Yankowski Makes Right Choice to Win Money in Mountains – DTD Exclusve

By KEN BRUCE

After a second-place finish on opening night and a ninth-place finish in the second race of the season, some would have thought that Alex Yankowski would be satisfied with his 2021 start at Big Diamond. However, the team thought that there was just a little bit missing out of their Big Diamond car.

Last Friday night the No. 84Y team decided to race the car the normally run at Bridgeport Speedway and it proved to the right choice as the teenager from Covington Township, Pa.,  dominated the 40-lap Money on the Mountains race at the speedway to take home the $5,000 first place prize. Friday’s win was the third Modified win of his career for Yankowski at Big Diamond and easily his biggest win to date at the track.

“We were having some kind of accessory problem with the other car and motor,” said Yankowski as he explained the reason for the car switch. “Jeff Murray builds our motors, and he is the man, there is nobody better. We’ll have to put our heads together and figure it out.  I don’t think it’s anything big, and like I said, it may be an accessory problem of some sort. I don’t think it is anything internal, but I am not an engineer or an engine expert for dam sure. Now the problem is we have to turn this car around for Bridgeport tomorrow, so that will make for a late night tonight.  We’ll get it ready and be good to go for tomorrow.

On a track that was pretty much bottom dominant on Friday night, it was Yankowski who dared to venture to the outside early in the race and get by then leader Mike Gular to take over the top spot.




“When you are the leader sometimes you are a sitting duck and you don’t really know what is going on with the lines everyone is running,” cited Yankowski. “Fortunately, I was able to capitalize on it.  I might not have been the first guy to go to the top, but I thought I was one of the earlier ones to get to the top and we were able to rail around on the outside while there was a little bit of brown still out there and get by Gular for the lead.”

Big Diamond Gems:

The Friday night Modified count was 29 with heat wins going to Yankowski, Mike Gular and Craig Von Dohen all who ironically finished in the top three on Friday night. The consi was won by Duane Howard…

The Savage 61 Crate 602 division continues to grow with the car count up to 27 after an opening night car count of 22…

Ryan Krachun, who has been arguably the fasted car the opening two weeks, dropped out Friday night due to an oil pressure issue.  In talking to crew chief Cody Hager a couple of days later they think it was the oil sending unit and the motor seems good to go…

Outsiders Frank Cozze, Cory Cormier and Tyler Dippel were in attendance on Friday with all making the starting field. Cozze finished the best of the trio with a seventh-place finish…

Andy Fayash III two race win streak in the Red White and Blue Autos Roadrunner division came to end, but it was not without trying. Fayash pressured winner Alex Schoffstall late in the race but just couldn’t make the winning pass…

Speaking of Andrew Fayash III, the veteran Roadrunner driver was voted the winner of the Bill Brown and Company Driver of the Month award worth an added $50 bonus…

Young Cole Stangle made his Modified debut last Friday at Big Diamond, unfortunately the teen-age drive failed to qualify…

The ARDC Midgets made their 2021 season debut Friday night at Big Diamond. Car count was a little lower than I had expected but the cars that were there put on a quality show for the fans. Perhaps one of the reasons for the reduced car count was due the USAC wingless 360’s being in action as well on Friday night in western PA…

The Modified points remained the same since Friday night’s race was a show-up points event with Timmy Buckwalter leading Ryan Krachun by a mere five points. Billy Pauch Jr, Duane Howard and Alex Yankowski are the top five so far in 2021…

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