posted August 11, 2001 09:52 AM
GIBBS, YEOMANS AND CORNELL TAKE HOME TOP HONORS AT AFTON!
Afton, NY… 358 Modified driver Mitch Gibbs, of North Norwich, held off
a late race charge from Olyphant PA's Jeff
Rudalavage tp pick up the win in the Summer Championship double-points 30 lap
Gibbs, who started fifth in the field, moved into the top spot on the
second lap, passing Otego's J.R. Hurlburt.
Hurlburt held on for second, as fourth place starter Rudalavage put the
pressure on for the number two spot.
On a lap eleven restart, Rudalavage got out of shape between turns
three and four, bringing out the caution and placing him at
the rear of the field.
Gibbs held on to the lead as the field returned to green flag racing,
with Hurlburt riding in second, now followed by Sidney
Center's Mike Clapperton in third.
Gibbs was putting on a dominating performance, but Rudalavage was a man
on a mission, as he made it back up through the
pack to challenge Hurlburt for the second spot again on lap 23.
With just two laps left to go, something let loose on the Clapperton
machine, ending a fine run for the M16 team.
Rudalavage took over second at the drop of the green, but couldn't make
a bid for the lead as Gibbs went on to pick up the win
and pad his points lead over Rudalavage. Hurlburt finished third, followed
by Jeremy Smith and George Hoffmier, Jr.
In the DIRT Sportsman 20 lap feature main, Swan Lake's Ladd Yeomans
came home with the victory on Friday.
Yeomans started fourth in the field, and quickly moved his way up to
second behind Rockdale's Tim French by the third lap.
Yeomans looked inside and out, and finally found a groove by French on
lap eight, as he powered by into the number one
Deposit's Chad Cook found himself running in the second position at the
half-way point, and he set his sights on Yeomans for
the top spot.
Cook ran hard, but didn't have enough of a run to challenge Yeomans, as
Yeomans went on for his first win of the season, with
Cook, French, Don Hart Jr and Arnie Slade completing the top five.
Guilford's Todd Hurlburt led the early way in the 20 lap Pro Stock
feature event., until a lap five caution for Brian Steigerwald
bunched the pack back up.
Afton's Wade Decker took over the lead as the field re-started. Neil
Palladino, of Guilford, moved into second and put the
heat on Decker.
Decker's great run was cut short as he collided with a lap car that
stopped suddenly on the track just shy of the half-way point.
Palladino inherited the top spot, and set his sights on picking up his
first Pro Stock win, but Harpursville's James Cornell had
Cornell, of Harpursville, entered the night leading the points in the
Pro Stock division, just 12 ahead of team-mate Wade
Decker. Cornell figured the best way to add some cushion to the points lead
was to take the top spot from Palladino, which he did
on lap 12.
Cornell went on for the win, followed by Palladino who had a great
second place run. Hurlburt, John Walker and Winnie
Winchester completed the top ten.
Deposit;s Denny Decker picked up the win in the 15 lap pure Stock
Decker started sixth in the field, and took over the lead from
Masonville's Shaun Walker on a lap three re-start.
Decker, who started the night with a comfortable leader over
Baninbridge's Rob Loucks added a little more cushion to his lead
as he went on to pick up the win. Walker finished second, followed by
Loucks, Dennis Valentine and Buck Mills.
Unadilla's Ralph Cuozzo, Jr., had the hot set up in the Four Cylinder
Cuozzo started seventh in the field, and made short work of coming to
the front, as he took over the lead from Fly Creek's Ed
Leslie on a lap four re-start.
Cuozzo opened up a commanding lead, as Bainbridge's Skip Pickwick moved
up to the second spot. Cuozzo took off for the
win, with a straight-aways lead on the pack. Pickwick came in for second,
followed by Ralph Jennings, Jr., Leslie, and Russ
In the Dwarf Car division, Port Crane's Chris Thompson took off from
his pole starting position to lead all 12 laps from start to
finish en route to his first ever feature win.
This coming Friday is Pure Stock fan appreciation night, with a full
card of Racing action set to kick off at 7:30pm sharp.
358 MODIFIED RESULTS: MITCH GIBBS, Jeff Rudalavage, J.R. Hurlburt, Jeremy
Smith, George Hoffmier Jr, Allen Shiffler, John Siedlecky, Steve
Walsh, Mike Clapperton, Skip French, Rick Amo.
SPORTSMAN RESULTS: LADD YEOMANS, Chad Cook, Tim French, Don Hart Jr, Arnie
Slade, Butch Klinger, Jordan Bennett, Chad O'Hara,
Charlie Hendrickson, Billy Price, Bob Conklin, Darren Keyser, Dave Crandall,
Craig Pope, Joe Rando (DNS).
PRO STOCK RESULTS: JAMES CORNELL, Neil Palladino, Todd Hurlburt, John Walker,
Winnie Winchester, Jason Schlafer, Brian Steigerwald,
Denny Smith, Jason Bartsch, Russ Card, Terry Mudge, Pat Nolan, Jason Youngs,
Wade Decker, Fred Velez, Harold Humphrey.
PURE STOCK RESULTS: DENNY DECKER, Shaun Walker, Rob Loucks, Dennis Valentine,
Buck Mills, Charlie Holcomb, Rob White, Butch Green,
Rodney Tweedie (DNS).
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK: RALPH CUOZZO JR, Skip Pickwick, Ralph Jennings Jr, Ed
Leslie, Russ Hendrickson, Jason Jaindl, Scott Johnson,
George Crippen, Andy Graves, Shawn Mills, Ron Cummings, Rich Rought, Danielle
Smith, Ken Hotaling, Rob Coulman, Todd Smith, Joe Bunt.
DWARF CAR RESULTS: CHRIS THOMPSON, Steve Tourje, Tim O'Neill, Ray Vosburgh,