By RICH VLECK
BATAVIA, NY – Amazingly, there are only three regular season remaining in the 2017 calendar, which means that teams in the trail position in the point standings will need big nights this Saturday to stay in the hunt.
This Saturday, August 19, the fine folks at Dale Valley Diecast will sponsor a “Super 6 at 6:00” program, featuring the return of the Ken’s Charcoal Pits 360 Late Models. All six divisions have three races remaining, and with no point’s race having more than a single night’s separation, the action is intense throughout.
Four of the six divisions have the top two separated by 15 points or less, including the MHL Performance Crate Late Models, where it is a three-way battle, with JJ Mazur up 15 points on Zack Carley, and Saturday Night’s winner Jimmy Johnson only 16 back. Bill Holmes is also within striking distance as all three drivers pursue their first championship.
The Ken’s Charcoal Pits 360 Late Models also features 15 point separation between the top two, with Dave DuBois stretching out his advantage over Tommy Kemp over the last month of the stretch off two straight wins. John Zimmerman is also still in the mix as the unique division returns from a one-week hiatus.
Byron Dewitt continues to run well in the Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stocks, and finally was able to build his point lead up to 15 over Mike Jackson. Jesse Qutermous got his second win of the year on Saturday and while the title might be out of his grasp, he has closed in on defending champion Butch Zimmerman for third.
The closest points race is in the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks as teenager Dante Mancuso is now just 10 points up on James Gayton after Gayton scored his fourth win of the season on Saturday in dramatic fashion over Brad Shepard, who has moved up to third in the standings.
Kyle Inman was able to gain some separation in his pursuit of his second consecutive Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman championship, scoring his fifth win of the year by over five seconds, and moving his point lead over rival Andrew Smith to 28 points.
Jessica Traxler may not officially have the largest point lead, but her 26-point advantage in the DML Driveway Sealing Bandits is effectively the largest as the smaller fields leave more margin for error heading down the stretch. Bailey Logsdon remains in the hunt though as she won both her heat and her third feature of the year on Saturday.
Pit gates will swing open at 4:30 P.M. while the front gates will open up at 5:00 P.M. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.