Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions completed a swing through New York state, beginning Friday at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee and continuing at Stateline and Weedsport speedways.
At Outlaw, Brock Zearfoss parlayed his front-row starting spot into victory. There were only a handful of pauses through the 30-lap feature, and one included Stewart, series owner and former IndyCar and NASCAR star. Front-end damage ended Smoke’s night.
Cory Eliason pressed Zearfoss early, but Zearfoss was making the top line work and stretched out a sizable advantage at the checkers. Dave Blaney had the front wing collapse on his No. 98H, and a single fastener kept the wing attached to the car over the final circuits. He muscled the car home third behind Eliason. Gerard McIntyre raced to fourth ahead of Danny Varin.
On Saturday at Stateline, Blaney recovered from his wing woes and collected the win over Aaron Reutzel and Stewart.
Danny Dietrich scored Sunday’s win at Weedsport. Dietrich has eight 410cc wins to his credit in 2019, with a pair of them posted at Williams Grove and another with the World of Outlaws at Bridgeport. Varin continued his impressive sprint runs, racing to second at Weedsport in the 35-lap feature. Spencer Bayston, Eliason and Greg Wilson rounded out the top five. Stewart wound up eighth.
More sprint-car touring action
The Empire Super Sprints toured the northern region of New York.
Dave Franek won at Mohawk International Friday night. The groove stayed narrow on the inside line, putting passing at a premium. Franek, however, could maneuver his ride where others could not, sweeping to the high lane at the initial green and taking the lead in a bold, three-wide move. From there, he distanced himself from Matt Tanner and Shawn Donath.
The mobility benefited Franek further in slower traffic; he carved his path through to continue building his lead at halfway. The pace slowed with three to go when Jason Barney suffered a broken front end. On the restart, Franek again pulled away to win ahead of Tanner, Kyle Moffit, Donath and Josh Pieniazek.
At Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway on Saturday, Josh Pieniazek scored his first career ESS victory, holding off a surging Paulie Colagiovanni in the 25-lapper. Donath was leading, but broke under a caution period. Pieniazek inherited the lead, and worked the inside line to defend the point as Colagiovanni tried to upset the victory party.
Steve Poirier raced to third ahead of Chuck Hebing and Parker Evans.
ESS races Friday at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in a feature paying $2,000 to win and $300 to start. On Saturday, the series will visit Evans Mills for a non-points asphalt event paying $4,000 to win and $500 to start. The annual Cole Cup at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday rounds out the month of June, with the $5,000-to-win feature headline the track’s program.
• At Weedsport Speedway, the Modifieds raced the second chapter of the Stirling Lubricants/Champion Racing Oil Modified series. Matt Sheppard posted a 35-lap triumph, with Matt Farnham, Chris Hile, Jimmy Phelps and Kyle Coffey following in the top five. Seventh-place runner Larry Wight collected a $500 bonus as the highest-finishing 358-Modified.
Erick Rudolph, who won the series’ opening race, was scored 12th at the checkers.
• At Land of Legends Raceway, Erick Rudolph earned the Modified triumph, and Adam Depuy remained unbeaten with his fifth straight Street Stock victory.
Rudolph, who also won Friday at Ransomville Speedway, stormed from 11th to the lead in seven laps. Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Billy Dunn and Jimmy Phelps concluded the first five.
Paul Guererri won the held-over Sportsman main and Jesse Pruchnik the 305 Sprint makeup, each of which was held before the start of the evening’s regular program. Daytime conditions made visibility difficult, and prompted a 20-minute delay to improve the track surface. The delay was prompted by a turn 1 mishap in the Sportsman main.
Guererri, who started 14th, was third by a lap 20 restart, and he braved the middle to take the lead in a three-wide move before pulling away from Kevin Root, Nick Guererri, Matt Guererri and Eric Giguere.
Nick Guererri led all 25 laps in the regularly scheduled Sportsman feature. Garrison Krentz, Root, Mike Stanton Jr. and Jeff Davoli ranked filled out the top five.
Wesley Hayes won the 15-lap sportsman B-feature.
