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posted May 13, 2001 10:28 AM UIN: 16262997
JEFF RUDALAVAGE TAKES SYRACUSE QUALIFIER AT AFTON!

Afton, NY… Olyphant, PA. Native Jeff Rudalavage picked up a guaranteed
spot for Syracuse as he won a hard fought battle with North
Norwich's Mitch Gibbs to take home the victory in the 30 lap DIRT 358
Modified Main event.
George Hoffmier, Jr., of Berkshire took the early lead from his outside
pole starting spot, as Gibbs and Rudalavage, who started 7th and 8th
respectively, quickly worked their way up through the pack.
Gibbs got by Hoffmier on a second lap restart, Rudalavage took over
second from Hoffmier two laps later, and the stage was set for a
showdown.
Rudalavage gave chase and caught Gibbs, and the two had the crowd
standinf on their feet as they battled side by side, abck and forth, for the
next fifteen laps caution-free.
With just four laps to go, Rudalavage got the edge and took over the
top spot for good as he went on to pick up his second win of the season,
making him the only repeat winner out of five shows in the Modified division
this year.
Gibbs settled for second, while Hoffmier, Mike Clapperton, of Sidney
Center, and Otego's .R. Hurlburt completed the top five.
Edmeston's Tony Ross led the way through the first half of the DIRT
Sportsman 20 lap feature event after a six car pile-up at the start shook
up the running order.
Points Leader Arnie Slade, of Guilford, who originally started in the
tenth position, found himself moving up to second behind Ross by the
completion of lap number one, while Deposit's Chad Cook moved into third.
The top three battled inside and out for the next several laps, but it
was Cook in the top spot as the caution flag fell on lap eleven. Cook, who
started sixth, held his lead as the green flag flew, while Ross and Slade
duked it out for second.
Slade took over the second spot for good on lap 13, but he could not
chase down the 2J machine of Cook, as Cook went on to pick up the
win, his second of the season. Slade came in for second, followed by Ross,
Don Hart Jr, and Bill Harris.
After a rough start of the season, including two blown motors, cut
tires, and a freak accident injuring his father, Harold Humphrey finally
shook the monkey off his back as he picked up the win in the 20 lap Pro Stock
feature on Friday Night.
Humphrey, who started on the pole, dodged the races first accident on
lap one that involved outside pole sitter Bob Zimmerman, of
Davenport, and fourth place starter Todd Hurlburt of Guilford.
Trout Creek's Denny Smith ran in the second position as he set his
sights on Norwich native Humphrey.
Binghamton's P.J. Goodwin and Winnie Winchester, of Unadilla, ran third
and fourth until the two tangled between turns one and two. The
Goodwin machine was unable to return to racing, ending what looked to be a
good run after starting in the 12th position.
Humphrey went on for the win, leading flag to flag, but didn't have it
easy, as nine caution periods slowed the race and kept the field bunched
up. Smith finished with a solid second, followed by Wade Decker, Neil
Palladino, and Hurlburt.
Rob Loucks, of Bainbridge, picked up his first ever feature win at
Afton Speedway in the Pure Stock division.
Groton's Sean O'Connor, in his first appearance of the year at Afton,
and Buck Mills, of Guilford, diced it out for the lead at the start of the
race, but O'Connor would retire to the pits with a broken axle after just two
laps.
Mills kept the lead, as Loucks, who started third, gave chase. Loucks
made his way by Mills the next lap and took over the top spot.
A lap six caution involving Mills and Deposit's Denny Decker moved
Shaun Walker into the number two spot. Walker, of Masonville, was
originally scheduled outside pole, but had to come from the back after coming
out late at the start.
Walker tried to make a run on Loucks, until losing the handle of his
ride with just one lap to go, bringing out the final caution. Decker, who
made quick work of charging back up through the field, took over second.
Loucks held on for the one lap dash to pick up the win, with Decker in
second, Brooktondale's James Cornell Jr in third, Unadilla's Bob
Stilson fourth, and Mills fifth.
Sixteen cars took the green in the action packed Four Cylinder Stock 15
lap Main event. Bainbridge's Skip Pickwick led the first lap, but
Unadilla's Ralph Cuozzo, Jr., and Scott Johnson, of Norwich, took over the
top two spots after a lap one restart.
The top two battled side by side until Cuozzo got loose coming out of
turn four, which caused him to tag the Johnson machine turning him
around in front of the pack. Johnson took a wild ride getting the car
airborne on the front stretch guard rail in a pileup that collected Jason
Jaindl
and Bob Doolittle. John was uninjured, but the same could not be said for
his car.
Jamie Banta, of Unadilla, inherited the lead, and led the rest of the
way in front of Pickwick. The win was stripped from Banta after a post-
race inspection, giving the win to Pickwick, his first of the season. Dennis
Vroman finished second, with Ralph Jenning Jr, Leonard Miller and
Ed Leslie completing the top five.
Steve Tourje, of Uniondale, PA., was given the win in the twelve lap
Dwarf Car feature. Tourje, who actually crossed the stripe second
behing Charelton Mass.'s Hal Merrick was given the victory after Merrick's
car was disqualified for illegal tires.
Duane Knapp finished second, followed by Floyd Clark Jr, Chris Thompson
and Ed Knapp.

