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Stefanski Sprints to Leaf Racewear Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series Victory at Fulton Speedway

By Jim Fremouw, DIRT Pro Stock Series Reporter

 

Fulton, NY — September 30, 2005 — The Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series made stop #18 at Fulton Speedway as part of the 20th Annual Dynomax 200 Weekend with Wheatfield, NY’s Pete Stefanski returning to victory lane by claiming the 30-Lap Pro-Stock showdown over the largest field of cars (40) to date in the 2005 full-fender SDS campaign. Stefanski’s win wouldn’t be an easy one as he first had to race by a strong running Louie Jackson and then thwart off the continuous challenges of teammate and car owner Allen Peters for his fifth Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series victory of the 2005 season.

 

“The last couple of weeks we’ve struggled.  We basically destroyed the car last week at Canandaigua.  To come out here tonight and win, I just can't thank the crew enough.  After Canandaigua I said I was done for the year but the crew said to hang in there.  To come here and win tonight is just awesome,” Stefanski explained in victory lane.

 

The newly-crowned 2005 Fulton Speedway points’ champion, T.J. Fitzgibbons from Freeville, NY and Stefanski made up the front row of the 31-car starting field. When the green flag was waved, Stefanski nosed ahead of Fitzgibbons as the two exited turn two.  The first of six cautions slowed the pace one lap into the event as Dave Williams spun between turns three and four, collecting several others including Jason Parkhurst and Stephane Lebrun, who reported pit-side with a flat tire.  All three were able to continue including Lebrun who reported back to the speedway without losing a lap.

 

Stefanski and Fitzgibbons continued to lead the pack throughout the early stages of the event with several competitors making their way into the top-five,  One of these drivers was Louie Jackson, behind the wheel of the newly acquired car he purchased from Jipp Ortiz who had won three straight series event in this car.  In fact, Jackson was so strong that he raced from his seventh starting position into second, after a side by side battle with Fitzgibbons for two laps, on lap six.  Two-time Fulton Speedway race winner, Bob Buono, was also flexing his racing muscle as he followed in Jackson’s tire tracks to take third from Fitzgibbons on lap seven.  Stefanski had moved out to a slight advantage over the field.  Then, on lap eight, a caution for a spin by defending Hoosier/Tire Sunoco Race Fuel Mr. DIRT Pro Stock Champion Joey Ladouceur would bring a end to any advantage held by Stefanski.

 

On the restart, Jackson powered ahead of Stefanski to be scored the new race leader on lap nine.  One lap later caution again slowed the action as four-time Fulton feature winner John Pietrowicz came to a stop on the racing surface.  Jackson continued to lead on the restart, but was feeling the constant pressure of Stefanski as he hung right with him.  Meanwhile, Allen Peters, who had started ninth on the grid, had moved by Buono to take over third with Mike Williams now creeping into the top five after moving by Fitzgibbons. 

 

Mark Effner brought out the next caution, on lap 13, after spinning between turns one and two. This allowed Stefanski to line up for a door handle-to-door handle restart as the race had not yet reached the halfway point.  When the green flew, so did Stefanski as he managed to once again take over the top spot.  Allen Peters, who lined up right behind Stefanski on the restart, followed suit as he raced under Jackson to take away the second position right on Stefanski’s rear bumper.  Jackson dropped back to third with Buono tenaciously holding on to fourth.  Fitzgibbons was able to once again pop into the top five after moving by Mike Williams.

 

After a quick caution period for a slowing Roch Aubin, Stefanski went back to work with Allen Peters in tow.  Stefanski pulled out a slight advantage, but as he began to encounter lap traffic, Allen Peters was able to close in on him.  While the two leaders battled for position through lapped traffic, Jackson and Buono were dueling side-by-side for third and fourth with Fitzgibbons lurking behind in fifth waiting for one of the two to make a mistake.  Other battles were raging through the top ten as Mike Williams managed to hold off two-time Fulton feature winner Lee Burnett, Jipp Ortiz and Clayton Benedict as they fought amongst themselves.  Mike Williams found himself in trouble on lap-23 when suddenly,  and uncharacteristically, he spun all by himself drawing out the final caution of the event and ending his hopes for a top ten finish. 

 

With seven laps remaining, Allen Peters stayed glued to Stefanski hoping to find a way to move around the 2005 Ransomville Speedway points champion.  Behind the lead duo, the battle for third, fourth and fifth raged on as Jackson, Buono and Fitzgibbons raced three wide through the high banked corners of the ultra-fast 3/8ths mile oval.  Fitzgibbons moved by both to take over third as the laps wound down, but Peters managed to retake the position with two laps remaining leaving Fitzgibbons and Buono to battle for fourth and fifth. 

