Blaine Klinger Wins STSS Sportsman At Brookfield

Written by Chris Moore

VERNON, NY – A Brookfield revival.

Another chapter was written in the historic revival of Brookfield Speedway on Sunday night.

In front of a capacity crowd, Walton, N.Y.’s Blaine Klinger claimed his first career Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco victory at the Madison County Fairgrounds.

Klinger’s efforts awarded him with a $1,600 payday and a vault into the fourth spot in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region standings for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman standings.

On a challenging bullring, Klinger dubbed the quarter-mile-oval his “style of racetrack,” and cashed it in for his first taste of STSS glory in a thrilling finish.

Klinger and Upper Makefield, Pa.’s Joe Toth were door-to-door coming to the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse “One-To-Go” white flag for the ‘Fast Cars and Freedom’ victory.

“I had a problem that caused a real bad vibration, or I could’ve probably pulled away,” summarized Klinger of the finish in Bicknell Racing Products Victory Lane. “Hats off to (Joe) Toth though for racing me clean today and all weekend.”

Klinger started from the pole position following the Beyea Custom Headers Redraw with Middle Grove, N.Y.’s Jason Reome alongside.

Toth, who started third, would quickly work his way into the runner-up spot before setting his sights on running down Klinger.

Ballston Spa, N.Y.’s Derrick McGrew Jr. – who started ninth – was quickly on the move and raced his way into a podium spot in the first 10 laps of the 25-lap affair.

The top-three remained unchanged despite McGrew Jr. facing multiple challenges from Spencertown, N.Y.’s Dylan Madsen.

Klinger set the pace, leading when the field reached the halfway point, claiming the $100 Accurate Collision of Pompano Beach, Fla. halfway leader bonus.

Wallkill, N.Y.’s Travis Green began to make presence known in the second half of the event, coming from the 17th starting position into the top five.

The late stages of the race saw Klinger begin to fade as the vibration appeared to be affecting his entry into the corners.

With Klinger slowing, Toth was reeling in the pace setter in the waning laps. Toth built a run off the second corner and pulled up alongside Klinger as the field reached the final lap.

Toth, however, bobbled on entry into the first turn on the final lap, allowing Klinger to scoot away for the win. Toth would settle for the runner-up spot.

“All-in-all it was a successful New York trip for us,” smiled Toth of his weekend. “If I could’ve rolled turn one like I was the prior few laps, I think I could’ve got him on the last lap, but we’ll take second.”

The runner-up finish moves Toth into second place in the Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region standings, just five points the leader.

The North Region point leader, McGrew Jr., rounded out the podium.

“We had a car to win, getting from ninth to third in four laps,” explained McGrew Jr. “I hit the tire coming out of four and broke the steering box though.

“With all those restarts it made it more difficult, but we’ll take the third-place finish.”

Travis Green came home fourth, claiming the Picture Pools and Spas $200 Hard Charger Award after starting in 17th. Dylan Madsen rounded out the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Middletown, N.Y.’s Jared LaBagh, who also advanced 13 positions after starting in 19th; Lysander, N.Y.’s David Hackett Jr.; Saugerties, N.Y.’s Roger Hummer; Amsterdam, N.Y.’s Harry Shaffer, who was dawning a throwback paint scheme from his win back in 1995; and Milford, N.Y.’s Josh Allen rounded out the top-10.

Twenty-nine STSS Crate 602 Sportsman signed in to compete at the historic facility.

Heat winners were Hackett Jr., Tim Falter, Klinger, and Michael Ballestero while the consolation race was won by Tanner Warner.

West Winfield, N.Y.’s Kenny Gates claimed victory in the Pro Stock 20-lap feature event. Gates started on the outside of the front and never looked back, leading all 20 laps to take the checkered.

West Edmeston, N.Y.’s Bret Belden and West Winfield, N.Y.’s Gus Gould rounded out the podium.

Fort Plain, N.Y.’s Tyler Bobar emerged victorious from the Next Generation GraphiX Limited Sportsman feature, claiming the $300 top prize.

Bobar battled Gloversville, N.Y.’s E.J. Gallup early before problems for Gallup allowed Bobar to set sail with the win.

