posted April 21, 2001 07:43 AM
AFTON WINS GO TO HURLBURT
Afton, NY… The forecast was bad,
the skies were gray, but nevertheless,
Afton Speedway triumphed over mother
nature as a full program was completed
shortly before the rains moved in Friday
Otego native J.R. Hurlburt picked up
his first feature win of the season in the
DIRT 358 Modifieds, after coming up
short of the victory last week.
Skip French, of Rockdale, led the
early way in the 30 lap event, quickly
moving up from his fourth starting
position. South Canaan's Ed Strada and
Mike Clapperton, of Sidney Center,
battled for second and third.
A lap eleven tangle involving 3 of the
top five runners would end up putting
Hurlburt, who was running sixth, into the
runner up spot, with current points leader
Jeff Rudalavage, of Olyphant, PA, into
Hurlburt took the lead from French
on the restart, and never looked back en
route to picking up the win. Rudalavage
moved into second two laps later, as
French's ride seemed to go away a bit.
At the checkers, it was Hurlburt with
the win, a hard charging Rudalavage,
who started 11th, in for second, with Mike
Ricci, Mitch Gibbs and Clapperton
completing the top five.
Last season's Pro Stock points
champion Butch Klinger, of Walton, took
home the top honors in the 20 lap DIRT
Edmeston's Tim Ross was the early
race leader, until Harpursville native Don
Hart, Jr. took over the number one spot
on lap seven. Hart seemed to have the
car to beat as he built up a substantial
Cassville's Craing Pritchard, and
Klinger, who started sixth, moved up to
second and third as Ross's car fell of the
pace. Hart's great run came to a
premature end, as smoke poured from his
machine as he crossed the line on lap
eleven. Hart pitted as the caution came
out, but was unable to return to racing
Pritchard inherited the lead, but
Klinger would overtake him for the lead
with just 5 laps left to go. Klinger would
go on for the win, in just his third start
driving a Sportsman. Guilford's Arnie
Slade finished second, followed by Ladd
Yeomans, Pritchard, and Chad Cook.
After two weeks of bad luck, things
seemed to be looking up for Norwich's
Harold Humphrey, as he jumped out to
the early race lead in the 20 lap Pro Stock
Harpursville's James Cornell moved
into second behind Humphrey on lap
eight, edging out Todd Hurlburt, of
Guilford, for the spot. Just two laps later,
lady luck would let Humphrey down, as
he exploded his third motor in three
weeks at the half-way point.
Cornell inherited the lead, and held
on to pick up the win, as his teammate
Wade Decker, of Afton, came in for the
runner-up spot. P.J. Goodwin, Winnie
Winchester, and Jason Schlafer
completed the top five.
In the 15 lap Pure Stock feature,
rookie driver Butch Green, of
Binghamton, took off from his outside
pole starting position to lead the way.
Bainbridge's Rob Loucks ran second,
but lost the handle of his machine in turn
for on the third lap. Loucks gathered it
back up without bringing out the yellow,
but a spin by Unadilla's Bob Stilson
would bring the caution out the next lap.
Green held the lead as the field
returned to green flag racing, but veteran
driver Buck Mills, of Guilford, was hot
on his heels as he moved into second.
Mills took over the top spot on lap
seven, and went on for the win. Green
ran second until losing the handle coming
out of turn four on the ninth lap. Denny
Decker finished second, followed by
Shaun Walker, Steve Green, and Loucks.
Jamie Banta, of Unadilla, returned to
victory lane for a second time this season,
taking home the win in the 15 lap Four
Cylinder Stock feature event.
Banta, who started sixth, wasted no
time moving to the front as head took the
lead over from Harpursville's Russell
Hendrickson, Jr., on the second lap.
Banta led the rest of the way en route
to the win, with Hendrickson coming in
for second, followed by Ralph Jennings
Jr, Bob Doolittle, and Jason Jaindl.
The twelve lap Dwarf Car main saw
Windsor's Gordie Isham leading the way,
as he took the lead from Charleton, MA's
Chic Chandler on the second circuit.
Isham, who started third, looked to be
on his way to victory lane, until a late
race charge by Berkshire's Louie
Gordinier would rain on his parade.
With just two laps to go, Gordinier
got a good bite off of turn four, and made
the move to get by Isham. Gordinier
went on to capture his second Dwarf Car
feature win of the year at Afton, with
Isham in second, Chandler third, and
Floyd Clark and Steve Tourje completing
the top five.
Afton is now back to running regular
Friday evening shows. Gates open at
5pm, with racing set to go at 7:30pm.
See you at the races!
358 MODIFIED RESULTS: J.R. Hurlburt,
Jeff Rudalavage, Mike Ricci, Mitch Gibbs,
Mike Clapperton, Mark Terry, Skip French,
Steve Walsh, Ed Strada, Tony Pepicelli, John
Siedlecky, Jim Witko Jr, Brad Schafer, Brent
Cross, George Hoffmier Jr, Mike Frost, Carl
SPORTSMAN RESULTS: Butch Klinger,
Arnie Slade, Ladd Yeomans, Craig Pritchard,
Chad Cook, Bob Conklin, Tim Ross, Billy
Harris, Chad O'Hara, Dave Crandall, Steve
Anderson, Tony Ross, Tim French, Craig
Pope, Don Hart Jr.
PRO STOCK RESULTS: James Cornell,
Wade Decker, P.J. Goodwin, Winnie
Winchester, Jason Schlafer, Denny Smith,
Mike Decker, Todd Hurlburt, Brian
Steigerwald, John Walker, Jason Bartsch,
Jason Youngs, Roger Lewis, Neil Palladino,
Harold Humphrey, James Christ, Bob
PURE STOCK RESULTS: Buck Mills, Denny
Decker, Shaun Walker, Steve Green, Rob
Loucks, Dennis Valentine, Butch Green, Bob
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK: Jamie Banta,
Russell Hendrickson Jr, Ralph Jennings Jr,
Bob Doolittle, Jason Jaindl, Ed Leslie, Scott
Johnson, Skip Pickwick, George Crippen, Rob
Coulman, Todd Smith, Jack Hill, Leonard
Miller, Frank Chapman, Ralph Cuozzo Jr.
DWARF CARS: Louie Gordinier, Gordie
Isham, Chic Chandler, Floyd Clark Jr, Steve
Tourje, Duane Knapp, Tim O'Neill, Chris
Thompson, Alan Barker.