CENTER LISLE, NY – The 2021 Unlimited class Champion made a triumphant return to the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour here this past Saturday night by claiming the 20 lap feature.
Houghtaling, who now resides in Virginia, strapped into the familiar Bob Schmidt owned 333 Ford powered ride and picked up where he left off last season.
The exciting feature had no less than five different leaders and strong hard racing throughout the field.
Points leader Joe August would lead early on but then give way to Bill Leonard for several laps. Matt Barbour would then take command briefly before giving way to George Valenti.
Houghtaling would run side by side with Valenti for a half dozen laps and for most of them Valenti would prove stronger running the top of the Speedway. Eventually, Houghtaling would prove too strong this night and survive a late race caution to score his first win of the season.
Next up is Skyline Motorsports Park on August 20th.
Pit notes: In addition to Houghtaling, George Palmer, Phil Ross and Scott Peters all first time out in 2022…Peters contact with wall in the feature…Palmer collecting Frank Brown on the last lap….Valenti once again very fast…Leonard narrowing the points gap a bit after Saturday with August…Heats won by August and Houghtaling
1) 333 Mike Houghtaling 2) 42 George Valenti 3) 11x Bill Leonard 4) 37 Matt Barbour 5) 4w John West 6) 17g Joe August Jr. 7) 19 Phil Ross 8 ) 36 Brad Litzenberger 9) 17 Scott Peters 10) 30 Frank Brown 11) 0 George Palmer 12) 007 Butch Leonard 13) 5 Ace Prentice
Photo Credit: Jarrad Wakefield