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Hefti Captures First-Ever Fulton Victory In Super DIRT Series Showdown

By Joe Johnson, DIRT MotorSports Correspondent

 

Fulton, NY — September 30, 2005 —

Veteran open-wheel runner Russ Hefti picked up his first-ever win at Fulton Speedway in the 30-lap Motorsports Expo '06 Victoria Championship. Hefti's third extra-distance victory in round number 15 of the 2005 Sportsman Super DIRT Series also extended his lead in the overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco race Fuels Mr. DIRT Championship points standings.

 

The Jordan, New York driver started the event in sixth position and steadily worked his way to the front. He grabbed the top spot from Sammy Reakes IV on lap 12 and was never again headed on the way to the win. Hefti was mighty happy to get the first win at Fulton, commenting in victory lane, “We’ve had a lot of seconds here and we just wanted to win real bad. This is basically our farewell season and we're glad to finally get one at Fulton.”

 

The 35-car field was brought to the green by Fulton regular Mark Yorker and Pennellville’s Kyle Lewis, but it was third-place starter Reakes that got the jump and led lap one. On that initial lap a major tangle occurred between Joe Williams, Brian Sage, Chris Higgins, Billy Shantel Jr. and Jim LaRock. Williams in the 1j was able to drive away but was still done for the night, while Sage was towed to the pits with front end damage and returned 11 laps later and finished in 29th spot. All others were able to continue.

 

On the ensuing restart Reakes opened up a four car-length advantage over Lewis, but on lap four LaRock tangled again, this time with the Town Mechanical 17t of Joe Isabell. The Wills Dairy 111 of Kevin Wills and the Sun State Tanning 4j of Shane Donath were also involved. LaRock’s night ended prematurely on the hook.

 

Racing resumed on lap five with Reakes in the 17k once again opening up a lead over Lewis while pole-sitter Yorker ran third ahead of Hefti and Jim Bowman in the Klabens Nursery number 15. The yellow waved again on lap seven when Mike Entwistle in a former Bob McCreadie number 9 spun in turn two. The damage was severe enough to put the upstart driver out for the night after an impressive run.

 

The man on the move at this juncture was Greg Doust in the MED Construction number 67. The Fulton regular failed to qualify through the heats but captured the first consi to gain entrance into the feature. He started 19th and was up to ninth by lap seven and appeared to be a threat for the win.

 

The green waved again on lap eight with Reakes still leading the way over Lewis but the 09 began to develop a push and he faded a bit with Hefti grabbing away second on lap 11. The 17t of Isabell spun in turn four and backed into the yuke tire but he was able to continue on.

 

The green returned over the field on lap 12 with Hefti getting the jump on Reakes before the yellow flew again on that same lap, this time for Kenny Stafford and Rob Ledingham as they got hooked together off turn four. The tow truck pulled them apart and both were able to continue.

 

On the restart Hefti built up an advantage over the rest of the field but a hard charging Scott Schrader was making his presence known. After first cracking the top-five on lap 11, the Shortsville, NY veteran grabbed away second on lap 15 and set sail after Hefti. The front pack stayed pretty tight until recently crowned Fulton points champion Kevin Bates sheered of a right front tire in turn four on lap 20. The Lake Ariel, PA native was running in the top-five at the time of the problem and appeared to be on his way to the front. This would prove to be the final yellow of the event.

 

Hefti once again built up a sizeable advantage over his top chasers on the restart. Schrader found a challenge from Bowman who had faded back as far as eighth before charging back to take second on the final lap over Schrader. Hefti cruised to his 17th victory of the season with Bowman ---whose car was found to be legal this night after being disqualified last week for not having a rev-limiter--- taking an impressive second.

