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posted May 28, 2001 02:00 PM UIN: 16262997

Stan Zanchin made the move from the Mini Stocks to the DIRT Pro
Stock this season and he has hit on success in his 4th week. Zanchin
started along side Dave Gifford in the 15 lap main and jumped out to a
good sized lead the first 4 laps with a 3 wide battle for the 4th spot
between Roger Chrysler, Ken Sargent and Bill Bleich but the focus was on
the rookie Zanchin as 2nd year Pro Stocker Danny Gilbert took over 2nd
and put on very heavy pressure and the question would be the nerves hold
up under fire and the answer was yes but it was not by any sense.
Zanchin would hold off a final late charge for the popular win. Gilbert
was 2nd followed by Gifford, Bill Bleich and Jeff Dayman. Gilbert was
the heat winner.
Dwayne Winfield and John McKenney set the pace in the 20 lap
Sportsman feature with McKenney as the leader but a quick caution flew
on lap 2 for Jason Pietz as he came to a halt . The restart would see
rookie Adam Ferri shoot to the front like a cannon and lead for several
laps the yellow flew on lap11 as Brian Page broke off turn 2for a
yellow. Ferri continued to lead but defending champion Rob Pietz took
over the 2nd spot and his sight set on Ferri of which he made an inside
pass on lap 15 for the lead. Pietz would open up a lead and hold on for
the win. Ferri was 2nd with McKenney, Jeff Leggett, and Boyd MacTavish
roundng out the top 5. Darrell Ebersole and Ferri were the heat winners.
In the 15 lap Street Stocks Jason Fontaine and Bill Wade set the
pace with Wade as the leader but that was short lived Fontaine broke on
lap 1 and Wade on lap 2. The restart put greg Ayres into the lead but
Mark Loveland made the pass on lap 4 and would take his 3rd win of the
season. Next in line were; Ayres, Nick Micallef, Aaron Vasas, and Gordie
Edwards. Fontaine and Wade were te heat winners. It was Wades 1st win
ever in his rookie season.
Blair Young and Janie Gilbert brought the field to the green with
Young as the leader and a great battle developed for 2nd as Gilbert and
Norn Mark traded positions throughout the event and put heavy pressure.
The final lap would see Gilbert take the lead and get his 4th straight
win. Young was 2nd with Mark 3rd followed by Mike Baxter and Jeff Mark
in 5th. Blair Young was the heat winner.
358 Modifieds took time trials for their June 17th Fathers Day
event with Pete Bicknell setting fast time with 16:58 and Greg Panunte
also locking up a front row spot with a time of 16:97.
PIT NOTES: surprise visitor for the Modifieds was Alex Hoag of Bath NY
as he is the son of Dean Hoag former asphalt racer and grandson of the
legendary Dutch Hoag as it was his 1st ever visit to Gasport as he plans
to run the 7 race 358 series at Gasport. Early rains reduced the car
count along with a smaller crowd but saw the track in a very fast
surface. Best wishes go out to Mel Swart retired Member of Provincial
Parliment who just had recent surgery as he is a great supporter of
racing in the Niagara Peninsula. Up next at Gasport will be July 3rd as
it will be aqualifier for the All Canadian Championships as the feature
winners will lock in at least a 6th place staring spot for the August
5th event. It will be a full program plus a Women Are Racing event for
the 4 Cyl Mini Stocks. with gatesopening at 4:30 in the pit and 5PM in
the stands with racing at 6:30 pm. For More information call Gasport
at 905)834-4797 or visit Gasport on the web at:
SPORTSMAN FINISH: ROB PIETZ, Adam Ferri, John McKenney, Jeff Leggett,
Boyd MacTavish, Danny Lacey, Brian Elliottson, Dwayne Winfield, Darrell
Ebersole, Paul Gaboury, Chad Chevallier, Brian Page and Jason Pietz.

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