Bobby Flood Captures Modified Main Event Win At Afton


AFTON, NY – Friday night May 20 Bobby “Flash” Flood (91) garnered his first ZMK Construction Modified feature win of the 2022-racing-season. The Indian Outlaw Gary Smith made it two for two in the Rinker Insurance Agency Crate Sportsman aboard his potent (7up) machine. Double D’s Damon Decker (89D) also made it two for two in the early season in the Chamber’s O’Hara Sales, Service, Rentals Street Stock division. In the new Ted’s Body Shop Limited Sportsman division, it found the Wild Thing (4T) Tyler Holcomb also doubling up on the season.

ZMK Construction Modified; The thirty-lap feature started with the previous week winner Nick Nye (6nn) on the pole after the redraw. Starting alongside was (D9) Dennis Clapperton as the two paced the starting field to the green. Nye immediately took command of the race with eventual winner Flood dropping into second from his fourth starting spot as Clapperton pushed up hard in turn four and he hustled on by. Kenny Titus (9) followed in third from the same starting spot. The action was slowed on lap thirteen as Jim Rothwell (4) had a left rear flat and went pit-side and returned with a new tire before getting back to green. The top five at this point is Nye, Flood, Brandon Walters (22) up from his fifth starting spot. Nick Mady (m20) running fourth from eighth starting spot and Titus. Back to green and at this point Flood started putting much pressure on Nye for the top spot. On lap fifteen Flood wrestled the top spot away and was never headed at this point. The race saw to more yellows and they both occurred on the same lap. On lap twenty-five Rothwell once again had a flat and then on the ensuing restart cars got shuffled together and caused damage enough to two competitors that they were done for the evening. The two were JR Hurlburt (6h) and Joshua Akshar (21k) both with rear end damage. When they went back to green Walters tried pressuring Flood but just couldn’t mustard up enough to get by. Behind the top two to complete the top five were Nye, Titus and ninth starting Brian Mady (2). The two heat winners were Flood and Titus. Flood in victory lane told me how humbling it was for him the previous week. We were strong in the heat last week and broke the rear-end in the car ending are night and not a good ride home. Tonight, the ride will be much better. Flood thanked his sponsors and his crew on all the work to get this back out here tonight as it had motor issues to that they discovered during the week. He also gave a shout out to Ron Ford on such an awesome race track.

Rinker Insurance Agency Crate Sportsman; Head Starter Gary Kinnie saw John Williams (312) and newcomer Randy Gates (58) lead the charge for the start of their twenty-five-lap feature go. Gates took the lead from the top-side of the speedway with Williams following and Tyler Ward (44) a tight third. Gary Smith was the driver making hay on the speedway as he charged from his sixth starting spot to grab the lead in the early laps of the feature. Blaine Klinger (9k) broke a shock and some parts went on the track causing a brief and only caution. Klinger elected to stay trackside and manhandled the ill-handling car to follow Smith across the line at the finish as he also did the week before. Top five at the finish was Ward, Dave Rosa (61) started in place seven and Gates. The two heat winners on this night were Williams and Gates. Smith in victory lane mentioned just how good this car is going right now wherever I go. I owe it to this big group of folks over there for all they do. Smith went on to mentioned just how well this Teo car is going. Smith also gave a shout out to Al Wilcox at Trackside Products as I always forget to mention him.

Chamber’s O’Hara Sale Service Rental Street Stocks; Damon Decker (89D) and Brian Steigerwald (H2O) occupied the front row for the start of the twenty-lap feature. Decker to the lead with newcomer Shane Wolf (77) starting third wrestled second away from Steigerwald. The only caution was when Wolf slowed with a flat. On the restart Damon decker went back out front and late his Dad Kurt Decker (89) tried to close with no avail. Brian Steigerwald won the lone heat on this night. Speaking with Damon in victory lane about how far the left front lifts on his car, he responded boy is this hard to drive at times. He says we will have to try something different maybe, but I said you are two for two you might not want to mess with success. All the sponsors help on the car bought I could never do this without my family and crew especially my Mom and Dad.

Ted’s Body Shop Limited Sportsman; The front row on the start of the fifteen-lap feature saw Amanda Schultisek (88a) and Carson Rothwell (4) leading the way to the green flag. Last week’s winner, Wild Thing Tyler Holcomb (4T) who started third made a big move going into one to grab the lead and was never headed. There were two cautions early as Schultisek was having problems keeping the car running. Once it got re-fired the second time it stayed running to the end. Coming to the checker Rothwell spun just before the flagger coming out of four to spoil his runner-up finish. They gave second to Hayden Coons (12) for his best finish of the season. Schultisek won the only heat race in the division.

A.M.P. After Thoughts; Anyone who wore red sneakers into the grandstands received a dollar off their admission on this night for International Red Sneaker Day. Coming up this Friday May 27 is a regular night of racing for all divisions plus Sling Shots are back on the schedule. It is dubbed Remembering Our Heroes as we kick off everyone’s Memorial Day weekend. Come on out and enjoy a great night of competition and bring a friend or two. By doing this not only are you helping your local race track but helping defray the cost in getting there. Start carpooling and split gas or one pays gas and another pays admission in to speedway and if a third person they can by the food and drink and have great company at the track plus to and from the track.

The team cars of Amanda Schultisek (88A) Limited Sportsman and the Crate Sportsman (88) of Alan Komar will have their cars on display right behind the grandstands until just before they need to go get ready for hot-laps. Come on out early and meet the drivers that put on the show and check out the cars up close and personal.

Once again, the talk was of the excellent racing surface with multiple grooves for racing. I would love to see more of the area teams running in a learning division like the Limited or as Five Mile Point calls them Futures division come give us a try.

The Afton Motorsports Park
May 20th, 2022, Racing Results
ZMK Construction Modified: Bobby Flood, Brandon Walters, Nick Nye, Ken Titus, Brian Mady, Chad O’Hara, J.R. Hurlburt, Joshua Akshar, Jim Rothwell, Dennis Clapperton, Nick Mady, Walt Chyrywaty, Matt Sobiech

Rinker Insurance Agency Crate 602 Sportsman: Gary Smith, Blaine Klinger, Tyler Ward, Dave Rosa, Randy Gates, John Williams, Ava Coons, Bill Davey Jr, Mike Bellinger, Todd Titus, Jim Gould, Scott Torbitt, A.J. Digsby, Alan Komar

Chambers O’Hara Sales Service Rentals Street Stock: Damon Decker, Kurt Decker, Brian Steigerwald, Leonard Miller, Shane Wolf Jr, Brad Hurlburt,

Ted’s Body Shop Limited Sportsman: Tyler Holcomb, Hayden Coons, Amanda Scholtisek, Carson Rothwell