 

Allen Peters continued to pressure Stefanski, but when the checkers flew, Stefanski behind the wheel of his Sunrise Bakery-JoshComp Corp-Bob Weaver Motorsports and Marine #2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro Chassis was able to hold on for his second Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series win at Fulton Speedway on Victoria 200 Weekend.  Allen Peters and Jackson wound up second and third with Buono able to get a run on Fitzgibbons to finish fourth and fifth at the checkers.

 

Racing for the Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series next moves to the NYS Fairgrounds for what the Pro Stock teams consider “The Super Bowl” of their season, Super DIRT Week XXXIV. The overall 2005 Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Pro Stock Champion will be crowned at the famed Syracuse Mile after the running of the 25-lap Pro Stock Championship.

 

Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series – Fulton Speedway, September 30, 2005 [*Official box score posted on www.dirtmotorsports.com by selecting DIRT Northeast then clicking 'Stacker 2' logo on homepage]

FEATURE

FIN      STR    CAR# DRIVER        

1*        2          2s        Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY ($1,000)    

2          9          73a     Allen Peters/Massena,NY   

3          7          18        Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY       

4          4          64        Bob Buono/Wayne,NY

5          1          14        T.J. Fitzgibbons/Freeville, NY         

6          12        94        Lee Burnett/Waterloo,NY

7          19        12        Clayton Benedict/Cornwall Island,ONT      

8          23        0          Jipp Ortiz/Ransomville,NY

9          5          99        Bill Clark Jr./Fulton,NY         

10        14        73        P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE         

11        26        21        James Henry/Middlesex,NY

12        6          2          Ray Maloney/Jordan,NY

13        21        81        Bret Belden/West Edmeston,NY    

14        25        67        John Panattoni/Niagara Falls,NY   

15        11        27        Dennis Kirkpatrick/Sanborn,NY

16        3          98t       Jack Terrell/Jamesville,NY

17        31        69        Jody Swamp/Akwesasne,NY

18        10        61        Scott Beeles/Hastings,NY

19        13        92.1    Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT

20        8          6m       Mike Williams/Tuscarora Nation,NY

21        20        6          Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE

22        16        40        Eric Greenlief/Gasport,NY

23        17        9j         Dave Williams/Tuscarora Nation,NY

24        27        17e     Mark Effner/Bridgewater,NY

25        30        21a     Mark Alnutt/Granby,NY

26        18        1          John Pietrowicz/Phoenix,NY

27        28        4          Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT

28        15        38        Jason Parkhurst/Fulton,NY

29        22        14j       Mitchell Jock/Akwesasne,NY

30        24        78h      Harold Humphrey/Norwich,NY

DNS    29        2d        Fred Dennis/Port Byron,NY

( * ) Fined $200 for Minor Exhaust Infraction Following Post Race Tech Inspection.

EVENT SUMMARY:                                  

LAP LEADERS:   Pete Stefanski (1-8), Louie Jackson (9-13), Pete Stefanski (14-30).                  

CAUTIONS:  6 (lap 1, lap 8, lap 10, lap 13, lap 15, lap 23).

HEAT RACES:  (8 laps, top 5 qualify, top 2 finishers redraw for starting position).

#1: Buono, Maloney, A. Peters, Ladouceur, D. Williams, Ortiz, Effner, Aubin, Dennis, Harrington.

#2: M. Williams, Terrell, Beeles, P.J. Peters, Pietrowicz, Spencer, Wilczek, J. Jackson, Breed.

#3: L. Jackson, Fitzgibbons, Kirkpatrick, Parkhurst, Benedict, Belden, Henry, Humphrey, Panattoni, Gauvreau.

#4: Clark Jr., Stefanski, Burnett, Greenlief, Lebrun, Jock, D. Guernsey, Alnutt, Johnson, C. Guernsey.

CONSOLATION RACES: (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature)

#1: Belden, Ortiz, Panattoni, Effner, Dennis, Gauvreau, D. Guernsey, Johnson, Harrington.

#2: Jock, Humphrey, Henry, Aubin, Alnutt, Wilczek, J. Jackson, Spencer, C. Guernsey.

STACKER 2® PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP SYRACUSE QUALIFIER: Bob Buono.                           

CARS ENTERED:   40.                             

NEXT EVENT:   New York State Fairgrounds - October 9, 2005.                                