358 MODIFIED RESULTS: JEFF RUDALAVAGE, Mitch Gibbs, George Hoffmier
Jr, Mike Clapperton, J.R. Hurlburt, John Siedlecky, Dana Wagner, Rich
Scagliotta, Glenn Knapp, Ed Strada, Skip French, Brad Schaffer, Jim Witko Jr,
Mark Terry, Carl Bittenbender, Jim Witko Sr, Steve Walsh.
SPORTSMAN RESULTS: CHAD COOK, Arnie Slade, Tony Ross, Don Hart Jr, Bill
Harris, Dave Crandall, Butch Klinger, Bob Conklin, Tim Ross, Billy
Price, Chad O'Hara, Tim French, Craig Pritchard, Joe Rando, Darren Keyser,
Craig Pope, Ladd Yeomans.
PRO STOCK RESULTS: HAROLD HUMPHREY, Denny Smith, Wade Decker, Neil
Palladino, Todd Hurlburt, Pat Nolan, Jason Youngs, John Walker, Roger
Lewis, Brian Steigerwald, Russ Card, Jason Bartsch, Winnie Winchester, Mike
Decker, James Cornell, James Christ, Brad Curry, Jeremy Clark, Fred Christ,
P.J.
Goodwin, Bob Zimmerman, Jason Schlafer.
PURE STOCK RESULTS: ROB LOUCKS, Denny Decker, James Cornell Jr, Bob
Stilson, Buck Mills, Shaun Walker, Dennis Valentine, Butch Green, Sean
O'Connor, Jerry Whorrall.
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK: SKIP PICKWICK, Dennis Vroman, Ralph Jennings Jr,
Leonard Miller, Ed Leslie, Jayson VanPatten, Ron Cummings, Rob
Coulman, Ralph Cuozzo Jr, Lori Bishop, Russell Hendrickson Jr, Jason Jaindl,
Bob Doolittle, Scott Johnson, George Crippen, Jamie Banta (DQ).
DWARF CARS: STEVE TOURJE, Duane Knapp, Floyd Clark Jr, Chris Thompson,
Ed Knapp, Tim O'Neill, Louie Gordinier, Ray Vosburgh, Dominick
Commesso, Chic Chandler, Hal Merrick (DQ).

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JEFF RUDALAVAGE TAKES SYRACUSE QUALIFIER AT AFTON!

