By LEON ANDRUS
AFTON, NY – Rinker Insurance Agency presented the racing program this past Friday night with the second appearance of the Sling Shots added to the race card. Shaun Walker (57) got his first feature win of the season behind the wheel of the Paul Jensen owned Modified. Walker took over for Jensen after Jensen hurt his back and has been close every week but this week Walker brought it to the Mirabito Energy Products victory lane. In the other action the winners were Allan Hodge (5H) in the Crate Sportsman, Steve Davis (13) in the Open Sportsman, Doug Polhamus (KP1) in the Street Stock division, Beau Ballard IMCA, Dane Hedlund (22s) and the two divisions of Sling Shots Senior winner Alex Boughton (27) and Junior winner (44) Tavien Blowers.
In the ZMK Construction Modified division the front row consisted of Alan Rudalavage (145) and the (14) of Kailie Demorier with Rudalavage jumping out to the lead which he held for the first six circuits. The first caution was on lap two for the spun machine of Rusty Smith (34) on top of turn four. After the restart on lap six for slowing that is when Walker took the lead that he would not relinquish. He survived three more cautions on the way to victory. The top five at the line were Jeremy Smith (46), Brandon Walters (22), (145) Alan Rudalavage and Travis Smith (33T). Walker said in victory lane that this Jensen owned car is fast and such a pleasure to drive. I should of won a couple other times I feel but circumstances didn’t let that happen as he even said one was his own driver error. He knows Paul is getting better and not sure how much longer he will be in the ride but it is a good piece for sure. When I asked about the race with Jeremy Smith as it was a great battle to watch with Smith high and Walker low. Walker said he knew he wasn’t going to come off the bottom so if he was going to beat me he was going to take the longer way around the track.
The Rinker Insurance Agency Crate 602 Sportsman division saw the starting line-up come to head starter Scott Stevens green with Kamdin Maby (56K) and Mike Grover (33G) leading the way. Maby jumped to the early lead that he held with a few challenges from Bobby Flood (91) first and then Kinser Hill (60x) before the eventual winner Allan Hodge worked by him on lap eleven and getting his first win behind the wheel of the Olin Renwick owned machine. The top five across the line were Hodge, Gary Smith (7up), Bobby Flood, Steve Andersen (73A) and AJ Digsby (99). Hodge mentioned to me in victory lane that this feels good and it is all made possible by his car owner giving me the chance to run this machine. He also pointed out how much his Dad works on it to get it to go so good.
The Chamber’s & O’Hara Open Sportsman had their twenty-lap feature come to the green with Brandon Kuhn (16) and Chris Jordan (22J) sitting on the front row. Kuhn grabbed the lead and Jordan fell right in line to take up position two. Lap two saw the first caution for a spinning car. After getting back to green the action slowed again as the (10x) of Tyler Hart and the (90) of Bill Deckleman spun in turn four. Deckleman was able to continue and Hart’s night was done. Steve Davis (13) and invader on this night started working forward to challenge the top spot. On lap thirteen caution the X1 of Donnie Hart Jr. hit the Deckleman car under caution and is black flagged off of the track. He then got one more hit in before leaving. On lap seventeen Davis wrestled the lead from Kuhn and stayed there to become another new winner at the track. Following him across the line for the top five was Kuhn, Dave Rosa (61), Jim Rothwell, and Dennis Clapperton. Davis mentioned he tried to get up for the Fair race but it didn’t fit his schedule this season. He say he wishes the track was closer as he would be here every week. He said the competition is tough and they race clean and that it is a joy to come here.
The Pit Stop Auto Street Stock feature saw Donald Briggs (16) and Steve Polhamus (98P) start on the front. Steve Polhamus grabbed the lead that he would hold until his Son Doug took the lead away from him on lap five after two quick yellow’s on lap two and four for spinning cars. Butch Green (57) tried to get the lead away but the two stayed that way to the end. Following Polhamus and Green across the line was third place finisher Steve Polhamus then Dave Cronk (01) and Bob Crandall (1).
Speaking with Polhamus in victory lane he once again mentioned about going back to basic;s last week really helped. I made a couple of more tweeks and we seem really good know. I mentioned that it has been him and Butch Green occupying victory lane and you are closing in as it is three for you and five for him. Doug said yea we pit together and share stuff and always willing to help anyone seeking any information from them.
J.T. Roe (3G) and Leonard Miller (X) was the front row for the Trophy Guy IMCA Modified feature. Roe got the early lead and was looking really strong out front and held the lead until the previous week winner Beau Ballard (15) got by just before lap ten clicked off of the lap counter. The action was slowed only twice for a couple of spinning cars. The top five at the line was Ballard, Tyler Stoddard (23) Matt Roberts (U2) Roe and Mike Stoddard (S/360).
