posted April 07, 2002 10:18 AM
FRANK POLIMEDA RECOVERS FROM EARLY RACE TANGLE FOR TOP TEN WALL MODIFIED FINISH
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Frank Polimeda of Ft. Lee, N.J. saw his chance of winning the 35-lap Modified stock car main event die early when he was involved in a fourth turn tangle Saturday night at Wall Township Speedway. But then he returned from a starting spot at the rear of the 24-car field to notch a ninth place finish.
After starting from the outside of the front row, Polimeda wrestled with the front runners at the outset before several cars tangled exiting turn four. The "Ft. Lee Flyer" then ducked into the pit area for repairs before starting his march to the front. When the checker flag waved Polimeda had nailed down ninth spot with his Neptune Research and Development No. 40.
"After the accident, the crew did a great job making quick repairs," Polimeda said after the race. "Still, the steering and front suspension were both way out of line, but the crew did all they could do.
"Considering how bad the front end was, the car still ran real good. It says a lot about how fast this car is when you can come from the back and into the top ten like that."
Tim Arre of Toms River crossed the finish line first in the race, but his car did not pass post-race inspection and that handed the win to defending champion Jimmy Blewett of Howell. Dave Michel of Manahawkin, Brick's Marc Rogers. Curtis Truex, Jr. of Mayetta and Farmingdale's Steve Whitt completed the top five.
On Friday night at the Linda's Speedway near Jonestown, Pa. Polimeda won his qualifying race on the dirt track in the 270 cc Micro Sprint class before the main event was postponed due to snow.
Polimeda plans on racing every Saturday evening at the Wall Township Speedway during the 2002 schedule. The next event is set for Saturday night, April 13.
Polimeda Performance Motorsports is sponsored by Neptune Research and Development, The Medicine Shoppe, B&B Performance, Stef's Fabrication; Mike's Pizza, and the NAPA Auto Parts Center in West Long Branch. The Ford engine, a rarity in short track stock car racing, is prepared by Jim Hagaman Racing Engines. More information is available at www.frankpolimeda.com.