Marcuccilli Makes it Two with Sportsman Classic Win at Weedsport – DTD Exclusive

By BOBBY SWEENEY

WEEDSPORT, NY – Dave Marcuccilli snagged his second Sportsman Classic victory Monday night at the Weedsport Speedway, taking the lead early in the event and fending off a number of challenges for the $2,500 top prize.

Glenn Forward started the 75-lap feature on the pole, jumping out in front of the field to grab the top spot in the opening laps. 2015 Sportsman Classic winner Marcuccilli started the feature in third, but wasted no time reaching second and setting his sights on Forward.

As the front duo reached the tail end of the field, Marcuccilli slipped by Forward, leading at the stripe to complete lap 14. A caution on lap 20 for Nick Krause’s mechanical issues eliminated lapped traffic for the moment, allowing Marcuccilli and Forward a clean track to wage battle. Marcuccilli resumed as the leader once the field returned to speed, but Forward did not let him get far.

Throughout the middle stages of the race, Marcuccilli held a slim but consistent lead over Forward. The race behind the top two was a bit more intense, as drivers such as Billy Clark, Kevin Ridley, Tyler Trump, and Nick Guerreri fought hard, all of who had at least a taste of third. Rocky Warner first broke into the top five on lap 43 with a slide job on Tyler Trump, snatching fourth and then third by lap 54. Warner was not the only driver rapidly advancing, as Corey Barker had charged to fifth from his 20th starting spot. Marcuccilli and Forward remained within car lengths, but Warner was entirely too far back to challenge without the aid of a caution.




The caution Warner needed waived on lap 62, as Jackson Gill found himself backwards in turn one. On the restart, Marcuccilli once again launched out in front, but both Warner and Ridley passed Forward, putting Warner up to second. Like before, Marcuccilli was unable to run away and hide from the runner up, holding on to a small advantage over Warner.

One more caution with five laps left for a spinning Michael Stanton brought the field together for the last time, but Warner was unable to make a run at Marcuccilli over the final laps. When the checkered flag fell, Marcuccilli beat Warner to the line to take his second Sportsman Classic win.

Barker, who was in the hospital the day prior and competed against all medical orders, drove from deep in the field to steal third at the finish. Ridley settled for fourth, while Forward slipped to fifth. 2016 Sportsman Classic winner Ronnie Davis finished sixth after starting all the way back in 28th.

“The car was good from the drop of the green all the way until the end,” Marcuccilli noted. “I was worried on that restart with five to go, Rocky is so good on these restarts that it got me nervous. I didn’t really know where he was running, and I was hoping he wouldn’t roll the top and drive right on by me. It feels great, especially after not winning here at all last year, then to come back and win this one, it’s awesome.”

Six qualifying heats were held for the 65 Sportsman drivers, with wins going to Kevin Ridley, Zach Sobotka, Ben Wheeler, Glenn Forward, Kevin Root, and Dave Marcuccilli. Willy Decker Jr., Corey Barker, and Jackson Gill claimed the three consolation races, while David Schilling was victorious in the B-Main.

Joe Isabell won the TUSA Mod Lite feature, taking the win with a last turn pass over Mike Mullen. Tyler Walker dominated the NY6A Micro Sprint field, leading nearly the entire feature en route to the win.

4th annual Sportsman Classic 75 pres. by Industrial Tire of CNY
Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY
Monday, July 3

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Sportsman Classic (75-laps): 1. M1 – DAVE MARCUCCILLI, 2. 1J – Rocky Warner, 3. 31 – Corey Barker, 4. 20X – Kevin Ridley, 5. 7C – Glenn Forward, 6. 32R – Ron Davis III, 7. 9X – Tyler Trump, 8. 21 – Taylor Caprara, 9. 20 – Dave Schilling, 10. 99 – Billy Clark Jr., 11. 0 – Shane Pecore, 12. 67G – Eric Giguere, 13. 15 – Todd Root, 14. 52 – James Michael Friesen, 15. 3M – Mike Stanton, 16. 12G – Matt Guererri, 17. 25G – Nick Guererri, 18. 82 – Will Shields, 19. 35 – Tom Cook, 20. 60 – Jackson Gill, 21. 31K – Kane Bristol, 22. 99 – Ben Wheeler, 23. 1X – Willy Decker Jr., 24. 52 – Jessica Power, 25. 87 – Rocco Leone, 26. 38 – Zach Sobotka, 27. 713 – Tom Collins, 28. 20K – Kyle Inman, 29. 34 – Kevin Root, 30. 8 – Alan Fink, 31. 24K – Nick Krause

Heat #1 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 20X – Kevin Ridley, 2. 9X – Tyler Trump, 3. 52 – James Michael Friesen, 4. 87 – Rocco Leone, 5. 67G – Eric Giguere, 6. 24P – Brian Pessolano, 7. 5 – Ricky Yelle, 8. 15B – Brianna Ladouceur, 9. 49C – Carl Warren, 10. 32R – Ron Davis III, 11. 77 – Ben Karlsen

