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posted July 09, 2001 12:05 AM
PETE BICKNELL CLAIMS 358 MODIFIED EVENT AT GASPORT SPEEDWAY
Pete Bicknell picked up the Modified feature at Gasport Sunday
Night. The program was sponsored by the Pt Colborne and Wainfleet
Firefighters who made presentations to all feature winners.
The 30 lap Modified feature was led to the green by Ken Cosgrove
and Alex Hoag with Hoag taking the lead from the start and control the
next several laps. Pete Bicknell took over the 4th spot on lap 4 passing
Danny Miller. The yellow would fly on lap 5 as Paul Ashton lost the
handle in turn 2. Hoag led the restart with Cosgrove but Cosgrove spun
in turn 2 with Fred Carleton III spinning to avoid the Cosgrove racer.
Father Fred Carleton took over the 2nd place position and would remain
there. Lap 10 Bicknell became the runnerup and would give chase to the
3rd generation driver Hoag. Yellow fell on lap 10 as Ashton and Scott
Harris came together. A positional battle took place between Hoag and
Bicknell with neither driver wanting to giveup the inside restart
position and contact was made under caution with Hoag sent tail.
Bicknell became the leader but the yellow flew on lap 12 as Harris and
Ashton came together with Ashton sent to the inside for contact under
yellow with Hoag. Hoag brought out the final yellow in turn 2 on lap 19.
Bicknell would hold off Fred Carleton at the finish for his 2nd win at
Gasport. Rounding out the top 5 was Miller, Cosgrove and Hoag. Hoag and
Miller were the heat winners.
The 20 lap Sportsman feature was led to the green by John
McKenney and Jeff Leggett with Leggett the leader but the yellow flew
as Adam Ferri and Brad Rouse came together. Leggett and McKenney led the
restart but point leader Rob Pietz cracked the top 3 early and made his
way to the front. Add Rob Ledingham into the fray and it would be the
Rob and Rob show with Pietz holding off the many charges of the
"Roadrunner" Ledingham as Pietz picked up another win with Ledingham
followed by Leggett, Paul Gaboury and Brian Elliottson with a fine 5th
place run. The heats were won by: Ledingham, McKenney, and Leggett.
The 15 lap Prostock race was a good one with Roger Chrysler and
Jeff Dayman leading the field with Chrysler as the leader for the first
11 laps but points leader Billy Bleich took the lead with a nice outside
pass. The battle continued for 3rd between Danny Gilbert, Rick Baker and
Ken Sargent who had a flat tire earlier in the event. At the finish it
was Bleich holding off Chrysler, Sargent, Dayman and Rick Baker. 1
yellow slowed the pace. Sargent and Bleich were the heat winners.
The Street Stocks feature was 15 laps with Greg Ayres and John
Dietz setting the pace with Ayres taking the lead but hard contact was
made on lap1 as Dietz came together hard with Gord Edwards and Bill
Wade. Ayres continued to lead but Nick Micallef made his battle to the
front and took the lead on lap 8. Chris Crawford made his charge thru
the field also. The yellow flew on lap 10 as Mark Loveland spun and
contact was made with Dave Vogt which would lea to a yellow on lap 11
as Loveland's tire went deep off turn 3 with possible damage from the
previous lap. Chris Crawford took over the lead on lap12 as Micallef
went went pitside. Jason Harper was a steady top 3 car during the
feature and ran 2nd but was passed by Crawford's teammate Lloyd Cichocki
near the finish making it a C & C Race Team for 1st and 2nd at the
finish. Next in line was Harper, Edwards, and Dave Vogt. Harper,
Micallef and Cichocki were the heat winners.
The 15 lap Mini Stock was led to the green by Brian Lawrie and
Blair Young with lawrie as the leader but Young claimed the lead quickly
but the only yellow flew for Norm Mark with contact with Jamie Gilbert.
Young would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the feature with
Mike Baxter, Jake Adair, Mark, and Gilbert rounding out the top 5.
Lawrie and Gilbert won the heats.
At intermission the Firefighters held their annual Tug Of War vs
the Drivers with the Drivers taking 2 straightin the 2 out of 3 tug
Final Note: Track owners Al and Edith Wagner want to thank the 358
Modified drivers who competed for the 3 previous events held this season
but due to the general lack of support from the others the 358's will
not complete the remainder of the 2001 season at Gasport. Up next at
Gasport July 17th will be the Mr DIRT Dig Safely of New York 50 lap
Sportsman Tour awarding Championshp points with the top Sportsman
drivers DIRT has to offer with over 40 Sportsman teams expected. Double
Points for other classes will be given also. The program will be
sponsored by: www.weraceonline.net/jetskins. The program will be part of
Cogeco Cable's feature event TV coverage. The pits will open at 4:30
with the grandstands at 5:00 and racing at 6:30 . For more information
call Gasport at 905)834-4797 or visit onlne at: www.gasportspeedway.com
SPORTSMAN FINISH: ROB PIETZ, Rob Ledingham, Jeff Leggett, Paul Gaboury,
Brian Elliottson, Jack McKinney, Dwayne Winfield, Pat Vigneri, Chad
Chevallier, Phil Vigneri, Guy Bougie, Jason Pietz, Brad Rouse, John
McKenney, Kevin Sharpe, Darrell Ebersole, Randy Chrysler, Brian Page,
Billy Gill, Dave Flannigan, and Adam Ferri.
358 MODIFIED FINISH: PETE BICKNELL, Fred Carleton, Danny Miller, Kenny
Cosgrove, Alex Hoag, Luke Carleton, Fred Carleton III, Kenny Winfield,
Todd Gordon, Scott harris, and Paul Ashton.