By TOm COUGHLIN
Fultonville – The curtain has finally closed on the 2013 racing season at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, and what a finale it was. A young driver from Clay, N.Y. would invade the Ridge for the first time in his career and dominate the Dodson Construction, Sowle Trailer Repair 602 Nationals. 21 year old Tim Sears Jr. was triumphant over 50 plus other top 602 Sportsman drivers that were signed in to compete in the 125 lap SUNY Canton Grit Series event.
After time trails were run, with Tyler Dippel setting fast time. A total of five heat races won by Sears, Tommy Johnson, Jack Gentile, John Scarborough, and Korey Wilder and three consolation races won by Anthony Perrego, Mark Mortensen, and Tim Hartman Jr. were held to set the field.
Sears and Dave Marcucilli would lead the 30 cars and their drivers, past the flagger and standing room only crowd to start the first 30 lap segment. With a full field everyone knew it would be, an effort to get to actual racing. As accidents tend to happen, there was the initial yellow flag after one lap and lap two would see a red flag, as the car of Johnson who started sixth and was considered to be a top contender for the win would get high into the turn two wall, then do a nose stand and come down hard on the 20g of Gentile ending both their nights early. Sears, Marcuccilli, and third place starter Scarborough, would remain the leaders for most of this part, with Scarborough moving to second around lap 17.
Segment # 2, a 50 lap event would see some excitment at the beginning as Marcuccilli, was making a pass on the inside of Scarborough, in turn four, contact between the two would see Scarborough end up sitting backwards against the outside wall with a damaged racer. and done for the night. Brian Krummel was now in the picture as he began to put heavy pressure on the leader Sears. On a number of restarts Krummel would actually pass Sears, but there seemed to always be a caution flag that would fly, which would relegate him back to second place, for the next restart. Sears took the victory in segment 2 to set the field for the final 45 lap segment.
Segment #3 would see Sears, Krummel , Anthony Perrego, and Rocky Warner, in the two front rows. With a late start due to a light rain that fell over the Mohawk Valley earlier in the evening, and more predicted for over night, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before the next rain drops would fall. As Sears continued to lead, with Krummel, pulling along side, spectators noticed the wind pick up and then it wasn’t long before the rains came and the feature was checkered with 90 laps officially in the books.
Sears who races weekly, in the big block modified division at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways, would take the Grit Series win over Anthony Perrego, Brian Krummel, Tyler Dippel, and Rocky Warner.
Ridge regular Jim Becker would take his first win of the season in winning the 20 lap modified non- winners feature, over Aaron Jacobs and Josh Hohenforst.
Cody Clark was victorious in the 20 lap B-main for the 602 Sportsman, leading by half a track, over Andy Durie, and Kyle Klob.
Colin Bokus was the winner of the 40 lap Rookie Sportsman feature, over Blake Schwarting, Dave Emigh and Bill Fox.
In the Lightning Cruisers, Keith Tesiero Sr. was the 30 lap feaure winner over Shane Playford and Shaun Ryba.
Notes-Sears was quick to thank his parents, grandparents, and girl friend, and stated after the race that the 602 Crate Sportsman, he was driving belongs to a friend Jason Occhino, and that in three races this year, he has three wins…The 44 of Krummel may not have made it to the end if the event went the whole 125 laps, as his front axle, was very noticeably bent, for the last five plus laps… Chad Edwards was the winner of the Hard Charger award form Sorrenti’s Pizza in Fonda, after starting 29th. and finishing 11th.