Taber, N.Y.’s Bobby Newman and Cleveland, N.Y.’s Todd Falter were the podium finishers.

Utica, N.Y.’s Keith Tesiero Jr. won an exciting Four Cylinder feature over fellow Utica native Matt Bukovan at the conclusion of the 15-lap affair. Amsterdam, N.Y.’s Wayne Russell Jr. was the Single Cam winner.

Brayden Morrison (All-Star) and Sullivan Dickey (Juniors) both dominated their respective Slingshot 15-lap features to take the Memorial Day victories.

Next up for the STSS is a trip to Dundee, N.Y.’s Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday, June 6 for the ‘Outlaw Showdown’ in Round No. 3 of the River Valley Builders North Region for the STSS big-block/small-block Modifieds. The 50-lap affair pays $5,000-to-win, $1,000 for tenth and $500 to take the green.

Brookfield Speedway returns to life on Thursday, June 15 with the Crate 602 Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Four Cylinders, and All-Star and Junior Slingshots.

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‘Fast Cars & Freedom’ Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Precision Hydraulic & Oil North Region Round No. 2 Feature Finish (25 laps): BLAINE KLINGER, Joe Toth, Derrick McGrew, Jr., Travis Green, Dylan Madsen, Jared LaBagh, David Hackett, Jr., Roger Hummer, Harry Shaffer, Josh Allen, Greg Crooker, Gordon Smith, Alissa Cody, Jason Reome, Dwayne Knapp, Matt Richardson, Tim Falter, Tom Princiotta, Clayton DuMond, Michael Ballestero, Jeremy Slosek, Tyler Peet, Tyler Ward, Tanner Warner

Did Not Qualify: Kadon Hohensheldt, Bobby Heintz, Matt Strauss, John DuMond, Ben Feldman

Accurate Collision of Pompano Halfway Leader ($100): Blaine Klinger
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire Certificate): Harry Shaffer (9th)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bonus ($25): Josh Allen (Redrew 12th)
Fastline Performance Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Joe Toth (second) & Gordon Smith (12th)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Greg Crooker (11th)
Picture Perfect Pools & Spas Hard Charger ($200): Travis Green (17th to 4th)

Pro Stock/Street Stock Feature Finish (20 laps): KENNY GATES, Bret Belden, Gus Gould, Mike Keith, Tom Denton, Tim Wood, Matt Rose, Greg Brockway, Randy Cosselman, Wes Jennings, Issac Hirsch

Scenic View Campground Hard Charger ($200): Mike Keith (7th to 4th)

Next Generation GraphiX Limited Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): TYLER BOBAR, Bobby Newman, Todd Falter, EJ Gallup

Four Cylinder Feature Finish (15 laps): KEITH TESIERO, JR., Matt Bukovan, Kayla Gould, Jayden Weeks, WAYNE RUSSELL (Single Cam Winner), TJ Marlitt, Hank Wedgren, Donald Kimball, John Mason, Rudy King, Jr., Hank Wedgren, Jr., Jeff Weeks

Did Not Start: Kyle Coley

All-Star Slingshot Feature Finish (15 laps): BRAYDEN MORRISON, Corky Warner, Paul Holic, Jim Pollard, Kevin Loveless, Tadd Granger

Did Not Start: Dan Slosek, Nicholas Jenkins

Jerry Snyder & Crew Pole Building & Contracting Bonuses ($100): Brayden Morrison (1st), Corky Warner (2nd), Paul Holic (3rd), Jim Pollard (4th), & Kevin Loveless (5th)
New Day Motors Heat Winner ($25): Brayden Morrison
New Day Motors Last Place Bonus ($25): Tadd Granger

Junior Slingshot Feature Finish (15 laps): SULLIVAN DICKEY, Ayden Goodier, Blake Banek, Chase Spoor

Jerry Snyder & Crew Pole Building & Contracting Bonuses ($100): Sullivan Dickey (1st), Ayden Goodier (2nd), Blake Banek (3rd), & Chase Spoor (4th)
New Day Motors Heat Winner ($25): Chase Spoor
New Day Motors Last Place Bonus ($25): Chase Spoor