Watson and Hathaway get second feature wins of year, Eric Reinwald and Zach Downes get first-ever feature wins.
By Jay Pees
Conneaut, OH, June 21, 2013: The FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series rolled into Raceway 7 for the first of three events this season. Time trials were used to set the starting line-ups for the heat races with Kyle Zimmerman setting fast time of 18.760 seconds at 83.955 MPH. Max Blair, the defending FASTRAK National Champion and defending Raceway 7 champion, was second quick, turning a lap at 18.836 seconds. Bobby Rohrer, Chad Wright, and Joel Prosser filled out the top five. Rohrer broke a drive shaft during his time trial and was not able to start his heat or feature. As it has been all year, the track was very fast, with Chad Wright lowering the FASTRAK track record to 18.350 in the first heat.
In his first race since returning from his Honeymoon, Dave Airgood drove from the outside front row to Victory Lane in the Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models Northeast Touring Series event, his first-ever touring event win. Reigning champion Joel Watson got his second win of the 2013 season in the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mod feature and Brian Hathaway got his second McDonald Meats Economods. Eric Reinwald led the complete distance to win his first-ever Western Reserve Animal Clinic Street Stock feature while Zach Downes took the lead on the final lap of the Specialty Products Mini Stock feature.
Reigning FASTRAK and Raceway 7 champion Max Blair brought the FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series feature to the green with newly-wed Dave Airgood on the outside of row one. After a quick caution in lap one Airgood took the lead but caution flew for the cars of Breyton Santee and Bob Pifer, who spun in turn four as the leaders completed the lap. In turn one after the restart Santee, Wayne Robertson, and Bruce Hordusky piled up with Hordusky winding up on top of the Robertson car. After green Airgood again led with Blair second. At lap eight Blair was challenging at every turn but Airgood held on to a slim lead. Caution appeared at lap nine when Khole Wanzer slapped the wall in turn two. Airgood again led after green for one lap when Breyton Santee and Bob Pifer got together in turn four with Pifer hard into the front straight wall. With twelve laps in Chad Wright managed to get by Blair and set out to catch Airgood. Scott Gurdak wound up sideways in turn two one lap past halfway allowing Wright to start on the front row next to the leader. Wright made several attempts to get by for the lead, getting alongside at lap 21, but foiled by lapped traffic. Wanzer again spun in turn one a lap later just after Airgood got by but in front of Wright. For the single file restart it was Airgood leading the way with Wright and Blair tucked in right behind. Airgood was up to the task and drove into Victory Lane for his first ever touring win. Wright, the current track points leader, wound up second with Blair third, Kyle Zimmerman fourth, and Billy Henry fifth.
Dan McDonald and Mike Potosky led the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods to the green with Potosky leading the way until lap seventeen in the all green flag feature. Shortly past halfway reigning champion Joel Wtson came to second and was alongside at lap sixteen taking the lead coming out of turn four to lead lap seventeen. Watson then led to the checkers for his second win of the season over Potosky, Dan McDonald, Bill Taylor, and Russ Dunn.
Russ Kapalin took off to the early lead in the McDonald Meats Economod feature with Chuck Steinle Sr right behind him. Kaplan, the point leader, maintained his lead over Steinle through the caution at lap four when Jason Stanke and Jodi Woodworth Sr got together coming out of turn four. On the restart Bobby Wright and Lee Patrick came together at the green flag with Wright being done for the night but Patrick able to continue. A minor spin again slowed the race a couple laps later when the cars of Casey Bowers, and Lee Patrick got together in the back straight, sliding into the infield and scattering track personnel. Kapalin continued to lead with a side by side battle behind him for second between Tony Hyde and Chuck Steinle Sr with Steinle in sole possession of the spot by lap nine. After another caution at lap nine Brian Hathaway, a winner earlier in the year, came to second and was right on the leader’s tail with four to go. By the end of lap twelve Hathaway had the lead, going on to his second victory of the season. Kapalin held on for second with Steinle third, Hyde fourth and Jason Stanke fifth.
The Western Reserve Animal Clinic Street Stocks were the first feature on the track with the brothers Reinwald, Eric inside and Kyle outside, leading the way. Eric led the first lap from the pole with former champion Ed Bolyard coming into the runner-up spot by lap three. At halfway Reinwald was leading but Bolyard was gaining with Chris Withers also closing in on the two leaders. Caution flew with eleven complete when Jonny Boyd spun in turn two, totally erasing Reinwald’s lead. With three two go Withers pulled alonside Bolyard but was not able to complete the pass. On the final lap Withers finally got by Bolyard but Reinwald was able to speed to his first-ever feature win. Withers, Bolyard, Darrin Hyde, and Kyle Reinwald filled out the top five.
Dale Fraschetti took the immediate lead over pole sitter Conner Fortune in the Specialty Products Mini Stocks feature but the first lap was not complete before Chris Forbes spun, necessitating a complete restart. On the restart, Fraschetti again led the way with defending champion Bud Setgeff coming to second from his third place start. On lap two Sergeff took over at the front, looking for his second win of the season. Hoyt Mihalec got high in turn four and backed into the wall but managed to drive away with no apparent damage. When green again was on the track Jason Easler came to second with Zach Downes challenging Fraschetti for third. At halfway Brad Cole came by both Downes and Fraschetti for third, leaving them to fight for fourth. Debris in the form off a loose bumper in turn two was the cause for caution at lap seven, allowing Easler and Cole, both winners earlier this season, to line up directly behind Sergeff, the opening night winner. Zach Downes came to second with two laps remaining but Sergeff looked like he was going to Victory Lane for the second time this season until disaster struck in the form of a flat tire right at the white flag. Downes took over on the final lap with Fraschetti coming to second, Cole to third, and Tom Gillette to fourth. Sergeff managed to finish the event in fifth.
Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late Models:
Feature: Dave Airgood, Chad Wright, Max Blair, Kyle Zimmerman, Billy Henry, Matt Latta, Joel Prosser, Jamie Brown, Scott Gurdak, Breyton Santee, Khole Wanzer, Wayne Tobertson, Joe Harvey, Dennis Lunger, Bob Pifer, Bruce Hordusky, Bobby Rohrer (DNS)
Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods:
Feature: Joel Watson, Mike Potosky, Dan McDonald, Bill Taylor, Russ Dunn, Gary Eicher, Brian Fardink, Percy McDonald, Rick Pratschler, Brian Douglas, Jim Turley, John Schenker, Josh McDonald, Gary Murphy, Branden Porter, Chuck Steinle Jr
McDonald Meats Econo Mods:
Feature: Brian Hathaway. Russ Kapalin, Chuck Steinle Sr, Tony Hyde, Jason Stanke, Kevin Sergeff, Jodi Woodworth Jr, Jodi Woodworth Sr, Kyle Fellows, Casey Bowers, Lee Patrick, Ty Rhoades, Bobby Wright, Dennis Dellinger
Western Reserve Animal Clinic Street Stocks:
Feature: Eric Reinwald, Chris Withers, Ed Bolyard, Darrin Hyde, Kyle Reinwald, Shawn Fawcett, Art Gilchrist, David Snyder, Jonny Boyd, Jeff Wick
Specialty Products Mini-Stocks:
Feature: Zach Downes, Dale Fraschetti, Brad Cole, Tim Gillette, Bud Sergeff, Mitch Stokes, Joe Plesniak, Cale Sousa, Hoyt Mihalec, Ryan Brenner, Garrett Zimmer, Logan Keney, Scott Gill, James Miller, Chris Forbes, Jason Easler, Pat Drennan, John Boyd, Connor Fortune, Alex Forbes