Dunn Dominates With Double Triumph At Can-Am

By Adam Cornell

LAFARGEVILLE, NY – It was the final night for points and the points were awarded
double the usual at Caprara’s Can-Am Motorsports Park in Lafargeville, NY.
Billy Dunn took home the feature victory as well as the track championship on
Saturday night, at the Nasty Track of the North. Dunn had to weave his way through
the field, after starting ninth, but managed the feat early. He had some competition
from Ryan Bartlett, who owned the lead through several early laps, and was running
fast. But Dunn captured the lead in lap eight and never gave it back.

“We’ve been off the last couple of races here, but we got it straightened back out,”
Dunn said from victory lane. “We set up for later in the race when the track got a
little slicker, and it came to us. The guys on the RLM Motorsports team worked
really hard to put the number 9 together. It’s a small team and they worked really
hard for this.”

Preston Forbes took the victory in the Sportsman Modified feature, while Taylor
Caprara captured the track championship. “It’s been a rough year for us this year,”
Forbes said from victory lane. “We’ve been through a lot of parts.”

“I can’t thank Kevin Root enough for bringing his car down and letting us run it,”
Caprara said, when asked about the track championship. “I didn’t do anything but
drive the car. It’s been a tough year this year. And some bad luck the last couple of
weeks. Our main goal was getting the victory tonight and getting down front. That
was our focus. We will wait and see what the future holds.”

Shawn Kirby took the feature win and the track championship in the Pro Street
Stock class, edging out Sid Harmer Jr. by just two points for the track victory.
Other winners on the night were Joe Orvis in Thunderstocks and Matt Brown in
Novice Sportsman. Chuck Monica was crowned track champion in the Thunderstock
class, while Matt Brown walked away with the track championship for Novice
Sportsman after his feature win.

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PRO STREET STOCK: The first of two heats had 32 Ryan Shanahan and 83D Dustin
Bradley starting in the top two positions. By lap three, 1x Mike White was able to
move up to second place, passing up Shanahan. A lap later, White was in the lead.

Both Bradley and Shanahan got tangled up through turns three and four of lap five,
and ended up at the back of the field after a caution flag unfurled. This left White
alone in first place, but 3K Shawn Kirby was challenging. 14R Sid Harmer Jr. pushed
for position on the final lap restart, but had to settle for third. At the checkered flag,
it was 1x Mike White with the victory, 3k Shawn Kirby in second and 14R Sid
Harmer Jr. in third.
The second heat had 62 Johnathan Murphy and 3 Rick Dusckas in the top two
starting positions. Dusckas launched to an early lead, while 680 Sid Harmer Sr. 4
Mike Durham and 55 Kenny Clark went three wide through turns one and two on
the first lap. Murphy faded back through the pack, while Durham continued to
charge up through the pack, taking over second place by lap two. It took three more
laps for Durham to take over the lead. Durham took the lead all the way to the
checkered flag. At the conclusion of the heat race, it was 4 Mike Durham with the
win, 3 Rick Dusckas in second with 680 Sid Harmer Sr. in third.
SPORTSMAN MODIFIED: M1 Rick McCready and 45R Preston Forbes started in the
top two positions for the first heat. 24 Jordan Kelly was on the move early, pushing
up to third position by lap two. 38 Zach Sabotka was also a man on the move,
challenging Kelly for third by lap three, and successfully taking the position by the
start of lap four. Meanwhile, McCready was holding the lead by two-car- lengths over
Forbes, throughout the first six laps. Forbes made his move in turn four on lap six,
taking the lead away from McCready. Sabotka followed suit a lap later, taking over
second. At the finish line, it was 45R Preston Forbes with the win, 38 Zach Sabotka
in second and M1 Rick McCready in third.
Heat number two for the Sportsman Mods had 18 Justin Gadbaw and 25 George
Sanford in the top two positions. Before even crossing the flagstand, 18 Gadbaw got
loose and crossed up the field, leaving havoc in his wake. 7s Shaun Shaw came out
with the worst of it, tangling up with 57 Anthony Stockman and losing a left front
wheel, which launched from the vehicle over the turn one berm heading towards
Route 411, and shredding the left rear. Shaw’s frustration was apparent as he
climbed from the car to assess the damage. Tough break for Shaw on the final points
night at the track. On the restart, Sanford launched to the lead immediately, while
Gadbaw was in last place by the close of the lap. Taylor Caprara, in the borrowed
number 34 car, climbed up to second, while 621 Brian Hudson settled into third for
the first two laps. Caprara, who was battling for the track championship, was
competing in the number 34 car, normally piloted by Kevin Root. 44 David Rogers
moved into fourth, while 57 Anthony Stockman claimed fifth by lap three. At the
checkered flag, it was 25 George Sanford with the win, 34 Caprara in second and 621
Brian Hudson in third.
In heat number three, it was 22 Josh Verne and 29J Joel Hall starting in the top two
positions. At the drop of the green, it was 22 Verne who had the lead, but 91 Josh
Reome was literally pushing him from behind past the flag stand. Reome slid out to
the high line and passed for the lead by turn two. A lap two caution destroyed
Reome’s substantial lead, but only for a moment, as he leaped back ahead of the
pack by multiple car-lengths by turn two. 1 Jack Meeks took advantage of the
caution restart to pass up Hall and take over second place by the close of lap four.