Heat #2 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 38 – Zach Sobotka, 2. 8 – Alan Fink, 3. 21 – Taylor Caprara, 4. 1X – Willy Decker Jr., 5. 52 – Jessica Power, 6. 20 – Dave Schilling, 7. 27Z – Dylan Zacharias, 8. 11N – Ricky Newton, 9. 34L – Pat LaPage, 10. 98T – Tyler Thompson, 11. 8 – Zach McBride

Heat #3 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 99 – Ben Wheeler, 2. 25G – Nick Guererri, 3. 1J – Rocky Warner, 4. 713 – Tom Collins, 5. 20 – Jason Shipclark, 6. 20K – Kyle Inman, 7. 1R – Ricky Thompson, 8. 22C – Cedric Geauvreau, 9. 132 – Brandon Michaud, 10. 99R – Anthony Rasmussen, 11. 21C – Jeff Devoll,

Heat #4 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 7C – Glenn Forward, 2. 12G – Matt Guererri, 3. 3 – Mike Stanton, 4. 31 – Corey Barker, 5. 15 – Todd Root, 6. 415 – Andrew Wren, 7. 1D – Roy Delormier, 8. 94 – Gabriel Cyr, 9. 4 – Tim Murphy, 10. 117 – CJ Castelletti, 11. 18 – Tyler Singleton

Heat #5 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 34 – Kevin Root, 2. 99 – Billy Clark, 3. 82 – Will Shields, 4. 24K – Nick Krause, 5. 35 – Tom Cook, 6. 90 – Nate Peckham, 7. 22J – Jeremy Dygert, 8. 72 – Mike Prentice, 9. 15D – Kyle DeMetro, 10. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 11. 1T – Charlie Tibbitts

Heat #6 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. M1 – Dave Marcuccilli, 2. 0 – Shane Pecore, 3. 31 – Kane Bristol, 4. 98 – Andrew Buff, 5. 60 – Jackson Gill, 6. 21X – Eric Williams, 7. 9T – Tim Baker, 8. 74 – Carl Inman, 9. JVS1 – Jim Spano, 10. 24 – Garrett Rushlow

Consi #1 (10-laps, 2-Qualify): 1. 1X – Willy Decker Jr., 2. 87 – Rocco Leone, 3. 67G – Eric Giguere, 4. 20 – Dave Schilling, 5. 52 – Jessica Power, 6. 11N – Ricky Newton, 7. 24P – Brian Pessolano, 8. 15B – Brianna Ladouceur, 9. 8 – Zach McBride, 10. 34L – Patrick LaPage, 11. 5 – Ricky Yelle, 12. 49C – Carl Warren, 13. 32R – Ron Davis III

Consi #2 (10-laps, 2-Qualify): 1. 31 – Corey Barker, 2. 15 – Todd Root, 3. 713 – Tom Collins, 4. 20K – Kyle Inman, 5. 20 – Jason Shipclark, 6. 117 – CJ Castelletti, 7. 1D – Roy Delormier, 8. 1R – Ricky Thompson, 9. 21C – Jeff Devolli, 10. 94 – Gabriel Cyr, 11. 22C – Cedric Garuveau, 12. 132 – Brandon Michard, 13. 4 – Tim Murphy, 14. 99R – Anthony Rasmussen

Consi #3 (10-laps, 2-Qualify): 1. 60 – Jackson Gill, 2. 24K – Nick Krause, 3. 35 – Tom Cook, 4. 98 – Andrew Buff, 5. 22J – Jeremy Dygert, 6. 15D – Kyle Demetro, 7. 90 – Nate Peckham, 8. 9T – Tim Baker, 9. 21X – Eric Williams, 10. 72 – Mike Prentice, 11. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 12. 24 – Garrett Rushlow, 13. 74 – Carl Inman,

Universal Sales & Accessories B-Main (15-laps): 1. 20 – Dave Schilling, 2. 117 – CJ Castelletti, 3. 24P – Brian Pessolano, 4. 15B – Brianna Ladouceur, 5. 20 – Jason Shipclark, 6. 15D – Kyle Demetro, 7. 8 – Zach McBride, 8. 98 – Andrew Buff, 9. 9T – Tim Baker, 10. 22C – Cedric Gauvreau, 11. 24 – Garrett Rushlow, 12. 21X – Eric Williams, 13. 94 – Gabriel Cyr, 14. 5 – Ricky Yelle, 15. 90 – Nate Peckham, 16. 11T – Jeff Taylor, 17. 132 – Brandon Michard, 18. 11N – Ricky Newton, 19. 34L – Patrick LaPage, 20. 74 – Carl Inman, 21. 1R – Ricky Thompson 22. 21C – Jeff Devolli, 23. 3M – Mike Stanton, 24. 49C – Carl Warren, 25. 22J – Jeremy Dygert
** – Schilling opted to start 31st in the Sportsman Classic, turning down the $300 prize.