The Green Briar Farms Combined Four Cylinder division which only runs a feature saw the front row consisting of Dylan Nichols (01) and Mark Steeves (29). Steves grabbed the early lead and held it until the restart on lap three when the eventual winner Dane Hedlund took over the top spot. Everyone at this point was wondering he he could hold of the perennial winner Ralph Cuozzo in the (00) truck. Cuozzo had a flat and came back out to get second but had nothing for Hedlund on this night. Hedlund says it was great to get the win in his first season and just how much fun it is.
The second appearance of the Sling Shots saw Alex Boughton and Rodney Renwick (63) scheduled for the front row. Renwick did not start so Melisa Wheelock (77w) inherited the outside spot. The Senior division start up front with the Junior division behind them with two winners. After a couple of tries to get the race underway they settled down to another good showing with and increase from fourteen to seventeen cars.
A.M.P. Notes, The racing action on this night was hot on the track and some hotter heads also showing on this night. One race team was told by Promoter Ron Ford to not come back after some on track antics and actions detrimental to our fine sport. All the heats and the Truck feature were concluded by 8:29. With the hot day the track did get a little dusty on this night but certainly is not the norm which caused a couple of cars some heavy damage with the (2G) of Mitch Gibbs I believe the worse of the deal. A car spun in turn one and is dark colored and a five car accident occurred. Gibbs believe he might need a couple of weeks off. Just shy of one hundred cars signed in for action and even with it being a long night at this track, all racing was done before the eleven o’clock curfew. Upcoming this Friday night the traveling group of the 305 Sprints of the Capital Region Sprint Agency will be in town. The Street Stocks will have the night off. The Open and Crate Sportsman and the IMCA Modified all had their mid-season championships on this night as the other three did the previous week.
ZMK Construction Order of Finish, 18 entries, 57 Shaun Walker, 46 Jeremy Smith, 22 Brandon Walters, 145 Alan Rudalavage, 33t Travis Smith, 49 Kenny Sparks Jr, 15 Brett Tonkin, 12 Darren Smith, 6H JR Hurlburt, 38 Jeff Sheeley, 9 Ken Titus, 1 Darwin Greene, S1 Steve Babicek 74D Chris VanBuren, 34 Rusty Smith, 8M Tim Mayne, 2G Mitch Gibbs, 14K Kailie Dimorier
Rinker Insurance Agency 602 Crate Sportsman Order of Finish, 17 entries, 5H Allan Hodge, 7up Gary Smith, 91 Bobby Flood, 73A Steve Andersen, 99 AJ Digsby, 61 Dave Rosa, 24 Ryan Macartney, 56K Kamdin Maby, 96 Dustin Harris, 9K Blaine Klinger, 1m Gary Miller, 60x Kinser Hill, 28 Matt Meade, 33G Mike Grover, 23 Brandon Loucks, 10 Lisa Williams, 119 Fred Smith
Chamber’s & O’Hara Open Sportsman Order of Finish, 20 entries, 13 Steve Davis, 16 Brandon Kuhn, 61 Dave Rosa, 4 Jim Rothwell, D9 Dennis Clapperton, 22J Chris Jordan, 189 Leah Decker, 28 Jim Gould, 90 Bill Deckleman, 32y Danny Yankowski, 42c Craig Pope, 57 Dan Burman, 34x Chance Spoonhower, 33x Tyler Keener, 6 Nate Degraw, 33 Michael Roach, 24 Marshall Hurd, 7up Danielle Smith, 10X Tyler Hart, X1 Donnie Hart (DQ)
Pit Stop Auto Street Stock Order of Finish, 10 entries, KP1 Doug Polhamus, 57 Butch Green, 98P Steve Polhamus, 01 Dave Cronk, 1 Bob Crandall, 74D Larry Miller, 16 Donald Briggs, 00 Ralph Cuozzo, 4mk Sheldon Whitman, 32 Shawn Stalker
The Trophy Guy IMCA Modified Order of Finish, 8 entries, 15 Beau Ballard, 23 Tyler Stoddard, U2 Matt Roberts, 3g J.T. Roe, S/360 Mike Stoddard, X Leonard Miller, 7s Eric Stumpf, 7 Jim Cummings
Green Briar Farms Four Cylinder Combined Trucks & Cars, 7 entries, 22S Dane Hedlund, OO Ralph Cuozzo, 29 Mark Steeves, 33 Pete Christiansen, 01 Dylan Nichols, G55 Dakota Fuller, 17m Jeff Young
Sling Shot Senior Division Order of Finish, 9 entries, 27 Alex Boughton, 81 Bob Boughton, 33 Jim Gaige, 57 Mike Bellinger, 52x Truman Backus, 22 Mike Hill, 77w Melisa Wheelock, 65R Mike Wheelock, 63 Rodney Renwick (DNS)
Sling Shot Junior Division 8 entries, 44Tavien Blowers, 20 Julia Renwick, 771 Lucas Duncan, 82 Liam Jackson, 07w Calvin Wheelock, 52 Matt Backus, 22 Connor Hill (DNS), 1 Gordon Smith (DNS)