for the first time this season. Hill took the lead at the green as James Howard and Matt Prescott battled side by side for second. The two swapped positions throughout the race with Prescott cinching the runner up spot in the end. Howard settled for third as Matt Hamilton and Jacob McConnell rounded out the top five. In addition to a second place finish, Prescott also picked up the heat win.
Up next at the Woodhull Raceway on July 28, Swarthout Recycling will present a Regular Big 6 Show which will include a special feature event for the S&W Awards and Trophies Crate Sportsman.
Gates for the July 28 event open at 4:30 with racing at 6:30 and for more information log on at www.woodhullraceway.com.
QUICK RESULTS WOODHULL RACWAY 7/21/2012
Lamb and Webster, Crane’s Towing and T&R Towing Night
Insinger Performance 370 Modifieds (21 cars)
Heats: Ray Bliss, Mike Bills, Billy VanPelt
25 lap feature: Eric Fisher, Dale Welty, Mike Bills, Billy VanPelt, Donnie Lawson, Steve Babicek, Ray Bliss Jr., Kevin Chilson, Tony Harris, Frank Dunning, Casey Pavlick, Brian Malcolm, John Venuto, Herb Wright, Ron White, Jamie Batzel, Art Goodier, Joe Dgien, Ray Dann, Brian Doolittle, Don Lawson
S&W Awards and Photos Crate Sportsman (24 cars)
Heats: Connor Brown, Chris Daugherty, Ajay Potrzebowski
25 lap feature: Ajay Potrzebowski (6), Chris Daugherty, John Hargrave, Connor Brown, Russ Morseman, Brady Fultz, AJ Costley, Brett Buono, Rod Mullen, Ray Smith, Josh Nobriga, Collin Brown, Doug Klein, Brandon Martin, Ryan Tracy, Steve Hartman Sr., Josh Keesey, Dakota Hargrave, Bill Walters, Mark Klein, Chris Brockway, James Howard, Bill Williams, Frank Klein
NAPA 360 Late Models (20 cars)
Heats: Dustin Waters, Billy VanPelt, Steve LaBarron
25 lap feature: John Waters (8), Jeremy Wonderling, Glen Whritenour, Cecil LeBarron, Carl Hughes, Clint Button, Billy VanPelt, Steve LaBarron, Kurt Stebbins, Quinn Sutherland, Mick Seeley, Jaye McConnell, Carl Cleveland, Dusty Waters, Jerry Wilson, Buck Payne, Bruce Miller, Frank LaBarron, Wally Wade DNS: Fred Amann
Joe Willcox Performance Street Stocks (11 cars)
Heats: Ted Morseman Jr., Jeremy Potrzebowski
20 lap feature: Jeremy Potrzebowski (3), Ted Morseman Jr., Jeredd Dennis, Brett Marlatt, Joe Layfield, Cory Costa, Jeff Smith, Alan Crooker, Trevor Tompkins, Gary Archer DNS: Kane Stebbins
Signs Plus Mini Stocks (9 cars)
Heat: Brandon Morseman
20 lap feature: John Hand Jr., Rich Sharpsteen, Rick Amidon, Jason Ketrow, Chip Warner, Brian Grant Sr., Russ Wassner, Chad Ayers, Brandon Morseman
LaBarron Brothers Repair and Parts FWD (9 cars)
Heat: Matt Prescott
20 lap feature: Ronnie Hill, Matt Prescott, James Howard, Matt Hamilton, Jacob McConnell, Nate Freeland, Wesley Houghtaling, Bill LaViolette DQ: Jeremy Seeley
360/410 Sprint Challenge (20 cars)
Heats: Jared Zimbardi, Chuck Hebing, Justin Barger
Dash: Don Adamzyck
25 lap feature: Justin Barger, Chuck Hebing, Alan Cole, Tim Kelly, Brian Howland