Paulie Colagiovanni Opens ESS Speedweek with Victory

By BOBBY SWEENEY

LAFARGEVILLE, NY – Paulie Colagiovanni must have had something important going on after the 25-lap Empire Super Sprints race, as he set a rapid pace early in the event. Matt Tanner and Shawn Donath settled into second and third, but a ways behind Colagiovanni. For the first half of the event, Colagiovanni spent much of his time on the cushion, but a changing track meant him and others were going to be searching for a lane later on.

With ten laps left, Colagiovanni was now hugging the infield tires, the opposite lane he started the race on. Donath got under Tanner for second, and chipped into the lead as Colagiovanni struggled with some traffic. With a handful of laps to go, Donath got rid of all the cars between himself and Colagiovanni, but didn’t have enough time to get to the leader. After 25 caution free laps, it was Paulie Colagiovanni winning the ESS Speedweek opener over Shawn Donath, Matt Tanner, Josh Pieniezek, Parker Evans.

Lucas Oil ESS/Mach 1 Chassis A-Main CNY Speedweek Event #1– Lucas Oil ESS/Mach 1 Chassis A-Main CNY Speedweek Event #1– Paulie Colagiovanni ($3,160), Shawn Donath ($1,535), Matt Tanner ($1,035), Josh Pieniazek ($700), Parker Evans ($530), Jason Barney ($570), Davie Franek ($580), Kyle Moffit ($420), Steve Poirier ($410), Jonathan Preston ($425), Billy VanInwegen ($610), Kelly Hebing ($320), Mike Kiser ($300), Justin Barger ($300), Alex Vigneault ($375), Denny Peebles ($325), Scott Holcomb ($300), Chuck Hering ($325), Dave Axton ($350), Jeff Cook ($300), Brett Wright ($300), Chad Miller ($300), Pete Richardson ($325), Josh Flint ($325)

Did Not Qualify: Emily VanInwegen, Roger Levesque, Tyler Cartier, Tyler Rand, Jake Karklin, Ryan Harrison




ESS Bonuses:
Stirling Lubricants Barrel of Methanol – B. VanInwegen $175
Stirling Lubricants Drivers Meeting Draw – Franek $100
E3 Spark Plugs Fast Time – Peebles, Colagiovanni, Tanner $25
Car Mate Trailers Heats – Donath, Colagiovanni, Preston $25
Around Town Plumbing and Heating Halfway – Colagiovanni $50
Pinnacle Pole Award – Colagiovanni $50
Fondations 55 Hard Charger – B. VanInwegen (13 pos), $50
Lacaillade Masonry B-Main – Axton $50
Ground Control Last Car Lead Lap – Cook $25
Ground Control 11th Place Finish – B. VanInwegen – $25
Cook’s Plumbing, Heating and Hardware/Cobra Coaches Dash – Barney $100, Vigneault $75, Franek $50, C. Hebing $25, Richardson $25, Flint $25
Ashley Lynn Winery Podium – Colagiovanni, Donath, Tanner $10
Hoosier Tire – Peebles $200