posted April 29, 2002 10:14 PM
FRANK POLIMEDA PASSES A TON OF CARS AFTER EARLY RACE TANGLE TO POST FIFTH PLACE WALL MODIFIED FINISH SATURDAY NIGHT (April 27)
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Frank Polimeda of Fort Lee, N.J. possibly passed more cars than anyone else in the 22-car Modified stock car field at Wall Township Speedway Saturday night as he overcame an early tangle to finish fifth in the 35-lap feature race. It was the Ft. Lee Flyer's fifth straight top ten finish.
Polimeda started seventh on the grid and was immediately on the move. Trouble then developed on the third lap when several cars touched and sent Dan McLaughlin, Jr. of Toms River spinning. McLaughlin's No. 3 then backed up onto the track and clipped Polimeda's No. 40 in the left rear corner, which sent him spinning.
Polimeda then restarted his Neptune Research/Downs Ford Motorsports backed racer dead last and began his march to the front. He entered the top ten by lap 15 and advanced to fifth in the closing laps.
"I was real happy with the car in the feature race," Polimeda said. "During practice and the heat race, we were chasing the handling a little bit. The crew then made some changes and it was great in the feature. It's too bad that we had that tangle early, because we had a real fast race car tonight."
Tim Arre of Toms River raced to the victory, while Ryan Seaman, also of Toms River, was second. Six-time champion Dave Michel of Manahawkin was third and defending champ Jimmy Blewett of Howell was fourth.
On Friday night at the Linda's Speedway near Jonestown, Pa., Polimeda continued another impressive top ten streak as he finished sixth in a high-speed test.
Polimeda plans on racing his No. 40 Modified stock car every Saturday evening at the third mile paved Wall Township Speedway oval during the 2002 schedule. The next event is set for Saturday night, May 4, in a 50-lap main event.
Polimeda Performance Motorsports is sponsored by Neptune Research and Development, Downs Ford Motorsports, 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.