WOODHULL, NY – A beautiful day in the Twin Tiers led to a massive crowd at Woodhull Raceway on Saturday night. Local racer Cory Costa proved that last year’s Bullring Challenge victory was no fluke- as he held off all challengers to win on KB Graphics and Kickin’ Country 105.3FM Night.
Costa started fourth in the lineup and was battling early race leader Art Goodier by lap three. An early race restart and a well handling car in the lower groove gave Costa the advantage in his HigFab Chassis, Costa’s Auto Body and Towing No. 02.
The Corning, NY pilot fended off challenges from Dayton Brewer, Billy Van Pelt and Goodier on a one-lap restart to win his first on the High Banks in 2018. Costa mastered “New York’s Toughest Bullring” Saturday night, but said he never really felt any pressure from the competitors behind him.
“I didn’t even know (Van Pelt) was there,” said Costa in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane. “We’ve always been pretty good over here and I’m really glad to be back here this year. I thank Ted for changing things up and getting a different mix of drivers in here.”
The NAPA Crate Sportsman feature race was fairly rough and tumble for the 25 scheduled laps for their feature event. Jake Dgien parked the No. 3 in victory lane to make it a HigFab Chassis sweep on this night at Woodhull.
Dgien battled early race leader AJ Costley for the lead, until Costley spun in front of the field. The spin ended what Costley thought was going to be the run to end his 2018 bad luck streak.
Brett Buono was involved in an early race caution and had to go to the back. But Buono had the Minions on the side of his car working double time, as Buono clawed his way to the front in the 64b. Buono was eating up Dgien on corner entry, but Dgien was better on corner exit- which was the difference in deciding the victor in this race.
“The car came alive in the feature tonight,” said Dgien. “I’ve been out of town working all week, I want to thank Jack for doing all the work on this car. I just helped him wash it Sunday morning.”
Jason Knowles took the SWL Awards Crate Late Model division to the woodshed on Saturday night. Knowles made it a Woodhull/Outlaw sweep as he completed the feat in the $800-to-win special event held Saturday night. A regular on the traveling circuit, Saturday’s win only found Knowles having to travel ten minutes up the road.
Dylan Cecce was greeted with more boos than cheers on Saturday night in Victory Lane. Cecce dominated the Joe Willcox Performance Automatics Street Stock feature event, from his outside pole starting position.
In an event that saw Cecce out to a half a track advantage, the driver of the Showtime Motorsports Potter Chassis No. 7 ran away and hid for his second-straight victory of 2018. It also earned him a starting spot of no better than position number 12 next week, as the track’s handicap system will take effect. Something that might just turn the boo birds into cheers next weekend.
“I would be booing up there too, we’re stinking up the show,” laughed Cecce in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.
Teddy Morseman is making his boy proud in the family-owned No. 44 Hobby Stock. Morseman won his second-straight race in the Woodhull Auto Supply Hobby Stock 20-lap feature.
Morseman found himself in a spirited battle with Joe Birdsall to get the win. Birdsall gave Morseman everything he could handle, including a few honks of the chrome horn trying to find a way by. The driver of the No. 63 offered his congratulations in Victory Lane, with Morseman chalking it up to good hard racing.
Adam Austin had himself a weekend in the Daugherty Auto Sales & Service Mini Stocks. Austin won the 4-Cylinder feature in Dundee Friday night, before coming back to Woodhull for his second race of the season on the High Banks. Austin is making his return to racing after a seven-year layoff. One of those years in fact, a season where he was the head wrench on the car that won the Mini Stock title at Woodhull.
Who do you think he had to battle to get the win at Woodhull on Saturday? If you guessed two-time and defending Mini Stock champion Chris Woodard- you would be correct.
Austin and Woodard put on one of the best shows of the night, battling for every inch on the track trying to manage to get ahead of the other. Austin was driving very aggressively on the outside, while Woodard was shutting down early and trying to pedal hard on the bottom lane.
Not even a lap car on the final lap, who essentially forced Austin to make the decision to drop all four tires off the backstretch banking to make the pass, in order to keep pace with Woodard. Austin beat out Woodard in the dash to the checkered flag, completing the weekend sweep.
Speaking of good stories, Adam DelGrosso wrote a story of his own winning the Bear’s Auto Body Front Wheel Drives. DelGrosso took away Codie Baker’s preferred line on the high side to hold off his teammate to get the victory.
It was the first checkered flag for DelGrosso since getting injured and missing half the season in 2017 due to that back injury. Baker tried high, tried low and had to settle for second on this night, one that seemed to be a race to get to the front with whoever got there first being the car that could hold off all challengers.
Carter Crooker held a pretty wheel all race long in the 10-lap Daugherty Auto Sales & Service Warriors feature. Crooker made it a heat/feature sweep for the second week in a row. Brooke McClain was pretty fast in her No. 3B as well, notching her second straight runner up finish as well.