415 Andrew Wren was also looking to improve over his starting position, moving
past Hall by lap four to take over third position. With two laps remaining, Meeks was
right on Reome’s bumper, challenging for the lead. Reome was riding high, while
Meeks rode low around the track. It was a drag race to the finish line out of turn
four, Meeks with the advantage. At the finish line, it was Meeks with the victory, by
half a car-length, with Reome in second. 415 Andrew Wren finished third.
358 MODIFIEDS: Starting in positions one and two were 18W Scott Webb and 51
Brady Gill. Webb grabbed the lead through lap one, but 9j Jordan McCreadie
snatched the lead away by turn two of lap two. Meanwhile, 9 Billy Dunn threaded
his way through the field to second position by lap three. He passed up McCreadie
for a moment at the flag stand, but lost it again through turns one and two. It took
only one more lap for Dunn to wrest control back away from McCreadie, and run
away with the lead. At the checkered flag, 9 Billy Dunn took the victory, with 9j
Jordan McCreadie in second place and 51 Brady Gill in third.
Heat number two for the 358 Modifieds had 28 Tyler Meeks and 39 Tyler Bartlett
starting in the top two starting positions. Meeks launched out ahead of the field by
multiple car-lengths through lap one, while 93 Ryan Bartlett moved past his brother
Tyler to take over second position. 7 Mike Maresca moved into third position behind
Bartlett by lap four. The field stretched out around the track by lap five, with little
competition for positions. At the checkered flag it was 28 Tyler Meeks with the
green-to- checkered victory. 93 Ryan Bartlett took second, while 7 Mike Maresca
finished third.
THUNDERSTOCKS: The four-cylinder racers took the track next. 111J AJ St. Mary
and 17B Mike Greenfield started in the top two positions. By lap two, St. Mary faded
back to fourth, while 9 Justin Pope moved into the lead. In lap three, 111V Tony St.
Mary went over the berm of turn two and slammed into the trees off the turn. He
was okay, but needed the assistance of the tow crew to get out of the foliage. At the
checkered flag, it was 9 Justin Pope, 7H Joe Orvis and 17B Mike Greenfield in the top
three positions.
In heat number two, 94 OJ White and 14K Jesse Bender started in the top two
positions. 50 Zach Stone threaded through the field to challenge for the lead by the
close of lap one. Stone, White and 32 Chuck Monica rode three wide past the flag
stand, all vying for first place. Moments later, a caution came out on the track, as a
car came to a stop on the back straightaway and needed a push to the pits. On the
restart, 32 Monica took sole possession of the lead, putting half the track between
himself and the rest of the field. 50 Zach Stone settled into second, while 14K Bender
was in third. And that’s how it would remain at the checkered flag. 32 Monica with
the victory, 50 Stone in second and 14K Bender in third.

NOVICE SPORTSMAN: Starting on the pole it was 18 Gavin Eisele, with 76G Skylar
Greenfield in second position, on the outside. As the green flag waved, Greenfield
launched into the lead. In lap two, 57H Remington Hamm drove into the back of 18

Eisele as they headed towards turn one, sending Eisele up over the turn one berm,
backwards. Eisele managed to avoid calamity, like a pro, rather than a novice, and
was able to drive the number 18 to the pits after getting a little help out of the grass
from the track crew. On the restart, 15 Jamie Brown challenged Greenfield for the
lead, but Greenfield slammed the door on the attempt. By lap four, Brown completed
the pass of Greenfield, while 57H Hamm had moved into third, after getting sent to
the back of the field for the earlier contact with Eisele. At the checkered flag, it was
15 Jamie Brown with the victory, 76G Skylar Greenfield took second, with 57H
Remington Hamm in third.
The second heat for Novice Sportsman had 6 Matt Brown and 007 Chad Tessier
started in the top two positions. At the drop of the green, Brown moved into sole
possession of the lead, while 99R Dalton Rombough moved up into second. The
racing was clean and clear, as it was a green-to- checkered race. At the finish line, it
was 6 Matt Brown, 99R Dalton Rombough in second with 007 Chad Tessier in third.
PRO STREET STOCK: The first feature of the night had 3 Rick Dusckas and 7x Justin
White starting in the top two positions. Row two had 4 Mike Durham and 1x Mike
White in positions three and four, respectively. Points leader, 14R Sid Harmer Jr.
started in eighth position. Dusckas shot out ahead at the drop of the green, with
Durham right on his tail in second. 680 Sid Harmer Sr. moved up from seventh
position to third by the close of lap two. 1x Mike White and 3k Shawn Kirby battled
for fourth position all through the first two laps. Kirby and Harmer Sr. battled side
by side throughout lap three, with literal sparks flying off the cars as they rubbed
through turn one of lap four. Durham moved into the lead on lap six, as Dusckas got
loose through turns three and four. Kirby moved into second, just as 55 Kenny Clark
spun out in turn three on lap eight, bringing out the first caution on the night. The
restart had 4 Mike Durham in first, 3k Shawn Kirby in second and 3 Rick Dusckas in
third. 14R Sid Harmer Jr. was biding his time in fifth position, just behind 1x Mike
White. On the restart, Kirby faded a bit as White moved up into second briefly. Kirby
was able to retain second position, while Durham owned the lead. Durham slowed a
bit through laps ten and eleven, giving up ground to Kirby, who was running the low
line around the track, while Durham found his fastest lane on the high side. It took
until lap fifteen for Kirby to gain the advantage over Durham and take over the lead.
Durham next had his hands full with 1x Mike White sparring for second position. At
the finish line, it was 3k Shawn Kirby with the victory. 4 Mike Durham took second,
just barely edging out 1x Mike White, while 3 Rick Dusckas took fourth place and
14R Sid Harmer Jr. finished fifth. The victory on a double-points night gave Shawn
Kirby the track championship by just two points over Sid Harmer Jr.