Pruchnik drove from New Milford, Conn., to race in the 20-lap 305 Sprint main and finished off his night as a first-time winner at the Ontario County Fairgrounds. The 15-year-old pilot started fourth, forging the winning pass on a lap 7 restart. Darryl Ruggles, Alysha Bay, Jonny Kolosek and Brandyn Griffin filled the top five.
Bay led early in the held-over 305 Sprint main. She traded the top spot with Ruggles once before beating the veteran to the finish line by half a car-length. Griffin, Erik Karlsen and Dan Bennett rounded out the top five.
DePuy continued to blitz the Street Stock class, amassing his 42nd career victory as he chases a third straight division championship. Mike Welch, Jimmy Grant, Marc Minutolo and CJ Guererri represented the rest of the top five.
Double features are planned for this Saturday, along with a special Happiness House benefit raffle.
• At Fulton Speedway, Dave Marcuccilli parked his 358-Modified in Victory Lane for his first win in that class at the oval. Ron Davis III, Todd Root, Glenn Forward and Tim Sears Jr. followed.
Joe Sobotka, Alan Fink and Mike Button collected victories in the Sportsman features. Richard Murtaugh garnered victories in the held-over Novice Sportsman feature and the regularly scheduled race. Kevan Cook (Late Model) and Chris Rombough (Spectator Race) also earned checkered flags.
• At Oswego Speedway, Jeff Abold and Dave Danzer recorded 35-lap Supermodified victories.
Abold, who was wheeling a 7-year-old chassis, held off Otto Sitterly, Dave Gruel, Michael Barnes and Joe Gosek. Sitterly was a factor in the second 35-lapper as well; he passed Danzer in the third turn but drifted off the bottom. Danzer and Aric Iosue zipped by. Sitterly, Jeff Abold and Logan Rayvals occupied the rest of the top five.
Anthony Losurdo (Small Block Supermodified) and Jake Wylie (New York SuperStock Tour) won the night’s other features.
• At Outlaw Speedway, Matt Sheppard stayed perfect. Sheppard needed only 14 laps to storm to the second spot from his 12th starting position, and then three more to wrestle the lead from Danny Johnson before winning his fifth straight feature to remain unbeaten in Dundee. Sheppard passed Johnson with a muscle-flexing power move off the top just past the halfway point.
Steve Paine passed Danny Johnson to secure runner-up honors. Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson and Tyler Siri completed the top five.
Brian Fish started on the pole and won the Outlaw Speedway American Racer Tire Series Sportsman feature. Tommy Collins Jr., Kenny Hammond, Stacy Jackson and Chris Fisher gave chase.
Aksel Jensen (Street Stock), Adam Austin (4-Cylinder), Casey Wagner (Hobby Stock) also won features.
This Friday’s Jeff Searles Memorial is highlighted by the midseason championship races in all regular classes.There will be bicycle giveaways, and the C.O.D. Vintage Cars make their lone Yates County visit of the year as well.
For more, visit www.outlawspeedwayllc.com.
• At Brewerton Speedway, Rob Bellinger was part of an emotional Modified win for Ted Barcomb and the No. 11 team.
Bellinger battled Joe August before assuming the lead on lap 22. He then had to shake off Larry Wight and Tim Sears Jr. for the win.
Barcomb explained afterward the triumph was the first for the team since Dave Leckonby’s victory 34 years ago; at the time, the team was owned by Ted’s father, Cliff. The elder Barcomb is enshrined in the Dirt Museum and Hall of Fame in Weedsport.
Chris Mackey (Sportsman), Alan Fink (Sportsman), Justin Williams (Mod Lite) and Chris Bonoffski (4-Cylinder) collected feature victories as well.
Later in June
Brett Hearn’s Big Show XI is booked for June 25 as part of the Super DIRTcar Series tour. The 11th running at Albany-Saratoga Speedway will pay $11,111 to win, and the length has been extended to 111 laps.
The winner will land a guaranteed starting spot at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLVIII’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200.
“The Big Show 11 is not just another midweek race,” Hearn said in a media release. “Our goal is to make it a memorable evening of high-speed excitement and entertainment for both the fans and the competitors. We work hard to give everyone an enhanced motorsports experience.”
For more, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.