 

2005 Overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Pro Stock

Point Standings (thru Fulton - 9/30)

 

No.

Driver

Hometrack

Regional Series Bonus Points

Home Track Bonus

Combined Series

Total

Diff

1

0

Jipp Ortiz

Canandaigua

980

1000

598

2578

0

 

2

12

Clayton Benedict

Cornwall

1000

1000

558

2558

-20

 

3

2s

Pete Stefanski

Ransomville

1000

1000

526

2526

-52

 

4

6m

Mike Williams

Ransomville

970

980

532

2482

-96

 

5

73

P.J. Peters

Frogtown

960

1000

491

2451

-127

 

6

73a

Allen Peters

Frogtown

960

980

492

2432

-146

 

7

92

Joey Ladouceur

Cornwall

980

980

443

2403

-175

 

8

18

Louis Jackson

Cornwall

970

970

435

2375

-203

 

9

21

James Henry

Canandaigua

950

970

450

2370

-208

 

10

69

Jody Swamp

Frogtown

946

950

337

2233

-345

 

11

4r

Rock Aubin

Cornwall

942

930

339

2211

-367

 

12

14

Mitchell Jock

Frogtown

926

970

270

2166

-412

 

13

67

John Panattoni

Ransomville

942

960

249

2151

-427

 

14

99s

Steve Miller

Ransomville

946

950

208

2104

-474

 

15

98

Jack Terrell

Fulton

934

970

197

2101

-477

 

16

77g

Robbie Grant

Frogtown

934

924

225

2083

-495

 

17

113

Frank Guererri Jr.

Canandaigua

924

938

182

2044

-534

 

18

91

Chad Homan

Canandaigua

902

980

161

2043

-535

 

19

32

Rick Spencer

Edelweiss

938

918

174

2030

-548

 

20

12b

Beamer Guzzardi

Genesee

930

1000

94

2024

-554

 

21

11s

Steve Lewis

Ransomville

912

946

150

2008

-570

 

22

27

Dennis Kirkpatrick

Ransomville

934

930

124

1988

-590

 

23

u02

Ricky Thompson

Frogtown

928

946

92

1966

-612

 

24

0B

Don Barnes

Ransomville

938

946

76

1960

-618

 

25

12g

Eric Greenlief

Genesee

926

930

84

1940

-638

 

26

17

Marc Therrien

Edelweiss

902

970

68

1940

-638

 

27

1

John Pietrowicz

Fulton

916

980

40

1936

-642

 

28

6x

Travis Back

Cornwall

924

938

72

1934

-644

 

29

22

Dan Shoop

Ransomville

916

970

43

1929

-649

 

30

44

Casey Swamp

Frogtown

904

922

94

1920

-658

 

31

40

Derek Boyle

Genesee

928

946

44

1918

-660

 

32

7

Rob Yetman

Lebanon Valley

918

1000

0

1918

-660

 

33

99

Mike Martin

Genesee

908

970

40

1918

-660

 

34

76

Kevin Arnold

Lebanon Valley

916

980

0

1896

-682

 

35

04

Johnny Yandow Jr.

Frogtown

920

930

41

1891

-687

 

36

49

Greg Ezard

Frogtown

930

920

40

1890

-688

 

37

25

Jeremy Clark

Fulton

922

920

44

1886

-692

 

38

27J

Nick Micallef

Ransomville

910

918

58

1886

-692

 

39

50

Scott Kocher

Frogtown

908

928

50

1886

-692

 

40

29d

Michel Dupuis

Cornwall

908

914

62

1884

-694

 

41

6

Butch Zimmerman

Genesee

920

960

0

1880

-698

 

42

28

Tom Kemp

Genesee

900

980

0

1880

-698

 

43

10J

Brian Thompson

Canandaigua

908

926

45

1879

-699

 

44

78

Paul LaRochelle

Lebanon Valley

912

960

0

1872

-706

 

45

0z

John Zimmerman

Genesee

918

928

0

1846

-732

 

46

17J

Jeremy Wilson

Ransomville

904

926

0

1830

-748

 

47

94

Lee Burnett

Fulton

0

926

243

1169

-1409

 

48

64

Bob Buono

Fulton

0

946

220

1166

-1412

 

49

6

Stephane Lebrun

Edelweiss

0

1000

89

1089

-1489

 

50

14

T.J. Fitzgibbons

Fulton

0

1000

80

1080

-1498

 

                             

 

 

FULTON FOOTNOTES

* Stefanski’s victory was his 17th of the 2005 campaign, his fifth of the season on the Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series and the eighth of his career on the series.  The 2005 Ransomville Speedway points champion now looks to SDW searching for his first career victory on “The Moody Mile”.