SPORTSMAN: The Sportsman Mod feature had M1 Rick McCready and 45R Preston
Forbes starting in the top two positions. Row two had 25 George Sanford and 29J
Joel Hall in third and fourth positions. Points leader, Taylor Caprara, started in tenth
position, in the borrowed 34R Kevin Root car. McCready and Forbes were side by
side through lap one, with Forbes taking ownership of the lead by lap two. As Forbes

created distance from the pack, through lap five, 91 Josh Reome was on the move,
taking over fourth position behind Andrew Wren in the 415 car. Forbes’ large lead
was reduced to nothing after a caution came out on the track in lap nine when an
infield tire was clipped in turn one, and rolled onto the racing surface. On the
restart, there was a pile up towards the tail of the field, with five cars ending up
askew of the track. On the restart, Forbes retained the lead, and 34 Caprara leaped
into sixth position, with 38 Zach Sabotka right on his tail. In lap twelve another
caution came out when the 621T of Trevor Gibbons spun out in turn two. The
caution restart came with yet another pile up which brought out the red flag, as cars
completely blocked turn four. Everyone was okay, but several drivers had their
night of racing come to an end in the wreck. On the restart, Forbes took the lead
once again, while Reome moved into third. A lap later, there was a hard wreck which
claimed 621 Brian Hudson, 57 Anthony Stockman and 1 Jack Meeks. It was a tough
break for Meeks, who was running second in points on the season, and was within
striking distance of Taylor Caprara with a good finish on the night. On the restart,
Forbes took the lead once again, while David Rogers moved up into third, passing up
Reome. Another caution came out when 38 Zach Sabotka went around in turn four.
It dropped Sabotka from fifth all the way back to the tail of the pack. Sabotka was
running third in points at the start of the race, and remained the closest points
competitor remaining on the track behind Taylor Caprara. Forbes retained the lead
on the restart, with 25 Sanford in second and 91 Reome in third. 44 David Rogers
was in fourth, while 34 Taylor Caprara owned fifth position. In lap twenty, Reome
moved into second, but had a long way to catch the leader, Forbes. At the checkered
flag, it was 45R Preston Forbes with the victory. 91 Josh Reome retained second,
while 25 George Sanford took third, 34 Taylor Caprara captured fourth and 44
David Rogers finished fifth. The fourth place finish was enough to give Taylor
Caprara the track championship for the season.
358 MODIFIED: The big boys took over the track next, with 28 Tyler Meeks and 51
Brady Gill starting in the top two positions. 39 Tyler Bartlett and 19 Luke Stewart
started in positions three and four. 9 Billy Dunn, the track points leader, started in
ninth position. At the drop of the green, Meeks took the lead, while 93 Bartlett
moved up to second place by lap two. 9 Dunn was in fourth position by lap four,
when a caution brought the field together for a restart. Bartlett captured the lead on
the restart, with Meeks in second and Dunn in third. One lap later, Dunn was in
second right behind Bartlett. In lap eight, Dunn dove low on the track and muscled
his way past Bartlett for the lead. By lap eleven, the field was stretched around the
track, with plenty of cushion between each car. By lap fifteen, 27W Nick Webb was
pressuring 28 Tyler Meeks for third position, when a caution came out. An infield
tired was clipped and knocked onto the racing surface in turn two, eliciting the
caution. This eliminated Dunn’s sizeable lead, putting Ryan Bartlett right behind him
for the restart. 28 Tyler Meeks took advantage of the single file restart to leap frog
past Bartlett for second position, while Dunn charged ahead looking to close in on
the victory and solidify his track championship. Bartlett retook second place in lap
nineteen, while 9J Jordan