 

'05 Canandaigua Speedway champion Schrader was able to hang on for third with young Reakes capping off a great night with a fourth-place finish. The Palermo, NY driver ran to the win in heat number three aboard his GM Goodwrench Bicknell machine and led 11 laps of the feature. Rounding out the top-five was Mark Yorker who rebounded from a heat race crash to finish second and qualify before drawing the pole for the feature. It was a bit of a disappointing result for the Central Square driver, but considering what could have happened in the heat it was certainly acceptable.

 

Carbondale, PA’s Brett Tonkin charged from 22nd to sixth to finish just ahead of the Original Pizza Logs 20k of Kyle Inman. Eighth was Doust with Lockport’s Rob Pratt rebounding from a few tangles to finish ninth. Jeremy Pitcher straightened out a terrible night and rounded out the top-10. By virtue of his runner-up finish, Jim Bowman captured the spot for Syracuse. Heat races for the 57 cars on hand went to Bowman, Hefti, Reakes, Inman, Lewis and Bates. Doust, Entwistle and Roger Chrysler captured the consolation events.

 

Event Summary [*Official box score posted on www.dirtmotorsports.com and can be viewed by first selecting 'DIRT NorthEast' on the corporate homepage then clicking 'Sunoco Series' logo]

 

FEATURE

FIN STR  CAR# DRIVER

 1   6    0   Russ Hefti/Jordan,NY ($1,500)

 2   4    15  Jim Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY

 3   10  58   Scott Schrader/Shortsville,NY

 4   3   17k  Sammy Reakes IV/Fulton,NY

 5   1    1   Mark Yorker/Central Square,NY

 6   22  15x  Brett Tonkin/Carbondale,PA

 7   5   20k  Kyle Inman/Darien,NY

 8   19   67  Greg Doust/Jamesville,NY

 9   24  p38  Rob Pratt/Brockport,NY

 10  31   14  Jeremy Pitcher/Fulton,NY

 11  15   4j  Shane Donath/Syracuse,NY

 12  23   9g  Billy Shantel Jr./Utica,NY

 13  8    87  Walt McArdell/Baldwinsville,NY

 14  2    09  Kyle Lewis/Pennelville,NY

 15  17  17d  Tom Juhl/Weedsport,NY

 16  29  16w  Lance Willix II/Theresa,NY

 17  21  t21  Roger Chyrsler/Lewiston,NY

 18  34 19jr. Rob Ledingham/Port Colborne,ONT

 19  27   28  Alan Fink/Hastings,NY

 20  33  99c  Nick Cupolo/Thorold,ONT

 21  25   88  Roy Bresnahan/Palermo,NY

 22  18   60  Kenny Stafford/Homer,NY

 23  32   2k  Rob Knapp/St.Catharines,ONT

 24  26  06j  Jordan Bennett/Pennellville,NY

 25  14   8   Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY

 26  7   d28  Shawn Donath/Syracuse,NY

 27  12  42B  Kevin Bates/Lake Ariel,PA

 28  35   82  Marcel Pecore/Cornwall,NY

 29  16  11J  Brian Sage/Brockport, NY

 30  20   9   Mike Entwistle/Auburn,NY

 31  28  111  Kevin Wills/Ransomville,NY

 32  14  58L  Jim LaRock/Seneca Falls/NY

 33  11  19H  Chris Higgins/Syracuse,NY

 34  13   1j  Joe Williams/Scotia,NY

 35  9   17t  Joe Isabell/Pennelville,NY

DID NOT QUALIFY(22)

