Podium Notes and Quotes from Friday Night at Georgetown – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

Mike Mahaney had every right to be disappointed and upset after going from leading the race early on to being able to grab the lead back from Rick Laubach in turn one on the last lap only to again lose the lead to eventual winner Stewart Friesen as they charged off of turn two and having to settle for a runner-up finish. The personable driver out of King’s Ferry, N.Y., was upbeat afterwards and very happy with how his team performed at a track he does not have very many laps on.

“It was an interesting race for sure,” stated Mahaney while awaiting STSS officials to tech his No. 35 Modified. “The track conditions were wild tonight. It started out the top was pretty good for me and then when Rick (Laubach) got by me on lap 13 or so I think he was pretty dominant around the bottom.  Then I moved down and wasn’t really gaining on him but then he caught some lapped traffic there at the very end. With about three to go, I started thing that I actually a shot at this again.

“Then Rick got stuck behind the lapped car and I was able to slip under him. I found just enough room to get between him and wall in turns one and two.  Going down the backstretch we were still behind the same lapped car and Stewie (Friesen) went by on the top to take the win away. That was impressive, but nothing unusual for Stewie because that is what he does and he’s that good.”

Mahaney gave it another shot down low going through turns three and four on the last lap, but a lapped car was in his way forcing him to settle for the runner-up spot.




“It was a good way to get our Northeast season started up here,” mentioned Mahaney. “The Adirondack car was good tonight and I am proud of our effort today.  It was our best ever run here at Georgetown so it’s something to build on and we have another race tomorrow so I am looking forward to that.”

Laubach Disappointed with Third-Place Finish

It was not finish that Laubach was hoping as he led the race on the final lap.  Afterwards, Laubach was obviously still frustrated by the outcome.

“It was a good race for us, but it’s a shame,” said a sullen Laubach after the race. “We deserved to win this race, but stuff happens. I don’t think I have ever won a race like that, but I know that I have definitely lost one that way now.”

As disappointed as Laubach was, the Quakertown, Pa., driver was pleased how there first race of the season turned out.

“For this being our first race of the season, I am happy for how we did tonight,” stated Laubach. “This is the only car I have ready right now and it’s the same car we finished second here at the last race of last season. We just needed one more caution late in the race and it was my race.”

Georgetown Gems

A total of 43 small-block cars were on hand for Friday nights show with Matt Sheppard, Tyler Dippel, Andy Bachetti and Danny Creeden winning the four heats. The two small block consi’s were won by Craig Von Dohren and Duane Howard…

Sheppard looked to have the fastest car all night long and was quickly heading to the front in the feature event only to pull off on lap three with ignition problems…

Billy Pauch Jr., was in the seat of his own No. 15 tonight and was locked into a qualifying spot in his heat race when the motor expired ending his night…

Just like Pauch Jr, Michael Maresca was very strong in his heat race only to have motor issues end his night…

Danny Tyler was looking good in his heat race before a spool it the rear-end of the No. 97T broke forcing the team to work on the car the balance of the night to have it ready for today’s racing…

Friesen and Joseph Watson locked into today’s redraw by virtue of turning the fastest laps in Friday night’s modified practice sessions…

Duane Howards debut in the Butch Getz No. 15G ended early in the small-block feature when he pulled off on lap one with a problem. The team’s Modified was very fast in the timed practice sessions for today’s race…

It was a nice fourth-place finish for Max McLaughlin in his debut with the Norm Hansell No. 357 team…

The “Flying Squirrel” Rocky Warner made an infrequent visit to Georgetown aboard the Jake Spraker No. 1J and ended up with a nice sixth place finish in the 30-lap feature…

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