By JEFF WITHEY
MIDDLETOWN, NY – Donnie Elliot, whose shop is centered between turns one and two, scored his first win of the 2017 aboard his Higfab chassis Morrison powered entry. Rounding out the top five were Gary Edwards Jr, Allison Ricci, Jerry Higbie and Patrick Reiser who scored a career best 358 finish in his rookie year in 358s.
Pat Reiser started the 358 feature on the pole and brought the field to the green for the 25-lap feature. Just as the field took the green for the start of the feature a pile up of cars brought the yellow out. Involved in the crash was Tom Hindley, Craig Mitchell, and a few others.
For the first 13-laps, Pat Reiser was running the race of his life. Hitting his marks and holding off veteran pilot Donnie Elliot. The race though is 25 not 13. A caution came out on lap 13 for Craig Mitchell who came to a stop outside turn four.
On the ensuing restart, Elliot overtook Reiser for the lead and Gary Edwards Jr., who just won the big-block feature and was looking for a double payday, took over second sending Reiser back to third.
By the time the feature was over, Elliot was your winner followed by Edwards, Allison Ricci, Jerry Higbie and Pat Reiser.
“That Reiser kid was kind of all over the place there during the feature so I laid back a little bit and let the race come to me,” said Elliott. “I get a lot of help from Danny Creeden on set up. I’m just getting going here as of late. We were going to make a full season at Glen Ridge up near Fonda but when Pete closed up we decided to come back here. I don’t have any big-block equipment so I pick and choose were we race. I have Morrison power and this is my 3rd HigFab chassis. On Friday we will be at Penn Can,” Elliott added.
News & Notes
A big help – Tommy Meier and Jeff Behrent loaned there 358 car and motor to Craig Mitchell so he could race in the 358 feature and try to salvage some points. Until his motor expired a few weeks ago, Mitchell was in the top five in 358 points at Orange County. When his motor lost oil pressure and was told the motor wouldn’t be back till late August, Mitchell put the word out that he was in need of a motor or a car. While Mitchell didn’t have a good outing at all, he was quick to say thank you for the generous gift on his public Facebook page…