01 - Andy Bardin Jr./Oswego,NY

3d - Jamie Yankowski/Throop,PA

7 - Kelly Smith/Liverpool,NY

15w - Roger West Sr./Constantia,NY

16 - Mike Bowman/Baldwinsville,NY

17B - Brian Kietveles/Warners,NY

17t - Joe Isabell/Pennelville,NY

19j -  John Juhl/Auburn,NY

19jr. - Rob Ledingham/Port Colborne,ONT

R19 - Dale Caswell/Central Square,NY

21H - Mike Holmes/Oswego,NY

27 - Stewart Garrison/Fulton,NY

fox 28 - Jeff Stevenson/Watertown,NY

29j - Rob Hile/Syracuse/NY

33x - Matt Janczuk/Oneida,NY

34 - Henry Desormeau/Weedsport,NY

43j - Jack Meeks/Evans Mills,NY

45 - Matt Butler/Canton,NY

B52 - Gordy Button/Kirkville,NY

95 - Jim Dallett/Vineland,NJ

96 - Luke Carlton/Port Colbourn,ONT

96x - Dave Reilley/Jordan,NY

Lap Leaders: Reakes (1-11), Hefti (12-30).

Heat Winners: Bowman, Hefti, Reakes, Inman, Lewis, Bates.

Consi Winners: Doust, Entwistle, Chrysler

 

OVERALL HOOSIER-SUNOCO MR. DIRT SPORTSMAN POINT STANDINGS

(through Fulton Speedway – September 30, 2005)