Next Saturday night at “New York’s Toughest Bullring,” Williams Construction & Spray Foam present the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 sprint cars. The night’s activities will include a full card of racing except for the Hobby Stocks and Warriors.
Race fans are encouraged to sign up for the fastest alerts from Woodhull Raceway’s Rained Out Alert system by sending the text message “WoodhullAlert” to 84483, message and data rates may apply.
Woodhull Raceway is located in Woodhull, NY, just 30 minutes West of Corning, NY and competes weekly on Saturday nights from mid-April through Labor Day Weekend. The track offers several special events including the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprints in May and July and the Short Track Super Series Modifieds in early-August.
KB Graphics/Kickin’ Country 105.3FM Night Official Results May 5th, 2018
SWL AWARDS CRATE LATE MODELS, 7 cars (20 laps): JASON KNOWLES (1), Steve LeBarron, Darin Horton, Kurt Stebbins, Jason McGregor, Brian Knowles, Joe Layfield
H1: Steve LeBarron, Jason McGregor, Jason Knowles
WOODHULL AUTO SUPPLY HOBBY STOCKS, 8 cars (20 laps): TED MORSEMAN (2), Joe Birdsall, Les Smith, Greg Young, Carter Dennis, Brent Williams, Aaron Miller, Cliff Miller
H1: Ted Morseman, Les Smith, Joe Birdsall
INSINGER PERFORMANCE MODIFIEDS, 20 cars (25 laps): CORY COSTA (1), Art Goodier, Dayton Brewer, Donnie Lawson, Alan Rudalavage, Dillon Groover, Ron Cartwright Jr., Joe Dgien, Josh Keesey, Mike Bills, Russell Morseman, Kevin Chilson, Brandon Martin, Larry Keegan, Patrick Hoopes Billy Van Pelt, Ryan Tracy, Brian Doolittle, Bryce Martin, Bobby Davis
H1: Brian Doolittle, Art Goodier, Cory Costa
H2: Donnie Lawson, Joe Dgien, Russell Morseman
H3: Billy Van Pelt, Ron Cartwright Jr., Bobby Davis
NAPA CRATE SPORTSMAN, 22 cars (25 laps): JAKE DGIEN (1), Brett Buono, Bobby Peoples, Steve Hartman III, Tim Guild, Dave Richmond, Adam Taft, AJay Potrzebowski, John Sekoll, Jerry Aldrich, AJ Costley, Blake Lawson, Cole Youse, Mickey Wilbur, Jordan Bacon, Brandon Butler, Tim Schram, Bob Butcher, Stacey Jackson, Connor Brown, Kenny Peoples Jr., Ray Smith
H1: Kenny Peoples Jr., Jake Dgien, Stacey Jackson
H2: AJ Costley, Bobby Peoples, Adam Taft
H3: Brandon Butler, Steve Hartman III, Bob Butcher
JOE WILLCOX PERFORMANCE AUTOMATICS STREET STOCKS, 17 cars (20 laps): DYLAN CECCE (2), Dan Gardner, Brett Marlatt, Glenn Whritenour, Tracy Dunn, Ted Morseman, Jared Hill, Jeredd Dennis, Branden Morseman, Kurt Stebbins, Mick Seeley, Jim Buck, Brett Crawford, Mike Williams, Clint Button, Zane King Jr. DNS: Jim Weatherley
H1: Kurt Stebbins, Dylan Cecce, Dan Gardner
H2: Ted Morseman, Brett Marlatt, Branden Morseman
H3: Glenn Whritenour, Brett Crawford, Jeredd Dennis
BEAR’S AUTO BODY FRONT WHEEL DRIVES, 16 cars (20 laps): ADAM DELGROSSO (1), Codie Baker, Nate Freeland, Nick Brown, Ryan Austin, Matt Prescott, Todd West, Cara Pitts, Kevin Williams, Scott Lehman Jr., Dillyn Dailey, Robert Haynes, Will Torrence, Steve Scott, Brendan Schweigart DNS: Bryce Ordiway
H1: Codie Baker, Adam DelGrosso, Nick Brown
H2: Ryan Austin, Nate Freeland, Matt Prescott
DAUGHERTY’S AUTO SALES & SERVICE MINI STOCKS, 17 cars (20 laps): ADAM AUSTIN (1), Chris Woodard, Rick Amidon, Ray Hyer, James LaGrange, Derrick Puryear, Scott Lehman, Karl Born, Kane Stebbins, Clay French, Danielle Thomas, Joshua Oles, Jason Ketrow, Jason Warner, Jeff Stone, Josh Webster, Travis Webster
H1: Ray Hyer, Jason Ketrow, Rick Amidon
H2: Chris Woodard, Adam Austin, Danielle Thomas
H3: Karl Born, Travis Webster, James LaGrange
DAUGHERTY’S AUTO SALES & SERVICE WARRIORS, 5 cars (10 laps): CARTER CROOKER (2), Brooke McClain, Ronnie Dailey, Brody Amidon, Will Torrence
H1: Carter Crooker, Brooke McClain, Brody Amidon