posted July 08, 2001 10:44 PM
RUDALAVAGE, HART AND CORNELL CAPTURE AFTON WINS!
Afton, NY... Jeff Rudalavage, of Olyphant, PA, was a man on a mission
Friday night at the Afton Speedway, moving up from his 7th place starting spot
to pick up the win in the 30 lap DIRT 358 Modified Main event.
Windsor's John Siedlecky was the early race leader, taking the point
from his outside pole starting position, with fourth place starter Mike
Clapperton, of Sidney Center, moving into second. North Norwich native Mitch
Gibbs and Berkshire's George Hoffmier, Jr. hooked up in a battle for the
Hubbardsville's Aaron Excell came up quickly from the tenth starting
spot, making his way into the top 5 by lap six, along with Rudalavage.
Rudalavage moved into fourth behind Gibbs as the caution flag flew on lap
Rudalavage got a good start, and made it from fourth to first by the
time the field made it to turn four. Siedlecky ran second until losing the
spot to Clapperton on lap twelve.
Gibbs moved into third ahead of Siedlecky after a lap 13 re-start, but
Rudalavage couldln't be touched as he pulled away from Clapperton and Gibbs
Rudalavage went on for the win, his fourth of the season, followed by
Clapperton, Hoffmier, and Gibbs.
Action in the 20 lap DIRT Sportsman feature saw Harpursville's Don Hart,
Jr. take the lead at the start and lead flag to flag en route to picking up
second Afton Sportsman win of the year,
15 year old rookie Sensation Jessica Zemken, of Canajoharie, ran in the
number two position until Guilford's Arnie Slade took over the spot on lap
seven. Zemken, who started fourth, maintained the third spot until her good
came to an early end after getting involved in a late race jingle with 6 laps
left to go.
Hart picked up the win, with Slade in for second, keeping his hot streak
alive and well. Out of 11 Sportsman feature events this year, Slade has three
wins and eight runner-up finishes, which also sits him at the top of the
battle. Tim French came in for third, with Chad Cook and Butch Klinger
completing the top five.
James Cornell watched what Hart did in the Sportsman feature, and
to follow suit in the Pro Stock 20 lap main event, as he took the lead at the
start and led the way until the checkers flew.
Guilford's Todd Hurlburt and Brian Steigerwald, along with Afton's Roger
Lewis battled for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th spots unable to make a run on Cornell.
Unadilla's Winnie Winchester, who had started in the 12th position, moved
at the half-way point, as Hurlburt retired to the pits with Mechanical
Cornell, from Harpursville, came home for the win, his fourth of the
his second year as a Pro Stock driver. Winchester, Steigerwald, Wade Decker
Jason Schlafer completed the top five.
Rookie driver Shaun Walker, of Masonville, must've been watching the
Sportsman and Pro Stock features, as he decided to take the lead at the start
of the 15 lap Pure Stock main, and lead green to checker to take home the
Walker held off challenge's from veteran Pure Stock drivers Denny Decker
and Buck Mills on the way to his fourth feature win at Afton. With four
wins at Afton, and a few at other area tracks, 16 year old Walker is
turning some heads. Mills finished second, followed by Dennis Valentine,
and Rob Loucks.
Another young rookie driver in the 4 Cylinder Stock ranks was taking
notes during the other classes. 16 Year old driver Jason Jaindl, of Afton,
took off from his outside pole starting spot to grab the lead in the 15 lap
Jaindl was credited with leading every lap en route to his second
win of the season. Unadilla's Ralph Cuozzo, Jr., did slip by Jaindl on coming
out of turn two around the 10th lap, but his lead was kept to one
as Jaindl took back the lead in turns three and four. Russ Hendrickson
second, with Scott Johnson, Cuozzo Jr, and Skip Pickwick in for the top five.
Chris Thompson, a rookie driver from Port Crane in the Dwarf Car divison
tried to make it a three rookie win night as he too too the early race lead
from the outside pole position.
Sherburne's Duane Knapp put the kabosh on that idea as he took over
spot on lap number four. Knapp, who started third, went on to pick up the
second of the season, with Thompson in for an impressive second place run.
Alan Barker, Ed Knapp and Floyd Clark completed the top five.
Afton is a DIRT Sanctioned Speedway, racing weekly on Friday nights in
NY. Gates open at 5pm, with racing starting at 7:30pm sharp. The Speedway
at the Afton Fairgrounds on on route 41, exit 7 off of Interstate 88 (just
358 MODIFIED RESULTS: JEFF RUDALAVAGE, Mike Clapperton, George Hoffmier Jr,
Gibbs, Jim Witko Sr, Skip French, Aaron Excell, Pat Jordan, Pete Nowicki Jr,
Steve Walsh, Allen Shiffler, John Siedlecky, Aaron Cross, Jim Witko Jr, Pete
Lyon, Brad Shaffer, Wayne Reutimann Jr, Alan Gould, J.R. Hurlburt (DQ).
SPORTSMAN RESULTS: DON HART JR, Arnie Slade, Tim French, Chad Cook, Butch
Dave Crabdall, Craig Pritchard, Chad O'Hara, Bob Conklin, Chris Ostrowsky, Joe
Rando, Jessica Zemken, Pat O'Hanlon, Craig Pope, Ronnie Center Jr, Ladd
PRO STOCK RESULTS: JAMES CORNELL, Winnie Winchester, Brian Steigerwald, Wade
Jason Schlafer, Neil Palladino, Harold Humphrey, Jason Youngs, Pat Nolan,
Russ Card, Jason Bartsch, Todd Hurlburt, Mike Decker, Roger Lewis, John
Bob Zimmerman Sr, Bob Zimmerman Jr (DNS), Gus Gould (DNS).
PURE STOCK RESULTS: SHAUN WALKER, Buck Mills, Dennis Valentine, Kurt Decker,
Loucks, Denny Decker, Charlie Holcomb, Rob White, Bob Stilson, Jim Laubmeier,
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK: JASON JAINDL, Russ Hendrickson, Scott Johnson, Ralph
Skip Pickwick, Ralph Jennings Jr, Jamie Banta, Ed Leslie, George Crippen,
Smith, Rob Coulman, Joe Bunt, Paul Harrington, Duane Hotaling.
DWARF CAR RESULTS: DUANE KNAPP, Chris Thompson, Alan Barker, Ed Knapp, Floyd
Steve Tourje, Gordie Isham, Tim O'Neill, Erik Knudson.