 

* Wayne, NY’s Bob Buono finished fourth behind the wheel of his Buono's Auto Sales-Lincoln Fabrication-LOE Trailers #64 Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger chassis and picked up the guaranteed starting spot in  the Stacker 2® Pro Stock 25-Lap Championship during SDW on October 8.  Buono has had a very successful 2005 campaign earning two victories at Fulton Speedway after purchasing the car Joe Stefanski campaigned early in 2005.  Entering the evening’s event, Buono had almost decided not to attempt to compete at Syracuse, but by earning the guaranteed starting spot, things may have changed.  “This changes things drastically,” an ecstatic Buono explained following the event.  “Now that I know I’m in the show and we’re running as strong as we are against the best in the business, I think we may now go next week.  This is just awesome!”

 

* A total of 40 cars signed into the pit area to attempt to qualify for the 30-Lap event.  Thus far with only Syracuse remaining, the car count at Futon is the best of the 2005 campaign.  Fulton may not be able to hold that distinction very long though as it appears Syracuse will far and away exceed those numbers for SDW and the Stacker 2® Pro Stock 25-Lap Championship.

 

* With RACEceiver now recognized as the Official Driver Communicator of DIRT MotorSports™ in 2005, fans, as well as the competing drivers, were able to hear first hand everything that was happening throughout the entire Fulton Speedway show. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into a driver’s pocket, a RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions from series officials, which greatly enhances the safety and timeliness of events. A similar version available to fans allows RACEceiver users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit www.raceceiver.com, call 866/301-7223, or look for their sales trailers at various events.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Racing for the Stacker 2® Pro Stock Super DIRT Series next moves to the NYS Fairgrounds for what the Pro Stock teams consider “The Super Bowl” of their season, Super DIRT Week XXXIV. The overall 2005 Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT Pro Stock Champion will be crowned at the famed Syracuse Mile after the running of the 25-lap Pro Stock Championship.

 

2005 STACKER 2® PRO STOCK SUPER DIRT SERIES SCHEDULE (19)
Day-Date       Track (Laps)                                                              Location/Winner

Sun-May 15   Rolling Wheels Raceway (25L-C)...................... Joe Stefanski

Fri-Jun 3         Thunder Alley Speedpark (25L-E)......................Clayton Benedict

Sun-Jun 5       Cayuga County Fair Speedway (25L-W)............Pete Stefanski

Fri-Jun 10       Brewerton Speedway (25L-E)….........................Louie Jackson

Sun-Jun 12     Humberstone Speedway (30L-W)......................Pete Stefanski

Fri-Jun 24       Ransomville Speedway (30L-W)........................Pete Stefanski

Fri-Jul 1          Ohsweken Speedway (25L-W)……………….….Mike Williams

Sat-Aug 20    Frogtown Int’l Speedway (35L-E)……………….   Joey Ladouceur

Sun-Aug 21    Cornwall Motor Speedway (50L-C)…………..…Roy Delormier

Wed-Aug 24  Canandaigua Speedway (25L-W)………………Jipp Ortiz

Fri-Sep 2        Autodrome Edelweiss (50L-E)…………………...Joey Ladouceur

Sun-Sep 4      Genesee Speedway (40L-W)…………………….Steve Miller

Fri-Sep 9        Lebanon Valley Speedway (25L-E)……………..Rob Yetman

Sun-Sep 11   Can-Am Motorsports Park (30L-C)………………Pete Stefanski

Sat-Sep 17    Ransomville Speedway (100L-C)………………..Jipp Ortiz

Sun-Sep 18   Rolling Wheels Raceway (30L-C)………………..Jipp Ortiz

Sat-Sep 24    Canandaigua Speedway (30L-C)………………..Jipp Ortiz

Fri-Sep 30     Fulton Speedway (30L-C)…………………………Pete Stefanski

Sun-Oct 9       New York State Fairgrounds (25L-C)……………Syracuse,NY

E=East Region(5), W=West Region(6), C=Combined(8).

 

STACKER 2® PRO STOCK SERIES SPONSORS
The DIRT MotorSports™ Stacker 2® Pro Stock Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Stacker 2®, Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels and DART Machinery. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t., RACEceiver, Zippo Lighters and F.X. Caprara Car Companies and the contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.