   No.Driver          Hometrack   RegionalHome TComb STotalDiff

  1  0 Russ Hefti      Cayuga Co.      1000   950   480 2430    0

  2 11 Brian Sage      Genesee          970  1000   381 2351  -79

  3 111Kevin Wills     Ransomville      980  1000   355 2335  -95

  4 42bKevin Bates     Fulton/CCFS      980  1000   330 2310 -120

  5 20kKyle Inman      Genesee          934   980   362 2276 -154

  6 19JRob Ledingham   Humberstone      960  1000   284 2244 -186

  7 67 Greg Doust      Fulton/CCFS     1000   980   205 2185 -245

  8 m96Marcel Pecore   Brockville       946  1000   227 2173 -257

  9 16 Lance Willix II Cayuga Co.       970   970   228 2168 -262

 10  8 Rob Bellinger   Cayuga Co.       960   946   261 2167 -263

 11 8c Wayne Conn Jr.  Merrittville     950  1000   182 2132 -298

 12 19hChris Higgins Fulton           950   926   251 2127 -303

 13 99cNick Cupolo    Ohsweken         930   950   238 2118 -312

 14 p38Rob Pratt       Genesee          902   970   235 2107 -323

 15 2k Rob Knapp       Humberstone      938   970   172 2080 -350

 16 T21Roger Chrysler  Merritt/Can      946   920   203 2069 -361

 17 95 Jim Dallett     Cayuga Co.       920   906   214 2040 -390

 18 1J Joe Williams Jr.Fulton           942   960   130 2032 -398

 19 71mMark Potter     Ransomville      920   960   137 2017 -413

 20  7 Scott Kerwin    Ransomville      918   980    90 1988 -442

 21 108Bill Bleich     Merrittville     942   970    72 1984 -446

 22 14 Jeremy Pitcher  Fulton           916   950   102 1968 -462

 23  9 Jason Riddell   Brockville       938   980    45 1963 -467

 24 88 Roy Bresnahan Fulton/CCFS      924   938    83 1945 -485

 25 67gEric Giguere    Canandaigua      902   950    90 1942 -488

 26 20 Jeff McGinnis   Ransomville      918   970    41 1929 -501

 27 54JScott Just      Ransomville      912   922    88 1922 -508

 28 54JDave Just       Ransomville      926   934    58 1918 -512

 29 27hJustin HendersonCanandaigua      914   930    62 1906 -524

 30 28 Jeff Stevenson  Fulton           922   906    72 1900 -530

 31 20 Kevin Ridley   Cayuga Co.       912   960    10 1882 -548

 32 06JJordan Bennett  Fulton           930   900    50 1880 -550

 33 56 Steve SchumacherRansom/Gen       912   928    40 1880 -550

 34 16 Mike Bowman     Fulton           934   934    10 1878 -552

 35 94 Stan Zanchin    Humberstone      928   946     0 1874 -556

 36 5T Tony Purgarich  Ransomville      924   950     0 1874 -556

 37 25 Bobby HerringtonBrockville       910   960     0 1870 -560

 38 12 Jeremy LaSalle Brockville       918   938     0 1856 -574

 39 69 Brad Kirkland   Brockville       904   950     0 1854 -576

 40 44 Jason Boyle     Ransomville      906   946     0 1852 -578

 41 42cMike Conrow     Cayuga Co.       906   942     0 1848 -582

 42 23 Kees VanWinden  Brockville       900   946     0 1846 -584

 43 47 Sean Carman     Cayuga Co.       928   912     0 1840 -590

 44  8 Chris Herbison  Brockville       914   924     0 1838 -592

 45 20KRick St. Pierre Humberstone      922   916     0 1838 -592

 46 68xCurtis Friesen Ransom/Gen       908   924     0 1832 -598

 47 11 Tim VanBrocklin Brockville       900   928     0 1828 -602

 48 54 Mark Chiddy     Genesee          904   916     0 1820 -610

 49 58 Scott Schrader  Canandaigua        0  1000   234 1234-1196

 50 15 Brent Tonkin    Fulton             0   942   220 1162-1268

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Sportsman Super DIRT Series trail heats up with three 30-Lap events scheduled during Super DIRT Week at Can-Am Motorsports Park (10/5), Rolling Wheels Raceway (10/8) and culminating in the highly anticipated contest at the NYS Fairgrounds on the famed “Moody Mile."

 

2005 SPORTSMAN SUPER DIRT SERIES SCHEDULE
Day-Date       Track(Laps)                                                               Location/Winner

Fri-May 6        Thunder Alley Speedpark (30L-E)......................GREG DOUST

Sun-Jun 12     Cayuga County Fair Speedway (30L-E).............JEREMY PITCHER

Fri-Jun 17       Ohsweken Speedway (50L-W)...........................MARTIN POLHILL

Fri-Jun 24       Thunder Alley Speedpark (30L-E)......................LANCE WILLIX II

Fri-Jul 1          Ransomville Speedway (50L-W)........................JEFF McGINNIS

Sun-Jul 3        Humberstone Speedway (50L-W)......................BILL BLEICH

Wed-Jul 13    Can-Am Motorsports Park (30L-C).....................BRIAN SAGE

Sat‑Jul 23       Merrittville Speedway (50L-C).............................KYLE INMAN

Thr-Aug 11     Canandaigua Speedway (30L-W).......................RUSS HEFTI

Fri-Sep 9        Brockville Ontario Speedway (30L-E).................JASON RIDDELL

Fri-Sep 9        Ransomville Speedway (50L-W).........................BRIAN SAGE

Sat-Sep 10    Genesee Speedway (40L-W)..............................BRIAN SAGE

Fri-Sep 16     Brewerton Speedway (40L-C).............................Rain-Cancelled

Sat-Sep 17    Rolling Wheels Raceway (30L-C).......................RUSS HEFTI

Sat‑Sep 24    Canandaigua Speedway (50L-C)........................BRIAN SAGE  

Fri-Sep 30     Fulton Speedway (30L-C)...................................RUSS HEFTI

Wed-Oct 5     Can-Am Motorsports Park (30L-C).....................LaFargeville, NY

Fri-Oct 7         Rolling Wheels Raceway (30L-C).......................Elbridge, NY

Sat-Oct 8        New York State Fairgrounds (30L-C)..................Syracuse, NY

Sat-Oct 15     Cayuga County Fair Speedway (50L-C).............Weedsport, NY

Sat-Oct 22     Bridgeport Speedway (75L-C) ............................Bridgeport, NJ

E=East Region(4), W=West Region(6), C=Combined(11).

 

SPORTSMAN SERIES SPONSORS
The DIRT MotorSports™ Sunoco/Aplus Sportsman Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Sunoco Race Fuels, Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire 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.