Afton, NY Olyphant, PA. Native Jeff Rudalavage picked up a guaranteed spot for Syracuse as he won a hard fought battle with North
Norwich's Mitch Gibbs to take home the victory in the 30 lap DIRT 358 Modified Main event.
George Hoffmier, Jr., of Berkshire took the early lead from his outside pole starting spot, as Gibbs and Rudalavage, who started 7th and 8th
respectively, quickly worked their way up through the pack.
Gibbs got by Hoffmier on a second lap restart, Rudalavage took over second from Hoffmier two laps later, and the stage was set for a
showdown.
Rudalavage gave chase and caught Gibbs, and the two had the crowd standinf on their feet as they battled side by side, abck and forth, for the
next fifteen laps caution-free.
With just four laps to go, Rudalavage got the edge and took over the top spot for good as he went on to pick up his second win of the season,
making him the only repeat winner out of five shows in the Modified division this year.
Gibbs settled for second, while Hoffmier, Mike Clapperton, of Sidney Center, and Otego's .R. Hurlburt completed the top five.
Edmeston's Tony Ross led the way through the first half of the DIRT Sportsman 20 lap feature event after a six car pile-up at the start shook
up the running order.
Points Leader Arnie Slade, of Guilford, who originally started in the tenth position, found himself moving up to second behind Ross by the
completion of lap number one, while Deposit's Chad Cook moved into third.
The top three battled inside and out for the next several laps, but it was Cook in the top spot as the caution flag fell on lap eleven. Cook, who
started sixth, held his lead as the green flag flew, while Ross and Slade duked it out for second.
Slade took over the second spot for good on lap 13, but he could not chase down the 2J machine of Cook, as Cook went on to pick up the
win, his second of the season. Slade came in for second, followed by Ross, Don Hart Jr, and Bill Harris.
After a rough start of the season, including two blown motors, cut tires, and a freak accident injuring his father, Harold Humphrey finally
shook the monkey off his back as he picked up the win in the 20 lap Pro Stock feature on Friday Night.
Humphrey, who started on the pole, dodged the races first accident on lap one that involved outside pole sitter Bob Zimmerman, of
Davenport, and fourth place starter Todd Hurlburt of Guilford.
Trout Creek's Denny Smith ran in the second position as he set his sights on Norwich native Humphrey.
Binghamton's P.J. Goodwin and Winnie Winchester, of Unadilla, ran third and fourth until the two tangled between turns one and two. The
Goodwin machine was unable to return to racing, ending what looked to be a good run after starting in the 12th position.
Humphrey went on for the win, leading flag to flag, but didn't have it easy, as nine caution periods slowed the race and kept the field bunched
up. Smith finished with a solid second, followed by Wade Decker, Neil Palladino, and Hurlburt.
Rob Loucks, of Bainbridge, picked up his first ever feature win at Afton Speedway in the Pure Stock division.
Groton's Sean O'Connor, in his first appearance of the year at Afton, and Buck Mills, of Guilford, diced it out for the lead at the start of the
race, but O'Connor would retire to the pits with a broken axle after just two laps.
Mills kept the lead, as Loucks, who started third, gave chase. Loucks made his way by Mills the next lap and took over the top spot.
A lap six caution involving Mills and Deposit's Denny Decker moved Shaun Walker into the number two spot. Walker, of Masonville, was
originally scheduled outside pole, but had to come from the back after coming out late at the start.
Walker tried to make a run on Loucks, until losing the handle of his ride with just one lap to go, bringing out the final caution. Decker, who
made quick work of charging back up through the field, took over second.
Loucks held on for the one lap dash to pick up the win, with Decker in second, Brooktondale's James Cornell Jr in third, Unadilla's Bob
Stilson fourth, and Mills fifth.
Sixteen cars took the green in the action packed Four Cylinder Stock 15 lap Main event. Bainbridge's Skip Pickwick led the first lap, but
Unadilla's Ralph Cuozzo, Jr., and Scott Johnson, of Norwich, took over the top two spots after a lap one restart.
The top two battled side by side until Cuozzo got loose coming out of turn four, which caused him to tag the Johnson machine turning him
around in front of the pack. Johnson took a wild ride getting the car airborne on the front stretch guard rail in a pileup that collected Jason Jaindl
and Bob Doolittle. John was uninjured, but the same could not be said for his car.
Jamie Banta, of Unadilla, inherited the lead, and led the rest of the way in front of Pickwick. The win was stripped from Banta after a post-
race inspection, giving the win to Pickwick, his first of the season. Dennis Vroman finished second, with Ralph Jenning Jr, Leonard Miller and
Ed Leslie completing the top five.
Steve Tourje, of Uniondale, PA., was given the win in the twelve lap Dwarf Car feature. Tourje, who actually crossed the stripe second
behing Charelton Mass.'s Hal Merrick was given the victory after Merrick's car was disqualified for illegal tires.
Duane Knapp finished second, followed by Floyd Clark Jr, Chris Thompson and Ed Knapp.

358 MODIFIED RESULTS: JEFF RUDALAVAGE, Mitch Gibbs, George Hoffmier Jr, Mike Clapperton, J.R. Hurlburt, John Siedlecky, Dana Wagner, Rich
Scagliotta, Glenn Knapp, Ed Strada, Skip French, Brad Schaffer, Jim Witko Jr, Mark Terry, Carl Bittenbender, Jim Witko Sr, Steve Walsh.
SPORTSMAN RESULTS: CHAD COOK, Arnie Slade, Tony Ross, Don Hart Jr, Bill Harris, Dave Crandall, Butch Klinger, Bob Conklin, Tim Ross, Billy
Price, Chad O'Hara, Tim French, Craig Pritchard, Joe Rando, Darren Keyser, Craig Pope, Ladd Yeomans.
PRO STOCK RESULTS: HAROLD HUMPHREY, Denny Smith, Wade Decker, Neil Palladino, Todd Hurlburt, Pat Nolan, Jason Youngs, John Walker, Roger
Lewis, Brian Steigerwald, Russ Card, Jason Bartsch, Winnie Winchester, Mike Decker, James Cornell, James Christ, Brad Curry, Jeremy Clark, Fred Christ, P.J.
Goodwin, Bob Zimmerman, Jason Schlafer.
PURE STOCK RESULTS: ROB LOUCKS, Denny Decker, James Cornell Jr, Bob Stilson, Buck Mills, Shaun Walker, Dennis Valentine, Butch Green, Sean
O'Connor, Jerry Whorrall.
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK: SKIP PICKWICK, Dennis Vroman, Ralph Jennings Jr, Leonard Miller, Ed Leslie, Jayson VanPatten, Ron Cummings, Rob
Coulman, Ralph Cuozzo Jr, Lori Bishop, Russell Hendrickson Jr, Jason Jaindl, Bob Doolittle, Scott Johnson, George Crippen, Jamie Banta (DQ).
DWARF CARS: STEVE TOURJE, Duane Knapp, Floyd Clark Jr, Chris Thompson, Ed Knapp, Tim O'Neill, Louie Gordinier, Ray Vosburgh, Dominick
Commesso, Chic Chandler, Hal Merrick (DQ).

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