posted May 12, 2002 05:13 PM
KENNY BRIGHTBILL WINS FIRST MODIFIED RACE OF THE SEASON
AT EAST WINDSOR SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT
EAST WINDSOR, N.J. ~ Former driving champion Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Spring, Pa. raced to his first win of the young season at the East Windsor Speedway Friday night. It was Brightbill's 42nd career victory at the half-mile clay oval.
Brightbill raced from 12th in the Modified stock car field and took the lead near the half way point of the 25-lap main event when he raced past early leader Scott Flammer of West Milford. Soon Billy Pauch of Frenchtown and Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station moved into the top three to set up a battle for the win to the checker flag.
The finish of the race had the fans on their feet when a yellow flag for a minor spin forced a restart with one lap remaining. For that final circuit the trio raced around the half mile clay oval in tight formation before Brightbill, Pauch and Horton crossed the finish line "under a blanket." Doug Hoffman was fourth and Wade Hendrickson was fifth.
John Romano of Englishtown grabbed his first win in the 20-lapper for the Sportsman racers after starting in the 14th position. Jeff Acolia of Robbinsville led the first 12 laps of the contest, while Romano charged to the front. Romano took command on the 12th lap, but Acolia stayed right with him and swapped the lead several times before the finish.
At the stripe Romano was chased by Stockton's Rob Gallmayer, with Acolia, third, Barry Christ of Piscataway, fourth and defending champion Art Liedl, Jr. of Flemington, fifth.
Defending Street Stock driving champ Al Cheney III of Cranbury was the winner of the 15-lapper for the full-fendered cars, taking the lead on an early race restart. Pat Freiberger of Allentown was right with Cheney most of the way before finishing second, with Jackson's Rob Ormsbee, third, Carol Whitehouse of Hamilton, fourth and Brick's Richie Byrne, fifth.
Dwayne Lawlor won the 15-lap main event for the Windsor Outlaw Sprint Cars, holding off challenges from Jeff Taylor before Ron Janney moved in for second in the closing laps. Bill Miller and John Barnett completed the top five.
Friday night racing continues weekly at the East Windsor Speedway with the first green flag waving at 7:30 p.m. This Friday evening, May 17, the Modifieds battle in a 25-lapper, with the Sportsman cars racing 20-laps and the Street Stocks competing in a 15-lapper. The Limited Sprint Cars will also return. The night will be a special one as it will serve as the "Bill Nichols Memorial," in honor of the much respected track official who passed away due to natural causes several years ago.
More information can be obtained by calling the speedway hotlines at 609-448-8510 or 7102-521-0910. The speedway website is www.ewspeedway.com.
EAST WINDSOR SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS
May 10, 2002
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Kerr; Horton; Hoffman
FEATURE - 25 Laps - 1. KENNY BRIGHTBILL, SINKING SPRING, PA.; 2.Billy Pauch; 10. Jimmy Horton; 4. Doug Hoffman; 5. Wade Hendrickson; 6. Ryan Kerr; 7. Fred Dmuchowski; 8. Donny Radd; 9. Ryan Godown; 10. Scott Flammer; 11. John Oliver; 12. Art Adams, Jr.; 110. Mike McAleer; 14. Jeff Scaccio; 15. Mike Johnston; 16. Fritz Epright; 17. Bruce Hooper; 18. Art Taylor; 19. Mark Tranquilli; 20. Tad Cox; 21. Mike Franz; 22. John Packenham
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Romano; Acolia; Lyons; CONSOLATION: Taylor
FEATURE - 20 Laps - 1. JOHN ROMANO, JR., ENGLISHTOWN; 2. Rob Gallmayer; 10. Jeff Acolia; 4. Barry Christ; 5. Art Liedl, Jr.; 6. Brian Pearson; 7. Brian Godown; 8. Joey Tinnes; 9. Stan Janiszewski; 10. Richie Pratt, Jr.; 11. Lowell Snyder; 12. Rich Stinson; 110. Gene Stravinsky; 14. Rick Holsten; 15. Lee Taylor; 17. George Idell, Jr.; 18. Larry Reed; 19. Mike Fattori; 20. John Scheideler; 21. Jack Amundsen; 22. Jerry Thompson; 210. Mike Lyons; 24. Paul Marra, Sr.; 25. Dom Buffalino; 26. Garrett Luzi
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Cheney; 2. Freiberger
FEATURE - 15 Laps - 1. AL CHENEY III, CRANBURY; 2. Pat Freiberger; 10. Rob Ormsbee; 4. Carol Whitehouse; 5. Richie Byrne; 6. Kim Cooke; 7. Kenny Hammond; 8. Kevin Bifulco; 9. Joe Garey; 10. Whitey Miller; 11. Al Burdge; 12. Tom Lainhart; 110. Chip Grant; 14. George Idell, Sr.; 15. Pete Fogarty; 16. Tom Durko; 17. Al Moroz; 18. Paul Marra, Jr.; 19. Don Shipley; 20. Jason Newbon; 21. Rob Melton; 22. Art Avery; 210. Steve Barnes
WINDSOR OUTLAW SPRINT CARS
FEATURE - 15 Laps - 1. DWAYNE LAWLOR; 2. Ron Janney; 10. Jeff Taylor; 4. Bill Miller; 5. John Barnett; 6. Joe McCleary; 7. Tom Wychoff
EAST WINDSOR SPEEDWAY NEWS
CONTACT: Jeff Gravatt 732-458-7794
DATE OF EVENT: May 17, 2002
DATE OF RELEASE: May 10, 2002
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BILL NICHOLS MEMORIAL SET FOR EAST WINDSOR
SPEEDWAY THIS FRIDAY EVENING (MAY 17)
EAST WINDSOR, N.J. ~ The 2002 dirt track stock car season at the East Windsor Speedway continues this Friday evening (May 17) as the half-mile clay oval presents the annual "Bill Nichols Memorial" for four divisions of race cars. The green flag waves on the first qualifying event at 7:30 p.m.
The 6th annual "Bill Nichols Memorial," which is named for a long-time member of the speedway safety staff who passed away in January, 1997 from natural causes, will carry valuable points towards the season-long driving title. Even before the feature race goes to the green flag, there will be plenty of Modified action as the field of race cars will battle in qualifying races for the right to start the prestigious memorial event.
Early season winners Doug Hoffman of Allentown, Pa., Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Spring, Pa. and Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, plus standouts Jimmy Horton and Fred Dmuchowski, both of Neshanic Station, are expected to be among the drivers to watch in Modified action.
The Sportsman division will return for a 20-lap main event. Defending champ Art Liedl, Jr. of Flemington is always a threat, as are John Romano of Englishtown and Stan Janiszewski of Trenton. Sportsman racers will run a consolation race, in addition to heat races, to set a 26-car main event field.
Defending champ Al Cheney of Cranbury will be a favorite in the night's Street Stock 15-lapper. Still, plenty of pressure will come from Jackson's Rob Ormsbee, Brick's Richie Byrne and Pat Freiberger of Allentown, just to name a few.
The all-new Windsor Outlaw Sprint Cars will also see action led by two-time winner Dwayne Lawlor.
The 2002 race season is slated to continue through the end of September.
Located just minutes from Exit 8 of the New Jersey Turnpike on Airport Road, the East Windsor Speedway is easy to get to from anywhere. For more information call the speedway hotline at 609-448-8510 or visit the website at www.ewspeedway.com.