By RICH VLECK
BATAVIA, NY – The MHL Performance Crate Late Models are still waiting to get their second season of competition at the Genesee Speedway truly underway, and when they do so this Saturday, big money will be on the line.
On Saturday Night, May 27, Close Racing Supply will present a special $1,000-to-win event for the Crate Late Model division. The headline division had their feature rained out on opening night and took last weekend off for a RUSH tour race at Stateline Speedway, so many drivers are itching to hit the 1/3-mile oval.
Jeremy Wonderling, who won this event last year over his brother, Brady, scored the RUSH win on Saturday at Stateline and could be a factor once again. While some invaders may factor in to the mix, the face of the division is ever-changing. Defending champion Beamer Guzzardi is no longer in the No. 94, with car owner Mark Sundt putting the helmet back on. Dave DuBois, the winningest driver in the class in 2016, sold his car as well to focus on other late model ventures. Heat wins on opening night went to Doug Ricotta and Andy Michael.
The Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks will have their biggest race of the year on Saturday Night with the $500-to-win Gene Dewitt Memorial, presented by BWS Bar and Grill. Butch Zimmerman won the event last year, which was marred by heavy pile-up in turn four. Zimmerman, the defending track champion, is still looking for his first win in 2017. Kenny Begnouche was the big winner last Saturday, stealing the win away from Jesse Qutermous coming back to the checkered flag. The race has significant meaning for Byron Dewitt, who has the early point lead.
The Cornerstone Lasik Center Sportsman continue to roll along following a dominating performance by Greg Mrzywka on Saturday Night. Mrzywka will not just look to go back-to-back this weekend, he will have his crate late model back in action to double his chances of winning. Opening night winner Ray Smith holds the early point lead in a tie with defending champion Kyle Inman.
Things will somewhat return back to normal for the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks after they ran double features this past Saturday. Chad Dickinson and James Gayton were the big winners, with Gayton taking the early point lead. A host of newcomers to the division were in the mix this past week and will look to continue to gain their footing Saturday.
Allison Dewitt claimed the thrilling win in the DML Driveway Sealing Bandits Saturday and now has a share of the point lead with Marcus Jackson, who she narrowly defeated back to the line. The bandit division has seen 6 different drivers already take a turn at the lead of the heat race or feature and should continue to provide tight racing all season.
As a reminder, the Bandits have been added to the racing card on June 3rd. Also noteworthy, this Saturday is one of the few nights off for the Ken’s Charcoal Pits BBQ 360 Late Models.
Racing action, as always, kicks off at 6:00 P.M. with pit gates swinging opening at 4:00 P.M. Genesee Speedway is located the Genesee County Fairgrounds and features racing every Saturday Night through Labor Day Weekend. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.