NY6A Micro Sprints

Feature (20-laps): 1. 81 – TYLER WALKER, 2. 17K – Scott Kreutter, 3. 8 – Jim Young, 4. 33 – Brian Vetter, 5. 15 – Nate Hendrix, 6. 26J – Johnny Kolosek, 7. 00 – Pat Kelly, 8. 23 – John Smith, 9. 20C – Mickey Ciliberts, 10. 1 – Matt Smith, 11. 41W – Eric Wise, 12. 66 – Lisa Kratzer, 13. 33 – Clayton Brewer III, 14. 7 – Ivan Fornay, 15. 01 – Shelby Ogozaly, 16. 88 – Joshua Ames, 17. 9 – Jordan Hoody, 18. 007 – Garry Kratzer, 19. 62 – DJ Shuman, 20. 17F – Ray Sand Jr., 21. 29 – Darryl Ruggles, 22. 16 – Nick Goff

Heat #1 (6-laps): 1. 81 – Tyler Walker, 2. 41W – Eric Wise, 3. 9 – Jordan Hoody, 4. 15 – Nate Hendrix, 5. 17K – Scott Kruetter, 6. 15C – Cheyenne Ling, 7. 26 – Ricky Pritchard, 8. 6 – Alex Trautman

Heat #2 (6-laps): 1. 1 – Matt Smith, 2. 01 – Shelby Ogozaly, 3. 62 – DJ Shuman, 4. 88 – Joshua Ames, 5. 66 – Lisa Kratzer, 6. 17 – Dan Knoll Jr., 7. 007 – Garry Kratzer, 8. 16 – Nick Goff

Heat #3 (6-laps): 1. 8 – Jim Young, 2. 29 – Darryl Ruggles, 3. 33 – Clayton Brewer III, 4. 26J – Johnny Kolosek, 5. 7 – Ivan Fornay, 6. 22 – Josh Livingston, 7. 20C – Mickey Ciliberts, 8. 44 – Casey Williams

Heat #4 (6-laps): 1. 7 – Charles Hunt, 2. 23 – John Smith, 3. 00 – Pat Kelly, 4. 17F – Ray Sand Jr., 5. 3 – DJ Forbes, 6. 181 – Wyatt Walker, 7. 33 – Brian Vetter

B-Main (8-laps): 1. 17K – Scott Kruetter, 2. 20C – Mickey Ciliberts, 3. 15C – Cheyenne Ling, 4. 3 – DJ Forbes, 5. 66 – Lisa Kratzer, 6. 33 – Brian Vetter, 7. 44 – Casey Williams, 8. 007 – Garry Kratzer, 9. 16 – Nick Goff, 10. 7C – Ivan Fornay, 11. 22 – Josh Livingston, 12. 181 – Wyatt Walker

TUSA Mod Lites

Feature (20-laps): 1. 6 – JOE ISABELL, 2. 88 – Zach Babcock, 3. 23 – Jeff May, 4. 06 – Mike Mullen, 5. 19 – Jeff Sykes, 6. 1 – Paul Klager, 7. 29 – Lowell Zehr, 8. 48 – Derrick Ellsworth, 9. W10 – Justin Williams, 10. 55 – Joe Garafolo, 11. 16 – Ryan Halloway, 12. 11X – Brian Meyers, 13. 7 – Josh Kinney, 14. 30L – Reg Lemieux, 15. 39 – Sam Usborne, 16. 13L – Tom Mackay, 17. 99 – Matt Fregoe, 18. 37R – Brady Rookey, 19. 4K – Keith Stevenson, 20. 5R – Chris Bonoffski, 21. 37 – Tom Perkins, 22. 4 – Tyler Winger, 23. 13 – Casey Sykes

Heat #1 (6-laps): 1. 4 – Tyler Winger, 2. 88 – Zach Babcock, 3. 7 – Josh Kinney, 4. 23 – Jeff May, 5. 4K – Keith Stevenson, 6. 37 – Brady Rookey, 7. R5 – Chris Bonoffski, 8. 39 – Sam Usborne

Heat #2 (6-laps): 1, 6 – Joe Isabell, 2. 19 – Jeff Sykes, 3. 06 – Mike Mullen, 4. 55 – Joe Garafolo, 5. 30L – Reg Lemieux, 6. 11X – Brian Meyers, 7. 16 – Ryan Halliday, 8. 13 – Tom Mackay

Heat #3 (6-laps): 1. 10 – Justin Williams, 2. Paul Klager, 3. 13 – Casey Sikes, 4. 29 – Lowell Zehr, 5. 48 – Derrick Ellsworth, 6. 99 – Matt Fregoe, 7. 37 – Tom Perkins